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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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Right diet and exercise vital for your pet

With a New Year comes a new start, meaning many of us are all too aware of the need to shed a few pounds for the year ahead.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Local education, Carillion and the A27

I started this week with a focus on local education, beginning with a visit to Ratton School. Meeting the head, being given an update on their plans along with a quick look-around.

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Press freedom - or a totalitarian Britain

Press freedom - or a totalitarian Britain

Heaven only knows what they would call me now in this at once sensitive and insensitive age. As Margaret Thatcher’s Press secretary for 11 years, I copped a lot of abuse and ridicule.

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On Your Marks: Getting over that tough festive period

It was always going to be a bit tough over Christmas and New Year.
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TREVOR WEEKS: Most dramatic rescue of festive season was a deer on Christmas Day

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you have enjoyed the 2017 review over the past few weeks, whilst I’ve taken a break.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: A reshuffle, railways and Universal Credit

One of my father’s favourite sayings was “you should never see how they make sausages - just enjoy them”. I was reminded of this as the government’s reshuffle unwound this week.

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How to banish those New Year blues

Tinsel and turkey may seem a distant memory now and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations have faded, some people can feel a little blue as they get back into their normal routine.

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GUEST OPINION: Thoughts on proposed merger of Sussex Downs College

Between us we have 60 years’ experience of education in the 11 to 19 age group, write Mike Dixon, former head of Park College, and Nick Swabey, former college manager.

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TREVOR WEEKS: A lost duckling and a tangled swan - more rescues of 2017

Kathy had a rather painful rescue in Uckfield in June after I dropped a drain cover on her fingers! We were called out after some young lads could see a lone duckling behind the grille of a storm drain on the Fernley Park estate. Unable to remove the grille we had to lift a couple of drain covers. The first one I climbed down into I couldn’t hear anything. After lifting the second cover, I climbed down and to my relief the duckling was at the bottom, sat there waiting for me. I was rather relieved that I didn’t have to crawl through the pipes to get to the poor thing.

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MP STEPHEN LLOYD: Bowled over by commitment and dedication

It was a busy start to the New Year for me where I had the pleasure of visiting a number of important projects and organisations to see just what they do locally.

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Taking time out to pause

The last of the turkey curry has been eaten, and just a tiny bit of Christmas cake left (well in my house at least!)

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REV DAVID FAREY; A happy New Year as I embark upon a sabbatical

As the year closes this is my last piece for the paper for now as I am about to begin a three month sabbatical. Clergy are encouraged to take a break and the rule of thumb is every ten years. The idea is that we stay fresh and having a change helps.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Listen up, Highways England!

A27 - Listen Up Highways England: On Boxing Day the BBC announced that the government is looking to invest in roads across the country and has opened a public consultation about their possible options. Can you imagine my frustration then, that on reading their report (link below) there was no mention of the A27 East of Lewes (or for that matter, our other dreadful road - the A21 south of Pembury).

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TREVOR WEEKS: Looking back to some of our more memorable rescues of 2017

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be looking back at 2017 to some of the most memorable rescues. 2017 was yet another busy year for WRAS.

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Stephen Lloyd: Christmas spirit abounds in Eastbourne

With only a few days to go to Christmas I have had the privilege of seeing, at first hand, a terrific example of the Christmas spirit with the generosity our town shows toward those less fortunate to themselves.

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TREVOR WEEKS: 2017 was a record breaking year for casualties and rescues

This year has seen been a record breaking year for WRAS. We have dealt with, attended or admitted more than 3,000 casualties for the first time, July has been our busiest month hitting 500 casualties in just one month for the first time too.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Help me provide some Christmas cheer at the DGH

Can you help me provide a little Christmas cheer at the DGH? This time last year I went out to our town to ask if you could help me by providing some Christmas presents for those who are moving on from foster care, and the response was just stunning.

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REV DAVID FAREY: We need to learn to take the long view

I love watching the BBC TV’s Countryfile programme. It has such a varied menu of all things rural. But I was truly amazed by a comment made a few weeks ago when they were reporting on a nature reserve.

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