Etchingham

COMMEMORATIVE ART EXHIBITION: 150 years on and Etchingham Primary School will soon be moving to its new site. To mark the occasion, On Tuesday February 3, 3.30pm to 5pm. Each pupil at the school has contributed to an Art Exhibition. Past pupils and Etchingham village friends are invited to come and view the exhibition in the hall. Former pupils and anyone who has had an association with the school in the past are very welcome. The event is FREE, but pre-booking is essential, please call the office on 01580 819218.

PARSONAGE CROFT VIEWING: Millwood Homes would like to invite the residents of Etchingham to a special preview of the show home at Parsonage Croft before it is launched to the public. You can view on Sunday February 1, 12pm to 3pm. More information can be found on the village website at this location http://www.etchinghamvillage.co.uk/about-the-village/parsonage-croft/3536-2/

ETCHINGHAM CLUB: The Etchingham Club has new opening times, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Fridays, 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Saturdays, 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Live music tonight (Friday January 30) with The Rhythm Section, open from 7.30, music from 8.30, free admission, great value drinks, friendly atmosphere, all welcome. The Rhythm Section’s mission is to perform afro-latin rhythms which have been responsible for many dance crazes, still popular today. Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Samba are just some of the rhythms carried in original Rhythm Section songs and classics by legendary artists such as Tito Puente and Santana. Details of the band can be found on their website www.therhythmsection.org.uk For more information on Etchingham Club, email etchinghamsportsandsocialclub@gmail.com also on Facebook www.facebook.com/etchinghamsocialclub

COMMUNITY BUILDINGS: You will have seen that the new school and hall buildings are now complete and village groups will soon be able to use their new hall and the school is expected to move in next month. I have taken more photos of the completed buildings, interior and exterior, and you can view them online https://www.flickr.com/photos/ttelyob/sets/72157649924336877/

MOBILE LIBRARY: The Mobile Library now visits Etchingham once every three weeks, on Tuesday mornings 9.55am to 10.35am. February will be outside of Bracon Place on the east side of the level crossing, future dates will be at the new community facilities. You might like to put these dates in your diary; February 17, March 10, March 31, April 21, May 12, June 2, June 23. If these times are not convenient, or you miss the Library when it visits, it will be at Hurst Green village hall, 1.30pm to 2.15pm on the following dates; January 29, February 19, March 12, April 2, April 23, May 14, June 4, June 25.

ETSR EVENTS: ETSR fundraising is ongoing to equip and maintain the new hall. The next event is a Table Top sale and Coffee Morning in Etchingham Club on Saturday February 7, exact times still to be confirmed. Declutter and book a table for £10 and sell your unwanted items, team up with a friend or just have one yourself. To book a table contact Nicky Menzies nicky@homebirth.net Look out for details of the next Quiz Night with Steve and Terry in the new hall March 28. Put the date May 9 in your diary, that is when ETSR will be hosting a Barn Dance with the ever popular Catsfield Steamers. Now we have fantastic new facilities, the village will be able to host a lot more events, fundraising needs to continue to ensure the running and maintenance of the new halls. If anyone is interested in joining the fundraising team for the new facilities please contact Nicky Menzies.

VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL: Etchingham Consertative Branch is hosting a Victorian Music Hall evening with a three course supper tomorrow (Saturday January 31). The venue is Hurst Green Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Entertainment will be provided by Artistes from the Players Theatre Club (Late Joys), London. There will be a cash bar and raffle, ticket price is £20, advance booking is essential, contact Richard Childs 01580 819382.

THE ETCHINGHAM SINGERS: The Etchingham Singers are a village group who sing for fun, the only qualification for joining is a love of singing. Anyone is welcome to join, the choir meets on Wednesdays 7.30pm to 9pm. To find out more about joining contact Mary Barnes 01580 819142.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday Church Service, services will now be held at 11am for the winter months. Everyone welcome at all services. A reminder that the church is open for visitors daily 11am to 4pm.

VILLAGE WEBSITE CALENDAR: The village website has a calendar for village residents, groups and organisations to post details of their events. You need to add the details yourself, this will not be done by the website admin. To add an event, first go to the village websitewww.etchinghamvillage.co.uk and click on the link to access the calendar and follow the instructions. To protect against spam postings you will need the password to complete your entry, it is the same for all groups, if you have not been given the password send an email toetchinghamvillagewebsite@gmail.com

PROMOTE YOUR ORGANISATION: Do you want to get new members for your group or organisation? Want to tell people what your group does? If you are connected with a village group or organisation send me some details and I will publicise your group in this column. Send me details of what your organisation does, when you meet, how to join, who to contact and any other details that you would like to add, I will then add details of your organisation, as space allows, over the coming weeks.

INFORMATION: If you have given me details of your event to put in this column, please remember to send me some details after the event so I can let your supporters know how successful the event was, how much you raised, interesting facts etc. Your supporters will be interested to know how you did. 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 .

Colin Boylett

http://www.etchinghamvillage.co.uk