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.

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.

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.

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.

STUART McGINLEY: Undateables star was charming company

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the stars of Channel 4’s TV show – The Undateables.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Steve Herbert

Fan’s view: Verheydt gives Crawley Town fans a rare treat - a goal!

The way us Reds fans celebrated Thomas Verheydt’s equalising goal on Saturday, you would be forgiven for thinking it was the winning goal in the play-off final!

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STUART McGINLEY: Generous listeners can make a difference with toys

November is here and at Spirit FM, we are already counting down the days to Christmas with the launch of our Toy Appeal 2017.

Rampion wind farm

Rampion announce a £4 million fund which will include supporting organisations working for benefit of Sussex people

Corporate social responsibility, as it is sometimes now termed, really began when Victorian industrialists started wanting to address the social ills of their age, including the poor living conditions of their workers.

Rt Rev Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham

Not as simple as good or bad

This coming Sunday the country will pause, and take stock of the sacrifice and ongoing dedication of many men and women in the service of their country.
It's International Sherry Week

RICHARD ESLING: A good excuse to buy a bottle of sherry

The great British love affair with sherry seemingly dates back to the wars between us and the Spanish Empire in the 16th century.

Spicy Vietnamese Style Salad with grilled Paneer

DAVID WOODS: Spice up winter with a salad that keeps on giving

If the winter blues have struck and you’re feeling a little gloomy, then this will perk you up.

Crawley Town fan Geoff Thornton gives his views in his new column. SUS-150216-162912002

Taste of the Terrace: Crawley Town suffer another first round cup exit

For most of Crawley Town’s faithful band of travelling supporters (157 this time) the third long trip up north in three weeks was more enjoyable than it was rewarding.

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Debby Scott

On Your Marks: ‘It’s mostly a case of mind over matter’

At my first visit to the Tilgate parkrun (see last week’s column), I bumped into Debby Scott, who I knew through her husband James.


Crawley Town players can hold their heads up high

Loud and proud was the order of the day at Wigan for Crawley’s first round FA Cup tie last Saturday.

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Inside the winery at Chateau Laur, Cahors

RICHARD ESLING: Malbec – a powerful taste from a fragile grape

Most wine drinkers in this country will have come across the deep coloured, powerful flavoured red wine made from the Malbec grape.

Crawley Town fan Steve Herbert

Fan’s view: As a club and a town, let’s give FA Cup a go in Wigan!

Exactly a year ago this week we had just lost 3-1 at Carlisle. I know this because it was the very next day that I wrote my first Reds column for the Crawley Observer.

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