Etchingham village voice

A number of events have already been planned for the Diamond Jubilee weekend, Saturday June 2, Medieval Feast in the Church (see below), and Village Tea Party and Village Photo & Gift of commemorative mugs in Queen’s Garden. Monday June 4, Jubilee Fete in the Lambing Field and Live Music and bar, also in the Lambing Field.

The Fete replaces the Summer Fete which is normally held in July, and will be in the Lambing field instead of Queen’s Garden. Full details will appear here nearer the date, along with details of any other events that may be added to the weekend. More details of all the events to follow soon.

This year the Fete will be held on Monday June 4 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and will be held in the Lambing Field instead of Queen’s Garden. The theme this year is ‘Rule Britannia’, as usual, all village organisations are invited to run a stall or side show in aid of their funds, using their own equipment, for a pitch fee of £10, this includes the provision of one table. Booking forms are now available in the new edition of the Parish Magazine, or contact Carole Jacobs, 2 Church Cottages, Etchingham, TN19 7AN 01580 819404.

If you are interested in seeing the old pictures of the village, I have recently added a lot more to the Bygone Etchingham group on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/etchinghampast I will be adding more over the next few weeks, so take a look occasionally to see what has been added. Some of the recent additions include early pictures of the station, the Creamery, the Temperance hotel, the 1953 floods, the unveiling of the village sign, and many more.

An ideal time to remind you that if you have any old photos and postcards of the area that I do not already have, I would be interested in borrowing them to add to the pictures already on the site.

As there are several events already planned in the village to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I have set up a group on Flickr where anyone can add pictures taken at any of the village Jubilee events, anyone can view the pictures, but you need to join Flickr to add images. If you already use Flickr, just upload the pictures to your space on Flickr and then add them to the group. If you do not use Flickr, it is a very easy sign up process and the initial free account gives you space for 200 images, you only need to pay if you want to upload more pictures. If you have pictures that you would like to add, but for any reason would prefer not to join Flickr, if you email the pictures to me and I will upload them for you, you will of course be credited as the owner of the images. Let’s see if we can build a really large collection of village images celebrating the Jubilee. The group can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/groups/diamondjubileeinetchingham/ . Any problems adding or downloading images, contact me colin.boylett@gmail.com

Medieval Feast, in the Church on Saturday June 2, 7pm to 11pm, a journey back to the 14th century to celebrate the 650th anniversary of Sir William de Etchingham’s Church. Entertainment will be by Serpentyne, a group who mix medieval songs and dance tunes with world rhythms, creating an exciting magical atmosphere, for more information about Serpentyne, visit their website www.serpentyne.com , there are video clips on the site showing the group performing. Tickets are limited to 120, so get yours as soon as possible, the ticket application form is on the back of the information which everyone received recently, tickets are available at the Post Office.

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

Colin Boylett, 2 Park Farm Cottages