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Colin Boylett, 2 Park Farm Close

Etchingham Shop & Deli has won the Countryside Alliance award for the best start-up shop in the South East of England. The awards are known as the “Rural Oscars”, and winning is a major achievement, the process started last year when customers of the shop submitted nomination forms to support the entry into the awards. The Shop & Deli’s commitment to the community, the rural economy and the countryside impressed the judges.

The shop now goes through to the National Awards, for the UK & Ireland, the winners in the National Awards will be announced at the House of Lords on March 13, so watch this space.

Sian and Neil, and the Directors of the CIC would like to thank all their loyal customers for their support and nominations.

St. Valentine’s Fair, in the village hall tomorrow (Saturday February 16), 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring and Buy, Book Stall, Home-made Cakes, Raffle, Coffee and Cake. There will also be a competition for children, ‘Design and make a Valentine Card’, age categories under seven years and 7-14 years. Make your card and leave it at Etchingham Shop & Deli, today, with name and age on the back. In aid of Etchingham Church.

Easter Lilies, if you would like to buy an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one, please leave a donation of at least £3.50 for each lily in an envelope at the Post Office, from March 17. The lilies will be placed by the alter in Church on Easter Day.

Etchingham Branch Conservative association are holding a Public Meeting in the village hall on Saturday February 23, 12.30pm. County Councillor, John Barnes and District Councillors, Mary Barnes and Robert Elliston will address the meeting and will be pleased to answer any questions on issues affecting the village.

A date for your diary, ETSR are again holding the Etchingham Big Party at Burgham Farm, it will be on June 22 and take the form of a Barn dance with the Catsfield Steamers. Full details nearer the date in this column and on the Etchingham Village Website .

ETSR welcome back Steve and Terry to host a Quiz Night on Saturday march 9, 7.30pm to 10.30pm, in the village hall. There will be a well stocked bar and a raffle, maximum table size is six. Tickets are £9 each, to include supper, available from the Bistro, Etchingham Shop & Deli, the Post Office and Jarvis Butchers, or contact Nicky 01580 819505

The new village website has now been running for a few months, and has received a few comments regarding content etc. one regular visitor to the site said it is useful because agendas, minutes and updates from Parish Council are appearing as soon as available, which is one of the main purposes of the site. He asked if there was a way to notify people when new content is put on the website, as people would not be accessing the site frequently just to see if anything had been added, the suggestion was that most people monitor their email regularly so perhaps an email could be sent out to those interested with a notification.

Not wanting to have another email list to maintain, I dismissed that idea, and decided not to clutter up the regular e-bulletin with a lot of posts about new content on the website. I would guess that a large proportion of the people visiting the Etchingham Village website will also have a Facebook account, so a Facebook page has been set up connected to the website , anyone who wants to be notified when new content is added to the website just needs to ‘Like’ the page, when important new content is added brief details will be posted on the Facebook page with a link to the information on the site, you will then get notification in your Facebook Newsfeed. It has been suggested that there might be some confusion between this new page and the Etchingham Village page which has been operating for over two years and is the place to put details of village events and organisations etc., please continues to place your information on that page, this new page is solely for users of the Etchingham Village website to be kept up to date with new content, and to comment on the site content if they wish. The email address for website comments is , or use the contact link on the Home Page.

Etchingham Church continues to arrange a weekly services on most Sundays, any alterations will be notified in the village e-bulletin and on the notice board outside the Church. Sunday Services have returned to 11am. Children’s services will continue on the second Sunday. 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.

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