PET SERVICE: To celebrate the Queen’s birthday and her love of animals the Church is holding a Pet Service on Sunday June 12, 10.30am. The service will be in Queen’s Garden if it is fine, or in the Church if wet.

PLANT SALE: A plant sale with all proceeds going to ETSR on June 9, 10 & 11, 10.30 to 12.30 on each day. Selling many varieties of annuals and perennials, coffee and cakes also available. The sale is at The Barn, Burgham Farm, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ. For further information contact Mary Barnes 01580 819142.

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.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Etchingham Music Festival takes place this year from July 2 to July 10. This year the concerts will include performances by Instant Sunshine, Florian Mitrea, Atea Wind Quintet, Richard Evans, opera students from the Royal College of Music, ‘Singing for Fun’ and the Etchingham Poetry Group. All concerts are held in the Church, more details next week, or you can visit

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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