VPA – Report on the AGM.

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 6th November and the following is an extract from the annual report.

At a Committee meeting in October the members seriously considered closing the Village Produce Association.  The general consensus was that peoples’ attitude to gardening and gardening clubs has changed over the years and rather than ‘growing your own’ people rely on the quick fire method of a trip to the garden centre and buying ‘ready-made’ plants for the garden.   It’s accepted that people have less time to spend in the garden given the numerous activities available for families these days.  However, it was agreed that the Annual Show still appears to be a popular event and therefore, the committee agreed to continue to run the Show and thus the VPA will remain operating for the foreseeable future.   We will also continue to have a selection of garden tools available for use by residents for a donation.  Details of the tools and who to contact will be listed on the notice board at Blewbury Post Office and Maggie’s notice board at Toad Hall, Upton.”

We hope that residents of both Blewbury and Upton will continue to support the Annual Summer Show and the date for next year’s event is the 4th July – so please pop the date in your diary.   Show Schedules will be available after the New Year to give everyone plenty of time to plan what they want to exhibit.

I have been asked to continue our Monthly News in the Blewbury Bulletin and Upton News and hopefully we will have outings next year which will be advertised together with any other VPA news.  Also, I’ll keep you posted via my aimless ramblings about my allotment on New Road, Didcot.  Did you know I have hens?  Yes, they have got names – I’ll let you know what they are next month.

To end 2019 our ANNUAL SOCIAL takes place on SATURDAY 7thth DECEMBER – 7.00pm at UPTON VILLAGE HALL.  Our theme this year is “Around the World with the VPA ”.    Food, quizzes and indoor games are the order of the evening with great fun for a family night out.  Full details and tickets available at Blewbury Post Office, or you can telephone and book your ticket with Margaret Maytham – 01235 850126 or Eileen Bracken – 01235 510095.    Please advise of any dietary requirements you may have, at the time of booking your ticket.

Tickets will need to be booked by Sunday 1st December at the latest.


DID YOU KNOW?  Hawthorn, an extremely common site in our hedgerows and gardens and home for all sorts of wildlife, is regarded as providing the hottest firewood.   It burns superbly even when green and makes first rate charcoal that gets so hot it can melt pig-iron.  It is thought that Christ’s crown of thorns was made from hawthorn.

Happy Gardening