Etchingham news
Etchingham news

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Etchingham School Christmas Fair is tomorrow (Saturday December 3), 12noon to 3pm. Lots of stalls with Christmas gifts and goodies. Mulled Wine, Cakes, BBQ, Soup, Teas and Coffee, and of course Santa will be there.

CHRISTMAS PLAY: The Christmas Concert and Play this year will be in the comfort of the village hall next Saturday December 10, 7pm featuring Dick Etchingham and his Cat, tickets are now available in the village shops, or contact Phil or Phillipa Hind on 01580 819434.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: If you have special Christmas events or fund-raisers planned now is the time to tell me about it so I can give you some publicity here. There are always a lot of Christmas events in the area so tell everyone about your event as soon as you can.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE: This Sunday, December 4, a Christingle Service will be held in the Church at 4pm, led by the Reverend Jean Manning, everyone welcome. Also the morning Service will be Holy Communion with Reverend Sally Epps at 8.30am, the service on Sunday December 11 will be with Canon Patrick Sales at the normal time 11am. Full details of all services for December and January will appear here next week.

HELP PAINT YOUR CHURCH: The white paintwork on the walls of the Church never really recovered from the flooding in 2000, but work has taken place 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 £5 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.

PAVEMENTS: In recent weeks I have been approached by village residents regarding a couple of issues with pavements in the village. One resident has complained about the number of times they have had to negotiate dog mess in the middle of the pavement - please remember if you have a dog it is your responsibility to clear up after it and not leave it for others to walk through. The second concern involves vehicles parked on pavements, forcing pedestrians to take the risky option of walking in the road. It is preferred that vehicles do not park on the pavement at all, but if you do need to park partly on the pavement make sure you have left enough space for someone with a pushchair or buggy, or someone in a wheelchair to get past your vehicle without walking in the road. Roads for cars - pavements for people.

CHURCH OPENING: The Church is open every day for visitors from 11am to 4pm. If you have not already been in, visit on a nice sunny day so that you can see how bright the Church now is with nice white walls.

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

JANUARY: I do not intend contributing anything for this column on December 23 and 30, unless anything urgent comes to my attention, so if you have items for January please give me the details now. The first column of the new year should be January 6, but the first one might not appear until January 13.

FUTURE EVENTS: Do you have events planned for coming months? 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.

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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