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Calling all Crawley schools, hospice needs young artists

St Catherine’s Hospice is calling on local schools, early years learning groups and community groups to get involved in an exciting, large scale art project while supporting their local hospice.



Pupils from Whyteleafe school with their wire heart

Eight schools have already signed up for St Catherine’s Young Heart Project. This is part of the hospice’s HeART to Heart trail, sponsored by Thakeham, which will give visitors a chance to follow a trail of giant hearts across Sussex and Surrey this summer. These hearts will be displayed in the areas St Catherine’s provides people with expert end of life care.  

And there’s still chance for other local schools, early year learning groups and community groups to become a crucial part of the hospice’s trail by joining the Young Hearts project.

The project involves school or groups customising a wire heart for display in local spaces such as libraries and shopping centres. Their wire hearts will be displayed alongside larger heart sculptures. These sculptures have been uniquely designed by local artists and individually sponsored by local businesses and organisations.

Each wire heart has also been handmade by a local artist and designed to create a beautiful structure that encourages children’s creative freedom. There is also the opportunity for young people to take part in workshops with local artists.

Pupils from Whyteleafe school with their wire heart

Whyteleafe School in Tandridge, Surrey has already signed up to the project. Jenny Taylor, a Year 3 teacher at the school said,

“We’re excited to take part in St Catherine’s Young Heart Project and to design a heart for the trail. We’re having a competition for the best designed heart and are looking forward to using our new art studio to give us inspiration. Our school council voted for St Catherine’s as our charity for the year. And we’re looking forward to holding lots of fun events to help raise money for our local hospice.”

Abi Harley, Community Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said,

“I hope lots of schools and groups will get involved in our exciting art trail. And I’m looking forward to seeing the creations from talented young people across our community. To take part in Young Hearts, we ask your school or group to raise £500 or more to for your mini heart. The money you raise will help us care for more terminally ill people and their family and friends in the future. And will help us make sure that in years to come, nobody in our community has to face death and loss alone.“

Ready to open your heart? To sign up or for more information please contact Abi Harley, Community Fundraiser at St Catherine’s on 01293 447319 or email  – Please note designs need to be completed by the end of May 2019. 


Come visit our parks, just not Tilgate says Crawley Council as questions continue over car parks closure



Crawley Borough Council is asking residents who want to go to the towns parks to try other ones besides Tilgate Park over worries that social distancing is not able to be maintained due to its popularity.

In a statement released the council says that by encouraging people to visit other parks then it will ‘reduce the burden on Tilgate Park and the residential streets nearby, while the car parks remain closed’.

But residents have questioned why the car parks are still not open despite advice from the government allowing it to happen.

One resident who questioned the decision to keep the car parks closed with Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb said of his response:

“His view is that despite the Government relaxing restrictions ( and these are to be relaxed even more next week ) he doesn’t agree with Boris Johnson and so has decided to maintain a total lockdown on all the parking that feeds into the largest open space in our town Tilgate Forest and Lake.”

How is it that our Council leader seems to know more about this crisis than our National Government and that despite all other resources being relaxed for example , National Parks throughput the UK are now open and the NT has opened all its beach and countryside locations – he still refuses to allow unencumbered  access for those needing to drive a short distance to use these spaces ( I live in Southgate but my dog has bad arthritis and so can’t manage the 3/4 mile road walk to get to Tilgate Forest by foot).

He has repeatedly told me that Tilgate is his biggest source of revenue and everyday it stays closed he is losing income – so why is he so resolutely opposed to giving back a massive area of natural beauty and Council income to the people of Crawley.”

So if Tilgate Park is off the books then where else is there?

Luckily Crawley has a wealth of parks with Broadfield Park, Goffs Park, Memorial Gardens, the Mill Pond and Bewbush Water Gardens, Southgate Park, West Green Park and Worth Park. And several of these have free parking with car parks acctually open.

The council has also provided information on smaller parks and playing fields across the whole town. For more details on Crawley’s gardens and parks visit

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“Preventing a second outbreak of Covid-19 means practicing social distancing at all times when away from home. Current visitor numbers at Tilgate Park make enforcing social distancing impossible, which is why we are actively asking residents not to visit the park at this time.”

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