Blewbury News

At last! B4016 potholes to be fixed in August

June 14, 2018

The B4016 is to be closed on August 20th in order to carry out ‘structural patching’ to the many deep potholes that have been plaguing local drivers since the winter. The work is expected to take around four days.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

May 20, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), comes into force on 25 May.

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to every EU based organisation, including Parish Councils, that processes personal data, and ensures that you know what organisations do with your data and how they protect it.

The law recognises that your personal data should belong to you, and GDPR will set out new rules on how organisations can view, collect, use and store your personal data.

The Freedom of Information Act tried to free up public information to public scrutiny, the purpose of GDPR complements this by ensuring that private information stays private and is within the control of the individual concerned.

Relevant documents will be posted on the Parish Council pages in support of these changes by the deadline date.

Fundraising Dave sets new world record

March 23, 2018

Fitness trainer Dave Whitlock has set a new world record by completing 4696 consecutive chest-to-floor burpees in a 12-hour fund-raising marathon at Blewbury Village Hall.

Blewbury School News

May 29, 2018

Blewbury School is facing a shortfall in the annual IT budget. For the price of a monthly glass of wine, you could help the school invest in up-to-date equipment and give our children the technology they need.

Sustainable Blewbury

Green drinks: Monday, 4th June, 7.30 pm at The Blueberry

Everyone is welcome to come and discuss sustainability and environmental (green) issues (hence ‘green drinks’), local and further afield, with others of similar passion. No set agenda and very informal. Just turn up.

Blewbury Garden Market

Our ninth season is now running. We buy and sell fresh, local garden fruit and veg, flowers, bedding plants and seedlings, home-made bread, cakes and preserves, and (hopefully) local honey and eggs. Producers please bring items to sell from 9.15 am. For more info and sales forms see

25th Anniversary Celebration! Sunday, 30th September 2018 – please add to your diary

The exact format of the day has not yet been decided, but we want to delve into our past, so we would like to hear from you if you were involved in the Environment Group from 1993 until it evolved into Sustainable Blewbury in 2009. Do you have memories of Environment Group projects? And do you have any photographs you are willing to share with us? If so please contact Jo Lakeland at: or 850490.

New officers for Sustainable Blewbury

At our AGM on 23rd April we elected a new chairman, Glen Meadows. After a long period without a secretary, Jane Kinniburgh has taken on this role. John Ogden continues as treasurer. Jo Lakeland and Eric Eisenhandler have stood down after three years as co-chairs but they remain as very active members of the Core Group, along with James Morgan and David Lomas. For details of who is co-ordinating our various projects, see the web page at:



Trampoline: approx. 12ft diameter.  The protective net around the sides needs replacing

Mike Morrell

07921 677003

·   Mothercare folding high chair, with large and small trays, padded plastic seat cover and harness.

·   Ultimate Isofix Concord baby car seat (0-18kg) (complete)

·   New (boxed) Sunflex white fabric black-out roller blind 120cm wide, 169 cm drop. Can be cut to size

·   Unused (open box but unfitted and complete) white fabric roller blind. 60cm wide 160cm drop. Can be cut to size

Jill and Michael Allen 07773 159752 or 01235 851870

·   Maxisteam 200w wallpaper stripper

·   Black & Decker 12v Dustbuster (hand held vacuum)

·   Zanussi 6kg Tumble Dryer (60cm x 60cm x 85cm high)

·   Hotpoint Future FZA50 Larder style freezer (60 x 60 x 134cm high)

·   Proline 92L capacity Fridge (50 x 50 x 83cm high)

David Wood

07813 211248 or 01235 850420
Brother DCP-J140W printer

Mary Hughes

07796 023842
2 black metal 2 seater benches (94cm wide) Susan Tilbrook
01235 850066
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 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.


Two things you may not know about food waste

June 1, 2018

Last month a parish councillor visited Agrivert’s ‘anaerobic digestion’ facility in Wallingford, which processes 20,000 tonnes of food waste from our area each year.

Caddy bags are delivered by lorry, then fed into a machine which mechanically removes the waste from its packaging. It is then macerated and digested anaerobically in large sealed tanks. This process creates enough energy to power 4,800 homes (via biogas, converted in gas engines into electricity). It also creates enough nutrient-rich fertiliser to cover 2,500 acres of local farmland. The whole process captures 4.5 million m3 of methane every year, which is equivalent to removing 71,000 cars from the road.

There were two clear messages from the visit: firstly, there is no benefit to using compostable bags in your food waste bin (the process isn’t warm enough to compost the bags, and the plant is designed to remove all packaging, so you might as well use whatever bag you have to hand, including any plastic ones lurking in your cupboard). Secondly, there is still a huge amount of food waste going into black bins in our area. The waste from our black bins is incinerated (an energy-hungry process), whereas this plant converts our waste and effectively recycles it for a new purpose, so please do your bit and chuck your food waste in a caddy!


May 29, 2018

Hello to everyone. June is approaching fast. Midsummer already. Hopefully we will have some real Summer weather? Lovely long, warm, sunny days and balmy evenings, sitting on the patio, watching the sun go down. Well, we can dream?

Following is a list of our Blewbury WI events being held during June 2018 and we would love to welcome some new Members to join us.

  • Friday, 1st Craft evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  • Tuesday, 5th Lyn’s Walk.  We will be re-doing a previous walk – outside Blewbury. Meet at the Village Hall at 9am. Transport sorted on the day. Hopefully the weather will not beat us this time and the paths should not be water logged. We will definitely be having lunch, so pennies will be needed.
  • Wednesday, 6th Scrabble at Cilla’s.  7.30pm.  Please ring beforehand.
  • Wednesday, 13th Coffee at Style Acre.  10.30am.
  • Friday, 15th Talking Science lecture at R.A.L. Harwell.  1.30pm.  “Seeing cancer before it is cancer: illuminating the way with ALICE by seeing the invisible.”  Dr. Michele Siggel-King.
  • Wednesday, 27th WI monthly meeting – in the Main Hall.  7.30pm.  Speaker- Gilly Pusey.  “Handspinning & Natural Dyeing”

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.



Each month The Old North Berks Branch (our branch) of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers organises practice events at various towers within the branch aimed at giving ringers the opportunity to develop their ringing.

The fourth Wednesday of every month is an afternoon practice for ringers who need help with learning a method or want to improve their striking. April’s Wednesday practice was extended to a mini outing visiting Burghclere, Kintbury and a very enjoyable lunch stop before the last tower, Hungerford. In May the practice was at Blewbury.

The wedding season is very much upon us, and it is always a pleasure to ring for such a happy occasion. At a recent wedding a guest asked if the bells were a recording, needless to say the ringers that day were delighted that the bells had sounded so good!

On the subject of weddings, by the time you receive the June bulletin the Royal Wedding will have taken place, Blewbury is marking the occasion by ringing a quarter peal.

There are several other occasions in the coming month where the bells will be ringing more than the usual Friday evenings and Sunday mornings, we hope you enjoy hearing them.


We will be closed on Saturday 26th May & Monday 28th May, as it’s the Bank Holiday, & I really need to catch up in the garden! I am also away from work in late June. Maggie will be open on Saturday 23rd & Monday 25th as usual, but Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday will be open mornings only, as she has Granny duties in the afternoons! Also closed on that Saturday too, 30th June!

We have Owl stamps available now, and Royal Wedding presentation packs. Royal Academy stamps out on 5th June, & Dads Army on 26th June, and we may get the TUC commemorative ones too, for June 1st! We are still waiting for the new 10p’s!

Tickets for the Summer Dance are now available, and the box for donations for the Didcot Food bank is still here too. We have the schedules for the VPA Summer show, brochures for Oxfordshire Artweeks, and sometimes we have local eggs, rhubarb, tomato plants etc, and other plants too, as available!

Don’t forget that banking facilities are available for almost all banks now, including cash withdrawals & cash or cheque deposits. Royal Mail collect at 4.30pm or 9.30am (official time) on Wednesdays & Saturdays, although the posties do try to leave it to later on if they can. Rushing in at closing time and expecting the postie to be waiting just for you, is not going to happen, as a few people think happens! Parcelforce collect at 3pm ish, just as the school comes out, which makes it a bit squished sometimes in the car park!

Dry cleaning is collected & returned on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, very handy if you are not going into town! They do a good job, and are very reasonably priced too! Love from Karen & Maggie


New membership forms are now available which help the club comply with its obligations under the new Data Protection Regulations, and many members have already signed these. If you have not been to the club in the past couple of weeks and been given the opportunity to sign one there are copies available on club nights – please do ask the Director for one.

If playing as a visitor there are separate, simpler forms available – one for those who are already EBU members and another for those who are not. In the event that you decline to sign the new form, but continue to play at the club anyway, your agreement to the contents of the form will be inferred.

Richard Brodie and Michael Allen did reasonably well at the final of the Waller Bowl, finishing 15th out of a total of 56 pairs. There are still 2 Friday evening Novices’ Sessions planned on Fridays 1st and 8th June before a break for the summer.   Michael Allen  851870