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Henry Smith, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, has presented a copy of the National Citizen Service Act to Elinor Adie, NCS Co-ordinator at the Crawley Town Community Foundation, in recognition of the organisation’s continued successful delivery of the scheme locally.

An initiative benefiting young people across Crawley, Henry Smith has been a champion of NCS in Parliament, including a House of Commons speech in support of the legislation in January 2017.

Henry said;

“Every time I meet NCS participants in Crawley I’m struck by their attitude and dedication to work as part of a team and individually, and their desire to help our local community through social action projects.

“I was delighted to present a copy of the National Citizen Service Act to Eli, and thank her and the whole of the Community Foundation and Football Club, for how Crawley Town have delivered the scheme and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

“If I’m re-elected as Member of Parliament for Crawley at the general election on 8th June this is a cause I’ll continue to support.”

NCS is a programme open to 15 to 17-year-olds. It is designed to encourage personal and social development through a range of activities and projects requiring leadership, teamwork and communication.

The legislation enables the staff and assets of the NCS Trust to transfer to a Royal Charter Body, allows Government to provide grant-in-aid funding to the NCS Trust, and promotes National Citizen Service by giving the Government power to send a letter to young people as they turn 16 on behalf of the NCS Trust.

The Chief Executive of NCS, Michael Lynas, gave his backing to Henry’s support for NCS locally. Writing on Twitter, he said;

“Thanks @HenrySmithUK & MPs from all parties who put @NCS in statute as a new national institution so it can support generations of teens.”

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Exact money or contactless ONLY says Metrobus



Metrobus passengers are urged to pay by mobile phone or contactless instead of cash when they board.

Metrobus has announced its drivers will not be able to give out change to those paying by cash from Wednesday 15 April. 

The decision has been made to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

A spokesperson for Metrobus said:

“The bus company would like everybody to pay using the correct money or – better still – to use contactless or mobile phones instead.”

The decision comes as a new timetable is introduced this weekend.

The revised timetable, which was produced in consultation with local councils, continues to honour Metrobus’ commitment to maintaining journeys for key workers, particularly on bus routes serving hospitals. 

Metrobus has also retimed Monday to Friday journeys on route 430 so buses arrive earlier at East Surrey Hospital, after feedback from NHS staff.

Here are the main timetable changes:

•             Route 1 – a revised timetable will be introduced on this service.

•             Route 3 – a revised timetable will be introduced for Sundays – with the 1812 and 2026 departures from Crawley withdrawn and the 2024 departure from Gatwick withdrawn. Further changes to the previous revised timetable for Monday to Saturdays.

•             Route 11 – will not operate.

•             Routes 51, 61 and 65 – will no longer operate on Saturdays. Revised timetables will be introduced for Monday to Fridays.

•             Route 93 and 98 – further changes will occur on these services.

•             Fastway 100 and Route 200 – revised timetables will be introduced on these services.

•             Route 420 and 460 – revised timetables will be introduced on these services.

•             Route 430  – first journey Mondays to Fridays has been retimed to arrive earlier at East Surrey Hospital. No other changes.

•             Route 480 – will operate on Saturday and Sundays only. The Monday to Friday service will not operate.

•             Route 820 – will not operate.

You can find all the detailed, most up-to-date timetable information here.

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