This issue’s guest editor is Copthorne resident Tammy Arneil, who by chance happened to be awake at 3.42 am on the 27th February to experience the Newdigate earthquake.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning residents of Copthorne and the outlying areas experienced a very unusual but natural phenomenon. Personally it was one of the weirdest things that I have ever experienced, the whole house shook violently and it left some of its inhabitants shaken but others not stirred (the canine contingency didn’t feel a thing)! According to the experts it was an earthquake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale – and we have to ask the question “Where does the fault lie?” (see what I did there?). Could it be down to the recent unseasonably warm weather or does the cause lay deeper?

After 50 years of no seismic activity there have been 14 minor earthquakes in the area since 1 April 2018. So, can we rule out a link? The ‘Gatwick Gusher’ will provide us with 20 year’s worth of oil apparently so we are literally sitting on a gold mine. I’m no geologist but am asking, are we paying a price for removing large quantities of natural resources, like gas and oil, and replacing them with …water??? In these times where we are all concerned for the future of our planet and the damage that the human race has done to it, surely it is our responsibility to question these practices.

On a lighter note, batten down the hatches, sleep well and prepare to move to Mars!