Reports on Recent Events 2015

Rose and Crown fundraising for the Village Hall

Thank you very much to the Rose and Crown for their donation of £80 towards new chairs for the Village Hall.  This money was collected by a £1 donation from each of their special sausage meals bought over the last few weeks.  They are happy to continue with this and their target is £250.

Introduction to Water Colour Painting – 19 September 2015

In mid September a group of us enjoyed an introduction to Water Colour Painting, led by Hilary Sinclair.  It was interesting to find out that quite a number of the group had brought along watercolours they had dug out from the backs of cupboards – the paints hadn’t been used for years!  We spent the morning learning about water colour techniques and then had an opportunity to paint a picture.  Each person went home with their own painting of trees and a sunset.   The group said they would like to carry on painting and it is proposed to hold a session once a month on Saturday morning (dates to be decided).  If you would like to join us, or would like more details, please let Margaret know (710800).

Village-wide Garage Sale – 11 July 2015

There was quite a buzz in Ashbury on Saturday 11 July.  Twenty two households took part in the garage and table top sales.  People came from all over Oxfordshire and Wiltshire – thanks to the power of internet advertising!  One person arrived at 8.30 am and an impatient queue formed outside the Village Hall waiting for the door to open at 10 am!  We are unable to say how much money was raised in total but at least one garage sale took over £100.  In the hall there were table top sales and refreshments where money was raised for St Mary’s Church (£90), the Village Hall (£150) plus other individual stalls.  Some buyers had come for an outing and stopped for refreshments first before they got down to the serious business of having a ‘rummage’ in the various garages!  Bargains were to be found ranging from furniture and bric a brac, to freshly dug potatoes!  By all accounts it was a successful venture.

Old Scholars Day – 5th July 2015

On Sunday 5 July, around 25 pupils who had attended Ashbury School prior to 1961, met at the newly refurbished Village Hall.  Some people brought photographs, and the photograph Ken Lawrence provided of pupils from 1948 created a lot of discussion.  At the end of the afternoon all but three of the pupils on the photograph had been named.  On display was a photograph taken of 85 mothers and children at an Infant Welfare Party in 1949.  Many faces were recognised and names written down.   A book of living history was circulated and the information brought back memories.  In particular a number of people vividly remember the painting ‘Boyhood of Raleigh’ by J E Millais which  had always hung on the wall in the top class – what happened to it?    Some of the people attending the Old Scholars’ afternoon still live in Ashbury, but others hadn’t seen each other for years, so there was plenty of chat!    Everyone enjoyed tea and home-made cake before saying farewell.





 1948 unknown circled irfan2

Most of those in the 1948 photograph shown above were named by those attending the Old Scholars Day, but the 3 circled children remain nameless.  Can you help identify them? If so call 01793 710800 to discuss further.  See enlarged photo below. class 1948 unknown circled

The History of Swindon Old Town – 8th May 2015

Friday 8th May 2015 – About forty people enjoyed an illustrated talk by Andy Binks from the Swindon Society entitled the History of Swindon Old Town. Andy showed pictures of Old Town dating back many years which brought back memories to a lot of people in the audience.  During a break when wine was served everyone had a chance to talk to Andy.