Community stalwart dies

A KEY member of Uckfield and District Preservation Society has died.

Adrian Pearce, who has died aged 59, was an ardent supporter of initiatives in the Uckfield area, writes Mick Harker.

With his wife, Sally they moved to the district in 1976 and by the early 1980s Mr Pearce was a member of Framfield Parish Council and responsible for footpaths.

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His work as an IT consultant meant travelling considerable distances, sometimes curtailing the local activities he enjoyed being involved with.

After the considerable additional IT workload brought about by the Millennium date change, he reviewed his life/work balance and decided to focus more of his expertise into the voluntary sector.

By 2002 he was an active member of both the Uckfield and District Preservation Society and the Uckfield Regeneration Partnership. Within the society he became the secretary and a key member of the team that opened the charity shop in the High Street in June 2007.

Although this created additional work for Adrian, in his words the achievement was 'great fun'.

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His expertise in detail and problem solving was to prove invaluable to the project to restore Bridge Cottage.

Through his involvement, this project moved from a concept through to raising funds to employing an architect to detail the design for listed building and planning approvals.

His greatest disappointment was not to be able to see the project through to completion.

One of his lasting legacies will be the society website, ( which he completely redeveloped adding local information for others to share.

Adrian's drive, determination and friendship will be sadly missed by all who knew him; the world has truly been made a better place during his time with us.

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