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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).

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

Blewshed News

May 2, 2021

Sheds are ‘community centres’ and therefore have been able to reopen from 12th April, with appropriate precautions, assuming that the Government roadmap keeps to schedule. BlewShed has been ‘opening slowly’ since Tuesday, 13th April, increasing access as the roadmap progresses. Currently, we are opening on the same basis as during the Autumn, i.e.:

  • book the visit with a committee member (you can just turn up, but it may not be open or numbers may already be met)
  • follow Covid secure operation (face masks, distanced work zones, one-way flow)
  • limited numbers

In addition, we will provide an outside seating area for breaks, conversation, etc.

Each visitor will have to make their own decision on attendance, based on their own circumstances. It is your choice when you wish to return to participation. We would love to see you, but respect your judgement. Safety, as always, comes first. Further steps will take place on future roadmap dates, as appropriate.

If you are ready, start booking now. Give me a call on 07790 348123, we are aiming at Tuesday and Saturday afternoons as usual, but other dates may be possible. Regular club meetings will recommence when we are allowed to have more than 6 people at a time. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a member! We look forward to seeing you.  Mike Magnay, Club Chairman  https://blewshed.home.blog/news/

BLEWBURY CROQUET CLUB: “CROQUET FOR ALL”

April 1, 2021

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

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