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Local artists wanted for Manor Royal Business district Arts & Heritage project



Manor Royal Business District (MRBD) are leading an exciting public arts and heritage trail project, which seeks to deliver a scheme to create place distinctiveness through exemplar art and design, and to increase the sense of connectivity between places and community.

The intention is to create a well-connected series of 8 micro-parks that will be educational, inspirational, and celebrate Manor Royal’s community and heritage.

Local artists are being encouraged to creatively engage and connect with the Manor Royal business and wider community to help interpret the story and history of Manor Royal, it’s people and businesses, to create a sense of local ownership and positive identity for the area that is complementary to the landscape.

The 8 micro-park planned locations are across the Manor Royal Business District, varying in size and shape and therefore attract different budgets which respond accordingly.

Although each site will be treated as an individual space, each will be designed and considered to be one part of the overall scheme, so will have continuity and congruence with each of the other locations and interventions.

Art work must be sustainable, robust and require low, or no maintenance and artists are able to apply for one or more of the sites.

Brief descriptions of each site and their respective budgets are listed at  Interested and experienced artists are invited to return tenders to: by 5pm, Friday 20 March 2020


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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