The Council offices will be closed from 4pm Friday 28th April 2017 and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd May 2017


The latest news published by East Grinstead Town Council can be found below.

April 2017

East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance

27 April 2017

A new leaflet is available to signpost services for persons with Dementia in East Grinstead.

The leaflet can be downloaded below, will be available at various outlets in the town and will be given out at the May Fair on Monday 1st May.

Download the full leaflet here

Dementia Day 16 May

26 April 2017

During Dementia Awareness Week, May 15 to 21 this year, Dementia Friendly Mid Sussex and West Sussex Council Council have sponsored the creation of a ”Dementia Day” to take place at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, on Tuesday May 16 from 2 – 5pm.

Besides raising awareness of Dementia, other aims include, to enable Carers and those living with Dementia, to meet voluntary and National support organisations who offer practical help and advice available locally.

The Dementia Action Alliances of Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath together with exhibitors including Waitrose, West Sussex Memory Assessment Service, Gatwick Airport, Mothers Union, Haywards Heath W.I. Carers Support, plus over 20 others, who can for instance offer access to Legal and Financial advice and information. There will also be presentations on local services from the stage.

A unique opportunity to experience what it feels like to be living with Dementia will be provided by the ‘Virtual Dementia Tour’. Places for the three tours which start at 9:15 and take around 90 minutes are limited, and pre-booking is essential. Sponsorship by local companies has enabled the tours to be offered free.

Space permitting, there will also be a “Dementia Friends Session”, a short presentation written by the Alzheimers Society, explaining what living with Dementia means, and how we as friends, relatives, members of the general public and any organisation dealing with the general public, for example retail establishments or public services, can recognise, and if required at the time, directly help those living with Dementia.

Entry to the afternoon is free, and there is even a cup of tea and a biscuit, courtesy of Waitrose, Haywards Heath.

Current Sponsors include, Waitrose, Right at Home, Michael Oliver (Financial Services), P&S Gallagher, Buss Murton (Legal Services),The Purple Fox, and Haywards Heath Lions.

For more information contact Guy Boyling Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance on 01444 616893 or email:

Introducing our new Community Liaison Officer

10 April 2017

We are pleased to introduce our new Community Liaison Officer, Jonathan Ansley. Jonathan previously worked as our Outdoor Services Foreman, a position he held for over ten years. Previous to that, Jonathan’s background was in Insurance. Jonathan’s now role includes liaising with local businesses, community groups and the public in general.

“Jonathan has excellent communication skills, and will no doubt continue to be an excellent ambassador for the Council” said Head of Finance, Tony Neale. Jonathan will continue to be a regular sight around town, and please feel free to stop him for a chat.

“I’m really excited to be starting this new role within the Council, and I look forward to assisting the good people of East Grinstead wherever I can.”, said Jonathan.

Jonathan can be contacted at the Council’s offices on 01342 323636 or by email on

Lest We Forget

6 April 2017

IN a regular feature on the Town Council website, we will be remembering, on the anniversary of their deaths, the East Grinstead soldiers who died during WWI,  and who are named on the High Street War Memorial.


This month we recall (as recorded on The Roll of Honour website):

Arthur AGATE

Private G/8182 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division.

Killed in action near Arras 13. 4.17. Aged 32.

Son of James and Millicent Agate of Council Terrace, East Grinstead. Husband of Elizabeth Agate of Gassons Cottages, Baldwins Hill, East Grinstead.

Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20

Alec Henry BINGHAM

Private G/17787 12th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division.

Died of wounds 19. 4.17. Aged 21.

Son of Allan and Ellen Bingham of Chestnut Cottage, Crawley Down. Felbridge Estate Carpenter.

Born and enlisted in Horsham. Included on Felbridge Parish Church War Memorial Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium B. 11


Private 703129 1/23rd Battalion, The London Regiment. 63rd Division.

Wounded in France and died at home 12. 4.17. Aged 25.

Husband of Elsie Kate Boylett of 144, Queens Road, East Grinstead.

Born in Purbright, Surrey and enlisted in Guildford Formerly with the Royal West Surreys. Buried Queens Road Cemetery, East Grinstead.

Alfred Baverstock DYKES

Private G/42003 24th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 2nd Division.

Killed in action at Arras 14. 4.17. Aged 38

Husband of Mrs. Rhoda Dykes of North Cottage, Limpsfield, Surrey.

Included on Limpsfield Parish Church War Memorial. Born in London and enlisted in Faversham, Kent. Resident of East Grinstead. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20.


Private G/4210 13th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division.

Killed in action 3. 4.17.

Born in East Grinstead and enlisted In Brighton.

Buried Railway Dugout (Transport Farm) Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium. B.127

Albert Edward PLEDGE

Private G/13158 6th Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 12th Division.

Killed in action at Arras 9. 4.17 Aged 40

Husband of Mrs. Alice Pledge of Hillside Cottages, Tandridge. Born in East Grinstead and enlisted in Oxted, Surrey. Formerly with the West Surreys.

Buried St. Catherines British Cemetery. F. 96

William George THOMPSON

Sergeant. G/3707 9th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 24th Division.

Died of wounds 12.4.17.age 20.

Son of George and Annie Thompson of East Grinstead Born and enlisted in East Grinstead

Buried Fosse 10 Communal Cemetery Extension F. 570.


Private PS/3499 17th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 33rd Division.

Killed in action near Arras 28. 4.17.

Born in Forest Row and enlisted in East Grinstead. Resident of Ashurstwood.

Included on Ashurstwood Parish War Memorial. Commemorated on The Arras Memorial Mr. 20.


Shoeing Smith TS/8365 Royal Army Service Corps. No 4 Company 41st Divisional Train.

Died at home 3. 4.17

Buried Queens Road Cemetery, East Grinstead.


Leader’s Address for Full Council Monday 3rd April 2017 – The Town Run by Scientology

4 April 2017

I was recently informed by a local resident that on 29th March 2017 a documentary was uploaded to YouTube by a group of local university undergraduates entitled ‘The Town Run by Scientology’. The documentary features serving Councillors and is currently being shared on social media. Whilst I feel the overall accuracy of the documentary can be challenged on a number of levels, I do not wish to comment on this particular aspect, but felt it appropriate to address a couple of elements directed at the Council/Councillors and their conduct. It is suggested in the documentary, that there is the perception that the Council is ‘far too easy’ on the Scientologists and in terms of its lack of contribution to the documentary is ‘keeping quiet because it is in its best interests to do so.

The documentary refers in particular to the number of charitable donations Councillors have accepted on behalf of good causes in the town, and the perception that because these donations are received, the Council turns a blind eye to anything the Scientologists do for fear of upsetting them which is categorically untrue. The Council has no jurisidiction over the conduct of the Church of Scientology or any other organisation in the town it can only address concerns as and when they apply.

Councillors are duty bound by a code of conduct – a set of principles of public office known as ‘The Nolan Principles of which there are 7 – Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership. The principles of Selflessness (to act solely within the public interest) and Honesty (to declare any interests as and when applicable) apply here and are wholly adhered to when any Councillor receives a donation for a good cause close to his or her heart and it is important to be aware that a number of these causes would not survive in this town without such charitable donations, as there are very few funding opportunities through more traditional channels.

The documentary also featured a scene depicting works being carried out at a Scientology owned property within the Saint Hill Green Area. It went on to imply that it was a regular occurrence for the Church of Scientology to disregard the Planning process. The property featured is subject to planning application DM/16/3611 which was originally submitted in September 2016 and initially refused by the Town Planning Committee. It returned again on the 23rd January 2017. As Chairman of Planning, I have personally addressed the many concerns of local residents particularly relating to the level of impartiality that could be expected.  They were invited to attend the meeting and sit in the public gallery, to witness first hand the thorough scrutiny by the committee members and clear impartiality of process in an open and accountable manner – in line with the very principles already outlined. The committee were not in support of its retrospective nature, nor the impact any approval would have upon the immediate community in terms of loss of amenity and road safety and as such the application received a further recommendation for refusal and is now waiting to be scrutinised again at the District Council before a final decision is reached.

There is often a vast chasm between the public perception and the actual reality in terms of the day to day running of the Council, and documentaries such as this are one sided, misinformed and unhelpful to say the least.  In order to obtain the true perspective of how well run this Council is by its officers and how dedicated its elected members are, rather than choosing to perceive, I would urge the residents of this town to attend the many public meetings held – of which there are at least 35 a year – to witness for themselves the significant contribution that 19 Councillors make on behalf of the townfolk. I would remind you that Councillors are volunteers and the taxable £1000 annual allowance, which can be claimed, hardly covers the expenses of being a councillor and is no way a remuneration.

It is without question that the good causes of this town do receive financial assistance from the town’s largest resident and like any charitable donor this is acknowledged in the appropriate way. Perhaps more important to acknowledge is that our Town Council is not run by the Church of Scientology, it is run solely by the Officers who are employed and instructed by the Elected Members who in turn are voted in by the town people – that is the reality.

Cllr Jacquie Russell
Leader East Grinstead Town Council

Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice: an announcement about changes to the service

3 April 2017

At Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice we continually review our services to ensure they meet the needs of our clients and stakeholders, and implement improvements.

In 2017 we will be making some changes to how we operate in West Sussex to ensure we remain viable, fit for the future, and competitive in delivering maximum value for money as a volunteer-led organisation.

We will be setting up a dedicated telephone and digital focused advice team based in our Advice Centre in Shoreham, to meet our clients’ increasing demand for getting advice in these ways. We will be able to support more clients from across West Sussex in the way that suits them, either digitally or face to face.

We will be moving our existing Lancing Advice Centre from the Parish Hall to a great location in the heart of the town at Lancing Library, on Tuesdays from April 2017, with scope to extend if we have local demand.

We have piloted a successful new triage approach in our Worthing Advice Centre which will be rolled out across all centres this year. This new approach enables more people get the advice when they need it as quickly as possible, the first time they contact us.

We will be changing our centre opening times in East Grinstead and Burgess Hill from four days per week to two days in each, opening on Tuesday and Thursday. This change reflects local client demand and contact patterns.

In 2017 we will review our service models and how we provide advice in all our areas of service delivery, to ensure we are meeting the changing needs of our clients and stakeholders for the future.

Take a look at our leaflet at the huge local impact we made in 2015/16. We expect the changes we’re making to allow us to maintain and improve our impact in the coming years.