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Free first aid demonstrations on offer as Crawley St John Ambulance seeks volunteers

Meet the team and learn some skills: 10 August, 9am – 4pm, St John Ambulance, 2 Longley House, East Park, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6AQ



St John Ambulance is looking for more adult volunteers to join its team in Crawley.

The charity is keen to recruit local people (aged 18 or over) as volunteer first aiders. To give people the chance to find out more and to learn some life saving skills, an open day is being held on Saturday 10 August.

Running from 9am until 4pm, the event at the charity’s venue on East Park, includes first aid demonstrations and taking a behind the scenes look around the unit and an ambulance. There is no need to book – everyone is welcome.

The team will also be selling light refreshments and cakes to help fundraise to support their life saving work in the community.

Gareth Cannon, Crawley Unit Manager, said:

“We’re really keen to expand our friendly team, to enable us to get out and about to more events in our local area.

“Volunteering with St John Ambulance is very rewarding and teaches you amazing life saving skills which could help you save a loved one, a friend or a stranger.

“Having more people trained in first aid in our local community is a positive step towards boosting community resilience and creating more life savers who live and work in the area.

“As a St John Ambulance volunteer you can be called upon to support the NHS when there’s heavy snow, or help at a rest centre during a critical incident. It’s extremely varied and you really can make a difference by getting involved.”

The St John Ambulance volunteers in Crawley provide first aid at many local events, such as Run Gatwick, Ifield Mayfair, and the Tilgate five-mile fun run, but there are also opportunities to attend national events including the Virgin Money London Marathon.   

No previous experience is required as full training will be given free of charge, and volunteering is flexible, so people can give time in a way that suits them.  

Successful candidates must be able to attend a welcome event at a later date and will need to attend a series of training sessions in the following weeks. 

For more information contact Gareth Cannon on or 07557 576625.

For more information about St John Ambulance visit 


Crawley’s Thomas Bennett Students Celebrate Christmas with a Winter Concert



Students at Thomas Bennett Community College celebrated Christmas with an amazing Winter Concert held last night.

More than 25 students performed and showcased an amazing array of talent.  Performances included some Christmas classics as well a vast array of music and songs from all genres.

The school hall was packed to the rafters with family, friends and staff all of whom came to watch.  Decorated beautifully for Christmas the atmosphere in the school was fantastic.  The highlight of course was the students, whose talent was just incredible.  Students played a range of instruments including keyboard, guitar and drums.  There was also plenty of vocal performances from students whose outstanding talent was just phenomenal.

Lots of hard work and commitment went into making the evening such a success.  Students have been practising tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure that they were able to perform with confidence.  The schools Sixth form students also played in a big part and helped organise the event and made sure it run smoothly. 

However, the concert wouldn’t have been such a huge success without the hard work of the schools entire music department.  Mr. Dobson, Ms. Wookey and Ms. Harvey all worked phenomenally hard to ensure that the evening was brilliant.  Their passion for music and teaching really shone through.

The event was the perfect way to finish the winter term. 

Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“The Winter Concert was just incredible.  I really couldn’t be prouder of the outstanding talent shown by the students last night.  The event was a real highlight of the year and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mr. Dobson and the music department.  We have some incredibly gifted students and watching them perform last night with such confidence was amazing to see.”

The whole school community enjoyed the experience so much that they are now busy thinking ahead and are getting ready to prepare for their Easter music concert.

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