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Fr Martin’s memorial service was ‘lovely’

Lynn Driver-Brown commented on the Uckfield News Facebook page after reading about the memorial service for the Rector of Uckfield, Canon Martin Onions: “It was wonderful to see so many people and the church full up. It was a lovely service.”

Read our report here: Memorial service for Rector of Uckfield at Holy Cross Church

Martin Onions

Robed clergy waiting to go into Holy Cross Church for the memorial service for Fr Martin Onions

Concern about road safety on the A26 through Herons Ghyll

Many people were concerned about road safety on the A26 through Herons Ghyll following an accident there on Thursday.

Dave Hubbard said: “So … it occurred on the final right hander before the ‘waste site’. There has been a problem there, with the offside wheel track, for at least ten years. Two dips throw four wheelers off the line just before the bend causing drivers of small, old or overloaded cars to overcorrect and veer into the opposing lane.”

Claire Cook Thorns said: “I have driven through today and was shocked to see that all the way through was the new 40mph zone and it goes back to 50 just before where the accident happened. Why didn’t the council carry it all the way through?”

There’s more about the accident here: Appeal for witnesses to crash on A26 at Herons Ghyll


Road closure followed the accident on the A26 at Herons Ghyll. Picture: Nick Fontana

Morrisons Local planning appeal dismissed – mixed views on decision

“Woooo hoooo happy happy happy,” said Emma Taylor on the Uckfield News Facebook page after reading about Ridgewood Post Office owners being delighted with the outcome of the Morrisons appeal.

Louise Eastwood said: “This is good news for the Post Office” and Margaret Grantham said: “Good news for the Post office and The Highlands where we need the parking spaces.”

But when our independent columnist Observer welcomed the decision in his feature: Has the tide turned with Morrisons Local decision others expressed their disappointment.

Beth Rouy said: “Why is it a hideous idea? It’s a supermarket! A supermarket that will be able to feed more of the population increasing in the area. “

Russell Jackson said: “Another store is required due to the number of residents” and Aaron Hudson said: “This needs to be built, so many houses that end of town, no decent convenience store.”

More here: Ridgewood Post Office owners delighted with outcome of Morrisons appeal


Flashback to the day Jon and Sue Gothard celebrated refurbishment of their Post Office. They are pleased with the outcome of the Morrisons Local planning appeal.

Too many disabled parking spaces in Uckfield

Patricia Bentley said in an email that she supported people who would prefer to keep the number of parking spaces currently available on the High Street and she felt there were too many disabled spaces in town.

“I am the driver of an adapted vehicle for my disabled daughter so do, of course, appreciate having disabled spaces, but almost every day the disabled spaces on Luxford Field car park remain unused.

“I would suggest returning to the previous layout where only two or three spaces at the bottom of the car park are for disabled use, and those outside the Luxford Centre.

“It is tempting for me to occupy these spaces when my daughter is not with me, thus breaking the law, in order to leave a non-disabled space available for others. Tesco also has a large number of spaces for disabled vehicles.

“For wheelchair users, work is required outside the surf board shop on the corner of Church Street.”

At a public exhibition on Friday and Saturday of plans to improve the High Street people were being asked how many parking spaces should be for the disabled. See: Your views sought on time limit for short stay parking in Uckfield High Street.

You might be interested in another of our stories about the exhibition: High Street works at ‘take it, or leave it’ stage in Uckfield.

Uckfield Community Technology College staff are legends

Heather Stevens sent us a link to the video below which was prepared by staff for a Class of 2010 leavers assembly at Uckfield Community Technology College.

Heather said:  “The teachers went all out on this tribute video. It is utterly superb! Our teachers are LEGENDS!”



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