Etchingham Community Speedwatch, as you will be aware by now, the Etchingham Community Speedwatch group has been quite active recently and since starting in January a total of 428 vehicles have been reported exceeding the 30mph speed limit, the fastest speed recorded so far has been 53mph.

Remember that total is only for a few hours while speed checks were carried out, many more cars speed through the village at all times. The recent survey we carried out monitoring vehicles entering the village from Burwash over a 200 hour period (day and night) showed that 15,935 vehicles passed through and over 2,000 of those were over 30mph with nearly 600 between 35mph and 60mph.

The only vehicles reported to Police on Speedwatch sessions are those travelling at 36mph and above.

We are aware of some local people not being happy about receiving a letter because they have been picked up in one of the village speed checks.

If you, a friend, relative or neighbour gets a letter please do not blame the Speedwatch operators IT WAS NOT THEIR FAULT.

Speed limits are in place for a reason, the main one being the safety of other road users and especially pedestrians, the follow statistics should help explain why speed limits exist..

The % survival rate of pedestrians hit by motor vehicles.

Vehicle speed = 20 MPH; Survival rate = 95%.

Vehicle speed = 30 MPH; Survival rate = 55%.

Vehicle speed = 40 MPH; Survival rate = 15%.

{Data courtesy of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership}We are currently operating at least one session every week and planning to hold some more of these more intensive sessions later in the year.

BUT! There is always a BUT, we currently have only five trained and active operators, we need more volunteer operators if we are to continue with the same frequency or we will have to reduce the frequency to avoid overloading the few volunteers we have.

If you, or someone you know in the village, feels inclined to get involved, please get in touch with me. Volunteers need to be trained in the use of the equipment and the safety issues involved before they can go out on Speed checks, the training is not difficult and takes just a couple of hours at Battle Police Station. Once trained, volunteer operators can take part in as many of few sessions as they want. Anyone interested in helping can get more information on the village or, updates of the group’s activities are on Facebook

The device used IS NOT a camera and nothing is recorded by the device, it simply tells the operator the speed of the vehicle approaching, if the vehicle is exceeding the speed limit by more than the prescribed margin the details are recorded and passed on to the Police, the registered keeper of the vehicle will then receive a letter informing them they were picked up in a Speedwatch check. The letter will tell them the speed that was recorded and give advice on regulating speed in 30mph zones, if the same vehicle is picked up on a second occasion they will receive a similar letter which has stronger wording and will also inform them that they are at risk of a fine if picked up again, following the third occasion the details are passed on to the Road Policing Unit, it is only from that point on that the driver is risking receiving a fine and/or points.

If you have any questions - please ask. Colin Boylett, Speedwatch Co-ordinator 01580 819532

New Etchingham PCSO, we have now been given the details of the new PCSO for Etchingham. His name is Iain Tomsett, he is currently on the local team at Herstmonceux, he has been a PCSO for 9 years with spells at Eastbourne and Wealden, he has also had a spell at Wealden on the Roads Policing Unit Casualty Reduction Team.

Iain will join us in Etchingham in the first week of June when the new intake of PCSO’s have finished their training and areas are reallocated. Iain should be a great asset to the area, Sgt. Paul Masterson will introduce him to us when he arrives in June.

Plant pots wanted, any size, they don’t have to be perfect or even clean as long as they are usable! We want to sell on excess plants in aid of the new village hall project but will run short of pots very quickly. Collection can be arranged. Contact Mary Barnes 01580 819142

A Midsummers Party at Burgham Farm, Sheepstreet Lane on Saturday June 21, 7.30pm till Midnihgt, in support of Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Live Band, International Burger Bar, Auction of Promises and Raffle. Tickets are £10 per adult, children free, available from the Etchingham Shop & Deli and the Bistro, or email Beth at

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a Charity dedicated to supporting the children of men and women killed whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.

In July the Village Summer Fete will be held in Queen’s Garden. Last year, during the Fete, I put on a display of old photographs, postcards and documents in the Church, depicting much of the village history.

I am planning a similar display this year, it will be based around my collection of old photos and postcards, if I can borrow enough suitable items from village residents I hope to also include a display of memories of the school, as this will be the last year in the current building. If you have any suitable items I can borrow, let me know as soon as possible to help me plan space. You might have photos, books, documents, press cuttings or other items from your school days, or perhaps from parents or grandparents. I also have access to a lot of items relating to Etchingham Women’s Institute, so would like to also feature that in the display, if you have anything W.I. related that I can borrow please let me know.

If you have photos or small documents I can either borrow the originals for the display or make copies so that you can have the original items back straight away. If you have books or larger items I will need to see what you have as soon as possible so that I know how much space is required and pick the items up a couple of days before the display.

I will also be doing a display during the Flower and Dog Show, it would be good to have a different theme for the display, ideas welcome, one suggestion has been a display marking the centenary of the start of World War One, this is a possibility if enough items can be found, the items could relate to the time period and not necessarily all be related to Etchingham directly.

For both displays the available space is the area around and on the Choir Stalls and the Chancel in the Church.

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

2 Park Farm Close