Community Information for Friday 3rd April

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Friday 3rd April

The town were out in force last night at 8pm clapping for the NHS, there were sounds of bagpipes, tin cans, and this will be repeated every Thursday at 8pm in appreciation of the work by our NHS and Care workers.

The Uckfield Coronavirus Outreach Boxes help group have so far delivered 122 boxes since they started 12 days ago.   They have received donations from the Lions, Rotary, Manor Park Residents Association, the SCANLAN trust, Tesco and many donations from individuals.   They are still able to source fresh food from the Oast Farm at Buxted, Ridgewood Post Office and Park Farm. The Belmont centre is being provided free of charge by Holy Cross as the command centre.  A new news story will appear on our website later.

Wealden Council is continuing to support communities during the pandemic.

Some residents in Wealden are receiving council tax support under the government hardship fund.

The chemists in Uckfield, Buxted are operating slightly different hours due to the latest pressure on them. All those times are on our Community Guide.

Extra care is needed when using petrol pumps and ATM machines which are not wiped.  Be careful and clean hands or use gloves to prevent any transmission.

Wealden have suspended Garden waste collection until further notice and Uckfield Town Council not to dump rubbish and fly tip. There have been some isolated examples with one on the West Park Nature reserve of a ironing board and another metal item.

Personal Protective Equipment is still in short supply for our carers and the appeal continues for masks, gloves and other protective items.   We can put anyone in touch with the Care for the Carers.

The Uckfield Good Neighbour Telephone Scheme – for those that are feeling lonely, need a chat with someone to cheer them up or would just like a friendly, sensible conversation with someone.  Call 01825 578 017 To date, no one has taken up on this offer and it is hopes by the organisers that all people are receiving the necessary help.

The Uckfield Chamber of Commerce will have another Twitter meeting on this morning at 11am for local businesses.

South East Ambulance are still appeal for ex – frontline ambulance staff to come forward to help. Extra ambulances and transport are being pulled out of mothballs and will be used if needed during this crisis.

The Brighton Buses will be operating a special service from Sunday 5th April, which will concentrate on peak travel times for keyworkers, and reduced during the day to a 2-hourly service.

Wealden Police are thanking people for taking head of the Government advice to stay home and travel when only necessary. Many car parks have been closed including Horsed Green Park and Piltdown Pond.

Stay Home and Save Lives and help the NHS.

Many of our local charities are contacting the station with pleas for help as many are worried that they will not be able to survive. There is no help as yet from central government and will rely on us to help them.

Uckfield FM as a local community radio station provides entertainment, music and chat during the crisis.  We will not continually report on the COVID 19 outbreak and aim therefore to provide relief from the mainstream TV News.   Tell your friends about us and if necessary, tell them from a safe socialising distance how to tune and listen.

Yesterday, Jacqui Rushton spoke with Robert Muggeridge, the Tesco Community Champion.  The interview is online to listen again.

Today, Tony will be speaking with Chamber of Commerce Secretary Ian Noble and Rachael the Forest Vet.

Please get in touch if you would like to be heard live on the radio, contact interviews@uckfieldfm.co.uk and we will arrange a call to you.

Keep the information coming to  whatson@uckfieldfm.co.uk