Village News


Well, the meeting last month covered bits of Blewbury history from pre-Roman times up to the late 20th century.

Enough to keep us busy for years. We did not have time to look at the photographs mentioned last month but hope to view them in our May meeting. We keep on getting snippets about WWI casualties, like what is the connection between the Roberts brothers from Tottenham, named on a memorial in the old cemetery, and the Roberts who lived in Westbrook Street? Any information gladly received; contact either Audrey Long on 850427 or Mark Palethorpe via email Our next meeting is on May 9th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.


Post Office News

Well done to all of those who spotted our “April Fool” in last month’s news!

We are collecting the last “Active Kids” vouchers from Sainsburys’, for Karen’s girly guides, please bring them in!

We will be closed on both Monday 1st May & Monday 29th May, for the Bank Holidays. Allowances paid on those days will be paid early, usually the Friday before.

Some Bank cash deposits can now be made using your debit card! (Cheques in the envelope as usual.) Barclays definitely works! But almost all Bank accounts are online with us, & most building societies too.

We have some beautiful British Bird stamps out in Early May.

We now hold the bookings diaries & the keys for the Melland Room, as well as the Village Hall and Vale Room, the online diaries are available to view on the Blewbury Webpages, and then just email, using the link, or ring us to make a booking! (851777) Love from Karen & Angela


Bridge Club

Most of you will be aware that we have now settled back in to the Vale Room pending a re-start on the Hall Refurbishment Project.

No doubt we will then once again became peripatetic, but this may not be until next year. More information about this will be publicised as it becomes available.

The Oxfordshire Congress is to be held in Woodstock on 10th and 11th June. More details are available on the Oxfordshire Bridge Association website and leaflets from the Chairman. Michael Allen 851870



Our annual Easter Sunday Duck Race was a resounding success once again as 500 little yellow ducks raced along the stream in the Playclose in five heats and a final, ably assisted by bell ringers in wellies.

The sun shone and many of you turned out to join in the fun and cheer on your ducks. First prize for the fastest duck of the day (no. 444) went to Karen Brooks, with second and third prizes going to Andrew Forman and Meg Pryor. Penny, the fluffy duck from the “Guess the name” competition went home with her winner and new owner, Daniel Marsh. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came along and made the event a success.

Learn to ring!

Try a new hobby to exercise both brain and body! Join a sociable team and be part of a great English tradition! A six week bellringing course for beginners in the local area (including Blewbury, Harwell, Chilton and North Moreton) starting on Monday May 29th is a really good opportunity to kick-start your learning with an initial period of intensive training. You will learn in a group, visiting different local churches for tuition, and you will aim to be able to handle a bell and begin to ring rounds by the end of the course.

For details see: or contact Susan Read on 01235 529779,


Rolling Stones collaborator to play Blewbury Village Hall

Ben Waters, one of the UK’s leading boogie-woogie pianists, is appearing at Blewbury Village Hall on May 6th. The following is taken from a write-up at the Crooked Billet, where he appeared last year:

Ben Waters has established himself as one of the Crooked Billet’s favourite music nights. His boogie-woogie band gets the flattest of feet stomping. Each of the Rolling Stones – Mick, Keith, Ronnie, Charlie & Bill Wyman – all recently collaborated on Ben’s album Boogie 4 Stu. This collaboration was instrumental in the Stones reforming & touring again. Ben’s recent appearance on “Later… With Jools Holland” (with Charlie Watts playing drums) has helped catapult his live following, and he is now a favourite on the festival circuit – Barbados Rhythm & Jazz Festival, Henley Festival, Glastonbury & many more. Exceptional boogie piano, quite simply one of the most talented guys around. If you haven’t experienced him live, I can’t recommend him enough; always a foot-stomping resounding triumph, leaving the audience wanting encores.

All profits from this event go to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund.


It seems very early in the year to be praying for rain, but April has been such an extremely dry month with only a few spots of rain here and there. However, the soil has remained surprisingly workable and at least it does not entail having to de-clog your boots every few minutes, making digging much harder work.

The early potatoes (a red variety) are now showing dark shoots and it will soon be time to earth them up to promote more growth underneath (and also protect the tops from frost, which we have just had overnight so I hope they are all right!). The remaining second earlies and main crop are now all planted, with a row of beetroot along the remaining edge of that plot.

The one remaining brassica from last year’s not very successful plantings has finally burgeoned into a beautiful cauliflower and, being a winter cauliflower, has not suffered from yellowing caused by too much sun! A delightful surprise, and tasty too, with hardly anything else to harvest.

The fruit cage was constructed, hurriedly, as we could see that the gooseberries were already covered in tiny little flowers. We left the ends of the netting open to allow pollinators easy access, and can now see miniature berries forming. Lots of flowers also on the blackcurrants, redcurrants and the little pear tree, and the transplanted rhubarb is doing well enough to pull a few sticks without over-stressing it, delicious…..

Red and white onion sets have been planted in an area that was covered in black cloth, mercifully weed free. We need to keep an eye on them and replant any that the birds pull up – do they think they are worms? And some climbing peas (a new one on me) have now gone into the ground alongside them. The smell of onion is supposed to deter pests….. Hopefully the runner bean seeds sown in root trainers will start growing soon in the greenhouse, in time for planting out next month.

I’ve given the raised bed a good digging over and refilled it with some fresh compost, after which it was raked to give a fine tilth before sowing with parsnip and carrot seed. I’ve interspersed the parsnip with radish that not only gives a quick crop but also shows where the parsnips are, as it is notoriously patchy in germination.

Don’t forget the Compost Giveaway at Crowmarsh Gifford on May 13th! Angela Hoy (



Friday 5th May, Blewbury Parish Church, 7.30pm

The ever ebullient Ian will be conducting theme-based tunes, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moon River and Proud Mary, along with the odd balloon and broomstick! There will also be a Raffle and Refreshments.

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 seniors, £1 under 16s, available on the door or by calling 07732 197592, emailing or from any band member.


Spring has sprung and Blewbury Film is getting ready for your summer screenings.

We are very pleased to be able to announce our Early Summer Screening for the 14th June will be “The Angel’s Share”. This heartwarming comedy about a group of unemployed petty criminals in Glasgow tells a story inspired by Whisky Galore.  The unruly group teams up on an inspired adventure in a film plot with flavours of Ocean’s Eleven. This is definitely a film for comedy lovers, for whisky connoisseurs and for admirers of great Scottish scenery – it’s Scotland’s answer to “The Full Monty” – pithy, raw and hilarious! This realistic, humanistic and bracingly optimistic film was directed by the brilliant Ken Loach (just think of Kes in 1969!) in his eighth decade and based on a screen play by Paul Laverty.

Telegraph –“Ken Loach’s whisky-heist comedy finds the director on fine, funny and Cannes-winning form!”

The Angel’s Share (15)

Directed by  Ken Loach

Starring: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Roger Allam

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, 14th June Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 31st March

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 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:


Our Members’ Talks which took place at Blewbury Manor Barn in March were enjoyed by everyone who attended. Thank you to the Manor for the use of the Barn with its lovely big settees in front of the great log burner. Our next event is:



Over 100 places to shop for plants

Carol Klein will share expert advice in the Live Theatre plus live interviews and book signings.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live present much-loved features every year, plus a host of new features to keep the Show fresh and exciting.

COST:  £23.50 per Gardeners’ World ticket.  Travel arrangements and cost to be advised

Ticket includes entry to the BBC Good Food Show

Don’t miss out on a great day – Please order your ticket by 15th May through:

Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham at Upton – 01235 850126

DID YOU KNOW?  James Boswell (1740-95) wrote: “In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen and enough to rot on the ground.”  Happy Gardening.  Eileen


Sustainable Blewbury

Annual General Meeting and new projects – Thursday 6th April, 7.00pm, Blewbury School Hall: We will be showing our new projects for the school children as well as presenting some of our other work. We are setting up bird nesting boxes equipped with small video cameras, and also camera traps for seeing wildlife such as deer, muntjacs, foxes, etc. around the village. We’re also working on the school’s Biodome and gardens for the children to grow fruit and vegetables. We will end the evening with a short Annual General Meeting.

Smart, sustainable engineering from plants and animals – a talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis, Monday 15 May, 8.00pm, Blewbury Manor Barn: Studying how nature solves its engineering and materials problems has provided inspiration for solving our own problems. But just how did shark skin inspire the designers of the Airbus A380s, to take just one example. Ticket details soon.
Tree planting and start of a ‘wildlife corridor’: We were awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. On 11th March they were planted by enthusiastic volunteers on a triangle of land on the downs near the Chalk Pit. This is the start of a project to make a continuous ‘corridor’ for wildlife, made up of trees and hedge bushes across to the Cow Lane footpath and eventually to Woodway Road.

Blewbury Garden Market will restart on the Garage forecourt in mid-May on Saturday mornings, selling locally grown plants, seedlings, as well as eggs, cakes and bread. We’d love more volunteers to help man the stall, please contact if you’d like to join in!

Community orchard grand opening and village picnic, Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field – Watch this space.

Stag Minstrel dark wood headboard to fit 4ft 6in bed. Good condition

Julie Hetherington

Garden Swing and cover

Mark Vaughan

Glass shelves, 2 x 82cm long x 16.5cm deep; 2 x 88cm long x 14cm deep. With brackets.

Lydia Inglis

07801 932393
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