Etchingham

Colin Boylett

2 Park Farm Cottages

We were treated to a bright sunny morning last Sunday as a large number of village residents gathered outside the Church at the War Memorial to remember those who lost their lives in the first and second World wars, as well as all those who have paid the ultimate price in all the conflicts that our armed forces have been involved in since the end of WW2. During the Service at the memorial wreaths were laid by the Etchingham Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council and the Etchingham Military and aviation Preservation Group, and the Brownies laid a cross for each of those named on the memorial. The majority of those gathered then moved into the Church for the rest of the service. If for any reason you were unable to attend you might like to see a few pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ttelyob/sets/72157631981214912

I take photos at many of the village events and upload them to my photostream at Flickr, if you want to see pictures of past events go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/ttelyob and select a set from those on the right-hand side.

The Experimental Traffic Order, with the yellow lines and parking restrictions, have been in place since July, East Sussex Highways will review the scheme in early February and take into account any comments or concerns received from the public, if they do not receive comments they will assume everyone is happy with the scheme and make it permanent in its present form. If you have comments, concerns or suggestions regarding the scheme, please put them in writing to Highways, so that they can be included when the scheme is reviewed. Send your comments to East Sussex County Council, Legal Services Department, County Hall, St. Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UE, please also send a copy of your comments to the Parish Clerk for the information of Parish Council, send to Bob Hodgson, Etchingham Parish Clerk, c/o 17 Barnfield Close, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1TS. Remember, if written comments are not received regarding any element of the scheme, it will be assumed that everyone is happy with what has been put in place, so it is up to you to comment if you think something should be altered.

Etchingham Church continues to arrange a weekly services, from Sunday (November 18) Sunday Services will return to 11am. Children’s services will continue on the second Sunday, A Christingle Service is planned for Sunday December 2, 4pm, everyone is welcome, particularly children, there were only 20 children last year, it is hoped there will be many more this year. If you have ideas about how the popularity of the Church and services can be improved, contact a Churchwarden.

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. Lots to see and do, there will be the usual stalls with books, gifts, sweets, cakes, jewellery, hot food and much more, as well as a raffle, pamper room, fun and games and of course Santa’s Grotto.

Do you want to contact PCSO Tom McAspurn regarding Policing matters in the village, or just have a question for him, 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, and buy him a cup of tea, 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 . 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.

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