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COFFEE MORNING: The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, May 18 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, May 18, 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall. The Theatrical Agent to the starts, Simon Beresford, will be talking to the ladies about his work in show business. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

VILLAGE LUNCH: The next Village Lunch is on May 20, 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.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The first meeting of the new council (elected on May 7) will be on Wednesday, May 20 in the Sports Pavilion at 7.30 p.m. where members of the public are welcome to attend.

PLANT SALE: Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are holding a plant sale on May 23 at Ashburnham Sports Field, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This is your opportunity to stock up on a variety of plants including vegetables, herbs and flowers. There will also be refreshments, garden supplies and a raffle.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Tuesday, May 26, 2.40 p.m. - 3 p.m.

BOOK GROUPS: The May book is “Pigeon English” by Stephen Kelman. The story is about Harrison Opoku, a 7-year old boy newly arrived in England from Nigeria. When one of his school- friends is murdered, Harrison’s action unwittingly endangers his mother and sister. The evening group will meet on May 26, 8 p.m. at Ashburnham Place whilst the afternoon group will meet on May 29, 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.

CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on May 25, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

GARDENING CLUB: There is no Gardening Club meeting this month.

CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY: To celebrate the anniversary of the Chapel, there will be a celebratory tea on May 31, commencing at 5 p.m. This will be followed by a Songs of Praise service at 6.30 p.m. with music from The Sovereign Band. All are welcome to join them. If you are intending to attend the tea please text 07860 113413 or e-mail oframsden@Hotmail.co.uk so they know how many too cater for.

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 -May 17, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities, May 24, All Age Service followed by shared lunch, May 31, Holy Communion

ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL: Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated - May 17, Holy Communion, May 24, Morning Prayer, May 31, Morning Prayer

CHAPEL: Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30 p.m. unless otherwise stated - May 17, Evening Service, May 24, Evening Service, May 31, Anniversary 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.