Heathfield

Home to Olympic gold medallist Jayne Torvill, England rugby international Joe Marler, former Doctor Who Tom Baker, guitarist Fred Frith and international badminton player Heather Olver, this small town hides a dark past.

In 1415 discontent was rife throughout the country so Jack Cade decided to take a stand. He roused the men of Kent ‘to correct public abuses and to remove evil counsellors’. An army of 20,000 rallied in Blackheath and fought the King’s men in Sevenoaks. Flush with triumph, the men degenerated into a murderous rob and Cade’s dream with them. He tried again at Rochester, but it was hopeless. In desperation he fled for Heathfield and hid on a local farm. But one fateful day he poked his head out at the top of Cade Street and was captured. He was dead before he reached London. His corpse was dragged through the Capital, decapitated, disembowelled and quartered. Portions were exhibited throughout the country. On the far side of Cade Street stands the Cade Stone, our most famous monument, which reads ‘Near this spot was slain the notorious rebel Jack Cade by Alexander Iden, Sheriff of Kent, AD1450. His body was carried to London and his head fixed upon London Bridge. This is the success of all rebels and this fortune chanceth ever to traitors’.

Heathfield also sports a mansion that dates back to the seventeenth century and contains a memorial named the Gibraltar Tower in commemoration of Lieutenant General George Eliott who was ennobled as Lord Heathfield for his role at the siege of Gibraltar.

On the edge of the parish stands Braylsham Castle, a modern house built in 1993 in imitation of a moated Medieval manor house, complete with working drawbridge.

Heathfield is a lively town with annual events such as the Cuckoo Fair, the Heathfield Show and Le Marché.


Upcoming Events

Archery Christmas Fair

10:30 am-3:00 pm, 24th Nov
Heathfield

There will be an Archery Christmas Fair at Heathfield Park on Sunday 24th November. It starts at 10:30 and will end promptly (because of the light) at 15:00. Entry fee is £5.00 per person to include 12 arrows on the...

Recent News

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

Paws to take stock of your mental health

Meet Queenie – the latest addition to the Axell Eames Funeral Services team and a fully qualified pet therapy dog, having just passed all her exams. And as it’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Axell Eames would like everyone to paws (sorry) for thought and celebrate the benefits animals offer us in times of difficulty. Recognised... Read more

10th October

Was the property market a bit overweight?

Was the property market a bit over weight? Paul Wilson ponders the current market. What most people do when they see the inches piling on is to diet. Losing a bit of weight is a healthy thing to do. The property market acts in much the same way. After a period of excess, when things... Read more

10th September

Archery – an activity with multiple benefits for everyone

I have watched various forms of archery and tried things like air rifle shooting but never thought this very ancient activity would be something I would enjoy or be strong enough to do. An hour or so and a ‘taster’ session with the highly experienced Adrian Caddy who runs ACA certainly changed my mind. We... Read more

29th August

Heathfield Butcher jailed in Operation Pinocchio

Local butcher, Terry Adams, of the popular Butcher’s Hook in Heathfield has received a prison sentence after he was caught perverting the course of justice as part of Operation Pinocchio. Pinocchio was launched by Sussex Police, as an initiative to improve safety on Sussex’s roads, by tracing and prosecuting offenders who provide false information in... Read more

15th August

Heatwave led to fan-tastic sales for High Street trader

Temperatures of up to 34.2 degrees encapsulated Heathfield and the surrounding areas last month. Reminders to drink plenty of water, seek shade and stay cool were put in place to help stay hydrated and healthy in high temperatures. Ensuring that the above advice has been taken on board means that you can safely enjoy the... Read more

5th August

Growing concerns over graffiti in Heathfield

The increase of graffiti in Heathfield is causing concern for residents. Locals have noticed the growing amount of graffiti in the area and are calling for more action to be taken to prevent this vandalism. A Heathfield resident (who wishes to remain anonymous) contacted The Heathfield News about his concerns: “I am alarmed at the... Read more

2nd August

Heathfield Scout takes part in once in a lifetime Scout Skills Festival in West Virginia

Finaly Roberts is one of 5,000 Scouts from the UK taking part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Finlay, 16, will join 40,000 others taking part in this skills and adventure festival. He will meet 45,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world – sharing his skills while enjoying adventures in... Read more

1st August

Heathfield welcomes public defibrillators

Four new public access defibrillators have been installed in Heathfield. The Heathfield & Waldron First Responders Group is delighted to announce it has successfully installed four new Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) sites across the town. These defibrillators are designed to be easy to use by members of the public in the event of someone nearby... Read more

25th July

Burial vs cremation – the numbers don’t stack up says Heathfield funeral director

Do your loved ones know what you want to happen to your body when you die? A recent poll commissioned by Axell-Eames suggests this is not the case. When the funeral director firm asked people about their funeral preferences, 76 percent of people chose cremation while 24 percent opted for burial. And yet the company’s... Read more

16th 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

Win Hardware Heaven, a haul of 100 items!

Join in the celebrations and a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes on offer as part of the festivities! 1st Prize:      £100.00 Heathfield Ironmongers Gift Voucher Shop in the Heathfield Ironmongers from 1-6th July and spend £15.00 in one transaction after 10% discount and you will be entered into a free... Read more

27th June

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

Wine Festival launches, Saturday 1st June 2019 at Hidden Spring, Horam

It’s all go at Hidden Spring Vineyard, Horam, East Sussex. Not only have they just been awarded a silver medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge for their Bacchus (2017); but they are hosting the first Sussex Weald Festival of Wine on Saturday, June 1st.  Five outstanding Sussex vineyards have united to create a FESTIVAL OF WINE a... Read more

29th May

Monster trucks return and first for Shetland Pony Grand National

From the heavy horse parade to the Shetland Pony Grand National and Big Pete, The Monster Trucks & The Grim Reeper, ring one is the place to watch some spectacular entertainment. The Monster Trucks will be returning to the Heathfield Show on Saturday.  Big Pete is one of Europe’s largest Monster Trucks with a full-size... Read more

23rd May

Bigger and better Arts and Crafts Marquee at this year’s Heathfield Show

Last year’s new format Arts & Crafts marquee was a huge success.  This year 2019 there is an even bigger and better marquee. This dedicated area will be for like minded creative businesses to showcase and sell their hand-crafted, unique products. From wood crafts and metal smiths, glass, ceramics and textiles, through to artists and... Read more

23rd May

Foodie Delights at The Heathfield Show

Food and drink are a major attraction for visitors to The Heathfield Show. You will find everything from fairground fodder to local specialist producers, food trucks and a Food Tent. Farmers’ Markets are a a great opportunity for producers to sell directly to the public. People love shopping at Farmers’ Markets – it’s the only... Read more

22nd May

See some of the best livestock in the country at The Heathfield Show

Cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and poultry will be in abundance at this year’s show. As well as the chance to get up close to all types of livestock you can watch some of the best breeders and handlers in the country compete against each over for the coveted trophies and rosettes. There is also the... Read more

21st 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

Improve your home and your lifestyle

One of the South East’s largest and most successful home improvement companies is based right here in Heathfield. With an ethos of offering the right products, made-to-measure in the right style at the right price, County – The Home Improvers is going from strength to strength. Definitely worth a visit is the impressive supercentre in... Read more

17th May

Fledgling businesses get a leg up in the New Enterprise Zone at The Heathfield Show

Each year, against stiff competition a group of fledgling local businesses win the chance to enjoy a free stand at The Heathfield Show. Located in the New Enterprise Zone, a range of different exhibitors will show off what they do, and give you the opportunity to engage with them. The Heathfield News was offered the... Read more

16th May

The Heathfield Agricultural Show, building bridges between town and country

Complete Land Management have been exhibiting at The Heathfield Show for over ten years, we asked  Mandy Ashdown, of  the Sussex-based company, to give us some insight into why they keep coming back for more. Farming is changing more quickly than it ever has, so a lot of people in towns and cities have no... Read more

15th 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

Dance studio wins multiple medals at local dance festival

Performing arts school, East Sussex Dance Studios celebrated success at the weekend at the annual South Downs Dance Festival, South Chailey. Students of the school that has branches in Heathfield, Ticehurst as well as newly opened Marks Cross, were awarded 20 gold medals, 24 trophies, 11 silvers, 6 bronzes with two special adjudicator awards going... Read more

6th 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

Win a family guest membership to The Heathfield Show

For your chance to win a family guest membership (worth £45) to the Heathfield Show on 25 May 2019, for two adults and two children, just like our Facebook page and share our Competition Facebook post, and pop your name in the comments.  The Heathfield Show is a great day out for all the family.... Read more

1st May

Calling all Heathfield Show Exhibitors!

The Heathfield News will be running a Heathfield Agricultural Show special all week from Monday 20  May until the show day Saturday 25 May. The week will be packed full of features about the show and competitions to win tickets and more. All exhibitors are invited to send in Press Releases, images and information about marketing initiatives... 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

Great bits of advice for effective revision

While many people are relaxing this Easter weekend, local college students preparing for GCSE and A levels will no doubt be getting their heads down to a bit of revision. We have teamed up with Dr Lisette Johnston Head of School at ScreenSpace .  She has given us some useful ideas on how to make revision as productive... Read more

18th April

Ideas for Easter – chocolate, eggs and bunnies

  Cuculo for a great choice of chocolates and Easter Eggs The ever popular deli on Heathfield’s High St, now stocks a range of luxury chocolates in their new bespoke chocolate chiller cabinet. H&R, English chocolate truffles have pride of place, with a choice of Belgium premium chocolates alongside. The store also has Italian Easter... Read more

6th 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

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

You don’t have to spend a fortune on Mother’s Day to show your mum you care

Mother’s Day is fast approaching but it’s not too late to arrange something to show how much you appreciate your mum – and there are lots of things you can do even if you are on a tight budget. The obvious choice is taking your mother to lunch but many restaurants like The Heathfield Tavern... Read more

22nd 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

Pioneering and incredible work to help animals

Looking from the outside you wouldn’t know that there is pioneering work going on in this small rural practice. But a chat with Practice Manager Donné Stam reveals that behind the doors of Heathfield Vets in Hailsham Road, they are carrying out pioneering and incredible work to help animals. Stem cell therapy is one of... 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

Win a free membership to Cross in Hand Tennis Club – and a free tennis lesson!

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that playing racket sports significantly reduces the risk of death from heart disease.  But there are many other reasons to start playing tennis such as giving you a full body work out, reducing the risk of heart attack, improving your stamina, improving muscle tone... Read more

1st 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

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

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