Upcoming Events

Blewbury Croquet Club Introduction to Croquet afternoon

April 4, 2019


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:


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.


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


Spring Concert


BlewSing and Blewbury Brass Band are joining together for a Spring Concert on Saturday 30th March 7.30pm at Blewbury Village Hall. Tickets are Adult £10 and Child £5, to include a complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice, and they go on sale from February 14th – available from Blewbury and Hagbourne Post Offices, Choir and Band members.

Sustainable Blewbury

March 4, 2019


  • Climate for electric cars? – A talk by Anthony Simpson, Mon. 25th Feb., 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

Are you thinking of switching to an electric car? Due to climate change and air pollution, the shift from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles is accelerating. But are they really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Anthony will describe the latest developments and thinking, which should help you decide if you are ready to go electric! Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out).

  • 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 greenhouse gas emissions from aviation is tougher than for any other form of transport – and emissions are growing fast. Neville is working with British Airways and others on an exciting project to build the UK’s first commercial sustainable jet-fuel plant. This will convert household waste into jet fuel – reducing greenhouse gases and converting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste that would otherwise be incinerated or put into landfill. He will describe how the process works, what it can do for the environment now and in the future, and the many 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.

  • Hedge laying

Our hedge laying group have been laying the hedge along Coffin Way, the footpath from Westbrook Street to Upton. After a number of Sunday morning sessions, starting in December, we are now about two-thirds of the way along the 200m hedge and the end is in sight!  There should be no difficulty in finishing by early to
mid-March in order not to disturb nesting birds, and we always welcome people who want to learn more about this country craft – just contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk




Boxed (unopened) John Lewis metal (silver colour) extendable curtain rail with integral rings and fixings. 160cm to 310cm
Also the following which are used, but in working order:

·         Beldray cordless Hand vac with charger

·         Lakeland “Easystore” spiralizer

·         Kenwood hand mixer

·         Ironing Board (standard size with cover)

Jill & Michael Allen
Electric stapler + box of staples Chris Whatmore editor@blewbury.co.uk 851055
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.


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


February 28, 2019

Hello to everyone.  February almost gone already. We have had plenty of rain to fill a few dykes?

But signs of Spring  are appearing with all the bulbs and blossoms peeping through. There are lots of things to do with the Blewbury WI during March and we would welcome any new Members to come and join us at the following events.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 6th Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall 9am. Destination unsure at the moment, but have coffee pennies anyway.
  • Wednesday, 13th WI Spring Lunch with Flavia.
  • Wednesday, 13th Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Thursday, 14th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Friday, 22nd Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Kingdom of the cumulus clouds.” Dr. David Hooper. 1.30pm.
  • 27th March. WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room 7.30pm. AGM and Social Evening.

Mah Jong every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm.  Ring Judy for details.

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.


Bridge Club

The Club was represented at the Blewbury Clubs and Societies Day in the Village Hall and quite a lot of interest was shown in the game. It is hoped that some who have played bridge before, but perhaps not Duplicate Bridge, will be attracted to our relaxed and friendly Friday Novices evenings.

A qualifying session for the Berks and Bucks Contract Bridge Association’s Waller Bowl will be held at our normal club session on Tuesday 19th March. The session will be run entirely as normal and nobody needs to enter the Waller Bowl qualification if they do not wish to.

Division 2 of the Wessex League is very competitive with only 1.15 Victory Points separating positions 3 to 7 in the table. Having played all but one of our matches, Blewbury is, unfortunately, in 7th place which is one of the two relegation places. So, the team’s survival in Division 2 will depend on a reasonable result in the last match and perhaps one or two other results going our way to help reduce our rivals’ average Victory Points!  Michael Allen  851870