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‘She’s my baby!’ Crawley womans plea for help turns to joy as 8-month-old Shih Tzu is found



Only months ago Louise, 30, a sales assistant from Crawley lost her 4-year-old Shih Tzu Dolly to a possible poisoning.

Having lived in Crawley all her life Louise has always loved dogs and after the heartbreak of losing her young companion she made the decision to bring a new one into her family.

Louise travelled to Kent to find a reputable breeder and was overjoyed when Luna was found.

Louise with Luna.

“She’s my baby!” says Louise. “It was so hard after losing Dolly but Luna brought light back into the family.”

But on Saturday (31st August) a trip to a groomer turned into a frantic search as Luna became spooked and ran off.

Desperate to find her, Louise and her friends began searching and an appeal went out across social media with numerous groups posting appeal messages and photos.

Louise who lives in Broadfield had decided to travel to a new groomer in Pound Hill. So when Luna ran off it was into an area she did not know.

Luna ran off in The Canter and headed into the fields and woodland that leads up to the M23.

But with a small underpass nearby and recent sightings on the other side of the motorway it appeared the little Shih Tzu was completely lost.

But it was the outpouring of support from the Crawley community that really touched Louise and her family.

On Wednesday (4th Sept) Louise made another appeal for help:

“I am so grateful for everyone coming to find luna.” says Louise, “please keep trying to find Luna and keep your eyes open for her. If you do find her then please just contact me straight away and don’t chase her as she will be so nervous. What everyone is doing for me and my family I am so grateful for and cannot thank everyone enough.”

The the next day, Thursdat 5th Sept there was joy as Luna was suddenly found.

Posting on facebook Louise said:

“😭 I’m shaking can’t believe we have her she’s at the vets now I’m fingers crossing everything will be ok but her eye doesn’t look good. Just
Glad we have her oh my god 😭😭😭💗💗💗💗 please if you see posters take them down for me I’m out now trying to grab as many as I can whilst we wait for news from the vets. THANK you all so so so sooo much xxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

Luna is found.


Grant ensures two Crawley playgrounds can remain open



Crawley Borough Council has announced that two of its adventure playgrounds will remain open for supervised play this year following a one-off grant from the government.

The government has given every local authority a Lower Tier Services Grant so the council has decided to use this to keep Cherry Lane and Millpond adventure playgrounds open as supervised, open access play sites until the end of October half-term 2021 (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).

Millpond and Cherry Lane will operate with an online registration and booking system to create a Covid-secure environment and ensure that the adventure playgrounds are being used by Crawley children.

However, this grant is for one year only so after October, Cherry Lane Adventure Playground will move to unsupervised play.

After October half-term, Millpond Adventure Playground in Bewbush will close permanently. Creasys Drive Adventure Playground in Broadfield is already closed and will not reopen. The council will be bringing forward new unsupervised play facilities in Broadfield and Bewbush in due course.

Waterlea Adventure Playground will be refurbished and then reopen as an unsupervised play site in 2022.

The council will also bring in its new model of outreach play, which will look to move play activities into neighbourhoods and increase participation. This model will also:

  • Increase the range of play opportunities for children away from more traditional building-based activities
  • Reach groups that may not usually access services
  • Make use of buildings across the town and work in partnership with other existing groups and organisations.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While the long-term impact of Covid-19 on council funding means adventure playgrounds will have to move to unsupervised play by 2022, I’m glad that this one-off funding means we can continue to provide supervised play until next winter, as we roll out our new outreach model.”

Councillor Duncan Crow, Leader of the Opposition, said:

“I welcome this additional government funding that has enabled us to extend supervised play at two adventure playgrounds for this year, while we also work to refurbish Waterlea for unsupervised play for next year.”

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