News

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

June 2018

Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June (organised by the East Grinstead AFD committee and RBL)

20 June 2018

There will be a short service in the High St from 10.30 in which a Deputy Lieutenant and Town Mayor amongst others will lay a wreath, a parade back to East Court which the public can fall in behind and then see exhibits including WW1 bi-plane & army encampment and farrier back at East Court. There will be music and speeches.

It is a family day out (ending at 3.30) children can enlist in the army and be drilled!

Sponsors for the day include East Grinstead Town Council, Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council

USERS OF THE EAST COURT ESTATE ARE ASKED NOT TO PARK ON THE TOWN COUNCIL DRIVE NOR CAR PARKS ON 30TH DUE TO THE EXHIBITS BEING SET UP FROM 7.30 AM ..AND TO NOTE THE FOLLOWING DAY IS EAST COURT LIVE WHERE AGAIN THE DRIVE AND CAR PARKS WILL BE RESTRICTED.

OFWAT Report

20 June 2018

Please find below, the OFWAT report into the water disruption that was encountered in the District/Sussex following the adverse weather event (‘Beast from the East’) in March.

OFWAT Report

West Sussex Parents & Carers survey for keeping children safe online

20 June 2018

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team (CSWB) is asking West Sussex Parents & Carers for their views & experiences in relation to keeping their children safe online.

We are looking to establish what parents & carers main concerns are when parenting in the digital age and what challenges they have faced. We want to understand how confident parents & carers are when dealing with these issues and if they know where to go for help, advice & support.

We want to know about the types of resources parents utilise, are aware of and have available to them, as well as the resources they really value in helping them to better support their young people.

The aim of the survey is to assist us in identifying if any further resources may need to be developed, or to raise awareness of existing resources and how we can better support parents and carers in this area.

We will be running the online survey to try and capture parents & carers views across the County and are encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/communities-public-protection/parent-online-safety

The survey will close on the 8th of July 2018.

East Grinstead choir sings at Last Post ceremony to honour the fallen of the First World War

20 June 2018

A choir from East Grinstead who sang at the daily Last Post ceremony in Ypres were praised for making it extra special for the hundreds of people gathered to remember the fallen from the First World War.

East Grinstead Choral Society members sang two specially selected songs while poppy wreaths were laid at the famous Menin Gate memorial in the Belgian town.

The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen, is played by the buglers in honour of the memory of the 300,000 soldiers from the British and Commonwealth, who died in battles in the so-called Ypres Salient.

The service, which attracts hundreds of visitors, takes place every evening at 8pm at the Menin Gate, a memorial whose walls are inscribed with the names of almost 55,000 soldiers who have no known last resting place.

Chairman Richard Young said it was a very emotional experience for the choir.

“The response from the crowd afterwards was incredible, with people of different nationalities coming up to us to say how beautifully we sang and to thank us for making the occasion so special for them.”

As well as taking part in the Last Post Ceremony, the choir also sang at Mass at St Martin’s Cathedral and morning eucharist at St George’s, an Anglican church built in Ypres to serve both as permanent memorial to the dead and as a meeting place for the visiting relatives.

East Grinstead Choral Society’s next event is a Summer Soiree – an evening of popular choral classics and songs from West Side Story and Oliver!  – on Saturday 23 June at Imberhorne Lower School, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. They will be joined by young voices from St Mary’s Primary School. Tickets, price £15, include a light supper and are available in advance only from choir members or by calling 01342 328774.

The choir will also be performing at East Court Live, the free party in the park on East Grinstead’s East Court terraces on Sunday 1 July.

Poignant moment: East Grinstead Choral Society at the Menin Gate, the walls of which are inscribed with the names of almost 55,000 fallen soldiers

Musical memories: the choir at St George’s Anglican Church in Ypres where they sang at morning eucharist.

Lasting tribute: The Menin Gate is a memorial to soldiers who have no known grave

Tragic waste: the choir visited Tyne Cot, the largest cemetery for British and Commonwealth forces in the world

The choir rehearses every Thursday evening during term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead, and new members would be made very welcome.

To find out about the choir visit www.egcs.org.uk.

Youth Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2018

15 June 2018

Healthwatch West Sussex Community Fund

15 June 2018

Healthwatch West Sussex are excited to announce the launch of our Community Fund for local community and voluntary groups with the aim to gather insight into people’s health
and social care experiences with a view to influencing future improvements.

We invite applications for awards of up to £500. Our aim is to keep the process simple and applying is easy so that we can make awards that make a difference to local people. All applications will be judged on their own merits and in relation to how they could contribute to improving people’s health and wellbeing experiences.

We would expect recipients to provide a simple report about their project/activity once completed to include: how many people were involved, how they raised awareness of Healthwatch West Sussex with their members and wider local community: so that we hear the ‘voices of your community health and care needs’. The report could possibly include photographs of the project, that we could use in our community work.

The projects do not have to be expensive or complicated, for example: enough to cover the cost of setting up an event within an existing group, or a new group so that people can meet to share their health and care experiences, or the cost of materials so that a group could produce artwork representing their experiences. No matter what your group is, if you are part of a community in West Sussex, we are keen to hear from you.

We will be reviewing applications every month and will reply as soon as we can.

Interested groups or individuals just need to send a short description of their project idea and the amount of funding they are asking for to cheryl.berry@healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk or call on 07966 529756.

NHS Jobs: Engagement Officer Vacancy

15 June 2018

Engagement Officer: Job Reference: 753-CCG-4090KR

Employer: Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

Location: Crawley/Oxted

Salary: £22,128-£28,746 pa

Are you passionate about hearing from people who use local health services? Are you highly organised, and skilled in managing tasks and priorities in a pressurised environment? . We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to join the Patient and Public Engagement team; working across Horsham and Mid Sussex, Crawley and East Surrey CCGs, you will support the Public Engagement Managers to ensure a systematic and informed approach to reaching and hearing from patients, carers and the public. You will support the successful delivery of a range of engagement mechanisms, and develop robust systems and processes to ensure feedback is recorded and responded to appropriately. You will ensure that good administration processes underpin the work of the Engagement team, including high quality and effective communications to relevant stakeholders.

You will be a vital part of a dynamic and proactive Communications and Engagement team working across the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance.

NHS jobs Link : Click here

Travellers on Imberhorne Recreation field

12 June 2018

We are advised by Mid Sussex District Council who are the landowners, that they have completed the required legal procedures and are now liaising with the Police regarding removal of the Travellers from their current location.

MSDC Officers are at the site again this morning to continue to monitor the situation and hope to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

All public enquiries must be directed to Mid Sussex DC (switchboard 01444 458166 www.midsussex.gov.uk) as the Town Council has no other information.

EG Choral Society trip to Ypres

7 June 2018

The EG Choral Society trip to Ypres where they will take part in the last post at the Menin Gate.

Commemorating end of WW1, RAF 100, John Mason Neale and the Lions

6 June 2018

East Grinstead Town Councils Flower beds in the High Street have once again surpassed themselves and are this year, commemorating four very different anniversaries.

EAST GRINSTEAD AND DISTRICT LIONS (BED 1)

The East Grinstead & District Lions Club was formed in 1968 and 2018 sees the club reach its Golden Anniversary or 50th year. The bed marks this anniversary with the Lions logo; the heads facing both ways, to represent pride in heritage and confidence in the future. All the flowers are blue and yellow to bring out the colours of the logo. Our hanging baskets this year have also given a nod to the Lions anniversary with the predominant colours being blue and yellow.

RAF100 (Bed 2)

1st April 2018 sees the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. Making it the oldest Independent Air Force in the world. It was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. The RAF motto is per ardua ad astra (through adversity to the stars).
Our bed depicts three plumes to represent the coloured smoke often emitting from the red arrows (RAF aerobatic team); one each in red, white and blue. We also feature models of the planes through history from WW1 bi-planes, WW2 Spitfires through to Typhoons of today, and the RAF100 logo.
The Armed Forces Day on 30th June this year (11am – 3.00pm) held at Meridian Hall in East Court will feature 100 years of the RAF with a static replica of a bi-plane, activities and other free exhibits. All are welcome.

JOHN MASON NEALE – WARDEN OF SACKVILLE COLLEGE (Bed 3)

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Mason Neale, Warden of Sackville College between 1846 and his death in 1866. He translated many ancient and medieval hymns from latin and greek, wrote many original hymns and also wrote the carol Good King Wenceslas. Our bed takes inspiration from Good King Wenceslas, the King and his page are setting out against the winters wild lament to take flesh and wine to the old man he saw gathering winter fuel.

100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 (Beds 4/5)

Inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London in 2014, the beds this year have taken our 2014 theme to new heights. These Beds in 2014 won the prize for South East in Bloom’s best War Memorial. Lest we forget, this bed will mark the end of the four years of 100th anniversary commemoration and will remain in situ throughout the remainder of 2018.
A special thank you to the East Grinstead branch of the Royal British Legion who kindly donated the poppies which form the draping sash.

Bringing the Beds to the Town each year is a full team effort, from selecting the theme and the tableaus to be depicted, to agreeing the design, liaising with the nursery for the flowers, designing and producing the props and then placing them all during the first week of June. The East Court Gardener, Outside Service Team, Estates Team and Town Clerk all play a part in bringing the beds to the town.

The Town Council took over the planting of the beds when Mid Sussex district council pulled out in 2011. Over the years the beds have won many admirers, they have become a focal point for locals and tourists alike and are eagerly anticipated each year. The themes to be depicted are now determined well over a year in advance.

Cllr Adam Peacock, Chairman of the Amenities and Tourism Committee said “these beds are such an important focal point for the town centre, the team take great pride in designing and bringing the designs to life, it is an example where our local knowledge that these beds should not be lost to the town have created, not just a display but a feature of the town throughout the summer months”

East Court Live 2018

1 June 2018