Etchingham news
Etchingham news

CHURCH INFORMATION: Services for October and November - October 30, TBA; November 6, Rev. Patrick Sales; November 13, Rev. Will Pratt, Remembrance Service 10.45am; November 20, TBA; November 27, Rev. Jean Manning. All Services up to November 6, unless otherwise notified start at 10.30am, the Remembrance Service starts at 10.45am, from November 20 services start at 11am for the winter months.

Details of what is happening at the Church, and service details, can be found online at

HELP PAINT YOUR CHURCH: The white paintwork on the walls of the Church never really recovered from the flooding in 2000, but work is now underway to repaint the interior. The overall cost is roughly £5 per square foot of internal wall. the good news is that thanks to a couple of generous legacies, most of the money is in hand to cover the work. However this will use up most of the church fabric fund, leaving nothing in reserve for future contingencies in looking after the grade 1 listed building. Parishioners are invited to sponsor as many square feet as they can afford at 35 per square foot, contributions can given to Rev. Sally Epps or one of the Churchwardens, or you can send to the Treasurer at Englefield, High Street, Etchingham TN19 7AG. If you are a tax payer you can gift aid your contribution, there is a form in he current parish magazine or contact the treasurer for a form.

BONFIRE NIGHT 2016: With the kind permission of Mr Tim Crane, the Bonfire and Fireworks has a new venue and this year will be held on November 12. The venue is the field at the bottom of Burgh Hill, between the railway and Burgh Hill, starts at 6pm with BBQ, the fire will be lit at 6.30 with the fireworks at 7pm. Hot Dogs, Soup, Beer, Mulled Wine and Glow Sticks. There is no parking on the site so please walk down from the village. The fun continues after the fireworks at the Etchingham Club with live music with the Logan Wilson Band from approximately 8.30pm.

NOT THE ALBERT HALL: Local musicians having fun with music in aid of the Wishing Well Project. Etchingham Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday October 29), 7.45pm, doors open at 7.15pm, bar and raffle, tickets £8, under 12’s £5. Tickets available from Robin and Rebecca . Wishing Well is part of the charity RhythmixMusic. Musicians work face o face with children and adults suffering from trauma, severe head injuries and dementia, more details on the website

CHRISTMAS PLAY: The Christmas Concert and Play this year will be in the village hall on Saturday December 10, 7pm featuring Dick Etchingham and his Cat, put the date in your diary, more details to follow soon.

SPEEDWATCH: Etchingham Speedwatch is looking for more volunteers for the group, it is not a difficult task and you do not need to devote a lot of time to the task, unless you want to. Being available for an hour a month or just occasionally is as useful as being available every day.

Speedwatch is NOT about catching people, but vehicles recorded over the prescribed limit are reported to Police and will receive a warning letter. The main purpose of Speedwatch is a visible presence to educate drivers to drive slower through speed limit areas, consider sparing a little time to help. There is just a little instruction to start with which is not complicated and is done online from the comfort of your home, once that is completed you are able to take part in as many or as few sessions as you wish. If you are interested, or want to find out more, register on he Speedwatch website or contact the Etchingham Co-ordinator . You can get updates on what the Speedwatch group is doing on Facebook and Twitter @etchspeedwatch

FUTURE EVENTS: Do you have events planned for later in the year? Perhaps you are planning Halloween or Christmas events. Send me the dates and basic details now, I can then give your event a mention well in advance of the date, people can note the date and I can then put the full details in nearer the date. Now might be a good time to give readers the date of your Christmas events, even if it is only the date with more details to follow later.

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 of the website page.

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