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

June 2017

Tree vandalisation at East Court

28 June 2017

The Town Council have discovered a vandalised tree in their grounds which will require felling due to the extent of the damage.

The tree was discovered on 15th June and the damage would have occurred at some point during the previous day or so. The tree which is decades old has been stripped of bark along one side and a log was used to batter the exposed tree. The extent of the damage suggests this was a deliberate, methodical and sustained piece of criminal damage committed by one or more than one person.

The tree alongside the East Court War memorial but on the grounds owned by the Town Council has been inspected by a tree surgeon who has stated that the extent of the damage is irreparable and the tree will have to be felled.

Cllr Adam Peacock, Chairman of the Amenities and Tourism Committee said “This is very sad, but also infuriating that person or persons felt they had the right to vandalise the tree in this manner. The tree is owned by the Town Council who will now have to pay for the removal and replanting of a new tree at the tax payers expense. The cost to the environment is so much more. We are angry that someone would destroy a tree in this way. We have had some incidents of criminal damage on the estate, of which this is the worst, in the past few weeks. It is not free land and everyone else will have to pay to replace and repair damage done”

The Council has reported the matter to the police as criminal damage and ask if anyone has knowledge as to who was responsible to share this with the Police or the Council who will consider pressing charges unless recompense can be made.

Queen Victoria Hospital’s forthcoming AGM

26 June 2017

The AGM is taking place on Monday 31 July from 6.30-8.30pm, at Meridian Hall, East Court, East Grinstead.

In addition to hearing from Brian Bisase and Mark Cutler about rebuilding lives affected by Head and Neck Cancer, you will have the opportunity to find out more about our achievements over the last year and plans for year ahead.

Please book your place online at or by calling Hilary Saunders on 01342 414200 before Thursday 27 July.

Information is on QVH’s website and we’re asking everyone to sign up via Eventbrite just so we have an idea of numbers.

Nominate a local hero for a Community Award

19 June 2017

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging residents to nominate community heroes, who give up their time to make Mid Sussex a better place, for a prestigious Community Service Award.

Each year the Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council hosts the Community Service Awards to recognise people in Mid Sussex who give their time unselfishly for the benefit of others. The 2017 Awards and Afternoon Cream Tea will take place at the South of England Showground, Ardingly on Sunday 17 September.

Nominations for the Community Service Awards are submitted by Town and Parish Councils, recognising residents who dedicate their time, skills and energy to enhance the quality of community life. The Council is publicising the event in advance to encourage people to contact their local Councillor if they know of people who gives up their time unselfishly for the benefit of others.

“If you know of someone whose dedication to the local community deserves recognition then please come forward and nominate them for one of our Community Service Awards by contacting your local Councillor,” said Councillor Bruce Forbes, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.

“We have so many unsung heroes in Mid Sussex who enrich our lives by reaching out to their neighbours, raising money for good causes and giving up their time to help others. This is our opportunity to show them just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community and give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

Councillors should submit nominations to Mid Sussex District Council by Friday 30 June 2017, so it is important for people to contact their local Councillor before that date.

For more information contact Lucinda Joyce, Mid Sussex District Council Democratic Services Administration Officer on 01444 477225 or email

Glen Vue Centre Carers event

14 June 2017

Are you supporting a relative or friend?

Come along to Glen Vue for tea, cake and chat on Thursday 22nd June 2017, 2pm to 4pm

Just drop in for a friendly informal chat with the team. Information on support, equipment and groups going on around East Grinstead for you, or for those you support and care for, will be available.

Glen Vue Centre,
Railway Approach
East Grinstead
RH19 1BS

Defibrillator at East Court

13 June 2017

Should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest while visiting the East Court Estate in East Grinstead their chances of survival are now greatly increased. A new defibrillator has been installed outside the public toilet block. The life -saving device can be accessed by code after a call to the emergency services should the operator deem it an appropriate course of action.

There has been a campaign since 2015, spearheaded by East Grinstead’s Steve Morris, to increase awareness of CPR and Defibrillators. He has dedicated many hours to see 24/7 defibrillators installed in and around the town for community use. The bright yellow boxes can now be seen in various locations including the High Street, Queen’s Walk, the library and Estcots Primary School.

Steve’s own life was saved by one operated by quick thinking staff at the Kings leisure centre. Please support the campaign in any way you can and those wanting to be trained in the use of the defib. You can find information on Facebook ‘Survival Can be Shocking’.

The device at East Court was jointly funded by East Grinstead Town Council and Mid Sussex District Council and was officially unveiled on Friday by East Grinstead Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Julie Mockford and Chairman of MSDC Cllr Bruce Forbes.

Election results for Mid Sussex Constituency

9 June 2017

Sir Nicholas Soames retains his seat as the elected Parliamentary Member for the Mid Sussex Constituency following the result of the General Election on 8th June.

The General Election results for the Mid Sussex Constituency are as follows:

  • Sir Nicholas Soames (Conservative Party) 35082 votes – Elected
  • Greg Mountain (Labour Party) 15409 votes
  • Sarah Jane Osborne (Liberal Democrat Party) 7855 votes
  • Chris Jeremy (Green Party) 1571 votes
  • Toby Brothers (UK Independence Party) 1251 votes
  • Baron Von Thunderclap (Official Monster Raving Loony Party) 464 votes

On Election Day (8 June 2017), there were 69 polling stations in the Mid Sussex District, which were open all day from 7am -10pm. The total number of people eligible to vote in the Mid Sussex Constituency was 84,685 and the turnout was 73.3%.

Two Mid Sussex District Council by-elections for the Hassocks Ward also took place on the same day. The results of these were as follows:

  • Michelle Binks (Conservative Party) 2023 votes – Elected
  • Susan Margaret Hatton (Liberal Democrat Party) 1931 votes – Elected
  • Gemma Jane Stockford (Liberal Democrat Party) 1536 votes
  • William Matthews (Labour Party) 1042 votes
  • Harry William Mitchell Young (Labour Party) 812 votes
  • Vivienne Alloy (Green Party) 512 votes

Full election result details are also available on the Mid Sussex District Council website at

Please remember, pavements are for pedestrians!

8 June 2017

Following complaints to the Town Council regarding people cycling on the pavements, East Grinstead Town Council will be placing the following signs around the town. Please be considerate to others, and do not cycle on the pavements.

Please don’t cycle on the pavement!

Rule 64 of the Highway Code: You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.

East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance – Call for Businesses to Sign Up

8 June 2017

The local Dementia Action Alliance will be attending an open day at the Care UK home at Millview on Friday 16 June allowing businesses to find out how they can make their businesses more dementia friendly to their customers and staff who may be diagnosed. They can also support East Grinstead to become more Dementia Friendly by joining the alliance.  It costs nothing but does need a commitment to an action plan.

Members of the Alliance will be at the Centre on Friday from 11-3 to help sign up. They will also be able to discuss the role of the Alliance and arrange free dementia awareness sessions for businesses or members of the public.

Care UK have organised the day and there will be other stalls with information about services available in and around East Grinstead.

At 3 pm there will be a screening of the Alive Inside film to highlight living with dementia. It is a powerful and emotional film often moving the watcher to tears; it won the 2014 Sundance Festival Audience Award and is well worth watching.

There is no charge to attend the day organised by Care UK and all are invited to pop in and see the stands and chat about dementia.

For more information about the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance contact:  Julie Holden (East Grinstead Town Council) or Kate Bennett (Visit East Grinstead)

For more information on the Dementia Day at Millview contact Amy Pepperrell

East Court Live 2017

8 June 2017

The first of the town Council run East Court Live! Picnic concerts, took place on the terraces at East Court on Sunday 4 June. The weather was fantastic and people of all ages spread themselves around the grounds to settle back to listen an  afternoon of music with an Americana theme. Over a four hour period 1pm to 5pm the audience was entertained by four performances.

First up was the East Grinstead Ukulele band with 26 members. They were joined by one very recognisable lady, Margaret (known for bringing her flags to every town event) draped in the American flag she sat to the side of the stage and strummed along.

Following them came Underhill Rose a three piece all female group from North Carolina. All three were accomplished musicians, guitar, double base and fiddle and sang a mixture of their own compositions and a few covers.

Next came The Allen Family Band who specialised in ‘Bluegrass’ very American in sound, but in fact are from Kent and last up, Lauren Housley. A very accomplished performer from Manchester she completed the Americana theme, again a mixture of her own songs and covers.

‘It is fantastic to see so many family groups coming together and enjoying themselves in the grounds at East Court. Every year we are amazed at the lavish picnics that people bring along and as we are working it always makes us feel very hungry’ said Town Promotions Manager Dawn Spalding referring to the group of Council staff that put the day together. ‘A highlight for me is seeing Margaret Cook strumming away with the Ukulele band. Last year she got up on the stage to play her ‘air guitar’ so this year we were pleased to see her sitting down!’

The East Court Live! team were helped to source the performers by 2205 Promotions who host Americana music nights on a regular basis at the Dorset Arms.

The next East Court live will be held at East Court on Sunday 2 July and information can be found by calling Tourist Information on 01342 410121 or email You can also visit the website, Twitter @eastcourtlive and Facebook eastcourtlive

Lest We Forget

6 June 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):


Rifleman 44826 15th Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles 36th Ulster Division. Died of wounds 7. 6.17. Aged 20

Son of Richard and Caroline Parks of Welgars Cottage, Newchapel.Husband of Mrs. Emma Daisy Parks.

Born in Crawley Down and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Formerly with the Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried Westhof Farm Cemetery Belgium.

Alexander Harold GODWIN

Private G/20438 1st Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 6th Division. ‘D’ Company Killed in action 6. 6.17. Aged 23.

Son of James and Mary Godwin of The Cottage, Fonthill, East Grinstead.

Born and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Formerly with the Royal Sussex Regiment. Buried Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe. F.115

Alfred James HILL

Corporal G/2669 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion, of the 18th Division. Killed in action 1. 6.17. Aged 23 ‘D’ Company.

Son of James and Jane Hill of Acacia Cottage, Felbridge.

Born in East Grinstead and enlisted in Chichester. Included on Felbridge Parish Church War Memorial.

Buried Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux St. Marc F.1184

Ormond Edwin MEPPEM

Private TF/225100 12th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers 24th Division. Killed in action near Messines 15. 6.17.

Son of Ormond Edwin and Isabella Meppem of Rose Villa, Imberhorne Lane, Felbridge, East Grinstead. Husband of Mrs. Lilian Meppem.

Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium MR.29

Henry Edward STEWART

Captain ‘D’ Company. 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. (Pioneer Battalion) of the 18th Division. Killed in action near Arras 1. 6.17.

Son of Lt Colonel E. Stewart (JP) and Lady Phillipa Stewart of “Brook House” East Grinstead. Graduate of Oxford University (BA) Employed by Cammell and Laird, Shipbuilders.

Resident of Sheffield. Included on Sheffield City Roll of Honour.

Buried Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux St. Marc. F. 1184

Albert William George WHITTINGTON

Private 24848 23rd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. 41st Division. Killed in action at Messines 7. 6.17. Aged 18.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Whittington of ‘The Studio’ Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead.

Born in Arundel and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium MR. 29


Mayor making ceremony

6 June 2017

One minute silence

5 June 2017

Please join the Town Mayor at the front of East Court Mansion at 10.58am tomorrow to mark the one minute silence at 11.00am.

The Town Council will be observing the silence and therefore phones will not be answered at that time – your understanding is appreciated.

Volunteer Marshals needed for 2017 East Grinstead 10k

2 June 2017

The annual East Grinstead 10k run needs help from local volunteers to help marshal this years race which is on Sunday 24th September, starting at 10am at Imberhorne School.

The race is in its 8th year and was set up by 4 local runners in memory of Andy Ripley, an ex England Rugby player who lived in East Grinstead but sadly died of Prostate Cancer in 2010. The race donates all proceeds to our chosen charities being the Prostate Cancer Charity and the East Grinstead Lions Club. To date the race has raised nearly £20,000 for good causes.

Being a local race organised by a small group of runners we rely heavily on volunteers to provide marshalling support. The race team struggled to secure enough volunteers for last years race and would like to ask for your help.

If anyone would like to support what has become a great local event with a buzzing atmosphere and an aim to raise money for good causes please contact Colin Day at

Silver Sunday grant funding

2 June 2017

Mid Sussex District Council are offering grants of £250 to help local groups celebrate Silver Sunday this October.

They will be hosting a special Tea Party in East Grinstead on 8 October but it would be great if other local community organisations and groups decide to get involved by holding their own Silver Sunday event or activity.

Silver Sunday was launched in 2012 by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Councillor Christabel Flight, after a report discovered more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely. The aim is to celebrate older residents and to help them get out and about and meet new people.

They are offering grants of up to £250 for any activities held in October that provide an opportunity for older people to try something new, meet new people and have an uplifting day. It could be a tea party, a classic film showing, an informative talk, music or dance performance or simply a healthy walk. Any activity for older people over the age of 65 that’s fun and engaging will be considered.

To apply for a grant simply complete an online grant application and submit it by Friday 23 June 2017.

Chealsea Pensioners

2 June 2017

The East Grinstead Social and Ex-Services Club made a presentation to the Chelsea pensioners of a ‘missing’ photograph taken in 1916 of The Royal Tank Regiment at their Members’ Day, Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

The photograph was found and rescued from a house clearance in Rutland Gate, Kinghtsbridge, by Mr Alex McLean in the 1970’s. It remained in his possession until he passed away on March 17th, 2011, St. Patrick’s Day.

The photograph was then donated to the East Grinstead Social & Ex Services Club by Mrs Anne Teagues, his daughter and long-time member of the Club.

After some research by fellow-member Bill Towers (ex Military Police), its secret was discovered…it turned out to be the missing photograph out of a set held at the tank regiments’ museum!

The photograph was presented to the Regiment by East Grinstead Town Mayor, Julie Mockford, together with Anne Teague, and will now reside at the Regiments’ Museum in Dorset.

Present, on the day with Mayor Julie Mockford, were Frank Cohen, Helen Andrews, Mary Johnston, Carl Hayhurst and Anne Teague (holding the photograph).

The Club celebrated its 70th birthday last year and, since it has opened its’ doors to non ex-service members, membership has increased and the club is thriving and happy to welcome new members.

You can contact the club on 01342 321 384.

Youth Activities in East Grinstead

2 June 2017

The attached document has been compiled by East Grinstead Town Council, and contains the details of organisations that offer activities in, or around, East Grinstead. Activities take place after school, evenings, weekends & school holidays. Some activities may be one off, whilst others are ongoing.

Full details are shown in the document, including contact details. Please contact the organisations directly for further information. Please note that East Grinstead Town Council does not endorse nor recommend any of these organisations, and cannot be held responsible for the services offered. You are encouraged to make your own enquiries of any service and its operation.

Youth Activities in East Grinstead 2017

Call For Evidence – Elderly / Supported Accommodation in East Grinstead Area

1 June 2017

The Council have been anecdotally told of difficulty in finding supported accommodation or accommodation appropriate for elderly persons in East Grinstead.

If you or your family have had experience of this please write to:

Mr J Ansley – Community Liaison Officer
East Grinstead Town Council
East Court Mansion
College Lane
East Grinstead RH19 3LT

Or email

Please note that this is a call for evidence, not hearsay, and it may be necessary to pass your details in evidence to Mid Sussex District Council. Please, therefore, ensure that the person who had the difficulty is aware that you are contacting us, and that they are happy that their information be shared. Anonymous information cannot be accepted on this occasion as information may be called upon for corroboration.

The Closing Date for evidence is 30th June 2017.