Charitable Lions…BEM award…district review…crime…and more rail strikes

Uckfield Lions fund-raising, an honour from The Queen, a new year round-up from the chairman of Wealden District Council, local crime and a warning on more rail strikes are all part of this news round-up.



Santa on a sleigh provided by Uckfield Lions during December’s tour of the town

Santa’s sleigh

More than £4,600 was raised by Uckfield Lions as they took Santa around the town in the run-up to Christmas on a specially-constructed sleigh.

Lion Graham Russell said it was another fantastic year and thanked the “wonderful people of Uckfield for the fantastic support you have given to the Santa Sleigh again this year”.

He added: “It was wonderful to see all the children and parents. With your generosity we have raised over £4,600 for local charities and good causes.

“The weather was kind to us again with only one wet evening.

The Lions were helped with the fund-raising by Uckfield ATC, Uckfield Leos and Tyler Creech.


Once again Waitrose Uckfield sponsored the Lions Christmas raffle and allowed members to sell raffle tickets in the store for one week leading up to Christmas.

The total raised for the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity was £2,575. The prizes were provided by Waitrose and Uckfield Lions.

The draw was made at 2pm on Sunday, December 24, in the store.

And the winner is . . . winning tickets pulled out during the 2017 Uckfield Lions Christmas draw at Waitrose

And the winner is . . . winning tickets pulled out during the 2017 Uckfield Lions Christmas draw at Waitrose


1: £200 Waitrose vouchers – Annette, Chailey

2: £100 Waitrose vouchers – Mrs Ovens, Buxted

3: £50 Waitrose vouchers – Mr Fenn, Buxted

Rockinghorse is a Brighton-based charity which has been supporting children for 50 years. It was set up in 1967 by Dr Trevor Mann, who recognised there was a real need for additional resources to improve healthcare services for sick children and babies.

BEM Awarded

Colin John Moore has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to music in East Sussex.

His address was given in the official New Year’s Honours List as Uckfield, East Sussex.

Chairman’s message

Councillor Chris Hardy, the Chairman of Wealden District Council, provides a short review of what’s being happening this year in the world of Wealden.

Cllr Chris Hardy

Cllr Chris Hardy

In it, he said:

“This year the council has begun to deliver some of its major infrastructure projects for the benefit of people living in the District. Our first open access countryside area, or SANGS, is now open in Crowborough and landscaping work is well underway at our second just outside Uckfield.

“Leap Close, an eye-catching new council housing scheme in Hailsham, has now been completed and let, and other schemes in East Dean, Uckfield and Hailsham are expected to be completed in 2018.”

Cllr Hardy said the council’s wider activities in supporting health needs of residents were coming to the fore.


“Alongside GP surgeries, Connecting4You and East Sussex Better Together, we have been seeing how we, too, can play a part in reducing instances of avoidable ill health. Trials involving a health coach for local surgeries with links to our Freedom Leisure centres have been taking place to encourage exercise and social activities.

“The Wealden Dementia Action Alliance, launched over a year ago, continues to bring together different groups across the District who support people living with dementia, and offers dementia training for local organisations and businesses as well as a range activities like Movies Make Memories to engage and entertain. It has been shortlisted for a national prize for its partnership work in the community.”


He also touched upon the council’s preparations for an updated Local Plan.

“Achieving the right balance between protecting the environment and providing the necessary economic growth for the district is a constant theme running through our Local Plan.

“Court judgements this year have seen the importance of not only Ashdown Forest, but Pevensey Levels and the Lewes Downs all add to the significance of our decisions. We will be making further progress with the Local Plan in the New Year and we are well aware that our decisions will be keenly awaited not just in the District but further afield,” he said.

Yuletide crime

Another box containing a defibrillator has been attacked by vandals in Uckfield. This time, the lifesaving piece of kit was removed from its box outside Ridgewood Village Hall and thrown into the mud on the recreation ground where it was soaked by overnight rain.

During 2017 there were other instances of defibrillator boxes being attacked.

There are around a dozen defibrillators at various locations in the town, provided by the Lions.

At Framfield, a chipper machine was stolen from a house in Sandy Lane at around 3pm on December 30. It is believed the equipment was towed away on the back of a blue pick-up truck.

A mechanical chipper similar to this one was stolen from Framfield

A mechanical chipper similar to this one was stolen from Framfield

Trains news

The RMT union has ordered further strikes on Southern over the role of the guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation.

Members have been told by the union not to book on for any shifts between 0001hrs and 2359hrs on January 8, 10 and 12.

The dispute began in 2016.

Fares up

Many rail fares go up today (January 2) by about 3.4 per cent. Parking at Uckfield railway station car park will be £4.10 per day.

See also:

New restaurant opens in Uckfield

More than £860 collected by Marie Curie volunteers in Uckfield

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