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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Get your kids on the road to Wimbledon with tennis camps this Summer
We are lucky in Heathfield to be able to easily enjoy the tennis tournament nearby at Eastbourne. Sadly Wimbledon is that bit further, and much more difficult to get tickets for, so most children will only be able to enjoy the TV coverage. But, if this has fired them up with enthusiasm for the sport... Read more
What’s up above at the moment?
Jupiter still dominates the early evening skies but this month Mars reaches its highest point for the year and its closest and brightest point for many years. Mars is at opposition and only 57 million kilometres distant. Even a small telescope will show a distinct sphere and a reasonable telescope will be able to see... Read more
Annual meeting explores how to plan for the years ahead
Earlier this Spring, at a private event hosted in the beautiful setting of East Sussex National Golf Club, Cranwell Wealth Solutions took on the subject of ‘life changes’ and set out to advise people on how best to adapt their finances and plan for change in the years ahead. They delivered this inspiring talk to... Read more
Want to cut down on plastic? Here’s how.
There is much publicity given over at the moment to the massive problem of plastic pollution on land and in our oceans and waterways; so many people are trying to cut down their use of plastic. Here is a great way for Heathfield residents to start reducing their use of plastics. Heathfield Wholefoods Health Store... Read more
Army Cadets on look out for new instructors
Sussex Army Cadet Force is looking for new instructors in both uniformed and non-uniformed roles. All of the instructors are volunteers who give up their own time to work with cadets. Uniformed instructors teach cadets in range of subjects on parade nights and while away on training events. Non-uniformed instructors support the uniformed staff and... Read more
Our nearest star – the sun
The summer skies over Northern Europe never truly become dark, even at midnight twilight will be hugging the northern horizon hiding the stars. Among the twilight you might make out a pale band of light that slowly rises as the night progress. That pale band of stars is the Milky Way, our home galaxy, and... Read more
The Heathfield Agricultural Show Preview 2018
This year The Heathfield Agricultural Show will expect to welcome 18,000 visitors to the show ground for one intense day of activity. If you are thinking of visiting there really is something for everyone at the show. Apart from the usual funfair and burger vans there will be an array of themed exhibition tents, competition... Read more
Beer today – gone tomorrow – don’t miss your chance to taste Sussex’s finest
Once you have had your fill of animals, shopping and machinery, quench your thirst by heading over to the micro brewery area to sample a range of locally produced beers. Many of the beers on offer have won regional and national awards and are lovingly produced by people who are passionate about making brilliant beers.... Read more
Dog lovers have lots of treats in store at this year’s show
For dog lovers the Heathfield Show has lots to offer – from agility competitions to terrier racing and a gun dog displays. The Wealden Dog Agility Club will be running an all-day event this year which is a knock out competition. The fastest and most agile over a timed course will win the competition. This... Read more
New enterprises get a head start at The Heathfield Show
The New Enterprise Zone is home to a group of hand picked new businesses, who, in the face of tough competition, have won a stand at the show. Local businesses in the past such as Hidden Spring, Wanted on Voyage and Kennedy Chimney Sweeps have all benefited from this initiative and found it a huge... Read more
See some of the finest livestock in the country
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
Discover a wealth of food and drink at The Heathfield Show
The Farmers’ Markets provides a great opportunity for producers to sell directly to the public. People love shopping at Farmers’ Markets – it’s the only place that they can talk directly to producers about exactly how the food they are about to eat has been produced. The Farmers’ Market at the Heathfield Show is... Read more
Country crafts and practices showcased at the Heathfield Show
Country Ways at the Heathfield Show, is a celebration of traditional, rural crafts and working practices many of which are being kept alive by dedicated enthusiasts. There will be the opportunity to see displays in the arena from 10am til 4.15pm. The majestic heavy horses from Tony Parks of Ninfield will be put through their paces,... Read more
Motorcycle madness and human tractor pulling
Two events you should try to catch are the Imps motorbike display and the human tractor pull. Check the timetable for these and other excitements during the day. The Imps is a motorcycle team of young adults performing routines around the world to millions of people for over 40 years. They will be showing their... Read more
Bake Off comes to the Heathfield Show
A highlight for all lovers of cake will be the Heffle WI Stand – the location for the “Heffle WI Great Heathfield Show Bake Off” in which show visitors will be invited to come and try cakes baked by WI members and to vote for their favourite. The winner of which will be the recipient... Read more
Calling all Heathfield Show exhibitors ‘Send us your news!’
The Heathfield News will be running a Heathfield Agricultural Show special all week from Monday 21 May until the show day Saturday 26 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... Read more
What’s up in the sky next month?
The kings and queens of the solar system show themselves to best advantage in May. Everyone likes a good story and astronomy is littered with the characters from good stories. The planets take their names from the mythology of a pre-scientific age and in May two of the brightest are prominent in the evening sky.... Read more
Sussex charity helping children of The Gambia
The daughter of a Heathfield man and co-founder of a Sussex charity is helping to make a huge difference to the lives of a group of children in Africa. BACE (Building and Assisting Communities with Education), which was set up in 2011, focuses on improving the lives of young people through education in a rural... Read more
Guide to choosing the perfect wedding cake
There are now so many different styles of wedding cake, it has become anything but simple to decide what to order. We have asked Charlotte from Carey’s Cakes to put together a short guide to help steer you down the path to the perfect wedding cake. How to find your cake maker Recommendations are normally... Read more
Four top tips to wrestle with revision and win!
Four top tips to wrestle with revision and win! The Easter break is almost upon us and tens of thousands of teenagers facing their GCSEs and A-level exams in the coming months will be using this time to get their heads down and revise. Experts tell us that the most ineffective way to revise is... Read more
Dynamic Heathfield business duo confirm the launch of Cuckoo Hair
Leanne Potts and her partner Alex Bandle are no strangers to hairdressing in Heathfield. Having operated the Great Hairdressing franchise for some years, they recently decided to buy the business and are rebranding later this month as Cuckoo Hair. This dynamic, young couple with a passion for hair, run both ladies’ and men’s hair services... Read more
Not got anything planned for the Easter Holidays? We’ve done the legwork.
If you are looking for ideas for what to do over the Easter Holidays, look no further. We have done the legwork, and hunted out some bargains and a range of ideas from heading to the slopes or hunting for chocolate bunnies nearer to home. Head for the slopes, hills or the beach. Alpine Elements... Read more
Sussex based after school club launches nationwide franchise opportunity
The Great Out-tours activities and after school clubs are well known to parents around Heathfield whose children have benefited from the hugely popular after clubs run by ‘Farmer John’ (John Brooksbank). Children have bottle fed lambs, mingled with pigmy goats, built fires and crafted charming gifts for their parents and been generally inspired by the... Read more
Windmill Hill Windmill, Herstmonceux gears up for a new season
The restoration of the old windmill at Herstmonceux really has been a labour of love for all concerned; not least for Bee Frost, the woman whose back garden it is located in. She and her husband bought the property by auction in 1994 and, although they could live in the house, they were unsure what... Read more
Local band gives adults opportunity to learn
It’s never too late to learn to play a brass instrument – that’s the message from Sian Buss who runs the historic Warbleton Brass Band. Since Sian, who has been the conductor of the main band for more than 10 years, put out the call for adults to join when the band was running low... Read more
Don’t plan your wedding until you have read these top tips from wedding planner Carol Nyahasha
To create the perfect wedding day, it is important to be organised and to plan meticulously and methodically. If you are concerned about where to start and what you need to do, read our 15 step guide bought to you by Carol from Lily & Lavender Events, an event planning, styling and hire company based... Read more
Paul Wilson muses on the property market. Is it a good time to sell?
The snow has melted and, although we had sales complete last week during the horrendous weather, most people don’t start to think about selling or moving until Spring is in the air. It is not surprising there is an element of uncertainty out there in the world of home movers – just scrolling through the... Read more