Members of the town council finance sub committee at last night's meeting chaired by Cllr Paul Sparks, with members Cllr Diane Ward, Cllr Jez Beesley, Cllr Paul Meakin and assistant town clerk, Christine Wheatley. The photograph was taken before the arrival of Cllr Chris Macve, the vice-chairman,

£40,000 in grants to boost Uckfield organisations

Grants totalling around £40,000 were allocated to Uckfield area charities and groups last night (September 13) by a town council sub committee.

The annual distribution of money to help organisations is provisional at the moment, with ratification not coming until later in the year.

The biggest sum of money – £18,836 – went to support the work of Wealden CAB.

Members of the council sub committee were told the need for the CAB was “still there” and that the Uckfield centre had helped more than 700 people this year, up to the end of August.

Universal Credit

The roll out of Universal Credit was expected to cause more work next year.

A separate pot of money is used by the council to support other groups.

As usual the amount applied for was considerably in excess of the  amount available in the budget. A list of the applicants and the amount they sought can be seen in this story.


The councillors agreed to support the two big town annual events; the Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society and Uckfield Festival each receiving £3,950 towards next year’s events.

Other successful applicants were:

  • Field First Responders (towards equipment/training) £2,665
  • Uckfield FM (for licences to broadcast and play music) £2,500
  • Uckfield Preservation Society (towards insurances for Bridge Cottage) £1,639
  • UCTC student counselling (contribution towards running the service) £1,500
  • Uckfield Foodbank (towards rent)  £1,560
  • Brighter Uckfield (towards equipment) £1,165.
  • ATC 2530 (Uckfield) Sqn £800


The 4th Uckfield Beavers £550, Uckfield and District Age Concern £500, Uckfield Theatre Guild £500, Riverside Friendship Group £300, Sussex Horse Rescue £250, Uckfield Royal British Legion £210, Uckfield Twin Club £250, and Tunbridge Wells and District Samaritans £160.

Unsuccessful applications came from The Heathfield Partnership Trust (Wealden Works), the Housebound and Friendship Club, Now Charity Group, Uckfield and Allotment Bee Club, Ashdown Forest Conservators, Manor Park and Hempstead Meadows Residents’ Association and Artytime.

The grant awards are recommendations to the town council’s general purposes committee.

The grants will be made in the financial year 2018/19.

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