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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

Plan to push the boat out, put your feet up or maybe visit the local castle this Easter

As Spring finally arrives, Easter is a wonderful opportunity for family time, celebration, feasting, treats and getting together. It can be a good opportunity to take some time out and time off and treat yourself and your loved ones with a little picnic or a lazy afternoon tea. Or with Herstmonceux Castle opening to the public... Read more

25th March

Brightling woman launches #HotCroissantBun Easter adventure

Lorne Magill, who grew up locally in Brightling, has created an experience to get people trying something new this Easter. She has produced a step-by-step guide on how to make Hot Croissant Buns and is making it free and available to everyone via the Breakfast Drop website. Lorne noticed that it is very difficult to... Read more

24th March

Good news for Heathfield as broadband provider confirms roll out in town

Full Fibre network operator and ISP Lightning Fibre Limited has confirmed a multi-million pound project to bring its new full fibre network to over 14,000 additional homes and businesses in Heathfield and Hailsham. The company has confirmed that works have already begun in both towns. Work is already underway in Eastbourne and Hastings, and Lightning... Read more

22nd March

Over 50s being Covid 19 vaccinated now, amid concerns as lack of supply may cause a slow down

People in the Heathfield area aged 50+ are able to book their vaccinations via the National NHS Vaccination system. It is very straightforward, you follow the link, input details and you will then be offered vaccination dates and locations. You do not need an invitation from your Doctor’s Surgery. Most people are allocated a vaccination... Read more

18th March

Financial planning expert Steven Sanders talks about ISAs, reviewing personal goals, pensions, the stockmarket and more

Personal finances are high on the agenda for many people following the year-long pandemic. Heathfield News talks to local Financial planning practice, Cranwell Wealth Solutions, who have a high street branch in Heathfield about the issues many face and the advice they would give to alleviate people’s concerns. Steven Sanders has worked for Cranwell Wealth... Read more

18th March

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds to re-open late March

Staff at the wonderful Herstmonceux Castle are gearing up to welcome visitors back at the end of March. From Monday 29th March to Wednesday 31st March, admission will be just for season ticket holders plus those named on their pass. No pre-booking required. For both new and returning visitors, the 300 acre Herstmonceux estate with... Read more

16th March

Proctors Chemists in Heathfield are now offering Covid 19 tests

ADULTS in East Sussex who have to leave home for work or caring duties can now book a symptom-free lateral flow Covid-19 test. In Heathfield, both Proctors Chemists on Station Road and on the High St are offering bookable tests. You can find out more information about symptom-free testing and book an appointment at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting Anyone... Read more

11th March

New advice for under 55 age range carers seeking to be vaccinated

Informal carers advice on getting a Covid vaccination   Currently age 55 and over are being called for vaccination. However, many people who are not 55 and over, but acting as carers, are also keen to get vaccinated. If they are looking after vulnerable relatives or friends and are in receipt of carers allowance they can... Read more

11th March

97 percent of HCC parents consent to testing, headeacher reveals

Heathfield Community College students finally returned this week to teaching on site with nearly all parents (97 percent) giving consent to testing. In other areas of the country, parents have been reluctant or slow to give consent with some worried about the possibility of false results. “After another period of remote learning and national restrictions,... Read more

11th March

Investigation reveals probable cause of Cross in Hand plane crash

The 65 year-old pilot of a small plane that crashed at Cross in Hand airfield in August last year probably suffered from a cardiac arrest shortly after take off an AAIB investigation has revealed. The Rans S6-116 aircraft took off on 4th August from Bradley’s Lawn airstrip in Cross in Hand. Witnesses then saw the... Read more

5th March

Irony as closed school in Broad Oak is advertised as accommodation with ‘no children’ caveat

There was some surprise when it was spotted that the old building that used to house the much loved Broad Oak Primary School was being advertised for accomodation with ‘no children’. A determined battle to save the school had been fought by both parents and the wider community; sadly for the campaigners the council went... Read more

4th March

BUDGET 2021 SUMMARY

The 2021 Budget announcement yesterday aimed to prioritise restoring the economy and to support jobs, individuals and businesses. So, what changed and what does that mean for your financial plans? Here’s a brief overview from Cranwell Wealth Solutions. Given the size of government borrowing and the chancellor’s strong indication that “repairing public finances” and returning... Read more

4th March

Good news for 60+ as Covid vaccine appointments are now open

In recent weeks, many people in Heathfield must must have been wondering what was happening, as reports had come through that 60+ and in some cases slightly younger had been called for a vaccination over a week ago in surrounding areas. In East Sussex those 55 to 60+ have been called in Hastings and Hellingly... Read more

1st March