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Fan’s view: Crawley Town’s victory over Mansfield was perfect Christmas present

As early Christmas presents go, the victory against Mansfield Town last Saturday was the perfect one.

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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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The Labour View SUS-170126-103738001

Disability doesn’t have to mean inequality

The UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place annually on 3rd December. The day exists to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilise action to ensure the needs of people with disabilities are properly recognised and met.

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The Constituency View with Henry Smith MP SUS-170126-103725001

Grateful for the animal welfare comments

I’m grateful to Crawley residents who have taken the time to contact me in recent weeks over animal welfare matters.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Duncan Crow SUS-170126-103712001

We’re all key in ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’

Two years ago, many of us wouldn’t have known what microbeads are. Public awareness of microbeads and the damage they cause has increased dramatically in the last couple of years. I have previously written here about this topic and about Sky’s very commendable Ocean Rescue Campaign.

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White Christmas

RICHARD ESLING: A white Christmas – guaranteed

Although a little milder at the beginning of this week, last week saw freezing temperatures in Sussex and across much of Europe as an icy blast swept down from the Arctic.

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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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Cellars at Chateau la Garde, one of the Dourthe Estates

RICHARD ESLING: Dourthe stands out from the crowd

The Bordeaux Wine Trade can be a complicated affair.

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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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A meal from the wine dinner organised by Arundel Wine Society

RICHARD ESLING: Californian wines in the limelight

The wine regions of California were in the news last month, but for all the wrong reasons.

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Cognac mushrooms on crostini with goats cheese fritters

TONY STAPLES: This versatile dish is ideal for a starter this Christmas

Make your recipes work harder this festive season so you don’t have to, says Tony Staples, executive head chef of the Arora Hotel, in Crawley.

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The Labour View SUS-170126-103738001

Local councils can take lead on jobs security

It used to be the case that high unemployment was the clearest sign the jobs market was broken, that was before the gig economy. Now, people are put on zero-hour contracts providing no guarantee of actual work or turned into independent contractors, handing the duties of the employer over to the employee. Quoting low unemployment figures is meaningless when jobs are no longer covering the basic costs of living.

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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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The Constituency View with Henry Smith MP SUS-170126-103725001

Apply now for your child care entitlement

A key task facing any government is providing support for families with young children.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Duncan Crow SUS-170126-103712001

Increasing the budget for affordable housing

This Wednesday sees the Chancellor Philip Hammond present the Budget. One area I’m partially interested in is housing, given how the availability and cost are becoming a concern to ever greater numbers of people in Crawley and beyond.

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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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Wim Truter, KWV chief winemaker, at the tasting lunch

RICHARD ESLING: New wines from the old New World

The South African wines from KWV have been around for a long time – nearly 100 years in fact.

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Crawley Town fan Geoff Thornton gives his news in  his new column SUS-150216-162649002

Taste of the Terrace: Yorwerth and Payne coming on changed the game

Sometimes I feel Crawley Town should issue a public health warning and this was one of those times.

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The Labour View SUS-170126-103738001

Delivering regeneration in the town centre

Aside from our historic High Street, when they began building the New Town seventy years ago there wasn’t much to the Town Centre and even then it took a decade before Queens Square was completed.

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