What’s On

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.

John Coley
Parish Council Chairman

Saturday, 18th & Sunday, 19th March: Antiques@The Holt 

The first Antiques@TheHolt of 2017 is predicted to be bigger and better than ever before! Expanding into an additional room, the fair will take place on Saturday, 18th and Sunday 19th March. Staged twice yearly at The Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston this antiques and collectors’ fair runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm on both days.

Around 50 dealers will be present over the two days offering a wide range of quality items, including silver, porcelain, paintings and prints, postcards, furniture, glass, jewellery, maps, bronzes and figurines, pottery and ceramics, books, clocks, brass and metalwares, boxes and treen, and all manner of curios and collectables. Something to suit all collections, and all pockets!

Entrance costs £2.00 with children under 12 free. There is free parking and a restaurant and bar serving a buffet breakfast and Sunday lunches.

For more information, please go to their website: Antiques@TheHolt

Sunday, March 19th: Spring Flower Show

The start of Spring is just around the corner when the annual Spring Flower Show comes to the Village Hall on Sunday, 19th March with doors opening at 2.30pm.

Alongside the flowers there will be a range of handicraft, floral art, cookery and photographs aswell as numerous children’s exhibits.  Stalls and home-made teas will also be there so why not come along and see what talented people we have in Steeple and Middle Aston?

For more information on how to enter or what is involved, give Richard Preston, Chairman of the Horticultural Society a call on 01869 340512. Or to see the show schedule and entry form, please click here. 

Friday, March 31st: SAWG Great Tew walk 

The first ever SAWG walk started in torrential rain – followed by hot sun by the end of the walk. This time, they hope it will be sunny throughout as they do the walk again. It’s just a gentle, circular walk, ending up with refreshments or lunch at the famous Falkland Arms.

Starting point: Great Tew Village car park
Grid reference: SP395293
Nearest postcode: OX7 4DB
Meeting time: 10.30
Walk start time: 10.45
Distance: approx. 4-5 miles (approx 2 hours)
Grade: Easy – short stretch on road. One difficult style (dogs may have to be lifted). Dogs and humans be aware: a couple of roads to cross.

A volunteer is needed to lead the April walk (morning of Friday 28th April). Please email Anna Allen at anna@allen-clan.uk or phone her on 01869 340160 if you have a good walk you want to share.

For more information about SAWG, please click here.

Sunday, April 2nd: Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Steeple Aston Choral Society announces its forthcoming concert “An Italian Evening” 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
or www.facebook.com/steepleastonchoralsociety/

Tuesday to Saturday, April 11th – 15th: Local teenagers in Hired Man musical  

Six local teenagers (all former pupils at Dr Radcliffe’s School) will be performing in the Musical Youth Company of Oxford’s Easter production of The Hired Man. They are Jacob Henney, Owen Henney, Claudia Townson, Lucas Lluna, Ellie O’Connor and Immy Parsons.

Dubbed “The British Les Mis” by the press, The Hired Man is an epic British musical about love, labour and loss. The show features a succession of soaring choruses and rousing foot-stomping rhythms and was voted ‘Best Musical of the Year’ by Time Out, The Guardian and The Stage during its West End run in 1984. Based on Melvyn Bragg’s stirring novel, The Hired Man is an intimate portrayal of a tight-knit rural community tested by the challenges of colliery life and heartache of the Great War. The music and lyrics are by Howard Goodall.

The show is on from 11th to 15th April at The Theatre at Headington, Headington School, Headington Road, Oxford OX3 7TD. The evening shows from Tuesday to Saturday start at 7.30pm and there’s a Saturday matinee starting at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £15 – £21 and can be bought in advance online at www.myco.org.uk or by calling 01865 686481.

Thursday to Saturday April 27th – 29th: SA Players’ “Mixed Doubles”

Steeple Aston Players present “Mixed Doubles”, a collection of short plays by leading English writers in the Village Hall on April 27th, 28th and 29th at 7.30pm.

The times they are a’changing, how have we changed with the times?

It is 1969. The 60’s have swung.  In the course of the last decade Lady Chatterley, the Beatles and Dylan have changed the cultural scene.  Khrushchev showed us the end of the world and blinked.  Across the Atlantic the great orators, JFK and MLK, are dead.  In Britain, Christine Keeler, Peter Cook and TW3 have put an end to deference. The pill and abortion laws are giving women control over their bodies. Homosexuality is no longer a crime, the death penalty is history.

And what of marriage, an institution as old as human society? In these varied plays Alan Ayckbourn, George Melly, Harold Pinter and Fay Weldon take us from altar to graveside; from passion to regret; from dedication to deceit as a succession of couples examine their relationships. As a finale the Players will perform “When the Weather Allows” by Phil McCarthy.

Tickets cost £7 (Thurs), £8 (Fri, Sat) and £6 for Under-16s (all performances). The Box Office is open now on 01869 347346.

Monday, May 8th: Village Hall Committee AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Steeple Aston Management committee will take place on May 8th at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. The AGM lasts approximately 30 minutes and is followed by the monthly village hall committee meeting. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the meeting and if anyone feels they would like to join the committee we would like to see them. If interested, telephone 01869 340423 for further details.

Sunday, May 14th:  NGS Open Gardens

Five gardens will open in Steeple Aston this year on Sunday, May 14 under the National Garden Scheme.

They are:

Canterbury House

Combe Pyne


The Longbyre

Primrose Gardens

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.

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.

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.