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Holding it all together

One of the collects (concluding prayers) for the night service of Compline in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer goes like this:

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Landing sustainable fishing deals

When I was first elected in 2010, I carefully chose the subject for my Maiden Speech which is always a terrifying moment for an MP. I chose to make it about jobs - of the present and the future - and specifically about protecting our fishing industry. Since then, I have been fighting for our fishermen to get a fairer share of quota allocation. I have often met with Minister George Eustice MP and had local fishermen raise their concerns directly to the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to see what Government can to do help. The quota is now significantly more than it was in recent years.

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Diary of a Sussex ‘newbie’ - The Critters

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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The Country Park’s expensive strawhouse

After only a month since the local elections things already seem to be going wrong at Hastings Borough Council. The plans for the very overdue visitors centre in the Country Park came before a specially convened cabinet again at the end of May. These plans have been around for some years now and still nothing has been built. It appears that the plans are having to be rethought as the building is of a difficult design as it will be made out of straw, yes that’s right straw.

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More investment? Granted

As more and more money is cut from their budgets, we’ve had to look increasingly to external funding sources. There are many of these. The EU has been a major source of funding for Hastings, which we still can apply to, until after the Brexit transition period. But there are other sources too, within the UK. These include Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), and various one-off government schemes. But it’s never straightforward, and never easy.

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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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Conquest Hospital, Hastings

Funding to keep a healthy NHS

Our health is one of the most important things in day to day life, so it makes sense that it is also a major part of the Government. In Britain we are fortunate to have an outstanding health service in the NHS. It is a service that delivers cutting edge care free at the point of use when we most need it. Our health service is built by the hard work of dedicated doctors and nurses who help patients and save lives.

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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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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Giving children the best education

Education is one of the most important causes I fight for as your MP for Hastings and Rye. A good education is a foundation for a successful career which is why I am campaigning to ensure that every child from our area is able to access the best possible education. It is hard to imagine where you might be in 30 years – I certainly could not have guessed my own future! – I want to ensure that our children are prepared for the jobs of the future and can thrive later on in their lives.

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Bishop Mark Sowerby

The fruit of the spirit

The forthcoming Late May Bank Holiday used to be associated with Whitsuntide and we all got 'Whit Monday' off.

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Life is local

Life is local - read all about it every week in your newspaper

For as long as I can remember I have been a fully blown news addict, having got my regular fix from newspapers, radio, television, Ceefax and nowadays also via my laptop and smartphone.
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Left to right: David Carroll, Patrick Soulijaert and Adrian Cumberworth (Sussex Sailability), Hannah Clay (Sussex Community Foundation), Chris Tomlinson (Rampion Offshore Windfarm), Tony McCoy and Oliver Forsyth (also Sussex Sailability). Picture courtesy of Darren Cool

Helping disabled sailors get active on the water

Sussex has 220 kilometres of coastline and we certainly know how to enjoy it, if this year’s early May bank holiday was anything to go by.

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Nick Herbert

Nick Herbert: Data Protection Bill’s possible impact on the press

This week the House of Commons will be voting on the Data Protection Bill, and attempts by some MPs to force part II of the Leveson Inquiry which was set up by David Cameron’s government seven years ago following the phone hacking scandal.

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Blaise Tapp is working on his dream garden

The Darling Buds of Middle Age are beginning to emerge

I have long taken great pride in the fact that I am a prime example of a kidult, an overgrown man child who refuses to act his age.
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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Grant paves way for trackless tram plan

Some time ago, we proposed the idea of a sustainable seafront transport link, in the shape of a mini-tram along the promenade, from the Old Town to Grosvenor Gardens. The idea was first put forward before the pier opened, but was put on hold at the time, pending further research on potential usage, and whether there would be enough year-round demand to pay for it. To fund that developmental work, we applied for an EU ‘DESTISMART’ grant for developing sustainable transport solutions.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Make Millicent & Muriel proud with your vote

Anyone walking near Parliament recently will have noticed the addition of a brand new statue of Dame Millicent Fawcett standing strong overlooking Parliament Square and the Palace of Westminster. This fantastic piece of art, and now history, was created by Gillian Wearing and is the first statue of a woman to have a place on Parliament Square.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Don’t confuse councils when voting

In a ‘two-tier’ council area such as Hastings, people are often confused about what the borough council does, and what is the responsibility of other agencies. So as we approach the council elections on May 3rd, here’s an overview of who does what, and how that might change in the future.

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Katy Bourne

Sussex PCC's video log: #StandUpToStalking

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, explains why it is important that we all #StandUpToStalking

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Streetlight received a 5,000 grant from Sussex Community Foundation

The human cost of modern slavery

Sussex Community Foundation has two funds – the Nick and Gill Wills Fund and the Brenda Ford Fund - that specifically support charities and community groups in Sussex, supporting women who are vulnerable or at risk of abuse, exploitation or violence.

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