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REV DAVID FAREY: Freedom of speech, the law and Mr Trump

So Donald Trump has struck again! His exercise of his Executive Powers has been causing all kinds of grief for the last few weeks.

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Louise

etc columnist Louise Margaret

Why the good old-fashioned cluttered look will always prevail

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TREVOR WEEKS: Shoppers, please support us at Eastbourne Waitrose this month

A buzzard has been admitted at WRAS after being hit by a vehicle near Uckfield.

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EASTBOURNE VOLUNTEERS: Taking time to help out at the Chaseley Trust

By Helen Burton

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Spinnakers Cafe is now set for refurbishment rather than demolition

OUT IN THE FIELD: Should we let our hearts rule our heads?

My derriere is still firmly on the fence when it comes to whether the downland farms should be sold off by Eastbourne Borough Council to raise cash for other projects in the town such as a new Sovereign Centre and improvements to the Winter Garden, Congress Theatre and Devonshire Park tennis complex.

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Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell

CAROLINE ANSELL MP: UK Syrian aid bill presently stands at £2.3billion

“I’m ashamed to be British!” That was how one lady began the conversation at a surgery last weekend.

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Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne: Hate crime will not be tolerated

Sussex’s police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne on the rise of hate crimes since the Brexit vote.

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Small village schools are at risk

Small village schools are at risk of closure because of unfunded costs

On the outskirts of many English towns, adjacent to greenbelt and farmland, you will find small village communities situated around a local school, church and public house (the pub) – and many of these communities have been established for centuries.

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Alexia

etc columnist - Alexia Rowley

Now love really is in the air

Lifestyle
Blaise want to share the pain of getting on the property ladder with his children

By not planning to build we're constructing a crisis for our children

If I had a pound for every time I’ve been told that moving house is the most stressful thing we do, I would have stopped making my own sandwiches years ago.

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REV DAVID FAREY: The Bible, boring? Never!

If you mention the Bible to many people you might either get a blank look or the response that it’s boring. I would respond that in which case they had never read it!

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File photo dated 18/03/16 of Lucas, a homeless man, holding a sign reading 'Please help, homeless and hungry' in Victoria, London, as ministers were accused of ignoring the plight of the homeless as new figures showed a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 25, 2017. Local authorities estimated on a single night in autumn 2016 there were 4,134 rough sleepers compared to 3,569 the previous year - an increase of 16% - according to figures compiled by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). See PA story POLITICS Homeless. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire PPP-170126-115119001

EASTBOURNE PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY: Our concerns over the town’s homeless

Following last week’s column by Annemarie Field titled: ‘Think before you give money to beggars’ everyone at the Eastbourne People’s Assembly was left feeling extremely concerned about what had been published.

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TREVOR WEEKS: I’m being challenged to run the Eastbourne half marathon

Mother Nature! Will you please sort the weather out and tell your children not to have young at this time of year.

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The world famous Carpet Gardens have been Eastbourne's pride and joy for years. Photograph by Angie Parsons

OUT IN THE FIELD: Tar and feather these heartless thugs

Hearts don’t break: they bend a bit but they don’t break, my mother always told me.

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EASTBOURNE VOLUNTEERS WITH HELEN BURTON: Thrilled with start of project launch

Our project launched a week ago and I am thrilled with how it’s gone so far! We have now been approached by 12 potential volunteers and have found roles for 11 – don’t worry we are still working on finding a role for the last person to enquire!

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CAROLINE ANSELL MP: There’s no escaping it...

There’s no escaping it.

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REV DAVID FAREY: We all need to learn to forgive each other more

David and Victoria Beckham have been in the news again.

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TREVOR WEEKS: A variety of rescues this week - most of them birds

We have had yet another stunning buzzard come into care this week after being found in the middle of Burwash Road, Heathfield.

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A bus driver uses the other side of the road in Cornfield Road to get past another vehicle

OUT IN THE FIELD: Pass me the fake beard and dark glasses

Well I certainly seem to have set the cat among the pigeons with last week’s column when I suggested that the generous folk of Eastbourne think before they give, and raised the issue of professional beggars in the town centre who present as homeless but actually have accommodation to live in. In between being called spiteful, ill informed, uncaring, disgusting and actually pondering whether I ought to go into town in a fake beard and dark glasses to avoid getting pelted with rotten tomatoes, I did receive some endorsement – which satisfied my own peace of mind – from the well-respected charity Brighton Housing Trust, which advocates people should give their cash to a homeless service or charity instead of directly to rough sleepers to really help those in need. Not wanting to open the can of worms even further and provoke even more comments – many from people who would do well to put their money where their mouth is and try actually helping the homeless or volunteer at one of the brilliant charities in the town – just ask yourself the question when considering giving money to anyone asking for money on the street: Is my generosity helping to keep someone on the streets or is it helping to get someone off the streets?

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The Venerable Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham

Listening to each other in a society of respect

So here we are, well under way with the new year.

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