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Blewbury WI News

May 31, 2021

By the time you read this, we hope to have had our “May Social “ meeting (with wine) outside the Melland Room on the 26th May from 7pm (though this will have been cancelled in the event of bad weather).

Provided the “Roadmap out of Lockdown” doesn’t change we will for the first time in 18 months have a real live meeting indoors in the Melland Room on Wednesday 23rd June, also a Social. Our meetings will continue to be at the Melland Room for the next few months, including 25th August, which will be our annual Garden Party (outside if possible). The coffee mornings will continue at Style Acre, the next one being on 9th June.

Lyn’s Walk

Unfortunately the May walk had to be cancelled but the next one is on June 1st, leaving the Village Hall Car Park at 9.30am. It will be a field walk unless too muddy in which case Lyn has an alternative planned. Bring your own refreshment and/or cash/card in case we find somewhere for coffee en route.

Mah Jong

We hope to re-start Mah Jong on Monday 7th June at 2.30 pm. Please contact Sharon Pegram in advance if you plan to attend. Telephone 01235 850412 or a note through the Door of Dragonwyke

For more information please contact our Secretary, Joy Boness on 01235 850543 or visit our web page  Jill Allen 

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


April 1, 2021

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


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 /

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 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 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:

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