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Over 2,000 West Sussex babies born over lockdown were unable to be registered till now



The Registration Service has now started conducting birth registration appointments at certain locations across the county where they can ensure the necessary social distancing procedures are in place.   

The service anticipate that they will need to register in excess of 2,000 births in the coming months as lockdown restrictions stalled all birth registrations since the end of March.

The service respectfully ask that those parents whose babies were born in February, March or April 2020 are allowed to book their appointments first. They will give a further update when they can release bookings for May and June babies.   

Residents will be able to register births at offices in Crawley, Chichester (Willow Park), Horsham, Haywards Heath and Worthing and will need to come in for part of the appointment, but each location will have different restrictions.

To register a birth, you will first need to book an appointment online at

On your allocated day and time, you will need to attend the chosen office and the Registrar will telephone you to take the registration information. It is therefore very important that you have the mobile phone with you that relates to the mobile number given at the time of booking. 

The Registrar will then print the register page and invite you into the office to sign the paperwork at a table as close to the entrance as possible, with screens and other preventative measures in place.

You will then check and sign the register page in front of the Registrar and then the birth certificate can be ordered online after the appointment.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“We have really appreciated the patience of residents who have wanted to register a birth during the current pandemic. Unfortunately, due to social distancing restrictions and legislation that only allows for individuals to register a birth face to face, the Registration Service has had to follow the national guidance accordingly.

“Even though there are still some restrictions in place for the time being, the Registrars are looking forward to sharing in your joy at registering the birth of your new baby, but please be patient as they are already very busy tackling the backlog of registrations that have built up during lockdown, so they would appreciate parents’ understanding at this busy time.”

Please note that the service is not given details of new births, so will not be contacting families directly. Anyone who has had a baby during the lockdown period must book their appointment through the County Council website at:


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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