Blewbury News

News from Blewbury School

January 29, 2018

The next two terms are busy ones for each of the classes and whilst different pupils will be learning different skills, both life and academic, the common theme for everyone this year will be that of Innovation.

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

November 20, 2017

Highways England will announce a decision on the preferred route by summer 2018. The Expressway Action Group (EAG) is campaigning against the proposed southern route and pressing for a full consultation.

Village Hall Refurbishment Project

December 31, 2017

Buoyed up by recent donations, we are now in the process of identifying a builder who can do the work at a sensible price. We will also be discussing a start-date and whether to do the job in one go or in phases.

Blewbury WI News

February 23, 2018

Hello to everyone.  Although there are carpets of snowdrops, aconites and daffodils all around, the weather tells us it definitely is still Winter. Hopefully March will bring us some signs of Spring.  Blewbury WI will be holding the following events during March, and any new Members will be made very welcome.

  • Friday, 2nd Craft Evening at Liz’s.  7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 7th Lyn’s Walk. A local walk meeting in the Village Hall car park 9.30am.
  • Wednesday, 7th Scrabble at Babeth’s.  7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Friday, 9th Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell.  1.30pm.   Fizz, Bang, Zap! Musical thunder to explore the Universe.  Dr. Scott. R. Lawrie.
  • Tuesday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre.  10.30am.
  • Mah Jong every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm. Please phone Judy in advance.
  • Wednesday, 28th WI Annual Meeting and Social Evening in the Vale Room. 7.30pm.

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, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

Sustainable Blewbury

In March we are presenting two talks in the Manor Barn. Tickets for each talk are £6.00 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door if not sold out:

Monday 5 March at 8.00 pm: Paul will talk about work done to restore chalkland rivers such as the Kennet and Lambourn, which is also relevant to Blewbury’s Mill Brook. Chalk streams are a unique and rare habitat, with crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife. Southern England has the highest concentration of these rivers in the world. However, in recent decades they have deteriorated due to man’s involvement and climate change. Hear how we are restoring these natural wonders back to their full glory! Profits will go to Water Aid.
“Restoring England’s threatened chalk streams”, by Paul St. Pierre of the Environment Agency

“Tropical forests, people and climate change”, by Dr. Catherine Long

Monday 26 March at 8.00 pm: Catherine, who grew up in Blewbury, will talk about her work supporting local communities and indigenous peoples in Africa and Latin America to secure their rights to control and manage forests – and to engage in global debates on climate change and other issues that affect their lives directly. This includes deforestation and its causes, along with some success stories about community and indigenous managed forests, as well as recent information about biofuels and wood pellets that affects the UK directly. Profits will go to a charity of Catherine’s choice.




Sony 21 inch TV – Older style TV (non flat screen) and does not have a remote control.

Microwave oven – In perfect working order although some slight rusting on the exterior casing.

Also WANTED: compost bin. Please contact me if you have one you don’t need and are happy to freecycle.

Sally Wills

A child`s white painted wooden cot. 4 feet by 2 feet, with drop side.

David Arkell


20″ Dawes girls’ bike. 140cm long from front of front wheel to back of the back wheel. Powder blue with white/yellow writing. Recently serviced but now outgrown.

Also, small red first bike – fine condition, suitable for 3-5 yr old.

Chicken wire fencing – assorted lengths.

Ornamental metal garden arch.

Lydia Inglis

07801 932393
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

To find out more about Sustainable Blewbury, go to SB has a substantial programme of activities in and around the village and we urgently need more volunteers in all areas.
Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment.
If you’d like to get involved in what we do, or to receive our free Newsletter, email
us at or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

Post Office News

Old £10 notes (Charles Darwin) go out of general circulation on 2nd March, so either spend or bank them quickly, or bring to us for swapping! We are still swapping old £5 notes & £1 coins!

We have the new issue of ‘Votes for Women’ stamps on sale, along with ‘Game of Thrones’ & some ‘Star Wars’ ones too! I am expecting the price rise from Royal Mail to be announced this month, so buy your 1st & 2nd class stamps before April to beat the increase!

We will be closed for two Saturdays in March, 3rd & 17th, also Good Friday 30th!

We have tickets for the two Sustainable Blewbury talks, and the Duck Race on Easter Sunday (April 1st).

Nat West Bank are closing several nearby branches but you can still get money out, and make deposits, at the post office. Most other bank services are available too, all free! Normal opening times have resumed, I am feeling so much better now! Love Karen and Maggie

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

We did it! On 20th January we rang the bells in all seven churches in the Benefice on the same day, something that we don’t think has been done before.

This included the chiming bells at St Mary the Virgin Upton, All Saints Aston Upthorpe and St John the Baptist South Moreton as well as Hagbourne, Blewbury Aston Tirrold and North Moreton.

A big thank you to Rob Nickless (North Moreton) for organizing the day, which also included Harwell and Chilton churches. It was a very successful and enjoyable day.

Practice nights continue on a Friday evening and our young learners are making fantastic progress: good news for the future of bell ringing.

We now head towards Easter and the Annual Duck Race on Easter Sunday 1st April 12.00 noon on the Play Close. Ducks (£1.25 each) are on  sale at Blewbury Post Office or contact either Gill Loyd 01235 850459 or Chis Cook 07786 635062. We hope to see as many of you there as possible, as it’s always a fun event whatever the weather!


– Your Local Village Gardening Club

Well, we’re almost halfway through February and as I sit and write this newsletter, the weather has not improved. At the moment it’s raining stair rods, blowing a gale and the weather gauge is showing 3.9 degrees centigrade. Not really the weather for doing anything in the garden or on the allotment. I guess it’s a good time to sit in the warm and catch up with the winter Olympics!

I planted some early peas in pots in my greenhouse about three weeks ago and and it seems I provided breakfast for the mice, so the surviving plants have had to be moved to my conservatory. The garlic is waiting to be planted on the allotment which is really soggy at the moment. At least the potatoes are chitting nicely in the cool of the spare bedroom.

The Summer Show Schedule is at the printers as I write and will be available at the end of February from Blewbury Post Office or by emailing Eileen on or ringing Margaret in Upton on 01235 850126.

DID YOU KNOW? Spring travels in a north-easterly direction across the UK, taking roughly eight weeks to spread upcountry from Cornwall to the northern coast of Scotland.

AND – W E Johns (1893-1968) wrote “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides”. Happy Gardening  Eileen

Blewbury Local History Group

We often receive emails from people who have relatives who used to live in the village.

We recently received an email relating to a former resident of the village giving us lots of information. The sender expressed surprise that, as there were still relatives living here, we did not know the details already. We explained that we can only record the memories that people want to be saved and are offered. How about sharing yours? One example could be to help with our project to record where all the men who served in WWI were living before 1914. Perhaps you know the name of the family living in your house then, or you know where your grandfather or even great grandfather were living in the village. If you do, and are willing to share the information, then please tell us so we can record it.

Contacts: Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Next meeting is Tuesday, March 13th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Bridge Club

The heat for entry to Berks and Bucks’ Waller Bowl, their County Club Pairs Final, will be held in the normal Blewbury Club session on Tuesday 20th March. There is no additional charge for the heat and those wishing to attempt qualification can indicate their interest on the night. The final is on Sunday 13th May at Windsor.

The Friday night Novices’ sessions continue and are very useful for those wanting a relaxed evening of bridge without too much time pressure and the added benefit of an experienced player on hand whose advice may be sought if required – a good learning opportunity! Please contact Tina Hollick on to register your interest and to be informed of the dates when play is to take place (not all Fridays!). Michael Allen 851870