Archive for January 21st, 2011

Gatwick Airport Pantomime Society’s 21st production – Cinderella

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The award-winning GAPS is back with its 21st production, Cinderella, which will be given the usual innovative treatment with sparkles and laughter aplenty!

GAPS is an amateur group of mainly airport workers with a penchant for feathers and sequins. All profits are given to local charities, which this year will include Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Court Meadow Group Riding For The Disabled, Gladrags Community Costume Resource and Crawley Shopmobility.

Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th February

Tickets: Wed & Thur: £12 (discounts: £10), Fri & Sat 7.30pm: £16, Sat & Sun 2.30pm: £12.


Gatwick Airport Pantomime Society was formed in 1990. Our first pantomime was Cinderella,

which was staged in a small canteen at Gatwick. This show made an unexpected profit and the money was awarded to Ingfield Manor School. We decided to carry on with our fund raising and

have gone from strength to strength! G.A.P.S. is a registered charity and is totally self

sufficient. We receive no funding.

We are now in rehearsals for our next production, Cinderella, written by Peter Denyer,

which will be staged at:

The Hawth, Crawley in 2-6 February 2011.

Box Office: 01293 553636

There are 70 members, in the society many of whom are employed by British Airways at both

Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. This includes staff from Flight and Cabin Crew, Engineering

and Passenger Services. Our Music Director is a recently retired Immigration Officer and employees from

American Express, students from local schools and colleges, and two police officers

make up the team!

To date we have raised £315,500, which has been distributed amongst 44 charities

in the Sussex/Surrey area, The Great Ormond Street Hospital and Cancer Research


The charities who will benefit from our next production are:,

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Court Meadow Group Riding for The Disabled Association

Crawley Shopmobility

Gladrags Community Costume Resource.

G.A.P.S. has been awarded 3 Accolades of Excellence by N.O.D.A. (National Operatic

and Dramatic Association)

We have also appeared in Fund raisers for other charities, including a Royal Gala at The Royal Albert Hall for the Cancer Research Campaign to celebrate their 75th Birthday.

Patrons: Bill Francis – British Airways-Head of Inflight Experience

Alan Peever – British Airways-General Manager Gatwick

Silla Maizey – British Airways Managing Director Gatwick

Mike Grimes – British Airways- Manager Gatwick Cabin crew

For more information contact the G.A.P.S. website:

G.A.P.S. is a registered charity number: 1090214


Friday, January 21st, 2011

FOUR Crawley Council homes are undergoing an extreme eco-makeover set to reduce CO2 emissions by around 80 per cent at each house.

The properties in the West Sussex town are four of just 86 across the whole country being fitted out with innovative materials rarely used in regular house building and should be complete next month.

The work is thanks to Crawley Borough Council’s successful bid to the Retrofit for the Future competition run by the Technology Strategy Board which saw a near half million pounds reward to retrofit the homes in Furnace Green, Langley Green, Pound Hill and Three Bridges.

Cabinet member for Housing, said: “This project is really exciting; it shows us and the rest of the UK what materials can be used in social housing to help meet CO2 reduction targets.

“The outcome will be very interesting and could help lead to a cleaner, greener future for Crawley residents.”

The properties chosen for the green makeover represent the mix of homes found in the town; two 1950s pre-fabricated buildings, a 60s shuttered concrete terrace and a more standard brick construction with a cavity wall.

All the homes chosen for the Retrofit project were energy inefficient and were losing heat through walls, windows and leaks in the fabric of the buildings.

The modifications are being carried out by Crawley Council’s contractors, Wates, with the support of project partners Keegans and ECD Architects.

Brian and Jill Colvin

Materials used include a range of insulation like Spacetherm and Nanogel, LED lighting, micro-combined heat and power (CHP) boilers, triple glazing and solar panels.

The micro-CHP boilers will be controlled by an intelligent device which learns the tenant’s occupancy patterns and comfort preferences to suit different lifestyles; they will also be left with a range of highly energy efficient white goods like fridge/freezers.

Monitoring energy use, temperatures and humidity levels will be carried out by the Energy Saving Trust for comparison with the other pilot projects across the country on a publicly accessible database.

The green homes are expected to save the tenants hundreds of pounds (reducing annual combined gas and electricity bills of £800 to around £100, for example) – as well as tonnes of carbon emissions.

The move towards seriously eco-friendly social housing will take Britain a step closer to its target of an 80 per cent reduction in household energy use by 2050.

Amy and Mark Hammond

‘Access 4 All’ event for disabled children, young people and their families in February

Friday, January 21st, 2011

‘Access 4 All’ event for disabled children, young people and their families in February

An “information and activity” day is being held for disabled children,young people and their families, on Saturday February 5.

The day called ‘Access 4 All’, being hosted by West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Parents’ Forum, gives families the chance to find out about services available and to share their views about services they already use.

The free event at Fontwell Racecourse, from 10am to 4pm, will have sessions such as:

• ‘Infozone’ featuring organisations and services for disabled children and their families.

• ‘Reach Out’, featuring ‘Communic8’, an exciting new website launch which will provide a ‘one stop information shop’ for families and services working with disabled children and young people.

• talkback sessions and feedback walls to share attendees’ views on services – a range of organisations will be on hand to answer questions and some will be giving talks such as Aiming High for Disabled Children talking about how its projects have helped West Sussex so far; Alison John, who is herself disabled, will be talking about her life experiences; and West Sussex Parents’ Forum will be talking about the work they do to help improve services.

• facepainting, messy play and sensory art workshops for the children.

• refreshments.

Peter Evans, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This event is the perfect opportunity for families with disabled children, to find out what support and guidance is available to them and for them to get their voices heard on matters they may want to raise.

“We want to know how we can improve our services to better meet their needs.”

For more information phone the Family Information Service on 01243 777807 or email the team at, or visit and search ‘Access 4 All’.

Is renewable energy right for you?

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Is renewable energy right for you?

Two Greening Campaign events looking at renewable energy for residents are taking place in West Sussex.

There has been lots of information recently on the Government incentive to encourage installation of renewable energy.

Workshops have been organised by the Greening Campaign to explain the scheme to interested residents and what it means. They take place on Wednesday January 26, at 7.30pm, at Billingshurst Village Hall, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW, and on Wednesday February 9, at 7.30pm, at St George’s Centenary Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester, PO19 7AD.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “There are lots of advertisements offering ‘free electricity’, and leaving householders confused. These workshops will help people understand the offer and give them the full facts.

“The problem for householders and businesses is how to work their way through the web of information so they can access the scheme safely through the Government initiative.”

The Government scheme supports more renewable energy products being installed across the country. People are being offered up to 41.3p for every unit of energy they create using solar energy systems on their roof, even if they use the electricity themselves.

Some companies are offering to install the system and give the householder the electricity for free if they can have the tariff, known as the rent a roof scheme.

Director of the Greening Campaign Terena Plowright said: “We want people to understand the incentives which the Government has made available. The offer can reduce bills for householders as well as encourage people to use renewable energy on their homes, but people need to understand the facts.”

The Greening Campaign has produced a factsheet to help people understand the scheme. For a copy or to book a space on one of the workshops, e-mail, telephone 01243 777622 or send a self-addressed envelope to The Greening Campaign, The Old Tractor Shed, Heath Farm, Heath Road East, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4HT.


Friday, January 21st, 2011

The Hawth Studio’s Saturday children’s shows always attract crowds and these two enchanting pieces of puppet theatre telling tales of seaside mischief and a little girl with a taste for porridge are set to do the same.

On Saturday 12th March at 11am and 2pm Wild Theatre present The Selkie Bride, a perfect treat from the depths of the sea for children aged 4 plus.

A fisherman’s life changes when he captures the skin of a Selkie, a mythical creature said to live in the sea as a seal and turn into a mischievous human when on dry land.

Lighthouses, lobsters and seagulls take families on a journey of discovery and the Selkie’s naughty antics in the fisherman’s house will have little ones laughing out loud.

Then on Saturday 19th March at 11am and 2pm Freehand Theatre’s delightful and playful interpretation of a well-known tale with porridge and bears and three chairs takes to the stage. Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair? is great for children aged 3 – 7 years. A tale that’s not too big and not too small, it’s just right but telling the story is not so easy when it’s wintertime and the bears won’t wake up!

Tickets for each show are £6.50 (Family for four: £24). To book call The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visit