Ashburnham village voice

Ashburnham & Penhurst Gardening Club plant sale is tomorrow, Saturday May 19, 10.00am – 1.00pm The Sports Pavilion, Ashburnham Recreation Ground. Refreshments including soup and cakes provided by the WI. For enquiries or to contribute any plants please contact Robin Wright on 01323 833955. Proceeds go towards the Village Flower Show and Fete.

The Ashburnham & Penhurst Diamond Jubilee Fund Raising Committee are holding a Quiz night at Ashburnham Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday May 19, 7.30pm. Adults £6.50, Children £3.50. Includes a ploughman’s supper. Refreshments available & Raffle. For tickets contact Gill Ratcliffe 01424 892674.

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.

Ashburnham & Penhurst WI is next meeting on Monday May 21 for a visit to the Bruderhof Community in Robertsbridge. Meet at the community at 7.30pm.

The East Sussex County Council Mobile Library service will next be in Ashburnham (by the chapel) on Thursday May 24, 9.50am - 10.10am.

Would you like to assist your newly qualified South Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb) voluntary Community First Responder (CFR) - Tony Smith? He is still seeking financial assistance to cover the cost of the initial kit that SECAmb provide (but do not cover the cost). Maybe you have a business in the area or provide a service to the local community or just know people that may one day benefit from Tony’s skills and knowledge. This is a vital service to have as being a rural community he can probably arrive well before an ambulance and such saving of time can save lives. If you would like to give a donation towards this, no matter how big or small, please send your donations to Tony, cheques payable to A Smith CFR (New Account) and dropped in to him at Brownbread Horse Rescue Centre in Brownbread Street.

Ashburnham & Penhurst Art Group. Have you always wished you could paint? Learn to paint in watercolour with local artist Vivienne Walkington. Unlock your unique creativity. Understand the basics of colour and composition. Develop skills and techniques. Lose your fear of the blank piece of paper. And have fun. 3-hour daytime sessions starting May 2012 Plus occasional weekend workshops If you’re interested in finding out more, please send an email to

Ashburnham and Penhurst book group gets together on Friday May 25. This month, they are reading Dickens’ “Our Mutual Friend”. Their next book will be “A Spot of Bother” by Mark Haddon, (who wrote The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), and the reviews are excellent. If you’d like to borrow a copy to read, give Nicky a call, you don’t have to go to their gatherings to read the books - just ask Nicky if you’d like to borrow a copy. Call her on 01424 892474.

Don’t forget to fill out the ticket request form for the tea at Penhurst and other Jubilee events over the weekend. For more information about the Jubilee events or copies of the ticket request form please see the special leaflet that has been delivered around the villages. To obtain a copy, please get in touch with Gill Ratcliffe on 01424 892674.

During May, June & July the Ashburnham and Penhurst Gardening Club will be hosted in different members gardens. For more information Contact Rhod Jones on 01424 892689 for more information or see the website

On Sunday June 3 at 11.00 am there will be Thanksgiving Service for all the family held in the Marquee at Ashburnham Sports field, led by Revd Francis Cumberlege. (Please note there will be no service at St Peter’s on this Sunday.) They hope everyone will go and join them in this service of thanksgiving for our Queen on her Jubilee. Stay on afterwards too for a bring & share family picnic lunch on the recreation ground, before heading over to Penhurst later in the afternoon for a cream tea.

Help Needed! The Ashburnham and Penhurst Diamond Jubilee Committee are organising some fun races on Monday June 4 as part of the Jubilee celebrations. There are a few things we would like to borrow for this event, if you can help or would like to help out on the day please phone Louise Roberts on 01424 893976.

They need..... Space hoppers, child’s football goal, and a badminton set, gazebos and small bales of hay. They are also on the lookout for old pairs of large size wellies which would not be returned. In the marquee there will be a display of old and interesting photos of the villages and previous village events. If you have any photos you would like to share please contact Gill Ratcliffe on 01424 892674 Thank you!

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:.

May 20, 10.30am Morning Praise with Children’s Activities

May 27, 10.30am Pentecost Communion Service with Children’s Activities

Church services for St Michael the Archangel, Penhurst:.

May 20, 10.30am Holy Communion

May 27, 10.30am Morning Prayer

Services for Ashburnham Chapel:

May 20, 6.30pm Evening Service

May 27, 6.30pm Chapel Anniversary

Prayer and Bible reading meetings on Tuesday at 2.30pm at the Chapel. Contact Fay Ramsden on 07860 113413 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