Happy New Year to you. We hope 2017 proves to be happy and healthy for you and your loved ones.
Uckfield News will be back in action on Tuesday after the festive break meanwhile we have a round-up here of some of the news from Christmas week.
You’ll find lots more to read by scrolling down our home page and if you would like to look back over what happened in 2016 just follow this link to our News Archive, pick a month and scroll through the stories there.
Lions Santa visits and raffle raise nearly £7,000
Uckfield Lions raised more than £4,600 through helping Santa visit homes in Uckfield and surrounding villages with his sleigh during December.
All the money will go to charities and good causes supported by the organisation.
This was the 14th year the Lions have organised the visit and they said a big thank you to everyone for their donations, and to children for coming out to see Santa.
A further £2,200 was raised by the Lions for Care for Carers and other good causes through a raffle at Waitrose in Uckfield.
The supermarket provided raffle prizes and allowed tickets to be sold in the store during Late Night Shopping and for one week in December.
The prizes were £200, £100, and £50 of vouchers to be spent in Waitrose and the draw took place on Christmas Eve.
The winners were: 1st prize, Mr Scrase; 2 Mrs Butt, New Milton, Hampshire; 3 Mary Freeman.
The Lions said thank you to Waitrose for their help, and all the people who supported the fund-raising by buying raffle tickets.
Volunteer driver chalks up 100 trips for surgery car service
Volunteer driver Alan Baisden has been recognised for his work with the Surgery Car Service.
He has undertaken a remarkable 100 journeys for patients needing to get to their GP practice.
Paul Sparks, chairman of the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association presented Alan with a thank you gift.
The association introduced the car service three years ago following the move of the Meads Surgery from nearby Grange Road to Bell Farm Road.
The aim of the service is to help residents that live within the association area who have transport problems getting to their doctors’ surgery.
Anyone who lives on Manor Park, Hempstead Fields, in Shaftesbury Court or Streatfeild House qualifies for the service; passengers do not have to be an association member.
Trips are made to Bird In Eye, Buxted and the Meads Surgeries and more recently Uckfield Hospital for out-patients appointments. A specially adapted car for wheelchair users is also available.
There is a fixed charge of just £3.50 for each return trip with the volunteer driver waiting whilst the patient attends their appointment.
The service operates Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm, advance bookings only, with the telephone lines manned by volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.00 and 10.30am and 4.00 and 5.30pm. An answer phone is used at other times.
Call 01825 578006 to make a booking or for more information.
Paul Sparks, the Association’s Chairman, said: “This is a great example of a dedicated volunteer serving our community. We are of course extremely proud of all of our small team of volunteers but we felt that Alan’s unstinting service should be recognised in some way.”
“Please remember that the Residents’ Association’s Surgery Car Service volunteer drivers are all subject to background checks (DBS) and always wear an ID badge which includes their photo.
“Also bookings can only be made through our dedicated number 01825 578006, never direct with the driver. If in doubt just give us a call. Please keep safe and use only authorised drivers”.
Pram race fun in East Hoathly
There was fun in East Hoathly on Boxing Day when teams of pram racers took to the streets in an event organised by East Hoathly and Halland Carnival Society.
They raced between The Kings Head and The Foresters Arms. Pictures from Jim Holden capture the scene.
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