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Is Crawley Pride about to become a reality?

Following local young people questioning why there is no event in the town and their desire for one now an Open Meeting has been called to assess its viability and support.

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Pride has always been a popular yearly event with possibly the two largest ones either side of Crawley, Brighton and London.

But now talk has turned to the possibility of Crawley itself holding its very own Pride.

The idea has come about following discussions within Crawley Community Youth Service where LGBTQ+ awareness has been a key element in education and supporting young people in the town.

Now they want to take it a step further with an Open Meeting being held at Dormans so that young people can voice their opinions and get involved if they so wish.

Elinor Adie who is helping arrange this said:

“We’re excited to give the young people of Crawley a safe space where they can meet with other LGBTQ+ young people and discuss their views of LGBTQ+ support services and awareness in their own town.

Throughout my five years of working with young people in Crawley, many of the LGBTQ+ young people that I’ve worked with have accessed support services outside of the town.

Whilst it’s fantastic that advice and support is accessible through services like the Find It Out Centre, the young people of our town deserve more, including regular young people’s groups that provide a safe space for young people to discuss the issues in their lives with trained professionals – services available in other towns across West Sussex”.

Details of the Open Meeting are below.

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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.

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‘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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