Ashburnham

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close, Ninfield

Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club and WI are holding a Plant Sale tomorrow, May 11, 10am - 1pm at the Sports Pavilion, Ashburnham Recreation Ground.

Bedding and vegetable plants, herbs, annuals and much more. Freshly filled rolls, cakes, biscuits, tea and coffee. All are welcome to attend.

Ashburnham Local History Group are next meeting Monday May 13 at 7pm. They will be meeting at the Church Hall Car Park, Ashburnham Place. If the weather is fine they will have a short ramble visiting the sites of the Panelridge Furnace, the Ashburnham Furnace and wild flower meadows. (Stout shoes advised and some sharing of cars). If wet, an alternative programme will be held in the Church Hall.

2M@1 are meeting on May 13, 1-3pm. This month Rhod Jones will be talking about ‘Romania, before and after the fall of Communism’. All are welcome to attend.

The Village Lunch is on May 15, 12.30pm in Ashburnham Village Hall. Lunch is cooked every month for any older residents in our villages who would like a bit of company and a delicious meal. Transport can be arranged if needed. For more information or to book a place, give Janet a ring on 01424 892311.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday May 20 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10:30am - 1pm. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat. For further information, please contact Tina on 01424 843728.=

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on May 20 when they will be visiting Ashburnham Place. They will meet in the main car park at 7.20pm. Their tour will take in the gardens and the house, followed by atalk on Capability Brown and hise design for the grounds.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday May 23, 9.50am - 10.10am.

The Afternoon Book Group meets on Friday May 24 at 2pm. The group will be reading ‘God on the Rocks’ by Jane Gardam. “Young Margaret’s glorious summer between the wars hurtles towards drama, tragedy and a touch of farce.” They will also discuss other books they have been reading. If you would like more information get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are meeting on May 28, 7.30pm in the Church Hall. This month they are discussing lawn care. For further information, please contact Rhod Jones on 892689.

The Evening Book Group meets on Tuesday May 28 at Ashburnham Place. The book they will be reading is ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes. This is a bittersweet story of an unlikely couple, capturing the complexity of love, with a few surprises. It has been compared to David Nicholls’ bestseller, ‘One Day’. Contact Nicole 07583 433895 or Sara-Jane 07714 273083 for more information.

Ashburnham Chapel will be holding a special celebration of their Anniversary Weekend and becoming a Non-Denominational Chapel on June 2. They invite everyone to their Anniversary tea at 5 pm. The tea will be followed by a service of thanksgiving at 6.30 pm and they hope you will be able to stay.

It would help with the catering you could let them know if you plan to attend; email Fay on oframsden@hotmail.co.uk or phone her on 07860 113413, or if it is easier just let Janet or Rhod know. If you decide to attend at the last minute and haven’t told them, don’t worry there will be plenty to go round!

Don’t forget that you can look to see what is going on in Ashburnham and Penhurst on the community website: www.ashburnham-penhurst.net.

Church services for St Peter’s, Ashburnham, 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

May 12, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

May 19, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

May 26, Communion Service with Children’s Activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

May 12, Morning Prayer

May 19, Holy Communion

May 26, Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30pm unless otherwise stated:

May 12, Evening Service.

May 19, Communion Service.

May 26, Evening Service.

June 2, Anniversary and thanksgiving service with Pat Reigh.

June 9, Evening Service with Sheila Ridsdale.

June 16, Communion Service with Revd. Brian Bowyer.

June 23, Evening Service with Geoff Haines.

June 30, Evening Service with Revd. Roy Cole.

Prayer and Bible reading meetings on Tuesday at 2.45pm at the Chapel. Contact Fay Ramsden on 07860 113413 for further information.

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ashburnham and Penhurst, please email the details to me: apvillagevoice@hotmail.co.uk