News

Golfing fundraiser for St Wilfred’s Hospice announced by PRG and 4GOLF

PRG Marketing Communications and 4GOLF will be swinging into action this March to support the St Wilfrid’s Hospice 50:50 Challenge. St Wilfrid’s Hospice offers end of life care to the people of East Sussex including Heathfield. On Thursday 21st March, PRG’s amateur golfer, Ashley Chapman, and 4GOLF’s resident pro golfer, Mark Packard, will be taking on... Read more

22nd February

Are you passionate about rural crafts and the ways of the countryside?

The Country Ways area of the Heathfield Show showcases heritage crafts by local craftsmen and women who display centuries-old skills associated with the countryside. The Heathfield Show organisers are looking for a focused, committed volunteer with a keen interest in heritage crafts to assist them with this interesting, educational and vital section of the Show.... Read more

21st February

Now’s the time to return those overdue library books as the annual amnesty is announced

Have you held on to a book just that bit too long and never got around to returning it? Now you can hide your shame and return them penalty free until the end of March. RESIDENTS are being urged to check their homes for overdue books as East Sussex Library Service launches its annual amnesty.... Read more

15th February

National Apprenticeship Week – a good time for students and employers to think about the opportunities

APPRENTICESHIPS in East Sussex will be given a boost this week as East Sussex County Council supports National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from February 5 to February 11. National Apprenticeship WeekAs well as highlighting the national campaign, the county council is reminding small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) about the support available to assist with... Read more

8th February

‘Smashed’ programme visits Heathfield Community College to deliver workshop on dangers of underage drinking

Heathfield Community College was one of four schools in East Sussex to receive a hard-hitting lesson on the dangers of underage drinking as part of the alcohol awareness theatre production ‘Smashed’. Developed and presented by Collingwood Learning and supported by Diageo, ‘Smashed’ combines drama with interactive workshops to help secondary school students understand the facts,... Read more

30th January

New president announced for The Heathfield Show and trade stand reservations are now open

A new president for The Heathfield Show was announced in December and January sees the opening of the booking window for trade stands. A new Show President for the Heathfield Show The Marquess of Abergavenny lives at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells with his wife and daughter.Eridge is a fully diverse estate including offices, shops... Read more

18th January

Hospice’s Clinical Director receives Queen’s Nurse title

Hospice in the Weald’s Clinical Director Jan Thirkettle has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). Professor Deborah Sturdy CBE, Chief Nurse Adult Social Care (right) presents Jan Thirkettle QN, the Hospice’s Clinical Director, with her certificate. Photo credit: The Queen’s Nursing Institute. The title recognises Jan’s... Read more

10th January

Teddy’s big adventure. Delighted owners celebrate his return in time for Christmas!

Hayley Kelly had all but given up on her 12 year old cat Teddy who had been missing for six weeks. Usually a bit of a home bird he had disappeared back on the 13 November from their home in Crowborough, and despite calls to the locals vets he was nowhere to be found. “I... Read more

20th December

The English Soap Company triumphs in regional awards

The English Soap Company is celebrating after winning the ‘Export Manufacturer of the Year’ at Insider Media’s Made in the South East Awards 2023. Success in the Made in South East Awards follows a Highly Commended Award for ‘International Business of the Year’ at Platinum Media’s Sussex Business Awards 2023, being named a finalist in... Read more

15th December

New social housing in Wealden unveiled

The first 100 per cent affordable housing development in Heathfield is due to be completed soon.    Wealden District Council’s Housing Development Team worked in conjunction with local contractor Trinity Homes Ltd to build the homes at Cart Barn Place, and Baily Garner which designed the scheme. The 15-home development is available for rent only... Read more

14th December

Heathfield man wins first prize at World Dog Sledding Dryland Championship

Heathfield resident Matt Hodgeson has held onto his world title after tough competition in last week’s World Dog Sledding Dryland Championships in Germany. “Well what can I say it was tough and muddy and we got lucky,” exclaimed Matt. The quality of a win is directly related to the quality of the competition and World... Read more

14th December

Cranwell wins festive window display contest

It’s a great time of year when the dark December days are finally lit up with festive lights and the high street in Heathfield is always a lovely place to be thanks to the beautiful window displays. Staff from Cranwell Wealth Solutions were given some extra Christmas cheer when we received the brilliant news that... Read more

7th December

Secretary of State praises Heathfield Community College on a recent visit

Secretary of State praise for “fantastic” College On Friday 1 December Heathfield Community College was honoured to host the Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan at the College, alongside constituency MP Huw Merriman. The visit included a tour of the College, and some high-quality learning in a range of lessons, speaking to Year 7,... Read more

7th December

Hospice in the Weald celebrates a successful Christmas fundraiser

Hospice’s market raises Christmas cheer and welcome funds Festive live music, specialty crafts and produce galore, plus a twinkling Santa helped to raise Christmas cheer and thousands of pounds at Hospice in the Weald’s Christmas Market. The Hospice’s extensive landscaped gardens in Pembury were transformed into a winter village, with sparkling lights and decorations at... Read more

7th December

Vice-Chancellor talks of shock following discovery of problems at historic castle

Queen’s University, owners of Herstmonceux Castle, are facing a substantial financial burden following the discovery in early November of structural defects in the South facing gatehouse while roofing work was being carried out. Roofing contractors alerted the management of Herstmonceux Castle Estate to possible problems they spotted while carrying out repairs. A specialist structural survey... Read more

30th November

Heathfield man takes on the competitive world of dog sledding

In a country that falls apart the moment it snows, it’s a bit of a surprise to find a Gold Medal Champion ‘musher’ living in Heathfield. Matt Hodgson has been racing Sleddogs for nearly 20 years. It all started with Alaskan Malamutes and then moved on to Canadian Eskimo Dogs, of which he still has... Read more

29th November

Seventeen recommendations made as a result of independent inquiry into David Fuller case

In December 2021, Heathfield man David Fuller, an electrical maintenance supervisor with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, was convicted of the murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in 1987. On his arrest, police officers conducted a search of his home address. This search uncovered printed photographs and video images, held on hidden computer... Read more

28th November

Sandhurst army scholarship for Heathfield Community College student

Heathfield Community College has received the fantastic news that Amy Washington-Thurston (Y13) has been awarded an Army Officer sixth form scholarship. This means she has been recognised as possessing exceptional leadership potential and following her studies has secured a place to train as an Army officer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. This prestigious award... Read more

28th November

English Woodlands, Cross-in-Hand, has just become 100% employee-owned following its sale to a newly created Employee Ownership Trust.

English Woodlands, the Sussex tree nursery, has just become 100% employee-owned following its sale to a newly created Employee Ownership Trust. English woodland in Cross in Hand has announced that the business will become an employee-owned company, founder Michael Hardcastle said “We wanted to safeguard the independence of English Woodlands for the future whilst acknowledging... Read more

21st November

Lightning fibre scoop ISPA award

Lightning Fibre has been named as the ‘Best Consumer ISP with fewer than 50,000 customers’ by the Internet Service Providers’ Association at the 2023 ISPA awards. ISPA recognises outstanding excellence in the ISP industry and celebrates 25 Years. The ISPA Awards acknowledge the best and brightest in the industry, and the winners represent the pinnacle of innovation... Read more

16th November

Heathfield Community College celebrates Parliament Week

Politics in Parliament Week Although the news coming out of Westminster this week has been unexpected and bewildering at best. It is as important as ever that our young people understand how politics works and that they are not put off by all of the negative news frequently shared about politicians. Young people are the... Read more

16th November

Don’t miss Heathfield’s Christmas ‘switch on’ and late night shopping on 24 November 2023

Heathfield’s Christmas ‘switch on’ This year the town will come alive with the annual Christmas Lighting Up Event on Friday 24th November 2023 from 3.45pm until 6.30pm at the Fire Station. There will be performances from: Punnetts Town Primary School, All Saints & St Richards Primary School, entertainment from Marco the Magician, Heathfield Community College,... Read more

2nd November

Turkey farm supports farming charity

JR Sheffield turkey farm in Vines Cross, near Heathfield, will be once again be supporting the charity FCN – The Farming Community Network. It’s a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. Lucy Sheffield explains: “Since 2019 our lovely customers have given just over £400. People... Read more

26th October

High drama for Off the Line as they get the 2023 harvest in

Although every year brings different challenges in the world of wine production. 2023 certainly dealt Off the Line Vineyard, in Hellingly, East Sussex some surprises. A double decker bus catching fire close to the vineyard entrance in the middle of harvest could certainly not have been predicted! This led to the vineyard being inaccessible by road... Read more

20th October

Heathfield Community College re-opens after shock vandalism

Over the weekend Heathfield Community College in Heathfield, East Sussex was subject to trespassers in the early hours of Sunday morning. As a result, there was significant damage to school property across the site. The damage was physical and potentially put students at risk of harm. Parents received email communication to confirm the impact of... Read more

17th October

Nus Ghani opens new exercise path in Horam

Following more than two years of fundraising by the management committee a new 1km exercise path has been opened at Horam Recreation Ground. Phase 1 – the loop around the perimeter of the top field is now complete and has been officially opened by MP Nus Ghani. A large crowd came to witness the ribbon... Read more

17th October

Simon launches his new community initiative

We recently reported on the retirement from Waitrose of Simon Hudson, a hugely popular character – the community’s fondness was borne out in the huge engagement our Facebook post generated reaching over 30,000 people with over 500 people wishing him all the best for the future. Simon thanked every single one of the wellwishers. What... Read more

9th October

Hospice in the Weald Christmas Market

Hospice in the Weald Christmas Market is set to return this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever! From 10am until 4pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, the Hospice gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, a wonderful Christmas market, games, crafts and performances by Women... Read more

5th October

Jayne Torvill makes a guest appearance at Young at Heart Community Club in Heathfield

Young at Heart Community Club, based in Heathfield were delighted to welcome Olympic gold medal winner – ice dancer Jayne Torvill OBE last Tuesday to talk to the children of All Saints’ & St Richard’s Church of England Primary School who were brilliant with their questions! Other activity on the day included cherryspringstudio who kindly... Read more

2nd October

Heathfield Community College celebrates students’ achievements at awards event

On a sunny September evening last week, parents, staff and students gathered to celebrate the achievements of the students of Heathfield Community College over the course of 2022-23. Award certificates were presented to a number of students in each year group. These include ‘Honours’ for Effort and Progress and ‘Excellence’ awards for individual subjects as... Read more

27th September

New ‘free’ exercise sessions coming to Heathfield parks, plus funding to support additional activity

Wealden District Council, in partnership with town and parish councils and through funding provided by East Sussex Public Health, will be launching the projects. The activity in Heathfield includes the delivery, by industry leaders Our Parks, of weekly, free-of-charge outdoor physical activity sessions. New exercise sessions, tailored for all abilities, will be available and delivered... Read more

27th September

Last Sunday’s fun run raises over 90k for Hospice in the Weald

More than 900 supporters came together for an inspirational Hospice Run From toddlers to seasoned pros, more than 900 people from across the community joined Hospice Run to raise an incredible £91,000 for Hospice in the Weald. Special guest Paralympian Will Bayley officially launched the event, held in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday 17 September, giving... Read more

21st September

Heathfield’s ‘national treasure’ Simon Hudson announces retirement.

Heathfield’s ‘national treasure’ Simon Hudson announces retirement. Simon Hudson has been the welcoming face of Waitrose Heathfield since its opening on 23 September 2015 but, after eight years’ of service Simon will finally say his goodbyes after he has worked his last day later this month. Regulars to the store will have enjoyed his customary... Read more

20th September

The English Soap Company launches new Wintertide range

Waldron-based The English Soap Company has launched a new collection to smooth the journey into winter with festive fragrances and products to help keep the skin clean and nourished as the weather turns colder and brisker. The Wintertide Collection includes four fragrances: Frankincense and Myrrh; Winter Solstice; Polar Lights and Nordic Pine.  There are candles,... Read more

18th September

Horam facility receives grant for pathway

The local community and wildlife will benefit after the GAP – Get Active Pathway at Horam Recreation Ground – received grants from The Veolia Environmental Trust, Horam Parish Council, Biffa Award, Pro Eco and Lodge Group Care UK Ltd. Local MP Nus Ghani comes along to support the start of the pathway constructionLeft to Right:... Read more

18th September

Bubbles and fun at Radiant Medical Aesthetics & Skin Clinic’s launch event last Saturday in Heathfield

Last Saturday 9 September saw the launch of a welcome new arrival to Heathfield’s High Street. Radiant Medical Aesthetics & Skin Clinic. Guests were welcomed to the new clinic with a glass of bubbly, a tour of the premisis, an introduction to the treatments and a goodie bag. The new venture is owned by Karen... Read more

14th September

Heathfield woman has been fined and banned for failure to control her dogs

Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of livestock are injured or killed by dogs every year in the South East. Although, most dog owners are responsible there are others who are not. A woman who repeatedly failed to keep her dogs under control, including around livestock, has been convicted at court. Livia Morvay, 65, of... Read more

4th September

Le Marché’s French and English traders drew huge crowds to Heathfield on Bank Holiday Monday

Bank Holiday Monday 28 August saw the popular Le Marché back in Heathfield, East Sussex. This annual Anglo-French market event is a combination of superb entertainment and 110 French and English stalls. This year’s market was blessed with fine weather which drew huge and happy crowds to the 26th Anglo/French market in Heathfield.   The event... Read more

31st August

Herstmonceux Castle Estate awarded Quality Assured Visitor Attraction marque

Visit England has once again awarded their quality assurance marque to the Herstmonceux Castle Estate with an improved score that is nearly 10% higher compared to two years ago. The overall score increased from a 70% to 78% approval rating. The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) is a recognised accreditation covering a broad range... Read more

31st August

Davina McCall and Paralympian Will Bayley urge locals to support Hospice Run

TV presenter Davina McCall along with Paralympian Will Bayley are encouraging people of all ages to sign up to the iconic Hospice Run this September. This year’s Run promises to have something for everyone, with a new half marathon, and Hospice Heroes themed Family Fun Run, along with the classic 5km and 10km routes. TV... Read more

17th August

Heathfield Vets given accolade at BestUKVets Awards 2023

At a memorable Gala Awards Ceremony, the winners of the BestUKVets Awards 2023 were announced with Heathfield Vetsbeing named Best in County for East Sussex. In front of an audience of over 150 veterinary professionals in London, Heathfield Vets scooped the accolade having gathered outstanding feedback from their clients. The BestUKVets Awards celebrate vet practices... Read more

10th August

Heathfield Youth Centre receives funding for a major overhaul

Good news for the young people of Heathfield after the announcement of a major upgrade of facilities at the Youth Centre located next to the Co-op. The centre will undergo a major upgrade thanks to a funding share of more than £7 million of Government funding. The Youth Investment Fund will help East Sussex County... Read more

10th August

Rare opportunity to see behind the scenes at Wealden Crematorium

Wealden Crematorium will be hosting an open day event in August. Following on from the success of last year’s open day, another one will be held on the 16 August between 11am-3pm. The friendly crematorium staff will be offering guided tours to go behind-the-curtain and demystify the cremation process – everyone is welcome.  The crematorium... Read more

3rd August

Heathfield residents and shop workers mourn loss of popular resident

Heathfield resident Rosemary Westacott passed away unexpectedly on July 11, 2023. Rosemary was a popular and well-known figure in and around the town; a valued friend to many and a much-loved mother. She lived in Ridgeway Court on Mutton Hall Hill. Rosemary, 83, moved to Heathfield several years ago and helped out at Cuculo as... Read more

1st August

Celebrity antiques expert Charles Hanson invites locals to dust off heirlooms for charity valuation day

Find out what your family heirlooms gathering dust in the attic could be worth as TV’s very own antiques expert Charles Hanson hosts a special Valuation Day in Five Ashes. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a treasure found at your local charity shop, discover its secrets and value with Charles Hanson, supported by fellow... Read more

18th July

Horam Village Hall to benefit from local lottery

Horam Village Hall and Recreation Ground is delighted to be one of the causes for the Wealden Community Lottery, an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in Wealden District. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit Wealden District and its residents. Play the lottery, support Horam Village Hall and Recreation... Read more

5th July

New bus route connects Heathfield to Brighton via Lewes and north to Tunbridge Wells

New 29A bus route announced as part of the improved Regency network. A new bus route has been announced connecting Heathfield with Uckfield, Lewes and Brighton and Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells to the north. The new route includes connections to the Universities of Sussex and Brighton. Brighton & Hove buses have announced that they are... Read more

3rd July

Heathfield Community College: Good, great, Outstanding: a “vibrant and nurturing school…where pupils flourish”.

Heathfield Community College: Good, great, Outstanding: a “vibrant and nurturing school…where pupils flourish”. Senior leaders at Heathfield Community College have expressed appreciation to the community for the collaborative work that has led to all areas of the College being rated as Good, “great” or Outstanding, following the publication of the latest inspection report. Following a... Read more

29th June

Skooch Media returns with a new film currently in production on location in East Sussex & Kent

Local Heathfield based production company Skooch Media is returing with a new film, currently in production across Sussex and Kent, the new film is The Presence of Snowgood. The film comes off the back of a movie short, ‘A Curious Tale‘, which was released in 2021, a classic ghost story set in the heart of... Read more

8th June

Cousins to walk beneath the stars to remember special mum and aunt

Cousins preparing to walk beneath the stars in memory of their special mum and aunt are encouraging others to join them in this year’s Moonlight Walk. Milli Sales (32) and Molly Smallcombe (22) will be among those taking part in the popular event on Saturday 17th June to raise funds for Hospice in the Weald.... Read more

1st June