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Blewbury Pre-School is 50

April 1, 2021

It is Blewbury Pre-School’s 50th anniversary on 27th April and we’d love to hear from anyone who has memories of the pre-school.

You may have attended as a child, or perhaps you used to help out as a parent, or maybe helped on the committee, or were a member of staff?  We would love to hear from you! Please email chair@blewburypreschool.co.uk with any stories or photos you’d be happy to share.

BLEWBURY FREE TABLE TENNIS FESTIVAL!

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

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION

THERE’S STILL TIME TO ENTER THE VPA SPRING COMPETITION 

SATURDAY 10th APRIL 2021

FOR COMPETITION DETAILS – Contact Blewbury Post Office or Maggie Maytham in Upton (850126) or email   vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com  or call Eileen on 0777 518 5322

I’m writing this in the middle of March and looking forward to an improvement in the weather  – a bit dryer, warmer and not so windy!   I’m sure everyone has been getting to grips with the weeds, cutting the grass and planning what is going into the veggie plot this year.   Here’s a bit of food for thought:

FIVE REASONS NOT TO DIG YOUR VEGGIE PLOT

1.   Digging encourages soil-living creatures like worms to do the spadework for you.

2.   It reduces the loss of moisture.

3.   It protects the soil structure.

4.   It prevents weed seeds coming to the surface.

5.   It’s easier on the back.

FIVE REASONS TO DIG YOUR VEGGIE PLOT

1.   Digging breaks up heavily compacted soil, allowing it to breathe.

2.   It kills surface weeds.

3.   It exposes pests to predators and the cold.

4.   If you don’t you’ll need a lot more mulch to grow potatoes as you will not be ‘earthing up’.

5.   It’s good exercise for those who want it.

 

I’ve actually tried a semi-no-dig method this year. I’ve hoed the plots and have gone down about four inches. This has loosened the soil and weeded it at the same time. I can then go a bit deeper when I start planting, I hope this works – watch this space!

We are hoping that the VPA will be able to hold the Summer Show this year on the 10th JULY – it will depend on what Covid restrictions are still in place.   We will keep you informed through the Bulletin.

DID YOU KNOW – 1.  There are more greenhouse per capita in Britain than in any other country in the world.  2.  Peppers contain up to five times as much vitamin C as oranges.  The highest levels are found when the peppers are in the early green stage of ripening.

BLEWBURY CROQUET CLUB: “CROQUET FOR ALL”

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 / secretary@blewburycroquetclub.org.ukwww.blewburycroquetclub.org.uk

Blewbury WI News April 2021

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.

Blewbury Pre-School: 50th Anniversary, Lottery and Logs

December 22, 2020

It’s Blewbury Pre-School’s 50th anniversary in 2021 and we’d love to hear from anyone who has memories of the pre-school.

You may have attended as a child, or perhaps you used to help out as a parent, or maybe helped on the committee, or were a member of staff?  We’d love to hear from you! Please email chair@blewburypreschool.co.uk with any stories or photos you’d be happy to share.

We also plan to launch the Blewbury Pre-School Lottery in 2021. Anyone aged 16 or over will be able to take part. For just £5 per month you’ll be entered into a monthly lottery with a chance to win one of three cash prizes. The lottery money will be split 50:50 between fundraising and prize money. The proceeds going to the village pre-school will help fund equipment and resources, and to meet any other funding needs. We’re asking people to sign up for a whole year as annual members. We plan to sell a maximum of 200 lottery numbers each year. If all 200 lottery numbers are sold, the prizes each month would be: 1st prize £250, 2nd prize £150, 3rd prize £100. The remaining £500 per month would go to the pre-school.  Please email lottery@blewburypreschool.co.uk and we’ll send you a sign-up form in the New Year.

Finally, did you know you can support Blewbury Pre-School by ordering quality hardwood for your log burners?  It’s £100/£60 for a full/half trailer load delivered (or £75/£50 for a full/half trailer load collected).  Further reductions available if you prefer to split logs yourself. Single nets of logs are also available outside pre-school for £5.  Email orders to: committee@blewburypreschool.co.uk

Postponement of the Duck Race

March 30, 2020

The situation regarding events held during the Coronavirus epidemic is constantly changing.

As we have now been told that the progress of the pandemic will cover the next two months, the bellringers have decided to postpone the annual Duck Race, which was due to take place on Easter Sunday.

The Duck Race will now take place on Michaelmas Sunday, 27th September.

If you have already bought tickets for the Duck Race and would like a refund, please can you take them back to the Post Office or, alternatively, any ducks that remain sold will be entered in the race in September.

We know that this is frustrating and disappointing, but we feel that it is the most sensible approach to take as caring for our health is far more important. Gill Loyd