Archive for March 22nd, 2011

From the Ceili to the Parade, the Irish had real a craic!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

On the 11th March the Irish festivities started as it meant to go on…….in style. It was followed by St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March, closely followed by the Irish Parade on the 20th March.

The Ceili:

Craic or crack is a term for fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland. It is often used with the definite article – the craic. The word has an unusual history; the form craic was borrowed into Irish from the English crack in the mid-20th century, and the Irish spelling was then reborrowed into English. Under either spelling, the crack/craic has great cultural currency and significance in Ireland. <source: wikipedia>

St Patrick’s day & the Irish Parades:

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish and Irish at Heart in big cities and small towns alike with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Its a time for fun. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green! <source>

We took plenty of footage and pictures for you to enjoy. They tell the story for us :-)

We would like to thank John Nolan and the CICS committee for all their hard work in organising these events. We would also like to thank everyone who came to enjoy these events and for the support shown.Special thanks goes to Carrie Anne Campbell for taking some amazing pictures and letting us use them on our site :-)

Crawley MP Pays Tribute To The Life Of Bruce Winfield

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Crawley MP Pays Tribute To The Life Of Bruce Winfield

Bruce Winfield has dedicated so much to Crawley’s Football League ambitions over the past half century and was instrumental in Crawley Town’s recent rise to success.

Henry Smith said:

“This is a sad loss for Crawley, yet we are grateful for the memories and inspiration Bruce Winfield has given to our town.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp

 

Crawley MP Joins Olympic Gold Medalist In Fairtrade Fortnight Bunting Record Bid

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Henry Smith MP has joined Fairtrade Ambassador and five time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, in Parliament in a bid to break the record for the world’s longest bunting.

The world record attempt is to mark this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight and to highlight the Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘Great Cotton Stitch-Up’ campaign. West African cotton producers are some of the poorest farmers on the planet and so struggle to compete with EU farmers who received over £600m in subsidies – the equivalent to Estonia’s entire EU contribution.

The record for the world’s longest bunting is currently 2,986 metres. Fairtrade campaigners and supporters around the country are aiming to reach at least 4,350 metres – over two and a half miles!

The final bunting will be displayed on World Fairtrade Day, 14 May.

Henry Smith said:

“I share the concerns of many local residents regarding the issue of West African farmers who earn less than $1 a day and are unable to use their farming skills to trade their way out of poverty. From the amount of Fairtrade goods on our local shop, I know trade justice is something residents really care about.

“I am proud to be backing Fairtrade this Fortnight and their bid to break the bunting record. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to support a campaign which aims to help some poorest cotton farmers in the world make a decent living from their work.

“It was also great to hand out free Fairtrade teas and coffees from the Bandstand in Queen’s Square to passing shoppers over the weekend – I was impressed by the level of awareness and loyal Fairtrade fans amongst local residents.”

Sir Steve Redgrave adds:

“I am delighted that Henry Smith is backing Fairtrade’s campaign. I have visited West African cotton farmers in Mali and I have seen how hard it is make a living from cotton already. Farmers there are not asking for a handout, just a level playing field so they can improve their families and communities through hard work.

“Working together we can end these subsidies and make their live just a little bit easier.”

Follow Henry daily on Facebook by visiting: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp

Crawley MP Seeks To Raise Profile Of Ovarian Cancer In Crawley

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Crawley MP Seeks To Raise Profile Of Ovarian Cancer In Crawley

Almost 7,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year which is in spite of the fact that, if detected early, survival rates can be at about 90%.

Henry Smith said:

“I have today added information concerning the importance of diagnosing ovarian cancer early onto my Citizens Advice Bureau stall at the County Mall Advice Shop to help raise awareness.

“Some symptoms of ovarian cancer can be similar to more common conditions, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and cannot always be detected through regular screening tests.  The signs can include a swollen stomach, tummy pains and an inability to eat or feeling full.

“I was first struck regarding the importance of ovarian cancer awareness when a young local resident met with me on the issue last year. Fortunately, she was diagnosed just in the nick of time and I’m delighted was successfully treated but other are sadly not so fortunate. In Parliament I have joined a cross party group of MPs to help raise awareness and locally I’ve been pleased to support local cancer services, such as the new radiotherapy equipment at Crawley Hospital.”

For further information please go to: www.targetovarian.org.uk

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp

 

For further information please also see the ‘Spot Cancer Early’ website at www.spotcancerearly.org.



Pedestrian crossing upgrade work starts next week

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Pedestrian crossing upgrade work starts next week

Work to add a pedestrian crossing to an existing traffic lights junction between the A23 London Road and Martyrs Avenue, in Crawley, starts from Monday 28th March.

The £33,000 West Sussex County Council scheme is scheduled to take up to four weeks to complete, weather permitting. It will be carried out Monday to Friday 09:30am to 16:00pm, and occasionally on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.

Temporary lane closures and sections of the pavement will be closed during the course of the work.

 

 

Still time to organise a royal wedding street party

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Still time to organise a royal wedding street party

Party loving residents are being reminded there’s still time to organise an event for next month’s royal wedding – but you must act quickly.

Wedding bells are due to ring at the end of April, giving communities an ideal opportunity to come together and celebrate.

West Sussex County Council is keen to see street parties taking place on the big day, but needs advance notice to make sure things like road closures can be properly organised.

Deputy Leader of the County Council Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “With around a month to go before the big day it is vital that people act now if they are planning an event.

“The sooner people let us know about their plans the easier it will be to check all the relevant arrangements are in place. Then all people need to worry about on the day is enjoying themselves!”

If anyone is planning a street party they should contact their local district or borough council in the first instance.

The County Council is advising people to give at least four weeks notice of an event.

To find out more on how to plan a street party visit the County Council’s advice pages on its website at www.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘Highway Licences’.

The County Council estimates around 50 street parties are already planned in West Sussex for April 29.

 

 

Milly’s funday fundraiser

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Milly’s funday fundraiser

Creasys Drive staff are set to help raise much-needed funds for Crawley youngster, Milly Vaughan, who is set to travel to America for lifesaving cancer treatment.

Milly Vaughan with her granddad, Tilgate Park Manager, Kevin Tidy

The Creasys Drive Adventure Playground funday kicks off at 11am on Sunday (March 27) and families can join in a host of activities until 3pm for a suggested donation of £2 per adult and £1 per child.

A call on Facebook from milly’s family and support from Creasys Drive staff has seen people from across the town donate their time, services and prizes for the fab funday.

The event, at the Broadfield based adventure playground, will raise cash for five-year-old Milly’s trip to Florida where she will have proton therapy for a brain tumour.

The tumour was discovered when Milly was just one, following ill health since birth. Over the last four years she has undergone two courses of chemotherapy as surgery is not possible and doctors have now decided the best course of action is proton therapy.

There’s something for the whole family to enjoy including a bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, face painting, pampering sessions, welly throwing, arts and crafts, tug of war, penalty football plus drinks and snacks.

Milly, who’s grandfather Kevin Tidy manages Tilgate Park for Crawley Council, will have her flight and accommodation paid for by the NHS, as will her parents, Emma and Paul.

But, the three month trip will cost a lot in living expenses and there’s still bills to be paid back home; the funday fundraiser will go some way to helping the family cover expenses for the vital trip.

For more information about the funday call 01293 561847 and to find out more about Milly and her condition log on to www.millys-journey.co.uk