Clubs & Societies

Downland Dance News

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 will end soon but classes for adults and advanced students continue 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


Blewbury WI News

Hello everyone. Summer is here at last! Long hot sunny days and warm balmy evenings. More ways to relax — join us at the following events taking place in July and August. All new members would be made very welcome.

  • Monday, 3rd July   Coffee at Style Acre.  30 am.
  • Tuesday, 4th July   Lyn’s Walk.   Meet at the Village Hall for 10am start.
  • Friday, 7th July   Craft Evening at Liz’s.      Ring first.
  • Monday, 10th July   Boat trip at Henley. Date & time to be confirmed.
  • Monday, 10th July   Scrabble at Graeme’s.  30pm.  Ring first.
  • Wednesday, 26th July  WI Monthly Meeting.  Vale Room 7.30pm. Speaker, Barbara Hudson.  Retirement & Beyond, Internet Dating & The Novel.
  • Friday, 28th July  Talking Science Lecture  RAL Harwell  30pm.  Black Holes – Science, Fact, Fiction or Fantasy.  Prof. Chris Done.  (Postponed from June)


  • Monday, 7th August  Coffee at Style Acre.  30am.
  • Monday, 7th August   Scrabble at Susan’s  30pm.
  • Monday, 21st August  Tour of BMW Mini Car Plant at Cowley.  Date to be confirmed
  • Wednesday, 23rd August  WI Summer Social in the Melland Room.  3pm – 7.30pm. Bring & Share.
  • There is no “Lyn’s Walk” in August.
  • No Craft Evening at Liz’s 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.


– Your Local Village Gardening Club



Our Annual Summer Show is open to the public at 2.30pm to view the displays of home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers, cookery, handicraft, photography and other categories. Presentation of trophies to the prize winners takes place while you can enjoy homemade refreshments. AN ART EXHIBITION BY LOCAL ARTISTS WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE.


Kew Gardens is a botanical garden and houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”. Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants.

We are planning a coach trip to Kew Gardens with pick up points at The Blueberry in Blewbury at 08.45am and the Village Hall in Upton at 09.00am.

The Kew Garden Ticket and Coach = £28.50 per person

Tickets, with full details of the trip, can be booked through Karen or Angela at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham in Upton (01235 850126).

DID YOU KNOW ? Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) wrote: “Some of the most delightful of all gardens are the little strips in front of roadside cottages. They have a simple and tender charm that one may look for in vain in gardens of greater pretension.” Happy Gardening Eileen

Sustainable Blewbury

Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue: This event, on 11 June, was a great success. We were very glad to see so many people enjoying themselves at our picnic to celebrate the opening of the Mike Edmunds Community Orchard and seeing how the orchard fits in to Tickers Folly Field.

We’d like to thank Blewbury Learner Band for playing so well, the Blewbury Primary School PTA for running their excellent barbecue, the Pre-school for joining in with their kite flying by the children, and everyone who helped out in various ways. It all contributed to a wonderful village atmosphere.

Results of the welly wanging (done for glory, not the prizes!):
Age 10 or under – Hamish Inglis, 22.1m; Age 11–18 – Ben Lott, 29.4m; Adult female – Katy Jane Whitlock: 25.8m
Adult male – Eric Barton, 52.9m. (Guinness world record for men is 63.98m.)

Blewbury Garden Market: Now running (our 8th year!) at Blewbury Garage – every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh garden fruit and veg, plants, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, preserves and Blewbury honey. We need more people bringing us things to sell (before 9.30). And we’d love more volunteers to help run the stall – email or talk to us at the Garage if you’d like to join in!

Community Orchard vandalism: There has been some minor vandalism at the orchard – mainly pulling out the long stakes, the ones supporting the protective netting rather than the trees themselves. In a couple of cases these stakes have been broken off, leaving a very sharp, potentially dangerous shard sticking out of the ground. We have replaced the missing stakes. And at one point a very few dog owners seemed to enjoy dropping their poo bags on to the trees, but this disgusting habit seems to have fallen out of favour – to the great relief of those who had to retrieve them! But by and large, people appear to have welcomed the orchard for what it is, a benefit for the whole community.

Angela’s departure: We will be very sorry to say goodbye to Angela Hoy when she leaves Blewbury at the end of August, but we wish her well as she moves to Vancouver to join her daughter. Very soon after Angela’s arrival half a dozen years ago we wondered how we had managed without her. Her interest in our food-related and environmental activities meant that she was soon running our Garden Market and annual apple juicing sessions, as well as helping with our Permaculture project and numerous events and activities over the years. She also had masses of new ideas she persuaded us to try. She trained to be a Master Composter and qualified gardener, and wrote her Notes from the Allotment for the Bulletin. We will miss you Angela, but hope you enjoy your new life in Vancouver. From your many friends in Sustainable Blewbury.



6 wooden storage trays for apples. They are 57cm square and  stackable.

Melanie Longhurst

07867 500031
TV table with 2 smoked glass shelves and wooden top, finished in grey. W 700mm x D 445mm x H 440mm.

Alan Cooper


Victorian wardrobe with drawer, 6’ x 3’9” x 1’4”

2 glass-fronted bookcases, each 2’9” x 1’7” x 10”

Malcolm Wright

Leather swivel executive office chair. One arm is a bit wonky (fixable I think) but otherwise AOK.

Chris Whatmore

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

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Blewbury Local History Group

We have been enjoying a number of speakers at our meetings recently. If anyone knows of a speaker that they think would be of interest to the Village or Parish then we would welcome a recommendation. A reminder that we have an extensive library of research material concerning the Parish and its houses/lanes/fields etc which are open to those who are interested. At our last meeting we discussed the changing face of housing within the Village. The loss of houses such as Greenlea on Besselslea, for example, for more modern dwellings is a change which is monumental to the traditional English Village. These buildings, whilst not being perhaps compatible with modern living, are a National treasure in relation to how a generation were prepared to live. When they are gone they shall be remembered only in the images we as a Society preserve.

Our next meeting is July 11th at the History Room. All are welcome.


Blewbury Film supports the Village Hall!

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce that our screening for the 9th August will be “Sully”.

Clint Eastwood’s film tells the story about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the heroic pilot who landed his passenger jet on New York’s Hudson River two minutes after both engines failed moments after take-off. This is Clint Eastwood’s 35th Film – not bad for an 86 year old cowboy – and shows that he has not lost his talent for drama, action and absorbing cinematic fluency.

Tom Hanks, in another splendid lead role performance, plays Sully, the stoic pilot faced with a tough job – both during and after the infamous crash landing. To Eastwood, Sully is one of those heroes who keep their narrowed eyes trained on the horizon and who are somehow simultaneously unassuming and completely authoritative. Eastwood has cast and directed Hanks perfectly in the role. Tom Hanks even seems to give his own crow’s feet a little extra “Eastwoodian” crinkle.

This is a film best watched with your feet firmly planted on terra firma but shows the human experience behind this fateful flight as faced by passengers, crew and onlookers in a breathtakingly realistic and plausible way.

Telegraph –“Sully, the superb drama suits Hanks and Eastwood down to the ground”


Sully (12A)

Directed by Clint Eastwood         Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

Please keep emailing us on to get more details, to let us know what you thought of our last show and with your film suggestions for future events.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 9th August Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 30th June

Please note: Tickets will only be available on the door if any remain unsold at the Post Office – on the door sales cannot be guaranteed. Please make sure you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. No refunds.

Licensed Bar and Ice Creams available (No BYO please)

So, if you are you interested in a local, fun, social film night, come along, try it out and give us your ideas. Like us on Facebook or email us and we’ll add you to our Mailing List and keep you informed of future events.

In association with the Blewbury Players. Profits to the Village Hall refurb.

Contact Paul Sanders or Peter Willison for more information and / or with your ideas:


Bridge Club

The Abingdon Cafe Bridge event is being held on 19th October this year. There are 5 venues with lunch provided in the one at which you are playing at the time. It starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, and is friendly, social bridge for players of all standards. There are prizes for winners, and for those less experienced. Why not give it a try? The cost is £60 per pair with the surplus going to Parkinsons UK. For further information and to register email Kevin Carter on

As the summer is well and truly upon us we hope that members will still come along to play at the club regularly and escape the evening heat of the garden! Michael Allen 851870


One thing you can always say about our weather, it is never dull!

This last month it has ranged from cold and rainy to extremely windy and now we are in a heatwave to rival 1976! Watering has been a chore, but just think what it does to tone the upper arms!

The high winds had a detrimental effect on our cunning idea of planting seedlings through holes in black membrane, to retain moisture and discourage pests; the wind picked up any loose edges and thrashed our poor sweetcorn seedlings almost to death! Fortunately a kind neighbour gave us some more that we have now planted out, this time in bare earth. Another casualty of the weather seems to be the first early potatoes, which look very lacklustre and despite a few flowers on their haulms, don’t appear to have much underneath the soil. In contrast, the second earlies are looking bushy and healthy, thus proving perhaps the old adage that it is better to wait for Spring to get into gear before planting frost-tender vegetables. Also, something ate all the French bean seedlings before they were barely out of the ground! Sometimes you just can’t win….

On the plus side, the runner beans have finally established themselves and are romping up the poles, and this spell of fine weather with be just what they need. And the potatoes that we did dig were absolutely delicious, with lots more to come.

It looks like a very good year for soft fruits, with the gooseberry bushes groaning under the fruit and the strawberries are also plentiful and sweet. Coming along rapidly are blackcurrants, redcurrants and Tayberries, and at home I am waiting with anticipation for the cherries to ripen! They are swathed in fleece to stop the birds plundering them before I get a chance.

It is the VPA Village Show in a couple of weeks so it is an anxious time to see if there will be enough ripe fruit and vegetables to show. If you haven’t entered it before, it is great fun, and very exciting to go round after the judging and see if you have any Best in Show and First prizes!

Some of you will know that I am leaving for Canada at the end of August, so this is my last article; it will cease to exist unless a volunteer steps up! Angela Hoy (

Editor’s note: Angela has been writing her Notes from the Allotment column for the Bulletin for as long as I’ve been editing it – that is, since September 2011. As with all our regular contributors, the editorial team owes her a great debt of gratitude, and we wish her all the very best for her new life in Canada. Thanks Angela!

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

You may have noticed that apart from our normal Friday and Sunday ringing there was a quarter peal of spliced surprise major rung on May 30th for the visitation of the Archdeacon.

We also rang as part of BBC Music Event on 15th June, which, according to the BBC, was well supported globally and hopefully will help to kindle interest in bell ringing and encourage more people to learn the art.

Sadly, Jim Blond who was a ringer for many years at Blewbury and East Hagbourne passed away on 15th June. Apart from many significant personal ringing achievements, Jim did much to pass on his significant skills to new ringers and also promote the art of ringing locally. His name is recorded on several of the peal boards displayed in the ringing chamber, and we hope to ring a quarter peal in his memory and to celebrate his life during the next few weeks.

Andrew (one of our bell ringers) and Karen get married on 6th August, and it is also a significant birthday for Andrew – both very good reasons for celebratory ringing. We will be ringing before and after the wedding ceremony as well as for normal Sunday service that morning.

There is also the possibility of a peal (ringing for about 3hrs) at Blewbury during the summer. The likely date (to be confirmed) will be August 23rd starting at 10.00am

We hope that you will enjoy hearing the bells and that everyone has a very enjoyable summer, fingers crossed that the good weather continues! Chris Cook

Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue

Sunday 11th June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon

Sustainable Blewbury, with support from Blewbury Primary School PTA and the Pre-school, are celebrating the opening of Blewbury’s Community Orchard with a party – a village picnic and barbecue. There will be music from Blewbury Learner Brass Band and a range of activities for all ages.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the PTA barbecue or bring their own picnic. We will have a real ale bar (the ‘Wagon Inn’, backed by the Blewbury Wagon) serving local beers, apple juice and soft drinks. There will also be a stall selling cake using orchard and garden fruits such as apples, plums and berries.

Some of the activities planned include:

  • Pre-school annual sponsored kite flying and picnic
  • Tug of war
  • Welly wanging
  • Story teller
  • Pond dipping
  • Information about the orchard, local environment and other Sustainable Blewbury activities

So come along, party in the orchard and make it a great village event!