Etchingham

FLOWER & DOG SHOW: The wet morning last Saturday turned into a pleasant afternoon in time for the annual Flower and Dog Show. The entries were a bit less than usual but the standard of all entries was as usual very good and the show was very well attended. Many thanks to all who put in a lot of effort in setting up the show and of course many thanks to all the exhibitors and visitors.

The winners of the trophies were as follows - The British legion Cup for the most points in classes 1-29 won by Bobby Baldock. The Whins Trophy for the most points in the flower arranging classes, Sue Mumford. The Wishdown Cup for the best exhibit in classes 1-29, Mary Newington. The Warren Trophy for the best entry in the children’s section, Ellie Sexton. The Chandler Cup for the best entry in the children’s cookery classes, Belle Withnall. The Improvements Committee Cup for the most points in the domestic section, Annette Childs. The St. Jude Trophy for the best handicraft exhibit, Phillipa Hinde. The Brookside Trophy for the best photography exhibit, Colin Boylett. The Butler Cup for best flower arrangement, Janet Gervers. The Drivers Cup for the heaviest marrow, Linda Neve. Thw McDonald Shield for the best gladiolus, Bobby Baldock. The Silver Tray awarded to the dog with most points in the Dog Show, Lisa Stratford with Minnie.

PHOTO DISPLAY: A number of people commented that they would have liked more time to look at the display of old photos and postcards, in the Church during the Flower Show. A large part of the display has been left in place and will stay in the Church for at least a couple of weeks. You are welcome to go in and look at the pictures when the Church is open daily 11am to 4pm.

ETCHINGHAM MILITARY & AVIATION: The Etchingham Military & Aviation Preservation Group will hold its one-day Annual Exhibition this year in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday November 1. The Group and its members will be presenting many of the thousands of items from their collections, showing how our forefathers and older relatives coped with life during wartime. Members will always be on hand to answer questions.

Do attend if you can. We owe it to those who did not survive to learn what happened in the hope that the lessons of the past will help to preserve peace for the future. Opening times, 10am to 4.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: There will be a Harvest Festival Service in the Church at 10.30am on Sunday September 27, and this will be followed by a Harvest Lunch at 12.30pm in the Parker Hall. Tickets for the Lunch are £6 for adults, Primary age children, £3. Tickets are available from the Post Office or Butchers, or from Barbara Thomas 01580 819330. We are hoping that many of the newcomers to the Village will come and join us for the lunch as the planned Welcome party has had to be postponed, and will not now take place until the New year.

FUTURE EVENTS: If you are planning events, especially those Christmas fund raisers, send me the details as soon as you have them, then I can tell everyone about your event well in advance so they can put the date in the diary, do not leave it till the week before the event. Also put the details of your events into the Events calendar on the village website to help avoid clashes of similar events on the same day.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH: New volunteers for the Etchingham group always welcome, not a difficult task and you can put in as much or little time as you want. The first step is to go to the Community Speedwatch website www.communityspeedwatch.co.ukwhere you can find out more about how Speedwatch works. You can then register your interest in joining the Etchingham group, make sure you select the Etchingham group because the Burwash and Hurst Green groups both have Etchingham in the title. After you have completed the registration process, and a short online instruction session covering procedures and safety, your details will be passed to the Etchingham co-ordinator, you will then be contacted, the online Speedwatch system will be explained to you and you will be able to take part in roadside sessions. We currently have seven volunteers, if there were more available more sessions could be run and each volunteer would be asked to do sessions less often.

EVENTS CALENDAR: There is a calendar on the village website for residents and organisations to enter details of forthcoming events, this helps organisers check if an event has already been planned for a date they have chosen, and act as advertising for all village events. The idea of the calendar is for village residents and organisations to add details to the calendar themselves to reduce the workload of website admin.

To view or add to the calendar start on this page and follow the instructions www.etchinghamvillage.co.uk/calendar you will need a password to complete your entry, this is just a safeguard against the calendar getting filled up with spam posts. The password is the same for everyone if you do not have it ask me to supply it or ask someone who has already added to the calendar.

If everyone gets into the habit of adding their events to the calendar it will hopefully avoid too many clashes of events and people having to decide which event they will support. If you have any problems adding to the calendar contact me at etchinghamvillagewebsite@gmail.com and I will get it added, but I do not want to have to add every event to the calendar.

INFORMATION: If you have given me details of your event to put in this column, please remember to send me some details after the event so I can let your supporters know how successful the event was, how much you raised, interesting facts etc. Your supporters will be interested to know how you did. 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 .

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