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CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on January 26 and February 23, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

GARDENING CLUB: The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on January 26, 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall. This month they have a talk from Fergus Garrett from Great Dixter. Tickets, costing £5 to include a glass of wine and light refreshments, are available from John Southam on 07709 642940 or view their website: www.ashpengc.org.uk.

BOOK GROUPS: Trialling this month, both book groups will be reading the same book so that you can choose which group suites you. Their book is ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ by Robert Tressell. The evening group will meet on January 27, 8 p.m. at Ashburnham Place whilst the afternoon group will meet on January 30, 2 p.m. The February book is “The Secret Children” by Alison McQueen. Set in an Indian tea plantation during the 1920s, this is the story of mixed race children who found themselves with nowhere to belong. The evening group will meet on February 24, 8 p.m. at Ashburnham Place whilst the afternoon group will meet on February 27, 2 p.m. If you would like to borrow the book or would like further information about either group, please contact Nicole on 894208 or Nicky on 892474.

COFFEE MORNING: The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, February 2 & 16 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat.

MI: MI are next meeting on February 3, 8 p.m. at the Ash Tree Inn. All men are welcome to join them.

PUB QUIZ: The Ash Tree Inn are holding their next Pub quiz on February 3, at 7.45 p.m. Entry is £1/person and a set meal of £5 can be ordered. Please call them on 892104 for further details.

2M@1: 2m@1 are next meeting on Monday, February 9. This month they welcome Monie Creasey with a talk on ‘Reminiscences of Ashburnham’. Everyone is welcome to join them.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Tuesday, February 10, 2.40 p.m. - 3 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE DAY AND TIME CHANGE.

WI: Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday, February 16, 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall. This month they welcome Joseph Ford, who runs regular courses at Great Park Farm on various aspects of horticulture. No need to book – just go along! Visitors and new members are always welcome.

VILLAGE LUNCH: The next Village Lunch is on February 18, at Ashburnham Village Hall, 12.30 p.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.

MEN’S BREAKFAST: Ashburnham Church invites you to a Men’s Breakfast on February 21 at Ashburnham Place. Starting at 8.30 a.m., Andy Proudfoot (General Director of Ashburnham Place) will talk about ‘Embracing Life, Embracing Vulnerability’. Please book your place in advance by contacting John French - 892589 or John Cormode - 848415. A donation of £5 on the day would be welcomed.

GARDENING CLUB: Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on February 23, 7.30 p.m. at the Church Hall. Their speaker will be Stephen harmer, a lecturer in garden history. He will be talking about the history of Sissinghurst Castle garden. Everyone is welcome. Mebership is £20/year.

JUMBLE SALE: A Jumble Sale will be held on Saturday, February 28, at Ashburnham Village Hall from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. This is in aid of the new Village Hall.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on March 25, 6.30 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

COMMUNITY WEBSITE: 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: 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated: January 25, Family Communion with children’s activities. February 1, All age service with Revd. Paul McVeagh. February 8, Morning Praise with children’s activities. February 15, Morning Praise with children’s activities. February 21, Family Communion with children’s activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst: 10.30a.m. unless otherwise stated: January 25, Morning Prayer. February 1, Holy Communion. February 8, Morning Prayer. February 15, Holy Communion. February 21, Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel:, 6.30p.m. unless otherwise stated January 25, Evening Service. February 1, Evening Service. February 8, Evening Service. February 15, Communion Service. February 21, Evening Service

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

CONTACT ME: 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