Etchingham news
Etchingham news

MOTHERING SUNDAY SERVICE: All are invited to the Mothering Sunday Service in the Church on Sunday (March 26), 11am. Do bring all the family along to this special Family Service, there will be posies for the Mums and refreshments afterwards.

LENT LUNCH: Etchingham Church will be holding a Lent Lunch on Wednesday March 29 from 12.30pm to 2.00pm in the Parker Hall at Parsonage Croft.

You are invited to have a bowl of homemade soup and crusty bread and cheese. There will be no charge but a collection will be made for The Air Ambulance.

All are welcome to attend, this is a very pleasant social occasion, and the opportunity to meet other members of the village community. It would help if you could contact Paulette on 819691 or email: so they know approx. how many to cater for - but you are welcome to just turn up on the day

VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN: The village spring clean will take place on Saturday April 22, keep the date free, more details to follow soon.

UP THE GARDEN PATH: Burghwood House, Sheltered Accomodation, Hurst Green, the Residents Association have a project, which has been chosen by “ Tesco Bags of Help “ for voting during March and April. They wish to remove very steep steps in their garden and replace them with a sloping path and hand rails for all residents and visitors to be able to use and enjoy the garden, whatever their mobility. If you shop in one of the local Tesco branches please use your vote to help them complete the project. The ‘Bags of life’ scheme uses the 5p carrier bag charge to fund community projects, the project with the most votes is awarded £5.000, which would go a long way towards helping us complete our project.

Voting area covers Tesco Stores in Hawkhurst, Battle, Bexhill and Tenterden. For more details of the project take a look at the website

CELEBRATORY TEAS: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of St Michael’s Hospice, they are inviting all supporters to free celebratory teas, which are taking place in six locations throughout Hastings and Rother. On Sunday June 11, a Celebratory Tea is taking place at Stonegate Village Hall, with a choice of two sittings at 2pm and 4.30pm.

The events are completely free, with thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. There will be afternoon tea and live music for all to enjoy. Spaces are limited, so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made at

AGM: Patient Participation Group Fairfield Surgery, Burwash AGM Tuesday March 28 7.30pm Parker Hall, Etchingham - all patients welcome. Dr M Robertson will be giving a talk ‘Exercise, the Right Prescription’

SAINSBURY VOUCHERS: If you shop at Sainsbury’s and are offered ‘Active Kids’ vouchers please make sure you collect them, if you do not have children or grandchildren of school age Etchingham School will be pleased to accept them.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The Mobile Library now visits Etchingham once every three weeks, on Tuesday mornings 9.40am to Parsonage Croft outside the School and village halls.

Here are the dates to the end of June, April 4 & 25 – May 16 – June 6 & 27.

If these times are not convenient, or you miss the Library when it visits, it will be at Hurst Green village hall, 12.15pm to 1.00pm and Burwash, Rother View 2.10pm to 2.30pm two days after the above dates. March 26, Mothering Sunday - Family Service, Reverend Sally Epps.

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.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: The annual, very popular Etchingham Music Festival, in the Church. takes place this year Saturday July 1 to Sunday July 9, both dates inclusive, put the dates in your diary and I will give you the full details of concerts nearer the time. Save the date, Saturday September 9, village show and event, details here when available.

FUTURE EVENTS: Do you, or your group or organisation, have events planned for coming months? Send me the dates and basic details now, I do not need the full details yet, just what the event is and the date. 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, this lets people know in advance when your events will be and can help avoid a clash of event dates.

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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