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Crawley MP Congratulates Council On Backing Local Shops

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Borough MP Henry Smith has congratulated Crawley Council on their launch this week of a new website and leaflets highlighting neighbourhood parade shops across the town.

Henry said:

“This is an idea that has real benefits for both shoppers and shop owners in Crawley. Many people may not be aware that just round the corner are shops that could cater for their needs without having to travel greater distances. Shop owners will also benefit as this new service will help bring in new customers.

“The idea is a great way for the Council to help our much loved neighbourhood parades. So I encourage residents to show their support.”

The website will allow locals to search for shops in their area or by trade. Details of the shops opening hours, products sold and a picture of the shop itself will be easily accessible. The free leaflets will also help residents that do not know already where these shopping parades are and provide information on how to access the shop finder on the website.

Henry added:

“I strongly encourage shops that have not yet registered with this scheme to do so and to take advantage of this great initiative. I’m pleased that an overwhelming majority of parade outlets have already been included.”

Follow Henry daily via: or visit: for further details.


Crawley’s Got Talent!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

 Dates of the Neighbourhood Auditions Announced


Crawley’s Got Talent (CGT) is an exciting event that will showcase Crawley’s diverse talent across all age groups.

CGT want to hear from you or your group if you sing, dance, act, make people laugh or have an unusual talent or skill.

Auditions will take place at the end of October and the live final will be early February 2012.

For more information contact Vikki Jacobs 01293 438565 or Liz Hart 01293 438156.

Live Auditions at;-



Furnace Green



Broadfield (Bands Only)

Southgate West

Ifield West

Langley Green


Cabinet Member Praises Best Ever GCSE Results

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Record results for GCSE examinations have been achieved in West Sussex maintained schools and Academies.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths, has praised the achievements of students and teachers following the provisional results.

Early indications show that a significant majority of schools have improved their performance, with provisional results indicating a 5 per-cent improvement compared with 2010 for students achieving 5 good GCSE’s including English and mathematics, continuing the upward trend of the last 5 years.

Peter said today: “I am absolutely delighted with these results for schools and Academies, and offer my congratulations to the students, staff and governors for their achievement.”


Be a rock star – with West Sussex Music Service

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Be a rock star – with West Sussex Music Service

Did you play along to your favourite records as a teenager and dream of being in a rock band? If so, West Sussex Music Service (WSMS) can make that a reality.

WSMS Rock Academy will be holding adult rock workshops at Northbrook College, Worthing, on Thursday evenings, starting in late September. Keyboard players, guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists of all abilities can go along and play in a band-type format, with the chance to play a gig at the end of term.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “Our Music Service has been running the rock workshops for youngsters for several now, and they have been a great success.

“Now we are offering the chance for adults to expand on their musical skills, and perhaps re-live their love of music, as well as meet new people.”

The workshops will be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm. They will cost £60 for 10 lessons.

For more information, contact 01243 642361 or email

High Street Live – 2 Weeks to Go

Friday, August 5th, 2011


The High Street’s first ever music festival is 16 days away.

High Street Live, which runs from 12 noon to 10pm on Sunday August 21, will fill the historic, cobbled road with music, food and drink.

More local music acts have been announced and the line-up now includes London Soul, Rubylux, My Tiger My Timing, Run Young Lovers, Lights of Paris, Bored Games, Andy Twyman, Jimi Squirrel, The Soundcheck, Franclassic, Erin Witton, Grace Saif and Best Intentions.

The Outfit

Matt Henry, of The Outfit, a show band which includes local teachers, said: “We’re stoked to be playing High Street Live as we all met in Crawley and three of us still live in Broadfield.”

Jeremy Taylor, of JerBil, said: “This will be a great day for Crawley residents to come out and enjoy the historic High street.

“We’re really looking forward to playing on the acoustic stage and to spend time enjoying the town in a different way. We’ve been involved with Mainstage in the Memorial Gardens for a number of years and this is another great community initiative from Tony “Mr Arts” Witton!”

Final plans are still being finalised but the main stage will be near the George Hotel while a smaller, acoustic area will be towards the northern end of the High Street.

The event is absolutely free, fun for all the family and hopes to showcase the High Street as an attractive town centre destination for everyone.

The festival is set to bring in folk from around the region to hear local bands while enjoying food and drink at High Street bars and restaurants.

The summer festival is organised by local man Tony Witton in partnership with Crawley Borough Council, Gatwick Airport Ltd, Crawley Town Centre Partnership and Crawley Festival.

Check out Crawley Borough Council on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date or visit

Go online or text for your right to vote

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Technology-savvy residents are using the web and text messages to tell the council who is eligible to vote in their households – and saving the council money too.

Crawley Borough Council is asking residents to fill in their electoral registration form so they are eligible to vote.

Every household will have received a form on Friday or Saturday which needs to be completed and either sent back to the council or confirmed by phone, text or the internet. Only then will the eligible people living at that address be added to the 2012 Register of Electors.

The best way for residents with no changes to their forms is to return them electronically via, via text to 020 317 9094 or by automated phone by calling 0808 141 0740.

You have to be registered in order to vote and often to open a bank account or obtain a mortgage or other financial services.

Crawley Borough Council has elections in May 2012.

Residents are reminded that even if there are no changes to the eligible voters at the property the form must either be returned, confirmed over the phone or via the internet address on the form.

For more information call Crawley Borough Council’s Electoral Registration Team on 01293 438346 or 01293 438705.

How to register by freephone or the internet

If all of the printed details on your voter registration form are correct, you can register by telephone or the internet.


1. Dial 0808 141 0740

2. When asked, key in the 10-digit unique reference number on your registration form

3. When asked key in 0

4. You will now be told that you have registered no changes. You will be asked to confirm this by pressing 0

5. Your registration is complete and you should not return the registration form.


1. Visit

2. Key in the 10-digit unique reference number and password, which are printed on your registration form

3. You will now be asked to confirm that there are no changes by pressing the confirm button

4. You can print a confirmation of your registration.


1. Text your 10-digit unique reference number to 020 3137 9094

2. You will be sent a return text confirming your registration

3. Your network will make its normal charge for sending texts.



Monday, August 1st, 2011


West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people of the dangers of leaving clothing close to exposed light bulbs after a family had a lucky escape in Storrington last night.

Two fire crews from Storrington were called shortly after 9pm last night to a detached house on Bracken Lane after the owners discovered smoke filling a first floor bedroom in their home and called 999.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the bedroom and discovered a pair of socks had become wedged beside the bulb of a bedside lamp which had been left on. The socks had started smouldering, creating thick smoke logging in the room. Crews removed the lamp to the garden and used a positive pressure fan to ventilate.

The family managed to leave the property safely prior to the arrival of the Fire Service. One male was treated for mild smoke inhalation by paramedics at the scene but did not need hospital treatment.

Watch Manager Martin Mckilligin, the Incident Commander, said afterwards:

“People often don’t realise just how hot exposed light bulbs can become so it’s really important to check nothing is placed on or near them. In this case it was a pair of socks that had become inadvertently wedged down the side of a bedroom lamp in a child’s bedroom while the family were all downstairs. We’d suggest it’s much safer to switch lamps and other electrical equipment off when not in use.

“Thankfully, because of the sensible actions of the homeowner, who closed the bedroom door and immediately dialled 999 when he discovered the smoke filling the bedroom, the smoke damage was contained to the room of origin and everyone was able to leave the property safely.”

Firefighters offer some simple tips to keep your family safe from fire:

. Wherever possible make sure that electrical equipment is switched off and unplugged at the wall when not in use.

. Get into the habit of closing doors, this will help slow the spread of fire.

. Make sure you have a smoke alarm fitted on each level of your home and test it weekly – it can give you that vital early warning to a fire.

. If you do discover a fire – get out, stay out and call 999.

Need fire safety advice? It couldn’t be easier! Simply call the Community Fire Safety team on 01243 642789 or visit


Buchan Country Park flagged up for national award

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Buchan Country Park flagged up for national award

Buchan Country Park in Crawley is celebrating success after winning the national Green Flag Award for the second year in a row, it was announced today (Monday July 25).

The prestigious award is in recognition of the country park’s good maintenance and management, its high quality facilities and green space.

The park was judged on the following eight criteria:

• a welcoming place

• healthy, safe and secure

• clean and well maintained

• sustainability

• conservation and heritage

• community involvement

• marketing

• management

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Communities, Environment and Enterprise, said: “This is a great achievement, especially to have been awarded it two years in a row.

“This prestigious award recognises the hard work and pride of the country park’s staff and volunteers, so well done to them.”

The country park now has the chance to receive a further award from the Green Flag Plus Partnership, called the People’s Choice Award. This award is voted for by the public. To register your vote, visit

For more information about what Buchan Country Park has to offer visit


Learning difficulty plans discussed by Committee

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Learning difficulty plans discussed by Committee

Proposals to transform West Sussex County Council services for adults with learning difficulties were discussed by Members last week.

The Adults’ Services Select Committee received a report outlining how the service will be looked at over the coming years.

In addition to the changes to the eligibility criteria already agreed, there are five other areas of proposed change being looked at:

• Decommissioning the Alinora Crescent respite service in Worthing and re-providing the service elsewhere.

• Commission supported living services in a more cost effective and efficient way.

• Possible outsourcing of the County Council’s Supported Living Service.

• Review and remodelling of learning difficulty community health and social care teams.

• Review and remodelling of learning difficulty day services.

Chairman Irene Richards said: “The Committee emphasised that we want to be involved in any proposals that come forward at an early stage, so they can be fully scrutinised and to allow us to input into the decision making process.

“Officers assured us that those who use the service will be fully consulted at all stages on the proposals as they are developed.”

The learning difficulties service is funded by the County Council and NHS West Sussex. Any savings identified for the County Council would also apply to NHS West Sussex.

Volunteers needed to help deliver meals

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Volunteers needed to help deliver meals

Do you have a few hours spare to help out in your community? If so, West Sussex County Council’s Meals on Wheels service needs you.

The service, which is run by the WRVS, is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver meals between 11.30am and 1.30pm in their own areas. It could be once a month, once a week, or every day, depending on how much time you have.

Meals on Wheels supplies a great selection of hot, chilled or frozen two-course meals to adults in West Sussex, who may be leaving hospital or recovering from an illness, or need the meals as they can no longer cook for themselves.

As a delivery driver, you would need to have your own car, and undertake a CRB check.

The service is also looking for people to accompany the drivers on their deliveries.

Peter Catchpole, County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “The service Meals on Wheels provides is vital to the people of West Sussex.

“If you have a spare lunchtime while the children are at school, or a day off college, or perhaps you’re now retired, why not do something rewarding and help out in your community?”

There are seven Meals on Wheels kitchens located throughout West Sussex:

• Bognor Regis (also covering Chichester and the Witterings)

• Crawley (also covering East Grinstead)

• Mid Sussex (also covering Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Steyning and Henfield)

• Horsham

• Worthing (including Lancing, Shoreham, Southwick and Fishersgate)

• Rustington (also covering Arundel, Ferring and Littlehampton)

• Petworth (including Midhurst and Pulborough)

• Selsey

For more information, call 01903 231341.

To see a little bit of what the Meals on Wheels Service does, view this video


Free exhibition captures Crawley history

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Free exhibition captures Crawley history

The story behind one of Crawley’s hidden masterpieces is revealed at a free digital exhibition being held at the town’s Library throughout July.

The exhibition is about a painting by Victor Burr, marking when Princess Elizabeth visited Crawley on January 25th, 1950. The picture was donated to the Library by the Burr family in the 1990s and features on the BBC ‘Your Paintings’ season website.

On the Library’s digital wall, there is a range of images from Crawley in 1950 that inspired Victor Burr’s painting, including:

• The Princess’s visit to celebrate the start of the ‘New Town’ project.

• The events she attended such as the opening of the Manor Royal and the High Street civic reception recorded in the painting.

• A 7ft by 5ft digital reproduction of the original painting

• Many rarely seen pictures of the visit, and of Crawley in the 1940s and 1950s, digitised and displayed on a slide show in the Library.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for the Library Service, said: “It is wonderful the Library has had the opportunity to digitise many images from the past and make them available to a large number of people without damage to the original.

“This exhibition is a must for anyone interested in the history of Crawley.”

The exhibition runs until Saturday 30th July. For more information call Crawley Library on 01293 651751.

ROLL UP ROLL UP – Crawley Circus Festival & Kettle of Fish at The Hawth

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Crawley Circus Festival & Kettle of Fish at The Hawth

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August

Join in the fun as the circus comes to town. The Hawth offers the perfect weekend for juggling and circus enthusiasts from Saturday 6th August to Sunday 7th August. The English garden party themed festival also includes the incredible Kettle of Fish Circus Cabaret. The show brings its usual blend of talented contemporary circus performers to Crawley for one night only on Saturday 6th August at 7.30pm.

There will be lots to get involved with over the weekend including workshops and games plus festival-goers can demonstrate their skills at the renegade show.

Kettle of Fish

For those who prefer to sit back and watch, Kettle of Fish brings international acts to the stage for a thrilling night of circus skills including one of Europe’s finest and most innovative jugglers, Rod Laver with his oral ping pong. Rod recently smashed the world record by juggling 8 ping pong balls with his mouth and has appeared several times on the BBC’s Let Me Entertain You. Also taking to the stage is Carlos Romero with his virtuoso manipulation and another appearance for Isis and Nathan, after their success last year.

reference book celebrating the greatest jugglers of all time ‘Virtuosos of Juggling’.

Those attending the festival is heartily encouraged to wear fancy dress, think Rule Britannia, vicars, cricketers, tea ladies, morris men, Chaphoppers and ukuleles….and bring lots of cake!

You can book tickets for Kettle of Fish on its own or purchase a weekend ticket for the Circus Festival which includes entry to Kettle of Fish.

Weekend tickets: £25 (Under 12s: £18) (The weekend ticket includes Kettle Of Fish Circus Cabaret and camping (otherwise £5 per tent).

Day Tickets: £9 (Under 12s: £6.50)

Under 6s are free if accompanying weekend ticket holders, but must be booked in advance.

Book before August 1st and save up to £5!

Call The Hawth Box Office 01293 553636 to book your tickets now or visit



Trees and teas in Goffs Park

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Trees and teas in Goffs Park

Take a stroll around Goffs Park with Crawley Borough Council’s tree experts next week.

The arboricultural officers will be at Goffs Park on Saturday 16th July @ 11am and Wednesday 20th July 20 @ 7pm. The walks will be followed by refreshments in Crawley Museum.

On Sunday 14th August the Friends of Goffs Park host entertainment by Inchoir on the top lawn of the park, behind Goffs House, from 3pm.

There is no charge for any of these events but a donation towards the Friends of Goffs Park’s costs would be welcomed.

For more information call Tony Coles on 01293 527402 or Andy Rogers on 01293 537257.

Tenants get back to the future

Monday, July 11th, 2011

FOUR lucky families are now back in their newly retrofitted eco council homes following an extreme green makeover set to massively reduce the properties’ CO2 emissions.

(l-r and back to front) Mark, Amy, Tommy, Bradley and Amelia

The Crawley Borough Council homes are four of just 86 across the whole country which have been fitted out with innovative materials rarely used in regular house building in a bid to reduce their carbon emissions by 80 per cent.

The work is thanks to Crawley Borough Council’s successful bid to the Retrofit for the Future competition run by the Technology Strategy Board which saw a near half million pounds reward to retrofit the homes in Furnace Green, Langley Green, Pound Hill and Three Bridges.

Wattbox; intuitive technology which learns the family’s behaviour and regulates temperature and power in accordance.

Cabinet member for Housing, said: “This project is really exciting; it shows us and the rest of the UK what materials can be used in social housing to help meet CO2 reduction targets.

“The outcome will be very interesting and could help lead to a cleaner, greener future for Crawley residents.”

The properties chosen for the green makeover represent the mix of homes found in the town; two 1950s pre-fabricated buildings, a 60s shuttered concrete terrace and a more standard brick construction with a cavity wall.

All the homes chosen for the Retrofit project were energy inefficient and were losing heat through walls, windows and leaks in the fabric of the buildings.

Amy Hammond, a full-time mum of three who lives with her husband Mark in Hastings Close, Furnace Green, is absolutely delighted with the results.

She said: “It’s amazing, it’s like being on Extreme Makeover. So much has been done it feels like a brand new home, although it still feels like home to us.

“Before it was terrible; we had mould, damp and it was draughty. Whenever the kids got ill it went to their chest. I think this is going to make a really big difference. It’s been warm lately but the temperature has always been perfect in here.”

Son Tommy was also over the moon, adding: “I thought it was really nice, it feels really cosy.”

The modifications were carried out by Crawley Council’s contractors, Wates, with the support of project partners Keegans and ECD Architects.

Materials used include a range of insulation like Spacetherm and Nanogel, LED lighting, micro-combined heat and power (CHP) boilers, triple glazing and solar panels.

The micro-CHP boilers will be controlled by an intelligent device which learns the tenant’s occupancy patterns and comfort preferences to suit different lifestyles; they were also left with a range of highly energy efficient kitchen appliances.

Monitoring energy use, temperatures and humidity levels is being carried out by the Energy Saving Trust for comparison with the other pilot projects across the country on a publicly accessible database.

The green homes are expected to save the tenants hundreds of pounds (reducing annual combined gas and electricity bills of £800 to around £100, for example) – as well as tonnes of carbon emissions.

The move towards seriously eco-friendly social housing will take Britain a step closer to its target of an 80 per cent reduction in household energy use by 2050.

For more detailed information about the properties and the architects log onto



(l-r back to front) Amy, Amelia, Mark, Tommy and Bradley

Keep Dancing! – Crawley

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

A month-long Olympic inspired festival of dance, which culminates with Open Weekend, is underway.

Dance in Motion is part of Crawley in Motion, the name for sporting, cultural and community projects taking place in the town in the next 18 months, all inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The events, co-ordinated by Crawley Borough Council, K2 Crawley and Crawley Schools Sports Partnership, will include demonstrations and lessons of all types of dance, from ballet to street and Bollywood to Zumba.

Dance in Motion began on Saturday (July 2) with Bollywood, Portuguese, Irish, contemporary and street dancing demonstrations in Memorial Gardens as part of Crawley Festival Mainstage.

The highlights are:

• Saturday July 9, 2-3pm – Zumba for you! at the Bewbush Centre. £2 per person

• Sunday July 10, 12 noon-2pm – Le Roc (modern jive), lesson from 12 noon-1pm, practice from 1-2pm at Ifield

Community Centre. £2 per person

• Friday July 15, 7.30-9.30pm – Beginners’ ballet at Northgate Community Centre. £2 per person

• Sunday July 17, 10am-12 noon – Tap for beginners at Langley Green Community Centre. £2 per person.

Open Weekend, from July 22-24, celebrates one year to go to the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games with free activities for all the family.

On Friday July 22, Run, Turtle! Run!, a fun theatre show based on Aesop’s fable, encourages physical activity and participation. It’s suitable for all ages and takes place at the Langley Green Centre at 2pm and the Bewbush Centre at 4pm.

Also on the Friday K2 Crawley hosts karate taster sessions from 8-8.45pm and 8.45-9.30pm. The sessions are run by British Karate Kyokushinkai, who host an international tournament the day after. Spectators are welcome at the tournament, also held at the leisure centre.

On Saturday July 23 from 10am-4pm the LazyTown Sports Club comes to town.

This exciting physical activity programme motivates children to live better and combines all the movement, excitement, music and action of the LazyTown shows.

Free 45-minute sessions for children aged three to eight accompanied by parents start at 10am, 11am, 12 noon and 1.30pm.

At 3pm the Fitkid Grand Finale will feature a special appearance from Sportacus himself!

The event, at Healthy Balanced Generation at Oriel High School in Maidenbower, is part of Crawley’s Open Weekend to celebrate exactly one year to the start of the Olympics.

On Sunday July 24 from 12 noon-4.30pm the Finale Day at K2 Crawley includes free one-hour workshops in beginners’ ballroom and Latin dancing (12 noon), Michael Jackson workshop (12 noon), street dance class (1pm), children’s dance party (1pm) and a grand ball (1.30-4.30pm).

The grand ball finale ends the Dance in Motion festival and the 2011 Open Weekend in style with a wonderful afternoon of ballroom and Latin dance planned.

Dancers of all abilities are invited to join in the fun, which includes an exciting cabaret from top ballroom amateur couple Ian Sharpe and Victoria Lawrence, with music from top London dance DJ, Mr Wonderful.

Tickets cost £6.50 (concessions £4.50) including refreshments). To book online visit or call 01293 553636.

A free crèche and free climbing wall sessions will also be available from 12 noon-2pm. Places are limited so please book in advance with K2 Crawley.

At 1pm inChoir, a modern West Sussex choir, will sign songs not normally associated with choirs in a free concert at K2 Crawley. The group concentrates on having a good time and promoting the health benefits of singing.

The full line-up of events plus more information is available at or

To reserve a place at any of dance classes please call 01293 438328.

Two public meetings on proposed Fire and Rescue Service merger

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Two public meetings on proposed Fire and Rescue Service merger

TWO public meetings are being planned by West Sussex County Council to launch the public consultation on the proposal to merge East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services.

The meetings – both beginning at 7pm – are planned for:

Crawley: The Fire Service Training Centre (the ex-library building), Northgate Avenue, on Thursday 14th July.

Worthing: Worthing Library, Richmond Road, on Tuesday 19th July.

The meetings will be chaired by Pete Bradbury, County Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, and will include a presentation from Max Hood, County Fire Officer.

There will also be an open session for people to ask questions and air their views about the proposal.

Pete Bradbury said: “This is an opportunity for us to hear first hand peoples’ views on the proposal to merge the two fire services.

“In the current difficult financial climate, we believe this innovative approach of merging the fire services could enable us to continue to deliver excellent services and improve our operational capability, while reducing back office, management and administration costs.

“While much depends on the approach of the Government, the views of the public are equally important to us and no decision will be made until the results of the consultation have been considered.

“I hope residents, businesses, organisations and stakeholders will participate in the consultation. If you cannot attend the public meetings, you can still give us your views online or by post.”

The consultation is scheduled to begin on July 14th and last until October 6th.


The Main Stage event

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

On Saturday 2nd July the town came alive!

The Crawley Festival came to an end for another year with the Mainstage event held in the memorial gardens in the town centre. The community had seen many great events during the last two weeks with the finale full to the brim with young talent.

We would like to thank everyone involved with the Crawley festival and all those who performed, educated and informed the community. A special mention goes to Councillor Bob Burgess, Councillor Chris Oxlade, Geoff Allen, Tony Whitton and all his team. If we have forgotten to mention you we apologies, but thank you 🙂

Please visit for more information.

We look forward to next years festivities.

Big Top Treats in Libraries this summer

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Big Top Treats in Libraries this summer

Roll up, roll up to the annual free Summer Reading Challenge held in all West Sussex Libraries, which this year has the theme ‘Circus Stars’.

The Challenge runs from Saturday 16th July to Saturday 10th September. Aimed at four to 12 year olds, children are challenged to read up to six books, and will win prizes at different stages, including a gold medal if all six are read.

Children can join characters Clemmy, Megan and Anand throughout the summer for a range of activities. The launch day on July 16 at Crawley, Worthing and Chichester Libraries will see a number or circus-themed events from juggling, hula-hoop challenges and face painting.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is always a fun time for our Libraries and it’s a great chance for children around the county to come together and celebrate books.

“Last year, when the theme was ‘Space Hop’, more than 11,000 young people took part in the challenge, borrowing 400,000 books between them.

“We look forward to this year being as successful.”

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge, visit or visit your local Library.

TD Shipley Youth Football Club – New Players Wanted – Under 13’s for next season

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

We are looking for one or two players for next season at Under 13’s especially a goalkeeper.

We will be playing in the Sussex Sunday Youth Football League

Manager Alan White is a progressive Level 2 Coach and we are looking for good players aiming to make a step up,

We also have a qualified goalkeeping coach working with the team

At TD Shipley our coaching is based on building on the strengths you have as a player now, improving players confidence on the ball – through technical coaching and good football in a exciting environment. Our team has more than challenged the best teams locally in league, cup and six a side competitions and are looking strengthen the team with great local talented players


If you are looking for a new team or a new challenge, please call Manager Alan White on 07730012216.



Crawley MP Supports Big Society Fund For Local Voluntary Sector

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Crawley MP Supports Big Society Fund For Local Voluntary Sector

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the news that money from the Government’s Big Society Transition Fund will support the local voluntary sector. The funding, part of the third wave of payouts from the £107 million Transition Fund, is being paid out to Crawley Home-Start.

Although three quarters of charities receive no public funding, the Government is determined to protect those charities, such as Crawley Home-Start, which are most vulnerable to public spending cuts.

Henry said:

“I’m pleased that the Government is committed to supporting charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises across the South East despite the necessity of dealing with Labour’s disastrous economic legacy.

“It’s great to hear that Crawley Home-Start, which does important work to offer early intervention to families with children under 5 offering support services to those suffering from a variety of difficulties including isolation, depression, substance abuse and financial problems, will receive £34,602 in funding.”

The local Broadfield based Scheme Manager for Crawley Home-Start, Liz Roe, said:

“Like many other organizations, we have been adversely affected by the current economic situation and we have struggled to find the necessary funds to maintain our work.

“We were, therefore, very pleased to be awarded a grant from the Transition Fund. Although this cannot be used to fund our service to families directly it can be used to plan for a more sustainable future for the Scheme. We will, therefore, plan expenditure carefully with the aim of ensuring that the scheme is around for a long time to come and vulnerable families in our area can continue to receive the support they desperately need.”

The Cabinet Secretary responsible for the fund, Horsham MP Francis Maude, also chipped in to say:

“We all want a bigger, stronger society where people get involved and do their bit. This isn’t new – there are already loads of people right across Britain taking responsibility and making our communities better places to live. What is new is that this Government is making it easier for people to do more: giving people power to improve public service, putting communities in control, and supporting people to help others.”

The Transition Fund provides grants to these organisations to allow them to prepare for the future opportunities opened up by the Big Society. The money will fund the crucial changes that charities need to make to take advantage of the new opportunities available to them from opening up public sector contracts. So far more than 900 charities nationally have received support from the Transition Fund.

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