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Church Of England
Primary School

The school has continued to be busy over the last few weeks as the new school year has started. We now have a role of 49 children in the school, and it is hive of activity on a daily basis.  The children continue to learn both inside and outside of the classroom, with the highlights so far being visits from the Life Education Bus and also the Waste Education Bus. The children have been exploring the village also, you may have seen groups of children looking at the local environment, with a focus on environmental issues.   You are always more than welcome to come and visit us, and see the school in action. Please make an appointment via the school office if you would like to pop in.   We also have a Tots group that meets on a Thursday in the school hall from 1:30 – 3:15 so please pop in to this if this is something you would find useful. It is a great place to meet other mums, dads and grandparents and the children have a fantastic time.

Change to the Governing Body

As I am sure you are aware, the school is supported by a group of volunteers known as our Governing Body. For many years at Ashton, the school governors have been led by Russell Hardman. He joined several years ago when he had children in the school. Russell has decided after years of dedicated service, now is the time to venture onto new things. Russell has given much time and energy to the school and as a school we would like to thank him for all he has done.  We are looking to show our appreciation to him in the form of a gift, so if you would like to make a donation, please pop into the office and add to the collection.  We have appointed a new chair, Mr Alex Rowe, who also lives in Ashton.

School website

We have been working hard as a school to update and change our website. I am pleased to announce it is now officially live on
Please take some time to have a look around the site. The website will still be worked on over the next few weeks, with children being able to add to different areas through blogs. I have to say thank you to Alex Rowe our chair of Governors and his team of web designers. They have all worked incredibly hard, and we are extremely pleased with the result. It looks amazing!  

School Christmas Disco
( A date for your diary )

Friday 4th December,
Men's Own Rugby Club

Bonfire Night - November 5th - Rugby Club

Please join us for our bonfire event on 5th November at the Rugby Club, last year it was a huge success in the new venue, so please come along and support. Hopefully you have received an insert poster in this edition of AVN made by one of the children from the school with all the information on.

Many thanks

Melanie Whitlock Headteacher.

To see more of the children’s posters click below

School bonfire posters


Ashton Parish Council - web site

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


Playground Equipment

The Parish Council have had new play equipment installed on the recreation ground. The equipment can be used from tomorrow (Thursday, 15.10.15) and includes a slide and climbing net as well as ' monkey bars'. This equipment is for older children and can be used at the parental permission.

20 MPH in the village

The parish council is currently considering a proposal to introduce a 20mph speed restriction in some areas of the village for the safety of residents and visitors alike.  To support this, we would like to include details of any accidents or near misses which you  are aware of occurring in the village, particularly at the most hazardous points; to and from the village, on the bend in Stoke Road, past the school and along Hartwell Road to the  Railway Bridge.  We do need to be aware that if this proposal goes through it will apply to all who drive in Ashton.

It would be helpful if you would let us know of any incidents along with the date if possible, also  whether or not you agree with the proposal even if you do not have an incident to relate. They would like these by the end of October so they can move the proposal on If you are able to help please let John Marshall, Clerk of the Parish Council know on or on 07505139832 or contact Sandra Lemon, on or on 07870588657


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


  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

Afternoon Teas and Coffee Mornings

Everyone enjoyed sitting outside in glorious sunshine for the Ashton Afternoon Tea in September. A magnificent £242 was raised for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Thank you to all who baked cakes, made teas or came along and spent their money.

Carl and Nicola have kindly offered to host an Afternoon Tea on October 21st from 3o'clock. Everyone is invited to 22 Roade Hill for tea/coffee and cake. There will be a Bring and Buy, and a raffle. We are also invited to 65 Stoke Road for a coffee morning on Friday November 20th from 10.30 till 12o'clock, courtesy of Marion Jamieson. Watch out for more details nearer the time. The PCC is grateful to both these new hosts who came forward to offer their homes after our plea in the last AVN. For December, we have been invited to return to The Barn and thank the Zanotto family for that. More details later.

Mike Burton

The Rector, Mike Burton, is going to be away on sick leave until Easter. He will be undergoing some aggressive treatment and will need complete rest. During his absence, if anyone in the Parish requires information regarding weddings, funerals, baptisms etc, or any pastoral care, they should first contact Bernard Day on 07766 664211 or see the notice board outside the Church for alternatives.

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:

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

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

Obituary - Bryan Skinner
04 March 1928 - 05 October 2015

Bryan Skinner was well known in the village having lived at Kassen on Stoke Road for over forty years. He spent his working life as an optician at Dollond and Aitchison's but his real loves were his Lifesaving, his Church and his roses. For more than fifty years he taught both adults and children the skills of lifesaving, including swimming in open waters. His other sporting interest was football, being a Lifelong Supporter of Arsenal Football Club. His membership number was 22!

Bryan was an active member of Ashton Church, being Churchwarden for most of the time he lived here, and remaining on the PCC until  2007. He regularly hosted coffee mornings along with Rosemary, and for many years held Pool Parties, firstly as a thank you to all the people who helped at fund raising events for the Church, and latterly as a fund raiser itself.

His remaining spare time was devoted to his garden, and especially his roses. His great interest lasted for many years and took him to Rose Shows in America as well as winning awards for his own blooms. The garden at Kassen was always opened and admired by many at the Ashton Open Gardens weekends and many people enjoyed chatting with him as he tended his roses in the front of his house.

Bryan will be very sadly missed by everyone in the village.


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. 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


PILATES with Sue

TUESDAYS 11.40am

Collingtree Village Room


Willison Centre, Roade

FRIDAYS 9.30am

 (Fitness & Pilates)

Methodist Church Hall, Roade

All abilities Welcome
Call Sue  07587155018



The Old Crown Inn:


Ashton Village News Letter (AVN)

Check out our full AVN archive

For our latest issue and

all the way Back to issue 1 !!!

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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.
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


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.

Now that the rugby season is well under way, 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.

In the run up to Christmas we shall be extending our patio area and building an adventure trail to keep our young visitors occupied but 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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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