Ashburnham

The Community First Responder (CFR) for the Ambulance service, (SECAmb), have recently recruited Sharon Spicer of Ashburnham, who is also now qualified and responding. However, two more recruits are required so that Ashburnham CFRs can become an independent unit from the Bexhill Group (four are needed to be separate).

Prospective CFRs are invited to contact Tony Smith to find out more regarding the training and joining their voluntary efforts to save local lives. Applicants must have their own car, have a clean CRB. The training is all free with just one weekend followed by one day revision and exam on the second weekend. Most applicants pass! Please contact Tony on 01424 893922 / 07711924472.

The Afternoon Book Group’s May gathering is on May 23, 2 p.m. During May they will be reading ‘Boy A’, by Jonathan Trigell. The story is about a troubled 24 year old ex-offender. This book won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Waverton Good Read Prize and the World Book Day ‘Books to talk about‘ Prize. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on May 26, 10.30a.m-12p.m. All are welcome to join them.

The Evening Book Group are next meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 8pm at Ashburnham Place. If you would like further information, have any enquiries or need for directions, please ring Nicole on 07583 433895. Please note that there is no meeting during June.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on May 27 at Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30p.m. This month they are building the garden for the War Memorial. For more information, contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or view their website: www.ashpengc.org.uk

Ashburnham Chapel is celebrating 50 years at Ponts Green this year. On June 1, they are holding a 50th Anniversary Tea, 5 p.m. at the Chapel, followed by Songs of Praise. All are welcome to join the Chapel in their celebrations.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday June 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.

The Pub Quiz at the Ash Tree Inn will take place on June 3, 7.45 p.m., £1 entry. A £5 set meal is available. For further information, please contact the Ash Tree Inn on 01424 892104.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday, June 5 & 19, 9.50a.m. - 10.10a.m.

2m@1 are meeting on June 9, 1 p.m. at Ashburnham Church Hall. Susie Marriott will give a talk entitled ‘The weak and foolish things’. Everyone is welcome to join the group.

Ashburnham Local History Group are meeting on June 9, 7 p.m.. This month they will be meeting near Herstmonceux Parish Church for a short footpath walk of approx 1.5 km. They will look at the 15th Century Estate of a royal treasurer including deer park, castle and family tombs, plus both earlier and later historic features.

A Coffee Morning is to be held at Ashburnham Sports Pavilion on Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. There will be cakes and produce for sale too! All proceeds are in aid of the new village hall.

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday, June 17, 7.30pm at the Sports Pavillion. They will be celebrating their 7th birthday with a party! Refreshments for the evening are bring and share party food. WI members free, visitors £2. No need to book – just go along!

The next Village Lunch is on June 18, at Ashburnham Village Hall, 12.30p.m. Lunch is cooked every month for any older residents in the 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.

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on June 23, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on June 23 at Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30p.m. This month they are visiting members’ own gardens. For more information, contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or view their website: www.ashpengc.org.uk.

The Afternoon Book Group’s May gathering is on June 27, 2 p.m. During June they will be reading ‘Love and Summer’, by William Trevor. It is a story of a farmer still mourning his first wife, whilst his young orphaned wife, Ellie, has an illicit attachment with a newly arrived stranger in the village. The villagers can only hold their tongues and watch as fate takes an inevitable course. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

Ashburnham Church is holding a Men’s Breakfast on July 5, 8.30 a.m. at Ashburnham Place. Paul Wenham, General Director of Ashburnham Place, will talk on ‘5 minutes that changed my life’. To book your place in advance, please contact John French 892580 or John Cormode 848415. A donation of £5 per head to cover the costs is asked.

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, 10.30a.m. unless otherwise stated:

May 25, Rogation Service at Penhurst

June 1, Family Service

June 8, Morning Praise with children’s activities

June 15, Morning Praise with children’s activities

June 22, Morning Praise with children’s activities

June 29, Family Communion with children’s activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30a.m. unless otherwise stated:

May 25, Rogation Service

June 1, Holy Communion

June 8, Morning Prayer

June 15, Holy Communion

June 22, Morning Prayer

June 29, Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30p.m. unless otherwise stated:

May 25, Evening Service

June 1, 50th Anniversary Celebrations (5 p.m.)

June 8, Evening Service

June 15, Evening Service

June 22, Communion Service

June 29, Evening Service

The Chapel and St Peter’s church are joining together for prayer meetings. These will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 8p.m. at Ashburnham Church Hall.

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

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close, Ninfield