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Post Office shuns Crawley public meeting opposing closure

The public meeting was held as a result of the planned closure where both residents and politicians pledged to oppose it.

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Over the weekend, Crawley residents and Post Office workers took part in a public meeting with local councillors, Crawley’s MP Henry Smith, Council Leader Peter Lamb, and a Communication Workers Union representative, Karl Stewart, to discuss the planned closure of Crawley town centre’s Crown Post Office.

No representative from Post Office Management was present at the meeting, and this was remarked upon frequently by members of the panel and the audience. It emerged that the Post Office had declined an invitation to attend, having apparently attended another public meeting on the subject already.

Post Office management have stated elsewhere that all current Post Office Services will be relocated to WHSmith’s in Crawley’s County Mall, however the meeting to threw significant doubt on that claim, citing the recent closure and relocation of Horsham’s Crown Post Office into the Horsham WHSmiths. In that relocation key Post Office responsibilities were not carried over because WHSmith’s is a company not owned by the Crown.

WHSmith’s, the preferred partner of The Post Office, has been voted the worst High Street retailer in 8 of the last 9 years in the respected Which? Magazine.

Henry Smith MP was only available to attend the first part of the meeting as he had another long-standing scheduled engagement elsewhere, but audience members made sure to pose questions to him before he left.

All those present in the room who spoke were unanimous in their support for the retention of the boulevard’s Crown Post Office, and in their opposition to the planned closure.

Cllr Michael Jones on Twitter said this:

“We invited the management of the Post Office to come to our meeting in Crawley about losing the crown post office, but they refused … It leaves me very doubtful of their claims to put public service first.”

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Crawley school celebrates end of year with Summer Music Concert

Students at Thomas Bennett Community College celebrated the end of the school year with a wonderful Summer Music Concert.

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Held in the schools purpose built theatre the evening was a huge success with over 20 students showcasing their musical talent by singing and performing live in front of family and friends. 

A staff member commented:

“Each and every student had worked hard in the run up to the evening to perfect their performance and it was clear to see.  The talent in the room was absolutely outstanding. “

The concert was hosted by the schools Head Boy and Girl who did a fantastic job of introducing each act with pride and enthusiasm. 

With a range of live musical instruments being played by the students from keyboard, guitar, drums and much more the talent was incredible.  To accompany the live music, students also sang live and perfected their vocals brilliantly. 

The evening was a real celebration of young talent which couldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of Mr Dobson, who teaches music at the school.  Having spent the last three weeks working hard to ensure that the evening ran smoothly, Mr Dobson has also worked one on one with each student that performed to ensure they felt confident and prepared for the evening.

When asked Stuart Smith, Headteacher said

“The Summer Music Concert was an absolutely fantastic way to end the school year.  The evening was full to the brim of musical talent and the students should be incredibly proud of their performances.  We are also very thankful to Mr Dobson for all of the hard work that went into preparing this outstanding event”.

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