Archive for March 28th, 2011

Free St George’s Day and Royal Wedding party packs

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Free St George’s Day and Royal Wedding party packs

Crawley Borough Council is giving away celebration packs for St George’s Day and Royal Wedding street parties.

Residents and community groups can apply for the packs, which include handheld flags, bunting, balloons, hats and a large flag.

Each pack caters for 25 people but they are limited so the council is advising party organisers to get in touch and apply as soon as possible.

St George’s Day is Saturday April 23 and the Royal Wedding takes place on Friday April 29. Celebratory events could include street parties, a children’s party, a tea dance, bingo – or anything that involves members of the community.

Phil Rogers, Director of Community Services at Crawley Borough Council, said: “We know that across the town many people and groups are thinking of putting on street parties or other celebrations for St George’s Day and the Royal Wedding.

“We want to support these people by giving them party kits to help bring neighbours and communities together at these celebrations and to ensure they go with a bang.”

To apply visit and fill out an eform online or call the council’s Community Development Team on

Applicants who are successful must pick up their party pack from the Town Hall. Packs are limited to one per applicant and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

If any packs remain they will be offered for future events including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Crawley MP Congratulates Local Firm On Successful £100m Deal For London 2012 Security Services

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Crawley MP Congratulates Local Firm On Successful £100m Deal For London 2012 Security Services

The Manor Royal based G4S has won a deal to recruit, train and manage over 10,000 security staff for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Henry Smith said:

“This £100 million contract is one in a series of successful business deals won across Crawley which help place local business at the heart of the upcoming 2012 Games.

“Well done to the G4S team that worked so hard to put together and sell a winning bid which will undoubtedly create yet more jobs locally and assist other businesses.  The bid was won against the backdrop of tough competition and it is a true testament to G4S that they have been appointed for this essential role.

“I am pleased to see the extent to which Crawley is benefiting from the London Games and will continue to try and build on this platform further still.”

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Nine days to fill out your 2011 census

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Nine days to fill out your 2011 census

You should have filled out your census questionnaire on Sunday (March 27).

If you haven’t done it yet then you still have nine days to complete the once-in-a-decade survey which paints a picture of the nation and helps government and councils decide on future spending priorities and services.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) is running the mammoth survey and collects the information used for a fairer future.

The census deadline is April 6 and those who have failed to fill it out online or send it back in the post will get a visit from one of 35,000 census collectors nationwide.

Collectors will offer help and advice to those who have had difficulty filling in their census forms and will supply replacement questionnaires if they have been lost or damaged.

Crawley people who need help filling in their surveys can also drop-in to a number of census sessions around the town; Wednesday (March 30) from 11am to 1pm at Age UK in Shackleton Rd, Tilgate; Friday (April 1) at Crawley Library, 9-5pm; Friday at Langley Green Community Centre (polish event), 12-6pm; and Saturday (April 2) at Broadfield Library, 10am to 2pm.

The data collected by the census is very important to central and local government.

The way Crawley has changed over the last 10 years could make a difference to how much money the government thinks the town needs, possibly resulting in improved services.

It should only take about 10 minutes to fill out each person’s details which will be kept securely for 100 years.

Although you’ve got your paper questionnaire, 2011 is the first time the census can be filled out online, making the process even easier.

Your personal internet access code is printed on the front of your form and you’ll need this to sign-in and complete your questionnaire online.

The code acts like your password and you’ll need to use it every time you log in.

The information you provide must be relevant to your household on census day which was March 27.

Simply visit and follow the on-screen instructions.

For help filling out the forms visit the census website or call 0300 020 1101