Archive for March 29th, 2011

A class act by Tim Fifield

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

It definitely was ‘Not What We Expected’!

On Monday Crawley Happy Times visited the Hawth Theatre to sit through a performance of what can only be described as pure genius. Tim Fifield is well renowned for his acting contributions in the past, but this time Tim went above and beyond. This talented gentleman gave a tremendous performance in a one man show called ‘Not What We Expected’.

The show ran over three evenings, Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March, so if you hurry there may be tickets left for the last performance! Please visit here for booking details.

We have some clips of the characters of Tim’s performance along with an interview by Shelley.

Make Over Mum

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

John Scott, star of ITV1’s “This Morning” and Bio Channels “School Makeover Mum” and fashion stylist to the stars will be in County Mall Crawley on the 1st and 2nd April making over mums for Mothers Day. Plus you can see the latest fashions on stage from big names stores like Debenhams, BHS, Internationale, Laura Ashley, Jane Norman, Oasis and more! Shows starts at 11am and 2pm each day.


How to be spring clean sensible when buying furniture

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

How to be spring clean sensible when buying furniture

SHOPPERS are being urged to take simple precautions if their spring cleaning plans over the Easter Bank Holiday involve buying new furniture.

The call comes from West Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service.

Graeme MacPherson, Head of Trading Standards, said: “When buying new it always a good idea to pay by credit – not debit card – even if you have the cash.

“You can always pay off the card before any interest is due. However, paying by credit card means if the shop goes out of business, you can claim your money back from the credit card company. This is good advice whether you are buying in a shop or remotely.

“The same applies if you are buying second-hand furniture.

“But in addition make sure any upholstered furniture is properly labelled as complying with the correct UK fire safety regulations. This should be a permanently attached label usually under the cushions.

“Without this label there is the possibility the item may catch fire easily and give off toxic smoke.”

If shoppers are buying an item over the web or from a catalogue, they are urged to make sure they are given details about the ‘cooling off period’ and how orders can be cancelled during this time.

“The ‘cooling off period’ allows you to change your mind. It starts from the time you pay a deposit or in full and ends eight days after you receive the details about how to cancel.

“You are legally entitled to change your mind and receive a full refund during this time – if you let the trader know of course.”

Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: “Buying furniture can represent quite an investment. Following this advice from our Trading Standards Service will help consumers protect their hard-earned cash.”

If you need further advice or want to let trading standards know of any sharp practices, please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506. You can also visit our website at for more detailed shopping