Latest news about how people and businesses in and around Uckfield people are reacting during the Coronavirus pandemic. This story will be updated during the course of the day.
Update at 3.55pm: Community buses 246/248 and 249 are continuing for one more week from today (April 6) before being suspended until further notice due to low passenger numbers.
The services run Uckfield to Sheffield Park (246), Uckfield to Buxted/Hadlow Down (248) and Uckfield to High Hurstwood/Crowborough (249).
The community bus service will however operate a Dial a Ride service Mondays to Fridays 7am – 6pm to cater for any key workers who need transport from their home address to work and back.
All journeys will be in accordance with demand and should be booked by calling the Customer Services Team no later than 4pm on the day before travel (contact number below). Regular customers will be offered this service.
They will also offer a service to older residents and NHS key workers, who are unable to get to the shops where they will pick up and deliver to their front door, shopping supplies or prescription medicines.
The Customer Services team can be contacted on 01273 517332
(Monday to Friday 8.00am – 4.00pm)
East Sussex Fire and Rescue is advising businesses that they must continue carrying out duties relating to fire safety in their premises.
They say all businesses should review their fire risk assessment and emergency procedures/plans in light of the impact COVID-19 may be having on their staffing levels, operating times, business processes and evacuation arrangements.
Read more on the ESFR website.
The fire service is also asking residents not to have garden bonfires during the pandemic because of the increased fire risk this creates.
The fire service says: “Additionally, garden fires cause both a nuisance to neighbours and other members of the public. With large numbers of residents remaining inside their homes self-isolating it is important that we can all get clean fresh air into our homes.
“Whilst there are no laws against having a bonfire, there are laws for the nuisance they can cause.
“Household waste should not be burned at all; if you do, you might be committing an offence and could face prosecution. Further guidance can be accessed by clicking on the following link https://www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules
“A more responsible approach would be to compost, or recycle, your garden waste when local recycling centres re-open. These are not only safer options, prevent a potential offence being committed, but also better for the environment and for the more vulnerable members of our communities who are self-isolating at home during the Covid 19 outbreak.”
Chrissy Noble who sells Usborne books in and around Uckfield says that, should you be looking for materials to educate and occupy your children she is still here to help in any way she can.
She is able to offer advice on the most appropriate books for your family or students, recommend safe and carefully-curated content for home learning (or to complement homework set by school) or fun activities and things to do.
“Whatever you need, I am still able to provide personalised support to you and your family. I am also offering 20% discount and free delivery direct from our warehouse. Please click on the link for more details and contact me directly to ask questions or to order. Read more on Chrissy’s blog.
The Beauty Spot has had a huge response to a scheme they are running to sponsor a treatment to be donated to a front line worker as a thank you when the salon reopens.
Owner Maria Mann says £25 can buy a Massage or a Manicure and she is wondering if anyone else would like to donate to the scheme. The Beauty Spot itself will donate ten x £25 vouchers on top.
Maria can be contacted via The Beauty Spot Facebook page.
Meads doctors surgery will be opening over Easter thanks to staff volunteering.
It will be opening on Good Friday and Easter Monday to help alleviate pressure on 111 and secondary care colleagues.
If you need the surgery please telephone 01825 766055.
Prescription ordering direct (POD) will be open from 8am to 4pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday, allowing patients to order their usual repeat prescriptions
POD have advised that prescriptions ordered will usually be available at the nominated pharmacy three to five working days later.
Patients who are self-isolating will need to arrange for a friend or relative to collect the prescription.
POD can be reached on 0808 164 7678
Highlands Inn vouchers
The Highlands Inn says you may not be able to visit your favourite bars and restaurants right now, but there are still ways to support the industry and the pub through this unprecedented time.
You won’t be dining out this week … but you’ll likely want to do so when this is all over. You could treat your future self (or a loved one) by purchasing a Ridley Inns voucher that can be used once the lockdown is over.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
Keep an eye on the Highlands Inn Facebook page for a weekend food delivery service running on a Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime. The pub says it has had some amazing feedback, and as long as the need is there, it will continue to offer you a service.
Why not make a £10 donation to the elderly/vulnerable/key worker Sunday lunch fund. You pay £10 and the Highlands Inn delivers a two-course Sunday lunch to someone in need. The pub already has a pool of contacts who would love the surprise of a free meal.
Or perhaps you’d just like to pay for a relative to enjoy a Sunday lunch as a treat?Please email email@example.com.
Buxted neighbours relaxed yesterday over a game of street bingo.
Residents of Gordon Road took tables and chairs to the ends of their drives to take part as the numbers were called by Mick Gosden.
Mick’s wife Jane said one of her neighbours had suggested the idea on the Buxted Talk Facebook page and tagged some of the residents in the street.
Jane talked Mick into getting involved as they have a small PA system and he wrote and posted letters to all the neighbours. They texted to respond and away they went.
Jane said it had been lovely. She and Mick are both key workers and so are some of their neighbours so it was a real boost for all of them.
Hadlow Down music
Meanwhile spirits were high in Hadlow Down too as residents, again seated at the end of their drives were entertained with live music from the back of a lorry.
Specsavers Uckfield are closed for all routine eye and hearing tests at the moment, but still open to provide essential care and to support local key workers.
Read more about how they have already made a difference through their work during the Coronavirus pandemic: Uckfield opticians open for essential care.