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

November 2019

Remembrance Service 2019

11 November 2019

East Grinstead came together to pay respects  to those killed in conflict around the world at services of remembrance on Sunday 10th of November.  A short service was held at the WW2 War Memorial at  East Court at 10am where the Town Mayor,  Danny Favor laid a wreath before processing to the High Street. A huge crowd had gathered at the High Street War memorial where East Grinstead concert band played as they were joined by a procession of groups from the Royal British Legion, the forces cadets, the Council, fire service, St John’s and youth groups from the town. A moving service of Remembrance was held and after the observance of 2 minutes silence, wreaths were laid.

At 11am on Monday 11th November the traffic was stopped for a short time whilst the Town Mayor laid a wreath at the War Memorial to honour the dead. He was joined by staff and Councillors of East Grinstead Town Council, members of the RBL and members of the public to observe 2 minutes silence.

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11 November 2019

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The Sidney Betchley Charity, Henry Smith’s Charity and John Smith’s Trust

11 November 2019

A legacy left by a 16th-century salt merchant and philanthropist is still benefitting East Grinstead residents who find themselves in need at Christmas time. On his death in 1628 Henry Smith left £2000 for the purchase of land that would yield an annual income to help the poor, with which his trustees bought land in Kensington and Westminster.

The Henry Smith Charity’s capital endowment now consists of a substantial portfolio of stock market investments, property and investments in Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Venture Capital. Its grant making, which totals many millions of pounds each year, addresses a wide range of causes and extends throughout the whole of the UK.

East Grinstead residents, 65 years old and over and on a low income, are invited to apply for a grant. Successful single applicants will receive a £50 voucher for Sainsbury’s or Waitrose, £70 for a married couple. An extra £15 will be awarded to successful applicants 90 years old and above.

Applications open on the first of November and closes on Friday 15th November 2019.

Forms can be collected from and returned to: East Grinstead Town Council offices, East Grinstead Library, Citizens Advice Bureau East Grinstead, Judges Close Surgery, Age UK East Grinstead, Waitrose East Grinstead, Sainsbury’s East Grinstead, Moatfield Surgery, Ashurst Wood News Store, St Dunstan’s, Forest Row Parish Council, Ashdown Forest Health Centre.

Download application form

Remembrance Day 2019

7 November 2019

East Grinstead Timetable of Events Sunday 10th and Monday 11th November (times are approximate)

Sunday 10th November

10.00 – East Court short service – WW2 memorial East Court

10.15 – High Street from Middle Row… London Road (High St to Kings St) Closed

10.45 – Parade leaves base of London Road

10.50 – Parade arrives at High Street War memorial EG Concert Band finish playing

10.55 – Church Parade arrive

EG service follows Big Ben relay to the hour of 11.00 and silence

During the Wreath Laying … members of the public wishing to lay their own tribute (RBL crosses or wreaths) should make themselves known to the parade commander at the war memorial and they may then follow on from the marching groups

11.35 – High St closed from College Lane roundabout and at Portland Road to allow parade to pass

11.35 – Parade moves off toward Chequer Mead car park and disbands there

11.40 – Church Lane closed

11.45 – 12.00 roads reopen as soon as possible

There will be discretionary (steward controlled) access from Cantelupe Road turning left only, between 10.15 – 10.5 depending on size of the crowd, if it is not safe to allow traffic to enter the High St they will not be able to do so. No Vehicles will be able to enter the High St once the Choir have left St Swithuns.   Vehicles must not move from the parking bays during the closure.

Join us on the High Street to pay your tribute to those gone before – service sheets will be available

Monday 11th November

The Town Mayor will lay a Wreath at the High St Memorial at 11.00 am

Traffic will be held on the High St during a minutes silence

 

It is only 1 minute, please be respectful, think of those who gave up their minutes in past conflicts

MSDC seeking ambassadors from local businesses

5 November 2019

Mid Sussex County Council are looking for an “Ambassador” for  a team of students from one of our local senior schools participating in a STEM Challenge.  All senior schools in the Mid Sussex district are participating. They have been set an identical technical challenge and at some point next year will compete against each other.  This year it is around building a high-speed radio-controlled car from a kit, then making some innovations to the design in order to win the challenge.

As part of the programme each school has an “Ambassador” assigned to them from a local company, who needs to be able to commit about 60-75 minutes one afternoon a week to visit the school and give the group of pupils some guidance.  Sadly, the organisers  have never managed to get a company from East Grinstead involved and just this week someone who was supporting an East Grinstead school has had to drop out.

They are now looking for a supportive East Grinstead company who could spare an employee (a few companies actually assign this role to an apprentice) to be an Ambassador to an East Grinstead school?  If this is something that you would like to get involved with, please contact Samantha West of East Grinstead Business Association.

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