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

 

Latest News from Blewbury Post Office

Old £10 notes (Charles Darwin) go out of general circulation on 2nd March, so either spend or bank them quickly, or bring to us for swapping! We are still swapping old £5’s and £1 coins!
We have the new issue of ‘Votes for Women’ stamps on sale, along with ‘Game of Thrones’ and some Star Wars’ ones too!
I am expecting the price rise from Royal Mail to be announced this month, so buy your 1st and 2nd class stamps before April, to beat the increase!
We will be closed for two Saturdays in March, 3rd and 17th, also on Good Friday 30th!
We have tickets for the two sustainable Blewbury talk’s, and the Duck Race on Easter Sunday (April 1st)
Nat West Bank are closing several nearby branches, but you can still get money out at the post office, and make deposits, most other banks services are available too, all free!
Normal opening times have resumed, I am feeling so much better now!

Karen and Maggie

Blewbury Post Office Information

We are having some new equipment installed on 26th September, so we are expecting to be closed between 9am and 11.30am.

We will be CLOSED on Wednesday 25th October.

The last posting dates for surface Christmas mail are, 27th September to the Far East, Australia and New Zealand, mid-October for the Americas, Canada and Asia, and late October for Europe and BFPO’s, we have lots of leaflets, or information is available on the Royal Mail website.

New “Star Wars” stamps will be on sale on 11th October. New £10 notes have started to come in. The old style “round pound” coins cease to be legal tender on October 15th, we will still take them if you find any lurking in a jar!

Please note that we do not accept post after our official LAT, (Last Acceptance Time), this is 4.30pm or 11.30am on our half days, (although the official time given is 9.30am on half days), this is the time that our postman calls to collect, not the time we close.

The last 15 minutes of every day is very busy for us, we do like to leave on time, at 12 noon or 5pm, we don’t get paid any overtime whatsoever, so please don’t come in at the last minute with eleventy billion parcels!

Karen & Maggie

News from Blewbury Post Office

We will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 28th August, any allowances paid on that day, will be available on the Friday before.

Pretty new stamps include “Landmark Buildings” and “Classic Children’s Toys”, while sometime in September, we will have “Ladybird Books”.

We will also continue to accept any old style £5 notes, we have until October for the old £1 coins!

Sadly, this is the month that our lovely Angela flies away to a new life in Canada, I thank her for her hard work and dedication to our village life, (and for coming to work in the post office too of course), I wish her every success, and hope we get to see her in the future!

I have managed to coax Maggie from Upton to come back to work on Mondays so I can have a day off, and to cover for my holidays!

Karen & Angela

September Events at Earth Trust

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

Discover and Play – Friday 1st September, 10am-12pm

Forest School 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: Fantastic Foraging – Sunday 3rd September, 10am-1pm

Drop in to find out what food is growing around the Earth Trust Centre and learn what yummy things you can cook over the campfire. £4 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

Drawing from Nature – Sunday 3rd September, 2pm-5pm

Take a walk around Little Wittenham Wood with your sketchbook and get top tips on how to perfect your drawings from artist Gareth Lloyd an Oxford-based artist working primarily in pencil and paint. His work is typically based around endangered and protected species, and he welcomes the opportunity to work with conservation organisations to help preserve the animal kingdom through art

£20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Bat Walk – Saturday 9th September, 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).

Children’s Fun Run – Sunday 10th September, 10am start

A 1km race around the Wittenham Clumps for kids! Please register online and bring a donation on the day. £2 suggested donation per child, accompanying adult(s) free.

10k Run – Sunday 10th September, 11am start

After a break last year we’re pleased to announce that the 2017 10K Run will take place on Sunday 10th September.

The Earth Trust 10K is a unique cross-country run that meanders through wildflower meadows, woodland, farmland, along the Thames and ends with a challenging hike up (and down!) the iconic Wittenham Clumps.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a novice runner taking on their first race or a Nordic walker looking for a new challenge, all are welcome!

This is a chip-timed race. Advance entry: £15 adult, £12 child (aged 14-17). On the day entry: £18 adult, £15 child (aged 14-17).

Wildlife Photography Walk – Saturday 16th September, 8am-10am

Join photographer Andrew Walmsley for a morning stroll around the nature reserve. Check out our beginner and intermediate workshops too. £20; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).

Foraging Walk – Sunday 24th September, 11am-3pm

Discover the autumn bounty in the local area and use what you find to make something delicious. £17; booking essential: 01865 407792 or online at www.earthtrust.org.uk/whatson (incurs a booking fee).