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Finding hope in a bigger story

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

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Billy at The Flower Shop in Wick

MAYOR’S MOMENT: Feeling festive!

My first engagement was not until Thursday when I attended The Flower Shop in Wick’s Christmas event in aid of St Barnabas House hospice.

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

VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Lend a hand and help to make a difference

Every day charities and organisations make a difference to our community; the services they provide could be a lifeline to the people (and animals) around you.

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Cold weather increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, flu and other diseases

HEALTH AND CARE: Stay warm to stay well this winter

Local doctors are encouraging everyone to take simple steps to stay warm and well this week, as temperatures are expected to drop tonight and stay low for the weekend.

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WHISPERING SMITH:On the road again...

WHISPERING SMITH:On the road again...

On my usual weekly trawl along the bookshelves in the town’s thrift shops I found a near perfect copy of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road, a Penguin modern classic, in new condition and worth every penny of the 49p it cost me.

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Hugh Lowson

ST BARNABAS: Challenges and opportunities for hospices discussed at annual meeting

Our annual meeting took place last Tuesday and we were delighted to welcome Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Hospice UK, to talk to attendees at St Barnabas House.

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Nick Herbert

NICK HERBERT: Concerns about school funding and standards

This week the Government announced significant new measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

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Sir Peter Bottomley

SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY: Giving and reaping

People who keep a journal or who write a diary have my admiration. I have enough difficulty living my working life, without taking the time to record reflections.

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Fr Roger Caswell

CHURCHES: Let the celebrations begin!

At some stage in your life you will have played hide-and-seek. At least three players are needed, but the more there are, the more exciting the game.

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

VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Help needed across the community

There are lots of volunteer roles that need filling in the area – why not start volunteering and find out what a difference you can make?

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Billy with Elsa and Olaf at the Littlehampton Christmas lights switch on

MAYOR’S MOMENT: Real community spirit at switch-on

My week got off to an electrifying start being given the opportunity to press the button for the launch of the Littlehampton Christmas lights.

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Hugh Lowson

ST BARNABAS: New service at hospice supports people with advanced respiratory disease

People often mistakenly think that hospices, including St Barnabas House, only care for people with cancer.

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The campaign aims to help people become aware of all the services available, so they can get the right care

HEALTH AND CARE: People called to HelpMyNHS this winter

Local people are being called to help the NHS provide the best possible care this winter.

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A few of the many Lobs Wood bulb planters...

WHISPERING SMITH: And all of that jiving around...

With my budding beer belly held fast by my brass buckled belt, buttoned on braces holding high and proud my faded blue Lee jeans with their massive turn ups and a bouncy young partner on my arm, I give the old bebop at least three hours a week.

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Nick Herbert

NICK HERBERT: Fake news can be spread with one click of a mouse

A few days ago I received this messages from a constituent: “I see that you are one of the ‘people’ who voted that animals can’t feel pain or emotion. Have you ever actually met an animal??? They show far more emotion and intelligence than [you]. Disgraceful”.

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Sir Peter Bottomley

SIR PETER BOTTOMLEY: Experiences of real life

It is surprising when anyone idly suggests that members of parliament have little knowledge of events in the lives of ordinary people.

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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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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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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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Billy with Julie Roby, manager of the Wick information

MAYOR’S MOMENT: Remembering

Monday I started my week off by opening the newly redecorated dining room at Oakland Grange residential care home in St Floras Road.

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