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Marquess plants apple tree to mark Queen’s Platimum Jubilee

Hospice in the Weald welcomed the Marquess of Abergavenny DL as guest of honour at a tree planting ceremony held at Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes, Mayfield, on Friday 15 February to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Lord Abergavenny, representing the East Sussex Lieutenancy, was joined by long-standing Hospice supporter Sonia Burt to plant a... Read more

19th January

Free courses start for Wealden residents

Free courses start for Wealden residents From managing stress and anxiety to maths, easy-hand sewing to get ready for work, and afternoon tea baking to practical money management, Street Learning FREE courses return this January 2022 for Wealden residents. Street Learning is a partnership project providing access to a range of free courses designed to... Read more

18th January

Heathfield High Street development voted on at today’s planning meeting.

Outline planning permission for the development WD/2018/1083/MAO, which would include ten flats and twelve retail units on the site of 14-30 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, was the first item on the agenda at today’s Wealden Planning Committee Meeting. The proposed development was hotly debated by the local councillors in attendence, as they sought reassurances... Read more

12th January

Chancellor meets Wealden council leader

Wealden District Council leader Bob Standley met with Rishi Sunak the Chancellor of the Exchequer last week. The Chancellor was visiting various sites in Sussex on Thursday 6 January and Councillor Standley said he was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with him together with Nus Ghani, Wealden’s MP. After the meeting Councillor Standley... Read more

12th January

A boost to community morale

At 8pm on Sunday 12th December2021, Boris Johnson addressed the nation.  …“I am afraid we are now facing an emergency in our battle with the new variant, Omicron. … Today we are launching the Omicron Emergency Boost, a national mission unlike anything we have done before in the vaccination programme…. Everyone eligible aged 18 and... Read more

10th January

Trader plans to fight for right to stay

After 36 years of trading in Heathfield High Street the owner of the Sapphire Star (formerly Mr India) says he is very upset at the prospect of having to close his business. Mr Hena Akther Chawdhury says traders face losing their businesses and customers but hopes that his 20 year lease will give him the... Read more

6th January

A Christmas message from Wealden council leaders

As 2021 draws to a close and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of day to day life, Wealden District Council’s leader and chief executive are wishing all residents a merry Christmas after another difficult year. Councillor Bob Standley, the council leader, and chief executive Trevor Scott have also highlighted the work and... Read more

23rd December

Looking for the perfect gifts for a foodie? Cuculo has plenty to choose from.

You will find gifts for a foodie at Cuculo Cheese & Wine on the High St, Heathfield, East Sussex. The place to buy gifts for those hard to please people who love food and wine. The store is open every day from now until Christmas Eve. Call 01435 862596 for advice or to place an... Read more

19th December

Oakdown House residents celebrate the benefits of their new spa pool.

Oakdown House spa pool opens for residents. After successfully raising more than £35,000, Oakdown House is thrilled to be able to offer residents the opportunity to use their newly opened swim spa pool at the home.  The home which is located in Burwash Common, supports up to 45 residents with learning and physical disabilities. The... Read more

16th December

Last minute Christmas gift shopping made easy and fun

Unless you are super organised, there are always a few last-minute gifts to buy in the run up to Christmas – the neighbour who has been brilliant this year, the dog walker and a friend who deserves a little treat. Here are ten interesting and memorable gift ideas ranging from £8.50 to £45.00. They are... Read more

16th December

Heathfield woman wins Mentor of the Year at the Sussex Apprenticeship Awards 2021

Horizontal rain and all that a coastal town can throw at you in the bad weather department, did not dint the enthusiasm of apprentices, businesses and training providers at this year’s 2021 Sussex Apprenticeship Awards. The Brighton Hilton Metropole was the setting for the awards dinner and ceremony. The awards were created to recognize the... Read more

14th December

Local companies make their mark in Rural Business Awards

A Waldron company and a Burwash company have won in different categories of the prestigious Rural Business Awards. The English Soap Company, based in Waldron, won the Best Rural Innovation category while Burwash artisan Food and Drink Platform MeltedInside.com was named best Rural Retail Business at the regional finals of the Rural Business Awards in... Read more

7th December

‘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

Heathfield woman in final of ‘Mentor of the Year’ at #SussexApprenticeshipAwards

Reaching the finals of the Sussex Apprenticeship Awards came as a bit of a shock to Anna White, in the main because she hadn’t entered the awards and had no idea that a former apprentice of hers had nominated her for ‘Mentor of the Year’. Anna has been mentoring apprentices in Public Relations and Digital... Read more

29th 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

Electric vehicle charging points roll out as council endorses COP26 strategy

A roll-out of electric vehicle charging points across the district will soon be underway as Wealden council also endorsed progress made at the recent COP26 conference. The momentum of the EV charging initiative was revealed at Wealden District Council’s Full Council meeting on Wednesday when the authority backed a motion endorsing the government’s Net Zero... Read more

25th November

Heathfield traders launch new loyalty scheme

Heathfield is all lit up for the launch of the Christmas loyalty scheme. Friday 19 November was the start of the festive season in Heathfield, East Sussex. Unlike last year with the restrictions, this year everyone has been able to rally together to make Christmas 2021 a really good one for the residents and traders... Read more

23rd 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

Shop local to save the planet.

People, Planet and Mindful Shopping If lockdown taught us one thing it was how lucky we are in the Heathfield area to have so many wonderful independent shops and services. When you couldn’t get a delivery from your usual supermarket, it was the local traders and volunteer services who took to their vans, electric bikes... Read more

14th 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

Furnace Brook: a Fishery with a mission

It’s autumn – a time of mists, mellow fruitfulness here at Furnace Brook near Cowbeech.  Glistening frosty dew settles on the grass and you inhale the crisp fresh morning air. As the golden sun rays emerge from between the trees and reflect upon the tranquil lake in front of you, you in turn take time... Read more

28th October

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

Repair Café goes from strength to strength

Repair cafés first started in Amsterdam in the 1990s to reduce waste and landfill, to foster the community spirit and to impart the skills of mending to the wider community. People bring in their broken household goods and have them mended (if this is possible) and watch and learn the mending process. Repairing is done... Read more

21st October

Win tickets to the premier of ‘A Curious Tale’

Local Heathfield production company Skooch Media are giving away two tickets to the premier of their new film. Shot at locations all over East Sussex – this mysterious tale is 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... Read more

14th October

Still time to take part in Go Sober in October

Artisan food and drink platform Meltedinside.com is encouraging people to try no alcohol and low-alcohol drinks this month and help raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer’s Go Sober in October challenge. Melted Inside is donating £2 for every purchase of alcohol alternative or low-alcohol drinks bought online during the month of October. Macmillan Cancer Support... Read more

14th 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

Marvellous milestone for Burwash company Meltedinside.com

Burwash-based Artisan food and drink start up Meltedinside.com celebrates its second birthday this month (September). From a spark of an idea when she was struggling to purchase local artisan products herself, founder Candy Bowles has created a unique business that is helping both consumers and producers to connect with each other. There are now nearly... Read more

28th September

Wealden Crematorium Open Day attracts a crowd

More than 350 people attended an open day at Wealden Crematorium, Horam – at the weekend. The event on Saturday 18 September was an opportunity for local people and anyone curious to see inside the building and around the grounds. The Wealden Creamtorium open day was attended by Wealden District Council chairman Councillor Ron Reed,... Read more

23rd September

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