SOCIAL CALENDER FOR 2016


It’s been a damp and grey winter so far. Moreton Road has been flooded on many occasions and a part of the Croft is closed for two weeks for essential sewer work on behalf of Thames Water. Please follow the diversions signs.


The Aston’s Café will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday on the 9th Feb with some glorious home-made pancakes. Not to be missed (10am – 12pm at the Village hall). Tea and Tec sessions at the Astons Café are continuing and the next one is on 16th February at the Village Café, Village Hall.


APAC Live Music night will be hosting another highly-acclaimed performer Natalie Williams. See the village news to book tickets before they sell out.


This month the Astons First World War project remembers William Knobes who died on the 2nd February 1916. Please visit the village war memorial to see a plaque which tells you his story. We are still looking for more information about William so please get in touch if you can help us: astonsww1@gmail.com


As some of you are aware, Oxfordshire Country Council are revewing their subsidies they pay to the bus companies with the view to withdrawing these sometime this year. The Parish Council are aware of this and are interested in hearing your views: astons.parishclerk@gmail.com


If you want to try your hand at some work that benefits local butterfly conservation there will be a working party on Sunday 14th February 2016 up on the Aston Upthorpe downs. Details are on this page.

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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.


Remembering William Knobes

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 January

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 NOTICE

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – Section 14(1)

Notice of Temporary Traffic Order


Road Closure

The Croft, Aston Tirrold

Prohibition of Vehicles

Date of Order: 25 January 2016

Coming into force: 1 February 2016


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Butterfly Conservation - Aston Upthorpe Work Parties

The Butterfly Conservation team are holding their next working party on Sunday 17th January.


All work parties meet at the grain dryiers up on the Upthorpe Downs (SU550844) and they start at 10:00am. 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. The team can normally supply some tools, but if you have your own, please do bring them.


Please contact Jim Asher in advance (jim.asher@btinternet.com 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 this month.


Future dates for the 2016 work parties are as follows:


  • 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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