Clubs & Societies

Sustainable Blewbury

September 25, 2019

Blewbury Climate Action: News of the Blewbury Climate Action initiative can be found  in the Bulletin.

Apple juicing – Alternate Sundays at Blewbury Manor

Our sessions to turn your apples into delicious, pure juice will continue on:

Sept. 29th and Oct. 13th from 2.00–4.00pm, and October 27th from 11.00am–1.00pm.

Bring washed apples with bad bits removed and glass screw-top wine bottles. Pasteurisation can preserve your juice for about a year. Please arrive early in the session if you wish to pasteurise as it takes some time.

Charges are £1 to press a bucket or large basket of apples and 30p per bottle to pasteurise.

Too many apples or can’t make it to our sessions? You can hire the equipment at low cost. Please contact or 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 at Blewbury Service Station

Our last session of this record-breaking year is on Saturday 28th September. We are very grateful to all our producers for bringing a wide selection of plants, locally produced food and flowers to sell, and to all our lovely and friendly ‘customers’. Special thanks to our volunteers, who get up early on a Saturday morning to set up and run the stall, and to David Kinniburgh who does all the financial chores.

Hedge laying

This year we will be continuing with our programme of hedge laying in Blewbury, both to strengthen and reinvigorate some hedges and to teach the craft skills to new participants. We will start in October when the nesting season is definitely over. At the moment we have one private and one public stretch of hedge in mind. We welcome volunteers – if you would like to take part then please email John Ogden at

  • Habitat beechwood finish 2 drawer filing cabinet.  Takes A4 hanging files (not foolscap). 72cm high, 82cm wide, 63cm deep
  • Bureau, traditional style repro. Base with 4 drawers and drop-down writing desk with pigeonholes etc, glazed top cabinet with 3 internal bookshelves. Base 101cm high, 92cm wide, 45cm deep. Cabinet 92cm wide, 23cm deep, 108cm high, making total height 209cm
  • Kettler ‘Nitro-Extreme’ child’s pedal go-cart
  • John Lewis open coil sprung mattress with pressure-relieving memory foam, 190cm L, 90cm W, 20cm D, (6’ x 3’ approx.) v good condition.
  • Nearly full box of puppy-training floor pads
Ellen Bramhill 850022/851965
Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn 07479 290296
Small three-seater red velvet sofa. 172cm wide, 94cm deep, 82cm high to top of back, 64cm high to top of arms. Email for pics. Lydia Inglis 07801 932393
  • 1 water butt stand Diameter 54cm Height 30cm
  • 1 plastic 5 litre sprayer
  • 2 ice cube trays 12 spaces in each (scarcely used)
Lyn Blackie 850795
A3 page printer (full colour)  complete with power cable, but you might need to get a data cable from PC World or similar. Robert Long 850427
  • 2.5 litre tin of Textured Exterior Masonry Paint, brilliant white.
  • 108 metal (brass colour) modern curtain rings, 5cm across, with little loops on the side for the hooks
Jo Lakeland 07773 242472
  • Child car seat: Nania, 0-18kg universal car seat. Used but undamaged.
  • Group 0 Infant car seat, unbranded. Very good condition.
  • Raclet Bermudes 6 man frame tent. Over 30 years old but in a very good condition. No groundsheet. Approx 14ft wide, 17ft long (including bedroom areas) 7ft+ high at the midpoint. Includes 1 double bedroom & 1 four-man room which divides into 2 sleeping areas. Poles are labelled for easy construction. Pictures available on request.
June Wolff 850520
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Local History Group

Blewbury in the 1950s/60s – can you help?

We’ve had a request from a person writing a biography of Irene Mawer (married name Perugini). She came to live here and share a house with Ruby Ginner, both friends of Marguerite Steen, living at Little Triton. Irene died in the J.R. in late 1962. She was a mime artist and dancer of some note but not much is known of her time here. (She would have been a useful person to have for the Players because she travelled the country in the 1930s doing various shows in music halls and theatres.)  If you remember her at all, either as friend or maybe employer then please let our contacts know so we can put you in contact with her biographer.

The question of why the walk commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II visited eight Blewbury houses when only seven men are named on the Church memorial was answered to those who attended. The event was completed on a scorching hot day and revealed more information from participants as well as a promise of some unknown photographs of people and places in the village from times past.

We didn’t have any feedback about our hopes of enticing a younger audience to our Group. Our hope is that the website we host carries enough information to generate a spark of interest and later in life the fire will burn brighter perhaps. If you would like to join us then our next meeting is on October 8th at 8pm in the History room to the rear of Robinsons, Church Road. We would love to see you there. Contact either Audrey, 07766 7834006, or Mark,

Blewbury Croquet Club

We have come to the end of another successful summer season and the lawns are currently closed for a few weeks for some much needed TLC, after which we will have one lawn open for winter play.

The club competitions have been completed and the winners were – the Association Croquet Prebendal Manor Trophy won by Peter Allan, the Golf Croquet Icknield Cup won by Brian Jamieson and the Founders Cup won by Joe King.

In the various leagues entered by the club we mostly did quite well coming second to Oxford University in the association croquet handicap league and scoring an equal number of points with Phyllis Court, the winners in the golf croquet handicap C league. However, we were not equal first because of the method of working out the results!

The club AGM will be on Tuesday 15th October in the Melland Room.

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

Bridge Club

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Vale Room at 7pm on Tuesday 8th October ahead of a shortened session of bridge. Do please make every effort to attend. A notice is posted on the Vale Room noticeboard with spaces to suggest items for consideration in Any Other business, and also nominations for Officers of the Club or new Committee Members.

The Friday evening novices sessions have re-started and are proving popular – and the first session of the autumn saw 6 and a half tables, including one comprising learners who have completed their initial course and were engaged in a ‘taster’ session – they are now expecting to start playing in the main novices sessions.

Cupholders are reminded to return their cups to the Treasurer no later than the end of October, please. This month is also the end of the playing year, and a new calendar will be in operation from 1st November, including a new Directors’ rota. Anyone interested in Directing a session occasionally should contact the Chairman please.

Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury Table Tennis Club

Our weekly Club Sessions are every Tuesday from 6-8pm in the Blewbury Village Hall. These are open to players of all standards, and we welcome visitors. We have four tables, bats & balls and can provide coaching if required.

We would love to welcome some additional players this winter. Our aim is to have fun and be as inclusive as possible for anyone who would like to give it a try.

Any first visit to the Club is free. After that our weekly playing fees are £3 for Adults and £1 for those 18 and under.

From Tuesday 5th November we will be launching a Blewbury School After-School KS2 Table Tennis Club. This will meet each week during term time from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Blewbury School pupils can sign up now at the School Office.

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

So far Project Resound is ‘on target’, this means that Blewbury bells cannot be rung until the new window is in place and all the mortar set it.

The clock has also been temporarily stopped while some maintenance work is carried out, all should be back to normal by the beginning of December. This temporary cessation of ringing has given us the opportunity of supporting service ringing at other towers in the Benefice. We have also been very fortunate that Steventon have offered to host our Friday night practices, ringing from 7.45pm-9.15pm, this is a real bonus.

Socially it’s been a good time with the Village BBQ in the Church grounds being very successful. There has also been a weekend away ringing in Kent organised by Helen’s cousin. Blewbury bells may be silent but there is still plenty of ringing available locally so fingers crossed we don’t become rusty!

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it’s the middle of September as I write this newsletter and it’s still like mid summer with the warm sunshine. Plenty of the sunshine but very little rain!! However, digging up the potatoes on the allotment has been a dream – with the ground so dry, the potatoes are nice and clean when lifted and don’t take long to dry ready for storing.

Please don’t forget our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER IN THE VALE ROOM AT BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL, 7PM FOR 7.30PM. The Didcot and District Woodturners Club will be giving a demonstration. Please make the effort to come and hear about our future plans for the VPA and then watch some experts make wonderful items from a simple lump of wood.

Once again, don’t forget to put SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER in your diary – it’s our ANNUAL SOCIAL AT UPTON VILLAGE HALL. Every year it has been a very popular event and 2019 will be no exception. The social consists of a lovely homemade two course meal together with an evening of special quizzes, games and fun for everyone. It starts at 7.00pm and is all for the price of £9 per person. Full details will be announced in the November issue of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News.


Using a power mower, with three or four horsepower, for one hour to cut the grass releases the pollution equivalent of driving 350 miles in a car! AND – in one hour the average sprinkler uses the equivalent of two days’ water consumption by a family of four. The average family uses approximately 500 litres of pure water per day!

Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury WI News September 2019

Here we are again. Maybe it’s goodbye to Summer but, hopefully, we can look forward to a very pleasant Autumn. Below is a list of our scheduled events during October. Why don’t you come and join us and meet many friendly members? All new Members will be made very welcome.

  • Wednesday, 2nd  Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. For a popular Circular Walk from Henley. Car share to Henley. Coffee halfway & lunch at the finish.
  • Wednesday,  2nd  Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 14th  Coffee at Graeme’s.  10.30am. Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday,  18th  Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell.  1.30pm.” Bring Back the King;  The Extraordinary Science of De-Extinction.”  Helen Pilcher.
  • Wednesday, 23rd Blewbury WI Main Meeting in the Main Hall. 7.30pm. Talk by Jane Abbott.  “Alpacas and Fabulous Fluff.”
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. For venues please contact Sharon (850412)

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.


June 3, 2019

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


All of us are history in the making, which is what I was thinking at our recent meeting.

First, we now have evidence that the Romans may have been here as early as 70 AD, quite a bit earlier than thought until now.

Second, a gift of six pounds per annum left in 1660 for the poor of Blewbury is still part of the United Charities income.

Now, for fun, a question for today:
Who is the oldest person living in the village and born here? If you know, then please tell the History Group.

As you can tell, our meetings range over all sorts of topics and you are always welcome.

Next meeting is Tuesday, June 11th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or