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.


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.


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

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

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.


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.

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: