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

Village Organisations Re-Opening!
The Village Hall will be available to book from Tuesday, 1st September.   See the Village Hall page for more on this.  Also they are looking at options to re-start Film Club with limited numbers.  The Village Hall committee has been working with a firm of architects to draw up plans to replace the hall on the current site.  Look out for information on how you can book to see the plans in September.

100 Club
Great news, the hall is reopening in September and we will be holding our monthly Drop in Coffee Morning on the 9th .  We will be meeting as usual from 10.30 to 12 and holding the 100 Club Mega Draw then.  Village Hall page for more.

St Leonard’s and Sacred Heart
Sadly we are losing both Stevie Cross of St Leonard’s and Father James of Sacred Heart.  They will be very much missed.  However, both Churches are now re-opening, with certain restrictions.  For details of services and other Church news, click on Sacred Heart or St Leonard’s.

A361 Crossroads Update
Charles Lees has been told Welsh Road will be open on Aug 21st.  It may be temporarily open Aug 12th to 16th though.  Signage date is to be changed.

Also the Appletree Road will not be closed for the works listed in the recent flyer sent to all.

HS2 Fusion: Archaeology update talk
You are invited to join a virtual HS2 archaeology talk update for the Chipping Warden/Aston Le Walls and surrounding area on the 25th August 2020 at 19:00.  During this talk they will be explaining the archaeological processes they are undertaking and what exciting discoveries have been made so far.  The link, and more information can be found on the HS2 page here.

Food Bank
Even more than last week apparently! Well done to everyone and thanks to all your villagers.  To Daventry tomorrow.
(Message: 12th July 2020)

Food Donations Box will 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.

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

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. 

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?  

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. 

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!

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.

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

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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