Upcoming Events

Blewbury Hedge Laying

Hedge laying is the ancient craft of converting scraggy/thin/old hedges into thick, attractive livestock-proof barriers which also make good habitat for birds, small mammals and insects.

Over the last two winters volunteers have laid the hedges on Tickers Folly running from the half pipe, past the playground, along the cemetery and to the main road. We’ve been delighted (and relieved!) to see these hedges thrive this summer.

We are looking for more hedges in the village to lay this winter. If you know of a hedge that might need laying on either public or private land, please let us know. We will ask for a donation to Sustainable Blewbury for privately-owned hedges.

We’re also looking for more volunteers. Everyone is welcome and we’ve had both men and women aged roughly 20-70+ so don’t be shy! If you are interested, please contact Alex (ahmusson@gmail.com / 850540) or John (jogden@blewbury.net / 850372).

Bridge Club

It does now look as though the refurbishment of the Village Hall will not start until the New Year. So, our Christmas party will be held as usual in the Hall on Sunday 11th December.

The playing year is now almost complete – would current cupholders please ensure that they return their cups to Colin Field by the end of October. New competitions will begin from 1st November. Subscriptions will also be due from 1st November, for which the new calendar and members’ list will be issued.

Please note that the Children in Need Simultaneous Pairs will be held on Thursday 17th November, not the 10th, as in the current calendar. The new calendar will have the correct date.

The AGM was held before play on Thursday 6th October. The Chairman reported on the plans for refurbishing the Village Hall, to the extent that these were known at that time, and particularly those areas most used by the club. The minutes will be posted on the website when available, as will the annual Chairman’s ‘Pleas’ – a hard copy is already on the Vale Room noticeboard. Would all members please read them and try to take note and comply with them. Thanks.  Michael Allen 851870


Buses Update: DVTG’s first Annual Meeting

The Downland Villages Transport Group’s first Annual Meeting will be held at the Astons’ Village Hall, Thorpe Street, Aston Upthorpe at 8 pm on Monday 10th October.

An interim Committee has been working for some time, but the Annual Meeting will be asked to approve an ongoing DVTG Management Committee from representatives of the parishes and bus users and to adopt a constitution. The meeting is open to all residents of the Downlands Villages

The meeting will be preceded by a forum at 7.30 pm to allow people to ask questions and comment on the new bus services. The DVTG has worked to keep our bus services running after OCC removed all the subsidies from Oxfordshire’s subsidised buses. Both services (the Thames Travel 94/94A service to Didcot and the DVTG bus service to Wallingford on Fridays) are operating on a trial basis – they have to be economically sustainable if they are to continue operating – and we welcome your thoughts on the services and how to encourage greater use.

If you would be interested in representing bus users on the Management Committee, please pick up a form at any of the places where tickets are sold or by email from dvtgbus@gmail.com. If you would like to propose a topic for the forum or an agenda item for the meeting, please contact David Rickeard at david@rickeard.org.uk .

** If you need a lift to get to the Astons Village Hall for the meeting, please let us know, by either emailing  DVTGbus@gmail.com , or phoning Jo Lakeland on 01235 850490 **

Maranda St. John Nicolle and Jo Lakeland, for the Downland Villages Transport Group


The Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford is mounting an exhibition of photographs taken in Central Asia and the Middle East by Blewbury’s very own Sheila Paine.

The exhibition, in the Museum’s Long Gallery, runs from November 1st 2016 to April 30th 2017 and will feature people and landscapes that caught Sheila’s eye over many years of travelling in that part of the world. The images range from individual portraits such as the Yemeni woman printed in the Bulletin, through to beautiful local architecture and a shot of Soviet armoured forces in Afghanistan.


Blewbury has no shortage of notable people, but the History Group thought it was time to talk about some less well known women who have achieved remarkable things.

On Sunday October 9th we shall take a walk round the village pointing out the houses that some of them lived in and talking about their lives and achievements. Audrey will have the able assistance of Jane Gibson to bring the characters to life. Come along and be inspired by the achievements that deserve to be celebrated. The walk starts at the Village Hall at 10.15.am and should take about two hours. We have to limit the number of people so please contact Audrey either at audrey.long@waitrose.com or at 850427 with your name and how many will be coming.


Sustainable Blewbury

“Otters: Conservation and Ecology”, Tuesday 11th October at 8.00 pm, Blewbury Manor Barn:  

A talk by Graham Scholey, biodiversity specialist with the Environment Agency. How Britain’s most elusive mammal was brought back from the edge of extinction. Tickets £6 including a glass of wine or home-made apple juice, available from Blewbury Post Office or on the door (if not sold out).
All profits go to WaterAid.

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturdays until 15th October, 9.30–11.30 am, Blewbury Garage: This is where to find fresh local food, including many items that you won’t find in shops. Producers, please bring your surplus fruit, vegetables and flowers for us to sell, as well as home-made cakes, bread, eggs and preserves. Bring items to sell at 9.15 am, along with a completed sales form that you can download from our website www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/food.htm, or get one at the stall.

Apple juicing: We have three sessions left this autumn: the Manor stable on Sunday 9 Oct. (2–4 pm), Apple Day with the VPA plant and cake sale in the garden of the Red Lion on Sunday 23 Oct. (12–3 pm), and finally back at the Manor on Sunday 6 Nov. (12–2 pm). Our equipment can also be hired: please contact angela.hoy@sky.com. See our events web page for more information: www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/events.htm.

Coming up in November (details in the next Bulletin):            

  • Village leaf clearance: Sunday 27th November, 2–4 pm (Sunday 11th December if leaf fall is very late this year).
  • “Old House, Warm House”: a talk by Marianne Suhr, local historic buildings expert, on improving the energy efficiency of traditional homes.

Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter: Our latest newsletter, issue 15, has a wide variety of interesting articles, including the new community orchard project, saving our buses, how our food waste produces electricity, gardening at Blewbury Primary School, and much more. If you would like to sample it just click on the link on our website: www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.




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Cardboard packing cases

Val Stevens


To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com)

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



Hi everyone. October is looming, with colder shorter days, and lots of tidying up the gardens for the winter. But we have some interesting events, listed below, to which all visitors would be welcome.

  • Monday 3rd October, Scrabble at Bernardine’s. 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday 4th October, Coffee at Style Acre, 10.30am. With Claire.
  • Tuesday 4th October, Lyn’s walk. We will be repeating an earlier walk along the Kennet & Avon Canal path, starting from Theale Station at 10am. There will be a stop for lunch during the walk.
  • Friday 7th October, Craft session at Liz’s 7pm. Ring Liz on 850098
  • Thursday 20th.October, Evening with Marilyn at “No 2 Things” 7pm – 9pm.
  • Wednesday 26th October, WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room at 7.30pm. Experiences of a Wimbledon Umpire. Julia Freeman.
  • Saturday 29th October, Abingdon Operatic Society–”Barnum” 2.30pm.

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.



On 26th November, Blewbury Brass Band will be holding a seasonal concert to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The music will have an American theme and we will be serving refreshments with a US flavour. Don your Stetson, and join us for an evening of lively music from our main and learner bands. You will be entertained with music from the shows, a wild west selection, trombone, horn and soprano cornet solos, a lively Sousa march and much more. It promises to be a memorable night!

Tickets are priced £7 (adults), £5 (seniors) and £1 (children) and are available from Savages, Blewbury Post Office and Hagbourne Community Shop. They will also be available on the door. To reserve a ticket, please contact Judith Atkins johnandjudith8@virginmedia.com. See our website for more band news blewburybrassband.org.

Style Acre Summer Walk

Local charity Style Acre is holding its annual Summer Walk on Saturday 10th September.

It is a walking tour from our T2 service in Didcot, to our Tea Room Blewbury and it will give people the chance to learn a little more about us and what we do.

For details contact Chris Burrows on 01491 827593 or at cburrows@StyleAcre.org.uk


We have been busy all summer making plans to bring you a great line up of Live Music on Sept 10th. Please follow this link https://www.facebook.com/blewfest for the latest information.

Besides all the great music we have a bar stocking more real ales and ciders than ever before and the Posh Pimms & Fizz Bar. There will be a BBQ in the day and chilli supper. We have bouncy castles, sweet stalls, glitter tattoos and pocket money stalls to keep the kids entertained.

We are very lucky to be able to keep this event FREE ENTRY and this is only possible due to the generosity of our community and sponsors. Our main sponsors this year are:-

BrookStreet des Roches, an unusual law firm (not just because not many law firms sponsor music festivals) but in that they specialise in advising companies up and down the country on their property–related issues. Most law firms that do that are based in London, or the big regional cities, but BrookStreet des Roches is based just down the road on Milton Park. Check them out on www.bsdr.comso

James Gesner Estate Agents, with over 30 years’ collective experience, they pride themselves on their friendly and personal approach with an unrivalled personal service working with your very best interests in mind. Find them at http://www.jamesgesner.co.uk

Ways You Can Help …

Can you help with setting up/clearing down, flipping burgers or pouring a few pints, please consider sparing an hour or two to go on our rota? Drop a message to minemcp@hotmail.com or contact us via our Facebook page.

We are still looking for local businesses or individuals to sponsor a barrel, in return for advertising at the event and a shout out on the day. If you can help please email minemcp@hotmail.com.

We are raising money for good causes in Blewbury so may we politely request you support the bar and BBQ, so please no BYO or picnics and a reminder that no dogs are allowed on the school playing field.

We look forward to seeing you all on 10 Sept.