CHURCH SERVICE TIMES: The Service this Sunday (December 20) will be at 11am, conducted by Canon Patrick Sales. On December 24 there will be a Crib and Christingle Service at 3pm, with Reverend sally Epps, there will be a collection in aid of the Children’s Society, the Midnight Service with Reverend Jean manning will start at 11.15pm.

On Christmas Day the Morning Service will be with Reverend Dick Dengate at 10am. On Sunday December 27 there will not be a Service in Etchingham Church, but Etchingham residents are invited to St. Bartholomew’s, Burwash for the Service at 10am, if you will require a lift to Burwash please contact a Churchwarden.

A reminder that the Church is open daily for visitors 11am to 4pm.

EXERCISE: Ageless & Active Classes in the Parker Hall, Parsonage Croft will continue in the New Year. Look after yourself in 2016 with an hour of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises designed with the older body in mind. Come and join in the fun. No need to book, just turn up. Classes are 12 noon every Monday and cost £5.00.

SPEEDWATCH SURVEY: The Speedwatch Online Survey is still open for your comments if you have not yet contributed, it will close on January 10 to allow time for a report to be prepared for the January Parish Council meeting. All responses and comments received will help give an overall view of residents opinions and will help the local group with future planning, there is a link to the survey on the village website , you will find the link near the top of the Home Page.

Please feel free to pass on the link to the survey to anyone you know who might like to see it, you do not have to be an Etchingham resident to participate, if someone from another area regularly drives through the village and wants to comment we will welcome their views.

If you have any problems accessing or completing the survey, email

SENDING INFORMATION: Get information for this column to me as soon as possible. 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. You can deliver to 2 Park Farm Close, telephone 01580 819532 or 07941 786244 or email you will also find a form on the village website to send your information from there, look for the Village Voice link near the bottom of the column of links on the left-hand side.

LIVE MUSIC: Etchingham Club have live music tomorrow evening (Saturday December 19) with The Blockx, at 9pm. The Blockx are a five piece modern band, playing a wide mix of tracks to satisfy all your dance, disco, funk, britpop and rock needs. The Club opens at 7.30pm with music from 9pm, everyone welcome and entry is free.

The Club opening times are Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Fridays 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Saturdays 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

AND FINALLY: This will be my last contribution until the New Year, the next column will be January 8, if you have anything to be included please get the details to me as soon as possible. All that remains now is to thank you for all your contributions throughout the year and wish you all a Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @BattleObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Rye and Battle Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.