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main hospitals to find out how they're managing.


Also in the programme tonight - anger after financial support


A couple who gave up their jobs to look after four extra children


say they'll now struggle as financial help from


One final look back and then into sea -


the seals which have been nursed back to health in Cornwall.


Up for the cup. I live ahead of argyle's big match ahead of


Liverpool. Over the last 24 hours the pressure


on some hospitals in the South West has reached peak levels


with all experiencing huge demand. The number of people coming


through the doors is not necessarily the biggest problem


but in the winter many patients need And once they're in,


they may not be able to leave quickly if they have nowhere


to recover in the community. Our reporters have been at some


of our main hospitals this evening. Eleanor Parkinson is


at The Royal Cornwall which is still at the highest state


of alert. Yes, here at Royal Cornwall Hospital


they have around 100 patients They are ready to their next stage


of treatment but instead they are stuck here occupying


much needed beds. This of course has a huge impact


elsewhere in the hospital in particular on the emergency


department. All sorts of things are being


done to try and relieve Ambulance crews are trying to treat


many people as possible on location in their own homes and GPs


are making extra visits to care But the Trust says this


state of alert is likely Other hospitals which have also been


under immense strain in recent days include Yeovil,


where managers urged people with And last night Derriford was also


on the highest level of alert. Johnny Rutherford has


the latest from Plymouth. Yes, Derriford Hospital


was on what used to be called Black Tonight there is good


news the hospital has They say it's thanks to the extra


effort put in by staff here and by outside services


in the community. However, that doesnt mean


their difficulties are over yet. As the weekend approaches they have


been working to free up some of their 900 plus beds


and additional Doctors and nurses The advice here if you need to visit


a loved one in hospital and you are not feeling 100% -


Help reduce the spread of bugs There's a similar picture


at North Devon District Hospital where they're meeting twice a day


to try to manage Dorset County Hospital told us


tonight that it is 96% full but at the moment it's on a lower


level of alert. They say health and social services


are working together well to move Urgent action is being taken


at Torbay Hospital, meanwhile 50 extra beds have been opened


at the Royal Devon and Exeter where all planned operations


have been postponed. One of the consultants


there explained how they're coping. It has been very busy. We have been


experiencing very great levels of demand and enormous lovers of


patients have been coming through the doors, that we have been


managing to see patients as quickly as possible and hopefully giving


excellent care. I think there is no secret that demand is rising


year-on-year. More patients are coming along. We have an ageing


population, particularly in this area and more patients need extra


care in the winter time. So I think winter pressure has worsened


NHS England says tried-and-tested plans are in place and people


are being reminded they can play their part by getting advice


from pharmacies or the NHS 111 number if they're condition


A couple from Cornwall who were advised to give


up their jobs when they took on four children who needed a home say


they're angry their financial support is now being cut.


Daniel and Giselle Stoddern are Special Guardians


who look after children, usually extended family


members, as an alternative to fostering or adoption.


Cornwall Council insists the cuts are necessary because the bill


for its Special Guardian scheme is rapidly increasing.


This family already have three youngsters of their own and became


the court appointed guardians of four others. Money was not their


motivation. The special Guardian is usually take on family members, but


they did need financial help. They told us that our children will not


be affected and that is why we would get the payments, so that we could


still live the life that we have before without the extra children,


and now that is not the case. Cornwall Council says that a number


of its special guardians and because of costs rising, it decided money


could be paid for three years, but then the amount has to be reduced by


10% each year. We were told when we first went to court that we would


get special guardianship payments. They asked us to give up our


full-time employment to look after seven children, so to go back after


five years and say we are going to stop your payments reduced the


payments, it does make me quite angry. 64-year-old great-grandmother


Janice Wilkins, a special Guardian, says that Cornwall Council at first


confirmed her outside the top rate. And then three weeks later, another


letter stating that there would be a 10% drop. I just find it amazing. I


don't see how you can get away... When we took on three years ago,


saying this is going to happen, and now suddenly it all changes.


Presumably, there is no chance she will give the children of if it


becomes a naturally unmanageable? It is going to be very, very hard,


whatever decision we make. I can't see us giving up the children but at


the same time, we cannot afford to go back to work at the moment with


the children as they are. Formal council says it pays above the


national average and the 10% savings will be used to fund new special


guardians. -- Cornwall Council. Both families say they will appeal the


decision to reduce their financial support.


Controversial plans to build a solar farm on a Site


of Special Scientific Interest in West Dorset have been


Dorset Wildlife Trust campaigned against the scheme and says


in a groundbreaking piece of co-operation British


Solar Renewables have worked with them to find


Our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell reports.


This is the land in West Dorset where British solar renewables had


But Rampisham Down is also a very special and rarer area for wildlife.


It may not look very exciting, but this land


managed with livestock to help maintain the rare habitat


which survived over years because it was home a large number


of radio masts and the site was sealed off to the public.


Dr Simon Cripps from the Dorset Wildlife trust has heled lead


a concerted campaign to persuade the developers to change their minds


Planning approval was originally granted for the site


but he and others have fought hard to achieve a change of heart


which seems to have satisfied environmentalists


It does not look like the Serengeti but it is a fabulous site. There are


very few areas of lowland grassland like it in the country. Because it


was protected for so many decades, right back to the Cold War, and


because of that protection, we have this unusual and important


assemblage of plants and animals that now really needs to be


protected. This is the site nearby where the solar form will be built,


on land well away from the site of special scientific interest. The


agreement means the future of bawdy wild flowers and grassland, which


environmentalists were worried about, is now secure.


A unique collection of stories about war-time watches


is being published to mark the centenary of the Great War.


A woman from Devon has created the largest database


Well, now she hopes to print a book to honour those who fought


But, as Andrea Ormsby reports, she's on the search for more stories.


Time - a passion for horologist Cathy McAnespie.


Another passion is honouring our war heroes.


Now she's combined the two by creating the largest archive


There is one that really sticks in my mind, which is about Lieutenant


Colonel Klein, who was from Cornwall. He was killed on the 1st


of December, 1915, and his watch stopped at the exact time he died,


which was 7:55pm. All of his possessions were put into a sack and


given to his widow, who could not bear to look at them. His


grandchildren found them in the attic and once they opened them, the


watch still had the mud from the battlefield still interested. --


encrusted. Her website has hundreds of stories,


and Cathy wants to create a book to be published during the centenary


of the Great War. We are all governed by time, really.


It is one of the things we want to poetry in the book, about how time


for Tommy going over the top, does he want time to stop still and not


go over the top, or does he want time to go quickly and get it over


with? It is that significance of time.


To create her special First World War book,


examples from the South West and hopes people will get in touch


through her website - timeforremembrance.com.


Six grey seal pups have been released back into the wild


after spending several months being nursed back to health


by staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.


All were rescued after being found abandoned on Cornish beaches -


dangerously underweight and in several cases injured.


Our reporter Tamsin Melville was at Gwithian to see them set free.


It might not be an ideal day for a trip to the beach.


But for Honey Badger, Platypus, Grizzly Bear, Panther,


Tiger and Giraffe, the time is just right to get back into the open sea.


They were just tiny pups, malnourished and injured


when they were rescued around the Cornish coast in the autumn.


Now fighting fit - and fat enough to be set free.


All the hard work when they first come in and they are poorly and sick


and then building them up and getting them strong enough and wise


enough and already for the wild is just the best thing. It is the best


feeling in the world. Giraffe's a bit reluctant


at first, but he gets there, watched by the family


who found him tangled in seaweed - and who called


the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. They decided he was underweight and


then they'd rescued him and then we went to the Seal century a couple of


weeks ago to see how he was getting on. And then we had a phone card


yesterday to say that he had put on enough weight to be let back into


the sea again. And that is why we come to the released today.


Once they've hit the waves there's no looking back -


for either the seals or their keepers.


We can they prepare them so much. They had to do the final bit. I am


more than confident that they will figure it out and they will find


fish and they will settle into the wild.


Up to 60 seals are rescued and then released here


at Gwithian every year, and it's always a crowdpuller.


All the sport is next - we'll be live at Home Park as Argyle


get ready for their big trip to Anfield.


Also still ahead: Learning to read at 86 years old -


we meet Ursula who's proof that it's never too late.


I am in the mid Devon town that likes to mark the end of Christmas


with a couple of colourful characters.


Let's go to the sport now and the main story this evening


is Plymouth Argyle's 3rd round FA Cup tie with Liverpool on Sunday,


where of course they're hoping for a giant killing.


The players leave for Anfield tomorrow at noon, with most fans


Andy Birkett is at Home Park for us this evening.


Hi there. As stadiums go, this one is pretty impressive. It will only


get better, once they developed that newsstand.


Here at Home Park you can pack 16k fans in.


On Sunday, it's going to be a lot different at Anfield -


a stadium more than three times the size of this one,


more than 50,000 fans are expected for their 3rd round FA Cup tie


with Liverpool and most of them will be hoping Argyle lose.


Then you add the millions of TV viewers all around the world -


Pressure the team feel they are ready to handle.


If all our players are at peak form...


This squad does have belief, and a manager with one thing


I think that there is that possibility.


But you have got to go there with that belief and attitude.


Graham Kerry, who is also a Liverpool fan, is argyle's star


man and not fazed by performing on the


Obviously, you will see that, but when the game starts your


But unless we are competitive, unless we give it a


good go, you're not really going to enjoy it.


These games are really for the fans and the club has sold


Some will be heading up tomorrow, but many others will be travelling


up in the early hours of Sunday morning.


But for five lucky supporters they received their tickets


from striker Paul Arnold Garita who had hidden vouchers around


Plymouth tweeting clues for them to find them.


Actually, I walk that way every day to and fro from work because


I live near by, so I recognised it instantly.


Five minutes later, there it is, still on my normal


He made it before me and got the ticket.


I gather you to have both got tickets already.


Where going to give it away to a friend that


obviously can't get one, so they got the opportunity to go to Anfield


It is good for the club, for the team, for the


Because it is important everyone can come and it is good


I was just looking at all the different people and


seeing whether they were heading in the same direction


they were going and if I could run past them, if I needed to.


Matt was the first to collect the ticket from


the BBC, hoping to give it to a friend of his.


There was a guy that came about 30 seconds after the


anti-looked pretty disappointed to not get a ticket, so if he is out


Yeah, I would like to say thank you to Matt.


Hopefully, I will see you up in Liverpool.


was holding it for the other one, so I said I may as well try and get


Just some good competition in my family, trying to get a ticket.


Tickets for the big match and a chance to say thank you.


Now, Arnie, if you can give the Liverpool


defender is the same runaround on Sunday,


there will be thousands of


Well, this is the FA Cup after all...


It's just a replica, but there's no doubt that Liverpool


is the place to be this weekend if you're a Pilgrim.


Whatever happens on Sunday, the club will be more than half


And who knows, we might have a replay or even a fourth


Thanks, Andy. I was going to say, last person you switch the lights


off. But I think that is you, Andy. That will be me, Justin. Lucky he


doesn't have to pay the electricity bill.


Now to the story of an 86-year-old who is proof that you're


When Ursula Sheperd left school in the 1930's she was unable to read


because she was too shy to ask for help.


But now she's decided to put that right.


We spoke to Ursula and her teacher Fiona Prideaux and asked


She's really keen, really enthusiastic.


She comes to me once a week and then she practices at home.


So what has prompted you to want to do this, Ursula?


Well, I wanted to learn to read so I could learn other


people to read when I finish reading.


And why did you wait until you are in your 80s?


What made you wait that long to learn to read?


Well, I was very, very nervous, you know, when I was young, you see.


And Fiona, how do you set about with Ursula and the


process of learning to read at this age?


Because I know you deal with people of various ages, but I think


Ursula is the oldest pupil you have had.


How have you set about making sure she is able to read?


Well, we start by learning the sounds of the


individual letters, so we build up from that and then we learn three


and four letter words, really simple ones like cat, mat, sat.


So it is learning to blend the sounds


together in order to read a whole word and then when she is really


good at that we are going to move on to learning sounds that have two


And then learning the words associated with those sounds.


And so it is a very structured programme


and we just build slowly and move on when she is confident.


What would you like to get to, with Fiona's


Well, I would like to go to a library place and get sort of a


And I think, Fiona, you have a lesson


prepared for Ursula, just to show us the progress


You are going to read just a sentence.


Well, we wish you well with it and thank you very much


I think she will prove to be an inspiration. Absolutely. She told me


she is very fast and netting. -- fast at knitting.


Time to take your decorations down or risk bad luck, or is it ?


There's some disagreement as to whether 12th night falls


The difference in opinion is said to be down to the fact


that in centuries past, Christmas was deemed to start


at sunset on Dec 24 and so the 12th night following it was Jan 5.


Nowadays, people count from Dec 25 itself and so assume


If you want a fuller explanation there's one on our Facebook page.


in Bradninch in Devon and John Henderson is there.


Yes, I am here. You are looking at the Bradninch Miller's Morris men,


in all their finery, really going for it. We have a musical


accompaniment. We also have some lanterns. Any ideas about the theme?


Willy Wonka. The theme is Roald Dahl because it is 100 years since his


birth. Let's have a look at this. What is that one? Who will enlighten


me? It is a golden ticket. It took roughly ten hours to make. And what


does it entitle you to? Sweets for the rest of your life? Let's find


the mayor in amongst this wrong. Liz Taylor, good evening. Looking very


nice. What is this all about? This is a great community event in


Bradninch where we celebrate the end of the last year and the bringing in


of the New Year. How long has it been going? It is quite a recent


event. Probably the start of the century. And the point is that


people bring their Christmas trees. Is that right? Indeed. Everybody


brings their trees and we have a big bonfire and burn them all up. You


had a very important job to do. You go and do that. Let's have a chat


with Mike. How has it gone tonight? It was excellent. Really good. Great


fun. So tell me how it works. It starts at both ends of the town, led


by the two giants, we get our peer, had a bit of a dance, and then we go


down the football fields where we have the bonfire. Right. The mayor


is in position, if I could just dash across you here. I think he is ready


to do the honours. All, he may make... Thank you very much for


coming this evening. I would like to lend my thanks to the organisers.


All the best. As with tradition, I will now signal the end of the last


year by throwing the tree over the balcony and welcoming in 2017. Happy


New Year to everyone in Bradninch. CHEERING


Fantastic. There you go. Carefully missing me. I am told that there are


more entertainment in the pub nearby, including some dancing. I am


of their now for a glass of lemonade, a packet of crisps, and a


front-page seat. OK, John. Thank you very much. Crikey, that was close,


that tree. It is time for the weather.


Hello. Good evening. I will speak about December in a minute, but


first, the week ahead. It is quiet and cold and also misty. We have had


some questions about the fact that it has been quite dry for the last


six or seven weeks and when you look at the figures, they show the


picture quite well. The rainfall for December was only 42% of what we


normally expect to see. The seventh driest December on record and the


records go back to 1910. How does that affect the reservoir levels?


They are down quite a bit. They are 65% full. Last year, they were 92%


full. So quite a big difference. We have had some relatively dry


weather. Through the Ottoman into the start of the new year. That has


changed today. We have had some patchy drizzle and that sticks with


as overnight and I. Slowly moving out of the way. Once that process is


underway, we are left with an area of high pressure, but all of that


cloud trapped underneath it, so not much promise of a great deal of


sunshine this weekend. It is high pressure but it is a cloudy high.


Lots of cloud and mist and low cloud and fog and hail fog and little


change as we move into Sunday as well. The rain that has been coming


in today has been patchy and light, but it is gradually moving through


this evening and through the night to come. It has introduced a lot of


low cloud. The fog will become more extensive and lower through the


night and into the day tomorrow. So it will be a mild night. The drizzle


will fade away. We will be left with an awful lot of cloud and overnight


temperatures much higher than they have been. 7-10 is obvious. A


drizzly start to the day tomorrow. -- Celsius. Temperatures back up


into double figures tomorrow. We have not seen those for a while.


10-11th of years. Similar for the Isles of Scilly. Here are the times


of high water. Most of the beaches are likely to be choppy. The wind


coming in from the west. Finally, the winds are westerly for the


coastal forecast. Have a nice weekend. Back to you. Thank you very


much, David. Good luck to Plymouth Argyll. We will have the reaction on


Monday. We leave you with some of those 12 night celebrations in


Bradninch. Good night. Goodbye. Panorama investigates


the deadly terrorist attack and should British tourists


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