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All Crawley Co-op food stores set up as food banks for local charity

The new initiative, setup by Paul Taylor-Burr, an ambassador pioneer for Co-op and Ian WIlkins from Open House was started on the 3rd August.



In surely a first for any town an initiative will see every Co-op across Crawley now be able to take food donations.

Food bins have been placed in each of the Co-ops where shoppers are able to leave donations for Crawley Open House.

Currently collections will be taking place every Friday but if demand grows then more frequent ones will be organised.

Paul Taylor-Burr said:

“We are looking for donations of non perishable items such as Tuna, Rice Pudding, Cereal, Tea bags, Tinned Custard, Tinned Meat, Baked Beans.

The Open house do such magnificent work and the more we can show our belief and support for what they do the better.”

There are Co-ops stores in Langley Green, Pound Hill, Tilgate, Bewbush, Maidenbower and Ifield.


Charity launches FREE tennis sessions in Crawley for a whole year



Left to right, Lead coach Gareth Balch Coach support coach Justin Garner and volunteer Dan Cobley.

After the nation was gripped by Wimbledon, national sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Crawley by investing in a programme of free tennis sessions at the Maidenbower Park tennis courts, Maidenbower, Crawley RH10 7HG, starting on Sunday 28 July at 9.30-11am.  

In an exciting partnership with Crawley Borough Council and the LTA, Tennis For Free will provide free coach-led tennis sessions for all the family for one year as part of its aim to use tennis to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of all members of the community across the UK.

With over 100 schemes across the UK, Maidenbower Park is one of several similar schemes in the South East and will be every Sunday between 9.30-11am. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need a racket or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge.  Sign up for Tennis For Free Maidenbower now at

Lead scheme organiser Gareth Balch said:

“I am very excited to welcome Tennis For Free to Crawley. The Maidenbower Tennis For Free scheme is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to try tennis for either the first time, or to dust off the cobwebs after a time away from the sport.  It’s a fun, friendly and entertaining free weekly event where you’ll make new friends and benefit from regular exercise.  There is no catch, as the name suggests, everything is free.”

Tennis For Free CEO Paul Jessop said:

“We are changing the image of tennis to a sport for ALL by removing the cost barrier so that members of all communities can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially. Maidenbower Park is one of hundreds of schemes we are opening across the UK over the next five years as part of our plan to get more people playing this wonderful sport.  We have created specially designed programmes to welcome families, the old and the young, of any ability and the beauty is that each session is led by qualified tennis coaches who will ensure people develop at their own pace.

“But it’s not just about the playing.  We have seen at our other schemes that small friendly community groups grow.  This social cohesion is great to see especially for those who may not think tennis is for them but is for another member of their family.  People can still stay involved and help run the schemes.  We are always looking for local volunteers to grow the game, indeed some of our most successful and sustainable schemes across the UK have the coaches supported by a team of volunteers who organise further events which all contributes towards everyone’s wellbeing.”

Luke Digweed from the LTA said:

“We are very excited about the free activities being created for people to play tennis in Crawley through the Tennis for Free programme, and Maidenbower Park is a really accessible park in the heart of the community.  Having good local easy to access park facilities where you can play informally with your family and friends is really important to encourage people to play.  But Tennis For Free is also about the ability to meet new people and develop friendships, taking regular exercise and simply having fun.  It isn’t about finding the next Andy Murray, but about making tennis accessible to all.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“Whether you’ve never picked up a racket or are a seasoned regular, come along to Maidenbower Park on Sunday mornings for the Tennis for Free sessions. Qualified coaches, equipment provided – and all for free. These sessions will benefit those with limited access to sport, enhance physical and mental wellbeing and re-energise people of all ages.”

Sign up for Tennis For Free at Maidenbower Park every Sunday from 9.30-11am at  You can also follow Tennis For Free on Twitter and Facebook @tennisforfree

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