Aston on Trent History – Timeline of Important Dates1997New A50 road opened to traffic. On August 2nd Aston held its first Well Dressing. 1998A village sign erected on the Green opposite White Hart sponsored by the Aston on Trent W.I. and designed by local artist Robin Gibbard. It commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes. 2002ACORN (Aston on Trent Community Organisations Reviews and News), a quarterly newsletter first published. Aston on Trent was placed first in the Large Village category of Best Village of the Year Award organised by the Derbyshire Rural Community Council.2004Aston on Trent again won the Best Large Village Award. Aston on Trent Local History Group established. 2005The last residents of Aston on Trent Hall Hospital transferred to sheltered accommodation, the hospital de-commissioned and the entire site put up for sale. It was eventually sold to Wilson Care Resources for £2.63 million who then sold it on to Richmond Care Villages. 2006New extension to the War Memorial Hall opened.2008Plans for a major retirement village to be built on the former hospital site were approved by South Derbyshire District Council.The Village Shop sees the retirement of Colin Clulow after 45 years of ownership. 2008Mike and Denise Crocker take over the Post Office.2010Construction work began in February on the churchyard vestry for its refurbishment as All Saints’ Heritage Centre.