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Crawley Boxing Club celebrate new floor after gaining lottery funding

BOXERS at Crawley’s Arthur Hopcraft Gymnasium are celebrating after
securing a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to update their



Crawley boxers training on the new floor with the new markings

The ‘From The Floor Up’ campaign was the brainchild of England Boxing SoutEast Support Officer Avoen PERRYMAN and led by club Chairman Rees HOPCRAFT and Head Coach Paddy HARMEY.

The bid was aimed at repairing and resurfacing the beech floor at the Three Bridges based gym – which was previously tended to 15 years ago – and also to provide much needed gym equipment.

The club comes under the banner of England Boxing which is the National
Governing Body for the sport of boxing in England. All coaches and helpers
are volunteers at Crawley.

Chairman Rees HOPCRAFT said:

“We are so grateful for this grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. We rely entirely on donations such as these and our gym is packed every night. We only charge a fiver a week for under 18’s. It is our way of keeping kids off the streets and teaching them right from wrong, discipline, and teamwork. I would like to thank Avoen and Paddy for all their hard work and to the National Lottery for the grant. It makes a real difference to these kids.”

Crawley boxing fans will have the chance to see their local lads in action
on Sunday, May 26th when the club have their final show of the season at
the Goffs Park Social Club in Southgate. A full bank holiday afternoon’s
boxing is confirmed – doors open at 12 noon and boxing starts at 1pm.
Former undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World and Crawley Boxing Club legend Alan Minter will be presenting the trophies to the boxers

Avoen PERRYMAN with Crawley Boxers Byron GRIMWOOD and Aidan SOUTTER who are both boxing on the 26th May ’19

Fellow VIP guest will be former Crawley boxer and now  British Boxing Board of Control Timekeeper Bob Edgeworth who was in charge of the bell for the Anthony JOSHUA vs Wladimr KLITSCHKO  fight in 2017.

Tickets are available online at ‘We Got Tickets’ – ‘Crawley Boxing Club
Season Finale’
– £15 adult £5 under 16.


DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.



The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at and

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