A Special Event at the WRVS Centre in Crawley

A celebration of the Heritage Plus project in Crawley

By John Cheves

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The final event under the Heritage Plus banner took place at Crawley WRVS on Friday 22nd October 2010.

 

First on was a presentation about Crawley New Town.  We were delighted to welcome the Chairman of Crawley Museums Society, Gillian Pitt who enlightened the audience with information that went back much further than the 1950s when so many families moved here.  It seems that the design and planning of Crawley owed much to a man called Tytus Salt responsible for the planning of a small town in Yorkshire called Saltaire where employees were well looked after with good housing and small gardens following extensive town designs being drawn up.  This was certainly a good deal further back than last century even! 

 

Following a wonderful lunch the audience were transported back to Edwardian and Victorian times predominantly when Time Span gave us an entertaining historical presentation highlighting life 'Below Stairs'.  A tremendous amount of memorabilia was laid out on the trestle tables for the audience to see and touch as the team highlighted certain pieces and told various tales of lavatorial habits and ways and we learned about the hierarchy which actually existed downstairs as well as up!  Time Span left all too soon leaving our audience wanting more.

 

The final part of the day saw a production by The Weavers singing a variety of their favourite songs with a moving rendition of 'My Fair Lady' from the group's leader Mrs Wyn Ive.  That said it was a super show with much effort from all of the singers without exception and before we realised it the show closed and we all enjoyed an afternoon cream tea.

 

 

Written by

Elizabeth Masson

25th October 2010

This page was added by John Cheves on 27/10/2010.

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