CHT Out and About Jan-June 2010 Archive


On Sunday 4th April Gary Morris took two coach loads of excited people to London for a boat trip down the Thames. All was in aid of Chestnut Tree House Charity. It was a very success and everyone had an excellent time. We took some pics of the build up, pictures on the boat were hard to take as we were having far too much fun! Total amount raised TBC.

Last Monday Crawley Happy Times were invited to the Hawth for the premier showing of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A wonderful show with a great appearance from Craig Chalmers. We were lucky enough to meet Craig after the show, and even bumped into Mayor Brenda Burgess and her lovely husband Bob. A big congratulations to our competition winner Jane Tharby of Pound Hill, who won the family ticket to the show.

Shelley with Craig Chalmers
(L-R) Jed Scott Jones, Craig Chalmers, Casey Molloy, Sharon Fagence-Jones, Mayor Brenda Burgess
Brenda & Bob Burgess

Our Shelley was invited by the CICS (Celtic & Irish Cultural Society) to attend the annual dinner for the Arts Council. Also present were The Worshipful the Mayor Brenda Burgess and Councillor Bob Burgess. Held at the Crawley Club, the food was exquisite. Entertainment came in the form of the choir of Ifield Community College who were brilliant. Led by the one and only Patrick Allen, Head Music Teacher.

If you would like to get involved with the Arts Council, please email us your details and we will be happy to pass them on.

We would like to thank the CICS for their kind invite and would like to wish the Arts Council all the best for 2010.

On Saturday 6th March Crawley Happy Times were invited to the Emerald Club in Southgate for the launch of the Crawley Fleadh. John Nolan and his fantastic committee were present along with Mayor Brenda Burgess, Councillor Bob Burgess and Henry Smith, leader of West Sussex County Council. It was a wonderful evening, full of traditonal irish music, dancing and food….oh and guinness, of course! The events in March can be seen on our site, so please do take a look.

Following on from the launch, Shelley went into town to see what was happening and to celebrate her husband Brian’s birthday. There was a young presence in the town, which we feel can be a bit ‘ruse’ but this did not stop us from having fun and enjoying the great tunes of The Punch Bowl and then on to see our friends at Bar Med.

Did CHT finger puppet go out this weekend? Oh yes! Do go to the ‘Where has CHT finger puppet been’ page for the gruesome details lol.

On Thursday 4th March Crawley Happy Times sent Shelley down to The Railway to see DJ Peet mixing some great heavy metal and rock classics on the decks. This was our second visit to The Railway and we were just as impressed. The Railway plays a vital role to those wanting a nice drink before moving onto a club in town. For a Thursday night, the pub was extremely busy. The staff were once again friendly and welcoming making a lovely atmosphere. We are pleasantly impressed with The Railway and would like to thank Jackie and her husband for their kind hospitality. Jackie, the Landlady, was very happy to meet CHT finger puppet which you can see here.

DJ Peet
Warm and welcoming Bar Staff
Jackie & Shelley had a great evening
The Railway is host to some amazing old pictures of Crawley, you must see them!

On Tuesday 2nd March Joanne Cooper and Sarah Cubitt invited Crawley Happy Times down to the launch of their new Zumba Dance Class. Personally we have never heard of Zumba so was unsure of what to expect. Well, we were blown away as were the other 109 people who turned up for a taster. The dance was fast and furious to say the least. Joanne and Sarah have never taught together but in our opinion made a fantastic pair of teachers who had the large audience in the palm of their hands.

Mark Blair said it was amazing

After, we spoke to a few of the participants and got their thoughts on the evening. Sheila, who told us she was ‘over 50’ said she thoroughly enjoyed it and had been taught by Joanne in the past. Mark Blair, 35, said “it was amazing. A fun way to get fit. I don’t take it too seriously which is the best way to enjoy it”. Sarah Harmsworth, 22, was joined by several sisters, her Mum and Auntie said she thought it was great fun and would definitely be coming again. There were so many different ages of men and woman that it didn’t seem to matter what shape or fitness level you are at, it is for everyone. We took some video and pictures for you, although the speed everyone was going at didn’t fair well with the camera 🙂

Sarah Harmsworth had great fun

On Saturday 27th February, Crawley Happy Times were invited to The Railway to relish in the sound that is The Age of Tapes.

The Railway was packed to the brim with local revellers including very friendly and accomodating staff. This was our first visit and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We bumped into our very good friend Carl Brooks who was once again busy raising money for The British Heart Foundation. Great work Carl! We took some pics and video of The Age of Tapes playing. It was a nice surprise to see our friends Stringloaded performing too.



Saturday 13th February we sent our Dan Hill down to Bar Med to see the exquisite and talented London Soul perform to their adoring fans and followers. London Soul are one of the best local bands in Crawley. They have been keeping the people of Crawley toe tapping for many years, including playing for the crowds in the town centre. Bar Med are always happy to be the hosts for London Soul, knowing good music when they hear it! Dan took some photos for you to enjoy. Were you there? Any feedback please comment below.

On Saturday 13th February, Crawley Happy Times went into town to hand out some delicious cake to the people of Crawley. Along with Dawn and her daughter from the Cha Tea Room based in the George Hotel and some Crawley Happy Time helpers, we handed out lemon drizzle, fudge brownies, bread pudding, fruit danish and date & walnut cake which were all very tasty indeed! If you wish to try these wonderful delights yourself, get down the the Cha Tea Room in the George Hotel and treat yourself!

On Friday Crawley Happy Times were invited to Bar Med in the Hight Street Crawley for an evening with Ricky Whittle who plays Calvin Valentine in Hollyoaks (although we remember him more for his brilliant role in Dream Team). Ricky and his friends were extremely entertaining, polite and very friendly to all who came to see them. In fact we would go as far as to say Ricky Whittle is one of the nicest TV personalities we have had the pleasure of meeting. His brother Chris was delightful and very hospitable, even though he did not know us. And of course, we have to mention Ricky’s dancing……..nice!

Our sincere thanks goes to Sam York, Manager of Bar Med and her lovely staff for what has to be one of the most amazing evenings so far!

CHT finger puppet made a small appearance, which you can see on here…



5th February, ’10

We have not been out and about alot lately so we are looking forward to getting back in the swing of things. If you have an event you would like us to promote for you (for free of course) just email us with the details. If you have an event you wish CHT to attend please call 07828 276134 or email editor@crawleyhappytimes to discuss.

We did attend the Apple Tree on the 29th for the Charity night sponsored by our friends at The Crawley News. The Worshipful the Mayor Brenda Burgess and Councillor Bob Burgess were present and having a great time enjoying the bands and friendly atmosphere. MP Laura Moffat was also present encouraging donations to St Catherines Hospice.

We took some pictures for you to enjoy.

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