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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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Rt Rev Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes

Finding hope in a bigger story

This year I saw the first Christmas TV ad on September 15th.

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

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Passion and drive behind library petitions

Early this week was the culmination of effort from a lot of people across the constituency with me delivering to the chair of the County Council, Cllr Michael Ensor, thousands of petitions, letters and cards urging County Hall not to close our libraries.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Keep an eye out for low flying swans

We have had a spate of swan crashing recently, as you may have already read in previous weeks too. We are advising motorists to keep an eye out for low flying swans and swans wandering around roads at the moment.

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REV DAVID FAREY: The Christingles are coming

Across our county over the coming weeks there will be an excited buzz around our local churches as they gear up for Christmas with celebrations of the Christingle.

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

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Straight answer to stillbirths question

I received a direct answer to my question and a commitment from a minister to do something about it this week in Parliament, which is not as common as you may think. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was making a statement to the House updating what steps have been taken across the NHS to reduce the number of stillbirths.

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Ed Cassidy

On Your Marks: Startling statistic opened my eyes

In my conversion with Ed Cassidy a senior manager in mental health commissioning for Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs (see last week’s column) he told me a startling statistic that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

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REV DAVID FAREY: A picture of stability in a transient age

So the Queen and Prince Philip have been married for 70 years, a platinum anniversary. Many congratulations to them both! To be married for 70 years is a remarkable achievement and yet oddly quite simple to accomplish as it just requires you to keep living one day after another!

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

STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Budget was a game of two halves

The Budget was to coin a phrase, a game with two halves. The first being whether or not the Chancellor Philip Hammond had done enough to see off the almost constant attacks from the right wing of his party who want him sacked, and the second; what economic proposals could he come up with that actually benefit the UK’s economy?

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

The light of truth

Advent Calendars have hit the high street in a big way as an attractive by-product of the Christmas shopping bonanza.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Congratulations to our award winning wildlife rescue heroes

Congratulations to both WRAS volunteers Kathy Martyn and Daryl Farmer, who attended the BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Awards on Monday night.

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Ed Cassidy, a senior manager in mental health commissioning for Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs

On Your Marks: Life is stressful, and we want to make it less so

In the first of these columns, I spoke to Dr Minesh Patel from the CCG, and something he said really resonated with me. He said that he had prescribed someone with anxiety and depression to do a parkrun - and it really helped.
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David Farey SUS-160113-102615001

REV DAVID FAREY: A precious insight into the human character

Chris Packham is a fairly well known face on TV, recently performing on BBC TV’s Autumnwatch programme about the changing face of nature around us, along with the effervescent Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games.

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TREVOR WEEKS: How you can help with our wildlife casualties this winter

WRAS is launching its Winter Warmer Appeal this week. Every autumn and winter thousands of wild animals and birds up and down the country struggle as the temperature drops and winter sets in.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Questions surrounding Universal Credit

Readers of the Herald will know I have some concerns about the government’s new(ish) welfare benefits project, Universal Credit, which I have written about a couple of times in my column.

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Katy Bourne

PCC's video log: Would you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex.

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On Your Marks: Lunges and skipping are my mortal enemies!

The first steps to my target to do a half marathon in six months are well and truly passed. I completed my first 5km run two weeks ago - The Poppy Run at Clapham Common.

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REV DAVID FAREY: We owe a lot to Martin Luther

Five hundred years ago a professor in Germany, who was also a monk, nailed a paper with ninety five points of discussion to a church door. In so doing he lit the fuse on an explosion that became the Reformation and changed the course of history.

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