Upton Village Fête

Upton Village Fête will be held on the village recreation
ground on Saturday 3rd September between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.
In the central arena there’ll be a gymnastic display and a not-too-serious
dog show. All sizes and shapes of dogs are welcome! – please call Gloria
Hancock on 850683.
Wantage Silver Band will be playing and Tracey Seelig’s ladies Morris
Capering Crew will entertain us during the afternoon. We’re also promised a
great display of classic cars and possibly even a couple of steam traction
The fête is in aid of Upton Village Hall and St Mary’s Church, and there’ll be
plenty of opportunities to spend your money! Amongst the many stalls will
be a tombola, books, garden plants, preserves and ice cream, and to keep
you going there will be the usual magnificent teas, cakes and a barbeque.
For children, there’ll be a special area with games, toys and other delights.
As ever, we rely on the generosity of Uptonians to donate cakes (please
contact Giulia Rippon), tombola prizes (Ian and Judy Robertson) and books
(Bill and Sue Harper – or leave your donations in the church porch). We
also need assistance from 9:30 am on the day to put everything up, then
take it all down again at 4:00 pm. Please contact Paul Batho (851251) if
you can help with this.
Thanks to everyone who is working hard to make this a special day for
Upton. We look forward to welcoming you all!
Paul Batho

Upton Photo Competition

For all residents of Upton a free to enter photography competition.
Rules –
 Residents of Upton Parish only
 Two age groups: under 16 and over 16
 All photographs submitted should be in JPG format
 Photographs should be emailed to upton.photo@outlook.com
There are two themes:
1. Upton and surrounding area – landscapes, wildlife, people, events,
buildings etc. etc.
2. Holiday – coasts, mountains, cities people and places in the UK or some
far flung destination.
Entries should be emailed in between September 1st and October 1st 2022 –
please include a description of the picture
Winning three photographs will be enlarged and go on display in the village
So it is time to get snapping with your phone or your lovely digital SLR that
has been gathering dust. Hang on to your best pictures (do not delete!)
Rob Traynor

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party June 2022

We had well over 100 people from the village attending the event, the sun
shone and we enjoyed an amazing spread of food with everyone contributing
and with some eye catching red white and blue cup cakes.
The tables were decorated with flowers from the garden, the bunting was
up and it was an excellent occasion to re-acquaint and to meet new
residents from the village.
We sang God Save the Queen and had a toast both to Her Majesty and to
Upton village with a glass of bubbles and a celebratory cake beautifully
made and decorated by Ros Caffyn.
There were games for the children and a “Best Prince & Princess”
competition. A huge thanks from us all to the Committee who organised the
event – Chris Traynor, Fiona Betts, Ros Caffyn, Guilia Rippon, Brian Rippon
and Kieron Humphrey.
Thanks to Rob Traynor for being the official photographer and to all the
many helpers on the day. Photos can be seen on the village Facebook pages.

Christian Aid Week

An update on the money raised this year. With some late envelopes and
further plant sales, the final total was £650 – the highest ever.
Our helpers have agreed the Tea Party will be repeated next year.
Elisabeth and Malcolm Wright

Upton Nature Garden Update

The initial garden creation phase is complete save for commissioning the
The meadow is sown and watered. The gates into the garden are
completed and the fire escape path from the small meeting room has
been realigned to improve safety. There have regular maintenance visits

during April and May by the Nature Group members to water the new
plants and shrubs, and a volunteer day where the meadow area was
prepared for seeding and the areas around the new plantings were weeded.
A social celebration event for all the volunteers is being planned.
The five year maintenance plan for the garden is in preparation, drawing
on best practice documents from conservation and horticultural bodies.
The nature group would like to thank the Parish Council for their support
over the past year, and look forward to next.
Kathryn Fletcher


Uptonogood? Mountain Bike Festival

After an enforced two years away, we are delighted to announce the
Uptonogood? – Mountain Bike Festival will take place this year in Upton,
Oxfordshire on Saturday 18th June.
As before there will be a range of route options available, catering for
riders of all ages and abilities.

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Update on the Nature Garden

Full green ahead for the nature garden!
The verdict on progress in the nature garden is in! Alex Little, the
horticulturalist who kindly provided the original designs, declared it the
eighth wonder of the world, or at least I think that’s what he said. There
was a helicopter flying over at the time.
One thing Alex was unequivocally complimentary about was the volunteer
posse who came to plant up the perennials a few weeks back. He was
impressed to see so many taking part – encouraged by some glorious
If you’re taking a stroll in the garden, you’ll see the individual plants are
quite small, but (Alex noted) this gives them an advantage over larger potgrown specimens which may have become over-accustomed to their pot and
fail to flourish when released into the wild. Ours should develop fairly fast
as we go from spring to summer, and adapt well to their new surroundings.
Inevitably there’ll be a few failures – the gooseberries in particular seem a
bit reluctant – but in the long run we’ll have more robust stock.
Preparing the wildflower meadow
It was hard to miss the display of wildflowers outside Autumn Leaves (at the
bottom of the High Street) last year. We’re hoping to replicate that in the
nature garden. The secret? Really thorough preparation. Wildflower
seedlings can’t compete with a thick thatch of grass, so it’s important to
remove as much of the green stuff as possible. Not forgetting to bury a dung
-filled cow horn under a new moon …
To this end if you’re using a mini-digger at any point in the next few weeks
could we borrow it for an hour to level off the ground? Then we’ll be ready
to rotovate.
On 23 April we’d like your help raking the bare soil to create a very fine
tilth. If conditions are right (i.e. not too windy) we’ll be able to sow and
tread in. Come along from 10am if you can – there’ll be cake!
Signing off
The last stage of establishing the garden will involve putting in a sign, a
wooden bench, and a new gate near the bus stop. There’s also a dead hedge
under construction in the woodland section – dry sticks piled between stakes
to create extra habitat – and more mulch-spreading to do.
If you want to get involved, or have ideas for events or new features, please
email us: support@nature.garden.co.uk Otherwise, go ahead and enjoy the
space as the fancy takes you. Hopefully there’ll be lots to see and enjoy.
On behalf of the Nature Garden Volunteers

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Village Hall Back Up and Running

Now that the majority of Government COVID-19 rules have been lifted,
Upton Village Hall is fully back up and running and taking all usual party and
event bookings. This includes the return of all the usual classes and group
meetings such as Karate, Yoga, Gymnastics, Brownies, Dog Training, Tea
Birds, Short Mat Bowls and Wine Club.
The Upton Village Hall Amenities Trust will be holding its AGM at the end of
March and details will shortly be available on the hall’s website

Nature garden and HUGS news

Exciting news just in: the next order of plants for the nature garden is on its
way (from Bampton, west of Oxford – we keep it local if we can). This time
it’s a bumper batch of more than 400 perennials, including honeysuckle,
foxgloves, ferns, yarrow, bugloss and meadow crane’s bill.
We’d really appreciate your help getting these lovelies safely stowed in the
soil. You can volunteer on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 11 from 10
This is the last big push (can you tell I’ve been watching This is going to
hurt) to get the greenery in the garden established, coupled with
wildflower seed-sowing next month.
After that there’s a new gate and a sign to install, and the garden will be
ready to receive visitors! Obviously it’ll take a while for the plants to get
established, but there are already bulbs poking through and buds on the
hedging plants.
Another welcome sighting earlier this month was a mistle thrush chortling in
the chestnut. I’m told one of its nicknames is the ‘stormcock’ because it
starts trying to pair up before winter is properly over. It’s on the British
Trust for Ornithology’s red list of birds of conservation concern, so let’s
hope it finds the food and habitat it needs locally.
Verging on the meticulous
Cutting verges costs a lot of money and turns a potentially productive strip
of land into a desert, albeit a green one.
In recognition of this, miniature roadside nature reserves have been
springing up all over the country, including about a dozen across
Oxfordshire. Have you spotted one? They’re a great way to support
pollinator populations and cut down on the bills we have to pay through our
council tax.
Now our county councillor, Sally Povolotsky, is working to make it easier to
arrange for verge-mowing operations to be suspended, and for local groups
to manage the land in a more sustainable way. Chilton Road is a good
candidate for this in our area. Turning the verge (on the left as you go up
the hill) into a bank of flowers and longer grasses would be relatively
straightforward and safe to do as there’s no longer traffic there.
We’d need to wait until the road closure works are complete before starting
work, but if there’s support for the idea then at least we could kick off a
discussion. If you’re interested in getting involved please let me know at