Clubs & Societies



What wonderful weather we have had for croquet! The club is doing very well in the various leagues we enter. In the SCF, Northern Division, Golf Croquet Handicap League we have won 5 out of 6 the matches and may well win. Subject to confirmation we have won SCF B Level Advanced Association Croquet League by the cunning ploy of luring the Oxford Uni team to play at Blewbury where they were baffled by our fast, flat lawns!

Two open association croquet tournaments have been held, the Blewbury & Phyllis Court tournament, won by Blewbury’s Andy Robertson and the Blewbury & Harwell tournament won by Noel Harris of Eynsham. Blewbury also won against the Watford touring team in the usual Association friendly match. The Golf croquet players also play several friendly matches against other clubs.

Coming up in the near future we have the AC Autumn Doubles on 10 September, the invitation Founder’s Cup match on 17 September and the AGM on 25 September to round off the main playing season.

For details of the club, and our club events, please see our website Or contact June Wolff 01235 851567,

Bridge Club

Please note that at some time this autumn the planned refurbishment of the Village Hall is due to commence and that the Bridge Club will therefore not be able to use the Vale Room over the winter.

We have booked the Melland Room at the Blewbury Clubhouse, just off Bohams Road (opposite Savages) for every Tuesday and alternate Thursdays. However, we are as yet unclear when this arrangement will commence and so please check with the website both for when we will start playing in the Melland Room and on which Thursdays there will be bridge there.

Also please take note that the Annual General Meeting will be held at 7pm before a shortened playing evening on Thursday 6th October. It may be that we will still have access to the Vale Room at this time but exact details of location will be publicised in due course. There will, as usual, be a formal notice on display on the club noticeboard with an opportunity to suggest items for discussion and nominate Officers or Committee Members if you wish.

You will no doubt have seen by separate communication that Dermot Paddon will be taking over from Steve Quinn as Wessex League Captain this coming season. Many thanks to Steve for his good work and efforts over the past 2 years.

As our monthly Handicap Pairs event has now finished for the current playing year we will once again be playing Butler scored Pairs on Tuesday 20th September.   Michael Allen  851870



One blink and the summer is fast disappearing and by the time you read this we will be at the end of August!!

The summer has been an enjoyable one for the bell ringers, with several weddings in Blewbury to ring for and outing arranged by our local branch of the Oxford Guild of bell ringers. We rang at five towers in Berkshire and Hampshire, starting in Goodworth Clatford and ending in Highclere, with a pub lunch and afternoon tea included. The day ended with the annual branch BBQ, enjoyed by all who attended. Outings are always good fun and not only for ringers, often their families come along and enjoy exploring the lovely villages that we visit. It is surprising how much bells can vary in different towers, and ringing elsewhere certainly makes the Blewbury ringers appreciate our very well maintained bells.

It would be great to have more ringers in Blewbury. So if you are looking for a new hobby that has a good mix of physical, mental and social, then please come up the tower and join us for a ‘taster’ evening on Tuesday, 4th October any time between 7.30 and 9.00pm. You will have a chance to see the bells, have a brief go and can ask the ringers what it’s all about over a cup of tea (or coffee!) and a biscuit.

Hope to see you then. If you would like more information please contact Chris Cook on 07786635062

Blewbury Film

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay play a long-time married couple in Andrew Haigh’s assured and compassionately shaded drama, “45 Years”.

The film, depicting retirees very much in love but questioning their relationship in the run-up to their 45th wedding anniversary, ventures into fresh ground in an assured and mature way. This brilliant character study of lives thrown off-kilter by an expanding surprise looks at whether secrets can really be survived and which is better, the knowing, or the not knowing. Haigh’s film keeps these questions alive until literally its last shot, and leaves them to jangle their way through you for days afterwards – superb. The film’s delicate pacing, brilliantly modulated characters coupled with superlative performances from both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay have produced much acclaim and excellent critical review. It is a British “indie” film made up of small moments which provides huge rewards and produces a truly an unmissable performance.

Telegraph – “Charlotte Rampling has never been better” – ««««« –

45 Years (15)

Directed  by Andrew Haigh

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

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, 5th October Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 26th August

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 ticket 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:

Sustainable Blewbury


Community Orchard: Our Community Orchard Group (COG) is attracting a lot of interest. Thanks to all the people who made suggestions at the Family Fun day, and welcome to all the enthusiastic new COGGERS who volunteered to help. We’ve sampled the soil at Tickers Folly Field – it looks good and is not rocky. During the next few months we’ll be choosing an interesting variety of trees based on suggestions we’ve collected and designing the layout. And we’re still delighted to talk to people who would like to get involved – if you are interested please contact John Ogden:

Subterranean biodiversity: Groundwater, particularly in chalk aquifers, supports a unique group of animals which are only found in this deep, dark environment. The Hypogean Crustacea Recording Scheme aims to gather information on the distribution of these unusual species, which can often be found in wells. If you have or know of a well that could be sampled for these interesting creatures we would like to hear from you! Please contact to arrange for a biological survey of your well. Further information on the recording scheme can be found at

AONB talk: Rose Somerset’s talk about our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty landscape at the Manor Barn raised £377 for the Village Hall refurbishment fund. Thanks to everyone who attended this interesting event! NOTE: Rose gave us some packs containing leaflets describing 10 interesting walks in the AONB, though not in our immediate area. They are on sale at the Post Office for £2 per pack (to help cover the AONB’s costs).

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings until October, 9.30–11.30, Blewbury Garage forecourt: We sell plants and seedlings for your garden, fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, and home-made bread, cakes and preserves. If you’d like us to sell your surplus items please bring them at 9.15am, with a completed sales form which you can download from our website, or get one at the stall.

Apple juicing: We will be holding fortnightly apple juicing sessions starting on Sunday 28th August at the Manor from 2–4pm and continuing to early November. Watch for posters giving alternative venues on some Sundays!

Willow Workshop: Sustainable Blewbury has the option of organising another Willow Workshop in Blewbury on Saturday August 20th. If anyone is interested in taking part please contact Kathy Edmunds, Wayside Cottage on 01235 850337 or at

Wood and glass two piece corner display cabinet

Jane Buss

To include your item, send short description, email & phone no. to with subject line ‘Freecycle’

We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at:


The Foundation exists for the benefit of young people resident in Blewbury.

The governing scheme states that, subject to the payment of expenses, the Trustees shall apply the Income as follows:

  • Towards providing benefits of any kind, not provided by the School or LEA, as may be agreed between the Trustees and the Governors of the School.
  • In promoting the education of children and young people (under the age of 25 years) resident in the Parish, who are in need of financial assistance, in particular:
  1. In awarding grants for further education at schools, universities, colleges and educational institutions as approved by the Trustees.
  2. In providing financial assistance, outfits, tolls, instruments, books etc to pursue their education or to prepare for or enter a profession, trade or occupation on leaving school, university or other educational establishment.
  3. In assisting individuals by providing them with outfits or paying fees, travelling or maintenance expenses or, by other means, to allow them to earn their living.

The annual income of the Trust is approximately £9,000 per annum and after making grants to the School and paying the insurance on the Playgroup building, small individual grants are available to students attending places of further education.

The grants are awarded at a Trustees’ Meeting held in early September when the level is assessed by dividing the available Income between the number of applicants.

Applications are now invited from individuals attending Universities and Colleges of Further Education or taking up Apprenticeships. APPLICATION FORMS are available from Mr D Buck at Ridgemount, Church Road, Blewbury.

Completed applications must be returned to the above address ON OR BEFORE 25th AUGUST 2016. It is recommended that applications are hand delivered as they are not acknowledged.

Any application received after the above date will be held over to be considered by the Trustees at their March meeting, when grants are often lower because the financial requirements for the rest of the year are unknown.

Blewbury WI news

Tea for Two? It was more like tea for 200 as the WI Ladies served tea and their delicious home- made cakes at the Fun Day on June 11th celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. Everyone will be welcome to join us at the following events, which will cover July and August.

  • Friday 1st July, Crafts meeting at Liz’s. 7pm. Ring Liz on 850098
  • Wednesday 6th July, Local walk. Meet at Village Hall 9.30am. There will be no Walk in August.
  • Thursday 7th July, Flower Demo at Cassington.
  • Thursday 7th July, Coffee at Style Acre with Marilyn. 10.30am.
  • The date for the Scrabble meetings will be posted on the WI website (address below)
  • Wednesday 13th July, Visit to Buscot Park.
  • Wednesday 27th July, WI monthly meeting at the Vale Room 7.30pm: “An Evening of Flowers” June Cassel.
  • Friday 29th July, Crafts meeting at Liz’s 7pm. 850098
  • Wednesday 24th August, Summer Garden Meeting at the Melland Room.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our webpage, where you will find more information.  Love from Cilla.

Blewbury Croquet Club

The season is now in full swing and various home and outside tournaments have been played with mixed results.

We lost to Oxford University in the Southern Federation League, this usually happens because the Uni students play well above their handicaps! Unfortunately we were knocked out in the first round of the Longman Cup by Harwell. During the afternoon the Radio Oxford Saturday Sport programme did a live broadcast from the match.

On the plus side half the Berkshire team in the Inter-Counties match was made up of Blewbury club members. (Blewbury was in Berkshire when the Croquet Association was formed, and so is still counted as such). The match is played over four days and the Berkshire team came third and so won promotion to the First Division.

The local round of the All England Golf Croquet Handicap competition was won by David Seed who will go on to play in the Area Final. The Ladies Golf Croquet Doubles tournament was won by Marion Allin and Eileen Taylor.

By the time you read this you may have seen club members playing on the beautiful lawn at Hall Barn during the Open Gardens afternoon. We play a fun version of the game for the Roger Cambray Shield, in memory of Roger, a founder member of the club.

For details about the club, and our club events, please see our website Or contact June Wolff 01235 851567,

Cricket: The scent of victory

A scintillating spell of fast bowling from Scott Harris rushed Blew Wallies to a lightning victory over Horley on June 4.

The paceman took 7 for 11, including a hat-trick that turned into a four-wicket maiden (followed up by a wicket maiden), as the home side were blasted out for 43 in only 12.1 overs. Harris has been in top form all season, but this performance was red-hot, with all but one of his victims (who was caught in the slips by Mark Carey) bowled or lbw. His new-ball partner, the county teenager Tom Gould, played Morne Morkel to Harris’s Dale Steyn, taking 3-36. Blewbury & Wallingford 1sts wasted little time in chasing down their target, with Carey (22) the only man to fall as Blew Wallies breezed to a nine-wicket win in the ninth over. The Division 3 game was done and dusted by 2.30pm, as Blew Wallies move up to 2nd in the table.

Several of the 1st XI came back to Boham’s Road to watch the 2nds making a game of a low-scoring encounter with a largely youthful Challow & Childrey 3rds in Division 9(S). Having been put into bat on a sluggish surface, Blew Wallies made 113-6 off 45 overs. Stuart Edwards carried his bat for 45, while Ian Saunders produced two stunning strokes (a lofted off-drive and a clubbing pull) in his 24 before falling as he tried to break the bowlers’ stranglehold. Joe Harris, a left-arm spinner who turned it both ways, was all but impossible to play, and bowled 14 overs for only 15 runs. Blew Wallies’ skipper Mark Cox showed touches of his class with a delicate late cut and a sumptuous backfoot square drive off the pacy teenager Fergus Fishburn, but was run out before he really got going. The final total felt at least 30 runs shy of being competitive.

With Neil Smith as canny as ever and 14-year-old Ollie Mew running in purposefully and hitting the pitch hard, Blew Wallies made life difficult for the opposition’s openers, though. The breakthrough came when the astute Roger Podbery mistimed first-change off-spinner Richard Clayton’s long-hop straight to Jack Vincent at mid-wicket. The 13-year-old made no mistake. As Clayton found his range and Smith plugged away, 28-1 became 45-5 and Blew Wallies could sense the unlikeliest of wins. Yet the experienced pair of Philip Cox and Gary Rees slowly closed the door on this potential great escape, with what became a match-winning partnership of 72. Still, the 2nds deserve plenty of credit for keeping the result in the balance for as long as they did.

Cricket: Feeling the pressure

Blew Wallies lost ground in the Division 3 promotion race on June 11 after being beaten at home by Cublington. The away side’s winning margin was 58 runs.

At around the midway point of Cublington’s innings, however, Blew Wallies had looked in a promising position, with three wickets from the in-form Scott Harris having helped to reduce the visitors to 105-5. Yet a defiant and at times flamboyant 103 from Kit Gordon-Stuart ensured Cublington reached 194 when they were all out in the 44th over. The batsman’s effort was all the more impressive because he had previously averaged only four in his four Cherwell League innings to date this season.

In reply, only Russell Brown (41) and Harris (26) mustered any real threat to the opposition’s total. By the time captain Colin Allen made 17 batting at No 9, the game was up, and a weakened 1st XI were dismissed for 136 in the 36th over. The 2nds had a week off, but also slipped down the Division 9(S) table due to other results.

In mitigation, it ought to be said that having a sufficient number of players to field two teams every Saturday is becoming hard to achieve. Anyone in the Blewbury area interested in playing even the odd game this season is strongly urged to get in touch. You’d be most welcome whether you’re 13 or 53 or, indeed, almost any age. Check out for details.