Round-up of Uckfield business news

Still Christmas shopping? Here are gift ideas

If you are still Christmas shopping then you might find the gift ideas contained in our December shopping feature useful.

You’ll find everything from Christmas trees to decorations, festive fare, packing items, toys, jewellery, homeware, artwork, fishing gear, scooters, and sports kit.

Read more here: Tips for shopping in Uckfield in the run-up to Christmas.


Were you in town for late night shopping? Bring back memories through these Uckfield News photos:  Father Christmas joins the fun at Uckfield Late Night Shopping.


Late night shopping in Uckfield last week.

Big plans at East Sussex National

New nine hole par three golf course, footgolf course and a 3G football pitch – some of the plans East Sussex National Resort has as it aims to remodel its golf facilities.east-sussex-national-logo

A planning application has been submitted to Wealden Council and you can read more about them here: Major plans to improve and add to facilities at East Sussex National.


Huge interest in progress on Costa Coffee drive through

There was huge interest in an Uckfield News story last month about progress being made on the building of a Costa drive thru on the outskirts of Uckfield, at the Ashdown Business Park, just off the A272 at Maresfield.

Next door to the coffee shop a Premier Inn is taking shape too and the business park is filling rapidly.

Read more here: Costa Coffee is days from opening drive-through near Uckfield

Costa at Ashdwown Business Park nearly read to open

Costa nearly ready to open on the Ashdown Business Park.

Variety of therapies now offered at osteopathic clinic

Osteopathy and western medical acupuncture, physiotherapy, specialist women’s health physiotherapy, yoga, massage and reflexology – all are offered at Honeys Green Clinic just off the Lewes/Heathfield Road near Halland.

Read how the clinic has grown since it was opened by osteopath Michael Pearce and his wife Michelle three years ago in this Uckfield News story: Osteopathic clinic expands to include additional therapies.


Some of the team at Honeys Green Osteopathic Clinic. From the left are women’s health physiotherapist Claire Brodie, osteopath Michael Pearce, clinic manager Michelle Pearce, and massage therapist Zoe Gale.

Employer of the Year Award for Vacher Gardens

Chris Vacher, owner of Vacher Gardens, was delighted to receive the Employer of the Year Award in the Horticulture category of awards organised by Plumpton College.

Read more about the award here: Vacher Gardens wins prestigious award


The Vacher Gardens team. From the left are Chilly, the German Shepherd, Angie Vacher, Jo Oulton, Alex Sheppard, and Chris Vacher.

From conservation to sport Rix and Kay makes its mark

Two interests of the Uckfield-based law firm Rix and Kay were highlighted last month, first through its support of sports awards and then through an exclusive screening it organised of the film Flight of the Swans.

The Sussex Sports Awards took place on November 22 at the Brighton Metropole and Rix & Kay promoted the Sussex Sport Team of the Year Award. Read more: Rix & Kay support Sussex Sports Awards 2019

The solicitors who have offices in Ashford, Brighton & Hove, Seaford and Sevenoaks as well as Uckfield revealed its interest in conservation when it hosted the screening of Flight of the Swans.

The star of the film, Sacha Dench, who has become known as the ‘human swan’ was at the Picture House in Uckfield to introduce the film and talk about her role.

Sacha flew in a paramoter – a small propeller engine strapped to her back with a simple fabric wing -to accompany Bewick swans along their migratory route from Arctic Russia to the UK.

Rix & Kay are long-standing supporters and sponsors of Sacha’s global conservation and research projects, providing legal services to the team as they travel the world.

Read more here: ‘Human swan’ comes to Uckfield for exclusive screening of documentary.


Sacha Dench, with her parameter, strapped to her back, and the simple fabric wing above.

How Uckfield company is moving towards being carbon neutral

Solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and more, are being embraced by an Uckfield company as it works towards becoming carbon neutral.

Read about the ambitious plans of The Edward Baden Group, which comprises Cube Self Storage, Edward Baden Specialist Movers, Easycrate, Cube Fine Art, and Cube Records Management, in this Uckfield News story: Solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and more embraced by Uckfield company.


Rod Payne, general sales manager at Cube Self Storage, and Mark Hendley, Edward Baden Group property director outside the Uckfield premises which are moving towards being carbon neutral.

Clare looks forward to taking property photos

Clare Waters has joined Mansell McTaggart estate agents in Uckfield as their professional photographer.

She will be taking photos to help with marketing properties and she hopes vendors will want to keep them for the memories once their home as been sold.

Read more about Clare here: Professional photographer Clare joins Mansell McTaggart.


Clare Waters who has joined Mansell McTaggart as their professional photographer.

Charity raffle tickets on sale at W E Clark & Son jewellers

Raffle tickets are still on sale at W E Clark & Son jewellers and all the money raised is to go to the Children’s Respite Trust charity.

They are £1 a ticket and the raffle is due to be drawn on Monday, December 16. This Uckfield News story gives more information about the prizes: Uckfield jewellers raise funds for Children’s Respite Trust.


Raffle prizes at W E Clark & Son.

Grace makes yoga accessible to all

Did you see that yoga teacher Grace Annand is offering people the chance to attend her Thursday evening classes for the price of a £1 or £2 coin donation.

Grace, of Uckfield Yoga, wants to make yoga practice accessible to all, particularly those who wouldn’t consider attending a class for financial reasons.

Read more here: Yoga teacher offers class at special price to encourage all.


Grace Annand making yoga accessible to all.

Grasshoppers have new away kit thanks to SJF Accountants

SJF Accountants from East Hoathly have sponsored Uckfield Grasshoppers U16 Rockets enabling them to have a new away kit.

Here’s the team sporting the accountancy firm’s logo on their tops.


Uckfield Grasshoppers U16 Rockets in their new kit.

Hairdressers complete 15,000 ft sky dive

Three hairdressers from Academy of Hair in Uckfield put all their fears aside to complete a sky dive for charity.

Natalie Edwards, Nate Stagg, and Nadine Dale, raised £800 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice through their efforts.

Read more here: Mission accomplished – three happy sky divers


Natalie Edwards giving the thumbs up for sky diving.

Thirty enjoy Candlelight Care party

Candlelight Care clients enjoyed a Christmas party put on by carers earlier this month. See the team below and read more about the party here: Party time for Candlelight Care clients.


The team from Candlelight Care, led by manager Mandy Head in the elf jumper, centre, who organised a Christmas party for clients.

More business news:

Simmons Gainsford appoints new senior partner and raises funds for charity

See also:

Former Uckfield estate agency shop let

Former Uckfield hotel rooms can become cottages

Plans to turn former Carpetright unit into automotive repair and MOT centre

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