Folk Evening - Friday 9 March
Another fun and successful event! The Folk Evening on Friday 9 March was very well attended by some 70 people in the Village Hall and we all enjoyed the jolly foot-tapping tunes and songs and ballads from the Old Bones trio and Sophie Kerr. Many thanks to Nick for organising and to Heather and Dorothy for doing the raffle, and to all who came and supported the event which raised £570 for church funds.
Bells and Whistles - a great evening!
After cancelling the Shrewsbury Hand Bells event in April it was a great pleasure to welcome them back for our Bells and Whistles evening on 20 October to delight an audience of some 35 in the Village Hall. The 'Whistles' element of the evening comprised a fascinating talk by Kathleen Turner who had brought a large array of various musical boxes and small organs, including the one she brought along to the Astley Gardens Open in June 2016. These she illustrated with tunes from yester year played from toothed belts, large discs and punched tapes; we even had a chance to sing along in a music-hall style karioke! As ever, the team of twelve Shrewsbury Hand Bells provided a medley of mellifluous sounds which were a delight to listen to, but a comic interlude on the cow bells aptly demonstrated the three gentlemen players' wit and skill in ringing the changes. Our grateful thanks go to Chris Taylor for running the bar for this enjoyable and successful evening which raised £302 for church funds.
Ride and Stride - what an achievement!
What a day it was, the worst weather ever in over 20 years for the annual Shropshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride! However, despite the frequent heavy downpours three striders (Margaret and Martin Locke & Nick Hall) and one rider (Keith Ridland) set out to visit local churches to raise funds for the SHCT and St Mary's Church. We are very grateful to all those who generously sponsored us, the result of which has resulted in our raising £1,308 + some £200 in Gift Aid. Many thanks to all our supporters.
The County Organiser has informed us that Astley raised the second highest amount (after Clungunford, in the Hereford Diocese)!! We are therefore due to be presented with a certificate, some time during the summer, to mark this great achievement - only possible because of our sponsors' generosity.
Marquee event a great success
It was most disappointing that we had to cancel the last fund-raiser planned for 22 April owing to a poor response. However, Elwyn and Carol Jones came to the rescue with a very generous offer of the use on 14 May of the marquee erected at Ebrey Cottage for their daughter Rhianne's wedding. With Chris and Babs Taylor’s assistance we had a fun night out, under canvas, enjoying some delicious food and wine, musical entertainment by Roger Hotchkiss and tambourine virtuoso, Edward Bedell, and some fiendishly difficult carpet skittles. So grateful thanks go to our kind hosts, and the ladies of the Frankton Cricket Club for the catering, for an enjoyable and successful evening which raised £400 for church funds.