News and Events


Dates for 2019

  • Saturday 31st August 6:30 pm – A Musical Evening in Sackville College Chapel featuring  Cantu Amici. Followed by refreshments and a Raffle in the Vicarage Garden.
    Tickets £12.50 or £10 if purchased before 9th August (Friends £10)
  • Saturday 7th September – College closed for private function
  • Thursday 26th September 7pm,  – Talk by Dr Kathryn Ferry in Sackville College  Common Room

    ‘Fever, Riot and Victorian Feminism: the Sisters who put East Grinstead on the map’
    Kathryn Ferry first became interested in the Sisters of St Margaret when she was commissioned to write a report on the Peerless de Rougemont properties now being renovated on Church Lane. She is now working on a new architectural and social history of the Old Convent on Moat Road and is keen to share her findings. In a repeat of the lecture she gave to the East Grinstead Society she will tell the beginning of the Sisters story, highlighting the prejudice they and founder John Mason Neale faced, the difficult situations they found when they went out to nurse poor people in the surrounding area and the strength they drew from being pioneer women, bound together by their shared desire to do more than marry and be good wives as Victorian convention dictated.
    Tickets cost £10, including a glass of wine, and are available from The Bookshop on the High Street and Spires Hairdressers on Church Lane.
  • Monday 2nd December – Christmas (Music details TBC)
  • Tuesday 3rd December – Christmas (Music details TBC)
  • Wednesday 4th December – Christmas (Music details TBC)

All Event tickets from the College Office 01342 323414
weekday mornings


Past events


Saturday, 20 July 2019 Concert by No Strings Attached
A five piece group performing contemporary songs and folk music.
to include light refreshments.


  • Wednesday 24th January:  – Cantu Amici performed in the Chapel  to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Mason Neale. The event was fully booked! Some video of the Concert is here
  • Sunday May 27th  3:30pm – A Special Choral Evensong at St Swithun’s church, East Grinstead, to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Warden of Sackville College, John Mason Neale.Neale was born 200 years ago, and took up his appointment as Warden of Sackville College almshouse on May 27th 1846.Neale lived there for 20 years, with his wife and their children. He wrote many hymns and carols, perhaps most famously ‘Good King Wenceslas’, first published in 1853, and ‘Jerusalem the Golden’. He also founded the Society of St Margaret in 1854- one of the first post Reformation sisterhoods. The Society still does much good in the world.Choral Evensong is at 3.30pm in the church, followed by a procession to Neale’s grave in the churchyard, with the last hymn in the Chapel or quadrangle of Sackville College, followed by tea and cake.
  • Wednesday 13th  June College opens for season
  • Wednesday 20th June – Concert by Cantu Amici, CANCELLED
  • Tuesday 13th NovemberCharity Dinner at CJ’s 7pm for 7:30
    Monday 3rd December – Christmas Music by Cantu Amici in the Chapel 7.30pm  Note Sold Out
  • Tuesday 4th December – Public Carols in the Chapel 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 5th December – Public Carols in the Chapel 7.30pm


  • Monday 1st May – College open to visitors 11am – 4pm (Lions May Fair)
  • BBC Sussex Visited East Grinstead and Sackville College 21st June.
    One of the Guides, Caroline, gave a brief introduction to John Mason Neale
  • Saturday 8th July – Concert by “The Greenstede Duo”, Hilary Needham & Ivor Humphreys 7:30pm, Tickets from College office.
    Selection of music, ranging from pieces by Mozart,  Bach and Mendelssohn to the well-known Ashokan Farewell. 
  • Saturday 19th August – Concert by “No Strings Attached”,
  • Saturday 16th September – Concert arranged by Marion Small, at Trinity Methodist Church, 7pm. Retiring Collection. Profits to be divided between Street Pastors and Sackville College
  • Monday 13th November:  Charity Dinner at CJ’s (Tickets available from the College Office £16)  More details
  • Christmas Music

    Admission by pre-booked Ticket only. Please contact the College office (01342 323414 Weekday Mornings)

    • Monday 4th December – Carol Concert 7:30pm in the Chapel (Tickets £5)
    • Tuesday 5th December – Carol Concert 7:30pm in the Chapel (Tickets £5)
    • Wednesday 6th December – Cantu Amici Christmas Concert 7:30pm in the Chapel (Tickets £7.50) – Now Sold out!!
      However you can see them in St Swithun’s Church on Tuesday 12 December at 7pm Tickets at £10 available from the Parish Office.
      Or at Sackville College in January – see below

    Tea, Coffee and Mince Pies  in the Common Room afterwards.

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012