Etchingham village voice

For over 21 years Etchingham Church has been the venue for a Music Festival during the first week of July. This year will run from Saturday July 7 to Sunday July 15.

Saturday July 7 will be an evening of music and song with Elizabeth Burgess on piano, John Slack on clarinet, Matt Lowe playing cello and soprano Aoife Miskelly. Sunday July 8 the Church hosts a piano recital from gifted young pianist and graduate of the Royal academy of Music, Bing Bing Li. A welcome return of the Mitrea Piano Quartet playing as a Trio, Quartet and Quintet on Wednesday July 11, and Festival Patron, Dr. Peter Katinwill perform a piano concert on Thursday July 12, including Chopin. Schubert, Beethoven and Debussy. A Supper Concert with Cuban Jazz Salsa band ‘Heads South’ will be on Saturday july 14. The Festival is rounded off with a free concert in the afternoon on Sunday July 15, a celebration of English music to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the Ashdown Singers.

Full details will appear here nearer the dates, and the full programme details prices and ticket information can be found on the Festival website the postal address is Etchingham Music festival, PO Box 100, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7US 01580 860199

The village Jubilee celebrations start tomorrow (Saturday June 2) when the Jubilee Picnic will be held in Queen’s Garden, 12 noon to 2pm. At this event children in the village will be presented with a Jubilee Mug by our MP, Gregory Barker, at 1pm we hope to get as many village residents as possible assembled for a Jubilee photo, so to make sure you are in the picture be in Queen’s Garden by 1pm. At 2pm there will be a special event at the Bistro at the Station. At 7pm The Jubilee Medieval Feast will take place in the Church, this year marks the 650th anniversary of the Church, tickets may still be available, £25, from the Post Office.

On Sunday (June 3), from 2pm, the Etchingham Club will be showing the Royal Regatta on the big screen, with a barbecue and they will be serving special Jubilee Ales and Lager.

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’, and the Fete promises to be bigger than ever.From 7pm to 11pm the entertainment continues in the Lambing Field with live music, a hog roast and bar.

The entertainment continues in the Churchon Tuesday June 5, at 3pm the Etchingham Singers with Courtney Kenny and invited soloists, will perform songs from the London shows 1952-53, followed by afternoon tea, tickets £3.

A reminder, this event replaces the Summer Fete that is normally held in Queen’s Garden in July.

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.

The South East Open Studios even takes place from June 1 to June 17, Ella Clarke will have her studio open on eight days, Thursday June 7 to Sunday June 10 and Thursday June 14 to Sunday June 17, 10am to 5pm on all days.

Ella produces detailed pencil drawings, prints and gift cards. Birds, flowers, butterflies, local scenes, boats and owls. Ella is the only artist open in the Etchingham/Hurst Green area this year, there are several artists opening their studios in Ticehurst, Burwash, Robertsbridge and other surrounding villages, full details can be found on the web site

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