May round-up of Uckfield business news

It’s good to see work getting under way at Hartfields Produce Store as the business prepares to expand into neighbouring premises previously occupied by Autism Sussex.

James Hartfield hopes the new restaurant will open at the end of June or early in July

Read more here: Work begins on Hartfields Produce Store


Hartfields Produce Store and the neighbouring shop which it is expanding into.

Pre-school children will benefit from re-fit at Barney’s Playbarn

Another Uckfield business which is planning refurbishment is Barney’s Playbarn on the Bellbrook Estate.barneys-playbarn-2

New equipment will be going in over a period of about six weeks while the restaurant is closed from Sunday, May 20.

The focus at the playbarn is on pre-school children visiting during the day and the refit will benefit them but Barney’s will have a climbing play frame for older children and hopes to offer more for them in the future too.

Find out about ordering tickets so you can be one of the first to see the playbarn in this story: Barney’s Playbarn to get a new look.

Hallmark Engraving work features on guitar and war memorials

Jan Gratwick from Hallmark Engraving, Etching and Signs writes: “From snow to sunshine – April’s weather was full of surprises.

‘Phil’ our resident pheasant at Ashgrove Farm Business Units was no longer hunched up miserably in the cold rain and was also enjoying the mini heatwave,  proudly strutting his stuff with his ‘girls’ in tow.

“We had some varied and interesting work as always in the workshops this month both large and small.

Oak signs

Our dispatch department has to cater for shipping all shapes and sizes and every challenge ranging from a second class stamp up to a double pallet – which was necessary this week, when we had to send a large order of oak signs up to a sign company in Glasgow.

“We only managed this with the help of our kind neighbours Fairfield Batteries who loaned us their fork lift truck.

“We have also been  busy with war memorial plates due to the anniversaries this year and we etched a large bronze stainless steel plaque for Eastbourne Civilian War Memorial and also a shaped brass one for Bodiam Village.


“The Bodiam plaque was to replace some very old and worn hand engraved plates that were now hardly readable.

“We spent time copying the old hand cut lettering styles and produced a splendid new one that looked vintage and in sympathetic style with the old ones.

“Unfortunately it is very difficult to photograph mirror finished materials without the photographer in view, or the sky or the workshop ceiling.

Corian nameplates

“It was good fortune for us when a local property developer found us by chance when she visited The T Shirt Print Asylum next door.

“She called in, saw examples of our work and we carved two very swish Corian nameplates for cottages that she had just renovated.

“Streatham and Clapham High School have recently redesigned their school logo, so we renewed their main exterior signage and put the new crest on interior windows with etch vinyl.

Handiwork on bespoke electric guitar

“We often laser shapes for clients and it was kind of Feline Guitars to send us a photo of our handiwork on one of their bespoke electric guitars. Who knows what arena stage our plate will end up on…

“We are really pleased when our customers drive down from Croydon to see us in our new workshops – with the cherry tree here in blossom and the lambs in the field with ‘Phil’ – I’ll have to put a table and chairs outside and offer tea and scones too…!”


Work done by Hallmark this month includes handiwork on a bespoke electric guitar, cottage nameplates, new crest for a school’s interior windows, and signage for outside.

Uckfield town centre development back on agenda

Interesting to see the redevelopment of Uckfield town centre appearing back on the agenda as it is incorporated into a new role for Kelvin Williams, previously head of Wealden planning and environmental services and now head of developments.

Kelvin will be working on schemes aimed at providing the council with an income stream from profit-making enterprises, such as the recently-acquired Vicarage Field shopping centre in Hailsham, a crematorium being built near Horam, and Sussex Weald Homes.

Read more here: Kelvin Williams’ new role to boost commercial strategy at Wealden District Council.

Where to shop in Uckfield

Have you seen the Uckfield News shopping feature for May? There are lots of tips in it about new stock in our shops – including rugs made from recycled plastic bottles at Carvills and summer bedding plants at Stavertons.

You’ll also see that Chris Limberger is the new manager at J&S Accessories on the Bellbrook Estate, and Haydn Craft is the new assistant manager. Summer stock is waiting for good weather and there are discounts on lawnmowers at PP Estates that are worth a look too.

Read more here: Tips for shopping in Uckfield during May.


Some of the things too look out for in Uckfield area shops during May.

Birthday celebrations at Isfield Farm Shop

If you fancy visiting Uckfield Farm Shop tomorrow (Saturday, May 5) is a good time to go because the shop is celebrating its birthday with a barbecue featuring its own hand-made burgers and sausages.


A look inside Isfield Farm Shop. A full butcher’s service is also available there and a bakery.

Sparkling Wine Dinner coming up at Bluebell Vineyards

Bluebell Vineyard was chosen as the venue for the launch of this year’s Wealden tourist guide. Collette O’Leary spoke about the winemaking process at the vineyard which is home to award-winning Hindleap sparkling wines.

It’s worth noting a Sparkling Wine Dinner is to be held at Bluebell Vineyards on Saturday, June 2, when Alex Jacquemin, award-winning Michelin-trained head chef at The Cat Inn, West Hoathly will showcase a seasonal menu to complement each of the Hindleap sparkling wines.


A Sparkling Wine Dinner at Bluebell Vineyard Estates will be hosted in a marquee overlooking vines.

Sue expands CV writing businessrob-moon-sue-edwards

Sue Edwards, of SJE Marketing, is expanding a sister business which offers CV writing. She is being joined in the Coventry area by Rob Moon, pictured right, who specialises in engineering and design CVs. To learn more please contact Sue on 01825 761890.


Three Peaks Challenge looms large for Neva Consultants team

Just a few weeks to go until a team from vehicle leasing company Neva Consultants take on the Three Peaks Challenge.

Seven members of staff will be climbing the three highest peaks of England, Wales and Scotland to raise funds for the Children’s Respite Trust in Uckfield.

Read more about the challenge in an earlier Uckfield News story: Neva Consultants team takes on Three Peaks Challenge.


The Neva Consultants team who are preparing for the Three Peaks Challenge.

Special offers at Amira’s Kitchenamiras-kitchen-logo

There are special offers running at Amira’s Kitchen at the moment which include 15% off food on Tuesdays.

Street food will be available all day on Wednesdays and Sundays, and if you book a table between 5.30 and 7pm – and order a main course – you will receive a complimentary small glass of house wine or a pint of Kingfisher.

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