Sustainable Blewbury

December 30, 2016

Roundup of our activities in 2016

Projects: Our newest project is the Mike Edmunds Community Orchard on Tickers Folly Field, which is being planted this month and has attracted a lot of interest. Hedge-laying continues for its third winter. We used our apple-juicing equipment to make a huge amount of juice in six sessions plus hires, much of it from apples that would have gone to waste. The weekly Blewbury Garden Market had a good year, selling surplus produce, preserves, home-made bread and cakes, etc. (A smaller, winter version runs on Saturday mornings at the Post Office.) The Woodway Permaculture Orchard Garden is producing quantities of soft fruit and some vegetables, and the fruit trees are starting to yield as well. The Energy Initiative thermally imaged 20 houses, especially for new occupants and for checking improvement work. (See separate advert for imaging in January.)

Events: We had a willow-weaving workshop to make lovely garden structures and then a table-top sale selling items people no longer needed or wanted. In June we were at Blewbury Family Fun Day with pond-dipping for children and an exhibition about the community orchard that was also at the VPA annual show. In late autumn we had a very successful footpath leaf-clearing – see separate article in this issue.

Talks: We had four talks in 2016. Rose Somerset told the story of our local landscape – the North Wessex Downs AONB. Richard Roslyn talked about and illustrated the beauty of trees. Graham Scholey told us about the ecology and conservation of otters, and Marianne Suhr shared her expertise on how to sustainably insulate old houses. Profits from ticket sales for the first two talks were donated to the Village Hall Refurbishment; from the third to WaterAid and from the fourth to Blewbury Pre-school.

Other activities: Although not ‘official’ SB activities, members of the Core Group have worked on important activities closely related to our interests. For the newly approved Blewbury Neighbourhood Plan, most of the Core Group helped in creating this important document for the future of the village. Another was saving local bus services, together with our neighbouring villages in forming the Downland Villages Transport Group after the county council ended all subsidies for buses. Finally, there was involvement with the Village Hall Refurbishment to help ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible.

Help! SB is run by our Core Group. We especially need someone who can help with publicity, and someone (who might or might not be the same person) to help update our websites to more modern technology. If you are interested, please contact us at, or phone Jo (850490) or Eric (850558).

Box of 6 Sainsbury water filter cartridges – NEW

Jo Lakeland

Old child’s chair, spindle back and legs, seat 28 cm high, back 59 cm high. Would be lovely stripped, treated for woodworm and polished.
BT Digital Baby Monitor 200. Works perfectly except that Parent Unit will not charge up, so it needs to be used sitting in the charger.
Da-Lite brand Projector screen, 4 foot square
Brown wooden framed signed hunting print: ‘North Cotswold from Spring Hill’ By John King (136 of 250). Size 23″ high, 31″ wide. Published by the North Cotswold Hunt.

Ann Dendy

Large wheelie suitcase, burgundy colour, one strap missing but otherwise more or less as new.

Chris Whatmore

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