Clubs and General Interest

Beckford Gardening Club

Many village residents are members of the Beckford and District Gardening Club, a friendly, thriving and lively club which draws its members from a number of local villages.

The Club holds monthly evening meetings throughout the autumn and winter, with talks or demonstrations about a wide range of subjects of interest to gardeners.

During the summer a number of day-trips are organised to gardens throughout the country. Additionally a number of visits to local gardens are organised for the long summer evenings.

If you would like to join, or would just like more information about the club, contact Roger Umpelby (01386 881449) and he will be pleased to speak to you.

Please click here for the 2019 Programme


We have 26 Brownies who work in small groups, called sixes. Each six contributed to this web page.

What are Brownies? - By the Kelpies

  • Brownies are a helpful, kind and caring group for girls aged 7-10.
  • Brownies meet every week
  • Brownies have fun doing arts and crafts
  • A Brownie gets lots of badges when she achieves things
  • Every Brownie belongs to a six. Our sixes are called the Kelpies, the Gnomes, the Pixies, the Imps and the Elves.
  • New brownies have a 'Brownie Buddy' who helps them

Things that we like about Brownies - By the Elves

  • Playing games
  • Making friends and seeing our Brownie Buddies
  • Drawing and Making things that we don't make at home or school
  • Singing
  • Reading and working from our new Brownie books and working together
  • Wearing the new uniform
  • We like most things about Brownies - that's why we come!

Things that we don't like about Brownies - By the pixies

  • Singing
  • When the other Brownies misbehave
  • We wish we could go on more camps and days out
  • I like it all - I can't think of a reason!

The kinds of things the Brownies do - By the Imps

  • Making games for our pumpkin party
  • Planting bulbs and decorating plant pots for them
  • Baking cookies
  • Using our Brownie books
  • Playing games
  • Harvest festival
  • Getting new badges

The kind of things we do - By the Gnomes

  • Bring and buy sale
  • Christmas trip
  • Pumpkin party

Contact us

If you are interested in becoming a Brownie or a Brownie leader please contact Jemima Barnett  at


Ashton guides meet weekly during term time in the Village Hall. We are a lively unit of around 24 girls aged 10 - 14, several young leaders and adult leaders.

Together we plan a full and varied programme of activities which have recently included visiting the cinema, canoeing, night hikes and wide games, candlelit three course meals and cooking on open fires, a hockey competition, swimming gala, crafts, working for badges and service in the community.

We also have a lot of fun taking part in residential activities including a week long annual summer camp, sleepovers and weekend breaks.

If you enjoy making friends, learning new skills, meeting challenges and having fun and are interested in joining us, either as a guide or as a leader or helper then please contact Ali 01386 882052 for more details.

Rainbow Guides

For girls age 5 – 7 years Arts and crafts, games, singing, making new friends and having fun!

We meet on Wednesdays in Ashton under Hill Village Hall.

For more details or to reserve a place please contact Charlotte Nicklin on 07714 783545

Pre-School Playgroup

Ashton under Hill Pre-School Playgroup

Situated in The Green Room (adjacent to the Village hall),

Ashton under Hill

Telephone 01386 882289

OFSTED registered for children from two to five years (with childcare funding available for all three and four year olds; also for two year olds where applicable)

Term time on


9 am - 12 noon      £10.50
12 noon - 3 pm     £10.50
9 am - 3 pm          £21

We aim to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum in a happy, secure and fun atmosphere. Our day-to-day practice is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach; children are encouraged to express themselves freely through an extensive range of arts & craft activities together with enjoying an exciting multi-sensory environment.

For more details or to arrange a visit, please, contact Ruth Barnett (01386 882014) or Mirka Alldrick (01386 882105) or email

Women's Institute


Ashton under Hill WI was formed in 1941, and is still as strong and vibrant as ever. We celebrated our 70th anniversary in 2011.  Nowadays, the WI tends to attract the more mature ladies, as young mums seem too busy or perhaps see the WI in a different light. (The 'Jam and Jerusalem' image seems hard to dismiss!).

However, in some areas there exists very youthful and adventurous membership (see picture!) and the National Federation are working hard to dispel the 'old' image and encourage younger women to join. 

Nationally the WI endeavour to raise awareness in issues such as excess packaging, better deals for dairy farmers, carbon emissions and each  Federation gets involved with problems local to their area. 

Worcestershire Federation has its own Science Club with a varied programme which includes talks and visits to sites of interest.  Fun and friendship is the WI motto, so our social activities are numerous and include murder mystery evenings, concerts, quizzes, skittles, theatre trips and visits to garden & historical homes.

In Ashton we try to encourage membership by including in our programme a varied and interesting mixture of learning and entertainment.

Learning and Skills

The Womens Institute in Britain is lucky to have their own Denman College, in Marcham, Oxfordshire, where students have the opportunity to learn or improve on skills old and modern – from bridge to car maintenance.  Members and even family members are allowed to attend can enjoy three to four day courses.  Professional and very experienced tutors run the courses in modern well-equipped studios. The ensuite accommodation is also up to date and very comfortable.  Several of Ashton`s members have attended and a bursary is given every year, giving one lucky lady a chance to attend a course of her choice.

So you see, the WI is not just about making jam and singing 'Jerusalem', it is part of the social history of Britain in our times.  It is democratic, non-party, non-sectarian and has remained true to its original beliefs: that ordinary people in traditional villages and small estates are important and that they have something to contribute to our national life.

Relaxation and Fun!

So ladies, join the WI for relaxation, learning, and most of all fun!  Please come as a visitor any month you choose – you will be made most welcome.

Jenny Creese, Publicity Secretary. Tel 01386 881266

Sporting and Clubs

Ashton under Hill Cricket Club


The cricket club was originally founded in 1907. At present the club has two teams in the Cotswold Hills League as well as playing friendly matches on Sundays and running its own midweek league. The club also runs kwik cricket sessions for local children.

Want to find out more?

For further information and fixtures please visit our website:

Ashton 88 Football Club

Ashton 88 Football Club reformed in June 2015 and incorporates its name from the original formation of the club in 1988.

Based in Ashton under Hill in Worcestershire the club now boasts a healthy Senior Section and an ever growing Junior Section.

The Senior Team compete in Division 3 of The Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League. The Junior Sections were formed in April 2016 with an Under 9s team that entered in The Ambassador Evesham Saturday League. In September 2017 the club aims to enter an Under 8s, Under 9s and Under 10s team into the same competition.

The Juniors train on a Thursday evening between 6pm and 7pm. This takes place at Ashton-under-Hill Playing Fields, just off Elmley Road, during the summer. Training moves to Bredon Hill Academy, under the floodlights, during the winter months from September.

The Senior team train at the same locations as the Junior Sections but training takes place between 7pm and 8pm.  

The club was awarded FA Chartered Standard Status in March 2017 recognising that the club is run well and is sustainable, with child protection and safety being paramount. It also recognises the club's commitment to coach and player development, as well as showing steps are being taken to raise standards of behaviour in the game.


You can find more information on our website 

Or follow us on facebook 

Church Organisations

St Barbara's Church


Services in St Barbara's Church

For details of services in St Barbara's and the other churches in the Beckford Group, please click here to view or download the current Parish Magazine

Rev David Lewis

We warmly welcome Rev David Lewis as an Associate Priest in the Beckford Group, with pastoral responsibility for Ashton under Hill, following his installation as Incumbent of the Elmley Castle Parish on 4 March 2018. Before coming to Worcestershire, David was Rector of the Benefice of the Wiske in the Diocese of Leeds. Previously he served in a variety of posts in the dioceses of Birmingham, Guildford, Carlisle and Europe.

Rev David Lewis

01386 710394

Charitable Giving

New St Barbara's Church aims to support a number of charities throughout the year, with special collections at various services and events, or by donating the collection from the United Parish Worship service which takes place in our village twice a year. Churches in The Beckford Group have committed to support the CATCH Project in Mzamomhle, East London, South Africa.

Thanks to the generosity of all those who supported our fundraising efforts in 2017, a tremendous total of £9259.72 including Gift Aid, was raised by St Barbara’s Church for ten different good causes, including the CATCH Project in South Africa, Shelter, the Worcester and Dudley Historic Churches Trust, Water Aid, and bucket collections for the DEC Appeal for the East Africa Crisis, the DEC Rohingya Refugees Appeal and the Red Cross Caribbean Hurricane Appeal.  Collections in December went to the Children’s Society from our Christingle service and to the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, from the Ashton Celebration of Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts during 2017.


The approach to St Barbara's Church is from the village cross through the lychgate at the junction of Beckford Road, Elmley Road and The Groaten.

If you are using a satellite navigation system, the post code WR11 7SW will bring you to the village cross in front of the lychgate. Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SO 9937


The villagers of Ashton have worshipped here in St Barbara's for almost 1000 years and the churches of Ashton and nearby Beckford have been linked since the 8th Century; Ashton church was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The dedication to St Barbara, patron saint of armourers, gunners and blacksmiths, is an unusual one and first appears in the 18th Century. Over the centuries, St Barbara's has evolved into the church you see today. The oldest parts date from Norman times, represented by the South doorway with its characteristic rounded arch. The Tower, which houses a fine ring of six bells, was begun in the 13th century. The Chancel was rebuilt in 1624 by Sir John Franklin, then Lord of the Manor. The striking Arts and Crafts stained glass windows at the East end of the church date from the late 19th/early 20th Centuries.

St Barbara's Day is 4 DecemberThere's more information about the legend of St Barbara in Wikipedia

There is a useful booklet The History of St Barbara's Church.

See also details of Memorial Inscriptions in St Barbara's

More details about the history of St Barbara's from this website

Download a short illustrated Tour and History of St Barbara's Church (Please note this is a large 10MB PDF file)

St Barbara's Ashton under Hill is Grade II* listed - more details here from the British Listed Buildings website

Visit the website of St Barbara's at Earlsdon in Coventry

A church in Deepcut, Surrey is also dedicated to St Barbara

There's a redundant Anglican Church dedicated to St Barbara at Haceby in Linconshire


Since 1985 Ashton has been a member of the wider Beckford Group Parish (Church of England) which also includes Beckford, Overbury, Teddington, Alstone and Little Washbourne. The church is open every day from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (or dusk in winter) and all are welcome to come in and enjoy the atmosphere of peace and centuries of worship. In November 2008 the Beckford Group became part of the Bredon Hill Group of Churches. As well as regular services at which everyone is welcome, there are special services for Festivals and other significant events in Ashton's year. St Barbara's also serves the community for Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals. The church is fortunate to have a regular organist and choir. There are refreshments and a friendly chat after morning services.

St Barbara's relies on your support for its worship and its fabric. If you would like to be involved in the activities of the church in any way, please contact the churchwardens. The most effective means of donating to the church is by Regular Giving, and our Regular Giving Secretary would be very glad to hear from anyone who would like to contribute.

Getting Married?

Are you interested in getting married in St Barbara's? Or perhaps arranging for a baptism? Then why not take the first step by talking to Rev David Lewis on 01386 710394 

There's more information about our parish on the A Church Near You website

Parish Magazine

View or download this month's Beckford Group Parish Magazine.

Day of Month



Details of Service

1st Sunday


9:30 am

6:00 pm

Morning Prayer in the winter months

Evensong in the summer.

2nd Sunday


9:30 am

Holy Communion (Common Worship)

3rd Sunday


11:00 am

Informal All-age Village Worship

4th Sunday


10.00 am

United Parish Worship which rotates around the five churches of the parish on a monthly basis

5th Sunday


Please see Parish Magazine for details

Ashton under Hill Free Church

What’s On at Ashton under Hill Free Church


10.45am Morning worship service followed by light refreshments. 6.00pm Evening Worship service

Last Tuesday of every Month at 2.00pm- Friends & Neighbours
An opportunity for meeting over a cup of tea and a biscuit, always with something interesting laid on. Please contact Joy, details below.

Every Wednesday from 10.00am to Midday- Coffee Morning
All donations to Midlands Air Ambulance. Please contact Joy, details below.

Alternate Wednesdays from 2.30pm Bright Hour - more tea and biscuits together with singing and something to think about! Please contact Joy, details below.

Every Thursday from 10.00am to Midday during term-time Busy Fingers for mums (or dads or grandparents) and toddlers. Please contact Doreen, details below

See Chapel Notice Board or our website for up to date details


Contacts: Andrew & Joy 881145, Geoff 881740, Doreen 881656,or Joan 881237

Busy Fingers for Mums and Toddlers

Busy Fingers Mums and Toddlers - Ashton under Hill Free Church

Contact Doreen on 881656

Friends & Neighbours

An opportunity for meeting over a cup of tea and a biscuit, always with something interesting laid on for your entertainment.

We meet at the Free Church on the last Tuesday of every month from 2.00pm.

Look forward to seeing you!

Contact Joan on Tel 881237 for more information

Luncheon Club

Luncheon Club takes place on the first Friday of every month at 12.30pm in the Chapel Hall.

We are always pleased to welcome new visitors and new helpers. 

Please contact Joy on 881145 for more information.


Other Organisations

Ashton under Hill Fete and Produce Show

Traditional village Fete and Produce Show is held biennially at the Playing Fields in Ashton under Hill. It is a wonderful village event, thanks to all who get involved but especially our hard-working organisers:

Andy Cooke 07803 259666

Sheila Cooke 881715

Rob Smith 882640

Sarah Hewitt  07770 942144

Jane Swindells 07557 022839

Simon Hague 882812

Karen Rowley 07976 906653

 Please see the gallery for lots of photos of past Fetes or click here to visit the facebook page. 

See you in 2020!        

Ashton under Hill Open Gardens

Second weekend in June every year

from 1.00pm to 6.00pm both days

For more information, please visit the website below. 

Ashton Social Centre

About the Ashton Social Centre

Known as the ASC, the Social Centre is a charity originally set up in 1949 'for the provision and maintenance of a recreation ground and community centre for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Ashton under Hill and the immediate vicinity with the object of improving conditions of life for the said inhabitants.' (from the Charity Schedule).

The Committee

Jane Swindells (chairman)

Richard Close (secretary/treasurer)

Other committee members: Gerry Barnett, Doreen Cope, Charles Archer, Ruth Barnett, Graham Begley, Matt Cyphus, Tom Archer, Dave Rose, John Davis and Clare Lock. 

We’re responsible for:

  • Playground
  • Football pitch
  • Tennis courts and surrounding areas. 
  • We share use, responsibility and maintenance of the Village Hall with the First School. 
  • We share use, responsibility and maintenance of the Green Room and its outside play area.

In recent years we have replaced tennis court nets, installed new rubbish bins, added a couple of new benches and picnic bench. We purchased the storage container and a couple of new high quality gazebos for village event use. 

We maintain the area within the playing field with weeding/ pruning and grass cutting. 

We usually hold an autumn cleanup with any dead trees or branches being removed by volunteers and committee members. 

The Village Hall

The Village Hall is occupied by the school during school days until 5.30pm. Out of school hours it is available for the use of village residents and organisations. It has a large stage and adjoining kitchen. Adjoining the Hall is a smaller meeting room called the Green Room which is for the sole use of the village. This is used by the playgroup currently two mornings a week. It is also used for Parish Council and other smaller meetings.

The Playing Fields

The Playing Fields are located in the centre of the village and consist of a cricket ground, a football pitch and two tennis courts all occupied by thriving clubs. There is a popular children's playground, which was completed as a millennium project in 2000.


For any information about availability, or to book the Hall or Green Room, or to hire equipment, please contact Doreen Cope 01386 881656.

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