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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.

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Crawley MP Urges Local Voluntary Groups To Apply For New Government Development Fund

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Henry Smith MP has welcomed a newly launched Social Action Fund worth £20 million which aims to benefit voluntary and community groups whose work is invaluable to local society.

Henry commented:

“I am pleased that this Government recognises the invaluable work that voluntary and community organisations carry out and has pledged this fund to support such groups. There are numerous organisations in Crawley that would really benefit from the funding on offer and so I would urge them to make an application.

“Crawley and West Sussex councils give great support but I would like to see voluntary organisations locally getting the further help they deserve. The Big Society is about communities offering unique services that the state often can’t I am pleased that the Government recognises it must therefore create a supportive environment for the voluntary sector to grow.”

The deadline for the first round of funding is on 14th October. For further information please visit or make an application at

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Crawley Black History Month 2011- Carribbean Theme

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Black History Month 2011 kick’s off on Saturday 24th September with a Launch Parade in the Town Centre

Lots of local Entertainment & Free BBQ

More details to follow soon


On Saturday 8th October the “Main Event” will be held @ The Hawth

Details to follow soon.

Crawley Happy Times are proud sponsors of – Crawley Black History Month 2011

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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Local MP Welcomes Pupil Premium Support For Crawley Students

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Henry Smith MP today welcomed new figures which show that disadvantaged children in Crawley are set to receive £683,000 this year under the Government’s new ‘pupil premium’.

The pupil premium is a new policy promised by the Conservatives before the General Election last year. It is an extra lump sum of cash which follows every disadvantaged child and is received by schools, allowing them to provide additional support such as one-to-one tuition and extra pastoral care.

Henry said:

“The Government has announced that in the year from April 2011, the pupil premium will be worth £430 for every pupil on Free School Meals, £430 for every looked-after child, and £200 for every child who has a parent in the armed services. This means that in Crawley this year 1,590 children overall will benefit from the £683,000 funding.

“There can be no doubting that this is fantastic news for young people in Crawley. The gap between the academic performance of children from deprived backgrounds and their peers is far too big and has been ignored for too long.


“The pupil premium will tackle this disparity head on, providing targeted funding for those who need it most. This could mean extra one-to-one tuition or more pastoral support.


“Despite the growing academic disparity under Labour, I am pleased that this Government, even in these tough economic time, is delivering a massive boost to the education of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.”

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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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Saturday, July 30th, 2011

LONDON TO BRIGHTON VIA CRAWLEY – Saturday 3rd December @ 07:00 until Sunday 4th December @ 23:30

Stuart Bourne, David Lilburn, Gordon Cooper Summers, Stuart Baldwin and Stuart Power will be pulling a sledge to rasie funds for HELP OUR WOUNDED ROYAL MARINES over the weekend of Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December 2011 stopping at Crawley where there will be a fundraisng event on the Saturday evening! Gordon is the pround father of Royal Marine Scott Summers who tragically lost his life in afghanistan in feb 2007! rest easy Royal,never forgotten!

Aswell as raising funds we will be asking for donations of xmas presents so that we may pass these onto the children of those brave royals who have given their lives and will not have their fathers around this xmas so lets do all we can to try and raise a smile and show we do care and will never forget them!

We hope as many people join in around the country and mirror what we are doing and to make this an annual event so take up the challenge and get pulling for HELP OUR WOUNDED ROYAL MARINES!

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Nominate a special young person

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Nominate Crawley’s inspirational young people and make sure they’re recognised.

The Youth Awards 2011 is underway and Crawley Borough Council is accepting nomination forms.

Last years’ event was a sell-out again, rewarding more than 370 young people from across the town for their achievements.

Ellis Barton, 13, won last year’s Carer Recognition award for his dedication to his younger brother Toby who is severely autistic.

Ellis gives up his time, cuts short trips out and even accompanies his brother to swimming lessons, always putting Toby first; the Youth Awards was a fantastic way of recognising Ellis’ selfless acts.

And, St Margaret’s School in Ifield bagged the Environment award for their eco school status, recognising the efforts of many which also contribute to the community.

Now in its seventh year, the awards aim to celebrate and recognise young people who have made a real difference to Crawley and its community.

Organised by Crawley Borough Council, in partnership with West Sussex County Council Youth Service, Crawley School Sports Partnership, West Sussex Council for Voluntary Youth Services, Crawley Young Persons Council and Crawley Wellbeing, the young people will be awarded for their achievements in November.

Anyone can nominate a young person and the only criteria for nominees are that they are under 25 years old and they live in Crawley, or the reason for their nomination occurred within the town.

Those nominating young people under 16 must also get permission from the nominee’s parents or guardians first.

There are 12 awards in four categories, these are:

Community Awards:

Let’s FACE It! – Environment Award

Crawley Lions Club – Carer Recognition Award

Crawley Young Persons Council – Volunteer Award

Sports Awards:

EEZEHAUL – Young Sports Person of the Year Award

Freedom Leisure – Sports Team Award

Crawley School Sports Partnership – Sports Volunteer Award

Arts Awards:

Safer Crawley Partnership – Music Award

Topsy Turvy – Dance and Drama Award

Crawley Metal Supplies – Visual Arts Award

Personal Achievement Awards:

Apollo Group – Inspiration Award

Sussex Police – Courage Award

West Sussex County Council – Educational Achievement Award

If you would like to see an inspirational young person recognised then log onto or pick up a nomination form from schools, youth centres, the Town Hall, K2 Crawley, The Hawth, Crawley Library, Topsy Turvy (town centre hairdresser) and Connexions. The deadline for nominations is 14th September, 2011.


Crawley MP Encourages Local Sports Organisations To Apply For Sports Funding

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Henry Smith will this week be advising local activity groups that Sport England has launched a £50million fund for sporting facilities. The programme will invest in refurbishment or improvement of existing facilities and opening up facilities for community sport. These are local projects developed and delivered predominantly by community and voluntary sector groups. Round 1 applications will begin in August 2011.

Henry said:

“This investment is aimed not just at sporting organisations but also at voluntary and community groups with an interest in running sporting activity. Given the importance of clubs to sport at the community level, Sport England is proposing to make available up to a thousand grants worth between £20,000 and £150,000.

“I am pleased to see that, even in the tougher economic times, we still fully recognise the value of sports to our local communities and continue to invest both in a healthy, active lifestyle and our sporting achievers of the future. I would urge local groups to carefully consider applying for a grant to support their services.”

For full details of the catalogue and the key eligibility criteria please call 08458 508508 or email

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FREE – Startrack Athletics Session

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Young people aged between 8 and 15 can take advantage of free athletics taster sessions at K2 Crawley on 21st August.

The Aviva Startrack event is a great way for children to have their first taste of athletics in a fun environment.

The free sessions, from 10am-1pm, will include all aspects of athletics with children encouraged to run, jump and throw – the three main skills required of any athlete.

Participants should come appropriately dressed for physical activity and be prepared in case of bad weather and bring a drink. Still water and juice are good but fizzy options are not recommended.

Aviva Startrack has been running for more than 10 years, offering thousands of children the chance to try out athletics with trained athletic coaches.

World heptathlon champion, Jessica Ennis, joined the Aviva Startrack scheme as a 10-year-old and credits it as one of the key experiences that led to her passion for athletics today.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture Services, said: “This free athletics session at K2 Crawley will give youngsters a great opportunity to have fun while doing exercise.”

The free session is limited and places will go quickly. To book your place Please Register via the Aviva Athletics Academy website

Please arrive 15 minutes before the session start time.

Crawley MP Honours Local Apprenticeship Schemes In Parliament

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

This morning in the House of Commons the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, joined with Crawley MP, Henry Smith, in congratulating Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic Airlines and Central Sussex College for their work in creating new apprenticeships for local people.

Henry said:

“I’m delighted that the Business Secretary during Commons Questions paid tribute to Virgin Atlantic’s creation of 42 engineering apprenticeships along with Central Sussex College administering a further 900 apprenticeships, both in Crawley.

“The Business Secretary responded by honouring these two organisations as having helped in boosting the number of apprenticeships offered in Crawley by 62% over the past year.

“This significant increase in Apprenticeship opportunities goes some way in explaining why figures released from the Office for National Statistics yesterday show that the private sector has added 520,000 jobs in the last year. Only yesterday I was able to announce 170 new local jobs with Ceres Power and last month 600 new jobs with Siemens.

“Crawley jobs and Crawley skills are on the move again.”

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Southern Railway – Put local young people on the right track to dance success

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The Hawth are delighted to announce that Sussex train operator, Southern Railway is now the official sponsor of Dance Off, Crawley’s Vision in Youth Collective’s (ViYC) exciting new project. Their first ever dance competition will be held in The Hawth Studio on Saturday 16th July at 7.30pm with further Dance Offs planned for 2012.


The company, which serves communities across Sussex and beyond, has donated £1000 to support ViYC’s work with the youth in Crawley, giving the group the funds they need to kick start their new project this summer.

ViYC is a group of young people aged 14 to 25 who were brought together in 2007 by the Crawley Community Development Team to enable young people to have a say in the arts activities provided for them. Since then, they have developed an inspiring programme of activities, which reflect young people’s interests and bring teenagers from all different backgrounds together in a positive way. They always strive to celebrate the diversity and creativity of local young people, utilise their talent and help them reach their potential.

Sarah Morrison, Southern’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Partnership Manager said: ”We are very pleased to be associated with such a worthwhile initiative. We’re sure that the competition will prove to be really popular with young people in Crawley and it will provide another dimension where they can showcase their talents.”

The sponsorship money from Southern Railway will enable this project to have the best possible start and will be utilised to promote Dance Off across the area, go towards the running costs and ensure that ViYC can bring in top professional DJs and MCs to make the night a memorable one for all involved.

The Dance competition is open to all dancers, whether solo performers or part of a group. Anyone who would like to compete for the title of Dance Off Champion should contact Liz Hart on 01293 438156.

Crawley MP Welcomes News Of More Local Jobs & Falling Unemployment

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Henry Smith has welcomed an announcement from Ceres Power that they have opened a new technology centre in Crawley creating 170 new jobs in the local economy.

Henry said:

“Companies such as local, leading green economy firm Ceres Power are proving how much of an asset they are for our town, having just announced 170 new positions. Today’s announcement follows on from Siemens decision to create 600 new positions in Three Bridges.

“It was reassuring to learn today that, in the three months to May, unemployment data (released today) shows joblessness continuing to fall in Crawley (now at 4.1%). For those still out of work I appreciate it remains 100% of a problem but I’m convinced that reducing red tape and our national debt will further stimulate the economy.

“Over the past year, some 1,500 investment projects from 54 different countries have been landed by the UK, creating and safeguarding almost 100,000 positions in the private sector.”

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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.


Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July from 12 noon

The Hawth Grounds, Crawley

It’s back and better than ever, with more free family fun. This year the Mela has an Eastern theme with Eastern European acts including the 15-piece Gypsy Stars band and a magical Indian dance production from the Ramayana’s Deception in the Forest episode. Performed by stilt dancers the piece will involve local Bharatnatyam dancers as well as well-known UK artists such as Sid Shaha. There will also be traditional Ghanan drumming from Kakasistsi.

The community stage this year is packed full of great local acts including Bhangra from Jai Khan, grime/pop music from Grizzly South and dance from Shaun Angel Dance Academy and Rhythm High Dance Group on Saturday. On Sunday you can look forward to the beautiful voice of local singer Grace Saif, a Zumba display, Black Orchids Belly Dance team and local dancers Monica and Friends and Anouska and Shreeya. If you would like to perform on the community stage this year, whether you are part of a choir, a street dance team of a want to show off your African drumming, whatever your act contact Liz Hart on 01293 438156 or email

There is also the usual range of workshops to look forward to, with an Eastern European exhibition, a Far East area with Japanese calligraphy, origami and Shiatsu massage, an Indian Zone with sari dressing and henna; origami and Shiatsu, hair beading and braiding by Urbanchic and Black History exhibition in the African zone plus Children’s Arts and Crafts in the Elgar Room.

2011 also brings better and more varied international foods than ever, with stalls catering to Indian, Caribbean and Nepalese tastes among others; and an expanded retail bazaar for bargain-hungry shoppers.

For a weekend of family fun, don’t miss Crawley International Mela! For more information visit

Admission: Free

Saturday 30th July – Main Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Main Stage Performances

Time Acts Description
1345-1400 Opening procession Led by Jugnu Bhangra Dholis: The Mayor, Community leaders and sponsors
1400-1430 Opening Ceremony and multifaith prayers
1430-1450 Jugnu Bhangra I & Dance Probably the UK’s most experienced and accomplished Bhangra performers, this internationally-known group returns to the Crawley Mela for another inspiring show. See their homepage for more information and videos.
1450-1510 Belly Dancing Babybliss Melissa
1515-1530 Ramayana Promenade Spectacular stilt dance presentation of the ‘Deception in the Forest’ episode with Sid Shaha and others (seeCommunity Stage for more information).
1530-1545 Bollywood Dance Diva Dance Group – Saraasa
1545-1600 Jugnu Bhangra II As above
1600-1630 Iffy-K Bhangra/Urban/HipHop With three highly successful albums under his belt (‘Emotions’, ‘Sohniyeh Teri Surat’, ‘Rhythm on Fire’) and international singles, Iffy-K shows the experience gained from working with famous producers such as Hunterz, Tiger Style, Kam Frantic, D-Boy, Kami K, Jawad Haider, Sangra Vibes, Cheshire Cat, Pala Uppal, Ali Mustafa & Sohail Abbas (Pak), and Rajeev Bhatt (India). Performing in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English, Iffi is an exciting artist performing Internationally and throughout the UK.
1630-1730 Navin Kundra Singer, songwriter and musician Navin Kundra is a chart-topping (BuzzAsia, Sunrise Radio) multi-talented performer whose music combines eastern and western influences with a contemporary and edgy progressive sound. Whether it is the soulful love song, ‘Tere Liye (For You)’ or the contagious electro-pop ‘Jee Le’ or the urban fusion of ‘Love Thing’, Navin utilises his ability to effortlessly flip from singing and writing in Hindi to English to Punjabi whilst playing the guitar or piano to create an unforgettable musical experience. Check it out atNavin
1730-1830 Khan Brothers Qawwali Ustad Haji Ameer Khan and brothers come from one of the Indian sub-continent’s most ancient and respected musical families, now one of the few groups in Britain singing traditional Qawaali, the intense devotional style associated with Sufi Muslims, well-known in the west due to the success of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Check out performances including Crawley 2010 onGoogle.
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Saturday 30th July – Community Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Saturday Community Stage Performances (more to come):
Time Who Performing
1400 Opening Ceremony Main Stage
1415 Street Urban Dance Zumba and Salsa
1430 Marcin Szymcyzk Vocals, keyboards
1450 Shaun Angel Dance Academy Crawley based street dance team
1510 FIPA Stilt Dancers “Deception in the Forest” – ancient Ramayana tale narrated by FIPA Choreographer Hi Ching
1535 Jai Khan Essex based Bhangra dance and vocals
1550 Bilal Shahid and dancers Northampton based Grime/RnB/Rap
1610 Jai Khan Essex based Bhangra dance and vocals
1615 Rhythm High Dance Group Croydon based Bollywood dance group
1635 Planet Gnawa African Fusion Band
1735 Rhythm High Dance Group Croydon based Bollywood dance group
1745 Delaney HipHop Vocals
1800 Phantom Grime M/C
1815 Grizzly South Grime MCs


Sunday 31st July – Main Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Main Stage Performances

Time Performers Information
1400-1500 FireTones Classic 60s Rock – check out their website at
1500-1600 Gypsy Stars Traditional Eastern European music and dance
1600-1700 Kakasitsi Master drummers of Ghana, see our home page.
1700-1800 Sunday Driver Victorian Raj/Steampunk Fusion Band, tracks, gigs and more at


Sunday 31st July – Community Stage – Crawley International Mela

Schedule for Community Stage Performances (more to come):

Time Act Performance
1330 Jaynes Zumba Zumba/African/Salsa demo
1350 Black Orchids Belly Dancing Troupe
1405 Monica & friends Local dance team
1415 Rare Urban Gems Vocals and dance team
1425 Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Solo Belly Dancer
1435 Grace Saif Crawley singer songwriter
1450 Shaun Angel Dance Academy Crawley based street dance team
1505 Anouska & Shreeya Local Bollywood dance team
1515 Desi Local bhangra dance team
1525 Brydon Local M/C
1550 Marysia Polish band and vocals
1640 Redzz London based Hip Hop/R&B
1700 Malwina Crawley-based Polish singer
1715 Chagos Archipelagos Rainbow Youth Club Chagos Dance team
1735 Cross Currents Multicultural band
1810 Portugese Musicians Traditional vocals and music

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.


Work progresses on Public Health Plan

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Work progresses on Public Health Plan

Work has begun to develop a Public Health Plan for West Sussex, involving councils, the NHS and the voluntary sector.

Organisations met at an event to look at developing the plan, and to explore what it might mean for local people.

As part of the Government’s proposed reforms to the NHS, responsibility for Public Health will transfer from NHS West Sussex to West Sussex County Council by 2013, and so this is a timely development to bring the NHS and local authorities closer together.

West Sussex already has a Director of Public Health and Wellbeing working jointly across NHS West Sussex and West Sussex County Council, partnership work is increasing with the introduction of the new Health and Wellbeing Hubs across the county, and the creation of the county’s Health and Wellbeing Board including representatives from the county council and local NHS.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Working to improve public health in West Sussex is something that involves everyone, local councils, the NHS, the voluntary sector and our local communities.

“Public health is very important, but is something that no one organisation can tackle alone. It’s something we all need to get involved with to encourage healthier lifestyles and living.”

Initial work is taking place under different themes including carers, alcohol, emotional wellbeing, ready for school, and ageing population.

It’s planned to have a draft West Sussex Public Health Plan ready for the autumn, with the final version signed off towards the end of the year. The newly established Health and Wellbeing Board will lead on following progress of the Plan and monitoring its implementation.

Building on work that’s already taken place, the Plan will:

• Set the framework for public health, and the role of local authorities as leaders of public health.

• Seek to improve health and wellbeing in West Sussex in line with local priorities.

• Establish local health outcomes in order to reduce health inequalities.

• Establish a new approach to influence all parts of making health choices.

Judith Wright, West Sussex Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Public health is everyone’s business and involves the efforts of a number of different agencies, communities and individuals.

“It is important that we focus those efforts to achieve the kind of real improvements in people’s health that we want in West Sussex.

“The event was all about us coming together to agree what we need to focus on and how we can make a difference to the lives of our residents. It was a really positive day.”

Top Athlete Dame Thompson Thanks Crawley MP For Supporting Key Disability Group In Parliament

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Local MP, Henry Smith, has met with one of our top athletes, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, who thanked him for joining and supporting the All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability.

Henry said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet with top British athlete, Dame Thompson, whose inspirational example has shown so many people living with a disability that determination and hard work is all that is needed to reach the top; whatever the challenge.

“Having spoken with a number of local residents with disabilities, I am keen to involve myself more thoroughly in working towards a cross-party consensus on supporting those with disabilities. I want everyone to know that anyone can make it.”

Dame Tanni said:

“I’m really grateful that Henry has decided to join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability and pledge his support for disabled people in Crawley. I know that this is such an important issue for many people, who will be glad that Henry is working hard at Westminster to ensure that disabled people’s voices are heard.”

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Dame Tanni Grey Thompson is one of our most celebrated and successful athletes who during her career won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, and held over 30 world records.

The Disability organisation Radar has provided the secretariat to the APPDG for over 25 years. For more information, please visit:




Crawley’s Bike Week a big “Success”

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

An impressive 52 riders turned out for Crawley’s family bike ride on Sunday, the hottest day of the year so far.

The cycle route started at Oriel High School in Maidenbower and took riders to Nymans gardens in Handcross where they enjoyed free entry to the National Trust site.

The route followed National Cycle Route 20 and was part of Bike Week which ran from June 18-26.

The week also saw Crawley Council team up with Ahead Cycles to offer The Bike Doctor, free health checks for bikes followed by a 10 per cent discount on repairs at Ahead Cycles.

Bike Buddies also ran from Three Bridges Station at 8am from Monday to Friday helping people learn the best routes to Manor Royal and K2 Crawley, also helping them gain confidence on their bikes.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “There was more to do in Crawley this Bike Week than ever before. The family bike ride was a great success and a good way to discover new parts of Crawley as well as visiting a nearby National Trust property.

“Bike Week has given more Crawley bike owners the skills and confidence to get out on two wheels this summer.

Remember the person during dementia awareness week

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Remember the person during dementia awareness week

‘Remember the Person’ is the theme of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week which runs from July 3-9.

In West Sussex one in five people in the county will have a form of dementia during their lifetime. More than 13,000 people are currently living with dementia in West Sussex.

Dementia is not a specific disease and can be caused by a number of different conditions including Alzheimer’s disease. People with dementia can have a number of difficulties including problems with their short term memory.

The idea of ‘Remember the Person’ is to try to encourage people to be a friend to someone with dementia. It is also trying to take the fear out of dementia.

Two thirds of people with dementia live at home. Often they are cared for by family members who also need help and support.

There is a lot that can be done by friends and neighbours. Just staying in touch and treating a person with respect and dignity can help. It is also important to be a good listener and communicator.

In West Sussex the pioneering HOPE group (a group of people living with dementia) has helped both professionals and the public gain a greater understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their carers. The group is funded by West Sussex County Council to help develop the learning and training of social care staff and students in the county.

David Moore, Training and Development Officer for Adults’ Services at West Sussex County Council, helps run the group.

He said: “HOPE gives people living with dementia the chance to give their views on the support they need to live well with dementia. The work we have undertaken so far has been invaluable in showing that you can live positively with dementia if the right support and understanding is available”.

Peter Catchpole, County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “By working closely with people and their families who have direct experience of the disease we are developing a better understanding of their needs.”

Earlier this year two West Sussex men with differing forms of dementia shared their thoughts and feelings in a video produced by the County Council. They agreed to be interviewed, to shatter the myth that those with the disease are incapable of thinking for themselves.

To see the film, visit and click the People tab.

For more information on dementia, see the Social Care pages at Information on local services can be found at