Resurfacing of A265

Resurfacing A265 between Etchingham and Burwash.

We have been informed that the resurfacing of the A265 between Etchingham and Burwash that was due to start on 22nd July has now been postponed until September, date to be confirmed.


Parish Council meeting, 23rd July

Parish Council meeting.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday July 23rd, 7.30pm. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the meeting will be held online via Zoom, if you want to join the meeting as a member of the public please contact the Parish Clerk for joining instructions.
You can view the agenda and the DRAFT copy of the June minutes on the Parish Council website.

Surface dressing, Sheepstreet Lane, 24th July 2020

Surface Dressing Sheepstreet Lane – 24th July 2020

ESCC Highways asks us to be aware that surfacing dressing is scheduled to take place along Sheepstreet Lane on 24th July 2020.

Surface dressing is a process that involves spraying bitumen binder on to a dry road surface. They then spread stone chippings and roll the surface to help embed the chippings. Due to the nature of this process, the road cannot be swept for 24 hours after it has been laid, during this time the action of the traffic embeds the chippings into the road surface. There will be loose chippings for around a week after the surface has been laid.

Following works, advisory 20mph speed limits are put in place. This is to protect road users from loose chippings.

The road is usually swept after 24 hours, 3 days and again one week after the new surface has been laid.

The road markings will be replaced after the final road sweep. This can be one to three weeks after the works. If parked cars are in the way then there may be further delays whilst we remove them to put the road markings back. Any cats-eyes will also be replaced at this time.

If it rains or is either too hot (temperatures over around 40°C) or too cold (temperatures below around 10°C) then they will not be able to carry out the work. When rescheduled we will be informed via signs on site as to when the works will happen.

Re-opening of playgrounds



Social distancing regulations and safety & hygiene advice remain absolutely in place and are your personal responsibility.

Etchingham Parish Council will maintain, and increase if necessary, it’s regular maintenance rota but to help ensure there is no local return to full lockdown

EVERYONE must remain alert.

Plant sale for ETSR


Forwarded on behalf of ETSR;

2020 Plant Sale

For several years Mary Barnes and Eleanor Knowles have invited the village to their garden to participate in their annual sale of home grown plants.

For obvious Coronavirus-related reasons, this year’s event has to be different and sadly there will be no gathering for a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

Instead we would love you to reward all of Mary and Eleanor’s efforts by visiting our market stall at the village square, outside the Village Halls on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June between 10-30 a.m. and 12-30 p.m.

Amongst the plants available will be antirrhinums ,asters, cosmos, zinnias, annual phlox,amaranthus, lupin, hollyhock,celosia,ageratum and marigold .

As in previous years, plants will not be priced individually. Instead we are asking for donations with all proceeds to go to ETSR for the village halls. You can donate by cash or cheque at the time of collection. 
When visiting the stall, If you have any boxes or trays to transport the plants home that will help us greatly.

ETSR are hugely grateful to Mary and Eleanor for their fabulous efforts and appreciate all donations from supporters for this fund raising. We hope that everyone will enjoy the chance to support our attempt to bring some more colour into our lives and gardens in these trying times and to give generously to help funding for the village halls.

New team to tackle rural crime.

New team launched to tackle countryside crime in Sussex.

Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.

This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.

The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues, and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.

The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years, and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs, and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.

With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming, and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).

Recently, Sussex Police have arrested a trio near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said:
“We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”

Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police Jo Shiner said:
“It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it, and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.

“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.

“Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county: together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
“Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘forgotten about’.

“Rural crime is particularly worrying and, since the Covid lockdown, there have been many disturbing reports of fly-tipping and expensive equipment theft.  I want to reassure our rural residents that these crimes will not be ignored and are being taken extremely seriously.

“This expanded team will have the specialist knowledge, skills and training that is vital to police our rural communities, successfully investigate and prosecute crimes made against them and keep people feeling safe where they live and work.

“I know that this will be welcome news to many residents and organisations across Sussex”.

Message Sent By
Sussex Police (Police, Force-wide message, Sussex)

Parish Magazine – June/July online version

June/July edition of Etchingham Parish Magazine available online;

The Etchingham Parish Magazine is published every two months, it is delivered to regular subscribers and is available to purchase (70p for each issue) in the village shops and the Church.

With the number of cancelled events and everyone stuck at home, it was decided to make the June/July edition a “FREE”  ‘Lockdown edition’  copies were delivered to homes in the main village area and copies are available to pick up from the shops and the Church porch.

For those people who have not received a copy or are unable to pick up a copy from the shops, and to enable people outside of the village to read some interesting article by Etchingham residents the magazine can be accessed online.

Download the magazine HERE.