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Crawley Council asks locals if they want a free cooking course

Crawley Wellbeing is giving you the chance to improve your cooking skills, get new recipe ideas and eat healthier!



The council’s Crawley Wellbeing Team is looking to set up a free cooking programme that could help you with:

  • Basic cooking skills
  • Learning to eat well for less
  • Understanding what food labels mean
  • Refreshing existing skills
  • Making your favourite recipes healthier.

Register your interest by telling the Crawley Wellbeing Team when you’re available to start cooking and what you’re looking to get out of the community course.

If the programme receives enough interest before Friday 30 August, the classes could launch in September.

Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said:

“Crawley Wellbeing is offering a great opportunity for people to gain some invaluable skills and knowledge while having fun!

“Healthy eating is such an important part of our general wellbeing, don’t pass up on the chance to improve your cooking with our brilliant Crawley Wellbeing Team.”

Booking onto the course is essential. Places will be given at the co-ordinator’s discretion. Register your interest by emailing or calling 01293 585317.


Crawley housing development named after local soldier

A new housing development in the town centre has been named after a Crawley soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.



The Family of John Brackpool

The site of the former Kilnmead Car Park site, has been named John Brackpool Close in honour of Private John Brackpool. The development is home to 32 flats and five houses. The block of flats, has been named John Brackpool Court.

The family of Pte Brackpool, Council officers and members of the 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, gathered together for an unveiling ceremony, which included readings from the Regiment’s Padre, poems and prayers.

The commemorative plaque was unveiled by Pte Brackpool’s mother, Carol, while young family members laid a remembrance wreath.

Pte John Brackpool was born in Crawley on 11 July 1981. He joined the Army and served with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, during which time he deployed on operations to Kosovo and Iraq. He had left the Regular Army, but volunteered to serve with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards for a six-month operational tour to Afghanistan. He was killed on 9 July 2009 while on operations near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province, two days before his 28th birthday.

Speaking at the event, Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“On behalf of the council I am delighted we have been able to honour the memory of Private Blackpool with the naming of this new development. This is a fitting tribute recognising his bravery and sacrifice and our thanks go out to his family for working with us, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment for putting together this special event and W Stirland for providing the plaque.”

Continuing this, Carol Brackpool said:

“I would like to thank the council and 4PWRR for making the day special. It was a sad but also very proud day. It’s lovely that John will be remembered.” Council developer partner, W. Stirland is developing the affordable rented housing, which are due to be completed by the end of October.

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