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Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? The festive period can mean an increase in the amount of rubbish that we produce. Not only do we buy more food and drink, we also buy cards and trees, not to mention all the presents.

‘Hints and tips’ to stay green: • Paper giftwrap can be recycled but the metallic wrapping paper can’t! • Cardboard advent calendars can be put in your recycling bin but just take out the plastic insert that holds the chocolates • Used paper plates and napkins can’t be recycled as they are covered in food leftovers • Ensure beer and lager cans are empty before putting in your recycling bin • Flatten large cardboard boxes from presents, put them inside your recycling bin and keep your recycling bin lid shut • If you get new electrical gifts for Christmas please don’t put your old ones in your recycling bin – take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Site where they can be recycled • Please don’t put old toys in your recycling bin

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Clean takeaway containers, Tin foil

Pet food pouches, Crisp packets

Wine bottles, Beer bottles, Jam jars, Sauce jars

Pyrex©, Drinking glasses & Crockery

Food cans, Drink cans, Pet food cans, Empty hairspray & deodorant, Aerosols

Batteries, Electrical items

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Aladdin competition


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Collection dates and recycling


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Snow, ice and cold weather adv

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Sunrise Nursery

Childcare at the Town Hall

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Ten timely tips to make Christm

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Councillor Brenda Burgess, the chair of Crawley Council’s Licensing Committee

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News from across the town



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With Christmas fast approaching there is plenty of festive fun in this issue. On page seven we have our annual pantomime competition with The Hawth and on pages 10 and 11 there is helpful advice on how to have a green Christmas, with handy tips as well as your revised rubbish and recycling collection dates. And on page 18 you can find out what is happening in Crawley in the run up to 25 December with our guide to festive events. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So what can you do with all that rubbish? Some of it can be recycled in your recycling bin.

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Welcome to your December/January issue of Crawley Live.

By mid-afternoon on Christmas day we are usually slumped on the sofa surrounded by a mountain of rubbish – you can’t even see your feet because everything below knee level is submerged in a sea of wrapping paper, toy packaging and Christmas cards that have already been knocked off the mantelpiece.

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Cars of the future come to Crawley A range of low-emission vehicles completed the third annual Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge in November, stopping off at Central Sussex College’s Crawley campus on the way.

Six spaces to celebrate six decades

The six sites, one for each decade of the Queen’s reign, are: • Bewbush Water Gardens, Bewbush.

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Work to upgrade the dam at the Mill Pond is continuing.

Allowing your dog to foul public places in Crawley and not clearing up the mess can lead to a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £50.

Five companies have been invited to tender for the early contractor involvement stage of work to the Mill Pond. A contractor will be chosen in March 2013.

A number of celebrity drivers took part in the event. Actor, presenter and green car ambassador, Robert Central Sussex College was, for the Llewellyn drove a Vauxhall Ampera, third year running, chosen as a DJ Mark Goodier was behind stopping point, with cars arriving the wheel of a Mitsubishi i-Miev, at the Crawley campus from just Olympic swimmer Ross Davenport after 8am. showcased a Toyota Prius Plug in, Coronation Street star Tony Hirst was in a Nissan Leaf, and Top Gears’ Former Stig, and Hollywood stunt driver, Ben Collins, also drove a Nissan Leaf.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields challenge, operated by charity Fields in Trust, aims to protect 2,012 outdoor spaces in communities all over the country to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Dog Fouling

Following the council’s decision in February to upgrade the dam, site investigation works are ongoing and results are expected this month.

Electric, hybrid, hydrogen and low-emission petrol and diesel cars competed to complete the 63-mile route using the least amount of energy possible. Entrants included large car manufacturers, celebrity drivers and independent motoring enthusiasts showcasing their vehicles.

Six outdoor spaces around Crawley have been chosen to become part of a living legacy for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Mill pond improvements

• Broadfield Park, Broadfield. • Ewhurst Wood, Langley Green.

A planning application is expected in November 2013. If approved, construction will begin in April 2014 and take around two years to complete. Some access to the Mill Pond will be restricted during this time. For more details visit:

The minority of irresponsible dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs damage

Work is continuing on the key design elements around the dam, including the crest height of the dam, a potential change to the height of the existing spillway and the width and level of the emergency spillway.

• Waterlea Flood Meadows, Furnace Green. The sites contain a mixture of open space, trees, rivers and ponds and are great places for wildlife to thrive and for visitors to enjoy. For more information about the challenge visit: and

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the reputation of responsible dog owners. Always carry a means to clear up after your dog, whether this is a simple plastic bag or a poop scoop device. If you see someone failing to clear up after their dog call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324. The wardens, who regularly visit hot spot areas, can only issue an FPN if they witness the dog fouling.

We all want to feel safe in the places where we live, work and relax. It’s important that we are able to go about our day-to-day business without fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Most requests focus on improvements to existing street lighting but we’re happy to look into small-scale suggestions you feel would help to improve safety in your neighbourhood.

Community safety has been identified by residents as an important issue so Crawley Borough Council is seeking requests for the Community Safety Improvements Programme for extra or improved street lighting. The programme’s aim is to reduce crime, fear of crime and anti-social behaviour.

To suggest a scheme, email or write to Peter Fletcher, Crawley Borough Council, Town Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley RH10 1UZ. Please state the location for the proposed scheme, a brief reason for your request and identify the problem concerned.

Fitness makeover K2 Crawley has received a £100,000 makeover to bring the gym to the cutting edge of fitness training. The investment from Crawley Borough Council means the gym now boasts a brand new range of Hammer Strength plate loaded equipment, some of the most advanced and up to date freeweight systems available.

Worth Park restoration Crawley Borough Council has been awarded a grant of £2.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund to restore Worth Park to its former Victorian glory. The money from the funds’ joint Parks for People programme will be used to restore and enhance the area and ensure that the people who visit this historic park have an enjoyable and educational experience.

In preparation for the stonework restoration early next year, selective shrub and tree clearance work will take place. A re-planting scheme, reflecting the range of species and original intention of the Victorian period layout, will be taking place over the coming planting seasons. The work has been carefully planned at this time so it does not interfere with the nesting season.

• Grattons Conservation Area, Pound Hill. • Northgate Avenue Conservation Area, Northgate.

Dog fouling is unpleasant and irresponsible. Failing to remove it is illegal, as well as being a danger to human health.

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Homes for all at Breezehurst Drive The final phase of the successful Bewbush Regeneration Project has been given the green light. Breezehurst Drive will be the site of 40 new council homes, providing much needed, affordable housing. The scheme will be funded by a £1million grant from the Homes

and Communities Agency. Countryside Properties plc has been appointed as the developer partner. Work will start in spring and be completed by March 2015.

Clean Crawley Crawley is officially a clean town after achieving four stars in the Clean Britain Awards. Ten areas were visited and judges assessed the town based on 13 different criteria, including general

litter, chewing gum, graffiti and fly-tipping. Thanks to council workers and local residents, the town was described by judges as ‘a well maintained environment with the issue of litter well under control.’

Helping young people in tough times Several organisations have pulled together to make a difference to the lives of young people who have been through tough times.

YMCA apprentices will makeover 30 empty homes around West Sussex and gain painting and decorating skills along the way.

A YMCA initiative, supported by Crawley Borough Council and its maintenance contractor MITIE, aims to provide valuable skills, better job prospects and accommodation.

The renovated properties will provide stable homes for young people who have required support from the YMCA but are now ready to live independently.

all fitness abilities, whether you visit to wind down after a long day or want to make serious changes to your fitness, there is something for everyone! Several athletes used K2 Crawley as a training ground for London 2012. So if you were inspired by this summer’s spectacular display of sport why not follow in their footsteps and use K2 Crawley to achieve your own goals and targets?

K2 Crawley is also now the proud owner of a Synrgy360 unit, one of To find out more about the only a handful in the UK and the new gym facilities and the first in the south! Synrgy360 visit: The refurbished gym provides facilities suitable for exercisers of

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The Hawth now has a dance studio, a digital cinema and a newly re-designed foyer for visitors to enjoy. The changes have been made by Parkwood Leisure who began operating the theatre in February, working in partnership with Crawley Borough Council.

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new design The foyer and box office have been transformed to create an open and inviting space for when you book tickets or arrive for a show. Another design change is the removal of the reception area, which has significantly increased the amount of available space on the ground floor.

digital cinema Curzon Cinemas, one of the UK’s principle independent cinema chains, has brought the digital age to the Hawth. The Hawth Studio has been kitted out with top-of-the-range digital equipment and brand new seating to provide a fantastic and comfortable film experience. Film-lovers can enjoy a wide variety of cinema - from Hollywood blockbusters and children’s favourites to art house films and world cinema. There will be something for everyone! For the latest film news visit: and sign up for a film e-newsletter.

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The Hawth has opened a brand-new Sway dance studio complete with mirrored walls, a sprung floor and highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers. Sway Dance is a successful dance brand and provides inspiring dance experiences at Parkwood Leisure venues across the country. Sway Dance Brand Manager Kylie Stevenson said: “Dance is a wonderful way to keep fit and make friends. Dancers will get the chance to perform on The Hawth stage, and who knows - one day maybe even in the West End!”

The cast of Aladdin – Les Dennis and Noel Sullivan, along with Jon Clegg and Helen Kurup – paid an early visit to Crawley to officially launched this year’s actionpacked pantomime during a visit to The Hawth theatre!

This Christmas will see Les Dennis don a frock as Widow Twankey. Joining Les will be Noel Sullivan (Hear’say) in his pantomime debut in the title role of Aladdin and Crawley favourite Jon Clegg plays Wishee Washee, ensuring comedy takes centre stage once again at The Hawth’s annual pantomime. Adding a touch of glamour to the proceedings is Helen Kurup (CBBC’s I Dream) in the role of Princess Jasmine. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients of comedy, stunning sets, beautiful costumes, a

fabulous flying carpet, plenty of boos and hisses and an Aladdin’s cave full of surprises...Aladdin offers a world of magic, mystery and mayhem. Aladdin runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 30 December. Tickets for this seasonal spectacular are available on 01293 553636 or online at Tickets start from only £15.50 with generous concessions and group discounts available, so there has never been a better time to join us on this magical carpet ride for all the family.

Street dance classes for all ages on Mondays and zumba for adults on Wednesday evenings are up an running and proving extremely popular already. Classes will be added throughout the year so look out for something that makes you want to dance! For more information about classes please call The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636.

WIN TICKETS TO SEE ALADDIN To win a ticket family ticket for four to see Aladdin at The Hawth, plus a goodie bag, on Sunday 9 December at 5.30pm simply answer the following question: How many wishes does the genie grant Aladdin after he rubs the lamp? Send your answers, with name, address and telephone number to: Pantomime Competition, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ by Tuesday 4 December. The winner will be contacted by phone on the same date.

Light up, lock up and keep burglars out

How do you see Crawley in 2029? Only a few days remain for you to have your say on the Crawley 2029 Local Plan and help to shape the future of your town. Exhibitions have already been held at the Town Hall, County Mall and K2 Crawley, where residents and businesses shared their thoughts about the suggested policies and targets for the area between 2014 and 2029. An online form will be available until Monday (3 December) for anyone who still wants to get involved. We want to know what you think about the plans for: • Crawley’s character • Economic development • Housing • The environment

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• Community and transportation infrastructure • Gatwick Airport. These are changes that will affect where you live, work, learn, relax and visit. Now is your chance to voice your opinions on how you want to see your town develop for existing, and future, generations. The Crawley 2029 Local Plan will then be looked at to see if it can better reflect residents’ wants, needs and aspirations. So how do you want to see Crawley in 2029? For access to the form and more information about the Crawley 2029 vision, visit or call the Forward Planning team on 01293 438624.

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Christmas REDtop recycling tips Your rubbish and recycling collection days change over the Christmas holiday. Use the table below to find out when your revised collections will take place.

Rubbish collections

Recycling week 1 collections

Recycling week 2 collections


Monday December 24 Wednesday January 2 Tuesday January 8

Monday December 17 Wednesday January 2

Monday December 24 Tuesday January 8


Thursday December 27 Thursday January 3 Wednesday January 9

Tuesday December 18 Thursday January 3

Thursday December 27 Wednesday January 9


Friday December 28 Friday January 4 Thursday January 10

Wednesday December 19 Friday January 4

Friday December 28 Thursday January 10

Saturday December 29 Saturday January 5 Friday January 11

Thursday December 20 Saturday January 5

Saturday December 29 Friday January 11

Monday December 31 Monday January 7 Saturday January 12

Friday December 21 Monday January 7


Rural collections

Thursday December 27 Wednesday January 2 Wednesday January 9

Monday December 31 Saturday January 12

Friday December 28 Thursday January 10

To check if your recycling collection is week 1 or week 2, please visit or call 0800 5875 888.

rubbish and recycling container(s) are placed out at the edge of your property by 7.30am on your collection day, and are clearly visible.

Collections may not be made at the usual time of day during the holiday period, so please make sure your

Due to bank holidays and the Warnham landfill site being closed over the festive season, some of

Please place all items in your REDtop recycling bin: Clean – free from food leftovers

your collection days have had to be changed. Details of individual Christmas and New Year refuse and recycling collections will be mailed to every home during December. All collections return to normal from Monday January 14 2013.

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Paper and card

Cardboard boxes (fold and place inside your REDtop bin) Christmas cards Envelopes/ junk mail Paper decorations e.g. paper chains Wrapping paper (not foil or plastic based) Newspapers and magazines

Wet paper and cardboard Shredded paper Metallic wrapping paper Paper towels / napkins Polystyrene in cardboard boxes

Foil and foil containers

Clean aluminium Clean aluminium containers

Crisp packets Dirty foil Foil wrapping paper Cat food pouches

Glass bottles and jars

Wine and beer bottles Sauce jars e.g. cranberry and jam jars

Pyrex Drinking glasses Ceramics and crockery Glass vases

Metal cans and aerosols

Metal sweet and biscuit tins Metal bottle tops and jam jar lids Food, drink and pet food cans Empty aerosol cans

Saucepans Utensils Batteries


Fruit juice cartons Long life milk cartons Soup cartons

Crisp packets Cat food pouches Soup pouches

Plastic bottles only

Drink bottles Milk bottles Shampoo bottles Washing up liquid bottles

Plastic bags / sacks Polystyrene Food trays Margarine tubs Sweet wrappers

Christmas trees Please take your Christmas tree to the Household Waste Recycling Site at Metcalf Way.


Dry – keep recycling bin lid shut

Normal collection day


Over the Christmas and party season about 30 per cent more rubbish is produced, most of which can be recycled. To help we have put together this handy guide as to what seasonal items can go in your REDtop recycling bin and what to leave out.

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preparing for

For more weather and disruption information visit

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Grit bags

Snow Force

What you can do to help

Over the past few years Crawley has been hit with some pretty extreme weather conditions that saw some of the council’s services disrupted. While some disruption to services is inevitable, Crawley Borough Council has put a series of plans in place to minimise interruptions should the snow and ice come our way again.

We have increased the number of grit bags we have requested from West Sussex County Council from 66 to 80. There will be one grit bag at each neighbourhood parade with the rest of the bags located around the town in identified problem areas. Grit bags will be delivered by the county council when the five-day weather forecast predicts heavy and prolonged snowfall.

Our network of volunteers – called the Snow Force – is growing. The volunteers have been provided with a snow clearing kit, which has items to help them clear snow from pavements such as a push-along grit spreader, a shovel, a broom and salt etc.

If the weather is severe please show community spirit and help out if you can. This could be clearing snow and ice or checking on a neighbour.

Snow clearing equipment The council has snow plough blades and rear grit spreaders to attach to certain vehicles in the council’s fleet. If needed, the council will support the county council by using this equipment to clear priority areas such as ambulance, police and fire stations as well as Crawley Hospital, Snell Hatch Cemetery (if burials are booked) and elderly people’s dwellings and sheltered housing schemes. The full priority list can be found at: The county council will concentrate on clearing major highways, including all A and B roads.

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Two volunteers are located in each neighbourhood, at opposite ends, to help coordinate the snow clearing in their local areas. If you would like to get involved in Snow Force or if you have any questions call Ruth Growney on 01293 438926 or Kathryn Ripley on 01293 438633. To find out who your local Snow Force volunteer is please contact your local councillor (please see page 23 for contact details).

Snowline We have set up Snowline, a dedicated phone line where we will leave recorded messages updating you on any service disruptions to our waste and recycling services. Call 01293 438215.

If you are clearing snow, it’s easier to do it when it’s fresh. It can be swept and shovelled, ideally on to grass areas or along the kerb. If possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight. Don’t use water or other liquids – this could cause more treacherous black ice. If you are thinking of clearing snow and ice yourself, don’t be put off because you’re afraid someone will get injured and blame the way you’ve cleared it. People walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves.

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Timely tips to make Christmas & New Year safer Don’t let anything spoil your celebrations this festive season. Here are ten tips for avoiding potential dangers.

Sunrise Nursery offers childcare for children aged two to five years. The nursery is managed by professional childcare staff, offering a well established, high quality, safe and reliable service and comes highly recommended by parents. Located at the Town Hall and managed by Crawley Borough Council, the nursery is open from 8am-6pm Monday to Thursday and until 5.30pm on Fridays. Morning sessions are 8am-1pm and afternoon sessions are 1-6pm (5.30pm on Fridays). Each session costs £23.70 with morning and afternoon snacks included in the price.

Children aged three years and over are eligible for Early Education Funding and Sunrise accepts Childcare Vouchers to assist with costs. There are 15 places available in each session. As a smaller nursery, staff are able to help with the often difficult transition from home to school. Staff follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and are inspected by Ofsted. Facilities include a computer area, outside space and a quiet room with a bed. Varied activities include arts and crafts, sand and water play, cooking, and visits to local parks and venues. “It is so important to us to plan our activities around the children’s interests. We remain flexible and adapt activities depending on which children are in Sunrise each day.”

Healthy meals and snacks are offered at set times each day. 10am Fresh fruit or vegetable crudités with milk or water 12 noon Bring a packed lunch or utilise our hot healthy meal service at £2.12 per day (service provider is www.

Don’t make your home attractive to burglars. Keep doors and windows locked and ensure your home always looks occupied.


When planning a party or fireworks, please be considerate of other residents.


Don’t leave Christmas presents on display. Mark new valuables with your address or register them for free at


Don’t overload electrical sockets. Take special care with Christmas lights – unplug them if leaving them unattended.


Don’t leave valuables on display in cars. If possible, park in a secure ‘Park Mark’ car park. For more information visit


Empty boxes and packaging from gifts outside your home alerts burglars as to what is inside. Only put them out for recycling collection or take them to the Household Waste Recycling Site.


Avoid walking alone at night – use a registered taxi or walk with somebody you know.


Don’t put on a brave face this Christmas. Domestic violence is unacceptable at any time of the year. Call the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000247 or visit the Crawley domestic violence drop-in, which is open every Monday from 1-3pm at Relate, The Orchard, Brighton Road, Crawley, call: 07817 990656.


Take time to check on elderly relatives and neighbours. Make sure they’re safe and ensure they have a working smoke alarm. Regularly check the battery of your own smoke alarm and remove any dust. Call 0800 3286487 for a free home fire safety check.

2pm Fresh fruit or vegetable crudités with milk or water 4pm High tea – cheese or beans on toast are popular favourites!

Rachel Irvine and Caroline Hutchinson, Sunrise Nursery Managers Come and talk to the staff. Contact Rachel Irvine or Caroline Hutchinson on 01293 438471 who will be very happy to show you round the nursery and answer any questions.


For more details, an application form, nursery information pack and testimonials from parents, visit


Drink responsibly – don’t leave drinks unattended and know your limits! Don’t drink and drive. If you are celebrating with a group of friends make sure you agree on a designated driver who agrees not to drink.

Licensing is a fascinating area, covering many different activities. Most people think of pubs, clubs and off licences but there’s much more to it that that. The council’s licensing section issues and enforces a number of different licences, permits and consents. These include: • Personal licences for the sale of alcohol • Premises licences for the sale and supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment and latenight refreshments • Club premises licences for the supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment and latenight refreshments • Temporary event notices • Taxi and private hire licences

• Street trading permits

The four aims of licensing are:

• Gambling licences and permits.

• Public safety

Having Gatwick Airport in the town makes us a port health authority, meaning that we get involved in public health matters which many other local authorities do not.

• Prevention of crime and disorder

As well as the main Licensing Committee, Licensing Sub-Committees are held to consider applications, reviews and/or variation of certain licences.

All licensed premises must meet these objectives. It is the responsibility of the Licensing Committee to make sure that the licences issued ensure the premises are run in the correct way.

A recent example is where we have approved/ rejected an application for a new pub on Maidenbower Business Park. Another was in October, when we granted a licence to sell alcohol to a newsagent in Northgate. However, the conditions of the licensee’s lease do not allow him to sell alcohol. This is a strange situation but the Licensing Sub-Committee is unable to take agreements like this into consideration when granting (or rejecting) applications.

60-second interview Brenda Burgess

Councillor Brenda Burgess is Chair of Crawley Borough Council’s Licensing Committee. Here Brenda explains what her role involves.

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• Prevention of public nuisance • The protection of children from harm.

The role I have is really interesting. It’s full of variety and has an impact on everyone’s day to day lives.

Nautical Training Corps

Brenda can be contacted by calling 01293 441204 or emailing

Q&A with TS Glorious & TS Superb of the Nautical Training Corps How long has your group been established? TS Glorious has been running within the local community for 46 years. TS Superb is proud to be 43 years old. Is it open to all ages? We are pleased to be able to involve cadets aged from eight all the way to 17 years of age, at which point many decide to stay having been promoted to officers.

The Nautical Training Corps (NTC) is a uniformed youth organisation and registered charity, based in the south of England. The Corps aims to help young people develop their full potential through nautically-based training. Opportunities are provided to explore a wide range of experiences and activities including sailing, canoeing, sports, climbing, marching band and

shooting. These are available at the Corps’ local divisions, its two national activity centres and other organisations’ facilities. Many units offer their cadets the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Cadets are encouraged to progress through ranks, based upon those employed in the Royal Navy leading to instructor and command positions. Currently more than 400 cadets and 100 officers, instructors and adult volunteers comprise the Corps, which also operates sailing and boating centres.

Is there any cost? TS Glorious costs £3 per week, TS Superb costs £3.50 per week. This money helps to fund the units. How many members does it have? TS Glorious has 12 serving members, but is always looking to grow! TS Superb has 42. What activities does it provide? There are a wide range of activities that we take part in as part of the NTC, from taking part in local events, through to camping, orienteering, archery, air-rifle shooting, first aid swimming and sports. Something for everyone really!


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Roll of honour

Crawley gets more

In the past three years Crawley has won: • Gold at the 2012 South and South East in Bloom Awards (large town/small city) • The 2011 South and South East in Bloom Champion of Champions Award, achieving High Gold standard • Silver Gilt and Category Winner (large town/ small city) accolades at the 2010 Britain in Bloom Awards • The Britain in Bloom 2010 Community Award for Let’s FACE it! • Gold and category winner prizes (large town/ small city) at the 2010 South and South East in Bloom Awards • Gold and category winner prizes (town centre and large town/small city) at the 2009 South and South East in Bloom Awards.

Britain in Bloom awards

Crawley has won the silver gilt prize at the 2012 Britain in Bloom Awards. The town was up against Gosport (Hampshire), Harrogate (North Yorkshire), Loughborough (Leicestershire) and Taunton (Somerset) in the small city category. Loughborough won the category with a gold award. Crawley also won silver gilt two years ago, but received higher marks this time around with strong potential to move forward. Judging for the national competition is stricter than for the regional competition. And the success didn’t end there. Let’s FACE it! co-ordinator Ruth Growney won the Britain in Bloom Community Champion Award and Desmond Anderson School was one of only two schools nominated for the Britain in Bloom Discretionary Award for Best School. The results were announced in October. The Britain in Bloom judges called Crawley ‘a thriving and dynamic town’ and said: “The award-winning Let’s FACE it! initiative is the driving force behind the local Bloom campaign and the benefits

which this is bringing to the town, in terms of environmental improvements and community engagement, are clear for all to see. “Eye-catching sustainable planting schemes, complemented by high-quality colourful floral container displays, provide real impact. Crawley is to be congratulated on producing an entry which has excellent community support.” Judges picked out many areas of achievement, including: • The Caribbean planters being an excellent tribute to the Olympic Games • The colour scheme for the barrier planters and baskets was well coordinated, creating impact throughout the town centre • Malthouse Road allotments in Southgate, in particular Tony Massimo’s plot • Desmond Anderson School’s range of horticultural interests and the efforts of pupils

• Good displays on the Moonraker and Snooty Fox pubs • The efforts of Crawley Horticultural Society in the Walled Garden at Tilgate Park, particularly the herbaceous borders and maze • The Green Zone at Tilgate Park is an excellent way of promoting recycling and the environment • Improvements to Tilgate Lake and Worth Park • Let’s FACE it! promotes partnership to improve the environment, with Boswell Road resident Sharon Ottley being singled out for praise • The number of improvement projects involving the community.


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Full training will be provided. Con tact Greg Cooper on 01293 585318 or email Other cycling opportunities incl ude: • The BMX track at Cherry Lan e playing fields • Easy Pedal cycle group in Tilg ate Park – for more information call 01293 585350 • Go Sky Ride, an online social cycle group at cling-groups • The West Sussex Cycle Journey Planner – visit www.cyclejourneyplanne

• Wheels for Wellbeing offers inclusive cycling sessions for people with disabilities – for mo re information visit www. • Sustrans Bike It officer Alan Heaton is delivering fun and interactive cycling activities in 11 Crawley primary schools – for more information visit www.s

Have a healthy Christmas

Christmas is a time of excess but it’s important to remember the impact of your diet on your health ove r the festive period. For Christmas healthy eating tips , visit www.crawley.westsussexwellbe ting

Tai chi moves indoors Running in Manor Royal

Four running routes varying in distance have been installed in Manor Royal Busines s District, ideal for nearby employees as well as the wider community. The Manor Royal Business Gro up worked in partnership with Crawley Wellbe ing to use outdoor space to promote an active lifes tyle. Online maps of the routes are available at

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Tai Chi in the Park is moving indo ors over the winter months. The class will be held at the Civi c Hall on Tuesdays from 12.30-1 .30pm. For more information about tai chi and other exercise classes visit www.crawley.westsussexwellbe

Workshops Family and Teen Weight off

and exercise habits can lead to Learn how small changes to diet Weight off Workshop (WoW). big changes to your health at a dren aged between six and 11 Family WoW is designed for chil 16 or carer, while those aged up to years accompanied by a parent can attend Teen WoW. . Weekly meetings include: The programme is 12 weeks long • Group sessions • Healthy lifestyle discussions • Physical activities.

es are limited. To apply for a It is free to attend although plac 93 call the Wellbeing Team on 012 place, or for more information, or visit 585317, email wellbeing@craw http://crawley.westsussexwellb




The season of goodwill

Christmas is the season to be merry and of goodwill to all. This is true for many Crawley residents, who can look forward to celebrating, visiting loved ones, exchanging presents and a chance to overindulge.


CRAWLEYLive Dec/Jan 2013

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

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How can you help to make this a season of goodwill to all?

One option is a donation to a charity of your choice. CCVS launched its 2012 appeal over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend to help with the continuation of its services. The appeal aims to have 1,952 local residents donating £5 Spare a thought however for those who see this season as a a month and 60 local businesses donating £1,952 over the time of anxiety or depression. Extra financial pressures, having next 12 months. To find out how to support this appeal, visit no relatives and disruption to a normal routine can lead to loneliness and isolation. The help of volunteers over this busy period and beyond Many charities find this to be the busiest period of the year – would also be greatly valued. helping people with financial and emotional issues, access to Volunteering provides: accommodation or simply a Christmas meal. • A sense of achievement and pride from helping others – as Pressures are likely to be even greater this year as a result of demonstrated by the London 2012 Games Makers this the tough economic climate. There will be greater demand summer on the services provided by charities or voluntary groups, who themselves have less money and resources. • Company and interaction as part of a team and with people less fortunate than most Crawley Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS), an independent charity, has provided support to more than 300 charity and • Skills and attributes that will enhance your CV and voluntary groups this year. employability. CCVS is totally reliant upon grants and donations from Contact the Volunteer Centre at CCVS to find a volunteering residents and organisations to continue these services. It opportunity to suit you in 2013. faces a £46,000 deficit in its budget for the forthcoming We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. period and, as a result, resources available to support local charities and voluntary groups have been reduced. Find out more about the work of CCVS by visiting or by calling 01293 657000 and asking for Paul Schrade or David Clay.

In an emergency

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

Langley Green Stephen Joyce – 01293 409242 David Shreeves – 07752 249984 Brenda Smith – 01293 542535

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

Maidenbower Duncan Peck – 07900 227211 Ken Trussell – 01293 883780 Lenny Walker – 01293 438625

Broadfield South Colin Moffatt – 01293 530585 Alan Quirk – 01293 413853 Furnace Green Duncan Crow – 01293 888564 Carol Eade – 01293 614216 Gossops Green Keith Blake – 01293 435373 Chris Mullins – 01293 511069 Ifield John Denman – 01293 544442 Chris Oxlade – 07710 900813 Peter Smith – 07703 502430

Northgate Peter Lamb – 07729 167084 Geraint Thomas – 01293 770121 Pound Hill North Sally Blake – 01293 435373 Keith Brockwell – 07554 889597 Richard Burrett – 01293 522338 Pound Hill South and Worth Lee Burke – 01293 400230 Claire Denman – 01293 544442 Bob Lanzer – 01293 884789

Southgate Howard Bloom – 01293 863771 Liam Marshall-Ascough – 07966 070994 Karl Williamson – 07872 558223 Three Bridges Bob Burgess – 01293 441204 Brenda Burgess – 01293 441204 Tilgate Nigel Boxall – 07921 122205 Colin Lloyd – 01293 527843 West Green Vanessa Cumper – 07825 826835 Bill Ward – 01293 517053

Your MP Henry Smith MP 01293 934554 or 020 7219 7043 To make an appointment to see Henry Smith MP please contact him on 01293 934554 or email

rgeries COUNCILlors’ Su Langley Green Councillors Stephen Joyce, David Shreeves and Brenda Smith will hold a surgery in the Langley Green Centre on 13 December 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. Council meetings 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.

West Sussex llors County Counci 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

S COUNCIL MEETING 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. Audit and Governance 11 December (6.30pm) Cabinet 28 November, 16 January Development Control 3 December, 2, 21 January Full Council 12 December General Purposes 28 January (7pm) Licensing 9 January Overview and Scrutiny Commission 14 January (7pm) Standards 30 January (7pm)

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Dec 6 - 9 + 13 - 16 Various times

This enchanting fairytale involving a fairy godmother, a pumpkin carriage, a missing shoe and, of course, a handsome prince comes to the Ifield Barn Theatre. For more details call 01293 522763 or visit

Visit The Hawth and listen to one of the most excitin g blues bands in the UK and leading exponents of the classic electric blues tradition, with references to BB King, Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson. For more information call 01293 553636 or visit

The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen’s story of an unbreakable friendship is brought to life at The Hawth with music and song. A tale of evil spells, a magic mirror, a dangerous journey to the North Pole and love. For more information call 01293 553636 or visit

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The Elvis Years 1954-1977 The UK’s number one Elvis production is back! This outstanding two-hour concert production of the West End’s Jailhouse Rock features original star Mario Kombou and more than 40 of your favourite hits at The Hawth. For more information call 01293 553636 or visit

Crawley Live Dec - Jan 2013  
Crawley Live Dec - Jan 2013  

Crawley Borough Council news and information Dec - Jan 2013.