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 jo_ham@btinternet.com

 

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 cburrows@styleacre.org.uk 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 secretary@didcotu3a.org 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.

May Events at Earth Trust

Earth Trust have arranged the following events to take place during May:

Moth Night on Saturday 6th May, 8pm-10pm

Uncover the wonderful world of moths during an evening of moth trapping. £6 per adult, £3 per child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday 7th May, 4.30am-6.30am

Join us on the Clumps to hear the dawn birdsong. £6 per adult, £3 per child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Sunday Drop-in: Go Wild! on Sunday 7th May, 10am-2pm

Discover what wildlife lives on the nature reserve, including looking at what’s been caught in the moth traps that were set up at yesterday’s Moth Night. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

Green Woodworking Course on Tuesday 9th May, 6.30pm-9pm

A 6 week course (Tuesday evenings 9th May-13th June) where you’ll make your own stool to take home. £75 for 6 sessions; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Tree Climbing on Saturday 13th May, 10am-5pm

Use ropes and harnesses to access the treetops! 1hr sessions with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company. £20; booking essential: online only at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Scything on Sunday 14th May, 9.30am-4pm

Learn the traditional way to tackle tall grass and long weeds, with expert Clive Leeke. £50; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Intermediate Wildlife Photography on Sunday 14th May, 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 wide angle tricks. Future intermediate workshops: 18th June; 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).

Bat Walk on Saturday 20th May, 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).

Drawing from Nature on Sunday 21st May, 2pm-4pm

Explore Little Wittenham Wood with your sketchbook and get top tips from artist Gareth Lloyd. £20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Natural Dyeing for Families on Tuesday 30th May, 11am-4pm

Forage for natural dyes to colour wool, then make colourful felt. Suitable for ages 10 years+, £20 per adult, £15 per child; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Woodland Adventure on Wednesday 31st May, 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.

Wildlife Wednesday at Thrupp Lake on Wednesday 31st May, 2pm-4pm

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!

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

 

Update from Blewbury Post Office

We are collecting the last “Active Kids” vouchers from Sainsburys’, for Karens girly guides, please bring them in!

We will be closed on both Monday 1st May & Monday 29th May, for the Bank Holidays, allowances paid on those days will be paid early, usually the Friday before.

Some Bank cash deposits can now be made using your debit card! (Cheques in the envelope as usual). Almost all Bank and most Building Society accounts are online with us – Barclays definitely works!

We have some beautiful British Bird stamps coming out in early May.

Karen & Angela

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).