etc Columnist - Louise Margaret

Louise Margaret on the tricks she uses to make household chores more bearable

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REV DAVID FAREY: It’s important to respect those we meet

When I was training for ordination I opted to help out in a men’s homeless hostel. I really did meet some fascinating blokes.

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My favourite picture of the night award goes to six-month-old Milo Lambert

OUT IN THE FIELD: Politicians upstaged by baby Milo

Well, that was an interesting old election wasn’t it? Mrs May’s pre-election confidence, poorly judged manifesto – particularly for people in Eastbourne – and half of the Eastbourne population voting tactically came back to bite her royally on the backside and as a consequence, Conservative Caroline Ansell lost her seat here in the town and Liberal Democrat Stephen Lloyd is back in. I was at the count at the Town Hall on Thursday night and Friday morning, waiting for the result to come through and as exciting as it was, watching the live results, much of the attention fell on gorgeous little Milo Lambert, the six-month-old baby son of the Labour Party’s candidate Jake Lambert. Little Milo wasn’t fazed by the lights, camera, action of the whole night and smiled sweetly at everyone, regardless of what colour rosettes they were wearing. In fact, little Milo’s behaviour was certainly a lot better than some of the attendees at the count.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Two young deer rescued during a very busy week

We had two young deer to deal with this week. Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Chris and assisted Deer Rescue’s Chris and Slyvia Collinson in dealing with a young deer in Heathfield thought to be abandoned.

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EASTBOURNE VOLUNTEERS WITH HELEN BURTON: Celebrating volunteers - and remembering MP Jo Cox

Last Friday we held a community group networking event to celebrate Volunteers Week. The event was held in the Tesco Community Space in the Lottbridge Drove store and it was well attended by many local groups doing great work in the Eastbourne community.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: I’m delighted to be back

It was Harold Wilson who first coined the phrase that “a week was a long time in politics”, and Harold Macmillan who preceded saying the real challenge of politics was “events dear boy, events!” Both from each of the former Prime Ministers have been shown to be wholly correct with UK politics over the last few weeks, and the old Chinese proverb of “may you live in interesting times” also gets a look-in as well!

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Sussex PCC Katy Bourne

Sussex PCC's video log: Top ten tips for keeping safe from fraudsters

"In the UK, our population is ageing; the proportion of those aged over 65 has never been greater.

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etc Columnist - Alexia Rowley

Alexia Rowley on how to cope with being appraised by a child.

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REV DAVID FAREY: Election promises must be acted upon

It is done! The votes have been cast and we have a new government. There will be those who will be celebrating and those who will be licking their wounds.

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The lovely ladies from M&S at Eastbourne who gave up their Sunday afternoon to host a family fun day

OUT IN THE FIELD: You can’t carry on at your convenience

Mind you don’t get caught short when you feel the need to spend a penny at Eastbourne Railway Station anymore.

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EASTBOURNE VOLUNTEERS WITH HELEN BURTON: Donate to homeless charity in memory of terror victim

By the time you read this the general election will be finished. Whatever the result I will be very glad it is over, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that the referendum and the elections in the last couple of years have been extremely divisive.

Get out there and vote on June 8

Election day is here – time to vote

Polling stations across Eastbourne have in the last few minutes opened this morning (Thursday) for people to cast their vote in the General Election.

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REV DAVID FAREY: In the wake of hatred, we must choose love

The world is once more reeling after the terrible bomb attack in Manchester. The impact of this attack is particularly atrocious because of whom it killed and maimed.

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Leading the fight against litterbugs: Emily Paterson, 10, Alex Paterson, six, and Oliver Davis, eight

OUT IN THE FIELD: Little folks’ litter-picking legacy

With videos doing the rounds of little darlings vandalising property in Hampden Park (yes, they have been filmed and images passed to the police), it was refreshing to hear the story of brother and sister Emily Paterson, 10, her six-year-old brother Alex and family friend Oliver Davis, eight, who took it upon themselves to tidy up after people left their barbecues behind in Motcombe Park. Dad Jason Paterson said the youngsters cleaned it up because they want their park to be beautiful and a nice place. The bin was less than 20 metres away. If you know who had a barbecue under the tree sometime Sunday evening and left it like this, have a quiet word in their shell like. As Jason says #leaveonlyfootprints #hiitthepark #hiitsquad

Volunteers at the new Community Hub at the Labyrinth in Mark Lane, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-170130-101954008


Did you know that June 1 to 7 is Volunteers Week? This week community groups everywhere are celebrating their volunteers, without whom most community organisations would not exist - including ours! As part of the Volunteers Week celebrations local charity Possability People is launching a new campaign to encourage more disabled people to volunteer, something Eastbourne Volunteers would also like to encourage.

Fresh Start Portslade was funded by the Young Peoples Fund earlier this year. The group renovated an old public loo in Easthill Park, Portslade and it is now a busy caf where apprentices like Crystal (pictured here) can gain work experience and accredited training.

Applications invited to young people's funds

Being a young person in 2017 is not plain-sailing.

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TREVOR WEEKS: We can’t believe how busy we are at the moment

Sleep is certainly in short supply at the moment for our care team. We are all working very long hours to try and keep on top of all the casualties.

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REV DAVID FAREY: Say no to apathy, let’s have a bit more passion!

The other day I was chatting to someone who was going around Hailsham door knocking as part of the election campaign.

The much loved and respected historian Pat Stevens whose funeral was held this week

OUT IN THE FIELD: Pose the tough questions on education

Election fever is mounting and all the political candidates and their supporters will doubtless be knocking on doors over the next week for the final few days of campaigning.

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TREVOR WEEKS: A week of all creatures great and small

Its certainly been a week of all creatures great and small. We have had our first gull chicks of the season which is now being looked after by Bird Aid at Hailsham.

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