Uckfield Guestbook 2002

Thank you for visiting
our pages.


I have been down to look at the river Uck and it is right up to the top, lets
hope we do not have a flood again.I would also like to wish you all a very happy
new year!


– Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 00:09:18 (GMT)

happy christmas one and all. special thanks towebmistress for letting us
loonies post here

elfin edward

– Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 22:45:58 (GMT)

just let the poor thing watch TV over Chrim – it’ll lose the will to live
when it sees what’s on… and save you the job of dispatching it!!!!


– Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 18:21:04 (GMT)

You have to strap its head to an atom bomb. No need to cook it either after

Turkey Killer

– Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 09:08:57 (GMT)

Please how does one kill a Turkey? We have pulled out all its feathers but it
continues to run round the kitchen. It even ate some of the mince pies we
cooked, is this normal behavior for a turkey? How does one remove the nasty bits
from inside, my aunty Mingey said use a Dyson Vacuum cleaner, is this correct?
After all the nasty bits have been removed from inside the Turkey how does one
kill it? Is it legal to stuff a Turkey in the UK?

Julia Wong

– Monday, December 23, 2002 at 00:24:35 (GMT)

Why does Uckfield celebrate Christmas on 25th december when the reat of world
celebrates it on 26th december?

Preamble Jones

– Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 20:39:47 (GMT)

To Londra and Jamie below. I think it’s more of a Los Angeles plastic surgery
thing then a general Califonria issue. I find that we have a lasik new york
issue here. We have quite a few laser eye surgery new york converts. It’s like
people are afraid to wear glasses anymore. Oh well I love my fellow New Yorkers
with or without glasses. Maybe you two should move to New York! speaking of
moving do you know a good immigration attorney. Either I need to improve
vocabulary or increase vocabulary because I can’t communicate with my US
immigration lawyer.


– Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 19:28:09 (GMT)

thoughts on the following?Christmas is a PAGAN not a Christian festival. The
25th December was celebrated in ancient days as the birthday of the
unconquerable SUN god, (variously know as Tammuz, Mithra, Saturn, Adonis or
BAAL) centuries before Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem.


– Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 08:39:05 (GMT)

I agree with Ralph, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. When
you sit down to dinner remember the terrible cruel conditions the Turkrey has
been reared in, remember the toxic chemicals and antibiotics it has been forced
to eat and you are just about to eat. Enjoy the pesticides in your vegetables
that no amount of washing will remove. And as you unwrap your presants remember
the terrible working conditions and low pay of the the third world workers who
probably manufactured the said presant


– Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 00:04:18 (GMT)

Christmas is different things to different people, let them have it how they
want it. For once let people be happy.


– Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 08:56:41 (GMT)

How many people like me think Christmas has been hijacked. Christmas is the
time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In my view there is absolutely no
reason why not to have fun, party and exchange presents etc but I think we
should keep in mind the reason for it. What really annoys me is receiving cards
from friends of non Christian faiths without any mention of Christmas, the usual
being “Happy Holidays”. The same words are used by many ‘politically
correct’ commercial organisations, the most obvious being Coka Cola with its
“Happy Holiday” advertisement on TV. NO I am not an activate member of
any particular church or a church goer.

Ralph Windor

– Sunday, December 15, 2002 at 20:53:55 (GMT)

To Londra below (it is a down to earth site), I couldn’t agree more. I work
in Los Angeles and there is a plastic surgeon in our building. In my office
alone I know people who have had liposuction a tummy tuck and a face lift. I
also know a lasik surgeon who tries to convince everyone he meets to throw out
their glasses and get lasik and laser vision correction. People are so vain.
Anyhow, let’s respect this guest book and commiserate about living in LA
offline. Email me at jamieyellowfeather@hotmail.com.

Jamie Yellowfeather

– Sunday, December 15, 2002 at 00:48:09 (GMT)

there are at least another THREE Sarahs posting here already, gosh, now it’s
four. There certainly are a lot of us Sarahs herein Uckfield.


– Monday, December 09, 2002 at 12:37:31 (GMT)

Also reported in the Sun. They had pictures of people in their homes
‘photographed’ via the television screen. Cookies are an intrusion of privacy, I
set my browser so as not to receive cookies and only plug the telephone cable
from my digital TV into the BT wall socket for a specific purpose and then
immediately unplug it.


– Monday, December 09, 2002 at 00:32:45 (GMT)

Joanne, there are at least three Sarahs posting here which one do you think
you know? This thing regarding cookies being able to eavesdrop via telephone
connections to digital TV’s was reported this week in the Times, it is possible
for pictures to be taken as well


– Friday, December 06, 2002 at 23:43:37 (GMT)

i smell bullshit

it engineer

– Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 22:25:40 (GMT)

Sarah, do I know you? I think maybe I do!


– Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 11:19:29 (GMT)

Gerald Nortons message regarding digital TV viewers being spied on via thier
tv telephone connections is very worrying. I should think some people may well
watch television in varying states of undress and they could be very distressed
if these images were displayed on the internet. Also the recording of
conversations taking place in what was once the pivacy of your own home I find
rather sinister

Mary Wood

– Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 00:06:01 (GMT)

Gerald Nortons message regarding digital TV viewers being spied on via thier
tv telephone connections is very worrying. I should think some people may well
watch television in varying states of undress and they could be very distressed
if these images were displayed on the internet. Also the recording of
conversations taking place in what was once the pivacy of your own home I find
rather sinister

Mary Wood

– Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 23:56:24 (GMT)

As published in ‘Digital Communications’ it has been confirmed Cookies have
been infiltrating televisions via the digital telephone connections far at least
two years, these cookies ‘spy’ on television viewers and feed back both audio
and visual images to a central web server. The technology is similar to that
used for tv remote controls. If you have digital tv with a telephone connection
take great care in what you say or do in front of your TV!
“”””Cookies are pieces of information generated by a Web
server and stored in the user’s computer, ready for future access. Cookies are
embedded in the HTML information flowing back and forth between the user’s
computer and the servers.”””

Gerald Norton

– Friday, November 29, 2002 at 22:05:29 (GMT)

Ellie did live here untill 1823 when she was burnt at the stake for
practicing witchcraft. She is remembered on the last Friday of each February
when children dance round the mill pond singing —– “Ellie, Ellie, Ellie
with the bamboo belly and her tits tied up with string sitting on the grass with
a trumpet up her arse playing god save the king”


– Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 23:58:06 (GMT)

So does anyone know the progression so far with the threats of the army
coming in and taking over from the fire brigade? How ould we be affected by


– Monday, November 25, 2002 at 15:17:31 (GMT)

We do need an increase but anyone with half a brain cell accepts 40% is
ridiculous. Unfortunately we have a very militant union leadership (annual
remuneration is in excess of £75,000 year) who are hell bent on confrontation.
Believe me the union dictates what we do and not the employers; for example we
have had an overtime ban in place for 25 years, the reason being we could not
have a second job if we did not know exactly what hours we were to work in the
Brigade, many of us consider our employment with the Fire Service as our second
job. How many nurses, paramedics (£19000 pa)) and Police Officers have the
energy to have a second job. All this rubbish about years of training to be a
fireman is a joke, if the union allowed us to train more or less every day new
recruits would have all the needed skills in less than six months. Unfortunately
our management is weak, being as it is made up of ex firefighters it tends to go
along with union demands and restrictions

A Fire Fighter

– Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 13:54:32 (GMT)

The point is an MP earns £48,371 a Fireman £22,000 or less, Nurses probably
less than that. If they can justify their own salary for the little value they
give then there is clearly an imbalance.


– Friday, November 22, 2002 at 13:05:30 (GMT)

The point is an MP earns £48,371 a Fireman £22,000 or less, Nurses probably
less than that. If they can justify their own salary for the little value they
give then there is clearly an imbalance.


– Friday, November 22, 2002 at 13:05:14 (GMT)

I think the firemen should do the armys job on grunts pay whilst the army
puts out fires, then they would know what low pay is.

Unhappy ex squady

– Friday, November 22, 2002 at 09:16:12 (GMT)

Bill, while I very much apreciate the message that you have left, and may I
say that it is a very good argument indeed, we must not forget that, even if
fireman/women only work three hours a day that is still three hours that they
are putting their lives at risk for the sake of others. It is such a shame that
the industries that we most rely on, be it nurses/paramedics whoever are so
underpaid. In the currwent state of economics, we really should be thankful that
we can benefit from such a “free service” unlike some countries where
they do not have this luxury. All I was trying to say was that we should not
take the superb work of the emergency services in our coutry for granted. I just
find myself becoming increasingly annoyed with the way in which our taxes are
distributed. For the likes of Donna, who posted on here previously about being
so hard done by as a single mother, surely our taxes should go a little more
towards those who are making a huge contribution to Britain. I think our income
support system should concentrate more on benefits for those who are trying to
save lives and not for those lazy, obnoxious young teenagers who are geetting
pregnant for free housing and a life of no work.


– Friday, November 15, 2002 at 15:28:20 (GMT)

I do not believe firemen deserve a 40% increase. The fire service is held
back by restrictive practices, for example the union will not allow defibulators
(for restarting hearts) to be used even though staff are trained to use them –
how many lives has this cost, firemen can not work more than 42 hours week even
if they want to, management can not deploy fire tenders to new high population
areas etc etc. Days lost through dubious sickness remains constantly high. Only
10% of a firemans time is spent attending incidents, the rest of the time?????!
What other job provides beds for the night shift, TV sets/Videos/DVDs, kitchens
and Gyms etc etc. Their “skills” are taught in less than 6 weeks,
retained part time fireman are taught the same “skills” in just a few
days. As for them comparing UK firemen with their American counterpart this is
blatantly dishonest; a lot more is expected and given by the US fireman, quiet
apart from fire fighting skills they are fully trained paramedics and do not
hide behind their unions restrictive practices. Finally if its such a difficult
and poorly paid job why has every fire brigade long lists of applicants waiting
to join?


– Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 15:43:02 (GMT)

I am not happy about the fire strike at all. It scares me to think that these
men and women who save people’s lives every day can give it up and put lives in
danger for the sake of getting more money. I agree that they deserve the money
and I strongly believe that all people in the emergency services should get paid
higher salary’s especially when you look how much celebraties earn it’s a bit
sickening really. But a strike was not the way to go. They will only now lose
even more respect from the government as these acts show that they put money
before the welfare of the people they are responsible for saving.


– Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 10:03:52 (GMT)

JoJo just as every village needs an idiot, every guestbook needs a fool. You
are this guestbooks fool. We welcome you with open arms and read your moronic
postings with delight for we see you for what you are and not what you would
like to be. …… If only you could see yourself as others see you


– Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 20:47:35 (GMT)

Nice to see you have all responded you must really love me!!! If I’m a loon
like you all suggest, then why are you letting me get to you?!!! Just ignore me
and maybe I’ll go away…or maybe I won’t. It’s all part of the fun being a
schitzophrenic. I’m red, I’m red I’m Tizer head, I’m fizzy fizzy fizzy I’m off
my head!!!!!!


– Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 16:03:23 (GMT)

And I thought I was the only sarah in Uckfield, imagine my suprise when I now
find out there are another two!!

sarah <Sarah@sarah.com>

– Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 10:15:23 (GMT)

JoJo, why don’t you GoGo!


– Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 08:41:34 (GMT)

I can assure you JoJo is not suffering from Schizophrenia any more than I am.
My dear friend Elvis Presley is more than happy to confirm this

Napoleon Bonaparte

– Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 21:03:53 (GMT)

I see JoJo or is it Quinn has returned. This lady will soon start telling us
what a wonderful job she does for alcholics and drug addicts in Brighton and of
course we all believe her, dont we. As expected she is already supporting
negative comments about our town and this guest book but as Raj Patel recently
pointed out she suffers with Schizophrenia so show a little humanity and humour
her as she so obviously needs our support.


– Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 20:59:13 (GMT)

Like your comments Bob and I couldn’t agree with you more!! Uckfield is shit!
Just look at this site to see how uninteresting the people are. nOT A SINGLE


– Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 17:05:04 (GMT)

Uckfield is the biggest damn hole around. what a disgusting boring and
appualing town too live in. this place has loads of drunk loonatics walking
about and the drug problem is huge. yet the police dont seem to do anything
there more interested in punishing people for riding bikes on the pavement. what
aload of shit

BOB <go home>

– Monday, November 11, 2002 at 20:46:18 (GMT)

Here I sit in deep thought and meditation to await the anniversary of
‘Gunpowder Treason and Plot’ . The clock has struck 12 and the tears sting my
eyes as I dwell on the terrible things done, in the name of democracy, to this
once proud and independent kingdom. It started with the traitor Ted Heath
secretly signing unconstitutional agreements with the then Common Market and
continues to this day with the power crazy egotistical Blair.Guy Fawkes we need
you more than ever but this time you must not fail. I do not celebrate your

An Englishman

– Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 00:44:54 (GMT)

Dear Webmaster, I am just a simple mischief maker

Peter Brookes

– Monday, November 04, 2002 at 21:56:23 (GMT)

I am thinking of re-naming this Guestbook – ‘The Toilet Wall’ – that way
everybody will realise how authoritative the information is. Peter you will have
read the disclaimer on the front page if you are a qualified lawyer trying to
drum up some business perhaps you could advise me on making my disclaimer


– Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 15:33:33 (GMT)

What an intersting exchange of posts. Do libel laws apply to internest guest
book forums? If Sarah Green did not make the phantom posts in Michael Skinners
name has she redress in law? If Michael Skinner has no interest in Uckfield or
matters apertaining to Uckfield why does he visit and post messages on this
site. If, as he claims, he is not responsible for the majority of posts why does
he just not ingnore them, the “phantom” poster would soon give up if
Michael did not respond. Perhaps Michael Skinner “protests to much”

Peter Brookes

– Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 13:27:08 (GMT)

I can understand why Mike Skinner is getting fed up with all the postings in
his name, anyone that knows him only has to read them to realise that 99% are
not writen by him, it must be a very sad person who has to hide behind someone
else’s name, or someone who does not have the courage of their convictions. Mike
and Gill put in a lot of time and effort for this town so why can’t you all
leave them in peace.


– Saturday, November 02, 2002 at 16:10:32 (GMT)

What do you do if someone puts posts up in your name. That is the only reason
I came back to this website.You can ignore it, you can try to find out who is
doing it in your name or you can rely on the good sense of web users to work out
which post is yours and which are
This all started with fake posts in my name in October, which I thought I could
stop by puting my email address on. I couldn’t because the third post on 20th
October is not mine. (I do not wish to maintain links with Uck other than
personal so think of the logic -Moving 200 miles away – I could not come back, I
would have to change jobs and house prices are
different)…………………………….The strand of the phantom poster, on
the last occasion quoting my email address, has two important points
They are made late at night. (no one is on the internet at quarter past eleven
at night)………………………………….2. There has been no message
from Sarah Green. Sarah could never resist posting but she has on this
The G Evans post is false (unlikely if you think about
I want is that posts are not made in my name. I do not interfere in Uckfield
affairs (I have no interest). The phantom poster should look to the present, not
the past. I know she is bitter because I stopped her making a great deal of
money at the town’s loss. That is enough but. Sarah, posting late at night under
a false name and email address is not going to get you your prize or change the
way the planning implications are being looked at.I’ll look at this site again
at the end of the month but move on, address the issues yourselves. In future I
will only post using a code word, if you want that word (and are interested in
acinet Uckfield history, then email me and I will give you the codewords.

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Friday, November 01, 2002 at 19:51:02 (GMT)

Michael Skinner. It is time YOU moved on. You may have been a councillor in
Uckfield for 17 years BUT not now. The electorate did not vote for you. Your
posting indicate you are bitter about the past and as a result are becoming a
twisted man. Let it go, Uckfield is not interested in you or your out of touch
views or critisisms. For both your sake and that of your wife make a new life in
the rural backwater where you now live. Why not take up a hobby such as
gardening or cross stiching, this will help to take your mind off of OUR town.

G Evans

– Friday, November 01, 2002 at 17:46:28 (GMT)

Julia Tester was born in Uckfield in 1861. She was married to George William
Thomas Brudenell Bruce in 1884 and David Waddel Webster in 1901. Many important
events of her life are mysterious, and as a great, great grandson, I am seeking
to locate someone that can provide information. Are Testers living in Uckfield?
Joe Funderburk, Florida, USA

Joe Funderburk <jefunderburk@mail.ifas.ufl.edu>

– Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 15:41:16 (GMT)

Julia Tester was born in Uckfield in 1861. She was married to George William
Thomas Brudenell Bruce in 1884 and David Waddel Webster in 1901. Many important
events of her life are mysterious, and as a great, great grandson, I am seeking
to locate someone that can provide information. Are Testers living in Uckfield?
Joe Funderburk, Florida, USA

Joe Funderburk <jefunderburk@mail.ifas.ufl.edu>

– Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 15:41:10 (GMT)

Anyone else having problems posting messages?


– Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 12:14:18 (GMT)

Graham, the web page is still there, but they have changed the address it is
now : www.uctc.e-sussex.sch.uk


– Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 11:24:39 (GMT)


– Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 08:59:21 (GMT)

Lynne, since your posting the Uckfield Community Technology College webpage
has been taken off line, perhaps you embarrassed them into taking action. If the
college put as much money and effort into teaching the three R’s as they do
technology then perhaps pupils would at least be able to read and write to a
reasonable standard.


– Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 23:32:51 (GMT)

I did make the post on 15th October BUT I did not make the three posts dated
30th October. I would very much like to maintain my connections with Uckfield
and very much appreciate the many recent emails, I knew I would be missed but
not to this degree. Although no longer your elected representative I am willing
to help and advice those of you struggling with the incompetency of both council
officers and elected members, after all my knowledge and understanding of your
needs is greater than all of theirs put together. With me again at your head we
can return Uckfield to what it once was

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 23:15:48 (GMT)

Nor did I make the post on 30th October about the College.That is someone in
the know which narrows down who is posting in my name. I do not beleive it is a
Councillor as nione of the them know Geoff Evans or be bright enough to find
of this sickness must be my fault as I was a councillor in Uckfield for 17
years. If I had know how sick this website would become I don’t think I would
have ever stood for election.

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 21:15:23 (GMT)

Again someone is posting for me. I did not make the post on Tuesday 15th
October although someone has copied my email address.I would not make posts on
Uckfield issues for decision like Luxford Field. I would only post one things
that ELECTED councillors have screwed up since I left. (The Town Council is
almost totally unelected being so big that anyone can get on it). The only
comments I would make are on what the electorate have done – that is the fault
of local people. Don’t forget that you replaced either Gill or I on the DISTRICT
council with a racist who had to go. He was more like Sir Percy in Blackadder
than a real racist but you elected him…………………………………The
third reason I left, has something to do with this. After I lost the County seat
in June 2001 I went to the monthly farmers’ market and was approached by two old
ladies involved in Age Concern. They wanted to talk to me about the state of the
footpaths in Alexandra Road. Luckily my successor Chris Dowling was there and I
suggested they talk to him (They were both old TORY ladies). They didn’t want to
but wanted to talk to me.I told them that it was Cllr. Dowling who was now
responsible but they didn’t get it.At that point I realised that anything that
happened over the next four years would be brought to me and that if I didn’t
deal with it I would be accused of sour grapes or something else. That would be
stupid yet over a year later someone (or several someones) still want to post
messages in my name. That is sick. You have got to move on. That is the third
reason for leaving.Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 21:09:17 (GMT)

I agree with you Lynne, you would think with all the millions of pounds of
extra funding that the college is getting they could at least take the time to
keep their own webpage up to date, maybe someone should phone Mr. Evans, because
he is the one who keeps bragging about how well the college is doing in the
technology department!

Mike Skinner

– Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 18:30:18 (GMT)

Today I went on the web page for Uckfield Community Technology College to
find out some dates for the coming terms and was amazed to see how out of date
it all is, they still have dates on it for 2000/01, the jobs advertised have a
closing date of June 2001 … come on someone, you have just become a TECHNOLOGY
college surely one of you can update the page, its a disgrace!


– Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 16:04:02 (GMT)

Uckfield is a nasty cess pit of scum, I enjoyed leaving this pikey little
town so much, and I will never return. Ever.


– Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 15:38:10 (GMT)

Do not, I repeat do not click on the blue name of “Robin Snell” a
few messages below this. You have been warned!

Cyber Police

– Monday, October 28, 2002 at 23:17:32 (GMT)

Judging by the content of most messages in this forum I think you should all
visit this website

Click Here

– Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 23:14:51 (GMT)

I have been asked by the Elders of The Divine Church to apologise to the Web
Master of this site and the people of Uckfield for the messages posted here
purporting to come from members of the Church and even from the Late Sainted
David himself, this is not so. Furthermore, we do not promote our church by
posting our U R L on message boards.If it is any conciliation, our forum is also
being bombarded with messages claiming to be from Uckfield residents.

A spokesman for the Divine Church of Streetism

– Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 22:53:59 (GMT)

If there is to be a skatepark in Uckfieild then I honestly believe we should
have a designated area for all the other fish to play in too. Carp and Roe for
example love a bash on the big slide, and you should see a scampi’s little face
light up when you push him on the swing, why should skate get all the fun? That
is fishism.


– Friday, October 25, 2002 at 12:07:48 (BST)

As it was said, yes it is every mothers right to have as many children as she
wishes but surely, it should be with the childrens best interests at heart?
Becky should be ashamed of herself suggesting another child to get more social.
I have had a very poor upbringing which has made me determined to work hard and
provide the very best for my children. How can people have these kids knowing
full well they are not going to be able to support them?


– Friday, October 25, 2002 at 10:12:37 (BST)

To all skaters, I happen to know that there is some council owned land on
Bell brooke industrial estate that would be great for a skate park, it is not
being used for anything and it can’t be built on because of the risk of floods.
The land is down by the post office sorting office. You should contact the Town
Council and put the idea to them. I’m sure that if a group of you offer to help
develope the land they will listen to you. Good luck.


– Thursday, October 24, 2002 at 07:47:04 (BST)


skater <skater@hotmail.com>

– Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 22:18:41 (BST)

How dare you Midge, it is every woman’s right to have as many children as she
likes. And it is the states duty to support them


– Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 00:48:31 (BST)

Sterilise Donna the slut, it would be better for her, the poor children and

Midge Hills

– Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 00:33:47 (BST)

Thanks to those supporting me but not to that jumped up no nithing social
worker Samantha. She and the other interfearing social workers are so out of
touch living in there own ideal little world. Get rid of the dogooders and give
the money saved to single mums and that. Becky number 3 may be on the way. Also
rich people should be forced to give us more money.


– Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 23:14:30 (BST)

Donna have you thought of having another baby then you could claim more
social. Also with three, or perhaps four, you would have far more points towards
a house.


– Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 20:46:04 (BST)

I agree with Wayne, most people are getting paid to do jobs that we would all
be better off without. Like selling cigarettes and cars, advertising drink or
boy bands or Nike, printing Bettaware catalogues, promoting Nectar loyaly cards,
throwing out tomatoes that don’t match Tescos ideal shape and colour, thinking
up advertising campaigns for stuff we don’t need, taxing us for stuff we can’t
live without. Every day there is a three lane, 144 mile queue of traffic
crawling round and round the M25 burning up resources and polluting the planet
yet those people get rewarded for it while harmless unemployed folks sitting at
home do no harm to anybody. Shouldn’t people be rewarded for the benefit they
give to society rather than what they can leech out of it for themselves?


– Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 15:30:36 (BST)

I agree with Donna and the social worker. Why should we work if we don’t want
to its our right to have social and houses. Those that want to work can pay more
tax, they have loads of money just look at the cars and big houses in Uckfield


– Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 14:15:50 (BST)

Donna is an example of all that is wrong with Uckfield. No morals,
uneducated, under age sex, vandalism, under age drinking and goodness knows
what. She is typical of the youth of Uckfield and should be placed in a secure
home for unmarried mothers. I am so glad my wife and I no longer live in the
decaying narrow minded little town of Uckfield

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 01:03:13 (BST)

Please leave Donna alone. She has so obviously been badly let down by society
as has so many vulnerable young ladies. Obviously Donna has not been given the
education she is entitled to and has probably been let down by society in many
other ways. It does not matter if her spelling is not up to scratch, what is so
important about spelling if one can communicate. Even though she was drunk and
does not know the father of her first born she should be commended for having
two children at such a young age, she is young enough to enjoy them. Society can
afford and should therefore provide Donna and her children with a fully
furnished house together with all the support she needs, after all the higher
tax limit in the UK is just 40% of earnings compared with 60% or so in other EU
member states. Just think what another 20% on income tax would provide in the
way of social services for the young, I am sure Messers Blair and Brown will
address this inequality during this parliamentary term.

Samantha (Social Worker)

– Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 00:52:39 (BST)

DonnaI think that you should spend your money that you’ve sponged from the
‘social’ on spelling lessons….


– Monday, October 21, 2002 at 21:34:01 (BST)

Donna you sound very cheap and common, if you charged for ‘having it away’
you would now be able to afford your own home.

Agnes Skinner

– Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 23:53:37 (BST)

I do not know the name of one of my childrens fathers. The one I do know is
not V Sage


– Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 23:45:57 (BST)

I havent paid taxes cause I aint worked yet. How can I work with two kids
under 3. The CSA says unless I tell them who the two fathers are they wont help
me but why should I tell them anything.It wasnt my fault I was pregnant as I got
drunk at a party when I was almost 15. Its my rite to be given money and a house
they give money an houses to ilegel imigrents and they dont pay taxes.


– Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 21:46:36 (BST)

Just wanted to say that the new CAB offices are excellent and I think they
deserve a pat on the back for serving our local community so well. I think that
next year everyone should join in the “Advice in the Community” week
because there didn’t seem to be a good enough turn out this year. Oh and has
that lovely Vernon recovered from his flood ordeal yet? He is such a nice man.
Just one more thing, who is this Sarah who has nothing better to do than post on
here all night. If she had a husband she would have better things to do like
cook his dinner and clean his clothes. Why is there nowhere to stay in Uckfield
on a Sunday night? Can anyone recommend any good hotels?

Agnes Skinner (87 yrs,

– Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 19:48:14 (BST)

Why is it everyone is so concerned about the welfare of unmarried mothers but
no one concerns themselves with the plight of the unmarried father.I am an
unmarried single father of six children under the age three. O k, I’m willing
to concede that I am partly to blame for the predicament I now find myself in.
Yes, I was promiscuous and this, in itself, has caused me many problems, in as
much as I am not sure who the mothers are: I slept with so many different women
that I have no idea who mothered the children, so I am left holding the babies,
so to speak. With no way of claiming child support, ether from the mothers –
because I’m not sure who they are and they are not saying, – or through the C
S A who maintain they must have proof of motherhood, I am virtually destitute.No
free council flat for me or loans from the DHSS, I just have to soldier on,
doing the best I can for my children.If there is anyone out there who has a
spare flat or house to let rent free I would be eternally grateful, and if you
are female … who knows…

V Sage {Mr.}

– Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 16:43:34 (BST)

Oh Donna, you are such a fool. Do you really think people are going to feel
sorry for you? Why can’t the father of your children house you. Everyone who
works (sorry, work may be a swear word to you) has to pay tax. I am a single
mother with three children and I work as many hours as I can and my ex-husband
helps us out as well, we have managed to buy our own home, it may not be a
palace, but I am very proud of it. My children are being taught that if you want
something in this life you have to work for it, you can’t just sit on your
backside and expect to be looked after by someone else. You said in your posting
that your father has paid taxes, I take it then that you haven’t. …… get


– Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 00:07:23 (BST)

DonnaWhy gives YOU the right to be given a house for doing sod all. It’s
because of scroungers like you that our economy is being crippled by handouts!


– Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 14:14:44 (BST)

Donna It’s ‘taxes’ my dear, not ‘taxis’…no wonder you can’t get a council


– Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 14:12:09 (BST)

I see in the Courier we are to get a Asylum Centre after all. I dont think
this is fair as I am a single parent mother with two children and the council
wont give me a council house. My dad has paid taxis and that all his life and
has paid out enough for me to be given a house


– Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 01:02:27 (BST)

What has happened to this once friendly Guest Book. JoJo and Quinn should be
ashamed of their selves insulting other posters and running down Uckfield, I am
just pleased they are not residents of Uckfield. Their childish postings detract
from the sensible messages of the majority of visitors here. Constructive
comment is welcome but pretending to be other people and the use of foul
language is not.


– Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 00:00:00 (BST)

No more Mr nice guy! Any to55ers in the house?Lets put the ‘F’ in


– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 22:50:14 (BST)

JoJo really is suffering from Schizophrenia, first she thinks she is a real
psychiatrist, then she calls herself Quinn, poor women. Show a little humanity
and humour her as she so obviously needs our support.

Raj Patel

– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 22:46:12 (BST)

Is anyone ever going to say anything nice on this site?I know your pride is a
little hurt Brian, but you’ll get over it!!!! No need for continuing nastiness
now is there?


– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 11:21:27 (BST)

Diagnosis of Schizophrenia(a) thought echo, thought insertion or withdrawal,
and thought broadcasting; (b) delusions of control, influence, or passivity,
clearly referred to body or limb movements or specific thoughts, actions, or
sensations; delusional perception; (c) hallucinatory voices giving a running
commentary on the patient’s behaviour, or discussing the patient among
themselves, or other types of hallucinatory voices coming from some part of the
body; (d) persistent delusions of other kinds that are culturally inappropriate
and completely impossible, such as religious or political identity, or
superhuman powers and abilities (e.g. being able to control the weather, or
being in communication with aliens from another world); (e) persistent
hallucinations in any modality, when accompanied either by fleeting or
half-formed delusions without clear affective content, or by persistent
over-valued ideas, or when occurring every day for weeks or months on end; (f)
breaks or interpolations in the train of thought, resulting in incoherence or
irrelevant speech, or neologisms; (g) catatonic behaviour, such as excitement,
posturing, or waxy flexibility, negativism, mutism, and stupor; (h)
“negative” symptoms such as marked apathy, paucity of speech, and
blunting or incongruity of emotional responses, usually resulting in social
withdrawal and lowering of social performance; it must be clear that these are
not due to depression or to neuroleptic medication; (i) a significant and
consistent change in the overall quality of some aspects of personal behaviour,
manifest as loss of interest, aimlessness, idleness, a self-absorbed attitude,
and social withdrawal. Don’t use big words you don’t understand you idiot!!

A real psychiatrist

– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 10:05:10 (BST)

I’m taking my bat and ball and I’m going home!!!!!!

Mental Child

– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 09:43:07 (BST)

JoJo is obviously suffering from Schizophrenia. It would be kinder to humour
her rather than be unpleasant. The long rambling messages are a typical symptom.


– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 01:06:23 (BST)

Interesting. Quinns message in support of JoJo was posted just 4 minutes or
so after JoJo’s message. Are Quinn and JoJO one and the same or is this one of
lifes amazing coincidences


– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 00:09:01 (BST)

JoJo, so after the foul language contained in your first insulting message
now butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth. I think your true character is reflected
in the first message. As for me I retired aged 31 after selling the business I
built up from scratch for £8.7m.


– Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 00:03:05 (BST)

Rat faaaaaaaannnnnnaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnssssssss


– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 23:47:07 (BST)

I happen to be a very close friend of mossy and i can see that she has
clearly written the most intellectual comments on the whole of this board and
there is absolutely no reason that can justify her receiving insults from those
of you with nothing interesting to say. She is well respected in her community
especially for all her fundraising efforts and as she has had to specify twice
now, she does certainly NOT take drugs herself. Her hard work and commitment to
those less fortunate would put you nasty people to shame so leave her alone.


– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 12:00:21 (BST)

To J Webb. My thoughts exactly…..well said!!!!!


– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 11:56:00 (BST)

To sad, What a terrible shame you feel like that. I would be interested to
know how long you have lived in Uckfield and what improvements you would like to
see. Maybe you should contact us at my company in Brighton as we organise events
for people with mental health problems, learning difficilties and physical
disabilities. I happened to notice from someone elses posting that you have a
phd. Which is exactly why you don’t want to be listening to some of the rotten
things said on this board. After all, half of them don’t even know what phd
stands for!!! You take care and good luck to you xx


– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 10:15:52 (BST)

No matter what people write. People like you BRIAN, will always try and look
for the negative, any excuse to throw unnecessary insults, and put other people
down. What? is this your attempt to make yourself look superior because it
certainly does not wash with me. As I clearly stated in my last message, I
personally do not take drugs of any kind so try and get your facts straight
before making nasty comments. I happen to have an auntie who has ruined my
entire family through her alchohol abuse, and if I want to voice an opinion on
the damages of drink in comparison to marijuana then I have every right to
without being subjected to rude insults about what I do myself, or do for a job.
The government spends thousands upon thousands each week repairing the damage
that is left behind from drunks on the town. The police waste a lot of precious
time clearing up drunken arguments and fights each weekend when they could be
attending more serious matters. I can bet my life I know a dam sight more about
these matters than you so some back to me when you have more of an argument to
put across. Oh and what do I do for a living? I run my own events organisation
business how about you? I also spend my weekends fundraising for Mind, Big Issue
and raising awareness against alchohol abuse. I’m sure your job and you life
infact, is so much more rewarding than all that though hey? Come back when
you’re big and strong enough Brian.As far as everyone else on this message board
is concerned. why not try and start writing nice things on here it can make you
feel so much better. It makes me very sad indeed to say that I spent a large
part of my life here and met an uncomfortably large number of people who are
just not happy unless they are bitching and making opther people’s lives a
misery. Is it really necessary? Life’s too short, why not just try and have fun
with you friends and family instead?P.S If anyone fancies a real debate on the
issues mentioned above then I am more than prepared to discuss them, it would be
fun. Also, other areas for discussion, how about fox hunting, homeless people or
Sarah’s Law?Thanks,


– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 10:06:04 (BST)

I agree with M Skinner, teenage unmarried mothers should be placed in homes
and those below a certain IQ sterilised or forced to take birth control drugs.
The parents of these young girls should pay all care costs and accept
responsibility for their offsprings action.

Maureen Moore

– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 00:55:04 (BST)

PT you are an arrogant tunnel visioned fool. I happen to know that Sad has
dyslexia and has done very well indeed in managing to post a message at all. As
for saying she is an intellectual dimwit you couldn’t be more wrong as her Phd
in Physics proves.


– Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 00:47:59 (BST)

Now now children, stop arguing or I’ll stop your pocket money

J Webb

– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 23:17:39 (BST)

To Sad:Suggest you check you spelling and use of apostrophes, you
intellectual dimwit…


– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:32:22 (BST)

To Sad:Suggest you check you spelling and use of apostrophes, you
intellectual dimwit…


– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:32:15 (BST)

Uckfield’s a shit-hole; moved out years ago and never looked back….


– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:29:08 (BST)

The comments on this message board are proof of the failure of “Care in
the community schemes” Mentaly impaired people are far better off in a
protected environment where they can receive the care they deserve rather than
sitting in internet cafe’s posting messages in this guest book


– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:23:27 (BST)

I agree with Jeremy, Luxford Field should be developed as soon as possible
for the benifit of the town as a whole and not kept as it is for the use of a
few children. Far to many resources are chanelled into kiddie projects when the
money would be better spent on family planning centres. The number of young
single mothers is a national disgrace and rather than offer them support they
should all be placed in unmarried mothers homes

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:18:24 (BST)

MoJo you are so obviously a drug sodden bitter and twisted person. Have you a
fantastic career or is it a profession?. Uckfield is well shot of you and your
kind, Brightons loss = our gain


– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:11:06 (BST)

Cynthia you insincere old bat. I know we uckers are thick as two short planks
country bumkins but even we can see through your cynical attempts at advertising
an unproven and still risky procedure. May I suggest you pop off and have a nice
labotomy or alternatively lay your head on a railway line.


– Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:07:01 (BST)

Mike and Gill Skinner both gave a lot of their time to trying to make things
better in Uckfield, you could not meet a more committed couple. I did not always
agree with Mike but everything he did was with the very best intentions, so I
really can’t understand why people are using this page to try and make out that
he was not liked in this town …. that is total rubish. I hope Mike and Gill
are both happy in their new location and that they are well.

Linda Forde

– Monday, October 14, 2002 at 16:59:07 (BST)

Cathy, I am more than prepared to apologise for my mention of drugs and of
course the unnecessary language toward the end. You will se if you take the time
to read the message properly that I was very angry indeed to see what a state
Uckfield has become after living there for most of my life. I was not trying to
promote drugs in any way and if this has offended then I am sorry. I was trying
to make a point of the problems of drink in the town that obviously go un
noticed and I think it’s a huge shame seeing as vandalism and violence is a
consequence of drinking heavily, and not from people who sit at home having a
quiet night in with friends. If it so happens that they are at home smoking,
then at least they are doing any possible damage only to themselves and not to
anyone else. This does not mean that I “take drugs” as you put it. I
am not a bad person and I will not accept being portrayed as one. I moved to
Brighton to find peace and I have done so. I have a fantastic career and perfect
husband to match. the only thing I am genuinely sorry for in the previous mail I
posted was losing my temper at the end. I don’t hate Uckfield, but I do hate the
people in it that have made living there unbearable. The people who have to know
everyone elses business, who bitch and moan because there is nothing better to
do. It’s not on.As for Luxfod field, I think it’s extremely important that it
stays. The kids do not have any nice parks and I think it’s paramount importance
that children be given nice green parks and fields to be expressive. It’s no
good complaining about children playing football in the street if they have no
where else to go. Again I apologise for my language, but I stick by what I say
that the people in Uckfield have some serious growing up to do.


– Monday, October 14, 2002 at 12:43:37 (BST)

All this fuss over Luxford Field, just get on with developing it. Why should
it remain as a so called green area for the children, development would be a
benifit to a greater number of people than just a few kids. All we hear is do
this for kids or do that for kids otherwise they will go of the rails, why
should the town be held back because parents do not accept their
responsibilities but demonstrate their inadequacies by not controlling the
little darlings.

Jeremy Waghorne

– Monday, October 14, 2002 at 00:18:48 (BST)

Why does it seem that every week there is a different development plan for
Luxford Field? First it was Tesco now houses what next? I feel that the field
and playground are an assit to the town and should not be developed. But I
suppose I am only a small person and not a member of the council, who I might
add seem to be hell bent on developing it for a bit of cash. ONCE IT HAS GONE
YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET IT BACK. I am all for development and expansion just
in the right place. Leave some green for the children please.


– Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 19:33:48 (BST)

Thank you Jeremy for your comments.Gill and I left Uckfield for three
reasons:1. Herefordshire is a beautiful county right on the Welsh border. The
job I now do could be done from anywhere so why not do it from a wonderful
setting? We also paid off our mortgage so are debt free. 2. Five important
decisions would be made for Uckfield between 2001 and 2004. As there was no
chance they could be delayed all the important choices would be made by then.
They are: Railway, floods, housing, town centre and Health provision. In a year
the first two have been lost (no electric railway or extension to Lewes) or
flood defence. (considering that all flood defences should be a whole catchment
solution – stop the water reaching Lewes should have been part of the strategy).
Flood defences was a non brainer so I am amazed it was lost. The third, housing,
is going done the pan – because figures produced by East Sussex County Council
on traffic numbers in Polegate have been proved wrong – opens up the whole
District for the housing Polegate was going to get. This too was a no brainer.
It is the job of the County Councillor to check these figures, clearly my
successor, Cllr. Dowling, failed to do so. (It was the County Council seat I
lost – I resigned from Wealden District when I left – all the decisions and
resources are with the county so the District seat would not have mattered if I
had lost it (next election was 2003)). The fourth is likely to be decided by a
Planning Inspector – no councillor dare give any leadership – so the town will
not get a true say.The fifth will probably just pass everyone by and a chance
for improvement by a huge magnitude be lost.3. I will tell you the third reason
but someone will have to ask.

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 18:59:20 (BST)

a lot of us are normal, nice everyday people. We love and care for Uckfield
and would do anything to make it a better place. I agree that we must sound
‘crazy’ when you read this message board, but it is only a bit of fun we would
never knowingly offend someone would we Sarah?


– Sunday, October 13, 2002 at 16:02:58 (BST)

is anybody in this town normal any-more???


– Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 15:32:49 (BST)

As is my want, I wandered into me ole mates garden last night to see if he
was back from his travels and what sort of grub had been put out for me, please
to say it was a good feed. Well, the ole boy was there, siting in his chair
under the birch tree smoking a fag, as usual. He look at me, I looked at him,
how you doing he asked, gave a grunt in reply, ain’t seen you for awhile he
went on, true, but it doesn’t really bother me: she feeds me when he’s away.
You know, the ole boy went on, you’re some lucky badger, why I thought, he
went on to tell me. Two legged bastards in Saltdean killing badgers because a
couple of townie families complained that they were spoiling their gardens. I
couldn’t believe it but he assured me it was true. Don’t let it upset you,
he said, no townie bastards are going to do you any harm.I say support your
local Badger Sett.

Badgers’ friend

– Friday, October 11, 2002 at 23:37:31 (BST)

“The head of every man is the Christ; in turn the head of a woman is the
Man; in turn the head of the Christ is the God.” – 1 Corinthians 11 : 3:

Preacher Man for God <preachermanforgod@hotmail.co>

– Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 23:07:56 (BST)

And its all down to the Vigalantes. Since the start of their patols drug
availability has reduced as has street crime in general. Thanks to Uckfields
vigalante group it is again safe to walk our streets.

Angela Cross

– Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 23:44:40 (BST)

Just reading the comments that some people have left here. I not long ago
chose to move to Uckfield. I have lived in many towns that have REAL drug
problems both in adults and children, REAL problems with teenagers and crime. It
is refreshing to live somewhere that seems sheltered from the nasty world
outside. I know things go on here but they are not shoved in your face as they
are in so many other places. I feel people should sit back and take a good look
at what the town has to offer and if people don’t appreciate what they have here
then perhaps it would be time for them to look eslewhere to live. It is not fair
that a few bring the place down.

It really doesn’t matter

– Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 19:30:30 (BST)

I did not make the posts attributed to be on Wednesday 2nd October at 23:05
or on Tuesday 1st October at 22:14.I would expect to be long forgotten by now.
Indeed on Tuesday I was out so physically could not have posted at that time.I
have no connection with Uckfield anymore although Gill keeps in contact with a
couple of friends by phone. (One told her of these posts)I would not want to
stir up anything so will not comment further. Please get on with your lives,
what I am doing now is irrelevant as am I.Michael Skinner,

Michael Skinner <skinner.md@btopenworld.com>

– Saturday, October 05, 2002 at 14:27:58 (BST)

MoJo, thank you, thank you, thank you so much for moving away from Uckfield,
you can take your drugs and use all tha bad lanuage you want down in Brighton, I
am sure Uckfield will be a better place without you in it! Once again, thank


– Friday, October 04, 2002 at 11:22:52 (BST)

Thank you thank you thank you so much all you disgustingly boring people of
Uckfield. I challenge you all to read through this message board and find any
comments that are anything other than pathetic bitchy nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!! I
moved from Uckfield 6 months ago to Brighton and jesus do I wish I’d lived there
all my life. What do you people do to entertain yourselves other than slag
people off. I have a life, I have lots of friends who know the meaning of
GENUINE. People don’t need to be bitter and childish, or in competition with
each other because they know better. People in Brighton are intelligent, they
may smoke the odd joint from time to time but they certainly do not go out
getting pissed for no other reason than to go around in gangs and beat people up
because “they looked at me funny” or because they simply look better!!
What’s worse, they talk about their conquest for YEARS afterwards like it’s
something to be proud of. mmmmmm such a productive existence going on in
Uckfield. Lets hang around the Broadway and have a fight, sit in McDonalds car
park til 1 in the morning, and why venture out, could there really be a life
outside Uckfield that’s better than this? You people are so unbelievably sad I
feel sorry for you. In my life, I go clubbing, I go traveling, my friends are
interesting people who have good careers in front of them, some of whom are
making some wicked music (Streets eat your heart out!). And all you lot dream of
having money and being rich, but instead of using your brains to acheive that
goal you go out, get pissed and forget about it. Uckfield needs to come
together, smoke a huge joint and chill the fuck out. Otherwise I wish a bomb
would come and destroy the bludy lot of you, Bitching is BORING!!!!!!!

JOJOmossy <jloudickens@yahoo.co.uk>

– Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 12:46:32 (BST)

Mike, you moved from Uckfield when you lost your seat on Wealden District
Council, it proved to you that the people of ‘the small town of Uckfield’ didn’t
want you anymore! You ‘lost face’ when you moved away you stated that you were
moving because you had a great job to go to … it didn’t happen did it!Take
care Mike and stay where you are.Kerri and Sarah.


– Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 07:56:43 (BST)

Mike, although Sarah may not be very bright don’t you think you were a little
over the top. I do not agree with personal attacks on other posters even though
they may have been particularly rude to you in the past and their language may
have been unaceptable to decent people, two wrongs do not make a right!

Alan Maskell

– Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 23:13:25 (BST)

My dear Sarah and Kerri. I moved from uckfield when I had achieved what I set
out to to do. You would be surprised how lucrative it was being on the council
of a backward petty little town. The more I was disliked the more I gained.
Thank you Sarah, you played directly into my hands but with your one brain cell
it was hardly surprising. I have been looking back on your postings and you are
hardly the full picnic are you but there again you are typical of a small town

Mike Skinner

– Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 23:05:05 (BST)

I know there are pop-up windows on my site but what can I do? im 15 and cant
afford a private web address. Besides, why should I have to? I am surprised that
no-one has bothered to do something like this for the kids of uckfield before
hand. As usual, asking for stuff like that is a waist of time, so I decided to
do something about it. If any-one would like to help out with the site, and help
me to get rid of the windows that every-one complains about, then please do. But
for now, just remember that I am 15 and running the site in my own time for


– Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 19:33:47 (BST)

Sarah, I think you are right! what a better place Uckfield has become since
his departure. But he just can’t keep his nose out of Uckfield business, he
still reads this guest book …. he must miss us!


– Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 18:35:12 (BST)

Would thay be the ‘Mike Skinner’ that left Uckfield because nobody liked him?
sounds like him!


– Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 07:57:05 (BST)

Sarah, would that be the ‘Sarah’ with the vocabularly limited to the anglo
saxon. Sounds just like her. poor underprivaledged waif.

Mike Skinner

– Tuesday, October 01, 2002 at 22:14:45 (BST)

I likes dribble I do, Is dribbles all the time I do, its good for spots.

Err, it hurts

– Monday, September 30, 2002 at 01:08:57 (BST)

Sarah, haven’t noticed you posting recently so how about something
interesting from you. If it wasn’t for the “mindless dribble” (did you
mean drivel?) there wouldn’t be much here, would there?


– Monday, September 30, 2002 at 00:34:59 (BST)

why don’t you all find something interesting to talk about instead of this
mindless dribble that is on this page at the moment … Uckfield is a wonderful
place to live and you are all talking crap!


– Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 00:32:06 (BST)

Suzane, far to many pop up windows on your site.


– Friday, September 27, 2002 at 11:01:29 (BST)



– Friday, September 27, 2002 at 10:09:41 (BST)

Uckfield is a pleasant place to retire to, as I`ve found.

Glenn Waller

– Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 00:29:21 (BST)

Apparently Pudding Cake Lane was closed due to a rape or something like that.
Not nice.


– Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 14:57:21 (BST)

Hello! Amy Catering San Diego California. Thank you for letting me sign your
guestbook and thank you for your website. Glad you are here.


– Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 22:20:42 (BST)

plz some one can you help on what happened in pudding cake lane today and why
it has been closed off thanxs

minnie <Xxminnie da

– Friday, September 13, 2002 at 18:56:56 (BST)

hi ya does anyone know wots happened down pudding cake lane today thanxs

minnie <Xxminniedaminx@aol.com>

– Friday, September 13, 2002 at 18:51:03 (BST)

Not a terrible site, but the comments of some people just shows how lame some
people from Uckfield are. Especially the cock who said “it says BST in the
bottom right of your message and therefore you must be from britain”, i
mean, what the fuck is that? IS THIS PERSON COMPLETELY BRAIN DEAD?

Pug <pug@friday-ad.co.uk>

– Friday, September 13, 2002 at 16:32:27 (BST)

I recently found some old Picture post cards dating back to as far as 1910
and 1911 I believe. They are pictures of different locations in the town of
Uckfield,such as The Crance Hall,Framefield Road ,Maidens Head Hotel,and High
Street. Alsoof a golf course by the name of Piltdown Golf Course,is this close
to Uckfield? There are approx. 30 picture post cards,of different locations of
Uckfield and this Piltdown. I have never heard of either of these places and
find this very interesting. These were left to me by my Mother, she had them
stored in a box for many many years.I believe these were friends that she grew
up with that either visited the area or may have lived there for some reason?
Could some one please help me fill in some blanks with any info on this town or
these towns?I would very much appreciate just chatting with some one about these
0ld treasures I have found. Thanks,Deb

Deb <dden10@msn.com>

– Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 15:32:52 (BST)

Hello my name is Cisco. English language is my second language . I visit
sites like yours to learn new english vocabulary words and improve my english
grammar. I hope to have effective communication and business communication for a
new job in US. I learned a new word ofthe day from your site. I plan to be
public speaking and business writing better now from your site. Thank you.


– Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 08:59:45 (BST)

Please will people visit my site and tell me what they think. Loads of people
are visiting it but no one has said anything about it. If you hate it, tell me.
If you like it, tell me. Just please say sumthing.

http://www.expage.com/uckfield <thecomedykid2002>

– Monday, September 02, 2002 at 13:20:12 (BST)

Cool uckfield website for kids.


– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 21:29:42 (BST)

Hans, I had heard about you. However, you are not my child. You came to be
when your mother tripped one day on the farm. She landed on a potato and it
would not come out. The potato grew inside her just as a baby would. Within
9months, you appeared from her as a child, but you’re not. For you see Hans, you

Kalle <Gebberg@online.de>

– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 21:28:33 (BST)

Kalle, you are my long lost daddy. Mummy had a liazon with a POW in 1945 who
collected water from a nearby farm. When you returned home Granny would not let
Mummy reply to your letters, eventually Mummy married my step daddy Bert and had
another seven children. Please can you let me have your address so my solicitors
can sue you for non payment of child maintenance and the emotional stress caused
to me as the result of having free school dinners. Love Hans

Hans Smith

– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 19:59:28 (BST)

Observant One you may be but clever you aint. All times on this guestbook are
recorded as BST no matter what country the post orginates from. The sever is
located in the UK and times are therefore shown as BST

Fick Fwank

– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 19:50:42 (BST)

I was 1945 Prisoner of War near Uckfield. I search an Family with
NameSteffenson. We works near Family Steffenson on an Field with Potatos, and we
become from this Fammily all times Water to make our Tea.Who know anybody of
this Family?

Kalle <Gebberg@online.de>

– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 17:39:06 (BST)

What is an Uckfield? where is Lewes? I’v gone and lost Lewes! It’s gone,gone
gooonnnneeeeee agh!

Isjamasbad azmamaladontoast

– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 14:04:33 (BST)

Nell, your prank has been foiled. We know you are from Britain. We can tell
this as it says BST in the bottom right hand corner of your message. BST means
British Standard Time so you must be in britain. Unless you are talking like
that because you are from Chatham? Perhaps you should see a doctor?

the observant one

– Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 13:32:12 (BST)

Babel Fish Translation, In English: Right people of good day of Uckfield.
Greetings I bring to you of Artic. My name is Nell and I live with my family
some much of north of thousand of Ankara. We have the solar panel for the
electrical current and charge the battery for the PC and the telephone by radio.
We travel on the ice soon to the joint and fish of trap for the food of winter.
I read on the webnet your town of Uckfield in France, it is regrettable that you
make suffer much from crimes and old people. Greetings of Nell and family


– Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 23:13:54 (BST)

The time has cume The Walrus said, my watch it is all sticky!

The Walrus

– Friday, August 30, 2002 at 14:33:06 (BST)

unofficial website for uckfield kids


– Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 17:41:50 (BST)

by the way, I found my phone. Or some of it. It had been smashed up for no
apparant reason and left by the halfpipe. Let this be a lesson. BE CAREFUL WITH


– Friday, August 23, 2002 at 16:30:40 (BST)

Unofficial kids website. something needs to be done about the lack of respect
uckfield has for it’s kids. We do have ideas and I am sick of not being heard.
Get your ideas open and get something done. Under 18’s only please.


– Friday, August 23, 2002 at 16:28:07 (BST)

LOST. mobile phone. Phillips savvy on the orange network. has blue and black
casing with small stickers on. It is in quite bad condition as the casing is
scratched and tends to switch itself off alot. It was last seen on Saturday 17th
August at Victoria half-pipe at around 8:30pm. If you have any information or
have found it then please take to Uckfield Police Station or contact me on the
following e-mail.

suzanne <un_nameable@yahoo.com>

– Monday, August 19, 2002 at 10:06:43 (BST)

Board 2death, old chap, it so happens, a what, that Paul and I do have a web
site, with a message board, don’t you know. As soon as the gendarmes let Paul
out of the pokie, perhaps we will leave our u r l


– Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 23:40:23 (BST)

Nancy, man has priority over woman because he had priority during creation.
Man was created first. woman was created second. Man was completely innocent.
Eve, the wicked woman, tempted and enticed Adam, the man, and caused his
downfall. Nancy you are a vile temptress carrying out the devils work, there is
no place in our town for the likes of you or for the den of eniquity you call a
massage parlour. Begone from this place

Maureen Clarke

– Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 23:08:41 (BST)

Nancy, as your massage parlour is for Gentlemen Paul and the Commander will
not be clients


– Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 22:35:47 (BST)

I am shortly opening a massage parlour for Gentlemen. What a relief I hear
you cry and you could be right. Depending on the type of massage and the dress
of the nice young ladies and men applying the massage, charges will be
structured to suit all tastes with special discounts for serving Police
Officers. This is a community project aimed at giving relief to all, it is hoped
the special Police discount will lead to an increase of patrols in Uckfield and
the surrounds.

Nancy McGee

– Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 01:07:41 (BST)

I am planning a book on Gypsy/Travellers in the South and South East. Can
anyone tell me if there are any permanent or occasional used travellers sites in
the Uckfield area.

Interested Author <concernedx1@yahoo.com>

– Monday, August 12, 2002 at 17:44:46 (BST)

Hello, we’re regular visitors to Uckfield as we live in the nearby village of
East Hoathly. Errrmmmm…. What can I say? Love the restaurants there espesh Di
Marco’s – Italian Cuisine, good food and nice waiters too! Its raining so we
thought we’d leave a message! E-mail us someone

Torsie & Colette <ur_a_qt@hotmail.com>

– Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 14:42:33 (BST)

I wish to correspond with anyone in the Sussex area who can help me find out
about my family! It seems a Sussex resident came to America in the 1700s and
started my family-Wickersham-and I wish to “get in touch with my
roots” as the American cliche goes! I can correspond by mail or email! I
have the names of two people-James Wickersham, Aronda, Newlands Road, Horsham,
Sussex, and Harold G. Wickersham, Sidley, Bexhill, Sussex. Don’t know anything
else about them! Thank you, Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter smcwhorter2@neo.rr.com

Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter <smcwhorter2@neo.rr.comI
wish to correspond with anyone in the Sussex area who can help me find out about
my family! It seems a Sussex resident came to America in the 1600-1700s and
started my family-Wickersham-and I wish to “get in touch with my
roots” as the American cliche goes! I can correspond by mail or email! I
have the names of two people-James Wickersham, Aronda, Newlands Road, Horsham,
Sussex, and Harold G. Wickersham, Sidley, Bexhill, Sussex. Don’t know anything
else about them! Thank you, Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter smcwhorter2@neo.rr.com

– Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 22:07:26 (BST)

Commander, very good advice indeed that Zainie passed onto you from Paul.
Being in prison you will be exposed to far greater temptation, for your own
sainity DO NOT TOUCH IT. I know the despair, the feelings of guilt, the self
disgust that one moment of sin can bring upon a weak person like you for was it
not my own dear husband Caleb who almost fell into the self same pit


– Thursday, August 08, 2002 at 21:51:43 (BST)

Sarah, are you hideing behind an imaginery friend? There is nothing to be
ashamed of in not being able to find and keep a boyfriend, I had the same
trouble untill I found Cecil. Dont give up Sarah, try an advert’ in the personal
columns of the local paper


– Wednesday, August 07, 2002 at 21:32:34 (BST)

Berni, Why don’t you try looking up your friends at
http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk – its free to join,

Smudger Jones

– Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 22:28:51 (BST)

I know that by now people are probably getting tired of reading my messages
so I will try to make this one the last for a while. I just remembered that I
was on the front cover of Uckfield Community College book about the school (not
the year book), I think it was back in 1995-6 I was the black girl so if anyone
has that book please take a look at it and tell me if you remember me. Mrs
Summons said that it would be around for a while. Berni

berni <sweetbb81@hotmail>

– Monday, August 05, 2002 at 02:20:32 (BST)

I am also wondering if Francesca Robert Cox, ( one of the sexiest guys while
I was there), still lives in Uckfield?

berni <sweetbb81@hotmail>

– Monday, August 05, 2002 at 01:20:39 (BST)

Dear Mr.Webmaster,I apologise for my disgraceful writing technique and the
trouble it is giving your eyes!!. Yes, my shift keys are working and so is the
caps lock I just couldn’t be bothered to use either of them. I went to school at
UCC and I did attend I.T classes I guess I wasn’t paying much attetion. Anyway I
was looking for old friends most of whom are probably at university anyway
because I am not getting any replies. I wonder if my old teachers from Holy
Cross would remember me after all I was the only black pupil to attend the
school. So here is one last try if anyone out there remembers me please give me
a shout. BYE Berni…

Berni <sweetbb81@hotmail>

– Friday, August 02, 2002 at 03:30:56 (BST)

Major, do you remember me, Sargent Hills, I was your batman. I was along side
you when you were cashiered, wrongly in my opinion, for allegedly helping
yourself to a few bottles of gin from the officers mess. When did they let you
out sir?

Ex Sargent Major Hills

– Friday, August 02, 2002 at 00:05:38 (BST)

Hello Folks, Greetings to anyone who knew me!I am ex Nutley. Now living in
Canberra, Australia, looking for information on old school chum, Joe Harriss (ex
Coleman’s Hatch) aged about 76! Believed to have moved to Uckfield some years
ago..Many thanks Dave.

Dave Gibbons <darogi@pcug.org.au>

– Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 01:29:00 (BST)

Perhaps after the events of this weekend many more residents of Uckfield now
realise our value and commitment to the community

Vigalante News

– Monday, July 29, 2002 at 23:17:52 (BST)

Berni, are both Shift keys and the Caps-lock key broken on your keyboard, or
can you just not be bothered to use them? It really would make reading through
all this stuff a lot easier on the eye.


– Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 18:43:15 (BST)

oh yeah i forgot to ask about a guy named jamie brinkhurst he went to ucc i
know his dads name is richard and his stepmothers name is rosemary and he has a
brother. please i am trying so hard to get in contact with some old buddiesberni
(once again)

bernadette <sweetbb81@hotmail.com>

– Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 05:19:41 (BST)

hi i am writing again asking about old friends in uckfield i just want to
find out how everyone is and what they r up to. when i lived there they had no
website so i think this is really great. i also like to read all of these
interesting messages that are being written!! oh yeah does anyone know of the
“binge” family? o.k i guess i will try again another timelove berni (
a true uckfield lover)

berni <sweetbb81@hotmail.com>

– Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 04:37:37 (BST)

does ne1 know a 14/15 yr old called Aaron Stevens? He goes to Skinners
school. I met him in the park once but don’t know how to contact him. If any-one
knows him, please tell me.


– Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 19:22:51 (BST)

hi i am looking for some old friends who went to holy cross primary school,
katrina whale, elizabeth back, johnathan pitt and james but i can’t remember his
last name. i am berni i moved away in 1996 to barbados. i am aalso looking for a
guy named Lloyd and steven hayes. please contact me i want to know how everyone

bernadette <sweetbb81@hotmail>

– Friday, July 19, 2002 at 04:48:32 (BST)

Kerri, Have you emailed the school about this, if there was any damage done
to my car, I would send the bill to the school. Teachers are fast to point out
they have similar rights to parents so they can take similar responsibility as


– Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 17:46:44 (BST)

Ici en France notre police fait le travail qu’elles sont payées pour faire
et nous n’avons pas besoin de Vigalantes. Vous l’anglais êtes pathetic et
laissez des politiciens marcher partout vous, se lever pour vous-mêmes ou se déplacer
en France


– Monday, July 15, 2002 at 23:51:49 (BST)

Wow! You’ve found yourself a great business opportunity. Good luck! And
great site by the way!


– Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 09:24:19 (BST)

Who let him in?


– Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 08:23:52 (BST)

AvariceAre you one of those people who always put themselves first? Are
rarely satisfied? Want an even better life style and want it now? You consider
patience to be something that only other people should display? Do you want to
be born again? If so, you must change and except that Christians “do not
recommend themselves…” you must become the man “whom God
recommends” – 2 Corinthians 10:18 You must apply the principle at
Philippians 2: 3 4. Do “nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism
but with a lowliness of mind, consider that the others are superior to
you.Follow the word of God as recorded in his book, my brothers, my sisters, and
you too will sit at his feet on the day of judgement.

Preacher Man <preachermanforgod@hotmail.com>

– Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 22:54:49 (BST)

We are lucky in Kent as our criminals are easy to identify, they wear blue
uniforms with funny hats and drive round in cars with blue flashing lights on
the roof

Kent Resident

– Wednesday, July 03, 2002 at 20:54:07 (BST)

“Dont believe anything you read here” – Webmaster how could you say
such a thing. The good people of Uckfield and the surrounds take the time and
effort to post here and then you suggest some of it is make believe. I have read
and reread all the postings here and other than the recent postings by the
Commander and Paul I am convinced all the others are genuine. When I leave my
email address here no one sends me porn, it’s not fair

Madge Brookes

– Friday, June 28, 2002 at 23:36:32 (BST)

While I’m at it let’s introduce some rules.1. No posting messages using all
capital letters – it is rude to SHOUT.2. No ‘text message’ shorthand, if you
can’t be bothered to attempt proper English – don’t bother at all.3. Don’t
believe anything you read in here.


– Friday, June 28, 2002 at 20:24:27 (BST)

If you want your comments or anyone else’s comments removed – just ask! If
you would like your spelling corrected – just ask. If you’re scared of porn
don’t use the internet.


– Friday, June 28, 2002 at 20:15:13 (BST)



– Friday, June 28, 2002 at 17:06:28 (BST)

This bloke comes home from work one day to find his dog with the neighbour’s
pet rabbit in his mouth. The rabbit is very dead and the guy panics. He thinks
the neighbours are going to hate him forever, so he takes the dirty, chewed-up
rabbit into the house, gives it a bath, blow-dries its fur, and puts the rabbit
back into the cage at the neighbour’s house, hoping that they will think it died
of natural causes. A few days later, the neighbour is outside and asks the guy,
“Did you hear that Fluffy died?” The guy stumbles around and says,
“Um.. no.. um.. what happened?”The neighbour replies, “We just
found him dead in his cage one day, but the weird thing is that the day after we
buried him we went outside and someone had dug him up, gave him a bath and put
him back into the cage. PS. Three days later the dog came home with a human

Wooly Mammouth

– Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 12:28:42 (BST)

Me again, sorry about the spelling in my last posting …. it is late though!


– Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 23:30:09 (BST)

Hi everybody, long time no see! However I think I know where people can buy a
sense of homour …. that shop in the high street with all those slot machines
in, because whoever owns it must have a really good sense of homour to think
that something like that shop will ever get any people in it! I have never seen
one single person in there, maybe he should think of relocating to Brighton


– Saturday, June 22, 2002 at 23:28:48 (BST)

from what i hear rocks park is the best primary school claire


– Monday, June 17, 2002 at 21:25:32 (BST)

Which is the best primary school in Uckfield? I have a rising 5. I would be
very pleased to know.


– Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 21:56:00 (BST)

I hate townies but I know they are not the only trouble makers as my mates
and I often go into town to deliberately annoy people. Why? because it’s funny
to watch them squirm and there’s nothing else to do. I went to skate the bent
metal sheet (aka Victoria Half-pipe) today, and learnt to drop in. I then
tweaked both my ankles due to the foddy welding. (p.s I could sue) I know
townies cause the majority of the problem but surely the skaters of Uckfield
need somewhere SAFE to skate too. The only other place we skate is Luxfords
car-park. Any adults who use the car park regularly will know how annoying we
are as they have nearly killed us several times. All I’m saying is you can get
rid of some of your trouble makers by helping us to skate safely. There’s
nothing you can do about the townies as they are all ignorant pratts who don’t
care wot you give them, they will destroy it.

Jim Davidson <forgotten>

– Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 19:37:51 (BST)

what yo ureally need to look at is the kind of people the trouble makers on
uckfield are. As a teenager myself i know all about the divide between the
“townies” and the “skaters”. There are many certifiable
differences between these 2 groups. The 2 main ones are the way they dress and
the way they speak. Townies speak with an unmistakable mockney accent whereas
the skater speak as any other self respecting citizen would with the often
obscenity placed mid sentece. The word townie merely suggests the whole nature
of these hooligans whereas skaters prefer to use their time doing things to
better themselves, such as skating. The difference between
drinking/smoking/breaking things and skating is that skating is recreational and
is considred a true hobby. The problem is the townies not the skaters so a skate
park would not end this situation, it would give the skaters somewhere to go but
this would only leave space for the townies to move in and take over. Any one
who has more than one commonal brainsell (in other words not the townies) should
be able to determine the roots of the trouble makers…and these roots my
friends are non other than the parents themselves!!!


– Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 15:24:21 (BST)

hi everyone i am from scotland but my childhood is full of memories from
uckfield. i am one of seven children who stayed with my gran and grandpa martin
at 2 hempstead gardens in uckfield every scool summer holidays. we had so many
fun times and adventures all round uckfield, from scrumping apples in the nearby
orchard, to a different adventure every day walking down hempstead lane

catherine <catherinebayliss@hotmail.com>

– Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 14:46:05 (BST)


david beckham

– Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 16:03:51 (BST)

Deborah what does compatable mean, Paul won’t tell me, is it somthing nasty?
Paul also said we must stay away from the stars cos thay might affect our
platonics.I’ve bought a new suit.


– Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 00:11:15 (BST)

Dearest Mark, I am not so sure we are compatable. How can our relationship
remain platonic when I know nothing of astrology. I find this all very upsetting


– Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 23:55:56 (BST)

Dearest Deborah, Paul said we can use the tree house in the garden as our
play area, as long as we do not play kiss chase, our relationship must remain

Mark <bonkingbamby@hotmail.com>

– Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 00:56:59 (BST)

Mark, I am lost yet again. Where exactly is the play area to be constructed?


– Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 00:11:51 (BST)

Jenny I agree, the town council have not thought this playground through very
well, I have heard that the police are funding it as well to get the teenagers
off the streets!If we want to take our toddlers somewhere then we will just have
to drive there!!


– Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 21:35:45 (BST)

Jenny, tesco do not want to build on luxfords field, they want to build under


– Saturday, June 08, 2002 at 00:03:05 (BST)

Johny, if Tesco is given the go ahead to build on Luxford Field do you think
that they will relocate the current play equipment? Victora Pleasure Ground is a
bit too far for my 3 year old to manage- short legs!


– Friday, June 07, 2002 at 23:48:18 (BST)

JennyI am afraid that the Playground that the council are going to build is
aimed at Teenagers only, I to have 2 young children, so its a shame that there
won’t be anything for them to play on!


– Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 22:40:30 (BST)

Deborah my love, where are you? Paul’s sorry, he did not mean what he said,
we can meet , but it must remain platonic.

Mark – Paul’s Friend <bonkingbamby@hotmail.com>

– Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 21:33:33 (BST)

Nice Website. Like to see whats happening back home now and then.

Steve Clark <bhafc@frisurf.no>

– Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 09:34:25 (BST)

Hello to the people of Uckfield. We are a local band that go by the name of
FAT friday, some of you may have heard of us, most probably haven’t. Please look
at our website and leave us feedback in the guestbook. Also we are looking for
gigs in the surrounding area, if you need an alternative rock band to play at
functions please contact us at the given email address.Rock On!

FAT friday <fat_friday@hotmail.com>

– Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 14:46:26 (BST)

Like Sarah I have just been readingthe sussex express. If the council let
Tesco build on Luxford Field it can only be right that they let the children of
Uckfield have somewhere else to go. My only concern is that as both my children
are under 5 is the council going to provide new swings and play equipment for
them as well up at this end of the town?


– Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 00:39:37 (BST)

I read in the sussex express today that it looks very likely that the
downlands copse play area will go ahead, I am glad that at last the young people
of this town are getting something for themselves at last. If more people
thought like the man in the paper (Ray) Uckfield might be a better place.


– Friday, May 31, 2002 at 23:24:32 (BST)

You can find out all about the asylum centres on the Home Office website.
There is not one near Uckfield. To call the town Conservative run is a bit
silly. One had had to resign for racism. (He sounded like Lord Percy on TODAY)
Sylvie is not sure where Uckfield is and Chris is known as Christine to all his
business associates.The town may have Tory cllrs but to suggest they actually
are capable of “running” anything requires a lot of licence. They do,
however represent the town and the extremely low level of thought expressed in
messages to this site.

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Monday, May 27, 2002 at 15:12:23 (BST)

Tory Boy- I could not have put it better.

Tory Girl

– Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 12:37:54 (BST)

George- unfortunatly I don’t think that the asylum seekers have much say in
where they are put. I think that they would be much happier where there is a
little more ethnic diversity. I know they have to go through the Home Office in
Croydon, so why not build a centre there. Croydon has a far bigger ethnic
community from everywhere, the asylum seekers wouldn’t stick out like sore
thumbs they would just blend in, there are many more schools many of which are
used to having childre who’s first language IS NOT English, Croydon’s population
would absorb a 700 strong centre, the shopping is great, the healthcare is
superb, the only problem is the Labour council so perhaps Croydon isn’t such a
good bet.


– Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 12:36:10 (BST)

I’m sorry to say Tory Boy you are absolutely right

Bret Anders

– Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 22:38:04 (BST)

SheilaYou are right, the Labour goverment would not build a detention center
in a Labour run constituancy in the fear of losing votes! This country has
turned into a communist state, because we are being dictated to, and our
opinions do not count anymore! Also under the Labour goverment the youth crime
has gone sky high, no wonder the people who will be on the boundry of the
Downland Copse playground are worried! The labour Goverment has pulled the wool
over a lot of peoples eyes, and a lot of peole who voted for them wish they had
not! The detention center will go ahead in Uckfield and nothing you do or say
can stop it, because what Tony wants he will get, at our expense!

Tory Boy

– Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 21:48:19 (BST)

Why all the arguing over illegal imgrants being housed in Ucfield. If tuth be
told, and they had a choice, Ucfield would be the last place they would want to
come to.

George H

– Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 21:22:15 (BST)

I think we have to face facts here, Uckfield is an ideal location for an
Illegal imigrant detention centre. Being a small self contained town with all
facilities and with a relatively small population (less people to complain) I
can see why government is keen to build here. I am sorry to say our Government
have decided that two centres originaly to be built in Labour controlled towns
are now to be built in Conservative controlled areas, New Labour doesn’t want to
upset its voters. They have done the same thing with Gypsies camped on land
without planning permission, if its a Labour town the Gypsies are forced to
move, if its a Conservative town they are, on appeal, allowed to stay and build
what they like! Why the hell did I vote labour – whats happened to democracy in
this country of ours?


– Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 22:55:49 (BST)

I also agree with asylum centres. As I live in Dover I see first hand what
happens when asylum seekers are pretty much left to their own devices.
Apparently there are 16 proposed sites around the UK, I would appreciate if
anyone knows a Web Site that would give me more info on where the centres are
being proposed to post it on here.


– Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 10:12:44 (BST)

Eugene I agree, the Prime Minister and Cabinet would not order the
construction of these centres if it was detrimental. Lets face it government has
done a real good job so far so why would it foul up over a few Asylum centres.
All the attacks on government is just media lies and tory jealousy


– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 23:59:47 (BST)

Mavis, yes we will have to make sacrifices but in a generation or so the
Asylum Seekers will be assimilated as their children grow up and marry our
children. It is up to us to show/teach them by example so that they once again
become valued members of a community. Yes the majority of them are young men and
very violent but this is not surprising when one considers their background,
they may suffer from nasty diseases, they may lack morals but this country and
particularly Uckfield have the resources to help them. I just know by far the
majority of our towns residents will welcome them

Eugene Small

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 23:07:47 (BST)

sorry about the typing I’ve got an infared keyboard that doesn’t always work

Mavis Cateen

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 22:59:30 (BST)

Dear Mr Small,I take from your statement that you have not lived in an area
where large numbes of asylum seekers have congregated and therefore have no idea
of the consiquences for the town like Uckfield. Even Mike @labour.org.uk while
trying very hard to show the pros of the asylum centre is letting you know what
to expect (Increased need for intruder alarms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – More building
work due to VANDALISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). My one fear is that having experinced
years of this elsewere will it be safe to walk the streets at night. It will not
just be vandalism but all other nasty behaviour aswell. When your wallet or
mobile goes don’t blame me!!!!!!!!! So if you want this lovely small town of
very nice open and freindly people to become a run down bag of sh1te with a
population living in fear then please carry on the way you are going!

Mavis Cateen

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 22:57:41 (BST)

So Dr Bolam is not against imigration as long as it does not affect him or
his family because asylum seekers have a high risk of carrying infectious
diseases such as TB, Polio, Diphtheria etc. What happened to the Hippocratic
Oath good Doctor? AND where would Mavis Cateen suggest the Asylum Detention
Centre be located if not Uckfield? Our town is ideal for a Dention Centre, it is
a self contained small town, could cope with another 700 residents, has a
community hospital to serve the Asylum Seekers health needs (assuming Dr Bolam
does not practice there) and schools etc. The majority of residents are good
people as is demonstrated by the support for the Playground at Downlands Copse –
let us all extend the hand of friendship to those poor Asylum seekers and
welcome them as we would our own.

Eugene Small

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 22:06:09 (BST)

Has anyone been to Oldham recently?Apparently Oldham was like Uckfield once a
‘quiet backwater’ but not any more.Yes I think the asylum centre would be a good

Mavis Cateen

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 20:27:06 (BST)

down wid asylum seekers! they suck!!!!!

greg clevett

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 20:26:36 (BST)

While I not against immigration I do however have serious concerns about any
proposed asylum detention centre in or around Uckfield. Being in the medical
profession if feel only correct to point out that the majority of these asylum
seekers will not have had as good medical provision as we enjoy in the UK.
Therefore stand a high risk of carrying infectious diseases such as TB, Polio,
Diphtheria etc. Being a father of two young boys I am obviously concerned at
such proposals. If anyone can find any information relating to the proposed
detention centre please could they post the URL on this site.

Dr. Bolam

– Monday, May 20, 2002 at 20:21:28 (BST)

Also many more kids to play at the Downlands Copse play area!!!


– Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 12:32:33 (BST)

Dont forget the value of houses will decrease thus benefiting the first time
buyer. As you say Mike the list is endless


– Saturday, May 18, 2002 at 00:20:23 (BST)

Before we all start objecting to the Uckfield Imigrant Detention Centre think
of the benifits to the town. Over 700 people receiving benifits with no where to
spend it other than here in Uckfield, no shortage of cheap labour for farmers
and fruit growers, lots of people jostling to mow your lawns and weed your beds,
increased police coverage (at last), a full community hospital, longer and
therefore more relaxed waiting times to see your GP, increased vandalism
resulting in additional work for local building firms, the chance for our
children to mix with many nationalities at school and so gain an insight into
other cultures, increased demand for intruder alarm systems and private security
patrols – the list of benifits to the town is endless

Mike <imigration@labour.org.uk>

– Friday, May 17, 2002 at 22:56:03 (BST)

Those of you who thought the postings re illegal immigrants were a joke may
not smile when you check the Governments website. One of the suggested sixteen
Illegal Imigrant detention centres is to be built on the outskirts of Uckfield

Sally P

– Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 23:38:08 (BST)

How sad our community has come to this. You all need your heads banging
together. Get together and discuss this as adults, what a bad example you are to
the children. The troublesome childrens parents are at fault and should be dealt
with by the courts, lock them up for a good long period and place the children
in secure detention centres. Bring back the birch and cat of nine tails.

I Gibson

– Tuesday, May 14, 2002 at 22:52:49 (BST)

Tony, education (knowledge) including spelling has nothing to do with IQ, of
course I did not expect you to be aware of this. How sad the lower classes put
so much importance on education, it will not help your children one little bit –
once a pleb always a pleb


– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 22:25:23 (BST)

I must make a stand on behalf of the insects, small mammals, birds and all
the fauna and flora that will be destroyed or made homeless if the area is
developed. All you humans care about is yourselves and what you can get out of
it. On one paw we have parents who want to dump off their kids into a playground
so they can watch soaps, down beer or play bingo (and thats just the kids) and
on the other paw we have the residents who do not want their lives changed in
any way; on the third paw we have the pathetics on the council trying to make a
name for themselves and on the fourth paw I have an unsavoury blob of chewing
gum. I say leave everything as it is or else I will get annoyed, an annoyed
Badger is not a pretty site!

Brock Badger

– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 20:34:59 (BST)

Henry, what a politically correct fool you are. How you can possibly read
racism into any of the posting when there is not a single racist comment. It is
people like you, by bringing racism into virtually every discussion, that does
untold harm to communities. Are you a member of the BNP?

Zahabu Hauhouot

– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 20:22:02 (BST)

From the most successful town in East Sussex to the racist capital of the
county in under a year. CongratulationsHenry

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 19:23:38 (BST)

Mary, judging by your spelling I do not think your IQ would be very high.


– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 17:25:14 (BST)

Tony if it wasn’t for the lower classes breeding so vigourously we wouldn’t
have this problem. In the old days children from these unions were used as
cannon fodder by our glorious armies. IQ examines followed by enforced
castration is the only logical answer. Those with higher IQ’s and the
middle/upper glasses should be able to reproduce freely but NOT the lower


– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 15:06:40 (BST)

I think the Rev and most of the people on this page should crawl under one of
the stones mentioned, you are all very sad sicko’s that sound as if you are
metalally deranged. none of you have any idea what you are talking about and are
offensive and very nasty people. There are two that seem to know what they are
talking about however, and they are ‘big ron’ and ray.I hope the kids do
distrupt your peace then maybe you will all move out of Uckfield and leave it to
‘normal’ folk to live in harmony without you!


– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 10:25:47 (BST)

Vanessa, I agree. However I would rather have the playground than a camp for
asylum seekers, they are so violent. The council will probably support the
asylum thing as this will get them the most publicity, and its publicity and
media exposure that these egotistical cretins grave more than anything else.
There is only one thing lower than a politician and thats a journalist

Alan C

– Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 00:32:46 (BST)

Stuff the playground and the all the Town Councillors who have no respect or
concerns for the residents, they have the attitude of “its all done and
dusted and its going ahead wether you like it or not” none of the
Councillors back on to it, so they don’t care!

Vanessa B

– Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 08:31:10 (BST)

Bob, the asylum seekers I am refering to are working class and would
therefore be more suited to living in a working class area. Where I live in
Berkshire there are no suitable areas for the working classes. I do not believe
peoples from abroad with my and my neighbours position in life would be seeking
asylum in the first place.

Cynthia Pennington-Smythe

– Friday, May 10, 2002 at 21:05:59 (BST)

When Cynthia has asylum seekers living in prefrabricated buildings next door
to her then that is the time I will consider it. Its all very well for do
gooders to propose these ideas but they rarely if ever are the ones who have to
deal with the outcome


– Friday, May 10, 2002 at 20:58:51 (BST)

Uckfield should help and support asylum seekers, it is far more important to
build a reception centre for them than some silly playground. Uckfield is a bit
of a backwater and the culture and religions of young people from eastern
europe, the middle east and Afiganistan will enhance the quality and colour of
life for everyone. If a small coastal town like Dover can assimilate a few
thousand then there is no reason at all why Uckfield can not take in a few
hundred asylum seekers. In a few years these people will blend in with local
life, marry local girls and boys and be fully integrated within society.


– Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 22:58:57 (BST)

I think it a disgrace that an affluent town such as Uckfield whould consider
spending a single penny on a playground when young asylum seekers are in
desperate need of our help and support. Myself and two commitee members have
visited the location of the proposed playground and have spoken with the owner
of that part of the site not owned by the council. Agreement has been reached to
clear the majority of the wooded area for the construction of prefrabricated
buildings to house poor asylum seekers but without support from the good people
of Uckfield the council is reluctant to replace the playground scheme with
additional buildings. So do please attend the meeting on 27 May and persuade the
council that you, the compasionate and understanding residents of Uckfield, want
to see YOUR money spent on additional facilities for asylum seekers and not
wasted on a silly playground. On behalf of the many many asylum seekers I thank

Cynthia Pennington-Smythe

– Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 21:25:59 (BST)

Replace the idea of the playground with a new building and area for the
scouts. The scouts accomadate both girls and boys.


– Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 21:01:50 (BST)

So Louise, you want facilities for the kids thay have already ‘gone off the
rails’ and not for the one’s that just want to be regular kids, I don’t think
that is very fair, if the one’s who have a drug problem or are sleeping around
really want help there are agencies that they can go to, doctors, health workers
ect… or god forbid their own parents!!!


– Tuesday, May 07, 2002 at 10:53:14 (BST)

This playground is causing a lot of bad feeling in the community so the best
thing to do is drop the whole thing. In its place provide a safe secure centre
for the kids where they can obtain drugs, clean needles and the morning after
pill, this could be supervised by ‘do gooders’ and the kids would be more than


– Monday, May 06, 2002 at 21:29:56 (BST)

I am getting sick tired of people who keep saying what is all the fuss about
why are we so against this playground, well let me tell you my wife and I are
pensioners who lived through the 2nd world war and in them days we did not have
the problem with kids that we have today, it would just not have been tolerated,
I am not saying that all kids are bad, far from it, but it only takes 1 bad
apple to upset the cart! Most of the people who say that we are making a fuss
about nothing probably do not back on to it so it will not affect them like it
will us. I do not mind having a playground on my doorstep the kids do need
somewhere to play around here, but I would like the Council to consult with us
as to what is going to be put in there, after all its us who is going to have to
put up with the noise and kids running around at the end of our garden. Ray says
that part of the land belongs to an unknown party, so what! That’s not going
to stop kids using it, as it is not fenced off or marked “not owned by the
Council” So please stop knocking us we have the right to have our say!


– Sunday, May 05, 2002 at 18:21:15 (BST)

Spoilt kids. thats all we ever hear about. Why do anything for them at all.
The parents choose to have them so it is up to the parents to keep the little
darlings entertained, why should anyone have to put up with other peoples
children let alone have council taxes spent on them.


– Sunday, May 05, 2002 at 00:39:50 (BST)

Ray, for your information I do not live in Downland copse, I wish I did! It
sound to me as if you have a grievance with the people who live in Downland
Copse! The residents of Downland Copse are just as intitled to be worried as I
am, I live in The Mount and my neighbours and I back directly on to the woods
where the playground is to be, and we would like to have a say on what is going
to be put at the end of our gardens. Why do YOU only see what you want? can you
not understand that we to would like to see the kids have a nice play area, as
long as it is not going to affect our privacy, security and tranquility!!!


– Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 23:51:38 (BST)

pete & sally, yes you also have some good points. but without being rude
you sound like the people at the last meeting. you agree but also find negative
points to every positive point. pete, you make it sound as if the next
generation of teens will be gun touting drug lords or something. sally, will the
area only affect downlands copse, i think not. it will affect all RESIDENTS that
live beside the wood. and remember, downlands copse was a perfectly good field
once. and one last thing, thev kids need somewhere because playing on the road
is dangerous due to certain residents of downlands copse go so fast down
lealands drive that we can only assume there having trouble taking off.P.S as i
said before the council have my details for anyone offering a POSSITIVE view for
a residents group. bye for now


– Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 23:04:20 (BST)

Ray, good on you but I wonder how many others will offer to help. Sally has
raised good points and I believe the concerns of residents backing onto the
project must be fully addressed. Your suggestion of getting the kids to help is
great but in a year or two it wont be the same kids and the next generation will
likely have little respect for the area. Can the area not be made secure at
night or would this be to costly?


– Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at 16:39:03 (BST)

Ray, I think everybody agrees that it should go ahead, its just that the
people who back on to it directly, should have a say on what is going to be put
in there, because its them its going to affect! To have a BMX track or a rope
slide platform a couple of feet from your garden would be very intrusive and
noisy. It is good of you to set up a commity for it, will you be giving all the
residents who surround the Playground your tel number?and what if there are
people in the playground in the early hours of the morning?


– Monday, April 29, 2002 at 22:51:04 (BST)

i have just had a look at all the comments about the church combe play area.
i think the area sould go ahead because the older kids need somewhere to play
instead of playing on the road. maybe if the kids of the estate were involved in
this project then it would get the respect it needs. maybe that would be better
than calling them thugs all the time and asking for trouble. i for one would be
willing to form a community group to keap an eye on the area, so if anyone is
interested in doing something possitive for the kids of this estate rather than
labelling them. if anybody wants to help form a community group for this area
just contact the council office as they have my details.


– Monday, April 29, 2002 at 22:23:52 (BST)

Why don’t the Council save money by just clearing up all the rubbish that
has been dumped in the woods and landscape it with picnic areas, benches, a
nature walk, swings and a small tarmac area for football or basket ball, there
is no need to spend all the towns resources on a grand adventure playground that
they have planned. The money can be better spent on policing and clearing up the
town. There is a lot of wildlife that reside in that small woodland, so please
do not disturb it to much.


– Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 08:30:48 (BST)

Are the Town Council aware that over 95% of the residents that back on to the
Copse are against the GRAND scale of this playground that is to be built at the
end of their gardens. Why then will the Council not listen and act on thier


– Friday, April 26, 2002 at 18:17:29 (BST)

To level and tarmac such a large area would not be cost affective at all, but
to use the existing landscape would be much cheaper, 1 small tarmac area would
be quite sufficient with a few play aperatas. There is no need for a BMX track
(which would probably be used for mopeds at night), rope slides, shelters or an
assault course, which would all be to expensive to maintain and would probably
be vandalised in time. As long as the Town Council consult with the residents
that back on to the Playground and come to an agreement on what should go in
there, then it should not be a problem!


– Friday, April 26, 2002 at 16:17:10 (BST)

Anna, what a sensible suggestion! Will the council listen? Is this acceptable
to the affected residents?


– Friday, April 26, 2002 at 16:15:19 (BST)

Re Downland Copse Playpark Judging by the types of play the children like to
involve themselves with in our close, the newly proposed play park would be
better served and used by offering simpler equipment, less prone to vandalism
and I would guess a lot cheaper to supply. They love to kick a ball around, to
challenge their skills on their roller blades and boots and boards by using the
kerbs, walls, and a quarter pipe that has been purchased for them by their
parents and very skilled they are too. These activities keep them occupied for
hours very happily with rarely a word of dispute (except from me as a rather
intolerant neighbour who hates her garden being run over!) They always go in
when it becomes too dark to see well. I would add that I often see other kids
trying out their rollerblade and board skills in the various car parks around
the town. This is a brilliant sport, to be encouraged maybe even to the extent
of setting up championships. This town could use the opportunity with this play
area to give the kids something that they would really enjoy and benefit from
rather than an expensive, aesthetically pleasing site that is so boring it is
likely to get trashed in less time than it took to erect. I urge the council to
consider this suggestion for the sake of the children. Consult them, ask them
what they want. I wouln`t be at all surprised if you found the councils purse
was left with quite a lot of change. An area for kicking a ball around with a
couple of concrete goal posts, another area with a concrete basket ball post and
ring, an area for some half or quarter pipes, at least three different heights,
and finally some concrete benches around the perimeters. Concerns by the council
about safety of surfaces I believe would be somewhat spurious, so long as there
is advice to use the correct safety helmet, knee, elbow and wrist protection.
They are likely to be a great deal safer in a purpose built area than they are
presently, participating in these sports on the streets Without lighting the
area would be less likely to be used all night. Given the possibility that an
undesirable element of drug and alcohol abusers may use the area I would urge
you not to have a grass area at all, it is so difficult to clear broken glass
and needles from grass. I am quite sure they will use the surrounding bushes but
this will not pose the daily risk that a grass area would. Many kids tend to be
litterlouts, mainly because getting rid of the litter disturbs the flow of their
games. A hard surface throughout would also make clearing litter so much easier;
who knows maybe the kids would even consider setting up a rota to tidy their
play area. Any questions for the Council meeting need to be received by the
Clerk to the Council Mr Ashley Serpis no later than 21/5/02 for the meeting on
27/5/02 If you agree with any of the suggestions please send a letter off, or
email to the Town Council web site as soon as possible. If there is anything
that you want discussed at the Town Council meeting on May 27th, when the park
is being discussed, questions need to be received in writing before 21/5/02. The
Police will be attending the meeting, so any queries about access may be brought
to their attention as long as the questions are received before 21/5/02. Please
have a look at these suggestions with your children if you have any. They could
prove to be the most powerful tool in getting what the town’s children want if
they speak with a loud enough voice before it is too late.


– Friday, April 26, 2002 at 13:52:52 (BST)

I think without “direct action” this is a lost cause. For the
council not go ahead with the play area would be an admission by the counsellors
that they were wrong. Counsellors never admit they are wrong, their egos
couldn’t stand it. You must realise counsellors are rarely if ever ‘street wise’
and those that are often have a hidden agenda. Other than independents,
counsellors vote as their party directs. In the main counsellors are just not
capable of assimilating facts and arriving at logical decisions, they cast their
votes as instructed. I wonder if any council members have registered an interest
in the construction of the play area


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 22:40:30 (BST)

If as Linda says this land was earmarked for a play area before the houses
were built why, about two years ago, did the council ballot residents . It was
either a genuine desire to seek residents views and then act accordingly or a
cynical PR job to give the impression the council were interested in residents
views but would push ahead with the play area come what may. As the council now
knows the views of affected residents but still proposes to construct the play
area it was obviously the later. Who decided the area to be balloted and what
was the basis for their decision, so as to ensure the council obtained a
majority “Yes” vote was the balloted area purposely enlarged to take
in a far greater number of unaffected residents than affected residents; answers
to these questions could possibly form the basis of a strong complaint to the
appropriate ombudsman!


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 22:10:34 (BST)

No it was not me who said that. Whats the point of saying that to someone i
don’t know? and i respect helens comment this playground is a strong arguement
on both sides and whoever said it is just a coward and obviously have a problem
with big ron.


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 18:19:12 (BST)

Linda you are avoiding the question, what do you intend to do about the
residents concerns? or are you saying you have listened to the residents and
that is it! Its their fault for moving there! What about the people who live in
the Mount like myself and in the Drive, have they got to put up with it as well?


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 18:11:46 (BST)

Eric, did you read my posting all the way through? they could have found out
about this area of land before they brought their houses, it was their choice to
live there.


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 16:38:21 (BST)

If the councillors have listened to the residents concerns, what do they
intend to do about it? Listening is one thing direct action is another! The
“wieghted vote” was a waste of time for the residents who this
playground will affect, they did stand a chance!


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 13:23:10 (BST)

Town councillors have visited the residents and listened to their concerns,
however the land in question has been earmarked for a play area since before the
houses were even built. This should have been picked up when a land serch was
done when the residents were in the process of buying their houses. Also Council
meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend and agenda’s for the various
meetings are posted on notice boards all over the town, so if people have an
interest in anything that is going on in the town they should attend the
appropitate meeting when they see it listed on an agenda.


– Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at 11:25:25 (BST)

Next election, vote them out – canvas them now and insist they come and talk
to you and other concerned residents – get the local press involved – thats
democracy – you do have power – use it Pete.

Michael Simmonds <michael.simmonds@blueyonder.co.uk>

– Tuesday, April 23, 2002 at 10:35:30 (BST)

Sally I agree, the residents of the 50 or so houses backing onto to the
proposed site are the only ones who’s view should be taken into account. If this
were a private project requiring planning consent then only those dwellings
affected would be asked to comment. As this is a council project the normal
democratic procedures are ignored. This is one of the many reasons why I can not
agree with Michael Simmonds post that “most of the counsellors I have met
have been honourable people”, I am afraid in my experience this is not so,
as is being demonstrated now with their playground proposal.


– Monday, April 22, 2002 at 20:46:18 (BST)

There was a vote about 2 years ago, 600 leaflets were sent out to residents
that live within a 1/4 of a mile of the proposed playground, there was 36%
returned and most were in favour. The thing is there are only about 40 or 50
houses that will back on to the playground, and most of them said no! but they
were out numbered by the people who do not back on to it (560 people). Its whats
called a weighted vote! The people who it will affect did not stand a chance.
Thats not what I would call democratic!


– Monday, April 22, 2002 at 14:47:54 (BST)

Following Big Rons implied threat to residents who do not share his point of
view I have declined to use my real name here. Its bad enough with teenage yobs
let alone their parents issuing threats as well. From any point of view it is
not fair or reasonable for residents to have a youth play area forced upon them.
Yes an area for youth is desperately needed but not at any cost, particularly
when it is detrimental to quality of life and peace of mind. The council has a
difficult task in finding a suitable area but should reconsider this particular
site and as an elected body take the views of the surrounding residents into
account. If the majority of residents say ‘YES” then go ahead, if the
majority say “NO” then dont – it’s called democracy

Concerned Resident

– Monday, April 22, 2002 at 13:09:38 (BST)

Interesting comments about councillors Pete – unfortunately from my
experience completely wrong. If we assume that power is the motivating force
then you and all the other voters of Uckfield have only yourselves to blame. No
doubt 60+% of you don’t bother to vote in the local elections o you get no more
than you deserve, and if you do vote then presumeably you voted fo the
councillor that best served your interest. Yes I am sure there are those who
sometimes feel they can serve a vested interest by sitting on a council and
voting for thjeir pet project, but this is almost always doomed to failure as
the rest of the council would not support them as it would not be seen in thir
best interests. Most councillors are re-elected many times so the community
cannot be too disappointed by their activities and most of the councillors I
have met have been honourable people who even though I may disagree with their
politics, I have no problem with them as people. Mike.

Michael Simmonds <michael.simmonds@blueyonder.co.uk>

– Monday, April 22, 2002 at 12:58:51 (BST)

Percy, there are already many allotments in uckfield and older people are
very well catered for as are the little children, its the youth who have no
facilities so i think its about time something was built for them.


– Monday, April 22, 2002 at 11:07:06 (BST)

I would have thought having animals like sheep, goats and rabbits in an area
of the playground would be a health hazard, what about the smell. I think the
area should be used for allotments, there are plenty of playgrounds allready and
it is about time some consideration was given to older folk


– Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 21:59:35 (BST)

It seems the real concern is the possibility of older teenagers using the
proposed playground. Could it not be scaled down and the savings made in
building a smaller site be used to make the area secure from say 7.00pm to


– Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 21:46:55 (BST)

Why does it seem that all the people who are for this playground so rude and
agressive, why can they not understand how much of an infringement it will be on
the lives of most of the people whom it will affect? The residents who will back
on to the playground are willing to accept that it is going to happen, but they
just want to have a say on what is going to go behind there fence! Surely you
can sympathise with there situation?


– Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 14:51:31 (BST)

Although I do not back on to the Playground, I can sympathise with the people
who do, I would hate to have something like that at the end of my garden and
would probably move. The best thing to do is argue your point with the Uckfield
Town Council and maybe come to some sort of compromise.


– Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 13:55:18 (BST)

I have known big ron for years and he is a gentle giant who wouldn’t hurt a
fly, he has 4 children who he loves dearly and works really hard to support them
all, (he doesn’t claim any sort of benifit) the reason he sounds so upset is
because he cares for kids so much and thinks that most people on this page are
against them and I must agree with him. You are all saying that you are not
against this play area going ahead but why don’t you tell the truth for a
change… you are against it, at least have the courage of your convictions and
tell the truth!


– Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 10:59:58 (BST)

I see Mikes back. He will be attending the unveiling of the plaque
commerating his achievents as Mayor later in the summer


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 22:13:21 (BST)

Looks as if Maggie Bell was talking of Big Ron when she said “So many
parents have the IQ of a brazil nut and morals of a rat that it is hardly
surprising the children are sub human morons”


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 22:10:06 (BST)

I also am a resident of Downland Copse, like many others I am not against the
playground at all costs, but would wish for two or three modifications to the
plans as on display at the council. I would wish for a development that would
suit all age groups, little uns as well as teenagers, with a layout that will as
not disturb local residents peace and quiet so much. Surely thre must be some
room for the good old “British” compromise. That would ensure
residents views were respected and taken into account, and the chidren get a fun
place to play. Dosn`t sound to hard to achieve to me.


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 19:14:15 (BST)

Hello everyone….long time no see! have just popped in to see how good old
uckfield is doing and was amazed to see all the postings about a playground,
where is it going to be? is it next door to an old peoples home or something? if
it is, then I can see why you are all so upset. Big Ron sounds a colourful
person, maybe you could get him to patrol the playground when it is up and
running, from the sound of it he is familiar with most of the kids! Anyway, take
care everyone and I will see you all soon!!!!!!!!


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 14:44:19 (BST)

There is undoubtedly a need for an area for the older children and this one
looks superb BUT it is in the wrong place! Idealy it should front a major road,
be away from residential property, covered/monitored by CCTV and readily in view
of passing police cars (some hope!). I think it totaly unreasonable for the
council to expect surrounding residents to live with the worry of what may
happen. let alone what will all know will happen. Kids have been given many many
chances in the past and each time they have let the community down, I know it is
a small minority but why should residents, particularly the elderly, have to
suffer for the sake of these kids?


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 13:22:35 (BST)

Chrisopher, I live in Downland Copse and I do not have a problem with the new
playground … the bigger the better! There will be vandalism in all towns no
matter what and it is a problem that will never be solved, but the attitude of
most of the people on this page is pathetic, adults are just as likely to
vandalise as younger people, can nobody remember what it was like to be young?
people on this page seem to have been born ‘middle aged’ there are certain
residents on this estate that are willing to stoop to underhand acts to stop
this going ahead and we know who they are.

Big Ron

– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 13:21:27 (BST)

Brian you are right, there are many playgrounds in Uckfield and all of them
have been vandalised at some time or other. This playground that is to be built
is much grander than anything that we already have in Uckfield, so what makes
you think this one will be different? With it being completly surrounded by
residetial property no one will be able to see what the teenagers will be up to,
except for the poor residents who will have to try and confront the problems
thereselves, which could be dangerous! I myself will not thankfully be affected
by this playground, but I feel sorry for the people who will.


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 12:12:51 (BST)

Maggie, your comments are not constructive at all, to have such a low
oppinion of other human beings is rather sad … maybe you are just a dried up
spinster who needs to go out and get a life. And as for this issue that seems to
be raging out of control, why not give the kids a chance for a change, they
might suprise you. There are many play area’s for the younger children already
in Uckfield, it is about time there was something for the older kids.


– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 11:26:46 (BST)

Children should be seen and not heard. So many parents have the IQ of a
brazil nut and morals of a rat that it is hardly surprising the children are sub
human morons. Lock the nasty little swines up and throw away the key

Maggie Bell

– Friday, April 19, 2002 at 01:43:41 (BST)

Linda, in your response to Sue, you said “from what I understand there
are only a handful of people who are objecting to this playground I have spoken
to a lot of people who want this to go ahead” this is so vague – what is a
handfull – what is a lot? Have you spoken to residents who live in the area of
the proposed playground, have their views been taken into account or should
their quality of live decline because you and others outside of the area would
like a playground. A playground for youngsters is great but it is later in the
day when the hooligan element appears that residents will suffer, why can’t it
be scaled to provide a good allround facility for just the young and make it
less attractive to the yobbos. Yes kids can behave and by far the majority do
but it only needs two or three older yobbo types to ruin it for everyone.


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 23:40:22 (BST)

Linda, I may not know very much about individual council members but I see
the decline of our town and quality of life due to their lack of consultation
with residents, decissions often based on a vested interests (even if only to
retain votes) and a need to feed their own egos. Are you implying councillor’s
should be paid – an excellent idea, should reduce the unemployment figures a
little. No one is forced to become a councillor, each is motivated by their own
reasons, a vested interest no less. Perhaps the reason they get hardly any
thanks is the fact that no thanks has been earned. As for parish councils, what
are they all about, who takes a blind bit of notice, certainly not Town Councils
other than perhaps a little lip service to keep them happy. Correct me if I am
wrong but do not councillors get expenses?


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 23:27:55 (BST)

Linda, I am not saying it should not go ahead, I am saying that it should be
scaled down from the plans that I have seen at the Civic Hall, (you see you are
not listening), I am the one of the people who this is going to affect directly
and I am not happy! If the noise gets to much and there is trouble, we will be
asking the Council to try and move us as we are pensioners and not in a very
healthy condition, so we do not need all this at our time of life! It would be a
shame to move though as we have been here for a very long time. I am afraid I
and many other people have lost all faith in our so called Town Council and


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 18:36:00 (BST)

I think it is time to change the subject now!!!!! the playground is going to
happen so lets talk about something else!


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 18:18:25 (BST)

Sue, from what I understand there are only a handful of people who are
objecting to this playground I have spoken to a lot of people who want this to
go ahead, why does everyone think that a playground means trouble? kids can


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 18:16:23 (BST)

Linda why then are the Town council not listening and acting on the views of
the people who surround this so called playground, and try to get it made
smaller so it doesnt affect the residents privacy and tranquility so much. I do
not call that acting on the behalf of the people living in this town!


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 15:33:07 (BST)

I feel that I must comment on Pete’s posting in in this guest book. You are
being very rude and insulting about people you know nothing about. There are
plenty of people who are always shouting their mouths off but aren’t prepared to
do anything about it. Members of Town and Parish councils work very hard and try
their best to act on behalf of the people who live in the town. They recieve no
payment and hardly ever get any thanks. Like Kerri says if you feel so strongly
about this matter become a Town Councillor yourself!


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 14:27:56 (BST)

Pete. if you feel so strongly about local polititions why don’t you become
one yourself instead of making slanderous statements on this web page. They give
up their free time, they don’t get paid for it and most of them care about


– Thursday, April 18, 2002 at 14:18:39 (BST)

Have you noticed over recent years how politicians, both local and national,
seem to revel in misleading the public. This playground is a prime example of
deciet and lies, the council give the impression it’s a playground for the young
then come up with a grand scheme for teenagers! I wonder why politics is now
attracting bombastic egotistical idiots preaching ‘do as we say & not as we
do’ and ‘we know whats best for you’


– Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 21:33:31 (BST)

The first I new of this playground was about 2 years ago when a leaflet came
through my door simply asking if I was for or against a playground on the Church
Coombe Estate, I was for the idea thinking that it would be a small park for
young children. Since then we have heard nothing until recently, so I went to
the Civic Hall to view the plans, and what I saw has completely changed my mind
about the idea. It is far to grand and will attract a lot of noise and trouble
because it is so enclosed and surrounded by houses including mine. There is to
be a BMX track going all the way around the outside which no doubt will be used
for Motor bikes late at night, big tyre slides, a pavilion, an assort course and
lots more it is aimed at the older children and not toddlers as I was led to
believe. We have been ill advised about this project and are now going to ask
the council to be re-housed. Jim (the Drive)


– Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at 20:12:33 (BST)

Thanks for the offer Stan, but my husband says “no,” his poodle’s
scared of hights.

Mrs Moses

– Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 22:24:28 (BST)

Posted by Lttle Bo Peep on 4/16/2002, 9:46 pm , in reply to “Re: Advert
for Bob Ellwoods Epilation Service” I highly recommend Bob Elwoods’
epilation services; it is ideal for my sheep and me. First he shears my sheep
then my bikini line, of course, he has to adjust his clippers before he shears
me, otherwise I would be left a little woolly, which would upset Little Boy Blue

Little Bo Peep

– Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 21:54:55 (BST)

Melanie, if you want a sensible answer to your question ‘Partners’ in Bell
Walk are very good for all beauty treatments.


– Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 11:27:13 (BST)

Sarah, I guessed that from your postings here. More power to naughty girls –
– YES!!!


– Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 00:00:51 (BST)

I agree with Eric’s comments dated 12th April, I am also a pensioner and
whilst I agree that there is a need for a playground in this area more thought
should have gone into this project and there should be more liaison with the
residents who’s lives this is going to dramatically affect. I was at the Town
Council meeting on Wednesday and a man stood up and said that he would police
the playground! Well I would like his telephone number because if there are
teenagers playing loud music or causing a nuisance at 1am in the morning I will
be ring him up! Because the time the police arrive they will be long gone.


– Monday, April 15, 2002 at 18:25:17 (BST)

can any girls out there recomend a good epilation place in uckfield. thanks.


– Monday, April 15, 2002 at 12:03:58 (BST)

i think the adventure playground is a cool idea. i don’t think that there
will be hooligans cos it will be for younger kids and not those that hang around
pubs. isnt it worth giving it a go and seeing what happens, but there are some
of us who respect property and dont cause trouble.

becki <beckiharison@yahoo.co.uk>

– Monday, April 15, 2002 at 11:53:41 (BST)

i think the adventure playground is a cool idea. i don’t think that there
will be hooligans cos it will be for younger kids and not those that hang around
pubs. isnt it worth giving it a go and seeing what happens, but there are some
of us who respect property and dont cause trouble.

becki <beckiharison@yahoo.co.uk>

– Monday, April 15, 2002 at 11:53:36 (BST)

All this fuss about hooligans in the town. The answer is cheap and simple, we
need allotments for these tearaways, yes ALLOTMENTS. If they were to have a
small plot of land each they could grow fresh organic veggies for their mums and
any left over they could give to the old folk. I know this is a radical solution
but beleive me this would work, I spent almost 11 years in prison working in the
gardens and since being released on parole have not murdered anyone else as I
have an interest looking after my old mums garden. If these yobbos had a garden
too I am sure, like me, they would not commit any more anti social offences.


– Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 21:31:07 (BST)

Sarah, I think you are a little out of order categorising anyone that
questions the councils wisdom for the siting of the play area as snobs, we
should all be able to state a point of view without name calling or insulting
one another. That said there is obviously a pressing need for a playground and
in all fairness the council should consult residents who could be affected. As I
see it the problem is the 24 hour access resulting in noise and unsociable
behaviour from the hooligan element of Uckfield, the effect of noise should not
be underestimated often making life unbearable and actually resulting in a
number of suicides each year; for this reason government introduced laws to
control unsociable behaviour including noise but charged councils with
enforcement. With our council there is little hope of that. If the adventure
playground is truly for the young and not a ploy to get the hooligan elements of
the streets at night the council should build a secure play area and keep it
locked at night. Regarding the lack of policing this is partly down to us, if we
were to maintain pressure on the council by bombarding them with demands for
more policing they in turn would put pressure on the police authority, if we
shout loud enough and long enough the police will increase their coverage of
Uckfield. Unfortunately we all stay quite until something affects us directly by
which time it is usually to late for anything to be done. From experience I have
found that it is no good objecting to something without suggesting a well
thought out alternative, to do this the residents would, in my opinion, be wise
to set up a residents or similar association and approach your counsellors, MP,
MEP and any other person or organisation that may be of help in getting the
playground located in a more suitable and acceptable location.


– Friday, April 12, 2002 at 23:03:41 (BST)

I feel I must say something about this adventure playground that is to be
built at the back of my house in The Mount. I have lived here for 30 years now
and have seen a lot of changes, being elderly I am very worried about the very
large hooligan element that we have in Uckfield, and to move the problem off the
street and into my back garden is an utter disgrace, we do not have any policing
in Uckfield after 6pm so how are we supposed to deal with any problem that occur
late at night or in the early hours of the morning when then Disco closes? We
the residents have not been consulted at all as to what is going to be put into
this playground and where!


– Friday, April 12, 2002 at 18:02:21 (BST)

I would like to write to back-up Sarah … people are trying to stop the play
ground going ahead, I have even heard that staff working at Gatwick for a very
well known airline want to collect animals that have been killed on the runway
and make it look as if they have been killed by the diggers that will be
levelling the ground at Downlands Copse! a bit exterm I would think. I have
several younger brothers and sisters who will be very pleased to have somewhere
to play, and my mum will be pleased as well because they never stop screaming
and shouting so it will be good to get them out of the house for a few


– Friday, April 12, 2002 at 14:59:24 (BST)

Sarah We understand that there is a need for a play area in the north of the
town, my own children need somewhere to play as well! All I want is it scaled
down a bit so that the kids will not be looking into my garden and windows 24
hour a day! You also seem to have a problem with some one who may be better off
than yourself! Well let me tell you something I originally came from
Bethnalgreen in East London which is by no means a snobs area, I have since
worked and continue to work very hard to get where I am today. So before you go
shouting your mouth off about me being a snob make sure you get your facts right


– Friday, April 12, 2002 at 12:48:16 (BST)

Woody (and I think that must be Mr Woodman) why don’t you stop moaning about
the play area, you are all a bunch of Nimbys you say you are not opposed to the
play area, but you are. The Town Council have been promising us a play area for
years and I for one am very pleased that at last it is going ahead! If you don’t
like it why don’t you and the rest of the snobs like you move somewhere else.
Kids deserve to have a place to play. Sarah (ressident of Lealands)


– Friday, April 12, 2002 at 11:33:39 (BST)

PAUL MODERATOR and Alberto Micallef were seen by police in Rye acting
suspiciously, the police were unable to apprehend them. It is believed they may
now be in hiding in the Uckfield area.

Concerned Resident

– Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 23:35:36 (BST)

Although I think Uckfield is a nice town, I do not have any faith in the Town
Council and the way they go about there decisions. I am just about to have an
adventure park built at the end of my garden so that all the teenagers who have
been causing trouble in the town can now do it in a secluded place away from the
town! The Town coucil have gone ahead with this project without keeping the
people who it will directly affect advised. It looks as if we are going to have
to sort out any nuisance caused in this park after dark ourselves because of the
lack of policing available, so if I was to go into the park late at night to ask
kids to turn down there music, who known what my happen to me! My blood might be
on the Town Councils hands if I get killed! Its not the playground that I object
to its the size and what they intend to put in it. So come on Town council don’t
wreck our lives let us have a say on what goes in it and where to put it!


– Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 15:25:38 (BST)

LINDA, The home secretary sacked our then Chief Constable because he is a
misguided and meddling fool. The home secretary seems to think above all else we
should serve the public, what rubbish. Firstly senior officers serve our self
interest often by retiring early on false medical grounds so as to obtain big
fat pensions, this normally applies to more senior officers and not the ordinary
policeman trying against the odds and without management support to actually do
a good job. What the Home Secretary and members of the public must remember is
‘to do what we say and not what we do’. Senior officers have always claimed lack
of resources to cover up their incompetence in not providing an adequate police
force but we do know the priorities, the priorities being bureaucracy, form
filling and playing with guns

PC Thompson <thompson@sussex.police.uk>

– Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 23:17:24 (BST)

PC Thompson, if your chief constable was a man of intergrity why did the home
secretary sack him?


– Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 11:28:08 (BST)

Not necessarily, as I said before it depends on the circumstances. If our PR
people think we will get adverse publicity then we won’t but if we are likely to
get national media coverage then we will. However as no publicity is bad
publicity we may err on the side of shooting but I must stress we only shoot
unarmed citizens posing no threat as armed citizens may shoot back at us

PC Thompson <thompson@sussex.police.uk>

– Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 11:25:41 (BST)

Sarah, the new ” Just So” cafe bar, should be renamed the “So
So” cafe bar. It’s nothing special at all.


– Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 20:59:11 (BST)

Has anyone visited the new cafe bar ‘just so’ yet? is it any good and what
type of food do they serve?


– Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 14:19:07 (BST)

Name: Alberto Micallef E-mail: alberto@rarebreeds.com Message: Sonja, I am a
famous resident of Uckfield and have many business interests. One that may
interest you is my rare animal breed centre here in Uckfield, due to open during
the summer of this year I am looking for young vibrant staff. I can offer you a
working holiday looking after some of the rare breed animals, I pay £400.00 per
60 hour week less £390 per week for board lodging and medical insurance. You
may get better offers than this but you risk being ripped off, I am known for my
honesty and fairness. Also I think I can promise you lots of fun and games!!!

Alberto Micallef <alberto@rarebreeds.org>

– Friday, April 05, 2002 at 00:00:22 (BST)

Right Everyone. A new bar has opened in Uckfield. Its called the Just So Cafe
bar. It is where the Ye maidens head used to be. Get down there for a great
atmosphere and the cheapest drinks in Uckfield! The staff are all friendly and
helpful. The place looks great and has a pool table and a LARGE screen

Nick <sir_niche@hotmail.com>

– Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 16:44:23 (BST)

sorry. wrong e-mail address….

becki <beckiharison@yahoo.co.uk>

– Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 16:28:51 (BST)

we could have some fun!!!!

becki <becki_harison@yahoo.co.uk>

– Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 16:14:04 (BST)

come stay with me!!!


– Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 14:32:35 (BST)

come stay with me!!!


– Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 14:32:28 (BST)

Hello I am 19 old lady from Vyberg in Russia and me visit yours city of
Uckfield, in two counties of East and Sussex in the bity island of greater
Britain in June. I am femine study student of agriculturing the land and sheeps,
I am good girl with no nown vices of consequent but am willing to learn also of
your culture. I like to stay with person in the Uckfield for six weeks, I pay
the money plus good cooker and goer, I speak excallent English and like to meet
peoples of all ages for games and fun. Pleas mail if you can do me for six
weeks. Sonja

Sonja <concernedx1@yahoo.com>

– Monday, April 01, 2002 at 21:55:53 (BST)

hi, I am a speech and language therapy syudent from Belfast and am about to
start a seven week placement in Uckfield hospital. I have been given
accomodation in Eastbourne, but am finding the journey there and back everyday a
bit daunting!! I have been looking on the net for some kind of self catered
accomodation in Uckfield but, haven’t as yet found any. I would be grateful for
some information about accomodation there which is cheap (make that very
cheap!!). Ideally I would love to find some kind of guesthouse or families that
rent rooms to students. thanks louise.

louise devlin <louisemdevlin@hotmail.com>

– Monday, March 25, 2002 at 20:05:47 (GMT)

I am afraid I have no choice other than to come out in support of Mike
Skinner. I had hoped the ‘witch hunt’ against Mike would have by now died a
death. As John Hughes correctly says, further down this guestbook, Mike served
Uckfield with distinction and was a pillar of the community. I for one would
consider a few thousand pounds spent on a suitable memorial, such as a bust, as
money very well spent

Barbara Murray

– Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 21:37:04 (GMT)

Sarah, I was referring to www.uckfield-town.co.uk. I do not believe ANY
council official elected or otherwise should be given any recognition after they
leave the council. Lets face it most council employees in senior positions are
the rejects or unemployables that real world would not employ; as for elected
officials one or two may be there because they feel they can genuinely
contribute but the others are in it for personal gratification, either financial
or because they are egotistical twerps.

Wilf Morgan

– Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 15:21:17 (GMT)

I think a bust of Mike Skinner would be appropriate. He gave freely of his
time, was interested in all aspects of the town and put the interests of
residents before his own. His honesty and integrity in personal life and while
in service to the people of Uckfield was never in question.

John Hughes

– Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 15:09:41 (GMT)

Wilf is mistaken, the so called offical Uckfield web page has long gone, and
as for a bust of Mike Skinner…. his face on a dart board, maybe!


– Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 10:22:51 (GMT)

Wouldn’t it be great to win the lottery and then buy the convent and nursery
school. Everything could then stay exactly as it is.

Wishfull Thinking

– Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 19:06:54 (GMT)

A bronze bust of Michael Skinner!! Why, what did he ever do for Uckfield?


– Friday, March 22, 2002 at 00:26:20 (GMT)

Hi all. I am of Prof of ancient history at the University of Southern
Colorado. It is likely the recipe for Uckfield Qumes originates in the Middle
East, the following is taken from Nasir-i Khusraw Itinerary of his travells to
Jerusalem Beginning in 1046 “Khusraw’s small party took a northern route
passing through Gavan and Damzan in the province of QUMES, through the Daylam
and Taram regions, to Tabriz and then Khoy in Azerbaijan, and to Van and Akhlat
in Armenia.” It is known an enclave of Armenians existed in Southern
England from around 800 although their final fate is unknown. DNA matching
carried out during 2000 on peoples in Tonbridge with a slightly darker skin
pigmentation than is the norm proves a link with Armenia! Much of the province
of Qumes was destroyed by a massive earthquake but it is interesting to note a
‘cake’ with a similar recipe is made in the region still.

Prof Jeremy Klien <jklien@uscolo.edu>

– Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 14:02:13 (GMT)

Mary, I followed your recipe for Uckfield Qumes and exceedingly good they
were too. Being teatotal I substituted the Cherry Brandy with milk. The Qumes
are similar to the traditional scone but far superior. ____ Again I followed
your recipe for Captain Blod Cream and the result was an exceptional quality
clotted cream. Could this be the original recipe for clotted cream, clotted
cream first appears in old sussex records dating from the late 17 to early 18
hundreds, well before the recipe was “stolen” by Devon and Cornwall.
Out of interest I am a retired history lecturer who specialised in the origin of
prepared foods

Marigold Priest

– Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 00:05:23 (GMT)

I have just visited the Official Uckfield Site and very good it is too. I see
they are doing a bronze bust of our ex mayor in recogognition of his outstanding
sevice to the town.

Wilf Morgan

– Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 00:01:18 (GMT)

I am moving to Uckfield and would like information on clubs etc for children
(I have a 9yr old son). My son is particularly interested in any local Scout
groups as he is currently a member of his local cub pack; he is also interested
in drama. As for myself I am a keen runner (though not v.good) and would be
interested in any local running clubs/groups.I would also be interested in other
parents views of the primary schools in the area. Do they work strictly within
catchement areas and are they overscubscribed? Also what is the situation
regarding Secondary schools. Do the majority of children attend the local
Uckfield Community College (which I understand is oversubscribed) or do they
attend other schools such as the one at Chailey. Is there a problem with
admission to the local school or the one at Chailey as I have noticed in other
areas; what is the criteria for admission. I have contacted these schools and
they obviously tell you that they follow the LEA admissions policy but I am
curious as to what experiences other parents have had.Thanks in advance.

Sharon Merchant

– Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 14:54:02 (GMT)

Midge my little Petunia, we meet outside of Tesco’s. The time is up to you
but it will have to be after 4.00 on Saturday as I must get my four hours
overtime at time and a half. When I get home I am expected to take mummy to see
Aunty Veronica and to take her shopping to get Fluffy some fish, Fluffy always
has fish on Saturdays for tea. I very much like Aunty Veronica as she says nice
things about me such as I am a perfect example of Care In The Community failing
both the patient and society. My ankle is a lot better but I have trouble
putting my crutches in the saddlebag as it makes my bicycle much wider and I
keep bumping into cars. Have you seen the Co Op advert on tv, it has sheep and
cows riding bikes, Aunty Veronica says I am just like the cows when I ride my
bike as the cows have BSE and I am deranged, Aunty is such a nice Lady. I have
just had a wage increase from 3 to 4 pence an hour and for Saturdays at time and
a half I get 5 pence an hour; Mrs Anderson who lives next door said I am
Exploited but I told her I am Gargoyle, she shook her head and started to laugh
and cry at the same time. I understood how she felt as I laugh and cry at the
same time when I forget to take my medication and repeatedly bang my head on the
wall. Well thats about it for now otherwise we will have nothing to talk about
when we meet. Love and Pork Chops from your (and mummys) Gargypoos


– Friday, March 08, 2002 at 22:52:11 (GMT)



– Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 16:37:51 (GMT)

who’s me? i don’t know a “me”. still counting the hours to the
weekend though!!!!!………………..


– Thursday, March 07, 2002 at 11:44:21 (GMT)

Gargoyle, if you realy love me you wouldn’t worry about my husband, o k, he
was a bit put out when he came home and found you screwing new hinges on the
back door, a job he loves to do himself. And you know the doc said if your limp
persists he would perscribe viagra, you are making a fuss about nothing.
However, I must confess I have forgotten the place but I rember the time, so I
will tell you the time, if you will show me the place.My Love Always Midge


– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 23:05:26 (GMT)

Dear Ted … I think your posting sums it all up, now we know how to get the
police to react! and Dougal, you are really a very sad person.


– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 23:01:43 (GMT)

In light of Dear Bill Drapers message below this one, perhaps the following
true event could be repeated to get a response from Sussex Police. ————
“Going to bed the other night, I noticed people in my shed stealing things.
I phoned the police but was told no one was available to help. They said they
would send someone over as soon as possible. I hung up. A minute later I rang
again. ‘Hello,’ I said, ‘I called you a minute ago because there were people in
my shed. You don’t have to hurry now because I’ve shot them’ Within minutes
there were half a dozen police cars in the area plus a helicopter and an armed
response unit. They caught the burglars red handed. One of the police officers
said: ‘I thought you said you’d shot them.’ To which I replied: ‘I thought you
said there was no one available.

Ted Moore

– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 20:04:43 (GMT)

YES YES YES!!!!!! Police do not consider car crime serious enough for them to
attend, now me and me mates will make some dosh. Anyone who wants car sound
systems or spare car parts leave a message here and we will email you

Bill Draper

– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 19:50:19 (GMT)

I am employed in the planning department at Wealden District Council. There
has been a number of meetings concerning the construction of a meeting in hall
in Uckfield on behalf of Andrews Church of Fruitful Alliance (ACoFA). The powers
that be in the planning department are furious at being over ruled by central
government (DEFRA) but claim their hands are tied. Under the Data Protection Act
they can not go public or even admit the meeting hall is to be built unless
ACoFA give permission as Tesco’s did.

Ben Couchman

– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 19:43:46 (GMT)

Sarah, thank you for your email it was unexpected to say the least. I really
appreciate the nice things you said about me but how did you guess who I was
from the postings I made in this Guest Book? It would be best if you did not
emailme at home but continued to phone me at work, I do so love hearing your
voice. You are a very pretty and wise for one so young, I am so fond of you

Dougal Hills

– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 19:17:11 (GMT)

Midge, do you think it wise for us to spend another weekend together – what
happens if your husband comes home early like he did when I stayed over at your
house last time. The specialist says I will need another operation on my ankle
if I am not going to be limp in later life. Could we not spend Saturday night in
a Travel Lodge or similar so I don’t loose my 4 hours overtime on Saturday
morning …… Gargoyle PS I remember the place but not the time as the last
three ocassions it was diffrent times


– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 19:10:03 (GMT)

Becki, me to. I just can’t wait to see you at the weekend, not long now my

Me !!!!!

– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 18:58:34 (GMT)

counting the hours ’til the weekend!!!!!!!


– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 12:03:07 (GMT)

I am looking for any information on Sandrock Farm, Buxted and the West or
Weston family who lived there until the 1930’s. If anybody has any details
relating to the family or to where the farm was/is, could they drop me a line
at: philip_noyce@hotmail.com. Thanks.

Philip Noyce <philip_noyce@hotmail.com>

– Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 12:01:00 (GMT)

Gargoyle, husband away this weekend, pick me up at usaul place, usual time.


– Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 22:24:34 (GMT)

I am looking for any information on Sandrock Farm, Buxted and the West or
Weston family who lived there until the 1930’s. If anybody has any details
relating to the family or to where the farm was/is, could they drop me a line
at: philip_noyce@hotmail.com. Thanks.

philip noyce <philip_noyce@hotmail,com>

– Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 16:53:06 (GMT)

No, I most certainly am not Mike Skinner. It’s interesting that everyone
jumps to such a conclusion just because someone knows a little bit about how
planning laws and the Town Council works. Anyway, I am not in any priviliged
position and I have no axe to grind, so please feel free to disregard anything I
have posted if you prefer to.


– Monday, March 04, 2002 at 23:19:37 (GMT)

Sarah, I think you have a point! Genuine1 seems to have an depth knowledge of
local government terminology and procedures beyond that of the typical resident.
I certainly do not know the in and outs of planning procedures. All I need to
know is a huge church meeting hall for an organisation called ‘Andrews Church of
Fruitful Alliance’ is to be built in Uckfield and we the the people who’s lives
may well be altered by its construction have no say in the matter. Genuine1 has
only in part answered one of the questions concerning twinning (proves he is
probably a local politician with a vested interest), in that he says “the
twinning activities cost hardly anything” – well what exactly is HARDLY
ANYTHING? Other than cost Daphne also asked “What is the benifit to the

Roger Webb

– Monday, March 04, 2002 at 20:03:48 (GMT)

Hello,I hope that I am posting this to the correct place. I am currently
looking at property to rent in Uckfield, but Ihave never been there. I was
wondering if you people could give me a quick run down of the good and bad sides
of this town.Personally I like a calm, quiet life, preferably in a town that has
fields and a lot of culture to visit. I am also looking to assist the local
youth group ( or other ) in IT if they are requiring someone to do this.In
awaiting to read your responce.yours,Richard

Richard <rirae@talk21.com>

– Monday, March 04, 2002 at 12:03:16 (GMT)

Dear ‘Genuine1’ you sound remarkably like a certain Mr Skinner, come out of
the closset and be honest about who you really are!


– Monday, March 04, 2002 at 08:25:28 (GMT)

Think hard about the St Andrews message -1. Uckfield is NOT a borough2.
Council officials are NOT elected3. Planning applications are often disclosed
and discussed before the application is formally made (see Tescos)4. Planning
Applications such as these ALWAYS go before elected Councillors.The author of
the post seems to be spectacularly badly informed. I would be highly suspicious
of this message.Genuine1ps as far as Uckfield Town Council is concerned, the
twinning activities cost hardly anything. The Association raise money for travel
themselves, and put up visiting guests in their own homes.


– Monday, March 04, 2002 at 02:15:26 (GMT)

I work in Rye and live in Uckfield. On the Rye website,
www.rye-tourism.co.uk, there are a number of messages regarding the construction
of a meeting house for – you have guessed it – The Andrews Church of Fruitful
Alliance. This sounds exactly the same as the development proposed for Uckfield.
This church, as it is for all denominations, has the fastest growing membership
of any church in the world and plans to build meeting halls throughout Southern
England. The Rye hall is to be built at Rye Bay, an area of Special Scientific
Interest, with Environment Agency support; as planning consent has been given
for a Sensitive area like Rye Bay what chance has Uckfield in stopping a similar
development. These meeting halls are absolutely huge and will be by far the
largest building in Uckfield, if they can not find a site with sufficant ground
area they tend to build UP, in built up areas on the continent and the USA they
are often 15 storeys high. The other thing the church is known for is taking in
the “homeless”, if anyone reading this is looking forward to using the
meeting hall facilities I would think again, there just won’t be room for local
people. I despair

Roger Webb

– Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 22:53:05 (GMT)

What is the benifit to the town of twinning? We are twinned with Quickborn
(Germany), Péronne (France) and Veszprem (Hungary) but I am at a loss as to
know why. What is the cost to the ratepayers of Uckfield??

Daphne Goldsmith

– Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 22:26:56 (GMT)

It’s the government’s fault. It is clearly their policy to discriminate
against country children, just as they discriminate against ever-other aspect of
country life. It would be so easy for the government to forcibly relocate
thousands of city old folk to the country. Lets face it, after the foot and
mouth debacles there are more than enough empty pigsties, cow sheds and sheep
pens to house them in. And as far as making the old codgers go out at night,
nothing could be easier, only let them collects their pensions after dark. Then
all our sweet little country children would have to do, is to wait until the old
wrinklies have collected their pensions, bingo, no problems, all the pocket
money they need to buy their treats.

Youth Worker Young & Old – the way ahead <pennywinthrope@yahoo.couk>

– Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 21:59:07 (GMT)

Dear Kerri, I just can’t beleive you said that disgusting word b****( oh I
just can’t bring myself to type it) and you just sweet 16 an all. As for Patsy
Rollover, well we all know who your mother was even if we dont know which one of
the 5 men was your father.

Hamish McDougal-Flour

– Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 20:36:18 (GMT)

Dawn, I’m not sure what you are talking about…. what land?


– Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 17:00:30 (GMT)

But Sarah you wanted to sell your land and have it and the school playing
fields next door built upon. I don’t think you have managed that.Dawn


– Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 13:50:29 (GMT)

Hamish, I have been told that the reason Scots don’t wear anything under
their kilts is because they do not have any balls to cover up.


– Friday, March 01, 2002 at 23:29:38 (GMT)

Dear Hamish McDougal-Flour, I am the Patsy you refer to. If you were the last
dress wearing man in the universe I would not roll over for you. Thats a point –
why do so many Scots males wear skirts and dance with Gay Gordons?

Patsy Rollover

– Friday, March 01, 2002 at 19:46:58 (GMT)

Well Hello, by a chance as pure as the driven Glasgee snow I surfed on in. As
a devoluted Scotsman (kilt and no knickers) I would just like to thank the
English for voting so many Scots into your parliament resulting in Scotland
receiving £19 billion of your taxes each year. As a result and unlike in
England, our uni students have all education paid even when attending English
Universities, our NHS waiting lists are virtually non existent with a patient
recovery rate almost twice that of England, our old receive a far higher level
of care, our school exam pass rates are way ahead of England and our standard of
life is higher. Our MP’s can vote on English matters but English MP’s can not
vote on Scottish matters. England – the patsy of Europe, you have rolled over on
your backs and make no attempt to stand up, pathetic.

Hamish McDougal-Flour <skirtnsporon@cabertoss.co.scot>

– Friday, March 01, 2002 at 19:45:53 (GMT)

Dear readers of this guestbook, please ignore the sarcatic comments contained
within the previous message. Police coverage of Uckfield is better than ever but
due to lack of resources and to demonstrate best value for money many police
stations have closed. Those that remain are open between the hours of 0900 hrs
to 1400 hrs, less two hours for lunch. Telephone coverage has been cut,
consequently serious crimes such as exceeding the speed limit by 2 mph should be
reported by email, break ins and theft by first class post and less serious
crimes such as murder by second class post. Oh dear, silly me, I almost forgot –
after 1400 hrs the nearest active police station to Uckfield is in Northern

Alan (a Police Officer – honest)

– Friday, March 01, 2002 at 19:39:25 (GMT)

Gundolph, when I first read your message about the man (allien) in blue suit
and funny hat seen in Uckfield last Sunday evening my first thought was you had
seen Dr Livingstone but (I am reliably told by our oldest resident) the allien
was in fact a Police Officer. The next siting of an allien in Uckfield, sorry
Police Officer, is predicted for autumn 2003. If you see a Police Officer in
Uckfield between now and 2003 you will probably be mistaken, it is more likely
to actually be an allien

Graham Goodhew

– Friday, March 01, 2002 at 19:31:38 (GMT)

A little bird tells me the council has agreed to hold a Fair in Uckfield this
summer, not a simple country fair but a country fair incorporating a gypsy horse
fair. This will be held over a weekend and although the date and location have
yet to be confirmed the playing fields in Bellmont Road are number one on the
list. All I can say is I am oh so glad we moved out of Uckfield town a few weeks
ago. Belinda Moore

Belinda Moore

– Friday, March 01, 2002 at 19:21:41 (GMT)

I see Sarah continues to read into other peoples messages only that which
suits her reply! Regarding The Andrews Church of Fruitful Alliance meeting hall,
could you have seen Mike Skinner letting this one through planning without one
hell of a fight. It looks as if our current council officials have already
rolled over and given into central government without a murmour, surprise,
surprise. Gundolph, please be cautious if you come across another of those rare
“aliens” as they tend to shoot first and come up with excuses and lies

“Do you know who”

– Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 20:36:37 (GMT)

Kerrie, read my first message! Where do I say anything at all about mugging
elderly people, that was in a message by some prat called Bill, no I do not
think it is cool to brag about mugging elderly people. Scroll down to my first
message in response to Sarah’s where in effect she says kids who go to the youth
and drop in centres do not hang around the Streets!!!!!. While you are at scroll
down and read a few more of Sarahs messages, all she manages to do is be rude
and arrogant without putting forward an argument or point of view on anything at
all. Wendy


– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 22:39:26 (GMT)

I do not understand why Wendy is being so rude to Sarah, does Wendy think it
is cool to brag about mugging elderly people? I wonder how old you are Wendy,
about 13 I would think. You do not have to be a wrinkly to have a brain.Kerri
(aged 16)


– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 22:20:26 (GMT)

On Sunday evening my wife and I had a stroll around Uckfield and not a
misbehaving teenager could be seen. However on turning a corner we saw not more
than 20 yards away a strange being, my wife who beleives in such things is
convinced it was an alien from uranus but I’m not so sure. Dressed in dark blue
from top to bottom the “alien” wore a funny dark blue sort of pointed
hat with a silver badge on the front, on the shoulders of its jacket were silver
letters and numbers, the letters were a P and a C but we could not clearly read
the numbers. My wife thinks the “alien” was communicating with a space
ship as it kept mumbling into a black thing fixed to the lapel of its jacket and
every now and then mettalic voices issued from it. I am sure a very very long
time ago I had seen one of these beings before but I just can’t remember what it
did or what it was for, what ever it was it certainly had a calming effect on
the teenagers because each one was very well behaved!


– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 21:53:30 (GMT)

Sarah, if your 25(?! ) why do you come out with all the same old rubbish as
the do gooder wrinklies? You have either lead a really sheltered life or should
be entered in the Guiness Book of Records as having the fastest ageing brain in
Britain. With your perception of life you have just got to be a social worker.


– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 21:31:56 (GMT)

hello everybody in uckfield or sournding areas… We are “Fat
Friday” an altrenative rock band from uckfield, visit our web page and sign
the guest book please…. on the search for gigs…. Tony
Ben Simon and Deb <fat_friday@hotmail.com>

– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 11:10:49 (GMT)

This message is to Wendy and Bill, first of all Wendy I am 25, not over
sixty, so its not so long ago that I was young! As for you Bill, what a dick
head you sound, I think that next time you visit one of those bigger towns that
you talk about you should stay there!


– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 09:39:06 (GMT)

Has anyone tried the new Pizza Express restaurant in Uckfield? What does
everyone think of it?

Scott Nickason

– Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 01:22:24 (GMT)

It’s a pity that it takes several outrageously bogus messages before people
will start posting. Still, I suppose it’s better than noone posting anything.
Don’t be quite so confident that ‘you know who’ hasn’t gone back on his


– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 23:00:16 (GMT)

Sarah you are wrong. I and my friends do take advantage of things like the
youth centre and the drop in centre AND we also hang around the Streets. What
makes you think teenagers who use these pathetic council facilities aren’t
“problems”, do you realy believe just because us kids go to the youth
centre we never do anything that you and other out of touch bores consider
wrong. You have no idea what goes on in this so called town. You have an opinion
on almost everything but seem to know very little of real life, how old are you
-at least 60 at a guess


– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 22:13:55 (GMT)

Do we wan’t a huge church meeting hall in Uckfield? Why does it have flats?
Who will live there? Who will use it? If it can seat 1100 it must be absolutely
huge! Who is ‘Andrew’?, Has anyone heard of this church before? Why is central
government forcing this upon us without consulting Uckfield council or
residents, what happened to democracy?


– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 22:02:06 (GMT)

I have been asked to write this on behalf ofsome of the teenagers of
Uckfield, me being one of them. The problem with us hanging round the Streets of
the town is two fold, 1)_ we haven’t enough cash and 2)_ the ridiculous
perception of violent crime promoted to the elderly by the so called local
media. There is a big problem with the elderly in Uckfield, there ain’t enough
of them. When we visit real towns there are many and this helps to keep down
vandalism in the town as local kids can get enough money and stuff to sell so as
to keep them in beer and other things. If there were more old people in
Uckfield, particularly old frail people, we can guarantee there would be no
vandalism as Uckfield kids would also have enough cash and stuff to buy their
beer and “sweeties”. When did you last hear of an old lady being
mugged in Uckfield, we do our best but if there aint none we can’t mug them,
thats why you get vandalism. Its about time the Council did something for us
kids and encouraged old people to go out alone at night.

Bill Draper

– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 16:17:35 (GMT)

What would ‘Mr.X’ like Uckfield Town Council to do about this problem? The
youths that cause the trouble are not interested in doing anything, whatever
facilities are offered to them. The ones that do take advantage of things like
the youth centre or the drop in centre aren’t the ones that cause problems.
Maybe Mr X has got some ideas … but I doubt it!


– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 15:11:06 (GMT)

Sarah, I am afraid under Data Protection Act 1998 regulations the exact
location of Andrews Church of Fruitful Alliance meeting hall can not be
published prior to the planning application being submitted. The planning
application is a mere formality as following directives from DEFRA at central
government, consent will be given by council officials under devolved powers.
Elected officials will not be consulted.Being that Andrews Church of Fruitful
Alliance is a multidenominational church that is open 24 hours day, 364 days
year, everyone is welcome. With facilities from flower arranging to boxing there
is something for everyone including teenagers. Elsewhere in the world ACoFA
meeting halls soon become the centre of the community for miles around, with
free transport running every 30 minutes from all surrounding villages, hamlets
and parishes.

Peter Thompson <concernedx1@yahoo.com>

– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 13:52:06 (GMT)

In the Uckfield Courier articles are constantly cropping up about teenagers
hanging around on Uckfields streets, I believe this is down to the fact that
there is nothing for this group of people to do in Uckfield, yes it has a
cinema, yet there is a limited amount of films to watch, around two new movies a
month. I believe it would be a good idea for Uckfield town council to have a
serious think about this situation before the matter gets any worse

Mr X

– Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 13:06:58 (GMT)

The meeting hall sounds great, but where in Uckfield will it be?


– Monday, February 25, 2002 at 08:17:17 (GMT)

Just thought I would leave a message informing all members of Andrews Church
of Fruitful Alliance in Uckfield and the surrounds that a planning application
will be submitted in June for a meeting hall. The hall will seat 1100 and have
flatlets for 25 families and 43 singles/couples. The elected councillors are
supportive as is the borough planning officials. The construction of the meeting
hall will boost tourism and the local economy. It is hoped construction will be
complete by September 2003 and the Archbishop together with Andrew himself have
agreed to perform the opening. I will post more info as it becomes available.

Peter Thompson <concernedx1@yahoo.com>

– Monday, February 25, 2002 at 00:07:16 (GMT)

The whole town is ‘doing what they want to do’ now ‘you know who’ has gone!


– Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 07:48:31 (GMT)

Sarah is so quiet. Have you managed to do what you want to do now that
“you know who” is not sticking his scruffy nose in?

Dr. Dawn Coombs <dawn.coombs@email.com>

– Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 16:58:55 (GMT)

Nice website with cute arguments! x


– Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 09:47:33 (GMT)

Dear Jackie, Thank you for the information but, like you, it does just seem
that one has to search hoping to find something useful. I am allowed to come to
the conclusion that, with the few honourable exceptions, there are few websites
that are reflecting geographical communities.I see what you mean about the
website in February 2001. There were all those children (9 and 10 year olds)
putting notices on this site and asking questions. Not a single person replied –
or even acknowledged that they had been on the site. That is really sad for a
community to ignore their young people. It gets worse because much later in the
year someone has put a spoof message on the site that makes little sense. Year 6
are hardly going to be at school in the middle of August. Perhaps if year 6 –
the real ones – had mentioned a certain name, some replies might have come

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 14:33:23 (GMT)

Hi, My name is Catherine. I love the colors in your website.

Catherine Lake

– Monday, February 11, 2002 at 19:35:01 (GMT)

This week is dragging on my friend. I’m counting the hours till the weekend.

Catherine Lake

– Monday, February 11, 2002 at 18:28:40 (GMT)

Dear Henry, You might get a flavour of the history of our websites if you go
back to February 2001 on this message board. Although it only tells one side of
the story it doesn’t take much to imagine what was going on.There are lots of
companies providing ‘skeleton’ sites for towns and villages ie
www.any-village.co.uk, www.townsites.co.uk andwww.geo.ed.ac.uk, but surprisingly
few of them appear to have entries. We Brits seem to have a healthy disregard
for such companies, and any authorities who set up sites for us! I only hit on
the Tenby site because I visited the town, but I have looked at sites of other
towns I have visited, and Tenby is far and away the best. You could however try
www.westlothian-online.co.uk which was another unofficial site attempting many
of the same things as Tenby, but which appears to have come to a grinding halt,
and also search for ‘Brixton’ – I visited a site there ages ago and was really
interested by it, but I can’t remember the address. Good Luck with the PhD –
although I think the use of the internet as a community tool has a long way to


– Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 00:57:43 (GMT)

Dear Jackie, Thank you for the Tenby address. It is a marvelous site but I
cannot find many others. This was supposed to be the start of my PhD on
“The place of websites in geographical communities”. There is plenty
of research about other types of community. One only has to look at Yahoo or MSN
or see how internet sales are expanding to see how websites work there. I have
looked at Tenby and it is great but is it unique? How did you find it? The
history of your websites is interesting but it does not show looking at either
of them. This guestbook idea is fine but what would happen it there were lots of
topics to discuss?Henry

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 17:38:02 (GMT)

Dear Jackie, Thank you for the Tenby address. It is a marvelous site but I
cannot find many others. This was supposed to be the start of my PhD on
“The place of websites in geographical communities”. There is plenty
of research about other types of community. One only has to look at Yahoo or MSN
or see how internet sales are expanding to see how websites work there. I have
looked at Tenby and it is great but is it unique? How did you find it? The
history of your websites is interesting but it does not show looking at either
of them. This guestbook idea is fine but what would happen it there were lots of
topics to discuss?Henry

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Tuesday, February 05, 2002 at 17:37:21 (GMT)

It’s www.tenby.tv


– Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 01:11:49 (GMT)

Hello again, are you perhaps talking about uckfield-town.co.uk/? If so it’s a
pity you didn’t discover these sites earlier! If you had you would have seen
that the ‘Official’ site was launched with a blaze of bile, bad feeling and
insults directed at the ‘sort of people’ who posted on this ‘unofficial’ board.
The ‘Official’ site also had a plethora of message boards, most of which one had
to register with before one could make any comments. Consequently few people
ever did. Which brings us to the good Doctor’s point about posters not including
their email address – perhaps it is because some people don’t wish to be
identified, or maybe don’t want to be shouted at through their inbox. Having it
all out in public does keep the bitter abuse in check, and makes for a more
controversial and dynamic board.Perhaps the lack of constructive community
debate suggests that there isn’t anything happening in Uckfield which posters
particularly wish to object to and that they are generally satisfied with what
is going on here (wait for me to be proved wrong on that one…….).Finally, if
you want to see a town website which DOES have a thriving and topical community
aspect to its messageboard, try virtualtenby (I’ll post the proper address when
I find it). It sorts it’s comments into threads, has links to the local
newspaper and even a chat room!


– Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 00:22:53 (GMT)

Dear Linda, Thank you for the news about he newspaper. It is the paper I am
looking at to see how the internet helps in community development. This was an
unusal website with such an open guestbook that it warrants further study – like
comparing important aspects of change in a community with what is in the
newspaper and how it is discussed on the internet. So far I have not found much
internet interaction on community issues (many websites are controlled by local
councils – like the Uckfield-Town one and don’t even have an open guestbook).
Looking at the headline on the Lewes Today website this morning and at last
week’s it appears that Uckfield’s luck has run out very badly.

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Friday, February 01, 2002 at 10:13:01 (GMT)

Most people seem to leave their email addresses off their comments. Why?DCC

Dr. D.Coombs <dawn.coombs@email.com>

– Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 15:09:26 (GMT)

Henry, they gave you wrong imformation, Uckfield has strong links with
Germany, we are twinned with Quickborn in Germany and there has been quite a few
visits from the people of Quickborn and people from Uckfield have been over
there as well.Linda.Ps. there is a local paper, the web address is :
www.lewestoday.co.uk if you go to the ‘news’ link you can get all the news from
Uckfield under ‘local news’


– Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at 07:49:37 (GMT)

Dear Jackie, How right you are. I have very little knowledge of Uckfield. It
is a place I’ve nearly visited. When I was at school we used to visit the
Wentworth family in Isfield – Tom and I went to school together. The map shows
me that Isfield is close to Uckfield but I do not remember visiting there. We
used to go swimming a lot in the summer but Mrs. Wentworth would never take us
to Uckfield because she said the traffic was too bad.I nearly visited Uckfield
when working for ZDF (German television). This was at the time of flooding last
year but we were diverted to Lewes because we were told that Uckfield had no
german links.I am fascinated by this unusual website – do you have a local
newspaper?Very best wishesHenry

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Monday, January 28, 2002 at 09:26:41 (GMT)

Henry, I don’t know where you are, but I’m fairly sure you are not familiar
with Uckfield.We are quite a small town and we do not have a theatre. Amateur
productions take place in the Civic Centre and various village halls, but we do
not have a dedicated building for professional performances. We do however have
a cinema and perhaps that might be an appropriate place for some form of


– Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 19:39:54 (GMT)

Jackie, A prompt reply but a sad one. Does Uckfield have a theatre? Could a
plaque be put up in there? It would inspire actors and audience.

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 09:03:55 (GMT)

The theatre/cinema which became the seed house has been demolished.It stood
on the site of what is now a furniture shop, sadly no blue plaque or any
recognition of Dirk Bogards debut exsist.


– Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 00:31:56 (GMT)

Does anyone know what happened to the seed house where Dirk Bogarde made his

Henry Ireton <henry.ireton@cromwell49.com>

– Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 15:13:57 (GMT)

We have had some great news for the town of Uckfield tonight, Michael Skinner
has, at last resigned from the town council. The comments he made about the new
mayor are very distasteful but this is of no suprise to anyone who know’s mr
skinner. We would just like to say that Barrie Murray (the new Mayor) will be a
credit to the town and has the backing of many people who live here. He is a
very pleasent honest person and SMART!!!

Mike and Martha.

– Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 00:07:06 (GMT)

I promise never to darken this web page again after this. I did not say
George Saunders was my friend (I wish you lot would actually READ what is
written rather than what you want to be written). The scruffy Mr. Skinner must
be someone else.The only people who would be upset about me “poking my nose
in” are those involved in the usual small town corruption – which largely
stopped when I was a councillor. At least the admin at all levels was honest.My
successor does not poke his nose in or make comments (how refreshing) but he is
just about to close the CAB advocacy service in Uckfield that helps people with
learning difficulties, the town has not moved one step nearer any flood defences
yet at the same time as slashing the CAB he found money to keep party politcal
activists going at the Volunteer Bureau – before he had even visited it. He
cannot reconcile the need for somewhere for adults with learning difficulties to
use premises in Uckfield with the fact that the Bellbrook Centre keeps flooding.
Angela, Sarah and over 4500 others are absolutely right. You will not hear from
politicians who do this sort of thing and Uckfield is getting back to normal.God
help you

Mike Skinner

– Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 16:06:20 (GMT)

I have been following the messages between mike skinner and sarah and I feel
I must say that I think Sarah is right, it is nice to walk around uckfield and
not see the scruffy Mr Skinner poking his nose into everyones business. it is
also nice not to have him making unasked for opinions in the local papers every
week, now how about leaving the Uckfield web page alone!


– Monday, January 21, 2002 at 09:46:34 (GMT)

how wrong can you be Mr. Skinner, I do live in Uckfield and take a lot of
interest in the town, as for George Saunders being a good friend of your’s, I
think you might be wrong there as well!!Sarah.


– Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 14:01:04 (GMT)

Sorry it should be spelt Ionides.George Saunders (Uckfield’s longest serving
living town councillor – from the year dot to 1991 and the man who makes the
Carnival work as its MC) has a fantastic story about the Ionides that he told me
on a visit to Uckfield Cemetery. It concerns a young man who worked for Michael
Ionides and joined the army, a house in Alexandra Road and a young wife dying of
a rare tropical disease – along with a couple of local young men. This was just
beford the war. One day I will post the whole story.The cottage was probably on
the edge of Manor Park and therefore was knocked down when the estate was built
in the early 1960’s.My friend Sarah and I do share one thing in common – neither
of us live in Uckfield (Sarah in Blackboys and me guess where?). I’m sorry she
takes no interest in the town. only in me.

Mike Skinner

– Friday, January 18, 2002 at 16:21:02 (GMT)

Ionodies used to own Buxted Park -there is still a play area in Nevill Road
called the Ionodies play area…

Mike Skinner

– Friday, January 18, 2002 at 15:54:05 (GMT)

I was evacuated during the early stages of WW2 to a ‘cottage in the woods’ on
an estate owned by Lady Ionnadis (or similar) in or near Uckfield with my mother
and brother. I did come back to look for the cottage some years ago, but could
not find it. I would be delighted if someone could point me towards any info on
any of this. I cannot remember anything about my time in Uckfield, although I
had a fairly memorable accident with a broom during my stay! I hoped that sight
of the old cottage might release some hidden memories. I was 2-3 yrs old at the

Ken Smith <steepacres@onetel.net.uk>

– Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 14:36:50 (GMT)

for gods sake sarah, grow up!


– Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 14:11:50 (GMT)


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