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

A361 Crossroads Update
Not going to bother to put a date, just follow this link to the Parish Council website for the answer they received as to why the date for it to open keeps being changing:
https://www.astonlewallsparishcouncil.gov.uk/news/2020/09/why-do-the-a361-weslh-road-dates-keep-altering

A361 Road Closure at Charwelton
Someone kindly put information re the A361 being closed at Charwelton on Facebook, so it’s copied here: A361 Charwelton closure.

South Northants backs Green Homes Grant Scheme
Click on the link to find out if you qualify for a grant:
https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/news/article/581/council-backs-new-green-homes-grant-scheme-offering-up-to-5000-for-home-improvements

100 Club Mega Draw
has now been completed – lots of prizes have been distributed round the village and we were pleased to see that Father James was the first winner.  A good leaving prize!

Food Bank
‘Many thanks for the food bank donations that have continued over the summer period.  Both Daventry and Banbury foodbanks express their thanks and say many folk are still in need and numbers are creeping up. The collection in Comfrey Cottage carport (Main Street) continues and is collected each Wednesday and taken to Banbury or Daventry.  If you can spare items it is much appreciated by those who receive the help. Thank you.’

Click here for HS2 information re Chipping Warden road closures.

There will be changes to signalling at Junction 11 of the M40 until December 2020.  Click here to read the notice.

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.

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.

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. 

Coronavirus
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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