Ashburnham

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Elections for the new four year term of office of the Parish Council take place on May 7, 2015. Nomination packs are available from the Town Hall in Bexhill or from the Parish Clerk. The nomination period is quite short, from March 30 until April 9 at 4 p.m. The list of people nominated will be published on April 10. The first meeting of the new council will be on Wednesday, May 20 in the Sports Pavilion at 7.30 p.m. where members of the public are welcome to attend.

2M@1: 2m@1 are next meeting on Monday, April 13. As well as having the usual lunch with speaker they will have their annual cream tea. This month they welcome Kevin Gordon who will talk about ‘The Palace of Westminster’. Booking for this month is essential as places are limited. To book your place, please contact Linda on 07752615774.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Tuesday, April 14, 2.40 p.m. - 3 p.m.

VILLAGE LUNCH: The next Village Lunch is on April 15, 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.

COFFEE MORNNG: A Coffee Morning in aid of Out of the Blue - raising money for Winston’s Wish, Dragonflies and Crisis Intervention Search & rescue, will be held on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. - 12. p .m., at The Pavilion, Ashburnham Recreation Ground. As well as tea and coffee there will be cakes, a raffle and lots more. All will be welcome to attend.

COFFEE MORNING: The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, April 20 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat.

WI: Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday, April 20, 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall. After an enjoyable and tasty evening with Sue Hollings last year, she will be joining them again to demonstrate authentic Italian cooking. No need to book – just go along! Visitors and new members are always welcome.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: The Annual Assembly of the electors of Ashburnham & Penhurst (to give it its correct title) will take place on St George’s Day, Thursday April 23, 2015 at the Village Hall. You are invited to go along at 6 p.m. for some refreshments before the business part of the meeting starts at about 6.45 p.m. All the organisations in the village have been invited to go and show off what they do and the Village Hall Committee are anxious that as many people as possible go and look at the proposals for a new hall before the ballot on Election Day, May 7. In the business part of the meeting, the Parish Council will give an account of itself and, if the previous two years are anything to go by, this will be a popular social event.

BOOK GROUPS: The April book is “The True Deceiver” by Tove Jansson. (yes, she’s the Moomintroll woman, but this is a grown-up novel). This study of human character, tinged with menace, tells of the relationship between two strong women: a young sharp outsider and a wealthy elderly illustrator. Readers are left to decide for themselves who is deceiving whom. The afternoon group will meet on April 24, 2 p.m. at Ashburnham Place whilst the evening group will meet on April 28, 8 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.

THROUGH TREES AND TIME: Peter Miles will be repeating this walk on the Sunday mornings of April 26 and May 3. Although it concentrates on a small area of neighbouring Mountfield, the walk features the old Sow Trail (Sow Lane) through the woods and fields from Panningridge Furnace in Penhurst to Robertsbridge. The walk will also cover woodland archaeology, medieval earthworks, other industrial remains, woodland craft, local botany including a very rare plant and an even rarer tree, foraging (with recipes), and more. The cost is £7.50 per person towards the early Norman church of All Saints, Mountfield. To book, or for more details, contact Peter on pandvmiles2@gmail.com or 01580 880614.

CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on April 27, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

GARDENING CLUB: Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on April 27, 7.30 p.m. at the Church Hall. This month will be a seed and plant exchange evening. Take along any seeds you no longer need, seedlings you have no room for or plants you would like to sell or exchange. Everyone is welcome. Membership is £20/year.

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.

ST PETER’S: Church services for St Peter’s, Ashburnham, 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated:

April 12, Morning Praise with children’s activities

April 19, Morning Praise with children’s activities

April 26, Family Communion with children’s activities

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

April 12, Morning Prayer

April 19, Holy Communion

April 26, Morning Prayer

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

April 12, Evening Service

April 19, Evening Service

April 26, 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