At last – we are soon going to be allowed outside to play again!
To celebrate this great transition the Blewbury Table Tennis Club will be offering free opportunities for everyone to come along to play outdoor table tennis in the Blewbury Village Hall Car Park on Tuesdays (13:00 – 14:00) and Saturdays (11:00-12:00) in the five week period from April 13th – May 15th. Do come along and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and join in with some friendly games. All standards and ages welcome, equipment provided, coaching available if you need it. This is a great opportunity for anyone to come along to try out this fun activity. In the past our age range has been from 5-95, but we are flexible outside those limits as well!
Then on Tuesday 18th May, all being well we should be allowed to play table tennis indoors again. The Club plans to resume weekly Tuesday sessions in the Blewbury Village Hall at a slightly earlier time than before of 17:00 – 19:00 each week. We have four superb tables and are greatly looking forward to enjoying the refurbished BVH indoor facilities. We would love to see you at these sessions. They are open to all ages and all standards of play.
Per session fees are: Adults £5, Under 19s £1. Roger Murphy, Club Chair
Read our most recent newsletter at sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/newsletter_latest.pdf
Depending on how lockdown is lifted, we will try to resume activities such as the Garden Market and repair cafes.
Sustainable Blewbury Annual General Meeting
We postponed last year’s AGM in the hope that we could hold a normal meeting this year, but that now looks premature. We are planning to hold our AGM via Zoom on Tuesday, 20th April at 8.00pm. We will review what we have been doing in the past two years and discuss ideas for new activities. If you’d like to participate, please email our secretary, Jane Kinniburgh at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the link to the meeting.
Blewbury Garden Market
We are considering starting earlier this year, perhaps some time in April, but that will depend on the rules related to COVID-19. You might like to start planting soon with a view to selling surplus fruit and vegetable seedlings. If you would like to volunteer to help on the stall (in a COVID-safe way); please contact either Eric (850558 or 07935 232 296) or John (850372).
Trees planted near the Chalk Pit
In March 2017 we planted quite a few very young trees from the Woodland Trust near the Chalk Pit as a first step in making a wildlife corridor along the track to the top of Cow Lane. Sean Morris has been doing maintenance work, by clearing out dead elder, planting a few more trees (wild cherry, oak, beech) and putting taller deer-guards around some of the trees planted previously. If you are walking near the Chalk Pit have a look at the young trees.
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Have you thought about joining your local Croquet Club? We plan to re-open from Monday 29th March (unless the Government postpones that target date), and always offer a friendly welcome to new players.
We can provide all the equipment you need, and there’s no dress code for casual play – apart from the need for flat shoes to protect our lawns. Croquet is a very Covid-safe sport anyway, but our Club has been careful to put in further measures to reduce any risks further; with appropriate social distancing and a cleaning regime as recommended by the national Croquet Association.
Our annual membership rates are unchanged this year, at only: £150 per person, £35 for under-25s, or £270 per family (any number of people living at one address). And you’re welcome to come along to try out the game a couple of times before you have to enrol, for just £5 per person per session; either by arrangement as a member’s guest, or at specific beginner sessions we’ll run if there’s enough demand. Check out our website, or contact me for more details. David Long (07484360169 / email@example.com) www.blewburycroquetclub.org.uk
Hello everyone. Hopefully this will be the last “News” in lockdown. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we might be able to have some kind of a main meeting in April, otherwise it will be back to Zoom for the last time.
We had a very successful coffee morning in March with 14 ladies present. The Committee Members are busy putting together “Easter in a bag” gifts to be delivered to all of our members. They deserve a big “thank you”. Lyn has a walk arranged for April, and this is her report:
Lyn’s Walk. “I mean to have a walk in April, but to follow the guidelines it won’t happen till Wednesday, April 14th. We had a walk arranged for December but it was cancelled so I propose doing it in April.
Meet at the Village Hall at 9.30am to be at Asda car park at Great Western Park at 10am. There will be two walk leaders if needed so that should accommodate any wanting to come. There are instructions this time which need to be followed. Have a mask and some refreshments with you. MORE IMPORTANTLY this time I would like to know if you are coming. If you would be in need of a lift and if you would be prepared to offer a lift to anyone without transport. Contact me on 07733 334484 any time up until April 13th but please don’t just turn up at Asda.”
We can look forward to the Spring and Easter and happier days.
For more details 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.
I am pleased to confirm that our Wessex League team will be promoted to Division 2 next season. Well done to Captain Dermot Paddon and all who took part.
We continue to run club sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm on BridgeBaseOnline. Also club sessions for individuals to play against the computer on Funbridge on Mondays and Wednesdays, any time between 10.30am and 10.30pm and on Fridays over a similar time span for Novices. It is flexible – within those hours members may play at any time which suits them.
We hope members are playing more regularly during lockdown and therefore finding that their bridge is improving!
Michael Allen 851870
Quite a few Blewbury residents have moved house within the village numerous times. However, whether any of them have relocated as many times as our Post Office must be in doubt.
Will there be further twists to this tale of exploration around Blewbury? Who knows? If you can add further details or indeed corrections to this account the Local History Group would be pleased to hear from you.It isn’t known exactly when the Blewbury Post Office first opened, but it was certainly operating in Carramores, on Church Road, by 1887, and we have a photograph of the earl 1900s (top) to illustrate that. If you look closely at the front of Carramores today you can still see the bits of metal protruding where the Post Office sign used to be displayed. In 1914 it moved to Upstone’s Shop (see below) in Treble House Terrace on London Road, where no doubt it benefitted from more passing trade.
Upstone’s Shop and Blewbury Post Office in Treble House Terrace in the 1920s
In 1924 it then moved to Fir Tree Cottage, on the other side of London Road, where a new purpose built extension had been created for it by Jesse Dunsden, and the village telephone exchange was located in the Dunsden’s living room! After Jesse Dunsden retired in 1943 it then crossed London Road again to take up residence in Laurel Bank where it was run by George & Rose Smith. George was a relative of Jesse Dunsden and Rose was an Upstone, and together they were the parents of Derek Smith, whose book A Blewbury Life is the source of much of the information in this article.
Then in 1968 the Post Office moved to Old Wheelwrights for 24 years with Ann Edwards and then Marion Armstrong in charge. After 74 years of trading and crossing the London Road, the next move, in 1992, was to Prior’s Village Shop, in Chestnuts in Church End. With the eventual closure of Prior’s Shop the Post Office moved to the Village Hall, where it has lived ever since October 18th 2001.
Roger Murphy on behalf of the Blewbury Local History Group
The Blewbury Table Tennis Club is now just over one year old and we are very pleased with everything that has been achieved in that time.
Over the last fifteen months we have held regular Tuesday evening club sessions and over 70 different individuals aged from 6-90 years of age have participated in our club sessions. In the early days we played on tables generously loaned by four families in the village. With generous support from the Tony Loy Trust and the Vale of the Wight Horse Active Communities Fund we now have four top quality Cornilleau Table Tennis tables, which are a joy to use both because of the quality of the playing surface but also because they are so easy to fold up and wheel around when they are not in use.
As well as our regular Tuesday evening club sessions, we have also now established a regular Tuesday afternoon After-School Table Tennis Club at Blewbury School, and both clubs have benefited from specialist coaching from a fully qualified Level 3 Coach, who visits us every now and then. On top of all that we have recently, almost seamlessly, been able temporarily to move the sessions for both Clubs from the Village Hall to Blewbury School Hall.
Sadly like so many other groups we are now suspending all Club activities as a response to the Coronavirus situation. We are however looking forward to being able to welcome new members to both of our Clubs once we start up again in the refurbished Village Hall – hopefully very soon! Roger Murphy, Club Chair
Our weekly Club Sessions are every Tuesday from 6-8pm in the Blewbury Village Hall. These are open to players of all standards, and we welcome visitors. We have four tables, bats & balls and can provide coaching if required.
We would love to welcome some additional players this winter. Our aim is to have fun and be as inclusive as possible for anyone who would like to give it a try.
Any first visit to the Club is free. After that our weekly playing fees are £3 for Adults and £1 for those 18 and under.
From Tuesday 5th November we will be launching a Blewbury School After-School KS2 Table Tennis Club. This will meet each week during term time from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Blewbury School pupils can sign up now at the School Office.
The next Blewbury Local History Group meeting includes a talk by Tony Hadland with the title shown above.
The availability of DNA tests has given rise to people questioning where their ancestors originated from and many other groups have been fascinated by Tony’s talk so we thought we would give the village a chance to hear it too. We are holding it in the History room, March 14th 8pm start, and SPACE IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 20 PEOPLE. If you wish to attend the meeting then we ask that you make contact with either of the people shown below and wait for confirmation of a ticket. There is no charge.
The response to our request for information on village cellars was excellent, many thanks to those who contacted us. You might also like to take a look at the group’s website which has many interesting pages on the village history. WWW.BLHG.ORG.UK .
For tickets contact either Audrey Long on 850427 or Mark Palethorpe via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some members of the History Group have recently discovered that there are cellars in the village.
Of course the pubs have cellars but in view of the level of the water table here, we found the idea of below ground storage places surprising. Does your house have an underground, or partially underground cellar? If it does, we would very much like to record it, and even better have a look at it. We promise not to nick any of your vintage port stored there, or even the stuff you put there 20 years ago and have forgotten about. The site might be a record of earlier water levels which would be interesting.
Contact either Mark Palethorpe(email@example.com) or Audrey Long on 850427. (Our next meeting is February 14th at 8pm at Robinsons.)