After Eight Club

The After 8 Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month - an opportunity for the women of Burwash Common, Burwash Weald and Burwash village to get together, share experiences, hear talks or try new things. Most meetings start just after 8.00pm and are held at The Pavilion, Burwash Common. 

Club activities are wide-ranging - recent and upcoming activities have included an Archery  'taster' session, trying out the sport of Curling, local quizzes and expert talks on Maritime Wildlife Rescue and teaching in Malawi. We have regular summer and Christmas parties for members.  

New members are always welcome - for more information contact Jan McCartney on 01435 882 117 or Claudette Neville on 01435 883 043.

Club Updates 

One of our members is running a 10k with her daughter, in aid of Admiral Nurses for Dementia. You can still donate here.  We wish them lots of luck.

April meeting highlights

Averil Sessions, a retired barrister and judge, spoke about her work with the Malawi Schools Project, sharing her insights on life in one of the poorest countries in the world. 

She works with families in Mpasa and described a vibrant community, whose children are bright and eager to learn. Most of the families the project works with live in mud brick homes, containing a few pots and bed matting. Water has to be collected daily from a village tap. There is no electricity in the village; the roads are poor and cars are rare. A lot of children don’t go to primary school – their families can feel shame about their clothes or can’t afford to buy pencils and notebooks.

English is the official language of Malawi and, as well as helping to buy school materials, the project volunteers provide English lessons. The next project is to set up a library and book bus. 

Click here to find out more.

May open meeting 

Our next meeting, on 9 May, will feature a talk about the reclusive artist, Banksy. Members are invited to ask partners, friends or family to come along to this open evening. 

Charity event

We are holding our annual charity coffee morning Saturday 12 May (10-12.30pm at the Burwash Common Pavilion). 

The money raised will be divided equally between three charities – Admiral Nurses, First Responders and Prostate Cancer Research. There will be the usual stalls - Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, a Raffle, plants and, of course, teas and cakes. Donations of items for any of the stalls, are welcome on the day or beforehand. 

2018-19 programme

Events at the Pavilion unless specified otherwise

9th May

Talk: The Genius of Banksy Revealed. 

Open evening - everyone welcome.

Arranged by Anne


Kate & Kirstie

12th May 

Coffee Morning 10.00am at the Burwash Common Pavilion

In aid of Admiral Nurses, First Responders & Prostate Cancer Research

Everyone Welcome

13th June Country Walk followed by pub meal. Arranged by Birdie  
11th July Summer Garden party @ Kate Cummins’  
7th August

To be confirmed: Ceramic Poppy making with Burwash Potter Mary Clarke @ The Pavilion. Arranged by Betty and Alison.

8th August

Morning Visit to the Lavender Farm, Hadlow & lunch.

Arranged by Jackie

28th August

To be confirmed: Paint & glaze Ceramic Poppies with Burwash Potter Mary Clarke @ The Pavilion. Arranged by Betty and Alison

12th September

Marine Wildlife Rescue Talk. Arranged by Birdie

Open evening all welcome                         


Kate and Jane B

18th Oct Quiz - away to Rotherfield Ladies


7th Nov   

Talk: Forensic Investigations. Arranged by Brenda

Open evening, everyone welcome


Sheila & Mavis

13th December Christmas Dinner at The Bear.  Arranged by Brenda
(NB Thursday)


9th January 


Talk: Conspiracies of the World. Arranged by Carla.
Open evening everyone welcome



Chris & Pauline

13th February  Bowling and meal. Tunbridge Wells. Arranged by Lynda.  
13th March AGM


Claudette & Anne

18th April A Night at the Dogs. Meal. Arranged by Lynda. Details tbc.   







For a full list of events this month, please click here to go to the Burwash Parish Diary. If you have updates or wish to add details of future events please get in touch via