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Christmas Wreath Workshop
Just a reminder that the Christmas Wreath Workshops are running this coming Sunday. There are a few spaces left for the morning session from 10am until 1pm. Cost £35. Contact Kirstie Mitchell or Ann Morgan for more details.
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.
Ashley's New Beacon
TRIBUTE BY MARGARET RICHOLD TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF THE END OF WW1
"What a magnificent day of commemoration it was as Ashley paid tribute on Sunday Nov. 11th 2018 - 100 years following the end of WW1 hostilities.
Two events were exceptionally well attended starting at 10-30am for the Remembrance Service at the church led by Rev. Canon Sally Hughes where the attendance was larger than usual. Later, at 6-40pm on the brow of the hill in the Recreation Field when Ashley took part in the National event of WW1 Beacon of Light, an estimated more than 100 people attended this event.
These events don’t just happen and the Parish Council (PC) whose Chair is Steven Castens and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) with church wardens Eddie Culbert and Natalie Stiles have worked hard to make this a truly memorable day. In addition to the PC and PCC, others must be mentioned including the village choir, led by Carol-Ann Brown, the organ and piano players Lynda Gurney and Adam Palmer, Archie Bowles, our bugler, at both venues, the bell ringers, for both events, and later at the Beacon of Light Mike Southwell led the proceedings with a poem read by Tim Brown, the Roll of Honour read by Mick Marlow and the beacon fire lit by Sue Robinson, representing one of the oldest farming family in the village. The Squires farmers, Charles and Michael provided support throughout all these preparations including the positioning of the Beacon and providing combustible material and last but not least those providing transport to the brow of the hill and then the villagers of Ashley and their friends who rose to the occasion to support this auspicious event.
Thank you Ashley" - Margaret Richold
Photographs kindly supplied by Peter Richold
Message from the Wild Trout Trust
Improvement Works to the River Welland in Ashley
Note from Trust 13 November 2018: "...all of the habitat works have been completed. This has seen the introduction of 3 riffles to the river (shallow gravely areas which are used by fish to spawn upon), 6 flow deflectors have been created in order to introduce flow diversity and aid gravel sorting, and 130m of previously straightened channel has been re-graded to aid bank stability and increase habitat opportunities for plants. The enhanced low flow channel will aid bed scour, hopefully flushing out some of the dense plant growth that occurs.
I am pleased to report that brown trout were seen on the riffles last week as they gather for spawning." - Rob Mungovan
A Magical Night of Music
Now is the time to book up a table for A Magical Night of Music at The Old Barn in Ashley at 7.30pm on Saturday 2nd March. The event is in aid of the region's Air Ambulance service and the financing of the petanque court on the Ashley Recreational Ground.
The event features:
West End Encore - three West End artsists who have performed in shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and The Bodyguard.
Bizzi Dixon - living in Leicestershire and booked out regularly around the world. A runner up on The Voice. Come and enjoy his soulful and upbeat music.
Abba Authentic - a top tribute singing all your favourites.
The Barn is a sensational venue which allows the audience to sit at tables, the performers to move amongst the audience and for you to get up and dance if you want to. Snacks and nibbles will be provided on the tables and the bar is open all evening.
The event is organised by The Village People a group which comprises largely of Ashley villagers. The evening will be compered by Barry Badger from Harborough FM. Tickets are on sale at £20 per person or £10 for Under 16s. Contact Peter Oppenheimer or David Halstead (see newsletter for contact phone numbers and email addresses). Tables can be booked in 6's, 8's or 10's.
1st Welland Valley Scouts
A fantastic opportunity for volunteering. Come and get involved with the Welland Valley Scout Group which meet in Ashley and Medbourne Village Halls. Please click the link below to find out about the different ways you can get involved.
Ashley Village Facebook Page
We would like to invite all Ashley Villagers to join our "closed group" Facebook page. There are now 60 members (as of February 2018) 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!
Friends, Romans & Countrymen!
Did you know that Ashley has an interesting history of occupation during Roman Britain? Well, now we have the evidence that you can hold in your hand. In August 2017 Vic and Nic struck the proverbial gold, 2 feet underground, whilst metal detecting. They dug and scraped and uncovered a large rim of a bowl and then part of the base. Over 200 small and larger pieces were eventually unearthed. The bowl isn't valuable as it isn't gold or silver, but it is of great historic interest to local museums, as rarely are items found with so many larger pieces still intact. The FLO sent it to the British museum for identification. They certified the bowl as a rare Roman item dated 300 - 400 AD. It is made of copper alloy and potentially is a ceremonial or water bowl.
The bowl has been loaned to Kettering Museum and is being displayed from September 2018 to January 2019 and efforts will be made to raise money for restoration. Once the display has finished it will be donated to them.
Why not go and take a look at the find from Ashley? It is free entry to Kettering Museum and you can donate what you can to preserve this beautiful and rare item.
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.