Posts Tagged ‘Chris Oxlade’


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Chris Oxlade  has joined Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP in celebrating the contribution of small firms in Crawley as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday on 6th December.

Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community. Last year it was the biggest celebration of small businesses in the UK and gave a boost to local shops through extra trade of nearly £500m.

Chris Oxlade is encouraging businesses in Crawley to take part this year and take advantage of the campaign to focus on small business on a key shopping day in the year in the run-up to Christmas. It also aims to give a long-term boost to trade and give a lift to the town centre and many small independent businesses working from home or small units.  And Chris Oxlade is encouraging local people to shop locally in small firms as part of Small Business Saturday.

Chris Oxlade said: “It is so important that we support our small and independent businesses. They are a vital part of our Crawley economy and our local community. Last year, I organised a social media campaign to get behind them. From Tilgate Bakery to the new Avensys superstore, they add character, are a source of local jobs and often give more than the big chains.”

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:  “Last year when I first called for the UK to have its own Small Business Saturday, I could not have envisaged what we managed to achieve. We helped create the biggest celebration of small business and entrepreneurs that the country has seen and it helped give a boost to their bottom line. We brought together a grass roots coalition including business organisations and local authorities to make it happen.

“On one of the busiest shopping days of the year Small Business Saturday puts a spotlight on the huge contribution of small businesses and encourages people to buy from small shops and independent firms. This year we want it to be bigger and better. Please do put it in your diary.”

Chris Oxlade and local firm support Local Community Fundraiser

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Maria Hains, Crawley’s well known and dedicated fundraiser has raised over £300,000 for local causes by organising events and cake sales. Maria’s 40 year old trusted and loved Kenwood mixer recently mixed its last, throwing Maria’s Christmas Bake sale into doubt.

Mentioning this to Chris Oxlade, he spoke to Avensys, who’s new electrical superstore has just opened in Manor Royal, and they were delighted to offer a brand new top of the range replacement to ensure years of baking to come.

Markus Wood (MD) said ‘It’s been wonderful to meet Maria and hear about her amazing charity work.  We are delighted to be able to help her out.  We hope she continues to bake for many years to come and that the new Kenwood mixer helps her in some small way.’

Maria Hains said “I’ve known Chris since he was 14 years old and knows he supports so many charities and groups in Crawley. If anyone could help – he could – and he did!”

Chris Oxlade said “Maria does such fantastic work fundraising in Crawley and I was delighted to help in a small way”

Maria was presented with her Kenwood mixer on Thursday 13th November at the new Avensys Superstore on Fleming Way, Crawley.

Support for bereaved relatives after County Council announces “tell us once” service

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

County councillor for Bewbush and Ifield West, Chris Oxlade is pleased that Crawley residents will now benefit from added support at the worst possible time of life, when a loved one passes away as West Sussex County Council has signed up to the ‘Tell Us Once’ service from the Department of Work and Pensions.

Early in 2012, the Department for Work and Pensions launched a new ‘Tell us Once’ service. This enables families dealing with the death of a loved one to report that death only once and saves them having to notify 28 local and central government services. According to the Department for Work and Pensions as of June 2012, last year 80% of local authorities were making this service available and they were expecting to achieve 95% coverage, although West Sussex County Council had yet to sign up to the scheme.

In October 2012, Chris Oxlade asked in the county council’s full council meeting “Can the Cabinet Member tell me why the ‘Tell us Once’ service is not being offered to residents of West Sussex at present?” to which WSCC answered they were looking at complex information technology issues, but hoped to have the service as soon as possible.

At the recent WSCC full council meeting at the end of 2013  Cabinet Member Lionel Barnard announced he “has approved the introduction to the registration service of a ‘Tell Us Once’ system for the County Council whereby permission will be sought from the person registering a death to pass on information about the death to other County Council departments. This information will be provided to services such as community equipment providers, Adults’ Services and the Library Service. The aim of the new service is to remove the need for the informant to communicate with each department individually at a difficult and stressful time.”

Chris Oxlade said;

“I have used the ‘Tell us once’ service in Surrey after close relatives passed away at East Surrey Hospital and I questioned why this excellent service wasn’t being provided by West Sussex County Council. I would to pass on my thanks to Cllr Lionel Barnard who has brought in the scheme, which will ease the burden at the worst possible time for thousands of families”

Cllr Brenda Smith,  said “I’m very pleased this has come forward as it a huge benefit to families in difficult times”


Crawley’s Saint Patrick’s Parade & Concert 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012


Sunday 18th March sees Crawley’s 9th annual St Patrick’s Weekend take on a new format as the organisers put on an Irish concert running for 8 hours in the High St on parade day.

The Celebrations are being organised by the Celtic and Irish Cultural Society, (CICS), in association with Crawley Borough Council and Sussex Police with support funding from the Irish Government. The aims of the parade, apart from having fun or having the ‘craic’, is to encourage Crawley’s diverse and vibrant community to participate in a greater understanding of Celtic and Irish traditions.

The parade is lead by the Mayor of Crawley together with local dignitaries and personalities and takes a route through the town, starting at 1.00pm from the Crawley Train Station and finishing in the High St. It’s made up of marching bands, community groups, motorised floats promoting local businesses and companies, vintage and classic cars, youth groups, dancing schools, sports clubs, cultural groups, junior bands, marching groups and many more.

The concert continues with an Irish flavour on the Dome Stage where local and international musicians and local dance schools will bring the day to a fantastic conclusion running for the whole afternoon and into the evening.

Crawley’s Chris Oxlade will MC the show and introduce…..

On tour from Ireland, Na Fianna

A U2 tribute band, U2 Tribe

The Dream Tenors from the Celtic Dream show

Local band, Reelstrings

Another local band, Paul Stanworth and Emerald Element.

And some surprises….

The organisers expect a large gathering for the concert and invite all to take part in the parade also.

The parade and concert will give all of Crawley’s organisations a great platform to promote themselves and the work they do and a chance to distribute flyers so as to attract new members. All are welcome. It’s non-political and non-sectarian, one for everyone to enjoy in celebrating this world famous day that is very unique.

The idea of Crawley’s St Patrick’s Celebrations is to bring businesses, cultures and communities together through participation and that can only be good for the town and it’s inhabitants. With all the communities working together the town can be better for it. Crawley is expanding and the CICS want to contribute to that ‘feel good factor’ for the benefit of its residents.

There is also a special section called the ‘nations of the world’ where the participants can walk in the parade carrying the flag of their country or geographical region. So the more flags and banners the merrier. The parade is non-political and non-sectarian, one for everyone to enjoy in celebrating this world famous day that is very unique.

The parade features a fancy dress competition with some interesting prizes on offer to the winners

For more info on the society and to see last years parade and the publicity it generated check out

It’s not just an Irish only St Patrick’s Parade, it’s a parade for the community. Crawley has a diverse mix of people and cultures and as a new town has welcomed people from across the globe. Crawley Borough Council, are fully supportive of the event as it encourages cultural cohesion recreating the party atmosphere of the worldwide St. Patrick’s celebration.

The organisers also welcome volunteers to work beside professional and experienced stewards. Training will be given to all new volunteers.

If you want to take part in the parade or help with volunteering contact

John Nolan

Mobile 07956 317492

Home 01293 513189

E-mail or leave a message via

Jack and the Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Crawley Happy Times are first to announce from a secret trusted source that Scott Maslen – Jack Branning in Eastenders is this years Celebrity Guest.

Don’t miss the fabulous festivities at County Mall this Thursday as we get ready to turn on our Charity Christmas Tree. We will be supporting three local charities this year, The Springboard Project, Age UK and The Army Benevolent Fund.

There will be entertainment starting at 5.00pm with a Peter Pan theme in conjunction with the Hawth Theatre Pantomime, there will be Lost Boy Jugglers, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Face Painters and a special visit from Santa himself who will be meeting and greeting all the good little boys and girls of Crawley.

Chris Oxlade will be playing your favourite Christmas classics with special spot prizes, giving you discounts for various stores and giveaways to get you in the party mood from 6.00pm.

At 6.40pm Santa will be interviewed by Chris so make sure you’ve sent your letters off to the North Pole as his Elves are running out of time to make all the presents ready in time for Christmas Eve and then our Star Guest Jack Branning from Eastenders aka Scott Maslen, will be making his way down to the stage to meet the wonderful people of Crawley before switching on our Charity Tree and officially launching Christmas.

Nicola Stevens County Mall Marketing Manager said “We cannot confirm or deny rumours circulating on the identity of the celebrity switching on the lights of the County Mall Christmas Tree, but the whole event this year is bigger and better than ever before with more chances to win prizes and to get discounts in stores throughout County Mall”

Ex-Mercury FM Presenter Chris Oxlade will be on stage interviewing Santa and the mystery celebrity, he said “We have had some great celebrity names kicking off Christmas in County Mall, I’m sure this year will be bigger and better than ever”

Entertaining us for the evening is Chris Oxlade

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.


On Saturday, young people from Oriel Youth Wing and Bewbush Youth Centre were invited to Solihull

Monday, February 14th, 2011

On Saturday, young people from Oriel Youth Wing and Bewbush Youth Centre were invited to Solihull to speak at “Choose Youth” a National Youth Rally to stop the cuts to the country’s youth services.

Stuart Bayliss, Callum Vitler, Kate Moore, Lee Bell and Aaron Lumley at the event in Solihull

Over 1000 young people were at the event, attended by cross party MP’s, Councillors and Youth Workers, who heard from Youth People across England who are facing cuts to their Youth Service.

Chris Oxlade, County Councillor for Bewbush and Ifield West went with the young people from Crawley and said “It was an emotive and passionate cry to stop the Conservative-led cuts to our Youth Service here in West Sussex and in other parts of the country. Our young people from Crawley stood up and spoke about how much their youth centre has meant to them and done for them. It’s a deep shame that on Friday, West Sussex County Council voted another £2million of cuts to the youth service which will cut youth centres here in Crawley. Every Conservative Crawley County Councillor who was at the meeting on Friday voted for the cuts. Despite a Labour motion to put money back into the Youth Service, the conservatives refused to support the idea and voted it out.”

John Partridge lit up the County Mall

Friday, November 19th, 2010

John Partridge, aka Christian Clarke in Eastenders came to Crawley to switch the Christmas lights on in the County Mall.

We could not have wished for a better personality to come and start Christmas off in the right direction. John was bubbly, full of fun and smiles and couldn’t do any more for the crowd if he tried. They loved him! John went around the hoards of onlookers and let them all take pictures and gave hugs and kisses. At one point John lifted a little child over the barrier so the proud parents could take a picture.

We were impressed and honoured to meet such a genuinely lovely person. At the after party, which was attended by the 25 County Mall competition winners, John even took time to speak to a lady on the phone to wish her a happy birthday at the request of one of the winners.

Crawley Happy Times were invited down to stand in the ‘press area’. We would like to thank Neil Carter, Nicola Stevens and all the staff at the County Mall. A job well done!