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. For more information, email also on Facebook

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.

PARISH CLERK VACANCY: Due to the impending retirement of the current Parish Clerk the Parish Council need to appoint a new Clerk. The post is a part-time position, the post will be based in the Parish Office which is part of the new community facilities. The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day administration and management of the Parish Council, including all financial matters as RFO. The ideal applicant will have administrative and financial experience and be able to deliver projects on schedule and within agreed budgets, Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a willingness to work with local residents and community groups for the benefit of the Parish. The closing date for applications is Monday (January 5, 2015), interviews will be held in late January. It is anticipated that the post holder will commence duties on March 2 2015. Full details are on the village website, contact the current Clerk for application form Bob Hodgson 01424 716232

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING; For the second year St Michael’s Hospice are offering a Christmas Tree collection service, for a small donation per tree, they will pick up your tree and take it away for recycling. The trees will be donated to Port Lympne Reserve where they will find a new home being used for building shelters for a variety of animals. Collection of trees will be on the weekend of January 11-12. To sign up for the Christmas tree recycling scheme and make your donation visit or call the Hospice Donation Centre on 01424 728728

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH: The Etchingham Community Speedwatch group has taken a short break over Christmas and New Year but will be back running regular sessions from next week. We hope to soon have our own equipment, which will be shared with Ticehurst, Ticehurst Parish Council and Etchingham Parish Council having agreed to share the cost. If you want more information about Speedwatch, or interested in helping, 01580 819532 or . Information about how Speedwatch works can be found on the village website or

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

2 Park Farm Close