Thanks for visiting the Peter Aston website and welcome to the February 2024 update. The daylight hours are gradually increasing now and, as we approach Lent, it means that Easter can't be far behind! And, yes, it had to happen one day - after some 47 years our Ceilidh at Fordingbridge Folk Club on 23rd March will be the final appearance of Cottage Industry although I won't be disappearing from the local music scene just yet!
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.
At Holtwood Methodist Church we're continuing to stream our 10.45 services and these are available, live or at anytime afterwards, on our Facebook page which is:-
As a member of the Stewards' Team for the Christchurch & Wimborne Methodist Circuit I help to support churches across East Dorset and the New Forest and have particular responsibility for assisting the congregations at Blandford, Colehill and Ringwood. Some of the churches in our area are facing real challenges and, together, we'll be seeking new opportunities for worship in the coming months and years.
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 from the past 60 odd years - and sometimes from before then! 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 folk clubs, 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.
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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4 - Holtwood Methodist Church - solo musician (10.45)
4 - Godspace at Verwood Methodist Church (6.00)
7 - Holtwood Church Council (7.30)
23 - Blandford Church Council (2.30)
24 - 'I had the Perfect Dream' Concert at St. Martin's URC, West Moors (2.30)
3 - Three Legged Cross URC with HMB (2.30)
11 - Colehill Church Council(7.00)
23 - Ceildh in Fordingbridge (Cottage Industry Farewell Evening) - details here
14 - Three Legged Cross URC with HMB (2.30)