Monday, 6th September: SACS rehearsals start
The Secretary of Steeple Aston Choral Society, Margaret Bulleyment writes: “We are hoping to resume normal rehearsals in the Village Hall on Monday, 6 September.
Any new members are very welcome to join us.
Saturday, 11th September: Ride + Stride
Local organiser, Dorothy Clifton says: ” All the information, forms etc are available on the website, but hopefully I can answer any questions anyone has. There is no fixed start or stop time, but most churches will be open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
“Apart from doing the Ride and Stride, we also need ‘Greeters’ to be at the church for one hour slots and welcome riders and countersign their forms. This church has benefited in the past from this fund so it is good if we can also contribute.”
Contact Dorothy Clifton on 01869 347273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, 22nd September: Horticultural Society AGM
Did you enjoy last month’s Summer Show, photographed here by a drone? If you did, maybe it’s time to get involved.
Sundays, 26th September & 10th October: Apple Pressing Days
Saturday, 2nd & Sunday, 3rd October: Harvest weekend
Do come and see the Church decorated for Harvest by various village societies and organisations on Saturday, October 2nd. There will be tea and cake as you wander round the displays on Saturday afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and the Harvest Service will be on Sunday morning at 11.00am.
All are welcome!
Friday, 5th November: Annual Fireworks Evening
Gates open: 6.15pm. Bonfire from 6.30pm approx. Fireworks at 7.00pm.
Barbara Brewer, Chair of the Village Hall writes: “We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to enjoy a spectacular evening of fireworks and refreshments after having to cancel last year’s event.
“The Recreational 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.
“The ticket price includes our special homemade soup together with 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 email@example.com 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 by an adult throughout the event. Ticket prices: bought in advance £14 family, £5 single. On the gate £16 family, £6 single. Tickets available from Barbara (01869 340423) and Steeple Aston village shop from Monday 25th October. NB Ticket sales from the village shop will close at 3.00pm on the day.”
Sunday, 21st November: Beethoven Birthday (+1) Concert
The Secretary of Steeple Aston Choral Society, Margaret Bulleyment writes: ” Our Beethoven Birthday Concert will feature our special guest musician – Dr. Paul Whittaker OBE. He is a profoundly deaf pianist and organist who ‘signs’ music. (He signed Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with the Halle Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder at the Barbican Beethoven Weekend in February 2020.)
The concert will include choir numbers (Hallelujah from The Mount of Olives; Creation Hymn etc.) organ and trumpet solos; tenor and soprano solos; a piano trio; a piano duet and a choral adaptation of the slow movement of the Pathetique piano sonata, called Power of Voice Silent Moments.
The concert will end with our SACS accompanist, composer and friend of Paul Whittaker, Paul Herrington’s Gloria, written for choir, organ, trumpet, oboe, violin, viola and cello. It was composed especially for SACS and will be signed by Paul Whittaker.
If you have any deaf, or partially hearing, friends, do bring them along to this concert.
For more details, please contact Margaret Bulleyment on 01869 347346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.