Ted Henbery at work at the Mill
E.W.Henbery MBE 28th August 1931-13th December 2020. We are sorry to report that E.W.Henbery MBE, well known for his leadership in the restoration of Ifield Watermill has died aged 89. Known as Ted, he led a team of volunteer workers from the time soon after the land incorporating the mill…
ballet 1
Before the Hawth Theatre was built the old leisure centre on Haslett Avenue was the venue for concerts and recitals. In 1981 my husband, Bill, and I had one of our first dates there, to see Glenn Campbell. He was excellent. On other occasions we saw Barbara Dixon, Chris Barber’s…
holly ballet 2
I cannot remember where we went for our tap and ballet classes, but it was in Crawley when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I remember one Christmas we were doing a show and I was a dalmatian. At the end the teacher was handing out chocolates as…
Spitfire were a garage rock ’n’ roll band from Crawley whose line up revolved around brothers Nick and Jeff Pitcher (ex Bobby Scarlet). Their 1991 debut single, Dive, was an NME single of the week, and their first album, Sex Bomb – whose cover featured a picture of Jeff’s daughters…
Crawley Museum Circle@4x copy
On October 27th Crawley Museum hosted a talk by Graham Crozier about Charlotte Despard. Covid-19 restrictions meant that we had to limit our audience, so we videoed it. It has now been captioned and is available on YouTube here We hope you find it interesting!
Young Socialists & David Bowie advert
We love this advert! We found it in a press cutting from February 1966. As it was just a cutting we unfortunately don’t know which newspaper it was from. The text reads “Saturday Feb 19th, 2-6pm. The Young Socialists southern regional conference. West Green Centre, Crawley. All young workers, students…
(aka Terry Dactyl and The Dinosaurs) Brett Marvin & The Thunderbolts had their beginnings at Thomas Bennett school in Crawley. Teacher Pete Gibson had set up a folk and blues club at the school, and one of his students was Graham Hine, who was already forging a bit of a…
starlight ballroom
I was lucky enough to be 16 in 1964 and I lived in Crawley . . . My friends and I were out every night of the week, I can’t remember the days but we used to go every Friday to see the bands play at Hazelwick, I don’t remember…
Prom in the Park poster-2
Heather Eves is a cellist who has lived in Crawley since 1991. She writes: I have enjoyed many musical occasions in the town. The biggest of these has to be the Crawley Prom in the Park as a member of Sussex Symphony Orchestra. Who can forget these huge events? It…
radiogram records
I started to enjoy the Crawley dance scene when I was 14 and my best friend Ann was 13 years. My brother, Burges who was five years older, was home on leave from the Merchant Navy and he decided to take us to a Sunday night dance at Leons, we…

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