Uckfield Coronavirus updates – Tuesday, March 24

Update at 3.50pm: Uckfield Town Council is planning to postpone the annual town meeting due to take place on Tuesday, April 21. A new date is to be fixed.

Other meetings are being cancelled, Environment and Leisure on Monday, March 30, and Plans Committee on Monday April 6.

Update at 2.45pm: Wealden Police has announced:

We’re out and about in Uckfield town on reassurance patrols, liaising with local supermarkets and checking open spaces.

“Our officers will be out as usual and will use today to explain these new rules to the public.”

PCSO Sue Choppin at Uckfield Tesco. Photograph: Wealden Police.

The tip is closed

Wealden stops car park monitoring

Council play areas in Uckfield closed

Barney’s Play

Barney’s Play has announced that it will be closed until further notice.

The Jago family owners and Barney’s team says: “Wishing all our customers and their families well in this strange new world. Please stay safe everyone. We hope to see everyone safe and sound when we re-open, once this is all over.”

Update at 2.30pm: East Sussex County Council closing is closing its ten Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) until further notice.

The council said: “Our district and borough council partners are doing their very best to collect your waste and recycling, and ask for your patience and understanding during this time.

“Please think about reducing your waste where possible and recycle as much as possible through your kerbside collections.”

Wealden District Council has announced that due to the Covid-19 outbreak monitoring of its car parks has ceased.

The council said:

“Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, in order to safeguard our customers and staff, emergency measures have been put in place.

“Monitoring for overstaying in 3-hour, 6-hour, 10-hour and 23-hour car parks will cease from Monday (March 23).

“All other Regulations will still apply when parking within Wealden District Council car parks eg: not parking wholly within a parking bay, parking within a disabled bay without displaying a valid disabled badge.

“Please continue to park sensibly if you are using the car parks.”

Uckfield Town Council has announced the closure of its play areas.

The council said:

“Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night stating that “parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed”, Uckfield Town Council wishes to reiterate this important message and will be placing signage up on all play areas, today, to advise that these are now closed.

CLOSED: Hempstead Road play area

“However, we should be conscious that if the public are ignoring the announcements of the Prime Minister, they may also choose to ignore announcements and notices put up by the Town Council.

“We will, therefore, advise Sussex Police of key hotspot areas for gathering in the town, so they can include these areas in their patrols.

“May we also remind residents, that if you witness any incidents of crime or anti-social behaviour please do report these matters to Sussex Police.

“In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in action, please telephone 999.

“If you wish to report a non-emergency incident relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, please telephone 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Bell Walk dry cleaners

Bell Walk dry cleaners is adjusting its opening hours which will be from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Baldwins Travel

Baldwins Travel, who have a branch in Uckfield, say that despite the lockdown they are doing everything they can to ensure you can still receive great service and ongoing advice in this uncertain time.

Our teams are available to talk to and we would encourage you to email your local branch with your enquiry and they will get back to you. Please only phone with more pressing questions.

The email address to use is uckfield@baldwins-travel.co.uk.

Framfield Council area playgrounds

Framfield Parish Council has announced that all its playgrounds – Framfield, Blackboys and Palehouse Common – are closed until further notice.

All the gates have been clearly labelled are people are told not to enter.

Superior Glass

Updated at 9.45am: Superior Glass has decided to put on hold as much of its current workload as it can, in order to protect staff and customers in these unprecedented times.

The business says: “This decision has not been taken lightly, however, as non-essential workers we feel that we have no right to be in people’s homes or asking our staff to leave the safety of their own homes. All of our staff will be sent home as of lunchtime today.

“Our phone line and e-mail address will be monitored during this time, so do continue to to get in touch but please be mindful of what we will be able to do for you safely in the coming weeks.

“We look forward to returning when it is safe to do so.”


PipeDreams the snow, surf and skate shop in Uckfield High Street has closed but says it will be back.

Owners Julie and David Hobbs send their very best wishes to all their wonderful customers, families and friends.

“Together we WILL get through this difficult time. Look after each other from a distance, be kind … and stay at home.”

Vince Taylor Tofts

Estate agents Vince Taylor Tofts are in the process of re-directing their calls and emails.

In the meantime, should you need to contact them, please use this temporary email address: vincetaylortofts@gmail.com

“Many thanks and stay safe.”

The Vince Taylor Tofts team. From the left are Julian Vince, Richard Taylor, and Chris Tofts, pictured in October 2019.

Holy Cross Church

Update at 8.10am: Holy Cross Church has now closed its doors.

The church says: “We know some of you have been using the church for a moment of peace, reflection and prayer but for the time being we will have to keep the building locked.

“Please know that we will keep you all in our prayers at this time and look forward to opening up once more and welcoming you back!

“We will continue to post a short service each Sunday morning for the coming weeks.

Business closure announcements

Uckfield businesses began announcing their closure last night from the minute the Prime Minister finished his ‘Stay at Home’ speech live on TV.

Only shops selling essentials such as food and medicines are now allowed to be open and gatherings of more than two people are banned.

Sew n Sew and Haberdashery

Sew n Sew and Haberdashery has closed for the foreseeable future.

Owners Andy and Dawn Coppins say they are going to take a week out to undertake a few jobs and implement a delivery system, which will adhere to the rules of safety for all.

“Once we have a plan in place based on government guidelines, we will notify our lovely followers of our intentions. Please take care all of you, be good and keep making.”

Dawn and Andy Coppins, owners of Sew n Sew. Picture from our files.


Hartfields said last night that they would be open today from 9am to 3pm for fruit, veg, bread and egg sales only, not takeaways.

But then the business will close for the foreseeable future until the Government says it is safe to re-open.

“Thank you to all our very valued customers and of course to the wonderful team of staff that have made and will make Hartfields such a great place to be.

“Stay safe, follow the guidance and we will get through this.”


Hartfields owner James Hartfield, pictured after the business was refurbished in 2018.

Staying open

Paws n Claws pet shop

Businesses staying open include Paws n Claws in Olives Yard because pet shops are excluded from the Government’s list of non-essential shops.

Those allowed to stay open are supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies), petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, launderette and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.

Justine Aldridge, the owner of Paws n Claws said business took the situation very seriously and she would be restricting customer numbers in the shop to enable social distancing.


Justine added: “I have thought long and hard about closing my doors to keep myself, staff and customers safe and am already doing lots of deliveries.

“However hearing people struggling to find food for their pets I’m happy to stay open, for as long as I feel safe.

“We will not be offering any services that need close contact, muzzle and harness fitting, and we please ask that you keep a good distance when paying at the till.

“We need to stay safe but I understand we need to feed our pets so let stick together and try and make this work!”

Justine Aldridge of Paws n Claws, photographed in happier times.

Hurstwood Feeds

Hurstwood Feeds is an essential supply store and will remain open. The business asks that customers follow the 2m social distancing measure.

Elaine Maybury who runs the business with David Winter says: “Our delivery service is limited to our regular delivery customers, however, if you can collect your goods it will take more pressure of both myself and Dave.

“We are hoping supplies will be back to full capacity by the end of the week but until our lorries arrive we will not know. Please be assured we are doing all we can to look after you and your animals. Stay safe everyone.”

Ridgewood Post Office and Stores

Ridgewood Post Office and Stores says it too will be staying open following the prime minister’s announcement.

Sue Gothard who runs the business with her husband Jon says: “We are doing our best to keep stocked up and are, at the moment getting daily deliveries of fresh bread, milk, pies, fruit and veg.

“We are visiting our cash and carry but supplies are still limited. We are also getting deliveries of non food items from other suppliers.

“Whilst we welcome you into our business please observe the guidelines in place to keep you safe, but also my staff, and Jon and I.

“If there are a few people in the shop please wait outside, stand back from the counter and, where appropriate and possible, use your card to process a contactless payment.

“The post office is open but please consider whether what you are sending is necessary.

“We have suspended outreach post offices until further notice.

“Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this very difficult time.”

Sue and Jon Gothard pictured outside Ridgewood Post Office last year.

Sussex Police

Sussex Police said they were working with the Government through the national police body to consider how the Government’s restrictions on public life can be most effectively enforced.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone in Sussex to follow the advice that is designed to keep us all safe.”

The Assistant Chief Constable said the restrictions are designed to slow the impact of the coronavirus, prevent death and to further protect the resources of the NHS.

New powers were being given to the police and local authorities as part of new legislation to support the national effort.

• See the Government website for the latest information about what you are allowed to do under the latest Coronavirus restrictions.

See also:

Uckfield coronavirus: Contact details for Over 70s and vulnerable food boxes

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