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20.03.22                                 CORONOVIRUS and our Village


Ashton Parish Council

           Sarah 07753 727707  - Village Coordinator

I am the Chairman of Ashton Parish Council, I am also a Practice Nurse working with the NHS in Buckingham

CORONOVIRUS and our village

We have set up a ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme in the village. The hope is to help everyone as much as possible throughout this illness. It is going to be a long journey for all of us!

Those self isolating or who will become quarantined as they get ill we hope to give help as they need it. These are unprecedented times and is lovely to see lots of kind and caring villagers wanting to help each other. We will ALL need help in someway over the coming months.

However, we really need to identify all those over 70 and those with health issues in isolation/ needing to remove themselves socially. We have to protect you. Even if you are healthy and well, we know that your immune systems are not as good at coping with illness.

With the new GDPR rules any information obtained will be treated confidentially and appropriately. The information will be gathered by Sarah (Coordinator) and with the help of Howard Gillard, a mapping exercise will be carried out so we can ensure the right volunteers look after the right neighbour.

There will be a leaflet drop to let you know who your volunteer helper will be. If anyone needs any help with the following:

Pharmacy collection


dog walking

social call ( by phone) as finding it lonely

Then let either Sarah know or your Patch Volunteer know.

We all want to keep the village as safe as possible and hope no one feels too isolated.
APC Chairman – Sarah Mcallister - 07753 727707

How did this scheme come about: 18 residents met up on Tuesday morning with another 15 volunteers offering help. The plan is:

Mapping exercise so we can divide the village into patches (areas) so we can share the load. 

Telephone cascade system - I will be the main contact - to help anyone who needs it.

Introduce a flag system (keep quiet about it so we deter scammers) so households can identify when they are in isolation and need help. Each Volunteer when checking the patches will respond to needs as they arise

Pub to be a central stores location for when things get tight... “Andy’s Stores” will keep basics - milk, bread, loo roll . We are looking to get a supermarket to try to deliver supplies at village request to keep our vulnerable fed. Andy is going to do boxed hot food - might become our meals on wheels!!

Drivers - We have 2 volunteers to collect prescriptions and work with the GP surgery to help with lifts etc

AVN will be published more frequently to provide updates as and when

Paracetamol - Anyone with spare we are collecting to help those who can’t get it!


Join The AshtonVillage Email List

if you want to keep up to date with all the events and news in Ashton and receive an emailed copy of the Parish Council minutes, why not add yourself to the village email list. Simply send your email address to
and we will add your name to the list.
Edd Willetts


Ashton Parish Council - web site

All the Ashton Parish Council details are now held on their web site. This can be found at:…..

or get in touch with Sarah McAllister on 07753 727707 who is Chairman of Ashton Parish Council


APC have purchased one for the village and it will be located in the pub. There will be some Basic Life Saving Skills sessions for any villagers to include how to use the device. If you are interested in attending please can you email


APC will be tasking the digging out of the water course culverts at pinch points in due course.  This is going to be paid fro from a grant. However, ALL landowners in the village with a water course that passes the edge/through their land have riparian rights. We ask PLEASE can you ensure you keep the streams clear of debris to allow the water to flow. We see more and more water each year and flooding is going to become a problem – let’s keep Ashton’s to a minimum. There will be no central help – the village itself is responsible for any works.


We have a nominated Volunteer Coordinator on the APC – Carl Johnson – who will send out alerts to the village via email. You can get more information and register with the scheme


If you notice one not working or has a problem please report it to APC via the website.


St Michael & All Angels Church

Ashton Church Events

Saturday "Drop-in" Book Club

We meet - usually on every 3rd Saturday of the month - for a chat and browse through the book collection we are building up.  10.30-12 noon

Why not call in for a coffee, a chat  and a chance to buy a homemade cake and browse the book stock? We are building up a good supply of up-to-date novels and non-fiction and the books are only £1 each!  We welcome any children's books you may have finished with - it would be lovely to start up a collection for the younger ones to choose.Hope to see you there!

We meet in Knights Hall at the usual time of 10.30 to noon on 21 November and on 19 December, when we will celebrate the Christmas season with mulled wine and mince pies. We look forward to seeing you for a cup of tea or coffee, a chat and a browse through the book stock. Do come and join us!

Wendy Turvey. 01604 863 627

Ashton 50/50 Lottery: ( in aid of Church funds )

50/50 Club Draw:

Ashton 50/50 Club

The Ashton 50/50 Club is a monthly draw where 50% of the money generated makes

up prizes and 50% goes to help with the upkeep of Ashton's historic church building.

Numbers cost ú5 a month and the lottery is open to anyone over sixteen. The only other

condition is a minimum of six months membership.

There are four prizes every month

with an extra Christmas draw taking place in December.

To join couldn't be easier. Just get in touch with Bronwen Kenny, the present

organiser, 01604 864914 and she will explain it all to you.

Remember " You need to be in it to win it!"

Please consider joining or buying another number.

The church building needs you.

Click Here for more information & RESULTS  >>> more…


PILATES with Sue


Willison Centre, Roade

FRIDAYS 9.30am

 (Fitness & Pilates)

Methodist Church Hall, Roade

All abilities Welcome
Call Sue  07587155018



Ashton Village News Letter (AVN)

Check out our full AVN archive

For our latest issue and

all the way Back to issue 1 !!!

Click Here for more information >>> AVN Archive


Roade Village Items:


Roade Library:

We have thousands of books, audio books and DVDs for you to choose from.

Why not drop in and visit us.

Contact details:

Roade Library

High Street



tel: 01604 863783


Opening Hours:

Monday & Tuesday  – Closed

Wednesday to Friday 2.00pm to 6.00pm

Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm

Sunday   1.00pm to 4.00pm


Mobile Library:

The mobile library visits Stoke Bruerne on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The stop is at The Navigation Inn car park from 15.15pm to 16.00pm.

The mobile library also visits Hartwell on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The stop is at 13, Blacksmiths Way from 16.50pm to 17.35pm

Home Library Service:

If you are unable to visit a library for reasons of age, disability or infirmity you are entitled to the Home Library Service. Home Library Service customers receive a free personal library service with a range of books, talking books, music and information selected according to their own preferences and delivered to their home by a volunteer.

If you care for someone who cannot be left alone, then you may also be eligible for this service. For more information phone 01327 703130

More information on the library service is available at


Friends of Roade Library

Did you know that Roade Library has a Friends Group? We support the library by raising funds and promoting the library in the community.   Any money raised goes towards buying those little extras for Roade Library, such as craft materials, games and beanbags, as well as supporting events.

We always welcome new helpers, committee members, and ideas for how we can support and promote the library. We are also keen to get people from other local villages in the library. If you are interesting in helping or joining the committee, please contact the Chair of the Friends, Harriet Abbott ( 01604 86303). The committee meets once a month on a Sunday afternoon, apart from December and August.


Roade Surgery Patients Participation

Due to the restrictions on time of the carers meetings at the Roade surgery the Patients Participation Group have decided to join with St Marys Church to host monthly 'Drop In' Coffee Mornings at the church hall,. The meeting do not have a speaker but an information desk manned by someone who can give individual advice therefore allowing you to 'Drop In'.  We are very much aware of the help needed by the carers in our community and feel that by joining this already established group we will be in a better position to offer a wider range of advice in a much more relaxed environment..
for more details,
Please call Vivienne Rust on 01604862320 or e=mail


Join The AshtonVillage Email List

if you want to keep up to date with all the events and news in Ashton and receive an emailed copy of the Parish Council minutes, why not add yourself to the village email list. Simply send your email address to and we will add

your name to the list.
Edd Willetts


Mens Own Rugby Club:

The club are happy for any members of the village to visit, get involved and use the club for events.

For more information contact Jo Hill:

Mob: 07779061328


Club web site: Northampton Mens Own RFC


Mens Own RFC

We at Mens Own are trying to strengthen our links with parents, players and the community to be the rugby club of choice for the area. We are attempting to establish a way forward in reaching out to Ashton villagers and are in regular contact with parish councillors as well as the school and bonfire representatives.

We would love to see more locals at the club and I am sure that all visitors would be amazed at the outstanding food and drink served on a Saturday and at such low prices. The warm and friendly nature of the club make it a magnet for our members and we are sure that once you visit and enjoy the rugby on the field and the atmosphere off it, you will be as hooked as we all are.

We have ambitions to do so much more. Rather than being just a rugby club for our members we would love to know how we as a facility could benefit the village. What could we do to attract more members, visitors, hirers etc. I welcome any feedback or suggestions to firmly establish Mens Own RFC as part of the Ashton Community.

Glenn Nightingale  07734 1440238


Hall for Hire:

The newly refurbished clubhouse is the ideal place to host your next event. Whether it be a celebration party, corporate meeting or community project the Mens Own RFC can suit your requirements. Situated in the idyllic tranquil surroundings we can offer a fully licensed bar, 11 acres of playing fields, catering facilities, ample parking, disabled and baby change facilities and that all important wi-fi connection.

For more information please contact the booking secretary

Mrs Joanna Hill 07779 061328.


Come and Play Rugby:

Aged between 7 and 17?  Why not come and play rugby. We meet on every Sunday

10:30 - 12:00pm. Mens Own support sport in the community and have RFU fully qualified Coaches working closely with Hartwell School with after-school training sessions for year 4, 5 and 6 on Tuesday 3:30 - 4:15 and years 2 and 3 on Wednesday 3:30 - 4:00.

Any level of ability and age are welcome at Mens Own, whether its to join the mini/juniors on a Sunday morning or the senior teams and be made to feel welcome in our friendly family clubhouse. We have a fully licensed bar as well as selling hot drinks and food.

For further club details, fixture lists and summer training dates, please visit:,
or call Mike Northall on 01604 863605 for the senior team or
Angela Birch on 07747 447452 for the mini/juniors.


Men’s Own Rugby Club and Dog Walkers

The Men’s Own Rugby Club are asking that people walking their dogs in the area recognize that the field is used for playing rugby by adults and young people. Many of the local youngsters are learning to play the game at the club.

Having the field fouled by dogs not only unpleasant but also a health hazard.

Would people with dogs please refrain from allowing their dogs to defecate on the field and in the event of an ‘accident’ please remove the offending material.


Crime In Ashton

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All donations to Ashton's

St Michael and All Angels church fund.


Hire Knights’ Hall:

You can now hire Knights’ Hall for your event

Click Here for more information >>> Knights Hall Hire

Marion Wilson on 864254




Copies of the book
are still available

To celebrate the completion of  the 10  year project to re-order our Church, we have written a new book about  Ashton.

Village snapshot is a collection of photographs, documents, memories, facts, figures and video still that have been collected over the years by Andrew Fowler and David Farrand.

Written in an easy to read style, based on our popular historical Walk and Talk tours of our village.  In addition we have added reminiscences of earlier days in Ashton.


Village Snapshot - A walk through Ashton's Past sold very well at the Book Launch in December and has had many good reviews.

If you missed the opportunity to buy your copy, there are still some available.

 for more information and how to buy a copy.
>>>Village Snapshot-2010

If you would like to order this book, please contact

Marion Wilson   01604 864254

or email



Visiting Ashton:?

How to find us

Click Here for more information >>> Maps

If you are to visit Ashton, then consider

staying at one of our local hotels / B&B etc.

Click Here for more information>>>Accommodation List


Ashton Family History Scrapbook:

originally Published in 1953 – Now available again !

Over the last 54 years, this book has become a 'classic' for those wishing to study the history of Ashton village from its very earliest days to 1953. Its now re-printed

click below for more information and how to buy a copy © 2007

Click Here for more information >>>Scrapbook - 1953


“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

"And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

"And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

Kitty O'Meara