Tuesday, 3rd May: Jubilee Bunting kits available

As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, there is a village wide project to “Bunt our Streets”.

Amanda Rodgers writes:

Whether you are a bunting beginner or expert we’re going to help you and your family create personalised bunting to decorate your home or that of a neighbour. Each Steeple Aston household will be given a free ‘Make it at Home’ Bunting Kit complete with all you need to create your own Jubilee bunting. We’re keeping it easy so whatever your age or skill you can join in.

The first batch of Jubilee Bunting Kits are ready, with No Sew, Quick Sew and Easy Sew options available. They will be on a table on the drive at Windyridge, Paines Hill between 8am and 7pm every day from Tuesday 3rd May – weather permitting. We will also have packs available at next Sunday’s bunting workshop (8th) and on 22nd.

Jubilee bunting kits

If you have fabric and want to make your own bunting, we’ll post our methods and associated instruction sheets online in case that’s useful, but bunting can be any size, shape and design you want.

If you would like to book onto a workshop and haven’t yet, they are booking up fast, so please call me on 07793 553150 or email at amanda@sustainablesteeple.com.

WE WOULD LOVE SOME HELP – If you would be happy to cut, sew or turn out and iron and can come along on 8th or 22nd between 10:30 – 12:30 and 2-4, we would love to hear from you. Please DM me or use the contact details above.

If you would like your kit to be delivered to your home please contact amanda@sustainablesteeple.com or 07793 553150. Other pick-up locations to be confirmed.

If you are a sewing fiend don’t be shy. Do you know someone in the village who won’t be able to make their own bunting? Why not offer to create some for them?

Saturday, 7th May: Young Musicians Evening

Sundays, 8th & 22nd May: Free Bunting Workshops

To help get those creative juices flowing, we are hosting two complimentary workshops at the Village Hall showing the simplest techniques and shortcuts, including the chance to ‘print your own’ with Indian Blocks from the Arty Crafty Place. On Sunday 8th May 10.30am-12.30pm or 2.00pm-4.00pm and Sunday 22nd May 10.30am-12.30pm or 2.00pm-4.00pm All equipment is provided but places are limited so contact amanda@sustainablesteeple.com or 07793 553150 to book.

Monday, 9th May: Village Hall AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Steeple Aston Management Committee will take place at 8.00pm on Monday, 9th May in the Committee Room.

The AGM lasts approximately 15 minutes and is followed by the monthly Village Hall Committee meeting.

Members of the public are very welcome to attend the meeting and if anyone feels they would like to join the committee or would like more information please telephone 01869 340423 for further details.

Saturday, 21st to Sunday, 29th May: Exhibition by local artists

Two local artists will be exhibiting their work at 9 Bradshaw Close, Steeple Aston as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks. Their exhibition will be open from 21st – 29th May from 11.00am to 6.00pm.

Niki Thomas (pictured) will be showing her paintings with Susan King. Niki teaches a small group Landscape Painting at the Village Hall on Wednesdays where she met Sue. Their exhibition will be Covid-secure in a cabin and on the deck in the garden.

You can find out more about them, and other artists exhibiting this year on the Oxfordshire Artweeks website.

Nearby you will find potter Fleur Enser and Art More Lovely, an informal collective of artists, in Lower Heyford, and ceramicist Dylan Bowen along with photographer Benedict Ramos at Tackley.

landscape painting



seascape painingriver painting


Sunday, 29th May: NGS Open Gardens & Allotments

Six gardens in Steeple Aston and the Church Allotments will open under the National Garden Scheme on Sunday, 29th May. The gardens will be open from 2.00 – 6.00pm. Admission to all is £7 for adults, children free. Tea and homemade cakes will be available in the Village Hall.

The gardens open this year will be:

  • The Longbyre
  • Kralingen
  • Primrose Gardens
  • The Pound House
  • Combe Pyne
  • The Old Post Office (new this year)

The Church Allotments will also be open.

The Village Hall Committee is once again organising refreshments for the Open Gardens. The money raised goes towards the Macmillan Nurses and other cancer charities. If anyone would like to bake or supply a cake, or help serve teas in the afternoon (for approximately one hour, for a time to suit you) please contact Barbara Brewer on 01869 340423. Cakes can be brought to the hall after 10.00am on the Sunday morning or dropped off to Barbara before the event.

Saturday, 4th & Sunday, 5th June: Village Jubilee Celebrations

Saturday, 4th June: The Fete at the Gate

On Saturday, 4th June you will be encouraged to stroll around the village. You will be able to admire the results of the ‘Bunt our Streets’ project and discover what it is that Steeple Aston residents do best.

From 11.00am till 3pm throw open your gate. Set up a table. Show off your hidden talent. From masterful meringues and upcycled crafts to the ultimate slime recipe or car boot sale. Get involved and decide what you want to sell from your garden gate.

Don’t have a space? Contact angharad.lloydjones.sapc@gmail.com and she’ll find you an easy convenient spot. 

Sunday, 5th June: Whit Races & Village Picnic

At Robinsons Close from 10.00am onwards there will be a day of races, food and fun.

More information on all the festivities will be available over the next few weeks here, on the village Facebook pages and in Steeple Aston Life.

Sunday, 5th June: Middle Aston Jubilee celebration

Everyone welcome!

Poster for Middle Aston jubilee picniic

Sunday, 12th June: Rector’s last service & lunch

A note from the Churchwardens.

You will have read in SAL or the Village website or just heard the news that our Rector, Marcus Green, is leaving to take up a post as Chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. His last Sunday service in Steeple Aston will be at 11.00am on June 12th and will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch in the Village Hall. Anyone who would like to come to wish Marcus well will be welcome both to the service and to lunch.

If you decide to come to the Village Hall party, please let one of us know and we’ll be grateful if you can bring a little something to contribute to the lunch (finger food please) or something to drink to enjoy with others. The Village Hall will be open from 9.30am. 

Any contributions towards a gift for Marcus would be welcome too – just give it to one of us by June 5th. Marcus has touched the lives of many of us during the years he has been our Rector. We hope to send him off with warm wishes for the future after a happy event on June 12th.

Graham Clifton 01869 347273  Eileen Baglin-Jones 01869 340099

Sunday, 19th June: SACS Concert

Steeple Aston Choral Society’s Summer Party Concert will take place in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on Sunday, 19th June. (Tables available from 6.30)

Come and enjoy a summer evening of English and Irish folksongs; musical medleys, including My Fair Lady and Abba, and an audience sing-a-long.

This is an informal evening in the Village Hall with tables and refreshments.

More details from Margaret Bulleyment 01869 347346

Saturday, 9th July: Church Fete