Burwash Playing Field Association awarded a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund


(Reg. Charity No. 3051910)

Swan Meadow, Ham Lane, Burwash

Coronavirus Community Support Fund



The BPFA Committee is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

The grant will enable us to continue to maintain Swan Meadow and its facilities for the benefit of the community and the wider public. Funds are used to ensure the safety and availability of the field and premises, and are used to maintain the fabric of the building and upkeep of the grounds

The many groups within the Burwash Parish who benefit from the work of BPFA, and our supporters are:-

  • residents of Burwash Parish and the wider public have access to the playing field
  • children and families who use the play area and adult exercise equipment
  • elderly residents who attend Movement to Music classes in the pavilion
  • local beaver and cubs scout groups
  • Burwash CE Primary school pupils sports day
  • Burwash Cricket Club and training for youngsters
  • Burwash Tennis Club include young players as well as adults
  • Burwash Horticultural Society hold their annual shows in the pavilion
  • Burwash Parish Council hold public meetings
  • Burwash group AGMs are held in the pavilion
  • Burwash Over 50’s Walking Footballers

The grant will enable us to meet our financial commitments that include insurance, utility bills, play area inspection, fire safety inspection and ground maintenance costs while we can’t fund raise due to COVID-19.  COVID also means we are unable to take bookings for the pavilion or hold fund-raising events such as Burwash Fair where lots of local groups and larger organisations all come together to boost their funds and ours.

The award will go a long way towards ensuring that we can keep the playing field and its facilities to the correct standard for use by all despite COVID.

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BPFA  swanmeadow2019@gmail.com

Rother Community Grants Scheme open for applications

Local community groups and organisations are invited to apply for a share of nearly £80,000 from a district-wide grant scheme.
Round two of Rother District Council’s Community Grant Scheme is currently open for applications. Groups can apply for funding ranging from £500 to £30,000, up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total cost of the project.
The scheme offers funding for community projects that enhance the lives of residents in Rother by helping them to provide community facilities, purchase equipment or host local events across the district.
The scheme has supported many varied and wide-reaching projects including new tables for Ewhurst and Staplecross Village Hall, the installation of a tea station in St James The Great Church, Ewhurst Green, and the planting of a new wood by Bexhill Environmental Group.
David Young, Chairman of Ewhurst and Staplecross Village Hall, said: “Our grant of just over £1200 has enabled us to purchase new tables for the hall, replacing ones that were over 20 years old.

“The new tables will benefit a wide range of community groups including our local art, gardening and lunch clubs, and are available for the whole village to use. We would like to express our thanks to the Council for the grant and for supporting our village.”
Paul Redstone, Treasurer of Ewhurst and Staplecross Village Hall added: “We had to provide letters of support from the local community as part of the application process to show how important the hall and its facilities are locally.
“The application process was very straight forward and as the funding is open to everyone, all sorts of community groups and organisations can benefit from the scheme.”
St James The Great Church in Ewhurst Green applied to the scheme for funding to enable the realisation of a long-held ambition to install a tea-station, opening the church up to the wider community.
Whilst extensive use of the tea-station, which was created and installed by local craftsmen, is not currently possible because of the pandemic, the facility has been used in recent weeks to provide refreshments for gatherings in the churchyard after worship services. The Parochial Church Council also have plans to open a regular community cafe in due course.
Rev Canon Christopher Irvine, Priest in Charge of Ewhurst and Bodiam, said, “We believe that the tea-station at St James’s will not only help us in our ministry of hospitality, but will function as a facility for the wider community.
“We are indebted to the hard work of our churchwardens, the financial support of the congregation, the local community, and other funders, especially Rother District Council for their generous grant and encouragement.”
In July £1500 was awarded to the Bexhill Environmental Group’s Down Wood project – an ambitious plan to plant over 500 trees underplanted with wildflowers on Bexhill Down. The group aims to create a woodland area that residents and visitors can use for recreation and exercise, as well as improving the area’s biodiversity.
Nick Redman from the Bexhill Environmental Group said: “The Community Grants scheme provides great support to local community projects and we were delighted to have our application approved, as without this additional finance we could not have gone ahead with a project of this size. This funding, combined with a generous donation from a large local business, has enabled us to start work this autumn, preparing the planting area and sowing wildflower seeds.
“We intended to plant the trees at the end of November involving local residents and community organisations but the nationwide lockdown has unfortunately impacted on this timing. We still hope to complete the project before the end of the year so that the local and wider community can enjoy the benefits of this wonderful new natural space for many years to come.”
Since the Community Grants Scheme started in 2008, over £1.2m has been awarded to approximately 175 community organisations and groups in Rother.

Cllr Susan Prochak MBE, Chair of the Community Grants Panel, said: “During the 12 years our Community Grants Scheme has been running, we have awarded grants to numerous local community groups and organisations.
“We would love to be able to distribute all our available funding to good causes around the district, and we are particularly keen to support smaller projects with grants of up to £500 through the Small Value Projects grant scheme.
“Often quite modest funding can make a huge difference and help get local projects up and running. If you run, or are part of, a local charitable organisation, volunteer group or community association please do see if you are eligible for a share of the grant funding.”
Applications for the medium awards (up to £5,000) and large grants (up to £30,000) from round two of the scheme close on January 15, 2021. Applications will be considered by a grants panel before recommendations are made to Cabinet in March 2021.
Small grants (up to £500) can be applied for all year round and are awarded by the panel throughout the year.
For more information about the Rother Community Grants Scheme and to apply please visit http://www.rother.gov.uk/communitygrantscheme

Updated Remembrance Day Arrangements across the Parish

Burwash Village Remembrance Day





To meet the Government and Royal British Legion restrictions the Burwash Parish Council Village Parade has been cancelled this year.

There will still be a closed, ‘tracked & traced’ ceremony at the War Memorial on Sunday 8th November.

Those not involved in this ceremony are asked to observe the Silence at 11.00 from their doorsteps.

This may differ from the situation in other local villages where the War Memorial is in their churchyard and the guidelines are slightly different.

Because of the required restrictions, we ask that you still place your wreaths on the War Memorial before 10.30 on 8th November. The holding wire is in place.

Sadly, the Service in St Bartholomew’s Church following the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial has had to be cancelled.



The government have issued new guidance and we will be following this:

A ceremony will be made available online, via YouTube, by Saturday evening for the residents of Burwash Weald & Common.
A countdown timer will enable you to pause it at the right time for the 2 minute silence.
The video will be short but will include a reading of the names of the fallen and the singing of the National Anthem at the end.
The link will be made available via the bulletin and via the St Philip’s and the Burwash Community Action Group pages on Facebook.
You are strongly encouraged to use this and to move to your doorstep for the 2 minute silence.

There will be a ceremony at the War Memorial in St Philip’s Churchyard, with parking in the church/pavilion car park.
The ceremony will start at 10.55am.
Government Guidelines are that attendance should be Ministers, Wreath Layers and Veterans only.

However, “members of the public are legally permitted to stop and watch the event as spectators, but event organisers should take reasonable steps to discourage the public from attending….”

Anyone with possible symptoms, or who has been in contact with someone with symptoms, must not attend.

People must stand in groups of one household or two individuals, each group a minimum of 2m apart.

We are required to keep a list of attendees, though we will have the NHS QR code in the Lych Gate.

We will follow a very short version of the usual St Philip’s service.
As the names are read out by attendees, a household bubble will plant the wooden crosses.

We will end with singing the National Anthem.

We will remember them.

Graham Lewis

St Philip’s, Burwash Weald

Meeting to discuss new Strand Meadow application

An application has come through for Strand Meadow and an additional Planning Committee Meeting has been organised to discuss this application and give it the appropriate time it requires to consider its merits.

Please see the Agenda which also includes information on how to join the online meeting via Zoom.

(You no longer need to contact the Clerk for the Zoom details as codes and links are now included on the Agendas).

You can view the new application on the Rother District Council Planning Portal here.

To read up more about the background to Strand Meadow and previous activity surrounding applications please visit the links below:



Free flu vaccine if you are pregnant

The local NHS is urging pregnant people to get their free flu jab now, as during pregnancy there is a higher chance of developing complications from flu and can include bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia.

Check with your GP and click here for more information.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

Burwash Poppy Stall

Due to Covid 19 there will be no house to house collections this year. Poppies will be available in some shops, pubs and churches from October 24th.

They will also be available from a stall at the entrance to The Bear carpark from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October.

You can also visit the online Poppy Shop to buy items in support of the appeal.

Burwash Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

The Burwash Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by Burwash Parish Council to guide development in the Parish until 2028, in line with the adopted Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

Rother District Council has published the submission version of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan and is providing the opportunity for representations, in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.

The period for making representations runs from 9am, Friday 11 September until 4.30pm, Friday 6 November 2020.

You can view the Plan and associated documents online and make representations on the Plan via the following methods:


Update from PCSO on recent activity in the area

We have received an update from Emma Phillips, our local Police Community Support Officer detailing recent activity in the area that has been reported.

A van was stolen from Batemans Lane on 29/08.

A garage was broken into at a property on Etchingham Road between 29/08 – 30/08

Outbuildings belonging to a business in Spring Lane were broken into between 30/08 – 01/09

Although not in Burwash, it is also worth you being aware of the following:

A quad bike and other machinery were stolen from a farm on Ticehurst Road between 16/08 – 17/08

Tractor fuel and a saw were stolen from a farm in Lower Platts between 16/08 – 17/08

A site was broken into and tools were stolen between 18/08 – 19/08

A quadbike has been stolen from a farm in Etchingham between, 26/09 – 27/09.

In regards to quadbike thefts and farm breaks, Daryl and I have been monitoring and looking into these types of crimes for the past 2 years, working closely with Kent to target cross border crime that we have been experiencing. For the last year they have been mainly on the Rye side of Rother so have not had any cause to contact you but approximately 18 months ago we were seeing them in and around your area. Please be assured that we are looking into each of these reports that come in and follow up any lines of enquiry. We speak to our Kent counterparts on a daily basis about what is occurring on our respective areas, often join each other on patrols and have organised warrants together when appropriate. We also have also developed strong working relationship with farmers on our area. In the past 6 months Sussex Police have also established our own Rural Crime Team.

Another crime we have received a couple of reports of is heater oil theft. At this time we have not received any reports of this in your area, however we have on the Eastern side of Rother so there is a chance it could travel over. Sadly we see this type of crime occur each year although normally a little later in the year. I do not know if you have any form of messaging residents / groups in your area but if there are, please can the following advice be disseminated where possible to residents in your area.

Diesel theft

Diesel theft is a problem for many farms and rural properties. Fuel tanks stored in rural and isolated locations are very attractive to thieves looking for an easy target.

  • Keep tanks stored close to the property where you can see them. If this isn’t possible, you should consider installing CCTV to watch over isolated tanks and restrict access with walls, fences and hedges. Security lighting such as ‘dusk till dawn’ or motion detection lighting can also be an effective deterrent to thieves.
  • Remember to check the oil level in your tank regularly. Look for any spilt fuel, marks on the locks or anything else suspicious.
  • Avoid installing a storage tank in an isolated area or outlying building.
  • Consider using a mobile bowser (tanker) kept in a secure place when not in use.
  • Use ‘diesel dye’, making your diesel traceable and less attractive to thieves.

Finally, we have been made aware that there have been some issues with youths causing damage in Swan Meadow, I have alerted other prevention officers and we will be looking to pay passing attention, however, I would ask that residents are encouraged to call it on 101 or email it via the Sussex Police website. From here we can submit a report which is distributed to the appropriate officers and supervisors who can deal with it appropriately. This in turn applies to any unusual activity that anyone sees,  please encourage that it is reported to us at the first opportunity, we would much rather check a vehicle for example that is all in order than miss one that is not.

Emma Phillips

Police Community Support Officer

Rother Prevention Team

Sussex Police | Battle Police Station | North Trade Road | Battle | East Sussex | TN33 0EX

If you have any concerns or notice any susupicious activity Emma Phillips or Daryl Holter can be contacted by email at the following addresses: