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. 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 for free, you can advertise them on Freebay in the Village Forum.

Opportunity for a Horticultural Apprenticeship

Anna’s Garden Services, based in Steeple Aston, is looking to take on a government-sponsored Horticultural Apprentice.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone in the early stages of their career who has an interest and aptitude for horticulture and wishes to gain valuable qualifications. The apprenticeship will last for 18 months and training will be provided by Abingdon and Witney College.

The closing date for applications is 16th March.

To find out more, and to put in an application, please click here.

Golf Clubs for sale

Three sets of golf irons for sale, Wilsons, Zeal & Faldo Mizuno’s gents right handed graphite shafts, 3 – 9 + sand & wedge. These clubs are in really good condition and will sell quickly at £45 per set. Call Alan on  01869 340423,

Wanted – a Volunteer to assist with Advertising In Steeple Aston Life


  • answer phone or email queries from potential advertisers;
  • give advertisers details of the sizes & prices of adverts, the deadlines for submission, and how to present an advert for printing;
  • take delivery of adverts;
  • liaise with the Editor.

For further information, contact Bob Wilkins 01869 340790 bobwilkins@btinternet.com

or Cathy Lawday 01869 347209 sal@turls.biz

Your village magazine needs you!

Help needed to keep Whit Races going

Traditionally the Steeple Aston Whit Races races have been held on Whit Monday. They used to be run around the village streets, but more recently they’ve been held at Robinsons Close. They are lots of fun for families. There  are stalls selling food and drink, and money is raised for Scouts and the Sport and Recreation Centre.

This year’s races are due to take place on Monday, 28th May, but Anna Thatcher who has organised them recently is going to be away on holiday. She’s appealing for someone to take her place and be in charge on the day.

She writes: “I have run them for five years but this year holidays have panned out so that I’m going to be away. It would be an awful shame if they couldn’t run as they are fun and raise money for local youth groups.

“Is there anyone/two people who would like to take it on this year? I have everything you need and can do/help with all the pre-event organising. It’s a fun one for all so please do let me know if you can help.”

If you can help out this year, please contact Anna at annawhybrew35@hotmail.co.uk

For more photos of last year’s Whit Races, please click here.

Local owner sought for Crescent bungalow

Cherwell District Council is keen that the two-bedroomed semi-detached bungalow recently built at The Crescent should go to a local person.

The property which was built in 2015 is available on a 65% shared ownership basis – part purchase and part rent.

To see full details and photos on the Rightmove web site, please click here.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact Ben Warner, the Sales & Leasehold Management Advisor in the Regeneration & Housing department at Cherwell District Council. Telephone: 01295 221501, email Ben.Warner@Cherwell-dc.gov.uk

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″x8″ 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.

New SAVA book on USAF Upper Heyford published

usaf-heyfordbookSAVA has published a new book about the relationship between Steeple Aston and the USAF at Upper Heyford in the years from 1951 to 1994.

Packed with photos, there are also cartoons from press coverage of the campaign to stop the noise of jets flying over the village, stories of crashes, quotations from local people and those who lived and worked at the Base, and much more.

Priced £9.95 plus p&p it can be purchased from SAVA’s website at www.steepleastonarchive.org.uk

Also available from SAVA

There a several other books, DVDs and CDs available from SAVA. They include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • The development of Steeple and Middle Aston – understanding our houses through the centuries: a booklet based on the 2010 exhibition traces the history of houses in both villages from the earliest origins to the latest proposals.
  • 101 Photographs of Steeple Aston: photographs from the SAVA archive on a CD.
  • Village Personalities: a booklet based on the 2009 exhibition.
  • 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.

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