Sunday, 13 November 2016

Village hall closed for refurbishment

Building work started in October; the work will take 12-14 weeks so look out for a grand re-opening in February!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Thursday Coffee Mornings in the Church

Some twelve years ago two regular churchgoers, April Curnow and Rita Robinson, started the Thursday Coffee Mornings which have become such a popular social event for villagers and, thanks more recently to Tracey, they have continued to be so.

As the Village Hall will be out of use for several months, probably until February next year, the PCC has decided to hold a Coffee Morning in Church on the first and third Thursday each month, starting in October ie on Thursday 6th.  I am afraid we haven't yet the facilities to provide Tracey's yummy bacon butties but she will be there with hot coffee/tea, cake and biscuits with the help of a member of the PCC.

We will ensure that the church is warm as I can't believe the hot weather will continue into October and November!

We look forward to seeing all the regulars again on 6th October in church.

Caroline Abel Smith

Friday, 16 September 2016

Aston Abbotts Village Hall news – September 2016

Aston Abbotts Village Hall news – September 2016              

Update on refurbishment

Just waiting for WREN (our major funder) to approve our budget and choice of builder, then we’ll let everyone know! Expecting to start around 17 October; the work will take 12-14 weeks so look out for a grand re-opening in February!

Clear the hall

The last bookings will be w/c Monday 19 September. We will be clearing the hall and kitchen on Sunday morning 25 September from 8.30am. The kitchen equipment, crockery, cutlery, glasses, chairs, and the best of the tables will be stored. A small number of chairs, tables and some crockery will go into the church temporarily. If any user groups have other things in the kitchen cupboards please take them away or let us know what you’d like done.


We still have a shortfall, so we are still very grateful for donations. Thank you very much to the family of Denis Knight who kindly donated half of his funeral collection to the hall. If you can help, please contact any one of us.

Vale Lottery

The top cash prize is £25,000 and every week a few people win £25 – hopefully an Aston Abbotts winner soon! We are getting a small but regular payout from our local supporters that’s really appreciated (particularly as we won’t have any lettings income while the hall is closed). If this is your thing, please buy your tickets from our page and we get 50%:

The chair test

Fete goers tested sample chairs.  Thank you all!  The green, upholstered chair took an early lead but was overtaken by the blue, wipe-clean version by the end of the afternoon. Maybe not blue though. We’ll look at more before deciding.

Village History book still available!

Aston Abbotts 1000-2000: A village history is back in print at £10 per copy, proceeds to the village hall. If you’d like one please email us or give me a ring on 681373.  Just one box left!

Caroline Lane – Aston Abbotts Village Hall trustees

Aston Abbotts Village Hall Trustees group: Caroline Lane (Chair), Liz Hall (Secretary), Nigel Palmer (Treasurer), Peter Shorrock, John Whyte, Kevin Copping. Email:

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Harvest Festival Supper and Auction

The 2016 Harvest Festival Supper will take place in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on Monday 19th September.

Harvest Festival

The Coffee Morning finishes... for now

In July the popular Thursday Coffee Morning in the Village Hall closed for the holidays and in preparation for the imminent Village Hall renovations.

The Coffee morning started around eleven years ago and in recent years it has been run by Tracy Hinds along with a rota of volunteer helpers. It is highly valued, particularly by retired and older residents who are around in the village on a Thursday morning.

We hope that the coffee morning will be restarted in the not too distant future, but in the meantime we offer our thanks to Tracy for her hard work. Tracy is pictured below dishing up her delicious bacon rolls.

Tracy Hinds

Monday, 6 June 2016

Aston Abbotts Village Hall news – June 2016

Village Hall Logo£44,100 offered to us from WREN

This was our major grant application. We are all very pleased!

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to underpin and replace floors, install a new kitchen, fit out the new disabled toilet and rewire the hall.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Queen’s birthday weekend 11-12 June

Village Hall, Saturday 11 June 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-12 noon, exhibition covering 90 years in Aston Abbotts. Photos, newspaper articles, maps. Buy a reprint of local history book Aston Abbotts 1000-2000: A village history. We’ll also have a few copies of Neil Rees’ The Czech Connection to sell, hard to find these days! Refreshments. Admission free, donations to the village hall improvement fund.


Friday, 13 May 2016

Aston Abbotts Fete 2016

The 2016 Aston Abbotts Fete will take place on The Green and in The Grove on Saturday 23rd July at 1 pm.

There will be all of the usual attractions, including Hot Dogs, Pimms, Bric-a-Brac, the Plant Stall, the Book Stall, Tombola, rides and games for the children, and much, much more!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

MVAS Speed Sign - First report

The MVAS speed sign organised by your Parish Council was positioned in Moat Lane between 31st January 2016 to 20th March 2016. It looked first at traffic approaching the village and then at traffic leaving the village. It counts the total number of vehicles approaching the sign and flashes up the speed limit if they are exceeding 35 mph. Just over 15% of vehicles were recorded as exceeding 35 mph.

A brief report summarising the initial results has been compiled and this may be read or downloaded by clicking here.

The sign is being shared with Cheddington. At the moment it has been relocated in Wingrave Road, after which it will probably return to Cheddington for a while.

This sign produces valuable statistical information. It will be augmented soon by a Speed Watch operated by village volunteers that will record more precise information, including video-recording and logging the registrations of speeders.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Pub Quiz at The Royal Oak - Sunday 17th March

The next Pub Quiz, in aid of Parkinson's Research, will take place at The Royal Oak on Sunday 17th April at 7.30pm.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Aston Abbotts Village Hall news – April 2016

Grant from Community Chest!

We’re delighted to say that we’ve been offered £14,000 from the Community Chest, a grants scheme for community projects run jointly by AVDC and VAHT (Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust). This is payable when our major funding application is confirmed (we’re hoping this will be end April).

The village hall trust’s annual general meeting – Tuesday 19 April, 8pm, Village Hall

The village hall trust’s AGM is on Tuesday 19 April.  Janet Blake, Council Member for Stewkley and Community Chest Grants Panel Member, will be joining us as a funder representative. Village residents are also very welcome. It will be a short meeting – chairman’s summary of what we’ve done over the last year, the treasurer’s report, election of officers (chair, treasurer, secretary) and 10 minutes for taking questions from the public.

If you can’t make 19 April, we’ll also be attending the Annual Parish Meeting on 13 April, so come along then if you want to hear a quick update from us and other village groups.

The Vale lottery

Every little still helps – if you are playing the online Vale lottery, please buy your tickets from our page and we get 50%:

Caroline Lane – Aston Abbotts Village Hall trustees

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Annual Parish Meeting - The Village Hall - 8pm Wednesday 13th April 2016

The Annual Parish Meeting is a public meeting. This year's meeting is in The Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 13th April. You can find out more about the Annual Parish Meeting and read the minutes of last year's meeting at

We hope to see you there.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Happy New Year from Aston Abbotts Postbox

The Aston Abbotts Postbox is now celebrating its first year of operation. During the past year we have distributed nearly 200 notices via email and we hope that you have found them informative and useful.

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