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    Recent News

    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

    Rag ‘n’ Bone Man despairs at development in Heathfield

    Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Rory Graham – took to social media yesterday to express his despair over a housing development which is literally in his backyard. The only ‘Human’ singer called for support against the Whitehall Homes Snatchells Farm Heathfield development, which will transform the quiet wooded area beside his and adjoining homes. The... Read more

    16th 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

    Horam homebrew shop set to shine on Small Business Saturday

    Almost Off Grid based in Horam been chosen as one of 100 impressive small businesses from across the UK to mark the official count down to this year’s Small Business Saturday UK. Almost Off Grid Home Brew Shop, founded by Bev and Andy Toogood in 2016, was selected to be part of the campaign’s prestigious... 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

    East Sussex County Council announces commitment to increasing refuges for victims of domestic abuse

    Clarion Housing Association has been awarded the contract for the provision of refuge services across East Sussex.  From November 1, 2021 Clarion will provide specialist support in 47 units of safe accommodation across the county for women experiencing domestic abuse and violence, and their children. Within a year of the contract starting, this provision will... Read more

    1st September

    Support for Afghan refugees pledged by Wealden District Council

    With horrific scenes being broadcast daily from Afganistan, as the August 31st deadline for US withdrawal approaches, many people may be wondering what the local council have planned to help with resettlement. Wealden Council has announced that Afghan refugees arriving in the area will be provided sanctuary as it has pledged support to help those... Read more

    27th August

    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

    Lakedown taproom with sublime views opening in Burwash

    Tucked away in an idyllic corner of Burwash lies the Lakedown Taproom. Housed in the fisherman’s lodge with views extending over the lakes you will find the perfect spot to enjoy a range of delicious ales from Lakedown Brewing Company, their microbrewery. There is space both indoors and out, and an online booking system to... Read more

    24th August

    Chiddlingly’s first scarecrow trail is huge success

    Chiddingly’s first-ever Scarecrow trail was held earlier this month and was a huge success with more than 70 scarecrows being entered and more than 100 people voting to choose the winners in three classes. The overall winners were Gardener and friends! by Sue Barter and Un Francais est arrive by Isabelle Bouvier. Other winners were:... Read more

    24th 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

    Success for Cross in Hand Tennis Club’s junior doubles duo

    Jack White (15) and Max Routlege (14) are both talented young tennis players who also play together as a doubles duo. They are keen members of Cross in Hand Tennis Club near Heathfield, East Sussex. Two recent tournaments saw them rack up multiple successes. First in the Junior Benenden Tennis Tournament, which celebrated its 85th... Read more

    5th August

    Two local companies shortlisted in Rural Business Awards

    Burwash-based artisan food and drink platform MeltedInside.com and Waldron-based The English Soap Company have been shortlisted in this year’s Rural Business Awards. It means Burwash-based Meltedinside.com is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted in the Best Rural Retail Business category of the regional... Read more

    5th 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

    Heathfield based business launches vegan food truck – Plant Power Grub

    Mobile food trucks have become increasingly popular since the pandemic. These agile trailers can serve in the open air and pop up in spots where there may not be an established restaurant or pub. Seeing an opportunity and fancying a change of focus Ginette Shepard, singer, alternative health therapist and ex-hairdresser, set up Plant Power... Read more

    22nd July

    So much to enjoy at Herstmonceux Castle Estate this summer

    There’s even more reason to visit Herstmonceux Castle Estate this summer and Autumn with the reduction in season ticket prices – meaning you can visit as many times as you like until 31st October at a reduced cost. As it’s National Picnic Month why not plan a feast with family and friends to enjoy in... Read more

    22nd 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

    New community “Shed” facility officially opened in Mayfield by Roger Daltrey

    The Grand Opening Fete for the Community Shed in Mayfield was held on Saturday 3rd July, with the official opening performed by Roger Daltrey of The Who. Part of the international “Men’s Shed” network, and a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association, the MAYFACS Shed celebrated its opening with a Grand Opening Fete. Roger... Read more

    9th July

    New community ‘shed’ facility launches with opening fete

    Part of the international “Men’s Shed” network, and a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association,the MAYFACS Shed is celebrating its opening with a Grand Opening Fete. Intended to help alleviate loneliness and isolation, and improve mental health, “Sheds” are safewelcoming places where men and women can meet to chat and if they wish use... Read more

    1st July

    Kay & Pascoe LLP celebrate 10 years of family law in Heathfield

    Kay & Pascoe LLP are celebrating 10 years in business in Heathfield this year. The office opened for business in September 2011.  It was started by husband and wife team John and Sharon Kay who are partners in the business.   Back in April 2013 they were joined by Lee Pascoe following a merger with Chappell... Read more

    29th June

    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

    The fascinating history of stoolball and the locals who played

    I remember well the stoolball games I played at school mainly because the bat was so wide, it gave me some hope of hitting the ball!  But did you know it began as a medieval courting game? Stoolball originated in the Kent, Sussex and Surrey area and began in the C15th.  It was played by... Read more

    8th 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

    Community Groups in Rother urged to apply for funding

    COMMUNITY groups and organisations are invited to apply to Rother’s Community Grants Scheme for a share of £130,000 which funds projects that will enhance the lives of residents. Many of the villages to the east of Heathfield are included. Dallington, Burwash Common, Burwash Weald, and Burwash for example. The medium and large grant schemes for... Read more

    1st 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

    May half-term at The Herstmonceux Castle Estate

    An enchanting day out in the East Sussex countryside Within the beautiful 300-acre estate, you can explore formal gardens, woodland trails, meadows, and lakes, all set around a majestic 15th century moated castle. For younger visitors, there is an outdoor play area and giant tree swing plus the family challenge of the Marlow Rope Maze... Read more

    26th May

    Last Call for entries to the Heathfield ‘virtual’ Show

    Never too young to start having fun learning how to milk a cow Virtual Heathfield Show This major agricultural event in Heathfield has been one of the most visible casualties in the rural calendar. So this year, no worrying about the weather incase we are knee deep in mud or alternatively roasting in the open... Read more

    24th May

    Plans for 370 houses on Hellingly farmland

    One of the last green fields in Hellingly is set to disappear after outline planning permission was granted recently for 370 dwellings. The huge development is proposed for farmland off New Road in Hellingly by Taylor Wimpey. According to a post on the Save Wealden From Over Development Facebook page an ’administration error’ meant that... Read more

    20th May

    Newly elected Wealden District Councillors take their seats

    Heathfield South saw a close run race between the Independent candidate Kevin Benton and the winner – Conservative Tom Guyton-Day, with only 250 votes between the candidates. Heathfield North was also retained by the Conservatives. Local election turnouts are notoriously low and this election was no exception. This is worth remembering, because although Wealden District... Read more

    20th May

    Local causes can apply now for Coop funding

    Coop supports thousands of local causes, charities, groups and activities across the nation. Applications are now open with the annual selection of the Local Community Fund causes, being a key event in the diary. If you are a local cause or charity that supports one of either: access to food mental health skills opportunities for... Read more

    18th May

    Farrago womenswear comes of age

    Coming of age can be a celebration of maturity, a rite of passage, even a milestone. But in Farrago’s case it’s a time to look forward after having had to spend much of the past year unable to open its doors. Farrago is a well established womenswear shop, and it has occupied the same site... Read more

    18th May

    Talented cooks’ recipes sought for Horam Coop Community Cookbook

    Horam Coop are on the hunt for local culinary enthusiasts to submit recipes for their upcoming Coop Community Cookbook. The book will be a compilation of dishes and recipes from local people; with the aim of bringing the community together after what’s been a difficult year. The Cookbook itself will be available in the store... Read more

    13th 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