Uckfield Snow Patrol – Thursday, March 1

Another difficult day caused by snow and ice is predicted for today, Thursday, March 1.

We already have news of the trains and schools.


Beacon Academy, Crowborough: Closed.

Blackboys C of E Primary: School gates will OPEN from 9.15 for a 9.30am registration. This will give families extra time to negotiate potentially tricky local roads. Class 3′s assembly will begin at 9.45am in the hall. All welcome to attend. Please ensure that coats are still worn over World Book Day costumes! There will be NO Breakfast Club or After School Netball Club.

Bonners C of E Primary, Maresfield, says: School to open at 10.00 a.m. Please DO NOT drive onto the school site.  We are currently at school and will update you should this change. World Book Day has been postponed.

Buxted C of E Primary says: “School will open from 10.00am. We are on site and will let you know should this change.  Please be extremely careful pulling onto the school site.”

Chailey School: School closing early at 11.15am due to accessibility issues on untreated roads on bus routes to the school.

Cross in Hand C of E Primary says: “Due to the forecast heavy snow in Heathfield from 12 noon we are closing to prevent any difficulty in collecting children later on.  Apologies again.”

Fletching C of E Primary: “We will be opening at 9:30am today to allow staff and pupils to arrive at the school safely. Breakfast Club will not be open. If snow continues we may close the school early and we will inform you of this during the day.”

Framfield C of E Primary says: “We plan to open at 10am on Thursday, March 1. However due to the weather forecast keep checking parentmails and website.”

Heathfield Community College: Closed

High Hurstwood C of E Primary School has told parents: “We are aiming to open the school at 10am on Thursday 1st March.

“This will allow staff and families time to travel safely to school. Please note that after school clubs will be cancelled.

“If we get more snow overnight, we may need to make a decision to remain closed. If so we will aim to inform you by 7.15am via our website and Parent Mail. Please keep checking both sites.”

Holy Cross C of E Primary: School will open for children from 10am. Please keep an eye on the weather. Parents may receive a further text message before 10am if conditions worsen.

Little Horsted C of E Primary says: “The school will open at 10.00am today. Please stagger your drop off of the children between 9.30 and 10.30. No breakfast club or Year 6 SATs Club today. No Isfield Coach.

Nutley C of E Primary says: “We plan to open at 9.30am to allow everyone time to travel to school safely. We will email parents if there are changes to this plan. Please use the main entrance.”

Rocks Park Primary says: “We plan to open at 10.00am on Thursday, March 1.  However, due to the weather forecast please keep checking in the morning as this plan might change.”

St Mark’s C of E Primary, Hadlow Down: “We are now closed due to the freezing conditions and forecast weather conditions.”

Uckfield Community Technology College says on Twitter at 8.13am: School closed today due to worsening weather forecast and busses unable to commit to taking students home. Work will be set on GoogleClassroom.

The college said:

“Unfortunately, the weather forecast has changed for Uckfield from light snow all day today to light snow followed by heavy snow from 2pm.

“While the buses / coaches can pick students up this morning, they cannot guarantee that they can bring them home whether we close early or at the normal time. Therefore, we are closing again today.

“All students must do all work set on Google Classroom by tomorrow. Detentions will be given to any student who has not completed all work set during the school closure days.”

Other closures

UCKFIELD KINGS CHURCH: “We regret to announce that we have decided to cancel Under Ones and Over Ones on Thursday 1 March and also Twos on Friday 2 March.”

UCKFIELD YOGA STUDIO: All classes cancelled today.

SUSSEX SUPPORT SERVICE: “With the predicted heavy snow fall later today we have again taken the decision to close for safety of the service users.”


Transport update at 9.10am:

Uckfield Line trains are now running with serious delays. Inbound trains from London are arriving late in Uckfield. The 08:33 service did not leave Uckfield until 09.02. The 09.34 departure is now expected to be 45 minutes late.

From our original story: For a third day, train operator Southern will run an hourly service to and from Uckfield.

On Tuesday, the trains operated pretty much to time but yesterday Wednesday, February 28, there were severe delays  and cancellations from Uckfield and Buxted due to snow and icy conditions  further north and in the capital.

The operator has said: “Snowfall is expected to be more persistent tomorrow (March 1) from the South, with 2-5cm expected to settle across various areas of our network.

“We are also expecting to have high winds of 45mph due to Storm Emma.

“With temperatures not due to exceed sub-zero, we are planning on running a similar service tomorrow with additional changes to coastal services.

“An hourly train service will run on the London Bridge to Uckfield line, these trains will be formed with additional coaches.”

Brighton and Hove Buses said at 6.30am on Twitter that they are running their 29 service to Tunbridge Wells through Uckfield High Street.


The Met Office has a yellow warning for wind and snow in place between 0800hrs today (March 1) and midnight.

“A spell of snow, heavy in places, is likely to move slowly north from Thursday morning onwards.

“The snow will be accompanied by strong winds, leading to the potential for drifting of lying snow.

“Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur.

“Some rural communities could become cut off.

“Interruptions to power supplies and mobile phone coverage are also possible,” the Met Office forecast says.

More snow is likely on Friday, March 2.

Grit bins

East Sussex Highways has published a list of grit bins available for public use. In Uckfield

List of grit bins published by East Sussex Highways for Uckfield

List of grit bins published by East Sussex Highways for Uckfield

Villages –


Buxted grit bins

East Hoathly: Church Marks Lane, adjacent to car park.

Fairwarp: The Street, opposite Apple Tree Cottage.


Grit bins in Framfield

Grit bins in Framfield

Hadlow Down: Stonehurst Lane, east of Woodreed Farm

High Hurstwood: Burnt Oak Road, on the left-hand side, 0.25 miles from junction with Chillies Lane; Chillies Lane, adj to house, Chillies West; Chillies Lane, adj to recreation ground.

Nutley: Bell Lane, top of hill, 1.5 miles from Nutley.


Wealden Council is advising you place your bin out as normal. If its contractors are unable to collect in your road or area you do not need to report it. Crews will be recording where they have not been able to access to arrange a return collection at the earliest opportunity.

• Snow day – What are your rights if you can’t make it in to work? See this BBC article: It’s snowing – can I refuse to go to work?

• Is it illegal to drive with snow on the roof of my vehicle? See what the RAC says here.

See also:

Three more teachers start classes at Uckfield Yoga studio

The Queen thanks Uckfield Lions

New cafe will incorporate Uckfield building’s long-hidden features

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com



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