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Paul Walker leaves Crawley Wasps

Paul Walker
Photo: Ben Davidson,

It’s been revealed that Crawley Wasps have parted company with first-team manager Paul Walker by mutual consent.

Walker became first-team manager in 2015 before moving up to be the club’s chairman in 2017 until June of this year.

The board of executives have expressed their gratitude to Paul for his hard work on behalf of the club and will issue a further update when a successor is appointed.

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Coronavirus Information – Updated

Guidance for people shielding

From 1 August, you will no longer be advised to shield unless the transmission of #COVID19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

If you can’t work from home, your employer should help you to get back to work safely, while maintaining social distancing in the workplace.

If you decide to continue shielding in August, you:
▶️can get help from NHS Volunteer Responders (they will continue to deliver food, prescriptions and essential items you buy)
▶️will still be eligible for priority supermarket slots

More information HERE

NHS Test and Trace

An overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.
NHS test and trace: how it works

Face Coverings

More Information

Find out how to make a face covering

Enjoy Summer Safely

Getting a haircut this week? ✂️
Make sure to follow their new safety measures. Here’s what to expect ⬇️

Every Mind Matters

For full information, please visit

Coronavirus Support Groups

This list is not definitive as groups are now giving way to support hubs set up by local authorities.
If you are aware of a group which isn’t listed, please send details to:
[email protected]

Brockham|Emergency Response Team
Email: [email protected]

Caterham|Valley Action

Crawley|Crawley Covid-19 Mutual Aid

Dorking|Covid19 community support group

East Grinstead|Mutual Aid Group

East Grinstead|Covid-19 Volunteers

Horley|Lumley Road

Horsham|Self Isolation Support

Leatherhead/Bookham/Fetcham|Community Coronavirus Care

Redhill/Reigate|Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group

Renewed Hope Trust
A food takeaway service for homeless & vulnerable folk and delivering food parcels to anyone who’s struggling in E. Surrey

Surrey Care Trust
For young people aged 11-18 or a parent with children of any age, struggling to cope with family life during lockdown
[email protected]

More Information

Crawley Borough Council

Horsham District Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Surrey County Council

Tandridge District Council

West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council Community Hub

Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead

Chrissy catches up with Richard Coppen

Richard Coppen, AKA Dick Crippen of Tenpole Tudor fame, runs Panther Studios in Reigate and also now plays in local band ‘TheWeird Things’.

Chrissy caught up with Rich to chat about the local music scene past, present and future and what it was like recording with Captain Sensible in the Captain’s new musical project the ‘Sensible Gray Cells’.

Here’s an idea! Why not listen to the whole hour? It’s a cracker! ♫ ♫

Featured Image: Rich and Chrissy at the 100 Club last year
Courtesy of Chrissy Muir


Some places in Crawley above safe levels of pollution

Four places in Crawley are breaching safe air pollution levels according to Friends of the Earth, who have analysed council nitrogen dioxide readings from monitoring sites across the country.

The latest data from 2018 shows Brighton Road near Gatwick, around Hazelwick Roundabout and two locations close to Three Bridges Station have readings on average exceeding the government and World Health organisations’ target of 40 micrograms per cubic metre of air.

The leading cause of NO2 pollution is emissions from road traffic.

Although the most recent data shows a marginal improvement from previous years (last year’s audit found 1,591 English locations breaching limits) there is still a number of locations exceeding the Air Quality Objective.
You can read more and see a map of all locations HERE

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Schemes begin in Surrey to promote cycling and social distancing

A series of temporary schemes to encourage cycling and support social distancing on high streets have been announced in Surrey.

They will be installed over the next few weeks with the expectation of being in place for around 12 weeks, although this could be longer if there is significant support. They will all be regularly reviewed and adjusted if necessary.

A programme of vegetation clearance to keep pavements, footpaths and cycleways clear will also be carried out.

Schemes are already in place in Farnham town centre, where pavements have been widened; Godalming, where the High Street has been closed to traffic; Shere, where parking in the village centre has been removed to give more space for pedestrians; and in Reigate where new cycle parking has been installed.

The work is costing £848,000 which is being equally funded by the county council and the government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund. A bid for a second tranche of measures worth £6.785 million will be submitted to the government next week.
The county council has also recently announced an extra £200,000 for Bikeability to reduce the cost to parents and schools for the cycle skills and safety training.

Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “I would like to thank all the residents who have contacted us with ideas to support more cleaner and greener travel across the county. While the schemes range from wider pavements to more bike parking, I hope they will really help people to get out and about and maintain social distancing.
“We would also appreciate your feedback on the schemes, to make sure they’re working for all road users.
“There are multiple benefits to encouraging walking and cycling – including improving physical and mental health. And if there are fewer cars on the road we can also ease congestion and improve air quality.”.

The schemes in Surrey are:
Install additional cycle parking in The Street and outside the shops in Craddocks Avenue.

Make the High Street one way in the northeast-bound direction between Cedar Close and Park Street to create additional space for pedestrians

Install additional cycle parking outside the shops in High Street.

Extend footpath to provide more cycle parking at end of Church Walk. Also provide more cycle parking on Croydon Road outside shops.

In Guildford Street, there will be a temporary suspension of parking areas to create additional space for pedestrians. On Windsor Street, on-street parking will be removed on southern/south-western side between Guildford Street and Alwyns Lane to widen the pavement.

Potential advisory pedestrian one-way scheme on pavements in the town centre.

Additional cycle parking will be installed in South Street and High Street.

Remove parking bays in the High Street to allow creation of wider pavement on northern side of the road between Church Road and Hummer Road.

Pavement widening on the northern side of the High Street.

Pavement widening along High Street and North Street.

Improved cycle links around the town.

Removal of one lane from Esher Road between Hersham and Esher to provide improved cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings.

Additional cycle parking outside the post office.

Temporary closure of the High Street to vehicles on Sundays to give space for pedestrian and cyclists. Temporary planters to be installed to widen pavements.

Cycle parking improvements in Station Road West, Station Road East and Gresham Road.

Provide additional cycle parking and improve cycle route signing around the town centre.

West Byfleet
Temporary closure of Camphill Road at the railway bridge to provide additional space for pedestrians. Also removing the guard railing from the pavement at Station Approach and Old Woking Road to give more space for walkers.

Closure of Baker Street to all motorised vehicles part way along to create two separate cul-de-sacs. This would support Baker Street being used as a cycling and walking route, and support social distancing near the shops at the narrow end.

Create wider pavement on eastern (Guildford-bound) side by reallocating cycle lane under Victoria Arch in the town centre.

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