Ashburnham

Ashburnham Church is holding a Men’s Breakfast tomorrow, 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.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday July 7 & 21 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 visiting Lewes on July 7, 11 a.m. This is to mark the 750th Anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. Meet by car parks near corner of Brook Street/North Street. Walking tour of medieval town walls, castle and priory of St Pancras. Afternoon visit (optional) to Sussex Ironworks Museum at Anne of Cleeves House. Parking & entrance fees payable.

MI are next meeting on July 8, 8 p.m. at the Ash tree Inn. For further information, please contact Richard on 893130.

PANTS (Penhurst & Ashburnham New Theatrical Society) are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. - 12 noon. You are invited to indulge in delicious cakes over a tea or coffee and a friendly chit chat.

2m@1 are meeting on July 14, 1 p.m. at Ashburnham Church Hall. Catherine Duggleby and Martin West will talk about ‘Hastings Street Pastors’. Everyone is welcome to join the group. Please note that there is no meeting during August.

PANTS (Penhurst & Ashburnham New Theatrical Society) are holding auditions for this years panto, Sleeping Beauty, on July 14, 7.30 p.m. at Ashburnham Village Hall.

The next Village Lunch is on July 16, 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.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday, July 17 & 31, 9.50a.m. - 10.10a.m.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on July 21 at Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30p.m. This month they will be having a talk on ‘Wild Gardens of Sussex’. For more information, contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or view their website: www.ashpengc.org.uk.

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday, July 21, 7.30 p.m. at the Sports Pavillion. Chris O’Donaghue will be talking to the groups on ‘The Gardens at Great Dixter’. No need to book – just go along! Visitors and new members are always welcome.

The Afternoon Book Group’s May gathering is on July 25, 2 p.m. During July they will be reading ‘Waterland’, by Graham Swift. History-teacher Tom, whose career and marriage are both under threat, abandons the syllabus and teaches his pupils about the second world war by drawing on his experiences growing up in the fens. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

Penhurst Retreat Centre are holding an open day on July 26. There will be great music courtesy of Hannah Latty and friends. Hannah Latty has released several albums as well as being a director at Ashburnham place. There will also be goodies, paintings, plants and refreshments available. A ploughman’s lunch will be available 12.20 p.m. - 2 p.m. and cream teas 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Penhurst Church at 4 p.m. which will have Jen Rees Larcombe talking on the theme of ‘God’s quiet miracles’.

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on July 28, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on July 28 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 Evening Book Group are meeting informally over the months of July & August. For further information as to when the meetings will be and what the books are, please call Nicole on 07583433895.

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:

July 6, Family Service

July 13, Morning Praise with children’s activities

July 20, Family Communion with children’s activities

July 27, Morning Praise with children’s activities

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

July 6, Holy Communion

July 13, Morning Prayer

July 20, Holy Communion

July 27, Morning Prayer

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

July 6, Evening Service

July 13, Evening Service

July 20, Communion Service

July 27, 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