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TREVOR’S WEEK: Poorly gull was found huddled in doorway of medical practice

This poorly young gull has just been admitted from Firle Road, Eastbourne. Rescuers attended the gull and found him huddled in a doorway of Seaside medical practice.

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REV DAVID FAREY: The Christian aspects of Father Christmas

The Christmas machinery really is starting to kick in now. Hellingly and Upper Dicker will be having our Christingle services in support of the Children’s Society and carol services are starting to appear.

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Helen Burton

HELEN BURTON: Eastbourne Volunteers need your help

Exciting news this week for the Eastbourne Volunteers project!

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Banana Tree ... closing its doors

OUT IN THE FIELD: Banana Tree splits from Eastbourne town centre

There was a collective groan of disappointment this week among friends and colleagues when news broke that the Banana Tree in Grove Road is to close its doors early in the new year. It’s been the go to place for the last 26 years for women – and especially men at Christmas – looking for that something different gift wise and it was a hugely popular addition to the row of independent shops outside the main shopping area. Sadly, Lucy and Jill and the rest of the lovely ladies who work there will be finishing up sometime in January to pursue other ventures and Lucy and Jill are both looking at online ventures. The Internet’s gain is our loss.

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CAROLINE ANSELL MP: Digital Bill must protect our youngsters

Potentially just as harmful as drugs and alcohol is how the impact of internet porn on our children and young people has been described.

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Wine auction in Burgundy is all about charity and taste

• By Richard Esling BSc DipWSET

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TREVOR WEEKS: Injured pigeon was found to have been shot

We were horrified on Monday when we received a call to a grounded pigeon in Hailsham High Street.

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CAROLINE ANSELL MP: Debate over Israel and Palestine

Last week I led a debate in Parliament about the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

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The Sovereign Centre's days could well be numbered

OUT IN THE FIELD: Sovereign Centre so tired it no longer has a pulse

I had more than a little chuckle to myself this week when the Sovereign Centre was described as “looking tired” during an interview about the plans to build a new place next to it and then bulldoze the original. This is a family newspaper so I can’t use the words I would normally utter to describe the place but let’s just say the place is so tired it no longer has a pulse. As I am not the only person to express that view, I am sure locals will welcome the news the town is going to have a state of the art sparkling new leisure centre. It’s certainly about time. I remember covering the opening of the Sovereign Centre as a cub reporter back in the 1980s when Princess Diana cut the ribbon and was presented with a posy of flowers by former tourism supremo boss Ron Cussons’ daughter Jessica. Over the years the centre has served the population and visitors well. My children learnt to swim there, I used the gym (yes, really) and in no way do I want to knock the hard work the lovely folk at Leisure Trust or Serco have put in over the years. But in recent times the icing has certainly worn off the gingerbread, the interior is looking more than tired and the council has made the sensible decision to build a new centre rather than revamp the existing one. As the old saying goes, you can’t put glitter on a turd. And you can’t polish one either.

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Helen Burton

HELEN BURTON: Wildflower meadows and superfast broadband

Last week I attended a parish conference on wildflower meadows and rural broadband, held at Great Dixter and organised by Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle.

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Life on Tapp

Elderly care is an age-old dilemma

Gandhi once famously said that you can judge a country’s greatness by how it treats its animals, a sentiment that us Brits have long taken to heart.

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This photograph sent in by Martin Gratz shows his wife Christina with the supermoon at Beachy Head

OUT IN THE FIELD: Bring in the Japanese to fix the road

Eastbourne’s taxi saga rumbles on and we are told this week by the council that in the last year it has “robustly investigated” 44 complaints and not 34 as we were originally informed. Thankfully the story and hype surrounding it saw two crackdowns at the weekend when council officers did spot checks on taxis at the railway station. They found everything to be in order which is good news but what is worrying is that in the last few days other issues have come to light including the fact that some licensed drivers may be working up to 18 hours a day to bring in the cash, there have been seven complaints of drivers harassing passengers and there are unlicensed drivers out there. The next meeting of the council’s licensing committee – which oversees taxis and private hire issues – is in January and hopefully some of these issues will be addressed then if not before. I gather only three of the last 13 planned licensing meetings were actually held and 10 were cancelled. The most important thing though is that anyone who has an issue with a driver, whether they be from a reputable firm or one of the numerous independent vehicles operating, should get the driver’s badge number and report it to the council.

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Helen Burton

HELEN BURTON: Christmas kicks off today (Friday November 18) in Seaside

Today (Friday November 18) I am really looking forward to going to the BoHo Winter Light Festival. The festive season in Eastbourne will be kicking off nicely with this family friendly, free event, centred around Leaf Hall at 51 Seaside.

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CAROLINE ANSELL MP: A significant rise in homelessness

It seems John Lewis and Marks and Spencer are in the running for the most popular - portraying a comforting and homely vision of love and friendship we all cherish during the festive period.

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Rt. Revd. Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham

Hospitality to the stranger

Driving the roads of Sussex at present, I pass lots of new housing, freshly occupied or under construction, some ready and waiting for the first occupants to move in.

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Sussex PCC's video log: The alarming scale of elder abuse across Sussex

Two Sussex Elders' Commission members appeared alongside Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours recently talking about the rise in fraud against older residents.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Come and support our Christmas fair

This week has been yet another busy week for us. In fact, this winter is looking like it is going to be a busy one if the current rate of casualties continues.

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Blaise Tapp

You've a snowflake’s chance in hell of us keeping quiet over Trump

Am I an honorary snowflake? That is the question I have been asking myself during these first few days of what are bound to become known as the Trump Years.

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TREVOR WEEKS: An unusually busy week of rescues and releases

For what is supposed to be a quiet time of year for us, we couldn’t be further from it!

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REV DAVID FAREY: Day to remember those killed on our roads

Another Remembrance day celebrated in November other than that for the casualties of war is to remember the vast numbers that are killed on our roads.

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