The former Co-op Travel premises, soon to be a soft play cafe. The shop is bedecked in flags are preparations are made for the arrival in town of Tour of Britain cyclists.

Soft play cafe to open in Uckfield High Street

A soft play cafe is to open at the former Co-op Travel Shop in Uckfield High Street.

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Another view of the premises soon to become a soft play cafe.

Maria Trinchese and Adam Faulkner are due to take on the lease at the end of September and plan to open in the first week of November.

Fun-Net Cafe will be over two floors. Upstairs will accommodate babies play and a nursery area while downstairs there will be a soft play room.

Maria and Adam, who live at Senlac Green in Uckfield, have two children between them, Esme who is 17-months-old and Jake, seven years.

Maria said: “We felt the High Street wasn’t very child friendly in terms of cafes and so thought we would bring something that can be enjoyed by mums, dads and children.”

The shop has been let by Oldfield, Smith & Co.

PipeDreams bedecks windows in red, white and blue

PipeDreams the Uckfield snow, surf and skate shop has bedecked its windows with red, white and blue ready to greet Tour of Britain cyclists who will turn the corner around their shop from Church Street into High Street on Saturday, September 13.

They are inviting people to join them to watch the race. See also: Tour of Britain cycle race timings for Uckfield.

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Football and rugby boots available at Final Score

Football and rugby boots are available along with shin pads, body armour and head guards at Final Score sports shop in Uckfield High Street.

There are new Uckfield Rugby Club T-shirts and polo shirts too.

Shop owner Stephen Holliday said there’s a new range of Optimum Tribal rugby wear too in what are virtually Uckfield Rugby Club colours.

Look out for new art works at Diane Hutt Gallery

New art works will soon be arriving at the Diane Hutt Gallery. Diane said she would be visiting shows to see new ranges from artists such as Doug Hyde, who is a favourite with her customers, and she will be looking for new talent too.

She is pleased with the way the new website is going. To browse works available please visit

Half-price engraving on offer for you at Elysium

The new glass and engraving shop Elysium at 21a High Street is offering half price engraving to anybody mentioning this Uckfield News shopping feature.

You will find gifts and trinkets on display along with awards for corporate events and sports clubs and if you can’t spot what you are looking for do ask to see a catalogue with thousands more products that can be ordered and engraved.

India Buchan and Heather Stevens in the new Elysium engraving shop.

India Buchan and Heather Stevens in the new Elysium engraving shop.

KC News happy to order magazines

There are 3,000 magazines to choose from at KC News. All you have to do is speak to owner Kevin Comar. Whatever you are looking for can be ordered and saved until you are ready to collect.

And, if you change your mind between ordering and collecting that is fine, it can go on to general sale. There is no commitment to buy.

Mr Comar said he was pleased to know which magazines people were interested in. Some customers had found he was able to order favourite publications that they hadn’t been able to find elsewhere for some time.

It will be all change in the shop in a couple of weeks time when soft scoop ice-cream and Slush Puppies will be moved out to make way for a hot food cabinet of savouries including pies and pasties, steak bakes, bacon and cheese turnovers and sausage rolls.

There will also be cookies, shortbreads, cakes and pastries and Boston’s Donuts with different toppings including cream, raspberry and white chocolate, triple chocolate and caramel crunch.

A drinks machine is on the way so coffee, tea and hot chocolate will soon be available.

Opening hours at KC News have changed.  ~The shop is open from 5am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 5am to 6pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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Up to 3,000 magazines are available at KC News, just ask for your favourite and Kevin will order it for you – sale or return.

New range of Banyan jewellery at George Moss

A new range of Banyan jewellery is on the way to George Moss jewellers. This is British-designed silver jewellery with a bohemian, chic look, being sold at reasonable prices starting at £25.

There are earrings, necklaces and bracelets and stone-set rings. There are also some mixed metal rings in silver, brass and copper.

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Banyan jewellery at George Moss.

Fresh on the menu at Hartfields

New on the menu at Hartfields are Thai Green Chicken Curry and Crayfish Risotto with Spring Onion and Sweet Chilli Sauce.

Soft fruit are still available including strawberries, peaches and nectarines but they will only be coming in for a few more weeks.

Shop owner James Hartfield said it wouldn’t be long now before squashes start arriving.






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