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

March 2019

Spring Feast 2019

22 March 2019

Safe Places

21 March 2019

East Grinstead Natural History Society 2019 – 2020 Programme

21 March 2019

East Grinstead Natural History Society

2019 – 2020 Programme


St Barnabas Church Hall

Dunnings Road

East Grinstead

West Sussex

RH19 4AT

7.45pm. 3rd Monday of the Month

( No August meeting )

Local elections called for Mid Sussex District, Town and Parish Councils

21 March 2019

Elections for District, Parish and Town Councils in Mid Sussex have been called and will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

All registered British, Irish, European Union and resident Commonwealth electors living in Mid Sussex can take part. Candidate nominations have begun and will remain open until 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

A helpful brochure giving details on the role of District Councillors has been published online at, to assist anyone considering standing for election. The brochure, called Being a Councillor, gives details on the wide-ranging role of a Councillor and their main areas of responsibility, including ward representation, decision-making and community leadership.

Candidate nomination forms are available from the Mid Sussex District Council elections office or website at

Parish and Town Councils will also be holding elections and residents are encouraged to contact their local clerk if they are interested in getting involved at Town or Parish level.

Tom Clark, the Returning Officer for Mid Sussex said:

“Now is the time for residents to check that they are registered. Everyone who has moved house recently and has not completed a voter registration form should apply online at or contact our Electoral Services Department as soon as possible.”

Residents are reminded that Mid Sussex will be taking part in a government Voter ID pilot on 2 May and everyone who votes at the polling station will be asked to present their poll cards as a means of identification. Anyone who does not have their poll card with them on polling day will be asked to present another form of photo ID including a UK or EU photo-card driving licence (full or provisional) or a valid British, European or Commonwealth passport. A full list of allowable alternative IDs is published on

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April and anyone who wishes to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf must do so by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019. Residents who wish to appoint a proxy voter must explain why the proxy is required and if proxy voting is chosen for all future elections then evidence must be provided to support the application.

If you have any questions regarding nominations, your registration or the electoral process please contact the Mid Sussex District Council Electoral Registration Office on 01444 477003 or email

Additional guidance about being a candidate and the various election procedures is available online from the Electoral Commission at

Are you feeling a bit out of shape?

15 March 2019

Mid Sussex District Council and East Grinstead Town Council Elections

15 March 2019

Elections will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019.

Please see the below link to the Mid Sussex (Elections Authority) District Council where all the notices will appear  advising on how to become a candidate (nominations open on Tuesday 19th March)

The Closing date for nominations is 3rd April (received by Mid Sussex District Council by 4pm)

The Count will take place on Friday 3rd May,  and the election results will be posted on the Mid Sussex website once they are made known.  A link to the results will be placed on this site as soon as possible after the elections

Please note that the Town Council is not able to accept your nomination forms, they must go to Mid Sussex District Council.

Annual Town Meeting 2019

15 March 2019

The Annual Town Meeting is to be held in the Meridian Hall on Wednesday 20th March at 7pm.

The meeting will follow a different format this year whereby following the open forum there will be an opportunity to speak with Councillors and also representatives from several community groups who will be present.

If there is a group in the town you would like to know more about, or maybe get involved with then this is your opportunity to come along and talk to them.

In the past the meeting has been held in the main hall at East Court and also the Old Court House. The Formal part of the meeting is the public forum and then the meeting will close for the opportunity to talk to the local groups.

The Annual Town Meeting is a statutory meeting, it is not a Council meeting although it is chaired by the Chairman of the Council. The purpose is to allow residents (who are on the electoral roll) to raise any issues under the remit of the Parish Council that they wish. The meeting has no formal standing and decisions are not binding, but it is an opportunity to raise thoughts and ideas relating to the town.

Police appeal for information on thefts of Oil from Cafes

15 March 2019

POLICE are appealing for help in solving a “mystery” at a cafe.

The Rumbling Tum cafe in East Grinstead has had £18,720 worth of cooking oil stolen in a string of thefts dating back nine years.

Read more…

Safe Places

15 March 2019

A network of Safe Places is due to be launched on Friday 15th March 2019 in East Grinstead. 10.00 am at East Court, College Lane East Grinstead.

The scheme is part of the national network of safe places which identifies good neighbours where anyone feeling vulnerable or unsure can seek some assistance.

Vulnerable people can sign up to the scheme which will issue them a card with their name and an emergency contacts, this card is handed over to the safe place venue who will then make the phone call to the contact to ask that they collect the person. The card also shows the logo for the safe place scheme to help them identify safe place venues.

All those venues involved in the scheme will have to undergo safeguarding training so that they keep the person and themselves safe at all times.

The early adopters are:

  • East Grinstead Town Council at East Court
  • East Grinstead Library
  • Police Hub at Chequer Mead
  • Chequer Mead Arts and Community Centre
  • East Grinstead Fire Station

With more venues coming on stream over the coming weeks and months

Venues are identified by a window sticker or via a free app which will give directions to the nearest safe place.

The Secondary Schools are also looking to enroll the year 7 youngsters from the 2019/20 autumn term so that all youngsters are aware where to get support if they are feeling in a vulnerable situation.

The Scheme has been drawn up by the East Grinstead Town Council Public Services Committee through a working group Chaired by Cllr Liz Bennett who said “our ultimate aim is to have safe places dotted along all the main routes between the schools and town centre through to the residential estates.  We are starting with a small number of venues to ensure that the scheme works well before we expand it, but the hope is to have many safe places in the town.”  The Working group comprised representatives from the Town Council, Sussex Police and Sussex Fire and Rescue Services.

The Council secured funding from the Mid Sussex Partnership (who have a task and finish group for crime and safety) for the registration fee and printing costs.  Once the scheme has been trialed in East Grinstead, through the task and finish group it will be rolled out to the rest of Mid Sussex starting with the other two towns of Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.

The Window Sticker to appear on the safe place venues and the logo on the card issued to members.

Bring your poll card

7 March 2019

About ID in polling stations

Voters in ten local authorities will be required to show ID before they can vote in the local government elections in May 2019.

The voter ID pilots will take place in North West Leicestershire, Watford, Mid Sussex, Derby, Braintree, North Kesteven, Broxtowe, Craven, Woking and Pendle

 These local authorities have volunteered to pilot voter ID and they, along with the Cabinet Office, Electoral Commission, the Association of Electoral Administrators, and a wider number of local authorities as part of a reference group, have been instrumental in designing and shaping how voter ID will work in each area.

As part of this process, the Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission have commissioned independent research agencies (Ipsos MORI and BMG research) to carry out this fieldwork at random with the eligible electorate.

This will help give insight into the design of voter ID in each of these local areas, which will help inform the evaluation of the 2019 pilots.


  1. Why have I been contacted by Ipsos MORI/BMG and asked about voter ID?

Your number/address was selected at random by Ipsos MORI/BMG, who are carrying out research on Voter ID on the behalf of the Cabinet Office/the Electoral Commission. Your contact details will not be shared with the Cabinet Office, the Electoral Commission, or anyone else outside Ipsos MORI/BMG.

  1. Will anyone have access to my personal responses?

All your answers will be confidential and merged with the answers from other interviews.

  1. Where can I find out which ID I will be required to show before voting?

Your local authority will be publishing this information on their website/your local authority has published this information on their website.

  1. I don’t have ID, what shall I do?

Your local authority has put in place provisions for ensuring you can obtain a form of locally produced ID to enable you to be able to vote if you do not hold any of the listed items. Some areas will accept a poll card as a form of ID, so please bring your poll card to the polling station in those areas.

  1. How can you justify this pilot when there is no evidence of widespread fraud?

Lord Eric Pickles identified tackling electoral fraud as a part of wider improvements to the integrity of elections and democracy.

  1. What about people in care homes?

Local authorities are working closely with stakeholders to ensure that voter ID does not risk preventing any eligible voter from voting.

  1. How much will it cost? Who’s paying for the extra cost involved?

The pilots are being conducted to identify the exact impact of voter ID, including its cost, before it is introduced nationally. The additional costs for the pilots will be fully funded by Cabinet Office.

  1. Will the Government provide money for more staff at polling stations?

Yes, the Government will fund this if they are needed to ensure the successful running of polls where voter ID is required.

  1. Will ID be required at the next scheduled General Election?

Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission will undertake detailed evaluation of the pilots after which the Government will announce the next step to implement voter ID nationally.

  1. Will these pilots still go ahead if a snap General Election is called?

Cabinet Office is focused on successfully delivering the pilots over the local elections in May 2019. There is currently no provision in law to pilot at a General Election.

  1. When will this be rolled out nationally?

Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission will undertake detailed evaluations of the pilots which will provide evidence to inform the way in which ID may be implemented.

  1. Not everyone has ID – will this just disenfranchise people?

It is in nobody’s interest that any elector is disenfranchised. We are working to ensure that every eligible elector is able to identify themselves before voting.

NEW care recruitment website launched

6 March 2019

We are delighted to announce our new Proud to Care website is now live!

Designed as the go to place to search for local care jobs and find out information about working in care plus lots more, we already have over 120 West Sussex care jobs featured on the website.

If you or anyone you know may be considering working in care we would encourage you to visit the website. If you require further information please email and one of our dedicated care recruitment team will be in touch.

Super Six & Slipper Swap

6 March 2019

Slipper Swap events help prevent falls

Many of us are aware how devastating a fall can be for older people and the subsequent impact on health, independence and confidence.

We’re tackling falls prevention in March at Slipper Swap events in selected libraries across the county. If you or a loved one are at risk of falling bring along your old worn-out slippers and swap them for a free new pair. They have thick non-slip soles and Velcro fastening helping to keep you steady.

For locations and dates of Slipper Swap events visit our website.

Doing simple gentle exercises can reduce the risk of falls by improving balance and building muscle strength. Do The Super Six exercises three times a week and see the difference. Watch the video and download a Super Six booklet here.

Recycling your textiles

6 March 2019

Since January, the West Sussex Waste Partnership has been asking residents to join them in ‘Tackling Textiles’.

They have focused on how to repair or reuse textiles and now their focus is on recycling.

So what can you do with textiles that are beyond repair or reuse?

You can find out more on what can go in the textiles/bring banks on our website.

East Grinstead Cricket Club are recruiting!

6 March 2019

EGTFC v Herne Bay Saturday 9th March

6 March 2019

Ambitious plans for Glen Vue given the green light with sub let agreement

6 March 2019

West Sussex County Council has agreed to sublet Glen Vue in East Grinstead to a local charity in a move that will allow them to expand the level of support they offer in the town.

County council cabinet member for Finance and Resources, Jeremy Hunt, has today made the decision to agree to grant a sub-lease to Age UK East Grinstead, subject to a call-in period.

Subject to contract, Age UK East Grinstead is expected to take on the sub-lease from early May for a term of 20 years to provide support to the elderly population of the town.

West Sussex County Council is working closely with all parties to ensure a smooth handover of the premises.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “I am delighted that Age UK have ambitious plans for Glen Vue, which I am confident will be to the benefit of all residents who access these services in East Grinstead.”

Michael Shaw, Chair Age UK East Grinstead and District, said: “Age UK are delighted to be moving into Glen Vue, the increased space and facilities available will not only enable us to continue to provide the excellent services we offer to our members, but also gives us the opportunity to expand and support other charities and organisations who use the centre, creating an important and vibrant community hub for the town and surrounding areas.

“Age UK has a long history of providing very essential services and support for older people to enjoy, including hot lunches, trips and holidays, activities and a Help at Home service, all run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Today, these services are even more vital, to help combat loneliness and isolation and support older people to be happy and fulfilled and make the very most out of later life.”