Blewbury Post Office News

Royal Mail has put their postage rates up from Monday 27th March, 1p on first and second (standard size) and 2p on first class large letter, 1p on second class large letter. Everything else goes up too, including parcels, but customers can now see when their parcel has been delivered (for free) by going to www.royalmail.com/confirm  The postie will scan the 2D icon on the parcel as he/she delivers it, (hopefully!). Royal Mail have also introduced a new 3rd class stamp, cost 35p, with a delivery aim of anything up to 3 weeks, but are only on sale 1/4/17, and are valid all year.

David Bowie special stamps are on sale at the moment, with iconic racehorses on sale later in April.

We are collecting the “Active Kids” vouchers available in Sainsbury’s, for Karen’s girly guides, so if you have a few and don’t know anyone who is collecting them, please bring them in!

We will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday; allowances paid on those days will be paid early, usually the working day before. We are open on the Saturday morning. Anyone who needs emergency top up of gas or electric during the days we are closed can ring my mobile 07825154842 and I will pop round to the PO.

Karen and Angela

£5 swim offer for Upton residents age 60 plus

If you are age 60 and over, living outside a market town, then make use of this great Spring swim offer to try out a leisure pool near you.

Most residents living in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse can reach a pool within about 20 minute drive time, but taking that first step to try out swimming can be hard. To make it easier, GO Active Gold, in partnership with Better Leisure Centres, are offering unlimited swimming for £5 during April 2017 to residents age 60 plus living in rural villages.

GO Active Gold is a Sport England funded project, encouraging people living in rural areas age 60 and over to become more active by setting up activities local to them.

Research shows that as you get older, you’re far more likely to become inactive: 42 per cent of people aged 55 and over are inactive compared to 29 per cent of the population as a whole.

Swimming is an ideal workout for the elderly, mainly because it presents little risk of injury and is low impact. Swimming also develops strong and stable core muscles, which are necessary for good balance control — a major protective factor against falls.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this offer by registering your place before Saturday 1 April 2017, just call 01235 422226 or complete the online registration form on our website:www.getoxfordshireactive.org/go-active-gold.

Once you have registered, visit your local leisure pool during April.  Your one month swim offer will start from the date of your first swim.

South Oxfordshire District – Participating pools include

•           Thame Leisure Centre

•           Henley Leisure Centre

•           Abbey Sports Centre

•           Didcot Wave

Vale of White Horse District – Participating pools includ

•           Wantage Leisure Centre

•           Faringdon Leisure Centre

•           White Horse Leisure Centre

Whats On in January at Earth Trust

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning – Saturday 7th January, 9.30am-4pm.

Give your trees some TLC and get a bumper crop this year. Learn all aspects of pruning with Andy Howard  Cost £50; booking essential.

Sunday Drop-in: Forest School Fun – Sunday 8th January, 10am-2pm.

Whatever your age, you’re welcome to come and have fun at this woodland adventure!

£4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Wildlife Photography Walk – Saturday 14th January, 8am-10am.

Learn how to capture images of wildlife with guidance from professional photographer Andrew Walmsley. Cost £20; booking essential.

Hedgelaying – Saturday 14th- Sunday 15th January, 9.30am-4pm.

A very practical, hands-on two days learning to lay a Midland style hedge with expert Clive Leeke. All tools provided. Cost £75; booking essential.

Spinning and Weaving – Sunday 15th January, 10am-4pm.

Discover the world of spinning and weaving and try out different methods of spinning. Cost £30; booking essential.

Botanical Illustration – Sunday 22nd January, 10am-4pm.

Learn some invaluable tips and techniques from RHS Gold Award winner Romilly Swann. Cost £30; booking essential.

All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ. For booking courses call  01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Post Office News for Christmas

We are now getting really busy with Christmas post! We will have extra collections from early December to help clear our tiny Post Office, otherwise we can’t get to the kettle! We do not have time to stick your stamps on, and  All AIRMAIL post must have an airmail sticker on it, and if “NON EU” must also have a customs label BEFORE you get to the counter, the people behind really appreciate it! We are not being difficult in asking for all post to be in by half an hour before closing, we don’t get paid for overtime, and we have to cash up and dispatch the paperwork before the postie comes in (approx. 15 minutes before closing) At this time of year we do at least an extra hour every day!

Last date for UK Christmas posting is 2nd class Tuesday 20th December and 1st class Wednesday 21st, Special Delivery Thursday 22nd.

Other last dates:

Mon 28th November; Int. standard to operational HM forces

Sat 3rd December; Africa & Middle East

Weds 7th; Cyprus, Asia, Far East & Japan, Eastern Europe

Thurs 8th; Caribbean, Central & South America

Sat 10th; Greece, Australia, New Zealand,

Mon 12th; Int. Standard to static HM Forces

Weds 14th; Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thurs 15th; Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Fri 16th; Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland,

Sat 17th; Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Please also remember that anything flammable or explosive have restrictions on them, phones, batteries, perfumes, nail varnish & aerosols have to have special labels on, be securely packed, and have the senders address on!

Santa’s address is “Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM45HQ”, for Christmas letters etc, post early & remember to put a return name & address for a reply! The latest he can reply is usually the first weekend in December, so write in early!

I expect we are having the Scout post again, I haven’t heard yet! It covers Didcot, Harwell, Upton, Hagbournes and Blewbury, it gives the Scouts some much needed funds.

Love from Karen & Angela

December Events at Earth Trust

Natural Christmas – Sunday 4th December, 11am-3pm.

Get into the festive spirit by making decorations and gifts from natural and recycled materials. Plus, meet Father Christmas at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham,. Price by activity, no need to book.

Winter Wetland Birds – Sunday 11th December, 9.30am-11am.

Come and explore Thrupp Lake in Radley (OX14 3NG) and find out about some of the wetland birds that call it home over the winter. With Ben Carpenter. £5 adult, £2 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

More information can be found on our website www.earthtrust.org.uk.

 

October Events at the Earth Trust

Listed below are our events for October.  All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ unless otherwise stated.

Autumn Water Festival – Sunday 2nd October, 11am-4pm

Join us for our annual autumnal celebration of water and wetlands! See web for full details. £6 adult, £3 child, £15 family. Book online (incurs a booking fee) at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson or pay on the gate.

Blacksmithing – Sunday 9th October, 10am-5.15pm

Make your own ironwork object using a forge and anvil. 45min sessions with Cobalt Blacksmiths; participants must be over 18yrs. £20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Mud Pie Monday! – Monday 24th October, 10am-11.30am

Come and get messy in the Earth Trust mud kitchen – buckets of mud and buckets of fun! Wellies and waterproofs advisable. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Tree Climbing – Monday 24th October, 10am-5pm

Use ropes and harnesses to access the treetops in Little Wittenham Wood! 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company; minimum age 6yrs (no maximum!). £20 per participant; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson.

Build a Bat Box – Tuesday 25th October, 10.30am-3pm

Help bats prepare for hibernation by making a shelter to put in your garden. Two sessions available: 10.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-3pm. £15 per box; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Woodland Adventure – Wednesday 26th October, 10am-12pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust’s woodland, where we’ll explore, build and play. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Wildlife Wednesday at Wallingford Castle Meadows – Wednesday 26th October, 2pm-4pm

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This half term, come out and play at Abbey Fishponds (OX14 3UB); learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun! £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free; no need to book.

Family Bushcraft – Thursday 27th October, 10am-4pm

Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters and learn how to light a fire and use a knife safely. £20 adult, £15 child; booking essential: 01865 407792 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Discover and Play – Friday 28th October, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Spooky Dusk Discovery Walk – Sunday 30th October, 5.30pm-7.30pm

If you go down to the woods tonight, you’re sure of a big surprise! Come and explore Little Wittenham Wood at twilight. Don’t forget your torch. £5 adult, £2 child; booking essential: 01865 407792.

As always, more information about all the evets can be found on our website www.earthtrust.org.uk

September Events at Earth Trust

Please find below some information about our events in September. As always, more information 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 2nd September, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Scything for Improvers – Sunday 4th September, 9.30am-4pm

Scything is the traditional way to tackle long grass and tall weeds. Develop your technique during this one-day workshop with Clive Leeke. £50; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Fantastic Foraging – Sunday 4th September, 10am-2pm

This month’s Sunday drop-in is all about foraging for food. Find out what’s growing around the Earth Trust Centre and learn what yummy things you can cook with it. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Wetland Wildlife Walk – Sunday 25th September, 9.30am-11am

Enjoy a guided walk around Thrupp Lake (OX10 3NG) with local ecologist Ben Carpenter and find out about some of the wetland wildlife that lives there. £5 adult, £2 child; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Foraging Walk – Sunday 25th September, 11am-3pm

Discover the autumn bounty around the Earth Trust Centre and nature reserve and use what you find to create something delicious. £15; booking essential: 01865 407792.

August Adventures at Earth Trust

All events listed below take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ unless otherwise stated. More information is available by visiting our website www.earthtrust.org.uk

Sling Walk – Monday 1st August, 10am-11.30am

Bring your baby for a ramble around our nature reserve. A great opportunity for you both to get our in the fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside with other local parents. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Wildlife Wednesday at Mowbray Fields – Wednesday 3rd August, 2pm-4pm

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This summer, come out and play at Mowbray Fields, Didcot (OX11 8SS); learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun! £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free; no need to book.

Clumps Club – Thursday 4th and Friday 5th August, 9am-5pm

School holiday club for 12-14yr olds. Join us on Thursday for a Survival and Bushcraft adventure and/or be a Wildlife Warden for the day on Friday. £30 per child per day; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Pond Dipping – Sunday 7th August, 10am-2pm

Join us to discover what’s living in our pond during this month’s Earth Trust Sunday Drop-in. Use a net to get a closer look and then be inspired to create a clay creature. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Woodland Adventure – Wednesday 10th August, 10am-12pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust’s woodland, where we’ll explore, build and play. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Discover and Play – Friday 12th August, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Meteor Shower Walk – Friday 12th August, 9pm-11pm

Enjoy a starlit walk on the Wittenham Clumps before settling down to watch the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a flask of hot chocolate! Suitable for adults and older children. £5 adult, £2 child; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Sling Walk – Monday 15th August, 10am-11.30am

Bring your baby for a ramble around our nature reserve. A great opportunity for you both to get our in the fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside with other local parents. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Wildlife Wednesday at Wallingford Castle Meadows – Wednesday 17th August, 2pm-4pm

Our roving Wildlife Wednesday visits a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This summer, come out and play at Wallingford Castle Meadows (OX10 8DL); learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun! £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free; no need to book.

Woodland Adventure – Wednesday 24th August, 10am-12pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust’s woodland, where we’ll explore, build and play. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Family Bushcraft – Friday 26th August, 10am-4pm

Bring the whole family and go wild in the great outdoors! Explore the woods, make shelters and learn how to light a fire and use a knife safely. £20 adult, £15 child; booking essential: 01865 407792.

 

 

July Activities at Earth Trust

Moth Night – Saturday 2nd July, 9pm-11pm

Join us in the Earth Trust arboretum for an evening of moth trapping with Marc Botham. Suitable for adults and older children; younger children will enjoy tomorrow’s Marvellous Moths drop-in session. £5 adult, £2 child; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Marvellous Moths – Sunday 3rd July, 10am-2pm

Drop in to the Earth Trust Centre and find out all about marvellous, magnificent moths! We’ll be taking a look at what was caught in the live moth traps the night before. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Botanical Illustration – Sunday 10th July, 10am-4pm

Learn some invaluable tips and techniques from RHS Gold Award winning botanical illustrator Romilly Swann. For beginners/intermediates. £30; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Discover and Play – Friday 22nd July, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Clumps Club – Monday 25th – Friday 29th July, 9am-5pm

Wild adventures for 7-11yr olds! A different activity each day (see website for details), including wild survival and nature detectives; join us for one or all five. Look out for Clumps Club for 12-14yr olds coming up in August. £30 per child per day, book all 5 and get 1 day FREE; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning – Sunday 31st July, 10am-4pm

Learn how to maximise your fruit crop with expert Andy Howard. Includes theoretical and practical application in the Earth Trust’s orchard. £30; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Natural Dyeing – Sunday 10th July, 10am-4pm

Join us at the Earth Trust Centre to discover the wide range of plants that can produce dye and learn how to extract and fix colour. £30; booking essential: 01865 407792.

 

All events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ unless otherwise stated. Summer Holiday activities continue in August, full details are online.

Plenty more Summer Holiday activities coming up in August, please see our website for details: www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson.

Lucy Benyon

June Events at the Earth Trust

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

Public Exhibition: Improving visitor facilities at the Earth Trust Centre

Wednesday 1st June – Tuesday 7th June, times vary

Would you like to find out about plans to improve visitor facilities here at the Earth Trust Centre? Drop in to this informal exhibition (rescheduled from April); please check website for opening times and further information.

Woodland Adventure – Wednesday 1st June, 10am-12pm

An expedition for 5-8 year olds. Use your detective skills to discover the Earth Trust’s woodland, where we’ll explore, build and play. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Wildlife Wednesday at Thrupp Lake – Wednesday 1st June, 2pm-4pm

Our roving Wildlife Wednesdays visit a different Earth Trust community nature reserve during each school holiday. This half term, come out and play at Thrupp Lake (OX14 3NG); learn about local wildlife and have lots of outdoor fun! £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free; no need to book.

Sling Walk – Thursday 2nd June, 10am-11.30am

Bring your baby for a ramble around our nature reserve. A great opportunity for you both to get our in the fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside with other local parents. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Discover and Play – Friday 3rd June, 10am-12pm

Forest School for the under-5s. Join the Earth Trust for a morning of play and discovery in our woodlands. Forest School offers hands on learning experiences in a natural environment. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free. No need to book.

Summer Birds at Thrupp Lake – Sunday 5th June, 10am-12pm

Local expert Ben Carpenter leads a morning stroll around the lake (OX14 3NG). Discover more about the birds you can see there over the summer. £5 adult, £2 child, booking essential: 01865 407792.

Summer Picnic – Sunday 5th June, 11am-4pm

Love local food at the Earth Trust summer festival! Bring your own picnic, or pick up some tasty local treats, and join in some traditional summer games. £5 adult, £2 child, £12 family.

Basket Weaving – Wednesday 15th June, 6pm-8pm

Make a simple Catalan style basket out of willow with local weaver Christine Brewster. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience; bring secateurs if you have them. £25; booking essential: 01865 407792.

Archaeology Night – Thursday 30th June, 6pm-9pm

Hear all about the University of Oxford’s latest research projects in the area. Free (donations welcome) but please book: 01865 407792.

As always, more information can be found on our website www.earthtrust.org.uk.

Lucy Benyon

Communications Officer

Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4QZ

Direct Line: 01865 409406

Office No.: 01865 407792

ku.gro.tsurthtraenull@noyneb.ycul