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The Parish Council has been advised that the operator of the 33/33A bus service will change, from Z & S to Red Rose Travel with effect from Monday 30 October.  We are advised that there are 'no significant changes to the timetable' which is available here.

Red Rose Travel are based in Aylesbury and currently provide bus services in Hertfordshire and MK; looking at their website http://www.redrosetravel.com, they already run similar buses to those on the 33 / 33A route so we presume that there will also be no significant change to the size of the bus.

If you do have any questions, please address them to John Ellerby, Principal Rail and Bus Development Officer at Northants County Council Highways, e-mail JEllerby@kierwsp.co.uk or phone (direct dial) 01604 364344, not the Parish Council.

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Welcome to Ashton Parish Council

The small village of Ashton, seven miles south of Northampton lies approximately half way between Milton Keynes and Northampton. With 153 houses, and approximately 400 residents, Ashton remains still a small community compared with its larger surrounding village neighbours.

The lowest point in the parish of Ashton (235 feet) is at Bozenham Mill, a few yards from the border of Buckinghamshire and close to the banks of the river Tove. The highest is one of 426 feet, at the cross-roads in Salcey Forest which forms the eastern corner of the parish. Ashton parish is approximately 3 miles at its longest, from Stoke Bottom lock to Salcey forest and covers some 1300 acres.

The earliest written records we have of the village come from the Domesday book where the village is described as Asce or Aceshille. The ash tree was held in veneration by the Saxons and there is little doubt that this was the origin of the name of the village. Our village history shows we seem to have had continuous habitation here since the Roman times and even earlier and has had links with Royalty (associated with the Grafton Estate) from Henry VIII through to Charles II.

Our quiet village is tucked between the trees and in the folds of the hills, is south west facing and usually quiet, other than when the London – Birmingham express train rushes through the village. The railway line on its embankment (north – south) cuts the village in two. The eastern and smaller part of the village known locally as ‘Little Ashton’.

Most of the residents work in the local towns and villages, with some commuting to London & Birmingham, though in recent years some are becoming ‘home based’ in the village. We have a thriving local primary School, Church and pub, the Old Crown Inn.