Round-up of Uckfield business news

Check out what’s been happening on the Uckfield business scene during the past month – one firm has engraved benches for Lords Cricket Ground, another now supplies Laura Ashley bathrooms, and a third has launched children’s party packages.

There’s lots more good reading too in this Uckfield News feature.

Hallmark engraves benches at Lords

Skilled craftsmanship is evident in the work completed at Hallmark Engraving, Etching, and Signs at Piltdown and the company writes about some of its work – ranging from engraved benches at Lords Cricket Ground to memorials to fallen soldiers and civilians in Eastbourne – here.

Paul Whales writes:

What have we been doing over the summer?

We really made the most of the sunshine and being able to have all the doors and windows open as our production team were busy beavering away on many exciting projects.

From engraved benches at Lords Cricket ground to school honours boards, village notice boards and memorials to the fallen soldiers and civilians in Eastbourne.


An engraved bench for Lords Cricket Ground, an engraved plate for an unusual trophy for a whale and dolphin society, and honours boards … some of the work undertaken recently by Hallmark Engraving, Etching and Signs.

Back in June we were asked to visit a local private school as they had filled up their honours board. The traditionally hand-crafted oak honours boards were initially made back in the 1940s and 50s and we needed to create a new board that looked like the original so it could be hung in the halls of the school.

Workshop director Kevin Oakley set to work using a selection of cutters, router bits and mouldings. Using nearly every bench and work surface in the workshop, every tool, and years of joinery expertise he very impressively created a new honours board that matched the originals beautifully.

The boards were stained and fitted on the wall ready for next year’s high achievers to have their names proudly entered.

Engraved plate

Another project recently completed was an engraved plate for the Whale & Dolphin society. The local society that rescues whales and dolphins have awarded one of their members an incredible bespoke trophy.

We were asked to engrave a plate and fix it to the slate base.

This society have been involved recently in the rescue of a Beluga Whale seen in the Thames estuary. We were very pleased to have helped the society with the engraved plate and look forward to building a relationship with this locally-based charity.

Sports awards

As we move through the autumnal months many of our regular end of season sports clubs start to contact us regarding updated awards and engraved trophies.

We are starting our second year based at Piltdown and are excited to now be a member of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce. I am keen to get out and about to meet more of the local companies in Uckfield.

Amira’s Kitchen prepares for party season

Amira’s Kitchen, the Bangladeshi and Indian Restaurant in Grange Road, Uckfield, is preparing for the Christmas party season.


It is offering parties of ten or more people 10% off food between Sunday and Thursday.

A new menu was launched on November 1 with new dishes added to the favourites menu. There are also two vegan dishes on the menu – and many other choices can be adapted to accommodate allergies and dietary requirements.

Two course set menu

Did you know the restaurant has a two course set menu for £11.95 per person. This is available at lunchtime from Saturday to Sunday from 1-4.30pm and on Monday from 6.30-10pm.

There’s a 2-4-1 offer on cocktails Monday to Friday, from 5.30-6.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 4.30-6.30pm.

Find Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection at Cannadines


Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection new at Cannadines.

Cannadines who supply design, supply and install kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms are now an official supplier of the Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection.

Laura Ashley moved into bathroom design in 2013 and Cannadines says their product range has already proved to be popular with homeowners.

The small and exclusive collection of bathroom furnishings has been created in partnership with another of Cannadines’ suppliers, Roper Rhodes, and covers classic, country-style, contemporary and solid wood styles.

Ross Cannadine said: “Laura Ashley carefully hand-pick their retailers to ensure they reflect the quality and craftsmanship so we are delighted to be added to their roster.”

Uckfield gear up for Christmas

Uckfield shops are gearing up for Christmas and Josefina and Carvills unveiled their festive windows this week.

Check out the Uckfield News November shopping feature to see what you can find locally as you start hunting out special gifts.


Some of the things to look out for in Uckfield area shops.

Arts and crafts come to Freeman Forman

Still on the subject of Christmas, late night shopping in Uckfield is on Friday, December 7, and among the attractions will be arts and crafts displayed at Freeman Forman estate agents, at 94 High Street. Read more here.


Bazza West, one of the artists who will display his work at Freeman Forman.

And, have you spotted that the Picture House is featuring on a new Charity Christmas card. Read all about it here.

Picture House

A colourful Christmas card featuring the Uckfield Picture House

Help available with party planning

Elite Dance and Drama has opened the doors of its Bell Walk studios in Uckfield for children’s parties.

Owner Bexx Boutle says a variety of party packages are available to make life easier for busy mums and dads and she is organising workshops during the Christmas holidays too.

Both parties and workshops are open to all, not just members of the academy. Read more here.


Children’s birthday parties can now be held at the Elite Dance and Drama Studios in Bell Walk, Uckfield.

New scheme will help tenants and landlords

A scheme that will help tenants and landlords has been launched by Uckfield letting agency Lampon Lets.

The firm is working with Let Alliance, one of the rental industry’s leading referencing and insurance providers, to offer a Nil Deposit Scheme.

Read more about the scheme here: Lampon Lets introduces Nil Deposit Scheme in Uckfield.


See new look at Luxfords Restaurant

It’s worth visiting Luxfords Restaurant if you haven’t seen its new look following refurbishment.

Chesterfield sofas and tub chairs have been added to the furnishing mix and there are new carpets and blinds too.

Read more here: New look for Luxfords Restaurant.


Chestfield sofas and tub chairs are ideal for morning coffee catch-ups at the refurbished Luxfords Restaurant.

Premier Inn plan welcomed

News that a Premier Inn and Drive Thru Costa could be built on the Ashdown Business Park was greeted with excitement. Read the Uckfield News story about the plans here and reaction to the proposals on the Uckfield News Facebook page.


An image showing how a Premier Inn and Drive Thru Costa could look on the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield.


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