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.


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Recent News

‘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

All you need to know about ethical vitamins.

Our health is top of mind for many of us, and keeping healthy in the Winter months has taken on a whole new significance in light of the pandemic. Supplements and healthy eating are two ways to look after your welbeing. When it comes to vitamins they are not all created equal. This informative chart... Read more

25th November

Don’t bin it – repair it instead!

This way you’ll save money and help the environment by reducing landfill and unnecessary replacement costs and airmiles for new products. All repairs are carried out for free by our experts many of whom make a living from their skills and yet give up their time to help the community. Donations are welcome. They are important... Read more

18th November

Live Theatre is Back at Heathfield!

Live theatre is back on stage at Heathfield Community College This week after two long years the students at Heathfield Community College were so glad to finally be back on the stage. MTI’s All Together Now gave the school the chance to be part of a global event with over 5,000 performances produced by 2,500... Read more

18th November

Sophia (7), winner of the Parish Council competition, will switch on the Heathfield lights this Friday 19 November 2021

Winning entry to the Parish Council’s colouring competition The winner of the Parish Council’s colouring competition is Sophia Eyles (age 7), the two runners up were Mia Jeremy and George Alexander, a big well done to all the children who took part in the competition. Sophia will be switching on the Heathfield lights this Friday... Read more

17th November

Live streaming brings the First World War alive for Heathfield Community College students.

A week of Remembrance at Heathfield Community College This week to commemorate Remembrance Day 2021, students at Heathfield Community College took take part in workshops provided by the National Archives on Monday 8th November. Live-streaming brings World War One Alive for Healthfield Community College Students The one-hour workshop took place during the school day with a... Read more

11th November

Wealden’s High Streets flourish as people shop locally

High streets across Wealden market towns and villages are bucking national trends and recovering well from the pandemic, say local experts. With larger towns and cities continuing to struggle with reduced footfall and empty premises, Wealden’s smaller market towns and villages such as Uckfield, Heathfield and Mayfield have benefited from the strong support of their... Read more

27th October

Success for Heathfield Community College, as named – Apple Distinguished School

Heathfield Community College has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2021–2024 for its continued approach to evidence informed use of technology within learning that supports students and teachers to develop innovative, creative and personalised learning experiences. Apple Distinguished Schools are centres of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect... Read more

12th October

Will this new apprenticeship scheme be real help for vulnerable residents?

People of all ages and situations have found the last two years extremely challenging. A time when, just not having a roof over your head was inconceivable, and our quality of life was defined 100% by our home environment. It is encouraging to see a new scheme that might tackle some of these challenges being... Read more

7th October

What is the new Health and Social Care Tax?

As many are aware the government recently announced an extra tax to fund social care in England and help the NHS recover after the pandemic. This will be funded by employees, employers and the self-employed all paying 1.25p more in the pound for National Insurance (NI) from April 2022. But from April 2023, National Insurance... Read more

17th September

CCTV installed at Tower Recreation Ground in Heathfield

After many months of complaints – Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council have listened to residents’ concerns over anti-social behaviour at the Tower Rec in Heathfield and have installed CCTV to help alleviate the problems.  The pictures will feed direct to the police at their monitoring room in Lewes.  Following the council’s request the police are... Read more

14th September

Heathfield students out in force at Brighton Marathon

Sunday’s Brighton Marathon saw Heathfield students up bright and early this weekend. 40 students and 4 staff spent the day volunteering at the 2021 Brighton Marathon, running the water station at Mile 10.5. Students worked hard stacking and filling over 8000 cups as well as providing consistent encouragement and motivation to runners over five hours... Read more

13th September

Logo design competition for The Heathfield Show

The pandemic resulted in two years of the Heathfield Show being lost. But 2022 will see this hugely popular show bounce back – bigger and better, ready to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The Show Council have not been inactive during the past two years of cancelled shows. They have ploughed ahead in moving the Show... Read more

13th September

August Bank Holiday events welcome record crowds

East Sussex residents were spoilt for choice over the end of August Bank Holiday weekend with three amazing events to choose from – Le Marche in Heathfield, The Festival of Transport in Hellingly and the Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux. Organisers were relieved that the events could go ahead this year after all of them had... Read more

9th September

Flooding nightmare continues for Heathfield residents

The residents of Wren Close, Heathfield, are now living with the buzz of dehumidifiers five weeks on from their homes being devastated on 25th July. Meanwhile an investigation into the cause of flooding in Heathfield following the heavy rain has been launched. As part of its duty under the Flood and Water Management Act, East... Read more

2nd September

Need help with your will and estate planning? Keyte Legal can help.

Will writing and estate planning are sensitive areas of the law and require careful handling. A specialist company established in this area is Keyte Legal – located in Heathfield, it is a family run and female led business headed up by MD Eloise Keyte. The business is just over two years old and has gone... Read more

25th August

Finding a job that works for parents

Having children is fantastic but sometimes it does feel as though having a family and a career is nearly impossible. The challenge of finding a job that works with being a parent can often seem insurmountable. The great thing about a career in care is that there are hundreds of avenues to follow. And from... Read more

17th August

Heathfield Community College ‘A’ Level exam success

Students collecting A Level results this year experienced their Sixth Form studies in undeniably unprecedented circumstances, including three national lockdowns. For the second year running, Heathfield Community College students had exams were cancelled, final grades were instead based on assessments by teachers following guidance from exam boards. Despite this students are celebrating excellent ‘A’ Level... Read more

11th August

Highways team steps in to reduce flood risk

HIGHWAYS teams came to the rescue to help prevent homes from further flooding after efforts to trace the owner of a blocked culvert stalled. Homes in Wren Close, Heathfield were flooded after torrential downpours on Sunday, July 25, with fire crews having to be called in to help. Checks carried out by East Sussex Highways... Read more

29th July

When do you need a financial adviser?

Financial advice is something we all need at one point or another, but are we really using the advice of financial experts to the full? With today’s complex family set ups, the huge rise in small businesses entrepreneurs and the longer life expectancy many of us enjoy, the role of a financial planner has become... Read more

19th July

Death announced of well-known Heathfield GP

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr Kenneth Chambler known as Bop by the family announces his passing after a brief illness, on June 2nd, 2021 at the age of 93. Bop passed away peacefully at hospital in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68... Read more

15th July

Wildflowers bloom alongside East Sussex roads

Roadsides across the county are bursting with colour following an increase in the number of designated wildlife verges which include sites Heathfield, Burwash and Brightling. Thirty-six new wildlife verges have been declared by East Sussex Highways over the last year, protecting a further 37 miles of natural habitat and providing a haven for wildflowers and... Read more

14th July

A good friend, kind and trustworthy – New research reveals how Brits in the Southeast would like to be remembered

The last year has been a difficult one for all of us, with the changing world brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging many of us to reassess our own personal circumstances and change our outlook on life. New research released by CPJ Field – the UK’s oldest funeral directors and 10th generation family run business... Read more

24th June

Heathfield traders on alert after shoplifter spotted

Yesterday , June 23 on Heathfield High Street, East Sussex – a member of staff at Trading4U became suspicious when the shop detection system went off as a customer left the store. The quick witted Asssitant Manager, David Katt approached the woman and asked her if she might have a security tagged item in her... Read more

24th June

Public speaking is a big hit at Heathfield Community College

Many adults find public speaking a challenging prospect. School age pupils even more so. To help give students valuable experience the school organised for Speakers For Schools to lead a day long workshop. It was hoped that this would scaffold Year 10 students’ response to public speaking into preparing and presenting in front of their... Read more

23rd June

Heathfield production company start filming in East Sussex locations for new TV short

Heathfield based production company Skooch Media has been popping up all over East Sussex whilst filming scenes for its new film ‘A Curious Tale’. A ghost story loosely based on an old english mystery novel about the finding of a Crown which in turn is protected by its supernatural guardian, William Hagar. Story synopsis Pete... Read more

22nd June

Heathfield business fairs well after opening its high street doors just weeks before the first national lockdown in March 2020

Cranwell Wealth Solutions is a financial planning practice with branches in Heathfield and Uckfield. What makes them different is while many businesses are moving online and away from our high streets, Cranwell has a passion for investing in retail space along our much-valued high streets. This not only provides a convenient place to welcome clients,... Read more

16th June

Melina Joy Opticians is changing the way it does things

Melina Joy Opticians, on Heathfield High Street, opened their doors in 1992 – at the core of the practice there has always been exceptional patient care and it remains so to this day. It has continued to invest heavily in the very best equipment and has three outstanding consulting rooms with the latest technology including... Read more

16th June

Vaccinations opened up to 23 year olds amid fears of a surge of cases in Wealden.

In the latest figures published yesterday it notes that there were 64 new COVID-19 cases reported in East Sussex in the latest available 7-day period as published by GOV.UK on Sunday 13 June 2021 at 4pm. That’s up from 46 when last reported. Numbers are increasing Area Rate per 100,000 population East Sussex 12 South... Read more

14th June

Heathfield Youth Drama are back with a splash!

Heathfield Youth Drama Group making a splash After months of drama by Zoom Heathfield Youth Drama are now properly back in action. You can only begin to imagine how challenging socially distanced remote theatre was for the tutors and young actors. Desperate to get back out there performing. The club’s first production, since Covid struck, is Aladdin which will be on stage, outside at the... Read more

10th June

Your chance to win some food for your pet

Here’s your chance to win either a bag of quality cat food or a bag of quality dog food from The Pet Food Shop Heathfield. The cat food is worth £35.00 and the dog food is worth £27.50. All you have to do is like and share the post about the competion on The Heathfield News... Read more

8th June

Four Hundred and Forty One…

We hear from Independent Candidate Kevin Benton who took part in the District Council By-election on 6th May 2021 441 is a number that will for ever be embedded in my mind, it is the number of voters who had trustand voted for me in the ward of Heathfield South in May this year.I extend... Read more

3rd June

Rotary Club treats families to the ‘big top’

Everyone loves the Circus, especially children. When John Lawson’s Circus arrived at Hellingly recently, the members of Heathfield & Waldron Rotary Club decided that after such a difficult year it would be good to treat children and carers to a visit. It was hoped to bring some light relief to some of those most disadvantaged... Read more

3rd June

Heathfield Farmers’ Market is back

After being closed for several months the Heathfield Farmers’ Market will be back in the Co-op car park in the High Street on Saturday 19th June from 9am to 12.30pm. There will be lots of lovely fresh produce available including meat, game, fruit, vegetables, cakes, Indian specialities and also fresh flowers and plants.  There are... Read more

2nd June

Heathfield Community College is bursting with creativity #EduArtsFest

Celebrating Creativity at Heathfield Community College #EduArtsFest Along with schools all over the country, on 28 May 2021 Heathfield Community College is celebrating the vital role of the arts and the fantastic work created by children and young people. This event will be hosted on a bespoke page of the college website and will join... Read more

28th May

An update from Wealden Funeral Services – your local independent funeral directors

As we hopefully come out of this COVID pandemic and look to the future we thought it was time to update the people of Heathfield and surrounding villages with changes that are taking place locally with regard to funerals and with us as well. The good news is that, as a whole, the number of... Read more

13th May

Isenhurst Health and Fitness is open and welcoming members at Cross in Hand

It really has been quite a year for all leisure, gyms and health clubs, but with the doors to Cross in Hand Isenhurst Health Club now firmly back open, the teams are excited to be welcoming back members. Due to the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidelines, the gyms and swimming pools are open and operating, but... Read more

11th May

First independent candidate in Heathfield by-elections for decades

Local authorities in East and West Sussex have polls taking place on May 6th which include county council elections. The UK Government previously postponed elections scheduled for 2020 due to Covid-19. The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner election will take place on the same day. There are vacancies in four Wards on Wealden District Council:... Read more

4th May

Joy at new freedoms for local care homes – Oakdown House and Carricks Brook

Everyone, everywhere is talking about ‘the end of lockdown’, this too is the topic of conversation at two local residential homes for adults with learning disabilities. The prospect of freedom and ‘normality’ is exciting but staff and residents of both Oakdown House and Carricks Brook are moving forward with caution, keeping everyone safe is still... Read more

29th April

The Pet Food Shop celebrates 50 years in Heathfield

Tucked away off Station Road, in Station Approach, The Pet Food Shop in Heathfield is a treasure trove of everything to do with pets and a place where you can be sure to find the best quality food for your furry friends. The Pet Food Shop is celebrating 50 years of trading this month and... Read more

26th April

Are you one of the many women missing out on £1,000s of state pension?

Here Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions, a local Uckfeld and Heathfield financial planning practice, explains who should check their state pension to find out if they are owed far more. Who should check? Back in October 2020 Martin Lewis highlighted an issue of under payments of state pension that will affect many women. The... Read more

21st April

Time capsule to mark opening of new development for older people in Heathfield

This week, Abbeyfield South Downs is launching a time capsule initiative to celebrate the opening of its affordable rental development Holdenhurst – and is inviting the local Heathfield community to get involved. The time capsule will be buried under a Monkey Puzzle tree on the Holdenhurst site on Mill Road in May. It will include... Read more

13th April

Covid 19 vaccine programme stalls at 50+

The rapid rollout of the vaccination programme has slowed down and appears stuck on 50+ for the time being. This stall is in part due to the fact that second vaccinations are now taking place which is preventing the next group from being called. If you want to find out more it is important not... Read more

12th April

This Easter Churches Together produce a virtual Walk of Witness for Good Friday.

This Easter, with many restrictions still in place, the combined churches of Heathfield and District have created a ‘Churches Together in Heathfield Good Friday Walk of Witness’. It is usually held in Heathfield High Street, but it has gone online this year and will be a virtual wander around the local churches. You can enjoy... Read more

30th March

Good news for Heathfield as broadband provider confirms roll out in town

Full Fibre network operator and ISP Lightning Fibre Limited has confirmed a multi-million pound project to bring its new full fibre network to over 14,000 additional homes and businesses in Heathfield and Hailsham. The company has confirmed that works have already begun in both towns. Work is already underway in Eastbourne and Hastings, and Lightning... Read more

22nd March

Over 50s being Covid 19 vaccinated now, amid concerns as lack of supply may cause a slow down

People in the Heathfield area aged 50+ are able to book their vaccinations via the National NHS Vaccination system. It is very straightforward, you follow the link, input details and you will then be offered vaccination dates and locations. You do not need an invitation from your Doctor’s Surgery. Most people are allocated a vaccination... Read more

18th March

Proctors Chemists in Heathfield are now offering Covid 19 tests

ADULTS in East Sussex who have to leave home for work or caring duties can now book a symptom-free lateral flow Covid-19 test. In Heathfield, both Proctors Chemists on Station Road and on the High St are offering bookable tests. You can find out more information about symptom-free testing and book an appointment at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting Anyone... Read more

11th March

97 percent of HCC parents consent to testing, headeacher reveals

Heathfield Community College students finally returned this week to teaching on site with nearly all parents (97 percent) giving consent to testing. In other areas of the country, parents have been reluctant or slow to give consent with some worried about the possibility of false results. “After another period of remote learning and national restrictions,... Read more

11th 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