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October 3, 2021

Hello Everyone. Hope you all are getting used to being out and about and will join us at the following events:

Tuesday October 5th   Coffee Morning at Style Acre Tea Room 10.30am

Wednesday October 6th Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am. Walk will be a bit longer than often (just under 4 miles) but underfoot should be reasonable and there will be an opportunity for coffee a mile from home.

Scrabble session. Date & venue to be confirmed. Ring Judy on 850381

Wednesday October 13th Lunch at The Blueberry.  12 noon for 12.30pm.

Wednesday October 27th WI Main Meeting. 7.30pm in the Vale Room.

Mahjong Regular weekly Monday sessions are continuing. Contact Sharon Pegram (01235 850412) for details.

For more information please contact our Secretary, Joy Boness, on 01235 850543 or visit our web page, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.

Bridge Club

As I write this we have just made our first attempt at re-starting Face to Face bridge in the newly refurbished Vale Room, on a Tuesday night.

Regrettably, very few members turned up, despite our extensive preparations and requirements to minimise the risk of infections spreading, which included wearing masks. As some may not relish the prospect of spending 3 hours in a mask, we decided to have 5 minute breaks after every couple of rounds in order to allow players to go outside and remove their masks. We plan to have one more attempt to get F2F bridge off the ground next Tuesday (21st September, and so, by the time you read this, that will probably be last Tuesday!)

The Annual General Meeting of the Club is to be held on Zoom at 7pm on Wednesday 6th October. Only those who express an interest in joining the meeting will be sent a formal invitation to join the Zoom session. The Agenda and Minutes of the previous AGM will be circulated separately, as will a summary of most matters to be discussed, in order to streamline the meeting somewhat, such that we only need to discuss the issues on which there may be varying opinions.  Michael Allen  852870

 

Post Office News

The latest updates from Royal Mail are now insisting on the correct customs label being fully filled in, in block capitals (tracked or not tracked). You must itemise the contents, with the weight and value of each item (on everything that’s a large letter or parcel), and also sign and date, otherwise the parcels will be returned to you and no refunds will be available. Airmail stickers must be applied to every item going overseas going by plane. Customs restrictions on value will apply and customs charges may apply in the destination country. Please check values and restrictions before sending! (www.royalmail.com)

NO COVID tests will be accepted at post offices; please put them in a PRIORITY post box as these postboxes are sorted at the depot & dispatched first. The Blewbury one is in Church End, outside Chestnuts & Carpenters.

We are incredibly busy at the moment, so please make sure your mail is ready to send, addressed, with a customs label & an airmail label on if needed BEFORE you get to the counter.

Katrina has been a very clever girl and got a proper job for a while, she may be back, but meanwhile we send her our best wishes!

Stay well and safe. Love from Karen, Maggie & Michael 

Bellringing news from Blewbury Tower

At last, the intrepid ducks were able to race! The sun shone and there was lots of cheering, the winners were: –

  1. No 96 Mary Passingham
  2. No 57     Phil Rogers
  3. No 482   Jamila Makoka

Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to everyone who bought tickets and came out on the day to see the ducks race. A total of £550 was raised which helps support the ongoing maintenance costs of the tower and bells so again thank you so much for your support for this event.

Normal Friday night practices have resumed plus service ringing so it does begin to feel that we are at last returning to normality after a very strange 18 months.

CCCA News and Events

September 2, 2021

The Churn Churches Climate Action (CCCA) group is formed by people from the seven local Anglican churches (the Churn churches) and other local congregations. We care about the environment and want to take action to reduce climate change, working with other local sustainability groups.

Nations’ Climate Sunday Service: Churches prepare for COP26
This takes place at 4 pm on Sunday 5th September in Glasgow Cathedral and online. It is not just a service: it is a time when collective action and commitments from more than 1600 (and rising!) local churches across the UK, including the Churn churches, will be presented to the UK Government. See climatesunday.org, and register to be sent details on how to watch live online at evenbrite.co.uk or use the link Find out more to register and attend. If you’re reading the printed version of this or have difficulties with the links, email penny@brassell.org.uk for details.

Tree planting
The CCCA and Sustainable Blewbury (SB) are both getting involved with the Hagbourne and Upton Group for Sustainability (HUGS) tree-planting project in the autumn. This enables you to choose a small native tree for your garden. We will collect your orders in the autumn, pass the order to HUGS and then deliver your trees when they arrive in November/December. See the SB bulletin entry for more details or look at the HUGS website hugsustainability.org/trees-1.

Thank you for the Rain
This prize-winning film stems from the chance meeting of Julia Dahr, a Norwegian filmmaker, with Kisilu Musya, a Kenyan farmer who was using his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the human costs of climate change. They worked together for more than 5 years to create this film, which shows Kisulu transform into a community leader and activist on a global scale. Thanks to a special Christian Aid licence, we are able to hold a free showing of this film in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall, on Wednesday 13th October; doors will open at 7.15 for a prompt 7.30 start. The film will last 90 minutes, with a refreshment break in the middle. Please email valerie.ahs@gmail.com to reserve a free seat.

Blewbury Climate Action

The BCA website is being restructured and revamped. It will include more news of local action, more suggestions of what you can do to reduce the effects of climate change here and overseas, and new suggestions of books to read, videos to watch, links to follow. I hope it will go live by 1st September!

Our next Repair Café is from 2 pm to 4pm on September 19th at the Village Hall.

Please see the BCA website blewburyclimateaction.com for details of what you can bring, and how the Repair Café works. And we should be able to serve refreshments, unless Covid regulations are re-imposed.

Jo Lakeland Email info@blewburyclimateaction.com

Blewbury Table Tennis Club is Back in Action!

Hello everybody. We are happy to inform you that the table tennis club has had a couple of months playing table tennis in the beautifully refurbished Blewbury Village Hall each Tuesday from 5-7 pm.

We have been taking steps to remain Covid safe and have plenty of ventilation etc.

We would love to welcome anyone who would like to join us – novice or expert – and we now have a resident coach who has moved into the village and who is happy to offer tuition if you would like any.

We just pay by the session. £1 if you are 18 or under. £3 for everyone else – with special family discounted rates if you come in a group. Roger Murphy, Club Chair

Blewbury Local History Group

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14 September at 8pm in the History Room (at the back of Robinsons) and it is open to everyone.

We are currently collecting information on the farming heritage of Blewbury and would welcome any information on this topic from villagers. Blewbury has always been a farming community and it is only relatively recently that the village has diversified into other areas. If you have any photos or experiences or memories of farming in the village or on the Downs we would really love to hear from you. Please come to the meeting or contact me on m-gaines@outlook.com or by phone 01235 850728. We are sure there is a lot of information within the village and we are very keen to collect it before it is forgotten. We hope to see or hear from you soon. Mary Gaines – Group Secretary

Blewbury School’s new Head

May 20, 2021

Blewbury School is delighted to announce Miss Jo Reeder as its permanent new Head of School, who will join the School from September 2021.

Jo Reeder will for her first year be working alongside Miss Lisa Austin who will continue as the School’s 0.5 Executive Headteacher. There was a lot of interest in this position and Jo Reeder emerged as the successful candidate from a strong field of a large number of applicants. Everyone involved in the process was delighted when Jo accepted the post and confirmed her availability to start in it in September.

Jo herself has said that she is thrilled with this new opportunity to work with Lisa Austin and the rest of the School’s staff. She already lives nearby in Wantage, where she completed her ownsecondary education at King Alfred’s School. She is currently Deputy Headteacher at St Philip and St James’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in Oxford. Prior to moving to that school in 2015 she was a class teacher at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Church of England Primary School, so she is very familiar with the local area.

Jo states that she sees the School as being on an exciting journey, and when she visited it recently could already seethe fruits of the hard work the staff have put in during this difficult time. She is keen to support the staff to further this when she joins them. She also comments that the School is set in beautiful surroundings and she is aware of the strong community spirit that surrounds it. She is looking forward to drawing on what the local area has to offer.

She is passionate about teaching and her ambition is for Blewbury School to flourish. She enjoys baking, music and going to the theatre, and in lockdown she took up yoga and building giant Lego models.

Jo will be visiting the School and the village before she starts in September and we will I am sure all look forward to welcoming her and wishing her every success in her new position.

Roger Murphy, Blewbury School Community Governor

Lights on at Blewbury Tennis Club

September 2, 2021

Blewbury Tennis Club has installed court lighting at the club. By using the latest high tech, low spill, LED components, extended play and coaching can now take place for people of all ages and abilities all year round.

To celebrate this special occasion, renowned British tennis player, Tim Henman OBE, will be the guest of honour for the big Switch On. Everyone is invited to join in the fun on Tuesday 5 October 6-8pm so do join us if you can although booking is essential via https://buytickets.at/styleacre/555273.

We’re delighted to be hosting this event in partnership with Style Acre, a local charity supporting 250 people with learning disabilities and autism across Oxfordshire. The occasion will be celebrated with musical accompaniment from Blewbury Brass Band, drinks, refreshments and a raffle. And if you fancy a spot of tennis, bring your racket along and stay for our club social from 8-10pm.

This project has been made possible through support from the LTA, which provided both a grant and a loan for the project, National Tennis Association, the club’s coaching partners, Vale of the White Horse District Council, whose funding contributed towards the project and of course Luminance Pro who supplied and installed the lighting.