COFFEE MORNING: St. Valentine meets St. Nicholas, a Coffee Morning for Etchingham Parish Church, tomorrow (Saturday February 13), 10.30 to 12.30. Teas and Coffees, Cakes, Books, DVD’s and Church souvenirs, a raffle and much more. Throughout the morning there will be a slideshow running with pictures old and new of the Church and Church events, some going back over 100 years.

Come and have an enjoyable morning, meeting village friends, and perhaps making some new friends, while raising money for the care and maintenance of the oldest and most famous building in the village. An ideal opportunity for newcomers to the village to meet some village residents and find out more about our Church. All proceeds in aid of the Church Fabric Fund.

CHURCH INFORMATION: Details of what is happening at the Church can be found online at

VILLAGE WEBSITE: The village website has been running for a few years now, it was primarily provided by the Parish Council as a means of making council information available to village residents, but has always contained as much information as possible about the village and organisations. We want to gather your views on the site through a short survey, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete, on the website. Please take a minute or two to fill in the survey at

LENT LUNCHES: The Church will be hosting three Lent Lunches this year, the Lent Lunches will be a simple meal of soup and bread. Last year the lunches were held on people’s homes, this year they will be in the Parker Hall, Parsonage Croft on Tuesday February 23, Tuesday March 1 and Tuesday March 22, all starting at 12.30pm.

There is no charge for the lunch, but there will be donations to two chosen charities, Christian Aid and the International Nepal Fellowship. The situation in Nepal is dire, the Church would be happy to receive donations of woolly hats, scarves, blankets and warm clothes to pass on to them.

If you are new to the village, another chance to meet other village residents.

INCONSIDERATE PARKING: There was a recent incident near the High Street end of Church Lane where children on their way to school were put in danger because of dangerous/inconsiderate parking at that location. The Parish Council is aware of the situation and the problem will be on the agenda for the February meeting, Parish Council needs evidence of the problems to be able to progress this issue further, if you see cars parked dangerously in that location if you are able to get photographs please send them to the Parish Clerk, also if you witness any incidents or near misses please supply the Clerk with details of dates, times and what happened. The Parish Council is aware of other parking problems in the village, but for the time being the focus needs to be on the Church Lane situation, if that can be sorted then attention can be given to other areas in the village.

PARISH CLERK; A reminder of the contact details for the Parish Clerk Paulette Barton 01580 819048, Paulette is in the office at Parsonage Croft 10.30 - 12.30 Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Contact details of all Parish Councillors can be found on the village website

SPEEDWATCH SURVEY: The Speedwatch Online Survey closed for responses on Sunday January 10, a detailed summary of the results is now available on the village website and can be downloaded from this page

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 07484 635014 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. .

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