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Recent News

Vines Cross turkey business is a real family affair

Established over 65 years ago, the Sheffield family farm has produced turkeys for the seasonal market since 1950. The farm was originally brought by Jim’s father and mother, Jack and Rita Sheffield (hence J&R Sheffield). The farm was originally run as a mixed farm and then, following the end of the Second World War with... Read more

9th November

Axell Eames launches Christmas card competition

Big-hearted Heathfield funeral directors Axell Eames is running a Christmas card competition to encourage local children to get out their colouring pens and win a voucher for themselves and a festive tree for their school. The winners will have their design made into Christmas cards to send to their family and friends. They will also... Read more

6th November

Bonfire comes to Heathfield

Last Saturday, October 26 2019 saw the staging of the much anticipated Heathfield Bonfire Society event. Over a year in the planning, the newly formed bonfire society brought bonfire back to Heathfield after a gap of 62 years. There was a festive atmosphere with many Heathfield traders opening up during the evening to serve food... Read more

29th October

Halloween, bonfire and half-term ideas

It’s a busy time of year with half-term, Halloween and bonfire season coinciding. Love or hate bonfire season and Halloween, we have some ideas for you and tips from our Members. With Halloween falling in the middle of half term there is a big buildup to the main event. Some spooky activities are taking place... Read more

25th October

The Red Treehouse 20% off all stock ’til Christmas Eve

Hidden gem of a shop, packed full of great toys and clothing for babies and young children. Popular brands include Tyrrell Katz, Melissa & Doug, Big Jigs, Frugi and White Stuff kids The shop is a great place to find Christmas present ideas like: Melissa & Doug latch barn including four farm animals, Melissa &... Read more

24th October

Heathfield Tavern owners get approval for improvements

After a busy first six months of trading, the Heathfield Tavern has successfully applied for planning permission to create a front seating area and a courtyard garden with further seating area to the rear.  Planning Application WD/2019/1507 includes the renovation of the existing redundant external areas to the front and rear of the property into... Read more

23rd October

Local businesses scoop Rural Business Awards

There are many award-winning businesses among our members and this month three of them were recognised in the Rural Business Awards Regional Finals which took place on Friday. Now in its fifth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of countryside businesses. The Great Out-tours, the Horam-based,... Read more

22nd October

As nights draw in, it is a good time to think about the challenges of night driving

The nights are drawing in and Winter is on its way. Many people find that they don’t feel comfortable driving at night and reorganise their travel to avoid night driving. While others drive at night but feel less confident. This can be due to many factors. Around 75% of motorists report feeling stress when driving... Read more

22nd October

Putting protection back on the table

Protecting yourself and your family is just as important as investing money for the future. When it comes to exciting financial purchases, life insurance is unlikely to top the list. Most of us would rather bolster our investment portfolio, buy a rental property or improve our pension provision. But it is vital if your loved ones... Read more

16th October

All aboard the Mercy Ship for the Heathfield nurse volunteering in Senegal

Suzie Cole from Heathfield, East Sussex, is preparing to leave this weekend for a two-month trip of a lifetime to the West African nation of Senegal where she will be volunteering as a ward nurse. This amazing 24-year-old works at Eastbourne DGH on the CCU (Coronary Care Unit) as a staff nurse and as a... Read more

16th October

Field archers flock to Heathfield Park for international contest

Heathfield Park and Adrian Caddy Archery recently hosted the town’s first international field archery competition. The competition was part of the Finals Series and one of the five field archery tournaments run by multi-championship title holder Tony Weston, founder and proprietor of The Archery Company. Competitors came from as far away as The Netherlands. Tony... Read more

15th October

Special dementia meetings launched in Heathfield

A dementia charity has launched a weekly event in Heathfield to help people with the condition and their families. Know Dementia has opened one of its popular and much-needed Memory Moments Cafés in the town. The aim of the Memory Moments Café is to bring people with a diagnosis and their carers/family members together with... Read more

13th October

Win afternoon tea at The Middle House Hotel

Here’s your chance to win an indulgent afternoon tea with bubbly for you and a friend or loved one at the famous Middle House Hotel in Mayfield. Served in the modern brasserie – or on the terrace in the Summer with stunning views of the Sussex countryside – all of the sandwiches, cakes and scones... Read more

13th October

Paws to take stock of your mental health

Meet Queenie – the latest addition to the Axell Eames Funeral Services team and a fully qualified pet therapy dog, having just passed all her exams. And as it’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Axell Eames would like everyone to paws (sorry) for thought and celebrate the benefits animals offer us in times of difficulty. Recognised... Read more

10th October

50% off your first month’s storage at Safe+Secure

Take advantage of this great offer and receive 50% off your first month’s storage at Safe+Secure Storage. VALID ON ALL BOOKINGS MADE IN OCTOBER Make use of a 35ft square crate to store things you want to keep safe, when you don’t have the space; in between moves, stock storage or need to archive business... Read more

9th October

Need some extra space? Safe + Secure Storage can help

Natasha Robinson has turned an empty barn into a thriving business, with her Safe + Secure Storage solution. She showcased the business as a winner of one of the sponsored New Enterprise Zone showstands, at The Heathfield Show, in May of 2019. ” It was a good boost to our business to do the show,... Read more

8th October

Friendly Creatures – a fresh approach to dog training

Friendly Creatures is a new dog training service, created by Lydia Burke an animal behaviourist from Burwash Common. We went over to watch the training and get a feel from Lydia about her ethos and what she is offering dog owners. “As far back as I can remember, I have loved being around animals and... Read more

7th October

Support Broad Oak School – campaign appeals for action

Earlier this year, the East Sussex Council announced their intention to close the Broad Oak Primary School by August 2020. This news was met with much resistence, and the parents and local community quickly rallied to form a campaign group to fight the closure. Support Broad Oak School was born and battle commenced. Several well... Read more

3rd October

Win Sunday Carvery Lunch for four at The Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald.

To celebrate the launch of the new carvery at The Wheel Inn on Sunday 13th October 2019, we are offering one lucky group of four a FREE lunch with pudding (drinks extra). Diners will be able to enjoy a choice of delicious gammon, loin of pork, beef, & vegetarian wellington! Plus, all roasts served with... Read more

30th September

Sussex soap company goes from strength to strength

Hidden away on a small, farm-based industrial estate in the sleepy country lanes of Waldron in rural East Sussex is a business that is quietly and confidently flourishing. Christina May started nearly 20 years ago after the co-founders Bob and Juliet Butts discovered some vintage soap moulds lying disused in a machinery workshop on a... Read more

30th September

East Sussex couple proves electric vehicle motoring holiday is possible – just…

Is it possible to drive 3,000 miles through Europe in a Nissan Leaf? This was the question posed in an article in the Heathfield News on 20th May.   The short answer is an emphatic “yes”.  However, the longer answer is that perhaps one might not want to. We left home in East Sussex on a... Read more

29th September

Christmas tree farm in the running for two awards

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, near Battle, will find out next month whether it has reached the national finals of The Rural Business Awards after being shortlisted in the regional finals of the Best Retail Business category. In addition, founder Clive Collins put team member Toby Ballard, who lives in Ninfield, forward for the Young Rural... Read more

25th September

Council takes major step towards being green

Street lights and council buildings in East Sussex will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity from next year. The decision to switch to a new environmentally-friendly contract was taken as millions around the world took to the streets on the first day of a week-long climate change protest. Under the new contract, all... Read more

20th September

Apple appeal by Sussex cider makers

For the third year running, award-winning Framfield based cidery Bignose & Beardy has launched its ‘Apple Appeal’ asking the local communities in Sussex with apple trees or orchards to donate any surplus fruit – dessert or cookers – for this year’s cider. Over the past two years, 18 tons of Sussex apples have been sourced... Read more

17th September

Herstmonceux Castle students help clean up Cuckoo Trail

Students from Bader International Study Centre (BISC), based at Herstmonceux Castle, took to the Cuckoo Trail for a litter pick this month. The ‘clean up’ event, organised in partnership by Wealden District Council and BISC, involved some 120 students who walked along the trail from Horam to Polegate searching for rubbish. The Council organised for their... Read more

16th September

Pizza Wars hot up in Heathfield

Pizza is popular in Heathfield, East Sussex – we are lucky enough to have two pop up pizza vans, a mobile pizza horse box outside the Cuculo Deli, as well as takeaway outlets like Domino’s. But, recent reports have suggested that the previously harmonious relationship between pizza sellers is hotting up. Domino’s Pizza, with over... Read more

13th September

Bursting the retirement bubble

Savers drawing a pension income they don’t yet need are in danger of leaving a hole in their finances when they eventually hit retirement. New research suggests that people are taking money from their pension long before they really need it, putting them at risk of depleting their savings before they retire. Half of those... Read more

11th September

Was the property market a bit overweight?

Was the property market a bit over weight? Paul Wilson ponders the current market. What most people do when they see the inches piling on is to diet. Losing a bit of weight is a healthy thing to do. The property market acts in much the same way. After a period of excess, when things... Read more

10th September

Herstmonceux loses out in 11 goal thriller

The ESFL curtain raiser saw Herstmonceux 1st team defeated by a strong Hollington side who will definitely be one of the teams to beat this season. On a bright afternoon, with conditions perfect for football, the ‘Ceux travelled to Hastings sporting the new white and black strip courtesy of Littlewood who are continuing their sponsorship... Read more

9th September

Five step guide to improving home security

Figures from the Office for National Statistics for the year up to September 2018 show the number of domestic burglaries in England and Wales was 644,000 – and that’s an improvement on the previous year! It’s a statistic that demonstrates to all householders that no home is immune from the threat posed by burglars, but there’s plenty you... Read more

6th September

Dallington pupils celebrate fund raising success

Young fundraisers from Years 3 & 4 at Dallington CE Primary School, Saskia Van Der Meer, Abigail Lloyd & Ava Hutchings are celebrating the success of their fundraising for Cancer Research UK. The trio initiated, organised & ran a Charity Cake Sale & Lucky dip at their school in aid of Cancer Research UK. The... Read more

6th September

Local organisations can benefit from Wealden District Council’s Grants, see how to apply before 2019 deadline

Last year several local groups received small grants from Wealden Council to assist with community projects and services. Groups in the Heathfield area included: The Warbleton Brass Band and the Heathfield Silver Band who received funds to help provide tuition and instruments for young people wanting to join the band. The Hellingly Hound Dogs American... Read more

5th September

Opportunity for florist to take over Horam business

After two years of trading as Cuckoo Flower Company, in Horam, the shop recently closed. There is now an excellent opportunity for someone with relevant experience to take over this ready made business. Owner Geoff Morphew set up the business from scratch – re-fitting the shop and developing the brand including a website and popular Facebook page.  Unfortunately, the ongoing... Read more

1st September

Archery – an activity with multiple benefits for everyone

I have watched various forms of archery and tried things like air rifle shooting but never thought this very ancient activity would be something I would enjoy or be strong enough to do. An hour or so and a ‘taster’ session with the highly experienced Adrian Caddy who runs ACA certainly changed my mind. We... Read more

29th August

Double success for digital entrepreneur with social conscience

A Sussex woman who set up her business from scratch, while at the same time fighting breast cancer, is in the running for two Rural Business Awards. Sue Harbottle-Sear, founder of Konzepts Ltd, has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Start-Up category and Best Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business category. She hopes to show... Read more

29th August

Cross in Hand Tennis Club has triumphant summer season

Players from Cross in Hand Tennis Club have proved they are some of the best in the area after coming top in the Horam League this year. At the Horam League finals held at Horsted Keynes Tennis Club recently the ladies doubles team of Andrea Law and Suzi Christie beat a pair from Crowborough in... Read more

21st August

Heathfield Butcher jailed in Operation Pinocchio

Local butcher, Terry Adams, of the popular Butcher’s Hook in Heathfield has received a prison sentence after he was caught perverting the course of justice as part of Operation Pinocchio. Pinocchio was launched by Sussex Police, as an initiative to improve safety on Sussex’s roads, by tracing and prosecuting offenders who provide false information in... Read more

15th August

Pick It Up Put It Down – 5th Birthday set to ignite summer

Back for its fifth birthday this year, Pick It Up Put It Down (PIUPID) is set to once again raise the bar on fundraising in aid of the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex. On Saturday 10th August at the Heathfield Rugby Club, the team will re-open the doors to this annual festival. The event began... Read more

8th August

Work experience is a win-win for us and Anna

We often receive requests from students wanting work experience and we are always delighted to help if we can – it’s our way of ‘giving back’ to the community and helping young people embark on their careers. Our recent trainee was a delight and we know she is going to be a successful journalist. We... Read more

8th August

Heatwave led to fan-tastic sales for High Street trader

Temperatures of up to 34.2 degrees encapsulated Heathfield and the surrounding areas last month. Reminders to drink plenty of water, seek shade and stay cool were put in place to help stay hydrated and healthy in high temperatures. Ensuring that the above advice has been taken on board means that you can safely enjoy the... Read more

5th August

Shining a light on wonderful Thorpe Gardens

Perhaps like me you have driven past Thorpe Gardens on the road between Horam and Cross in Hand hundreds of times. I live in Hellingly and belong to Cross in Hand Tennis Club so it is a regular route for me – especially in the summer. Thorpe Gardens is almost apologetic in its marketing –... Read more

4th August

Growing concerns over graffiti in Heathfield

The increase of graffiti in Heathfield is causing concern for residents. Locals have noticed the growing amount of graffiti in the area and are calling for more action to be taken to prevent this vandalism. A Heathfield resident (who wishes to remain anonymous) contacted The Heathfield News about his concerns: “I am alarmed at the... Read more

2nd August

Heathfield Scout takes part in once in a lifetime Scout Skills Festival in West Virginia

Finaly Roberts is one of 5,000 Scouts from the UK taking part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Finlay, 16, will join 40,000 others taking part in this skills and adventure festival. He will meet 45,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world – sharing his skills while enjoying adventures in... Read more

1st August

Here’s what to do if you don’t get the A-Level results you want

With A-Level results day just three weeks away, many students are being advised to prepare for clearing. Here’s what you need to know and how you can get ready for results day. Plan now for Clearing!Many people think that university clearing is only open on A-level results day and for a few weeks afterwards – but this... Read more

29th July

Making light for Kabubbu

A Heathfield teenager is using her creative skills to help raise money for a village in Africa. Holly Christian, a student at Heathfield Community College, is fundraising for a trip to the Ugandan village of Kabubbu. She has been busy making tea-light holders in order to fundraise for the trip. The holders are being exhibited... Read more

26th July

Heathfield welcomes public defibrillators

Four new public access defibrillators have been installed in Heathfield. The Heathfield & Waldron First Responders Group is delighted to announce it has successfully installed four new Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) sites across the town. These defibrillators are designed to be easy to use by members of the public in the event of someone nearby... Read more

25th July

Win all you need for jam making and preserving

It is that time of year when thoughts turn to jam and preserve making, and Heathfield Ironmongers stock all you need from pans to jars and all the bits in between. You could be in with a chance to win this fabulous Kitchen Craft maslin pan , 3 jam jars, labels, butter muslin and jam... Read more

25th July

Plant donation helps brighten school grounds

Heathfield Community College was delighted to receive an incredibly generous donation from Thorpe Gardens in Horam during ‘Enrichment Week’. During the last full week of term students took part in a wide variety of activities for Enrichment Week. These ranged from cycling adventures to camping, baking, trips abroad and gardening. Pupils who chose gardening formed... Read more

23rd July

The Great Out-tours celebrate selection as a finalist in the Rural Business Awards Final 2019

Horam based, business The Great Out-tours has been shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious Rural Business Awards 2019/20: South East Best Rural Professional Services Business and the Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business categories of the Rural Business Awards 2019/20. “It is thrilling to be selected as a finalist for the South East region, just... Read more

23rd July

Rita’s quest for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust

Heathfield woman Rita Dingwall has completed her mission of cycling from London to Amsterdam in order to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Rita, 63, an Equine Practice Manager, completed the fundraiser on June 28th on board her beloved bike Evie. This quest, however, is not unknown to Rita and Evie. Flashback to June... Read more

22nd July