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


Freeman of Ashton Celebration.

“Drop-in coffee morning” at St Michael and All Angels on Saturday 18 April at 10.30

The Parish Council has the power under the Local Government Act 1972 to recognise distinguished service to the community by the granting of the title of Freeman or Freewoman to deserving individuals.  

By its nature, the power is one that is designed to be used sparingly but earlier this year, the Parish Council resolved to grant Freeman status to Bernard Day who will become the first Freeman of Ashton.  

Bernard has served the community in many ways for over 30 years, as a School Governor, Trustee of the Hut Land, Church Warden and PCC member, grounds man, bonfire lighter and firework letter-offer and Parish Councillor, serving 14 years as Chairman.  

To mark the occasion the Council, on behalf of the Ashton community will be presenting Bernard with a framed illuminated scroll at the drop-in coffee morning at St Michael and All Angels on Saturday 18 April at 10.30;

The Council would be delighted to see as many residents as are able to attend, to share refreshments and make this a memorable occasion, not only for Bernard but for Ashton.

 John Marshall, Clerk and Proper Officer, Ashton Parish Council
'Ryan's Glen', 31b Hartwell Road, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2NU, Tel: 07505 139832


Parish Council Elections:

Nominations having now closed, South Northants Council has confirmed that there will be a contested election for Ashton Parish Council.  

There are 8 candidates for the 7 positions so electors will given 3 ballot papers on 7th May, 1 for the General (Parliamentary) Election, 1 for the District Council Election and 1 for the Parish Council Election.  

As there are seven vacancies, the procedure for voting in the Parish Council election will be different from the other two elections; having an elected Council is good for democracy, the community and those Councillors who are elected,

Please make sure you read and fully understand the procedure before you complete your ballot paper.


Martin Wilson - District Councillor

Having been your District Councillor since 1999, I am not seeking re-election on May7th. I can say that the only nomination is from Mr John Budden and he is therefore elected unopposed.  He is a Parish Councillor in Hartwell and has also been elected unopposed there for next year.  I have known him for all the time I have been going to Hartwell Parish Council.  He will no doubt make himself known in the village in due course.

I have largely enjoyed my 16 years as your District Councillor.  I wish you all and my successor all the best for the future.

Martin Wilson


Wind Farm Community Fund payment:

At the Parish Council on 8th April, the Council considered suggestions from residents as to how the 2015 Wind Farm Community Fund payment should be used together with specific applications for funding.  

The Council resolved to defer making any decisions until the May meeting, partly because the actual sum available has not yet been confirmed by EDF Energy, the wind farm operator but also because the applications received were not sufficiently specific to allow proper scrutiny by the Council.

Applications for funding should be on the Council's Grants Application form that can be found on the Council's website by following 'role of the council, policies and procedures, grants policy and application form' or this link  Those who have already submitted an application have been advised  individually of this requirement; apologies for any misunderstanding if this was not made clear.  

In the circumstances, the deadline for submission of bids, that should be sent by e-mail to the Clerk at or posted to the Clerk at 'Ryan's Glen' 31b Hartwell Road, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2NU has been extended to 30 April 2015.


John Marshall, Clerk and Proper Officer, Ashton Parish Council
'Ryan's Glen', 31b Hartwell Road, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2NU, Tel: 07505 139832


 Ashton Yoga

at Roade Committee Centre, Bailey Brook Lane

TUESDAYS 7.00 p.m to 8.30 p.m

(First lesson free )

£25.00 per 5 lessons or £7.00 Drop in

Contact Pauline Green
01604 863641 for more details


  Welcome to Ashton pack - NEW updated

Lots of information about Ashton for new
( and not so new people in the village )

Download the pdf, click below

Welcome pack

For more details contact :
Sandra Lemon,
Tel: 01604 863 634


St Michael & All Angels Church


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!

Wendy Turvey. 01604 863 627


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

50/50 Club Draw:

The 50/50 draw is proving so popular that I am recommending introducing an extra monthly prize. 50% will still go to the church funds each month but the first prize will be reduced from 25% to 20% so that we can have another 5% prize. I have checked with South Northants gambling licence department that we are legally allowed to adapt things slightly.

I am notifying members, now, in SHARE, AVN and on the village notice boards of this proposal. The new system will start in the May draw to give people time to get in touch with me if they have any concerns,

Please help Support Our Church

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Ashton Belles Women's Institute (W I)

The Ashton Belles W I meet on the second Thursday in the month at 7:30 pm in the Knights Hall at St Michael and All Angels Church.

The W I is celebrating its centenary year in 2015 although Ashton Belles are only 3 months old. The original idea for the W I was to give women a voice and to enable them to be a force for good in the community. This still applies today. It provides a place for women, run by women of all generations and is an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge and to learn from others both locally and in the wider W I network.

Ashton Belles want to provide regular meetings and social gatherings and to improve things for themselves, their community and its future. They believe that members have the freedom to make what they want of the group with all members working together to decide on activities and events.

Do come along and visit the meetings to see if you would like to be a part of this exciting group.

Sandra Lemon 01604 863 634


The Willison Centre, Roade

Methodist Church Hall, Roade
                                  FRIDAYS  9.30am
                              IDEAL FOR ALL AGES
                             classes £5
Call Sue  07587155018


The Old Crown Inn:

Rosie and Andy are leaving the pub on the 27th and I think they have done a good job at The Crown for the time they have been there, going "above and beyond their calll of duty" to keep the customers happy and entertained.  Thank you both.

Regards Anne Sale


The fence on the playing field has been repaired by Charles Wells.  If you could send out emails to everyone not to jump over fence and to walk round that would be most kind.


As many of you will know, Andy and Rosie are leaving The Old Crown and the new licensee will be Vanessa Sutton-Darts who is the landlord of The Cock in Roade.

Andy has let me know that the kitchen in The Old Crown will be closed after this Sunday, April 12th although the pub will remain open for business. Andy leaves on Wednesday morning but Rosie will stay in the pub for two more weeks. The handover day is Monday April 27th and the pub will be closed all day.

On Tuesday April 28th The Old Crown will open under new management and will be open every day of the week from then on.

This means that the 12 O'clock club will not meet this coming Tuesday.


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


Ashton Mums and Tots Group

Come and join our  Mums and Tots group held in the school on
Thursday afternoons 13.30pm - 15.15pm.    
contact Lynne Turnbull 075454 62892.           



Grafton Regis celebrating the 550th anniversary of the Coronation in May 1465 of Queen Elizabeth Woodville - 2015

We are holding an event in Grafton Regis on Monday May 4th, to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the coronation in May 1465 of Queen Elizabeth Woodville, who was born and married in Grafton.  It's intended to be a fun day out as well as a feast of history.

At 12 noon in the Church of St Mary the Virgin there will be a concert of medieval choral music by The Sands Cryers and a costume drama featuring local performers.  The drama will pay special attention to the legacy of Elizabeth Woodville.

At 1.30pm the focus shifts to the Village Hall, where a pig roast will take place.  Teas and coffees will also be available, and a plant sale and stalls are planned. At 3pm we have talks in the Church on more aspects of Grafton's fascinating history.  Entry to the talks are free.

Tickets for the concert cost £5.00 and are available from Kathy 0791 009 2132, who can also provide further information of all the events. There are full details are on the village website at  

Some places are also available on Grafton's historical walk & talks on April 18th, June 20th, July 11th, October 3rd and October 17th.  All the walk & talks start from the Village Hall on Saturdays at 2.30pm.  


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' ..As well as The Citizens Advice Bureau The PPG has invited Claire Bertram Gregory from Northampton Carers who is a community mental health expert along to this first meeting she will be happy to speak and advise you.
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.
Or contact  
Wendy Turvey 01604 863 627


Mens Own Rugby Club:

After many weeks of hard work refurbishing, the Rugby Club is now open.

Ashton Parish Council have helped support this work, and the club are happy for any of the village to visit the club, get involved and use the club for events.

For more information contact Jo Hill:

Mob: 07779061328


Club web site: Northampton Mens Own RFC


Letter from Mens Own Rugby

Club to Ashton Parish Council

In our previous response we clarified the arrangements with regard to bookings of

the club. As an amateur ruby club we do not have a regular income and rely on membership and donation to keep the club afloat. We have had to be careful with budgets as you can appreciate and our operating margins

are very tight.

We are keen to get more involved with the village and are happy to allow not

for profit community organisations to use the club for free.

In this instance if additional bar staff or caterers are required then additional costs

would apply as we cannot absorb these. If the club is to be booked by an individual

or organisation then the booking fee of £25 per hour (£20 for members) will apply.

We are not in a position to offer the hall for free to every village member. We are

happy to discuss individual arrangements and will be as flexible as possible.

If you would like any clarification or have any queries please do speak to the new

bookings secretary. Natalie can be contacted on 07816 542564 or

Phil Kimberley (Chairman, Mens Own Rugby Club)


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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Neighbourhood Watch


Support your Local Business’s

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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.

Contact Marion on 01604  864254

 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