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A DAY AT THE SEASIDE: Tomorrow (Saturday June 25) the Big Etchingham Day at the Seaside, which combines all the best of the annual Fete and the Flower and Dog Show on the same day, the Fete and Dog Show is in Queen's Garden and the Flower Show in the Church. Fancy Dress parade from the Village Hall at 1pm, Church and Fete open at 1.30pm, Dog Show 1.30pm to 3pm, Evening bands from 6.30pm to close. All the usual stalls and activities that you would expect at the Fete and the Flower Show along with some new stalls and a few surprises.

PHOTO DISPLAY: Many will know that for the last couple of years, during the annual Fete and the Flower and Dog Show I have put on a display of a large quantity of old photos, postcards and memorabilia from the area – in the Church Chancel.

This year I have a display in the Church, but this year it is reduced in size and does not include all the books and items displayed on tables. The display is limited to the items that can be displayed around the choir stalls, the display still includes a large number of historical photos of Etchingham and over 200 old postcards of Etchingham, Hurst Green, Burwash, Ticehurst and the surrounding area.

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If you have missed the display in previous years there is still plenty to see, if you are a newcomer to Etchingham a chance to see some images of Etchingham in times gone by.

NEW BENCH: The Parish Council, assisted by a grant from Rother District Council, has commissioned a commemorative bench that is suitably inscribed to mark the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

The bench is sited appropriately in Queen’s Garden, which was established to mark the Coronation of the Queen in 1953. The bench will be officially handedover to the village during the Fete at approx. 3pm.

MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Etchingham Music Festival takes place this year from July 2 to July 10. This year the concerts will include performances by Instant Sunshine, Florian Mitrea, Atea Wind Quintet, Richard Evans, opera students from the Royal College of Music, ‘Singing for Fun’ and the Etchingham Poetry Group. July 2, 7.30pm, Instant Sunshine - a comedy cabaret group well known for their radio and TV performances; July 3, 7pm, Florian Mitrea and the Atrea Wind Quartet ; July 6, 7.30pm, A tribute to concert the the Festival’s late Patron, Dr. Peter Katin. Richard Evans, one of Peter’s favourite pupils and friend , will perform a programme inspired by Peter’s own beguiling repertoire; July 9, 7.30pm, The Saturday Opera Supper evening will showcase acclaimed students from the Royal College of Music; Sunday July 10, 4pm, a free concert ‘Shakespeare through the seasons’. To mark the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare the Festival presents an afternoon of choral music by ‘Singing for Fun’ from Crowborough and readings from Shakespeare by the Etchingham Poetry Group. Tickets for the concerts are £18, concessions £15, except for the Opera concerts for which all tickets are £22 and the free concert on the Sunday which is obviously free. All concerts are held in the Church, for more details you can visit

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CHURCH INFORMATION: Details of what is happening at the Church, and service details, can be found online at

FUTURE EVENTS: Do you have events planned for later in the year? Send me the dates and basic details now, 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.

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 [email protected] 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.

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