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Blewbury Village Society

May 5, 2024

 

We had an eggstraordinarily large turnout for Blewbury’s Easter Egg Rolling 2024, with veteran rollers returning to offer wisdom and guidance to the next generation. It was also wonderful to see so many new members of the village for this vital rite of passage. Thank you to Tony Mather for judging this year’s best dressed eggs and Jonathan Fraser, Thomas, Henri and Ruth Elderfield for keeping us on track with the rolling. Of the 85 participants, our champion rollers, garnering the admiration of the entire village are: Roan and India (0–5), Lucia and George (6–9), Thomas F and Ella (10–13), Joseph and Matilda (14–17), Lucy P and Alister (18+), Skipper and Astrid (pet).

Note: we have a few prizes still to distribute, so email blewburybvs(at)gmail.com and we’ll unite you with your egg.

Blewbury Garden Market returns from Saturday 11th May – The Blewbury Garden Market will be back for its 15th year on Saturdays at 9:15–11:00 on the garage forecourt from 11th May. The BGM gives Blewbury people an opportunity to sell excess home-grown or home-made produce and plants, to promote local food and reduce waste. We welcome all types of home produce for sale, including fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, seedlings, bedding plants and perennials, free-range eggs and home cooking such as jams and chutneys, bread, cakes and biscuits. Producers set their own prices for their sale items; the BGM takes a 10% levy to cover our costs. See blewburygm.co.uk/ for more details.

BVS and Parish Council AGM, Wednesday 15th May – The combined BVS and Parish Council AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th May at 7 pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Blewbury Beer Festival, 2pm-midnight Saturday 18th May – The final pieces are now in place for the Blewbury Beer Festival. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the Village Hall to enjoy the locally sourced beers and cider, as well as wines and a gin bar for those who prefer something else. Food provided by Blewbury Primary School PTA will be available from 4:00 pm, and there will be live entertainment throughout the day. Please visit our website: www.blewbury-beer-festival.co.uk/ to see the line-up, information about the available drinks, the good causes we are supporting and our kind sponsors. All profits will support Blewbury Pre-School, the UNICEF Ukraine appeal and the BVS. We are still looking for volunteers to help with pouring pints and making the day go smoothly: if you are able to join the rota, please contact us via www.blewbury-beer-festival.co.uk/#contact.

Blewbury Summer Dance, Saturday 22nd June – The annual Summer Dance will take place on Saturday 22nd June from 7.30 pm to midnight at Ashbrook House, with music from the brilliant McFunky – returning after fantastic performances in previous years. This is a great evening to get together with your village friends and beyond, to enjoy “bring your own” food and drink in beautiful surroundings, listen and dance to great live music. Gazebo set up 4 –5pm Saturday; collect by 11am Sunday. Tickets are £15 each and can be bought in advance by emailing blewburybvs(at)gmail.com or at the gate on the evening.

THE TONY LOY TRUST – CELEBRATORY CONCERT

We are holding a celebratory concert on Saturday June 1st at 7.30 pm at St Michael’s Church Blewbury. The aim of the concert is to celebrate the work of the Trust, celebrate the achievements of the beneficiaries and further promote the work of the Trust and we are inviting beneficiaries, sponsors and supporters to help with celebrations. Several beneficiaries are appearing in the Concert, starring Simeon Lord – Jazz Saxophonist and featuring Angels Performing Arts, Megan Hughes – Singer, Blewbury Brass Band and more. Tickets are £15 and include a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Box Office is open from Friday April 19th. Please visit www.thetonyloytrust.org for further information and to buy tickets.

The object of The Tony Loy Trust is to support children and young people from Blewbury and the surrounding area in sports and the arts. We have provided £57,000 in 112 grants to individuals, organisations and projects. 44% of these have been in the arts: we have purchased keyboards, cornets and stage lighting in local schools; helped young companies stage productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; sponsored people on music and drama courses; and helped a performing arts group send children to international festivals. 56% of our grants have been in sports: to elite sportspeople in athletics, triathlon and motorsport; to a girls’ football and boys’ rugby club; and to an all-weather goal area at a local recreation area and play equipment in a pre-school. Overall, our support has improved facilities, provided opportunities, strengthened communities and developed skills and confidence.

JAZZ AT ST MICHAEL’S

In association with Mockbeggars Jazz, Friends of St. Michael’s presents The Fleur Stevenson & Hugh Turner Quartet

Featuring two fabulous multi-instrumentalists Raph Mizraki and Stu Henderson, at St Michael’s Church at 5.00pm on Sunday 19th May. This is the Friends’ first fundraising event to help with the costs of preservation and development of the church building.

Tickets £20, including a glass of wine or soft drink, available at Blewbury Post Office or from Richard & Gill Loyd (07767 463285/gillianloyd(at)gmail.com).

 

Sustainable Blewbury

April 10, 2024

Thanks to everyone who came to help plant the 280 whips making up the new hedge at the Nature Reserve on 9 March. Now to watch it grow.

Next volunteering sessions are on 6 and 27 April from 0930 to 1200. And thanks to the 13 litter-pickers on 16 March. We collected about 22 sacks of rubbish from the ditches alongside the roads; fewer than last year because there was less rubbish to pick up. We have overcome the backlog but how do we stop it being dropped in the first place?

Celebrating one year of the Nature Reserve and AGM,

Weds 24 April 8pm, Melland Room (Blewbury Clubhouse)

Glen Meadows and Martin Latham will talk on “Blewbury Nature Reserve: the first year” and show photos of what wildlife has been seen or we expect to see in the coming months as well as showing what our great volunteers have done. Free refreshments. Following the talk, John Ogden, chair of the Trustees, will give a short report on SB’s past year and his vision for the coming year. It is an opportunity find out more about SB and to give your ideas about new projects. Everyone invited.

Repair café, Sun 28 April, 2 to 4pm, Village Hall

Bring your household items including clothing, electrical, clocks and gardening articles for mending and bikes for fixing for free. Refreshments available. Donations welcome to cover costs. Thanks to all our volunteers who come to do the fixing!

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If you want to know more about Sustainable Blewbury and become a supporter to receive occasional newsletters, email secretary@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk

Blewbury Village Society

Thank you to everyone who came to Comedy Night and made the evening so enjoyable and such a success. The tickets sold out within three days, and we are very grateful for the amazing support for this event. Paddy Lennox (our compère) never fails to deliver, and we were treated to three fantastic comedians. A huge thank you to everyone who helped us set up, run the bar, and clear up.

Easter Egg Rolling, Sunday 31st March – The annual Easter Egg Rolling takes place on Easter Sunday, 31st March, at 3 pm. This event is open to everyone – bring your decorated eggs to the chalk pits (head up the footpath on the village side of Tickers Folly Field and you’ll find us!) Prizes for the best decorated eggs and longest rolls (see the separate advert in this issue, designed by Elphin Lloyd-Jones).

Blewbury Garden Market returns from Saturday 11th May – The Blewbury Garden Market will be back for its 15th year on Saturdays at 9:15–11:00 on the garage forecourt from 11th May. The BGM gives Blewbury people an opportunity to sell excess home-grown or home-made produce and plants, to promote local food and reduce waste. We welcome all types of home produce for sale, including fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, all kinds of seedlings, bedding plants and perennials, free-range eggs and home cooking including preserves such as jams and chutneys, bread, cakes and biscuits. Producers set their own prices for their sale items. A 10% levy is taken by Blewbury Garden Market to cover our costs. See the BVS Facebook page for more information.

BVS and Parish Council AGM, Wednesday 15th May – The combined BVS and Parish Council AGM will be held on Wednesday 15th May at 7 pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Blewbury Beer Festival, Saturday 18th May – Organisation for the 2024 Beer Festival is in full swing. We have twelve interesting locally sourced beers and cider for the connoisseur as well as wines and the Gin Bar. There will be live entertainment throughout the day as well as food served by the PTA  from 4pm. All profits will be supporting the Blewbury Pre-School, Unicef Ukraine appeal and the BVS. For more information, please take a look at our new website https://www.blewbury-beer-festival.co.uk. If anybody would be willing to join the rota for the day, please contact us through the volunteer page on the website.

Blewbury Summer Dance: Saturday 22nd June – The annual Summer Dance will take place on Saturday 22nd June at Ashbrook House with music from the brilliant McFunky. This is a great evening to get together in a beautiful setting with your village friends and beyond. See next month’s Bulletin for more information on how to buy tickets.

Blewbury Players

As we launch ourselves into Spring (at last!) we find ourselves busy with exciting plans. We already have two events in the calendar for 2024 and exciting news for 2025. Here are a few dates for your diaries…

Friends Evening – A night of Blewbury films26 April, 2024

This will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 26 April. We will show all the short films from the recent Song for Europe, which were hilarious and people said they’d like to see again, as well as films from previous revues and live and on-line shows.  It’s sure to be an evening of fun and nostalgia.  The evening, which is free to our Friends of Blewbury Players, will include wine and gossip.  Roger Colebrook, our Friends Secretary, will be contacting our Friends about tickets. To become a Friend and get priority booking for Blewbury Players’ productions and an annual entertainment and newsletter, please contact of Roger at bpfriends123@gmail.com. Subscription is £15 and is renewable on 1st May 2024. If you subscribe for 2024/25 before 26 April you will have a complimentary month and invitation the Friends’ Evening.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Orchard Dene Garden Theatre – 17-20 July, 2024. Directed by Erica Harley.

 

This modern translation provides an alternative and more accessible version than the more traditional text. “A gem of a play. This is full of action, humour, music, and emotion… a wonderful story performed by a gang of actors – in a new translation”.

Box office – Tickets will be available online at www.blewburyplayers.co.uk. Priority booking for Friends opens 5 June (using a code that will be sent to them). General Box Office opens 7 June.

Puss In Boots – January 2025

We are excited to confirm that we will be performing another pantomime in 2025! This has been written and will be directed by Blewbury’s very own Andy Jarvis.

Puss In Boots Auditions – September 2024, more details soon.

For updates on all our events please refer to www.blewburyplayers.co.uk, or visit us on Facebook or Instagram. Anyone who would like to get involved in our plans please email us at blewburyplayers@gmail.com

Artweeks in Blewbury and Aston Tirrold

 

ARTWEEKS EXHIBITIONS IN BLEWBURY & ASTON TIRROLD – SAVE THE DATES!

The 2024 Oxfordshire Artweeks festival runs throughout the month of May with over 400 venues to visit. This year we have two exhibition venues in Blewbury and four in Aston Tirrold to inspire and entertain you!

Firstly in the Blewbury Clubhouse, five local artists: Josie Clouting (expressive landscapes), Lin Kerr (still life oil paintings and floral watercolours), Julian March (hand thrown ceramics), Ellie Wong (semi abstract painting) and Yvette Phillips (textiles and embroidery). Blewbury Clubhouse, Bohams Road, OX11 9HF: 18-27 May, 10am-3pm (Weekends & Bank Holiday 10am-5pm)

Also in Blewbury we have Artweeks newcomer Anna De La Mare (animal, landscape painting and portraits). She is at 59 Bridus Mead, Blewbury, OX11 9PJ: 18-19 & 24-27 May, 11am-6pm

In Aston Tirrold there are many artists spread across 4 venues, all of which are open 18-19 & 25-27 May, 11am-6pm: Anna Dillon and Hedley Thorne (Heathersage, OX11 9DJ), Deb Sutcliffe and Caroline Vivian (Finches, OX11 9DD), Helen Young, Giulia Valentini, Mandy Reid and Pippa Smith (Springfield House, OX11 9DD) and Susanna Brunskill and Lucy Burletson (Twitten, OX11 9DQ).  For further information visit www.artweeks.org

Blewbury Village Society

January 31, 2024

The BVS Christmas events were well attended as ever: this year Santa delivered over 100 presents to young Blewbarians (and some not so young)!

Many people play a part in Santa’s Sleigh – an event that makes Blewbury so special. Thank you to Santa, Mother Christmas, Blewbury’s very own Rudolf, this year’s extra-large herd of reindeer, Santa’s numerous elves (responsible for his post office and other technical, safety and refreshment-based support), and the Blewbury Brass Band and Annie’s singers for carols on the Playclose. And thanks to all those who came to receive a present, join in with the singing or just be part of the event.

The Boxing Day Walk also had a great turnout, with lots of groups of all sizes. See page 1 of the printed Bulletin for the full story.

New Year’s Day started with the Roger Cambray Memorial Walk to The Bell at Aldworth, attended by a hardy troop of beer-seekers (and dogs). The live folk music in the snug was thoroughly enjoyed by those who managed to squeeze in!

BVS Comedy Night – Saturday 16th March

Next up, the legendary Blewbury Comedy Night returns to the Village Hall on Saturday 16th March. Paddy Lenox is back to compere, bringing three top comedians to entertain us. Whether you’ve been before or are a newcomer, please support this acclaimed event (over 18s only). Tickets are £18 – the box office will open on Friday 2nd February at https://bit.ly/3O7eBIG or scan the QR code. All drinks to be purchased from the bar, but please bring your own snacks. All profits will go to the Parish Council for maintenance of the village playgrounds.

Blewbury Beer Festival – Saturday 18th May

Looking further ahead, the ever-popular Blewbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 18th May: pop the date in your diaries now!

Blewbury Village Society

December 24, 2023

Please note that all the BVS Christmas events are held outdoors, so make sure you layer up/bring your waterproofs/wellies, etc. – you know the drill! The events are listed below, with more details on page 3 of the printed Bulletin.

  • Sunday 24th December – Santa’s Sleigh and Carols on the Playclose. Santa’s village tour starts at Bohams Road (London Road end) at 5:00 pm and ends in the Playclose at 6:30 pm, where he will give out presents (don’t forget to drop your labelled presents at the Pre-school between 10.30 am and noon)
  • Tuesday 26th December – Boxing Day Walk. Registration from 10:00 am at the Village Hall, skits at 10.30 am and walk at 11.00 am
  • Monday 1st January – Roger Cambray Memorial Walk from Blewbury to The Bell Inn at Aldworth (and back!) – meeting at 10.30 am at The Pound (the green space near The Blueberry)

Dates for your diary, 2024

  • Saturday 16th March 2024 sees the return of the BVS Comedy Night, when Paddy Lennox will be introducing a stellar line-up of acts. For details of how to buy tickets, see the February Bulletin and the BVS Facebook page.
  • Looking even further ahead, the ever-popular Blewbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 18th May 2024.

 

Dedication of Methodist War Memorial

The picture shows that the War Memorial is already in place in the Lychgate of Blewbury’s New Cemetery. We are grateful to Blewbury Parish Council for permission to put it there and to members of BlewShed for installing it.

There will be a short Dedication Service (blessing) of the War Memorial at 2.30 on Sunday 21st January at the Lychgate led by Didcot Methodist Church’s minister, Rev. Bruce Thompson. We would be pleased if you join us for this short service.

Blewbury and Upton Methodist Churches both closed at Easter in 2013, and the members all moved on to other local Methodist churches. We wanted the war memorial to stay here in Blewbury because we were aware that the families of some of the men commemorated still live in Blewbury but we thought it would have to be housed in some sort of expensive protective cabinet, which is why it has taken so long to install.   Jo Lakeland