What’s On

Saturday, June 10th: Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop

Steeple Aston Pre School is holding a Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop on Saturday, June 10th starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm). The show will be held in the Village Hall and tickets cost £5.

There will be a charity raffle and lots of clothes to try on and buy. Clothes will be on sale at a 50% discount or more from retailers such as M & S, Next, Top Shop, Wallis, Oasis and New Look.

The show will be run by Colours (Fun)draising Fashion Shows (www.coloursfashionshows.com).  For tickets and more information, contact the Pre School on 01869 340863 or email steepleastonpreschoolfundraising@hotmail.com.

For more information about Steeple Aston Pre School, please click here.

Saturday, June 24th: Church Fete

Steeple Aston Church Fete will be opened this year by local MP Victoria Prentis. It will take place on Robinsons Close on Saturday, June 24th from 2.00 until 4.30pm. It will include a Car Show (including rides in vintage cars and the latest electric car – the Tesla S) and an exhibition of the entries to the Junior Art Competition.

There will be new activities for children including a Bouncy Castle and a  Children’s Corner. For the adults the Golf Club has kindly agreed to run a “Try Your Swing” event. Welly Wopping; coconut shy and skittles will be there plus Graham Clifton and colleagues will direct the Air Gun Target Shooting and jousting.  Ice creams will be available from the Guides in association with North Aston Dairy.

Stalls will include Books & CDs, Cakes, Bottles, Children’s Corner and Games, Recycled Gifts, Vintage (new this year), Jams and Pickles, Jewellery and Plants. And, as always, tea and cakes will be available in the Village Hall.

The organisers are appealing for donations for all these stalls and for helpers on the day. For more information contact the organiser, Shirley Palmer on 01869 347049, or go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Steepleastonchurchfete/


Sunday, June 25th: Fritwell Open Gardens

There will be an Open Gardens Day in Fritwell on Sunday, June 25th. The gardens will be open in aid of St Olave’s Church Fabric Fund.

This is the first open gardens day since 2013, and there will be lots of new gardens to explore. The gardens will be open from 2.00 to 5.00pm and entrance is £5.00 for adults, children free. There will be refreshments and cakes available as well as a plant and book sale.

In the evening, you are invited to “Songs of Praise” at 6.30pm in St Olave’s Church.

Friday, June 30th: SAWG walk in the Evenlode Valley

Described as “a wonderful walk in open countryside, at a glorious time of year”. Don’t be put off by the ‘moderate tag’ – just wear the right stuff and good boots and you’ll be OK. Bring plenty of water for human and canine alike if it’s hot and sunny. Details of the walk are as follows:

Date: Friday, 30th June
Walk location: Chadlington and Dean – in the Valley of the Evenlode
Walk leaders: Rhiannon and Heather
Starting point:  The Tite Inn Car Park  (plenty of room), Mill Close, Chadlington,  – https://www.thetiteinn.co.uk/
Nearest postcode: OX7 3NY
Meeting time: 9.15am
Walk start time: 9.30am Distance: 5.25 miles (around 3hrs at SAWG pace – quicker for those with faster pace)
Grade: Rhiannon and Heather say; “Moderate as there are a few inclines, areas of rough under foot, some stiles, some dog friendly but some less so but Willow managed! A bit overgrown in places so we’d advise long trousers and sleeves (nettles are at their peak right now). Overall a very pretty walk and a lovely pub with a beautiful garden.” Refreshment/lunch after walk: The Tite Inn (details above)
Please share cars where possible.
For more information about SAWG and contact details, please click here.

Sunday, July 2nd: SACS Summer Concert

This summer’s concert from Steeple Aston Choral Society is titled ‘America!!” and includes songs old and new from spirituals to Broadway. Extra items include summertime solos from members plus separate items from the men of the choir singing famous old songs from the Yale Songbook and the ladies giving of their best also in suitable American numbers. As ever there will be wine and refreshments available to help make the evening go with a real swing.

Joint Chairman Martin Dale says, “The choir has as its motto that all our music should be inspiring and fun with, what we also rehearse for, an ever improving quality of singing led by our Director the professional tenor (you should hear him sing!) Paul Badley and our terrific accompanist (also a choir master in his own right) Paul Herrington.”

The concert will take place at 7.00pm on Sunday, July 2nd in the Village Hall. Tickets will be available from 01869 347346 or the village shop price £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Children free.

Saturday, August 26th: Summer Soiree

Steeple Aston Pre School is holding a Summer Soiree at 8.00pm on Saturday, August 26th in the marquee on Robinsons Close.

There will be a live band, a bar, bandeoke, a raffle and auction and a prize for the best dressed table. You are invited to bring along your own picnic and enjoy a fun evening in aid of the Pre School.

The cost is £15 per person. You can book a ticket or a table from the Pre School on 01869 340863 or email steepleastonpreschoolfundraising@hotmail.com.

Monday, August 28th: Summer Show & Fun Dog Show

On August Bank Holiday Monday, Steeple Aston’s popular Summer Show and Fun Dog Show take place on Robinsons Close with teas in the Village Hall. This is the 126th show organised by the Steeple Aston and Middle Aston Horticultural Society.

Gates open at 2.00pm, and entrance costs £2 per person over age 16. You can check out the prizewinners and admire the displays of flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and more in the marquee.

The Fun Dog Show, sponsored by the Hart Veterinary Practice, starts at 2.30pm. The classes are: Agility, Best Pedigree Dog (only one dog per family), Best Crossbreed, Best Child Handler (5 to 15 years) and Dog of the Day (best of the previous four classes).

Other attractions include a Children’s Entertainer, Glitter Tattoos, Balloon Models, Bouncy Castle, Giant Games and Bowling. There will be plenty of games and side shows as well as Handicraft and Produce Stalls, a Bottle Stall and a Prize Draw.

An auction of produce donated by exhibitors will be held at 4.15pm

For further information please contact Richard Preston on 01869 340512, or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Steeple-Aston-Middle-Aston-Horticultural-Society-1266250533387466/

To see the Show Programme and Entry Form please click here.

Saturday, September 16th: ‘The Mikado’  

Opera Anywhere continue their highly successful UK Gilbert & Sullivan Festival on tour of this popular Gilbert & Sullivan masterpiece…

Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, YumYum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see, are complicated! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinks, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.

The Mikado will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday, September 16th at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Ticket cost £20, under 18’s £15. The Early Bird price for tickets purchased before July 31st is £15 under 18’s £12. They are available from Barbara Brewer on 01869 340423

On line ticket link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/359133 Telephone orders: 0333 666 3366.

For more information go to www.OperaAnywhere.com

Sunday, October 15th: Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles

Chipping Norton Theatre in association with Oxford Theatre Company presents a brand new Sherlock Holmes caper, delivered at breakneck pace in a hilarious, deeply daft theatrical explosion for adults and family audiences. It will take place in the Village Hall on Sunday, October 15th at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

In this new Sherlock Holmes caper, Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel Murders which have recently sent shockwaves through London. But when the evidence points to only one possible conclusion – that Jack the Ripper is actually Sherlock’s trusted sidekick Dr. Watson – is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable?

Suitable for ages 12 +     Tickets £10.