Clubs & Societies

Sustainable Blewbury

April 4, 2019

Sustainable jet fuel from rubbish – how does that work?

A talk by Dr. Neville Hargreaves, Mon. 1st April, 8.00 pm in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Reducing the rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. It will convert huge amounts of household waste into jet fuel, thus avoiding putting it into landfill or incinerating it, and reducing emissions. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment, and the practical challenges of bringing a really big industrial project to fruition.
Tickets £4 from the Post Office or on the door (if not sold out); drinks available from the bar.

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting

24th April, 7.30 pm, Winding Way, South Street

Find out about our many and varied activities in the past year, elect officers, and help us plan for the future with an informal discussion. There will be drinks and nibbles. If you are interested in what Sustainable Blewbury does, please join us – everyone will be very welcome!

Hedge laying

We have finished our hedge laying activities for the year, to avoid disturbing nesting birds. We’ve completed 190 metres along the footpath towards Upton. The last 10 metres, near the village, were bare so we planted hawthorn to complete the field boundary. As always, though pleased with the results we do wait nervously to see how well the hedge recovers. All our previous efforts have resulted in strong regrowth and a much healthier hedge, so fingers crossed with this one. Many thanks to the volunteers who came along to take part in reviving a country craft. We would welcome any suggestions of hedges that could benefit from being laid next season.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE   FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME E-MAIL TEL NO.
Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner  in excellent working order, but battered exterior.  Now too heavy for my arthritic hands!

Graco travel cot, hardly used
Ann Dendyann@dendy.co.uk 850760
23” LG TV
Bob Downey      robjune@outlook.com 850524
Two Hewlett-Packard HP 343 tri-colour printer ink cartridges, unopened and unused.
Peter Boon  peterboon@ecosse.net 850410
Two unopened printer cartridges, HP 301 in black-and-white and colour.  Bought in error.
Vanessa Fox  vanessafox3.vf@gmail.com 850701
·   1800 Litre Plastic bunded oil tank in superb condition. Empty.

Aluminium grey tubular modern bunkbed. Base bed is a sofa that converts into a double and the top bed is a single. Dismantled ready for collection. Large.

WANTED: For an 11 year old boy to take his cycling proficiency at school. A 24” wheel junior bike (not BMX) (equivalent to a 14” adult frame bike). Looking for no cost bike so something that requires repair or restoration would be perfect.
Mark Palethorpe  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net 07813 251174
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

Go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
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 info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850372.

BELL RINGING NEWS FROM BLEWBURY TOWER

Easter is late this year and the ducks have been getting very excited ready to take to the water in the stream on The Play Close at noon on Easter Sunday.

Duck Race Tickets £1.25p each are available from Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786635062, fingers crossed for good weather and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

We always enjoy welcoming visitors to the tower especially on Friday evenings, our practice night.

Blewbury Croquet Club Introduction to Croquet afternoon

BLEWBURY CROQUET CLUB INTRODUCTION TO CROQUET AFTERNOON

On Saturday 13th April we shall be holding the first of our Introduction to Croquet sessions at our courts on Tickers Folly Field from 2pm to 4:30pm. This introduction to the game will be on half size courts, easier for beginners and there will be no charge.  This is open to anyone who would like to come along and try this wonderful game. To book your place and time please contact David Long on 01235 851574.

Another event to look out for is National Croquet Day, which this year is on Sunday 12th May. Croquet will be promoted throughout the UK and we shall be having activities on our club courts, everyone is invited.  Look out around the village for posters advertising the event. JW

Blewbury Local History Group

Help! We have recently acquired another copy of the lovely map that is in the Surgery waiting room. It was drawn by John Hone and dated 1943.

The local knowledge in the map seems to show that John Hone knew the village well, or knew someone in the village well, but we can find no record of him. Do you know him? Was he a wartime lodger here, or stationed in the forces nearby? It would be good to know something about him, so if you can help please let us know.

Next meeting is Tuesday, April 9th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

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

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, what about that March wind!! On my allotment, one shed was blown over and two people lost (not literally)  their walk-in poly tunnels – they were crumpled up with the force of the wind. Two polycarbonate panels of my greenhouse blew out, but fortunately didn’t break, so I got them back in with loads of clips.  I was surprised how well my over-winter broad beans survived – I now have flowers on them!  At home I’m still waiting to see if my red acer has survived from the heat of last summer – the leaves were burnt and fell off.  I can’t see any buds at the moment. It seems as though everything else has survived and my Daphne and Viburnum have bloomed and smell beautiful. Anyway enough of my personal ramblings.

We have an updated programme availabe in Blewbury Post Office and with Maggie Maytham in Upton. It gives you the details of our event in August and also gives the correct date for the June outing – apologies for the previous error. Don’t forget to look on the back of the programme for the tools we have available to hire for a donation. You might find them useful when you really get going in your garden or allotment. Our Mantas rotavator is up and running and is lightweight enough to make it so easy to use.

Karen is our Show Secretary now and is in the process of preparing the Schedule for the Summer Show – hopefully it will be in the Post Office soon and Maggie in Upton will also have copies.  So we can get our exhibits ready – there is a great variety of categories which cover gardening, cookery, handicraft, photography, so there must be something you can enter.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Raspberries can be grown anywhere from the Arctic to the Equator.   Strawberries were considered an aphrodisiac in the Middle Ages and a soup of strawberries, borage and cream was traditionally served to newly-weds for breakfast.”   Happy Gardening Eileen

BRIDGE CLUB

Please note that due to another event in the Village Hall the Vale Room is unavailable on Tuesday 2nd and Thursday 4th April, and so we will be playing in the Melland Room on those two evenings.

Teaching sessions are to be started shortly. Anyone who is interested in learning and has not already indicated interest should contact the Chairman as below.

A new strategy for the refurbishment of the Village Hall is progressing well now. There will be a public meeting about the planned works in the Hall on Sunday 28th April, for anyone who would like to come along and find out more about it.

Friday evening Novices sessions are planned to continue for a couple of months or so yet, before a break for the summer. So, if you would like to play please contact Tina Hollick who will keep you informed of playing dates.

Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone.  Perhaps Spring has sprung? With all the lovely colour of the blossoms on the trees and the beautiful flowers everywhere. Following is a list of our events during April, and we would love to welcome any new Members to join us.

  • Tuesday, April 2nd Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall 9am. We are driving to Upton and walking to Wyevale from there, having coffee at Wyevale, then walking back to Upton.
  • Friday, April 5th Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, April 9th Scrabble at Cilla’s  30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, April 12th Coffee at Helen’s 10.30am.  7, Westbrook Green.
  • Wednesday, April 24th Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm. Vale Room. Speaker:- Susan Drage.  “Recycling with a Difference.”
  • Friday, April 26th Talking Science lecture RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  “Radiation protection – how to survive a journey to Mars.”  Elizabeth Cunningham, STFC/ Surry University.
  • Mah Jong. Last session of this season, April 15th at Sharon’s. 2.30pm.

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.

Spring Concert

February 28, 2019

BLEWSING AND BLEWBURY BRASS BAND

BlewSing and Blewbury Brass Band are joining together for a Spring Concert on Saturday 30th March 7.30pm at Blewbury Village Hall. Tickets are Adult £10 and Child £5, to include a complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice, and they go on sale from February 14th – available from Blewbury and Hagbourne Post Offices, Choir and Band members.

Sustainable Blewbury

March 4, 2019

 

  • Climate for electric cars? – A talk by Anthony Simpson, Mon. 25th Feb., 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

Are you thinking of switching to an electric car? Due to climate change and air pollution, the shift from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles is accelerating. But are they really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Anthony will describe the latest developments and thinking, which should help you decide if you are ready to go electric! Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out).

  • Sustainable jet fuel from rubbish – how does that work?

A talk by Dr. Neville Hargreaves, Mon. 1st April, 8.00 pm in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport – and emissions are growing fast. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. This will convert household waste into jet fuel – reducing greenhouse gases and converting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste that would otherwise be incinerated or put into landfill. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment now and in the future, and the many practical challenges of bringing a really big industrial project to fruition.
Tickets £4 from the Post Office or on the door (if not sold out); drinks available from the bar.

  • Hedge laying

Our hedge laying group have been laying the hedge along Coffin Way, the footpath from Westbrook Street to Upton. After a number of Sunday morning sessions, starting in December, we are now about two-thirds of the way along the 200m hedge and the end is in sight!  There should be no difficulty in finishing by early to
mid-March in order not to disturb nesting birds, and we always welcome people who want to learn more about this country craft – just contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

 

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.
Boxed (unopened) John Lewis metal (silver colour) extendable curtain rail with integral rings and fixings. 160cm to 310cm
Also the following which are used, but in working order:

·         Beldray cordless Hand vac with charger

·         Lakeland “Easystore” spiralizer

·         Kenwood hand mixer

·         Ironing Board (standard size with cover)

Jill & Michael Allen
jill.c.allen@btinternet.com
851870
Electric stapler + box of staples Chris Whatmore editor@blewbury.co.uk 851055
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

Go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
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 info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850372.

 

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

February 28, 2019

The Romans never settled here, as far as is known, but they did pass through, and left a few coins and at least one ornamental brooch, found by metal-detecting.

If you find something in your garden, or on a walk just outside the village, and you think it might be really old, then do tell one of us about it. We are not expecting a hoard, but even a small coin can tell us something about the Romans’ movements.

Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, Mar. 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.