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Marquess plants apple tree to mark Queen’s Platimum Jubilee

Hospice in the Weald welcomed the Marquess of Abergavenny DL as guest of honour at a tree planting ceremony held at Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes, Mayfield, on Friday 15 January to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Lord Abergavenny, representing the East Sussex Lieutenancy, was joined by long-standing Hospice supporter Sonia Burt to plant a... Read more

19th January

Free courses start for Wealden residents

Free courses start for Wealden residents From managing stress and anxiety to maths, easy-hand sewing to get ready for work, and afternoon tea baking to practical money management, Street Learning FREE courses return this January 2022 for Wealden residents. Street Learning is a partnership project providing access to a range of free courses designed to... Read more

18th January

Heathfield High Street development voted on at today’s planning meeting.

Outline planning permission for the development WD/2018/1083/MAO, which would include ten flats and twelve retail units on the site of 14-30 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, was the first item on the agenda at today’s Wealden Planning Committee Meeting. The proposed development was hotly debated by the local councillors in attendence, as they sought reassurances... Read more

12th January

Chancellor meets Wealden council leader

Wealden District Council leader Bob Standley met with Rishi Sunak the Chancellor of the Exchequer last week. The Chancellor was visiting various sites in Sussex on Thursday 6 January and Councillor Standley said he was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with him together with Nus Ghani, Wealden’s MP. After the meeting Councillor Standley... Read more

12th January

Trader plans to fight for right to stay

After 36 years of trading in Heathfield High Street the owner of the Sapphire Star (formerly Mr India) says he is very upset at the prospect of having to close his business. Mr Hena Akther Chawdhury says traders face losing their businesses and customers but hopes that his 20 year lease will give him the... Read more

6th January

A Christmas message from Wealden council leaders

As 2021 draws to a close and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of day to day life, Wealden District Council’s leader and chief executive are wishing all residents a merry Christmas after another difficult year. Councillor Bob Standley, the council leader, and chief executive Trevor Scott have also highlighted the work and... Read more

23rd December

Oakdown House residents celebrate the benefits of their new spa pool.

Oakdown House spa pool opens for residents. After successfully raising more than £35,000, Oakdown House is thrilled to be able to offer residents the opportunity to use their newly opened swim spa pool at the home.  The home which is located in Burwash Common, supports up to 45 residents with learning and physical disabilities. The... Read more

16th December

Heathfield woman wins Mentor of the Year at the Sussex Apprenticeship Awards 2021

Horizontal rain and all that a coastal town can throw at you in the bad weather department, did not dint the enthusiasm of apprentices, businesses and training providers at this year’s 2021 Sussex Apprenticeship Awards. The Brighton Hilton Metropole was the setting for the awards dinner and ceremony. The awards were created to recognize the... Read more

14th December

Local companies make their mark in Rural Business Awards

A Waldron company and a Burwash company have won in different categories of the prestigious Rural Business Awards. The English Soap Company, based in Waldron, won the Best Rural Innovation category while Burwash artisan Food and Drink Platform MeltedInside.com was named best Rural Retail Business at the regional finals of the Rural Business Awards in... Read more

7th December

‘Santa needs you’-AR trail game comes to Heathfield.

This December-have fun with your kids tracking down the Heathfield Christmas Trail. This Christmas, local families will be able to track down Christmas themed animals in ‘Santa needs you’ an augmented reality trail game running in Heathfield now. Participation is free and a perfect way to get some exercise, occupy the kids and explore our... Read more

2nd December

Increased support for Heathfield Farmers’Market and others in Wealden.

Heathfield Farmers’ Market goes from strength to strength. Over the past year, Wealden farmers’ markets and craft fairs have grown in popularity as people rediscover this way of shopping amid the pandemic – and stallholders and councillors are hoping it’s a trend that will continue. In Heathfield we are lucky to have a thriving market,... Read more

30th November

Heathfield woman in final of ‘Mentor of the Year’ at #SussexApprenticeshipAwards

Reaching the finals of the Sussex Apprenticeship Awards came as a bit of a shock to Anna White, in the main because she hadn’t entered the awards and had no idea that a former apprentice of hers had nominated her for ‘Mentor of the Year’. Anna has been mentoring apprentices in Public Relations and Digital... Read more

29th November

Electric vehicle charging points roll out as council endorses COP26 strategy

A roll-out of electric vehicle charging points across the district will soon be underway as Wealden council also endorsed progress made at the recent COP26 conference. The momentum of the EV charging initiative was revealed at Wealden District Council’s Full Council meeting on Wednesday when the authority backed a motion endorsing the government’s Net Zero... Read more

25th November

Heathfield traders launch new loyalty scheme

Heathfield is all lit up for the launch of the Christmas loyalty scheme. Friday 19 November was the start of the festive season in Heathfield, East Sussex. Unlike last year with the restrictions, this year everyone has been able to rally together to make Christmas 2021 a really good one for the residents and traders... Read more

23rd November

Don’t bin it – repair it instead!

This way you’ll save money and help the environment by reducing landfill and unnecessary replacement costs and airmiles for new products. All repairs are carried out for free by our experts many of whom make a living from their skills and yet give up their time to help the community. Donations are welcome. They are important... Read more

18th November

Live Theatre is Back at Heathfield!

Live theatre is back on stage at Heathfield Community College This week after two long years the students at Heathfield Community College were so glad to finally be back on the stage. MTI’s All Together Now gave the school the chance to be part of a global event with over 5,000 performances produced by 2,500... Read more

18th November

Sophia (7), winner of the Parish Council competition, will switch on the Heathfield lights this Friday 19 November 2021

Winning entry to the Parish Council’s colouring competition The winner of the Parish Council’s colouring competition is Sophia Eyles (age 7), the two runners up were Mia Jeremy and George Alexander, a big well done to all the children who took part in the competition. Sophia will be switching on the Heathfield lights this Friday... Read more

17th November

Live streaming brings the First World War alive for Heathfield Community College students.

A week of Remembrance at Heathfield Community College This week to commemorate Remembrance Day 2021, students at Heathfield Community College took take part in workshops provided by the National Archives on Monday 8th November. Live-streaming brings World War One Alive for Healthfield Community College Students The one-hour workshop took place during the school day with a... Read more

11th November

Wealden’s High Streets flourish as people shop locally

High streets across Wealden market towns and villages are bucking national trends and recovering well from the pandemic, say local experts. With larger towns and cities continuing to struggle with reduced footfall and empty premises, Wealden’s smaller market towns and villages such as Uckfield, Heathfield and Mayfield have benefited from the strong support of their... Read more

27th October

Repair Café goes from strength to strength

Repair cafés first started in Amsterdam in the 1990s to reduce waste and landfill, to foster the community spirit and to impart the skills of mending to the wider community. People bring in their broken household goods and have them mended (if this is possible) and watch and learn the mending process. Repairing is done... Read more

21st October

Still time to take part in Go Sober in October

Artisan food and drink platform Meltedinside.com is encouraging people to try no alcohol and low-alcohol drinks this month and help raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer’s Go Sober in October challenge. Melted Inside is donating £2 for every purchase of alcohol alternative or low-alcohol drinks bought online during the month of October. Macmillan Cancer Support... Read more

14th October

Success for Heathfield Community College, as named – Apple Distinguished School

Heathfield Community College has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021–2024 for its continued approach to evidence informed use of technology within learning that supports students and teachers to develop innovative, creative and personalised learning experiences. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect... Read more

12th October

Will this new apprenticeship scheme be real help for vulnerable residents?

People of all ages and situations have found the last two years extremely challenging. A time when, just not having a roof over your head was inconceivable, and our quality of life was defined 100% by our home environment. It is encouraging to see a new scheme that might tackle some of these challenges being... Read more

7th October

Marvellous milestone for Burwash company Meltedinside.com

Burwash-based Artisan food and drink start up Meltedinside.com celebrates its second birthday this month (September). From a spark of an idea when she was struggling to purchase local artisan products herself, founder Candy Bowles has created a unique business that is helping both consumers and producers to connect with each other. There are now nearly... Read more

28th September

Wealden Crematorium Open Day attracts a crowd

More than 350 people attended an open day at Wealden Crematorium, Horam – at the weekend. The event on Saturday 18 September was an opportunity for local people and anyone curious to see inside the building and around the grounds. The Wealden Creamtorium open day was attended by Wealden District Council chairman Councillor Ron Reed,... Read more

23rd September

What is the new Health and Social Care Tax?

As many are aware the government recently announced an extra tax to fund social care in England and help the NHS recover after the pandemic. This will be funded by employees, employers and the self-employed all paying 1.25p more in the pound for National Insurance (NI) from April 2022. But from April 2023, National Insurance... Read more

17th September

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man despairs at development in Heathfield

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Rory Graham – took to social media yesterday to express his despair over a housing development which is literally in his backyard. The only ‘Human’ singer called for support against the Whitehall Homes Snatchells Farm Heathfield development, which will transform the quiet wooded area beside his and adjoining homes. The... Read more

16th September

CCTV installed at Tower Recreation Ground in Heathfield

After many months of complaints – Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council have listened to residents’ concerns over anti-social behaviour at the Tower Rec in Heathfield and have installed CCTV to help alleviate the problems.  The pictures will feed direct to the police at their monitoring room in Lewes.  Following the council’s request the police are... Read more

14th September

Horam homebrew shop set to shine on Small Business Saturday

Almost Off Grid based in Horam been chosen as one of 100 impressive small businesses from across the UK to mark the official count down to this year’s Small Business Saturday UK. Almost Off Grid Home Brew Shop, founded by Bev and Andy Toogood in 2016, was selected to be part of the campaign’s prestigious... Read more

14th September

Heathfield students out in force at Brighton Marathon

Sunday’s Brighton Marathon saw Heathfield students up bright and early this weekend. 40 students and 4 staff spent the day volunteering at the 2021 Brighton Marathon, running the water station at Mile 10.5. Students worked hard stacking and filling over 8000 cups as well as providing consistent encouragement and motivation to runners over five hours... Read more

13th September

Logo design competition for The Heathfield Show

The pandemic resulted in two years of the Heathfield Show being lost. But 2022 will see this hugely popular show bounce back – bigger and better, ready to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The Show Council have not been inactive during the past two years of cancelled shows. They have ploughed ahead in moving the Show... Read more

13th September

August Bank Holiday events welcome record crowds

East Sussex residents were spoilt for choice over the end of August Bank Holiday weekend with three amazing events to choose from – Le Marche in Heathfield, The Festival of Transport in Hellingly and the Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux. Organisers were relieved that the events could go ahead this year after all of them had... Read more

9th September

Flooding nightmare continues for Heathfield residents

The residents of Wren Close, Heathfield, are now living with the buzz of dehumidifiers five weeks on from their homes being devastated on 25th July. Meanwhile an investigation into the cause of flooding in Heathfield following the heavy rain has been launched. As part of its duty under the Flood and Water Management Act, East... Read more

2nd September

East Sussex County Council announces commitment to increasing refuges for victims of domestic abuse

Clarion Housing Association has been awarded the contract for the provision of refuge services across East Sussex.  From November 1, 2021 Clarion will provide specialist support in 47 units of safe accommodation across the county for women experiencing domestic abuse and violence, and their children. Within a year of the contract starting, this provision will... Read more

1st September

Support for Afghan refugees pledged by Wealden District Council

With horrific scenes being broadcast daily from Afganistan, as the August 31st deadline for US withdrawal approaches, many people may be wondering what the local council have planned to help with resettlement. Wealden Council has announced that Afghan refugees arriving in the area will be provided sanctuary as it has pledged support to help those... Read more

27th August

Lakedown taproom with sublime views opening in Burwash

Tucked away in an idyllic corner of Burwash lies the Lakedown Taproom. Housed in the fisherman’s lodge with views extending over the lakes you will find the perfect spot to enjoy a range of delicious ales from Lakedown Brewing Company, their microbrewery. There is space both indoors and out, and an online booking system to... Read more

24th August

Chiddlingly’s first scarecrow trail is huge success

Chiddingly’s first-ever Scarecrow trail was held earlier this month and was a huge success with more than 70 scarecrows being entered and more than 100 people voting to choose the winners in three classes. The overall winners were Gardener and friends! by Sue Barter and Un Francais est arrive by Isabelle Bouvier. Other winners were:... Read more

24th August

Heathfield Community College ‘A’ Level exam success

Students collecting A Level results this year experienced their Sixth Form studies in undeniably unprecedented circumstances, including three national lockdowns. For the second year running, Heathfield Community College students had exams were cancelled, final grades were instead based on assessments by teachers following guidance from exam boards. Despite this students are celebrating excellent ‘A’ Level... Read more

11th August

Success for Cross in Hand Tennis Club’s junior doubles duo

Jack White (15) and Max Routlege (14) are both talented young tennis players who also play together as a doubles duo. They are keen members of Cross in Hand Tennis Club near Heathfield, East Sussex. Two recent tournaments saw them rack up multiple successes. First in the Junior Benenden Tennis Tournament, which celebrated its 85th... Read more

5th August

Two local companies shortlisted in Rural Business Awards

Burwash-based artisan food and drink platform MeltedInside.com and Waldron-based The English Soap Company have been shortlisted in this year’s Rural Business Awards. It means Burwash-based Meltedinside.com is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted in the Best Rural Retail Business category of the regional... Read more

5th August

Highways team steps in to reduce flood risk

HIGHWAYS teams came to the rescue to help prevent homes from further flooding after efforts to trace the owner of a blocked culvert stalled. Homes in Wren Close, Heathfield were flooded after torrential downpours on Sunday, July 25, with fire crews having to be called in to help. Checks carried out by East Sussex Highways... Read more

29th July

Heathfield based business launches vegan food truck – Plant Power Grub

Mobile food trucks have become increasingly popular since the pandemic. These agile trailers can serve in the open air and pop up in spots where there may not be an established restaurant or pub. Seeing an opportunity and fancying a change of focus Ginette Shepard, singer, alternative health therapist and ex-hairdresser, set up Plant Power... Read more

22nd July

So much to enjoy at Herstmonceux Castle Estate this summer

There’s even more reason to visit Herstmonceux Castle Estate this summer and Autumn with the reduction in season ticket prices – meaning you can visit as many times as you like until 31st October at a reduced cost. As it’s National Picnic Month why not plan a feast with family and friends to enjoy in... Read more

22nd July

Death announced of well-known Heathfield GP

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr Kenneth Chambler known as Bop by the family announces his passing after a brief illness, on June 2nd, 2021 at the age of 93. Bop passed away peacefully at hospital in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68... Read more

15th July

Wildflowers bloom alongside East Sussex roads

Roadsides across the county are bursting with colour following an increase in the number of designated wildlife verges which include sites Heathfield, Burwash and Brightling. Thirty-six new wildlife verges have been declared by East Sussex Highways over the last year, protecting a further 37 miles of natural habitat and providing a haven for wildflowers and... Read more

14th July

New community “Shed” facility officially opened in Mayfield by Roger Daltrey

The Grand Opening Fete for the Community Shed in Mayfield was held on Saturday 3rd July, with the official opening performed by Roger Daltrey of The Who. Part of the international “Men’s Shed” network, and a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association, the MAYFACS Shed celebrated its opening with a Grand Opening Fete. Roger... Read more

9th July

New community ‘shed’ facility launches with opening fete

Part of the international “Men’s Shed” network, and a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association,the MAYFACS Shed is celebrating its opening with a Grand Opening Fete. Intended to help alleviate loneliness and isolation, and improve mental health, “Sheds” are safewelcoming places where men and women can meet to chat and if they wish use... Read more

1st July

Kay & Pascoe LLP celebrate 10 years of family law in Heathfield

Kay & Pascoe LLP are celebrating 10 years in business in Heathfield this year. The office opened for business in September 2011.  It was started by husband and wife team John and Sharon Kay who are partners in the business.   Back in April 2013 they were joined by Lee Pascoe following a merger with Chappell... Read more

29th June

A good friend, kind and trustworthy – New research reveals how Brits in the Southeast would like to be remembered

The last year has been a difficult one for all of us, with the changing world brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging many of us to reassess our own personal circumstances and change our outlook on life. New research released by CPJ Field – the UK’s oldest funeral directors and 10th generation family run business... Read more

24th June

Heathfield traders on alert after shoplifter spotted

Yesterday , June 23 on Heathfield High Street, East Sussex – a member of staff at Trading4U became suspicious when the shop detection system went off as a customer left the store. The quick witted Asssitant Manager, David Katt approached the woman and asked her if she might have a security tagged item in her... Read more

24th June