Village News

BLEWBURY BRIDGE CLUB

December 31, 2017

It is unfortunate that the Christmas Party had to be cancelled. However, the Hall has now been booked for Sunday January 14th for a New Year (‘Christmas’!) party instead.

Mike Brown and Malcolm Cochrane came 69th. nationally, out of around 2,000 pairs, on the Thursday heat of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs, with 63%. Well done to them.

Winners of our various annual competitions are as follows: The Tom Le Cren Cup for the Men’s Tuesday ladder – Richard Bird; The Marjorie Le Pen Cup for the Women’s Tuesday Ladder – Shirley Moore; The Pari Parsu Cup for Tuesday Handicap Pairs – Bob Downey and June Wells; The Blewbury Bridge Club Cup for Tuesday Handicap Individual – Dermot Paddon; The Roy East Cup for the Thursday Handicap Ladder – Heather Saysell; and a shield for the Most Improved Player to Pres Wells. Well done to all.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Michael Allen  851870

POST OFFICE NEWS

So sorry about the unexpected closures recently: I have been quite poorly, and have only managed to open in the mornings, too exhausted to manage the afternoons as well. Hope I get better soon, as I am quite fed up with it!

We will definitely be open in the mornings, but afternoons cannot be guaranteed. All Parcelforce items must be in by 11am, and any Special Deliveries must be in by 11.30am, in time for the postman to collect.

We have also had a big problem with our land phone line, which is in the process of being fixed, but it’s Post Office Ltd so who knows how long it will take? This also means we have no Paystation at the moment either! (pre paid gas & electric keys)

Last Posting dates are:

Second class – 20th December

First Class & Special Delivery – 21st December

Special Delivery (Saturday Guaranteed) – 22nd

We will be open on the 23rd, the Saturday morning before Christmas, then closed on the Monday & Tuesday, open Wednesday 27th morning, Thursday & Friday, and then closed on Saturday 30th before New Year & the Monday. Allowances will be paid early on the Friday as usual! I hope the paystation is fixed by then, but I am home over Christmas & new year (07825 154842), for emergency top-ups, so please don’t go cold or without power, or drive to Oxford! We have been told by Royal Mail that we may not get any collections/deliveries if the weather turns bad again. (elf & safety again!)

We wish you all a merry Christmas, a happy, prosperous & healthy new year!   Love from Karen & Maggie

Zak Hits the Big Time

November 12, 2017

Blewbury’s Zak Corderoy, 18, has just completed his rookie year on his ZX6R , coming second in the TSGB Elite 600 Championship.

We are excited for 2018 as Zak will be entering into the BSB paddock to compete in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class as he will be racing against Europe’s fastest.

As Zak put it in a recent Facebook post: “All in all a real good season, finishing the last full season in Thundersport 2nd in the elites on my little stocker ain’t so bad, we’ve had some stiff competition throughout the year and we’ve fought hard, and haven’t given up. This year has been a massive learning curve on the 600 and we’ve done very well as a team and next year is looking very exciting.”

Everyone at Zak Corderoy Racing would like to thank family, friends and sponsors for their continued support.

Robert Long: Our ‘Unsung Hero’ now ‘Sung’!

November 19, 2017

There was a very happy ceremony including a lunch at the Beacon in Wantage when many volunteers from all over the Vale were presented with certificates by Reg Waite, Chair of the Vale District Council, recording their work for the community.

There was an astonishing range of achievements, including community shops, cricket  and youth clubs, council work. In fact, think of almost anything people might do at a local level to improve life in some way and there was someone there.  Blewbury was represented by Robert Long for his 30+ years with the Bulletin, first helping Roger Cambray and then editing it for nearly 20 years.  Also at the ceremony was Rosemary Tilden who is one of the longest serving people who do the  task of putting the Bulletin together every month.

Robert (and Audrey) wish to thank the Parish Council and  all who nominated Robert for this award. They have happy memories of the collating evenings and the chat that goes on there. It’s where, to quote one of the collaters, “You get a better class of insults”. They would like to record their thanks to all the people who help with the Bulletin, the contributers, editorial staff, collaters and the distributers who go out in all weathers to deliver it to you through the door. Long may it continue!

Village Hall Refurb: The Final Push!

February 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire. We received 208 responses. The main points are:

  • The hall’s facilities are highly valued and 99.5% strongly agree or agree that the hall is indispensable to the welfare of the community
  • 98% strongly agree or agree that the hall needs to be refurbished to make it fit for purpose
  • 5% expect to use the hall after refurbishment as much as now, while 58.5% expect to use it more
  • All the key aspects of the proposed refurbishment attract significant support, ranging from 58% to 88%.

We’ll put a full analysis of the results on the website; they will give strong support to our funding applications. Our plan now is to have one last big push to raise all the money we need over the next year. We’ll build whatever we can afford in about a year’s time. If we don’t raise all the money, we’ll have to make some compromises but we don’t want the project to drag on indefinitely.

One final shot at £25,000

On fundraising, we have received another contribution of £200 from the Badminton Club, we have applied for £5000 from the Oxfordshire Community Foundation and, like last year, we have submitted the project for an Aviva Community Award of up to £25,000. The finalists are selected by a public vote from 24 October to 21 November. To vote, you’ll need to register on the Aviva Community Fund website https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/ (if you registered last year, I think your registration will still work) then click on the ‘Vote’ button for our project – Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment. Each registered user gets 10 votes all of which can be used to support the refurbishment of the hall.

Last year we fell just short of reaching the final and we’ll need everybody in the village and all your friends and relatives to vote. Please do help us get to the final for these awards.

Thank you for your continuing support. Steve White

Post Office News

November 22, 2017

Letters or cards to Santa; we should have a special post box in the post office for these, the address is Santa/ Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM45HQ, by 9th December!

The silly season is now in full swing, we are expecting some disruption from Royal Mail strike action, so try to post early? The last posting dates for

AIRMAIL:

Africa & Middle East- 2nd December

Far East, Asia, Eastern Europe – 6th December

Caribbean, Central & South Americas – 7th December

Greece, Australia & New Zealand – 9th December

Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland – 13th December

America, Canada, Finland & Sweden – 14th December

Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain & Switzerland – 15th December

Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg – 16th December

INLAND MAIL:

Second class – 20th December

First Class/Special Delivery – 21st December

Special Delivery (Saturday Guaranteed) – 22nd December

 

All airmail must have a blue AIRMAIL sticker on, and any non-printed paper to non EU destinations must have a customs label filled in BEFORE you come to the counter please! (NB: printed paper to Japan & Canada also needs a customs label, they are quite pernickety!) All parcels need to have a sender’s name, house name or number & post code. Please also tell us what’s in your parcel, as we have to put special stickers on some items, and some items we can’t send at all (details of these on Royal Mail website, or on posters and leaflets in PO!)

The Blewbury Garden Market continues in the Post Office on Saturdays, bread & cakes, eggs available most days!  We will be open on the Saturday morning before Christmas, closed on the Monday & Tuesday, open Wednesday morning, Thursday & Friday, closed on Saturday before New Year, and the Monday. Allowances will be paid early on the Friday as usual!  Love from Karen & Maggie

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hello to Everyone. December is almost upon us! We will all be busy with card writing, present buying and Christmas festivities. But, all new members will be very welcome to join us at the following events in December and January 2018.  I would like to wish all the Bulletin readers a joyous Christmas time and a happy, healthy 2018.

  • Friday, 1st December – Craft Evening at Liz’s     Please phone first.
  • Tuesday, 5th December – Lyn’s Walk. Leave the Village Hall at 10am. For a local walk/stroll, weather dependent.
  • Wednesday, 6th December – Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please phone first.
  • Friday, 8th December – Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 30pm. Building a time machine: The engineering of the James Webb Space Telescope and its Mid-InfraRed Instrument.  Paul Eccleston.
  • Monday, 11th – WI Christmas Lunch at the Red Lion. 12.30pm.
  • Monday, 18th – Coffee and mince pies at Maggie’s. 10.30am.
  • MahJong – every Monday, 2.30pm. (except 25th)

JANUARY 2018

  • Tuesday, 9th January – Coffee at Style Acre.  30am.
  • Tuesday, 9th January – Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 30pm.  Please phone first.
  • Wednesday, 24th – WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room. Speaker Neil Stewart – Beating about the Bush in Africa.  7.30pm.
  • Friday, 26th – Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  Last Day of the Dinosaurs.  Professor Phil Manning.
  • MahJong – every Monday, 2.30pm.(except January 1st )

A reminder that there will not be a “Lyn’s Walk “ in January because of the New Year’s Day walk to Aldworth.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our web page, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

-Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it’s almost the end of another year!! The VPA Committee was disappointed that no-one attended our Annual General Meeting on the 1st November. The Members of the Committee conducted the business and all agreed to continue to run the VPA for another year. However, we do need the support of the Blewbury and Upton villagers – remember as residents you are automatically members of the VPA and there is no subscription!

Tickets are still available for our ANNUAL SOCIAL which takes place on SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. Delicious home made food (dietary requirements catered for), quizzes, games and fun. We have some special entertainment!! Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £9 per person. Contact Karen at Blewbury Post Office or ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or contact Eileen on 01235 510095.

Our full programme for 2018 will be circulated in the Blewbury Bulletin and in the Upton News (online) but in the meantime, please pop the following dates in your 2018 diary.

16th June – Visit to West Green House Gardens, Hartley Witney, Hampshire

7th July – Annual Summer Show, Blewbury Village Hall

11th August – Visit to Royal Horticultural Gardens, Wisley, Surrey

2nd November – Annual General Meeting, Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall

8th December – Annual Social, Upton Village Hall

On behalf of the Committee Members of the VPA, may I wish you Season’s Greetings and very best wishes for the coming New Year.

And finally, DID YOU KNOW? George Bernard Shaw wrote: “Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.” Happy Gardening Eileen

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

What did the Romans do for us?

Well, they left quite lot of coins and artefacts in the fields around Blewbury. Nothing like a horde, but interesting and slightly puzzling. We have been looking at some of the latest finds from metal-detecting, but also finding out about a less-than-glorious war veteran who lived here for a time in the early 1900s. No, he’s not from a local family but an outsider. We have also been putting the Blewbury Walks book together so it will be on sale at the Post Office by the time you get your Bulletin. As you can see, we cover a wide range of subjects and if you want to know more about what we do, contact Mark markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Next meeting is our Christmas meeting, wine and mince pies, Tuesday, Dec. 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

HEDGE LAYING IN BLEWBURY THIS WINTER

This Winter Sustainable Blewbury’s hedge-laying group plan to lay hedges along Pound Furlong Lane and in Tickers Folly Field.

With a large programme of work ahead of us, the group would very much welcome new members who wish to learn the skills and help to maintain and improve Blewbury’s hedges. The first task is to coppice (cut) the hazel stakes and binders which are needed for the final stages and we plan to do this on 26th November, starting at 9.00. If you would like to join us then please contact Alex or John and we will advise on where and when to meet and what to wear. After that the actual hedge-laying will start in early December.

Hedge-laying is a traditional craft which has the benefit of strengthening and improving hedges and providing a much improved habitat for wildlife.

Alex: 07768 777710 ahmusson@gmail.com

John: 07785 364072jogden@blewbury.net