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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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Billy with the Littlehampton Charity Pancake Olympics competitors

MAYOR’S MOMENT: What a flippin’ good time!

On Tuesday this week I spent a little time with the members of the Littlehampton Heritage Railway Association who were doing various tasks which, although not the most glamorous, are part of the essential work involved in keeping this attraction open.

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The Old Toll Bridge in Shoreham adorned with ribbons after the Shoreham Airshow crash

SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY: Living with sudden death

In modern times, many do not face the death of a loved member of their family until late middle years.

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Hugh Lowson

ST BARNABAS: Development of our new therapy team

At St Barnabas House the wellbeing of the patients we care for is always at the heart of our service.

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Edgcumbes reopens with a whisper...

WHISPERING SMITH: Coffee, croissants, classes, cats and caring...

It opened on Monday with whisper rather than a shout: friendly staff, great coffee and snacks, cakes, croissants to die for and dog friendly to boot, all within a bow shot of Littlehampton.

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VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Could you find time to lend a hand?

It doesn’t have to be a whole day, it doesn’t even have to be every week, but if you have some time to spare then local organisations would love to have you involved!

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A list of 33 illnesses which can be treated using over-the-counter medicines has been compiled

HEALTH AND CARE: Views sought on over-the-counter medicines

This week we want to hear from people about potential changes to the types of medicines that can be purchased over the counter.

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Nick Herbert

NICK HERBERT: Social media cannot be a platform for hate

On Monday I attended a planning inquiry about proposed new housing in Hassocks to make the case that local people should be deciding where development goes through their neighbourhood plan.

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Amberley Wildbrooks Picture by Derek Martin

WHISPERING SMITH: More for less or less for more?

No matter what reassurances our police commissioner Katy Bourne or acting Chief Inspector Kris Ottery may give us, and whether they be fact or fiction, it does not in any way alter the public perception, especially in our area, that there is a lack of confidence in the police.

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The Shake ups are available online and feature characters from Cars 3, Moana, Frozen Fever, Zootropolis, Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book

HEALTH AND CARE: Get children moving this half-term

Children across West Sussex are being given a shake-up, with a little help from Disney, over the half-term holiday next week.

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Sir Peter Bottomley

SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY: Treat passengers as full members of society

The special letters that come by post or by email stand out. Every week I am prompted to think more clearly, to act more vigorously and to commit myself more fully to working for common sense, for justice and for a better life for constituents, for people around our country and for fellow humans abroad.

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Hugh Lowson

ST BARNABAS: Care also available in patients’ own homes

When talking to people in our local community who haven’t directly come into contact with our care services, I often have conversations with those who believe we only provide care at the hospice itself.

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VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Volunteering opportunities for you

There are so many different volunteer roles available that there really is something for everyone.

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Billy with James Rushman of the Edwin James Festival Choir and Orchestra, James and Becky of the New Inn, and members of the Littlehampton Heritage Railway Association

MAYOR’S MOMENT: Money, money, money!

This week I’ve actually had a quiet week as far as engagements are concerned.

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For more about Volunteer Now! on their website - www.do-it.org

VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Good for you and good for others

Volunteering your time can be a great way to help your local community, but it is also good for your own wellbeing; providing opportunities to socialise, gain new skills and experiences and have fun.

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Every minute is vital when someone suffers a stroke

HEALTH AND CARE: Act F.A.S.T at any sign of a stroke

From today, the local NHS is calling for everyone to make sure they know the signs of stroke and how to act F.A.S.T. if you notice any of them in yourself or a loved one.

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Nick Herbert

NICK HERBERT: Neighbourhood plans should be respected

This week I spoke in a short Commons debate about local planning. I repeated my message that neighbourhood plans should be respected, and that developers should not be allowed to game the system so as to obtain planning permission on sites that villagers have protected.

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Hugh Lowson with trustee David Pegler and finance director Max Caunhye at last years event

ST BARNABAS: Sign up for Hit the Downs MTB off-road cycling event and raise money for hospices

Can you believe it’s the first day of February already? This year is flying by, and I’m very much looking forward to the start of our exciting calendar of challenge events which are coming up later in 2018.

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The sparrowhawk

WHISPERING SMITH: The curious case of the closed car park

It is a rainy Saturday lunchtime in Littlehampton and not too many people are about, not a lot for them to see unless they are looking for vape refills, cottages by the sea, charity shops or a cup of coffee.

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Sir Peter Bottomley

SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY: British policy and justice in practice

The great debate this week has been in the House of Lords in the two-day debate on the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

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