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Sustainable Blewbury

August 25, 2020

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 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 ( – we would particularly appreciate assistance in creating a detailed plan of the area.

·  Blackout roller blind, cream colour. Width 90 cm, drop 170 cm.·  Tabletop artist’s easel Chris Whatmore 851055
Beko upright freezer, 186 litre, 60x60x150. Needs regular defrosting. Helen Mathias 850359
·  Black fireguard, brass trim – 61cm W x 60cm H + two wings 18cm W·  Bamboo magazine rack·  Red Curver storage box 43cm x 36cm Lesley Ogden 850372
Single Divan bed, in very good order.  Storage drawers and headboard.  Fire tags etc.  Collection from Chilton. Myra Hardiman 831635
Ikea child’s extendable wooden bed. Mark Palethorpe 07813251174
Modern oval drop leaf table on castors, 53″L x 34″W, folds to 34″x 12″ Dick Street 850043
To freecycle your item please send a short description, email & phone number to Lydia Inglis (