Pocket map version of the new Burwash tourist guide now available

A handy paper pocket-size version of the new Burwash Tourist Map will be available from the end of September at local outlets, priced £1. The maps have been produced as part of the Parish Council’s drive to encourage more of the many visitors to Bateman’s to also explore our beautiful village. It is hoped that the additional footfall will help sustain our local businesses.
The full-size map has been installed in the bus shelter in Burwash High Street and outside Bateman’s.
The maps feature details of the most historic and iconic buildings in the High Street and are part of a jointly-funded project between the Parish Council and the National Trust, which also provided the brown tourist signage on the A265.
Special thanks go to Altered Images for preparing the maps, Steve Payne for his work on the installation and Burwash artist Graham Sendall for allowing use of his artwork of most of the sites featured on the map.

Louise Lidington’s Art Class for Beginners is Back!

Louise Lidington’s Art Class for Beginners resumes on Tuesday, September 24 at Burwash Common Pavilion. She will be looking at different subject matters each week and expressing them through drawing and painting whilst exploring texture, pattern, colour and printmaking. So come and enjoy your art in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes will run 2 pm to 4 pm every Tuesday until November 26, with the exception of October 22. Tea and coffee will be provided.  £10 per session . Please contact burwash.art.class@gmail.com

For more detail on what will be covered each week, here’s a flyer.

Wanted: Administrator for Burwash Parish Council

Burwash Parish Council is working with the community to improve our neighbourhood and is looking for an administrator to work 15 hours a week to help keep it running smoothly.

It’s a varied job – you’ll be writing letters, liaising with contractors, setting up project meetings, assisting at local events, dealing with phone calls and taking enquiries from residents.

We need a good organiser and communicator with computer and budgeting skills – someone who is used to prioritising workloads, problem solving and using their own initiative. The role is based at Burwash Parish Office.

Click here for a full job description.

To apply, please email to Councillor Steve Moore, Vice-Chair Burwash Parish Council, art cllr.steve.moore@burwashpc.org.uk with a CV and covering letter.

Vacancies on the Parish Council

There are two vacancies on the Parish Council following the resignations of Councillor John Beeston and Councillor Andrew Mann.

Elections to fill the vacancies could be held if 10 Burwash Parish electors write to Rother District Council’s Returning Officer to seek a ballot by September 18.  If the vacancies are not filled via an election, the Parish Council has the power to co-opt new councillors. For information on the co-option process, please contact the acting clerk, Michelle Rumble, via email at parishclerk@burwashpc.org.uk.

To see the official notices of the vacancies, click here and  here

Burwash Village Store named in top independent retailers’ list

The Village Store in Burwash has been recognised as one of the top independent shops in the UK.

The High Street shop was named in the 2019 Top List produced by the Independent Achievers’ Academy (IAA).

Lee McCrumlish, the owner of Burwash Village Store, said: “We are particularly proud of this achievement given the hard work that has gone into re-opening and rebuilding our store after a difficult last 12 months. As most local people will be aware on 12th September 2018 The Village Store suffered from an extensive fire which destroyed the entire rear section of the shop. Thanks to the quick reactions of our neighbours and the excellent work from the Burwash Fire crews (and the fire crews from the surrounding areas) we were very fortunate. the end result could have been much worse.

Although the main part of the shop didn’t suffer from any direct fire damage there was a substantial amount of smoke damage that affected almost everything. As a result we had to completely strip everything out and effectively refit the shop from scratch. We were closed for 10 weeks and during this time we were very grateful to receive the offers of help and support from everybody in the community.

Being a Top 100 retailer has only been possible thanks to the continued support we receive. It recognises all the hard work from our staff, our loyal customers and the wider Burwash community.”

Volunteers needed for Community Speedwatch in Burwash Parish

Are you concerned about speeding and antisocial driving in our area, and have a few hours to spare each week?

Community SpeedWatch (CSW) has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads and is looking for extra volunteer coordinators and operators for Burwash, Burwash Common and Burwash Weald.

If you are  interested, please contact Ken Macleod on kenfmacleod@btinternet.com or go to  www.communityspeedwatch.org for more information. Full training will be given.

Sussex Police, who operate over 200 local groups and 1,300 operators and coordinators across the force area, say Community SpeedWatch intervention reduces speeding in most parishes by eight per cent.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can effectively help protect our communities from antisocial driving. Remember anyone can report antisocial driving through the Operation Crackdown website,” said CSW officer Steve O’Connell.

Rejection of Strand Meadow housing upheld following appeal by developers

The rejection by Rother District Council of a plan to build 30 homes on Watercress Field, near Strand Meadow, has been upheld following an appeal by the developers.

Park Lane Homes lodged the appeal after Rother District Council planning committee in January, 2019, unanimously rejected the developer’s proposals, which were supported by Rother’s own planning officers. The appeal was dismissed on July 25, 2019, by planning inspector Graham Chamberlain.

Over 400 objections to the Park Lane scheme were lodged by individuals and organisations when the most recent planning application for the site was made.

The Appeal Reference is  APP/U1430/W/19/3223824. You can see this online here.

Find more background and updates on development issues in Burwash here.

Police warn of risk to Kipling statue in Burwash

Burwash’s local Police Community Support Officer Julie Pearce-Martin has warned that a suspicious male has been seen shaking the Rudyard Kipling statue in Burwash High Street, possibly to see if it could be moved or stolen.

This incident took place around 5 pm on Sunday, July 21. The man was confronted by a local resident and had a foreign accent. He was seen leaving in a white van, which Officer Pearce-Martin said had already come to the attention of police.

She is urging local people to be extra vigilant since the police have had lots of problems with white vans.

The Kipling statue was unveiled on Burwash High Street in February this year to much fanfare – and an item on BBC News Southeast. Find out more in this story.