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Recent News

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

Take advantage of this great offer and make sure your chimney is safe

Kennedy Chimney Sweeps is offering Heathfield News readers a 10% discount for sweeping during the month of April. Kennedy Chimney Sweeps is a well-established family team and prides itself on a commitment to providing a professional and punctual service at all times, while maintaining the highest quality of work in a demanding environment. Services include... Read more

8th March

A taste of tapas comes to Hidden Spring Vineyard

Horam Home Kitchen has been working with Hidden Spring Vineyard in Horam, for a while now, creating pop up events at the vineyard and catering for group bookings. The latest venture is two nights of tapas on 12 and 13 April, served in the intimate setting of the vineyard’s tasting room, with the stunning view... Read more

6th 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 the perfect gift for Mother’s Day from Pink Lemonade Boutique

We have got together with Pink Lemonade Boutique to offer this lovely prize for Mother’s Day, 31st March 2019. A special ‘best Mum’ mug and a £20 gift voucher. To win, just pop your name in the comments of the Facebook post on The Heathfield News Facebook Page and the winner will be drawn at random... Read more

5th 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

The case for a midlife MOT

A financial health check in your 40s or 50s could significantly improve your chances of a comfortable retirement, according to Steve Palmer director of an Uckfield financial advice firm. Steve from Cranwell Wealth Solutions said retirement was increasingly seen as a long journey to look forward to not, as it once was, a relatively short... Read more

11th February

The Wheel, Burwash Common to re-open with new owners

Having been without a ‘local’ for several months, the people of Burwash Common, and surrounding area, can look forward to their only pub reopening at the end of February 2019. Sam Maynard, the new owner, commented: “We are very excited to be taking over The Wheel, we hope to open at the end of February... Read more

8th 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

Join in the Great British Spring Clean

Wealden District Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, will see up to half a million people take action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country. The Great British Spring... Read more

6th February

Need some inspiration? Top pick of great ideas for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day only around the corner, we have done the hard work, and put together a selection of great ideas for ways to treat your loved one this February 14th. The Middle House, Mayfield, is one of our favourite places to eat, you can enjoy the contemporary bistro or the cosy restaurant area. For... Read more

4th February

Win gorgeous, natural skincare products from Rock Rose

We have got together with Rock Rose Beauty from East Sussex, to offer you the chance to win some of their gorgeous, premium, natural skin products. You can win the Facial Oil and Moisturising Balm worth £62 (matched to your skin type). Just like and share the Facebook Post on The Heathfield News Facebook page... Read more

1st February

Win a Wine Tour & Tasting for your Valentine

Just in time for February 14th we have got together with Off The Line Vineyard, to offer this great prize, which will make the perfect gift for any wine lover this Valentine’s Day. Worth £30, the voucher is for a tour and tasting for two people, at the Off the Line winery in Hellingly, with... Read more

31st January

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

Horam crematorium to open in March

Wealden’s Chairman Councillor Chris Hardy laid the final stone in Wealden’s new Crematorium at a ceremony to mark the completion of the building’s structure, while local business are gearing up to help mourners with ther needs. District and Parish Council representatives gathered with the site team responsible for delivering the £5 million project. These include... Read more

22nd January

Recognition for a man with a passion for Christmas lights

This year’s winner of The Heathfield News Christmas lights competition, is Brian Austin. Nominations were collected on Facebook and Brian’s house in Alexander Road was the one that most people thought the most deserving. We caught up with Brian and his wife, at Trading 4 U when he collected his winner’s voucher from the store.... Read more

22nd January

Council offers simple steps to keep warm and well this winter

OLDER and vulnerable residents in East Sussex are urged to take action to ensure they don’t become a victim of cold weather this winter. As the cold weather begins to bite, county public health chiefs have issued the appeal to over 65s and people with long-term health conditions who are especially vulnerable to the effects... Read more

18th January

Heathfield Tavern taken over by award-winning pub group

Heathfield residents have welcomed the news that The Heathfield Tavern has been taken over by Ridley Inns who run two other pubs in East Sussex. Ridley Inns say that The Heathfield Tavern will have elements of both The Highlands Inn in Uckfield and The Cock Inn in Ringmer with an emphasis on great food and... Read more

17th January

Headteacher warns of increasing pressure on school services for students in East Sussex

A recent survey conducted by ‘Worth Less?’ has gained fresh insight into the state of England’s schools and academies since the introduction of the new National Funding Formula (NFF).   The organisation represents over 60 Local Authorities and Boroughs with a reach to several million families. The survey of unprecedented size and scope has gained the... Read more

14th January

Countdown to primary school application deadline

If you haven’t yet applied for a place for your child to attend a state primary school this September – don’t worry, it’s not too late. An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Parents have until 11.59pm on Tuesday, January 15 to apply for a school place for their child starting in September 2019. While... Read more

13th January

Local councils appoint Biffa to provide waste collection and street cleansing services

A new waste, recycling, beach and street cleaning contract will start in Hastings, Rother and Wealden from the end of June this year. Biffa has been appointed to provide waste and recycling collection services to all households in these areas and to provide street cleaning in the Rother and Wealden areas. Hastings will be providing... Read more

10th January

As 2019 kicks off, Paul Wilson shares his thoughts on the local housing market

A recent survey showed that East Sussex has some of the most expensive postcodes outside of London, but could that mean that property is over priced and hard to sell? We asked Paul Wilson of Rowland Gorringe for his perspective on the market as we enter 2019. This is what he had to say: If... Read more

9th January

Local businesses back a new boxing skills course for young people

Hannah Joy, the Youth Worker at Kings Church Heathfield got in touch with us to let us know about a new fitness activity starting up in Heathfield. Working alongside Charlotte Scott, she has been preparing  a Youth Boxing course, which starts on Thursday 10 January at State Hall in Heathfield. The course will focus on fitness... Read more

8th January

Christmas collection for homeless had brilliant response

A Heathfield woman says she has been astounded by the support for her campaign to collect for the area’s homeless. In previous years Sam Keylock has collected items from family and friends but this year she joined forces with her friend Lara Young from Eastbourne. With people offering to help when they saw the appeal,... Read more

2nd January

Council takes a stand against single-use plastics

Wealden District Council has approved a three part action plan to take a stand against single-use plastics. “Like many others, I was shocked to see the destruction plastic pollution is causing to marine wildlife on TV programmes like the BBC’s Blue Planet,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden Cabinet member for Waste Management. “We have a... Read more

27th December

Heathfield Students benefit from successful trial of a mentoring scheme by local businesses

We recently featured the Wealden Works Awards in early December, an event to celebrate the achievements of young people who had left school and needed support to get into work.  It is great to report that we have more positive news, this time about another initiative that is helping young people in the Heathfield area.... Read more

18th December

WIN Italian Panettone and delicious Moscato wine from Cuculo

Perhaps after reading our tempting feature on paring food and wine for Christmas, you fancy trying something different like a delicious glass of Moscato wine with a slice of Panettone the traditional Italian cake served at Christmas, there are many different sorts to choose from depending on your taste: raisin and candied peel, chocolate, lemon... Read more

18th December

Isenhurst Health Club rowers win podium places at national championships

Rowers from Isenhurst Health Club Cross In Hand picked up a series of medals at the weekend at this year’s British Indoor Rowing Championships that took place at the Leigh Valley VeloPark, East London. Two teams, headed up by Personal Trainers Alex Purcell and Louis Chavannes, received silver and bronze in the 4000m mixed relay.... Read more

12th December

With so many festive foods on offer, how do you choose the right wine?

We asked this question to wine expert James McNab, of Cuculo Cheese and Wine in Heathfield, and he gave us lots of helpful advice and ideas for festive drinks. “Choosing the right wine can be tricky, especially as turkey has both light meat and the darker more flavoursome leg and thigh meat, and breaking with... Read more

12th December

Make sure the funeral company you choose really is local

A Heathfield funeral director is warning people to “read the small print” and check whether the company they are considering using is part of a national chain or they could end up paying more than they need to. Andy Kirk of Axell-Eames Funeral  Services in Heathfield High Street welcomes the recent independent scrutiny from the... Read more

12th December

Roger Daltrey shows his support for young people at the Wealden Works Awards

Last Tuesday night December 4, over 150 people attended Wealden Works Annual Awards event, at a packed Heathfield Youth Centre, to celebrate local young people’s achievements. The evening began with Councillor Rupert Simmons, Chairman of the Heathfield Partnership Trust welcoming guests, who included Chris Hardy, Chairman of the Wealden District Council, Ambassador – Roger Daltrey,... Read more

10th December

Win the new Call the Midwife board game this Christmas!

Multi-award-winning hit BBC TV show, Call the Midwife, has become a board game. It has been devised by board game expert, Rachel Lowe for the show’s producers, Neal Street Productions. We are lucky enough to have one to give away in this Christmas Competition. Set around the familiar TV locations in Poplar, London, players become... Read more

7th December

Festive floral style tips from Cuckoo Flower Company

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7th December

Law firm to take over former Nat West Bank building in Heathfield

Solicitors H & R Hughes have purchased the Nat West building in Heathfield High Street and will see the team relocate from premises near the roundabout. Rod Hughes told The Heathfield News: “Contrary to local rumours we are not planning to open a Weatherspoons or Pizza Express but rather, following refurbishment, we hope it will... Read more

5th December

Hundreds flock to fire station for carols and festive light illumination

Several hundred children, parents and community representatives turned up on Friday for carols, mince pies, mulled wine and the illumination of the town’s lights. The choir was provided by Cross in Hand Primary School whose pupils donned Santa hats while singing traditional carols next to one of the fire engines. Cllr Andy Wooley had the... Read more

2nd December

High street roadworks finish early

Traders and local residents breathed a collective sigh of relief today when the roadworks scheme in Heathfield town centre finished – two days ahead of schedule. Some businesses say they suffered significant losses during the closure and diversions have caused traffic chaos in the surrounding area. Many of the traders joined in The Heathfield News’... Read more

28th November

Win a Cuckoo Flower Co. wreath making workshop

The talented, creative florists at the Cuckoo Flower Company, Horam are kindly giving away one of their Christmas Wreath Making Workshops (worth £35 and taking place December 8th) for one lucky reader of The Heathfield News. So, if you fancy getting creative this December here is your chance. Ana O’Kill from the Cuckoo Flower Co,... Read more

28th November

“Don’t forget about us” an appeal by Heathfield businesses

Three weeks into the closure of Heathfield High Street, the impact on businesses is just being felt. The Heathfield News launched a #shopheathfield campaign and initially the community rallied in support of the traders in the High Street. This was much appreciated explains James from Cuculo: “We felt very well supported by the community and... Read more

23rd November

Win a real tree and lights from Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm

Here’s your chance to win a real festive fir tree and a set of lights courtesy of Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, near Battle. Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm is a long-established and award-winning grower and retailer based near Battle, East Sussex. You can choose your tree in the plantation until the end of November and then... Read more

22nd November

Heathfield Community College announces Apple Distinguished School Award

Heathfield Community College has worked with iPads integrated into learning for quite a while now. So it is no surprise to hear that the school has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018–2021.  This is down to its innovative approach to curriculum design – implementing the iPad as a tool to support both... Read more

21st November

Ronit Furst, eyewear with a difference, comes to Heathfield

Heathfield was the first town to be visited by the eye wear designer Ronit Furst, on her recent tour of the UK,when she popped in to see Melina Joy Opticians. They have been stocking the eponymous brand, since it rose to fame, after being worn on TV by GBBO’s Pru Leith. Ronit Furst has a... Read more

15th November

Local boxer Brandon Davies squares up for his first professional fight in London

After graduating from Heathfield Community College in 2015, local lad Brandon Davies had only one thing on his mind. His goal was to make it in the world of professional boxing. Brandon lives in Horam and from the age of 14 he began to develop an interest and aptitude for boxing. Encouraged by his Dad... Read more

14th November

Heathfield students push creativity in the world of pop promos

Last week all students in year 7 at Heathfield Community College took part in an exciting range of activities melding creativity with the iPad. Every student had the opportunity to learn new skills in 3 key areas, Music, Photography and Video. In Music, students created remixes of Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake, learning... Read more

14th November

Win a KellyBronze turkey

Here’s your chance to win a delicious free range 5kg KellyBronze turkey from Badgers Mead Farm in Five Ashes. The Champion family has been farming at Badgers Mead Farm, between Heathfield and Mayfield, East Sussex, for 35 years. After 20 years as a successful sheep and cattle farmer, Nev Champion turned to poultry and became... Read more

12th November

Axell-Eames partners with Young at Heart to sponsor community club place

Do you know an elderly person living in the Heathfield area who might benefit from a free place at an inter-generational community club? Axell-Eames, the local, independent funeral directors has agreed to sponsor a place within the Young at Heart community club for a deserving elderly person to participate for free, once a month, for... Read more

7th November

Act now to combat winter flu risk

PEOPLE at risk of flu are being urged to take advantage of the free vaccination available on the NHS – before winter kicks in. The flu jab, which is available to people aged 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with long-term health conditions, offers the best protection against the disease and any related... Read more

7th November

No end in sight of austerity for the people of East Sussex

Theresa May announced that the end of austerity was” in sight” at the recent Conservative Party Conference on October 3 2018; so Sussex residents may now be wondering what she meant, after the East Sussex County Council leader Cllr Keith Glazier, explained the recent ‘core offer’: “We’d all like to provide more than a core service... Read more

6th November