Uckfield shops are stocking up ready for autumn and winter … and Christmas. Even if you are not ready to start buying for the festive season it’s useful to get an idea here of what you will be able to find where in our town. Read more here.
New manager at children’s hospice charity shop
Meet the new manager of the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice charity shop in Uckfield.
Fizz Dean, who has 12 years experience working with different charities, joined three weeks ago.
She is looking forward to building up the shop in Uckfield High Street and she has already launched a Premier Collection rail to make designer clothes stand out. She plans to display better quality clothing at lower prices, and will also be stocking bric-a-brac, books and music.
Kilnwood Studio celebrates its first birthday
Kilnwood Studio is celebrating its first birthday and to mark the occasion has had the outside of the shop painted.
A competition was run on Facebook too for people to like and share a birthday post. Diane McIntosh won a £15 painting session.
People are now arriving with lists of pottery they would like to paint for Christmas presents. The choice includes baubles, plates, mugs, animals, fairytale characters … something for everyone.
Check out the handpainted tiles in the shop window, see below. All have been painted by family members for the mother of shop owner Jane DeVay who is having a new kitchen and plans to include the tiles in the design.
Pre-owned jewellery now available at W E Clark & Son
Have you spotted that pre-owned jewellery is now available at W E Clark & Son? This means that they are also looking for unusual items of jewellery to buy so if you have gold chains, gemstones, quirky or vintage pieces they would like to hear from you.
Manager Charlotte Roake says you are also able to part exchange jewellery you are unlikely to ever wear again for new jewellery from their window.
Autumn and winter stock arriving at Cole’s
Autumn and winter stock is arriving at Cole’s Menswear and Wedding Hire Specialists in Uckfield and there’s more to come so do call in to see latest arrivals. There are gift ideas in the store too. You can see some in our pictures below.
Clarins Christmas sets now available at Kamsons
A choice of Clarins gift sets are available at Kamsons in Uckfield High Street. You can choose from three different skincare ranges. See below. You are welcome to call in and compare them.
Vintage sewing machines at St Wilfrid’s charity shop
A variety of vintage sewing machines are available at St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity shop. Brands include Singer and Harris.
Christmas cards are on display and craft shelves are stocked with wooden stamps, papers, and card-making kits.
Also new on display at St Wilfrid’s are ladies and men’s winter wear, including coats and boots, with brand such as Aquascutum, Windsmoor, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Austin Reed, and Tyrwhitt.
New on the menu at Hartfields
New mains on the menu at Hartfields Coffee and Kitchen include:
- Ginger, Garlic, Chilli and Soy Marinated Tofu Stir Fry, with Asian vegetables cashew nuts and rice noodles. You can add chicken too.
- Smoked Mackerel Risotto with lemon, dill, peas, and crispy leeks
- Slow Cooked Venison Ragu with local greens and pappardelle pasta.
New burgers include:
- Barbecue Burger, 100% chuck steak, smoked cheese, Cos, barbecue mayo, and onion rings
- Lemon Chicken Breast, with corriander, Cos, cucumber, and lemon mayo
The latest specials menu includes:
Light bites of Broccoli and Brie Croquettes, with tomato and pepper relish, and Lemon and Herb Panko Squid, with garlic Aioli dip.
Mains of Olive Tapenade and Buffalo Mozzarella Wrap with cherry tomatoes, fresh peppers and rocket; Local Sausages and Streaky Bacon Ciabatta Melt, red onion, smoked local cheese, and American mustard; and Lime and Coriander Chicken Flatbread, mango chutney, Asian salad, creme fraiche on warm flat bread.
Christmas arrives at Sew n Sew for crafters
If you like to make your own Christmas cards and decorations you will find that Sew n Sew is stocked up with everything you need.
They have new fat quarters of Christmas fabric for small craft projects – ideal to get children into sewing – and they are the ideal size for cushions.
There are embroidery kits for tree decorations, ribbons, and a variety of stickers for card-making.
Check out the growing wool section at Sew n Sew, there’s plenty of choice if you enjoy knitting and crocheting. And if you would like to learn how to crochet the shop is now offering classes. They start on Monday, October 8, and run for four weeks. Just contact the shop to book in advance.
Look out for two lovely mice made by Emma Hunnisett to show what is possible. The bodies of the creatures are crocheted and their clothes are knitted.
Prices fall on garden tractors
Prices are dropping rapidly on garden tractors at PP Estates. Business owner Philip Eves said two manufacturers are competing on price and already one of the tractors he stocks has dropped from £5,000 to £4,500, and now down to £4,000.
He is already offering the latest discounts to customers, so if you need a new mower it is worth calling in to chat to him.
As the cutting season draws to a close it is time to start thinking about having your garden machinery serviced and PP Estates is able to undertake repairs and servicing for all types of machinery, not just mowers. Call them on 01825 769222 if you would like to book yours in.
All change at Green DIY
Displays are changing across the store at Green DIY to make way for new season’s stock.
This week should see Real Deals in place with products such as hand tools, power tools and torches given plenty of space.
There are signs of Christmas too with lighting from Premier including Supabrights with boxes ranging from 100 to 650 lights, both electrical and battery operated. The shop is also increasing its supply of batteries.
Green DIY is adding to its Addis range of household and cleaning products, including irons.
Fires and accessories are being given plenty of space too as temperatures begin to drop and people start thinking about heating their homes again.
There’s an extensive range of electric fires and everything you need to go with traditional wood burners and coal fires.
The store has signed up to be part of the local Safe Haven scheme so that anyone in trouble or feeling vulnerable can call in to seek assistance.
New bait supplier at Hooked on Green
Hooked on Green fishing tackle shop which adjoins Green DIY now supplies CC Moore bait including boilies and pellets.
Robin Eden, brand manager at Green DIY, takes a special interest in the tackle shop and chalked up his own UK personal best when he captured a 54lb 12 oz Mirror Carp. Read more about his achievement here: Robin celebrates landing 54lb 12 oz Mirror Carp.
New artworks at the Diane Hutt Gallery
New artworks at the Diane Hutt Gallery include two Allan Morgan originals which gallery owner Diane thinks are great value, as they come ready framed for your wall and cost £360.
If you are familiar with Stephen Hanson’s dog paintings you will be interested to know that two new ones are expected at the gallery. They are Dog Tired, and Bath Time.
Look out for Nicky Litchfield’s fox in her painting Here Comes Trouble and a new Ruby Keller, a robin.
Ponchos, mugs and bedding – all new at Carvills
October brings lots of new stock to Carvills.
There are new ranges of bedding including the earthy tones with magenta highlights in the horizontal stripe from Harlequin, a striking teal colour in the very popular ‘Mr Fox’ and the elegant trellis design which comes in two stunning colours damson and Prussian blue, great for that layered look of textured throws and cushions.
Autumn is here in the Powder range with a fantastic collection of ponchos,wraps,scarves, gloves, amazing hats, socks and more.
There are new designs too from Sophie Allport in kitchen accessories.
Woodland, a collaboration with The National Trust, is a stunning collection including red squirrels,pheasants,hedgehogs and deer.
Elephant is a design in collaboration with ZSL, Lets Work For Wildlife, an international wildlife charity working around the world to protect animals and their habitats.
The African Elephant design is a fun contemporary addition and including apron, oven gloves, tea towels, mugs, nibble bowls and plates.
Christmas gift ideas at SG Home Interiors
New stock is arriving regularly at SG Home Interiors with plenty of gift ideas too.
There’s a growing collection of rugs and a display features different sizes and colours.
Don’t forget you can configure your own sofas from Rom, a Belgian company, which is recognised as one of Europe’s leading furniture manufacturers, producing high quality sofas and arm chairs.
And Debbie from SG Home Interiors offers free kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design.
You are welcome to pop in for coffee and homemade cake and then browse the extensive showrooms – much larger than you think on arrival.
Wallflowers and spring bulbs available at Staverton Nursery
Wallflowers and spring bulbs are now available ready for planting at Staverton Nursery.
The nursery is also gearing up for Christmas and Rachel, their florist, is running wreath-making workshops on the dates below.
You will learn how to make a moss-based, mixed greenery wreath, with a choice of natural decorations including cinnamon sticks, dried citrus slices, apples and pine cones, with ribbons, raffia, and other finishing touches.
Your finished wreath will be ready to take home and hang on the door.
The workshop costs £37.60 per person and also includes tea or coffee and mince pies. On the day of your workshop you will also receive a voucher for 10% off the Staverton range of Christmas decorations. You can book your place on the Staverton website here.
Wreath-making dates are:
- Wednesday, November 21, 10am
- Thursday, November 22, 2.30pm
- Saturday, November 24, 10am
- Tuesday, November 27, 2.30pm
- Wednesday, November 28, 2.30pm
- Tuesday, December 4, 2.30pm
- Wednesday, December 5, 10am
All you need for rugby at Final Score
Clothing, boots, balls, body armour, head guards … all you need for rugby is now available at Final Score sports shop in Uckfield High Street.
Warmer fashions and lots of accessories at Chapter Three
Knitwear, some coats, jackets, and lots of accessories can now be found at Chapter Three along with plenty of gift ideas.
There are scarves, bags, jewellery and hair accessories and new seasonal candles too from Parkminster, a Sussex firm which Chapter Three owner Kay Bevan is pleased to support.
Have you spotted the new mannequins in the window – they make it easier for Kay to display clothing to better effect.
PipeDreams prepares to switch from surf to snow
PipeDreams the Uckfield snow, surf and skate shop is preparing for a seasonal change, moving from summer through autumn to winter stock.
Autumn stock is on display now and more is arriving along with everthing needed to complete a switch to being a snow store.
The are still backpacks available for youngsters, and there are some winter woolies from last season in a sale, with 50% off some items.
Jewellery and gifts at Josefina
A wide variety of jewellery from eight new suppliers has arrived at Josefina and gifts too. See just a few of them below.
The Josefina Christmas shop is due to open the first weekend in November.