Financial help for businesses reopening

Financial help for businesses reopening as lockdown restrictions are lifted


At a special meeting of Cabinet held on Thursday it was confirmed that Rother District Council has received £9.3 million to help businesses reopen. Grants of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail businesses and £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses will be available to those who deal face-to-face with the public.

It was also decided that any remaining money in the discretionary grant scheme would be used to support businesses not qualifying for the latest funding stream. Funds will also be used to promote and stimulate new jobs through supporting new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses in Rother. Read more in our latest press release or in the minutes of the meeting.


Parish Council Remote Meetings Update

The Government’s legislation allowing Council’s to conduct their meetings remotely is ending on 7th May. This applies to all committees and full council meetings but not working groups.

Therefore, Council have resolved to hold the May Full Council meeting alongside the Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday 4th May at 7pm. The Council have then delegated Council business to the Clerk for June, so there will be no Full Council meeting in June, with the hope that we can all meet face-to-face again for Council meetings in July.

There is currently a government consultation and review taking place with a request for evidence from local authorities. If there is any change in government legislation this could affect the nature of Council meetings. Please ensure you check the website and Facebook page for further information.

Details on the Planning Committee meetings will be posted in due course.

Schedule of Meeting:

Mon 19th April – Planning Committee – remote meeting.

Tuesday 4th May – Finance Committee 6pm – remote meeting.

Tuesday 4th May – Full Council 7pm – remote meeting.

Tuesday 11th July – Full Council 7pm – planned return to face to face meetings.

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep regret that we have today learnt of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of the local community, the members of Burwash Parish Council wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to her Majesty the Queen and to the other members of the Royal Family on their sad loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at this deeply sad time.


Bob Franklin

Chairman, Burwash Parish Council

Book of Condolence

Burwash Parish Council are opening the Parish Rooms to allow for the community to sign a book of condolence for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The schedule of opening is as follows:

Saturday 10th April: 2-3pm

Sunday 11th April: 3-4pm

Monday 12th April: 11am-12noon

Tuesday 13th April: 3-4pm

Wednesday 14th April: 11am-12noon

Thursday 15th April: 3-4pm

Friday 16th April: 11am-12noon

Saturday 17th April: 11am-12noon

Sunday 18th April: 11am-12noon

Strict covid guidelines are in place. We will operate a one in, one out system.

Please bring your own pen if possible.
If you cannot make any of these dates, please post your condolence message and leave it in the parish room post box and it will be included in the book.


Recycling Bin Contents

Please note that where disposable nappies are placed in domestic recycle bins, they will not be emptied. Nappies should go in the waste bins.

The bins in the Car Park will be dealt with regardless of what is in them, but users should take note of the Rother District Council’s policy on waste and respect these when putting items in the bins.

Please click here for full details of what can be put in each type of bin.


The Rural Rother Trust

The Rural Rother Trust have been in contact with the Parish Council to remind us that the Trust is still operating during these difficult times and has been responding to cases of individual need.

Recently the Trust has awarded grants to individuals in difficult circumstances, replacing non-functioning household goods, replacing a blown down garden fence and alleviating losses suffered by someone whose house was flooded during the recent Christmas break.

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 has taken the view that during these difficult times, it should give priority to cases of individual need.

Rother Voluntary Action can help with free travel to vaccine appointments

For information, RVA can support free travel to COVID-19 vaccine appointments to those who do not have access to other transport.

The booking service is available between 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00- 17:00 Monday to Friday on 07871 603 235

This service is for residents who do not have access to transport and do not have a family member, friend or carer who can help with transport. They do not have to be in the residents’ support bubble as per the government guidelines.

All transport providers have signed up to a COVID-19 safety policy to ensure that all precautions are in place for a safe journey.

Burwash Internet Hub update


The Burwash Internet Hub has replaced the Internet Cafe but is still run by the Parish Council & Volunteers. 

Due to the on-going restrictions regarding Covid-19 the internet hub is temporarily closed until further notice. However, current Government indications are that we may be able to open on face to face basis from 21st June.

We will keep you up to date on any changes.

However if you do have a technical IT query our volunteers would be happy to discuss either remotely or by telephone.

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.

 Volunteers: – Keith Lloyd / Ann Ashton / Peter Skipwith / Jason Caulkin

 For further information please contact the Parish Clerk – Emma on 07375 809 660 or e mail with the nature of the help you need.

 We are here to help when needed.


Burwash Village Hall Newsletter April 2021



 We had hoped that, by now, we may have had a clear path to reopening our village hall. Sadly, in spite of the fact that great headway has been made with the latest Lockdown and with the vaccination programme, our hopes have been dashed as limited conditions will still apply with the ‘rule of six’ for use of the hall.

It is not until 12th April that the children’s dance classes can re-convene, again with distancing and access/exit protocols being exercised.

It is proposed that the local elections on the 6th May will go ahead, but with stringent Covid rules in place.

From 17th May, the hall can be used up to 50% capacity, but must have distancing and access/exit protocols in place, probably limited to exercise sessions.

It is then hoped that, from 17th June, all restrictions will be lifted. I am sure that our user groups will contact their own members once the Government confirms the position.

On a more positive note, we plan that the new front doors will be installed in the week after the Easter school holidays, possibly using the existing lock so that keys will still fit. If not, we shall ensure that we provide new keys to existing keyholders on our list. Please contact me so that we can check the list is updated.

We shall be holding our Easter Hamper Raffle on Easter Saturday 3rd April on the High Street outside Mount House, by kind permission of Richard and Lynda Maude-Roxby. Tickets will be on sale from 9am until midday (when the draw will take place) and will cost £1 each. As usual, the hamper will be packed with goodies. This is not only a fund-raising exercise, but also an endeavour to give us all something to look forward to – and possibly satisfy our chocolate cravings after Lent!

Hopefully, we shall be able to hold our AGM this year, possibly in late May or early June. Please consider whether you may be able to join our Management Committee. I am very happy to provide more information if you would like to ‘phone or e-mail me. One of our volunteer members has moved away from the village, and another has tendered his resignation due to pressure of other commitments. The only qualification needed is a cheerful disposition and an eagerness to promote our beautiful village and Burwash Village Hall.

Our very best wishes to all of you for 2021. Please continue taking care and keeping safe!

Shirley Viney, Chairman

01435 882497

Heathfield Vaccination Centre Update

We have received the following update from the office of Huw Merriman MP. Apparently some local residents are registered at the Heathfield Practice so this might be of interest. (For everyone registered at Fairfield Surgery the local Vaccination Centre remains Etchingham Village Hall. Please see here for more information.)

Heathfield and its surrounds 

Updated 14 January, after speaking to the Sussex Community NHS Foundation this evening:

  • the website news from the Meads surgery, which appeared to cast doubt on vaccinating Heathfield (and nearby) residents, is superseded by more positive news
  • the Meads will be contacting patients from Heathfield and the Firs imminently to book our priority residents in for a vaccination at Uckfield
  • the ‘formalities’ referenced in that website article are now completed
  • I am led to believe that the patients will be contacted from this week with a view to vaccinations occurring from Thursday 21 to Sunday 25th January 2021
  • In the meantime, the vaccination team from the Meads are already covering the Heathfield area; they will be undertaking vaccinations in our care homes this weekend (a job we need to complete across Sussex in ten days time).

I am aware that Heathfield residents, and those from its surrounds, would like to be vaccinated nearer to home. I fully understand this sentiment and I share the aim for a further solution to be found as well. I hope to have further conversations with the NHS Foundation and the surgery to enable this to occur. 

I’d like to thank everyone in the NHS for helping to find an interim solution. I’d also like to thank our Parish Council and residents for communicating and showing patience. I am sorry that residents have not received the vaccination as quickly as other parts of Sussex. I am assured that Sussex supplies will be aimed at finishing each priority cohort before moving to another so I fully expect our area to catch up. 

Patients from Heathfield will receive their vaccinations at the Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield (8 miles away from Heathfield). This is part of the Greater Wealden Primary Care Network and this is where the group have determined the Pfizer vaccine can be best distributed. 

I have had a number of constituents contact me from Heathfield and its surrounding area asking why they need to travel to Uckfield. The reason is because the Primary Care Network covering this part of Wealden has identified Uckfield as the local centre to deliver the Pfizer vaccine. 

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership have also now set up a dedicated email address for all enquiries relating to the Covid-19 vaccination. The address is: