Blewbury Post Office Information

We are having some new equipment installed on 26th September, so we are expecting to be closed between 9am and 11.30am.

We will be CLOSED on Wednesday 25th October.

The last posting dates for surface Christmas mail are, 27th September to the Far East, Australia and New Zealand, mid-October for the Americas, Canada and Asia, and late October for Europe and BFPO’s, we have lots of leaflets, or information is available on the Royal Mail website.

New “Star Wars” stamps will be on sale on 11th October. New £10 notes have started to come in. The old style “round pound” coins cease to be legal tender on October 15th, we will still take them if you find any lurking in a jar!

Please note that we do not accept post after our official LAT, (Last Acceptance Time), this is 4.30pm or 11.30am on our half days, (although the official time given is 9.30am on half days), this is the time that our postman calls to collect, not the time we close.

The last 15 minutes of every day is very busy for us, we do like to leave on time, at 12 noon or 5pm, we don’t get paid any overtime whatsoever, so please don’t come in at the last minute with eleventy billion parcels!

Karen & Maggie

News from Blewbury Post Office

We will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 28th August, any allowances paid on that day, will be available on the Friday before.

Pretty new stamps include “Landmark Buildings” and “Classic Children’s Toys”, while sometime in September, we will have “Ladybird Books”.

We will also continue to accept any old style £5 notes, we have until October for the old £1 coins!

Sadly, this is the month that our lovely Angela flies away to a new life in Canada, I thank her for her hard work and dedication to our village life, (and for coming to work in the post office too of course), I wish her every success, and hope we get to see her in the future!

I have managed to coax Maggie from Upton to come back to work on Mondays so I can have a day off, and to cover for my holidays!

Karen & Angela

September Events at Earth Trust

More information about the events listed below can be found on our website www.earthtrust.org.uk.  All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ unless otherwise stated.

Discover and Play – Friday 1st September, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join us for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. 

Sunday Drop-in: Fantastic Foraging – Sunday 3rd September, 10am-1pm

Drop in to find out what food is growing around the Earth Trust Centre and learn what yummy things you can cook over the campfire. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

Drawing from Nature – Sunday 3rd September, 2pm-5pm

Take a walk around Little Wittenham Wood with your sketchbook and get top tips on how to perfect your drawings from artist Gareth Lloyd an Oxford-based artist working primarily in pencil and paint. His work is typically based around endangered and protected species, and he welcomes the opportunity to work with conservation organisations to help preserve the animal kingdom through art

£20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Bat Walk – Saturday 9th September, 8.30pm-10pm

A guided walk with the addition of bat detectors to find out more about these marvellous mammals. £6 per adult, £3 per child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Children’s Fun Run – Sunday 10th September, 10am start

A 1km race around the Wittenham Clumps for kids! Please register online and bring a donation on the day. £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

10k Run – Sunday 10th September, 11am start

After a break last year we’re pleased to announce that the 2017 10K Run will take place on Sunday 10th September.

The Earth Trust 10K is a unique cross-country run that meanders through wildflower meadows, woodland, farmland, along the Thames and ends with a challenging hike up (and down!) the iconic Wittenham Clumps.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a novice runner taking on their first race or a Nordic walker looking for a new challenge, all are welcome!

This is a chip-timed race. Advance entry: £15 adult, £12 child (aged 14-17). On the day entry: £18 adult, £15 child (aged 14-17).

Wildlife Photography Walk – Saturday 16th September, 8am-10am

Join photographer Andrew Walmsley for a morning stroll around the nature reserve. Check out our beginner and intermediate workshops too. £20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Foraging Walk – Sunday 24th September, 11am-3pm

Discover the autumn bounty in the local area and use what you find to make something delicious. £17; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

 

Improve your Computing Skills at Astons Online

Astons Online is a free-of-charge drop-in workshop for the residents of Astons, Blewbury, Chilton, Cholsey, Goring, the Moretons, Streatley and Upton aimed at improving your online skills and keeping you safe using the internet. The next meeting is Tuesday August 15th from 10.00am to 12.00pm in Astons Village Hall.

You’ll find a warm welcome, the atmosphere is friendly, engaging and inclusive. Astons Online is the place to bring any problems you may have using your computer, tablet, smartphone, email or browsing the internet.

On our website we have our Broadband and Home Wifi guide to help you make the best of your Internet service. Astons Online is in the ‘Community and Services’ section of www.theastons.net  You’ll also find the Thames Valley Police “Little Book of Cyber Scams” on our pages to help you avoid on-line fraudsters.

Contact us using moc.liamgnull@enilnosnotsaeht  or Tel. 07780 958249

Whats on at Earth Trust in August

All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ unless otherwise stated. More information can be found on the Earth Trust website www.earthtrust.org.uk

Pond Dipping – Sunday 6th August 10.00am-1.00pm

Using nets and trays, get a closer look at the creatures that live in our pond.

Woodland Adventure – Tuesday 8th August 10.00am-12.00pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds to explore, build and play in the woods.

Night Safari – Tuesday 8th August 8.00pm-10.00pm

A night-time expedition to discover Wallingford Castle Meadow’s wildlife.

Wildlife Wednesday – Wednesday 9th August 10.00am-12.00pm

Play and learn about your local wildlife at Wallingford Castle Meadows .

Little Explorers – Thursdays 10th and 31st August 10.00am-11.30am

Sensory buggy/sling walk for babies and toddlers.

Discover and Play – Friday 11th August 10.00am-12.00pm

Forest School for the under-5s. A morning of woodland play and discovery.

Meteor Shower Walk – Friday 11th August, 8.00pm-10.00pm

A starlit walk around the Clumps and then settle down to enjoy the show that the annual Perseid meteor shower provides.

Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting – Sat. 12th and Sun.13th August 10.00am-4.00pm

Two workshops covering both the theory and practice of fruit tree pruning and grafting.

Song Writing – Sunday 13th August, 11.00am-12.00pm

For 6-11 year olds, make some music with singer-songwriter David Gibb.

Night Safari – Tuesday 15th August, 8.00pm-10.00pm

Join us for this night-time expedition to discover Mowbray Field’s wildlife.

Wildlife Wednesday – Wednesday 16th August 10.00am-12.00pm

Come out and play and learn about your local wildlife at Mowbray Fields.

Family Bushcraft – Thursday 17th August, 10.00am-4.00pm

Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors.

Beginners Wildlife Photography – Sunday 20th August, 10.00am-3.00pm

Professional photographer Andrew Walmsley will help you get to grips with your camera and provide guidance on capturing images of wildlife.

Clumps Club – Monday 21st-Friday 25th August, 9.00am-5.00pm

Experience some wild adventures in this holiday club for 7-11 year olds.

Woodland Adventure – Wednesday 30th August 10.00am-12.00pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds to explore, build and play in the woods.

 

Village Fete – Plans and Preparation

The fete this year will be held on Saturday 2nd September starting at 1.00pm on the recreation ground. So keep the date free – it will be worth it! For the first time the fete will be raising funds for both St Mary’s Church and UVHAT (the Upton Village Hall Amenities Trust).

We’re pleased to announce some exciting new ideas – donkeys, a cartoonist, a car boot sale and a bake – off competition. The bake off will comprise:

A pizza baking challenge – we need the loan of a pizza oven; can anyone help? If so, please let Kieron know (moc.liamgnull@hpmuhnoreik)

Cake decorating – a master-class from Fliss then try it yourself! If you’d like a go, please let Kieron know (contact above)

Kids blindfold baking competition! – 5 pairs of children to take part, in the ring. Volunteers please!

And we won’t forget the old favourites – teas, a book stall, white elephant, preserves, plants, raffle, bottle tombola, and a fab gifts tombola. There will be a barbeque from 1.00pm, so you can start off with lunch and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon!

Entertainment will include a dog show (entries on the day or to Gloria Smith (850683)), gymnasts and the children’s popular entertainer, Juggling John. Music will be by Blewbury Brass Band and local musicians. Entrance is via a lucky programme, price £1.00.

Donations will be welcomed for:

White Elephant; deliver to the Village Hall on the evening of Friday, 1st September, between 6.00 – 8.00pm.  All donations will be much appreciated – kitchenalia, household items, pictures, toiletries, toys, jewellery, ladies and men’s toiletries, etc. Also, small items of furniture (if you have any larger items we’ll be happy to show off any photos on a sheet). No clothing or shoes but happy to take handbags and other accessories. Also much appreciated if all items donated are in a saleable condition so nothing broken or dirty. If anyone would like items collected please call Giulia 07789 777381.

Books; please leave with, or ring for collection, Judy and Ian on 850179.

Raffle; donations of prizes to Lesley Shaw, or bring to the hall on the Friday.

Gifts Tombola; leave with Clare Lightfoot or bring to the hall on the Friday.

Bottle Tombola; leave with Brian Rippon, Gloria Smith. Clare Lightfoot or bring to the hall.

Children’s Tombola; leave with Clare Lightfoot or bring to the hall.

And not forgetting the famous teas; Rosemary de Wilde will be there at the hall from early morning ready to receive all those amazing homemade cakes that Uptonians so generously make.

Contact Jessie 851206 or moc.sepahseulbnull@eisseJ or Brian 850158 or ten.noppirnull@nairb

 

Short Mat Bowls at Upton and Harwell

Harwell Short Mat Bowls Club are staging two free 2 hour taster sessions for people interested in taking up the game. The sessions are being sponsored by Vale of the White Horse District Council’s program Go Active Gold as part of their health and fitness initiative for the over 60s.

If you would like to give it a try just turn up at Harwell Village Cherry Hall on Tuesday 5th September at 2.00pm or on Thursday 7th September at 5.00pm. Flat soled shoes need to be worn, bowls will be provided as will tea and biscuits.

There is the opportunity to play Short Mat Bowls at Upton Village Hall in the winter season, September to April starting on 6th September. Sessions are held Wednesday evenings 7.45pm – 9.45pm, except the third Wednesday of the month, when the wine club use the hall.

There is no annual membership fee, just pay per session.

For more information about  bowls either.at Harwell or Upton please contact Joan or Tony Durbin Tel. 850035 or Email moc.tenretnitbnull@mah_oj

 

Bake-Up has a Picnic

The fourth baking session was held in Rob and Chris Traynor’s garden with the theme of picnic food. It was nice to see a new face, Karen, who brought along a scrumptious game pie. Other delights included scotch eggs, sausage rolls, focaccia and soda bread, marinated chicken and more. Recipes were swapped, bellies were filled and a good deal of chat was had.

The theme for the next meet-up is ‘food from our holidays’. Frances is kindly hosting at The Old Forge (where High Street meets Church Street) at 11am on Friday 29 September.

If you can’t wait that long, there’ll be some Bake Up fun at the fete.

Bake Up isn’t an exclusive club – new faces (and food) are always welcome, so if you have a little spare time and fancy conjuring up something in your kitchen why not come along?

The Style Acre Tearoom Summer Fete

Enjoy a lovely day in Blewbury at the Style Acre Tearoom Summer Fete at our tearoom at Savages Garden Centre. With something for all the family, including a BBQ, bouncy castle, live performances, games, a cake competition and much more, it’s an event not to be missed! The fete starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm.

Our Tea Room is a social enterprise which provides work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. All the money raised from the fete will go back into our Tea Room to enable us to continue to provide the work opportunities we do.

If you would like to enter our cake competition or would like more information please contact Chris at ku.gro.ercaelytsnull@sworrubc or call 01491 827593.

Bike Night comes to Upton

JOHN WHEELER BIKE NIGHT

VINTAGE, CLASSIC & BRITISH BIKES COME TO UPTON

TUESDAY 11TH JULY AT 6.00 P.M.

RECREATION GROUND

TRADE STANDS, OUTSIDE BARS, REFRESHMENTS

AWARDS FOR BEST BIKES

Collection will be taken for local charities

Contact John Lightfoot 01235 850486