Archive for January 11th, 2011


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


New research has shown that someone on average earnings in Crawley will spend 22 days just paying the interest on Labour’s debts.

Labour left the country with an annual overspend of £156 billion, greater than at any point in our peacetime history. Money spent just paying the interest on their £790 billion debt bill is money that could otherwise be spent on front line services.

Henry Smith MP said, “Labour’s addiction to debt means each and every taxpayer now has to spend weeks of the year working just to pay the interest bill. The economy is still in real difficulty and we have been left with the highest deficit out of any G20 nation and the second highest deficit (after the Republic of Ireland) of any EU country. The United Kingdom is now spending £4 for every £3 that it earns, servicing £120 million alone worth of interest on the country’s debt each day, which is clearly unsustainable and therefore we must take difficult decisions now to address this crisis otherwise the economic damage and future cuts would be worse.

“If we listened to Labour the debt would be £100 billion higher. They must never be put in charge of our public finances again.”

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UTILISE your business in the new year

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

UTILISE your business in the new year

Learn how to save money and be more energy efficient at a UTILISE workshop in January.

The workshop is open to organisations that want to make savings in all areas. This includes small and medium size businesses and community and voluntary organisations.

It takes place on Thursday January 27, at Fontwell, from 9am to 4.30pm and will give practical ideas on how to reduce energy, waste and water bills, looking at tariffs, gadgets and technology and how to use green credentials to win new customers.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “UTILISE workshops are free to attend for West Sussex organisations.

“They are very practical days, exploring all aspects of energy, waste and water management and looking for areas where savings can be made for businesses, while also becoming more environmentally friendly.”

Topics for the workshop include:

• Understanding billing and tariffs

• Carbon footprinting and target setting for reduction

• Methods for improvement, including staff involvement, efficient technologies and renewables

• Environmental Management Systems

• Grant and funding opportunities

Workshop delegates also receive free membership of the Sustainable Business Network, including invitations to network events and monthly updates on sustainability issues.

Crawley MP Welcomes New Mammography Machine For Crawley Hospital

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Henry Smith MP was delighted that efforts to acquire a new mammography machine, providing the latest digital technology for breast cancer screening, have paid off for Crawley Hospital.

Henry said, “Last year I appealed for the new mammography machine to be located in Crawley, explaining that our central and easily accessible town would be an ideal location. I am, therefore, extremely thrilled to hear that this new machine, worth a quarter of a million pounds, has been earmarked for Crawley hospital.

“The new machine is a more efficient system than the traditional film x-ray, allowing more women to be seen in a shorter space of time and reduce the Hospital’s expenditure on film and chemistry.”

The new machine will provide:

• Improved workflow allowing more patients to be seen;

• Connectivity to a digital Image archive for rapid retrieval of images; and

• Improved ergonomics for both radiographer and patient.

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospital, chaired by Ms Lesley Marginson, has supported the provision of the mammography machine. Henry congratulated Ms Marginson, “The League of Friends of Crawley Hospital first brought this issue to my attention and have been extremely proactive in pursing this new equipment and helping to secure the means to better combat cancer amongst women locally in Crawley.

Henry continued, “I have also been working to acquire a new Radiotherapy machine, which is used to treat and control many different types of cancer, killing the cancerous cells in the affected area of the body, since before I was elected as Member of Parliament for Crawley.”

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Day for Night Theatre and Crawley Community Arts


The Hawth Studio, Crawley

How exciting is this! Day for Night Theatre Company have teamed up with Crawley Community Arts, the Open University and the Theatre Company Course to present vibrant, raw, funny and visceral evenings of powerful drama from New York to London; from the Bronx to the Burbs. Each evening will be a combination of live music, ensemble performance and theatre at its best.

Never knowing who to cling to

Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 February, 7.30pm

This triple bill consist of rarely performed early masterpieces by two leading dramatists including a powerful 1984 play of love, hate and redemption by the writer of the movie Moonstruck, as well as a new play imagining Princess Diana not dying in that car crash but instead an angel delivers her into the arms of someone obsessed with the movie Groundhog Day!

Let your honesty shine, shine, shine now

Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 February, 7.30pm

The emphasis switches to New York and an hilarious look at therapy, and baked potatoes; 5 loners lost in a Bronx bar (with no jukebox) and a play by new British writer, Katy Matthews.

STRONG LANGUAGE so age 14 plus advised

Tickets priced £6.50 (discounts £5.50) can be booked at The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visit

You can see both performances for £10 (discounts: £9).