Upcoming Events

Rolling Stones collaborator to play Blewbury Village Hall

Ben Waters, one of the UK’s leading boogie-woogie pianists, is appearing at Blewbury Village Hall on May 6th. The following is taken from a write-up at the Crooked Billet, where he appeared last year:

Ben Waters has established himself as one of the Crooked Billet’s favourite music nights. His boogie-woogie band gets the flattest of feet stomping. Each of the Rolling Stones – Mick, Keith, Ronnie, Charlie & Bill Wyman – all recently collaborated on Ben’s album Boogie 4 Stu. This collaboration was instrumental in the Stones reforming & touring again. Ben’s recent appearance on “Later… With Jools Holland” (with Charlie Watts playing drums) has helped catapult his live following, and he is now a favourite on the festival circuit – Barbados Rhythm & Jazz Festival, Henley Festival, Glastonbury & many more. Exceptional boogie piano, quite simply one of the most talented guys around. If you haven’t experienced him live, I can’t recommend him enough; always a foot-stomping resounding triumph, leaving the audience wanting encores.

All profits from this event go to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund.

BLEWBURY BRASS BAND SPRING CONCERT

Friday 5th May, Blewbury Parish Church, 7.30pm

The ever ebullient Ian will be conducting theme-based tunes, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moon River and Proud Mary, along with the odd balloon and broomstick! There will also be a Raffle and Refreshments.

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 seniors, £1 under 16s, available on the door or by calling 07732 197592, emailing mdlearnerband@blewburybrassband.org.uk or from any band member.

BLEWBURY FILM SUPPORTS THE VILLAGE HALL!

Spring has sprung and Blewbury Film is getting ready for your summer screenings.

We are very pleased to be able to announce our Early Summer Screening for the 14th June will be “The Angel’s Share”. This heartwarming comedy about a group of unemployed petty criminals in Glasgow tells a story inspired by Whisky Galore.  The unruly group teams up on an inspired adventure in a film plot with flavours of Ocean’s Eleven. This is definitely a film for comedy lovers, for whisky connoisseurs and for admirers of great Scottish scenery – it’s Scotland’s answer to “The Full Monty” – pithy, raw and hilarious! This realistic, humanistic and bracingly optimistic film was directed by the brilliant Ken Loach (just think of Kes in 1969!) in his eighth decade and based on a screen play by Paul Laverty.

Telegraph –“Ken Loach’s whisky-heist comedy finds the director on fine, funny and Cannes-winning form!”

The Angel’s Share (15)

Directed by  Ken Loach

Starring: Paul Brannigan, Siobhan Reilly, John Henshaw, Roger Allam

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, 14th June Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from 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

Sustainable Blewbury

Annual General Meeting and new projects – Thursday 6th April, 7.00pm, Blewbury School Hall: We will be showing our new projects for the school children as well as presenting some of our other work. We are setting up bird nesting boxes equipped with small video cameras, and also camera traps for seeing wildlife such as deer, muntjacs, foxes, etc. around the village. We’re also working on the school’s Biodome and gardens for the children to grow fruit and vegetables. We will end the evening with a short Annual General Meeting.

Smart, sustainable engineering from plants and animals – a talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis, Monday 15 May, 8.00pm, Blewbury Manor Barn: Studying how nature solves its engineering and materials problems has provided inspiration for solving our own problems. But just how did shark skin inspire the designers of the Airbus A380s, to take just one example. Ticket details soon.
Tree planting and start of a ‘wildlife corridor’: We were awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. On 11th March they were planted by enthusiastic volunteers on a triangle of land on the downs near the Chalk Pit. This is the start of a project to make a continuous ‘corridor’ for wildlife, made up of trees and hedge bushes across to the Cow Lane footpath and eventually to Woodway Road.

Blewbury Garden Market will restart on the Garage forecourt in mid-May on Saturday mornings, selling locally grown plants, seedlings, as well as eggs, cakes and bread. We’d love more volunteers to help man the stall, please contact angela.hoy@sky.com if you’d like to join in!

Community orchard grand opening and village picnic, Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field – Watch this space.

BLEWBURY FREECycle – FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME E-MAIL TEL NO.
Stag Minstrel dark wood headboard to fit 4ft 6in bed. Good condition

Julie Hetherington

julie@carlhetherington.co.uk

850564
Garden Swing and cover

Mark Vaughan

mark@mvaughn.demon.co.uk

850233
Glass shelves, 2 x 82cm long x 16.5cm deep; 2 x 88cm long x 14cm deep. With brackets.

Lydia Inglis

lydandmuz@gmail.com

07801 932393
To include your item, send short description, email & phone no. to lydandmuz@gmail.com with subject line ‘Freecycle’

We welcome new members. If you would like to become involved in Sustainable Blewbury, or to receive our free Newsletter, please contact us at: info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

A smiley Hello to everyone. April is just around the corner, promising some longer sunny days, lots of lovely Spring flowers and Happy Easter celebrations. Below is a list of the events that Blewbury WI is holding during April, to which all new Members are welcome.

  • Monday, 3rd April 2017 Coffee at Style Acre with Karen. 10.30am.
  • Wednesday, 5th April 2017 Lyn’s Walk.   Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am. We will be starting our walk from COTHILL near Abingdon. Transport arranged on the    It might be a bit muddy so stout footwear is advised. A pair of binoculars will be useful and don’t forget pennies for coffee. Please ring Lyn the day before. 850795
  • Friday, 7th April 2017 Talking Science RAL Lecture, Harwell. 1.30pm.  Exploring the Deep. Ocean versus Space.  Russell Arnott.
  • Monday, 10th April 2017 Scrabble at Judy’s 7.30pm. Please call first.
  • Wednesday, 26th April 2017 WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm.   Linda Benton.

Mah Jong is suspended during the Summer months in favour of Croquet.

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

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Following the very enjoyable talk by Tony Hadland at our last meeting, we couldn’t claim to be experts on DNA, but we all know a great deal more than we did before. There will be more talks in the future on a variety of subjects. We are continuing with collecting old photos and writings about the village. In particular we would love to hear from people with memories or pictures of family members who served in WWI and returned from it. Do visit our updated & revised website for the latest news www.blewburyhistory.org.uk. If you are interested, then contact either Audrey Long on 850427 or Mark Palethorpe via email markpalethorpe@talktalk.net.

Our next meeting is at 8pm on Tuesday April 11th in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. This will be our AGM and we also have a large historic album of Victorian photographs of the village and its people to study which was kindly given to the Group to preserve.

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, it doesn’t seem possible I’m writing for the March issue of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News already!! Where is the time going? In the meantime we have three of our Committee members giving 20 minute talks on keeping chickens on allotments, how to produce top class compost and growing and propogating snowdrops. The talks take place at Blewbury Manor Barn at 7.30pm on THURSDAY 2nd MARCH.

When I drive through Blewbury I always have a quick glance at the allotments – they do look a bit sad at the moment. My allotments (2) in Didcot are ready and waiting for the broad beans and peas which are germinating in the greenhouse. Given the weather I can’t do much more – hopefully March will be a warmer month. The planting plans are ready for this years veggies. Can’t wait to get everything up and running.

Don’t forget the VPA has a selection of tools available for all residents in Blewbury and Upton to use for a donation. You will find the list on the back of the programme which is enclosed with this copy of the Blewbury Bulletin. We also have a projector which can be hired for a £5 donation. Contact details are on the programme.

Don’t forget to put the two dates of our outings in your diary and full details will be issued in the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News prior to the event.

SATURDAY 17th JUNE (day visit) – TRIP TO GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST (day visit) – DAY VISIT TO KEW GARDENS, LONDON

DID YOU KNOW? The first garden gnomes were introduced to the UK in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, who brought back 21 terracotta figures from Germany and placed them in the gardens of his home, Lamport in Northamptonshire. Only one of the original batch of gnomes survives. Lampy, as he is known, is on display at Lamport Hall and is insured for one millions pounds!  Happy Gardening,  Eileen

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hi All, March is almost here. With all the Spring bulbs shooting through and primroses and snowdrops in full flower, and the days gradually getting longer, we will soon be out in the garden looking forward to Spring. The Wi events for March are listed below and any new members would be very welcome to join us.

  • Tuesday, 7th Lyn’s Walk. An urban walk to the North of Didcot starting at Didcot Parkway at 10.30 am. Catch the 10.14 bus from The Blueberry (10.08 from Upton). Don’t forget your bus passes and pennies for coffee, hopefully.
  • Wednesday, 8th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30 am.
  • Wednesday, 8th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30 pm.
  • Wednesday, 22nd Monthly meeting, AGM, and Social Evening at the Manor Barn, 7.30 pm.
  • Friday, 24th RAL Harwell Lecture, 1.30 pm. Discovering the Universe from beneath the surface — Emma Meehan.
  • Mah Jong sessions are held every Monday afternoon at 2.30 pm.

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

FARNLEY TYAS STUDIO CONCERTS

On the evening of Saturday 11th March (time tbc) there will be a performance of Schumann’s Piano Quintet Op 44.

The London-based string quartet St. Paul’s Quartet (stpaulsquartet.com) will be joined by Charlotte Brennand on the piano. The quartet will treat us to another piece from their repertoire too, followed by drinks.
Limited Tickets at £20 from charlottebrennand@hotmail.com or 01235 851301.

On Saturday April 29th Charlotte will be joined by Clarinettist Catriona Scott in a lovely programme of mainly English music by Finzi, Howells, James Francis-Brown and Messager.

On Thursday June 22nd there will be a performance by the Millbrook Ensemble. More details to follow!

Santa Fun Run

Santa Fun Run (approx. 3 miles) or the Reindeer Trot (obstacle course for the under 5’s) – Sunday December 11th at 2 pm

Starts and ends at Blewbury School, Westbrook Street, Blewbury, OX11 9QB

  • Adults £10 including a Free Santa Suit
  • Kids (under 16) £6 including a Free Santa Suit
  • Under 5’s £5 including Free Reindeer Antlers

To enter please use the entry form in this Bulletin or email minemcp@hotmail.com.

Mulled wine / mince pies & refreshments

All profits to Blewbury School