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It may be hard to believe but our lovely little town turned 75 years of age on 9th January 2022!

On January 9, 1947, it was confirmed that Crawley was to become a new town. The intention was to move people and industry out of the overcrowded and bomb-damaged capital and into the countryside. Can you believe Crawley tuns 75 years old!

Originally it was aimed that around 50,000 people would be housed in Crawley; split across nine neighbourhoods between the few existing villages of Ifield, Three Bridges and Crawley.

Most people reading now will know the Crawley houses a few more than 50,000 people! It is currently home to over 120,000 people and this number continues to grow as more housing is developed on our perimeters.

The number of neighbourhoods has also increased, currently sitting at 14.

The council is working together with Crawley Town Centre BID, Creative Crawley, and Crawley Festival to plan a programme of events that celebrates the diverse and vibrant cultural life in Crawley.

In celebration of the 75th birthday, the council would also like to hear about any clubs, societies or schools that are planning, or would like to arrange, small community led events to celebrate the town’s platinum year.

The celebrations could be anything from community bake sales, 1940s themed parties, or a themed activity which remembers and celebrates any part of our town’s 75-year journey.

Please email your ideas to

In addition, the council’s Open Grants scheme is now open for applications for neighbourhood action. This can include events celebrating Crawley’s 75th anniversary so for more information and to apply for funding visit also marks the 70th year of The Queen’s reign and Platinum Jubilee celebrations are planned for the first weekend of June with the lighting of the millennium beacon in Tilgate Park and the Big Jubilee picnic.

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