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Beekeepers try to take the sting out of falling numbers of vital wildlife

Few creatures are more vital to our survival than bees - pollinating the world's fruit and vegetable crops.

Yet in recent years their numbers have fallen alarmingly which makes a traditional market that takes place every year in Sussex all the more important.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to beekeepers Jonathan Cootae and Brian Hopper, as well as president of Sussex Beekeepers Association, Amanda Millar.


Schools stage demonstrations over funding cuts

Dozens of schools in Brighton and Hove have been staging demonstrations against cuts in government funding.

Campaigners joined teachers to unfurl banners, detailing the money they say they'll lose under a new system of school budgets.

Protesters claim that each school could be almost £200,000 worse off . That's nearly £500 per pupil. They're also concerned there will be bigger classes and fewer staff.

That's disputed by the Government. They say they're putting record amounts of cash into education. Malcolm Shaw reports.

GCSE students face memory tests for new exams

Half a million students will sit tougher, reformed GCSEs in English and Maths this year. Exams for 16-year-olds start next week and are supposed to reflect a much more rigorous and demanding curriculum. Some say they will reflect rising standards. But many headteachers say the new exams have been introduced too quickly and involve too much rote learning or memorisation. So is it change for the better or worse? Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

Interviewees: Joe Were, English teacher; Simon Graham, Headteacher; Chris McGovern, Campaign for Real Education; Stuart Ramsey, Assistant Headteacher; Helen Jones, Deputy Headteacher.

Cyclists raise thousands of pounds for refugee scholars

The team took part in a 24-hour race Credit: University

An intrepid team of cyclists from the University of Chichester have raised thousands of pounds for refugee scholars after embarking on a 24-hour race to Paris.

More than £4,000 has been donated to the riders’ 170-mile challenge, which will be used to establish a fund for persecuted academics from war-torn countries.

The seven-strong group, which included lecturers and staff, rode out from the institution’s Chichester campus on Friday before reaching the French capital the following evening.

Royals to visit Berkshire to mark school's centenary

Credit: Pangbourne College

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit Pangbourne College in Berkshire today - to mark the school's centenary.

The Royals will meet staff, students and parents and take part in a special service in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel. They will also watch a College Parade, reflecting the college's longstanding military connection. During this, the Queen will present a new military flag, or 'colour', to the college.

Pangbourne College was founded in 1917 as a training college for officers of the merchant navy. It is now a boarding and day school for 400 pupils aged between 11-18.

The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel was opened in 2000 by Her Majesty The Queen on her third visit to Pangbourne College. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh last visited Pangbourne College in June 2007, to attend a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Falklands Islands.


Wreckage from fatal car accident 'on show' in road safety campaign

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The wreckage of a car from a crash on the Isle of Wight - which led to a child’s death - is to go on display as part of a major road safety campaign.

A road safety education event is set to take place in Southampton's Guildhall Square on Sunday (7th May) from 10am until 3pm. It aims to reduce the number of accidents on the south's roads, with organisers expecting it to be one of the largest annual awareness events of its kind in the country. They promise to give visitors a stark insight into the consequences of car accidents, including a chance to view the crashed vehicle.

Emergency services and medical teams from Southampton and Portsmouth will also create reconstructions of incident scenes and hospital units to show what happens at the roadside following accidents and what happens in hospital when someone has been seriously injured.

With so many incidents and children being seriously injured or killed on our roads every year, it is vitally important we take action to raise awareness – and we can only do that by ensuring we really capture people’s attention and imagination.”

– Dr Clarissa Chase, consultant paediatrician, Southampton Children’s Hospital

The organisers promise to give information on how to prepare for a safe journey and will give visitors the chance to understand alcohol's effects on driving using a beer goggle game. Visitors can also take a breathalyser test, make simulated 999 calls and learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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