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Blewbury WI News

February 23, 2018

Hello to everyone.  Although there are carpets of snowdrops, aconites and daffodils all around, the weather tells us it definitely is still Winter. Hopefully March will bring us some signs of Spring.  Blewbury WI will be holding the following events during March, and any new Members will be made very welcome.

  • Friday, 2nd Craft Evening at Liz’s.  7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 7th Lyn’s Walk. A local walk meeting in the Village Hall car park 9.30am.
  • Wednesday, 7th Scrabble at Babeth’s.  7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, 9th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell.  1.30pm.   Fizz, Bang, Zap! Musical thunder to explore the Universe.  Dr. Scott. R. Lawrie.
  • Tuesday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre.  10.30am.
  • Mah Jong every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm. Please phone Judy in advance.
  • Wednesday, 28th WI Annual Meeting and Social Evening in the Vale Room. 7.30pm.

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

Sustainable Blewbury

In March we are presenting two talks in the Manor Barn. Tickets for each talk are £6.00 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out:

Monday 5 March at 8.00 pm: Paul will talk about work done to restore chalkland rivers such as the Kennet and Lambourn, which is also relevant to Blewbury’s Mill Brook. Chalk streams are a unique and rare habitat, with crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife. Southern England has the highest concentration of these rivers in the world. However, in recent decades they have deteriorated due to man’s involvement and climate change. Hear how we are restoring these natural wonders back to their full glory! Profits will go to Water Aid.
“Restoring England’s threatened chalk streams”, by Paul St. Pierre of the Environment Agency

“Tropical forests, people and climate change”, by Dr. Catherine Long

Monday 26 March at 8.00 pm: Catherine, who grew up in Blewbury, will talk about her work supporting local communities and indigenous peoples in Africa and Latin America to secure their rights to control and manage forests – and to engage in global debates on climate change and other issues that affect their lives directly. This includes deforestation and its causes, along with some success stories about community and indigenous managed forests, as well as recent information about biofuels and wood pellets that affects the UK directly. Profits will go to a charity of Catherine’s choice.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.

Sony 21 inch TV – Older style TV (non flat screen) and does not have a remote control.

Microwave oven – In perfect working order although some slight rusting on the exterior casing.

Also WANTED: compost bin. Please contact me if you have one you don’t need and are happy to freecycle.

Sally Wills

blewbury01@john-lewis.com

850259
A child`s white painted wooden cot. 4 feet by 2 feet, with drop side.

David Arkell

d.arkell989@btinternet.com

850742

20″ Dawes girls’ bike. 140cm long from front of front wheel to back of the back wheel. Powder blue with white/yellow writing. Recently serviced but now outgrown.

Also, small red first bike – fine condition, suitable for 3-5 yr old.

Chicken wire fencing – assorted lengths.

Ornamental metal garden arch.

Lydia Inglis

lydandmuz@gmail.com

07801 932393
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk. SB has a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas.
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
info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

We did it! On 20th January we rang the bells in all seven churches in the Benefice on the same day, something that we don’t think has been done before.

This included the chiming bells at St Mary the Virgin Upton, All Saints Aston Upthorpe and St John the Baptist South Moreton as well as Hagbourne, Blewbury Aston Tirrold and North Moreton.

A big thank you to Rob Nickless (North Moreton) for organizing the day, which also included Harwell and Chilton churches. It was a very successful and enjoyable day.

Practice nights continue on a Friday evening and our young learners are making fantastic progress: good news for the future of bell ringing.

We now head towards Easter and the Annual Duck Race on Easter Sunday 1st April 12.00 noon on the Play Close. Ducks (£1.25 each) are on  sale at Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chis Cook 07786 635062. We hope to see as many of you there as possible, as it’s always a fun event whatever the weather!

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, we’re almost halfway through February and as I sit and write this newsletter, the weather has not improved. At the moment it’s raining stair rods, blowing a gale and the weather gauge is showing 3.9 degrees centigrade. Not really the weather for doing anything in the garden or on the allotment. I guess it’s a good time to sit in the warm and catch up with the winter Olympics!

I planted some early peas in pots in my greenhouse about three weeks ago and and it seems I provided breakfast for the mice, so the surviving plants have had to be moved to my conservatory. The garlic is waiting to be planted on the allotment which is really soggy at the moment. At least the potatoes are chitting nicely in the cool of the spare bedroom.

The Summer Show Schedule is at the printers as I write and will be available at the end of February from Blewbury Post Office or by emailing Eileen on vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com or ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

DID YOU KNOW? Spring travels in a north-easterly direction across the UK, taking roughly eight weeks to spread upcountry from Cornwall to the northern coast of Scotland.

AND – W E Johns (1893-1968) wrote “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides”. Happy Gardening  Eileen

Blewbury Local History Group

We often receive emails from people who have relatives who used to live in the village.

We recently received an email relating to a former resident of the village giving us lots of information. The sender expressed surprise that, as there were still relatives living here, we did not know the details already. We explained that we can only record the memories that people want to be saved and are offered. How about sharing yours? One example could be to help with our project to record where all the men who served in WWI were living before 1914. Perhaps you know the name of the family living in your house then, or you know where your grandfather or even great grandfather were living in the village. If you do, and are willing to share the information, then please tell us so we can record it.

Contacts: Mark markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Next meeting is Tuesday, March 13th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Bridge Club

The heat for entry to Berks and Bucks’ Waller Bowl, their County Club Pairs Final, will be held in the normal Blewbury Club session on Tuesday 20th March. There is no additional charge for the heat and those wishing to attempt qualification can indicate their interest on the night. The final is on Sunday 13th May at Windsor.

The Friday night Novices’ sessions continue and are very useful for those wanting a relaxed evening of bridge without too much time pressure and the added benefit of an experienced player on hand whose advice may be sought if required – a good learning opportunity! Please contact Tina Hollick on tina@hassle.org.uk to register your interest and to be informed of the dates when play is to take place (not all Fridays!). Michael Allen 851870

Sustainable Blewbury

February 1, 2018

Restoring England’s threatened chalk streams:

Paul St. Pierre of the Environment Agency will talk about work done to restore chalkland rivers, with particular reference to the Kennet and Lambourn valleys, and also relevant to Blewbury’s Mill Brook. Chalk streams are a unique and rare habitat, typified by crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife. Southern England has the highest concentration of these rivers in the world. However, in recent decades they have deteriorated due to man’s involvement and climate change. Hear how we are restoring these natural wonders back to their full glory! Monday 5 March in Manor Barn, 8.00 pm. Tickets £6.00 (including wine & nibbles) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out. Profits will be donated to Water Aid.

Tropical forests, people and climate change: A talk by Dr. Catherine Long (who grew up in Blewbury) on her work supporting local communities and indigenous peoples in Africa and Latin America to secure their rights to control and manage forests – and to engage in global debates on climate change and other issues that affect their lives directly. This includes deforestation and its causes, along with some success stories about community and indigenous managed forests, as well as recent information about biofuels and wood pellets that affects the UK directly. Monday, 26 March in Manor Barn, 8.00 pm. Tickets £6.00 (including wine & nibbles) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out. Profits will be donated to a charity of Catherine’s choice.

Leaves for mulching: We have quite a few bags of leaves from the footpath leaf clearing in December. If anyone would like some of them for turning into leaf mould please contact us – see below.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.

·   6′ x 8′ greenhouse, free to anyone who will take it away.  Comes with a potting table.

·   Tall thin cupboard, 60 cm wide, not pretty, suitable for garage storage.

Vanessa Fox

vanessafox3.vf@gmail.com

850701
Cisco SPA112 2-port telephone adapter. Connects ordinary phones to an Internet phone service – reduces phone bills.

Paul Wolff

paul@parabola.uk

850520

·   2 burner ceramic electric hob suitable for kitchenette etc 50x29cm

·   Cooker hood (lights, extractor/filter) 60 x 52 x 32cm plus chimney 50 x 22 x 18 cm, cream coloured

Ellen Bramhill

ellen.bramhill@btinternet.com

850022

Two good bikes, recently serviced but both outgrown:

1. 20″ Raleigh Konekt Mo-Jo unisex child’s bike. 138cm long from front of front wheel to back of the back wheel. Red and black.

2. 20″ Dawes girls’ bike. 140cm long from front of front wheel to back of the back wheel. Powder blue with white/yellow writing.

Lydia Inglis

lydandmuz@gmail.com

07801 932393
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk. SB has a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas.
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
info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Blewbury WI news

Hello Everyone. Hoping 2018 will be a very good year for all of us. Any new WI members will very welcome to join us at the following February events.

  • Tuesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at Village Hall at 9.30am. The route will be local but weather dependent, so no definite choice until nearer the day. Expect a coffee stop, probably at the end.
  • Tuesday, 6th Scrabble at Susan’s 7.30pm. Please ring first.
  • Monday, 12th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 16th Talking Science Lecture, RAL Harwell. “A science rapper’s guide to the Solar System” Jon Chase.
  • Wednesday, 28th WI monthly Meeting in The Vale Room. Speaker, Dr. Valerie Calderbank.  “A Tour of the Universe.”
  • Friday, 2nd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring first.
  • Mah Jong. Every Monday at 2.30.

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

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP


1918 was a historic year in many ways.

One was the end of WWII, and to remember that, the group is trying to find as much as possible about the men who served in some way in the forces. Already we know quite a lot, but we are sure there are people who have some stories about grandparents which are not permanently recorded. Please talk to a member of the history group so these stories are not lost. 1918 was also the year women first got the vote in this country, so if you’ve got a grandmother or father who remembers anyone locally who was connected with the suffrage movement do tell us. Contact either Mark markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb.13th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

As my last newsletter gave everyone the dates of our forthcoming meeting and events, in this newsletter I would like to highlight our Annual Summer Show.

Our Show for 2018 is to be held on Saturday 7th July and will take place in the Blewbury Village Hall. Anyone, no matter where they live, can enter. In fact, a couple of years ago we had an entry from Canada!! The VPA committee prepare the Show Schedule which gives details of the fruit, vegetables, roses, cut flowers, container plants, cookery, handicraft, informal floral art and photography which anyone can enter into the Show. Especially important is the Children’s Section which allows youngsters, in different age categories, to display their skills in gardening, cooking, together with arts and crafts. There are trophies and certificates to win.

Bring your entries on the Saturday morning between 8.30am & 11.00am and then judging takes place between 11.15am & 1.00pm. The Show is open to the public between 2.30pm & 4.00pm when the prize giving takes place.

We would love to see more people entering the Show – it really isn’t difficult. If you have some lovely fruit, vegetables or flowers – give it a go! If you enjoy photography – give it a go! If you enjoy cooking – give it a go! If your hobby is handicraft – give it a go! Just take a look at the Show Schedule to see what the Classes are for each Section – it’s so simple! The Show Schedule will be available at the end of February from Blewbury post office or you can receive it online by emailing Eileen on vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com or ring Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

We are looking forward to a bumper crop of entries this year!!

DID YOU KNOW ? Broad beans should not be eaten in the evening because they are difficult to digest and have been known to cause nightmares. In the Middle Ages it was thought that the souls of the dead lived inside the humble broad bean because it disturbed people’s sleep. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras would not eat broad beans under any circumstances, so convinced was he that they were possessed by evil spirits.

Happy Gardening Eileen