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Central Sussex College 57th Annual Construction and Engineering Awards

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Central Sussex College held its 57th Annual Awards last week to recognise top students and apprentices in Construction and Engineering.

The event was attended by student winners and their guests, faculty, and representatives from sponsors Kier Construction and the Burgess Hill District Lions Club. Local dignitaries included HIS WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR of Crawley, Councillor Brian Quinn, Chair of Mid-Sussex District Council, Councillor Bruce Forbes and Sir Norman Longley.

The students and guests were welcomed with drinks and a finger buffet provided by the College’s hospitality and catering students.

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The College’s Vice Principal, Dean Wynter, opened the event, thanking sponsors and guests for their valued support and highlighting the college’s expertise in the fields of construction and engineering, and its long history of working in partnership with local businesses. Head of Studies at the College, Jeremy Ridley, presented the awards.

Family of Shahid Moghal with Bethany Ward

Amongst the winners, 18-year-old Bethany Ward was presented with a new award, the Shahid Moghal Memorial Award for Best Student in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. Her lecturer commented, ‘Beth has produced outstanding work, and gained excellent results in all her examinations’. The John Cox Cup for Best Craft Student went to Mahum Bhatti, aged 20, whose lecturer said, ‘Mahum has shown a huge growth in confidence, and won overall Gold at the Young Craftsman of the Year competition’.

Connor Lindsay receiving his award, with Vice Principal Dean Wynter

Picking up the D. W. Nye Builders Merchant Cup was 19-year-old Connor Lindsay, whose lecturer said simply, ‘Connor is the best bricklayer we have had at the college in living memory’.

Taylor Woods receiving his award for Student of the Year, with Vice Principal Dean Wynter

The award for Student of the Year, 2016-2017, went to Taylor Woods, 23. Taylor also received the faculty of Construction and Engineering Award for Welding and Fabrication, and has been selected to represent the college at the SkillWeld Regional Finals.

Generous sponsorship contributed towards the prizes for the winners, which included valuable trade tools, cash, gift vouchers and a bursary. The College is extremely grateful to Sir Norman Longley, The Fixings and Power Tools Centre, Graham Plumbers Merchants, Kier Construction, The Manly Trust, SKS Tools Supplies, Sunninghill Construction Co Ltd, Screwfix Crawley, Lawsons Crawley with OX UK, and the Burgess Hill District Lions Club `for their generous donations.

Dean Wynter wrapped up the event with a message of thanks, saying, ‘We are delighted to once again honour the achievements of the College’s construction and engineering students, of whom we are extremely proud. I would like to thank our dedicated and supportive lecturers who do all they can to support and inspire our students, and also to thank our sponsors and the local construction industry for supporting our talented students.’

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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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