Your Social and Community Calender for 2014

We are enjoying a very busy year of key events and projects in the villages.

An exciting venture, Le Shop is now set up and at the Sweet Olive.

The Astons History Group is organising a Remembrance Weekend on 8th & 9th November, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, concentrating on our villages’ involvement.

Remembering the names of men from the First World War

More events here

An Introduction to the Villages

The two villages lie to the north of the Berkshire Downs in Oxfordshire, just off the A417 and three miles from the market towns of Wallingford and Didcot.

Both these villages have been inhabited since people first made their way along the ancient track known as The Ridgeway that is about three miles south on the Downs. The villages have a population of about 600 and are a lively and engaging environment for the local community who live here.

The villages sit right next to each other and behave as one community although there are formally two parish councils! Plenty of attractive and traditional cob walling, thatch cottages and flint and brick houses add to the ambiance of the villages and provide much historical and visual interest.

By Linda Benton

There are three churches in the two villages - the unusual church of All Saints and The United Reformed Church are in Aston Upthorpe and St. Michael's Church in Aston Tirrold.

There are a number of useful commercial activities in the village, including The Chequers Inn with a French restaurant, The Sweet Olive, The Chequers Garage, PPP weekly Pilates classes, Something for the Weekend home baking and garden services.

You can download our Brief for New Arrivals to the Astons document here, which summarises much of the information on this site and includes and includes other useful notes on this beautiful area which is part of the North Wessex Downs AONB.

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The Astons Fireworks

The Astons Fireworks 2014

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Grant Applications to Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe Parish Council

Your Parish Council is beginning the budget-setting process for the next fiscal year and therefore has This year, in order to make the grant application more widely available to all village organisations, the Parish Council has decided to change the application process by using the Village News and the village website to invite any club/organisation in the Astons to submit an application for one of the 2014/15 grants. We will not be sending out individual letters as we have done in the past.

If you would like to apply, please email a letter of application to the Parish Clerk before Friday 31st October 2014. The letter should explain the reason for the grant and provide as much supporting documentation/information together with a copy of your most recent annual accounts. to decide which organisations are to receive a grant.

Please send your grant request by email to the Parish Clerk, Claire Picken, at

If you have any queries regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The Biscuit Boy, the Pilot and the Balloonist

Two talks about the First World War

8th November starts at 10:00am

Astons Community Led Plan (CLP)

Have your say about the future of the Astons

Astons Community Led Plan (CLP)



Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency Number has changed to 101

Reporting problems on a Right of Way. Find out how to do it.

Can't remember the village bin days? Click here.

The Village Newsletter

Next copy deadline: 24th September

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