East Grinstead Society

Current Day East Grinstead

The last twenty years has seen a considerable expansion in the number of houses and apartments in and around the town but there have also been many significant improvements that benefit the local population and visitors. These include:

  • a purpose built Town Museum
  • a commercial cinema
  • a community leisure centre and several membership gymnasiums
  • East Grinstead Sports club which includes first class hockey,cricket and netball facilities
  • new clubhouses and ground improvements at East Grinstead Rugby Club and East Grinstead Town Football Club
  • development of Chequer Mead Arts Centre
  • a new burns unit and further modern medical facilities at the famous Queen Victoria Hospital
  • a bronze statue in memory of Sir Archibald McIndoe,sited near the historic Sackville College
  • provision of meeting and exhibition spaces for local community groups and clubs at Chequer Mead, the Jubilee Centre and at East Court
  • extension of the Bluebell Railway, the UK’s foremost preserved steam railway, to East Grinstead

The town also benefits from being close to the National Trust’s property at Standen, and to the Ashdown Forest.