Dear Subscribers, Readers and Advertisers

The editorial committee made the decision to suspend printing the April edition of the Burwash Village Magazine due to the situation we currently find ourselves in at this time.

This decision was partly taken due to the fact that over 50% of the magazines are delivered to our subscribers by a fantastic team of people, and we felt it was unfair and morally wrong to put them in a potentially risky situation.

Also, taken into consideration was that many of our outlets which sell the magazine, sadly including the church, have now, under Government guidelines, had to close. To ask Londis to hold the magazine, even if given away free, we felt was not in anyone's best interest.

We are looking to see how we manage the next few months and ask you to accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

All subscribers and advertisers will have their subscriptions extended by however many months we are not able to produce the magazine in some form.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Vicky Patterson on 01435 884135 or by emailing burwashvillagemag@gmail.com

The following would have been published in the April edition of the Burwash Village Magazine

Dear Friends,

The supermarket shelves are empty of toilet rolls, tea bags and paracetamol the main topic of conversation has moved from the incessant rain and flooding to the Corona Virus.

There are families who have sadly lost a loved one through the illness. Others are in quarantine or distancing themselves from family and friends. Businesses and international commerce are being affected. Travel and sporting fixtures cancelled. We are constantly being reminded on what to do, or not to do, to try and prevent the spread of the virus. And now we are no longer able to hold the usual pattern of services in our churches. In the space of a few short weeks life has changed for many people around the world and reaction to these changes differ from person to person.

When interviewed for TV news reports some shrug their shoulders and are stoical about the changes to their daily lives. Others are more fearful or apprehensive about what the next days or weeks might bring.

It is a fact of life that, Corona Virus or not, we constantly face changes. Some changes we choose others, such as now, are inflicted upon us because of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Some changes we embrace with enthusiasm, excitement and joy. Others instil feelings of uncertainty, fear or even sorrow.

Though this year we will be unable to celebrate Easter together in church we should still hold onto the encouraging and re-assuring promise of new life through the resurrection of Christ.  But to reach that we first have to travel with Jesus on his journey to the cross. A journey which for Christ, in his humanity, brought fear, sorrow and pain. Emotions shared today by millions in our community, our nation and our world

A loving father or mother holds out their arms ready to gather their child in an embrace which promises unconditional love. On the cross God held out his arms in love for us His children, giving us strength and courage to sustain us during all the changes of life. As we face the uncertainties in our lives, both now and in the future, may we take shelter in God’s outstretched arms.

He is risen. Halleluiah!

God Bless you all


Rev Sally Epps

Rector of Burwash, Burwash Weald & Etchingham




The Burwash Village Magazine is published by St. Bartholomew's Church, Burwash
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Local clubs, societies and other useful contacts


Sport and fitness-related

Burwash Cricket Club: village club playing on Sundays.  Contact: Paul Morgan-Jones on 882832.


Burwash Football Club, members of the East Sussex League and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015, Home ground is Swan Meadow and new players are welcome.  Contact Kevin Bray on 864628.

Burwash Junior Sports and Fitness Club: sporting and social activities for 5 – 16 year olds, Saturdays 10.30 – 12pm on Swan Meadow, Burwash.  Contact: Steve Mintram on 882444 or Rod Clifton on 883656.

Burwash Lawn Tennis Club: with two courts in Swan Meadow, the club encourages people of all ages to play tennis.  Contact: Janet Sibley on 07814 530823 or Philippa Belam on 883777.

Burwash Playing Fields Association: dedicated to managing and preserving Swan Meadow.  Contact Kevin Bray on 864628 or Fiona Hosein on 884065.

Swan Meadow and Sports Hall booking: contact Allan Parker-Read on 07807 900276.

Burwash Short Mat Bowls Club: practice session for the Wealden League in the Burwash village hall each Monday from 6.30pm.  Contact: Mary Taylor on 882107.

Burwash Snooker Club: plays in the village hall.  Contact: Trevor Hayes on 882980 or Steve Barden on 882594.


Kipling County Carriage Driving Group: carriage driving for the disabled.  Contact Janet Bettell Higgins on 882348 or kiplingcounty@aol.com.

Parish Footpath Walk: relaxed local walks of about 6 miles on third Monday of every month, 9am from the Bear car park.  Contact Roger Cloke on 884312.

Walks for Strollers: gentle walks through the countryside.  Meet at 9am in the Bear car park on first Wednesday of the month.  Contact Ijon Jenner on 882045.

Seagulls over Burwash: Burwash Brighton & Hove Albion supporters club.  Contact simon.forster@seagullsoverburwash.co.uk.

For Children

Buzzy  Bees Pre-School: (2-5 year olds) in the Burwash sports pavilion from 8.30 – 4pm Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri during school terms.  Contact Sharon Berry on 07816 248187 or Hannah Parker-Read on 07530 824814.

Burwash CEP School: with an Outstanding OFSTED rating, the head teacher is Debbie Gilbert.  Contact 882440.

Burwash Guides and Brownies: meet in the Burwash Common guide hut.  Contact Beverley Boakes on 883473.

St Phillips Parent and Toddler Group: meet every Thursday 10 – 12pm in the Burwash Common Pavilion.  Contact: Anne Everall on 883247.

Musical Theatre: musical theatre classes from 4 -19 years, Saturdays in Burwash village hall.  Contact: Jane Coleman on 882687 or Jonny Ball on 882946 or email burwashmusicaltheatre@hotmail.com.

Explorers, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers: meet at the scout hut, Bear car park.  Contact Mike Clark on 01424 214066.

Burwash CEP School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association: organise social and fund-raising events to support the school.  Contact Sarah Walker on 882585 or Kim Lee on 883118.

Support Groups and local government

British Red Cross Local Services: Red Cross Week, first aid group equipment and wheelchair loans.  Contact 0800 0280 831.

Royal British Legion: the active Burwash Branch supports the Legion in supporting ex-Servicemen.  Contact: Charles Merchant on 882360 or Frank Sanderson on 882345 or Fred Marshall on 884298.

Neighbourhood Watch: contact Steve Mintram on 882444.

Admiral Nurses: helping to support and co-ordinate care for people with dementia and their carers.  Contact Ruth Tomkins on 882938.

Burwash Parish Council: meetings on second Tuesday of the month at 7pm.  Contact Mary Hayes on 882980 (9-5 Mon-Fri) or maryhayes@btconnect.com.

Rother District Council: Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, TN39 3JX.  Contact 01323 787000.

East Sussex County Council: County Hall, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewis.  Contact: 0345 6080190.

Village Life

Burwash Bonfire Society: fundraising for and organising the Bonfire Night Firework display, contact Natalie Crabtree at natcooper13@hotmail.co.uk.

Burwash Common Pavilion: for bookings, contact Alison Hayes on 882650 or Halina Keep on 882183 or bcpavilionbar@gmail.com.

Burwash Amateur Pantomime Society (BAPS): annual production involving all ages.  Contact Jonny Ball on 882946, Terry Parker on 882813 or David Cowell on 883615.

Burwash Community Internet Café: open Mon, Wed and Fridays 10 – 1pm.  Contact Lesley Elmslie on 883510 or email: burwashinternetcafe@gmail.com.

Burwash Village Hall: for bookings contact Peter Angove on 883288 or email: p.angove3288@btinternet.com.

Burwash Sports Pavilion: for bookings contact Allan Parker-Read on 07807 900276.

Burwash Ladies Group: social events with a wide range of speakers and trips for ladies every second Wednesday at 2.15 in Burwash village hall.  Contact: Margot Sanderson on 882345.

Burwash Community Fund: contact Rod Clifton on 883656 or Halina Keep on 882183 or email: 2012bjcf@gmail.com.

Burwash Common After Eight Club: meetings monthly, open to all ladies for talks, outings, theatre and dining.  Contact Jan McCartney on 882117.

The Barnsley Foundation: a trust with limited funds to assist the education of local young people.  Contact: Sally Epps on 882301 or Joanne Brown on 882453.

Fairfield Surgery: Open Mon-Fri 8.30 – 6.30pm. (Phone 111 when surgery closed.)  Contact: 882306 (fax 882064).

Patients of Fairfield Surgery Participation Group: involving patients and staff to consider and improve conditions in the practice from a patient's perspective.  Contact Claudette Neville on 883043 or nevilleclaudette@gmail.com.

Friends of Fairfield Surgery: help less mobile people travel to appointments and help deliver prescriptions.  Chairman Frank Smith on 01580 819326, Secretary Angela Copland on 01580 819321.  Requests for transport should be addressed initially to the surgery.

The House Group on the High Street: Bible study and fellowship fortnightly on Tuesdays.  Contact Ian Craston on 882332.

Burwash Save our Fields from Concrete: set up to oppose development of new houses on an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Contact: no-concrete@banksr.com.

For the elderly

Age UK: home from hospital visiting service and a friendly lunch club every fourth Monday of the month at the Bear Inn, Burwash.  Contact Jean Plummer on 883483.

Music & Movement Exercises for the over 60s: every Tuesday 9.45 – 10.45am in the Burwash Sports Hall.  Contact: Isabel Salmond on 882452.

Not So Young club: social events and guest speakers, 3rd Thursday each month in Burwash village hall at 2.15pm.  Contact: Isabel Salmond on 882452.

Burwash Housing Association for the Elderly: providing homes for over 60s in our community.  Contact: Claudette Neville on 883043 or nevilleclaudette@gmail.com.

Mayfield and District University of the 3rd Age (U3A): with a full programme of activities and speakers.  Contact Brian Grimwood on 01892 852128.


Burwash Horticultural Society: thriving branch of the society.  Contact Richard Maude-Roxby on 882243.

Burwash Flower Club: a programme of demonstrations, craft clubs and outings.  Contact: Claudette Neville on 883043 or nevilleclaudette@gmail.com.

Burwash Quilters: for all those with an interest in quilting, meet Monday mornings in the Burwash village hall.  Contact Julie Lewis on 01580 200280.

Mayfield Film Society: Friday evenings from September to May at Mayfield Memorial Hall.  Contact Timothy Cornish on 872165 or email: filmonfriday@googlemail.com.

Monday Painters: meet to paint on Monday afternoons in Burwash village hall (Oct to Apr) and at various outdoor locations May - Sept.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Contact: Anne Everall on 883247 or Grace Coomes on 860848.


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