Blewbury News

Santa helps raise £££ at Style Acre Christmas event

December 19, 2018

Santa Claus, a Model T Ford, carols, miniature donkeys, mulled wine and mince pies: that’s Style Acre’s recipe for a very merry Christmas and a ‘marvellously’ successful fundraising event!

Post Office News

December 24, 2018

Christmas & New Year opening times:

Week commencing 17th December:       Monday – Friday 8.30am-12 and 2.30-5pm, closed Wednesday pm

Saturday 22nd December:                           9.30 -12 (on the dot!) 

Monday 24th:                                                8.30 – 12 (closed in the afternoon)

Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th:            Closed

Thursday 27th & Friday 28th:                    Open as normal

Saturday 29th:                                               Closed 

Monday 31st:                                                 Open morning only

Tuesday 1st:                                                   Closed

Open Wednesday 2nd onwards as normal but closed on Saturdays in January.

Last post for 2nd class is Thursday 20th

Last post for 1st class is Friday 21st

Last special delivery is Saturday 22nd (before 10.30) 

Pensions & allowances paid into accounts on the previous working day. Emergency phone, electricity & gas top ups, parcel collection,  call my mobile 07825 154842, don’t get cold or drive hundreds of miles, I’m not far away! 

Merry Christmas and a happy & peaceful New Year to all our customers & their families! 

Love Karen & Maggie, also greetings from Angela! 

Sustainable Blewbury

Thermal imaging – February 2019

Would you like a warmer home and lower heating bills? Or have you made some improvements and would like to check that they are effective? Thermal imaging can find where your heat is escaping. Sustainable Blewbury volunteers have been doing this every winter since 2009 – we have imaged more than 220 homes in Blewbury.

If you’d like your home thermally imaged in February, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Jo Lakeland (850490). This service is FREE.

Hedge laying

This winter’s hedge laying has started with the hedge along Coffin Way, which runs from Westbrook Street to Upton. It is a mainly blackthorn hedge, and will benefit considerably from being laid to improve its density at ground level. This will provide a stronger, safer environment for nesting birds and small mammals, and also help to prevent the thorny hedge from obstructing the path. Three of us laid about 20 metres on the first morning, and on that basis we can expect to get the whole hedge finished by March. A good number of people have expressed an interest in joining us so we could even be finished earlier, but much will depend on the weather.

Village leaves clear-up, Sunday 2 December

Every autumn we clear our village footpaths of slippery fallen leaves. This was the third year that we worked with Blewbury Primary School and The Blueberry to make it a fun, family occasion. Ms. Costello and Class 5 made a good start by clearing Curtoys Lane and the Playclose a few days earlier, and they thoroughly enjoyed doing it. Volunteer villagers and members of the Parish Council raked up the soggy leaves, and David Hollick led a team to deliver the leaves to keen gardeners who will use them as a mulch – thank you David. We are very grateful to Mariana at The Blueberry for providing hot drinks and to SB supporters for their tasty cakes at the end.

Date for your diary: ‘Climate for electric cars?’

A talk by Anthony Simpson on the impact of electric cars: Monday 25 February, 8.00pm at Blewbury Manor Barn

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 850372.

BLEWBURY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP

2018 has been a busy year for the group, with village walks for other History groups, and the special Nov. 11th walk remembering 1918. 2019 events will start with the village clubs morning at the Village Hall on January 19th. Do have a look there at some of our other activities.

We are often given items for the archives that we are very pleased to receive. Recently we’ve been given a book written by Captain Layman’s son, a Rear-Admiral, no less, and the daybook of local builder, Bob Gilbert. That’s an interesting record of building costs in mid to late-20th century, and a record of repairs done to many village houses, of interest to anyone owning a pre-2010 house.

Next meeting is Tuesday, January 8th at 8 pm in the History Room, Parsonage Lane. Contacts: Mark at markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com.

BELL RINGING NEWS FROM BLEWBURY TOWER

 BELL RINGING NEWS FROM BLEWBURY TOWER

Christmas is fast approaching a busy time for everyone including the bells and bell ringers. We will be ringing the bells before many of the services to celebrate Christmas including our hand bells at the crib service.

In the past month as well as our normal ringing we have had two visiting groups of ringers, one an all-female group, which included two of our ringers Gill Loyd and Ellen Bramhill, who rang a quarter peal heralding the vibrant designs of Rachel Phillips and Linda Norris for the unique stained-glass window and reflective panels celebrating bells and bell ringing – Project Resound – which we are supporting. Our other visitors also rang a successful quarter peal.

We have also hosted the monthly afternoon ringing practice, which should have been at Harwell, but they have had problems with the tower masonry meaning no ringing. We hope that you enjoy hearing the bells and take this opportunity of wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and All Good Wishes for 2019.

BLEWBURY WI NEWS

Hello to everyone. 2018 almost gone! Let’s hope we can all look forward to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2019. If anyone would think to add us to their New Year resolutions lists we would be happy to welcome them as new Members. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

  1. Friday, 4th January. Craft Evening at Liz’s. 7pm. Please ring beforehand.
  2. Monday, 7th January. Coffee morning at Karen’s. 10.30am. Please ring beforehand.
  3. Monday, 7th January. Mah Jong at Graeme’s. 2.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  4. Wednesday, 9th January. Scrabble at Cilla’s. 7.30pm. Please ring beforehand.
  5. Friday, 18th January. Talking Science lecture at RAL Harwell. 1.30pm. “Chemistry & Computers: simulating the machines of life”  William Glass.
  6. Wednesday, 23rd January. Blewbury WI monthly meeting in the Vale Room. 7.30pm. Speaker, Kevin Little. “Donkeys, Dolphins, Foxes and Fish.”

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.

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

Your Local Village Gardening Club

Our Annual Social took place on the 8th Dec and everyone had a very enjoyable evening. The theme was France with French themed quizzes and a game of ‘Pin the flag on the Eiffel Tower’! It culminated in a ‘snowball’ fight – I think the ladies proved to be better throwers than the men!  

I can give you a few dates for our 2019 programme:   

8th June – A visit to The Vyne (National Trust)   /   13th July – the Annual Summer Show at Blewbury Village Hall

August (date to be confirmed) – a visit to a garden in Upton and Afternon Tea in Maggie’s garden.

6th November – VPA Annual General Meeting    /    7th December  – Winter Social at Upton Village Hall.

Our programme is being finalised and we may have some more events. Details will be in the next Blewbury Bulletin.

From all the Committee members of the Village Produce Association have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our 2019 events.

DID YOU KNOW ? Trees generally lose their leaves in the following succession: walnut, mulberry, horsechestnut, sycamore, lime, ash; then after an interval, elm; then beech and oak; then apple and pear trees, sometimes not till the end of November; and lastly pollard oaks and young beeches, which retain their withered leaves till pushed off by their new ones in spring.” Happy Gardening  Eileen

CAROL CONCERT 2018 – LAST CALL

November 30, 2018

The Village Carol Concert at St Michael’s Church will be on WEDNESDAY 19th DECEMBER. 8pm

Everybody is welcome to come and join in the singing of traditional Christmas Carols and listen to the choirs, orchestra and the brass band and hear a few festive readings. The concert starts promptly at 8pm but come earlier if you want a seat!

Musicians:  players of all standards are invited to join our orchestra so please contact Lindy Farrell on 01235 413631 (lindyfarrell@btinternet.com) to let her know you’d like to take part. All players should come along on the evening at 7.15pm with music stand and instrument ready to rehearse at 7.30pm.

The Go Active Gold Community Spirit Award

November 29, 2018

The Go Active Gold Community Spirit Award in The Vale of White Horse was awarded to Blewbury at a recent event and the certificate below presented to the chair of the Parish Council.

Well done Blewbury and the residents who regularly take part. Thanks go to the instructor Jo Cassells, all the other organisers of this very worthwhile scheme, the bulletin and the clubhouse. There are hopes that other sports and courses will become available soon.

Here is a summary of what was said at the event.

Village: Blewbury

More about the Village:

Blewbury Village has been one of our new villages for 2018. We have set up a few activities in the village which have been well attended by residents.

The Nordic walking Event saw a great number of participants take part and enjoyed a scenic walk around the local countryside. The local Blewbury Bulletin has always been accommodating, regularly promoting our sessions and we have had a positive relationship with Blewbury Clubhouse which has enabled us to run our two very successful Chair Yoga and Senior Circuits classes.

Link to Go Active video

https://youtu.be/t4xGuflR0D4

POST OFFICE CHRISTMAS NEWS

November 30, 2018

We have had warnings from our head office of the latest scams to con people.

One is when someone alleging to be from your bank, building society, tax office, police or other law enforcement agency, saying that you owe them money, and telling you to buy gift cards, iTunes vouchers or to buy Euro or other currency, and either give them the codes over the phone or they will send a courier/taxi to collect it. Another scam is allegedly from your bank telling you that your bank card will be collected by courier, and it’s been corrupted and they need to send another one. Another scam is someone calling to tell you that you are a suspect in a police investigation, and need to withdraw a large amount of money to avoid going to court! Please warn your family and protect any vulnerable people from these horrible people!

Christmas opening hours

We will be closing at lunchtime on Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, and closed on Saturday 29th December. Otherwise we are open as usual in the run up the big day! Payments for tax credits, child benefits and other allowances will be paid into accounts on the previous working day if your payment day is on a  bank holiday! Emergency top ups for gas/electric may call my mobile 07825 154842. Don’t get cold please!

Last posting dates

Postal  services to Libya & Somali are suspended, while postal services to Canada are disrupted at the moment by strike action. We recommend extra early posting! Here are the last recommended posting dates:

  • 26th November – operational BFPO’s • 4th December – Africa & Middle East • 7th, Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe • 8th – Caribbean, Central & South America • 10th – Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand • 14th – Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland & USA , static BFPO’s • 15th – Finland & Sweden • 17th – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland • 18th – 2nd class inland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg • 20th – 1st class inland & Parcelforce 48 • 21st – Parcelforce 24 • 22nd – Special Delivery.

Santa’s post box is up and running (Father Christmas, Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ). All letters to this address should be sent by 7th December, and you will need a stamp!

General info/Reminders

All non-EU parcels need a customs label on, all international airmail items need a blue airmail sticker on, all parcels & recorded items need the senders address on them, please do this BEFORE you get to the counter, the people behind you will appreciate that, we do not have time to stick all your stamps on for you, nor do we wrap or address your parcels unless you have a valid reason! Please don’t moan at us about the price of stamps, we know!

We have had a broken HTC phone handed in, and some money, if either of these could be yours, please pop in and give a description/ amount to claim them!

We have several ‘elf on a shelf’ ready for adoption, (in hiding for obvious reasons), lots of Christmas cards, paper, sticky tape & packaging supplies! Love from Karen & Maggie