The wicket is being prepared, the outfield is being vigorously mowed and all is set for an Ashburnham Cricket Club match on Sunday 19th July. Teams will come ready dressed in their kit and will not use the changing rooms. Tea will be taken outside. All very unfamiliar but at least it’s a step back to normality. Saturday cricket is also likely to be a regular for the remainder of the season as many local teams do not have their own grounds and are anxious to tackle a backlog of matches.
Back in March we took the decision to postpone the Annual Village meeting that was planned for 23 April, and as we have not yet been able to have that we have sent out in the post a written newsletter during the interim period to provide you with an update.
- The Parish Pump (the number to have a friendly chat during times of isolation) has now ended after the positive conclusion that this was not required by Parishioners, however the hotline number is still available if you need any help or errands run.
- A review of street naming was launched last year after we received complaints about street name changes that appeared to have been made by Rother District Council with no substantive basis. As a result of a survey conducted with all of you, there were four streets identified and approved for a change/amendment of name. These changes were implemented by Rother District Council at the start of the year however it has come to our attention that in some cases there was also a concurrent change of postcode. The change of postcode has not been universally welcomed by all of those affected. We are now in the process of investigating why changes of postcode where deemed necessary. There is of course the possibility that the changes of postcode are unrelated to the street name changes given that the Post Office controls postcode and Rother District Council control street names. Once we have further information we will provide another update on this subject.
- The Ashburnham Museum more likely known to you as the red telephone kiosk situated down at The Pound, has recently undergone a long overdue spell of TLC and now has a new paint of coat. Renovations are taking place to create the ‘museum’ of past and present. On the outside of the windowpanes we will reflect the present with advertisements and local notices. Stepping inside the kiosk one will then find the ‘past’ represented by a collection of historical photos and an associated digest of information. We plan to rotate the internal exhibits approximately 3 times a year in order to keep the displays interesting. We already have plenty of photos to populate the initial displays and aim to have the ‘museum’ officially open in 3 months time. All we need to do now is to find a suitable name for the kiosk in its new guise. All ideas are most welcome.
The AGM should have been held in May but rather than a virtual ‘Zoom’ meeting the committee have waited until it is possible to have a face to face meeting (with suitable social distancing). The AGM is a meeting in public and all are welcome as there is plenty of space in the village hall for everyone to have space around them.
Both venues are back in business in July with the Art Club back at the pavilion and an indoor boot fair at the village hall on Saturday 18th July. Both venues are following similar regimes in terms of extra cleaning routines and protocols for hirers to follow. The changing rooms at the pavilion remain closed, however, so village cricket is unable to start until the government lifts some more restrictions.
The meeting of the parish council on Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 7.30pm will be a ‘virtual’ meeting online. It is still a meeting held in public and any member of the public wishing to ‘attend’ should email the clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be sent the invitation link by email about 10 minutes before the start of the meeting. The agenda for the meeting is available on the parish council meetings page.
May’s edition of the Parish magazine is now out and has lots of useful websites and contact numbers for help during the lockdown. It is another edition that is unfortunately unable to be delivered, so please pass on the message that it is on the website – to view it online click here
0800 246 5591 is the chat line known as the Parish Pump. It opens on Monday 20th April for five hours per day, six days a week from noon to 4pm and in the evening from 7 – 8pm for anyone who fancies some conversation to help pass the time.
More volunteers willing to take calls would be welcome so that the opening hours could be extended either during the day or in the evening or just as back up cover for an existing slot. If you’d like to know more about becoming involved call the hotline on 07836 716723 or email email@example.com.
We have made a list of some of the local shops that will deliver to Ashburnham and Penhurst. If you think of any others, let us know and we will try to add them and keep the list up to date. We hope this is helpful – it is still worth signing up to some of the ‘Vulnerable person’ priority schemes offered.
For a trial period of a couple of weeks the Parish Council is offering to cash a cheque for anyone who needs cash and cannot get it via their usual route. Simply call or text the hot line on 07836 716723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and the amount you need up to a limit of £100. We can arrange for someone to deliver the cash and collect your cheque. Cheques should be made payable to Ashburnham and Penhurst Parish Council. And if you are reading this you will quickly realise that the people most likely to need this service are also the least likely to be reading a web page. So please, if you know someone for whom this service might be useful, please speak to them and let them know about it.