Etchingham Village Voice

East Sussex County Council, Diocese of Chichester, Etchingham Parish Council, Etchingham Trust for Sports and Recreation and Millwood Designer Homes invite you to a public presentation of the design proposals for the development on the Lambing Field, creating a mixed development of housing, a new school and village hall community facilities.

This consultation is being carried out before the formal planning process, and all comments will be considered before the submission of the planning application in November. This is your opportunity to view the plans and make comments before the final plans are submitted. There are two chances for you to view the proposals, the first is on Wednesday (October 17) at Etchingham School 2pm to 6pm, and on Thursday (October 18) in the village hall 4pm to 8pm.

The Friends of Burwash Surgery would like to pass on a very sincere thank you to the patient who left an anonymous donation at Fairfield Surgery last week. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated.

Etchingham Shop & Deli has been entered in the Countryside Alliance Awards and would like your help in securing its nomination for The Daily Telegraph Village Shop A ward.

You will need the Postcode for the shop which is TN19 7AP. All you have to do is go online and complete a short form athttp://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/nomination

There will also be paper nomination forms at the shop for anyone who would prefer to use them. The deadline for entries is the end of October but the sooner the better.

Etchingham Church continues to arrange a weekly service every Sunday, and will do so for the foreseeable future, with the exception of October 21, when the congregation will visit St. Bartholomew’s Church, Burwash at 11am to say farewell to the Reverend Stephen France, Reverend Liz France will also be there. Services remain at 10.30am until November 4, from November 18 Sunday Services will return to 11am. The Remembrance Service will be on 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.

If you have enjoyed the previous Christmas presentations in the Church in past years, put Saturday December 8 in your diary, this is the date of the next Christmas Extravaganza, more details nearer the date.

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 ones will be October 30 and 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 Freworks will be on Saturday November 3, if you have any wood that could be used on the bonfire there will be a collection around the village on Saturday October 27, volunteerr helpers always welcome. If you have material and want to arrange collection, or can offer to help, contact Helen Brophy on 01580 819206.

The Halloween disco will be in the village hall on Saturday October 27, watch this space for details.

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