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What Her Majesty the Queen can teach us about retirement
At the age of 96 The Queen will be the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. After 70 years of service, she continues to work, although the number of public appearances she makes has reduced. Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions explores how the Queen’s story is indicative of today’s older generations. For... Read more
Heathfield students reach for the stars.
Year 7 at Heathfield Community College was given the opportunity last week to take learning of Space a little further; (to infinity and) beyond in the classroom. Pupils were joined by Alex, Ashley and Jazz who are studying and working in the Physics department at the University of Sussex. The Physics department provide a large... Read more
Melina Joy Opticians launches the new, revolutionary Adlens system.
Have you ever craved a pair of glasses that can allow you to effortlessly switch between three different focal zones? If the answer is yes then Adlens could be the breakthough in eyewear you have been seeking. Melina, Founder of Melina Joy Opticians, describes them as a “gamechanger, they are working very well in practice... Read more
Flaming torches and fireworks marked the start of the Heathfield Jubilee celebrations.
Heathfield Jubilee celebrations 2022 It’s difficult to beat the drama of flaming torches and the lighting of a traditional beacon. Residents of Heathfield were treated to a wonderful Jubilee celebration last Thursday 2 June to mark the start of the Queen’s Jubilee long weekend. Heathfield & District Bonfire Society (HDBS) worked closely with Heathfield &... Read more
Join Roger Daltrey for the opening of the Platinum Footpath at Burwash Common tonight.
Roger Daltrey will open the Platinum Footpath at Burwash Common, tonight Thursday 2nd June at 7pm. A new footpath has been created around the Playing Fields at Burwash Common, making the whole fields fully accessible in all weathers. The path was recently given a full testing by residents of Oakdown House, the residents, some of... Read more
Oakdown House and Carricks Brook raise awareness of Learning Disability Awareness Week.
Every year in June Mencap organise ‘Learning Disability Awareness Week’. The week gives people the chance to find out more about what it means to live with a learning disability. Sadly, people with a learning disability are twice as likely to experience mental health problems due to many factors including discrimination and social isolation. By... Read more
Come together to celebrate the lives of loved ones as Hospice’s Moonlight Walk returns
Local residents who have been touched by the work of Hospice in the Weald are being encouraged to take part in the charity’s Moonlight Walk when it returns on Saturday 25th June for the first time since 2019. It is hoped more people than ever will gather friends, family and colleagues to remember loved ones... Read more
Heathfield Community College unveils The Chris Gully Memorial
College unveils the Chris Gully Memorial As many people will be aware Chris Gully was a member of the Heathfield Community College for over 22 years and a much respected Head of Science. Many students passed through his classroom, many staff developed their career alongside him, many parents will also know him well, both as... Read more
Did you take part in 1950s dialect survey?
snork – neighspeckles – frecklessquall – screamflintermouse – bat Maybe if you’re not from round these parts you will recognisemash/mass/soak/scald/brew – tea polly-wag/pot-noddles/penny-wagtails/bull-head – tadpoles Horam Village Hall is excited be working with Dialect and Heritage Project, a National Lottery fundedproject based at the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture with five partner museums across the... Read more
Heathfield’s Young at Heart celebrates four glorious years!
Today 19th May, Young at Heart celebrated their anniversary! This local club offers valuable companionship and stimulation for elderly residents who may suffer from demetia or loneliness. The club is the realisation of Rachel’s dream of creating a meaningful experience for both the young and the elderly. Four years ago, inspired by her years as... Read more
Pear tree planted at fire station marks launch of Queen’s initiative
A stunning Callery Pear Pyrus Calleryana was planted yesterday outside Heathfield Fire Station to kick off the Heathfield Show’s celebration of the Jubilee and launch the county’s tree planting initiative. Children and teachers from nearby Cross in Hand School joined in the momentous event which involved Sara Stonor DL, Vice Lord Lieutenant and President of... Read more
Protection and sudden, unexpected changes
There is no denying that since spring 2020 we have been made very aware of how dramatically things can suddenly change. Recent events serve as a reminder that however much we try to make plans, there could be something just around the corner that scuppers them. Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions explains the importance... Read more
Heathfield Students ponder the eternal question ‘How can Boris Johnson be our Prime Minister?’
Heathfield Community College Year 10 students, who have applied to be prefects, attended an all day workshop to grow their public speaking skills. The workshop was led by Janie Shepherd from @SpeakersTrust www.speakerstrust.org A large group enjoyed training and input and by the end ALL of them gave a short, self-penned speech to the rest... Read more
Sussex soap manufacturer heads to Glasgow for FSB national finals
Waldron-based business The English Soap Company will be heading to Glasgow on 19th May for the UK Final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards after being named Family Business of the Year in the South East. As well as winning the Family Business category in the South East Awards, the English Soap Company was... Read more
A rich history and a regenerative future at Furnace Brook
We are fortunate to live in a particularly beautiful and tranquil part of Sussex. It is a surprise for many of our visitors to find out the depth of human history within the High Weald and discover how during a period around four centuries ago Furnace Brook was anything but peaceful and tranquil. Today, the... Read more
Proposed waste collection and street cleansing industrial action update.
Wealden District Council has been informed by its waste collection and street cleansing contractor, Biffa, that members of their workforce belonging to the GMB union intend to take strike action from Monday 2nd May over pay. Whilst Biffa continue to negotiate with the GMB union and the staff involved to reach a fair settlement, this action... Read more
Heathfield students aim for the stars in a Gallactic Challenge.
Galactic Challenge Champions On Saturday 23 April, 12 Year 8 Heathfield Community College students took part in the UK Space Design Competition Galactic Challenge held at Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker, East Sussex. The students had an exciting day working as part of a dynamic team creating a proposal for the design, development and construction... Read more
Win a family ticket to the Heathfield Agricultural Show (28th May 2022)
Here’s your chance to with a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) worth £34 for this year’s Heathfield Agricultural Show. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and say what you are most looking forward to at this year’s event. Or you can comment on the post about the competition on our Facebook page. Closing... Read more
Who is the ‘quiet hero’ in your community?
Sussex-based artisan food and drink online marketplace MeltedInside.com is on the hunt for a ‘Quiet Hero’ to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The winner will receive an amazing prize for themselves and the person who nominates them will also win a prize. The winning Quiet Hero will be awarded a MeltedInside.com gift voucher to the... Read more
Why higher taxes makes pension and ISA planning crucial
As Britons face exponentially high tax bills, Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions explains why it is more important than ever that financial plans involve both pensions and ISAs to maximise available allowances. With individuals facing a significant tax burden for the next few years, savers may need to invest more to achieve their financial... Read more
Make or break! Talented local ballet dancer appeals for help.
Burwash based, George Stevens is a pre-professional elite ballet pupil at White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School. This fiercely competititive ballet school is where future stars are born. Only 15 boys a year are accepted to this world famous school, and whilst studying there he has danced in Royal Ballet Company productions, The Nutcracker, Sleeping... Read more
Lightning Fibre sponsors the Heathfield Agricultural Show 2022, and extends Full Fibre network to Broad Oak.
Local broadband provider Lightning Fibre is proud to take over the Heathfield Show Hedgerow board signage sponsorship which has, for the past two decades, been sponsored by Freeman Forman Estate Agents. Lightning Fibre have also agreed, as part of their new partnership, to connect their Full Fibre broadband network to the Showground, delivering up to... Read more
Tribute paid to great-grandfather killed in Cross-in-Hand collision
The family of a man who sadly died following a collision on the A276 near Heathfield have paid tribute to him. Derek ‘Dinky’ Doo, 82, from Heathfield was involved in the collision involving a single vehicle just before 3.25pm on Tuesday, March 22. His family said: “Dinky was a much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather... Read more
75th anniversary prize of £500 for Champion of Champions at Heathfield Agricultural Show
The Heathfield Agricultural Show is back! It has a new look and lots planned to celebrate the 75th anniversary this year. The new logo was designed by Dani McTurk of Apatite Design, winner of the Heathfield Agricultural Show Logo Design Competition. She beat 15 other entrants to be selected and the show organisers are now... Read more
Local businesses support Heathfield students through a mentoring scheme
Local businesses give valuable support for a student mentoring scheme Heathfield Community College believes that when it comes to careers every child’s aspiration and destination should be valued. Whether they choose to pursue university, apprenticeship, employment or further training, one of the best ways to understand a role or an industry is to speak to... Read more
Landowners fined for failing to check Tree Preservation Orders
Wealden District Council prosecuted the landowners of the site in The Drive, Hellingly, after trees were cut down in 2018 despite them being subject to Tree Preservation Orders. The landowners said they were unaware of the Tree Preservation Orders in place which protected the woodland and trees and claimed the trees were a danger to... Read more
Waste carriers targeted in fly-tipping operation
MORE THAN 50 vehicles were stopped and checked as part of a clampdown on fly-tipping blighting the district. In a bid to combat the crime, which costs Rother District Council more than £67,000 a year, Environmental Health Officers led a multi-agency operation with the commercial vehicle unit and the neighbourhood policing team from Sussex Police.... Read more
Bow bells mile markers explained
If you’ve ever walked or driven along the A271 through Horsebridge you might have seen this interesting ‘Bow Bells’ mile post marker on the north side of the road on the river bridge near to the Flour Mill. Made of locally produced iron and Grade 2 listed, it’s one of a series along the C18th... Read more
Blackboys School enjoy a visit from Wealden councillors
Blackboys Primary School welcomed Wealden District Council’s chairman Councillor Ron Reed and ward Councillor Ann Newton to a ‘golden assembly’. The councillors spoke to Years 5 and 6 about the work the council does within the district and their roles within the authority. During the assembly children asked questions about littering, road safety and the... Read more
The importance of setting and planning your personal goals
Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions discusses setting your personal goals and how to achieve them. What do you see when you think of your future? Will you be living in East Sussex or the Seychelles? Will you retire early or run a thriving business? Having clear goals in your head is one thing, visualising... Read more
Awards for Heathfield Youth Drama Group
There was much success for the Heathfield Youth Drama group at last month’s Southern Counties Drama Festival held at the Barn Theatre Oxted Surrey. The Group performed Gosforths Fete by Alan Ayckbourn, extracts from Bouncers by John Godber, Shakers by John Godber Jane Thornton and Arabian Nights by Dominic Cooke. There were 14 teams involved and a... Read more
Girlguiding volunteers needed to inspire next generation of girls and young women
Have you ever been a member of Girlguiding and dropped out due to further education or to raise a family or even just wanted a change in life or have you never been involved before? Are you looking for a new challenge or would like to try something different? There may be just the opportunity... Read more
Wealden Council Tax rebate available to help many with increased energy costs.
It would be difficult not to have noticed the increased publicity around increasing energy costs, so it will be some relief to learn that thousands of households across Wealden are set to receive a £150 Council Tax rebate to help with rising energy costs. Council Tax rebate available for thousands of Wealden residents Residents living... Read more
Wealden Talking News free service for the visually impaired.
Huw Merriman, local MP visits the Wealden Talking News studio. Local MP, Huw Merriman, visited the Wealden Talking News studio to support the charity’s efforts to bounce back from the loss of listeners caused by the pandemic. Mr Merriman, accompanied by former Wealden District Council Chair, Cllr Pam Doodes, toured the studio and later contributed... Read more
New mortgage offering from Cranwell Wealth Solutions
Cranwell Wealth Solutions, which has Financial Planning branches in Heathfield and Uckfield high streets, is delighted to announce the launch of a mortgage division. The new division is being headed up by the incredibly talented Matthew Ticehurst. Matthew started his career in financial services with HSBC back in 2006. Since then, he has held a... Read more
Melina Joy Opticians celebrates its 30th Anniversary in Heathfield
“Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you…” Spring is on its way! At Last! And Melina Joy Opticians celebrates its 30th anniversary this month! Melina set the practice up in 1992 with just the support of her business partner Tom and his wife, Jackie. Several refurbs, additions and changes later, they are now a... Read more
Pledge made to continue lobbying government over ‘unacceptable’ housing targets
Wealden District Council has passed a motion setting out a renewed pledge to continue lobbying the government to reduce the number of new homes it expects the council to provide in the coming years. It follows on from various meetings between Wealden leaders and senior government ministers and officials to press the point that while... Read more
Newly rebranded Ashdown Radio has extended and improved its reach to Heathfield and Cross in Hand.
Uckfield FM is rebranding as Ashdown Radio and its reach is extended to better reception in Heathfield and Cross in Hand. Recently the radio station’s project to bring its programmes to the people of Crowborough and to those living in the surrounding area, has been completed and its broadcasts can now be heard loud and... Read more
Charity receives cheque from Wealden Crematorium ￼
The Children with Cancer Fund at Polegate has been presented with a £15,000 cheque from Wealden Crematorium. The money was donated to the charity’s co-founder Chris Downton after staff at the Horam facility nominated CWCF to receive a share of funds raised through the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management’s recycling metal scheme. The crematorium... Read more
Use it or lose it: How tax allowances can help future-proof the finances of those in their 20s and 30s
Stephen Palmer of Cranwell Wealth Solutions reviews how to make the best of your tax allowances. When you’re setting goals for the future, it can be hard to find a path from where you are now to where you want to be, but the biggest steps taken in life often begin with small steps in... Read more
Shop well at Heathfield & Waldron markets
Shop Well at Heathfield & Waldron Markets Over the past year, farmers’ markets and antique/craft fairs have grown in popularity across Wealden as people re-discover this timeless way of shopping. Here, we are fortunate to have two local markets: Heathfield Farmers’ Market on the third Saturday of every month; and Waldron Community Market on... Read more
Heathfield & District School Pastors set to benefit from Wealden grant.
Almost £300,000 in community grants and funding has been approved by Wealden District Council this week. Organisations set to benefit from a share of £20,000 in funding through the council’s Small Grants Award for 2022/23 include Heathfield & District School Pastors, Coleman’s Hatch Cricket Club, Frant Parish Friendship Group Speakers, Hailsham Horticultural Society, Crowborough Community... Read more
Horam Village Hall sets a green example
Horam Village Hall is becoming a shining example for premises that are aiming to be climate positive and making the most of available funding. A Tesla battery has recently been connected to the building’s solar panels along with a new hot water cylinder, better insulation, new windows and LED lighting. Secretary Leigh Ellen explains: “The... Read more
Love Heathfield – all you need for Valentine’s on the High Street
All you need for Valentine’s on the High Street. A host of Valentine’s Ideas for gifts and dining Heathfield town centre is brimming with independent shops offering a wide range of goods and services. When it comes to Valentine’s Day gift ideas you need look no further. We have trawled the shops to find our... Read more
Cross in Hand wins against The Green and Seaford
Cross in Hand Ladies first team had a convincing win over St Leonard’s The Green on Sunday without dropping a set. The match was played at home on Cross in Hand’s artificial clay courts in cold but bright, sunny conditions. The win takes the Cross in Hand team to the top of Division 2. First... Read more
Bringing Spanish language and culture alive at Heathfield Community College
Heathfield Community College students have been bringing Spanish language and culture alive. Following in the footsteps of the successful Wider Curriculum Day that was offered to French students in November, the Year 8 Spanish Language and Culture Day continued this journey on Friday, 21st January, providing a similarly exciting and valuable experience for our Spanish... Read more
Hospice in the Weald appoints new chief executive
Hospice in the Weald, which provides care completely free of charge for terminally ill patients and their loved ones across West Kent and northern East Sussex, has announced the appointment of Nick Farthing as Chief Executive. Nick, who has been Acting Chief Executive for the last nine months, has held various leadership roles at the... Read more
Marquess plants apple tree to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Hospice in the Weald welcomed the Marquess of Abergavenny DL as guest of honour at a tree planting ceremony held at Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes, Mayfield, on Friday 14th January to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Lord Abergavenny, representing the East Sussex Lieutenancy, was joined by long-standing Hospice supporter Sonia Burt to plant a... Read more
Free courses start for Wealden residents
Free courses start for Wealden residents From managing stress and anxiety to maths, easy-hand sewing to get ready for work, and afternoon tea baking to practical money management, Street Learning FREE courses return this January 2022 for Wealden residents. Street Learning is a partnership project providing access to a range of free courses designed to... Read more
Heathfield High Street development voted on at today’s planning meeting.
Outline planning permission for the development WD/2018/1083/MAO, which would include ten flats and twelve retail units on the site of 14-30 High Street, Heathfield, East Sussex, was the first item on the agenda at today’s Wealden Planning Committee Meeting. The proposed development was hotly debated by the local councillors in attendence, as they sought reassurances... Read more