Your Social and Community Calender for 2014
We have a very busy year of key events and projects coming up.
A new and exciting venture, The Astons’ Community Shop is being set up in the next few months at the Sweet Olive.
The Parish Councils are holding a public meeting on March 5th, 7:30pm, village hall, to discuss the idea of developing a COMMUNITY LED PLAN for both villages.
The Astonathlon returns on 4th May and the spectacular ‘Astonbury’, the Aston’s own live music festival, on June 7th.
Finally, 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.
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.
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.