Coronavirus update – Monday, March 23

Update at 3.25pm: Cole’s Menswear is closing due to the ever-increasing risk to staff and customers of Coronavirus. The shop will remain closed until further instructions are received from the government.

The shop says: “We would like to thank everyone for the continued support and hope to see you all soon.”

Nathan Levick Handcrafted Interiors

Nathan Levick Handcrafted Interiors of Framfield Road, Uckfield, is open by appointment only the forseeable future.

Nat Levick says: “To ensure client safety, hand washing and drying facilities are available within the showroom and all surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each visiting client group.

“Our workshop is isolated from the showroom and is fully stocked with materials and functioning as normal, producing current projects. The phones and email are staffed for incoming enquiries. Stay Safe.”

Ridgewood Post Office

Update at 11.30am: Ridgewood Post Office is not going to run its outreach post offices due to the current situation and bearing in mind most of its customers would be over 70.

This means, for the foreseeable future, there will not be any outreach services at:

Nutley Social Club on Tuesday morning
Chellwood Gate Village Hall on Friday Morning
Danehill Social Club on Friday afternoon
Laughing Fish Isfield on a Thursday morning (this service has ceased permanently)

The shop and post office at Ridgewood remains open for business. It is getting supplies of fresh bread, milk, fruit and veg on a daily basis and slowly getting other stock as it becomes available.


Hartfields are open today between 9am and 3pm for takeaway, and fruit, veg and eggs.

The business says: “We are taking every day as it comes, so please do bear with us whilst we try to cope with the ever-changing guidance.”

Sew n Sew and Haberdashery

Update at 11.15am: Sew n Sew and Haberdashery is providing masks at the door for customers visiting the Bell Walk shop.

At the moment until told otherwise, the business remains open but customers must wear the masks to be allowed in.

People are also being asked not to bring children in when they shop and says all distancing procedures are to be adhered to.

Vince Taylor Tofts

Update at 10.50am: Estate agents Vince Taylor Tofts are closing their office doors to visitors but inviting people to make enquiries by phone or email.

Call 01825 765559, or email The team passes on its best wishes during this difficult time.

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care which helps look after older people in their own homes, in Uckfield and Lewes, remains committed to keeping clients happy and safe – and to the health and safety of its CAREGivers and staff – during this challenging time of COVID-19.

The company says: “Let’s all look out for each other, particularly as we practice ‘social distancing’ to safeguard the health of those at greatest risk.”

Final Score

Final Score sports shop has decided to close within the next couple of days as soon as the logistics of this have been organised.

Owner Stephen Holliday says: “This seems to be the only logical thing to do in the light of the current Coronavirus situation.

“We will be around today for any last minute fitness equipment, garden games or other isolating sports gear so please feel free to pop in (while of course observing Government guidelines).

“We will possibly be around tomorrow depending on whether we can complete the tasks necessary to lock the shop down for an extended period. 

“Thanks for your support and we’ll see you on the other side. Good luck everyone.”

Final Score sports shop closing temporarily during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wealden Council warning

Update at 8.25am: Wealden Council has warned cafes and restaurants providing a takeaway service not to leave tables and chairs outside their premises for customers.

The council says these could become a source of infection.

A new page has been added to the Wealden website dedicated to COVID-19 information. It contains the latest Government advice most relevant to residents and the services the council provides. See:


East Sussex libraries are now closed until further notice following the Government’s decision to ask public venues to shut.

All library loans are being extended until at least June 30 and overdue fees have been waived for items due to be returned after March 9.

The online service will operate as normal and the number of items available has been increased. The eLibrary includes books, audiobooks, magazines and reference material.

Red Amber Green Driving School

Red Amber Green Driving School has suspended all driving lessons for the time being until the Government suggests it is safe to resume.

Owner Roy Garrod says: “I felt it was socially the most responsible thing to do considering the close proximity with working in a car.

“I would like to thank all my pupils for their support so far and look forward to seeing them when I return back to some normality.”

Peter Oliver estate agents

Peter Oliver estate agents remain open for business but have taken the decision to close the front office to help with social distancing.

The firm will be fully contactable by phone or email. It says: “We have a large back office we can work from and are set up to work from home and this seems to be the most sensible way forward.

To contact the estate agents call01825 703000 or email

Uckfield Line

Rail operator Southern has introduced an amended timetable from today (March 23) with the Uckfield Line now having an hourly service.

However, the first train will not leave town until 06:33 with services departing throughout the day at XX.33.

The last train to depart will be the 20:33.

Uckfield railway station.

The first train from London Bridge to Uckfield is at 06:07.

An hourly pattern is also in place for southbound services with departures at XX.07.

Last train is at 20:07.

London services at Buxted are four minutes after Uckfield and four minutes earlier in the opposite direction.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Services may be delayed, or not run, because train crew have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Many commuters are now working from home with trains becoming noticeably quieter in the last week.

A further reduction in services is expected from next Monday (March 30).


The owner of Josefina has decided to temporarily close the Uckfield furniture and home decor shop in a bid to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

Louise Beard said she was devastated to make the decision but she felt it was in the best interest of her staff and the community.

The Josefina team is working hard on the shop website and all stock will soon be available online for home delivery.

She said: “Thank you in advance for your continued custom and support. It’s appreciated more than you know. Stay safe, stay kind and look after each other.”

Anyone with pending orders will be contacted soon about delivery times.

You can contact Josefina on 01825 768200 or email

The cover photo on the Josefina Facebook page.

Kilnwood Studio

Kilnwood Studio closed its doors because of the Coronavirus on Saturday but owner Gaynor Robson is already working on improvements for when the studio reopens.

She said: “It was a very sad moment when I closed the doors of the studio today. Still it’s the safe and responsible thing to do. To anyone with items to collect, I’ll keep them safe until we can open again.

“On a positive note, I’ve already started planning the improvements and have even started sketching for a mural.

“Meet Kenny the Kilnwood Dragon. Sorry he’s so smudgy, I had to keep washing the pencil off to get him right. 😂 I’m sure when he’s painted he’ll look fabulous!

Kenny the Dragon taking shape as a mural on a wall at Kilnwood Studio.

“Stay positive everyone, keep well and we can’t wait to welcome you back when we can once again open the studio door!

Cole’s Menswear

Cole’s Menswear is changing its opening hours to 10am-4pm from today but asks that customers please check the shop website before travelling.

Cole’s is currently setting up an online store to ensure its products continue to be available.

Its message to customers is: “Thank you for all your support. We wish you all the best.”

Highlands Inn

The Highlands Inn taking a two-day break to plan long-term strategy and will be closed today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24) but open again, with a takeaway menu, on Wednesday.

The pub says: “It’s been an incredibly busy few days. But we’ve really enjoyed rising to the challenge and offering a new service to our customers.

“Thank you to each and every one of you for your continued support (and patience) while we navigate this crazy time 🧡

“We hope that those of you who opted for a Highlands takeaway over the weekend enjoyed the food, and a huge thank you from the whole team for supporting us.”

A Sunday takeaway from the Highlands Inn.

Barneys Play

Barney’s Mobile Meals are being offered by Barneys Play on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield.

The business is offering frozen ready meals (while stocks last) and freshly cooked meals for collection or delivery.

There is FREE delivery for orders over £10. Please phone 01825 764575 to order.

Barneys menus:

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