Village News

Sustainable Blewbury

August 28, 2019

Blewbury Climate Actiona new climate change initiative

We have been asked by the Parish Council to join them in doing something about climate change. The aims are to find out what Blewbury residents think about how our climate is changing, what we in Blewbury believe we should be doing to help minimise this change, and how we can help to do more. If you would like to join the group or to support the initiative in any way, please let us know by emailing Jo Lakeland

Apple juicingAlternate Sundays at Blewbury Manor

Our annual programme to turn your surplus apples into delicious, pure juice. Public sessions will be on  September 1st, 15th, 29th and October 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 will 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.

Hiring the equipment is available at low cost if you have a really large quantity of apples. Please contact or 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Blewbury Garden MarketSaturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 am at Blewbury Garage

We’re having an excellent year and will continue through 28th September selling fresh garden fruit and veg, a wide variety of home-made cakes, bread, jam, and Blewbury honey. Do you have surplus produce from your garden or allotment? Bring it to sell from 9.00 am; you set prices, we take only 10% commission. Sales forms are at
Need more information? Email or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Adjustable black rectangular piano stool that is looking for a new home. Hans Meijer
07900 896192
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
  • 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
Ikea Futon – metal framed, double, 58” wide. With mattress/cushion. Mark Palethorpe 851609
07813 251174
  • Very large antique corner bench, upholstered seat with studded back rest. In need of some repair. Lovely unusual piece.
  • Very old cast iron bath with feet. Would be lovely restored.
Louise Buckel
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August 27, 2019

On September 15th we will be conducting a walk around the village visiting the houses occupied by those Blewbury men who were lost in World War 2. Eight houses in total. Meet at the Red Lion carpark at 2pm, estimated time of 1 hour ending on the London Road. Information sheets will be provided with pictures of the men.

At our July meeting we discussed the level of interest those of 6th form age living in Blewbury might have in the history of the village and its occupants. Having been approached earlier this year to host a `Young Persons’ history meeting then we would like to gauge the level of interest from this particular age group. If you, or your children, think we could enthuse them with our artefacts, books, maps and knowledge then please get in contact.

Our next meeting is on Sept 10th at 8pm in the History Room at the rear of Robinsons, on Parsonage Lane off South Street. Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or

Blewbury Film – 9 October 2019

August 28, 2019

Our autumn screening for Wednesday 9th October 2019 will be the multiple award winning, high octane political drama, Darkest Hour.

It’s more than a historical drama; it is a political thriller of the highest order. Despite his leadership qualities, the issue of appeasement did not disappear when Churchill took over and not everyone was truly behind the new PM (When would that happen?  Really – I ask you!).

The cast is amazing, and some of the casting choices were just meant to be, and the performance they produce as a result makes this film a must see. Gary Oldman picked up 6 Academy Awards for his portrayal and the film won multiple awards across the board.

“A tremendous high-octane drama”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗”    The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗”    Trawler Weekly “∗∗∗∗∗”
Darkest Hour (PG)

Director: Joe Wright.

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendels, Lily James.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 9th October 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 31st August.

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:


BLEWSING – Blewbury Choir

August 27, 2019

Blewsing, established in 2011, began as a Gospel Choir, inspired and led by Elizabeth Butler. In 2013 when Mark Stanley took up the baton the Choir began to sing a wider variety of genres, from Gospel and Traditional American to Musical Theatre and Popular songs. Clive Grant, our current musical director, has continued in this vein for the last five years.

The choir always sings for pleasure and from time to time we enjoy working towards a polished performance – we have a Concert planned for June 2020. There are no auditions and no requirement to read music; the only requirement is simply a love of singing. Our sessions are (mostly) held fortnightly on Thursday evenings at the Clubhouse (Blewbury Recreation Ground).  Sessions start at 8p.m. and finish at 10 p.m. with a refreshment break half way. There is a termly fee.

Dates for this term are:  12th September, 26th September, 10th October, 24th October, 7th November, 21st November, 5th December, 13th December

If you would like to join us and/or would like further information, please contact Sheila Loy on 850 537 or or have a look at our website:


Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

As bell ringers we are excited that Project Resound is progressing well.

One of the Resound Auction promises was for a lay person to give a sermon, this will be given by Tim Owen from Steventon on Sunday 8th September on the subject of bells, which seems very appropriate as this will follow the last service ringing before the bells have to be silent to allow the old window to be removed, and the new window installed. If all goes to plan the bells will be able to be rung from December and in time for the Advent Carol Service, although with the sun shining that seems a long way off! By the time the work starts on the window we will have rung for the last wedding of the year as well as welcoming ringers from the Bradfield Ringing Course, visitors to the tower, ringing for Sunday services and of course practice night ringing on a Friday.


Blewbury WI News

Here we are again. I hope you all had a wonderful Summer break and enjoyable holidays. Autumn is almost upon us and getting back to routine.

Below is a list of our scheduled events during September. Why don’t you come and join us and meet many friendly members?

  • Wednesday, 4th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. For a popular Circular Walk from Henley. Car share to Henley. Coffee halfway & lunch at the finish.
  • Wednesday, 4th  Scrabble at Cilla’s 7.30pm.
  • Friday, 6th  Craft evening at Liz’s. Please bring nibbles , bottle etc. 7pm.
  • Friday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Tuesday, 17th Additional walk. Aldworth. 9 mile round trip. Lunch at The Bell. Meet at the Pound at 9.30am.
  • Wednesday 25th WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm. in the Vale Room. Speaker, Elizabeth Rowe. “How artists use colour” To include audience participation.
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. At different venues. Contact Sharon 850412

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.


Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, the 72nd Annual Show has taken place!  We had a total of thirty four exhibitors including five children.   With a total of 170 exhibits in the fruit, vegetable, flower, cookery, handicraft and photography it provided a very full and colourful hall. Entrants came from Blewbury, Upton, Harwell and Didcot. We award the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal to the exhibitor with the most points in the horticultural section and this year Joanna Fielden from Didcot was the winner – congratulations Joanna! It’s lovely that the Blewbury pre-school always put in an art exhibition from the children and this year was no exception. It was a really colourful display.  Thank you for taking part.  Despite one or two hiccups, the Show was a great success and enjoyed by all the visitors in the afternoon. We are now preparing for the 73rd Show and hope to have something extra special.

The next VPA event is our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 6th November in the Vale Room at Blewbury Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm.   We are planning to have a demonstration from the Didcot & District Woodturners.

We would be very pleased to see as many of you as possible so that we can tell you first hand the future plans the Committee has for the Village Produce Association.

Don’t forget to put Saturday 7th December in your diary – it’s our Annual Social at Upton Village Hall. It is a very popular event and hopefully this year will be no exception.

More details of these events will be in the next issue of the Blewbury Bulletin and the Upton News.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Minnie Aumonier (N.D.) wrote: “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.”  Happy Gardening Eileen

Sustainable Blewbury

June 25, 2019

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 am at Blewbury Garage

We’ve had lots of plants, a wide variety of home-made cakes, bread, jam, and now Blewbury honey and fresh garden produce. Do you have surplus produce from your garden or allotment? Bring it to sell from 9.00 am; you set prices, we only take 10% commission. Sales forms are at Need more information? Email  or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Apple juicing – August through October

Blewbury has a lot of apple trees! A few years ago we identified nearly 60 varieties in the village, and our community orchard has added another half dozen or so. Every year, from August through October, we use our shredder, press and pasteurisers to produce hundreds of bottles of delicious, pure apple juice. When pasteurised it keeps for up to a year. We’ll be announcing the dates of our public sessions soon, and if you have a lot of apples the kit can be hired for a small fee.

Gardenwatch survey – help map the UK’s gardens’ resources for nature

You have probably already heard that wildlife is struggling as our climate changes. If you watched Springwatch on BBC Two recently you will also know about Gardenwatch, a huge Citizen Science project aimed to help the UK’s wildlife survive. Gardenwatch is a collection of short surveys designed to discover what our gardens offer to wildlife. Find out what you can do by going to the BBC website: This page explains the four Gardenwatch ‘Missions’: short questionnaires about what your garden is like, about the birds and mammals you see and what they are doing, and about the worms and minibeasts in your soil (children will enjoy this one). 200,000 people have already taken part, and you have until the end of July to do your bit!


Double futon: base is excellent, but the mattress has been damaged where buttons have pulled through.·    6 large oak crates used to transport paving stones. Would be great for compost or storing logs. Approx 100cm x 100cm x 50cm Nina Hutchins
Wooden pallets, various sizes. Take as many as you want. Wendy Carless 07966 088953
White single panel radiator 100cm x 60cm high with wall brackets Louise Esplin 850539
Electric oil-filled radiator 2 ft high, 15” long. Flex will need replacing. Liz Mather 859271
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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 or phone 01235 850372.



Due to generous support from the Tony Loy Trust and South Oxfordshire Active Communities, the club will very soon have the use of four top quality Cornilleau table tennis tables.

We are also very grateful to the four Blewbury families whose tables we borrowed during our start-up period. Those tables will soon all be returned. Now that we don’t have to save to purchase tables the weekly fees will be reduced to £2 per adult and £1 for under 18s. Do come and give it a try. Every Tuesday evening anytime from 6-9pm in the Village Hall. All ages and standards welcome. Roger Murphy


The bells of St Michael’s have been ringing out over the village for hundreds of years, for both special events and weekly service ringing. One such special event was a successful quarter peal rung on June 6th to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day.

Although the bells are heard ringing out, very few of us have actually seen them. The picture shows bells 2-7 of our 8 bells. The bells are in the ‘up’ position, with the mouth of the bell (the sound bow) facing skyward. This is the position from which most English bells are struck by swinging the bell full circle, giving more control over the striking. In most other countries, bells are swing chimed from the downward position which makes it impossible to control exactly when each bell strikes and explains why the sound of bells in European cathedrals and churches is more random. It was the bells in the ‘up’ position that was the inspiration for the Resound window design. The design also depicts the sound waves from the bells radiating across the village map. During the installation of the new window this autumn there will be no bellringing for several weeks. This is because ringing the bells creates slight tower movement. Without the window and its supporting bars (ferramenta) there is a small risk of damage to the masonry, and we don’t want to take any chances. We are however very confident that you will be hearing the bells again well in time for the Christmas festivities!