Village News

Blewbury Local History Group

April 30, 2018

History under our feet

While out walking, have you ever found a strange stone, a piece of old pottery, a bit of iron, or even what might be an old coin? Maybe you’ve dug something up in the garden that has puzzled you. At our next history group meeting we shall be looking at some finds that people have, and maybe deciding what they came from and possibly dating them. Do come along with your finds and join in with the chat. We are all amateurs who happen to enjoy history and we always have a good old natter at our meetings.  If you have an object that you think may be of interest, but you can’t get to the meeting, then contact Audrey or Mark before then and we will have a look.

Contacts: Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Next meeting is Tuesday, May 8th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Bridge Club

Due to the requirements of new data Protection Regulations we will need to ask all members to sign a new form giving consent to the club to hold personal details and use them only for the purposes for which they are intended – in other words, communication from the club, compilation and transfer of playing records and member details to the EBU, etc.

I trust everyone will understand that the club is required to do this. The new forms should be available in the next month or so.

Local events coming soon are the Henley Cafe Bridge on Tuesday 1st May, and the Oxfordshire Bridge Association Mixed Pairs on Sunday 13th May. The Oxfordshire Green Pointed Congress will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June, and comprises Swiss Pairs, Swiss Teams and a Friendly Pairs competition for the Sandra Landy Trophy for players ranked at National Grading Scheme level 9 or lower.

3 pairs will represent Blewbury at the Berks and Bucks Waller Bowl Final at Windsor on Sunday 13th May – Dermot Paddon and Diane Bell, Terry Ward and Pres Wells, and Richard Brodie and Michael Allen.

Players are reminded that, at Blewbury Club sessions, if they are playing any system other than basic Acol they should have a completed Convention Card at every session – if not they must, at the very least, inform their opponents when siting down what their basic system is. Failure to do so may, in the event of the Director being called to resolve an issue, lead to their opponents being given preferential consideration in any decision made by the Director on matters associated with understanding opponents’ bidding, etc.  Michael Allen 851870


Post Office news

We have some really nice “Re-introduced Wildlife” stamps at the moment: ospreys, large blue butterflies and sand lizards etc! Baby “Owls” stamps are out on the 4th, and adult “Owls” are on sale on the 11th!

We will be closed on Saturday 12th May for another girly guide event!

Please note that we NOT accept “click & drop” tracked 24 or 48, these are available online (usually eBay) and are cheaper, but you have to take them to a designated Royal Mail office, probably Didcot, we have yet to find out! Just to confuse us, we can accept “Click & Drop” signed for!

We understand that customers with a POCA (Post Office card account) are receiving letters telling them they have to have their allowances paid into a bank account, not quite true, they can still have their POCA, until 2021!

Our little shop is what keeps us going, we have cards, sweets, ice-cream, caddy bags, envelopes, sticky tape, dog poo bags, string, and glue etc. Without a shop, there will be no post office! Love from Karen & Maggie

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

April 1, 2018

Congratulations to Eden Bramhill who rang his first quarter peal on March 3rd, hopefully the first of many.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Easter Sunday for the annual Duck Race. If you haven’t already bought your tickets they are available at Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786 635062.

Friday 8pm-9.30pm is practice night and you are very welcome to come and join us.  Sometimes we ring a little earlier usually to support learners this will be the case on April 20th when we are hosting the Branch learners and ringing will start at 7.30pm. Quarter Peals are also rung at different times, listen out on April 23rd  when we hope to ring a quarter peal to celebrate St George’s day as well as the birthday of Gill Loyd our treasurer.


Blewbury Film is pleased to announce I, Daniel Blake as our spring BlewTube screening for the 9th May.

I, Daniel Blake is Ken Loach’s latest Palme d’Or-winning film about the friendship between an out-of-work carpenter and a young single mother forced to navigate the vagaries of the British welfare system. The film is a protest cry for common humanity in the face of the welfare web and is sure to leave everyone moved.

Daniel, a 59 year widower, who should have been eligible for Employment and Support Allowance until the authorities shunted him onto Jobseeker’s Allowance, forms a friendship with mother-of-two Katie who has been re-housed hundreds of miles from family and friends after spending two years in a hostel. Daniel takes Katie under his wing and together they resolve to make the best of a bleak situation and do battle with the relentlessly complex, amazingly uncaring welfare system. This story packs a hefty punch both personally and politically!

With this film’s win, Ken Loach joins the ranks of only a few directors ever to have won the coveted Palme D’Or at Cannes Film Festival more than once. Together with his long time script writing partner Paul Laverty, they have created a gut-wrenching, funny and incredibly moving film.

“A quietly fearsome piece of drama.”

The Guardian “★★★★★”    The Telegraph “★★★★”

I, Daniel Blake (15)

Directed by  Ken Loach  with Screen Play by Paul Laverty

Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

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, 9th May Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 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:


Blewbury WI News

Cilla is away, so you have me this month! As I write, the snow is melting, the daffs are looking hopeful, there are buds on the lilacs, my hyacinths & bluebells are popping up in the garden, and the Blewbury WI are about to have their annual meeting.

We say goodbye & thank you to Joanna, Liz & Marilyn who are retiring from the committee this time, and we will hopefully have some new committee members for the coming year, to help steer us towards trying new & exciting experiences! I know we have calligraphy, weaving and mosaic workshops planned for later this year, along with our usual walks, coffee, craft, scrabble, films, science lectures, lunch & theatre outings! Someone recently told me that the WI was for “old” ladies, I just told her we had great fun at our Bollywood dance workshop, and we are hoping to go to the Bombay Sapphire Gin distillery later this year!

We also say goodbye to Lyn Page, a former President, who is moving away, we shall all miss her very much, but send her our best wishes in her new home!

  • Tuesday 3rd April, Lyn’s walk, meet at Blewbury Village hall, 9.30 am, (everyone welcome) money for coffee/lunch
  • Wednesday 11th; coffee at Style Acre Tearooms, 10.30am
  • Wednesday 18th, Lunch out
  • Thursday 19th; Singin’ in the Rain, Abingdon
  • Wednesday 25th Main meeting, Vale Room, 7.30pm, with Wine & soft drinks if preferred!

For more details of any of our events, the date of the next Coffee morning, Scrabble or Mah Jong session, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our webpage, where you will find more information.  Love from Karen

Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury AGM: Monday, 23 April at Winding Way Cottage, South Street, 8.00 pm

We will summarise our activities in the past year, elect officers, and follow this with an informal discussion and refreshments. If you are interested in what Sustainable Blewbury does, please do join us. Everyone very welcome.

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Blewbury Environment Group was founded in 1993 by Blewbury Village Society. It evolved into SB around 2009, so 2018 is our 25th anniversary year. We are planning a celebration in September, and by next month we should be able to give you some details of the event.

Camera-trap wildlife videos

Last year we bought two video camera traps for Blewbury Primary School, to record wildlife in and around the village. When they detect motion, they automatically take a short video clip: colour in daylight, black and white at night. We have put links to some of the results on a map of Blewbury. A trial version of this is on our website, at The map currently has videos from three locations. Each star has one or more clips of one type of animal. Click on a star to see what it shows, and then click on ‘More info’ to see the video (note that the videos are stored on YouTube).




·   Humax PVR-9200T hard disk video recorder

·   Records TV from an aerial (Freeview)

·   Standard resolution (not HD)

·   Connected to TV via a SCART cable, not HDMI

·   Good condition, with all cables and manual

Eric Eisenhandler 07935 232296
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to SB has a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas.
Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment.
If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Post Office News

Royal Mail are putting their prices up on Monday 26th March: 2p  on a standard size 1st or 2nd class stamp, 3p on a large size, 5p up for a small parcel. Any stamp that says 1st or 2nd on them will just revalue themselves, but any for Europe or the rest of the world will need extra pennies put on them!

Post Office Ltd have warned us of scammers pretending to be from TalkTalk or similar companies, who try to gain access to your computer and/or your bank accounts, and scam people out of large sums of money, please do not ever give out your bank details or pin number to anyone on the phone, and please do not give anyone permission  to “remotely access” your computer (unless they are your family or a professional who you know!) If you get one of these calls, please ring 101 to report it!

We can accept cash withdrawals & deposits & cheque deposits for almost all banks now, just a few are lagging behind on the depositing side. No need to battle the potholes & car parks in town!

We have a few DUCK RACE tickets left, £1.25 each. You don’t need to be in the village on Easter Sunday, just leave your contact number and Gill & Richard will keep your prize money safe till you return!

We will be Closed on Good Friday 30th March, Saturday 31st, (my niece is 18!) & Easter Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd. I will be around, so for emergency top-up for gas & electric, please ring my mobile 07825 154842! We will also be closed on Friday afternoon 20th April & Saturday 21st, unless I can arrange for Maggie to cover. I have a “Girly Guide” activity weekend and I shall be whizzing down a zip line etc hoping not to break anything!

Please be aware that there are naughty people around the area at the moment, so please lock all outbuildings & sheds, and report any suspicious vans, cars or people to 101 or 999!  Love from Karen & Maggie

Blewbury & Upton Village Produce Association

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

What can I say? We’re two thirds through March as I write this and has the weather improved since February? No!! Then it was raining stair rods, blowing a gale and the weather gauge was showing 3.9 degrees centigrade!! Now we’ve had the Beast from the East – TWICE!! and Storm Emma from the West, with temperatures down to minus 6 degrees centigrade!! At least in February I could sit and watch the winter Olympics!! Now I’m just watching my broad beans and pea plants growing all spindly in the greenhouse as it’s too dodgy to try and put them in the freezing ground!! The only consolation is that at least the potatoes are still chitting nicely in the cool of the spare bedroom!!   !!! Have you ever seen so many exclamation marks !!!

GOOD NEWS!! The Summer Show Schedule is now available the Blewbury post office or you can receive it online by emailing Eileen on or ring Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

MORE GOOD NEWS!! Full details of our trip to West Green House Gardens at Hartley Witney in Hampshire will be available in next month’s Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News – the date is SATURDAY 16th JUNE – so please put it in your diary – with any luck we might have a bit of sunshine!!

DID YOU KNOW ? Gertrude Jekyll said “Some of the most delightful of all gardens are the little strips in front of roadside cottages. They have a simple and tender charm that one may look for in vain in gardens of greater pretension.” AND: Vita Sackville-West said “The more one gardens, the more one learns; and the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows. I suppose the whole of life is like that.”

Happy Gardening – weather permitting!!! Eileen


Blewbury Local History Group

We often receive emails from people who have relatives who used to live in the village.

That opening sentence has been used often, and just lately has been so true. Many families have stories which are surprising and worth telling and saving. Recently we had a request about a Blewbury man where the story started in Wandsworth Workhouse. From there, using local records, we traced back to Upton, then to a labourer in Blewbury, then via Reading Gaol to a railway on the Isle of Wight. On the way we came across illegitimate children, queries about other children, odd marriages. And that’s just 80 years of one family.

We are still hoping to hear from people about their grandparents’ memories of WWI; if you have any photos, stories, we would love to hear them before November 2018.

Contacts:Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Next meeting is Tuesday, April 10th  at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.