Blewbury News

Village Hall Refurb

June 24, 2019

It’s been a busy month. With confirmed or reconfirmed external grants of £11,000, plus £2,000 from the Ben Waters concert and a number of personal donations, we now have £286,000 in the bank or firmly pledged. A further eight grant applications have been submitted.

Project Resound: Latest News

June 20, 2019

With our fundraising now totalling almost £60,000, we are well within sight of our target. Find out more about our summer BBQ event and an exciting opportunity to purchase beautiful artefacts crafted from the old west window glass from St Michael’s church.

Prime Minister congratulates Elliot Vaughn

May 15, 2019

10 Downing Street has chosen Blewbury’s Elliot Vaughn to receive one of its prestigious ‘Points of Light’ awards in recognition of his work as a founder of Give Out, a charity that helps promote LGBT+ human rights around the world.

Blewbury Film – August 2019

June 3, 2019

Our late summer screening for Wednesday 7th August 2019 will be the multiple award winning period drama spoof, The Favourite. This is a rather unconventional costume drama to say the least!

The story is set in 18th Century England and centres on Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) as the enfeebled and eccentric monarch who prefers spending time with her rabbits than ruling her country. Her trusted advisor Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) would appear to do the ruling for her but, when this privileged position comes under threat from her status and wealth seeking cousin, Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), a battle royale commences!

The Favourite is directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. He has produced a period drama like no other – not staid but contemporary, funny and with a sense of ironic, hilarious absurdity. It features daring and almost perfect performances from its three female stars and its list of accolades includes Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe for best actress (Oliva Colman), BAFTA for best supporting actress (Rachel Weisz), BAFTA Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell) and BAFTA for Best British Independent Film (Yorgos Lanthimos) amongst many others.

“A delightful film: funny, absurd, anarchic and profound.”

The Guardian “∗∗∗∗”  The Telegraph “∗∗∗∗”  Woodwind and Brass Monthly “∗∗∗∗∗”

The Favourite (15)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.


Location: The Melland Room Date: Wednesday, 7th August 2019 Doors Open: 7:30pm
Price: £5 / head Tickets available at the Post Office from Saturday 25th May.

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:

Sustainable Blewbury

June 25, 2019

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings from 9.15 to 11.15 am at Blewbury Garage

We’ve had lots of plants, a wide variety of home-made cakes, bread, jam, and now Blewbury honey and fresh garden produce. Do you have surplus produce from your garden or allotment? Bring it to sell from 9.00 am; you set prices, we only take 10% commission. Sales forms are at Need more information? Email  or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

Apple juicing – August through October

Blewbury has a lot of apple trees! A few years ago we identified nearly 60 varieties in the village, and our community orchard has added another half dozen or so. Every year, from August through October, we use our shredder, press and pasteurisers to produce hundreds of bottles of delicious, pure apple juice. When pasteurised it keeps for up to a year. We’ll be announcing the dates of our public sessions soon, and if you have a lot of apples the kit can be hired for a small fee.

Gardenwatch survey – help map the UK’s gardens’ resources for nature

You have probably already heard that wildlife is struggling as our climate changes. If you watched Springwatch on BBC Two recently you will also know about Gardenwatch, a huge Citizen Science project aimed to help the UK’s wildlife survive. Gardenwatch is a collection of short surveys designed to discover what our gardens offer to wildlife. Find out what you can do by going to the BBC website: This page explains the four Gardenwatch ‘Missions’: short questionnaires about what your garden is like, about the birds and mammals you see and what they are doing, and about the worms and minibeasts in your soil (children will enjoy this one). 200,000 people have already taken part, and you have until the end of July to do your bit!


Double futon: base is excellent, but the mattress has been damaged where buttons have pulled through.·    6 large oak crates used to transport paving stones. Would be great for compost or storing logs. Approx 100cm x 100cm x 50cm Nina Hutchins
Wooden pallets, various sizes. Take as many as you want. Wendy Carless 07966 088953
White single panel radiator 100cm x 60cm high with wall brackets Louise Esplin 850539
Electric oil-filled radiator 2 ft high, 15” long. Flex will need replacing. Liz Mather 859271
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (


To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury go to
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 or phone 01235 850372.



Due to generous support from the Tony Loy Trust and South Oxfordshire Active Communities, the club will very soon have the use of four top quality Cornilleau table tennis tables.

We are also very grateful to the four Blewbury families whose tables we borrowed during our start-up period. Those tables will soon all be returned. Now that we don’t have to save to purchase tables the weekly fees will be reduced to £2 per adult and £1 for under 18s. Do come and give it a try. Every Tuesday evening anytime from 6-9pm in the Village Hall. All ages and standards welcome. Roger Murphy


The bells of St Michael’s have been ringing out over the village for hundreds of years, for both special events and weekly service ringing. One such special event was a successful quarter peal rung on June 6th to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day.

Although the bells are heard ringing out, very few of us have actually seen them. The picture shows bells 2-7 of our 8 bells. The bells are in the ‘up’ position, with the mouth of the bell (the sound bow) facing skyward. This is the position from which most English bells are struck by swinging the bell full circle, giving more control over the striking. In most other countries, bells are swing chimed from the downward position which makes it impossible to control exactly when each bell strikes and explains why the sound of bells in European cathedrals and churches is more random. It was the bells in the ‘up’ position that was the inspiration for the Resound window design. The design also depicts the sound waves from the bells radiating across the village map. During the installation of the new window this autumn there will be no bellringing for several weeks. This is because ringing the bells creates slight tower movement. Without the window and its supporting bars (ferramenta) there is a small risk of damage to the masonry, and we don’t want to take any chances. We are however very confident that you will be hearing the bells again well in time for the Christmas festivities!

Bridge Club

Congratulations to club members Diane Bell and Deborah Astley who came 2nd in the Friendly Pairs at the recent Oxfordshire Congress.

Friday evening Novices sessions will be taking a summer break during July and August – all being well resuming again in September. Dates will be notified by email to those who are on the circulation list – so if you are interested in taking part in these relaxed sessions with some expert advice on hand to help then please register with Tina –

Our regular Tuesday and Thursday club nights will continue through the summer.  Michael Allen  851870


Thank you for all the lovely kind messages about Monty dog. We miss him very much, but he had a great life!

We have lots of ‘special’ stamps in stock, Birds of Prey, Marvel Super Heroes, Queen Victoria, British Engineering & D Day Landings. ‘Curious Customs’ are on sale July 15th, (cheese rolling & the Padstow ‘Obby Orse’ etc).

We have several dates that we know we can’t manage to be open: Saturdays 13th & 27th July, Saturdays August 24th & 31st. Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th August will be open in the morning only. Monday 26th is a bank holiday, & allowances will be paid into accounts on Friday 23rd.

We have had clarification from head office that we must not accept post AFTER our LAST ACCEPTANCE TIME, this is 4.30 every afternoon or 10am on our half days, Wednesday & Saturday, (although Colin leaves our collection as late as he can, that’s 11.30am, but if it’s his day off, it reverts to 10am!) All customers MUST leave plenty of time to complete their transactions before closing time, we have to have completed our daily reports before closing time too, we do not get any overtime whatsoever, so the closed sign will be displayed at 10 minutes before closing!

Please also note that we close at 12 noon, not half past, we are only paid for 30 hours a week, and have to spread that over the week! (I say paid: anyone wanting to follow the Post Office trial on the substandard Horizon system, just google it. POL lost the first trial about the postmasters unfairly treated after their branches made significant unexplained losses due to said system; the case about our appalling contracts, training & pay was heard and adjourned until early next year. Hours of comedy gold on Twitter! Search for Nick Wallis!)

You may have found some painted rocks around the village, if you find one, either take a photo of it & post it onto the Facebook page ‘Blewbury Rocks’ & rehide, or just hide it again. This is an international game: paint a rock, hide it, find another, re hide, just a game of rock hide and seek, gets kids outside, being creative, and a bit of fun! Lots of our rocks have gone missing, so if you have one, please hide them again!

We have plenty of the ‘caddy bags’ in stock now, plus lots of yummy local honey, fresh local eggs, & ice cream to cool us down in the warm summer days (it has to arrive soon)!

We have tickets for the Summer BBQ at the church & the next Blewtube, plus the show schedules for the VPA summer show on July 13th. You can bring your entry forms back to us too!

Speaking of which, if the temperature hits about 28°, or over, we will be closed in the afternoon as the back office is like an oven & hits over 30°. You really shouldn’t be out in it either!

Love Karen and Maggie


Blewbury WI News

Are we still waiting for Summer? Hopefully July and August will bring us warm sunny days and lovely balmy evenings.

Blewbury Bulletin will not be issued in August; our Editor and all the volunteer workers will be having a well deserved summer break. The following list of events will be held by Blewbury WI during July and August, and any new Members will be made most welcome to join us.


  • Wednesday, 3rd Lyn’s Walk. We leave the Village Hall at 9.30am for a circular walk from The Extraordinary Hare on the A417 at West Hendred. Coffee and/or a  snack lunch at the finish.   No Lyn’s Walk in August.
  • Friday, 5th Craft Evening at Liz’s 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 8th Mah Jong at Cilla’s 2.30pm.
  • Monday, 8th Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 17th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am onwards.
  • Wednesday, 24th Blewbury WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm in the Main Hall.  Speaker, Ian Paxton -“Chillies” There are no Talking Science Lectures at RAL Harwell until September.


  • Friday, 2nd Craft Evening at Liz’s  7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 13th Scrabble at Judy’s.  7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Thursday, 15th Coffee morning at Maggie’s. 10.30am.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 28th Blewbury WI Summer Social.  Details later.

Mah Jong will be played on most Monday afternoons at 2.30pm. at different venues. Please ring Cilla (851966) or Sharon (850412) for details.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Cilla on 851966 or visit our web page, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.