Upcoming Events

Village Hall Refurbishment

November 23, 2018

A village meeting to discuss the refurbishment will take place in the hall at 2.00 pm on Sunday 28 April. By then we will have completed the detailed design and will have a detailed cost estimate.  Come along to discuss the proposals and plans for raising the remaining funds required.

Since the March bulletin, we have received some further donations and have identified 18 organisations to whom we will be making applications for grants over the next three months.  Three shows planned over the rest the year have pledged some or all of their profits to the project:

The Blewbury Players’ BBC4 Revue on 5/6 April

Gay O’Nolan’s Ben Waters Gig on 1 June

George Long’s Definitive Ratpack Christmas Show on 29/30 November

Our thanks to all who have already made contributions to the project or have pledged their support. Personal donations can still be made to the Hall Refurbishment Account (details on the village website http://bit.ly/VHRefurb).

Steve White

Blewbury Garden Market re-opens for 2019

April 11, 2019

Every Saturday morning starting 4th May, from 9.15 to 11.15 am, at Blewbury Garage

Our tenth season! Every Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11.15 am (unless we sell out earlier) – note the slightly earlier opening times this year. The stall buys and sells bedding plants and seedlings, fresh local garden fruit and vegetables, flowers, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, Blewbury honey and free-range eggs.

Helpers: Would you like to help out on the stall every few weeks? Contact us at the address or phone below.

Producers:Please bring items to sell from 9.00 am; you set your own prices, we only take 10% commission. For more information and sales forms see www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm.

For more information: Email us atbgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.ukor phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Project Resound – April Update

April 4, 2019

We have now raised over 50% of our target and our fundraising total stands at £40,678.  Thank you to everyone who has donated. Our upcoming events are:

* The Fascinating World Of The Honeybee By Rob Nickless – Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 7:30pm at The Manor Barn, The Manor, Berry Lane, Blewbury.

Only a few tickets left on sale at Blewbury Post Office.  £6 including a glass of wine or soft drink.

* Promises Auction with Introductory Wine Tasting – Saturday 11th May 2019:  7pm at Blewbury Village Hall

A fun evening for all, including a chance to bid for unique experiences, days out, fitness, arts & crafts and items for the home and garden. A perfect chance to secure those eluding birthday/anniversary gifts for partners and parents and ideas for entertaining children in the school holidays.

The evening will start with an introductory wine tasting served with canapes, led by our regularly visiting “Wine-Man”, Ian Hewson. The auction will be compered by our auctioneer, Mr Chris Mousley-Jones!  More information, including a listing of the lots, can be found in the insert to this edition of the Bulletin. Bidding will take place on the night and the auctioneer’s decision will be final. However, pre-bids may be submitted up to 6th May by those unable to attend on the night. Pre-bidders should send an email to gillianloyd@gmail.com stating their name, address, lot number, lot description and the amount of the bid.

Tickets for the auction will be available for tables of 10 (and sold individually) from 10am on Saturday 6th April at Blewbury Post Office. £10 per ticket including wine tasting, canapes, cheese and biscuits.

* From Bizet to Broadway – Saturday 8th June 2019 7:45 pm at St Michael’s church

Charlotte Good (pianist), Louise Innes (mezzo soprano) and Simon Wallfisch (baritone and cello) will be performing a fabulous show of songs from musicals and well-known pieces from Opera. For details see page 17.

* Summer BBQ – Saturday 6th July 2019 – St Michael’s Church and grounds.  All welcome

  • 6pm Walk and talk tour of the recently researched archived history of St Michaels followed by
  • 7pm Summer BBQ, Beer, Wine and Soft Drinks

We still have 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 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

Sustainable jet fuel from rubbish – how does that work?

A talk by Dr. Neville Hargreaves, Mon. 1st April, 8.00 pm in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Reducing the rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. It will convert huge amounts of household waste into jet fuel, thus avoiding putting it into landfill or incinerating it, and reducing emissions. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment, and the practical challenges of bringing a really big industrial project to fruition.
Tickets £4 from the Post Office or on the door (if not sold out); drinks available from the bar.

Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting

24th April, 7.30 pm, Winding Way, South Street

Find out about our many and varied activities in the past year, elect officers, and help us plan for the future with an informal discussion. There will be drinks and nibbles. If you are interested in what Sustainable Blewbury does, please join us – everyone will be very welcome!

Hedge laying

We have finished our hedge laying activities for the year, to avoid disturbing nesting birds. We’ve completed 190 metres along the footpath towards Upton. The last 10 metres, near the village, were bare so we planted hawthorn to complete the field boundary. As always, though pleased with the results we do wait nervously to see how well the hedge recovers. All our previous efforts have resulted in strong regrowth and a much healthier hedge, so fingers crossed with this one. Many thanks to the volunteers who came along to take part in reviving a country craft. We would welcome any suggestions of hedges that could benefit from being laid next season.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE   FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME E-MAIL TEL NO.
Miele cylinder vacuum cleaner  in excellent working order, but battered exterior.  Now too heavy for my arthritic hands!

Graco travel cot, hardly used
Ann Dendyann@dendy.co.uk 850760
23” LG TV
Bob Downey      robjune@outlook.com 850524
Two Hewlett-Packard HP 343 tri-colour printer ink cartridges, unopened and unused.
Peter Boon  peterboon@ecosse.net 850410
Two unopened printer cartridges, HP 301 in black-and-white and colour.  Bought in error.
Vanessa Fox  vanessafox3.vf@gmail.com 850701
·   1800 Litre Plastic bunded oil tank in superb condition. Empty.

Aluminium grey tubular modern bunkbed. Base bed is a sofa that converts into a double and the top bed is a single. Dismantled ready for collection. Large.

WANTED: For an 11 year old boy to take his cycling proficiency at school. A 24” wheel junior bike (not BMX) (equivalent to a 14” adult frame bike). Looking for no cost bike so something that requires repair or restoration would be perfect.
Mark Palethorpe  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net 07813 251174
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

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce that its first screening of the year on Wednesday 10th April 2019 will be the brilliant British comedy,  The Death of Stalin.

An irreverent tilt on Soviet-era political satire, this is a sulphurous black comedy about the intrigue and plots going on behind the scenes in the Kremlin following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.

The film is superbly cast and acted, with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up. There are no weak links; each cast member has a plum role and squeezes every gorgeous (but horrible) comedic drop out of their part. Michael Palin is outstanding as Molotov, the pathetic functionary with the kindly unhappy face who has long since sacrificed his marriage and self-respect on the altar of Stalinism.

The film is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, and co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows. Armando Iannucci turns Soviet style horror into comedy in this eccentric shocker about a strong man and his world of banishment, blood and blundering.

“Armando Iannucci has us tremblin’ in the Kremlin”

The Guardian “*****”  The Telegraph “****”  Table Tennis Weekly “*****”
The Death of Stalin (15)

Director: Armando Iannucci.

Starring: Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Andrea Riseborough.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 23rd February

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).

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

BELL RINGING NEWS FROM BLEWBURY TOWER

Easter is late this year and the ducks have been getting very excited ready to take to the water in the stream on The Play Close at noon on Easter Sunday.

Duck Race Tickets £1.25p each are available from Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chris Cook 07786635062, fingers crossed for good weather and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

We always enjoy welcoming visitors to the tower especially on Friday evenings, our practice night.

Blewbury Croquet Club Introduction to Croquet afternoon

BLEWBURY CROQUET CLUB INTRODUCTION TO CROQUET AFTERNOON

On Saturday 13th April we shall be holding the first of our Introduction to Croquet sessions at our courts on Tickers Folly Field from 2pm to 4:30pm. This introduction to the game will be on half size courts, easier for beginners and there will be no charge.  This is open to anyone who would like to come along and try this wonderful game. To book your place and time please contact David Long on 01235 851574.

Another event to look out for is National Croquet Day, which this year is on Sunday 12th May. Croquet will be promoted throughout the UK and we shall be having activities on our club courts, everyone is invited.  Look out around the village for posters advertising the event. JW

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

 – Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, what about that March wind!! On my allotment, one shed was blown over and two people lost (not literally)  their walk-in poly tunnels – they were crumpled up with the force of the wind. Two polycarbonate panels of my greenhouse blew out, but fortunately didn’t break, so I got them back in with loads of clips.  I was surprised how well my over-winter broad beans survived – I now have flowers on them!  At home I’m still waiting to see if my red acer has survived from the heat of last summer – the leaves were burnt and fell off.  I can’t see any buds at the moment. It seems as though everything else has survived and my Daphne and Viburnum have bloomed and smell beautiful. Anyway enough of my personal ramblings.

We have an updated programme availabe in Blewbury Post Office and with Maggie Maytham in Upton. It gives you the details of our event in August and also gives the correct date for the June outing – apologies for the previous error. Don’t forget to look on the back of the programme for the tools we have available to hire for a donation. You might find them useful when you really get going in your garden or allotment. Our Mantas rotavator is up and running and is lightweight enough to make it so easy to use.

Karen is our Show Secretary now and is in the process of preparing the Schedule for the Summer Show – hopefully it will be in the Post Office soon and Maggie in Upton will also have copies.  So we can get our exhibits ready – there is a great variety of categories which cover gardening, cookery, handicraft, photography, so there must be something you can enter.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Raspberries can be grown anywhere from the Arctic to the Equator.   Strawberries were considered an aphrodisiac in the Middle Ages and a soup of strawberries, borage and cream was traditionally served to newly-weds for breakfast.”   Happy Gardening Eileen

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

Blewbury Film

February 28, 2019

Blewbury Film is pleased to announce that its first screening of the year on Wednesday 10th April 2019 will be the brilliant British comedy, The Death of Stalin.

The Death of Stalin takes an irreverent tilt on Soviet-era political satire to produce a 5-star comedy.  The film is a sulphurous black comedy about the intrigue and plots going on behind the scenes in the Kremlin following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.

The film is superbly cast and acted, with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up.  There are no weak links; each cast member has a plum role and squeezes every gorgeous (but horrible) comedic drop out of their part.  Michael Palin is outstanding as Molotov, the pathetic functionary with the kindly unhappy face who has long since sacrificed his marriage and self-respect on the altar of Stalinism.

The film is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, and co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows.  Armando Iannucci turns Soviet style horror into comedy in this eccentric shocker about a strong man and his world of banishment, blood and blundering.

“Armando Iannucci has us tremblin’ in the Kremlin”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗∗”    The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗”    Table Tennis Weekly “∗∗∗∗∗”
The Death of Stalin (15)

Director: Armando Iannucci.

Starring: Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Andrea Riseborough.

Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 10th April 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 23rd February

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).

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