News

Heathfield students reach for the stars.

Year 7 at Heathfield Community College was given the opportunity last week to take learning of Space a little further; (to infinity and) beyond in the classroom. Pupils were joined by Alex, Ashley and Jazz who are studying and working in the Physics department at the University of Sussex. The Physics department provide a large... Read more

23rd June

Flaming torches and fireworks marked the start of the Heathfield Jubilee celebrations.

Heathfield Jubilee celebrations 2022 It’s difficult to beat the drama of flaming torches and the lighting of a traditional beacon. Residents of Heathfield were treated to a wonderful Jubilee celebration last Thursday 2 June to mark the start of the Queen’s Jubilee long weekend. Heathfield & District Bonfire Society (HDBS) worked closely with Heathfield &... Read more

8th June

Join Roger Daltrey for the opening of the Platinum Footpath at Burwash Common tonight.

Roger Daltrey will open the Platinum Footpath at Burwash Common, tonight Thursday 2nd June at 7pm. A new footpath has been created around the Playing Fields at Burwash Common, making the whole fields fully accessible in all weathers. The path was recently given a full testing by residents of Oakdown House, the residents, some of... Read more

2nd June

Oakdown House and Carricks Brook raise awareness of Learning Disability Awareness Week.

Every year in June Mencap organise ‘Learning Disability Awareness Week’. The week gives people the chance to find out more about what it means to live with a learning disability.  Sadly, people with a learning disability are twice as likely to experience mental health problems due to many factors including discrimination and social isolation. By... Read more

30th May

Come together to celebrate the lives of loved ones as Hospice’s Moonlight Walk returns 

Local residents who have been touched by the work of Hospice in the Weald are being encouraged to take part in the charity’s Moonlight Walk when it returns on Saturday 25th June for the first time since 2019. It is hoped more people than ever will gather friends, family and colleagues to remember loved ones... Read more

29th May

Heathfield Community College unveils The Chris Gully Memorial

College unveils the Chris Gully Memorial As many people will be aware Chris Gully was a member of the Heathfield Community College for over 22 years and a much respected Head of Science. Many students passed through his classroom, many staff developed their career alongside him, many parents will also know him well, both as... Read more

26th May

Heathfield’s Young at Heart celebrates four glorious years!

Today 19th May, Young at Heart celebrated their anniversary! This local club offers valuable companionship and stimulation for elderly residents who may suffer from demetia or loneliness. The club is the realisation of Rachel’s dream of creating a meaningful experience for both the young and the elderly. Four years ago, inspired by her years as... Read more

19th May

Pear tree planted at fire station marks launch of Queen’s initiative

A stunning Callery Pear Pyrus Calleryana was planted yesterday outside Heathfield Fire Station to kick off the Heathfield Show’s celebration of the Jubilee and launch the county’s tree planting initiative. Children and teachers from nearby Cross in Hand School joined in the momentous event which involved Sara Stonor DL, Vice Lord Lieutenant and President of... Read more

18th May

Protection and sudden, unexpected changes

There is no denying that since spring 2020 we have been made very aware of how dramatically things can suddenly change. Recent events serve as a reminder that however much we try to make plans, there could be something just around the corner that scuppers them. Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions explains the importance... Read more

17th May

Heathfield Students ponder the eternal question ‘How can Boris Johnson be our Prime Minister?’

Heathfield Community College Year 10 students, who have applied to be prefects, attended an all day workshop to grow their public speaking skills. The workshop was led by Janie Shepherd from @SpeakersTrust www.speakerstrust.org A large group enjoyed training and input and by the end ALL of them gave a short, self-penned speech to the rest... Read more

12th May

Sussex soap manufacturer heads to Glasgow for FSB national finals

Waldron-based business The English Soap Company will be heading to Glasgow on 19th May for the UK Final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards after being named Family Business of the Year in the South East. As well as winning the Family Business category in the South East Awards, the English Soap Company was... Read more

11th May

Proposed waste collection and street cleansing industrial action update.

Wealden District Council has been informed by its waste collection and street cleansing contractor, Biffa, that members of their workforce belonging to the GMB union intend to take strike action from Monday 2nd May over pay. Whilst Biffa continue to negotiate with the GMB union and the staff involved to reach a fair settlement, this action... Read more

28th April

Heathfield students aim for the stars in a Gallactic Challenge.

Galactic Challenge Champions On Saturday 23 April, 12 Year 8 Heathfield Community College students took part in the UK Space Design Competition Galactic Challenge held at Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker, East Sussex.  The students had an exciting day working as part of a dynamic team creating a proposal for the design, development and construction... Read more

27th April

Who is the ‘quiet hero’ in your community?

Sussex-based artisan food and drink online marketplace MeltedInside.com is on the hunt for a ‘Quiet Hero’ to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The winner will receive an amazing prize for themselves and the person who nominates them will also win a prize. The winning Quiet Hero will be awarded a MeltedInside.com gift voucher to the... Read more

25th April

Make or break! Talented local ballet dancer appeals for help.

Burwash based, George Stevens is a pre-professional elite ballet pupil at White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School.  This fiercely competititive ballet school is where future stars are born. Only 15 boys a year are accepted to this world famous school, and whilst studying there he has danced in Royal Ballet Company productions, The Nutcracker, Sleeping... Read more

13th April

Lightning Fibre sponsors the Heathfield Agricultural Show 2022, and extends Full Fibre network to Broad Oak.

Local broadband provider Lightning Fibre is proud to take over the Heathfield Show Hedgerow board signage sponsorship which has, for the past two decades, been sponsored by Freeman Forman Estate Agents. Lightning Fibre have also agreed, as part of their new partnership, to connect their Full Fibre broadband network to the Showground, delivering up to... Read more

13th April

Tribute paid to great-grandfather killed in Cross-in-Hand collision

The family of a man who sadly died following a collision on the A276 near Heathfield have paid tribute to him. Derek ‘Dinky’ Doo, 82, from Heathfield was involved in the collision involving a single vehicle just before 3.25pm on Tuesday, March 22. His family said: “Dinky was a much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather... Read more

7th April

75th anniversary prize of £500 for Champion of Champions at Heathfield Agricultural Show

The Heathfield Agricultural Show is back! It has a new look and lots planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary this year. The new logo was designed by Dani McTurk of Apatite Design, winner of the Heathfield Agricultural Show Logo Design Competition. She beat 15 other entrants to be selected and the show organisers are now... Read more

7th April

Local businesses support Heathfield students through a mentoring scheme

Local businesses give valuable support for a student mentoring scheme Heathfield Community College believes that when it comes to careers every child’s aspiration and destination should be valued. Whether they choose to pursue university, apprenticeship, employment or further training, one of the best ways to understand a role or an industry is to speak to... Read more

6th April

Landowners fined for failing to check Tree Preservation Orders

Wealden District Council prosecuted the landowners of the site in The Drive, Hellingly, after trees were cut down in 2018 despite them being subject to Tree Preservation Orders. The landowners said they were unaware of the Tree Preservation Orders in place which protected the woodland and trees and claimed the trees were a danger to... Read more

6th April

Waste carriers targeted in fly-tipping operation

MORE THAN 50 vehicles were stopped and checked as part of a clampdown on fly-tipping blighting the district. In a bid to combat the crime, which costs Rother District Council more than £67,000 a year, Environmental Health Officers led a multi-agency operation with the commercial vehicle unit and the neighbourhood policing team from Sussex Police.... Read more

5th April

Blackboys School enjoy a visit from Wealden councillors

Blackboys Primary School welcomed Wealden District Council’s chairman Councillor Ron Reed and ward Councillor Ann Newton to a ‘golden assembly’. The councillors spoke to Years 5 and 6 about the work the council does within the district and their roles within the authority. During the assembly children asked questions about littering, road safety and the... Read more

23rd March

Awards for Heathfield Youth Drama Group

There was much success for the Heathfield Youth Drama group at last month’s Southern Counties Drama Festival held at the Barn Theatre Oxted Surrey. The Group performed Gosforths Fete by Alan Ayckbourn, extracts from Bouncers by John Godber, Shakers by John Godber  Jane Thornton and Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke. There were 14 teams involved and a... Read more

15th March

Girlguiding volunteers needed to inspire next generation of girls and young women

Have you ever been a member of Girlguiding and dropped out due to further education or to raise a family or even just wanted a change in life or have you never been involved before? Are you looking for a new challenge or would like to try something different? There may be just the opportunity... Read more

14th March

Wealden Council Tax rebate available to help many with increased energy costs.

It would be difficult not to have noticed the increased publicity around increasing energy costs, so it will be some relief to learn that thousands of households across Wealden are set to receive a £150 Council Tax rebate to help with rising energy costs. Council Tax rebate available for thousands of Wealden residents Residents living... Read more

9th March

Wealden Talking News free service for the visually impaired.

Huw Merriman, local MP visits the Wealden Talking News studio. Local MP, Huw Merriman, visited the Wealden Talking News studio to support the charity’s efforts to bounce back from the loss of listeners caused by the pandemic. Mr Merriman, accompanied by former Wealden District Council Chair, Cllr Pam Doodes, toured the studio and later contributed... Read more

8th March

New mortgage offering from Cranwell Wealth Solutions

Cranwell Wealth Solutions, which has Financial Planning branches in Heathfield and Uckfield high streets, is delighted to announce the launch of a mortgage division. The new division is being headed up by the incredibly talented Matthew Ticehurst. Matthew started his career in financial services with HSBC back in 2006. Since then, he has held a... Read more

4th March

Melina Joy Opticians celebrates its 30th Anniversary in Heathfield

“Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you…” Spring is on its way! At Last! And Melina Joy Opticians celebrates its 30th anniversary this month! Melina set the practice up in 1992 with just the support of her business partner Tom and his wife, Jackie. Several refurbs, additions and changes later, they are now a... Read more

3rd March

Pledge made to continue lobbying government over ‘unacceptable’ housing targets

Wealden District Council has passed a motion setting out a renewed pledge to continue lobbying the government to reduce the number of new homes it expects the council to provide in the coming years. It follows on from various meetings between Wealden leaders and senior government ministers and officials to press the point that while... Read more

2nd March

Newly rebranded Ashdown Radio has extended and improved its reach to Heathfield and Cross in Hand.

Uckfield FM is rebranding as Ashdown Radio and its reach is extended to better reception in Heathfield and Cross in Hand. Recently the radio station’s project to bring its programmes to the people of Crowborough and to those living in the surrounding area, has been completed and its broadcasts can now be heard loud and... Read more

24th February

Charity receives cheque from Wealden Crematorium 

The Children with Cancer Fund at Polegate has been presented with a £15,000 cheque from Wealden Crematorium. The money was donated to the charity’s co-founder Chris Downton after staff at the Horam facility nominated CWCF to receive a share of funds raised through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s recycling metal scheme. The crematorium... Read more

24th February

Shop well at Heathfield & Waldron markets

Shop Well at Heathfield & Waldron Markets Over the past year, farmers’ markets and antique/craft fairs have grown in popularity across Wealden as people re-discover this timeless way of shopping.   Here, we are fortunate to have two local markets: Heathfield Farmers’ Market on the third Saturday of every month; and Waldron Community Market on... Read more

15th February

Heathfield & District School Pastors set to benefit from Wealden grant.

Almost £300,000 in community grants and funding has been approved by Wealden District Council this week. Organisations set to benefit from a share of £20,000 in funding through the council’s Small Grants Award for 2022/23 include Heathfield & District School Pastors, Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club, Frant Parish Friendship Group Speakers, Hailsham Horticultural Society, Crowborough Community... Read more

10th February

Horam Village Hall sets a green example

Horam Village Hall is becoming a shining example for premises that are aiming to be climate positive and making the most of available funding. A Tesla battery has recently been connected to the building’s solar panels along with a new hot water cylinder, better insulation, new windows and LED lighting. Secretary Leigh Ellen explains: “The... Read more

10th February

Bringing Spanish language and culture alive at Heathfield Community College

Heathfield Community College students have been bringing Spanish language and culture alive. Following in the footsteps of the successful Wider Curriculum Day that was offered to French students in November, the Year 8 Spanish Language and Culture Day continued this journey on Friday, 21st January, providing a similarly exciting and valuable experience for our Spanish... Read more

1st February

Hospice in the Weald appoints new chief executive

Hospice in the Weald, which provides care completely free of charge for terminally ill patients and their loved ones across West Kent and northern East Sussex, has announced the appointment of Nick Farthing as Chief Executive. Nick, who has been Acting Chief Executive for the last nine months, has held various leadership roles at the... Read more

27th January

Marquess plants apple tree to mark Queen’s Platinum 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 14th 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