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Blewbury Brass Band ‘Party Night!’ Concert Saturday 18th November 2017

Blewbury Brass Band is currently preparing for its annual winter concert, this year with a ‘Party Night!’ theme. The concert, to be held in Chilton Village Hall at 7:30pm on Saturday 18th November, promises to be a real treat featuring our Main Band of over thirty players, our impressive Learner Band and our senior players from Blewbury Youth Brass. The concert will include pop tunes, a march, solo and section features, and a Christmas tune with a twist.

Musical Director, Ian Barlow, said, ‘The band has been working hard on new pieces for the concert. We are including old favourites such as Manilow Magic and Macarthur Park as well as playing some more traditional brass band music, with every piece cleverly linked to the theme. We will be featuring our trombone section and soloist, Grace Hancock, playing ‘Feeling Good’’.

The concert will feature ‘Mr Sandman’, played by a group from our highly acclaimed Blewbury Youth Brass. The band has recently toured Germany and, on 8th October, won four prizes in the Oxfordshire and District Brass Band Association’s Entertainment Contest. Youth Brass Musical Director, Judith Atkins, said, ‘We are very proud of the band and delighted by its recent success. The band is made up of some of the finest young players in the county and it is a privilege to work with then. Mr Sandman will be a treat for the audience’.

The Learner Band, which has over twenty-five players aged from nine to sixteen, will also be taking part. Highlights of their programme include ‘Alfie’, played as a flugel solo, and the popular march ‘Westward Ho!’.

Wine, soft drinks and party nibbles will be available during the interval. Tickets are available now from band members or can be purchased on the door priced £8 (adults), £6 (seniors) and £1 (children).

The concert marks the start of a busy Christmas period for the band. You can see us carolling at local supermarkets and we are also supporting several charitable events in the local area. The Main Band will also be taking part in the Blewbury Village Concert at St Michael and All Angels Church, Blewbury on Wednesday 20th December at 8pm and Carols on the Blewbury Playclose on Christmas eve.

If you would like further details, please contact Judith Atkins or see our website

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Chilton Festival – Saturday 6 June

Preparations are underway for the 2015 Chilton Village Festival that will take place on Saturday 6 June 2015.
The event will build on the success of last year’s Festival and is aimed at further strengthening the bonds of the expanding Chilton Village Community. The Festival will be an ideal venue to showcase and promote the activities of local clubs, societies, businesses and individual/group performers.
This year’s event will be centred on the newly expanded and refurbished Chilton Village Hall and, as last year, will coincide with the commemoration service at the Harwell Campus memorial stone which will be organised by The Royal British Legion.
This is a non-profit event and relies on volunteers, local groups, businesses and individuals to get actively involved. If you wish to:
  • Volunteer to assist in organising the Festival
  • Provide a stall, act or demonstration
  • Provide sponsorship
  • Or have a good idea for making the event enjoyable and fun
Then please contact or e-mail Bob Girling. For further updates please check out the Chilton Village Festival Blog. This is your festival so please get involved and put the date in your diary.

Chilton Artwork

We are still creeping ever closer to the development of the Chilton Work of Art on Chilton Fields. Construction should be commencing in June with completion in September. For anyone new to the village, this work has been funded from the section 106 from the Chilton Field development. The money was specifically set aside for a work of art under section 106, and Chilton Work of Art Group formed from local residents to make sure that the village was fully consulted on what form this artwork should take. The result was over riding support for an amphitheatre on the open space in Chilton Field, designed and created by artist Tim Norris.
If you want to find out more, have any concerns, or just want to get involved in the project please contact Sue on If you want to see past examples of Tim Norris’ work please see This artwork is for all of us so get involved.

Parish Council Elections

In May there will be an election for all the seats on the Parish Council; why don’t you think about becoming a Parish Councillor? All you need to become one is:
  • Be aged 18, on the electoral role, be a citizen of UK, Commonwealth, EU or Ireland, resident within 3 miles of the parish or own land or work in the parish
  • Be able to attend regular evening meetings
  • Be interested in local issues, but not just a single issue
  • An understanding and willingness to represent the views of the whole community
  • An interest in being a professional and effective councillor
For more information about what is involved please contact Liz Morris, the Parish Clerk, on 834233. Don’t just leave it to others, play a part yourself. The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 8.00pm in the Village Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend.
            Provisional Agenda
  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Declaration of Interests
  3. Area Beat Officer’s Report
  4. Open Forum
  5. District Council Report
  6. County Council Report
  7. Planning
  8. Minutes of the last PC meeting
  9. Matters Arising from the Meeting
  10. Finance
  11. Reports of Meetings attended
  12. VHMC Report

Village Hall Management Committee Volunteers Needed

Chilton has two fantastic venues available for the community and others to hire and enjoy. The Chilton Village Halls Management Committee is fundamental in keeping these venues open and running. The committee currently consists of 7 members, and it needs at least 10 to ensure that both the Village Hall and Community Room remain viable venues. So if you can spare the time to attend a meeting once every six weeks, and carry out (half hourly) weekly maintenance checks one month in four (per a rota), the VHMC really needs you.
Without your support the village is in danger of losing one of these valuable community venues. If you are interested, please contact the VHMC Chair on

New Year New You?

We now have a great range of rooms on our doorstep: The Community Room as well as Small and Large Village Halls. Let’s not leave them empty! What classes or groups would you like to see there? Exercise classes, new sports, craft classes, children’s activity groups, educational classes, social events? This is your chance to have your say and have the class that you would like to attend right on your doorstep. Drop an email or pick up the phone to the bookings clerk and we will do our best to find qualified leaders and teachers for the most requested classes and groups. Feel free to suggest anything that you would be interested in attending contact the bookings clerk on or 01235 861253
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