In the English Civil War in the 17th century Blewbury was in no man's land between King Charles I in Oxford and the Parliamentarian forces. On one day a troop of Royalist cavalry arrived at Hall Barn and demanded lunch. They had just been satisfied and left when a troop of Parliamentarians arrived with the same request, and were served at the same tables.
A talk by Richard Roslyn, illustrating from his photos the vital and integral part trees play in our landscape. Richard is both head gardener at the Manor and a superb photographer, so his talk should be both informative and beautifully illustrated. Tickets £6 including a glass of wine or juice, available from Blewbury PO or on the door if not sold out.
The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.
The reduce, reuse, recycle theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.
The west tower was also added in the 15th century. This may be when the central tower was dismantled, leaving only the columns and vault visible inside the church. Also 15th-century are the choir stalls, the screen between the chancel and Lady chapel, the baptismal font and a doorway to a former rood loft.
Also near St Michael's church are two almshouses. Nikolaus Pevsner states that he first was built in 1738 for the oldest man in the village and the second was added on its centenary in 1838. However, Page and Ditchfield state that there are two cottages that one James Bacon founded in 1747.
Well done to all of our Year 6 pupils who responded with amazing resilience to this year’s SATS which were both difficult and controversial; they showed themselves to have extremely good attitudes towards their learning.
PLEASE NOTE: Our garden visit scheduled for the 4th September has been postponed until the spring because many people who want to attend are still on holiday.
William Malthus was a London merchant who left land at Noke, Oxfordshire to fund a school at Blewbury. Its five-bay Queen Anne style school building close to St. Michael's church was built in 1709.
The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Michael the Archangel are the early Norman 11th-century nave and sanctuary. At least two Norman windows survive. St Michael's was transformed in the late Norman period about 1190, when the transepts and present chancel were built to make it a cruciform church. At the crossing a central tower was built, and of this the columns and vault survive.
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Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues, including the depletion of natural resources. We believe that we must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a lower-carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life.
They finished off their year with both a challenging residential trip with some activities which really tested their nerve and a splendid musical performance, ‘Aladdin Trouble’. This musical pantomime which they ably abridged and organised themselves was able to showcase individual personalities and talents.
The south aisle was added in the 13th century, linked with the nave by a five-bay arcade in which the two western arches are taller than the other three. In the 14th century were added the north aisle with its two-bay arcade of octagonal columns, and the Lady chapel south of the chancel.
Besides all the great music we have a bar stocking more real ales and ciders than ever before and the Posh Pimms & Fizz Bar. There will be a BBQ in the day and chilli supper. We have bouncy castles, sweet stalls, glitter tattoos and pocket money stalls to keep the kids entertained.
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From a non-driver: “It’s so easy now to get into Oxford by bus – and such good value. The morning 94s link up well with the X32 and with trains, so the commute is fast – if I leave Blewbury at 6:56, I can be in the centre of Oxford by just after 7:45, or leave at 9:14 and be in Oxford before 10:00! And there are good links with the buses to Abingdon, Wantage and Wallingford, too.”
Around the end of the 19th century, the open areas of the downs were used for military manœuvres each summer, the camp being victualled by the local farmers. A firing range was also introduced, and was used intermittently until the 1970s.
In 634 AD St Birinus was sent from Rome to convert the Midlands. By tradition he preached to the local tribe from Churn Knob. He converted the tribe and was allowed to found Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester-on-Thames. An annual pilgrimage now walks from Churn Knob to Dorchester in celebration.
Blewbury's inclosure act was passed in 1805. Its inclosure award records details of the parish at that time.
DID YOU KNOW? Caterpillars can devastate a crop of cabbages like a biblical plague of locusts, but you can help protect younger plants by adding about half a tablespoon of salt to your watering can. The plants absorb the salt, making them unpleasant for caterpillars who bloat and die if they consume it, but the cabbages will have expunged the salt by the time they reach maturity. Happy Gardening Eileen
BrookStreet des Roches, an unusual law firm (not just because not many law firms sponsor music festivals) but in that they specialise in advising companies up and down the country on their property–related issues. Most law firms that do that are based in London, or the big regional cities, but BrookStreet des Roches is based just down the road on Milton Park. Check them out on www.bsdr.comso
During the Roman occupation a villa or temple was built near the Ridgeway on Lowbury Hill.
The children and staff have worked hard all year and were delighted to win prizes in the Blewbury and Upton VPA show for their ‘Mr Potato Heads’ and a Cup in the Village Scarecrow Competition, which was presented by Pat Mattimore (see picture).
With Thames Travel’s new 94/94A Didcot service and Downland Villages Transport Group’s new weekly Wallingford service now up and running, click here to review routes, times and other information for Blewbury’s bus users.
Until about 1970 there were several racing stables in the village; one is still in business a mile to the south, and several racehorse gallops on the Downs to the south of Blewbury are still in use.
Route 94/94A: the Downland Villages have kept their bus service because St Birinus and Didcot Girls School pupils now travel on Thames Travel buses. That means that double-decker buses are needed, and as the same vehicle usually continues throughout the day, most 94 buses are double-deckers, which cannot get round the corner from South Street into Bessels Lea.
Kind people have handed in a camera, with pictures of 2 children up at Tickers Folly, and a camera with a broken back screen (we think someone had put it in the rubbish) but was found in the road, with a memory card still left inside! Also handed in, a small teddy comforter and a child’s shape toy, we also have a pair of ladies prescription sunglasses, several sets of keys, one with one of the gas/electic cupboard keys, probably from Dibleys?
Local charity Style Acre is holding its annual Summer Walk on Saturday 10th September.
So all three official bus stops are on London Road or Bessels Way: near Savages on London Road; at the Blueberry; on Bessels Way near to the junction with Bessels Lea. The bus also stops at the Eastfields lay-by. The bus now operates in a continuous loop, so it always stops on the village side of the road. The new positions of the bus stops are all marked on a map of Blewbury which you can download here.
Ash dieback has recently been confirmed at the Earth Trust’s Paradise Woods, near Long Wittenham, just 5 miles from Blewbury! Ash dieback, also known as Chalara, was first recorded in the UK in 2012. Since then it has spread to most areas of the UK.
On Saturday 9th July we held our 69th Annual Show. Although the number of entrants was down on last year, standard of entries was as good as ever, despite the strange spring and early summer weather we had. Well done to those who took part and thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a success.
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We have been busy all summer making plans to bring you a great line up of Live Music on Sept 10th. Please follow this link https://www.facebook.com/blewfest for the latest information.
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Blewbury has a number of historic timber-framed buildings. There is a cruck cottage in South Street. Hall Barn may date from about 1660.