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Norman Johnson. Died 27 September

I would like to thank all the wonderful neighbours and friends in Ashford Carbonel who supported me so kindly and helpfully during what has been a traumatic and stressful year.  Norman first went into hospital in early April, remained there for two months, and was then in and out and, finally, confined to the house …

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Church Yard Clean up

An enthusiastic band (not all of them in the photo) have had 3 sessions to clear the Bales Tomb – on the North West corner of the Church.  Sadly none of the family now live in the area to be able to show them what a magnificent tomb their ancestors built, but it really is …

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Trev’s Bar – new opening

Due to popular demand we will be opening “early doors”  from five ’till six! Surplus draught beers from Sunday will still be discounted! “Early Doors“ Tuesdays will only continue with your support so let’s give it a go! Cheers! Dave and Matthew

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Village Hall Update

The quiet season for the Village Hall is coming to an end as the winter programme of activities and events kicks in. Both Quiz Night and Flicks in the Sticks started during October and it was wonderful to see them back with good attendances. By the time you read this, the Grand Bric-a-Brac Sale (21st …

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Harvest Festival Event

Wow, what a wonderful Harvest Evening. The moon was full and shining through a clear sky as we came out of church.   The service was uplifting and short with cracking hymns and the church decorated beautifully with a stunning array of flowers and harvest goods. Then the supper…. What a happy gathering drawing in people …

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New Rector

A new Rector has been appointed for the new Ashfords Group, which St Mary Magdalene and St Andrew’s Churches are part of. Our new Rector is the Rev. Lynn Money. Lynn is currently a vicar in the Dunstable parish, in the Diocese of St. Albans. She was ordained in Hereford and worked for some time …

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Clever Girls

During the past months five of our members have worked very hard and put in many hours preparing their entries for both the Shrewsbury Flower Show and Burwarton Show. Both shows are held in early August which means twice as much work. The standard in both these shows is very high, the rules and regulations …

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In Memoriam

We are very sorry to report the sudden death on 14th July of Bronwen Coldwell at the age of 81. From her arrival in the village on Derek’s retirement over 25 years ago she has been an active and much loved member of the village community. Bronwen served as President of the Village Hall Committee …

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Historic Churches Ride & Stride

It was a day to remember to have Mike and Amanda`s wedding on the same day -we do not often have such joyful occasions … Pity the weather was not so accommodating!! I had a lovely day too – although I did get VERY wet three times – rather like a typical April day though …

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St Mary Magdalene Church, Ashford Carbonel is open for business

We have come a long way in the six and a half years since the Restoration Project bank account was first opened! It is a remarkable achievement to see the north nave of the church roof finally restored and the church open daily once again. Last year a number of community events were organised created …

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Important Notice

Several people in the area have reported suspicious telephone calls purporting to be from Bank or Building Society, saying “We are checking your details and have your card number as 1234, and when you say no that’s wrong, they ask for the whole card number. Or they say “You have won….”, and ask for your …

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Village Barbeque

A big, big thank you to all those who helped with and all those who attended the Village Barbeque on Saturday 12th August. The weather was unusually cooperative (for this August) with lovely warm sunshine – the impressive array of gazebos / marques was needed for sun protection rather than rain sanctuary. Over 90 people …

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Strawberry Tea in June

Thank you to all who came to the lovely afternoon which by now does seem a long time ago! The Turnout was fantastic and it didn’t really rain. We are always indebted to all the support in helping with the event – setting up and packing away; help in the kitchen which did seem full …

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Car Boot 2017

Unfortunately there will not be a car boot this year. Hopefully we will return bigger and better in 2018. Village Hall Committee

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Ashford Carbonel Wine Group

A taste of Portugal and Spain The group left Ashford Carbonell on Sunday May 7th 2017 and travelled by coach to Plymouth for the overnight ferry crossing to Santander in Spain. The first night in Spain was spent at the Parador in Tordesillas where there was time to relax or have a swim before dinner. …

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Roof Repairs

St Mary Magdalene – Roof Repairs The re-tiling of the north side of the nave roof goes on apace and the roof will look very smart when it is completed.  On Saturday June 10th two stone masons ( plus Stephen and Lucy Treasure ) worked tirelessly all day to engrave peoples names or initials onto …

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Top of the Pots

The day was dry and bright and off we set, members and friends, for a day trip to the ‘World of Wedgwood’ in Barleston, Stoke on Trent. On arrival we had coffee and organised our day. We started with a tour of the factory where we learned about all aspects of the production, processes and …

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Britain on Film: Rural Britain

On Friday 19th May we had the most wonderfully nostalgic treat; a collection of archive film recordings, compiled by the British Film Institute, covering rural Britain from the early 1900s to the early 1980s. The earliest was a 1904 recording of haymaking; the most recent, a 1981 mini documentary about a proposed Cold War nuclear …

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Posh Jumble and Bric-a-Brac Sale 2017

People were queuing at the door an hour before the start of the grand jumble on 6th May and by 11.00 when it was supposed to start we had a full hall! Morning coffee with delicious homemade cakes was served throughout the morning. The leftovers were collected by Pam Reynolds from Leominster who sells it …

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Ceilidh Night 13th May

60 villagers and friends danced the night away to the amazing HiJinx Ceilidh Band last Saturday. Even though they were playing all afternoon at the Spring Festival in Ludlow Castle, Kitty Greenwood and her band still had loads of energy left to give us a very entertaining evening!! The Hog Roast was provided by Walls …

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