• Welcome to the web pages for the village of Etchingham, East Sussex.

    Neighbourhood Watch


    ETCHINGHAM has a fairly active Neighbour hood Watch scheme, with 9 co-ordinators or representatives, supported by a Chief Co-ordinator.

    The village has been divided into about thirty zones, using natural features, such as an individual Close or a section of road between distinctive points, to designate zone boundaries. Some consist of five or six house other up to 25.

    Some co-ordinators or representatives look after just the homes close to their own, while others look after a larger area, currently about half of the village is looked after by a co-ordinator*.


    Co-ordinator is the official term given to a person who is responsible for an area of homes, but in Etchingham we have changed this to Representative, as this sounds much less formal.

    Although only about half of the village has a designated person responsible for Neighbourhood Watch matters, all residents have access to Neighbourhood Watch help, information and advice, by contacting the Chief Co-ordinator.


    The Chief Co-ordinator produces a regular Bulletin, which is displayed on the village notice boards and shop windows, as well as in the monthly Parish Magazine. Residents who find it difficult to read the notice boards and who do not take the Parish Magazine, can have their own copy of the bulletin delivered to their homes. It would be ideal to deliver a copy to every household, but this would require funding, which is something that a voluntary group of this sort does not have.


    Reminder to Residents: Fire Prevention

    We have recently published an update on the the requirements for fire prevention in houses within Etchingham. Please be reminded that the fact that a building has a fire alarm is good because it will definitely call your attention to the danger. However in many instances simply having a fire alarm is not enough because while the fire alarm is likely to get your attention, there is really nothing much that you can do especially if the tye of fire cannot be extinguished by simply using water. The time that it will generally take you to get assistance may be a bit too long and when it comes to fire suppression every second or milliseconds count. Therefore, fire suppression systems & automatic extinguishing systems are used to reduce the level of damage and down time by automatically suppressing the fire ready for the Fire Service to get there and ensure that the blaze is extinguished and it is not life threatening.


    This ensures that your critical processes within your business such as the server or communications room or manufacturing process etc are up and running again in the minimum time. The ultimate success of the extinguishing system is that your clients are not placed at unnecesary risk and your business quickly returns to normalcy. The operation of the fire suppression system in a fire situation can greatly reduce in most cases the level of damage and with some cases very little loss of production and downtime. Leaving you to replace a small PCB or piece of equipment that caused the fire, rather than all the equipment within the room.