Uckfield area shops are looking forward to re-opening this week as the second Coronavirus lockdown ends and they are well stocked ready for Christmas.
The Uckfield News December shopping feature, below, gives you tips on what to find where.
Christmas trees arrive at Staverton Nursery
About 1200 Christmas trees have arrived at Staverton Nursery and went on sale on Saturday.
They come in different shapes, sizes, and varieties, some with roots and some without, to suit every home and budget.
Artificial trees, lots of lights, and decorations too, are available too.
And look out for Poinsettias, and the first of the holly wreaths.
This is the time of year to plant roses and plenty of those are back in stock.
PipeDreams opens seven days a week
PipeDreams, the snow, surf and skate shop will be opening seven days a week through until Christmas.
Sunday opening will be from 10am to 3pm and the aim is to give people extra opportunities to shop local.
Check out the PipeDreams Facebook page where a video has been posted to enable you to look around the shop and see what is available.
Stock includes skateboards, scooters, beanies and bobble hats, and thermals great for keeping out the cold during outdoor meet ups.
Julie Hobbs, who runs the shop with her husband David, is urging people to shop local this Christmas to keep the High Street alive.
Christmas stockings for your dogs at Paws n Claws
Christmas stockings are being put together for your dogs at Paws n Claws and should be ready this week.
Shop owner Justine Aldridge is making some based on all the things her own dogs love, but she is also happy to put together bespoke stockings if you know what you would like for your pooch.
And if you want to make sure your pets are cosy this winter Justine has plenty of beds to choose from, and she has hot pads too. Some can be plugged in, while others are heated in the microwave.
Food for wild birds is also available, and much needed during the winter months.
Justine is still offering free delivery for anyone isolating during the Coronavirus pandemic. There is no charge within Uckfield for orders worth more than £20, and just a small charge for delivery outside Uckfield – unless two or three people put their orders in together.
Paws n Claws has been open throughout lockdown and still is open.
Christmas at SG Home Interiors
SG Home Interiors has plenty of gift ideas for the home and garden.
The store has candles in all sizes, tea lights lasting different lengths of time – up to ten hours – and new red Christmas Bolsius candles.
A new stock of lamps and lighting have arrived to brighten up your home too.
SG Home Interiors will be open late on Friday until 7.30pm and welcomes you to call in then. There will be a ‘Guess the weight of the Christmas Cake’ competition – the winner’s prize will be the cake itself.
There will also be a Christmas lottery, with prizes.
Both competitions will continue running on Saturday and Sunday. All monies raised will go to Marie Currie charity.
Look out for a Facebook Live event the store is planning to hold, on Tuesday at noon, especially for shoppers to preview stock.
SG Home Interiors is open seven days a week.
Carvills to open seven days a week
Carvills will be open seven days a week and with longer opening hours from Wednesday.
The aim is to safely help the maximum number of customers while at the same time keeping everyone safe.
The shop says it has a fantastic selection of gift ideas and is looking forward to sharing them all with you.
There are festive bracelets from the Joma range, with a favourite in store this year being a pretty silver and diamanté’s Star charm bracelet featuring the sentiment: ‘This little star I send your way, from me to you on Christmas Day.’
If you know someone who enjoys their tunes on-the-go then the compact Tumbler Selfie Bluetooth speaker could be the ideal present. It is not only a speaker, it also features a hands-free selfie function.
The store also has a wide selection of Christmas tree decorations – shiny, felty, woody, sparkly – to help you create a wonderful winter wonderland in your own home. See a wooden penguin and felty dog below.
And Carvills has all the trimmings to make your table Christmassy this year.
If you are limited on time or finding it difficult to get into Uckfield then look out for the new Carvills online store which is coming soon. Find it at www.carvills.co.uk.
In addition to the usual shipping options you would expect to find, there will also be a click and collect service.
Olive Sanctuary launches online shop
The Olive Sanctuary has launched an online shop and is offering a click and collect service.
Goods at the shop include luxury and standard gift boxes, gift vouchers, hand sanitiser, aroma rollerballs, soy candles, luxury bath oils, lavender eye pillows, and more.
There are different options available for the contents of luxury and standard boxes.
Orders can be paid for online, or by card in person, but cash will not be accepted for Covid-19 safety reasons.
You would be able to collect your order by appointment at the clinic.
The Olive Sanctuary has contributed to a crowdfunding campaign being run by Sussex Support Service and is hoping to collaborate with Margaret Dode Angel of the service by advising and helping to source content for a new therapy/relaxation room there.
Send Your Love Boxes at Josefina
Choose your gifts, either online or in person, and you can have them wrapped, and delivered by Josefina.
Shop owner Louise Beard says Send Your Love Boxes are perfect for people who are unable to get out to do their Christmas shopping and for those who would like help in presenting stylish gifts.
Select the gifts online, by visiting the shop, or even ask the Josefina team to choose for you, having given clues about the loved one’s favourite products and your budget, and then approve the final selection.
All gifts are sent with your own gift tag, and the message that they shouldn’t be opened until December 25. The Send Your Love Boxes service costs £8.95 for wrapping and boxing gifts which will be sent out by next day courier.
Josefina will be open seven days a week from tomorrow with extended opening hours to help people at work during the day, and commuters passing on their way home.
The shop will be open until 7.30pm on Friday.
See below some of the gift ideas at Josefina.
Cole’s Menswear looks forward to reopening
The team at Cole’s Menswear is looking forward to reopening tomorrow (Wednesday) and then being open seven days a week until Christmas.
The shop’s opening hours will be from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Check out their Christmas windows below to see some of the stock available.
Crafty gifts at Sew n Sew
There are plenty of Christmas crafts ideas at Sew n Sew Haberdashery and needle-felting kits – which include polar bears, robins, and puddings – and sewing kits are among them.
Fabrics are arriving all the time, and there is clothing to keep you warm too such as hats, and socks.
Kilnwood Studio prepares to reopen on Thursday
Kilnwood Studio will be opening its doors again on Thursday and operating in a Covid-safe manner.
Visitors are asked to wear a face-covering when entering and moving around the pottery-painting studio – they can be removed while you are at your table – and there will be hand-sanitising and temperature checks upon arrival.
Set sessions will have staggered start times and visitors are asked to respect Tier 2 rules, only visiting with members of your support bubble, or household.
Anyone experience symptoms of Covid-19 is asked not to visit – sessions can be re-arranged when you are fighting fit again.
There will be additional opening hours during December and popular Decorate at Home packs continue to be available.
They may be bought either via the Kilnwood Studio online shop or by dropping into the studio where packs will be made while you wait.
Stationery and New Year fireworks at Something for Everyone
Padded envelopes, sticky tape, glue and glitter can be found in the stationery section at Something for Everyone.
Look out too for Christmas stock, which includes ornamental lights, crackers, and decorations.
More wicker products have arrived at the shop and are being snapped up, as are photo frames.
And there’s a raffle running at Something for Everyone with a Belgravia Hamper prize worth more than £150. Tickets, available in store, are £2 each or a strip for £5.
All proceeds will go to Oscar’s Wish Foundation, a charity providing support for parents, families, and siblings who experience the loss of their baby. The raffle will be drawn on Monday, December 21, by Oscar’s Wish founder Gemma Kybert.
Fireworks are available at the shop for those wanting to celebrate New Year with a bang and it is recommended that you buy them early rather than risking a rush at the last minute.
Current opening hours at Something for Everyone are:
The shop will be open on Wednesday, December 30, 9am-4pm, and on Thursday, December 31, 9am-noon.
Lots of Christmas treats at Best Health Food Shop
There are lots of Christmas treats at Best Health Food Shop at the bottom of Uckfield High Street near the railway station.
Gluten free mince pies and Christmas puddings are proving popular and for people who don’t enjoy chocolate there are alternative Advent calendars containing tea.
Divine Fair Trade chocolate coins are available and there are even treats for dogs.
Don’t forget the zero waste options at the shop. Take your own containers – or use brown paper bags or glass jars available in the shop – for frozen fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains, pasta and lentils, and household products too and natural toiletries.
South Brockwells Farm Christmas opening hours
Christmas opening hours at South Brockwells Farm can be seen below.
Cards, money wallets and wrapping paper at Chestnut Tree charity shop
Chestnut Tree House shop in Uckfield High Street will reopen tomorrow with everything you need for Christmas.
As well as Christmas cards, money wallets, and wrapping paper, the shop sells festive jumpers, stocking fillers, party wear, decorations, children’s gifts, toys, and more. There are also pet products for your furry friends.
The shop complies with Government and Charity Retail Association guidelines around your safety when shopping.
The shop is open Tuesdays to Saturdays and will be taking donations but please call the shop before making your journey as space is limited.
For more information about opening hours see www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/shops/, or call the shop on 01825 769912.
Eat in food and drink from Wednesday at Hartfields
Hartfields Coffee and Kitchen reopens tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8.30am and the full breakfast, lunch and cake menu will be served with some specials still to be decided.
The opening hours will be:
Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 4pm
Sunday, 9.30am too 3.30pm
Last food orders 30 minutes before close.
Contact Superior Glass for New Year installations
Superior Glass is open and operating in a Covid-19 safe way and invites you to contact the business now to arrange for New Year installations.
The team wishes all customers a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Diane Hutt Gallery looks forward to welcoming you again
She says preparations for moulding/framing stock, and a great selection of art are well under way for all your picture framing and art requirements.
And here’s the gallery’s artist of the month for November:
Uckfield Lions reopen secondhand bookshop tomorrow
Uckfield Lions reopen their secondhand bookshop in Olives Yard tomorrow (Wednesday).
The opening hours will be:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-4pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-1pm
Donations for the shop are, at present, limited to one or two bags or boxes per person though larger donations can be accepted by arrangement.
It is unable to accept video tapes, music cassettes, magazines, or large quantities of DVDs or CDs.
All types of books
The shop stocks all types of books, including fiction, biographies, reference, dictionaries, gardening, cookery, and more.
There is also a good selection of DVDs, talking books, and jigsaws.
Most of the books are priced at £1.20, and all have been kindly donated. Everything is arranged alphabetically, making it easy to find your favourite author.
Book tokens are available, making an ideal gift. Read more on the Uckfield Lions website.