Clubs & Societies

Bridge Club

February 1, 2018

The delayed Christmas Party was held on Sunday 14th January and was well attended. The food was excellent and everyone seemed to have a good time. We may consider holding it in January again, as it seemed to be popular.

The Wessex League team have finished all their matches and presently lie in 3rd place in the Division. Whether or not we are promoted will depend on the completion of other matches, and particularly that between the leading two teams, Witney and Wallingford C. We await developments.

Our normal club events continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Vale Room, with Novices evenings on some Fridays.

Happy New Year! Michael Allen  851870


We hope that you enjoyed hearing the bells over the festive season and in particular the Quarter Peal rung on Boxing day. We rang out the old year and rang in the new and now we are almost half way through January!

2018 will see the centenary of the end of World War One. It is known that at least 1400 bell ringers lost their lives in that conflict and there is a nationwide campaign to recruit at least 1400 new ringers before Armistice Day 11/11/18. Blewbury is ‘doing its bit’ we have four new younger ringers; three have been ringing for a while and are doing incredibly well and our newest recruit started 12/1/18.

Ringing is a social activity and by the time this goes to press we will have had an outing where all the bells in the Benefice were rung on the same day. More about this next month. As always visitors are always welcome to our practice evenings on a Friday 8 – 9.30pm.

Bridge Club

The AGM was held on Thursday 5th October ahead of a shortened session of bridge.

Susan Tilbrook and Steve Quinn resigned as Committee members and thanks go to them for their contributions in the past – particularly to Susan for all her hard work collecting subscriptions and maintaining the membership lists. Also for acting as lead co-ordinator at the Christmas parties. Sarah Donne and Mick Moore were elected to the Committee and our thanks go to them. All Officers and other Committee members were re-elected unopposed.

After some discussion about the £1 additional table money which has been charged as a contribution to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund it was overwhelmingly agreed that this should continue.

Cupholders are asked to return their cups to the Treasurer, Colin Field, no later than the end of the month.

A heat of the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs will be held in the club on Thursday 16th November. It is hoped that as many members as possible will turn out to play that evening and to be as generous as possible with their contributions to this worthwhile charity – all funds raised on the evening, including what would normally be a contribution to the EBU for Pay to Play, will go to Children in Need. Anna Gudge, who organises the hands and the results, normally appears at the BBC event on the Friday evening to present a large cheque! Over £70,000 was raised by bridge clubs last year and now Anna’s organisation, ECatsBridge, is an official partner of Children in Need in recognition of the large sums raised in the past by the bridge-playing community.

Finally, it is with great sadness that I have to report the recent death of Gillian Hewitt-Taylor who was a keen supporter of the club over many years, a committee member, and contributor in many ways to the successful running of Blewbury Bridge Club. Our thoughts are with her many friends and family at this sad time.

Michael Allen  851870

Downland Dance News

July 14, 2017

Ballet classes in East Hagbourne and Abingdon, following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus six days a week. Minimum starting age 3plus with no upper age limit.

The summer term has now ended but classes for adults and advanced students are continuing throughout July and August.

This year, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are holding a few master classes. Adam Harris, formerly of Downland Dance, now with The Croatian National Theatre Company, will give a class in August. A soloist from The Royal Ballet is scheduled to teach a master class in early September. We are still negotiating a class with a dancer from another company for some time in the summer. To fit in these extras we are starting the autumn term a week later this year on Monday September 11th. For further details please contact Principal Mrs. Judy Harris on 01235 554060 or  Anita Rendel


Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue

June 1, 2017

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!


May 3, 2017

Hello again.

May is almost here, with all the beautiful trees in blossom and colourful spring flowers blooming. We can look forward to warm , sunny days and sitting in the garden. We would love to welcome any new Members to join us at the following May events.

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017   Lyn’s Walk.   A local walk, mostly on paths. We will leave the Village Hall at 10.00am.
  • Tuesday 9th May 2017   Coffee at Style Acre with Cilla. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday 10th May 2017   Visit to Chalgrove Manor.
  • Friday 12th May 2017   Craft Evening at Liz’s.
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017   Scrabble at Susan’s   30pm.
  • Friday 19th May 2017   Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell: To Catch a Monopole. Dr Tom Whyntie. 1.30pm.
  • Wednesday 24th May 2017   Monthly WI Meeting at the Vale Room   00pm. Speaker Bruce Duncan. The Loan Soldier.

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.

Sustainable Blewbury

‘Emulating Nature’s Genius (sustainable engineering solutions)’ – a talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis, Monday 15 May, 8.00pm, Blewbury Manor Barn:

Studying how nature solves its engineering and materials problems provides inspiration for solving our own problems. Spider silk, a fly’s eye, a pine cone opening and closing, shark skin, a lotus leaf, a gecko’s foot … all were inspirations for engineers … but inspirations for what? Tickets from the Post Office, £6, including a glass of wine. All profits donated to the Village Hall refurbishment.

Blewbury Garden Market: Reopens (for our 8th year!) on Blewbury Service Station forecourt on Saturday 20th May from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh produce, plants and seedlings, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, free-range eggs, preserves and honey, all locally produced. We’d love more volunteers to help man the stall, please contact if you’d like to join in!

Community Orchard – news: All the trees appear to have taken successfully. Even the weakest looking have buds and some, especially Morello cherries, are bursting out of their protective netting. In the wildflower area, the cowslips are also looking good this year. However, the unusually dry April weather has been a concern, so the Community Orchard Group (COG) organised a watering session, along with liquid seaweed fertiliser. Many thanks to the Mussons for water supply access and to members of the Hedge Laying Group who helped. We are always looking for more volunteers to join the COG. If you’re interested email John Ogden (

We will be erecting a signboard in the orchard, and we expect it to be installed in good time for the Orchard Picnic day (see below). The whole village is warmly welcome to come along and help us to celebrate!

Community Orchard – grand opening and village picnic, Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon: Bring your own picnic. Brass band, licensed bar with local beer and soft drinks, and a cake stall. There will be fun activities for kids and more … full details in the June Bulletin.



Folding child’s high chair, metal with plastic covering. Large freestanding wooden tapestry frame.

Ann Dendy


60cm freestanding electric cooker

c.10 sq m of limestone tiles in opus pattern

Ian Davies

07974 236219
A pair of bookcase glass doors 17″x 28″ and a board with frame suitable for attaching posters with blutac (not pins). 33.25″ x 21.25″

Brenda Hopkins

Child’s ”smarTrike” 3 wheeled orange bike, complete with all accessories and original box. For children from 10 months to over 36 months. Jo Lakeland 850490
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, contact us at



Our annual Easter Sunday Duck Race was a resounding success once again as 500 little yellow ducks raced along the stream in the Playclose in five heats and a final, ably assisted by bell ringers in wellies.

The sun shone and many of you turned out to join in the fun and cheer on your ducks. First prize for the fastest duck of the day (no. 444) went to Karen Brooks, with second and third prizes going to Andrew Forman and Meg Pryor. Penny, the fluffy duck from the “Guess the name” competition went home with her winner and new owner, Daniel Marsh. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came along and made the event a success.

Learn to ring!

Try a new hobby to exercise both brain and body! Join a sociable team and be part of a great English tradition! A six week bellringing course for beginners in the local area (including Blewbury, Harwell, Chilton and North Moreton) starting on Monday May 29th is a really good opportunity to kick-start your learning with an initial period of intensive training. You will learn in a group, visiting different local churches for tuition, and you will aim to be able to handle a bell and begin to ring rounds by the end of the course.

For details see: or contact Susan Read on 01235 529779,



April 7, 2017

Our Members’ Talks which took place at Blewbury Manor Barn in March were enjoyed by everyone who attended. Thank you to the Manor for the use of the Barn with its lovely big settees in front of the great log burner. Our next event is:



Over 100 places to shop for plants

Carol Klein will share expert advice in the Live Theatre plus live interviews and book signings.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live present much-loved features every year, plus a host of new features to keep the Show fresh and exciting.

COST:  £23.50 per Gardeners’ World ticket.  Travel arrangements and cost to be advised

Ticket includes entry to the BBC Good Food Show

Don’t miss out on a great day – Please order your ticket by 15th May through:

Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham at Upton – 01235 850126

DID YOU KNOW?  James Boswell (1740-95) wrote: “In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen and enough to rot on the ground.”  Happy Gardening.  Eileen