Blewbury News

Could you help mend Blewbury’s broken milestone?

October 18, 2018

Some time ago, Blewbury’s Grade 2-listed milestone at the west end of the village, opposite Savages, was broken in half by vandals. It won’t take much to get it fixed; we just need someone to take on the project!

Blewbury’s social media app

September 3, 2018

Blewbury has just become the first village in the UK to launch its own social network! There’s a community feed that anyone can post into, and it allows village groups to interact with the community through a single, easy-to-use, smartphone app.

Goalmouth Glory: Project completed!

October 15, 2018

The Tony Loy Trust is delighted to announce that the new all-weather surface for the Tickers Folly Field practice goal is now installed and it is great to see it being used. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.

Village Hall Refurbishment

September 24, 2018

A revised, lower-cost approach, working within the existing footprint, still aims to make the Village Hall fit for another generation, whlle removing a lot of the risks from the project and giving us confidence that it can be delivered on time and on budget.

Project Resound: New glass for our ancient church

June 28, 2018

We are commissioning a significant contemporary work of art in the form of a new window for St Michael’s – the first new stained glass in the church since 1908. Click the link to find out how you can get involved!

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway – Further Update

October 20, 2018

Further to our update in last month’s Bulletin, the Parish Council has received an update from Highways England clarifying the different maps used in the press release announcement of the preferred route for the proposed new motorway between Oxford and Cambridge. Above is a map of the ‘preferred corridor’, which is the area chosen to develop the new road. Blewbury is not included in this map, which ultimately means the village is NOT being assessed as part of the route options for the new road link.

The intention is for the new road to connect to the existing network at some point in the areas identified as ‘common corridor’ on the map below:

Highways England has told us that the common corridor will be subject to a ‘separate package of interventions and upgrades to the existing network’ that will connect to the new road link. That is, the common corridor (which includes Blewbury), is the area under consideration for connections to existing infrastructure. We have been told that this area may narrow further as routes are subject to further analysis.

Public consultation on the full plan is planned for autumn 2019. On 23rd October representatives from the PC will attend a meeting of the Expressway Action Group, which is campaigning against the road and its wider effects (including houses and supporting infrastructure) – the changes this proposed road will affect all of us living in Oxfordshire. We will report on this meeting in the next Bulletin.

Anyone who wishes to contact Lynne McWilliam, Stakeholder Manager of the Oxford-Cambridge expressway, directly can email her on

OxfordToCambridgeExpressway@highwaysengland.co.uk

Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Update

October 7, 2018

On 12th September the Government announced its chosen ‘corridor B’ for the proposed motorway between Oxford and Cambridge. The final choice is now between B1 (west of Oxford, following the A34) and B3 (south of Oxford through the green belt, roughly following the River Thame). How will Blewbury be affected?

Sustainable Blewbury

25th Anniversary Celebration! Sunday, 30th September 2018, Blewbury School, 12 noon – 4 pm

Our 25th year – the BVS Environment Group began in August 1993. We’ll be celebrating with an exhibition of 25 of our successes in 25 years. It will be more than an exhibition the Blewbury Wagon will be there, there will be a barbecue and bar run by the school, demonstrations of apple juicing, pond dipping, and other activities for children including an exhibition of their school sustainability projects. For more information please see the separate flyer in this Bulletin.

Apple juicing Sundays at Blewbury Manor stable

Remaining dates:    • 7 October 2–4 pm   • 21 October   2–4 pm • 4 November 11am–1 pm (if needed)

Please bring washed apples (cores are ok but remove bad bits) and clean glass (screw-top) wine or drink bottles.

Cost: £1 per pressing (large basket or bucket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle. If you wish to pasteurise your juice (so it will last for up to a year) please arrive early in the session as it takes quite a while.

Hire: Too many apples for our sessions? Hire our equipment for 24 hours for just £10 in Blewbury and Upton, £15 elsewhere. For bookings or more information contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.

‘Adventures at the top and bottom of the world – some personal perspectives’: a talk by Mark Blythe

Monday 15 October, 8.00pm in Blewbury Manor Barn. Mark has ski-toured in both the Arctic and Antarctica. He will cover what it’s like to visit, live in and explore high latitudes, the history of humans in these areas, and some environmental points. Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) at the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out)

BLEWBURY FREECYCLE

FREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME

E-MAIL TEL NO.
Replacement Ink-jet cartridges (replaces Cannon PGI – 550XL & 551XL) – large and small black, and small yellow.

Alan Cooper

agc.mc1@gmail.com

851725

Rather scruffy but very serviceable sack trolley. Useful for sacks in upright configuration, also for many heavy items in horizontal mode.

Metal folding artist’s easel.

Melanie Longhurst

nlonghurst@btinternet.com

07867 500031

Henry vacuum cleaner – has seen long service but still in working order.

Various paving slabs, enough to provide a base for a small (8′ x 6′) shed.

Vanessa Fox

vanessafox3.vf@gmail.com

850701
Pale yellow comfortable upholstered two seater sofa in good condition.

Catie Flye

catieflye@aol.com

850616
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 850558.

 

Blewbury Local History Group

First, a quick reminder that if you have any stories, memories, from relatives and friends about the first World War, then do let us know so we can include them in the walk we are doing on November 4 to remember those villagers who served in the war. In our October meeting we shall be putting together details about our walk on November 4th.

We are planning to have an interactive meeting in November on “Things I have found in the garden or on village walks” by which we mean odd bits of stone or pottery or the occasional coin. If you think you have something of unusual interest then do contact either Mark or Audrey and either come along to the meeting or let us borrow the item for the meeting.

Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome.

Next meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 9th  at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

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

 

Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone.  The time of the year already, when the leaves are falling, the days are shortening and the nights are getting colder. But Blewbury WI have some good events  and outings in October and if anyone out there is thinking of joining us as new Members, you will be made most welcome.

  • Tuesday, 2nd Lyn’s Walk. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Destination undecided but we will be walking from Blewbury. Bring bus passes and pennies for coffee. (Note change of day and date.)
  • Friday, 5th Craft evening at Liz’s 7pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Monday, 8th Scrabble at Judy’s  7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday 10th Coffee at Style Acre. 10.30am.
  • Thursday, 11th Lunch at Kingswell. 12.30pm. Car rota being arranged.
  • Friday, 19th Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell. “How the Universe will end.” Professor Brad Gibson.  1.30pm.
  • Wednesday, 24th October. WI monthly meeting. Vale Room. 7.30pm.  Speaker, Cyril Mannion. “From Routine to Abnormal in the blink of an eye.”

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.