On Christmas Day William (Bill) Dent-Robinson celebrated his 105th birthday.
Originally from Cumbria, William came south to go to Reading University and in 1933 took up a teaching post at Didcot Co-educational Secondary School where he met his future wife, Winifred, who taught Mathematics. In 1936 he joined the newly built St Birinus Secondary Modern School for Boys and is the sole surviving member of the original staff. He has lived in the village for 70 years.
During the Second World War, William served in the Royal Air Force. He undertook wireless interception and intelligence work near the front line in Europe and took part in the D-Day landings. In 1946 he returned to St Birinus as Head of the Geography Department. He was acting Headmaster for a year and for two decades was Deputy Headmaster. He retired in 1973. There are a huge number of his ex-pupils who live in and around Blewbury who remember ‘Robbie’ with great affection and hold him in very high regard.
Some members of the History Group have recently discovered that there are cellars in the village.
Of course the pubs have cellars but in view of the level of the water table here, we found the idea of below ground storage places surprising. Does your house have an underground, or partially underground cellar? If it does, we would very much like to record it, and even better have a look at it. We promise not to nick any of your vintage port stored there, or even the stuff you put there 20 years ago and have forgotten about. The site might be a record of earlier water levels which would be interesting.
Contact either Mark Palethorpe(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Audrey Long on 850427. (Our next meeting is February 14th at 8pm at Robinsons.)
Kip the cat was first heard pathetically meowing early one morning and we think he may have been chased up a very steep roof of a house at the top end of Dibleys and been up there all night.
Poor Kip, very small and very young, was being swooped on by magpies and kites and was obviously terrified and very hungry – but even a dish of tuna could not persuade him to attempt the climb down.
Just after 4pm, the Fire Brigade took pity and turned up and with the aid of several ladders, a kindly fireman climbed up onto the ridge of the roof and tempted Kip into a special bag and carried him down to safety and his plate of tuna. The firemen were wonderful and the whole exercise was watched by a very appreciative crowd who gave a huge cheer and round of applause for the Fire crew.
A group of small children were then allowed to have a closer look at the fire engine so the story has a very happy ending.
Photo: Bernard Mattimore
The Remembrance Day service took place at St Michaels at 10.45am on Sunday the 13th November 2016, led by the Reverend Louise Butler.
Afterwards the congregation walked to the memorial stone at the junction of London Road and Nottingham Fee. Members of the Royal British Legion were in attendance and musicians from the Blewbury Brass Band played both at the church and at the memorial stone. Following the Last Post, attendees observed the traditional two-minute silence.
Thanks to Jim Gooding for the photographs.
Congratulations to 17 year old Zak Corderoy for winning the 2016 Aprilia RRV450gp championship.
The year didn’t start well, crashing out in the first race at Brands Hatch and breaking both wrists. But he came back with determination, and it went down to the last round at Cadwell Park where he was crowned champ.
We would like to say a big thank you to family, friends, the Tony Loy Trust and California Superbike School for their support this year.
Earlier this year two students from Elmhurst School for Dance performed a ‘pas de deux’ from The Nutcracker in Sobell House for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors. The initiative came from Jim, Tracey’s husband, who is on the Board of Governors at the school.
Elmhurst has an outreach programme whereby their dancers visit hospices around the UK and give brief performances. Jim felt he wanted to make this available to Sobell House as a way of repaying the love and kindness shown to Tracey when she was on the ward.
This particular performance was choreographed by Errol Pickford, a teacher at Elmhurst and former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. The photograph shows Jim, flanked by the two soloists. Anita Rendel
After months of planning and consulting, we are almost ready to start planting!
The first 20 or so trees have been ordered, stakes, labels, tree guards and posts have all been specified and planting will take place in December. It will take a few years for the trees to become established and to bear fruit, but you should then be able to pick a Warwickshire Drooper for your breakfast (it’s a plum) or a Reverend Wilks for your supper (it’s a cooking apple).
A number of people have kindly volunteered to help with the planting. If you would like to add your name to the list then please contact John Ogden (email@example.com). For those who can help it would be very useful if they could bring along a spade and perhaps a large board or groundsheet – and a wheelbarrow could be useful to help with mulching around the trees. The weekend of the 3rd December is one possible start date but we will be in email contact with all volunteer COGGERS before then. John Ogden
The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is mounting an exhibition of photographs taken in Central Asia and the Middle East by Blewbury’s very own Sheila Paine.
The exhibition, in the Museum’s Long Gallery, runs from November 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 and will feature people and landscapes that caught Sheila’s eye over many years of travelling in that part of the world. The images range from individual portraits such as the Yemeni woman printed in the Bulletin, through to beautiful local architecture and a shot of Soviet armoured forces in Afghanistan.
Blewbury has no shortage of notable people, but the History Group thought it was time to talk about some less well known women who have achieved remarkable things.
On Sunday October 9th we shall take a walk round the village pointing out the houses that some of them lived in and talking about their lives and achievements. Audrey will have the able assistance of Jane Gibson to bring the characters to life. Come along and be inspired by the achievements that deserve to be celebrated. The walk starts at the Village Hall at 10.15.am and should take about two hours. We have to limit the number of people so please contact Audrey either at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 850427 with your name and how many will be coming.
The Style Acre Tea Room at Savages in Blewbury is looking for volunteers to join our friendly team.
Our tea room provides work experience for people with learning disabilities, helping them develop important work skills. Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us keep the tea room running, serving customers and preparing food.
It offers an opportunity to meet new people, in a friendly but fast paced environment. Current volunteers call it a ‘rewarding experience’, as they see the effect of their help, as the people we support learn new skills and increase confidence thanks to their help.
The team is currently looking for help on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday, although we would be delighted with help any day of the week. If you feel you can support us please contact our Volunteer Officer, Chris via email: email@example.com or telephone: 01491 827593.