East Grinstead Town CouncilNews – East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk Located in the South East of England at the meeting point of the four counties of East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and West Sussex. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:46:48 +0000 hourly 1 Town Mayor’s Charity Music Quiz http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/07/town-mayors-charity-music-quiz/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:43:47 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=10008 The Town Mayor, Cllr Bob Mainstone, held his Charity Music Quiz on Tuesday 12 July in the Meridian Hall. With 18 teams battling to become champions they were put through their paces by Quiz Master Barry Rossiter. At the end two teams – “Peanutters” and “All in it together” were tied on 74.5 points so a play-off question had to answered. “All in it together” provided the winning answer and so became worthy champions receiving their prize from the Town Mayor. The booby prize for propping up the scoring chart went to the gallant “Famous Five” who received their prize in good spirit and vowed to do better next time!

Bob added,” It was a great night created by Barry with lots of memory searching music questions. With the help of The Friends of the Museum who ran the raffle the pleasing amount of £1,031 was raised for my three charities. I would also like to thank “Indigo Events” for providing a lovely supper for our 140 quizzers.”

Lest We Forget http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/07/lest-we-forget-16/ Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:37:12 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=10005 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):

Harry Reginald ADAMS

Gunner 76193 8th Battery 37th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery

Died of wounds 13. 7.16.

Born and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Buried Carnoy Military Cemetery. F.513

John Charles Raymond GODWIN

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

Killed in action at Ovillers 7. 7.16. Aged 27.


(Possibly) Private 6314 2/6th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 19th Division.

Killed in action 19. 7.16.

Enlisted in Hastings. Resident of Marks Cross. Formerly with the Royal Sussex G/2987.

Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19

Alfred Thomas KEMP

Private 18016 The Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) No. 11 Company

Killed in action on the Somme 1. 7.16. age 21.

Son of Alfred and Agnes Kemp of 1, Railway Cottages, East Grinstead. Born and enlisted in East Grinstead. Formerly with the Rifle Brigade.

Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR.21


Private G/8834 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 1st Division.

Died of wounds 23. 7.16.

Born and enlisted in East Grinstead. Next of kin, East Grinstead.

Buried Albert Communal Cemetery Extension F. 430

Charles William RICE, MM

Lance Corporal 4301 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. 4th Division.

Killed in action on the Somme 1. 7.16. age 21.

Son of Charles and Emma Rice of 74, West Street, East Grinstead. Born in Bermondsey and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Buried A.I.F.Burial Ground, Flers. F. 744


Rio arrives at East Court http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/07/rio-arrives-at-east-court/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:11:26 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=10003 The second of the Town Council’s East Court Live events took place on Sunday 3rd July with the carnival show. East Grinstead Carnival parade having set off from Railway Approach arrived several hundred participants strong, plus onlookers and supporters at East Court by 1pm. The music started at 1:15 with fabulous local group The Tar Babies who got the party rocking to their repertoire of well-known tunes.

At 2:30 Sackville School hit the stage with choirs and bands followed at 3:30 by Rock Choir and at 4pm Shaun Angels Urban City Dance gave an energetic and lively street-dance demonstration.  Headliner Rogue Minogue dressed in feathers and full show girl outfit, added to the carnival atmosphere with her Kylie tribute act encouraging a conga line doing the locomotion through the crowd.

It was a great afternoon, the sun shone and the spirit of Rio and the coming Olympics was spread around East Grinstead. The crowds generously donated nearly £700 to the Town Mayor’s charities (Town Museum, Bluebell Railway and Jigsaw) on the day.

The next and final East Court Live for 2016 will be on 7 August “East Court Rocks” with acts including Inchoir, Sweet Revenge, and Euphoria.

Burrin Awards 2016 http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/07/burrin-awards-2016/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:32:51 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9998 The Burrin Awards are presented annually by Disability Access (East Grinstead Area) to organisations that have shown particular endeavour to provide facilities for people
with disabilities.

At the Disability Access AGM on 5 July at East Court, organised by Chairman Paul Johnson, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Peter Reed, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Town Mayor Cllr Bob Mainstone presented the Burrin Awards to three local organisations.

  • Roger Kelly received the award on behalf of the Bluebell Railway for their ASH project and the production of their video towards the application to the heritage Lottery Fund. The ASH (Accessible Steam Heritage) is a project to allow a wide range of visitors to learn about steam heritage. This would allow ramped access for all visitors to the running plates of steam locomotives in the engine shed.
  • Kate Green received the award on behalf of the West Sussex Library Service for their help with the setting up of the boom boxes for the Visually Impaired Readers’ Group. The boom boxes provide a sound recording of books and newspapers.
  • Mike Kettle received the award on behalf of the East Grinstead Target Shooting Club for the provision of a unisex toilet facility at the club.

The Committee members elected for 2016–17:

  • Chairman: Paul Johnson
  • Secretary: Rosemary Rowe
  • Treasurer: Olive Harper
  • Executive: Cliff Barrow, Eddie Harper, Bob Astington, Carole Steggles, Kathy Mackie- Clark, Andrew Brock

Photo shows (l to r): Cllr Bob Mainstone (Town Mayor), Roger Kelly (Bluebell Railway), Kate Green (West Sussex Library Service), Paul Johnson (Disability Access Chairman), Mike Kettle (East Grinstead Target Shooting Club), Cllr Peter Reed (Chairman Mid Sussex District Council)

Summer Events Programme 2016 http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/07/summer-events-programme-2016-4/ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:10 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9786

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Nighttime vigil held by town to mark The Day Sussex Died WW1 http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/06/nighttime-vigil-held-by-town-to-mark-the-day-sussex-died-ww1/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:22:39 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9991 In the small hours of the morning, a small group of East Grinstead Town Council representatives made up of Town Mayor Cllr Bob Mainstone, Mayoress Cllr Christine Mainstone, Town Leader Cllr Rex Whittaker and partner Ali Hinton, Chairman of Amenities and Tourism Cllr Adam Peacock and Town Clerk Julie Holden gathered at 3:05am to light a candle and pay their respects.

Later in the morning at 7:00am they returned and together with the Royal British Legion, provided an honour guard of flag bearers and at 8:00am the Town Mayor laid a wreath as the High Street traffic was held for a minutes silence. The candle burned for 5 hours to mark the length of the battle of Boars Head Richebourg.

Battle of the Somme 100th Anniversary http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/06/battle-of-the-somme-100th-anniversary/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:06:29 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9989 We are advised that there will be a national 2 minutes silence to mark the 100th year anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.

At 7.28am the East Grinstead branch of the Royal British Leagion will blow three blasts on a whistle at the High Street War Memorial (the signal to “go over the top”) – this will be followed by 2 minutes silence.

The Town Mayor and Clerk will be in attendance, all are invited to pause and reflect

Town Salutes Sackville School Scholars http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/06/town-salutes-sackville-school-scholars/ Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:48:49 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9985 Town Mayor Cllr Bob Mainstone attended Sackville School on 27th June to present the year 7 achievement awards. The number of awards was so large, for the first time year 7s had their own ceremony, formerly they have been joined with year 8 who had theirs earlier in the day.

Additionally 8 young directors were appointed to assist with the day to day responsibility of running the on-site observatory (which was installed in 2012).

And two students won awards as Young Engineer of the year, two students who show much promise for a career in engineering. Year 7 students are the first year of the Sackville High School and Julian Grant Head Teacher said how impressive as a year this year 7 have been. He looks forward to seeing what greater achievements they will make as they continue through the school.

Mr Bush and Mr Treen (Head of Science and Technology respectively) were delighted with the number of achievers and the high quality of work demonstrated.

Additionally Nick Barham (year 10) was awarded the Sir Patrick Moore award for outstanding achievement in Astronomy. The award which was introduced following the death of Sir Patrick Moore is sponsored by East Grinstead Town Council. Town Clerk Julie Holden was also in attendance for the presentation. Nick and his family will be guests of the Town Mayor at the Council meeting on Monday 4th July when he will speak about his project which won accolades at the NEC Big Bang Fair in March.

Town Mayor Cllr Mainstone said “This is such a fantastic opportunity to be able to see the enthusiasm and talent that the students bring to their studies. Sackville has a wonderful legacy of excellence in science and technology which is encouraging for the future of our Country’s engineers and scientists. I was very proud to be able to present these awards today”.

Town Mayor visits Standen Garden revival Project http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/06/town-mayor-visits-standen-garden-revival-project/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:19:31 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9981 Cllr Bob Mainstone was invited with other guests to view the final stages of the Standen Garden Revival Project.

Ten years ago a swimming pool was discovered while clearing some overgrown bamboo in the Rosary. The discovery led to a major £500,000 project to reveal more of the garden’s secrets. Through researching Margaret Beale’s garden diaries, old photos and maps, it has been possible to piece together how the garden would have looked in the 1920’s heyday.

Bob and Mayoress Cllr Christine Mainstone were guided around the project by Susan Hodgson (Friend of Standen)

Bob commented, “The Town Council have always supported Standen as one of the gems of East Grinstead. We are very proud of the wonderful way the National Trust have brought this local treasure to life and welcomed the public to come and explore. Now the gardens are an attraction as well as the house I am sure many more visitors will want to see the amazing developments that have taken place. I encourage local residents to go and see the Garden Revival Project.”

Photo shows: Town Mayor Cllr Bob Mainstone and Mayoress Cllr Christine Mainstone with Susan Hodgson (right) and members of the Town Council staff who visited the Garden revival project

Glyphosate chemicals in Weedkillers used by the East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/06/glyphosate-chemicals-in-weedkillers-used-by-the-east-grinstead-town-council/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:29:52 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=9975 The East Grinstead Town Council is aware of a petition demanding that the Council stop using weedkillers which include Glyphosate. The petition says that the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that toxic glyphosate chemicals are “probably carciogenic”.

The Joint FAO/WHO meeting on Pesticide Residues which met in Geneva between 9 and 13 May 2016  issued a summary report dated 16 May 2016 which states “the meeting concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through diet.”

The full report referring to the tests, studies, conclusions and are available at www.who.int.

The weedkillers that the Council use are lower grade than many off the shelf weedkillers, Monsanto Roundup is a weedkiller that is used by the Council and contains Glyphosate.  It is registered for use in the UK at this time and remains in use at the East Grinstead Town Council, should the registration or WHO opinion change this will be reviewed.