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

April 2019

Bring your poll card to the polling station

18 April 2019

Mid Sussex District Council is taking part in the Government’s Voter ID pilot scheme. This means that everyone voting at a polling station on the 2nd May 2019 is asked to bring their polling card with them as voter ID.

Poll cards have been arriving on doorsteps around District for those registered to vote. Residents are being urged to keep their polling cards safe, and remember to bring them along to the polling station. If you still need to register to vote you need to do so by Friday 12 April to vote in these elections, you can register at

A range of Pilot Voter ID projects are taking place in various authorities across the country. Insight from the schemes will be used to help ensure the security of the voting process and reduce the risk of voter fraud. Projects are testing four models of Voter ID checks, and in Mid Sussex this will require voters to bring their poll cards to the polling station.

Mid Sussex Returning Officer Tom Clark said: “Although voter fraud is currently at a very low level it is rising in some areas of the country. These projects are important to ensure the integrity of the voting system for the future, and we are happy to be supporting this aim.”

If you lose your poll card, it must be cancelled and a new one can be issued. The latest time to re-issue is 9pm on polling day, but at this stage you would need to collect it from the MSDC offices in Haywards Heath. For any enquiries please contact Electoral Services on 01444 477222.

Full details of the Voter ID project, including other acceptable forms of ID, can be found at

Feed with Confidence – The Mug Tree Tea Room

18 April 2019

East Grinstead café receives national recognition for supporting breastfeeding mums

18 April 2019

The Mug Tree Tea Room in East Grinstead has received national recognition for being a breastfeeding friendly venue, having been named runner up in the Lansinoh 2018 Feed With Confidence Awards.

The Feed With Confidence Awards, run by breastfeeding brand, Lansinoh, are designed to celebrate places and people across the country that support breastfeeding mums. The UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world*, so by encouraging people and places to be more accepting of it, the Feed With Confidence Awards aim to give more women the confidence to try breastfeeding and to do it for longer.

People were invited to nominate venues that support breastfeeding mums by providing an encouraging, safe and friendly environment in which women feel confident enough to breastfeed in.

Lisa Craven, UK marketing manager at Lansinoh, said: “The 2018 Feed With Confidence Awards received a record number of nominations, so to be named a runner up in the venue category is a huge achievement.

“We’re very passionate about encouraging cafes and venues to help make breastfeeding mums feel comfortable, and the number of nominations The Mug Tree Tea Room received demonstrates that it’s a breastfeeding friendly establishment that mums love.”

Kathryn Hibberd-Little, owner of The Mug Tree Tea Room, added: We are absolutely delighted to be recognised for supporting breastfeeding mums in East Grinstead. As a mum myself, I feel it’s crucial that all public venues support new mums and breastfeeding, that they’re made to feel comfortable, confident and stress-free when they’re out and about feeding their babies. We are proud to be leading the way – whether you breast, bottle or combi feed, you’re always welcome at The Mug Tree Tea Room.”

The Mug Tree Tea Room is on Ship Street and serves a range of award-winning loose-leaf teas, coffees and delicious homemade cakes, treats and lunches.

Lansinoh’s Feed With Confidence Awards were launched in 2017 and are designed to recognise people and places who support breastfeeding mums. This year, the awards received over 500 nominations across three categories:

  • Feed With Confidence Venue – places where mums can breastfeed in comfort, feeling supported and respected.
  • Feed With Confidence Supporter – friends or family members who have helped women overcome breastfeeding hurdles.
  • Feed With Confidence Champion – healthcare professionals who champion the cause and make women feel breastfeeding is worthwhile.

Trusted for more than 30 years and founded by a breastfeeding mum, Lansinoh has been the ‘go to’ brand for breastfeeding products, including Lansinoh HPA Lanolin, for decades. Its trusted by both mums and healthcare professionals to provide safe, effective breastfeeding support and products.

For further information, visit

It’s all about the M-E-N (motivation, exercise, nutrition)

18 April 2019

The Mid Sussex District Council Wellbeing team are inviting residents along to an exciting new group for men focusing on Motivation, Exercise and Nutrition (MEN) starting on 24th of April.

Finding time and space to think about health and wellbeing can be difficult. That is why Mid Sussex Wellbeing has set up a new 12-week plan to help support male residents in making adjustments which will help them to have healthier futures.

The meetups will take place at Haywards Heath Football Club, Hanbury Stadium in Allen Road RH16 3PT. Each get-together will consist of 45 minutes on a nutrition and healthy lifetstyle subject followed by a 45 minute exercise session. The sessions kick-off on Wednesday 24th April, 6-8pm and will continue for 12-weeks, costing £20 in total.

“Making a decision to think about exercise and nutrition is the most important step”, said Wellbeing Team Leader Nick Hurley. “Once we get started our aim is to help create new healthy habits, giving an understanding of nutrition and finding exercise which will suit their needs. The group gives time and space to allow us to support everyone with the changes they want to make, bringing benefits which we hope will continue well past the end of the course.”

If you would like to find out more, or to book a place on the M-E-N (Motivation, Exercise and Nutrition) meetups please contact or call 01444 477191.

Save The Date – North Mid Sussex County Local Committee

18 April 2019