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Santa Claus is back at County Mall

Santa Claus and friends are back in the Crawley shopping centre for limited dates!



Local shoppers were treated to an extra special visit on Saturday 23rd of November, when Santa Claus came down to County Mall Shopping centre for a character filled parade at 12pm.

Santa was joined by his trusted elves, toy soldiers and sweet candy cane characters, as they paraded around the centre to classic Christmas songs.

Santa was interviewed at the end of the parade, advising customers to make sure that they plan their visit with him in advance – mince pies optional!

Simon Cuckow, Centre Manager of County Mall said;

“We’re thrilled to have Santa Claus back in County Mall this festive season. He’s got a great following and we hope everyone enjoyed his parade on Saturday. Santa is looking forward to meeting and greeting with the locals throughout the Christmas period. Visits to see Santa are free but require registration to get a free gift.”

“We’re also here to support children visiting with SEN. We ask visitors to contact us on social media or email to arrange further.”

Santa Claus will be available for FREE meet and greets on the following dates; 30th November, 7th, 8th, 14th, 21st, 22nd December, and Christmas Eve, from 11am – 4pm.

Visitors can register their visit and FREE gift on


Crawley’s Thomas Bennett Students Celebrate Christmas with a Winter Concert



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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