Upcoming Events

Project Resound update

January 22, 2019

Many of you may have seen the scaffolding outside the west window of the church over the past month whilst our stained-glass window artist and her team have been measuring up for the new glass elements. They have now taken the paper templates back to South Wales so that the glass-making and window assembly can commence. Phase 2 of the project is underway!

Meanwhile with £32,741 raised to date we are now ready to start work on further fund-raising for Phase 3. This is to remove the old window and install the new one; currently planned for the early autumn. With this in mind, please support our next events:

PROMISES AUCTION WITH INTRODUCTORY WINE TASTING

Saturday 11thMay: 7pm – Blewbury Village Hall

Our very own Wine Man (Ian Hewson) is coming to kick off an evening of promises with a brief introduction to some delicious wine served with canapes. We have many promises already made for fantastic experiences, vouchers and gifts suitable for birthday presents and anniversary celebrations. These will be listed in the next issue of the Bulletin. There is still an opportunity for local businesses to promote their services and further promises from individuals will be very welcome. Please contact Jackie on 07968 707240 jakm58@btinternet.com or Richard on 07767 463285  richloyd1@gmail.com as soon as possible to offer support.

Tickets will be available for tables of 10 (and sold individually) from 10am on Saturday 6thAprilat the Post Office. £10 per ticket including wine and canapes.

THE FASCINATING WORLD OF THE HONEYBEE BY ROB NICKLESS

Wednesday 10thApril – 7:30pm – The Manor Barn, The Manor, Berry Lane, Blewbury

Visiting from the Meadow Honey Farm in North Moreton, Rob is Vice Chairman of the Bee Farmers’ Association UKand will provide an expert’s insight into bees, beekeeping and honey production.

Tickets £6 incl. a glass of wine or soft drink and samples will be available from the Post Office from 1stMarch.

Further events are being planned: please save the dates!More information to follow.

8thJune 2019 – Richard Good’s Friends and Charlotte Brennand concert.

6thJuly 2019 – Concert in the Church

We still have lots of work to do so if you would like to make a donation to Resound then a gift aid form can be downloaded from the Blewbury website from a link in the recent article http://blewbury.co.uk/project-resound-launched/and/or you can donate on JustGiving https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Resound.

Thank you   Project Resound Team

Sustainable Blewbury


Climate for electric cars? –  A talk by Anthony Simpson, Mon. 25th Feb., 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

With concerns in our towns and cities about air quality, as well as the growing threat of climate change, the shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles has started. Are they really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out about the latest developments, and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go electric! Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out).

Thermal imaging – February 2019

Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping. Or, have you made some improvements and would like to check that they are effective? Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have been doing this every winter since 2009 – we have imaged more than 200 homes in Blewbury.

If you’d like your home thermally imaged in February, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Jo Lakeland (01235 850490). This service is FREE.

Green drinks – Monday 4th February, from 7.30 pm at The Blueberry

Green drinks are a friendly chat over a drink, to ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics: anything from issues in and around the village to energy problems, climate change, biodiversity, or what SB does. Everyone is welcome, it’s completely informal, there’s no agenda, just come and chat.

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Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
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Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone. Happy New Year to you all. A good start to the year, weather-wise? Blewbury WI is very pleased with the fact that we have fund raised £766 for the Resound Project in St, Michael’s Church. We are now a “1%er” and will have a mention in the book. We would love to welcome any new Members to the following events in February.

  1. Tuesday, February 5th   Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. with bus passes and coffee money. An alternative walk to Didcot – coffee at Great Western Park – bus to Didcot Parkway – 94 bus back to Blewbury. Hoping for a dry day.
  2. Wednesday, February 6th   Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  3. Friday, February 1st    Craft evening at Liz’s. Please ring beforehand. 7pm.
  4. Friday, February 8th   Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Let there be light” John O’ Hagan. 1.30pm.
  5. Monday, February 11th. Coffee at Doreen’s. 67 Ladycroft Park. Tel. 850332. 10.30am.
  6. Wednesday, February 27th  WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room.  7.30pm. Speaker, Stewart Lindford. “The Remarkable Story of the Winsor Chair.”
  7. Mah Jong. Every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm.  Ring Judy for details.

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, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your village gardening club

Known as ‘the VPA’, we are one of the oldest organisations in Blewbury & Upton – it started in 1947. Every resident in both villages is automatically a member of the VPA. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE !! Activities include: **ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW**, **OUTINGS**, **ANNUAL SOCIAL** Our Programme is available at Blewbury Post Office or with Margaret Maytham in Upton – call 01235 850126.

WE HAVE TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR USE BY ALL RESIDENTS 0F BLEWBURY & UPTON FOR A DONATION TO THE VPA: For Fertiliser Distributor / Long Arm Pruner / Garden Roller/ Gazebos / Lawn Scarifier & Aerator / Electric Leaf  Vacuum, contact Margaret Maytham on 850126. For Petrol Mantis Rotavator + various attachments, contact Andrew Forman  on 850219. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

December 24, 2018

Hello to everyone. 2018 almost gone! Let’s hope we can all look forward to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2019. If anyone would think to add us to their New Year resolutions lists we would be happy to welcome them as new Members. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

  1. Friday, 4th January. Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  2. Monday, 7th January. Coffee morning at Karen’s. 10.30am. Please ring beforehand.
  3. Monday, 7th January. Mah Jong at Graeme’s. 2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  4. Wednesday, 9th January. Scrabble at Cilla’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  5. Friday, 18th January. Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “Chemistry & Computers: simulating the machines of life”  William Glass.
  6. Wednesday, 23rd January. Blewbury WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm. Speaker, Kevin Little. “Donkeys, Dolphins, Foxes and Fish.”

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, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

Our Annual Social took place on the 8th Dec and everyone had a very enjoyable evening. The theme was France with French themed quizzes and a game of ‘Pin the flag on the Eiffel Tower’! It culminated in a ‘snowball’ fight – I think the ladies proved to be better throwers than the men!  

I can give you a few dates for our 2019 programme:   

8th June – A visit to The Vyne (National Trust)   /   13th July – the Annual Summer Show at Blewbury Village Hall

August (date to be confirmed) – a visit to a garden in Upton and Afternon Tea in Maggie’s garden.

6th November – VPA Annual General Meeting    /    7th December  – Winter Social at Upton Village Hall.

Our programme is being finalised and we may have some more events. Details will be in the next Blewbury Bulletin.

From all the Committee members of the Village Produce Association have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our 2019 events.

DID YOU KNOW ? Trees generally lose their leaves in the following succession: walnut, mulberry, horsechestnut, sycamore, lime, ash; then after an interval, elm; then beech and oak; then apple and pear trees, sometimes not till the end of November; and lastly pollard oaks and young beeches, which retain their withered leaves till pushed off by their new ones in spring.” Happy Gardening  Eileen

CAROL CONCERT 2018 – LAST CALL

November 30, 2018

The Village Carol Concert at St Michael’s Church will be on WEDNESDAY 19th DECEMBER. 8pm

Everybody is welcome to come and join in the singing of traditional Christmas Carols and listen to the choirs, orchestra and the brass band and hear a few festive readings. The concert starts promptly at 8pm but come earlier if you want a seat!

Musicians:  players of all standards are invited to join our orchestra so please contact Lindy Farrell on 01235 413631 (lindyfarrell@btinternet.com) to let her know you’d like to take part. All players should come along on the evening at 7.15pm with music stand and instrument ready to rehearse at 7.30pm.

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Autumn village leaves clear-up – Sunday 2nd December, 2–4 pm

Every autumn we clear slippery leaves from our lovely footpaths and make it a fun event for all the family. A great way to do your bit to help keep Blewbury beautiful. (Let us know If you can take a few bags of leaves to compost.)

Meet at the Playclose at 2 pm. Bring rakes, barrows and leaf scoops if you have them, or borrow ours.
Afterwards there’s free tea/coffee/juice and home-made cake for volunteers at The Blueberry, from 3.45 pm.

In case of bad weather on 2nd December this will be postponed to Sunday 9th December and publicised widely.

Thermal imaging – February 2019

  • Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping.
  • If you have already improved your insulation, would you like us to check that it’s effective?

To have your home thermally imaged by Sustainable Blewbury volunteers in February, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Jo Lakeland (850490). This service is FREE, so it’s best to book soon.

Community orchard news

Earlier this year we had the misfortune to have four trees uprooted and stolen from the orchard. We have now received three of the replacement trees, and planted them on 18th November. The last tree, a Windsor pear, is being specially grafted for us and will be available next March or April when we will be back to a full complement.

Green drinks – Monday 3rd December, from 7.30 pm at The Blueberry

What are ‘green drinks’? Not crème de menthe or a kale smoothie, but a chance to talk over a drink, ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics: anything from issues in and around Blewbury to climate change, biodiversity, or what SB does. Everyone welcome, completely informal, no agenda, just come and chat.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

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To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

Go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk to find out more about Sustainable Blewbury.
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 Film

October 28, 2018

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce our screening of “Grease – The 40th Anniversary Singalong” as the winter BlewTube on the 12th December.

“Grease” explores the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of American High School kids in the 1950s – but does it in a way that could only have been done in the late 70s! The movie produced a string of number 1 hits, helped launch the career of a young and relatively unknown actor, John Travolta. Now, re-released for its 40th anniversary, this nostalgic Rock’n’Roll high school musical remains a real rush of film. It is full of sensational “Can’t Help but Singalong” songs, fabulous dancing that would send Strictly fans swooning and incredible costumes that have been to more parties than Coco the clown – in fact more of everything that makes a musical film absolutely unforgettable! So, come along to relive the songs, the dance and the adventure of Rydal High, the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies.  Come along if you want to sing along, come along if you don’t want to sing along, come along if you secretly sing along in the shower but don’t want anyone else to know but, either way, make sure you come along to this year’s Blewbury Film winter extravaganza!  Grease – is the word!

“The most successful move musical of all time”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗∗”    The Blewbury Bulletin “∗∗∗∗∗∗∗”

Grease

The 40th Anniversary Singalong (PG)

Director: Randal Kleiser.

Starring: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 12th December Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 27th October

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).

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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