Clubs & Societies

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

November 30, 2018

Thanks to all those who came on the village walk on November 11th. It was a very successful event, and we all learned something new about the men who served in WWI.

At our next meeting we shall be making arrangements for the speaker we have invited in February to talk about her suffragette aunt, Gladys Hazel. Going further back in time, we shall be discussing the latest metal-detecting finds in the village. What’s the oldest metal or pottery find in your garden? Come along for some expert advice. Last meeting before Christmas, wine and mince-pies on offer.

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

Contacts: Mark at  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Sustainable Blewbury

Autumn village leaves clear-up – Sunday 2nd December, 2–4 pm

Every autumn we clear slippery leaves from our lovely footpaths and make it a fun event for all the family. A great way to do your bit to help keep Blewbury beautiful. (Let us know If you can take a few bags of leaves to compost.)

Meet at the Playclose at 2 pm. Bring rakes, barrows and leaf scoops if you have them, or borrow ours.
Afterwards there’s free tea/coffee/juice and home-made cake for volunteers at The Blueberry, from 3.45 pm.

In case of bad weather on 2nd December this will be postponed to Sunday 9th December and publicised widely.

Thermal imaging – February 2019

  • Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping.
  • If you have already improved your insulation, would you like us to check that it’s effective?

To have your home thermally imaged by Sustainable Blewbury volunteers in February, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Jo Lakeland (850490). This service is FREE, so it’s best to book soon.

Community orchard news

Earlier this year we had the misfortune to have four trees uprooted and stolen from the orchard. We have now received three of the replacement trees, and planted them on 18th November. The last tree, a Windsor pear, is being specially grafted for us and will be available next March or April when we will be back to a full complement.

Green drinks – Monday 3rd December, from 7.30 pm at The Blueberry

What are ‘green drinks’? Not crème de menthe or a kale smoothie, but a chance to talk over a drink, ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics: anything from issues in and around Blewbury to climate change, biodiversity, or what SB does. Everyone welcome, completely informal, no agenda, just come and chat.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.
Plum Tamarin double wooden children’s swing + slide for ages 36 months to 7/8 years, with extra Plum baby swing seat for 12 months to 25 kg.

Jo Lakeland

jolakeland.48@gmail.com

01235 850490
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

Go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
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 info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850372.

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hello to everyone. Autumn has gone, Winter is here. Short days, long, cold nights. But at Blewbury WI we have lots of events during December, and we would love some new Members to join us. All would be made welcome at the following events.

  • Monday, 3rd Mah Jong at Graeme’s.  2.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 5th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at Village Hall  9am.  For a different walk to Didcot. Bring pennies for coffee and your bus pass if you have one. The walk will be possible even if it has rained in the days before.
  • Wednesday, 5th Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, 7th Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 12th Blewbury WI Christmas Lunch at The Blueberry.
  • Friday, 14th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “The star of Bethlehem – an astronomer’s view.” Dr. Barry Kellett. 1.30pm.
  • Monday, 17th Mince pies and coffee at Maggie’s.  10.30am.  Raffle.
  • Mah Jong is held every Monday at 2.30pm.

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, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla. 

 

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

 Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, we’ve almost reached the end of 2018!! The VPA Committee held its Annual General Meeting on the 7th November. The Members of the Committee conducted the business and all agreed to continue to run the VPA for another year, with Eileen and Karen swapping jobs – Eileen is now Chair and Karen is Show Secretary.  Thank you to all of you who attended the meeting and thank you to Richard Roslyn for a very interesting update, with some beautiful pictures, on his work in the garden at Blewbury Manor.

Tickets are still available for our ANNUAL SOCIAL which takes place on SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL.  The theme this year is “France”– with delicious home-made food – I promise it’s not frogs legs and snails!! (Dietary requirements catered for – please let us know when buying your tickets). We have quizzes, games and lots of fun planned. Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £9 per person. Contact Karen at Blewbury Post Office or ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or contact Eileen on 01235 510095.

Our programme for 2019 is being finalised and we have some interesting visits planned.  Details will be in the next Blewbury Bulletin.

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.” And George Bernard Shaw (1856 -1950) wrote “Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.” Happy Gardening Eileen

 

Bridge Club

The Christmas Party will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 9th December, 5 for 5.30 pm. You do not need to come with a partner – everyone can be accommodated. it will be Military Bridge as usual. A list of suggested food is being displayed at each bridge session in the Vale Room which you may volunteer to bring along to the party – all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed by the Treasurer. Please enter your name next to what you wish to contribute. Prizes will be available and cups for the annual competitions presented.

Congratulations to Mike Brown and Richard Bird who, on provisional results, came 84th nationally out of over 1,800 pairs, with 63% in the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs on 15th November. Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury Local History Group

October 28, 2018

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, the History Group are conducting a  walking tour of houses in the village lived in by soldiers such as the Aldworth brothers, pictured above, who served during the Great War.

Covering 10 houses we will be placing a large poppy with the name of the soldier and, where possible, a picture of him, outside the house concerned. There will also be some information on that soldier’s life both before, during and after the war. We have been fortunate in obtaining some detailed information about the Blewbury men who served. Commencing at 14:30 on Nov 11th, the walk is expected to take between 60-90 minutes; those interested should meet at the bench at the top of Westbrook Street where it joins the London Road. There will be hand-outs of the names and houses to be visited on the day. No need to book, we should be able to accommodate all those who wish to join us.

Thanks to the Pre-school children who are assisting us with the making of the memorial poppies.

Our usual meeting on November 9th is at The History Room on Parsonage Lane. All are welcome.

Contacts: Mark markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Sustainable Blewbury

Apple juicing at Blewbury Manor stable: Sunday 4 November, 11am to 1pm

This last, late-season session will run if there is demand, so if you will still have apples to juice please try to let us know in advance by email (info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk) or phone (07935 232 296). If you wish to pasteurise your juice (to last up to a year) please arrive early in the session. HIRE: Too many apples for our sessions? Hire our equipment for just £10 per day in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. Contact us as above.

Blewbury Garden Market 2018

It was a strange, difficult year in the garden: a cold, wet spring with a brief late frost, and then the hot and very dry summer. Some fruit, vegetables and flowers did very well indeed but many didn’t, and one large crop of sweetcorn was demolished by muntjacs. Our Saturday morning Garden Market stall at the garage (its ninth year), had a surprisingly good season, but with crops running out we stopped two weeks earlier than planned. All is not lost – there will be occasional produce and preserves at the Post Office during the off season.

Thanks to everyone who brought things to sell, all our friendly ‘customers’, and of course the dedicated people who spent Saturday mornings running the stall. The Garden Market is a little bit of glue that helps bind Blewbury together and reminds us that we can produce nice fresh produce locally. See you again next year.

Hedge laying

At SB’s 25th anniversary bash on 30 September we had a display showing hedges that we’ve laid around the village in the past few years, some of our tools, and examples of regional hedge-laying styles. We wanted to recruit more members, and seven more villagers are joining us this winter to learn the skills. We’ll be starting in November. If you have not yet signed up and would like to do so please contact jogden@blewbury.net.

Our Canadian correspondent, Angela Hoy, adds:

Today was the Riley Park Community Garden Apple Festival, one of many around Vancouver.

We had an apple expert from the adjoining farmers market telling us all about the history of North American apples , with samples, then Robin (a  Brit) explained the process of making cider with windfalls using an ancient method of breaking up the fruit followed by the familiar press….

Then there was a potluck lunch provided by people in the group, including spiced apple muffins and a red cabbage/ carrot and apple coleslaw from us and lots of other innovative dishes from around the world!

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.
3 bookcases, 2 are 160cm high, 1 is 180cm high. All 70cm wide and 30cm deep. White finish. Dick Figgins richard@westbury2.plus.com 850604
Greenhouse, metal frame, 240cm x 188cm.

Peter Saunders

pahsaunders@gmail.com

850245

·   Small red first bike – fine condition, suitable for 3-5 yr old.

·   Wood/metal wine racks x3: 77 x 77cm; 63 x 63cm; 63 x 120cm

Lydia Inglis

lydandmuz@gmail.com

07801 932393

·   Metal double bed + none turn mattress in good clean condition

·   Two wheels for 122 ERDE trailer

·   RALEIGH MAX Bike grey wheel size 24×2.10

Linda Humber lindahumber@yahoo.co.uk 851289

·   Balloon back chair frame, mid Victorian, oak (?) Sound condition, for re-upholstery project.

·   Guinea pig/ rabbit indoor plastic cage, 48 x 78 cm.

·   Green plastic slide, 3m long, no ladder. Ideal for setting into a bank.

Marianne
marianne@oldhouseconsultancy.co.uk
07808 287507
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

Go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
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 info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850558.

BELL RINGING NEWS FROM BLEWBURY TOWER

November this year is particularly special as it is 100 years since the end of the First World War. It is recorded that 1400 bell ringers lost their lives in the conflict; nationally it was the aim to recruit 1400 new bell ringers during this year as part of “Ringing Remembers”.

We have been fortunate over recent years to have had a number of new learners and this year we have one new ringer who qualifies to be included in “Ringing Remembers” and potentially one more. This would be particularly fitting as two Blewbury Ringers lost their lives in the conflict.

Along with the nation we will be remembering this Armistice Day with some special ringing, the bells will be rung half muffled for the Remembrance Day Service. At 2.30pm there will be an Armistice peal attempt and at 7.05pm we will ring for approximately 10 minutes to mark the national “Battle’s Over” initiative when it is hoped that nationally all church bells will be rung at the same time as beacons being lit across the country.

 

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hello to everyone. Autumn has arrived, showing off its beautiful colours on all the trees. But, then we shall be sweeping up the leaves when they decide to fall?

Bonfire night will soon be here and we will see a wonderful firework display and some of our WI ladies will be serving hot baked potatoes and mulled wine. Below is a list of our November events and we would love to welcome any new Members to join us.

  • Friday, 2nd Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 5th Mah Jong at Judy’s.  2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Destination will depend on the state of the paths, but will probably be around Blewbury. Coffee possible.
  • Tuesday, 6th Coffee morning at Sharon’s. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday, 7th Scrabble at Judy’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, 16th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  Speaker  Dr. Kathryn Harkup – “B is for Belladonna “
  • Wednesday, 28th WI monthly meeting.  7.30pm. In the Vale Room.  Craft Evening.

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, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

Bridge Club

The AGM was held on 4th October ahead of a shortened bridge session. All Officers and Committee members were re-elected unopposed.

Attendance has increased during the 2017-2018 year in comparison with the previous year, but there is no guarantee that similar levels of attendance will be maintained in future. So Ken Angus’ offer to form a sub-committee to look at ways of recruiting new members is very welcome – anyone who has any suggestions or would like to contribute to this initiative should contact Ken directly.

The current playing year ends on 30th October and a new year’s competitions will commence. Subscriptions will be due on 1st November and a new calendar with list of members and contact details will be available. For the 2018-2019 year we have a new competition, thanks to the generosity of Richard Bird, who has presented the Bird Salver to the club for the best handicap pair on Thursday evenings over a minimum of 15 qualifying events.

This year’s Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs competition is to be held at the normal Thursday club session on 15th November. Please make every effort to come along and contribute to this very worthwhile cause. It is hoped that participants will agree to a contribution of at least £5 each on the night – all of which will be donated to Children in Need. Michael Allen 851870