Join us in this feature to catch up with what is happening in Uckfield shops.
There’s plenty of fresh stock to browse whether you have a return to school in mind or a new look for your home.
PipeDreams says thank you
Husband and wife team David and Julie Hobbs, who own the snow, surf and skate shop PipeDreams, in Uckfield, are grateful for the local support shown for their business over the summer holidays.
They have done good trade in wet suits, body boards, and beach shoes, and anything else needed for a staycation and Julie said that was thanks to local shoppers.
Now they are looking ahead to ‘Back to School’ and have a wide selection of backpacks in stock.
Then comes winter and the couple is very concerned about what will happen then because of the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on the ski season. Some individuals are likely to go on ski holidays but all-important school trips will be off.
“We will need support more than ever then,” said Julie. “We are optimistic because of the support shown so far and hope it will continue.”
Scooters and skateboards are selling quickly and deliveries of skateboards are expected in September and October with new deliveries of Scooters throughout the winter.
Final Score has ‘Back to School’ supplies
Final Score Sports Shop is stocked up with ‘Back to School’ supplies including backpacks football boots, trainers, shin guards, socks and shorts.
Owner Stephen Holliday says they have Velcro boots, classic rugby boots, great value trainers, and “some fancy gear” if you need it.
Chestnut Tree charity shop is open again
Chestnut Tree children’s hospice charity shop at 23 High Street is open again after being closed for more than four months.
Manager Fizz Dean says they are accepting only a small amount of donations each day because items have to be quarantined before being sorted and sold and there’s very little storage space.
She recommends people with items to donate call the shop first before dropping them in. The number to call is 01825 769912.
This charity shop is the first business in town to mention Christmas this year. A wide variety of Christmas cards has been delivered and they are being snapped up already.
See some in Uckfield News photographs below.
New fidget toy – and wool and fabric – arrives at Sew n Sew
New toys to fiddle with have arrived at Sew n Sew Haberdashery. They are magnetic rings that can be twisted, turned and balanced on each other.
Dawn and Andy Coppins who run Sew n Sew expect the rings to be a popular craze, just like fidget spinners were a few years ago.
Also new in at the shop are wools from King Cole and Stylecraft and 100% cotton fabrics. Get an idea of the variety available in the photographs below.
Country garden flowers at The Flower Shop
It’s still the season for country garden flowers which make fantastic displays like the one being put together for a customer by the owner of The Flower Shop in Uckfield, Lisa Hepburn.
Looking for a new sofa – SG Home Interiors can help
SG Home Interiors can help you choose the ideal sofa for the space you have available. Its Rom Sofas are contemporary, modular, with electric recliners, and adjustable head rest.
Rom’s ‘intelligent 20cm concept’ have a number of configurations to choose from, including fabric and leather options, mix and match colours, and two different leg heights. They are also available with contrast stitching.
Lots of new stock will be arriving over the coming month and it is worth calling in for ideas on brightening up your interiors.
There’s a good selection of rugs and throws to help you get cosy for autumn.
Artwork to make you smile at Diane Hutt Gallery
There’s artwork to make you smile at the Diane Hutt Gallery and the most popular recently has been Nicky Litchfield’s cheeky donkey peering around a corner in the aptly named Yoo Hoo. You can spot it in the gallery window at the moment.
There are works to suit a more reflective mood too such as Nick Potter’s autumn scene, Take the Long Way Home.
Eco-friendly and Fair Trade products at Carvills
Carvills is continually looking for new and exciting ethically sourced contemporary gifts and homewares made with sustainable materials and, where possible, made here in the UK.
And this year they are particularly pleased with new collections they have found to add to existing ranges.
They say: “Our passion is to provide our customers with a place they can buy quality products that are fairly traded and unpackaged, or packaged in as eco-friendly a way as possible.
“Looking after this amazing planet and the wonderful people on it surely has to become a top priority for all of us.
“For conscious and responsible living, shop sustainable, shop eco friendly shop Fair Trade, shop cruelty free, and shop vegan. Every little change really can make a difference.”
Among products sourced recently for Carvills are:
St Eval candles which smell amazing and come in reusable containers that are also easily recyclable.
Favourites are Bay and Rosemary and Sea Salt. They are made in Cornwall harnessing power from a wind turbine, photo voltaic panels and bio mass toilet. St Eval Candles are close to being carbon neutral.
Salt and Pepper ‘Pipes’ and ‘Manhole cover’ coasters are also proving popular. Each product is individually handmade in slipcase earthenware ceramic and finished in four high gloss colours, shale grey, mustard, turquoise and white. They are made in the UK and packaged in recyclable boxes.
Fishy Cork Trivets are harvested naturally from the Cork Oak Tree. They are by LIGA LoveEcoLiving, based in Cornwall, and available in two sizes, three, or five, fish.
Look out for packs of two environmentally friendly dishcloths made in a natural material which is 70% cellulose, 30% cotton. You just pop them in the dishwasher to clean. Three designs are available fish and weave, lobster and seaweed, swallow and dandelion.
There are eco-friendly 100% organic Bamboo Straws too which come in a set of five with their own cleaning burns. They are reusable, recyclable, and sustainable.
Pro biotics at Best Health Food Shop
Probiotics, designed to help with tummy health, including conditions such as bloating and IBS are available at Best Health Food Shop.
The shop also carries the full range of products designed by Dr Marilyn Glenville, a leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health.
There are also a wide variety of supplements including Omega 3.
If you would like advice on specific conditions then do contact the shop and arrange to meet medical herbalist Amber Callafiore, who has a degree in medicines made from wild plants and flowers.
Amber understands how they can be used to help illnesses great and small, by supporting the body to work better and feel stronger.
Don’t forget Best Health Food Shop also has a wide range of zero waste products and you can take in your own bottles, boxes and bags to fill when you buy laundry products, washing up liquid, shampoo and conditioner, and when you buy nuts and seeds, pasta and rice.
Clarins Milkshake Collection at Kamsons Health and Beauty
Just arrived at Kamsons Health and Beauty is the Clarins Milkshake Collection.
This is enriched with peach milk and designed to nourish and hydrate the skin, and restore soft skin and lips.
The collection is launched alongside six new Lip Milky Mousse shades, and Milky Boost which is said to leave the skin radiant and glowing while blurring imperfections and signs of fatigue. It comes in a creamy formula with ‘transformative micro pearls which change colour upon contact with the skin’.
It’s also worth noting – as a complete contrast – that new hot water bottles and head packs have arrived at Kamsons. See examples in the photograph below.
Final reductions in Cole’s sale
Final reductions are being made in the Cole’s Menswear sale with many more bargains added as new stock begins to arrive.
Don’t forget Cole’s sells facemasks including a selection from Van Buck in Liberty prints.
Look out too for newly arrived bamboo socks.
Colourful cyclamen, bulbs and coffee at Staverton Nursery
Cyclamen have emerged in glorious colour at Staverton Nursery – the flowers were just buds a month ago.
There are plenty of bulbs to choose from to light up your garden in the spring, and don’t forget you can relax over a coffee and snack at the Space and Spoon after doing your shopping.
Hedge cutters and leaf blowers at PP Estates
Hedge cutters and leaf blowers are available now at PP Estates ready for autumn jobs.
Further discount on Swatch watches at W E Clark & Son
There’s now a 25% discount on Swatch watches at W E Clark & Son jewellers in Uckfield. Visit soon if you are interested in buying one because only limited stock is available.
New items have been added to the window display of pre-owned pieces. They include watches, gold items, and gem set pieces.
New in store to the Danish brand Georg Jensen is the curve collection crafted in sterling silver and 18ct yellow gold with items including earrings, pendants, and bracelets.
W E Clark & Son is now taking bookings for its ear piercing service. All the relevant PPE will be used. Appointments can be booked by calling 01825 708777.
New pottery at Kilnwood Studio
New pottery is arriving ready to be painted at Kilnwood Studio and if you like to be creative with gifts then these items – ranging from guitar to chunky gravy boat – will be perfect for you to do just that.
More new stock will be arriving this month too.
Favourites in stock at Something for Everyone
Favourites such as bird food, storage boxes, Mrs Hinch studio baskets and pick n mix can all be found at Something for Everyone in Uckfield High Street.
Opening hours currently are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Aluminium doors and windows at Superior Glass
Superior Glass, Uckfield’s longest-established glass and windows business are installers of AluK and Smarts Aluminium products such as bifold doors, windows, and sliding patio doors.
The business takes on residential and commercial jobs and some examples of recently completed work can be seen below.
Uckfield News readers are invited to contact Superior Glass for a quote for similar work. Call 01825 764766 or email email@example.com.
Specials on the menu at Hartfields
Specials on the menu at Hartfields include:
Guest Coffee: Single origin ‘Peru’ Cafe Feminine. Tastes: Clean, juicy and well balanced. Available as a batch brew.
Watermelon and Strawberry Ice Cooler, and you can add gin.
Cold Brew Iced Tea: Hartfields special recipe
Brunch, all day
Sweet Potato Rosti Stack V – Halloumi, smashed avocado, red pepper relish, poached egg
Chestnut Mushrooms and Spinach on Sourdough, GF and VG option – Pine nuts and poached egg, and you can add streaky bacon.
Lunch, noon onwards
Chicken, Leek, Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Terrine, with Sourdough
Coronation Chicken Sandwich, almonds, sultanas, coriander, apple, cos lettuce, tomato
Macaroni Cheese, parmesan topping, mixed salad garlic ciabatta
Falafel Wrap V, hummus, rocket, sun dried tomato and sweet chilli sauce.
Sides include crisps, hand cut chips, and sweet potato fries.