Uckfield Matters Magazine Issue 137 Jan 2019

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Angela O’Neill

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Resolutions. What are yours? Having always been a firm

believer in waiting till February till I start mine (and then

putting them off...) this year, I'm determined to stick to

some resolutions. More time with the family, eating

more healthily, stressing less - nothing earth shattering,

and probably identical to 90% of the population!

Just how will I stick to them? Maybe I could take some

tips from our writers... I could be greener (though I tried

REALLY hard in 2018, it was certainly a 5/10 for effort)

and I'll be following Claire's tips (p21).

I find February a tough month, so I need to take steps

now to banish the blues. I can't quite manage a trip

to Australia like Tilly (p22) but I can follow her other

tips. How about adding a splash of colour to brighten

your day? That's what Bex does (p30), or maybe I could

bounce my stresses away (though I'm not sure soft play is

great for my anxiety levels). See what Zoe suggests (p36)

Michelle has some sage advice for us on reflecting on

our resolutions (p40) and Sue turns the mirror on those

of us with our own businesses - are we talking to the

right people on the right way? (p26)

The Volunteer Centre asks us to consider 'kindness'

as our resolution (p32) and perhaps, after all, that's

where we should start. These pages are filled with the

good works that members of our commnunity do to

make Uckfield better for us all. From fund raising to

making the look of our town better, it all comes down to

kindness. So, maybe that's the best resolution of all. Be

more kind. I'm sure I can stick to that one.

We'd love to hear how you get on with your resolutions.

Get in touch if you want to tell us about how you're

making your life and community better.

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CONTENTS

Issue 137 | January 2019

featurearticles

Once upon a time 18

A greener 2019 20

Banish the blues 22

New Year, new ME! 30

Sussex soft play 36

Reflect on resolutions 40

Market it right 26

WHAT'S YOUR

RESOLUTION?

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ALL THE

CHRISTMAS FUN

communitymatters

Lions recover from Christmas 16

Brighter Uckfield in any weather 24

Gratitude 28

A kind resolution 32

regularmatters

In the news... 8

Medical matters 52

Month that was 54

Sports latest 58

An active lifestyle 34

othermatters

TOWN EVENTS DATES 2019 15

Crossword 50

localmatters

Chamber news 43

Uckfield Town Council 'The Voice' 45

Wordsearch 63

What's on this month 64

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NEWS

HAS WEALDEN WE GOT ITS PRIORITIES

RIGHT?

Wealden District Council is asking

residents and local businesses for their

views of the Council’s priorities for the next

four years. The priorities are outlined in

the Council’s draft 2019-23 Corporate Plan.

Included in the many actions identified in

the 2019-23 Corporate Plan are:

The Environment:

• Helping deliver infrastructure to

support growth including schools,

medical facilities, care, roads,

transport and affordable homes.

• Helping to facilitate cleaner, smarter,

more affordable energy for our

communities, and extend the electric

vehicle charging network.

• Supporting transport improvements,

including an improved A27, the

Lewes-Uckfield rail link and the

continuing development of the A22

corridor.

The Local Economy:

• Supporting the expansion of local

businesses.

• Leading on key local regeneration

projects.

• Encouraging start-ups and niche

businesses.

• Working to encourage inward

investment in the District from a

range of sources.

Communities:

• Meeting local needs in our housing

market particularly for first time

buyers and older people seeking to

downsize.

• Build and maintain more

council homes to a high

standard.

• Helping people who are,

or are likely to become,

homeless.

• Supporting initiatives to

address changing health

needs across the District.

• Seeking opportunities to

invest in more modern GP

surgeries and local health

hubs in Wealden.

• Promoting good access

to mobile and broadband

networks.

Sound Business Management:

• Keeping council tax as low

as possible.

• Pursuing income

generation opportunities.

• Optimising access to

services online 24/7,

reducing the costs of

delivery and maintaining

direct support for people

who need it most.

• Ensuring the efficient and

effective service delivery

of all Council services.

There are 40 corporate actions

outlined in the draft Corporate

Plan. You can view the draft

2019-23 Corporate Plan and

take part in the consultation

via the Wealden Council

website.

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Local organisations are being asked

to give their views. Responses to the

public consultation will be considered

at the 30 January 2019 Cabinet

meeting. The final recommendations

for the adoption of the new Corporate

Plan will be made at Full Council on

20 February 2019.

CHANGES IN WEALDEN’S GARDEN

WASTE COLLECTIONS FROM JUNE

2019

Wealden District Council has

confirmed that it will introduce

customer charges for garden waste

collections when the new Joint Waste

Contract for refuse and recycling

collections starts from 29 June 2019.

Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet

member for Waste Management

at Wealden District Council, says:

“Garden waste collection is not a

service councils are required to

provide. It was introduced in Wealden

15 years ago to help increase our

recycling. In the face of increasing

costs, we can no longer expect council

tax payments to subsidise fully this

part of the service, particularly when

not all residents use the service.

“We have, reluctantly, decided to ask

the residents who value the service to

make a contribution to the cost. We

will introduce a charge of £50 a year

from 1 July 2019.”

“I firmly believe that this still

represents good value for money for

our residents – a cost of around £1 a

week.”

More information about the operation

of the scheme and how to sign up will

be provided to residents in the new

year, along with information about

home composting for those who

choose to do so.

UCKFIELD WINE CIRCLE NEWS

In September we toured the vines

and production area of Albourne

Wine Estate, Hassocks. We tasted a

number of their wines, the unusual

white Pinot Noir to a sparkling

white, which was delicious. Lunch

at the Royal Oak, Whineham,

followed.

September’s club evening was a

presentation on Sherry by Angelica

from Grape & Grain, Haywards

Heath. We heard the history of the

invention of sherry and tasted six

very different wines.

Our annual skittles evening at The

Royal Oak, Barcombe, took place

in October. This month’s club

evening was “Oh What A Caper”, a

comparison of South African Cape

wines to equivalent Chilean wines,

presented by members Dave and

Richard.

In November Gill and Fraser from

Ninkasi, Burgess Hill, presented six

very interesting wines from a wide

range of small producers. Their

shop, named after the Sumerian

tutelary goddess of beer, also stocks

a wide range of local brewed beers,

gluten free beers and numerous

port and gin products. Two days

later we held our annual show. A

good number of homemade wines,

beers, liqueurs and cakes(!) were

entered. This was followed the

next day by a presentation lunch at

Deans Place, Alfriston.

Uckfield Wine Circle meets on the

third Thursday of every month,

7.45pm at the Luxford Day Centre,

Library Way, Uckfield, TN22 1AR. If

you would like to come along please

email info@uckfieldwinecircle.com

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renewal of vows, civil partnerships, citizenship and baby-naming.

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COUNCILLOR CHRIS HARDY THANKS UCKFIELD POSTMEN AND WOMEN AS

THEY DELIVER A FIRST CLASS CHRISTMAS

Councillor Chris Hardy of Wealden

District Council visited the Uckfield

Delivery Office to see first-hand the

operation of delivering Christmas

post and to pass on Season’s Greetings

to its dedicated, hardworking staff.

Chris was shown around the office by

Delivery Office Manager, Paul Gander,

and was introduced to the postmen

and women, who were pulling out all

the stops to sort and deliver mail in

Uckfield over the very busy Christmas

period.

Councillor Hardy said: “At no other

time is the hard work and dedication

of postmen and women clearer than

during the festive period. There is a

huge amount of effort and dedication

that goes into delivering a first class

Christmas all over the country.”

“It was great to meet the team here

at Uckfield and thank them for the

extraordinary lengths they go to

ensure Christmas parcels and cards

are delivered to loved ones on time, as

well as thanking them for delivering

our mail services all through the year,

in all weathers.”

Paul Gander, Royal Mail Delivery

Office Manager, said: “Our postmen

and women are working extremely

hard to deliver Christmas parcels,

cards, letters and parcels to people

in Uckfield. We are grateful that

Councillor Chris Hardy visited the

office to see our operation and to

support the team.”

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A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

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by Ellie Thackway

Uckfield Lions Christmas spirit abounded, with a wonderful annual Senior

Citizen’s Christmas Party, Santa’s Sleigh and raffle in Waitrose.

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Uckfield Lions! This year, we started with

our annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas

Party on the 1st of December. Around 80

invited guests enjoyed an afternoon of

entertainment and tea. The Christmas

tree was decorated, surrounded

by presents for all the guests. The

programme of entertainment included a

wonderful show by the Framfield Singers

(featuring a pantomime horse), bingo, a

raffle and singing.

Santa’s Sleigh then started his

rounds throughout Uckfield and the

surrounding area, wishing children,

families and everyone else a very Merry

Christmas. Despite a few wet evenings,

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fundraising activity for Uckfield Lions.

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When did you last tell a story? Probably more recently than you think because

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One of the earliest surviving records

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Specialist storytellers evolved, known

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musicians and their job was to entertain

by creating and performing poetic oral

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deeds and achievements of leaders and

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PLAN TO USE LESS, DO MORE

A LEANER, GREENER 2019

By Zero Waste Maman

Happy New Year! Ready to take on a more sustainable lifestyle and minimising

your impact on the planet in 2019? Do it! This year make changes that will help

both you and the earth.

To get you started, I've compiled a list

of some potential resolutions for you

to choose from. Remember that when

choosing a resolution, you want to think

about what is a reasonable goal given

where you are now. Some of these may

seem easy, but others may be quite

challenging! Whatever you choose

from the list, adapt it to your needs and

watch how you save money, use less.

I’ve created a list of 12 so you can make

one change per month however I would

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get thinking about making more as your

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easy changes are to make:

1. LESS MEAT: Commit to eating less

meat. Meatless Mondays are a start.

When you do buy meat choose a

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and take your own container;

2. FEWER PLASTIC BOTTLES: Pledge

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where as plastic has a recycling life;

3. LITTLE BY LITTLE: Strive to

switch out one disposable item

every month throughout the year,

for example swap plastic boxed

washing capsules for cardboard

box powder, tissue pouches for a

handkerchief;

4. DIY: Make your own cleaning

products. I make all of mine and

all I need to do is is white vinegar,

water, borax, bicarb of soda,

an essential oil like sustainably

produced tea tree oil and citrus

peelings. No more chemicals and

bottles to recycle;

5. BUY REUSABLE: Only by takeaway

hot drinks with a reusable cup,

and if you can by your cup from

a Charity that is trying to make a

difference to the planet like Marine

Conservation Society, 2 minute

Beach Clean, Surfers Against

Sewage;

6. PICK UP LITTER: Take part in a

litter pick or beach clean. My beach

cleans run in Seaford on the first

Sunday of every month at 10am

(email: plasticfreeseaford@gmail.

com for locations);

7. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

Choose one item that comes in a

non-recyclable package, and give

it up for the whole year like crisps

(you can make your own from

potato/vegetable peelings), plastic

toothbrush to a bamboo one,

bottles of shampoo to shampoo

bars or refill bottles; bars of soap

rather than plastic bottle soap

dispenser;

8. SWITCH BULBS: Switch to LED

lights in your house, they will save

you money and electricity;

9. BUY USED: Challenge yourself

to only buy used items - nothing

new! Charity shops are emporiums

of used but useful items not to

mention money savers;

10. EAT THE SEASONS: Try to eat

seasonally. Sounds simple but

when you like what you eat it is

difficult at first! Eating an avocado

in December is nice and healthy

but try to eat what is grown in the

UK. Air pollution is a key factor in

climate change;

11. CHANGE ENERGY: Switch your

energy provider to one that uses

renewables like Bulb (https://bulb.

co.uk).

12. KEEP IT NATURAL: When you

buy gifts be it for birthdays or

festivities, don’t wrap in glittery

paper or plastic ribbon, instead use

brown paper or cloth with cloth

ribbon.

Less waste means less waste going to

landfill. With everything we buy, the

waste it creates has to go somewhere

even when it’s recycled. Head over

to my Facebook page for more Top

Tips to help you along the way! FB:

ZeroWasteMaman.

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BANISHING WINTER BLUES

Let the sun shine in

by Tilly Christie

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind

made moan…No need to carry on with

the mournful carol that always conjures

up the downside of the festive season.

Cold, miserable and dark…for those of

us who suffer in the months after the

clocks go back, it isn’t really a question

of looking forward to Christmas and

New Year – it’s the Winter Solstice on 21

December that makes all the difference:

from there, everything is on the up, with

an incremental increase in the light

bestowed upon us each day.

It makes a huge difference to folk who

suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Symptoms of listlessness, lethargy and

low mood afflict many when the world

seems to be a uniform grey colour, and

sunlight a distant memory. Current

advice on dealing with the problem is in

three strands:

First, get yourself into the light.

Whether it’s a walk outside or a

dedicated lamp at home (available

on Amazon), it is sensible to boost

your light levels to counter the body’s

hormonal response to lack of light

(a complicated balance based on the

absorption of light by the eyes affecting

the levels of melatonin in the blood).

Making a habit of this in the winter

months can have an immediate and

helpful effect on the glum mood;

Second, eat healthily (I know, it’s a topic

that seems constantly rammed down

our throats, these days), but it really

matters in the darker part of the year

to eat that green stuff and those fruits,

and rein in on the carbs and sugars

that our bodies demand when it’s cold

and gloomy. Carbohydrates can make

you slow and sleepy, especially in the

middle of the day (remember how you

feel post-Sunday roast sometimes?). The

effect of the gut on mental health is only

now becoming better understood, but

trust me, eating a properly balanced diet

really will help control the mood dips;

Third, get moving. Exercise and the

resulting endorphins can override the

effects of the disorder to a great extent.

You don’t have to run any marathons

(unless you really want to) but regular,

moderate exertion will lift your spirits

and firm you up, a double-whammy

win-win for the New Year.

And, if you are lucky enough, get

yourself a break to somewhere that the

sun does shine. Which is why I’m off to

Australia and New Zealand next month,

to top up my melatonin levels and cheer

me up no end…

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MAKING 2019

EVEN BRIGHTER

by Ian Smith

Clearing leaves, gullys and footpaths; repairing and replacing planters; tidying

up after Late Night Shopping; and preparing for 2019s Garden Competition...

it's all in a month's work for the Brighter Uckfield volunteers, making our town

prettier in whatever the season, whatever the weather.

In the month to 9 December volunteers

have busied themselves with sweeping

up fallen leaves. Belmont Road is an

example, and with attending to the

planters at the road entrances into town

now that the growing season is welland-truly

over. The planter at Ringles

Cross has now been replaced due to

the original planter becoming rotten.

This was done at a cost of just £85, but

if the time spent on it by volunteers was

costed and added in it would have been

much, much higher.

Volunteers put up litter sacks in the

High Street for the night of the Late

Night Shopping event. When they

turned up on Saturday morning to tidy

Replacing a broken planter...

up generally they were pleased to find

that the bags had been well-used. We

are very grateful to the people of the

town for taking care to dispose of their

litter properly and responsibly.

We are sending out a message of "Happy

New Year" to the town's residents and we

are pledging to continue with making

our town look better and better.

Finally, a reminder to the gardeners

amongst you that the Brighter Uckfield

Garden Competition will be held again

this year. Closing date for entries is

usually around the middle of June, so

you need to start planning your display

about now! More details to appear in

"Uckfield Matters" during Spring.

1.

Volunteers remove soil

and rotten frame

2.

New frame is built

and put in place

3.

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volunteers. It's going

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spring!

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MARKET IT

RIGHT

by Sue Edwards

Now is the ideal time of the year to re-assess your business and plan your

marketing strategy for the year ahead. From print to online - a good mix will

help to boost your business.

What I’ve learnt

In 2018, particularly in the last few

months, I am delighted to have gained

new clients. “How did they find you” I

hear you ask? It’s interesting that apart

from my website, some came from a

variety of other marketing methods, -

exhibiting and my Facebook business

group among others.

Many small businesses I talk to say that

the majority of their clients are gained

through referrals. While this is great,

and no doubt the best way of getting

business, we shouldn’t rely on it and we

certainly shouldn’t be complacent.

Is Facebook enough?

The quick answer is no, for several

reasons that I won’t go into here! Some

businesses can’t afford to hire a good

web designer to create their ‘shop front’

right at the start. So, for many, Facebook

is the obvious alternative, just as good,

and of course it’s free. But, there’s no

flexibility and it’s not secure (as a good

website should be), so you can’t sell

online services or products directly

from your Facebook. Using it as a social

media add-on to promote your business

is great, but it’s not enough to use on its

own.

How about Linkedin?

Linkedin is a great tool. It has helped to

increase my network of contacts (500+),

it’s great for direct messaging and I’ve

gained business from it. It’s had similar

benefits for my clients too. However,

like other media, it must be used in the

right way to gain these benefits.

What about 2019?

Digital marketing is becoming more

and more important for every business,

but even more so if you have a product

or service which could potentially be

purchased online. To demonstrate

just one example, according to

SmartInsights.com, the hugely popular

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and Dominos started receiving online

sales back in 2010. This accounted for

30% of their total revenue at that time.

Today - 2018 - they hold more than

50% of the market share, with digital

transactions accounting for more than

80% of sales. Two thirds of those coming

from smart phones.

Of course Dominos is a huge brand,

however their growth is inspiring to

many of us small businesses.

An increasing ‘trend’ is using

‘messenger’ to connect with potential

clients, like you do if you’re a Facebook

user. In case you’re not familiar with it,

it’s basically a ‘chat’ window that pops

up usually in the corner of your screen.

It can be used instead of an email and

one clear advantage is that it’s instant.

According to research ‘messenger’

accounts for 8 billion business messages

per month, and 78% of these are via

smartphone users. Using messenger for

conversions is becoming a major trend.

Personally I use messenger or ‘chat’

apps more and more and have installed

it on both my websites. Quick, easy and

mostly instant response. Certainly far

quicker than emails, which I often find

go astray.

The takeaway - Be open to new ideas.

Find out what marketing is trending

for your industry and try it. Try several

different marketing methods like I have

done, but make sure that your message

is right and that you come across as

professional. There are no doubt many

other marketing trends that you could

try out for your business.

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GRATITUDE

by Howard Dingwall

Gratitude is a quality, a feeling; it is the readiness to show appreciation and

return a kindness. And, year round, the Rotary expresses its gratitude by

supporting support the Uckfield community, in recognition of the support it

receives.

CHRISTMAS

The Rotary Club is very appreciative of

the strong support it receives from the

community in the Christmas season.

Thank you to Thornes Civil Engineers

who have supplied the Christmas tree

since 1951. Thank you also to those

traders and businesses who have

assisted in many ways in supporting

our Christmas collection. And of

course a big thank you to all of you

who gave generously to help us support

local charities in 2019. Members

were delighted to meet so many local

residents while collecting and at the

Late night Shopping event.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

Early each year The Club invites entries

for an award to a local 16-25 year old

to assist them fulfill a dream. The

“Making Dreams Come True” award

was set up by The Club in tribute to

and remembrance of Daniel Gamble,

who grew up in Uckfield and lost his

life when killed on a routine patrol

while serving with The 2nd Battalion,

Parachute Regiment in Halmand

Province in Afghanistan. He was aged

22 years. The award is open to all

young people living in Uckfield and

surrounding villages. Recent winners

have used the award to provide support

for those on pilgrimage to Lourdes and

to visit Zambia to assist in the building

of an orphanage.

Further details may

be found on our

website.

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A NEW YEAR,

A NEW

ME!

Bex unleashes her inner rainbow and is determined to

make 2019 a year full of colour.

By Bex Maini

I had SO many plans last year, I was all fired up to work hard on my blog, be

more organised, get my business off the ground and get fit again. Barely any of

it happened.

2018 was a tough year for many reasons,

even though you may read about our

adventures here, Uckfield FM and

on my blog and I'm often happy and

upbeat, it certainly hasn't all been fun

and frolics. I've found it hard to write

any more about my mental health and

generally struggled to just keep on top

of everything to be honest. For most

of the year I felt like a single parent,

my husband was working so hard for

his big exams (he passed both of them,

clever man!) which meant the twins and

I were on our own every weekend and

every night was a solo parenting night.

I was working, writing, trying to launch

my business, trying to keep the house

some kind of sane. It was hard. The

kids' behaviour became more difficult to

manage, I wasn't coping very well. I've

lost friends over it. I've been sad and

lonely again.

BUT! I now have my husband back.

The twins are four and I'm still hopeful

that will generally be easier than three

(don't tell me otherwise, I need the

hope)! We had a gorgeous, colourful

Christmas and lots of exciting plans

for this year which I'm confident I will

actually manage now that the hardest

work is done for hubby. I'm grateful

for the friends who I didn't scare off,

the ones who have rallied round and

celebrated with me be it for a simple

but thrilling business goal, being

published in my favourite international

photography magazine, or having a

family Sunday Roast and then cosy

cocktails at home on my birthday.

And so, this year, I plan to work onbeing

happy, being more organised, making

my business a success, blogging more

regularly and about all the things I want

to write about, not just reviews. I want

to do more cooking and be healthier

and most of all, enjoy family life again!

And since it's January now and that's

usually a pretty gloomy month after

December's sparkle and festivities, I am

sharing some of my favourite colourful

clothing finds. It makes me so cheerful

to wear bright, rainbow colours and I'm

loving finding so much in the shops at

the moment, it seems to be a trend so

I am stocking up my wardrobe and my

life with colour! Maybe some of these

will be in the sale now and can brighten

your January too! Good old retail

therapy ;)

Sugarhill Brighton: Photo 1 and 2

I love this local brand, they have so

many beautiful designs and the fabrics

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3

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4

5

7

6

are all lovely quality and wash well. I

invested in a few pieces during their

Black Friday deal and these are my

favourites: £48 and £45

ASOS: Photo 3

They have LOADS of rainbow coloured

items at the moment, I'm always

spotting more. This jumper has become

a regular wear for me, so comfy! £25

Primark: Photo 4

Always good for a bargain, this coat is so

soft and cosy and I've had loads of lovely

comments on it. Only £20!

Warehouse: Photo 5

I adore this tea dress with a more

subtle rainbow design with stars. It's so

flattering and really pretty.

My Pride Shop: Photo 6

A shop for pride is obviously full of

rainbows! I invested in some comfy

colourful trainers which I did actually

wear to Brighton Pride. :) $70.90

Lazy OAF: Photo 7

An apt name as I am actually pretty lazy

when I'm not working one of my 3 jobs!

I adore this jumper dress, it's a go to for

cold days outdoors with boots and so

bright! Also oversized so will hide the

Christmas belly! A pricey £85 but it's

really thick and great quality I just love

it and have worn it loads already.

You can see more of my recent rainbow

finds on my blog along with a post of

rainbow clothes I found for the twins

too! I hope this brightened up your

January, Happy New Year!

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MAKE VOLUNTEERING A

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

by Zoe McGarry

New Year is often a time when we think about making changes in our lives or

doing something new. Alongside the more usual resolutions such as getting

more exercise perhaps you could consider planning a fresh start and doing

some voluntary work, if you have time. Not only do you get the satisfaction of

giving something back, you can learn new skills, improve your C.V. and maybe

banish the winter blues!

At the Volunteer Centre we can help

match your interests with opportunities

in the local area. Why not pop in and see

us or have a look at our website?

In other news, November 13th was World

Kindness Day. Kindness UK is part of

the World Kindness Movement which

was introduced in 1998 with the goal

of making kindness a greater part of

everyone’s daily lives.

At the Centre we marked the day by

holding a “kindness” event. We served

free teas, coffees and cakes all day

and we were joined by children from

Rocks Park, Holy Cross and St. Philip’s

primary schools. They took part in craft

activities and decorated hearts and

hands. We displayed a Tree of Kindness

in the office which people could add a

leaf to representing a kind act they had

received or witnessed. If you have an act

of kindness you want to celebrate please

pop in and add a leaf to the tree.

If you would like to get in touch our

website is uckfieldvolunteer.org.uk or

you can call us on 01825 760019 or pop in

and see us at 79 High Street next to the

sports shop.

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103 High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1RN

01825 703000


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WHAT DO YOU WANT

FROM AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE?

by Jeremy Hallett

As a typical guy who doesn’t do enough exercise, I had a great

time at the weekend doing an hour of fitness work at a gym.

Led by someone who made it fun and as much challenge as

you wanted (or could cope with), I can honestly say it was well

worthwhile and enjoyable.

There are lots of options. Dance, step,

combat, circuit, cycling, various weights

options and of course swimming. You

can focus on different parts of your

body if that’s what worries you – and

let’s face it, for some of us, the stomach

may need a bit of work after Christmas

and the New Year! You can do intense

cardiac and muscle building work, even

bone strengthening apparently. More

gentle exercise options and starting to

get fit are of course also available.

There may be different shapes and sizes

present together, or a group of people of

similar size or fitness so speak to a gym

if you have a preference and see what

they offer. There may be times when

you can be on your own in the gym and

some may prefer that, others prefer it if

they can socialise as well.

Coached lessons of all the exercise types

help and you can watch TV or listen to

music with some activities when you

just use the equipment (after you’ve

been advised how to use it, as safety is

part of being healthy!)

Gyms often offer FREE introduction

sessions; Most want more members

so they will take care of you and offer

options. If they don’t - try someone else!

And, most are available in Uckfield

so you don’t have to jump in a car and

travel.

Think about what you want – gentle

exercise, body building, losing some

fat, increasing general or specific types

of fitness, some enjoyment, socialising.

Look online for options, ask a friend,

ask a gym and if you can’t find what you

want give us a call and we’ll see if we

know who offers what you want or see if

someone can do it for you.

Finally: In the summer we are looking

with Wealden District Council to expand

the people seeing organisations/clubs

etc involved in wellbeing and health.

We ask Active Uckfield member sports/

activity organisations to contact their

members about things going on, but for

everyone else, keep reading Uckfield

Matters and listening to Uckfield FM.

As part of our efforts with Uckfield

Town Council also, we ask all clubs or

organisations with an activity focus

to let us have contact details; we are

updating our lists and we don’t want

you to miss out. We are having our

annual gathering to talk about what’s

going on, going well or what’s a problem

for activity clubs & organisations in

Uckfield. 6.30pm on Thursday 5th

February in the Ashdown Room in the

Civic Centre. Let us know if you’d like to

come so we can cater for you!

Contact Jeremy Hallett on 07876 275031 or

jeremyhallett59@gmail.com

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REDUNDANCIES ARE A FACT OF LIFE

AWARD WINNING CONTRIBUTION TO

THE COMMUNITY

Redundancies are a fact of life nowadays and is one of the statutory reasons for an

employee to be fairly dismissed from their employment. The other fair reasons are conduct,

Dawson Hart celebrated raising £4866 for their 2018 charity, the Children's

capability, statutory illegality, and a category called ‘Some Other Substantial Reason’.

Respite Trust, and have announced that their 2019 charity partner is Hospice in

the Weald.

For a redundancy dismissal

submitted grievances and

to be lawful, there must

might be regarded as

be a genuine redundancy

troublesome might find

Jemma Buchanan, Marketing illness, their families and

situation. The employer’s

themselves in a redundancy

Assistant, said: "Dawson carers West Kent and

business must be:

pool of one, or possibly two

Hart are proud to announce Northern East Sussex.

• Ceasing or intending in order that the process

that we have raised £4866

"We are to looking cease to forward carry on to

looks more legitimate. All

for our charity of the year;

the business for the the circumstances in each

arranging events for 2019

the Children’s Respite Trust!

purposes of which redundancy dismissal must

already so please check our

It has been a year of baking,

the employee was be looked at carefully to

website to keep updated on

dancing, egg hunting,

employed by it;

determine whether the

upcoming events!"

climbing, running and even a

• Ceasing or intending employer has acted fairly.

to

five-hour swooveathon!

cease to carry on that

business in the place

"Thank you to everyone

Most employers want to act

where the employee

who has helped support

fairly and lawfully towards

was so employed; or

their employees and may

our fundraising ROBIN in 2018 WILLLIAMS to

• Having a reduced resort to labelling a dismissal

make this SOLICITOR/CONSULTANT

possible! To see

requirement for

as a ‘redundancy’ so the

what we have been up to

employees to carry out employee does not have

this year you can check out

work of a particular kind to face, eg, a disciplinary

our fundraising photos on

or to do so at the place procedure. It is important for

our website! We are also

where the employee employers and employees

pleased to reveal that our

was employed to work. to always take proper legal

charity of 2019 is Hospice

Occasionally, advice to avoid any pitfalls or

employers

in the Weald! A fantastic

might dress up a potential tribunal claims.

different

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SOFT CENTRE

Your guide to indoor entertainment around Uckfield

by Zoe Holland

It can be a bit of a challenge keeping the kids entertained in these wetter,

colder winter months. However it’s the perfect time of year to make the

month of some of the local soft plays. We’re lucky to have several to choose

from within a short distance of Uckfield. I’ve put together my pick of 5 of our

favourites to inspire you on those days when cabin fever starts setting in!

BARNEY'S PLAY, UCKFIELD

Ideal for babies and toddlers to school age.

Uckfield’s very own indoor play centre!

Barney’s has recently introduced the

exciting role play area, Barnington

where tots can play at being a

firefighter, hairdresser or running

their own cafe. The main play area is

suitable for confident toddlers and

older children with a sensory play area

and climbing blocks on the upper deck.

Babies have their own enclosed space

where they can explore soft blocks and

interactive toys.

Non-walkers free, under 4’s £4.95, adults

£1.20

MONKEY BIZNESS, LEWES

Suitable for babies, toddlers and school age.

A huge, warehouse full of fun! Babies

have a separate enclosed area to play.

The main play space includes giant

slides, tunnels, climbing apparatus,

rope bridges and much more. There’s

also a climbing wall and football area to

keep older children happy.

Peak prices: Under 1’s free, age 1-3

£6.45, adults £1.25

Prices vary according to times.

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FREEDOM LEISURE, HAILSHAM

Suitable for babies, toddlers and school

age.

A large indoor area incorporating two

play structures allowing older and

younger children to share the space and

play safely. The larger play frame has

three different style slides, punch bags,

obstacles to duck and weave through,

spinners, rollers, a tunnel. The smaller

play frame is designed for under 3’s and

has two slides, animal shapes to rock

in and building blocks to stack up or

play a game with. Plus you can tie your

visit in with a swim or bowling session

at the leisure centre!

Under 1’s free, 1-2 £3.95, 3+ £4.95, adults

80p

MINOR MANIA,

FRANT

Suitable for babies,

toddlers and school

age.

Another big indoor

space for little

one’s to explore.

Minor Mania has

a separate area

for children under 3

years old with a fish aquarium panel,

plasma panels and a smaller frame with

a slide. For the bigger children there’s a

frame play area with air cannons, helter

skelter slide, mouse holes and astra

slide.

Babies free, age 1-3 £5.20, 4+£6.20,

adults £1

URBAN JUMP, HEATHFIELD

Suitable for babies and toddlers.

This might be one you’re not aware

of..but in addition to their trampoline

centre Urban Jump have a really good

soft play area for younger children. The

play area is fenced in from the rest of

the activities meaning children remain

safe and unable to access the larger

jump spaces. The play are features log

bridges, ball pools, run mazes, boulder

ball canyons, scramble nets and slides.

Under 5’s only £4 for 2 hours. No charge

for adults or babies.

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Day Out of the Month:

Urban Jump

Fitting in with my ‘all weather’ soft play theme, my day out of the month this month

is Urban Jump Trampoline Centre in Heathfield. If you’re stuck for ways to entertain

the kids this January here are just a few reasons Urban Jump could be your saving

grace!

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BOUNCE The main bounce area

includes a huge area of connected

trampolines, foam pits, trampoline

dodgeball and other jump features. A

session allows an hour of high energy,

jumping fun. Anyone over age 5 can join

a Jump session, although there are ‘Mini

Mornings’ for younger guests.

EXPLORE A jumping session also

includes access to the Urban Rainforest

assault course. Set in a cool jungle of

rope swings and crazy obstacles the

Urban Rainforest is the ultimate fun,

physical challenge including the Cheeta's

Maze' at the end of the course.

ALL AGES With the option of the soft

play for toddlers and babies Urban Jump

is able to cater for all ages. School age

children and teens can enjoy a jump

session whilst tots can safely explore in

the soft play....and of course there’s a

cafe (two in fact!) to keep us grown ups

happy!

EVERYONE’S WELCOME As well as

offering a wide range of facilities Urban

Jump have made a real effort to make

their facilities accessible to as wide an

audience as possible through exclusive

sessions for young people and adults

with Autism. The sessions currently

run in term time between 5-6pm every

Wednesday.

CLASSES Urban Jump offers a range

of exercise classes for all ages and

abilities. Their action packed trampoline

fitness sessions promise to improve

cardiovascular performance, balance

and improve core strength!

PARTY NIGHTS Urban Twilight Disco

(ages 5-16) and Urban Nights (age 10 and

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RESOLUTIONS

by Michelle Pearce

After the heady

excitement of

Christmas and

New Year, quiet

January has

descended. Yes,

hibernationtime

is here.

Roads, shops,

inboxes, diaries,

coffers are all

strangely empty,

not something

we normally

celebrate.

However, January can

be a wonderful teacher

in the art of Acceptance.

We may rail against the

weather, rant about the

gloom but it’s not going

to change a thing, so we

might as well get a fresh

perspective and make

the most of it.

January is the natural

time for a lull. The

earth is asleep, often

under a blanket of

mud, ice or snow. Trees

and plants are largely

dormant and many

of our native animals

are in hibernation.

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To conserve energy and survive weeks

without food hedgehogs, for example,

slow their heart-rate from 190 beats to just

20 beats per minute with a corresponding

drop in body temperature from 35

degrees C to just 10. Prior to hibernation

they will often gorge themselves. Whilst

we as a species seem to have embraced

nature’s feast to famine scenario, with

our festive indulgences and New Year

fasts, we seem to

pay less attention to

its example of midwinter

rest, retreat and

renewal.

We are generally an

active culture of doers

and achievers, thriving

on excitement,

progress and change.

January is often

berated for being none

of the above. However,

this month can be a

rich nesting-ground

for plans, projects and

ideas, so long as we are

willing to embrace the

spirit of the season and

take it s-l-o-w.

With this in mind, how

about mulling your

New Year’s Resolutions

all month long? What

about taking time for

a proper brain-storm,

writing a long-list and

pinning it up on the

kitchen wall? Towards

the end of the month this could be

boiled down to a single item which feels

most relevant and to which you feel

most committed. And to make it really

workable can this single item be reduced

to a nifty phrase? - a mantra indeed. I

had a mantra last year - No New Things.

What a useful ally that phrase was when

tempting opportunities tried to seduce

me from my resolution to simplify life.

Things to ponder this

month

What nurtures me?

Can I build this in to

my 2019?

Is it fitting for me to

expand in 2019 or is

it more appropriate

to let go of things and

simplify?

What is my resolution,

goal or mantra for

2019?

In order to have the best chance of

success with our 2019 goals, it might be

worth looking back on any resolutions

we made last year. Take time to celebrate

your successes however humble and

note what hindered progress. Are you

going to have another go at last year’s

resolutions now you are older and wiser,

or has a new aspiration dawned? Or

indeed, do you want to shed rather than

gain things? Saying

no and stripping back

can be as profound

and worthwhile as

manifesting new

opportunities and

adventures.

And if we are not going

out much, there’s

nothing particularly

interesting on TV, the

great party’s over (for

now) what are we going

to do with our January?

I would suggest using

this month to build

your foundations for

the year ahead - anchor

your domestic routine,

establish healthy

sleep-patterns, sort

the work-life balance,

swop multi-tasking for

mindful-tasking, walk

slower.

Go on, be brave.

Embrace January’s

spirit of slow, quiet rest

and renewal as far as

your commitments will allow.

February - the heralder of spring - is

just around the corner, and those seeds

which you have lovingly sifted and

sorted will soon begin to metamorphose

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New Year, NEW OPORTUNITY!

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like the rest of us, then every new year brings a

fresh opportunity to do things a bit differently and make those resolutions that we

have every intention of fulfilling.

Yes, we can look back on our

achievements of the last 12 months but

it is far more positive and productive

to look forward to the coming year.

Setting fresh business goals for the time

ahead is a sensible and common practice

amongst larger businesses; performance

management objectives with SMART

goals are often set as this time of year.

But what about your business? Have you

set goals for yourself and maybe your

team members? The mnemonic SMART

can be a useful place to start!

S – Specific: objectives and goals should

never be ambiguous. Set out clear and

concise goals for individuals or teams.

M – Measurable: tracking the progress

against a given specific target is an

important part of keeping you on track

and motivated.

A – Achievable: or attainable… there is

little point in making the goals so difficult

that they will never be realised. This can

have a demotivating effect; make sure

that the goals are doable!

R – Relevant: how do the goals fit in with

the bigger picture of the business? They

must have a relevance to the business.

T – Timebound: often it’s a good idea

to build in various time frames – month,

quarter, year. This will enable a degree of

focus and give both individuals and teams

hard targets to work towards.

If you’re reading this as a Chamber

member, we hope you can join us for

the inaugural event of 2019, when we

welcome our MP, Nus Ghani, to Buxted

Park Hotel on Thursday 24 January;

places can be booked for this event on

our website together with places for

our ‘Plastic free’ breakfast event on

Friday 8 February at the Highlands

Inn.

Good luck with your goal setting

for 2019!

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Secretary

07801 250668

secretary@uckfieldchamber.co.uk

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UCKFIELDVOICE

JANUARY 2019 EDITION 193

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

BY HOLLY GORING, TOWN CLERK

2018 flew by, but we managed

to accomplish a great deal. This

included installing the new CCTV

system, upgrading Hughes Way

Play area, organising Weald on

the Field and Uckfield Revival and

refurbishing Luxfords Restaurant. The

improvements to our Civic Centre will

bring you a broad variety of events right

on your doorstep.

As Town Clerk, most of my time involves

bringing people together and making

sure the views of our residents are taken

on board by others. When someone

mentions a potential project, I’m there to

remind them of what they need to think

about and who they should liaise with.

It’s about connecting people and starting

conversations.

In a time of austerity and public sector

cuts (unfortunately despite the national

media advising that it’s over), local

government is still impacted by this.

Partnership working is critical to ensure

we progress, but retain service levels.

Financially sound

Uckfield Town Council’s external audit

report confirmed that we are financially

sound, by making prudent decisions,

such as saving for future equipment

replacements or maintenance works, we

intend to stay that way.

The higher tiers of local government

(the County Council and District Council)

will see their central government grant

disappear by 2020/21. This has placed

a great deal of pressure on those

authorities to review the services they

provide. This forces us to do more with

less in order to retain the services you

expect to receive. I’m a great believer in

continuous improvement and despite

these financial restraints, we must not

stand still.

Uckfield is a fantastic town, full of

community spirit, so let’s work together

this year, and help Uckfield remain the

beautiful town that it is.

WHAT’S INSIDE

Contact us through:

admin@uckfieldtc.gov.uk

@uckfieldtowncouncil

• Calendar Competition Winners

• Message from Sussex Police

• Last Month in your Council

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CALENDAR COMPETITION 2019 - WINNERS

On Monday 26 November 2018 a

presentation took place in the Council

Chamber to showcase the winning

entries for the Uckfield Town Council

Calendar Competition. All the winners

were invited to attend.

The first and third places were awarded

to Jonathan Close who was presented

with the first prize of a £50 One4All

voucher. The second prize went to Mike

Skinner who received a £35 One4All

voucher. As each winning entrant is

restricted to one prize only, this year

a special award was presented to Sue

Garland with her entry of ‘Christmas

Tree Festival’ for which she received a

One4All £20 voucher.

(L to R) Cllr Spike Mayhew, Cllr Jackie Love, Sue

Garland, Mike Skinner and Jonathan Close

Get Snapping

The theme for the 2020 Calendar was

announced as 'Uckfield at Work, Rest

and Play'. The competition for 2020

calendar begins in January 2019 and

details will be added to the Uckfield

Town Council website and social media.

©Ron Hill Photography

First Place - Uckfield

Festival Children’s

Parade by Jonathan

Close

Second Place - The

Town Crier Spreading

the News by Mike

Skinner

Third Place - Can't those ducks read! by

Jonathan Close

Commendation Award - Christmas Tree Festival

by Sue Garland

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COMMUNITY CONCERNS TO BE HEARD

BY TOWN CLERK

In the last few months our town has unfortunately experienced a series of

incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

thevoice

These incidents are not unique to

Uckfield. Other towns in Wealden

such as Crowborough have also been

experiencing similar incidents. British

Transport Police and Sussex Police

are working together where there are

connections between the two towns, as

those engaged in these activities often

use public transport.

There are a number of initiatives in

place to capture and report concerns

you may have.

Operation Blitz

Sussex Police and Wealden's Policing

team conduct 'Operation Blitz' in

Wealden on Fridays and Saturdays

from 6.00pm until Midnight to target

anti-social behaviour. Concerned

residents are able to contact a single

police number to report any suspicious

activity each week. The number is sent

to residents registered with the 'In

the Know' community via email. (See

opposite for how to register with 'In the

Know'.)

This has had positive results.

Mobile Police Station

November saw the first deployment in

Wealden of a ‘mobile police station’.

The exercise, in Uckfield’s Tesco car

park on the 14 November, enabled a

large number of people to speak to the

police on a wide range of issues. These

primarily concerned crime prevention

measures and allowed the police

to distribute guidance leaflets and

information in response to questions

and concerns from the public.

The mobile police station will be coming

to Uckfield again in the New Year, so

watch out for notices.

In the Know

Messages and updates featuring

Wealden Police are posted regularly

on ‘In the Know’. You can sign up to

this forum at: https://www.intheknow.

community/.

COMMUNITY MEETING

Uckfied Town Council and Sussex Police

Wednesday 9 January 2019 at 6.30pm

The Civic Centre, Uckfield

Please come along to meet the Police to discuss any problems and learn

what actions they are taking.

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LAST MONTH IN YOUR COUNCIL

The December meeting of Full Council had a full and packed agenda.

Saturday 262 Bus Service

Members agreed to contribute towards

the costs of running the Saturday 262

bus service during 2019/20.

The service is run by North Wealden

Community Transport Partnership and

makes three round trips from Hartfield

(Ashdown Forest) to Heathfield on

Saturdays via Nutley, Maresfield,

Uckfield (bus station) and Framfield.

It’s an excellent service which provides

access to Uckfield for shopping and

other facilities.

It also provides affordable public

transport onto the forest, to enjoy the

scenery and tourist attractions.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Full Council agendas and minutes can

be seen at Uckfield Library. If you wish

WED 2 JAN – PLANS

MON 7 JAN – GENERAL PURPOSES

MON 14 JAN – FULL COUNCIL (BUDGET)

MON 21 JAN – PLANS

Uckfield Parkrun

MON 28 JAN – ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE

MON 11 FEB – PLANS

MON 18 FEB – GENERAL PURPOSES

MON 25 FEB – FULL COUNCIL

TUES 26 FEB – ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE

Uckfield Town Council were very

pleased to be able to support Uckfield

College’s plans to set up a Parkrun

in Uckfield. It is working closely with

the Uckfield runners, Uckfield Rugby

Club, and Buxted Park, to develop a 5k

route which can be enjoyed by all the

family on Saturday mornings. Keen to

support initiatives in the town which

encourage good heath and wellbeing,

the Town Council agreed to contribute

a sum of £1,000 towards their setup

costs. Uckfield College is liaising

with a number of businesses in the

town to explore potential funding

opportunities. It will also involve the

wider population as they move forward

with their preparations to seek the help

of volunteers and most importantly

encourage you to take part!

to ask a question at a meeting, on items

on the agenda, it is advisable to submit

your question beforehand to

allow a full response to be

given at the meeting.

All questions should be

directed to the Town Clerk -

admin@uckfieldtc.gov.uk

COMING NEXT MONTH

• New Wards for May 2019

elections

• Calendar Competition 2020

• Budget initiatives 2019/20


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LATEST NEWS FROM THE

MEADS PPG

by Caroline Penman

Vaccinations and online services - just some of the numbers counted and

reported by the Meads team. What do the numbers mean?

Some statistics:

Of the 8057 patients currently

registered at the Meads Surgery, so

far 1583 have had a flu jab in the surgery

(compared with 1325 in 2017). Plus

200 children & adults had the measles

vaccine. If you haven’t been vaccinated

for flu yet please pop in to the surgery

as it may be possible to vaccinate you

on the day, otherwise please give the

surgery a call to book in.

The surgery is strongly advocating

that patients register for the Online

Meads Services. So far only 21.5%

have registered! Advantages of

online registration are: easy access

to book Doctor appointments (fresh

appointments are posted daily), easy

and quick prescription orders, and

when the prescription is at your

preferred pharmacy, you can ask for a

text to prompt you to collect. You can

also check on your records to ensure

they are correct. Please register for

Online Services on your next visit to

the Surgery – you’ll need to bring some

written form of identification and

official confirmation of your address.

(eg driving licence/passport and utility/

council tax bill).

The Patients’ Participation Group has

resolved to raise its profile in the Town,

and plans to have a presence at some

events, such as the Lions Fete in June,

the Festival Big Day Out in July and

Weald on the Field in August. We will

spread the word about helpful services

run by the Surgery, and raise money for

additional equipment to enhance what

the surgery can provide. To date, in 2018

the PPG has raised over £900.

All at the Meads Surgery and its PPG

wish everyone a Healthy and Happy

New Year.

Meads Medical Centre's PPG Committee.

tel 01825 744074.

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The hugely popular Holy Cross Church

Festival of Christmas Trees took place

this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

December 7th to 9th. with an impressive

100 Christmas trees, all sponsored and

decorated by local organisations, schools,

charities and individuals, on display. There

were 5,800 visitors over the weekend.

Large numbers of people gathered in the

rain around the Christmas tree outside Holy

Cross Church Uckfield on Thursday 6th

December, as the official switch on of the

lights to the big tree took place to launch

this year’s Festival of Christmas Trees and

the 2018 exterior light display by Off the

Wall Entertainment was revealed.

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On Monday 10 December, pupils at Newick C.

E. Primary School were visited by ex-England

hockey captain, Kate Richardson-Walsh. The

children were treated to a question and answer

session with Kate whilst she also shared videos

of her team becoming Olympic champions in

Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Kate talked to the children about persevering,

setting personal challenges and goals and

being resilient when faced with adversity. The

children in Year 5, Year 6 and members of the

school’s hockey club took part in a hockey

masterclass with Kate which they all thoroughly

enjoyed.


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Christmas Indulgence took place at

Uckfield College on Saturday, December 1,

It was a day to indulge in festive fayre,

with assorted craft stalls, BBQ & mulled

wine, festive music, raffle & tombola,

clothing, cakes and crepes, Santa's Grotto,

children's games plus lots more!

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A large audience was entertained by

the Uckfield Singers who performed a

varied programme of seasonal music and

Christmas carols. This concert was the first

with their new musical director Monica

Das who took over from Tina Gelnere in

September.

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The evening was dry and the skies clear and the

temperature dropped making a great Christmas feel

for Late Night Shopping on 7 December. There was

Santa on his sleigh with the Uckfield Lions in Olives

Yard, Dancing on the streets, art displays and the hog

roast. There were numerous other stalls in the High

Street and Civic Approach.

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Deputy

Lieutenant for East Sussex Deborah Bedford

JP officially opened the East Sussex Children’s

Respite Centre in Uckfield on 29 November. The

Charity behind the project is the Children’s Respite

Trust and guests at the ceremony heard how the

Centre will provide day-care for disabled children in

East Sussex and beyond.

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Comedy legend Sue Hodge – who played

Mimi Lebonq in the popular BBC TV show

Allo Allo – starred in Uckfield’s pantomime

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Civic Centre..

Sue, played ‘Fairy Cucumber’ and was

joined on stage by young stars of Deborah

Lamb Theatre Arts based in Uckfield.

The pantomime was really a family affair

with Sue directing the production and

her husband Keith “Paddington” Richards

as Musical Director. Sue said: “We were

all looking forward to coming to Uckfield

and putting on a pantomime experience

to remember. It is good to be working

with Deborah Lamb Theatre Arts and we

couldn’t have done the show without

them.”

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Uckfield Fire Station held their first ever

Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto.

There were stalls selling crafts, coffee /

teas - hot soup - elf trail, photo competition

with our snowman (winner wins a tour

round the Fire Station) etc and see Father

Christmas in his fire engine grotto.

Sussex Association of Bonfire and Carnival

Society's held their annual carol service

at Holy Cross Church, on 16 December.

The Sussex Bonfire Society's were joined

by Heathfield Silver Band and Uckfield

Performance Ensemble for this colourful

parade and Christmas Carols. The Sussex

Bonfire Society's total collection this year

was £65,000 .


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All ages take part

THE 2019 BUXTED PARK REINDEER RUN

in pictures

Winter warmers

Annual sport for all, plus success for Football and Rugby teams

By David Eggleston

BUXTED PARK REINDEER RUN

One of the area’s biggest fun sporting

events, the annual Buxted Park

Reindeer run, was another resounding

success last month. A record 400

runners wearing an amazing array of

festive fancy dress took part in muddy

conditions in three races – a children’s

1k run, and a 5k and 10k race. The

longer race was won by Ben Stock from

Worthing Harriers in an impressive 42

minutes.

The children’s 1K event saw some

incredible festive fancy dress with

Santa’s, reindeer, elves and even

Elsa’s crossing the finish line for their

glittering medals given out by Uckfield

Green watch firefighters.

Buxted Park Reindeer Run organisers

would like to publicly thank the

following for their donations and

contributions: McDonald’s Uckfield,

Tesco Uckfield, Waitrose Uckfield,

Morrison’s Crowborough, Emma Naylor

Fitness, Phillips AV, Maresfield Dynamos

JFC, T.A.P. Cleaning, Stepping Stones

Preschool, Buxted Park Sports Club,

Buxted Primary School and the Reindeer

Run friends and family.

This year’s event raised a tremendous

£4,000 for The Firefighters Charity.

OUTSTANDING RUN CONTINUES

FOR UCKFIELD RUGBY CLUB

Uckfield’s outstanding unbeaten run

continued into December with a series

of excellent results, most notably a

closely-fought 21-17 victory at Crawley.

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Annual event raises £4,000 FOR FIREFIGHTERS CHARITY

RUN, RUN REINDEER!

photos - Ron Hill

Significantly, they have also opened up

a sizeable gap on the chasing pack in

Sussex League One.

Uckfield will be hoping to sustain their

promotion challenge into the New Year,

which begins with home fixtures against

Burgess Hill (5 January) and Plumpton

(12 January).

MORE CUP GLORY FOR AFC

UCKFIELD TOWN

AFC Uckfield Town have added another

remarkable chapter to their already

remarkable season by reaching the last

32 of the national FA Vase. In a stirring

third round tie last month, Uckfield

overcame difficult pitch conditions and

strong opponents to earn a 5-2 win over

Sutton Common Rovers at the Oaks.

Uckfield have now easily surpassed

their longest run in the Vase, and the

club can proudly fly the flag as the

only team from Sussex still left in this

season’s competition!

Uckfield were given another home draw

in the next round of the Vase against

Windsor from the Hellenic League, with

the match due to be played on the first

weekend in January. Whisper it softly,

but another victory then will mean that

Uckfield will be just three rounds away

from reaching the final at Wembley

Stadium in May!

Uckfield are also still involved in two

other local cup competitions – the

Peter Bentley Cup and the Sussex RUR

Charity Cup. Meanwhile, due to their

various cup exploits, Uckfield have

fallen behind with their league fixtures

and consequently have slipped down

the table. But, excellent recent away

wins at Lancing (3-0) and Arundel (5-0)

have shown that Uckfield are more than

capable of moving back into the top half

of the league.

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The club continue to do the town

proud, and with an exciting second

half of the season to look forward to, it

is a great opportunity for the town to

get behind the club.

FORTHCOMING HOME FIXTURES

The Oaks, Eastbourne Road, Uckfield

Sat 5 Jan Windsor FA Vase

4th Round

Sat 19 Jan Arundel

Southern Combination League

Sat 26 Jan Eastbourne Utd

Southern Combination League

All 3 pm kick-off.

Keep up-to-date with fixture

news via the club’s Twitter feed @

AfcUckfieldTown.

Admission: Adults £6; Concessions £3;

Children under 16 Free.

If you or your local sports club would

like to be featured in a future issue of

Uckfield Matters, or if you are interested

in coming in for a chat on Uckfield FM’s

Saturday Sport programme, then please

contact David Eggleston by e-mail at

david.eggleston@uckfieldfm.co.uk. David

presents Saturday Sport on Uckfield FM

every Saturday from 2 -6 pm.

MORE ACCOLADES FOR UCKFIELD

GYMNASTS

Local gymnasts from the Uckfield

Gymnastics Club enjoyed another

successful year in 2018, but for two of

the girls, who have trained with the

Club for over ten years, they are now

seeking pastures new. Georgina Moors

has been approached by an American

university for a gymnastics scholarship

and her team-mate Abigail Brooker

has travelled to France to audition for

Cirque du Soleil. We wish both girls

every success as they move on to the

next exciting chapter of their lives.

Meanwhile, a number of other

gymnasts from the Club have

been rewarded for their excellent

performances in 2018 by being selected

for regional and county squads.

Maya Arno, Marissa Foord, Elsa

Pawson, Betsy George, Daisy Miller and

Georgina Moors have been selected

for the South East Regional Squad.

Selections for the Sussex County Squad

are Megan Smith, Layla Grayling,

Macey Davis, Elissa Parris, Rosie

Cornwell, Mae Tattam, Ella Smith,

Amelia Bushell and Lucy White.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

From all of us!

Claire Sumners

Environment

David Eggleston

Sports

Zoe Holland

Family adventure

Bex Maini

Bex Blogs

Claire - the 'Zero Waste

Maman' - on a journey

to a zero waste lifestyle.

She lives in Seaford with

her family and organises

monthly beach cleans.

Find out more by following

her on Instagram: Zero_

Waste_Maman or Facebook:

ZeroWasteMaman.

David brings us up-to-date

with news from the local

sporting scene and details

of events. He likes to

showcase the achievements

of individual sportsmen

and sportswomen, often in

sports with a lesser public

profile. He presents the

Saturday Sport programme

on Uckfield FM. david.

eggleston@uckfieldfm.co.uk.

Zoe is a Mum, Step-Mum,

Teacher and local explorer.

Zoe writes about her

family’s adventures in her

blog jugglingonrollerskates.

com where she features tips

on family travel, Glamping

and days out. Contact her

on jugglingonrollerskates@

outlook.com

Bex is our resident foodie.

She lives in Uckfield with

her husband and twins

and works part-time as a

dentist and part-time in

her photography business,

as well as writing her blog,

Olive Dragonfly. Catch her

on Uckfield FM every month.

More about Bex on her blog,

www.OliveDragonfly.com and

check out her photos at www.

bexphoto.com.

Ron Hill

Photography

Ron spent many years

photographing some of the

world’s rock legends - Queen,

Thin Lizzy and Bob Marley. It

was only when he was home

for a rare weekend that his

focus turned to Uckfield -

starting with one of the early

Uckfield Festivals. Since

then, Ron hasn’t looked back,

and has become a familiar

sight in our community -

usually behind a lens, but

always at the heart

of the action.

Nicki Richardson

Events

Nicki looks after Uckfield

Matters advertisers, as well

as having a nose for a local

interest story. Her particular

passion is our new junior

heroes section. She also

collates the month ahead -

our what's on guide. She lives

in Uckfield with her family.

Tilly Christie

Arts

Tilly is a regular framer and

blogger at Uckfield Framing

Company. Her background

is in both online and print

journalism, and she is

currently writing a book

about coping with loss.

Michelle Pearce

Wellbeing

Michelle is a writer, yoga

teacher and massage

therapist who co-owns and

manages Honeys Green

Clinic with her osteopathhusband,

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THE MONTH AHEAD

Dates for your diary

SATURDAY SOCIALS

AT THE SUSSEX SUPPORT

SERVICE

Victoria Pavilion

Saturday afternoons,

2-4pm

Join Sussex Support

Services, Home Instead,

and Wealden DC for a fun

afternoon between 2 and

4pm.

12 January - Movement &

Music

26 January - Chris Foster

Songs

9 February - Film Showing

23 February - Debra Music

for the Brain

9 March - Sing - A - Long

a Bingo

23rd March - Magic Show

Saturday Social is a

supportive, safe and caring

gathering for people

living with dementia and

other care needs with

their carers and families,

where they can socialise

with others in a similar

situation.

Come along and enjoy

a free cream tea and

refreshments including

activities.

For more information call

Margaret on 01825 760176

or Alison on 01825 605030.

Tuesday 9 January 2.30pm

UCKFIELD, LEWES &

NEWICK ARTS SOCIETY

ART UK’ MARY ROSE

RIVETT CARNAC

The Civic Centre,

Uckfield

We start the New Year with

a fascinating lecture by

Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac

about ‘Art UK.’ Art UK

was set up to catalogue

every oil painting in

public ownership in the

UK. This staggeringly

ambitious project involved

visiting 3,000 collections

across the country and

photographing over

212,000 paintings. Mary

Rose will also be making

particular reference

to local paintings and

artists. Mary Rose is a

guide at Turner’s House

in Twickenham and the

Dorich House Museum in

Kingston. She was also

a founder member of

Richmond upon Thames

Decorative and Fine Arts

Society.

The cost is £7 on the door

for non-members and

if you need any further

information please

contact our Membership

Secretary Ann McNorvell

01825 721458 or

newickdfas2017@gmail.

We look forward to

welcoming you.

Saturday 12 January 10am-

1pm

CHAILEY REPAIR CAFE

Chailey Parish Hall,

Chailey

Chailey Repair Café is part

of a world-wide movement

where volunteer experts

repair things free of

charge. Anyone can bring

along broken items or

clothing needing repair

from home (eg toaster,

lamps, hair dryers, clothes,

bikes, toys, crockery

etc.) and have a cuppa

and a cake while they

wait!Volunteers welcome

!! Can you offer electrical,

bicycle, furniture or any

handiwork or craft repair

skills? If you would like

to help or find out more

email Bryan McAlley at

chaileyrc@gmail.com

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Thursday 17 January, 7.45pm

UCKFIELD WINE CIRCLE

Luxford Centre

“Spirit Tasting” A

presentation of a variety

of commercially produced

spirits by Carolyn Scott of

G & J Greenall.

If you’d like to join us

please email for further

information email: info@

uckfieldwinecircle.com

19 JANUARY

NATIONAL POPCORN

DAY

Saturday 19 January 3– 5pm

BLACKPOOL COMES TO

SUSSEX - AFTERNOON

OF MUSIC FOR

EVERYONE

East Sussex National

Hotel, Little Horsted,

Uckfield

Join the Start Organist

from the world famous

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

the one and only 'Mr

Blackpool' Phil Kelsall

MBE with Warlitzer Magic.

All Seats £10 and always a

sellout. Tickets from Gale

& Woolgar or reception at

East Sussex National

21 JANUARY

NATIONAL HUG DAY

21-25 JANUARY

BIG ENERGY SAVING

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FEBRUARY

NATIONAL

STORYTELLING WEEK

Wednesday 30 January, 10am

U3A COFFEE GET-

TOGETHER

The Picture House

Restaurant

Our U3A provides

learning, leisure and social

opportunities for the

retired and semi-retired

residents of Uckfield and

around, Come and hear

about our 50 plus activity

groups. You can chat to

some of our members and

group leaders over coffee

and also learn about our

monthly meetings with

speakers. All welcome

Thursday 31 January 7pm

FASHION SHOW

Buxted Park Hotel,

Buxted, Uckfield TN22

4AY

An exciting evening of

fashion and fun hosted by

Travelling Trends. A ladies

night out with a difference!

As well as a live CATWALK

SHOW there is ample time

to try on and buy this

season's High Street and

Branded fashions.

All at bargain prices!!

Tickets £6 - must be

bought in advance. For

tickets contact streetaid@

outlook.com or Tel:

07786910386

Proceeds from the event

will go to Streetaid a not

for profit organisation

working with the

Homeless of Sussex.

www.travellingtrends.com

Friday 1 February, 2pm (doors

1.30)

“LIFE IN RURAL GHANA”

U3A TALK

Civic Centre, Uckfield

Debbie Barnes has worked

in a school in Ghana which

she continues to visit

each year. She will give

an illustrated talk about

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her varied and interesting

experiences there.

U3A members free.

Visitors £1 donation.

5 FEBRUARY

CHINESE NEW YEAR: THE

YEAR OF THE PIG

WEEKLY

MONDAY

7.15-9.30pm

THE UCKFIELD SINGERS

Community Choir

Belmont Centre.

Term-time only. We

welcome enquiries from

prospective members,

and usually have a few

vacancies each term. Over

16's only please. If you

are interested in joining,

visit our website, www.

uckfieldsin​gers.co.uk,

where there is plenty of

information and an email

contact form, or ring Julie

on 07818 175076.

TUESDAY

WALKING NETBALL

Ladies come and join us.

Every Tuesday (weather

permitting).

No joining fee, it’s great

fun. Good exercise and no

running!

Further information

contact Dee Maltby 01825

764584

The first week is free as

a 'taster' session. If you

decide to join we ask

for £2.50 to buy a Netball

Team Bib and after that on

every visit a donation

of £1 to our chosen charity.

This last year we made a

donation to 'Safe in

Sussex' - a Women's refuge

for domestic abuse. We

are in the process of

deciding who to collect for

this year.

UCKFIELD ART GROUP

Luxford Centre

The group meets to paint,

draw and create art. New

members welcome to pop

along. Members include

all ages and abilities.

Contact Annie Mills on

01825 765021 / 07817039911

or anniemills99@yahoo.

co.uk for details or see the

website: uckfieldartgroup

WEDNESDAY

ARTYTIME FREE FAMILY

FUN SESSIONS

Information can be found

on our website www.

artytime.co.uk or our

Facebook page Artytime

for All.

FRIDAY

10am

UCKFIELD HEALTHY

WALK

Civic Centre (start)

The Uckfield Healthy Walk

takes place every Friday

morning (with a few

exceptions).

Free, weekly, one-hour

healthy walks. No need to

book. Lovely walks around

Uckfield: West Park,

Lake Wood, Hempstead

Meadow, Victoria

Recreation Ground. When

you arrive back there is

a chance for a chat and a

cuppa.

Organised by East Sussex

Health Walks (TCV).

AGE CONCERN TRANSPORT SERVICE

Age Concern Uckfield and district free transport service to hospitals and doctor

surgeries for the elderly is keen to recruit volunteer drivers to keep up with this ever

increasing demand on our services.

Drivers are paid up to the rate of fifty pence per mile. Should you wish to join our team

of drivers please contact Malcolm on 01825 371146 or Ian on 01825 278325.

TO BOOK OR BECOME A VOLUNTEER DRIVER TELEPHONE 01825 371146 OR 764290

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The Civic Centre Uckfield presents...

Half-term special - Hansel

and Gretel Puppet Show

Suitable for children

aged 3 years upwards

Tickets £7.50

Friday 22 Feb 2019

Allo Allo French Bistro Dinner

in Luxfords Restaurant

Rave on - Buddy Holly

Celebrating the

music of Buddy Holly

with tributes to Elvis

and Roy Orbison.

Promising to be a

night to remember

Tickets £19

Saturday 9 March 2019

Join BBC TV’s Allo Allo’s Mimi Lebonq

for a three-course French dinner

followed by a laughter-filled visual and

musical entertainment with hilarious

behind-the-scenes stories

Tickets £35.50 - pre-booking essential

Saturday 23 March 2019 7.30pm

Booking Office: 01825 769694

www.civiccentreuckfield.com


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