Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial

Hello again friends, and welcome to this, our Winter 2018/2019 edition of Community News, bringing you the local news and information you need and want. As ever, we must offer our sincere thanks to our readers, advertisers and distributors, without whom there wouldn’t be a CN. We couldn’t do it without you. 

So, who had a good late summer, making the most of those precious rays? I bet you, like me, thought they’d all gone for this year, and it was back to the SAD light in my office. 

How wrong we were! The last couple of days have been roasting hot, and as I edit the final few paragraphs of this editorial, my office window is wide open, allowing Lingfield’s crisp, clear and decidedly tepid night air to flood the room. In fact, I’m sure I wrote something very similar at this time last year, so maybe we should just accept that summers last well into October these days. 

Sorry about this guys, and please don’t take offence, but I need to mention the “C” word in this editorial. Yes, it’s just under ten weeks to Christmas! The festive magazines started to appear in September (actually, 31st August in one highly respected retailer), and the not-so-subtle confectionery packaging – reindeers seem pretty popular this year – are all over the shelves. 

We’ve listed some Christmas events in this issue so you can start making plans for festive visits, shopping sprees, or just fun days out with the family. Personally, I can’t wait. 

World War One Remembered 

This year, 2018, marks exactly 100 years since the end of World War One, one of the most destructive conflicts in human history. On Sunday, 11th November there will be a remembrance service at the church of St Peter and St Paul, beginning at 9.30am, followed at 10.45am by an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. If you can spare the time, please come along and show your respect, and remember our war dead. 

Welcome to Vier Studio

It’s always nice to see a new business opening in the village, let’s say a big ‘hello’ to Vier Studio, a small family-run photography business, which opened a couple of months ago.

“We wanted to build a business around our young family and the community,” said proprietor Dean Govier. “We’ve lived in Lingfield most of our adult lives, we got married here, and want to build a business here. We’ve taken over 100 bookings since our launch, and would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone that has supported us so far.” We wish them all the best. 

Light Up Lingfield

Vier Studio is also donating a free portrait session to the Light Up Lingfield campaign, “something we’re passionate about supporting,” said Dean. 

The campaign (encompassing around 20 small business owners) is aiming to raise as much money as possible to improve the look of Lingfield at Christmas, including new, LED Christmas lights, and the installation of a huge Christmas tree outside the Lingfield Tandoori. If anyone wants any more information, please email dean@vierstudio.co.uk. 

Lingfield Station Footbridge

Lingfield Station’s accessibility issues are coming to the fore again, with Lingfield Parish Council seeking out comments and opinions about possible improvements to disabled access at the station, specifically the installation of lifts rather than ramps, or the re-opening of the ground-level crossing at the south end of the station. 

Sadly, the deadline for submissions will just have passed by the time you read this, but any pressure the local community can put on Network Rail to sort out this issue – which has been rumbling on for years – is a good thing. 

According to information acquired by Paul Johnson, Chairman of Disability Access (East Grinstead), Network Rail is putting forward proposals for special funding from central government, to help both Lingfield and East Grinstead acquire full disability access, although probably not for several years. Please email paul@egaccess.co.uk for more information.

Lucie Mason Flowers is growing

Local florist Lucie Mason Flowers is expanding to include a new flower school and more space for flowers, plants, gifts and a new homewares range. Currently situated next to Costa, the business is on the move within Lingfield village – just around the corner into the courtyard, in fact, into listed building The Old Barn. By the time you read this the move will have been completed, and we can’t wait to see what she has on offer. 

Tesco Still Coming (Eventually)

Despite the delays, Tesco is still coming to Lingfield, apparently. All renovation work at the Old Cage appears to have stopped, but we’ve been assured that Tesco is “looking forward to serving customers in the local area”, said a statement released by the retailer in early October. 

“There have been delays in the development of the site and we are very grateful to the local community for their continued patience,” the company continued. “We are currently working to finalise our development timetable [but we are] unable to confirm an opening date. We hope to start work in the next few months.” So, it seems unlikely the store will be open in time for Christmas. 

Join the Gang

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So, 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. We couldn’t (and probably wouldn’t) do it without you. 
So, enjoy the late autumn sun, the frosty mornings, the warming fires, have a scary Halloween, a sparkling Bonfire Night, a joyful Christmas, and happy New Year, and we’ll see you all in 2019. 

The Community News Team

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