Fetes & Fairs

In the Astons the church fete used to be held in the grounds of the Rectory in Aston Street - probably because until the 1968 pavilion was built there was no water or power at the ground. But the rectory was sold off after the retirement of the Reverend Hester in 1977 (our last resident rector) and although the fete was held the following year at the village hall it was generally felt that the hall was too small for the event - other than as a wet weather fall back - so in future years it was held at the recreation ground.

In the early 2000's the fete changed from a church fete to a village fete, with the church, village hall and recreation ground committees sharing the organisational duties between them. In 2007 the imminent demolition of the old pavilion called a halt until the new pavilion's completion, after which a different range of village celebrations were held to make maximum use of the new facilities, such as Boules Tournaments (see above) and most recently the amazing Astonbury productions.

A fete at the Rectory

The 2003 fete at the Recreation Ground

Fete teas 2003

A bit of a logistics nightmare. 

This picture was used, along with others, to show the old pavilion's 'limitations' in the submission to SODC's Community Fund scheme in 2006.


Teas served from the new pavilion verandah 

Note the difference!

Catering logistics, including a front facing kitchen, were a major factor in the pavilion projects's design wish list.

Bonfire Nights, Boules & Astonbury

Bonfire Night draws huge crowds to the rec.

The first ARGA bonfire night 1989.

The incredibly successful Astonbury events, from 2014 ...

Local talent on show ...

Tug of War battles ...The tug of war rope was a Village News community donation, 2006.

Flower and Garden Shows

Flower and garden shows have provided popular gatherings over the years, often at the village hall or individual houses, and in recent years garden safaris arranged by the Garden Club have proved extremely popular .

Village Hall Conservative Association Flower Show 1978 

Note the kitchen serving hatch - there was no door from the kitchen to the hall  prior to the 2008 kitchen extension and refurbishment. 

A good example of history recorded through incidental photos.

Note here the windows go all the way up to the top of the gables

Until 1997 hirers had to lift huge heavy wooden shutters into place for evening bookings. When the window frames needed replacing Brian Crawford had the idea to reduce the glass height, so curtains could be installed. Well done Brian!

          The Astons Garden Show - 2014