Archive for January 26th, 2011

Local directors taking education to the extreme

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

On Thursday 20th January Crawley Happy Times were invited to The Hawth to preview the short educational film Crossed Paths. This amazing film is intending to be shown in schools across the country to help educate the young population about extremism.

Definition of Extremism:

— n

1. a person who favours or resorts to immoderate, uncompromising, or fanatical methods or behaviour, esp in being politically radical

— adj

2. of, relating to, or characterized by immoderate or excessive actions, opinions, etc

Source: Dictionary.Com

We can use this word in many aspects of life but the film leans more towards the differences between cultures. The film is educational and very hard hitting.

Headed up by the director of RH11 Callum Johnston (and many more), produced by Compulsive Productions in connection with Crawley Borough Council, we believe this short film is going to spear head the way for further education and breaking down of barriers.

We interviewed the main characters after the showing. This is what they had to say.

Please feel free to comment below 🙂 xx


Wednesday, January 26th, 2011


Cllr Lenny Walker and Active Crawley Officer (Extreme Sports), Lucy Adams, with children from Manor Green School

The town is set to see an impressive BMX track in Langley Green built by the Easter holidays.

The new £75,000 facility will be one of just seven other official tracks in the whole of the South East, with the closest in Dagenham.

Funding for the track, which will be built adjacent to Cherry Lane Adventure Playground, was awarded to Crawley Borough Council from West Sussex County Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children programme.

The track, four lanes plus a four metre wide beginner track, will be designed specifically with disabled children and young people and their parents / carers in mind and is set to be totally accessible, fun and challenging for everyone.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is a fantastic piece of work by Community Services staff, residents and Members, and will be a great addition to the town. It will hopefully attract users from far and wide and increase Crawley’s profile too.

“The most pleasing aspect about this project is that it’s designed with disabled users in mind. I really look forward to its completion.”

Consultation has been undertaken with local riders, students from Manor Green, British Cycling and Wheels for All (an established inclusive cycling brand) with their ideas being fed into the design specification.

Dirtworks BMX have been hired to provide a track layout that supports progression, imagination and most of all innovation, really making a name for cycling in Crawley.

Please Click here to see video of BMX Track

The track will be designed to reduce pedalling by using the pumping action of the rider’s body weight and leg compression to propel themselves around the track, while the outer circuit will see bumps, textured surfaces and cambered / transition corners.

A fleet of specially adapted cycles and BMX bikes will also be available to ensure cycling is accessible to all.

Work will start towards the end of February and the track is set to open in time for the Easter Holidays. Anyone who wants to get involved in involved with setting up a BMX Club should contact Lucy Adams, Active Crawley Officer (Extreme Sports) on 01293 585350.

Government growth fund could help West Sussex businesses

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Government growth fund could help West Sussex businesses

Businesses and other private bodies in West Sussex are being urged to apply for almost one-and-a-half billion pounds worth of Government funding.

The call comes from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, urging people to apply for the Regional Growth Fund.

The Coast to Capital LEP covers the whole of West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, the Gatwick Diamond and the London Borough of Croydon, and is formed of local authorities and employers.

Leader of West Sussex County Council Louise Goldsmith said: “The Government announced the Regional Growth Fund as a £1.4 billion three year fund to support organisations and businesses to attract private sector investment and create long-term job growth.

“Coast to Capital itself has set really challenging objectives to support enterprise and entrepreneurship and boost exports. We want to encourage bids to the Regional Growth Fund that can help deliver those objectives.

“Although securing the funding will be challenging we want to hear from businesses with well thought out ideas to support enterprise and generate new jobs. There will be more funding rounds and we will want to explore potential future bids as well.”

The government has said it expects LEPs to play a role in coordinating areas and communities in bidding for the fund.

Louise added: “There’s a lot of common ground with the work of the LEP and the Regional Growth Fund, areas like skills and enterprise, carbon budgeting and economic growth. It would be extremely helpful if we could tie local bids and the LEP together to ensure we’re getting the most out of the fund for our area.”

Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “The LEP is of vital importance to the future economy of West Sussex. It aims to transform economic performance so we can compete in any international marketplace.

“It sets out our vision for a lasting relationship between public sector and employers to achieve sustainable economic prosperity for our area. By generating investment and business growth we can help to secure better skills for better jobs and boost our local economies.”

For further information on the Regional Growth Fund and the LEP, visit the website at or contact 01243 777613.