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BLEWBURY WI NEWS

November 22, 2017

Hello to Everyone. December is almost upon us! We will all be busy with card writing, present buying and Christmas festivities. But, all new members will be very welcome to join us at the following events in December and January 2018.  I would like to wish all the Bulletin readers a joyous Christmas time and a happy, healthy 2018.

  • Friday, 1st December – Craft Evening at Liz’s     Please phone first.
  • Tuesday, 5th December – Lyn’s Walk. Leave the Village Hall at 10am. For a local walk/stroll, weather dependent.
  • Wednesday, 6th December – Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please phone first.
  • Friday, 8th December – Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 30pm. Building a time machine: The engineering of the James Webb Space Telescope and its Mid-InfraRed Instrument.  Paul Eccleston.
  • Monday, 11th – WI Christmas Lunch at the Red Lion. 12.30pm.
  • Monday, 18th – Coffee and mince pies at Maggie’s. 10.30am.
  • MahJong – every Monday, 2.30pm. (except 25th)

JANUARY 2018

  • Tuesday, 9th January – Coffee at Style Acre.  30am.
  • Tuesday, 9th January – Scrabble at Rosemary’s. 30pm.  Please phone first.
  • Wednesday, 24th – WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room. Speaker Neil Stewart – Beating about the Bush in Africa.  7.30pm.
  • Friday, 26th – Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm.  Last Day of the Dinosaurs.  Professor Phil Manning.
  • MahJong – every Monday, 2.30pm.(except January 1st )

A reminder that there will not be a “Lyn’s Walk “ in January because of the New Year’s Day walk to Aldworth.

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, it’s almost the end of another year!! The VPA Committee was disappointed that no-one attended our Annual General Meeting on the 1st November. The Members of the Committee conducted the business and all agreed to continue to run the VPA for another year. However, we do need the support of the Blewbury and Upton villagers – remember as residents you are automatically members of the VPA and there is no subscription!

Tickets are still available for our ANNUAL SOCIAL which takes place on SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER (7PM – 10pm) at UPTON VILLAGE HALL. Delicious home made food (dietary requirements catered for), quizzes, games and fun. We have some special entertainment!! Tickets have been held at last year’s price of £9 per person. Contact Karen at Blewbury Post Office or ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or contact Eileen on 01235 510095.

Our full programme for 2018 will be circulated in the Blewbury Bulletin and in the Upton News (online) but in the meantime, please pop the following dates in your 2018 diary.

16th June – Visit to West Green House Gardens, Hartley Witney, Hampshire

7th July – Annual Summer Show, Blewbury Village Hall

11th August – Visit to Royal Horticultural Gardens, Wisley, Surrey

2nd November – Annual General Meeting, Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall

8th December – Annual Social, Upton Village Hall

On behalf of the Committee Members of the VPA, may I wish you Season’s Greetings and very best wishes for the coming New Year.

And finally, DID YOU KNOW? George Bernard Shaw wrote: “Be like the sun and meadow, which are not in the least concerned about the coming winter.” Happy Gardening Eileen

HEDGE LAYING IN BLEWBURY THIS WINTER

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

 

Bridge Club

A reminder that the Christmas Party will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 10th December, 5 for 5.30pm. We will play friendly and relaxed Military Bridge with a break half-way for food (please bring some and put your planned contribution on the list in the Vale Room during club sessions) and the presentation of cups.

Our Wessex League team have completed all but one of their matches with a mix of wins and losses. Currently scoring above 50% of average it is hoped that this can be maintained in the last match in order to secure our ongoing position in Division 3.

Finally, on behalf of the Committee, may we wish all bridge players, together with their families and friends, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Michael Allen.  851870

Annual Village Leaves Clearance

November 15, 2017

Sunday 3rd December 2 to 4 pm

This is an annual event, organised by Sustainable Blewbury with support from the BVS and Parish Council, and sponsored by The Blueberry.

We all use the footpaths: joggers, dog walkers, pub goers, people going to the Garage or Savages, etc. If everyone who uses the footpaths helps out we can clear them of slippery leaves very quickly. Last year we had a lovely afternoon, with lots of families and individuals enjoying themselves. There will be an activity for children at the school beforehand, and afterwards volunteers will enjoy coffee, tea or juice with fresh, home-baked cakes at the Blueberry. If you would like to contribute a cake, please contact Lesley Ogden at logden@blewbury.net

Meet at the Playclose at 2 pm. Bring a rake or leaf shovel and wheelbarrow if you have them.

Thanks to Bernard Mattimore for the photo

Blewbury WI

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

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

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

 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