Above: Paul’s distinctive bike
POLICE continue to search for missing Paul Hinton, a Lingfield man last seen leaving Langley Green hospital in Crawley on 23 November.
Fifty-one-year-old Paul, who has mental health issues, went to the shops ahead of being discharged from hospital care, but has not returned to his home in Lingfield or made contact with his parents in Tonbridge.
PC Alex Leeson said: “We continue to be concerned for Paul. He is described as white, around 6′ 1″, with short brown hair and has a number of tattoos on his arms. He was last seen wearing black shoes, black trousers, black T-shirt, black coat and a green and brown hat.”
There is information to suggest that Paul may have been in Hastings on Friday, 4 December, and police have issued a photograph of his motorbike in the hope that it will jog someone’s memory.
It is a silver BMW K75, registration G739 YNC, and may or may not have fairings attached.
Anyone who has seen or heard from Paul is asked to contact police on email@example.com quoting serial 806 of 23/11.
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THE emergency services were called to a collision in Hook Lane, Lingfield just after 7pm last night, when a female had to be extricated from a vehicle.
Posted in Lingfield, News, Traffic Accident Tagged with: accident, Lingfield, woman cut from car
Above – stolen Dotty, left, with her caped companion
THE Police are appealing for information about a life size fibreglass donkey which was stolen from the Edenbridge and Oxted agricultural show in Lingfield last weekend.
The donkey, named Dotty, is the mascot for the Brooke Sussex Group, an animal welfare organisation which raises money for real donkeys working overseas.
It appears that someone stole the donkey sometime between midnight and 7.30am on Monday 31 August at the showground on Tandridge Lane.
PCSO Conrad Cheeseman said: “This is such an unusual thing to steal and we are sure that someone would have seen something or knows its current whereabouts. The donkey has huge sentimental value to the owner and she is equally upset that someone would steal from a charity in this way.
“If you have any information about it then please do the right thing and call Surrey Police so we can return it to its rightful owner.”
Call 101 quoting reference 45150078446 or by using the online reporting system found at https://my.surrey.police.uk/splonlinereportingweb
Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Posted in Crime, Lingfield, News Tagged with: Fibre glass donkey, Oxted and Edenbridge, stolen
VILLAGERS in Lingfield are petitioning to save The Old Cage pub from being turned into a Coop convenience store.
Steve Parkinson, who started the petition, said he is determined to save the pub which is “at the heart of the village community”.
“It’s a Grade II Listed building that dates back to 1592 and it deserves a better fate than becoming a convenience store,” he said, urging residents to fight the plan.
And other villagers agree with him.
Les Boniface called it “a fabulous building”, and James Duggan said there was simply no need to turn Lingfield’s oldest public house into another convenience store.
Amanda Martin called The Old Cage a village “institution”.
The fight to save The Old Cage as a public house parallels that of villagers in Crawley Down who are also trying to save their only pub, The Royal Oak (right), from the hands of the Coop.
To sign the petition go to https://www.change.org/p/local-council-keep-the-old-cage-as-a-public-house?recruiter=15412096&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-reason_msg
Posted in Business, Lingfield, News Tagged with: convenience store, Coop, Lingfield, The Old Cage
THE Lingfield Marathon Fun Run takes place on 3 May between 10am and 4pm.
The events are the 10 mile fun run, the 6 mile fun run, and the 6 mile fun walk and they all start and finish at Young Epilepsy in St Piers Lane, Lingfield, RH7 6PW.
The races start from 12 noon to 12.20, but the Family Fun Day starts at 10am and continues through the afternoon.
The courses take a route through Dormansland and Lingfield, mainly on road/pavements and hard paths across fields.
Families and youngsters are welcomed in the 6 mile events (actually about 6.4 miles) but the 10 mile event (actually about 10.4 miles!) is restricted to adults, 18 and over.
Fancy Dress runners, walkers and spectators are welcome, and prizes will be awarded for these before the races.
If you take part please follow the Highway Code and the instructions of police and race marshals. Youngsters should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
For more details phone 01342 832243.
To take part register on line via the Lingfield Marathon website.
Posted in Events, Lingfield, News Tagged with: Lingfield Marathon
Frustrated commuter Eddie Vermeer took his complaints about Southern’s service to the Minister for Rail in January and was interviewed at the town station by the BBC
ANGRY passengers were left in the cold and dark for two hours last night on a train which ground to a halt outside East Grinstead station.
Unable to predict when their ordeal would end, they took to phone and twitter to complain that they were going nowhere fast.
Simon Jacobs was among those stuck, and phoned his wife to hold dinner indefinitely while they waited for something to happen.
The driver apparently left the train to walk up the track while passengers, who were left literally and figuratively in the dark, vented their frustration on twitter.
Graeme Bateman said compensation would not reconcile him to his “ruined evening”, and Chloe Larsson made the tired point that having got her to work late two days running, Southern were seemingly unable to help her get home either.
While another passenger reported that his daughter’s trip back from Berlin had been quicker than the journey time from London to East Grinstead.
When the train did eventually get moving it went backwards to Lingfield, where passengers had to alight and make their own arrangements for getting home.
Meanwhile Simon Jacobs wife Philippa, who drove to Lingfield to collect him, reported to us that his toad-in-the-hole supper had been “ruined”.
Photo © Adrian Harms
Posted in Lingfield, News Tagged with: commuters, Station, stuck, train, two hours
WITH a growing demand for their services from families facing hardship outside the town, the East Grinstead food bank is to open a ‘satellite service’ in Lingfield.
Jayne Crossman, leader of the Food Bank in the Jubilee Centre, said they had noticed a marked increase in calls for help from families in Lingfield and Blindley Heath, which has caused great hardship for those without transport and unable to afford the bus fares into town.
Some clients have been so desperate for help they have walked the ten mile round trip to pick up food supplies.
So from 6 March, volunteers will be setting up in the Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre on the first and third Friday each month between 1.30pm and 2.30pm so needy families can access their services more easily.
To find out more see firstname.lastname@example.org
Or ring 07983 209940.
The Food Bank was very generously supplied with donations before Christmas, but they still need supplies of razors, surface cleaners and long life fruit juice.
Posted in Charity, Lingfield, News Tagged with: food bank, Lingfield
HORSE-power of a different kind has arrived at Lingfield Park Resort, thanks to a new business deal with local car dealer, the Crawley Down Group Ltd.
The Snowhill-based dealership is partnering the race course by providing two cars to be used on official race-days. Cars are required under official racing rules, to carry officials, such as the vet and doctor, around the inside of the track as the horses are racing.
Andrew Perkins, Executive Director of Lingfield Park Resort, said he was thrilled that the partnership was with such an established local company.
“Crawley Down Group is a neighbour of Lingfield Park’s, in business terms, so that makes this partnership even more meaningful,” he explained.
“We are delighted to be able to demonstrate how we work with other local companies and we are sure that exposure in front of tens of thousands of customers at Lingfield Park, will help Crawley Down Group.”
Nick Caunter, Managing Director of Crawley Down Group, said: “Lingfield Park attracts visitors from far and wide, but also many thousands of local people, so this partnership will work well for both companies.”
Posted in Business, Lingfield, News, Sport Tagged with: cars, Crawley Down Group, Lingfield Race Course
JOLLY jumpers of the festive kind will take centre stage at Lingfield Park on Saturday – to mark a day of jumps racing at the Surrey racecourse.
Anyone donning a Christmas woolly will be entered into a competition to win £100 worth of High Street shopping vouchers.
Andrew Perkins, Executive Director of the Resort, is encouraging everyone to dig out their most gaudy outfits for the day.
‘It seems like everyone is donning a festive jumper these days, so we thought we would welcome them with open arms on one of our jump race days,’ he explained.
‘If enough people join us in our festive parade, we will gather them in our Winners’ Enclosure to pick our favourite.’
As well as the alternative fashion parade, there will be seven thrilling National Hunt races. Gates open at 9.45am with the first race at 11.45am.
Posted in Events, Lingfield, News Tagged with: jumpers, Lingfield Park
POPPING in for a ‘cuppa’ has taken on a whole new meaning at Lingfield Park after the launch of an innovative new cocktail bar.
Customers are asked to choose their own china tea-cup after they have opted for their cocktail of choice – all served in china teapots – to fit the cosy living room scene in a former seafood and Champagne bar at the Surrey course.
Little Nan’s is the brainchild of grandson Tristan Scutt, who has already received award-winning success with similar bars all of which have been designed by his business partner and fellow grandson Matt Sargent.
‘’Our Nan used to love coming to see the gee gees at Lingfield Park throughout her whole life and we are very excited to be working with the team there,’’ said Tristan.
Lingfield Park is no stranger to innovation and its Executive Director Andrew Perkins said the opening of Little Nan’s was yet another example of how his team are always thinking ahead.
“Racing is a fantastic day out but we are all too aware that we need to keep coming up with ideas to entertain our visitors,” he explained. ‘This is yet another new idea which was received brilliantly by our customers and we look forward to working with Little Nan’s to develop the cocktail bar further.”
Posted in Business, Lingfield, News Tagged with: Lingfield Park, Little Nan's