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Welcome to November’s Issue Isn’t it extraordinary how quickly the days shorten? I measured an entire hour difference over only 4 days. But it’s an exciting time of year, with Hallowe’en, then Bonfire Night and the final gallop to Christmas. Lots to do, like tidying up the garden BUT please make sure you leave some wild areas for hedgehogs and insects to overwinter; nature in her native state isn’t tidy! I’d still like to feature the best (scariest!) Hallowe’en costumes if you send photos in by November 15th. The creepier, the better!! We have late night shopping early in December; this is an important time for our local shops to really push the boat out and end the year on a high, so Buy Locally. Do take a few minutes to visit the two “reborn” shops on the High Street – they’re very welcome additions to our shopping choices. Let’s have an exciting and safe Bonfire Night! Meanwhile, who’s for a cup of cocoa and a sitdown to read the latest U.M.!


YoU! Age Concern (Uckfield) needs YoU – that is if you are a driver with your own car. Uckfield’s older residents need help with transport to hospital and dental appointments and shopping within Uckfield. Do you have a few hours you can contribute? Help towards your petrol cost is provided. If you are elderly and need transport for a hospital or dental appointment or need help to go shopping in Uckfield contact June Leaman (01825) 764138 or Fiona Stein (01825) 765074.

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Brighter Uckfield Door to Door Sellers Rotary Club Uckfield Singers HURRAH For Hight Street Scythe Does Matter The Uckfield Voice Classic Lions Meet Classic Cars Uckfield & District Lions Club That Was The Month That Was Festival of Christmas Trees Uckfield Art Group Autumn exhibition Upcoming events November

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BRIGHTER UCKFIELD Brighter Uckfield, the voluntary group that helps keep Uckfield clean and tidy and enhances Uckfield’s environment has planted up a bed near the entrance to the railway station with heathers and other plants. TLC will also be applied to the bed at the back of the station carpark in the form of pruning and weeding. Permission was obtained from Southern Rail to carry out this work so when passengers use the station they will have a pleasant area to see. The Uckfield Singers very kindly donated money to Brighter Uckfield to place a planter near the shops on Manor Park. We thank all their members for their generous donation. We are in the process of organising this and a plaque will be placed on the planter recognising Uckfield Singers’ donation. We were successful in our application for a grant from the Town Council and we thank them very much for this, enabling us to enhance the environment of Uckfield. The winter bedding is now in place in the planters under the Uckfield Town signs as you enter from Framfield Road, eastbourne Road, Bell Farm Road, and Ringles Cross. The daffodils and tulips which were underplanted last year will come up again during the spring. Thank you to the volunteers, who watered the summer bedding. If you are able to help with watering and weeding a planter, we would be very grateful. We are particularly short on volunteers at Ringles Cross. The more people available, the easier it is when people are on holiday etc. Tele: 764287. our volunteers will be out on Sunday morning from 9am picking up litter and weeding around the town. If you wish to help, go along to the High Street and speak to the people in yellow jackets. Remember, if there is an area that you feel could benefit from a little TLC, please let us know – Tele: 764287.




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Rotary News

As promised, here are some details of the two events being organised jointly by Rotary and Inner Wheel later this month. The first is ‘An evening of Wine’, in the Luxford Centre on Saturday 16 November. There will be a talk on wine, exploring such issues as whether your enjoyment of a wine increases if you are told it is more expensive. of course not, you say, but you may be surprised. There will be wine tasting and a quiz, and an opportunity to buy wines you have tasted during the evening that have taken your fancy. The cost is ÂŁ12.00, which includes a Ploughman’s Supper and the wines you will be tasting. There will also be a licensed bar. We are grateful to Noble Wines in Uckfield for sponsoring this event. our next Cookery Demonstration, led by Ian Dowding,

One Year On! The Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association will be celebrating its first birthday on 7th November at its first Annual General Meeting. The meeting, which is being held at 7pm in the lower hall at Manor Primary School in Downsview Crescent, will also see the launch of the Association’s ‘Surgery Car Service’.

is on 27 November, also in the Luxford Centre, this time at 2-00 pm. The cost is £12.00, including tea and cake. Prizes in the raffle will include dishes demonstrated during the show. Tickets for the evening of Wine can be obtained by ringing 01825 763877, and for the cookery demonstration from 01825 763977 (two separate people, even if the numbers only differ by one digit) or from the number below. Proceeds from both events will be split between this year’s Rotary charity, the Children’s Respite Trust, and that supported by the Inner Wheel, Sussex Air Ambulance. For more information on these events, or any other matters to do with the Rotary Club, please ring 01825 767167.

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Two of our High Street’s well-known shops have been given a new lease of life! The first, known for many years as Floral Designs, soon will see the transformation into Miss Bloomsbury. Purchased in July by Jenny Slater and her husband, Miss Bloomsbury is the third shop of their chain which include Lewes and eastbourne. Because they wholesale and even directly import the flowers they want, Miss Bloomsbury shops can guarantee a whole new level of health and quality as well as the more unusual. Jenny’s 30 years of experience in the florist business is invaluable, enabling her to answer virtually any question a customer can pose. Just across the street is Josefina, a treasure trove of goodies! The new owner Louise Beard has a passion – a passion for painted furniture! And more especially, chalk paint. Louise is the sole distributor for a 15-mile radius, of Autentico, a range of 120 gorgeous colours. She has replaced the range of clothing with homeware gifts and instituted Gift Vouchers, especially useful with Christmas looming. Her plans include closing for a week for a major redecoration at the end of January, while next year there will be paint effect workshops – stencilling, decoupage and more. Kids can enjoy decorating too, with workshops in the school holidays. We wish them all the very best in their new endeavours.

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The Uckfield Singers and the French Singers would like to thank Holy Cross Church for hosting their concert. It was a great success and the party afterwards was such fun they have asked us back next May to return the compliment. We raised £332.43 for the vicar’s retiring collection. our next concert will be with the Brass Band in the Civic Centre, Uckfield on the 15th December in the evening; details will follow.

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES CHRISTMAS SHOP – NEW LOCATION The Cards for Good Causes Christmas shop in Uckfield will be at a new location at 2A Church Street and until Wednesday December 18th . our friendly and helpful volunteers will be there to serve you Monday to Saturday, from 10 until 4 o’clock, selling cards on behalf of more than 30 charities. Also selling Advent calendars, stocking fillers and everything you need to wrap your presents. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our new shop. Look out for the red triangular Santa sign! Further information about Cards for Good Causes can be found on

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Scythe Does Matter

Mark is scything bracken at West Park Nature Reserve Uckfield as a method of conservation weed control, finding this method more environmentally friendly than the usual strimmer. The scythe is quicker, lighter to use, cutting cleaner through the plant stem and leaving the weeds in rows for easier collection. Strimmers uses petrol and creates a rough, messy cut, spreading the weed debris more randomly.

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Mark uses both Turk and Austrian scythes, with blades of 500 cm, 750 cm, or a metre in length. He started scything as a youngster, cutting headlands of fields as a farm worker in West Sussex. Later the skill was used to cut waterway and lake banks for conservation as part of his work on an Ashdown Forest country park estate. He presently uses the skill to help with the maintenance of Uckfield Nature Reserve.

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Mark Moore of Framfield has worked for Uckfield Town Council Grounds Department as Groundsman for 8 years, and has been Head Groundsman since 2008, using the old country farming skill of scything.

Today, scything is undergoing a renaissance. Local authorities, stately homes, allotments and home gardeners are increasingly using the lightweight Austrian scythe as a zero-carbon alternative to managing weeds and grass. Scythes are even being used to cut lawns to promote bio-diversity and to keep traditional crafts alive. Scything may seem like an antiquated method of harvest and weed control, but improved tools and a growing desire in many to be more eco-friendly is reviving the old technique. This year Mark has demonstrated hay cutting by scythe at Plumpton Agricultural College and wheat cutting by scythe at a vintage country show. He competed in The John French Scything Competition

at Battle, placing him 2nd in the 100 square metre pairs class, 1st in 25 square metre class and overall competition winner. This summer Mark and his brother Gary, also a scything competition winner, were privileged to be invited to cut the wildflower meadow at Highgrove House, Prince Charles’ estate, alongside top scythers from all over the country. The aims of the wildflower meadow at Highgrove House are to support wildlife and create a better biodiverse environment. The scythe is ideal for improving reseeding of wildflowers, allowing the flower seeds to drop into the soil more naturally, aiding the seasonal flowering cycle and leaving the remaining ripe plant material in rows to be turned and harvested as hay. Mark says “Although scything is, in the long run, much safer than using machines, you are still in charge of a big, sharp blade. If your first reaction to this was to think, “I’d cut my foot off if I tried that,” don’t worry, you’re very unlikely to cut your own foot off, but this is not the case with other people’s feet - you have to make sure you know where the people around you are at all times when using a scythe. You’re most likely to hurt yourself when handling the blade: putting it on and off the snath (handle), or sharpening”.

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The Mayor’s Message November already! 2013 has flown by!!

The Town Council is presently in the process of preparing its budget for 2014/5. This task is all the more difficult this time around because there is no certainty over the contribution towards running costs that the Town Council receives from Wealden District Council. However, there are indications that it will be less than last year.

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The next edition of this publication is due out in early December. At that time the town’s Late Night Shopping event will be about to happen (6 December). Please make every effort to attend and support your local shops. Also, the town’s Christmas street lights will have been switched on; I can proudly say that our lights funded by the Town Council with the considerable help of the Chamber of Commerce - are widely-regarded as the best in Wealden!

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

Best wishes! Ian Smith


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When we reach 100 “followers” and 100 “likers” we will pick a winner from our new Facebook “likes” and Twitter “followers” to receive a voucher for a free coffee/tea and cake special for two! So be sure to “like” us and “follow” us to be kept up to date with goings on and don’t forget to “share” and “retweet” the posts with your friends!


Up and Coming Council Committee Meetings Photo: Ron Hill ©

Agendas are posted on the Town Council website 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

at the Uckfield Library.


All Council and committee meetings are open to

This year’s UTC calendar competition saw a record number

members of the public, who are allowed to speak,

of entries.

on the items on the agenda, at the discretion of

With forty entries this year, the judges had an interesting and

their next meeting. Full Council agendas and minutes can also be seen

the Chairman.

very difficult time choosing the twelve winners. The Judges

Meetings are held in the Council Chamber on

were Uckfield Town Mayor, Ian Smith; Uckfield’s very own

the first floor of Uckfield Civic Centre and start at

photographer Ron Hill; representing the Sussex Photography

7.30pm (unless otherwise stated). If you wish to

Federation, Paul Dunmail; and Uckfield Town Council Clerk,

ask a question at a meeting, on the items on the

Ashley Serpis.

agenda, it is advisable to submit your question

The judges commented on the professionalism shown by the

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 admin@ or call the Council offices Tel: 01825 762774.


amateur photographers and the difficulty in choosing from such a wide range of pictures. However, they did manage to narrow down the entries to the twelve finalists.

The winners for each month were........ January: Gavin Rainbow - Snow on Hempstead Field February: Nicole Rainbow - Spire in the Snow March: Sue Garland - Bright and Frosty Morning (WPLNR) April: Nicole Rainbow - Gateway Through Time May: Sue Parris - Walking in Lakewoods June: Martin Bamford - And its off to work we go

11th – Full Council

July: Jean Hare - Uckfield Festival

18th – Plans

September: Donna French - Carnival Fireworks from Luxfords Field

25th – environment and Leisure

December 2nd – General Purposes 9th – Budgets

August: Sue Parris - Its been hard work! Framfield Road Allotments October: Gavin Rainbow - Autumnal elizabeth Gardens November: Jean Hare - Snow does not stop the mail! December: John Moar - Christmas Lights The winners attended a special awards ceremony at the Civic Centre on Monday September 30th. The calendars themselves will be delivered to households in Uckfield the first week of December. 15

Have your spectacular Christmas party at Luxfords. The Christmas menu will be available between Monday 2nd and Monday 23rd December between 11.30am - 2.30pm (Pre-booking is essential) book now for your club, business, organisation or even a few family and friends. Parties of 20 or more can book a private room for lunch or dinner. So why wait? A copy of our Christmas menu and Booking form is available from Luxfords so pop in and discuss your party today. For more information please call Luxfords on: The restaurant will be open after Christmas on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st December from 10am - 3pm (last food order at 2pm)

~ Starters ~ Home made Soup of the day (v)  Fresh figs and gorgonzola salad (v)  Prawn cocktail  Truffle and Cranberry PÂtÉ

~ Main Course ~ Roast Turkey with stuffing, pigs in blankets and roast potatoes  Loin of pork with apple and calvados sauce and roast potatoes  poached salmon in a lemon and dill sauce and new potatoes  Vegetable wellington and new potatoes (v)

~ Desserts ~ Traditional Christmas pudding served with brandy butter  Sherry trifle  Tarte au citron with cream  Chocolate mint cake with cream  Cheese and biscuits

~ Coffee ~ Complimentary Coffee and Mince pie

Two Courses - £14.75 Three Courses - £18.50

Sheep grazing at West Park Local Nature Reserve West Park LNR is owned by Uckfield Town Council and is designated as a Local Nature Reserve. This means that although it is a public access greenspace that people can enjoy, it is primarily managed to benefit wildlife and help increase biodiversity. Conservation grazing helps to maintain and increase the biodiversity of many different habitats, from natural or semi-natural grasslands, heathlands and wood pasture, through to wetlands. The practice has also been shown to be beneficial in restoring and maintaining grassland and heathland ecosystems. The level of grazing will depend on the goal of conservation, and different levels of grazing, alongside other conservation practices, can be used to encourage specific species of flora and fauna. Conservation grazing is generally less intensive than practices such as commercial grazing or managed burning.



The Hebridean is a breed of small black sheep from Scotland which often has two pairs of horns. It is similar to other members of the Northern European short-tailed sheep group, having a short, triangular tail. Modern Hebrideans have black, rather coarse wool, which fades to brown in the sun and often becomes grey with age. They are considerably smaller than most other breeds of sheep. Hebrideans are hardy and able to thrive on rough grazing, and so are often used as conservation grazing animals to maintain natural grassland or heathland habitats. They are particularly effective at scrub control, having a strong preference for browsing. The Soay sheep is a very old breed, descended from a feral population on the small island of Soay in the, off the Western Isles of Scotland. It is believed to be a survivor of the earliest domesticated sheep kept in northern Europe, and it remains physically similar to the wild ancestors of domestic sheep. It is much smaller

The reserve had ten rams on loan from Sussex Wildlife Trust from the end of September through to midOctober. Herdwicks are a domestic breed native to the Lake District of Cumbria. The name “Herdwick� comes from the Old Norse herdvyck, meaning sheep pasture. This breed is prized for its robust health, ability to live solely on forage, and tendency to be territorial and not to stray over the difficult upland terrain of the Lake District. Herdwick wool has unique properties, having thick bristle-type fibres which protrude from garments to form protective barrier-layer in blizzards. 18


and hardier than modern domesticated sheep, and is extraordinarily agile. Soays may be solid black or brown, or more often blonde or dark brown with buffish-white underbelly and rump.

volunteering, please feel free

If you would like to get involved and find out more about conservation

Office:01825 747794

to contact me, or just come and say hello if you see me around the reserve. Matt Deering Countryside Ranger Mobile:07759 291021

All Weather Pitch and Multi Use Games Area

As many people will have seen, the “grass” has been laid at the Community College. The rubber crumb, which is the equivalent of 150 tons of soil between the grass, is due to be going down as this item goes to press. We hope that the pitch will be available for use during the school holidays later this month. Other people will be aware of the new Multi Use Games Area being constructed at the New Barn area of Victoria

Pleasure Ground. This is also nearing completion as we go to press and together these two facilities will give people new, and different, leisure facilities at both ends of the town which can be used all year round. Any local people who would like to use the All Weather pitch should please telephone Freedom Leisure on 761160 as clubs have shown a lot of interest and we’d like to encourage smaller groups to use the pitch also.


For every child who dreams about Father Christmas creeping down their chimney to fill their stockings with magical gifts on Christmas Eve the chance to meet the man in person is just too great an opportunity to miss. Children of all ages will be enchanted as Father Christmas visits the Civic Centre’s most magical grotto on Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st December from 10am-12noon. Every child who comes to see him will receive a present! Tickets: £2 each with profits going to Demelza Children's Hospice and Chestnut Tree House. Tickets available on the day or pop in to the Civic Centre anytime. Luxfords will be offering Christmas lunch menus and special coffee and cake promotion.


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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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Classic Lions meet Classic Cars

This year’s Lion’s 2013 Tenth Annual Classic Car Run on Sunday the 29th September was an unmitigated success. After the appalling weather in 2012, prayers were answered when it dawned dry and sunny, and stayed that way for the whole day. Any worries the organizing Lions had weren’t in respect of numbers attending. By a fortnight beforehand they had over 80 committed entries, with many owners holding back until the end of the week - classic car owners prefer not to take them out in the rain if it can be avoided! With 142 cars registered for the event, 139 cars eventually arrived at The Halfway House for the lunch! Meeting at 10am to celebrate the 10th anniversary, the start was at the eponymous Crosthwaite & Gardiner works at Buxted for a pre-run visit to see the replica cars being built. Then a pictorial 30-mile run around the Sussex countryside to finish at the Halfway House Inn at Uckfield. Staff had the field open, everything ready and by six in the morning there were two pigs roasting on spits. By the time the first cars arrived shortly before 12 noon the Lions working party had signs and banners up, chairs and tables set out and the Lions ladies had the servery under control.

Entries ranged in over 86 years from an old BSA Three Wheeler, a MG VA prototype built for the 1936 Motor Show, a prewar Stutz, numerous Jaguars, MGs, Scimitars, Minis, various Fords and even VW campervans up to relatively modern Ferraris, Cougars and Porsches. The highlight was a genuine modern American Ford Stealth Interceptor police car built specially and only available to US police forces, originating from Claire City, Michigan, powered by a V8 4.6l Raptor engine capable of reaching 60mph in 8.4 seconds! Its owners even had a special Home Office permit to maintain the full police decals, flashing lights and other accoutrements! Photos of some of the cars will shortly be on view on the Uckfield Lions Website. The success of the day was such that the Lions were still calculating the income when this was being written, however were able to announce that with entry fees, raffle and donations the income exceeded all expectations and as a result rather than donating a proportion of the income to specific charities, they were donating 25% of the profit plus an additional £1,000 to the principal charity they had named, The Hospice in the Weald, in memory of John Gardiner. The remaining 75% will be divided between various other causes the Lions support.

282 lunches were sold and clients were not disappointed!! Even with that, it was difficult to drag many of the men away from the lines of cars in the field!

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Holy Cross CE Primary School

Tel: 01825 762336 th th 9.30-10.30am Wed 13 & Tues 26 November th 9.30-10.30am Thursday 9 January Please ring to confirm your attendance

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St Marks CE Primary School 9.15am Friday 8th November Family Assembly @ St Marks Church followed by tours of the school

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Uckfield Lions Breathe Life into the Housebound Club

When Rose Willcox, who had run the Uckfield Housebound Club for many years, decided to retire, the club faced a very uncertain future. But thanks to Uckfield Lions, nearly a year on the Club is going from strength to strength. It was decided to make a small name change for the club, which is now called Uckfield Housebound and Friendship Club and is proving so popular that there is now a waiting list for membership. The main reason for the limitation on membership is transport. The Uckfield Lions minibus is used for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties and another mini bus for the more able members and both are full. In January it was decided to change the format of the meetings, which are twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Members are now taken out to lunch on the 2nd Wednesdays, visiting various venues such as Barnsgate Manor, Halland Forge, Herstmonceau and Pevensey Bay. On the 4th Wednesdays the Club is fortunate to be able to use the wonderful facilities at Margaret House in Lealands Drive, Uckfield, where Housebound members are joined by the residents of Margaret House for an afternoon tea, with various forms of entertainment. This again proves popular as many of the Housebound members have friends living in Margaret House. Without the Uckfield Lions Club stepping in and running the Club as one of their service in the community projects, who knows if the Housebound Club would still be going. It is not only Uckfield Lions running the Club and the Lions and members of Housebound are grateful to Sue, Allison, Mary, Barry, Jay and of course the management and staff of Margaret House, for their continuing support.

Housebound & Friendship Club For many months members of the Uckfield Housebound & Friendship Club looked forward to what has become an annual event at Rocks Park School, an afternoon of harvest entertainment. On 9th October all members of the club were enthusiastically welcomed by the children and escorted into the school hall. Once served with a cup of tea or coffee by year 6, the choir assembled & entertained the Housebound members and helpers with a new take on harvest festival songs. The song that impressed the club the most was the Christmas favourite, Feed the World sung with a Samba beat and words all relating to harvest time. As it was Peter’s birthday the following day the choir also managed a good rendition of Happy Birthday. After the choir plates of sandwiches and wonderful cakes all made by the children were enjoyed. Graham Russell thanked the pupils’ of year 6, Chris Davey, Headmaster and the teaching staff on behalf of Housebound club for a wonderful afternoon.

Further information on the Uckfield Housebound & Friendship Club can be obtained from Lion Graham Russell on 01825 01825 762065 or through the Uckfield Lions Website, If you have a local article to publish call 01825 705066 or e-mail


THE MONTH THAT WAS Photos by Ron Hill

Uckfield residents were spoilt for choice for coffee and cake, with many businesses supporting the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event Pizza Express was filled to bursting point, organised by Maureen Macve and helpers plus support from the manager and staff. It was a lovely, friendly and fun morning with over 150 people coming. Uckfield FM reported on the progress and the local Police Community Support Officer visited.

The legend who is Frank Ifield officially opened the newlook Volunteer Centre. Frank, who resides in Australia, was in the UK; 50 years since he had three consecutive number one hits here many will recall: I Remember You, Lovesick Blues and The Wayward Wind! A Centre spokesman thanked Uckfield FM for facilitating this connection. Frank was also of Paul Hazell’s guest on the World of Country Music so Paul acted as MC and broadcast the opening live on UFM. Following the relaunch, guests enjoyed a buffet at the Luxford Centre.

Fross Wedding Collections 7th Anniversary was a very busy night The VIP guest, Uckfield Mayor Cllr. Ian Smith and his wife arrived driven by Peter Cook from Falcon wedding cars in one of his superb cars!


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Uckfield Firefighters organised a mixed stoolball tournament at Buxted Park. The teams consisted of 4 men and 4 women. The Winners: Uckfield Firestation! 2nd Wivelsfield; 3rd Barcombe; 4th Steph’s Stars; 5t:

In September the Foodbank organisers held their first supermarket collection day at Tesco’s. Shoppers donated grocery and everyday items . There was a demand for emergency food as reports indicated that Uckfield residents were travelling to Hailsham to collect from their Foodbank.

Mani’s Maniacs and Last But Not Least, Uckfield FM. The UFM team lost both matches with a great deal of finesse and control, as if they were determined to give their opponents a chance to shine!!! £200 was raised for the Firefighters Charity and Barcombe Youth Club.

In just over two hours 4 full trolleys were collected and by mid-way through the afternoon, trolleys 8 and 9 were full. By end of the day a fantastic 12 trolley loads were on their way to fill Foodbank shelves ready for distribution.

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THE MONTH THAT WAS CONTINUED Photos by Ron Hill Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr. Ian Smith opened the new play area in Hempstead Lane and encouraged everyone to come along and enjoy the new equipment which includes something for every age group. There is an enclosed area with different equipment for children under 12, more adventurous equipment for older children and even fitness equipment for teens and adults.

The Uckfield Leos Club is made up of members of the UCTC 6th Form. The Leos are sponsored and supported by the Uckfield and District Lions Club and raise money and support the Lions in the work that they do. Recently they presented a £200. Cheque to Janine Williams, National Development Officer of Phab, a national charity dedicated to the integration of people with physical disabilities in the community.

Festival of Christmas Trees Holy Cross Church Uckfield

On Saturday 7th December there are activities from 10.00am until 6.00pm: in the morning we expect Uckfield FM to undertake an outside broadcast from the Church; ‘Jimmy the Juggling Jester’ will be making an appearance, as will Father Christmas (we hope). Then from 1.00pm until 5.00pm there will live entertainment featuring some of Uckfield’s most talented musicians. On Sunday 8th December

Photo: Ron Hill ©

Once again we are hoping to bring a touch of Festive Magic with this year’s Festival of Christmas Trees, which will be available for viewing on Friday 6th December from 10.00am until 9.00pm (Late Night Shopping) and, hopefully, in the evening there will be some live entertainment.

the Festival doors will be open from 11.30am until 4.00pm. During the afternoon there will again be live entertainment, and at 4.30pm there will be a Christmas Service to formally close this year’s Festival. Each day there will be Morning Coffee, Lunches (with a wine bar available) and Afternoon Tea available in the Belmont Centre, where there will also be a Sale of Hand Crafted Gifts made by the ‘Crafty Ladies’ of Holy Cross Church.

Photo: Ron Hill ©

Last year there were seventy-one trees in the Festival and we are expecting the Church to be filled with a similar number. Also last year we had over two thousand people visit the Festival and we are hoping for a similar number again this year. 28

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preserves, hampers, needlework, jewellery, bathroom, gifts, woodwork, decorations, children’s clothes, books, tombolas, and a raffle (1st prize £100 - to be drawn on 7th December) & a children’s craft table. 20p admission.


Sunday, 10th November: Remembrance Day


Sunday 10th November: Concert Entitled “Lest We Forget” takes place at Holy Cross Church at 6.30 pm.  The programme

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Uckfield Art Group Autumn Exhibition

Children are invited to create something special to take home from the Craft Table which will have an Autumn/ Christmas theme. Members of the Art Group would also be interested to see how the children decorated the Salt Dough Creations they took home in July! There will be a collection point for plastic milk bottle tops again to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. Please bring in ones marked with a 2, 02, 4 or 04 in the recycling triangle if you would like to help raise funds.

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consists of songs from both World Wars, including Ivor Novello’s great songs “Keep the Home Fires Burning” and “Rose of England”. Admission free. A retiring collection will be held with the proceeds being divided between the Poppy Day Appeal Fund and the Holy Cross Choral Society. Further details from Barbara Cooper (750200) or Terry Morford (768524) Monday, 11th November Uckfield Hard of Hearing meeting, 10:30am to 12pm at the Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre. Everyone

welcome. The subject for November is “Digital Technology” presented by Martin Crawford Jones.

Saturday, 16th November: 10am – 4pm Uckfield Art Group Autumn Exhibition at Luxford Centre, Library Way

Come along to the Luxford Centre between 10 – 4 on the 16th November to enjoy delicious home-made cakes and a warming brew. There will be displays of original paintings, drawings, greeting cards and prints, artists to chat to and a selection of pre-owned art books to inspire.

Free entry and plenty of free parking available surrounding the Exhibition. Disabled access.

Saturday 9th November Holy Cross Church Christmas Fayre 10am to 3pm at Uckfield Civic Centre. Many stalls including cakes,

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The Theme Corner will be “Water, Water Everywhere!” and you will be able to vote for your favourite picture.

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Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd November: Waitrose Christmas Hamper Collection

Christmas hamper collection for Hospice patients in the community at Waitrose, Uckfield. Pop along and buy an extra item with your shopping to donate to this great initiative. 9am – 3pm. Friday, 22nd November Uckfield Festival Ass’n AGM: Belmont Centre, Holy Cross 7:30 pm for 8. All welcome. Saturdays at 10.30am: A brand new season of films especially for kids – for

just £3 per ticket! (£1.50 extra for 3D) From recent blockbusters to classic family favourites, all rated either U or PG, treat your kids to a special outing. If your kids are over 8 leave them to enjoy the film for a couple of hours to yourself. This fantastic new season features recent movies Planes and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, plus festive favourites Nativity and A Christmas Carol. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

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