Community Groups

This page lists community organizations in the town of Ashfield. If you would like to list an organization or group on this page, please contact us with a brief and "page ready" description including contact information.  The town reserves the right to review submissions.

Ashfield Community Hall

The Ashfield Community Hall is a private non-profit organization located within the old Grange hall at 521 Main Street, in Ashfield. The mission of ACH is: to promote in the Town of Ashfield and the surrounding communities an appreciation of the visual and performing arts by providing a place for artistic endeavors. These include workshops, classes, performances, exhibits, lectures, and presentations. All while preserving an historic structure. The Hall is the sponsor of the Ashfield Community Band and provides space for Boy Scout and Cub Scout activities. The Hall can be rented for private functions as well. 

The organization meets monthly on the first Thursday at 7 P.M. at the Hall. Ashfield Community Hall, Inc. welcomes new members and volunteers. Please think about getting involved! Board Members: 

  • President – Doug Cranson 628-4088 
  • Vice-president – Nina Coler 834-2465 
  • Treasurer – Lester Garvin 625-6234 
  • Clerk – Brenda McGovern 
  • Directors – Mike Skalski, Mike Epstein 
  • Rentals and Scheduling – Nina Coler 834-2465 or ninacoler@gmail.com 

Weekly Classes:

  • Drum Lessons – Monday 5-7 PM. Contact Gary Rzab at 634-0274 
  • Dance Classes –Run in 8 to 10 week sessions. Contact Christina Gabriel at ringsing@gmail.com 
  • Kung Fu Classes – Thursday evenings. Contact Morgan Kent at 774-1909 or masmorgan@gmail.com 
  • Yoga – Wednesday 7:30-9:00 AM. Contact Laura Fortune at fortune_la@yahoo.com 
  • Tai chi – Tuesdays at 10-11 AM. Ongoing. Contact instructor Janet Clark 628-4689.

Ashfield Community Theater

Ashfield Fall Festival

Ashfield's Fall Festival is held on Columbus Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday – rain or shine. The Ashfield Fall Festival's website describes the annual Ashfield Fall Festival thus: 

The annual festival offers craft and art exhibits by more than 50 exhibitors, locally-grown and prepared foods, live music and dance, face-painting and other children's activities, and book and tag sales. Admission is free. Parking is available in lots east of the town center on Route 116 (attendants collect donations for the Ashfield Citizens’ Scholarship Fund).

Ashfield Film Festival

Ashfield History Project

Ashfield Historical Society

Ashfield News

The Ashfield News is an all-volunteer, non-profit monthly newspaper, published since 1976. Editor: David Kulp, 628-1045, editor@ashfieldnews.org P.O. Box 181 Ashfield, MA 01330

Ashfield Town Common Blog

Ashfield Trails

Ashfield Trails is a volunteer collaborative which for several years has been working to establish a community network of trails and footpaths in and around the Town of Ashfield. Contact: Phil Pless, philippless@verizon.net, 628-3959, or write Ashfield Trails, PO Box 194, Ashfield MA 01330. Or visit the Ashfield Trails Facebook Page

Farmers Market

Greening Ashfield

Greening Ashfield is an independent, volunteer run committee formed to advise the Town of Ashfield and its citizens about energy and resource conservation through outreach, education, and implementation. Activities include, but are not limited to: Weatherization (see also Share the Warmth), car and errand pooling, chemical free cleaning, selling dump stickers to increase viability of the transfer station, recycling and composting for Ashfield Fall Festival, writing the Green Column for the Ashfield News, appliance efficiency, composting education, community garden, re-skilling (canning, root cellaring, clothing repair, etc). We enjoy a collaboration with “Share the Warmth” and “West County Resilience”. A Yankee saying says it all: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” The group meets the first Thursday every month at 7 PM. Please call Nina Coler at 834-2465 for more information.

Hilltown Snowmobile Club

Contact: P.O. Box 556 Ashfield, MA 01330 413‐337‐5389

Share the Warmth

A year-round effort of Ashfield neighbors helping neighbors to sustain themselves throughout the winter months. This group offers occasional workshops that cover topics such as canning and preserving. They also offer advice and help with weatherizing one's home and other services to help neighbors stay warm during the winter. Share the Warmth also receives winter clothing and boot/shoe donations, at both churches in town, beginning in October. They host a free clothing exchange throughout the winter months, during Food Pantry hours, every other Tuesday in the 1st Congregational Church. November - March.

Congregational Church

429 Main Street, PO Box 519, Ashfield, Massachusetts 01330-0519 413-628-4470 Service on Sunday, 10 a.m. Child care available. We are a small group, striving to be open and accepting, sometimes disagreeing yet loving one another, wading through the joy and pain of spiritual growth, who pledge to worship God together, follow the example of Jesus, embody God's Holy Spirit, support our church family, and serve our neighbors near and far.

St. John's Church

Main Street at South Street Ashfield, MA 01330 413-628-4402 Service on Sunday, 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist. Godly Play at 10. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Centering Prayer at St. John’s Corner.

Hilltown Churches Food Pantry

The Hilltown Churches Food Pantry is located in the downstairs of the Congregational Church on Main St. in Ashfield. It serves the eleven hill towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne. The only requirement for joining the food pantry is proof of residency in one of these towns and a simple statement of need. There are no income requirements, if you need food, please come and sign up. 

Food distributions are every other Tuesday from 3-6 pm. We typically serve about 600 people at each distribution. Distribution calendars are available at the Congregational Church or can be mailed directly to you. 

We rely on donations of money and food for our continued operation. We are able to stretch our money by shopping at the Food Bank of Western Mass. as they provide most foods free and a few for 19 cents/lb. Last year we gave out 85,616 pounds of food to those in need. We spend 96-98% of our budget directly on food.

Should you wish to make a donation our mailing address is First Congregational Church Main St. Rt. 116 P.O. Box 161 Ashfield, Ma. 01330 Hilltown Churches Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider. If you have any questions or concerns please call Pat Thayer, at 413-625-0020 or email at rncappy@gmail.com. Please come and see us to sign up for food if you have the need, it is easy and confidential, we are there to help.