PARISH COUNCIL: Parish Council has been made aware of certain issues relating to highways maintenance in the village which are of concern to some residents. The Clerk is in the process of setting up a meeting with the local ESCC Highways Steward to discuss the things that require attention.

In order to try and deal with all highways related issues at the same time I am compiling a list of things that require attention/repair. If you are aware of any issues that require the attention of ESCC Highways can you please send me details of the problem so that I can get a list compiled ready for the meeting.

To clarify - we need the details of anything that you consider needs dealing with, this is anything on the roads, pavements, road signage, verges and any fencing that is the responsibility of Highways. Please supply as much detail as possible to ensure we get the correct location, if you have a photo you are welcome to also send that, also please only things that fall within the Parish boundary.

Please send the details to me by email at or you can use the contact form on the website , or use the contact details in this column, we do not know how soon we can arrange a meeting so please send details as soon as possible so we have the list of issues ready.

FLOWER & DOG SHOW: The annual Flower and Dog Show will take place in The Church and Queens Garden on Saturday September 12. So now is the time to start thinking about your entries, get your fruit, veg and flowers to peak condition ready for display. Get taking all those brilliant photos for the photographic section, this year the subjects are “Sussex by the sea”, “Red”, “My favourite place in Etchingham” and “Oh Dear!”. The schedules have been delivered in the village and to the Etchingham ends of Fontridge Lane, Sheepstreet Lane and Burgh Hill. If you live outside these areas and would like a schedule please get in touch on this email address and someone will try to get one to you. As in previous years there will be a display of old photos, postcards and memorabilia in the Church Chancel and choir stalls, so if you have missed the display in previous years a chance to see it. Some of the display will be on show at King John’s Lodge until the end of August, see next item.

HARVEST SUPPER: The Harvest Supper is planned for September 27 in the Parker Hall, details here as soon as available.

PARISH COUNCIL: Most of you will be aware that Parish Council does not meet in August, but the Councillors and Clerk are still available if you need them, the Clerk is in the office at Parsonage Croft Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10.30 to 12.30 and all the contact details for the Clerk and Councillors can be found in the Parish Magazine and on the village website, the Clerk and Councillors can be contacted direct from the website. If there are things that Council needs to make you aware of they will be posted on the noticeboards at the Post Office and Parsonage Croft, information will also be put on the village website, Facebook and Twitter

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.

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 .

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