• E-Newsletter: Volume 1: Issue 11- Early December

    The Heritage Project



    The Graylingwell Heritage project team continues to collect evidence that illustrates the history of Graylingwell, as they move towards the culmination of their work next year. Amongst the material collected are fascinating oral history interviews about life at the hospital. There are so many that the project team is urgently looking for volunteers to listen to them and write up summaries and small extracts. Training and software will be provided and the work can be done at the West Sussex Record Office or in the comfort of your own home. So if you think you can help please contact Gillian Edom at gillian.edom@westsussex.gov.uk and be a part of this great project.


    The Lodge


    If you didn’t see the Lodge arrive and have unwittingly walked past it in the dark as it hides snugly behind the rhododendrons by the Chapel – it’s here!




    It might be temporary and it might not quite be finished but our first community building is most definitely here at last. The building is all in place, bolted back together and re-sealed. By the end of the week it will be watertight. Students from Chichester College will start work on the on the wiring and making good the inside with plasterboard and paint (as well as installing outside decking) on the 5th January. Our thanks go to the CCDT team for all their efforts.


    Update on the master plan


    We reported in the last newsletter that we have helped gain several important concessions in the new master plan, including reduced tree felling in The Manor (formerly Wooded Hamlet) and the reduction, by two storeys, of the height of the proposed flats on Chapel Green. Following our meeting with Peter Youll (MD of Linden Homes) and the deferment of a decision by the District Council for further consultation, we can report that Linden Homes have withdrawn their proposals for houses in Summersdale Road. The next consideration of the plan by the council is on 10th December and we will meet with Linden representatives that day for further updates – and of course we will keep you posted. We have worked hard to preserve the character of the development and feel pleased with the gains we have made on your behalf.


    Website update

    We’ve updated the website again. If you check out the Useful Contact Numbers page you will find a ‘Help Guide for Residents’. On this page you can find to whom you should turn if you have a problem with your home, heating or hot water, and who to contact in the event of crime or problems with estate management. As well as the useful contact numbers from before, there’s also a “who’s who?” of all the organisations involved in Graylingwell Park.


    Don’t forget that the website is regularly updated with committee meeting minutes and events so make it a habit to dip in.


    Are you software and computer literate?



    If so, the residents’ association would like to hear from you. We were able to welcome Chris Waller as the new treasurer, as well as Lesley Atchison and Sarah Langmead as new committee members at recent meetings, but we do need back up for Susan Shord who is the current webmaster.


    Susan keeps the website up-to-date, adds minutes and posts newsletters. If you have knowledge of HTML and Word Press you’ve got a job! If you don’t, but are computer literate and would like to help, please get in touch. Please also spread the word among your neighbours. Training can be given and it’s a great way to be at the heart of all that we do.


    Just moved in to Phase 3?


    The residents’ association committee is formed from a cross-section of residents from all locations across the development. Our experience is that each new phase brings its own issues which may need our help in resolution. So, if you’ve just moved into to Phase 3 and would like to join us in our work please contact us – we’d be delighted to welcome you.


    And finally –


    SnowyRobinThis is our last newsletter of the year so whether you are staying at Graylingwell for Christmas, or joining family and friends elsewhere, we hope every resident starts 2015 with memories of a great holiday period. We wish you all safe travel and happy times.