Village News

Post Office News

October 31, 2019

We are back to our normal opening hours again, including Saturday mornings, 9.30 to 12, hopefully my leg will improve from now on!

Thank you for being patient with us! I’m not allowed to stand up for too long, but I’m allowed to walk or sit with my leg up, so if you see me dancing about, just join in!

Our big news this month is that Barclays Bank have decided that from January 8th, their personal banking customers can not use the Post Office network to withdraw cash, although cheque & cash deposits will continue as usual, & business  accounts are not affected. The Post Office network are extremely angry about this, and have set up online petitions, but urge customers to contact Barclays to make a complaint if they wish to, I will be closing my accounts & changing bank provider.

You may also have read or seen the news that Royal Mail workers have voted to strike over pay & conditions, this will obviously cause disruption to the collection & deliveries before Christmas, so post early! Happier news is that we have the absolutely gorgeous Gruffalo stamps in stock, & the Paddington Bear 50p, (Paddington station, Buckingham palace & Tower of London) we haven’t got the new St Paul’s Cathedral ones yet, but will keep some back when we get a delivery, for collectors! Christmas 2019 stamps go on sale on Tuesday 5th November, they are a ‘stylised version of the nativity’ apparently. One of them looks like an ultrasound picture to me, but I’ve ordered extra,  pretty ones for the alternative option!

Most of the recommended posting dates for surface mail to far flung destinations has passed, but if you’re quick they may get there in time. Otherwise most of the other international posting dates are in December, although overseas BFPOs are late November.

“Christmas Tree” fund post boxes will be in most village establishments from late November, with the last post on 15th December & sorting & delivery just after that. I still have a few roads & lanes that need a postie, just let me know if you can help. All money donated will go towards paying for the tree on top of the church in Blewbury, whilst the Upton post money will go to a project at St Mary’s.

My usual reminder that sometimes it’s very hard to see pedestrians & cyclists around the villages in the dark evenings & mornings, please wear some reflective items, & check your bike lights are working properly, too many cyclists seem to forget that a bike needs static lights by law, & the ‘flashy’ ones are an extra, not the main light! Please also remember that fireworks at night are a real nuisance to pet owners, families with young children or older people who are tucked up in bed, and are woken up by loud bangs & whizzy things, we can cope with one night, but when it goes on every night for weeks, it’s very annoying! Love from Karen and Maggie xx

Blewbury WI News

By the time you read this, I hope the constant rain and wind will have stopped and we have some real nice Autumn weather enabling us to finish all the work in the garden, ready for next Spring.

The following events are lined up for November and we would love any new members to come and join us in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please bring nibbles, bottle etc.
  • Tuesday, 5th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Destination of the walk will depend on how much rain we have had. Bring Bus Passes in case we return by bus!
  • Monday, 11th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 12th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 15th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.

“Vampires – not for the nervous!” Dr. Kathryn Harkup. Science Communicator.

  • Wednesday, 27th Blewbury WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room. Social Evening. 7.30pm.
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. At different venues. Contact Sharon 850412 for details.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla on 851966 or visit our web page, where you will find more information.    Love from Cilla.

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

It seems strange not ringing at Blewbury!

Our practices at Steventon are well supported and feedback from Steventon villagers is that they are enjoying hearing the bells on a Friday night. We have also continued to support towers in the Benefice for Sunday ringing especially North Moreton who are very short of ringers.

Project Resound continues to be on target and the clock is now chiming again, thank you to Dick Street who has been making fine adjustments to ensure accurate time.

We are looking forward to ringing again at Blewbury in December.

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it’s now the middle of October as I write this newsletter and instead of having a very dry allotment like last month, I now have an allotment which is like a quagmire. Our weather is always ‘all or nothing’ – no rain throughout the summer and monsoon type rain in the autumn – what can we expect this winter?



We will be announcing the Committee’s future plans for the VPA and we are pleased to confirm that members of the DIDCOT AND DISTRICT WOODTURNERS CLUB WILL BE GIVING A DEMONSTRATION on how they produce beautiful items from simple pieces of wood.


To end 2019 on a high note we will be holding our usual ANNUAL SOCIAL on SATURDAY 7thth DECEMBER – 7.00pm at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. Our theme this year is “Around the World with the VPA ”. A two course meal will be served (which will cater for those with special dietary needs). (Please bring any drinks you may want, although non-alcoholic drinks will be available). We have an unusual table quiz and a couple of extra special indoor games!!  Everyone is welcome, so why not make it a family evening out.  Tickets are £9 per person.

Tickets will be available from the 1st November at Blewbury Post Office, or you can telephone and book your ticket with Margaret Maytham – 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken – 01235 510095. Please advise of any dietary requirements you may have, at the time of booking your ticket.

Tickets will need to be booked by Tuesday 1st December at the latest.

DID YOU KNOW? There is an old saying that if a shrub flowers before the middle of summer, prune it in the autumn; if afterwards, then wait till spring.  There are exceptions to this, but generally it holds true. Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury School Update

October 8, 2019

The Interim Executive Board of Blewbury Primary School has released the attached letter as an update for those who were not able to attend the recent Community Meeting at the School.

It provides a summary of some recent developments at the School including the progress being made in relation to a conversion to becoming an academy before the end of 2019.

Click here to link to the letter.


Blewbury School Mega Yard Sale CANCELLED

September 25, 2019

11 October 2019, update from Sally Lewis:

We are really sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the yard sale on Sunday. The weather has not been kind to us. We do not feel the field will take it, it will not be much fun for the stall holders and unlikely attract many punters. We will rearrange for another date so please keep your treasures packed away for next time.

The Definitive Rat Pack: 29 & 30 November

International Singing Stars to Visit Blewbury in November

The Definitive Rat Pack will be bringing their show – The Definitive Rat Pack at Christmas – to Blewbury Village Hall, Oxfordshire, on November 29 and 30, 2019.

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are all international singing legends and they will soon be performing again in Blewbury! The Definitive Rat Pack of Mark Adams, George Daniel Long and Stephen Triffitt, are known as the finest interpreters of this trio and have performed to over one million people worldwide. They are the original cast members of The West End show: The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas. The Blewbury performance will include classic Christmas songs such as: White Christmas, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, and Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

The reason the trio has selected Blewbury Village Hall for a show that could equally well be performed in the West End or Broadway, is because George Long (Sammy Davies Jr.) grew up in Blewbury, attending both Blewbury Primary School and St Birinus Secondary School in Didcot. His talents as an actor and singer were obvious from an early age as he developed his artistic skills performing with the Blewbury Players, and in Blewbury and St Birinus school productions. He is now back living in the village after making his name as undoubtedly one of the world’s best interpreters of Sammy Davis Jr..

The Definitive Rat Pack will be supported on stage by one of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and world class musicians, at an event that is being sponsored by MP Resourcing and Little Kickers. Money raised from the event will be divided between the Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Appeal, the Blewbury-based Tony Loy Trust, with smaller amounts going to some other local charities.

The Saturday 30th November performance is already fully booked. A few tickets for the Friday 29th November performance (£35 aisle/£65 table with fizz, programme & canapes) can  be applied for by emailing

Sustainable Blewbury

Blewbury Climate Action: News of the Blewbury Climate Action initiative can be found  in the Bulletin.

Apple juicing – Alternate Sundays at Blewbury Manor

Our sessions to turn your apples into delicious, pure juice will continue on:

Sept. 29th and Oct. 13th from 2.00–4.00pm, and October 27th from 11.00am–1.00pm.

Bring washed apples with bad bits removed and glass screw-top wine bottles. Pasteurisation can preserve your juice for about a year. Please arrive early in the session if you wish to pasteurise as it takes some time.

Charges are £1 to press a bucket or large basket of apples and 30p per bottle to pasteurise.

Too many apples or can’t make it to our sessions? You can hire the equipment at low cost. Please contact or 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 at Blewbury Service Station

Our last session of this record-breaking year is on Saturday 28th September. We are very grateful to all our producers for bringing a wide selection of plants, locally produced food and flowers to sell, and to all our lovely and friendly ‘customers’. Special thanks to our volunteers, who get up early on a Saturday morning to set up and run the stall, and to David Kinniburgh who does all the financial chores.

Hedge laying

This year we will be continuing with our programme of hedge laying in Blewbury, both to strengthen and reinvigorate some hedges and to teach the craft skills to new participants. We will start in October when the nesting season is definitely over. At the moment we have one private and one public stretch of hedge in mind. We welcome volunteers – if you would like to take part then please email John Ogden at

  • Habitat beechwood finish 2 drawer filing cabinet.  Takes A4 hanging files (not foolscap). 72cm high, 82cm wide, 63cm deep
  • Bureau, traditional style repro. Base with 4 drawers and drop-down writing desk with pigeonholes etc, glazed top cabinet with 3 internal bookshelves. Base 101cm high, 92cm wide, 45cm deep. Cabinet 92cm wide, 23cm deep, 108cm high, making total height 209cm
  • Kettler ‘Nitro-Extreme’ child’s pedal go-cart
  • John Lewis open coil sprung mattress with pressure-relieving memory foam, 190cm L, 90cm W, 20cm D, (6’ x 3’ approx.) v good condition.
  • Nearly full box of puppy-training floor pads
Ellen Bramhill 850022/851965
Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn 07479 290296
Small three-seater red velvet sofa. 172cm wide, 94cm deep, 82cm high to top of back, 64cm high to top of arms. Email for pics. Lydia Inglis 07801 932393
  • 1 water butt stand Diameter 54cm Height 30cm
  • 1 plastic 5 litre sprayer
  • 2 ice cube trays 12 spaces in each (scarcely used)
Lyn Blackie 850795
A3 page printer (full colour)  complete with power cable, but you might need to get a data cable from PC World or similar. Robert Long 850427
  • 2.5 litre tin of Textured Exterior Masonry Paint, brilliant white.
  • 108 metal (brass colour) modern curtain rings, 5cm across, with little loops on the side for the hooks
Jo Lakeland 07773 242472
  • Child car seat: Nania, 0-18kg universal car seat. Used but undamaged.
  • Group 0 Infant car seat, unbranded. Very good condition.
  • Raclet Bermudes 6 man frame tent. Over 30 years old but in a very good condition. No groundsheet. Approx 14ft wide, 17ft long (including bedroom areas) 7ft+ high at the midpoint. Includes 1 double bedroom & 1 four-man room which divides into 2 sleeping areas. Poles are labelled for easy construction. Pictures available on request.
June Wolff 850520
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Local History Group

Blewbury in the 1950s/60s – can you help?

We’ve had a request from a person writing a biography of Irene Mawer (married name Perugini). She came to live here and share a house with Ruby Ginner, both friends of Marguerite Steen, living at Little Triton. Irene died in the J.R. in late 1962. She was a mime artist and dancer of some note but not much is known of her time here. (She would have been a useful person to have for the Players because she travelled the country in the 1930s doing various shows in music halls and theatres.)  If you remember her at all, either as friend or maybe employer then please let our contacts know so we can put you in contact with her biographer.

The question of why the walk commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II visited eight Blewbury houses when only seven men are named on the Church memorial was answered to those who attended. The event was completed on a scorching hot day and revealed more information from participants as well as a promise of some unknown photographs of people and places in the village from times past.

We didn’t have any feedback about our hopes of enticing a younger audience to our Group. Our hope is that the website we host carries enough information to generate a spark of interest and later in life the fire will burn brighter perhaps. If you would like to join us then our next meeting is on October 8th at 8pm in the History room to the rear of Robinsons, Church Road. We would love to see you there. Contact either Audrey, 07766 7834006, or Mark,

Blewbury Croquet Club

We have come to the end of another successful summer season and the lawns are currently closed for a few weeks for some much needed TLC, after which we will have one lawn open for winter play.

The club competitions have been completed and the winners were – the Association Croquet Prebendal Manor Trophy won by Peter Allan, the Golf Croquet Icknield Cup won by Brian Jamieson and the Founders Cup won by Joe King.

In the various leagues entered by the club we mostly did quite well coming second to Oxford University in the association croquet handicap league and scoring an equal number of points with Phyllis Court, the winners in the golf croquet handicap C league. However, we were not equal first because of the method of working out the results!

The club AGM will be on Tuesday 15th October in the Melland Room.

For more details and information please contact David Long, secretary, 07484 360169,