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.


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.

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