06Dec

KIDS’ AND FAMILY EVENTS

  • Winter wonderland illuminations at Drusilla’s
    until 2nd January, switch on at 4:30pm daily
  • Ice-rink at Brighton Royal Pavilion
    until 15 Jan
  • Santa at Brighton Royal Pavilion 
    until 04 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec)
  • Beauty & The Beast 
    Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea
    until Sat 31 Dec
  • The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusilla’s
    31 Dec
  • Winter swim at (heated!) Arundel Lido
    Dec 24, 25, 26, 29 and Jan 1st
    10:00am-1:00pm
  • Granny Gingerbread’s family find at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Peter Pan by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre 
    17 Dec - 31 Dec 
  • Facts, Fun and Fairytales at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Family trail: What to look for in winter at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Things to make at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Christmas concerts at Eastbourne Bandstand
    25, 26 Dec, 01 Jan
  • Peter Pan
    Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
    11 Dec - 17 Jan


FUN OUTDOORS

  • Santa at Brighton Royal Pavilion 
    until 04 Jan (closed 24 & 25 Dec)
  • Winter wonderland illuminations at Drusilla’s
    until 2nd January, switch on at 4:30pm daily
  • Ice-rink at Brighton Royal Pavilion
    until 15 Jan
  • Bothy at Standen House and Garden
    Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead
    until Sun 1 Jan
  • Family trail: What to look for in winter at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Boxing Day Cruises on the Wey and Arun Canal
    26 Dec
  • Boxing Day Racing at Fontwell Park, Arundel
    26 Dec
  • Boxing Day Jazz Breakfast With Mike Hatchard
    Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea
    26 Dec
  • Boxing Day Stroll at Standen House and Garden
    Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead
    26 Dec
  • New Year walks at Nymans
    27 Dec to 8 Jan


PANTOS, THEATRE, CONCERTS, CAROL SERVICES

  • Christmas Carol Services at Chichester Cathedral
    19 Dec - 12 Jan 2017
  • Peter Pan by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre 
    17 Dec - 31 Dec 
  • Winter swim at (heated!) Arundel Lido
    Dec 24, 25, 26, 29 and Jan 1st
    10:00am-1:00pm
  • Wey Canal Boxing Day Cruises
    26 Dec
  • Midnight Spiritual Carol Service 
    Adasta Hall, Hassocks
    24 Dec
  • Midnight Mass
    St Nicholas’ Church, Worth, Crawley
    24 Dec


GETTING CULTURAL

  • The Treason Show: That Was The Year That Was 2016!
    Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea
    31 Dec
  • Photo-Punk: 40 images from the birth of punk
    until 05 Mar 
  • Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation
    until 04 June

BOXING DAY EVENTS

  • Boxing Day Cruises on the Wey and Arun Canal
  • Boxing Day Racing at Fontwell Park, Arundel
  • Boxing Day Jazz Breakfast
  • Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea
  • Boxing Day Stroll at Standen House and Garden
  • Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead
  • Pinocchio The Panto
    The Barn Theatre, Southwick
    31 Dec to 7 Jan
  • Winter swim at (heated!) Arundel Lido
    Dec 24, 25, 26, 29 and Jan 1st
    10am-1pm
  • Granny Gingerbread’s family find at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Facts, Fun and Fairytales at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Family trail: What to look for in winter at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Things to make at Nymans
    until Fri 23 Dec, then 26 Dec to 6 Jan
  • Christmas concerts at Eastbourne Bandstand
    25, 26 Dec, 01 Jan

GETTING OUT ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

  • New Year’s Day Stroll at Standen House and Garden
    Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead
    1 Jan
  • New Year’s Day cruises on the Wey and Arun Canal
    1 Jan
  • New Year walks at Nymans
    27 Dec to 8 Jan
  • Pinocchio The Panto
    The Barn Theatre, Southwick
    31 Dec to 7 Jan 
  • New Year walks at Nymans
    27 Dec to 8 Jan
  • Pinocchio The Panto
    The Barn Theatre, Southwick
    31 Dec to 7 Jan

23Sep

Mansell McTaggart have strong links to rugby with many of us either current or ex-players (bruises to show!). We believe in the values that lie at the heart of the sport of respect, teamwork, commitment and fair play. We support several clubs in Sussex and are very pleased to once again re-new our sponsorship of Newick Rugby Club.

22Sep

This unique project comprises a terrace of five new family houses as part of an established community with associated shared landscape, community facilities and biomass district heating.

The development situated in a tranquil, semi-rural location on the southern edge of East Grinstead off the desirable private Coombe Hill Road.

Set in an acre of expansive mature gardens with a perimeter of protected trees, the site is within easy access of both the town and a Montessori farm school and shop. East Grinstead mainline railway station, with direct access to London, is only 1.4 miles away and there are good bus links to the town centre and surrounding villages.

The scheme is designed by awarding team of Nicholas Pople Architects and Douch Partners with specialist engineers Corbett Tasker. They each have over 25 years of specialist experience in sustainable technologies and building techniques. Phase 1, the converted Tobias Hostel comprising nine flats, won the Mid Sussex District Council Small Residential Design/Sustainability Awards 2015 and a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in 2013.

The overall design is driven by ecological considerations and enhanced by the use of responsibly sourced materials and attention to detail in the finishes.

Our truly sustainable approach takes into consideration long-term maintenance and running costs delivering a high quality living experience with low outgoings.

Call Mansell McTaggart East Grinstead on 01342 311711 for more information

19Sep

The Nationwide Building Society’s August house price survey shows a rise in house prices nationally of 0.6%, taking the annual rate of growth to 5.6%.

This latest data comes as a surprise following the recent uncertainty following the vote to leave the EU. 

Robert Gardner, chief economist at The Nationwide, said that “new buyer enquiries have softened as a result of the introduction of additional stamp duty on second homes in April and the uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum.

He goes on to say that “instructions to sell have also declined and the stock of properties on the market remains close to thirty-year lows. This helps to explain why the pace of house price growth has remained broadly stable”.

Chris Hounsome, director at Mansell McTaggart in Crawley, commented “the picture seen nationally is certainly echoed here in Sussex and Surrey, with the proportion of new buyers we’ve registered per new instruction remaining relatively consistent this August compared to last.

“In short, we’re maintaining a strong level of demand despite any Brexit fears. I have said before and I say again, property remains a good, long-term investment that provides steady capital growth as well as either a rental income or a place to live! Property is not a vehicle for a quick buck, but I believe remains a sound investment choice over the medium- to long-terms.”


19Sep

Fewer than four in ten home-movers end up buying a property they found on the internet, says new research from which.

Consumer organisation Which? said that in research among 2,000 recent home movers, just 37% had discovered their new home by searching a property portal.

However, a further 6% did so via an automated email from a portal and 2% found their new home via a smartphone app notification.

Even so, just 45% found their new home via a modern method, compared with 55% who used traditional methods such as looking in an estate agent’s window or local paper, or spotting a For Sale board.

First-time buyers, despite their younger age group, were even more unlikely to find a home on a portal, with 60% using traditional methods rather than portals or apps.

According to Which? this is how the figures break down:

Searching a property portal 37%

Estate agent’s window 11%

Phone call or email from estate agent 11%

‘For Sale’ sign outside property 10%

Word of mouth 9%

Local newspaper 6%

Email from a property portal 6%

Other traditional method 4%

I approached the property owner directly (eg by leafleting) 3%

Other electronic alert, eg app notification 2%

Which? is now advising property hunters to put their laptops away.

The organisation says: “In parts of the UK where markets are fast-moving, with demand outstripping supply, the best properties are often snapped up before the agent has had the chance to list them online.

“That’s why it’s advisable to put your laptop away and get out and about. Take a walk down the high street and register with all the estate agents selling the types of properties you’re after. Spend time talking to them, explaining your situation and what you’re looking for.”

The same Which? research also revealed the importance of getting a portal listing right.

Around seven in ten respondents said they decided not to view a property after browsing its online listing, with the main reasons being that the location wasn’t right (35%) and/or that it was too expensive (35%).

Around one in five (19%) said they did not view a property either because no photos were made available or there were not enough photos. For first-time buyers, this figure rose to 22%.

One in six (16%) did not view a property because no floor plan was provided.

Jaime Walden, director at Mansell McTaggart Haywards Heath adds "this research confirms what we still feel, that despite the awesome power and reach of the internet, it's still vital to register with a local agent, whose on-the-ground knowledge still counts for a lot".

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