Coronavirus latest – Uckfield College to partially close for second day

Update at 11.30am: The Diane Hutt Gallery will be continuing to operate its online business but from 5pm on Saturday, March 21, the Uckfield High Street shop will be closing.

Diane said the business remains committed to customers and will operate the online business as normally as possible while keeping health and safety as a top priority.

Please feel free to contact the gallery to be advised of set opening times so that it can meet the art and framing requirements of artists and customers.

Free delivery is offered on all orders.

Diane says: “Stay safe, see you when we re-open.”

Sew n Sew

Home schooling parents have bought wipeable table covering in Sew n Sew this morning and wants to help others at this difficult time.

All the wipeable table coverings are now half price – from £9.99 to £4.99 a metre.

Working space available

The Space next to The Grove Farmhouse Cafe at Blackboys is available as a working space for someone who needs to work from home but can’t due to having no space or noisy children?

The Space is available to hire for sole use or for two people, one desk in the Bull Pen and one in the main hall, thereby ensuring the two metre social distancing rule. Free WIFI available. For further information please message The Grove.

Dawson Hart

Dawson Hart has cancelled its Easter Egg Hunt which was due to take place on Friday, April 10.

The solicitors said they were grateful to Tesco customers who donated eggs for the event. They have now been donated to Sussex Support Service, and Chldren’s Respite Trust.

Donated raffle prizes are to be saved for future events to help with fund-raising for Sussex Support Service.

Meads Surgery

Meads Medical Centre in Bell Farm Road is temperature-checking at the front door.

The practice manager is concerned about people missing booked appointments and says:

“We have had a significant number of people not attend the surgery for their booked appointments within the last week.

We understand that some people will choose to cancel their appointments, however, we would be really grateful if they could text us in advance on 07932833119 letting us know that they will not attending.

We can then make these appointments available for others who would like them and prevent valuable clinical time being wasted.

Patients can also call the surgery on 01825 766055 if they would like to cancel however, cancelling via text message would be our preference.

Clarks shoe shop

Update at 9am: Clarks shoe shop is closing temporarily to ensure we staff and customers are kept safe. Anyone who has shoes awaiting collection will be contacted. It is not known when the shop will fully reopen.

Kilnwood Studio

Update at 8am: Kilnwood Studio is to close from 5pm on Saturday following the government announcement yesterday about schools being closed.

Gaynor Robson who only took over the business seven weeks ago says on Facebook that    she has been overwhelmed by the support of customers.

“We are sad that his has happened, however it is important to stay safe.

“We are remaining positive and have a wealth of ideas for improvements to the studio. Therefore we shall use this time to put these plans into action so that when we are able to re-open we can offer you and even lovelier experience when you visit. Keep your eyes peeled for updates!

COLLECTION: If you have pottery to collect, please call in before 5pm on Saturday. If you are unable to get in, don’t worry we will keep your pieces safe until we are open again. I will continue to monitor calls and emails, so if you do need to collect after Saturday call or message me and we will endeavor to help.

BOOKINGS: If you currently have a session booked, I will be in contact with you directly to discuss the options available.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this confusing and difficult time.
Stay safe my lovely customers.”

Uckfield College

Uckfield College is to be closed to Year 7 and 8 students for a second day due to staff shortages caused by Coronavirus.

The college was due to contact parents again by email as they did for a closure yesterday.

It is able to accommodate children of essential service parents, such as in NHS, education, and police, and children of any other parents who need to go to work.

The college will be open for students in Years 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Bird in Eye Surgery

Bird in Eye Surgery has now postponed all non-essential activity. It says the following must be adhered to:

  • under no circumstances must any patients or their representatives attend the surgery in the first instance.
  • all contact must initially be via the telephone and we are making more staff available to receive the calls.
  • if any patients are showing symptoms of a high temperature (37.8 or higher) or have a new continuous cough, they must self-isolate for seven days.  There is no need to contact 111 unless their symptoms are not manageable at home.  Testing is only currently being completed for patients in hospital.   All members of that patients’ household must also self-isolate for 14 days.
  • if you need to speak/see a clinician, please call the surgery in the first instance – a telephone appointment will be organised.  We are now using video calling if necessary, which is proving very beneficial.  If appropriate, the clinician will organise a face-to-face appointment.
  • there is to be an intercom system on the surgery door – patients will need to ring this before being allowed access – their temperature will be taken at this time.
  • if repeat prescriptions are needed, patients must use the online facility of call POD (Prescription Ordering Direct) on 0808 1647678 – this is a freephone number and available between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. 
  • patients must have a designated pharmacy for collection of medication – we will not be issuing paper prescriptions.
  • some appointments, particularly those with the nurses, need to be face-to-face.  In these circumstances, attend the surgery as mentioned above.  The waiting room has fewer seats so that patients can sit further apart.​  The check-in screen has been turned-off and this can be completed by the receptionists.  Please do not lean over the desk and respect the personal space of the staff.
  • hand-sanitising must be completed before entering and leaving the surgery, as a minimum. 

Similar measures are in place at surgeries in Buxted, East Hoathly and Horam.

Uckfield Foodbank

Uckfield Foodbank is to make home deliveries for the foreseeable future instead of distributing supplies from its centre at The Source in the town centre.

New email vouchers have been sent to its agencies and these are to be used for future requests.

People who have been given a red voucher by an agency in the last few days is asked to email the details – or take a photo of the voucher – and send the details/photo to

Anyone with any questions is asked to email the same address.

Barneys Play 

Barney’s Play is to be closed for ‘public’ social play from tomorrow, Friday, March 20, until further notice.

Louise Jago, who owns the business with her husband Asa wrote on Facebook:

“Wow, this is a really difficult post to have to write, and I’m crying writing it. I’ve been putting it off and agonising on what to do, I’ve been taking each day at a time playing it day by day.

“My heart is truly breaking writing this, but with the government closure of schools on Friday and recommendation on social distancing we feel we have a moral obligation to close Barney’s doors for ‘public’ social play from Friday, March 20, until further notice (I really do hope not forever😢).

“Those of you that do have immediate parties booked with us I will be in contact with you tomorrow to discuss.

“I really do hope to see you ALL on the other side of what feels like some dystopian disaster movie 😔.

“Thank you to all our customers past and present for their continued support.

“If anyone would like to make any purchases of confectionary, drinks, crisps or take away food please do call us.

“We will be offering a takeaway food service during the week to include both fresh and frozen meals.

“Full details to be announced over the weekend. If I can be of any assistance to anyone please drop me a message.

“We would appreciate your continued support.”

RB Arts Academy

Bexx Boutle of RB Arts Academy on the Bellbrook Estate says she is working on a daily basis as everything is changing and developing so much.

“We will continue to run classes tomorrow (Thursday, March 19) all us teachers will be there!

“We fully understand if you don’t want to come to class, but we are taking all the precautions we can.

“As usual please stay away from class if you, or a member of your family, have a cough and temperature.

“I do just need time to work out what is the best for the students, my teachers and my business. So I will answer when I can.

“We are looking into online classes so we can deliver them as well as resources and information for them all.

“Thank you for your understanding and so much support this is my dream so I am scared of what’s to come.

“Take care and stay safe.”

Gigs cancelled

Gigs organised by Graham Pope Events and due to take place on April 19, and May 24, have been cancelled.

Barber & Taylor and Jim Crawford were due to perform on those dates.

A decision on another gig with Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi will be reviewed in a months time when, hopefully, more will be known about the likely outcome of the Coronavirus crisis.

Blues and Roots Festival

Currently the Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival 2020 is still going ahead on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 24, 25, and 26. The position is being monitored on a regular basis.

Tickets will shortly go on sale with the proviso that should the festival be cancelled all ticket money will be refunded.

Bridge Cottage

More events have been cancelled at Bridge Cottage.

Yesterday we reported that the craft and artisan market due to take place this Saturday, April 4, and a cottage market on Saturday, April 4, were no longer going ahead.

Neither is a talk by Trevor Weeks of the Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service on Thursday, April 2.

The latest event to be cancelled at Bridge Cottage is ‘Do You Remember?’ on Thursday, April 9.

Highlands Inn

The Highlands Inn has published a takeaway menu. See below:

Blackboys Inn

The Blackboys Inn, at Blackboys, has started doing takeaways too.

Nose2Tail butchers

Nose2Tail Family Butchers, at Piltdown, will have a daily box of basics available for delivery from tomorrow (Friday). This will include eggs, milks, and sausages.

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