Etchingham

Colin Boylett

2 Park Farm Cottages

A number of youngsters from the Etchingham area are involved with Wadhurst Football Club. A fun pre-Christmas party is being arranged in Wadhurst Commemoration Hall on Saturday, November 17 to raise funds for the club. The band owill be Ignite, who many will already know from the Etchingham Big Party, Tickets are £10 - call 01580 819070 jilldebene@btinternet.com

The Brickwall Hotel, Sedlescombe, is hosting an Italian Lunch, on Friday, November 9, at which Katy Boyle, Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner, will be speaking and answering questions. The menu is Braciola di manzo (rolled sirloinof beef with brandy pate, asparagus and red wine sauce) or involtino di polli (breast of chicken with mozzarello cheese, wrapped in Parma ham)

Etchingham Church continues to arrange a weekly services. Services remain at 10.30am until this Sunday (November 4), from November 18 they return to 11am. The Remembrance Service is Sunday, November 11 at 10.45am.

Children’s services will continue on the second Sunday, with the exception of November 11 which is Remembrance Sunday. A Christingle Service is planned for Sunday December 2, more details nearer the date.

The Church is now open to visitors every day from 11am to 4pm. If you have any queries regarding the Church contact the Churchwardens Mary Barnes 01580 819142 or Geoffry Lucas 01580 819439.

The Friends of Etchingham School Christmas Bazaar will be held in the School on Saturday November 24. Bookings are now being taken for stall holders, spaces are limited so get your request for a stall in as soon as possible. email vicki@pivi.co.uk or telephone 01580 819317. Details of the event nearer the date.

Do you want to contact PCSO Tom McAspurn regarding Policing matters in the village, or just have a question for him, you can contact him on his mobile number 07810813409 if he is on duty he will answer, if not it should be switched through to the office. Tom also has a regular ‘Meet and Greet’ session at the Bistro, when you can meet Tom, ask him any questions or let him know of any concerns you may have, the next one will be November 20 at 9.30am, my Parish Councillor portfolio includes community safety and Police liaison, so I will try and join Tom at these sessions, you can then make me aware of any community safety issues that you want Parish Council to be aware of.

Full details of the local Policing team can be found on the Sussex Police website www.sussex.police.uk go to the link for ‘Your local team’, select ‘Rother’ then follow the link for Etchingham. Remember if you want to contact the Police with a non-emergency matter, the number you need is 101, as always if it is an emergency 999.

The annual Fireworks is tomorrow (Saturday November 3), in the Lambing Field, gates open at 5.45pm, the BBQ starts at 6pm, judging of the Guy at 6.30pm with the fireworks starting at 7pm. Anyone can enter the Guy competition, if you have not made yours yet, you have 24 hours to get it made, entries can be from individuals, groups or family, there is a prize for the scariest guy. Please remember there is no vehicle access to the field and you are requested not to park in Borders Lane, park in the village and walk up. For more information email etchingham@ymail.com

Christmas will be the next big event, so get details of all your Christmas events to me as soon as possible.

Get information for this column to me as soon as possible, if you have a diary of events planned for the year let me have the dates and I will put in a list of village events for the year so that people can put the dates in their diaries. There are several ways to get your info to me, but email is preferred because there is less chance of errors during copying. I need information by 10pm on Monday to be sure it will be in time for inclusion, I can sometimes add extra items on Tuesday morning, but this cannot be guaranteed. Just a little reminder, I get plenty of information about events that are taking place, but I get very little follow up information, after your event try and remember to send me brief account of how successful your event was, it can be as simple as a thank you to those that attended and how much money was raised etc. You can deliver to 2 Park Farm Close, telephone 01580 819532 or 07941 786244 or email colin.boylett@gmail.com