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Battle's Over - Ashley's Tribute to mark the Centenary of the end of WW1
We are delighted to let you know that the Parish Council has managed to organise the building and erection of a beacon on the brow of the hill in the recreation ground in time for this weekend's 100 years of Remembrance tribute. We extend our huge thanks to Sean and Amanda Palfrey of SP Welding in Stoke Albany for getting the beacon made for us in time and also thanks to Michael Squires for helping with the assembly.
Please be on the recreation ground at the brow of the hill for 6.35pm for a 6.40 prompt start. Ashley's bell ringers will be marking the occasion at 6.10pm as we walk up to the recreation ground.
There is the option of going in a car to the brow of the hill for anybody who may struggle to walk up there in the dark. Please contact Rob Stimpson on 565155 to register numbers needed for trips to the brow of the hill in advance. Meeting place is at the village hall at 6.20pm. We want as many villagers old and young to join this important occasion so please tell your neighbours, especially those that may not be on this regular email list.
Please bring torches and be aware that a couple of cars will be driving up so keep hold of young children.
6.40pm Start and introduction Poem/ reading by Tim Brown and "roll of honour". Prayers led by Mike Southwell. National Anthem.
6.55pm The Last Post by Archie Bowles (at the same time as many thousands across the country)
7pm WWI Beacons of Light - lighting of Ashley's beacon
After darkness has fallen, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.
This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.
The George will be open and Chris looks forward to welcoming villagers after the Beacon lighting.
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.
Charity Concert for Raleigh International and LOROS
Don't Miss "A Selection of Singers" at Ashley Church on Saturday 17th November, 6.30pm
This fundraising event is being organised by Alice Ramsden and village singers include: Julie Van Haperen, Adam and Mike Turney, Archie Bowles and Alice Ramsden. 10 people are giving their time and voices.
Suggested donation = £10. See here for the event poster.
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.
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!
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.