Keep in touch here with the reaction of Uckfield businesses and residents to the Coronavirus pandemic. This story will be updated during the course of the day.
Update at 10am: Green DIY is open today (Saturday) from 9am-6pm, and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.
The store is only accepting Card or Phone App payments, and a maximum of three customers are allowed in at any time. Customers are reminded to adhere to the Social Distancing Guidelines.
A high volumes of phone calls are being received but there are no office staff available to answer them. The store says it will do its best to answer with the limited staff it has.
It thanks customers for their support.
Ridgewood Post Office
Don’t forget Ridgewood Post Office and Stores closes today at 3pm.
Customers are being reminded that only essential or urgent items should be sent by first class post or special delivery.
The Royal Mail collection is 11.30am today no more post will be accepted after that.
The Post Office’s opening hours are changing, in line with other post offices in the area to:
Saturday: 7am to 3pm
Sunday: 7.30am to midday
Monday-Friday: 7am to 3pm.
Sue Gothard, who runs the business with her husband Jon says: “We are keeping our shop open so customers can purchase essential food items. We have plenty of fruit and vegetables, milk and bread. Thank you for your understanding.”
Kamsons Pharmacy steps in after Boots closes
Kamsons Pharmacy has stepped in to help after Boots, in Uckfield, closed on Thursday for a minimum of two weeks due to staffing issues.
Boots was briefly open on Friday for patients to collect outstanding prescriptions.
Kamsons agreed to step in after being approached by Boots managers. Local surgeries are aware and will ensure that existing Boots patients will be able to have any new prescriptions dispensed.
Pharmacies throughout the country have kept their doors open to be on the front line to help deal with ill, worried and anxious patients. The last ten days have been the busiest in all pharmacies with many receiving the usual volume of two weeks prescriptions in one day.
Kamsons thanks everyone for their patience during these extraordinary times. This, alongside the social distancing limiting numbers entering Kamsons at Bell Farm Road and Uckfield Hospital, has caused some delays.
However, the company says pharmacists Hemal, Tim and Sarah and their dedicated teams have worked long hours to ensure everything has been dispensed. They have received excellent support from the Kamsons warehouse team.
The pharmacies have been closing from noon to 2pm in order for the team to rest, get orders away and to clean.
With so many isolating, the free Kamsons delivery service has been inundated with requests so if patients not on the regular delivery service are able to collect their medicines themselves, or arrange someone to do so, it would be much appreciated.
Kamsons Health and Beauty in the High Street has now closed during the lockdown and prescriptions awaiting collection from there are now at Kamsons Pharmacy in Bell Farm Road.
The pharmacies have paracetamol in stock, limited supplies of thermometers, and should be receiving some hand sanitiser this week.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of the month, the Uckfield-based chain purchased its 74th pharmacy in New Milton, Hampshire.
Details of issues regarding the impact of coronavirus at Kamsons Pharmacy are available at https://www.kamsons.co.uk/covid-19/
Allied Waste Management
Allied Waste Management, a family run skip hire, recycling and waste management company has parked up its fleet because of the Coronavirus.
The company said it was sad to make that decision but needs must at this time. They wished all well and hoped to be running part of the business again soon.
Sew n Sew Haberdashery
Sew n Sew Haberdashery in Bell Walk, Uckfield, now has a route plan in place enabling it to make deliveries to customers.
MONDAY PM: Uckfield, Ridgewood, Isfield, Ringmer, Halland, Barcombe areas
WEDS PM: Chailey, Newick, Maresfield, Crowborough areas
FRI PM: Framfield, Buxted, Five Ashdown, Coopers Green, Hadlow Down, Heathfield, Burwash areas
If we haven’t mentioned your location and we are nearby, we will attempt to slot you in too.
All orders must be placed by 10am on the day of delivery – if possible, the day before would be better as routes will need to be planned prior to delivery.
Payment can only be taken contactless, over the phone. Cash will not be accepted on the doorstep due to the strict safety measures in place for the safety of customers and those making the deliveries.
Sew n Sew says: “Your delivery will placed on your doorstep, we will knock and walk away. There will be no contact between us and you.
“Your order will parcelled up by us, following all safety guidelines.”
If you would like to know more please contact Sew n Sew on 07708 547813.
The Highlands Inn is running a Sunday delivery service this week (March 29).
Priority will be given to isolating/vulnerable people in Uckfield and surrounding villages.
The pub will be using a What’s App text message ordering service to facilitate payments and delivery slots.
If you, or a family member, falls into the above category – please text on 07764 749 365. The Highlands Inn will call you back for payment over the phone and let you know your allotted time slot.
2 courses: £10
Mains: Beef, Lamb, Stuffed Chicken or Nut Roast
Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding or Chocolate Brownie
The offer also applies to front line workers who don’t have time to cook or get ingredients, and once the main orders are organised some slots will be released to the general public.