LINDA KEELEY: Denis, Ros and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to send their condolences after the passing of mum. We have been overwhelmed by the kind cards, letters and number of people who attended her Funeral on Monday. Mum was involved in many things over her lifetime within the community and was much loved by many. She will be sorely missed.

100 CLUB: A new 100 Club has been set up to support the New Village Project. For just £12 (£1 per month) you have the opportunity to support the New Village Project AND win a cash prize! It’s easy, just sign up, a number will be allocated to you and entered in the monthly draw which will take place at the Ash pub quiz. The first draw will take place in December so don’t miss out, ring Robin on 892674 today!

MENS BREAKFAST: Ashburnham Church invites you to a Men’s Breakfast at Ashburnham Place on October 3, 8.30 a.m. Jason Newton, an Airline Pilot, will be talking about “A wing and a prayer - flying with faith and trying to soften the landing!” A warm welcome awaits all our guests. To book your place in advance, please contact: John French 01424 892580 or John Cormode 01424 848415 A donation on the day of £5 would be welcomed.

TRACTOR RUN: This years ‘Tingle’s Trundle’ is taking place on October 4, meeting at 11 a.m. at the field close to the Ash. Refreshments are available at the Ash but please book in advance. For further details, please call Brain Walker on 893438.

CHAPEL HARVEST: The Chapel will be holding their Harvest celebrations on October 4. The chapel will be open from 4 p.m. for viewing, followed by a tea at 5 p.m. Their Harvest thanksgiving Songs of Praise Service will follow at 6.30 p.m. which will be a great time of singing your favourite harvest hymns. The offerings from the service will be sent to Water Aid. All are welcome to attend.

COFFEE MORNING: The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, October 5 & 19 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat.

PUB QUIZ: The Ash Tree Inn are holding their next Pub quiz on October 6, at 7.45 p.m. Entry is £1/person and a set meal of £5 can be ordered. Please call them on 892104 for further details.

2M@1: The next meeting of 2M@1 is on October 12, 1 p.m. at Ashburnham Church Hall. Their speaker will be Dr Brian Hick from the Seaview Project...offering help and inspiration for people living on society’s margins. Everyone is very welcome to join us

QUIZ NIGHT: A Quiz Night is being held on Sarurday, October 17 at Ashburnham Village Hall, 7 p.m. The cost is £10 per person to include a supper and entry into the raffle. There is a prize for the winning team and a bar available. To book your ticket, please call Richard White on 07850 554210. teams are up to 8 people. All proceeds go to the New Village Hall.

WI: Ashburnham & Penhurst WI are next meeting on Monday, October 19, 7.30 p.m. at Ashburnham Village Hall. Following their business of their AGM, they will be holding a Beetle Drive (speed dating for insets!). Visitors and new members are always welcome.

VILLAGE LUNCH: The next Village Lunch is on October 21, 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 89231.

PARISH COUNCIL: The net Ninfield and Penhurst Parish Council meeting will take place on October 21, 7.30 p.m. at Ashburnham Sports Pavilion. All residents of both villages are welcome to attend.

CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on October 26 10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. All are welcome to join them.

GARDENING CLUB: Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are next meeting on Monday, October 26, 7.30 p.m. in Ashburnham Church Hall. They will begin with their Annual General Meeting and then will follow with a bring-and-share home grown supper and quiz. There will be a chance to sign up for membership for the coming year.

BOOK GROUPS: October’s book is “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne. 9 year old Bruno lives outside the fence of a nazi concentration camp and befriends Shmuel, a boy in ‘striped pyjamas’ on the other side of the fence. The novel traces Bruno’s gradual journey from blissful ignorance to painful knowledge and explores the abuse of power by adults and the powerlessness of children. The evening book group will meet at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 at Ashburnham Place. The afternoon book group will meet at Brown Bread Street Cottage at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 30. 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.

MI: November marks a favourite night in the MI calendar - Brewery Trip Night! Their ‘pilgrimage’ to Harvey’s at Lewes, followed by a meal, is on November 2. Due to limited places left, you are urged to book now! Those of a female persuasion are also invited, with the condition they wear false mustaches. Please contact Richard on 893130 for further information or to book your place.

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 October 4, Morning Prayer, October 11, Morning Prayer, october 18, Morning Prayer, October 25, Holy Communion

ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL: Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated October 4, Holy Communion, October 11, Morning Prayer, October 18, Holy Communion, October 25, Morning Prayer

CHAPEL: Services for Ashburnham Chapel, 6.30 p.m. unless otherwise stated October 4, Harvest Service, October 11, Evening Service, October 18, Evening Service, October 25, 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.

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