Clubs & Societies

Sustainable Blewbury

January 31, 2020

Our first Repair Cafe

Saturday 29th February, 2 to 4 pm, in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

You will be able to get something fixed, save money, help save the planet, and have a cup of coffee and home-made cake all at the same time. If it’s worn out, torn or has just stopped working, don’t throw it away – bring it to our Repair Cafe and we’ll try to fix it. We hope to have volunteers who can sharpen tools and knives, do electrical and mechanical repairs, help with sewing and upcycling clothes, fix bikes, and stick things back together. All repairs are free, but a donation to cover expenses would be appreciated. More details in the next Bulletin.

The mind-blowing truth about our food – a talk by Anthony Simpson

Monday 9th March, 8.00 pm, in Blewbury Manor Barn

Anthony gave us an excellent talk on electric cars a year ago. In this talk on food he will look at the surprising range of impacts of our food choices: Is food responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport? Is our diet sustainable in a net-zero carbon world? Do we need to eat animal produce for protein and calcium? Do we grow enough food to feed the world? Local food is much better, isn’t it? All this and more!

Tickets £6 including a drink and nibbles, on sale in February at the Post Office.

Love Food Hate Waste

Saturday 14th March, 10 am to 12 noon, in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Would you like to save food, save money and help the planet? Love Food Hate Waste is a workshop put on by Blewbury Climate Action with the help of the WI that can help you do all that. A free event with ideas on how to use all the food you buy, avoid waste, and have a free lunch afterwards! Save the date. More in the next Bulletin.

HP Envy 5020 inkjet printer – has never been unpacked. Richard Bird 850258
Samsung Solo-Sensor Microwave, 750 W, black finish (23 litres capacity) 5 years old, rarely used, PAT tested 13 March 2019. Jo Lakeland 850490
Solid timber adjustable bookshelf H 200cm (approx) x W 122cm x D 22cm. Splits into 2 units for transport. Chris Whatmore 851055
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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Blewbury Local History Group

Despite the fact that WW2 finished 75 years ago this year, wartime memories are still vivid, which we realised when we had a query from Canada recently about a plane crash here in 1941.

The group has a wonderful account of the crash from an evacuee who was a schoolboy here, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone else who has information about it. Maybe your parents or grandparents have recollections? History isn’t just old bones in the ground or kings and queens, fascinating as that can be, it’s also everyday life and death for all of us.

Our meetings range over all sorts of topics and visitors are always welcome.

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

Contacts: Mark at or Audrey 850427 or

Blewshed News

We welcomed expert Didcot and District Woodturners Club members Mick Curran and Trevor Cox, to December’s club meeting and enjoyed a spellbinding show of master craftsmen demonstrating and explaining their art.

Beneath a shower of wood shavings, Mick produced a wonderful variety of beautiful items, that included attractive Christmas tree decorations. Several members of the audience were inspired to have a go themselves so the Shed woodturning lathe is going to be busy. Trevor gave us some invaluable woodturning tips and showed members how to sharpen their tools properly.

Following on from our community project to carve and replace missing oak bosses for the church ceiling, the Project Resound team noted that a circular boss that used to guide one of the bell ropes was also missing. Mike Wrottesley has turned a new one which will be fitted above from the bell-ringing chamber now the Project Resound scaffolding has been taken down.

Mike Magnay has now completed the two new wooden cold frames for Blewbury school’s gardening club, and these are now installed and being used.

Shed meetings are in the old scout hut on the second Wednesday of each month, and non-members are welcome too. In addition, the Shed is open each Tuesday and Saturday afternoon from 1.30-4.30pm and all are welcome. This is a perfect opportunity to use the facilities and to bring up any potential community projects. The next Shed meeting is 7.30pm, Wednesday 11thth March when we will focus on ‘Workshop Safety’. Mike Magnay will lead the session and all are welcome to contribute.

NB. There is no club meeting in February as most of the committee are away, but the Shed will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays as usual. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a member! We look forward to seeing you.

Mike Magnay, club chairman

Bell-ringing news from Blewbury Tower

It seems a long time since Christmas when we rang for Christmas services. On Boxing Day, a quarter peal was rung during the Boxing Day Walk to celebrate the completion of Project Resound, the installation of a contemporary stained-glass window dedicated to bells and bell ringing. As has become tradition, we rang out the old year and rang in 2020.

On Tuesday 7th January we welcomed the Westminster Abbey Company of Bell Ringers, who had accepted our invitation to ring a peal in the afternoon prior to the service of dedication of the new window. We hope that many of you heard the bells that afternoon they certainly sounded amazing. The church was packed in the evening for the service of dedication by Bishop Colin of Dorchester.

A big thank you to Rob Nickless for organising the outing on January 18th when all the bells in the Benefice were rung plus those at Streatley and Moulsford. Thank you also to Jo Nickless and family plus helpers who organised a fantastic lunch at North Moreton Village Hall and those who helped and organised the tea at Blewbury. The day finished with a meal at The Fleur.

As always, we are happy to welcome visitors to our regular Friday evening practices 8-9.30pm.

Croquet Club


Regrettably recent adverse weather means we’ve had to close the croquet lawns, probably for the rest of the winter.  With regular maintenance closing the lawns during March anyway, we may not reopen until the start of the new season in late March/early April – watch this space!

David Long, Secretary, Blewbury Croquet Club

Bridge Club

The club has moved temporarily to Blewbury School to allow the Village Hall to be refurbished.

It is planned to play all our sessions there for the next few months. Entry will normally be possible from 7.10pm and parking is available – please reverse park neatly and not leaving large gaps between vehicles, in order to maximise the space available.

Ken Angus has co-ordinated a marketing campaign locally, posting notices about both our Friday Novices Sessions and our teaching programme on local websites and on public noticeboards in Sports facilities and similar venues. A new series of lessons for beginners is due to commence on February 10th. Novices Sessions continue to be popular and numbers have been bolstered by some of the beginners from last year’s teaching. There is always room for more though!

We now hope to give further thought to the possibility of holding some seminars for Improvers on topics which may be of interest.  Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Another year, another decade and another gardening season to look forward to.   Now is the time to look at seed catalogues in ernest to decide what to grow for the coming year.   I belong to the National Allotment Society and receive a quarterly magazine which is very interesting and a Kings Seeds catalogue, plus free insurance for the allotment.  The seed catalogue provided to NAS members by Kings is almost half the price of their normal catalogue which is very useful as I’ve noticed the cost of seeds in other catalogues and garden centres seem to have increased so much over the last few years.

The VPA is now looking forward to 2020 and the Schedule for the Summer Show being held on Saturday 4th July is about to go to the printers.   The refurbishment of the village hall has commenced and is expected to be completed by the 19th June which means we should have a newly refreshed building for the Show.  If completion is delayed,  it will take place in Blewbury School, so whatever happens it will still go ahead.

Don’t forget, If you would like an electronic copy of the Schedule, it is available now, contact the VPA via the following email address:

Update on my allotment – I’ve been flooded three times so far this winter!  Overwintering broad beans are managing to survive and overwintering onions are about six inches tall.   My hens have survived the floods with pallets in their run and plenty of perches to sit on.   I’ve spent the last few weeks digging trenches around the chickens’ run to move the water into the trench at the boundary fence.   I took the plunge nearly four years ago to have hens.   I began with two hybrids (Polly and Dolly) and a rescue hen (Holly).   Sadly, Dolly died last summer, so in September I bought three cross breeds and as they live on the allotment I named them after some of the vegetables I grow – Shallot, Pumpkin and Borlotti.  They’ve settled in really well and have been laying ever since.   More news about the hens next month.

DID YOU KNOW?  Healthy, mature APPLE TREES will bear between 100 and 200 kilos of fruit every year and dried FIGS contain about 60 per cent sugar, making them an excellent energy snack.

Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury WI

The following events are lined up for February and we would love any new members to come and join us in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Tuesday, 4th Lyn’s Walk.  Catch the 10am bus to East Hagbourne. We will walk the footpaths there, have coffee in The Fleur and walk home via Upton. Most of the walk will not be very muddy, but the last mile from Upton may be muddy so wear appropriate footwear and bring your pole if you need one.
  • Wednesday, 5th Scrabble at Judy’s. 7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, 7th Craft evening at Liz’s.  7pm. Please bring bottle, nibbles etc.
  • Friday, 14th Coffee morning at Cilla’s.  10.30am.
  • Friday, 21st Talking Science at R.A.L. Harwell.  1.30pm.  “ Earth’s climate evolution: 800 million years of climate change and its multiple causes.”

Dr. Colin Summerhayes, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University.

  • Wednesday, 26th   WI Main Meeting.  7.30pm. in the Melland Room. Speaker, Richard Anderson: “What is it?” – a not-to-be missed fun talk about antiques.
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. At different venues. Contact Sharon for details.  (850412)

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla on 851966 or visit our web page, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

Sustainable Blewbury

December 28, 2019


The adventures of a wildlife cameraman – a talk by Sean Morris

Monday 27th January, 8.00 pm, Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Sean was one of seven biologists from Oxford University who were united by the thrill of filming animals and plants in remote and exotic places for TV. They started a small company, Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), based in Bladon near Blenheim Palace. OSF soon became the world’s leading independent wildlife film company, and invented many of the specialist techniques now commonly used to create today’s blockbuster wildlife series.

Tickets £4, on sale in January at the Post Office. Doors open 7.30 pm; drinks will be available from the bar.

Get your home thermally imaged for free in January

Seeing where heat is leaking out can help you make your home more comfortable, save you money and reduce your carbon footprint by showing what can be done to improve your insulation. Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have imaged and provided short reports about more than 220 homes in Blewbury since 2009. To be on our list or get more information, email or phone Eric at 07935 232296.

Hedge laying

We have been working on the hedge along the east side of Tickers Folly Field. The work has already tidied up a fairly scruffy stretch of hedge and allowed more light into the community orchard. Some of the hedge is not suitable for laying but all the bits that are should be finished well before Christmas. The group will then plant some saplings, mostly hawthorn, along the rest of the hedge. We have been joined this year by new and enthusiastic members and will soon be moving on to lay a hedge along Pilgrims Way. If you would like to join in please contact John Ogden at

Blewbury Climate Action – See the separate item for news of an important meeting

Travel iron. Russell Hobbs model 22470, small steam iron for travelling. Never been used. Jane Kinniburgh 850341
·   Stainless steel standard uplighter with reading lamp attached.·   Pale wood backless bench with folding legs 1.7m. As new.·   Weber barbecue with lid and tools – very good condition Gill Edwards 07711 904612
·   2 Dark wood Stag Minstrel 4 draw chest of drawers, ideal bedside cabinets·   1 Dark wood Stag Minstrel 6 draw Tall boy chest of drawers Julie Hetherington 850564
Flat screen Sony 32’’ TV with faulty remote control Hans Meijer
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 contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
our free monthly Newsletter, email
us at or phone 01235 850372.

Bridge Club

A successful Christmas Party was held in the Village Hall on Sunday December 8th, although attendance was a little down on last year.

Military bridge was played with the usual enthusiasm and the food contributed by members and liquid refreshments were excellent. Cups were distributed to competition winners as follows:

The Tom Le Cren Cup for the Tuesday Ladder for Men – Stephen Quinn; The Marjorie Le Cren Cup for the Tuesday Ladder for Women – Shirley Moore; The Pari Parsu Cup for Tuesday Handicap Pairs – Richard Brodie and Michael Allen; The Blewbury Bridge Club Cup for Tuesday Handicap Individual – Diane Bell; The Roy East Cup for the Thursday Handicap Ladder – tied between Fiona Jack and Jane Lennox; The Bird Salver for Thursday Handicap Pairs – Dermot Paddon and Diane Bell; and the Shield for the Most Improved player – Sue Quinn.

There will, of course, be no bridge on December 24th, 26th and 31st