Recent News

    Golfing fundraiser for St Wilfred’s Hospice announced by PRG and 4GOLF

    PRG Marketing Communications and 4GOLF will be swinging into action this March to support the St Wilfrid’s Hospice 50:50 Challenge. St Wilfrid’s Hospice offers end of life care to the people of East Sussex including Heathfield. On Thursday 21st March, PRG’s amateur golfer, Ashley Chapman, and 4GOLF’s resident pro golfer, Mark Packard, will be taking on... Read more

    22nd February

    Are you passionate about rural crafts and the ways of the countryside?

    The Country Ways area of the Heathfield Show showcases heritage crafts by local craftsmen and women who display centuries-old skills associated with the countryside. The Heathfield Show organisers are looking for a focused, committed volunteer with a keen interest in heritage crafts to assist them with this interesting, educational and vital section of the Show.... Read more

    21st February

    Now’s the time to return those overdue library books as the annual amnesty is announced

    Have you held on to a book just that bit too long and never got around to returning it? Now you can hide your shame and return them penalty free until the end of March. RESIDENTS are being urged to check their homes for overdue books as East Sussex Library Service launches its annual amnesty.... Read more

    15th February

    National Apprenticeship Week – a good time for students and employers to think about the opportunities

    APPRENTICESHIPS in East Sussex will be given a boost this week as East Sussex County Council supports National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from February 5 to February 11. National Apprenticeship WeekAs well as highlighting the national campaign, the county council is reminding small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) about the support available to assist with... Read more

    8th February

    New sports facility in Hellingly gets go ahead

    Full planning permission for the development of a new sports hub facility in Hellingly has been given the green light. The new sports hub includes two full size floodlit artificial pitches, two multi-use games areas (containing four dual floodlit tennis/netball courts), two padel tennis courts, skate park, play facilities and a sports building providing changing... Read more

    5th February

    ‘Smashed’ programme visits Heathfield Community College to deliver workshop on dangers of underage drinking

    Heathfield Community College was one of four schools in East Sussex to receive a hard-hitting lesson on the dangers of underage drinking as part of the alcohol awareness theatre production ‘Smashed’. Developed and presented by Collingwood Learning and supported by Diageo, ‘Smashed’ combines drama with interactive workshops to help secondary school students understand the facts,... Read more

    30th January

    New president announced for The Heathfield Show and trade stand reservations are now open

    A new president for The Heathfield Show was announced in December and January sees the opening of the booking window for trade stands. A new Show President for the Heathfield Show The Marquess of Abergavenny lives at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells with his wife and daughter.Eridge is a fully diverse estate including offices, shops... Read more

    18th January

    Hospice’s Clinical Director receives Queen’s Nurse title

    Hospice in the Weald’s Clinical Director Jan Thirkettle has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse (QN) by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). Professor Deborah Sturdy CBE, Chief Nurse Adult Social Care (right) presents Jan Thirkettle QN, the Hospice’s Clinical Director, with her certificate. Photo credit: The Queen’s Nursing Institute. The title recognises Jan’s... Read more

    10th January

    Teddy’s big adventure. Delighted owners celebrate his return in time for Christmas!

    Hayley Kelly had all but given up on her 12 year old cat Teddy who had been missing for six weeks. Usually a bit of a home bird he had disappeared back on the 13 November from their home in Crowborough, and despite calls to the locals vets he was nowhere to be found. “I... Read more

    20th December

    The English Soap Company triumphs in regional awards

    The English Soap Company is celebrating after winning the ‘Export Manufacturer of the Year’ at Insider Media’s Made in the South East Awards 2023. Success in the Made in South East Awards follows a Highly Commended Award for ‘International Business of the Year’ at Platinum Media’s Sussex Business Awards 2023, being named a finalist in... Read more

    15th December

    Hospice in the Weald celebrate its first children’s christmas party

    Sensory fun and music were among a host of activities enjoyed by children and families as Hospice in the Weald for Children hosted its very first Christmas party. The special event offered children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, supported by the Hospice, the rare opportunity to participate in Christmas festivities specially designed for them. The... Read more

    14th December

    New social housing in Wealden unveiled

    The first 100 per cent affordable housing development in Heathfield is due to be completed soon.    Wealden District Council’s Housing Development Team worked in conjunction with local contractor Trinity Homes Ltd to build the homes at Cart Barn Place, and Baily Garner which designed the scheme. The 15-home development is available for rent only... Read more

    14th December

    Heathfield man wins first prize at World Dog Sledding Dryland Championship

    Heathfield resident Matt Hodgeson has held onto his world title after tough competition in last week’s World Dog Sledding Dryland Championships in Germany. “Well what can I say it was tough and muddy and we got lucky,” exclaimed Matt. The quality of a win is directly related to the quality of the competition and World... Read more

    14th December

    Cranwell wins festive window display contest

    It’s a great time of year when the dark December days are finally lit up with festive lights and the high street in Heathfield is always a lovely place to be thanks to the beautiful window displays. Staff from Cranwell Wealth Solutions were given some extra Christmas cheer when we received the brilliant news that... Read more

    7th December

    Secretary of State praises Heathfield Community College on a recent visit

    Secretary of State praise for “fantastic” College On Friday 1 December Heathfield Community College was honoured to host the Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan at the College, alongside constituency MP Huw Merriman. The visit included a tour of the College, and some high-quality learning in a range of lessons, speaking to Year 7,... Read more

    7th December

    Hospice in the Weald celebrates a successful Christmas fundraiser

    Hospice’s market raises Christmas cheer and welcome funds Festive live music, specialty crafts and produce galore, plus a twinkling Santa helped to raise Christmas cheer and thousands of pounds at Hospice in the Weald’s Christmas Market. The Hospice’s extensive landscaped gardens in Pembury were transformed into a winter village, with sparkling lights and decorations at... Read more

    7th December

    Win tickets to a new film production from Heathfield’s Skooch Media

    The Presence of Snowgood is the latest film from Heathfield based production company Skooch Media. It’s a sequel to A Curious Tale screened back in 2021. The cast and crew are both experienced and new to the industry in a collaboration shot on location in and around East Sussex. The Heathfield News have two tickets... Read more

    30th November

    Vice-Chancellor talks of shock following discovery of problems at historic castle

    Queen’s University, owners of Herstmonceux Castle, are facing a substantial financial burden following the discovery in early November of structural defects in the South facing gatehouse while roofing work was being carried out. Roofing contractors alerted the management of Herstmonceux Castle Estate to possible problems they spotted while carrying out repairs. A specialist structural survey... Read more

    30th November

    Heathfield man takes on the competitive world of dog sledding

    In a country that falls apart the moment it snows, it’s a bit of a surprise to find a Gold Medal Champion ‘musher’ living in Heathfield. Matt Hodgson has been racing Sleddogs for nearly 20 years. It all started with Alaskan Malamutes and then moved on to Canadian Eskimo Dogs, of which he still has... Read more

    29th November

    Seventeen recommendations made as a result of independent inquiry into David Fuller case

    In December 2021, Heathfield man David Fuller, an electrical maintenance supervisor with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, was convicted of the murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in 1987. On his arrest, police officers conducted a search of his home address. This search uncovered printed photographs and video images, held on hidden computer... Read more

    28th November

    Sandhurst army scholarship for Heathfield Community College student

    Heathfield Community College has received the fantastic news that Amy Washington-Thurston (Y13) has been awarded an Army Officer sixth form scholarship. This means she has been recognised as possessing exceptional leadership potential and following her studies has secured a place to train as an Army officer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. This prestigious award... Read more

    28th November

    English Woodlands, Cross-in-Hand, has just become 100% employee-owned following its sale to a newly created Employee Ownership Trust.

    English Woodlands, the Sussex tree nursery, has just become 100% employee-owned following its sale to a newly created Employee Ownership Trust. English woodland in Cross in Hand has announced that the business will become an employee-owned company, founder Michael Hardcastle said “We wanted to safeguard the independence of English Woodlands for the future whilst acknowledging... Read more

    21st November

    Best value way to buy a turkey this Christmas

    Every year at this time the NFU’s #BuyMyTurkey Day pops up, families are encouraged to buy British, buy local and buy a whole turkey this Christmas to get the best value for their money. Turkey producers across the country are taking to social media to show off their farm fresh turkeys and urge the public... Read more

    18th November

    Lightning fibre scoop ISPA award

    Lightning Fibre has been named as the ‘Best Consumer ISP with fewer than 50,000 customers’ by the Internet Service Providers’ Association at the 2023 ISPA awards. ISPA recognises outstanding excellence in the ISP industry and celebrates 25 Years. The ISPA Awards acknowledge the best and brightest in the industry, and the winners represent the pinnacle of innovation... Read more

    16th November

    Heathfield Community College celebrates Parliament Week

    Politics in Parliament Week Although the news coming out of Westminster this week has been unexpected and bewildering at best. It is as important as ever that our young people understand how politics works and that they are not put off by all of the negative news frequently shared about politicians. Young people are the... Read more

    16th November

    Master of Wine, Michael Palij comes to Heathfield to host a special Italian fine wine tasting at Cuculo Cheese & Wine

    An exclusive wine event in Heathfield This Saturday will be a very special opportunity for lovers of fine wine. When, one of the world’s few Masters Of Wine, Michael Palij will be hosting a special tasting at Cuculo, High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex to showcase wines coming from a fascinating selection of Italy’s most famous... Read more

    8th November

    Lightning Fibre bring back the icy fun to Eastbourne in December

    Back for another year – Get your skates on as Feastival Events present Lightning Fibre’s Ice Rink, which returns even bigger and better than before! The rink will be open every day (except Christmas Day). It is a fully covered real ice rink, and will be situated outside of the Enterprise Centre and Eastbourne Railway Station with ample parking... Read more

    2nd November

    Don’t miss Heathfield’s Christmas ‘switch on’ and late night shopping on 24 November 2023

    Heathfield’s Christmas ‘switch on’ This year the town will come alive with the annual Christmas Lighting Up Event on Friday 24th November 2023 from 3.45pm until 6.30pm at the Fire Station. There will be performances from: Punnetts Town Primary School, All Saints & St Richards Primary School, entertainment from Marco the Magician, Heathfield Community College,... Read more

    2nd November

    Turkey farm supports farming charity

    JR Sheffield turkey farm in Vines Cross, near Heathfield, will be once again be supporting the charity FCN – The Farming Community Network. It’s a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times. Lucy Sheffield explains: “Since 2019 our lovely customers have given just over £400. People... Read more

    26th October

    Treatment of the month – what can you do to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, advice from Karen Kelly

    As we age the skin naturally loses volume and elasticity, leading to the formation of folds and sagging. Commonly these will be in the most expressive parts of your face; around the nose and mouth. This loss of volume is due to diminishing Hyaluronic acid and Collagen. At Radiant, the clinic can offer a range... Read more

    26th October

    High drama for Off the Line as they get the 2023 harvest in

    Although every year brings different challenges in the world of wine production. 2023 certainly dealt Off the Line Vineyard, in Hellingly, East Sussex some surprises. A double decker bus catching fire close to the vineyard entrance in the middle of harvest could certainly not have been predicted! This led to the vineyard being inaccessible by road... Read more

    20th October

    Heathfield Community College re-opens after shock vandalism

    Over the weekend Heathfield Community College in Heathfield, East Sussex was subject to trespassers in the early hours of Sunday morning. As a result, there was significant damage to school property across the site. The damage was physical and potentially put students at risk of harm. Parents received email communication to confirm the impact of... Read more

    17th October

    Nus Ghani opens new exercise path in Horam

    Following more than two years of fundraising by the management committee a new 1km exercise path has been opened at Horam Recreation Ground. Phase 1 – the loop around the perimeter of the top field is now complete and has been officially opened by MP Nus Ghani. A large crowd came to witness the ribbon... Read more

    17th October

    Simon launches his new community initiative

    We recently reported on the retirement from Waitrose of Simon Hudson, a hugely popular character – the community’s fondness was borne out in the huge engagement our Facebook post generated reaching over 30,000 people with over 500 people wishing him all the best for the future. Simon thanked every single one of the wellwishers. What... Read more

    9th October

    Hospice in the Weald Christmas Market

    Hospice in the Weald Christmas Market is set to return this year and promises to be bigger and better than ever! From 10am until 4pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, the Hospice gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, a wonderful Christmas market, games, crafts and performances by Women... Read more

    5th October

    Jayne Torvill makes a guest appearance at Young at Heart Community Club in Heathfield

    Young at Heart Community Club, based in Heathfield were delighted to welcome Olympic gold medal winner – ice dancer Jayne Torvill OBE last Tuesday to talk to the children of All Saints’ & St Richard’s Church of England Primary School who were brilliant with their questions! Other activity on the day included cherryspringstudio who kindly... Read more

    2nd October

    Heathfield Community College celebrates students’ achievements at awards event

    On a sunny September evening last week, parents, staff and students gathered to celebrate the achievements of the students of Heathfield Community College over the course of 2022-23. Award certificates were presented to a number of students in each year group. These include ‘Honours’ for Effort and Progress and ‘Excellence’ awards for individual subjects as... Read more

    27th September

    New ‘free’ exercise sessions coming to Heathfield parks, plus funding to support additional activity

    Wealden District Council, in partnership with town and parish councils and through funding provided by East Sussex Public Health, will be launching the projects. The activity in Heathfield includes the delivery, by industry leaders Our Parks, of weekly, free-of-charge outdoor physical activity sessions. New exercise sessions, tailored for all abilities, will be available and delivered... Read more

    27th September

    Last Sunday’s fun run raises over 90k for Hospice in the Weald

    More than 900 supporters came together for an inspirational Hospice Run From toddlers to seasoned pros, more than 900 people from across the community joined Hospice Run to raise an incredible £91,000 for Hospice in the Weald. Special guest Paralympian Will Bayley officially launched the event, held in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday 17 September, giving... Read more

    21st September

    Heathfield’s ‘national treasure’ Simon Hudson announces retirement.

    Heathfield’s ‘national treasure’ Simon Hudson announces retirement. Simon Hudson has been the welcoming face of Waitrose Heathfield since its opening on 23 September 2015 but, after eight years’ of service Simon will finally say his goodbyes after he has worked his last day later this month. Regulars to the store will have enjoyed his customary... Read more

    20th September

    The English Soap Company launches new Wintertide range

    Waldron-based The English Soap Company has launched a new collection to smooth the journey into winter with festive fragrances and products to help keep the skin clean and nourished as the weather turns colder and brisker. The Wintertide Collection includes four fragrances: Frankincense and Myrrh; Winter Solstice; Polar Lights and Nordic Pine.  There are candles,... Read more

    18th September

    Horam facility receives grant for pathway

    The local community and wildlife will benefit after the GAP – Get Active Pathway at Horam Recreation Ground – received grants from The Veolia Environmental Trust, Horam Parish Council, Biffa Award, Pro Eco and Lodge Group Care UK Ltd. Local MP Nus Ghani comes along to support the start of the pathway constructionLeft to Right:... Read more

    18th September

    Bubbles and fun at Radiant Medical Aesthetics & Skin Clinic’s launch event last Saturday in Heathfield

    Last Saturday 9 September saw the launch of a welcome new arrival to Heathfield’s High Street. Radiant Medical Aesthetics & Skin Clinic. Guests were welcomed to the new clinic with a glass of bubbly, a tour of the premisis, an introduction to the treatments and a goodie bag. The new venture is owned by Karen... Read more

    14th September

    Win £100 of treatment at Heathfield’s newest aesthetics clinic – Radiant

    Only two days to go until the opening of Radiant, the new Medical Aesthetics and Skin Clinic, at 64 Heathfield High Street, and to celebrate they are launching an amazing prize draw competition. How to enter: Take a look at the T&Cs but to enter message Radiant’s Facebook or Instagram pages with your name and... Read more

    7th September

    Heathfield woman has been fined and banned for failure to control her dogs

    Hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of livestock are injured or killed by dogs every year in the South East. Although, most dog owners are responsible there are others who are not. A woman who repeatedly failed to keep her dogs under control, including around livestock, has been convicted at court. Livia Morvay, 65, of... Read more

    4th September

    Le Marché’s French and English traders drew huge crowds to Heathfield on Bank Holiday Monday

    Bank Holiday Monday 28 August saw the popular Le Marché back in Heathfield, East Sussex. This annual Anglo-French market event is a combination of superb entertainment and 110 French and English stalls. This year’s market was blessed with fine weather which drew huge and happy crowds to the 26th Anglo/French market in Heathfield.   The event... Read more

    31st August

    Herstmonceux Castle Estate awarded Quality Assured Visitor Attraction marque

    Visit England has once again awarded their quality assurance marque to the Herstmonceux Castle Estate with an improved score that is nearly 10% higher compared to two years ago. The overall score increased from a 70% to 78% approval rating. The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) is a recognised accreditation covering a broad range... Read more

    31st August

    Heathfield’s popular French style market is back this Bank Holiday Monday!

    Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2023 Heathfield’s famous Anglo/French market Le Marché is taking place on August Bank Holiday Monday – as it has done for the past 26 years – it is the longest running Anglo/French market in the whole of the South East. This fantastic all day event draws visitors into the town... Read more

    24th August

    Davina McCall and Paralympian Will Bayley urge locals to support Hospice Run

    TV presenter Davina McCall along with Paralympian Will Bayley are encouraging people of all ages to sign up to the iconic Hospice Run this September. This year’s Run promises to have something for everyone, with a new half marathon, and Hospice Heroes themed Family Fun Run, along with the classic 5km and 10km routes. TV... Read more

    17th August

    Heathfield Vets given accolade at BestUKVets Awards 2023

    At a memorable Gala Awards Ceremony, the winners of the BestUKVets Awards 2023 were announced with Heathfield Vetsbeing named Best in County for East Sussex. In front of an audience of over 150 veterinary professionals in London, Heathfield Vets scooped the accolade having gathered outstanding feedback from their clients. The BestUKVets Awards celebrate vet practices... Read more

    10th August