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The Uckfield and District Preservation Society (UDPS) Charity Shop re-opens

The UDPS is delighted to announce that its charity shop in Uckfield High Street will re-open on Monday 12 April, in line with the Government’s road map for the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions.

 

Staff will wear PPE, and social distancing will be maintained.  Customers are expected to wear face masks, unless exempt for medical reasons, and to use the hand sanitizers that will be provided.

 

Our popular Uckfield Heritage range of upcycled items will be on sale, with more stock expected in coming days.

 

We are happy to accept donated items for sale at the shop itself (rather than in Bridge Cottage), so long as the available storage space allows.

 

If anyone would like to join our volunteer staff in the shop, or to upcycle donated items, please contact the shop on 01825 766958 – we will be delighted to hear from you.

 

More information about the resumption of Bridge Cottage Markets and Open Days at Nutley Windmill will be available shortly.

 

Notes to editors

Bridge Cottage is a central feature in the town and is an early 15th Century timber-framed building.  Uckfield & District Preservation Society (UDPS) aims to run Bridge Cottage, a Grade II Listed building, as a usable and sustainable building.  Our Aim is to create an historic meeting place available to the whole community for present and future generations to enjoy. 

 

The mission of UDPS is to use a range of heritage activities and means of interpretation to enable all sectors of the growing town of Uckfield to understand and appreciate their heritage.  This includes an educational programme at all levels, local history and craft events, Music Concerts and the use of a heritage hub for historical research.

 

The building is registered for Civil Ceremonies allowing the community to enjoy those special moments in a very local heritage setting.

 

More details about our activities can be found on our website www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk

 

For further information about using the Heritage Centre, please call 01825 760734 or email admin@bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk

 

 

HISTORY

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is a 15th Century Medieval Wealden Hall house of above average construction situated in the heart of Uckfield, East Sussex.  In 1983 the building was saved from demolition by the Uckfield & District Preservation Society and Uckfield Town Council. Thanks to a grant in 2016 from The Heritage Lottery Fund, it has now been extensively restored and today looks much as it would have done in the early 1600s. There have been many changes, the most noticeable of which is the addition of a new section above the lean-to extension at the northern end, re-establishing the original Wealden house appearance.  In addition the restoration has enhanced the sustainability credentials of the original building by the inclusion of underfloor heating driven by a Ground Sourced Heat Pump, sheeps wool insulation and LED lighting throughout – all sympathetically incorporated in an historic environment

 

During recent archaeological excavations, a hearth from a pre-1436 building was discovered; evidence that a building has stood at this site for many centuries.

 

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