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St Nicholas Church in Godstone: Christmas Service on CD

A church in Godstone has produced a CD as an alternative to holding traditional services over Christmas. 

St Nicholas Church in Godstone recorded their choir and readings between lockdowns for one of their most popular services.  The Rector of St Nicholas Church, Peter O’Connell, spoke to Susy Radio about the idea:

The CD is available at a cost of £5 from the rectory by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the St Nicholas Godstone website for contact details.

Credit: Rector Peter O’Connell

New COVID-19 Screening Service Launches at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport has announced a new Covid-19 screening service. 

ExpressTest screening will be available for passengers, staff, and local residents, with results available the next day.  The test is for those who may require a valid, negative COVID-19 test certificate before and after travel.  It should also meet requirements for the Government’s expected ‘test and release’ scheme to ease travel restrictions and quarantine. 

The cost of the PCR swab test for Gatwick’s passengers and staff will be £60, and £99 for the general public. The test centre will be located at the airport’s long stay car park at the South Terminal.  The booking portal goes live on Friday with the first appointments available from next Monday 30th November. 

Anyone with recognisable COVID-19 symptoms will still need to use an NHS testing facility. 

To book a test, people will need to visit www.expresstest.co.uk and select a date and time.  Customers will then be sent a QR code which they must bring with them to their appointment, along with their passport or employee ID. Payment will be taken during the booking process. Opening hours are 08.00 to 20.00 and customers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to appointments. 

Football Update

Crawley Town slip to 12th place in League 2 following their 3-0 defeat at home to Carlisle United on Saturday.

Dorking Wanderers were down to 9 men in their away match against Concord Rangers.  Despite sendings off for Alfie Rutherford and Wes Fogden, Dorking won 3-1 and remain in second place in the National League South table.

Woman takes council to court over oil drilling

A Redhill resident who opposes oil drilling near her home has begun a High court legal challenge. 

Sarah Finch, is fighting Surrey County Council’s decision to allow Horse Hill Developments to expand its operation near Gatwick Airport.

Her lawyers say the council’s environmental assessment should have considered the “full climate impact” while the council calls the claim misguided.

The hearing continues.

“Government funding not enough” says Council

Eligible Businesses in Crawley can now apply for the latest round of business grants but the19 Council says the funding is not nearly enough.

Despite Crawley being responsible for 25 per cent of the economic output in West Sussex, the government has given the council over £3.7m some of the lowest grant funding in the county.

Out of seven local authorities, only one received less than Crawley’s combined grants figure. Five councils received more.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Peter Lamb says “the funding very limited and does not recognise the number of businesses in Crawley