THE FRIENDS OF STEEPLE ASHTON - our aim is to help preserve the character and scenic quality of Steeple Ashton for all to enjoy. We organise event for members and non-members, we run an oil scheme and manage Luffenham Field.
MEMBERSHIP of the Friends is currently £2 per annum. For further information please email Lydia Peters.
Oil scheme (For members only): For information or to order, please contact Colin Green 01380 870119 or Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently seeking new comittee members so if you are interested in helping to preserve the character of our lovely village and would like to join the committee, please contact Lydia Peters on the number above. We meet once a month in a member's home.
AGM REPORT 2018 –
The Friends’ Committee would like to thank all those members and villagers who attended the AGM on Friday 4th May.
Following the Chairman’s report, it was announced that 3 committee members, Sue Lowery, Marian Little and Anne Little, would be standing down after several years and that a Secretary and Treasurer would be required. Anne Howard has agreed to continue as Chairman. If anyone would like to become a member of the committee or to fill the above roles, please contact Lydia Peters (number above) in the first instance.
After the main business of the evening, Ben Rawlings of Town and Country Pest Solutions, accompanied by his wife Kirsty, gave a very interesting and entertaining talk about the use of Raptors in Pest Control. He brought along with him two of his birds, a Barn Owl called Juno and a Harris Hawk called Hank. Ben is a falconer and often uses these birds to assist in the control of pests of various kinds. He demonstrated the silent flight of the Barn Owl by encouraging Juno to fly to him above the heads of the audience and indeed not a sound was heard as she flew over us. Ben is passionate about his birds and is very happy to be able to include his hobby with his business. We all learnt a lot about these magnificent birds and from the comments heard afterwards, the talk was enjoyed by all present.
After the talk, there was a cheese and wine buffet provided by the committee which was much enjoyed by all and was the perfect end to a very enjoyable evening.
Visit to R.E.M.E Museum.
The visit to the new REME Museum was very well supported, with 33 people from the village attending. We arrived at 11am and gathered in the very well appointed Crowns Cafe where our guide, Oliver,met gave us a preamble to our tour. He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and provided lots of information and anecdotes as we went round. REME engineers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of all army vehicles and aircraft, in order to keep the army functioning and moving in times of conflict - a very dangerous and difficult task. The museum exhibits, among other things, a number of vehicles, medals and arms and all in all, it was an enjoyable and informative day. For anyone with an interest in army or REME history, it is a very worthwhile place to visit.