Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Thursday, April 9

Today’s updates on the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on Uckfield residents and businesses.

Bin collections

Update at 3.45pm: Wealden Council says crews are working hard to carry on normal bin collections in difficult times, but handling waste from thousands of households means they face concentrated exposure to possible contaminants.

You are asked to help them stay safe and, in line with government guidance, ensure that items like tissues, bathroom waste and hygiene products are securely bagged and put aside for 72 hours before placing in your refuse bin.

For further advice see the Wealden website.

Paws n Claws

Easter opening hours at Paws n Claws are:

Good Friday 10-2pm
Saturday 11th 10-4pm
Sunday CLOSED
Bank Holiday Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 14th – 10-4pm

Kings Church Uckfield

Update at 11am: Kings Church, Uckfield, is holding church meetings online via YouTube and has a video is ready to go out tomorrow morning for Good Friday.

The 10am Sunday meeting will be online too and this will happen each week until lockdown is lifted.

The Kings Church YouTube channel can be seen here if you would like to be involved in the services. There have been about 150 views in previous weeks.

Kings Church pastor Ade Ward.

Pastor Ade Ward said with the current situation prohibiting any social contact, let alone normal Sunday meetings, members thought it would be valuable to take advantage of modern technology to allow people to stay connected.

“We very much welcome anyone tuning in to our Sunday morning streaming at this exceptional time, and are pleased to run with this for the duration of the lockdown.”

Ade said church people had really appreciated the videos and the number of views logged suggested people beyond their normal membership were accessing the services. “They are so welcome,” he added.

Small business grants

Wealden Council says it has made its first Covid-19 Small Business grant payments to Wealden businesses.

It aims to continue to pay at a rate of 400 a day over the coming weeks. If you think you are eligible & have not completed an application form, more details can be found on the Wealden website.

Ridgewood Post Office

Easter opening hours at Ridgewood Post Office are:

Friday and Saturday 7am to 3pm
Sunday and Monday 7:30am to 12pm

The Post Office is unable to take any Parcel Force parcels after 2:30pm from Thursday, until Tuesday, April 9 to 14.

It is unable to take any Royal Mail post from 11.30am Saturday, April 11, until Tuesday, April 14.

The Post Office team says it hopes customers are still able to make the most of their Easter weekend and thanks all for understanding during these tricky times. “Happy Easter from all of us at Ridgewood Post Office”.

Green DIY

Easter opening times at Green DIY are as follows:

Good Friday 10.00-16.00
Saturday 09.00-18.00
Easter Sunday CLOSED
Bank Holiday Monday 10.00-16.00

The store is taking only card or banking app payments and is only allowing three customers in the store at any one time.

It asks customers to follow social distancing guidelines and not to browse as there will be others queuing to enter the store.

The team is trying to answer phone calls but due to low staffing levels and high volumes of calls they are not always able to answer as promptly as we would like.

“Thank you for your understanding and continued support.”

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