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  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

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 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







Collection will be taken for local charities

Contact John Lightfoot 01235 850486

Earth Trust’s Calendar for July

All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ unless otherwise stated.

Summer Picnic – Sunday 2nd July, 11am-4pm

Help us celebrate our 35th Birthday at this year’s summer festival! Party games, live music, a smoothie bike and more! £6 adult, £3 child, £15 family (discount for online bookings at

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wednesday 19th July, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Earth Trust is delighted to welcome The HandleBards, the world’s first cycling theatre company! Since 2013, their two troupes (one all-male, the other all-female) have pedalled over 6000 miles across the UK to perform their unique brand of “charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable, bicycle-powered Shakespeare”

Join the all-male troupe in the beautiful gardens of the Earth Trust Centre, at the foot of the Wittenham Clumps, for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as you’ve never seen it before! Bring a picnic and settle down for an evening of “gloriously eccentric” outdoor theatre.

For those not familiar with the story, what’s the play about? Well… Four young lovers find themselves enveloped in the dream-like arms of a magical forest full of sprites, where a feuding Fairy King and Queen are at war over the possession of an Indian boy. A group of amateur actors share the same forest. They’re rehearsing for a play. Fairies and humans collide. Hilarity ensues.

£18 adult, £14 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at (incurs a booking fee).

Drawing from Nature for Families – Sunday 23rd July, 10am-1pm

Let your creative side loose in the great outdoors, and get top tips for inspiration and improvement from local artist Gareth Lloyd. £10 adult, £5 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at (incurs a booking fee).

Creepy Crawly Comics – Monday 24th July, 10am-3pm

You’ll be the bees’ knees at creepy crawly comic drawing after attending our session with popular cartoonist Neill Cameron, whose work features in The Phoenix comic. You’ll explore the Earth Trust garden, then create a nature themed comic inspired by what you discovered. For 7-11 year olds. £30 (ask about our discount for siblings); booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at (incurs a booking fee).

Woodland Adventure – Tuesday 25th July, 10am-12pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to explore, build and play in the woods! £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

Night Safari – Tuesday 25th July, 8pm-10pm

Join us for this night-time expedition to discover Thrupp Lake’s wildlife, who knows what you might find? On the evening, you’ll also set up live traps ready for tomorrow’s event. £7 adult, £4 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at (incurs a booking fee).

Wildlife Wednesday at Thrupp Lake – Wednesday 26th July, 10am-12pm

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve each school holiday. Come out and play and learn about your local wildlife! £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

Tree Climbing – Wednesday 26th July, 10am-5pm

Use ropes and harnesses to explore Little Wittenham Wood’s treetops in 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. £20 per participant; booking essential: online at

Basket Weaving – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July, 9.30am-5pm

You can create several small baskets or one larger structure in this two day workshop with Catherine Tregaskes. £115 per person; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at (incurs a booking fee).

Clumps Club – Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August, 9am-5pm

Experience some wild adventures in this holiday club for 7-11 year olds! Different outdoor activities each day (see our website for details). £30 per day (book all 5 and get one FREE); booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at (incurs a booking fee).

As always, more information can be found on our website

Blewbury W.I. Calendar for July

Summer is here at last! Long hot sunny days and warm balmy evenings. More ways to relax – join us at the following events taking place in July. All new members will be made very welcome.

Monday 3rd July at 10.30am – Coffee at Style Acre.

Tuesday 4th July at 10.00am – Meet at the Village Hall for Lyn’s Walk.

Friday 7th July at 7.00pm – Craft Evening at Liz’s, please ring first.

Monday 10th July – Boat trip at Henley. Date and time to be confirmed.

Monday 10th July at 7.30pm – Scrabble at Graeme’s, please ring first.

Wednesday 26th July at 7.30pm – WI Monthly Meeting in the Vale Room. Speaker, Barbara Hudson – Retirement and Beyond, Internet Dating and The Novel.

Friday 28th July at 1.30pm – Talking Science Lecture at RAL Harwell.  Black Holes – Science, Fact, Fiction or Fantasy.  Prof. Chris Done.

For more details of any of our events, or if you wish to join us, please ring Karen on 850219 or visit our web page, where you will find more  information.



Didcot U3A

The University of the Third Age offers the opportunity to share your knowledge, experience and talents with others and to learn from them in friendly surroundings. We have 31 Interest Groups, ranging from, Art Appreciation, Family History, Languages (various), Photography, Science & Technology, Ukulele to Wine Appreciation!

The Didcot & District U3A meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the Civic Hall, at the next meeting on 20th June, John Caldicott will talk on ‘The Foundling Hospital – the children who were taken in’.

The monthly meetings always commence at 2pm, it advisable to arrive 15 minutes before the start, there are always members of the Committee on hand to act as Meeters & Greeters to make any newcomers most welcome.
For more information call: 01235 510048 or 01235 815384, email gro.a3utocdidnull@yraterces or visit