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DUCK RACE: A big thank you to everyone who entered ducks and attended the village duck race on Sunday May 1.

There was great weather and a brilliant turnout. Nearly 300 ducks were sold and entered for the race and there were around 200 spectators. The FES sold every one of the 180 sausages it had ready for hot dogs and the cakes were also in demand!

The Duck Decoration Competition was of a very high standard this year and Vicki Atkinson from the Artichoke Gallery in Ticehurst had a difficult task choosing the winners which were in the end, Under Fives; Nancy & Billy Ellner. Five to Fifteen; Joe Marriage. 15+ and Adults; Georgina Briggs.

The Overall winner of the race was Poppy Withnall who received her winner’s trophy from our local MP, Huw Merriman. Poppy nominated the Brownies to receive £100.

The balance of money raised on the day will be divided between the Etchingham Improvements Committee (EIC) for future village events and the Friends of Etchingham School (FES). Once again thank you to everyone for making this such a fun and popular event. For any other information relating to the duck race, Colin Phillips, Etchingham Community Interest Company (CIC) Lucy Tooke, Etchingham Improvements Committee (EIC)

A DAY AT THE SEASIDE: Put Saturday June 25 in your diary, that is the date for the Big Etchingham Day at the Seaside, which will combine all the best of the annual Fete and the Flower and Dog Show on the same day, the Fete and Dog Show in Queen’s Garden and the Flower Show in the Church. Fancy Dress parade from the Village Hall at 1pm, Church and Fete open at 1.30pm, Dog Show 1.30pm to 3pm, Evening bands from 6.30pm to close. If you are planning to enter photographs in the photo section of the Flower Show, these are the categories ‘Blue’ - ‘Ships, boats and things that float’ - ‘I saw it at the seaside’ - ‘Creatures of Etchingham (insects to homo sapiens)’, so get snapping.

PHOTO DISPLAY: Many will know that for the last couple of years, during the annual Fete and the Flower and Dog Show I have put on a display of a large quantity of old photos, postcards and memorabilia from the area – in the Church Chancel.

This year during ‘A day at the seaside’ on June 25 I will again have a display in the Church, but this year it will be reduced in size and will not include all the books and items displayed on tables. The display will be limited to the items that can be displayed around the choir stalls, the display will still include a large number of historical photos of Etchingham and over 200 old postcards of Etchingham, Hurst Green, Burwash, Ticehurst and the surrounding area.

If you have missed the display in previous years there is still plenty to see, if you are a newcomer to Etchingham a chance to see some images of Etchingham in times gone by.

ETCHINGHAM IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTEE AGM: Sunday May 15, 7.30 in Etchingham Club. The AGM will be followed at 8pm by a planning meeting for the Fete, Flower and Dog Show to be held on June 25. The Improvements Committee are looking for people who would like to come and get involved and make the event as exciting as possible; be it helping to put up the tents, judging a class in the Church, running or helping on a stall, selling raffle tickets. We are a friendly bunch and if you are looking to get involved in the village this would be an excellent and rewarding place to start! Come and find out more, and join us for a drink. For more details please email or call Lucy on 07720 327536

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Etchingham Music Festival takes place this year from July 2 to July 10, details here nearer the date.

CHURCH INFORMATION: Details of what is happening at the Church, and service details, can be found online at

FUTURE EVENTS: Do you have events planned for later in the year? Send me the dates and basic details now, I can then give your event a mention well in advance of the date, people can note the date and I can then put the full details in nearer the date.

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 07484 635014 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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