Blewbury News

Village Hall Refurb

February 20, 2020

The refurbishment is off to a good start. Given our success in raising funds, we are talking to the builder about including some necessary upgrades we had previously thought we would have to defer, together with further improvements in appearance, usefulness and efficiency.

Thanks from Blewbury School

February 7, 2020

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the fundraising events over the past two years. It is fantastic to finally have the climbing frame in place and it is fair to say that it has been a huge success with the children which makes it all worth while.

Project Resound: Latest News

June 20, 2019

The full scheme of window, banners and lighting is now successfully installed in St Michael’s and only a few finishing touches are left to complete the work. We are confident that the project will come in under budget and are now just £400 short our financial target.

District Councillor Update

February 19, 2020

Hello! We hope that Blewbury residents have managed to stay safe and dry during the recent stormy weather. Please take a look at the council’s dedicated webpage with tips and advice on dealing with severe weather, and don’t forget to check on your neighbours, especially if they are particularly vulnerable: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/weather

Council News

At the latest council meeting on 12th February, Vale councillors approved the budget for 2020/21. The budget allocates funding in three key areas: 1) tackling the climate emergency – a major priority for the council; 2) working towards a new Local Plan which will work to address residents’ concerns about the current plan and put the climate and local sustainability at the heart of any future development; and 3) Addressing the council’s own long-term financial situation by identifying savings that have the minimum impact on residents and businesses, as well as identifying opportunities to generate additional income. Additionally, the Council voted to approve changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, effective from 1 April 2020, which will see more than 430 people on low income in the Vale of White Horse receive additional support to help them pay their council tax. You can find out more about the Council Tax Reduction Scheme by visiting whitehorsedc.gov.uk/ctrs.

Climate Emergency

Vale of White Horse District Council’s Climate Emergency Advisory Committee (CEAC) met on 28 January to recommend new schemes for the council to tackle climate change. The committee recommended a one-year programme of actions to begin the journey to a carbon neutral council by 2030 and a carbon neutral district by 2045. The programme included, amongst other things: identifying opportunities for investment in solar energy, working with interested community action groups and conducting a feasibility study into increasing biodiversity and tree planting. The report also looked at how the council could develop a green travel plan for officers and members, create an action plan to reduce single-use plastic and help to promote healthier lifestyle choices such as walking and cycling to reduce vehicle emissions. To find out more about what the council is doing to tackle climate change visit: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/services-and-advice/environment/climate-change

Didcot Garden Town Project 

A new governance structure for the Didcot Garden Town project has been approved, which includes the launch of three new ‘sounding boards’ – one for local parishes, one for businesses based in the area and one for community representatives. The council will be inviting parish and town councils located within Didcot Garden Town and the wider Area of Influence (this includes Blewbury) to participate. All the advisory board and sounding board meetings are set to be open for residents to attend. The government also announced on 14 January that South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be receiving £100,000 to help support Didcot Garden Town, which the Advisory Board have discussed spending on projects that will help to improve sustainability and connections in the town and highlight smart technology.

Remember, if you have any queries or issues you’d like to raise with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch – our email addresses are hayleigh.gascoigne@whitehorsedc.gov.uk and sarah.medley@whitehorsedc.gov.uk. We also have a dedicated councillor Facebook Page: Cllrs Hayleigh Gascoigne & Sarah Medley.

Community Speedwatch

September 19, 2019

Have you been in the village and witnessed drivers travelling at excessive speeds? Would you like to join a team of volunteers to ‘encourage’ these drivers to slow down? We have several volunteers but we need more, so please consider signing up.

Post Office News February 2020

January 31, 2020

Maggie & I are both unavailable for a short while, I have arranged for Frances to come in to cover, but she’s from Pangbourne PO, and still has to do her usual days there!

Opening hours over the affected period (Thursday 30th January to Friday 7th February) will be as follows:

  • Thursday 30th & Friday 31st – 8.30am to 3pm
  • Saturday 1st & Monday 3rd – Closed
  • Tuesday 4th – 8.30am through to 3pm
  • Wednesday 5th – 8.30am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 6th & Friday 7th – 8.30am through to 3pm
  • Saturday 8th onwards – as usual!

The Royal Mail collection will be at 12 noon-ish, so anything handed in after that will go the following day.

While the Village Hall is being refurbished, we have no loo nearby, so you may find a ‘Back in 10 minutes’ note on the door, and a chair!

Interesting ‘video games’ stamps on sale now, and ‘visions of the universe’ are out mid February.

Love from Karen & Maggie 

Sustainable Blewbury

Our first Repair Cafe

Saturday 29th February, 2 to 4 pm, in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

You will be able to get something fixed, save money, help save the planet, and have a cup of coffee and home-made cake all at the same time. If it’s worn out, torn or has just stopped working, don’t throw it away – bring it to our Repair Cafe and we’ll try to fix it. We hope to have volunteers who can sharpen tools and knives, do electrical and mechanical repairs, help with sewing and upcycling clothes, fix bikes, and stick things back together. All repairs are free, but a donation to cover expenses would be appreciated. More details in the next Bulletin.

The mind-blowing truth about our food – a talk by Anthony Simpson

Monday 9th March, 8.00 pm, in Blewbury Manor Barn

Anthony gave us an excellent talk on electric cars a year ago. In this talk on food he will look at the surprising range of impacts of our food choices: Is food responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport? Is our diet sustainable in a net-zero carbon world? Do we need to eat animal produce for protein and calcium? Do we grow enough food to feed the world? Local food is much better, isn’t it? All this and more!

Tickets £6 including a drink and nibbles, on sale in February at the Post Office.

Love Food Hate Waste

Saturday 14th March, 10 am to 12 noon, in the Melland Room, Blewbury Clubhouse

Would you like to save food, save money and help the planet? Love Food Hate Waste is a workshop put on by Blewbury Climate Action with the help of the WI that can help you do all that. A free event with ideas on how to use all the food you buy, avoid waste, and have a free lunch afterwards! Save the date. More in the next Bulletin.

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE   FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME E-MAIL TEL NO.
HP Envy 5020 inkjet printer – has never been unpacked. Richard Bird richard.bird2012@btinternet.com 850258
Samsung Solo-Sensor Microwave, 750 W, black finish (23 litres capacity) 5 years old, rarely used, PAT tested 13 March 2019. Jo Lakeland info@blewburyclimateaction.com 850490
Solid timber adjustable bookshelf H 200cm (approx) x W 122cm x D 22cm. Splits into 2 units for transport. 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)

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to www.sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.
Getting involved is fun and can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive
our free bi-monthly Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone 01235 850558.

 

Blewbury Local History Group

Despite the fact that WW2 finished 75 years ago this year, wartime memories are still vivid, which we realised when we had a query from Canada recently about a plane crash here in 1941.

The group has a wonderful account of the crash from an evacuee who was a schoolboy here, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone else who has information about it. Maybe your parents or grandparents have recollections? History isn’t just old bones in the ground or kings and queens, fascinating as that can be, it’s also everyday life and death for all of us.

Our meetings range over all sorts of topics and visitors are always welcome.

Next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Contacts: Mark at  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

Blewshed News

We welcomed expert Didcot and District Woodturners Club members Mick Curran and Trevor Cox, to December’s club meeting and enjoyed a spellbinding show of master craftsmen demonstrating and explaining their art.

Beneath a shower of wood shavings, Mick produced a wonderful variety of beautiful items, that included attractive Christmas tree decorations. Several members of the audience were inspired to have a go themselves so the Shed woodturning lathe is going to be busy. Trevor gave us some invaluable woodturning tips and showed members how to sharpen their tools properly.

Following on from our community project to carve and replace missing oak bosses for the church ceiling, the Project Resound team noted that a circular boss that used to guide one of the bell ropes was also missing. Mike Wrottesley has turned a new one which will be fitted above from the bell-ringing chamber now the Project Resound scaffolding has been taken down.

Mike Magnay has now completed the two new wooden cold frames for Blewbury school’s gardening club, and these are now installed and being used.

Shed meetings are in the old scout hut on the second Wednesday of each month, and non-members are welcome too. In addition, the Shed is open each Tuesday and Saturday afternoon from 1.30-4.30pm and all are welcome. This is a perfect opportunity to use the facilities and to bring up any potential community projects. The next Shed meeting is 7.30pm, Wednesday 11thth March when we will focus on ‘Workshop Safety’. Mike Magnay will lead the session and all are welcome to contribute.

NB. There is no club meeting in February as most of the committee are away, but the Shed will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays as usual. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a member! We look forward to seeing you.

Mike Magnay, club chairman https://blewshed.home.blog/news/

Bell-ringing news from Blewbury Tower

It seems a long time since Christmas when we rang for Christmas services. On Boxing Day, a quarter peal was rung during the Boxing Day Walk to celebrate the completion of Project Resound, the installation of a contemporary stained-glass window dedicated to bells and bell ringing. As has become tradition, we rang out the old year and rang in 2020.

On Tuesday 7th January we welcomed the Westminster Abbey Company of Bell Ringers, who had accepted our invitation to ring a peal in the afternoon prior to the service of dedication of the new window. We hope that many of you heard the bells that afternoon they certainly sounded amazing. The church was packed in the evening for the service of dedication by Bishop Colin of Dorchester.

A big thank you to Rob Nickless for organising the outing on January 18th when all the bells in the Benefice were rung plus those at Streatley and Moulsford. Thank you also to Jo Nickless and family plus helpers who organised a fantastic lunch at North Moreton Village Hall and those who helped and organised the tea at Blewbury. The day finished with a meal at The Fleur.

As always, we are happy to welcome visitors to our regular Friday evening practices 8-9.30pm.