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Diary of a Sussex ‘newbie’ - The Critters

My new friend is the very lovely and oh so greatly appreciated pest control man.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Glad tears as fox cub makes difficult but successful recovery

As mentioned in last week column, just over a week ago a little cub was admitted from Marine Avenue, Pevensey Bay.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: We certainly live in interesting times

Parliament has been tense this week with resignations and rumours as the Commons voted on the EU Withdrawal Bill, which came back from the Lords with their amendments.

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Tree huggers start whinging about A27

Opinions are a little like tummy buttons. We all have one but we don’t always have to show them off to everyone. With that in mind, it is a tad disappointing the moaning Minnies have started off about the planned A27 between Polegate and Lewes. It didn’t take them long to start the bleating this week about the proposed “motorway” being a scar on the countryside and environmental damage, increased noise pollution and the impact on house prices. The tree huggers say the focus has been on “saving nine minutes of travel time for the drive between Polegate and Lewes” but conveniently forget that the more pressing issue is to try and reduce the number of unnecessary deaths and accidents on the dangerous stretch of road. They have also been banging on about more of us using public transport. Well, with the debacle that is Southern Rail and the trains, that ain’t going to happen either. The existing road is an absolute joke, an embarrassment, no longer fit for purpose. And if Eastbourne is to survive and the town’s economy to prosper, something needs to be done. For far too many years this issue has been put on the back burner and the road overlooked when it comes to vital funding. Now it is back on the political agenda and everybody should be doing all they can to make it happen. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see it finally built.

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REV DAVID FAREY: “I did it out of, well, I had to”

“I did it out of, well, I had to, you know,” is what the actor Benedict Cumberbatch is reported as saying to the report that he helped fight off four muggers from a cyclist in London last November.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Baby rabbits, fox cubs and rounding up a herd of cows

Our orphan team have been hand rearing a baby hippo this week. Okay, its not a hippo but actually a baby rabbit, but they do look like baby hippos!

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Dr Rob Marshall, media adviser to Chichester Diocese and contributor to Radio 4 Thought for the Day

Called to be together

Russia has been embroiled in so much controversy lately it’s hard to believe that stadia across that country will soon be hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Kevin Richmond, CEO, Sussex Community Foundation

Volunteering is about so much more than the fiscal value it represents

According to 2017 Office of National Statistics figures, volunteering contributes an estimated £22.6 billion to the UK economy each year.
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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Is the end nigh for Chris Grayling?

There are times, for all of us, when we think to ourselves that it may have been more productive to have just stayed in bed!

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REV DAVID FAREY: Church of England launches ‘God App’

So the Church of England is going all modern!

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TREVOR WEEKS: Young birds and mammals are starting to get into trouble

So many wild animals and birds are getting into trouble at the moment. Young birds are starting to fledge and young mammals are starting to explore on their own or follow their mum around.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Jones Bootmaker to close and some cab drivers take punters for a ride

Sad news that Jones Bootmaker is closing its doors in July. It had a long connection with Eastbourne dating back to the 1940s when the company, formed in 1857 by Alfred and Emma Jones, expanded and opened a warehouse in the town. The company’s fortunes began to fail in 2017 and despite an eleventh hour deal to save some stores, the Terminus Road branch was earmarked for closure. Way back when, it was the go to place for babies’ first shoes with lovely staff measuring little tootsies and then in later years when their trotters got bigger, for sensible school shoes. It’s clearly a sign of the times that the store is closing but sad when you think the shop has been there since the Second World War and an empty unit is looming at a time of such massive regeneration in the town centre.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Carnival was biggest and best yet

Readers of my column will remember the campaign I’ve been fighting on behalf of an older couple over their bank, Santander, refusing to allow them to continue paying their interest-only mortgage beyond the age of 75.

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REV DAVID FAREY: Royal wedding was everything it should be

Wasn’t it marvellous? The Royal wedding of course!

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Reverend Thomas Robson

A real and loving faith

Last week, Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes, embarked on a five day pilgrimage from Iden, East Sussex to Chichester Cathedral.

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STEPHEN LLOYD MP: Time for the happy couple to pay us a visit

I was delighted to learn that Prince Harry and his wife’s new title is to be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and have already written to the happy couple inviting them to visit Eastbourne.

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TREVOR WEEKS: Magpie and badger cub among rescues during busy season

We are certainly in our busy season now. The phone is ringing constantly, our staff are getting in between 6am and 9am and frequently not leaving till after midnight.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Eastbourne garden waste collection is rubbish

If the last fortnight is anything to go by, what a load of rubbish the new garden waste scheme in Eastbourne is turning out to be. Across the town, council tax payers duly paid the £52 annual charge, put stickers on their brown bins and left them out to be collected. Their collection days came and went and the bins remained empty leading to a massive backlog, we are told, due to the powers that be at council contractors Kier not putting out enough vehicles on the rounds. Apparently Kier reduced the number of collection trucks to just one and quite understandably the vehicle and its crew members, who are not to blame for this shambles, couldn’t cope. Important looking men in nice shiny Eastbourne and Lewes councils van visited various streets checking who had stickers on their bins. I gather in one road they looked at bins to inspect aforementioned stickers and peered inside, presumably to make sure people weren’t trying to sneak in a dead body or two. The council says the take up of the garden waste collection scheme has been phenomenal. In that case would it not perhaps have been better if Kier had waited to measure uptake before getting rid?

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REV DAVID FAREY: Ensuring the voice of the voiceless is heard

We live in a noisy world! It’s not just the excess traffic on roads or planes in the air, but all around us in words spoken on TV, radio – or even of printed words with advertising leaflets stuffed through our doors or on posters.

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TREVOR WEEKS: A good week for releasing animals back into the wild

Its been a good week for releases.

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