Etchingham village voice

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the village hall next Thursday (April 19) at 7pm, this will be preceded by the AGM of the Etchingham Recreation Ground Trust at 6pm, The Etchingham Improvements Committee AGM at 6.10pm and the April Parish Council meeting at 6.30pm.

The agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting includes the Chairmans report on the past year, a presentation by Beccy Hurrell, President of the Battle and Villages Lions Club on the work and services of the Lions, an update on the proposed new community facilities for Etchingham. Ken Thomas will explain his work on the Etchingham Sound Archive, there will be a report on the 2007 Action Plan and consideration will be given to a review or update of the plan, and an update will be given on the progress of refurbishment of the village shop. There will be a period of public time when you can add your views and ask your questions.

A number of events have already been planned for the Diamond Jubilee weekend, Saturday June 2, Medieval Feast in the Church (see below), and Village Tea Party and Village Photo & Gift of commemorative mugs in Queen’s Garden. Monday June 4, Jubilee Fete in the Lambing Field and Live Music and bar, also in the Lambing Field.

The Fete replaces the Summer Fete which is normally held in July, and will be in the Lambing field instead of Queen’s Garden. Full details will appear here nearer the date, along with details of any other events that may be added to the weekend.

Etchingham Rainbows have recently lost their second adult, it is mandatory to have two adults on site at all times during meetings. They have been fortunate in that an ex Etchingham Brownie has stepped in to help until the summer, when she will be going off to university. So, from September the unit will not have a second adult for meetings. If a second adult helper cannot be found the unit will close in July, if you might be interested in getting involved, contact Carole Jacobs 01580 819404, mobile 07939 481002

This year the Fete will be held on Monday June 4 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and will be held in the Lambing Field instead of Queen’s Garden. The theme this year is ‘Rule Britannia’, as usual, all village organisations are invited to run a stall or side show in aid of their funds, using their own equipment, for a pitch fee of £10, this includes the provision of one table. Booking forms are now available in the new edition of the Parish Magazine, or contact Carole Jacobs, 2 Church Cottages, Etchingham, TN19 7AN 01580 819404. Etchingham based writer, William Wood, has just had a new book published, “A Little Book of Pleasures”, a delightful anecdotal collection about life’s little pleasures.

A little about the book; In these days of 24 hour news many of us may feel smothered under an avalanche of anxiety, despondency or at best choking with rage over national and world events. Grand passions apart, however, there is still much to enjoy. The small pleasures of life lie all around us. They might be found in a state of mind, in the touch of a familiar object such as a favourite wooden spoon, or they may be found in fleeting observations: a baby’s smile, the sudden appearance of a stag in your path; or they may be physical pleasures like sucking the wet flesh of a ripe mango or the aroma of coffee spilling out on to the pavement on a cold morning. In a mad and greedy world it is these small pleasures that keep us sane, and dare we admit it, happy. Told with wry humour and a gentle, sometimes quirky style slightly reminiscent of a bygone era, Wood’s collection contains a mixture of description and observation with a smattering of autobiographical incident. Wood has lived in many places of the world, is well travelled and well read, with a keen sense of enjoyment in what he sees and experiences, and a talent for bringing that visually to the mind of his reader. The short, usually self-contained pieces make wonderful cameos both for those who do their reading in snatches, and those who will want to devour his stories in one sitting.

A little about William; William Wood has led a nomadic life and his friends and relatives are far flung. He now lives and writes in Sussex when he is not visiting his children in France, Rutland and Cumbria or his in-laws in Norway and Slovakia. The diaries he keeps on these visits occasionally give him local colour and ideas for his stories. His short stories have been read on the BBC World Service and included in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first published novel, ‘No Time’, was brought out by Babesh/Ryan in 2003 and his next novel, ‘Passing Wind’ has been shortlisted for an Amazon prize.

The new book is available now from the main online booksellers ISBN 9781-1-907984-07-5, more about William and his writing on his website

As there are several events already planned in the village to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I have set up a group on Flickr where anyone can add pictures taken at any of the village Jubilee events, anyone can view the pictures, but you need to join Flickr to add images. If you already use Flickr, just upload the pictures to your space on Flickr and then add them to the group. If you do not use Flickr, it is a very easy sign up process and the initial free account gives you space for 200 images, you only need to pay if you want to upload more pictures. If you have pictures that you would like to add, but for any reason would prefer not to join Flickr, if you email the pictures to me and I will upload them for you, you will of course be credited as the owner of the images. Let’s see if we can build a really large collection of village images celebrating the Jubilee. The group can be seen at . Any problems adding or downloading images, contact me

Medieval Feast, in the Church on Saturday June 2, 7pm to 11pm, a journey back to the 14th century to celebrate the 650th anniversary of Sir William de Etchingham’s Church. Entertainment will be by Serpentyne, a group who mix medieval songs and dance tunes with world rhythms, creating an exciting magical atmosphere, for more information about Serpentyne, visit their website , there are video clips on the site showing the group performing. Tickets are limited to 120, so get yours as soon as possible, the ticket application form is on the back of the information which everyone received recently, tickets are available at the Post Office.

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

Colin Boylett, 2 Park Farm Cottages