Clubs & Societies


November 30, 2018

 Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, we’ve almost reached the end of 2018!! The VPA Committee held its Annual General Meeting on the 7th November. The Members of the Committee conducted the business and all agreed to continue to run the VPA for another year, with Eileen and Karen swapping jobs – Eileen is now Chair and Karen is Show Secretary.  Thank you to all of you who attended the meeting and thank you to Richard Roslyn for a very interesting update, with some beautiful pictures, on his work in the garden at Blewbury Manor.

Tickets are still available for our ANNUAL SOCIAL which takes place on SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL.  The theme this year is “France”– with delicious home-made food – I promise it’s not frogs legs and snails!! (Dietary requirements catered for – please let us know when buying your tickets). We have quizzes, games and lots of fun planned. Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £9 per person. Contact Karen at Blewbury Post Office or ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or contact Eileen on 01235 510095.

Our programme for 2019 is being finalised and we have some interesting visits planned.  Details will be in the next Blewbury Bulletin.

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.” And George Bernard Shaw (1856 -1950) wrote “Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.” Happy Gardening Eileen


Bridge Club

The Christmas Party will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 9th December, 5 for 5.30 pm. You do not need to come with a partner – everyone can be accommodated. it will be Military Bridge as usual. A list of suggested food is being displayed at each bridge session in the Vale Room which you may volunteer to bring along to the party – all reasonable expenses will be reimbursed by the Treasurer. Please enter your name next to what you wish to contribute. Prizes will be available and cups for the annual competitions presented.

Congratulations to Mike Brown and Richard Bird who, on provisional results, came 84th nationally out of over 1,800 pairs, with 63% in the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs on 15th November. Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury Local History Group

October 28, 2018

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, the History Group are conducting a  walking tour of houses in the village lived in by soldiers such as the Aldworth brothers, pictured above, who served during the Great War.

Covering 10 houses we will be placing a large poppy with the name of the soldier and, where possible, a picture of him, outside the house concerned. There will also be some information on that soldier’s life both before, during and after the war. We have been fortunate in obtaining some detailed information about the Blewbury men who served. Commencing at 14:30 on Nov 11th, the walk is expected to take between 60-90 minutes; those interested should meet at the bench at the top of Westbrook Street where it joins the London Road. There will be hand-outs of the names and houses to be visited on the day. No need to book, we should be able to accommodate all those who wish to join us.

Thanks to the Pre-school children who are assisting us with the making of the memorial poppies.

Our usual meeting on November 9th is at The History Room on Parsonage Lane. All are welcome.

Contacts: Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Sustainable Blewbury

Apple juicing at Blewbury Manor stable: Sunday 4 November, 11am to 1pm

This last, late-season session will run if there is demand, so if you will still have apples to juice please try to let us know in advance by email ( or phone (07935 232 296). If you wish to pasteurise your juice (to last up to a year) please arrive early in the session. HIRE: Too many apples for our sessions? Hire our equipment for just £10 per day in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. Contact us as above.

Blewbury Garden Market 2018

It was a strange, difficult year in the garden: a cold, wet spring with a brief late frost, and then the hot and very dry summer. Some fruit, vegetables and flowers did very well indeed but many didn’t, and one large crop of sweetcorn was demolished by muntjacs. Our Saturday morning Garden Market stall at the garage (its ninth year), had a surprisingly good season, but with crops running out we stopped two weeks earlier than planned. All is not lost – there will be occasional produce and preserves at the Post Office during the off season.

Thanks to everyone who brought things to sell, all our friendly ‘customers’, and of course the dedicated people who spent Saturday mornings running the stall. The Garden Market is a little bit of glue that helps bind Blewbury together and reminds us that we can produce nice fresh produce locally. See you again next year.

Hedge laying

At SB’s 25th anniversary bash on 30 September we had a display showing hedges that we’ve laid around the village in the past few years, some of our tools, and examples of regional hedge-laying styles. We wanted to recruit more members, and seven more villagers are joining us this winter to learn the skills. We’ll be starting in November. If you have not yet signed up and would like to do so please contact

Our Canadian correspondent, Angela Hoy, adds:

Today was the Riley Park Community Garden Apple Festival, one of many around Vancouver.

We had an apple expert from the adjoining farmers market telling us all about the history of North American apples , with samples, then Robin (a  Brit) explained the process of making cider with windfalls using an ancient method of breaking up the fruit followed by the familiar press….

Then there was a potluck lunch provided by people in the group, including spiced apple muffins and a red cabbage/ carrot and apple coleslaw from us and lots of other innovative dishes from around the world!



3 bookcases, 2 are 160cm high, 1 is 180cm high. All 70cm wide and 30cm deep. White finish. Dick Figgins 850604
Greenhouse, metal frame, 240cm x 188cm.

Peter Saunders


·   Small red first bike – fine condition, suitable for 3-5 yr old.

·   Wood/metal wine racks x3: 77 x 77cm; 63 x 63cm; 63 x 120cm

Lydia Inglis

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·   Metal double bed + none turn mattress in good clean condition

·   Two wheels for 122 ERDE trailer

·   RALEIGH MAX Bike grey wheel size 24×2.10

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·   Balloon back chair frame, mid Victorian, oak (?) Sound condition, for re-upholstery project.

·   Guinea pig/ rabbit indoor plastic cage, 48 x 78 cm.

·   Green plastic slide, 3m long, no ladder. Ideal for setting into a bank.

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To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

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November this year is particularly special as it is 100 years since the end of the First World War. It is recorded that 1400 bell ringers lost their lives in the conflict; nationally it was the aim to recruit 1400 new bell ringers during this year as part of “Ringing Remembers”.

We have been fortunate over recent years to have had a number of new learners and this year we have one new ringer who qualifies to be included in “Ringing Remembers” and potentially one more. This would be particularly fitting as two Blewbury Ringers lost their lives in the conflict.

Along with the nation we will be remembering this Armistice Day with some special ringing, the bells will be rung half muffled for the Remembrance Day Service. At 2.30pm there will be an Armistice peal attempt and at 7.05pm we will ring for approximately 10 minutes to mark the national “Battle’s Over” initiative when it is hoped that nationally all church bells will be rung at the same time as beacons being lit across the country.



Hello to everyone. Autumn has arrived, showing off its beautiful colours on all the trees. But, then we shall be sweeping up the leaves when they decide to fall?

Bonfire night will soon be here and we will see a wonderful firework display and some of our WI ladies will be serving hot baked potatoes and mulled wine. Below is a list of our November events and we would love to welcome any new Members to join us.

  • Friday, 2nd Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 5th Mah Jong at Judy’s.  2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Destination will depend on the state of the paths, but will probably be around Blewbury. Coffee possible.
  • Tuesday, 6th Coffee morning at Sharon’s. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday, 7th Scrabble at Judy’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, 16th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  Speaker  Dr. Kathryn Harkup – “B is for Belladonna “
  • Wednesday, 28th WI monthly meeting.  7.30pm. In the Vale Room.  Craft Evening.

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

The AGM was held on 4th October ahead of a shortened bridge session. All Officers and Committee members were re-elected unopposed.

Attendance has increased during the 2017-2018 year in comparison with the previous year, but there is no guarantee that similar levels of attendance will be maintained in future. So Ken Angus’ offer to form a sub-committee to look at ways of recruiting new members is very welcome – anyone who has any suggestions or would like to contribute to this initiative should contact Ken directly.

The current playing year ends on 30th October and a new year’s competitions will commence. Subscriptions will be due on 1st November and a new calendar with list of members and contact details will be available. For the 2018-2019 year we have a new competition, thanks to the generosity of Richard Bird, who has presented the Bird Salver to the club for the best handicap pair on Thursday evenings over a minimum of 15 qualifying events.

This year’s Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs competition is to be held at the normal Thursday club session on 15th November. Please make every effort to come along and contribute to this very worthwhile cause. It is hoped that participants will agree to a contribution of at least £5 each on the night – all of which will be donated to Children in Need. Michael Allen 851870

History Group – What my DNA test told me

February 24, 2017

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


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( or Audrey Long on 850427.  (Our next meeting is February  14th at 8pm at Robinsons.)

Downland Dance – Tribute to the Late Tracey Harris

November 21, 2016

Earlier this year two students from Elmhurst School for Dance performed a ‘pas de deux’ from The Nutcracker in Sobell House for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors. The initiative came from Jim, Tracey’s husband, who is on the Board of Governors at the school.

Elmhurst has an outreach programme whereby their dancers visit hospices around the UK and give brief performances. Jim felt he wanted to make this available to Sobell House as a way of repaying the love and kindness shown to Tracey when she was on the ward.
This particular performance was choreographed by Errol Pickford, a teacher at Elmhurst and former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. The photograph shows Jim, flanked by the two soloists. Anita Rendel