CO2 in the atmosphere

July 2022: 418.90 ppm
July 2021: 416.96 ppm
Pre-Industrial: 280 ppm
 SAFE LEVEL: ~350 ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Blewbury Collage

Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury (SB) is concerned with climate change and other, related environmental issues (such as biodiversity), as well as protecting our lovely and unique village. We must end our dependence on fossil fuels because of the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We need to explore ways in which we as a village can adapt to a low carbon and more sustainable way of living, while maintaining a good quality of life. SB places the highest priority on raising awareness of climate change and communicating urgently how it affects all our lives.

Our Project page has more on Sustainable Blewbury’s origins, a list of our projects and who to contact for more information.

Note the carbon dioxide levels in the sidebar at the left. They are still rising and are now about 50% higher than in pre-industrial times. They must be reduced to a safe level of about 350 ppm.


Garden market

Current Activities and Forthcoming Events

Blewbury Garden Market – Saturday mornings, 9.15 to 11.15 am, Blewbury filling station

This is our 13th year; we plan to run every Saturday through to late September.

Bring plants, produce, flowers, preserves and baked goods to sell between 9.00am and 9.15. Set your own prices; you get 90% (we keep 10% to cover our expenses). Baked goods (home-made bread, pastries and cakes) especially welcome! If you have questions, email info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric at 07935 232 296.

If you would like to help on our stall (typically once every few weeks) please contact us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone Eric (number above).

Apple juicing 2022

Public sessions – alternate Sunday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00 pm at Blewbury Manor Stable, Church End on:
❖ 28 August ❖ 11 September ❖ 25 September ❖ 9 October ❖ 23 October ❖

Bring WASHED APPLES (bad bits removed, but no need to remove cores) and your own clean bottles or containers.

APPLE JUICING

(Sorry, we can’t supply bottles.)

COST: £1.50 to press a large bucket or basket of apples.

PASTEURISING: glass screw-top wine or drink bottles only. COST: 30p per bottle (so juice keeps for up to a year).
It takes a while so you must arrive well before 3.00 pm.
But note that you can also freeze the juice in plastic bottles for preservation.

Early apples that won’t keep? Too many apples for our public sessions?

You can hire our equipment at reasonable cost: £15 in Blewbury and Upton, £20 elsewhere (24 hours). For bookings or more information contact us at: info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or 07935 232296.

Repair Cafe – Sunday 18 September, 2.00–4.00pm, Village Hall

We do need your help with our publicity, so please tell your friends about the Repair Cafe, 2 to 4 pm on Sunday 18 September. We need both customers and skilled volunteers.

Repair cafe

The professional bike repairer at our June Repair Cafe serviced eight bikes, including those of a family of four. We have always had volunteers who repair small electrical items and check that they are electrically safe. Other items have ranged from a treasured pottery poppy from the Tower of London display to one of the biggest sun umbrellas I have ever seen.

Maryna, one of Blewbury’s Ukrainian refugees who is a trained seamstress, has volunteered to repair items of clothing at our next Cafe. She is also available for more complicated alterations and repairs, which you will be able to discuss with her at the Cafe. Email or ring Jo: jolakeland@blewbury.uk or 07773 242 472

We have a substantial and expanding programme of activities in and around the village. Getting involved is fun and can make a very positive contribution to village life and the local environment. If you’d like to get involved, or to receive our free Newsletter, email us at info@sustainable-blewbury.org.uk or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372


Young villagers on single-use plastics – a short video

Have a look at this amazingly slick short video, made by Max and Charlie: our youngest film-makers?


RepairCafe

July/August 2022 – Newsletter 51

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SB activities and coming events: Blewbury Garden Market; Apple juicing; Repair Cafe
Climate change: Blewbury Climate Action; Big Oil v the World (TV); Hothouse Earth: An Inhabitant’s Guide (book)



chalk stream

Blewbury Community Chalk Streams Group (BCCS)

As part of Sustainable Blewbury’s commitment to caring for all aspects of our village, we are supporting a group who will be working with us to conserve, enhance and restore Blewbury’s streams. BCCS is a volunteer group, formed in May 2021, by scientists and lay people who care about the conservation of Blewbury’s ancient chalk streams and the Cleve. Headed by Camilla Burrow, Director of Wild Oxfordshire, this sub-group of Sustainable Blewbury will run a series of community events and also work with willing riparian owners to care for and preserve our village waterways. For more info on activities and future plans contact Camilla at: camillaburrow82@gmail.com. And be sure to have a look at the stream group's website: blewburychalkstreams.org.


Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

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BCA is a group formed by Sustainable Blewbury at the request of Blewbury Parish Council.
Our aim can be summarised as: ‘acting locally in a global climate emergency’.

We can see for ourselves that our climate is changing, and scientists from all over the world agree that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. But big companies and governments are failing to properly and seriously address the crisis, so we must tell corporate leaders and politicians that we expect them to do better for ourselves and future generations, and we ourselves must also do what we can to help.

The BCA group was created to provide unbiased information and to help people do things large or small that will make a difference to the global climate emergency.

Note that production of our blog/web page is suspended at present.


Blewbury bus

Blewbury buses: Timetable for 94/94S

This timetable has improved access to both Didcot and the Harwell Campus.

The service runs from Didcot through East Hagbourne, Blewbury, Upton, Chilton to Harwell Campus and back again. A pdf copy of the timetable can be downloaded from the Thames Travel (TT) website at thames-travel.co.uk/routes/94. 94S buses transport pupils on school days*.

It is important to remember that when Oxfordshire County Council decided to withdraw all funding for local bus services, in 2016, we could have lost all our buses had Thames Travel not managed to keep the 94 service running by transferring some pupils that they had previously taken to school on a dedicated coach service onto the 94/94S instead. The requirement to carry school children continues to provide a significant portion of the revenue for the service. This commitment to getting children to and from school (using a single bus for both the 94 and 94S route) determines the availability of the single vehicle that provides both the 94 and 94S service.*

The first direct bus to Harwell Campus does not arrive there until 9.23 am. If you need to get to Harwell Campus earlier, then you must take a bus in the opposite direction to Didcot Parkway and transfer.

Unfortunately, there are no direct bus links from Blewbury to the three main Oxford hospitals. However, to avoid the trauma of parking at the hospitals or if you can't drive there are some alternatives. The X32 bus runs fairly frequently from Didcot station and the Orchard shopping centre on a surprisingly quick route to the main entrance of the John Radcliffe Hospital. And if you can get to the Thornhill Park & Ride on the A40 just east of Headington, the 900 bus goes to both the Churchill and Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospitals. The 700 bus goes between the Thornhill and the Water Eaton Park & Rides to all three main hospitals. (The 700 and 900 are run by Stagecoach.)

* Children from eight villages (Blewbury, Upton, the Hagbournes, Astons and Moretons) are transported to and from St. Birinus and Didcot Girls School on the 94S bus.

Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG) – it’s great for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day. If you haven't already signed up or need more information, contact dvtgbus@gmail.com, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.


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Our activity is organised around five main themes:
 

Travel and Transport

The travel and transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.

Energy

The Blewbury Energy Initiative aimed to reduce energy consumption in buildings, encourage the use of renewable energy resources and use much less coal, oil and gas. It is now part of Sustainable Blewbury

Food and Farming

The food and farming theme supports and promotes local food production and marketing in order to reduce food miles, as well as encouraging fair trade.

Natural Environment & Heritage

The natural environment and heritage theme is to promote protection of Blewbury's history, architecture and special characteristics – such as its springs and streams, trees, green spaces and village fabric.

Pentagram of themes

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle (and repair) theme aims to reduce the amount of waste, and to encourage reuse of items and recycling to recover raw materials. It promotes water saving, local recycling and household composting.