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:
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.”
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Sew n Sew and Haberdashery
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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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.