Ashburnham

Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close, Ninfield

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are meeting on August 27, 7.30pm at Ashburnham Church Hall. This months discussion is on Summer pruning. For more information contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 www.ashpengc.org.uk.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday August 29, 9.50am - 10.10am.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday September 2 & 16 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10:30am - 12pm. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat. For further information, please contact Tina on 01424 843728.

Ashburnham Local History Group are next meeting on Monday September 2 at 7.30pm in the Ashburnham Church Hall.

Subjects this time will include ‘An Illustrious Tudor Family and Their Influence on Ashburnham’ and ‘The Suffolk Estates of the 2nd Earl’. All Welcome.

Pub Quiz at Ash Tree Inn, Tuesday September 3, 7.45pm. £1 entry, £5 set meal. For further information, please contact the Ash Tree on 01424 892104.

Penhurst retreat Centre are holding an open day on September 7. There will be A display of local artwork Stalls with local, hand-made & fairtrade goods Music from the Bodium Concert Band & Jill Hoffmann, cake and tea from 3pm, a thanksgiving Service at 4pm with an address from Gareth Tuckwell on ‘Trusting God when in a difficult place’. The gate opens at 12 noon. You are welcome to take a picnic and eat it in the grounds.

P.A.N.T.S. Presents A Family Variety Show at Ashburnham Village Hall.

Children’s Auditions Saturday September 7, 2pm, Adults - next meeting Monday September 2, at the Ash Tree Inn 7.30pm. First Rehearsal Monday September 9 at the Village Hall 7.30pm. Performances: Thursday November 28 at 7.30pm, Friday November 29 at 7.30pm, Saturday November 30 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm Adults £6, Children £3 (Refreshments & Programme included) for tickets contact 01424 892580 jf@cornerstonesussex.co.uk.

2m@1 are meeting on September 9, 1pm at Penhurst Retreat Centre with hosts Richard and Storm Hann.

Ashburnham and Penhurst WI are next meeting on Monday September 16, when local historian Kevin Gordon will be telling them the fascinating history of Tide Mills, the village near Seaford which was finally abandoned in 1939. The competition is for a jar of home- made bramble jelly. All meetings are at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and include refreshments and time for chat. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

The net Village Lunch is on September 18 at 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 Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are meeting on September 23 at

Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30pm. This month they will be looking at Rose Pruning. For more information contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 or view their website: www.ashpengc.org.uk.

The Evening Book Group next meets on Tuesday September 24 at 8pm at Ashburnham Place. They will be handing out ‘The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid’ by Bill Bryson, a funny memoir of his childhood and 1950s America. Feel free to bring any books you would like to recommend or swap with other members. Any enquiries or need for directions, please ring Nicole on 07583 433895.

There will be a Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday September 25, 7.30pm at Ashburnham Sports Pavilion.

The Afternoon Book Group next meets on Friday September 27 at 2pm. This months book is ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruis Zafon. If you would like more information get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

A Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held at the pavilion, Ashburnham, on Saturday September 28, 10am - 12pm. The usual delicious cakes, scones, etc., along with really good coffee, and speciality teas will be available. For further information, please contact Sheila Holdstock 01323 832082 or Pat Winfield 01424 893878.

Harvest Barn Dance Saturday October 5, 7.30pm at Agmerhurst Farm.

This year Ashburnham Church are putting on a fundraiser to celebrate Harvest in our villages. Local favourites, Catsfield Steamers, will help all to dosey doe the night away and Pig and Porter will supply the BBQ and bar, ably supported by gastronomical delights from the church community and other locals. The barn will be spick and span and ready for some serious (and not so serious!) dancing. All profits will go to the New Village Hall fund and a large attendance is hoped for. If you are intending to go, then please buy a ticket early. There will be a raffle and if you are able to donate a prize for this then please let Richard and Storm know on the number below.

The tickets (to include food) are on sale now at £10 each and they can be purchased in advance from the following contacts: Penhurst Retreat Centre 01424 892088

Ann Leeves 01424 893349.

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:

August 25, Communion Service with Children’s Activities

September 1, Family Service

September 8, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

September 15, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

September 22, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

September 29, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

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

August 25, Morning Prayer

September 1, Holy Communion

September 8, Morning Prayer

September 15, Holy Communion

September 22, Morning Prayer

September 29, Harvest Service

Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30pm unless otherwise stated:

August 25, Evening Service

September 1, Evening Service

September 8, Evening Service

September 15, Evening Service

September 22, Evening Service

September 29, Joint service with St Peter’s

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.