Your Social and Community Calender for 2015

Welcome to Autumn in the Astons as the cold nights set in.

The Astons Recreational Committee are ready to bring you another fantastic Fireworks night which will be on Saturday 7th November. More details can be found here.

The autumn village clear up day will be held on Saturday 21st November. Our primary focus is to ensure that the footpaths and drainage ditches are clear and the village is ready for the winter. We are planning to run a morning session from 9.30 – 12.30. We will organise the work and allocate to those volunteering to ensure that the work is evenly spread. Please report any issues that you think need addressing and your availability to

The Astons Community Led Plan (CLP) team wanted to thank everyone for filling in theforms over the summer. Keep up to date with them on facebook or follow them on Twitter:@theastonsclp.

Le Shop is a fantastic asset to our villages. Claire Williams’ delicious Cupcakes and other freshly-baked goods are now available at Le Shop.

Tea and Tec sessions at the Astons Café are continuing.

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.

The Astons in October
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 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.

The Astons in October

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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Butterfly Conservation - Aston Upthorpe Work Parties

The Butterfly Conservation team are holding their working party this coming Sunday, 22nd November.

All work parties meet at the grain dryer (SU550844) and they start at 10:00. They usually finish around 13:00, although they occasionally stay a little longer in ideal conditions. They will be carrying out scrub-clearing operations. Please bring stout footwear, outdoor clothing, a drink and a snack. They normally supply some tools, but if you have your own, please do bring them.

Please contact Jim Asher in advance ( if you would like to take volunteer some of your time. They occasionally have to cancel in seriously adverse weather. Jim looks forward to seeing many of you over the coming months.

Future dates for the 2015-16 work parties are as follows:

  • Saturday 12th December 2015
  • Sunday 17th January 2016
  • Sunday 14th February 2016

  • Clearance Work, March 2015
    Clearance Work, March 2015

    This part of Aston Upthorpe Downs is an Area of Special Scientific Interest.

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