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Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Wednesday, April 1

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.

Scams

Update at 3.10pm: East Sussex County Council says: “Be aware of people offering shopping or medication collection services. Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.”

Beauty spots

Update at 2.18pm: Wealden Police say in posts on Facebook and Twitter that they are visiting beauty spots, car parks, and around towns and they are pleased to see Uckfield listening to Government advice.

Fly tipping

Update at 10am: Uckfield Town Council ground staff have seen a few incidents of fly tipping around Uckfield since recycling centres closed and the council is appealing to residents to resist doing that.

Town clerk Holly Goring said: “In these unprecedented times, we are all in the same position. I would ask people to be considerate and as soon as the household waste centres are open again we will be able to safely dispose of our waste.”

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce is staying in touch with members, many of whom are working from home during the pandemic.

The organisation has set up a new way for members to engage via Twitter through #UCCHour every Friday at 11am. To take part all you have to do is use the hashtag, above, then follow the conversation as it progresses.

The Chamber says: “During these challenging times, businesses can benefit from sharing their content on as many social media platforms as possible.

“So, whether you are an ‘old hand’ with hundreds or thousands of followers, or whether you are new to Twitter, we’d love you to join us each Friday.”

Break-ins

Chamber secretary Ian Noble says, following a conversation with Wealden Police inspector Jon Gross, that businesses should be aware that with the shift to people working from home, break-ins are more likely to shift towards vacant commercial premises that would usually be occupied during the working day.

“Fortunately, to date, there have not been any incidents in North Wealden, although we should all be aware of the threat and report anything unusual via 101 or online.”

In addition Ian says Wealden Council has provided Keep your Distance poster designs for business use which are available for any businesses which would like to use them.

Business grants

Wealden Council is publicising support offered to businesses affected by COVID-19.

A crisis fund of £47 million is available to support Wealden businesses, and grants of up to £25,000 are available to those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Any small business that already pays little or no business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief, Rural Rate Relief and Tapered Relief, is eligible to apply for a one-off payment of £10,000.

Applications

Wealden is able to accept applications for grant funding with details available here.

Council leader Bob Standley says: “Business rates for many Wealden businesses have already been suspended for the 2020-21 tax year, and we hope that this additional support will go some way to help prevent closures and redundancies.

“We urge as many eligible businesses as possible to apply for this one-off grant funding to help support and secure their future in the aftermath of Coronavirus.”

There’s more advice for business on the Wealden website here.

Council tax

People concerned about paying council tax because of the effects of social distancing on their income are asked to email Wealden Council at counciltax@wealden.gov.uk.

It might be possible for payments to be deferred for a number of months or for people to make a claim for council tax support, or apply for financial help from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Find more information on the Wealden website here.

Help for the isolated

Community hubs have been set up across East Sussex to provide extra support for people feeling isolated, anxious, or unwell at home during the pandemic, who don’t have anyone to help.

One of the hubs is operated through Wealden Council and can be contacted by calling 01323 443322.

The hubs are a partnership between the voluntary sector, the health service, county council and district and broody councils.

Help might include connecting you with:

  • local voluntary group to pick up food or medicine for people
  • volunteers to talk to people who feel isolated
  • access to food banks
  • health provider to consider treatment
  • advisers on finance, benefits or other welfare measures.

Read more on the East Sussex County Council here.

Remember food outreach service

Remember there’s a food outreach service operating in Uckfield, Buxted, Framfield, Blackboys, and Palehouse Common, for people in isolation an unable to get their own supplies. There’s more information here: Uckfield Coronavirus contact details for over 70s and vulnerable food boxes

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Part of Lake Wood roped off as repairs under way on wall

Part of Lake Wood is roped off as repairs are under way on a section of wall that borders the road.

A walker who made a call this morning to find out what was happening was told the work should be finished by the end of the week.

Currently the north side of the walk is open, but the south side is roped off by the contractors.

Lake Wood. (File picture)

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Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Tuesday, March 31

See how Uckfield area businesses and organisations are responding during the Coronavirus pandemic. This story will be updated during the day.

Appeal for Personal Protective Equipment

Update at 2.30pm: Margaret Dode Angel from Sussex Support Service is continuing an emergency appeal for Personal Protective Equipment for carers in the area.

Margaret says she is getting calls from carers and personal assistants to the elderly who are not able to get hold of basic PPE or who are being charged crazy prices for items including gloves, aprons and hand gel.

Dire emergency

“Therefore I am trying to coordinate some PPE for those in dire emergency and have so far managed to support a few carers with stock I already had.”

Margaret adds: “I have managed to get hold of some, not lots, of basic PPE, gloves aprons and hand gel to do refills. They should be with me on Friday and I will carry on trying to get required items.”

Contact

Any carers who require urgent PPE are invited to contact Margaret via email at victoriapavilion@gmail.com or by telephone on 01825 760176. She will add names to her data base of what is needed and will distribute from the pavilion.

Margaret says she is also available to offer telephone support for independent paid carers and personal assistants if that would be helpful.

Margaret Dode Angel of Sussex Support Service who is trying to source Personal Protective Equipment for independent carers and personal assistants to the elderly.

Fuller and Scott

Fuller & Scott funeral directors remain open and able to assist when needed.

Funeral director Emma Naylor said that thanks to the help of doctors, registrars and crematoriums all relevant paperwork can be scanned through when needed.

She said: “Through a very difficult time we are still here for our families providing the care and support the best we can.”

Mansell McTaggart supports NHS

Mansell McTaggart estate agents have dedicated new window displays to the NHS with notices saying Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, and Save Lives.

SG Home Interiors

Update at 11am: The team at SG Home Interiors in Bell Farm Lane, Uckfield, is still working behind the scenes and even though the showroom is closed the company is open for business.

Kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and home offices are being designed remotely.

So Debbie Reed, from SG Home Interiors says: “Don’t despair – discover your new luxury kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or home office, from the comfort of your own home.”

Brochures

Free brochures can be delivered direct to your door.  Please email your address to sg@sghomeinteriors.co.uk and give an idea of the products you are interested in.

Alternatively look online at www.crown-imperial.co.uk or www.sghomeinteriors.co.uk.

Also SG Home Interiors is taking orders via phone (01273 813332) or email at sg@sghomeinteriors.co.uk if anyone would like something from the showroom.

Garden furniture

Debbie says they have a large selection of teak garden furniture if anyone is looking to purchase something for the garden, tables, chairs, benches etc, with free local delivery. Please check out the furniture website and get in touch www.sussexgrangefurniture.co.uk

She adds: “We hope you all stay safe and healthy.”

Bluebell Railway

Update at 10am: The Bluebell Railway is publishing a special newsletter inspired by the actions of soldiers in World War One.

The new regular publication is designed to maintain morale among its staff and volunteers during the railway’s current closure.

And it is making the issues available to everyone who is looking for something to read or do during the shutdown.

Trenches

The newsletter is called The Bluebell Times and is based on The Wipers Times which was a newspaper produced by soldiers in the trenches in World War One after they found an abandoned printing press. The paper helped to maintain morale during the fighting around Ypres in Belgium.

A Bluebell Railway spokesman said: “We hope The Bluebell Times helps to keep up spirits in the same way. It is designed to fill the gap for anyone missing their steam train rides or visits to the Bluebell Railway. Although the railway is currently closed, the lines of communication are still open.

“It’s a publication for all – railway staff at home, volunteers in all departments, members, supporters, visitors, friends, train enthusiasts, families and general readers. It’s perfect for train-mad youngsters or anyone who wants a bit of light relief.”

Train driver

Among the contents in issue one are a feature article on life as a train driver, an in-depth look at one of the railway’s locomotives, an update on the emergency appeal for funds, a word search puzzle, a guess the year quiz based on filming at the Bluebell Railway and a special children’s section.

The Bluebell Times has been edited by Tom James who is a volunteer in the locomotive department and there are contributions from people across the railway.

The first issue of The Bluebell Times is available now and can be downloaded from https://www.bluebell-railway.com/bluebell-times/

Future issues will also be on the same web page.

The Bluebell Railway which is publishing a newsletter while closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Peter Edwards.

Coronavirus scams

Uckfield Town Council is sharing information from Sussex Police about scams operating in other parts of the country relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus issue.

The council says only one report has so far been made to Sussex Police, of a suspicious phone call that went no further thanks to the alertness of the resident

It adds: “The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

“There have also been over 200 reports of coronavirus-themed ‘phishing’ emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.

“You can protect yourself by:

  • not clicking on the links or attachments in suspicious emails
  • carrying out some research first, and asking a friend or family member for advice before completing an online purchase if you’re buying from a company or person you don’t know and trust.
  • always installing the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats

The National Cyber Security Centre offers advice on looking after your devices. Sussex Police’s Operation Signature offers further information on how to keep yourself safe from unwanted callers and other approaches.

Loan sharks

The town council also says that the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognises that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. Victims, friends, family members, and the wider community are encouraged to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks.

Horsted Green Park

Wealden Council has announced the closure of its car parks at Horsted Green Park, at Little Horsted, and Walshes Park, in Crowborough until further notice.

The action follows updated Government guidance on social distancing.

The council is asking that all residents stay local and use open spaces near to home.

It says: “Please do not travel unnecessarily by car or public transport to access open spaces.”

A birds eye view of paths when they were being set out at Horsted Green Park.

Government advice

Government advice on taking exercise once a day is:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

Boots Pharmacy

Boots Pharmacy, which was closed on Thursday for a period initially thought to be of a minimum two weeks, has reopened.

The company had asked Kamson’s Pharmacy to step in to help during the closure which was because of staff issues. Doctors surgeries had also been notified to ensure Boots patients could have new prescriptions dispensed.

It is understood the new opening hours for the pharmacy are 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Buxted Pharmacy

Buxted Pharmacy says it will be closed between 8 and 9am, 1 and 1.30pm, and 5.30-6.30pm, following advice received from NHS England.

The pharmacy says this is to allow quiet times, without interruption, to process prescriptions and also “to support all staff with their mental health with such an increase in workload”.

Tesco Pharmacy, Uckfield

Tesco Pharmacy, Uckfield, is open every day from 9am to 6pm except on Sundays when it is open from 10am to 4pm.

Police

Wealden Police have given an assurance that they will continue to respond to all crime types during the pandemic and will continue to arrest people.

They say that over the weekend officers across the district arrested seven people for a number of offences, including assault, criminal damage, wanted on warrant, and public order offences.

They add that each contact to the police for help will be risk assessed, with priority given to maintaining public order, situations of violence, or where life is in danger, or where a very vulnerable person is involved.

“We are asking the public to please be patient as we may take more time to follow up report relating to lower-level crimes.”

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Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Monday, March 30

Latest news about changes affecting Uckfield people and businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. This story will be updated during the course of the day.

Sussex Support Service

Update at 12.30pm: Margaret Dode Angel from Sussex Support Service is trying to source Personal  Protective Equipment (PPE)for independent carers and personal assistants for the elderly.

Margaret would like to hear from you if you are a dentist, nail bar or hair dressers, or other company that has any masks, gloves aprons etc that can be of use to help these front line workers to stay safe whilst caring for some our most vulnerable in our community.

She can be contacted by phone on 01825 760176 or by email at victoriapavilion@gmail.com.

If you are an independent carer you are also welcome to get in touch for phone support and to be added to a list of those needing PPE.

Margaret Dode Angel who is appealing for Personal Protective Equipment for independent carers and personal assistants to the elderly.

Paws n Claws

Update at noon: Paws n Claws pet shop has revised its opening times.

The temporary times, which are subject to change are Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

The shop is offering a free local delivery service (over £10) to those self isolating.

Owner Justine Aldridge says: “We appreciate your co operation at this difficult time. Please stay safe and thanks again for all your support as we really need it now!”

Justine Aldridge at Paws n Claws, still open with COVID-19 measures in place.

Framfield outreach food boxes

Framfield, Blackboys and Palehouse Common are now included in the outreach food boxes service run from Uckfield.

If you would like to know more please call Ann Newton on either 01825 890103 or 01825 890182, or email clerk@framfieldcouncil.org.uk.

This is a non-profit service which only needs to cover costs.

Trains

There will only be two morning ‘commuter’ trains from Uckfield to London from today (March 30).

The first is the early bird at 05:34 and the second is at 07:34.

Uckfield Line train approaching the platform, seen from Hempstead Meadow Local Nature Reserve

The next train is at 09.34 and then a ‘Sunday’ service kicks in with the last train from Uckfield at 21:34.

Passengers will have to change at Oxted and East Croydon.

Southern has implemented the changes in the changes in response to a huge drop in passengers due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the government’s stay at home message.

Trains from London Bridge to Uckfield depart London Bridge hourly from 07:41 and then every hour at XX:41 until 21:41. Most services entail two changes – East Croydon and Oxted.

Journey times are extended to about 1hr 45mins in both directions – usually about 1hr 20mins.

Times at Buxted at four minutes later/earlier.

Car Repairs 4u

Car repairs 4u is still able to estimate the cost of repairing some smaller damage to vehicles – dents and scrapes – via images sent to dihare@hotmail.co.uk over the internet.

If the costing is satisfactory to you the vehicle can be booked in when things get back to normal.

While garages are allowed to stay open at present, the footfall has fallen away for obvious reasons, so it is not worth Car Repairs 4u opening.

This will be revised on a week by week basis but from what the general feel is nationally it could take two or three months at best.

David and Michael Hare says: “For all our previous customers and potential new ones, please keep safe, look after yourselves and your families at this unprecedented time in all of our lives.

“We are still on the end of a phone or email for enquiries and advice.”

Email address dihare@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone numbers 01825 370382 or 0777 090 3522
Website www.car-repairs-4-u.com

Michael and David Hare outside Car Repairs 4u.

Remember food outreach service

Remember there’s a food outreach service operating in Uckfield and Buxted for people in isolation an unable to get their own supplies. There’s more information here: Uckfield Coronavirus contact details for over 70s and vulnerable food boxes

Boxes of food being prepared at the Belmont Centre, Uckfield, for delivery to the over 70s and vulnerable people in Uckfield

Help through Wealden Council

Do you know any vulnerable people who might need help? Wealden have organised a volunteer hub. Details can be found here.

Business

Advice about mortgage payment holidays

Uckfield couple Katherine Gibbs and Grant Wagner, who launched their Mortgage Advice Bureau business more than two years ago, share advice here about mortgage payment holidays.

They give an example, below, showing how taking a three-month payment holiday can affect future mortgage payments.

Key points:

How a mortgage payment holiday can work

A mortgage payment holiday gives you some flexibility in repaying your mortgage by allowing you to stop or reduce your monthly payments.  This is subject to approval and eligibility with each lender.  Do not change your mortgage direct debit.

Interest

If you have the payment holiday feature and meet the criteria with your lender, the monthly repayments will be recalculated at the end of the payment holiday and may increase.  It is really important to know that although you may miss payments due to the payment holiday, you will still have interest added to your mortgage.

Credit file

This wont affect your credit file, if applied in the correct way with the lender, and they confirm you are eligible.

Contact

Contact Wagner & Gibbs, Mortgage Advice Bureau, if you want any help or advice. Speak to an adviser by calling 0330 1355 325.

An example showing the effects of taking a three-month mortgage holiday.

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Cranwell founder reviews financial markets

Never have we faced times as uncertain, complex and worrying as we do right now, says Stephen Palmer founder of Uckfield-based Cranwell Wealth Solutions.

In this article he takes a look at the financial situation and offers a view on the markets.

Stephen says:

“We have written many articles for Uckfield News, having established our business here some years ago, but never have we faced times as uncertain, complex and worrying as we do right now.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families well, our loved ones are what really matter and I hope that you all stay happy and healthy.

“My aim with this article is to offer a view on the markets and my thoughts are with each and every one of you in the Uckfield community.

“The spread of the coronavirus has intensified in many countries and has had an unimaginable impact on our day-to-day lives here in the UK.

“Aside from the human cost, there is of course an economic one. The global scale of the virus has led to some bruising weeks for global markets and we have seen the worst trading day on the FTSE100 index since ‘Black Monday’ in October 1987.

Volatility

“Clearly, this has an impact on market sentiment and there will, inevitably, be heightened volatility as the threat of a recession grows.

“It is also worth emphasising that, despite these shocks, evidence shows that the worst days are often followed by some of the best days. Therefore, rather than selling low and trying to time the markets, time in the markets and weathering the storm generally reaps rewards as valuations recover.

“Uncertainty is likely to be the only certainty in the short-term and staying the course with a diversified portfolio of investments, positioned for the long-term, is typically the best route to achieving your goals.

Turbulent

“These turbulent times also provide investment opportunities for fund managers.

“Lower valuations caused by market falls provide scope for our managers to deploy cash and add to positions in companies trading at attractive prices.

“Indeed, some of our managers have reported portfolio turnover, changes to the holdings in their portfolio of investments, of around 10% and one manager commented: ‘It has been a while since we have been able to add this level of value for our investors’.

Updates

“If you would like to keep up with frequent updates and reflections on the ongoing economic impact of the coronavirus, please do so at www.cranwellws.co.uk articles are available for everyone to access free of charge and are written by wealth management experts, just head to the insights page.  

“For now I wish you all the very best and look forward to welcoming people again to our Uckfield office Church Street when we are entirely safe to do so.

Stephen Palmer
Cranwell Wealth Solutions Founder 

• The value of an investment will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than the amount invested.

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Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Thursday, March 26

Latest news about how the Coronavirus is affecting Uckfield people, its businesses and organisations. Updates will be added during the course of the day.

Updated at 9.30am: Green DIY is open today from 9am to 6pm. The store is only accepting card payments, and allowing a maximum of three customers in the store at a time. It is observing the social distancing guidelines.

Police

Sussex Police will engage with people if they are seen to be posing a danger to each other, according to Chief Constable Giles York.

He said they would explain why it’s important to behave differently. “Only if absolutely necessary will we enforce the law to ensure that you disperse. Please support everything the public services are doing at the moment.”

Priority

The chief constable said the police priority was to make sure the most vulnerable in our communities are kept safe and supported.

He warned about an increase in fraudsters and scammers and asked for any suspicious activity to be reported on 101, or online, and 999 in an emergency.

He said: “We urge you not to call 101 with general coronavirus enquiries, but visit the Government website for information. Please keep our 101 and 999 lines free for people with genuine policing needs.

“Follow Government advice to stay at home and help the national effort.”

Daily Mail report 

The Daily Mail has reported on COVID-19 spreading through a Maresfield family after Daniel Bland returned from a ski trip to Austria. Read the report here.

Another Maresfield couple have been struggling with the disease since returning from a holiday in Thailand. Gail Fay has been sharing her story to raise awareness about the effects of the virus. See:  Maresfield woman updates her coronavirus story.

Food outreach service

More than 40 boxes of basic food supplies have been distributed to the elderly, over 70s and NHS workers in Uckfield by volunteers since an outreach service was launched a week ago.

Read more about the scheme and how you can receive help here: Uckfield Coronavirus – Contact details for over 70s and vulnerable food boxes.

Boxes of food being prepared at the Belmont Centre, Uckfield, for delivery to the over 70s and vulnerable people in Uckfield

Rix and Kay solicitors

Rix and Kay solicitors have noticed a “significant increase” in the number of clients making enquiries about Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

And the firm has implemented plans that ensure the wider effects of COVID-19 do not impact on its ability to provide services to clients.

Rix and Kay says its private client team can work with you to ensure that any updates to existing Wills or the preparation of new Wills/Lasting Powers of Attorney is done in a way in which you feel comfortable given the current situation.

Virtual meetings

Meetings with clients can be held ‘virtually’ via an easy to use video-calling facility.

Partner Bruce Clarke says: “Our state-of-the-art facility works by simply sending an email containing a link which can be used with any device with a camera such as a smart-phone, tablet or laptop, meaning you can talk to us face-to-face, from the comfort of your own home.

“If you would like to have an informal chat about your current circumstances and how we might be able to help, or if you would like to update your Will or prepare a new Will and/or Lasting Powers of Attorney, then please get in touch. You can email me directly at bruceclarke@rixandkay.co.uk or contact your usual Rix & Kay lawyer who would be happy to help.”

PipeDreams

While PipeDreams has closed its Uckfield High Street shop owners Julie and David Hobbs are working on their website and offering free delivery on orders.

They say: “Bear with us while we add lots of goodies to the website but for starters there are loads of Flip Flops to choose from.”

There are lots of flip flops to choose from at PipeDreams and they can be delivered to your home.

If you’d like to place an order please email info@pipedreams-online.co.uk with the details, including your phone number and they will call you to take payment and delivery details.

The PipeDreams website is here: www.pipedreams-online.co.uk. See also its Facebook page which will be regularly updated.

David and Julie say: “Thank you for your continued support. Take good care everyone.”

Nose2Tail family butchers

Nose2Tail family butchers at Piltdown are looking forward to taking more orders tomorrow (Friday) but for the moment are catching up with those already received. Luke Watson and Danny Martin say: “We will do our very best to help anyone in these hard times, but please be patient. Thanks.”

Danny Martin, left, and Luke Watson at Nose2Tail butchers in Piltdown.

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Uckfield Coronavirus update – Wednesday, March 25

Latest news from Uckfield businesses and organisations affected by Coronavirus restrictions on socialising. Updates are added during the day.

Five Ash Down Post Office and Stores

New opening times at Five Ash Down Post Office and Stores are:

Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday 9am-12.30pm
Sunday 8am-11am

This is to allow for home deliveries to vulnerable and self-isolating customers before opening and after closing times.

The store has fresh produce, bread, eggs, milk, and all other necessities. It also takes orders for fresh meat supplied by Bishops which can be collected from the Post Office.

Orders received before 1pm on Thursday will be available for collection on Friday.

Paynes Heating and Plumbing

Update at 11.55am: Paynes Heating and Plumbing is still open for emergency work which includes no heating or hot water, water leaks, and gas safety certificates. Non-urgent work has been temporarily suspended.

The business said: “It is a difficult time for us all, however as our engineers are classed as key workers we have a duty to help our customers, who have been there for us over the past 40 years.

Reduced service

“A reduced service is being run on our phones so it may take longer for us to pick up, however please leave a message and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

“Alternatively, please use the live chat on the website, the Contact Us page, or our Facebook as this will get through to us immediately. We can also be reached on sales@paynes-heating.co.uk.

“We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.”

Staverton Nursery

Update at 11.30am: Staverton Nursery is only selling food items through its shop now. Fresh fruit and veg, milk, and a limited amount of other groceries are available. Vegetable seeds are also available on the shop floor.

Social distancing measures are in place and staff are cleaning all areas regularly.

Staverton’s is willing to deliver groceries to your doorstep and will give precedence to those who fall into the vulnerable groups as listed by the Government.

Gardening

The nursery says: “We appreciate that many of you may wish to spend this time of isolation gardening and wanted to let you know that all garden products can still be delivered to your doorstep although they cannot be purchased in store.

“We will be endeavouring over time to advertise online what plant stock is available so that you can choose from the safety of your home and then phone or email an order.

“Our delivery drivers will leave the goods outside your home and confirm receipt via a phone call. Due to high demand we will not be able to schedule delivery times only to confirm the day of delivery.

Opening hours

Staverton’s opening hours have been adjusted to 8am – 3pm.

The team at Staverton adds: “We hope and pray that you all will keep safe and well and we will do our best to serve our customers as best as we can in these very difficult times.”

If you would like to place an order please call 01825 840249, or email customerservices@stavertonnursery.co.uk.

Staverton Nursery where the food section is open and deliveries can be organised, including of gardening products, which can’t currently be bought inside the store.

Sew n Sew and Haberdashery

Nose2Tail butchers

Nose2Tail Family Butchers, at Ashgrove Farm, Piltdown, is imposing a strict two people only in the shop rule from today and is urging people to use their delivery service rather than call in.

Danny Martin and Luke Watson say: “Thank you all yet again for using us and being so patient.”

Danny Martin and Luke Watson of Nose2Tail Family Butchers at Piltdown.

Uckfield Foodbank

Uckfield Foodbank remains open and is making home deliveries to those in need of food in local area.

The Foodbank asks that if you need a voucher from your agency then please give them as much notice as possible. If you need delivery on a Tuesday then the voucher needs to be with the Foodbank by noon. The same applies for Friday delivery.

This will help the organisation to operate with minimum contact and with a (planned) much smaller group of volunteers.

Foodbox scheme

Don’t forget there’s a foodbox scheme to help people in their 70s who are self-isolating. Find more details and contact numbers in this Uckfield News story: Uckfield Coronavirus – Contact details for Over 70s and vulnerable food boxes.

Uckfield Yoga Studio

Uckfield Yoga Studio now has a Zoom account and online classes are being launched with the first this morning at 9.30am. If you would like to know more about future seasons please contact Grace Annand on 01825 763591 or email graceannand@hotmail.com.

Uckfield Yoga Studio, closed for the time being but owner Grace Annand is starting online classes.

Wealden Bowls Centre

The season has ended abruptly for Wealden Indoor Bowls Club which closed its doors just before the Government ‘Stay at Home’ directive was made. The club, which meets at Wealden Bowls Centre, in Maresfield, holds regular open days so look out for details once Coronavirus restrictions end.

Wealden Bowls Centre buzzing during normal times.

Essence for Change

Chris Martin, aromatherapist and flower essence practitioner, whose business is Essence for Change is available for consultations about Flower Essence support and other advice via Skype and soon Zoom.

Chris hopes to set up a group through her Zoom account to give people chance to chat. She says: “I’ll see if I can find some speakers, maybe put in a meditation. To be honest I’m not sure how it’ll turn out but I know I have to try. It’s about keeping up communication.”

Chris says has mixed a combination of Flower Essences designed to help with anxiety, and she makes hand sanitisers. She can be contacted at aromachris@skycom if you would like to know more.

Chris Martin, aromatherapist and flower essence practitioner.

Health and social care research

A series of events which were due to be held at The Space, at The Grove Farmhouse Cafe, Blackboys, have been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.

The sessions were due to be run by National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Josefina

Josefina is creating ‘boxes of love and kindness’ which will contain goodies that can be sent to loved ones. The High Street shop will post photos and prices on its Facebook page and on a new ‘Send your Love’ page coming to its website.

Business, Community, Food & Drink

Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Tuesday, March 24

Update at 3.50pm: Uckfield Town Council is planning to postpone the annual town meeting due to take place on Tuesday, April 21. A new date is to be fixed.

Other meetings are being cancelled, Environment and Leisure on Monday, March 30, and Plans Committee on Monday April 6.

Update at 2.45pm: Wealden Police has announced:

We’re out and about in Uckfield town on reassurance patrols, liaising with local supermarkets and checking open spaces.

“Our officers will be out as usual and will use today to explain these new rules to the public.”

PCSO Sue Choppin at Uckfield Tesco. Photograph: Wealden Police.

The tip is closed

Wealden stops car park monitoring

Council play areas in Uckfield closed

Barney’s Play

Barney’s Play has announced that it will be closed until further notice.

The Jago family owners and Barney’s team says: “Wishing all our customers and their families well in this strange new world. Please stay safe everyone. We hope to see everyone safe and sound when we re-open, once this is all over.”

Update at 2.30pm: East Sussex County Council closing is closing its ten Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) until further notice.

The council said: “Our district and borough council partners are doing their very best to collect your waste and recycling, and ask for your patience and understanding during this time.

“Please think about reducing your waste where possible and recycle as much as possible through your kerbside collections.”

Wealden District Council has announced that due to the Covid-19 outbreak monitoring of its car parks has ceased.

The council said:

“Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, in order to safeguard our customers and staff, emergency measures have been put in place.

“Monitoring for overstaying in 3-hour, 6-hour, 10-hour and 23-hour car parks will cease from Monday (March 23).

“All other Regulations will still apply when parking within Wealden District Council car parks eg: not parking wholly within a parking bay, parking within a disabled bay without displaying a valid disabled badge.

“Please continue to park sensibly if you are using the car parks.”

Uckfield Town Council has announced the closure of its play areas.

The council said:

“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night stating that “parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed”, Uckfield Town Council wishes to reiterate this important message and will be placing signage up on all play areas, today, to advise that these are now closed.

CLOSED: Hempstead Road play area

“However, we should be conscious that if the public are ignoring the announcements of the Prime Minister, they may also choose to ignore announcements and notices put up by the Town Council.

“We will, therefore, advise Sussex Police of key hotspot areas for gathering in the town, so they can include these areas in their patrols.

“May we also remind residents, that if you witness any incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour please do report these matters to Sussex Police.

“In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in action, please telephone 999.

“If you wish to report a non-emergency incident relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, please telephone 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Green DIY

Updated at 12.10pm: Green DIY has learned it is allowed to continue trading and because they have enough staff willing, and able, to work they will be open tomorrow from 9am to 6pm.

The store will ONLY be accepting CARD payments and putting additional measures in place to ensure the health and safety of both customers and staff are met.

Green DIY says: “Please ensure before visiting the store you have familiarised yourself with the Government’s Guidelines regarding social distancing as we will be requesting all our customers observe these Rules.

“Thank you for your continued support and your patience during these difficult times.”

Bell Walk dry cleaners

Bell Walk dry cleaners is adjusting its opening hours which will be from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Baldwins Travel

Baldwins Travel, who have a branch in Uckfield, say that despite the lockdown they are doing everything they can to ensure you can still receive great service and ongoing advice in this uncertain time.

Our teams are available to talk to and we would encourage you to email your local branch with your enquiry and they will get back to you. Please only phone with more pressing questions.

The email address to use is uckfield@baldwins-travel.co.uk.

Framfield Council area playgrounds

Framfield Parish Council has announced that all its playgrounds – Framfield, Blackboys and Palehouse Common – are closed until further notice.

All the gates have been clearly labelled are people are told not to enter.

Superior Glass

Updated at 9.45am: Superior Glass has decided to put on hold as much of its current workload as it can, in order to protect staff and customers in these unprecedented times.

The business says: “This decision has not been taken lightly, however, as non-essential workers we feel that we have no right to be in people’s homes or asking our staff to leave the safety of their own homes. All of our staff will be sent home as of lunchtime today.

“Our phone line and e-mail address will be monitored during this time, so do continue to to get in touch but please be mindful of what we will be able to do for you safely in the coming weeks.

“We look forward to returning when it is safe to do so.”

PipeDreams

PipeDreams the snow, surf and skate shop in Uckfield High Street has closed but says it will be back.

Owners Julie and David Hobbs send their very best wishes to all their wonderful customers, families and friends.

“Together we WILL get through this difficult time. Look after each other from a distance, be kind … and stay at home.”

Vince Taylor Tofts

Estate agents Vince Taylor Tofts are in the process of re-directing their calls and emails.

In the meantime, should you need to contact them, please use this temporary email address: vincetaylortofts@gmail.com

“Many thanks and stay safe.”

The Vince Taylor Tofts team. From the left are Julian Vince, Richard Taylor, and Chris Tofts, pictured in October 2019.

Holy Cross Church

Update at 8.10am: Holy Cross Church has now closed its doors.

The church says: “We know some of you have been using the church for a moment of peace, reflection and prayer but for the time being we will have to keep the building locked.

“Please know that we will keep you all in our prayers at this time and look forward to opening up once more and welcoming you back!

“We will continue to post a short service each Sunday morning for the coming weeks.

Business closure announcements

Uckfield businesses began announcing their closure last night from the minute the Prime Minister finished his ‘Stay at Home’ speech live on TV.

Among the first announcements were two from Green DIY and its offshoot, and neighbour, the fishing tackle shop Hooked on Green.

Green DIY on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield.

Only shops selling essentials such as food and medicines are now allowed to be open and gatherings of more than two people are banned.

Sew n Sew and Haberdashery

Sew n Sew and Haberdashery has closed for the foreseeable future.

Owners Andy and Dawn Coppins say they are going to take a week out to undertake a few jobs and implement a delivery system, which will adhere to the rules of safety for all.

“Once we have a plan in place based on government guidelines, we will notify our lovely followers of our intentions. Please take care all of you, be good and keep making.”

Dawn and Andy Coppins, owners of Sew n Sew. Picture from our files.

EMC Uckfield

Vauxhall car dealership EMC Uckfield is closing its doors until further notice.

Managing director Mark Lambird says: “We will be in touch with all customers who have ordered cars from us, or have vehicles booked in for repairs/servicing within the coming days, and appreciate your patience at this difficult time.”

EMC Uckfield.

Hartfields

Hartfields said last night that they would be open today from 9am to 3pm for fruit, veg, bread and egg sales only, not takeaways.

But then the business will close for the foreseeable future until the Government says it is safe to re-open.

“Thank you to all our very valued customers and of course to the wonderful team of staff that have made and will make Hartfields such a great place to be.

“Stay safe, follow the guidance and we will get through this.”

 

Hartfields owner James Hartfield, pictured after the business was refurbished in 2018.

Staying open

Paws n Claws pet shop

Businesses staying open include Paws n Claws in Olives Yard because pet shops are excluded from the Government’s list of non-essential shops.

Those allowed to stay open are supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies), petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, launderette and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.

Justine Aldridge, the owner of Paws n Claws said business took the situation very seriously and she would be restricting customer numbers in the shop to enable social distancing.

Deliveries

Justine added: “I have thought long and hard about closing my doors to keep myself, staff and customers safe and am already doing lots of deliveries.

“However hearing people struggling to find food for their pets I’m happy to stay open, for as long as I feel safe.

“We will not be offering any services that need close contact, muzzle and harness fitting, and we please ask that you keep a good distance when paying at the till.

“We need to stay safe but I understand we need to feed our pets so let stick together and try and make this work!”

Justine Aldridge of Paws n Claws, photographed in happier times.

Hurstwood Feeds

Hurstwood Feeds is an essential supply store and will remain open. The business asks that customers follow the 2m social distancing measure.

Elaine Maybury who runs the business with David Winter says: “Our delivery service is limited to our regular delivery customers, however, if you can collect your goods it will take more pressure of both myself and Dave.

“We are hoping supplies will be back to full capacity by the end of the week but until our lorries arrive we will not know. Please be assured we are doing all we can to look after you and your animals. Stay safe everyone.”

Ridgewood Post Office and Stores

Ridgewood Post Office and Stores says it too will be staying open following the prime minister’s announcement.

Sue Gothard who runs the business with her husband Jon says: “We are doing our best to keep stocked up and are, at the moment getting daily deliveries of fresh bread, milk, pies, fruit and veg.

“We are visiting our cash and carry but supplies are still limited. We are also getting deliveries of non food items from other suppliers.

“Whilst we welcome you into our business please observe the guidelines in place to keep you safe, but also my staff, and Jon and I.

“If there are a few people in the shop please wait outside, stand back from the counter and, where appropriate and possible, use your card to process a contactless payment.

“The post office is open but please consider whether what you are sending is necessary.

“We have suspended outreach post offices until further notice.

“Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this very difficult time.”

Sue and Jon Gothard pictured outside Ridgewood Post Office last year.

Sussex Police

Sussex Police said they were working with the Government through the national police body to consider how the Government’s restrictions on public life can be most effectively enforced.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone in Sussex to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.”

The Assistant Chief Constable said the restrictions are designed to slow the impact of the coronavirus, prevent death and to further protect the resources of the NHS.

New powers were being given to the police and local authorities as part of new legislation to support the national effort.

• See the Government website for the latest information about what you are allowed to do under the latest Coronavirus restrictions.

See also:

Uckfield coronavirus: Contact details for Over 70s and vulnerable food boxes

Uckfield coronavirus: Contact details for Over 70s and vulnerable food boxes

Update at 11.40 am: The organisers of the Uckfield foodbox scheme have been given donations by  Tesco, Uckfield Lions, the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association and the Thomas Scanlan Trust.

Boxes are now £9 for groceries.

Toiletries can be sourced, if required.

Our original story:

Uckfield has been divided into zones to help the Over 70s and vulnerable who are isolating because of the coronavirus pandemic.

An outreach service to deliver food has been set up by Jenni Elliott, Lynne Ireland and Karen Bedwell as a stop-gap to help those who cannot get to the shops.

Boxes of food being prepared at the Belmont Centre, Uckfield, for delivery to the over 70s and vulnerable people in Uckfield

The service is based at the Belmont Centre and buys from Ridgewood Post Office, Buxted Oast Farm; Highbridge Farm, Palehouse Common; and Tesco, when the group can.

Karen Bedwell said: “They are basic food supplies, including bread, milk, eggs, mixed fruit and veg, depending on what is available.

“The cost is currently £12 delivered but this goes up and down depending on cost of food. 

“This is non-profit, we just need to cover costs. 

“We also have a team of volunteers to deliver boxes and also deliver food parcels from foodbank if people need us too.”

Ring the numbers below to order

Ridgewood – including all roads and estates close to and south of Highlands Inn and also New Town –  from the railway station to Highlands roundabout,  including Framfield Road and its offshoots and Forge Rise area:

Bobby Moore: 07957212462

Manor Park Estate, and Hempstead Fields Estates plus London Road and Coopers Green: 

Lisa Smith Tel: 07950216440

Uckfield west – including West Park, Rocks Park, Hunters Way, plus roads off Church Street. Also Snatts Combe and Ringles Cross area, including The Drive etc, through to Claremont and Cambridge Way, Snatts Road and Ringles Cross:

Jennifer Elliott: 07852287351

Uckfield east area – including Hempstead Lane and offshoots,  Grange Road and Olives Meadow, town centre and High Street:

Elizabeth Buckley Tel: 07548703395

See also:

Rail services cut back, libraries, Wealden DC advice

Bluebell Railway emergency appeal

Business, Community, Shopping

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

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 info@vincetaylortofts.com. 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: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest

Libraries

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 Info@peteroliverhomes.co.uk.

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).

Josefina

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 info@josefinaonline.co.uk.

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:

Community, Leisure, Music and arts, Schools

Universal Dance starts virtual classes

Online classes are being launched by Universal Dance as face-to-face contact is restricted by the Coronavirus.

The organisation will be running a reduced timetable from April 6, with virtual classes broadcast live through the Zoom platform.

Different packages are available so that classes can be tailored to a variety of ages and preferences. They will include an adult street dance class.

Lindsay Willis-Wood who runs Universal Dance with Jess Lloyd said: “UD Virtual  is a new venture to keep our students – and others who are interested – active and interacting with each other, and us, throughout these difficult times.

Children

“We are trying to hone in on the specific styles of dance and arts that children enjoy the most, Street Dance, Contemporary, Ballet, Commercial, Musical Theatre and group singing.

“We have also added in family fitness programmes where the whole family, or parent and child, can have creative times together, perhaps with the children making up dance choreography based on their favourite story, in the comfort of their own home accompanied by whoever is looking after them.” 

Those signing up to take part will be sent a link to their class the day before it takes place. Then they need to make sure they log on to a Zoom ‘meeting’ at the time of their class.

Teacher

When the class starts they will be able to see your UD teacher, and see and hear each other.

Free live content is also going to be posted on Universal Dance Instagram and Facebook pages – UniDance1 on Instagram, UniversalDance onFacebook.

And there will continue to be tutorials on the Universal Dance YouTube account at UniDance100.

In addition daily fitness challenges will be posted by Jess on Instagram and Facebook.

To learn more please contact Universal Dance by email at info@universaldance.co.uk or call 07885 528356.

• Contact details for Universal Dance are available 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Children’s Activities, or Dance.

See also:

Maresfield woman shares her coronavirus story

Volunteer centre wins High Sheriff award

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Business, Community, Shopping

Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Saturday, March 21

Picture House cinema and restaurant

Update at 11.25am: Uckfield Picture House owner Kevin Marwick is quoted in this Guardian story Over one hour everything was cancelled – how coronavirus devastated the film industry.

He tells how the High Street cinema and restaurant have been affected and says: “I’m going to try to keep the business afloat, but not at the cost of safety. I reckon we’ll be shut for three months at least.

“My parents started this cinema in 1964, when I was two years old. It’s the place I grew up in and in 1994 I took it over. It feels like a lifetime’s work is in danger of being lost.”

PipeDreams

PipeDreams the snow, surf and skate shop remains open and has plenty of skateboards and scooters in stock.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels

Uckfield area pubs, restaurants, hotels, and cafes have been announcing their plans for the future following the Government enforced closure of meeting places.

Some have closed until further notice while others have adapted by offering only takeaways.

Some shops are increasing their range of stock as they try to help during the Coronavirus crisis. South Brockwells Farm, for example, has opened its shop ahead of the asparagus season with an extended offering of locally produced supplies.

Other businesses and organisations are making difficult decisions such as the Adult College for Rural East Sussex which has postponed ALL its courses due to start in April and until after the isolation period.

The college says: “We will be in touch as soon as we are able to resume with further information. In the mean time, make the best of what you have, take care of your neighbours, friends, relatives and yourselves.”

Crockstead Farm Hotel

Crockstead Farm Hotel has temporarily ceased trading.

The hotel says it has suffered mass cancellations of upcoming bookings leading to a massive and immediate impact on its cashflow capabilities.

It adds: “While we have endeavoured to keep operations running at a minimum; servicing wages and our accounts obligations, the position we now find ourselves in is untenable.

Family business

“We are a closely run family business and have invested our all over this past decade. We thank every person who has come through our doors, interacted with our team and created memories with us up to this point. We hope to still be thanking you in years to come.

“We are working with our staff and partners to make sure that this is a “See you soon” but, beyond this point, the future of Crockstead Farm Hotel is unknown.

“On a personal level, I wish you and your loved ones all the best in this trying time.”

Hartfields

Hartfields is now offering a limited takeaway menu only.

This will be available from 9am-3pm everyday.

The cafe says: “Please bear with us as we find our feet in these most curious of times.”

Picture House restaurant

The Picture House Restaurant has been closed until further notice.

The restaurant said: “Many of you have been asking about the restaurant and Mother’s Day.

“It is with much regret, and with concern for our team and our customers well-being, we have decided to close The Picture House Restaurant until further notice.

“We do hope you can celebrate with your mum’s in a safe way. Perhaps buy them a Membership or Gift Card then they can look forward a great lunch or film later in the year.”

South Brockwells Farm Shop

The team at South Brockwells Farm where the shop is being opened, with an extended range, ahead of the asparagus season.

South Brockwells Farm has opened its shop ahead of the asparagus season to enable customers old and new to enjoy a more pleasant shopping experience than a trip to the supermarket.

It is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.

The shop’s extended offering includes: milk, bread, butter and cheese – all sourced locally and for quality.

Toilet rolls

“We are even stocking toilet rolls – charity fund-raising loo rolls no less, from Charity Box.”

Fresh locally grown vegetables are due in next week to supplement the farm’s own home grown vegetables.

Food is sourced from:

Milk – Mays Farm, Ringmer
Bread – Newick Bakery
Cheese/Butter – Bookham & Harrison, Horsham
Juices and Jams – Oast Farm Shop, Buxted

The shop has a wide range of fresh frozen game and its own home-grown, own recipe, pork sausages.

There are also the usual free range eggs, organic Potatoes from Boathouse Farm, Isfield, cakes from Cooksfield Home Bakes.

Paws n Claws pet shop

Paws n Claws pet shop aims to stay open until old otherwise.

Owner Justine Aldridge said on Facebook: “We have plenty of stock and deliveries in regularly.

“If there is anything we don’t stock we can probably order it for you and it will arrive within a few days.

Thanks

“We are obviously fairly busy and I want to thank everyone for their support at this very difficult time.

“Please stay safe and if anyone is self-isolating or struggling to get in we can deliver locally on orders over £10.

“You can also call to place an order and we can pop your order in your boot so social distancing is upheld.

“Early mornings are the best time if you want to avoid it when busy. Thanks again from us at Paws n Claws.”

See also:

Maresfield woman shares her Coronavirus story

Parents praise Uckfield College for crisis action

Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Friday, March 20

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community

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 admin@uckfieldtc.gov.uk 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 – https://www.uckfieldtc.gov.uk/your-council/local-councillors/.

“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 – https://www.uckfieldtc.gov.uk/news/, – on our social media pages – https://www.facebook.com/uckfieldtowncouncil/ and https://twitter.com/UckfieldTC 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 www.lavender-line.co.uk – 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.

TAKEAWAY AND DELIVERY MENU FOR MOTHER’S DAY

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.

Josefina

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

Community, Local authorities, Planning

Retrospective plans for nine parking spaces in Framfield Road

Part retrospective plans have been submitted to provide nine parking spaces in a parking area behind a property in Framfield Road, Uckfield.

The land behind 33 Framfield Road, which is divided into two flats, will be accessed between number 31 and 31A and electric gates will be fitted to prevent unauthorised entry.

A Google Earth image shows 33 Framfield Road, which is near the junction of Framfield Road with Alexandra Road.

A raised bed planter and wildflower space are included in the proposals.

A statement with the planning application, which is before Wealden Council says: “Careful consideration has been given to the  design and appearance of the proposed parking area in order to fully integrate with the existing building and adjoining properties.

“It is clear the proposal is appropriate and sympathetic in relation to the existing building and surroundings, and that there will be no significant adverse effect on local amenities.

“The design of the proposed parking area is not contrary to the aim. Of conserving the landscape quality and character.”

33 Framfield Road  is at the junction of Framfield Road with Harcourt Road, and Alexandra Road.

Read more about the planning application number WD/2020/0327/FR on the Wealden Council website. https://planning.wealden.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=148980

Hawker Typhoon enthusiasts learn about Napier Sabre engine

A Napier Sabre engine IIa was centre stage during a talk organised by the Uckfield-based Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group last week.

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic members of the group travelled from as far a field as Worcester and asked questions of an expert about the engine which, following renovation, is destined to take Warbird RB396 back into the sky, hopefully in 2024.

Volunteers of the Uckfield-based Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group are pictured with Clen Tomlinson and the Napier Sabre IIa engine.

The engine has always been on display during talks about the restoration of the Hawker Typhoon, and on open days, but this was the first time people were able to learn about its innards.

The person with the expertise was Clen Tomlinson, a model engineer and chief Engineer for the Napier Power Heritage Trust for many years. He had made small working replica engines in the past, but wanted to make a working replica of a complex engine.

Clem told Uckfield News: “If you want anything complex then D Napier and Sons is the company to consider. I looked at some Formula One engines, car engines and aeroplane engines.

Inside

“Nobody had done a Sabre engine so I set about trying to get information on what goes on inside there.

“I didn’t get on very well. I couldn’t find any drawings therefore I chose another Napier engine, a complex alternative engine, not a steam engine, a diesel engine.”

Clen completed an eighth scale replica of that engine then found a way into getting drawings for the Sabre and started the long process of converting what is inside that engine into a number of parts that could be assembled.

The result was a quarter scale model and a vast knowledge of the Sabre’s workings that Clen was able to share with the Hawker Typhoon group members.

Clen Tomlinson holds part of his quarter scale model of a Napier Sabre IIa engine while standing next to an original engine.

Video clips within Clen’s talk illustrated how the parts worked together.

The Sabre IIa is an H24 configuration with two flat 12-cylinder, four-stroke, engines, one mounted on top of the other with the crankshafts geared together. It’s a ‘hyper’ engine.

Clen said that during the Battle of Britain the old way of defending the country was to send up a squadron of aeroplanes to look out for the enemy. The problem was they would run out of fuel.

The new Sabre ‘hyper’ engine allowed aeroplanes to sit on the ground – radar was coming into use at the same time – and be sent up as enemy aircraft approached and have a longer duration in the air and be very fast.

Flight

When the Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group’s RB396 returns to flight it will be the first time in 70 years that a Napier Sabre engine will have been heard.

But Clen told group supporters that a couple of CDs exist where the sound of a Sabre engine starting up, taxiing, taking off and flying past has been recorded, and it was a sound that was very nice to listen to.

Keep up to date with progress on returning Hawker Typhoon RB396 to flight on the preservation group’s website: https://hawkertyphoon.com

Read more about the Hawker Typhoon restoration in previous Uckfield News stories:

Hawker Typhoon being brought back to life in Uckfield

Hawker Typhoon crowdfunded smashes £50,000 target

Hawker Typhoon rivets could play role in fund-raising for restoration

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Local authorities, Planning

Town council objects to plans for former Methodist Chapel

Uckfield Town Council has objected to plans to turn the former Methodist Chapel in Framfield Road, into three flats.

Councillors say there is no adequate parking provided and on-street parking for the residents of Framfield Road, Alexandra Road and the surrounding area is already a major problem and this would exacerbate it.

The former Methodist Chapel in Framfield Road, Uckfield.

They add that this is an unsuitable site for residential accommodation within a popular and busy business area.

Councillors say: “We are also concerned to hear that the existing property has been let as residential when permission has not been granted for this.

“We also have concerns that construction vehicles to the site would be impractical and could be detrimental to the yard, potentially causing damage, and there is insufficient turning area for large vehicles, leading to them having to reverse on the High Street, and the dangers this would cause.”

Read more about the planning application for the Methodist Chapel in a previous Uckfield News story: Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats.

It will be Wealden District Council that makes a decision on whether to approve the scheme.

See also:

Uckfield businesses adapt as alarm grows over Coronavirus

Change proposed to plans for seven homes in Keld Drive

Horticultural society invites village groups to submit bids for funding

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Local authorities, Planning

Change proposed to plans for seven homes in Keld Drive

New proposals for seven homes to be built in Keld Drive, Uckfield, are slightly different from a previously approved planning application.

The mix of houses in the latest scheme for 22 Keld Drive would include one four-bedroom home, and six three-bedroom homes.

22 Keld Drive, Uckfield, where a new planning application for seven homes has been submitted. (File picture)

Previously the proposal was to include two two-bedroom homes if the latest scheme is approved they would be three-bedroom homes instead, increasing their size 86.4 sq m to 100 sq m each.

The site is at the north end of Keld Drive where there is a detached home on a large plot which extends down to the River Uck. To the east is Framfield Stream which feeds into the Uck.

Last night (March 16), Uckfield Town Council plans committee agreed to object to the application.

Councillors felt two-bedroom homes are more likely to be affordable for people trying to get on the housing ladder.

They also thought the change was likely to lead to more traffic in an already congested area.

Full details of planning application number WD/2020/0046/F can be found on the Wealden Council website. You will have to accept conditions before proceeding to the information.

See also:

Fire service considers changes to cover – including at Uckfield

Estate agents collect Easter eggs to support Uckfield Foodbank

‘Forgotten’ people seek CAB help

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Local authorities

Fire service considers changes to cover – including at Uckfield

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) is considering changes to the way it provides cover across its area, including Uckfield.

It is working up what it calls a “new, integrated risk management plan” called Planning for a Safer Future”.

It looks at the risks of emergencies, such as fires, and examines how best resources can be used to prevent emergencies and respond to them.

Uckfield Fire Station.

“We already know we will have to be innovative in order to do this now and in the future,” ESFRS says on its website.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service covers the administrative county of East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove.

Detail

UckfieldNews.com commentary

An integrated risk management plan hardly sounds exciting and nothing to get worried about.

The devil will, however, be in the detail.

Balancing risks with resources could mean all sorts of things but Uckfield should rightly ask: What does this mean for our town – in terms of equipment, personnel and firefighting capabilities?

Trojan horse

Can we have a guarantee that “Planning for a Safer Future” is not a Trojan horse containing less equipment and fewer personnel for Uckfield?

People in Uckfield need to ask some pertinent questions of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service once this plan is drawn up.

Baseline

Here are questions to which we need clear, detailed and precise answers.

Towards the end of this article we publish what Uckfield Fire Station has in terms of machines and personnel at the moment.

This is to establish a baseline for our readers so that they compare what is eventually proposed with what we have now.

Our questions

Question 1: Uckfield has two fire engines (as the public would describe them).  Will there still be two in future?

Question 2: How will Uckfield be crewed in the future?

Question 3: How many full-time firefighters will be based at Uckfield?

Question 4: Will the full-time firefighters be available “on call” when they are off-shift and at home?

Question 5: For night-time and weekend coverage, do you intend to be completely reliant on the retained (on call) firefighters, without any full-time staff covering at night?

Question 6: If you rely on the on call firefighters to cover nights/weekends, how can you guarantee that Uckfield Fire Station will have sufficient crew members to attends fires, crashes and incidents?

Question 7: You have advertised in recent times for on call firefighters, do you have a full complement at Uckfield, bearing in mind nationally it has been difficult to recruit sufficient retained firefighters?

Question 8: If there are insufficient firefighters to turn out one fire appliance from Uckfield, where would an appliance come from and how long would that take?

Question 9: How will you ensure any proposals make firefighting and fire safety more resilient in Uckfield?

Uckfield Fire Station Baseline

There are four appliances based at Uckfield Fire Station. They are:

Appliance 1: An Extended Rescue Pump. This is a standard fire appliance but carries additional equipment for a wide range of incidents, including cutting equipment for road accidents and water rescue equipment). It also has a positive pressure fan for smoke clearance and a full range of service ladders.

This appliance used to be crewed by up to six firefighters but following the last round of cuts this was reduced to a maximum of five and is now regularly crewed by just four firefighters. In East Sussex this is the minimum number permissible to form a crew.

Appliance 2: A Water Tender. This is a standard fire appliance which carries basic firefighting equipment and a range of hand tools. It also carries a Light Portable Pump (LPP) which is often essential for pumping from open water at rural fires. It carries a limited range of service ladders.

Crewing is the same as Appliance 1.

Appliance 3: Water Carrier (Bowser). This vehicle is a tanker with a capacity of 12,000 litres. It can be deposited in what the fire service calls “dams” at incidents which are then constantly replenished by the vehicle making refill runs.

It is crewed by two firefighters and is located in the north of the county due to the fire risk on Ashdown Forest but covers the entire county as required.

Appliance 4: A Dual Purpose Truck – general purposes vehicle. This is a flat-bed lorry with a crane facility. It operates as a support vehicle to the water carrier by providing extra personnel to set up “dams” and then to secure a water supply for the carrier to refill.

It is used to collect dams and ancillary equipment from incidents which may have been left in situ.

Uckfield Fire Station Personnel

We believe Uckfield has a “day crewed” duty system which guarantees that one fire appliance is guaranteed for immediate response between 8.30am and 6.30pm. This is crewed by full-time personnel who are also available on call from home during the night, which means Uckfield has at least one appliance 24/7.

There is an establishment of 12 full-timers, split into two ‘watches’ of six, working four days on, four days off rota.

Uckfield, like the majority of East Sussex fire stations, employs ‘on call’ firefighters, sometimes known as retained. These men and women have jobs outside the fire service and respond to emergencies when called if available.

Some smaller fire stations, particularly in villages, only have an on call crew.

As mentioned previously, ESFRS and fire services generally, have found it difficult to recruit and retain on call firefighters.

Some Uckfield Fire Station facts and figures

  • Uckfield has the second largest fire-ground in the whole of ESFR at 130sq km (50 sq miles).
  • Incidents have decreased by 39% since 2009, although for the last three years they have been rising slightly.
  • There are, on average, 226 incidents per year within Uckfield station area – the fourth
    busiest day-crewed area. Of those 58% are during the day. (260 if using the 2009 date as above)
  • The primary pumping appliance at Uckfield (84P1) is mobilised to an incident, on average, 332 times per year and on 62% of occasions, this is to its own station area. (38% supporting other stations or FRS)
  • There are proportionally more road crashes in area.
  • 19 critical life-risk incidents per year. Upward trend.
  • Uckfield appliances made 427 standby moves between April 2009 and March 2018, accounting for 4.2% of all standby moves for ESFRS. The number of standbys is 3 times higher in 2017/18 compared to 2009/10.
  • Attendance times, on average, are slightly longer than other day-crewed station areas.
    74% of incidents are attended by a single appliance.

Finally

There are many questions that need answers. ESFRS needs to be clear about its plans. People need to be told the details.

And, while they are at it, don’t hold public meetings out at the Maresfield training centre, as has been done in the past. Public meetings should be in the centre of Uckfield.

East Sussex Fire Authority will discuss the proposals at their meeting on Thursday, 23 April 2020 at 10.00 am, at the Council Chamber, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ. This billed an “extraordinary” meeting.

See also:

Uckfield organisations act in bid to stop spread of Coronavirus

Estate agents collect Easter eggs to support Uckfield Foodbank

Job vacancies at Horsted Place Hotel

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

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Community

Uckfield organisations act in bid to stop spread of Coronavirus

Temple Grove care home near Uckfield area has closed its doors to visitors in a bid to stop the Coronavirus COVID-19 reaching residents.

And doctors surgeries at Buxted, East Hoathly and Horam are no longer booking appointments at reception desks or online.

All appointments at those surgeries will be telephone triaged, and no face-to-face appointments will be booked with the GP prior to a telephone consultation.

Illustration of COVID-19, created by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Events are being cancelled or postponed following confirmation of the first case in East Sussex.

Panic buying is clearing supermarket shelves of items such as toilet paper, hand wash and painkillers as soon as they are stocked.

There have even been reports of shoppers taking products from the trolleys of others in Uckfield Tesco.

One woman, for example, said on Uckfield Talk: “To the lady I just had an argument with in Tesco: I hope you enjoy the chicken breasts you took out of my trolley. Your rudeness and language when I caught you was just despicable and the whole thing unnecessary. I can’t believe the behaviour some people are showing!”

Temple Grove

Temple Grove Care Home at Herons Ghyll closed its doors to visitors yesterday (Sunday) afternoon having given relatives and friends of residents advance warning on Saturday.

Home manager Alison Barnes wrote to relatives saying: “As the UK moves from the Containment to the Delay stage of its Coronavirus response we are committed to ensuring the well-being of all our residents and staff and as such continue to review our policies and procedures.

Restricted

“As part of this review, as a preventative measure we are asking that from Sunday, March 15, all visits to the home are restricted, any visits will need to be vital and subject to prior arrangement by telephone with the Home Management Team.

“This is not a decision that we take lightly and we appreciate this will cause some discomfort, but I hope you understand that this is a necessary step to take in the current circumstances. We will review this policy on a daily basis and continue to monitor the situation with the Public Health Authorities.”

Non-essential

The manager went on the say that the home would be restricting visits more generally and all non-essential visits from the local community and external entertainment will also be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

“We will continue to ensure that those who make essential medical visits are not displaying symptoms, and follow our infection control policies.”

Meanwhile, some events are being cancelled, or postponed in the area, while extra precautions are being taken so that other activities can continue.

Curry club

A networking curry club organised by Rix & Kay Solicitors and Oldfield Smith & Co chartered surveyors, due to be held in April, has been cancelled.

Victoria Regan and Richard Oldfield emailed contacts saying: “This was not an easy decision to make but we hope that you understand our reasons and we very much look forward to seeing you at the next Uckfield Curry Event which will hopefully be back on track in June.”

Elton Tribute Night

An Elton Tribute Night in Framfield due to have been held on March 28 to raise funds for the village school has been postponed. Another date is yet to be arranged.

Community orchestra

Uckfield Community Orchestra has decided to suspend rehearsals until after the Easter break in view of the potential worsening of the virus outbreak.

The orchestra committee is due to review the situation again after Easter and base any decisions on Government advice at that time.

The committee said: “It is difficult to know what is best, but overall we have decided to take the cautious route and keep our members from passing on any new contamination.”

Extra measures

Elsewhere clubs and organisations, such as Uckfield Yoga Studio are taking extra measures to keep everyone safe.

The studio says:

  • We are cleaning the studio at the start and end of the day with anti- bacterial spray and wiping down all mats and blocks after each use.⠀
  • Washing everything at the laundrette Sunday afternoon.
  • Hand sanitizer available on the front desk and paper towels for hand washing in the bathroom.
  • We kindly request you wash your hands on arrival at the studio or use the hand gel.

The studio has asked members to stay at home if they have a temperature, cough or cold, until symptoms pass.

Trampoline

Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy says it will operate fully until Government intervention.

But the academy, which meets at Fun Abounds, is advising that all members and parents must not come to lessons, or on site, for a minimum of seven days if they or their family have any of the following symptoms, a high temperature/fever, a cough, trouble breathing, or mild respiratory symptoms including a sore throat or runny nose.

The academy says: “Please note to keep our members safe anyone showing signs of respiratory illness with the symptoms shown above will be sent home immediately.”

Anyone who has visited the gym and has to self isolate is notify the gym by emailing info@funaboutds.co.uk.

Fun Abounds has increased the frequency of cleaning and is monitoring the situation and following advice from British Gymnastics, Public Health England and NHS UK.

Offers of help

On the other side of the coin offers are being made via Facebook to help others in need over the coming months.

A group has been set up on Facebook for Uckfield Coronavirus Volunteers who would like to help in the coronavirus lockdown.

People are encouraged to join if they can collect, or deliver, groceries and medicine or support local medical staff.  Requests for help are also welcome.

There is a Framfield Isolation Support Group on Facebook too.

• For more information on the symptoms and steps to take if you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

• For the latest advice on travellers returning from affected areas, plus guidance to schools and care homes, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

See also:

Fire service considers changes to cover – including at Uckfield

Estate agents collect Easter eggs to support Uckfield Foodbank

Sex offender Chris Howarth dies

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Business, Community

Round-up of Uckfield business news for March

Financial advisor assesses impact of budget and interest rate cut

Uckfield-based Cranwell Wealth Solutions has been assessing the impact of yesterday’s Bank of England’s interest rate cut and the budget.

The firm’s financial planner Peter Morris said: “The news of interest rates dropping to 0.25% will undoubtedly create a mixed reaction, but if you are a saver looking for a better return, we recommend viewing your savings as three layers:

1) Ensuring you have sufficient emergency money accessible, such as Premium Bonds or instant access savings.

2) Then look at your next layer of cash savings being in longer term deposits to look to achieve better returns.

3) Finally your longer term money, that you are unlikely to need in the next five-plus years or that you could benefit from an income from, consider how this could be invested to look to give you greater potential for returns over and above inflation.”

Some good news for businesses

Cranwell’s assessment of the budget highlights the following points:

  • The economy is predicted to grow by 1.1% this year, revised down from 1.4% a year ago. This figure does not take into account the impact of coronavirus. Inflation is forecast at 1.4% this year, increasing to 1.8% in 2021-2022.
  • The main headlines on tax were, the tax threshold for National Insurance Contributions will rise from £8,632 to £9,500. Those earning more than £9,500 will be, on average, £85 a year better off. Tax paid on the pensions of high earners is to be recalculated.
  • Some good news for businesses as business rates in England will be abolished for those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors with a rateable value below £51,000. Business rate discounts for pubs will rise from £1,000 to £5,000. Firms eligible for small business rates relief will receive a £3,000 cash grant.
  • Tobacco taxes will continue to rise by 2% above the rate of retail price inflation, but duties on fuel and alcohol will be frozen. VAT on digital publications, such as newspapers, e-books and academic journals are to be scrapped from December. Plastic packaging tax to come into force from April 2022.
  • Entrepreneurs’ Relief will be retained, but lifetime allowance will be reduced from £10m to £1m.
  • High quality broadband will continue to see a focus with £5bn to be spent on getting gigabit-capable broadband into the hardest-to-reach places.
  • Total investment in flood defences in England to be doubled to £5.2bn over the next five years.

Swindells announces new partner

Swindells has announced that Sally Webber is to become a partner in the firm from April 1.

She has worked at the firm for 11 years since leaving Heathfield Community College and has done all her training as a chartered accountant, and chartered tax advisor, with Swindells.

Read more about the appointment here: Sally Webber is new partner at Swindells.

Sally Webber.

Mansell McTaggart markets new homes to be built in Buxted

Two new homes are due to be built in Buxted High Street and estate agents Mansell McTaggart have started marketing them.

They will be on the site of Rowan, near Littlewood Lane. Read more about them here.

Rowan in Buxted High Street where two new homes are to be built.

Family business chooses new manager for The Cock, Ringmer

Ridley Inns have appointed a new manager at The Cock Inn, Ringmer. He is Simon Maltby, who is already well known in the area having run other pubs and restaurants over 25 years.

Ian Ridley, director of the family business, which also runs The Highlands Inn, Uckfield, and The Tavern, Heathfield, said they needed to have in place proven managers in the hospitality industry to maintain high standards of service.

You might remember Simon from Di Marco’s restaurant in Uckfield, the 272 restaurant in Newick, The Bull, Newick, or The Lamb at Piltdown.

Read more about his new role at The Cock here: Simon Maltby is new manager at The Cock

Simon Maltby, new manager at The Cock, Ringmer.

Big celebration at Claire Davies Hairdressing

Claire Davies Hairdressing invited customers and friends to join them as they celebrated 25 years of business in Uckfield.

Cakes and cookies were offered to guests and funds were raised for charity too.

Read more here: Salon celebrates 25 years of hairdressing.

The Claire Davies Hairdressing team celebrating 25 years in business.

What’s new in Uckfield shops

See what’s new in Uckfield shops in our March shopping feature. Individual pots of bedding plants, garden furniture, gifts for Mother’s Day and Easter – all things pointing towards the approach of Spring.

Some of the things to look out for in Uckfield shops.

Uckfield training centre celebrates exam success

Partners4Training, an Uckfield training centre specialising in hairdressing, barbering and beauty is celebrating exam success.

Two out of five hairdressers, who were independently assessed, received distinctions and three achieved high passes.

Read more about the training centre, which encourages members of the public to book appointment with apprentices, here: Identical twins learn identical barbering skills at Uckfield training centre.

Twins Alfie and Harry Modestou who have learned barbering skills at Partners4Training in Uckfield.

Estate agents back Uckfield trees campaign

Estate agents from Rowland Gorringe have been helping to plant trees as part of the Uckfield of Trees campaign and donating funds to the cause too.

Read more here: Rowland Gorringe boosts Uckfield of Trees campaign.

Stephanie Bennison and Mike Symons from Rowland Gorringe join in an Uckfield of Trees planting session.

Buzz at business expo in Uckfield

East Sussex Business Expo was held for the first time at Uckfield Civic Centre and the organisers were pleased with the move.

Businesses too were enjoying the buzz as they talked about their work at the event brought to Uckfield by NetXP.

Read more here about the exhibition and its additional attractions: Business expo brings buzz to Uckfield Civic Centre.

Judges from the Tigers Pen at the East Sussex Business Expo are pictured with organiser Sonny Cutting, centre. From the From the left are Emma Pearce, from Pearce Marketing; Simon Rand of Kuul Eats and New Tryx; Nasser Elaheebocus of Business Pulse, and Matt Turner of Creative Group.

Duke Letting judged best in Uckfield

Mystery shoppers judged Duke Letting be best letting agent in Uckfield for customer service.

The firm won Gold in British Property Awards 2019-20 and hadn’t even known they were being tested.

Read more here: Duke Letting wins top award

The Duke Letting team. From the left are: Caroline Walker, Rod Carmichael, Jo McMeikan, and Sara Johnson.

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Community

Sex offender Chris Howarth dies

Chris Howarth, who was jailed in 2015 for sexual offences against children, has died.

The former deputy principal at Uckfield Community Technology College, and non-stipendiary priest at Holy Cross Church, was a prominent figure in Uckfield.

Chris Howarth

He was imprisoned at HMP Lewes and died on Tuesday, aged 72, in hospital.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

Howarth was jailed for ten years with the sentence extended to add five years on licence after his release.

He had been found guilty of 26 charges, and not guilty of five charges. See what the judge said during sentencing here: Christopher Howarth jailed for ten years for sexual offences against children.

View of Ridgewood village hall from New Road beneath cloudy skies
Community, Local authorities

Ridgewood Village Hall improvements agreed

• Ridgewood Village Hall car park upgrade

• Hall refurbishment project to go forward

A major upgrade of Ridgewood Village Hall (RVH) and its car park are to be undertaken.

This year will also see internal refurbishment works undertaken to bring the building up to date at an estimated cost of more than £70,000.

View of Ridgewood village hall from New Road beneath cloudy skies

Ridgewood Village Hall photographed from New Road

Ridgewood Village Hall and the car park are owned by Uckfield Town Council.

The hall is leased (full repairing) to Ridgewood Village Hall management committee for 25 years from April 2010. 

The car park is not park of the lease and its upkeep is the full responsibility of the town council.

Extra car park capacity

Agreement to go ahead with the car park works in two phases was given by members of Uckfield Town Council’s general purposes committee on Monday (March 10).

The first stage will extend the car park, taking in the current grassed area, to provide more spaces, with stage two giving a final tarmac finish and lining.

Members of the hall committee are happy with the work going ahead in two stages, a report to the meeting of the general purposes committee said.

The meeting also received details of the refurbishment, which is a village hall management committee project.

Working capital

Work is expected to take between six and eight weeks and during that time the committee will not receive any income for hall hire.

The Charity Commission recommends there should be working capital for three to six months for the hall to fall back on doing this time.

Councillors agreed to the temporary transfer up to £11,000 to the RVH committee during the refurbishment period as a “fall back”, if needed.

Later, Karen Bedwell, who chairs the RVH management committee, told this website that they had now gone out to tender to local firms and is on schedule to begin the phase one of the refurbishment plans in the summer 2020 which will include the extension and renovation of the car park when the refurb is completed by the autumn.
“This is a really exciting time for RVH and there has been so much support and generosity from  Uckfield Town Council, local businesses, local people and hall users and a lot of work by RVH committee behind the scenes that has got us to this point,” she said.

“It is a real community project which is fantastic.

“We continue to fundraise for the extras like new tables, kitchen equipment etc – there’s a Bunny Hunt and Spring Fair April 11 (10-4pm)

  • Ridgewood Village Hall is a busy community facility with the premises booked for the majority of the week.

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Mindfulness taster session to be held in Blackboys

A free mindfulness taster session is to be held at The Grove Farmhouse Cafe, in Blackboys.

It will take place on Friday, April 3, from 9.30-10.45am, and will be run by Debbie Horney of Remember Mindfulness who lives in Little Horsted, and runs courses in Uckfield, Ringmer, Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks.

Debbie says the taster is designed for people interested in mindfulness to meet her, learn more about the practice, and see if this is something they would like to do.

She says mindfulness can help with managing chronic pain/illness, reduce stress, depression OCD, IBS, fatigue, high blood pressure, addictive behaviour, and anxiety, and also help improve general well-being.

Awareness

Her courses are designed wake-up awareness of, and responsiveness to, thoughts, attitudes, emotions and behaviours.

She adds: “Within us all, we have the resources to bring ourselves growth, change and healing with an improved quality of life.”

Book your place

If you would like to attend the taster session at The Grove there is a form to complete to request your place on the Remember Mindfulness website.

• Read more about Remember Mindfulness and find contact details 24/7, in Debbie’s Premium Listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Health and Wellbeing or Mindfulness. 

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Community

‘Forgotten’ people seek CAB help

More older people are asking for Foodbank vouchers.

They are seeking help because the “meals on wheels” service has been cut, a report to Uckfield Town Council revealed.

Cllr Angie Smith

Cllr Angie Smith, who is the council’s representative to Wealden Citizens’ Advice (CAB), said in her report:

“Of particular concern are ‘forgotten’ people who were previously receiving support from adult social care, but have had their support cut.

“They are approaching CAB, because they don’t know where else to go. 

“For example, more older people are coming in for Foodbank vouchers, because meals on wheels has been cut.”

Cllr Smith’s report also said the CAB continued to be very busy. 

Client numbers are up 17% on the previous year and have reached nearly 5,000.

At the meeting of the council’s general purposes committee on Monday, Cllr Paul Sparks said the meals on wheels cut could have a significant impact on elderly people who cannot leave their homes.

“It is a worrying situation and is something they have relied on for a long time that has now been cut.

“I am not sure that Foodbank vouchers replace meals on wheels but I suppose it is the best next thing.”

planning

Cllr Chris Macve

Chairman, Cllr Chris Macve, added: “I completely agree, they [vouchers] don’t replace meals on wheels.”

His wife had volunteered when the WRVS carried out the service.

“They didn’t charge anything, they were completely free and then they were told they were not wanted and the county council employed a contractor to do it.

“The main thing wasn’t the meals but the contact people had. They had someone to come and talk to them,” Cllr Macve said.

WRVS workers would stand and talk to clients but a contractor would just deliver the meal and leave.

“It is that social contact that is very important,” he said.

Cllr Smith’s report also noted Wealden CAB had undergone a thorough audit from the central CAB office and passed with a “green rating”.

“All indications are that the CAB are managing their finances very sensibly, with an eye constantly towards saving money e.g. on stationery. 

“A draft budget has been drawn up for 2020/21, but cannot be finalised until all contributions from parish councils are known.”

  • Uckfield Town Council’s grant to Wealden CAB for 2020/21 is £18,836.

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Uckfield primary school makes mental health a priority

Duke Letting wins tops award

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Business, Community

Duke Letting wins top award

Duke Letting has won Gold in British Property Awards 2019-20.

The firm was judged best letting agent in Uckfield after being tested on its customer service by mystery shoppers.

The aim was to see how knowledgeable the team is and how they dealt with customers.

Proprietor Rod Carmichael said they had no idea they were being compared with other letting agents and it was wonderful to win the award.

The Duke Letting team, top for customer service in Uckfield. From the left are: Caroline Walker, Rod Carmichael, Jo McMeikan, and Sara Johnson.

He said: “We do have excellent staff. Everyone who works here has been here, and in the industry, for years. 

“Together we have a vast amount of experience and we do regular training.

“It is the combination of the experience and knowledge of the industry that is reflected in how we deal with people and any problems that might arise.”

Growing business

Rod said Duke Letting was a growing business involved in property and block management as well as letting.

He was pleased that most of their new instructions came through recommendation, which in itself was an accolade for the business.

*Contact details for Duke Letting can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Property Letting or Property Management.

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Community, Schools

Uckfield primary school makes mental health a priority

Harlands Primary School is putting emotional well-being at the heart of everything it does, giving it the same importance as English and maths.

Head teacher Richard Blakeley said the curriculum would be adjusted to help create a mentally healthy school where pupils and teachers can thrive.

Harlands Primary School children are pictured with Wealden Council chair, Cllr Pam Doodes, and head teacher, Richard Blakeley, during their Well-Being Week.

His pledge follows a Well-Being Week held at the school where many lessons and assemblies focused on mental health.

Children were given opportunities to recognise, talk about, and learn to regulate their feelings at a time when emotional well-being has become an increasing problem in the UK, with up to one in four people now being affected by mental health issues.

Importance

And Mr Blakeley said afterwards that as a school Harlands recognised the importance of the need for the children’s emotional development to be assessed and become valued as highly as the development of other skills.

Mr Blakeley said the week began with children being instantly engaged with activities beyond curriculum specifications.

Children across all year groups – nursery to Year 6 – were able to integrate, be expressive, talk, and have fun, in line with the school’s core values.

Thrive

The school has two trained ‘Thrive’ practitioners, Jo Draper and Julie Hiscox and they visited each class to explain the ‘Thrive approach’ and the targeted work they do.

They work with the support of class teachers helping children and their families to develop healthy, curious minds, and happy, confident and creative children.

Children in Year 6 commented on their Thrive lessons saying: “I like achieving new goals and being a better person” and “Thrive makes a lot of children feel less lonely”.

Support

Another pupil, having benefited from class and one-to-one support lower in the school, from Mrs Hiscox, said: “Thrive makes me feel ok to talk to other people about my problems.”

Local clinical psychologist Richard King talked to children about the work he does, how minds work and how to stay mentally healthy.

And local author Jason Rhodes shared his book Imagine Eating Lemons. This introduced children to mindfulness, drawing their attention away from thoughts of anxiety, and into the present moment in order to be calm, engaged and ready to learn.

Work together

Wealden Council chair Cllr Pam Doodes spoke at an assembly about the importance of listening to others and how to work together to help the community.

Mr Blakeley said that staff had already seen the positive effect the week had on the children, hearing them talk openly about their emotions and seeing them practise the taught strategies for self-regulation.

One member of staff said she had seen improvements in the children’s work.

Benefits

The children also enjoyed the week and saw the benefits. One child in Reception said: “Mental health week was brilliant. I liked the author who came in because if I feel sad, I can rub my hands together and breathe.”

A child in Year 1 added: “Mental Health Week made me happy and I think more about other people’s feelings.

Mr Blakeley said: “It is clear that these skills will help the children to become responsible and happy citizens in society, enabling them to also support others to do so.”

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Community

Uckfield VE Day 75th anniversary plans

Uckfield will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day on May 8.

The celebrations start at 7pm in the Weald Hall at the Civic Centre.

ve day

FLASHBACK: Appropriately wearing head scarves tied as in the 1940s, two of the helpers in the British restaurant at Uckfield’s 70th anniversay VE Day celebrations

Music will be provided by Uckfield Concert Brass, Uckfield Singers and dancing from the Deborah Lamb Theatre School.

A disco will go on to 11pm and a hog roast is also planned.

Memorabilia from the 1940s will be displayed.

Tickets are available now (£15 per person) from Uckfield Town Council offices.

More details will be released nearer the time.

VE Day [Victory in Europe] marks the day when World War 2 in Europe came to an end in 1945.

The early spring bank holiday will this year be on Friday, May 8, to coincide with VE Day 75.

The early May bank holiday is usually on the first Monday of the month but the date was changed by the government so it coincides with the anniversary of VE Day.

Other bank holidays this year will be on their usual days.

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List of courses for adults included in new Acres guide

A list of summer courses provided by the Adult College for Rural East Sussex (Acres) is included in a new brochure.

They range from pre-GCSE Maths, to professional development, and from First Aid to art, media and music and health, fitness, and wellbeing.

Courses taking place in Battle, Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield, and Wadhurst as well as Uckfield are included.

Saturday workshops will also be held at Uckfield College where you can learn about beekeeping, digital photography, or make your own ceramic jug.

There are many more subjects to choose from and all the details can be found on the Acres website.

A pdf of the guide can be seen here.

• Contact details for Acres can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Adult Learning, or Education.

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Community, Local authorities, Roads and rail

POTHOLES: Repairs scheduled for ‘crazy golf’ street

Potholes on an Uckfield street which have been dubbed by some residents as a “crazy golf course” are to be filled.

An East Sussex Highways steward has circled the places to be patched with white paint, indicating works are not far off.

One of the potholes in Downsview Crescent, Uckfield.

The planned works in Downsview Crescent, near to Uckfield College, come at a time when East Sussex County Council is hoping to receive more government money for a major summer patching programme.

Cllr Claire Dowling, who represents Uckfield North on the county council, gave an update to members of Uckfield Town Council on Monday (March 3).

Budget

Cllr Dowling, who is also the county’s Lead Member for transport, said they were keeping a close eye on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget later this month.

“We are all hoping we will be getting a better settlement for schools and a better settlement all round.

“I am also looking for some DfT [Department for Transport] money for roads,” she said.

In the last two or three years, Cllr Dowling said, money had been made available prior to Christmas as one-off funding.

Another of the potholes near Uckfield College where building work has been going on for several months. Deliveries to the site have been made by heavy lorries.

The year before last it was about £4m, normally it is about £1.82m, she said.

The money had been put into patching work during the summer.

“So far we haven’t received any monies and we haven’t been made aware of any but we are very much hoping that an announcement will be made on March 11.

Schedule

“In which case, we will be able to add it to the summer schedule.

“We have the wettest February on record; three storms and the bad weather started in December and the roads have suffered because of it,” Cllr Dowling said.

An example of the churned up verges in Downsview Crescent. This photograph was taken within days of repairs taking place.They are now much worse.

The town clerk, Holly Goring, asked for an update on the verges in Downsview Crescent.

Cllr Dowling said she was still waiting for county officials to tell her what options were available but said as a minimum they were looking at re-seeding in the spring.

Parking dangers

Town councillor Ben Cox pointed out that  a number of vehicles belonging to contractors who were working on building the new Uckfield College were parked in a way which made it dangerous for other road users, particularly in Southview Drive.

Cllr Paul Sparks, who liaises with the builders, said the site manager of the contractors took an extremely strong view on parking and would not allow vehicles to be left in residential roads.

“If they do, he throws them off the work. He is being very strict,” he said.

“It [Downsview Crescent/Southview Drive] was never designed to cope with that amount of traffic but we are doing the best we can,” he said.

Harcourt Road

  • Cllr Chris Dowling, county councillor for Uckfield South, said at the town council meeting a long-standing pothole in Harcourt Road had been repaired. He said it had been repaired before but the work had not lasted. “It looks OK and I have fingers very firmly crossed that it will be a good repair and long lasting,” he said.

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Business, Community, Leisure

New season of Cottage Markets launches in Uckfield tomorrow

Bridge Cottage launches its new monthly Cottage Market tomorrow. It will be open from 9am to 2pm and, weather permitting, there will be stalls inside and out.

On sale will be jams and chutneys, Indian food, soap and beauty products, hats, handcrafted glassware and pewter castings, and much more. Read all about it here.

Also tomorrow there’s an afternoon of Asana, breathing practices, meditation and deep relaxation, at an Opening the Heart – Compassion and Forgiveness workshop, at Uckfield Yoga Studio.

Then on Sunday at the yoga studio  there’s a Mindfulness Retreat Day.

Next week

On Friday, March 13, you can learn how to Create Recycled Sculptures From Your Rubbish in a craft course organised at Newick by Adult College for Rural East Sussex (Acres).

On Saturday, March 14, Uckfield Lions are holding a quiz night at the Belmont Centre.

For a full list of events see UckfieldEvents.com.

Diary dates

Saturday, March 7: Cottage Market

Sunday, March 8: Mindfulness retreat day

Saturday, March 7: Opening the heart – compassion and forgiveness workshop

Friday, March 13: Create Recycled Sculptures from your Rubbish

Saturday, March 14: Quiz Night at the Belmont Centre

Saturday, March 21: Craft and Artisan Market at Bridge Cottage

Saturday, March 21: Spring Equinox Kundalini Yoga workshop

Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 22: Mother’s Day Specials at the Bluebell Railway

Saturday, March 21: Mother’s Day Flower Workshop at Bluebell Vineyard

Sunday, March 22: Mother’s Day at Crockstead Farm Hotel

Tuesday, March 24: Mindfulness practice session

Saturday, March 28: Vintage Shindigs presents Saturday Night’s Alright

Sunday, March 29: Easter Fair at Fletching Primary School

Tuesday, March 31: Mindfulness taster session

Friday, April 3: Branch Line Weekend at Bluebell Railway

Saturday, April 4: One-day beginners Picture Framing Course

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Community

LATEST: Uckfield river level drops overnight

Update on Friday, March 6

By first light this morning the level of the River Uck had dropped considerably. The pipe was back in view at 6.15am, see below, and it was hard to believe the water had spilled into Mill Lane last night.

The pipe across the River Uck back in view this morning.

Back within the confines of its banks, the River Uck at 6.15am today.

Update at 9.22pm

The river level continues to fall in Uckfield. The 9pm reading, which has just appeared, was 1.84m, down from 1.90m at 8.30pm.

Update at 8.57pm

The river level is visibly falling in Mill Lane now. Fingers crossed the flood threat is receding. It is still spotting with rain.

At 8.45pm the level continued to fall in Buxted and was shown as 2.80m. No 8.45pm update for Uckfield.

Update at 8.47pm

The river level in Uckfield is continuing to fall. At 8.30pm it was 1.90m. It’s highest point so far was at 8pm when it was 1.93m.

Two police cars arrived in Mill Lane, Uckfield. One left shortly afterwards. The river is continuing to spill into the lane.

The water level in Buxted was continuing to fall at 8.30pm when it was at 2.85m. The level there has been falling since 6pm.

View of the River Uck spilling into Mill Lane.

The water upstream of Hempstead Mill.

Update at 8.36pm

The river level in Uckfield had fallen back to 1.92m at 8.15pm, down by 0.01m since 8pm.

The water remains very fast flowing and is higher than it was before Christmas when there was another flood alert.

The water spills into Waitrose car park.

The River Uck laps against the signal box at Uckfield Railway Station.

Update at 8.24pm

The level of the River Uck at 8pm was 1.93m. Slightly higher than at 7.45pm when it was 1.92m. Rainfall remains light.

The river level at Buxted was continuing to fall. At 8pm the reading was 2.98m, down from 3.03m at 7.45pm.

The floodgate next to Waitrose car park in Uckfield is closed.

Update at 8.15pm

The river level has been falling at Buxted since 6pm when it was 3.26m.

At 7.45pm it was 3.03m.

Flood warnings remain at Buxted and Isfield with the less serious flood alert for Uckfield.

Only light rain is falling in Uckfield now.

Our original story

FLOOD: The River Uck has broken its banks and water is pouring into Mill Lane.

Heavy rain has fallen all day and the water in the Uck has steadily risen.

The River Uck from town bridge with the pipe which runs across totally submerged

Around teatime there was flooding of low-lying land at Buxted and it was reported pigs had been moved to safety.

Further downstream, the water is across the road at Hempstead Mill with the fields of the Sussex Horse Rescue getting covered.

At the moment, the Environment Agency has the lowest level of warning out for Uckfield – a flood alert, which says flooding is possible, be prepared.

There are flood warnings for Buxted and Isfield which indicate flooding is expected.

Before Christmas, the water reached a similar level but the rain stopped and the River Uck fell with no damage to property. See report here

The River Uck is measured at the Roller Mill and at 7.30pm the level stood at 1.87m – more than three times a usual level. Fifteen minutes later the height was 1.92m.

It has been rising steadily all day and there is still a vast amount of water upstream in the fields above Uckfield waiting to come down.

Flood waters in Mill Drove, Uckfield, tonight

The Roller Mill soon after 7.30pm

Swirling waters of the River Uck as it comes through the Roller Mill

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Business, Community

Business expo brings buzz to Uckfield Civic Centre

Uckfield Civic Centre is buzzing this morning with a business expo well under way there.

Thirty businesses from Uckfield and beyond have stands to promote their work, early-bird talks have already taken place, and a Tigers Pen, variation of Dragons Den, is new this year with a £5,000 prize up for grabs by a start-up entrepreneur who impresses judges.

Tigers Pen judges ready for action at the East Sussex Expo taking place today at Uckfield Civic Centre. They are pictured with expo organiser Sonny Cutting, centre. From the left are Emma Pearce, from Pearce Marketing; Simon Rand of Kuul Eats and New Tryx; Nasser Elaheebocus of Business Pulse, and Matt Turner of Creative Group.

Later, from 1.30-2pm there’s to be a speed networking session.

This is the first time the Net XP expo has been held at the Civic Centre and organiser Sonny Cutting says the move from East Sussex National has been a good one with more visitors arriving from early in the day.

Sponsors

Laura Manton, a director at Dawson Hart solicitors who have sponsored the refreshments agreed.

She said: “While East Sussex National is a lovely venue I think some people were put off having to travel there. Already there seems to be a better feel about the event here.” 

Dawson Hart is promoting its wills and probate service, particularly contentious probate where issues are raised relating to the validity of a will.

Dawson Hart director Laura Manton and marketing assistant Jemma Buchanan at the East Sussex Expo at Uckfield Civic Centre.

Also among exhibitors was Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.

Sonny Cutting said he is always looking for new ways to spark additional interest in his business exhibitions. As well as the East Sussex Expo he organises events for West and Mid Sussex, and a Sussex conference.

Interest is growing in The Tigers Pen idea but no Uckfield entrepreneur has put themselves forward to test their ideas yet.

Prize to double

Sonny says that next year the prize will be doubled to £10,000 so he hopes locals will come forward then.

Also next year he plans to introduce a Directors’ Hub.

He said about 25% of the businesses exhibiting at the Civic Centre are from Uckfield. The remainder are from across Sussex, including Brighton, Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, and Haywards Heath, all wanting to meet local people and as they build their businesses across the county.

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Lindsay plans to expand her body confidence programme

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Business, Community

Lindsay plans to expand her body confidence programme

Lindsay Willis-Wood.

Lindsay Willis-Wood who organised a Body Confidence and Mind Positivity Seminar in Uckfield is now planning a course with different topics up for discussion each week.

She said the seminar was well received with comments such as: “What a great evening, filled with so much information to take away and start our journeys with.

“Thank you so much Lindsay Willis-Wood for helping others on a journey of body confidence and positivity.”

See another moving comment in the image below.

Lindsay said there really wasn’t enough time in just the one seminar to talk about everything and that is why she is considering running a course with sessions each week.

Empowering

She added: “People really opened up at the seminar. It was amazing, very empowering.”

One mother and daughter enjoyed sharing the experience and Lindsay said people have suggested she looks into a funding programme so she can offer the seminar in schools or local youth groups.

She ran a similar, but longer course, for young carers over the half term holiday which was attended by 29 young people aged ten to 17 years.

That too was successful and now Lindsay would like to hear from anyone who would like to see the programme rolled out at their school or youth group.

See another moving comment from a seminar attendee in the image below.

To learn more about Lindsay’s seminars and courses please email her at Lindsay_willis@hotmail.co.uk.

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Community, Sport

Talent-spotted Sky High trampoline gymnasts scoop awards

Six and seven-year-old trampoline gymnasts, identified through a school talent programme, swept the board at a Sussex County Trampoline Competition.

Sixteen youngsters from the Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy competed in the county (CDP), and National (JDP) Level Trampoline Competition, at Seaford, on February 23, and nearly all of them came away with an individual or team medal.

Some of gymnasts from the Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy pictured with their medals and trophies.

Results

The results were:

CDP Level 1, Female: 1 Ciara Long, 2 Amber Edney, 3 Butterfly Buckley, 4 Suzannah Philips, 5 Carys Keevil, 8 Cerys Francis, 9 Florence Hedges, 12 Felicity Frappell.

CDP Level 1, Male: 1 Isaac Eley, 2 Theo Morton-Cobb, 4 Dilan Scott-Smith.

JDP Level 1, Female: 2 Kasey Stopps, 4 Tallulah Wood.

JDP Level 1, Male:1  Jack Cullen.

JDP Level 2, Female: 1 Poppy Bishop.

JDP Level 2, Male: 1 Max James.

Free gymnastic sessions

The gymnasts were identified in their primary school settings by Sky High Coaches who delivered free gymnastic sessions to Reception and Year 1 children as part of their PE lesson.

The gymnasts form the second cohort of the Sky High talent identification programme which is proving to be very successful.

Please contact Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy based at Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre, Unit 21, 21 Bell lane, Uckfield, if you know of a primary school which would benefit from British Gymnastics qualified, DBS checked coaches delivering a free gymnastic lesson at your setting or call 01825 768 479 or email info@funabounds.co.uk for more information.

See also:

Lewes Road to close from tonight until Thursday

Rowland Gorringe boosts Uckfield of Trees campaign

Identical twins learn identical barbering skills at Uckfield training centre

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Roads and rail

Lewes Road closure details amended to show overnight work only

Update: March 3, 6pm:  Information showing details of roadworks in Lewes Road from tonight until Thursday morning have now been amended to show the road will be closed overnight only.

In a description of the roadworks on the East Sussex Highways website the words ‘overnight works only from 20.15-05.00’ have been added.

The roadworks are due to take place from tonight, March 3, to Thursday at 5am.

Original Uckfield News story at 6am on Tuesday, March 3: Lewes Road in Ridgewood is due to close for more than 32 hours from tonight until Thursday morning, according to East Sussex Highways.

The closure, between the Highlands roundabout and Little Horsted roundabout, is due to start at 8.15pm tonight and run ‘all the time’ until 5am on Thursday. It is said to be for BT repairs and blockages.

The cause is said to be traffic congestion.

Google Map used on the East Sussex Highways website to show a road closure starting tonight in Lewes Road, Ridgewood.

The notice showing details of the closure on the East Sussex Highways website.

See also:

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield pushes rail line reinstatement bid

Former Sussex Horse Rescue premises are for sale

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during March

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Business, Community

Identical twins learn identical barbering skills at Uckfield training centre

Identical twins Harry and Alfie Modestou have been learning identical barbering skills at an Uckfield training centre specialising in hairdressing, barbering and beauty.

The 20-year-old brothers are among the latest barbering apprentices to be trained at Partners4Training at 2 Falmer Court.

Identical twins Alfie, left, and Harry Modestou who have learned barbering skills at an Uckfield training centre.

They work at different barbers in Eastbourne and are among apprentices from across Sussex and Kent attending classes. The twins hope one day to run their own barbers’ shop.

Directors of Partners4Training are husband and wife Ashley and Allison Faires who work with office manager Josh King and eight lecturers.

The centre is currently celebrating results from the first cohort of apprentices to complete an end point assessment for their Level 2 hairdressing qualification.

Distinctions

Of five hairdressers, who were independently assessed, two of them received distinctions and three gained high passes.

The next assessments take place in April.

Josh said: “The girls all had to get their own clients to come in as models and then display their technical abilities for hair colouring, hair up, cutting, and a complete re-style of hair.

“They did fantastically well.”

Allison said local salons understood the benefits of training their own hairdressers with the help of Partners4Training and many apprentices went on to be employed by those salons. “Homegrown is definitely best,” she added.

Book appointments

Members of the public are able to book appointments with apprentices at the Partners4Training salon. All you have to do is call 01825 766060. The only charge will be to cover the cost of products used, so you could, for example, have your hair coloured for £15.

Whatever you would like doing, a cut and colour, a blow dry, barbering services or perhaps a manicure, pedicure or facial, you will be matched with an apprentice who has already been trained in the particular skill.

• Contact details for Partners4Training can be found 24/7 in their premium listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Barbers, Beauticians, Hairdressers or Training.

See also:

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield pushes rail line reinstatement bid

Former Sussex Horse Rescue premises are for sale

Uckfield six raise funds to help with World War 1 burials

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Business, Planning

Former Sussex Horse Rescue premises are for sale

Premises and land used until late last year by the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust in Uckfield is for sale with a guide price of up to £1,450,000.

Sussex Horse Rescue Trust at Hempstead Lane, Uckfield

The charity, which looked after rescued horses, closed after getting into what it called “severe financial distress”, despite fund-raising by trustees, staff and volunteers over several years.

A summary of the property particulars shows a guide price of £1,375,000 to £1,450,000 for an “extensive equestrian facility with a Grade II* listed farmhouse, additional accommodation, stabling for about 30 horses and about 67 acres of land.

The property, in Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, is said to suit a variety of uses with livery representing a “viable” opportunity.

The agents say Hempstead Farm is not included in the current emerging Local Plan and to date is not an allocated site, or subject to draft allocation.

The horse rescue trust has said that as a matter of charity law, all of its assets – the proceeds of the sale – can only be used for charitable purposes – i.e. providing sanctuary for rescued horses and donkeys. 

Therefore, upon closure, it is a legal requirement, the charity said, that all remaining assets were passed to one or more other charities established for the same purposes.

Agents: Batcheller Monkhouse/Hobbs Parker.

Sussex Horse Rescue Trust

See also:

Shopping ideas in Uckfield for spring

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Community

Uckfield six raise funds to help with World War 1 burials

Six Uckfield men who toured World War 1 battlefields last year are now fund-raising to help ensure soldiers still being found in Flanders fields are given a proper burial.

Kevin Martin, Mark Wren, Paul Wright, Kenan Bilal, Tommy Benneyworth and Keith Shankster were moved by stories told them by a Belgian man who has made it his life’s work to recover the bodies of fallen soldiers.

The Uckfield six with Johan Vandewalle. From the left are Kenan Bilal, Keith Shankster, Kevin Martin, Johan Vandewalle, Mark Wren, Paul Wright, and Tommy Benneworth.

Johan Vandewalle told how he had exhumed the bodies of hundreds of men, of all nationalities, but many more still needed to be recovered and given a dignified burial.

Johan is an amateur archaeologist and has worked on television documentaries such as The Underground War/Zero Hour, Vampire Dug Out, Lost in Flanders, and several Belgian documentaries.

The Uckfield six met him on a day he had attended the burial of 80 German soldiers recently recovered from the battlefields.

Graves

He told them about his work and in particular how he helped excavate the graves of the Zonnebeke Five – five Australians discovered in 2006 as a new pipeline was being laid in the hamlet of Westhoek in Belgium.

Johan’s research revealed that one of the bodies was that of John Hunter who died in the arms of his younger brother Jim and was buried by him in a temporary cemetery.

When Jim returned in 1918 to take the remains of his brother back to Australia the terrain was so badly destroyed by artillery shelling that he couldn’t find the grave. He died in 1975 long before his brother was found.

Statue

Johan determined to build a memorial to all brothers lost in World War 1 and has been fund-raising to complete it with a bronze statue of John and Jim Hunter.

The monument will be called Brother in Arms which is the same name as Johan’s bar/pub can be found nearby.

Kevin, Mark and Paul said they were totally amazed and full of respect for the work being done by Johan and wanted to help him continue. They will start by holding a collection as Mark celebrates his 50th birthday and continue from there.

Battlefields

Kevin had already visited the World War 1 battlefields and memorials many times. He is ex-Army and said it meant a lot to him to remember The Fallen.

When his friends planned last year’s trip he was pleased to be involved too and now all six of them share a passion for spreading the word about what is being done to preserve the memory of those lost during World War 1.

“Everybody, particularly the young, should try to visit the battlefields, Lest We Forget,” agreed Kevin, Mark and Paul. 

Research

Before their tour Paul researched Uckfield’s lost soldiers and they were able to find the names on memorials as they visited Vimy Ridge, Menin Gate, Thiepval, Lochnagar Crater,  Arras, and the Tyne Cot Cemetery.

“That made our visit personal,” said Kevin. “We were able to find the names on Paul’s lists at each memorial and pay our respects.”

If you would like to help the Uckfield six with their fund-raising please visit their JustGiving page.

Uckfield’s Fallen named on memorials

These are the names of Uckfield World War 1 soldiers found on battlefield memorials by the Uckfield six, following research by Paul Wright.

Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

Cornford, Horace: Private 3528 30th Battalion, The Australian Infantry 8th Brigade. 5th Australian Division. Killed in action at Ypres 29 September 1917. Aged 23. Son of Horace & Ruth Cornford of Harlands Farm, Uckfield. Born in Mayfield Emigrated to Australia. Enlisted in Manley, Australia Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.

West, Richard Charles: Private 71969 1st Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) 8th Division Killed in action at Ypres 31 July 1917. Aged 17 Born in Uckfield and enlisted in Eastbourne. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.

Menin Gate.

Tyne Cot, Belgium

Mockett, Herbert John: Private 39511, 11th Battalion, The Essex Regiment, 6th Division. Killed in action, 28 May, 1918. Aged 36. Son of Alfred and Ellen Mockett of Mountfield Lodge, Uckfield. Husband of Florence Muriel Mockett, of 7 Hampstead Gardens, Uckfield. Enlisted in Chichester. Formerly RASC. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial.

Richardson, Henry (Harry): Private TF.203970, 1/7th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment, 56th Division. Killed in action, 16 August, 1917. age 31. Son of Mary Anne West (formerly Richardson), of 15 Alexandra Road, Uckfield. Born in Alfriston and enlisted in Uckfield. Uckfield resident. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial.

Simmons, Charles Frederick: Private TF.260136, 1/6th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 48th Division. Killed in action near Ypres, 4 October, 1917. Aged 39. Eldest son of Thomas and Mary Simmons of West View, Uckfield. Born and enlisted in Uckfield. Formerly served with the Suffolks and the Essex Regiment. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial.

Wheatley, Sydney Hoad: Private 42765, 2/10th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, 11th Division. Killed in action near Ypres, 9 October, 1917. Aged 26. Son of Mr and Mrs George Wheatley, of 36 Eridge Road, Tunbridge Wells. Husband of Lilian Daisy Wheatley, of 113 Framfield Road, Uckfield. Born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted in Hove. Formerly East Surreys. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial.

Thiepval Memorial, France

Bean, George: Private 33276, 2nd Battalion, The Ox & Bucks Light Infantry 2nd Division. Killed in action on the Somme 13 November 1916. Aged 23. Son of George & Emma Elizabeth Bean of Uckfield, (Hotel Proprietors). Born in Heathfield and enlisted in Hilsea, Hants. Former RFA. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

French, Charles Edward: Private 30327, 58th Battalion, The Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry) Former Royal Sussex Killed in action 12 March 1918. Aged 22. Son of Peter and Harriett French, of 33 Alexandria Road, Uckfield. Born and enlisted in Uckfield. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

Potter, Harry: Lance Corporal G.824, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment 1st Division. Killed in action on the Somme near Ginchy, 9 September 1916. Aged 23. Son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Potter, of 10 Church Street, Uckfield. Born in Arundel and enlisted in Chichester. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

Walker, Albert Edward: Private 41321, 9th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers 12th Division. Killed in action 7 October 1916. Aged 30. Son of Mr and Mrs H, Walker of Northampton. Husband of Mrs E W Walker of 59 Fords Green. Nutley. Born in Cudle, Hants, and enlisted in Uckfield. Uckfield resident. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

Wickens, Thomas Martin: Rifleman 2574, 1/9th Battalion, The London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) Killed in action on the Somme 9 September 1916 age 25. Son of Mr and Mrs Wickens of Uckfield. Born in Crawley Down and enlisted in London. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

Wickens, George Edward: Rifleman 2576 1/9th Battalion, The London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) Killed in action on the Somme 1 July 1916. age 22. Son of Mr & Mrs Wickens of Uckfield. Born in Uckfield and enlisted in London. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial.

Thiepval.

Arras Memorial, France

Bateman, Sidney George: Private SD. 2861, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Division. Killed in action near Arras, 25 July 1917, age 32. Born in Cucklington, Dorset, and enlisted in Uckfield. Formerly with the South Downs Battalions. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial.

Earl, Harold: Gunner 163545, “C” Battery, 315th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 4 April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Charles and Emily Florence Earl, of 3 Framfield Road, Uckfield. Born and enlisted in Uckfield. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial.

Potter, Lionel: Private G.43890, 17th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment, 33rd Division. Killed in action at Arras, 28 April 1917. Aged 27. Born in Uckfield and enlisted in Ealing. Resident of Hayes, Middlesex. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial.

Searle, John: Private G.6710, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, 1st Division. Killed in action at the Crassiers, near Loos, 30 June 1916. Aged 22. Son of Harry and Sarah Searle, of Uckfield. Born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, and enlisted in Uckfield. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial.

Deadman, Sydney Herbert: Private G.8369, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Division. Killed in action near Monchy, 3 May 1917. age 26. Son of Francis John and Mary Anne Deadman of Uckfield. Born in Towersey, Oxon, and enlisted in Uckfield. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial.

Divall, Edward: Private 46126, 7th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, 63rd Royal Naval Division. Killed in action near Arras, 29 April 1917. Aged 41. Son of Thomas and Hannah Divall, of Hurstland Cottages, Hartfield. Husband of Ellen Divall, of 37 New Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield. Born and enlisted in Uckfield. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial.

More about Uckfield’s World War 1

The story of Uckfield in World War 1

World War 1 love letters to be part of Uckfield exhibition

Uckfield World War 1 soldier remembered by Yeomanry association

An exhibition on World Wars 1 and 2 at Bridge Cottage

• See also: Uckfield Roll of Honour – Lest we Forget

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Burglary victims get assurances from MP

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Community, Local authorities

Fallen tree sinks closer to the ground in Hempstead Lane

A fallen tree in Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, is sinking closer to the ground ever day, according to a dog walker who goes under it regularly.

The tree is a few metres up the footpath from the Browns Lane entrance.

Dog walker Dennis Purnell, with Lizzie. He has noticed that the fallen tree in Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, is sinking lower each day.

Dog walker Dennis Purnell says it came down in the storms a couple of weeks ago. He has noticed having to bend a little lower to get under it each day since then.

Town and district councillor, Paul Sparks, who lives a short way from Hempstead Lane said he would check whether the tree fall has been reported and follow up if it has not.

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Community fridge being developed for Uckfield

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Salon celebrates 25 years of hairdressing

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Business, Community

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during March

It’s good to see colour returning to Uckfield area shops … a welcome reminder that spring is just around the corner.

At Staverton Nursery to boost those warm thoughts you can even find individual starter pots of summer bedding plants for £1 or ten for £9, and packs of six for £6.

Garden furniture makes an appearance with those made from roots particularly attracting attention.

Some of the garden furniture at Staverton Nursery.

And gifts at Staverton Nursery … so many for Mother’s Day, Easter, and any other reason you might think of. Just a few – very few – are pictured below.

A tiny proportion of the gifts available at Staverton Nursery.

There are plenty of things too to whet your appetite for the gardening season, gloves, and tools for children.

Garden lighting and barbecues at Green DIY

Green DIY has its eyes on summer too and barbecues are making an appearance, along with garden solar lighting and furniture, seeds and seed potatoes and onions.

Green DIY is gearing up for summer with barbecues, solar lighting, and garden furniture.

Green DIY also has a new range of cordless power tools.

New range of cordless power tools at Green DIY.

Top Model products come to Something for Everyone

Popular Top Model colouring books, notebooks, crayons, glitter rollers, and music have arrived at Something for Everyone in Uckfield High Street. See in the photograph below.

Top Model products, new at Something for Everyone.

Baiting poles back in stock at Hooked on Green

The Bushwacker baiting pole system is back in stock at Green DIY. They haven’t been available for a long time so this is good news for customers says brand manager of the fishing tackle shop and Green DIY Robin Eden.

Robin Eden with one of the Bushwhacker baiting pole systems back in stock at Hooked on Green.

Also in stock at Hooked on Green are Vass waders from the 600 and 700 series. The 600 have black straps and the 700 have the most popular yellow straps. (Apparently the coolest anglers wear one yellow strap up and the other down).

New pottery to paint at Kilnwood Studio

New fun pieces of pottery are arriving to be painted at Kilnwood Studio. They include gamer boxes, Russian dolls, and pigs, large and small.

Gamer boxes, one painted and the other waiting to be painted, Russian dolls, and a mug and tiny penguin, giving an idea of the variety of pottery at Kilnwood Studio.

Proving popular are new tiny creatures, an ideal extra for children who finish their main piece before everyone else, or for adults who weren’t going to join in with painting but get tempted. The miniatures include penguins, dogs and even dinosaurs.

Pigs, large and small, at Kilnwood Studio.

At the other end of the scale large letters are proving popular to paint too.

New owner of Kilnwood Studio Gaynor Robson is settling in well, enjoying working with her customers, and now serves tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks.

Have you found the new Kilnwood Studio Facebook page? Look for Kilnwood Studio Uckfield.

Kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms at SG Home Interiors

SG Home Interiors in Bell Farm Lane, Uckfield, is promoting its kitchen, bathroom and bedroom fitting service.

The firm offers kitchens, made in Kent, from Crown Imperial Kitchens in traditional or modern styles, as well as its own bespoke kitchens, in competitive prices.

Debbie Reed from SG Home Interiors said: “There is a kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom for every budget.”

A highly skilled team of fitters from the business can carry out the installation for you or they can supply only.

Debbie said: “If you wish for an all inclusive service from extensions, to walls removed, and complete interior installation please ask for details.”

SG Home Interiors is also happy to chat over ideas and help inspire you. If you would like a quote for the supply, or supply and install of your new kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, please book a consultation by calling 01273 813332.

Beauty gifts available at Kamsons with Clarins purchases

Kamsons Health and Beauty has a special Clarins gift for people buying any two recommended Clarins products, one to be skincare, from March 2 to 31.

It’s called The French Garden Collection and includes a Tonic Body Treatment Oil, Beauty Flash Balm, Lip Comfort Oil, an SOS Hydra Face Mask, and a bag and scarf.

Free gift with the purchase of two Clarins products – one of them skincare – from Kamsons Health and Beauty in Uckfield.

Also Kamsons now has the new Clarins Nutri-Lumiere skincare range in stock. This is designed to revitalise, intensely nourish and restore radiance to undernourished skin.

The key ingredient of horse chestnut flower is said to enhance the skin’s vitality and promote a healthy glow, ideal to prepare your skin for the new season ahead.

Kamsons Health and Beauty is now stocking the Clarins Nutri-Lumiere range.

In addition a Mavala Nail Clinic is to be held at Kamsons Health and Beauty on Friday, March 27, from 9.30am to 4pm.

Customers can call the shop and pay a £15 deposit to have a 30-minute Mavala Manicure and redeem their £15 on any Mavala products on the day.

Check out W E Clark & Son Facebook competition

W E Clark & Son jewellers will be running a competition on Facebook to win a Rose Quartz and Sterling Silver necklace worth £50.

The Rose Quartz and Sterling Silver necklace being offered as a prize in a W E Clark & Son Facebook competition.

All you have to do to take part is like and follow the W E Clark & Son Facebook page, look out for the post next week and share it while tagging three inspirational women you would like to enter in the competition.

The winner will be announced on the Facebook page in time for Mother’s Day on Friday, March 20.

W E Clark & Son has lots of Mother’s Day gift ideas in the shop. They include:

  • Top left: Kit Heath sterling silver and cubic zirconia Astoria Stardust Pendant and earring set. Prices start from £38.
  • Top right: Sterling silver pendant, drop earrings and stud earrings set with Rose Quartz and Rose Gold vermeil detailing from the Clark Silver Collection. Prices start from £35.
  • Bottom left: Georg Jenson ‘Offspring’ collection crafted from sterling silver and rose gold vermeil. Prices starting from £130.
  • Bottom right: Jersey Pearl Kimberley Selwood Heart collection. Throughout March W E Clark & Son are offering 20% off this collection which is crafted from Sterling silver with freshwater pearls.

All the jewellery is available to buy in the store at 39 High Street, Uckfield, and on the W E Clark & Son website.

Spring and summer stock at Chestnut Tree charity shop

Spring and summer stock is now on display at the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice charity shop. While it might be difficult to imagine a summer’s day if you are planning your summer wardrobe it is worth calling in.

Summer stock at Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice charity shop.

Looking ahead to the grass cutting season

PP Estates is getting stocked up ready for the grass cutting season. There are plenty of mowers to choose from, petrol, and electric, including ride-ons, robots and a wide range of newly arrived Hayters.

There has been a lot of moss about this winter and scarifiers are also in stock ready to tackle that problem.

New Hayter mowers and scarifiers at PP Estates.

Plenty of bargains still available at Final Score

There are still bargains to be had at Final Score sports shop where there is a closing down sale.

Stock includes cricket bats and clothing, and tennis rackets, and some rugby body armour.

Plenty of stock still available in the closing down sale at Final Score sports shop.

Big reductions on ski jackets at PipeDreams

Big reductions in the price of ski jackets can be found at PipeDreams where a lot of ski accessories can be found in a sale.

If you have a ski trip coming up then it is worth calling in. The shop also has plenty of hire kit available and asks that you keep supporting local shops.

Big reductions on ski jackets at PipeDreams.

New season stock arriving at Cole’s Menswear

The bright and cheery colours of new season stock are sweeping through Cole’s Menswear.

More is yet to arrive but there are already Gant shirts and polos, Bruhl trousers, a few sports jackets, and some Barbour items too including light showerproof jackets.

New season colours at Cole’s Menswear.

New artwork at Diane Hutt Gallery

New artwork is constantly arriving at the Diane Hutt Gallery at the moment. To get an idea of what is available visit the gallery website here.

Look out for countryside scenes from Paul Evans, see below, and also the two Jennifer Hogwoods in one of the shop windows, with a Craig Ford original below them.

Three countryside scenes by Paul Evans in the Diane Hutt Gallery with a glimpse of more artwork in the background.

Two works, top and middle, by Jennifer Hogwood in the Diane Hutt Gallery with an original by Craig Ford below them.

London Brick vases at Carvills

London Brick vases, key organisers, and candles and diffusers are among new stock at Carvills.

The vases, by Stolen Form, are inspired by the Urban environment and individually handmade in slip-cast earthenware ceramic and finished in a variety of high gloss on-trend colours.

London Brick vases by Stolen Form at Carvills.

Orbit key organisers enable you to take your keys anywhere in a comfortable and durable stack. There’s room for up to seven keys in a slim profile.

Every key organiser includes a D-ring attachment, useful for attaching larger keys and car fobs.

Finishes include hand-crafted leather, rubber, nylon, canvas and crazy horse. There are also accessories that can be added to your key organiser, such as a USB, bottle opener, multi-tool, nail file and mirror, and more.

Orbit key organiser and accessories at Carvills.

When it’s time to restore balance and bring the mind and body back into harmony then Aery candles and diffusers might appeal.

They use blends of essential oils and natural fragrances chosen to help with relaxation, anxiety, stress relief, sleep. They are said to be able to stimulate the brain in areas that govern moods and emotions.

The candles are pure 100% natural GMO free soy wax with lead-free cotton wicks. They are plastic free, and packaging is recycled or FSC. They are vegan products, sustainably made with low environmental impact in England.

Aery candles and diffusers at Carvills.

Superior Glass offers free, no obligation, quotes on premium doors

Superior Glass offer free, no obligation, quotes on premium composite doors in the Palladio Door Collection.

The doors have a unique monocoque structure, twin seal, and triple glazing as standard and Superior Glass says the Double Rebated door really stands out from others on the market.

Premium composite doors from the Palladio Door Collection at Superior Glass.

On the menu at Hartfields

There’s a new salad on the menu at HartfieldsFennel, Orange and Quinoa with Butternut squash, rocket and tahini dressing. Halloumi is optional.

New mains include:

Mexican Bean Hash with peppers, spring onion, sweetcorn, sautés potatoes, avocado, fried egg. (There are vegan and vegetarian options).

Cod Fillet with Pinenut, Orange and Basil Crust served with crushed new potatoes, and wilted local greens.

Panko Breaded Chicken Katsu Curry with fluffy rice bak choi and spring onion salad. (Vegan and gluten-free options available).

Two new burgers on the menu are Surf and Turf Beef Burger with garlic tiger prawns, cos, mayo and tomato, and Panko Breaded Buttermilk Chicken with cos, tomato and smashed avocado.

Breakfast specials include:

Drinks – Guest Coffee, single origin ‘Honduras’ Catuai; Blueberry, Pear and Banana Smoothie.

Food – Porridge or Fluffy Pancake Topping with a fresh mixed fruit medley, see more on the main menu; Courgette Fritter and Halloumi Stack with poached egg and red pepper relish (you can add bacon or sliced avocado); Pan Fried Chestnut Mushrooms on Sourdough toast with wilted spinach, toasted pine nuts, and a free-range poached egg (you can add rashers of streaky bacon or swap the egg for sliced avocado to make it vegan).

See also:

Community fridge being developed for Uckfield

Simon Maltby is new manager at The Cock

Salon celebrates 25 years of hairdressing

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

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Community

Community fridge being developed for Uckfield

A community fridge could be on its way to Uckfield.

Volunteers are working on the project which would see “good food” redistributed to the community to avoid unnecessary waste.

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Communal community fridges are becoming established across the country with ones already in operation at Forest Row and Brighton.

Food is available at no charge.

Be ‘fair’ with what you take

People can visit a community fridge as often as they like but are asked to be considerate of the needs of others and only take what is fair.

Community fridges seek to limit the amount of food which goes to waste.

Uckfield Town Council is considering supporting a local scheme but councillors want to learn more and be satisfied any operation will meet food hygiene standards.

Visit planned

Councillors intend to visit community fridges to see how they work and ensure there is no threat to public health.

The community fridge would not, however, be a town council scheme.

Community fridge Q and A

Q: How does a community fridge work?

A: Much of the food donated comes from commercial operations, although members of the public can contribute, such as allotment holders who sometimes have a glut of vegetables.

The primary aim is to reduce food waste and bring the community together by sharing surplus food with one another. 

Many local businesses that sell food and beverages often have left-over stock that will not be sold and the scheme can ensure it is re-distributed, rather than go to waste. 

Q: What sort of food is taken by a community fridge?

A: The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Fridge says:

  • Sealed packaged foods
  • Cooked food as long as it comes from a registered food business
  • Cheeses
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Table sauces
  • Pastry
  • Unopened milk and yoghurt
  • Unopened fruit juices
  • Salads
  • Eggs (with dates)

Q: What won’t they take?

A: The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Fridge says on its website:

  • Cooked food from your home or unregistered sources
  • Cooked food that doesn’t have a use-by date
  • Cooked rice
  • Pates
  • Bean sprouts
  • Food made from unpasteurised milk

Q: How is a community fridge different to a foodbank?

A: Foodbanks give people short-term help to overcome a crisis. A voucher system is in place to ensure the parcels go only to people in need. Foodbanks only supply ‘dry’ goods. The fridges are for everyone.

Q: How is food safety dealt with?

A: Community fridges in other parts of the country are run and monitored in line with advice from the Food Standards Agency and local council environmental health officers. 

Q: Who runs the community fridge?

A: They are run by volunteers. The idea of the locality of the fridge is that it should not need minding 24/7. The space ideally would be somewhere close to other businesses so that someone is able to pop by and check everything is in order. 

Volunteers would be on a rota system to take up the cleaning and general household tasks of the fridge including rotating stock and picking up produce from local stores.

Q Who is behind the Uckfield scheme?

A: Amy Fieldhouse. You cant contact the campaign by email: uckfieldcommunityfridge@gmail.com

Q and A compiled from report to Uckfield Town Council and online sources.

Uckfield Community Fridge Facebook page

Read more (external websites)

Brighton and Hove community fridge

Forest Row community fridge (Facebook)

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Business, Community

Salon celebrates 25 years of hairdressing

There were homemade cakes and cookies for guests at an open morning at Claire Davies Hairdressing yesterday as the salon celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The whole team socialised with visitors and celebrations were due to continue for them with a two-day stay at the East Sussex National for a surprise, fun activities, and a business workshop.

Funds raised during the event will go to Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.

Claire Davies, seated, and her team celebrating the 25th anniversary of Claire Davies Hairdressing.

• Contact details for Claire Davies Hairdressing can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Hairdressers.

See also:

Section of Downsview Crescent to close in April

SID no longer glowering at Uckfield speeders

Red light for Buxted railway station car park extension

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Community, Local authorities

Uckfield Climate Change Expo date fixed

Uckfield Climate Change Expo will take place in June.

It will be held in the Weald Hall at Uckfield Civic Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, June 13.

Extreme weather and climate change are blamed for the increase in flooding – pictured is the River Uck pouring through the roller mill last December

The latest report to the town council from its climate change working group said plans were going well.

The aim is to provide a showcase for companies to promote eco-friendly solutions for use in the home, including renewable energy sources.

To help promote the event, local schools are being asked to take part in a poster competition which will be judged by the town mayor and town crier.

The  working group is also discussing the road “pinchpoints” on routes into Uckfield, such as the junction of the High Street and Church Street, and the options for reducing traffic congestion.

• The Expo replaces the safety event for children in the town council’s calendar of events for 2020 with the intention of the events alternating in future.

See also:

Farewell to SID

Buxted railway station car park extension ruled out

Mansell McTaggart markets new Buxted homes

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Community, Local authorities

Burglary victims get assurances from MP

Wealden MP Nus Ghani says she is happy to give burglary victims assurances that the police are “well equipped to deal with their cases, and, more importantly, deter any future criminal activity”.

The MP has circulated a press release after meeting the new district police commander DCI Alasdair Henry and Insp Jon Gross.

Wealden MP Nus Ghani with DCI Alasdair Henry.

She said they discussed rural crime across Wealden and anti-social behaviour in Uckfield, Crowborough, and Hailsham, She also shared residents concerns about organised crime, county lines, and domestic violence.

Ms Ghani said she raised individual cases of constituents, farmers, and local businesses who had reached out to her.

She sought assurances that the police are ready to deal with incidents speedily and effectively and also highlighted the need for cooperation between police operating in Sussex, and their counterparts in Kent and Surrey, to track moving crime gangs.

Response times

The MP was assured that the incidence of crime in the constituency “remains relatively low”, with police resources focusing on reducing response times and increasing visibility on the ground, to act as a deterrent.

The MP said the meeting came at a positive time for East Sussex And Wealden after the Government announced an extra £22.2 million in funding for East Sussex Police who were recruiting 129 new officers this year and 100 PCSOs by March.

Ms Ghani said Wealden was set to see six more PCSOs patrolling “very soon” and one new prevention sergeant in place by autumn.

Happy

She said in the press release: “I meet regularly with constituents who have been the victims of crime, particularly burglary, and am happy that I can now give them further assurances that the police force is well equipped to deal with their cases and, more importantly, deter any future criminal activity.

“I also work very closely with Sussex Police and the local force who, I am happy to say, are on the same page as I, when it comes to making Wealden one of the safest places in the country.”

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Community, Local authorities

SID no longer glowering at Uckfield speeders

SID will no longer give drivers a dour look when they are over the speed limit in Uckfield.

The town’s Speed Indication Device (SID) working group has been disbanded.

The decision was taken by town councillors after being told “not much progress” had been made in recent times.

One problem has been that the volunteer organiser resigned in 2019 and a replacement has not been found.

It has been suggested that “other measures” are explored to manage speeding traffic within Uckfield.

The mobile SID equipment will be returned to East Sussex Highways.

The device “smiled” at drivers who were within the speed limit but that turned to a “frown” for any over the limit.

Volunteers

Last June, this website reported that volunteers were needed to reinvigorate the speed watch campaign.

The SID could be moved to different approved locations but needed a group of volunteers to deploy the equipment at different times of the day.

Volunteers were trained and given safety advice before going on speed watch duties.

East Sussex County Council Highways loans the SID to operators but it has been rarely deployed in Uckfield in recent times because of a lack of volunteers.

Cllr Paul Sparks said at the time that SID worked well when there was enthusiastic co-ordinator and volunteers.

See also:

Section of Downsview Crescent to close in April

Fake drain company scamming residents

Mansell McTaggart markets new Buxted homes

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Business, Community

Sally Webber is new partner at Swindells

Sally Webber has been appointed a new partner at Swindells accountants in Uckfield.

She joined the firm straight after leaving Heathfield Community College 11 years ago, qualified as a chartered accountant, and more recently as a chartered tax advisor.

Sally Webber who will become a partner at Swindells accountants from April 1.

Swindells managing partner Melanie Richardson said: “We are looking forward to Sally joining the partnership team and helping us continue to grow the business.”

Sally said she was looking forward to her new role in an industry that was constantly adapting to, and adopting, new technology.

She added: “There have been huge changes to the way every industry in the world operates and ours is no different.

Challenge

“Cloud accounting, Making Tax Digital, even remote working, but the real challenge here is not to lose the human side of our business.”

Sally said she had initially chosen a career in accounting because numbers came easily to her, much more easily than letters and words. “That’s how my brain works. It was an area I had a natural comfort with, I fitted in.”

During her initial training as a chartered accountant she came a prize-winning joint first worldwide of all the candidates who sat that exam, being presented with the Carter Prize by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Amazing

Now Sally continues to work with clients that she started with 11 years ago and says it is amazing to see their businesses grow alongside her career.

She added: “Working across countries with our international clients on group audits, valuations and restructuring deals has thrown up some interesting challenges over the years.”

She recalled challenges Swindells had faced over the years, from the burning down of its town centre offices in the middle of the night to tough economic times. “We’ve all gone through a lot. I think it’s a testament to the team that’s been built here that we’re still going strong.”

She said she was grateful to the firm for the training, support and guidance she had received throughout her career. “The firm is committed to developing staff internally. They have funded my training, provided study leave, and people are always around if you need to check something.”

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Job vacancies at The Highlands, Uckfield, and The Cock, Ringmer

Section of Downsview Crescent to close in April

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Business, Community

Job vacancies at The Highlands, Uckfield, and The Cock, Ringmer

The Highlands Inn, Uckfield, and The Cock Inn, Ringmer, are recruiting.

Both pubs are looking for assistant managers, and The Cock is looking for a chef de partie.

Find details on UckfieldJobs.com.

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Uckfield ‘castle’ playground plan gets green light

Section of Downsview Crescent to close in April

Roller Mill Bridge ‘danger’ highlighted by Uckfield councillors

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Community

Wealden Council confirms 2.6% tax increase

Wealden Council has confirmed an increase of 2.6% in its share of the council tax bill for the year 2020-21.

This equates to an additional £5 a year for an average Band D property.

The overall tax bill for Wealden residents will also include precepts from East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue, and from town or parish councils.

The bill for Uckfield residents living in a Band D house will be £2,150.66, £78.87 more than in 2019-20.

Refuse and recycling

Wealden’s share of the overall council tax bill is 9% and helps pay for refuse and recycling collections, planning, street cleaning, environmental protection, and free car parking.

Council leader Bob Standley said: “There is some uncertainty about the economic situation councils and businesses face in the coming year.

“A small increase is prudent, given that the recent Local Government Finance Settlement has changed the amount of money we will be able to keep next year through business rates.

Self-sufficient

“We have a strong record of sound financial management, and have become largely self-sufficient. 

“Investments we have made through our commercial strategy will help us deliver our ambitious Corporate Plan. This includes our Climate Emergency Action Plan.”

The new Wealden council tax rate was approved at a full council meeting this morning.

Cllr Standley told members the net cost of providing Wealden’s services in 2007/09, when he took control of the council’s finance portfolio, was £17.77 million.

Inflation

In the coming year the net cost would be £17.752 million. This was £18,000 less despite 13 years of inflation.

In 2020-21 the council tax for Uckfield residents living in the average Band D property will be made up of:

  • East Sussex County Council: £1,492 (last year £1,434.78)
  • Sussex Police: £199.91 (£189.91)
  • East Sussex Fire & Rescue: £95.53 (£93.67)
  • Wealden Council: £197.44 (£192.44)
  • Uckfield Town Council: £165.76 (£160.99)

Villagers will pay an average parish precept of £106.44 for 2020/21. Last year it was £100.71.

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Uckfield ‘castle’ playground plan gets green light

Section of Downsview Crescent to close in April

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Community, Roads and rail

Section of Downsview Crescent to close in April

A section of Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, is to be closed for nearly a fortnight in April for roadworks.

Preparatory work under way in Downsview Crescent to provide a new electric connection for Uckfield College. A section of the road will close in April.

The closure, between Pine Walk and Manor Primary School, is scheduled between Monday, April 6, and Sunday, April 19, with a break over the Easter Bank Holiday.

It is to enable UK Power Networks to provide a new electric connection for Uckfield College.

Preparatory work is under way at the moment near Pine Walk where 70m of ducted trench is being dug ready for the cable install in April.

Notification on East Sussex County Council website says the current work will involve some carriageway incursion for barriers and pedestrians are to be diverted to the opposite footpath.

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Roller Mill Bridge ‘danger’ highlighted by Uckfield councillors

Uckfield Singers appoint new musical director

Police take action at Uckfield Rail Station

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Community, Local authorities

Roller Mill Bridge ‘danger’ highlighted by Uckfield councillors

Children’s lives are potentially at risk because of an unfenced bridge at Uckfield Roller Mill, town councillors have been told.

Youngsters could fall into the river and be swept through the mill when the river is in spate – as it was at the weekend when Storm Dennis raged.

Roller Mill bridge which has been raised as being a potential danger to children. Photo taken on December 20 when the River Uck burst its banks and water came into Mill Lane.

A child would “not stand a chance”,  last night’s (February 17) meeting of the town council’s environment and leisure committee was told.

Chairman, Cllr Jeremy Beesley, raised the issue and he was supported by former town deputy mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett.

Private land

The bridge is privately owned and is on private land.

Cllr Bennett said the river at this point, off Mill Lane, became something of a tourist attraction on Sunday as the waters rose.

Cllr Beesley said safety was a “real issue” because the bridge sides were made of metal supports with “gaping holes” in between.

Cllr Jeremy Beesley

“It would only take a little one to trip and fall into the river and down and out the other side [of the mill] before you know it,” he said.

There was also no life-saving equipment at that spot.

Cllr Ben Cox, aged 29, said two people had fallen into the river at that point during his lifetime.

“It has come up before,” he added.

Cllr Bennett said he had tried in the past to get the bridge made safer but to no avail.

He pointed out the private nature of bridge but said it was in close proximity to a walking route used by families and children going to and from school.

He believed the landowner had a responsibility, probably a duty of care, for people on the land, whether they were invited or not invited.

head and shoulders photograph of Councillor Duncan Bennett

Cllr Duncan Bennett

It would not take an awful of lot of materials or work to make the bridge safe, he said.

“I was down there with guys from the Environment Agency [on Sunday] when a 3ft diameter tree trunk came rolling down the river.

“We watched it as it descended into the concrete culvert.

“They exclaimed ‘oh my god, I hope it doesn’t get stuck’ because that would cause major problems with the water backing up.

“No sooner had we walked round to the downstream side of the mill, it was already through the pipe and under the bridge heading off down to the sea.

Tree trunk sweeps through

“If that force of water can do that to a 3ft diameter tree that was probably 12ft long, a small child would not stand chance.

“I would hate that to be on the conscience of anybody.

“There is probably a legal responsibility but there is certainly a moral responsibility to make it as safe as possible,” Cllr Bennett said.

He added the council should write to the owners of the Roller Mill to ask for action or reasons why action would not be taken.

Storm Dennis passes with little damage

Storm Dennis passed in Uckfield without any reported flooding of properties or roads, although fields in the flood plain – such as Hempstead Meadows – were covered.

The river did not reach the height it had done before Christmas during the heavy rain of December 20.

A few trees were blown down in the area. Roads were disrupted for a time as was the Uckfield railway line.

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Police action at Uckfield railway station

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Business, Community

Valentines offer from Mindfulness teacher Debbie

Mindfulness teacher Debbie Horney is offering a special Valentines discount on her next courses which start in May.

If you sign up this weekend for one of the eight-week courses you will get 20% off, making the total cost £180.

Debbie says she knows from personal experience that relationships and mindfulness go together because it was a mindfulness course that showed her how to trust again, and live in the present moment, leading her to marry in 2018.

Mindfulness teacher Debbie Horney is pictured , with her husband Martin Widdowson, on her 2018 wedding day.

She had attended a stress reduction course, mainly to help with chronic pain and anxiety, but it changed her life so much that she has since trained to become a qualified mindfulness teacher and is now helping others to benefit similarly.

Debbie is a member of the UK Mindfulness Network and runs groups in Uckfield for two hours each week, and others in Ringmer, Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks.

Her eight-week stress reduction courses include meditation practice, mindful yoga movements, and some psychoeducational discussions.

Handbook

You will get 22 house of teaching, a course handbook, weekly guided meditations, six-hour retreat day, and on-going email or telephone support.

The next Mindfulness course starts in the Luxford Centre, Uckfield, on Tuesday, May 5, and will run from 7-9pm each week until Tuesday, July 7 (excluding May 25, half term).

Book your place via Debbie’s Remember Mindfulness website this weekend to get your 20% discount.

Contact details

• Read more about Remember Mindfulness and find contact details 24/7, in Debbie’s Premium Listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Health and Wellbeing or Mindfulness. 

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February round-up of Uckfield business news

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Number 1 Jubilee Cottages sells at auction for £186,000

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Community

Number 1 Jubilee Cottages sells at auction for £186,000

The site of 1 Jubilee Cottages in Eastbourne Road, Uckfield, sold at auction for £186,000 on Wednesday.

It was described as: “A site with potential for reinstatement of a semi-detached house, or a detached house subject to requisite consents in a pleasant rural location convenient for the amenities of Uckfield. Vacant.”

Details of Savills website of the site of 1 Jubilee Cottages which was sold on Wednesday.

It was the plot and garden of number 1 Jubilee Cottages that was for sale. The map below on Savills website shows the extent of the land.

Map on Savills website showing the extent of the site of 1 Jubilee Cottages, Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.

It was reported by Uckfield News yesterday that building control officials visited the dilapidated cottages after residents reported safety concerns.

Wealden Council said East Sussex Building Control Partnership attended the site and the initial view was that whilst the site was untidy it was “not considered an immediate threat to life or health and safety”.

Read more here: Safety worries over Jubilee Cottages.

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90 homes proposal for Eastbourne Road reappears

Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats

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Business, Community

February round-up of Uckfield business news

Free business advice available for start-ups, a call for more business land, 25th anniversary celebrations and chance to buy a going concern – some of the stories in this month’s round-up of business news.

Lawson Commercial is says a new Sussex barn style ground floor lockup shop is now on the market.

The shop is next to Sussex Beds in the Bell Walk precinct and the lease is on offer at a rent of £28,500 a year.

Unit 2, The Seed House, has just under 1,700 sq ft of floor space and is described as being idea for retail as well as a variety of other uses.

A new shop available at the Seed House in the Bell Walk precinct.

Steve Campbell, of Lawson Commercial, said: ‘This shop occupies a great position adjoining a free shoppers car park and provides an excellent opportunity with a new lease on offer at a rent of £28,500 pa.

“The unit is in a basic configuration with suspended ceiling, plastered walls, kitchenette and cloakroom facility so ready for a tenant to fit out according to their own requirements.

“The landlord is prepared to enter into discussions regarding incentives including a rent free period and the level of fit out required.”

For full details and to view please contact Lawson Commercial on 01825 764488.

YouTube

• Have you seen the Lawson Commercial YouTube channel ? The commercial agents are now producing videos to help businesses who are starting up or considering renting their first commercial building.

A link to the videos, titled Property Tips, can be found on the Lawson Commercial website. The short videos give basic tips on things to think about when considering renting commercial building.

Business leaders want to see more jobs created

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce wants to see more land for business included in a new Wealden Local Plan.

The Local Plan has been rejected by a planning inspector and now the council is working to draw up a new one.

Chamber president Chris Lawson said members welcomed the opportunity provided by the rejection of the draft plan and they wanted a new plan to provide more jobs and employment opportunities.

See: Uckfield businesses call for jobs focus in new Local Plan

President of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, Chris Lawson

See what’s new in Uckfield shops

Catch up with changes in Uckfield shops in the monthly Uckfield News feature carrying shopping tips.

Stories include a new owner at Kilnwood Studio, a new line of ready meals being launched by a butcher and latest stock arrivals.

See: Uckfield shopping tips for February

Free business advice on offer for new businesses

Chris Dowling.

If you are planning to start, or have recently started, a new business up to two hours of free advice is being offered by business consultant and mentor Chris Dowling.

The offer is open until February 29 and covers advice on marketing, finance and management, all key issues for a new business.

Read more: New Year offer for new businesses

Like-minded individual sought to take over business

Uckfield Framing Company is on the market as owner Tim Benians prepares to retire.

The business is on the market for £135,000, has a turnover of £100,000 a year, and rent of £12,000.

Read more: Uckfield business for sale

Tim Benians whose business Uckfield Framing Company is for sale.

Forty people now employed at Lewis Business Media

A core team of 40 people are now working at Lewis Business Media just eight years after the business was launched with one employee and zero products.

The publisher now produces eight print magazines, two digital magazines, three year books, ten websites, five award schemes, and five conferences.

Read more: Fast-growing Uckfield group plans more acquisitions

Simon Lewis, managing director of Lewis Business Media.

Spa Therapy celebrates love throughout February

A complimentary glass of bubbly and chocolates, and chill time in a calming relaxation room, are awaiting couples who book a treatment in the double room at Spa Therapy this month.

The Uckfield day spa is celebrating Valentines and love throughout February. Read more here: New therapist and special offers at Uckfield day spa.

Bubbly treat awaits Valentines at Spa Therapy throughout February.

Open Salon Morning coming up

There’s an Open Salon Morning at Claire Davies Hairdressing in Bell Walk, Uckfield, on Tuesday, February 25, from 9am to noon, as the team celebrates 25 years in Uckfield.

Fresh cakes and homemade cookies will be available for visitors along with discounts on Redken and Kerastase products. Read more here: Hair salon celebrates 25 years in Uckfield.

Claire Davies of Claire Davies Hairdressing celebrating 25 years in Uckfield.

More business news

Barnsgate Manor goes into liquidation

Final Score Sports Shop is closing down

Bluebell Railway is setting for Hornby video

Trading Boundaries courtyard shops could be turned into B&B rooms

Planning latest

Uckfield News stories about recent planning applications can be seen below:

90 homes proposal for Eastbourne Road reappears

Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats

Job vacancies

Handy Person at Thornbury Residential Home

Health Club Assistant at East Sussex National

Reservation Coordinator at East Sussex National

Senior Account Manager at Lewis Business Media

Exams Invigilators at Uckfield College

See also:

New role for Downsview Crescent youth centre

Safety worries over Jubilee Cottages

Miniature railway raises nearly £3,000 for children’s hospital

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Community, Local authorities, Planning

90 homes proposal for Eastbourne Road reappears

Wealden Council has been requested for a screening opinion on proposals to build 90 homes on land off Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.

A letter to the council from Gladman Developments outlines information similar to a planning application which was refused in 2016.

Gladman were initially going to appeal the council’s decision but then withdrew it.

A site, left, in Eastbourne Road where a proposal for 90 homes has resurfaced.

The latest letter says the land is about 4.16 hectares, about ten acres, bounded by Eastbourne Road to the north, and adjoining the settlement edge of Uckfield and Ridgewood Industrial Park to the west, north and north east.

To the south are a ‘robust’ hedgerow, large trees, and to the south west is ‘ideal’ access to Uckfield Millennium Green.

A proposed development would include up to 90 homes, including 35% affordable, access from Eastbourne Road, public open space, landscape planting and play facilities, and engineering works to facilitate a sustainable drainage system.

The land in Eastbourne Road, behind the hedge, left, is not far from the Fernley Park development. The roundabout access to Fernley Park can be seen in the photograph.

“The proposed development would deliver a range of market and affordable housing types, with amenity space provided in the form of dedicated, private and shared amenity space.

“Residential buildings could be expected to comprise of two-storey properties as the standard approach, however the use of 2.5 storey buildings will be occasionally used to either reinforce an important street, or to act as a landmark building.”

Dwellings would be accessed via a hierarchy of estate roads to private drives.

• Read more on the Wealden Council website. The screening opinion application number is WD/2020/6501/SO. You will have to approve a disclaimer on the website before proceeding to the application.

See also:

Wealden must build more houses, says planning inspector

Wealden’s Local Plan thrown out

Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats

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Community, Schools

New role for Downsview Crescent youth centre

The youth centre in Downsview Crescent, Uckfield, is to be renovated and used by Uckfield College to support a variety of students.

A spokesperson for the college told Uckfield News there would be classrooms within the building and it would accommodate the Special Educational Needs and Disability department.

The youth centre in Downsview Crescent which is to be renovated to include classrooms for neighbouring Uckfield College.

A building control application has been submitted to Wealden Council which specifies internal room alterations, toilet upgrade/removal, decorations and floor coverings, but no further detail.

The number of the application is F/190/2295 and it can be seen on the Wealden website.

• It was revealed at a town council meeting in December that a youth club which had been meeting at the centre was looking for a new home and considering looking at using cafes in town. See a previous Uckfield News story: Youth club could move to Uckfield High Street.

Building work progresses at Uckfield College, next door to the youth centre.

See also:

Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats

Miniature railway raises nearly £3,000 for children’s hospital

Hair salon celebrates 25 years in Uckfield

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Local authorities, Planning

Safety worries over Jubilee Cottages

Building control officials visited a pair of dilapidated cottages on the outskirts of Uckfield after residents reported safety concerns.

The properties, known as Jubilee Cottages are in Eastbourne Road and currently look like this.

Jubilee Cottages photographed this week

Earlier this year, they looked similar to this (below).

This photograph of the cottages was taken in June last year

Wealden District Council was asked to comment and stated:

“East Sussex Building Control Partnership attended site following concerns from residents that the remaining structure is dangerous.

“They will be writing to the owners to ascertain what provisions they intend to take to make the site secure to limit public accessibility.

“Our initial view is that, whilst the site is untidy, it is not considered an immediate threat to life or health and safety.”

The site is now fenced off having earlier looked like this.

Jubilee Cottages at February 5

Wealden said the law relating to demolition was “complex” and noted: “It is not necessarily accepted that demolition has taken place in this case.  

“We are monitoring the situation.”

The council added: “If evidence can be provided that the building was demolished as opposed to collapsed, action can be considered under section 80 of the Building Act.”

• A planning application to demolish Jubilee Cottages and build a new house on the High Cross Estate at Palehouse Common was refused last year. See: Plans to demolish dilapidated cottages refused. No further planning applications have been received by Wealden relating to the cottages.

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Uckfield doctors give advice on Coronavirus

Street dancers qualify for European and World Championships

Jobs for handy person, health club assistant and reservation coordinator

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Former Methodist Chapel could be three flats

Plans to turn the former Methodist Chapel in Framfield Road into three flats are before Wealden Council.

They include an extension on the first floor to cover an existing flat roof. 

The former Methodist Chapel in Framfield Road, Uckfield, which could be converted into three flats with a first floor extension on the flat roof.

Of the three flats numbers 1 and 3 would have two double bedrooms, one master en-suite and a family-sized bathroom. Flat three also has a mezzanine level to be used for storage or as a potential study area.

Flat 2 retains the existing chapel interior and its stained glass window. It also has a patio area to the rear and three bedrooms, two on the ground floor and one on the first floor. A bathroom is proposed on the ground floor and a shower room on the first floor.

Parking

There is no provision for parking because “there is space available on Framfield Road and Vernon Road. Overall there is sufficient space in the local area to accommodate the parking demands”.

A statement with the planning application says the chapel was made redundant after Methodist and United Reformed Church congregations merged to form the Cornerstone Church, meeting at the church opposite the Applegreen service station in Uckfield.

The chapel was purpose-built with the flat-roofed church hall, kitchen, office and WC added in the 1950s.

Poor condition

The statement says the chapel is now in poor condition and “does not contribute positively to the street scene in Framfield Road”.

Originally Ecotecture, the company submitting plans for the site, considered demolishing the chapel and building a three-storey block of flats.

It produced two options for the scheme but pre-application discussions with Wealden were not favourable and so the latest scheme was drawn up.

Attractive

The statement says: “The new building aims to create attractive, secure and energy efficient accommodation for the local people of Uckfield.

“The new flats seek to be of an appropriate scale in relation to its adjacent buildings and follow existing building lines to avoid any negative impact on the street arrangement.”

More details and images of the proposed development can be seen in planning application number WD/2019/2715/F on the Wealden District Council website. 

See also:

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Community, Local authorities

Uckfield doctors give advice on Coronavirus

Doctors in Uckfield, Buxted, and East Hoathly are advising patients not to attend their surgeries if they suspect they have been in contact with someone confirmed as having the Coronavirus.

Meads Surgery and those in Buxted and East Hoathly are asking that you instead contact them to report the contact and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

They say: “Please do not visit the surgery, and self isolate. We have procedures in place and we will be able to discuss these with you when you telephone in.”

The Bird in Eye Surgery is advising you call 111 in the first instance.

Crowborough company

BBC South East reported tonight that it was a Crowborough-based company Servomex, that organised a conference in Singapore where a UK businessman is thought to have contracted the virus.

That man is now being described as a ‘super-spreader’ of the coronavirus. See a story in The Guardian: ‘Super-spreader’ brought coronavirus from Singapore to Sussex via France.

The Crowborough Life website reported more about the town’s link with the Singapore conference. See: Coronavirus linked to Crowborough company.

A student at the University of Sussex who had been overseas is being tested for Coronavirus after falling ill. Read more in The Argus: Coronavirus latest: University of Sussex student to be tested.

A Brighton GP practice has closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for the virus. See the BBC website: Coronavirus: Brighton GP practice closes after staff member tests positive

And a Brighton nursing home has closed its doors to visitors after it emerged a healthcare worker diagnosed with the virus had visited. See the Brighton and Hove News website: Brighton nursing home in lockdown after coronavirus contact.

Campaign

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust says a UK-wide public information campaign says the advice on how people can protect themselves from infection is similar to the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ campaign used for flu and norovirus.

It promotes important hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

Advice

The advice to the public is to:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

The Trust says Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. There’s more information here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

UK Chief Medical Officers are advising that anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

See also:

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Jobs for handy person, health club assistant and reservation coordinator

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Business, Community

New therapist and special offers at Uckfield day spa

Spa Therapy, a day spa in Uckfield, has a special offer running throughout February for Valentines celebrating love.

Couples are invited to book a treatment in the spa’s double room, and afterwards enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and chocolates together in the calming relaxation room.

You can book your treatments online at www.spatherapy.uk/onlinebooking quoting the code ‘VALENTINE’.

The team at Spa Therapy is also welcoming the arrival of a new Acupuncturist, Sarah Bristow who trained at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, and uses Five Element and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a wide range of health problems and pain management.

Sarah also specialises in Facial/Cosmetic Acupuncture aiming to enhance and rejuvenate the complexion and over-all well-being.

Accupuncturist Sarah Bristow who is joining Spa Therapy. She treats a wide range of health problems and also specialises in Facial/Cosmetic Acupuncture.

She is a member of The British Acupuncture Council, and draws on her experience as a Yoga instructor and Shiatsu practitioner to make her approach and personal style  unique.

Sarah is offering free consultations, and taster sessions for Facial/Cosmetic Acupuncture at £15, during her launch at Spa Therapy.

Book your sessions with Sarah online at www.sarahbristow.com email be@sarahbristow.com or call 07736 546821.

Silyn Jegat, an Acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner at Spa Therapy, is leaving to continue his work in France.

Look out too, at Spa Therapy, for a special introductory offer on a new treatment designed to speed up the skin’s shedding process and give you a fresh and healthy look.

Read more about the MONU Skin Resurface Peel and the special introductory offer on the Spa Therapy website.

MONU Skin Resurface Peel, new at Spa Therapy.

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Business, Community

Jobs for handy person, health club assistant and reservation coordinator

Thornbury Residential Home and East Sussex National Resort are recruiting.

Thornbury is looking for a Handy Person to work three mornings a week, while East Sussex National is looking for a Health Club Assistant and a Reservation Coordinator.

Find details of these, and other jobs, on UckfieldJobs.com.

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Fast-growing Uckfield group plans more acquisitions

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Paws n Claws celebrates pets’ names

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Business, Community

Fast-growing Uckfield group plans more acquisitions

Uckfield-based Lewis Business Media has grown from a company with one employee and zero products eight years ago to a group serving markets from agriculture to performing arts with its magazines, award schemes, year books and conferences.

The fast-growing organisation, which was launched in February 2012, now has a core team of 40 working to publish eight print magazines, two digital magazines, three year books, ten websites, five award schemes, and five conferences.

Simon Lewis, managing director of Lewis Business Media who says more innovations and acquisitions are planned.

It is based in Office Village, River Way, and operates in markets including agriculture, animal health, performing arts, retail, pest control, and graduate recruitment.

Managing director Simon Lewis said more innovations and acquisitions are planned: “LBM is a company going places fast.”

The business is currently recruiting a senior account manager to sell advertising and sponsorships to manufacturers looking to target its audience and more details of the job and how to apply can be found on UckfieldJobs.com.

Emma Sharp, sales director at Lewis Business Media, and Simon King, new editor of the group’s Pest magazine.

• Contact details for Lewis Business Media can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Business Media.

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Maltmead Cottage and garden in Olives Yard, Uckfield
Community, Local authorities, Planning

Another plan submitted for bungalow in Olives Yard garden

Plans to build a bungalow in the garden of Maltmead Cottage, in Olives Yard, Uckfield, are before Wealden Council for the second time.

A statement with the planning application describes the two-bedroom bungalow, with two car parking spaces and a turning area, as being “extremely sustainable” because it would be adjacent to Uckfield High Street.

Maltmead Cottage and garden in Olives Yard, Uckfield

Maltmead Cottage and garden in Olives Yard, Uckfield

The statement adds: “It is also a small single storey unit which there is a great shortage of in this area of Wealden District Council.”

The bungalow would be similar to the neighbouring Maltmead Cottage, “very traditional with brickwork walls and a tiled pitch roof”.

Uckfield Town Council supported a previous planning application to build on the garden – see Maltmead Cottage: Small home planned for garden but the district council refused the plan saying it would represent over-development of a restricted backland site. See ‘No’ to Maltmead Cottage garden plan.

Details of the latest planning application, number WD/2020/0125/F, can be found on the Wealden website.

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Councillors advised against challenging rejection of Local Plan

Stinging criticism of Browns Lane home plan

Former cow shed becomes meeting place

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Business, Community

Paws n Claws celebrates pets’ names

Paws n Claws pet shop in Olives Yard, Uckfield, is celebrating much-loved pets during February by displaying their names on hearts in the shop window.

To take part, and be in with a chance of winning a £10 gift voucher to be spent in store, all you have to do is put your pet’s name on a heart, with your name on the back, ready to be displayed.

At the end of the month there will be a draw to find the winner.

Hearts in the window of Paws n Claws pet shop carry the names of much-loved pets.

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Councillors advised against challenging rejection of Local Plan

Stinging criticism of Browns Lane home plan

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Business, Community, Shopping

Tomorrow is the last day of Cole’s sale

Tomorrow is the last day of the Cole’s menswear sale, and all sale stock is half the original price.

Cole’s menswear in Uckfield where a sale is coming to an end.

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Community, Local authorities, Planning

Stinging criticism of Browns Lane home plan

A “strong” objection to a plan to build a new house in the grounds of 52 Browns Lane, Uckfield, is being lodged by the town council.

The plan is for the site on the right of this photograph

The plans committee signalled its disapproval to the scheme, which has also upset some near neighbours, when it met this week.

The objection will be sent to Wealden District Council which will determine the application.

The new property would be attached to No 52 where the number of bedrooms would be reduced from three to two.

The new house would have two bedrooms.

Infilling

If the plan goes through, it means No 53 Browns Lane will go from a semi-detached property to an end-of-terrace property.

Details of the application were given in this story

At the committee meeting, after two neighbours spoke against the plan, Cllr Chris Macve said the council had always been against infilling on the Manor Park Estate.

He said the infilling detracted from the original design concept and the appearance of the estate.

‘One of the worst’

“I think this particular application is one of the worst layouts we have come across, not the worst but one of the worst.

“It means the vehicle access is out on to Browns Lane itself which is a very busy road.

“A lot of vehicles do travel up and down there at a very considerable speed,” he said.

Dangerous

“It is potentially extremely dangerous.”

He said changing a pair of semis to a terrace of three was detrimental to the style of the adjoining properties.

“I think we should strongly object to it,” he said.

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Young dancers win through to South East final

Three dancers from the Rennie Dance Academy have won through to the grand final of a competition being held to mark the centenary of the Royal Academy of Dance.

They are Mirabelle Hogan, eight, from Burgess Hill, Gracie Furlong, ten, from Ridgewood, and Amelie Hanson, 13, from Uckfield.

Mirabelle Hogan.

The girls took part in the Sussex Heat of the RAD South East Awards at the Marina Studios in Brighton on Sunday.

This was one of five heats being held across Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and Buckinghamshire with more than 600 children expected to be involved. The awards are part of a year of events taking place to celebrate the RAD centenary.

Gracie Furlong.

Classes were held at four different levels in Brighton with more than 130 students attending during the day.

Rennie Dance Academy principal Kirsten Rennie said: “We are very proud and excited for the students and looking forward to watching the final which is usually judged by a celebrity – such as Wayne Sleep in the past – and other dance professionals.”

Amelie Hanson, left, with Amberley Schofield.

• Contact details for the Rennie Dance Academy can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Children’s Activities, or Dance.

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Business, Community

Extra patrols to tackle Uckfield crime spike

There’s been a spike in crime in Uckfield and Crowborough.

Break-ins at sheds, garages and rural outbuildings have been reported to Sussex Police.

Now officers will make more high-visibility patrols to tackle the spate of burglaries and crime and will launch “multi-agency planned days of action” in Wealden.

Insp Jon Gross

Prevention Inspector Jon Gross said in a statement: “We recognise the impact being a victim of crime can have on a person. 

“We are visiting every victim of burglary in Wealden, and all viable lines of enquiry for each individual case have been – and continue to be –  investigated.

“We understand the community’s concerns and are working across all the towns, parishes and villages in Wealden to engage with residents.

“We work very closely with councils and other authorities in Wealden, and also regularly share intelligence with other districts within Sussex Police, and other police forces, in a bid to identify those responsible for crimes in the area and bring them to justice.”

Insp Gross said Wealden, like the rest of Sussex, had seen increased investment and resource as a result of a rise in the Sussex Police council tax precept. 

More police officers and PCSOs

There are more police officers and PCSOs, including dedicated rural crime resources, thanks to consecutive increases in the local precept.

He added: “By the end of March we will have recruited 100 new PCSOs and are on track to recruit 250 police officers by 2023. 

“This will ensure towns and villages continue to see a more visible policing presence, keeping communities safe and feeling safe.

Extra investment

“Extra investment has also seen the introduction of the Tactical Enforcement Unit, which has carried out operations in Wealden, as well as additional resource in prevention and response crews in Uckfield and Lewes.

“It is crucial that people continue to report crimes to us. Every report we receive is useful intelligence for us to work on.”

Uckfield Town Council has for some months urged townspeople to report all instances of crime to Sussex Police.

Make sure to report crimes says MP Nus Ghani

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Community, Schools

Six girls run school campaign to help the homeless

Six girls have inspired other children at Manor Primary School in Uckfield to join them in helping the homeless.

They first asked headteacher Mrs Margaret Coleman to let them run a campaign in the school and then put together a presentation to be delivered at an assembly.

Campaigning to help the homeless are, from the left, Millie Grace, Olivia Nott, Chloe Wares, Sophie Mendes, Izzy Hartfield, and Crystal Streeter.

They appealed for products which could be brought together in shoebox packages, with each item designed to make life better for homeless people.

Year Six pupils Crystal Streeter, Sophie Mendes, and Izzy Hartfield launched their project after watching a video on YouTube which showed a social experiment revealing how badly a homeless man was treated in comparison with a child.

“Lots of people are not very nice to homeless people and their life can be really hard,” said Crystal. “We wanted to do something to make them happy.”

Letters

The three were quickly joined by Olivia Nott, Chloe Wares, and Millie Grace, and all six have given up their breaks during the school day to compose letters, build their presentation, learn what would be most useful to collect for their boxes, and to find an organisation willing to distribute them.

They have chosen Lewes Open Doors to receive their packages and Friday is the deadline for donations from other Manor Primary School children.

The girls have been particularly impressed by the response from Year One pupils who have brought in box-loads of soap. Each year has a different product to focus on.

Hats and socks

Other items include hats and socks, tooth brushes, toothpaste … and snack bars for energy.

Olivia said: “We feel really strongly about this. We are all warm and think everybody should be able to have gloves and a hat, and be clean.”

The girls added that at school they were learning that everybody is equal and that they should be kind and gentle and that was why the project meant so much to them.

Their school motto is: Everyone matters. Everyone helps, and everyone succeeds. “We want people who have fallen on hard times to have the chance to succeed with their lives too,” said Chloe.

Proud

Manor Primary School business manager Ruth Western said the school was very proud of the girls and the way they were managing their campaign.

Campaign letter

A letter from the girls to the rest of the school said: 

“We are doing this so we understand that when we are indoors all warm and comfortable there is some people sitting on the side of the streets cold, wet and possibly not very well. 

“It isn’t always about yourself. Be thoughtful and think how others are feeling and why they might be different to you but that in any way does not matter. 

“We can help if we work all together and not give up. We all can make a difference if you can help.”

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Community, Schools

Great start to competition season for Uckfield cheerleaders

Spirit Elite cheerleaders from Uckfield got the new competition season off to a flying start at the weekend.

Forty-eight competitors in ten squads came away from the British Cheerleading Association competition, at the K2 Crawley, with five first places, one second, one third, one fourth, one fifth and one sixth place.

Spirit Elite cheerleaders with banners marking their competition successes.

Bexx Boutle the owner of RB Arts Academy which runs Spirit Elite was delighted. She said: “We are beyond proud of each and every one of our athletes who did so well. For some this was their first competition.”

Bexx praised coach Cindy White who put together “amazing” stunt routines, as well as assisting with main routines, and coach Abi Key for her calmness and support.

Coach Cindy White and the owner of RB Arts Academy, which includes Spirit Elite cheerleading, Bexx Boutle.

The Spirit Elite results were:

  • Youth Level One Stunt Squad – 1st division champs
  • Youth Level Two Stunt Squad – 1st place division champs
  • Junior Level Two Stunt Squad – 1st place division champs
  • Junior Level Four Stunt Squad – 1st place division champs
  • Senior Level One Stunt Squad – 1st place division champs, and hit zero
  • Senior Level Two Stunt Squad – 2nd place 
  • Youth Level One Team – 4th and hit zero
  • Junior Level One team – 3rd and hit zero
  • Senior Levels One and Two took 5th and 5th places.

The next competition takes place at the Copper Box Arena in London on February 15 and 16.

More pictures from the weekend can be seen below:

• Contact details for RB Arts Academy can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Cheerleading, Children’s Activities, Dance, Drama, and Musical Theatre.

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Community

More people seek Citizen’s Advice help

Nearly 5,000 people were helped by Wealden Citizen’s Advice in the last year.

Clients are mainly on low incomes, although the service is open to all.

One in three people wanted help with welfare benefits or tax credits and 1 in 5 sought assistance relating to debt, financial services or budgeting.

The figures were given to Uckfield Town Council in a report from the chief executive of Wealden Citizen’s Advice, Kate Davidson.

The council makes an annual grant to Wealden CAB and in the coming financial year it will amount to £18,836.

The report said the 4,907 people seeking assistance raised 18,955 issues – a ten per cent increase on the previous year.

The other main issues were employment 8.5%, housing 7.5% and relationship and family matters 7%.

One-third of the clients who sought help last year had a disability or long-term health condition, and 28% were aged 60 or over.

Ms Davidson’s report said: “Over recent years we are increasingly finding that we are providing ongoing support to a number of highly vulnerable Wealden residents who have limited support at home.”

Citizens Advice

Uckfield Citizens Advice offices based at the town council premises next to the Luxford car park

She said the efforts of “our fabulous committed volunteers and staff” had brought some amazing results for clients – about £2.75million in improved financial outcomes. 

This included more than £1.5million in additional income, such as welfare benefits, tax credits and compensation.

More than £1million in debt was written off for clients who had frequently faced a significant change in their circumstances, such as accident, ill-health, loss of employment or family breakdown.

Homeless people

“Much of this additional income is likely to be spent locally. 

“The team also helped more than 200 people who were homeless or at risk of losing their income,” the report stated.

In an annual customer satisfaction survey, 99% of clients said they were happy or very happy with the service and 4 out of 5 said the help given had made a positive difference.

“Helping someone stay in their home, pay their bills and feel better can also reduce the costs to local services, especially health and local council services. 

Saves the taxpayer

“It is estimated that every £1 spent on Citizen’s Advice in Wealden saves the taxpayer more than twice that eg: through reduced demand for health and homelessness services,” Ms Davidson said.

The service has a 100-strong dedicated and highly trained volunteer workforce, who give at least a day a week to help their local community and make up of 90% of the team.

Ms Davidson said: “Together they provide services estimated to be worth £516,000 per year. 

High standards

“Our volunteers are supported by a small team of paid staff who provide the support, nationally recognised training and quality assurance we need to keep our standards high.”

The CAB was grateful for the continued support of Wealden District Council and town and parish councils across the district, she said.

How to contact Citizen’s Advice

Wealden Citizens Advice provides advice and information face to face, through telephone Advice (0300 330 9022 or 03444 111 444), and by email at three offices in Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield (the Hub, Civic Approach), with weekly face to face outreach on Friday mornings at Heathfield, and on Thursdays at Polegate and Willingdon.

Trusted information is also available at www.citizensadvice.org provided by national Citizen’s Advice, and an estimated 19,000 Wealden residents accessed information that way in addition to the number of clients see in local offices.

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Business, Community, Shopping

Uckfield shopping tips for February

New stock in shops, a change of ownership at a pottery painting studio, and treats for Valentine’s Day are covered in this feature which looks at shopping in Uckfield during February.

New owner starts tomorrow at Kilnwood Studio

Gaynor Robson takes over tomorrow (Saturday) as the new owner of Kilnwood Studio and is looking forward to the future having been a regular customer at the pottery painting studio.

Read more about Gaynor and her plans here: Meet the new owner of Kilnwood Studio.

Gaynor Robson, new owner of Kilnwood Studio, with Jane DeVay who is handing over the keys after two years there.

Nose2Tail Butchers launch new line of ready meals

Nose2Tail Butchers at Piltdown will be launching a new line of ready meals and more pies when a new freezer arrives in February.

The usual range of local beef, lamb and pork is available and the butchers are starting to work with companies in delivering boxes to staff in the workplace.

Pies at Nose2Tail butchers in Piltdown. Look out for a new line of ready meals coming this month.

Need ski kit for half term – ask PipeDreams

PipeDreams, the snow, surf, and skate shop at the top of Uckfield High Street is now in full ski mode.

Hire kit is available for half term and Easter trips and there is a sale on selected ski wear and accessories.

In addition there is a general sale of lifestyle clothing and fitness clothing.

Everything you need from head to toe for a ski trip – including helpful advice – is available under one roof at the shop including helmets, goggles, thermals, fleeces, jackets and trousers, socks and gloves.

There are also apre-ski items and luggage.

Valentine’s promotion at W E Clark & Son

A Valentine’s promotion will be running at Uckfield jewellers W E Clark & Son in the run up to the big day.

For every £50 spend there will be a complimentary box of heart shaped chocolates.

Heart-shaped gifts at W E Clark & Son – and there are complimentary Valentine’s chocolates for anyone spending more than £50.

There are plenty of gifts, including special items featuring hearts, to choose from for the special person in your life.

And, if you are planning a grand gesture at this most romantic of times it is worth visiting W E Clark & Son to see the range of engagement rings available.

Don’t forget 2020 is a leap year and there’s a long tradition of proposals being made on February 29, the day that only comes round every four years. Wondering how the tradition came about? Read a blog about the history on the W E Clark & Son website.

Other gift ideas include Jersey Pearl and items from the W E Clark & Son Silver Collection.

Gift ideas from Jersey Pearl.

A look at the W E Clark & Son Silver Collection.

New stock at Josefina

New stock has been flooding into Josefina. The pictures below give a taster of what is available.

Just a little of the new stock at Josefina.

Half-price sale at Chestnut Tree charity shop

There’s a half-price sale running at the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice charity shop and manager Fizz Dean says 90% of stock is included as preparations are made for new stock arrivals.

Exceptions include designer products, books, dads, bric a brac and children’s wear.

New wools arrive at Sew n Sew

New wools have arrived at Sew n Sew, in the Bell Walk Precinct, as customers ask about more sustainable brands, moving away from previously favoured high acrylic content.

Emma says the shop started stocking Adriafil, an Italian brand popular in Europe, a year ago, and new ranges have just arrived.

One is Primula which is 100% Merino wool and another is Demetra, a mix of 45% wool, 45% cotton and 10% Alpaca – even the labels are completely recyclable.

Adriafil Primula – 100% Merino wool available at Sew n Sew.

Adriafil Demetra, 45% wool, 45% cotton, 10% Alpaca.

There’s a new Adriafil self-striping yard too – a mix of 53% wool and 47% acrylic – and an Aran.

Also new, with spring in mind, is a new Stylecraft Yarn, a Regatta double-knit with 74% cotton content.

Stylecraft Regatta, perfect for knitting with spring in mind.

Look out for Rotary Cutters at Sew n Sew. They are for sale at £9.99 and would normally cost about £16.

If you are interested in learning to crochet or knit then do get in touch with the shop about courses run there. If you have a group of friends interested in learning too, classes can be held in your own home.

One more week of sale at Cole’s

There’s one more week of a sale at Cole’s Menswear before the shop will be transformed with new stock which is coming in ready for spring and even summer.

25% off stock at Final Score

Have you spotted there’s 25% off stock at Final Score sports shop as it prepares for closure? Owner Stephen Holliday says everything must go.

Read more about the closure in another Uckfield News story here: Final Score Sports Shop is closing down.

Stephen appeared on Politics South East last weekend in a feature about the effect changing retail habits were having on High Streets.

He said people were increasingly buying goods on line. It was like “the tide coming in” and couldn’t be stopped. “It is just the way society is changing.”

Closing down sale at Final Score sports shop.

Camo tape and hook doctor kits at Hooked on Green

Stock recently arrived at Hooked on Green includes camouflage tape, a Hook Doctor kit for sharpening hooks and a brew kit for that all-important cuppa.

There are also new bigger bags of bait such as the 5kg Scopex Squid bag in the photo below.

Also attracting interest is Korder Goo which has a pungent smell and is spread onto bait to make it stand out in the water.

Brew kit – for making your cuppa, camouflage tape and bigger bags of bait at Hooked on Green.

Korder Goo in different flavours to spread on bait and make it stand out in the water.

Green DIY looks ahead to warmer weather

Green DIY is looking ahead to warmer months and the chance to spend more time in the garden.

A new massive display of stock from Hozelock is now in place with everything you need for to irrigate your land.

And barbecues and garden furniture are out again bringing the dream of summer closer.

Hozelock products – everything you need to irrigate your garden – at Green DIY.

Garden lighting and summer stock is making a fresh appearance at Green DIY.

Lawn cutting robots and zero-turn tractors attract attention at PP Estates

PP Estates customers are looking ahead to summer lawn-cutting and the products attracting most interest are robotic mowers and zero-turn tractors.

The starting price for a robotic mower at PP Estates is about £599 and for a zero-turn mower it is about £2,500.

An entry level lawn cutting robot at PP Estates.

A zero-turning mower proving popular at PP Estates.

Storage boxes and artificial flowers at Something for Everyone

Storage boxes of all shapes and sizes and a wide variety of artificial flowers can now be seen at Something for Everyone.

Do call in to have a look around, lots of new stock is being displayed for February.

Storage solutions at Something for Everyone – and there are more.

A splash of colour from artificial flowers at Something for Everyone.

Seed potatoes and summer flowering bulbs at Staverton’s

Many varieties of seed potatoes are now available at Staverton Nursery at Halland.

Summer flowering bulbs are on display too, and the plants of the month for February are Camellias and Heathers.

Seed potatoes at Staverton Nursery – plenty of choice.

Wide range of summer flowering bulbs at Staverton’s.

Gladioli bulbs.

Cyclamen and Primrose provide colour in a Staverton Nursery greenhouse.

SG Home Interiors demonstrates latest cooking appliances

SG Home Interiors held a cooking and tasting weekend to show off the latest cooking appliances available.

They demonstrated the Bura Pure, an extraction system which is rivalling the hood.

There was also chance to taste the food during demonstrations.

You are welcome to call in at the shop to learn more about the kitchens and appliances available there.

The Bura Pure extraction system demonstrated at SG Home Interiors last weekend.

Carvills sale continues until Saturday, February 15

Carvills sale continues until Saturday, February 15, and they are promising great deals on bedlinen, towels, homeware and more.

There is 15% off all fabrics and wallpapers too.

Spring stock will be arriving from mid-February.

Clarins Plant Gold arrives at Kamsons Health and Beauty

Clarins Plant Gold, a two-in-one oil-emulsion moisturiser has arrived at Kamsons Health and Beauty.

The moisturiser is formulated with 100% natural ingredients and aims to provide skin with “comfort, vitality, and radiance”.

It is suitable for all skin types and blended with Clarins’ iconic Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil.

 

Composite doors, windows, and bi-fold doors at Superior Glass

Composite doors, windows, and bi-fold doors are some of the many products available at Superior Glass, the longest-established glass and window installer in Uckfield.

See below examples of the company’s work and call 01825 764766 for a free estimate.

New on the menu at Hartfields

New dishes have been added to the main lunch menu at Hartfields, and there’s a new specials menu too.

The main menu now includes:

Hartfields Mixed Grain Bowl with pumpkin seeds, carrot and courgette ribbons with smashed avocado or chicken.

Falafel Flatbread with humous, roast peppers, spinach, yoghurt, herb oil

Smoked Haddock Kedgeree, with curried rice, leeks, spinach, and poached egg

Chicken Schnitzel Hash with saute potatoes, onions, peppers, local greens, fried egg.

And there are two new burgers: Italian Beef Burger with mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, pesto, mayo, rocket; and Lemon Chicken Breast with coriander, Cos, cucumber, and lemon mayo.

New lunch specials include:

Drinks

Guest Coffee: single origin ‘Honduras’ Catuai which tastes of dark chocolate and cherry. This is also available as a batch brew.

Blueberry, Pear and Banana Smoothie

Lite Bites

Chicken, leek, basil and sun-dried tomato terrine, toasted sourdough and onion marmalade.

Baked Brie and Sun-dried Flat Mushroom, Mediterranean salad.

Mains

Proper Fish Finger Sandwich, Panko breaded Cod fillet goujons, homemade tartare sauce, cos lettuce, thick cut bloomer

Smoked Salmon and Crayfish Ciabatta, dill cream cheese, rocket.

Coronation Chicken Sandwich, curried mayonnaise, spring onion, coriander, raisins, apple and almonds

Vegan Flatbread, roasted vetatablds, sun-dried tomato humous, rocket, baba ganoush.

Sides

Crisps, Hand-Cut Chips, Sweet Potato Fries.

See also:

Talks on future management of Ridgewood Village Hall

Temple Grove Care Home wins ‘outstanding’ rating

Friends of St Philip’s wow pantomime audience

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Community, Schools

Friends of St Philip’s wow pantomime audience

The best St Philip’s panto yet – that was the verdict of people watching an extravaganza staged by the Friends of St Philip’s Primary School.

It is more than 30 years since the first pantomime was performed at the school and this one, The Wizard of Oz, was written and directed by Sarah Cannon and played by a cast of parents.

The cast of St Philip’s pantomime, The Wizard of Oz. Photo: Carine Roberts.

Sarah, an ex-parent of the school, performed in many of the first pantomimes. She now has grandchildren in Year 2 and Reception and was tempted back to the panto scene last year when she wrote and directed Peter Pan.

There was a team effort by parent to create scenery and sets, music, sound effects, customers, make-up and backstage team and all ran smoothly for the cast that wowed an appreciative audience.

Comedy, fear, pathos, love and intelligent acting complimented Dorothy as she was accompanied down the Yellow Brick Road.

Tracey Tremlett plays The Wicked Witch. This was her last performance at St Philip’s after taking part in 15 pantomimes. Photo: Carine Roberts.

Tracey Tremlett, who played The Wicked Witch of the West, has been in 15 school pantos during her time as a parent at St Philip’s.

Her youngest is in Year 6 and so this was her last performance. The Friends thanked her for her commitment to all those pantos.

Gerry Shelley stage a lighting show to enhance the performance, with live music provided throughout by Dominic Hatley on the keyboards and sound effects by Harry Cannon, an ex-pupil of St Philip’s.

Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow on stage with Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at St Philip’s Primary School. Photo: Carine Roberts.

This is one of the main fundraisers for the school and the cast and crew are thrilled to have raised more than £3000 for the school this time.

Carine Roberts and Sarah Cannon said there was a rush of positive feedback for The Wizard of Oz with people saying it was the best panto yet.

They added: “We are very grateful to all of our sponsors, who helped to cover the cost of stage lighting.”

See also:

Talks on future management of Ridgewood Village Hall

Temple Grove Care Home wins ‘outstanding’ rating

Building work under way to create co-working space in Uckfield

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Business, Community

Building work under way to create co-working space in Uckfield

Building work is under way to create co-working office space at Cube Self Storage, on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield.

The aim is to offer professionals a comfortable, friendly, office solution with flexible rates, high speed internet, kitchen facilities, a ‘break out’ area and meeting rooms.

It is hoped the offices will open in March.

Mark Hendley, group property director at Cube Self Storage, said this was a way of offering additional services for the company’s business customers, and the wider community, and the space would be perfect for networking with likeminded individuals.

Cube’s premises have instant access to the A22, are a five-minute drive to and from Uckfield Railway Station, with a direct link to London Bridge, and a large amount of on-site parking.

• Contact details for Cube Self Storage can be found 24/7 in their listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Self Storage.

See also:

Meet the new owner of Kilnwood Studio

Date for Uckfield body confidence and positivity seminar

Mansell McTaggart wins Gold Trusted Service Award

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Business, Community

Temple Grove Care Home wins ‘outstanding’ rating

Outstanding – that’s Temple Grove Care Home at Herons Ghyll, between Uckfield and Crowborough, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

A report released by the CQC last week was glowing, including comments such as: “Everyone we spoke with, and heard from, gave the highest feedback about the service, and the kindness and compassion that staff showed people.”

Staff at Temple Grove Care Home celebrate their ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission.

General manager Alison Barnes is delighted with verdict and so is her team of 105 staff, 20 of them nurses, who are currently looking after 55 residents.

“What makes me most pleased is that every single department within the home has been singled out for praise, including maintenance, housekeeping, food, activities, welfare and care, and nurses,” said Alison.

“We operate as a team with kindness at the heart of everything we do and it’s wonderful to see that recognised in the report.”

Sustainability

One of the owners of Temple Grove, Joanne Ellison, said: “I’d like to give a huge thank you to Alison Barnes and the amazing team at Temple Grove. This rating demonstrates the outstanding sustainability of this home over a number of years. 

“The fact that less than 3% of nursing homes in the UK achieve this accolade is testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff. We are extremely proud.”

An unannounced inspection was carried out by the CQC over two days in November and the results were announced last week.

Kindness and compassion

The report says:

“Everyone we spoke with and heard from gave the highest feedback about the service, and the kindness and compassion that staff showed people ie ‘I’m not treated as just a resident, I’m treated as my own special person’; ‘Couldn’t think of a nicer nursing home. Always life and laughter here. I’d recommend to absolutely everyone’.

”People felt listened to and the personalised dedicated support had a profound impact on their wellbeing. Relatives told us how much this meant to them and their loved ones.

“Staff had considered every aspect of support required for end of life care and created innovative ways to support people and their relatives during this difficult time. Activities were thoughtfully planned centred on people’s interests and staff promoted strong links with the community.

Finger on the pulse

“Everyone we spoke to was highly complementary about the registered manager and how the service was run. One relative said, ‘The registered manager really has her finger on the pulse. She is so caring.’

“The management team spoke with great passion about the service and encouraged staff to provide the best possible care to people.“

The report says the registered manager and quality training manager used creative ways to listen to people’s views and acted on them to improve.

Community involvement

It goes on: “Community involvement was strongly promoted and opened up new networking opportunities for people.

“The management team had good oversight of what happened day to day. They had developed tools to help track the quality of the care and support, so they could improve it. There was a culture of everyone being involved in the continuous improvement of the service.

“Equality and diversity were deeply embedded into the home. People’s differences were highly respected and supported.

Independence

“Staff worked hard to promote people’s independence mitigating any risks, so they were not restricted from doing what they wanted to do.

“A relative told us: ‘My relative is treated as a person, not a number. Staff are absolutely brilliant and care so much’.

“People and relatives told us they felt safe and were supported by a strong, knowledgeable staff team. People were involved in recruiting staff, so they had a say about who would support them. 

Control

“People received their medicines safely and were supported to have as much control as they wanted over their medicines.

“Everyone we spoke to was confident that staff had the skills and knowledge to meet people’s needs. People were supported by a range of health and social care professionals to improve their wellbeing.

“People’s nutritional needs were consistently met, and they were positive about the quality and quantity of food provided.

Maximum choice

“People were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff supported them in the least restrictive way possible and in their best interests; the policies and systems in the service supported this practice.”

The full report – which judges Temple Grove in five different areas, including safety, effectiveness, how caring it is, responsiveness, and how well it is led – can be found on the Care Quality Commission website here.

See also:

New idea to repair Manor Park twittens

Battery operated trains for Uckfield train line?

More housebuilding for Uckfield on the cards after Plan rejection

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Community, Schools

Six Sky High trampoline gymnasts qualify for national finals

Six gymnasts, who train at the Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre, in Uckfield, have won through to the Schools National Trampoline Finals.

Four of the six qualified in first place. Eight gymnasts from the Sky High Club took part in the competition.

Some of the Sky High gymnasts who competed in the Southern qualifying round of the Schools National Trampoline competition. They are Milla Winslet, Pearl Winslet, Sam Plummer, and Nick Orwin.

The British Schools Gymnastic Association Southern Zonal qualification round was held at Gillingham in Kent. The national final will be held in Eastleigh, Southampton, on Saturday, March 14.

Sky High head coach, Gail Andrews, said: “This is a great opportunity for our gymnasts to give something back to their schools.

Daniel Bradford, one of four gymnasts from the Sky High Club, Uckfield, who qualified for the Schools National Trampoline Finals in first place.

“The gymnasts frequently require the schools’ support when competing in events throughout the season, as often time off is required to attend national and international competitions, or for extra training sessions during the day.

“So to be able to win a medal for the school is very rewarding.”

More than 360 gymnasts from across the Southern region competed at Gillingham at the same time as qualification events were held in Midland and Northern regions and a closely matched and exciting national final is expected.

Harper Winslet, first, and Charlotte Wainford, third, after competition in a qualifying round for the Schools National Trampoline Finals.

The Sky High results were:

1st:

  • Harper Winslet, Rattan School, Eastbourne
  • Daniel Bradford, Lewes Old Grammar School
  • Milla Winslet, Ocklynge Junior School, Eastbourne,
  • Nick Orwin, Newick Primary School, Newick

2nd:

  • Sam Plummer, East Hoathly Primary School

3rd:

  • Charlotte Wainford, Benenden School, Cranbrook

4th:

  • Pearl Winslet, Ocklynge Junior School, Eastbourne

7th:

  • Holly Gillon, Little Horsted Primary School

On the podium, Milla Winslet, first, who has qualified to take part in the Schools National Trampoline Finals.

Sam Plummer, second, and Nick Orwin, first, on the podium at a qualifying competition for the Schools National Trampoline Finals.

 

Community, History

Looking back to the heydays of Framfield Road and New Town

If you remember the 1960s heydays of Framfield Road and New Town in Uckfield then a visit to an exhibition running at Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre in Uckfield will cement memories for you.

If you are a newcomer then you will be fascinated to see how that area of town has changed over the years, with documents showing how individual parcels of land were sold and developed, and photographs showing shops and businesses which once thrived, then disappeared.

Three of the people who helped put the Framfield Road and New Town exhibition together. They are, from the left, Gillian Youngman, Mick Harker, and Ian Fleet.

Best of all is to hear other people chatting over their memories as maps and photographs reveal once more the places they played as a child, and the characters they remember.

Seventy-five-year-old Jenny Pursglove, nee Jones, for example, used to live at 147 Framfield Road, and played with her friends in a sand pit at the bottom of the road. After it rained heavily they would run through ‘the brooks’ to see if there was flooding, because there nearly always was.

They would sit on the high pavement of Framfield Road with feet on the step and take car numbers – but that would quickly get boring because there weren’t many cars.

Uckfield Laundry

She remembers they would cross the road and sit on the wall of Uckfield Laundry – premises now occupied by Mitchell and Cooper – and watch a Miss Rice training dogs for the police.

She said: “They would run up a very long ladder, through a dolls house at the top, and come out with a doll in their mouth and then come down a ladder. It was fascinating to watch.”

Also there was a lump of concrete outside the laundry which the children could kneel on to look through a window and watch the belts, wheels and pulleys of the steam machinery in action.

Jenny said: “It was brilliant fun. I had a lovely childhood.”

Jenny Pursglove, nee Jones, points to a wall she used to sit on as a child outside Uckfield Laundry.

Uckfield Laundry on the site now occupied by Mitchell and Cooper.

The exhibition shows how Framfield Road had shops ranging from Post Office to fish shop, greengrocer to general store along with hairdressers, sweet shops and butchers.

The peak of prosperity was around the late 1960s when national shopping experiences started to change and the first supermarket, Fine Fare, came to town – in the premises now occupied by Sussex Stationers.

People liked being able to find all their groceries under one roof, and select them themselves without queuing.

Frozen chicken

Apparently the first 100 customers were offered a free frozen Buxted chicken – and this was at a time when few people had fridges never mind freezers.

There’s much to learn in this exhibition which ranges from the arrival and growth of the railway, to revealing the history behind the names of groups of cottages. It also remembers lost buildings.

The exhibition began on Saturday and will run to this Saturday opening daily from 10am-3pm.

See also:

Temple Grove Care Home wins ‘outstanding’ rating

Building work under way to create co-working space in Uckfield

Children clear litter from lane in Little Horsted

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Community, Leisure, Local authorities

Potential designs for new Luxford Play Area to go on display

Potential designs for a new play area on the Luxford Field in the centre of Uckfield are to go on display on Saturday, February 8.

Residents will be able to view options from prospective suppliers in the Weald Hall at the Civic Centre, from 10am to 2pm.

Luxford Play Area which is due for an upgrade.

There will also be an exhibition of posters from local schoolchildren with their ideas for a fantasy play area.

Uckfield Town Council is planning to upgrade the equipment at the play area and as part of the process Uckfield residents are being asked to give their views on what they would like to see there.

A short survey is available to complete online, or you can pick up a hard copy of it from the caretakers station at the Civic Centre. It must be completed and returned by Sunday, February 9.

See also:

Battery operated trains for Uckfield train line?

Mallard Drive homes planning permission challenged

Cooking and tasting weekend at SG Home Interiors

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Business, Community

Meet the new owner of Kilnwood Studio

Meet Gaynor Robson the new owner of Kilnwood Studio, the pottery painting shop in Uckfield High Street.

Gaynor will be taking over on Saturday, February 1, from Jane DeVay who has run the business for the past two years but is now following her dream of launching a hypnotherapy practice.

Gaynor Robson, left, who will be taking over Kilnwood Studio on Saturday. Jane DeVay will be handing over the keys.

Gaynor, who lives in Blackboys, is excited to be taking on Kilnwood Studio where she has been a regular customer.

She told Uckfield News: “I have always been creative, always wanted my own shop, and absolutely love it here. I just feel at home. It is therapeutic to sit and paint something so lovely.”

Gaynor’s husband Mark and 12-year-old daughter Charlotte share her enthusiasm for the new venture. “We are all very on board,” she said.

Pottery

Jane is helping Gaynor to learn how to glaze and fire painted pottery, something she has never done before, and has offered to help cover holidays, at least initially. 

Gaynor plans to come in, find her feet, and get a feel of the business before making any decisions on the future.

She said: “This is a lovely, well-established business, and I will keep it going as it has been and slowly look at ways of diversifying.

Refreshments

“I’m thinking of doing more refreshments, organising special evening events, things with children, and looking for more activities in the day time.”

Gaynor might incorporate more crafts too, for example she used to make and sell her own  jewellery. She’s thinking it might be possible to sell more hand-crafted pieces at the shop.

Jane said she is pleased to welcome Gaynor to the shop. “She’s the perfect person for the business. I wasn’t creative when I started but I have learned to be over time and I have enjoyed being here and working with my customers.

Hypnotherapy

She added: “Now I am looking forward to opening my new hypnotherapy business. I am trained in counselling and this is something I have always wanted to do.”

The studio’s new opening hours will be from 10am-4pm during the week and from 10-5pm on Saturday. 

See also:

New idea to repair Manor Park twittens

‘Summit’ call on future funding and protection of Winnie-the-Pooh country

Battery operated trains for Uckfield train line?

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Community

Date for Uckfield body confidence and positivity seminar

A free body confidence and positivity seminar is being held in Uckfield on Tuesday, February 25.

Lindsay Willis-Wood.

It is being run by Lindsay Willis-Wood at the Cinque Ports Club from 7.30-9pm.

It will cover:

  • Social Media Pros and Cons
  • Case Studies and Group Tasks
  • How to give and accept compliments

You will be given a mindfulness booklet to complete during the seminar and take away with you.

Lindsay’s journey

Lindsay started running body confidence and positivity workshops and seminars when things going on in her life led to her losing some confidence in herself.

She said: “When I sat down and really thought about why I felt this way, I started to notice others feeling the same and using social media as an outlet. I also realised that I had made some really bad choices when it came to the types of social media, and reading, I was doing.

Research

“So the journey began. I did more research, I read more body confidence materials and re-shaped my social media platforms to include ‘positive vibes’ only.”

Lindsay says: “Being body confident and positive means accepting yourself for who you are today, every day, and each time you look in the mirror.

“Only then can you start to make healthy, positive changes to your life.”

Her message to all is: “Find what makes you happy. Have courage and be you.”

You can book your place on Lindsay’s free body confidence and positivity seminar by emailing her at lindsay_willis@hotmail.co.uk.

See also:

Meet the new owner of Kilnwood Studio

Potential designs for new Luxford Play Area to go on display

Mansell McTaggard wins Gold Trusted Service Award

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Broken tarmac on a twitten on the Manor Park Estate, Uckfield
Business, Local authorities

New idea to repair Manor Park twittens

Repairs to some Manor Park Estate twittens should be carried out by Uckfield Town Council.

They would be two or three “key walking routes” across the estate to the schools in Downsview Crescent.

That’s the view of the estate’s residents’ association which believes better footways could reduce the number of cars being used to take children to school.

Broken tarmac on a twitten on the Manor Park Estate, Uckfield

An example of the broken surface found on many twittens and paths on the Manor Park Estate, Uckfield

The paths, twittens and alleyways on the estate are in a generally poor state of repair because they were not ‘adopted’ by East Sussex County Council at the time the estate was built in the mid 1960s.

The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association said in a submission to the town council that councillors would be aware that the developer failed to construct the twittens, paths and alleyways to an adoptable standard.

Consequently, maintenance is the responsibility of nearby homeowners, as set out in the deeds to their property. 

“Sometimes this will be the responsibility of a small number of homeowners but often it runs into dozens.

The path which leads between Hempstead Lane and Downsview Crescent

Twitten between Hempstead Lane and Downsview Crescent

“Whilst the association has actively encouraged owners to take responsibility for the unsafe twittens that they are responsible for and has published a ‘Twittens Toolkit’ to guide owners towards a solution, it is clear that most are not willing or able to tackle the tasks they are confronted with. 

Residents’ association launches twitters toolkit for residents.

“Not least of which is obtaining the agreement of all concerned that the work should be undertaken and then meeting the costs arising,” the association said.

It said it had looked into obtaining external funding to finance the repair work but concluded that even if the funds could be sourced the association would not have the resources to project-manage the work.

A path leads between a boarded fence on one side and a laurel hedge on the other

One of Uckfield’s twittens on the Manor Park Estate

“The current state of the twittens, paths and alleyways is such that it deters parents and carers to use them when dropping off or picking up their children at the schools in Downsview Crescent, resulting in greater car usage which contributes to road safety concerns and is detrimental to the local environment.

“It is thought that a constructive and realistic way forward would be for the town council to take responsibility for repairing just two or three of the key routes across the estate that lead to the schools. 

Key routes

“This would address the car usage issues mentioned earlier and also provide an incentive to those responsible for the twittens that feed into these key routes,” the association said.

It made its comments in response to a consultation on the town council’s draft strategic plan 2020/2025. However, councillors did not add the suggestion to the draft plan.

  • The residents’ association did not specify which twittens/paths it would like to see the town council upgrade.
  • The Manor Park Estate gained planning permission in 1964.
  • Schools on Downsview Crescent are Uckfield College, Manor Primary and Manor Twiglets Nursery.
  • There have been a number of attempts in recent years to try and persuade people to walk their children to school and to persuade parents to park away from Downsview Crescent. However, cars are often parked on the verges, or opposite each, other leaving only a narrow gap for vehicles to pass through. On occasions the road is blocked when large vehicles try to negotiate the road. A renewed attempt to repair the verges is expected in the spring.

See also:

Near 4 per cent rise planned for East Sussex council tax

Designs for new Uckfield bus station on the way

Town centre roadworks this weekend

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Business, Community

Mansell McTaggart wins Gold Trusted Service Award

Uckfield estate agent Mansell McTaggart has won a Gold Trusted Service award after being rated for  delivering exceptional experiences by customers.

The award is run by Feefo, a review platform used by more than 3,500 brands such as Next, Vauxhall, Iceland, Mazda, Expedia and JCB, to collect insights into how their business is viewed.

The team at Mansell McTaggart who have received a Gold Trusted Service Award. From the left are Clare Waters, Trevor Mepham, Avin Jay, and Daniel Kaye.

Feefo says Trusted Service status is awarded only to businesses that use the platform to collect genuine reviews and which meet a high standard based on the number of reviews collected and their average rating.

Feefo says: “A highly-valued badge of approval, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on the interactions with real customers.

Genuine

“As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a business’s commitment to outstanding service.”

The organisation has given Gold Trusted Service awards to businesses which have collected at least 50 reviews between January 1 and December 31, 2019, with a Feefo service rating of between 4.5 and 4.9.

Avin Jay of Mansell McTaggart said: “We’re very excited to receive this award from Feefo because it’s based on the feedback of real customers, who are the most important judges of all.

Quality

“It recognises how hard we work to give all our customers the best possible experience. Everyone at Mansell McTaggart is fully committed to the highest quality of service, so it’s important for us to listen, understand and respond to all our customers.

“The beauty of Feefo is that it enables us to consistently improve, so we’re looking forward to another successful year.”

See also:

More housebuilding for Uckfield on the cards after Plan rejection

Near 4 per cent rise planned for East Sussex council tax

Designs for new Uckfield bus station on the way

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Business, Community, Food & Drink

Cooking and tasting weekend at SG Home Interiors

The end of the extractor hood is in sight, according to Uckfield kitchen suppliers SG Home Interiors, and they will be demonstrating an alternative system at cooking and tasting sessions this weekend.

There will be three demonstrations. Two on Saturday from 10-12pm and from 2-4pm, and one on Sunday from 12-2pm.

The sessions are particularly designed for people planning to update their kitchen or appliances this year and who would like to see options available.

The demonstrations will show Bora Pure in action – an extraction system to rival the hood.

There will be the chance to taste food during cooking demonstrations.

Bora Pure in action and heralding the end of the extractor hood. You’ll be able to see one being used in cooking demonstrations at SG Home Interiors at the weekend.

See also:

More housebuilding for Uckfield on the cards after Plan rejection

Uckfield businesses call for jobs focus in new Local Plan

Near 4 per cent rise planned for East Sussex council tax

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Community, Local authorities, Planning

More housebuilding for Uckfield on the cards after Plan rejection

A new wave of housebuilding could be coming to Uckfield.

Developers are likely to be considering land around the town after Wealden District Council’s Local Plan was rejected.

A Royal Mail delivery to new homes at Ridgewood Place with construction in the background

A Royal Mail delivery to one of the new occupiers of Ridgewood Place while housebuilding continues at the end of the road

It could mean the reappearance of housebuilding sites which have been rejected in the past, including Downlands Farm, Bird-in-Eye and the Sussex Horse Rescue land, off Hempstead Lane.

It is quite likely housebuilders are also considering other sites in and around the town.

Former deputy town mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, has criticised the district council for not appealing the planning inspector’s decision to throw out the plan.

head and shoulders photograph of Councillor Duncan Bennett

Cllr Duncan Bennett

The planning inspector who examined Wealden’s draft Local Plan concluded the district council had placed too great an emphasis on protecting the environment and needed to do more to build new houses.

Wealden must build more houses

The draft plan was also thrown out because Wealden failed one of the duties for legal compliance, that of the Duty to Co-operate with other councils.

Planning inspector says Wealden Council failed to co-operate with other authorities.

CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Sussex has also deplored the council’s decision not to appeal the inspector’s verdict.

A Facebook post said: “Rest assured that CPRE Sussex WILL be challenging both Inspector’s ruling…and the council’s compliance.”

Fight Inspector’s decision

Cllr Bennett expressed dismay that Wealden did not intend to fight the Inspector’s decision when he spoke at Monday night’s (January 20) full meeting of Uckfield Town Council.

“I think I speak for an awful lot of people who are rather disappointed at that.

“I think there should be some challenge, rather than not.”

He said Sevenoaks council was challenging a similar rejection of its plan, adding:

‘Bit of a mystery’

“I am a little bit disappointed that Wealden have taken a decision not to challenge before putting it to the relevant councillors.”

Cllr Gary Johnson, who sits on both the town council and Wealden council – and was elected to both councils for the first time last May – told the meeting the Local Plan process had been going on for five years but had been rejected after the examination in public.

Head and shoulders photograph of Councillor Gary Johnson

Cllr Gary Johnson

“It is a bit of a mystery to me how we [Wealden] managed to get to that position.

“There are lots of meetings going on at the moment.

“It has been decided that it is best to change a substantial amount of the plan and possibly some of the people who are presenting that plan, so there will be changes.”

Cllr Johnson said putting a new Local Plan forward would take about two years.

“I feel that there will be more pressure on Uckfield to build more houses in addition to Mallards [119 homes] and the 1,000 at Ridgewood.”

Cllr Johnson had been at meetings and said a comment had been made that “there’s a lot on the shelf for Uckfield which is going to reappear”.

He said he was a member of the Wealden planning north committee (which covers Uckfield) and said it would be “business as normal”.

“Anything that we consider is not appropriate and not technically correct, will be rejected,” he said.

Background on previous housebuilding planning applications

The 1,000 homes under construction on what was Ridgewood Farm were allocated under a previous Local Plan, which is in operation.

The first phase of the Ridgewood Farm development is now under way with people occupying a number of homes on the new estate.

A view of some of the new houses being built at Ridgewood

A view of some of the new houses being built at Ridgewood

Under the new draft Plan, which has been rejected by the Inspector, there was no major new housebuilding planned for Uckfield.

In previous “bids” for development land, sites at Bird-in-Eye, Sussex Horse Rescue and Downlands Farm were put forward.

Downlands Farm

Downlands Farm sought planning permission in 2006 for 750 new homes but the application was refused and then turned down on appeal.

The site runs from near Lake Wood to Budlett’s.

Opponents of the plan majored on the ecological value of the site.

Two sites were considered for Bird-in-Eye, which are within Framfield parish,  but also were refused at a similar time.

A major part of the opposition to these sites was the access to Uckfield town centre through the traffic-choked Framfield Road.

Plans for the Sussex Horse Rescue were floated in the early part of the last decade. The horse rescue operation’s closure was announced last November.

Uckfield Chamber of Commerce calls for new Local Plan to allocate more land for business use to provide employment

Related link

Sevenoaks District Council vows not to withdraw Local Plan (external link)

See also:

Near 4 per cent rise planned for East Sussex council tax

Uckfield Town Council budgets for climate change projects

Designs for new Uckfield bus station on the way

Uckfield High Street shop announces closure

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Roads and rail

Uckfield roadworks in town centre this weekend

Temporary traffic lights will operate in Uckfield town centre over the weekend.

Kier, on behalf of UK Power Networks, will be carrying out “essential” works on Saturday and Sunday (January 25 and 26).

Two trial holes will be dug either side of the bridge over the River Uck as part of a feasibility study for a new underground cable.

Delays can be expected.

The lights will operate to ensure the safety of the public and workforce.

The temporary multi-way lights will replace the existing lights at the Bell Lane/High Street junction. 

They will be manually controlled between 7am and 7pm to minimise disruption to road users.

See also:

Near 4 per cent rise planned for East Sussex council tax

Uckfield Town Council budgets for climate change projects

Designs for new Uckfield bus station on the way

Uckfield High Street shop announces closure

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Business, Community

New Year offer for new businesses

Uckfield business consultant and mentor Chris Dowling is offering up to two hours of free business advice to anyone who is planning to start, or has recently started, a new business.

Chris Dowling.

He can help with marketing, finance and management – all key issues for a new business – and the offer runs until February 29.

In addition Chris is able to help business owners looking for finance as he has access to the Government’s Start-Up Loan scheme by working with an approved provider.

Chris says:  “Starting your own business is an ‘act of faith’ and a step into the unknown, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Working with an experienced consultant and mentor,  you are able to use their experience and knowledge to avoid pitfalls and guide you to success.”

To find out more about Start-Up Loans and Chris Dowling’s New Year offer, contact him on 01825 701332.

• Chris Dowling is an experienced businessman. He owns a small business himself and as a consultant and mentor helps start-ups and family businesses with the challenges and opportunities faced by all business owners.

He is also a director of the Association of Business Mentors, the trade association for business mentors in the UK.

• To learn more about Chris Dowling Business Mentor and Adviser please see their premium listing in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Business Advice or Business Mentor.

See also:

East Sussex council tax set to rise by nearly 4%

£7,500 budget for Uckfield climate change projects

Final Score Sports Shop is closing down

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Uckfield bus station in January 2020
Business, Local authorities, Roads and rail

Uckfield bus station revamp plan due soon

Designs for a new-look Uckfield bus station are expected to emerge later this year.

It will be the third stage of the town centre improvement scheme.

Uckfield bus station in January 2020

Uckfield bus station in January 2020

A fourth stage is also being worked on which will be designed to improve roads into Uckfield.

The first stage of the town centre improvements were the works between the traffic lights at the junction at Bell Lane and the High Street in the centre of town to the Framfield Road traffic lights.

First stage of the works in September 2014

Stage two was from the Bell Lane/High Street traffic lights to Church Street.

Both sets of work were highly controversial, particularly the widening of pavements and the removal of some on-street parking spaces.

East Sussex County Council carried out the projects and worked with Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council on the scheme which was intended to “reduce traffic congestion and improve transport infrastructure in Uckfield town centre”.

community warden

Uckfield High Street in September 2016 as the final touches were put to the stage 2 work

Other changes included new street lighting, new drainage, new paving slabs, new seats/benches, improved bus stops with real time information and a 20mph speed limit.

At the time, a third stage was promised – an updated bus station which is due to include a new layout and a larger shelter for passengers.

The new design has been on the cards for some time with this website reporting three years ago that designs were due out later in 2017.

Many in the town hope the proposals will include public lavatories.

In the spring

East Sussex County Council has told UckfieldNews.com that it is continuing to work with partners, including the district and town councils to progress the third stage of the improvements.

A county spokesperson said the council hoped to be in a position to publish detailed designs by the spring.

“The third stage will be the latest piece in the jigsaw of a scheme which has already made a really positive impact in improving the town centre and making it a more attractive place for residents, traders and visitors.

“We are also working on a fourth stage, which is aimed at identifying options for transport improvements along routes into the town centre, to further the overall aims of the project, enabling Uckfield to accommodate increased traffic resulting from current and future developments in the town,” the county council told this website.

The cost of the improvements has been funded by contributions from housing developers.

See also:

Uckfield High Street shop announces closure

Liquidators appointed at Barnsgate Manor

Uckfield commuter bus idea mooted by climate change group

Uckfield Rugby Club panto coming up

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Business, Community

Final Score Sports Shop is closing down

Final Score Sports Shop, a family business in Uckfield High Street is closing down.

Owner Stephen Holliday announced on Facebook tonight that a closing down sale will begin on Monday with 25% off all stock.

Final Score Sports Shop – a closing down sale begins on Monday.

Stephen says:

“It is with a little sadness but also much relief that we announce that after more than 23 years serving the town, our little family sports shop, Final Score will commence a closing down sale on Monday.

“Unfortunately the rapidly changing nature of retail sales over the last ten (or more) years has finally reached the stage where we have no choice.

“Although the town has grown rapidly over this period, our sales have gone in the opposite direction reflecting the national trend towards the internet as the preferred method of shopping for many people.

Phenomenon

“This phenomenon is the main reason why high streets around the country are changing, moving from selling “stuff” (books, trainers, washing machines etc) to offering services (haircuts, nail decorating, food and drink providing etc).

“We are aware of a number of similar small shops like ours who plan to close in the next couple of years when their leases run out.

“We are luckier than most as we own our premises (which are up for sale) and have other business activities to turn to. But if you value your high street shops then we urge you to use them before it’s too late.

Multinationals

“Don’t give your money to large multinationals who care nothing for Uckfield. If you need some surf gear, go to Pipedreams, if you need a guitar, go to the Guitar House on Church Street, if you need a new washing machine try Uckfield Electrics etc etc.

“These businesses are nearly all run by local people who will in turn spend their money locally too. It’s too late for us now but maybe not too late for them….

“Anyway, we are now offering 25% off literally everything (except restrings) we have left until it’s gone! So don’t delay if you were thinking of replacing your old shoes or racket or training gear! Once it’s gone, it’s gone…..

“Thank you sincerely to all our fantastic loyal customers over the years.”

See also:

Barnsgate Manor goes into liquidation

Uckfield commuter bus idea mooted by climate change group

Uckfield Rugby Club panto coming up

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A No 54 Stafgecoach service arrives at Uckfield Bus Station
Community, Local authorities

Uckfield commuter bus idea mooted by climate change group

Ideas for a ‘commuter bus’ for Uckfield have been put forward.

It was of the longer-term actions suggested at a meeting of the town council’s climate change working group.

A No 54 Stafgecoach service arrives at Uckfield Bus Station

A No 54 Stagecoach service arrives at Uckfield Bus Station

On August 5 last year, the council agreed to support the Climate Emergency declared by Wealden District Council and to consider ways to reduce emissions, including replacing motor vehicles with electric powered ones, wherever possible.

A working group was established to consider ideas.

The town council also has as one of its priorities for the coming year:

  • To investigate ways in which it can reduce its impact on climate change by “reviewing our contracts, buildings and equipment; managing our land for nature and minimising waste”.

A written report of the climate change working group has been provided for members of the council by Cllr Karen Bedwell.

Uckfield town councillor Karen Bedwell

Cllr Karen Bedwell

Her report said: “Longer term, the group looked at public transport options, such as exploring the potential of a commuter bus, either electric or environmentally friendly eg: Lemon buses in Brighton charged a small nominal fee for commuters, which worked out less than car parking charges for one day. 

“The scheme could be expanded to Hailsham and Crowborough in the future. 

“Further work would be undertaken to look into the costs and potential grant funding opportunities to run such a scheme.

“This would reduce emissions, traffic in the town and car parking issues.”

*The Big Lemon buses in Brighton are being converted to all run on electricity. Real more here [external link]

*A former weekly Saturday column on this website written by Observer frequently championed public transport and use of buses to link the housing estates with the shops, bus and railway stations. Here is an example of one of Observer’s comment articles from 2018. Observer left Uckfield last year for work reasons.

See also:

Third netball court and 50 cycle bays included in amended college plan

Bluebell Railway is setting for Hornby video

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Community, Leisure

Bluebell Railway is setting for Hornby video

The Bluebell Railway is the backdrop for a promotional video produced by toy train manufacturer Hornby.

A film crew were at the railway’s Sheffield Park station in December to shoot scenes on Platform 1 and then on board a train as it journeyed through the countryside.

The video’s storyline has a retro feel with the Bluebell scenes depicting a couple in 1940 with the woman giving her departing soldier boyfriend a model loco as a gift not knowing if she will see him again.

A Hornby image taken from the toy manufacturer’s video which features scenes at The Bluebell Railway.

Launch

The Bluebell sequence lasts for approximately 50 seconds and forms part of a six-minute video which was published on Monday, January 6, to coincide with the launch of Hornby’s 2020 catalogue of products.

Chris Knibbs, Bluebell Railway filming manager, said: “We were delighted to accommodate the crew from Hornby in making their promotional video. This year is an important anniversary for both of us as the Bluebell celebrates its 60th anniversary of operation and Hornby marks 100 years since the building of the first model locomotive.”

Films

The video is the latest in a long line of films, TV programmes, advertisements and photoshoots to choose the Bluebell Railway as a backdrop. The 11-mile railway, which runs from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, has featured in the Downton Abbey TV series, The Woman in Black film, episodes of Poirot and a TV version of The Railway Children.

The Bluebell has responded to the high level of interest from production companies in using its facilities and locations by setting up a special website dedicated to filming.

Experience

Mr Knibbs added: “We have many years of experience of working with producers and crews. They tend to choose the Bluebell Railway because we have authentic period stations and trains as well as being close to London.”

Hornby says the promotion was part of “celebrating 100 years since Frank Hornby built his first model locomotive and the journey you have all taken with us”.

The video is called “More Than Just A Hobby . . . A Lifetime’s Journey” and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/zIJryE8GFU0 with the Bluebell scenes from 0.40 to 1.27.

Train services on the Bluebell Railway resume on Saturday, February 15, with children aged 15 and under paying a £1 fare when travelling with a full-paying adult as part of ‘Kids for a Quid’ during half-term week.

The railway’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Steaming through 60, will be held on 7-9 August with full details of this and all other events on the Bluebell Railway website.

 

Business, Community, Planning

Trading Boundaries courtyard shops could be turned into B&B rooms

Courtyard shops at Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Park, could be turned into bed and breakfast accommodation.

Courtyard shops at Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Park, which could be turned into bed and breakfast rooms.

Documents with a planning application before Wealden Council say the shops are underused with a high turnover of tenants and their viability in the long term is not positive.

But ‘Boutique B&B’ rooms could compliment the existing business offering, and used by people attending evening live music events, held regularly in the Elephant Cafe within the main Trading Boundaries building.

Proposal

The proposal is for 15 bedroom suites, with one of them to be used for staff accommodation to support the business.

A planning statement says Trading Boundaries is a commercial enterprise established more than 20 years ago and has been key to the ongoing retention and re-use of the Grade II listed property known as The Sheffield Arms, formerly a coaching inn.

The Sheffield Arms, a former coaching inn, which is home of Trading Boundaries.

The Sheffield Arms fell into disrepair in the nineties and was bought for use by Trading Boundaries who have continued to reinvigorate the building and the wider site over a number of years.

“The building complex currently incorporates a mix of uses. It is a quirky retail destination with the main established Trading Boundaries showroom located within the listed building with independent retailers in the courtyard shops.

Food and drink

“The Elephant Cafe is located to the rear of the main building and offers food and drink during the day.”

The statement says the proposal to provide B&B accommodation is prompted by regular requests from attendees for overnight accommodation and the lack of facilities evident in the local area.

See also:

Uckfield firm celebrates 80th anniversary

Bid to tempt otters to live in River Uck

Planning inspector says Wealden Council failed to co-operate with other authorities

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Business, Community

Round-up of Uckfield business news for January

See what’s been happening on the Uckfield business scene in this round-up for January.

Allan appointed chair of construction group

Allan Curtis, director of Uckfield-based Design & Display Structures, has been appointed chair of the Composites UK Construction Sector Group.

He has more than 30 years experience in the construction industry and will lead the organisation as it encourages continuous growth and development of the industry.

Read more about Allan, the appointment and his business here: Uckfield man is new chair of organisation in construction sector.

Allan Curtis, managing director of Uckfield-based Design and Display Structures. He is holding a GRP ‘marble’ column above his head.

New use plan for industrial land

Four semi-detached homes could be built on the Squires Farm Industrial Estate, at Palehouse Common, if a planning application before Wealden Council is approved.

Five homes have already been built in the same area.

Read more about the latest planning application here: Plans for four semi-detached homes on industrial estate.

Land at the north end of the Squires Farm Industrial Estate, where five new homes were built after a planning application was approved in 2015. A plan has been submitted now for four semi-detached homes on what is currently hard standing to the left of a field enclosed by hedging.

See what’s in Uckfield shops this January

Catch up with what is happening in Uckfield shops through our monthly shopping feature which can be seen here: Tips for shopping in Uckfield during January.

Some of the things you will find in Uckfield shops this month.

Change of business type for Office Village

A psychologist has applied for planning permission to see clients on a one-to-one basis in premises at The Office Village, behind Waitrose, in Uckfield.

At the moment the property is designated for business use and the application is to change that to non-residential institutions and assembly/leisure use.

Read more here: Psychology business hopes to move to Uckfield’s The Office Village.

Sign for The Office Village, in River Way, Uckfield.

20% discount offered on mindfulness course

A 20% discount is being offered on a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course which starts in Uckfield on Tuesday.

To take advantage of the discount the eight-week course must be booked before Sunday, January 12.

Read more about the course, which is being run by Debbie Horney, here on the Uckfield Events website: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course.

Debbie Horney who is launching a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course on Tuesday.

Happy to Chat initiative at The Grove Farmhouse Cafe

The Grove Farmhouse Cafe, at Blackboys, is always looking for new ways of making customers feel welcome and their latest initiative is to set up a Happy to Chat table.

Every Thursday this table is set aside for people who would like to be sociable and pass the time of day with others who would enjoy the company.

Read more here: Thursday is Happy to Chat day at The Grove, Blackboys.

The Happy to Chat table at The Grove, Blackboys. Being sociable are cafe directors Emma Doherty, left, and Sharon Burt. With them is guest Martin Harvey.

Chris Dowling appointed director of Association of Business Mentors

Business consultant and mentor Chris Dowling has been appointed a director of the Association of Business Mentors (ABM).

His role will be promoting the organisation in the South East of England and aiming to connect with partners seeking collaborative working.

Locally he is pleased to receive enquiries from business owners about business mentoring and offers a free-of-charge initial consultation.

Read more here: Business consultant appointed director of trade association.

Uckfield based business consultant and mentor Chris Dowling.

Game tasting day coming up at South Brockwells Farm

A game tasting day is coming up at South Brockwells Farm next weekend on Saturday, January 18.

The game bird season finishes at the end of the month and so the family business is hoping customers old and new will join them in their shop to try out some favourite dishes and stock up.

The farm has been busy over the festive season with new kids welcomed to the world.

Read more here: Ranger and Ford and new kids at South Brockwells Farm.

Mum Gertrude with her new kids Ranger and Ford at South Brockwells Farm.

Plenty to celebrate at C J Thorne & Co

Uckfield civil engineers C J Thorne & Co have plenty to celebrate as the family company clocks up 80 years in business.

Theirs has been a story of continuous growth from being a two-lorry haulage firm to a company employing more than 120 people.

Managing director Chris Thorne, who is grandson of the founder C J Thorne, talks about the milestones along the way here: Uckfield firm celebrates 80th anniversary.

Plenty to celebrate as C J Thorne & Co clocks up 80 years in business.

See also:

Wealden must build more houses, says planning inspector

Bid to tempt otters to live in River Uck

More than 20 Golden Retrievers enjoy Uckfield meet-up

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Community, Local authorities

Uckfield environmental Expo Day being lined up

An environmental ‘Expo Day’ is to be planned for Uckfield this summer.

It will focus on how schools, residents and businesses could reduce their impact on climate change.

The decision was taken by the town council this week when members agreed the event would this year replace the annual road safety day.

A steam engine at an Uckfield road safety day for children in 2016

The idea for the switch came from the council’s climate change working group.

“Contact would be made with local companies to display their environmentally friendly products suitable for domestic use, for example ground source heat pumps, grey water recycling, solar panels, wind turbines and insulation companies,” a report from the group stated.

The road safety has been run for many years on the Luxford Field.

Last year’s event was cancelled on the day because of overnight rain made conditions potentially dangerous.

John Surtees

Road safety day became closely linked with Newtown resident and local councillor, Jim Molesworth Edwards, who championed the cause until his death in 2017.

On one occasion Jim’s friend, John Surtees – the only man to be crowned world champion on both two wheels and four – attended. Surtees won seven motor-cycling world championships between 1956 and 1960 and the F1 world championship in 1964, driving a Ferrari.

Safety day and the environmental expo could now each be held on alternate years.

Obituary of Jim Molesworth Edwards

Jim also featured in an UckfieldNews.com series about World War 2and bombing in East Sussex.

See also:

Bid to tempt otters to live in River Uck

Meet the new kids at South Brockwells Farm

Business consultant appointed director of trade association

More than 20 Golden Retrievers enjoy Uckfield meet-up

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Business, Community

Uckfield firm celebrates 80th anniversary

Uckfield firm C J Thorne & Co is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

The civil engineers, who are based at Union Point in Ridgewood, started as a two-lorry haulage firm, based in Eastbourne.

The founder was Charles James Thorne, known as CJ, and it grew rapidly to become a maintenance depot. The acquisition of plant and equipment saw the introduction of the earth-moving side of the business.

CJ Thorne staff pictured at an awards ceremony.

CJ’s grandson, Chris Thorne, managing director of C J Thorne & Co said: “Around that time the local authorities were awarding contracts for such things as school playing fields, and the company soon established a reputation for having skilled plant operators, and equipment, such as bulldozers and excavators.”

As the business continued to expand, a contact of CJ’s at Ealing Studios commissioned him to build replicas of snow sledges used by Scott of the Antarctic in 1912 for a film to be made with John Mills.

The company went on to supply much of the military equipment for further movies, such as Ice Cold in Alex, The Heroes of Telemark and Dunkirk.

The replica of Scott’s snow sledge built by C J Thorne for use in a film starring John Mills.

In the late 1940s the company built its current offices on land, which was previously an old brick yard, in Eastbourne Road.

The business continues to grow and diversify while remaining a family firm. It now employs more than 120 permanent staff and is always looking forward and investing heavily in training and development with particular emphasis on health and safety.

Chris said: “We believe our teamwork ethos is a key factor in our success. In fact, we know it’s one of the reasons we have gained a number of prestigious industry awards over the years.”

Awards

The company’s 80th year was a bumper one for awards. In September they won Best Construction Project Award at the South East Construction Awards ceremony for a spillway project at Bayham Lake in Kent.

On the same evening, at a separate event, the East Sussex Business Awards, they won two awards, Outstanding Team of the Year and Overall Business of the Year. Then they won a community award for Give Back to the Community.

Community

CJ Thorne has supported the community for many years, providing the Christmas tree for Uckfield, transporting it to its place by NatWest Bank and providing trucks for various community groups to decorate for Uckfield Carnival.

In addition they sponsor events such as the Uckfield Business Awards, local charities, am-dram organisations and local sports clubs.

Chris said: “As a local family business that has gone from strength to strength over the past eight decades, these things are our way of giving back. So thank you to all the Thorne employees who are a part of this vibrant team effort.”

See also:

Bid to tempt otters to live in River Uck

Thursday is Happy to Chat day at The Grove, Blackboys

Uckfield all weather pitch linked to ‘road flooding’

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Business, Community

Business consultant appointed director of trade association

Uckfield business consultant and mentor Chris Dowling has been appointed a director of the Association of Business Mentors (ABM), the trade association for professional business mentors.

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Chris Dowling.

The nationwide organisation has five directors in different parts of the country and Chris covers the South East of England.

The Association of Business Mentors is a membership organisation for business mentors who work with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups and small and medium enterprises to large corporations, across all sectors of the economy.

Chris’s main responsibility as a director of the ABM is to promote the association in the business world and to connect with potential partners to seek collaborative working.  He also helps with networking and member development and engagement to ensure ABM members make the best use of their membership.

Chris says research showing the benefits of business mentoring are clear: 70% of businesses using a mentor survive five or more years, and 97% of them said their mentor was invaluable in helping their business develop.

Engagement

However, Chris adds, only 15% of businesses report having had any kind of engagement with a mentor which means a staggering 85% are missing out on developing their opportunities for growth and expansion.

He says business mentoring has been proved to work, resulting in business growth and increased profitability.

Chris Dowling will be pleased to receive enquiries from local businesses owners about business mentoring – he offers a free-of-charge initial consultation.

Contact details

Call Chris on 01825 701332, mobile 07885 685641 or by email chris@dowlingbusinessmentor.co.uk

*Contact details and more information about Chris Dowling Business Mentor and Adviser can be found 24/7 in his Premium Listing in our Uckfield Directory Look for the name or search in categories for Business Advice or Business Mentor.

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River Uck flowing below the newly named Riverside Wood
Community, Local authorities

Bid to tempt otters to live in River Uck

Otters may be given a  new ‘home’ on the River Uck.

The otter holt, or den, would be on the banks of the river in the newly designated Uckfield Riverside Wood.

The plans have been approved by Uckfield Town Council for land it owns on the south bank of the Uck, opposite the Bellbrook business estate.

Before the name change, agreed this week by councillors, the land was prosaically named Bellbrook open space.

The 1.46ha of land (just over 3.5 acres) is in a long strip alongside the river. On the opposite bank are the businesses facing Bell Lane.

A review of Riverside Wood, Uckfield

Riverside Wood, Uckfield

On one side of the wooded area is a steep drop down to the Uck and on the other is the trackbed of the former Uckfield to Lewes railway line.

The town council adopted a Tree for a Tree policy last October – planting new trees when dead, dying or diseased ones were cut down in the town.

Councillors were told the new tree would not necessarily be in the same location but could be elsewhere such as the strip of land alongside the river, which at present is largely overgrown by brambles and scrubland.

They asked for an ecological survey to be carried out which reported the brambles were covering young trees, such as willow and birch. The area was said to be in a succession phase of repopulation with sparse but effective growth of some tree species.

River Uck from what was previously called Bellbrook Open Space

River Uck photographed from what was previously called Bellbrook Open Space

Councillors have agreed to allow ‘natural succession’, to regenerate the woodland and not to plant anything or clear the site.

The idea of an otter holt will be taken forward in consultation with Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Councillors also agreed the land should be given an identity and will be called Riverside Wood.

• The land came into the ownership of the town council when it was transferred by a developer in 1995.

• Otters became largely extinct in Sussex in the 1960s but there is now evidence that the species is slowly returning to some rivers in the county.

Read more about otters (external link)

First Tree for a Tree planted in Uckfield

See also:

Uckfield all weather pitch linked to ‘road flooding’

Thursday is Happy to Chat day at The Grove, Blackboys

Wealden Local Plan is thrown out

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Business, Community, Local authorities, Schools

Uckfield all weather pitch linked to ‘road flooding’

Rainwater run-off from Uckfield’s all weather pitch has been linked to flooding in nearby Hempstead Road.

Residents who live close by are also concerned about the pitch’s floodlights and the noise from matches and training.

The issues were reported last night (January 6) to members of Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee.

Town councillor Chris Macve gave a written report to fellow councillors on a meeting of the all weather pitch advisory group.

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Cllr Chris Macve

He said much of the discussion revolved around the impact of the pitch on local residents.

There were three main areas of concern:

  • lighting;
  • flooding; and
  • noise.

“The matter of lighting, it was agreed, had been dealt with as far as possible by altering the lamp column heads and provision of blinds to some property windows,” Cllr Macve’s report stated.

He said there had been discussions between Uckfield College, local residents and county councillor Claire Dowling about road flooding in the Hempstead Road area.

“East Sussex Highways were investigating the cause and finding a solution as this seemed to be as a result of run off from the all weather pitch and the inability of the drainage system to cope,” the report stated.

A new noise reporting/recording system had been proposed to deal with complaints.

The all weather artificial turf pitch was developed on the Uckfield College site and officially opened in November 2013.

All weather pitch from Hempstead Road

All weather pitch from Hempstead Road

It is situated on the higher ground – above Hempstead Road – and is positioned immediately outside the Freedom Leisure facilities on the college campus.

The facility was built at a cost of more than £700,000 with money coming from national sporting organisations and local sources.

Cllr Macve’s report said use of the pitch continued to run at near capacity “providing a useful facility for both Uckfield College and the community”.

Also present at the meeting Cllr Macve attended were representatives from East Sussex County Council, Freedom Leisure (which manages the facility), Sussex FA, Uckfield Grasshoppers FC, Uckfield College and a local residents’ representative.

Town councillors noted the report but did not comment at last night’s meeting.

From our archives

Official opening of All Weather pitch with details of where the money came from

England rugby union star, Joe Marler, comes to all weather pitch

See also:

Golden Retrievers enjoy Uckfield meet-up 

Planning inspector rules Wealden must have more housebuilding

Wealden District Council ‘failed to co-operate’ with other councils over Local Plan

Tickets available for concerts at Bridge Cottage

Council highlights priorities in climate emergency action plan

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Community, Leisure

More than 20 Golden Retrievers enjoy Uckfield meet-up

More than 20 Golden Retrievers had a whale of a time when their owners brought them together for a walk in Uckfield yesterday.

They gathered at Horsted Green Park, in Little Horsted, where they enjoyed gambolling around the open land and playing in ponds.

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Golden Retrievers enjoy splashing around in a pond at Horsted Green Park.

They came together through the Kent and Sussex Golden Retriever Group on Facebook which was set up by Millie Goad, who lives in Newenden, Kent, and which has about 300 members.

This was the first walk in Sussex and Millie said it was a great success.

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Golden Retrievers make new friends in their gathering at Horsted Green Park.

Afterwards there was a warm welcome at The Highlands Inn for 12 of the dogs and their owners who enjoyed relaxing for a while before heading home.

Among the Uckfield walkers were Andrew and Natalie Wiles and their five-year-old retriever Bailey, and Donna Sherlock with her seven-and-a-half month old Not Alan – so called because a friend asked Donna not to call her retriever Alan because it was her father’s name.

The walkers agreed Horsted Green was the ideal place for their meet-up and they were pleased to be able to continue socialising at the pub.

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Walk organiser Millie Goad, right, and Clare Bridgewater are pictured with three members of one Golden Retriever family, son Percy, mum Hattie, and dad Arthur.

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The full line-up of Golden Retrievers and their owners at Horsted Green Park yesterday.

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Golden Retrievers love water and there was plenty to play in at Horsted Green Park.

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Wet but happy, one of the Golden Retrievers at Horsted Green Park yesterday.

Thanks to Millie for sharing her photographs taken at Hosted Green Park.

See also:

Tickets available for concerts at Bridge Cottage

Uckfield Lions raise more than £7,000 over Christmas period

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during January

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

 

Community, Leisure, Music and arts

Tickets available for concerts at Bridge Cottage

Three classical music concerts are coming up at Bridge Cottage in Uckfield and tickets are available for them now.

They will be held monthly starting at 7.30pm with tickets costing £12, or £5 for under 18s.

The concerts are:

Saturday 18 January – ‘Night Music’, with Julia Bishop: A founder member of the group ‘Red Priest’, Julia Bishop has toured the world with most of the UK’s leading period instrument orchestras. This will be a candlelit recital of haunting and evocative music from the Baroque period, played by one of the masters of the baroque violin. A chance to enjoy an evening of calm and tranquillity.

Saturday 8 February – ‘Into the Soul of Greece’, with Rebetiki Serenata:  An evening of traditional Greek music, with beautiful soul-searching melodies and compelling, infectious dance rhythms.

Saturday 14 March – ‘French Salon Music’, with Rebecca Kaznowski and Alex Rider:  This concert will recreate the intimate tone and ambience of a French Salon concert and will include beautiful and sublime works by Debussy and Faure, interwoven with works of solo harp.

For further details, or to book tickets, please visit www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk, or ring Bridge Cottage, 01825 760734.

See also:

Talks coming up at Bridge Cottage

Plans for four semi-detached homes on industrial estate

Council highlights priorities in climate emergency action plan

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Business, Community, Shopping

Cole’s sale starts in Uckfield today

Cole’s Menswear starts its winter sale in Uckfield today with up to 50% off many items.

Manager Derek Foster said there would be huge savings on knitwear, trousers, jackets, suits, shirts, casual jackets, ties, and shoes.

• Contact details for Cole’s Menswear and Wedding Hire Specialists can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Menswear, Wedding Hire Specialists or Shops.

See also:

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during January

Happy New Year to you

Soprano Ailish Tynan sings in 2020 in supreme style

Business, Local authorities, Planning

Psychology business hopes to move to Uckfield’s The Office Village

Change of use permissions are being sought for a suite at Uckfield’s The Office Village.

The application from G.L. Psychology Services, of Nutley, is for Suite C at Arun House, in the office development off River Way.

At present, the property is classified for business use and the applicant wants that changed for use by non-residential institutions and assembly/leisure.

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Sign for the Office Village, off River Way, Uckfield

Uckfield Town Council plans committee agreed to support the plan when they discussed the application just before Christmas.

Cllr Donna French, who chairs the committee, said: “I am quite happy to support this.

“It is going to be used for mental health facilities which I think should be very welcome in town.

“I don’t see any problems with the parking or traffic at all.”

A statement with the application says the space would be used to see clients on a one-to-one basis for psychological assessment and intervention.

Operational hours would 9am to 7.30pm and no more than four clients would be seen in a day.

The suite would also be used as an extension to GL Psychology Services which incorporates ‘The Little Yoga Pod’.

The primary intention for this space is to offer small therapeutic groups which incorporate psychological (talking) therapy with body (yoga) therapy and meditation.

“This space is not intended to be another yoga studio. It is intended to offer a small, intimate and safe therapeutic space, for the promotion of good mental health,” the statement accompanying the planning application states.

See also:

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during January

Soprano Ailish Tynan sings in 2020 in supreme style

 

Community, Leisure

Events coming up in the Uckfield area

Stretching the body and calming the mind are themes in events coming up in Uckfield over the next month.

Classes at Uckfield Yoga Studio include Kundalini for New Beginnings tomorrow and a Gong Sound Bath on Sunday.

Parenting course

The following week a Parenting Course for Early Years begins at the Civic Centre. It will run for six weeks and is designed to provide a safe setting allowing mums and dads to share their experiences, ask questions, meet other parents, and together find solutions to the common challenges of raising children.

There’s a free mindfulness taster session on Tuesday, January 14, which launches a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course and, if you book the course before January 12 there is a 20% discount on the cost.

For a full list of events please visit UckfieldEvents.com.

Dates for your diary

Saturday, January 4: Kundalini Yoga for New Beginnings

Sunday, January 5: Gong Bath with Claire

Saturday, January 11: Start of Parenting Course for Early Years

Saturday, January 11: Deep yoga with Oriental Healing

Tuesday, January 14: Free mindfulness taster session

Tuesday, January 14 – Tuesday, March 17: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Saturday, January 18: One-day beginners Picture Framing Course

Saturday, January 18: Free game tasting day at South Brockwells Farm Shop

Saturday, January 18: Concert – Julia Bishop, solo violin

Thursday, January 23: Comedy night in Uckfield

Friday, January 24: The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, January 25 – Saturday, February 1: Exhibition, Uckfield South of the River

Saturday, January 25: Burns Night Themed Dinner Evening

Saturday, February 1: Furniture Painting Workshop

Thursday, February 6: Talk – The origins and history of Punch and Judy

Saturday, February 8: Concert – Rebetiki Serenata

Friday,  February 14: Wealden Rambler Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea

Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Night Themed Dinner Evening

Saturday, February 15 – Sunday, February 23: Kids for a Quid at Bluebell Railway

Saturday, March 21: Mother’s Day Specials at the Bluebell Railway 

See also:

Talks coming up at Bridge Cottage

Mindfulness coach offers 20% discount on January courses

Cole’s sale starts in Uckfield today

Tips for shopping in Uckfield during January

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community

Talks coming up at Bridge Cottage

A variety of talks are coming up at Bridge Cottage on the first Thursday of every month – starting tonight (January 2).

They range from one about the people who founded Sussex, to the history of Punch and Judy and another about Tudor dance.

Each will begin at 7pm and admission will be £5, or £3 for members of Uckfield and District Preservation Society.

They start today, January 2, with Anglo-Saxons by Mak Norman.

Mak (aka Osgar) will talk about the Germanic tribes that migrated to the eastern shores of lowland Britain in the fifth century, including the people who founded Sussex and gave it its name.

Osgar brings his audience closer to the Anglo Saxons, who not only created our county and our country; but gave us, and the world, the English language.

The Anglo Saxons were capable of incredible artistic work, which expressed their understanding of their world. A world of gods, elves and magical runes, all of which inspired J. R. R. Tolkien’s ‘Lord of The Rings’.

Other talks include:

February 6 – The origins and history of Punch & Judy and my journey with them, Ray Sparks

The talk covers the first sighting of Punch and Judy by Samuel Pepys in Covent Garden in 1662 to its continued popularity today throughout the UK, together with anecdotes of his work with the show over 30 or more years.  The talk also features Ray’s puppet booth and memorabilia.

The basis of each character is explained to the audience, giving information on such people as Jack Ketch the executioner in London during the 1600’s and Joseph Grimaldi, the famous “Father of all Clowns” who performed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

March 5 – Sussex Scrapbook 2, Chris Horlock:  Following his successful talk at Bridge Cottage in 2019, Chris will again entertain the audience with anecdotes of famous people, local history, buildings and much more.  It will be a completely different talk to his previous presentation.

April 2 – Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service, Trevor Weeks MBE:  Trevor will outline the origins of this organisation and the invaluable service it provides to Sussex wildlife.

May 7 – From the Sussex Ox to the Fordson Major, Ian Everest:  The story of oxen on Sussex Farms, their impact on the countryside and the ‘modernising’ of agriculture with the arrival of the first tractors.

June 4 – Gallyard Tudor Dance: A local group who perform Tudor dances, and encourage the audience to join in.

• Contact details for Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Educations, Function Rooms, Heritage, History, Meeting Venues, or Visitor Attractions.

See also:

Happy New Year to you

Soprano Ailish Tynan sings in 2020 in supreme style

Council highlights priorities in climate emergency action plan

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community

River Uck stabilises – flooding fear recedes for now

Update at 2pm, December 20: 

Water levels on the River Uck are falling at both Uckfield and Buxted.

The River Uck at Buxted at 12.45pm was 2.961m and falling.

At the same time, the river level was 1.793m at the upstream Uckfield mill and also falling.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Uck at Uckfield Mill upstream was 1.49m, reached on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1am.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Uck at Buxted was 3.00m, reached on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 3:45am.

A flood alert remains in place for the Uck.

It says:

Flooding will continue until approximately noon tomorrow (December 21) in Isfield but will be over earlier through Buxted and Uckfield.

Locations affected will include riverside properties through Buxted, near the White Hart pub, and areas around Hempstead Mill.

In Uckfield, this will include the Roller Mill, Mill Lane, River Way, Bridge Cottage and Bell Walk, and also around Isfield Mill and Isfield Bridge in Isfield.

The odd isolated shower is possible during Friday and Saturday morning, with widespread rain predicted between 3pm and 9pm on Saturday and this rain could cause river levels to rise again.

Update at 1pm, December 20:  It looks as if the River Uck has stabilised. Water levels haven’t risen for the last hour.

An Environment Agency flood warning given yesterday at 8.25pm remains in place, and there is concern that rain tonight and tomorrow afternoon could cause river levels to rise again.

The Environment Agency message should be updated by 2pm today. See it here: Flood warning information service – River Uck.

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Flood boards protect The Station pub, but it looks as if the River Uck levels have stabilised now.

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View of Hempstead Meadow from Olives Meadow where residents were fitting flood defences.

 

Update at 12.34pm, December 20: A train has arrived in Uckfield – the first since flooding halted services today – and the plan is for it to travel to London Bridge.

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Update at 12.19pm, December 20: It’s looking as if the level of the River Uck has peaked, but the Environment Agency is still standing by and flood preparations are continuing at Millington Court.

Update at 11.50am, December 20: The situation continues to deteriorate. Flood precautions are now being taken at Millington Court retirement housing in Mill Lane.

A stench is now coming from the river and this is believed to be effluent from a pig farm which is under water at Buxted.

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10.45am: Pig farm under water at Buxted opposite the White Hart pub. Picture: Ian Ritchie.

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10.45am: The River Uck next to the White Hart at Buxted. Picture: Ian Ritchie.

 

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The River Uck as seen from Alexandra Road, Uckfield.

Update at 11.41am, December 20: The River Uckfield has now breached its banks upstream of the Roller Mill and is flowing into Mill Lane, around the Roller Mill and back into the river.

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The bridge upstream of the Roller Mill in Uckfield town centre. The River Uckfield is now flowing into Mill Lane, around the Roller Mill and back into the Uck.

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The River Uck flowing into Mill Lane.

Update at 11.37am, December 20: Reports from the scene say the River Uck is close to breaking its banks in Uckfield Town Centre.

The Environment Agency is on standby but the flood gates are not yet closed. There are lots of cars  in the Waitrose car park.

Report at 11.20am: The sun is coming out but river levels are continuing to rise on the Uck and under the town centre bridge.

The pipe which is always used as an indicator of how high the water is has now completely disappeared and Hempstead Meadow is completely under water.

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The pipe across the River Uck which can normally be seen from the town centre bridge has now disappeared.

At 9.30am the pipe was still visible. Water was just touching it.

River Uck at 9.30am on December 20

River Uck at 9.30am on December 20.

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Hempstead Meadow under water.

Read earlier Uckfield News reports about flood warnings and cancelled trains here.

See also:

Plans for four homes on industrial estate

Tree for a Tree scheme under way in Uckfield

Councillors agree to increase their own allowances

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community

Uckfield flooding danger today and trains halted

Latest updates can now be seen here: River level continues to rise through Uckfield.

Update at 10am, December 20

There are now no trains between Uckfield and Hurst Green. Earlier Crowborough station had services but they were slow due to flooding in places.

Sussex Police officer Insp James Scott has urged motorists not to travel at present if at all possible.

The River Uck at Buxted is 3.139m and rising which is above normal.

The previous highest level of the Uck at this location was 3.00m, reached on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at 3:45am.

At Uckfield’s upstream mill the level at the same time (9.15am) was 1.39m and rising fast, according to our reporter who visited.

The highest level ever recorded at the River Uck at Uckfield Mill upstream was 1.49m, reached on Tuesday, February 10 2009 at 1:00am.

Hempstead Mill in Hempstead Lanes towards the Sussex Horse Trust at about 10.15am this morning

Hempstead Mill in Hempstead Lane towards the Sussex Horse Trust at about 10.15am this morning

Although the ran has eased, the River Uck will continue to rise because of water flowing off the slopes above Buxted where the river rises.

Further afield the M23 is closed. A river has burst its banks and water has poured on to the motorway.

Today’s original detailed story with details of flood warnings for Uckfield, Buxted and Isfield and photographs from Uckfield town centre is below.

Flooding is likely near the River Uck in Buxted and Uckfield is on alert after a night of rain.

Rail services to and from Uckfield and Buxted are suspended due to flooding.

Passengers are advised by train operator Southern to make their own way to Crowborough or Oxted for services, although there is also flooding reported on the line at Hever.

To make matters worse, services on the Brighton Line are also suspended.

Roads ‘under water’

The heavy overnight rain has left many roads under water.

The River Uck is also expected to flood in places.

A Flood Warning is in place at Buxted and a Flood Alert for Uckfield.

The Flood information Service says:

FOR BUXTED

“Flooding is expected – immediate action required

“Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high and rising on the River Uck.

“Flooding is expected from 06:30. Locations to be affected will include riverside properties through Buxted, near the White Hart pub and areas around Hempstead Mill.

“The widespread rain should clear from 09:00, leaving a largely dry day Friday, apart from isolated showers.

Further rain tomorrow

“Widespread rain will return from 15:00 Saturday (December 21).

“River levels will continue to rise until 15:00 (December 20) but further increases should be expected Saturday evening following the next band of rain.

“Flood protection products are recommended to be installed in Buxted now, if you have them and take steps to reduce the impact of flooding.”

FOR UCKFIELD

Flooding is possible – be prepared

“In Uckfield the Roller Mill, Mill Lane, River Way, Bridge Cottage and Bell Walk, Uckfield may be affected.

Water swirling through the Roller Mill at Uckfield this morning

Water swirling through the Roller Mill at Uckfield this morning

“The river should initially peak by 17:00 today but rain Friday night and Saturday afternoon could cause river levels to rise again.”

The advice is to instal flood protection devices and the flood sign at the bottom of the High Street will operate.

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Upstream of the Roller Mill.

Hempstead Meadows

Hempstead Meadows

Waitrose car park, Uckfield

Waitrose car park, Uckfield

A view of Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve

A view of Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve

Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve which is part of the River Uck flood plain

Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve which is part of the River Uck flood plain

FOR ISFIELD

Flooding is expected – immediate action required

Following nearly a month’s rainfall over the past week, and 20mm Thursday night, river levels are high and rising on the River Uck. Flooding is expected from 11:00.

Locations to be affected will include properties near Isfield Mill and Isfield Bridge. Fields, gardens and rural roads will also be affected by flooding.

TRAINS

The railway line is particularly badly affected at the Crowborough tunnel, which is south of the town.

This is preventing trains passing.

Hever tunnel is also flooded with trains only going through slowly.

There is ticket acceptance on Southeastern Trains, meaning passengers can travel from Tunbridge Wells.

ROADS

The A26 north of Uckfield is reported as flooded at Herons Ghyll with traffic delays.

Particular bad spots on the roads in the wider Uckfield area are Mayfield Flats flooded with traffic queuing all the way into Heathfield/Eastbourne junction.

The road from Uckfield to Framfield and on to Blackboys is also flooded but passable with care.

Uckfield Town Council has Tweeted: “Lots of surface water and flooding on the roads this morning. Road was bad on entrance to Framfield from Blackboys side so please take care.”

Wealden Police have Tweeted: “With heavy rainfall overnight,roads are very wet out there today, with flooding in some areas.”

See also:

Plans for four homes on industrial estate

Tree for a Tree scheme under way in Uckfield

Councillors agree to increase their own allowances

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Leisure

Festive events in the Uckfield area

It’s all about Christmas now and festive events coming up include Christmas Eve carols at The Blackboys Inn and Songs of the Musicals on Saturday, December 28 at Barnsgate Manor.

There’s also chance to call at a South Bath Relaxation workshop with Kirsty at Uckfield Yoga Studio on Saturday, December 28.

Then there will be fun at a New Year’s Eve Peaky Blinders Fancy Dress Party Bash at Barnsgate Manor.

For a full list of what’s on in the Uckfield area to see out 2019 and as 2020 gets under way visit UckfieldEvents.com.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve carols at The Blackboys Inn

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day Dining at Barnsgate Manor

Saturday, December 28: Songs of the Musicals with Olivia and Nate

Saturday, December 28: Sound Bath Relaxation with Kirsty

Tuesday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Peaky Blinders Fancy Dress Party Bash

Saturday, January 11: Start of Parenting Course for Early Years

Tuesday, January 14: Free mindfulness taster session

Tuesday, January 14 – Tuesday, March 17: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

Saturday, January 18: One-day beginners Picture Framing Course

Saturday, January 25: Burns Night Themed Dinner Evening

Friday,  February 14: Wealden Rambler Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea

Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Night Themed Dinner Evening

Saturday, March 21: Mother’s Day Specials at the Bluebell Railway 

See also:

Tree for a Tree scheme under way in Uckfield

Egyptian day at Nutley Primary School

Flies ruin Christmas for Uckfield family

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

 

Community, Local authorities

Tree for a Tree scheme under way in Uckfield

A 10ft (3m) tall oak was planted yesterday (December 18) – the first under Uckfield Town Council’s Tree for a Tree scheme.

Town mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew, and deputy mayor, Cllr Jackie Love, ceremonially planted the sapling at West Park.

It is close to the allotments and recreation ground and replaces an oak which was felled because it was decayed, hollow and a potential danger.

Stump of a tree at West Park which has been removed

Stump of the tree that was felled at West Park, Uckfield

The council initiated Tree for a Tree in the autumn and will now replace any tree removed because of decay, damage etc with a new tree.

Where possible the new tree will be planted near to where the original stood.

If that is not possible, an appropriate location will be found on Uckfield Town Council land.

In the last 12 months, fewer than ten trees have been removed by the council.

The council will also identify where additional trees can be planted in future years on its land.

See also:

Flies ruin Christmas for family

Litter: Disposal costs rise for Uckfield Town Council

Why Uckfield has Streatfeild House but Streatfield Road

Councillors recommended to increase their own allowances

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Local authorities

Flies ruin Christmas for Uckfield family

Flies have ruined Christmas for one Uckfield family and many more are suffering as swarms fill their homes every time a door or window is opened.

Claire Glandfield who lives in Bridge Farm Road, New Town, says she has turned relatives away for Christmas and she has thrown good food away because every time she opens the fridge door flies are attracted to the light.

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Flies on one of Claire Glandfield’s window sills on Monday morning. She had cleared up the previous day.

Her daughter, who came home from university at the weekend, wants to move in with her grandparents in Nutley to get away from the flies.

Claire said: “I’m not made of money and will end up going to the food bank to feed my family as good food has been thrown away. I can’t live like this any more. Something needs to be done and now. Maybe I shouldn’t pay council tax until the problem is rectified.”

Claire said the problem lies with the sewage works in Bridge Farm Road and the response from Southern Water was “Glad we don’t live there” which was totally unacceptable.

Please help

She added: “Please help the local residents. Christmas is ruined. Imagine what it will be like in the hot weather. It’s December and winter.”

Claire said other residents in her area including Forge Rise, Forge Close, and The Smithy are also being plagued by flies and many have shared their anxiety on the Uckfield Talk Facebook page about the health hazard, with some blaming the flies for tummy upsets.

A spokesman for Southern Water said: “We’re very sorry to hear about the problems this customer is having with flies.

Dosing 

“We have been regularly dosing our treatment works including every week for the past month.

“So far this year we’ve spent £27,700 on chemicals and more on getting expert advice on the issue.

“The fly trap fitted to the filter beds at our treatment works is showing very few insects at the moment.

“We do everything we can to ensure that our treatment works are good neighbours to people who live nearby to these vital installations.

Source

“It is possible that we are not the source of the flies – there are a number of agricultural facilities close to our work, and also a recycling centre.

“We will be getting in touch with the customer, paying a visit, and hopefully taking insects away for expert scrutiny. We will share our findings with the customer and any other relevant bodies.”

A spokesman for Wealden Council said: “We are aware of the nuisance the flies are causing and will be visiting homes affected to ascertain the scale of the problem.

“It appears that treatment of the Chironomids (midges) is being hampered by the recent high levels of rainfall. Our environmental health team is discussing with Southern Water the most effective form of treatment.”

• Swarming flies is a recurring problem in the Bridge Farm Road area. There was a similar problem in March. See: Swarming flies make life a misery for Uckfield residents and Fly problem – action to be taken at Uckfield sewage works.

See also:

Litter: Disposal costs rise for Uckfield Town Council

Why Uckfield has Streatfeild House but Streatfield Road

Councillors recommended to increase their own allowances

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

Community, Local authorities

Litter: Disposal costs rise for Uckfield Town Council

Increasing amounts of litter are being collected by Uckfield Town Council from its bins across the town.

Coupled with increased disposal costs, it means the council is spending more money on getting rid of the rubbish and will increase the budget for the next financial year (2020/21).

At this stage it is budgeting to spend £3,600 on this service in the coming year, up from £900 in the current financial year – budgets are still at a draft stage and are not finalised until next month.

The town council has about 70 litter bins across the town, on land it owns.

Litter collection

Council grounds staff empty the bins and take the rubbish to large containers for collection twice a week by a waste contractor.

Wealden District Council also has a number of bins within the town, which are on the main thoroughfare of the High Street and main routes into Uckfield, such as Lewes Road or Eastbourne Road.

Biffa collects the rubbish from these bins as part of its waste collection contract with Wealden DC.

Town clerk, Holly Goring told this website:

“All of the bins are very widely used, and there is often demand for the number of bins to increase.

Luxford Field, December 2019

The Luxford Field, used to help large public events and popular with workers having an outdoor lunch all the year round

“In the majority of cases, members of the public will dispose of their waste in the bins provided, but certain areas of the town such as Luxford Field, do unfortunately just see people leaving their litter lying around.

“We are very fortunate in Uckfield to not only have our grounds team, but also the help of Brighter Uckfield, and individuals who will regularly go around their area litter picking.

“This pride in the local area is fantastic, and helps to make Uckfield such a beautiful town.”

Summer

She said the council had seen an increase over the past two years in the amount of litter collected.

“The summer months are always busier with people using our open spaces, and the commercial contract we have with our waste contractor has also seen costs increase.

“If events take place on Luxford Field, for example in the summer months, this will obviously increase the waste in the UTC bins provided.

“We, therefore, had to increase our budget for litter collection in our budget setting process for 2020/21 to reflect these increases.

Tidy Uckfield

“We currently support Brighter Uckfield with the collection of some of the waste they gather up when they are carrying out project work across the town, and have had to liaise with them closely on what we can dispose of,” the town clerk said.

She added: “I think Uckfield continues to do a great job of keeping tidy, but perhaps we are seeing longer summers, warmer weather etc or a more outdoors/al fresco type culture which is encouraging people to eat their lunch outside, or head to their local open spaces in the sunshine.

“Far more people sit outside cafes and restaurants than they used to almost all year round. I’m not sure I recall that so much when I was younger,” she commented.

See also:

Why Uckfield has Streatfeild House but Streatfield Road

Nutley, Rocks Park and Framfield schools success

Eddie the Eagle stars at Cranwell Wealth Solutions lunch

Uckfield man is new chair of organisation in construction sector

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