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Blewbury Film Supports the Village Hall

Happy New Year to all our Blewbury Film Supporters! We are very happy to announce our Spring Screening for the 29th March will be “A United Kingdom”.

This incredible film tells the story of a true-life romance between an English office clerk and the future king of Botswana. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in this beautifully shot, crowd-pleasing, film about post-war history that could be filed under “stranger than fiction”.

Rosamund Pike is Ruth Williams, a clerk from Blackheath, South London, working in Lloyds of London in 1947, who is swept off her feet by handsome law student Seretse Khama (Oyelowo). Ruth doesn’t know that Seretse is an African king in waiting, leader-to-be of the Bamangwato people of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), the British protectorate to which he is due to return on completion of his studies.

Handsomely shot on locations in the UK and Botswana by Sam McCurdy, A United Kingdom contrasts sweeping exteriors with the battle between an entrenched establishment and an emerging republic.

Guardian – “Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in fine romance” – «««« –

A United Kingdom (12A)

Directed by Amma Asante

Starring: David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike

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, 29th March Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 27th January

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

Mike Edmunds Community Orchard

News of Blewbury’s plans for a Community Orchard has featured in the Bulletin over the past nine months. The Community Orchard Group (COG) can now report that the orchard is real: 47 trees have been planted towards the south-east corner of Tickers Folly Field, and it is to be known as the Mike Edmunds Community Orchard in recognition of Mike’s huge contribution to our environment and his deep affection for the local orchard tradition.

The orchard is a tribute to the hard work and enthusiastic support of many volunteers. Landscape architecture principles indicate that trees enhance rather than hinder the sense of space and we hope that the whole village will now enjoy this new prospect. Already, surrounding villages have been making enquiries as to how they can follow Blewbury’s example. There is more information, including a full list of trees and a location diagram, on our website at:

The work is not yet complete. We are preparing a signboard that will show the varieties and locations of all the trees that have been planted, and more is still to be done to install nest boxes and ‘bug hotels’ to improve the ecology of the area. And in the late spring or early summer we will organise a picnic party to formally inaugurate the orchard. All will be welcome – it is your orchard!

Blewbury Garden Market Extra: Remember that you can buy local home-made bread and cakes for the weekend at the Post Office on Saturday mornings from 9.30 am – so call in before doing your weekly shop. Any unsold bread is put in the freezer so is available during the week as well. It’s also marmalade-making season! We have plenty of jam jars at the Post Office if you’re planning to make some, and you can sell any surplus there too!

Bosch Classixx slimline dishwasher. Complete with inlet / dishcharge pipes. Would suit a smaller household.

Sally Wills

Moses basket with rocking stand – in good condition.

Norma Banks

To include your item, send short description, email & phone no. to with subject line ‘Freecycle’

We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury, or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at:

WI News

Hi everyone. 2nd February is Candlemas, celebrating the promise of Spring time. The flower associated with Candlemas is the beautiful snowdrop, and already several are peeping up in the Churchyard. Spring  is not far away?  All visitors are very welcome to join us for the forthcoming events.

  • Wednesday, February 1st 2017 Lyn’s Walk.  An urban walk to the North of Didcot, some on paths not trodden by WI before. If you haven’t yet walked on the other side of the tracks, prepare to be surprised. Catch the 94 Bus at 10.14am at The Blewbury. Bring your BUS PASS. We will leave Didcot Parkway at 10.30am. Return to Blewbury by either the 12.35 or 13.35pm Bus. We won’t go if there is heavy rain.
  • Tuesday, February 7th 2017 Coffee at Style Acre.  30am.
  • Tuesday, February 7th 2017 Scrabble at Lyn Page.  30pm.
  • Friday, February 17th 2017  RAL Harwell Lecture. 1.30pm. The Flash Bang Science Show
  • Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 WI Monthly Meeting at  The Manor Barn ( please note the change of venue)    Speaker Nick Channer — From Downton Abbey to Watership Down, how landscape has influenced music, literature, films and television.  30pm.
  • Mah Jong sessions are held every Monday afternoon at 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, htpp:// where you will find more information.   Love from Cilla.


Your Local Village Gardening Club

The VPA is organising two outings this year. We also have events throughout 2017 which are listed below.

Full details of the outings will be issued in the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News prior to the event. You will need to register four weeks before the event. If interested, register at the Blewbury Post Office or contact: Margaret Maytham on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095 or contact us on


Watch expert gardeners in action. Enjoy Show Gardens, Floral Marquee and much more…


Kew Gardens 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.


TUESDAY 2nd MARCH VPA “COMMITTEE MEMBERS’ TALKS” at BLEWBURY MANOR BARN – 7.30pm Three short talks on: Chickens on the allotment. How to make great compost. Growing & propogating snowdrops.
SUN. 22nd OCT PLANT & CAKE SALE AT THE RED LION, 1.00pm – 3.00pm with Sustainable Blewbury’s Apple Day
WED. 1st NOV ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – The Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall – 7.00pm 

We look forward to seeing you on our trips and at our events in the forthcoming months.

DID YOU KNOW? In the late 1700s Napoleon offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could come up with a method of preserving food. Healthy daily rations were essential to feed a huge army on the march. It was over 10 years before Nicolas Appert, a confectioner known as the ‘father of canning’, scooped the award for his method of preserving food in airtight glass bottles.   Happy Gardening,  Eileen

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

Thank you to the male bell ringers and helpers who bravely manage to get the Christmas tree on top of the tower, this year saw a resplendent tree complete with new LED lights which withstood all the challenges the weather had to offer.

Christmas saw lots of celebratory ringing both for services and a quarter peal on Boxing Day dedicated to Mr. William Dent Robinson for his 105th birthday and to celebrate the arrival of Louis, Churchwarden Sue Lay’s first grandchild. We also rang out the old year and rang in the new, something that hasn’t happened for several years in Blewbury.

We have welcomed a returning ringer and a young man has started to learn to ring, a great start to the New Year. If there are any young people who are looking for a new skill maybe as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme or Queen’s scout award you would be very welcome to try bell ringing. You can start to learn later in life so maybe a belated New Year’s resolution? Come and see what it’s all about… Fridays 8-9.30pm we look forward to seeing you.

Bridge Club

We now know definitely that we will be vacating the Vale Room at the end of January – our last playing night there will be Thursday 26th January. We will be playing in the Melland Room at Blewbury Clubhouse, on the right off Bohams Road (opposite Savages), on the following dates after that and in February:

Tuesday 31st January

Tuesdays 14, 21 and 28 February

Thursday 2, 16 February.

The Friday Novices will also be playing there on February 3, 10, 17, 24, subject to sufficient numbers being available. As usual, Tina and David Hollick will co-ordinate this and let people know as necessary. Please email them if you wish to play on a Friday Novices night.  Michael Allen. 851870

Sustainable Blewbury Leaf Clearance

A big thank you from Sustainable Blewbury!

We would like to thank all the people who helped us clear the footpaths of leaves on Sunday 27th November. A vital part of how this was organised and done was due to Heather Richards, of the BVS.

There were so many of you scattered round the village we could not thank everyone individually. A special thank you must go to all the Blewbury school children who asked their parents to come with them to help rake leaves, and to David Hollick and Glen Meadows who collected all the bags of leaves in Mark Shayler’s trailer, pulled by the Parish Council tractor.

We hope you all enjoyed the cake at the Blueberry afterwards: a final thank you to the Blueberry for providing free tea, coffee and squash for all the workers.

The weather was fine, and it turned out to be a real community event, with a record amount of leaves collected: 180 bags! Some are being used at the allotments, some at the SB Permaculture site, and the remaining 100 bags will be taken to Agrivert at Benson to become part of the compost that local farmers appreciate.

Jo Lakeland and Eric Eisenhandler, co-Chairs of Sustainable Blewbury


Sustainable Blewbury

Roundup of our activities in 2016

Projects: Our newest project is the Mike Edmunds Community Orchard on Tickers Folly Field, which is being planted this month and has attracted a lot of interest. Hedge-laying continues for its third winter. We used our apple-juicing equipment to make a huge amount of juice in six sessions plus hires, much of it from apples that would have gone to waste. The weekly Blewbury Garden Market had a good year, selling surplus produce, preserves, home-made bread and cakes, etc. (A smaller, winter version runs on Saturday mornings at the Post Office.) The Woodway Permaculture Orchard Garden is producing quantities of soft fruit and some vegetables, and the fruit trees are starting to yield as well. The Energy Initiative thermally imaged 20 houses, especially for new occupants and for checking improvement work. (See separate advert for imaging in January.)

Events: We had a willow-weaving workshop to make lovely garden structures and then a table-top sale selling items people no longer needed or wanted. In June we were at Blewbury Family Fun Day with pond-dipping for children and an exhibition about the community orchard that was also at the VPA annual show. In late autumn we had a very successful footpath leaf-clearing – see separate article in this issue.

Talks: We had four talks in 2016. Rose Somerset told the story of our local landscape – the North Wessex Downs AONB. Richard Roslyn talked about and illustrated the beauty of trees. Graham Scholey told us about the ecology and conservation of otters, and Marianne Suhr shared her expertise on how to sustainably insulate old houses. Profits from ticket sales for the first two talks were donated to the Village Hall Refurbishment; from the third to WaterAid and from the fourth to Blewbury Pre-school.

Other activities: Although not ‘official’ SB activities, members of the Core Group have worked on important activities closely related to our interests. For the newly approved Blewbury Neighbourhood Plan, most of the Core Group helped in creating this important document for the future of the village. Another was saving local bus services, together with our neighbouring villages in forming the Downland Villages Transport Group after the county council ended all subsidies for buses. Finally, there was involvement with the Village Hall Refurbishment to help ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible.

Help! SB is run by our Core Group. We especially need someone who can help with publicity, and someone (who might or might not be the same person) to help update our websites to more modern technology. If you are interested, please contact us at, or phone Jo (850490) or Eric (850558).

Box of 6 Sainsbury water filter cartridges – NEW

Jo Lakeland

Old child’s chair, spindle back and legs, seat 28 cm high, back 59 cm high. Would be lovely stripped, treated for woodworm and polished.
BT Digital Baby Monitor 200. Works perfectly except that Parent Unit will not charge up, so it needs to be used sitting in the charger.
Da-Lite brand Projector screen, 4 foot square
Brown wooden framed signed hunting print: ‘North Cotswold from Spring Hill’ By John King (136 of 250). Size 23″ high, 31″ wide. Published by the North Cotswold Hunt.

Ann Dendy

Large wheelie suitcase, burgundy colour, one strap missing but otherwise more or less as new.

Chris Whatmore

To include your item, send short description, email & phone no. to with subject line ‘Freecycle’

We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury, or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at:

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

Your local village gardening club

Our annual social on the 3rd December was enjoyed by everyone who attended, including the tasty chilli prepared by Karen to go with the Mexican evening. The quizzes and games also went down well with everyone a winner!!

Work is still going on to finalise our 2017 programme and exact details will be in the next issue of the February of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News. We can only arrange these events if we have the support of the local community – so please do pop the dates in your 2017 diary. This is what we have planned.

Thursday 2nd March – A Meeting with “Three ’20 minute talks” being given by committee members. Venue expected to be Blewbury Manor Barn – 7pm to 9pm.

Saturday 17th June – Visit to Gardener’s World Live at the NEC, Birmingham – Group ticket price: Adult £18 and Over 65 £16.50 Plus travel cost, expected to be £10 per head.

Saturday 8th July – ANNUAL SHOW

? August – Visit to Kew Gardens, London (date to be confirmed)

Sunday 22nd October – Cake & Plant Sale at the Apple Day with Sustainable Blewbury at the Red Lion

Wednesday 1st November – Annual General Meeting

Saturday 2nd December – Annual Social

Have a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our meeting in March.

DID YOU KNOW?  The wood of the ASH TREE is remarkably strong and flexible, and is excellent for construction because it doesn’t split when manipulated. In the past it was used to make stagecoaches, railway wagons, cartwheels, oars, early aeroplanes and the frame of the Morris Minor car!    Happy Gardening   Eileen


News from the Allotments

A week of sub-zero temperatures should have killed off a few slugs and snails but perhaps not their eggs.

However, it is a good start to winter. Also this year there seemed to me to be very little aphid activity, although I don’t recall seeing a lot of ladybirds eating the few that I did see. White fly were also not such a problem on the brassicas, so from that point of view a good year! Fingers crossed for 2017.

On the other hand, the weeds proliferated… bindweed was everywhere, and if not taken in hand very regularly, began to cover everything. It is particularly difficult to extract from the middle of gooseberry and raspberry patches, as of course is couch grass, despite my best efforts. It might be best to remove every other plant so that the weeds can be removed. After the canes have been cut down would be the best time, room to move then.

My broad beans have started to show in the greenhouse growbags; hopefully they will not get too leggy before it is time to plant them out in early spring.

The brassica patch is really rather pathetic; the suffering they endured in their early life has resulted in a very small growth of sprouts and a couple of paltry cabbages. There might be one cauliflower, I’ve not dared to look inside the curled leaves yet. The leeks have done reasonably well considering they went in rather late but there is a lot of coarse green and not a lot of white, which is annoying. I obviously didn’t plant them deep enough!

Compost corner: after a mammoth harvesting of leaves from the village footpaths recently, most of them ended up at the allotments. We’ve filled both bays and taken a few away but the remainder are going to be taken to Agrivert and turned into compost at their depot in Ewelme, a good solution all round as it will then come back to us as ready made compost at the next Compost Giveaway in spring.   Angela Hoy (