Features

Ideas to keep the kids occupied this Summer – clubs and workshops

The Summer holidays can be a real challenge for parents. Some parents are looking to find ways of having their children cared for, while other parents are searching for ideas to keep their children occupied during the long holidays. Parents of younger children often want to find activities they can share with their kids, and... Read more

17th July

Burial vs cremation – the numbers don’t stack up says Heathfield funeral director

Do your loved ones know what you want to happen to your body when you die? A recent poll commissioned by Axell-Eames suggests this is not the case. When the funeral director firm asked people about their funeral preferences, 76 percent of people chose cremation while 24 percent opted for burial. And yet the company’s... Read more

16th July

Investing the exit proceeds of your business

Building a successful business can involve a lifetime of work; so when the time comes to sell; would you know the best options for investing the sale money wisely? It’s important to make sure you and your family can enjoy the benefits for many decades to come, but how? Here Stephen Palmer, Founder and Director... Read more

11th July

Heathfield Ironmongers celebrate their 100 year anniversary!

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Heathfield Ironmongers on Heathfield High St, to mark this milestone in the first week of July you will see some amazing competitions and offers in store.   Over  a 100 years ago, before World War 1, a Hailsham based  ironmongery company called A.F. Smith, opened the original... Read more

27th June

Wine Festival launches, Saturday 1st June 2019 at Hidden Spring, Horam

It’s all go at Hidden Spring Vineyard, Horam, East Sussex. Not only have they just been awarded a silver medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge for their Bacchus (2017); but they are hosting the first Sussex Weald Festival of Wine on Saturday, June 1st.  Five outstanding Sussex vineyards have united to create a FESTIVAL OF WINE a... Read more

29th May

If you love horses – make sure you come along to The Heathfield Show

The Heathfield Show has built up a brilliant reputation over the past few decades as a first- class venue attracting top class exhibitors and serious competitors There are 90 horse classes over the day with almost 600 entries each year. Classes start early in the morning with six dedicated equine rings showing horses and ponies... Read more

24th May

Monster trucks return and first for Shetland Pony Grand National

From the heavy horse parade to the Shetland Pony Grand National and Big Pete, The Monster Trucks & The Grim Reeper, ring one is the place to watch some spectacular entertainment. The Monster Trucks will be returning to the Heathfield Show on Saturday.  Big Pete is one of Europe’s largest Monster Trucks with a full-size... Read more

23rd May

Bigger and better Arts and Crafts Marquee at this year’s Heathfield Show

Last year’s new format Arts & Crafts marquee was a huge success.  This year 2019 there is an even bigger and better marquee. This dedicated area will be for like minded creative businesses to showcase and sell their hand-crafted, unique products. From wood crafts and metal smiths, glass, ceramics and textiles, through to artists and... Read more

23rd May

Foodie Delights at The Heathfield Show

Food and drink are a major attraction for visitors to The Heathfield Show. You will find everything from fairground fodder to local specialist producers, food trucks and a Food Tent. Farmers’ Markets are a a great opportunity for producers to sell directly to the public. People love shopping at Farmers’ Markets – it’s the only... Read more

22nd May

See some of the best livestock in the country at The Heathfield Show

Cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and poultry will be in abundance at this year’s show. As well as the chance to get up close to all types of livestock you can watch some of the best breeders and handlers in the country compete against each over for the coveted trophies and rosettes. There is also the... Read more

21st May

Explore Country Ways from a bygone age at The Heathfield Show

This year Country Ways will feature old favourites and some new faces. Traditional practices, crafts and activities can be seen  in the Country Ways Arena and up close in the Country Ways tent. The live displays will include the ever popular Terrier Racing, displays from gun dogs, sheep dogs, birds of prey and working horses... Read more

20th May

Is it possible to drive 3,000 miles through Europe in a Nissan Leaf?

A Punnetts Town couple who have embraced electric motoring have set themselves a challenge to see whether it is possible to enjoy a driving holiday around Europe using the available charging point infrastructure. Graham and Sarah Hutton will embark on their 3,000 mile Grand Tour of Europe, which they hope will include at least ten... Read more

20th May

Improve your home and your lifestyle

One of the South East’s largest and most successful home improvement companies is based right here in Heathfield. With an ethos of offering the right products, made-to-measure in the right style at the right price, County – The Home Improvers is going from strength to strength. Definitely worth a visit is the impressive supercentre in... Read more

17th May

Fledgling businesses get a leg up in the New Enterprise Zone at The Heathfield Show

Each year, against stiff competition a group of fledgling local businesses win the chance to enjoy a free stand at The Heathfield Show. Located in the New Enterprise Zone, a range of different exhibitors will show off what they do, and give you the opportunity to engage with them. The Heathfield News was offered the... Read more

16th May

The Heathfield Agricultural Show, building bridges between town and country

Complete Land Management have been exhibiting at The Heathfield Show for over ten years, we asked  Mandy Ashdown, of  the Sussex-based company, to give us some insight into why they keep coming back for more. Farming is changing more quickly than it ever has, so a lot of people in towns and cities have no... Read more

15th May

Paella and palm trees for Heathfield Community College’s orchestra

During the first week of the Easter holidays, the Heathfield Community College’s Music department undertook their 6th European Music Tour. Following visits to Italy, Austria and France, this year saw them return to Spain and the town of Tossa de Mar, Catalonia where they had previously visited in 2014. The aim of these tours is... Read more

3rd May

Calling all Heathfield Show Exhibitors!

The Heathfield News will be running a Heathfield Agricultural Show special all week from Monday 20  May until the show day Saturday 25 May. The week will be packed full of features about the show and competitions to win tickets and more. All exhibitors are invited to send in Press Releases, images and information about marketing initiatives... Read more

1st May

Great bits of advice for effective revision

While many people are relaxing this Easter weekend, local college students preparing for GCSE and A levels will no doubt be getting their heads down to a bit of revision. We have teamed up with Dr Lisette Johnston Head of School at ScreenSpace .  She has given us some useful ideas on how to make revision as productive... Read more

18th April

Hidden Spring Vineyard celebrates the bottling of their 2018 vintage wines

  Chris and David of Horam based, Hidden Spring are celebrating the first onsite bottling of their wines; although grapes have been grown on the site since 1986, historically the wines were actually made elsewhere. But, this year five wines have been bottled from grapes from the Hidden Spring Vineyard. There are two still white... Read more

9th April

Ideas for Easter – chocolate, eggs and bunnies

  Cuculo for a great choice of chocolates and Easter Eggs The ever popular deli on Heathfield’s High St, now stocks a range of luxury chocolates in their new bespoke chocolate chiller cabinet. H&R, English chocolate truffles have pride of place, with a choice of Belgium premium chocolates alongside. The store also has Italian Easter... Read more

6th April

Tax year end countdown

The approach of the financial year-end marks a final opportunity to ensure you have used all your tax-saving allowances. Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions in Uckfield explores your various options here. Pension plans For pension savers, no news was good news in last year’s Budget. Widespread predictions of cuts to pension tax relief came to... Read more

3rd April

You don’t have to spend a fortune on Mother’s Day to show your mum you care

Mother’s Day is fast approaching but it’s not too late to arrange something to show how much you appreciate your mum – and there are lots of things you can do even if you are on a tight budget. The obvious choice is taking your mother to lunch but many restaurants like The Heathfield Tavern... Read more

22nd March

Now or never for this year’s ISA?

As the days count down to the end of the tax year, how many investors have yet to decide whether, or where, to use their ISA allowance? And how are uncertain times effecting investors? Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions in Uckfield explores the various options here. It’s often said that time in the market is more... Read more

21st March

Pioneering and incredible work to help animals

Looking from the outside you wouldn’t know that there is pioneering work going on in this small rural practice. But a chat with Practice Manager Donné Stam reveals that behind the doors of Heathfield Vets in Hailsham Road, they are carrying out pioneering and incredible work to help animals. Stem cell therapy is one of... Read more

15th March

A taste of tapas comes to Hidden Spring Vineyard

Horam Home Kitchen has been working with Hidden Spring Vineyard in Horam, for a while now, creating pop up events at the vineyard and catering for group bookings. The latest venture is two nights of tapas on 12 and 13 April, served in the intimate setting of the vineyard’s tasting room, with the stunning view... Read more

6th March

The case for a midlife MOT

A financial health check in your 40s or 50s could significantly improve your chances of a comfortable retirement, according to Steve Palmer director of an Uckfield financial advice firm. Steve from Cranwell Wealth Solutions said retirement was increasingly seen as a long journey to look forward to not, as it once was, a relatively short... Read more

11th February

Need some inspiration? Top pick of great ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day only around the corner, we have done the hard work, and put together a selection of great ideas for ways to treat your loved one this February 14th. The Middle House, Mayfield, is one of our favourite places to eat, you can enjoy the contemporary bistro or the cosy restaurant area. For... Read more

4th February

As 2019 kicks off, Paul Wilson shares his thoughts on the local housing market

A recent survey showed that East Sussex has some of the most expensive postcodes outside of London, but could that mean that property is over priced and hard to sell? We asked Paul Wilson of Rowland Gorringe for his perspective on the market as we enter 2019. This is what he had to say: If... Read more

9th January

With so many festive foods on offer, how do you choose the right wine?

We asked this question to wine expert James McNab, of Cuculo Cheese and Wine in Heathfield, and he gave us lots of helpful advice and ideas for festive drinks. “Choosing the right wine can be tricky, especially as turkey has both light meat and the darker more flavoursome leg and thigh meat, and breaking with... Read more

12th December

Festive floral style tips from Cuckoo Flower Company

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7th December

Ronit Furst, eyewear with a difference, comes to Heathfield

Heathfield was the first town to be visited by the eye wear designer Ronit Furst, on her recent tour of the UK,when she popped in to see Melina Joy Opticians. They have been stocking the eponymous brand, since it rose to fame, after being worn on TV by GBBO’s Pru Leith. Ronit Furst has a... Read more

15th November

Heathfield students push creativity in the world of pop promos

Last week all students in year 7 at Heathfield Community College took part in an exciting range of activities melding creativity with the iPad. Every student had the opportunity to learn new skills in 3 key areas, Music, Photography and Video. In Music, students created remixes of Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, learning... Read more

14th November

Change happens – manage your finances to face change head on

Change happens in every aspect of our lives. As the years go by, marriages take place, children are born, careers take twists and turns, we move home and events out of our control such as government policies and sadly the death of loved ones all have an impact on our lives. Change is a fact... Read more

5th November

A revealing trip to the optician

Getting older can throw up lots of challenges, not least keeping on top of eye health, and ensuring good vision for all occasions. As part of The Heathfield News’s new goal to get more hands on with our members, one of the team visited Pople & Broad for a full sight test and eye examination.... Read more

18th October

Why it’s more important than ever to plan for your retirement

Retirement is an enormous subject – it’s also fairly alarming to know that many of us working today may not be eligible for a state pension until we’re 70 and research suggests we may even need to save £525,000 for an annual income of £26,000. It seems the more prepared we can be the better.... Read more

9th October

October is all about Draco but there’s no Harry Potter in sight!

One of the regular and easy ways to take part in watching the universe is too look for meteors. Science can use them to survey the content of the solar system, technology can use them to build and test strange radio equipment and the rest of us can enjoy the free show. If you ever... Read more

2nd October

‘Time out in the woods’ with Lucy’s Little Forest School

Lucy’s Little Forest School is located in the magical  Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex. So near to Heathfield, yet you may not  have discovered this tucked away, Hidden Gem of 60 acres consisting of predominantly chestnut trees. This is the home for all their woodland based activities for children and adults.  But, Lucy’s is about... Read more

26th September

Crystal Vintage rocking glamour in Horam and beyond.

Chloe la Fay has spent years building up an expansive collection of globally sourced vintage clothing from the 1920s-to the 80s with a heavy lean towards the 1970s. Her concept is called Crystal Vintage and includes exquisite gowns for  special occasions, from highly collectable labels such as Chanel, Dior or Ossie Clark, to unique trend and fashion... Read more

21st September

Financial drop-in success

Cranwell Wealth Solutions is a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, specialising in advising both individuals and businesses on their financial affairs. Now in its 6th year of business and based locally in Uckfield, the founder and Director Stephen Palmer reflects on a venture that he is extremely proud of – local financial... Read more

12th September

Unity Community Garden – about more than vegetables!

For the second in our series on Hidden Gems, we visited the Unity Community Garden. This oasis of calm is hidden away at the bottom of Leeves Close in Heathfield. The garden, which was started 12 years ago, is essentially a mini allotment for the residents of Leeves Way, Leeves Close, Newnham Way and Waldron... Read more

3rd September

September skies – the autumn equinox and the dog days of summer

September approaches and with it the autumn equinox and the dog days of summer. Nights overtake the days and we move into autumn. In the evenings the planets still put on a good show with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all easily visible albeit low on the Southern horizon. Higher in the sky deep sky objects... Read more

31st August

Key things to consider when organising a funeral

For many, planning a funeral is a process defined by chaos, feelings of disorganisation and overwhelming emotion – for others it serves as a focus that can delay the acceptance of loss. No one wants to have to arrange a funeral at what is already a difficult time. But if you do, having an understanding... Read more

30th August

Tucked away in Hellingly – The Sussex Cutting Garden

In the first of our series of ‘Hidden Gems’ we have visited the Sussex Cutting Garden. They can be found at the Granary Rural Business Centre, at Broad Farm, Hellingly,East Sussex, BN27 4DU just off the A267 on the right before the Lower Dicker turn off, if you are coming from Horam. As a trained... Read more

21st August

Advice for those picking up GCSE results this Thursday

The climax to years of hard work and high expectations for the GCSE students of Heathfield Community College is almost here. As GCSE results day looms large teenagers are poised to finally find out if it was all worth it.   Results day is often full of emotions, from elation to disappointment, for parents, teachers... Read more

20th August

What next? If you don’t get the A Level results you hoped for

Heathfield Community College A level students will get their results next week. For some it will be a dream come true and a clear path to their university of choice, for others it will take a bit more time and perseverance. We spoke to Ruth Sparkes, Editor of teen magazine Future Mag, for some advice... Read more

10th August

TWO MEN AND A TUDOR MAP by Patrick Fletcher and Allan Mackenzie

We first met to discuss old maps acquired from the East Sussex Record Office. Allan was interested in the oldest, dating from 1595. It showed a line around the Heathfield and Burwash Downs, common land situated between Burwash and Heathfield. There were houses with the names of people who lived in them just outside the... Read more

9th August

What’s up above in August?

Throughout July the sky never grows truly dark as even at midnight the sun is still clinging only a short way below the northern horizon. Fortunately this never really gets in the way of studying the really bright objects such as Mars and Jupiter, both of which were in the news recently; Jupiter with the... Read more

29th July

Keep your kids busy with Summer Clubs and Activities

The Summer holidays can be a real challenge for parents. Some parents are looking to find ways of having their children cared for, while other parents are searching for ideas to keep their children occupied during the long holidays. Parents of younger children often want to find activities they can share with their kids, and... Read more

18th July

Frogheath Landscapes celebrates 25 years of award winning projects.

Frogheath Landscapes are celebrating 25 years in the business of creating gorgeous outdoor spaces. This family run business is located in Burwash, and as well as private gardens they have also built a number of award winning gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.  Including being awarded 3 Gold Medals, Silver Gilt and Silver medals.... Read more

9th July

Are women really second-class citizens when it comes to their retirement?

Fifty years ago, the sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant famously walked out in protest at their jobs being classified as unskilled – a story that inspired the film Made in Dagenham. The ultimate result of the action, which began in June 1968, was the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970 – legislation which prohibited... Read more

4th July