Colin Boylett

2 Park Farm Close

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.

Does anyone have a blackboard easel or artists easel, or similar, that I can borrow for the photo display on July 6 (see details below) , if you have one let me know, and I will need it in the Church on the afternoon of Friday July 5.

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 e-mail

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.

The British legion is holding a ‘Poppy Picnic’, was held last Friday, June 21, in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed afternoon tea and a chat in Queen’s Garden. Special thanks to those who made cakes and goodies for the event, £90.90 was raised for the Poppy appeal. The British Legion will have a Tombola at the Fete, items suitable for prizes would be much appreciated, contact Shaun or Eleanor. If you need more information contact Shaun or Eleanor Knowles 01580 819117.

Etchingham Music Festival will be held in the Church from July 6 to July 14, Saturday July 6 - 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 and £14 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 and £14 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 and £14 concessions.

Thursday July 11 - 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 and £14 concessions. Saturday July 13 - 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 marvelous venue for the Festival. Booking has now started and booking forms can be downloaded from the Festival website

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