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Lingfield, winners of the Cameron Wahid Cup
March 30th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

1bPhoto top: winners Lingfield take home the Cameron Cup at the first annual football tournament in memory of Cameron Wahid. Right: Cameron’s football shirt

THE first annual charity football tournament and family fun day in memory of Cameron Wahid raised £3,466 for Allergy UK at Lingfield Football Club on 20 March. Cameron died on a family holiday to Italy last October after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a restaurant meal which contained dairy products.

Four teams – Lingfield FC, Ashurst Wood FC, D&D Footy Focus and Blackwell Primary School – took part in the mini tournament which saw Lingfield presented with the Cameron Cup.

Over 400 people cheered on the teams and enjoyed stalls, games and food at the Family Day which many local businesses supported  by pledging donations or providing equipment or services.

Sean Tuesly, Lingfield FC under 8s Manager, said: “Lingfield FC proudly hosted the first annual charity day in Cameron’s memory. Four teams took part in the mini football tournament and there was fantastic football played with great spirit and enthusiasm just as Cameron played.

“At the end of the tournament, Lingfield came out on top and the players are now looking forward to defending the Cameron Cup next year.”

Lindsey McManus, Deputy Chief Executive for Allergy UK, who attended the fundraiser, said: “It was great to see such an amazing turnout at the tournament – it really was a fun day for all and a great opportunity to for Allergy UK to be able to support Riz and the Wahid family. It’s also great to see the Cameron Cup become an annual fixture.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the funds raised for Allergy UK, and all the hard work that they have put in to raising awareness of the impact that allergy has on people’s lives”.

Cameron’s parents called the tournament  “an emotional yet amazing day” which had been enjoyed by all who attended.

“The teams played with passion and everyone remembered Cameron with us. I hope having the Allergy UK stall here too helped raise awareness of allergies and how this can affect people in many areas of life.

“The support of the teams, our friends and the school PTA has been overwhelming and we have had much interest from other football clubs and businesses who have contacted us saying they would like to take part next year. I also have to thank all of our sponsors who made today happen – details can be seen on our website

“Work is now being carried out to plan more events throughout the year in Cameron’s memory to increase allergy awareness. These events will be posted on and on Cameron Wahid Allergy Awareness on facebook. 


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March 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE students of East Grinstead Drama Academy kept the audience spellbound during their annual showcase at the Hawth on 20 March with a journey which included a musical tribute to Cilla Black, a depiction of the struggles faced by Syrian refugees, dance extravaganzas, musical theatre classics and modern pop hits.

It was the diversity of the drama, dance and singing pieces which really stood out this year, showing the versatility of the students aged from 5 to 19.

“The opening number was a powerful depiction of the refugee crisis which has obviously touched the hearts of the students; the subject was handled with sensitivity and feeling and the whole academy took a part,” said Tanya Botting.

The first act continued with energetic musical theatre numbers from Matilda and Rock of Ages. The Ariel Othellos took the audience through a humorous drama piece, telling the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood; meanwhile the older students choose the story of the Suffragettes for their drama performance.

“The whole school closed the first act with an uplifting tribute to Cilla Black, taking us through Cilla’s life from her early days in Liverpool to TV fame with Blind Date.”

The second act opened with a high octane dance performance Stomp vs Tap. With duelling drums and rousing backing music, the whole company performed a complex dance routine full of energy and verve which really raised the roof.

Musical theatre numbers from Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors and Jekyll and Hyde gave each age group the chance to shine before the finale of Steal Your Rock had everyone out of their seats with an upbeat end to a true celebration of the students’ achievements.

For more information on Ariel’s East Grinstead Academy, which takes place every Saturday at the Jubilee Community Centre call 01444 250407 or visit

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March 26th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

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IMBERHORNE’S U15 (Year 10) football team, reached the final of the District Cup for the second year running on 23 March, but sadly lost to Warden Park by one goal.

Unfortunately after dominating large periods of the game the team lost to a stunning 25 yard, 86th minute goal, from Warden Park in what team manager Mr Collyer described as “one of the best games you will see at school level”.

“The boys were disappointed not to lift the cup, but are a huge credit to the school,” he said.


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March 21st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

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March 12th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE 1st East Grinstead Scouts will be holding a Jumble Sale today at their Scout Hall in Moat Road from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Stalls include clothes, toys, electricals, dvds, books, household goods and large items as well as bric-a-brac, household linens, shoes/boots and numerous other items

The biggest Jumble Sale in town, and held twice yearly,  it has been running for over 40 years raising money towards essential maintenance of the scout hall (which currently needs new central heating and floor renovation, amongst other things) and camping equipment.

1st East Grinstead Scout Jumble Sale
The Scout Hall (near Moat Rd pond)
100 Moat Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
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March 10th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE East Grinstead KidsTri will take place on Sunday 15 May. More than 100 youngsters have already entered the event which is for eight to 16-year-olds. The race includes pool swims, followed by cycle and run sections on grass courses away from roads. There will be medals for everyone  taking part and parent volunteers earn free entries into other KidsTri events.


Entrants will need their own maintained cycles and helmets required.

For more details see:

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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

IMBERHORNE school celebrated World Book Day last week with a passion to inspire pupils with a lifelong love of reading.

At Key Stage 3 the activities began early with a reading breakfast in the library. The invitation was to bring a book, enjoy reading and grab a pastry and juice, an event many of the younger students at Lower school were delighted to attend.

Meanwhile Year 7 were treated to visits from three World Book Day authors who ran lively and engaging workshops.

John Byrne, Jane McLoughlin and Robert Rigby then stayed on for book signings during the lunch period as the students proudly bought books from the writers and cartoonist who had been inspiring them during the day.

“Year 9 students were equally enthusiastic after their workshops, and comments like ‘that was cool’ were overheard afterwards,” said Paula Hattam.

All year groups at KS3 were able to take part in a competition throughout the day to guess the fictional characters that staff had dressed as.

The winners of the best dressed characters were a ghostly Mrs Moore as Miss Havisham from Great Expectations and a commanding Mrs Flin as Ms Trunchball, of Matilda.


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March 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE first of your Book Day photos has arrived in the form of War Horse and The Invisible Man as interpreted by Max and Ollie Donfrancesco age 11 and eight from Dane hill Primary School.

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March 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

IF you shop at Sainsbury’s and collect Active Kids vouchers, the town’s Guides and Brownies would be very grateful for any donations as they can be exchanged for sports and cooking gear. If you have any to spare drop them into the collecting box in St Swithun’s church hall.

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February 25th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SACKVILLE sixth formers have been praised for administering first aid to an elderly man who slipped and fell in Warburton Close earlier today.

Resident Liz Rushton, of Rockdene Close, was so impressed with the youngsters she emailed head teacher Julian Grant to tell him they are a credit to the school.

“Just now, an elderly man fell at the entrance to Warburton Close and had injured his head badly,” said Liz.

“We stopped to help and whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive, two of your sixth formers who were passing said they were trained in first aid, and were so professional and friendly in providing assistance.

“I don’t know if you have students of the week, or such like, but they certainly deserve some form of recognition. Your school nurse also came over to see if she could help.”

“As a retired college principal I know a good, well-run educational establishment when I see one.”

Mr Grant said he was delighted to hear how well pupils had behaved and is tracking down the two responsible to congratulate them.

“Once again I feel very proud of the responsible behaviour of Sackville students. These two sixth formers are a credit to the school and I am really impressed by their mature, calm and skillful response to this situation.”

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February 24th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Above: The girls are only too willing to run to fundraise for charity too – here they were about to set off in the school’s Race For Life event last year.

Cb-oNcpWAAEtfN4TWINS Olivia and Sophie Dowle, who are Year 11 pupils at Worth school, have been selected for the 2016 English Schools Cross Country Championships which will take place on 5 March at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Olivia and Sophie have previously represented Sussex schools in inter-county events, but this is their first Sussex selection at the nationals.

“Their selection for the Championships reflects their achievements in inter-county matches but clearly Olivia and Sophie have worked extremely hard over the long-term to reach this level and are regular competitors in cross-country,” said a school spokesman.

Joining Worth in mid-2013 as day pupils, Olivia and Sophie arrived at Worth with a clear enthusiasm for competing in the sport.

At school in France prior to moving to the UK, they were part of the 2013 team which represented Ile de France at the Cross Country nationals at Caen.

Able sportswomen, both have represented Sussex Schools in the 2015 Heptathlon, Olivia represented Sussex for 1500 Steeple Chase and Sophie for the 800m.  Both were also asked to represent Surrey County at the inter-counties, Olivia for Pole Vault and Sophie for 800m.


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February 19th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

AN East Grinstead Brownie pack is looking for adult help on a weekly/monthly basis for a couple of hours.

If you are available to support with games, crafts, cooking etc and can get to the town centre for early evening contact or pop to the library tomorrow (20 February) from 10am to 1pm to speak to a Guiding volunteer at the Volunteer Fair.

See for more information about Guiding.

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February 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

GROUPS of youngsters did some half-term craft work at the town museum in Cantelupe Road today.

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February 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Our_House (26)Above: the orchestra takes a bow

Review of Our House at Sackville School

WHEN Sackville head Julian Grant stood up and declared himself “the proudest head teacher in the world” at the end of last night’s performance of Our House, no-one in the equally proud family audience had any reason to doubt him.

The school’s production was, quite simply, stonkingly good.

Our House, billed as A London Love Story, is a morality tale set to the music and lyrics of Madness.

The plot follows the life of Joe Casey and the consequences of a decision he makes, aged 16, to do the right thing and hand himself into the police after a teenage prank, or the wrong thing and flee the scene of the crime.

Thereafter the story splits into two and over the next seven years we see the fall-out of that split-second decision: one path means a criminal record, life as a social outcast and loss of the girl he loves: the other path leads to marriage but ultimate tragedy as Joe’s past misdeeds and descent into criminality inevitably catch up with him.

9bfa7138-9fc5-4651-8dc0-85af58eaa2eaOllie Akehurst and Nicole de Barra both put in mature performances as Joe’s parents. Nicole’s vocals were warm and confident, and she exuded both humour and heartbreak as the mother desperate to see her son make good.

Ollie was also excellent as Joe’s dad.

His early death at the beginning of the show left him a spectral onlooker commentating with a real sense of humanity at crucial points in the plot. Willing his son to do the right thing, but unable to intervene in his fate, Ollie’s performance drew the two story lines together and he had the right physical presence for the role.

Both Joes were also well cast. Matt Abel brought out the vulnerability which Bad Joe kept hidden behind his tough-guy exterior and had a sweet timbre to his voice which drew sympathy for him even when his choices were so obviously wrong.

And Rhys Harmour was equally impressive as Good Joe – handsome and with a good voice, he made for an appealing and credible hero, even when the world was exacting too hard a price for his teenage escapade.

On Friday night Sarah, Joe’s girlfriend, was played by Ella Scott, a role she had shared through the run with Grace de Souza.

Ella, who looks a little like a young Sandy Shaw, was excellent in a role which demanded not only a great voice, but some real acting ability as she played through the different paths life took her with each of her Joes.

Our_House (41)And she was particularly good in the final scene which saw her on the one hand realise that the man she had married was a loser, and on the other a joyous bride who had found the love of her life against all the odds.

The darker themes of the plot were nicely contrasted by the comic elements provided by Joe and Sarah’s trio of friends.

Joe’s mates were the hilarious Henry Lagrange as Emmo, Jack Chartlon Nevitt as Crusher and Juno Phitidis, who absolutely captured the matey-but-gormless trio.

And equally impressive were ‘the girls’ played by Megan Parsons, Tia Bertlett and Olivia Ody. Their comic timing was spot-on and their differences in size made for some lovely moments of physical comedy.

Reecey, the villain of the piece, was in the assured hands of Alex Mustard.

He started the evening a thug, full of swaggering menace, but by the end of the show his beaten-up appearance made it clear he wasn’t quite the hard man he thought he was, and his performance brought out the pathetic element behind the loser’s bluster.

Cel Steptoe as the land-grabbing – and secretary grabbing – Mr Pressman was hilarious. His camel coat and lap-cat screamed ‘villain’ and his sneering interchanges with Miss-on-the-make Hope Fuller were a joy.

But Our House is a real ensemble piece and it was clear that the hours and hours of after-school and weekend rehearsals had been time very well spent indeed.

The foot-stomping tunes lend themselves to some great dances moves and the entire support cast threw themselves into some impressive and step-perfect numbers with a confidence and brio that had the audience tapping along.

There were some lovely vignettes too, not least from Hooray Henry Callum played by Tom Axtell.

But what went on on-stage was only half the story – the other half was the superb musical support from the orchestra under Mr Heatley.

Sackville is blessed not only with terrifically talented musicians amongst its pupils, but also several adults who support the orchestra, and it was lovely to see such a diverse group coming together to create a great show.

Special thanks were paid to Anna Cooper who arranged all the show’s music for strings, and also to Edina Barczi-Bennett who had travelled from Eastern Europe to there.

And I don’t know who Mr Forsyth is, but his dad plays great trumpet.

But any school production is about more than “just” the show – it is also about showcasing the whole ethos of the school, and the spirit of excellence in this instance went right down even to the ushering done by some of the very youngest pupils who were confident, polite and clear in seating a large crowd of adults.

On this showing, the whole Sackville community can be as proud of itself as its headmaster so obviously is – and may I express my own thanks for being invited along.

It was a real pleasure.

Geraldine Durrant 





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February 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ISABELLE Hamlin, a 14-year-old pupil from Imberhorne School, beat nine competitors in the Rotary Young Chef district semi final on Saturday to come out winner.

Both Isabella, and Amanda Heather from Sackville School, had qualified for the semi in an earlier competition organised by East Grinstead Meridian Rotary.

Three professional chefs judged the ten young chefs who were competing for one of three places in the District final at Weybridge on 13 February.

The competitors had to cook a three-course meal for two on a budget of £15.

Isabella’s menu was warm, sweet figs filled with creamy herb ricotta, wrapped in parma ham with a honey dressing, followed by fresh handmade pasta with pancetta served with spinach and coated with Grana Padang cheese, followed by a glass filled with lemon curd on a soft amaretti biscuit base topped with a fluffy lemon mousse.

Chef Giovanni Fontebasso, who oversaw the three judges, described the meal as having sensational flavours and contributed significantly to her total score.

Izzy, as she likes to be called,  will prepare for the Rotary District final by selecting her ingredients at Sainsburys who sponsored the initial round in East Grinstead.



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February 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Peanuts_gangReview of Bullfrog’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Chequer Mead

SIXTY-six years after the first Peanuts cartoon by Charles M Schultz was published, his little gang of kids has lost none of its timeless appeal.

And in Bullfrog’s musical production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Chequer Mead yesterday, Schultz’s enduring characters were brought vividly to life.

I first saw the show in the West End in 1968, and again in America some 20 years later, but this was the first time I had seen it performed by a cast of children – and they nailed it.

The eponymous star of the show Charlie Brown may only be five, but he is an everyman weighed down by self-doubt, his inability to fly a kite or hit a baseball, and his hopeless love for a little red-headed girl who has never even looked at him.

Jamie Kaye, who played him in this production, perfectly captured Charlie’s hopeless view of the world, with an endearing performance which seamlessly combined humour and pathos, often in the same breath.

Lucy – bossy, opinionated and in love with piano-playing Schroeder – was in very safe hands with Abby Ingham who drew every ounce of humour out of Lucy’s unshakeable self-belief – despite failing her “crabbiness survey”.

And in Little Known Facts she was at her bossy best as she refused to let Charlie even suggest that any of the highly dubious ‘knowledge’ she was passing on to little brother Linus was less than entirely accurate.

In a show which had so many excellent performances, Linus – played by Helen Bellinger – was outstanding.

Helen threw herself into the role of Lucy’s blanket-toting male sibling with absolute relish. Her routine in My Blanket and Me was full of character, and she never for one moment forgot to be her male alter ego, even when taking her well-earned bow at the end of the show.

Plaudits too for Charlotte Nield as the cute red-headed girl.

With a voice of great control and maturity,  Charlotte was also so strikingly pretty that poor Charlie’s devotion to her was as entirely plausible as it was utterly futile.

A special word of praise too for Alicia Depper as Snoopy. Alicia combined very assured vocals with a quirky performance which was wry, hilarious and perfectly captured Snoopy’s bizarre fantasy world – not least when chasing the Red Baron and extolling the virtues of Suppertime.

Harriet Lake was delightful as the Beethoven obsessed Schroeder, who was the unwitting – and entirely unaware – object of Lucy’s affections. And Amber Titchener was very assured as Sally, Charlie’s younger sister, not least when extolling her New Philosophy.

But this show is essentially an ensemble piece.

Penny Bignall, Daisie Lumley, Ellie Chalcraft and Twinkle MacInnes gave lovely performances in Just One Person, Josh Clements showed great comic timing as Woodstock, and younger cast members certainly had the aah factor.

So on this showing I think it is fair to say that Peanuts is alive and well – and delighting another generation.

Geraldine Durrant

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February 6th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ST Catherine’s Hospice has hosted a launch for local school pupils to kick-start their latest exciting enterprise challenge – the Five-O Project.

The launch, at the holiday Inn at Gatwick, bought together teams from seven local schools including Imberhorne, to meet business mentors from NatWest and hospice staff.

Designed to develop students’ business skills, the Five-O Project challenges a team of six students from the participating schools to create a business plan, event or idea that will raise a minimum of £1,500 for St Catherine’s from an initial £50 investment.

This year’s challenge is being sponsored by NatWest who are supplying each school team with three of their specialist business staff to provide guidance and support on their business plans.

Over the next 11 weeks, pupils will seek their mentor’s advice and utilise their business knowledge as they battle it out to come up with an idea that raises more money than their rival teams.

NatWest’s John Redfern said: “The opportunity to help smart, enthusiastic and driven young people to raise money for St Catherine’s, while preparing themselves for the working world, is invaluable and incredibly rewarding.”

The Five-O challenge will end with a glitzy awards night where pupils from Imberhorne School and other competing schools will present their ideas to a panel as they compete for four awards: the most money raised, most pounds per pupil, best presentation and the most innovative fundraising idea.

Last year, the project raised £12,800 to help provide palliative care for local people, and all the funds raised from this year’s project will also go directly towards helping terminally ill local people and their family and friends.

Each day it costs St Catherine’s £17,225 to provide their specialised end of life care across their Inpatient Unit, Day Hospices and in the comfort of patient’s own homes so the fundraising efforts of competing schools will make a real difference.

* If you can help assist Imberhorne School in their fundraising or would to learn more about the Five-O Project, please call 01293 447376 and ask for Lawrie Mallyon or email


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February 5th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ESTCOTS pupils will be among the 10,000 children who will take part in the Voice In A Million concerts at Wembley Arena on 2 and 3 March.

School children across the UK will join Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent child stars Bars & Melody to raise awareness of the plight of youngsters in care.

Mass choirs of 5,000 children will take to the stage each night alongside the Destiny Africa Children’s Choir who are flying in from Africa  to lead them in the theme tune for the Children United initiative.





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February 4th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

BEAVERS from the 1st Hedgecourt Lodge in Felbridge visited Bullfrog Music in Ship Street last night

Eighteen eager Beavers – who were welcomed to the store and given a guided tour by owner David B Bridle –  had a go at a quiz, saw demonstrations of different types of musical instruments, and got “hands on” with some very loud electric guitars and drums.

“As they left we gave each of them a ‘kazoo’ to entertain their parents on the way home – sorry Mums and Dads,” laughed David, who said it had been “a very enjoyable  – and noisy –  evening for all concerned”.


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February 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

OLIVIA Hepburn, 11, is taking a Channel Challenge, to raise money for research into MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome – a type of blood cancer) on behalf of her dad Gavin who has been treated for the disease since 2012.

Olivia, helped by mum Lisa, is swimming the equivalent of the English Channel which Lisa admits is quite a challenge for someone like herself who doesn’t actually like swimming very much.

Little sister Tilly is joining in, and Lisa’s sister-in-law Carol and her sister Allie are also sharing the challenge which will eventually see them swim a combined total of 1,416 lengths in the King’s Centre pool, or 22 miles.

“In 2012 my dad Gavin was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called MDS,” Olivia, a Sackville pupil, explained.

“In 2013 he had a bone marrow transplant which meant he had to stay in hospital, in isolation, for several weeks, and me, my sister Tilly and brother Ellis couldn’t even see him during that time.

“He has had several stays in hospital since then as he continues to go through treatment.

“MDS UK Patient Support are a very small charity who have helped our family so much so we want to give something back to them.”

And East Grinstead mum, Vicky Crawley, has agreed to undertake a fundraiser of her own for the charity.

“I am always up for a personal challenge,” she said, “so over the weekend of the 12/13 March, a friend Rob Summerfield and I will taking part in a Triathlon challenge of 50 miles cycling and 50 miles walking, finished by 50 lengths swimming.

“Gavin Hepburn is a dad at my children’s school and over the past three years he has been in and out of hospital.

“It’s the support of the small MDS charity which has kept him and his family going, so we would really like to raise much-needed awareness of this disease and as much money as possible for them.”

Meanwhile Gavin himself, although still undergoing treatment, is feeling and looking well despite his illness, said Lisa.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MSD) is a rare blood disorder which stops the body producing the right amount and quality of blood cells.

People with MDS suffer from chronic tiredness and weakness due to the low levels of haemoglobin, which is debilitating and often requires regular blood transfusions which are time-consuming and restrictive.

Their platelet numbers, which prevent bleeding and bruising, can often be very low, and if they injure themselves, sustained blood loss may be excessive.

Olivia’s fundraising page is at:

Vicky’s is at:

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January 22nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

TOM Newman, Tom Clare and Harry Shorland, who are all Year 11 pupils at Imberhorne, have received invitations to attend the Dallas Cup Football Tour in America in March as part of their involvement with the Kinetic Football Foundation.

The Kinetic Foundation is focused on helping young people through providing support and activities which develop their skills and capabilities to enable them to integrate into society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.

Meanwhile Year 13 students Henry Grub and Niamh Herrett also have something to celebrate, after receiving offers from the University of Oxford to commence undergraduate degrees in September.

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January 22nd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

STUDENTS at Imberhorne school are taking part in the Five-0 project to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Starting today, they have accepted the challenge of turning £50 into at least £1500 over an eleven week period , beginning  with a non-uniform day.

“The project has captured the hearts and minds of students at Imberhorne so much it has even enabled a favoured Hawaiian shirt to come out of the wardrobe for one of our Year 10 charity fund raisers,” said the school’s Paula Hattam. 

The small team of six Year 10 students who are heading the campaign have various reasons for their enthusiasm.

Sunita Cleary had first-hand experience of the outstanding care  St Catherine’s provides when her Nan was diagnosed as being terminally ill.  During a sad and difficult time, Sunita came to appreciate the support the charity can offer both patients and their families, with the simple idea that a person is more than their illness, and they can live fully until they die.   

George Hickman, another team member, wants to support this kind of initiative, and says that by getting involved in charity work he can develop skills which can he can use later in life.

And the team are confident they can rise to the challenge.

Henry Reid said “We’re so confident when it comes to the £1500 target,  we feel sure we will feature in the top four schools at least.”

Assemblies have been delivered at Imberhorne every day this week to ensure all students understand the work of the hospice and how St Catherine’s simply couldn’t operate without the help of the community.

The assemblies have also been used to thank students in advance for all that they can give over the coming weeks, said Paula.

“We are grateful to Emily Bradbury, Community Fundraiser and Linda Henson, Advanced Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner for their excellent delivery of these assemblies,” she said.

  • Future events planned by the  Five-O fundraisers include a student and parent raffle, cake sales and an inter-form colour code day which is currently in the planning stage.

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December 29th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

Above: pupils at Sackville organised a collection for the Food Bank

JUST a week before Christmas the East Grinstead Food Bank was out of stock of a number of key items as volunteers prepared boxes of food and household essentials for needy families.

But the volunteers, staff and trustees were “amazed and delighted” by the generosity of the town which saw over 1,500 kilos of food, household items and Christmas hamper items donated in the five days before 23 December to assist local people in a crisis.

The Food Bank at the Jubilee Centre in Charlwoods Road reopens at 1pm on 4 January.

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December 21st, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

1935843_10208032099511511_7923953429537543766_nTOMORROW Evie McClean will be spending her tenth birthday in hospital – and she’ll probably still be there for Christmas too.

So to cheer her up, her mum Nicki hopes some local celebrities will make her week very special by sending along a message to make her smile.

“Evie, has been fighting leukaemia for 18 months,” she said this week.

“She went through high dose chemotherapy which thankfully got her into remission but sadly the leukaemia came back and she was also diagnosed with a blood disorder called Myelodysplasia which was causing her bone marrow to fail.

“We were told she needed a transplant to save her life and after a global search a 10/10 match was identified…the only match in the world.”

Evie had her transplant on 4 November and spent six weeks in isolation waiting for the new bone marrow to engraft – a tough time for an active little girl.

“We hoped we would be out of hospital in time for Evie’s birthday on 22 December and Christmas, but it was always going to be close,” said Nicki.

Initially Evie did so well and recovered so quickly, she was discharged on 6 December, but sadly last Friday she woke up feeling poorly and had to go back into to hospital where she was put back on antibiotics to fight an infection.

Heartbreakingly, it means Evie will spend her birthday tomorrow in hospital – and probably Christmas Day too.

“She’s devastated,” said Nicki. “I want so much to make her smile, and I want her to have a special day – she has been through so much and has missed out on a lot.

“I thought one way of making her feel special might be to get birthday wishes from someone famous, so I am asking everyone to share our story and make it happen.”

So if you are East Grinstead celebrities Adele, or Peter Andre – or you know someone else famous – can we persuade you to spare a few moments to make a little girl’s day?

Contact Nicki via her facebook page at: or email her at

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