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UCKFIELD Matters... July 2013




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Welcome to July’s Issue


Welcome to July’s edition of Uckfield Matters. What a month! We’ve got the fabulous Uckfield Festival, fetes and festive days, art shows and art trails – with all of these and more, there’s not a minute to waste!

Rotary Club News


Ashdown Forest News


Uckfield Festival & Lion’s Club


And if we’ve been following Doug’s advice and now have the beginnings of our veggie crop, there’s work to be done in the garden. By the end of the month, we should be enjoying pea and bean pickings and ripe, juicy tomatoes! Yummy!!

The Voice


That Was The Month That Was


Uckfield Art Group


Soliciting Some Answers


What’s On in July


A couple of months ago I asked you to help us choose the places in and around Uckfield you like the most. Whether it’s a park, or a building, rural or urban it doesn’t matter; there is just so much to see and do around us that we want to share your ideas as a monthly feature. Please email, phone or mail them in today. Have a fantastic month! Sheila, Chris and Doug (who’ll be back with us in August)

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Cancer Research UK Summer Lunch The Summer Lunch organised by the Crowborough committee of Cancer Research UK (CRUK at the East Sussex National Hotel, raised £7000 for the charity. The annual event also marked the retirement of Elizabeth Bostock, as Chair of the committee, after more than 25 years heading up the team of volunteers. In that time, the committee has raised nearly £300,000. Her place is being taken by committee member Philip Ronan. Elizabeth’s retirement was marked with flowers, a certificate and a long-service brooch from Cancer Research UK. The Summer Lunch was attended by 225 people and supported by 17 corporate sponsors.

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ROTARY CLUB An event traditionally held during Uckfield Festival is the Kit Car Grand Prix - perhaps your children took part in previous years, or perhaps you did. But how did it begin?

In the late 1990’s the Rotary Club organised pedal car races. Pupils from local primary schools pedalled furiously to cross the finishing line first – great fun, but very hard work. Meanwhile, in 1999 students at UCTC had begun working on electric cars as part of the Greenpower Challenge. In 2001 Greenpower developed the Goblin electric kit car, ideal for racing, and in 2003 UCTC and the Rotary Club organised the first Grand Prix using Goblin cars. It involved Little Horsted, Manor and Holy Cross Schools, with Holy Cross coming out on top. The event has expanded since then, with 20 teams taking part in recent years and racing going on for some four hours. Of course, it’s not just about the race itself; work on the car provides opportunities to develop the Year 6 teaching programme in areas such as design & technology, maths, science and literacy. The car is provided in kit form, with full instructions on how to put it together. Pupils are responsible for designing and making the team strip and paddock displays, as well as the decorated panels that cover the car’s bodywork. The designs created by entrants in previous years have shown great ingenuity, with themes ranging from The Flintstones to a Chinese dragonfly. By the time they get to race day, the pupils and adults involved have already put in a huge amount of preparatory work.

many of whom have been involved from the early days. Rory O’Connor, a teacher at UCTC and a member of the Rotary Club, coordinates the organisation in the months preceding the GP. The cars, helmets etc are paid for by UCTC and local businesses and organisations, while Trifast generously allows the event to take place in their car park. The event always provides an exciting afternoon of racing, so, with fingers crossed for the weather, we’ll see you there. For more information about Rotary, please contact the Secretary on 01825 767167

Safety is key. Drivers must wear helmets, gloves and goggles, and there are pit marshals to ensure that at change-over from one driver to the next, the new driver cannot leave until his/her safety harness is secured. Each race is closely supervised and can be quickly stopped if the need arises. Qualified first aiders from the British Red Cross are in attendance, while participants and spectators are fully insured. Organisation is in the hands of a small group of volunteers,

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ASHDOWN FOREST NEWS About 40 of our Hebridean sheep are now out, grazing on the Forest, at Jumpers Town. They are behind electric fencing (which is on, so don’t try and test it!) and warning notices have been posted at all approaches. More sheep have gone out at a second location. Please go and have a look but dogs on leads please! Also if you see any sheep worrying please let us know fast on 01342 822846.

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News From Ashdown Forest Centre

The Uckfield Singers will be performing their showcase Summer Concert, ‘GOTTA SING’ in the Civic Centre,Uckfield on 27th July at 7.30pm Tickets still only £5.00 from Gale& Woolgar from the 1st July. For more information go to The Charity we will be supporting will be the Macmillan Cancer Support.

We are delighted to announce our new exhibition, ‘The Museum of Curiosity - Artworks by Helen Hockin’ is made up of dark, mysterious and wonderful sculptures, drawings and photographs based on the mythology, archaeology and pre-history of Sussex. Helen has recently been involved with the 400th anniversary commemoration of the Pendle Witch Trials. You can also visit Helen’s blog here www. or find out more about Helen’s involvement with the Lancashire Witch Project here.

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The Uckfield Festival The Big Day is 14th July with events throughout the week.  The Festival Committee have released details of some of the treats. For more details  see Summer of 1913 Saturday 20 July On Saturday July 20th , Uckfield is going to travel back 100 years to celebrate “Summer of 1913.” This ground-breaking event will be an experiment in time travel!  We will take you back to the world of the silent movie, steam trains, of suffragettes and brass bands. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment with period games, dramatic interludes, magic lantern show, Uckfield Concert Brass Band an evening of Olde Time Music Hall and Gilbert and Sullivan.  Take part by coming in costume!  Uckfield’s  Most Talented Friday 12th July 7.30 pm  A live gig featuring some of Uckfield’s amazing talent. Live in the Civic centre and broadcast on Uckfield FM, confirmed acts are: Kevin Dawson, Beth Ellwood, Kathryn Anderson, Barber Taylor & Reed, The Uckfield Singers and Andy Brown, and more to come. See Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival Uckfield hosts its first Blues & Roots festival over the weekend 19th to 21st July 2013. Jo Harman headlines the festival’s first night. Jo is one of the rising stars of the UK blues scene and has just released her long awaited debut album to rave reviews from not only the blues press but music scene in general. She recently supported household names such as Mick Hucknell, Don Maclean and The Cranberries. Organiser Graham Pope says ”it is a real coup to have her play here in Uckfield”. Local band Big Blue will provide support. All profits from this part of the festival go

to Uckfield and Sussex-based charities. UckfieldBluesRootsFestival2013 Festival Club Local performers will provide free entertainment every weekday evening from 6 to 7.30 in the festival Club in the Luxford Lounge - just the place to stop for a drink and relax on the way back from work. Top calibre local performers/ acts already lined up include So Last Century String Band, Mood Swing, and Barber and Taylor Classical Music Lovers of classical music are in for a treat, with lunchtime organ and piano recitals in Holy Cross Church, and an exciting performance by instrumental ensemble Arun Sinfonia, Sunday 21st July.   As ever, the performance arranged by Uckfield Music Club in St. Margaret’s Church, Buxted will be unmissable – this year the Cavaleri String Quartet with Timothy Orpen will play clarinet quintets by Mozart and Brahms. These top young musicians won first prize in several international competitions with Timothy Orpen described by the Times as “a blazing talent.” Uckfield is able to enjoy them thanks to generous sponsorship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. It’s going to be a great week, so get the dates in your diary.

Lions Again Run Life Saving Diabetes Testing One Little Jab Can Save a Life

Uckfield Lions Club again successfully ran its annual Diabetes Testing morning in Uckfield High Street during their Lions Weekend, using a vacant shop unit arranged by one of their regular supporters, local Agent Chris Lawson.

Lion David Skinner, who is a pharmacist, assisted by Pharmacy Technician Kelly Penfold and Nurse Emma Sibley, screened 158 people cajoled off the High Street by a bevy of eager Lions. Whilst most people were within acceptable limits on their readings, 7 patients with readings above 8.1mmol/l were referred to their own doctors for further investigation, as was one patient who

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The Mayor’s Message

It was with the greatest of pleasure Park. But we must not rest on our that I took over the role of Uckfield laurels. We need to be actively Town Mayor from my colleague seeking to move with the times so Councillor, John Carvey, at a Town that the town meets the needs of Council meeting on 20 May. John generations to come. I hope that has worked tirelessly during his I will be able to galvanise all town years in office to encourage the stakeholders into taking up the sense of community that a great challenge to keep your town at town needs if it is to be at ease the forefront of ‘places to visit’ in with itself; I intend to carry out the East Sussex. role in the same vein, and I just As Mayor, I shall be attending ŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐŝƐŶŽƚĨĂƌŽī͘tŚĞƌĞŚĂǀĞƚŚĞůĂƐƚƚǁĞůǀĞŵŽŶƚŚƐŐŽŶĞƚŽ͍dŚĞ:ƵďŝůĞĞĂŶĚKůLJŵƉŝĐƐŚĂǀĞŐŽŶĞ hope that I will be as good at it as ĂŶĚŶŽǁďƵƚĂŵĞŵŽƌLJ͘^ŽŽŶŽƵƌŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐůŝŐŚƚƐǁŝůůďĞƐǁŝƚĐŚĞĚŽŶĂŶĚƌĞŵŝŶĚŝŶŐƵƐ;ŽƌƐŽŵĞŽĨƵƐͿƚŚĂƚ many town functions during my John was. ǁĞŵƵƐƚƐƚĂƌƚŽƵƌŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐƐŚŽƉƉŝŶŐƐŽŽŶĂŶĚƉĞƌŚĂƉƐĞǀĞŶƚŽĚĞĐŝĚĞǁŚĂƚǁĞĂƌĞĚŽŝŶŐĂŶĚǁŚŽŵƚŽ year in office. Perhaps I will meet I hope you will agree with me ƐĞĞŽǀĞƌƚŚĞŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐƌĞĂŬ͘ you at one of the functions. If that we are living in a town that so, please come up to me and tŝůůŝƚƐŶŽǁŽƌǁŝůůŝƚƌĂŝŶ͍/ŶŽƟĐĞĚƚŚĂƚƚŚĞ^ŶŽǁ ,ŝŐŚ^ƚƌĞĞƚǁŝůůƐƟůůŚĂǀĞĂƐĐĂƌďƵƚƚŚĞƌĞƐƚŽĨhĐŬĮĞůĚ has a good vibe about it. We have ^ŚŽǀĞůƐĂƌĞŶŽǁŝŶƚŚĞƐŚŽƉƐƌĞŵŝŶĚŝŶŐƵƐƚŚĂƚǁĞ ǁŝůůůŽŽŬďƌŝŐŚƚĂŶĚĨĞƐƟǀĞǁŝƚŚƚŚĞůŝŐŚƚƐƐŽĐŽŵĞĂůŽŶŐ talk to me about your town – the our own radio station. We have ŵĂLJŐĞƚƐŽŵĞĂǁŬǁĂƌĚǁĞĂƚŚĞƌ͘^ŚŽƵůĚǁĞŐĞƚƐŽŵĞ plaudits as well as the ĂŶĚƐƵƉƉŽƌƚŽƵƌƐŚŽƉƐĂŶĚƚŚĞĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐƚŚĂƚǁŝůůďĞ brickbats! aĞdžƚƌĞŵĞǁĞĂƚŚĞƌƉůĞĂƐĞƌĞŵĞŵďĞƌƚŚŽƐĞŝŶŽƵƌĐŽŵͲ myriad of volunteer groups ƚŚĞƌĞĨŽƌƚŚĞĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ͘ offering a wide variety of activities I hope the sun shines on all of us ŵƵŶŝƚLJǁŚŽĂƌĞǀƵůŶĞƌĂďůĞĂŶĚŵĂLJŶĞĞĚŽƵƌŚĞůƉ͘ ŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐŝƐĂŶĞdžĐŝƟŶŐƟŵĞĨŽƌĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶĂŶĚŝƚƐŚŽƵůĚ this Summer and that you will be and support mechanisms. WůĞĂƐĞƌĞŵĞŵďĞƌƚŚĞůĂƚĞŶŝŐŚƚƐŚŽƉƉŝŶŐĞǀĞŶƚŝŶhĐŬͲ ĂůƐŽďĞĨŽƌĂĚƵůƚƐƐŽůĞƚƵƐŚĂǀĞĂƌĞĂůůLJŐŽŽĚƐĞĂƐŽŶŽĨ Amongst other things, we have able to enjoy Uckfield at its best. ƚŚ ĮĞůĚŽŶ&ƌŝĚĂLJϳ ĞĐĞŵďĞƌ͘^ŚŽƉƐǁŝůůďĞŽƉĞŶƚŽůĂƚĞ ŐŽŽĚǁŝůů͘>ĞƚƵƐďĞŶŝĐĞƚŽĞǀĞƌLJŽŶĞĂŶĚďĞĐŽƵƌƚĞŽƵƐ aĂŶĚƚŚĞƌĞǁŝůůďĞůŽƚƐĨŽƌƚŚĞĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶƚŽƐĞĞĂŶĚĚŽ͘>Ğƚ Festival, a Carnival, beautiful ŽŶƚŚĞƌŽĂĚƐĂŶĚƐƚĂLJƐĂĨĞƐŽĞǀĞƌLJŽŶĞĐĂŶŚĂǀĞĂƌĞĂůůLJ With the very best of wishes Nature Reserves, a Farmers’ ƵƐŚŽƉĞĨŽƌĨĂŝƌǁĞĂƚŚĞƌƚŚĂƚĞǀĞŶŝŶŐĂŶĚŶŽƌĂŝŶ͘dŚĞ ŚĂƉƉLJŚƌŝƐƚŵĂƐ͘ Market, and a thriving Business Cllr. Ian Smith

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The Deputy Mayor’s Message

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It is a great honour to represent Uckfield as Deputy Mayor as it is a town that I feel very content to live in. I have lived here since 1988, but, it is the continuity of community and facilities that makes it a successful home for its residents. To have areas like Hempstead Meadows & West Park Nature Reserves, the Millenium Green, Views Wood, Boothland Wood & Lake Wood is amazing for a town of our size. There are also normal parks and recreation grounds, but, it’s not all about green spaces though. We have swimming and gym facilities and, from the summer, an All Weather Pitch giving other dŽĂĚǀĞƌƟƐĞĐĂůůϬϭϴϮϱϳϬϱϬϲϲŽƌĞͲŵĂŝůĂĚǀĞƌƚƐΛƵĐŬĮĞůĚŵĂƩĞƌƐ͘ĐŽ͘ƵŬ

sport & leisure options. The cinema, shopping, eating and drinking out are also great for a small town. What can we do with all the facilities? I would love to see more involvement in community activities by those who have time available. We may be past doing some of the sports, but why not help out at an event that you used to be involved in? It helps the organisers, the participants and should give pleasure to you also. Supporting Uckfield’s other facilities & businesses where possible, is something else we can all do to help keep Uckfield the great place it is. Cllr. Jeremy Hallett

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UCKFIELD TOWN COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2013 - 2014 GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE (9) (Reports to Full Council) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Cllr. J. Carvey Cllr. M. Rowland Cllr. L. Eastwood Cllr. S. Hall Cllr. M. Harker Cllr. B. Marsh Cllr. J. Molesworth-Edwards Cllr. I. Smith Cllr. A. Whittaker

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE COMMITTEE (9) (Reports to Full Council) Chairman Vice-chairman

PLANS COMMITTEE (7) (Reports to Full Council) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Cllr. A Whittaker Cllr. S. Bryant Cllr. J. Collins Cllr. L. Eastwood Cllr. H. Firth Cllr. J. Hallett Cllr. M. Harker Cllr. T. Rumbelow Cllr. I. Smith

Chairman Vice-chairman

FINANCE SUB-COMMITTEE (5) (Reports to General Purposes Committee)

Cllr. L. Eastwood Cllr. T. Rumbelow Cllr. B. Marsh Cllr. J. Molesworth-Edwards Cllr. M. Rowland Cllr. P. Sparks

Chairman Vice-chairman

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Cllr. J. Hallett Cllr. M. Harker Cllr. J. Carvey Cllr. B. Marsh Cllr. I Smith

Chairman Vice-chairman

PERSONNEL SUB-COMMITTEE (5) (Reports to General Purposes Committee)

NEWSLETTER EDITORIAL (3) (Reports to General Purposes Committee)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

1. 2. 3.

Cllr. H. Firth Cllr. J. Carvey Cllr. S. Bryant Cllr. L. Eastwood Cllr. A Whittaker

Chairman Vice-chairman

Cllr. J. Carvey Cllr. J. Collins Cllr. L. Eastwood

Thank you Uckfield Town Council Road Safety Committee would like to thank all the under mentioned organisations for supporting this event.

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Waitrose Uckfield FM Seetyres East Sussex Highways Southern Railway Sussex Police British Transport Police

• East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service • Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council • Adrian Vaughan, Tinkers Park Steam Traction Engine • Steve Ashby, Andrew Randall, Tony Tester, & Tim Ralph for bringing Veteran & Vintage Cars




Organisation Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee


Cllr. I. Smith

Informal Wealden line Steering Group


Cllr. J. Carvey

Police Joint Action Group


Cllr. J. Molesworth-Edwards

West Park L.N.R.


Cllr. S. Bryant, J. Carvey and A. Whittaker

Hempstead Meadows L.N.R


Cllrs. S. Bryant, J. Hallett and A. Whittaker

Uckfield and District Twinning Association


Cllr. I Smith

Age Concern


Cllr. M. Rowland

Luxford Centre Management Committee


Cllr. T. Rumbelow

Uck Valley Flood Forum


Cllr. M. Harker

All Weather Pitch for Uckfield


Cllrs. J. Hallett and I. Smith


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Uckfield Volunteer and Information Centre


Cllr. J. Carvey

Citizens Advice Bureau


Cllr. J. Carvey

Ridgewood Village Hall Management Committee


Cllr. M. Harker

Preservation Society - Bridge Cottage Committee


WDALC – Management Committee


TBC Cllrs. H. Firth and J. Molesworth-Edwards Cllr. J. Molesworth-Edwards

WDALC – Planning Panel


Cllr. H. Firth

Wealden Association of Local Councils (WDALC)

These representatives will also be the Town Council’s representatives on the parent group. Cllrs. B. Marsh and Sussex Association of Local Councils 1 J. Molesworth-Edwards Emergency Planning Co-ordinators 2 Cllr. L. Eastwood and Cllr. M. Rowland.


New Countryside Ranger My name is Matt Deering and I started working for the Council on April 29th as Countryside Ranger. So far I have very much enjoyed my new role and have been familiarising myself with Uckfield’s Local Nature Reserves and green spaces. I have been working in the conservation field since around 1999. This has included a range of both voluntary and paid work. Previous experience includes working for Horsham District Council as a countryside warden, Hastings Borough Council as a park ranger and Sussex Wildlife Trust as a green space development officer. I am now looking forward to my

new role, which among other duties will include helping to keep the sites tidy and free from litter; preserving wildlife and trying where possible to increase biodiversity and people’s appreciation of our green spaces. I am hoping to build on all the good work that has previously been carried out by working with local community /interest groups and organising practical working parties that can get actively involved in the running of the nature reserves and green spaces. I am also available to deliver environmental education and talks to interested groups, schools or educational groups. If you would like to find out more please feel free to contact me.

Photo: Ron Hill ©


Matt Deering Countryside Ranger Mobile: 07759291021

Uckfield Town Council Calendar Competition 2014 Entry forms available now! The Uckfield 2014 Calendar will be delivered to every home in the Town at the beginning of December 2013. The competition to find the 12 pictures to be featured in the calendar, showing “Uckfield at work, rest and play” runs from 1st January 2013 to 31st July 2013 - Which means you have plenty of time to take and enter your photographs. The competition is open to amateur photographers of all ages who live within the Town. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity, strong composition. Please note that portraits of people or close up nature shots will not be accepted. Winners will receive a £15 book token and see their pictures used in the Uckfield 2014 Calendar. Entry forms available from the Town Council Offices or by downloading them from the Town Council website Entries should be sent By post to: Uckfield 2014 Competition Uckfield Town Council Civic Centre Uckfield TN22 1AE or By email to:



Up and Coming Council Committee Meetings July 8th – Full Council 15th – Plans 22nd – Environment and Leisure 29th – General Purposes

August 5th – Plans 19th – Full Council 28th - Plans

Agendas are posted on the Town Council website www.uckfieldtc. in PDF format, and are also posted on notice boards throughout the Town. Minutes of all meetings will be available as “draft” copies until ratified by the relevant committee at their next meeting. Full Council agendas and minutes can also be seen at the Uckfield Library. All Council and committee meetings are open to members of the public, who are allowed to speak, on the items on the agenda, at the discretion of the Chairman.Meetings are held in the Council Chamber on the first floor of Uckfield Civic Centre and start at 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated). If you wish to ask a question at a meeting, on the 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 in the first instance. If you would like to be sent copies of agendas or minutes for Council or committee meetings or to submit a question please email or call the Council offices Tel: 01825 762774.

Are you in a voluntary organisation that could do with a little financial help? Each year, in the Autumn, the Town Council has a small pot of money from which it can award grants to help deserving and qualify­ ing town organisations provide their invalu­able service.

Photo: Ron Hill ©

This article is to alert you/your organisation to the process and to advise that an application for a grant must be submitted by Wednesday 28th August. Application forms and qualifying terms are available now and can be found on the Town Council website, by emailing or can be collected from the Council offices in the Civic Centre.

“The Town Council welcomes its newest Member, Cllr. Paul Sparks.” “Cllr. Sparks was elected unopposed to North Ward following the resignation of former Cllr. Duncan Bennett.”

If you are dedicated follower of Facebook, why not follow the Town Council by ‘liking’ us, this will keep you up to date on Town Council news.



T he month that was Pictures by Ron Hill


Gwelda Swindells, Secretary; Police Community Support Officer Chris Cooley; Jill Sampson, Chairperson; and Alan Baisden, Treasurer of the East Sussex Association of the blind and partially sighted people (Uckfield Social Group) receiving a cheque for £300.00 from the Police Property Act Fund to go toward the summer and Christmas lunches.

Rocks Park Primary School dodged the showers to hold their annual Sports Day on the last day of term 5. Activities included an obstacle assault course, Tri Golf skills, bean bag pick-up and an optional cross country for Key Stage 2 pupils. In the afternoon, there were relay races, skipping and sprint finals. This year’s winners were the blue team, closely followed by the yellow team. In third place were the red team and in fourth place the greens.

There were arena events, stalls and side shows, refreshments, tombola and raffle, cakes and games and some amazing ‘welly throwing’ at the Uckfield & District Lions Fete as well as musical entertainment by The Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

Uckfield Mayor Cllr. Ian Smith presented a cheque from Uckfield Lions for £742.00 to Sharon Beesley of the UPE to pay for T-shirts and hoodies that they will be wearing at parades, fetes and events.

Oliver Bennett received head injuries four years ago and was left needing 24-hour care after he was hit by a van while walking home from his birthday night out. After months in Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre, Oliver was moved to the Chaseley Trust home in Eastbourne.  But now after lots of hard work and fundraising, his family welcomed him back to their Uckfield home.

After losing 33lbs on Uckfield’s Biggest Loser Uckfield FM’s Breakfast Show host Gary King completed a 5k run at the Little Horsted Family Fun Run in May. What’s more, he did the run and raised money for Diabetes UK, a charity close to his heart as his eldest son Thomas has had Type one Diabetes since he was 6 years old.

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Uckfield Art Group Uckfield’s Sports Summer Exhibition & Leisure Forum Uckfield Art Group Summer Exhibition will take place on Saturday 20th July. It is the last weekend of the Uckfield Festival and is open 10am - 4pm. On display will be original paintings, drawings and unique greeting cards. Children can create something special to take home on the Craft Table while you relax with delicious homemade cake and liquid refreshment! Vote for your favourite picture and take part in the amazing Picture Raffle to win your favourite image! Look out for the Theme Corner – ‘Transport’ this time. There is plenty of free parking and free entry; Luxford Centre, Library Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AR All welcome! For more information contact Annie on 01825 765021

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Uckfield’s Sports & Leisure Forum met with representatives from several clubs, societies & organisations that provide sports and leisure activities for Uckfield residents. The Forum gives an opportunity to share information, organise events and help plan for future needs. The Town Council is also represented as they also need to plan for their own facilities and any support they might wish to give to sports & leisure in Uckfield, Anyone interested in returning to sports or leisure activities can make themselves known to Councillors Sam Bryant on 01825 763277 or Councillor Jeremy Hallett on 07546 966378 or e-mail sambryant71@ /, they will be pleased to find other like-minded people/ organisations. The next meeting is to take place at AFC Uckfield’s ground on the 15th July so any Uckfield Sports & Leisure organisation interested in attending should also make contact please

Friday 19th July; 3 – 9pm; Saturday 20th July 9am – 7pm Uckfield Civic Centre, Luxford Centre and Bridge Cottage The perfect opportunity to enjoy a showcase of local creative talent and all under one roof! In its eighth year, the Uckfield Art Trail promises another vibrant display of art located in the Civic Centre. As always, there is something to suit everyone, from acrylics, oils and photography to textiles and ceramics. Our artists range from amateurs to professionals – and we will be showcasing work from some local Primary Schools. Meet our artists, organizers and sponsors at our Launch Party, 7 - 9pm on Friday 19th July at the Civic Centre. During the weekend we will be offering a variety of demonstrations from some of our artists including Barry West. The original watercolour of ‘The Uckfield Picture House’ will also be raffled. On Saturday, the Uckfield Art Group will be exhibiting in the Luxford Centre from 10-4pm and Bridge Cottage will be exhibiting a variety of artists work too, on Friday and Saturday from 9 – 5pm. Free admission.

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Soliciting some Answers! It occurred to me recently that I don’t have a solicitor – and really should have. I decided to ask local solicitor Sarah Edmunds some pertinent questions; here are her answers. I hope they help you as much as they have me. Editor Uckfield Matters (UM): Do most solicitors specialise – ie deal only with probating wills; or specifically defend criminals; or only with corporate legalities? It has always been the case that most solicitors practice either criminal or civil law. These days most specialise in one or two areas – such as property and wills, or commercial and employment law. There are so many laws and legal procedures in place, constantly changing, that it would be impossible to keep up to date with everything all of the time As such, those who specialise tend to have excellent knowledge of their area. UM: How should I choose a solicitor? What should I look for? When choosing a solicitor ALWAYS choose someone you trust and have confidence in. Since starting in the legal profession I have noticed that people’s needs and demands have changed greatly. I set up my practice on the basis that, as a qualified solicitor, my clients expect me to know what I’m talking about. However, most people do not expect a great service – and they should! It is not difficult to make people happy if you are flexible. This means we should be easy to get hold of, be available at times which are convenient for our clients and do our job in a timely, efficient and cost- effective fashion. I always say that speak to 2 or 3 solicitors

before making a decision – choose the one you trust and manage to strike up a rapport with. My top tip is not to base your decision purely on costs. UM: Is it likely that I will need a solicitor at least once in my life? Absolutely. If you buy or sell a property you need a solicitor. If you have any assets or children you will need a solicitor to help you make a will. If you own a business or employ people you will need a solicitor. If a family member passes away, or loses their capacity, you are likely to need a solicitor to help. Everyone over the age of 18 will need a solicitor at some point in their life. Don’t be intimidated and don’t put it off – most of us really are quite normal and down to earth – and we do have a sense of humour!! UM: What made you choose law as a profession? I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from the age of 6. I met a lawyer who was really great at telling stories! I wanted to be able to tell a great tale too! The reason I started my business is because I am genuinely enthusiastic about helping people during stressful times of their lives. So many people told me that I was the last person they would expect to see as a lawyer- I take this as a compliment! I have a completely different approach to providing legal services and am now able to implement all of the valuable ideas that had been put aside by previous employers.

Thursday 18 July 2013

Uckfield Music Club Summer Concert in association with the Uckfield Festival The Cavaleri String Quartet, honoured by sponsorship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust  and Timothy Orpen, Clarinet, hailed by the Times as ‘a blazing talent’ - playing Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’ Quartet, and the great Clarinet Quintets of Mozart and Brahms. St Margaret’s Church, Buxted Park, 7.30pm. Ticket on door £12, students £2, accompanied children free. 01825 712553. Please mention UCKFIELD MATTERS when responding to adverts


What’s On July Saturday 6th

Uckfield Bonfire & Carnival Monday 8th

0:30am Uckfield Hard of Hearing Meeting, Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre Monday 8th

7:30pm Sussex Family History Group, Luxford Day Centre: Steve Cordery: Ten Things to do with Your Electronic Family Tree Saturday 13th 2-5:30

Fairwarp Village Fete, Village Green Sunday 14th All Day

Uckfield Festival Opens Thursday 18th 7:30pm

Uckfield Music Club Concert with clarinetest Timothy Orpen; St. Margaret’s Church, Buxted Park Friday-Sunday, 19th – 21st

Blues & Roots Festival (see website for specifics) Saturday 20th

Uckfield Festival Event: Summer of 1913 Saturday 20th 10am-4pm

Uckfield Art Group Summer Exhibition, Luxford Centre Saturday 27th 7:30pm

Uckfield Singers Summer Concert: ‘Gotta Sing’; Civic Centre. Tickets are still only £5.00 and can be obtainedfrom Gale and Woolgar, from 1st July. 2012-13 304

Support With Confidence

A new scheme to approve local providers of care and support services We are welcoming applications from: Ǯ Personal Assistants

For businesses you can trust, use the East Sussex County Council Trading Standards Buy With Confidence scheme.

Ǯ Cleaning and household services Ǯ Meal preparation and cooking in the home Ǯ Home maintenance and garden services Ǯ Community equipment providers, and Ǯ Any support services within the home.

To find out about joining please call Trading Standards on 01323 463440, email: or visit:

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For a FREE B.W.C directory call: 01323 463440 To find Approved Traders, visit: buywithconfidence

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accountant Dixon & Company 4 Approved Traders Trading Standards 21 Care Homes Hurstwood View Care Home 23 Childcare Claire Bears Childcare 7 Commercial Property Lawson Commercial 3 Insurance Horlock Holdcroft 10 Cleaning The Oven Man 7 Just Carpets 22 Mr Clean 18 Dog Grooming/Walking Adams Dog Walking 22 Paws 7 Electricians Eagle Electrics 6 G&J Electrical 18 SR Electrical 4 Energy Experts Paynes 2 Funerals Fuller & Scott 8

Gardening Services A2Z Gardening Services


R W Green


Letting Agent Martin & Co.


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Music Lessons Viola/Violin Sundari Heller 18 Phil Edwards Saxophone


Memorials Derek Tourle Memorial Masons


Naturopath Brigitte de Diepold


Paving CAM Paving


Photography Philip Wheeler


Plumbing & Bathrooms PE Bathroom Installation 19 Plumbing Solutions




Removals Roy Ranger


Solicitors Sarah Edmunds Legal


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The Manor Park & Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association

The Big Lunch 2013 Combine glorious sunshine, a family picnic and things for the kids to do and you have all the ingredients for a fabulous day. Over 100 people did that at the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association ‘Big Lunch’ on Sunday. Hosted by the Uckfield Rugby Club on their field at Nevill Road, families from all over the two developments came together for a community picnic. Children were entertained by a face painter, bouncy castle, a beat the goalie competition and cakes – all free! Dog owners were encouraged to come along and their pets were given their own free party bag complete with biscuits, poo bags (!) and information on responsible dog ownership. Active Sussex part-funded the event with a grant of £300. As yet the Association, which was formed last November, hasn’t decided on a logo and so to help them with this, children from the local Manor Primary School were asked to submit their ideas. Around 100 entries were received and the winners were announced at the Lunch. More photos of the event can be found on the Association’s Facebook page ManorParkResAssoc

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The Residents’ Association is still recruiting members, if you are interested in joining please email peter. or visit the Association’s website

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Hurstwood View Care Home is proud to announce the launch of a stunning new assisted living development consisting of 15 luxury one and two bedroom apartments. This exclusive development offers luxury living for those who want to keep their independence with the reassurance of knowing that help is at hand. You can enjoy a beautiful home and garden without the worry of maintenance, in the company of likeminded neighbours and with the reassurance that there are on-site carers 24 hours a day. Large sitting room | Modern kitchen | Stylish bathroom | One or two bedrooms with en-suite

The apartments are a stone’s throw away from Hurstwood View Care Home, which provides first-class nursing and dementia care.

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