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2021 Duck Race

June 16, 2021

After the disappointment of two postponements, the ducks are getting excited about taking to the water on the new date of Sunday 5th September, at the usual time of 12 noon. Tickets are still available from Blewbury Post Office and will be valid in September.

Blewbury Pre-School is 50

June 17, 2021

Due to Coronavirus restrictions in force at the time, Blewbury Pre-School unfortunately had to postpone its 50th Anniversary Party on 17th July. But we’re delighted to confirm that our new Pre-School Lottery is up and running, with the next draw due on Thursday August 5th.

Blewbury School’s new Head

May 20, 2021

Blewbury School is delighted to announce Miss Jo Reeder as its permanent new Head of School, who will join the School from September 2021. Jo Reeder will for her first year be working alongside Miss Lisa Austin who will continue as the School’s 0.5 Executive Headteacher.

Post Office News

June 28, 2021

We continue to be fully open for our contracted hours. Please continue to wear your face masks, sanitise your hands, keep your distance  for now, etc etc! We will continue to clean everything and keep you safe!

Please remember that almost all banks can be accessed through the post office system, and you can make cash withdrawals up to your daily limit. This is what keeps us going; Royal Mail are doing their best to make you buy postage online cheaper but it cuts our turnover and viability.

Please also be wary of buying postage stamps online, (not the labels) these are very often counterfeit. I’ve seen a recent scam email, allegedly from TV licensing, check the email address carefully before replying.

The new £50 notes are issued in July, still no withdrawal date for old £20s, but we are sending back any we have come in with banking deposits.

Thank you for all the pill packets; we sent off a huge parcel but the recycling company won’t take anymore now.

We have Dennis the Menace stamps on sale very soon.

We will be closed for the August Bank Holiday weekend, including the Saturday. All allowances will be paid early.

Have a wonderful summer break.  Love from Karen, Maggie, Katrina & Michael 

Malthus Trust Grants

GRANTS AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF WILLIAM MALTHUS (MALTHUS TRUST)

Once again, we welcome grant applications from Blewbury residents under the age of 25 who are attending universities and further education colleges, or taking up apprenticeships. Application forms will be available from the Post Office from MONDAY AUGUST 2nd and will include instructions on how and when to complete them.

The Malthus Trust exists for the benefit of young people resident in Blewbury. Trustees are directed to apply surplus income as follows:

  1. In awarding grants for further education at schools, universities, colleges and educational institutions.
  2. In providing financial assistance with reasonable expenses, instruments, books etc as part of an educational course.
  3. In helping applicants prepare for (or enter) a profession, trade or occupation on leaving school, university or other educational establishment.
  4. In assisting individuals with fees, or by covering travel, subsistence or maintenance costs connected with training.

The grants are awarded at a meeting of trustees held in early September.

Completed applications must be returned to the Post Office ON OR BEFORE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON TUESDAY AUGUST 31st. Applications received after the above date will be considered by trustees at their March meeting, when grants are often lower because the financial requirements for the rest of the year are unknown.

THE FRANCES FRY SCHOLARSHIP

Assistance is also available, at the discretion of trustees, to provide science-related scholarships to assist applicants to further their scientific studies.

Sustainable Blewbury

Read our most recent newsletter at sustainable-blewbury.org.uk/newsletter_latest.pdf

Community orchard and wildlife corridor: We have cleaned up around the bases of the fruit trees in the Community Orchard and weeded the newly planted section of hedge alongside the path leading to the Chalk Pit. The trees planted in the Chalk Pit copse in recent years are now all contained in rabbit/deer guards, are growing well, and have had surrounding nettles and competing vegetation trimmed back.                                                                            Sean Morris and John Ogden

New Cleve information board: The Cleve has a new, updated information board! If you are out for a walk, do go to have a look at it. SB members updated the information, SB funded the design (by Gill Tyson, who also designed the Community Orchard board) and printing, and David Hollick made a beautiful frame and stand for the board from wood donated by Michael Penington, a member of the Parish Council. A successful SB/PC collaboration.                                         Jo Lakeland and Eric Eisenhandler

Litter picking: On Saturday 12 June, we took part in the Tidy Britain Great British Spring Clean. Eleven volunteers picked up litter along Bessels Way, Woodway Road, London Road, Bohams Road, the Rec. and Ticker’s Folly collecting a sizeable amount of litter. Thanks to all the volunteers and the District Council for providing the equipment. We hope to repeat in the winter when it will be easier to see litter in ditches!                                                                                                  Jane Kinniburgh

A tree that will fit into your garden – a new project for SB: The world is losing trees when we need more. Blewbury has more than 800 gardens – so if we all planted one small tree (or shrub) that would mean 800 more trees! And as well as absorbing carbon dioxide these trees will attract birds and insects into your garden. SB is joining the Hagbournes and Upton Group for Sustainability (HUGS) tree-planting project. We will collect your orders in late summer, pass them on to HUGS and then deliver your trees to you when they arrive in November. If you have a gap, or a space in your lawn, or even a large pot, have a look at the list of large, medium and small trees and shrubs on the HUGS website: www.hugsustainability.org/trees-1. The trees will be bare root, small (40­60 cm tall) and last year cost around £1 each. More information about the project later in the summer.                Jo Lakeland

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 Table Tennis Club

The Blewbury Table Tennis Club is simply thrilled to be back playing in the wonderfully refurbished Blewbury Village Hall.

We have a weekly Club session there every Tuesday from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome and we are committed to including players of all standards and ages. Do come along and give it a try. We even now have our own fully qualified table tennis coach, who has recently moved into the village!

During July & August anyone can have a free trial first visit. After that our session fees are £3 (Adults) and £1 (18 and under). Do come to join us having fun! Roger Murphy (Club Chair)

 

Bell ringing news from Blewbury Tower

Sadly, we, like many others, are having to rethink following the extension of the Covid restrictions; our looking forward to ringing again has been put on hold until July.

The ducks were getting excited about taking to the water for the Duck Race they are now waiting in anticipation for the new date of September 5th. Tickets are still available from Blewbury Post Office and will be valid in September.

 

Bridge Club

As I write this we find that the restrictions on indoor gatherings have been extended for another month until late July.

We shall have to wait, therefore, in order to assess whether it will be feasible to restart face-to-face sessions sometime after that. It will, of course, also depend on members’ willingness to take part in F2F sessions. Some may still be nervous about meeting in enclosed spaces, even with ventilation. The prevalence of new ‘variants’ may be of concern, especially for those classed as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’.

I shall endeavour to contact each member individually in order to assess views, once restrictions are removed. It may be possible to maintain club sessions of some form of on-line bridge whether or not we restart F2F. We will endeavour to cater for the wishes of as many members as possible. Michael Allen 851870

 

Blewbury WI News

Hello Everyone.  At long last Blewbury WI has some “live” news and planned events to report. I hope you all have kept well and safe over the past months and looking forward to, very soon, getting back to how it used to be. The following events are for July and August.

JULY 2021

Monday, July 5th.   Informal Social. 7pm -8pm. On the grass by the tennis courts/cricket pitch. Bring your own chair or rug and refreshments and come along for a chat.

Monday, July 5th.   MahJong 2.30pm. Details and venue to be decided.

Wednesday, July 7th.   Coffee morning at Style Acre. 10.30am – 11.30am.

Wednesday, July 7th.   Lyn’s Walk.  Meet at the village Hall at 9.30am. The walk will not  start in Blewbury but at but at Ardington. We’ll travel there in assorted cars. Bring something to drink and head covering if it is hot.

Wednesday, July 28th.   Main meeting at the Melland Room  7.30pm. Hopefully we will have an invited Speaker.

MahJong sessions will continue weekly at 2.30pm. Please contact Sharon Pegram on 01235 850412 for dates/venues.

Scrabble evenings at 7.30pm will continue monthly – please contact Kath Butler kafnbaz@hotmail.com / 07855 302162

AUGUST 2021

Thursday, August 5th.  WI coffee morning at Style Acre. 10.30am-11.30am

Wednesday, August 25th.   Annual Summer Party. Melland room.  Details later.

Scrabble & Mahjong sessions as above. No Lyn’s Walk in August.

For more details please contact our Secretary, Joy Boness on 01235 850795 or visit our web page, http://blewburywi.wordpress.com where you will find more information.       Love from Cilla