Archive for January 25th, 2011

Read All About It – Local arts group is Ahead of the Game with mascot competition.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Read All About It – Local arts group is Ahead of the Game with mascot competition.

Chichester Library is set to host a free exhibition of designs of the Chichester Mascot, for the West Sussex-Ahead of the Game programme celebrating the London 2012 Games.

Chichester District Council heads the Chichester mascot designing project on behalf of the West Sussex Arts Partnership.

Members of West Sussex County Council’s Starburst Arts, and the Apuldram Centre, Chichester have designed the artwork, which will be on display from Monday January 31 for a week.

Starburst Arts is an integrated arts centre based at the Wrenford Centre in Chichester, which provides a day service for people with learning difficulties.

Members from both centres entered a selection of artwork based around the theme of celebration.

The exhibition includes the winning design by Mark Talmage, from Starburst Arts.

West Sussex-Ahead of the Game is a countywide initiative, to ensure West Sussex makes the most of the 2012 Games, and plays a full part in a successful celebration.

Deborah Urquhart, County Council Member for Environment and Economy, said: “This project was an ideal opportunity to celebrate the games and get people involved in a creative project.

“We have many art-related events and activities in the run up to 2012, including carnivals, community singing events, and outdoor theatre.” `

Peter Catchpole, County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “The mascot competition was a great chance for the Starburst artists to show their talent.

“Starburst Arts offers art of all kinds to adults who attend the Wrenford Centre, including 2D and 3D art, film, photography, dance and drama, and sensory art sessions.”

For more information about the project and Starburst Arts, contact the manager Sally Christopher on 01243 788544.

To find out more on the West Sussex-Ahead of the Game programme, visit

Just one week to go to enter the Social Enterprise Innovation Award

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Just one week to go to enter the Social Enterprise Innovation Award

There’s still time to enter the fifth annual Social Enterprise Innovation Award, with a £4,000 first prize up for grabs.

The award supports social enterprises in West Sussex and is run by the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network together with West Sussex County Council.

The 2010 award was launched at the end of November. The deadline is fast approaching (Monday January 31), and people are being urged to ensure they enter in time.

Individuals and organisations must submit proposals for innovative ideas to deliver products or services with clear economic, social or environmental benefits.

The 2009 award winner was Hassocks Community Partnership and a project for the set-up of a local cycle hire business close to Hassocks Railway Station to encourage sustainable tourism, and provide activities for local schools and the community.

For further information or to enter the awards e-mail or visit the website at

Food hygiene offences bring £14,000 fines

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Food hygiene offences bring £14,000 fines

An owner of a small supermarket and butchers who pleaded guilty to 14 food hygiene offences received fines totalling £14,000 at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (January 20).

Qaiser Shahzad personally pleaded guilty to 14 food hygiene offences plus a further 14 food hygiene offences as the managing director of AS (Sussex) Retail, trading as Mace in Gales Drive, Three Bridges, Crawley.

Over a period of two years Crawley Borough Council’s Environmental Health Officers continually attempted to get an improvement in the general standard of hygiene and cleaning at the premises. Officers also tried to get the company to put in place and implement a food safety system for the business and ensure staff were properly supervised and trained in food hygiene.

Mr Shahzad was personally fined £5,600 and ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 victim charge. AS (Sussex) Retail was fined £8,400 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a victim charge of £15. The fines totalled £14,000 and costs totalled £2,500.

Mr Shahzad is now booked on a three-day food hygiene course for supervisors.

Councillor Keith Blake, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “The council will use its powers to enforce legislation and help to keep customers safe from the potential harm of poor food hygiene.

“This should be a warning to anyone with food premises to ensure they meet all necessary legislation.”

Philip Harris, Environmental Health Officer, said: “With all matters concerning environmental health including food hygiene we always attempt by education and encouragement to achieve our aims of protecting the public but when this approach results in a failure by those responsible to act within the law, legal action is the last resort.”

FREE Yoga session with West Sussex ageUK

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

We are having 1 FREE Yoga session on Thursday the 10th Feb 2011 from 6pm to 7pm.

if anybody would like to have a go & try, please contact the Silverbirch Centre, Tilgate on 01293 544144

Crawley MP Welcomes Lotto Charity Awards for “Good Causes”

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Crawley MP Welcomes Lotto Charity Awards for “Good Causes”

Henry Smith is delighted to extend his support to the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) for their essential work in raising funds for good causes in regional communities throughout the UK, including world-wide relief efforts.

Henry said, “I know that Crawley, as a town, would benefit immensely from available lottery money and I will support any bid that will be a benefit to Crawley and its residents.”

While discussing the local funding possibilities, Henry continued, “We live in a vibrant town with many organisations dedicated to helping others enjoy a better standard of living. Grant awards from BIG would certainly make a huge difference to those in need of support and benefit the groups who make it all happen.”

BIG is the grant-making charity created by the Government to administer the funding of worthy projects to help change people’s lives. Following the creation of the National Lottery, BIG has awarded over £3.6 billion to voluntary and community projects supporting health, education, environment and other charitable purposes.

BIG have provided numerous grants to individuals and organisations in the South-East, including Crawley; on behalf of BIG’s ‘Heroes Return’ programme for the 65th Anniversary of VJ Day, Henry called for all veterans and widows the chance for a fully financed commemorative trip, including travel and accommodation, to visit the places where they saw battle all over the world.

Recently, The Big Lottery Fund South-East Team also announced they are “sharing over £1.5 million in Lottery good cause funding”. With the Crawley Museum’s bid to move to a more central location with the help of Lottery grant money, local good cause agencies are already taking an initiative to request assistance from the charity, with Henry’s full support.

It appears BIG is already starting to make ripples in the Crawley community; If you know of an organisation which could benefit from such an award, or want to learn more about the Big Lottery Fund, please check out their website at or for other lottery funding queries, please contact BIG’s South East Regional Team via email at

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Crawley MP shows His Appreciation to Charitable Local Boy

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Today Henry Smith MP showed his recognition to Charlie Doherty for his valiant and long-standing efforts to raise money for various charitable causes.

Local Crawley resident, 11-year-old Charlie, has helped raise over £15,000 for charity by refusing to accept birthday presents for the past seven years.

Henry said, “I would like to commend Charlie for his generosity and outstanding dedication in helping those who are in the most vulnerable of circumstances.”

As well as denying presents, Charlie actively engages in fundraising activities; last year he ran the Brighton Marathon Mini Mile to help raise money to build a kitchen in a school in Malawi.

Charlie’s interest in helping others started at a young age after raising money for the 2004 tsunami disaster. Henry continued, “It is rare to see someone so young demonstrate their passion for helping others in such a committed fashion. Charlie is an exceptional individual who is a role model for young people; I wish him all the best for the future”.

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Pavilion redevelopment set to begin

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Pavilion redevelopment set to begin

The long-awaited redevelopment of Maidenbower Pavilion will begin on Monday 7th February.

Morgan Sindall was appointed in December to construct the pavilion, 3G pitch and associated works. The building is due to be completed in August 2011.

The £1 million investment by Crawley Borough Council will include:

• Extending the main hall and provision for social club and bar

• Provision of community café

• Meeting rooms and activity space

• Provision of a brand new 3G pitch.

Councillors were approached in 2007 by residents and community groups who said that existing sports facilities at Maidenbower Playing Fields were underused while there was insufficient provision for children and young people.

This led to a community group being set up working with ward members, led by Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Cultural Services, to identify the aspirations of the community.

Capital investment was secured, the outdoor play areas were refurbished in 2008 and a wish list of facilities was identified from the community.

The council has continued to work with local interest groups and community representatives to develop and refine the scheme to ensure it reflects local residents’ desires and aspirations. The scheme was presented to the wider community for consultation, the results of which informed the pavilion design brief.

The council will manage most aspects of the facility upon completion and transfer over the management responsibilities within two years of operation.

Any residents who are keen to get involved can contact Tony Bunn, Chairman of the Maidenbower Community Group, on 07710 343111.

Crawley MP Honours the “Untold Stories” of The Holocaust By Signing Book of Commitment

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Crawley MP Honours the “Untold Stories” of The Holocaust By Signing Book of Commitment

Today Henry Smith MP pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.

With 27th January marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust. This is to support the sharing and safeguarding of ‘Untold Stories’, including learning from survivors’ experiences to help create a future free from hatred and prejudice.

In doing so, Henry paid tribute to those remarkable individuals who survived the appalling events of the Holocaust and have since dedicated their lives to educating younger generations about the dangers of allowing persecution and intolerance to take hold in society.

Henry explained, “In the tenth year of its commemoration in the UK, Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As prejudice is still present in elements of our society, learning from the extraordinary ‘Untold Stories’ of those who survived gives us the opportunity to reflect on the evil that was perpetrated during the Holocaust and other genocides and to inspire a brighter future.”

On and around Holocaust Memorial Day, schools, local communities and faith groups from across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. The aim of the day is to motivate people – individually and collectively, to ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated.

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said, “We are delighted that Mr Smith is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As the number of survivors dwindles, remembering the Holocaust and passing on their testimony is more crucial than ever. Reflecting on these ‘Untold Stories’ helps give back voices to those who were persecuted and reinforces the contemporary lessons that can be learnt from this dark period in our history.”

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