Village News


The VPA – Your local village gardening club

On Saturday 9th July we held our 69th Annual Show. Although the number of entrants was down on last year, standard of entries was as good as ever, despite the strange spring and early summer weather we had. Well done to those who took part and thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a success.

PLEASE NOTE: Our garden visit scheduled for the 4th September has been postponed until the spring because many people who want to attend are still on holiday.

Below is the remainder of our programme for 2016. We look for to seeing you at these events.

SUN. 23rd OCT PLANT SALE AT THE RED LION PUB, BLEWBURY 1.00pm – 3.00pm with Sustainable Blewbury’s Apple Day
WED. 2nd NOV ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – The Vale Room 7.00pm

DID YOU KNOW? Caterpillars can devastate a crop of cabbages like a biblical plague of locusts, but you can help protect younger plants by adding about half a tablespoon of salt to your watering can. The plants absorb the salt, making them unpleasant for caterpillars who bloat and die if they consume it, but the cabbages will have expunged the salt by the time they reach maturity.          Happy Gardening  Eileen


Well done to all of our Year 6 pupils who responded with amazing resilience to this year’s SATS which were both difficult and controversial; they showed themselves to have extremely good attitudes towards their learning.

They finished off their year with both a challenging residential trip with some activities which really tested their nerve and a splendid musical performance, ‘Aladdin Trouble’. This musical pantomime which they ably abridged and organised themselves was able to showcase individual personalities and talents.

From Interaction to Exploration

During this last year we have focused our themes based on ‘Interaction’ with the summer term having a particular focus on Appreciation. There were many successful activities but here are three different examples. Our new biodome and garden area has caused much interest amongst the children, they have been able to sow, plant out, pick and eat various produce. We have even sold some at the Saturday market and are pleased that we have been able to link with Sustainable Blewbury, including support with watering during the summer. Class 4 had a very successful Garden tour which involved visiting four different gardens to consider design and the range of plants used. Just before the end of term we hosted two women Syrian refugees who had been sponsored by the British Council to be part of a touring play which told their story. Whist they were in Oxford it was arranged that they would visit us for a question and answer session which gave our Key Stage 2 children an opportunity to really find out about the plight of Syrian refugees. Following on and at the request of the children to fundraise we had a Bacon Roll start to our last Thursday morning of term and raised £180 in about 30 minutes.

This year our overriding theme is ‘Exploration’ and we would love you to contact us if you are an explorer or have had some exciting and challenging experiences which you have had to prepare to undertake. We want to start by looking at the skills needed in preparing for an exploration. The school is also pleased to be awarded Global Learning Expert Centre: we will be working both to enhance global learning in our own school and to provide training to other local schools. Again if you have any experiences to share please contact the school office or Marion Mills.

New Adult Volunteers Needed

Quite a few children in our school respond very well to additional one-to-one time with a supportive adult, who might read to them, listen to them read, or just talk with them and/or get them interested in a new activity. For this reason the school greatly appreciates individuals, who can give a small amount of time to come into school occasionally as a volunteer. In the last school year Jane Gibson for example has been doing this and says it is the most rewarding thing she has done in retirement. If you think you might be interested in helping in this way we would love to hear you. Please talk to Becky Costello at the school or Andrew Hewson or Roger Murphy (both governors), who together are going to be promoting a new 1-2-1 volunteers scheme in 2016/17. There will be some briefing meetings for potential new volunteers in Sept/Oct.   Marion Mills and Roger Murphy


We finished our academic year with a wonderful visit to Beale Park, followed by a presentation of books to all our children who are going on to Primary School in September.

The children and staff have worked hard all year and were delighted to win prizes in the Blewbury and Upton VPA show for their ‘Mr Potato Heads’ and a Cup in the Village Scarecrow Competition, which was presented by Pat Mattimore (see picture).

We had great fun at our Sports Day, when children won stars for competing in a number of traditional races; congratulations to the winners of the Mums’ and Dads’ races and to all those who took part! We are looking forward to our next year and are delighted to say that our numbers are thriving and we have planned an exciting and interesting term on ‘All about me’ for the children. Our vegetable garden this year has produced courgettes, green beans, strawberries and tomatoes and we are looking forward to being involved with Sustainable Blewbury’s permaculture site. Best wishes to all our friends and families for the new term.



We will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 29th August, allowances normally paid out on that day, will be available in accounts on the Friday before.

We have some gorgeous Capability Brown commemorative stamps on sale at the moment, and maybe some of the Beatrix Potter ones, if they haven’t all gone by now! There will be some on sale in September commemorating the Great Fire of London, and we hear a rumour of some Agatha Christie ones too!

Kind people have handed in a camera, with pictures of 2 children up at Tickers Folly, and a camera with a broken back screen (we think someone had put it in the rubbish) but was found in the road, with a memory card still left inside! Also handed in, a small teddy comforter and a child’s shape toy, we also have a pair of ladies prescription sunglasses, several sets of keys, one with one of the gas/electic cupboard keys, probably from Dibleys?

Love from Karen & Angela


After our August break, the September meeting on Tuesday 13th will see us deciding how to make available to villagers our vast photographic library which one of our members has recently finished digitising.

The subjects, although Blewbury related, are varied. The information which has come to light in 2016 about one villager whose suffragette activities became the stuff of legend will also be discussed to see how we can publish it. Hopefully many people reading this will remember the articles that Derek Smith used to offer each month to the Bulletin concerning life in the village in years gone by. How interesting it would be if we could have the same again, perhaps covering the 1960’s and 70’s which are some time past now. Our winter programme of talks is also being compiled and we hope that new members may visit us to see how we spend our one evening per month.

Simply turn up, or to find out more, call Audrey Long, 850427 email  or Mark Palethorpe at


Hello everyone. I hope you all are enjoying this lovely Summer weather, and perhaps some good holidays. Our forthcoming events for September are listed below and everyone is welcome to join us.

  • Monday 5th September, Oxford open top Bus Tour. With lunch at the Cote Brasserie.
  • Monday 12th September, Coffee at Style Acre, 10.30am with Joan.
  • Wednesday 14th September, Lyn’s walk, leaving the Village Hall at 9.30am. We will be walking field paths above Wantage and finishing at a lovely Farm Shop for lunch.
  • Wednesday 28th September, Monthly WI meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm.“Another opening – Another show” The story of Broadway & West End musicals. With Tony King.

Please refer to the Blewbury WI web page for the September date for Scrabble.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our web page, where you will find more information. Love from Cilla



What wonderful weather we have had for croquet! The club is doing very well in the various leagues we enter. In the SCF, Northern Division, Golf Croquet Handicap League we have won 5 out of 6 the matches and may well win. Subject to confirmation we have won SCF B Level Advanced Association Croquet League by the cunning ploy of luring the Oxford Uni team to play at Blewbury where they were baffled by our fast, flat lawns!

Two open association croquet tournaments have been held, the Blewbury & Phyllis Court tournament, won by Blewbury’s Andy Robertson and the Blewbury & Harwell tournament won by Noel Harris of Eynsham. Blewbury also won against the Watford touring team in the usual Association friendly match. The Golf croquet players also play several friendly matches against other clubs.

Coming up in the near future we have the AC Autumn Doubles on 10 September, the invitation Founder’s Cup match on 17 September and the AGM on 25 September to round off the main playing season.

For details of the club, and our club events, please see our website Or contact June Wolff 01235 851567,

Bridge Club

Please note that at some time this autumn the planned refurbishment of the Village Hall is due to commence and that the Bridge Club will therefore not be able to use the Vale Room over the winter.

We have booked the Melland Room at the Blewbury Clubhouse, just off Bohams Road (opposite Savages) for every Tuesday and alternate Thursdays. However, we are as yet unclear when this arrangement will commence and so please check with the website both for when we will start playing in the Melland Room and on which Thursdays there will be bridge there.

Also please take note that the Annual General Meeting will be held at 7pm before a shortened playing evening on Thursday 6th October. It may be that we will still have access to the Vale Room at this time but exact details of location will be publicised in due course. There will, as usual, be a formal notice on display on the club noticeboard with an opportunity to suggest items for discussion and nominate Officers or Committee Members if you wish.

You will no doubt have seen by separate communication that Dermot Paddon will be taking over from Steve Quinn as Wessex League Captain this coming season. Many thanks to Steve for his good work and efforts over the past 2 years.

As our monthly Handicap Pairs event has now finished for the current playing year we will once again be playing Butler scored Pairs on Tuesday 20th September.   Michael Allen  851870



One blink and the summer is fast disappearing and by the time you read this we will be at the end of August!!

The summer has been an enjoyable one for the bell ringers, with several weddings in Blewbury to ring for and outing arranged by our local branch of the Oxford Guild of bell ringers. We rang at five towers in Berkshire and Hampshire, starting in Goodworth Clatford and ending in Highclere, with a pub lunch and afternoon tea included. The day ended with the annual branch BBQ, enjoyed by all who attended. Outings are always good fun and not only for ringers, often their families come along and enjoy exploring the lovely villages that we visit. It is surprising how much bells can vary in different towers, and ringing elsewhere certainly makes the Blewbury ringers appreciate our very well maintained bells.

It would be great to have more ringers in Blewbury. So if you are looking for a new hobby that has a good mix of physical, mental and social, then please come up the tower and join us for a ‘taster’ evening on Tuesday, 4th October any time between 7.30 and 9.00pm. You will have a chance to see the bells, have a brief go and can ask the ringers what it’s all about over a cup of tea (or coffee!) and a biscuit.

Hope to see you then. If you would like more information please contact Chris Cook on 07786635062

Blewbury Film

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a long-time married couple in Andrew Haigh’s assured and compassionately shaded drama, “45 Years”.

The film, depicting retirees very much in love but questioning their relationship in the run-up to their 45th wedding anniversary, ventures into fresh ground in an assured and mature way. This brilliant character study of lives thrown off-kilter by an expanding surprise looks at whether secrets can really be survived and which is better, the knowing, or the not knowing. Haigh’s film keeps these questions alive until literally its last shot, and leaves them to jangle their way through you for days afterwards – superb. The film’s delicate pacing, brilliantly modulated characters coupled with superlative performances from both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay have produced much acclaim and excellent critical review. It is a British “indie” film made up of small moments which provides huge rewards and produces a truly an unmissable performance.

Telegraph – “Charlotte Rampling has never been better” – ««««« –

45 Years (15)

Directed  by Andrew Haigh

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

Please keep emailing us on to get more details, to let us know what you thought of our last show and with your film suggestions for future events.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 5th October Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 26th August

Please note: Tickets will only be available on the door if any remain unsold at the Post Office – on the door sales cannot be guaranteed.  Please make sure you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  No ticket refunds.

Licensed Bar and Ice Creams available (No BYO please)

So, if you are you interested in a local, fun, social film night, come along, try it out and give us your ideas. Like us on Facebook or email us and we’ll add you to our Mailing List and keep you informed of future events.

In association with the Blewbury Players. Profits to the Village Hall refurb.

Contact Paul Sanders or Peter Willison for more information and / or with your ideas: