Astons Social Klub

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Astons Social Klub (formed 16 January 2018)

ASK is a new activity group for the Astons, open to all, which proposes to provide a varied programme of talks, visits and activities. Everyone is welcome to join us - either by annual subscription or just by coming along to whichever sessions you like the look of.

We aim to have a mix of afternoon and evening meetings, to maximise convenience for everyone, and will also have a wide range of trips and activities to suit all comers.

Do please come along to any of our meetings - occasional attendance is more than welcome - or if you fancy joining us for one of our trips just let us know.  

OUR NEXT MEETING:  March 13th. 2.30 at the Village Hall.

"Tea, coffee and chocolate – when and why they came to England", with Melanie King. 

Members free, visitors £5 (including refreshments). 


Wednesday 25th April at 8pm.   A taste for gin – a short history and a lengthy tasting. 

An evening devoted to Gin, including a talk and tasting led by William Betts. William is a Master of Wine student and co-founder of Smeaton's Gin, which faithfully recreates an archive recipe that was years ahead of its time when first made  in 1870s Bristol.

The following talks have been arranged for our first tranche of meetings:

  • The invigilator who set fire to his trousers
  • Tea, coffee and chocolate – when and why they came to England
  • A taste for gin – a short history and a lengthy tasting
  • Laughing Yoga session, with the Cotswold Laughing Club
  • Pyrography – the craft of wood turning and decoration
  • Buying and selling at auction. Stories from the auction room, plus valuation session
  • How I cast away 120 people: the Oxford castaways project

The following trips are suggested outings for the coming months:

  • East Hendred Vineyard – a guided visit and retail opportunity
  • Ashmolean Museum visit, with rooftop restaurant lunch finale
  • Theatre trip to the Mill at Sonning
  • Cowley mini factory visit
  • Diamond Light Source – UK's national synchrotron science facility at Harwell. 
  • The Fashion Museum at Bath
  • River trip to Henley River and Rowing Museum, with lunchtime finale
  • Theatre and cinema visits, as and when