Clubs & Societies

Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue

Sunday 11th June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon

Sustainable Blewbury, with support from Blewbury Primary School PTA and the Pre-school, are celebrating the opening of Blewbury’s Community Orchard with a party – a village picnic and barbecue. There will be music from Blewbury Learner Brass Band and a range of activities for all ages.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the PTA barbecue or bring their own picnic. We will have a real ale bar (the ‘Wagon Inn’, backed by the Blewbury Wagon) serving local beers, apple juice and soft drinks. There will also be a stall selling cake using orchard and garden fruits such as apples, plums and berries.

Some of the activities planned include:

  • Pre-school annual sponsored kite flying and picnic
  • Tug of war
  • Welly wanging
  • Story teller
  • Pond dipping
  • Information about the orchard, local environment and other Sustainable Blewbury activities

So come along, party in the orchard and make it a great village event!

Sustainable Blewbury

Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue – Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon:
see separate article in this issue for more information.

Blewbury Garden Market: Now running (for our 8th year!) at Blewbury Garage every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh garden fruit and veg, bedding plants and seedlings, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, free-range eggs, preserves and honey, all locally produced. Bring us anything you’d like to sell between 9.00 and 9.30. We’d love more volunteers to help run the stall – email or talk to us at the Garage if you’d like to join in!

Blewbury Primary School wildlife recording: We have purchased two bird-nesting boxes equipped with video cameras and two video camera traps for the school, and we will be working with the children to observe and record village wildlife. We haven’t had any nesting birds yet, but the camera traps (which work in colour during the day and infrared at night) have already recorded a variety of local fauna – badgers, foxes, muntjacs, rabbits, etc. – and their behaviour.



Pair of extending ladders, hardwood with aluminium rungs, good condition. Unextended length approx 12 ft

Brian Lewis

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Our Annual Summer Show is an opportunity for everyone in Blewbury and Upton (and surrounding villages) to take part and enter home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers, to enter cooking, handicraft, photography and to take part in many other categories. We would love to see as many young people as possible entering the competition – age groups start from 5 years old!!

Exhibitors display their entries early on Saturday morning, they are then judged during the morning and the Show is then opened to the public at 2.30pm. The winners are announced at 4.00pm.

You will find The Schedule with the Entry Form at Blewbury Post Office or you can ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095 for more details.

Each year we have a special display and 2017 is no exception. This year we will be having a special exhibition of botanical illustrations by local artists, together with a variety of other paintings also painted by artists in the area.

We are grateful for the previous support and enthusiasm shown by the residents of Blewbury and Upton and we are hoping for a huge number of entries this year.

There are many new residents in Blewbury and Upton who may be reluctant to take part – do please have a go!! The Show has a long standing tradition and fosters pride and friendly competition amongst the villagers.


DID YOU KNOW? “Britain is the only country that grows apples expressly for cooking” and did you also know? “You need roughly 35 to 40 apples to make eight pints of cider”. Happy Gardening, Eileen

Blewbury WI News

Hello again. “June is bursting out all over”! Warm sunny days and all the beautiful gardens to visit in Blewbury. Below is a list of the events during June, and all new members would be very welcome to join our happy group.

  • Friday June 2nd – Craft evening at Liz’s. Call first. 7.30pm.
  • Monday June 12th – Scrabble at Babeth’s. 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday June 14th – Lyn’s Walk. We have 2 walks in mind, but, as yet, haven’t decided which one to take. Both have been walked by some before and are outside the village. Meet at Blewbury Village Hall at 9am. Both walks will involve lunch at the end of the walk.
  • Wednesday June 14th – Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday June 23rd – Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell: Black Holes, Science, Fact, Fiction or Fantasy. Chris Done. 1.30pm.
  • Monday June 26th – visit to Manor Herb Farm. Date and time to be confirmed.
  • Wednesday June 28th – Wl monthly meeting. 7.30pm at the Vale Room. Speaker, Dr. Janice Kinroy: Oxford, Past and Present.

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

Please note that there will be no bridge on Thursday 8th June due to the Hall and Vale Room being required for the election. Neither of the other two of our recent alternative venues is available that night.

Friday evening Novices sessions have now ceased for the summer and are expected to re-commence in September.

The Handicap Pairs competition finishes on Tuesday 20th June. We shall thereafter be playing match pointed pairs on the middle Tuesday of the last 4 months of the playing year as part of the ladder competition.

Michael Allen.  851870

Blewbury Local History Group

Our last meeting was attended by 6 willing members all eager to look at the donated photograph album.

It was presented to Eli Caudwell in 1901 and had images in it of villagers and locations dating back to the 1860’s. Very early images and a rare addition to our artefacts library.

For those who have never attended one of our meeting then they are informal affairs where anyone can have an input. We have started hosting a series of talks to encourage people in the village to come to our meetings (not just the ones where we have guest speakers hopefully) so that the Group can survive and flourish. We also have a mailing list for our minutes to be circulated, for those who cannot always attend, to see what we discussed. If you wish to be included on the list then just let the Secretary have your email address or your ordinary address.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday June 13th at 8pm and includes a Guest Speaker. Julie Godson will be giving us Memories of the Vale’ ( for information) which has an accompanying book. Julie is an author and ex-Oxford University Historian. The doors open at 19:30 with coffee, a glass of wine or squash available for a pre meeting social. If you wish to attend this free of charge event then please email the Secretary (Mark) on  or call Audrey on 850427 to reserve one of the 18 places available. We ask that you arrive at the History Room on Parsonage Lane by 19:55 latest please.


BlewSing and Guests – Summer Concert

Saturday June 24th –  St Michael’s Church Blewbury

We are delighted to announce that BLEWSING and guests will be performing their Summer Concert at St Michael’s Church Blewbury on Saturday June 24th at 8 p.m. The programme will be light and varied and we do hope you will come and join us. Tickets are £10 each, with a complimentary glass of fruit juice/ wine and are available from Blewbury Post Office and Choir members from June 1st.

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

Wow another month flies by and we head towards midsummer! It seems to be the year for significant birthdays amongst the bell ringers and such events are always a good reason for more ringing. A Bob Minor Quarter Peal was rung to celebrate Christine Kowalczuk’s birthday and Ellen Bramhill’s wedding anniversary.

You may remember last month seeing that a six-week intensive bell ringing course was being planned for the end of May into June and we are pleased to be hosting one of the taster sessions and two of the training sessions.

In addition to our normal practice night and service ringing we will be ringing for two other events during the next month: these are The Visitation of the Bishop and other clergy at the end of May and then on June 15th there is a BBC Music event and nationally all towers have been requested to take part and ring at 7.00pm.

As always we would be delighted if you wanted to come and join us for a Friday evening practice 8-9.30pm

Notes from the Allotments

At last, an appreciable amount of rain, although I’m not sure how far down it went as I haven’t been digging since it happened, but the soil has really hardened up since my last report. It is very heavy work carrying full watering cans from the tanks at the allotment, and to do everything takes about 20 cans….

The potatoes did catch a bit of frost, despite being earthed up, and the tops look a bit poorly but they will recover. The good thing is that the fruit had set on the gooseberries and the little pear tree, so there should be a reasonable harvest, although I did notice quite a few miniature gooseberries on the ground under the bushes….

Because of the drought (can we officially call it that?), everything is being really slow growing, and even germinating; still nothing from the climbing peas so I might cut my losses and plant the runner beans there as it has already been dug over and fertilised; they are doing well in their root trainers in the greenhouse and will just need hardening off before planting out at the end of the month.

One very evident sign of the lack of water has been an abrupt stop in the rhubarb harvest; everybody’s seem to be suffering, with the long stems falling over in seeming exhaustion, what a shame! Still, a good drink should revive them as there is about another month to go before we are advised to stop picking. One crop that does not seem to be affected is the raspberries, all growing vigorously and with flowers about to open, hurrah!

I am chronically short of time this year so have taken advantage of plug plants for the brassicas, which arrived yesterday; I’ve temporarily put them in small pots with some compost to let them recover from their journey before planting out. I’m growing cabbage, red cabbage (a first for me), sprouts and cauliflower. I’ve also bought some leek seedlings which are already about 10 inches tall, but they need to thicken up a bit before exposing them to the allotment, so in a large nursery pot for a little while.

In the raised bed, a magnificent crop of radishes has come up – but nothing else! Where are the carrots and parsnips? We shall wait and see!   Angela Hoy (

Blewbury Film Supports the Village Hall!

Our Early Summer Screening for the 14th June will be “The Angel’s Share” but unfortunately all tickets have now all sold out – demand for this film has proved very high.

This heartwarming comedy about a group of unemployed petty criminals in Glasgow tells a story inspired by Whisky Galore and it’s been called Scotland’s answer to “The Full Monty” – pithy, raw and hilarious!

This realistic, humanistic and bracingly optimistic film was directed by the brilliant Ken Loach (just think of Kes in 1969!) in his eighth decade.

Telegraph –“Ken Loach’s whisky-heist comedy finds the director on fine, funny and Cannes-winning form!”

The Angel’s Share (15)

Directed by  Ken Loach

Starring: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Roger Allam

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, 14th June Doors Open: 7:30pm

Please note: This screening is now all sold out and there will be no tickets available on the door.  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: