Lent Lunch 13 April

Saturday April 13th
12.30 – 2pm
Ashford Carbonel Village Hall
Please do come along and enjoy meeting friends, neighbours and
visitors over a simple lunch of homemade soup with crusty bread,
followed by coffee and biscuits
Everyone is welcome
Participants are invited to make a donation which this year will be split between
Christian Aid and Ashford Carbonel Church.

St Mary Magdalene’s Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in Ashford Carbonell Church on Thursday 4th April 2019 starting at 7.00 pm.

The Church Electoral Roll, which is renewed every six years, is due for renewal

this year. Application forms (ER2) are being distributed to all those named on the existing roll. Anyone else who would like to be entered on the new roll is invited to contact the Electoral Roll Officer, Betty Meredith ( 831261 ) as soon as possible.

 All application forms should be completed and lodged by 15th March 2019.

Eligibility for inclusion on the Electoral Roll requires (i) completing an application form (ER2) (ii) being aged sixteen years or upwards (iii) being baptised in the Church of England ( or a Church in communion with the Church of England ) and either being resident within the parish of Ashford Carbonell or having worshipped regularly at St Mary Magdalene’s Church within the past six months.

Ron Meredith ( Hon. Sec. Ashford Carbonell PCC ).

Lent Lunch Saturday 16 March

Saturday March 16th
12.30 – 2pm
Ashford Carbonel Village Hall
Please do come along and enjoy meeting friends, neighbours and
visitors over a simple lunch of homemade soup with crusty bread,
followed by coffee and biscuits
Everyone is welcome
Participants are invited to make a donation which this year will be split between
Christian Aid and Ashford Carbonel Church.

January 26th Burns Night Celebration

What an amazing night we had to celebrate Burns Night, organised by Ishbel and David Yellowley! The Master of Ceremonies, Peter Stretton introduced Dave Froggatt who paraded the Haggis around the room before David Yellowley gave the traditional “Address to the Haggis”.
We were entertained with live music and singing accompanied by harpist Hannah Coleman, her daughter Hattie Coleman, soprano, and Ali Adams on violin.
After the traditional grace, a delicious 3 course meal of Cullen Skink, Haggis with neeps and tatties and a selection of traditional Scottish desserts was enjoyed by all the 60 villagers and friends who attended.
After coffee, Matthew Brundrett gave an excellent speech to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, Lucy Treasure gave a gentle rendition of Burns’ “To a Mouse” and then Crawford Robinson gave a “Toast to the Lassies” in the style of Robert Burns and the response “Toast to the Laddies” was given by his wife Margaret Delattre, both of which had their audience in stitches. The evening concluded with a heartfelt rendition by David Yellowley of Burns “A Man’s a Man a’ that”.
A big thank you must also be made to the committee members who helped behind the scenes with cooking, preparing the hall, manning the bar and generally helping to make the evening go so smoothly.
The photos say it all.

Mar 2019

There is a notable air of excitement in the village again, it could be the first signs of Spring or even England’s brilliant performance in the 6 Nations but it is more likely to be the forthcoming start of the bowling season.
The regular bowlers have been looking forward to this, throughout the winter, and it is interesting to see how they keep themselves fit during this time. Two people have gone to the southern hemisphere, for warm weather training. One, unfortunately, found the regime too tough and has come home early. Another member jogs around the village, every morning, doing his paper round, and yet another jogs for miles, daily, whilst exercising his two dogs. One extremely fit person can be seen running up Church Lane, most Sunday mornings, his intention being to arrive first at Church, so that he can take the collection. Later in the day he can be seen running to the Village Hall bar, both activities a throwback to his previous profession.
However they do it, the objective is the same, to be fit and ready to carry out whatever maintenance is required, on the bowling green, during March and then be ready to start bowling in early April.
We are most fortunate to have the bowling green, and plenty of spare bowls in the village, and it is a shame that so few people take advantage of it. I make this plea every year, if you are remotely interested in playing, please come along, 2pm Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, and towards the end of April, at 7pm on Wednesday evenings.
Mick Carson.

News from St. Andrew’s, Ashford Bowdler – Feb 19

Annual Meetings
The Annual Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in St. Andrew’s Church on Monday, 25th March, starting at 7.30pm. The first meeting is open to all residents of Ashford Bowdler, while the second is only for those on the church electoral roll. This is your chance to hear what the church and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) have been doing over the past year and to make any comments and suggestions for what we may do in future. The meetings will be followed by a first meeting of the new PCC.
Formal notice of the meetings will be sent in advance to all those on the electoral roll, together with the agenda and the financial statements for 2018 and other reports. As mentioned in the February magazine, a new Church Electoral Roll has to be prepared this year, so if you have not yet renewed your existing entry on the roll, or if you are not yet on the roll and would like to be added, please contact Ann Lansdell (831268) for the necessary form as soon as possible. The qualification for entry on the roll is that you should be baptised in the Church of England (or a church in communion with the Church of England) and either be resident within the parish of Ashford Bowdler or have worshipped at St. Andrew’s church within the past six months.
BCP services
We would like to remind magazine readers that we use the Book of Common Prayer for all our regular services at St. Andrew’s, rather than any of the more modern orders of service. We know this does not appeal to everyone, but we also know there are those who like the traditional forms of Holy Communion, Matins and Evensong. We extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us
at any of these services, even if it is just once in a while.

Sea Shanties at the Pub

They’re back, Hobsons Choice, Europe’s most inland Sea Shanty group will be performing on Friday 1 March from 7:30pm at the Village Hall.

Hobsons Choice

Ashford Carbonel Talent Exhibition

This is a new event for our parish and it aims to celebrate the many talents of the people who live here. We are planning to hold an exhibition of everyone’s creative talents in St Mary Magdalene Church, Ashford Carbonel and so we hope that as many people as possible will want to exhibit and that everyone will come along to see them.
The exhibition will run from Friday July 6th until Friday July 12th.
Here are some ideas:-

  • Pictures of all sorts and sizes – Watercolours, Oils, Pastels or Pencil.
  • Sculptures – Glass, Wood, Metal or other Materials.
  • Pottery.
  • Photography.
  • Textiles
  • Sewing, Needlework and Embroidery.
  • Weaving.
  • Practical Homemade Objects.
  • Floral Displays.
  • Performances – we are planning to lay on some performances during the week.
  • Examples of Cooking – Jams and Chutneys.
  • Ideas from the Natural World.
  • Any other ideas

If you are happy for your item to be sold during the exhibition, we would appreciate it if a percent-age was donated to St Mary Magdalene Church. If, however, you would like to keep your item, it can be labelled ‘not for sale’.
To help with planning the event, it would be useful to have an initial expression of interest in exhibiting. If you would like to be involved, please contact Claudia Marsden-Smedley on email claudiatinkershill@gmail.com, so that we can continue with our planning.

February 2019

Here we are at the start of a new year – where did the last year go to?! Time seems to fly when you’ve lots to keep yourself busy. The January sales are a good time to stock up with materials and resources for next Christmas, even if you don’t know yet what gifts you are going to make! Standard ‘store cupboard’ resources are always a good buy, especially as prices always seem to be on the rise. Sewing machine needles should be changed regularly, so these are always on my ‘sale’ list along with good quality thread. Doughty’s of Hereford is a must visit place for fabric and now that all their fabrics are under one roof I will soon be making a visit looking for inspiration for those Spring and Summer makes.
Show and Tell had plenty of knitted clothes for toddlers. Easy to do with feet up, watching the Xmas TV and films. The beauty of knitting for babies and toddlers is that the garments can be knitted quickly and don’t take too much yarn. Some of the items shown had been knitted from yarns left over from other projects. A bit of creative adjusting gave old patterns a new look. A modular knitted cardigan was intriguing some, so we will take a closer look at modular (or domino knitting as it is sometimes called) in one of our future meetings. Paper quilled characters, including some lovely owls were amazing; knitted little Xmas trees had been completed and were ready to pack away for next Xmas. A lovely covered diary, received as a gift, was much admired and provided inspiration for mak-ing covered notebooks.
Craft work underway today included 7 yarn braiding in the round, producing very pretty, colourful cord; sewing a practical cover for a kitchen gadget; knitting various items from small pieces to full garments. The sewing machine was also in use as one member took on the job of replacing a zip in her husband’s corduroy trousers.
Help is at hand to guide you through any project.
There is a file available with ideas for charity makes for knitters and stitchers who would like to make something but who do not have their own projects.
Next meeting: Monday 18 February 2019 (3rd Monday) 2–4pm at Ashford Carbonel village hall.
Everyone welcome.

To Everest Base Camp

An Illustrated Talk by Matthew Brundrett
Saturday 23″‘ February 2019
Ashford Village Hall
Light refreshments Bar open
Entry £3 in aid of Ashford Village Hall