Clubs & Societies

Sustainable Blewbury

May 29, 2018

Green drinks: Monday, 4th June, 7.30 pm at The Blueberry

Everyone is welcome to come and discuss sustainability and environmental (green) issues (hence ‘green drinks’), local and further afield, with others of similar passion. No set agenda and very informal. Just turn up.

Blewbury Garden Market

Our ninth season is now running. We buy and sell fresh, local garden fruit and veg, flowers, bedding plants and seedlings, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (hopefully) local honey and eggs. Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more info and sales forms see

25th Anniversary Celebration! Sunday, 30th September 2018 – please add to your diary

The exact format of the day has not yet been decided, but we want to delve into our past, so we would like to hear from you if you were involved in the Environment Group from 1993 until it evolved into Sustainable Blewbury in 2009. Do you have memories of Environment Group projects? And do you have any photographs you are willing to share with us? If so please contact Jo Lakeland at: or 850490.

New officers for Sustainable Blewbury

At our AGM on 23rd April we elected a new chairman, Glen Meadows. After a long period without a secretary, Jane Kinniburgh has taken on this role. John Ogden continues as treasurer. Jo Lakeland and Eric Eisenhandler have stood down after three years as co-chairs but they remain as very active members of the Core Group, along with James Morgan and David Lomas. For details of who is co-ordinating our various projects, see the web page at:



Trampoline: approx. 12ft diameter.  The protective net around the sides needs replacing

Mike Morrell

07921 677003

·   Mothercare folding high chair, with large and small trays, padded plastic seat cover and harness.

·   Ultimate Isofix Concord baby car seat (0-18kg) (complete)

·   New (boxed) Sunflex white fabric black-out roller blind 120cm wide, 169 cm drop. Can be cut to size

·   Unused (open box but unfitted and complete) white fabric roller blind. 60cm wide 160cm drop. Can be cut to size

Jill and Michael Allen 07773 159752 or 01235 851870

·   Maxisteam 200w wallpaper stripper

·   Black & Decker 12v Dustbuster (hand held vacuum)

·   Zanussi 6kg Tumble Dryer (60cm x 60cm x 85cm high)

·   Hotpoint Future FZA50 Larder style freezer (60 x 60 x 134cm high)

·   Proline 92L capacity Fridge (50 x 50 x 83cm high)

David Wood

07813 211248 or 01235 850420
Brother DCP-J140W printer

Mary Hughes

07796 023842
2 black metal 2 seater benches (94cm wide) Susan Tilbrook
01235 850066
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 involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.



Hello to everyone. June is approaching fast. Midsummer already. Hopefully we will have some real Summer weather? Lovely long, warm, sunny days and balmy evenings, sitting on the patio, watching the sun go down. Well, we can dream?

Following is a list of our Blewbury WI events being held during June 2018 and we would love to welcome some new Members to join us.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 5th Lyn’s Walk.  We will be re-doing a previous walk – outside Blewbury. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Transport sorted on the day. Hopefully the weather will not beat us this time and the paths should not be water logged. We will definitely be having lunch, so pennies will be needed.
  • Wednesday, 6th Scrabble at Cilla’s.  7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre.  10.30am.
  • Friday, 15th Talking Science lecture at R.A.L. Harwell.  1.30pm.  “Seeing cancer before it is cancer: illuminating the way with ALICE by seeing the invisible.”  Dr. Michele Siggel-King.
  • Wednesday, 27th WI monthly meeting – in the Main Hall.  7.30pm.  Speaker- Gilly Pusey.  “Handspinning & Natural Dyeing”

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.



Each month The Old North Berks Branch (our branch) of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers organises practice events at various towers within the branch aimed at giving ringers the opportunity to develop their ringing.

The fourth Wednesday of every month is an afternoon practice for ringers who need help with learning a method or want to improve their striking. April’s Wednesday practice was extended to a mini outing visiting Burghclere, Kintbury and a very enjoyable lunch stop before the last tower, Hungerford. In May the practice was at Blewbury.

The wedding season is very much upon us, and it is always a pleasure to ring for such a happy occasion. At a recent wedding a guest asked if the bells were a recording, needless to say the ringers that day were delighted that the bells had sounded so good!

On the subject of weddings, by the time you receive the June bulletin the Royal Wedding will have taken place, Blewbury is marking the occasion by ringing a quarter peal.

There are several other occasions in the coming month where the bells will be ringing more than the usual Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, we hope you enjoy hearing them.


New membership forms are now available which help the club comply with its obligations under the new Data Protection Regulations, and many members have already signed these. If you have not been to the club in the past couple of weeks and been given the opportunity to sign one there are copies available on club nights – please do ask the Director for one.

If playing as a visitor there are separate, simpler forms available – one for those who are already EBU members and another for those who are not. In the event that you decline to sign the new form, but continue to play at the club anyway, your agreement to the contents of the form will be inferred.

Richard Brodie and Michael Allen did reasonably well at the final of the Waller Bowl, finishing 15th out of a total of 56 pairs. There are still 2 Friday evening Novices’ Sessions planned on Fridays 1st and 8th June before a break for the summer.   Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury Film

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce “The Post” as our summer BlewTube screening for the 8th August. “The Post” is Steven Spielberg’s urgent 70s-set thriller starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in an apt lesson on the need for a vigilant press.

“We can’t have an administration dictating to us our coverage just because they don’t like what we print about them in our newspaper…” At a time when the White House has declared war not merely on the media but on “truth” itself, there’s something almost quaint about the spectre of a corrupt US president attempting to quash a story, rather than the entire fourth estate.

Tom Hanks, as editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep, as proprietor Katherine ‘Kay’ Graham, really make an impression as they play The Washington Post’s leading executives fighting to expose US government lies about the Vietnam war. This amazingly timely drama is Steven Spielberg’s latest picture and is a wonderfully watchable film from first time screenwriter Liz Hannah.  Spielberg’s technical mastery and narrative skills are ever present in this complicated and embroiled story making it an incredibly intensely dramatic film.

“One of the bravest films of our time – 5 stars.”

The Guardian “«««««”    The Telegraph “«««««”    The Hindustan Times “«««««”

The Post (12A)

Director: Steven Spielberg.   Screen Writer: Liz Hannah.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.

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, 8th August Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 26th May

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:




Sustainable Blewbury

April 30, 2018

Blewbury Garden Market

Our ninth season will start on Saturday, 12th May at Blewbury Garage and will run every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am (unless we sell out earlier). Note that on 19th May, to mark the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final, we’ll have special cakes and other items for sale. The stall buys and sells fresh, local garden fruit and vegetable, flowers, bedding plants and seedlings, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (hopefully) local honey and free-range eggs. Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more information and sales forms see, or email us at

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Sustainable Blewbury has a big anniversary this year. In 1993 the BVS started an Environment Group because of an increasing interest in the village’s appearance and environment. This interest widened under Mike Edmunds’ chairmanship, and the Environment Group evolved into Sustainable Blewbury in 2009. We are planning a celebration event in September, and if you have any stories about the early days of the Environment Group we would like to hear from you. Please email or ring Jo Lakeland on 850490.

Mike Edmunds Community Orchard

A small group of ‘Coggers’ got together at the end of March to clear weeds and turf encroaching around the trees, and all of them appear to have come through their second winter seemingly in good heart and are now showing signs of new leaf and blossom. It is hard to believe that it’s two years since we began to plan the orchard, and it is certainly beginning to establish itself as a fixture in the Blewbury landscape (even visible on Google Earth).



Three sections of garden trellis: 2 the same (W60cm x H141cm – one slightly damaged) and one different (W63cm x H183cm)

Chris Whatmore

01235 851055
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 involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Blewbury WI News

Hello again to everyone. I am back from an absolutely wonderful month in Australia, with my daughter, visiting family and friends. A vote of thanks to Karen for standing in for the April Bulletin News. The weather here is not very Springlike, is it? Hopefully the month of May will bring us some nice warm, sunny days to get our gardens into shape? The Blewbury WI is holding the following events during May and any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.

  1. Wednesday, May 2nd Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am for a local walk with coffee afterwards – probably.
  2. Friday, May 4th Craft evening at Liz’s.   Please ring beforehand.
  3. Tuesday, May 8th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  4. Thursday, May 10th Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand
  5. Friday, May 11th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  “How to build a star – nuclear fusion on Earth “  Sarah Fell.
  6. Wednesday, May 23rd WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. “The Wonders of Aromatherapy” Speaker,  Janice Nicholls.

Mah Jong sessions are on hold during the Croquet Season.

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 and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, the weather has improved a little bit and now I might be able to retrieve my wellie boots which, over the Easter period, got stuck in my allotment when my hens were flooded.

HAVE YOU PICKED UP YOUR COPY OF THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE?? It’s in the Blewbury post office or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

Don’t forget our day trip to:


In a beautiful corner of North Hampshire, the National Trust’s West Green House Garden is an 18th-century house surrounded by a series of walled gardens. It is a garden of contrast and inspiration, created by acclaimed garden designer and writer, Marylyn Abbott. West Green is one of England’s finest manor house gardens, marrying traditional style with contemporary design.

If you are interested, to get full details – please contact: Karen at the Blewbury Post Office, Eileen on 01235 510095 or Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. We will be travelling in cars, so if you need transport, please let us know. Pick ups will be from Blewbury Village Hall and Upton Village Hall at 9.30am.

DID YOU KNOW ? By 2006 the UK Water Industry had 1,584 boreholes, 666 reservoirs and 602 river abstractions. Two thirds of our water comes from surface water and one third from groundwater.

Ralph Walso Emerson (1803-1882) said “The good rain, like the bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.”

Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury Local History Group

History under our feet

While out walking, have you ever found a strange stone, a piece of old pottery, a bit of iron, or even what might be an old coin? Maybe you’ve dug something up in the garden that has puzzled you. At our next history group meeting we shall be looking at some finds that people have, and maybe deciding what they came from and possibly dating them. Do come along with your finds and join in with the chat. We are all amateurs who happen to enjoy history and we always have a good old natter at our meetings.  If you have an object that you think may be of interest, but you can’t get to the meeting, then contact Audrey or Mark before then and we will have a look.

Contacts: Mark or Audrey 850427 or

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

Bridge Club

Due to the requirements of new data Protection Regulations we will need to ask all members to sign a new form giving consent to the club to hold personal details and use them only for the purposes for which they are intended – in other words, communication from the club, compilation and transfer of playing records and member details to the EBU, etc.

I trust everyone will understand that the club is required to do this. The new forms should be available in the next month or so.

Local events coming soon are the Henley Cafe Bridge on Tuesday 1st May, and the Oxfordshire Bridge Association Mixed Pairs on Sunday 13th May. The Oxfordshire Green Pointed Congress will be held on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June, and comprises Swiss Pairs, Swiss Teams and a Friendly Pairs competition for the Sandra Landy Trophy for players ranked at National Grading Scheme level 9 or lower.

3 pairs will represent Blewbury at the Berks and Bucks Waller Bowl Final at Windsor on Sunday 13th May – Dermot Paddon and Diane Bell, Terry Ward and Pres Wells, and Richard Brodie and Michael Allen.

Players are reminded that, at Blewbury Club sessions, if they are playing any system other than basic Acol they should have a completed Convention Card at every session – if not they must, at the very least, inform their opponents when siting down what their basic system is. Failure to do so may, in the event of the Director being called to resolve an issue, lead to their opponents being given preferential consideration in any decision made by the Director on matters associated with understanding opponents’ bidding, etc.  Michael Allen 851870