Clubs & Societies

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

April 4, 2019

 – 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


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, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

Spring Concert

February 28, 2019


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




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
Electric stapler + box of staples Chris Whatmore 851055
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

Go to 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 or phone 01235 850372.



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 or Audrey 850427 or

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

It seems a long time since Christmas when lots of ringing took place, and in particular a quarter peal which was rung on Boxing Day during the Boxing Day Walk, an opportunity to congratulate Wing Commander James Doyle (son of Gill Loyd, our treasurer) on his MBE awarded for services to the RAF.

The Churn Benefice Bell Ringing Outing was on January 26th, it was hoped to visit all seven churches in the Benefice and ring the bells plus two guest towers, namely Cholsey and Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell. Unfortunately, this year, South Moreton bells were still undergoing work and were not able to be rung that day. It was lunchtime after ringing at North Moreton and an excellent lunch in the Village Hall. The day continued with ringing at the other Benefice towers, tea at East Hagbourne then ringing at Blewbury followed by a meal at The Blueberry. Thank you to Rob Nickless for organising and to those who masterminded and helped with lunch and tea.

The brief appearance of snow caused a Friday night practice to be cancelled, since then it has been ringing as usual, including welcoming the Branch Learners to a practice.



Hello to everyone.  February almost gone already. We have had plenty of rain to fill a few dykes?

But signs of Spring  are appearing with all the bulbs and blossoms peeping through. There are lots of things to do with the Blewbury WI during March and we would welcome any new Members to come and join us at the following events.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall 9am. Destination unsure at the moment, but have coffee pennies anyway.
  • Wednesday, 13th WI Spring Lunch with Flavia.
  • Wednesday, 13th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Thursday, 14th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 22nd Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Kingdom of the cumulus clouds.” Dr. David Hooper. 1.30pm.
  • 27th March. WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. AGM and Social Evening.

Mah Jong every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm.  Ring Judy for details.

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.


Bridge Club

The Club was represented at the Blewbury Clubs and Societies Day in the Village Hall and quite a lot of interest was shown in the game. It is hoped that some who have played bridge before, but perhaps not Duplicate Bridge, will be attracted to our relaxed and friendly Friday Novices evenings.

A qualifying session for the Berks and Bucks Contract Bridge Association’s Waller Bowl will be held at our normal club session on Tuesday 19th March. The session will be run entirely as normal and nobody needs to enter the Waller Bowl qualification if they do not wish to.

Division 2 of the Wessex League is very competitive with only 1.15 Victory Points separating positions 3 to 7 in the table. Having played all but one of our matches, Blewbury is, unfortunately, in 7th place which is one of the two relegation places. So, the team’s survival in Division 2 will depend on a reasonable result in the last match and perhaps one or two other results going our way to help reduce our rivals’ average Victory Points!  Michael Allen  851870



January 22, 2019

Thanks to everyone for such an enthusiastic response to the three Blewbury Table Tennis Club Taster Sessions!

We had 25+ people at each session, which meant that our four borrowed tables were all in use right through each of the evenings. We had participants varying in age from 8 – 80+ and a really good mix of standards. We are aiming to cater for anyone however experienced or inexperienced. An added bonus at our January session was a visit from an ex British top 100 ranked table tennis player, Justin Mead, who gave us lots of encouragement, tips and coaching as well as a big box of top grade balls!

Based on this response we are now going to go ahead with Tuesday evening sessions every week from 6-9pm in Blewbury Village Hall with the opportunity for people to drop in for whichever part of the evening suits them. Why not start the new year with a new Blewbury activity? You will be very welcome if you want to join us. Session fees: £5 Adults. £3 Under 18s.