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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.

 

Sustainable Blewbury September 2021

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

Blewbury Garden Market at Blewbury service station, every Saturday morning 9.15 to 11.15: We will continue until the end of September. The Blewbury Bread Company will return in September. If you have surplus fruit, vegetables, flowers, preserves or baked goods for us to sell, bring them along at 9.00 am (you keep 90% of the price). For more information, please contact either Eric (850558 or 07935 232 296) or John (850372).

Apple Juicing – August to October: We will be holding public juicing sessions on Sundays from 2.00 to 4.00 pm at Blewbury Manor stable on: 29 August, 12 and 26 September, 10 and 24 October. Bring washed apples (bad bits removed, but no need to remove cores) and your own clean bottles or containers We can pasteurise the juice so it keeps for up to a year., but if you want to pasteurise (which requires glass screw-top wine or drink bottles), note that this is slow, so please arrive well before 3.00 pm. Unpasteurised juice can also be frozen in plastic bottles. If you have too many apples for our public sessions you can HIRE our equipment for £15/day in Blewbury or Upton, £20/day elsewhere. For bookings and/or more information, contact info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk.

A new group – Blewbury Community Chalk Streams (BCCS): BCCS aims to conserve and enhance Blewbury’s ancient chalk streams. It is a volunteer group of scientists and lay people who, through community events and working with willing riparian owners, are aiming to enhance life in our streams and the Cleve. This activity will build further on the work of Mike Edmunds, Sustainable Blewbury and Paul Whitehead with the vision of seeing flourishing life in our streams, and even increasing the brown trout population! Lucy Pritchard and Camilla Burrow

A tree to fit in your garden: If we all planted one small tree (or shrub) in every Blewbury garden that would mean 800 more trees, absorbing carbon dioxide and attracting birds and insects. Working with the Hagbournes and Upton Group for Sustainability (HUGS), we will collect your orders and deliver them in November. If you have a space in your garden, or even a large pot, look at the list of trees and shrubs at: hugsustainability.org/trees-1. The trees will be bare-root, small and last year cost about £1 each. Jo Lakeland

BLEWBURY FREECYCLEFREE ITEMS TO A GOOD HOME E-MAIL TEL NO.
Two folding single beds Doug Tilbrook
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If you have any items to freecycle please email a short description (using ‘freecycle’ as your subject), and include your email and phone number. Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com).

If you have any items to freecycle please email a short description (using ‘freecycle’ as your subject), and include your email and phone number. Lydia Inglis (lydandmuz@gmail.com).

CCCA News and Events

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 St Michael’s Church Blewbury 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. Again contact Penny at penny@brassell.org.uk for further information.

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 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 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 WI News

Hello Everyone. Here we are again! Happy as can be, all good friends and jolly good company? By the time Bulletin readers see this, we will have enjoyed our annual Summer Party in the Melland Room with an afternoon tea and lots of drinks. (tea of course!) And maybe some entertainment.

Our next Main meeting in September will be held in the new Village Hall, just as it used to be before the dratted Covid. We would love to welcome any new Members at any time. Below are the events planned for September.

Friday, 3rd September. Coffee Morning at Style Acre Tea Room. 10.30-11.30am.

Monday, 6th September. Meet at the Blueberry Inn for an informal drinks at 7pm. (Bring your own drinks)

Tuesday, 7th September. Lyn’s walk. Meet at the Village Hall Car Park at 9.30am

Thursday, 16th September at Susan Tilbrook’s house. Contact Kath (01235 851299) or Graeme (01235 851579) for further information.

MahJong. Regular weekly Monday sessions are continuing. Contact Sharon Pegram (01235 850412) for further information.

Wednesday, 22nd September. WI Main Meeting. At the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Details of the Speaker to be confirmed.

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.

Bridge Club returns

We are planning a tentative return to Face to face bridge on Tuesday 14th September in our wonderful newly-refurbished Vale Room, and on Tuesday nights only, initially, thereafter (all being well!).

There will need to be strict precautions to guard against infection, of course – more details about this and how it will be organised will be circulated by email soon. Needless to say, all those who are prepared to return to F2F bridge should make every effort to attend in order to make the sessions viable.

We will continue, for the present, to run the on-line club session on Thursday evenings, until we see how the Covid pandemic develops, and how confident more members are to return to playing F2F. We will also continue to run Club Funbridge sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The AGM will also probably be held by Zoom again in early October. We may schedule it for a non-bridge evening in order not to obstruct our Tuesday or Thursday sessions. More details next month.

The Wessex League matches are also due to be played on-line again this year. Anyone who is not already on the Team Captain, Dermot Paddon’s, list to play, and who might be interested in taking part, should contact him direct.

Michael Allen 851870

Blewbury and Upton Village Produce Association

Your Local Village Gardening Club

It’s a while since I last put pen to paper on behalf of the VPA. As you are all aware, because of Covid-19 the VPA has been unable to hold its summer show for the past two years and very little else besides. We did have a Christmas craft competition last December and a spring bonnet competition this year. However, neither of these events were particularly well supported. The Committee will be meeting soon to decide the future of the VPA and the decision will be announced at the Annual General Meeting which will be held in November.

Although I haven’t been busy with the VPA, the allotment and hens have had to be tended daily. The veggies have struggled with the strange weather we’ve had through 2021. It hasn’t stopped the weeds growing in abundance!! However, the peas were great and broad beans were successful after battling with blackfly – they didn’t like being dosed with washing up liquid!! and a good supply has gone into the freezer. Courgettes and marrows (the real thing) were coming out of my ears and it’s amazing how difficult it is to give them away. Onions have done well and are currently completing their drying in the greenhouse. Blackcurrants and gooseberries were good and most of them are now sitting in the cupboard as jam – I love toast and jam – although not too good for the waistline! Potatoes and leeks are doing OK and the sweetcorn is coming along nicely. For some reason French beans, carrots, beetroot and tomatoes are not so good this year. Still, one has to be grateful for what has grown well.

The hens are doing well, but they are affected by the variants in the weather and they certainly don’t like it when it’s windy. Pumpkin, (I recently discovered she’s called a dominant amber), is in the process of moulting and there’s white feathers all over the run. Holly who is nearly eight years old is still the boss and keeps the other three in order. They are great fun and are pets more than egg producers.

DID YOU KNOW? Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) wrote: “I plant rosemary all over the garden, so pleasant is it to know that at every few steps one may draw the kindly branchlets through one’s hand and have the enjoyment of their incomparable incense”. Happy Gardening – Keep Safe Eileen

 

Blewsing – Blewbury Choir

We are delighted to announce that BlewSing will recommence this month (September). We meet fortnightly at the Melland Room 7.30 – 9.15 p.m. Dates for this term are September 9th, 23rd, October 7th, 21st, November 4th, 18th, December 2nd, 16th.

The choir always sings for pleasure. There are no auditions and no requirement to read music; the only requirement is simply a love of singing. We need to know who is coming along so, if you would like to join us and/or would like further information, please contact Sheila Loy on 850537 or sloy24@gmail.com or visit http://www.blewsing.org/