Etchingham news
Etchingham news

24 HOUR NETBALLATHON: As you will be aware, a 24 hour netball marathon is planned at Parsonage Croft for July 7, raising funds for the Air Ambulance and the Barn Owls Pre-School. At some times during the 24 hour period there will be a lot of people attending, many will arrive in cars, parking space is limited, there are a couple of hall bookings so space will have to be reserved for the hall users, and there will be strictly no parking near the houses in Parsonage Croft. To make sure all vehicles are parked in a safe and considerate manner with no disruption or annoyance to residents a rota of stewards will be set up to monitor the car park at all the busy times. To establish a rota we will need volunteers, details of how to volunteer, and an online form to submit your details can be found on the first page of the village website . If you can offer to help but do not have a computer please phone me on 01580 819532, or you can ask someone who has a computer online to put your details on the online form for you, they just need to note that you do not have an email address and you will be contacted by phone.

There will be regular updates here as we get closer to the date. If you are planning to attend the event and live close enough to walk to Parsonage Croft please leave the car at home and walk, if the available safe parking spaces are full people will be asked to find somewhere safe to park in the village and walk back.

You can keep up with what is happening regarding the event on Facebook

TIE A BOW FOR EMMA: Starting at 6pm on July 7, the residents of Etchingham will b e taking part in a 24 hour Netballathon to raise money for two charities, the Kent, Surrey & Sussex air Ambulance, and Etchingham Barn Owls Pre-School. In August last year whilst walking to the station, two of our local residents were involved in an accident. Rob, who nsustained serious head injuries, was airlifted to hospital by the Kent, Surey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Emma tragically died at the scene. As well as raising money for these two very worthwhile causes, we would like to honour Emmma’s memorey by decorating the village in her favourite colour. In the run up to the Netballathon and until the anniversary of her death on August 8 we are asking residents of the village to decorate their homes and gardens with purple ribbons. The ribbons are available from various in the village, 50p each, with all proceeds going to the charities. For more information go to the Facebook page or email

SECURITY: Please make sure all your property is well secured. It has come to our notice that in the early hours of Sunday morning, June 25, there were two attempts to steal motor bikes in the village. There have also been a number of incidents of sheds and vans being broken into in neighbouring villages, with tools and bicycles being stolen.

If you have a motor bike that has to be left outside overnight make sure you have it well secured. Also, make sure all your valuable tools are properly secured.

If you are aware of any suspicious activity please make sure you report it to Police straight away, if you think a theft is actually in progress, do not hesitate to dial 999, if you are reporting something that does not require the immediate presence of a Police Officer the number is 101, the phone line can get very busy at certain times of the day so to avoid a long time on the phone you can email the contact centre on your report will be dealt with in the same way as a phone call.

It will also be helpful if you can make the Parish Council aware of any incidents, send details to the Clerk; or

ETCHINGHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Etchingham Music Festival began life as a series of formal and informal concerts in 1987. Since that time it has flourished to become a well rounded programme celebrating music, both classical and modern and the spoken word. Centred around the beautiful 14th century village church, this is a unique experience for both performers and concert lovers.

This year’s festival offers a strong and varied programme which commences at 7-30 p.m. on Saturday July 1 with “ Let’s Dance” . Piano duets from Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins will set your feet tapping to music from Grainger, Mozart, Weber, Schumann, Debussy, Gershwin and even Wagner!

On Sunday July 2 at 7-00 p.m. The Heath String Quartet, described as one of Britain’s most exciting modern chamber ensembles, visit Etchingham. Their programme will feature Haydn’s Quartet in B minor, Beethoven’s Quartet in F major and the Mendelssohn F Minor quartet.

Florian Mitrea , the highly acclaimed Romanian-born pianist, makes a welcome return to the Festival on Tuesday July 4 at 7-30p.m. Once again he will be joined by the Atea Wind Quintet. They will play various combinations of piano and wind including the Taffanel Wind Quintet and pieces by Debussy and York Bowen.

Paul Roberts Piano Recital will take place on Thursday July 6 at 7-30 p.m. An internationally renowned authority on French music, he will play Children’s Corner by Debussy and Liszt’s B minor sonata.

The Opera Supper returns to the theme of “Let’s Dance” on Saturday July 8 commencing 7-30 p.m. For those who enjoy both good music and good food - and who doesn’t - this is the perfect . Concert-goers will enjoy a splendid supper and four singers and a pianist from the Royal Academy of Music will perform a medley of arias and duets and more from favourite operas.

The 2017 Etchingham Music Festival closes on Sunday July 9 at 4-00p.m. with a free concert with Richard Evans presenting students from the acclaimed Trinity Music Academy. Come and hear the musicians of the future with a mixture of piano , violin and singing.

Tickets for all of the above are priced at £18 (£15 concessions) and £22 for the music and supper evening and are on sale via PO Box 100, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7US or online from Further information is available from or or telephone 01580 819384.

VILLAGE WEBSITE: The village website is provided by the Parish Council to inform residents of Parish Council and village activities. The site is updated on a voluntary basis to keep running costs to a minimum, Council agendas and minutes are published on the site and archived agendas and minutes for the last five years can also be viewed. You will find a number of contact forms on the site enabling you to easily contact various people and organisations including the Parish Clerk, Councillors and Churchwardens etc.

Information on village organisations and events is added, if you have information that you would like to see on the site let me know so that it can be added, there is a link to the contact form at the bottom of the Home Page on the site

SAVE THE DATE; Saturday September 9, that is the date of this year’s fete and Village Show, full details to follow nearer the date. So that all the village photographers can be planning their photographic entries, these are the classes this year. ‘Copper’ (your interpretation) ‘On the Farm’ ‘Hills and Mountains’ and ‘Transport’. Schedules will be available soon.

STEPS MAPS: In conjunction with Fairfield Surgery, Burwash the Patient Participation Group have drawn up some maps showing walks around Burwash and Etchingham, the maps also show the number of steps between various landmarks. The aim is to encourage people to walk more for exercise, and is based on the principle that, in an effort to maximise one’s fitness, one should ideally walk a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. The maps are available on the “Local Maps” page at, and there is also an easy access link to download the maps on the Etchingham village website

MOBILE LIBRARY: The Mobile Library now visits Etchingham once every three weeks, on Tuesday mornings 9.40am to Parsonage Croft outside the School and village halls.

Next visit is Tuesday June 27.

If these times are not convenient, or you miss the Library when it visits, it will be at Hurst Green village hall, 12.15pm to 1.00pm and Burwash, Rother View 2.10pm to 2.30pm two days after the above dates.

CHURCH SERVICES: Sunday July 2, Reverend Patrick Sales; July 9, Reverend Sally Epps; July 16, Reverend Will Pratt; July 23, Reverend Iain Morrison; July 30, Reverend Sally Epps; August 6, Reverend Sally Epps. There is also a United Evening Service, Churches Together in Heathfield, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Cross-in-Hand, 6.30pm, all welcome.

CHURCH OPENING: The Church is open every day for visitors from 11am to 4pm. If you have not already been in, visit on a nice sunny day so that you can see how bright the Church now is with nice white walls. Reminder, for security reasons the Church will be closed during the Music Festival, July 1 to July 9.

FUTURE EVENTS: Do you, or your group or organisation, have events planned for coming months? Send me the dates and basic details now, I do not need the full details yet, just what the event is and the date. 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, this lets people know in advance when your events will be and can help avoid a clash of event dates.

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 of the website page.

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