Ashburnham village voice

Ashburnham & Penhurst Book Club are meeting today, March 2. They will be talking about books they’ve enjoyed recently, including “The Secret Life of Bees”.

They will also be handing out copies of “Our Mutual Friend” which promises Dickens’ usual cast of hundreds and convoluted plot. The group meet at 2pm. For further details of the books being read and where to meet, please contact Nicky on 01424 892474.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday March 5 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 Social and Discussion Group 2m@1 is meeting on March 12, at 1pm in the church hall, Ashburnham Place with a soup-and-a-roll lunch. The group will be making Easter Crafts with Mary Jones. For further information, please contact Tina on 01424 843728.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday March 15 and 29, 9.50am - 10.10am.

It is a few weeks to go until Mothering Sunday which is on March 18. There will be a Mothering Sunday Breakfast at 10am in Ashburhham Village Hall organised by St Peter’s Church. Following the breakfast there will be a family service. So that the organisers would appreciate numbers of those wishing to attend so that they ensure there is enough eggs and bacon to go round! Please telephone Tina on 843728.

Ashburnham and Penhurst WI are meeting on March 19, 7.30pm at Ashburnham village Hall. This will be an evening of making Easter crafts. For further information, please contact Jill Ratcliffe on 01424 892674.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Diamond Jubilee Fund Raising Committee are holding a coffee morning on Saturday March 24, 10am-12pm at the Sports Pavilion. With tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits, produce and a chocolate tombola on offer, this is a great chance to catch up with your friends and neighbours.

For the green fingered people of Ashburnham and Penhurst, The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club March meeting is on Monday 26 entitled “Colours in the Garden from Gertrude Jekyll” at 7.30pm at the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place. Everyone Welcome - £2.00 for non members to include refreshments. For further information please contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 or view their website www.gardeningclub.solidwebhost.com.

Ninfield and Penhurst Parish Council will be meeting on March 28 at Ashburnham Sports pavilion, 6.30pm. All residents of both villages are invited to attend.

In their relentless pursuit of sporting perfection (after winning the recent bowling match against the WI), the MI men prepare for the fourth Ashburnham and Penhurst Golf championship this month. There is still time to enter and you don’t need any particular talent (it hasn’t stopped most of them for the last three years!) You don’t even need clubs and any inadequacies are shared as each gent is paired up to play as a team. Please consider whether you can give it a go... There is even a trophy for the winners of this one! Let Richard know if you are interested or if you would like additional information. Also, if you haven’t yet turned up at the Ash on the second Tuesday evening of the month, then DO try it out. It is a great way of getting to know more village folk. Please contact Richard 01424 893130

Do you have any old photos or interesting documents of Ashburnham that you would be happy to lend to the Diamond Jubilee Committee to add to the exhibition planned for Monday June 4? The Committee are looking for photos, maps, newspaper articles, old minutes relating to the parish - to display in the marquee. Please contact Gill Ratcliffe on 01424 892674 or you can email your photos directly to Gill (please ring for an email address).

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:

March 4, 10.30am Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

March 11, 10.30am Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

March 18, 10.30am Family Service at the Village Hall

March 25, 10.30am Communion Service with Children’s Activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst:

March 4, 9am Holy Communion

March 11, 10.30am Morning Prayer

March 18, 10.30am Holy Communion

March 25, 10.30am Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel:

March 4, 3pm Afternoon Service

March 11, 3pm Afternoon Service

March 18, 3pm Communion Service

March 25, 1 3pm Afternoon Service

Prayer and Bible reading meetings on Tuesday at 2.30pm at the Chapel. Contact Bert Peters on 01424 892311 for further information.

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