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Crawley bandstand set to re-open with performance from local band

The Crawley Millennium Concert Band will play on the bandstand from 1-3pm for the re-opening on Saturday.

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After being moved from Queens Square to make way for the regeneration works in 2016, locals have long been awaiting the comeback of the town’s Victorian bandstand.

It now looks as though that wait is over as the bandstand will be reopened on Saturday (16 June) with a performance from the Crawley Millennium Concert Band.

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The bandstand, which has been relocated to the Memorial Gardens, has been refurbished and restored to its former beauty by Leander Architecture, a specialist decorative blacksmith.

The work, which has been funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, includes:

  • Repairs to the columns, arches and roof
  • Repairs or replacements of decorative castings
  • Three new balustrade panels to match the existing ones
  • A new feature for the apex of the roof
  • Fresh paintwork.

The Crawley Millennium Concert Band will play on the bandstand from 1-3pm on the day and chairs for spectators will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

A spokesperson for Crawley Millennium Concert Band said:

“We are delighted to be representing musicians of Crawley who will make use of the historic bandstand for years to come. Community music is a big part of the Crawley culture and our bandstand is the perfect place to share this musical legacy.”

The bandstand was first constructed for Gatwick Racecourse in 1891 so started its life in green surroundings – before being moved from Queens Square in 2016.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said:

“The restored bandstand looks wonderful in its new setting.

“I’m really looking forward to the opening event on Saturday; the Crawley Millennium Concert Band always give a fantastic show and it’s fitting that they will be giving the first performance.”

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Crawley joins money-saving initiative

Crawley Borough Council has become one of the founding members of the Local Government Mutual, helping to save money every year.

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The mutual aims to save its members money by offering an effective alternative to the conventional insurance products and services available to local authorities.

Any surpluses the mutual generates may be used to reduce the cost of insurance, improve the claims process or returned back to members as income.

The structure of the mutual means the council will not pay insurance premium tax, currently set at 12 per cent, on the vast majority of insurance products.

As well as saving money, the mutual puts councils in control by working together, sharing knowledge of best practice and reducing members’ risk exposure without increased costs.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said:

“It’s great to see Crawley Borough Council become a founding member of this initiative. The mutual is another way the council is saving money to put back into services and to reduce the forecasted budget gap.”

As a member, the council can still choose between the mutual and private companies for its insurance. However, the mutual can offer price matching or better cover that is up-to-date with changes in local authorities’ organisational and operational activities.  

The council can insure through the mutual from 1 April 2020.

Find out more about the Local Government Mutual here: www.local.gov.uk/new-local-government-mutual


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