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TREVOR WEEKS: Deer, badgers and foxes - our busiest week this year

This has certainly been our busiest week so far this year.

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Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon SUS-170614-095516001

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Care homes survey clunky, but don’t give up

East Sussex County Council has now released the public consultation into the proposed closure of Milton Grange and Firwood House.

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Take my organs but not my eyes!

I have already told my loved ones that when the time comes for me to shuffle off the end of life’s perch, I want my organs – should they be any good – to be donated. Not my eyes though. I don’t know what it is but I don’t want anyone touching my eyes when I am alive let alone dead. Whatever is in full working order and not pickled or overused, I want to go to help somebody else live or be used in medical research. My feelings were confirmed last week at a special preview of a lovely organ donation story entitled The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away read by Eastbourne author and broadcaster Cole Morteon at the Birley Centre. Cole penned the tale of two teenage boys who both fall desperately ill at the same time. Within days the boys are close to death and although they have never met, their lives become bound together. One dies, and without knowing it he saves the other’s life. Cole tells the story of how the heart of one boy is taken from his body and transported by land and air to the other in a race against time. But that is only the beginning. It is extremely rare for those who receive organs to have direct contact with the families of their donors, but in this case a remarkable set of coincidences makes it possible and against all the odds the mothers of the two boys meet and become friends. It’s real heartstring-tugging stuff and makes you confront your own fears and feelings about what you would do and what you would like your children to do if, God forbid, anything ever happens to them. It’s a difficult conversation to have but one that needs to be had if we are to stop hundreds if not thousands of people dying on the transplant waiting list every year.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Rescue of entangled deer took just four minutes

Rescuers Kathy, Chris and I were called out last week just after 9am to a fallow buck with an antler entangled in rope.

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Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd with petitions to retain Milton Grange and Firwood House care homes SUS-180215-100419001

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Care homes petition now 8,700 signatures

Serious concerns about East Sussex County Council’s proposals to possibly close our two outstanding dementia respite, care and rehabilitation homes in Eastbourne, Milton Grange and Firwood House, continue to build across Eastbourne and beyond.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Recognising contributions to society

One of the big events coming up in Chichester is the ceremony in which Tim Peake will be granted the Freedom of the City.

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Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press Newspapers

Ashley Highfield: MPs need to vote against ‘harmful, backdoor threat to local and regional papers’

Last week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed. There are real, long-term challenges facing our industry – not least the role of the role of the tech giants, Facebook and Google, who hoover up most ad revenue – profiting from journalism they do not produce - and preventing publishers from generating a fair return on their content.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Princes Park cafe, Second World War bombings and birthday shout outs.....

During my time on Planet Earth I have made some monumental mistakes and try as I might, no doubt I will continue to make the odd faux pas. I find in those times though the only thing you can do is put your best lipstick on, fall on your sword and say sorry. In all honesty it’s really the only thing you can do. So I take my hat off to the management at the Boathouse in Princes Park which was forced to do just that when it found itself in the middle of a storm after announcing late on Sunday night on Facebook that it would no longer be serving just drinks to customers and instead would be operating as a restaurant. Cue social media uproar as people voiced their upset online and criticised the management for alienating families, dog walkers and everyone else who just wants to pop in for a nice hot cuppa on a wintery day or a cold drink on a warm one. Within hours the Boathouse had taken on board those comments, done a major U-turn and changed its mind to appease its existing and potential customer base. And said a very big sorry. The management went one step further and admitted that many of the comments posted in response to the Facebook onslaught had possibly been lost in translation. So, there you have it: people power wins the day and hopefully everybody is happy. Now people need to put their money where their mouth is and go along and check it out. Local businesses need the support.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Swan crashes into power lines, and we release a fox

At the moment the majority of calls we are receiving are about road casualties. Kathy and I rushed out to a tawny owl hit on the road not far from Piltdown Pond near Uckfield.

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Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon SUS-170614-095516001

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Overwhelmed by support on care homes

This week in Parliament I managed to secure a meeting with the Health Minister to discuss the future of our two highly valued dementia respite, care and rehabilitation homes in Eastbourne - Milton Grange and Firwood House, which are under threat of closure from County Hall.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Show some milk of human kindness

I realise this may be an image that may disturb or indeed ever leave you but picture if you will the scene at my house Wednesday evening.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Our memory tree honours those who left us legacies

Volunteer rescuers Katie, Stacey and Chris have spent nearly two hours looking for two foxes hit around Ravenside Bexhill. Stacey who is from Bexhill attended on site and started searching and Chris and Katie from the hospital joined shortly after.

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Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon SUS-170614-095516001

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Get behind campaign to save care homes

As local feelings grow in their opposition toward East Sussex County Council’s proposal to close Milton Grange and Firwood House, there’s all to play for to save these vital services.

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Liam Barrett

On Your Marks: Fellow cricketer 'Bazza' is taking up a similar challenge

Part of the joy of taking up this challenge of a half marathon is seeing how many people do similar events.

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Take a look inside my box of tricks

I am one of life’s hoarders. Take a gander through one of my many “memory boxes” and you will uncover my children’s drawings from infant school, the first Valentine’s card I ever received, ticket stubs, meaningless receipts along with birthday, christening and Holy Communion cards. It’s the same at work. I have a mini Beckett Newspapers museum in drawers and a box filled with old fashioned newspaper accounts ledgers, old camera lenses from the press hall in Commercial Road and hundreds of black and white photographs of days gone by. The vast majority will never see the light of day but I am delighted that one particularly large artefact rescued by myself and colleagues during various office moves will take pride of place publicly. The wooden plaque honouring staff members at Becketts who lost their lives having left Eastbourne to fight in the Great War has been given some much needed TLC by Jo Seaman and the team at Eastbourne Heritage Service and is taking pride of place in a new exhibition starting in March. Eastbourne Remembers is the name of the expo at the Pavilion and it starts on Monday March 9. It will uncover some of the ways we have remembered and sometimes forgotten and explore commemorations and memorials spanning the last 2,000 years including of course our memorial plaque, which has been cleaned and polished with specialist wax. It looks absolutely splendid.

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TREVOR WEEKS: It’s time we realised we share this planet. We don’t own it

There is a lot in the media at the moment about deer and the need for a cull. Despite the number of road casualty deer on the Ashdown Forest having reduced from around 500 a year to less than 300 a year apparently there is a crisis! Culls are short-sighted, inefficient, short term, and costly in the long term. People say they don’t have any predators so we need to control them. Well, taking out the sick and injured is fair enough as these would be taken out by predators and therefore helps to prevent suffering, but vehicles take out way more than predators would along with deer entanglements and dog attacked deer.

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Stephen Lloyd, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon SUS-170614-095516001

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Threatened care homes are so important

Like a lot of residents I was appalled to hear this week that East Sussex County Council are proposing to close two outstanding local care and rehabilitation homes in Eastbourne - Milton Grange in Old Town and Firwood House in Hampden Park.

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On Your Marks: The challenge is set, Run Gatwick Half Marathon here I come!

At the beginning of this column I set myself a target of running a half marathon in six months.

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BLAISE TAPP: Is micro-cheating the first dumb trend of 2018?

BLAISE TAPP: Is micro-cheating the first dumb trend of 2018?

There must a point in everybody’s life when they say ‘I am not sure if I belong here anymore’, as if the world has moved into a different gear and left them behind.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Foxes, badgers and swans take up most of our week

Its been a large animal week here at WRAS, with swans, badgers and foxes all being dealt with.

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