Big week for Uckfield shops as they reopen after lockdown

Uckfield shops selling non-essential items begin emerging from the Coronavirus lockdown today – and more will open tomorrow – there is more information here about their plans.

Already open

Best Health Food Shop

Best Health Food Shop, in High Street, near the railway station continues to open, as it has throughout the Coronavirus lockdown, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 4pm on Sundays.

Bell Walk Dry Cleaners

Bell Walk Dry Cleaners are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Please call 01825 769749.

Glen Dixon of Bell Walk dry cleaners opposes the plans for a Timpson kiosk at Tesco, Uckfield

Glen Dixon, owner of Bell Walk Dry Cleaners, outside the shop.

Paws n Claws

Paws n Claws the pet food shop in Olives Yard has remained open throughout the Coronavirus lockdown and still is open.

Today, Monday June 15

Diane Hutt Gallery

The Diane Hutt Gallery reopens today with slightly shorter opening hours, from 10am-2pm.

The gallery has been refurbished inside and measures taken to keep customers and staff safe. They include social distancing, hand sanitiser available and PPE worn by staff.

And, from Friday this week, you will find many artworks have 50% off.

Diane Hutt outside the Diane Hutt Gallery.


PipeDreams will reopen today and has plenty of summer stock from flip flops to wetsuits, beach shoes and back packs, shorts and summer dresses, hoodies and hats, body boards and skateboards.

Owners Julie and David Hobbs say the shop has been made as COVID safe as possible and they are available to help customers with shopping.

They add that if you are unable to visit the shop they can deliver locally if you call them on 01825 762323.

They say: “We hope you will come back to our shop. We need your support and look forward to seeing all our lovely loyal customers. We wouldn’t still be here without you.”

David and Julie Hobbs outside PipeDreams. (Photo from our files)


Josefina reopens today with a sale on selected homewares, clothes, paint and gifts.

The shop will be open from 9am-5pm with a maximum of three customers allowed in at a time.

Owner Louise Beard says she is having a “mega clear out” ready for a refit and a new look Josefina which will be coming soon.

There will be lots of 50% offers, buy one, get one free, and limited chalk paint with £6.95 off.

Up to 50% off on selected items when Josefina opens on Monday.

Cole’s Menswear

Cole’s Menswear is due to open, with reduced hours, today. Only three people will be allowed in the shop, there will be a three person limit with two metre distancing.

No access to the changing room will be allowed and no trying-on of clothes or personal measuring.

The hire department will remain closed until further notice.

The shop says: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes but it is for the safety of our staff and customers.”

Cole’s Menswear opening on Monday. (Picture from our files)

Final Score sports shop

Final Score sports shop is due to reopen today, initially with reduced hours to assess how things go.

A Covid-19 risk assessment has been undertaken with results shared with with people working at the shop.


Only two customers will be allowed in the shop at a time, people will be asked to queue at the recommended two metre distance, and hand sanitiser is available just inside the shop.

People are asked to minimise the amount of stock handled, and to place handled stock, not purchased, in a labelled basket near the till so it can be quarantined.


Carvills fabric and blind showroom is open by appointment and the main shop is due to open today.

The showroom and the main shop are now separate. Gallons of hand sanitiser have been bought and staff are growing used to wearing PPE.

The shop says: “Like all of us we are learning as we go, the response so far has been fantastic, and knowing that no one is going to encroach on your personal space makes looking at samples and discussing your project far more relaxing.


“We are asking that everyone using the showroom and handling the samples wears gloves. We can supply these or feel free to bring your own.

“Carvills team will be wearing facial PPE to keep everyone as safe as possible, again if you are more comfortable wearing some form of facial covering please bring it along.

“To keep us all safe use of the showroom is by appointment only this allows you to book the room to have a browse or book one of our team to help you and allows us to tidy and clean things between appointments.

“If you would like to make an appointment or would like to know more please call or email us.”

SG Home Interiors

SG Home Interiors, is also planning to open today.

Kamsons Health and Beauty

Kamsons Health and Beauty is due to reopen today too.

Uckfield Preservation Society charity shop

The Uckfield & District Preservation Society (UDPS) charity shop in Post Office Court, High Street, will open daily from 10am to 4pm. 

Social distancing will be in place, with a maximum of three customers in the shop at any one time.

All customers will be asked to sanitise their hands, a plexiglas screen will be in place at the till, and only card/contactless payment will be accepted – no cash at this stage, please.

All items for sale will have been quarantined for 72 hours and thoroughly cleaned.

Donated items for the shop will be welcomed but not at the shop itself.

They can be accepted at Bridge Cottage from Monday between 10am and 2pm. 

The goods will be sorted and cleaned before being taken to the shop for sale.  Lack of space means furniture cannot be accepted at the moment, but all other items are welcomed.  

If you cannot get to Bridge Cottage between 10am and 2pm, items can be accepted at other times, by arrangement.  To discuss possibilities, please ring the UDPS Charity Shop, on 01825 766958. 

Please do not leave donations outside Bridge Cottage at other times, or outside the shop.

The shop is looking forward to welcoming back regulars, as well as meeting new customers.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16

W E Clark & Son jewellers

W E Clark & Son jewellers are reopening tomorrow.

Initially, they will open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9.30am until 4.00pm with new social distancing and hygiene procedures in place.

The team says: “A big thank you to all our customers for their patience and we look forward to welcoming you back.”

Uckfield Lions Second Hand Bookshop

Uckfield Lions bookshop will open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm from tomorrow.

Restrictions will apply and only card payments or exact money will be accepted, no change will be given.

The shop is unable to accept large deliveries of donated books at present but books, jigsaws, DVDs and CDs will be for sale and are wanted too.

Most books are £1.20 and include fiction, non-fiction, biographies, classics, cookery, gardening, hobbies, historical, and children’s.

Uckfield Lions bookshop in Olives Yard.

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