Features

New tuition service for Primary School children

Lockdown has had a significant impact across all years of schooling, but no more so than at Primary School level, as young children find it much more difficult to concentrate and struggle with online teaching. According to the BBC news and Ofsted, children are roughly 3 months behind where they should be, with 44% of... Read more

26th November

Brave Dallington resident who worked undercover against the Gestapo

This week, I am glimpsing into the life of Arthur Breen – husband of french resistance fighter Michele Breen, who I wrote about before, having seen their interesting gravestone in Dallington churchyard. I say glimpsing because in World War Two, Arthur was a member of the SOE –  the Special Operations Executive – and information... Read more

12th November

Vines Cross turkey farm has the perfect solution for smaller gatherings

Vines Cross turkey farmers JR Sheffield are gearing up for a busy Christmas with their butchers reporting footfall across the year up 50 percent compared to last year. But press reports that turkeys are being starved or being put on a reduced diet so they fit a potentially smaller Christmas gathering are totally unfounded says... Read more

5th November

The diminutive heroine buried in Dallington

The epitaph on a fairly recent gravestone in Dallington Churchyard has always interested me and I knew it would make a great research project – the brief detail hinted at such an amazing life. Claude Michele Wattebled de Ducla was born outside Bordeaux in 1922. When France was occupied in 1940, Michele was being educated... Read more

4th November

Amazing woman who fought for women’s rights buried in Brightling

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the brave Arctic explorer Benjamin Leigh-Smith, whose wooden leaping board grave marker I came across in Brightling Churchyard. I also researched the life of Benjamin’s sister Barbara, who is buried next to her brother.  Barbara Bodichon was one of the founders of the UK suffrage movement which... Read more

22nd October

Incredible story of intrepid explorer buried in Brightling

On a recent trip to Brightling Church, I came across the ‘leaping board’ grave of Benjamin Leigh-Smith.  The line ‘Five times he sailed the Arctic Sea and for his Country’s good, braved countless hardships and perils’ caught my eye. And so it was interesting to discover that ‘He was one of the most intrepid explorers... Read more

7th October

Would you know where to start if you had to arrange a funeral?

At age 53 I am incredibly fortunate to have never had to arrange a funeral. So when I was invited to step through the doors of Wealden Funerals I took the opportunity to pose some of the questions that people might normally not want to ask. Once inside, a black and white photo on the... Read more

1st October

Tragedy of train crash in Mayfield

No one expected tragedy to strike when they boarded the 8.18am London train from Eastbourne on Wednesday 1st September 1897.   The train was made up of the engine (the ‘Bonchurch’) and was coupled to five passenger carriages and a milk van.  The train was unusually busy that day as discounted tickets to London were... Read more

22nd September

Secret scandal surrounding local fishmonger

The Horam war memorial lists ‘R Felgate’ among its WW1 fallen.  When war broke out, Roland Felgate enlisted in Eastbourne into the Royal Sussex Regiment and died around the 14th July 1916 aged 21.  His body was never recovered and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  But Roland’s last name was not... Read more

9th September

Carricks Brook staff help residents enjoy sports day

The pandemic has been challenging for the staff and residents of Carricks Brook, a small, family run care home in Dallington for adults with autism and challenging behaviours. But, the staff have worked hard to successfully adapt daily life to ensure that the residents can still lead happy and fulfilling lives. This summer the residents... Read more

3rd September

Historian uncovers Old Heathfield Russian connection

This is the first in a series of articles kindly written by local historian, Hellingly resident and author of ‘Here Dead We Lie’ Nicola Walker Whenever I’ve been wandering around the graveyard at All Saints Church, Old Heathfield looking for war graves or sometimes family, I’ve often noticed this gravestone and wondered about the story... Read more

2nd September

DIY expert realises dream with Heathfield shop

Six months after taking ownership of his first shop, Chris Cook hasn’t looked back and the business is going from strength to strength. Chris struck up a relationship with the owner of Balcombes DIY in Hailsham Road, Heathfield, and then one day went home and told his partner that he would love to own the... Read more

27th August

Time to enjoy the Cuckoo Trail and a wine tour and tasting at Off the Line Vineyard

A perfect opportunity to enjoy award winning rosé wines produced in Off the Line Vineyard, Hellingly, East Sussex. During August you can visit this, state of the art vineyard, find out more about the wine with a tasting and enjoy a self-guided walk. Wine is available by the glass, and the cellar door shop offers sales... Read more

7th August

From rat race to Rushlake Green – a year in the life of a first-time village shop owner

For first-time shop owner Tony, his inaugural year in retail is one that he will never forget and a time that presented more challenges than he could have ever imagined. Tony purchased Rushlake Green Villages Stores last July in order to fulfil his dream of returning to the country and escaping the London rat race.... Read more

6th August

Time for 18-25 year olds to take back financial control urges Cranwell Wealth Solutions

Young people in the 18-25 year old age group have experienced testing times of late – with the lasting effect of the 2008 financial crash, unattainable housing, higher tuition fees and Brexit all playing their part. Now, with the enormous impact of Covid-19 on their further education and employment prospects, this generation face tough times... Read more

24th July

Stylist gets ready to hit the road*

A mobile stylist from Five Ashes is gearing up to re-connect with customers in their own homes for the first time in many months. She will be wearing full PPE and adhering to the new rules since the coronavirus outbreak to keep herself and customers safe. *Amy has been busy practising wearing her PPE by... Read more

2nd July

Off the Line Vineyard celebrates English Wine Week with a virtual tour and tasting 26 & 27 June 2020

Join Off the Line Vineyard to celebrate English Wine Week! This year English Wine Week runs from Saturday 20 June to Sunday 28 June and Off the Line Vineyard, in Horam are offering a special virtual tour and tasting experience so that you can enjoy the vineyard and taste their three rosés with your household... Read more

17th June

Is yours one of the 1.6 million unclaimed pension pots worth £19.4 billion?

Have you exhausted your list of lockdown chores yet? Research published in May 2020 from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) suggests that tracking down old pensions might be one task worth adding. Here Cranwell Wealth Solutions of Uckfield and Heathfield explains how many pensions are currently being left unclaimed. According to the ABI, there... Read more

5th June

Quick fixes and advice from Cuckoo Hair

Cuckoo Hair may be temporarily closed but they are busy supporting their clients through out this challenging time. For many, not being able to have their regular salon visit is tough. Leanne, co-owner of Cuckoo Hair is offering complimentary consultations over the phone to give advice on how best to handle hair and scalp maintenance,... Read more

18th May

Ideas for celebrating VE Day 75 at home

The May Bank Holiday was moved this year to encourage three days of celebrations to mark VE Day 75, over the weekend of 8th to 10th May. The Coronavirus lockdown has had a big impact on this, with most events cancelled. But, don’t dispair you can still join in from home, to mark this significant... Read more

6th May

Guy is king of the castle during lockdown

It’s the time of year when Herstmonceux Castle and Grounds are at their most colourful with displays of daffodils, tulips, magnolias and primroses. Normally there would be hundreds of visitors walking around the estate, people attending special events like Easter egg hunts and others enjoying the tearoom and tours of the castle. But as a... Read more

15th April

Award winning wine importer launches delivery service for Heathfield area

Mayfield based, Las Bodegas, is the UK’s leading importer of wines from South America. They also stock an impressive selection of wines from Spain and France. Normally, they supply exclusively to independent wine shops and restaurant trade customers; but the recent crisis, which has seen restaurants closed, has challenged the business to think about a... Read more

15th April

“Our amazing, valued workers – making a difference” life at Oakdown House, Adult Care

Sue Fletcher, a member of staff at Oakdown House, contacted us because she wanted to let people know that during this difficult time, carers and support staff are working harder than ever to keep vunerable people safe at places like Oakdown House, a centre for adults with severe learning difficulties in Burwash Common. This is... Read more

14th April

The worst days are often followed by some of the best days – a take on the financial markets by Cranwell Wealth Solutions

We have written many articles for Heathfield News over the years and recently established a new branch of our business within the high street; sadly only to close it temporarily in recent weeks. Never have we faced times as uncertain, complex and worrying as we do right now. I would like to take this opportunity... Read more

30th March

Last minute, safe ideas for Mother’s Day

During a time of crisis we can easily lose focus on the nice things in life like celebrating birthdays and special events. But these should not be forgotten. We may not be able to celebrate with get togethers or meals out, but we can arrange deliveries, send cards and phone our loved ones. It’s a... Read more

21st March

Find out about Vibrational Essences with Min Peterken at Wholefoods Healthstore

On March the 12th, from 10.30am, Min Peterken will be sharing her range of Vibrational Essences with customers at The Wholefood Healthstore on Station Approach, Heathfield. If you are interested in alternative healthcare it is an excellent opportunity to find out about the unique benefits of these essences. Vibrational essences can be used as a... Read more

5th March

Healthy half-term activities that won’t break the bank

Christmas celebrations seem like only yesterday and for many parents half-term has arrived incredibly quickly. Right now you are probably wondering how to keep the children occupied and off their gadgets without spending too much or travelling very far. Fortunately the weather forecast looks promising, so the kids can get outside in the fresh air.... Read more

13th February

Are you feeling sad or S.A.D.?

It’s cold and wet, cloudy and grey the sun hasn’t shown it’s face today………. It’s that time of year again, the days are shorter and for some people it marks a clear downturn in mood and a tendency to withdraw into themselves. Although we generally agree that people are more cheerful in sunshine than in... Read more

11th February

Let a massage melt away your stress

We have some great beauty businesses, who are members of the Heathfield News, providing a full range of treatments to suit everyone. This week we were invited to try a treatment by the award-winning Emma, from Emma Smith Beauty. You will find her treatment rooms tucked away between Station Approach and the Tesco carpark at... Read more

23rd January

Men, are you looking after your eye health?

                                   Heathfield Opticians, Melina Joy, are excited about this year being 20/20; but most of all they would like to encourage men to look after their eye health. This tongue-in-cheek story from Catriona explains how. This IS an exciting new year.  You probably don’t realise quite how exciting it is, especially for opticians, so I... Read more

21st January

Create your own experience this Christmas advises Heathfield psychologist

What does Christmas mean to you? Is it all about the religious experience, or is it the songs, mince pies and desire for snow? For most of us, in 21st Century Britain, it’s closely associated with family and friends. It’s a celebration in which all the social and family dynamics are activated, for good or... Read more

13th December

New ‘zero waste’ services at Wholefoods Health Store in Heathfield

Heathfield’s only healthfood store, Wholefoods Health Store on Station Approach, is celebrating its first anniversary at their new location. Rita Quinlan, the owner has been in the supplements and healthfoods business since 1989 and this is the third location she has occupied in Heathfield during this time. The store is packed with well known ranges... Read more

11th December

Variety is a key word when working at Oakdown House

Who wants to do the same thing day in day out? Not many people! Oakdown House is a residential home for adults with learning disabilities, it supports residents with a range of different needs in four different units within a beautiful country setting. No two days are ever the same so variety is assured when... Read more

28th November

Heathfield Traders unite to bring festive Christmas fun to Heathfield

This time last year, shops in Heathfield were reeling from the impact of having the High Street closed for the best part of the month of November. Campaigns like the one we ran #shopheathfield which promoted the need to support our local shopkeepers coupled with the activities mounted by the businesses themselves helped to keep... Read more

27th November

From Hellas to Heathfield – how a young Greek couple created a thriving business in a small East Sussex town

Dora and Thanasis are from the coastal Greek town of Volos, one of the largest and most attractive cities in Greece. This busy town is backed by the mountainous region of Pelion and enjoys a wonderful seafront with charming little restaurants and of course some beautiful beaches. However, Dora and Thanasis said goodbye to this... Read more

24th November

Monumental stonemasons – Burslem, a thriving business creating memorials large and small

Tucked away on the road between Bells Yew Green and Frant, monumental stonemasons since 1880, Burslem has established a reputation for the highest quality finished products and customer care. They have nearly 140 years of experience providing and restoring memorials for generations of families across the south east of England and larger memorials for clients... Read more

20th November

Which Christmas tree should you choose? We have all the answers and advice

The benefits of having a real tree in your home at Christmas have been well publicised over the last few years. Studies show pine needle aroma can help lighten moods and reduce stress. In addition, while technology is making it easier for family members to do their own thing, choosing and decorating a real tree... Read more

15th November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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