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Blewbury lad standing for Parliament

April 22, 2024

I am standing in the West Reading & Mid Berkshire constituency under a centrist no-nonsense banner for a new political party I have founded, Enterprise.

My grandparents Enid and George Boon first came to Blewbury in the 1980s, previously they were in Streatley. My father Peter is a resident. I am staying down here much more this year as I canvass the electorate.

Blewbury is one village out of the above constituency which spans the Ilsleys, Aldworth, Streatley and as far east as Calcot. My aim in writing here is two-fold: firstly to garner support from Blewburians to volunteer to help me canvass the electorate, and secondly to hear what I am up to. I am giving speeches over meals so that you can hear what it’s like to launch a political start-up and trailblaze against the stale established political parties, and hear your suggestions. It is a sort of quid pro quo where there could be an option of a contribution to my campaign expenses which you and your guests might feel appropriate after hearing my story and debating on what needs to be done to fix this area/the country. I am an optimist and it is by putting one’s head above the parapet that opportunities and help arrive.

I am 48 years old. I humbly have assessed that there are not enough persons in the Commons who have national and international business experience (residing as well as working overseas), speak foreign languages or who have grit, humility, and determination. Alok Sharma MP is retiring, his majority is just 4K, so this is a winnable venture.

For more information, please visit or you can email me/call me and I could send you the 1.5-page manifesto I have written that covers some policy ideas and why me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Anthony Boon  07765 471380

Village Hall news

April 18, 2024

Jayne Newman, our wonderful cleaner, has been recognised recently for her 35 years of service.

The trustees presented her with flowers and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate (see picture, left to right: Andrew Forman, Jill Allen, Jayne Newman, Dermot Mathias, Kate Mitchell).

In other news, we have been working on the outside spaces, and have been spring cleaning! Go to to book the hall for your next event. We look forward to welcoming the BVS and their visitors to the Beer Festival on the 18th May.

The ‘Blue’ Won 2-1!

There was a great turnout from the village to spectate the charity match between the Blueberry and the Red Lion on April 6th.

It was a very close affair with both sides looking like they could take the win but big congratulations to the Blueberry for the win and taking the trophy.

It was amazing to see so many people from the village turning up to watch the event and support the teams. Thanks to all your wonderful donations we’ve raised an incredible £1285 for our chosen charities. A special thanks to Bob Brooks for volunteering to officiate the match and all the people involved in organising the teams and helping out on the day, it was a real team effort.

Will we see The Blueberry retain the trophy next year or will The Red Lion be able claim it for themselves? I guess we will have to find out next year.

Ben Silverthorne 

Sustainable Blewbury

April 10, 2024

Thanks to everyone who came to help plant the 280 whips making up the new hedge at the Nature Reserve on 9 March. Now to watch it grow.

Next volunteering sessions are on 6 and 27 April from 0930 to 1200. And thanks to the 13 litter-pickers on 16 March. We collected about 22 sacks of rubbish from the ditches alongside the roads; fewer than last year because there was less rubbish to pick up. We have overcome the backlog but how do we stop it being dropped in the first place?

Celebrating one year of the Nature Reserve and AGM,

Weds 24 April 8pm, Melland Room (Blewbury Clubhouse)

Glen Meadows and Martin Latham will talk on “Blewbury Nature Reserve: the first year” and show photos of what wildlife has been seen or we expect to see in the coming months as well as showing what our great volunteers have done. Free refreshments. Following the talk, John Ogden, chair of the Trustees, will give a short report on SB’s past year and his vision for the coming year. It is an opportunity find out more about SB and to give your ideas about new projects. Everyone invited.

Repair café, Sun 28 April, 2 to 4pm, Village Hall

Bring your household items including clothing, electrical, clocks and gardening articles for mending and bikes for fixing for free. Refreshments available. Donations welcome to cover costs. Thanks to all our volunteers who come to do the fixing!



QUALCAST 1500W Electric Hover MowerSonia Evans

To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (

If you want to know more about Sustainable Blewbury and become a supporter to receive occasional newsletters, email

Blewbury Village Society

Thank you to everyone who came to Comedy Night and made the evening so enjoyable and such a success. The tickets sold out within three days, and we are very grateful for the amazing support for this event. Paddy Lennox (our compère) never fails to deliver, and we were treated to three fantastic comedians. A huge thank you to everyone who helped us set up, run the bar, and clear up.

Easter Egg Rolling, Sunday 31st March – The annual Easter Egg Rolling takes place on Easter Sunday, 31st March, at 3 pm. This event is open to everyone – bring your decorated eggs to the chalk pits (head up the footpath on the village side of Tickers Folly Field and you’ll find us!) Prizes for the best decorated eggs and longest rolls (see the separate advert in this issue, designed by Elphin Lloyd-Jones).

Blewbury Garden Market returns from Saturday 11th May – The Blewbury Garden Market will be back for its 15th year on Saturdays at 9:15–11:00 on the garage forecourt from 11th May. The BGM gives Blewbury people an opportunity to sell excess home-grown or home-made produce and plants, to promote local food and reduce waste. We welcome all types of home produce for sale, including fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, all kinds of seedlings, bedding plants and perennials, free-range eggs and home cooking including preserves such as jams and chutneys, bread, cakes and biscuits. Producers set their own prices for their sale items. A 10% levy is taken by Blewbury Garden Market to cover our costs. See the BVS Facebook page for more information.

BVS and Parish Council AGM, Wednesday 15th May – The combined BVS and Parish Council AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th May at 7 pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Blewbury Beer Festival, Saturday 18th May – Organisation for the 2024 Beer Festival is in full swing. We have twelve interesting locally sourced beers and cider for the connoisseur as well as wines and the Gin Bar. There will be live entertainment throughout the day as well as food served by the PTA  from 4pm. All profits will be supporting the Blewbury Pre-School, Unicef Ukraine appeal and the BVS. For more information, please take a look at our new website If anybody would be willing to join the rota for the day, please contact us through the volunteer page on the website.

Blewbury Summer Dance: Saturday 22nd June – The annual Summer Dance will take place on Saturday 22nd June at Ashbrook House with music from the brilliant McFunky. This is a great evening to get together in a beautiful setting with your village friends and beyond. See next month’s Bulletin for more information on how to buy tickets.

Blewbury Players

As we launch ourselves into Spring (at last!) we find ourselves busy with exciting plans. We already have two events in the calendar for 2024 and exciting news for 2025. Here are a few dates for your diaries…

Friends Evening – A night of Blewbury films26 April, 2024

This will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 26 April. We will show all the short films from the recent Song for Europe, which were hilarious and people said they’d like to see again, as well as films from previous revues and live and on-line shows.  It’s sure to be an evening of fun and nostalgia.  The evening, which is free to our Friends of Blewbury Players, will include wine and gossip.  Roger Colebrook, our Friends Secretary, will be contacting our Friends about tickets. To become a Friend and get priority booking for Blewbury Players’ productions and an annual entertainment and newsletter, please contact of Roger at Subscription is £15 and is renewable on 1st May 2024. If you subscribe for 2024/25 before 26 April you will have a complimentary month and invitation the Friends’ Evening.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Orchard Dene Garden Theatre – 17-20 July, 2024. Directed by Erica Harley.


This modern translation provides an alternative and more accessible version than the more traditional text. “A gem of a play. This is full of action, humour, music, and emotion… a wonderful story performed by a gang of actors – in a new translation”.

Box office – Tickets will be available online at Priority booking for Friends opens 5 June (using a code that will be sent to them). General Box Office opens 7 June.

Puss In Boots – January 2025

We are excited to confirm that we will be performing another pantomime in 2025! This has been written and will be directed by Blewbury’s very own Andy Jarvis.

Puss In Boots Auditions – September 2024, more details soon.

For updates on all our events please refer to, or visit us on Facebook or Instagram. Anyone who would like to get involved in our plans please email us at

Artweeks in Blewbury and Aston Tirrold



The 2024 Oxfordshire Artweeks festival runs throughout the month of May with over 400 venues to visit. This year we have two exhibition venues in Blewbury and four in Aston Tirrold to inspire and entertain you!

Firstly in the Blewbury Clubhouse, five local artists: Josie Clouting (expressive landscapes), Lin Kerr (still life oil paintings and floral watercolours), Julian March (hand thrown ceramics), Ellie Wong (semi abstract painting) and Yvette Phillips (textiles and embroidery). Blewbury Clubhouse, Bohams Road, OX11 9HF: 18-27 May, 10am-3pm (Weekends & Bank Holiday 10am-5pm)

Also in Blewbury we have Artweeks newcomer Anna De La Mare (animal, landscape painting and portraits). She is at 59 Bridus Mead, Blewbury, OX11 9PJ: 18-19 & 24-27 May, 11am-6pm

In Aston Tirrold there are many artists spread across 4 venues, all of which are open 18-19 & 25-27 May, 11am-6pm: Anna Dillon and Hedley Thorne (Heathersage, OX11 9DJ), Deb Sutcliffe and Caroline Vivian (Finches, OX11 9DD), Helen Young, Giulia Valentini, Mandy Reid and Pippa Smith (Springfield House, OX11 9DD) and Susanna Brunskill and Lucy Burletson (Twitten, OX11 9DQ).  For further information visit

Blewbury Women’s Institute

Wednesday 24 April is our regular monthly meeting 7.30 pm in the Vale Room. We will hear about “A day on the life of a Metropolitan Police crime scene investigator”. The television abounds with dramas involving ‘Crime Scene Investigations’ – have you ever wondered about what this actually entails?  Discover what happens behind the crime scene tape and learn about the science involved as Hayley Scott tells us about forensics, DNA and fingerprints.

A fresh new committee will be launching after our Annual meeting on 27 March, when we hope to welcome new committee members. Being a member in Blewbury WI gives you so many opportunities to get out and about and make new friends. Being on the committee is very rewarding and you get a chance to have a say on what we’d like to get up to… Do you remember when Blewbury WI did our very own ‘Calendar Girls’ calendar? Just ask – you might get a peek at that historic document!

Come as a visitor in April – no commitment – see if you fancy it.  If you’d like to join any of the regular events listed below contact our Secretary Joy, on 850543 or email

Calendar of events

Monday afternoons2.30pmMah JongSharon
Wednesday 3 April7pmEvening ScrabbleLyn
Friday 5 April7pmCraft eveningKaren
Tuesday 9 April2.30pmRummikubSusanne
Thursday 11 April10.30amCoffee morningTrish
Tuesday 16 April2.30pmAfternoon ScrabbleJane
Friday 26 April7pmBook ClubKaren

Blewshed News

DIY for beginners: We look forward to welcoming back our DIY beginners for their third session on 26th and 28th March, when they will find out how to tackle simple DIY home plumbing jobs. There are still a few places available, and the sessions are open to anyone. although priority will be given to those who have attended before.

Community Projects:  Thanks to the tireless work of Dick Street and his team throughout the winter and early spring the cricket club mower refurbishment is almost complete. We expect a test run will be possible very soon.

BlewShed products: Some garden trugs and wood-turned cake stands will be reappearing on sale at Savages and are ready to go on sale at the village garden produce stall when it re-opens for the new season. New items this year will be bat boxes, garden trays , boot removers and a mini version of our popular full-sized trug.

Meetings: A full house of members with tools to sharpen came to BlewShed’s evening of grinding and sharpening techniques, ranging from the humble whetstone for gardening implements to a state of the art, hi-tech, plane iron sharpening system demonstrated by Mike Magnay. Members went away with their favourite chisels in good working order again and BlewShed’s set of set chisels is re-sharpened, ready for use.

April’s meeting will feature a hands-on session on woodturning, helping attendees to become adept with that most versatile turning tool, the skew chisel. Date: Tuesday 9th April, 7.30pm. All welcome, you don’t need to be a member – come and have a go at turning some spindles. You’ll get plenty of guidance.

Donation: A big thank you to Shirley Smith for donating many of her late husband Ron’s tools to BlewShed. Ron was a member of Didcot Woodturners and would have been pleased to see his tools put to good use again.

BlewShed opening times and membership: Tuesday and Saturday afternoons 1.30-4.00 pm and Thursday afternoons 2.00-4pm for electronics sessions, non-dusty work and a chat. Friday afternoons by arrangement.

BlewShed annual individual membership subs are £25, or £37.50 for a family, which includes expert advice from members and use of a well-equipped metal, woodworking and electronic workshop.

Aims: BlewShed is there to help members learn various woodwork, metalwork and other practical techniques, so come along and acquire some new skills, or just have cuppa and chat.

Everyone is welcome to club night meetings on the second Tuesday of the month. We look forward to seeing you.

Mike Wrottesley, BlewShed secretary

Bridge Club

Wantage Thursday evening Realbridge sessions will be on April 4th and the 18th. Blewbury sessions will be on the 11th and 25th. We will try to run Friday evening Social Bridge sessions through April, provided there are sufficient pairs, before suspending them for the summer. So, hopefully, the dates will be April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

Oxfordshire  Bridge Association are running a Cafe bridge event in Abingdon on Tuesday 21st May in aid of Sobell House. Please see the OBA website for further details.   Michael Allen 851870