CO2 in the atmosphere

Mauna Loa weekly avg.
280      ppm

From: NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
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Sustainable Blewbury

Sustainable Blewbury is concerned with climate change and other environmental issues. 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.

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The Covid-19 restrictions have meant that we have had to postpone our AGM and we have decided that the most practical way forward is to defer it until next year and then include two years in one, probably with an enlarged agenda and a presentation of all our various activities.

In another change to our operations Glen Meadows has stepped down as Chair of Sustainable Blewbury and John Ogden is taking over the role with immediate effect.  John is planning to consult with Glen and the other members of the Core Group directing our affairs and from this to recommend the priority areas for us to concentrate on in the next twelve months.  

Glen will continue to be an active member of the Core Group and we would all like to take this opportunity to thank him for his great contribution over the years, long may it continue.

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Sustainable Blewbury Activities

Repair cafe

It looks as if it will be a while until we manage to hold a Repair Cafe in Blewbury. The Melland Room and the Village Hall should soon be open, and our repairers are keen to help but the Covid-19 regulations are very complicated, so it will have to wait a while.

Apple juicing

If you have a large crop of apples, we suggest that you hire our equipment to use at home. This includes detailed instructions. Hiring costs £10 for 24 hours in Blewbury and Upton, £15 per day elsewhere. To book, or for more information, contact Eric at or 07935 232 296.

Our 2020 public sessions are now finished.

Annual leaf clearing

The crazy weather we are having this year is making it very difficult to decide on the best date for clearing fallen leaves from village paths. Sustainable Blewbury does this every year, with the help of the Parish Council and Blewbury Village Society and volunteers. All we can say at the moment is that it is likely to be on a Sunday afternoon towards the end of November, date to be decided at fairly short notice. Please watch out for a Stop Press email telling you the date and asking for your help. Bring your rakes, gloves, barrows and enthusiasm to the Play Close!

National Tree Planting Week, 30 November to 4 December

We hope to be able to start work at the old sewage works as part of enhancing the biodiversity on this site, in conjunction with the site owners Thames Water. We think we will need volunteers on one day during this week. If you can help with this exciting project to improve our local biodiversity, please email John Ogden ( or phone 01235 850372.

In normal times, we have a substantial 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 or phone John Ogden at 01235 850372.

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Newsletter 41 – July/August 2020

Our latest Sustainable Blewbury Newsletter is available here.

This edition starts with information on our various activities: apple juicing, garden market, repair cafe and annual leaf clearing of village footpaths. Short items include: China's zero-carbon pledge, the UK's failure to meet biodiversity targets, an electric ferry, local air pollution from SUVs,, a new coal mine in England, Cambrige University divesting its fossil fuel investments, and plans for lots of eco homes in York. There are two longer articles about the status and possible roles of energy from hydrogen in a net-zero UK.

Earlier newsletters and their contents are available on our newsletters page.

Blewbury Climate Action (BCA)

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’ and this heads every page on our BCA blog.

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

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It is naturally more difficult to get going on your own, and also to know what to do that’s most effective, so 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.

Our Ideas meeting on January 8th was a great success. Plenty of people came and they had masses of ideas about what we should do. I ended up with well over 150 ideas on post-it notes to sort into groups, then the people who came to the meeting will be able to decide which ideas they were most concerned about and which they want to follow up.

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Blewbury buses

The current timetable is available here. There is a note on the situation in a recent newsletter.

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, 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.


The Blewbury Energy Initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings, encourage the use of renewable energy resources and use much less coal, oil and gas.

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, and village fabric.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The reduce, reuse, recycle 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.