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Sustainable Blewbury

Tree planting: With the new Community Orchard planted, Sustainable Blewbury is starting another tree-planting project on a triangle of land adjacent to the Chalk Pit.

In recent years, volunteers have transformed the Chalk Pit and Rubble Pit Lane into habitats that are now a Local Wildlife Site. Our new plan is to connect up wildlife corridors running east – this is the first step. We’ve been awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. The land is owned by Beeswax Farming, who have been very supportive and given permission to plant the trees. Now we need you! Planting will start the weekend of 11–12 March; we may also need help to prepare the site. If you are interested, please contact John Ogden, jogden@blewbury.net or 850372.

Hedge laying: In late January we coppiced hazel for stakes and binders from Juniper Valley and then began laying the hedge alongside the cemetery in Bohams Road. It has been quite a difficult task as there was a lot of top-heavy growth – but it’s now complete and should regrow as a thicker and healthier hedge. Thanks to Carole and Anthony Allen for access to Juniper Valley and to Collin Craig for carting all the stakes and binders to the village. If you’re interested in helping please contact Alex Musson, ahmusson@gmail.com.

Willow weaving: The next of Lawrence Graham’s willow weaving workshops is on Saturday 24th April from 10am to 4pm, this time teaching basket making. The cost is £40. If you’d like to take part please contact Kathy Edmunds, kathy_edmunds@btopenworld.com or 850337. Be warned – this is very popular and some places are already booked, but apply anyway and if full you’ll be put on a waiting list for the next one.

Dates for your diary:

  • Sustainable Blewbury AGM and new projectsThursday, 6 April, 7.30pm, School Hall. We will be showing you our new projects for the school children and other developments in the village.
  • Talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis on Biomimetics for sustainability – Mid-May, Manor Barn. How did shark skin help Airbus A380s take off? How do lotus leaves help to keep tall buildings clean? Event details soon.
  • Community Orchard village picnic and grand opening – Sunday, 11th June, Tickers Folly Field. Details

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POST OFFICE NEWS

The builders should have started “phase 1” of the Village Hall refurbishment plan by the time you all read this.

I have had a letter saying that Post Office Ltd have given the fund almost £10k to help with the Post Office part of it, a big thank you to Steve & Jane! If you have an idea for a fundraising event (for phase 2) please let us know andwe will put it to our fundraising team!

Please take extra care parking at the Village Hall, particularly during school drop off (between 8.30am & 9am) at pick up time (2.45pm to 4pm), and taking extra care in the entrance road (Heather Way) as parents are parking along here, making it a single roadway, & often driving/parking on the pavement, making it very dangerous for other parents & children.

We have Windsor Castle stamps on sale now, and David Bowie ones in March. We still have a few special 50p’s, Beatrix Potter commemorative ones, & Squirrel Nutkin, so cute! (known in the trade as BU, bright & uncirculated!) Royal Mail often put their prices up in early April, (first Thursday of the financial year), so if you want to stock up, at current prices, we have plenty in stock! Any marked 1st or 2nd are automatically revalued at the new price, still a better interest rate than many banks! (approx. 2%)        Love from Karen & Angela

History Group – What my DNA test told me

The next Blewbury Local History Group meeting includes a talk by Tony Hadland with the title shown above.

The availability of DNA tests has given rise to people questioning where their ancestors originated from and many other groups have been fascinated by Tony’s talk so we thought we would give the village a chance to hear it too. We are holding it in the History room, March 14th 8pm start, and SPACE IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE.  If you wish to attend the meeting then we ask that you make contact with either of the people shown below and wait for confirmation of a ticket. There is no charge.

The response to our request for information on village cellars was excellent, many thanks to those who contacted us. You might also like to take a look at the group’s website which has many interesting pages on the village history. WWW.BLHG.ORG.UK .

For tickets contact either Audrey Long on 850427 or Mark Palethorpe via email markpalethorpe@talktalk.net

 

ATTENTION ALL CRICKETERS!

Blewbury and Wallingford Cricket Club are holding indoor winter nets sessions every Sunday afternoon 1 to 3 pm at Moulsford School until early April.

Sessions are open to adults and juniors alike. Session costs cost £3 per player per session. If interested in coming along contact Keith Vincent, junior coordinator 01235 851353.

 

 

Bridge Club

The club has settled in to its new routine of alternative venues while the Vale Room is being refurbished.

Locations for the next month or so are as follows:

Thursday March 2, 16, 30 – the Melland Room

Thursday March 9, 23 and April 6 – Aston Tirrold Village Hall

Tuesday March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4 – Melland Room.

Friday Novices’ evenings should be in the Melland Room during March but will be confirmed on the website.

Directions to Aston Tirrold Village Hall – from Blewbury take the first turning left to Aston Tirrold off the A417 (travelling towards Streatley). Carry on down and past the United Reformed Church on your right. At the next ‘Give Way’ junction turn left and the Village Hall is a few metres along on your left.

The session on Tuesday 21st March will also be used as qualification for the annual Berks and Bucks Waller Bowl final which this year will be held on Sunday May 7th. Michael Allen.   851870

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of February, looking forward to spring.

Spring arrived early in the Tower this year, Gill and Richard have done an amazing job of spring cleaning, plus a coat of paint and new curtains; the spiders however, are most disgruntled at being disturbed!

The bells like the seasons are never still for long, ringing for Sunday services continues as does practice night. In addition, we have welcomed one group of ringers who rang a quarter peal on a Saturday morning and the following week we hosted a dedicated learning morning for Stedman Triples which was very much appreciated by those who were increasing their knowledge of the method and were very grateful to those experienced ringers who came to share their expertise.

Spring heralds in the social side of ringing and by the time this goes to print we will have had an outing to other towers interspersed with lunch, tea and dinner stops! It won’t be long before those intrepid ducks are making their way to the Playclose for their annual fund raising race, watch this space next month for more details.

As always you are very welcome to join us on a Friday night 8-9.30pm.

 

Attention all Cricketers!

Blewbury and Wallingford Cricket Club are holding indoor winter nets sessions every Sunday afternoon 1 to 3 pm at Moulsford School until early April.

Sessions are open to adults and juniors alike. Session costs cost £3 per player per session. If interested in coming along contact Keith Vincent, junior coordinator 01235 851353

Do you have a cellar in your house?

Some members of the History Group have recently discovered that there are cellars in the village.

Of course the pubs have cellars but in view of the level of the water table here, we found the idea of below ground storage places surprising. Does your house have an underground, or partially underground cellar? If it does, we would very much like to record it, and even better have a look at it. We promise not to nick any of your vintage port stored there, or even the stuff you put there 20 years ago and have forgotten about. The site might be a record of earlier water levels which would be interesting.

Contact either Mark Palethorpe(markpalethorpe@talktalk.net) or Audrey Long on 850427.  (Our next meeting is February  14th at 8pm at Robinsons.)

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 BlewTube@Gmail.com 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: BlewTube@Gmail.com

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: www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/orchard.htm.

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!

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