A new year honour, thousands raised for charity and people in need helped … all in the Uckfield area during the Christmas and new year period.
In the New Year’s Honours, Ian Daniel (Dan) Kerwood, of Fletching, was appointed a MBE for services to sports shooting and charity.
Mr Kerwood, a Fletching parish councillor, runs the Northall shooting ground just outside the village.
His daughter, Charlotte, has participated in both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
During December Uckfield Lions raised more than £8,000 for good causes and local charities with their Santa sSleigh and supermarket raffle.
Uckfield Rotary Club raised about £3,500 for charities and good causes, mostly in the local area for local families and individuals, by collecting at their Christmas tree in the High Street.
Many people bought ribbons, which were placed on the tree, in memory of loved ones who have died.
The foodbank was busy in the run-up to Christmas feeding 96 people and distributing one tonne of food.
A surprise shoebox filled by Kipling Cubs, of Uckfield, was given to each family.
And lunch was provided for 70 people at the Belmont Centre on Christmas Day who otherwise would have been alone for the festive meal.
The backdrop to the beginning of 2019 in Uckfield was a series of short fireworks displays around the town and the ringing of the bells at Holy Cross Church.
Sadly . . .
On New Year’s Eve many of the Christmas lights on the tree outside the church were vandalised.
In a post on Facebook, the church said: “This tree is located in a very special part of the Churchyard and many have enjoyed sitting here for peace and reflection and we are very saddened that some people find it acceptable to cause such damage.
“To those people who feel the need to do this, please consider your actions carefully, this tree may not look like much to you, but a lot of work and generosity has gone into arranging it.
And, on Christmas Eve a blind man was left stranded after his guide dog harness was stolen.