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Wealden announces COVID-19 Financial support for businesses

Many local businesses both large and small are struggling during this extreem period of lockdown, and social distancing. While some businesses have been able to move online or into a takeaway or delivery model, some just don’t have that option. Either way, the impact on business is enormous and will only increase over the coming... Read more

1st April

Volunteer to help support your community

As part of the national effort to support vulnerable people in self-isolation, Wealden District Council is asking for volunteers to help as we all work to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. “We are working with the volunteer organisation 3VA to identify residents who are able to help reach out to self-isolating households either... Read more

31st March

Farmers urge walkers to follow the Countryside Code

The Country Land and Business Association is reiterating Government calls to limit outdoor exercise to once a day in addition to practising social distancing and, when they do so in the countryside, respect the Countryside Code which helps to protect British landscapes as well as farmers and those living there. The CLA which represents 30,000... Read more

27th March

Corona virus causes unavoidable delay in anyone’s plans to buy or sell a property

There doesn’t seem to be a business untouched by the Corona Virus, and the business of buying and selling homes is no exception. For anyone who has already exchanged with a completion date, the sale can go through and the move take place. But for anyone who is not at that stage, the sale is... Read more

25th March

More shop closures and how ‘staying at home’ will impact on your life

Last night’s announcement has extended the shops and services that need to stay closed. While it is clear that food shops, chemists and essential services can continue, there are plenty of grey areas. We will attempt to clarify some but be aware that this is an ever changing situation. All but essential shops and services... Read more

24th March

Local businesses get creative in a crisis

No one can have missed the unprecedented distruption to everyday life wrought by the Corona Virus as it causes schools to be shut, events to be cancelled, pubs and restaurants and many shops closed, and daily life as we know it to cease. Living in a rural community brings us benefits like fresh air and... Read more

23rd March

Heathfield show postponed, rescheduled for 2021

The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Society Council have announced with sadness that the 2020 Heathfield Show has been cancelled. The Show Council has taken into consideration all the Government instructions relating to the virus and has come to the conclusion that there is no option other than to cancel. The Show Secretary, Nicola Magill... Read more

19th March

Heathfield Vets wins apprenticeship award from Plumpton College

A veterinary practice in Heathfield has won major recognition for its apprenticeship programme. Heathfield Vets in Hailsham Road recently scooped Plumpton College’s Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Awards beating all of the practices in the area that the college takes students from. With around 100 nursing students studying through the college, winning the... Read more

18th March

Disappointment for Broad Oak School

The parents, teachers, governors and local community have been campaigning hard since last June 2019 to fight the closure of their beloved school – Broad Oak Community Primary School, Broad Oak, East Sussex. Originally, the closure was announced last year, with a consultation period to follow. The Support Broad Oak School group was formed, and... Read more

13th March

Budget headlines from Cranwell Wealth Solutions

This week the Chancellor gave his first budget since the UK left the European Union. There were many announcements made and here Cranwell Wealth Solutions of Uckfield and Heathfield summarises some of the key points: The economy is predicted to grow by 1.1% this year, revised down from 1.4% a year ago. This figure does... Read more

12th March

Why interest rates were cut – Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions explains

Today Mark Carney, The Governor of the Bank of England, announced a 0.5% drop in interest rates from 0.75% down to a record low of just 0.25%. Stephen Palmer, founder of Cranwell Wealth Solutions, a wealth management company with high street offices in both Heathfield and Uckfield explains what this means and how savers can... Read more

11th March

Local businesses scoop National Rural Business Awards

Horam based outdoor education business The Great Out-tours has beaten a raft of excellent businesses to win ‘The Best UK Rural Professional Services Business Award’. The award was presented at a glittering Rural Business Awards ceremony, hosted in Manchester, last Friday 28 February. The organisers describe the award as a celebration of any professional service business... Read more

3rd March

Kick start your business with this chance to win a free stand at The Heathfield Show

A chance to win a stand in The New Enterprise Zone The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show has been a celebration of agriculture and business in the area for 73 years. In 2019 the Show won the award for the Best Agricultural Event in the South East. The organisers are offering new businesses the opportunity to... Read more

28th February

Heathfield students self-isolated as a precaution over Corona virus concerns

We understand from HCC that four students have been advised to self-isolate due to the location of their half term holiday. The school does not have any sense, at this stage, that any member of the school community has a diagnosis of concern. They remain in communication with the families who will keep the school... Read more

28th February

Heathfield pupils enjoy a collision between rap and poetry

Just before half term the Heathfield Community College was fortunate to have a visit from Karl Nova, a Performance Poet who has written an award winning Poetry book called Rhythm and Poetry. Karl gave a presentation to the Year 8 students providing them with a background into why he went into making rap music and... Read more

26th February

Katie’s CrossFit success at European Championships

Last weekend Katie Hickling was joined by a number of Isenhurst gym members, who clubbed together to support her in a major CrossFit competition.  They were blown away by her mental and physical performance as she competed in the Finals of this year’s The European Championships, which she qualified for a couple of months ago. Katie... Read more

25th February

New Heathfield Tavern team celebrates first birthday with special event

A pub in Station Road has become one of Heathfield’s most popular eating spots since it was taken over a year ago. The new team has worked hard to establish a range of events and special offers on different days of the week and host special celebrations such as a New Year’s Eve party. Reviews... Read more

19th February

Kyan’s mission to improve hospital wards for children

A mother from Cross in Hand says she is overwhelmed by the response after starting a fundraiser called ‘Kyan’s Kipling Make Over Mission’ to decorate the Hastings hospital ward where her son gets treatment. In just a two weeks Lia Higgs’ £4,000 target has been smashed and the fund that will transform parts of Kipling... Read more

18th February

Beware of rogue traders – storm-hit homeowners told

RESIDENTS are being warned not to fall foul of rogue traders as they count the cost of damage caused by severe storms. Fraudsters have already been reportedly posing as East Sussex Highways staff across the county, offering to carry out repairs and remove fallen trees for cash following Storm Ciara. With Storm Dennis having caused... Read more

18th February

MPs and local councillors push for A21 to be a dual carriageway

Anyone using the A21 to get to the M25, will know the trials of being stuck behind slow vehicles on some of the single lane sections. The alternative route via the Ashdown Forest isn’t any easier. Inconvenience aside, the economy of the whole region suffers from lack of infrastructure, especially Hastings. Members of the A21... Read more

13th February

Exciting start to 2020 for The Great Out-tours

Horam based, outdoor education and pioneering franchise business, The Great Out-tours has made it to the National Final of the Rural Business Awards, which takes place on 27 February 2020 in Manchester. The business represents the South East in the Best Rural Services Business category, competing against five other businesses. Many parents in East Sussex... Read more

11th February

Worried about rural transport? Get in touch with local MP Huw, the newly elected Chair of Transport Select Committee

Last week the Bexhill and Battle MP, Huw Merriman, was elected as Chairman of the Transport Select Committee in the House of Commons in a contest voted on by the 650 MPs across all political parties. With transport and infrastructure being a hot topic at the moment, brought to the forefront in our community with... Read more

5th February

Heathfield host #StandTogether Holocaust Memorial Day programme

The 27th January 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. To mark the occasion, the Heathfield Community College has planned a series of events for students and the wider community to take part in for greater knowledge, understanding and reflection. Most notably, on Monday 3rd February, Heathfield Community College hosted an event... Read more

4th February

New offices fit for the future of successful law firm

Around 200 clients, staff, suppliers, friends and partners gathered at Hughes Solicitors’ new offices in Heathfield High Street for a stylish ‘office warming’. The celebration marked the completion of a major refurbishment which involved turning the former NatWest Bank into the headquarters and offices for the law firm and its 19-strong team. With the growth... Read more

3rd February

EV chargers, high-speed broadband and Habitat Mitigation Tariffs no longer required after Inspector’s report

With a protest beforehand and hardly a spare seat in the public gallery, yesterday’s planning meeting at Wealden District Council’s Hailsham offices was put under the spotlight. The conditions included the Habitats Mitigation Tariff. The Habitats Regulations are the requirement to ensure no significant harm comes to any protected European site. Developers were previously required... Read more

31st January

Baroness pops in for a chat with the young people at Wealden Works, Heathfield

As part of a whistle stop tour of the South East, Lord’s Minister, Baroness Stedman-Scott, Department for Work and Pensions, popped in to Wealden Works, Heathfield, East Sussex. There she met a group of young people, who are either currently being helped by the initiative or have benefitted from help in the past. Councillor, Rupert... Read more

30th January

Two men arrested following Hellingly helicopter search

Residents in the Hellingly area were alarmed at around 5pm yesterday when a helicopter was seen hovering overhead for around 10 minutes. There were also reports of multiple police vehicles travelling down Mill Lane around the same time. Sussex Police say they are currently investigating the discovery on Tuesday afternoon (28 January) of vehicles and... Read more

29th January

Heathfield’s innovative Science Project improves learning in Primary Schools

Bringing periodic tables alive in school Heathfield Community College has led an innovative research project throughout 2018-19 with eight local primary schools, which has now been recognised to have significantly improved knowledge and outcomes. This project will form part of a national body of research on what works in education. In summer 2018, Heathfield Community... Read more

29th January

Residents organise protest and call for Wealden to halt building on green field sites

Uproar over the countryside around towns and villages such as Heathfield, Horam, Hellingly and Hailsham being turned into housing developments is reaching boiling point. A member of the Save Wealden from Over Development Team Facebook page has set about organising a protest at the next Wealden District Council Planning meeting on Thursday 30th January at... Read more

27th January

Take action now to protect water pipes and outdoor taps

As part of Citizen’s Advice Big Energy Saving Week, #BESW2O, South East Water is warning customers of the risks unprotected water pipes and outdoor taps face during icy temperatures. The company, which provides drinking water to 2.2 million customers across parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, reports that households and businesses in past... Read more

20th January

NHS urges people to take up free flu jab

People living with a long-term health condition are being urged to protect themselves from becoming seriously ill this winter with a free flu jab, after less than half of them took up the offer last year. The NHS says these people have a greater risk of becoming seriously ill from flu than the general population... Read more

10th January

A265 Roadworks announced for early 2020

Roadworks coming to A265 near Heathfield MOTORISTS are being advised of a series of roadworks taking place on roads local to Heathfield, East Sussex. East Sussex Highways will be carrying out kerbing and road repair work on the A265 at Broad Oak and Burwash Weald, in January, February and March 2020 The scheme begins with... Read more

7th January

Wealden District Council accused of a NIMBY attitude, as Local Plan is rejected by the Planning Inspector

Louise Nurser, BA Hons Dip UP MRTPI, Planning Inspector has written to Wealden District Council, to outline the reasons why the council cannot proceed with its current draft Wealden Local Plan. The letter asserts that Wealden Council has failed in a legal ‘Duty to Cooperate’ through constructive engagement with neighbouring authorities. Highlighted in particular were... Read more

6th January

PCSOs active in Heathfield after recent surge in anti- social behaviour

The new PCSOs who are now covering Heathfield have been announced. They are PCSO Dave Davies, PCSO Tom Lewis and PCSO Geraldine Hodgens. Wealden Police has confirmed that the trio has been out and about in the area along with other officers. Heathfield has started to see an increase in crime with 28 incidents reported... Read more

16th December

Eddie the Eagle delights Cranwell clients at vineyard lunch event

Who doesn’t love a story of utter endurance, determination and dedication at Christmas time? Well, that is exactly what clients of Cranwell Wealth Solutions were treated to this festive season during a delicious lunch hosted at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, where the inspirational Michael Edwards (Eddie the Eagle Edwards) gave a speech... Read more

12th December

New ‘zero waste’ services at Wholefoods Health Store in Heathfield

Heathfield’s only healthfood store, Wholefoods Health Store on Station Approach, is celebrating its first anniversary at their new location. Rita Quinlan, the owner has been in the supplements and healthfoods business since 1989 and this is the third location she has occupied in Heathfield during this time. The store is packed with well known ranges... Read more

11th December

Candidate round up for Wealden

We have interviewed all of the candidates and have tried to pick apart the main differences and their suitability to represent an area with a large rural component, challenges around infrastructure, crime and the needs of a significantly high number of elderly residents. The 2017 results saw a big swing for Labour, but still very... Read more

10th December

Round up of Bexhill and Battle candidates

Huw Merriman is campaigning to retain his seat. He currently has a substantial majority of 22,000, although Labour did increase their share by 10% last 2017 election. UKIP is missing from the Ballot this time around so there will be a question to be asked about where their supporters will vote this time. Both the... Read more

9th December

Heathfield Show recognised in Farming Awards

Organisers and everyone involved with the Heathfield Agricultural Show have been celebrating after being named Best Agriculture Show or Event at the 2019 Farming Awards. Chairman Rita Dingwall said: “We had a great evening.  Thanks to everyone who has been involved with the Heathfield Show over the past 72 years. We were very fortunate to... Read more

6th December

Terry tackles town’s growing graffiti problem

A Heathfield man has been praised by local residents for taking the town’s graffiti problem into his own hands. Terry Hazeltine, who moved to Heathfield 16 years ago from South London, was so incensed when he saw the photos on the Heathfield News Facebook page that he vowed to do something. He explains: “When I... Read more

5th December

Heathfield Traders unite to bring festive Christmas fun to Heathfield

This time last year, shops in Heathfield were reeling from the impact of having the High Street closed for the best part of the month of November. Campaigns like the one we ran #shopheathfield which promoted the need to support our local shopkeepers coupled with the activities mounted by the businesses themselves helped to keep... Read more

27th November

Join in the climate debate. Free tickets to attend an ‘Any Questions’ style debate attended by local candidates for Wealden.

This is an opportunity for the Wealden electorate to take part in a Wealden “Question Time” Hustings, which takes place at Michael Hall School in Forest Row on 27th November, it will focus on the Green Deals of prospective Parliamentary Candidates – the main topic will be are we already too late to avoid environmental... Read more

19th November

Which Christmas tree should you choose? We have all the answers and advice

The benefits of having a real tree in your home at Christmas have been well publicised over the last few years. Studies show pine needle aroma can help lighten moods and reduce stress. In addition, while technology is making it easier for family members to do their own thing, choosing and decorating a real tree... Read more

15th November

Heathfield hairdresser celebrates 30 years of styling

Not many people can claim to have never worked for anyone else during a 30-year career. Owner and founder of Sister Styling in Broad Oak, near Heathfield, Teresa Willis says that hairdressing was all she ever wanted to do after falling in love with her future career at the tender age of just ten years... Read more

13th November

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