Welcome to Aston le Walls Village Website

This is the village website for Aston Le Walls where you can find information on activities and events in the village

Summer Reading Challenge
Every year Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges children to read 6 books during the summer holidays.  Due to the exceptional circumstances, the challenge will be online this year.

You can find out more about the challenge on our webpage: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/src or on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireSRC

Please see Noticeboard for new notices – Click here!

Daisy Bank Pocket Park
The story of the origin of Aston le Walls own Pocket Park; with photographs, minutes of meetings and much more.  Click here to view the Pocket Park history If you have memories or photographs of your own you would like to add, please let me know in the comments or email.  Please spread the word it’s here, to anyone you know who would be interested, thanks. 

Epsom Cartridges
I have had to change my printer and, as always, have spares.  I have several cartridges reference TO711/12/13/14 and a complete set of TO7i5.  If anyone is interested to contact me via email at susanfagg@btinternet.com

Barbecue Warning from Northants Fire and Rescue Service
Barbecues can take a long time to cool down and should be completely cold before embers are thrown away, residents are being reminded.

This advice follows a fire last week in which a fence, two wheelie bins, a children’s paddling pool, the back door and bathroom window on a house, as well as garage guttering, were damaged at a property in Northampton.
Simple precautions can be taken such as having a bucket of water nearby in case it is needed, and positioning the barbecue well away from anything that could ignite.  Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues and never use them indoors or dispose of them in dustbins as they could melt the plastic.

Food Bank

These are all the donations going to the Banbury Food Bank today (2nd July 2020) from the five parishes.  The collectors said once again how amazed they are at the consistency of generosity.  Well done!

Plant Swap is Back!
Sue and Jo have set it up again opposite Aston Farmhouse in Main Street. Swaps welcome, but if you haven’t anything to swap and would like a plant, a donation to Katherine House Hospice through the letterbox at Aston Farmhouse or The Presbytery please.

Wells in the Village
Martin M is trying to record the whereabouts of all the wells that were/are in the village.  If anyone has any information he’d be very grateful to hear it.  A note through 8BC or a comment here will get to him.  He’s aware of the well in the school field; one beside the presbytery garage, one in the now filled in presbytery cellar, one in the garden of 3BC, and one in 22PC.  Any others?  Old Tom Smith said that the last well to run dry in a drought was down on the railway, where precisely Martin doesn’t know.  Are there any others?  

All Dog Owners
Neighbourhood Watch and Northamptonshire Police ask everyone to follow the Countryside Code and be responsible dog owners.  If you would like more details please click here.

Summer Fete
As you are all aware, we have had to cancel the Annual Summer Fete in aid of St Leonard’s.  This is our main fund raiser for the year and even though the Church is currently closed we still have ongoing expenses amounting to over £16,000 a year.  We are also missing out on collections at our services so if you would like to donate to the church please let the Treasurer Susan in Plowden Close, have a cheque made payable to St Leonard’s PCC.  Thank you.  Leave a comment if you need more details. 

HS2 Update
Including information re on site archaeology, species translocation etc.
Click here:https://chippingwarden.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Southam-to-Brackley-Summer-Newsletter.pdf

Scam Awareness Fortnight 15-28th June
Follow this link to find out more!

St Mary’s Primary School
The children have been supporting Helen & Douglas House with ‘Send a hug cards’, if you would like to see the letter please click here.

Boxing, Calisthenics, Dance, Fitness and Yoga classes
Are you a teenager struggling with motivation? Are you looking for something new to try? Or do you just want to hang out with your mates doing something.

ACTIVE NORTHANTS offers Boxing, Calisthenics, Dance, Fitness and Yoga classes FREE OF CHARGE throughout June, you can sign in and spend time with other teenagers in a socially minded physical activity setting.

To make it even better, the more you participate the better the chance of winning prizes.  If you attend at least 2 sessions you have a chance of winning, but the more you do the more chance you have to win.

Northamptonshire Sport have linked up with Born to Perform Dance School, Hale Training, Megan Robinson Personal Training, Namastella Yoga and The Compound, alongside CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence) to deliver these amazing sessions aimed specifically at teenagers aged 14-19 (year 9 upwards).

Register via www.northamptonshiresport.org/activenorthants to get access to all these sessions live each week.

Children’s Colouring Competition
Northants Police are holding a colouring competition for children – interested? Click here!

A361 Bus Stops
Fusion have confirmed there will be access to the A361 bus stops whilst the road from the village is closed.

Warning Following Courier Fraud Offence In Wellingborough
Please click on here for a recent scam warning.

Stay at Home Request from Northamptonshire Police
Please follow this link for more information.

Food Bank Thank You & Request
Once again many thanks are due to the folk filling the Food Bank box at Comfrey Cottage…last week saw an amazing 3-fold increase in the amount that was donated!  It’s incredible – a record so far.  It was all collected by Leslie on Wednesday evening and taken to Banbury Food Bank.  This week it will go to Daventry.  Leslie has told us a typical food parcel includes:

(The bold items are on Daventry’s shortage list. Plus rice pud, tinned custard, squash and items of personal hygiene.)…
Breakfast cereals Soup Pasta Rice Pasta sauce Tinned beans Tinned meat Tinned vegetables Tinned fruit Tea or coffee Sugar Biscuits Snacks
Please note that the Food Donations Box will now be placed in Matt and Ali’s carport (call 07762 330 497 for location) from 9 till 3 every Wednesday.  It will be collected by the rector or other clergy member.  

Motorists Urged to Slow Down and Take Extra Care on the Roads
With the volume of traffic at the lowest it has been for years, Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance is urging motorists to slow down when driving on our county roads.  See more information about this by clicking here: Message from the Police re dangerous driving in Northamptonshire.  (Information given by Aston le Walls Parish Council.)

Warning re Businesses being Targeted
Information from the Police urging businesses to be vigilant after attacks by malicious software called ransomware.  Please visit this page for further details.  (Notice supplied by Aston le Walls Parish Council.)

If you are self-isolating and cannot go out, whether it is shopping, picking up a prescription, dog walking, vet visits, or even just a chat, we now have a list of villagers happy to help.  No-0ne in the Parish of Appletree & Aston le Walls should feel completely isolated or suffer in silence.  We are sure that this list will change as time goes on so we will update it as necessary.  Please also visit the Parish Council website http://www.astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk.  Here you will find a form http://bit.ly/33AwA23 if you prefer the electronic method of communication.  Both these sites are updated regularly.  The Village Facebook page also has useful chat and information.  Hopefully, you have received a list of helpers, if you need another copy, please contact Jo (660 376) or leave a comment on this website.

Village 100 Club
Given the current situation with social distancing and the risks of infection from handling cash, the Village Hall Committee has decided to postpone further monthly draws of the 100 club lottery until the end of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Those members who have already paid for the rest of the year will be entered into a MEGA DRAW at that time where all the missed prize draws will be made on the same day, and prizes awarded. Those who would normally pay monthly or semi annually will be given the opportunity to pay up missed subscriptions and enter the MEGA DRAW or to recommence subscriptions from that time and not be included in the MEGA DRAW.

We apologise for having to make this change but feel that safety is the main criteria that we should be adopting.

Daisy Bank Pocket Park
Use of Daisy Bank Pocket Park and Play Equipment during Covid 19
Parents/carers: Play Swings are now closed. Do not allow your children to use them.
To protect the health of everyone please ensure that the social distancing 2 metre spacing is maintained during use of this park.

Scam Warning
There really are some awful people out there.  Please follow this link for advice from Northamptonshire Police.

All church services at St Leonard’s have been cancelled till further notice.

For information about Sacred Heart and Our Lady, please visit their website http://www.sacredheart.btck.co.uk
Father James is happy to offer his services as a listening ear, a friend and someone happy to offer pastoral support to anyone (of faith or none!) in need, especially at this time.

Village Hall
The Hall is now closed until further notice.
Once this is all over, we’re going to have a Street Party!  (This was posted on Facebook by Wilf, so it has to be true!)

Aston le Walls Film Club
We are all sorry that we are not able to continue with Film Club screenings at the moment.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we are able to start again, with some social distancing rules perhaps.  We will certainly let everyone know as soon as we are able to plan some dates.

In the meantime, the extensive collection of Film Club DVDs is currently stored with Wilf Iliffe and you are welcome to borrow any of them. Please get in touch with Wilf, 660455, if you would like to take advantage of this, or would like to see the film list.

Coffee Mornings
Coffee mornings in the Village Hall have been suspended for a while.  Keep checking here or visit the ‘Coming Soon’ page
for the latest updates.

Scarecrow Trail
Unfortunately the decision has been made to cancel the Scarecrow Trail this year; hopefully it will be even better in 2021!

We had a brilliant successful Scarecrow Weekend in 2019.  The weather was (mostly) ok, we had 47 amazing Scarecrows and people came from far and wide for the marvellous Scarecrow Trail in Aston le Walls!  Many, many thank to everyone who made a Scarecrow, followed the Trail, baked cakes or helped in any way with making the weekend so successful.  £671.50 was raised towards the upkeep of the Village Hall, which is a great resource for the village.  The lists of prize winners, raffle winners and the answers are on the Village noticeboard by the Hall and you can find pictures of the Scarecrows and all the answers here!

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