Posts Tagged ‘Community’

School Closures in Crawley on Monday 6th February

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

School Closures in Crawley on Monday 6th Feburuary  – Updated – 08:20 – 6/2/12

Currently there are no reported school closures.

Schools have been asked, where possible, to keep their own websites updated.

If you know of any schools that are not on the above list please Facebook Crawley Happy Times or email

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.”

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Improving the health and wellbeing of those in need

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Government funding has been awarded to Crawley Borough Council to support four new health and wellbeing services for Bewbush, Broadfield and Langley Green.

The council has invested eighty thousand pounds of reward money with local organisations for new services for parenting, heath inequalities and financial inclusion in these areas.

These new services include the Crawley Families Project, IMPACT Tasty Neighbourhood Watch programme, Crawley Talks Money and Get Started with Cooking.

Sussex Central YMCA recently merged with Horsham and Crawley Counselling Service which has been commissioned to deliver a new parenting intervention service for Crawley called the Crawley Families Project. This service will offer intensive and tailored intervention support to ‘new parents to be’ who have previously themselves experienced neglect or abuse. In addition to this work, it will be delivering a series of parenting courses for families with children aged eight to 11 years old.

IMPACT Foundation was successful in securing funding to deliver the IMPACT Tasty Neighbourhood Health Watch programme, a healthy cook and eat project. The IMPACT Tasty Team will deliver a variety of programmes to help, encourage and raise awareness of the importance of eating a well balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and knowing how to cook from scratch or on a budget.

Central Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau has been commissioned to delivering a light touch money advice service known as Crawley Talks Money. In addition to directly supporting local residents in Bewbush, Broadfield and Langley Green in managing their finances, the project aims to improve access to debt advice by training frontline workers and key members within the community to spot problems early on and refer those greatest in need of money advice for further help.

Also, The Prince’s Trust has secured funding to deliver Get Started with Cooking, an engagement programme for young people aged between 16 and 25 who are not in education or employment. The course focuses on developing skills and knowledge within the catering sector and includes a Food Hygiene Certificate. Following the programme, the young people will be offered 3 months of one to one progression support to get back into education, training or employment.

Councillor Nigel Boxall, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement at Crawley Borough Council said:

“I am delighted that the council has managed to secure the funding for such worthwhile services for Broadfield, Bewbush and Langley Green.

“This is a great opportunity for local groups and organisations to work with us and help to address some of the challenges faced by people living in the town’s more deprived areas.

“All of these projects are set to help many families and individuals live a happier and healthier life.”

• To find out more about the outcome 22 grants please visit

• To find out more about the Crawley Families Project, contact Elizabeth O’Shea on 01403 217900 or 07557855733

• For more details on IMPACT Tasty Neighbourhood Watch Programme, call Lucinda or Elisabeth on 01444 457080.

• If you would like more information on Crawley Talks Money, please call Julian Paszkiewicz on 01293 657100.

• If you are interested in Get Started with Cooking, please call please call Jo Tolley on 01273 221477 or email

Save cash in TravelWise Week 2011

Friday, September 9th, 2011

West Sussex County Council’s TravelWise team is encouraging residents to get on their bikes and save money during TravelWise Week (September 19-23).

The week coincides with European Car Free Day on Thursday September 22.

Commuters could save more than £700 a year by switching from car to bike. A seven-mile cycle ride which takes around 30 minutes will also improve fitness at the same time.

As a further incentive, a number of local cycle shops are offering special Travelwise Week discounts until the end of September. For further details visit

Car sharing is another way to reduce commuting costs. Sharing a journey just once a week could save a person more than £100 a year.

The County Council’s car sharing website, helps people that live or work in West Sussex to find a car sharing partner.

Buying a bus or rail season ticket can be much cheaper than driving and parking, particularly if bought online. A monthly rail ticket from Bognor Regis to Chichester is currently £61.10 and a monthly bus ticket for the same journey costs £70, compared with the costs of around £100 in petrol and parking fees.

The County Council’s 3in1 card for young people offers cheaper bus travel and discounts to a range of shops and local attractions, as well as acting as proof of age. The card costs £50 – but is free to those receiving free school meals – and is valid for up to three years. Further information is available at

Pieter Montyn, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Travelwise Week is all about raising awareness of the benefits that more sustainable modes of transport have to offer. The week also provides a good opportunity for people to try greener and healthier ways of travelling. Small changes in your travel behaviour really can make a big difference.”

Wanted: Ghostbusters with fundraising spirit

Thursday, September 8th, 2011


Sussex St John Ambulance is on the hunt for would-be paranormal investigators to take part in a spooky sponsored fundraising event at Newhaven Fort.

The ‘Spooktacular’ ghost hunt in aid of the nation’s leading first aid charity will take place on Saturday 22nd October at the 123-year-old fort where eerie encounters are frequently reported.

There have been many supernatural sightings at the fort, particularly in the tunnel leading to the beach. The sound of soldiers’ boots and air raid sirens are said to have been heard there and there are tales of a ghostly drummer boy who reportedly haunts this section of the coastline.

Sussex St John Ambulance County Fundraiser Jeanne Peterson: ‘This promises to be an unforgettable evening for anyone interested in the paranormal.

‘Of course there’s a fun side to it but the aim couldn’t be more serious. We need to generate donations to continue our life saving work in local communities – work which is very often the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

It costs £39 to take part in the event but if you manage to raise £100 or more for St John Ambulance your ticket fee will be refunded.

The hunt takes place from 7.30pm on the Saturday until 2.30am the next morning. Hot soup will be provided and there’ll be an auction of paranormal investigation equipment.

A maximum of 40 ghost hunters will be guided in small groups by experienced paranormal investigators and a psychic medium.

Book online at or call Compass Paranormal Events on 01558 292838.

St John Ambulance has more than 1,000 adult volunteers and more than 700 youth members in Sussex. Last year they devoted more than 168,000 voluntary hours to providing first aid cover at hundreds of public events across the county.

The charity receives no core Government funding and is not part of the NHS so relies on public support to help fund its vital first aid services.

To find out more about volunteering or fundraising please call 01273 371 500 or visit

Crawley MP Welcomes Crawley Community Projects On Big Lottery Win

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Henry Smith is delighted that the Big Lottery Fund is to invest almost £20,000 in local community projects.

Henry said:

“Historically Crawley community projects haven’t done very well in winning lottery grants but I’m delighted that’s changing following a campaign I’ve pursued to highlight the possibilities which exist through the lottery. The latest awards are very encouraging.

“If local voluntary groups or charities need further information on how to bid then I would be happy to help them make the right connection with the Big Lottery Fund.”

The Northgate Youth Club has been awarded £7,279, to purchase equipment for the newly established youth club for local young people. This will enable the club to provide a fun and safe environment for young people.

Three Bridges Infant School has been awarded £10,000, to create a woodland garden within its grounds for the benefit of local children. This will create a safe woodland area for children to play in and learn about nature.

And a further £875 have been awarded to a local World War II veteran & his partner to cover travel expenses to return for a commemorative visit to Belgium this coming month.

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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.”


Getting down to business – Free Workshops

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


A series of workshops to help organisations interested in starting up or developing a social enterprise are taking place in West Sussex.

The free workshops have been organised by the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network and West Sussex County Council.

Deputy Leader of the County Council Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for enterprise, said: “The workshops programme is aimed at helping organisations to get started and operate successfully as a social business.

“They form part of our ongoing commitment to support social enterprises and community and voluntary organisations.”

The workshops are:

• Find out about social enterprise. Taking place on Wednesday 7th  September, from 11am to 3.30pm, at Lodsworth Village Hall. And on Thursday 2nd February, 2012, from 10am to 2.30pm, venue to be announced.

• Starting up a social enterprise – putting your ideas into action. Taking place on Tuesday 27th September, from 9.30am to 4pm, at County Hall North, Horsham. And on Thursday 9th February, 2012, from 9.30am to 4pm, in Chichester (venue to be confirmed).

• Planning ahead – preparing a business plan and business case for your social enterprise. Taking place on Thursday 20th October, from 9.30am to 4pm, at County Hall North, Horsham. And on Thursday 1st March, 2012, from 9.30am to 4pm, in Chichester (venue to be confirmed).

• Financing your social enterprise. Taking place on Thursday 17th November, from 9.30am to 4pm, at County Hall North, Horsham. And on Wednesday 21st March, 2012, from 9.30am to 4pm, in Chichester (venue to be confirmed).

Lionel added: “These workshops really are a necessity for any organisation thinking of setting up a social enterprise. They will be run by professionals with significant expertise in providing exactly the kind of helpful advice and guidance that enables organisations to turn their social enterprise ideas into reality.”

For further information visit the website at To book a place on a workshop e-mail or telephone 01273 407313.


Re-match of the day – Crawley youths take on Sussex Bobbies

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

A ‘friendly’ re-match has been arranged between young people from the Escape Youth Project in Broadfield and Sussex Police.

The football matches – one for the under-16s and the other for the under-20s – are taking place on Friday 26th August.

The event is being organised by the West Sussex County Council run Escape Youth Project – a drop-in service which hosts youth facilities for 11 to 19 year olds on Sundays at Broadfield’s youth centre – and the police, in partnership with Freedom Leisure, Inspire Broadfield and Crawley Borough Council.

It comes after an initial match was held in April, which aimed to improve relations between the police and young people in the area.

The matches are being held at Broadfield’s 3G pitches, with kick-off at 12pm.


Finnish Paralympians train at K2 Crawley

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Finnish Paralympic boccia team is training at K2 Crawley this week.

The team, which arrived on Saturday and are staying at the Holiday Inn Express, are preparing for the 2012 Games at Crawley Borough Councils state-of-the-art leisure centre.

They arrived on Saturday and are training all week in readiness for next years games.

Crawley Community Transport has helped to transport the team, both from Heathrow Airport to Crawley and to and from their training twice a day at K2 Crawley.

Believed to have ancient Greek origins, Boccia (pronounced bo-cha) is a tough test of nerve, tactics and skill. Played on a rectangle court by individuals, pairs and teams the aim is to land balls as close to a target ball or in a similar way to bowls.

Boccia is played by wheelchair athletes with cerebral palsy and related locomotor conditions.

Crawley will also welcome the Finnish Paralympic swimming squad later this year, and both boccia and swimming squads immediately before the games next August before they head to the Paralympic Village in London.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: Were delighted that the Finnish boccia team has chosen Crawley as its base, both now and before the 2012 Paralympic Games.

We are extremely proud of our superb facilities at K2 Crawley and welcoming 2012 Paralympic teams, as well as Olympic teams, is a highlight for the leisure centre, Crawley Borough Council and the whole town

Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Carol Eade, with the Finnish boccia team outside the Holiday Inn Express

Henry Smith MP Welcomes Tougher Curfews To Keep Streets Safer In Crawley

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Henry has welcomed Government proposals for tougher community sentences that will see offenders forced to spend longer in their homes, keeping the streets safer.

Extending the maximum daily curfew time from 12 to 16 hours, and the period for which they can be imposed from six to 12 months, will better protect communities and ensure offenders face meaningful punishments that help stop them reoffending. Curfews not only restrict liberty but they can bring order to chaotic lives.

These new proposals are part of the Government’s plans to reform sentencing and tackle the root causes of offending.

Henry commented:

“After last week’s sickening disturbances in London, I’m pleased that the Government has reacted swiftly and effectively to curtail the freedoms of those who continually flout the law by extending curfew penalty sentences. I firmly believe that with rights come responsibilities and this is a message which needs to be rammed home with some people!”

“These tougher curfew conditions will keep offenders in Crawley off the streets for longer, stop them socialising in the evenings and keep them away from situations that could land them in trouble again.

“This is part of the Government’s proposals to reform the Criminal Justice System and will help to keep communities safe whilst important work is done with offenders to turn them away from a life of crime.”

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Little Birds & Aliens at The Hawth

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Hawth has two children’s shows in the Studio this Autumn that are out of this world for little ones aged 3 plus.

A Bird In Your Ear gives young audiences the chance to enjoy a collection of stories that won’t be found anywhere else – because every crazy character and potty plot has been born from the endlessly imaginative minds of children from UK primary schools. Genies in teapots and hat munching squirrels are just a few of the characters you can look forward to seeing on Saturday 24 September at 2.30pm.

From the moment you step into the Studio be prepared to find clues to stories above, behind and all around you. Each story is brought to life with puppets, original songs and opportunities to jump on stage and join in.

On Sunday 2 October at 2pm & 4.30pm a little boy will be asking for the Way Back Home when he finds a plane in his cupboard. He doesn’t remember leaving it there, but he decides to take it out and have a go. He flies his plane higher and higher until he runs out of petrol and lands on the moon. He is frightened, lost and alone until a passing Martian lands there too. Who is the strange alien? Can they really be friends? And how will they find their way back home?

This exciting new production for young children and families has been created by the team behind the hit show Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus! and includes original music by the composers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.

Tickets for each show are £6.50 (Family of Four: £24). You can book by calling

01293 553636 or visit


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

MP3 headphones checked at County Mall

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Crawley Borough Council’s noise experts carried out free MP3 headphone checks in County Mall yesterday (Thursday 4th August) – and were shocked at what they found.

Of the 30 tests carried out, six people were playing music at volumes above 100 decibels, which should only be listened to for a few minutes each day. They admitted to playing music this loud for at least an hour every day – at this level they are likely to be damaging their hearing.

Fifteen people were playing music at volumes above 90 decibels for more than an hour each day, which is above recommended guidelines.

The council’s Environmental Health Team urges MP3 owners to take three simple steps to protect their hearing:

1. Avoid volume levels that completely block out other background noise

2. Take regular breaks from using your headphones

3. Use the ‘smart volume’ feature if you have one.

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Smith & Western set for Tilgate Park

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Bluebird Pub in Tilgate Park is set to reopen as an American-style family restaurant after Smith & Western signed a lease to take over the building.

Smith & Western’s Tilgate Park restaurant will be the company’s sixth in Sussex, Surrey and Kent and is expected to reopen in the winter.

The iconic, chalet-style building has been empty for more than 18 months.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “I’m delighted that Smith and Western have signed up to bring a new restaurant to Tilgate Park.

“This, along with all the other improvements and new activities we’re looking to bring in, will make a visit to Tilgate Park better than ever before.”

Improvements and potential new activities at Crawley Borough Council’s flagship park include:

The Environment Agency work on the new dam at the northern end of Tilgate Lake should be completed this month. The lake is refilling naturally with rainwater and fencing around the lake will be removed soon

The council will encourage family-friendly fishing when the lake is full, while carp fishing will continue in the adjacent Silt Lake

The council is looking into providing a wider range of leisure activities on Tilgate Lake, for example boating, canoeing, windsurfing, etc.

The council will also be working with partner organisations to provide a range of exciting land-based leisure facilities in the park and its woodlands, such as aerial walkways in the trees and more activities for children

The fisherman’s car park, behind the new dam, is being improved with better surfacing and more parking spaces

The council is aiming to update the animal enclosures in Tilgate Nature Centre and improve the café and gift shop facilities. The animal collection will be reassessed to include more animals popular with children, while maintaining a strong conservation focus

The council could help with the creation of a Friends of Tilgate Park group, similar to those already established for Goffs Park and Worth Park.

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.


Fishy goings on in West Sussex…

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With more than 40 miles of coastline, West Sussex is well placed for fish-lovers, with many places to buy direct from fishermen. The latest edition of Taste West Sussex looks at some of the varieties of fish available.

The magazine for West Sussex foodies has a range of articles, special offers and dates for the diary focusing on local food and produce.

Other articles include:

• The British Tomato Growers Association, based in West Sussex, and squashing some of the myths around the tomato.

• The appeal of orchards and their history in West Sussex.

• Gluten-free food and diets, and how to bring out the best in food.

• The revival of the alpaca in West Sussex, and where to visit and see them.

• Where to find samphire on the West Sussex coastline, how to cook it and what it goes well with.

West Sussex Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Taste West Sussex supports our many local food and drink producers, as well as having handy recipe ideas and details of what’s in season. Buying local is good for the environment and benefits our local businesses and economies.”

Taste subscriptions are available for just £8.50 for three issues, delivered direct to your door. All subscribers get a free ‘Bag of Taste’ environmentally friendly jute bag (while stocks last).

Subscribers become a member of the Good Taste Club and receive a regular ‘Tastemail’ electronic newsletter with discounts, offers, recipes and foodie dates.

Taste West Sussex is available from a number of outlets including local food retailers and can be read online at

For further information contact 01243 777431, e-mail or visit the website. The next issue of Taste West Sussex is due out in the autumn.


Southern Water & West Sussex County Council re-launched Shady Scheme

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Shady scheme is re-launched

West Sussex County Council is working in partnership with Southern Water to re-launch the Trees for Shade scheme, helping schools and community groups cut their carbon footprint.

The scheme will give schools and communities the opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions by planting trees, also providing shade from the sun during the summer months.

The County Council has received funding from Southern Water to carry out the project for the next two years.

It aims to highlight the importance of trees and woodland, their role in the environment and adapting to climate change.

Eighty-nine schools benefited from the scheme before it initially ended in 2009. Communities also benefited with trees planted in parks, recreation areas and community open spaces.

A tree can:

¢ reduce heating and cooling costs both indoors and out, saving carbon emissions

¢ drop the summer temperatures under its canopy by up to 10 degrees

¢ help reduce the risk of skin cancer

¢ reduce heat reflected from paved areas

Lionel Barnard, County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment and Enterprise, said: The scheme is important in teaching our young people about the effects of climate change and how trees play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions, while keeping us cool in warm weather.

Southern Water, based in Worthing, is backing the scheme to help local communities enhance their green credentials, improve the environment and to remind people of the importance of drinking water to stay healthy, particularly during hot weather.

Les Bond, Director of Capital Delivery and Commercial at Southern Water and Vice Chair of the West Sussex Climate Change Board, said: This is a great project that empowers schools and local communities to take action to reduce carbon emissions in a way that also helps to improve their local environment.

It is also very important that during hot weather there is plenty of shade to provide protection from the sun and that children and adults alike drink enough water to stay healthy and hydrated.

For more information, visit and search Trees for Shade.



Wednesday, July 27th, 2011


A checklist of benefits and payments to which people are entitled to in order to fund their care in a care home is now available in the latest online version of the West Sussex Care Guide.

As well as the benefits and payments checklist, the 2011/12-care guide lists domiciliary care services and care homes in West Sussex registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It also includes a raft of information on: day care and community care services; extra care housing schemes; and support for carers.

The guide is jointly produced by West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex Forum, which is the largest representative body of independent care providers in the county.

This year’s care guide together with the benefits and payments checklist is available on-linonlinee West Sussex County Council’s website at in PDF formats. It is also accessible via the Caringinfo website which has links to providers’ most recent CQC inspection reports. The Caringinfo website also shows the current vacancies in care and nursing homes.

County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services Graham Tyler said: “The interactive website is an extremely useful way of comparing care providers in West Sussex.

“For most people funding the cost of their care home fees represents the second largest purchase of their lifetime. Yet it is believed a significant number of people are not receiving the benefits and other payments to which they are entitled. These could help them towards affording the fees of their chosen care home.

“This is why we have included the benefits and payments checklist to make sure people know what they maybe entitled to if they have total assets in excess of £23,250.”


Crawley MP Welcomes Defenece Secretary’s Visit

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Henry Smith MP was delighted to announce earlier that the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, will be visiting Crawley on Thursday July 28.

Henry said:

“It’s great to welcome the Defence Secretary to Crawley. Our town has quite a connection with the Armed Forces. Many local households have family members serving, Crawley is home to an active Territorial Army centre as well as major defence companies, such as Manor Royal based Thales UK and Boeing.“

“I welcome the opportunity to discuss with the Defence Secretary and local residents the phased withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan and the significant equipment developed right here in Crawley such as the high-tech Watchkeeper unmaned drone aircraft.”

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