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Calling all train enthusiasts, don’t miss the chance to visit Crawley Signal Box on their open day

A rare opportunity to see the workings of the signal box in the town.

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Situated on the corner of Springfield Road and Brighton Road, Southgate, adjacent to the level crossing, Crawley Signal Box has an open day this Saturday 13th July.

Credit: Brian Seaman

Originally built by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway, around 1877, it is a Grade 2 listed building.

As well as containing a lever frame by Saxby & Farmer (No. 2621), it is an excellent example of Victorian brickwork, and is well-known as a landmark.

The signal box was Grade II listed in 1983.

Admission is free and open from 12 noon to 4pm.

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Local musician holds workshop with Crawley school promoting Anti-Bullying

Schools up and down the country recently spent time marking Anti Bullying Week. At OLQOH School in Langley Green, the 2019 theme was “Change Starts with Us.”

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Workshops at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven primary school were led by local musician Ollie Heath, who used the unifying and all-inclusive medium of music to get everyone fired up chanting values of team spirit, resilience, focus and respect.

The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, mirroring the type of experience you usually get in a sports arena, with Ollie using his guitar and loop station to whisk up on the spot beats, the type of which you’d usually only hear at an Ed Sheeran concert! 

Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the special event with one pupil commenting, ‘today was an interesting, exciting and really enjoyable day which I will remember for a long time – thank you, Ollie.’

In response, Ollie said,
“when you hear an entire arena clapping and chanting in a concert, it’s electric and unifying. I use that same power to remind children how amazing they are and that anything is possible when people work together.

I’ve been coming back to Our Lady’s for years leading themed days and always have the best time! It’s an incredible school with phenomenal pupils, parents, Governors and staff!”.

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