Until Sunday, February 5th: Steeple Aston Cope in V&A exhibition
The Steeple Aston Cope features as one of the highlights of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
The elaborately decorated Cope was made for the church during the High Middle Ages. At some point in its history it was cut into pieces. It is kept permanently at the V&A but was brought home and exhibited in Steeple Aston in 2003.
The new exhibition, which is called Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, is open daily from 10.00am until 5.30pm, 10.00am to 9.30pm on Fridays. It will run until Sunday, February 5th.
Tickets normally cost £12, but the Rector, Revd Marcus Green has negotiated a reduced entry fee to the exhibition for Steeple Aston residents. If you are buying your ticket on the door, you should take along something that proves you live in the village. If you are booking in advance on the website, you should use the code VAMSTEEPLE in the box asking for a promotional code.
For more information go to the museum website: www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/opus-anglicanum-masterpieces-of-english-medieval-embroidery
Saturday, February 4th: Amici Choir concert
The Amici Choir will return to Steeple Aston on Saturday, February 4th to perform in the Church. The concert will include music from Passiontide to Easter, reflecting on the journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day. It will include music by Tallis, Byrd, Lotti, Victoria, Stanford and Chilcott.
This is the second concert that these young singers have given in the village, and they are very happy to help raise funds for the Church building plans. Most of this group of professional and semi-pro singers live in London and many, including Sophie (daughter of Steeple Aston’s Nick and Heather Cleobury), sing in the choir at St.Martin’s in the Field Church in Trafalgar Square.
Tickets are £10 and are available in advance from the Village Shop or at the Church on the night. The evening starts at 7.30pm. A free glass of wine will be served before the concert, which will be performed without an interval.
Sunday, February 19th: Snowdrop Sunday
The annual celebration of Snowdrop Sunday takes place this year on Sunday, February 19th from 2.30 until 4.00pm.
Come and take the opportunity to see the display of snowdrops and other wildflowers in the churchyard. Then warm up with a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Church, where there will also be a book sale.
Friday, February 24th: SAWG Hempton Loop walk
A lovely local walk this time led by Stuart Cummins, ending up at the excellent Unicorn Inn in Deddington. We get to walk through the Millennial Woods. Don’t miss it!
Details are as follows:
Walk location: Hempton Loop
Walk leader: Stuart Cummins
Starting point: Market Place, Deddington, OX15 0SE
Nearest postcode: OX15 0SE
Meeting time: 10.00am
Walk start time: 10.15am
Distance: 5.5 miles (around 2.5 hours at SAWG pace)
Grade: Easy, with some slopes but nothing too steep. Mixture of good tracks, and grassy fields. Dogs welcome (also at Unicorn Inn).
Refreshment/lunch after walk: Unicorn Inn, Market Square, Deddington,OX15 0SE
Please share cars where possible. As usual, if you would like lunch, please tell Anna.
Anna Allen Tel: 01869 340160
Want to join the SAWG email list? Contact Anna on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 4th: Race Night – CANCELLED
There will be a Race Night on Saturday, March 4th at and in aid of the Sports and Recreation Centre.
Doors open at 7.00pm and horses come under starter’s orders at 8.00pm. Entry costs £2 for a Lucky Number Race Card and a light supper. There will be prizes for winning owners and jockeys and Tote betting will be available.
For more information, call Alan Peckham on 01869 347756.
Sunday, March 12th: Annual Village Litterpick
This year we will be holding the village litterpick on Sunday, March 12th starting at 10.00am, whatever the weather throws at us. Everybody is welcome to join our merry band. You only need warm clothing, stout shoes and gloves.
We will be fielding two teams, one gathering by the stone bus shelter near The Dickredge, the other by the Telephone Exchange on Sixtyfoot. All equipment is provided. We can supply some hi-vis jackets, but it’s best to wear something bright in case we have more volunteers than our stock.
This is the one chance to make Steeple Aston look its best before all the daffodils are in full flower and to make the verges as clean and litter-free as we can.
Parish Council Chairman
Sunday, April 2nd: Choral Society’s Spring Concert
Steeple Aston Choral Society once more joyfully announces that its forthcoming concert on Sunday, April 2nd at 7.00pm in Steeple Aston Church. Tickets cost £10 in advance; £12 on the door, available from 01869 347346.
The Society’s Chairman, Martin Dale writes: “There will be a super programme designed to take us largely to Italy through Opera Choruses of Handel; Mozart and Donizetti and the wonderful Messa di Gloria of Puccini Though this last is an ecclesiastical piece, it is musically full of Puccini’s operatic style. Each week when we practise it everyone goes home humming the glorious operatic style tunes.
“Every year we find ourselves at certain times needing to seek the help of professional soloists to sing the solos in these great works. This April is no exception and will be richly enhanced by it. There is a bonus with this since there will be operatic solos also sung by our soloists.
“So this will be a concert with a wealth of beautiful melody and rich harmonies. Do come and enjoy it – it’s like feasting at a great rich table. Italy is still the country with one of the greatest histories of artistic invention and these pieces are no exception.
“There are always so many discussions in music –
Who really was the greatest composer?
Which really is the country with the best traditions?
At a local level we are always so aware to the question – should we use professional soloist or local people? “For me there is one answer and it is always – let us rejoice in what’s possible.
“The best composer of all time is the composer I’m listening to or studying right now and that will be different tomorrow; when we use professional soloists there’s a reason (usually it’s because the music is incredibly difficult to sing as solo and the professional has studied it for years) -but Steeple Choral has a policy of encouraging local singers each year in their summer concert and this year will be no exception.
“Our summer concert on Sunday, July 2nd in the Village Hall will be a highly approachable concert of music which is easy on the ear and plus solos from our local members – always a super musical moment of great fun – we call it our Summer Party and it’s certainly that.
“If you’d like to sing with us – just come along on a Monday evening in term time at 7.45pm in the Village Hall. No experience is necessary. If you feel you can’t read music we’re there to help always and it’s always amazing how quick it is to pick it up. You would always be very, very welcome. We’re a very happy bunch and very welcoming.
For more information, go to www.steeplechoral.org
Sunday, May 14th: NGS Open Gardens
Five gardens will open in Steeple Aston this year on Sunday, May 14 under the National Garden Scheme.
The gardens will be open from 2.00 – 6.00pm. Combined admission costs £6.00, children free. Home-made teas will be served in the Village Hall.