Remembrance Service 2018


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

October 2018

Bus User Survey

16 October 2018

Further to our recent Bus Strategy Consultation, West Sussex County Council would like to know more about how passengers use our supported bus routes across the county.

Most routes in West Sussex are operated by bus companies on a commercial basis, and these are not part of this survey. However, some routes receive a subsidy from the county council to help them run.

Below is a list of bus services which are currently either wholly or partly subsidised by the county council and are included in the survey:

Arriva – 63

Brighton & Hove – 59A

Compass Travel – 8/8A, 16, 19, 30, 31, 33, 36A/36C, 39, 42, 52, 62, 64, 66A/66C, 67, 69, 71, 74/74A/74B, 85/85A, 89, 93, 96, 99, 100, 150

Metrobus – 61, 65, 84, 98, 200, 270, 272, 291, 606, 610, 692, 693

Stagecoach – 46, 47, 50, 54, 56, 70, 91/92/93

Shared Taxi Service – Billilinks (Villages Transport Link)

We are keen to gather feedback from passengers and others to help us understand the impact of any potential changes to the routes above.

Further information and the online questionnaire is available at – or by calling 01243 642105 for a paper copy.

We would appreciate your help in promoting the consultation as appropriate. A promo poster is attached; please let me know if you require any hard copies.

Feedback on behalf of your organisation can be made by completing the consultation questionnaire or by email to:

The closing date for responses is 18 November 2018.

East Court Public Toilets

5 October 2018

The public toilets at East Court will be closed for 6 weeks from the 29th October for major refurbishment. We apologise for any inconvenience while we bring these conveniences up to scratch.

Lest We Forget

5 October 2018

WWI touched the lives of millions across the globe 1914 – 1918 and to mark the centenary East Grinstead Town Council has commemorated the war with a series of events and tributes.

East Grinstead was especially touched by the events of World War 1, as can be witnessed from the inscriptions on the War Memorial located in the historic High Street.  During The Battle of Boar’s Head, Richebourg, France in 1916, commemorated as “The Day Sussex Died”, over 360 men died over a five-hour period.

This year, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, a special service was held at East Grinstead’s War Memorial as well as a range of ‘living exhibitions’ were on display in the grounds of East Court Mansion, providing an insight into life at the time.

2014-2018 floral tributes High Street War Memorial flower beds

From recreating the ceremonial drums of the Royal Sussex Regiment, to displays of the poppy fields of Flanders, the Town Council has commemorated the anniversary of WWI with spectacular themed flower beds.

Roll of Honour

Each name from the East Grinstead war memorial has been remembered on the anniversary of their death with a post on the Council’s social media platform (@VisitEG) together with a mention on the Town Council web news under the headline “Lest We Forget”.

Edwardian Picnic; East Court Live!

3 August 2014: The town turned out to remember the last weekend of peace before war was declared on Tuesday, August 4 1914.

The East Grinstead Concert Band played popular tunes of the era and there were period games, Punch and Judy shows and have-a-go archery.  The ladies of the WI served up cream teas and many residents dressed in Edwardian costumes.

Lights Out

4 August 2014: East Grinstead Town Council and the East Grinstead branch of the Royal British Legion, held a candle-lit vigil 10pm – 11pm to mark the exact time Great Britain entered the ‘Great War’.

During the reading of war poems, members of the public were invited to place lighted candles around the War Memorial.

The inspiration for the event is the remark made by Sir Edward Grey, foreign secretary, on August 3 1914.

Knowing that war was imminent, he gazed out at gas lamps being lit in St James’s Park and said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The Sidney Godley V.C. plaque unveiling

23 August 2014: East Grinstead was the first town in the UK to unveil one of the nationwide series of specially commissioned, centenary anniversary plaques. The plaques were produced as a Government initiative, to honour each holder of the Victoria Cross from WWI. Pte Sidney Godley V.C, born in East Grinstead, was the first private soldier to be awarded the medal for valour during the war.

Despite being twice wounded, Pte Godley held Nimy Bridge at Mons, allowing his comrades to escape. He was subsequently captured and told of his award whilst a prisoner of war eventually receiving his medal from King George V at Buckingham Palace in 1919. Among the attendees of the ceremony were Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Pte Godley’s great niece Mrs Susan Hill, and representatives of the Royal Fusiliers, the successors to Pte Godley’s regiment.  Also among the guests was Charlie MacKeith the designer of the Memorial plaque.

The Mayor of East Grinstead, Cllr. Nick Hodges, read the address.

The Day Sussex died: The Battle of Boar’s Head

30 June 2016: The Battle of Boar’s Head, Richebourg, France 30 June 1916 was a diversionary tactic prior to the Battle of the Somme which started on 1 July 1916. It was intended to persuade the German Command that it was this area, rather than the Somme, that was to be the centre of the major offensive. The Sussex Regiment broke through the German line and held their position for 30 minutes before being forced to retreat.

The Town Mayor lit a candle at the War Memorial at 3.05, the exact moment, 100 years earlier, the men of the 11th, 12th and 13th Southdown’s Battalions went ‘over the top’.  In five hours 17 officers and 349 men were killed and over 1000 were wounded or taken prisoner.

The candle burned for the 5 hours of the battle.  A wreath laying ceremony with an honour guard took place at 7am and the candle was extinguished at 8.05am.

Armed Forces Day

30 June 2018:  A service of commemoration was held at the High Street War Memorial and was followed by a procession led by The East Grinstead concert band.

The band, dignitaries and members of the public processed to East Court where further activities, exhibitions and WWI & RAF100 displays took place.

Around the grounds of East Court Mansion were several displays of WW1, including a bi-plane, machine gun emplacement, recruitment tent and field blacksmith, as well as a large number of guns and artefacts from the period.

The whole event was lent an air of authenticity by the attendance of personnel in vintage military uniforms and on such a blisteringly hot day, gave a glimpse of what it must have been like, on a very personal level, to have lived during that time.

Remembrance Sunday and Beacon Lighting

11 November 2018: The roads in the centre of town will be closed for the Remembrance Day Service and Parade by the town branch of the Royal British Legion in East Grinstead High Street, following the traditional wreath-laying service at East Court.

Remembrance Sunday will be an opportunity for all the community to remember the Fallen, especially in the 100th anniversary year of the end of the Great War.

Starting School – September 2019

2 October 2018

Metro Bus Electric Bus Trial

2 October 2018

Metrobus currently have a zero emission electric bus operating on a trial on route 400. Route 400 operates between Caterham, Redhill, Horley, Gatwick Airport, Manor Royal Business District, Crawley & East Grinstead.

The single deck Yutong electric bus will be open to all customers for around two weeks while they evaluate how it performs and how it is received by bus users. It will help to inform our strategy for the further development of reducing emissions in the areas in which we operate.

Please do let the Town Council or Metrobus know if you have any queries or feedback on the bus

East Grinstead recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community

2 October 2018

East Grinstead has been officially recognised as a Dementia Friendly Community by the Alzheimers Society.

The recognition is actually that the town is Working to Become Dementia Friendly as there are always new businesses and always ways to improve. However to be recognised the Town has had to show that it has taken steps and has a plan to do more.

Stickers like the one shown will be issued to the 28 members of the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) for display at their place of business, but will say 2018-2019 and run through to the end of 2019. To be re-accredited for 2020 the business or organisation will need to update their action plan and comment on the success of their previous plan.

Councillor Julie Mockford Chairman of the Town Council Public Services Committee who receive reports on the work of the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance was really pleased with the news “The DAA have worked really hard to get this initiative to take off in East Grinstead, there is so much more that can be done but we are thrilled that East Grinstead has been recognised as a Town that is working towards helping those who are living with Dementia”

Julie Holden Chairman of the East Grinstead DAA said “So many people have contributed to this, and the community has really responded, we will continue with awareness and signing groups and businesses up to the process to make sure that we retain this accreditation, I am particularly grateful to the steering group members who are working so hard to spread the word”

Any business or organisation that wants to sign up can contact the DAA at

Lest We Forget

1 October 2018

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):

William George FOLLINGTON

Private 5229 5th Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment. Pioneer Battalion, of the 50th Division.

Killed in action near Le Cateau 22. 10.18. Aged 42.

Son of George and Sarah Anne Follington of Eastbourne. Husband of Mrs. Edith Kate Follington of 6, Stockwell Road, East Grinstead, Enlisted in London. Formerly with the Royal Sussex Reg.

Buried Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau F. 190

Percy John KILLICK

Private G/63596 8th Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 24th Division.

Killed in action 11.10.18. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Killick of 13, Council Terrace, East Grinstead. Born in East Grinstead

Buried St. Aubert British Cemetery. F. 270

Ernest W LUFF

Air Mechanic 2nd Class 66516 45th Kite Balloon Section The Royal Air Force. Western Front Units.

Killed in action 12.10.18. Aged 19.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Luff of 3, Chequers Road, East Grinstead.

Buried Bevillers Communal Cemetery.

Leslie Reginald SMITH

Rifleman S/37071 1/8th Battalion, The London Regiment. (The Post Office Rifles) 58th London Division.

Died of wounds 15.10.18. age 18.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. G/J.T.Smith of 16, Queens Road, East Grinstead. Enlisted in Blackdown, Hampshire. Formerly with The Royal Flying Corps.

Buried Houchin British Cemetery F. 106