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BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it doesn’t seem possible I’m writing for the March issue of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News already!! Where is the time going? In the meantime we have three of our Committee members giving 20 minute talks on keeping chickens on allotments, how to produce top class compost and growing and propogating snowdrops. The talks take place at Blewbury Manor Barn at 7.30pm on THURSDAY 2nd MARCH.

When I drive through Blewbury I always have a quick glance at the allotments – they do look a bit sad at the moment. My allotments (2) in Didcot are ready and waiting for the broad beans and peas which are germinating in the greenhouse. Given the weather I can’t do much more – hopefully March will be a warmer month. The planting plans are ready for this years veggies. Can’t wait to get everything up and running.

Don’t forget the VPA has a selection of tools available for all residents in Blewbury and Upton to use for a donation. You will find the list on the back of the programme which is enclosed with this copy of the Blewbury Bulletin. We also have a projector which can be hired for a £5 donation. Contact details are on the programme.

Don’t forget to put the two dates of our outings in your diary and full details will be issued in the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News prior to the event.

SATURDAY 17th JUNE (day visit) – TRIP TO GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST (day visit) – DAY VISIT TO KEW GARDENS, LONDON

DID YOU KNOW? The first garden gnomes were introduced to the UK in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, who brought back 21 terracotta figures from Germany and placed them in the gardens of his home, Lamport in Northamptonshire. Only one of the original batch of gnomes survives. Lampy, as he is known, is on display at Lamport Hall and is insured for one millions pounds!  Happy Gardening,  Eileen

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hi All, March is almost here. With all the Spring bulbs shooting through and primroses and snowdrops in full flower, and the days gradually getting longer, we will soon be out in the garden looking forward to Spring. The Wi events for March are listed below and any new members would be very welcome to join us.

  • Tuesday, 7th Lyn’s Walk. An urban walk to the North of Didcot starting at Didcot Parkway at 10.30 am. Catch the 10.14 bus from The Blueberry (10.08 from Upton). Don’t forget your bus passes and pennies for coffee, hopefully.
  • Wednesday, 8th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30 am.
  • Wednesday, 8th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30 pm.
  • Wednesday, 22nd Monthly meeting, AGM, and Social Evening at the Manor Barn, 7.30 pm.
  • Friday, 24th RAL Harwell Lecture, 1.30 pm. Discovering the Universe from beneath the surface — Emma Meehan.
  • Mah Jong sessions are held every Monday afternoon at 2.30 pm.

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

Sustainable Blewbury

Tree planting: With the new Community Orchard planted, Sustainable Blewbury is starting another tree-planting project on a triangle of land adjacent to the Chalk Pit.

In recent years, volunteers have transformed the Chalk Pit and Rubble Pit Lane into habitats that are now a Local Wildlife Site. Our new plan is to connect up wildlife corridors running east – this is the first step. We’ve been awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. The land is owned by Beeswax Farming, who have been very supportive and given permission to plant the trees. Now we need you! Planting will start the weekend of 11–12 March; we may also need help to prepare the site. If you are interested, please contact John Ogden, jogden@blewbury.net or 850372.

Hedge laying: In late January we coppiced hazel for stakes and binders from Juniper Valley and then began laying the hedge alongside the cemetery in Bohams Road. It has been quite a difficult task as there was a lot of top-heavy growth – but it’s now complete and should regrow as a thicker and healthier hedge. Thanks to Carole and Anthony Allen for access to Juniper Valley and to Collin Craig for carting all the stakes and binders to the village. If you’re interested in helping please contact Alex Musson, ahmusson@gmail.com.

Willow weaving: The next of Lawrence Graham’s willow weaving workshops is on Saturday 24th April from 10am to 4pm, this time teaching basket making. The cost is £40. If you’d like to take part please contact Kathy Edmunds, kathy_edmunds@btopenworld.com or 850337. Be warned – this is very popular and some places are already booked, but apply anyway and if full you’ll be put on a waiting list for the next one.

Dates for your diary:

  • Sustainable Blewbury AGM and new projectsThursday, 6 April, 7.30pm, School Hall. We will be showing you our new projects for the school children and other developments in the village.
  • Talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis on Biomimetics for sustainability – Mid-May, Manor Barn. How did shark skin help Airbus A380s take off? How do lotus leaves help to keep tall buildings clean? Event details soon.
  • Community Orchard village picnic and grand opening – Sunday, 11th June, Tickers Folly Field. Details

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

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

We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury, or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at: info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

 

POST OFFICE NEWS

The builders should have started “phase 1” of the Village Hall refurbishment plan by the time you all read this.

I have had a letter saying that Post Office Ltd have given the fund almost £10k to help with the Post Office part of it, a big thank you to Steve & Jane! If you have an idea for a fundraising event (for phase 2) please let us know andwe will put it to our fundraising team!

Please take extra care parking at the Village Hall, particularly during school drop off (between 8.30am & 9am) at pick up time (2.45pm to 4pm), and taking extra care in the entrance road (Heather Way) as parents are parking along here, making it a single roadway, & often driving/parking on the pavement, making it very dangerous for other parents & children.

We have Windsor Castle stamps on sale now, and David Bowie ones in March. We still have a few special 50p’s, Beatrix Potter commemorative ones, & Squirrel Nutkin, so cute! (known in the trade as BU, bright & uncirculated!) Royal Mail often put their prices up in early April, (first Thursday of the financial year), so if you want to stock up, at current prices, we have plenty in stock! Any marked 1st or 2nd are automatically revalued at the new price, still a better interest rate than many banks! (approx. 2%)        Love from Karen & Angela

History Group – What my DNA test told me

The next Blewbury Local History Group meeting includes a talk by Tony Hadland with the title shown above.

The availability of DNA tests has given rise to people questioning where their ancestors originated from and many other groups have been fascinated by Tony’s talk so we thought we would give the village a chance to hear it too. We are holding it in the History room, March 14th 8pm start, and SPACE IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE.  If you wish to attend the meeting then we ask that you make contact with either of the people shown below and wait for confirmation of a ticket. There is no charge.

The response to our request for information on village cellars was excellent, many thanks to those who contacted us. You might also like to take a look at the group’s website which has many interesting pages on the village history. WWW.BLHG.ORG.UK .

For tickets contact either Audrey Long on 850427 or Mark Palethorpe via email markpalethorpe@talktalk.net

 

ATTENTION ALL CRICKETERS!

Blewbury and Wallingford Cricket Club are holding indoor winter nets sessions every Sunday afternoon 1 to 3 pm at Moulsford School until early April.

Sessions are open to adults and juniors alike. Session costs cost £3 per player per session. If interested in coming along contact Keith Vincent, junior coordinator 01235 851353.

 

 

Bridge Club

The club has settled in to its new routine of alternative venues while the Vale Room is being refurbished.

Locations for the next month or so are as follows:

Thursday March 2, 16, 30 – the Melland Room

Thursday March 9, 23 and April 6 – Aston Tirrold Village Hall

Tuesday March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 – Melland Room.

Friday Novices’ evenings should be in the Melland Room during March but will be confirmed on the website.

Directions to Aston Tirrold Village Hall – from Blewbury take the first turning left to Aston Tirrold off the A417 (travelling towards Streatley). Carry on down and past the United Reformed Church on your right. At the next ‘Give Way’ junction turn left and the Village Hall is a few metres along on your left.

The session on Tuesday 21st March will also be used as qualification for the annual Berks and Bucks Waller Bowl final which this year will be held on Sunday May 7th. Michael Allen.   851870

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of February, looking forward to spring.

Spring arrived early in the Tower this year, Gill and Richard have done an amazing job of spring cleaning, plus a coat of paint and new curtains; the spiders however, are most disgruntled at being disturbed!

The bells like the seasons are never still for long, ringing for Sunday services continues as does practice night. In addition, we have welcomed one group of ringers who rang a quarter peal on a Saturday morning and the following week we hosted a dedicated learning morning for Stedman Triples which was very much appreciated by those who were increasing their knowledge of the method and were very grateful to those experienced ringers who came to share their expertise.

Spring heralds in the social side of ringing and by the time this goes to print we will have had an outing to other towers interspersed with lunch, tea and dinner stops! It won’t be long before those intrepid ducks are making their way to the Playclose for their annual fund raising race, watch this space next month for more details.

As always you are very welcome to join us on a Friday night 8-9.30pm.

 

Attention all Cricketers!

Blewbury and Wallingford Cricket Club are holding indoor winter nets sessions every Sunday afternoon 1 to 3 pm at Moulsford School until early April.

Sessions are open to adults and juniors alike. Session costs cost £3 per player per session. If interested in coming along contact Keith Vincent, junior coordinator 01235 851353

Do you have a cellar in your house?

Some members of the History Group have recently discovered that there are cellars in the village.

Of course the pubs have cellars but in view of the level of the water table here, we found the idea of below ground storage places surprising. Does your house have an underground, or partially underground cellar? If it does, we would very much like to record it, and even better have a look at it. We promise not to nick any of your vintage port stored there, or even the stuff you put there 20 years ago and have forgotten about. The site might be a record of earlier water levels which would be interesting.

Contact either Mark Palethorpe(markpalethorpe@talktalk.net) or Audrey Long on 850427.  (Our next meeting is February  14th at 8pm at Robinsons.)