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September 18th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

THANKS to our fantastic readers and contributors, we have just crossed a million pages read so far this year on East Grinstead Online.

Add in more than 1.5 million page impressions from our popular Facebook and Twitter pages, then we can say that everyone is reading East Grinstead Online.

We plan to continue offering up to the minute news direct to your PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

So keep reading to find out what is happening now in East Grinstead, not last week’s news.

In the run up to Christmas, we are offering month-long site sponsorship, weekly ads and job advertising, so get in touch if you want to see your business reach every part of East Grinstead and beyond.

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May 27th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

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March 13th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST GRINSTEAD ONLINE’s editor, Geraldine Durrant interviewed Terry Pratchett a number of years ago. Here is that interview in tribute to the great man.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld fantasies have achieved international cult status but literary critics loathe his routine monopoly of the bestsellers’ list.

Geraldine Durrant reports

“Relax?” mused Terry Pratchett. “I’m sure I did that once in the summer of 1991. I was listening to music at the time, and I sort of drifted off for about 45 minutes

“It was very pleasant, as I recall, but I haven’t had time to repeat the experiment.”

These days being Terry Pratchett is a full-time job.

It’s ten years, and 15 books, since Pratchett created Discworld, his fantasy planet where mystery, magic and metaphor jostle in rib-tickling juxtaposition. The literary establishment has been somewhat sniffy about his success but Pratchett is philosophical about their attitude.

But then with four million books sold, a world-wide electronic fan club and each new book at the Number One spot before you can whisper “Wizard”, he can afford to be.

“There is a difference between people who enjoy my books, and people who Appreciate Literature,” Pratchett observed drily. “And the sort of people who read Discworld tend to describe it as `dead good’ or `brill’.”

Certainly Pratchett’s original following was among younger readers, often those, teachers told him, who “didn’t read”.
“I wish that sounded more like a compliment,” he opined wistfully.

But in the past five years he has become the cult hero of the university set – and their mothers. “At least half my readers are now women of a certain age who have been introduced to Discworld by their offspring,” he admitted. “And an awful lot of pensioners write to me too.

“I think it’s because we go through life like gob-stoppers going backwards.

“Each year adds another layer of meaning to our lives, and we see things in a slightly different way. “My books appeal to a certain type of mind, and age has very little to do with it.”

He’s right. His best-selling children’s series Truckers, which was televised 18 months ago, also shot to the top of the adult best-seller list. But the man who treats his routine success as a piece of harmlessly enjoyable fun, is at a loss to account for his almost universal appeal.

“Never ask the man on the high wire how he does it,” he says.

And he’s popular all over in Europe too, despite the intrinsic difficulties of translating his quirky punning style, littered with freshly-minted words like “neurovore” (one who lives on his nerves) and “autocondimentor” (someone who automatically salts his food without first tasting it).

“Even America is catching on,” Pratchett observed. “It’s taken a while, but then they don’t speak English and they think irony has something to do with metalwork.”

Writing comes naturally to Pratchett. He sold his first short story at the age of 12, entered journalism at 17 and still can’t think of anything else he’d rather do.

“I took three months off recently, and before I knew it, I was halfway through a new book. I didn’t mean to write anything, but there’s nothing else I enjoy doing more,” he said.

However the man whose self-written sleeve note records that he is `occasionally accused of literature’ has a horror of being taken too seriously. His books may be scathingly satirical about death, religion and other modern taboos, but Pratchett refuses to be drawn about their `meaning’.

“I rely on the clever bastards at universities to tell me what my books are about,” he laughed. “Mostly they are about hoping the reader thinks they are worth £4.99 each in paperback.

“But I think it behooves an author to maintain a modest silence about these things. Once I’ve finished a book, it leaves my hands and has to make its own way in the world. “After you’ve handed over the money for one of them, you can feel free to think they are about anything you like.”

And if Pratchett has one dread, it is that his books will turn up as texts for school children to `analyze’.

“There may be a message in them,” he shrugged “but I think you can be too precious about these things. “On the whole I go along with the crime writer who said he made his detective hero drink beer because he couldn’t spell cognac.”

Pratchett denies he is anti-establishment and claims he is innocent of peddling serious ideas along with his laugh-a-line prose. “My greatest disadvantage as a writer,” he said with just the suggestion of a twinkle in his eye “is that I wasn’t forced to go to a Catholic school and get beaten regularly. I could have got at least three books out of that.

“Of course I did get beaten at school. They just didn’t tell me it was because it was God’s will.”

Nor is he inherently irreligious. Religion is just not something he talks about off Discworld. “Wise men gravitate towards one religion, but wise men don’t say which,” he says enigmatically, fending off questions about his beliefs. “However I don’t believe a writer can entirely disguise the nature of his soul in his books. But of course, I could be wrong about that too!”

Pratchett takes a disciplined approach to being funny.

He never travels without his word processor, and he never stops writing – even if it is only is his head. He feels, he says, like a computer which is never quite turned off, and even when he is involved in answering the dozens of letters he receives daily, the literary cogs are still turning over in his mind, ready for when he can get a quick 200 words down between phonecalls. His output is prolific, and he has no shortage of ideas.

“I can’t plaster a wall flat, but I don’t find it difficult to write. If I wasn’t good at it, I’d be a bloody genius to turn out books at the rate I do.”

And he finds it increasingly easy to write about his fantasy planet, home “to 100,000 souls and ten times that number of actual people”, save only for the self-imposed restraints of its history and geography.
And he is very grateful indeed for his success, despite the demands of fans who leave up to 100 messages a day on his email.

“Being seen as a `cult’ writer, makes me a bit different from other authors, in that people who like what I do, feel they know me. And that can be difficult.

“For instance if I am at a signing sometimes, and a fan asks me to inscribe a book to Scrummybums, or Wilma, the Wild Woman of Wonga, I sometimes ask myself `are you enjoying this?’. And if I’m honest, I answer `no’.

“But then I ask if there is anything else I would rather be doing, and that answer is `no’ to that as well.

“I’m in a profession many people would give their right arm to be part of and the merest suggestion on my part that it is anything less than the most enormous fun, would be to betray them.”

And then there are the financial rewards of being “the funniest writer since Wodehouse”.

“Discworld has made me immensely wealthy, but as I am not the sort of person who goes skiing in Gstaad or who owns a yacht, I can be rich quite cheaply.

“I’ve always been lucky enough to be able to pay the bills, take a holiday each year and put a bit by, and things haven’t really changed, except that I have just moved to a bigger house, mainly because I need the office space.

“But I don’t buy big cars and the only thing I want out of life is to carry on with my writing.

“But if I carry on with my writing, it will earn me even more money, and I will get even richer. It just doesn’t seem fair.

“I suppose I could slow down a bit, and learn to sniff the roses, but I just keep writing for the sheer fun of it.

“What a sad person I must be!”

RIP Terry, you are one of the greatest modern British writers.






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March 8th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

imageEAST Grinstead Athletic Club raised money yesterday by holding a long jump relay.

The aim was for the athletes to take it in turns to long jump for one hour and then each jump was added together to give a grand total.

Daniel Le Roy, Lucy Rogers, Harry Rogers, Cameron Neal – McInnes, coach Phil Rogers and Izzy Sims managed to jump 239. 22 meters.

Lucy Rogers who came up with the idea said “It was great fun and hopefully we have raised some money for a good cause.”

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February 28th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

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STEVE Sargent scored for Wasps in the 31st minute with a sweet strike from outside  the box after a neat lay-off by new signing Andy Irvine following a good ball in from another new signing, Baff Addae.

John-Paul Collier was sent off on the hour mark and Grinstead showed a lot of character and determination as they defended resolutely for the final 30 minutes.

Match report to follow.

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October 11th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

WE have been having difficulties with the comments function on our stories, which many of you will have realised if you have tried to post.

But our technical editor has now (fingers crossed!) resolved the issue, so if you have been disappointed in the past, please do try again. Alternatively of course you can also post to our Facebook page, or email us at

However we still do have problems with some of our posts on Facebook where from time to time you may have noticed an odd or inappropriate image appearing next to a story.

This is because Facebook occasionally overrides our choice of image and chooses one of its own from our back catalogue: this is annoying, but a known fault and beyond our control.

You can tell when this has happened because the image usually appears to be rather fuzzy – as though it knows it is wrong and is duly embarrassed thereby!

As they say on Miranda, ‘Bear with!’

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September 1st, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

Ba's Bluebell pic copy 2EAST Grinstead’s first ever Digital Meet-Up will be between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday 25 September at the Dorset Arms.

It has been organised by Barney Durrant who is the Contributing Editor and Webmaster for East Grinstead Online, the town’s online news site, and Principal of Bluebell Digital.

“It’s a meet-up for any one working in or interested in the digital industry,” said Barney. “So come along to learn, network and share your experience with local businesses in Sussex.”

Sign up below if you want to attend – first session is just to meet each other and see what people want to get out of the meeting in future.

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August 20th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

Wakehurst Place

Open - but for how long? brings you the latest news updated throughout the day by a professional team based in the town.

Since our launch in April we have taken up two contentious local issues.

We launched petitions via to drop the parking charges at Wakehurst Place and then to support local businessman Michael Dongray, when his Imberhorne Lane Nursery was listed as a potential Traveller site by Mid Sussex District Council.

Both issues are yet to be resolved satisfactorily for all concerned, but we will continue to present and reflect your views, so get in touch if there is something that you want to debate or change about East Grinstead, or with issues important to East Grinstead people.

The BBC has picked up on both of our campaigns – here is their latest article about our Wakehurst campaign.

The petitions can be found here, so share online with your friends and sign if you agree.

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August 19th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE CAST of One Man Two Guvnors invite readers to come and see the show, which is on all this week at The Hawth in Crawley.

Our Theatre correspondent Sam on Saturday will have a full review and cast interviews for her regular column (quick clue – its published this Saturday)


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August 11th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

MERIDIAN FM will be holding a public meeting today  (11 August) from 5pm-6.30pm in the Danube room at the Jubilee Community centre.

The meeting is open to everyone so if you would like to know more, or get involved as a volunteer, come to the centre to look around the studio, ask questions and meet the Meridian team.

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July 8th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline


ONE of our readers has brought East Grinstead Online’s attention to this section of the Government’s own guidelines for designing and choosing sites that would be suitable for the Traveller/Gypsy community.

Brownfield sites may be suitable; however the same considerations should apply when appraising such sites as for conventional residential housing. For instance, sites adjacent to a rubbish tip, on landfill sites, close to electricity pylons or any heavy industry are unlikely to be suitable.

3.18 When considering sites adjacent to main roads, flyovers and railway lines, careful regard must be given to:

• The health and safety of children and others who will live on the site; and

• The greater noise transference through the walls of trailers and caravans than through the walls of conventional housing, and the need for design measures (for instance noise barriers) to abate the impact on quality of life and health.

It would appear that the Imberhorne Lane site is not suitable on the criteria listed above, and wiser that MSDC should adhere to the guidelines  central Government has stipulated.

A busy amenity site is hardly the place to put young children who might spill out on to the road and get hurt.

It is also close to a railway bridge and the Bluebell Railway line, and of course a busy rubbish tip, which are all listed as unsuitable above.

It will also be noisy all day and into the evening with people dumping their rubbish and with heavy lorries accessing the site. 

Extract taken from page 18 of Communities and Local Government’s Designing Gypsy and Traveller Sites Good Practice Guide.

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July 6th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline

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June 29th, 2014 by eastgrinsteadonline
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MERIDIAN FM, the town’s radio station, will be broadcasting local news bulletins from 1 July.

Roy Henderson – of About EG – will be writing the bulletins and East Grinstead Online will be providing him with regular updates about all the news, events and people making the town tick.

Bulletins will go out three times in the morning – on the half hour at 7.30am, 8.30am and 9.30am. And there will be two more bulletins in the early evening – we’ll let you know the times as soon as we have them. 

Geraldine Durrant, editor of the community newspaper East Grinstead Online, said ‘East Grinstead Online is the only news site written by a professional team actually based in the town, and we have proved there is no substitute for local knowledge, or for being on the spot when a story breaks.

‘So we are delighted to work with Roy on this new venture at Meridian FM bringing East Grinstead the news coverage our town deserves – in depth, daily and above all, local.’

If you have news to share contact: and we’ll do the rest

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