Vaccination roll-out update 17.01.21

I have some positive news about the vaccination roll-out for Rural Rother.

Heathfield Surgeries

Those residents using the Heathfield Surgeries are being vaccinated at the Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield – moves are ongoing to try and get a more local centre.
Click on the link below to see details.

Heathfield and surrounds vaccination update 17.01.21

Battle Surgeries

Those residents using the Battle Surgeries will be vaccinated at Etchingham Village Hall.  I understand this goes live on Monday 18.01.21.
Click on the link below to see details.

Battle and surrounds vaccination update 17.01.21

The notification of a vaccination appointment appears to be via phone, I know some residents using the Heathfield Surgery have been contacted and vaccinated already.  So keep your phones close to you.
I’ll keep you updated as I get more information.

Irene – Parish Clerk



Vaccination roll-out – Volunteers needed

The NHS are looking for volunteers to help with the vaccination roll-out.
The positions are for Stewards and Coordinators for the Stewards.
Click on the links below to see details and contact information.

Details for volunteer stewards to help with vaccination roll-out

Details for volunteer coordinators to help with vaccination roll-out

Coronavirus vaccination update (11.01.20)

Not a lot of new information, but discussions ongoing to open up two more centres for rural Rother (that’s us!), it looks likely that we will go to Uckfield until these are opened.
I’ll keep you up to date with any more information I get.

Click on this link to see updated vaccination information from ESCC

Irene – Parish Clerk

Coronavirus Vaccination Information

I’ve had some information from our MP Huw Merriman and Sussex NHS about Coronavirus vaccinations.
It looks as those residents who have GPs in Battle will be vaccinated at Etchingham and those whose GPs are in Heathfield will be vaccinated in Uckfield.  Huw is presently trying to get the Heathfield GP people vaccinated nearer to home.
We all have to wait for the telephone call/text from our GP/Sussex NHS and be patient.
Click on the links below to see the information.

Click here for Information from Huw Merriman MP

Click here for information from Sussex NHS

FAQs about Vaccinations from Sussex NHS

St Giles Services Christmas 2020 -January 2021

Christmas 2020

Due to COVID restrictions there will not be the usual service of
Nine Lessons and Carols.
  • December 24th           11.30pm    Midnight Holy Communion
  • Christmas morning  11am          Carols in the churchyard.
    (Mulled wine. Please observe social distancing)
  • Sunday December 27th       No service in St. Giles.

January 2021

  • Sunday  3rd     11am             Service of The Word
  • Sunday  10th   6.30pm       Evensong
  • Sunday  17th   11am.            Holy Communion
  • Sunday 24th   9.30am        Holy Communion
  • Sunday 31st     11am             Service of The Word

Local coronavirus information

Due to the rapidly changing situation and amounts of information coming down from everyone – I thought it might be helpful to list below links with good safe local information.  These are:

An information flyer for those wishing to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau – please click on link below.

Click here for information from your local Citizens Advice Bureau

Coronavirus information from East Sussex County Council – please click on the link below.

Coronavirus information from Rother District Council – please click on the link below

Hope you find the information helpful – please contact me at –– if I can do anything else.

Irene – Parish Clerk



Coronavirus update 8 (10.05.20)

Here we are again and expecting some further news about the lockdown today, it’s been nearly 7 weeks now.  I’m listing below the usual information for anyone who has just subscribed to the email posts alerts system and if it is possible, can you let anyone not able to access this website have the important information.

Safe sites for coronavirus information

Click on this link for safe coronavirus information from the NHS

Click on this link for dental advice during the coronavirus emergency from the NHS

Click on this link for coronavirus information from GOV.UK

Community Hubs

There is some safe and very useful information on the East Sussex Community Hubs page – click on the link below.

Click on this link for information from ESCC Community Hubs page


Click on the link below for major supermarkets details on opening/delivery details during this emergency.

Click on this link for major supermarket information

Boots, Robertsbridge – for prescriptions please contact David Todd from Robertsbridge and Salehurst Helping Hands at or on 07726 592 739 and he will organise delivery of your prescription to you.

Local shops – best to ring first to find out their open hours and if they can deliver.

Click on this link for details of all food shops operating in Rother during this emergency

  1. Bee and Bear Baker – home delivery of brownies, muffins etc.
  2. Browns Farm Shop, only delivery or collection – not open for browsing –  or phone on 01580 880502/07532 267002
  3. Busters Farm Shop – deliveries meat/veg/dairy/bread on Tuesday to Saturday 9-6 on Sundays 10-2.  Phone on 01580 882020.
  4. Culverwells – local country store and delivery available for Calor Gas.  Pay over the phone and collect from gate.
    Phone – 01580 880567.
  5. Great Park Farm Catsfield – deliveries £3.50, veg box £15.00 and all other farm shop produce. or phone on 01424 772531.
  6. One Stop – call about shopping you need and who will be collecting it for you.  They get it ready for your nominated person to pay for and collect.  Only contactless payments (no cash) – phone on 01580 880319.
  7. Robertsbridge Village Store – Post Office open Mon-Sat 9-5, shop open for delivery/collection Mon-Sat 8.30-6pm.  Telephone to place your order on 01580 880540 or 880714.

Thank you

The people who are working to keep our lives going are too many to mention – but my sincere thanks to all of them.  I would like particularly to mention the “Dallington Volunteers,” when the lockdown started I asked the Dallington community if there were any out there who would collection prescriptions/do a bit of shopping etc., – I have called on them several times and they have always stepped up to the plate – THANK YOU.

Dallington Parish Council Business

Like all District/Town/Parish Councils, we are dealing only with essential business.  Any planning applications that come in will be dealt with on my delegated authority and no meeting will be held – all new planning applications will be posted on this website.
We hope to have an Extraordinary Council Meeting in late-June/early-July to approve and sign off the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 (AGAR).  If this is possible, the date and agenda will be posted on this website and we will maintain strict social distancing.

The Adventures of Alfie

I had no choice but to get my very amateur dog grooming kit out and have a go!  He literally couldn’t see out of his eyes.  I looked at all the videos on-line, obviously professional groomers and perfectly behaved dogs – yeah right.  He was pretty good actually, didn’t like it much, but I managed to get rid of the Denis Healy eyebrows.  The end result was pretty disastrous – a bald spot on his head, very spiky all over and I didn’t dare touch his “undercarriage, also made a terrible job of his tail, I got carried away and just kept cutting.  My eldest granddaughter saw the result and her only comment, after the face palm, was “what have you done Nana, his tail looks just like a bog brush.”  Thankfully his groomer phoned last Monday and RDC have told the licenced dog groomers they can open again if they observe strict social distancing.  I took him there on Tuesday and she was very understanding, “it will grow again.”  His beautiful powder-puff tail has gone and we will have to wait for that to come back.  I don’t know how she gets him so white – when she bathes him he looks as if she’s done it with Ariel Bio on a boil-wash, when I try to bath him, he still looks very grubby.  However, he’s still the happy, precious, little soul he always was and much perkier now he’s got rid of all that fur.

I was without broadband for nearly two weeks recently, it came back last Sunday.  A long story, but Sky were pretty good considering all of them are working from home.  Apart from an outage in East Sussex, there was a problem with my MAC address (that’s a unique number assigned to a network interface controller(?)).  They sorted it out as soon as they could and I’m up and running again.  It got me to thinking – what did I do before the Internet?  I was obviously younger, had young children (2) and was never bored.  I suppose what you don’t know, you don’t miss.  I more than missed it, it has become my main access to information – I get up in the morning (still in dressing gown), brush teeth, go downstairs, make a cup of tea, fire up the iPad and look at the papers.  Without it, I have to look at BBC News – which at the moment seems to be a lot of people singing Vera Lynn songs.

So we will have to wait until later when Boris lets us know the next steps out of lockdown – why do they insist on calling it a roadmap?  Surely it is just a plan.  I’ll keep in touch, look after yourselves.

Irene (Parish Clerk)



Messenger Magazine free copies & subscription offer

Screenshot of articleMany of you will have received a free copy of the April issue of the Messenger magazine, which had a strong Dallington theme this month.

In case you missed it, here is a screenshot of one of the articles,  about the Dallington School Vegetable Garden.

Dallington is the only village served by both the Parish Magazine and the Messenger, and many people subscribe to both publications as they are very good value while offering quite different content.

Here is a message from the Editor:

We gave you a complimentary copy of The Messenger magazine as the April issue had a Dallington theme. We hope you enjoyed it and many thanks to everyone who helped me put it together. We are also going to deliver the May issue to you to try and entice you to subscribe!

We produce 12 issues a year – delivered to your door or collected from Dallington Post Office – for an annual subscription of £10. If you would like to continue to receive The Messenger please contact me, the Editor, 01424 838764 or Pauline Ridley 01435 830152

Because of the current social distancing we will not be collecting subscriptions, either by cash or cheque, for the time being. The magazine will continue to be produced, and delivered by posting through your door, unless circumstances change further. We will be asking for your annual subscription later in the year when it is safe to do so.

Melanie Willis Fleming
The Messenger