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Coming to a screen near you… season two of West Sussex Unwrapped



West Sussex Unwrapped, brought to you by West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East, is back for a second fun-filled series.

Premiering on Tuesday 16 February, this all new eight-part monthly series builds on the archival treats of last year and offers viewers a mix of films, photos, documents and fascinating facts on a range of West Sussex topics.

This series features:

  • a Royal visit to Crawley in 1958;
  • Women’s Suffrage in West Sussex;
  • a new, computer designed, school in Eastergate in 1970;
  • a glimpse of life at a real ‘Downton Abbey’ at Warnham Court, near Horsham;
  • Scouts, picnickers and ramblers enjoying the majesty of the South Downs;
  • Hurstpierpoint’s famous St Lawrence Fair – dating back to the 14th century;
  • Shoreham Harbour at work in the 1960s,
  • and a visit to the cinema in Haywards Heath – 1920s style.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Following on from last year’s popular 10-week series, this second collaboration between the Record Office and Screen Archive South East promises to be another thrilling insight into the rich history of the county.

“I have no doubt that it will continue to capture the hearts and imagination of all who view it and will again allow us to live vicariously through the people and places we encounter in the video footage and the archives that are presented to us each month.”

Dr Frank Gray, the Director of Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton said,

“The very positive relationship we have with the West Sussex Record Office demonstrates the real value of like-minded heritage organisations working together to share our collections and reveal the county’s multi-media history. At a difficult time for all of us, it’s been a real pleasure putting this series together and reflecting on so many different aspects of our past.”

A new episode will be available every month from February to September.

For more information and to watch the series, visit


Crawley boy receives pioneering kit to help with his disabilities



Eleven-year-old Theakston Lee-Watson is among the first recipients of innovative new equipment to provide disabled children with sensory activities in their own home.

Theakston, from Crawley in Sussex, received the equipment from Caudwell Children as part of a UK-first charity campaign to deliver sensory equipment and support to disabled children across the country.

The sensory pack will provide a range of therapeutic benefits for Theakston, who has autism and sensory processing disorder, helping him regulate his emotions and develop his motor skills. 

Theakston’s mum, Kitty Lee-Watson, has already noticed the benefits the equipment brings.

Kitty said:

“He has a lot of anxiety at the moment, I now have the sensory pack out on his bedroom floor so when he has a meltdown it’s easy to guide him to something or distract him. This has been a real help.

“Theakston’s favourite part of the Get Sensory pack is the Fibre Optic Light as it’s both visual and tactile. He likes touching the fibres.”

Caudwell Children has pledged to provide thousands of families with essential sensory equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic – with each family receiving a pack of appropriate and safe toys to support children living with a wide range of disabilities. 

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said:

“Our Get Sensory Packs are designed to support children who are likely to benefit from sensory resources – it’s so encouraging to hear that Theakston is enjoying using the equipment and his family can see the benefits already.”

“We’ve committed to provide thousands of families with a pack, because we know it’s difficult to access resources at the moment.

“To deliver on that we’re now calling for anyone who can to make a difference to the life of a disabled child by donating to our Get Sensory Packs campaign – you can make a life-changing difference from just £5.”

Caudwell Children launched its Get Sensory Packs campaign following consultation with parents to find the most appropriate and safe sensory items – selected by the charity’s Occupational Therapists.

The packs include:

  • A Liquid Cell Timer,
  • Scented Bubbles,
  • A BoBo Massager,
  • Sissle Brush,
  • 4 Ball Massager,
  • Weighted Cushion,
  • Spikey Domes,
  • Space Blanket, and
  • A Fibre Optic Lamp.

Packs are available to children who have a confirmed disability or chronic illness. Families can apply directly to Caudwell Children for support, with the charity providing 80% of the cost of each pack.

Families will be asked to contribute 20% of the cost, which is £20, and to confirm their financial status and their child’s diagnosis. More information is available at

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