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Ashbury Beating the Bounds

Ashbury Beating the Bounds was traditionally used to confirm the Parish boundaries and took place at the beginning of May. The first recorded account of a walk around the Parish of Ashbury is Abbot Beere’s Terrier and Peramabulation of 1517. Abbot Beere was the Abbot of Glastonbury who owned the Parish at the time.

Nowadays, Beating the Bounds comprises a 12 mile walk around the boundaries of the parish and is organised such that participants can complete all, or parts of the course, as so inclined. It usually takes place on or near the first Saturday in May. You can view more information including a map in the Beating the Bounds page.

Ashbury Christmas Bazaar

Ashbury Christmas Bazaar in Aid of St Mary’s Church takes place in the Village Hall each November to help meet the very large cost of maintaining our lovely Church. It is the main fund raising event of the year. Raffle tickets are sold door to door around the village and stalls include jewellery, cakes, white elephant, books, bottles and gifts. Entrance is free and teas are available.

Ashbury Stations of the Nativity

Ashbury Stations of the Nativity is a traditional event that takes place just before Christmas every year. The parishioners gather at the Cross Roads for an evening torch light procession through the village singing hymns and re-enacting the story of the Nativity.

Ashbury Nativity Procession – Photos courtesy of Julie Franklin

Circular and Health Walks

Circular and Health Walks offer a relaxing way to see more of the local countryside, to meet people and take exercise.

copyright David Hockley

The Manger at White Horse Hill, Uffington

Some tried and tested circular routes are listed in the following web sites; maps and clear instructions are provided, as well as notes of interesting places and wild life to look for:

National Trails website

The Ridgeway

Vale of the White Horse

Walking in the Vale

British Walks.org

Avebury to Waylands Smithy

Oxfordshire Countryside Walks

Downloadable leaflets available for 8 circular walks, 12 scenic paths, and several health walks

Oxfordshire Walks www.walkinginoxfordshire.co.uk More than 100 free walk descriptions for singles or groups.
A Circular Walk from Ashbury Near Swindon This illustrated WI Leaftet includes 5 different routes to accommodate all levels of mobility.

Faringdon Health Walks

Take place every Wednesday at 10.30am starting outside the Bell Hotel; free and for people of all abilities. Trained walk leaders at front and rear.

Shrivenham Health Walks – Every Wednesday

Shrivenham now has team of trained volunteer walk leaders to organise and lead FREE weekly walks of approximately half an hour for those wishing to improve their health and general well-being. Walks will begin from the 2nd March 2011 leaving from St Andrew’s Church. Meet at 10.30am for a 10.45 start. At the end of the walk there will be tea/coffee available to purchase at the Barrington Arms Pub. No pre-booking required – just come along with sensible shoes and waterproof jacket. For further information contact Ashley Chapman on 01235 547646 or 07717714477. Or email ashley.chapman@whitehorsedc.gov.uk

Walking the Lambourn Valley Way A nineteen and a half mile walk which can be broken down into the following shorter sections: Lambourn to East Garston – 2.9 miles; East Garston to Great Shefford – 1.9 miles; Great Shefford to Boxford – 4.2 miles; Boxford to Bagnor – 2.4 miles; Bagnor to Kennet and Avon Canal – 2.2 miles

Walkers are invited, if they have not already done so, to read The Countryside Code which helps everyone respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. It applies to all areas of the countryside and makes clear the responsibilities both of the public and those who manage the land.

Cirencester’s Early Music Festival

Cirencester’s Early Music Festival usually takes place annually in July.

Country Markets

Country Markets are held at:

Cirencester Every Monday and Friday
Faringdon In The Corn Exchange every Friday morning from 9.30am to 11.00am
Shrivenham In the Memorial Hall on the first and third Friday of each month between 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Wanborough In the Village Hall on the middle Saturday of each month 9am to 12noon
Wroughton Open from 9am to 11am in the Ellendune Hall

Lambourn Open Day

Lambourn Open Day takes place every Good Friday and is well worth a visit. There are over 50 racing yards in the Lambourn Valley with around 2000 horses in training. The open day provides a unique opportunity for the public to view the yards at close hand and learn more about the individual horses. In the afternoon there is an extensive country show with many demonstrations of rural skills and pursuits. For more information click here.

Lechlade boat trips

Lechlade boat trips on the River Thames starting Easter through till late Summer. Thirty minute trips at weekends and school holidays from the Riverside Park, subject to river conditions and boat crew availability. Contact: 01 446 760 314.

Open Studio Events

Open Studio Events offer a fascinating opportunity to visit artists’ studios, talk to artists and take part in workshops. Much of the work is available for purchase and many artists will accept commissions. The Wiltshire Cloth Road Arts Trail usually takes place in April and the Hungerford and District Community Arts Festival in June/July. A similar event is associated with the Newbury Festival.

Oxfordshire Adult Learning Service

Oxfordshire Adult Learning Service has developed a new range of courses and training for people who are short of time. There are hundreds of courses on offer, plus weekend workshops in all sorts of art, craft and creative activities, as well as computing and many more subjects. Read more here www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/adultlearning

Swindon Festival of Literature

Swindon Festival of Literature usually takes place in May. Speakers include well known names from the world of literature, politics, philosophy, science, sport, entertainment, and television. More details may be found here.

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