Blewbury News

Blewbury Local History Group

June 29, 2018

We recently took Henley Historical Society on a walk around the village having first introduced them to the archaeology of the area.

As with previous walks with other people they commented on the fact that they never knew how lovely the village was and how hidden it is if you only travel along the main road.  That is what history itself is like; you can stick with history of kings and queens, politics, wars all interesting, but not as alive as the stories of villages and towns and the folk who have live there. There are always more facts to find, more stories to tell, more hidden things from the past to find. History is ALIVE!

We are still hoping to hear from people about their grandparents’ memories of WW1; if you have any photos, stories, we would love to hear them before November 2018 when the end of WW1 will be remembered in the village and the Church.

Contacts:Mark or Audrey 850427 or

Next meeting is Tuesday, July 10th  at 8pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. (No meeting in Aug.)


What an exciting month it has been.

A successful quarter peal was rung on the morning of May 19th to celebrate the Royal Wedding and the 10 year anniversary of Revd. Jason St.John Nicolle. As well as our normal Sunday service ringing the bells are rung for special services and last month there were two of these. A choral evensong on 20th May to mark Revd Jason and Maranda’s 10 years in the Benefice and then on the following evening for The Archdeacon’s Visitation for the Admission of Churchwardens.

The most exciting event of the month was the launch of Project Resound. It was lovely to see so many people attend the launch and meet the artist, Rachel Phillips, who is so enthusiastic about the project. There will be lots more about this in the months to come.

Our regular Friday practices continue, we are always pleased to see visitors, and were delighted when a couple from Adelaide came to join us for a Friday practice.

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.

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!

The pothole problem: OCC’s response

May 10, 2018

At the request of a Blewbury resident, local MP Ed Vaizey recently asked Oxfordshire County Council to comment on the current state of local roads. Click on the headline above to read their reply.

Blewbury’s 500 Words Winner

March 3, 2018

While the national results of the BBC 500 Words competition won’t be known until June, the joint runners-up for Blewbury School were Gabriel Reeves and Beatrice Elsmore-Wickens, and the winner was Imansa Kokkuhannadige.

A Better Bus Service for Blewbury

April 20, 2018

The new Thames Travel 94 bus timetable, now up and running, offers more services, better connections and more opportunities to get to and from Didcot quickly, especially in the evening.

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.

William Dent Robinson 1911 – 2017

December 14, 2017

William Dent Robinson, one of Blewbury’s oldest residents and the sole surviving member of the original staff of St Birinus School, Didcot died peacefully in his sleep at home on 4th December, just three weeks away from his 106th birthday.