DUCK RACE: The Etchingham Duck Race is back, this year it will be on Sunday May 1, and this year it is a joint venture between the Etchingham CIC, the Improvements Committee, the Friends of Etchingham School and the Etchingham Shop & Deli. Ducks can be purchased from the shop and the race will be held on the river behind the shop. There is a Duck Decoration Competition, with prizes for the best decorated ducks, the competition theme is the 2016 Rio Olympics, so buy your duck and get creative with the decoration. The time table for the event is 11am the judging of the ducks, 12 noon the race starts, 1pm prize giving. For further information contact Colin Phillips (CIC) firstname.lastname@example.org or Lucy Tooke (EIC) email@example.com
VILLAGE TIDY: The Parish Council has organised a village tidy to take place on Saturday April 23, 10.30am. Can you spare half an hour or so to help keep Etchingham tidy? Meet at the Market Square outside the village halls at 10.30, finishing up at the Bistro for a well-earned coffee. Gloves and high-viz jackets will be provided. If you require further information, contact the Parish Clerk, Paulette Barton on 01580 819048
APRIL 21st: The Parish Council would like you to put April 21 in your diary. A short Parish Council meeting, to deal with any urgent matters will be held at 6.30pm in the Parker Hall. This will be followed at 7pm by a presentation by Faustino Bayo, the Community Development Officer for Action in Rural Sussex “Neighbourhood Planning - Is it for your Community”. At 8pm it will be the Annual Parish Meeting, your chance to find out what the village, its societies and the Parish Council have been doing over the past year. To conclude the evening the Parish Council invite you to raise a glass and wish Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday.
CHURCH SERVICES: From the first service in April Sunday Service times change to the summer times and will start at 10.30am. Sunday April 10, Reverend Iain Morrison; April 17, Reverend Sally Epps; April 24, Reverend Dick Dengate; May 1, Reverend Jean Manning; May 8, Reverend Sally Epps.
CHURCH INFORMATION: Details of what is happening at the Church, and service details, can be found online at www.etchinghamvillage.co.uk/church
DIARY DATE: Put Saturday June 25 in your diary, that is the date for the Big Etchingham Day at the Seaside, which will combine all the best of the annual Fete and the Flower and Dog Show on the same day. More details here nearer the date, but if you are planning to enter photographs in the photo section of the Flower Show, these are the categories ‘Blue’ - ‘Ships, boats and things that float’ - ‘I saw it at the seaside’ - ‘Creatures of Etchingham (insects to homo sapiens)’, so get snapping.
LANDSCAPE WALK: Following the success the last two years, Peter Miles will be repeating his Weald landscape walk on Sunday April 24, May 1 and May 8. The walk is based along the main ridgeway in Mountfield but is concerned with clues to why our local Wealden landscape looks as it does so it is, literally, parallel with the ridge landscape of Hurst Green and Etchingham. The walk covers old tracks and roads, woodland archaeology, medieval earthworks, quarries and minepits, woodland flowers including one rare plant, woodland crafts (and a rare tree), foraging and more. Duration about three hours, distance two miles, easy walking, entirely on private land which is not normally accessible, purpose serious but emphasis on fun. For more details or to book, contact Peter on 01580 880614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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