Burwash Village Hall

Burwash Village Hall has been at the centre of village life during peace and war since its opening on 4th December 1907. The members of the Hall Management Committee (all volunteers) plan on it becoming the centre of village life again as soon as possible!

Now that government plans that the legal shackles on Covid-19 restrictions are removed, we look forward to several of our User groups resuming their meetings in the Hall from September. We shall all still need to take sensible precautions, and we shall continue with the current recommendations of allowing only half the Hall capacity, the wearing of masks, good ventilation, hand sanitisers and keeping a list of visitors to any event for Track and Trace purposes.

The groups who regularly use the Hall have been contacted with a view to recommencing their use of the Hall in September. The responses have been favourable, with the following plans: Quilters to return on Monday mornings, Monday Painters on Monday afternoons, Not So Young to return once a month on Thursday afternoon.  Short Mat Bowls have to wait for advice from their Federation. The Flower Arrangers have already made bookings: we wish their Chairman, Jean Plummer, a speedy recovery to full health. The Horticultural Society has already used the Hall for a successful talk in July, coping well with Covid-19 rules, and has made further bookings. The Jane Coleman School of Dance and Burwash Musical Theatre have been using the Hall for some time, also successfully.

The Snooker group are using their room, but not yet for matches – at the time of writing anyway.

The Whist group will be returning: further details will follow asap.

Regrettably, Burwash Ladies Group (BLG) and Circuit Training have decided not to return which means there are some vacancies in the bookings’ diary. Please contact us if you may be interested or already have plans for starting up a new group, or would like more information about any of the User groups.

You will have noticed the beautiful new Oriel windows have now been painted and have had their plastic covering removed. The new front doors are also in place, plus a new coir mat in the outdoor porch.

I have heard this week that we have been granted £4,500 by Burwash Parish Council towards the replacement of 3 external doors. We are very grateful for councillors’ support for completing this project of replacing all external doors and windows.

A start has been made on tidying up the outside spaces to the Hall, which will culminate in hedges being trimmed in early autumn.

We are grateful to David Hopkins for keeping the premises clean and tidy during these difficult months, to comply with the anti-pandemic regime. We are also, as always, very grateful for your support for our Village Hall.

Shirley Viney


01435 882497

Internet Hub Update

We will plan to open on Wednesday 21st JULY and then Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00- 13:00 in the Parish Room subject to current Government guidelines. We will keep you up to date on any changes via e-bulletin and Notices on the Parish Room

 We can help you with advice and guidance on what type of equipment, how to make the most of your PC, Tablet, Smartphone or other digital devices. We offer assistance with choosing a wide range of applications, managing your photographs, helping you to find the best offers on a range of services and goods and helping you trace your family tree.

For further information please contact the Parish Clerk – Emma on 07375 809 660 or e mail parishclerk@burwashpc.org.uk  or Keith Lloyd – cllr.keith.lloyd@burwashpc.org.uk with the nature of the help you need.

We are here to help when needed


Rude Mechanical Theatre postponed

Sadly, the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company (RUDEs), have had to postpone their visit this coming Friday due to a cast member having to self isolate. They will do everything possible to find an alternative date and advise as soon as possible as Burwash is one of their favourite locations. Tickets will be able to be carried over to the new date if suitable to the ticket holders. As you can imagine it’s all a bit of a panic postponing several shows but the website https://www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk/ will be updated soon.
Steve Mintram



Covid Vaccination Passport

These are not available from your GP surgery

A Covid vaccine passport is available in the following ways:

  1. Via the NHS App (not the NHS Covid-19 App). Download the NHS App, register your details and once you have had your 2 vaccinations there will be 2 pages of passports – one for attending events and one for overseas travel. They will have a QR code.
  2. Some countries require this in paper form. You can download a PDF version from the app via your email account and print it.
  3. You can also request a paper version by calling 119 (it is also called a Covid-19 post vaccination letter).

None of these are available from your GP surgery

Etchingham Vaccination Centre now closed

After successfully delivering tens of thousands of Covid-19 immunisations, Etchingham Vaccination Centre has now closed.

The centre, run from the Village Hall, was one of the first to open in Sussex in January and has been run in partnership between local GPs and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Dedicated volunteers have also supported the site from the day it opened.

As restrictions lift across the UK and vaccination centres can again be used for their intended purposes new venues are being looked at to deliver ongoing vaccinations. Demand for appointments at Etchingham had also been significantly reducing over the last few weeks.

Anyone who has a second dose vaccination booked at Etchingham Village Hall will be contacted directly in the coming weeks and advised where they need to go to receive their immunisation..

Mike Jennings, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive, is leading work around the vaccination centres. He said: “I want to thank the team at Etchingham who have worked so hard to deliver tens of thousands of vaccinations. Etchingham was one of the first vaccination centres to open in Sussex and paved the way for four more large scale vaccinations centres across the county.

“Its success has truly been down to great partnership working between everyone involved.

“I want to reassure people who have second doses booked at Etchingham that we will be in touch soon with information about where you need to go to get your second immunisation.”

If you are aged over 18 and you haven’t yet had your jab, walk in clinics are being held across the county. For information about your closest one, visit www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/

Burwash Needs You!

For many years the Friends of Burwash Surgery had a team of volunteers who, when requested by the surgery, drive patients to medical appointments. This service almost came to a stop from March 2020 as hospital appointments disappeared.

The good news is that hospital appointments are now up and running again however the number of drivers has reduced considerably due to many changes in their circumstances. As a result, this village service is going to be severely reduced unless we can find more volunteers. When we have a good number of drivers each volunteer may have only one trip a month – it’s the old adage, the more the merrier. Petrol costs can be claimed.

If you would like to help, please phone or email me – Pat Lewis:

henhurst@hotmail.com or 01435 883239 or 07967 000126


Burwash Pottery is reopening!

At last, Burwash Pottery is reopening

From the 19 July, I will be running pottery lessons again. So if you want to learn a new skill or build on your existing stills, meet new people and take some time out for yourself then book yourself some lessons

The lessons will be at the following times

Monday morning 10.00am – 12noon
Monday lunchtime 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Monday afternoon 3.45pm – 5.45pm
Tuesday morning 10am – 12noon
Tuesday afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday morning 9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm

The terms for the rest of this year are:

19 July to 25 August
6 September to 13 October
25 October to 1 December

The cost for a six-week term is £125 and this includes six 2-hour lessons, tuition, materials and firing. You will learn different hand-building techniques and have an opportunity to throw on the wheel.

All levels are welcome from complete beginners to experienced potters.

To book, my contact details are:

Mary Clarke
Telephone 07786 422870

Email mary.clarke1@btinternet.com

Mary Clarke
Burwash Pottery

Telephone: 07786 422870


Instagram and facebook: @burwashpotter

Incident Reporting in Support of Safe Travel

The Parish Council is committed to improving the safety and accessibility of our roads, lanes and route-ways. Of equal priority is our commitment to protecting the heritage of our unique environment: our historic buildings, rural landscapes and wildlife verges.

Our current focus is on securing 20mph in Burwash Village, Vicarage Lane and Road, and 30mph at Swing Gate Hill. We are also pursuing the creation of a walking and cycle path from Burwash Village to Etchingham, and Quiet Lane1 designations for Willingford and Spring Lanes.

This interconnected approach to our roads is in acknowledgement of the many traffic related incidents that frequently damage people, property, animals, wildflower verges, and vehicles.

A critical part of all the Parish Council’s Safe Travel initiatives involves ensuring the availability of official evidence of each incident. So, you can help by reporting incidents.

Please make a note of the time, date, vehicle registration number & photograph where possible; then report any incidents you witness or are involved in by following these links to incident reporting:

  1. Traffic incidents can be reported by calling Sussex Police using 101 for non-emergencies, or online via the Sussex Police website.
  2. Damage to wildlife verges can be reported to East Sussex Highways via their online platform to report a problem.

iii. Report a problem to Google-maps e.g. about the unsuitability of the lane for through traffic / Sat-Nav routing.

  1. If you are unsure about reporting an incident yourself and would like the Parish Council’s help, please email dates and details to Bob Franklin cllr.robert.franklin@burwashpc.org.uk

Thank you for taking the time to report incidents. By supporting these initiatives, you are helping to protect our unique environments and safeguard the people who use and enjoy them.

  1. Quiet Lanes are minor rural roads or networks of minor rural roads, appropriate for shared use by walkers, cyclists, horse riders and other vehicles. ‘Quiet Lane’ is a nationally recognised designation of single-track road i.e., no white line markings and typically with less than 1,000 vehicle use per day.

Battle Area Community Transport to restart

Subject to the next step in lifting of Government restrictions on Mon. 21st June 2021 going ahead, we aim to restart the following
East Sussex bus services in July/August 2021

Read full information here.