Upcoming Events

Style Acre Summer Fete returns!

Enjoy a lovely day in Blewbury at the Style Acre Tearoom Summer Fete at our tearoom at Savages Garden Centre. With something for all the family, including a BBQ, bouncy castle, live performances, games, a cake competition and much more, it’s an event not to be missed! The fete takes place on Sunday July 23rd, starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm. Our Tea Room is a social enterprise which provides work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. All the money raised from the fete will go back into our Tea Room to enable us to continue to provide the work opportunities we do.

If you would like to enter our cake competition or would like more information please contact Chris at cburrows@styleacre.org.uk or call 01491 827593.

Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue

Sunday 11th June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon

Sustainable Blewbury, with support from Blewbury Primary School PTA and the Pre-school, are celebrating the opening of Blewbury’s Community Orchard with a party – a village picnic and barbecue. There will be music from Blewbury Learner Brass Band and a range of activities for all ages.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the PTA barbecue or bring their own picnic. We will have a real ale bar (the ‘Wagon Inn’, backed by the Blewbury Wagon) serving local beers, apple juice and soft drinks. There will also be a stall selling cake using orchard and garden fruits such as apples, plums and berries.

Some of the activities planned include:

  • Pre-school annual sponsored kite flying and picnic
  • Tug of war
  • Welly wanging
  • Story teller
  • Pond dipping
  • Information about the orchard, local environment and other Sustainable Blewbury activities

So come along, party in the orchard and make it a great village event!

Sustainable Blewbury

Community Orchard Opening, Village Picnic and Barbecue – Sunday 11 June, Tickers Folly Field, from 12 noon:
see separate article in this issue for more information.

Blewbury Garden Market: Now running (for our 8th year!) at Blewbury Garage every Saturday morning from 9.30 to 11.30 am, with fresh garden fruit and veg, bedding plants and seedlings, flowers, home-baked bread and cakes, free-range eggs, preserves and honey, all locally produced. Bring us anything you’d like to sell between 9.00 and 9.30. We’d love more volunteers to help run the stall – email bgm@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or talk to us at the Garage if you’d like to join in!

Blewbury Primary School wildlife recording: We have purchased two bird-nesting boxes equipped with video cameras and two video camera traps for the school, and we will be working with the children to observe and record village wildlife. We haven’t had any nesting birds yet, but the camera traps (which work in colour during the day and infrared at night) have already recorded a variety of local fauna – badgers, foxes, muntjacs, rabbits, etc. – and their behaviour.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.
Pair of extending ladders, hardwood with aluminium rungs, good condition. Unextended length approx 12 ft

Brian Lewis

bclewis303@gmail.com

01235 851564
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.

VPA news

 BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – Your Local Village Gardening Club

ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW

SATURDAY 8TH JULY IS THE DAY OF OUR ANNUAL SHOW AT BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL

Our Annual Summer Show is an opportunity for everyone in Blewbury and Upton (and surrounding villages) to take part and enter home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers, to enter cooking, handicraft, photography and to take part in many other categories. We would love to see as many young people as possible entering the competition – age groups start from 5 years old!!

Exhibitors display their entries early on Saturday morning, they are then judged during the morning and the Show is then opened to the public at 2.30pm. The winners are announced at 4.00pm.

You will find The Schedule with the Entry Form at Blewbury Post Office or you can ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095 for more details.

Each year we have a special display and 2017 is no exception. This year we will be having a special exhibition of botanical illustrations by local artists, together with a variety of other paintings also painted by artists in the area.

We are grateful for the previous support and enthusiasm shown by the residents of Blewbury and Upton and we are hoping for a huge number of entries this year.

There are many new residents in Blewbury and Upton who may be reluctant to take part – do please have a go!! The Show has a long standing tradition and fosters pride and friendly competition amongst the villagers.

WITH THE VARIETY OF CLASSES THERE MUST BE SOMETHING FOR YOU TO ENTER IN THE 2017 SUMMER SHOW

DID YOU KNOW? “Britain is the only country that grows apples expressly for cooking” and did you also know? “You need roughly 35 to 40 apples to make eight pints of cider”. Happy Gardening, Eileen

BlewSing and Guests – Summer Concert

Saturday June 24th –  St Michael’s Church Blewbury

We are delighted to announce that BLEWSING and guests will be performing their Summer Concert at St Michael’s Church Blewbury on Saturday June 24th at 8 p.m. The programme will be light and varied and we do hope you will come and join us. Tickets are £10 each, with a complimentary glass of fruit juice/ wine and are available from Blewbury Post Office and Choir members from June 1st.

Blewbury Film Supports the Village Hall!

Our Early Summer Screening for the 14th June will be “The Angel’s Share” but unfortunately all tickets have now all sold out – demand for this film has proved very high.

This heartwarming comedy about a group of unemployed petty criminals in Glasgow tells a story inspired by Whisky Galore and it’s been called 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.

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

Please note: This screening is now all sold out and there will be no tickets available on the door.  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 AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

REMINDER: SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017 – “BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE” AT THE NEC, BIRMINGHAM

Ticket includes entry to the BBC Good Food Show  COST: £23.50 per Gardeners’ World ticket. Travel arrangements and cost to be advised. Don’t miss out on a great day – Please order your ticket by 15th May through Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham at Upton – 01235 850126

SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE

Do you want to enter your fruit, vegetables, flowers, cookery, photography and many other categories in the ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW ON 8TH JULY 2017. The Schedule is available at: Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham in Upton (01235 850126) or Eileen Bracken 01235 510095

or email:  vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com  or visit the VPA Website: https://blewburyanduptonvpa.wordpress.com

DID YOU KNOW?  Charlemagne (747-814) wrote: “Herbs are the friend of the physician and the pride of cooks.”

Also – Did you know?  “To make one and a half pounds of Lavender Oil, you’ll need to harvest almost a quarter of a ton of flowers!”  Happy Gardening, Eileen

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

Well, the meeting last month covered bits of Blewbury history from pre-Roman times up to the late 20th century.

Enough to keep us busy for years. We did not have time to look at the photographs mentioned last month but hope to view them in our May meeting. We keep on getting snippets about WWI casualties, like what is the connection between the Roberts brothers from Tottenham, named on a memorial in the old cemetery, and the Roberts who lived in Westbrook Street? Any information gladly received; contact either Audrey Long on 850427 or Mark Palethorpe via email markpalethorpe@talktalk.net. Our next meeting is on May 9th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

 

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.