Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close, Ninfield

P.A.N.T.S. Presents ‘A Family Variety Show’ at Ashburnham Village Hall. Performances are on: Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm and Saturday November 30 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Adults £6, Children £3 (Refreshments & Programme included). For tickets contact 01424 892580 /

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, December 2 & 16 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10.30am - 12pm. January dates are 6 & 20. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat. For further information, please contact Tina on 01424 843728.

Ashburnham Local History Group are meeting on December 2, 7.30pm at Ashburnham Church Hall. Subjects to include: ‘The end of a dynasty and the fall of the house of Ashburnham’ and ‘Some notable rogues of Eastern Sussex - Part 1’. All are welcome.

The next Pub Quiz at the Ash Tree Inn is on Tuesday, December 3, 7.45pm. £1 entry with a £5 set meal available. The first quiz for 2014 will be on January 7. For further information please call 01424 892104.

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are not holding a meeting during December, instead they will be having their Christmas Lunch at the Ash Tree Inn on December 4. Please phone Jennifer on 01323 832748 for more details. Their January eeting will be on Monday January 20, 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Tony Harris, professional actor and experienced speaker, will be joining them to talk about his life as Henry VIII. Hired as the resident Henry at Hampton Court Palace, Tony has a fund of stories about his time there. But when he dons the famous costume, Henry comes alive to tell us about his life, his wives, and what it was really like at the Tudor court. The evening will include refreshments and a raffle. WI members free, visitors £2. No need to book – just go along!

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday December 5 & 19, 9.50am - 10.10am.

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are holding their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 7, at the village hall from 10.00am – 1.00pm. There will be local produce, seasonal stalls, raffle, WI refreshments and much more.

CHRISTMAS CURRY-OKE PARTY - What’s that??? A Christmas Party with a Twist! on Saturday December 7. Bring your friends & family to the festively decorated Village Hall to enjoy an Indian Feast made by skilled village cooks, spiced up with a bit of non compulsory festive karaoke. Not all the food will be hot hot hot but some will...there will be a variety of delicious main and side dishes and relishes. Early booking advisable, Book a table for you and your friends or just for you on the friendly main table. Please let us know then if a non-spicy meal is required. Tickets £15 each. 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. BAR, Fabulous Food, Crackers, Hats, Party Poppers, Music, FUN! In aid of Village Hall Fund Booking and Information 01424 892481/892674/893976.

2m@1 are meeting on December 9, 1pm at Ashburnham Church Hall, when they will be holding their Christmas Party. They are also meeting on January 13 where Rhod Jones will give a talk entitled ‘The Oxo Story’.

The tradition of Carols at the Ash Tree Inn will be December 16, 7pm. All are welcome to go and join in.

The next Village Lunch is on December 18, at Penhurst Retreat Centre. Lunch is cooked every month for any older residents in our 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.

Carol Singing around the village of Ashburnham will be on December 20 starting at 6pm, meeting at the Chapel. Sing at houses between Ponts Green and Lakehurst Lane. Mince pies and mulled wine around 7.30pm. Festive transport provided. Contact Nicky 01424 892474 for more information.

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on December 23, January 27, 10.30am-12pm. All are welcome to join them.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are not meeting during December. Their next meeting will take place on January 27 at Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30pm, where they will look at ‘Bygone gardening’. For more information contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 or view their website:

The Evening Book Group are not meeting during December. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday January 28, 8pm at Ashburnham Place. They will be will be reading “Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett. (Copies will be sent out to group members.) The next book will be “The Vanishing Acts of Esme Lennox”. Any enquiries or need for directions, please ring Nicole on 07583 433895.

Ashburnham and Penhurst Parish Council will be meeting on January 29, 6.30pm at the Sports Pavilion. All local residents are welcome to attend.

The Afternoon Book Group are not eeting during December. They next get together on January 31 at 2pm. They will be reading Anthony Trollope’s “Miss Mackenzie” about a genteel, poor spinster who comes into a fortune. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

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, 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

December 1, Family Service

December 8, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

December 15, 6.30pm, Carol Service with Renee Durndell

December 22, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

December 24, 4pm, Christingle Service

December 25, Family Holy Communion with Angela Cooke

December 29, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30am unless otherwise stated:

December 1, Holy Communion

December 8, Advent Carol Service

December 15, Holy Communion

December 22, 5pm, Carol Service

December 25, Christmas Day Holy Communion

December 29, Morning Prayer with Carols

Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30pm unless otherwise stated:

December 1, Evening Service

December 8, Carol Service

December 15, Evening Service

December 22, Evening Service

December 29, Evening Service

Prayer and Bible reading meetings on Tuesday at 2.45pm at the Chapel. Contact Fay Ramsden on 07860 113413 for further information.

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