Annual Scarecrow Trail
15th & 16th July 12:00 – 4:00
Join in the fun of the annual scarecrow trail. Take a walk around our village and see how many scarecrows you can find and identify.
Spread the word for friends and family.
There will be prizes!
If you are planning on putting out a scarecrow please contact Lizzie Barnes-Moss on 152 or Chris Wilson on 376
The Village Hall Committee is pleased to announce dates for events that will be taking place during the year – save the dates in your diary!! Further details will follow.
**Postponed until later in the year**
Friday 16th June
Saturday 9th September
Friday 6th October
Saturday 25th November
Saturday 2nd December
Friday 8th December
Anyone wishing to help with these events, or put on other events, should contact Chris Wilson on 660376 to offer your support.
The Village Hall committee is pleased to announce dates for events that will be taking place during the year – save the dates in your diary!! Further details will follow. All events will be in the village hall, or start there, unless otherwise stated.
with Quizmaster Martin Mason
Friday March 31st
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday 8th April
Coronation Celebration – School Playing Field
Saturday 6th May
Friday 16th June
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July
Saturday 9th September
Friday 6th October
Saturday 25th November
Saturday 2nd December
Friday 8th December
Village Hall Update
Following on from the success of the Christmas events the Committee will now start to plan events for 2023 make sure you keep up to date by reading the newsletter!
The next Committee meeting will include the Annual General Meeting will be held on 16th February at 6:00pm, everyone is welcome.
Film Club dates have been announced, see Aston le Walls Film Club page.
Dec 2022/Jan 2023
Christmas in the Village Hall
Come and get Christmas off to a good start
Something for all the family
Christmas Pub Night
Saturday 3rd December, 19:00
Tickets £8.00 each from Rhiannon 798
or Lizzie 152
Children’s Christmas Party
Sunday 11th December, 12:30 – 15:30 [please note change of date above!]
Tickets £2.50 for children, free for adults
Contact Rhiannon 798
Top Gin, Maverick
Friday 16th December, 19:00
Sadly we weren’t able to find a date for the Harvest Supper this year however the VH is thriving! Tots and Toddlers, which takes place in the VH at 10:00 on a Wednesday morning is an exciting addition to the regular events in the VH.
Save the dates for …..
Friday 25th November – 7:00pm
Return of Quiz Night
Make up a team and bring a drink & nibbles to show off your general knowledge!
Saturday 26th November 2022 10:30am – 3:30pm
Aston le Walls Village Hall Christmas Craft Fair
The perfect chance to start your Christmas shopping!
If you are interested in having a stall please contact Esther Smith email@example.com
Saturday 3rd December – 7:00pm
Christmas Pub Night
Festive Entertainment including open mike and karaoke
Curry and a drink for £8:00 with paying bar to follow.
Further information from Rhiannon Harris or Lizzie Barnes-Moss
The Village Hall Management Committee are planning to start a series of interesting talks, probably every 3 months, in the Village Hall, from a variety of speakers on wide ranging subjects, from Criminal Law Psychology, Cancer Research & Drug Development to Wine Tasting. Please let me know if you do not wish to receive information about these evenings.
Village Hall Coffee Mornings
It was great to have 20 people and a baby at the recent Coffee Morning! They’ll have to put out more tables and chairs next time.
Next dates are: Thursday 18th August and Thursday 15th September. The 100 Club monthly winners will be drawn – come and see if you’ve won!
Everyone is welcome to come for a coffee, tea, biscuits and lots of chat.
Village Hall, 10:30 till Noon
Scarecrow Weekend (July 2022)
Fantastic weather for this fun event!
It was a great success and raised £578.65, which will go towards the upkeep of the Village Hall. For more information please visit the Scarecrow page here.
Starting on Wednesday 14th September in the Village Hall 10am – 12 noon.
We are in need of new and pre-loved toys for our new group. Aged from birth to pre-school. If you would like to donate please contact Debra on 660879. Thank you.
Aston le Walls Village Hall is quite literally in the heart of the village; as a Committee we want to see it being used to support and entertain everyone in the village and from our neighbouring villages. The Committee has been planning for the traditional village events, however we are also keen to start up some new activities in the Village Hall.
The first of these is a monthly Craft and Sewing Club which will take place on the 1st Thursday of each month with the inaugural meeting on Thursday 7th April, 7.00-9.00pm. Anyone who is a crafter, or sews, paints, whittles or any other activity is welcome to come along and spend a couple of hours getting on with a project, or sharing the knowledge and experience you have with others. It is also a great opportunity for those of you who have always wanted to ‘have a go’ but don’t know where to start to come along and learn new skills – we all have to start somewhere!!
The first meeting is free, thereafter it will be £4 per session – tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. Lizzie B-M is leading this project so if you have any queries please contact her [or leave a message on this website]. Spread the word to friends and family both in the village and further afield.
The second activity is to set up a Baby and Toddlers Group. This project is currently having rules and regulations checked to see what is needed before the group can start meetings. To fit in with other groups in neighbouring villages, we plan to run the group on a Wednesday morning. If you are interested in supporting or joining this activity, please contact Debra K [or leave a message on this website]. More information will follow soon.
Other activities we are considering are:
A book club starting in Autumn
A quarterly evening talk with wine and cheese & biscuits – if you have any ideas for suitable speakers, please let Lizzie B-M know [or, you guessed it, leave a comment on this website!]
Easter Bunny Hunt
This will take place on Saturday April 16th – 15th Easter Bunnies will be hidden around Aston le Walls. Come to the Village Hall between 12 noon and 4pm to pick up your trail sheet. Find the bunnies and collect the names of all 15 and return to the Village Hall with your completed sheet to claim your prize.
Children of all ages are welcome to take part.
Monthly Coffee Mornings on the third Thursday in the month (from summer 2022)
Film Club – 3rd Friday of the month
Summer Fete – Saturday 2nd July
Scarecrow Weekend – Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July
Produce Show – Saturday 3rd September
Harvest Supper – 8th October
The Village Hall Committee welcomes any suggestions for activities in the village, so please contact any of the committee with ideas.
The Village Hall Committee will be holding this year’s Scarecrows event on the weekend of 16th & 17th July (fingers crossed!). Trail sheets will be available from the village hall as usual on both days with prizes for the most correct answers for the scarecrow names. There will be Cream Teas and Ices available. Raffle prizes and the winners of the trail will be drawn at the close of the event. Straw if needed for the scarecrows will be available nearer the time.
Other events for the year will of course include the Produce Show in September and, if we are able, we hope to hold an Easter Egg Hunt like last year.
The Committee are continuing to try and raise funds to help improve or redevelop the Village Hall and are in the process of completing a request to West Northants Council for Omicron funding given the impact on Village Hall usage.
We now have 93 numbers each month in the 100 club draw and give out cash prizes each month. The numbers are drawn where possible at the monthly coffee morning in the village hall. Please do ask for a number if you don’t yet have one – just ring Steve N. It costs £12 for a whole year and we give half the money raised towards village hall costs and the other 50% in prizes.
Dec/Jan 2021 2022
The Village Hall Committee AGM was held on 2nd December and approved the accounts for the year ended 31st October. Despite Covid hampering the use of the hall – particularly for the film club, there was an increase in funds held of £16,819.21 due to grants received from the West Northants Council of £19,169.21 and the committee will be considering how best to use these funds when it meets again in January. The areas under discussion include the rising damp, repairs to the mens toilet, a replacement storeage shed, and clearance of the pathways and guttering. The committee also wants to look at ways to encourage more use of the hall by holding more events possibly by inviting speakers and general improvements to the facilities and access. One of the new activities being considered is starting a Book Club.
The initial grant application for funds to rebuild the village hall was returned by HS2 as falling short on the area of use by people outside the village and it is hoped that we can address this in the coming year with some targeted events. As any grant is likely to require fund raising from the village the Committee will also decide at its meeting in January how much of the existing surplus should be retained for this purpose.
The existing committee members all agreed to continue for the coming year and were so elected.
The Committee would like to thank all those who helped with the events over the last year and also those who attended and made them such a success. Well done to you all.
Over the last year the 100 club village lottery has raised over £500 towards the upkeep of the Village Hall and has given out over £600 monthly prizes. We have had 32 individual winners and we currently have 91 numbers in the monthly draw. To take part you just need to get a number from Steve and pay the annual subscription of £12 (much better odds than the national lottery!). Each month we draw 3 prizes aimed to distribute 50% of the monthly subscription pot. This is a great way to support the Village Hall and we would love to get more members.
It was wonderful to see so many people at the Produce, Arts and Crafts Show. It raised over £250 for the upkeep of the Village Hall and was a lovely opportunity for villagers to meet and show their skills. Here are some pictures, including the prize winning marrow from St Mary’s!
Produce, Arts and Crafts Show
The Produce Show is back! Hopefully you’ve already received an entry form with the Village newsletter. If you would like a copy of the Show Schedule, please leave a comment or contact any committee member. The show is on Saturday 4th September in the Village Hall at 2.30 pm for viewing and Prize giving.
We will also have tea, coffee and biscuits available in the afternoon.
Entry forms should be taken to the Village Hall on Friday night 3rd September between 7pm and 8pm with a new fixed fee of £1 to cover as many entries as you like – go for it!
Staging as always will be between 9.am and 11.am on the day.
There are the same old favourite categories of Victoria Sandwich etc, but this year we have 2 exciting new categories where the entrants will be required to wear their creations at 2.30 in the afternoon.
The first is a children’s category – best Superhero cape and mask
The second is an adult category – best hat on a theme of the Produce Show.
Other new exciting classes include ‘Write a Limerick on a Local Theme’!
And of course there will be the famous auction at the end!
The date for the Harvest Supper in the village hall has been set as October 9th – we will be selling tickets both door to door and at the Produce Show – this is a great event to meet with other villagers – keep the date in your diary.
We will of course be looking again for our wonderful volunteers to provide the food for the evening.
Scarecrow Trail 3rd & 4th July
A great success! Thanks to everyone who helped in any way or just enjoyed the scarecrows. Pictures and answers can be found here and winners and answers have also been placed on the Village noticeboard by the Village Hall.
The village hall has received a “Covid” re-strictions grant from the West Northamptonshire Council of £7,573.21. As the village hall was closed for most of the last 12 months, receipts were down significantly whereas costs remained stubbornly around the same, so the grant will enable us to make good this shortfall and help to improve the hall.
Our first Coffee Morning in the Village Hall on the 19th May was a great success. Lovely to meet newcomers and old hands! Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue with these very enjoyable gatherings. The next dates are June 16th and July 21st, 10:30 till noon, Village Hall. Come and chat; there will be biscuits, and the 100 club winners will be drawn. All welcome.
We plan to reopen the Village Hall for indoor activities from May 17th in accordance with the easing of Covid lockdown regulations. Pilates will be starting again, as will Coffee Mornings. Film Club will start on Friday 17th September.
Anyone interested in joining Sam’s Pilates Classes should contact Sam on 07444 845596. She will be able to give you all the information you need.
Coffee mornings will resume on the 19th May, 10:30 till noon, when the monthly 100 Club winners will be drawn. Everyone is welcome; a great way to meet fellow villagers!
In the meantime, we are able to start our Summer of Events with an Easter Egg Hunt for children, around the village, on Saturday 3rd April. It will be marvellous to start to get together as a community again, albeit in small family groups outside at first.
Feb/March 2021 News
The application for funds from HS2 to help rebuild the Village Hall is still in progress but we are looking for strategic partners who would like to support us. We are particularly interested in any companies that people know of who are involved with new technologies or renewable energy, as these seem to be areas looked on favourably in submissions. We would need to raise 10% of the funds ourselves so contacts needed! Please leave a comment on this website and it will passed on to to relevant people.
This lockdown, we are continuing with the 100 Club draws. If anyone would like to join, numbers are still available from Steve (phone number on the back page) and cost £12 per year.
Dec 2020/Jan 2021
We are pleased to announce the new Village Hall Committee as of November 2020:
Chair: Chris W
Treasurer: Susan F
Minutes Secretary: Susan K
Members: Pat B, Steve N, Jo W
The committee are putting together an exciting Schedule of Activities for next year on the positive basis that we will be allowed to hold them!
- Easter Egg Hunt! Saturday 3rd April – this is definitely going ahead. Details will follow.
- Scarecrow Weekend – 3rd to the 4th July
- Produce Show – 4th September
- Harvest Supper – 16th October
Other ideas are: a St George’s Day lunch in April, quizzes, restarting the Sunday breakfasts and maybe a children’s party for Christmas 2021.
We want to make 2021 an good year for the Village Hall and would appreciate any ideas you may have. Please contact any of the committee members with them. Any offers of help with the events are also welcome and there is always room for more committee members! (You can leave a comment here and it will be passed on to the committee.)
Our other major project is to raise funds from HS2 and other organisations to help us replace the current hall with a more modern building. This would give the Village an amazing space for its activities, with disabled access, improved kitchen, more light and with the inside area opening up to wooden beams.
Help us to achieve this wonderful building for the pleasure of current and future generations!
Click here to view the draft proposal
Notice of AGM
The Annual General Meeting of Aston le Walls Village Hall will take place on Thursday 19th November at 8pm.
Everyone living in the parish of Aston le Walls and Appletree is welcome to attend so, in order to ensure covid-19 security, we will hold the meeting via Microsoft Teams, which is an online videoconferencing tool. We sincerely hope that this will encourage many neighbours from the village to join in. For joining details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Message from the Chair.
Over the last few years, fewer and fewer people have volunteered to sit on the committee and attendance at village events has dwindled, which is a real shame as the Village Hall could provide the focal point for the village and act as a social centre and support hub for many of us.
After six years as chair and over a decade on the village hall committee, the time has come for me to step down.
It would be great to see a new team take on the management of the Village Hall, especially as we have reached the point where we have a set of plans ready to submit to the HS2 social funds to try to rebuild the hall with a more permanent structure.
If the new chair would like me to stay on the committee I am willing to do so to help them transition into the role. Equally, if they would prefer a clean start, I am happy to step aside completely after handover.
If you value village life and want to make the village hall the centre of this, now is the time to step up.
We had been hoping to restart Film Club but with the latest restrictions limiting gatherings to groups of 6, we have decided to delay future screenings for a little longer. See the Film Club page for further details.
100 Club Mega Draw
This was held on September 9th 2020 and all the prizes were drawn that had been missed for the last six months due to lockdown.
There were 18 prizes in total and the numbers were picked out by the new priest of Sacred Heart, Father John, and the first number chosen was Father James’s! Maybe an Act of God?
Total prizes amounted to £259 and were gratefully received by the winners.
The Village 100 club is run for the benefit of the Village Hall. It only costs £1 month for the chance to win! 3 prizes are drawn each month with an additional 5 at the Village Hall AGM. The prizes amount to 50% of the receipts with the balance used to maintain the Village Hall. We do hope you’ll support this important fund raising activity.
There are still a few numbers left – please contact Steve Neville on 660 568 to claim yours ….
Village Hall Committee AGM, 2019
The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall committee was held on Thursday 21st November. Attendance was at a record low but those present learned the following:
• When the cost of heat, water, rates and cleaning are paid, the hall just breaks even on annual running costs.
• We have a healthy balance in the bank, which is kept at a level that allows us to continue maintenance for two years with no lettings, if required.
• The hall has gained two extra weekly bookings in the last couple of months.
• There were only 12 ad hoc booking in 2018-19.
We reviewed the results of the survey that were returned by 16 of the village (thanks to those who took the time).
Overall, there was a small majority for purchasing a new site on the edge of the village and building a new hall, potentially with parking / play area. This is the most expensive option, costing up to half a million pounds.
Perhaps more telling was the response to the question ‘If we rebuilt the hall, how would this change your use?’ to which the majority of respondents put ‘No Change’.
On that basis, the meeting felt that the cost of significant change / refurbishment / rebuilding was difficult to justify so we will not be looking at major project work at this time.
However, we propose the following upgrades to the existing hall, subject to successful funding applications and building approvals.
1. To allow access to the hall for people who cannot manage the steps, create a slope to the right of the hall (when viewed from Main Street) that allows access to the rear door, where the existing fire path runs.
(We need to check feasibility of this to ensure we don’t undermine the adjacent wall and the foundations of the VH.)
2. Replace the windows and doors, because the existing units are falling apart.
3. Replace the electric heaters with more energy efficient models.
4. Improve insulation where possible
5. Upgrade the kitchen:
a. Install a hob with proper splashback and a larger oven
b. Install an extractor fan.
c. Replace the existing units and create a better layout.
6. Install broadband and wifi
These improvements, as well as making the hall fit for the next decade, will allow us to develop the venue for daytime letting for small business meetings (no more than 15 attendees, to avoid excess parking issues) to increase income from a period of low use.
It would also allow the space to be used by local home workers who want to network on a monthly basis etc. We could also look at offering a catering service etc., if there’s a demand.
If you’d like to get involved in fund raising or have some experience of managing projects of this kind, please get in touch.
Wilf Iliffe, Chair of VHCommittee
The Village Hall committee is currently chaired by Wilf (660455) and exists to maintain the Hall for the use of villagers and to hold events for the community to enjoy. Give Wilf a ring if you’d like to join in the fun and help out!
The AGM on Thursday 22nd November 2018 was well attended. Thanks to all who came. The Committee said that their finances are in good shape and that the Film Club was currently the biggest fund raiser. The November draw of the 100 Club with 5 extra prizes took place and the prizes have been distributed. Several new people joined the committee and a subcommittee was formed to look into the possibility of raising funds from HS2 to improve or replace the current Village Hall. If you are interested in joining this group or the main committee (just a few meetings a year and help with events required), please contact Wilf as above.
The Harvest Supper is a lovely way to say thanks for the safe harvest of the crops and the hard work of the people who produce our food. Villagers very generously provide casseroles and puddings to enjoy in the Village Hall. This year the event will take place on Saturday 12th October 2019.
Flower and Produce Show
The very successful Produce Show was held at the beginning of September. There were 124 entries in the various classes. The Cup for the most points in the produce classes was jointly won by Jean Dowsett and Susan Kennedy. Jean also won the Cecelia Wade Shield for the most points in the Home Produce section. We were delighted that Cecelia was able to be with us to present this shield for the first time. A profit of just over £80 was made.
The produce show was held this year at the beginning of September. Despite the hot, dry summer we had entries in most of the growing categories (fruit and veg) and plenty in the home produce (cakes, jams etc.). There were over 100 entries across the show and the produce was auctioned off by Percy Taylor after the judging. The overall winner was Susan Kennedy and the Rose Cup was won jointly by Percy Taylor and Tim Ball. Total funds raised for the Village Hall were just over £100. Well done to everyone for their efforts!
The Village Hall also supports the Film Club (see page for more details).
The Scarecrow Weekend is held every year and in 2019 took place on the 6th and 7th July. This year was a special year as it was the 21st anniversary of the start of the Scarecrow Trail. Everyone rose to the challenge and 47 scarecrows were made, and much fun was had trying to guess what or who they were! Cream teas were on sale in the garden of The Barn, Blacksmiths Lane, and ice creams at Foxcote in Welsh Road. The total raised for village hall funds was a brilliant £671.50. Click here for details of scarecrows and winners.
Quiz nights are held occasionally, usually chaired by Martin Mason, and are great fun for all.