Your Social and Community Calender for 2015


Welcome to 2015 where we promise you another jam packed year of exciting events and activities.


The Astons Cricket Club’s QUIZ NIGHT is on Saturday 21st March – book fast as tickets sell out quickly.


The 3rd of May is our Astonathlon so get training. ASTONBURY is back in June this year and the very popular Tea and Tec sessions at the Astons Café are continuing.


Le Shop is a fantastic asset to our villages. If you have not tried their cheese croissants yet you are really missing out.


The Astons Community Led Plan (CLP) team are making great progress. Keep up to date with them on facebook www.theastonsclp.org.uk or follow them on Twitter:@theastonsclp.


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.


The Astons at Spring

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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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

South Oxfordshire District Council Local Plan

South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) needs a new Local Plan to run until 2031. The previous Local Plan and Core Strategy did not meet the new 5 year housing land supply requirements for additional housing. This second phase consultation 'refines', i.e. reduces and combines, the previous Options A - H. The conclusions from this consultation could impact us in the Astons. The responses of 800 individuals to the first phase influenced this second phase - so we know that your views do count. There will be further consultation on theresults, then a Draft Local Plan.


The documents can be read at: www.southoxon.gov.uk/newlocalplan.  


You can respond by:
  • Filling in the questionnaire on the website: www.southoxon.gov.uk/planning-policy
  • emailing the completed questionnaire to: planning.policy@southoxon.gov.uk
  • posting comments to:
  • Planning Policy Team, South Oxfordshire District Council, c/o Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon-on-Thames, OX14 3JE


    The Science Vale Action Plan Consultation

    What is Science Vale?

    Science Vale is an area located in Southern Oxfordshire that will see significant change over the next 15 years. It is a focus for job growth primarily because it houses three large, very successful centres for science at Harwell Campus, Milton Park and Culham Science Centre. The research and development activity that takes place in these centres is world renowned, and the area is set to be home to 20,000 additional jobs in the period up to 2031.


    New homes and facilities will be needed for these people alongside our already growing population. Our existing and/or emerging local plans are proposing development sites, in locations accessible to the jobs, for over 20,000 new homes and the infrastructure needed to support them.


    How does this affect our villages?

    Our Parish Councils will be discussing this at their meeting on the 16th March and will then send out their review to the villagers. Our parishes are not within the Science Vale but South Moreton is.


    See map for more information

    The consultation runs until Friday 17th April


    Useful links and further reading

    Consultation Document

    Services and Advice

    www.sciencevale.com

    Science Vale and Transport Strategy

    LATEST NEWS FROM THE ASTONS

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    USEFUL INFORMATION

    Thames Valley Police Non-Emergency Number has changed to 101


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    Contact Us

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