The Village Hall is a mainstay of the community. Run by an active committee, it organises weekly Rendezvous coffee mornings as well as hosting the Brownies, Guides, Toddler Group, History Society, WI and other local groups. It is an important link to the outside world for many older residents.
The Bledington Music Festival is an international standard 3-day music festival run annually in our Church. Attracting musicians from around the world and audiences from across the country, the festival pulls the community together in many ways. For example, dozens of people cook canapés served during the interval; teenagers sell programmes and the primary school receives master classes from the guest musicians
The Bledington News is a volunteer-run local newsletter distributed monthly free to every household in the area. It is a invaluable source of local knowledge.
Bledington Primary School, with over 90 pupils, is classified as outstanding. Oversubscribed, the school is actively involved in village life, for example running an annual fair and using its buildings for holiday clubs with the local church. For the last 10 years it has been heavily involved in the village fete.
Disaster Planning. Badly affected by the floods of 19 July 2007, the village now has local support groups and warning systems, including a telephone tree to help protect against future disasters.
The Bledington Care Committee is a volunteer group that transports the elderly, disabled and those without transport to and from hospital and medical appointments, providing essential transport and services for the less able. The 20 volunteers cover some 5500 miles each year.
The Bledington Oil Buying Group (BLOG) enables residents to bulk-buy oil, saving money and reducing tanker visits to the village.
The Bledington Community Shop and Café Bledington lost its shop and post office when it closed in 2006. Since then the village has been trying to re-open a shop. Now the village in united having identified a site, secured planning permission and established a charity. Fund-raising is underway and a new community shop now looks imminent.
This is over and above the wide range of active local groups including the WI, History Society, Gardening Society, annual flower and produce shows, Brownies and Girl Guides, Village Hall Group, Bledington Music Festival, Primary School and Village Fete. For a village of 500 residents, Bledington shines out as a community that cares about its future.