Thanks for visiting the Peter Aston website and welcome to the July 2021 update. Following a disappointing, albeit sensible, Government announcement in June we're now waiting for a decision in July on whether we can continue to emerge cautiously from the 3rd lockdown and also return to live music as we used to know it - including congregational singing in churches and barn dancing!
Our 'Open the Book' Team have completed a series of streamed Zoom and Facebook dramas based on Bible stories for the youngsters at local 1st Schools and hopefully, come September, we'll be allowed to return to live presentations in the schools. Our presentations are available to view on the Holtwood Facebook page (details below).
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-opened for 'live' services (Covid secure) in March and these are also streamed on our Facebook page which is:-
Recently I was honoured to be elected to the Stewards' Team for the Christchurch & Wimborne Methodist Circuit which supports 15 churches across East Dorset and the New Forest. As we emerge from lockdown many of these churches are facing real challenges and, together, we'll be seeking new opportunities in the coming months and years.
And, 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.
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 July 2021
4 - Crowe Hill Methodist Church near Ringwood with HMB (3.00)
Most of my other live events have been postponed or cancelled due to Covid restrictions 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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1 - Holtwood Methodist Church with HMB and Worship Band (10.45)
18/19 - Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show (solo)(Times TBA)
22 - Holtwood Methodist Church with Worship Band (10.45)
22 - Three Legged Cross URC with HMB (2.30)
Most of my other musical events have been postponed or cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions on live entertaiment and worship although some have been rebooked for later in the year - do watch this space for the latest position!