Ashburnham and Penhurst village voice

Thomas Albert Peters, affectionately known as “Bert” died on March 20 2012 aged 92. He was born in The Post Office in Ponts Green and lived there nearly all of his life. From his late teens he drove his father’s taxi’s, taking Ashburnham people to airports, school and various other destinations and was well known and loved by everybody.

After his father retired he took over running the businesses; the post office, petrol pumps, blacksmiths and taxi service. From his early 20’s he was secretary of the Ashburnham Congregational Chapel now The United Reformed Chapel and he preached there and in numerous other Churches in the area until a couple of years ago. During his lifetime he took an active part in village life, playing, football, cricket and stoolball. He always had a kind word for everybody he met and was always available for villagers to tell their troubles and concerns to. His love for his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ radiated throughout his whole life. His life revolved around The Chapel and he would have been overwhelmed to see the 200 or so people that turned out to say goodbye to him at his Service of Thanksgiving on April 5 2012. He was taken from the Chapel to Penhurst Church where he was laid to rest with his wife Audrey who passed away many years previously. Janet Would like to thank everybody for their love, prayers and support over the past weeks.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club’s April meeting is on Monday April 23, 7.30pm at the Church Hall, Ashburnham Place..This month is a talk entitled “Tales from the Potting Shed” with Jim Payne. Everyone Welcome. £2.00 for non members to include refreshments. Contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 for more information or see the website

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday April 26, 9.50am - 10.10am.

The Ashburnham and Penhurst book group gets together on Friday April 27. This month, they are reading Dickens’ “Our Mutual Friend”. If you’d like to borrow a copy to read, give Nicky a call. From now on, the book group will be meeting on the fourth Friday of the month.Remember, you don’t have to come to their gatherings to read the books - just ask Nicky if you’d like to borrow a copy. Call her on 01424 892474.

The Ashburnham & Penhurst Diamond Jubilee Fund Raising Committee are holding a coffee morning at The Sports Pavilion on Saturday April 28 10.00am – 12.00pm.

Go along to their last coffee morning before the Jubilee celebrations!

The Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club are having a spring plant sale on Saturday May 19 at Asburnham Sports Pavilion, 10am-1pm. Refreshemtns, including soup and cakes provided by the WI. For further information please contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 or view their website

The next Coffee Morning is on Monday May 21 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.

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:.

April 22, 10.30am Communion Service with Children’s Activities.

April 29, 10.30am Morning Praise with Children’s Activities.

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst:

April 22, 10.30am Morning Prayer followed by Annual Meeting & PCC.

April 29, 10.30am Morning Prayer.

Services for Ashburnham Chapel:

April 22, 6.30pm Evening Service

April 29, 6.30pm Evening Service

Prayer and Bible reading meetings on Tuesday at 2.30pm at the Chapel. Contact Bert Peters on 01424 892311 for further information.

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.