Etchingham news
Etchingham news

THE SEABIRD’S CRY: On Saturday October 28, Adam Nicolson will be talking about his latest book “The Seabird’s Cry”. The talk, in aid of ETSR, will be in the village hall at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm, tickets are £15 each, includes a glass of wine, for tickets please contact

VILLAGE SHOP PREMISES: For your information, necessary repair work is ongoing at Etchingham Stores, this is taking a little longer than anticipated as the essential repair work has uncovered other items that now need attention or replacement, one of the problems with an old building. Parish Council had contracted for this work before the Stores closed and has absolutely no bearing on that. There was a leak in the roof, damaged woodwork and the lead needs replacing above the bay windows for starters, and further investigation shows that the shop window front now requires replacement - this is all repair work, there are no alterations going on of any sort so please be assured that, as the minutes from the EGM, held on August 23, which primarily dealt with the future of the Stores demonstrate, available to view on the village website, no decisions have been taken to change the use of the premises at this time in any way. All options are still on the table and, in fact, if you or anyone you know would be interested in taking on the Stores as a retail opportunity then do contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance for further information. The minutes of the meeting and contact details for the Parish Clerk are on the village website

FUTURE EVENTS: Does your Club or organisation have events planned for October, November and December? Don’t wait until the week before the event - tell me now. If you do have events planned tell me about them as soon as possible, even if all you have at present is the date and the type of event, I can give it a mention here well in advance of the date and people can put the date in their diaries and you can send me the full details nearer the date. It might also help to avoid clashing dates if other organisations know you have an event planned for a certain date.

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, are the details of your village organisation on the website? 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

MOBILE LIBRARY: The mobile library visits the village, at Parsonage Croft, 9.40 to 10.20, every three weeks. The visit dates up until December are - October 10 & 31, November 21 and December 12. If you miss the library on those dates you will find it outside Hurst Green village Hall 12.15 to 13.00 or at Burwash, Rother View 14.10 to 14.30 two days later.

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.

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.