The Afternoon Book Group’s July’s gathering is on today, July 25 at 2 p.m. During July they will be reading ‘Waterland’, by Graham Swift. History-teacher Tom, whose career and marriage are both under threat, abandons the syllabus and teaches his pupils about the second world war by drawing on his experiences growing up in the fens. If you would like more information, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

Penhurst Retreat Centre are holding an open day on July 26. There will be great music courtesy of Hannah Latty and friends. Hannah Latty has released several albums as well as being a director at Ashburnham place. There will also be goodies, paintings, plants and refreshments available. A ploughman’s lunch will be available 12.20 p.m. - 2 p.m. and cream teas 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. A Thanksgiving Service will be held at Penhurst Church at 4 p.m. which will have Jen Rees Larcombe talking on the theme of ‘God’s quiet miracles’.

Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on July 28 & August 25, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

The 6th Annual Ashburnham & Penhurst Gardening Club Fete & Flower Show will be held on August 16, 2 p.m. at Ashburnham Sports Ground. Alongside the flower show, the WI are doing refreshments, there will be a silent auction, raffle and many other stalls. Whilst you enjoy the afternoon, Heathfield Silver Band will entertain. If you would like a copy of the schedule for entry to the flower show, please contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or email

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday, August 18, 7.30 p.m. at the Sports Pavillion. This month they welcome Julie Brett who will give a talk on Demelza Children’s Charity. No need to book – just go along! Visitors and new members are always welcome.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on August 26, 7.30p.m. This month they will be visiting member’s gardens. For more information, contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or view their website:

The Evening Book Group are meeting informally over the months of July & August. For further information as to when the meetings will be and what the books are, please call Nicole on 07583433895.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday, July 31, 9.50a.m. - 10.10a.m.

2m@1 are not meeting during August.

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday August 4 & 18 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 next Village Lunch is on August 27, at Penhurst retreat Centre, 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.

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:

July 27, Morning Praise with children’s activities

August 3, Family Service

August 10, Morning Praise with children’s activities

August 17, Morning Praise with children’s activities

August 24, Family Communion with children’s activities

August 31, Morning Praise with children’s activities

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

July 27, Morning Prayer

August 3, Holy Communion - Lammastide

August 10, Morning Prayer

August 17, Holy Communion

August 24, Morning Prayer

August 31, Morning Prayer

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

July 27, Evening Service

August 3, Evening Service

August 10, Evening Service

August 17, Evening Service

August 24, Communion Service

August 31, 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, 8 p.m. at Ashburnham Church Hall.

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

Rachel Feeley

17 Smith Close, Ninfield