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Crawley pupils see that local police are ‘just normal people’ as they take them on at football (and win)

In what sounds like it could become a regular occurrence, Crawley Response officers took on 15 and 16 year old students at Ifield Community College.



On Monday 15th January, Crawley Response officers used one of their rest days to play some 6-a-side football against ICC’s Year 10 & 11 students.

It was a great opportunity for the local school children to spend some time with some of the officers who patrol their town, particularly at a time when there have been some high-profile incidents that have caused concerns to local residents.

Four games were played with ICC students winning.

The results were:

1-0, 2-2, 4-1, 4-0 all in favour of ICC.

With no major injuries to report on either side, the officers returned safely to work the next day.

Sergeant Iain Macnab said,

We want to show the younger generation that their local police officers are just normal people who like a kick-about too! By spending some time with the pupils on our day off, we hope that they will feel that they can approach us when we are out on patrol, and feel confident in reporting any concerns that they may have.

We will always take their reports seriously, and we aim to provide a safe and reassuring town for them to grow up in. We will be arranging further games in the District to engage with as many pupils as we can in order to promote this approach to a more positive youth engagement in the town. “

An 11-a-side game is planned later in the term.


Live or work in Ifield? Make sure you attend ‘Talk Ifield” Community Forum

Over one year after its successful re-launch in autumn 2017, the ‘Talk Ifield’ local community forum will be holding its next open public meeting from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD.



‘Talk Ifield’ was first established in 2013 as a neighbourhood forum, run by local people, for local people.

It offers an opportunity for people who live and work in Ifield to meet and share ideas for improving and developing the local community for the benefit of everyone.

Anyone who lives in, who works in, or who has an interest in Ifield is welcome to attend the open forum meetings.

This year they are delighted to announce their guest speaker on 4th March will be Crawley Borough Councillor Martin Stone, who will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion on the subject of ‘Crawley Museum, and a short history of Crawley and Ifield’.

Crawley has a rich and varied history dating back several centuries, and the new Museum has now become a focal point for anyone who is interested in the heritage of our town and its changing character over the years.

Martin has had a leading role in helping to establish the Museum and has himself also undertaken extensive research into the history of Ifield in particular.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“Very many people attended our last open forum meeting in September, and we enjoyed a most interesting presentation on maintaining our neighbourhood environment from the Borough Council officer responsible for leading that work.

We are now looking forward to our next forum meeting on 4th March, at which Cllr Martin Stone will be bringing us up to date on the new Crawley Museum, and sharing with us his own extensive knowledge and research into the history of Ifield in particular.

This will be a fascinating evening’s discussion, and we urge as many people as can do so, to come along and share the experience as Martin takes us on a unique journey through local history.”

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