Salehurst and Robertsbridge Parish Council


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Update on December flooding in Northbridge Street
22nd January 2021


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


Covid Vaccinations have begun
20th January 2021


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 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



Local Covid Vaccination Rollout
14th January 2021


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


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New Year Message from Helping Hands
8th January 2021


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


Update to Christmas Message from Helping Hands
21st December 2020


Our village along with other areas in the South East has now moved into Tier 4 to stop the increased local transmission of Covid 19. With Christmas plans changed, Helping Hands will continue to be there for you. If you need a prescription, or to hear a friendly voice or some supplies, please don't hesitate to call us on 07726 592739, or contact your street champion. Also don't forget our really useful website which is updated daily. We want to help.


Please note the Parish Office will be closed from 4pm Tuesday 22nd December to 2pm Tuesday 5th January.



Christmas Message
18th December 2020



An update for all our Parishioners


In light of the announcement that we move into Tier 3 on Saturday 19th December, along with the whole of Rother and Hastings, we appeal to everyone to: continue to keep to the strict social distancing guidelines; limit your social contact over the festive period, and to not leave home if you or someone you live with has either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss /change to sense of smell or taste.


We can reassure everyone that the Parish Council and Helping Hands continue to work in partnership to support everyone in our community, and that the Street Champion team and Helping Hands phoneline remain in place to help everyone. A full statement from Helping Hands is attached, and will be available on the Helping Hands website


Shop Robertsbridge this Christmas
14th December 2020


Shop Robertsbridge is a new campaign to encourage residents across Robertsbridge and Salehurst to back local businesses in the run up to Christmas and beyond.


The Salehurst & Robertsbridge Parish Council initiative went live online and on the streets at the beginning of December and has already amassed a groundswell of support from retailers and shoppers alike.


Commenting on the campaign, Nick Brown, Chairman of the Council said:

"Now is the perfect time to explore local shops and retailers some of whom have never been under so much pressure. These businesses are run by local people - they are our neighbours, friends and family. In the run up to Christmas and beyond we must do all we can to help, protect and even support their growth in these challenging times."


Those wishing to get involved can find out more on the Shop Robertsbridge Facebook page or follow @shoprobertsbridge on Instagram. Retailers and residents are being asked to put up posters in their windows to highlight the initiative and encourage the whole village to participate.


The campaign started with the launch of the Facebook page and the reaction so far has been very positive. There has been huge interest from the local shopkeepers and online retailers who start off by posting a little about themselves generally. Subsequent posts are more focused on specific products and offers to give shoppers ideas and entice them to buy.


The campaign is being managed by Robertsbridge resident and freelance marketing consultant, Jenny Barrett, who is a long-time supporter of village events and activities.

"Anything anyone might need to buy to help celebrate Christmas can pretty much be bought in the parish, so it's a good opportunity to support the local economy, reduce our carbon footprint and keep people in local jobs. So far, I've counted nearly 50 shops and online retailers and we're only a village.


"I know where I'll be buying presents, my Christmas tree, my wreath, my turkey and my Brussel sprouts - in Robertsbridge and Salehurst of course!"


Anyone wishing to follow the campaign online can use the hashtags #shoprobertsbridge and #shopsalehurst. The Facebook page can be found here: For more information please contact: Jenny Barrett: | 07973 671142 0r contact the Parish Office (Karen Ripley, The Clerk


Planning Committee Meeting
3rd December 2020


There will be a Planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 3rd December on Zoom at 7.30pm.


The press and public are welcome to attend and up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start of the meeting for public comments and questions. To receive an invite to the meeting please email the clerk at by noon on the day of the meeting. The agenda for the meeting is available on the 'Council Meetings' page.


Coronavirus Update: Second national lockdown November 2020
2nd November 2020


Following Saturday's announcement that we will enter a new period of national lockdown this Thursday 5th November, we wish to reassure everyone in the local community that the Parish Council and Robertsbridge & Salehurst Helping Hands are ready to support you all in the same way as before. IF YOU NEED ANY HELP please don't hesitate to call your Street Champion. If you are unsure who that is please contact Helping Hands helpline on 07726 592739. THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers, and to everyone who looks out for their friends and neighbours.


A number of local shops and businesses, but not all, will close in line with government guidelines. Please continue to support those who remain open, whether that be physically or online - shop local and support Robertsbridge!


The government guidelines can be found here



Planning Committee Meeting
2nd November 2020


There will be a Planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 5th November on Zoom at 7.30pm.


The press and public are welcome to attend and up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start of the meeting for public comments and questions. To receive an invite to the meeting please email the clerk at by noon on the day of the meeting. The agenda for the meeting is available on the 'Council Meetings' page.

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