Blewbury News

Village Hall Refurbishment

November 23, 2018

We are back on track with an outline plan to refurbish the hall within its current footprint and have submitted a planning application. We are now working on the detail, aiming to present a detailed design and cost estimate at a ‘next steps’ village meeting in April.

Marion Mills to retire

January 17, 2019

After 22 years as Headteacher of Blewbury School, Marion Mills has announced that she is retiring at the end of this term. It’s time for children past and present, the staff, the governors and the village to say a heartfelt thank you for her many years of commitment.

Project Resound update

January 22, 2019

Over the past month our stained-glass window artist and her team have been measuring up for the new glass elements. They have now taken the templates back to Wales so that the glass-making and window assembly can commence. Phase 2 of the project is underway!

Blewbury’s social media app

September 3, 2018

Blewbury has 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.


January 22, 2019

Thanks to everyone for such an enthusiastic response to the three Blewbury Table Tennis Club Taster Sessions!

We had 25+ people at each session, which meant that our four borrowed tables were all in use right through each of the evenings. We had participants varying in age from 8 – 80+ and a really good mix of standards. We are aiming to cater for anyone however experienced or inexperienced. An added bonus at our January session was a visit from an ex British top 100 ranked table tennis player, Justin Mead, who gave us lots of encouragement, tips and coaching as well as a big box of top grade balls!

Based on this response we are now going to go ahead with Tuesday evening sessions every week from 6-9pm in Blewbury Village Hall with the opportunity for people to drop in for whichever part of the evening suits them. Why not start the new year with a new Blewbury activity? You will be very welcome if you want to join us. Session fees: £5 Adults. £3 Under 18s.

Sustainable Blewbury

Climate for electric cars? –  A talk by Anthony Simpson, Mon. 25th Feb., 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

With concerns in our towns and cities about air quality, as well as the growing threat of climate change, the shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles has started. Are they really more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out about the latest developments, and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go electric! Tickets £6 (including a glass of wine) from the Post Office, or on the door (if not sold out).

Thermal imaging – February 2019

Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping. Or, have you made some improvements and would like to check that they are effective? Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have been doing this every winter since 2009 – we have imaged more than 200 homes in Blewbury.

If you’d like your home thermally imaged in February, email us at or phone Jo Lakeland (01235 850490). This service is FREE.

Green drinks – Monday 4th February, from 7.30 pm at The Blueberry

Green drinks are a friendly chat over a drink, to ask questions or tell us what you think about green topics: anything from issues in and around the village to energy problems, climate change, biodiversity, or what SB does. Everyone is welcome, it’s completely informal, there’s no agenda, just come and chat.

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3 sheets MDF: all 3ft x 2ft
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To freecycle your item please send a short description, email &phone
number to Lydia Inglis

Go to 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
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us at or phone 01235 850372.


Even though the group has been going since before 1970, we are still finding new things about the village.

For example, Roman artefacts are regularly found in fields just outside the village envelope. Why are so few coins etc found for the period from about 900 to 1600AD? How many active suffragettes lived here before 1930? We may never find answers, but we can have fun trying to find them. Our meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Tuesday, February 12th at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane.

Contacts: Mark; Audrey 850427/

Blewbury WI News

Hello to everyone. Happy New Year to you all. A good start to the year, weather-wise? Blewbury WI is very pleased with the fact that we have fund raised £766 for the Resound Project in St, Michael’s Church. We are now a “1%er” and will have a mention in the book. We would love to welcome any new Members to the following events in February.

  1. Tuesday, February 5th   Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. with bus passes and coffee money. An alternative walk to Didcot – coffee at Great Western Park – bus to Didcot Parkway – 94 bus back to Blewbury. Hoping for a dry day.
  2. Wednesday, February 6th   Scrabble at Graeme’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  3. Friday, February 1st    Craft evening at Liz’s. Please ring beforehand. 7pm.
  4. Friday, February 8th   Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. “Let there be light” John O’ Hagan. 1.30pm.
  5. Monday, February 11th. Coffee at Doreen’s. 67 Ladycroft Park. Tel. 850332. 10.30am.
  6. Wednesday, February 27th  WI Main Meeting in the Vale Room.  7.30pm. Speaker, Stewart Lindford. “The Remarkable Story of the Winsor Chair.”
  7. Mah Jong. Every Monday afternoon at 2.30pm.  Ring Judy for details.

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.


Your village gardening club

Known as ‘the VPA’, we are one of the oldest organisations in Blewbury & Upton – it started in 1947. Every resident in both villages is automatically a member of the VPA. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE !! Activities include: **ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW**, **OUTINGS**, **ANNUAL SOCIAL** Our Programme is available at Blewbury Post Office or with Margaret Maytham in Upton – call 01235 850126.

WE HAVE TOOLS AVAILABLE FOR USE BY ALL RESIDENTS 0F BLEWBURY & UPTON FOR A DONATION TO THE VPA: For Fertiliser Distributor / Long Arm Pruner / Garden Roller/ Gazebos / Lawn Scarifier & Aerator / Electric Leaf  Vacuum, contact Margaret Maytham on 850126. For Petrol Mantis Rotavator + various attachments, contact Andrew Forman  on 850219. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON

Bellringing News from Blewbury Tower

2019 is here and in some ways the festive season seems along time ago. There were many occasions that the bells rang out during this time in celebration. We also had time before Christmas to enjoy a Christmas meal at The Blueberry; the theme was Hawaiian and saw an array of brightly coloured shirts and a few grass skirts! Many thanks to Michael and Sarah Winter for organising.

A quarter peal was rung on Boxing Day during the Boxing Day Walk, which was an opportunity to congratulate Wing Commander James Doyle (son of Gill Loyd, our treasurer) on his MBE awarded for services to the RAF. In what now seems to have become a tradition, we rang out the old and rang in the new on New Years Eve and now look forward to continuing to ring during the year both on Friday practice nights, visitors always welcome, and for Sunday services as well as other occasions.

January sees what is hoped will become a tradition: a Benefice Outing to ring all the bells in the Benefice on the same day including those churches with only chiming bells plus ringing at two other local churches, this year Cholsey and Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell. This is not only a bell ringing opportunity but also a social event with lunch, tea and an evening meal as part of the day.