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
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 .
The Astons Garden Show - 2014