Age Well Campaign

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Please find below details of WSCC’s Age Well campaign. This is running for the next few months and will focus on different themes.

A new Age Well campaign has been launched by the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, aimed to celebrate our older residents and support them in staying healthy, well and independent as they grow older in West Sussex.

Amanda Jupp, Chairman of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “West Sussex is already a great place to live and we just want to make it even better for our growing number of older residents.”

Over the next few months there will be information and advice about how to age well, from how to make sure your home is safer, connecting with your community, improving and maintaining your mental health, and becoming more active with good financial plans for the future.

People can also sign up to a regular newsletter and can find out more on the campaign website.

The objectives of the campaign are to:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of older people in West Sussex;
  • Raise awareness of positive approaches to healthy ageing which help people to live well as they age;
  • Celebrate the contribution which older people make to our communities, and the skills, knowledge and experience which they bring;
  • Share practical ideas for action and signpost local resources and best practice which can enable people to improve their health and wellbeing;
  • Tackle ageism and present a positive narrative of ageing well, demonstrating that West Sussex is a good place to grow old.

Kind Regards


Kath Brooks | Partnership Officer – Crawley
Partnerships and Communities Team
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email


Patient Roundup

A message from Isabel Costello

NHS Crawley and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

Dear all,

I hope you are all well.

Please see below the Patient Roundup for November 2019.

Text in blue below identifies new information in the Patient Roundup:

  • Governing Body Date
  • Feedback on the Sussex Health and Care Plan
  • Community Ambassadors Task and Finish Group – Get Involved!
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • The NHS Youth Forum
  • NHS England Consultations
  • West Sussex Care Guide Review
  • Flu
  • Alcohol Awareness Week
  • Every Mind Matters
  • THRIVE! Free family-friendly, creative arts workshop!
  • Self-care Week Community Information Event
  • Autism Support Crawley
  • Standing Item: What should you do if you have urgent but not life-threatening symptoms? Dial 111

Best wishes,

Isabel Costello
Senior Patient and Public Engagement Officer
NHS Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups
Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
Part of Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (North)
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07920244988 | email
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH

If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport supports community awards as headline sponsor
20th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

phone 01403 751200

Gatwick Airport is again supporting the Crawley Community Awards as headline sponsor.

Community engagement manager Melanie Wrightson explains why: More than a third of Gatwick staff call Crawley and Horley home. They help the airport to deliver a world-class passenger experience and do a fantastic job welcoming more than 46 million passengers a year as they fly out to more than 230 destinations in 74 countries.

They are fantastic ambassadors not only for Gatwick, but for Crawley and the wider region. Simply put, without the support of local people, Gatwick would not be the airport it is today.

Some people, however, go above and beyond and selflessly give up their time for the benefit of others. It is important to stop and take a moment to recognise these people as they enrich our community and peoples’ lives.

I’m lucky enough to meet many of the local volunteers and community representatives who do great work across the region, whether they are helping to raise funds or helping those who just need some additional help and support.

I find their selflessness and commitment to help other people inspirational. It is only right that our community heroes receive the recognition they deserve and Gatwick Airport is proud to be able to help by supporting the Crawley Community Awards.

We are also delighted to be working alongside others who took the initiative to honour and recognise our Community heroes, including The Crawley Observer, The Hawth and Crawley Borough Council.

I wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic awards evening.

Hillside Inn – Crawley Observer

Hillside Inn selected as pub of the year entry
13th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

phone 01403 751200

Henry Smith, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley, has nominated The Hillside Inn in Pound Hill as Crawley’s entry in this year’s Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition.

Mr Smith said: “It’s always a tough choice to pick one of our town’s pubs, but I’m delighted to nominate The Hillside Inn as Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

The pub sector is so important for communities such as ours and I’m delighted that the Ail-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs is ensuring their nationwide recognition.”

The competition will culminate in a national final at the House of Commons, offering all MPs the opportunity to nominate their constituency’s favourite boozer and be recognised as the Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

To keep up-to-date with nominations as they come follow the Parliamentary Pub of the Year awards on Twitter: .

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Use vote to raise airport issue
6th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

phone 01293 845058

CAGNE calls for residents to make Gatwick expansion plans an election issue, to make those that seek your vote promise to oppose the growth of the main runway and using the emergency runway as a new second runway.

Residents are urged to challenge member of parliament candidates seeking their vote on December 12 to make a promise to stop Gatwick expansion plans as this would bring, in a relatively short time, 390,000 flights a year, compared to 285,000 now a substantial increase in noise that residents endure in Sussex, Surrey and Kent as well as nearly 1m tonnes extra of carbon a year with two runways.

Residents are already enduring the ramification of Gatwick’s growth, as are local authorities budgets in a decline of ability to keep pace with the demands that-come from a large airport operating in their vicinity. It must fall to Gatwick Airport, through policy, that if they wish any further growth they must pay for the infrastructure that is required for the current level of operations plus the demands placed upon affordable housing, healthcare and education due to inward migration of workers.

We can all see clearly that the burden Gatwick presents is not being met by the 106 contributions that it is required to pay to local authorities. Members of Parliament, and local authorities, are entrusted by residents to be their voice, so we must make it very clear during election time that we are not seeking to do deals with the owners of Gatwick, but we are looking for a halt in its growth as it is simply not sustainable.

Over the five years we have been campaigning the tone of residents concerns has changed to now encompass climate change.

This must be a major concern for us all as to allow Gatwick to use the emergency runway as a new second runway would add nearly one million tonnes of extra carbon a year as well as 74m passengers to our roads and railway line that can’t be expanded.

This is an ideal moment for us all to make the Gatwick growth plans a key election issue on the doorsteps and have your candidate agree to stop Gatwick expansion plans as they are not sustainable or wanted.

Sally Pavey
Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

Contact details:


Local Policing – Crawley Observer

Police launch named PCSO for every community
6th November 2019 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Sussex Police has launched a named PCSO for every community within the force area.

Named PCSOs are being introduced in every community within the Sussex Police force area – Picture courtesy of Sussex Police

The enhanced way of working will give every PCSO responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO.

The new posts are being recruited throughout the financial year.

There have already been intakes of 18 PCSOs in July 2019 and 36 in September 2019.

Another 72 PCSOs will be trained over two intakes in January and March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.

This investment has been possible due to the precept increase proposed by police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March 2020.

The investment has given ‘Sussex Police a genuine opportunity to rethink its plans to enhance local policing.

The force says the precept uplift signals an exciting step change and means that communities will start to see and feel a difference as these roles are deployed to strengthen local policing.

Assistant chief constable Julia Chapman said: “The bolstering of PCSO numbers will help police working with local communities and will help bring a greater understanding of local issues, an increase in intelligence and an early resolution of anti-social behaviour and local disputes before they can escalate into more serious crime.”

By inputting your postcode in website you will be able to find out who your named PCSO is for the area where you live.

Some areas may have more than one PCSO.

Pound Hill Litter Pick

Pound Hill Litter Pick on Saturday 16th November

Help keep Crawley tidy by joining a community litter pick with LPK Learning CIC on Saturday 16th November.

Meet at Grattons Park near to Peterhouse Parade at 10.15am to collect equipment ready for a litter pick from 10.30 to 12.00. Refreshments will be available from 11.30.

All ages welcome. A limited amount of equipment will be available but please bring your own gloves and a litter picker if you have one. Hope to see you there!

Facebook Picking

Many thanks,


LPK learning:



GACC Newsletter 110

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 5nd November 2019

GACC Annual General Meeting

Simon Henley, Commissioner and Stephen Cooke, Head of Communications
Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise will speak at the GACC Annual Meeting to be held at the Stanhill Court Hotel on Friday, 15 November at 7.30 pm

Stanhill Court Hotel is located just 2 miles north west of Charlwood.

The address is Stan Hill, Charfwood, Surrey RH6 0EP Tel : phone 01293 862166
Link to hotel website directions :


There is easy car parking. Tea or coffee will be provided and a licensed bar will be open from 7.00pm.

NB: Nominations for the committee should be submitted to the GACC office a week in advance (ie: by midday Friday 8th November).

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821