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Heathfield Community College celebrate Student Honours Awards

Last Thursday, 11 July 2019, was the annual Awards Evening at Heathfield Community College, with hundreds of students and their family and friends gathering to celebrate their achievements. It was a gorgeous warm evening and everyone enjoyed drinks and live music on the lawn before going inside for the awards. The Tony Russell Awards are... Read more

18th July

Ideas to keep the kids occupied this Summer – clubs and workshops

The Summer holidays can be a real challenge for parents. Some parents are looking to find ways of having their children cared for, while other parents are searching for ideas to keep their children occupied during the long holidays. Parents of younger children often want to find activities they can share with their kids, and... Read more

17th July

East Sussex County Council face frustration at Broad Oak School closure meeting on Monday.

Monday night, July 15th, saw the East Sussex County Council attempting to explain their position in respect of the proposed closure of Broad Oak School, at a packed meeting with parents and the community. The audience became increasingly frustrated and angry with the ESCC who had to stop their presentation and move to questions after... Read more

17th July

Burial vs cremation – the numbers don’t stack up says Heathfield funeral director

Do your loved ones know what you want to happen to your body when you die? A recent poll commissioned by Axell-Eames suggests this is not the case. When the funeral director firm asked people about their funeral preferences, 76 percent of people chose cremation while 24 percent opted for burial. And yet the company’s... Read more

16th July

Top award for Unity Community Association vegetable garden

  Wealden District Council have announced the winners of its annual Garden Competition for residents living in Council owned Housing Estates and Retirement Living Courts across the District. Entrants were invited to showcase their wonderful gardens, patios and balconies to the judges across two gloriously sunny days in June. This year’s judges were Wealden Cabinet... Read more

16th July

Developers show off proposed new development next to Jubilee Fields, Heathfield

Last week, Countryside, a large developer with over 60 years’ experience, in housing developments across London, the South East, the North West of England and the West Midlands; showcased their plans for a new project next to Jubilee Fields off Ghyll Road, Heathfield. The Site is located on the south western side of Heathfield, with... Read more

16th July

Herstmonceux’s draw against competitive Seaford

An action-packed game on the 3G pitch at Seaford leisure centre saw Herstmonceux hold 5-5 last night, after going into an early 3-0 lead. The game was split into three 30-minute blocks, so this could definitely be classed as a game of 3 halves, as both sides took turns to hold the ascendancy. Manager Gaz... Read more

16th July

Investing the exit proceeds of your business

Building a successful business can involve a lifetime of work; so when the time comes to sell; would you know the best options for investing the sale money wisely? It’s important to make sure you and your family can enjoy the benefits for many decades to come, but how? Here Stephen Palmer, Founder and Director... Read more

11th July

Rushlake Green shop to continue under new ownership

Rushlake Green residents were shocked to hear that the village shop is changing owners but relieved that there will be a seamless transition. Bobby Paul Santhan and his family decided the time was right to move on with the a new shopkeeper Tony Field taking over the Rushlake Green Village Stores on Monday 8th July.... Read more

10th July

Five star reviews for celebratory show

East Sussex Dance Studios wowed audiences on Saturday with ‘The Ruby Shoes’ their modernised version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the 1,000-seater Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, in two amazing shows. The show celebrated five years under Principal Jenna Crescenzo but also celebrated 40 years since the original school opened, hence the Ruby Theme.... Read more

8th July

Seaford too strong for improving Herstmonceux

A dominant Seaford 1st team brought Herstmonceux back down to earth on Saturday, but manager Gaz Newton was satisfied with the continuing progress made by his side. The key to this game was the Southern Combination side’s sustained possession, and for the first 15 minutes the home side struggled to find a way into the... Read more

8th July

Herstmonceux hair shave for the Air Ambulance

A care support worker from Herstmonceux is going to be shaving off her hair at the end of July in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. Caroline Chewter, 28, decided to have her locks cut off after an horrific road traffic accident involving her family. Tragically, during May 2014, Caroline’s son, Russel... Read more

5th July

Herstmonceux dig deep to salvage a draw against Mile Oak

Herstmonceux produced a battling performance against Southern Combination opponents to secure an impressive 3-3 draw at Lime Cross on Saturday. In almost tropical conditions, Herstmonceux made the perfect start after five minutes when Callum Holles drove a 20 yard free kick into the bottom corner to put the home team 1-0 up. This stung Mile... Read more

1st July

Win Hardware Heaven, a haul of 100 items!

Join in the celebrations and a chance to win one of two fabulous prizes on offer as part of the festivities! 1st Prize:      £100.00 Heathfield Ironmongers Gift Voucher Shop in the Heathfield Ironmongers from 1-6th July and spend £15.00 in one transaction after 10% discount and you will be entered into a free... Read more

27th June

Heathfield Ironmongers celebrate their 100 year anniversary!

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Heathfield Ironmongers on Heathfield High St, to mark this milestone in the first week of July you will see some amazing competitions and offers in store.   Over  a 100 years ago, before World War 1, a Hailsham based  ironmongery company called A.F. Smith, opened the original... Read more

27th June

Matt’s mission to help African family

Local Heathfield man Matt Rayner, a student, 24, has succeeded in completing a 100km Jurassic Ultra Challenge to raise money for a poverty stricken family in Uganda. Incredible fortitude, courage and commitment from Matt and his amazing support duo of Mum, Allison Caffyn and girlfriend Izzy Jordan saw him cross the finish line after a... Read more

26th June

Local businessman warns against illegal traders after Watchdog investigation

A Heathfield businessman has spoken out after watching a recent television programme that revealed the shady and illegal sales tactics used by some companies. Mike Evans, who owns County – The Home Improvers said he was furious when he saw the way staff at Zenith Windows were operating and giving the home improvement industry a... Read more

25th June

Herstmonceux FC off to a flying start

Herstmonceux signalled they will be a force to be reckoned with this season by defeating Littlehampton FC by 3 goals to 1 at The Sportsfield on Saturday. After absorbing some early pressure from the home side, Herstmonceux took the lead after eight minutes. Good work on the right wing from Ade Fermin culminated with a... Read more

25th June

More trouble for traders with demands to pay a pavement tax

After the despair at pre-Christmas roadworks in late 2018, Heathfield traders have been shocked to receive demands from East Sussex Highways for a ‘pavement tax’. After more than 70 years without this tax being implemented they are questioning why they suddenly have to start paying. Traders have commented that the demand seems poorly thought through,... Read more

24th June

Broad Oak Primary School parents vow to fight proposed closure

Parents at Broad Oak Primary school received the devastating news at the end of last week that their school is being considered for closure.  East Sussex County Council have conducted a review of 62 rural schools and consider that the closure of the school would reduce the number of surplus places in the area and have... Read more

21st June

New group to campaign for charging points in Heathfield

A group of progressive thinking residents wants to encourage others to join the green transport movement and use electric vehicles. Within the group there are Tesla, Leaf, Kangoo and Zoe owners and local businesses such as Wildbloods Electricians  whose staff are now trained to install charge points locally. At a recent meeting held in Heathfield... Read more

13th June

Show bounces back after vandalism and attracts bumper crowd

The Heathfield & District Agricultural Show proved once again that it is one of the most popular events in the local calendar and a great way for businesses and livestock owners to show off their talents and skills. The volunteer organisers of the show were delighted with the support they received for the 2019 Show... Read more

8th June

Sarah is named best photographer in the region

Sarah Tate AMPA, from Hellingly, has just been awarded the prestigious title of Master Photography Association Regional Photographer of the Year 2019 with her fine art portraits of two local people. Sarah, who won the title against a huge number of entries from hundreds of professional photographers from the South of England, including Essex and... Read more

3rd June

Burwash Landscapers win People’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Artisan Garden called “Donkeys Matter”, sponsored by The Donkey Sanctuary charity and built by local garden landscapers Frogheath Landscapes from Burwash Weald, has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 in London on Friday 24th May 2019. The garden also won an RHS Silver Medal. This beautiful Donkey... Read more

31st May

New crematorium to hold open day on 15th June

Excitement is building among local businesses and residents about the state-of-the-art crematorium in Horam, developed and run by Wealden District Crematorium, which will welcome the public to an open day on 15th June from 11am to 3pm. Shorter journey times for families and mourners is just one of the many benefits the new facility offers... Read more

29th May

Wine Festival launches, Saturday 1st June 2019 at Hidden Spring, Horam

It’s all go at Hidden Spring Vineyard, Horam, East Sussex. Not only have they just been awarded a silver medal at the 2019 International Wine Challenge for their Bacchus (2017); but they are hosting the first Sussex Weald Festival of Wine on Saturday, June 1st.  Five outstanding Sussex vineyards have united to create a FESTIVAL OF WINE a... Read more

29th May

If you love horses – make sure you come along to The Heathfield Show

The Heathfield Show has built up a brilliant reputation over the past few decades as a first- class venue attracting top class exhibitors and serious competitors There are 90 horse classes over the day with almost 600 entries each year. Classes start early in the morning with six dedicated equine rings showing horses and ponies... Read more

24th May

Monster trucks return and first for Shetland Pony Grand National

From the heavy horse parade to the Shetland Pony Grand National and Big Pete, The Monster Trucks & The Grim Reeper, ring one is the place to watch some spectacular entertainment. The Monster Trucks will be returning to the Heathfield Show on Saturday.  Big Pete is one of Europe’s largest Monster Trucks with a full-size... Read more

23rd May

Bigger and better Arts and Crafts Marquee at this year’s Heathfield Show

Last year’s new format Arts & Crafts marquee was a huge success.  This year 2019 there is an even bigger and better marquee. This dedicated area will be for like minded creative businesses to showcase and sell their hand-crafted, unique products. From wood crafts and metal smiths, glass, ceramics and textiles, through to artists and... Read more

23rd May

Foodie Delights at The Heathfield Show

Food and drink are a major attraction for visitors to The Heathfield Show. You will find everything from fairground fodder to local specialist producers, food trucks and a Food Tent. Farmers’ Markets are a a great opportunity for producers to sell directly to the public. People love shopping at Farmers’ Markets – it’s the only... Read more

22nd May

See some of the best livestock in the country at The Heathfield Show

Cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and poultry will be in abundance at this year’s show. As well as the chance to get up close to all types of livestock you can watch some of the best breeders and handlers in the country compete against each over for the coveted trophies and rosettes. There is also the... Read more

21st May

Explore Country Ways from a bygone age at The Heathfield Show

This year Country Ways will feature old favourites and some new faces. Traditional practices, crafts and activities can be seen  in the Country Ways Arena and up close in the Country Ways tent. The live displays will include the ever popular Terrier Racing, displays from gun dogs, sheep dogs, birds of prey and working horses... Read more

20th May

Is it possible to drive 3,000 miles through Europe in a Nissan Leaf?

A Punnetts Town couple who have embraced electric motoring have set themselves a challenge to see whether it is possible to enjoy a driving holiday around Europe using the available charging point infrastructure. Graham and Sarah Hutton will embark on their 3,000 mile Grand Tour of Europe, which they hope will include at least ten... Read more

20th May

Heathfield Show – organisers appeal for information after targeted by vandals

Saturday morning, 18 May, the organisers of The Heathfield Show arrived to find that the showground had been the victim of criminal damage. Show marquees had been slashed multiple times in  a pointless act of vandalism. With only a week to go to the show, organisers are determined to carry on with the build, and... Read more

19th May

Improve your home and your lifestyle

One of the South East’s largest and most successful home improvement companies is based right here in Heathfield. With an ethos of offering the right products, made-to-measure in the right style at the right price, County – The Home Improvers is going from strength to strength. Definitely worth a visit is the impressive supercentre in... Read more

17th May

Fledgling businesses get a leg up in the New Enterprise Zone at The Heathfield Show

Each year, against stiff competition a group of fledgling local businesses win the chance to enjoy a free stand at The Heathfield Show. Located in the New Enterprise Zone, a range of different exhibitors will show off what they do, and give you the opportunity to engage with them. The Heathfield News was offered the... Read more

16th May

The Heathfield Agricultural Show, building bridges between town and country

Complete Land Management have been exhibiting at The Heathfield Show for over ten years, we asked  Mandy Ashdown, of  the Sussex-based company, to give us some insight into why they keep coming back for more. Farming is changing more quickly than it ever has, so a lot of people in towns and cities have no... Read more

15th May

Herstmonceux FC loses in tense encounter

Herstmonceux FC took on Willingdon in the Eastbourne FA Cup final at Hailsham Town last Friday, and were narrowly edged out 2-0 in a tense encounter. A furious opening 15 minutes saw Liam Nulty hit the post for the ‘Ceux after lobbing the goalkeeper, and Henry Richards saw a speculative attempt just miss the target... Read more

15th May

Burwash Common man visits super sewer tunnelling machine

A Burwash Common resident visited London’s new super sewer to see a tunnelling machine named in honour of his aunt, a pioneering scientist. The tunnel boring machine (TBM) ‘Ursula’ has started digging part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, currently under construction to stop sewage overflows in the River Thames. As is tradition in tunnelling, all... Read more

14th May

Counting down to The Heathfield Agricultural Show – a brilliant day out

One of the area’s biggest and most well-attended events is just around the corner and it is set to be better than ever. The Heathfield Agricultural Show, which takes place on Saturday 25th May, is a fantastic day out whether you are aged seven or 70 – there is something for everyone. Tickets are available... Read more

13th May

Heathfield Scouts launch campaign to tackle loneliness in the community

“Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, asked all Scouts to make a difference in their community this year. It was up to each group to decide how to achieve this, I am very proud of the young people from the 1st Heathfield Scouts, who after much debate, have chosen to tackle loneliness. Together they have decided... Read more

10th May

Dance studio wins multiple medals at local dance festival

Performing arts school, East Sussex Dance Studios celebrated success at the weekend at the annual South Downs Dance Festival, South Chailey. Students of the school that has branches in Heathfield, Ticehurst as well as newly opened Marks Cross, were awarded 20 gold medals, 24 trophies, 11 silvers, 6 bronzes with two special adjudicator awards going... Read more

6th May

Paella and palm trees for Heathfield Community College’s orchestra

During the first week of the Easter holidays, the Heathfield Community College’s Music department undertook their 6th European Music Tour. Following visits to Italy, Austria and France, this year saw them return to Spain and the town of Tossa de Mar, Catalonia where they had previously visited in 2014. The aim of these tours is... Read more

3rd May

On your bike! Rental scheme comes to the Cuckoo Trail

Countrybike comes to the Cuckoo Trail this week following the success of the Ashdown Forest cycle hire scheme. The app-based cycle rental company, set up by husband and wife team, Tim and Suzy Seddon in 2017, aims to make the Wealden countryside more accessible to its residents and visitors. The Cuckoo Trail hire scheme is... Read more

1st May

Win a family guest membership to The Heathfield Show

For your chance to win a family guest membership (worth £45) to the Heathfield Show on 25 May 2019, for two adults and two children, just like our Facebook page and share our Competition Facebook post, and pop your name in the comments.  The Heathfield Show is a great day out for all the family.... Read more

1st May

Calling all Heathfield Show Exhibitors!

The Heathfield News will be running a Heathfield Agricultural Show special all week from Monday 20  May until the show day Saturday 25 May. The week will be packed full of features about the show and competitions to win tickets and more. All exhibitors are invited to send in Press Releases, images and information about marketing initiatives... Read more

1st May

Come and try tennis for free on May 12th

It’s back and bigger than ever! The Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekend is heading to Cross in Hand Tennis Club on May 12th. It’s a free-of -charge day for all the family to get on court. There are mini-tennis sessions, family time, free play, cardio tennis and numerous other kinds of activities to get involved... Read more

29th April

King’s Church launch new after school activities for young people

  When the King’s Church launched their highly successful youth boxing classes, earlier this year, the community reacted positively and praised the organisation for initiating activities for young people in the area. Following on from this the King’s Church are now launching two new activities for the young people of Heathfield and surrounding areas. Youth... Read more

23rd April

Great bits of advice for effective revision

While many people are relaxing this Easter weekend, local college students preparing for GCSE and A levels will no doubt be getting their heads down to a bit of revision. We have teamed up with Dr Lisette Johnston Head of School at ScreenSpace .  She has given us some useful ideas on how to make revision as productive... Read more

18th April

Winner of tennis competition announced

Congratulations to Maria Sendra-Garcia who was the lucky winner of our competition to win a year’s membership to the area’s top tennis club and a private coaching lesson from Elevate Tennis. Maria correctly answered the question: ‘who was the 2018 Wimbledon  ladies singles champion?’ which she posted on Facebook. Maria’s brother is very keen to... Read more

10th April