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Crawley school celebrates their first ever Thai Pongal festival in the town

Having only launched in September ’18 the Bharathi Tamil School celebrated their first ever Harvest festival at the weekend.



Known as the Thai Pongal festival it is a Harvest festival that is regarded as one of the most important festivals celebrated by Tamil people around the world on the 15th January.

In preparation for the festival people will clean their houses and even buy new clothes to wear as part of the celebrations.

Last Saturday 19th Jan saw the school celebrate the festival with it’s staff, parents and children, all dressed up in traditional clothing.

Children got a demonstration of how the festival is celebrated back in their homeland with Rangoli patterns and cooked a sweet rice dish known as ‘Pongal’ on a clay pot stove outside.

The reception class girls also performed a dance in-front of all the attendees while the teachers put on a drama showing what happens in different household in Sriilanka leading up to Pongal.

Rajarajan Thiruvathirai from the school said:

“If it was not for the staff of St Pauls Crawley Methodist church we would not have been able to fulfill our aims of the  school. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank them on behalf of Bharathi Tamil School.”

The school only launched in September with the aim of teaching Tamil and its culture to the community. It now has over 80 students and all the staff are voluntary.

Anyone interested in finding out more information on teh school can email them at:


Aged 9-15? Auditions announced for this years panto at The Hawth

The Hawth, in partnership with Evolution Productions are looking for girls to be part of the Juvenile Ensemble for their spectacular pantomime, DICK WHITTINGTON this Christmas!



Registration will take place at 10am on Saturday 22 June 2019 at The Hawth.

To audition you must be between the ages 9–15 (inclusive) on 1 September 2019 and be under 5’ 2”.

Producers say that auditions will end approximately 2 hours after the start time but you may need to stay longer if you are successful.

You don’t need to prepare anything – you’ll be taught a routine on the day. They ask you come wearing comfortable clothes and soft/dance shoes and advise that you bring some water, but no other food or drink.

They added, “Pantomime is a huge team effort, and we will require full commitment for the rehearsal period and the full run of the production (Monday 25 November 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020).”

Click here to download an audition registration form.

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