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

February 2019

Review of Back to the 80s at Sackville School

15 February 2019

SACKVILLE School raised the roof with its production of Back to the 80s this week, a fabulously nostalgic high school musical featuring many of the infectious chart toppers their own parents would have grown up with.

The evening kicked off with the upbeat scene-setter Kids in America and didn’t pause for breath thereafter.

Olly Howland gave an endearingly wistful performance as the narrator Corey Palmer, looking back fondly at the lives and loves of his classmates at William Ocean High.

Ethan Chapman, playing his youthful student self, was laid back and lovable as he hopelessly pursued Tiffany Houston, “the prettiest girl in the year” played by Juno Phitidis in a sweet performance which captured all the bouncy girl-next-door wholesomeness of her role.

Jack Charlton Nevitt was tall enough, and handsome enough, to play a convincing Michael Feldman, the hottest jock at Ocean High, and a shoo-in for senior school president, prompting a great ensemble performance of the Toni Basil hit Hey Mickey.

And there was a lovely turn too from his VP sidekick Olivia Ody, playing the all-too-obviously Material Girl Cyndi Gibson.

The role of class nerd Feargal McFerrin III was in the safe hands of Charlotte Nield, whose excellent comic timing channelled a Young Sheldon as the class swot eventually turned kung fu hero, who delivered Feldman’s well-deserved come-uppance.

Nuhazet Diaz-Cano brought maturity, great vocals and frankly some pretty hot moves to his Maths master Stevie Cocker: while Tia Bartlett soared effortlessly through her fabulous performance as his heartbroken love interest Miss Brannigan.

Grace de Souza was poignant and vulnerable as the cruelly-betrayed new girl Eileen Reagan, while Charlie Stripp – who I last reviewed in his heart-breaking performance as Gavroche in Les Mis – showed his versatility as the comical Alf Bueller, earning several well-deserved laughs.

There were lovely supporting performances too from Maud Kendrick and Lauren Bailey as boyfriend-fantasists Laura Wilde and Debbie Fox; Nicole Noakes as Feargal’s Sister; Peggy Wheeler and Seren Foulds as cheerleading twins Kim and Mel Easton; and jocks Kirk, Billy, Lionel and Huey ably played by Freya Eastcott, Jacob Knock, Chloe Harman and Finn Crawford.

The dancers shone in their many show-stopping numbers which they performed with precision and pizzazz, while the orchestra – composed of pupils, parents, friends and teachers – delivered a fabulous sound track to the evening which was a credit to themselves, and the school.

Sackville is to be congratulated for a night of unapologetic, good-hearted fun which eventually saw the right guy get the girl – even if it was just at the Prom.

And what could be nicer than that?

Geraldine Durrant

Tree fallen on East Court Estate

8 February 2019

There is a tree down at East Court partly blocking the main road through the estate. This is impassable, due to the remaining part of the tree still being vulnerable. A tree surgeon has viewed the tree and will attend to deal with this over the weekend. In the meantime, for your own safety do not walk, cycle or attempt to drive through the barriers – please go around.

District Council Chairman Honours Community Champions

6 February 2019

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman, Councillor Bruce Forbes welcomed  two exceptional local residents to a special coffee morning on Tuesday 29 January.

In the Queen’s New Year Honours, Paul Jackson, (Chief Executive of Into Film) was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Film and the Arts. Into Film is a charitable organisation delivering a UK-wide film education programme that engages with over 12,000 schools and youth organisations, and one million children and young people aged 5-19.

The Chairman, along with the Vice-Chairman Cllr Colin Trumble met with Paul in order to show his appreciation for everything he has done.

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman, Councillor Bruce Forbes said:
“It was a pleasure to welcome Paul to the Council and have the opportunity to personally thank him for his work in cultural education which benefits children and young people across the country.”

Another local resident Nicholas Coombe, (Principal Management Technical Adviser, London Fire Brigade) was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Fire Safety.

Councillor Forbes added, “They both deserve a great deal of credit for being such positive role models and I am proud to see them getting the recognition they deserve. I hope they thoroughly enjoy the investiture ceremony later this year.

“We are very fortunate to have such dedicated people living in Mid Sussex who work so hard to make our communities stronger.”