Awards for the team involved in the relaunch of Uckfield Youth Club (from left) Simon Smiley, Chris Lawson, Holly Goring, Sue Choppin, Ian Noble and Robert Muggeridge. (Picture with thanks to Robert Muggeridge and Uckfield Chamber of Commerce)

Uckfield youth club ‘champions’ honoured at Sussex Police awards

Members of a team which secured the re-opening of Uckfield Youth Club have been honoured.

Members of the group attended Sussex Police’s East Sussex Divisonal Awards at the East Sussex National Golf and Spa Resort.

The Lord Lieutenant, Peter Field; High Sheriff, Violet Hancock; and Chief Constable, Giles York; were also present.

Divisional Commendations went to members of the youth club team: Simon Smiley, children’s services, East Sussex County Council; Chris Lawson, president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce; Holly Goring, Uckfield Town Clerk; PCSO Sue Chopping; Ian Noble, secretary of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce; and Robert Muggeridge, Tesco Uckfield Community Champion

Town clerk Holly Goring said she was honoured to be commended at the awards for the town council’s involvement in re-opening the youth club.

“This project is an excellent example of partnership working and how, by working together, we can make things happen,” she told this website.

Chris Lawson, president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber played a key role in getting the youth trust established by giving a donation of £5,000.


Uckfield Youth Club re-launched for year 7s in April thanks to the efforts of community groups working together to combat anti-social behaviour.

Tesco Community Champion, Mr Muggeridge thanked everybody for their efforts at the opening ceremony.

He said the idea came about through regular meetings held between him, the police and youth workers but without the help of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce it couldn’t have happened because they donated the money to cover staffing costs for a year.

*In October, this website reported that Uckfield Lions had committed to give £2,000 a year for three years to the youth club. See our report.

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