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.

Vaccinations expected to start in Etchingham Village Hall from Friday 15th January 21

Please read the update on local vaccinations from Huw Merriman MP.

Local Vaccination update 12 January 2021


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:


Covid-19 Vaccination Scam Alert to be aware of

Fairfield Surgery have made us aware that some patients are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination, including asking for payment for the vaccination. Please click here to visit the NHS website for more information.

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.

The NHS will:

NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.


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

Parish Council Vacancy

The Parish Council has a vacancy following the recent resignation of Councillor Jason Caulkin.

Notice of Vacancy 31-12-20

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk who can give you more information.