Steeple Aston Emergency Response Plan

To view the Emergency Plan, please click here.

Junior Cricket Coaching

Sandford St. Martin Cricket Club is running a 12 week Junior Cricket Coaching Course on Friday evenings, commencing 27th April at 18:30.No equipment is needed and all sessions are run by EBC qualified cricket coaches.

Boys and girls of all abilities from the age of 5+ are welcome, and there is also the opportunity to play Oxfordshire matches in our U11, U13 and U15 teams.

Sandford St. Martin is one of the most beautiful grounds in the county and with its family atmosphere (and delicious BBQs after every session), it’s the perfect location for children to develop their cricket.

Time: 18.30 – 19.30
Date: From 27th April
Sessions: 12 weeks
Cost: £40 per child

BBQs and fully stocked bar

Sandford St. Martin Cricket Club
Ledwell Road
Sandford St Martin

Colin Simpson
Tel: 07717 755036

Children’s Fete Programme Competition

Steeple Aston Church Fete takes place this year on 30th June. For the last few years there has been a children’s art competition held in conjunction with the fete. This year instead there will be a competition from now until Easter, for children to design the cover of the Church Fete programme.

Children are asked to design the cover for this year’s programme in A4 size, in paint/pencils/crayon or pens (no collage) It’s open to all children under 14 years old.

There will be a cash prize (£10) for the winning design. Extra prizes will be given for the best under 6 entry, the most colourful, the best dragon theme and the funniest.

The theme for this year’s fete is ‘Taming your Dragon

And there will be all the usual attractions – a brass band, classic cars, teas, BBQ, ice cream, bouncy castle, shooting, jousting, children’s games, orienteering, coconut shy, bowling, pony rides, Aunt Sally and lots of stalls.

Please write your name, age and telephone number on the back or your entry and put it in one of the boxes to be found in the Pre-School, School entrance hall and the Church.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 29th March. All designs will be displayed at the fete and returned afterwards.

How to prepare your preserves for Horticultural Society Shows

Janet Coley, a Steeple Aston and Middle Aston Horticultural Society committee member, has some advice for those who want to enter preserves at their shows.

She writes: At the November Garden Club meeting members were shown how to exhibit their vegetables to the best effect.

I thought we could begin the New Year by giving those cooks who enter our shows tips on presenting preserves to gain those extra vital winning points.

Jars should be plain, have twist tops, without a maker’s name (e.g. Roses). Labels should be easy to read.

Hot preserve should be poured into clean, hot jars and filled to within 5mm of the top.  No waxed discs or cellophane should be used.  Twist lids should be put on straightaway and screwed tight.  A pleasurable popping ought to be heard within about an hour, indicating that the preserve has cooled enough to form a vacuum and the contents are sealed.

Chutneys should be made at least 6 weeks before showing to enable them to mature.

We hope these few basic points will make all the difference to your entries.

Happy Cooking

News from the Sports & Rec

Not everyone in Steeple Aston knows what the building next to the Village Hall and the Pre-school is… This is the Sports and Recreation Trust: we look after the changing rooms and the meeting hall and are also responsible for the Recreation Field.

The Field is where the football pitch and cricket nets are and where last month we all enjoyed the fantastic firework display. As well as sports, the field is also used for many of those annual events that really bring the village together like the Horticultural Show, Church Fete, and Whit Races.  The meeting hall is where many clubs and societies meet every week.  We work closely with the Village Hall, Parish Council and Church but have very much our own identity.  In particular we try to concentrate on helping sports related groups and those that focus on young people.

The Sports & Rec has things happening most days but it is a smaller and less formal space than the Village Hall so well suited to children’s parties and smaller events up to 30 people and has a kitchen and a licenced bar. We can also work with the Village Hall to host joint events for 100 or so people.

We have the following regular groups, as well as parties and other events:

  • Monday morning 10am (every other week) – Home Education Group
  • Tuesday morning, 10am, Mindfulness
  • Tuesday night, 7pm Scouts (and we are hoping to start Cubs again soon)
  • Wednesday night, 6pm, Brownies
  • Thursday morning, 9am, Baby and Toddler group (term times)
  • Most Saturday afternoons in season, Steeple Aston Football Club
  • Most Sunday afternoons in season Junior Football.

The Sports & Rec is a busy place but we do have slots available and are happy to look at special rates for village groups. Please contact Katie Rushworth (Booking Agent) on 01869 340196.

You can find contact details for all the clubs and societies in the Clubs and Societies section section or contact Torquil McLusky, Chairman, (347914) or Chris Cooper, Treasurer, (347173).

Your village needs you!

Do you have some time to spare to help our community? We are looking for people to help out with repairs and maintenance of amenities in the village, particularly around the play facilities at Robinson’s Close.

The next things on the list are yellow line repainting and mending a wooden bench in the pagoda. If you think you can help out, now or in future, please contact the Parish Clerk, myself or any member of the Parish Council.

Thank you,

Charlotte Clarke on behalf of Steeple Aston Parish Council

Community First Responders needed

Alan Brewer, Community First Responder writes:

Community responders are trained, equipped volunteers that answer emergency medical calls in their local communities and initiate treatment while the ambulance is on route. We are not a substitute for the ambulance but a complement to it,we also provide reassurance – the sight of the hi-viz jacket lets them know that help is near and often reduces stress.

It was discovered that if a series of events took place in a set sequence, a heart attack victim has a greater chance of survival.

Early access – this is getting to the patient as quickly as possible (to get help).

Early resuscitation – starting CPR to those patients who require it (to buy time).

Early Defibrillation – delivering an electric shock with a defibrillator to those patients in cardiac arrest (to restart heart).

Early advanced life support – the skills that Paramedics and Doctors have (to stabilise).

Over 350,000 people in the UK suffer heart attacks each year.

160,000 people die as a result of heart attacks each year.

Eighty-five per cent of victims have the potential to survive. The chances of survival decrease by ten per cent for every minute that treatment is delayed.

In addition as trained volunteers, community responders help patients suffering from breathing problems, severe bleeding, diabetic emergencies and unconscious casualties, all of which will benefit from early treatment.

Our aim is to preserve life, prevent the patient’s condition from worsening and promote recovery.

At present here in Steeple we have five trained Responders and two Defibrillators, this is voluntary, putting in 20 hours a month that suits you. Due to changes in life style, work and other activities three of our responders will be leaving us after many years of serving the community.

You must be able to drive and have your own car, no blue lights I’m afraid, your aim is to get to the patient with in eight minutes of receiving the call from the emergency dispatcher.

Now, if this is something you have been thinking about doing for your community then please get in touch with me on 01869 340423.

 2017 Annual Summer Show and Fun Dog Show

Steeple Aston and Middle Aston Horticultural Society held its 126th Annual Show on a hot and sunny Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August.

A large number of visitors enjoyed the many stalls and games on Robinsons Close along with the Fun Dog Show, sponsored by the Hart Veterinary Centre. The Dog of the Day, was Noodle, pictured  here with his owner Neil, judge Tom Edgar and Richard Preston, the Society’s Chairman.

There were plenty of impressive exhibits on view in the Marquee. The Walker Cup for Show Champion went to Stan Nelson. The Senior Children’s Cup was won by Jenny Marsden and the Junior Children’s Cup by Lucy Everett. Tea and homemade cakes were served in the Village Hall.

To see the full results, please click here.

To see lots of photographs, please click here.

Burglar alarm scam

Thames Valley Police have warned that a company called pure line are cold calling residents, mostly targeting the elderly by offering to fit a police accredited home security system. They claim to be able to fit a phone system which will know which emergency service you require when in distress and they are currently completing home checks in your area.

They say: “This is potentially a scam please do not give any personal details, home address or bank details. Please call Police on 101 to make a report and ask to speak to the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“The Police do not endorse any particular company, we will happily offer crime prevention advice whether in your home, at a crime prevention event or through local engagement.”

Junior Art Competition winners

The winners of the TIME TRAVEL Junior Art Competition displayed at the Church Fete were:

Under 5s  1st: Ava Obinna  2nd: Woody Wright
5-7yrs      1st: Clemie Le Clercq  2nd: Jenny Marsden
8-12yrs    1st: Oliver Martin  2nd equal: Rory Sealby and Jack Knowles
Prizes of art materials were kindly donated by Morrisons supermarket in Banbury.

Whit Races Results and Photos

Organiser Anna Thatcher writes:

“Despite the long term fantastic weather forecast, the now usual Whit Races weather descended and the day dawned cloudy and windy, the hardy Scout team arrived and everything was set and ready for the start at 11.45am.

“Numbers were once again a bit down on last year due to holidays and weather but lots of happy children enjoyed the races, tombola, BBQ and ice cream after theFancy Dress Parade. We had three entrants for the fancy dress parade and Jenny Marsden won the trophy as Blue Fish.

“A huge thank you must go to Alan Peckham who does a huge amount of work behind the scenes and without him the races could not happen, he paints the lines, puts out the winners podiums and goals and sorts out the goalkeeper ( thanks Adam Peckham) and then clears it all up again. Another big thanks to Sue Tyler who despite not being there on the day, designs and organises the posters, door drops and school bag drop. Emily Burt and Dan Ruaux who signed in all the competitors and Fiona Ritchie, Silvana Westbury and Rhiannon Thomas for holding the winning line and managing the winner’s stickers to make sure we know who has won. More thanks go to Bob Wilkins for putting up the posters and the Scouts for getting everything printed for us and the Brownies for providing the ice creams.

“Lastly a big thank you to my husband, Simon Thatcher, who manned the candy floss tent and luckily this year didn’t end up in hospital by the end of the day ( appendicitis last year!)

“As you can see a lot of work goes into the day, a few more helpers would also be welcome to join us – it is fun honestly you can contact me at”

To see more photos please click here.


The winner of the Jan Lester George Memorial Trophy for the Fancy Dress Parade was Jenny Marsden and the Adrian Kinch Memorial Trophy for Participation went to Devron Harverye.



Age group 1st 2nd 3rd
Teddy Bear Race 2 and under Ruby Rushworth Megan Walker
Childrens running Race 3 to 4 Gabriel Burt Hugo Wyszhowski James Walker
Childrens running Race 5 to 6 Louka Nicolaides Zara Barrow Tommy Peckham
Childrens running Race 7 to 9 Carla Shayler Olivia Barrow Isabel Kinchin
Childrens running Race 10 to 11 Alex Burt Lucy Everett Jack Scrivens
Childrens running Race 12 to 16 Mateo Lluna Prabir P Louis O’Keefe
3 legged Race 5 to 6 Tamsin Thatcher & Louka Nicolaides Leon & Hugo Wyszhowski
3 legged Race 7 to 9 Tamsin Thatcher & Sian Ruaux Frances Bowles & Isabel Kinchen Olivia & Zara Barrow
3 legged Race 10 to 11 Rebecca McCloone & Skye Phipps Carla & Zoe Shayler
3 legged Race Parent & child Alex and Duncan Burt Lucy and Richard Everett Rebecca and Jon McLoone
Egg and Spoon Race 5 to 6 Leon Wyszhowski Zara Barrow James Marston
Egg and Spoon Race 7 to 9 Carla Shayler Slade Buekes Olivia Barrow
Pyjama Race 5 to 6 Tamsin Thatcher Isla Rushworth Leon Wyszhowski
Handbags and Gladrags 7 to 11 Zoe Shayler Jack Scrivens Sienna Buekes
Football crazy 7 to 11 Slade Buekes Mathew Kilby Jack Scrivens
Childrens Bike race 7 to 9 Carla Shayler Isabel Kinchen
Childrens Bike Race 10 to 11 Zoe Shayler Alex Burt Jack Scrivens


Report potholes and other street problems directly to OCC 

Did you know that you can report any problem with our roads direct to Oxfordshire County Council via their Fix My Street portal.

You can report potholes, loose paving slabs, fly tipping, overgrown hedges or anything else that needs the attention of the council.  You will be given a reference number and can track the progress of the problem.  The Parish Council regularly use this means of reporting, but they do not always know about all the problems!   Please help us by reporting problems direct to the County Council as well as to the Parish Council.

To access the Fix My Street portal, please click here.

Cathy Fleet – Parish Clerk
Tel: 01869 347000

Allotments Available in Steeple Aston

The Steeple Aston Church Allotment Association currently have a few good plots available. Why not grow fantastic fruit and veg – while keeping fit at the same time.

NEW for 2017 – Starter Plots

For busy young families, senior residents or those who need a little extra advice, we have  ‘Starter Plots’. These are very small plots with enough space to grow your own delicious strawberries or vegetables – without the worry!

And to help those new to growing, we provide you with a Mentor, an experienced allotment holder, who will give all the advice you need to get you going and to keep your plot productive.

If you would like to see pictures from our events, read information, or sign up for an Allotment or Starter Plot, please visit our website or email Stuart (Allocation Officer) on


Adderbury Food Market

The market is held every second Thursday of the month from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at The Institute, The Green, Adderbury OX17 3NE.

You will find a wide range of local producers selling meat, poultry, eggs, savouries, vegetables, cakes & tarts, honey, coffee, gin & liqueurs, preserves and lots more. Guest stalls provide monthly variety. There is a bar and hot food to eat in or take away.

This is a not-for-profit community project. For more information go to

Elderly targeted by fake police officers

Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, reports that there has been a recent series of incidents whereby fraudsters either phone or attend the home address of elderly members of the public, claiming to be police officers.

The fake officer/s will claim that they are investigating a fraud which they believe the elderly person to be a victim of. The fake officer/s will then request the bank cards and personal identification numbers (PIN) of the victim and claim these are needed for investigation purposes. If the first contact was made by a phone call, the fake officer/s will tell the victim that someone will be over to collect the evidence. In one case the victim was instructed to attend their local bank and withdraw all of the money from their account. The suspect was left alone in the victim’s house whilst the victim carried out the instructions.

Protect Yourself

  • Before letting anyone into your home who claims to be from any law enforcement agency, ask to see their identity card and check it by calling 101.
  • Ask if they can attend at a pre-arranged time when a family member or friend can also be present.

If you receive a phone call from a police officer, ask for their name and force and tell them you will call them back. Wait a few minutes and then use 101 to call them back through their force’s switchboard and verify their identity.

The Police will never ask for your PIN or passwords. Do not give this information to anyone.

The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at or by telephone 0300 123 2040.


Warning of council tax scam

Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre reports that fraudsters have been phoning victims telling them that they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket for a number of years and are entitled to a rebate. They normally say that this rebate should be worth about £7,000.

Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance. The payment they ask for varies between £60 and £350. The victim provides the details and makes the payment, but then is no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. When they phone their council about the rebate and the fact that they are in the wrong tax bracket, the council will confirm that they know nothing about it and that they have been contacted by fraudsters.

The fraudsters have mainly been targeting both male and female victims who are aged 60 and over and live in the Sussex area, but it is likely that the fraudsters will also start to target victims in other areas.

How to protect yourself

  • Never respond to unsolicited phone calls.
  • Your local council won’t ever phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate. If you receive a call of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
  • No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money, so never give them your card details.
  • If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.

Community Education at the Marlborough School Woodstock

The Marlborough School  offers an extensive programme of courses for adults. There are weekly courses and 1-day and 2-day weekend workshops. Many subjects are available at several levels – beginners, improvers etc.

Subjects range from tai chi, Pilates and yoga to singing, calligraphy and various art, language and computer courses.

To browse the courses available or download the latest brochure, go to

To request a printed brochure and to book a place ring 01993 813592 or email

Buy a book with your drink at village pub

A new secondhand book stall has been opened in The Red Lion pub in Steeple Aston. A variety of secondhand books in good condition are for sale at the pub. They are displayed in the room to the right of the front entrance, and all proceeds are in aid of charity.

The Red Lion is open Monday to Friday 12 noon – 3.00pm & 5.30 – 11.00pm, Saturday 12 noon – 11.00pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5.00pm.

Any queries, please ring Christopher on 01869 349808.

Essential repairs grant available

Cherwell District Council is offering an essential repairs grant to help vulnerable people, which covers, for example:
. Replacing a defective door or window
. Roof repairs
. Minor electrical works

You may be eligible if you meet the following criteria:
1. You have owned your home for at least three years and
2. You are eligible for a means tested benefit, and /or a tax credit with a household income below a set level and
3. You are over 60 years of age or in receipt of child benefit for a child living with you.

For more details contact:
Private Sector Housing Team
Cherwell District Council
Bodicote House
OX15 4AA
Tel. 01295 227004 or visit

A Plea to all Dog Owners

The Parish Council lately has again been getting complaints about dog mess around the village, and particularly bags of dog mess left hanging on hedges and thrown in to bushes around the village walks.

It does seem extraordinary having bothered to pick up after your dog then to leave the bag, which will not degrade, behind.

Please – do pick up after your dog, and please take the bag home with you or put it in a litter bin. Properly sealed this is perfectly acceptable, certainly much better than throwing it into the hedge.

The Parish Council

Calling all parents and grandparents

• Are you a good listener?
• Do you enjoy being with young children?
• Could you spare 2 – 3 hours per week?
• Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer with Home-Start?
• Volunteering provides excellent experience for a CV

Home-Start Oxford and Bicester is a local charity which supports families with at least one child under five years of age. They have been doing so for over 20 years and in that time have been a lifeline to thousands of families in need.

Their volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to local families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.

For more information please contact Sarah Harvey on 01869 349990, email her on or view their website:

CAB Caseworker Help for disabled & vulnerable

  • Are you living with a hard to manage mental or physical condition?
  • Do you need some help to cope?
  • Our Specialist Caseworker can visit you at home, offer a full welfare benefits eligibility check, and help you to access other relevant support services within your community.

Contact us if you:

  • Are under 60 years old, and
  • Live in Oxfordshire, and
  • Have limited ability to get around on your own, and
  • Need support to continue to live independently

To discuss your requirements in complete confidence, please leave a message with your name and contact number for Lynn on 01608 646990

Have YOU ever thought about FOSTERING?

PACT LogoThere is a recognised shortage of 10,000 Foster Carers in the UK. PACT, founded in 1911, is also known as the Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work inc. We are a registered charity working to improve life chances for children. The focus of our work is within Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and aims to build and strengthen families.

We are an approved Adoption and Fostering Agency. We have a history of finding safe, loving families for children in care. Here are a few facts about Fostering:

1. Did you know you don’t have to be married to become a Foster Carer?
2. You don’t have to have children already although you do need to have experience of caring for children.
3. Did you know you get paid a Fostering Allowance of £335.70 a week to be a Foster Carer which is tax free and won’t affect any other benefits?
4. Most of the children who need fostering are known as ‘hard to place’ children, they will usually be 8+ years of age.

Fostering is a hard but very rewarding job. If you think you might have what it takes to become a Permanent Foster Carer or you want to find out more then contact PACT now on 0800 731 1845 e-mail

Katherine House Hospice Lottery

Support your local hospice lottery for just £1 a week.

Over £100,000 is raised every year.

Every week there is a first prize of £1,000 plus:
2 x £100 prizes
2 x £50 prizes
5 x £20 prizes
10 x £10 prizes

Wendy Crosse in Fundraising
Katharine House Hospice
East End
OX17 3NL
Tel: 01295 812161
Email :

Or download an application form from their website:

Registered Charity No. 297099