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How can you make your home more secure?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

After a spate of burglaries in and around Crawley in recent months we felt it might be good to seek some advice on effective affordable security measures.

Security does not have to cost hundreds of pounds. And the technology involved is minimal and simple to use.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Warren Marsh, Director of War-Lock Locksmiths and Security, a high quality and personal locksmith service to both domestic and commercial customers. Warren showed us several types of door locks which can make the difference between a burglar gaining access in 5 seconds or 5 minutes. This extra time could be the deterrent needed to make it too hard work for the burglar. Warren also demonstrated a strong unbreakable bike lock and a dead lock for vans which will all go towards deterring thieves from being able to grab your belongings easily. We also spoke about hiding sets of keys from sight so if someone manages to gain entry they will not have time to search for them. Warren offers a no obligation survey to any home or business owner. If you feel Warren could help you, please visit his website here.


Warren Marsh is local independent Locksmith and Security advisor

We then went over to Maplin in Crawley to speak to the Manager Nick Crook about what they have in store for the public. Nick told us “we have basics cameras right up to the bigger security kits. The costs range from around £40 to £400. The cameras are simple and easy to set up and do not involve any real experience to set up.” Nick is always in store and happy to give advice and support to anyone wishing to look into a system to protect their homes.

Nick Crook is always on hand to give helpful advice

Nick Crook is always on hand to give helpful advice

We had a chat with Toni Dixon from Jimmy Chop Chop who unfortunately were broken into on Sunday (13th April). Toni told us “we believe the thieves would have taken a lot more if it was not for the alarm going off when they broke the door in. I would advice anyone to get some kind of security installed, even if it just works as a deterrent….as you can see, it stopped the thieves from being brave enough to take more than they did.” You can see the story on this here.


We spoke to the local police who gave this advice to the public:

A police spokesman said: “We can all do our bit to make our homes more secure.

“We can all ensure that our windows and doors are locked when we’re not at home and if windows are left open at night then we should check they cannot be opened far enough for burglars to get through.

“Put your garden tools and any ladders away into a secure garage or shed after using them. They could be used to break into your home or that of your neighbours.

“Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out and When you leave a room unattended, close and lock windows and doors – especially on the ground floor.

“Consider fitting outside security lighting or a visible alarm to help deter burglars.

“Finally, keep items like wallets, purses, credit cards, car keys and other valuables out of sight so that someone looking in is not tempted to try to swipe them.

“As the weather gets warmer criminals will be on the look out for easy pickings so please do all you can to make sure you aren’t on their shopping list.”

Please take time to watch this video….lots of good advice and security equipment shown:

Great advice from our local constabulary. We would like to add some advice too. Please do not tell everyone on social networking platforms (facebook, twitter etc) that you are going away, and if you do, make out someone is staying in your house to house-sit. Try not to take pictures of inside your home with your 42″ flat screen in the background or a full frontal picture of your home so people can recognise where you live. Sadly the internet is a burglars paradise, especially Facebook. Also please do not leave your valuables on show in your vehicles and make sure to close all windows tight. Cars have been known to be vandalised or even set alight if windows are not closed tight.

If you hear a strange noise or see a stranger in your street, please call 101 and let the police know. It is never advisable to approach a burglar so let’s not get brave….just speaking on your phone outside the property should be enough to make them think twice about breaking in. They do not like an audience.

We hope this information and the video has given you all some insight into how to make you feel safer in your home. It can be affordable and simple to put into affect.

A Minutes Silence For The 96

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy where 96 people lost their lives.

On April 15th 1989 Liverpool was set to take on Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Semi Final at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. Sadly that day was to end with 96 people loosing their lives and 766 further injured.

Today at 15:06, the time when the match was stopped, fans, friends and family will remember them with a one minute silence. The bells of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool Town Hall and churches in Merseyside will be rung to commemorate this time.

We did not know anyone involved in this, the biggest tragedy in sporting history, but we do have friends that lost loved ones. We will be joining them in the one minute silence to remember.

Our good friend local businessman Scott Savage, an avid Liverpool FC supporter, has travelled up to Liverpool today to be pay his respects. Scott wrote on twitter: The day we remember. Justice is near, RIP. In our hearts. This season is for you all.

Scott sent us this picture:

The Memorial with the names of the 96 lives lost

The Memorial with the names of the 96 lives lost

The names of those who lost their lives that day

The names of those who lost their lives that day


Fun abound at St Catherine’s Hospice Bunny Run

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Local people donned their bunny ears and ran in the spring sunshine to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.

The charity’s Bunny Run on 13th April was attended by novices and running enthusiasts alike, all running, skipping or hopping the 2.5K route in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, to help raise much needed funds. The event was sponsored by The Tuplin Group and featured a visit from Bertie the Bunny. The run is set to raise £1,500, which will help pay for vital end of life care and support for local people with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

Gabi Field, Community Fundraiser at the Crawley-based hospice, said: “The Bunny Run was a huge success and the sun shone for us. We’re really pleased that everyone who took part had so much fun and entered into the event with high spirits; we even had people doing the run pushing prams and running with their dogs.

“We have to raise over £5.5million a year in voluntary contributions to keep providing vital hospice care to local people. Events like the Bunny Run are invaluable in helping us to continue. Thank you to everyone who took part, you have all made a real difference to the lives of local people.”

St Catherine’s Hospice provides medical care, counselling and bereavement support to local people with a terminal illness and their close friends and family. If you would like to support St Catherine’s, you can find volunteering opportunities, events and ways to donate at or call 01293 447333.

Leah is busking for charity

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Leah Sheridan is in year 8 at St Wilfrids School and is well known for her singing and acting skills.

Leah performed in ‘We Will Rock You’, this years fantastic show put on by St Wilfrids. We attended the opening night of the show and was impressed with Leah’s performance.

Leah in her performance of 'We Will Rock You' this year

Leah in her performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ this year

Leah is now going to use her talents to raise money for two charities close to her heart by busking in the foyer at Asda this Thursday (17th April).

We spoke to Leah who told us “I’m 13 years old and I am busking (singing) in ASDA, Crawley. I am raising money for the Friary Preschool and Family’s Effected By Cancer. I will be singing on Thursday 17th April 2014, 11:00-13:00 then 3:00-5:00. Please come and support me!”

Please consider popping along to hear the beautiful voice of Leah and help her raise as much money as possible. Well done to Leah, we wish her all the best.

Stolen GHD’s from Jimmy Chop Chop

Monday, April 14th, 2014

One of Crawley’s most popular salons would like your help in finding their stolen equipment.

Jimmy Chop Chop is based on the corner by Marks & Spencers on the Boulevard, Crawley. The salon was established back in 2006 by owner James Musgrave. At just 36, James is one of the youngest successful salon owners in the area.

Sadly, between 1am and 9pm Sunday morning (13th April) the front door was forced open and the display cabinet was emptied of its contents.

We spoke to Alex Smith who told us “I’m a senior stylist with the salon. The break in happened between 1am and 9am Sunday morning. Strangely enough, I was outside at 1am waiting for a taxi. The shop was fine then. They smashed the front door open and took the stock in the window. The alarm was going off so it would have been a grab and go. It was only by chance that the builder was coming to do work at the salon this Sunday or we would not have been made aware until much later. We are closed on Sundays. We are currently awaiting a crime reference number but the officer in charge is Abigail Bryan DB376. Please call 101 if you have any information. The stock stolen amounted to around £1500 and the damage to the property will cost even more to get fixed.”

Here are pictures of the stock stolen. Please keep your eyes peeled.

Pastel GHD's stolen from Jimmy Chop Chop Salon

Pastel GHD’s stolen from Jimmy Chop Chop Salon

Stolen GHD Air Hair Dryer

Stolen GHD Air Hair Dryer

Gary Gatwick needs your help

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

We are sure some of you have seen the documentary on Gary Gatwick. Gary is desperately trying to find his birth parents and family and has taken to the internet and social media to do so. Gary has posted a picture of himself on Facebook and Twitter appealing for any information. We would ask you to help Gary by sharing this article with everyone you know. Let’s help Gary find his family, at last.

Gary with the baby Grow and blanket he was found in

Gary with the baby Grow and blanket he was found in

Gary wrote: On the 10th of April 1986 I was found in the ladies toilets in Gatwick Airport I was around 10 days old. I was left in a babygrow and a blankets and had been well cared for. I am searching for  any information on my past or birth family.

A few years ago I had a DNA test done to see where I originated from. The country’s that came up were England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany or France. This could mean my birth parents or family are from any of these countries.

Any one with any information can contact me on or in confidence contact Keith at:

Eggs all board the Easter Bus

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Easter Bus is coming to Crawley’s Queens Square on Saturday 19th April!

Family, Easter-themed creative activities for all ages will be run on board the double-decker between 11am and 4pm – a chance to get creative and make simple cards, decorate eggs and create paper flowers.

Join the Easter Trail around the town centre with a chocolate prize at the end for correct entries.

£1.00 boarding fee per person.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Launch of Easter Egg appeal for local children

Monday, April 7th, 2014


Local charity, Home-Start CHAMS, will be receiving Easter eggs for the children of families they support, thanks to the Easter Egg Appeal currently being run by Asda Crawley.

The Appeal launched in Asda today and will be running all this week, asking customers to donate eggs for the local children.  Home-Start will pass on all the donations to the families they support who are most in need and where they would be unable, for one reason or another, to buy an Easter Egg for their child.

Pauline Payne, Community Life Champion at Asda Crawley said: “We’re pleased to be supporting Home-Start and their work with families and children in Crawley through our Easter Egg Appeal.  Any of our customers who are able to make a donation can add their egg to the collection trolley in the foyer and they will be given to the families by Home-Start.  We know it will make such a difference to the children.”

Have you seen Courtney? – Updated

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Courtney has been found Safe & Well

Police are concerned for the whereabouts of a teenager who goes to school in Crawley.

Courtney Richards, 15, had been at school in Crawley on Monday (March 31) when she failed to return to her foster parents’ home in Brighton.

Courtney Richards missing

Courtney is described as around 5′ with very long straight red hair. She was last seen at Three Bridges railway station and was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans.

Police are appealing to Courtney or anyone who might have seen her to please get in touch and let them know she is safe.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting serial 1564 of 31/03.

A Befitting Farewell For PCSO Ken Oldershaw

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The police were out in force yesterday to say a farewell and to celebrate the life and times of their colleague PCSO Ken Oldershaw. Ken had been a police officer for ten years and he obviously made a big impression on his fellow police officers who lined the street and entrance to the crematorium standing a Guard Of Honour.

The Guard Of Honour at the Crematorium

The Guard Of Honour at the Crematorium

Ken was one of the area’s first police community support officers. He sadly passed away on Friday 28th March, aged 64, six months before he was due to retire.

He had been battling cancer but died of pneumonia in the Royal Marsden Hospital after complications for another procedure.

We had the privilege of meeting Ken on a couple of occasions as Ken’s real passion was with the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Ken leaves some big boots to be filled.

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The procession started from their home in Findon Road, Ifield then went past the Police Station where both sides of the street were lined with fellow officers paying their final respects to a much admired colleague.

Ken Oldershaw Police Station

Ken’s colleagues lined the street outside the Police Station to pay their respects

It was then onto the crematorium where family and friends waited alongside the Guard Of Honour. Ken had a liking for the Del Boy series, so when Dan Clift from Ifield offered to drive his Del Boy Trotter yellow Reliant Regal, similar to the one in the show, in the procession, the family were made up. 

Dan Clift in his Trotters Robin Reliant

Dan Clift in his Trotters Reliant Regal

Dean, Ken’s son told us “my dad Ken was a very loved and honoured man amongst our community and that reflected with the overwhelming love and support me and my family have received over the last week or so. Having a Guard Of Honour was absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better send off for the man we all loved. Sussex & Surrey Police and all of dads friends, you done him so proud yesterday and you also done my family proud, and for that we are eternally grateful”.

Ken Oldershaw

Sue, Ken’s wife of 35 years, said “I knew Ken was loved but I didn’t realise how much until yesterday. Your love and the way you all honoured him will stay with me forever. The love and support has been overwhelming and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart”.

Thank you all again from the bottom of all our hearts, Sue, Dean, Kelly, Nicole and Adrian and the Grandchildren.

A big thank you to Flat Cap Photography for coming with us to take these amazing pictures as requested by the family.

Ayisha is now fighting fit

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Five years ago the life of Kelly Hubbard and that of her new born baby girl Ayisha was to be turned upside down. around the 25th March Kelly, Ayisha and the family were to get the best news yet.

Aysha when she was born

Aysha when she was born

We spoke to Kelly about the heartbreaking struggle they have all faced over the last 5 years. Kelly told us ” we had a growth scan at 37 weeks pregnant when the doctors saw an abnormality on Ayishas kidney. We were told it may be nothing but as a precaution they had booked Ayisha in for scan at 6 weeks old”.

“I gave birth to Ayisha on 8th Octiober 2008. We instantly fell in love with her and proceeded to live our lives with a newborn”.

“As arranged, we took Ayisha for the 6 week scan at East Surrey. I could tell by the way the lady was looking at the screen that something was wrong, but I had to wait until the Monday to see the Doctor”.


“Monday came. When calling to make an appointment, the doctor said he had just seen the ultrasound and advised us to come in as a matter of urgency”.

“We rushed up with my mum, while my partner babysat my other children. The doctor told us that from the ultra sound they could see a mass, and that it could be cancer. At that point my world broke into a million pieces. I was inconsolable”.

“Stayed had to stay in ESH for two nights until there was space on the oncology ward at Great Ormond Street”.


“On the Wednesday we were transferred to Great Ormond Steet Hospital where many scans and tests were carried out. A Hickman line was also fitted in Ayisha’s chest”.

“After being in hospital for two weeks, on the 11th September, we received the diagnosis of Neuroblastoma stage 2a”.

“We proceeded with Chemotherapy which consisted of carboplatin and etoposide every three weeks over two days. Ayisha had 5 courses to contend with”.

“The day for surgery arrived. I had been dreading this day since the first sign of issues. This came in the March of 2009 .Ayisha was in surgery for 9.5 hours. These were the longest hours of our lives. The surgeon Mr Kiely, came to see us after and told us that the tumour was wrapped around all her nerves. We felt any other surgeon would not have even attempted its removal but Mr Kiely did  (dread to think where we would be today if he had not). He even managed to get it all out. Sadly during the operation Mr Kiely accidentally cut the nerve to her right leg. The following day Ayisha underwent another 9 hours of surgery to repair the cut nerve which was done successfully”.

“Ayisha spent the next ten days in hospital. Then we all went home”.

“Over the next 5 years Ayisha attended many appointments at GOSH. First they were every 3 months then moved to every 4, then every 6 months for ultra sounds, and VMA. All the tests have since come back clear”.

Aysha looking healthy with the all clear from GOSH

Ayisha looking healthy with the all clear from GOSH

“Ayisha is now a beautiful 5 year old girl, the apple of my eye. She has recently  been declared to be in clinical and radiological remission and will no longer have to have to go for scans or VMA’s. Ayisha will only see a consultant once a year. AS for her foot, Ayisha has a permanent foot drop and has to wear a splint. This is a small price to pay for having Ayisha in full health”.

We would like to wish Ayisha all the best for a clear and healthy future. Thank you to Mum Kelly for sharing her story with us.

Damned if it’s cold, damned if it’s hot

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Smog levels in the UK are set to hit the dizzy heights today for people with heart and lung problems as the Sahara sands continue to effect us.

We have had the wettest winter since the 1700′s and are now facing a new dilema. On Monday (31st March,) Crawley residents woke to their cars covered in a sheet of what looked like red yellowish pollen. This turned out to be Sahara dust bought over by the clouds.

Courtesy of the Met Office

Courtesy of the Met Office

The Met Office have warned those with heart and lung problems should take it easy over the next few days as not to aggravate the already hindering conditions. London, the South East, East Anglia, Kent and Essex are expected to be effected the worst but the high pollution is expected to spread over England and Wales during the course of the day.

The Met Office have issued a Pollution warning so please be aware and take whatever necessary precautions.

Date: 2nd April 2014 

Crawley United FC are on a winning streak!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Last week they were Sussex County Champions, this week they are the Tandridge League Cup Winners.

In what was an exciting game held at Chipstead FC, Crawley United beat Junior Bromleians 2-1 to win their second trophy of the season.

Crawley started the game well and were soon 1-0 up thanks to a fantastic 25 yard shot from Sam Murrell-Lemon which nestled in the far top corner giving the keeper no chance. As the game progressed, Junior Bromleians started to get back into the game and there were chances at both ends. The game went level after a free kick was lofted into the area and met with a powerful header into the net. As the final minutes of the first half approached Sam Murrell-Lemon received the ball on the left wing. He cut inside into the area beating 3 or 4 players then unleashed a right foot rocket kick which curled the ball into the top corner. A stunning goal.

Crawley United FC

As the second half moved on Crawley had several chances to increase their lead as much as Bromley had chances to draw level but neither keeper could be beaten. In the last 15 minutes the Junior Bromleians took control of the game, but the Crawley boys held on with some great defending from the whole team.

This week has been a great week for the boys. It has seen them lift two Cups! We will now go and push to see if we can win the title and make it a treble. Well done Lads!

Men of match:

Luke Baker for his great defending and Sam Murrell-Lemon for his 2 superb goals

Crawley United Team:

Jack Foyster
Luke Baker
Josh Martin
Reece Hallard
Ronnie Burchell
Charlie Lovelock
Sam Murrell-Lemon
Scott Buchanan
Joel Colbran
Callum Marshall
James Lowe
Matt Leese
Kieran Bates

Source: Thank you to Shamus Foyster, Rob Hallard and Colin Matshall for this editorial

Community come together to make the town blossom

Monday, March 31st, 2014

When West Sussex County Council gave permission to create wildflower areas at locations across Crawley in 2014 the Gossops Community Forum were very excited to be part of this commemorative feat.

To honour the 100th anniversary of WW1 the areas used the annual cornfield mix with an added large proportion of Flanders poppy seeds.

GCF, Band of Brothers and Let's face It working together to make a brighter future for the ground of Crawley

GCF, Band of Brothers and Let’s face It working together to make a brighter future for the ground of Crawley

The aim is to create a highly attractive floral area with a mown edge. The mown edge will create a very distinct difference between the short grass and the wildflower area.

With the help of Ruth Growney of the ‘Let’s Face It’ team, several members of the GCF  (Chairperson Shelley Fagence-Traynor from CHT, Ron MacRae, Secretary, Vice-Chair Brian Eastman) and members of the Band Of Brothers (more to come about them…), Saturday morning was all about the wildflowers. Based at the Gossops Green traffic lights (the ones that work now) we all met to rotavate, rake and sow. It was a beautiful morning for it. Soon the bank will be an array of colour.

Front Row (L-R) Brian Eastman, Ron MacRae, Shelley Fagence-Traynor, Ruth Growney  Back Row members of the Band Of Brothers

Front Row (L-R) Brian Eastman, Ron MacRae, Shelley Fagence-Traynor, Ruth Growney
Back Row members of the Band Of Brothers

Shelley said “we really look forward to seeing it all evolve and will keep you updated on the progress. We are very pleased with the daffodils we planted at the end of last year which are now blossoming near the footbridge to Goffs Park. Visitors and residents alike will now be greeted by an array of colour and beauty when coming into to Gossops Green from that direction.”

If you are interesting in getting involved with any of the ‘Let’s Face It’ events, please contact Ruth by email on

If you would like to get involved with the Gossops Community Forum please contact Ron MacRae bu email on

It was a ‘Matarr’ of winning

Monday, March 31st, 2014

MATARR Wanda was the star of the show at the Felbridge Hotel on Friday night as he pounded Gosport’s Callum Pankhurst to a unanimous points defeat.

The Broadfield teenager thrilled the packed crowd at Crawley Boxing Club’s annual dinner show, oozing class in his 73kg bout against the plucky, but outclassed Pankhurst. This was the third time Wanda had boxed the Hampshire boy, and right from the opening bell there was never a doubt that Crawley’s rising star was going to make it a hat-trick of wins.

Another successful annual dinner event organised by CABC

Another successful annual dinner event organised by CABC

Wanda started off as he meant to go on, boxing with a maturity beyond his years. Quickly asserting his authority he soon claimed the centre of the ring banging out hurtful straight punches. Throwing his shots to both head and body with success and ease Wanda easily took the opening round.

Any chance Pankhurst had of getting back into the contest in the second round were soon dispelled as Wanda simply upped both the pace and work rate. Always the busier boxer Wanda’s accurate and hurtful punches were soon coming back unanswered, and it was no surprise when a peach of a right hand soon saw blood flowing freely from the nose of Pankhurst.

Despite being on the end of a one-sided beating Pankhurst refused to give in, and the final round had the packed hall roaring their appreciation at a cracking contest. Still Wanda came forward mixing it well to head and body and forcing Pankhurst to hold on.

At the end of three excellent rounds of boxing it was no surprise that all three ringside judges awarded Wanda a well deserved, if not lop-sided victory. Without putting too much pressure on the highly talented Crawley boxer, this kid is something special and it would surprise no one if he didn’t have a big say in junior championships this year.

Opening the show Crawley’s Joel Cooper crashed to a first round stoppage by Southampton’s Mitchell Turner in a 35kg junior bout.


Both boys looked equally matched early on with Cooper boxing well behind a high guard. But shortly before the end of the opening session Turner trapped Cooper in the corner and unloaded some heavy shots forcing the referee to call an early halt to proceedings.

Another of Crawley’s rising junior boxers Martin Ward also came on the wrong end of a point’s decision in a thrilling three rounds of boxing against Woking’s Jordan Hopkins.

Ward, with the former European champ Micky Alldis in his corner, started well enough but soon found himself on the end of some long right hands from the clever looking Hopkins. Despite forcing himself back into the action in the second round Ward was unable to get the better of the Surrey boxer.

Undaunted by his strong opponent Ward still tried coming forward with two handed attacks, but the pace of the bout began to tell midway through the final round as the gallant Crawley boxer began to tire. The end of three fast paced, skilful rounds saw Hopkins take the judges verdict by a unanimous decision.

In the seniors hard hitting crowd pleaser James Verbeetan battled his way to a thrilling points win over Portsmouth’s Ernest Wojack.

Verbeetan showed his usual guts and determination, displaying all the qualities that make him such a crowd pleaser. Taking control right from the opening bell Verbeetan soon settled into his stride, boxing behind a high guard and driving big right hands over the top. Wojack had no answer to the Crawley man’s style and was soon on the end of a warning from the referee for slapping.

Wojack started the second round on top, forcing Verbeetan into the corner but couldn’t find the big shot needed to hurt the Crawley man who ended the session back on top. The third and final round was all Verbeetan’s, long straight shots that often came back unanswered and saw him take a well deserved decision.

Sher Khan can count himself very unlucky to drop a split decision against Kane Bradley of Portsmouth. Khan started brightly enough, showing considerable improvement on previous bouts and did more than enough to take the opening round.

Two good fast paced rounds followed only for Khan to get a bit sloppy with his work rate towards the end of the final round and so lose the narrowest of point’s verdicts.

Tobanio Mancusso ended the evening’s proceedings with a win for Crawley as he just edged out Brighton’s Richard Keating on a split decision. All three rounds were good toe to toe boxing with neither boxer prepared to take a backwards step. In the end Mancusso’s greater work rate and accurate punches saw him home on the tightest of decisions to end a fantastic night of amateur boxing.

Calling All Stall Holders – The Festival Needs You!

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Crawley Folk and Beer Festival 2014 are looking for stall holders for the event which is scheduled for June the 27th – 29th.

This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to market their product to potentially thousands of customers.

Lots of people came to enjoy the 2012 Folk & Beer Festival

Lots of people came to enjoy the past years at the Folk & Beer Festival

Crawley Folk and Beer Festival attracts crowds from all over the country, who come to soak up the atmosphere in The Hawth Grounds, peruse the festival market stalls, watch an array of fantastic music and dance acts and enjoy a pint or two of some of the finest ales and ciders in the UK. This year sees the 23rd Folk and Beer Festival to hit Crawley.

The committee are currently putting the finishing touches to this years festival. They are looking for more stall holders. They currently have stalls for jewellery, head massage, clothing, instruments, CDs, plants etc but have room for many more.

All applicants are welcome. If you want to talk further, or apply for a stall, then please contact Festivals and Events Intern Martyn Wilson at

Folk 2014

Radiophonic Workshop to reform at University of Chichester

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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THE creators of the iconic Doctor Who soundtrack are to reform for a one-off performance at the University of Chichester next month.

British electronic group the Radiophonic Workshop will be playing songs from their original repertoire at a day-long event on Friday 11th April.

The pioneering quintet, were the original sound effects unit for the BBC during the 1950s, will also be talking about their half century of music with the audience.

The group, who were home to engineers and musical innovators, used handmade synths, oscillators, and tape loops to create tracks for television and radio’s most iconic programs – including Horizon, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Newsround.

However its members are best known for creating the title track for hit BBC show Doctor Who, as well as its TARDIS sound effect, which is still used in the re-launched series.

The day-long event, which runs from 10am until 11:30pm, is being held at the institution’s Bishop Otter campus in Chichester.

Dr Adam Locks from the University’s Department of Media said the influence of the Radiophonic Workshop on popular music has been profound.

He added: “From The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd, through to many of today’s DJs who have sampled the Workshop’s albums, their legacy continues to grow as new generations of musicians discover their rich catalogue.

“This intimate performance will cover the 55-year career and the rebirth of one of electro music’s pioneering groups, and is certainly something not to miss.”

To find out more about the event, including how to book tickets, visit

PURPLE DAY is March 26th

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Matthews Friends


What is Purple Day?

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents including Antarctica participated in Purple Day!

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 View Purple Day Events

Did you see anything?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Published 25th March 2014


Police are seeking a vital witness after a 16-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she walked along Malthouse Road, Crawley, on Monday morning (24 March).

The witness shouted at the man, who was white, scruffy and bearded, to “get off her” after the man grabbed her arm and sexually touched her over her clothes as she walked to the train station.

If you’re the man who came to the girl’s aid or if you have information please contact police on 101, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Mill Pond improvement work set to start

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Millpond Millhouse

Major improvements to Crawley beauty spot the Mill Pond will begin next month.

Trees have been removed around the Mill Pond over the past few weeks to allow building work to begin on Monday 21 April.

The 18-month project will see:

  • A new dam near Ifield Mill, to include a new spillway
  • De-silting of both the northern and southern ponds
  • New and improved footpaths and boardwalks
  • An extra car park off Gossops Drive for 10 vehicles.

Clay to construct the new dam will come from the bed of the northern pond. This will be replaced with some of the excavated silt, which will also be used to form a new island in the Mill Pond and extend the western bank of the southern pond.

The remaining silt will be taken off site to improve agricultural land.

Work will be completed in three stages. Construction starts at the dam and the northern pond, in Ifield. Work then moves on to the southern pond, in Bewbush and Gossops Green, before the final stage at Bewbush Water Gardens.

Councillor Ken Trussell, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “It will be great to see all of the hard work of the past few years paying off when work starts soon.

“We started this huge project in 2011 by asking residents what improvements they wanted to see at the Mill Pond. I’m looking forward to seeing work begin and this beautiful part of our town improved even further.”

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