Observer says: Be proud of these Uckfield people

Independent columnist Observer finds reasons this week to be happy about what is going on in Uckfield.


Here are three reasons  why Uckfield can be proud of the town and its people.

My first nomination is to Molly Carter who swam 100 lengths of the pool at Uckfield Leisure Centre and then went on to complete 20 more as part of a fund-raiser.

Molly was raising money for the DREAM Appeal at Chailey Heritage and I have to say well done for such a magnificent effort.

Her brother Jack also has a sponsored cycle ride lined up next month for the same cause. These are are wonderfully thoughtful gestures by two youngsters, setting an example to us all.

Second, there now seems real hope that the government will take a serious look at the BML2 project which would link us back to Lewes and the coast.

New Town resident, Brian Hart, with a small band of supporters, have kept going with this scheme when all seemed lost. The persistence seems to be paying off with Sussex MPs taking the case to the office of transport secretary, Chris Grayling.

Mr Grayling is said to have shown a keen interest.

If this comes off, it will be an incredible achievement and makes me think how lucky Uckfield is to have such people with such vision and expertise.

Thirdly, congratulations to Uckfield Rugby Club which celebrated its golden jubilee with a ball last Saturday night at the East Sussex National.

The sell-out event had RFU chief Peter Baines as guest of honour but the thing that caught my eye in the report was that some of the founder members of the club were at the event.

I wondered if those men in their younger days ever thought the club they founded would be 50 not out with a great ground and lovely clubhouse.

It was also good to learn the club caters for everyone from five to 50 and beyond and has a growing women’s section. It is, it seems, a real community club and that’s something we should all celebrate, whether we are a sporting type or not.

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