Community Hub Survey

Have your say on the idea of a new facility in Burwash delivering community space and additional clinical rooms. Answer the survey in the link, survey closing date 5th July 2024.

Burwash Village Magazine is out now, in the shops or by subscription!

The new combined Burwash & Etchingham village magazine is now available for purchase in Burwash Village Stores (Londis), Jarvis Butcher’s, The Flower House and Chaplins Hair Salon.

We’d love to have your contributions about village life, or any subject that interests you.  If it interests you it probably interests lots of other people too!

Please send in your ideas to

The Rural Rother Trust

The Rural Rother Trust awards grants to individuals in difficult circumstances in Burwash and the surrounding Rother area. Some examples of grants awarded are for replacement white goods, replacement fences and help with flood damage.

If you are facing difficulty and would like to find out more about accessing this grant please contact Stephen Hardy, Clerk to the Rural Rother Trust on 07831 494 028.

Applications are straight forward, don’t require an application form and are turned around quickly.

The Trust is still open to applications from community organisations, but priority is given to cases of individual need.

Burwash Village Hall Update March 2024



At their AGM on Friday 15th March 2024, it was unanimously agreed that the Burwash Village Hall Management Committee would not seek re-election for the future. We are an ageing committee most of whom have worked very hard during the last 17 years (some longer than that). Management of the Village Hall will now become the sole responsibility of Burwash Parish Council. This is to ensure that the Hall remains a community asset moving forward. Our thanks go to all the committee members and supporters who have worked tirelessly in aid of our much-loved Hall! The transition will take time but please note that from now on contact should be made through the Parish Council Clerk or 07375 809 660

Be Alert to Vaccine Fraud

Stay vigilant after two catalytic converter thefts

Received from PCSO Emma Phillips…

Overnight we have received two reports of catalytic converter thefts, one overnight 11 January in Whatlington and a further one in Iden reported today, 12 January.

Honda and Volvo vehicles have been targeted.

We encourage you to continue reporting any thefts to us, so we can build a picture of the crimes and respond effectively.

Having spoken to the victims, these thefts don’t just impact the financial loss but weigh heavy on the need of transport and inconvenience at such a difficult time.

Steps to protect your vehicle include parking in a garage overnight or in a secure compound. If this is not possible, people are urged to park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked.

We encourage you to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

More information can be found on the Secured by Design website. Further measures on how to protect your car from thieves can also be found on the Sussex Police website.

Anyone who has been a victim of a catalytic converter theft, or who may have any other information including relevant CCTV, doorbell or dash cam footage, is asked to contact police. This can be done either online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Former Ashwood Nursing Home Site Proposed Development

On Mon 25th Jan at 7pm the proposed plans for the former Ashwood Nursing Home Site will be discussed by the Parish Council.

The Planning Committee will be reviewing the plans and formulating their feedback to Rother District Council.

You can view the plans here:

The Agenda and Zoom details will be available on the Parish website next Wednesday.

Members of the public are welcome to join and there will be time at the beginning of the meeting for public to speak.

Final Call for Primary School Place Applications for children due to start school in Sept 21

11 Jan 2021 from East Sussex County Council
Final call for primary school place applications
PARENTS and carers have just one week left to apply for primary school places for new starters.
The application process for children due to start school in September 2021 closes on Friday, January 15.

Although parents and carers cannot choose their child’s school, they can state a preference for up to three schools ahead of the application deadline.

Cllr Bob Standley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for education, said: “While there is no guarantee that a child will be allocated a place at their preferred school, in 2020 over 97 per cent of children in the county were given a place at one of their preferred schools.

“With the additional pressures placed on families this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there may be parents who have not yet submitted their applications. I would urge parents and carers to double check that they have filled out all the necessary online forms before the deadline.”

Places are allocated based on the council’s admissions policy, or the policy adopted by the relevant academy, church, free school or neighbouring authority, which are available to all parents at the time of applying.

Children are not automatically given a place at their local school. If a school is oversubscribed and was not included in a child’s list of preferences, a place at a school some distance away could be offered instead.

Applications received after the deadline will still be considered but all on-time preferences will be allocated places first. This means that if an application is late, the child has a much lower chance of being offered a place at a preferred school, even if they live close to it or have siblings already attending there.

Full details of how school places are decided, what to consider and how to apply can be found on

Parents and carers will be notified of their child’s school place on Friday, April 16.

Update on Covid-19 Vaccine Roll Out for Burwash and Rural Rother

Etchingham Village Hall has been confirmed for use for delivering the vaccine for the rural Rother area.

Preparations are in place and  when it is your turn you will be contacted by the NHS. Please do not contact the surgery to ask about the vaccine.

Further information can be found here.

Following Huw Merriman’s meeting on the 11th January with the NHS commissioners and the Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust who are leading the vaccination programme for Sussex, Huw had produced a newsletter update which can be viewed at this link

His office have created links from his newsletter to related section on his website which provides more information on many of the frequently asked questions we are receiving on the vaccination programme as well as on enforcement of social distancing and the national lockdown. The related pages on his website can be found at this link

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community engagement during lockdown

Following the declaration of a major incident by the Sussex Resilience Forum, we have started a new push on community engagement.

The following press releases have been published:

How we can help:

Plea over bonfires:

Working with SECAmb: