Clubs & Societies

Blewbury Youth Brass end-of-tour concert on 30th August

Our fabulous youth band will be giving an end of tour concert on Wednesday 30th August in Didcot Civic Hall. This promises to be a spectacular event and features many of the best and most enthusiastic young players in the local area.

Blewbury Youth Brass is one of four bands run by Blewbury Brass Band. The band is committed to raising the next generation of young players and, to this end, we offer lessons and run a Beginner Band, a Learner Band and Youth Brass. Players of all ages are abilities are welcome to join our bands. The band regularly runs recruiting events to ensure that we are bring a steady stream of young players into the band.  This includes offering weekly lessons to the year 4 children of Blewbury School. Blewbury Youth Brass which was formed in August last year, has attracted young players from across the county wishing to play in a vibrant, youth band with the opportunity to travel abroad.

The band has been working hard all year in preparation for its tour to Germany which is centred around the town of Boppard. We have rehearsed 2-3 times per term and have undertaken two-day holiday rehearsals in preparation for the tour. We have selected an exciting and challenging programme including bandstand favourites, marches, show tunes, pop songs and solos: something for all to enjoy!

MD Judith Atkins said, ‘The band is really looking forward to the tour and the concert. At each rehearsal, they just get better and better. Our soloists could rival those in the best bands in the area and our youngest players are learning so much. We are lucky to have attracted players from Cholsey Silver Band, Yarnton, Abbey Brass and Wantage. We even have one child from Norfolk who has travelled down to play with us!’

Tour staff have looked for sponsorship opportunities to bring down the cost for players. Tour Leader, Ian Barlow, said, ‘We thank everyone who has supported the tour so far; Blewfest, The Tony Loy Trust, Baggs Tree Buskers, Waitrose and all other sponsors who have donated generously. The children also took part in a sponsored month of practice which raised over £1000.’ Sponsorship money is being used to fund educational excursions on the tour and additional costs not covered by the players’ payments including printing costs and hire of the concert venue.

The concert will take place at Didcot Civic Hall on Wednesday 30th August at 7:30pm. Tickets are £8 (adults), £6 (seniors) and £1 (children) and are available from Judith 07732 197592 or on the door (subject to availability). We expect this to be a popular event so order tickets today!

For further details, please contact Judith Atkins 07732 197592

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 has now ended but classes for adults and advanced students are continuing 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 (

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, contact us at


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

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!

Blewbury WI News

Hello again. “June is bursting out all over”! Warm sunny days and all the beautiful gardens to visit in Blewbury. Below is a list of the events during June, and all new members would be very welcome to join our happy group.

  • Friday June 2nd – Craft evening at Liz’s. Call first. 7.30pm.
  • Monday June 12th – Scrabble at Babeth’s. 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday June 14th – Lyn’s Walk. We have 2 walks in mind, but, as yet, haven’t decided which one to take. Both have been walked by some before and are outside the village. Meet at Blewbury Village Hall at 9am. Both walks will involve lunch at the end of the walk.
  • Wednesday June 14th – Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday June 23rd – Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell: Black Holes, Science, Fact, Fiction or Fantasy. Chris Done. 1.30pm.
  • Monday June 26th – visit to Manor Herb Farm. Date and time to be confirmed.
  • Wednesday June 28th – Wl monthly meeting. 7.30pm at the Vale Room. Speaker, Dr. Janice Kinroy: Oxford, Past and Present.

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.

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

Wow another month flies by and we head towards midsummer! It seems to be the year for significant birthdays amongst the bell ringers and such events are always a good reason for more ringing. A Bob Minor Quarter Peal was rung to celebrate Christine Kowalczuk’s birthday and Ellen Bramhill’s wedding anniversary.

You may remember last month seeing that a six-week intensive bell ringing course was being planned for the end of May into June and we are pleased to be hosting one of the taster sessions and two of the training sessions.

In addition to our normal practice night and service ringing we will be ringing for two other events during the next month: these are The Visitation of the Bishop and other clergy at the end of May and then on June 15th there is a BBC Music event and nationally all towers have been requested to take part and ring at 7.00pm.

As always we would be delighted if you wanted to come and join us for a Friday evening practice 8-9.30pm