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Ashton Soapbox Races 2022-entries now open!

Ashton Soapbox Races 2022-entries now open!

Entries are now open for our now legendary Soapbox aka Kart Races 2022! Entries close 19th December. Happy kart building!

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Harvest Festival News

Harvest Festival News

Ashton Social Centre needs your help!

Ashton Social Centre needs your help!

Ashton Social Centre has its next meeting this week and they are looking for new members. If you would like to get involved, please drop them a message to Jane or Richard, addresses below.
The ASC is a great way to get involved in village life and also a lot of fun; we definitely need some of that after the past eighteen months!
New dog waste bin

New dog waste bin

Just to remind you about the latest dog waste bin which is ideally located on the cross where the Groaten meets Elmley Rd. We now have around eight dog bins in the village which is more than our regular waste bins! Please don’t do what this unknown dog owner did today (although this may well not have been a resident!). Thanks everyone for your help.

Barking dogs

Just a friendly reminder (as many of us have dogs that bark at times😏 ) to ask owners to try to be considerate where their dogs are concerned, especially barking late at night? Thank you very much.
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NHS Thank you Day

NHS Thank you Day

 The NHS celebrate their 73rd birthday on monday 5th July 2021. There are now also celebrations taking place over the weekend, but we have decided to keep to monday. Please do come out on your drives or pavement between 7:30 and 8pm to raise a glass to the NHS and all support and frontline workers. Bells will ring at 8pm and we can have a round of clapping. The bunting will be up! We know many people are back at work now, but we hope this will be a good time for everyone. It will be nice to catch up with neighbours and friends! We can’t guarantee the weather, so keep the umbrellas and rain jackets handy, as we will carry on regardless!
Just also to remind you that you can donate to NHS charities by clicking here
Neighbourhood Matters

Neighbourhood Matters

Hope you find this new community messaging service from West Mercia Police useful. The PC have signed up, but WMP are encouraging residents to do the same. Click here to go to their new website and read more.

Didcot Farm ‘Leaf Open’ farm day

Didcot Farm ‘Leaf Open’ farm day

Evening everyone. Didcot Farm is having an open day!

NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day

NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day

The first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day takes place on Monday, July 5th 2021 (the NHS’s birthday) with a view to raising money for two excellent causes – NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.
We thought it would be nice for the village to do something to mark the day. This could include a toast, clapping and bell ringing, afternoon tea, early evening drink etc.
As we know many of you will be back at work, maybe the best plan would be to have something in the early evening; maybe along the lines of VE day, e.g. cream tea, crisps and dips, anything you like really. It would be a nice way to get together again in front gardens and drives and maybe have a wander around the village. We’ll even get the bunting put up to make it more festive!
As regards donating to the charities; you can find details in the link below:
Watch this space!
Parish Council and Social Committee
Our new litter picking team

Our new litter picking team

Last saturday our new litter team had their first ‘litter pick’. The team were equipped with high viz jackets, litter pickers, gloves & bags, all supplied by Wychavon as part of their ‘Adopt a Street’ (or in our case, village!) scheme. David Worley has kindly taken on the role of coordinator and reported that the team managed a reasonable ‘haul’ with much of the litter centred around the playing fields area and the Groaten. Waste included numerous drink cans and plastic from bottles and bags. A heavy duty bumper was retrieved from the Groaten. The garage block in Cornfield Way also had a collection of household waste. The team found that the area around the First School was exceptionally clean, so well done to them! David is aiming to run another session later in the year. Thank you very much to the team for giving their time on a Saturday. (Pictured below: Bridget, Louise, Lennox and Malcolm)

 

 

Carol Tyler’s funeral

Some of you may know that Carol Tyler, Gordon’s wife, sadly died last week. Gordon has asked us to let those of you who knew Carol that the funeral will be held this Wednesday 19th May at Vale Crematorium. However, because of covid restrictions you will only be able to attend via Zoom. Details of how to do this are attached below. The hearse will leave Gorse Hill at approx 1:20pm and will travel through the village and up the Groaten if you would like to pay your respects at the roadside. Gordon is hoping to have a memorial service for Carol at St Barbara’s at a later date, when restrictions have hopefully been lifted. Sending our deepest sympathies to Gordon and the family.

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New priest for Bredon Parish Churches

Please see details of the new priest for the Bredon Hill Group Ministry.

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Further information on hornets

Further to the post about Asian hornets circulated for Jen and Colin Creese, our ‘Ashton Bugman’ Roger Umpelby has, after liaising with Jen and Colin, sent some extra information and photographs with a more local emphasis. Click opens in a new windowhere for further information. 

The spotted flycatcher bird-a new study

The spotted flycatcher bird-a new study

A new study is being carried out on the Spotted Flycatcher bird. Your help is needed if possible! There are more details of what you can do to help on the poster. Thank you.

The Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet

Jen & Colin Creese, our resident beekeepers, have sent us information about this non native intruder.

Ashton Open Gardens 2021 cancelled

Ashton Open Gardens 2021 cancelled

Really sorry to have to share that Ashton under Hill Open Gardens 2021 is to be cancelled, and the event will once again not go ahead in 2021. The festival of the Village’s Cotswold Gardens was set to take place this year on 12th and 13th June but is now cancelled.
The village Open Gardens Committee debated the pros and cons of going ahead and took extensive soundings from villagers, both those whose gardens were to open and the more
broader village community. Given the current circumstances, the post lockdown conditions and the challenges of providing catering and hospitality, it was reluctantly decided that it would be inappropriate to go ahead this year at a time when the Country and community are still recovering from a global pandemic.
The views of the community are overwhelmingly in support of this decision.
We are however very much looking forward to reopening in 2022 with the dates of Saturday
11th June and Sunday 12th June already in the diary. The village looks forward to meeting
visitors old and new and is already planning for a great celebration of gardens. AOG committee
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