PARISH MAGAZINE: The October/November edition of the Parish Magazine is now available from the Post Office, Jarvis Butchers, The Bistro and the Church and only 70p.

PARISH COUNCIL: The October Parish Council meeting is on Thursday (October 15) at 7.30pm in the Parker Hall, Parsonage Croft. A reminder that all residents are entitled to attend, but not speak at the meeting, there is however always a period of ‘public time’ when you are able to make comments or ask questions on any item on the agenda. The agenda can be viewed on the notice boards at the Post office and Parsonage Croft and is also on the village website at

ETCHINGHAM FIREWORKS: The Fireworks this year will be on Saturday November 7, same location as last year. Lots of clean burnable wood is required for the bonfire, if you have any available contact Helen Brophy on 819206 to arrange collection. can you help collect wood from around the village? If so, meet at the Etchingham Club on Saturday October 31, 10pm. Full details of the fireworks here nearer the date.

HURST GREEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Have you thought about joining your local history society? Hurst Green Historical Society meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September to May, in Hurst Green village hall, 7.45pm, new members would be very welcome. Annual membership is £20 which covers eight talks followed by free refreshments. A variety of topics are covered, most from a local perspective. If you would like to attend as a casual visitor you will be made most welcome, £5 per visit. Talks for the next three months; October 14 - The Neptune Coastal Campaign, 50 years of saving the coastline for us all to enjoy by Peter Jones. November 11 - The History of Kent and Sussex Tyg with Lawrence Anderson, this has a practical element-so please take an apron. December 9 Shepherds of the South Downs, their lives and times by Ian Everest.

FUTURE EVENTS: If you are planning events, Halloween is just around the corner, are you organising any special things, and time to promote those Christmas fund raisers, send me the details as soon as you have them, then I can tell everyone about your event well in advance so they can put the date in the diary, do not leave it till the week before the event. Also put the details of your events into the Events calendar on the village website to help avoid clashes of similar events on the same day.

ETSR AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Etchingham Trust for Sports and Recreation (ETSR) will be held on Monday (October 12), 7.30pm in the Parker Hall, Parsonage Croft. All parishioners are invited to attend. Trustee nomination forms can be obtained from the Trust Administrator, Catherine Richards 07855 239848. Nomination forms should be completed and returned to Catherine ten days before the meeting for inclusion at the meeting, so if you have a nomination do it today.

ETCHINGHAM MILITARY & AVIATION: The Etchingham Military & Aviation Preservation Group will hold its one-day Annual Exhibition this year in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday November 1. The Group and its members will be presenting many of the thousands of items from their collections, showing how our forefathers and older relatives coped with life during wartime. Members will always be on hand to answer questions.

Do attend if you can. We owe it to those who did not survive to learn what happened in the hope that the lessons of the past will help to preserve peace for the future. Opening times, 10am to 4.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH: New volunteers for the Etchingham group always welcome, we currently have just seven volunteers, with more we could run more sessions, not a difficult task and you can put in as much or little time as you want. Speedwatch is not about getting drivers fined or points on their licence, there is no prosecution process involved. The aim of Speedwatch is to educate and encourage drivers to drive at the correct speeds in speed limit areas, drivers exceeding the speed limit by a significant margin will get a Police letter reminding them of safe driving speeds, no other action will be taken unless the same driver is noted on several occasions, they will then get a Police visit. If you want to find out more about how Speedwatch works, find out how to volunteer or wish to make any comments regarding Speedwatch email

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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