Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close, Ninfield

The Scarecrow/pumpkin party held at the Ashburnham Chapel on the October 27 was a huge success with 31+ children and their parents attending. A great time was had by all and the children played a wide variety of games. The bring and share tea turned into a banquet with a wide variety of food and everybody left the party feeling very full. The best dressed scarecrow was won by Reuben with a notice on his back saying “Buzz off birds” and sisters Sophie and Lucy jointly won the largest pumpkin competition and the smallest pumpkin was brought by Isaac.

Ashburnham Bonfire is to be held tonight, November 9, at Ashburnham Sports Field. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm. Adults £4 and children £2 (to include hot refreshments).

On November 11 – Remembrance Sunday – there will be a special Service to remember our fallen serviceman at 2.30pm at the Ashburnham Memorial by the Sports Pavilion, followed by a service for remembering our relatives and friends at the Chapel. If you would like to remember someone in particular and would like to put flowers (which the chapel can arrange for you) or a card in the Chapel or join in the Service and light a candle they would be delighted. The Service in the Chapel will begin at 3.15 pm but they would ask if you are bringing flowers for arrangements if you could kindly drop them in to the Chapel between 3pm and 5.30 pm on Saturday 10. The Chapel hope you will be able to join them for one or both of these Remembrance Services.

2m@1 (2nd Monday of the month @ 1 O’clock), are meeting on November 12 at Ashburnham Church hall. This month will be a talk from Rhod Jones who will be speaking about Capability Brown and the Ashburnham Landscape. The next Coffee Morning is on Monday November 19 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 & Penhurst WI are next meeting on Monday November 19. Juliette and Louise will once again be sharing their crafty ideas to help them prepare for the festive season. They meet in the Village Hall at 7.30pm – with plenty of time for coffee, cake and chat. They look forward to seeing you!

The Village Lunch will be held on November 21, 12.30pm at the Village Hall. For further information or to book your place, please contact Janet Peters on 892311.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday November 22, 9.50am - 10.10am.

Penhurst and Ashburnham New Theatrical Society (P.A.N.T.S) present Robin Hood in Ashburnham Village Hall on November 22 & 23 at 7.30pm and November 24 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets are £6/adult and £3/child (including programme and refreshments). Please phone Tina French for tickets on: 01424 892580 or email: Tickets are also for sale each Saturday from 2-3pm in the Village Hall.

Ashburnham & Penhurst Book Group are meeting on November 23, 2pm. If you would details or to borrow a book, give Nicky a call on 01424 892474.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are meeting on November 26, 7.30pm Ashburnham Church Hall. This month their talk is “John Evelyn and his passion for trees”. For more information Contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 or see their website:

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are holding a Seasonal Food Market and Gift Fayre at the Village Hall on December 1 from 10am. Festive food, local speciality cheese, meat boxes and pies, homemade preserves, Christmas puddings and cakes, stocking fillers, tree decorations and much more. Go along, enjoy coffee and cake and do your Christmas Shopping!

Film Club is on December 14, showing ‘Tea with Mussolini‘. Doors open at 7.45pm and the programme will start at 8.15pm. Seating is limited so it is essential to reserve your place in advance by contacting Brian Holdstock (email or phone or text 07836 716723). The film club’s licence means it will operate as a members only closed club so at the first screening you come to you will need to decide to either pay for the one screening as a ‘taster’ or to subscribe for the whole season of five films. The ticket prices are £6. The price does include a glass of wine at every screening! Future films for the remainder of the season are: January 11 2013, ‘The Usual Suspects, February 8 ‘Days of Heaven’ and March 13 ‘The Big Sleep’.

Don’t forget that you can look to see what is going on in Ashburnham and Penhurst on the community website:

Church services for St Peter’s, Ashburnham:

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

November 18, 10.30am Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

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

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst:

November 11, 10.30am Morning Prayer - Remembrance Sunday

November 18, 10.30am Morning Prayer and Holy Communion

November 25, 10.30am Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel:

November 11, 3.15pm Afternoon Service with preacher Revd. Brian Bowyer (Remembrance Service)

November 18, 3.15pm Communion Service with preacher Rhod Jones

November 25, 3.15pm Afternoon Service with preacher Pat Reigh

Prayer and Bible reading meetings on Tuesday at 2.30pm at the Chapel. Contact Fay Ramsden on 07860 113413 for further information.

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