Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial

Signs of spring heralding signs of hope

The days are getting longer and there are signs of spring in the air with the sound of birds singing and some early daffodils and snowdrops starting to appear. With vaccines being rolled out, starting with the most vulnerable among us, there is at least some light at the end of a very long tunnel. 

That gentle drift towards normality in the run-up to Christmas seems like a lifetime ago now. It seemed as though things had taken a turn for the better (they had, with two vaccines approved in December), but we all had another bump in the road to navigate 

At least the national lockdown simplified some curious regional anomalies, such as East Grinstead sitting in Tier 2, within a sea of Tier 4, hence the busy streets, and ‘local’ shoppers seemingly unaware of the location of Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in the last few days before Christmas. 

Our local businesses have done so much to make themselves Covid-compliant: shops use screens, social distancing, separate entry and exit points, or offer home delivery; service businesses change what they offer and how they can work safely with their customers. They're doing all the things needed to try and stay operational whilst keeping staff and customers safe and we salute them.

And we hear countless accounts of how locals throughout the villages continue to support family, friends and neighbours whilst keeping safe. Whether it’s making scrubs, keeping Meals on Wheels going, collecting prescriptions and food, or just calling someone to say, ‘How are you?’, your efforts are what make this community amazing. We salute every one of you too.

East Grinstead Foodbank

The East Grinstead Foodbank continues to provide food to local people in need. However, in light of the rise in coronavirus infection rates in the South East, it has changed the way it operates including closing the Foodbank Reception Area. Please refer to page 5 of this online edition for updated information on how to get help.

You can support the foodbank by giving money, if you can. Visit its fundraising page on www.give.net – search for East Grinstead Foodbank. To donate by post please make your cheque payable to East Grinstead Foodbank and send to: East Grinstead Foodbank, Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2HL

Gun Pond

Let’s hope we’re out of the most serious restrictions by the middle of March, so work can start on our local pond, removing silt and rubbish, and checking for leaks. It’s such a nice place to sit on a summer’s evening, and, like everything else, looks so much better when it’s clean. 

Lingfield Nature Reserves

Despite the difficulties of last year, hedge and shrub planting continued apace, and the new pond in the Butterfly Garden and the meadow experiment in the Quiet Garden are becoming well established. True, neither area looks that great at the moment, but the pay off will come with a beautiful display of nature in the late spring. How lucky we are to have this to enjoy. 

Dormansland Carnival

Please make a note – a provisional date of Saturday, 26th June has been revealed for 2021’s Dormansland Carnival. The Carnival Committee has all their fingers and toes crossed, hoping to be able to bring you the return of the much-loved event this summer. 

Fairtrade Lingfield & Dormansland

Fairtrade Lingfield & Dormansland is starting to build a schedule of events for 2021, and has arranged a Fairtrade Virtual Fabulous February Quiz Nite, courtesy of ZOOM, in aid of the Fairtrade Foundation. Join them on Saturday, 27th February at 7.30pm in the comfort of your own homes, with Quiz Inquisitor, Paul Pirie, for the sum of £10 per family/group/couple/singleton.

Online edition for Spring

This is a special online only edition, as we did for the Summer 2020 edition. We are not producing a printed version for Spring 2021 as we do not want to put our volunteers at risk. If anyone has elderly Neighbours with no internet access please consider printing out a copy for them.

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That just leaves us, the CN team, to say once again a Great Big Thank You to you, our readers, advertisers, contributors, deliverers, friends, and associates. Stay safe, help each other, and we’ll see you guys again in the Summer, when we hope to produce a printed edition again.

The Community News Team

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