Uckfield shops have announced plans to open late tonight, some of them until 8pm.
Retailers want to give people the chance to get ahead with their shopping in advance of the second Coronavirus lockdown which begins tomorrow.
Josefina, PipeDreams, and Something for Everyone will stay open until 8pm tonight, while Carvills, Coles Menswear, and Final Score, have said they will open until 7pm, the Diane Hutt Gallery, and W E Clark & Son until 6.30pm, and SG Home Interiors until 6pm.
Here is more news from local businesses as they prepare for lockdown:
Updates on Wednesday, November 4:
Hartfields will be offering take away food every day from tomorrow, throughout lockdown, for breakfast and lunch.
Their hours will be Monday to Saturday, 9am-4pm, Sunday 9.30am-3.30pm. Last food orders will be 30 minutes before close.
More updates about the service will be carried on the Hartfields Facebook page.
The Picture House
The Picture House cinema will close from tomorrow but the restaurant will be open for click and collect takeaways.
Customers with advance tickets will be contacted in the coming days.
Best Health Food Shop
Best Health Food Shop, near Uckfield railway station, will remain open throughout lockdown as it is classed as essential.
The shop will continue to offer everything as usual in store along with delivery and collection where needed.
Osteopathy for All
Osteopathy for All at East Hoathly will stay open during lockdown. It is classed as an essential service and is continuing with robust cleaning protocols, PPE and pre-screening to help keep patients safe during appointments.
Call 01825 850582 to contact Osteopathy for All. Their website can be found here.
R A Blackford coal and solid fuel merchants
R A Blackford will continue to be open throughout the lockdown period.
The business, in Cobdown Lane, Five Ash Down, has large stocks of coal and smokeless fuels, as well as seasoned logs and kindling.
It also has organic compost, mulch and soil conditioner in stock.
The business is open for collections and is delivering as normal. You can order online via the R A Blackford website.
The Highlands Inn
The Highlands Inn will be doing a delivery or collection service throughout November.
The pub will be doing delivery as normal this weekend – Friday and Saturday night 4pm till 8:30pm and Sunday 12-6pm.
For the rest of November takeaways will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4pm till 8:30pm and Sunday’s 12-6pm. Please call 01825762989, text 07765001526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your takeaway during lockdown.
The Ridley family and Highlands Inn staff wish everybody all the best. They appreciate continued support and look forward to seeing customers again in our pub once lockdown has been lifted.
The Flower Shop
The Flower Shop will continue doing online orders for deliveries and funeral work during lockdown.
To place an order you can call the shop on 01825 765903, or visit The Flower Shop website.
Gavin Absolom Independent Financial Adviser
Independent financial adviser Gavin Absolom says appointments will be offered virtually and over the telephone during the lockdown.
Call 01825 766682, or email email@example.com for advice.
Coles Menswear will be open until 7pm tonight (Wednesday). They will take orders online via their website throughout lockdown.
Something for Everyone
Something for Everyone will be open until 8pm tonight (Wednesday). They have managed to get out a large amount of Christmas stock including lights, baubles, tinsel and more.
A delivery of storage boxes is expected at any moment and these will be available immediately for purchase.
Something for Everyone stocks fireworks – dummy samples can be found on shelves. Wicker baskets are proving popular and picture frames but there is plenty more to see.
Uckfield Framing will be open throughout lockdown for all your framing needs. The company says: “It’s very much business as usual”. Contact them on 01825 768587, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bell Walk Dry Cleaners
Bell Walk Dry Cleaners will be open for their normal hours until Saturday. That will be 9am-5pm Wednesday to Friday, and 9.30am-5pm on Saturday.
Updates on Tuesday, November 3:
Carvills will be open from 9.30am until 7pm today (Wednesday), allowing customers more time to shop while they are allowed.
A secure contact and collect service, with the option of free delivery, will be available during lockdown.
If you have recently seen something you thought you might pop back for, or if you have an item in mind but are not able to get into the shop please get in touch. The Carvills team will take photos of any options available and send them to you for consideration.
If you would like to buy presents for birthday or Christmas and would like them wrapped please say so at the time of payment and they can be wrapped ready for collection.
“Whatever we can do to help you get through this next month please do get in touch,” says the store.
Carvills can be contacted on 01825 763456, by email at email@example.com, or you can message via Facebook or Instagram pages and staff will be happy to help you.
SG Home Interiors
SG Home Interiors will be open today (Wednesday) until 6pm.
And during lockdown the team will be working Monday to Friday with its doors closed and be pleased to sell items via phone or email.
Virtual tours can be arranged for anyone wishing to brows the showroom during lockdown and a delivery service will be available for anyone not able to collect locally.
Keep an eye on the SG Home Interiors Facebook and Instagram pages for information on new stock as it arrives.
Diane Hutt Gallery
The Diane Hutt Gallery will be open until 6.30pm today (Wednesday).
Nearly all framing orders have been completed and customers are being contacted where orders will be available before lockdown.
To get ahead of a rush for picture framing, expected in December, drop any work into the gallery and it will be ready for collection immediately after lockdown.
If you are looking for a special gift visit the Diane Hutt Gallery website or browse the art in the gallery windows. A contact and collect service, or free local delivery, will run alongside the online business.
If you spot something of interest in the window do contact the gallery via the website or Facebook.
Josefina will be open from 8am to 8pm today (Wednesday).
Most of the Christmas stock is now on display and as much of it as possible will be added online with a click and collect service available throughout lockdown.
Josefina will be in full Christmas mode when open on December 2.
Checkout the website, josefinaonline.co.uk and see if you can support this business before thinking of buying from retailers such as Amazon.
Josefina can also be found on Facebook.
South Brockwells Farm Shop
South Brockwells Farm Shop has extended its opening hours and is now open Wednesday to Saturday inclusive from 10am to 5pm.
The shop will prepare orders for collection or delivery locally during lockdown.
Sarah Robinson from the farm said: “We have lots of exciting foodie ideas for Christmas and want to help people shop safely during this horrible time.”
Ashdown Steel and Ashdown Reinforcing
Ashdown Steel and Ashdown Reinforcing which are both based in Isfield Road, Ringmer, will remain open, with extra Coronavirus safety measures in place, during lockdown.
Both businesses are part of the construction industry which is allowed to stay open.
To get in touch please call 01444 831668, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PipeDreams will be open today (Wednesday) from 9am until 8pm.
More stock is being added to the snow, surf and skate shop’s new website which can be found here: www.pipedreams-online.co.uk and a click and collect service by appointment will be operating during lockdown.
Honeys Green Osteopathic Clinic
Honeys Green Osteopathic Clinic, near Uckfield, will remain open during the lockdown. Read more about its plans here: Honeys Green Osteopathic Clinic to remain open.
Red Amber Green
The Red Amber Green driving school has been informed that all driving lessons and tests are to be suspended in England because of the second Coronavirus lockdown.
Update on Monday, November 2:
The Olive Sanctuary, a complementary health studio in Olives Yard, is to email anyone who has appointments during lockdown.
It is asking people, if they are able, to support them by booking post lockdown appointments, purchasing a gift voucher, purchasing one of their products, reading their newsletters or following them on social media.
Original Uckfield News story posted on Sunday, November 1:
W E Clark & Son
The W E Clark & Son jewellers’ showroom in Uckfield High Street is offering 15% off all purchases made online during lockdown, with free delivery from Thursday.
Any jewellery repairs you have can still be completed and either be securely posted to you or safely held until the showroom reopens.
A postal watch repair service will remain fully functional, receiving and sending watches. W E Clark & Son has two websites which can be seen here www.weclarkandson.co.uk and here www.weclarkwatchrepairs.co.uk.
Here’s the W E Clark & Son Uckfield Facebook page.
Sew n Sew
Sew n Sew Haberdashery is ready to offer a delivery service as it did during the last lockdown. Please call 07708 547813 if you would like to order from the shop from Thursday.
Here’s the Sew n Sew Facebook page.
Final Score Sports Shop
Final Score sports shop which is in the middle of a closing down sale now has a new deadline. The business now has 70% off clothing with everything else half price.
Owner Stephen Holliday says: “Do not miss these bargains, remaining stock will be taken by a stock clearance firm. You will not find better prices than these anywhere.”
Here’s Final Score on Facebook.
Paws n Claws Pet Shop
Paws n Claws Pet Shop in Olives Yard, deemed essential, will open its usual hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Owner Justine Aldridge will be offering a free local delivery service on all orders over £20 – though there will be a small delivery fee for out of Uckfield.
All deliveries will be on the same day if ordered before 1pm, except on Tuesdays when they will be delivered on Wednesday.
Justine pleads: “Please, please support us and don’t turn to online big companies, shop local, and keep small independent shops going.”
Here’s Paws n Claws on Facebook
Nose2Tail Family Butchers
Nose2Tail Family Butchers at Piltdown will be open as usual and asks people not to panic, there is nothing wrong with their supply of meat.
They will be offering a delivery service and orders must be placed only by calling 01825 509164.
Two people are allowed in their shop at any time and masks must be worn.
Here’s Nose2Tail on Facebook
Barney’s Play, which only re-opened five weeks ago and has been praised for the measures it took to protect customers from Covid-19, will have to close again.
Louise Jago, who runs the business with husband Asa, will be contacting people who have booked sessions for the end of the week to postpone them.
She said it had been a lovely five weeks. They have enjoyed being back at work and seeing children’s joy.
“Honestly I don’t know how the next few months are going to pan out for us as a business. This has been a soul destroying year, sadly, like many, we’ve gone from being a viable business to one that is struggling to get through one week to the next.
“I want to say a big thank you to those that have attended over the last five weeks. Thank you for your support and wonderful reviews. We really appreciate it and it’s made the business worth fighting for.
“I hope to see you in a month’s time.”
In the meantime Barney’s is selling Make a Bear Kits to buy in time for Christmas. If you would like to buy one please email email@example.com.
Here’s Barney’s Play on Facebook.
Hair and beauty salons and barbers
Hair and beauty salons will close for a month from Thursday and are alerting customers.
Claire Davies Hairdressing
The team at Claire Davies Hairdressing will be contacting clients from tomorrow (Monday) to re-book appointments and asks for patience while this is done.
Salon owner Claire Davies says thank you to clients and the hairdressing team.
Here is Spa Therapy on Facebook.
The Beauty Spot
The Beauty Spot will be working extra time until closure to fit as many people in as possible.
Owner Maria Mann says: “If you have an appointment after Wednesday, we will contact you over the next few days and either bring you forward to rebook you in for once we are open again.
“I’m so sad to do this again, but at least there is a reopen date this time.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us all the way. And thank you for your continued understanding.”
The salon’s online booking system will be open throughout the lockdown and some appointments are still available for tomorrow (Monday), Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Here is The Beauty Spot on Facebook.
Businesses running classes for children are working out their way forward.
Universal Dance will be running online sessions and says: “The team have already been working hard to ensure that this new lockdown will fly by with the amount of fun classes we have planned so do not fear.”
Here’s Universal Dance on Facebook.
Sky High at Fun Abounds
Sky High at Fun Abounds trampoline centre is waiting for guidance from its governing body, British Gymnastics before finalising its plans for November.
RB Arts Academy
RB Arts Academy is waiting for more information before contacting dancers and cheerleaders about its plans.
Here’s RB Arts Academy on Facebook
FSK Karate and Kickboxing
FSK Karate and Kickboxing will be running lessons online from Thursday until December 2.
Here’s FSK on Facebook.
Chrissy Noble who sells Usborne Books in Uckfield and surrounding area offers free delivery.
Chrissy is also offering one to one Zoom or WhatsApp video calls to help people with their Christmas book shopping, as well as Zoom book parties for groups of friends, or PTAs.
In addition Chrissy will be taking part in a number of virtual fairs and is happy to join in more.
Here’s Chrissy’s Books on Facebook.