Natalie Leal

Freelance Journalist

Women’s Suffrage: Women of Colour – Voting Counts

When you think of the suffragettes there are a few images that may spring to mind. Maybe Emily Davison and her dramatic death under the hoofs of the king’s horse at the Epsom Derby. Perhaps you think of Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters. Photographs from the time depict the faces of white, usually middle class, well dressed women protesting on the streets of London. What your imagination probably doesn’t conjure up are the faces of women of other racial backgrounds who stood alongside these
Bognor Regis News

Award-winning film 'I, Daniel Blake' to be shown for free in Bognor

A hard-hitting film about an unemployed carpenter struggling to navigate his way through the benefits system will be shown for free in Bognor Regis. “I, Daniel Blake”, directed by Ken Loach was released in 2016 but was only available at a handful of cinemas across the country. It tells the story of a middle-aged carpenter from Newcastle trying to claim state benefits after an injury leaves him unable to work. The film production company have now made it available to communities that missed out
Brighton Argus

Volkswagen enthusiasts calling for donations for refugees

VOLKSWAGEN enthusiasts are calling for donations as they collect supplies for those caught up in the refugee crisis. A convoy of classic Volkswagen cars and campervans will then drive the items to Portsmouth campaign group, Don’t hate, Donate!, for delivery to the most vulnerable refugees in Europe. Kevin Stephenson, from the Sussex-based Dirty Low Down Dubbers Volkswagen Club, said they were motivated to act after seeing “horrific images in the newspapers and on the television, particularly o
Positive News

Academia and allotments: the students growing their own food

Academia and allotments: the students growing their own food Thanks to a growing awareness of sustainability issues, students around the country are swapping evenings on cheap beer for afternoons spent growing their own fruit and veg. Natalie Leal looks at the rise of edible campus initiatives As students head off to university this autumn many will be able to dig up some campus-grown potatoes or pick an apple on the way to their halls of residence thanks to a recent rise in edible campus init
Welfare Weekly

'Devastating' Tory Attacks On Disabled People Cannot Go Unchallenged, Says Comedian

Comedian and actress, Francesca Martinez, is calling on the government to assess the full impact of cuts on disabled people. Comedian and actress, Francesca Martinez, is launching a new petition calling on the government to assess the full impact of cuts to support and social care for disabled people. People with long-term illness and disabilities have faced a number of changes to multiple benefits and support services during the government’s welfare reform programme over the past five years.
Welfare Weekly

Mind 'Extremely Concerned' Over Benefit Sanctions Revelation

Mental health charity, Mind, have expressed ‘extreme concern’ following the revelation that sanctioned jobseekers with mental illness are not classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). DWP guidance on hardship payments for sanctioned Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants says a person will only be a member of a vulnerable group if they have an accompanying physical health problem. “We are extremely concerned that this guidance does not consider people with mental hea
Welfare Weekly

Sanctioned Jobseekers With Mental Health Problems Are Not 'Vulnerable', Says DWP

Sanctioned Jobseekers with mental health problems are not classed as ‘vulnerable’ unless they have an accompanying physical health problem, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). In 2013-14 record numbers of sanctions were imposed, with nearly one in six jobseekers affected, and many fear those with mental health problems are often the hardest hit. When a claimant has their Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) reduced or stopped they can apply for a hardship payment – up to 60% of thei
Bdaily Business News

The new Fairphone 2 - now even fairer

The Fairphone 2 will be easy to disassemble allowing owners to repair the most commonly broken parts themselves. Feature your article in our email bulletin - Buy now Ethical smart phone company, Fairphone, are launching the Fairphone 2, made with responsibly sourced materials and designed to last longer with easily replaceable parts. Established in 2013, Fairphone has already produced and sold 60,000 first edition Fairphones to buyers who believe that their purchases can contribute to a more
Brighton Argus

March through the marshes

Natalie Leal explores the salt marshes and farmlands of Pagham Harbour, an area of West Sussex rich in birdlife and bio-diversity, on this five and a half mile circular walk. The walk starts from the car park and bus stop at the Lamb Inn pub on Pagham Road in Nyetimber. From here walk down Summer Lane which is located directly opposite the bus stop. The houses soon give way to open fields. Follow the lane until you reach the water treatment works (don’t worry, the prevailing south westerly wind
Brighton Argus

Into the woods of Angmering Park Estate

Natalie Leal follows a circular route through the woodlands of Angmering Park Estate. Many of the paths on this walk are lined by fantastic displays of bluebells in late spring. 1- From the car park entrance turn right and head towards the cross roads on the tarmac road. Take the bridleway straight ahead leading towards fields. This soon turns to the left. Continue straight ahead until you reach a cottage. At the cottage take the bridleway as it goes right. After approximately 300 yards a foot
Brighton Argus

Horses and hill forts

From the lay-by to the left of Nepcote Green walk down the bank towards a metal gate passing a house on the right. Go through the gate and turn left following the restricted byway as it leads steadily uphill with horse paddocks either side. Findon is famous for horse racing with Grand National winning trainer Josh Gifford being a former resident. After around half a mile you come to at a T junction, turn left and walk downhill. When you reach a house with a double garage on the corner turn righ
Guerilla Wire

From the archive: What does it feel like to be sanctioned? | Guerilla Wire

How do people cope after being sanctioned? This is the question no one seems to know the answer to. In October 2012 the Government introduced tougher rules for welfare claimants. The minimum amount of time for a Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanction was lengthened so that anyone deemed to be breaking the rules (for example missing an appointment, turning down a job or arriving late for an interview) would have their money stopped for at least a month. The maximum sanction was increased from six
Brighton Argus

The Mill on the Pond

Enjoy a walk through this tranquil area of the Weald just south of historic Petworth. The route takes you through varied and interesting countryside surrounding 16th century fishing ponds at Burton Mill which mark the start and finish point. 1. Park in the small car park by the old mill house opposite the pond on Burton Park Road. As you leave the car park turn right and cross the road taking the footpath on the left through the white gates on a broad gravelled drive. You will soon come to a g
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