NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The team working on the Etchingham Neighbourhood Plan held a drop-in session recently in the Ahrens Hall. A big thank you to everyone who was able to make the drop-In session to look at the Vision, Objectives and the possible Site Options for housing currently being considered.

The team are working through the feedback forms returned on the day and, inevitably, views are varied as you would expect. This is the only way to fairly judge village opinion to move forward to a final Plan that is a true reflection of the village and not just a few individuals. The deadline has now passed for adding your comments, but the documents can still be viewed on the village website

QUEEN’S GARDEN: The Parish Council is sorry it has taken so long to be able to make this announcement but repairs and replacement as necessary will be starting in Queen’s Garden on both sets of swings and the adventure trail by a fully accredited contractor in the next couple of weeks. These units were only taken out of use because the independent annual inspection condemned them as dangerous due to the severity and amount of rot in the cross and upright beams of the structures. Parish Council doesn’t take the safety of children lightly so did what had to be done immediately, sought professional quotes for the work and decided on best value for your money to get the job done. Parish Council budgets are as tight as everyone else’s so will be seeking a Community Grant from Rother District Council – if we are successful this could be up to half of the cost of the estimated total of £5,000 – but there are no guarantees.

It had been hoped the swings would be back in use for the Half-Term, but the start date for the work should mean that all will be well for the long summer break. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

DOGS & FLOWERS: September 8 & 9 ~ Save the dates for the church open weekend, raising funds to keep our historic church building in sound repair. By kind permission of the Improvements Committee, the weekend will include some elements of the traditional Flower & Dog Show, which is ‘having a year off’, as well as a mixture of novelty items, including music, model railways, bicycles, history displays and a prize for the best dressed marrow! Oh! ~ and lots of cake!!! There will be a photographic competition, so get snapping, the categories are “Bikes and Bikers”; “Sunny Sussex”; “Rivers lakes and Streams”; “In the Garden”. Keep the date free and look out for more details soon on notices around the village, in the August/September edition of the Parish Magazine and on the village website.

PARISH MAGAZINE: If you have not yet picked up your copy of the June/July edition of the Parish Magazine it is available now in the Post Office, Jarvis Butchers, The Bistro and the Church

CHURCH SERVICES: The Church Services up to the end of July. This Sunday, June 10, Reverend Sally Epps. June 17, Reverend Christopher Channer. June 24, Reverend Iain Morrison. Jul 1, Canon Patrick Sales. July 8, Reverend Sally Epps. July 15, Reverend Christopher Channer. July 22, Reverend Iain Morrison. July 29, (8.30am) Reverend Sally Epps. All Sunday services are at 11am, unless otherwise advised, please note that the service on July 29 is at 8.30am and there will not be an 11am service..

CHURCH CONTACT: Churchwardens, Mary Barnes 01580 819142 and Geoffry Lucas 01580 819439. For Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Pastoral Matters contact Reverend Sally Epps 01435 882301

CHURCH OPENING: The Church is open every day for visitors from 11am to 4pm.

BUS SERVICE: From April 3 the operator of the 231 Bus Service has changed to Compass Bus, the service will still be Monday to Friday, with no service on weekends and Bank Holidays. The timetable is very similar to the previous times with a slight change in the timings, the new timetable is on the village noticeboards and can also be downloaded from the village website If you do not have internet access if you contact me I will print a copy of the timetable for you.

Please try and use the bus as often as you can to maintain the service for those who have no other means of transport to get to Burwash, Heathfield or Uckfield.

FUTURE EVENTS: If your group or organisation has an event planned for later in the year send me the details now, I can mention it here early so people can note the date in their diaries and put the full details in nearer the date.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual Etchingham Music Festival will take place, in the Church, June 30 to July 8. June 30, 7.30pm, Instant Sunshine. July 1, 7pm, The Rother Piano Trio. July 3, 7.30pm, Florian Mitrea & The Atea Wind Quintet. July 5, 7.30pm, Piano Recital by Daniel Grimwood. July 7, 7.30pm, Opera Supper with the Royal Academy of Music. July 8, 4pm, Richard Evans and the Trinity Music Academy. Tickets for the first four concerts are £18 and £15 for concessions, tickets for the Opera Supper are £22, tickets are free for July 8 but there will be a collection for the Church Fabric Fund. Tickets available from Etchingham Music Festival, PO Box 100, Etchingham, East Sussex TN19 7US, also available from . For more details go to the Music Festival website

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.

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 .

Content on the website is currently being edited and updated, if you, your organisation or business has information on the site please check the content and notify any changes, deletions or additions to there is not much value in having details on the site if things like contact details etc. are out of date.

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.