What’s On

Fridays from September 22nd to October 20th: Latin & Ballroom Dancing Classes

Going on a cruise? Afraid or embarrassed to get on the dance floor at parties? Want to get fit whilst having fun? Or just fancy doing something different?

This is your chance to take a first step in a friendly and fun environment. 

Beginners Classes in Latin and Ballroom Dancing will be held in the Village Hall for four Fridays starting on September 22nd. They will run from 6.30 to 8.00pm.

During the course you will learn the Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Samba and Rumba as well as Waltz, Social Quickstep, Social Foxtrot and Social Tango. No partner required.

Classes will cost £8 per person.

For more information, please call or text Tizzy Jones on 07986 837119 or email tizianajones@btinternet.com.


Sunday, October 8th: Grand Book Sale

A Grand Book Sale will take place in the Village Hall from 2.30 to 5.00pm.

There will be an amazing selection of books available, making it a terrific event for all the family. The sale is organised by Books for Charity and the proceeds will go to the Steeple Aston Church Project.

For delivery of books, please contact Christopher on 01869 349808, at Grange Cottage, Southside or email c.compston@btinternet.com



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?

Aided by Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson and the entire population of London, this witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s investigative pair is a fast paced, physical and raucous night at the theatre.

Suitable for ages 12 +. Tickets £10 available now from Barbara Brewer on 01869 340423, and from October 1st from the village shop. Wine and refreshments available.


Saturday, October 21st: Valentine’s Grand Jumble Sale

Steeple Aston’s Seniors Group, the Valentine Club, will be holding its popular Annual Grand Jumble  Sale on Saturday 21st October in the Village Hall. The doors open at 2.00pm and admission is free.

If you can spare any jumble or bric-a-brac, please deliver it to the Village Hall on the morning of the sale between 9.00am and midday, or contact Richard on 01869 340512.


Saturday, October 21st: Ceilidh & Barn Dance 

There will be a Ceilidh and Barn Dance with The Quiet Men at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 21st in the Village Hall.

The evening is in aid of Steeple Aston Sports & Recreation Trust. Tickets are strictly limited. Priced at £10, they are available from the Village Store. There will be a cash bar.

For more information contact Torquil McLusky on 01869 347914, email torquil.mclusky@hotmail.com or Chris Cooper on 01869 347173, email chris777.cooper@btinternet.com.


Sunday, November 5th: Bonfire Night Fireworks Spectacular

Village Hall Chair, Barbara Brewer writes:

“We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to enjoy a spectacular evening of fireworks and refreshments. The Recreation Trust and Village Hall committee will present a great display in a safe environment.

“Please do not bring fireworks, laser pens or sparklers to this event. Glow pendants will be available for sale at the gate. Ticket price includes our special homemade soup together with a sausage in a roll and squash for the very young.

“Simon Thatcher is building the bonfire, so if you have any wood you would like burnt please email annawhybrew36@hotmail.co.uk to arrange a time to get into the field. Please do not dump any wood or rubbish outside the gate or in the field prior to the event.

“All children under 16 must be accompanied throughout the event by an adult.”

Ticket prices: £14 family, £5 single bought in advance. £16 family, £6 single on the gate.

Tickets are available from Barbara on 01869 340423 and Steeple Aston Post Office from Monday 16th October. NB: advanced ticket sales from the Post Office will close at 3.00pm on the day.”

Gates open at 6.15pm. Fireworks from 7.00pm.

Proceeds will be shared between the Recreation Trust and the Village Hall.


Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November: SAVA exhibition on Village Church

Steeple Aston Village Archive (SAVA) is holding an exhibition on the History of Steeple Aston Church in the Village Hall on Saturday, November 11th from 2.00pm until 6.00pm and on Sunday, November 12th from 12 noon until 4.30pm. Admission is free.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul is the oldest surviving building in Steeple Aston, having been in existence for well over 800 years. In its long history, the Church has undergone much alteration and rebuilding – in particular a major reconstruction in 1842. Considerable modifications to the interior are now being planned, so 2017 seemed a good year for SAVA to examine in some depth this venerable building at the heart of village life – its structure, its fixtures and fittings.

The exhibition takes the spectator on an extensive tour of the stonework, the furnishings, the stained glass, the memorials and gravestones, the bells in its ancient tower, and the successive Rectories which have housed its clergy over the years.

SAVA members have been quite surprised by some of the things they discovered. They hope you will come and see the exhibition, both to remind yourself of details which you may have forgotten, and to discover others which you may have overlooked.


Sunday, 10th December: Wassail Evening

This year’s Wassail Evening will take place in the Village Hall on Sunday, 10th December starting at 6.00pm. Entrance is free.

Enjoy a light-hearted evening of mulled wine, soft drinks, mince pies, carols, readings and Christmas music. This is an opportunity for everyone, families, young and old to join in some community singing. So come along and celebrate a country Christmas. Everyone is welcome.