Etchingham

Colin Boylett
2 Park Farm Close

Gregory Barker MP will be holding a Drop-in advice surgery at the Bistro today (Friday June 14), 12.30pm to 1.30pm. No appointment necessary, if you have any queries telephone 01424 734910.

The village Summer Fete will be held in Queen’s Garden on Saturday July 6, 2pm. A Fancy Dress Parade will start from the village hall at 1.45pm, the theme this year is 1950’s Rock and Roll, to celebrate 60 years of the Etchingham Improvements Committee which was founded in 1953.

Coconut Shy, Bouncy Castle, Hoopla, Horse Shoe throwing, Bowling for the Pork, Hot Dogs and Burgers, Beer Tent, Pimms Tent, Tea Tent and Cakes, Raffle with £100 cash prize and many other stalls by local organisations.

We need your photos of village events. This year, on Saturday July 6, when the Summer Fete is held in Queen’s Garden, it is planned to have a display, in the Church, of photographs of village events from the previous year. The display will have quite a few of the pictures that I have taken at village events, but I would like to have contributions from as many village residents as possible, more pictures = bigger display.

We will also have a display of old photos and postcards of Etchingham and the surrounding area and some historical items of local interest.

If you have photographs I can borrow, please loan a print of any suitable images, all photographs will be returned and you will be acknowledged as the photographer/owner.

Pictures of approx. 6 inches x 8 inches would be best, but try and keep the size between 6x4 and 10x8 , as the pictures will probably need to be pinned to a display board, pictures with a small border would be best, or you could put your picture on a mount with a small border.

I have slightly changed the criteria for photos, I need any interesting village photos, of any interesting subject, but particularly village events, with an emphasis on events from the last year. If you have pictures from village events from several years ago they would be interesting to see.

And a few pictures of Snowy Etchingham would be welcome.

Please supply your pictures as soon as possible, please do not leave it until July, it takes time to put a display together, so pictures are needed as soon as possible. Deliver your pictures to Colin Boylett, 2 Park Farm Close, Etchingham. If you have any queries 01580 819532 07941 786244 colin.boylett@gmail.com

Phil and Paul at the Post Office have kindly offered to take in your pictures if you prefer to leave them there, please put in a sealed envelope with your name address and contact details.

Also, do you have some small pinboards that I can borrow to display the pictures, almost any size will be suitable, but the ideal size is 24 inches (60cm) in height, I need the boards because the display will now be in the Chancel and I will be making use of the ledges in the Choir Stalls, as with the photos I need to borrow pinboards as soon as possible to help with advance preparation.

Etchingham Barn Dance, Saturday June 22, 7pm to 11pm with the Catsfield Steamers at Burgham farm Sheepstreet Lane. Tickets, on sale at the Etchingham Shop and Deli, are £5 each, children under 5 years of age go free. In aid of Etchingham Trust for Sports and Recreation (ETSR), Friends of Etchingham School, and Etchingham Under Fives. If you have any questions, email nicky@homebirth.net

Last week a Special General Meeting of the Etchingham Branch Royal British Legion was held in the Etchingham Club, the meeting was to elect a new committee, welcome new members and decide on the future of the branch.

Seven people were present at the meeting and a new committee was formed from those present. The current membership in Etchingham is not sufficient to maintain an Etchingham branch, unless more village residents become members discussions will be put in place with neighbouring branches, with a view to merging with another branch. Anyone can be a Royal British Legion member, you do not need to have served in the armed forces, meetings are social events with fund raising aimed at helping those who have served in the forces and their families.

There will be a Tombola stall at the Fete and membership forms will be available on the day, please consider joining, membership fee is just £14.50 a year, if enough new members join we have the opportunity to re-establish another village social group.

For more information contact Shaun or Eleanor Knowles on 01580 819117 bikkib@hotmail.com

The British legion is holding a ‘Poppy Picnic’, “Afternoon Tea in the Park” in aid of the Poppy Appeal. It will be held next Friday, June 21, 3pm to 4.30pm. More details to follow, but if anyone is interested in cake making or helping on the day, contact Shaun or Eleanor.

Etchingham Music Festival will be held in the Church from July 6 to July 14, Saturday 6th July - 7.30pm; An evening with Jim Mullen Organ Trio and friends. A programme of classical and original jazz songs with the distinguished jazz musician Jim Mullen (guitar), Mike Gorman (Hammond organ) and Matt Skelton (drums) together with the vocalist Emma Smith and the legendary Stan Sulzmann (saxophone). Tickets £16.00 and £14.00 concessions.

Sunday 7th July - 7pm; The Mitrea Quartet returns to Etchingham. The youthful Mitrea Quartet, led by pianist Florian Mitrea - they never fail to excite! They will play: Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, Frank Bridge’s Sonata for cello and piano, Enescu’s 2nd Piano Suite and the Piano Quintet in F minor by Brahms. Tickets £16.00 and £14.00 concessions.

Wednesday 10th July - 8pm; Passamezzo: In Peascod Time. A 17th Century musical evocation of summer and the harvest with ballads, words and music performed by Passamezzo, the dynamic Early Music Ensemble. They are guaranteed to dazzle with an array of Renaissance instruments. Tickets £16.00 and £14.00 concessions.

Thursday 11th July - 7pm; A fond farewell to Peter Katin. The Festival’s distinguished Patron, Dr Peter Katin, will perform his Farewell Concert this year. He will be playing: The Bach Partita no.1 in B flat, Schumann’s Kinderzehnen, Debussy’s Suite Bergamesque and Three Lyric Pieces by Grieg. Tickets £16.00 and £14.00 concessions. Saturday 13th July - 7.30pm; An evening of operatic love. The welcome return of pianist Elizabeth Burgess with baritone Sam Queen (who delighted us two years ago when he stepped in at the last minute) and three colleagues.They will sing arias and ensembles by Mozart, Puccini, Handel, Verdi and Wagner. Not to be missed.

Tickets £18.50 including supper.

Sunday 14th July - 4pm; From Byrd to Beatles and back again. The Festival’s final concert for 2013 will be by the Elizabeth Consort, a choral group from Cranbrook School led by Michael Warren. They will sing contrasting works ranging from Byrd to the Beatles.

The tickets are free but there will be a collection for our Parish Church to show our appreciation for the use of this marvellous venue for the Festival. Booking has now started and booking forms can be downloaded from the Festival website www.etchinghammusicfestival.co.uk

Get information for this column to me as soon as possible, if you have a diary of events planned for the year let me have the dates and I will put in a list of village events for the year so that people can put the dates in their diaries. 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. Just a little reminder, I get plenty of information about events that are taking place, but I get very little follow up information, after your event try and remember to send me brief account of how successful your event was, it can be as simple as a thank you to those that attended and how much money was raised etc. You can deliver to 2 Park Farm Close, telephone 01580 819532 or 07941 786244 or email colin.boylett@gmail.com .