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More retailers to reopen shortly, in and around Heathfield

Heathfield High Street has recently seen several stores reopen in the last week, Trading4U and the Heathfield Ironmongers are two of note. The newly published government list has now opened the way for many more to reopen after June 15th. Shops will all be subject to social distancing rules and will incorporate protective measures to... Read more

26th May

Churches Together set up a community support service in Heathfield

Churches Together in Heathfield have set up a Coronavirus support service called Happy to Help, and have taken more than 230 calls since starting. Callers ringing the Happy to Help hotline are matched with a church volunteer. Volunteers have been busy picking up prescriptions, running errands and getting shopping for people who are self-isolating. Church... Read more

24th May

Riding challenge reins in more than £1,000 for charity

A six-year-old schoolgirl has amazed her family, friends, classmates and the local community by using her riding skills to raise money for the NHS. With her business being under ‘lock down’ and far too many horses and ponies to be exercised by one person at Ghyll Park Equestrian, owner Sally Ann Dale came up with... Read more

22nd May

Quick fixes and advice from Cuckoo Hair

Cuckoo Hair may be temporarily closed but they are busy supporting their clients through out this challenging time. For many, not being able to have their regular salon visit is tough. Leanne, co-owner of Cuckoo Hair is offering complimentary consultations over the phone to give advice on how best to handle hair and scalp maintenance,... Read more

18th May

Care home manager was “overwhelmed with help” after coronavirus took hold

The manager of a Horam care home says she has been overwhelmed by support from the public when COVID 19 struck. In an exclusive interview with The Heathfield News, Cynthia Viloria spoke of the huge sense of loss following the death of seven residents of Millcroft Care Home in Vines Cross Road. Three members of... Read more

15th May

#englishwinenight kicks off in the South East this Friday

We are lucky enough to be surrounded by excellent vineyards, and lockdown has given many of us the opportunity to explore these delicious wines, made right on our doorstep. In a response to this surge of support #EnglishWineNight was launched with the aim of bringing this new community of wine lovers together in Friday night... Read more

14th May

Wednesday sees several local businesses welcome customers back

After nearly two months of being closed, Trading4U owner Chris Macklin opened his doors to customers on Wednesday morning. Chris said: “I’ve had lots of calls from people asking when we will be reopening which was nice. “I was really keen to open but we needed to make sure everything was safe and secure for... Read more

13th May

Time to get your entries in, as the Heathfield Show goes virtual

One of the area’s biggest and most well-attended events would normally be just around the corner, the showground at Tottingworth Farm would be sporting marquees, show arenas and trade stands in preparation for The Heathfield Show at the end of May. But sadly, not his year. Along with a great many events affected by the... Read more

13th May

Tennis club starts fundraising to improve facilities

Cross in Hand Tennis Club has launched a campaign to raise funds for improvements and take the first steps towards becoming a local centre of excellence for the sport. Immediate plans include replacing three of the club’s astro courts, which were old and slippery, and laying three all-weather, state-of-the-art, artificial-clay courts. After several years of... Read more

11th May

Ideas for celebrating VE Day 75 at home

The May Bank Holiday was moved this year to encourage three days of celebrations to mark VE Day 75, over the weekend of 8th to 10th May. The Coronavirus lockdown has had a big impact on this, with most events cancelled. But, don’t dispair you can still join in from home, to mark this significant... Read more

6th May

Schoolgirl is Irish dancing around Heathfield to raise money for the NHS

Alice, aged 10, and a Y5 pupil at Punnetts Town Comunity Primary School, is fundraising money for the NHS. She is a regular competitor at the national Irish Dancing Feis competitions, and has several medals and trophies on her mantelpiece. “I saw that the NHS needed more equipment to help poorly people, which gave me... Read more

5th May

Heathfield trampoline park could close without Government support

A Heathfield business which is one of the largest employers in the town is facing an uncertain future due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Urban Jump Trampoline Park, on Ghyll Road Industrial Estate, was formally closed on 23rd March in line with the UK Government mandate.  Because the park is so large and its ‘rateable value’... Read more

4th May

Firefighters express concern over inconsiderate bonfires during pandemic

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the public to consider their neighbours’ health and urging them to not light bonfires. With the majority of people at home all day, garden bonfires are becoming more common. However burning garden waste can mean smoke drifts into other people’s gardens and homes. People also... Read more

30th April

Heathfield Community College en route to Ofsted ‘outstanding’

Heathfield Community College is feeling optimistic – they have a real sense that making Ofsted ‘outstanding’ is within their grasp. The college was inspected just before the school closures, when parents, pupils and teachers lives were turned upside down. The results were delayed and although Ofsted are not publishing reports on their website until schools... Read more

29th April

New white wines added to Las Bodegas wine delivery service

Las Bodegas have added two delicious whites to their wine list – a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Grigio. Tasting notes below. Click on the button below for the full list of wines and spirits on offer. FREE delivery for all orders of 12 bottles or more. Call 01435 874... Read more

24th April

What to do if you have a dental emergency

During the pandemic, all Dental Surgeries are closed. Dentistry requires a very special sort of PPE, because of the aerosol generating nature of treatment, and there would appear to be a shortage of this type of PPE. But this is of no consolation to anyone wih a dental emergency. The Dental practices we called, were... Read more

23rd April

Local community comes together to support key workers and the NHS

Businesses and individuals around the Heathfield area are using their spare time to find ways to help support those working on the front line. The Heathfield News has been made aware of many initiatives, and there are some included below. Most would be grateful for more support, so please go ahead and volunteer or donate... Read more

20th April

Snap up this Malbec bargain!

Las Bodegas are offering this mouth watering Malbec for only £7.50 a bottle. Snap up a bargain while stock lasts. Home delivery or drive-thru. Over 18s. Drink... Read more

17th April

Guy is king of the castle during lockdown

It’s the time of year when Herstmonceux Castle and Grounds are at their most colourful with displays of daffodils, tulips, magnolias and primroses. Normally there would be hundreds of visitors walking around the estate, people attending special events like Easter egg hunts and others enjoying the tearoom and tours of the castle. But as a... Read more

15th April

Award winning wine importer launches delivery service for Heathfield area

Mayfield based, Las Bodegas, is the UK’s leading importer of wines from South America. They also stock an impressive selection of wines from Spain and France. Normally, they supply exclusively to independent wine shops and restaurant trade customers; but the recent crisis, which has seen restaurants closed, has challenged the business to think about a... Read more

15th April

Great offers on South American Wines from £40 for a mixed case of six

You are in for a real treat. Delicious, South American Wines, normally only available to trade customers, but now on offer for local delivery or drive-thru collection. All you need to know, including price lists, is below or call 01435 874 772 or email sales@lasbodegas.co.uk – they are really helpful! Available to over 18s only.... Read more

15th April

Two weeks FREE kids’ online activity from The Great Out-tours

Having got through Easter, but with no sign of schools returning after the break; parents now find themselves effectively home schooling. Finding things to do with young children can be a challenge – LOOK NO FURTHER you can make use of the twice weekly, nature themed activities from The Great Out-tours. Each practical activity is... Read more

14th April

“Our amazing, valued workers – making a difference” life at Oakdown House, Adult Care

Sue Fletcher, a member of staff at Oakdown House, contacted us because she wanted to let people know that during this difficult time, carers and support staff are working harder than ever to keep vunerable people safe at places like Oakdown House, a centre for adults with severe learning difficulties in Burwash Common. This is... Read more

14th April

New rules for funerals during pandemic must be followed

Restrictions and guidance on gatherings are having a huge impact on the way funerals can be conducted – presenting both emotional and logistical challenges for mourners, funeral directors and funeral venues. Jeremy Field, Managing Director of CPJ Field, explains: “Funerals are about giving people emotional and physical support and the new rules are incompatible with... Read more

14th April

Alice makes plea to the public after grandfather’s death

The devastated granddaughter of a 77-year old man who died recently of coronavirus says she is determined to make more people aware of the seriousness of the disease following her loss. Alice Tripp’s grandfather Alan Varney, who lived in Brighton, was self isolating and healthy when he had a fall at his home which resulted... Read more

11th April

Cuckoo Hair talk about coping with the salon closure and the challenges ahead

“The day we closed the salon was one of the most devastating moments we have ever had to experience. It was heartbreaking. After having worked so hard to build up the business, we were in shock at having to put it on pause; plus the challenge and responsibility of trying to look after the brilliant... Read more

9th April

Foodbank service to launch for Heathfield and nearby villages

A Burwash Common woman has been recognised for her efforts to help the local community. Jilly Wingfield, a Co-op Member Pioneer for Heathfield and Horam, was awarded a certificate for her work in the community. She is currently helping to set up a foodbank in Heathfield, under the umbrella of the Hailsham Foodbank, which will... Read more

8th April

The Great Out-tours goes indoors and online

Popular, nature inspired, educational business The Great Out-tours www.thegreatout-tours.com was recently shaken by the closing down of all schools, and the cancelling of all after school club activities. Always one to rise to a challenge, Founder, John Brooksbank has sprung into action and over the past two weeks has worked long days and nights to... Read more

7th April

Heathfield solicitors busy with enquiries during pandemic

While many businesses in the Heathfield area have been busy moving to delivery or on-line business models, the town’s solicitors have been quietly working to keep people’s legal paperwork flowing. With solicitors who carry out will writing being designated as key workers, Hughes Solicitors has been finding ways to make sure the team can continue... Read more

7th April

Wealden announces COVID-19 Financial support for businesses

Many local businesses both large and small are struggling during this extreem period of lockdown, and social distancing. While some businesses have been able to move online or into a takeaway or delivery model, some just don’t have that option. Either way, the impact on business is enormous and will only increase over the coming... Read more

1st April

Volunteer to help support your community

As part of the national effort to support vulnerable people in self-isolation, Wealden District Council is asking for volunteers to help as we all work to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. “We are working with the volunteer organisation 3VA to identify residents who are able to help reach out to self-isolating households either... Read more

31st March

The worst days are often followed by some of the best days – a take on the financial markets by Cranwell Wealth Solutions

We have written many articles for Heathfield News over the years and recently established a new branch of our business within the high street; sadly only to close it temporarily in recent weeks. Never have we faced times as uncertain, complex and worrying as we do right now. I would like to take this opportunity... Read more

30th March

Farmers urge walkers to follow the Countryside Code

The Country Land and Business Association is reiterating Government calls to limit outdoor exercise to once a day in addition to practising social distancing and, when they do so in the countryside, respect the Countryside Code which helps to protect British landscapes as well as farmers and those living there. The CLA which represents 30,000... Read more

27th March

Corona virus causes unavoidable delay in anyone’s plans to buy or sell a property

There doesn’t seem to be a business untouched by the Corona Virus, and the business of buying and selling homes is no exception. For anyone who has already exchanged with a completion date, the sale can go through and the move take place. But for anyone who is not at that stage, the sale is... Read more

25th March

More shop closures and how ‘staying at home’ will impact on your life

Last night’s announcement has extended the shops and services that need to stay closed. While it is clear that food shops, chemists and essential services can continue, there are plenty of grey areas. We will attempt to clarify some but be aware that this is an ever changing situation. All but essential shops and services... Read more

24th March

Local businesses get creative in a crisis

No one can have missed the unprecedented distruption to everyday life wrought by the Corona Virus as it causes schools to be shut, events to be cancelled, pubs and restaurants and many shops closed, and daily life as we know it to cease. Living in a rural community brings us benefits like fresh air and... Read more

23rd March

Last minute, safe ideas for Mother’s Day

During a time of crisis we can easily lose focus on the nice things in life like celebrating birthdays and special events. But these should not be forgotten. We may not be able to celebrate with get togethers or meals out, but we can arrange deliveries, send cards and phone our loved ones. It’s a... Read more

21st March

Wholefoods Healthstore, Heathfield offer delivery service for vulnerable residents

The Wholefoods Healthstore on Station Approach in Heathfield is offering a home delivery service for vulnerable customers, who may be self isolating or reducing their human contact. The shop has stock of a wide range of nuts, seeds, pulses, grains, flour, teas and drinks, eggs, supplements, hair and body products, soaps and household cleaning products... Read more

19th March

Popular Dough Miky Pizza and Cuculo wine delivery service

Here’s the first menu for Cuculo’s Pizza and Wine delivery service. Call 01435 862596 to place your order. You can order any time from 2pm and we’ll start delivering at 5pm. If the menu image isn’t clear then try clicking through to our website http://cuculo.co.uk/new-pizza-wine-delivery-service.We will be very happy to include any other items from our... Read more

19th March

The Wheel launches takeaway home delivery service

The Wheel Inn – are offering delivery on this menu. It will then be served daily 12-3/6-9. No minimum order as long as there is one main course. Kids options smaller at 1/2 price. Payment on ordering and then delivery to your doorstep. Burwash weald and surrounding area – check when you order for delivery... Read more

19th March

The Wheel launches new meals service for the over 70s

The Wheel will be offering the following service for all over 70s who are currently self isolation or simply unable to get out and get groceries -14 hot meals one delivered at 12 and one at 6 a week for £50. We will also deliver 2l of milk once a week and a load of... Read more

19th March

Heathfield show postponed, rescheduled for 2021

The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Society Council have announced with sadness that the 2020 Heathfield Show has been cancelled. The Show Council has taken into consideration all the Government instructions relating to the virus and has come to the conclusion that there is no option other than to cancel. The Show Secretary, Nicola Magill... Read more

19th March

Heathfield Vets wins apprenticeship award from Plumpton College

A veterinary practice in Heathfield has won major recognition for its apprenticeship programme. Heathfield Vets in Hailsham Road recently scooped Plumpton College’s Veterinary Nurse Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Awards beating all of the practices in the area that the college takes students from. With around 100 nursing students studying through the college, winning the... Read more

18th March

Disappointment for Broad Oak School

The parents, teachers, governors and local community have been campaigning hard since last June 2019 to fight the closure of their beloved school – Broad Oak Community Primary School, Broad Oak, East Sussex. Originally, the closure was announced last year, with a consultation period to follow. The Support Broad Oak School group was formed, and... Read more

13th March

Win £75 worth of beauty treatments at Infinite Beauty

Here’s your chance to win £75 worth of beauty vouchers to spend on treatments at Infinite Beauty. You could indulge in an amazing facial, manicure and pedicure, waxing, eyelash lifts and extensions or any of the other treatments from the huge range offered at the salon. Some treatments may require an initial consultation to make... Read more

12th March

Budget headlines from Cranwell Wealth Solutions

This week the Chancellor gave his first budget since the UK left the European Union. There were many announcements made and here Cranwell Wealth Solutions of Uckfield and Heathfield summarises some of the key points: The economy is predicted to grow by 1.1% this year, revised down from 1.4% a year ago. This figure does... Read more

12th March

Why interest rates were cut – Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions explains

Today Mark Carney, The Governor of the Bank of England, announced a 0.5% drop in interest rates from 0.75% down to a record low of just 0.25%. Stephen Palmer, founder of Cranwell Wealth Solutions, a wealth management company with high street offices in both Heathfield and Uckfield explains what this means and how savers can... Read more

11th March

Find out about Vibrational Essences with Min Peterken at Wholefoods Healthstore

On March the 12th, from 10.30am, Min Peterken will be sharing her range of Vibrational Essences with customers at The Wholefood Healthstore on Station Approach, Heathfield. If you are interested in alternative healthcare it is an excellent opportunity to find out about the unique benefits of these essences. Vibrational essences can be used as a... Read more

5th March

Local businesses scoop National Rural Business Awards

Horam based outdoor education business The Great Out-tours has beaten a raft of excellent businesses to win ‘The Best UK Rural Professional Services Business Award’. The award was presented at a glittering Rural Business Awards ceremony, hosted in Manchester, last Friday 28 February. The organisers describe the award as a celebration of any professional service business... Read more

3rd March

Kick start your business with this chance to win a free stand at The Heathfield Show

A chance to win a stand in The New Enterprise Zone The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show has been a celebration of agriculture and business in the area for 73 years. In 2019 the Show won the award for the Best Agricultural Event in the South East. The organisers are offering new businesses the opportunity to... Read more

28th February