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Monthly Archives: August 2022

New 20 mph village speed limit

August 21, 2022

Blewbury’s reduced speed limit of 20 mph came into force on December 19th 2022, together with a number of new street signs and road markings.

The changes do not apply to the A417 (London Road) and the B4019 (Bessels Way), which will retain their existing 30 and 40 mph limits. However, in the light of all the data on speeding vehicles collected by Blewbury Speedwatch, OCC councillor Sally Povlotsky has asked for a safety review of Bessels Way and London Road. Blewbury Parish Council  thanks everyone involved in volunteering with Speedwatch.

New nature reserve and woodland

August 25, 2022

Nature reserve – Sustainable Blewbury’s negotiations with Thames Water to convert the old sewage works site, at the end of the concrete path going north from the Village Hall, to a nature reserve have progressed well and we are now expecting work to commence in autumn. This first stage will be carried out by Thames Water contractors and when the work is complete, hopefully in early spring, we will be calling for volunteers to help manage the site. Before then we plan a full project launch with a presentation of what to expect on completion.

Woodland – On the way to that site is the field that was once the Quaker burial ground. The owner, in an act of very great generosity, is planning that SB should take it over to create a woodland for the benefit of the village and to assist the national campaign to increase tree cover in the fight against climate change. This project will need a lot of input from the village in terms of both hard physical labour and financial support. Planning is well underway and we hope to present our ideas in September.   John Ogden, Chair, Sustainable Blewbury


Blewbury Art Project

Calling all local artists… An exciting new art project for Blewbury!

We have a grant from the Vale of White Horse District Council for a village art project. Initially linked to the village hall refurbishment, this one-off commission now has a wider remit – to celebrate our village and all that makes it a special place to live. It will be sited on a public open space in Blewbury.

We are seeking a local artist to lead on this opportunity, and will favour applicants who can demonstrate how they will involve the community in their design. The artwork could be in any medium or material – as long as it is durable and reasonably easy to maintain – and could celebrate any feature or aspect of the village, from historic architecture to chalk streams, downland views to atomic energy!

Interested artists should contact for an email copy of the brief. A paper copy can be provided if required. The brief details the application process, including how to submit your ‘expression of interest’ in time for the deadline of 17th October. The Blewbury Art Project steering group – made up of artists, villagers and PC reps – will then shortlist applicants to discuss their ideas, before appointing the winning artist. We hope to install the new artwork during next spring/summer, and can’t wait to see your ideas…

  • Blewbury Art Project Steering Group
  • (photo is to show we have talent in the village!)