Record Poppy Collection

A huge thank you to everybody for your generous donations to the recent Poppy Appeal. We collected a record amount in Upton, £531. 88, which is an amazing amount for a small village. None of this would be possible without the band of collectors, who brave all weathers to cover as many houses as possible, a very special thank you to each and everyone of you.

Helen Weston. ( Poppy Appeal Organiser, Upton)

Plea from Edna Napper

Some years back I lent 4 volumes of books called “Didcot and Villages. Peoples Photographs” to Henry Bucknell. Sadly they were not found when his house was cleared. I have since discovered that they were passed on to friends of his, one of whom has kindly returned volume 2 to me. Unfortunately this is the only one still in print.

If anyone has volumes 1.3.or4 could they kindly let Yvonne Collins (01235-850989) have them. I shall be extremely grateful to get them back as there is so much of my family history there, going back to the 1800s.

Sincerely – Edna  Napper


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 (

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 or Brian 850158 or


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


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?

Bike Night comes to Upton







Collection will be taken for local charities

Contact John Lightfoot 01235 850486

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.



Advance Notice of Upton Village Fete

The fete this year will be held on Saturday, 2 September starting at 2.00 on the recreation ground. So keep the date free – it will be well worth it!

For the first time the fete will be a joint effort between St Mary’s Church and UVHAT – the Upton Village Hall Amenities Trust. The organising committee has already been very busy and we’re pleased to announce some exciting new ideas – donkeys, a cartoonist, a car boot sale and a bake-off competition to name but a few. And we won’t forget the old favourites – the teas, the book stall, white elephant, a barbeque and many others.

Entertainments will include a dog show, gymnasts, Blewbury Brass Band and the children’s entertainer, Juggling John, who proved to be such a hit last year. And we would welcome other ideas too – please contact a member of the committee if you have any suggestions.

We are aiming to raise at least £4,000 to be split between UVHAT and St Mary’s so we look forward to seeing as many as possible at one of the highlights of Upton village life in September.

Look out for more news next month!

Upton Village Fete Committee: Gloria Smith, Jacqui Reid, Jessie West, Brian Rippon and Paul Batho

Film Club’s Next Movie

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers) has been chosen to be your next movie – showing on Friday June 9th

The movie will start at 8 o’clock

There will be an intermission approximately halfway through.

Drinks will also be available before and after the showing.

Place the date in your diary – £5.00.

Doors open at 7:15 so why not come along early for a drink and a chat and to celebrate or

commiserate the end of the election campaign.

Rob Traynor

Bake Up Enjoy the Tarts

There was a fine turnout for the second Upton baking social in March. The theme was ‘tarts’ and we tasted a panoply of pastry-based goodies, both savoury and sweet.
A humdinger of a pissaladiere took centre stage, and other onion fillings proved popular in the savoury section. Spanakopita and cheese and tomato slice were also devoured with gusto.
In the sweet department we had lemon curd tarts, rhubarb and almond, apple slice and Swedish nut pie.
One audacious recipe dispensed with pastry altogether and used bacon for a base with an egg, bacon and cheese filling. Breakfast in a bite!
If you have a yen to bake (not competitively) the next meet-up is on Friday May 12 at 11am at Fieldfare near the church.
The theme is quite simply ‘cake’. Do come along and don’t forget some Tupperware for the divvy up.

Kieron Humphrey