Clubs & Societies

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


To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to
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!

Bridge Club

Congratulations to club members Diane Bell and Deborah Astley who came 2nd in the Friendly Pairs at the recent Oxfordshire Congress.

Friday evening Novices sessions will be taking a summer break during July and August – all being well resuming again in September. Dates will be notified by email to those who are on the circulation list – so if you are interested in taking part in these relaxed sessions with some expert advice on hand to help then please register with Tina –

Our regular Tuesday and Thursday club nights will continue through the summer.  Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury WI News

Are we still waiting for Summer? Hopefully July and August will bring us warm sunny days and lovely balmy evenings.

Blewbury Bulletin will not be issued in August; our Editor and all the volunteer workers will be having a well deserved summer break. The following list of events will be held by Blewbury WI during July and August, and any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.


  • Wednesday, 3rd Lyn’s Walk. We leave the Village Hall at 9.30am for a circular walk from The Extraordinary Hare on the A417 at West Hendred. Coffee and/or a  snack lunch at the finish.   No Lyn’s Walk in August.
  • Friday, 5th Craft Evening at Liz’s 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 8th Mah Jong at Cilla’s 2.30pm.
  • Monday, 8th Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 17th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am onwards.
  • Wednesday, 24th Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm in the Main Hall.  Speaker, Ian Paxton -“Chillies” There are no Talking Science Lectures at RAL Harwell until September.


  • Friday, 2nd Craft Evening at Liz’s  7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 13th Scrabble at Judy’s.  7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Thursday, 15th Coffee morning at Maggie’s. 10.30am.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 28th Blewbury WI Summer Social.  Details later.

Mah Jong will be played on most Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. at different venues. Please ring Cilla (851966) or Sharon (850412) for details.

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

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,

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 (

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
our free Newsletter, email
us at or phone 01235 850372.

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