BARN DANCE: ETSR are holding a Barn dance on Saturday May 9 in the new village halls, 7.30pm to 11pm in aid of funds to help equip the new halls. Music by the popular Catsfield Steamers, tickets £10, children £5, children under five FREE. Tickets are available in the Etchingham Shop & Deli and the Post Office, or contact Nicky at

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 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 and I will get it added, but I do not want to have to add every event to the calendar.

ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY: Last Thursday evening the Annual Parish Assembly was held in the Parker Hall at Parsonage Croft. The meeting was preceded by a short Parish Council meeting to discuss any urgent financial and planning matters, a decision was also made regarding the future of the phone box that was relocated earlier in the year from Sheepstreet Lane to the new community development. An insert in the Spring Parish Council Newsletter asked for residents to give their preference regarding the phone box, 110 responses were received, 84 wanting the box to stay at Parsonage Croft and 26 wanting it returned to Sheepstreet Lane. Council took those responses into consideration and the decision was made to leave the phone box in the current location at Parsonage Croft. The Parish Council has already purchased the repair materials and paints to renovate the box, so now just needs to find someone to take on the task, a decision will then be made regarding the use of the box, the current suggestions are an information point or the location for a defibrillator which the council is hoping can be provided at the new facilities.

The Annual Assembly is the opportunity for residents to comment on and ask questions relating to things happening in the village and proposed future activities. This year the latter part of the meeting was very much taken up with thank yous and presentations, Bob Hodgson has been the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Council for several years and has guided the council extremely well through the last few years of complex negotiations as we dealt with creating the new community facilities and selling the old hall site. A collection was organised for a parting gift for Bob, knowing what to get did not pose too many problems as it became known that his pressure washer needed replacing and he has an interest in heritage railways, so an appropriate presentation was made. After nearly 20 years on the Parish Council, a substantial number as Chair, Mary Varrall is leaving the council and an appropriate presentation was made to Mary.

ANNUAL REPORT: Those who attended the Annual Assembly will have been given a copy of the Etchingham Annual Report 2015, this has report of activities during the last year from Parish, District and County Councillors and from the many village organisations.

If you were not at the meeting the report is now available on the village website at the 2013 and 2014 reports are also available.

BUS SERVICE: The good news about the bus service is that a six day a week service is retained, Sussex Bus have taken over the route and will operate it as an extension of their existing Service 31 which runs from Haywards Heath to Heathfield, now extended from Heathfield to Hurst Green. Up until April 28 Sussex Bus will be operating the existing 318 service, from April 29 the service 31 timetable will come into operation. The new timetables can be viewed on the village website

This new service can only continue if it is supported, that is people using the bus for some of their journeys instead of the car, there are regular users but as many journeys as possible need to be made to make the route viable and retained.

DUCK RACE: The Etchingham Shop & Deli Charity Duck Race takes place on Saturday May 2, starting at 1pm behind the shop. BBQ and refreshments available from 12pm. Buy your duck from the shop, £2 each, decorate it and take it along on the day of the race for judging, by 12.15pm.

ETCHINGHAM CLUB: The Etchingham Club has new opening times, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Fridays, 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Saturdays, 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

For more information on Etchingham Club, email 01580 819240 also on Facebook

MOBILE LIBRARY: The Mobile Library now visits Etchingham once every three weeks, on Tuesday mornings 9.55am to 10.35am outside the new village halls.

You might like to put these dates in your diary; May 12, June 2, June 23.

If these times are not convenient, or you miss the Library when it visits, it will be at Hurst Green village hall, 1.30pm to 2.15pm on the following dates; May 14, June 4, June 25.

MILITARY & AVIATION PRESERVATION GROUP: The Etchingham Military and Aviation Preservation Group meet on the first Thursday of each month.

On Thursday April 30 the group will have a guided tour of the Redoubt, Eastbourne. Future meetings will include in May Mark Pittock “A Medic in Afghan”, June Melanie Gibson-Barton “Wandering in Flanders Fields”. For more information about the group contact Andrew Pope 07775 515936

PROMOTE YOUR ORGANISATION: Do you want to get new members for your group or organisation? Want to tell people what your group does? If you are connected with a village group or organisation send me some details and I will publicise your group in this column. Send me details of what your organisation does, when you meet, how to join, who to contact and any other details that you would like to add, I will then add details of your organisation, as space allows, over the coming weeks.

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

2 Park Farm Close