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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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See how big dinosaurs would look if they roamed Crawley now

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Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley

It’s half term week and now comes the time to try to keep the little ones entertained. So as a way to celebrate the FREE exhibitions up in London at the Natural History Museum, including the fantastic Stomp Like a Dinosaur exhibition, we have taken a look at just how impressive four of the best known would look if they were in the town right now.

But you don’t have to go all the way in to London to enjoy animals as County Mall is running a Jungle General Hospital on the 18th and 19th Feb. Click here for more information.

And let’s not forget the Tilgate Nature Centre here.

We think the only thing missing from these images is the furious running away of people if they actually encountered them!

Triceratops

Triceratops in-front of the entrance to Manor Royal
Triceratops in-front of the entrance to Manor Royal

First up the Triceratops that first appeared about 68 million years ago in what is now North America. At 3m in height and around 9m in length this favourite dinosaur of many was a plant based eater dining mainly on Cycad and Palm Trees.

Diplodocus

Diplodocus would easily be able to look over the top of the old Morrisons building
Diplodocus would easily be able to look over the top of the old Morrisons building

They lived about 154 to 150 million years ago and could weigh as much as 12 tons. Thought to be the longest known dinosaur its neck could reach over 6m (20ft) and its long tail had 80 vertebrae. Another plant based dinosaur it ate trees, bushes, cycads, gingkoes and ferns.

Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus next to the demolish of Crawley's Civic Hall
Spinosaurus next to the demolish of Crawley’s Civic Hall

Alive 100 million years ago it is believed to be the King of the meat eaters but it also ate fish, and lived on both land and water (like a crocodile). They would have been up to 18 metres long and weighed about 20 tons, more than a diplodocus. It is also believed to be the the only true aquatic swimming dinosaur.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley
Tyrannosaurus Rex in Queens Square, Crawley

The most famous but also the youngest of our dinosaurs in our post as it lived only 65 million years ago. Able to sprint up to 20 mph they were up to 12 metres long and had teeth as long as 30 cm. Definitely a meat eater, did you know that Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘Tyrant Lizard’.

The Natural History museum in South Kensington is FREE to enter which is perfect for families and is open from 10am through to 5:50pm every day. Whilst there is no parking available it is easily accessible by tube and bus.

For more information go to the website here.

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