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September 28, 2020


Apple Juicing:  This seems to be an unusually good year for apples. If you have a very large crop, we suggest that you hire our equipment to use at home. Hiring costs just £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury and Upton, £15 per day elsewhere. We provide detailed instruction sheets. To book our kit, or for more information, contact Eric at or 07935 232296.

We are also holding public juicing sessions on Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor from 2 to 4 pm for people who do not have huge quantities of apples. Remaining dates are 4th and 18th October. Please bring your apples prepared and ready to be juiced: wash windfalls, remove bad bits (but there is no need to remove cores). We can pasteurise your juice so it will keep for up to a year – for this you need glass screw-top wine or drink bottles. Pasteurisation takes a while, so if you would like us to pasteurise please arrive before 3 pm. You can also freeze your juice in plastic bottles. Costs: £1 per pressing (bucket or large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle.

Blewbury Garden Market: We restarted our Saturday morning stall on 29th August. We plan to continue through 26th September. We are not using our gazebo, so we are dependent on the weather. Bring fresh produce or bread or other baked goods to sell at 9.00 am. Open for sales from 9.15 to 11.15 am. You set pricing for your goods; you keep 90% while 10% is held for our running expenses.

A Blewbury Wood: What’s happening regarding the possibility of creating a community woodland on the old sewage site at the end of the concrete path going north from the Village Hall? We are still waiting for Thames Water to confirm whether and how we can proceed, but we have taken an important step forward: the local farmer who owns the land around the site has confirmed that he is in agreement with the project going ahead. So, many thanks to Chris Kauntze; these projects have no hope of proceeding without local support. And a number of villagers have offered their help when this does move forward, so we can be confident that it will be a real community activity.
It is, though, quite a daunting prospect. The site is seriously overgrown with scrub and it will be hard work to establish the conditions necessary for woodland planting, especially while trying to respect the existing bird, mammal and insect life. But that is a good challenge!               John Ogden

Tower family-size slow cooker, with recipe book Nina Hutchins 85124907710 225299
Dresser: 94cm wide, 42cm deep, approx 177cm high. Pine, modern and in good condition.  Can deliver within the Blewbury area. Alison & Ken Clark 850541
Bosch Classixx6 VarioPerfect washing machine. Perfect working order. Mark Palethorpe 35908707813 251174
If you have any items to freecycle please email a short description, plus your email and phone number, to Lydia Inglis ( using ‘freecycle’ as your subject.

Getting involved in Sustainable Blewbury can contribute to the village and its environment. To participate, or to receive our free bi-monthly Newsletter, email or phone 01235 850372.

Blewbury Local History Group

September 29, 2020

There are times when we feel overcome with papers, letters, books, photos. And now Covid. Time to think carefully about how best to preserve our past and make it accessible to more people.

With that aim in view, we have decided to scan and digitise most of the records we have so that ANYONE can look at them without having to lift dusty heavy files and boxes around. We have started on this task; many thanks to Jane Barrett who has already scanned a whole pile of documents. Sounds dull? Not so, with all sorts of interesting documents turning up. The main driver of this has been Mark Palethorpe who we are all going to miss enormously when he leaves at the end of September.

We hope to meet in the history room on Tuesday October 13th; maximum number of 6 so please contact me before then if you wish to come. First six only but will arrange Zoom meetings in later months. Contact Audrey on 850427 or

Bridge Club – October 2020

September 28, 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the Club will be held using Zoom at 7pm on Thursday 8th October.

Invitations to join the meeting will only be sent to those members who express a specific wish to be involved – it is important, therefore, that if you do wish to take part, you inform either the Chairman or Secretary at least a week in advance.

Similar advance notice should be given of any nominations for Officers or new Committee members, and for any items which a member would like to raise which may not be covered by the agenda – copies of the Minutes of the last AGM, and an Agenda, have already been circulated by email. If you have not received these and would like a copy please contact the Chairman or Secretary. The Accounts will likewise be circulated.

In order to help with running the meeting smoothly, notes on each Agenda item will be sent out in advance, thereby hopefully reducing much routine discussion.

By the time you read this we are hopeful that a Virtual Blewbury Bridge Club will have been formed, and weekly Tuesday evening sessions will have commenced on Bridge-Base Online from 7.30pm. Given suitable demand, this may well be extended to Thursday evenings, and consideration given to Novices sessions on Friday evenings with the added use of Zoom to promote discussion of the hands and feedback.

It is planned to maintain the current Funbridge sessions by either bringing forward the start time to allow members to play in both events if they wish, or perhaps to re-schedule to different times of the week altogether. More news of this will be sent out by email. Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury WI News – October 2020

Hello All. Hope everyone is keeping well and safe. Here at Blewbury WI we are still holding our Coffee mornings and main monthly meetings via Zoom and hosted by Kath.

The planned Main meeting on September 23rd in the Village Hall was not allowed to go ahead because of the building delays and the new Covid-19 regulations. It doesn’t  look as if we will be able to hold our October meeting face-to-face either. Our Summer Social Picnic, held in the grounds of the Melland Room, was a complete success. 28 attended on a lovely sunny dry day and we all sat two metres apart on our own chairs and enjoyed our picnics. It was so good to see each other again in person. Kath, Helen & Trish made beautiful little posies to be distributed to us all and even delivered some to the Members who were unable  to attend. It was a good day. Lyn has resumed her “Walks.” There will be a Walk on Wednesday, 14th October (please note this date). Meet at the Post Office at 9.30am. Depending on numbers we might take a short car journey to the start of the walk. All the Covid instructions will be met so PLEASE BRING A MASK.

For more details please contact our Secretary, Kath Butler on 01235 851299 or visit our web page, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla

Sustainable Blewbury

August 25, 2020

Sustainable Blewbury Organisation: Due to Covid-19, we are deferring our AGM until next year, when we will cover two years in one.

In another change, Glen Meadows has stepped down as Chair of Sustainable Blewbury and John Ogden has taken over. John is consulting with Glen and the other members of the Core Group and will recommend the priority areas for us to focus on in the coming months. Glen will continue to be an active member of the Core Group and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great contribution over the years.

Apple Juicing: If you have a large crop of apples, we suggest that you hire our equipment to use at home. We provide detailed instructions. Hiring costs just £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury and Upton, £15 per day elsewhere. To book, or for more information, email us at or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

We are also having public juicing sessions on Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor from 2 to 4 pm for people who do not have huge quantities of apples. Dates are: 23 Aug., 6 and 20 Sept., 4 and 18 Oct. Please bring apples prepared and ready to be juiced: wash windfalls, remove bad bits but there’s no need to remove cores. We can pasteurise your juice so it will keep for up to a year – for this you need glass screw-top wine or drink bottles. It takes a while to pasteurise, so if you’d like us to do this, please arrive before 3 pm. You can also put juice into plastic bottles and freeze it. Costs: £1 per pressing (bucket or large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle.

Blewbury Garden Market: We plan to resume on Saturday mornings from 29 Aug., without our gazebo so we will be weather dependent. Bring produce or baked goods to sell at 9.00 am; open for sales from 9.15 to 11.15 am. You set your own price(s) and get 90%, we keep 10% to cover our overheads.

A Blewbury Wood?: Planting trees is one way to fight climate change; there is wide support around the village for this. We are in discussion with Thames Water to take over a piece of land at the end of the concrete road leading from the Village Hall. Discussions are now in a phase with the real prospect that we could begin work during this coming winter. The site was once the location of local sewage works; it is very overgrown and a wonderful natural habitat. We need to plan carefully to develop a woodland for the village while doing the least possible damage to the ecology of the site. Ideas include creating a wetland area and planting disease-resistant ash and Dutch elm. If all is to go ahead – and we must await final decisions by Thames Water – we shall need to recruit lots of help. But first, if you think you can contribute to the planning stage, please contact John Ogden ( – we would particularly appreciate assistance in creating a detailed plan of the area.

·  Blackout roller blind, cream colour. Width 90 cm, drop 170 cm.·  Tabletop artist’s easel Chris Whatmore 851055
Beko upright freezer, 186 litre, 60x60x150. Needs regular defrosting. Helen Mathias 850359
·  Black fireguard, brass trim – 61cm W x 60cm H + two wings 18cm W·  Bamboo magazine rack·  Red Curver storage box 43cm x 36cm Lesley Ogden 850372
Single Divan bed, in very good order.  Storage drawers and headboard.  Fire tags etc.  Collection from Chilton. Myra Hardiman 831635
Ikea child’s extendable wooden bed. Mark Palethorpe 07813251174
Modern oval drop leaf table on castors, 53″L x 34″W, folds to 34″x 12″ Dick Street 850043
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (


Local History Group

August 28, 2020

“In a street near to and South of Blewbury Church is a large brick and timber-framed building, now and originally a dwelling house, but which served for a long period as an Independent Chapel, the interior floors having been cleared away to adapt it to this purpose; at the North end was a pulpit, and at the South end a gallery, and I remember it in this condition about 1848, though not then used except as a barn. Within the house, affixed to the woodwork, is a wooden panel with the inscription in raised letters : I.A.L. 1651.”

This is just a fraction of the information we have on just one house in the village – in this case Abners in Church Road. Our volunteers are scanning this and other documents to create a fully searchable database – so if you’d like to join us, either as a volunteer or simply as an interested browser of our records, we’d love to hear from you!

Our next meeting is on September 8th at 8pm. We hope to be able to hold this in person in the garden of Spring Cottage or St Michaels, both on Church Road. We will send out an email confirmation a week prior. If you wish to be included in the periodic emails of Blewbury history notes or receive the minutes of the meetings then please email Mark at


August 25, 2020


As you know, because of Covid-19 the VPA was unable to hold its 2020 Annual Summer Show. We are an Affiliated Member of the Royal Horticultural Society and we purchase the Banksian Medal to award to the Exhibitor who achieves the highest points in the Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Sections. Because the Banksian Medal is engraved by the RHS with the year it is awarded we are not in a position to roll it over to 2021. The Banksian Medal was first issued in 1922 in commemoration of Sir Joseph Banks and “to encourage exhibitions of various garden productions of excellence, merit or novelty “.

The Committee is pleased to announce it is organising a competition so the 2020 medal can be awarded.


The competition is open to everyone in the family




The Table Decoration and Wreath can be any size and shape with any type of decoration and accessories. Both items must be entered into the competition.

Please support the Village Produce Association so that we can find a winner for the 2020 Banksian Medal

FULL DETAILS will be available in the OCTOBER issues of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News.

NEWS EXTRA:  The VPA Social booked for Saturday 5th December is still in the diary. It will be organised in accordance with any Govt rules regarding Covid-19. Please make a note of the date. More details next month.

Happy Gardening. Eileen

Blewbury Croquet Club

The Club wishes the Bulletin a happy step back towards normality; and would like to reassure its readership that Croquet also continues on Tickers Folly Field. Sensible precautions are still in place, both to maintain social distancing, and to ensure thorough cleaning of all equipment being used.

New players are always welcome: we can provide all equipment needed; all you have to do is to wear flat-soled shoes (to avoid damaging the lawn). If you’re interested, please contact David Long (; 07484 360169).

Bridge Club – September 2020

The club’s Funbridge sessions have continued on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and on Fridays for Novices.

Overall, support has been disappointing, though, and it seems unlikely that we will be able to safely meet to play bridge in person for the foreseeable future, despite, as you may well be aware, the Village Hall Refurbishment is now almost complete.

So, we have decided to form a Virtual Blewbury Bridge Club, with the intention of holding, initially, one session a week at 7.30pm on Tuesday evenings on a site called Bridge Base On-line. Many of you will already be aware of this site, and may be playing regularly there too.

Some Directors will need to be trained to organise this, but it seems this may not be complete until later in September. So, we do not anticipate starting the Virtual Club until late September. We will keep you informed of progress through the club’s email circulation system.

We will also hope to hold an AGM on Thursday 8th October on Zoom. Anyone not able to use this type of facility is welcome to submit views/opinions/questions in advance to either the Chairman or Secretary. An Agenda will also be circulated in advance. In the meantime, stay safe and well.  Michael Allen  851870

Blewbury WI

Hello everyone. Still the same old same old! Hope everyone is keeping well and safe.

Here at Blewbury WI, for our Summer Social, we have arranged a “ social distancing” picnic in the grounds of the Melland Room. All the Government guidelines have been taken care of and we are now hoping for good weather. We have managed to arrange our usual meetings and coffee mornings via Zoom.

Lyn has resumed her “Walks”, so some of us have the opportunity get out into our lovely countryside. The “New” Village Hall has been booked for our September Main Meeting and we are making plans for meeting up again. The first time since February! Almost back to normal!!

For more details please contact our Secretary, Kath Butler, on 01235 851299  or visit our web page, where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla.