Why not shop early and local this year?

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29 October 2020

Shop early and local this year

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With COVID-19, Christmas shopping on your high street this year will be more vital than ever for local businesses.

Plus with the remaining possibility of local lockdowns and self-isolation, making an early start is wise.

Support your local shops & start Christmas shopping safely: Spread Christmas cheer: Shop early and local this year

Is it ‘just a cold’?

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The symptoms of COVID-19 could be easily confused with a ‘normal’ winter cold. The only problem is, this isn’t a normal winter.

With five test sites now available across the county and a mobile testing unit regularly visiting the area, getting a COVID-19 test is now easier than ever and the turnaround time for results is currently around 48 hours. Find out when to get a test: Is it ‘just a cold’?

You can also double check where you can get medical help during COVID-19. 

Enjoying fireworks safely at home

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Despite most organised firework events having been cancelled, many of us will still want to celebrate Halloween and the 5th of November at home with our household. Sadly, over 500 children attend A&E in the four weeks surrounding bonfire night. 

Take a look at our safety tips and remember to always soak used fireworks and sparklers over night, before bagging them and putting them in your rubbish bin.

How to enjoy fireworks safely (quick tips)

Tricks and treats for a Halloween at home


The midst of a pandemic probably isn’t the most sensible time to go knocking on doors trick or treating. So, this year, we've got your back with top tips to keep your little ghosts and ghouls entertained with Halloween at home.

Check out these ideas for decorations, food, films and entertainment: Tricks and treats for a Halloween at home

Whatever you decide to do, stay safe by remembering the rule of six and: Hands. Face. Space. 

From the newsroom...

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Virtual careers fair to showcase options for students. An online event showcasing routes and pathways after Year 11, will take place on 4 November, and give students the chance to meet a range of specialists within the worlds of education and work.

Tip off leads to second illegal tobacco conviction. A man has been sentenced after he was caught with £1,825 worth of hand rolling tobacco and cigarettes during an East Sussex Trading Standards inspection at Hailsham Market.

Find out about becoming a councillor. The online event on 3 November, has been organised to encourage people to consider putting themselves forward for the role ahead of county council elections in May next year.

Work to upgrade countywide street lighting continues. An 18-month scheme to improve street lighting, which will reduce council energy bills and lower carbon emissions, starts this week.