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.

 

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

 

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.

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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson).

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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (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 http://www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk/tree-climbing-events/

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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (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 www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

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

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 www.u3asites.org.uk/didcot

Earth Trust Events During June

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

Little Explorers – Thursday 1st June, 10am-11.30am

Sensory buggy/sling walk for babies and toddlers. We will use our senses to learn about the natural world around us – stopping to smell, touch, taste, listen and look! £4 suggested donation per child; accompanying adult(s) free.

Discover and Play – Friday 2nd June, 10am-12pm

Forest School fun 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: Forest School Fun – Sunday 4th June, 10am-2pm

Come and explore the woods and get creative in the great outdoors. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

Natural Dyeing – Sunday 11th June, 10am-4pm

Discover the wide range of plants that can produce dye and learn how to extract and fix the colour. £40; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Bats of the Clumps – Friday 16th June, 7pm-8.30pm

Take a peek into the mysterious world of these amazing animals… Meet some bats and enjoy an informative talk by Dave Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group. £8 per adult, £4 per child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Beginners Wildlife Photography – Saturday 17th June, 10am-3pm

Professional photographer Andrew Walmsley will help you get to grips with your camera and provide guidance on capturing images of wildlife. There are a series of workshops running throughout the next few months – book one or more as a course: first workshop £80, subsequent workshops 15% off. Booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Intermediate Wildlife Photography – Sunday 18th June, 10am-3pm

In each of these workshops professional photographer Andrew Walmsley will cover a different aspect of photography so you can build up a more in-depth knowledge. This workshop will cover cataloguing and pressing. Book one or more as a course for a discount: first workshop £80, subsequent workshops 15% off. Booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

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