Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial

Hello again friends, and welcome to this, our Summer 2018 edition of Community News, bringing you the local news and information you need and want.  It’s a pleasure to have my office window open and some (thankfully tepid) fresh air blowing in, after several ‘Beasts from the East’ paid us all a visit in March. 

My garden’s flora and fauna had a mixed response to the cold weather – lots of flowering plants sadly didn’t make it (looks like that second cold snap really took its toll), but the squirrels, rats and field mice seem to be thriving! Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.  So, who else is looking forward to some proper sun, longer evenings, and building up a lovely (albeit probably short-lived) tan? Surely it can’t be long now, especially as I managed an hour of vitamin D absorption last week. Maybe I’ll manage two hours next week?


Lingfest Is Coming! 

After such a storming success with Lingfest 2017, planning is continuing for this year’s event on Saturday 14th July 2018. Bands have been booked for the main stage and auditions for the new ‘Meridian Introduces’ second stage are ongoing. 

Local businesses and organisations are once again supporting Lingfest, either by generously providing the kids’ area entertainment and sponsoring, or by supplying services from food and drink traders to security... even the loos! 

I hear tickets are going fast, so don’t miss the chance to enjoy our local community event, organised by a volunteer team of local residents and Lingfield Parish Council. 

Or why not join the Lingfest Volunteer Crew – I know they need people to help with a variety of roles, before, during or after the event, and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the crew last year (see page five for more information).

Tesco Express Store Opening

The renovation of the Old Cage continues, with the outer façade now looking clean and fresh, although with no Tesco livery in sight, yet. Parking for the new mini supermarket remains a concern however, especially given the parking issues regularly encountered outside the Co-op (parking on double yellow lines, for example). 

There is a small off-road parking area attached to the premises, which looks to have been resurfaced. There will be some parking spaces available, but its main use, however, is likely to be as a delivery area, with trucks arriving (we’ve been informed) at “sensible times” to minimise traffic disruption in the village. Let’s hope so. 

Let’s also hope that this latest change of use for the location lasts a little longer than the previous incarnations – pram shop, hardware store, and pub (anybody know of any others? Please write in and let us know). But I think we can all count our blessings that at least the wonderful village location is being put to good use. 

Thank You Advertisers

We’d like to take a moment to thank all our advertisers for their support. We couldn’t keep going without your help and – let’s be honest – money. Our production team give their services for free, as do our small army of loyal distributors, but our printing costs still need to be met. 

We really couldn’t do it without you guys, so once again thank you, and it’s probably fair to say that without your support CN wouldn’t still be going after all these years. 

No CCTV 

It doesn’t look like Lingfield will be getting any CCTV camera, in the near future anyway. Despite the fact that we now know there is a slight majority in favour of installing cameras, the local council has decided not to proceed, mainly due to cost issues. Yes, they are expensive to install and maintain, but this decision seems a little dismissive. 

Station Access

We still have no information regarding the installation of a lift at Lingfield Station. The old crossing location (at the south end of the station) is still closed, and opposition in the village to the installation to a giant, metal footbridge seems as strong as ever. With Network Rail seemingly opposed to the installation of lifts, we have a feeling it will take an intervention from central government to resolve this matter. 

The problem is not confined to Lingfield, with the Disability Access Group planning a protest at East Grinstead station over access to and from the station’s Platform 1. Please see our letters page for more information.

Potholes

Once again, we’ve seen potholes appearing on our roads, a consequence, at least in part, of the recent cold snaps (water seeping into cracks in the road, freezing overnight, and cracking the road surface). Any car journey from Lingfield to Copthorne, for example, now involves quite a few careful manoeuvres, if a call from the AA is to be avoided. 

Please let us know your experiences of these concave menaces. We’d really like to know if you the villagers find potholes a real annoyance; or, are they just an inconvenience. Or just something that we need to put up with. 

Summer Fete

The annual St. Peter and St. Pauls Old Town Church Fete is being held on Saturday, June 16th, from 11am to 3pm, with the theme this year being a “Disney Day”. Make sure you come along and enjoy the games, raffles, music, and fun activities for the children, including “Best dressed Disney Character.” 

End of Volunteer Bureau

We are sorry to hear that from April 30th 2018, the Lingfield & Dormansland Volunteer Centre, located in the Lingfield and Dormansland Community Centre, will be closing. Sadly, the changes in service will mean see the departure of the Volunteer Centre Manager, Karil Greenhalgh, after many years of commitment and passion for the service. Thank you for your service!

Join the Gang

Fancy yourself as a bit of a writer? Want to come and join the CN team and help put together this wonderful little publication? Anything about developments within the local area make you angry or happy? Please put pen to paper and tell us about it, as we’re always happy to receive contributions of any sort. We’d also like to ask if anybody out there would like to help us with CN’s distribution and delivery? We could certainly use some more deliverers, so if you could spare a few hours every 12 weeks or so, please get in touch. 

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, have a great summer everyone. See you in the autumn! 
The Community News Team

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