Steeple Aston Church Bellringers
The aim of the Steeple Aston Church Bellringers is to ring the Church bells on Sundays and for other services such as weddings. They meet in Steeple Aston Church tower for practice every Tuesday at 7.30pm and also on Sundays half an hour before the service.
They also ring the bells on special occasions. Following their successful ringing of a quarter peal to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday on April 21st 2016, Steeple Aston Bell ringers and friends took on the much more arduous task of ringing a full peal for her official birthday on Sunday, 12th June 2016.
The ringers taking part, pictured here, were (l to r): Lawrence White (SA), Malcolm Hensher (SA), Michael Austin (Hook Norton), Daniel Austin (Hook Norton), Sally Austin (Hook Norton), Alan Griffin (Bloxham), Graham Clifton (conductor) (SA), Nicholas Powell (SA).
The Bellringers are a very sociable group and welcome visitors. They also have many social events through the year. Anyone over the age of 10 is welcome to join the group. The only proviso is that you must be able to climb the stairs.
There is no fee to pay but when you are able to handle a bell you may become a member of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, for which an annual subscription is £9. If you are interested in joining, either give Graham a call to discuss ringing or just turn up on a practice night and have a try.
Steeple Aston Handbell Ringers
The main purpose of the Handbell Ringers is to play Christmas carols door-to-door round Steeple and Middle Aston in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. They choose a different charity to collect for every year.
They meet to practise on Sunday evenings at 7.30pm in a member’s house. Meetings start in September if they have been asked to entertain for a given function, but in late October if they are just practising carols.
The handbells are the property of the parish church and it is traditional that handbell ringers are church bell ringers as well. Anyone over the age of 10 is welcome to join the group. You don’t necessarily have to be able to read music as they play by numbers.
Membership is free. If you are interested in joining the Handbell Ringers, contact Sally or Graham.
Sally Cooper, Handbell Captain
Tel: 01869 347173
Steeple Aston Players
Steeple Aston Players are a group of enthusiasts who enjoy staging plays and musicals in the Village Hall.
Their most recent productions have included scripts written by their members.
They aim to put on at least one show each year, and they usually perform them on three consecutive evenings.
In addition, they meet up for play reading evenings in The Red Lion.
If you would like to join them, either on stage or backstage, please contact Alan Wightman.
Tel: 01869 324875 or 07943 537909
Steeple Aston Choral Society
Steeple Aston Choral Society was founded over thirty years ago for local singers of all abilities. It is very fortunate to have Paul Badley, a professional solo and ensemble singer and teacher, as its Director, and Paul Herrington, a teacher, composer/arranger and LCM examination local representative, as its accompanist.
It is also honoured to have another local professional musician, Heather Cleobury, as its Honorary Patron.
Currently the Society has about forty members who perform three concerts a year in either the Village Hall, or the Church.
The autumn and spring concerts are usually standard choral works, while the summer ‘party’ concert also features light music.
Concert rehearsals are on Mondays from 7.45-9.45pm in the Village Hall. Anyone who enjoys socialising and music making with others, is welcome. There are no auditions – just come along and join in.
For more information on concerts and membership go to www.facebook.com/steepleastonchoralsociety/ or contact one of the officers listed below.
Sunday 1 July Summer Party Concert Kaleidoscope – 7.00pm in the Village Hall
Kaleidoscope parties through different genres of British music from the last hundred years – Beatles; Andrew Lloyd Webber; Jenkins’s Adiemus; Ethel Smyth’s March of the Women; 21st century arrangements of Irish folk songs etc.
Tickets including refreshments (strawberries, savouries, wine, soft drinks etc.) – £10.00 in advance (£12.00 on door) available from the Post Office, from choir members, or from Margaret Bulleyment on 01869 347346.
Sunday 23 September Autumn Concert Gloria! – 7.00pm in the Church
Gloria celebrates the ‘glorious’ music of Vivaldi – Gloria (D major) and Magnificat – and Pergolesi – extracts from his Stabat Mater.
This concert was snowed off on 18 March, but just had to be performed.
Tickets (including refreshments) will be available soon – details as Summer Concert above.
Sunday 10 February Spring Concert – Mozart Requiem and other works – 7.00pm in the Church
Sunday 30 June Summer Party Concert – (Details to follow) – 7.00pm in the Village Hall