Thanks for visiting the Peter Aston website and welcome to the March 2021 update. Here in the UK we're still in the 3rd lockdown with the opportunities for live music and worship severely restricted - although we do now have an outline roadmap for coming out of the lockdown over the coming months. In the meanwhile all of my live performances have been either postponed or cancelled but, thankfully, some events (mainly weddings) have been re-arranged for later in the year when hopefully things will have returned to something a bit more like normal.
As part of the 'Open the Book' Team I'm continuing to take part in streamed Zoom and Facebook dramas based on Bible stories for the youngsters at local 1st Schools.
I'm continuing to record my programmes 'Forest Folk' and '33 and a Third' from my home studio and I'm also enjoying the wonders of Zoom to enable the sharing of virtual church services each Sunday and for virtual family get-togethers. At Holtwood Methodist Church we're also continuing to stream virtual services on our Facebook page which is:-
We're planning to re-open our church for worship in a limited, Covid-secure way from 7th March and will continue to stream services to enable those who cannot be with us in person to share in worship. I'll keep this website and our social media pages up-to-date with the latest news.
If you're visiting this site for the first time, a quick introduction - I'm Peter Aston, a Christian singer/songwriter and worship leader based at Holtwood Methodist Church which is a welcoming, evangelical church in an idyllic location near Wimborne, close to the south coast of England. As a member of HMB I also play guitar, sing and help to lead services at churches in and around Dorset The HMB flautist Becky Neale and I also give concerts in our local area - and occasionally much further away!
I'm delighted to present two programmes for Forest FM, based in East Dorset, which broadcasts on 92.3FM and 98.9FM. 'Forest Folk' is on air at 8.00 on Mondays, the programme streams at www.forestfm.co.uk and you can also listen-again from Tuesdays at www.mixcloud.com/ForestFolk/ And then on Friday evenings at 7.00 I present '33 and a Third' which is an hour of classic and rarely-heard album tracks. Again this programme is streamed and is also available to listen-again on Mixcloud.
I'm also the caller/guitarist/singer for the Cottage Industry ceilidh band, a solo singer/songwriter and a medieval wandering minstrel known as Master Peter of Fayrewood. As a solo entertainer I appear at many retirement homes and day centres and for charitable and other events, singing everything from war-time sing-along classics, through the 50's & 60's pop songs to traditional and original songs.
For the past few years I've also been doing my thespian bit as a member of the 'Open the Book' Team which takes dramatised, costumed and propped (if that's a word!) presentations of Bible stories into local 1st Schools - a tremendous privilege!
Dates for March 2021
All of my live events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid lockdown but do check here regularly for any updates.
To find out more about what I get up to please click on the banner at the top of this page - hope to catch up with you somewhere down the road!
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Most of my musical events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdowns and continuing restrictions on live entertaiment and worship although some have been rebooked for later in the year - do watch this space for the latest position! In the meanwhile we hope that this celebration service with HMB will be able to take place:-
April 18 - Crowe Hill Methodist Church, near Ringwood (3.00)