ETCHINGHILL SIGN UNVEILED

A SIGN OF THE TIMES!

By David McCombe 

Etchinghill proudly unveiled its newly installed village sign on Wednesday 21st June 2017, putting the hamlet firmly on the map.

 

The sign depicts the rural nature of this flourishing community, which stands in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and captures the popular walking trails and associated activities in the area, together with the golf club, pub, flora and fauna.

 

An opening ceremony and party was held at Meriden Park, with some 120 residents in attendance, on a beautiful sunny Mid-Summer’s Day evening. Members of the Shepway Brass Academy band, conducted by Musical Director, Paul Driscoll, entertained locals with a great selection of music.

 

Local councillor, Susan Carey, formally unveiled the sign together with the Etchinghill Residents’ Association (ERA) chairman, David McCombe.

 

The sign, located in the heart of the hamlet at the junction of Teddars Leas and Canterbury roads, marks the culmination of a 2½ year project after a member of the public put forward the idea as a way of giving the hamlet its own identity – objective achieved!

 

The ERA would like to thank the following organisations and sponsors who helped turn a dream into a reality:

 

·    Susan Carey – Cllr. Shepway District Council & KCC

·    Christine Charlier – Charlier Construction Ltd

·    George Edwards, Etchinghill – our youngest donor!

·    Eric & Helen Gaskell – Gatekeeper Inn

·    Sir Roger De Haan – Roger De Haan CharitableTrust

·    David Hammond – C.R. Child & Ptnrs., Estate Agents

·    Lyminge Parish Council

·    Edna Marsh, Etchinghill  – In loving memory of Allan

·    Paul Tory – Tory Foundation & Etchinghill Golf Club

·    Jamie Weatherley – Auto Economy Centre, Etchinghill

Thanks also to Rod Fender at Black Forge Art, Wittersham – outstanding work!

 

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DAY TRIP TO BRUGGE 27 NOVEMBER 2017

 

 

 

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BRUGGE, BELGIUM

SATURDAY  25TH NOVEMBER 2017

Leaving Etchinghill Village Hall 7.30am

Return Etchinghill Village Hall 8.30pm

Travel by coach via the tunnel

Adult per person (16 years and older) £35

Juniors per person (under 16 years) £20

To book, please contact either:

John White

01303 863819

OR

Graham Barber

01303 863747

 

Payment is required at the time of booking. Please make cheques made payable to Etchinghill Village Hall.

Numbers are limited so please book early

YES you will require a passport!

The Brugge Christmas Market in the historical city centre will be open

Organised by the Village Hall Management Committee

 

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The Hamlet of Etchinghill in Kent

 

 

(Photograph above shows The Gatekeeper public house which was opened on 1st May 2015).

 

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WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE ETCHINGHILL RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION IN KENT

Our site aims to reflect matters of interest and importance to residents and visitors alike. Contributions and suggestions are very welcome and should be sent, by email, to the web editor dmccombe1@gmail.com

The ERA was formed in 1982 to help protect the environment and maintain the general ambience of the area.

We regularly hold social functions to help foster a friendly community spirit, and we also act as a ‘first port of call’ for residents who may have concerns about community issues.

The following pages show community events planned for 2016. Full details will be published on our website, on local notice boards and in the Lyminge Newsletter http://www.lyminge.org.uk/newsletter/ in due course.

A brief history of Etchinghill and the surrounding area, with relevant links , can be found together with other items of interest, such as matters affecting the local environment, important contact information and details about our Village Hall facilities, events and

 

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FOOTPATH ACCESS FROM TEDDARS LEAS ROAD ACROSS MEADOW TO LINCE WOODS

Residents of Etchinghill will be aware that footpath access from Teddars Leas Road across the meadow to Lince Woods was closed in 2014 following the installation of locked gates by the landowner  and the lodging of an application under the 1980 Highways to stop public access.

 

An application was submitted to Kent County Council for the installation of  a Public Footpath across the meadow to the Lince Woods in 2014 and is now top of the list for consideration and an investigation is being carried out by a KCC Public Rights of Way Officer.  It is important that as a community we can prove continuous usage (up to 2014) ideally over the last 20 years.

 

We would welcome statements from local residents who can confirm that this pathway has been in use for many years so that this evidence can be used to support the application. If you wish to make representation to the KCC Officer in support of the application please contact: Mrs Maria McLauchlan (MIPROW) | Definitive Map Officer | PROW & Access Service | Public Protection | Growth, Environment & Transport | Kent County Council |  Invicta House, Maidstone, ME14 1XX | tel: 03000 413420| www.kent.gov.uk. Her email is: maria.mclauchlan@kent.gov.uk

 

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GOOD NEIGHBOURS' SCHEME

We currently operate a Good Neighbours' Scheme, for the use of residents. We have trained visitors to visit people in the local community who may feel lonely and simply need company. For more information please click on this link: http://etchinghill.info/good-neighbour-scheme.html

 

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THE 'GATEKEEPER' PUBLIC HOUSE

We are very pleased to advise that Eric and Helen, who run the Jackdaw PH at Denton and the Duke of Cumberland PH at Barham, formally re-opened the pub (previously the 'New Inn') to the public on Friday 1st May 2015.

The pub is open from 12 noon until 11 pm daily for hot, freshly prepared food - telephone 01303 864345.

Why not visit their new website http://www.gatekeeperinn.co.uk

 

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ETCHINGHILL VILLAGE HALL

We have a page dedicated to the Village Hall on this website. Click on the Village Hall tab for current details about the hall together with relevant contact information. 

The trustees and committee of the Village Hall operate independently from the Residents' Association and all enquiries relating to the Hall should be made through the Lettings Officer - please visit the relevant page on this site or click on the link http://etchinghill.info/etchinghill-village-hall-information-how-to-book.html

 

TABLE TENNIS CLUB

The Etchinghill Table Tennis Club meets regularly at the Hall. Please click on the link for more information http://etchinghill.info/etchinghill-village-hall-information-how-to-book.html

 

 

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ETCHINGHILL VILLAGE AND WALKING GUIDE ON SALE FOR JUST £2!

Written by Wendy Moppett on behalf of the Lyminge Historical Society. Revised and updated with new research, archive material and photographs. Includes 3 walks with maps taking in all the places of historical interest within the village and surrounding area.
 
Available from most Village Hall functions; 50p from the sale of every copy goes to support the village hall.
 
 
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ETCHINGHILL CRICKET CLUB

The club is appealing for new members to play and help maintain the clubhouse.

For more information please contact:

Keith Woolett 07896 717787 or...

Ali Mortimer 07955 787525

Please support this long standing club and avoid the loss of a valuable village resource. Thank you.

NEW!! BADMINTON AT THE VILLAGE HALL

A badminton  court is now available at Etchinghill  Village Hall.
 
There will be a  club night three  evenings a month on the first, second and fourth Mondays in the month. For more information contact Jeff Baker at j.baker492@btinternet.com
 
The court can also be booked by the hour as and when the hall is available. Hire charges Monday to Friday are £12 per hour; Saturday and Sunday, £14 per hour. To make a booking please phone 07514 758936.
 
NEW!! The hall now has its own Facebook page. Please visit to 'Like' the page and comment. Simply type Etchinghill Village Hall into the Facebook search bar - enjoy!