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

December 2017

Twas the Sunday before Christmas

12 December 2017

Christmas Family Festival

12 December 2017

East Grinstead does Christmas rather well, in case you haven’t noticed. Well we would wouldn’t we? The lyrics to the famous carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’ were written by hymnologist and warden of Sackville College, John Mason Neale.

The third of our Wenceslas weeks Christmas event filled the town on Sunday 3rd December. The Christmas Family Festival has been a long tradition in East Grinstead; this was the 23rd year and it didn’t disappoint. London Road was closed to traffic and filled with fun fair rides, charity and craft stalls and the very popular French market. Meridian FM were on hand to play festive music and shoppers were entertained by Nexgen street dance academy, InChoir and Amber Tichener. Silvanian animals and Hula hoop demonstrations and the famous Proffessor Crump were on hand throughout the day.

Father Christmas made an appearance, driven in an open top car with Town Mayo,r Cllr Julie Mockford and the May Queen, and stayed for the day to listen to the requests made by all the ‘good’ children in his grotto.

The next Christmas event to look out for is the High Street ‘Twas the Sunday before Christmas’ on Sunday 17th December 10am to 4pm A Dickensian themed shopping day with traditional costumes, games and treats and who knows, maybe a surprise or two!

East Grinstead Lights Switch On

12 December 2017

The town came together again on Saturday 25 November for the Rotary Tree of Light and Town Switch On.

The Town Crier heralded the start of the event and the East Grinstead Concert Band were already in place as Revd Andrew Hawken welcomed the gathered crowd and gave his Christmas message. Father Christmas, pantomime characters and pixies mingled with the children as Sackville School Junior choir entertained, the concert band played and Christmas carols were sung.

The winners of the Big Reveal were announced before the Town Mayor Cllr Julie Mockford began the countdown to the switch on the lights.

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An East Grinstead Christmas

12 December 2017

Christmassy magic came early to East Grinstead on Friday 17th November with The Big Reveal. The High Street Traders get together to create this wonderful annual family event to reveal their festive windows. During the preceding week, brown paper began appearing around the town covering the shop windows from prying eyes and on the evening of the 17th fevered excitement began to mount.

Aided by the Town Council and the Meridian Rotary Club, the traders had arranged for the High Street to be closed and the crowds began to gather and watch as the paper was ripped away and the displays revealed.

There was more Christmas magic as snow began to fall. (Snow machines on this occasion, but don’t tell the children!)
Once the windows were unveiled, the crowds were treated to some musical entertainment, a Christmassy silent movie and some late night shopping and were encouraged to vote for their favourite window.

The winners were revealed during the Christmas tree lights switch on Saturday 25th November.

Winner: Emma Louise

Runner Up: The Red Cross Shop

Third: Nest

Put your questions to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

12 December 2017

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

Written questions are now being invited for Katy Bourne and the Sussex Police and Crime Panel.

The meeting will take place at 10.30am on Friday 19 January at County Hall in Lewes.

Members of the public can submit questions by writing to or by telephoning 0330 222 2542. Questions can be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex (but not related to operational policing matters, or a live case). The Panel will have the opportunity to discuss the Commissioner’s written response at the meeting.

The deadline for submitting questions ahead of the meeting is noon on Friday 5 January.

The main item on the agenda is scrutiny of the PCC’s proposed precept. More information on the consultation is available at

The Panel comprises councillors from all 15 local authorities across Sussex, plus two independent members, and carries out the role of scrutinising the actions and decisions of the Commissioner.

More details can be found on the Panel’s website in the Question the Commissioner section at

The meeting will be webcast live on this website:

Lest We Forget

12 December 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 211857 21st Garrison Battalion, The Rifle Brigade.

Lost when the troopship SS”Aragon” was torpedoed by a submarine off Alexandria on the 30th December 1917. Aged 40.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brewer of College Lane, East Grinstead. Husband of Ellen Agnes Brewer of 6, Station Road, Lingfield, Surrey. Enlisted in Guildford Formerly with the Royal West Surreys.

Buried Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Benjamin George GODWIN

Private TF/201066 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 53rd Division.

Killed in action near Jerusalem 17.12.17. Aged 20.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Goodwin of 87, West Street, East Grinstead, Enlisted in Chichester.

Bur, Jerusalem War Cemetery, Palestine.

Thomas Frederick TRUCKLE

Private 38269 2nd Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. 8th Division.

Killed in action near Ypres 2.12.17. Aged 23.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. William James Truckle of Longley Cottages, London Road, East Grinstead.

Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30


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12 December 2017

Park all day in Mid Sussex this Christmas for £1

12 December 2017

Christmas shoppers can park all day in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath for just £1 on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas this December.

Mid Sussex District Council has reduced the cost of parking to just £1 in specific long stay car parks to encourage people to shop locally and support local traders. Parking on Sundays is already free and it will cost just £1 to park in the Franklynn Road car park in Haywards Heath, Queens Crescent and Station Road car parks in Burgess Hill and the Vicarage or Norton House car parks in East Grinstead on Saturdays too throughout December.

Christmas is the most important time of the year for most local retailers and we are showing them our support by dropping Saturday parking charges to just £1 all day in the run up to Christmas,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery.

“Popping into town is a quick and convenient way to pick up gifts for friends and family so please show your support for local traders this Christmas by shopping in your local town or village.

“I hope this encourages even more people to shop locally and attracts shoppers from other areas to visit Mid Sussex.”

Short stay car parks in East Grinstead and Haywards Heath will also be free after 1pm on the day of the Christmas light switch-on events. To support these events you will not have to pay during the afternoon on Saturday 26th November at:

  • The Orchards, Haywards Heath
  • Hazelgrove, Haywards Heath
  • Haywards East, Haywards Heath
  • Gower Road, Haywards Heath
  • Haywards West, Haywards Heath
  • Queensway, East Grinstead
  • Kings Street, East Grinstead
  • Chequer Mead, East Grinstead
  • Christopher Road, East Grinstead

The light switch on events are free and will feature fun for all the family with the opportunity to sing carols and meet Pantomime Characters in East Grinstead or visit Mickey Mouse and Father Christmas on his sleigh, pulled by real reindeer, in Haywards Heath.

For more information please contact our parking team on 01444 477212 or email