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Petanque Players - Sign up now for Team Practices!
The Rutland and District Petanque League has accepted the registration of a new Ashley team for the 2019 season.
The first Ashley Pétanque Tournament will take place on Saturday 8th June for a maximum of 32 teams of two players. The event will coincide with a beer festival at The George with live music and food across the weekend….so please mark in your diaries for what promises to be a great occasion.
Ashley Athletiques will play home matches on the recreation ground and away matches around Rutland on Tuesday evenings starting in May. The team will consist of six players each match although the squad will need to be much larger. Practise sessions will start in April so please contact Jon Wells (address in newsletter) for futher information.
The ever-popular Annual Tug-of-War between Ashley and Medbourne is being contested in Ashley this year on EASTER MONDAY, 22 April.
Meet first at The George at 9.30am bacon butties. All villagers welcome to support Ashley against the Medbourne team!
Evening with Allan Leonard
DATE – 9thMAY AT 7.30PM TO APPROX 9.15PM
Allan is unbelievably well connected having been a racehorse owner, breeder, bloodstock agent and a serious punter. He is an amusing and extremely interesting speaker with stories spanning a lifetime.
This is an evening at the Village Hall not to be missed which will include Q and A’s. Entry will be £5 per person. Tickets from Kirstie Mitchell or Peter Oppenheimer.
Music in Ashley Church Presents
A Night at the Opera
Sunday 16th June. 6.30 for 7pm.
Peterborough Opera, under the direction of Kate Wishart, will be performing well-known and popular opera arias as well as more modern show-stoppers.
Your chance to hear our own Julie van Haperen from Ashley performing!
Tickets £15 including glass of wine and canapes. Under 16's free.
Charity Partner for Music in Ashley Concerts
Here's a letter from Cathy Anderson about the wonderful Lakelands Hospice who is once again the Church charity partner for our Music in Ashley concerts. Do please come and support each event.
"Lakelands is an award-winning day hospice in Corby which my husband Stephen Bashford, who had a brain tumour, attended in late 2017."
"Lakelands was a lifeline for us. On his weekly visits, Stephen found peace amongst people who really understood the challenges he was facing. The nurses offer a range of physical and emotional support; Stephen delighted in using their specialist bath! Fellow patients quickly became close friends and Stephen soon renamed Lakelands his "Club". The most valuable friendship was with a younger man who, like Stephen, had a young family to support. As Stephen deteriorated, the chance to offer moral support to someone else became incredibly important to him. For me, Lakelands offered safe respite and, if needed, a chance to talk about the issues we were facing."
"At a very difficult time, Lakelands offers compassion and individualised care that brings light to the darkest day. I shall be forever grateful for the quality they added to Stephen's final months." -
For more information visit www.lakelandshospice.org.uk See the website calendar and newsletter for upcoming Music in Ashley events.
News from the Ashley MUGA Sports Committee
Excellent news! The tennis court and cricket nets at Ashley Sports Ground is open for use! See here for some rules to be mindful of. Many thanks to all those involved with getting this fantastic facility off the ground.
Ashley Village Facebook Page
We would like to invite all Ashley Villagers to join our "closed group" Facebook page. There are now 82 members (as of February 2019) and it's a great way to share the latest news.
Any Facebook member can search to join the "Ashley Village" group - just ask to be a friend and wait to be accepted! The group is organised so only members can view the contents. Once a member please feel free to post away - anything relevant to village life!
New Community Bus for Ashley
Great news. A new Community bus service to and from Market Harborough has started and is now running every Tuesday from outside the George Pub to the Market Bus Stop in Market Harborough.
Leaves Ashley at 09.50 and arrives in MH at 10.10
Leaves MH at 12.30 and arrives in Ashley 12.50
For a link to the timetable please see here
Bus passes can be used. Much cheaper than a taxi fare!
Please spread the word to neighbours and elderly residents in Ashley who may not get this email so that this service is regularly used.
Facebook for Village Hall and Church
Please visit the open Facebook page for the Village Hall. Great for those outside the village too as there are photographs which show the excellent amenities available for hire. Visit: www.facebook.com/ashleyvillagehall
Please visit the open Facebook page for the Church. Find out about upcoming events in our Grade 1 listed Church.