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 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 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.


“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

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