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BurwashNorth Rother Branch includes the villages of Burwash, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Hurst Green, Robertsbridge, Mountfield and Dallington. Although to complicate things a little Dallington is in a North Rother County Division and a Battle District. It also, of course, includes all the wonderful countryside in between these villages.

Prior to the current pandemic North Rother had always been a very active Branch. We have elected Officers and would hold regular meetings to which all local members are invited.

Over the past few years our biggest social and fundraising event has been the March Quiz. We enjoy questions set by George Hearn and a hot supper prepared by members. The new Etchingham Halls have been the preferrred venue since their opening, affording plenty of space, an excellent kitchen and parking for those who need it being nicely positioned in the centre of the Branch area.Sadly the 2020 quiz had to be cancelled but we are hopeful that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Congratulations to our very own Cllr SUE PROCHAK MBE !!! (10.10.2020)

  • Article: Jul 20, 2021
    By Stephen Hardy

    Dear Editor

    Perhaps you remember the pledge made by Michael Gove in 2017 that a Brexited Britain would be a greener Britain and would enhance environmental protections. During our membership of the EU, a directive was negotiated with UK consent, to end the use of many single use plastics. These are things like plastic straws and bottles, coffee cups and takeaway containers made of expanded polystyrene which make up 50% of all the litter found on our beaches, the stuff that local organisations like Strandliners and Bexhill Environment Group collect on their beach clean ups.

    On July 3rd in the European Union, the use of these single use plastics has been banned but all we in the UK have done is ban the use of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, but not plastic bottles and takeaway containers. Well except that the UK rules have a load of exemptions as well so that plastic straws can continue to be used in all cafes and restaurants, schools, care homes and prisons. So not too much of a ban then. And plastic bottles make up a quarter of all the waste found on our beaches.

    The simple conclusion is that a Brexited Britain is rapidly regaining its former title of being the dirty man of Europe, back to the days when we used to dump all our sulphur dioxide pollution from power stations on the rest of Western Europe.

    Yours faithfully

    Stephen Hardy

    6 George Close
    Robertsbridge
    TN32 5BY

  • Article: Jul 5, 2021
    By Stephen Hardy MBE in Bexhill & Battle Observer

    Dear Editor



    Professor Sir Robert Watson is a world authority on Climate Change. He has been the Chief Scientist of the World Bank and also the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

    So his opinions ought to be listened to and respected.

    He has just said that whilst the UK Government is setting targets to tackle both the climate crisis and the problem of the depletion of nature, it is lacking in bringing forward any policies which will achieve such aims, otherwise such targets are meaningless.

    He highlighted that the Government's own advisers have stated the UK will not, on the basis of what it is proposing now, reach its key goal of reducing emissions by 78% of 1990 levels by 2035.

    He also pointed out that the progress on legislation to introduce environmental protection legislation is stalled in Parliament, with all the signs that those arguing for weaker legislation than applied when we were members of the EU, are winning the day in the House of Commons.

    He argued that since the UK is hosting the November COP26 world climate change summit in Glasgow, we should already be leading the way in not just setting targets but in starting to put policies into action.

    The climate emergency will not wait while Boris fiddles and dithers.



    Yours faithfully



    Stephen Hardy MBE

    Trustee CPRE Sussex

    6 George Close

    Robertsbridge

    TN32 5BY

  • Article: Feb 5, 2021

    If you will be away on polling day, at work or on holiday, are physically unable or just don't have the time to get to a polling station to vote in person, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. You may have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address, or are not registered then you will need to register to vote (register here) .
    You can choose either to vote by post or to appoint someone else - a proxy - to vote on your behalf.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2020
    By Laurel Lindstrom

    Where to start? For the last twenty years the Tories have been in charge at East Sussex County Council. Over those many years East Sussex has undergone profound change, with a growing population and changing demographics. But planning policies have failed to keep pace. Approaches to planning andinfrastructure development must do more to support our changing communities. This means proactive engagement with the people who live and work in East Sussex, the rural residents as well as the town dwellers. Our quality of life and that of our children depends on how our part of the country develops in the years to come.