Remembrance Sunday 2018

Our Tribute to the Millions – November 11, 2018

Every year Burwash Parish remembers the sacrifice of men and women in our armed forces in Remembrance Day Services held across the Parish. This year Burwash Parish is taking part in a nationwide Commemorative Event marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War, paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to preserve our freedom.

The Day’s Events

The Remembrance Parades:

  • Burwash Village – People are asked to meet in the Bear Car Park between 10-10.30am to march in the parade.
  • Burwash Common – People are asked to meet at the War Memorial at St Philip’s church.

We hope you will join the march.

If you won’t be marching please gather at the war memorial by 10.45am. A Remembrance Day Service will be held in both churches following the parades.

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute

Burwash Parish Council is hosting two events as part of the Nationwide Commemoration. There will be evening services at the Beacons in Swan Meadow and on Burwash Weald and Common Memorial Playing Fields. The order of service will be the same at both. Please gather by 6.40 pm.

  • 6.45pm: The Service Begins - The service will start with an introduction, followed by the Roll of Honours list, specially recorded with local voices.
  • 6.55pm: The Last Post - This historic tribute will play at WW1 Beacons of Light locations across the Nation and UK Overseas Territories.
  • 7.00pm: WW1 Beacons of Light - Lighting of the Beacons of Light symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.
  • 7.05pm: Ringing Out for Peace - The Churches of Burwash will join with cathedrals and churches across the country in ringing out their bells in celebration of Peace.

Burwash Prepares

People across the Parish have been working tirelessly to prepare a fitting tribute on November 11, 2018 to honour all the men and women who served or lost their lives. The Parish Council would like to thank:

  • The Royal British Legion for its amazing work in the run-up to the Remembrance Services every year, in particular preparations for the Parades and wreath-laying this year and their ongoing maintenance of the War Memorial.
  • All the knitters who crafted the beautiful poppy garlands lining the High Street
  • All those involved in recording the Roll Honour which will play during the evening lighting of the beacons
  • The After 8s group who have hand crafted clay poppies in memory of every parishioner who lost their life. These will be displayed at St Philip’s Church and in the centre of Burwash Village for the November 11 parade and Services.
  • To Mary Clarke, the Burwash Potter. who has made over 400 tiles – including 100 poppies – to create a memorial bench opposite Garstons on the High Street in Burwash.
  • To Matthew Richmond from Electrical Solutions who every year volunteers to put up the beautiful lights in the High Street and will be doing so this year in time for the Remembrance Service 
  • To the Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association (BCWRA) for their donation of £300 towards the name blocks being carved for the 137 fallen men and women from the Parish of Burwash

Thank you to all of these people and everyone involved for all the time and effort people have given to this very important day.

"There But Not There"

The Parish Council has been awarded an Armed Forces Covenant grant to obtain three perspex silhouettes, representing those who are "there but not there" – those Fallen whose descendants might still live among us today. The silhouettes will be displayed at Christ the King, St Philip’s and St Bartholomew’s on November 11, and at the lighting of the beacons.

The figures will also be visiting Burwash Primary School and Burwash Beavers.

To find out more about the silhouettes, their meaning and the nationwide installation, visit

 The Parish Council has also commissioned 137 Perspex blocks – each block will be imprinted with the name of one of the Fallen of the Parish. The blocks are being gifted to the churches to use with the silhouettes now and in future Remembrance Services.  Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association has made a generous donation of £300 towards the cost of the blocks. 

Poppies as a lasting tribute

Over a hundred ceramic poppies, one for each of the WW1 fallen from Burwash, Burwash Weald and Common, will be sold after they have been seen by the public as part of the commemoration services on Remembrance Sunday. Each of the two-feet (0.6m) high hand-crafted and locally made poppies are on steel stems. They will cost £10 and the proceeds will go towards building a lych gate in Burwash Common which will be dedicated to this anniversary.  

To reserve your poppy, email Alison Hayes or phone her on 01435 882650.  

Making Burwash as Beautiful as Possible

The Parish Council commissioned specialists to clean the War Memorial and repaint its lettering. It now looks amazing, a fitting tribute in this Centenary year.

Adopters of the Lime Trees in the High Street have all given their trees an extra prune and tidy-up.

Volunteers got together on November 3 for the second Love Burwash Day of 2018. They worked in Burwash, Burwash Weald and Burwash Common to give the Parish an extra clean-up to show our Parish at its best when we meet to remember those special men and women. Please click here for more details on how you can help on this day.

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them

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