Village News

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

June 25, 2019

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

On Saturday 8th June a small group of us visited The Vyne at Basingstoke and had a great time. The house is quite amazing and the new roof which cost £4M is outstanding. The room guides said how much warmer the house is and no more leaks into the rooms.

Our next event is the Summer Show. SATURDAY 13th JULY. The Schedules are now available at Blewbury Post Office, or Maggie Maytham at Upton (ring 01235 850126). You can also get it on line by emailing We want as many exhibitors as possible, so please make the effort and enter – even if you have only one item – you could win a prize!!

On the THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST we have a very special event in Upton. Maggie Maytham is very kindly opening her garden (weather permitting – otherwise in the house) for an afternoon tea (cost £3 per head) starting at 5pm. After tea we will then walk to Prospect House and have a guided tour of the 2-acre garden. Alternatively you can drive from Maggie’s and park in the Village Hall car park. You MUST register for this event at Blewbury Post Office or with Maggie by the 1st August.

DID YOU KNOW? Bees are particularly attracted to blue, white, yellow and purple colours for their ultraviolet properties. It is no use planting red flowers in your garden to attract bees because bees cannot see red.

Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury Croquet Club

We had wonderful weather for National Croquet Day and quite a few people came along to have a go, and some have taken up the game.

The usual five Blewbury players, Joe King, Nick Butler, Robin Brown, Avril Rangoni-Machiavelli and Paul Wolff made up most of the Berkshire team in the Association Inter-Counties Championships played over four days in Sussex. Berkshire very narrowly missed promotion from the second to first division. We hope for better things next year. The Golf Croquet Inter-Counties will be played in August, and again Blewbury players will be well represented on the team.

On Sunday 16th June the annual competition for the Roger Cambray One Ball Trophy was held, followed by a barbecue lunch which was quite problematic because the high wind made lighting the barbecue challenging, to say the least. However perseverance triumphed and we eventually ate whilst trying to keep plates, glasses and chairs from blowing away! The trophy was won by Paul Wolff.

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

Blewbury Garden Market re-opens for 2019

April 11, 2019

Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

Our tenth season! Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) – note the slightly earlier opening times this year. The stall buys and sells bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, Blewbury honey and free-range eggs.

Helpers: Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the address or phone below.

Producers:Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see

For more information: Email us phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

World premiere for composer Richard Blackford

May 15, 2019

Blewbury composer Richard Blackford is looking forward to the world premiere of his major new choral work Pietà on June 22nd.

Pietà is a commission from the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, and will be performed at The Lighthouse, Poole. Written for choirs, orchestra and two soloists, the work also features the world-renowned soprano saxophonist Amy Dickson. The programme also includes Faure’s ever-popular Requiem. For tickets go to


June 3, 2019


Thanks to everyone who came to the meeting on 28 April. Everyone said they supported the plans and there is a strong desire to see the job done in one phase, if necessary by the Parish Council raising an additional loan to fill any funding gap remaining at the end of the year.

We are now completely focused on raising the money we need.  To do everything we want to do will cost £455,000. We already have £269,000 in the bank or firmly pledged and we have a reasonable chance of re-securing £80,000 awarded to the previous scheme. It’s a challenge but we’re well on the way and since the meeting we’ve submitted two bids worth £20,000.  Three others worth £100,000 are close to submission.

In this month’s printed Bulletin you will find a pamphlet describing our proposals which includes donation forms. If you would like to join the 60 or so people who have already made personal donations to the project please complete a form or make a donation via Virgin Money Giving – and search for Blewbury Village Hall.

We now need to keep up the momentum and from now on we will be regularly reporting progress against the target. As usual thanks for all your support. Steve White


Blewbury Film

April 27, 2019

Our early summer screening for Wednesday 5th June 2019 will be Kenneth Lonergan’s award winning study of family ties and grief, Manchester By The Sea.

Casey Affleck stars as Lee Chandler, a guy who lives on his own in Boston, works as a janitor, is angry at the world and seethes with rage at himself.  Lee returns to his hometown after the death of his brother Joe to find, to his utter astonishment and disbelief, that he is now legal guardian of Joe’s teenage son.  Finding himself unexpectedly in charge of his seemingly selfish nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), Lee wrestles with the ghosts of his past while attempting to deal with an unforeseen future for which no one believes him to be prepared – least of all himself. Lonergan’s deceptively intricate screenplay and Casey’s superb method acting produces an unforgettable and illuminating look at loss, grief and self-inflicted punishment – a powerful mix for an incredible film – that leaves us waiting to find out what made Lee so disillusioned.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor for Affleck and Best Original Screenplay for Lonergan, with additional nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Hedges), and Best Supporting Actress (Williams).  Affleck also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

“A minor-key masterpiece”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗∗”    The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗∗”    Practical Trout Tickling “∗∗∗∗∗”
Manchester By The  Sea (15)

Director: Kenneth Lonergan.

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges.


Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 5th June 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 20th April.

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:

Sustainable Blewbury

June 3, 2019

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

We’ve started with a bang and will continue until the end of September. We sell bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (later in the season) Blewbury honey. Producers: Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For sales forms see

For more information: Email us at or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Green drinks – Monday 3rd June, from 7.30pm at The Blueberry

Green drinks are a friendly chat over a drink, to ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics. At this session we hope to discuss what Sustainable Blewbury can do in the coming year about climate change and biodiversity loss. Everyone is welcome: we’d really like to hear what you think, it’s completely informal, there’s no agenda, just come and chat.

Community Orchard

The Mike Edmunds Community Orchard on Tickers Folly Field has come through the winter pretty well and we’ve had a fair amount of blossom, although there are also signs that the trees suffered during last summer’s drought despite the best efforts of the Orchard Group to do some watering during the driest period. This season we will try to reduce the problem by mulching around the trees to maintain moisture and reduce evaporation. To this end we will organise a working party in a few weeks’ time to clear weeds and turf around the trees and to apply mulch – if you haven’t already joined the Community Orchard Group and would like to get involved then please email us at



Two internal wooden doors complete with brass handles and lock: width 83.4cm, height 195.2cm, 3.5cm thick

Véronique Lavo 

006 8789 9835

1 pair green garden shoes/galoshes size 10 never worn

1 Canon Pixma ink cartridge BLACK No 512

Pyrex liquidiser goblet for early Kenwood Chef

Lyn Blackie

Wooden pallets, various sizes. Take as many as you want.

Wendy Carless

07966 088953

Hewlett Packard Photosmart ink cartridge 364 Black (new)

HP Photosmart replacement cartridge 364 Magenta (unused)

Josephine Condliffe

850761 or

07785 750513

Tropical or freshwater fish tank with accompanying stand and accessories for tropical fish.

76cm wide x 37cm height x 30cm deep. Stand is 67 cm high.

Colin Field 851117
Mothercare baby bouncer/rocker, rarely used, immaculate. Suitable for birth to 9kg. Pale blue and cream tartan

Jo Lakeland

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

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Project Resound – June update

A huge thank you to all those who supported, donated promises and made the event on 11th May a successful and enjoyable occasion.

The wine tasting and auction raised £11,800 and our fundraising total has now reached £56,664 (75%). Our artists continue to select, cut and treat antique glass ready for the new window, and we continue to work on other activities including:


Saturday 8th June 2019 7:45 pm – St Michael’s church

Charlotte Brennand (pianist), and professional colleagues, Louise Innes (mezzo soprano) and Benedict Nelson (baritone) will be performing a fabulous show of songs from musicals and well-known pieces from opera.

Charlotte Brennand lives in Blewbury and is an accomplished pianist who started her career at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Later at the National Opera Studio she coached singers and studied with distinguished conductors. She has performed all over Europe and was the pianist for Radio 4’s play Little Nell.

Louise Innes made her Covent Garden debut in 2010 in the role of Mercedes in Carmen. She has toured internationally, performing at La Scala, Milan, the Paris Opera and in Seville with the National Orchestra.

British baritone Benedict Nelson made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. He was an inaugural Harewood Artist with the ENO and has performed across Europe both in opera and with many symphony and philharmonic orchestras.

Tickets on sale at Blewbury Post Office. £15 including a glass of wine or soft drink.


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

Tickets will go on sale at Blewbury Post Office on 1st June – £10 including food, £5 for children under 5 years. Paid bar for beer, wine and soft drinks.

More events are now the planning stage – including a display and sale of new artefacts arising from the upcycling of the old window glass. More information to follow in the next Bulletin.

If you would like to make a donation, a gift aid form can be downloaded at and/or you can donate on JustGiving

Thank you. Project Resound Team

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

Usually the bells are silent during Holy Week but this year was different as we joined the nation in tolling the tenor bell at 7pm on Maundy Thursday in solidarity with Notre Dame following the tragic fire.

Our Friday practices and Service ringing continue as usual, plus it’s the start of the wedding season so there will be several Saturdays when the bells will ring out in celebration.

Thank you everyone for supporting the annual Duck Race on Easter Sunday. The ducks didn’t disappoint, neither did the weather. The winning ducks belonged to Trish Watcyn Jones, Anne Hales and Pat Mattimore. The rabbit’s name was Boris guessed by George Hales (Anne Hales grandson) a double winner for the Hales family!

We also enjoy the social element attached to ringing and recently this has included a mini outing finishing with ringing at Dorchester Abbey. We have also continued to support Project Resound, Rob Nickless (our Branch Chairman) gave a talk on The Fascinating World of the Honeybee in April and more recently there was a Promises Auction, both events very successful. Talking of honey bees there are still a few jars of Rob’s limited edition Project Resound Borage Honey available at the Post Office.

As always you are very welcome to join our Friday evening practices and see why we enjoy ringing.



The brand new Blewbury Table Tennis Club has now been running for around five months. In that time we have had 21 really enjoyable Tuesday evening sessions. Over 50 people have come along to play – some only once or twice and others nearly every week.

We have been delighted to welcome players of widely differing ages – at least 8 – 85, and have had one expert tuition session from an ex-top 100 British Table Tennis player. We have a very relaxed approach to playing this beautiful game and people make up their own games (usually doubles) and some families come along and play together on one of our four borrowed tables.

We are extremely grateful to the four Blewbury families who have kindly loaned us their table tennis tables, and as the weather starts to improve we plan to return them to the gardens/homes where they normally reside. We have now raised enough money to buy two brand new tables of our own, and are on the lookout for support to buy two more tables as soon as we can. Can anyone suggest potential donors for this worthy cause?

We currently meet from 6-9pm every Tuesday in the Village Hall and at this stage we don’t have any membership scheme, so anyone is welcome to come along and join us whenever they like. We make a small charge for each session attended to help cover our equipment and hall rental costs. This is currently £5 for adults and £3 for Under 18s (with a maximum per family of £10), and we are hoping to reduce these charges soon once we have covered our start-up costs. Why not come along and give it a try? We welcome players of all standards and can offer tuition for beginners. Roger Murphy