Village News

Blewbury Local History Group

April 27, 2019

20th century wars caused so much grief not only worldwide but also here in villages like ours. The group is planning a walk on September 8th to remember the village lads who lost their life in WW2.

If you have memories or stories of those who served, or made the ultimate sacrifice, then do contact Mark, who will be leading the walk. At our next meeting we shall be planning the route and visitors will be welcome. We shall also be having our AGM, but don’t worry, it will be very short, so we have time for all our other history projects to be talked about.

Next meeting is Tuesday, May 14th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or

Blewbury Croquet Club


Bubbly & Cake: Come and celebrate National Croquet Day on Blewbury’s brilliant lawns! Have a go, learn what it’s like, and afterwards a glass of bubbly or cup of tea, and home-made cake. We think croquet’s the ideal sport – played by all ages, at your own walking pace out in the open air. A game of skill and strategy. Can you get your balls through the hoops and peg out before your opponent?

Blewbury Croquet Club is throwing open its lawns to everyone from 2pm on Sunday, 12th May, to try the game, with help from our expert coaches. No entry fee, no special clothing needed – but do wear flat shoes please, for the sake of the flat lawns. And a short follow-up coaching course is on offer to everyone who’d like to come again.

Croquet offers sport, friendships, fun, competition and a whole lot more. Come along and see for yourself what this game is about – just off the A417 in Blewbury, opposite Savages. For more details, call Paul Wolff on 01235 850520, email, or visit  

Bridge Club

It is pleasing to report that Blewbury’s Wessex League team will remain in Division 2 next year, following a creditable result against one of the top ranked teams in this division in our last match, and some favourable results elsewhere. So, we have managed to stay just above the relegation zone. Well done to the team.

Bridge lessons have started for a small group of beginners and good progress is being made. It is hoped that, in due course, they will be able to start playing at our Friday night Novices sessions, which are due to continue through May and June. Contact Tina Hollick if you are interested in taking part on Friday evenings and are not already registered with her. Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Don’t forget we have a day trip on:


The Vyne is a 16th century estate and country house.  Following its huge 2-year roof project, this former Tudor palace, a National Trust property, has re-opened, to tell the story of a Victorian brother and sister who saved it.

Full details of the time and transport arrangements will be available with Karen at Blewbury Post Office or contact Maggie Maytham in Upton (01235 850126).

THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE will be in the Blewbury post office from May onwards or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on  or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. This is an opportunity for you to show off your skills – growing fruit, flowers and vegetables, or cooking, or handicraft or photography.   You don’t have to be an expert and it’s great fun taking part.  There’s also a Childrens’ Section, so hopefully we will have a few more junior exhibitors taking part this year.

DID YOU KNOW ? The apple can grow at the highest latitude of all the fruits. Apple trees need almost 1,000 hours of cold autumn and winter air to produce their flowers, which explains why they cannot be grown in hotter climates. The apple was the earliest to be cultivated by man and, like so many other plants, it was introduced to Britain by the Romans.  Today, China is the world’s leading apple producer.”  Happy Gardening. Eileen

Post Office News

We have some rather lovely Marvel super heroes and birds of prey stamps available now, and the British engineering ones are available on May 2nd.

A reminder that passports need to be six months in date before travelling abroad, and international driving permits will be required. Didcot post office issues these, and they are valid for one year; you will need to take your photo licence (or your paper licence and photo id) and £5.50.

May has two bank holidays, and allowances will be paid into accounts on the previous working day. Maggie will be working on those Saturdays. We will be closing on the Easter Saturday, my garden needs me!

We have tickets for the Ben Waters concert and supper on June 1st, the Promises Auction on May 11th, and some Duck Race tickets. We will also have tickets for the Pre-School’s Curry & Quiz Night and the BVS Summer Dance, as well as the booklets for Oxfordshire Artweeks. The show schedule for the VPA summer show will be available at the beginning of May too!

We now have lovely free range eggs for sale, all proceeds to the Pre-School!

For anyone interested, Post Office Ltd have been in court recently for their treatment of 550 postmasters (they lost). The next case in now being heard, (they are not doing well in that one either), and there are another 2 cases pending, after which we are all hoping that we will be treated far better! Just search online for Post Office trial!

Happy Easter! Love Karen and Maggie

Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone. Spring can’t make its mind up? But everything is looking very green and the birds are very busy, so there are promises for the near future. Why not join us at the events listed below? All new Members will be made most welcome.

  • Wednesday, 1st  Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. We drive to Upton and then walk from there to Wyevale for coffee. Return to Upton by a slightly different route.
  • Friday, 3rd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 8th Scrabble at Judy’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 17th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “Lights, crystals, action!”  Dr Claire Murray.
  • Wednesday, 22nd Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm. Vale Room. Speaker, Ian Scott Hunter. “Memoirs of a Royal Footman”

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Joan on 851914 or visit our web page, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla

Project Resound – April Update

April 4, 2019

We have now raised over 50% of our target and our fundraising total stands at £40,678.  Thank you to everyone who has donated. Our upcoming events are:

* The Fascinating World Of The Honeybee By Rob Nickless – Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 7:30pm at The Manor Barn, The Manor, Berry Lane, Blewbury.

Only a few tickets left on sale at Blewbury Post Office.  £6 including a glass of wine or soft drink.

* Promises Auction with Introductory Wine Tasting – Saturday 11th May 2019:  7pm at Blewbury Village Hall

A fun evening for all, including a chance to bid for unique experiences, days out, fitness, arts & crafts and items for the home and garden. A perfect chance to secure those eluding birthday/anniversary gifts for partners and parents and ideas for entertaining children in the school holidays.

The evening will start with an introductory wine tasting served with canapes, led by our regularly visiting “Wine-Man”, Ian Hewson. The auction will be compered by our auctioneer, Mr Chris Mousley-Jones!  More information, including a listing of the lots, can be found in the insert to this edition of the Bulletin. Bidding will take place on the night and the auctioneer’s decision will be final. However, pre-bids may be submitted up to 6th May by those unable to attend on the night. Pre-bidders should send an email to stating their name, address, lot number, lot description and the amount of the bid.

Tickets for the auction will be available for tables of 10 (and sold individually) from 10am on Saturday 6th April at Blewbury Post Office. £10 per ticket including wine tasting, canapes, cheese and biscuits.

* From Bizet to Broadway – Saturday 8th June 2019 7:45 pm at St Michael’s church

Charlotte Good (pianist), Louise Innes (mezzo soprano) and Simon Wallfisch (baritone and cello) will be performing a fabulous show of songs from musicals and well-known pieces from Opera. For details see page 17.

* Summer BBQ – Saturday 6th July 2019 – St Michael’s Church and grounds.  All welcome

  • 6pm Walk and talk tour of the recently researched archived history of St Michaels followed by
  • 7pm Summer BBQ, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks

We still have work to do so if you would like to make a donation to Resound then a gift aid form can be downloaded from the Blewbury website and/or you can donate on JustGiving Thank you. Project Resound Team.

Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable jet fuel from rubbish – how does that work?

A talk by Dr. Neville Hargreaves, Mon. 1st April, 8.00 pm in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Reducing the rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. It will convert huge amounts of household waste into jet fuel, thus avoiding putting it into landfill or incinerating it, and reducing emissions. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment, and the practical challenges of bringing a really big industrial project to fruition.
Tickets £4 from the Post Office or on the door (if not sold out); drinks available from the bar.

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting

24th April, 7.30 pm, Winding Way, South Street

Find out about our many and varied activities in the past year, elect officers, and help us plan for the future with an informal discussion. There will be drinks and nibbles. If you are interested in what Sustainable Blewbury does, please join us – everyone will be very welcome!

Hedge laying

We have finished our hedge laying activities for the year, to avoid disturbing nesting birds. We’ve completed 190 metres along the footpath towards Upton. The last 10 metres, near the village, were bare so we planted hawthorn to complete the field boundary. As always, though pleased with the results we do wait nervously to see how well the hedge recovers. All our previous efforts have resulted in strong regrowth and a much healthier hedge, so fingers crossed with this one. Many thanks to the volunteers who came along to take part in reviving a country craft. We would welcome any suggestions of hedges that could benefit from being laid next season.

Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner  in excellent working order, but battered exterior.  Now too heavy for my arthritic hands!

Graco travel cot, hardly used
Ann 850760
23” LG TV
Bob Downey 850524
Two Hewlett-Packard HP 343 tri-colour printer ink cartridges, unopened and unused.
Peter Boon 850410
Two unopened printer cartridges, HP 301 in black-and-white and colour.  Bought in error.
Vanessa Fox 850701
·   1800 Litre Plastic bunded oil tank in superb condition. Empty.

Aluminium grey tubular modern bunkbed. Base bed is a sofa that converts into a double and the top bed is a single. Dismantled ready for collection. Large.

WANTED: For an 11 year old boy to take his cycling proficiency at school. A 24” wheel junior bike (not BMX) (equivalent to a 14” adult frame bike). Looking for no cost bike so something that requires repair or restoration would be perfect.
Mark Palethorpe 07813 251174
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Film

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce that its first screening of the year on Wednesday 10th April 2019 will be the brilliant British comedy,  The Death of Stalin.

An irreverent tilt on Soviet-era political satire, this is a sulphurous black comedy about the intrigue and plots going on behind the scenes in the Kremlin following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.

The film is superbly cast and acted, with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up. There are no weak links; each cast member has a plum role and squeezes every gorgeous (but horrible) comedic drop out of their part. Michael Palin is outstanding as Molotov, the pathetic functionary with the kindly unhappy face who has long since sacrificed his marriage and self-respect on the altar of Stalinism.

The film is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, and co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows. Armando Iannucci turns Soviet style horror into comedy in this eccentric shocker about a strong man and his world of banishment, blood and blundering.

“Armando Iannucci has us tremblin’ in the Kremlin”

The Guardian “*****”  The Telegraph “****”  Table Tennis Weekly “*****”
The Death of Stalin (15)

Director: Armando Iannucci.

Starring: Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Andrea Riseborough.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 23rd February

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).

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:


Easter is late this year and the ducks have been getting very excited ready to take to the water in the stream on The Play Close at noon on Easter Sunday.

Duck Race Tickets £1.25p each are available from Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786635062, fingers crossed for good weather and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

We always enjoy welcoming visitors to the tower especially on Friday evenings, our practice night.