Rachel Feeley, 17 Smith Close

The Afternoon Book Group are next getting together this afternoon, January 31 at 2pm. They will be reading Anthony Trollope’s “Miss Mackenzie” about a genteel, poor spinster who comes into a fortune. Their February meeting is Friday, February 28. They will be looking at the book “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. It is the story of Balram Halwai: servant, chauffeur, entrepreneur, philosopher and murderer. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, February 3 & 17 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 Local History Group are next meeting on February 3, 7.30pm in Ashburnham Church Hall. Subjects this month include “The Birth of the Ashburnham Christian Trust” and “Some Notable Rogues of Eastern Sussex - Part II”. All are welcome.

The next Pub Quiz at the Ash Tree Inn is on Tuesday, February 4, 7.45pm. £1 entry with a £5 set meal available. For further information please call 01424 892104.

Ashburnham Village Hall fund raisers are holding some Clay Pigeon Shoots to raise fnds for the hall. The first is on February 8 at Lakehurst Meadow, Lakehurst Lane, the second is on March 15 at Deer Park Farm. Both commence at 10am. You are invited to either shoot or watch. Tuition and equipment will be available. The event is suitable for beginners and the experienced. A single Have-a-go round is £5, 1 round of 50 clays over 5 stands is £18* (* price does not include cartridges which will be available). Refreshments will also be available. For more information, please contact Louise Roberts on 01424 893976 /

2m@1 are meeting on February 10, 1pm at Ashburnham Church Hall, where John Southam will give a talk entitled “60 Degrees North”.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday, February 13 & 27, 9.50am - 10.10am.

Ashburnham & Penhurst Friendly Neighbours scheme goes live on Friday, February 14. If you would like a lift to the shops, doctor of hospital, a prescription collected or a parcel posted, or shopping collected or some help around the home, please call 01424 863104. To celebrate the launch of this scheme, a coffee morning is being held on February 15, 10am - 12pm at the Pavilion.

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday February 17, 7.30pm at the Village Hall. They welcome Roy Calthorpe with stories and anecdotes about some of the buildings and people in the town of Battle in bygone days. The evening will include refreshments and a raffle. WI members free, visitors £2. No need to book – just go along!

The next Village Lunch is on February 19, at Ashburnham Village Hall. 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.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on February 24 at Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30pm, where they will look at ‘Fruit pruning’. For more information contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 or view their website:

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on February 24 10.30am-12pm. All are welcome to join them.

Ashburnham & Penhurst Parish Council are next meeting on March 26, 6.30pm in the Ashburham Sports Pavilion. All residents of both villages are welcome to attend.

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:

February 2, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

February 9, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

February 16, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

February 23, Communion Service with Children’s Activities

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

February 2, Holy Communion

February 9, Morning Prayer

February 16, Holy Communion

February 23, Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30pm unless otherwise stated:

February 2, Evening Service

February 9, Evening Service

February 16, Evening Service

February 23, Evening Service

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

Anything that you would like included in the Village Voice for Ashburnham and Penhurst, please email the details to me: