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May 20th, 2011, VANCOUVER, B.C. – ASHBURTON VENTURES INC. (ABR-TSX:V) (ARB-FRANKFURT)  (“Ashburton” or the "Company”) reports that the drilling program at its Deep Creek Project, located 112 kilometres north of Elko, Nevada is proceeding very well. Six drill holes were collared in the Waterfall Vein Area to test the sub crop and down dip extent of the Waterfall and 13-5 veins, and to test for mineralization between the veins and the Range Front Structure to the west, with a total of 900 meters (2,954 feet) of core recovered (>95% recovery). Intervals of veining and brecciation have been intersected in all of the holes, and the core is being cut and prepped for gold assay at the ALS Chemex Laboratories in North Vancouver, B.C.

The drill has now been moved to begin a series of holes to test the extent of high grade gold veins discovered last fall in the Upper Vein area (see news release October 14, 2010). During pad preparation, the Upper Vein was intersected, with up to a meter thickness of continuous quartz veining, and an additional two meters of stockwork veining. A few tons of the vein material and adjacent country rock were collected and stockpiled on one of the pads. Visible gold was commonly noted in the vein material during separation of the vein and country rock. Pictures of the vein exposure activity can be viewed at .

The technical contents of this release were approved by Dr. Tom McCandless, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration for Ashburton and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

Ashburton Ventures is a junior exploration company actively seeking mineral opportunities for the benefit of all its stakeholders.


Michael England, President

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Forward-Looking Statement:
Some statements in this news release contain forward-looking information that involves inherent risk and uncertainty affecting the business of Ashburton Ventures Inc. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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