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    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

    First independent candidate in Heathfield by-elections for decades

    Local authorities in East and West Sussex have polls taking place on May 6th which include county council elections. The UK Government previously postponed elections scheduled for 2020 due to Covid-19. The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner election will take place on the same day. There are vacancies in four Wards on Wealden District Council:... Read more

    4th May

    Four million steps in May to help animal charity

    Heathfield Vets staff are aiming to complete a staggering ‘4 Million Steps in May’ to raise money for the Oriental Cat Welfare Trust. The whole team will be counting steps as they treat patients, carry out consultations and surgery, and of course, cuddle the pets they are seeing.  The Oriental Cat Welfare Trust (OCWT) provides... Read more

    30th April

    Joy at new freedoms for local care homes – Oakdown House and Carricks Brook

    Everyone, everywhere is talking about ‘the end of lockdown’, this too is the topic of conversation at two local residential homes for adults with learning disabilities. The prospect of freedom and ‘normality’ is exciting but staff and residents of both Oakdown House and Carricks Brook are moving forward with caution, keeping everyone safe is still... Read more

    29th April

    U Vinyl records opening in Horam – satisfy your passion for music

    In 2015, Karl decided to set up a business buying and selling vinyl records. As a collector himself since a child, music has always been a true passion. Back then, vinyl was not as popular as it is today and it felt like a huge risk to take. Initially Karl sold records on eBay, mainly,... Read more

    27th April

    The Pet Food Shop celebrates 50 years in Heathfield

    Tucked away off Station Road, in Station Approach, The Pet Food Shop in Heathfield is a treasure trove of everything to do with pets and a place where you can be sure to find the best quality food for your furry friends. The Pet Food Shop is celebrating 50 years of trading this month and... Read more

    26th April

    Are you one of the many women missing out on £1,000s of state pension?

    Here Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions, a local Uckfeld and Heathfield financial planning practice, explains who should check their state pension to find out if they are owed far more. Who should check? Back in October 2020 Martin Lewis highlighted an issue of under payments of state pension that will affect many women. The... Read more

    21st April

    Local charity celebrates breakthrough in brain tumour treatment

    The father of a young man diagnosed at the age of 20 months with a medulloblastoma brain tumour has welcomed the news that scientists have found a new way to starve cancerous brain tumour cells of energy in order to prevent further growth. Breakthough Discovery at Queen Mary University, London The findings by Professor Silvia... Read more

    21st April

    Who is the special link between Cross-in-Hand, Waldron and Harrods?

    Did you know that Cross-in-Hand and Waldron have a link with the luxury London department store Harrods? Charles Digby Harrod was born in Whitechapel in 1841.  His father Charles Henry Harrod was a grocer and tea dealer and had opened a Harrod’s shop in Stepney but later speculatively rented premises in the up and coming... Read more

    15th April

    Quiet COVID-19 Vaccination Session available for eligible over 30s at The Brighton Centre

    Saturday 17 April, 4.30pm – 7pm  Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to be able to offer a dedicated ‘Quiet COVID-19 Vaccination Session’ for people requiring their first dose of the COVID vaccination.  The details are:  WHEN:      Saturday 17 April, 4.30pm – 7pm   WHERE:    The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR  BOOK:       By calling... Read more

    14th April

    Time capsule to mark opening of new development for older people in Heathfield

    This week, Abbeyfield South Downs is launching a time capsule initiative to celebrate the opening of its affordable rental development Holdenhurst – and is inviting the local Heathfield community to get involved. The time capsule will be buried under a Monkey Puzzle tree on the Holdenhurst site on Mill Road in May. It will include... Read more

    13th April

    Off the Line Vineyard fly the flag for wine exports

    First time exporting to Norway Off The Line Vineyard based at North Street, Hellingly BN27 4EA is celebrating as it continues to grow its business with a milestone in wine exporting. The Hip Rosé still wine was selected in a blind tasting by the Norwegian state run wine and spirit monopoly business Vinmonopolet. It is... Read more

    13th April

    Covid 19 vaccine programme stalls at 50+

    The rapid rollout of the vaccination programme has slowed down and appears stuck on 50+ for the time being. This stall is in part due to the fact that second vaccinations are now taking place which is preventing the next group from being called. If you want to find out more it is important not... Read more

    12th April

    Portrait awards launched to raise money for Demelza

    Sarah Tate Photography is launching the Fine Art Portrait Awards next week in an effort to raise vital funds for Demelza Hospice Care for Children. As well as raising money for the charity, the initiative gives people the chance to have a beautiful photo taken by an award-winning photographer and the chance of their image... Read more

    8th April

    Help for Rother businesses reopening after lockdown

    BUSINESSES across Rother can apply for financial help to support them to reopen safely as lockdown restrictions are eased. Many businesses will be allowed to reopen from April 12, with more to follow in the coming weeks and, as part of the national Restart Grant Scheme, Rother District Council has received £9.3 million to help... Read more

    8th April

    Enjoy the coast safely this Easter weekend and stay away from cliff edges

    PEOPLE visiting East Sussex’s spectacular coastline are being urged to stay safe this spring and summer. East Sussex County Council is reminding visitors of the serious risks the unstable cliffs pose to those getting too close to the edge or walking at the base of the cliffs, and the dangers to beach walkers who risk... Read more

    1st April

    This Easter Churches Together produce a virtual Walk of Witness for Good Friday.

    This Easter, with many restrictions still in place, the combined churches of Heathfield and District have created a ‘Churches Together in Heathfield Good Friday Walk of Witness’. It is usually held in Heathfield High Street, but it has gone online this year and will be a virtual wander around the local churches. You can enjoy... Read more

    30th March

    Frogheath’s Hilltop Hideaway scoops Best in Category

    Frogheath Landscapes have been awarded a top accolade at the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) Awards 2021, supported by headline sponsor Bradstone. The company was awarded Best in Category in Project Value £65,000-£80,000 for their work on the project Hilltop Hideaway. At a time when we have all come to appreciate outdoor space, anyone lucky... Read more

    26th March