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Tuesday, 13th & Wednesday, 14th August: Steeple Aston Church Holiday Club

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Steeple Aston Church Holiday Club is for children aged 5-12 – everyone is welcome! It takes place on Tuesday, 13th and Wednesday, 14th August from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the Sports and Recreation Centre.

There will be stories, songs, games, crafts, puppet shows and more…

Cost £5 per day

To find out more, or book a place, contact Rachel Marsden (email: blairrachel@hotmail.com)

Monday, 26th August : Summer Show & Fun Dog Show

The Annual Flower Show and Fun Dog Show will be with us once more on August Bank Holiday Monday and it is never too early to start planning your entries. Photography classes include “Weather”, “Anything Orange”, “Shadows”, “Decay” and “Flowers” so now is the time to start taking some of those fantastic pictures. There is a class for knitting or a painting so again, why not make an early start? When it comes to the flower or vegetable classes it is always best to plan ahead and take a few moments to have a look at the schedule.

There will be the ever-favourite Fun Dog Show so time to work on the “waggiest tail” or the “golden oldie”.  That is the dog by the way, not the owner!

If you are interested in having a stall at the show for whatever reason, please contact me to secure a pitch.  The cost will be just £15 and could be for a commercial venture or simply to find a new home for some of those unwanted items.

Finally, a plea for help!!!! The show itself is well managed by the Horticultural Society committee, but it is always difficult to find volunteers to help with some of the side-shows which are scattered around the recreation field. It is these stalls which go a long way to finding the £3,000 it takes to stage the show and without that income we simply would not be able to stage what is the largest, traditional flower show in North Oxfordshire. If you would like to help, please give me a call or email.

Many thanks in advance.  Richard Preston – 01869 340512 richard.preston5@btopenworld.com

Saturday, 7th September: Deddington Parish Show  

The Show will be held on Saturday, 7th September from 2.00 to 4.30pm in Deddington Parish Church.

There will be Cookery, Flowers, Vegetables, Fruit, Art, Crafts, Photography and Children’s Classes. Show Programmes are available from: The Library, the Parish Church Porch, Hempton Church, The Flower Shop and on www.deddington.org.uk,  or phone 01869 338082.

Teas are served all afternoon. There will be a raffle, along with cake, bottle, produce and Katharine House stalls.

Saturday, 14th September: Ride + Stride

Ride + Stride, the annual sponsored walk or cycle in aid of Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, takes place this year on Saturday, September 14th.

Ride + Stride raises funds to maintain and improve Oxfordshire’s many historic churches of all denominations. There are literally hundreds of fascinating and interesting churches to visit around the county, many dating back over 1,000 years. You can take part as an individual , as a family or as a group of friends.

You don’t have to walk or cycle you can also be sponsored to welcome walkers and cyclists to the church on the day.

Riders, Striders and Welcomers can go to www.ocht.org.uk/ride-stride/take-part and click through to set up the Virgin Money giving page. Or if you prefer, you can find a sponsorship form at the back of the church or get one from Mary Williams on 01869 347757, email address mail@marywilliams.me.uk.

All funds raised are divided equally between Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and Steeple Aston Church.

Saturday, 14th September: Keys to Please concert

Steeple Aston Choral Society is holding a concert called Keys to Please! on Saturday, 14th September at 7.00 for 7.30pm in the Village Hall. (All profits to SACS to help with concert expenses)

This will be an evening of keyboard music (from Bach to Lloyd Webber) played by Paul Herrington, accompanist and arranger for SACS; volunteer pianist for the National Trust and Oxfordshire representative for London College of Music exams.

Bring friends and listen to music as played by Paul on Agatha Christie’s piano and the piano at Coleton Fishacre (formerly owned by the D’Oyly Carte family.) Both homes in Devon belong to the National Trust.

Tickets are £10 in advance (£12 on the door) and will be available in April from choir members, Margaret Bulleyment (01869 347346) and the Village Post Office.

Your ticket includes refreshments (wine and nibbles) and it will be table seating (tables seat 8) – available from 7.00pm.

Sunday, 24th November: SACS Autumn Concert ‘Christmas Fantasia’

Steeple Aston Choral Society’s Autumn Concert will take place in the Church at 7.00pm. It’s called Christmas Fantasia*.

It will be an evening of music for Advent and Christmas including Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Finzi In Terra Pax and other seasonal pieces. The baritone soloist will be Guy Harbottle.

More details to follow.

*No, Mickey Mouse will not be making an appearance – it is a musical Fan-taz-ia (bits and pieces ad lib.)