Features

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

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

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

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