Coronavirus – Partial closure of Uckfield College and festival cancelled

Update at 1.45pm: Bridge Cottage has cancelled an evening talk, The Work of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service by Trevor Weeks, due to take place on Thursday, April 2.

Also at Bridge Cottage: A Craft and Artisan Market due to take place this Saturday (March 21), and the next Cottage Market, due to take place on Saturday, April 4, are also off.

Update at 11.45am: More closures as a result of coronavirus have been announced this morning.

Uckfield Volunteer Centre, which has High Street premises, is closed until further notice.

Emails are still being monitored ( and you can ring 01825 760019 and the centre will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

The Grove Farmhouse Cafe and Community Hub at Blackboys has closed its doors to the general public because of the pandemic. Ways in which The Grove can support the community are being explored.

“Many thanks to all our customers for your understanding and loyalty and we hope to be able to welcome you back soon,” The Grove said in a social media post.

Update at 6.45am: Uckfield Festival is not going to take place this year because of the Coronavirus crisis.

The organising committee announced it was a “tremendously difficult decision” to take, but given present difficulties with groups meeting, the possibility that the ban on gatherings large and small could extend for months, the problems in schools, and the uncertainty over venues, it was decided to take the decision now and avoid uncertainty.

“We have been working hard since last September planning the programme and the support that we received from everyone in the town was fantastic . So sad! We feel for everyone who will deprived of this annual summer treat. But we will be back- when we have got over this thing!”

College to close

Uckfield College will be closed for Year 7 and 8 students today (Wednesday, March 18) due to staff shortages caused by Coronavirus self-isolation.

Parents are receiving a full explanatory email which says the list of staff who won’t be in has already hit an “unmanageable level”.

“We have cancelled all other reasons for needing classes covered eg there are no trips running, no staff training, no meetings etc but still our cover requirements are too great.

“Staff are absent because they are:

  • advised to self isolate because of underlying medical conditions
  • advised to self-isolate because their partner has an underlying medical condition
  • self-isolating because they have symptoms
  • self-isolating because one of their children / someone in their household has a symptom
  • having to look after children because nursery schools are closed.

The college will be open for Years 9, 10, 11, and Sixth Form.

Sussex Support Service

Sussex Support Service which provides adult social care at the pavilion at Victoria Pleasure Ground has been advised by East Sussex County Council to close its doors until directed otherwise.

Margaret Dode-Angel from the day centre said they have contacted all service users and carers to inform them. They would, however, be available on the phone to offer support, advice, and a chat.

Any bookings, potential new service users, and meetings, are to be put on hold until further notice.

If you need anything the centre can be called on 01825 760176.

Picture House

Yesterday the Picture House said it would be closing until further notice and church services were cancelled.

Read about more announcements made yesterday by Uckfield businesses and organisations here: Uckfield businesses hit as alarm grows over Coronavirus.

See also:

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