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The Mayor

About the Mayor

EAST Grinstead’s town mayor is Cllr Bob Mainstone who has chosen the East Grinstead Town Museum, The Bluebell Railway and Jigsaw (South East) as the charities for his term in office. Bob represents Imberhorne ward on the Town and District Councils.

Bob has been an elected member of the East Grinstead Town Council for nine years and he is also a member of Mid Sussex District Council. He has represented East Grinstead as Deputy Mayor (twice) and has chaired the Planning Committee and Public Services Committee

Bob and his wife Christine, who is also a town councillor, moved to East Grinstead back in 1970 and consider the town a fine place to live. Christine was Town Mayor ten years ago.  She is now Mayoress to Bob and will accompany him in his role whenever possible.  They have a daughter, Sally, and a grandson Toby.

Bob’s career was in education and he has taught at Sackville School, Imberhorne School and Baldwin’s Hill Primary School.  At Imberhorne he was Head of the Lower School in Windmill Lane.  His teaching career spanned 44 years and he received an honorary degree from Loughborough University for his services to education. Bob also ran his own photography business concentrating mainly on weddings and his interests include cycling – he can be spotted daily riding in the town;  rugby – he is a vice-president of East Grinstead RFC and football – a die hard Brighton and Hove Albion supporter.

His deputy Town Mayor is Cllr Mrs Julie Mockford.

Mayor’s diary and events

Please contact the Mayor’s Secretary at for any queries or requests. Please also read the protocol notes for those inviting the presence of the Town Mayor

Mayor’s Charities

I will be supporting and fund raising for three charities during my mayoral year:

East Grinstead Town Museum – “Restoring Bodies and Souls”

The Museum is a special place in our town and holds an internationally important and unique story that needs to be told.  The pioneering work of Archibald McIndoe, who treated badly burnt airmen during World War Two at the Queen Victoria Hospital, is stored at the Museum.  The airmen formed The Guinea Pig Club in 1941 with 649 members and the club’s proud history also mainly lies in storage.  The Museum want to be able to properly show the amazing story of the Guinea Pig Club and plans are moving forward for the project “Rebuilding Bodies and Souls”.  By working with the Friends of the Museum I want to support the ongoing challenge to complete this important project.

The Bluebell Railway – “Elephant Van Project”

The dream of steam trains once more running into East Grinstead came true in 2013.  The Bluebell Railway’s popularity as a tourist attraction has subsequently grown now that it links with the town’s main line station.  There is a new project to improve the experience for families and young children by creating a dedicated children’s area at Kingscote Station – in our parish!  A former Elephant Van that was used to transport elephants as part of the circus train travelling from town to town in the 1950’s, will be converted for use as a learning centre for children.  A play area is also proposed at Kingscote station.  The Bluebell deserves our support towards achieving this exciting project.

Jigsaw (South East) – “Supporting Children and Young People”

Based at East Court Mansion, the charity Jigsaw (South East) offers support to children and young people who have a family member with a serious, life-threatening condition.  It also provides grief support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant family member.  The impact of bereavement can have a major impact on children’s home life, school and friendships.  It may also affect their health, behaviour and ability to cope at school.  We all know of children who have had to face such sadness and I hope you will join me in supporting Jigsaw (South East).

Latest News

Town Mayor’s Charity Ball

1 February 2017

Town Mayor’s Charity Music Quiz

26 January 2017

Town Mayor’s Charity Ball

1 January 2017

Mayor’s Fundraising Events

27 July 2016

  • 11 February 2017 – Valentine’s Dinner Dance in the Meridian Hall
  • 21 March 2017 – Musical Quiz
  • 28 April 2017 – Fish and Chip Supper on the Bluebell Railway

Details from Mayor’s Secretary on 01342 335055

Celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday at Mid Sussex Older People’s Council

14 June 2016

Celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday with celebratory tea, music and introduction of the heritage project.

450 people attended on 10 June

Town Mayor and Mayoress attended

Photo shows (l to r) Val Upton (Vice Chair MSOPC), Town mayor, Anita Wright (MSOPC Development Officer)

Garden Party in the Deanery Garden

This is a photo taken of the Garden Party in the Deanery Garden following the evensong service in the Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Attended by Cllr Bob Mainstone (Town Mayor) and Cllr Christine Mainstone (Mayoress)

Both High Sheriffs of East and West Sussex and both Lord lieutenants in attendance

The Town mayor made the visit to Chichester following his Civic Service at St Swithuns in the morning.

Town Mayor presents awards at the Pathway Healthcare Spring Ball

Cllr Bob Mainstone, Town Mayor, accompanied by the Mayoress, Cllr Christine Mainstone, presented awards to residents and staff at the first Spring Ball of Pathway Healthcare at the Yoghurt Rooms, Busses Farm in East Grinstead.

Pathway Healthcare, has two centres in Sussex, support and care for adults with learning difficulties, complex needs and challenging behaviour.

Following the presentations Bob wished every success to Pathway Healthcare and commented, “We support the essential need for the care of adults with complex learning difficulties and we like Pathway’s aims of focusing on abilities rather than disabilities and helping people live fuller lives”.

Pathway Healthcare is shortly to open a new centre in East Grinstead.

Photos show Cllr Bob Mainstone with Pathway Healthcare staff.

Town Mayor’s Charity Quiz 2016

Opening of New Museum Exhibition

The Town Mayor, Cllr Bob Mainstone opened the townscape exhibition at the Museum on 27 May.

The exhibition featured the work of local artists from Example.  They created displays based on objects from the Museum an idea pioneered by Museum curator Jessica Hadfield.  The artists with their work in the exhibition: Hannah Buckley, Harriet Brigdale, Sheri Gee, Sue Dodds, Annie Burrows, Jackie Watkins, Andy Webb and Renate Wilbraham.

Councillors also supporting the opening ceremony: Cllr Julie Mockford, Cllr Norman Webster, Cllr Adam Peacock,  Cllr Peter Wyan,  Cllr Dick Sweatman,  Cllr Norman Mockford and Cllr Christine Mainstone

Cllr Bob Mainstone in his speech explained, “The Town Council view the Museum as a vitally important community asset…… or in other words we love the Museum! We are proud to support it with an annual grant.  This latest exhibition by a talented group of local artists is a brilliant idea and is of a very high quality.”

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Town Mayor 2016-17 Introductory Comments

31 May 2016

“I would like to pay tribute to our past Mayor, Cllr Dick Sweatman for the excellent service he has given throughout the last council year. He has attended a huge number of events and functions at which he has always given a positive view of the town its organisations. On top of that he has also attended his share of Town Council meetings and Mid Sussex meetings. Dick is a “man of the people” and has had time to chat and get to know everyone he has met no matter what status they hold. At the beginning of the year Dick was very unsure of making speeches, and was resorting to learning his words off by heart. We have all noticed his improved confidence and now he speaks from the heart and often without notes. Dick has broken all records with his charity donations and he deserves huge credit for his determination to raise funds beyond anyone’s expectations. Congratulations Dick we applaud you!”

“Thank you to my fellow councillors for voting me in for this prestigious position of Town Mayor. I have waited patiently for nine years to wear the famous chain of office and I intend to work hard for the town and enjoy every moment doing so. I have a most able Mayoress, Cllr Mrs Mainstone, who was herself Mayor ten years ago and I won’t be short of advice on how to do things properly! May I wish everyone involved with the Town Council a successful year working together to make East Grinstead the great place that it is.”

“Finally, thank you again for electing me as your Town Mayor for 2016 – 2017”