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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.


Conservatives win Crawley by increased majority

With a lead of 8,360 the Conservatives have increased their lead of Labour in Crawley.



Henry Smith has won the Crawley seat by increasing his lead of Labour considerably.

The full results were:

Conservative: 27,040

Labour: 18,680

Lib Dems: 2,728

Green Party: 1,451

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