Bow Down And Worship Crawley Part 1

Kev Neylon
8 min readMar 14, 2022

I’m doing March for March, Prostrate Cancer UK’s fundraising initiative to do eleven thousand steps on each day in March. Last Sunday I was left to my own devices and so I set about seeing how many of Crawley’s places of worship I could walk to or past in a single walk. A focus to the steps I needed to make rather than aimless wandering around the streets.

I started by walking away from the nearest church to where I live, instead going through the little park at the back of the house and onto Malthouse Road and then Brewer Road in the Malthouse Road Conservation Area until I came to Christchurch. Not in New Zealand though. That would have been an epic walk. No, Christ Church, the Anderson shelter looking building on Brewer Road, certainly not what most would expect a place of worship to look like, but places of worship come in all shapes and sizes nowadays.

Then I headed back up the short hill to St Mary’s opposite Southgate Parade. I’ve been in this church more than any other in Crawley, just not for services, and never into the part portioned off where the pews are. It’s my local polling station and there was a time when it seemed I was there every few weeks with referendums, general elections, local council, county council, and x-factor voting.

After a near complete lap of the church I was off down Mason Road (in a second conservation area of the day), across the main road and into Tilgate on Tilgate Way and down to the next place of worship — the Catholic church of St Bernadette’s. Despite the music playing in my headphones all I can hear in my head is the Four Tops singing “Bernadette”, and my favourite “what do you call” joke springs to mind.

What do you call a woman who throws all her bills onto the fire?

Bernadette (Burn a debt — OK I’ll get my coat).

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Kev Neylon

Writing fiction, travel, history, sport, & music blogs. Monthly e-zine with all kinds of writing at www.onetruekev.co.uk. All pictures used are my own.