Award for Advent Calendar

Congratulations to Revd Martin Poole of St Luke’s Church (and the PCA) for the Points of Light award he received on Christmas Eve in recognition of his work organising Mayorthe annual beach hut Advent calendar on Hove Esplanade, which has run since 2008.

Here’s Martin with Mayor Brian Fitch, who presented him with the award, and Lady Mayoress Norah Fitch.

The Points of Light award is made by the Prime Minister’s office. It ‘recognises outstanding individuals – people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others’.

We shall now routinely refer to Martin as ‘award-winning Vicar’ …

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Anti-Abortion Campaigners: Caroline Lucas Calls For Buffer Zones

With anti-abortion campaigners still active in Chatsworth Road, Caroline Lucas has backed the Back Off campaign, which calls for protest-free zones outside abortion clinics.

She has also tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion calling for buffer zones outside clinics:

‘That this House notes with concern the recent escalation in anti-abortion activity targeted at women and staff attending abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory services; further notes that approaching and recording women and staff, alongside the distribution of misleading information and distressing images, intimidates women and jeopardises access to legal healthcare services; believes in upholding the right to peaceful protest; believes that the right to peaceful protest should not interfere with the fundamental right for women to make individual reproductive choices; notes that campaigns against women exercising their sexual health rights can continue without occupying the space immediately outside clinics; supports the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s ‘Back Off’ campaign to implement buffer zones outside reproductive health clinics as a means of ensuring that women are not harassed or obstructed from accessing confidential advice and treatment; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to protect the rights of women to access lawful healthcare by enabling the introduction and implementation of buffer zones around clinics offering abortion sexual health services.’