Ashley Pavilion Trust March 2016

Already this year the Trustees have been working hard on your behalf, to keep pace with the rigours of life in the 21st Century and comply with all the rules and regulations imposed upon us from the powers that be. This has involved many hours of research and innumerable emails and drafts and redrafts but we have managed to produce a Health and Safety dossier to be proud of! All that remains now is to ensure general compliance and this, dear readers, is down to you, or at least to those of you who kindly hire the Pavilion for all the many and varied activities it hosts and supports. We are very aware that all this red tape can seem very irritating but unfortunately it is a necessary evil these days and your co-operation will be much appreciated.

Newcomers to the village might like to know that the Pavilion plays host to a number of Clubs and Groups; there is a Bridge Club, a Carpet Bowls Club and three Art Groups and a Drop-In meeting on the first Wednesday of the month. Michelle’s fun-packed Moves Fitness Class on Saturday mornings is a great way to start the weekend and the super-fit could complete the week with an Hour of Power on Friday mornings. Full details are on the last page of the magazine.

It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that this year Her Majesty the Queen is celebrating her 90th Birthday and Ashley is beginning to gear up to put together a memorable event on Sunday 12 June and play its part. Ashley Fundraisers are planning to hold a Fundraising event to help meet the costs.

The Village Fête will be held at the Recreation Ground as usual on Sunday 7 August and we hear that plans are already afoot for (quote) “making this the best Fête yet” and the Village Quiz Nights are unmissable, great fun and well-attended. The first will be held on Saturday 4 June and as always, it is wise to book a table at the first opportunity. Following on from the success of last year’s event, there are rumours of a repeat Apple Pressing Day later in the year (date to be advised).

We were sorry that the enjoyable children’s messy play sessions were short-lived due to conflicting family commitments. Anyone wishing to start up another such group would be made welcome. We’re here for the community.

A couple of reminders for you:

To book an event at the Pavilion please contact Debbie Garrity on 01638 730263 or e.mail her on:

Ashley 100 Club, the village lottery, always welcomes new members and those new to the village might like to know that the annual subscription is still only £12 per member!! To join the 100 Club and have a chance of winning £30, £20 or £10 in the monthly draw, contact me on 01638 731013 or email: As a bonus, 100 Club Members receive a one-off £5.00 reduction from the fee when hiring the Pavilion. What’s not to like? We are very grateful to all our faithful members for their continued support.

Alison Pascoe