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Investigation reveals probable cause of Cross in Hand plane crash

The 65 year-old pilot of a small plane that crashed at Cross in Hand airfield in August last year probably suffered from a cardiac arrest shortly after take off an AAIB investigation has revealed. The Rans S6-116 aircraft took off on 4th August from Bradley’s Lawn airstrip in Cross in Hand. Witnesses then saw the... Read more

5th March

Irony as closed school in Broad Oak is advertised as accommodation with ‘no children’ caveat

There was some surprise when it was spotted that the old building that used to house the much loved Broad Oak Primary School was being advertised for accomodation with ‘no children’. A determined battle to save the school had been fought by both parents and the wider community; sadly for the campaigners the council went... Read more

4th March

BUDGET 2021 SUMMARY

The 2021 Budget announcement yesterday aimed to prioritise restoring the economy and to support jobs, individuals and businesses. So, what changed and what does that mean for your financial plans? Here’s a brief overview from Cranwell Wealth Solutions. Given the size of government borrowing and the chancellor’s strong indication that “repairing public finances” and returning... Read more

4th March

Good news for 60+ as Covid vaccine appointments are now open

In recent weeks, many people in Heathfield must must have been wondering what was happening, as reports had come through that 60+ and in some cases slightly younger had been called for a vaccination over a week ago in surrounding areas. In East Sussex those 55 to 60+ have been called in Hastings and Hellingly... Read more

1st 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

Wellbrook Wines FREE prize draw to win £50 wine voucher

Wellbrook Wines is a local wine importer, offering outstanding wines at unbeatable prices. Based in Mayfield, it has a huge range of wines and spirits available, starting at £6.50 a bottle. Wines are imported directly from South America, France and Spain, and there are exceptional new wines sourced from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal... Read more

24th February

Rother encourages young people to have their say on the new seven-year plan

PEOPLE in Rother are being reminded of their last chance to have their say on a new seven-year plan for the district. The consultation on Rother District Council’s Corporate Plan, which sets out its aims and objectives for 2020 to 2027, closes on Wednesday, March 17. The new plan, which has been delayed due to... Read more

23rd February

Looking for a job. Have you considered working with vulnerable adults?

One of the ‘A’ Level students enjoying the garden with one of the residents. If you have been impacted during the pandemic by job loss then read on. Oakdown House have gained many new staff over the past year, quite a few have found themselves furloughed or without work, and have decided to give a... Read more

15th February

Tackling leaks takes priority says South East Water

Finding and fixing leaks across a vast network of more than 9,000 miles of pipes has taken priority following the cold snap. Freezing conditions, snow and now a slight thaw has caused a number of leaks to break out across the five counties South East Water supplies top quality drinking water to. The water company... Read more

15th February

Local MP appeals to over 70s to book their Covid jab now.

With one week remaining to vaccinate the first four priority groups of residents in Heathfield and surrounding villages, local MP Huw Merriman, has urged residents to ensure they don’t miss out. Calling the vaccination, the ‘gateway’ for the entire area to return to normality, the MP has also hit out at anti-vaccination groups for ‘putting... Read more

10th February

The sporting legend who went to Skippers Hill

Charles Burgess Fry was born in 1872 in Croydon and is my interesting life with a local link this week (Article by local historian and writer Nicola Walker) Charles – known as CB Fry – was a sporting legend.   Charles spent much of his childhood at Skippers Hill Manor in Five Ashes and is... Read more

9th February

Extra support highlighted during National Apprenticeship Week.

APPRENTICESHIPS in East Sussex will be given a boost this week as the county council supports National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which runs from February 8 – 14. As well as highlighting the national campaign, East Sussex County Council is officially launching its £600,000 Transform programme this week which supports businesses to access apprenticeships. Why take... Read more

8th February

Lockdown Valentine’s Day – lift someone up by spreading the love

As a candlelit dinner in your favourite posh restaurant is not going to happen this year, you might be wondering what to do to make this coming Valentine’s Day a touch more special than a ‘normal’ day. Here are a few ideas: If you’re looking for something to share with your significant other this Valentine’s,... Read more

4th February

Win a Valentine’s Hamper

This year The Flower Workshop in Heathfield is getting involved with a few small businesses in the local area, the aim is to encourage people to support independent businesses. The lucky winner will receive a £75 Romantic Valentine’s bouquet made of the finest roses, a beautiful Handcrafted piece of jewellery from Bryony Bespoke, delicious valentine... Read more

3rd February

Why we should all help reduce light pollution

Would you like to help maintain the beauty of the East Sussex countryside, by monitoring light pollution and the darkness of the night sky? Wealden retains some of the darkest skies in the South (one of the reasons why the Royal Greenwich observatory was in Herstmonceux from 1957 to 1979), and the Milky Way is... Read more

31st January

All you need to know about Covid 19 scam messages

It is sad to say that there are a number of scams in circulation relating to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The ones circulating in the last few days are produced to look like an official confirmation of a vaccination appointment, it would be easy to mistake this for a genuine communication. See below an example... Read more

28th January

Covid 19 vaccine frustration set to improve for Heathfield

Before Christmas, while many in other areas were getting their call for the vaccine, patients in Heathfield were left wondering when their turn would come. Patients from the High Street and Firs Surgery only started to receive their vaccinations last week. Without a local centre administering the vaccine, the over 80s were forced to make... Read more

26th January

How to manage Covid-19 business debt

UK businesses borrowed five times more from banks between January and August 2020 than in the whole of 2019 (according to EY Item Club1 – a leading UK economic forecasting group). Over that eight-month period, new borrowings (net of repayments) totalled £43.8bn, compared to the £8.8bn of 2019. And it is small businesses who have... Read more

26th January

Family soap business wins international business award

Sussex-based soap and luxury products manufacturer Christina May is celebrating after winning the International Business of the Year category of the South East Region Federation of Small Business Awards 2020, sponsored by Lovetts Solicitors, and being named a finalist in the Good Retail Awards 2021*. Multi award-winning Christina May now manufactures and exports a range... Read more

19th January

Pollution levels in Wealden on decline

Local levels of Nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter remain below the national air quality threshold according to Wealden’s 2020 Air Quality Annual Status report. “High levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution have become a problem in some cities,” said Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden Cabinet member for Community & Public Health. “I am pleased to report... Read more

19th January

Dallington Primary School launches book appeal

Dallington CEP is a delightful, rural, primary school, tucked away on the windy ridge at Dallington, in East Sussex. 2020 was a tough year, with many children being educated at home, however the school did stay open for key workers and the small team of dedicated staff juggled working to support the school’s pupils with... Read more

18th January

The bizarre connection between Hellingly and Alan Bennett’s ‘The Lady in the Van’

Margaret was born at The Dicker in 1911 to Hailsham Rural District Council Highways Surveyor George Bryant Fairchild and his wife Harriet (Burgess).  George was employed by the Hailsham Council for 28 years and was a member of the local Labour Party.   Harriet was very involved with the Hellingly and Hailsham communities, organising and winning... Read more

12th January

Brass band able to hit the road thanks to winter wonderland trailer

When a Warbleton Brass Band member realised that COVID restrictions would mean the band wouldn’t be able to perform the normal Christmas concerts in the community he had to find a way around the problem. As well as providing entertainment, getting out and about was also vital for raising funds to keep the band going... Read more

7th January

Major incident declared in Sussex to maximise Covid response

In line with several other parts of the country, a MAJOR incident has been declared in Sussex to best respond to unprecedented pressures of Covid-19 on the county. The same decision has been taken by several other local resilience forums in the South East. The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) which co-ordinates and communicates between health,... Read more

6th January

Make Veganuary dry and embark on a food and drink adventure at home

With travelling off the menu for a while and no opportunity to taste different foods abroad, the owner of an artisan food platform is encouraging people to embark on a food and drink adventure at home. Taking part in MeltedInside.com founder and Sussex resident Candy Bowles’ triple challenge during January will involve trying a whole... Read more

29th December

East Sussex dementia charity aims for Christmas number one

Staff working for an East Sussex charity, which helps people in Heathfield and Horam, is hoping they’ll be simply having a wonderful Christmas time as they eye a Christmas number one spot for their fundraising single. Local people are being asked to buy a copy to help charity Dementia Support East Sussex to continue its... Read more

17th December

Rother to enter Tier 3 from Saturday 19th December

Rother which neighbours Heathfield and includes many surrounding villages like Burwash Common, Burwash Weald, Burwash, and Dallington; now finds itself included in Tier 3 and with a set of new restrictions. The figures for the rise in infection have been alarming and although they are not high compared to some other parts of the country... Read more

17th December

Festive Focus on Food and Drink

It has been a year of restrictions, and as a result, many of us are learning to enjoy catering at home, it has been a time of discovery, of trying new things, and most of all shopping from local suppliers. During lockdown local stores and businesses turned to delivery services and many of us were... Read more

11th December

Heathfield College pupils bring festive cheer to care homes

“I think it’s safe to say that this year has been a tough one for everyone. However, residents in care homes are among the people who have been most negatively affected by The Virus Who Shall Not Be Named, and so students at Heathfield Community College have taken it upon themselves to try, in their... Read more

7th December

Family carpet firm boosts retail operation in Heathfield

Pennells Carpets, the local, independent carpet and flooring company is moving its entire retail operation to Heathfield. For many years Pennells Carpets has had retail outlets in both Uckfield and Heathfield. Now the family run business has chosen to focus on Heathfield where it has been successfully trading since 1982. The company’s warehousing will be... Read more

7th December

Disney blockbuster Mary Poppins was written in Mayfield cottage

This week’s interesting life with a local link is author Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE who wrote the ‘Mary Poppins’ books at her home in Pound Cottage near Mayfield during the Winter of 1933/34. Born Helen Lyndon Goff in Queensland, Australia in 1899 to wealthy parents, Helen was the eldest of three daughters.  Her father died... Read more

2nd December

Rainbow Ranger roams Heathfield

Maybe you have seen the Rainbow Ranger on a night time jaunt around Heathfield, or just wondered who the multi coloured, glow in the dark character is? We tracked him down to find out more. Although, his name is a mystery, we can call him ‘RR’. This resident of Heathfield explained the thinking behind what... Read more

1st December

Home brewing kit sales surge during lockdown

A home brew kit business based in Horam is reporting record-breaking sales during lockdown with people having more time for hobbies and trying new things. Bev and Andy Toogood of AlmostOffGrid.com are seeing a huge increase in the demand for home brewing kits, ingredients and equipment. Their online shop, which was launched in October 2016,... Read more

30th November

Broad Oak mum and care worker wins lottery prize

It was an exciting start to the weekend for one lucky Broad Oak resident after winning £30,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery. Care worker for the elderly, Vicky Channing, 32, landed the prize when her postcode, TN21 8TN, was announced as a winner on Saturday 28th November.  Vicky found out how much she’d won over... Read more

28th November

New tuition service for Primary School children

Lockdown has had a significant impact across all years of schooling, but no more so than at Primary School level, as young children find it much more difficult to concentrate and struggle with online teaching. According to the BBC news and Ofsted, children are roughly 3 months behind where they should be, with 44% of... Read more

26th November

Burwash based Indie band go global

Wild Horse, a Burwash based Indie band have been getting creative during lockdown. Unable to perform at live gigs, the boys have been going online to bring their music to their fans. In October they played on a Coastal Currents dedicated music showcase; performing their latest album live to an audience of over 10 thousand... Read more

26th November

Speak out against domestic abuse urges council

Wealden residents are being urged to speak out against all forms of domestic abuse as the number of recorded cases over 12 months exceeds 1,000 for the first time. From November 2019 to October 2020, Sussex Police received 1,037 reports of domestic abuse, which is a 4.5% increase compared to the same period last year.... Read more

24th November

Your chance to win a free-range turkey!

We’re giving you the chance to win a delicious oven-ready, free-range bronze turkey that has been reared and prepared locally for you by J & R Sheffield Turkeys in Vines Cross, near Horam. The winner will receive a turkey that will easily feed at least six people with leftovers for turkey sandwiches. Collection will be... Read more

17th November

Mixed emotions as new look Heathfield Christmas lights switched on.

Social media posts have long aired the disappointment felt by many at the ritual turning on of the Heathfield Christmas lights. The tastefully positioned, somewhat sublty lit trees, have provoked ridicule at best, and stronger words at worst. But, this year there is good news! The Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council have funded additional decorations... Read more

13th November

Brave Dallington resident who worked undercover against the Gestapo

This week, I am glimpsing into the life of Arthur Breen – husband of french resistance fighter Michele Breen, who I wrote about before, having seen their interesting gravestone in Dallington churchyard. I say glimpsing because in World War Two, Arthur was a member of the SOE –  the Special Operations Executive – and information... Read more

12th November

Frogheath Landscapes and Wealden Works pull together to help school leavers.

Frogheath Landscapes is no stranger to apprenticeships, the award winning, Burwash Weald based company regularly takes on apprentices to work in their busy landscaping business. They recently struck it lucky with Harrison Tamkin, who came their way via Wealden Works, a local charity offering young people help finding employment. The charity annually supports 40 young... Read more

10th November

#shoplocal for Christmas gifts, it’s never been easier!

With a new lockdown just started and Christmas not far off, local traders are looking for ways to encourage people to #shoplocal and buy their Christmas presents from them, rather than larger online retailers. With much of the High St closed and popular markets, like the one in Heathfield cancelled, traders and crafts people were... Read more

9th November

Vines Cross turkey farm has the perfect solution for smaller gatherings

Vines Cross turkey farmers JR Sheffield are gearing up for a busy Christmas with their butchers reporting footfall across the year up 50 percent compared to last year. But press reports that turkeys are being starved or being put on a reduced diet so they fit a potentially smaller Christmas gathering are totally unfounded says... Read more

5th November

The diminutive heroine buried in Dallington

The epitaph on a fairly recent gravestone in Dallington Churchyard has always interested me and I knew it would make a great research project – the brief detail hinted at such an amazing life. Claude Michele Wattebled de Ducla was born outside Bordeaux in 1922. When France was occupied in 1940, Michele was being educated... Read more

4th November

Heathfield Young Farmers join in ‘pass the welly’ fundraiser

Sussex Young Farmers Clubs is taking part in a national Give it Some YFC Welly Relay to help raise urgent funds to help secure its future. One of their Junior clubs is Heathfield YFC, who will also be participating in this fundraising event. Sussex Young Farmers Club is always keen to see younger members (and... Read more

29th October

Heathfield photographer adds more credentials to her name

Award-winning Heathfield photographer Sarah Tate has added another accolade to her collection after being appointed as a judge for her industry’s prestigious awards. Her confirmation as a judge followed on from last year’s news that Sarah had been named a Fellow of the industry’s most prestigious body – The Master Photographers’ Association. Sarah has had... Read more

25th October

Bumper harvest at Off the Line Vineyard!

We are lucky to have lots of excellent vineyards around Heathfield and this harvest time has been a good one. One of our favorites, Off the Line Vineyard is delighted to announce that it has been a bumper harvest this year. The quality of the fruit was exceptional and yields good. The weather has been... Read more

22nd October

Amazing woman who fought for women’s rights buried in Brightling

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the brave Arctic explorer Benjamin Leigh-Smith, whose wooden leaping board grave marker I came across in Brightling Churchyard. I also researched the life of Benjamin’s sister Barbara, who is buried next to her brother.  Barbara Bodichon was one of the founders of the UK suffrage movement which... Read more

22nd October

Covid 19 shuts Cross in Hand Primary School

Parents were shocked to find out this morning that Cross in Hand CEP School was shutting for two weeks after a member of staff tested positive for Covid 19. The school is a popular local primary on the outskirts of Heathfield, East Sussex. It is the first local school to have had to shut completely.... Read more

20th October

Renters on the move in East Sussex face huge challenge to find property

During the last few months, the housing market has been one of the many things that have seen unpredictable change during the lockdown and coronavirus period, particularly with lettings. Many estate agents are urgently looking for properties to let out and to sell while, in contrast, the demand for people wanting to rent or buy... Read more

20th October