BOOK GROUPS: November’s book is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. In Afghanistan, motherless 10-year old Abdullah would do anything for his little sister Pari. With their father they set out across the desert to search for work in Kabul. Neither child knows what this fateful journey will bring them. ‘Hosseini breaks your heart and leaves you smiling.’ Daily Telegraph. The afternoon book group will meet at Brown Bread Street at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 27. 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.

PANTS: This year PANTS presents Dick Whittington at Ashburnham Village Hall on November 26 and 27 at 7.30pm and November 28 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Adults £7, Children £3 (including a programme and interval refreshments). Tickets go on sale (first come first served). Please use the Ticket Order Form available on the parish website (, pick up an order form from The Ash Tree Inn or email: requesting an order form.

DECEMBERS VILLAGE VOICE: Please note that there will not be a Village Voice during December. Therefore, please make a note of forthcoming events in your diaries now.

COFFEE MORNING: The next Coffee Morning is on Monday, December 7 and 21 and January 4 and 18 in the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place 10.30am to noon. You are welcome to go along for a good friendly chat.

PUB QUIZ: The Ash Tree Inn are holding their next Pub quiz on December 7 and January 5, at 7.45pm. Entry is £1 per person and a set meal of £5 can be ordered. Please call them on 892104 for further details.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The next Ashburnham and Penhurst Parish Council meeting is on December 2, 7.30pm at the Pavilion. All residents are welcome to attend.

CHAPEL COFFEE MORNING: Ashburnham Chapel are holding a coffee morning on December 28 and January 25, 10.30am to noon. All are welcome to join them.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: The WI are holding their annual Christmas Fayre on December 5, 10am to 1pm at Ashburnham Village Hall. There will be local produce, seasonal stalls, a raffle, WI refreshments and much more on offer. They look forward to seeing you there.

CHAPEL CAROL SERVICE: The Chapel are holding their Carol Service on December 6 at 6.30pm. Music from the Sovereign Band and Ashburnham Christian Trust Choir.

The service will be followed by mince pies, tea and coffee. Offerings will go to Beachy Head Chaplaincy, Winston’s Wish and Dragonflies.

WI: Ashburnham and Penhurst WI are next meeting on Monday, December 11, 7.30pm at Ashburnham Village Hall. This will be a members only Christmas Celebration. They meet on January 18, 7.30pm in the village hall when Martin West and Catherine Duggleby will talk to them about the work of Hastings Street Pastors.

2M@1: The next meeting of 2M@1 is on December 14, 1pm at Ashburnham Church Hall. They will be having their Christmas Celebration - a Buffet Lunch with Paul McVeagh playing Carols on his guitar. They meet on January 11 with Reminiscences of Ashburnham Part 2: Monie Creasey with Jennifer Oldroyd. Everyone is very welcome to join them.

VILLAGE LUNCH: The next Village Lunch is on December 16 and January 20, at Ashburnham Village Hall, 12.30pm. 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.

CAROL SINGING: Join the tractor-drawn tinsel-bedecked trailer as they travel from house to house singing carols, and occasionally lingering for mince pies or a warming drink. The tour starts from the Chapel at 6pm and finishes at around 8pm. Wrap up warmly and bring a torch or lantern. As part of the tour of every corner of the village, this year they are going along Farthing Lane, taking in Brigden Hill and ending up at Lattendens. If you would like us to sing a carol (or two) at your home, or would like to offer refreshments to the carol singers, please get in touch with Nicky on 01424 892474.

PUB CAROLS: You are invited to join in singing Carols at the Ash Tree Inn on December 21, 7.30pm.

PLOUGH SUNDAY: No matter how sophisticated it gets, farming is still a risky living. Weather, blight, disease and drought can all bring horrendous problems. So what better way to start the new year than to revive the ancient custom of Plough Sunday – a day when we entrust the life and work of our farms and gardens to Almighty God and ask for his blessing. GO along to Kitchenham Farm on Sunday, January 10 at 11.30am and join Ashburnham Chapel and Ashburnham Church for some great hymns, good fellowship, and the opportunity to pray for the farming year.

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, Sunday 10.30am Service of the Word. December 6, All Age Service. December 13, 6pm Carol Service. December 20, Morning Praise with Children’s Activities. December 24, 4pm Christingle Service. December 25, All Age Shortened Communion. December 27, Communion Service with Children’s Activities.

ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL: Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst, Sunday, 10.30am Advent Carol Service. December 6, Holy Communion. December 13, Morning Prayer. December 20, 5pm Carol Service. December 25, Holy Communion. December 27, Morning Prayer with Carols.

CHAPEL: Services for Ashburnham Chapel, Sunday, 6.30pm Evening Service. December 6, Carol Service. December 13, Evening Service. December 20, Evening Service. December 27, Evening Service.

PRAYER MEETINGS: The Chapel and St Peter’s church are joining together for prayer meetings. These will be held on the second Thursday of the month, 8pm 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:

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