East Grinstead Society

Local Heritage Week (LHW) – 1-9 September 2012

The East Grinstead Society’s Local Heritage Week comprised a variety of events and visits to local places of interest. It was the first time for many years that such an ambitious programme had been put together by the society involving other organisations and the town museum and library. The brochure (Local Heritage Week) was prepared and printed with the help of the Gatwick Airport Community Trust. Publicity leaflets and brochures were displayed locally and distributed widely. Support was received from the town council and the mayor at the LHW launch.  

Visits specially arranged by the society were to St Swithun’s bell tower to hear and try the bells at first hand, to Ashdown Park convent to appreciate its stained glass windows, to St Margaret’s convent to enjoy its Grade I Victorian chapel and buildings, and a walk to Imberhorne Farm Museum and Gulledge. As a result of LHW publicity there was an increase in visitors to Sackville College and the National Trust at Standen. Events, plays and talks, staged for children and adults at the library and museum were well-received. Blessed with warm sunny days, three High Street guided walks were equally popular.

Special thanks are due to society committee members, the chief librarian and East Grinstead tourist officer, for their work in devising and implementing the project. The LHW was an undoubted success in that nearly 1,000 people took the opportunity to explore the town and take part in the events and visits.