Local news Wednesday 1st December

Here’s the latest from the Uckfield FM newsroom

Wealden MP Nus Ghani has welcomed the launch of the government’s new Farming Investment Fund.

The fund is open to farmers, foresters and growers and can be used for funding equipment, technology and infrastructure that will boost farm productivity.

The round 1 application period closes on January 7 2022, and more information about the funds can be found on the government website.

The Uckfield Dementia Forum is organising a Christmas event for those living with dementia as well as their carers.

The free event will be taking place on Wednesday December 15 at the Luxford centre, beginning with tea and cake followed by a film.

Interest in the Christmas event can be registered online, and doors open at 1:40pm.

Today is the opening of Eastbourne’s Ice Rink.

Following coronavirus restrictions and the pandemic, this Christmas will see the arrival of the rink, children’s rides and a Christmas market.

The ice rink is said to have a capacity of 80 people, and is being organised by Your Eastbourne BID and Visit Eastbourne.

Wealden MP Nus Ghani is supporting a new Down Syndrome Bill.

MP Dr Liam Fox is aiming for his new Bill to improve services and life outcomes for people with Down syndrome, as well as raising authority’s awareness of their legal duties, and improving knowledge and understanding on how to meet the needs of the people the Bill serves.

Nus Ghani has said that the Bill “will make a real difference to many lives.”

Repairs to the Ridgewood Play Area are scheduled to begin on Thursday December 2 depending on the weather.

During this time the play area and the gym equipment will not be useable, as well as a skip being placed in the car park.

It is hoped that the play area will be back and ready for use again by the 6 December.

Kings Church and Uckfield Baptist Church are hosting a “Meet the Nativity” later this week at the late night shopping event.

Visitors will be invited to a walk through, live nativity that gives them the opportunity to talk to characters and find out about their role in the Christmas story.

It will be open from 6 until 9pm and presented at The Source opposite the Civic Centre.

And finally, the latest summary of COVID cases show that 144 people in Wealden tested positive yesterday, bringing the total to 1,028 in the last seven days.