Clubs & Societies

Sustainable Blewbury

July 4, 2020

 

Blewbury Garden Market and Apple Juicing

We had hoped to open our Saturday morning Garden Market this month, with our helpers maintaining 2m distancing.  But sadly no: we can’t run it as too many of our volunteers are vulnerable or shielding and therefore can’t work the stall or supply produce to it. We’re hopeful we may be able to restart in the Autumn, depending on government advice, but it may be that we have to sit this year out. Hugely disappointing, of course, but we want everyone to stay safe. If anything changes we’ll keep you informed. But look out for stalls at individual houses as you walk round the village.

Membership

Following an email sent round to everyone who receives our newsletter, 90 people have now signed up to be Members of Sustainable Blewbury. This is great news for a small village. If you’d been meaning to ask but didn’t get around to sending an email, it is not too late. Send a request to secretary@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk with your name and email address. It’s as easy as that! We also need more people for our committee (also known as the Core Group) to help organise events. If this is something you’d like find out more about, please email the secretary.

Wildlife Corridor and Wilding project

We have been working with Beeswax Dyson Farming, the owners of the Churn Estate, since 2018. We had cleared and improved Rubble Pit Lane and wanted to create a wildlife corridor along the track connecting it to Cow Lane (a wildlife corridor provides cover and food for insects and small mammals crossing the open fields). Beeswax planted a very large number of hedging bushes and trees along the track in 2018, and in early 2020 we cleared grasses and nettles away from the young trees and replaced trees that had died (photo at the top).

There are a lot of ecological projects planned on Beeswax land, the first of which, in conjunction with Natural England and SB, involves the conversion of the seven-hectare field immediately east of Cow Lane and north of Frying Pan Wood into a wildlife area (it is currently growing cereal). This autumn, half of the field will be drilled with wildflower seed and the other half with wild bird cover (wheat, barley, rye, etc.). This area will be open to everyone as long as dogs are kept under control so as not to disturb the nesting birds.

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2 small Qualcast electric lawnmowers, 2 vacuum cleaners (Sebo upright + Miele cylinder) both with spare bags. Hercules bow saw, ideal for lopping branches and other arboreal work Chris Whatmore editor@blewbury.co.uk 851055
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Blewbury WI news

July 1, 2020

Hello to everyone. Hope you are keeping well and staying safe.
Some of us at Blewbury WI continue to connect, via Zoom, for our “monthly meetings” and “coffee mornings”.

Audrey Long of Blewbury History Society joined us, via Zoom, to discuss “What did you do in the big lockdown, Granny?” We sent her our thoughts and hopes which she will put into a “Diary” so that this unprecedented situation will not be forgotten. Graeme Gettings led us in a good “Doodle Art” session and our next project will be a “Desert Island Discs” session, which should prove to be very interesting!

There are no signs of our next monthly meeting being face to face. In the meantime we are remaining positive and adapting to the “new normal” Our lovely Secretary hosts and arranges all the Zoom meetings and all the Members, very much, appreciate all her hard work. Let’s hope that the next Blewbury Bulletin in September will be an unlocked Bulletin?

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

Blewbury Local History Group

The History Group assists in many enquiries from people outside the village relating to people who used to live here and, on occasions, we are asked what exactly the group has in the history room. Most of the time this is by prospective new members and when they are told you see eyes widen.

So, here is a taster. Artefacts? Hundreds of them including the Miser’s Coat, the original Enclosure Act plan, Milk bottles from the diaries, gasmasks, cast iron machinery plates, coins, metal detector finds and the like. Photographs? Thousands – and all scanned so we can produce a CD for you. Books? A library, all indexed, including research, as well as antiques from the many authors who lived here. Paintings, maps, scrap books from the 1950’s of newspaper cuttings relating to the village. The list is endless, almost. And our latest project is to scan ALL the tens of thousands of documents we have to a searchable format by word.

In the 1960s Peter Northeast spent a lifetime at the Berks Record office and then typed up everything he found related to Blewbury. This includes the memoires of people living here and describing the buildings as they were then. All unpublished of course. The records describe land, buildings, demolished buildings, owners of buildings and land, inheritors of the same and style of interior of buildings. In fact, if you live in Blewbury in a building that was here in the 1950’s then there is more than a good chance yours is mentioned. Some wonderful history and sometimes surprises to dispel the word of mouth ‘legends’ that have sprung up. We do hope that as the volunteers (and you could be one) finish this then we can make the documents available to all.

We don’t hold meetings in person at present, it’s via Zoom and if you would like to join then drop us a line. We do hope that soon we can open the doors again to the History Room and invite all the new members who want to see the treasures.

Mark Palethorpe (markpalethorpe@talktalk.net) and Audrey Long (audreyrosettalong@gmail.com) phone 850427

Blewbury Croquet Club

Croquet is possibly the easiest sport in which to maintain social distancing.

Our season is now under way, albeit with restrictions on the number of people playing at any one time, and with a cleaning regime in place to minimise any risks of virus transmission.

With reduced subscription income this year, given a number of members who’ve understandably chosen not to renew in the current circumstances, the club is delighted to have instead been granted £1700 from the Community Emergency Fund – administered by Sport England – specifically to help maintain our lawns. Sport England were previously the principal sponsors of our courts’ construction, via a National Lottery grant in 2002/3: it’s great that they still recognise our contribution to sport in the community.

If you’re at all interested in joining us, please get in touch. David Long, Secretary BCC (07484 360169)

Sustainable Blewbury

June 4, 2020

Garden market

We are trying to work out how to resume our usual Saturday morning sessions, probably without our gazebo which would mean we’d need dry weather with our helpers maintaining 2m distancing and wearing gloves. We hope to be able to start by about the middle of June.

Repair cafe

We are sorry to have to announce that given the current situation, we have decided that we must cancel the Repair Cafe planned for 27th June. We hope that we will be able to hold our next Repair Cafe in September.

 

We also hope to run our apple juicing programme in the autumn.

 

Membership of Sustainable Blewbury

Would you like to become a Member of Sustainable Blewbury? It’s free and without obligation and you can receive our regular newsletter by email. (You will also receive it if you are on our supporters list but are not a member.) You will then be invited to our AGM and can make suggestions about our activities. If you’d like to be a member, email us at: secretary@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk. If you’d like to read our constitution, visit: sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/SB_Constitution.pdf.

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(about) 5 gallons creosote

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Bridge Club during lockdown

Having ceased physical play over two months ago, members have been finding other ways to satisfy their need for some mental challenges.

Some are playing with a regular partner on the internet on sites such as Bridge Base Online, where the EBU runs regular daily sessions of 12 boards at 12 noon, 2.00, 3.30, 7.30 and 9pm. There are also occasional Oxfordshire County events on this website, too.

In order to maintain some form of cohesive club activity, Blewbury Bridge Club has set up regular sessions of 20 boards, playing against the computer, on a site called Funbridge at 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It was felt this would appeal to the widest cross-section of the membership. However, support has been a bit patchy and so it would be good if more members could take up the option of some bridge stimulation in these sessions. Contact the Chairman for further information on how to join the site and find the dedicated Blewbury sessions, where you can test your skills against the other Blewbury members who take part. A Novices session of 15 boards has also been set up at 7.30pm on Friday evenings on the same site. This is proving quite popular.

It would seem unlikely that the club will re-convene physically again before the autumn – let us hope that the recent news concerning a vaccine possibly being available in September proves correct. Otherwise, we are probably looking at a long delay before we can meet again. Michael Allen  851870

What did you do in the big lockdown, Grandad?

Blewbury Local History Group

Here we are again and maybe we are getting used to the situation, or maybe not! We have had few responses for our appeal last month to Grannies which was a bit disappointing. In our last history meeting, online, several people commented on various apps which have been helping villagers with shopping. There were also comments about how friendly folk are when out walking in the village. There were also lots of remarks about the peace, and the birdsong, but also comments about how pleased parents would be to have school restarting again. Will there be changes when Lockdown finishes? Let us know what you think – this period is absolutely unique and historical. (The nearest was Spanish Flu, after 1918 and much of that history has been lost or hidden.)

Next meeting is Tuesday, June 9th at 8pm by Zoom. Contacts: Mark at  markpalethorpe@talktalk.net or Audrey 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmail.com and Roger Murphy at roger.murphy65@gmail.com

Bridge Club

May 29, 2020

Having ceased physical play over two months ago, members have been finding other ways to satisfy their need for some mental challenges. Some are playing with a regular partner on the internet on sites such as Bridge Base Online, where the EBU runs regular daily sessions of 12 boards at 12 noon, 2.00, 3.30, 7.30 and 9pm. There are also occasional Oxfordshire County events on this website, too.

In order to maintain some form of cohesive club activity, Blewbury Bridge Club has set up regular sessions of 20 boards, playing against the computer, on a site called Funbridge at 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It was felt this would appeal to the widest cross-section of the membership. However, support has been a bit patchy and so it would be good if more members could take up the option of some bridge stimulation in these sessions. Contact the Chairman for further information on how to join the site and find the dedicated Blewbury sessions, where you can test your skills against the other Blewbury members who take part. A Novices session of 15 boards has also been set up at 7.30pm on Friday evenings on the same site. This is proving quite popular.

It would seem unlikely that the club will re-convene physically again before the autumn – let us hope that the recent news concerning a vaccine possibly being available in September proves correct. Otherwise, we are probably looking at a long delay before we can meet again. Michael Allen  851870

What did you in the big lockdown, Granny?

April 24, 2020
  •  Blewbury Local History Group

Here we are in a situation dreamed up by a sci-fi writer that none of us could even dream of. Some people liken it to WW2, or the Spanish flu of 1918, but it only bears some similarity to those and is almost certainly affecting more of the world than anything before. We are all part of an historic time, so we should record it. That means all of us, not just academic professors or politicians but us, in Blewbury and around. We, the History Group, are suggesting that everyone should record our new everyday lives. What about random acts of kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity? Funny things that have happened? lf you have time to write about your life daily, keep a diary. Shopping, meeting new people, glove wearing, keeping 2 metres apart, missing the family, the pub, football. The list is nearly endless, and if we don’t record it now it could be lost. Please send contributions to us, see below, any time, any length, and we plan to have an exhibition of a selection of items when we come out of lockdown and maybe a booklet as a permanent reminder.

Contact Audrey on 850427 or audreyrosettalong@gmaiI.com or Mark at markpaIethorpe@taIktalk.net.

  • For anyone interested in the gravestones around St Michael’s (there have been some Facebook posts on the subject recently) there’s a complete list of all the inscriptions, compiled in 1939, on our website at https://bit.ly/2xzOczf

Sustainable Blewbury

 

Blewbury Garden Market

It doesn’t seem feasible to run our Saturday morning stall in the usual way while adhering to the current Covid-19 safety rules, but if and when things relax we hope to resume later in the summer.

Thermal imaging

This year we imaged 13 houses, including four that we couldn’t do last year due to exceptionally warm weather. We hope residents will use our images to improve their insulation – the climate emergency has not gone away of course.

Hedge laying

For your daily exercise, come to see the hedge, the community orchard in blossom, and the wildflower meadow. Or walk up Blewburton Hill – reduced car use has roughly halved air pollution, so you can now see Oxford clearly.

During the winter the very sparse hedge along the western side of Tickers Folly Field (along the footpath up to the Chalk Pit) was laid where possible and more trees and bushes planted in the gaps. The community orchard trees are now mulched with rotted leaves provided by Alex Musson.

Wildlife corridor

The aim is to plant trees and restore hedges from above the Chalk Pit along the track to Cow Lane and Woodway, and so create a corridor for wildlife. In 2017 we planted 100 trees from the Woodland Trust near the Chalk Pit. In 2018 Beeswax Farming restored a substantial hedge along part of the route. This year Karen Forman obtained another grant of trees from the Woodland Trust, and in March Sustainable Blewbury (in particular John Ogden, Alex Musson and Sean Morris) replaced parts of the Beeswax hedge that had died due to two very dry summers and tidied up existing plants. As a result there is now a substantial run of healthy hedge along the track. Beeswax are also going to plant wildflowers in one of their fields this autumn, after the current cereal crop is harvested.

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