News

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

September 2018

Elections 2019 – Would you like to be a Town Councillor?

25 September 2018

Briefing on the role of a Town Councillor

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The remit of the East Grinstead Town Council

4.30 PM AND 6.30 PM

Wednesday 14th November 2018

The Council Chamber at East Court Mansion

Please book (for numbers) w.mackenzie@eastgrinstead.gov.uk  01342 323636

New permit scheme at Household Waste Recycling Sites from 1 Oct

25 September 2018

West Sussex CC want to make everyone aware of changes at the Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs), which come into effect from 1 October 2018.

A new scheme means householders in West Sussex who use a van, pickup or single axle trailer for private purposes will need to obtain a free permit.

The permit is available to West Sussex residents only and allows those who drive a commercial-type vehicle or have a trailer to continue to use it to dispose of just their household waste. The scheme does not cover waste generated by a business or household waste that has been collected by a trader for a charge.

The permits are being introduced to help address congestion at the sites, eliminate illegal disposal of commercial waste and discourage out-of-county visitors from bringing in large loads.

Over 8,000 permits have been issued so far. But WSCC want to make sure as many people as possible are aware of the scheme before it is fully implemented on 1 October.

As well as the new permit scheme, some vehicles will no longer be allowed to use HWRSs. Restricted vehicles include:

  • multi axle trailers (four wheels)
  • horse boxes
  • tipper trucks
  • flatbed or dropside trucks
  • Luton (box) type vans.

For reasons of site safety and reducing congestion all trailers will also be excluded from Bognor Regis and Littlehampton sites.

Please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/permitscheme to find out more.

The Sidney Betchley Charity, Henry Smith’s Charity and John Smith’s Trust

25 September 2018

If you are over 65, on a low income, could we help you with a Christmas voucher?

Pick up a form at East Grinstead Town Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern or Library.

Completed forms must be returned on or before Friday 14th November 2018 to East Grinstead Town Council, Ashurst Wood Parish Council, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Age UK East Grinstead & District or Library.

Or download the Charity Application Form

Mid Sussex Chairman’s awards

21 September 2018

These were the East Grinstead recipients of the Mid Sussex Chairman’s awards.

Michael Champion (Nominated by the East Grinstead Town Council) was awarded for the 25 years he has chaired the East Grinstead Model Railway Club and his organisation of the annual exhibition.

Sarah Howland (nominated by District and Town Councillor Norman Webster) for chairing the Stone Quarry Crew and all the hard work to set up the Quarry Community Café for all members of the community to use

Christine Van der Valk (nominated by District Councillor Edward Belsey) for being a volunteer for the Alzheimers Society since 2005, being a Dementia Champion and hard working member of the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance

Town Mayor Rex Whittaker was a guest at the ceremony and was delighted to meet and chat to the East Grinstead recipients.

Unveiling of the Paving Stone for Victoria Cross recipient Sgt George Knight

21 September 2018

Town Mayor Rex Whittaker and his consort Miss Ali Hinton were guests at the Haywards Heath unveiling of the Paving Stone for Victoria Cross recipient Sgt George Knight, who was born in Haywards Heath and died towards the end of the first world war on 2 September 1918.

The event was marked by the attendance of the High Sheriff, representatives of the Canadian Commission and the Calgary Highlanders who are the perpetuators of the 10th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, of which Sgt Knight was a member.  Sgt Knight was born in Haywards Heath and emigrated to Canada before the outbreak of war.

This event drew parallels to the ceremony East Grinstead held back in 2014 when we unveiled our stone in honour of Pte Sidney Godley VC. Mid Sussex Towns being the birthplace of the first and almost the last recipients of Victoria Cross for bravery during WW1, seems to be quite unique.

Town Mayor’s Quiz

21 September 2018

Town Mayor Rex Whittaker hosted a charity general knowledge quiz in the Meridian Hall Tuesday 18 September. The evening was very well supported with 18 teams totalling  144 people, competing for the Mayor’s Quiz ‘Gold cup’ !

Teams supporting the event were Town Council, Moatfield Surgery, QVH, East Grinstead Museum, CARE Charity, Disability Access Group, Lions, Rotary, East Grinstead Shooting Club,  EGBA, Soroptimists, Saint Hill and Chequer Mead.

Talking about the evening, Rex commented “John Belsey was an excellent Quiz master with some very varied and interesting questions and subject matter. We raised around £ 1,700 for the Mayor Charity Fund.”

The winners were:

  • 1st East Grinstead Town Council
  • 2nd East Grinstead Shooting Club
  • 3rd CARE

The next event will be a Music Quiz on Tuesday 22 January 2019 in Meridian Hall. Please contact the Mayor’s secretary for tickets at w.mackenzie@eastgrinstead.gov.uk or 01342 335055.

Living Well Afternoon

21 September 2018

A whole host of free exercise sessions, tailored to meet the needs of people over the age of 50, will be on offer, as well as advice and information on staying fit and well in later life.

There will be the opportunity to try Tai Chi, Pilates, bowls, walking netball, badminton, table tennis, yoga and line dancing with an organised sing – a-long at the end of the day.

Charities, voluntary groups and local organisations will be on hand to offer advice on topics such as developing a healthy lifestyle and staying fit. There will also be free audiology testing available on the day.

Trained Wellbeing Advisors from Mid Sussex District Council will be on hand provide free wellbeing health checks to help people spot potential health problems at an early stage. The checks take 30 minutes and include a BMI (Body Mass Index) reading that is calculated by measuring height and weight.

After the health check, there will be an opportunity to discuss the results with a trained health advisor, who will provide personalised advice on how to lower the risk of future problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Remembrance 2018

21 September 2018

This year we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Join us at East Court at 10am or the High Street at 11am on Sunday 11 November to mark this anniversary.

The 11am service will include the parade from King St, act of remembrance and singing of hymns and the national anthem accompanied by the Choir from St Swithun’s and the East Grinstead Concert Band. During the 2 minutes silence a big screen stationed on the market square will show the earlier lighting of the East Court beacon as part of the National Battles Over Beacon lighting.

The East Grinstead Concert Band will form up around the jubilee fountain and the parade will form in the road by the war memorial. After the service the band and parade will move off to Chequer Mead Car park where they will disperse.

If you are not joining us, please be aware that the High St will be closed to traffic from 10:15am and will not reopen until the parade has cleared the high st. All will be open by 12pm.

Have you got a question for the Police and Crime Commissioner?

18 September 2018

Sussex residents now have the chance to pose questions to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in person at a meeting next month.

Questions are now being invited for Katy Bourne ahead of the next meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel on Friday 5 October.

Having submitted questions in advance, residents can, if they wish, then attend the meeting to ask their question in person, hear the answer and then raise further points. Otherwise the Chairman will ask their question on their behalf.

This new approach was agreed by the panel at its last meeting.

Questions could be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex (but not related to operational matters, or a live case).

The deadline for receiving questions is midday on Friday 21 September and they can be submitted in writing to pcp@westsussex.gov.uk or by telephoning 03302 222542.

Councillor Bill Bentley, chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel said: “As well as supporting the Commissioner, the role of the panel is to properly scrutinise all elements of her work on behalf of the public, to ensure the role is being carried out effectively.

“We want to make sure the issues we are raising are those that the public feel are important to them, and we periodically improve our working arrangements to ensure residents’ voices are heard. I would encourage people to submit their questions, and we look forward to welcoming as many as possible at our meeting on 5 October.”

The main items on the agenda at the meeting are an update on the Commissioner’s work in ensuring Sussex Police provides an effective response to our educational establishments and the Commissioner’s proposed new role in handling policing complaints.

The meeting will be held at County Hall, Lewes, starting at 10.30am. The meeting will also be webcast live at www.eastsussex.public-i.tv/core/portal/home.

Councillors from 15 local authorities across Sussex, plus two independent members, make up the Sussex Police and Crime Panel. The role of the Panel is to scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Commissioner.

ConChord Big Band touchdown at Clair Hall

18 September 2018

A Charity Big Band concert will be taking place at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath on Sunday 14 October 2018 from 7.30pm, hosted by Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.

An evening with Glenn Miller and friends will feature all the popular Big Band tunes that inspired a generation and boosted morale during World War II. The 17 piece ConChord Big Band orchestra will stunningly recreate the sound of iconic 1940’s Swing orchestras like Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Jimmy Dorsey. Performing as the wartime US Army Air Force Band, ConChord will deliver music and songs from the Big Band Era to help get you ‘In The Mood’ for an unforgettable evening.

A raffle will be held during the intermission and prizes have been kindly donated by Waitrose Haywards Heath, Hall and Woodhouse, Marks and Spencer, The Entertainer, The Crown Turners Hill and The Orchards Shopping Centre. All funds raised on the night will go to Sullivan’s Heroes, a local charity based in Turners Hill that funds home adaptations for disabled children.

Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“This promises to be a fantastic evening so please join us for a trip down memory lane with  an uplifting visit to the age of Big Band and Swing music.

“Sullivan’s Heroes is a fantastic local charity and every ticket sold will help them to offer support and financial assistance to families with disabled children.”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £15 (£12 Concessions) and are available directly from the Clair Hall box office on 01444 455440 or online at www.clairhall.org

An evening with Glenn Miller and friends will feature all the popular Big Band tunes that inspired a generation and boosted morale during World War II. The 17 piece ConChord Big Band orchestra will stunningly recreate the sound of iconic 1940’s Swing orchestras like Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Jimmy Dorsey. Performing as the wartime US Army Air Force Band, ConChord will deliver music and songs from the Big Band Era to help get you ‘In The Mood’ for an unforgettable evening

A raffle will be held during the intermission and prizes have been kindly donated by Waitrose Haywards Heath, Hall and Woodhouse, Marks and Spencer, The Entertainer, The Crown Turners Hill and The Orchards Shopping Centre. All funds raised on the night will go to Sullivan’s Heroes, a local charity based in Turners Hill that funds home adaptations for disabled children.

Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“This promises to be a fantastic evening so please join us for a trip down memory lane with  an uplifting visit to the age of Big Band and Swing music.

“Sullivan’s Heroes is a fantastic local charity and every ticket sold will help them to offer support and financial assistance to families with disabled children.”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £15 (£12 Concessions) and are available directly from the Clair Hall box office on 01444 455440 or online at www.clairhall.org

Quarry Cafe – Together is Better with Coffee

18 September 2018

Lest We Forget

6 September 2018

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.

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

John BENNETT

Corporal TF/200189 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th Division.

Died of wounds 27. 9.18. Aged 26.

Son of John and Mary Elizabeth Bennett of East Grinstead. Born and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium B.11

Thomas Harding BROADLEY

Lieutenant No 62 (F) Squadron The Royal Air Force. (Bristol Fighters).

Killed in action 15. 9.18. Aged 19.

Son of George and Elsie Broadley of Lonsdale House, East Grinstead.

Buried Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle F. 1193

John Thomas CARTER

Private G/78636 2nd Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers. 29th Division.

Died of wounds 5. 9.18.

Born in London and enlisted in Brighton. Next of kin residents of East Grinstead.

Buried Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery, Steenwerck, Belgium.

Albert William COOMBER

Sergeant L.9162 1st Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. The Indian Army

Killed in action on attachment in Persia 25.9.18.

Aged 28 Regular.

Son of George and Maria Coomber of 5, Mill Cottages, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead

Born and enlisted in East Grinstead Buried Tehran War Cemetery, Persia (Iran) Asia 82

Thomas James DRAPER

Gunner 95855 Royal Field Artillery 1/36th Division. Ammunition Col.

Died 29. 9.18. Aged 25.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Draper of 9, Highfield, Forest Row.

Born and enlisted in East Grinstead. Buried Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium B. 84

J. GILROY

Stoker 1st Class 55462 Royal Navy HMS “Caesar”

Died 28. 9.19.

Buried Haidar Pasha Cemetery Istanbul, Turkey. (Possibility Only)

Arthur Thomas HARMAN

Private TF/505144 2nd Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps. 1st Division.

Died of wounds 7. 9.18. Aged 40.

Son of Thomas and Ellen Harman of East Grinstead. Born and enlisted in East Grinstead. Formerly with the 5th Londons.

Buried Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoignt F. 14

Francis James HILLER

Private G/31137 1st Battalion, The Royal West Kent Regiment. 5th Division.

Killed in action 26. 9.18. Aged 18.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hiller of 43, West Street, East Grinstead. Born in East Grinstead and enlisted in Brighton.

Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR. 16.

Sydney George HUGGETT

Second Lieutenant ‘A’ Company 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division.

Killed in action at Epehy Wood 18. 9.18. Aged 31.

Son of Sydney and Emma Huggett of London Road, East Grinstead. Husband of Mrs. Bessie Huggett of 120, Tilehurst Road, Reading, Berks.

Buried Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery F. 369

Sidney JOHNSON

Private TF/ 200239 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 34th Division.

Killed in action near Ypres 2. 9.18. Aged 21.

Son of Herbert and Kate Johnson of 11, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead. Born in Lodsworth and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium MR.30

Herbert William KENT

Rifleman 43847 1/13th Battalion, The London Regiment. 56th London Division.

Died of wounds at home 16. 9.18.

Enlisted in Lingfield, Surrey. Formerly with the Royal West Surreys.

Buried Bear Road Cemetery, Brighton.

Charles Henry SLOMAN

Private 4564 2nd Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment. 19th Division.

Died in captivity in Hamburg, Germany, 26.9.18. Aged 37.

Son of Mr. J.H. and Mrs. Emma Sloman of 18, Council Terrace, East Grinstead. Born in East Grinstead. Enlisted in London.

Buried Hamburg Cemetery, Germany

John Lancelot SMEED

Private A/2685 1st Battalion, The Canadian Infantry 1st Canadian Division.

Killed in action 28. 9.18. Aged 24.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Smeed of East Grinstead.

Buried Ontario Cemetery, Sains les Marquion F. 481

Thomas Stewart SYMONS, DFC

Captain Royal Air Force.

Killed in action 29. 9.18. Aged 26.

Son of Alfred and Helen Symons of West Tarring near Worthing. Included on the War Memorials of Durrington, West Tarring and Worthing.

Buried Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers Plouich F. 379

Your Voice – County Local Committee

6 September 2018

Your Local Community Development Drop-in Sessions

6 September 2018

Be part of the Cross Stitch Revolution at Standen House and Garden

6 September 2018

This year Mr X Stitch, AKA Jamie Chalmers the Kingpin of contemporary embroidery is going to create a fantastic 20 foot tall decorated Christmas tree in the house courtyard at Standen House and Garden. Being the champion of contemporary cross stitch, Jamie will be festooning the tree and the courtyard with hundreds (if not thousands) of handmade brightly coloured cross stitched Christmas baubles and he wants your help to do this.

His plan is for people (that’s you wonderful people) to cross stitch baubles which he will then mount, label and use as part of the installation. Wouldn’t it be great to fill the house courtyard with works of art reflecting the style and talent of the local area and make this a truly local festive affair? Jamie has asked that due to the size of the workshops that there is a lower age limit of 10 for the workshops. I hope that this will be ok?

Jamie wants to invite groups to free workshops which will be based in East Grinstead in Sept and Oct this autumn to get the project going. Don’t worry if you are a newcomer to needle work… Jamie has created simple patterns to follow and will be providing you with all the materials, skills, encourage and inspiration needed to get you started… along with a great deal of fun and laughter. If you are already a dab hand with a needle and thread come along and learn something new, embellish the patterns and really put your stamp on the baubles and perhaps inspire other with your creativity.

There are going to be workshops on the 13th and 14th Sept (afternoon and evening) and two follow up Workshops (to finish off the pieces) on the 11th and 12th October. Everyone will be asked to commit to one in Sept and one in Oct so that Jamie can make sure all the works are completed in time.

The dates and times of the workshops are as follows:

PART ONE (Getting started)

Thursday 13 Sept

1.30pm – 3.30pm

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Friday 14 Sept

10.30am – 12.30pm

1.30pm – 3.30pm

PART TWO (Finishing off)

Thursday 11 Oct

1.30pm – 3.30pm

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Friday 12 Oct

10.30am – 12.30pm

1.30pm – 3.30pm

All the workshops will be in East Grinstead.

FEast Grinstead – Cancelled

6 September 2018

It is with great regret that we are cancelling this year’s FEast Grinstead event on October 7th. Our apologies to everyone involved.

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