Clubs & Societies

Sustainable Blewbury

June 29, 2018

25th Anniversary Celebration! Sunday, 30th September 2018, Blewbury School

Our 25th year – the BVS Environment Group began in August 1993. We’ll be celebrating with an exhibition of 25 of our successes in 25 years. We’re still planning it, but it will be more than an exhibition – the Blewbury Wagon will be there, there will be a barbeque, things for children to do, etc. More in the next Bulletin. If you have memories or photos you would like to share, particularly from before 2009, please contact Jo Lakeland at 01235 850490.

Community orchard

The orchard is doing well, despite losing two trees of the 47 recently. They are a hazelnut and a dessert plum (a rare Oxfordshire variety). We have ordered replacements, pot grown so we can plant them immediately. We will be pruning the stone-fruit trees in early July and may also need a weeding session at some stage.

Tickers Folly Field wild flowers

Part of our Downland Project is the strip of wild flowers along the back of the field. This year we’ve had two flowering Bee orchids, a Bath Asparagus flower, Pyramidal orchids, dropwort and cowslips, among others.

Blewbury Garden Market: every Saturday from 9.30 to 11.30 am, Blewbury Service Station

We buy and sell fresh, local garden fruit and veg (including some rarely seen in shops), flowers, plants and seedlings, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and local honey and eggs. Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more info and sales forms see

Apple juicing

Our annual apple juicing sessions will resume at the beginning of September. If you have very early apples, or too many for our sessions, the equipment is also available for hire. Contact us at




·   Box of assorted leads: 4 mm jack plugs, 13 A plugs, computer leads, 5 pin DIN etc, aerial leads, universal tv remote ….. Some electronics enthusiast must need these!

·   Omnitech 7″ (17.8 cm) digital photo frame, with remote control, mains adaptor and handbook

Jo Lakeland

01235 850490
·   Sofa – Brown, 3-seater mid-century sofa, worn and scruffy but still comfortable.  193 cm wide, 90 deep and 81 high

Eric Eisenhandler

07935 232296

·   Kingavon 4.2kW portable calor gas cabinet heater. Used only once, for use indoors or outdoors

·   Weber table top charcoal grill

·   Ladies Raleigh Activator mountain bike. Old but vgc.

·   One wheelchair, only 4 years old – happy to loan this for free!

Nina Hutchins 01235 851249

·   Trampoline, about 12 ft diameter. Protective net needs replacing and the springs around the edge are OK but need recovering.

·   Petrol driven lawn mower, 2 years old. Good condition.

Robert Long

01235 850427
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 make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get participate in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.


Your Local Village Gardening Club

A couple of important dates for your diary:

SATURDAY 7TH JULY – VPA SUMMER SHOW. Have you collected a copy of the Schedule?? If you haven’t entered before, have a look – there is a great variety of categories – fruit, vegetables, flowers, handicraft, cookery, photography. Why not give it a go – you could be a winner!! There are a few Schedules left in Blewbury post office or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.


Wisley was founded by businessman and RHS member George Ferguson Wilson who purchased a 60-acre site in 1878. Wisley is now a large and diverse garden covering 240 acres. In addition to numerous formal and informal decorative gardens, several glasshouses and an extensive arboretum, it includes small scale “model gardens” which are intended to show visitors what they can achieve in their own gardens, and a trials field where new cultivars are assessed.

If you are interested, the cost is £20 per person (includes entry and transport!). Book at Blewbury Post Office or for Upton residents, contact Maggie Maytham on 01235 850126, as soon as possible.  

DID YOU KNOW ? OAKS are among the slowest growing trees and usually don’t produce acorns until they are about twenty years old. MULBERRY trees have been known to live for up to 600 years. Syon House in Brentford holds the two known oldest in Britain today, both planted in 1548. Built for survival, if they are blown over in a storm they soon grow back again by raising themselves upon their branches.  Happy Gardening  Eileen

Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone. I hope you are enjoying the lovely summer weather and, maybe looking forward to happy holidays.

There will be no Blewbury Bulletin for August 2018, so the following lists contain our future events for July and August. Any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.

JULY 2018

  • Tuesday, 3rd    Scrabble at Rosemary’s.  7:30pm.  Please ring first.
  • Tuesday, 3rd    Lyn’s Walk.  A circular walk from Aston Recreation Ground. Some may have done part of this walk before and regretfully there is no coffee shop en route. Meet at Blewbury Village Hall at 9:15am. It is a little longer than previous walks BUT it is flat. Hope to see you all whether you are WI members or not.
  • Friday, 6th    Craft evening at Liz’s.   7pm.  Please ring first.
  • Monday, 9th   Coffee at Style Acre with Karen.  10:30am.
  • Wednesday, 25th   Visit to Ashdown House, Lambourne.  2pm – 5pm.  Car rota will be arranged.
  • Wednesday, 25th  WI monthly meeting in the Main Hall at 7:30pm.  Speaker, Sue Drage.  “ Recycling with a Difference”

There are no RAL Talking Science Lectures in July and August.


  • Friday, 3rd  Craft evening at Liz’s.  7pm. Please ring first.
  • Monday, 6th  Scrabble at Graeme’s.  7:30pm. Please ring first.
  • Monday, 13th  Coffee morning at Karen’s (instead of Style Acre) 10:30am.
  • Wednesday, 22nd WI Summer Social in the Melland Room. Please bring a plate of food.

There is no Lyn’s Walk in August.

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.

Blewbury Local History Group

We recently took Henley Historical Society on a walk around the village having first introduced them to the archaeology of the area.

As with previous walks with other people they commented on the fact that they never knew how lovely the village was and how hidden it is if you only travel along the main road.  That is what history itself is like; you can stick with history of kings and queens, politics, wars all interesting, but not as alive as the stories of villages and towns and the folk who have live there. There are always more facts to find, more stories to tell, more hidden things from the past to find. History is ALIVE!

We are still hoping to hear from people about their grandparents’ memories of WW1; if you have any photos, stories, we would love to hear them before November 2018 when the end of WW1 will be remembered in the village and the Church.

Contacts:Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Next meeting is Tuesday, July 10th  at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. (No meeting in Aug.)


What an exciting month it has been.

A successful quarter peal was rung on the morning of May 19th to celebrate the Royal Wedding and the 10 year anniversary of Revd. Jason St.John Nicolle. As well as our normal Sunday service ringing the bells are rung for special services and last month there were two of these. A choral evensong on 20th May to mark Revd Jason and Maranda’s 10 years in the Benefice and then on the following evening for The Archdeacon’s Visitation for the Admission of Churchwardens.

The most exciting event of the month was the launch of Project Resound. It was lovely to see so many people attend the launch and meet the artist, Rachel Phillips, who is so enthusiastic about the project. There will be lots more about this in the months to come.

Our regular Friday practices continue, we are always pleased to see visitors, and were delighted when a couple from Adelaide came to join us for a Friday practice.

Downland Dance News

July 14, 2017

Ballet classes in East Hagbourne and Abingdon, following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus six days a week. Minimum starting age 3plus with no upper age limit.

The summer term has now ended but classes for adults and advanced students are continuing throughout July and August.

This year, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are holding a few master classes. Adam Harris, formerly of Downland Dance, now with The Croatian National Theatre Company, will give a class in August. A soloist from The Royal Ballet is scheduled to teach a master class in early September. We are still negotiating a class with a dancer from another company for some time in the summer. To fit in these extras we are starting the autumn term a week later this year on Monday September 11th. For further details please contact Principal Mrs. Judy Harris on 01235 554060 or  Anita Rendel



May 3, 2017

Hello again.

May is almost here, with all the beautiful trees in blossom and colourful spring flowers blooming. We can look forward to warm , sunny days and sitting in the garden. We would love to welcome any new Members to join us at the following May events.

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017   Lyn’s Walk.   A local walk, mostly on paths. We will leave the Village Hall at 10.00am.
  • Tuesday 9th May 2017   Coffee at Style Acre with Cilla. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017   Visit to Chalgrove Manor.
  • Friday 12th May 2017   Craft Evening at Liz’s.
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017   Scrabble at Susan’s   30pm.
  • Friday 19th May 2017   Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell: To Catch a Monopole. Dr Tom Whyntie. 1.30pm.
  • Wednesday 24th May 2017   Monthly WI Meeting at the Vale Room   00pm. Speaker Bruce Duncan. The Loan Soldier.

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.

Sustainable Blewbury

‘Emulating Nature’s Genius (sustainable engineering solutions)’ – a talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis, Monday 15 May, 8.00pm, Blewbury Manor Barn:

Studying how nature solves its engineering and materials problems provides inspiration for solving our own problems. Spider silk, a fly’s eye, a pine cone opening and closing, shark skin, a lotus leaf, a gecko’s foot … all were inspirations for engineers … but inspirations for what? Tickets from the Post Office, £6, including a glass of wine. All profits donated to the Village Hall refurbishment.

Blewbury Garden Market: Reopens (for our 8th year!) on Blewbury Service Station forecourt on Saturday 20th May from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh produce, plants and seedlings, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, free-range eggs, preserves and honey, all locally produced. We’d love more volunteers to help man the stall, please contact if you’d like to join in!

Community Orchard – news: All the trees appear to have taken successfully. Even the weakest looking have buds and some, especially Morello cherries, are bursting out of their protective netting. In the wildflower area, the cowslips are also looking good this year. However, the unusually dry April weather has been a concern, so the Community Orchard Group (COG) organised a watering session, along with liquid seaweed fertiliser. Many thanks to the Mussons for water supply access and to members of the Hedge Laying Group who helped. We are always looking for more volunteers to join the COG. If you’re interested email John Ogden (

We will be erecting a signboard in the orchard, and we expect it to be installed in good time for the Orchard Picnic day (see below). The whole village is warmly welcome to come along and help us to celebrate!

Community Orchard – grand opening and village picnic, Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon: Bring your own picnic. Brass band, licensed bar with local beer and soft drinks, and a cake stall. There will be fun activities for kids and more … full details in the June Bulletin.



Folding child’s high chair, metal with plastic covering. Large freestanding wooden tapestry frame.

Ann Dendy


60cm freestanding electric cooker

c.10 sq m of limestone tiles in opus pattern

Ian Davies

07974 236219
A pair of bookcase glass doors 17″x 28″ and a board with frame suitable for attaching posters with blutac (not pins). 33.25″ x 21.25″

Brenda Hopkins

Child’s ”smarTrike” 3 wheeled orange bike, complete with all accessories and original box. For children from 10 months to over 36 months. Jo Lakeland 850490
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



Our annual Easter Sunday Duck Race was a resounding success once again as 500 little yellow ducks raced along the stream in the Playclose in five heats and a final, ably assisted by bell ringers in wellies.

The sun shone and many of you turned out to join in the fun and cheer on your ducks. First prize for the fastest duck of the day (no. 444) went to Karen Brooks, with second and third prizes going to Andrew Forman and Meg Pryor. Penny, the fluffy duck from the “Guess the name” competition went home with her winner and new owner, Daniel Marsh. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came along and made the event a success.

Learn to ring!

Try a new hobby to exercise both brain and body! Join a sociable team and be part of a great English tradition! A six week bellringing course for beginners in the local area (including Blewbury, Harwell, Chilton and North Moreton) starting on Monday May 29th is a really good opportunity to kick-start your learning with an initial period of intensive training. You will learn in a group, visiting different local churches for tuition, and you will aim to be able to handle a bell and begin to ring rounds by the end of the course.

For details see: or contact Susan Read on 01235 529779,



April 7, 2017

Our Members’ Talks which took place at Blewbury Manor Barn in March were enjoyed by everyone who attended. Thank you to the Manor for the use of the Barn with its lovely big settees in front of the great log burner. Our next event is:



Over 100 places to shop for plants

Carol Klein will share expert advice in the Live Theatre plus live interviews and book signings.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live present much-loved features every year, plus a host of new features to keep the Show fresh and exciting.

COST:  £23.50 per Gardeners’ World ticket.  Travel arrangements and cost to be advised

Ticket includes entry to the BBC Good Food Show

Don’t miss out on a great day – Please order your ticket by 15th May through:

Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham at Upton – 01235 850126

DID YOU KNOW?  James Boswell (1740-95) wrote: “In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen and enough to rot on the ground.”  Happy Gardening.  Eileen