Clubs & Societies


At our October meeting we were so enthralled by the latest historical finds from round the village that we never did get time to collate the Walks books, so that will be top of the agenda at our next meeting.

We will also discuss how we can have closer links with other local history groups. Harwell for example is having a series of talks for a year starting on November 15th in the Cherry Hall, details available from Audrey. But a member of our own group will be giving a talk in Wallingford next month about the archaeological finds in Blewbury, see the details below, or

Our next meeting is Tuesday November 14th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. If you want to know more about what we do, contact either Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Talk: ‘Blewbury – A Saxon Surprise in a Test Pit and a Roman Religious Site on the Downs’

Dave Carless and Lindsey Bedford will be giving a talk in Wallingford on Wednesday 8th November, about findings from two volunteer digs in Blewbury in 2015/16. The two projects led to the discovery of an early Saxon sunken featured building in a back garden through test pitting, and the investigation of crop marks on the Berkshire Downs which English Heritage recorded as a possible Romano-British temple. The sunken building, being cut into chalk, was well preserved and yielded some lovely finds and the possible Roman site delivered its own surprise in the form of a deep shaft.

The meeting is at St. Mary’s Church, Wallingford, starting at 7.45pm for 8.00pm. Parking is available nearby in the Waitrose car park (free at that time of the evening). There is a charge of £4.

Blewbury WI


Hello to everyone. Autumn has arrived. Very beautiful but will keep us very busy with all the fallen leaves to sweep up and the garden to put to bed. But we can look forward to bonfires and fireworks to keep us entertained and the following list of WI November events will keep us happily occupied. All new members will be made very welcome to join us.

  • Wednesday, 1st Lyn’s Walk. Leave the Village Hall at 10am for a local walk which will probably finish up at Style Acre.
  • Wednesday, 1st Scrabble at Lin Page’s. 7.30pm. Please ring first.
  • Friday, 3rd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring first.
  • Monday, 6th Mah Jong at Steve’s. 2.30pm. Please ring first.
  • Wednesday, 8th Coffee at Style Acre with Trish. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday, 22nd WI monthly meeting. Craft evening making Christmas items. Vale Room 7.30pm.
  • Friday, 24th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world. Dr. Ceri Brenner.

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, where you will find more information.  Love from Cilla


 Your Local Village Gardening Club

It’s reminder time for everyone – our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING takes place on WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER in the VALE ROOM at BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL. It commences at 7.00pm for 7.30pm which gives you time to have a complimentary glass of wine and some nibbles. Look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets are now available for our ANNUAL SOCIAL which takes place on SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. This year will be “A London Evening” with delicious home made food (those with special dietary requirements will be catered for), quizzes, games and lots of fun and we have some very special entertainment!! Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £9 per person. Tickets are available from Karen at Blewbury Post Office or ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or contact Eileen on 01235 510095.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the above events.

We are in the process of planning our programme of events and visits for 2018 and this will be available soon. We are planning a visit to West Green House Gardens in Hartley Witney and a trip to Wisley – the details will be announced in the new year. Our Annual Summer Show will take place in July and we are re-arranging the classes for the Children’s Section to try and encourage more of them to take part. Full details will be available at the beginning of 2018.

DID YOU KNOW ? Thrushes love the berries of the rowan tree and distribute the seeds in their droppings. The rowan used to be carried on ships to ward off storms and was also planted on graves to stop the dead returning to haunt the living!! Happy Gardening Eileen


The issue of slugs is ever present and I was at Blewfest enjoying the music (wasn’t George Long amazing – where did he get that voice from) when inevitably there was a mini cloudburst.

So I was sheltering in the beer tent, funnily enough, when a girl tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘slugs’ to me. I recognised her as the owner of an adjacent allotment which absolutely immaculate and very productive, in fact makes mine look like a scraggy mess. I have watched her allotment go from nothing to near perfection over the past two years. So she said that Slugo, the non-poisonous slug pellets, were good but she had a better solution, namely frogs. She has a small pond in her garden in Cossicle Mead and she collects frog spawn and grows frogs. She then put them on her allotment where they spend the summer eating all the slugs. Amazing and brilliant plan I thought. So I have decided to accumulate a few old sinks or washing up bowls, plant one in each of my eight raised beds and grow frogs to control the slug population. So if you have any spare washing bowls save them for me!!

There are still lots of veggies on people’s allotment and my leeks have been great this year so I carefully picked mine and took them home last week. My son who had come back home for the weekend saw them and said ‘great Dad — fresh veg from the allotment, perfect’, and nabbed the whole lot and disappeared back to Bristol to cook leek soup. So there go my leeks I thought, but how amazing that a veggie hating ex-teenager now has turned into an allotment veggie leek lover. What more could you want for from your kids.

Well it’s coming to the end of the summer so time to clear the allotment and hunker down for winter. Also, time to pick the fruit on your apple or pear trees. I have two small trees, each of which has two varieties which were grafted together. Unfortunately this year there was almost no fruit, which I can only account for a frost in late spring or a bit of overzealous pruning last year. Other apple trees on the allotments seem to have done well however, with five trees planted by Mike Edmunds producing amazing quantities of fruit. These were varieties of eating apples and cookers, available to anyone on the allotments to pick. Mike was one of the most generous of people and he had a Blewbury allotment for over forty years. He passed away in 2015 and is greatly missed.

Bridge Club

The AGM was held on Thursday 5th October ahead of a shortened session of bridge.

Susan Tilbrook and Steve Quinn resigned as Committee members and thanks go to them for their contributions in the past – particularly to Susan for all her hard work collecting subscriptions and maintaining the membership lists. Also for acting as lead co-ordinator at the Christmas parties. Sarah Donne and Mick Moore were elected to the Committee and our thanks go to them. All Officers and other Committee members were re-elected unopposed.

After some discussion about the £1 additional table money which has been charged as a contribution to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund it was overwhelmingly agreed that this should continue.

Cupholders are asked to return their cups to the Treasurer, Colin Field, no later than the end of the month.

A heat of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs will be held in the club on Thursday 16th November. It is hoped that as many members as possible will turn out to play that evening and to be as generous as possible with their contributions to this worthwhile charity – all funds raised on the evening, including what would normally be a contribution to the EBU for Pay to Play, will go to Children in Need. Anna Gudge, who organises the hands and the results, normally appears at the BBC event on the Friday evening to present a large cheque! Over £70,000 was raised by bridge clubs last year and now Anna’s organisation, ECatsBridge, is an official partner of Children in Need in recognition of the large sums raised in the past by the bridge-playing community.

Finally, it is with great sadness that I have to report the recent death of Gillian Hewitt-Taylor who was a keen supporter of the club over many years, a committee member, and contributor in many ways to the successful running of Blewbury Bridge Club. Our thoughts are with her many friends and family at this sad time.

Michael Allen  851870


September 22, 2017

VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, another growing season is almost at an end and I expect many of us are harvesting and freezing, bottling or drying our produce to be able to enjoy it during the coming winter months. One of the opportunities available to anyone who has a surplus of apples is to convert them into apple juice with the help of Sustainable Blewbury. On SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER (1pm – 3pm) we will be joining Sustainable Blewbury with our annual PLANT AND CAKE SALE at the RED LION, BLEWBURY. We look forward to seeing you there.

Really pleased to hear that the visit to Kew Gardens in August was very well supported and that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the wonders of this amazing place. I was in Scotland at the time and part of my trip was a visit to Cape Wrath (how many of you have heard it mentioned in the shipping forecast on Radio 4?). It was amazing, but I’m sure the coach to Kew was a lot smoother than the bumpy ride to the Cape Wrath lighthouse!

It’s also the time of year for having our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and this takes place at 7pm onwards on WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER in the VALE ROOM at BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL (includes wine and nibbles). Look forward to seeing you there.

For the last four years the VPA has had a very successful and enjoyable ANNUAL SOCIAL and this year will be no exception. The Social is booked for SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. This year will be “A London Evening” with food, quizes, games and lots of fun. Watch this space for more details.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the above events.

DID YOU KNOW ? The peach is native to China and it is thought to have reached the Mediterranean region in roughly 2000 BC via the Silk Road. Happy Gardening Eileen

Sustainable Blewbury

Apple juicing sessions: It’s been a very good year for apples, and it would be a pity to waste what you can’t eat. We have three more sessions for making some of the tastiest apple juice you’ve ever had, from your own apples:

  • Sun. 8 Oct., 2–4pm, Manor stable
  • Sun. 22 Oct., 12–3pm, Red Lion garden
  • Sun. 5 Nov., 11am–1pm, Manor stable

Please bring your (washed) apples and clean glass (screw-top) wine or drink bottles if you want to pasteurise your juice. If you want to freeze it, bring clean plastic containers. Cut out any bad bits but no need to core the apples. Cost: £1 per pressing (large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle (keeps for up to a year).

Our equipment is also available to hire: £10 per day in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. For details and bookings contact:

Blewbury Garden Market: Every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh local garden fruit and veg, plants, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, preserves and Blewbury honey. Why not bring us your surplus produce to sell for you (before 9.30 please) and at the same time see what else is available, including many items not available in shops. Note that our last session at the garage this year will be on Saturday, 14th October.

We will again have Garden Market Extra running through the autumn, winter and early spring at the Post Office, with bread and cakes on Saturday mornings, and jam and occasional produce all week.

Dates for your diaries:

A talk by Prof. Eric Eisenhandler – ‘Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room’ at Blewbury Manor barn on Monday 30th October at 8pm, tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office. The talk will discuss up to date information about climate change and the improving outlook for renewable energy.

Village Leaf Clearance – Do you remember last year’s very enjoyable leaf-clearing event? It was fun for everyone, older or younger! We are repeating it on Sunday 3rd December from 2–4pm. More details nearer the day.



Miele vacuum cleaner.  Old but still working well.

Steve Russell

Several metres of water pipe insulation.

Peter Saunders


• 3-tier in/pending/out trays (A4, black). Trays can be separated.

• Brita Maxtra water filter cartridges, box of 6

• Approx 100 see-through A4 document wallets for ring binders

Chris Whatmore

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

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, contact us at


Hello again. October is almost here! The trees are showing off their lovely Autumn colours and Harvest time fast approaching. The only drawback is the evenings are drawing in to an earlier lighting up time. Following is a list of Blewbury WI events that are being held in October, and we would love to welcome all new members to join us.

  1. Monday 2nd Coffee at Style Acre with Karen. 10.30am.
  2. Tuesday 3rd Lyn’s Walk. Leave Blewbury Village Hall at 9.30am and walk to East Hagbourne and follow the newly opened Poet’s Trail round the village. There will probably be a coffee stop at the Fleur.
  3. Wednesday 4th Scrabble at Cilla’s. 7.30pm. Please phone first 851966
  4. Friday 6th Craft evening at Karen’s. 7pm – 9pm. Please phone first.
  5. Friday 13th RAL Talking Science lecture at Harwell 1.30pm. A is for Arsenic: the poisons of Agatha Christie. Dr. Kathryn Harkup.
  6. Wednesday 25th October. WI monthly meeting in The Village Hall at 7.30pm. Speaker, Tony King. A respected speaker to the WI.
  7. Friday 27th Abingdon Operatic Society at Abingdon School. Sister Act. 7.20pm.
  8. Mah Jong will restart shortly. Date to be decided.

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, where you will find more information. Love from Cilla.



After a well attended September meeting with many interesting topics covered, we are looking forward to October’s meeting.

We continue to get questions sent to us from outside the village concerning family history, locations questions or enquiries about such things as the early history of the London Road. Many stimulating topics arise at each meeting and perhaps we could tempt you to come along and throw in your `Threepenny worth’. As well as the extensive library of books relating to the Parish we can utilise the records and photographs to answer most questions but just occasionally those present are stumped.

For instance, the Barley Mow used to be the last building in the village heading East and this is the junction where Pilgrims Way runs parallel with London Road. Which is the original route through the village?

Come along to the October 10th meeting at 8pm in the History Room at the rear of Robinsons (just off South Street at the entrance to Parsonage Farm) and join in. Contact Mark Palethorpe ( or Audrey Long 850427 for details.