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Local artist stages exhibition at Walls of Fame, Heathfield

10:00 am-5:00 pm, 9th Sep-7th Oct

  Some examples of paintings by Sue Branch, Sue paints in a variety of media including oil.....

Herstmonceux Castle Afternoon Tea & Garden Tour

2:00 pm-6:00 pm, 22nd Sep
Herstmonceux

Be guided around the exquisite gardens of the castle by a senior member of the garden team. Get an insight into the different areas and the constant work it takes to maintain the grounds. Tickets £15.00. Payment on booking. Price...

Obituary/funeral announcement

1:00 pm-2:00 pm, 24th Sep

Ronald Harold Montague Vere passed away peacefully at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury  on 1st August 2019 aged 97. Funeral service will be held at St Margaret's Church, Halstead on Tuesday 24th September at 1.00 pm. Family flowers only. Donations if...

Puppy Training from Friendly Creatures in October

9:00 am-10:00 am, 25th Oct

East Sussex Events Small Group Dog Training Second Puppy Training course from Friendly Creatures. Group training in a quiet field and the group size is kept to a maximum of three dogs.  This is ideal for anxious or grumpy dogs...

Herstmonceux Castle Tea Dance

2:00 pm-5:00 pm, 26th Oct
Herstmonceux

Enjoy a dance in the wonderful castle ballroom: the perfect place to make new friends. Tickets £12.00, with tea and cake. The price also includes entry to the gardens and grounds. Payment on booking. To book, telephone 01323 834479 or...

Halloween Horrors at the Castle

11:00 am-4:00 pm, 27th Oct
Herstmonceux

Get set for a spooktacular Halloween season at Herstmonceux Castle. Programme of events to follow. Normal admission prices apply. If you have any queries, please visit their website http://www.herstmonceux-castle.com/events/  

Recent News

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

Was the property market a bit overweight?

Was the property market a bit over weight? Paul Wilson ponders the current market. What most people do when they see the inches piling on is to diet. Losing a bit of weight is a healthy thing to do. The property market acts in much the same way. After a period of excess, when things... Read more

10th September

Herstmonceux loses out in 11 goal thriller

The ESFL curtain raiser saw Herstmonceux 1st team defeated by a strong Hollington side who will definitely be one of the teams to beat this season. On a bright afternoon, with conditions perfect for football, the ‘Ceux travelled to Hastings sporting the new white and black strip courtesy of Littlewood who are continuing their sponsorship... Read more

9th September

Five step guide to improving home security

Figures from the Office for National Statistics for the year up to September 2018 show the number of domestic burglaries in England and Wales was 644,000 – and that’s an improvement on the previous year! It’s a statistic that demonstrates to all householders that no home is immune from the threat posed by burglars, but there’s plenty you... Read more

6th September

Dallington pupils celebrate fund raising success

Young fundraisers from Years 3 & 4 at Dallington CE Primary School, Saskia Van Der Meer, Abigail Lloyd & Ava Hutchings are celebrating the success of their fundraising for Cancer Research UK. The trio initiated, organised & ran a Charity Cake Sale & Lucky dip at their school in aid of Cancer Research UK. The... Read more

6th September

Local organisations can benefit from Wealden District Council’s Grants, see how to apply before 2019 deadline

Last year several local groups received small grants from Wealden Council to assist with community projects and services. Groups in the Heathfield area included: The Warbleton Brass Band and the Heathfield Silver Band who received funds to help provide tuition and instruments for young people wanting to join the band. The Hellingly Hound Dogs American... Read more

5th September

Opportunity for florist to take over Horam business

After two years of trading as Cuckoo Flower Company, in Horam, the shop recently closed. There is now an excellent opportunity for someone with relevant experience to take over this ready made business. Owner Geoff Morphew set up the business from scratch – re-fitting the shop and developing the brand including a website and popular Facebook page.  Unfortunately, the ongoing... Read more

1st September

Archery – an activity with multiple benefits for everyone

I have watched various forms of archery and tried things like air rifle shooting but never thought this very ancient activity would be something I would enjoy or be strong enough to do. An hour or so and a ‘taster’ session with the highly experienced Adrian Caddy who runs ACA certainly changed my mind. We... Read more

29th August

Double success for digital entrepreneur with social conscience

A Sussex woman who set up her business from scratch, while at the same time fighting breast cancer, is in the running for two Rural Business Awards. Sue Harbottle-Sear, founder of Konzepts Ltd, has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Start-Up category and Best Rural Digital, Communications or Media Business category. She hopes to show... Read more

29th August

Cross in Hand Tennis Club has triumphant summer season

Players from Cross in Hand Tennis Club have proved they are some of the best in the area after coming top in the Horam League this year. At the Horam League finals held at Horsted Keynes Tennis Club recently the ladies doubles team of Andrea Law and Suzi Christie beat a pair from Crowborough in... Read more

21st August

Heathfield Butcher jailed in Operation Pinocchio

Local butcher, Terry Adams, of the popular Butcher’s Hook in Heathfield has received a prison sentence after he was caught perverting the course of justice as part of Operation Pinocchio. Pinocchio was launched by Sussex Police, as an initiative to improve safety on Sussex’s roads, by tracing and prosecuting offenders who provide false information in... Read more

15th August

Pick It Up Put It Down – 5th Birthday set to ignite summer

Back for its fifth birthday this year, Pick It Up Put It Down (PIUPID) is set to once again raise the bar on fundraising in aid of the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex. On Saturday 10th August at the Heathfield Rugby Club, the team will re-open the doors to this annual festival. The event began... Read more

8th August

Work experience is a win-win for us and Anna

We often receive requests from students wanting work experience and we are always delighted to help if we can – it’s our way of ‘giving back’ to the community and helping young people embark on their careers. Our recent trainee was a delight and we know she is going to be a successful journalist. We... Read more

8th August

Heatwave led to fan-tastic sales for High Street trader

Temperatures of up to 34.2 degrees encapsulated Heathfield and the surrounding areas last month. Reminders to drink plenty of water, seek shade and stay cool were put in place to help stay hydrated and healthy in high temperatures. Ensuring that the above advice has been taken on board means that you can safely enjoy the... Read more

5th August

Shining a light on wonderful Thorpe Gardens

Perhaps like me you have driven past Thorpe Gardens on the road between Horam and Cross in Hand hundreds of times. I live in Hellingly and belong to Cross in Hand Tennis Club so it is a regular route for me – especially in the summer. Thorpe Gardens is almost apologetic in its marketing –... Read more

4th August

Growing concerns over graffiti in Heathfield

The increase of graffiti in Heathfield is causing concern for residents. Locals have noticed the growing amount of graffiti in the area and are calling for more action to be taken to prevent this vandalism. A Heathfield resident (who wishes to remain anonymous) contacted The Heathfield News about his concerns: “I am alarmed at the... Read more

2nd August

Heathfield Scout takes part in once in a lifetime Scout Skills Festival in West Virginia

Finaly Roberts is one of 5,000 Scouts from the UK taking part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Finlay, 16, will join 40,000 others taking part in this skills and adventure festival. He will meet 45,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world – sharing his skills while enjoying adventures in... Read more

1st August

Here’s what to do if you don’t get the A-Level results you want

With A-Level results day just three weeks away, many students are being advised to prepare for clearing. Here’s what you need to know and how you can get ready for results day. Plan now for Clearing!Many people think that university clearing is only open on A-level results day and for a few weeks afterwards – but this... Read more

29th July

Making light for Kabubbu

A Heathfield teenager is using her creative skills to help raise money for a village in Africa. Holly Christian, a student at Heathfield Community College, is fundraising for a trip to the Ugandan village of Kabubbu. She has been busy making tea-light holders in order to fundraise for the trip. The holders are being exhibited... Read more

26th July

Heathfield welcomes public defibrillators

Four new public access defibrillators have been installed in Heathfield. The Heathfield & Waldron First Responders Group is delighted to announce it has successfully installed four new Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) sites across the town. These defibrillators are designed to be easy to use by members of the public in the event of someone nearby... Read more

25th July

Win all you need for jam making and preserving

It is that time of year when thoughts turn to jam and preserve making, and Heathfield Ironmongers stock all you need from pans to jars and all the bits in between. You could be in with a chance to win this fabulous Kitchen Craft maslin pan , 3 jam jars, labels, butter muslin and jam... Read more

25th July

Plant donation helps brighten school grounds

Heathfield Community College was delighted to receive an incredibly generous donation from Thorpe Gardens in Horam during ‘Enrichment Week’. During the last full week of term students took part in a wide variety of activities for Enrichment Week. These ranged from cycling adventures to camping, baking, trips abroad and gardening. Pupils who chose gardening formed... Read more

23rd July

The Great Out-tours celebrate selection as a finalist in the Rural Business Awards Final 2019

Horam based, business The Great Out-tours has been shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious Rural Business Awards 2019/20: South East Best Rural Professional Services Business and the Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business categories of the Rural Business Awards 2019/20. “It is thrilling to be selected as a finalist for the South East region, just... Read more

23rd July

Rita’s quest for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust

Heathfield woman Rita Dingwall has completed her mission of cycling from London to Amsterdam in order to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Rita, 63, an Equine Practice Manager, completed the fundraiser on June 28th on board her beloved bike Evie. This quest, however, is not unknown to Rita and Evie. Flashback to June... Read more

22nd July

Heathfield Community College celebrates 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