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Wild Side: Snippets of winter wildlife

Standing in the car park of our local gym one late afternoon, I had a wonderful view of an urban grey heron as it drifted over to drop down to the River Sheaf. In a more rural setting, Ray Sykes of Todwick noted a heron coming down to their garden pond. Attempts to fish were thwarted ‘due to protection around pond (as per RSPB recommendations!)’. This was a few weeks back and Ray also explained that, ‘We still have an active hedgehog despite the cold nights’. More recently, Ray emailed a super picture of a sparrowhawk posed in the garden – not bad at all! Can you beat that I wonder?

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My View, Dr David Crichton: Doncaster becoming more dementia friendly

My View, Dr David Crichton: Doncaster becoming more dementia friendly

Doncaster continues its progress to be a Dementia Friendly borough and many individuals, organisations and businesses are playing their part in making it happen.

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In the Saddle: Competing is very sociable

In the Saddle: Competing is very sociable

We had a lovely time a few weeks ago when we competed in showjumping at a local venue in Sykehouse. It's always good to get my horse out as usually I focus everything on my daughter and her pony.

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Antiques Column: Canterbury tales and tribulations

Antiques Column: Canterbury tales and tribulations

The Canterbury, in the most basic terms, is a low, open-top piece of furniture with partitions or slats for storing sheet music, often made with additional storage in the bottom in the form of a drawer – or, in modern terms, a magazine rack.

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Her Majesty The Queen.

Column: Royals should pay their own repair bill

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the Royal family to pay for the £369 million repairs to Buckingham Palace themselves. At risk of being thrown in the tower along with the 120,000 others who have signed it, I say hear, hear.

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Donald Trump

Column: Time to champion the politics of fairness

When Martin Luther King made that infamous speech “I have a dream” I'm sure he did not envisage Donald Trump in the White House. This is a man who I have found to be abhorrent, racist, and spewed some of the vilest language towards women that I have ever heard in my life.

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Doncaster College.

My View: Dr David Crichton: Doncaster residents need to prepare themselves in changing times

I recently went to the launch of a new report on education and skills called One Doncaster.

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Doncaster Remembrance Sunday service at the war memorial, Bennetthorpe. Picture: Chris Etchells

Straight Talking: Need for memorials is greater than ever

There is much to condemn about today’s society, but one thing that is continually heartening is the degree of solemnity and respect the people of Doncaster show every Remembrance Sunday.

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Doggy Tails: Walks should be at dog’s pace

Doggy Tails: Walks should be at dog’s pace

I enjoy a bit of window shopping as part of the journey to my main store. But my partner wants to get on with it and will urge me away from each window I stop at. He steps back, muttering to “come on, lets’ get on with it”.

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John Lewis launches its Christmas stock with fabulous instore displays

Column: Christmas cheer starts earlier each year

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it's Christmas. It may not be snowing outside, but according to retailers we now hit Christmas around October. Is it me, or does the festive season start earlier each year? With the risk of sounding a bit humbug, it’s a bit of a rum deal when you can buy advent calendars along with Halloween fare. I kid you not. But it doesn’t stop there. Cynical retailers are penciling in the festive season earlier to try and maximise the season of goodwill and squeeze maximum profit out of us. Take Amazon. According to the internet giant, Christmas started last Monday - 14th November. The fireworks had barely fizzled out when we were being bombarded with a massive 12-day sale, culminating in Black Friday. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Black Friday, I think of people banging each other over the head with a frozen chicken to grab the last 60-inch television from the supermarket shelf. Where’s the goodwill in that? It doesn’t matter, I hear you cheer, because you can pick up lots of old tat for a fraction of the price. Humbug! And don’t even get me started on the Christmas adverts. From bouncing boxers (John Lewis) to Mrs Santa Claus acting as 007 Jane Bond (Marks and Spencer), aren't we beginning to lose sight of what's really important ? For me, Christmas isn't about gifts or how much you spend on one another, it's about people. After all, come summer, when that nutribullet is gathering dust at the back of the cupboard, who cares how much it cost or where it came from?

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Former council press office worker Mel Hewitt

Favourite Things with Mel Hewitt

Welcome to our latest regular feature My Favourite Things where Doncaster residents share their thoughts and feelings about the place where they live.

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Support as an antibiotic guardian

My View, Dr David Crichton: Doctor urges more antibiotic awareness

Imagine a world where routine operations like hip replacements become potentially life-threatening because antibiotics have become ineffective against secondary infections.

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Tia Atkinson with 'Jay' winning Supreme Championship.

In the Saddle: The winner takes it all ...........

I bumped into a friend, Tia, a few weeks ago whilst my daughter was out competing her pony, she was there with her horse Whispering Misty Morn' or otherwise known as 'Jay' a beautiful 16.3hh Polish Warmblood/Arab cross Welsh in a lovely chocolate dun colour.

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Doncaster officials with commissioners of the 'One Doncaster' report in to the town's education and skills.

Column: This report was not money well spent

The Doncaster Education and Skills Commission recently published its long awaited report, which is rumoured to have cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds.

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Jessica Cunningham is a candidate on the new series of The Apprentice

My View, Jessica Cunningham: Realising first impressions can be wrong

Four weeks into ‘that BBC1 business documentary’ that I can’t name for legal reasons (cough!), I have already learned a lot about the instant perceptions that people form from a first impression.

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MY FAVOURITE THINGS: New chair of Bawtry Retail Association explains the best things about Doncaster

MY FAVOURITE THINGS: New chair of Bawtry Retail Association explains the best things about Doncaster

Welcome to our latest regular feature My Favourite Things where Doncaster residents share their thoughts and feelings about the place where they live.

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Golden Spindles fungus

Wildlife with Ian Rotherham: Trust comes up trumps

We were out searching for rare ‘waxcap’ fungi as ‘indicators’ of special grasslands – old and biodiverse pastures and, excitingly, ancient ‘wood pastures’; so we found ourselves at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

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In the Saddle: Pony play date at Port Royal

In the Saddle: Pony play date at Port Royal

We've had such a busy season out with the horses this year but we made time to take our friend's children to one of the shows we went to at Port Royal and oh what fun we had!

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In the Saddle: Love me love my horse

In the Saddle: Love me love my horse

When I first met my husband I had just sold my horse and was on a break from horses. It's a longer story than that but I won't bore you with the details - suffice to say my husband had never seen me ride.

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