The next Live & Local act (previously Shindig), The Roving Crows, is coming to Ashton on Saturday 7th March. Described as a ‘fabulous must see act’, this celtic folk rock supergroup looks like another great night at the village hall! Tickets £12.50 from Geraldine on 01386 881416. Click the link for more details.
Good morning everyone. Your help is needed urgently. After several years of running the fete; the committee are stepping down because of various commitments. The fete cannot run without a new one! Being on the committee is not in any way a full time commitment and previous members have almost all had full time jobs. Also the fete is only held every other year. Would you like to help organise this very popular event? For newcomers to the village, the format is a produce show, various stalls, café, raffle, bouncy castle, display events such as a dog show and a barn dance in the evening. You would have a free rein to introduce new attractions, stalls etc, or change existing. However, the main attraction is the Produce Show which is extremely popular and gives village gardeners a chance to show off their flowers, giant vegetables and anything else! There are also other categories including children’s artwork, photography etc. It is a very rewarding job but is also fun! Outgoing committee would be happy to give ongoing advice and support. You can contact us on email@example.com or message this page.
Please don’t let our fete be a thing of the past!
Ashton under Hill’s main road was lined with hundreds of spectators again on New Year’s Day for the return of the village’s soapbox races.
Following on from last year’s success, 38 teams took part in the event which raised funds for Ashton under Hill First School’s PFA and the village’s Social Centre.
The races began at 10am, with the crowd treated to a range of kart designs and special effects. There was an under 16s category and also an adults race in addition to best-built and best fancy dress awards. As a new feature this year, the top 4 karts in the adult category raced off head-to-head against each other in semi-finals and the winners met in a final.
Matt Cyphus, one of the organisers, said: “The teams never fail to amaze us with their kart designs. Some entries focussed on fancy dress, others purely on speed and some on both. We’d like to thank all our competitors for the effort they went to in order to entertain the crowd.”
The winners were ‘Dream Chaser’ (Gardens by Jenny Best Built Kart), ‘Rubba-dub-tub’ (bridge][ability Fancy Dress), ‘Dream Chaser’ (Simply Sedum Under 16s Cup) and ‘The Four Kartpersons of the Soapocalypse’ (Greentree Adults Cup).
In addition to the award sponsors, the event was supported by Cotswold Building Limited, Cotteswold Dairy, JRL Group, The Fireplace Gallery Cheltenham, Little Big Learners, Loxley, Aqua-dock, James Savage Home Improvements, Webbees and Tewkesbury Park.
Matt added: “Due to the generosity of our sponsors, spectators and competitors, we have managed to raise more than £2,500 which will be split between the two good causes. More than 50 helpers were involved in making sure that the competitors made it down the course safely and that the crowd was entertained, and we’re really grateful to them all. We’re taking a break in 2021 and will be back in 2022 for an even bigger and better event”.
The Soapbox Races Team
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Another fantastic New Year Soapbox Races for Ashton. Barriers were definitely broken in more than one way! Full report to follow once the organisers get their breath back and pictures will be uploaded here as soon as we can. You can also see lots of pictures and videos on the Ashton Noticeboard Facebook group.
In the meantime, many of you think the wobbling bathtub kart was the highlight of the event, see link above!
Evening everyone. Entries for our New Year’s Day Soapbox Races close at 23:59 on Monday (30th December) so, if you haven’t already, enter by following the link below:
If you can volunteer to help with marshalling/timekeeping for the races, please contact Matt Cyphus at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07968 187820.
Evening all. There will be Carol Singing on Monday 23rd December, meeting at top of Cornfield Way at 6.00pm. The plan is to sing in several different spots, finishing at The Star.
Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
For further details, please contact Charles Archer on 881362.
Morning everyone. Soapbox Race organisers wanted to clarify couple of things re the event:
There’s been a bit of confusion regarding the cost for entering.
Entry fees are £25 per kart. Karts with a driver that is under 16 on 1st January 2020 are £10 per kart.
For all of your pushers, you’ll have to pay £10 per head (£5 for under 16s). We’ll collect the money for your pushers on the day. You can have up to four people on your team (rider plus 3 pushers). Pushers can also travel in the kart.
There will be two race categories; under 16s & 16 and over. This is based on the age of the kart driver on 1st January 2020. There will also be a best fancy-dress competition and a best built kart award.
A physical kart can only be used once in each competition – i.e. the same kart can be used for one entry in the under 16 years competition and one entry in the 16 years and over category, but not for more than this.
Please enter by following the link below:
If anyone would like to check whether their kart complies with the rules and regulations, please contact one of our scrutineers below who will be happy to discuss this with you and view your kart before the big day:
Toby Birch – 07970 795892
James Savage – 07817 888381
Afternoon all. I am sure many of you know this already, but for newcomers to the village, there is a stamp recycling service (all the year round) at St Barbara’s Church and other churches in our Parish. Ours is organised by Nettie Mantle, who says:
“The stamps don’t need to be removed from their envelopes, just need to have a half centimetre border and be undamaged. Any remnants of glue can cause damage to other stamps.
The stamps can be from all countries.
Stamps can be left in the box on the table straight in front of the church door, or next to it on the table, or even in the porch if people would prefer. They would be picked up from there by the daily locking person.
During 2019 we sent 6.5 kilos, which is a lot of stamps. We have been regular collectors for 5 years.”
Just to add that the church will be opening during daylight hours, which at this time of year means mid-afternoon closing.
Come and race the second edition of the incredible New Year’s Day Aston Soap Box Race.
Bring your friends and family and get your first, fast and furious adrenaline fix of 2020. This was a storming success last year; It promises to be even better this year…don’t miss out.
The race starts at 10.00 on 1st January 2020. All spectators and competitors are welcome.
If you’re competing, you’ll need to be in the pits at the top of the run by 9.00 ready for scrutineering.
The course will be along Elmley Road. The start line will be located between the turnings for Hillside and Cotton’s Lane. The finish line will be at the Star Inn.
Entry fees will be £25 per kart rider. Kart riders that are under 16 on 1st January 2020 are £10.
If your team includes mechanics / pushers / a medical team / a life coach then you’ll have to pay £10 per head (£5 for under 16s) for each of them too; we’ll collect the money for your pit crew on the day and you can have up to four people on your team.
There will be two race categories; under 16s and over 16s. This is based on the age of the kart rider.
There will also be a best fancy-dress competition and a best built kart award.
Other awards may be provided, depending on entries.
There will be a push zone at the start of the course (think winter Olympics bobsleigh style) – a penalty of 10 seconds is incurred if those assisting the start do not adhere to this zone.
The course is quite steep; competitors can expect to reach 20 mph.
Detailed race rules and regulations can be found here:https://www.racespace.com/assets/uploads/events/1245/custom_documents.0.file_path.pdf
There will be bacon sandwiches, cake, tea, coffee and alka seltzer available…a perfect way to manage the excesses of the night before.