Etchingham village voice

Battle Area Community Transport have new flexible bus services from the Etchingham, Burwash and Hurst Green area, to Eastbourne, Tenterden and Rye.

All bookings need to be made in advance, times and pick up locations will be arranged according to requests made, your bus passes can be used on all the services. Buses to Eastbourne run every second Monday, monthly, dates for the rest of the year are August 13, September 10, October 8 and November 12. Buses to Tenterden are the third Friday of alternate months, September 21 and November 16. For Rye it is the fourth Thursday of alternate months, August 23 and October 25. To make a booking or for further information call Lyn on 01424 772001. Volunteer drivers are always welcome, all you need is D1 on your licence, if you are interested in helping the service call Lyn on the number above.

The Experimental Traffic Order with the new double yellow lines is now in place, if you have any comments regarding the scheme please make your views known to East Sussex Highways, or give the information to any Parish councillor or the Parish Clerk and your comments will be passed on to Highways. You can also add comments to the dedicated Facebook page any comments left on the page will be collated and the details passed on to Highways. The scheme is to run for six months, when it will be assessed and a decision mode on which parts of the scheme will become permanent, so now is the time to make your comments.

East Sussex County Council, Diocese of Chichester, Etchingham Parish Council, Etchingham Trust for Sports and Recreation, and Millwood Designer Homes working together are pleased to announce an exciting scheme which will enable the current Etchingham Primary School and the Village Hall to be replaced. The County and Parish Councils, The Etchingham Trust, the Diocese and School Trustees are working in partnership with landowner Dr. Ahrens and his appointed developer Millwood Designer Homes Limited, to create a mixed development of housing combined with the school and village hall facilities. It is hoped the new primary school and village hall facilities will be open by September 2014. The design work for the whole scheme, including the housing element, is now under way, and public consultation will take place during the autumn, before and during the formal planning application process. Look out for local notices and the local press for details of any consultations when they take place. Details and updates will also be sent out on the village email bulletin, if you are not yet getting the messages send your email address to and ask to be added to the list.

Etchingham Parish Council is holding a Special Parish Meeting on Thursday August 30, 7.30pm in the Parish Church. The purpose of the meeting will be to enable questions to be asked concerning the proposed new community facilities and new primary school on the Lambing Field site. The Parish Council wishes to consult with the village before the the pre-planning and planning application consultations take place. To facilitate the involvement of as many parishioners as possible, the Council invites you to submit written questions in advance of the meeting, you may if you wish submit a question without stating your name and address. All questions should be submitted by Friday August 24. The questions received will be collated and published together with any response and will be distributed to every household prior to the meeting, copies will also be available at the meeting. Parishioners will then have the opportunity, at the meeting, re-state their question or ask a supplementary question in response to the replies received. Questions should be sent to Bob Hodgson, Etchingham parish Clerk, c/c 17 Barnfield Close, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1TS email; , or your written question can be handed to any Parish Councillor. If you wish to phone the Parish Clerk to discuss anything connected with the meeting or the development the number is 01424 716232

Have you joined Neighbourhood Watch in Etchingham? Etchingham Neighbourhood Watch is part of the Rother Neighbourhood Watch Association, full details can be found on the Associations web site and also has a Facebook page, and Etchingham has a page at . Joining NHW is simple just ask me for a registration form, or you can download one from the Rother NHW web site, fill in the form and get it back to me I will then register your details.

You will have received your Electoral Registration form, to make sure you are eligible to vote in forthcoming elections make sure you return your form. The next election that you will be asked to vote in will be November 15 when elections will take place to choose the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, the elected Commissioner will replace the current system of the Sussex Police Authority. Some candidates have already expressed their intention of standing, the full list of candidates will be available after October 9 when nominations close. If you want to find out more about what the Police and Crime Commissioner will be responsible for an information roadshow is touring Sussex and will be at Priory Meadow Hastings next Friday (July 27)

Your new Shop and Deli has now been open for a few weeks and doing well, the shop now has a Facebook page the page will be used to update users on new events and offers at the shop, and a place for you to add your comments, ideas and suggestions.

The Flower and Dog Show will be held on Saturday September 8, so you might want to start thinking about what you will enter this year and start to nurture all your prize fruit and veg ready for the show, schedules will be available in village shops soon.

Does your group or organisation need more members or help in some way. If you are looking for new members, send me details of your organisation, what you do when you meet etc. and I will put the details in this column. If you are looking for help in any way, tell me what you need and I will publicise it here for you.

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