Etchingham news
Etchingham news

DUCK RACE: Etchingham Schools Parent Committee have taken over the running of The Duck Race to help raise much needed funds for Etchingham Church of England Primary School. The event will be taking place on Sunday April 28. You can buy ducks for the race at the Post Office or Planters Farm Shop and Cafe for £2.50. There will be the usual competitions for Best Decorated Ducks in various age ranges. The category this year is a Favourite Book Character, or the ducks can come as they are. For those with a more technical bent, there is a Motorised Race. Judging starts at 11am and races start at 12:00. The venue is the field behind Wealden Cake Company and Find Health and Beauty by kind permission of Dr and Mrs Ahrens. There will be a BBQ, cake stall, teas and coffees for sale plus a book stall.

Please come and support your local primary school, spread the word. Tell all of your friends, buy a duck and lets race!

EASTER LILIES: Do you have a loved one that you would like to commemorate with a lily in the Church at Easter? Please leave your written dedication and £5 at the Post office, or contact Mary Barnes

ETCHINGHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL: It will soon be time for the annual Etchingham Music Festival which this years is June 29 to July 7. More information here next week, you can also go to the website . Details of the concerts and a booking form can be found in the current edition of the Parish Magazine, you can also book tickets online at

ETCHINGHAM CLUB: Etchingham Club hold regular live music nights, the next two are April 27 Pass The Cat, May 18 Porchlight Smoker. The Club is open Mondays 7.30pm to 10.30pm; Wednesdays 7.30pm to 11pm; Fridays 6.30pm to 11.30pm; Saturdays 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Free entry, no membership required, everyone welcome.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday September 7 is the date of the Village Fete and Dog Show, more details here nearer the date.

TENNIS: Tennis Club Open Day, Robertsbridge. Open Day of a friendly Tennis Club in Robertsbridge, this Sunday, April14, from 10am. Go along and meet members and have a play, all abilities welcome, adults and children. For more details contact Martine on 07967224328 or visit the website

SPEEDWATCH: The Speedwatch operators continue to run as many sessions as possible with the currently reduced number of available operators. The number of volunteer operators is currently reduced, due to some operators not able to as many sessions because of health issues or work commitments, and other operators moving away. So we could do with a few more volunteers to enable a useful number of sessions to be run each month. It is not complicated to volunteer as an operator and you do not need to commit to a lot of time, if you can only do an hour occasionally it is just as useful as being available for several hours a week. If you are interested in considering joining our volunteer team contact or phone 01580 819532 for details, or take a look at the Community Speedwatch website

PLAYGROUNDS: Etchingham Recreation Ground Trust (ERGT) is the charity responsible for Queen’s Garden and the Viper site. ERGT are working on fund raising for repair and replacement of equipment. There are a couple grant applications in progress that if successful will help build the total. You can generate funds for ERGT whenever you shop online and it does not cost you anything extra. You register at Give as you Live then whenever you shop online you sign in to the Give as you Live website first and use the link on the site to access the retailer you are purchasing from, there are over 4,000 online retailers available so your favourites are bound to be there, a small percentage of your purchase will be donated to ERGT, the amounts are quite small but if lots of people remember to use the system for every purchase it will soon add up to a useful sum of money. You will find more details of how to use Give as you Live on the ERGT fundraising page of the village website EVERY PENNY COUNTS. There is also a fundraising page online where you can make a donation if you are a tax payer please remember to fill in the Gift Aid form when you make your donation so that ERGT get an extra 25% from HMRC. If you want to make a donation but do not have the ability to do it online, you can a payment with cash or a cheque payable to Etchingham Playgrounds and deliver it to the Parish Office at Parsonage Croft, or in a sealed envelope clearly marked ‘playground appeal’ at the Post Office. The target to be raised is £25,000, at the time of writing just over £660 has been raised, with some more donations and gift aid waiting to be approved, so quite a way to go yet. If you have any fundraising ideas, and more importantly, time to help organise fundraising, email . The annual safety inspection for 2018 has just taken place and as expected it was not good news, more items may now have to be taken out of use.

CHURCH SERVICES: Church Services for April and May, all Sunday services are at 11am unless otherwise advised; This Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday), Canon Patrick Sales; April 21 (Easter Sunday), Reverend Christopher Channer; April 28, Reverend Iain Morrison; May 5, Canon Patrick Sales; May 12, Reverend Sally Epps; May 19, Reverend Christopher Channer; May 19 (6.30pm) Churches Together United Service, Reverend Sally Epps; May 26, Reverend Iain Morrison.

CHURCH CONTACT: Churchwardens, Mary Barnes 01580 819142 and Geoffry Lucas 01580 819439. For Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Pastoral Matters contact Reverend Sally Epps 01435 882301

CHURCH OPENING: The Church is open every day for visitors from 11am to 4pm.

HURST GREEN: As you will be aware there is not currently a Village Voice correspondent for Hurst Green. If you are connected with with a Hurst Green group, or organising an event in Hurst Green, I am happy to add the details to the Etchingham column if you send the information to me. Or, even better, perhaps there is someone in Hurst Green who would like to take on the Hurst Green column, if you want to know more you can contact me or the Battle Observer.

SENDING INFORMATION: Thank you to everyone who has sent me information for this column during 2018, please keep your contributions coming in during 2019. 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