Uckfield Festival may try and stage some events later in the year.
This year’s Big Day and other events over a period of ten days in July are off because of the coronavirus pandemic. See our earlier story.
However, members of the town council’s general purposes committee were told the festival committee was considering if something could be done later in the year.
Councillors were reviewing the council’s annual grants scheme, which helps organisations in the town, in the light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Grants are allocated for specific purposes and not as a general ‘top-up’ of funds.
Cllr Diane Ward believed that the majority of grants would still be used, or needed, as things stood at the moment.
She said the only one she could see not being used at this stage was the grant to the festival association, as the committee had already cancelled.
“We hope the carnival will still be able to go ahead because it is in September,” she said.
Cllr Ben Cox said he thought social distancing would go on past September and there would be no mass gatherings such as the carnival.
Cllr Paul Sparks said that although he did not speak for the festival association, he knew what was going on the background.
“Although the Big Day has been cancelled, they are hoping to organise some art and music events during the autumn and winter, if they are able to arrange such things at that time.”
The council is contacting all recipients of grants for the current financial year, before payments are made, to discover whether the work or project they had requested money for will go ahead.
Members will reconsider the matter when the information is available.
Grants for the current financial year are:
Uckfield and District Age Concern: Volunteer drivers’ mileage allowance and running costs – £468.
Framfield and Blackboys Monday Club: Employers liability insurance and towards main outing – £500.
Uckfield Bonfire & Carnival Society: For carnival insurance, bands, dancers and first aid cover – £3,000.
East Sussex Association of the Blind: Assist with the cost for lunch and tea outings – £300.
Family Support Work: Vulnerable families – non-violent resistance training – £1,500.
Uckfield FM: Towards the costs of licences for running the station – £2,000.00
The Royal British Legion: Room hire for the three Saturdays of Remembrance – £210.
Uckfield and District Preservation Society: Help pay for insuring Bridge Cottage – £1,500.
Ridgewood Village Hall Committee: Door security and entry system – £1,800.
Uckfield Festival Association: Towards costs of room hire and entertainment bookings – £3,000.
Uckfield Millennium Green: Purchase of hand tools and essential safety equipment – £297.
Uckfield Theatre Guild: Hire professional sound engineer and equipment £600.
Uckfield Community Orchestra: Towards running costs – £400.
ATC Uckfield Air Cadets Squadron: Towards building new flight simulator –£ £1500.
Mediation+: Recruit and train 10-12 new volunteers in OCN accredited ‘Level 3 Mediation Skills’: £1,500.
Wealden Works: General running costs of the programme – £3,500.
Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association: Purchasing and installing a commemorative bench – VEDay 75 – £325.
Uckfield College Counselling Service: Support funding of the service –£2000.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice: Contribute towards technology (nursing team and community visits) – £600.