Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

We have been made aware of a Covid-19 Vaccination Scam which you need to be aware of. A separate notice was published yesterday. Click here to read.

The following information is taken from the official NHS website. Please visit their website for more details by clicking here.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

The vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs.

It’s being given to:

  • some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health care workers at high risk

You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

Wait to be contacted

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

Tier 5 National Lockdown

From midnight on the 4th January new lockdown rules apply nationally. We have received the following update from East Sussex County Council:

4 January 2021

Schools in East Sussex will close and move teaching online until at least February half-term under a new national Covid lockdown announced by the Prime Minister this evening .

From tonight, the new national restrictions mean there are extra rules in place, in addition to the Tier 4 regulations which already apply across East Sussex.

  • Schools and colleges will teach online (although some will open for children who are vulnerable or whose parents/carers are key workers. Nurseries can also remain open).
  • You must only leave your house for a few specific reasons (to exercise, shop for food, get essential medical help, if you absolutely cannot work at home or if your safety is threatened).

National lockdown laws: stay at home 

Please remember that infection rates are very high in our county but we can reduce them by strictly following the restrictions and by hand-washing and wearing face coverings. We can help our hard-pressed hospitals and health services to cope.

If you get even mild symptoms, arrange a test and self-isolate for 10 days.

Vaccination against the virus is continuing and the NHS is asking everyone to be patient as you will be contacted when it’s your turn to get the jab. NHS vaccination information.

If you are isolating and need assistance in collecting a prescription or some essential items and don’t have a family member or friend able to assist you then please contact the Parish Council. We have a team of volunteers and we can arrange help when needed.

Clerk: 07375 809 660 or Assistant Clerk: 07943 848 430

Burwash Village Hall Update

A little ‘normality” returned in December with our Christmas Hamper Raffle in the High Street outside the front of Mount House, by kind permission of Richard and Lynda Maude-Roxby. As many of you know, we have been running the raffle for many years at the Burwash Christmas Festive evenings. You have always shown your support for us at The Bear, and this is the first year that we have been outside in the cold (apart from the early years when I used to be huddled outside what is now the Blacksmith’s Tea and Coffee Shop, with the hamper in my wheelbarrow). I remember it all too well!!

This year we took a fantastic £371: all profit, as the contents of the hamper are donated by our very generous Burwash Village Hall Management Committee members, so there are no overheads. This year the hamper was won by Jane Lloyd of Burwash Common, who, coincidentally is a very great supporter of our Village Hall and all our work. Jane’s blue ticket 304 was drawn by Alice Ransom.

Most of the window replacement work at the Village Hall is now completed, but there is still some painting to be done. The main Oriel windows look wonderful, as do the side windows to the snooker room. We are very grateful to the contractors for their careful work over the past few, difficult months. We are also very thankful for the grants and donations we have received, as well as your generous
support of our fundraising activities. Most of the invoices have been paid and we are now in a position to place the order for the new Hall front doors, part of the project which we put on hold until we knew our financial position in the current ‘climate’. We look forward to eventually being able to welcome our groups back to the Village Hall after a difficult ten months for us all.

My thanks go to David and Rita for keeping our Hall clean and tidy; Michael and Jackie Ashdown for keeping a watch
on the Hall during my enforced isolation due to Covid-19 and shingles, and to Tom Appleby for managing the windows’ project, again when I was unable to leave my home. Hopefully, we shall be able to hold our AGM this year. Please consider whether you may be able to join our Management Committee. I am very happy to provide additional information, if you would like to telephone me.
Our very best wishes to all of you for 2021.

Please carry on taking care and keeping safe!
Shirley Viney
01435 882497

Battle Area Community Transport Important Update

Important Update

The Board of Directors of Battle Area Community Transport, have taken the decision that all of our bus services will be suspended until further notice. This is due to the significant increase in Covid infection rates. This decision has been taken to protect our volunteers, passengers and the wider community. The planned resumption of our B67 to B79 services on Monday 4th January 2021, will not go ahead. The situation will be monitored and the decision kept under review. We regret any inconvenience this causes our supporters.


Tier 4 Covid restrictions in place for Rother until further notice

Tier 4 Covid restrictions currently in place for Rother

Rother continues to be in Tier 4 (stay at home) because of the very rapid spread of the virus.

Burwash CE Primary School remains closed until at least the 18th January. The school are contacting students and their families. Provision is being made for children of keyworkers and vulnerable families to still attend.

Tier 4 restrictions mean:

  • you must stay at home whenever possible
  • non-essential shops must close
  • gyms, hair and beauty and other close contact services must close
  • you can only meet one other person not from your household and only in an open public space
  • you must not travel to areas in other tiers (unless it’s absolutely essential for work, medical reasons or education)
  • no travel abroad
  • no mixing of households for New Year
  • support bubbles are still allowed
  • communal worship can continue

Find out about the full restrictions in tier 4

You are strongly advised to ‘stay local’ whenever possible and act as if you carried the infection. You should not leave the country except for urgent work reasons.

The government will continue to review health and infection data.


Keeping Christmas Kind Campaign


Every minute of the working day a shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked.

76% of shopworkers say that incidents of violence, threats and abuse have been worse during Covid. Please show some kindness to those working hard to keep us going on the festive frontline this Christmas. #KeepingChristmasKind

The Crime Commissioners office have produced an emotive film featuring three families of shop workers who have been verbally abused, threatened with knives and even had a flare pulled out on them.

Short film (46 seconds) (



You will no doubt have heard by now but the COVID-19 tier being applied to East and West Sussex along with Brighton and Hove is Tier 2.

The Parish Council has received the following information from Rother District Council which explains in some detail what the new Tier 2 restrictions mean for residents and businesses.

The new Tier 2 restrictions come into force from Wednesday 2nd December.

A review is planned for the 16th December and we will update you as we get more official news through.

Tier 2: High alert

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stone settings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

[Please be aware that Tunbridge Wells and Kent are in Tier 3 and therefore Burwash residents should avoid travel or overnight stays there unless for the reasons listed above (or if travelling through as part of a longer journey).]

The high alert tier: what you need to know

All of us will still have choices to make about we act within these regulations, as Director of Public Health Darrell Gale discusses below;
“As well as following the regulations we all have choices to make. Reflect on who you really need to see at this time (or at Christmas). Think about how you’ll avoid crowds, especially in shops and marketplaces.  If you really need to go Christmas shopping for instance, why not do it at less busy times?
“It will be many months before vaccinations can alter the overall path of the virus. But we can do that immediately by thinking about the rules we must follow and the effect of the actions each of us take. I’d love to see East Sussex moved out of the high-risk category, and I’m sure you would too.
“So let’s do something about it together.”

Before the new tier system comes into force on Wednesday, please continue to follow the current national restrictions

Strand Meadow Planning Application

On  Monday 23rd November at 7pm the Planning Committee and members of Full Council met to discuss the recent Reserved Matters planning application for the Strand Meadow site RR/2020/1822/P. They resolved to object to this application and a report is being prepared for the Full Council Meeting on the 8th December.

If you would like to view the application and submit feedback then please enter your comments via the online ‘Enter Comments’ facility on the application page at Rother. Comments are due by the 10th December.

Click here to view the application and enter your comments.

Traffic and Transport Survey

A letter is going out to all households across the Parish this week. As you are perhaps already aware, and in response to earlier consultations, the Parish Council has set out a strategy to introduce a 20mph speed limit through Burwash Village, place village ‘gates’ at points near where the speed limit reduces to 20mph and to address the issue of the ‘pinch point’ at the western end of the village where the road narrows significantly. These were issues identified in the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan and a petition organised by local residents.

The Council has set aside £25,000 from its budget to help meet the costs of these developments. However, to ensure the plan can go ahead in full, extra funding is necessary. To this end it is applying to the Highways Department of East Sussex County Council for Community Matched Funding. The scheme provides Parish Councils with up to 50% of the cost of a local initiative deemed worthy of support.

The Business Plan for this application must be submitted before the end of the year. The costs included in the plan are those provided by the East Sussex Highways Department and based on their feasibility study. If matched funding is not forthcoming the Parish Council will, in the short term, go ahead with parts of the project which are affordable.

The Council is now seeking your comments on the Plan. Clear backing would boost the chances that our application for additional funds would be successful and help ensure the implementation of the Parish Council’s traffic calming strategy.

Other matters, such as pedestrian crossings and speed reductions in Burwash Weald and Burwash Common are for
future consideration and are not included here.

The Consultation

The Business Plan, including a plan of the High Street with the location of the speed restrictions is available here.

You can complete the questionnaire online or you can fill in the printed form and send it to: Burwash Parish Office, High Street, Burwash, TN19 7EU. Completed forms can also be left at the Parish Office red letter box located on the wall of the Parish Rooms in the Car
Park behind the Bear Inn, or at Jarvis Butchers and Londis Stores in the Village High Street.

The Parish Council and East Sussex County Council will be influenced by the answers received but they are not bound by them. It will be assumed that those who do not respond are neutral on the issues.

Complete the online questionnaire here.

Other useful Links:

Letter sent to residents 11 Nov 2020

Business Plan

Feasability Study 


We have set up an online version of the form using google forms that is a secure way to submit your response. We will only keep your details for the duration of the consultation or a maximum of one calendar year.