Happy Time at Pimms and Pate

What a superb lunchtime treat we had on Saturday 18th August.  Despite being a small village, when they do something in Upton they do it right!  Pimms and Pate was not to be missed.  60 people came along: folk from Crowmarsh, Cholsey, Harwell and the surrounding villages.  The organisers would like to apologise to a number of villagers who were disappointed not to be able to attend as all the tickets were sold out.   A choice of a dozen pates were on offer: all home-made, plus new potatoes, salad, pickles, etc. and as ever the sweets were to die for.  If you still had room, cheese and biscuits came next.  The weather brightened just in time for half of the diners to sit outside on the patio, the remainder were in the hall.  Very nice raffle prizes were also up to be won.

The event was presented in a very professional way.  Can I just suggest that when the next Pimms and Pate comes around you get your tickets early so as not to be disappointed.

A big thank you must go to Maggie and Celia for their hard work in organising it, plus the band of helpers and those who provided the food.   Well done and roll on the next one.

The profit made was £730 which will go towards St Mary’s kitchen and loo project.


John Lightfoot

A very happy diner.

The Village Fete – Coming Soon

1st September starting at 1.00pm on the Village Recreation Ground

The day of the fete draws nigh and there are lots of things to look forward to this year. Amongst the new attractions will be a special children’s area which will include Carl the magician, a coconut shy and lots of prizes to be won, and music will be provided courtesy of Wantage Silver Band and the Hagbourne Community Choir. There’ll be a barbeque, pizzas and of course the traditional tea and cakes a-plenty together with lots of stalls including books, preserves, a beer stall (thanks to Kenny at the George and Dragon), plants, tombola – the list goes on. There’s a bigger-than-ever classic car display and there will be a chance to demonstrate the beauty and skills of your pooch at the dog show – dogs of all shapes and sizes are most welcome!

As ever, we will be looking for help on the day in putting everything together and taking it down at the end, and there will be lots to do during the fete itself. If you would like to help, please call Paul (851251), Brian (850158) or Jessie (851206). Many hands….

Finally, would you or your company like to sponsor one of the attractions? This would be a big help in keeping the costs down and maximising the vital contribution the fete makes to the running of the village hall and the church. Sponsorship is welcomed for the band, the dog show, birds of prey, barbeque provisions or children’s prizes. Liz Evans, who’s running the kid’s stalls, would especially welcome jam jars filled with small toys, wrapped sweets, marbles, new hair bands, clips etc plus cuddly toys for the teddy tombola and (ideally!) an unopened Lego box set as a prize for the ‘guess the number of Lego pieces’ competition.

Looking forward to seeing villagers and visitors on 1st September – don’t miss the fun!

Paul Batho

Pimms, Pate & Pudding to Return

Pimms, Pate & Pudding

Those with memories stretching back five or so years will recall the delightful PP and P parties held annually at the village hall. Well, by popular demand this event is being revived on Saturday 18th August!

It will run from 12.30 until 3.30 and the cost is £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for children over 5. This will get you a glass of Pimms (or a soft drink), and a buffet lunch including a fantastic array of home-made pates. All profits will go to the Friends of St Mary’s.

We’d like bookings in advance so we can cater for the right numbers. Book now with Maggie (850126) or Celia (850684) to reserve your place.

We look forward to a jolly English summer afternoon!

Paul Batho

Blewbury Post Office Notes for June

I am away from work in late June, Maggie will be open on Saturday 23rd and Monday 25th as usual, but Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week will be open mornings only, as Maggie has Granny duties in the afternoons. We will be closed on Saturday 30th June.

We have Owl stamps and Royal Wedding presentation packs available now, Royal Academy stamps come out on 5th June and Dads Army on 26th June.

Tickets for the Summer Dance are now available, and the box for donations for the Didcot Food bank is still here too. We have the schedules for the VPA Summer Show and sometimes we have local eggs, rhubarb, tomato plants and other plants as available.

Don’t forget that banking facilities are available for almost all banks now, cash withdrawals and cash or cheque deposits. Royal Mail collect at 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 9.30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Although the posties do try to leave it to later on if they can, rushing in at closing time and expecting the postie to be waiting just for you is not going to happen. Parcelforce collect at about 3pm.

Dry cleaning is collected and returned on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, They do a good job, and are very reasonably priced too!

Karen and Maggie


Upton’s Journrey Saver Idea

Join the Upton Journey Saver WhatsApp group in order to save making unnecessary journeys, to cut down on fuel costs and emissions and to help your neighbours.

Use the group to offer a lift, go halves on a trip to the tip or get someone to pick you up a pint of milk.

To join, send your name and mobile number to Kieron – 07971009603.



Blewbury Post Office News

We have some really nice “Re-introduced Wildlife” stamps at the moment, Ospreys, Large blue butterflies and Sand lizards etc! baby “Owls” stamps are out on the 4th May and adult “Owls” are on sale on the 11th May.

We will be closed on Saturday 12th May, another girly guide event.

Please note that we do not accept “click and drop” tracked 24 or 48, these are available online (usually eBay) and are cheaper, but you have to take them to a designated Royal Mail office, probably Didcot, we have yet to find out. Just to confuse us, we can accept “Click and Drop” signed for.

We understand that customers with a POCA (Post Office card account) are receiving letters telling them they have to have their allowances paid into a bank account, not quite true, they can still have their POCA, until 2021.

Our little shop is what keeps us going, we have cards, sweets, ice-cream, caddy bags, envelopes, sticky tape, dog poo bags, string, and glue etc, without a shop, there will be no post office!

Karen and Maggie




Stamps going up at the Post Office

Royal Mail are putting their prices up on Monday 26th March, 2p on a standard size 1st or 2nd class stamp, 3p on a large size, 5p up for a small parcel, any stamp that says 1st or 2nd on them will just revalue themselves, but any for Europe or the rest of the world will need extra pennies put on them.

Post Office Ltd have warned us of scammers pretending to be from TalkTalk or similar companies, who try to gain access to your computer and/or your bank accounts, and scam people out of large sums of money, please do not ever give out your bank details or pin number to anyone on the phone, and please do not give anyone permission to “remotely access” your computer (unless they are your family or a professional who you know!) If you get one of these calls, please ring 101 to report it.

We can accept cash withdrawals and deposits and cheque deposits for almost all banks now, just a few are lagging behind on the depositing side, no need to battle the potholes and car parks in town.

We have a few Duck Race tickets left, £1.25 each, you don’t need to be in the village on Easter Sunday, just leave your contact number, and Gill and Richard will keep your prize money safe until you return.

We will be closed on Good Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March, (my niece is 18!), Easter Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd of April I will be around, so for emergency top up for gas and electric, please ring my mobile 07825154842! We will also be closed on Friday afternoon 20th April and Saturday 21st, unless I can arrange for Maggie to cover, I have a “Girly Guide” activity weekend, I shall be whizzing down a zip line etc. hoping not to break anything.

Please be aware that there are naughty people around the area at the moment, so please lock all outbuildings and sheds, and report any suspicious vans, cars or people to 101 or 999.

Karen and Maggie

Visit the Lambs at Earth Trust

Lambing Weekends – Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th and Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th March, 10am-4pm

Earth Trust is throwing open the gates to our working farm at our annual fundraising festival! Join us for some farmyard fun during our popular Lambing Weekends: there’ll be lambs, piglets and goats to meet, plus bale climbing, tractor and trailer rides, craft activities and more. Refreshments available. £8 adult, £5 child; £22 family (2 adults + 2 children); discount for online tickets – see www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson.

Meet the Shepherd – Tuesday 20th March, 4pm-5pm

*FRIENDS EXCLUSIVE!* Emma Blomfield will introduce our Friends to some of the new arrivals in the lambing shed. Find out what it takes to be a shepherd at this very busy time of year! Free (Earth Trust Friends only); booking essential: call 01865 407792 during office hours or email ku.gro.tsurthtraenull@sutroppus. Find out more about becoming a Friend at www.earthtrust.org.uk/joinus.

As always, more information can be found on our website www.earthtrust.org.uk. Both events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ


Good Friday Walk

The annual Good Friday walk will be held this year on 30 March starting at St Mary’s church at 2.00pm. The route will be 5/6 miles in total and will perambulate gently over the downs before returning to the church where walkers will be rewarded with tea and hot cross buns.

It’s being organised by the Friends of St Mary’s but the walk is open to all, and there’s no charge. Just come along and enjoy yourselves in the fresh air.

It’s not essential but if you could let Paul Batho know in advance (moc.tenretnitbnull@ohtabsjp or 851251) we can get a rough idea of the number of buns required!

Latest News from Blewbury Post Office

Old £10 notes (Charles Darwin) go out of general circulation on 2nd March, so either spend or bank them quickly, or bring to us for swapping! We are still swapping old £5’s and £1 coins!
We have the new issue of ‘Votes for Women’ stamps on sale, along with ‘Game of Thrones’ and some Star Wars’ ones too!
I am expecting the price rise from Royal Mail to be announced this month, so buy your 1st and 2nd class stamps before April, to beat the increase!
We will be closed for two Saturdays in March, 3rd and 17th, also on Good Friday 30th!
We have tickets for the two sustainable Blewbury talk’s, and the Duck Race on Easter Sunday (April 1st)
Nat West Bank are closing several nearby branches, but you can still get money out at the post office, and make deposits, most other banks services are available too, all free!
Normal opening times have resumed, I am feeling so much better now!

Karen and Maggie