The parish is entirely contained within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
More information about the history and organisation of the parish can be found at About the Parish.
A message from Nick Brown, Chairman of the Parish Council
I wish to reassure everyone that the Parish Council has been lobbying hard this month for work to avoid future surface water flooding in Northbridge Street from runoff from the A21. We are liaising with Highways England (responsible for the A21), East Sussex Highways (responsible for local roads/drains), County and District Councillors and our MP, Hugh Merriman. The matter was discussed at our Parish Council meeting this week and, in preparation for Storm Christoph, the Parish Council provided sand and sandbags to residents at most risk. We are endeavouring to liaise with and keep updated affected residents. If you wish to get in touch please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very pleased to report that Covid vaccinations began today, Wednesday 20th January at Etchingham Village Hall.
The hall is located at the site of Etchingham Primary School at Parsonage Croft TN19 7BY on the right at the end of Etchingham village, as you travel towards Burwash. A photo can be found here https://www.etchinghamvillagehalls.co.uk/ If you are having difficulties with transport to the vaccination centre Helping Hands can offer some transport to residents in Salehurst and Robertsbridge who need it, contact 07726 592739. There is informaiton about parking and disabled access here https://www.etchinghamvillagehalls.co.uk/covid-vaccination-centre
Please wait to be contacted by the NHS for your Covid vaccine appointment. Beware scam vaccine text messages asking for cash or personal financial details. Don't forget that Helping Hands are at the end of the phone if anyone needs to chat 07726 592739.
Local representatives are meeting this week with our MP Huw Merriman to raise concerns on the way the Covid vaccination is being rolled out locally.
The latest information from Oldwood Surgery is here
On 11 January Huw Merriman MP published an update on the local vaccination rollout on his website here. The extract relating to vaccination in our area (Rural Rother) is provided below:
"For numerous reasons, we have not had a working Primary Care Network solution in these parts hence work has been taking place with the Sussex Community NHS Foundation and the local GP surgeries. I raised the lack of a solution for Rural Rother with the Prime Minister in the House of Commons at the beginning of January.
As a solution, rural Rother GP practices will be served by a vaccination hub at Etchingham village hall which is expected to go live this Friday 15 January. The Etchingham vaccine centre will be run by those within the Sussex Community NHS Foundation who have stepped up to help and our local GP teams. If your GP is within this area, you will expect to receive your vaccine at Etchingham. I have had a number of constituents contact me from Rother Levels asking why they need to travel to Etchingham. The reason is because Etchingham has been set up to handle the Pfizer vaccine logistics and because surgeries within the area have not been able to sign up to deliver the Pfizer vaccine. The aim is to ensure that stocks of Astra Zeneca get delivered so residents can receive this vaccination at a more local level.
If supplies of the Astra Zeneca vaccine are supplied, these could be taken from Etchingham to your local GP for you to be vaccinated at the surgery. For this to happen, your GP must have signed up to the Enhanced Service Contract. Given the time to sign has closed, I have asked the Vaccines Minister to urgently allow GPs further time to sign up now that the Astra Zeneca option gives more GPs the scope to vaccinate locally.
If it is clear that Pfizer vaccines continue to be the chief supply, I will be keen for the Sussex Community NHS Foundation to assist in the opening of another centre within easier reach. This will require local action as well."
Following the Prime Minister's announcement earlier this week we have moved back, with the rest of the country, to national lockdown. The message is to STAY HOME. We ask you all to follow the government regulations which are to protect all of us. Remember Robertsbridge & Salehurst Helping Hands continues to be there if you need to hear a friendly voice, or if you need help with any shopping tasks, prescriptions or any other task you may be struggling with because of lockdown. Telephone 07726 592739 or contact your street champion, website www.robertsbridgehelpinghands.co.uk
If you wish to use the Helping Hands Prescription Service please use this email and telephone number: email email@example.com or telephone 07726278661
Anyone, of any age can use the Robertsbridge Helping Hands Prescription Team. This team has been set up to collect prescriptions for all local residents during the Coronavirus Pandemic. As well as helping you it helps to reduce the number of people visiting the dispensaries, keeping everyone safe.
Anyone, of any age, whether self- isolating or not, can use the Robersbridge Helping Hands Prescription Team. This team has been set up to collect prescriptions for all local residents during the Coronavirus Pandemic. As well as helping you it helps to reduce the number of people visiting the dispensaries, keeping everyone safe.
Contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07726278661