PUBLIC MEETING: The Etchingham Conservative Association is holding a Public Meeting in the Parker Hall tomorrow (Saturday March 5), starting at 12 noon. County Councillor John Barnes and District Councillors Mary Barnes and Robert Elliston will be present and will be pleased to answer questions on issues affecting the village, the meeting will also be joined by Huw Merriman MP.

CHURCH INFORMATION: Details of what is happening at the Church can be found online at

EASTER LILIES: Would you like to buy a lily for the Church in memory of a loved one? The Post Office is kindly collecting the money for these, and has cards for messages or tributes.

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MARCH CHURCH SERVICES: This Sunday (March 6) is Mothering Sunday the Service will be a Family Service led by Reverend Jean Manning, there will be posies for all the Mothers and refreshments after the Service. Sunday March 13, Passion Sunday, Holy Communion with Reverend Iain Morrison. Sunday March 20, Palm Sunday, Holy Communion with Reverend Iain Morrison. Easter Sunday, March 27, Holy Communion with Reverend Jean Manning, eggs for the children and refreshments after the Service. All the Services start at 11am.

NEW MUSEUM: Etchingham Military and Aviation Preservation Group announce the opening of their new museum at Orchard Farm Shop on the A21 at Hurst Green. There will be two preview days this Saturday and Sunday (March 5 - 6) 10am to 4pm, all welcome, admission free, in advance of the official Grand Opening on May 7.

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 [email protected]

VILLAGE WEBSITE: The village website has been running for a few years now, it was primarily provided by the Parish Council as a means of making council information available to village residents, but has always contained as much information as possible about the village and organisations. We want to gather your views on the site through a short survey, which only takes a couple of minutes to complete, on the website. Please take a minute or two to fill in the survey at

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LENT LUNCHES: The Church is hosting three Lent Lunches this year, the Lent Lunches will be a simple meal of soup and bread. Last year the lunches were held on people’s homes, this year they are in the Parker Hall, Parsonage Croft the first two have already taken place the last one will be on Tuesday March 22, starting at 12.30pm.

There is no charge for the lunch, but there will be donations to two chosen charities, Christian Aid and the International Nepal Fellowship. The situation in Nepal is dire, the Church would be happy to receive donations of woolly hats, scarves, blankets and warm clothes to pass on to them.

If you are new to the village, another chance to meet other village residents.

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 [email protected] 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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