VPA Reminders

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – REMINDERS

SATURDAY 8th JULY  –  ANNUAL SHOW AT BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL

Our Annual Summer Show is open to the public at 2.30pm to view the displays of home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers, cookery, handicraft, photography and other categories.   Presentation of trophies to the prize winners takes place while you can enjoy homemade refreshments.   AN ART EXHIBITION BY LOCAL ARTISTS WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE.

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST (day visit)  –  VISIT TO KEW GARDENS, LONDON

Kew Gardens is a botanical garden and houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”.  Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants.

We are planning a coach trip to Kew Gardens with pick up points at The Blueberry in Blewbury at 08.45am and the Village Hall in Upton at 09.00am.

The Kew Garden Ticket and Coach = £28.50 per person

Tickets, with full details of the trip, can be booked through Karen or Angela at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham in Upton (01235 850126).

DID YOU KNOW ?  Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) wrote: “Some of the most delightful of all gardens are the little strips in front of roadside cottages.  They have a simple and tender charm that one may look for in vain in gardens of greater pretension.”

Happy Gardening

Eileen

Notice of VPA Annual Show

The VPA Annual Summer Show will be held on Saturday July 8th at Blewbury Village Hall. The show is an opportunity for everyone in Blewbury, Upton and surrounding villages to take part and enter home grown fruit, vegetables, flowers, cooking, handicraft, photography and many other categories. We would love to see as many young people as possible entering the competitions – age groups start from 5 years old!!

Exhibitors display their entries early on Saturday morning, they are then judged during the morning and the Show is then opened to the public at 2.30pm. The winners are announced at 4.00pm.

You will find The Schedule with the Entry Form at Blewbury Post Office or you can ring Margaret Maytham in Upton on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095 for more details.

Each year we have a special display and 2017 is no exception. This year we will be having a special exhibition of botanical illustrations painted by local artists, together with a variety of other paintings also painted by artists in the area.

We are grateful for the previous support and enthusiasm shown by the residents of Blewbury and Upton and we are hoping for a huge number of entries this year.

There are many new residents in Blewbury and Upton who may be reluctant to take part – do please have a go!! The Show has a long standing tradition and fosters pride and friendly competition amongst the villagers.

With the variety of classes available there must be something for you to enter

DID YOU KNOW? “Britain is the only country that grows apples expressly for cooking” and did you also know? “You need roughly 35 to 40 apples to make eight pints of cider”.

 

VPA Reminders

SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017 – VISIT TO “BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE” AT THE NEC, BIRMINGHAM.

Ticket includes entry to the BBC Good Food Show  COST:  £23.50 per Gardeners’ World ticket.  Travel arrangements and cost to be advised. Don’t miss out on a great day – Please order your ticket by 15th May through: Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham at Upton – 01235 850126

SCHEDULE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW ON 8th JULY.

Do you want to enter your fruit, vegetables, flowers, cookery, photography and many other categories?

The Schedule is available at: Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham in Upton (01235 850126) or Eileen Bracken 01235 510095

or email:  moc.liamgnull@pu.lb.ni.apv  or visit the VPA Website: https://blewburyanduptonvpa.wordpress.com

DID YOU KNOW?  Charlemagne (747-814) wrote: “Herbs are the friend of the physician and the pride of cooks.”

Also – Did you know?  “To make one and a half pounds of Lavender Oil, you’ll need to harvest almost a quarter of a ton of flowers!”

Happy Gardening,

Eileen

VPA April News

Our Members’ Talks which took place at Blewbury Manor Barn in March were enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Thank you to the Manor for the use of the Barn with its lovely big settees in front of the great log burner.

Our next event is:

SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017 – VISIT TO

“BBC GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE” AT THE NEC, BIRMINGHAM

Over 100 places to shop for plants

Carol Klein will share expert advice in the Live Theatre plus live interviews and book signings.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live present much-loved features every year, plus a host of new features to keep the Show fresh and exciting.

Ticket includes entry to the BBC Good Food Show

Don’t miss out on a great day – Please order your ticket by 15th May through:

Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Margaret Maytham at Upton – 01235 850126

DID YOU KNOW?  James Boswell (1740-95) wrote: “In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen and enough to rot on the ground.”

Happy Gardening,

Eileen

VPA March Update.

Well, it doesn’t seem possible I’m writing for the March issue of the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News already!!  Where is the time going?   In the meantime we have three of our Committee members giving 20 minute talks on keeping chickens on allotments, how to produce top class compost and growing and propogating snowdrops.

The talks take place at Blewbury Manor Barn at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd March.

Don’t forget the VPA has a selection of tools available for all residents in Blewbury and Upton to use for a donation.  Contact Margaret Maytham (850126) for:  Long arm pruner, garden roller, fertiliser distributor, lawn scarifier & aerator and electric leaf vacuum.  Contact Andrew Forman (850219) for the Mantis rotavator plus various attachments.   We also have a projector which can be hired for a £5 donation – contact Karen Brookes 850219 or at Blewbury Post Office.

Don’t forget to put the two dates of our outings in your diary and full details will be issued in the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News prior to the event.

SATURDAY 17th JUNE – DAY VISIT TO GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST – DAY VISIT TO KEW GARDENS, LONDON

DID YOU KNOW?  The first garden gnomes were introduced to the UK in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, who brought back 21 terracotta figures from Germany and placed them in the gardens of his home, Lamport in Northamptonshire.  Only one of the original batch of gnomes survives.   Lampy, as he is known, is on display at Lamport Hall and is insured for one millions pounds!

Happy Gardening,

Eileen

VPA Calendar for 2017

The Village Produce Association is organising two outings this year.   We also have events throughout 2017 which are listed below.

Full details of the outings will be issued in the Upton News prior to the event.  You will need to register four weeks before the event. If interested, register at the Blewbury Post Office or contact:   Margaret Maytham on 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken on 01235 510095  or contact us on moc.liamgnull@pu.lb.ni.apv

SATURDAY 17th JUNE (day visit)  – TRIP TO GARDENERS’ WORLD LIVE AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM

Watch expert gardeners in action. Enjoy Show Gardens, Floral Marquee and much more…

SATURDAY 12th AUGUST (day visit) – DAY VISIT TO KEW GARDENS, LONDON

Kew Gardens houses the “largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”.  Founded in 1840, from the exotic garden at Kew Park, its living collections include more than 30,000 different kinds of plants.

 EVENTS

TUESDAY 2nd MARCH VPA “COMMITTEE MEMBERS’ TALKS” at BLEWBURY MANOR BARN – 7.30pm                          Three short talks on: Chickens on the allotment. How to make great compost. Growing & propogating snowdrops.
SAT.  8th JULY ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW at BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL   2.30pm – 4.00pm
SUN. 22nd OCT PLANT & CAKE SALE AT THE RED LION PUB,  1.00pm – 3.00pm with Sustainable Blewbury’s Apple Day
WED. 1st  NOV ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  – The Vale Room,  Blewbury Village Hall –  7.00pm                                                   
SAT. 2nd  DEC ANNUAL SOCIAL at UPTON VILLAGE HALL –  7.00pm

We look forward to seeing you on our trips and at our events in the forthcoming months.

DID YOU KNOW?  In the late 1700s Napoleon offered a prize of 12,000 francs to anyone who could come up with a method of preserving food.  Healthy daily rations were essential to feed a huge army on the march.   It was over 10 years before Nicolas Appert, a confectioner known as the ‘father of canning’, scooped the award for his method of preserving food in airtight glass bottles.

Happy Gardening,

Eileen

V.P.A. December News

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – Your local village gardening club.

Our annual social on the 3rd December was enjoyed by everyone who attended, including the tasty chilli prepared by Karen to go with the Mexican evening.   The quizzes and games also went down well with everyone a winner!!

Work is still going on to finalise our 2017 programme and exact details will be in the next issue of the Upton News.   We can only arrange these events if we have the support of the local community – so please do pop the dates in your 2017 diary.   This is what we have planned.

Thursday 2nd March – A Meeting with “Three ’20 minute talks” being given by committee members.  Venue expected to be Blewbury Manor Barn – 7pm to 9pm.

Saturday 17th June – Visit to Gardener’s World Live at the NEC, Birmingham – Group ticket price:   Adult £18 and Over 65 £16.50 Plus travel cost, expected to be £10 per head.

Saturday 8th July – ANNUAL SHOW

? August – Visit to Kew Gardens, London (date to be confirmed)

Sunday 22nd October – Cake & Plant Sale at the Apple Day with Sustainable Blewbury at the Red Lion

Wednesday 1st November – Annual General Meeting

Saturday 2nd December – Annual Social

Have a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our meeting in March.

DID YOU KNOW?  The wood of the ASH TREE is remarkably strong and flexible, and is excellent for construction because it doesn’t split when manipulated.   In the past it was used to make stagecoaches, railway wagons, cartwheels, oars, early aeroplanes and the frame of the Morris Minor car!

Happy Gardening

Eileen

V.P.A. November News

Without saying how many days are left to Christmas, it’s hard to imagine that
we are almost at the end of another year. Weather-wise, although 2016
began a little cold and wet we have had a pretty good summer and an
exceptional autumn. Now it’s just a question of putting the garden and
allotments to bed for the forthcoming winter.
Our next event is the VPA Annual General Meeting. Taking place on
Wednesday 2nd November at 7.00pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall,
everyone is invited. We commence with a complimentary glass of wine and
nibbles, continue with a short meeting at 7.30pm and conclude with a quirky
quiz.
The final event for this year is our Annual Social which takes place on
Saturday 3rd December at Upton Village Hall – it will be a Mexican Evening!
Food, Drink and Fun & Games. Tickets are £9 per head and will be on sale
from the 1st November at Blewbury Post Office and from Maggie Maytham at
Upton.
Did You Know? The leaves of the laurel tree were made into wreaths and
crowns in Roman times for military heroes and poets, hence the title ‘poet
laureate’, meaning ‘the wreathed or crowned poet’. Traditionally, laurels
were planted near houses to ward off witches and protect the house from
lightning.
Happy Gardening
Eileen

Weather Ruins VPA Visit

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – Your local village gardening club

Well, the weather beat us when it came to our April garden visit to Batford Arboretum – we had to cancel because of rain, wind and almost sub-zero weather conditions.  Maybe we can fix an autumn visit and be luckier with the weather.

Don’t forget our Summer Garden Visit takes place on SATURDAY 4th JUNE and we will depart from Blewbury Village Hall at 9.30am and have a pick point in Upton at the Village Hall at 9.40am.  Our trip is to HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN in the morning (arrive 10.30am) and KIFTSGATE COURT GARDENS in the afternoon (arrive 2.00pm), both in CHIPPING CAMPDEN.  Cost:  Hidcote Manor – £10.90 (National Trust members free) / Kiftsgate Court – £8.00.  Plus – Transport £8.00.  Café at Hidcote for lunch.

PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET AT BLEWBURY POST OFFICE OR THROUGH MAGGIE MAYTHAM in Upton (01235 850126).

Some of you may have heard how Didcot allotment holders had a recent battle with the Town Council against the sale of one of the allotment sites.   We succeeded and have a reprieve – for the time being.   We have formed Didcot Allotment Society and are now honoured to act as hosts to the National Allotment Society (Southern Region) for their Annual General Meeting on SATURDAY 25th JUNE at the Fleet Meadow Community Hall – next door to the New Road Allotment Site.   Starts at 10.30am – there will be a short AGM and a speaker on bee keeping, all with tea/coffee and homemade cakes.   Any Allotment Holder or Leisure Gardener is welcome to attend.   Do come along – there will be lots of interesting gardening information.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – SATURDAY 9th JULY – VPA ANNUAL SHOW.   SCHEDULES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM BLEWBURY POST OFFICE OR MAGGIE MAYTHAM IN UPTON .   START PLANNING YOUR ENTRIES!

Also have a look on the website – https://blewburyanduptonvpa.wordpress.com/

DID YOU KNOW?  1 – There are more GREENHOUSES per capita in Britain than in any other country in the world.  2 – Peppers contain up to five times as much vitamin C as oranges.  The highest levels are found when the peppers are in the early green stage of ripening.

Happy Gardening

Eileen

VPA Prepare for their Summer Trip

BLEWBURY AND UPTON VILLAGE PRODUCE ASSOCIATION – Your local village gardening club

Our summer garden visit takes place on SATURDAY 4th JUNE and we will depart from Blewbury Village Hall at 9.30am and have a pick point in Upton at the Village Hall at 9.40am.

Our trip is to HIDCOTE MANOR GARDEN in the morning (arrive 10.30am) and KIFTSGATE COURT GARDENS in the afternoon (arrive 2.00pm), both in CHIPPING CAMPDEN.  Cost:  Hidcote Manor – £10.90 (National Trust members free) / Kiftsgate Court – £8.00.  Plus – Transport £8.00.  Café at Hidcote for lunch.

PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKET AT BLEWBURY POST OFFICE OR THROUGH MAGGIE MAYTHAM in Upton (01235 850126).

A REMINDER FOR ALL GARDENERS IN BLEWBURY & UPTON – We have a selection of tools and equipment available for use – for a donation.  Here is a reminder of our list of equipment:

Mantis Rotavator with various attachments and a Projector for presentations – contact Karen Brooks 850219

Fertiliser Distributor, Long Arm Pruner and Garden Roller – contact Joyce Gilbert 850388

Gazebos, Lawn Scarifier & Aerator and Electric Leaf Vacuum – contact Margaret Maytham 850126

Don’t forget we have an e-mail addressmoc.liamgnull@pu.lb.ni.apv   If you have any gardening problems, please send us an e-mail and one of our members will be in touch to help you with advice.   We do have a lot of experts in our team.  Please take advantage by talking to some of our members who have a vast amount of experience and knowledge.

We also have a website!! Please have a look – https://blewburyanduptonvpa.wordpress.com/

DID YOU KNOW?  Caterpillars can devastate a crop of cabbages like a biblical plague of locusts, but you can help protect younger plants by adding about half a tablespoon of salt to your watering can.  The plants absorb the salt, making them unpleasant for caterpillars who bloat and die if they consume it, but the cabbages will have expunged the salt by the time they reach maturity.

Happy Gardening

Eileen