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Help decide the Mill Pond’s future


Contents NEWS

Welcome to your October/November issue of Crawley Live.


In this issue we meet Crawley’s potential Olympian, discus thrower Jade Nicholls, on page 19 as we continue our build up to London 2012. On page six we have a preview of this year’s Future Car Challenge and Veteran Car Run, which take place on November 5 and 6 and both have stops in Crawley. Pages eight and nine contain an in-depth preview of this year’s Black History Month and on page 12 we’re asking for your views on the future of the Mill Pond.

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Modern meets classic at a wee kend

Come and see cars of the future and

Private sector loans

Find out if you can improve your

Black History Month

home, interest-free

Crawley hosts an array of events for you

to choose from in

October Crawley wins Champion of Cha mpions Even more success at South and South East in Bloom The Mill Pond

Tell us what you would like to see happen to the Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens

Residential parking improvem

ents Find out how parking nightmares can be improved by Crawley Borough Council

Back to the future

We explain how Worth Park coul d look if a Heritage Lottery Fun bid is successful

60-second interview

Councillor John Denman tells us about his role as Chair of the Development Control Com mittee

Crawley’s community centres

Why not hire one of the town’s community centres for your function or event?

Crawley’s Olympic hopeful

Meet discus thrower Jade Nicholls

Buy local… shop Crawley

A new online too to help shoppers and retailers get the most from the neighbourhood parades

Crawley Wellbeing

Find out more about Weight off

Training courses

Workshops for workplaces

Find out how CCVS can help your

organisation or group

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Get in touch with the council

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Crawley Astronomical Society

Community Spotlight and Com munity Noticeboard

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Wedding Fair, dance, blues, toy fair

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Crawley’s Got Talent

Big Draw 2011

Crawley’s Got Talent is coming!

The Big Draw is the national campaign designed to encourage people to take part in free drawing and art activities.

The brand new project aims to celebrate the diverse range of talent in Crawley and give local people of all ages the chance to showcase their abilities in neighbourhood auditions. Some will even get the chance to perform on The Hawth stage in the final show.

It runs throughout October and activities in Crawley are designed for families and individuals so all ages can get involved. On Friday October 14 from 9am3pm a “Fantasy Environments” workshop will be led by Hazelwick and Oriel High schools.

Auditions give everyone the opportunity to get involved. We want to hear from individuals or groups who sing, dance, act, make people laugh or have any talent or skill they would like to share.

And on Saturday October 15 from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm, workshops looking at African and south Asian arts (and elephants!) will launch “Kufamba-Rastor – Walking the road”, an exhibition by the Road to Crawley social history project. Both events take place at Crawley Library. Further events are planned for Tilgate Park and a massive sports and action themed extravaganza at K2 Crawley. For more details visit

The dates for the auditions are: October 22, 1-6pm, Maidenbower Community Centre October 23, 12.30-7pm, Northgate Community Centre October 24, 12 noon-7.30pm, Furnace Green Community Centre


October 25, 12 noon-6pm, Bewbush Centre October 26, 12 noon-7.30pm, Broadfield Youth and Community Centre October 27, 12 noon-9pm, Redz Bar, Broadfield Stadium (bands only) October 27, 1-7pm, Southgate West Community Centre October 28, 4.30-9.30pm, Ifield West Community Centre October 30, 12.30-7pm, Langley Green Centre To register your interest and request a registration form email your details to For more information visit or call Vikki Jacobs on 01293 438565 or Liz Hart on 01293 438156. Crawley’s Got Talent is a Crawley Borough Council event in partnership with Crawley Young Persons Council, Vision in Youth Collective, Crawley Lions and principal sponsors Crawley Town Football Club.

It’s time to switch

If you are still watching analogue TV (five channels or fewer) on any of your sets, you need to convert them to digital. If you have Freeview, BT Vision or Top Up

Crawley Farmers’ Market returns on Sunday October 9 and Sunday November 13 from 10am-4pm. Shoppers will be able to sample delights from more than 20 stalls in Queens Square with meats, vegetables, pastries, breads, cheeses and much more to choose from. The market will be packed with local produce from Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire and is run by a locally-based stallholder.

TV, you will also need to re-tune your equipment. Extra help is available for the elderly, disabled and those on certain benefits. For more information visit and

Crawley Borough Council’s health walks in Goffs Park and Worth Park are the two most popular in England on the Walk4Life website.

Walk4Life is part of the Change4Life initiative to help people get more active and lead healthier lives.

The Goffs Park Mile has been viewed 700 times while the Worth Park Mile has been downloaded 632 times. The nearest challenger is a walk in Durham that has been viewed 391 times.

The two one-mile routes in Goffs Park and Worth Park feature way markers. Walkers can record how much walking they do, motivating them to walk more. Each one-mile walk burns 100 calories.

There are more than 1,300 Walk4Life Miles nationally.

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The market will return to Queens Square on the second Sunday of each month.

Crawley boasts top two popular health walks

The analogue TV service is being switched off for good next year and replaced with a stronger, Digital TV signal. The Digital Switchover takes place in the London TV region on April 4 and 18. If you don’t have digital TV by the time of switchover, you will lose your TV channels.

Farmers’ market returns

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For more information visit or

Neighbourhood Network Do you want to get more involved in your local community? Do you have an idea for a project or an idea which would benefit your area and would like to discuss this with someone? If so contact the Community Development Officer for your area: Bewbush and Gossops Green – Kathryn Ripley, 01293 438633, Broadfield and Tilgate – John Dale, 01293 438412,

Langley Green, Southgate and Ifield – Toby Shaw, 01293 438655, Three Bridges and Northgate – Vikki Jacobs, 01293 438565, Furnace Green and West Green - Fatima Mirza, 01293 438658, Maidenbower and Pound Hill – awaiting appointment. Contact Kathryn Ripley.

Finnish Paralympians train at K2 Crawley


The Finnish Paralympic boccia team trained at K2 Crawley in August. The team stayed at the Holiday Inn Express during their visit as they prepared for the 2012 Games at Crawley Borough Council’s state-of-the-art leisure centre. Crawley Community Transport 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 ‘jack’ in a similar way to bowls.

Boccia is played by wheelchair athletes with cerebral palsy and related locomotor conditions. The Finnish boccia and swimming squads will train at K2 Crawley immediately before the games next August before they head to the Paralympic Village in London.

Go online for your right to vote

Happy children at council’s Sunrise Nursery Children at Crawley Borough Council’s Sunrise Nursery are ‘settled, relaxed and are given a high level of support’ according to the latest Ofsted report. The small on-site nursery, which has now opened its doors to the general public as well as council staff, was recently given a ‘good’ rating by the government inspectors.

The report says ‘children make good progress in their learning and development due to the strong commitment from the well-qualified staffing team’ and explains how children ‘have developed a strong sense of belonging at the setting’ showing they are ‘very confident when exploring the environment, both indoors and out.’ Sunrise Nursery offers childcare provision for children aged two to five years at affordable prices, helping with the often difficult transition from home to school. For more details call 01293 438471.


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 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. Residents are reminded that even if there are no changes to the eligible voters at the property the form must either be confirmed over the phone or via the internet address on the form or returned to the Town Hall. For more information call Crawley Borough Council’s Electoral Registration Team on 01293 438346 or 01293 438705.


Anti-racism event Crawley Campaign Against Racism’s 35th annual international social evening takes place on October 8 from 7-11pm at the Bewbush Centre.

Tickets, which include food, entertainment and a disco, are available by calling 01293 527347 and 01293 520107

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classic at a weekend of wheels

Veteran cars will be joined by the greenest, most energy efficient vehicles on a weekend of motorised fun in November. The annual RAC London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which makes its traditional stop in the High Street, takes place on Sunday November 6. And the second RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge takes place a day earlier, with a halfway pit stop at Central Sussex College. The college will act as a refuelling stop for the cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles as well as their drivers, with electric recharging and refreshments available. To coincide with the challenge, Central Sussex College will also host an event based around green transport and products so visitors can view the vehicles, find out more about them and how to save money and energy.

vehicles. The challenge is to have the lowest energy impact, within a given time, on the 57-mile route from Brighton to London. Already, Delta, Land Rover, Toyota, and Vauxhall have entered vehicles into the challenge, along with green vehicles belonging to the RAC and British Gas. A day later more than 500 cars built before 1905 will park up in the High Street for a well-earned rest, giving visitors a great chance to view them at close quarters. Vehicles arrive from around 8.30am until 1.30pm. The run includes more than 100 overseas entries and the total value of all 550 cars is more than ÂŁ60 million. But the day is not just about gleaming paintwork, flat caps, hot flasks of tea (and even the occasional broken down vehicle). A jazz band will play in the High Street all day to help to create a special atmosphere.

The Future Car Challenge will feature the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission (under 110g/kg CO2) internal combustion engine

For more information visit and

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Low income homeowners may get loans Replacement of defective or inefficient central heating systems feature highly as from Crawley Council to help maintain do roof repairs, electrical re-wiring and their homes. structural repairs. Other types of work are The council operates a discretionary also covered under the scheme, which interest-free loan scheme which can provide supports the council’s objectives in meeting funds for renovations or repairs. Decent Homes targets in the private sector. Up to £8,000 can be borrowed for Forty-nine-year-old Paul Stiles used a loan renovations and £5,000 for repairs. But for the installation of double glazing and unlike most loans this does not have to a new boiler in his Three Bridges home. be paid back immediately. Instead the council recoups the funds when the house is Paul successfully applied for the interestfree loan from the council’s Private Sector eventually sold. Repairs Scheme following the suggestion One of the aims is to promote energy from his sister. “We got a couple of quotes efficiency and to tackle fuel poverty, which from local companies for the windows and can be suffered by vulnerable people. the boiler and went from there.”

The new boiler was installed to replace an existing emersion heater in his house. “It really helped to save money as the emersion heater was costing a lot,” he said. “The new boiler is much more energy efficient.” Paul added: “I have lived in the house for most of my life and the house is quite old. I wanted to get double glazing as all the houses on the road had double glazing and this one looked old and tacky without it. The old windows also weren’t keeping the heat in. Now it fits in with everyone else’s house so I’m really pleased with it.” For more details visit or call 01293 438000.

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October is Black Hi story Month and th ere is an array of events lined up in Crawley to ce lebrate. Crawley has one of the most diverse co mmunities in the UK and Blac k History Month of fers a wealth of cultural entertain ment to share the community spirit with others. This year’s theme is Barbados and th e Caribbean as the town is prou d to host the Barbad os Olympic athletes during their training at K2 Craw ley for the London 2012 Gam es. Many of the even ts are free and suitable for all of the family. On Saturday Octobe r 8 a showcase of na tional and local talent with an African and Caribbe an theme will feature at the Ju mp Up! Caribbean-st yle Black History Month celeb ration evening at Th e Hawth. Performers include local singer/songw rit er Grace Saif, local dancers Extreme Beatz Acad emy, Caribbean dancing, smooth ballad singe r Len Cameron and gosp el group Desire. He adlining the show will be Br ighton-based reggae outfit Steady Bredrens. Au thentic Caribbean food will be available from the ArtsCafe.

Exiled – The Film wi ll be Studio on Sunday Oc showcased at The Hawth tober 9. Specially cre ated for Crawley Black Histo ry, this moving film tells the story of the exile an d struggle of our Di ego Garcian and Chagossian co mmunity. This film is hosted by the Diego Garcia an d Chagos Islands Co un cil. On Monday 10 to Fr iday October 15 a Ro ad to Crawley Exhibition Kufamba-Rastor: W alking the Road will feature in The Hawth foyer. Pr oduced by Crawley Arts Service in partnership with Crawley Library and Crawley Museum, this is a re cord of personal stories, of choices taken and of journeys made, as told by m embers of Crawley ’s Caribbean and South Asian co mmunities. On Saturday Octobe r 15 The Big Draw: KufambaRastor will be takin g place at Crawley Library. Drop in to celebrate Afric an and South Asian culture in art as part of the Ro ad to Crawley Exhi bition. No experience is necess ary – just enthusia sm. Bahamian blood ru ns high on Thursday October 20 in The Hawth St udio in a radical an d feisty reworking of Shakes peare’s classic, Othe llo. With a Caribbean settlin g, it’s an exciting co llaboration between The Nuffi eld and Yellowtale Theatre. Children will have th e opportunity to lea rn play African music and then become pa how to rt of a show at The Circle of Tales African Music Works hop on Saturday October 22 in The Hawth Stud io . And on Saturday Oc tober 29 storytellin g will be taking place at Craw ley Library with Ca ribbean Stories for young ch ildre an R&B night is takin n. Later on in the evening, g place for 14-19 ye ar olds, showcasing young talent in associatio n with Crawley’s Vision in Youth Collective. To book tickets for any of the events ca ll The Hawth on 01293 553636 and to find out mor e visit www.crawleyblackhis and www.

Crawley wins

n o i p m a Coh f s n o i p Cham Crawley has proved that it is the best-kept town in the south east after picking up the Champion of Champions award for 2011 at the South and South East in Bloom Awards. The town was entered into the Champion of Champions category after winning the small city category for two years in a row. Crawley received a High Gold award at the awards on September 7.

Crawley, which was crowned the winner of Britain in Bloom last year, faced stiff competition from the likes of Chichester, Coldred and Tatsfield, also category winners for the past two years. The town also achieved a stack of other awards for its high quality parks and open spaces and the amazing work of community groups. Crawley was also awarded the Sussex Life trophy for being the highest scoring entry in Sussex for two years running. All the awards were presented by Chris Collins, BBC celebrity gardener.

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South and South East in Bloom recognises excellence in local councils who work with the community to make their parks and streetscene clean, green and colourful, all year round. Crawley gained an impressive 21 awards in a variety of categories. Parks did extremely well in the Large Parks category with Tilgate achieving Gold, Goffs Park and West Green Park achieving Silver Gilt and Worth Park achieving a Silver. In the smaller Parks category Memorial Gardens was awarded a Silver Gilt and in the Conservation Area category Waterlea Meadows also received a Silver Gilt. Crawley’s “It’s Your Neighbourhood” entries did really well too. The neighbourhood certificates range from Level 1 (Establishing) through to Level 5 (Outstanding) and are

Dave Hathaway and Mary Grace from the Three

awarded jointly by the Royal Horticultural Society and South and South East in Bloom. Most of Crawley’s entries in Its Your Neighbourhood started out life as Let’s FACE it! projects. Bolney Court, Boswell Road and Three Bridges Forum all received Level 5 “Outstanding” awards. St Andrew’s Church, Staplecross Court, Ifield Village Conservation Area Advisory Committee, Donnington Court, Bewbush Action Group and 7th Crawley Beavers all received Level 4 “Thriving” and Worth Conservation Area Committee, The Twitten, Tinsley Lane Residents’ Association and Goodwood Close received Level 3 “Developing” awards. For more information visit and

Bridges Forum with Chris Collins



The dam at the Mill Pond is in a bad state of repair and Crawley Borough Council wants your views on what to do with the dam and the Mill Pond due to the scale of the work and the cost. The council has to either upgrade the dam or withdraw it from service because of its responsibilities under the Reservoir Act. And this is where you come in. We want you to help us decide the future of the Mill Pond, which includes Bewbush Water Gardens, by giving us your preferred option from the three below and any

comments you have. We will also be consulting with residents of Bewbush, Gossops Green and Ifield at exhibitions in October. All options have advantages and disadvantages but all reduce existing risks of dam failure. Options A and B would see a change of use and appearance of the Mill Pond while option C would see the dam upgraded with use and appearance changing less. The area would probably have restricted access for up to two years. The council is likely to make a final decision in the spring.




Drain all of th e Mill Pond

Cost: £3m-£ 4m. Most of the would drain away leaving water the River Mole to run thro stream. There ugh the area as a w feed Ifield W ould be no water to ater Mill and no area for fishing. T here would b e a loss of water hab ita would encou t for wildlife but it rage differen t species.


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What do you think?

There is a huge amount of silt under the water at the Mill Pond. As part of any works some or all of the silt will need to be removed – this is why there is a range of costs. It is important to do this to restore the function and value of the lake.

To have your say you can contact us in a number of ways:

The silt could be left on-site or taken away. Leaving it on-site is likely to be unattractive and could result in a smaller lake but we can’t be sure at this stage what it will look like. Disposing it off-site is expensive and would mean many vehicle movements over the course of several months, affecting local residents and the environment. What would you do with the silt? Dispose of it off-site or leave it on-site? Let us know what you think.

• Join the debate at by going to the Mill Pond discussion


What should we do with the silt?

• Complete the form below and send it to Nora Davies, Crawley Borough Council FREEPOST CY 76, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley RH10 1UZ • Visit and fill in the eform

• Attend one of the following exhibitions – Ifield Parade on October 4 from 2.30-5.30pm; Ifield West Community Centre on October 4 from 6.30- 8.30pm; Gossops Green Community Centre on October 11 from 2.30-4.30pm and 6-8pm; Crawley Library on October 15 from 11am-1pm; Waterfield Primary School, Bewbush, on October 17 from 2.30-4.30pm; Dorsten Square, Bewbush, on October 18 from 2.30-4.30pm; Bewbush Centre on October 18 from 5.30-8pm


Which option for improvement do you prefer?

Option A - Drain all of the Mill Pond Option B - Drain some of the Mill Pond Option C - Upgrade the dam

Please explain why this is your preferred choice:

Do you think the silt should be:

Left on-site

Removed from the site

Please explain why this is your preferred choice:

Which neighbourhood do you live in? Do you currently use the Mill Pond? Yes No If yes, how do you use it? If no, why not?

Do you have any views how you would like the space improved or developed in the future?

Residential parking improvements Residential parking difficulties and the impact it can have on the quality of the environment is an important issue that is being tackled by Crawley Borough Council through the Residential Street Scene and Parking Improvement Programme. The council is committed to a programme of neighbourhood improvements. Since 1992, 20 areas of the town have gained extra parking places and the construction works for schemes at Latimer Close, Langley Green and Medway Close, Gossops Green, will be completed this year. Improvements to Friars Rookery in Three Bridges and Ely Close in Tilgate will be completed by the end of 2012. As the current programme is coming to an end next year, a new survey will take place this autumn to prioritise which areas are in most need of improvements. To do this we need your help. If your street suffers from a severe lack of parking, access and manoeuvring problems and damage to verges or green areas please let us know so that it can be included in the survey.

Residents’ feedback Here’s what residents in areas already improved by Crawley Borough Council under the Residential Street Scene and Parking Improvement Programme had to say. “The appearance of the area has been greatly improved” (Southgate Drive, Southgate) “The scheme was a very good idea” (Southgate Drive, Southgate) “Big improvement, very smart” (Kirdford Close, Ifield) “We like the look of our close very much” (Fletcher Close, Southgate) “A well thought out scheme improves the area” (Fletcher Close, Southgate)

A priority list of schemes will be taken to the council’s Cabinet in February 2012 for consideration. If approved, the programme will be published in Crawley Live. The first schemes will take place in 2013/14 with further schemes delivered should funding become available. Please email or write to Tom Nutt at Crawley Borough Council by October 19. Please include the street name and details of the problem so we can accurately survey your request.

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Councillor John Denman is Chair of Crawley Borough Council’s Development Control Committee. Here John explains what his role involves.

60-second interview – Development Control

Development Control is another way of saying planning. The Development Control Committee meets more regularly then any other in the council – usually every three weeks. Myself and the other 13 members decide whether to grant planning permission or not on a huge variety of applications. One minute we could be discussing the demolition of a large building to be replaced with a block of flats and the next we might be deciding on a small extension to a house. Whatever it is we have to have good planning reasons to refuse an application – not liking the look of something is not necessarily a relevant consideration. This means sometimes making decisions which are unpopular and difficult to explain to the public. I would say being a member of this committee is not for the fainthearted.

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The bigger the application, the more public interest there is. Recently we had a meeting where three large applications, all very different, were in front of the committee. All three had many residents and interested parties at the meeting in the Town Hall, some who had asked to speak and voice their concerns or support, and many others to hear our discussion and decisions. That night we deferred a decision on a Sikh community centre in Ifield, approved a large home shopping distribution centre north of Manor Royal and refused an application to

demolish an office block in Southgate and replace it with 69 flats.

We also dealt with another five applications in the same evening which were minor in comparison but would have meant a lot to the applicants and any objectors.

Being chair of the committee is a huge responsibility because, as councillors, we have to make sure we are making the correct decisions. However, it’s a fantastic role because I am able to have an influence on the future of our town.

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Crawley Astronomical Societ y

Crawley Astronomical Society is a friendly gro up of amateur astronome rs who meet in Crawley each month at Ifield Comm unity Centre. Its members range fro m those who are just begin to find their way aroun d the night sky to those ning wi many years’ experienc e. Meetings usually inc th lude a guest speaker to talk on vario us astronomical subje cts, after which members enga ge in a lively chat over a cup of tea or coffee. This gives a chance to exchange ideas, discu ss various types of equipment an d of just starting out in astro fer advice and help to those nomy. All are welcome . For more information contact the secretary, Jim Swift, on 01293 882560, em ail or visit www.crawleyas

Crawley Dance Academy (ballroom and Latin Amer ican) meets every Wednesday at St Paul’s Methodist Church Hall, Northg ate at 8pm. Eamon 01293 612538 Crawley Folk and Square Dance Club meets on alterna te Tuesdays at Three Bridges Community Centre at 8pm. Bob 01293 53688 7 Crawley Modern Sequence Dance Club meets every Thursday at St Bernadette’s Hall, Tilgate from 8pm. Joy Oake 01293 53169 2 Crawley Scottish Country Dance Club meets every Thursd ay at 8pm at Milton Mount Community Centre, Pound Hill. Pip Graham 01293 882173 Divas Dance Club for children aged 6-12 meets every Sunday at 2pm at Langley Green Community Centre. Shobna Nayee 07768 82473 6 Hot Taps meets at Furnace Green Community Centre every Tuesday from 2pm. Wendy Galleymore 01903 821381 Jendreen Social Dance Club meets every Tuesday at 1.30pm at Northgate Community Centre for easy sequence dancing. Joy Oake 01293 531692 Mullins School of Irish Dance has classes for children aged 3+ across the town every day except Saturday. 01293 511069 or 07979 27734 0 Pound Hill Ballroom Dancing Club meets at Pound Hill Community Centre on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 01293 51403 4 Crawley Operatic Society meets every Monday at Broad field Community Centre at 7.45pm. Christine Potter 01444 882283 Ifield Barn Theatre Society holds productions in March , May, July, October, and December. 01293 522763 or Ifield Barn Youth Group for 12-16 year olds meets on Tuesdays during term time at 7pm. 01293 525030 We can only include a selection of clubs and groups in these pages but many more are on our website at itydirectory. To be included on the website email uk

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cil runs 14 n u o C h g u o r e Crawley Bo ntres across all of th e c community ds in the town. oo neighbourh


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together These are available to hire for all kinds of activities, from meetings to wedding parties. Each centre has slightly different facilities, but all have a main hall, some with built-in stages, a kitchen, toilets, disabled access and parking facilities close by. Some centres also have a smaller hall. Hire charges start from £5.20 an hour. For bookings or more information call 01293 438362, email communitycentres@ or visit communitycentres

You can now even go online and take a video tour of some of the community centres. Local clubs also make use of community centres, so if you are thinking about taking up a new hobby or sport, or are looking for a playgroup or a youth club, the chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for. For more details on the clubs, groups and organisations using the council’s community centres visit:

Office space Crawley Borough Council is looking for interested organisations who would like to hire desks in the voluntary office in the new Bewbush Centre. Desks within the voluntary office can be booked from £3 per hour for a minimum entre Bewbush C in the new Hire desks


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of two hours, by the day or on a short or long-term basis. For more details call 01293 438362, email es or visit




Could Crawley have its very own representative at the London 2012 Olympic Games? Jade Nicholls certainly thinks so. The 24-year-old discus thrower from Maidenbower is currently the leading British female and has been getting ever closer to the Olympic qualifying standard. Jade, who trains at K2 Crawley, has a personal best of 60.76m, competed at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, last year but just missed out on the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, last month. Jade said: “If I throw my personal best twice and win the British Championships, beating domestic rivals I’ll be in the Olympic Games. “When the chats are being had about the GB team I will be considered. I’ve met Charles van Commenee (UK Athletics head coach) twice this season too so he knows about me and my desire to compete. But at the end of the day it all comes down to the distances I throw.” Jade got into discus throwing in an unusual way. She said: “I’ve been doing athletics for more than 10 years and started off doing the high jump because I’m tall.

“One day I was with some friends and we found some discuses in a store cupboard. We all had a go and I beat everyone. So I carried on with the discus.” Jade is heading to California, USA, in April and May for training and competitions in better conditions. She hopes to hit the London 2012 qualifying mark while out there, putting down a marker and having less pressure when she returns to the UK as the Olympics loom large. Jade is not centrally funded by UK Athletics so is looking for local businesses to help sponsor her in any way they can. Her only support currently is food from Tudor Wholesale Foods, which reduces her outgoings. If you are interested in helping Jade’s quest for 2012 glory you can contact her by calling 07956 585107 or emailing

Crawley in Motion

Crawley in Motion is the nam e for sporting, cultural and com munity projects taking place in the town in the next year, all inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Crawley in Motion has had a packed programme this year and there is still more to come. Barbados athletes will be training again at K2 Crawley this month and Black History Month (see pages eight and nine) has a Barbados and Caribbean theme this year. For more information visi t tion and keep an eye on future issues of Crawley Live.

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y e l w a Cr More than 180 shops across town neighbourhoods means shopping local makes sense!

Ranging from everyday groceries and takeaway food, to violins, Asian fabrics and fancy dress, you can find virtually everything you want from the 13 council-owned and four privately-owned parades in Crawley. The neighbourhood centre layout was developed when Crawley new town was built and means local people’s day-to-day needs can be fulfilled close to home while creating a vibrant community hub – and they’re still one of the town’s most unique features. To find out exactly what’s available at your nearest parade and the many others in Crawley visit the Shop Finder at Use Shop Finder to search for anything from groceries to musical instruments. We'll be adding more local shops soon – if your shop is not listed or you need to update your details, email You can also use this link as a great search for specialist shops, of which the neighbourhood parades have many. The Buy Local… Shop Crawley brochure is available from shops on your local parade as well as the Town Hall, Crawley Library, K2 Crawley, community centres and The Hawth.

Crawley Borough Council supports local businesses and has created an online tool to search out what Crawley’s many neighbourhood parades have to offer. As well as the Neighbourhood Shop Finder – at - the council has also produced a small Buy Local… Shop Crawley brochure which includes a map of the town and all of its parades. A huge variety of produce and services can be found sometimes a few steps from your front door, or at most a short car, bus or bike journey – and if you’re travelling by car you’ll always be able to park just a stone’s throw away from the shops. Hobgoblin on Northgate Pa rade

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Weight off Workshop (WoW) is now available in the workplace. WoW, a weight management programme for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) of around 30, focuses on long-term lifestyle changes to eating and activity. As well as working with patients referred by GPs, Crawley Wellbeing is delivering a tailored version of the WoW course to companies in the Crawley area, including Crawley Borough Council and the Civil Aviation Authority. Run by Crawley Wellbeing, Workplace WoW has helped staff get physically active while learning about nutrition and lifestyle habits. Nicky Shaw, from Crawley Borough Council, shed two stone. She said: “The exercise class was fun and pitched just right. Bryan, the course instructor, was very motivational and took time to listen to us and help us with any queries we had. “A big WoW from me to the Crawley Wellbeing Team and I am proud to say I am now 36 lbs lighter in the 12 weeks of doing the course by just making slight lifestyle changes.” Other Workplace WoW participants said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time on WoW and was grateful of the help and inspiration it gave.” “I lost my target weight and felt better in myself for doing so.” “I didn’t expect the exercise class to be as much fun as it was!” If you are an employer and would like to know more call Julie Kalsi 01293 585365 or email

Wo W works The Goffs Park Mile has been viewed 700 times while the Worth Park Mile has been downloaded 632 times. There are more than 1,300 Walk4Life Miles nationally. Walk4Life is part of the Change4Life initiative to help people get more active and lead healthier lives. The two one-mile routes in Goffs Park and Worth Park feature way markers. Walkers can record how much walking they do, motivating them to walk more. Each one-mile walk burns 100 calories. For more information visit or Introduction to Boxfit This class involves a mini boxing circuit including skipping ropes, mini hurdles and ladders as well as using boxing gloves and focus pads. This is a fun class where people aged between eight and 18 can get fit and meet new friends. It takes place at the Bewbush Centre on Wednesdays from 4.30-5.30pm and costs £2 per session. Street Dance Ever wanted to dance like your favourite artist on TV? Now’s your chance to learn the latest street dance moves. These sessions are for young people aged eight to 18 and held at the Bewbush Centre from 5.15-6.15pm on Mondays. Each session costs £2.

Popular health walks Crawley Borough Council’s health walks in Goffs Park and Worth Park are the two most popular in England on the Walk4Life website.

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Training courses

to make your voluntary organisation shine Crawley Community and Voluntary Service (CCVS) is an independent charity that offers advice, information, help and support to local voluntary and community groups. CCVS is recognised as a major source of support and information for local voluntary and community groups, ensuring that the interests of the voluntary sector are taken into account by local government and other statutory authorities. One of our core services is the delivery of training, which we provide through successful partnership working. Our programmes specialise in delivering courses that respond to the needs of local groups. Courses are open to volunteers, paid workers and management committee members of voluntary and community groups, as well as people who are active in their communities in a voluntary capacity.

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ha people usually at The Orc These are run for up to 40 ve ha ps ho te. Recent works in Brighton Road, Southga yment law, accounting for plo em to been on changes bsite of social media. Visit our we non-accountants and use rses to find out about more cou at coming soon.


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CCVS is working in partnership with other CVSs in West Sussex to deliver another year of joint training. The training on offer varies in length from half days to full and two-day courses. All of the courses on offer are subsidised by funding from the ten organisations involved with special thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and Tanbridge House School, Horsham. The courses cover a range of topics such as computer skills, health and safety, marketing, fundraising, budgeting and bookkeeping. Full information is available on our website.


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If there is an emergency, the Government’s advice is to ‘go in, stay in and tune in’. These are the frequencies of local radio stations: BBC Sussex Radio 104.8 and 95.3 FM Heart Sussex 102.4 and 103.5 FM

Bewbush Marion Ayling – 07886 920815 Chris Cheshire – 01293 542359 Michael Jones – 07944 578872

Langley Green Stephen Joyce – 01293 409242 David Shreeves – 01293 549742 Brenda Smith – 01293 542535

Southgate Howard Bloom – 01293 863771 Sukhjit Kaur – 01293 536667 Karl Williamson – 07872 558223

Broadfield North Ian Irvine – 01293 439503 Brian Quinn – 01293 512650

Maidenbower Jennifer Millar-Smith – 01293 438625 Ken Trussell – 01293 883780 Lenny Walker – 01293 438625

Three Bridges Bob Burgess – 01293 441204 Brenda Burgess – 01293 441204

Broadfield South Lee Gilroy – 07825 780633 Alan Quirk – 01293 413853 Furnace Green Duncan Crow – 01293 888564 Carol Eade – 01293 614216 Gossops Green Keith Blake – 01293 435373 Beryl MeCrow – 01293 532303 Ifield Ali Burke – 01293 400230 John Denman – 01293 544442 Chris Oxlade – 07710 900813

Tilgate Nigel Boxall – 07921 122205 Colin Lloyd – 01293 527843

Northgate Peter Lamb –07729 167084 Geraint Thomas – 01293 770121 West Green Bert Crane – 01293 438625 Vanessa Cumper – Pound Hill North 01293 770100 Sally Blake – 01293 435373 Keith Brockwell – 07554 889597 Richard Burrett – 01293 522338 Your MP Henry Smith MP Pound Hill South and Worth Lee Burke – 01293 400230 01293 934554 or 020 7219 7043 Claire Denman – 01293 544442 To make an appointment to see Henry Smith MP please contact Bob Lanzer – 01293 884789 him on 01293 934554 or email

Councillors’ surgeries Broadfield Councillor Lee Gilroy holds a surgery at Broadfield Community Centre from 10am-12 noon on the last Saturday of every month (excluding December). Langley Green Councillors Stephen Joyce, David Shreeves and Brenda Smith will hold a surgery before the Langley Green Forum in the Langley Green Centre on Friday December 9 at 6.30pm. Three Bridges Councillor Bob Burgess or Councillor Brenda Burgess hold a surgery at St Richard’s Church, Crossways, from 10.30am on the first Tuesday of every month.

West Sussex County Councillors Bewbush and Ifield West Chris Oxlade 01293 565779 Broadfield Alan Quirk 01293 413853 Gossops Green and Ifield East Keith Blake 01293 435373 Langley Green and West Green Brenda Smith 01293 542535 Maidenbower Bob Lanzer 01293 884789 Northgate and Three Bridges Bob Burgess 01293 441204 Pound Hill and Worth Richard Burrett 01293 522338 Southgate and Crawley Central Howard Bloom 01293 863771 Tilgate and Furnace Green Duncan Crow 01293 888564

GS COUNCIL MEETIN Residents can attend meetings held in public at the Town Hall. Questions can be asked at the beginning of Full Council, Cabinet and Overview and Scrutiny. There are special rules for people who want to speak at Development Control – call 01293 438311 for more information. For more details of the meetings visit the council’s website at or call 01293 438549. Meetings start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Cabinet October 5, November 9, November 30 Council October 19 Development Control October 10, October 31, November 21 General Purposes September 29 (7pm), November 14 Licensing November 2 Overview and Scrutiny Commission October 3, November 7, November 28 (all 7pm) Performance Monitoring Scrutiny Panel November 16 (6.30pm) Standards Committee November 15 (7pm)

You can contact the council in a number of ways: Call: 01293 438000 during office hours and 01293 551636 for out of hours emergencies. Minicom: 01293 405202 for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired Fax: 01293 511803 Email: Website:

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Whitemore’s play Ifield Barn Theatre hosts Hugh swolds for a life Cot about a couple retiring to the meet their new they n or peace and quiet. But the re details call mo For cts. dire neighbours. Clare Hall arn eldb w.ifi ww visit 01293 522763 or

Wedding Fair

Rhythm Of The Dance

Having played to more than three million people in 43 countries around the world, this stunning 10th annive rsary celebration comes to The Hawth theatre, featuring breathtaking dance with the very best music and song of the Emerald Isle performed by many of the world’s finest dancers and musicians. For more information call 01293 553636 or visit

Oct 16 11am-4pm

Fashion shows Local companies show off their wares at K2 Crawley. chocolate wear, at 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Displays include bridal cake nary, statio ures, fountains, jewellers, photography, ice sculpt agents. travel and up make and makers, prestigious cars, florists, hair

Oct 19 7.45pm

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Oct 29 -late m p 7 d n a 2-5.30pm

Crawley Blues Festival

The sixth annual Blues Festival at The Hawth Studio features top artists from both sides of the Atlantic including Mike Piggott and Martin Wheatley, Mike Dowling, Southern Nights, Sonny Black and Arnie Cottrell, Nigel Bagge and Eddie Armer and All Star Hawth Houseband. For more information call 01293 553636 or visit

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Toy Fair

Nov 12 10am-4pm

The Toy Fair returns to K2 Crawley with more than 90 stalls selling toys from the past 100 years, including Hornby, Corgi, Matchbox, Meccano, Scalextric, Dinky, boats, planes, figurines and dolls. For more details call Jeff Martin on 020 8690 6229

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Crawley Live Oct/Nov 2011  

Crawley's bi-monthly magazine for residents.