News

Investigation reveals probable cause of Cross in Hand plane crash

The 65 year-old pilot of a small plane that crashed at Cross in Hand airfield in August last year probably suffered from a cardiac arrest shortly after take off an AAIB investigation has revealed. The Rans S6-116 aircraft took off on 4th August from Bradley’s Lawn airstrip in Cross in Hand. Witnesses then saw the... Read more

5th March

Irony as closed school in Broad Oak is advertised as accommodation with ‘no children’ caveat

There was some surprise when it was spotted that the old building that used to house the much loved Broad Oak Primary School was being advertised for accomodation with ‘no children’. A determined battle to save the school had been fought by both parents and the wider community; sadly for the campaigners the council went... Read more

4th March

BUDGET 2021 SUMMARY

The 2021 Budget announcement yesterday aimed to prioritise restoring the economy and to support jobs, individuals and businesses. So, what changed and what does that mean for your financial plans? Here’s a brief overview from Cranwell Wealth Solutions. Given the size of government borrowing and the chancellor’s strong indication that “repairing public finances” and returning... Read more

4th March

Good news for 60+ as Covid vaccine appointments are now open

In recent weeks, many people in Heathfield must must have been wondering what was happening, as reports had come through that 60+ and in some cases slightly younger had been called for a vaccination over a week ago in surrounding areas. In East Sussex those 55 to 60+ have been called in Hastings and Hellingly... Read more

1st March

Sussex maize growers share expertise at e-workshop

Sussex farmers shared their experiences of innovative methods of protecting water quality through farming, at a workshop held by South East Water on 18 February. Three growers from farms in Heathfield, Hailsham and Haywards Heath are taking part in water company-funded trials to understand how growing rows of grass in-between maize crops can prevent soil... Read more

25th February

Rother encourages young people to have their say on the new seven-year plan

PEOPLE in Rother are being reminded of their last chance to have their say on a new seven-year plan for the district. The consultation on Rother District Council’s Corporate Plan, which sets out its aims and objectives for 2020 to 2027, closes on Wednesday, March 17. The new plan, which has been delayed due to... Read more

23rd February

Tackling leaks takes priority says South East Water

Finding and fixing leaks across a vast network of more than 9,000 miles of pipes has taken priority following the cold snap. Freezing conditions, snow and now a slight thaw has caused a number of leaks to break out across the five counties South East Water supplies top quality drinking water to. The water company... Read more

15th February

Local MP appeals to over 70s to book their Covid jab now.

With one week remaining to vaccinate the first four priority groups of residents in Heathfield and surrounding villages, local MP Huw Merriman, has urged residents to ensure they don’t miss out. Calling the vaccination, the ‘gateway’ for the entire area to return to normality, the MP has also hit out at anti-vaccination groups for ‘putting... Read more

10th February

Extra support highlighted during National Apprenticeship Week.

APPRENTICESHIPS in East Sussex will be given a boost this week as the county council supports National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which runs from February 8 – 14. As well as highlighting the national campaign, East Sussex County Council is officially launching its £600,000 Transform programme this week which supports businesses to access apprenticeships. Why take... Read more

8th February

All you need to know about Covid 19 scam messages

It is sad to say that there are a number of scams in circulation relating to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The ones circulating in the last few days are produced to look like an official confirmation of a vaccination appointment, it would be easy to mistake this for a genuine communication. See below an example... Read more

28th January

Covid 19 vaccine frustration set to improve for Heathfield

Before Christmas, while many in other areas were getting their call for the vaccine, patients in Heathfield were left wondering when their turn would come. Patients from the High Street and Firs Surgery only started to receive their vaccinations last week. Without a local centre administering the vaccine, the over 80s were forced to make... Read more

26th January

How to manage Covid-19 business debt

UK businesses borrowed five times more from banks between January and August 2020 than in the whole of 2019 (according to EY Item Club1 – a leading UK economic forecasting group). Over that eight-month period, new borrowings (net of repayments) totalled £43.8bn, compared to the £8.8bn of 2019. And it is small businesses who have... Read more

26th January

Family soap business wins international business award

Sussex-based soap and luxury products manufacturer Christina May is celebrating after winning the International Business of the Year category of the South East Region Federation of Small Business Awards 2020, sponsored by Lovetts Solicitors, and being named a finalist in the Good Retail Awards 2021*. Multi award-winning Christina May now manufactures and exports a range... Read more

19th January

Pollution levels in Wealden on decline

Local levels of Nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter remain below the national air quality threshold according to Wealden’s 2020 Air Quality Annual Status report. “High levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution have become a problem in some cities,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden Cabinet member for Community & Public Health. “I am pleased to report... Read more

19th January

Dallington Primary School launches book appeal

Dallington CEP is a delightful, rural, primary school, tucked away on the windy ridge at Dallington, in East Sussex. 2020 was a tough year, with many children being educated at home, however the school did stay open for key workers and the small team of dedicated staff juggled working to support the school’s pupils with... Read more

18th January

Brass band able to hit the road thanks to winter wonderland trailer

When a Warbleton Brass Band member realised that COVID restrictions would mean the band wouldn’t be able to perform the normal Christmas concerts in the community he had to find a way around the problem. As well as providing entertainment, getting out and about was also vital for raising funds to keep the band going... Read more

7th January

Major incident declared in Sussex to maximise Covid response

In line with several other parts of the country, a MAJOR incident has been declared in Sussex to best respond to unprecedented pressures of Covid-19 on the county. The same decision has been taken by several other local resilience forums in the South East. The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) which co-ordinates and communicates between health,... Read more

6th January

East Sussex dementia charity aims for Christmas number one

Staff working for an East Sussex charity, which helps people in Heathfield and Horam, is hoping they’ll be simply having a wonderful Christmas time as they eye a Christmas number one spot for their fundraising single. Local people are being asked to buy a copy to help charity Dementia Support East Sussex to continue its... Read more

17th December

Rother to enter Tier 3 from Saturday 19th December

Rother which neighbours Heathfield and includes many surrounding villages like Burwash Common, Burwash Weald, Burwash, and Dallington; now finds itself included in Tier 3 and with a set of new restrictions. The figures for the rise in infection have been alarming and although they are not high compared to some other parts of the country... Read more

17th December

Heathfield College pupils bring festive cheer to care homes

“I think it’s safe to say that this year has been a tough one for everyone. However, residents in care homes are among the people who have been most negatively affected by The Virus Who Shall Not Be Named, and so students at Heathfield Community College have taken it upon themselves to try, in their... Read more

7th December

Family carpet firm boosts retail operation in Heathfield

Pennells Carpets, the local, independent carpet and flooring company is moving its entire retail operation to Heathfield. For many years Pennells Carpets has had retail outlets in both Uckfield and Heathfield. Now the family run business has chosen to focus on Heathfield where it has been successfully trading since 1982. The company’s warehousing will be... Read more

7th December

Rainbow Ranger roams Heathfield

Maybe you have seen the Rainbow Ranger on a night time jaunt around Heathfield, or just wondered who the multi coloured, glow in the dark character is? We tracked him down to find out more. Although, his name is a mystery, we can call him ‘RR’. This resident of Heathfield explained the thinking behind what... Read more

1st December

Home brewing kit sales surge during lockdown

A home brew kit business based in Horam is reporting record-breaking sales during lockdown with people having more time for hobbies and trying new things. Bev and Andy Toogood of AlmostOffGrid.com are seeing a huge increase in the demand for home brewing kits, ingredients and equipment. Their online shop, which was launched in October 2016,... Read more

30th November

Broad Oak mum and care worker wins lottery prize

It was an exciting start to the weekend for one lucky Broad Oak resident after winning £30,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery. Care worker for the elderly, Vicky Channing, 32, landed the prize when her postcode, TN21 8TN, was announced as a winner on Saturday 28th November.  Vicky found out how much she’d won over... Read more

28th November

Burwash based Indie band go global

Wild Horse, a Burwash based Indie band have been getting creative during lockdown. Unable to perform at live gigs, the boys have been going online to bring their music to their fans. In October they played on a Coastal Currents dedicated music showcase; performing their latest album live to an audience of over 10 thousand... Read more

26th November

Speak out against domestic abuse urges council

Wealden residents are being urged to speak out against all forms of domestic abuse as the number of recorded cases over 12 months exceeds 1,000 for the first time. From November 2019 to October 2020, Sussex Police received 1,037 reports of domestic abuse, which is a 4.5% increase compared to the same period last year.... Read more

24th November

Mixed emotions as new look Heathfield Christmas lights switched on.

Social media posts have long aired the disappointment felt by many at the ritual turning on of the Heathfield Christmas lights. The tastefully positioned, somewhat sublty lit trees, have provoked ridicule at best, and stronger words at worst. But, this year there is good news! The Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council have funded additional decorations... Read more

13th November

Frogheath Landscapes and Wealden Works pull together to help school leavers.

Frogheath Landscapes is no stranger to apprenticeships, the award winning, Burwash Weald based company regularly takes on apprentices to work in their busy landscaping business. They recently struck it lucky with Harrison Tamkin, who came their way via Wealden Works, a local charity offering young people help finding employment. The charity annually supports 40 young... Read more

10th November

#shoplocal for Christmas gifts, it’s never been easier!

With a new lockdown just started and Christmas not far off, local traders are looking for ways to encourage people to #shoplocal and buy their Christmas presents from them, rather than larger online retailers. With much of the High St closed and popular markets, like the one in Heathfield cancelled, traders and crafts people were... Read more

9th November

Vines Cross turkey farm has the perfect solution for smaller gatherings

Vines Cross turkey farmers JR Sheffield are gearing up for a busy Christmas with their butchers reporting footfall across the year up 50 percent compared to last year. But press reports that turkeys are being starved or being put on a reduced diet so they fit a potentially smaller Christmas gathering are totally unfounded says... Read more

5th November

Heathfield Young Farmers join in ‘pass the welly’ fundraiser

Sussex Young Farmers Clubs is taking part in a national Give it Some YFC Welly Relay to help raise urgent funds to help secure its future. One of their Junior clubs is Heathfield YFC, who will also be participating in this fundraising event. Sussex Young Farmers Club is always keen to see younger members (and... Read more

29th October

Heathfield photographer adds more credentials to her name

Award-winning Heathfield photographer Sarah Tate has added another accolade to her collection after being appointed as a judge for her industry’s prestigious awards. Her confirmation as a judge followed on from last year’s news that Sarah had been named a Fellow of the industry’s most prestigious body – The Master Photographers’ Association. Sarah has had... Read more

25th October

Bumper harvest at Off the Line Vineyard!

We are lucky to have lots of excellent vineyards around Heathfield and this harvest time has been a good one. One of our favorites, Off the Line Vineyard is delighted to announce that it has been a bumper harvest this year. The quality of the fruit was exceptional and yields good. The weather has been... Read more

22nd October

Covid 19 shuts Cross in Hand Primary School

Parents were shocked to find out this morning that Cross in Hand CEP School was shutting for two weeks after a member of staff tested positive for Covid 19. The school is a popular local primary on the outskirts of Heathfield, East Sussex. It is the first local school to have had to shut completely.... Read more

20th October

Renters on the move in East Sussex face huge challenge to find property

During the last few months, the housing market has been one of the many things that have seen unpredictable change during the lockdown and coronavirus period, particularly with lettings. Many estate agents are urgently looking for properties to let out and to sell while, in contrast, the demand for people wanting to rent or buy... Read more

20th October

Family soap entrepreneur shines in regional awards

Sussex-based soap and luxury products manufacturer Christina May is celebrating this month after winning the Family Business category of Institute of Directors London & South Director of The Year Awards and being a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020. In the IoD awards Managing Director Oliver Butts beat hundreds of other companies to... Read more

14th October

New Music Bunnies, pre-school activity comes to Heathfield

When Valarie’s husband relocated to Heathfield for work, she had to bid farewell to rural Somerset, and settle into the East Sussex town. A mother to two small children, she decided to follow her dream to run sensory inspired classes for pre-school children. “After months of lockdown isolation I think it really is a good... Read more

8th October

Confirmed COVID-19 case in Cross in Hand

A local primary school is thought to be the first in the Heathfield area to have a confirmed COVID-19 case among pupils. Public Health England says that there has been a single confirmed case at Cross In Hand School Primary School and appropriate advice has been given. The Public Health England spokesperson was not able... Read more

24th September

Heathfield boy with severe peanut allergy involved in pioneering trials

A Heathfield Community College student who is severely allergic to peanut is giving hope to others with nut allergies after taking part in a successful trial. James Redman, 12, can now safely tolerate seven peanuts thanks to a ground-breaking trial at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. James, from Heathfield, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy... Read more

15th September

Heathfield failed by inadequate broadband provision

Despite the welcome announcement from ESCC of new funding from central Government to help those out of work and support business growth in East Sussex, The Heathfield News was shocked to learn that anyone moving to Heathfield, business or residential, is unable to connect a new account to fibre broadband. BT has confirmed that the... Read more

11th September

New platform gives artisan food and drink producers opportunity to connect with customers differently

A Burwash entrepreneur has launched a virtual multi-brand store to help artisan food and drinks ‘makers’ flourish and discerning shoppers to discover, learn about and purchase mouth-watering products made with passion. The MeltedInside.com platform welcomes and features makers from across the UK selling everything from seaweed seasoning produced in Yorkshire by SeaGrown to South American-style... Read more

24th August

New art gallery launches in Mayfield

A sculptor has transformed one of two flats he bought on Fir Toll Road in Mayfield into an art gallery. Richard Field has gathered what he describes as an ‘incredible’ collection of sculptures and art for the grand opening of Melford Gallery on Friday 21st August. For more details see our What’s On page. Many... Read more

20th August

Tips to reduce water use, keep cool and keep safe from fire

South East Water, the NHS and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have all issued heatwave advice. South East Water is asking customers keep using tap water for drinking, hygiene and cooking only as the heatwave continues. The company has seen record-breaking demand for water which has outstripped how much can be pumped through its... Read more

11th August

Lucky Nellie rescued by off duty Heathfield firefighter

Local woman Sophie Strevens and her son were out walking in Darches Wood with their young Border Collie Nellie, who enjoys a swim especially in this hot weather. After a few minutes of playing in the water Nellie, the collie, got caught in a thick bramble vine which wrapped itself around her tail. She couldn’t... Read more

9th August

Cross in Hand plane crash kills pilot

Emergency service vehicles were seen rushing soon after 11am to the scene of a plane crash that has resulted in the death of the pilot. He has not yet been named. According to Sussex Police, the light aircraft crashed near Cross in Hand, Heathfield, on Tuesday morning (August 4).   Emergency services were called to... Read more

4th August

Sussex soap company reaches finals of Great British Entrepreneur Awards

A Sussex soap manufacturer has been shortlisted in the Family Business category of the 2020 Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Christina May Ltd, best known for its English Soap Company brand, is one of just four companies shortlisted from across the South East region in the prestigious awards which received some 2,600 entries. Christina May manufactures... Read more

3rd August

Disappointment for Heathfield Bonfire Society

The Heathfield and District Bonfire Society has worked extremely hard since it was formed in 2018, and lots of fundraising culminated in their first event last year when they brought the bonfire tradition to Heathfield. 2020 should have been the second event, however as Steve Thomas, Chairman explained: “It is with sadness that the members... Read more

30th July

Sewing skills used to raise vital funds for hospice

A Hellingly woman has used her sewing skills to raise around £2,000 for the hospice that cared for her father Ron. Debbie Scott, who started off making scrub bags for nurses before trying to make masks, didn’t dream that she would end up raising so much money and making some 600 of them. She explains:... Read more

29th July

Players give new courts at Cross in Hand thumbs up

Tennis enthusiasts from the Heathfield area were celebrating on Saturday when three new state-of-the-art clay courts were unveiled at Cross in Hand Tennis Club. The refurbished courts more than double the number of all-weather courts at the club and mean tennis can be played safely all year round. Before the refurbishment work players and coaches... Read more

22nd July

Hughes Solicitors welcomes new Partner to the firm

Heathfield’s leading firm of solicitors has strengthened its property expertise with the addition of another highly experienced professional. Matthew Sabine joins Hughes Solicitors as a Partner and Head of the Residential Property team. He specialises in freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, re-mortgaging properties, deeds of variation, lease extensions, deeds of easement, transfers of equity, newbuilds... Read more

22nd July