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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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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.



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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