We have 26 Brownies who work in small groups, called sixes. Each six contributed to this web page.
If you are interested in becoming a Brownie or a Brownie leader please contact Jemima Barnett at email@example.com
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.
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
The WI is open to all women over the age of 18. It is the largest women’s organisation, having been established in 1925.
Our friendly group meets monthly in Ashton Village Hall on the first Tuesday in the month at 7pm. Our members come from Ashton and surrounding villages and are made up of various age groups, several of whom are still working, including our President.
We have a varied programme of activities and talks from visiting speakers. We run a book club, walking group and regularly go on trips and tours.
There is access on line training and personal development and various county events throughout the year.
Why not come along and visit us to see what we are about. New members are always welcome.
For further information contact either :
Sue Cranham, President Ashtonunderhillpres@wfwi.org.ukcreate new email
Marjorie Facer, Secretary Ashtonunderhillsec@wfwi.org.ukcreate new email
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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.
For further information and fixtures please visit our website:
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
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St Barbara’s Church is part of the Beckford Group Parish, in the Bredon Hill Group of Churches
The Priest in Charge of St Barbara’s is the Reverend Katryn Leclezio who can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org new email. The Associate Priest for St Barbara’s is the Reverend Allison Davies who can be contacted via e-mail – email@example.com new email.
If you have a general inquiry or a specific query about baptisms, weddings or funerals please contact the Administrative Coordinator for the Bredon Hill Group, Alison Khan on 07984 748059 or at firstname.lastname@example.org new email
St Barbara’s is open for visitors every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm in the summer, or 4.00pm in the winter months, and you will be very welcome to visit and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our village church.
Further information can be found at the website of A Church Near You
St Barbara’s Church aims to support a number of charities throughout the year, with special collections at various services and events. Churches in The Beckford Group have also committed to support the CATCH Project in Mzamomhle, East London, South Africa.
The congregation at St Barbara’s also regularly donates to the local charity Caring Hands in the Vale, as well as Christian Aid and The Children’s Society.
There’s more information about our parish on the opens in a new windowA Church Near You website
Services in St Barbara’s Church
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 December. opens in a new windowThere’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 opens in a new windowMemorial Inscriptions in St Barbara’s
More details about the opens in a new windowhistory of St Barbara’s from this website
Download a short illustrated Tour and History opens PDF file of St Barbara’s Church (Please note this is a large 10MB PDF file)
St Barbara’s Ashton under Hill is Grade II* listed – opens in a new windowmore details here from the British Listed Buildings website
Visit the website of opens in a new windowSt Barbara’s at Earlsdon in Coventry
A church in opens in a new windowDeepcut, Surrey is also dedicated to St Barbara
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 opens in a new windowBredon 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.
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 Revd Allison Davies on 01386 750203 or email@example.com new email
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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
Contact Doreen on 881656
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 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.
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!
Second weekend in June every year
from 1.00pm to 6.00pm both days
For more information, please visit the website below.
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).
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:
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.