SPEEDWATCH SURVEY: Most of you will be aware that the Etchingham Speedwatch group has now been operating for nearly two years, having been set up in December 2013 and the first session taking place in January 2014. Soon after the group started a small online survey was carried out to gather residents views on traffic speeds through the village and the operation of Speedwatch.

We are well aware that there are a wide range of views regarding Speedwatch, so we would now like to gather the views and comments of village residents now that the group is well established, this will show us if views have changed over the two years and help us with organisation and future planning.

We want as many people as possible to respond to the survey to give as wide a range of opinion as possible, we want all your comments both positive and negative. The survey does not collect your name or contact details, so you can remain anonymous, you can however include your email address if you want to be contacted about your responses.

There is a link to the survey on the village website , you will find the link near the top of the Home Page. Please feel free to pass on the link to the survey to anyone you know who might like to see it, you do not have to be an Etchingham resident to participate, if someone from another area regularly drives through the village and wants to comment we will welcome their views.

The survey is set to close on January 10 to enable a report to be prepared for the January Parish Council meeting, when the results have been collated we will be able to supply a PDF copy of the results to anyone who wants to see the results. If you are interested in taking part in the survey but do not have a computer, ask a friend or relative if they will help you fill it in on their computer, but ask them first if they have done the survey, because you can only complete the survey once on the same computer. If you have any problems accessing or completing the survey, email

VILLAGE WALKS: A few years ago the Parish Council produced some leaflets detailing walks around the village, these have not been available for a few years. Three of the leaflets have now been updated and are now available to download from the village website. You will find the details on this page

CHRISTMAS EVENTS: Are you organising Christmas events, get the details to me as soon as possible so that I can put the details in this column. Also make sure you send the details to so the details can be included on the village website.

QUEEN’S GARDEN: Some of the play equipment in Queen’s Garden remains fenced off, following a recent safety inspection. We are waiting on quotations for repair, at the time of writing the quotations have not yet been received, so the equipment remains out of use. Luckily it is the time of year when the play equipment is not in use much, hopefully it will not be too long before we can get it fixed.

LIONS CLUB: Battle and Villages Lions Club engage with their local communities providing a service to improve the quality of life for many. The club is part of Lions Clubs International which is the worlds’ largest service club. During the year they raise money by doing the following: Children in Need Quiz at Ninfield Memorial Hall. Opera Evening. Easter- Egg and Chocolate Father Christmas draw. Go Karting for LIBRA (Lions International Blood Appeal). China Smashes, plus many other events. All monies raised from these events goes straight to charity, nothing is deducted for administration. As Etchingham is part of the club area you are invited to come along to one of the monthly meetings to see what they do and perhaps become a member of this very worthwhile Club. For more information as to where they meet etc., contact 01424 870520

REPORTING PROBLEMS: If you find things in the village that need repair or attention, report them to the Parish Council so they can be dealt with. If you have internet access it is easy for you to report a lot of issues such as repairs needed to roads, pavements and verges etc. on line at Fix My Street . This often means the problem is reported a lot quicker because you can report it as soon as you see the problem and not wait until you are able to contact someone from the Council. Go to the website and enter a postcode near to the problem you want to report, you will then see recently reported issues in the locality and can check if someone else has already reported the problem. You can report the details of the problem and pinpoint it on the map, if you have photos you can add those as well. As soon as it is registered on the site the details are sent to the Council responsible for fixing, you can then go to the website later to check the progress of your report. Please also inform the Parish Council that you have reported the issue by contacting the Clerk and/or the Councillor who has that item in their portfolio.

SENDING INFORMATION: Get information for this column to me as soon as possible. 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. You can deliver to 2 Park Farm Close, telephone 01580 819532 or 07941 786244 or email you will also find a form on the village website to send your information from there, look for the Village Voice link near the bottom of the column of links on the left-hand side.

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