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Clearwater Charity Golf Day For The Matt Hampson Foundation

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Several local company’s continue to raise funds for sports injuries charity The Matt Hampson Foundation, a charity that supports young people seriously injured through sport. The charity received a further boost last week at an annual fund-raising golf day.


More than 60 golfers swung their clubs for the cause at the Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club in West Sussex on September 19th, at the 5th annual event organised by Crawley based Clearwater People Solutions Ltd. Local companies sponsoring a hole included Basepoint, Coast Networks, Futurelink Group, Office Angels, Catlin Group, IDD Ltd Contracts, HabaSped, Gatwick Motor World, Studex, Frosty’s and Seaford College.

The teams challenged each other in various competitions ranging from the longest drive and hole-in-one to “beat the pro” and nearest pin.

Justin Acres, Managing Director and founder of Clearwater People Solutions Ltd and Business Person of the Year for the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2011, was responsible for overseeing the event. As a former Wasps player and devoted coach at Horsham Rugby Club, rugby is a game very close to Justin’s heart.

The Clearwater Staff with MD Justin Acres

He commented:

“I’m extremely proud to support the Matt Hampson Foundation, and I would like to thank all of the team captains for their generosity and support on the day. Matt is a true inspiration in the world of rugby and Clearwater People Solutions will be continuing to support ‘Hambo’ and his foundation. Looking forward to next year!”


Matt Hampson’s world was rocked by a serious spinal injury sustained whilst training with the England Under 21’s which left him paralysed from the neck down. Matt saw the accident as a new beginning, and set up the foundation to offer hope and inspiration to young people with similar injuries, sharing his experiences and devoting his life to raising vital funds for those in need of support.

Matt said “A huge thank you to all the guys who took part in this year’s Clearwater golf day. Your support for the Foundation means so much to us and with the money you have raised, this will help people who find themselves in a similar position to the one I found myself in nine years ago, move on with their lives.”

Matt’s story:

Hospice care, everywhere!

Friday, September 26th, 2014

St Catherine’s Hospice is adding its voice to more than 100 other hospices across the UK to explore the theme of Hospice care, everywhere for Hospice Care Week 2014 (6th-12th October).

The aim is simple. Hospices provide amazing support both in and outside of hospice buildings, and St Catherine’s wants to raise awareness of all aspects of care to as many people as possible. Hospice Care Week provides the perfect opportunity to do this, with World Hospice Day and Palliative Care Day taking place on Saturday 11th October. St Catherine’s has a number of events lined up during the awareness week, including:

  • Running our first ever online “Ask me Anything” – or AMA – on facebook and Twitter at 7pm on Thursday 9th October. You can ask Claire, a St Catherine’s community nurse, your burning questions about life at St Catherine’s. Our twitter handle is @stchospice and we are on facebook as stcatherineshospicecrawley Please note that medical questions cannot be answered using this forum, and this is for a general chat about the charity.
  • Having a stand at County Mall, Crawley on Wednesday (8th October) from 11.30am-12.30pm, for people to find out about their local hospice. Feel free to pop by and say hi if you’re in the area.
  • Along with other hospices in Sussex, St Catherine’s will be featured on BBC Radio Sussex – 95.3 FM throughout the week at 4.20pm, talking about the services they provide and how hospice care really is everywhere. With 80 per cent of all St Catherine’s patients looked after in the community, everyone at the hospice would like more people to know about how they can help.
  • A free business networking event at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley on Wednesday (8th October), with the chance to tackle the climbing wall and hear from special guest speaker and Olympic swimmer, Karen Pickering.
  • Concert for St Catherine’s on Friday (10th October) at the prestigious Woldingham School. Compered by BBC newsreader and St Catherine’s patron, Nicholas Owen, the night of music will raise vital funds for St Catherine’s.

Patrick Ball, Lead for Nursing at St Catherine’s, said, “I’m delighted that this year’s theme for Hospice Care Week is about hospice care everywhere. With so much of our care delivered in people’s own homes, it’s the perfect opportunity for us to reach out to all our community, making more people aware of the excellent level of care we provide.

“Those who don’t know a lot about hospice care may be surprised that so much of it takes place in patients’ homes, or that many people are discharged from St Catherine’s after short stays so that they can live at home with support from our hospice team. Even fewer people may know about hospice staff and volunteers going the extra mile to add life to days, the range of therapies that enrich the lives of people receiving end of life care, or the important role that hospices play in supporting and educating staff and volunteers in other settings beyond hospices, including care homes and hospitals”.

To learn more about Hospice Care Week, visit and don’t forget to keep an eye out for #HospiceCareWeek over the coming week.

Golfing Fundraiser For Autism, Another Great Success

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Saturday, September the 13th saw Autism Support Crawley host their third annual golf day fundraiser. 39 golfers of various handicaps, made up of familiar faces from the previous two years and also some new guys who had heard how good it was!! Some had a personal interest in Autism, whilst others wanted to support the cause again, having helped in the past.

Golfers were greeted by tea, coffee and a bacon roll upon arrival at Tilgate Forest Golf Centre, followed by a briefing by organiser, Lee Cook and the four ball announcements. Neill Jonas explained the Stableford scoring methods and the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions. Maria Box, the Chairperson of Autism Support Crawley also welcomed everybody and thanked them in advance for giving up their free time to help raise money for a great cause, which voluntarily now supports nearly 400 families locally.


The first 4 ball tee’d off at 11.04 am and this year they had a guest announcer, a marvellous man by the name of Austin Hughes, who works tirelessly to advocate for families who care for someone with Autism. In typical professional PGA style, Austin announced the golfers by name and handicap, one by one, as they prepared to tee off.

Some wonderful members of Autism Support Crawley volunteered on the day to help sell cakes, snacks, refreshments, raffle tickets, pens and wristbands at holes 1, 6, 12 and 18 and boy did they do a great job. The guys were not allowed to tee off unless they bought a wristband and they all graciously parted with another £1 Austin then perched himself at hole 6 once everyone had tee’d off to remind the golfers that they might get very hungry and thirsty by hole 12 so they had better stock up on supplies. He then repeated this at hole 12 ahead of the golfers heading to the clubhouse. Ingenious.

The weather was perfect and the sun shone all day long. Great fun was had by all, the golfers dug deep and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Even members of the public passing by donated and also other golfers not part of the fundraising group chipped in.

The last golfers rolled in just after 5pm and everyone enjoyed the 19th hole.

Everyone then congregated back at The White Knight at 7pm and many of the support group’s wonderful members came along too with their Autistic children. Austin continued as MC for the evening and had us all in fits of laughter. Rob Sharp, an amazing close up magician, stunned everyone with his sleight of hand. A couple of VIPs also made an appearance too. Henry Smith MP came along and certainly soaked up the great atmosphere and kindly donated a bottle of Parliament whiskey as a raffle prize. It was also an honour to have Autism Support Crawley’s Patron present, Anna Kennedy OBE, who had travelled all the way from Hillingdon to be there on the night.

The volunteers continued to sell raffle tickets, wristbands and pens and it was a tough job trying to keep up with the demand.

The band “Louder than 10,” took to the stage at 8.00pm, playing rock tunes across the ages.

Trophy presentations for 3 nearest the pins, 2 longest drives, 1st place, 2nd place and Wooden Spoon, the raffle draw and golf auction took place from 9.00pm.

Nearest the pin winners: Colin Gidman, Jon Rosendale, Simon Rosendale.
Longest drive winners: Nick Harris won both!!
Wooden Spoon – Andrew Demetriou.
2nd place – Duncan Hawkins.
1st place – Paddy Coone

Speeches then followed from Anna Kennedy OBE, Maria Box and Lee Cook. Lee then surprised the entire packed White Knight by proposing on one knee, with a ring, to Maria. Luckily, she said Yes!!

The band then played the rest of the night out until close.

After a massive count up it was announced that the whole day raised a whopping £1961.51!! This was more than double last year’s total. The funds will allow Autism Support Crawley to continue for another year, keep supporting their members, host professional speakers pertinent to the needs of their families, host social events for respite for the parent/carers and also help reduce social isolation and discrimination.

Autism Support Crawley would like to thank A Zone Windscreen Repairs – their main sponsor, Document Workflow Solutions for donating the top raffle prize of an iPad Mini, The White Knight – for giving them the venue and laying on a wonderful buffet, Tilgate Forrest Golf Centre – for letting them totally take over for the day, Anna Kennedy OBE and Austin Hughes for just being there and doing what they do best and also everyone who donated prizes, baked cakes, helped out behind the scenes and on the day.

Dean Is Raising Money In Memory Of His Father Ken, A Super-Man

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Dean Oldershaw, a Doorman in East Grinstead in the evenings and an employee of Rufus & Phoebes, a dog boutique, during the day. On Friday 28th March Dean sadly lost a very special member of his family, his father Ken Oldershaw.

Ken Oldershaw 7/10/49 - 28/03/14

Ken Oldershaw 7/10/49 – 28/03/14

Ken was a PCSO for near on 10 years. Ken also ran the Neighbourhood Watch in Tilgate, Crawley. Ken was admired by his co-workers who turned out in full uniform to say goodbye to Ken. His family gave Ken a wonderful send off and told us he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Ken Oldershaw

Dean has always been a supporter of the work by various charities. Dean wanted to do something in his father’s memory to help, so he is dressing up as Superman on Sunday 28th September and strolling around the town to collect donations.

Dean will be having lunch at the Crows Nest so do pop along there too if you can. Dean is hoping to raise lots of money for the Royal Marsden Chelsea who treated Ken for Cancer until he passed away from Pneumonia. Dean told us “Dad’s immune system was just to weak to fight any more. The 28th will be 6 months since dad passed away, I am ready to give back for all their hard work and dedication to those in need.”

Dean Oldershaw

If you would like to support Dean & donate please visit here. How about popping in to town to see Dean yourself on Sunday in East Grinstead. Dean wanted to thank CHT and all our readers for the support when his father passed and in advance thank you for any donations you might be able to make.

Henry Smith MP Supports Every Man Remembered Campaign

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Smith MP has given his support to Every Man Remembered, a Royal British Legion campaign, to keep alive the memory of those who fell during the First World War.

Henry said;

“This week marks the half-way point between the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, and Armistice Day in November. It is so important that we remember the sacrifice of those gave their lives for our freedom.

“Every Man Remembered is asking people across our country to pay tribute to each and every one of the 1,117,077 women and men from the Commonwealth who died during the Great War.”

The campaign is being run with the support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), and aims to inspire people to commemorate an individual who fell during the war, either with a personal connection, or not.

By entering your name and town, the Every Man Remembered database will connect people with fallen service men or women from the First World War, finding someone in their family, or who shares their name, age, workplace, birthday or hometown. They can then be commemorated with a personal dedication and, by making a donation to The Royal British Legion, will receive a special commemorative certificate.

The campaign also incorporates Every Woman Remembered, dedicated to the 800 women in the records of the CWGC who died in the First World War.

Henry continued;

“I look forward to paying my respects to our local heroes at the annual service of Remembrance at St John the Baptist’s Church in Crawley. I hope you will be able to join us.”

For more information on the Royal British Legion’s Every Man Remembered campaign, please visit The website of the Royal British Legion is

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Concerns for missing Oliver Ryan in West Sussex

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Police are searching for 31-year old Oliver Ryan, who has not been seen since he ran off from two carers while visiting Worthing town centre shortly before midday on Thursday (18th September).

Oliver Ryan - missing

Oliver, who is white, 6′, of medium build, with short dark hair and blue eyes, was wearing a jacket which was blue at the bottom and white at the top, a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and blue trainers.

Although he has been staying at a hospital in Surrey, he has connections in West Sussex, including Arundel, Bognor and Chichester.

PC Mark Green of the West Sussex Missing Persons Team said; “We are increasingly concerned for Oliver’s welfare and anyone who sees him is asked to contact us via or phone 101 quoting serial 704 of 18/9.”

Become a member of Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) today – it’s Free!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Sussex Community NHS TrustCOL

You may be surprised to know that 90% of NHS healthcare is delivered in the community.

SCT is the main provider of community healthcare in Sussex. Our vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community. We provide over 90 services from health visiting, to supporting people with long-term conditions such as diabetes and the frail elderly, helping them to live healthy, independent lives and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.

We are aiming to become an independent NHS Foundation Trust with local ownership and accountability, and we are asking you to support our application and join us. We currently have over 4,000 members but are aiming for 5,000 by the end of the year to ensure that we have a representative body of public members of different ages and backgrounds.

As a member you can have a direct say in how we develop our services. Membership is free and open to anyone aged 12 or above living in Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and nearby. You can be as involved as you would like to be from simply receiving our newsletter or completing surveys, to attending meetings or standing for election as a governor. If you would like to join or get more information please contact us via the details below, or go to our website to register online at

We are promoting our plans by attending public and community group events in your area such as:

Crawley Young Persons Council Meeting – September 2014

Young Crawley Youth Forum – September 2014

Youth Carers Group Meeting – October 2014

Young Crawley Children & Families Forum – October 2014

CVS Health & Safety Event – October 2014

Mid Sussex Health & Wellbeing Group – October 2014

Youth Cabinet Health & Wellbeing Conference – October 2014

If you would like more details on any of the above, or for us to attend your meeting or event please contact us via the details below:


Telephone: 01273 242127

Post: FREEPOST RSXG-XTCJ-BBBT, Foundation Trust Membership Office, Sussex Community NHS Trust, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton BN2 3EW


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Work set to start on Tilgate Park access road next week

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Work preparing for a new access road into Tilgate Park is set to start next week.

Plans to create new visitor access from the K2 Crawley junction into Tilgate Park (off the A23), were agreed recently and work to fell trees will start on Monday.

172 trees will need to be felled to make space for works but at least the same number of trees will be planted in the park when work is completed next year.

Limiting disruption to hibernating animals is the reason for the quick start on works and an ecologist will be on site daily during the four week tree-felling process; Tilgate Nature Centre staff will also be assisting.

Over the last couple of years the council has made a number of improvements across the whole park; some funded through the council and others through working with partners such as Go Ape, Smith and Western, Dynamic Adventures and Groundwork at the Walled Garden Cafe.

It’s always been a busy park during fine weather and the improvements have seen visitor numbers increase.

The improvements will see the existing emergency access road widened to allow two-way traffic flow and 30 new spaces added to the main car park.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We’ve taken the decision to start this element of the work so quickly so we don’t disturb any hibernating animals. As well as being a great visitor attraction, the park is an important local environment for wildlife and we want to limit disruption through work as much as possible.

“The road will allow visitors to get to the park without driving through the neighbourhood and also make exiting the park much quicker and easier. We hope a new cycle path, which is yet to receive funding approval, and a potential bus route into the park will also encourage people to use sustainable transport to get there.”

The scheme features a number of other improvements including improved coach parking and a safer pedestrian area.

Entrances and exits to the park will be open as often as possible during the build, which is expected to be complete by summer 2015.

There Will Be No Chance Of Sleeping Through This Beauty Of A Panto

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Friday 12th December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015

Following the massive success of Cinderella, popular TV presenter Stephen Mulhern who was such a hit in last year’s show returns in Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty 2014-2

Last year’s Ugly Sisters Ian Smith (who again directs) and Michael Batchelor also return, this time as The King and Dame Trott.

Evolution’s first ever pantomime at The Hawth, the same production team return with the timeless tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Expect all the ingredients of a festive family treat – glamour, romance, comedy, song and audience participation!

Sleeping Beauty 2014

The cast this year includes Stephen Mulhern as the Storyteller, Cat Sandion (CBeebies) who plays the Fairy, Hilary O’Neil is the Wicked Queen, Ian Smith as the King, Michael Batchelor plays Nurse Nellie and  Lauren Cocoracchio (local actress, born in Crawley) is Sleeping Beauty.

CHT were invited to the photo shoot on Friday at The Hawth and were very pleased to see our good friends Ian, Michael and of course Stephen again. We also got to meet the winner of the competition held by The Hawth to find a sleeping beauty for this years panto, Lauren Cocoracchio.

Listen to what they all had to say:

Shelley speaks to Hilary O’Neil:

Shelley speaks to Stephen Mulhern:

Shelley speaks to Ian Smith & Michael Batchelor:

Shelley speaks to Lauren Cocoracchio & Cat Sandion:

To book your tickets call the Box Office on 01293 553636 or go online at 

Asda Donate More To Local Projects

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Asda are the leading champions for the community and projects within it.

Asda Promo

The Monday Munch Club is based at Broadfield Community Centre and operates from 10.30 – 12.30.  It is run by volunteers from the church.

Recently they did a food collection in Asda and distributed food to those in need.

The Asda foundation gave them £292 towards equipment for the continued upkeep and running of the service.

The club is open to everybody and charges a small amount of money so that people in the local community can eat & drink.

Cheap Tobacco Was Just A Sniff Away

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

A sniffer dog helped uncover illegal tobacco worth £2,000 during a raid in Crawley yesterday.


Pheobe was used by trading standards officers from West Sussex County Council and discovered 260 packets of illicit cigarettes and 103 pouches of loose tobacco at a Crawley business on Monday, September 8. The haul is estimated to have a street value of around £2,000.

The officers carried out the raid on the business following a tip off from a member of the public.  An investigation has now been launched.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services with responsibility for Trading Standards, praised the work of the team and said: “It’s great to see action against the supply of illegal tobacco, hitting local supply chains and warning dealers that sales will not be tolerated.

“The illegal trade undermines efforts to reduce smoking and is unfortunately accessible through many sources within some communities, making it easier for children to start smoking and enabling them to become hooked at a young age.

“Cheap cigarettes also make it easier for non-smokers to start and ex-smokers to relapse.”

The raid was also part of West Sussex County Council’s support of the Stoptober campaign – which encourages smokers in West Sussex to quit by giving them free one-to-one help and support.

Most of the cigarettes seized yesterday were fake Amber Leaf and Golden Virginia rolling tobacco along with brands such as Benson & Hedges that had probably been smuggled into the UK to avoid taxes.

Anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or report via the West Sussex website at

For advice about quitting smoking call 0300 100 1823 or visit

The business raided yesterday is now the subject of an ongoing investigation so will not be named at this point.

Did You See This Incident?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog walker was attacked by a man for trying to defend her pet.

The 48-year-old victim was walking her Jack Russell on a footpath between Matthews Drive and Bennett Close in Crawley at 11.15am on Saturday (6th September) when she saw a man and woman with three dogs coming towards her.

The man and woman had two brown Boxers and an English bulldog. Only one of the Boxers was on a lead while the other two dogs were loose.

The Boxer off the lead jumped onto the Jack Russell so the victim shouted to the couple to keep their pets on a lead.

The man then approached the victim, shouted abuse at her and then struck her in the face before the couple walked away with their animals.

He was was 5′ 5″, tanned, in his mid 30s and of heavy build. He had a shaved head, a black goatee and dark eyes.

He was wearing a black t-shirt featuring a red logo with white stitched writing around it and khaki brown combat-style shorts.

The woman was about 5′ 6″, pale, in her mid 30s and slim. She had gaunt features and grey or blonde dyed long hair tied back in a ponytail. She was wearing dark clothes.

PC Kelly Wyatt said: “Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured other than suffering a sore neck but she has been left badly shaken by what happened.

“The woman called the man John during the attack but we do not know who he is.

“I need to speak to anyone who was in the area and may have seen the couple with their dogs or who recognises the description of the man and woman.

“If you know anything at all, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 648 of 06/09, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Luton Airport Evacuated After Suspicious Item Found

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The decision has been taken with the Police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff.

Luton Airport

All incoming flights have been suspended and the approach road to the Airport has also been closed.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines to establish the status of their flights.

We understand passengers will be frustrated by the delays they are experiencing.

We are working closely with the police to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced unnecessarily but we must ensure that the safety and security of all our passengers and staff remains our top priority.

We are advising passengers to contact their airlines for information about specific flights and will provide a further update as soon as we are able.

Here is a link for  list of airlines and their contact details.

A Successful Jobs Fair For Crawley

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Dozens of young people attended the first Crawley Apprenticeship Job Fair on Tuesday (2nd September).

Crawley Jobs Fair

The successful event, in the Civic Hall, saw 13 training organisations offering at least 100 apprenticeship job vacancies and traineeship opportunities across the north of West Sussex. These ranged from Business Administration to Fire Engine Mechanic and Housing Manager to Swimming Teacher.

Backed by Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council, the event aimed to match those looking for employment with training with employers looking to recruit their future workforce.

Attendees, mostly school and college leavers aged between 16 and 19, were able to find out about apprenticeships, talk about and apply for the vacancies.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, visted the fair on Tuesday. He said: “It was great to see so many young people attending this event and the huge number of current vacancies and training opportunities on offer.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to develop skills and experience while gaining qualifications and working. We’re committed to supporting apprentices at the council and events such as this.”

Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “We are delighted that so many young people turned up to this event.

“Apprenticeships is something we support strongly as a county council. There is a growing interest in apprenticeships as a route to achieving valuable qualifications through paid work and training, post 16.”

Lauren King, Workforce and Business Development Manager at Central Sussex College, said: “It was great to see so many keen young people at this event looking at the apprenticeship job vacancies we currently have available.

“The event was without doubt a great success and we are delighted to have been involved in its planning and organisation. Anyone who missed the event but is looking for an apprenticeship can get in touch with our Job Shop for details of current vacancies on 01293 442341 or by email at

For more information about apprenticeships and to view and apply for current vacancies visit

A Convicted Rapist Is On The Run

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Have you seen convicted rapist Sarbaz Najmadeen Ali?

The 28-year-old has gone on the run after standing trial for a serious of sexual offences against a then 23-year-old man in Hastings last year.


Ali had been granted bail by Hove Crown Court that allowed him to leave the dock during the lunch break in his trial as long as he did not leave the building.

However on Thursday (4 September), part way through the judge’s summing up during the trial, Ali fled from the court and disappeared. Officers have so far been unable to trace him.

The jury convicted Ali in his absence of rape, attempted rape and three counts of sexual assault. All of the offences were against the same victim.

A warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Ali, of Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, who previously worked as a barber in the town.

Ali is 5′ 7″ and when he fled court he had black hair and heavy growth around his chin.

Detective Constable Julian Stokes said: “There is no evidence to suggest that Ali will commit further offences while he is at large but we need to find and arrest him as quickly as possible.

“The jury has found him guilty of these nasty offences but his victim does not have justice yet as Ali has not been punished.

“If you have seen Ali or have any information about where he could be, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should email, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

The Third Annual 50/50 Yomp Was A Hoofing Success

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Now in its third year, the 50/50 Yomp was another great success.


With a target of £11,000, all of which goes directly to the charity ‘Help Our Wounded Heroes & Supporting Arms’, the men and woman set off from Brighton on the 30th August for the 50 mile walk to Portsmouth. Easy, you would think….it would be if it was not carrying 50 pounds of weight in a rucksack! The 50 miles was to be spread out over two days.

We invited David over to CHT HQ for a chat and he bought three of the yompers with him.

David Lilburn MBE told us “The weekend went very well. It was very hard mind. We had a team of 21 and the same again in support consisting of the campsite, medical and the general vehicle support personnel along the route. I am so proud of the yompers. We had some slight injuries, nothing serious, but all in all it was a great yomp and everyone did so well.”

We asked David why they do the yomp. David told us “we started this to commemorate the Falklands War as it was 30 years anniversary when we first did it. Three of us were assigned to the Falklands whilst serving. The yomp was so popular, we decided to do it again….and again, and we will do it again next year.”

Shelley speaks to David, Cai, Jason and John:

Para trained Cai Ives left the Army in December told us “Dave asked me if I wanted to do the 50/50 yomp last year but I was unable due to work commitments. I underestimated it to be honest. It allot harder than I thought it would be.”

The only non Marine we spoke to in the group Jason Aldridge told us “this was my second time doing the yomp. I trained for it as I knew how hard it would be. It is a great cause and well worth the pain.”

Pictures from the weekend:

John Hunt has participated in all three yomps and is already booked in to do it again next year. John told us “when you are doing it, you think you will not do it again, but that soon subsides after and you just have to do it again. I wouldn’t miss it.”

If you wish to donate and see more pictures please visit the website here. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to meeting up with the men and woman for this years Sleigh Pull in November!


World Suicide Prevention Day – recognising and dealing with suicidal thoughts

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


In support of World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday 10th September, West Sussex County Council is reminding people of the support which is available to anyone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The advice is if you are going through a difficult time or are worried about someone else, don’t go through it alone…TALK:

  • Tell someone what you are thinking and how you are feeling;
  • Ask for their help or seek help;
  • Listen to their advice or seek advice from others; and
  • Know who to call in a crisis and keep the number with you at all times.

Christine Field, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “There are things we can all do to raise awareness of the signs to look out for, and know what to do if we are worried about someone.

“It’s vital that we continue to encourage people to feel that they can talk about their problems. It is so important for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts to realise that they are not alone, that there are people who can offer confidential and non-judgmental support and advice.

“Your GP is often the best place to start, who can suggest treatment and if necessary refer you to a specialist who may be able to help more.”

Helplines, websites and support groups:

Tel: 08457 909090
There are also Samaritans branches in West Sussex: Bognor on 01243 826333, Horsham on 01403 276276 and Worthing on 01903 205555.

Papyrus: a service for young people at risk of suicide
Tel: 0800 0684141

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): a service for young men Tel: 0800 585858

Tel: 0800 1111

Tel: 0300 123393

Tel: 0845 7678000

It’s not too late to enrol at Central Sussex College this September!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Central Sussex College

Places are still available on a range of full and part-time courses at Central Sussex College’s campuses located across Sussex. Students can gain valuable qualifications and skills to help them find a job, go on to further study, and achieve their goals.

The College offers an excellent variety of courses ranging from entry level to university and post-graduate level. Financial support packages are also available to help with study costs, so if you think you can’t afford it – think again!

Drop in to the College’s Crawley campus before Friday 5th September for further advice and support and to enrol!

For information about the courses available call 01293 442201/205/206 or visit

Celebrating beauty in beautiful Burgess Hill

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
(L to R) Dave Farmer, Nikki Hughes, Amy Howe, Lianne Bishop, Julia Gargett, Amanda Tanner Hammond, Sasha Hawkins, Tammy Mcdermid

(L to R) Dave Farmer, Nikki Hughes, Amy Howe, Lianne Bishop, Julia Gargett, Amanda Tanner Hammond, Sasha Hawkins, Tammy Mcdermid

Aspire Sussex hairdressing, health and beauty students have been recognised for their achievements at an awards event in Burgess Hill.

The annual event was organised by Aspire Sussex to celebrate the achievements of the Health and Beauty department at Marle Place Adult Education Centre in Burgess Hill.

More than 35 students attended the event and local salon and business owners were also invited which provided a fantastic networking opportunity with tutors and students to give practical advice and feedback.

Aspire Sussex Head of Operations, Judith McManus said: “Our students work extremely hard on these courses and this event is a brilliant opportunity to congratulate them on their achievements over the year.”

“We are very proud of the number of students who go on to get jobs within salons and spas or set up their own business. The quality of teaching is highly regarded by local employers and as usual our team are looking forward to welcoming new students on courses starting in September.”

The winners were:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, Student of the year – Nikki Hughes
  • Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, Achiever of the year – Amanda Tanner-Hammond
  • Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing in Hairdressing, Special achievement award – Tammy McDermid
  • Level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage, Student of the year – Billy Chan
  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Student of the Year – Lisette Richards
  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Achiever of the Year – Ursula Yost
  • Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Achiever of the Year – Hayley Jones

There are still some places left on Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapy qualification courses starting in September.

To find out more about courses in Burgess Hill please contact 01444 810710, visit or email

Concerned County Councillors call public meeting on proposed Fire service cuts

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

County Councillors are challenging proposals by West Sussex County Council to cut back the number of firefighters and fire engines available.  The councillors are also criticising the rushed nature of the public consultation, with the council refusing to extend it beyond 23rd August, despite many people being away during the summer holidays.

County Councillors have become increasingly concerned about the proposals coming from West Sussex County Council to cut Fire and Rescue Services in West Sussex, and in particular the impact this is going to have on Crawley and towns in the north of the county.

The meeting will invite fire fighters, representatives of their unions and the public to hear of the concerns over the proposals, where the council may be cutting too much and to share their views over what should stay.

  • The county council has launched a consultation to cut £1.6 million from the county’s budget for the Fire and Rescue service;
  • If the cuts go through as proposed, Crawley will lose seven full-time firefighters, all ten retained firefighters and one of the station’s three fire engines;
  • There are cuts at all the other fire stations as well in the county putting further strain on the service.  The stations in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill will see their capacity for fire prevention work slashed, as resources are stretched even further;
  • This is on top of £2.5 million of cuts to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service already made by, announced in 2012, and
  • They have also timed the consultation for right in the middle of the summer holidays, despite this being a time when many people are away.

Despite this, County Councillors have pledged their determination to have a public meeting where West Sussex residents can have their say before the consultation period is over.

The meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 21st August 2014 at the Civic Hall, Crawley Town Hall, The Boulevard RH10 1UZ

As well as members of the public and the press being invited to attend, representatives of local firefighters will be attending to give their views on the potential impact of these proposed cuts on the resilience of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services.