Upcoming Events

Blewbury WI


Hello to everyone. Autumn has arrived. Very beautiful but will keep us very busy with all the fallen leaves to sweep up and the garden to put to bed. But we can look forward to bonfires and fireworks to keep us entertained and the following list of WI November events will keep us happily occupied. All new members will be made very welcome to join us.

  • Wednesday, 1st Lyn’s Walk. Leave the Village Hall at 10am for a local walk which will probably finish up at Style Acre.
  • Wednesday, 1st Scrabble at Lin Page’s. 7.30pm. Please ring first.
  • Friday, 3rd Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring first.
  • Monday, 6th Mah Jong at Steve’s. 2.30pm. Please ring first.
  • Wednesday, 8th Coffee at Style Acre with Trish. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday, 22nd WI monthly meeting. Craft evening making Christmas items. Vale Room 7.30pm.
  • Friday, 24th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. Pressing FIRE on the most powerful laser in the world. Dr. Ceri Brenner.

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


 Your Local Village Gardening Club

It’s reminder time for everyone – our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING takes place on WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER in the VALE ROOM at BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL. It commences at 7.00pm for 7.30pm which gives you time to have a complimentary glass of wine and some nibbles. Look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets are now available for our ANNUAL SOCIAL which takes place on SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. This year will be “A London Evening” with delicious home made food (those with special dietary requirements will be catered for), quizzes, games and lots of fun and we have some very special entertainment!! Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £9 per person. Tickets are available from Karen at Blewbury Post Office or ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or contact Eileen on 01235 510095.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the above events.

We are in the process of planning our programme of events and visits for 2018 and this will be available soon. We are planning a visit to West Green House Gardens in Hartley Witney and a trip to Wisley – the details will be announced in the new year. Our Annual Summer Show will take place in July and we are re-arranging the classes for the Children’s Section to try and encourage more of them to take part. Full details will be available at the beginning of 2018.

DID YOU KNOW ? Thrushes love the berries of the rowan tree and distribute the seeds in their droppings. The rowan used to be carried on ships to ward off storms and was also planted on graves to stop the dead returning to haunt the living!! Happy Gardening Eileen


September 22, 2017

VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, another growing season is almost at an end and I expect many of us are harvesting and freezing, bottling or drying our produce to be able to enjoy it during the coming winter months. One of the opportunities available to anyone who has a surplus of apples is to convert them into apple juice with the help of Sustainable Blewbury. On SUNDAY 22ND OCTOBER (1pm – 3pm) we will be joining Sustainable Blewbury with our annual PLANT AND CAKE SALE at the RED LION, BLEWBURY. We look forward to seeing you there.

Really pleased to hear that the visit to Kew Gardens in August was very well supported and that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the wonders of this amazing place. I was in Scotland at the time and part of my trip was a visit to Cape Wrath (how many of you have heard it mentioned in the shipping forecast on Radio 4?). It was amazing, but I’m sure the coach to Kew was a lot smoother than the bumpy ride to the Cape Wrath lighthouse!

It’s also the time of year for having our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and this takes place at 7pm onwards on WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER in the VALE ROOM at BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL (includes wine and nibbles). Look forward to seeing you there.

For the last four years the VPA has had a very successful and enjoyable ANNUAL SOCIAL and this year will be no exception. The Social is booked for SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. This year will be “A London Evening” with food, quizes, games and lots of fun. Watch this space for more details.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the above events.

DID YOU KNOW ? The peach is native to China and it is thought to have reached the Mediterranean region in roughly 2000 BC via the Silk Road. Happy Gardening Eileen

Sustainable Blewbury

Apple juicing sessions: It’s been a very good year for apples, and it would be a pity to waste what you can’t eat. We have three more sessions for making some of the tastiest apple juice you’ve ever had, from your own apples:

  • Sun. 8 Oct., 2–4pm, Manor stable
  • Sun. 22 Oct., 12–3pm, Red Lion garden
  • Sun. 5 Nov., 11am–1pm, Manor stable

Please bring your (washed) apples and clean glass (screw-top) wine or drink bottles if you want to pasteurise your juice. If you want to freeze it, bring clean plastic containers. Cut out any bad bits but no need to core the apples. Cost: £1 per pressing (large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle (keeps for up to a year).

Our equipment is also available to hire: £10 per day in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. For details and bookings contact: info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

Blewbury Garden Market: Every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh local garden fruit and veg, plants, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, preserves and Blewbury honey. Why not bring us your surplus produce to sell for you (before 9.30 please) and at the same time see what else is available, including many items not available in shops. Note that our last session at the garage this year will be on Saturday, 14th October.

We will again have Garden Market Extra running through the autumn, winter and early spring at the Post Office, with bread and cakes on Saturday mornings, and jam and occasional produce all week.

Dates for your diaries:

A talk by Prof. Eric Eisenhandler – ‘Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room’ at Blewbury Manor barn on Monday 30th October at 8pm, tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office. The talk will discuss up to date information about climate change and the improving outlook for renewable energy.

Village Leaf Clearance – Do you remember last year’s very enjoyable leaf-clearing event? It was fun for everyone, older or younger! We are repeating it on Sunday 3rd December from 2–4pm. More details nearer the day.



Miele vacuum cleaner.  Old but still working well.

Steve Russell


Several metres of water pipe insulation.

Peter Saunders



• 3-tier in/pending/out trays (A4, black). Trays can be separated.

• Brita Maxtra water filter cartridges, box of 6

• Approx 100 see-through A4 document wallets for ring binders

Chris Whatmore


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. If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk


Hello again. October is almost here! The trees are showing off their lovely Autumn colours and Harvest time fast approaching. The only drawback is the evenings are drawing in to an earlier lighting up time. Following is a list of Blewbury WI events that are being held in October, and we would love to welcome all new members to join us.

  1. Monday 2nd Coffee at Style Acre with Karen. 10.30am.
  2. Tuesday 3rd Lyn’s Walk. Leave Blewbury Village Hall at 9.30am and walk to East Hagbourne and follow the newly opened Poet’s Trail round the village. There will probably be a coffee stop at the Fleur.
  3. Wednesday 4th Scrabble at Cilla’s. 7.30pm. Please phone first 851966
  4. Friday 6th Craft evening at Karen’s. 7pm – 9pm. Please phone first.
  5. Friday 13th RAL Talking Science lecture at Harwell 1.30pm. A is for Arsenic: the poisons of Agatha Christie. Dr. Kathryn Harkup.
  6. Wednesday 25th October. WI monthly meeting in The Village Hall at 7.30pm. Speaker, Tony King. A respected speaker to the WI.
  7. Friday 27th Abingdon Operatic Society at Abingdon School. Sister Act. 7.20pm.
  8. Mah Jong will restart shortly. Date to be decided.

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.



The Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held on Thursday 5th October at 7pm in the Vale Room.

It is intended to play bridge afterwards – hopefully about 18 boards. The names of any proposals for new Officers or Committee Members, or suggestions for items to be discussed, should be notified to the Chairman or Secretary beforehand, the former to include Proposer and Seconder. Refreshments will be provided.
October sees the completion of all remaining annual competitions. They will all re-commence in November.
Michael Allen. 851870

Blewbury Film

August 26, 2017

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce its autumn screening for the 11th October will be The Dish, a true story which is, well, too funny not to show. The Dish won Australian Best Screen Play, Best Music Score and Best Male Actor (Sam Neill) and Best Supporting Actor (Roy Billing) in 2001 plus an ARIA music award. No wonder it has been billed as one of the most popular Australian comedies of all time!

It’s July 1969. Apollo 11’s astronauts will walk on the moon and a huge satellite dish outside the sheep-farming town of Parkes, Australia has been chosen to beam the live footage around the globe for this historic event. The whole world is depending on Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill), the reticent, pipe-smoking chief scientist, and his team of laid-back boffins, who are responsible for the operations of the gigantic radio telescope dish nestled in a remote New South Wales sheep farming community. As NASA prepared for lift-off of Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon, and the American astronauts prepared to make their giant leap for mankind, Buxton and his eccentric crew were more than happy to help out in their own way, whilst the out-back town of Parkes stumbled to make their own small steps to help out too. (This was Houston’s other problem but one we never knew anything about.) The astounding Australian situation comedy of The Dish, coupled with the drama of the Apollo 11 moon landing, makes for an absolutely brilliant and must-see film.

“A brilliant and inspired Australian comedy”


The Dish (PG)

Directed by Rob Sitch

Starring: Sam Neill, Roy Billing, Genevieve Mooy.

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, 11th October Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 25th 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 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


Your Local Village Gardening Club

Our Annual Show in July proved very successful with a large number of entries in all the different sections. We had a large number of new exhibitors, including entrants from Didcot and Harwell. Our Show is open to anyone and is not restricted to Blewbury and Upton. We managed to win the Inter-Society Competition by one point! Thank you once again to everyone who entered and a special thanks to the Blewbury Play Group who always provide a lovely entry from the children.

I am on holiday and writing this from Thurso in Scotland (not far from John O’Groats!), so I’m not sure how everyone got on with the trip to Kew Gardens on the 12th August – I hope those who went enjoyed themselves.

Our Programme continues:

Sunday 22nd October (1pm – 3pm) – Cake and Plant Sale at Red Lion, Blewbury together with Sustainable Blewbury’s apple pressing day.

Wednesday 1st November (7pm onwards) – Annual General Meeting at the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall (includes wine and nibbles).

Saturday 2nd December (7pm – ?) – VPA Annual Social at Upton Village Hall. This year will be a “London Evening” with food, quizes, games and fun. More details next month.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the above events.

DID YOU KNOW ? Although not recommended, did you know that carving a notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows? True fact! Happy Gardening Eileen