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Crawley dance and musical theatre school puts spin on social distancing with virtual concert



A Crawley musical theatre school found a way to maintain social distancing whilst still being able to produce a concert.

DMT School, which provides performing arts classes to students aged 2 -18yrs, organised a free professional virtual concert to raise funds for NHS Together: COVID19 Crisis.

School Principal Vincent Martin said:

“Each performance was dedicated to all our heroes saving and supporting lives on the front line. We thank every single one of you who are putting your self at risk to save lives.”

With singers who featured on X Factor, The Voice and the West End, the school had an amazing line up delivering quality entertainment which raised an amazing £582.00.

Vincent added:

“At a time where our bank balances are limited and social gatherings are non existent, a event such as this brought a wide audience from across the country together. Thank you to everyone who has donated to this very worthy charity so far. Please keep donating!”

Cast of An Evening with our Stars:

  • Vincent Martin – DMT School Director
  • Lizzie Bea – Soon to be leading lady in West End`s Hairspray
  • Lydia Lucy – Featured on XFactor & The Voice with Wiil I am
  • Lily De La Haye – Currently in UK tour of Phantom of the Opera
  • Jennifer Owners – Up and coming artist
  • Lynne Fever – Currently touring the UK in Soul of a Woman
  • Kay Langridge – Corporate Vocalist of the South
  • Nick James – International Singer
  • Bella Culley – Ex-student of DMT School & now training at D&B Academy
  • Clare Cordel – Original artist

You can still watch the concert which is saved on the schools facebook page here.


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



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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