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Successful Horsham production comes to Crawley

Find out about the show that the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) have described as ‘exceptional’.



After putting on a hugely successful performance at Horsham’s North Heath Hall on 14th and 15th April 2018, Manor Theatre Group decided to bring their war-themed productions to Crawley.

The performances come as a double bill at Ifield Barn Theatre on 15th and 16th June 2018. The Horsham based Theatre Group will be in Queens Square this Saturday (9 June). From 2pm the actors will be there in authentic uniforms with rifles promoting the show.

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Part one is titled “Keep the Homefires Burning”. Commemorating the Great War, it tells the interweaving story of the men in the Trenches, the nurses in the field hospital and the loved ones left behind. A Poignant drama, that centres around love and loss in Word War 1.

The second part, “Pvt. Wars” is about three G.I.s recovering from Vietnam War injuries and their time on the terrace of an Army hospital.

“A brilliant evening”
“Another winner for Manor Theatre”
-The National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA)

Manor Theatre Group Chairman, Andrew Page said:

“Crawley has a vibrant theatre scene and we are very excited to be a part of it. Manor Theatre Group usually do their performances in North Heath Hall Horsham, however since having the privilege of becoming chairman in February, I really wanted to take our shows to a real theatre.  

“Manor Theatre Group have often seen fantastic shows at Ifield Barn Theatre, and have gained a great relationship with the group.  With this current show being such a success in April and with rave reviews, we thought other audiences elsewhere would truly appreciate what we are performing.  Ifield Barn kindly agreed to let us use their venue. 

“We very much consider this to be a community event.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Sainsbury’s to close Crawley town centre store



It has been an historic part of the town centre for decades, but now the supermarket on Queensway is to close its doors with the potential loss of jobs.

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Sainsbury’s says it has made the difficult decision after announcing it would close up to 15 supermarkets a year ago, pre-covid.

Sources close to the Crawley supermarket say that staff began finding out the news yesterday.

The supermarket said they would work with their staff at the site to try to find alternative roles within the firm.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson speaking to Crawley News 24 said,

“We have updated colleagues on the difficult decision to close our Crawley store and we are doing everything we can to find alternative roles within Sainsbury’s for those affected.

“Customers can continue to shop with us online and at our nearby stores. For example, our West Green store is a short drive away.”

Whilst a date for the closure has not been announced, some sources say it could be as soon as January ’21.

Cllr Peter Smith Cabinet member for Planning and Economic said:

“I am sorry for the staff that will lose their jobs at this difficult time when most supermarkets are reporting improving profits.

We have had enquiries from other supermarkets looking for suitable sites who may recognise that there will shortly be an additional 2500 residential homes just a short walk away from this prestigious location. We will be doing all we can to help find a quality occupier as soon as we can.”

Crawley Councillor Francis Guidera said:

“It is tremendously saddening to read that one of the original major shops in the town centre is closing. A lot of housing provision is currently being created in the town centre area and there is an increasing, not decreasing need for food retailers in the town centre.

We haven’t even begun to knock down the administrative offices of the town hall which will be replaced by a huge apartment block, and they are still building the first apartment block on the former council car park as I type this! I genuinely hope that another food retailer grabs the huge opportunity to take on that store.”

The news comes just one after one of the most iconic town centre independent store, P&J Sweets also announced they were to close.

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