BOOK GROUPS: The April book is “The True Deceiver” by Tove Jansson. (yes, she’s the Moomintroll woman, but this is a grown-up novel). This study of human character, tinged with menace, tells of the relationship between two strong women: a young sharp outsider and a wealthy elderly illustrator. Readers are left to decide for themselves who is deceiving whom. The afternoon group will meet on April 24, 2 p.m. at Ashburnham Place whilst the evening group will meet on April 28, 8 p.m. If you would like to borrow the book or would like further information about either group, please contact Nicole on 894208 or Nicky on 892474.

THROUGH TREES AND TIME: Peter Miles will be repeating this walk on the Sunday mornings of April 26 and May 3. Although it concentrates on a small area of neighbouring Mountfield, the walk features the old Sow Trail (Sow Lane) through the woods and fields from Panningridge Furnace in Penhurst to Robertsbridge. The walk will also cover woodland archaeology, medieval earthworks, other industrial remains, woodland craft, local botany including a very rare plant and an even rarer tree, foraging (with recipes), and more. The cost is £7.50 per person towards the early Norman church of All Saints, Mountfield. To book, or for more details, contact Peter on or 01580 880614.

CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on April 27, 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

GARDENING CLUB: Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on April 27, 7.30 p.m. at the Church Hall. This month will be a seed and plant exchange evening. Take along any seeds you no longer need, seedlings you have no room for or plants you would like to sell or exchange. Everyone is welcome. Membership is £20/year.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Tuesday, May 5 & 26, 2.40 p.m. - 3 p.m.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The first meeting of the new council (elected on May 7) will be on Wednesday, May 20 in the Sports Pavilion at 7.30 p.m. where members of the public are welcome to attend.

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:

April 26, Family Communion with children’s activities

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

April 26, Morning Prayer

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

April 26, 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