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Southern Water joins Crawley’s Junior Citizen to help teach young people life skills

Southern Water volunteers were delighted to be part of a two-week event that teaches young pupils about safety and valuable life skills.

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Justine Lewis teaching pupils.

The Crawley Junior Citizen, in its 29th year, finished on Friday and was held at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.

Nearly 1,500 Year 6 children from local schools attended the event and Southern Water’s ten-minute scenario emphasised why we need to save water and how everyone can do their bit at home. We also talked about our Unflushables campaign, which highlights the importance of not putting the wrong items down our sinks and loos.

Anwar Hossain talking to school children.

The event was organised by Crawley Borough Council and included presentations on electrical safety, air quality, consequences of crime, personal safety, fire safety, reducing waste wand the environment, to encourage responsible citizenship. 

Water Efficiency Assistant at Southern Water, Justine Lewis, said:

“All the Southern Water volunteers enjoy talking at this event as the children really want to learn and the event has a very positive vibe. Although each session is short, the schools are also given information packs from Southern Water to help with reducing water usage and related school curricula projects.

“This year, I noticed that the children are more informed about the reasons for reducing water usage and about not flushing wipes, which is great.”

Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability at Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Junior Citizen is an amazing event because it teaches children practical skills that can help them to stay safe as well as showing them how to be a responsible person respecting the local environment of our town.

“I hope this event will continue for many more years teaching our local children useful skills in an interactive fun based way.”

For more details about the event, visit here: http://www.crawley.gov.uk/pw/News_and_Events/Press_Releases/PR_10543

For more information on our Unflushables campaign, please see: https://www.southernwater.co.uk/the-unflushables

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Crawley housing development named after local soldier

A new housing development in the town centre has been named after a Crawley soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

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The Family of John Brackpool

The site of the former Kilnmead Car Park site, has been named John Brackpool Close in honour of Private John Brackpool. The development is home to 32 flats and five houses. The block of flats, has been named John Brackpool Court.

The family of Pte Brackpool, Council officers and members of the 4th Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, gathered together for an unveiling ceremony, which included readings from the Regiment’s Padre, poems and prayers.

The commemorative plaque was unveiled by Pte Brackpool’s mother, Carol, while young family members laid a remembrance wreath.

Pte John Brackpool was born in Crawley on 11 July 1981. He joined the Army and served with The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, during which time he deployed on operations to Kosovo and Iraq. He had left the Regular Army, but volunteered to serve with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards for a six-month operational tour to Afghanistan. He was killed on 9 July 2009 while on operations near Char-e-Anjir, just outside Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province, two days before his 28th birthday.

Speaking at the event, Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Ian Irvine, said:

“On behalf of the council I am delighted we have been able to honour the memory of Private Blackpool with the naming of this new development. This is a fitting tribute recognising his bravery and sacrifice and our thanks go out to his family for working with us, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment for putting together this special event and W Stirland for providing the plaque.”

Continuing this, Carol Brackpool said:

“I would like to thank the council and 4PWRR for making the day special. It was a sad but also very proud day. It’s lovely that John will be remembered.” Council developer partner, W. Stirland is developing the affordable rented housing, which are due to be completed by the end of October.

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