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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and covering letter.
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.”
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.
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.
A six-week consultation period has now been completed for the draft of the Burwash Neighbourhood Development Plan. The plan gives residents the opportunity to create planning policies for Burwash and to protect the village from unsuitable development built purely for profit.
The draft was based on two years of research and a call for sites (which allows people to propose sites for housing) carried out by many residents of our three-village community. Volunteers and Parish Councillors wish to say a huge thank you to the 529 people who sent in their comments. Every single comment has been considered and added to a consultation report.
Changes suggested by consultees have been made to the draft plan and these will be considered by the Parish Council at a meeting in August. Once the changes have been agreed the draft plan will be submitted to Rother District Council for their observations. The plan will then be considered by an external examiner for authorisation, prior to a referendum in which every resident will be invited to vote for or against the plan.
To read a summary or full version of the draft plan, please go to the Neighbourhood Plan website.
The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co’s presentation of “Ikarus Inc” on Swan Meadow in Burwash has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 6 at 7.30 pm. If you have a ticket for the cancelled July 19 performance, please contact The Rudes to arrange either to transfer to August 6, get a refund or book for another performance. Email email@example.com or learn more about The Rudes here.
Although the show starts at 7.30 pm, a lot of people bring picnics from 6 pm ownards. It can get a chilly after the interval so please make sure you bring something warm to wear.
Local resident and photographer Thilo Kork has produced some handsome postcards of our Parish to help raise money for new windows in Burwash Village Hall.
The postcards are on sale at Burwash Village Store and at The Internet cafe (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 1 pm). They cost £1 each.
Why not send some to friends and family? All the profits will go to the window appeal.
Volunteers are urgently needed to join the Friends of Burwash Surgery drivers’ scheme. As we all get older, it becomes more difficult to drive ourselves to surgery or hospital appointments. The Friends’ drivers offer a valuable service by stepping in to meet the growing demand. Please contact Pat Lewis on 01435 883239 or via firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Or tell the receptionists at the surgery you would like to volunteer.
The Burwash village sign has been restored to pride of place in the High Street after work to replace the post. A big thank you to Andy Vater and Steve Payne who handled the reinstallation of our iconic sign.
And also to Rod Seymour who took away the old post when it was beginning to lean over. The new post was set in concrete by Burwash Parish Council handyman Laurence Worton and flowers around the base were planted by Judy Malling of Pope’s Cottage Antiques.
The three heraldic shields at the top of the sign have been repainted by local Burwash potter Mary Clarke while Lee Dalton undertook the “dubbing” of the wrought iron work to spruce it up.
The three shields represent the County of Sussex and two ancient families – Burghurst and Pelham – long associated with Burwash.
Burwash Parish Council underwrote the costs of the project which was supervised by Councillor Steve Moore.