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Nominate now for Mid Sussex Applauds 2022

Mid Sussex Applauds logoYou only have until this Monday (26 September) to nominate individuals, groups and who have made a great contribution to the District for a Mid Sussex Applauds Award 2022.

The Awards are your chance to celebrate the heroes in your local community who do so much to make Mid Sussex such a special place to live and by nominating you are helping us to give them the recognition they truly deserve.

There are eight distinct categories of awards to highlight all of our community VIPs.

Good Sport Award
– celebrating a club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex. Award Supported by Places Leisure.

Young Volunteer of the year - recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community. Award Supported by Clarion Futures.

Stronger Communities – highlighting a community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity. Award Supported by CJ Founds and Assoc.

Young Achiever Award – showcasing a young person who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem. Award Supported by HSBC.

Take Pride in Mid Sussex – recognising residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling, or encouraging others to recycle. Award Supported by ID Verde.

Business in the Community Award – recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life. Award Supported by ShopAppy.

Lifetime Achievement Award – highlighting an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime. Award Supported by jobsgopublic.

Stronger Together – celebrating an individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity. Award Supported by The Orchards.

To make your nomination just visit

New home for Quarry Café and Community Fridge

The new Quarry Cafe and Community Fridge A popular community café in the Stone Quarry area of East Grinstead has been saved after Mid Sussex District Council provided them with a new home.

The Quarry Café and Community Fridge has been supporting the local community for over five years, initially as a community café, and expanding when the pandemic struck to providing a community fridge by collecting surplus food, creating ready meals, and sharing them with local people in need of a helping hand. The café and community fridge provides a place for the community to meet up and enjoy quality food and drink at affordable prices. It also helps to prevent food waste by collecting surplus food and sharing it amongst the community 

The future of this vital drop-in centre and food distribution facility was put in doubt recently when the group found out they needed to vacate their existing premises on Holtye Avenue. However, Mid Sussex District Council has now agreed a 30-year lease for the former Post Office in Hollands Way, that will enable the café and community fridge to continue providing services for Stone Quarry residents and the wider East Grinstead area, including nearby villages.

The project will bring an empty property back into use and will safeguard the long-term future of a vital community facility. The Council won’t be charging any rent for the first five years of the lease, which will afford Quarry Café and Community Fridge financial breathing room while they renovate their new home and turn it into a vibrant community hub.

Charitable Foundation, Clarion Futures is contributing approximately £70,000 towards the refurbishment, furnishing and decoration of the new café, with the help of one of their contractors United Living, who will deliver a significant amount of the refurbishment work through Social Value.

Council meetings

Council ChamberDecision making meetings of the Council have now returned to in-person sessions but many other meetings remain virtual.

You can follow all meetings on the Mid Sussex District Council YouTube channel. For further details of the location of in-person meetings please see or contact Committee Services on 01444 477225.

Meeting agendas and papers will be available online five working days before each meeting at the links below. Please note - meeting times are subject to change:

26 September - Cabinet (16:00)

26 September - Cabinet Grants Panel (17:30)

27 September - Liquor Licensing Committee (10:00)

28 September - Scrutiny Committee for Community, Leisure and Parking (19:00)

5 October - Scrutiny Committee for Planning, Economic Growth and Net Zero (19:00)

11 October - Licensing Committee (19:00)

13 October - Planning Committee (16:00)

17 October - Cabinet (16:00)

20 October - District Planning Committee (14:00)

24 October - Cabinet Grants Panel (16:00)

2 November - Council (19:00)

9 November - Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Deputy Leader, Housing and Customer Service (19:00)

10 November - Planning Committee (16:00)

15 November - Audit Committee (19:00)

16 November - Scrutiny Committee for Community, Leisure and Parking (19:00)

17 November - District Planning Committee (14:00)

Bolney by-election result

votingKristy Adams has been elected to Mid Sussex District Council in the Bolney Ward.

A by-election was held on Thursday 15 September 2022 to fill a vacancy on Mid Sussex District Council following the resignation of Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke.

The election results for the Mid Sussex District Council Bolney Ward by-election are as follows:

Kristy Lyn ADAMS (The Conservative Party Candidate) – 301 votes - ELECTED
Andrew William FOSTER (Labour Party) – 66 votes
Fiona JACKSON (Liberal Democrats) – 163 votes
Sue KELLY (Green Party) – 28 votes
Norman Frank William MOCKFORD (Independent) – 7 votes
Baron VON THUNDERCLAP (Official Monster Raving Loony Party) – 30 votes

The total number of votes cast in the Mid Sussex District Council Bolney Ward by-election was 596. There was 1 rejected ballot paper, and the turnout was 26.5%.

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