News

Heathfield Community College celebrate 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

On your bike! Rental scheme comes to the Cuckoo Trail

Countrybike comes to the Cuckoo Trail this week following the success of the Ashdown Forest cycle hire scheme. The app-based cycle rental company, set up by husband and wife team, Tim and Suzy Seddon in 2017, aims to make the Wealden countryside more accessible to its residents and visitors. The Cuckoo Trail hire scheme is... Read more

1st May

King’s Church launch new after school activities for young people

  When the King’s Church launched their highly successful youth boxing classes, earlier this year, the community reacted positively and praised the organisation for initiating activities for young people in the area. Following on from this the King’s Church are now launching two new activities for the young people of Heathfield and surrounding areas. Youth... Read more

23rd April

Winner of tennis competition announced

Congratulations to Maria Sendra-Garcia who was the lucky winner of our competition to win a year’s membership to the area’s top tennis club and a private coaching lesson from Elevate Tennis. Maria correctly answered the question: ‘who was the 2018 Wimbledon  ladies singles champion?’ which she posted on Facebook. Maria’s brother is very keen to... Read more

10th 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

Frogheath Landscapes wins again at The Association of Professional Landscapers Awards 2019

It is that time of year again, when landscaping companies start the big build up for Chelsea Flower Show. However, local company Frogheath Landscapes, based in Burwash Weald, still found time to scoop up some more awards. They repeated last year’s success at the Association of Professional Landscapers National Awards 2019, when they won 3... Read more

5th April

Heathfield estate agents win gold at The British Property Awards

The team at Rowland Gorringe are bursting with pride after it was announced that the Estate Agent had won Gold in The British Property Award for Heathfield. The office comprising five staff, performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period, there were 25 judging criteria with the main focus on customer service levels. This means that... Read more

4th April

Horam based Great Out-tours goes nationwide with its nature focused learning franchise

The Great Out-Tours, based in Horam, recently celebrated the launch of its national, nature based learning, franchise business. The first cohort of franchisees attended a two day induction training at Woodside, Environmental Education Centre, Horam. This first group came from as far afield as Nottingham, Bristol and North Somerset, and as local as the Ashdown... Read more

29th March

Heathfield woman to trek across Sahara for hospice

A Heathfield woman will be pushing herself to the limit in her 60th year in memory of her mother Ivy Winifred Elsey and to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Lynne Phair, an independent consultant nurse and expert witness, is taking up the challenge of a trek across the wilderness of the Sahara over four... Read more

29th March

Climate Strike Friday, Heathfield students have their say on the environmental crisis

As part of the Climate Strike Friday, Heathfield Community College students called for immediate action on the climate crisis, with students from across the college demanding for politicians to prioritise the environment to protect the future for the next generation. While some young people from across the world went on strike today, the students who... Read more

15th March

Heathfield photographer’s portrait competition helps children with cancer

An award-winning Sussex photographer has come up with a novel way of raising money for a local cancer charity. Heathfield-based Sarah Tate Photography came up with the idea of holding a children’s portrait competition which, for a donation of just £10, gives every competitor a free photoshoot and a print. Sarah is aiming to raise... Read more

6th March

Latest news from The Wheel in Burwash

It was a buzz of activity on Monday morning when I popped into The Wheel, in Burwash Weald, to have a chat with the new owner, Sam Maynard and his family. All of whom were busy working hard to get the pub ready for opening later this week. The inside of the pub is undergoing... Read more

26th February

East Sussex youth can ‘blaze a trail’ with an apprenticeship

THE benefits of apprenticeships in helping young people launch a successful career are being highlighted in East Sussex as part of a national initiative. To mark National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 4 to 8 under the theme ‘Blaze A Trail’, East Sussex County Council is working with Apprenticeships in Sussex to promote events... Read more

20th February

The Wheel, Burwash Common to re-open with new owners

Having been without a ‘local’ for several months, the people of Burwash Common, and surrounding area, can look forward to their only pub reopening at the end of February 2019. Sam Maynard, the new owner, commented: “We are very excited to be taking over The Wheel, we hope to open at the end of February... Read more

8th February

Dangers of ‘County Lines’ brought alive for Year 8 students

The dangers of becoming involved in ‘County Lines’, were brought alive last week to the Year 8 students at Heathfield Community College. The students experienced a powerful and moving performance on Wednesday 30th January from Alter Ego Creative Solutions; a Theatre in Education company, who portray the stories surrounding complex social issues and aim to kick-start... Read more

8th February

Join in the Great British Spring Clean

Wealden District Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, will see up to half a million people take action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. The Great British Spring... Read more

6th February

Heathfield loses another bank as Santander announces branch closure.

Santander announced on January 23 this week, that they are making changes to its branch network and plan to close 140 branches in response to changes in how customers are choosing to carry out their banking. The number of transactions carried out via Santander branches has fallen by 23% over the past three years, while... Read more

25th January

Horam crematorium to open in March

Wealden’s Chairman Councillor Chris Hardy laid the final stone in Wealden’s new Crematorium at a ceremony to mark the completion of the building’s structure, while local business are gearing up to help mourners with ther needs. District and Parish Council representatives gathered with the site team responsible for delivering the £5 million project. These include... Read more

22nd January

Recognition for a man with a passion for Christmas lights

This year’s winner of The Heathfield News Christmas lights competition, is Brian Austin. Nominations were collected on Facebook and Brian’s house in Alexander Road was the one that most people thought the most deserving. We caught up with Brian and his wife, at Trading 4 U when he collected his winner’s voucher from the store.... Read more

22nd January

Council offers simple steps to keep warm and well this winter

OLDER and vulnerable residents in East Sussex are urged to take action to ensure they don’t become a victim of cold weather this winter. As the cold weather begins to bite, county public health chiefs have issued the appeal to over 65s and people with long-term health conditions who are especially vulnerable to the effects... Read more

18th January

Heathfield Tavern taken over by award-winning pub group

Heathfield residents have welcomed the news that The Heathfield Tavern has been taken over by Ridley Inns who run two other pubs in East Sussex. Ridley Inns say that The Heathfield Tavern will have elements of both The Highlands Inn in Uckfield and The Cock Inn in Ringmer with an emphasis on great food and... Read more

17th January

Headteacher warns of increasing pressure on school services for students in East Sussex

A recent survey conducted by ‘Worth Less?’ has gained fresh insight into the state of England’s schools and academies since the introduction of the new National Funding Formula (NFF).   The organisation represents over 60 Local Authorities and Boroughs with a reach to several million families. The survey of unprecedented size and scope has gained the... Read more

14th January

Countdown to primary school application deadline

If you haven’t yet applied for a place for your child to attend a state primary school this September – don’t worry, it’s not too late. An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Parents have until 11.59pm on Tuesday, January 15 to apply for a school place for their child starting in September 2019. While... Read more

13th January

Local councils appoint Biffa to provide waste collection and street cleansing services

A new waste, recycling, beach and street cleaning contract will start in Hastings, Rother and Wealden from the end of June this year. Biffa has been appointed to provide waste and recycling collection services to all households in these areas and to provide street cleaning in the Rother and Wealden areas. Hastings will be providing... Read more

10th January

Local businesses back a new boxing skills course for young people

Hannah Joy, the Youth Worker at Kings Church Heathfield got in touch with us to let us know about a new fitness activity starting up in Heathfield. Working alongside Charlotte Scott, she has been preparing  a Youth Boxing course, which starts on Thursday 10 January at State Hall in Heathfield. The course will focus on fitness... Read more

8th January

Christmas collection for homeless had brilliant response

A Heathfield woman says she has been astounded by the support for her campaign to collect for the area’s homeless. In previous years Sam Keylock has collected items from family and friends but this year she joined forces with her friend Lara Young from Eastbourne. With people offering to help when they saw the appeal,... Read more

2nd January

Council takes a stand against single-use plastics

Wealden District Council has approved a three part action plan to take a stand against single-use plastics. “Like many others, I was shocked to see the destruction plastic pollution is causing to marine wildlife on TV programmes like the BBC’s Blue Planet,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member for Waste Management. “We have a... Read more

27th December

Heathfield Students benefit from successful trial of a mentoring scheme by local businesses

We recently featured the Wealden Works Awards in early December, an event to celebrate the achievements of young people who had left school and needed support to get into work.  It is great to report that we have more positive news, this time about another initiative that is helping young people in the Heathfield area.... Read more

18th December

Make sure the funeral company you choose really is local

A Heathfield funeral director is warning people to “read the small print” and check whether the company they are considering using is part of a national chain or they could end up paying more than they need to. Andy Kirk of Axell-Eames Funeral  Services in Heathfield High Street welcomes the recent independent scrutiny from the... Read more

12th December

Roger Daltrey shows his support for young people at the Wealden Works Awards

Last Tuesday night December 4, over 150 people attended Wealden Works Annual Awards event, at a packed Heathfield Youth Centre, to celebrate local young people’s achievements. The evening began with Councillor Rupert Simmons, Chairman of the Heathfield Partnership Trust welcoming guests, who included Chris Hardy, Chairman of the Wealden District Council, Ambassador – Roger Daltrey,... Read more

10th December