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What has the National Lottery done for Crawley’s heritage?

It’s the National Lottery’s 25th birthday and in that quarter of a century more than £40billion has been raised for good causes – including £6.2million for Crawley’s heritage.



Worth Park

Since the first National Lottery draw on 19 November 1994, money from every ticket sold has been invested in good causes across the UK, in the areas of arts, sport, community and heritage.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund distributes funding to heritage projects.

Crawley Museum

In Crawley, money raised by National Lottery players has enabled some fantastic achievements for the town’s heritage, including:

  • Restoring Worth Park to its former Victorian glory
  • Transforming one of its oldest buildings, The Tree, into the new home of the town’s museum
  • Supporting a variety of community projects led by groups including the International Mela Association, the library and Crawley Arts Service

Since 1994, across the UK, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has invested:

  • £1.6billion in landscapes and nature, including more than £950m in public parks and cemeteries
  • £900million in places of worship
  • £2.4billion to more than 1,200 museums and galleries across the UK
  • £115million into community heritage

Stuart McLeod, Area Director London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“It’s the National Lottery’s 25th birthday and a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the impact of National Lottery funding across the UK and in Crawley. From saving historic buildings and helping nature to thrive to celebrating our diverse cultures and shared stories, there is so much that quite simply would not be possible without National Lottery players.”

As a thank you, National Lottery funded sites across the UK are offering free entry or other special offers, between 23 November and 1 December.

Take a look here to find your nearest offers.


Drug use and breach of guidelines – the reason Crawley Police increased their presence across Maidenbower Park



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Crawley Police increased their presence across Maidenbower Park after receiving reports of Anti Social Behaviour.

The reports included use of Class B drugs being taken within the park.

What constitutes antisocial behaviour?

There are three main categories for antisocial behaviour, depending on how many people are affected:

  • Personal antisocial behaviour is when a person targets a specific individual or group.
  • Nuisance antisocial behaviour is when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.
  • Environmental antisocial behaviour is when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.

Sussex Police confirmed they are working with Crawley Borough council to deal with any reports of on going anti social behaviour at Maidenbower Park.

In a statement Crawley Police said:

“These reports are mainly focused on but are not limited to groups congregating in breach of previous Covid-19 guidelines and the use of Class B drugs in the park.”

The public are encouraged to continue to report any new incidents to Sussex Police via 101 or the Sussex Police internet reporting system. If the matter is an emergency then please ring 999

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