We are delighted to now have a Hub in the heart of East Sussex, at Ashburnham Place, in partnership with Ashburnham Christian Trust. Set in 220 acres of beautiful countryside and woodland, Ashburnham Place was gifted to ACT by John Bickersteth who was a clergyman with a heart to see theological education and training at its heart. This vision continues to this day with a particular emphasis on equipping the wider church to be catalysts of the Kingdom throughout society.
Ashburnham is a connecting place which resources people to be radical and bright through all of life which is a great synergy with the vision of WTC to transform, heal and release God’s people fully into His purposes by integrating the best of scholarship with the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The East Sussex Hub meets on Tuesday evenings between 6pm and 10pm.
Ashburnham Christian Trust also offers an exciting opportunity to join its University & Community Programme, which combines living and serving on the work team at Ashburnham Place while studying on Westminster Theological Centre’s CertHE or Graduate Diploma course.
Judith Ellis is our Hub Director in East Sussex. Judith is from Peacehaven, in East Sussex. She recently returned from a 14 year experience in Nepal, where she was the CEO of Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). KISC is a thriving Christian international school for 4-18 year olds as well as a teacher training centre for Nepali teachers. She has 25 years of experience in education and church leadership. Judith’s heart is to see ‘Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’ become a reality in everyone’s daily lives.
Ashburnham Christian Trust
From South East London and the Dartford Tunnel.
Take the A21 through Pembury, Lamberhurst and Robertsbridge. At John’s Cross turn right on to the A2100 signposted to Battle. On the outskirts of Battle, at the roundabout, turn right on to the A271 signposted Bexhill. The entrance to Ashburnham Place is on the right, about four miles from Battle, 200 yards after a very sharp bend.
From South West London and Heathrow Airport
Take the M25 anti-clockwise to Junction 6 and then take the A22 through Godstone, East Grinstead, Forest Row and down to Horsebridge (the Boship Hotel roundabout). Take the second exit on to the A271. Continue through Magham Down, Herstmonceux and Windmill Hill to Boreham Street. After leaving Boreham Street the A271 turns left, signposted Battle. After about 2 miles you will see Ashburnham Place on the left hand side at the brow of the hill. There is plenty of parking on site.
There is usually at least an hourly service from Charing Cross and Waterloo East to Battle via Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Battle Station is about 5 miles from Ashburnham Place. Taxis are available outside the station. There is also an hourly service from Victoria to Bexhill via Clapham Junction, East Croydon, Gatwick and Eastbourne. Bexhill Station is about 7 miles from Ashburnham Place. Taxis are available outside the station.
Students wishing to use taxis from the station are recommended to book in advance.
The following companies offer a regular service:
- Battle Taxis (24h service) – 01424 777 222
- Town & Country (until 11pm, not Sunday) – 01424 772 222
- 24 seven (24h service) – 01424 777 077