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BLEWBURY WI NEWS

May 29, 2018

Hello to everyone. June is approaching fast. Midsummer already. Hopefully we will have some real Summer weather? Lovely long, warm, sunny days and balmy evenings, sitting on the patio, watching the sun go down. Well, we can dream?

Following is a list of our Blewbury WI events being held during June 2018 and we would love to welcome some new Members to join us.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 5th Lyn’s Walk.  We will be re-doing a previous walk – outside Blewbury. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Transport sorted on the day. Hopefully the weather will not beat us this time and the paths should not be water logged. We will definitely be having lunch, so pennies will be needed.
  • Wednesday, 6th Scrabble at Cilla’s.  7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre.  10.30am.
  • Friday, 15th Talking Science lecture at R.A.L. Harwell.  1.30pm.  “Seeing cancer before it is cancer: illuminating the way with ALICE by seeing the invisible.”  Dr. Michele Siggel-King.
  • Wednesday, 27th WI monthly meeting – in the Main Hall.  7.30pm.  Speaker- Gilly Pusey.  “Handspinning & Natural Dyeing”

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 Film

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce “The Post” as our summer BlewTube screening for the 8th August. “The Post” is Steven Spielberg’s urgent 70s-set thriller starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in an apt lesson on the need for a vigilant press.

“We can’t have an administration dictating to us our coverage just because they don’t like what we print about them in our newspaper…” At a time when the White House has declared war not merely on the media but on “truth” itself, there’s something almost quaint about the spectre of a corrupt US president attempting to quash a story, rather than the entire fourth estate.

Tom Hanks, as editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep, as proprietor Katherine ‘Kay’ Graham, really make an impression as they play The Washington Post’s leading executives fighting to expose US government lies about the Vietnam war. This amazingly timely drama is Steven Spielberg’s latest picture and is a wonderfully watchable film from first time screenwriter Liz Hannah.  Spielberg’s technical mastery and narrative skills are ever present in this complicated and embroiled story making it an incredibly intensely dramatic film.

“One of the bravest films of our time – 5 stars.”

The Guardian “«««««”    The Telegraph “«««««”    The Hindustan Times “«««««”

The Post (12A)

Director: Steven Spielberg.   Screen Writer: Liz Hannah.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.

Please keep emailing us on BlewTube@Gmail.com 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, 8th August Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 26th May

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).

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: BlewTube@Gmail.com

 

 

 

Sustainable Blewbury

April 30, 2018

Blewbury Garden Market

Our ninth season will start on Saturday, 12th May at Blewbury Garage and will run every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am (unless we sell out earlier). Note that on 19th May, to mark the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final, we’ll have special cakes and other items for sale. The stall buys and sells fresh, local garden fruit and vegetable, flowers, bedding plants and seedlings, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (hopefully) local honey and free-range eggs. Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more information and sales forms see www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm, or email us at bgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Sustainable Blewbury has a big anniversary this year. In 1993 the BVS started an Environment Group because of an increasing interest in the village’s appearance and environment. This interest widened under Mike Edmunds’ chairmanship, and the Environment Group evolved into Sustainable Blewbury in 2009. We are planning a celebration event in September, and if you have any stories about the early days of the Environment Group we would like to hear from you. Please email info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or ring Jo Lakeland on 850490.

Mike Edmunds Community Orchard

A small group of ‘Coggers’ got together at the end of March to clear weeds and turf encroaching around the trees, and all of them appear to have come through their second winter seemingly in good heart and are now showing signs of new leaf and blossom. It is hard to believe that it’s two years since we began to plan the orchard, and it is certainly beginning to establish itself as a fixture in the Blewbury landscape (even visible on Google Earth).

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Three sections of garden trellis: 2 the same (W60cm x H141cm – one slightly damaged) and one different (W63cm x H183cm)

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editor@blewbury.co.uk

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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 make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment.
If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at
info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Blewbury WI News

Hello again to everyone. I am back from an absolutely wonderful month in Australia, with my daughter, visiting family and friends. A vote of thanks to Karen for standing in for the April Bulletin News. The weather here is not very Springlike, is it? Hopefully the month of May will bring us some nice warm, sunny days to get our gardens into shape? The Blewbury WI is holding the following events during May and any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.

  1. Wednesday, May 2nd Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am for a local walk with coffee afterwards – probably.
  2. Friday, May 4th Craft evening at Liz’s.   Please ring beforehand.
  3. Tuesday, May 8th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  4. Thursday, May 10th Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand
  5. Friday, May 11th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  “How to build a star – nuclear fusion on Earth “  Sarah Fell.
  6. Wednesday, May 23rd WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. “The Wonders of Aromatherapy” Speaker,  Janice Nicholls.

Mah Jong sessions are on hold during the Croquet Season.

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

Well, the weather has improved a little bit and now I might be able to retrieve my wellie boots which, over the Easter period, got stuck in my allotment when my hens were flooded.

HAVE YOU PICKED UP YOUR COPY OF THE SUMMER SHOW SCHEDULE?? It’s in the Blewbury post office or you can get it online by emailing Eileen on vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com or by ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

Don’t forget our day trip to:

WEST GREEN HOUSE GARDENS NEAR HARTLEY WITNEY IN HAMPSHIRESATURDAY 16th JUNE.

In a beautiful corner of North Hampshire, the National Trust’s West Green House Garden is an 18th-century house surrounded by a series of walled gardens. It is a garden of contrast and inspiration, created by acclaimed garden designer and writer, Marylyn Abbott. West Green is one of England’s finest manor house gardens, marrying traditional style with contemporary design.

If you are interested, to get full details – please contact: Karen at the Blewbury Post Office, Eileen on 01235 510095 or Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126. We will be travelling in cars, so if you need transport, please let us know. Pick ups will be from Blewbury Village Hall and Upton Village Hall at 9.30am.

DID YOU KNOW ? By 2006 the UK Water Industry had 1,584 boreholes, 666 reservoirs and 602 river abstractions. Two thirds of our water comes from surface water and one third from groundwater.

Ralph Walso Emerson (1803-1882) said “The good rain, like the bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.”

Happy Gardening Eileen

Bell Ringing News from Blewbury Tower

April 1, 2018

Congratulations to Eden Bramhill who rang his first quarter peal on March 3rd, hopefully the first of many.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on Easter Sunday for the annual Duck Race. If you haven’t already bought your tickets they are available at Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786 635062.

Friday 8pm-9.30pm is practice night and you are very welcome to come and join us.  Sometimes we ring a little earlier usually to support learners this will be the case on April 20th when we are hosting the Branch learners and ringing will start at 7.30pm. Quarter Peals are also rung at different times, listen out on April 23rd  when we hope to ring a quarter peal to celebrate St George’s day as well as the birthday of Gill Loyd our treasurer.

BlewTube

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce I, Daniel Blake as our spring BlewTube screening for the 9th May.

I, Daniel Blake is Ken Loach’s latest Palme d’Or-winning film about the friendship between an out-of-work carpenter and a young single mother forced to navigate the vagaries of the British welfare system. The film is a protest cry for common humanity in the face of the welfare web and is sure to leave everyone moved.

Daniel, a 59 year widower, who should have been eligible for Employment and Support Allowance until the authorities shunted him onto Jobseeker’s Allowance, forms a friendship with mother-of-two Katie who has been re-housed hundreds of miles from family and friends after spending two years in a hostel. Daniel takes Katie under his wing and together they resolve to make the best of a bleak situation and do battle with the relentlessly complex, amazingly uncaring welfare system. This story packs a hefty punch both personally and politically!

With this film’s win, Ken Loach joins the ranks of only a few directors ever to have won the coveted Palme D’Or at Cannes Film Festival more than once. Together with his long time script writing partner Paul Laverty, they have created a gut-wrenching, funny and incredibly moving film.

“A quietly fearsome piece of drama.”

The Guardian “★★★★★”    The Telegraph “★★★★”

I, Daniel Blake (15)

Directed by  Ken Loach  with Screen Play by Paul Laverty

Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires

Please keep emailing us on BlewTube@Gmail.com 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, 9th May Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 31st March

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)

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: BlewTube@Gmail.com

 

Blewbury WI News

Cilla is away, so you have me this month! As I write, the snow is melting, the daffs are looking hopeful, there are buds on the lilacs, my hyacinths & bluebells are popping up in the garden, and the Blewbury WI are about to have their annual meeting.

We say goodbye & thank you to Joanna, Liz & Marilyn who are retiring from the committee this time, and we will hopefully have some new committee members for the coming year, to help steer us towards trying new & exciting experiences! I know we have calligraphy, weaving and mosaic workshops planned for later this year, along with our usual walks, coffee, craft, scrabble, films, science lectures, lunch & theatre outings! Someone recently told me that the WI was for “old” ladies, I just told her we had great fun at our Bollywood dance workshop, and we are hoping to go to the Bombay Sapphire Gin distillery later this year!

We also say goodbye to Lyn Page, a former President, who is moving away, we shall all miss her very much, but send her our best wishes in her new home!

  • Tuesday 3rd April, Lyn’s walk, meet at Blewbury Village hall, 9.30 am, (everyone welcome) money for coffee/lunch
  • Wednesday 11th; coffee at Style Acre Tearooms, 10.30am
  • Wednesday 18th, Lunch out
  • Thursday 19th; Singin’ in the Rain, Abingdon
  • Wednesday 25th Main meeting, Vale Room, 7.30pm, with Wine & soft drinks if preferred!

For more details of any of our events, the date of the next Coffee morning, Scrabble or Mah Jong session, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our webpage, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.  Love from Karen

Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury AGM: Monday, 23 April at Winding Way Cottage, South Street, 8.00 pm

We will summarise our activities in the past year, elect officers, and follow this with an informal discussion and refreshments. If you are interested in what Sustainable Blewbury does, please do join us. Everyone very welcome.

25th Anniversary Celebration!

Blewbury Environment Group was founded in 1993 by Blewbury Village Society. It evolved into SB around 2009, so 2018 is our 25th anniversary year. We are planning a celebration in September, and by next month we should be able to give you some details of the event.

Camera-trap wildlife videos

Last year we bought two video camera traps for Blewbury Primary School, to record wildlife in and around the village. When they detect motion, they automatically take a short video clip: colour in daylight, black and white at night. We have put links to some of the results on a map of Blewbury. A trial version of this is on our website, at www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/Mapping.htm. The map currently has videos from three locations. Each star has one or more clips of one type of animal. Click on a star to see what it shows, and then click on ‘More info’ to see the video (note that the videos are stored on YouTube).

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·   Humax PVR-9200T hard disk video recorder

·   Records TV from an aerial (Freeview)

·   Standard resolution (not HD)

·   Connected to TV via a SCART cable, not HDMI

·   Good condition, with all cables and manual

Eric Eisenhandler 07935 232296
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. SB has a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas.
Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment.
If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at
info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

HEDGE LAYING IN BLEWBURY THIS WINTER

November 22, 2017

This Winter Sustainable Blewbury’s hedge-laying group plan to lay hedges along Pound Furlong Lane and in Tickers Folly Field.

With a large programme of work ahead of us, the group would very much welcome new members who wish to learn the skills and help to maintain and improve Blewbury’s hedges. The first task is to coppice (cut) the hazel stakes and binders which are needed for the final stages and we plan to do this on 26th November, starting at 9.00. If you would like to join us then please contact Alex or John and we will advise on where and when to meet and what to wear. After that the actual hedge-laying will start in early December.

Hedge-laying is a traditional craft which has the benefit of strengthening and improving hedges and providing a much improved habitat for wildlife.

Alex: 07768 777710 ahmusson@gmail.com

John: 07785 364072jogden@blewbury.net