Village News

Village Hall Refurb

June 24, 2019

More good news. The Lottery have awarded us £90,000. They told us our set of documents was the best they had seen!

The Pye Charitable Settlement has also given us £1000 and the excellent Oktoberfest raised over £1800. With a continuing trickle of very welcome personal donations, this takes the amount raised to £472,000, passing our target of £455,000. Hooray!

This is a brilliant achievement but It is clear from the bids we have now received that we may still need to find some more money. With some grant applications still outstanding, we are confident that we can raise this and can press ahead with the project as specified and on the planned timetable, starting as early in the new year as our builder can get going. We may even be able to add back some elements we excluded from the specification to keep within budget and to include furniture, fixtures and fittings we were expecting to have to fund from general reserves.

Until we have selected a builder and agreed a firm price, we are not then slackening our fundraising efforts. There are still some tickets left for the Christmas Rat Pack on the 29th and 30th of November.

Personal donations can still be made at or cheques, made payable to the Blewbury Hall Refurbishment Account can be sent to our Treasurer, Meirion James, at 3 Berry Lane. A huge thank you to everybody who has contributed to getting us to this position.  

Steve White

Project Resound: Latest News

June 20, 2019

Our current fundraising total stands at £70,553 which thanks to all supporters is a great achievement. However, we still have some way to go to reach our target of £75,000 plus the £5,000 set aside for electrical and architectural contingencies.

The glass for the new window is now being leaded and installation is still on schedule for the first week of November. We have some further events to help us reach our target so we hope the village will be out in support.


The repeat walk and talk tour highlighting stories from every century since the church was rebuilt in the 1100s, will be held at 2:30pm on Sunday October 27th in St Michael’s church followed by tea and cakes.  Free entry.

DAVID HARBER ARTEFACTS Several have now been pre-ordered and the first one is being made. This is a unique opportunity to obtain a rare piece of Blewbury history and art made from upcycled Edwardian glass.  Please contact Gill Loyd on or call her on 01235 850459 to order.

ELPHIN LLOYD-JONES REPRODUCTIONS  Greetings cards and jigsaws of a “A pain in the glass”, produced by Elphin for the promises auction, can now be purchased from Blewbury Post Office or ordered in time for Christmas. Cards with envelopes £1.50 or four for £5.

GEORGE, DON’T DO THAT!! Saturday 25th January 2020, St Michael’s Church, 7:45pm. The Music and magic of Joyce Grenfell staring our own Catherine Flye.

If you would like to make a donation to Resound, please download a gift aid form from the Blewbury website at or you can donate on JustGiving at  Thank you for all your support.

Project Resound Team

Community Speedwatch

September 19, 2019

Have you been in the village and witnessed drivers travelling at excessive speeds? Would you like to join a team of volunteers to ‘encourage’ these drivers to slow down?

Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where members of local communities, supported by the Police, monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.

We have several volunteers but we need more, so if you could spare a couple of hours every couple of months please consider signing up. We also need to raise at least £3000 to pay for the equipment.  This could be from donations or:

  • each household could pay an additional small premium on the council tax to pay for this, for one year only
  • Oxfordshire CC could fund the equipment in lieu of more expensive traffic calming infrastructure
  • we could share the cost and equipment with Upton and Harwell, who have expressed interest.

Any other thoughts as to how we raise the money or expressions of willingness to join us will be most welcome.

For more information and to register please visit the website, select ‘Join Existing Group’ from the left hand side of the webpage and look for Oxfordshire, then Didcot – Blewbury Speedwatch Group, or contact Jill Ingoldby on 07824 552562 /

Blewbury School Update

October 8, 2019

The Interim Executive Board of Blewbury Primary School has released the attached letter as an update for those who were not able to attend the recent Community Meeting at the School.

It provides a summary of some recent developments at the School including the progress being made in relation to a conversion to becoming an academy before the end of 2019.

Click here to link to the letter.


Blewbury School Mega Yard Sale CANCELLED

September 25, 2019

11 October 2019, update from Sally Lewis:

We are really sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the yard sale on Sunday. The weather has not been kind to us. We do not feel the field will take it, it will not be much fun for the stall holders and unlikely attract many punters. We will rearrange for another date so please keep your treasures packed away for next time.

The Definitive Rat Pack: 29 & 30 November

International Singing Stars to Visit Blewbury in November

The Definitive Rat Pack will be bringing their show – The Definitive Rat Pack at Christmas – to Blewbury Village Hall, Oxfordshire, on November 29 and 30, 2019.

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are all international singing legends and they will soon be performing again in Blewbury! The Definitive Rat Pack of Mark Adams, George Daniel Long and Stephen Triffitt, are known as the finest interpreters of this trio and have performed to over one million people worldwide. They are the original cast members of The West End show: The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas. The Blewbury performance will include classic Christmas songs such as: White Christmas, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, and Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

The reason the trio has selected Blewbury Village Hall for a show that could equally well be performed in the West End or Broadway, is because George Long (Sammy Davies Jr.) grew up in Blewbury, attending both Blewbury Primary School and St Birinus Secondary School in Didcot. His talents as an actor and singer were obvious from an early age as he developed his artistic skills performing with the Blewbury Players, and in Blewbury and St Birinus school productions. He is now back living in the village after making his name as undoubtedly one of the world’s best interpreters of Sammy Davis Jr..

The Definitive Rat Pack will be supported on stage by one of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and world class musicians, at an event that is being sponsored by MP Resourcing and Little Kickers. Money raised from the event will be divided between the Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Appeal, the Blewbury-based Tony Loy Trust, with smaller amounts going to some other local charities.

The Saturday 30th November performance is already fully booked. A few tickets for the Friday 29th November performance (£35 aisle/£65 table with fizz, programme & canapes) can  be applied for by emailing

Sustainable Blewbury

Blewbury Climate Action: News of the Blewbury Climate Action initiative can be found  in the Bulletin.

Apple juicing – Alternate Sundays at Blewbury Manor

Our sessions to turn your apples into delicious, pure juice will continue on:

Sept. 29th and Oct. 13th from 2.00–4.00pm, and October 27th from 11.00am–1.00pm.

Bring washed apples with bad bits removed and glass screw-top wine bottles. Pasteurisation can preserve your juice for about a year. Please arrive early in the session if you wish to pasteurise as it takes some time.

Charges are £1 to press a bucket or large basket of apples and 30p per bottle to pasteurise.

Too many apples or can’t make it to our sessions? You can hire the equipment at low cost. Please contact or 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 at Blewbury Service Station

Our last session of this record-breaking year is on Saturday 28th September. We are very grateful to all our producers for bringing a wide selection of plants, locally produced food and flowers to sell, and to all our lovely and friendly ‘customers’. Special thanks to our volunteers, who get up early on a Saturday morning to set up and run the stall, and to David Kinniburgh who does all the financial chores.

Hedge laying

This year we will be continuing with our programme of hedge laying in Blewbury, both to strengthen and reinvigorate some hedges and to teach the craft skills to new participants. We will start in October when the nesting season is definitely over. At the moment we have one private and one public stretch of hedge in mind. We welcome volunteers – if you would like to take part then please email John Ogden at

  • Habitat beechwood finish 2 drawer filing cabinet.  Takes A4 hanging files (not foolscap). 72cm high, 82cm wide, 63cm deep
  • Bureau, traditional style repro. Base with 4 drawers and drop-down writing desk with pigeonholes etc, glazed top cabinet with 3 internal bookshelves. Base 101cm high, 92cm wide, 45cm deep. Cabinet 92cm wide, 23cm deep, 108cm high, making total height 209cm
  • Kettler ‘Nitro-Extreme’ child’s pedal go-cart
  • John Lewis open coil sprung mattress with pressure-relieving memory foam, 190cm L, 90cm W, 20cm D, (6’ x 3’ approx.) v good condition.
  • Nearly full box of puppy-training floor pads
Ellen Bramhill 850022/851965
Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn 07479 290296
Small three-seater red velvet sofa. 172cm wide, 94cm deep, 82cm high to top of back, 64cm high to top of arms. Email for pics. Lydia Inglis 07801 932393
  • 1 water butt stand Diameter 54cm Height 30cm
  • 1 plastic 5 litre sprayer
  • 2 ice cube trays 12 spaces in each (scarcely used)
Lyn Blackie 850795
A3 page printer (full colour)  complete with power cable, but you might need to get a data cable from PC World or similar. Robert Long 850427
  • 2.5 litre tin of Textured Exterior Masonry Paint, brilliant white.
  • 108 metal (brass colour) modern curtain rings, 5cm across, with little loops on the side for the hooks
Jo Lakeland 07773 242472
  • Child car seat: Nania, 0-18kg universal car seat. Used but undamaged.
  • Group 0 Infant car seat, unbranded. Very good condition.
  • Raclet Bermudes 6 man frame tent. Over 30 years old but in a very good condition. No groundsheet. Approx 14ft wide, 17ft long (including bedroom areas) 7ft+ high at the midpoint. Includes 1 double bedroom & 1 four-man room which divides into 2 sleeping areas. Poles are labelled for easy construction. Pictures available on request.
June Wolff 850520
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Local History Group

Blewbury in the 1950s/60s – can you help?

We’ve had a request from a person writing a biography of Irene Mawer (married name Perugini). She came to live here and share a house with Ruby Ginner, both friends of Marguerite Steen, living at Little Triton. Irene died in the J.R. in late 1962. She was a mime artist and dancer of some note but not much is known of her time here. (She would have been a useful person to have for the Players because she travelled the country in the 1930s doing various shows in music halls and theatres.)  If you remember her at all, either as friend or maybe employer then please let our contacts know so we can put you in contact with her biographer.

The question of why the walk commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II visited eight Blewbury houses when only seven men are named on the Church memorial was answered to those who attended. The event was completed on a scorching hot day and revealed more information from participants as well as a promise of some unknown photographs of people and places in the village from times past.

We didn’t have any feedback about our hopes of enticing a younger audience to our Group. Our hope is that the website we host carries enough information to generate a spark of interest and later in life the fire will burn brighter perhaps. If you would like to join us then our next meeting is on October 8th at 8pm in the History room to the rear of Robinsons, Church Road. We would love to see you there. Contact either Audrey, 07766 7834006, or Mark,

Blewbury Croquet Club

We have come to the end of another successful summer season and the lawns are currently closed for a few weeks for some much needed TLC, after which we will have one lawn open for winter play.

The club competitions have been completed and the winners were – the Association Croquet Prebendal Manor Trophy won by Peter Allan, the Golf Croquet Icknield Cup won by Brian Jamieson and the Founders Cup won by Joe King.

In the various leagues entered by the club we mostly did quite well coming second to Oxford University in the association croquet handicap league and scoring an equal number of points with Phyllis Court, the winners in the golf croquet handicap C league. However, we were not equal first because of the method of working out the results!

The club AGM will be on Tuesday 15th October in the Melland Room.

For more details and information please contact David Long, secretary, 07484 360169,

Bridge Club

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Vale Room at 7pm on Tuesday 8th October ahead of a shortened session of bridge. Do please make every effort to attend. A notice is posted on the Vale Room noticeboard with spaces to suggest items for consideration in Any Other business, and also nominations for Officers of the Club or new Committee Members.

The Friday evening novices sessions have re-started and are proving popular – and the first session of the autumn saw 6 and a half tables, including one comprising learners who have completed their initial course and were engaged in a ‘taster’ session – they are now expecting to start playing in the main novices sessions.

Cupholders are reminded to return their cups to the Treasurer no later than the end of October, please. This month is also the end of the playing year, and a new calendar will be in operation from 1st November, including a new Directors’ rota. Anyone interested in Directing a session occasionally should contact the Chairman please.

Michael Allen 851870