Following the immigration movement of the 60’s and 70’s the UK saw an influx of hardworking Sikh men looking for employment. Due to its close proximity to Gatwick Airport, the new town of Crawley became home to a large number of Sikh men and their families. There was plenty of employment in Crawley and the families worked hard towards settling into their new lives away from their homeland of Punjab. Through sheer hard work and dedication, they began to buy their own homes and establish themselves within the British life.
However, there was something very important missing in their lives, a place of worship (Gurdwara) and the sense of community. The desire to practice the Sikh faith led a few families to hire the Montefiore Hall in Three Bridges on a weekly basis for the Sikh families to get together and pray and worship. As the community grew, so did the desire to establish somewhere more permanent to worship. It was with this in mind that they established the first dedicated Sikh Gurdwara in Crawley in 1981 in Spencers Road. Spencers Road was established as a Gurdwara and began to serve as the “Gurdwara” for all the Sikh community of Sussex and Surrey. The congregation grew and by the early 2000’s it was becoming obvious that a bigger premises was required with more car parking facilities and hence began the search for a large premises.
After looking at many options, including developing the existing site, in 2012, the Gurdwara acquired the current site of Ifield Green with the intention of moving to this site and developing this as the “Gurdwara”. The current site known as Siri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Ifield Green, Crawley (RH11 ONU) was first declared open in August 2015 when permission was granted to use it as a place of worship. This new site has over 90 parking spaces and is set on over 7 acres of land, and has the potential to meet all the needs of the future generations.