SPEEDWATCH VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: We currently have six trained operators and could a lot more sessions if we had more volunteers. The group tries to operate sessions every week as much as possible. Volunteers have to attend a short instruction session at battle Police Station, for instruction on safety while operating at the roadside, training in the use of the equipment is then undertaken by the group co-ordinator. The volunteers are then able to be deployed on Community Speedwatch sessions. Operators are notified of when the equipment is booked, it is then up to them how many or how few sessions they take part in.

Find out more about Speedwatch by going to the village website and clicking on the Speedwatch link

If you would like more information about becoming a Speedwatch volunteer phone 01580 819532 or email [email protected] .

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SPEEDWATCH UPDATE:Since Etchingham Speedwatch started in January the group has operated over 180 roadside sessions, ranging in length from half an hour to one and a half hours, at different times of day and at several different approved locations in the village. Those sessions have resulted in over 1,500 vehicles reported for exceeding the 30mph speed limit by more than the prescribed margin, the registered keepers of about 1,000 of those will have received Police letters. We are trying to raise the funds to purchase our own device, that along with hopefully some more volunteer operators would give us greater flexibility and enable us to carry out sessions that better suit the volunteers and target the times with the worst speeding.

MOBILE LIBRARY: The next visits of the Mobile Library will be October 9th and 23rd 3.40pm to 4.20pm. Since the closure of the village hall the library van parks on the forecourt of Bracon Place on the east side of the level crossing.

PERFORMERS WANTED: it is now nearer next Christmas than last, so apologies for mentioning the ‘C’ word this early in the year, but it is time to start thinking about the Christmas concert and play in the church. The event will fall on Saint Lucy’s Day, December 13, so the script will feature the Scandanavian celebration of Sankta Lucia, Saint Nicholas, along with a traditional Sussex Mummers Play. Previous participants will be invited to a planning meeting in September, some new people to join in will be most welcome. If you or your friends fancy getting involved contact Philip Hinde 01580 819434 [email protected]

DIARY DATES: Saturday October 26, Halloween Party; Saturday November 8, Fireworks; Saturday December 13, Christmas Concert in the Church. Venues for the Halloween Party and Fireworks are still to be confirmed and will be announced when known.

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INFORMATION: If you have given me details of your event to put in this column, please remember to send me some details after the event so I can let your supporters know how successful the event was, how much you raised, interesting facts etc. Your supporters will be interested to know how you did. 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 [email protected] .

Colin Boylett

2 Park Farm Close