Blewbury Pre-School’s Annual General Meeting will be on Thursday 8 October at 7.30pm and everyone from the village is very welcome to attend.
This year, due to covid-19 safety measures, it will be hosted online via video link. If you would like to receive the link to join the meeting, please email email@example.com
At the AGM we’ll be announcing all the details of how you can sign up for the Blewbury Pre-School Lottery – with a chance to win cash prizes each month – so do join us if you can!
Pre-School continues to run its normal session times for all 2½ – 4 year olds: 9am-12noon or 9am-2pm, Monday to Friday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to secure a place for your child, or go to www.blewburypreschool.co.uk for further information.
Don’t forget you can also help support Blewbury Pre-School by ordering quality seasoned hardwood for your log burners: £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 also available outside Pre-School for £5. Email orders to: email@example.com
Apple Juicing: This seems to be an unusually good year for apples. If you have a very large crop, we suggest that you hire our equipment to use at home. Hiring costs just £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury and Upton, £15 per day elsewhere. We provide detailed instruction sheets. To book our kit, or for more information, contact Eric at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07935 232296.
We are also holding public juicing sessions on Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor from 2 to 4 pm for people who do not have huge quantities of apples. Remaining dates are 4th and 18th October. Please bring your apples prepared and ready to be juiced: wash windfalls, remove bad bits (but there is no need to remove cores). We can pasteurise your juice so it will keep for up to a year – for this you need glass screw-top wine or drink bottles. Pasteurisation takes a while, so if you would like us to pasteurise please arrive before 3 pm. You can also freeze your juice in plastic bottles. Costs: £1 per pressing (bucket or large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle.
Blewbury Garden Market: We restarted our Saturday morning stall on 29th August. We plan to continue through 26th September. We are not using our gazebo, so we are dependent on the weather. Bring fresh produce or bread or other baked goods to sell at 9.00 am. Open for sales from 9.15 to 11.15 am. You set pricing for your goods; you keep 90% while 10% is held for our running expenses.
A Blewbury Wood: What’s happening regarding the possibility of creating a community woodland on the old sewage site at the end of the concrete path going north from the Village Hall? We are still waiting for Thames Water to confirm whether and how we can proceed, but we have taken an important step forward: the local farmer who owns the land around the site has confirmed that he is in agreement with the project going ahead. So, many thanks to Chris Kauntze; these projects have no hope of proceeding without local support. And a number of villagers have offered their help when this does move forward, so we can be confident that it will be a real community activity.
It is, though, quite a daunting prospect. The site is seriously overgrown with scrub and it will be hard work to establish the conditions necessary for woodland planting, especially while trying to respect the existing bird, mammal and insect life. But that is a good challenge! John Ogden
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Hello All. Hope everyone is keeping well and safe. Here at Blewbury WI we are still holding our Coffee mornings and main monthly meetings via Zoom and hosted by Kath.
The planned Main meeting on September 23rd in the Village Hall was not allowed to go ahead because of the building delays and the new Covid-19 regulations. It doesn’t look as if we will be able to hold our October meeting face-to-face either. Our Summer Social Picnic, held in the grounds of the Melland Room, was a complete success. 28 attended on a lovely sunny dry day and we all sat two metres apart on our own chairs and enjoyed our picnics. It was so good to see each other again in person. Kath, Helen & Trish made beautiful little posies to be distributed to us all and even delivered some to the Members who were unable to attend. It was a good day. Lyn has resumed her “Walks.” There will be a Walk on Wednesday, 14th October (please note this date). Meet at the Post Office at 9.30am. Depending on numbers we might take a short car journey to the start of the walk. All the Covid instructions will be met so PLEASE BRING A MASK.
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
Sustainable Blewbury Organisation: Due to Covid-19, we are deferring our AGM until next year, when we will cover two years in one.
In another change, Glen Meadows has stepped down as Chair of Sustainable Blewbury and John Ogden has taken over. John is consulting with Glen and the other members of the Core Group and will recommend the priority areas for us to focus on in the coming months. Glen will continue to be an active member of the Core Group and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great contribution over the years.
Apple Juicing: If you have a large crop of apples, we suggest that you hire our equipment to use at home. We provide detailed instructions. Hiring costs just £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury and Upton, £15 per day elsewhere. To book, or for more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.
We are also having public juicing sessions on Sunday afternoons at Blewbury Manor from 2 to 4 pm for people who do not have huge quantities of apples. Dates are: 23 Aug., 6 and 20 Sept., 4 and 18 Oct. Please bring apples prepared and ready to be juiced: wash windfalls, remove bad bits but there’s no need to remove cores. We can pasteurise your juice so it will keep for up to a year – for this you need glass screw-top wine or drink bottles. It takes a while to pasteurise, so if you’d like us to do this, please arrive before 3 pm. You can also put juice into plastic bottles and freeze it. Costs: £1 per pressing (bucket or large basket of apples), pasteurising 30p per bottle.
Blewbury Garden Market: We plan to resume on Saturday mornings from 29 Aug., without our gazebo so we will be weather dependent. Bring produce or baked goods to sell at 9.00 am; open for sales from 9.15 to 11.15 am. You set your own price(s) and get 90%, we keep 10% to cover our overheads.
A Blewbury Wood?: Planting trees is one way to fight climate change; there is wide support around the village for this. We are in discussion with Thames Water to take over a piece of land at the end of the concrete road leading from the Village Hall. Discussions are now in a phase with the real prospect that we could begin work during this coming winter. The site was once the location of local sewage works; it is very overgrown and a wonderful natural habitat. We need to plan carefully to develop a woodland for the village while doing the least possible damage to the ecology of the site. Ideas include creating a wetland area and planting disease-resistant ash and Dutch elm. If all is to go ahead – and we must await final decisions by Thames Water – we shall need to recruit lots of help. But first, if you think you can contribute to the planning stage, please contact John Ogden (email@example.com) – we would particularly appreciate assistance in creating a detailed plan of the area.
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – THE BANKSIAN MEDAL COMPETITION
As you know, because of Covid-19 the VPA was unable to hold its 2020 Annual Summer Show. We are an Affiliated Member of the Royal Horticultural Society and we purchase the Banksian Medal to award to the Exhibitor who achieves the highest points in the Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Sections. Because the Banksian Medal is engraved by the RHS with the year it is awarded we are not in a position to roll it over to 2021. The Banksian Medal was first issued in 1922 in commemoration of Sir Joseph Banks and “to encourage exhibitions of various garden productions of excellence, merit or novelty “.
The Committee is pleased to announce it is organising a competition so the 2020 medal can be awarded.
COMPETITION TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER 2020
The competition is open to everyone in the family
MAKE A DECORATION FOR THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH TABLE
A WREATH FOR THE FRONT DOOR
The Table Decoration and Wreath can be any size and shape with any type of decoration and accessories. Both items must be entered into the competition.
Please support the Village Produce Association so that we can find a winner for the 2020 Banksian Medal
FULL DETAILS will be available in the OCTOBER issues of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News.
NEWS EXTRA: The VPA Social booked for Saturday 5th December is still in the diary. It will be organised in accordance with any Govt rules regarding Covid-19. Please make a note of the date. More details next month.
Happy Gardening. Eileen
Hello everyone. Still the same old same old! Hope everyone is keeping well and safe.
Here at Blewbury WI, for our Summer Social, we have arranged a “ social distancing” picnic in the grounds of the Melland Room. All the Government guidelines have been taken care of and we are now hoping for good weather. We have managed to arrange our usual meetings and coffee mornings via Zoom.
Lyn has resumed her “Walks”, so some of us have the opportunity get out into our lovely countryside. The “New” Village Hall has been booked for our September Main Meeting and we are making plans for meeting up again. The first time since February! Almost back to normal!!
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.
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