Coronavirus updates in Uckfield – Friday

Update at 4.30pm: Uckfield Town Council has taken the difficult decision to close Luxfords Restaurant from today (Friday, March 20) until further notice.

The Civic Centre in Uckfield, home to Uckfield Town Council, will be closed this weekend and then close its doors fully to the public from Tuesday, March 24.

The Town Council will still run but operate differently, with reduced opening hours between 10.00am and 2.00pm, Tuesday to Thursday, each week.

Residents and other members of the public should continue to contact the council via email at or by telephone 01825 762774 rather than in person.

Town clerk Holly Goring said: “We would like to reassure you that emails and telephone calls will continue to be picked up throughout the week (Monday to Friday), but with reduced staffing levels, we felt it necessary to restrict our official opening hours.

“And don’t forget, if you have an urgent matter that needs addressing, you can also contact your local town councillor. Their contact details are available on the Town Council website –

“These are difficult times where advice is changing daily and we will keep you updated on any future changes with press releases, via our website –, – on our social media pages – and and with notices on the front door of  the Civic Centre.

“We thank you for your patience.

Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway has announced it is suspending its train services and closing until further notice.

The heritage steam railway in Sussex had originally decided to stay open and run a minimal service this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22) with enhanced health protection measures in place but now says the national and global situation with coronavirus means it will have to close.

Bluebell Railway plc chairman Chris Hunford said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority.”

He added: “Some people have been calling up asking if we’re open and saying they still intend to travel this weekend although several people have also called asking to defer their bookings.

“Taking all this into account and the latest Government advice, we have decided to suspend all services this weekend and the railway will close until further notice.”

During the closure, there will be no trains running and the shop and catering outlets will not be open to visitors although the railway’s online shop will continue to trade.

Mr Hunford said the railway would keep the situation under constant review in the coming days and weeks and assess the situation as it evolves.

Good Neighbour Scheme phone calls

The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association has extended its Good Neighbour Scheme to include a telephone befriending service.

If you live on Manor Park or Hempstead Fields, or in Grants Hill Court, Shaftesbury Court, or Manor House Court, then the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association Good Neighbour Scheme volunteers are at the other end of the phone and happy to talk with anyone fed up with being glued to the television, and feeling in need of some real conversation.

Just call 01825 578017 and leave your number and they will get back to you.

Uckfield Lions

Update at 12.15pm: Uckfield Lions are closing their second hand bookshop in Olives Yard from today until further notice.

The Lions apologise for inconvenience but say the wellbeing of their volunteers is their prime consideration.

Other events cancelled by the Lions include a diabetes and screening session, the Lions Big Day, and scarecrow competition.

RB Arts Academy

Update at 9.45am: Today, Friday, March 20, is the last day in the Bellbrook Estate studio/gym for RB Arts Academy. It hopes to reopen on Monday, April 20.

Business owner Bexx Boutle says: “I have put off writing this post for a while now as i am beyond heart broken!

“I am devastated, we have built such a family, a strong team and bond and not seeing you guys and the buzz in the studios every day is so sad.

“We are going online for classes from Saturday, April 4, so give us a couple of weeks to work it out and get things in place (also for me to stop crying!) we are also making resource packs and have videos recorded for if, or when, you want to practice in any spare time also fun colouring, word searches, competitions etc

“Everyone will have got an email and I just want to say a huge thank you for all the love and support from you all it means so much.

“The day this is gone and the doors open again to our happy place I can’t wait to see you all and give you a big hug!”

Update at 8.50am: Tesco has announced that from today, all its stores (except Express stores) will be prioritising the elderly and most vulnerable for one hour between 9am and 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Bluebell Vineyard Estates

Bluebell Vineyard is offering the largest discount it can on its wines to help you to get through the next few weeks.

It is giving 30% off all orders using discount code OFFER30 as well as free delivery.

If you fancy fresh air over the weekend the cellar door will be open!

Cafe 212

Cafe 212 is delivering takeaways and will open as usual until told to do otherwise.

Model railway club

Update at 8.15am: Uckfield Model Railway Club has announced on Twitter that it has suspended weekly club meetings until further notice.

Southern Rail

Southern, which operates the Uckfield rail line is having to cancel trains at short notice. This is because staff members are being required to stay at home unwell, or self-isolating.

Uckfield College

Uckfield College will be partially closed for the third day, affecting Years 7 and 8.

This is due to staff shortages caused by Coronavirus. The college will be open for Years 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Sky High 

Mini fun sessions at Sky High Trampoline Academy at Fun Abounds on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield, have been cancelled until further notice.

Lavender Line

The Lavender Line heritage railway at Isfield has closed temporarily because of the virus. Initially the closure will run until April 25.

The registered charity says this was a necessary decision, due to the current situation and it’s main priority, at all times, is the safety and wellbeing of visitors and volunteers.

But the Lavender Line relies on its visitors to keep it running today and for future visitors to enjoy so during closure it will have no income.

The charity asks if you can help by donating to them, however large or small. Please visit the website – where you will find a Donation to the Station Roof appeal.

The charity says: “We are extremely grateful for your support and generosity. Please help to keep the Lavender Line.

“The Volunteers at the Lavender Line would like to offer you and your families our very best wishes at this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you all again before too long.”

Bell Walk Dry Cleaners

Bell Walk Dry Cleaners is advertising a service to sanitise bedding after people have been ill with a fever. They use a Biocidal additive and offer a collection service in and around Uckfield. Call 01825 769749.

Highlands Inn

Here are details of a takeaway menu available at the Highlands Inn over the next few days where the owners are determined ‘the show must go on’.

Friday, March 20 – Takeaway menu for collection only 3pm – 9pm. 25% OFF* YOUR WHOLE TAKEAWAY BILL (to include; wine, bottled beer and soft drinks). Restaurant CLOSED. Bar open but please maintain safe social distance.

Saturday, March 21 – Takeaway menu for collection only 3pm – 9pm. 25% OFF* YOUR WHOLE TAKEAWAY BILL (to include; wine, bottled beer and soft drinks). Restaurant CLOSED. Bar open but please maintain safe social distance.

MOTHER’S DAY – Sunday, March 22 – Takeaway menu for collection or delivery in and around Uckfield 12pm – 4pm. Restaurant CLOSED. Bar open but please maintain safe social distance.


Adult 2 courses – £10/head (adult)
Children 2 courses – £6/head (child)

Mains: Roast Beef, Roast Lamb, Stuffed Turkey or Nut Roast
Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding or Chocolate Brownie

CALL US ON: 01825 762989

An image chosen by the Highlands Inn to accompany its takeaway menu.

Cole’s Menswear

Cole’s Menswear has a new stock of quality shirts including formal, casual and polo shirts.


New cheery pictures have arrived at Josefina. There are lots of them and just two can be seen below.

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