News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heathfield Community College celebrates Student Honours Awards

Last Thursday, 11 July 2019, was the annual Awards Evening at Heathfield Community College, with hundreds of students and their family and friends gathering to celebrate their achievements. It was a gorgeous warm evening and everyone enjoyed drinks and live music on the lawn before going inside for the awards. The Tony Russell Awards are... Read more

18th July

East Sussex County Council face frustration at Broad Oak School closure meeting on Monday.

Monday night, July 15th, saw the East Sussex County Council attempting to explain their position in respect of the proposed closure of Broad Oak School, at a packed meeting with parents and the community. The audience became increasingly frustrated and angry with the ESCC who had to stop their presentation and move to questions after... Read more

17th July

Top award for Unity Community Association vegetable garden

  Wealden District Council have announced the winners of its annual Garden Competition for residents living in Council owned Housing Estates and Retirement Living Courts across the District. Entrants were invited to showcase their wonderful gardens, patios and balconies to the judges across two gloriously sunny days in June. This year’s judges were Wealden Cabinet... Read more

16th July

Developers show off proposed new development next to Jubilee Fields, Heathfield

Last week, Countryside, a large developer with over 60 years’ experience, in housing developments across London, the South East, the North West of England and the West Midlands; showcased their plans for a new project next to Jubilee Fields off Ghyll Road, Heathfield. The Site is located on the south western side of Heathfield, with... Read more

16th July

Rushlake Green shop to continue under new ownership

Rushlake Green residents were shocked to hear that the village shop is changing owners but relieved that there will be a seamless transition. Bobby Paul Santhan and his family decided the time was right to move on with the a new shopkeeper Tony Field taking over the Rushlake Green Village Stores on Monday 8th July.... Read more

10th July

Five star reviews for celebratory show

East Sussex Dance Studios wowed audiences on Saturday with ‘The Ruby Shoes’ their modernised version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the 1,000-seater Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, in two amazing shows. The show celebrated five years under Principal Jenna Crescenzo but also celebrated 40 years since the original school opened, hence the Ruby Theme.... Read more

8th July

Herstmonceux hair shave for the Air Ambulance

A care support worker from Herstmonceux is going to be shaving off her hair at the end of July in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. Caroline Chewter, 28, decided to have her locks cut off after an horrific road traffic accident involving her family. Tragically, during May 2014, Caroline’s son, Russel... Read more

5th 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

Matt’s mission to help African family

Local Heathfield man Matt Rayner, a student, 24, has succeeded in completing a 100km Jurassic Ultra Challenge to raise money for a poverty stricken family in Uganda. Incredible fortitude, courage and commitment from Matt and his amazing support duo of Mum, Allison Caffyn and girlfriend Izzy Jordan saw him cross the finish line after a... Read more

26th June

Local businessman warns against illegal traders after Watchdog investigation

A Heathfield businessman has spoken out after watching a recent television programme that revealed the shady and illegal sales tactics used by some companies. Mike Evans, who owns County – The Home Improvers said he was furious when he saw the way staff at Zenith Windows were operating and giving the home improvement industry a... Read more

25th June

More trouble for traders with demands to pay a pavement tax

After the despair at pre-Christmas roadworks in late 2018, Heathfield traders have been shocked to receive demands from East Sussex Highways for a ‘pavement tax’. After more than 70 years without this tax being implemented they are questioning why they suddenly have to start paying. Traders have commented that the demand seems poorly thought through,... Read more

24th June

Broad Oak Primary School parents vow to fight proposed closure

Parents at Broad Oak Primary school received the devastating news at the end of last week that their school is being considered for closure.  East Sussex County Council have conducted a review of 62 rural schools and consider that the closure of the school would reduce the number of surplus places in the area and have... Read more

21st June

New group to campaign for charging points in Heathfield

A group of progressive thinking residents wants to encourage others to join the green transport movement and use electric vehicles. Within the group there are Tesla, Leaf, Kangoo and Zoe owners and local businesses such as Wildbloods Electricians  whose staff are now trained to install charge points locally. At a recent meeting held in Heathfield... Read more

13th June

Show bounces back after vandalism and attracts bumper crowd

The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show proved once again that it is one of the most popular events in the local calendar and a great way for businesses and livestock owners to show off their talents and skills. The volunteer organisers of the show were delighted with the support they received for the 2019 Show... Read more

8th June

Sarah is named best photographer in the region

Sarah Tate AMPA, from Hellingly, has just been awarded the prestigious title of Master Photography Association Regional Photographer of the Year 2019 with her fine art portraits of two local people. Sarah, who won the title against a huge number of entries from hundreds of professional photographers from the South of England, including Essex and... Read more

3rd June

Burwash Landscapers win People’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Artisan Garden called “Donkeys Matter”, sponsored by The Donkey Sanctuary charity and built by local garden landscapers Frogheath Landscapes from Burwash Weald, has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 in London on Friday 24th May 2019. The garden also won an RHS Silver Medal. This beautiful Donkey... Read more

31st May

New crematorium to hold open day on 15th June

Excitement is building among local businesses and residents about the state-of-the-art crematorium in Horam, developed and run by Wealden District Crematorium, which will welcome the public to an open day on 15th June from 11am to 3pm. Shorter journey times for families and mourners is just one of the many benefits the new facility offers... Read more

29th May

Heathfield Show – organisers appeal for information after targeted by vandals

Saturday morning, 18 May, the organisers of The Heathfield Show arrived to find that the showground had been the victim of criminal damage. Show marquees had been slashed multiple times in  a pointless act of vandalism. With only a week to go to the show, organisers are determined to carry on with the build, and... Read more

19th May

Burwash Common man visits super sewer tunnelling machine

A Burwash Common resident visited London’s new super sewer to see a tunnelling machine named in honour of his aunt, a pioneering scientist. The tunnel boring machine (TBM) ‘Ursula’ has started digging part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, currently under construction to stop sewage overflows in the River Thames. As is tradition in tunnelling, all... Read more

14th May

Counting down to The Heathfield Agricultural Show – a brilliant day out

One of the area’s biggest and most well-attended events is just around the corner and it is set to be better than ever. The Heathfield Agricultural Show, which takes place on Saturday 25th May, is a fantastic day out whether you are aged seven or 70 – there is something for everyone. Tickets are available... Read more

13th May

Heathfield Scouts launch campaign to tackle loneliness in the community

“Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, asked all Scouts to make a difference in their community this year. It was up to each group to decide how to achieve this, I am very proud of the young people from the 1st Heathfield Scouts, who after much debate, have chosen to tackle loneliness. Together they have decided... Read more

10th May