We are delighted to 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 flourish in the region. 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. There is indeed 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.
VIDEO: The East Sussex Hub at Ashburnham Place
Martina La Trobe-Bateman
Martina La Trobe-Bateman
Welcome! I am Martina, the Hub Director for East Sussex. As an artist and theologian with a background in Youth Ministry I have a passion for excellence in contemporary theology and the transformative work of the Spirit in and through community.
Our students come from all walks of life, ethnicity, age and denominational background and we are often blessed to count international students from the volunteer staff team at Ashburnham among our number. Our hub nights are marked by our setting within the 24/7 Prayer Centre, and our Tuesdays are alive with theological discussion, a variety of worship and a commitment to mutual support.
WTC is the way to study theology that both feeds the local church and reaches beyond into the community, workplace, and every aspect of life, with an outstanding faculty while remaining in your own context. Whatever your circumstances, if you can attend the two residential conferences and 20 teaching nights a year here at Ashburnham, then WTC could be for you. I look forward to meeting you.
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.
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