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Charity Football Match

March 21, 2024

A football match is being organised to raise money for four local charities, Blewbury Primary School, The Playgroup, The Tony Loy Trust and The Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue.

The two pubs, The Blueberry and the Red Lion, will go head-to-head in an 11-a-side football match to raise money for these amazing charities. All are welcome to come watch the game, kick-off is 3pm on Saturday 6th April at the Blewbury Clubhouse, Bohams Road.

Beer, Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and during the game. The event is CASH ONLY, so can people please ensure they bring cash to the game, as all money raised at the event will go to charity. We hope to see you all there and may the best team win.

Contributions needed for Blewbury art project

February 21, 2024

Readers of the Bulletin will know we have funding for a village art project, which (for various reasons, including Covid) was stalled… But we are now confident something exciting is going to happen, because David Harber is designing a beautiful armillary sphere to be installed in the Playclose.

To make this an artwork unique to Blewbury, the base will contain a time capsule created by the school, and the bands of the sphere will be engraved with words, phrases and quotes that paint a picture of what makes our village a special place to live. To do this we need your help. Please tell us what you think makes Blewbury unique – it could be words that conjure the special nature of our chalk streams and downland flora and fauna, our sense of community, our unique theatre, the authors or artists who have lived and worked here, our cob walls, our connection to the past, present and future, our pubs… or none of the above! The area for engraving is limited so please be pithy and original, and we’ll choose the very best submissions to immortalise on the sphere.

Send your entries to by Friday 29th March – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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

It’s the 2024 Duck Race!

February 21, 2024

The ducks, like most of us, cannot believe where the time has gone and that it’s time for them to take to the water on the Playclose for the annual Duck Race on Easter Sunday, 31st March.

The first of five heats will start at 12.00 noon. The first three ducks across the line in the final race will win for their owners £50, £20 and £10 respectively, and all proceeds will go to St Michael’s Tower and Bell Maintenance Fund. The Bell Ringers are very appreciative of the support given to this annual event, and hope that everyone will enjoy the socialising and springtime fun. Fingers crossed for good weather although the ducks are happy in any weather!

This event is open to everyone, and racing ducks are available for £1.25 each.  They are obtainable from Blewbury Post Office or contact Gill Loyd on 01235 850459 or Chris Cook on 07786 635062.

Always popular, so please be sure to buy your racers early, as they will all be sold before the race day, and don’t forget to come along, bring your family and friends, and cheer for your ducks on the day. If you enjoy this sort of fun, why not meet the ringers in St Michael’s one Friday night to see what else we do when we are not racing ducks? You will be most welcome.