The 50th Anniversary celebration of Ashburnham Chapel was blessed with sunshine and a warm day which was just as well as we had over 70 people attending the tea and so had to spill into the garden. Most people stayed on the for the Songs of Praise and were joined by some who couldn’t make the tea, so again there were over 70 singing along with the Sovereign Band who provided great music. Some reminisced of the days before the chapel took over the Old Reading Room when they, as teenagers, met every Wednesday for youth club and even met their wives and husbands there! It was great to think that the Chapel has so many happy memories and the current congregation sincerely hope that the next 50 plus years will be as happy.

A Coffee Morning is to be held at Ashburnham Sports Pavilion tomorrow, Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. There will be cakes and produce for sale too! All proceeds are in aid of the new village hall.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday June 16 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 meeting on Monday, June 17, 7.30pm at the Sports Pavilion. They will be celebrating their 7th birthday with a party! Refreshments for the evening are bring and share party food. WI members free, visitors £2. No need to book – just go along!

The next Village Lunch is on June 18 & July 16, at Ashburnham Village Hall, 12.30p.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.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday, June 19, 9.50a.m. - 10.10a.m.

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on June 23 and July 28, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on June 23 at Ashburnham Church Hall, 7.30p.m. This month they are visiting members’ own gardens. For more information, contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or view their website:

The Afternoon Book Group’s May gathering is on June 27, 2 p.m. During June they will be reading ‘Love and Summer’, by William Trevor. It is a story of a farmer still mourning his first wife, whilst his young orphaned wife, Ellie, has an illicit attachment with a newly arrived stranger in the village. The villagers can only hold their tongues and watch as fate takes an inevitable course. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

The Evening Book Group are not meeting during June.

Ashburnham Church is holding a Men’s Breakfast on July 5, 8.30 a.m. at Ashburnham Place. Paul Wenham, General Director of Ashburnham Place, will talk on ‘5 minutes that changed my life’. To book your place in advance, please contact John French 892580 or John Cormode 848415. A donation of £5 per head to cover the costs is asked.

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, 10.30a.m. unless otherwise stated:

June 15, Morning Praise with children’s activities

June 22, Morning Praise with children’s activities

June 29, Family Communion with children’s activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30a.m. unless otherwise stated:

June 15, Holy Communion

June 22, Morning Prayer

June 29, Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30p.m. unless otherwise stated:

June 15, Evening Service

June 22, Communion Service

June 29, Evening Service

The Chapel and St Peter’s church are joining together for prayer meetings. These will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 8p.m. at Ashburnham Church Hall.

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