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Men, are you looking after your eye health?

                                   Heathfield Opticians, Melina Joy, are excited about this year being 20/20; but most of all they would like to encourage men to look after their eye health. This tongue-in-cheek story from Catriona explains how. This IS an exciting new year.  You probably don’t realise quite how exciting it is, especially for opticians, so I... Read more

21st January

Take action now to protect water pipes and outdoor taps

As part of Citizen’s Advice Big Energy Saving Week, #BESW2O, South East Water is warning customers of the risks unprotected water pipes and outdoor taps face during icy temperatures. The company, which provides drinking water to 2.2 million customers across parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, reports that households and businesses in past... Read more

20th January

NHS urges people to take up free flu jab

People living with a long-term health condition are being urged to protect themselves from becoming seriously ill this winter with a free flu jab, after less than half of them took up the offer last year. The NHS says these people have a greater risk of becoming seriously ill from flu than the general population... Read more

10th January

A265 Roadworks announced for early 2020

Roadworks coming to A265 near Heathfield MOTORISTS are being advised of a series of roadworks taking place on roads local to Heathfield, East Sussex. East Sussex Highways will be carrying out kerbing and road repair work on the A265 at Broad Oak and Burwash Weald, in January, February and March 2020 The scheme begins with... Read more

7th January

Wealden District Council accused of a NIMBY attitude, as Local Plan is rejected by the Planning Inspector

Louise Nurser, BA Hons Dip UP MRTPI, Planning Inspector has written to Wealden District Council, to outline the reasons why the council cannot proceed with its current draft Wealden Local Plan. The letter asserts that Wealden Council has failed in a legal ‘Duty to Cooperate’ through constructive engagement with neighbouring authorities. Highlighted in particular were... Read more

6th January

Special offer on dog training with Friendly Creatures

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19th December

PCSOs active in Heathfield after recent surge in anti- social behaviour

The new PCSOs who are now covering Heathfield have been announced. They are PCSO Dave Davies, PCSO Tom Lewis and PCSO Geraldine Hodgens. Wealden Police has confirmed that the trio has been out and about in the area along with other officers. Heathfield has started to see an increase in crime with 28 incidents reported... Read more

16th December

Create your own experience this Christmas advises Heathfield psychologist

What does Christmas mean to you? Is it all about the religious experience, or is it the songs, mince pies and desire for snow? For most of us, in 21st Century Britain, it’s closely associated with family and friends. It’s a celebration in which all the social and family dynamics are activated, for good or... Read more

13th December

Eddie the Eagle delights Cranwell clients at vineyard lunch event

Who doesn’t love a story of utter endurance, determination and dedication at Christmas time? Well, that is exactly what clients of Cranwell Wealth Solutions were treated to this festive season during a delicious lunch hosted at the beautiful Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, where the inspirational Michael Edwards (Eddie the Eagle Edwards) gave a speech... Read more

12th December

New ‘zero waste’ services at Wholefoods Health Store in Heathfield

Heathfield’s only healthfood store, Wholefoods Health Store on Station Approach, is celebrating its first anniversary at their new location. Rita Quinlan, the owner has been in the supplements and healthfoods business since 1989 and this is the third location she has occupied in Heathfield during this time. The store is packed with well known ranges... Read more

11th December

Candidate round up for Wealden

We have interviewed all of the candidates and have tried to pick apart the main differences and their suitability to represent an area with a large rural component, challenges around infrastructure, crime and the needs of a significantly high number of elderly residents. The 2017 results saw a big swing for Labour, but still very... Read more

10th December

Round up of Bexhill and Battle candidates

Huw Merriman is campaigning to retain his seat. He currently has a substantial majority of 22,000, although Labour did increase their share by 10% last 2017 election. UKIP is missing from the Ballot this time around so there will be a question to be asked about where their supporters will vote this time. Both the... Read more

9th December

Heathfield Show recognised in Farming Awards

Organisers and everyone involved with the Heathfield Agricultural Show have been celebrating after being named Best Agriculture Show or Event at the 2019 Farming Awards. Chairman Rita Dingwall said: “We had a great evening.  Thanks to everyone who has been involved with the Heathfield Show over the past 72 years. We were very fortunate to... Read more

6th December

Terry tackles town’s growing graffiti problem

A Heathfield man has been praised by local residents for taking the town’s graffiti problem into his own hands. Terry Hazeltine, who moved to Heathfield 16 years ago from South London, was so incensed when he saw the photos on the Heathfield News Facebook page that he vowed to do something. He explains: “When I... Read more

5th December

Variety is a key word when working at Oakdown House

Who wants to do the same thing day in day out? Not many people! Oakdown House is a residential home for adults with learning disabilities, it supports residents with a range of different needs in four different units within a beautiful country setting. No two days are ever the same so variety is assured when... Read more

28th November

Heathfield Traders unite to bring festive Christmas fun to Heathfield

This time last year, shops in Heathfield were reeling from the impact of having the High Street closed for the best part of the month of November. Campaigns like the one we ran #shopheathfield which promoted the need to support our local shopkeepers coupled with the activities mounted by the businesses themselves helped to keep... Read more

27th November

From Hellas to Heathfield – how a young Greek couple created a thriving business in a small East Sussex town

Dora and Thanasis are from the coastal Greek town of Volos, one of the largest and most attractive cities in Greece. This busy town is backed by the mountainous region of Pelion and enjoys a wonderful seafront with charming little restaurants and of course some beautiful beaches. However, Dora and Thanasis said goodbye to this... Read more

24th November

Monumental stonemasons – Burslem, a thriving business creating memorials large and small

Tucked away on the road between Bells Yew Green and Frant, monumental stonemasons since 1880, Burslem has established a reputation for the highest quality finished products and customer care. They have nearly 140 years of experience providing and restoring memorials for generations of families across the south east of England and larger memorials for clients... Read more

20th November

Join in the climate debate. Free tickets to attend an ‘Any Questions’ style debate attended by local candidates for Wealden.

This is an opportunity for the Wealden electorate to take part in a Wealden “Question Time” Hustings, which takes place at Michael Hall School in Forest Row on 27th November, it will focus on the Green Deals of prospective Parliamentary Candidates – the main topic will be are we already too late to avoid environmental... Read more

19th November

Which Christmas tree should you choose? We have all the answers and advice

The benefits of having a real tree in your home at Christmas have been well publicised over the last few years. Studies show pine needle aroma can help lighten moods and reduce stress. In addition, while technology is making it easier for family members to do their own thing, choosing and decorating a real tree... Read more

15th November

£5 off a festive tree

Award-winning Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm is offering Heathfield News readers a special discount. Simply show the voucher in your phone in the shop or print it off and present it at the till. Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, near Battle, has been growing trees in the East Sussex countryside for more than 25 years. In addition... Read more

15th November

Win a delicious Vines Cross 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 5.5-6.5kg turkey that will easily feed six to eight people with leftovers for turkey sandwiches. Collection will... Read more

13th November

Heathfield hairdresser celebrates 30 years of styling

Not many people can claim to have never worked for anyone else during a 30-year career. Owner and founder of Sister Styling in Broad Oak, near Heathfield, Teresa Willis says that hairdressing was all she ever wanted to do after falling in love with her future career at the tender age of just ten years... Read more

13th November

Vines Cross turkey business is a real family affair

Established over 65 years ago, the Sheffield family farm has produced turkeys for the seasonal market since 1950. The farm was originally brought by Jim’s father and mother, Jack and Rita Sheffield (hence J&R Sheffield). The farm was originally run as a mixed farm and then, following the end of the Second World War with... Read more

9th November

Axell Eames launches Christmas card competition

Big-hearted Heathfield funeral directors Axell Eames is running a Christmas card competition to encourage local children to get out their colouring pens and win a voucher for themselves and a festive tree for their school. The winners will have their design made into Christmas cards to send to their family and friends. They will also... Read more

6th November

Bonfire comes to Heathfield

Last Saturday, October 26 2019 saw the staging of the much anticipated Heathfield Bonfire Society event. Over a year in the planning, the newly formed bonfire society brought bonfire back to Heathfield after a gap of 62 years. There was a festive atmosphere with many Heathfield traders opening up during the evening to serve food... Read more

29th October

Halloween, bonfire and half-term ideas

It’s a busy time of year with half-term, Halloween and bonfire season coinciding. Love or hate bonfire season and Halloween, we have some ideas for you and tips from our Members. With Halloween falling in the middle of half term there is a big buildup to the main event. Some spooky activities are taking place... Read more

25th October

The Red Treehouse 20% off all stock ’til Christmas Eve

Hidden gem of a shop, packed full of great toys and clothing for babies and young children. Popular brands include Tyrrell Katz, Melissa & Doug, Big Jigs, Frugi and White Stuff kids The shop is a great place to find Christmas present ideas like: Melissa & Doug latch barn including four farm animals, Melissa &... Read more

24th October

Heathfield Tavern owners get approval for improvements

After a busy first six months of trading, the Heathfield Tavern has successfully applied for planning permission to create a front seating area and a courtyard garden with further seating area to the rear.  Planning Application WD/2019/1507 includes the renovation of the existing redundant external areas to the front and rear of the property into... Read more

23rd October

Local businesses scoop Rural Business Awards

There are many award-winning businesses among our members and this month three of them were recognised in the Rural Business Awards Regional Finals which took place on Friday. Now in its fifth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of countryside businesses. The Great Out-tours, the Horam-based,... Read more

22nd October

As nights draw in, it is a good time to think about the challenges of night driving

The nights are drawing in and Winter is on its way. Many people find that they don’t feel comfortable driving at night and reorganise their travel to avoid night driving. While others drive at night but feel less confident. This can be due to many factors. Around 75% of motorists report feeling stress when driving... Read more

22nd October

Putting protection back on the table

Protecting yourself and your family is just as important as investing money for the future. When it comes to exciting financial purchases, life insurance is unlikely to top the list. Most of us would rather bolster our investment portfolio, buy a rental property or improve our pension provision. But it is vital if your loved ones... Read more

16th October

All aboard the Mercy Ship for the Heathfield nurse volunteering in Senegal

Suzie Cole from Heathfield, East Sussex, is preparing to leave this weekend for a two-month trip of a lifetime to the West African nation of Senegal where she will be volunteering as a ward nurse. This amazing 24-year-old works at Eastbourne DGH on the CCU (Coronary Care Unit) as a staff nurse and as a... Read more

16th October

Field archers flock to Heathfield Park for international contest

Heathfield Park and Adrian Caddy Archery recently hosted the town’s first international field archery competition. The competition was part of the Finals Series and one of the five field archery tournaments run by multi-championship title holder Tony Weston, founder and proprietor of The Archery Company. Competitors came from as far away as The Netherlands. Tony... Read more

15th October

Special dementia meetings launched in Heathfield

A dementia charity has launched a weekly event in Heathfield to help people with the condition and their families. Know Dementia has opened one of its popular and much-needed Memory Moments Cafés in the town. The aim of the Memory Moments Café is to bring people with a diagnosis and their carers/family members together with... Read more

13th October

Win afternoon tea at The Middle House Hotel

Here’s your chance to win an indulgent afternoon tea with bubbly for you and a friend or loved one at the famous Middle House Hotel in Mayfield. Served in the modern brasserie – or on the terrace in the Summer with stunning views of the Sussex countryside – all of the sandwiches, cakes and scones... Read more

13th October

Paws to take stock of your mental health

Meet Queenie – the latest addition to the Axell Eames Funeral Services team and a fully qualified pet therapy dog, having just passed all her exams. And as it’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Axell Eames would like everyone to paws (sorry) for thought and celebrate the benefits animals offer us in times of difficulty. Recognised... Read more

10th October

50% off your first month’s storage at Safe+Secure

Take advantage of this great offer and receive 50% off your first month’s storage at Safe+Secure Storage. VALID ON ALL BOOKINGS MADE IN OCTOBER Make use of a 35ft square crate to store things you want to keep safe, when you don’t have the space; in between moves, stock storage or need to archive business... Read more

9th October

Need some extra space? Safe + Secure Storage can help

Natasha Robinson has turned an empty barn into a thriving business, with her Safe + Secure Storage solution. She showcased the business as a winner of one of the sponsored New Enterprise Zone showstands, at The Heathfield Show, in May of 2019. ” It was a good boost to our business to do the show,... Read more

8th October

Friendly Creatures – a fresh approach to dog training

Friendly Creatures is a new dog training service, created by Lydia Burke an animal behaviourist from Burwash Common. We went over to watch the training and get a feel from Lydia about her ethos and what she is offering dog owners. “As far back as I can remember, I have loved being around animals and... Read more

7th October

Support Broad Oak School – campaign appeals for action

Earlier this year, the East Sussex Council announced their intention to close the Broad Oak Primary School by August 2020. This news was met with much resistence, and the parents and local community quickly rallied to form a campaign group to fight the closure. Support Broad Oak School was born and battle commenced. Several well... Read more

3rd October

Win Sunday Carvery Lunch for four at The Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald.

To celebrate the launch of the new carvery at The Wheel Inn on Sunday 13th October 2019, we are offering one lucky group of four a FREE lunch with pudding (drinks extra). Diners will be able to enjoy a choice of delicious gammon, loin of pork, beef, & vegetarian wellington! Plus, all roasts served with... Read more

30th September

Sussex soap company goes from strength to strength

Hidden away on a small, farm-based industrial estate in the sleepy country lanes of Waldron in rural East Sussex is a business that is quietly and confidently flourishing. Christina May started nearly 20 years ago after the co-founders Bob and Juliet Butts discovered some vintage soap moulds lying disused in a machinery workshop on a... Read more

30th September

East Sussex couple proves electric vehicle motoring holiday is possible – just…

Is it possible to drive 3,000 miles through Europe in a Nissan Leaf? This was the question posed in an article in the Heathfield News on 20th May.   The short answer is an emphatic “yes”.  However, the longer answer is that perhaps one might not want to. We left home in East Sussex on a... Read more

29th September

Christmas tree farm in the running for two awards

Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, near Battle, will find out next month whether it has reached the national finals of The Rural Business Awards after being shortlisted in the regional finals of the Best Retail Business category. In addition, founder Clive Collins put team member Toby Ballard, who lives in Ninfield, forward for the Young Rural... Read more

25th September

Council takes major step towards being green

Street lights and council buildings in East Sussex will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity from next year. The decision to switch to a new environmentally-friendly contract was taken as millions around the world took to the streets on the first day of a week-long climate change protest. Under the new contract, all... Read more

20th September

Apple appeal by Sussex cider makers

For the third year running, award-winning Framfield based cidery Bignose & Beardy has launched its ‘Apple Appeal’ asking the local communities in Sussex with apple trees or orchards to donate any surplus fruit – dessert or cookers – for this year’s cider. Over the past two years, 18 tons of Sussex apples have been sourced... Read more

17th September

Herstmonceux Castle students help clean up Cuckoo Trail

Students from Bader International Study Centre (BISC), based at Herstmonceux Castle, took to the Cuckoo Trail for a litter pick this month. The ‘clean up’ event, organised in partnership by Wealden District Council and BISC, involved some 120 students who walked along the trail from Horam to Polegate searching for rubbish. The Council organised for their... Read more

16th September

Pizza Wars hot up in Heathfield

Pizza is popular in Heathfield, East Sussex – we are lucky enough to have two pop up pizza vans, a mobile pizza horse box outside the Cuculo Deli, as well as takeaway outlets like Domino’s. But, recent reports have suggested that the previously harmonious relationship between pizza sellers is hotting up. Domino’s Pizza, with over... Read more

13th September

Bursting the retirement bubble

Savers drawing a pension income they don’t yet need are in danger of leaving a hole in their finances when they eventually hit retirement. New research suggests that people are taking money from their pension long before they really need it, putting them at risk of depleting their savings before they retire. Half of those... Read more

11th September