Post Office to Close for Refurbishment

Please note that the Post Office will be closed from Friday 10th April until 2.30pm on Tuesday 28th April. We are having a bit of a revamp as part of the Village Hall refurbishment.

Royal Mail usually put the cost of postage up at the beginning of their financial year, and as usual, it will be at the end of March or beginning of April, so buy 1st and 2nd class stamps before then, as they just revalue themselves!

We are looking to take on another part time counter clerk, (1 or 1½ days a week) full training will be given, if you are interested please pop in for a chat, or ring 851777. I would just like an extra day in the garden!

Karen and Maggie

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Thank you so much to all the Poppy Appeal collectors and all who contributed to this year’s Poppy Appeal. We have raised £638.96 for the Royal British Legion.

Helen Weston ( Poppy Appeal Organiser for Upton.)

Hagbourne’s Treefest

The Annual Christmas Tree Festival will light up St Andrew’s Church,  East Hagbourne,  from 7th – 20th December.  Over 30 real Christmas Trees will be beautifully decorated by local clubs, businesses, groups and individuals.  Come and enjoy the trees, mull over your favourite whilst enjoying refreshments from the Christmas church café and then vote for your favourite tree.  The festival runs until 20th December and is open daily from 10.00 – 5.00 p.m, except on Sundays when it opens immediately after the church service at 12.00 noon.  Entry is free but donations are welcome.   Monies raised will be divided between Didcot Emergency Foodbank and St Andrew’s Church.  The festival is sponsored by AYR Landscaping & Construction, the Fleur de Lys and Larkmead Vets.  More information and programme of festival events can be found at www.easthagbourne.net and  Hagbourne St. Andrew’s Events page on Facebook.

Helen Stutley

Chair, St Andrews Christmas Tree Festival

Notes from Blewbury Post Office including Last Posting Dates.

We have lots of Christmas stamps in stock, and some very pretty alternative 1st class ones too, Gruffallo, Forestry Commission, plus the new Star Wars ones. Please remember to have your letters and parcels already addressed, a return address, airmail stickers and customs label already written before you get to the counter, we also need to know what’s in the parcels.
Last posting dates for abroad start on the 9th December for the Far East and Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand are the 10th, USA and Canada are the 12th, with Europe a couple of days later. For this country 2nd class mail is the 18th and 1st class is the 20th.
Our posties are not on strike, but they are working to rule, as are we. Post Office Ltd was described last week as behaving like a Victorian factory owner towards us sub postmasters, we are not happy bunnies!
Christmas opening times are as usual, Christmas Eve is the morning only, closed for the 25th and 26th, and open mornings only until Monday 6th. Emergency electric, gas, mobile top-ups, or if you’ve got a parcel sitting here, then ring or text my mobile 07825154842 and I’ll pop round. It’s so quiet on those days.
Don’t forget the Blewbury and Upton village post, just 25p to either village, last post is Friday 15th, post boxes in the church and the George and Dragon, thanks to Jessie and Clare for organising the Upton deliveries, money going to the church projects.
Happy Christmas and Seasonal Greetings to you all.
Karen and Maggie

An Autumn Soirée at South Moreton

An Autumn Soirée

An evening of music with Syrinx Wind Quintet

In Aid of South Moreton Church

Please join us at The Hall South Moreton on Saturday 26th October

£20 ticket includes fork supper and drink on arrival

Tickets available from White House, South Moreton, OX11 9AG

For more information contact Flick Moorhouse: flickm@btinternet.com

 

Blewbury Post Office Back to Normal Hours

Thanks to everyone for being very patient while I was poorly, thankfully I am much improved, and the Post Office is back to its normal opening hours, 8.30am to 12 noon Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturdays, afternoons are 2.30pm to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

We have more pretty stamps in stock, currently available are British Landscapes, there are some Elton John ones on sale soon, and British Navy Ships available late September.

We have lots of lovely “Kitty’s eggs” on sale, all profits go to the pre-school, and lots of local honey too.

Surface mail deadlines for Australia, New Zealand and the Far East for Christmas Post are at the end of September and early October.

Karen and Maggie

 

Blewbury Post Office Notes for June

I am away from work in late June, Maggie will be open on Saturday 23rd and Monday 25th as usual, but Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week will be open mornings only, as Maggie has Granny duties in the afternoons. We will be closed on Saturday 30th June.

We have Owl stamps and Royal Wedding presentation packs available now, Royal Academy stamps come out on 5th June and Dads Army on 26th June.

Tickets for the Summer Dance are now available, and the box for donations for the Didcot Food bank is still here too. We have the schedules for the VPA Summer Show and sometimes we have local eggs, rhubarb, tomato plants and other plants as available.

Don’t forget that banking facilities are available for almost all banks now, cash withdrawals and cash or cheque deposits. Royal Mail collect at 4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 9.30am on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Although the posties do try to leave it to later on if they can, rushing in at closing time and expecting the postie to be waiting just for you is not going to happen. Parcelforce collect at about 3pm.

Dry cleaning is collected and returned on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, They do a good job, and are very reasonably priced too!

Karen and Maggie

 

Blewbury Post Office News

We have some really nice “Re-introduced Wildlife” stamps at the moment, Ospreys, Large blue butterflies and Sand lizards etc! baby “Owls” stamps are out on the 4th May and adult “Owls” are on sale on the 11th May.

We will be closed on Saturday 12th May, another girly guide event.

Please note that we do not accept “click and drop” tracked 24 or 48, these are available online (usually eBay) and are cheaper, but you have to take them to a designated Royal Mail office, probably Didcot, we have yet to find out. Just to confuse us, we can accept “Click and Drop” signed for.

We understand that customers with a POCA (Post Office card account) are receiving letters telling them they have to have their allowances paid into a bank account, not quite true, they can still have their POCA, until 2021.

Our little shop is what keeps us going, we have cards, sweets, ice-cream, caddy bags, envelopes, sticky tape, dog poo bags, string, and glue etc, without a shop, there will be no post office!

Karen and Maggie

 

 

 

Stamps going up at the Post Office

Royal Mail are putting their prices up on Monday 26th March, 2p on a standard size 1st or 2nd class stamp, 3p on a large size, 5p up for a small parcel, any stamp that says 1st or 2nd on them will just revalue themselves, but any for Europe or the rest of the world will need extra pennies put on them.

Post Office Ltd have warned us of scammers pretending to be from TalkTalk or similar companies, who try to gain access to your computer and/or your bank accounts, and scam people out of large sums of money, please do not ever give out your bank details or pin number to anyone on the phone, and please do not give anyone permission to “remotely access” your computer (unless they are your family or a professional who you know!) If you get one of these calls, please ring 101 to report it.

We can accept cash withdrawals and deposits and cheque deposits for almost all banks now, just a few are lagging behind on the depositing side, no need to battle the potholes and car parks in town.

We have a few Duck Race tickets left, £1.25 each, you don’t need to be in the village on Easter Sunday, just leave your contact number, and Gill and Richard will keep your prize money safe until you return.

We will be closed on Good Friday 30th, Saturday 31st March, (my niece is 18!), Easter Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd of April I will be around, so for emergency top up for gas and electric, please ring my mobile 07825154842! We will also be closed on Friday afternoon 20th April and Saturday 21st, unless I can arrange for Maggie to cover, I have a “Girly Guide” activity weekend, I shall be whizzing down a zip line etc. hoping not to break anything.

Please be aware that there are naughty people around the area at the moment, so please lock all outbuildings and sheds, and report any suspicious vans, cars or people to 101 or 999.

Karen and Maggie

Visit the Lambs at Earth Trust

Lambing Weekends – Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th and Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th March, 10am-4pm

Earth Trust is throwing open the gates to our working farm at our annual fundraising festival! Join us for some farmyard fun during our popular Lambing Weekends: there’ll be lambs, piglets and goats to meet, plus bale climbing, tractor and trailer rides, craft activities and more. Refreshments available. £8 adult, £5 child; £22 family (2 adults + 2 children); discount for online tickets – see www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson.

Meet the Shepherd – Tuesday 20th March, 4pm-5pm

*FRIENDS EXCLUSIVE!* Emma Blomfield will introduce our Friends to some of the new arrivals in the lambing shed. Find out what it takes to be a shepherd at this very busy time of year! Free (Earth Trust Friends only); booking essential: call 01865 407792 during office hours or email supportus@earthtrust.org.uk. Find out more about becoming a Friend at www.earthtrust.org.uk/joinus.

As always, more information can be found on our website www.earthtrust.org.uk. Both events take place at the Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, OX14 4QZ