Village News

Village Hall Refurbishment

We have received planning approval from the Vale of White Horse District Council. We have submitted some applications for funding and are preparing others.

We have also received significant donations from the Bridge Club, Blewfest and from Janet Hewson, who donated half of the proceeds from her recent art exhibition (the other half going to the Tony Loy Trust). We are immensely grateful to them all and to everybody involved in raising money for the Hall. The village has now raised around £22,000 from fundraising events and donations since last May. This helps us demonstrate to third-party funders that we are doing our bit.

Now that we have planning approval we will work up the design in more detail so that we can get firm prices from builders. Only then can we be completely sure what the cost will be. Our current thinking is that we won’t raise all the money in one go and we will complete the works in two phases. Depending on the success of our fundraising and the prices we are quoted, we are hoping to complete the first phase next year. We will also be preparing a leaflet for distribution to everybody in the village showing the plans and inviting personal donations. Steve White

Blewbury School breaks award record

The British Council International School Award was started in 1999 to recognise the schools leading the way in instilling and developing a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.

Blewbury School has been part of this development continuously since its conception, it encourages and supports schools to develop:

* An international ethos embedded throughout the school
* A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
* Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools
* Curriculum-based work across a range of subjects
* Year-round international activity
* Involvement of the wider community

We are really proud to announce that at the British Council presentation in November it was both confirmed and celebrated that we are the only school in the United Kingdom ( or other countries in the world that take part), that have received this award six times.

In the spirit of this award we are hosting two Spanish teachers this week from a school in Cáceres, Spain, which three of us visited during the October break. We are sharing both ethos and the development of learning including a joint staff meeting about mindfulness.

New Blewbury montage by Linda Benton

Over the years, I’ve walked and cycled around Blewbury and been inspired to paint many parts of the village… but I’ve always wanted to fit more in.

Earlier this year, I chose as many key places as I could and arranged them together in roughly the right order, to create a montage style painting of the village. I use fine pen line and watercolour to capture the scene from Blewburton Hill in the background, to the duck race, plant pots, and people near the front.

One of the first montage pictures I did was for the cover of a prayer book for the benefice of the Hagbournes, Upton, and Blewbury. It had something to represent each of the villages including the Blewbury cob walls and one of the Alms houses. Since then, I’ve developed the idea of fitting all sorts of elements together into one picture.

Fine Art prints (in 2 sizes) of the Blewbury Montage are on display at the Style Acre Tea Rooms, and at the Framing Studio (126B The Broadway) in Didcot, and also available from the artist.

Greetings cards are available at Blewbury Post Office, Savages, and The Framing Studio.

Please contact Linda Benton on 01235 817891, email: Linda.Benton@live.co.uk Web: lindabenton.wix.com/artist

Beeswax Farming: Our new neighbour

 7.30 pm, Tuesday 23 February, Village Hall, Blewbury

Beeswax Farming operate a hugely mixed and diverse farming business, with a long term vision, striving to improve its soils and enhance crop health. The business is committed to a long term strategy of infrastructure and operating a business people are proud to be involved with. One of the guiding principles for Beeswax Farming is to act as guardians of the land, maintaining and improving it for future generations. Its dedicated Environmental Team ensures that we maintain and develop our activities to enhance our surroundings. On Tuesday 23 February Ben Wills of Beeswax Farming will tell us more about Beeswax its philosophy and plans for the future. Please do come along to learn more and to ask questions about how Beeswax will interact with Blewbury.