East Grinstead Town Council » News 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, 20 Apr 2015 09:26:43 +0000 hourly 1 East Grinstead and Arts Festival http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/east-grinstead-and-arts-festival/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:17:21 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8490 TOWN Mayor Nick Hodges opened the East Grinstead and Arts Festival today.

Nick, who is President of EGMAF during his year of office, wished all performers success at the Festival which is in its 47th year.

Chairman Christine Mainstone welcomed all participants to Chequer Mead, particularly those who have travelled long distances, to compete in dancing, singing, speech and drama. She also welcomed the adjudicators for the various sections.

“We are so proud to be able to stage our Festival at Chequer Mead that has such excellent facilities for our competitors. Visitors to East Grinstead often comment on how they enjoy their day at Chequer Mead and how lucky we are to have a professional theatre for our residents to enjoy.”

The East Grinstead Festival attracts competitors from across the South East of England and runs each weekend between 18 April to 9 May.

18 April – singing
25 April – dance
26 April – dance & speech and drama
2 May – dance & speech and drama
3 May – dance & speech and drama
9 May – dance

The Mayor was having a ball! http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/the-mayor-was-having-a-ball/ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:15:51 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8485 TOWN Mayor Nick Hodges thanked everyone involved with making his charity Ball at the Sports Club on Saturday night such a success.

The raffle and auction raised more than £3,000 for his chosen charities, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), and the town museum.

Mayor’s Great Variety Musical Show http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/mayors-great-variety-musical-show/ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:50:02 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8480 Friday Night is Mayor’s Night!

A chance to come and listen to some superb vocal performances from Vegas Nights, Rising Stars Adult Theatre Company, Step Up and Sing, East Grinstead Ukulele Club and even the Mayor himself as will former mayor Liz Bennett – all accompanied by the musicians of the Concord Big Band.

Something of a departure for Concord, they will be playing a much more modern set with songs such as Smooth Operator, Eye of The Tiger, Mr Bojangles, Heatwave and many more. Nick Hodges, the town’s Mayor will sing in the show as will former mayor Liz Bennett. A great variety show.


Importantly, it will also be a chance to raise money for the Mayor’s two charities – The Town Museum, and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). The Town Museum is an asset to the town which needs funds to keep going to provide generations to come the history of our great town. Every week in the UK 12 apparently fit and healthy young people die from cardiac conditions. Cardiac Risk in the Young are a charity who want to stop this by raising awareness and promoting cardiac screening.

Tickets are £10 from the Chequer Mead Theatre box office on 01342 302000

For further information please contact Frank Osborne on 01342 311061 or frankosborne@btconnect.com

Straight down the Line http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/straight-down-the-line/ Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:52:39 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8472 East Grinstead Mayor Nick Hodges greeted Peacehaven’s Mayor Robert Robertson on the Meridian Line at East Court yesterday.

The notional 0 degrees Meridian Line passes through East Grinstead from its ‘home’ in Greenwich and exits the UK via Peacehaven.

Town Mayor visits the Caravan Club http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/town-mayor-visits-the-caravan-club/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:53:00 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8476 NICK Lomas, Director General of the Caravan Club, and Town Mayor Nick Hodges were at the opening of an outdoor exhibition trailer at the Caravan Club’s HQ this morning.

Have a Ball with the Mayor http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/have-a-ball-with-the-mayor/ Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:00:36 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8212

Land at Blackwell Farm – planning application for 10 homes http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/land-at-blackwell-farm-planning-application-for-10-homes/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:08:21 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8449 The District Council Planning Committee were due to hear this application tonight (9 April) – however we have been advised that the plan has been withdrawn. For anyone who was intending to attend the meeting at Haywards Heath, please be aware that it has been withdrawn and will not be considered this evening.

Sainsbury’s seeks charity partner for the year http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/sainsburys-seeks-charity-partner-for-the-year/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:11:25 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8445 EACH year, Sainsbury’s works in partnership with a selected local charity partner. The store will fundraise for and with the local charity as well as offer support where possible during the course of the year.

In return the charity needs to support the store efforts, for example supplying collection boxes, being available to attend fundraising events and providing coverage though their website and social media of the work that is being carried out at the store.

Any charity that would like to be considered should email Laura Bowes at PRL.EastGrinstead@sainsburys.co.uk or write directly to the store at Brooklands Way, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1DD. The deadline is 10 May.

Imberhorne School Gains Fairactive Schools’ Status http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/imberhorne-school-gains-fairactive-schools-status/ Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:31:57 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8441 Imberhorne School, East Grinstead, was awarded last month with FairActive schools’ status from the Fairtrade Foundation, in recognition of their hard work promoting and fund-raising for Fairtrade.

The Imberhorne Fairtrade Steering Group co-ordinates the Fairtrade movement in the school and submitted their successful application. It follows the school winning the nationwide Margaret Demidecka Fairtrade Award (secondary schools category) last year, and the prize of £350.

The school had already gained FairAware status, which showed the students had understanding and awareness of the Fairtrade movement. However, to gain FairActive, the school had to complete several challenges, host Fairtrade events, formulate an action plan, and host assemblies. Most of the activities centred on Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd Feb – 8th Mar), including the Imberhorne Fairtrade Day, when students set-up Unfair game stalls, and there was an Unfair Teachers vs. Students dodgeball match and Cllr Dick Sweatman (Town Council Deputy Mayor) attended. During Fairtrade Fortnight the school managed to raise £431.30.

Steering Group Chairman, Henry Grub, said: “we have been working for a long time to achieve this status. It’s great that our work and achievements are now recognised. I’m very proud of the school and the work done by the Steering Group, and the school’s students! We hope now to go even further with Fairtrade.”

The award is the second level out of three, the third, FairAchiever, being the most prestigious. The Steering Group say they will attempt the FairAchiever award when the applications open later this year.

Town confers historic first Freedom of the parish http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/articles/news/2015/04/town-confers-historic-first-freedom-of-the-parish/ Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:00:10 +0000 East Grinstead Town Council http://www.eastgrinstead.gov.uk/?p=8423 The Reverend Canon Clive Everett-Allen was admitted by unanimous vote at the Special Council Meeting at East Court to be the first Freeman of the East Grinstead Parish.

Clive said “This is an overwhelming honour, I had no idea until the call came asking if I would accept, should the Council vote to approve. I was delighted to confirm that I would. That I am the first freeman is a great privilege and one I shall treasure”.

A Town Council Spokesperson said “Clive has served as Vicar of the St Swithuns’ parish including St Barnabas and St Luke’s for 17 years. He has officiated at civic services, Remembrance Day, special services for town events, dedications and anything else that the town has asked of him, happy and sad events. Whether you are a regular member of the St Swithuns congregation or not, the likelihood is that Clive has at some point crossed your path” The Council wanted to recognize his support to the town as a whole as he will shortly be retiring and leaving the Parish. It is nice that a part of the town that he has served so long will remain with him.

Note to editors:

The right to confer the freedom of the Parish was made available to Parish Councils in 2009, a Council meeting has to be specially convened to vote on the matter, which is why the ordinary Council meeting followed at 7pm.

The conferring of the title entitles the freeman to enjoy such rights and privileges as the town council determine. At this time the only right will be a life entry on to the Town Civic list to invite him officially to future civic events.