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Have an eggs-cellent time at Buchan Country Park this spring

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Have an eggs-cellent time at Buchan Country Park this spring

There are lots of eggs-citing events going on at Buchan Country Park in Crawley this spring and summer.

The 2011 brochure is out now, packed with fun for all the family.

Some of the events are:

• Wednesday 20th April – celebrate the Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm with a traditional craft session including egg decorating, Easter card making, Easter boxes and chocolate sweets. It costs £3 per child and they must be accompanied by an adult – adults are free. Meet at the Countryside Centre.

• Sunday 1st May – birdlovers can celebrate ‘International Dawn Chorus Day’ with a two-mile guided walk between 4.45am-7.30am. It will be followed by a continental breakfast at the Countryside Centre. Tickets cost £5 per person or £15 for a group of four people. Adults must accompany children. Meet at the Countryside Centre.

• Saturday 4th June – discover ‘Midnight Moths’ between 9pm-midnight. Find out how ultra-violet light, wine and treacle attracts moths. Tickets cost £3 per person or £10 for a group of four people. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Countryside Centre.

• Saturday 23rd July – take a picnic and rug along with a favourite teddy bear to the ‘Teddy bears tea party’ between 2pm-4pm. There will be pond dipping, treasure hunts, storytelling and games for all ages. It costs £3 per child and they must be accompanied by an adult – adults (and teddy bears) are free. Meet in the Wild Garden.

Booking is essential for most events. To book, phone 01293 542088 or email

Keith Blake, West Sussex County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy, said: “As the weather starts to get warmer and the lighter evenings approach, there are many activities for all the family to get involved in over spring and summer.”

For more events at the country park, or to download the brochure, visit and click on ‘events’

Read All About It – Crawley’s first ever festival of words

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Read All About It – Crawley’s first ever festival of words

There’s a host of events to celebrate Crawley’s first ever festival celebrating words and writing.

‘WORDfest’, which runs from Saturday April 2 till Saturday April 9, is led by Crawley Library and the town’s Waterstones bookshop.

Throughout the week there will be author talks and signings at the Library, including world-famous novelist Wilbur Smith on Tuesday April 5, at 4.30pm, and local author Alex Preston, who wrote the festival’s chosen book ‘Bleeding City’ on Saturday April 9 at 7pm. Tickets for both events are £3.

There will be some week-long activities, including ‘Fun Days’, where people can design a new cover for their favourite book, and a live writing exhibition. This will see a different author every day being given a blank writing pad, pen and laptop and have to produce a short story inspired by different one word themes. On the sixth day, an illustrator will design an image for each story.

Both these events will be held at Waterstones in the County Mall and people can come along and see the authors in action.

If you want to know how to self-publish a book, visit the Library on Friday April 8 at 6pm to speak to Keith Churchouse, Alan Gilliand and Christine Mustchin, who are all self-published authors and will give advice and information. Tickets cost £3.

Other venues will be hosting events. At The Hawth Studio on Tuesday April 5, there will be a free special WORDfest Open Mic night. The cream of Crawley’s talent will be there, including ‘Pighog Press’ poet Anthony Owen. Anyone who would like to recite someone’s else’s work, or read their own work can come along the night and put their name down.

Keith Blake, West Sussex County Council Deputy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “In an age where television and film is so popular, it’s vital to remember the importance of reading, writing and being creative – and WORDfest will do this.

“With a wide range of events and activities, some of them free, there will be something for everyone, and it’s a great opportunity to share information, be creative, meet new people and gain advice from the professionals.”

For a full list of events, including venues and prices, visit and click on the Crawley Library what’s on pages. Alternatively, visit, Call Crawley Library on 01293 651751.

GREENbin spaces available

Friday, February 18th, 2011

GREENbin spaces available

Around 1,000 places are now available on Crawley Borough Council’s GREENbin service.

The council has rearranged the GREENbin collection rounds so it can accommodate more customers while still using one collection vehicle and crew.

This change does mean a small number of residents will now have their green garden waste collected on a different day of the week to their rubbish and recycling collections.

The service can now accommodate around 5,000 customers. All customers on the waiting list will be contacted before accepting new customers.

Councillor Keith Blake, Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: ”The GREENbin scheme has been a great success.

“It has collected lots more garden waste than our previous scheme and results in fewer journeys to the Household Waste Recycling Site.

“Also, this extra green waste going to the composter should add between one and two per cent to our annual recycling rate.”

Last year, the scheme saw 879 tonnes of green waste collected from 4,000 homes.

All customers already signed up to the service will receive their annual invoice at the start of February and collection calendars detailing the collection schedules for the year will be sent out around the middle of February.

The cost for the 2011 GREENbin collection service is just £45, which takes into account the VAT increase as well as inflationary increases in contractual costs. The fortnightly collection service runs from March until November. The green waste is taken to a large composting facility in Henfield.

To apply for a GREENbin, visit, call 0800 5875 888 or email

Businesses going for green

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Businesses going for green

Eco minded businesses are urged to enter the green category at this year’s Gatwick Diamond Business Awards.

Sponsored by Crawley Borough Council the Crawley Green Business Awards recognise companies who combine business with caring for the environment.

Councillor Keith Blake, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “We’re committed to improving our own environmental performance which is proven by our 10:10 campaign commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 2010.

“We think part of our green promise is to encourage the town, including local businesses, to do their bit too. Sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Business is part of achieving this goal.

“Going green is central to business development in the future and encouraging a greener economy is set to lead to increased jobs and wealth in the area; it’s something many businesses are taking very seriously.”

The awards are now open for entries and there are four categories; Sustainable Travel and Transport, The Green Award for Sustainable Workplace, The Green Award for Recycling, and the Gatwick Diamond Green Champion.

For more information and applications visit

The deadline for applications is Friday December 3. An awards dinner hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald will be held at the Copthorne Effingham Park Hotel on March 17 2011