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Local authors invited to apply for Crawley Author Fair

Local authors are invited to take part in Crawley Library’s third annual Local Author Fair.

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This year’s event takes place on Saturday 19 October from 11am – 1.30pm.

The fair gives local talented authors the opportunity to book a stall, network with other authors, see their work promoted on screens in Crawley Library and meet with members of the public.

The event will also have a number of other things for visitors to do, including:

• a competition for all ages (adults included) that will get authors and the public chatting about books,
• activities for children,
• a talk by local teen author Eve Ainsworth on her route to publication.

Jacquie Russell, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“It is great to see that the Local Author Fair is back at Crawley library this year.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for authors of any type of book – including fiction, non-fiction and children’s books – to network with other like-minded individuals; something that isn’t always easy to do in this profession. So if you’re a local author, Crawley library are looking for people like you to take part.”

Last year, authors said “the day was wonderful” and a “welcoming laid back experience”. In particular, they mentioned that they enjoye sharing their experiences with fellow authors, widening their professional network and spreading word of their books.

The fair is taking place as part of ‘Talk About Reading’ month, a countywide initiative that encourages people from across West Sussex to come together and share their love of books and reading.

Events will be held across the county during October to celebrate great books and authors.

If you are a local author interested in joining the Local Author Fair, you can book a stall for £20 by registering on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/66451521289.

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Crawley’s Community Wardens successfully retain police accreditation

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Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens have successfully retained their Sussex Police accreditation.

The Community Warden Team was granted accreditation status again in December 2019 by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Giles York. This lasts for three years. Crawley Borough Council’s wardens have been accredited since 2008.

The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows organisations and their employees working in community safety to be given targeted police powers by the Chief Constable. These powers can help them become more effective in their role and contribute to community safety and security, as well as combat crime and disorder, public nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Additional powers the Community Wardens have under CSAS are:

  • Power to require the name and address of a person whom they have reasons to believe has committed a relevant offence (such as causing injury, alarm or distress to any other person or the loss or damage to any person’s property, or a relevant Fixed Penalty Offence)
  • Power to require name and address of a person acting in an anti-social manner.
  • Power to require persons drinking in a designated place to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to require persons aged under 18 to surrender alcohol and to dispose of any alcohol
  • Power to seize tobacco from a person aged under 16 and to dispose of it
  • Power to stop cycles when they have reasons to believe that a person has committed the offence of riding on a footpath.

CSAS also allows for greater partnership working between the police and local organisations, as well as raising the priority of community safety.

Councillor Gurinder Jhans, Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said:

“It is great to see the Community Wardens retain their Sussex Police accreditation. They play such an important role within Crawley; it’s vital that they have this accreditation so they can use the additional powers to help Sussex Police keep Crawley safe.”

You can report anti-social behaviour by filling in our form at www.crawley.gov.uk/communitywardens or calling 01293 438000 during normal office hours. For an urgent response between 8am and 9.30pm, seven days a week, call the Community Wardens on 07884 492324.

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