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: This Sunday, Easter Sunday, 11am, Holy Communion with Reverend Jean Manning, eggs for the children and refreshments after the Service. From the first service in April Sunday Service times change to the summer times and will start at 10.30am. Sunday April 3, Reverend Jean Manning; 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

PARISH MAGAZINE: The April/May edition of the Parish Magazine is now available in the village shops and the 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.

ALLOTMENTS: Etchingham does not have any allotments for keen gardeners in the village. Ewhurst Parish Allotments Association have informed us that they have a couple of vacant plots available for rent if anyone in the village is interested. The plots are located at Knowle Corner, Lorndine Lane, Ewhurst. The manageable plots measure approx. 42 feet by 22 feet, each has a shed and water harvesting equipment. If you are interested in possibly renting one of the plots contact Jacqui Hyett 01580 830576 .

It has now come to my notice that there are two vacant allotment plots in Hurst Green, if interested contact Maureen Harniman on 01580 860251

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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