Wanted and For Sale

On this page you can place small advertisements for people required in a voluntary or paid capacity, and for items wanted or for sale. This service is provided free of charge only to individuals living in Steeple and Middle Aston or nearby. It is not available to businesses, which can be included in the Local Directory if they are based in the village or provide goods and services to the village.

To place an advert, please email editor@steepleaston.org.uk. Remember to include either a phone number or an email address. Adverts will normally stay on the site for a maximum of one month.

If you’d like to recycle your goods or give them away free,  look on the Oxfordshire County Council website for ideas of who to contact.

Playground cleaner needed

Steeple Aston Parish Council invites quotations for providing daily cleaning, ideally in the early evening, of the playground and its toilet.

The work will comprise:

  • inspection of the condition of the playground equipment
  • sweeping up and tidying the area around the Village Hall and Sports and Recreation Centre
  • litter collection and the emptying of litter bins
  • keeping the public toilet clean and stocked with consumables (provided by the Council)
  • promptly reporting to the Parish Council any matters that need attention

The provider of the successful quotation will need to provide their own cleaning utensils and supplies; they should be eligible for self-employment status.

To quote, or obtain further information, contact the Parish Clerk, Cathy Fleet, on 01869
347000/0798 939 8838, or email parishclerk.steepleaston@gmail.com

Interested in old videos?

Is there anyone who still uses VHS videos who would be interested in a large selection of both commercial videos, programmes and films recorded from television? I’ve been clearing out a rather large collection and would be delighted if they were of use to anyone. Just phone 01869 340099.

Eileen Baglin-Jones.

Local  author’s book on emigration

Local author and historian Martin Greenwood’s latest book has been published. It’s called ‘The Promised Land, The Story of Emigration from Oxfordshire and Neighbouring Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire 1815-1914′.

The book tells the story of emigration from Oxfordshire and its neighbouring counties from 1815 to 1914, and begins with the voyages of Captain Cook, which led to the provision of new places for penal colonies in Australia. Free emigration also gathered steam in the 1830s, followed by the Great Exodus from 1850.

The story evokes the bustle and confusion of migrants at Liverpool, and the emotions of departure. It looks at their shipping, health problems, costs and shipwrecks (including the Cataraqui with 46 Tackley emigrants lost), and at their experience on arrival. It also examines the political changes, particularly to the Poor Laws and Corn Laws.

Martin Greenwood has written previously about village life in Flora Thompson’s Lark Rise Country and more widely in Banburyshire. His most recent book was The Real Candleford Green, The Story of a Lark Rise Village,

The book costs £9.95. plus £3 p&p = £12.95, if ordered from Martin at: Sarnen, Main Street, Fringford, Bicester OX27 8DP. It will also be available from Coles in Bicester, the Banbury bookshops, the Old Hall Bookshop in Brackley and Blackwells in Oxford.

Front Cover: The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown (1855)

New “Steeple Aston at Work” book goes on sale

Martin Lipson, Chairman of SAVA writes:

Steeple Aston Village Archive (SAVA) usually receives much of its support each year at its annual exhibition in the Village Hall, in book sales and donations.

This year, we’ve had to cancel our exhibition because of COVID, but we have still managed to produce a new book – “Steeple Aston at Work”. We started by revisiting our 2008 book on “Business and Trade”, and have added many new photos and a great deal of new material, including snippets from interviews with residents from current and past generations. The book comes right up to date with reflections on how COVID has already affected “work” in our local community.

We rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our charitable work going, researching and archiving the history of our two villages. So please consider buying one or more copies of the book (and any previous books that you do not already have) by looking at our shop HERE.

SAVA books make great Xmas presents! All orders will be delivered to your door, or posted.

If you would like to make a donation to SAVA, you could make payment by BACS to Steeple Aston Village Archive Fund a/c no.00683831, sort code 30-04-13.


Heather’s piano and singing lessons

Heather Cleobury has returned from three and a half years in Australia to take up her piano and singing teaching again at home in Steeple Aston. Beginners are particularly welcome.

For more details and information please email heathercleobury@btinternet.com

Home Caregivers required

The North Oxfordshire branch of Home Instead is looking to recruit more caregivers. The homecare provider, based in Deddington,  offers a range of non-medical services to help seniors and their families feel secure, confident and happy in their own homes.

They say: “Do you like cake? 76 year old Mary does. We have a lot of clients like Mary that would like someone to have a slice of cake and a cup of tea with. If you have a kind, caring nature this is the job for you. Great rates of pay and flexible hours.”

For contact details and to find out more about Home Instead, please click here.

Joseph Wilkins’ Birdseye View

Copies of the Joseph Wilkins’ Birdseye View of the village which featured on the cover of the 500th edition of Steeple Aston Life are available to buy from the Bodleian Library.

A 10″x 8″ printed image costs £22.80, or you can buy a digital scan by email for £27.24. The website for downloading the form to apply for these is: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/using-this-library/imaging_services.

You will need to quote the shelf reference “Dep. a. 48, fol. 3”, and to state that the purchase is only for private use.

SAVA book on Farming in Steeple and Middle Aston 

SAVA has published its latest book, which accompanied the November 2018 exhibition of the same name.

It is full of information about the history of farms and the practice of farming here from the time of Enclosure right up to the present day. There is also a look at the future.

Priced £9.95 plus p&p it can be purchased from SAVA’s website at www.steepleastonarchive.org.uk  or by visiting the Village History Centre every Saturday morning from 10.00 till 12.00.

Also available from SAVA

Other books available from SAVA are:

  • The History of Steeple Aston Church
  • Our Village School – the history of Dr. Radcliffe’s School
  • Steeple Aston and the USAF at Upper Heyford
  • The Steeple Aston Enclosure Map
  • The Gardens of Steeple Aston – 150 years of village gardening
  • Steeple Aston Through the Lens -150 years of photography of village life
  • The development of Steeple and Middle Aston – understanding our houses through the centuries
  • Village Personalities
  • Business and Trade in Steeple Aston
  • Steeple Aston at War

SAVA also has available CDs and DVDs:

  • Steeple Aston Book Collection: Three rare histories about the village by the Reverend C.C.Brookes and William Wing have been scanned to a CD.
  • DVD of 460 editions of Steeple Aston Life 1973 – 2011
  • Gazetteer of Houses: A full listing of every house and other buildings of significance in the two villages, Steeple and Middle Aston
  • 101 Photographs of Steeple Aston: photographs from the SAVA archive on a CD.

For details of all these and more go to the SAVA website: www.steepleastonarchive.org.uk