Get your tickets for Burwash Panto now!

Tickets for Burwash Panto’s production of Beauty and the Beast are on sale now. You can book your seats for this wonderful family show online at or head to the Box Office at The Internet Cafe in The Bear Car, Burwash. The Internet Cafe is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10 am and 1 pm.

There are shows on February 8, 9, 14 and 15. The matinee on Sunday, February 9 is an opportunity for younger members of the audience to dress up as their favourite character.

Burwash Panto has been staging annual shows for 30 years to support children’s groups and organisations across our amazing three-village community.

Parish Council Office Christmas Closure


The Parish Council office will be closed from the 19th December and will re-open at 9.30am on the 6th January 2020. 

 If you have an urgent matter which cannot wait until we re-open, then please telephone the Clerk on the following mobile number: 

Parish Clerk: 07943 848 430 

 Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Presentation planned for Watercress Field site

There will be a presentation by the architects of the latest building proposals for Watercress Field  – the site at the end of Strand Meadow – on Wednesday 8th January from 2.30 pm until 8 pm in the Parish Room (Internet Café) in The Bear car park, Burwash.

The session is open to all and you can drop in at any time. This will be the first opportunity for Burwash residents to quiz Park Lane Homes on this new set of proposals for 30 homes.

Following extensive local opposition, led by Burwash: Save Our Fields, the previous proposals were rejected unanimously by Rother District Council and then by a planning inspector after an appeal.

If you are unable to attend this session the Parish Council has asked the architects to leave the materials on the presentation so that residents can view and comment on the new proposals at the same venue.

The presentation materials can be viewed in the Parish Room on:

Friday 10th January from 2.30 pm until 8 pm
Saturday 11th January from 10 am until 2 pm
Monday 13th January from 2.30 pm until 8 pm
Residents will be able to comment directly to Rother District Council once the formal planning application for the scheme is submitted. The Parish Council has resolved that it will consider the application at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).

For those interested in the sorts of standards expected for new developments in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can click on the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee design guide here.

The latest Park Lane proposal is for 28 houses and 2 flats. There will be 22 three-bedroom houses, seven properties with two bedrooms and one single-bedroom flat.

None of the proposed housing will be ‘affordable’ according to the government’s definition of 80% of the market price.

The architects have said that all the proposed developments will be two-storey and set lower in the site than previous proposals.

Click here for more background.

There remains outline planning permission for 30 houses on the site. To see a pdf overview of the new plans click here.

On the 26th November the architects presented the initial new set of plans to the Planning Committee. You can read the minutes of that meeting here.


Sussex Lund grants

Grants available for improving your local landscape

Do you have an idea for a local environmental project?

Sussex Lund grants of up to £10,000 are available for small, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The High Weald team is looking for project ideas from community groups, schools, town & parish councils and non-profit organisations that aim to:

  • Improve wildlife habitatsg. creating and restoring ponds and wetland, wildflower meadows or woodland and hedges, and removing non-native plants e.g. rhododendron and leylandii.
  • Improve scenic beautyg. planting street trees, removing or screening eyesores and replacing ‘hard’, man-made boundaries with softer, natural boundaries.
  • Improve accessg. creating new access points to green spaces, replacing stiles with gates, adding paths or boardwalks to prevent trampling of habitats.

Match funding is not always necessary and anyone can submit a project, including private landowners and businesses. This year, national charity Plantlife is working with the programme, offering free advice and support for wildflower meadow projects.

The grants scheme was created by High Weald residents Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is administered by the High Weald AONB Partnership with Lund Trust.

If you have a project idea, contact the High Weald AONB team for advice on:
01424 723011 or email information at:

Closing date for 2020 grant applications is 2 March – get in touch before Christmas to book a free site visit from one of our Land Management Advisers early next year.


Sign up now for the new Burwash E-Bulletin!

The E-Bulletin will officially launch on the 9th December but you can sign up now!

Burwash Parish Council is excited to announce the launch of the Burwash E-Bulletin. Following the success the Etchingham E-Bulletin has had we have decided it would be a great idea to launch the same concept across our three villages. The E-Bulletin will be emailed every few days or when there are items of interest to share which will include: news, events, items for sale or to give away, local services and anything else that could be of interest to our residents. Etchingham have even had success at finding lost sheep through theirs so who knows what you might find in your inbox! We hope this will be a valuable addition to village life and will complement the existing Burwash Community Action Group facebook page.

Halina Keep has kindly volunteered to be the E-Bulletin editor. We will be launching our first edition on the 9th December.

Halina Keep, Editor
Burwash E-Bulletin

You can sign up already by clicking here. You will be asked to fill in your name and email address which is all securely managed through Mailchimp.

Once signed up you will start to receive an email every few days, or when there are items of interest to share with the community.

If you have something you would like included in the E-Bulletin then we’d love to hear from you. Please send the text and any images or files to Halina at

Time for Burwash groups and organisations to apply for Parish Council grants

Burwash Parish Council sets aside money annually to make grants to local organisations and now is the time to make applications for next year.

The normal end-November deadline for grant applications helps the Council prepare its budget for the following year. But BPC understands that projects or plans that need grant support might not always fit this timetable and has introduced a new flexible policy.

It would be appreciated if applications were made soon. But they can be submitted at any time of the year and will be treated in exactly the same way.

Details of the Council’s Grant Awarding Policy and a grant application form can be found on the website here.

Or you can email the Council administrator at to request an application form or drop a note into the red post box outside the Parish Room in The Bear car park.

Calling Burwash – we need your ideas on the red phone box

The  Parish Council has rescued the red phone box in Burwash village and needs your ideas on how best to use it.

BT planned to decommission and remove the phone box on the corner of Highfields before the council took it off their hands for £1.

Once the phone equipment has been removed, the council will be responsible for the box’s maintenance and can use the inside as it sees fit. It will be spruced up and given a fresh lick of paint.

Around the country, some old phone boxes are used to house defibrillators, others as mini libraries or pop-up art galleries, museums or shops.

What do you think? Please forward any ideas to Councillor Bob Franklin at

The phone box outside The Wheel pub in Burwash Weald is being retained by BT as a working booth but this is dependent on it being used regularly. Like other spots in the parish, Burwash Weald has a poor mobile phone signal so the booth in Burwash Weald is a vital local resource.