Clubs & Societies

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Assocation

June 3, 2019

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

I’ve only got reminders for you this month. Don’t forget our day trip on:

SATURDAY 8th JUNE to THE VYNE. VYNE ROAD, SHERBORNE ST JOHN, BASINGSTOKE, RG24 9HL

The Vyne is a 16th century estate and country house. It is a National Trust property.

Full details of the time and transport arrangements will be available with Karen at Blewbury Post Office or contact Maggie Maytham in Upton (01235 850126).

Slight delay on THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE – it should be available by the end of May, either in the Blewbury post office or online by emailing Eileen on vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. You don’t have to be an expert and it’s great fun taking part. Don’t forget the Childrens’ Section – hopefully we will have a few more junior exhibitors taking part this year.

DID YOU KNOW ? The sunflower is a native plant of the Americas, where the Indians used its seed as an important source of food. The Incas of Peru were sun worshippers and used it in religious ceremonies. The sunflower leans towards the sun in a process known as heliotropism.” Happy Gardening Eileen

Bridge Club

It is pleasing to note that our attendance has, so far this year, kept up reasonably well. In particular our Friday night Novices sessions are now seeing a regular 4+ tables, which is excellent. Hopefully this will be boosted further in the autumn when our learners’ group are ready to join.

However, all our members should not be complacent and, I would hope, will take any opportunity to encourage new players, or potential players, to come along and try the ‘Blewbury Experience’! That is whether it is one of our regular Tuesday and Thursday sessions, our Friday night Novices, or as a complete beginner to learn the game. We hope to start a new series of lessons for complete beginners in January, subject to sufficient demand.

The Friday night Novices will continue through June. There may be a couple of months’ holiday thereafter but, again, this will depend on demand. Otherwise the sessions will re-start in September. Keep in touch with Tina Hollick on tinahollick@icloud.com if you are interested.  Michael Allen  851870

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

All of us are history in the making, which is what I was thinking at our recent meeting.

First, we now have evidence that the Romans may have been here as early as 70 AD, quite a bit earlier than thought until now.

Second, a gift of six pounds per annum left in 1660 for the poor of Blewbury is still part of the United Charities income.

Now, for fun, a question for today:
Who is the oldest person living in the village and born here? If you know, then please tell the History Group.

As you can tell, our meetings range over all sorts of topics and you are always welcome.

Next meeting is Tuesday, June 11th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

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

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hello to everyone. Halfway through the year already! Hopefully we now have some lovely, warm sunny days to look forward to.

Blewbury WI are holding the following events during June, and we would love to welcome any new Members to join us.

  • Tuesday 4th June. Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Circular walk from Brightwell. Coffee/lunch pennies needed.
  • Wednesday 5th June. Scrabble at Susan’s 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday 7th June. Craft evening at Liz’s 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday 11th June. Coffee morning at Cilla’s. 10.30am.
  • Friday 14th June. Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. ‘Swarm engineering across scales: from flocking robots to nanomedicine.” Dr. Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol. 1.30pm.
  • Wed 26th June. Main Meeting in the Main Hall. 7.30pm. Helen Plumb: “Glorious Coloured Gemstones.”
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. Phone Sharon (850412) Monday, 20th June at Graeme’s 2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla (851966) or visit our web page, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information. Love from Cilla.

Sustainable Blewbury

April 27, 2019

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 24th April, 7.30 pm, at 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 for the evening – everyone will be very welcome!

Blewbury Garden Market

Every Saturday morning starting 4th May, from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

Our tenth season! Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) – note the slightly earlier opening times this year. The stall buys and sells bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, Blewbury honey and free-range eggs.

Helpers: Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the address or phone below.

Producers: Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm.

For more information: Email us at bgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Permaculture orchard garden

We are growing a wide and interesting variety of fruit trees, soft fruit  and other things (e.g. rhubarb, globe and Jerusalem artichokes, etc.) on a pretty site on Woodway Road. Every now and then we have an afternoon working party. It’s fun, and helpers get to share some of the produce. Phone 07935 232 296 if you are interested.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.
1200 watt Power Washer with adjustable head Doug Tilbrook
djtsjt@btinternet.com
850066
Simple electric convection heater, two settings (1000W/2000W). 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)

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.
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

20th century wars caused so much grief not only worldwide but also here in villages like ours. The group is planning a walk on September 8th to remember the village lads who lost their life in WW2.

If you have memories or stories of those who served, or made the ultimate sacrifice, then do contact Mark, who will be leading the walk. At our next meeting we shall be planning the route and visitors will be welcome. We shall also be having our AGM, but don’t worry, it will be very short, so we have time for all our other history projects to be talked about.

Next meeting is Tuesday, May 14th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Blewbury Croquet Club

BLEWBURY CROQUET CLUB CELEBRATES NATIONAL CROQUET DAY!

Bubbly & Cake: Come and celebrate National Croquet Day on Blewbury’s brilliant lawns! Have a go, learn what it’s like, and afterwards a glass of bubbly or cup of tea, and home-made cake. We think croquet’s the ideal sport – played by all ages, at your own walking pace out in the open air. A game of skill and strategy. Can you get your balls through the hoops and peg out before your opponent?

Blewbury Croquet Club is throwing open its lawns to everyone from 2pm on Sunday, 12th May, to try the game, with help from our expert coaches. No entry fee, no special clothing needed – but do wear flat shoes please, for the sake of the flat lawns. And a short follow-up coaching course is on offer to everyone who’d like to come again.

Croquet offers sport, friendships, fun, competition and a whole lot more. Come along and see for yourself what this game is about – just off the A417 in Blewbury, opposite Savages. For more details, call Paul Wolff on 01235 850520, email croquet@parabola.uk, or visit www.blewburycroquetclub.org.uk  

Bridge Club

It is pleasing to report that Blewbury’s Wessex League team will remain in Division 2 next year, following a creditable result against one of the top ranked teams in this division in our last match, and some favourable results elsewhere. So, we have managed to stay just above the relegation zone. Well done to the team.

Bridge lessons have started for a small group of beginners and good progress is being made. It is hoped that, in due course, they will be able to start playing at our Friday night Novices sessions, which are due to continue through May and June. Contact Tina Hollick if you are interested in taking part on Friday evenings and are not already registered with her. Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Don’t forget we have a day trip on:

SATURDAY 8th JUNE to THE VYNE. VYNE ROAD, SHERBORNE ST JOHN, BASINGSTOKE, RG24 9HL

The Vyne is a 16th century estate and country house.  Following its huge 2-year roof project, this former Tudor palace, a National Trust property, has re-opened, to tell the story of a Victorian brother and sister who saved it.

Full details of the time and transport arrangements will be available with Karen at Blewbury Post Office or contact Maggie Maytham in Upton (01235 850126).

THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE will be in the Blewbury post office from May onwards or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com  or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. This is an opportunity for you to show off your skills – growing fruit, flowers and vegetables, or cooking, or handicraft or photography.   You don’t have to be an expert and it’s great fun taking part.  There’s also a Childrens’ Section, so hopefully we will have a few more junior exhibitors taking part this year.

DID YOU KNOW ? The apple can grow at the highest latitude of all the fruits. Apple trees need almost 1,000 hours of cold autumn and winter air to produce their flowers, which explains why they cannot be grown in hotter climates. The apple was the earliest to be cultivated by man and, like so many other plants, it was introduced to Britain by the Romans.  Today, China is the world’s leading apple producer.”  Happy Gardening. Eileen

Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone. Spring can’t make its mind up? But everything is looking very green and the birds are very busy, so there are promises for the near future. Why not join us at the events listed below? All new Members will be made most welcome.

  • Wednesday, 1st  Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. We drive to Upton and then walk from there to Wyevale for coffee. Return to Upton by a slightly different route.
  • Friday, 3rd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 8th Scrabble at Judy’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 17th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “Lights, crystals, action!”  Dr Claire Murray.
  • Wednesday, 22nd Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm. Vale Room. Speaker, Ian Scott Hunter. “Memoirs of a Royal Footman”

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Joan on 851914 or visit our web page, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla