The Romans never settled here, as far as is known, but they did pass through, and left a few coins and at least one ornamental brooch, found by metal-detecting.
If you find something in your garden, or on a walk just outside the village, and you think it might be really old, then do tell one of us about it. We are not expecting a hoard, but even a small coin can tell us something about the Romans’ movements.
Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, Mar. 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at email@example.com or Audrey 850427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It seems a long time since Christmas when lots of ringing took place, and in particular a quarter peal which was rung on Boxing Day during the Boxing Day Walk, an opportunity to congratulate Wing Commander James Doyle (son of Gill Loyd, our treasurer) on his MBE awarded for services to the RAF.
The Churn Benefice Bell Ringing Outing was on January 26th, it was hoped to visit all seven churches in the Benefice and ring the bells plus two guest towers, namely Cholsey and Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell. Unfortunately, this year, South Moreton bells were still undergoing work and were not able to be rung that day. It was lunchtime after ringing at North Moreton and an excellent lunch in the Village Hall. The day continued with ringing at the other Benefice towers, tea at East Hagbourne then ringing at Blewbury followed by a meal at The Blueberry. Thank you to Rob Nickless for organising and to those who masterminded and helped with lunch and tea.
The brief appearance of snow caused a Friday night practice to be cancelled, since then it has been ringing as usual, including welcoming the Branch Learners to a practice.
Hello to everyone. February almost gone already. We have had plenty of rain to fill a few dykes?
But signs of Spring are appearing with all the bulbs and blossoms peeping through. There are lots of things to do with the Blewbury WI during March and we would welcome any new Members to come and join us at the following events.
- Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
- Wednesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall 9am. Destination unsure at the moment, but have coffee pennies anyway.
- Wednesday, 13th WI Spring Lunch with Flavia.
- Wednesday, 13th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
- Thursday, 14th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
- Friday, 22nd Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Kingdom of the cumulus clouds.” Dr. David Hooper. 1.30pm.
- 27th March. WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. AGM and Social Evening.
Mah Jong every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm. Ring Judy for details.
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, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information. Love from Cilla.
The Club was represented at the Blewbury Clubs and Societies Day in the Village Hall and quite a lot of interest was shown in the game. It is hoped that some who have played bridge before, but perhaps not Duplicate Bridge, will be attracted to our relaxed and friendly Friday Novices evenings.
A qualifying session for the Berks and Bucks Contract Bridge Association’s Waller Bowl will be held at our normal club session on Tuesday 19th March. The session will be run entirely as normal and nobody needs to enter the Waller Bowl qualification if they do not wish to.
Division 2 of the Wessex League is very competitive with only 1.15 Victory Points separating positions 3 to 7 in the table. Having played all but one of our matches, Blewbury is, unfortunately, in 7th place which is one of the two relegation places. So, the team’s survival in Division 2 will depend on a reasonable result in the last match and perhaps one or two other results going our way to help reduce our rivals’ average Victory Points! Michael Allen 851870
Thanks to everyone for such an enthusiastic response to the three Blewbury Table Tennis Club Taster Sessions!
We had 25+ people at each session, which meant that our four borrowed tables were all in use right through each of the evenings. We had participants varying in age from 8 – 80+ and a really good mix of standards. We are aiming to cater for anyone however experienced or inexperienced. An added bonus at our January session was a visit from an ex British top 100 ranked table tennis player, Justin Mead, who gave us lots of encouragement, tips and coaching as well as a big box of top grade balls!
Based on this response we are now going to go ahead
with Tuesday evening sessions every week from 6-9pm in Blewbury Village Hall
with the opportunity for people to drop in for whichever part of the evening
suits them. Why not start the new year with a new Blewbury activity? You will
be very welcome if you want to join us. Session fees: £5 Adults. £3 Under 18s.
for electric cars? – A
talk by Anthony Simpson, Mon. 25th Feb., 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn
With concerns in our towns and cities
about air quality, as well as the growing threat of climate change, the shift
away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles has started. Are they
really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out
about the latest developments, and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go
electric! Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post
Office, or on the door (if not sold out).
Thermal imaging – February 2019
Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping. Or, have you made some improvements and would like to check that they are effective? Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have been doing this every winter since 2009 – we have imaged more than 200 homes in Blewbury.
If you’d like your home thermally imaged in February, email us at email@example.com or phone Jo Lakeland (01235 850490).
This service is FREE.
Green drinks – Monday 4th February, from 7.30 pm at The Blueberry
Green drinks are a friendly chat over a drink, to ask
questions or tell us what you think about green topics: anything from issues in
and around the village to energy problems, climate change, biodiversity, or
what SB does. Everyone is welcome, it’s completely informal, there’s no agenda,
just come and chat.
|BLEWBURY FREECYCLE |
FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME
| 32″ Sony Bravia tv||Val Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org||01235 |
|3 sheets MDF: all 3ft x 2ft |
(915mm x 610mm) & approx 4 mm
Not new but clean and unused.
|Chris Whatmore |
|To freecycle your item please send a short description, email &phone |
number to Lydia Inglis
Go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To
participate, or to receive
our free monthly Newsletter, email us at email@example.com or
phone 01235 850372.
Even though the group has been going since before 1970, we are still finding new things about the village.
For example, Roman artefacts are regularly found in fields just outside the village envelope. Why are so few coins etc found for the period from about 900 to 1600AD? How many active suffragettes lived here before 1930? We may never find answers, but we can have fun trying to find them. Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.
firstname.lastname@example.org; Audrey 850427/ email@example.com.
Hello to everyone. Happy
New Year to you all. A good start to the year, weather-wise? Blewbury WI is
very pleased with the fact that we have fund raised £766 for the Resound
Project in St, Michael’s Church. We are now a “1%er” and will have a mention in
the book. We would love to welcome any new Members to the following events in
- Tuesday, February 5th
Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village
Hall at 9am. with bus passes and coffee money. An alternative walk to Didcot –
coffee at Great Western Park – bus to Didcot Parkway – 94 bus back to Blewbury.
Hoping for a dry day.
- Wednesday, February 6th
Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
- Friday, February 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. Please ring
- Friday, February 8th
Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Let there be light” John O’
- Monday, February 11th. Coffee at Doreen’s. 67 Ladycroft Park.
Tel. 850332. 10.30am.
- Wednesday, February 27th
WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room.
7.30pm. Speaker, Stewart Lindford. “The Remarkable Story of the Winsor
- Mah Jong. Every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm. Ring Judy for details.
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, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more
information. Love from Cilla.
Your village gardening club
Known as ‘the VPA’, we are one of the oldest organisations in Blewbury
& Upton – it started in 1947. Every resident in both villages is
automatically a member of the VPA. MEMBERSHIP
IS FREE !! Activities include: **ANNUAL
SUMMER SHOW**, **OUTINGS**, **ANNUAL SOCIAL** Our Programme is available at
Blewbury Post Office or with Margaret Maytham in Upton – call 01235 850126.
TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR USE BY ALL RESIDENTS 0F BLEWBURY & UPTON FOR A DONATION
TO THE VPA: For Fertiliser Distributor / Long Arm Pruner / Garden Roller/ Gazebos
/ Lawn Scarifier & Aerator / Electric Leaf
Vacuum, contact Margaret Maytham
on 850126. For Petrol Mantis Rotavator + various attachments, contact Andrew Forman on 850219. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON
is here and in some ways the festive season seems along time ago. There were
many occasions that the bells rang out during this time in celebration. We also
had time before Christmas to enjoy a Christmas meal at The Blueberry; the theme
was Hawaiian and saw an array of brightly coloured shirts and a few grass
skirts! Many thanks to Michael and Sarah Winter for organising.
quarter peal was rung on Boxing Day during the Boxing Day Walk, which was an
opportunity to congratulate Wing Commander James Doyle (son of Gill Loyd, our
treasurer) on his MBE awarded for services to the RAF. In what now seems to
have become a tradition, we rang out the old and rang in the new on New Years
Eve and now look forward to continuing to ring during the year both on Friday
practice nights, visitors always welcome, and for Sunday services as well as
January sees what is hoped will become a tradition: a
Benefice Outing to ring all the bells in the Benefice on the same day including
those churches with only chiming bells plus ringing at two other local
churches, this year Cholsey and Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell. This is not only a bell
ringing opportunity but also a social event with lunch, tea and an evening meal
as part of the day.