Village News

Village Hall Refurb

June 24, 2019

Work on the Village Hall refurbishment has begun! From Monday January 20th the Village Hall will be closed and access to the Hall will be under the control of the contractor’s site manager.

No-one should try to enter the Village Hall for the duration of the project without the permission of the site manager. To reduce the chance of unauthorised entry to the building site, the locks to the main hall entrance will be changed. Anyone holding keys to the Village Hall should return them to the Post Office as soon as possible.

While work on the main hall in is progress the Post Office will remain open until work starts on the refurbishment of the Post Office itself in April. Unfortunately it has not be possible to keep the Doctor’s Surgery open during the early stages of the refurbishment and the surgery will remain closed until further notice.

The contractors will need to construct a compound to house their equipment and service buildings. This will mean that the car park will be reduced in size and access to the gate through to the School from the Village Hall car park will be down the path at the back of the Hall. Inevitably there will be times when access to the Village Hall car park will be a challenge. This is regrettable, but unavoidable – so apologies in advance and please bear with us. With this in mind it would be very helpful if visitors to the Post Office and the School avoided driving unless absolutely necessary while the work is going on.

Project Resound: Latest News

June 20, 2019

The full scheme of window, banners and lighting is now successfully installed in St Michael’s and only a few finishing touches are left to complete the project.

The window was blessed by the Bishop of Dorchester during a special service on 7th January and in celebration, the Westminster Abbey Company of Ringers completed a full peal of Stedman on Blewbury bells (that’s 5040 distinct changes of the ringing order of the bells made continuously over 3 hours).  The window and dedication event were featured on Radio Oxford and also in the Oxford Times.  We hope that everyone has now had the opportunity to see the full window scheme illuminated from both the outside and inside of the church and enjoy its reflections and colours.

We have raised £74,006 (as of 12th January) and we are currently projecting for the project to come in slightly under budget at £78,000.  In addition to George – Don’t do that! on 25th January, and donations that are continuing to be generously made, we have one final event planned on the morning of 1st February during which we hope to hit our target!


Saturday 25th January 2020 – St Michael’s Church, 7:45pm.

Catherine Flye, known to many of us, is an actor and theatre maker who transports audiences back to a time of gentle humour with the music and magic of Joyce Grenfell. Grenfell, a household name in the UK for decades, tickled funny bones and warmed hearts with her vivid characterizations of the high and low born, aristocrats and working class. She conquered West End stages, toured extensively, made popular albums of her routines, and starred in a number of films, including the St Trinian’s series and The Yellow Rolls Royce.

In a fun tribute show, Catherine, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Joyce Grenfell, will look back at this legendary lady comic, and will be accompanied by arranger and pianist Ian Clarke

“George – Don’t do that… is a such a delightful concoction that I have seen it twice. A glorious mixture of frivolity and seriousness, food for the spirit and mind. A lovely, warm, amusing and touching evening.”

Tickets £15 (including a glass of wine, or soft drink) at Blewbury Post Office from 2nd December.

There will also be a raffle – first prize = vacuum cleaner kindly donated by Miele.

Exhibition and sale of artefacts from Edwardian Stained Glass

Saturday 1st February 2020 – St Michael’s Church, 10am – 12.

Renowned artist David Harber has now produced the first large sample artefact from the Edwardian Glass window previously installed in St Michael’s church, Blewbury. We will be displaying all sizes of artefacts available to order and purchase directly at this event. Artefacts will be available with prices ranging from £10 to £450.

Elphin’s “A Pain the Glass” cards and jigsaws will also be on display.  Card with envelopes £1.50 or four for £5. Jigsaws £29.99 (500 pieces) and £34.99 (1000 pieces).

Tea and Cakes will also be served. All welcome!

If you are unable to make the event you can find out more from Gill Loyd on or call her on 01235 850459.


Thank you for all of your support during the last 18 months

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 /

Sustainable Blewbury

December 28, 2019


The adventures of a wildlife cameraman – a talk by Sean Morris

Monday 27th January, 8.00 pm, Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Sean was one of seven biologists from Oxford University who were united by the thrill of filming animals and plants in remote and exotic places for TV. They started a small company, Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), based in Bladon near Blenheim Palace. OSF soon became the world’s leading independent wildlife film company, and invented many of the specialist techniques now commonly used to create today’s blockbuster wildlife series.

Tickets £4, on sale in January at the Post Office. Doors open 7.30 pm; drinks will be available from the bar.

Get your home thermally imaged for free in January

Seeing where heat is leaking out can help you make your home more comfortable, save you money and reduce your carbon footprint by showing what can be done to improve your insulation. Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have imaged and provided short reports about more than 220 homes in Blewbury since 2009. To be on our list or get more information, email or phone Eric at 07935 232296.

Hedge laying

We have been working on the hedge along the east side of Tickers Folly Field. The work has already tidied up a fairly scruffy stretch of hedge and allowed more light into the community orchard. Some of the hedge is not suitable for laying but all the bits that are should be finished well before Christmas. The group will then plant some saplings, mostly hawthorn, along the rest of the hedge. We have been joined this year by new and enthusiastic members and will soon be moving on to lay a hedge along Pilgrims Way. If you would like to join in please contact John Ogden at

Blewbury Climate Action – See the separate item for news of an important meeting

Travel iron. Russell Hobbs model 22470, small steam iron for travelling. Never been used. Jane Kinniburgh 850341
·   Stainless steel standard uplighter with reading lamp attached.·   Pale wood backless bench with folding legs 1.7m. As new.·   Weber barbecue with lid and tools – very good condition Gill Edwards 07711 904612
·   2 Dark wood Stag Minstrel 4 draw chest of drawers, ideal bedside cabinets·   1 Dark wood Stag Minstrel 6 draw Tall boy chest of drawers Julie Hetherington 850564
Flat screen Sony 32’’ TV with faulty remote control Hans Meijer
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Post Office News

By the time you receive this Bulletin, most of the overseas mailing dates will have passed. The last posting date for 2nd class (inland) is 18th December, whilst 1st class is the 20th.

Christmas/New Year opening times: We will be open Monday 23rd all day as usual. Christmas Eve will be a half day, closing at 12 noon, and we will be closed on 25th & 26th. On Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st we will be open mornings only, then closed for New Year’s Day. Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th will be mornings only, then back to normal opening hours from Monday 6th. If an allowance or pension pay day falls on a bank holiday, it will be paid into accounts the day before.

Anyone needing urgent gas/electric/mobile phone top ups, please ring my mobile, 07825 154842, please don’t get cold or sit in the dark, I’ll pop round if I can. This also applies to urgent parcel pick ups.

We thank the Parish Council and the Village Hall committee for their continued support; without it, we would not have a Post Office. We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. Love from Karen & Maggie xx

Bridge Club

A successful Christmas Party was held in the Village Hall on Sunday December 8th, although attendance was a little down on last year.

Military bridge was played with the usual enthusiasm and the food contributed by members and liquid refreshments were excellent. Cups were distributed to competition winners as follows:

The Tom Le Cren Cup for the Tuesday Ladder for Men – Stephen Quinn; The Marjorie Le Cren Cup for the Tuesday Ladder for Women – Shirley Moore; The Pari Parsu Cup for Tuesday Handicap Pairs – Richard Brodie and Michael Allen; The Blewbury Bridge Club Cup for Tuesday Handicap Individual – Diane Bell; The Roy East Cup for the Thursday Handicap Ladder – tied between Fiona Jack and Jane Lennox; The Bird Salver for Thursday Handicap Pairs – Dermot Paddon and Diane Bell; and the Shield for the Most Improved player – Sue Quinn.

There will, of course, be no bridge on December 24th, 26th and 31st


Blewbury WI

Here we are—the very first WI News for the New Year.

First of all I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous 2020. Following is a list of events that will be taking place during January 2020 and we are looking forward to welcoming many new Members to join us.

  • Monday, December 30th Mahjong at Cilla’s. 2.30pm.
  • Friday, January 3rd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please bring bottle & nibbles.
  • Monday, January 6th Scrabble at Cilla’s. 7.30pm.
  • Thursday, January 13th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am
  • Friday, January 17th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “ Genesis of a Queen: Queen Mary 2 “ Dr. Stephen M Payne OBE. Designer Queen Mary 2.
  • Wednesday, January 22nd Blewbury WI Main Meeting 7.30pm. In the Melland Room. Speaker Andy Kempe. “The Curious Case of the Commons” A detailed history of Greenham Common – and a lot more.
  • Monday afternoons at 2.30pm.For venues please contact Sharon (850412 )

There will be no Lyn’s Walk during January.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla on 851966 or visit our web page, where you will find more information. Love from Cilla

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

It was worth being patient over the bell ringing, the new window is amazing!

A quarter peal, (a Resound auction promise), was rung on Monday 9th December to celebrate Cilla Maguire’s 85th birthday, on the first day that we were allowed to ring after the window installation. Regular Friday practice night resumes on Friday 13th and Sunday service ringing from 15th.

Quarter peals will be attempted on Saturday 14th December in all four Benefice Towers to remember local ringing legend Cliff Garlick who died recently. Cliff rang at Hagbourne and was one of our regular visitors at Friday night practices. He was an inspiration to so many of us with his ringing expertise and his humour, we will miss him.

The ‘Resound’ window and reflective banners will be dedicated by the Bishop of Dorchester on Tuesday 7th January at 7.00 pm (see the Church section in this Bulletin). Bell ringers from Westminster Abbey will be ringing a full celebratory peal (3 hours ringing) starting at 2.15 pm so do listen out for the bells.

Of course your local band will be ringing for the many traditional Christmas services, as well as ringing ‘in’ the New Year. We hope that you enjoy hearing the bells ringing out again and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

  • Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, another year is almost at an end and the VPA concluded its 2019 programme on Saturday with its social at Upton Village Hall. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, with good food and plenty of fun and games. Not only did we have residents from Blewbury and Upton but we were supported with residents from Chilton, Harwell and Didcot. The teams were pretty competitive when it came to the quizzes and games with Upton being the winners, well done Upton. We are now looking forward to 2020 and making plans for the annual Summer Show being held on Saturday 4th July. It is hoped that the refurbishment of the Village Hall will have been completed and we will be exhibiting in a newly refreshed building. If not, then it will take place in Blewbury School, so whatever happens it will still take place. If anyone would like an electronic copy of the Schedule, it is available now, contact the VPA via the following email address:

Paper copies will be available early in the new year at Blewbury Post Office or by contacting Margaret Maytham in Upton. We want everyone to have plenty of time to study the Schedule and decide what they would like to exhibit.

If you read last months bulletin you may recall I mentioned my allotment in Didcot, together with my hens, and said I would keep you posted via my aimless ramblings. There’s not a lot to say about the allotment other than its very wet and I have a few leeks and brussels sprouts which I dig up as and when I need them. I have onions and potatoes stored at home. The onions are very tasty but not particularly large. My potatoes did really well despite the hot dry summer and I have some which are amazingly large and are delicious as jacket potatoes – nice and fluffy. I pickled some of my beetroot, red cabbage and shallots which I have been enjoying over the past few weeks. I managed to get most of the plot cleared before the heavy rains came and have some purple sprouting broccoli growing well for the spring. We have so many pigeons lurking around who enjoy them for breakfast that I have had to make sure I keep them netted. I also said I would tell you about my hens, unfortunately I’ve run out of space this month, so I’ll tell you how I got involved with my hens next month.

On behalf of the VPA Committee may I take this opportunity to wish all the residents of Blewbury and Upton a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

DID YOU KNOW? Percy Bysshe Shelley (1819 – 75) wrote: “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” and

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906 – 2001) wrote: “Perhaps I am a bear or some hibernating animal underneath for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.” Happy Gardening Eileen