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Crawley Charity Scoops £10K Lotto Grant

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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Maidenbower Park Community Club, has been successful in their Big Lottery funding bid and awarded £9,633.

Welcoming the news, local MP Henry Smith said:

“I’m delighted that this invaluable local community action group has been acknowledged with lottery funding for its dedicated work.

“The Maidenbower Park Community Club will use the funding for set up costs to equip and furnish the newly reinstated community club with such things as chairs, game facilities and computers. This will enable them to provide a social community facility for the whole community helping to reduce such things as isolation and anti-social behaviour.

“I encourage local voluntary groups to bid as support is out there and waiting. I’m always happy to help them make the right connection with the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Crawley charities.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmpwww.youtube.com/user/HenrySmithMP; or www.henrysmith.info.

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Jordan & Sullivan

Jordan and Sullivan

Welcome to Jordan & Sullivan. We are Independent Funeral Directors.

We are very proud to be members of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

With 25 years of funeral service experience and 22 years of customer service & management experience we have what it takes to look after your loved ones and you at a very difficult time.

We are caring and professional people who pride ourselves on the service that we offer, from your first phone call through to the funeral.

Our pupose built premises offers peace and tranquillity, beautiful chapel’s of rest and ample parking.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help, support, care and comfort.

Telephone: 01293 881517 (24 hour service)

Fax: 01293 888382

Email: jordanandsullivan@btconnect.com

2 Peterhouse Parade, Grattons Drive, Pound Hill, Crawley, RH10 3BA

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Bespoke Home Care Ltd

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Now Recruiting

We are a Family run company providing local jobs for local people with Family Values

Please only apply if you are serious as this is caring for the vulnerable and the old and if you’re not committed then this isn’t for you.

You will receive contracted Hours – Paid Leave – the opportunity of a company Pension Scheme – Full Training (including NVQ Qualifications) – Travel Allowance and the opportunity for Real Career Progression and support.

Experience is not essential but you need to be fully committed and hold either a full uk drivers licence or motorbike/moped to get around.

You may know someone who would be great at this work but they may have not had the confidence to go for it, their circumstances may have stopped them or they simply never had the opportunity.

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Becky prides herself on an exceptional eye for detail and commitment to the best possible finish. She offers extensive experience with different materials and broad ranging requests. With over 20 years of tiling experience, working with Natural Stone, Porcelain, Glass and Ceramic materials Becky provides dependable workmanship and a high quality finish.

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Ephesus - BBQ Restaurant & Meze Bar

Ephesus has a charcoal grill that provides Freshly grilled Meat and Fish dishes

EPHESUS – BBQ & Meze Bar
Barnfield Road
Northgate
Crawley RH10 8DS

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Tel. 01293 52 3344

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Crawley Charity Scoops £10K Lotto Grant

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Local social action group, The Tuesday Club, has been successful in their Big Lottery funding bid and has been awarded £9,700.

Welcoming the news, local MP Henry Smith said:

“I’m delighted that this local community action project has been acknowledged with lottery funding for its dedicated work.

“The Tuesday Club will use the funding to run an afternoon tea party every Tuesday for ten weeks, for the benefit of elderly Crawley residents. This will enable an event providing opportunities for conversation, reminiscence, new friendships, fun and social engagement to reduce isolation.

“I encourage local voluntary groups to bid as support is out there and waiting. I’m always happy to help them make the right connection with the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Crawley charities.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp; www.youtube.com/user/HenrySmithMP; or www.henrysmith.info.

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Jordan & Sullivan

Jordan and Sullivan

Welcome to Jordan & Sullivan. We are Independent Funeral Directors.

We are very proud to be members of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)

With 25 years of funeral service experience and 22 years of customer service & management experience we have what it takes to look after your loved ones and you at a very difficult time.

We are caring and professional people who pride ourselves on the service that we offer, from your first phone call through to the funeral.

Our pupose built premises offers peace and tranquillity, beautiful chapel’s of rest and ample parking.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help, support, care and comfort.

Telephone: 01293 881517 (24 hour service)

Fax: 01293 888382

Email: jordanandsullivan@btconnect.com

2 Peterhouse Parade, Grattons Drive, Pound Hill, Crawley, RH10 3BA

 www.jordanandsullivan.co.uk

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Snow White And the Seven Dwarfs

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Three Bridges Football Club

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Directions

Match Reports            Teams

 

Three bridges hire

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For your chance to win 1 of 10 Pairs of Tickets to BBC Good Food Show – Summer in the City on Friday 20th or Sunday 22nd May. Please answer the following question:-

Where is the BBC Good Food Show – Summer in the City being held?

Please email your Name, Contact Number & Answers to competition@crawleyhappytimes.co.uk

The Winner will be drawn out of the hat at 1.00pm on Monday 16th May @ 10.00am

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Bespoke Home Care Ltd

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Now Recruiting

We are a Family run company providing local jobs for local people with Family Values

Please only apply if you are serious as this is caring for the vulnerable and the old and if you’re not committed then this isn’t for you.

You will receive contracted Hours – Paid Leave – the opportunity of a company Pension Scheme – Full Training (including NVQ Qualifications) – Travel Allowance and the opportunity for Real Career Progression and support.

Experience is not essential but you need to be fully committed and hold either a full uk drivers licence or motorbike/moped to get around.

You may know someone who would be great at this work but they may have not had the confidence to go for it, their circumstances may have stopped them or they simply never had the opportunity.

This is a seriously rewarding opportunity so what have you got to lose?

Please contact us on 01293 270466

Email – info@bespokehomecare.co.uk

A Family Business with Family Values – recruiting for Crawley, Horsham and the surrounding areas.
Contracted Hours – Paid Leave – Pension Scheme – Full Training (including NVQ Qualifications) – Travel Allowance – The opportunity for Real Career Progression and support.
What have you got to Lose?
Contact us on 01293 270466 – email info@bespokehomecare.co.ukwww.bespokehomecare.co.uk

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Susy Radio - 103.4

Real Local Radio for Redhill, Reigate,
Horley, Gatwick and Crawley

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Tel: 01737 643089  or  07480 025 010
Email: studio@susyradio.com

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Creative Vision Promotions Ltd

 

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The Pelham Buckle Cafe

Monday to FridayF 7.30am to 2.00pm,

Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm,

Sunday 9.00am to 2.00pm.

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Beckys Tiling

Becky prides herself on an exceptional eye for detail and commitment to the best possible finish. She offers extensive experience with different materials and broad ranging requests. With over 20 years of tiling experience, working with Natural Stone, Porcelain, Glass and Ceramic materials Becky provides dependable workmanship and a high quality finish.

Specialising in all aspects of indoor and outdoor tiling throughout Sussex, Surrey and Kent. Becky has access to a wide range of materials and tile suppliers to ensure the best possible results for our customers whatever the job.

Natural Stone  – Porcelain – Ceramic – Mosaic – Quarry – Period Flooring – Glass – Marble & Basalt

Re-grouting-  Repairs – Underfloor – Sealing Kitchens – Bathrooms – Wet Rooms – Balconies

Please pop back to the Homepage to read more great stories by CHT…

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PHS Property Maintenance

Handyman, Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Home Security, Gardening, Tiling, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Fencing.

Please Quote “CHT” when you call Paul on 07792 542581 for No obligation quote

Unit 1 Gales Place, Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 1QG.

Please Click HERE to find us on Facebook

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The ClubHouse

Steaks, SeaFood, Gourmet Burgers, Milkshakes, Gelato, French Concept, 

Live Sports Cafe and Grill

Fresh Tasty Food Made to Order #Halal

The ClubHouse, Cherry Lane, Langley Green, Crawley, RH11 7NX

Call 01293 517777

Follow The ClubHouse on Facebook

This page is still under construction

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DollieBabies Knits For Newborns

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Ephesus - BBQ Restaurant & Meze Bar

Ephesus has a charcoal grill that provides Freshly grilled Meat and Fish dishes

EPHESUS – BBQ & Meze Bar
Barnfield Road
Northgate
Crawley RH10 8DS

northgate@ephesuscrawley.co.uk
Tel. 01293 52 3344

www.ephesuscrawley.co.uk/

Opening Times
Open 7 Days a week
12.00pm to 23.00pm

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Crawley Charity Scoops £3.5K Lotto Grant

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Local Charity, Look Sussex, has been successful in their Big Lottery funding bid and has been awarded £3,380.

Welcoming the news, local MP Henry Smith said:

“I’m delighted that this local community action project has been acknowledged for its dedicated work with lottery funds.

“Look Sussex will use the funding to set up a fortnightly youth club for young people with visual impairment. This will reduce their isolation by enabling them to maintain their contact and friendships with other young people with visual impairment, and increase their confidence.

“I encourage local voluntary groups to bid as support is out there and waiting. I’m always happy to help them make the right connection with the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of Crawley charities.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp; www.youtube.com/user/HenrySmithMP; or www.henrysmith.info.

 

Crawley Charities Awarded £12,000

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Local charities, Headway and the Parent & Family Care Association, have had a huge windfall of over £6,000 each from the Health Lottery fund.

Welcoming the news, local MP Henry Smith said:

“I’m delighted that these local charities have been recognised for their hard work and continued support for the people of Crawley and West Sussex as a whole.

“Headway is a vital aid to those who have acquired brain injuries and to their families. They are a deserving recipient of the £6,029 as their monthly support sessions based here in Crawley and in other local towns have helped many people.

“Likewise for the Parent & Family Care Association, their dedication of supporting the families of children with special needs through counselling and emotional support is an asset to our town. Their award of £6,880 will be well used improving the health and wellbeing of both children with special needs but also their carers.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp; www.youtube.com/user/HenrySmithMP; or www.henrysmith.info.

 

Business Supporters Breakfast

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Our annual Business Breakfast is free and open to all local business representatives – whether you are a long term supporter or just want to find out about getting involved. We are pleased to invite local MP Henry Smith as our guest speaker. It’s an informative, interactive morning giving you the opportunity to:

• network with fellow business supporters

• hear local MP Henry Smith talk about local business developments

• enjoy a complimentary breakfast provided by the Ramada Plaza London Gatwick

• find out how your business can work with us

To find out more and to book your place, please contact us on 01293 447365 or email jennadurdle@stch.org.uk

Wednesday 16th May

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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.

If you know of any schools that are not on the above list please Facebook Crawley Happy Times or email bry@crawleyhappytimes.co.uk

CRAWLEY FOLK TO BENEFIT FROM LOWER ENERGY BILLS

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Rising fuel bills are stretching household finances and people are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills.

Help is at hand through Big Energy Week (16th-21st January 2012) which is being run by Citizens Advice. This has received support from local MP Henry Smith who is encouraging Crawley residents to find the best possible energy deal, which is now easier than ever.

Henry commented:

“Fuel bills are a big worry for many people at the moment. I am pleased to support Big Energy Week and hope it will make a big difference to my constituents. Help is now on hand that can really help every one of us to reduce our fuel bills this winter.

“Therefore I’m very pleased that several of the big fuel companies have dropped their fuel prices by an average of 5% with immediate effect. The cost of gas imports is now falling and British Gas, EDF, EON, Coop and Ovo are passing these price decreases on to their customers. This will certainly be welcome to the hard working families of Crawley.

“Following a meeting between the Prime Minister and the heads of the big energy companies earlier this year, new services have been created that allow customers to accurately compare fuel providers. Ofgem has backed this up by announcing plans to simplify tariffs to make it easier for customers to know exactly what the price each provider is offering.

“Previously there were 400 tariffs to choose from and so I greatly encourage everyone to take advantage of this new simplified system to make sure they are getting the best possible deal. Combined with the help offered by the Citizens Advice and the Big Energy Week, I hope everyone in Crawley can in some way lower their energy bills this winter.”

Citizens Advice, Chief Executive, Gillian Guy added: “We know hikes in prices have put extra pressure on people’s budgets at a time when money is already tight. Day in day out our Bureaux helping people who can’t afford their fuel bills.

“We’re worried that some people are struggling unnecessarily because they’re not on the best deal; live in homes that haemorrhage heat or are not getting all of the financial help available to them.

“More and more people are coming to us for advice on how they can save money on their energy bills. Through Big Energy Week we hope to help lots of people cut their fuel bills and ease their money worries.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp; www.youtube.com/user/HenrySmithMP; or www.henrysmith.info.

 

Crawley MP Pleased Government Has “Got A Grip” On Immigration

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Henry Smith MP has praised the Government for restricting immigration numbers to those who will contribute to society.

Henry said:

“Under Labour, nearly 2.2 million immigrants entered the United Kingdom. In 2005 we were the only country to open our borders completely to the eight new EU member states. Labour ministers predicted that only 13,000 people would arrive, but were proved massively wrong as approximately 750,000 came to our shores.

“Many immigrants do bring useful skills that we need, however, many more were arriving who became burdens on society rather than contributors. I’m particularly pleased that the immigration limit for unskilled workers is now zero. Previously, far too many were allowed to settle in the UK without any skills set which all too often rendered them dependent on taxpayer’s support. I fully support the Government’s decision to forcibly remove 55,000 people over the last three months who had no right to remain in Great Britain and the Government’s insistence that immigrants entering the UK, whether permanently or on student/work visas, should have a basic command of the English language.

“Now only skilled workers are permitted to enter the UK and only if they have a specific job offer already in place. This means that workers already living in the UK will now rightfully get priority for jobs. The number of skilled workers allowed in is also limited, though this limit has not been reached this year, or in 2010.”

Another area that the Government has tackled is that of immigrants abusing education and marriage as a way to stay in this country. 69 bogus colleges have had their licenses revoked with several more under investigation. All incoming students require a good level of English and are only allowed to stay on, after their studies, if they receive a firm job offer. These measures alone are predicted to cut net migration by 60,000 as those who abuse these visas, to work rather than study, will now be denied entry or deported.

Tackling the problem of sham marriages is a much tougher problem. New rules demanding a certain level of English have been introduced as well as requiring a couple to have lived together for at least five years, rather than only two years currently, before they can reside here. The sponsor will now also have to prove that they can support their new partner which will put an end to benefit migration.

Henry added:

“We simply cannot afford a repeat of the unchecked, mass immigration into the UK that we’ve seen over the past decade. Our focus now must be restoring the wellbeing of our national economy and ensuring that those out of work are helped back into work.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp or visit: www.henrysmith.info for further details.

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.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp or visit: www.henrysmith.info for further details.

Crawley MP Welcomes Boost To Local Pubs

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Henry Smith enthusiastically supports the Government’s review which will boost the number of local pubs. As part of its commitment to the Great British pub, the Government this week launched a review of restrictive covenants, a legal clause that can be used to prevent community pubs reopening as public houses following a sale.

Henry said:

“In my role as a Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group responsible for pubs and an avid supporter of the CAMRA campaign, I fully recognise the importance of pubs as hubs of community life and that they are as important to the local social scene as they are to the local economy here in Crawley. But time is being called at too many of our ‘locals’, depriving people of treasured places to get together in the community.

“In September I will have the privilege to get behind the bar at the Mill House pub in Ifield and see firsthand the difficulties faced by publicans whose premises often act as a focal point for local communities. I should note, however, that those looking for free samples will be bitterly disappointed.

“The Government is putting the people back in charge, giving them the power to step in and save their much-loved community assets. By reviewing this restrictive red tape we will enable people to use their collective powers to ensure that their locals remain local and continue to thrive at the heart of every community.”

The Government has already announced that it is supporting community pubs via a range of policies, including:

• Introducing a community right to buy. New rights through the Localism Bill will enable residents to save struggling pubs by taking them over rather than seeing them empty and derelict. Communities seeking to do this can get the expert advice they need through the Government-funded Asset Transfer Unit.

• Reviewing the rules on restrictive covenants. These rules have often restricted competition and seen pubs disappear from our towns and villages.

• A ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price. This will help protect local pubs from deep discounting by some supermarkets.

• Reforming licensing rules. This will make it easier to play live music in local pubs.

• Fair taxation on alcohol. Having already abandoned the last administration’s proposals for a significant increase in cider duty, the Government is balancing the need to tackle problem drinking without unfairly penalising responsible drinkers or ignoring the social and economic importance of pubs.

• The doubling of small business rate relief for another year. The Government is providing £380 million to extend the temporary one-year increase in Small Business Rate Relief which started last October for a further year (1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012). Eligible pubs should take advantage of this, because they do not always claim the discounts they are entitled to. The Government is also cutting red tape for businesses re-applying for this relief in the future.

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp or visit: www.henrysmith.info for further details.

 

 

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.

Hazelwick School Achieves Academy Status

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Crawley MP, Henry Smith, has today welcomed an announcement by the Secretary of State for Education that Crawley is set to have another Academy School.

Henry said:

“In addition to the Discovery School’s recent pioneering work as one of the country’s first free schools, I am extremely pleased that the Education Secretary has now also recognised the outstanding record of Hazelwick School and agreed to award it an academy status. This will ensure that the School will have the authority and additional financial support to determine their own individual course of action.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard, dedicated work of the School’s staff and pupils and a positive start for the new Headteacher, Ms Fearon. I believe that the School’s decision will benefit both staff and pupils as well as the local community.

“The number of academies across the country has tripled since September last year to over 700, with almost 200 new applications last month alone. More than one in three secondary schools are now either already an academy or waiting to finalise their conversion.

“By becoming academies schools are freed up to adapt to look needs, this is why I wrote to three of Crawley’s most over-subscribed Junior Schools last month encouraging them to consider a conversion into academies. This would allow such schools to set their own class sizes and admissions policies. A growing major issue for Crawley parents.”

Follow Henry daily via: www.facebook.com/henrysmithmp or visit: www.henrysmith.info for further details.

 

 

CRAWLEY FIRE STATION OPENS ITS DOORS TO RESIDENTS

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Looking for a family day out with a difference? Then why not join firefighters in Crawley as they host their mid Summer Open Day on Saturday 30th July.

The Fire Station on Ifield Avenue will be throwing open its doors to the public for what should be a great day combining exciting firefighting and rescue displays, fun activities as well as tips and advice from fire crews including staying safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to plan an escape route in the event of a fire.

There will be an opportunity for people to chat to the firefighters, get a rare up-close look at the fire engines and specialist equipment and learn more about the work the Fire & Rescue service do in the community. Partner organisations Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service will also take part in the day and be on hand to offer safety advice to residents.

The day runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm and admission is free.

Watch Manager at Crawley Fire Station, John Convey, said:

“Our aim is to put on an enjoyable, exciting day packed with lots of activities, drills and demonstrations, while at the same time raise awareness of some really important fire and road safety messages.

“We don’t want the only time people see their local fire crew to be if they dial 999 in an emergency so this is a great opportunity for them to get to know us better and ask questions in an informal setting. If people leave with a smiles on their faces as well as with extra knowledge that helps keep them safe, then the day will be a success.”

For information on other upcoming Open Days and for fire safety advice visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire

 

Crawley MP Highlights New Funding Opportunity For Local Charities

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Henry Smith MP has today highlighted an important initiative for local community charity and voluntary groups to nominate themselves for a total of £18,000 worth of awards.

Crawley’s Natwest Branch, as part of their Community Force project, are encouraging local voluntary groups to put themselves forward for three £6,000 awards.

“I am pleased that Natwest has recognised its stake in the Big Society and is offering £18,000 worth in award money for three successful projects chosen by local residents.

“I am always in awe of the fantastic work carried out by so many community groups in Crawley that really make a remarkable difference to so many peoples’ lives. It is, therefore, fantastic when companies like Natwest develop programmes that local charities can apply for funding from. I hope this will provide even more support for the good work they do.”

Charity and voluntary groups wishing to put themselves forward for the awards should register at www.natwest.com/communityforce from today.

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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 www.greenflagaward.org.uk

For more information about what Buchan Country Park has to offer visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/buchan

 

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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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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Crawley MP Backs Action To Protect Local Nature

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Crawley MP Backs Action To Protect Local Nature

Henry Smith MP has backed the Coalition Government’s ambitious new plan to protect the natural environment in England.

Last week, the Coalition published The Natural Choice – the first White Paper on the natural environment in over 20 years. The document sets out a series of innovative proposals to protect the environment:

• New ‘Local Nature Partnerships’, to coordinate action to protect nature across local authorities and other local organisations.

• Creating ‘Nature Improvement Areas’, to ensure targeted action to protect the environment in areas where there is the potential to restore nature on a significant scale. The Government has promised £7.5 million of initial support for 12 projects.

• Protecting the natural environment in the planning system, including a presumption in favour of sustainable development and proposals for ‘biodiversity offsetting’, where conservation actions ‘offset’ the negative impact of development.

• A new Green Area designation, which will allow local people to protect the green spaces they value.

• Action to phase out the use of peat, in order to protect lowland peat habitats and significant carbon stores.

The package of proposals has been welcomed by respected organisations such as WWF, the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB.

Henry said:

“These proposals won’t just help protect nature across the country, they are great news for local residents.

“The measures in the Government’s innovative plan would give local people more power to protect the green spaces they value and encourage the local authority and other local bodies to work much more closely together.

“Although there is much to do to put these ideas into practice, they offer a fantastic opportunity to protect and enhance the natural environment in Crawley.”

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Crawley MP Welcomes National Crime Agency

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Crawley MP Welcomes National Crime Agency

Henry Smith MP welcomed Government plans to introduce a new National Crime Agency (NCA), which will come fully into operation by 2013.

Henry said:

“Organised crime costs the UK public between £20 billion and £40 billion each year and affects the everyday lives of individuals. The NCA will be responsible for tackling these crimes which include child abuse, drug and people smuggling, illegal immigration, fraud, cyber crime and many other serious and organised crimes.

“Until now there has been no national overview or means of co-ordinating and focusing the law enforcement response to get to grips with the scale and complexity of the problem. This has led to too many of the 6,000 groups involved in organised crime in the UK escaping justice.”

The NCA will be made up of four distinct commands which will come together to work more efficiently and effectively:

• The Organised Crime Command will address organised crime groups across local, national and international borders.

• The Border Policing Command will co-ordinate law enforcement agencies, ensuring illegal goods are seized, illegal immigrants are dealt with and networks of organised criminals are effectively disrupted both overseas and at our ports.

• The Economic Crime Command will improve the capability to deal with economic crimes, including those carried out by organised criminals.

• The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre will retain its vital national role, unique identity and capabilities, while benefiting from shared intelligence across the NCA.

At the heart of the NCA will be an intelligence hub which will build and maintain a national intelligence picture of the threats, harms and risks to the UK from organised criminals. This information will be used to prioritise criminals and task police and law enforcement agencies to ensure there is an appropriate operational response.

Henry continued:

“This Government has a clear plan to fight crime with the new National Crime Agency. The impact of serious and organised crime is felt in the everyday lives of people in Crawley.

“The NCA will make sure crime-fighters work together to more effectively address serious and organised crime.

“Organised crime, economic crime, cyber crime and child exploitation are real problems, for real people across Crawley. The NCA will better defend our borders, protect children and tackle the drug trade and many other crimes.”

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New museum for Crawley moves a step closer

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Crawley Borough Council and Crawley Museum Society’s plan for a new museum for the town moved a step closer with the submission of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid on Friday (June 3).

Crawley Museum Society’s bid for £998,555 covers the fit out and alterations, including specialist display facilities and equipment, to The Tree and The Tree Annexe in the High Street to make it a suitable location for a museum.

An extra £763,000 has already been earmarked by the council to refurbish the listed building and bring it up to standard. Crawley Museum Society will operate the new service with financial support from the council.

The Tree has great potential to improve heritage in Crawley, with its central location, architectural quality and greater size. The building is well worth preserving, originating around 1280.

Greatly increased exhibition space will allow for detailed coverage of local themes, using interactive elements and lively displays, with input from the wider community. More room will allow for better storage and facilities for a workshop and meeting rooms.

The bid document details these specific outcomes:

• Develop and restore The Tree so that it is fit for purpose as the new location for the museum of Crawley, in a way that recognises and celebrates its heritage as a medieval building and its role in Victorian Society

• Relocate the Crawley Museum collection and service to The Tree

• Use the new location to illustrate Crawley’s past as well as its present and future

• Establish an outstanding education service for both formal and informal education both onsite and as outreach work

• Develop a programme of both temporary exhibitions and community-based projects establishing Crawley Museum as a heritage centre ‘of the people for the people’.

The bid document states: “As anyone can testify who has seen the team looking after a group of 30 schoolchildren plus their helpers in the galleries, Crawley Museum has almost reached saturation point in its use of the existing premises.

“There is an overwhelming desire to move to larger premises so that services and facilities can be expanded to meet the needs of the wider community, which underpins the rationale for the bid that follows, for the move to The Tree.”

If the bid is successful, it’s hoped that the museum could be open in 2013.

Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We are determined to deliver a new museum for Crawley to celebrate our rich heritage.

“The museum’s current premises in Goffs Park House are far too small, with only about 10 per cent of artefacts on display at any one time.

“If we are fortunate enough to be successful in our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fun we will be able to provide Crawley Museum Society with a bigger, better base for a museum, nearer to the town centre – something they have asked us for.”