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OUT IN THE FIELD: Warding off lurking evil spirits
Like most people I imagine, I always turn straight to what is commonly referred to as the Hatches, Matches and Dispatches section – more formally known as the Births, Marriages and Deaths – of the Herald each week. And aside from there being rather a lot lately, one particular notice caught my eye recently which has turned out to be a very unfortunate state of affairs – the death of Eastbourne resident Mary Pilz. Mary’s niece ordered a pretty floral cardboard coffin for her aunt but has been left devastated after learning Eastbourne would not accept the eco-friendly coffin. Apparently after a “risk assessment” Eastbourne Borough Council decided not to accept paper product coffins for cremation because during the cremation process “fly ash and residue can interfere with emission treatment and monitoring systems, in place to meet stringent emission limits laid down by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs”. In this eco-friendly day and age I would have thought cardboard or paper coffins would be all the ecologically-sound rage but the fact you can use a wooden coffin is pretty appalling. You couldn’t make it up.
 

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VIDEO Feature: Raising the curtain on the Stables Theatre
The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre is housed in a fine 18th-century building in the heart of Hastings Old Town. The building opened as a theatre back in 1959 and has been developed further over the years, including a recent refurbishment to the foyer, new carpets throughout and new equipment for the lighting and sound box. They produce around twelve Stables’ shows every year, and the cast for these high quality amateur productions are all Stables’ members. The auditorium itself can seat up to 126 people and has access for wheelchairs. 1
 

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