Members of Uckfield Town Council's finance sub committee: Cllr Paul Sparks with Cllr Paul Meakin on his left; Cllr Chris Macve, Cllr Jacqueline Beckford; and deputy town clerk, Christine Wheatley

Ten things we learned last night about Uckfield

Here are ten things about Uckfield which emerged last night.

1 A total of 558 people were fed by Uckfield Foodbank in the last 12 months

2 Nearly 20 per cent of households in Uckfield live in deprivation, according to one measure of poverty

3 Between forty and fifty thousand people visit the Millennium Green at Ridgewood each year

4 East Sussex County Council has doubled the rent the Uckfield Phab Club has to pay for each meeting to £72

5 British tenor Toby Spence has agreed to sing in an Uckfield production next year of Mendelssohn’s Elijah for a fraction of his normal fee

6 First responder Faith Lee has attended around 450 calls in the last year, mostly in Uckfield itself

7 Uckfield CAB helped 1,400 people with 6,000 problems in the last year

8 Uckfield Theatre Guild has around 40 members. Around half are under 18.

9 Sky High Trampoline and DMT Club is the most successful trampoline club in Sussex

10 It costs about £10,000 to stage the Uckfield Carnival and fireworks display

Final carnival procession.Photo by Wayne Sharrocks

Final carnival procession.Photo by Wayne Sharrocks

The facts emerged as groups and organisations serving the town bid for grants from Uckfield Town Council.

Available for distribution was £36,390, including £18,000 set aside for the CAB.

Bids considered by the council’s finance sub committee originally totalled more than £46,700.

The committee has recommended the following organisations will receive a grant in the next financial year.

Wealden Citizens’ Advice Bureau £18,000
Uckfield Festival Association £3,500
Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society £2,575
Uckfield FM £2,500
Uckfield Foodbank £1,560
Uckfield Performance Ensemble £1,500
Uckfield First Responders £1,200
Uckfield Phab club £1,000
Brighter Uckfield Campaign £750
Sky High Trampoline and DMT Club £750
Uckfield Millennium Green Trust £595
Uckfield Housebound Club £500
Uckfield Theatre Guild £400
Uckfield and District Twinning Association £400
2530 (Uckfield) Squadron – ATC £350
Uckfield Community Resilience £250
Engage South East/Sound Architect, which runs the TN22 and TN22+ clubs £250
Uckfield branch of the Royal British Legion £210
Uckfield Holy Cross Choral Society £100

Note: The decisions of the sub-committee are only recommendations, which will go the general purposes committee meeting in October for a final decision.

Successful applicants receive their grants in May 2016 with a payment of the second half of the grant sent in October 2016, for those awarded more than £1000.

Finance sub-committee members present at the meeting were

Chair: Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Vice-chair: Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North

Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood

Information sources for the ten facts are taken from presentations given by representatives in support of grant applications.

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