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BELL RINGING NEWS FROM BLEWBURY TOWER

April 7, 2017

The bells of Blewbury Tower rang out on Thursday March 9th for a double celebration, marking two special birthdays in the village.

As featured in last month’s bulletin, Glennys Bungey was 100 years old on 8th March, and a band of regular Blewbury ringers (pictured) assembled to ring a quarter peal in her honour. The ringing also marked the 70th birthday of one of our own ringers, Chris Cook, a much valued member of the band – in ringing and social activities alike.

Also, please come along to the Playclose on Easter Sunday at 12 noon to cheer on your intrepid ducks in our annual Duck Race – details are on the front page.  Happy Easter from the bell ringers.

Photo (courtesy of Bernard Mattimore) shows the ringers for the quarter peal attempt at Blewbury Tower on March 9th 2017 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Glennys Bungey and the 70th birthday of Chris Cook.

Sustainable Blewbury

February 24, 2017

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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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.

 

 

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!

February 6, 2017

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?

January 30, 2017

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.)

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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WI News

Hi everyone. 2nd February is Candlemas, celebrating the promise of Spring time. The flower associated with Candlemas is the beautiful snowdrop, and already several are peeping up in the Churchyard. Spring  is not far away?  All visitors are very welcome to join us for the forthcoming events.

  • Wednesday, February 1st 2017 Lyn’s Walk.  An urban walk to the North of Didcot, some on paths not trodden by WI before. If you haven’t yet walked on the other side of the tracks, prepare to be surprised. Catch the 94 Bus at 10.14am at The Blewbury. Bring your BUS PASS. We will leave Didcot Parkway at 10.30am. Return to Blewbury by either the 12.35 or 13.35pm Bus. We won’t go if there is heavy rain.
  • Tuesday, February 7th 2017 Coffee at Style Acre.  30am.
  • Tuesday, February 7th 2017 Scrabble at Lyn Page.  30pm.
  • Friday, February 17th 2017  RAL Harwell Lecture. 1.30pm. The Flash Bang Science Show
  • Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 WI Monthly Meeting at  The Manor Barn ( please note the change of venue)    Speaker Nick Channer — From Downton Abbey to Watership Down, how landscape has influenced music, literature, films and television.  30pm.
  • Mah Jong sessions are held every Monday afternoon at 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, htpp://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.   Love from Cilla.

 BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

The VPA is organising two outings this year. We also have events throughout 2017 which are listed below.

Full details of the outings will be issued in the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News prior to the event. You will need to register four weeks before the event. If interested, register at the Blewbury Post Office or contact: Margaret Maytham on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095 or contact us on vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com

SATURDAY 17th JUNE (day visit) – TRIP TO GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM

Watch expert gardeners in action. Enjoy Show Gardens, Floral Marquee and much more…

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST (day visit) – DAY VISIT TO KEW GARDENS, LONDON

Kew Gardens houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”. Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants.

 EVENTS

TUESDAY 2nd MARCH VPA “COMMITTEE MEMBERS’ TALKS” at BLEWBURY MANOR BARN – 7.30pm Three short talks on: Chickens on the allotment. How to make great compost. Growing & propogating snowdrops.
SAT. 8th JULY ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW at BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL 2.30pm – 4.00pm
SUN. 22nd OCT PLANT & CAKE SALE AT THE RED LION, 1.00pm – 3.00pm with Sustainable Blewbury’s Apple Day
WED. 1st NOV ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – The Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall – 7.00pm 
SAT. 2nd DEC ANNUAL SOCIAL at UPTON VILLAGE HALL – 7.00pm

We look forward to seeing you on our trips and at our events in the forthcoming months.

DID YOU KNOW? In the late 1700s Napoleon offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could come up with a method of preserving food. Healthy daily rations were essential to feed a huge army on the march. It was over 10 years before Nicolas Appert, a confectioner known as the ‘father of canning’, scooped the award for his method of preserving food in airtight glass bottles.   Happy Gardening,  Eileen