Peter Aston is a christian singer and songwriter, a guitarist with the Holtwood Mission Band and also the singer/guitarist/caller with ceilidh band Cottage Industry.


Holtwood Mission Band (HMB) are a group of musicians and vocalists for whom I've been a guitarist and songwriter since 1977. 

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 Here are HMB leading Songs of Praise on Holt Village Green on a glorious evening in July 2017.

Appointments so far in 2018:-

6 January - Celebration at Trinity Church, Ringwood (Peter Aston and Dan Desmond between 12.00 and 3.00)

14 January - Woodlands Methodist Church (6.00)

4 March - Woodlands Methodist Church (6.00)

28 April - Verwood URC Concert (duo with Becky Neale, flautist)

29 April - Barton-on-Sea Methodist Church Songs of Praise (4.00)

18 May - Woodlands Methodist Church 'Sing-In' with Hugh Ashley, formerly of BBC Radio Solent (7.30)

20 May - Hazelbury Bryan Methodist Church (6.00)

17 June - Woodlands Methodist Church (6.00)

8 July - United 'Songs of Praise' on Holt Village Green (6.00)

22 July - Barton-on-Sea Methodist Church with Circuit Worship Band

12 August - Gussage All Saints Parish Church (3.00)

26 August - Three Legged Cross URC - solo (6.00)

16 December - Three Legged Cross URC - solo (6.00)

HMB was formed in the early 1970s to provide worship and evangelical opportunities for young people from Holtwood and nearby churches, many of whom had "grown out" of Sunday School but didn't feel completely at ease with the more traditional forms of worship at that time.  Since then many young people have passed through the ranks of HMB before leaving the area for university, work or marriage, although a core of the original membership remains with some of the "youngsters" now, well, of mature years!  HMB is always on the lookout for new recruits, either vocalists or musicians.  If you're interested please send me an e-mail to 

The photo above is of HMB playing at Wimborne Minster during the Wimborne Folk Festival and the photo below is of the Holtwood Puppets on the same evening.

HMB PuppetsWe would welcome the opportunity to lead worship in your church - just get in touch!

To book HMB please contact Peter Shears on 01202 822327 or e-mail Pete by clicking here For more information, please see our webpage on the Holtwood Methodist Church Website

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