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Welcome to January’s Issue We’re still in the throes of Christmas shopping, mince pie making and general flapping about getting ready for the big day! I must say Uckfield High Street is looking absolutely amazing! What a fabulous range of decorations in almost every shop. The Holy Cross Church Festival of Trees was spectacular as ever. It’s now been a year since we became the proud owners of Uckfield Matters, and what an exciting learning curve it’s been! We’ve met or talked to many of you, and learned an enormous amount about our town and its residents. There is no doubt that Uckfield is a very special place, with a wonderful Mayor and Councillors. Please keep sending the information about your groups’ activities and upcoming events; we really want to bring you all the news. (Remember that the deadline for each month is the 15th of the month prior.) See you next month! Here’s to APOLOGY a prosperous, successful and Uckfield Matters would expanding 2014! like to apologise to Sheila and Chris

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Contents Brighter Uckfield Rotary Club Uckfield & District Lions Club PE Bathrooms Uckfield Festival Sussex Business Secures Grant White Ribbon Campaign Lewes & District Enterprise Expo Poet Jean Watts Uckfield Sports Forum News update The Month That Was The Ashdown Forest Tourism Association Viva España

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Brighter Uckfield Knight in Shining Armour It is surprising what a hi viz jacket will do. Ian, Beryl and Stewart were doing their usual clear up in the High Street a few Sundays ago when a very distressed lady asked them how to get to Petersfield. She came from Surrey and had gone in totally the wrong direction. After Beryl and Stewart calmed the lady, Ian drove in front of her to Piltdown to put her on the right road. She wrote a very grateful letter thanking them. Not only is Ian the Mayor with a mayoral shiny chain, but also a knight in shining armour! A new planter has been placed next to Manor Park shops (see picture) thanks to a donation by the Uckfield Singers, for which we thank them. It is underplanted with spring bulbs so should be a riot of colour in March. Tesco stores have agreed to work in partnership with us to maintain the planter and keep the area around it tidy. We thank the Rotary Club for supplying and planting up the heathers and other plants at the entrance to the railway station car park. We have also replaced the crocuses disturbed by the building of the Meads Surgery on Bell Lane.

Join us Brighter Uckfield is a group of volunteers who litter pick, plant bulbs and flowers around the town, liaise with Wealden District Council, Uckfield Town Council, and other landowners to improve unsightly areas. If you know of an area which could do with a little TLC, please contact Dorothy 764287 or Ian 766360. If you would like to join us as a volunteer please contact us. We do have a social side and had a Christmas meal together in December. We would like to thank all those unsung residents who regularly clear their neighbourhood of litter as part of their daily walk to collect a newspaper or to do their shopping etc. The Brighter Uckfield team would like to wish you a Happy New Year. We look forward to working with Uckfield Residents and Businesses to make UCKFIELD even BRIGHTER in 2014.

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Would ÂŁ1,000 enable you to do something you have always wanted to do? Would it help you fulfil a requirement to promote your career, or studies? Are you between 16 and 25? Do you live in Uckfield or the surrounding villages? If so, the Rotary Club may be able to help, if you contact us before the end of March. Each year, the Rotary Club’s ‘Making Dreams Come True’ award offers ÂŁ1,000 to help a local young adult achieve their dream. The award was set up in memory of Daniel Gamble, the local young man killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008 while serving in the Parachute Regiment. There is no definition of what the award can fund – since 2009, the money has supported one winner’s time teaching children in a remote part of Ethiopia, another’s advanced study of the violin in London, the purchase of photographic equipment to pursue artistic studies, a placement in Africa for a medical student, work placements at relief camps in Africa and training required to complete qualifications to enable the winner to embark on her chosen career. If you have something you want or need to do, fill in the application form and send it to us. So, how do you apply? You will need an application form and an information sheet, which are available on the club’s new website, the address of which is given below. If you know a member of the Rotary Club, they will be able to let you have the details. If you are a student at UCTC you can get the forms from the College, but note that the award is open to anyone aged 16-25 living locally, not just to students at the college. You ,ZDQWHG\RXWRJHWULGRIGRXEOH can email the form to us, or UHZLUHV DQGOLJKWLQJVWXIIRQ/VLGH post it in hard copy – the addresses are on the form. IDFLQJ NHHSLQJWKH\HOORZIRQWDFURVV Applications need to be in by 31 March 2014. After that, we will consider them all carefully. It may be that we will want to meet some applicants, to discuss their proposals further; if so, this will be an informal conversation with a small group of Rotarians. It is normally a face to face conversation, but we carried ,I\RXFDQJHWLWLQ2.7KLVZRXOGEH out an interview via Skype last year, so anything is possible! We aim to make the award in May or June, but this timescale is flexible, and can be adjusted to suit a candidate’s needs.

So, if you have a dream and ÂŁ1,000 would help you achieve it, what’s stopping you? Let us have your application, and who knows where you might end up! For details of ‘Making Dreams Come True’, and for information about the Rotary Club, please visit, or telephone either 01825 761145 or 767167.

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1st December saw our Santa season start with The Bonfi his cold, Mrs Santa finished grooming the reindeer, Sa packed it on time! We are now taking it round Uckfield an UCKFIELD & DISTRICT LIONS CLUB the schedules posted around the town and in our shop o area. Santa tells me that some children have very advanc very definitive, and No, Samuel, you couldn’t have the fa the list.

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Update on the Uckfield Festival 2014 At Uckfield Festival Association AGM, Chairman Dorothy Sparks gave the Report for 2013. It was very comprehensive giving details of all events. It was felt to be the best Festival to date with approximately 375 schoolchildren taking part in the Big Day Parade. There were events for all ages and genres across the arts; music, drama and dance. The chairman outlined events already planned for 2014. The Festival will run from Friday 11th July to 20th July with the Big Day on Saturday 12th July. There will be the usual Kit Car Grand Prix involving 20+ local schools, the Festival Club each weekday, and

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It will also highlight apprenticeships and encourage new business.”

Lewes Town Hall (Corn Exchange, Assembly Rooms & Council Chamber) Following the success of the first LDEX event held in March this year, Lewes Enterprise is organising a second district-wide Business 2 Business Exhibition. This will bring together businesses, organisations and educational establishments from across the district and will be free for visitors to enter. Claire Kirtland, director of Lewes Enterprise said “This event will create new connections between all parts of the business community, inspire new ideas and opportunities for collaboration and aid new businesses and people thinking of setting up their own business.

Lewes Mayor, Councillor Ruth O’Keefe, will open the exhibition at 10am. Seminars will cover important aspects of business today including how to present yourself and your business to prospective clients. Sussex Business Bureau will once again be running one of their popular Speed Networking events on the day. There will be at least 70 exhibitors and 400 people attending, with drinks, snacks and lunches provided by local café Laporte’s and networking to your heart’s content all day long! To book exhibitor space, give a talk/seminar or to attend as a visitor please contact or call 01273 473311.


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Sussex PCC Launches £200,000 Community Fund I am delighted to launch my Safer in Sussex Community Fund, which is a new initiative that will provide financial support to innovative local projects that aim to make our communities safer. I want to help communities work together to come up with ways of tackling crime and disorder and I am keen to support projects that demonstrate strong partnership working. I will be working with local partners and agencies to ensure this support complements existing activity. I welcome applications from all local groups and organisations that can demonstrate how they are tackling the issues in their area that support the priorities set out in my Police & Crime Plan. These include commissioning initiatives that tackle crime, reduce reoffending and address community priorities such as alcohol, drugs, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and road safety. Bids will be considered on a quarterly basis with the first round of funding allocated after 31 March 2014. More information on the scheme and how to apply is available on my website: uk/safer-in-sussex-community-fund/. I look forward to receiving your applications. Katy Bourne Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Uckfield Art Trail 2014 Following the success of the last few years, the organisers of the Uckfield Art Trail are pleased to announce that this summer’s exhibition is confirmed as 18 & 19th July 2014. Last year the exhibition featured 40 artists exhibiting paintings, photography, and crafts, as well as displaying art work by local primary school children. “I would say last year’s art trail was our best yet!” says Art Trail founder Tim Benians; “the central location of the Civic Centre within the town has proved ideal for us in recent years, so to be able to use the main Weald Hall this summer will be a real bonus!”


Jean Watts

Recently I was sent a small booklet, entitled ‘A Silent Muse’, by Jean Anne Watts. Accompanying it was a letter from a book publisher, requesting that I review the book as “the author was known in your area”. Those who knew Jean may already know the following about her - which I have taken from the back cover of the book. “For Jean Watts the muse of poetry was a silent muse, stealing in upon her senses and unfolding ‘bright assemblies’ in her mind. Then the words would be culled and crafted into crisp, sharply observed images, reflective of her artistic talent, gentle sense of humour and zest for life. “Jean was born in 1926 into an army family. She had one elder sister and her father was an officer in the Royal Artillery. Jean spent several years in Egypt, but eventually settled in East Sussex, where she worked for the local authority. A gifted artist in both oils and watercolours, and member of several art clubs, she exhibited paintings in various galleries, including the Royal Watercolour Society. As well as being as avid book collected, Jean was fond of writing and had several publications to her name, including a short biography of Theodore Kern, a wellknown artist, and a comprehensive history of Hitchin Art Club. Married with three sons, she lived for many years in Hertfordshire but returned to East Sussex in 2004 and passed away in April 2011.” She was not only a talented painter, but also a wordsmith. The booklet can be obtained from Stockwell Books, on 01271 862557 or visit their website:

Now that preparations for Uckfield Art Trail 2014 are under way, its organisers would be delighted to hear from artists or crafts people who want to exhibit, local companies to sponsor the event, and those keen to help with the organisation. Contact Tim or Natalie at Uckfield Framing Company: 01825 768587 or To advertise call 01825 705066 or e-mail


Christmas Party at Crockstead Farm Hotel Thanks to Waitrose, the Uckfield Housebound & Friendship Club were able to enjoy a Christmas lunch & entertainment at the Crockstead Farm Hotel on 11th December. Forty- eight members, helpers & guests, including Mayor Ian Smith attended the function, sponsored entirely by Waitrose Uckfield.

Members were taken by two minibuses to Crockstead where they enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Following lunch, members were entertained by the Keynotes who sung & danced to Christmas songs & well known tracks from musicals.

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Waitrose have an Isolation Campaign where they donate monies to local community organisations supporting the less able people over the Christmas period. The Uckfield Housebound & Friendship Club would like to thank Waitrose for their support & very generous donation. The excellent entertainment was followed by a raffle & then Father Christmas arrived & gave presents to all the members. Members were then taken home in the minibuses. The Uckfield Housebound & Friendship Club meet twice a month for lunches & teas at various venues.

Transport is provided door to door. Anyone wishing to support the Club in any way or interested in joining, can contact Graham on 01825 762065 or at The Uckfield Housebound and Friendship Club is facilitated and supported by Uckfield and District Lions Club www.uckfield–

Uckfield Sports Forum NEWS UPDATE We are starting to work together, with our first joint activity being a planned Fun Day in the summer. That idea is to encourage people to have a go at various activities that they might not have done yet, or might have enjoyed decades ago. One club could organise such an event, but, it’s much easier sharing the work and much better if members from several clubs can also be involved inviting friends & neighbours to attend & giving people the chance to take part in various activities. 18

NEWSFLASH The Victoria Pleasure Grounds Sports Pavilion has the normal changing rooms that you would expect with a small social for post match drinks on the ground floor. On the first floor is a larger social area that can easily have a couple of table tennis tables in use to give an idea of size, with a bar and kitchen area & it also has great views. We’d love to see the pavilion social area stay in use for sports & leisure use. Could your group use it for one evening or lunch per week, possibly even more? Groups share Ridgewood Village Hall & the Luxford Centre – surely the same can be done here. Uckfield’s large clubs with over 300 members each are involved with the Forum, as are smaller ones, individuals who would consider helping at one-off events are also welcome as there will be opportunities for all. If you haven’t got involved with the Forum yet or might be interested in sharing the pavilion please contact Jeremy Hallett (07876 275031, We look forward to hearing from you. Please mention UCKFIELD MATTERS when responding to adverts




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THE month That Was Photos by Ron Hill

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The Christmas concert by The Uckfield Singers & Uckfield Concert Brass on 15th December at the Civic Centre helped raise ÂŁ885 for Sussex Cancer Trust for Treatment & Research in Brighton. Thank you to Gale & Woolgar for acting as our box office, to our sponsors: Parker Building Supplies; Fuller & Scott; Hands 20

on History, and to Uckfield FM for broadcasting the whole event live [which can be heard again via their website]. Happy Christmas & New Year to everyone, Â Sue Daniel, Chairman The Uckfield Singers

Holy Cross Tree Festival

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School Nativity: Manor School

School Nativity: Holy Cross

School Nativity: Rocks Park

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Index of Advertisers Accountant Dixon & Company 6 Approved Traders Trading Standards 12,15 Bed & Breakfast Beechwood 11 Beauty Treatment Pretty Permanent Makeup 14 Chimney Sweep Terry Healy 13 Cleaning The Oven Man 3 Mr. Clean 6 Commercial Property Lawson Commercial 12 Domestic Appliances Southpoint 23 Electricians Eagle Electrics 8 G&J Electrics 7 SR Electrical 4 Financial Advice Horlock Holdcroft 8 Funerals Fuller & Scott 11 Richard Green 4 Gardening Services R W Green 10

Indoor Bowling Wealden Indoor Bowls 19 Letting Agent Martin & Co. Back page Logistics Training ULTS 13 Memorials Derek Tourle 12 Music Lessons Julian Broughton 9 Phil Edwards 12 Sundari Heller 15 Painted Furniture Josefina 2 Paving CAM Paving 4 Photography Phil Wheeler 10 Plasterer Act Plastering Southeast 5 Plumbing & Bathrooms PE Bathroom Installation 8 Plumbing Solutions 6 Reeve 3 Removals Roy Ranger 6 Sussex Man & Van 15

Let’s say your family has a holiday home in Spain. You, your children, your parents – all share it regularly but it’s in your parents’ names. Then your parents pass away and, while they have British wills, what happens with the Spanish property? Or one of your family has a tragic accident while on holiday in Spain and you need to bring their body home, or seek compensation. How do you go about it? You might think these scenarios would be simply handled by UK law, but they most definitely are not. Maria Dolton, who lives in Buxted, is a qualified lawyer born and educated in Spain. Fluently bi-lingual, she has lived here for over 30 years and runs her own consultancy practice specialising in Spanish inheritance law. A brief conversation with her showed me just how complicated a minefield this is. You can contact Maria at 01825 733536 for an informal free initial discussion. Find out what you need to do NOW to satisfy both Spanish and UK requirements.

The Ashdown Forest Tourism Association The Ashdown Forest Tourism Association (AFTA) is a group that promotes tourism based businesses across the Ashdown Forest area. We cover the 11 square miles of the Forest and also include the area from East Grinstead to Uckfield and West Hoathly/Ardingly to Tunbridge Wells. Our wide range of members includes Tea Shops to Egon Ronay restaurants, mobile Camper Vans and camp sites to 5 star luxury hotels and visitor attractions such as Farm Shops, Museums, Art Galleries, Antique Centres, Activity Centres and animal parks. There really is something for everyone across the Ashdown Forest. As a group we promote our members via our popular website, our annual Members Maps which are distributed free across the Forest and the south east of England. Our free Whats On guide lists over 100 events per month that are happening across the forest. These events range from Llama Walks, live bands, Chefs Table evenings with Celebrity chefs to guided walks on the Forest and Murder Mystery evenings on the Bluebell and Spa Valley Railways. There are also a wide range of courses available from cooking to hedgerow baskets, pottery and art classes. If you are looking for something to do on the Ashdown Forest – visit our website and check out the ‘Whats On’ guide, pick up an AFTA map at the Llama Park or tourism locations across the Forest or email me on info@ and I would be happy to send you a free map. Alternatively go up onto the Forest, park your car and explore the beautiful heathland, then relax in front of a log fire and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in one of our many pubs, cafes and hotels. Ashdown Forest is so much more than a walk in the country! Barbara Hibbart T : 01435 863091 E : for copies of our free map and details of membership for further information about our members and ‘Whats On’ guide

What’s On in January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31st January: Uckfield Healthy Walk 6, 13, 20, 17th Uckfield Community Craft Group 10:00. Uckfield Singers 19:30 8, 15, 22, 29th Ashdown Forest Healthy Walk th 24 Ignition Charity Concert, Civic Centre 19:00 – 23:00 22

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Uckfieldmatters January 2014  
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