Upcoming Events

Blewbury Brass Band Winter Concert

October 31, 2019

Please come along to our Winter Concert at Aston Tirrold and Upthorpe Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday 30th November.

This year’s theme is ‘Christmas All Wrapped up’ and there will be a bar and raffle. Tickets available on the door or from any band member: £7 adults, £1 under 16s. For details please contact marynapper3@hotmail.com

Calling All Carol Singers!


We are running a workshop on SUNDAY 17th November for anyone who has always wanted to sing descants to the Christmas carols.  No need to read music and no need to bring copies.  We will teach you the descants to some of the most popular carols so that you can join in with gusto at all your Christmas events!  If you don’t have a high voice, come along anyway and sing the tunes – all are welcome. The event takes place at St Michael’s Church, starting at 3 pm with refreshments halfway through and finishing at 5 pm. We are raising money for community based projects in Borneo, which Megan Laugharne will undertake during her trip in 2020, so donations towards this will be appreciated.

Community Carol Singing in the Village

The Church Choir will be carol singing in the Village from 4 – 6pm on Sunday 15th December.  Please join us when we will be singing in Grahame Close and Bridus Mead Green or when we walk around the Village.  Please let us know of any of your favourites and we will provide you with some seasonal music and festive cheer.

We will also be collecting donations towards Megan’s trip and her planned visit to undertake community based projects including with the Orang-utan Centre in Sipilak, Borneo.


The Village Carol Concert in St Michael’s Church will be on WEDNESDAY 18th DECEMBER.

Sustainable Blewbury

November 28, 2019

Thermal imagingget your home imaged for free

In January we will be thermally imaging homes of all sorts, old, new and not so new, in Blewbury. Seeing where heat is leaking out can help can make your home more comfortable, save money and help towards saving the planet by reducing your carbon footprint. Contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296 to be on our list or to get more information.

We need more helpers. It’s interesting work and no experience is needed to help take the images. If you want to delve deeper, you can also help us to write reports. Just contact us as above.

The Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman

A talk by Sean Morris, Monday 27th January, Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Sean says: “For 40 years, I travelled the world, filming animals and plants for TV, often in remote and exotic locations. In 1968, seven biologists from Oxford University, united by the thrill of filming animals and plants, started a small company called Oxford Scientific Films (OSF). OSF soon became the world’s leading independent wildlife film company, and invented many of the specialist techniques now commonly used to create today’s block-buster wildlife series. The talk will be about how a handful of folk based near Woodstock achieved that, and about the fun and excitement we had while capturing some of nature’s most fascinating stories on film.”

Tickets £4, on sale in January at the Post Office. Doors open 7.30 pm; drinks will be available from the bar.

2 wooden wine racks, 1 black plastic compost bin and lid, 1 water butt and lid (used but still viable) Lyn Blackie blackies10@btinternet.com 850795
Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn mark@mvaughn.demon.co.uk 07479 290296
Green wooden square holder for real Christmas tree (stump sits in water reservoir) Jo Lakeland jolakeland.48@gmail.com 850490
Liatorp IKEA square coffee table, glass topped with 4 display spaces plus shelf 93x93x50cm Luisa Baldini Luisamarchbaldini@gmail.com 07435 252411
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
our free Newsletter, email
us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850372.

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

October 31, 2019

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it’s now the middle of October as I write this newsletter and instead of having a very dry allotment like last month, I now have an allotment which is like a quagmire. Our weather is always ‘all or nothing’ – no rain throughout the summer and monsoon type rain in the autumn – what can we expect this winter?



We will be announcing the Committee’s future plans for the VPA and we are pleased to confirm that members of the DIDCOT AND DISTRICT WOODTURNERS CLUB WILL BE GIVING A DEMONSTRATION on how they produce beautiful items from simple pieces of wood.


To end 2019 on a high note we will be holding our usual ANNUAL SOCIAL on SATURDAY 7thth DECEMBER – 7.00pm at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. Our theme this year is “Around the World with the VPA ”. A two course meal will be served (which will cater for those with special dietary needs). (Please bring any drinks you may want, although non-alcoholic drinks will be available). We have an unusual table quiz and a couple of extra special indoor games!!  Everyone is welcome, so why not make it a family evening out.  Tickets are £9 per person.

Tickets will be available from the 1st November at Blewbury Post Office, or you can telephone and book your ticket with Margaret Maytham – 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken – 01235 510095. Please advise of any dietary requirements you may have, at the time of booking your ticket.

Tickets will need to be booked by Tuesday 1st December at the latest.

DID YOU KNOW? There is an old saying that if a shrub flowers before the middle of summer, prune it in the autumn; if afterwards, then wait till spring.  There are exceptions to this, but generally it holds true. Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury School Mega Yard Sale CANCELLED

September 25, 2019

11 October 2019, update from Sally Lewis:

We are really sorry to announce that we have had to cancel the yard sale on Sunday. The weather has not been kind to us. We do not feel the field will take it, it will not be much fun for the stall holders and unlikely attract many punters. We will rearrange for another date so please keep your treasures packed away for next time.

The Definitive Rat Pack: 29 & 30 November

International Singing Stars to Visit Blewbury in November

The Definitive Rat Pack will be bringing their show – The Definitive Rat Pack at Christmas – to Blewbury Village Hall, Oxfordshire, on November 29 and 30, 2019.

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra are all international singing legends and they will soon be performing again in Blewbury! The Definitive Rat Pack of Mark Adams, George Daniel Long and Stephen Triffitt, are known as the finest interpreters of this trio and have performed to over one million people worldwide. They are the original cast members of The West End show: The Rat Pack – Live from Las Vegas. The Blewbury performance will include classic Christmas songs such as: White Christmas, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, and Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

The reason the trio has selected Blewbury Village Hall for a show that could equally well be performed in the West End or Broadway, is because George Long (Sammy Davies Jr.) grew up in Blewbury, attending both Blewbury Primary School and St Birinus Secondary School in Didcot. His talents as an actor and singer were obvious from an early age as he developed his artistic skills performing with the Blewbury Players, and in Blewbury and St Birinus school productions. He is now back living in the village after making his name as undoubtedly one of the world’s best interpreters of Sammy Davis Jr..

The Definitive Rat Pack will be supported on stage by one of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers and world class musicians, at an event that is being sponsored by MP Resourcing and Little Kickers. Money raised from the event will be divided between the Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment Appeal, the Blewbury-based Tony Loy Trust, with smaller amounts going to some other local charities.

The Saturday 30th November performance is already fully booked. A few tickets for the Friday 29th November performance (£35 aisle/£65 table with fizz, programme & canapes) can  be applied for by emailing definitiveratpackblewbury@gmail.com

Sustainable Blewbury

Blewbury Climate Action: News of the Blewbury Climate Action initiative can be found  in the Bulletin.

Apple juicing – Alternate Sundays at Blewbury Manor

Our sessions to turn your apples into delicious, pure juice will continue on:

Sept. 29th and Oct. 13th from 2.00–4.00pm, and October 27th from 11.00am–1.00pm.

Bring washed apples with bad bits removed and glass screw-top wine bottles. Pasteurisation can preserve your juice for about a year. Please arrive early in the session if you wish to pasteurise as it takes some time.

Charges are £1 to press a bucket or large basket of apples and 30p per bottle to pasteurise.

Too many apples or can’t make it to our sessions? You can hire the equipment at low cost. Please contact info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232296 for more information and bookings.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 at Blewbury Service Station

Our last session of this record-breaking year is on Saturday 28th September. We are very grateful to all our producers for bringing a wide selection of plants, locally produced food and flowers to sell, and to all our lovely and friendly ‘customers’. Special thanks to our volunteers, who get up early on a Saturday morning to set up and run the stall, and to David Kinniburgh who does all the financial chores.

Hedge laying

This year we will be continuing with our programme of hedge laying in Blewbury, both to strengthen and reinvigorate some hedges and to teach the craft skills to new participants. We will start in October when the nesting season is definitely over. At the moment we have one private and one public stretch of hedge in mind. We welcome volunteers – if you would like to take part then please email John Ogden at jogden@blewbury.net.

  • Habitat beechwood finish 2 drawer filing cabinet.  Takes A4 hanging files (not foolscap). 72cm high, 82cm wide, 63cm deep
  • Bureau, traditional style repro. Base with 4 drawers and drop-down writing desk with pigeonholes etc, glazed top cabinet with 3 internal bookshelves. Base 101cm high, 92cm wide, 45cm deep. Cabinet 92cm wide, 23cm deep, 108cm high, making total height 209cm
  • Kettler ‘Nitro-Extreme’ child’s pedal go-cart
  • John Lewis open coil sprung mattress with pressure-relieving memory foam, 190cm L, 90cm W, 20cm D, (6’ x 3’ approx.) v good condition.
  • Nearly full box of puppy-training floor pads
Ellen Bramhill   ellen.bramhill@btinternet.com 850022/851965
Large, sturdy metal Christmas tree holder Mark Vaughn   mark@mvaughn.demon.co.uk 07479 290296
Small three-seater red velvet sofa. 172cm wide, 94cm deep, 82cm high to top of back, 64cm high to top of arms. Email for pics. Lydia Inglis   lydandmuz@gmail.com 07801 932393
  • 1 water butt stand Diameter 54cm Height 30cm
  • 1 plastic 5 litre sprayer
  • 2 ice cube trays 12 spaces in each (scarcely used)
Lyn Blackie   blackies10@btinternet.com 850795
A3 page printer (full colour)  complete with power cable, but you might need to get a data cable from PC World or similar. Robert Long   robertlong@waitrose.com 850427
  • 2.5 litre tin of Textured Exterior Masonry Paint, brilliant white.
  • 108 metal (brass colour) modern curtain rings, 5cm across, with little loops on the side for the hooks
Jo Lakeland  jolakeland.48@gmail.com 07773 242472
  • Child car seat: Nania, 0-18kg universal car seat. Used but undamaged.
  • Group 0 Infant car seat, unbranded. Very good condition.
  • Raclet Bermudes 6 man frame tent. Over 30 years old but in a very good condition. No groundsheet. Approx 14ft wide, 17ft long (including bedroom areas) 7ft+ high at the midpoint. Includes 1 double bedroom & 1 four-man room which divides into 2 sleeping areas. Poles are labelled for easy construction. Pictures available on request.
June Wolff  june@wolff.co.uk 850520
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
our free monthly Newsletter, email
us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850372.

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it’s the middle of September as I write this newsletter and it’s still like mid summer with the warm sunshine. Plenty of the sunshine but very little rain!! However, digging up the potatoes on the allotment has been a dream – with the ground so dry, the potatoes are nice and clean when lifted and don’t take long to dry ready for storing.

Please don’t forget our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER IN THE VALE ROOM AT BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL, 7PM FOR 7.30PM. The Didcot and District Woodturners Club will be giving a demonstration. Please make the effort to come and hear about our future plans for the VPA and then watch some experts make wonderful items from a simple lump of wood.

Once again, don’t forget to put SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER in your diary – it’s our ANNUAL SOCIAL AT UPTON VILLAGE HALL. Every year it has been a very popular event and 2019 will be no exception. The social consists of a lovely homemade two course meal together with an evening of special quizzes, games and fun for everyone. It starts at 7.00pm and is all for the price of £9 per person. Full details will be announced in the November issue of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News.


Using a power mower, with three or four horsepower, for one hour to cut the grass releases the pollution equivalent of driving 350 miles in a car! AND – in one hour the average sprinkler uses the equivalent of two days’ water consumption by a family of four. The average family uses approximately 500 litres of pure water per day!

Happy Gardening Eileen

Blewbury WI News September 2019

Here we are again. Maybe it’s goodbye to Summer but, hopefully, we can look forward to a very pleasant Autumn. Below is a list of our scheduled events during October. Why don’t you come and join us and meet many friendly members? All new Members will be made very welcome.

  • Wednesday, 2nd  Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. For a popular Circular Walk from Henley. Car share to Henley. Coffee halfway & lunch at the finish.
  • Wednesday,  2nd  Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 14th  Coffee at Graeme’s.  10.30am. Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday,  18th  Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell.  1.30pm.” Bring Back the King;  The Extraordinary Science of De-Extinction.”  Helen Pilcher.
  • Wednesday, 23rd Blewbury WI Main Meeting in the Main Hall. 7.30pm. Talk by Jane Abbott.  “Alpacas and Fabulous Fluff.”
  • Mah Jong. Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. For venues please contact Sharon (850412)

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla on 851966 or visit our web page, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

Blewbury School

August 27, 2019


Following its poor OFSTED outcome last Spring, much has been happening at Blewbury School to give it a fresh start and a bright future. Bulletin readers who are interested to learn more might like to access the Blewbury School Governors’ Annual Report, which will be available on the Blewbury School website (www.blewbury.oxon.sch.uk) at the start of term (Wednesday 4th September).

The Governors are aware there is still a lot to do to address ongoing concerns, but improvements are being seen, with some having already been recognised by external experts. The Governors want the community to know they are committed to ensuring that every child in our School achieves their full potential. They do not shy away from recognising the many and significant failings identified by OFSTED, but rest assured they are addressing them – not least those matters raised by parents such as concerns over behaviour. In fact this latter matter is one seeing many positive signs of significant improvement. In addition to the School Improvement Plan, each governor has a clear monitoring role, the Headteacher and staff have clear objectives in place and the Interim Executive Board are robustly holding them to account for progress. Based on this, governors are confident that rapid progress will continue from September which we should all view as the first chapter in the school’s journey. The Governors are very much focused on looking forward not back.

One of the biggest developments that has occurred in the last few months is that, as a consequence of the OFSTED outcome, the School is being compulsorily converted into an Academy. The Regional Schools Commissioner has decided that the school should join the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST) by the end of 2019. It is hoped that this move will bring many advantages to the School. ODST is a large well respected and established multi-academy trust, which already includes 33 infant, primary, junior, and middle schools. Blewbury School will become part of the ODST Southern Area Hub, which also includes Grove, the Hendreds, Northbourne (Didcot), South Moreton and Fir Trees (Wallingford) Schools. Anyone interested in learning more about this ODST development is invited to attend a Community Session at Blewbury School on Monday 23rd September at 7:30pm. This session will be attended by a Parent Governor and a Headteacher from another ODST school. Please send any questions you may have in advance (by September 13th) to  the Chair of the IEB kevin.moyes@blewbury.oxon.sc.uk .