Town News April 16

Dear Team Member



The Martlets Shopping Centre Encourages A Greener West Sussex

The Martlets Shopping Centre will be treating shoppers to free flower seeds on Saturday 16th April in celebration of National Gardening Week.  From 11am visitors to the Burgess Hill based shopping centre will not only be given a free pack of seeds to plant in their own gardens, but will also be treated to a free bag for life in a bid to raise awareness of the local environment and encourage a greener Sussex.  The centre management team will be pairing up with the market’s flower stall to hand out the free seeds and hessian bags to shoppers.




West Sussex County Council is proud to be working with Employers for Carers to help small and medium businesses like yours support and keep hold of the carers in your workforce.  Local partner, Impact Workability, is working with local employers to explain and promote the scheme across the county.  Practical resources, advise and information are available free online at and using the membership code #EFC1365 to register.  For more information contact Sarah Cutler, Impact Workability on 01903 730044 or email or email Employers for Carers


QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY BEACON LIGHTING – The Queen, Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will light the Principal Beacon to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April.


To celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the Principal Beacon on 21st April at Windsor Castle.  This will be followed by the lighting of a number of Beacons along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, including one at the Copper Horse, and then over 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and a Commonwealth Country to celebrate this landmark birthday.


As part of the national celebrations Burgess Hill Town Council will light the Beacon in St John’s Park in the evening of Thursday 21st April from 7 – 8pm.  Burgess Hill school choirs and Burgess Hill Marching Youth will be performing at the Beacon Lighting.  Residents are invited to come along to St John’s Park to enjoy listening to the performances.  Town Mayor, Anne Jones MBE, will light the Beacon.


The Town Council is also inviting Burgess Hill residents to write their birthday wishes to Her Majesty in a special leather bound book available at the Town Council’s Help Point at 96 Church Walk which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 9am to 5pm, Wednesdays 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 12.30pm.  The book will be available until Friday 3rd June to coincide with The Queen’s official birthday.  It will then be forwarded to The Queen for her to read everyone’s birthday messages.



This year’s Burgess Hill Fairtrade Festival runs from Friday 22nd April – Saturday 30th April 2016.  Now in its 8th glorious year it is going to be another showstopper year!  A number of the events will be taking place at the Martlets Hall.  Details of all the events during the Festival and how to book tickets can be found on the website


MID SUSSEX MARATHON WEEKEND – The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend returns for a fifth time this year comprising of three races:

  • Saturday 30th April 2016 – East Grinstead 10 mile
  • Sunday 1st May 2016 – Haywards Heath 10 mile
  • Monday 2nd May 2016 – Burgess Hill 10 kilometre (starts at Oakmeeds Community College)


Run them individually or take part in all three, run 26.2 miles and receive a specially designed Commemorative Medal. The races start at 10.30am.  There is also The Mid Sussex Wellbeing Mile – a 1 mile fun run for juniors, adults and families which starts at 9.30am before the main race each day.  Closing date for entries is Sunday 24 April.  More information about the Marathon Weekend including entry forms visit


Best wishes


Burgess Hill Town Centre Partnership Operational Town Team



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