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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’s Thomas Bennett Students Celebrate Christmas with a Winter Concert

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Students at Thomas Bennett Community College celebrated Christmas with an amazing Winter Concert held last night.

More than 25 students performed and showcased an amazing array of talent.  Performances included some Christmas classics as well a vast array of music and songs from all genres.

The school hall was packed to the rafters with family, friends and staff all of whom came to watch.  Decorated beautifully for Christmas the atmosphere in the school was fantastic.  The highlight of course was the students, whose talent was just incredible.  Students played a range of instruments including keyboard, guitar and drums.  There was also plenty of vocal performances from students whose outstanding talent was just phenomenal.

Lots of hard work and commitment went into making the evening such a success.  Students have been practising tirelessly in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure that they were able to perform with confidence.  The schools Sixth form students also played in a big part and helped organise the event and made sure it run smoothly. 

However, the concert wouldn’t have been such a huge success without the hard work of the schools entire music department.  Mr. Dobson, Ms. Wookey and Ms. Harvey all worked phenomenally hard to ensure that the evening was brilliant.  Their passion for music and teaching really shone through.

The event was the perfect way to finish the winter term. 

Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“The Winter Concert was just incredible.  I really couldn’t be prouder of the outstanding talent shown by the students last night.  The event was a real highlight of the year and wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mr. Dobson and the music department.  We have some incredibly gifted students and watching them perform last night with such confidence was amazing to see.”

The whole school community enjoyed the experience so much that they are now busy thinking ahead and are getting ready to prepare for their Easter music concert.

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