WI REMEMBERS: As this year is the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and to make sure that the villages play an appropriate part in the national act of remembrance, Ashburnham and Penhurst WI decided to ask their members to make poppies for a unique and permanent wreath for the war memorial. In May members stitched, knitted and quilted poppies during their regular meeting. Following this, a small group of members got together on several occasions to finish the sewing and fix the poppies to the wreath. One member embroidered onto black ribbon all the names of those from the Villages who were killed in the First and Second World War and these were attached to the wreath. After the ceremony, the wreath will be placed in Ashburnham Church where it will be on display for a short time before being carefully stored so that it can be used in future years. The wreath was praised by many who attended the Remembrance Day service at the War Memorial on Sunday November 9. To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the monthly Parish Magazine has included excerpts from the 1914 Parish Magazines. Each month an extract from that same month 100 years ago has been reproduced, including a description of a Sunday School outing, the first men from the Villages to go off to war and the efforts made at home to keep them in warm socks and other items of clothing made by villagers. These articles have helped bring the names on the War Memorial alive again for a new generation of villagers.

COFFEE MORNING: The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, November 17 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat.

WI: Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are meeting on Monday, November 17, 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall. This month you can learn how to create some amazing (really amazing!) floral decorations for Christmas, with demonstrations from Sandra Shoobridge. No need to book – just go along! Visitors and new members are always welcome.

VILLAGE LUNCH: The next Village Lunch is on November 19 at Ashburnham Village Hall, 12.30 p.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.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday, November 20, 9.50 a.m. - 10.10 a.m.

CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on November 24, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

GARDENING CLUB: The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on November 24, 7.30 p.m. This month they will be holding their AGM, followed by Jim Payne with “Tales from the Potting Shed’. For more information, contact Brian Holdstock on 01323 832082 or view their website:

EVENING BOOK CLUB: The next Evening Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 25, 8 p.m. For further information, please contact Nicole Proudfoot on 07583433895.

WREATH MAKING: Ashbburnham Place are holding a Christmas wreath making workshop on November 26 & 29, 9.30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Ashburnham Place. Jim and Jay from the Garden Team will shoe you hoe to make a beautiful Christmas wreath for your front door. All materials and refreshments are included in the cost of £20 per person. For further information or to book your place, please call 01424 892244 or online at

P.A.N.T.S: Penhurst and Ashburnham New Theatrical Society (P.A.N.T.S.) presents Sleeping Beauty at Ashburnham Cillage Hall. Performances will be on: Thursday November 27, Friday November 28 and Saturday November 29 at 7.30 p.m. There will also be an afternoon performance on the Saturday at 2.30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on November 1 costing £7/adult, £3/child. Please contact Tina French on 892580 / for tickets.

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: The afternoon book group are next meeting November 28, 2pm. October’s book is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Death is the narrator of this story, set in Nazi Germany. It’s the story of the inhabitants of Himmel Street, especially of nine year old Liesel living with a foster family, who steals books. For further information of the book/group, please call Nicky on 01424 892474.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are holding their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 6. This will be held at Ashburnham Village Hall, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be local produce, seasonal stalls and a raffle along with WI refreshments and much more.

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

ST PETER’S: Church services for St Peter’s, Ashburnham, 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated November 16, Morning praise with children’s activities. November 23, Family communion with children’s activities. November 30, Morning praise with children’s activities

ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL: Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30a.m. unless otherwise stated November 16, Holy communion. November 23, Morning Prayer. November 30, Advent carol service

CHAPEL: Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30p.m. unless otherwise stated November 16, Communion service. November 23, Evening Service. November 30, Evening Service

PRAYER MEETINGS: 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.

CONTACT ME: 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