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Parenting after Parting The traditional legal approach to relationship breakdown is only half the story. When children are involved the law says their needs should be considered first, and their welfare should be ‘paramount’. It also says that it is usually in a child’s best interests to maintain a good, continuing relationship with both parents. What the law doesn’t say is how to achieve this. The law does not help parents with the emotional issues involved in divorce and separation. This can lead to bitter court disputes in which the children may be seen as pawns. For this reason a growing number of family law specialists and relationship counsellors, including family mediator and collaborative lawyer Jo O’Sullivan and Family relationship practitioner Penny Coombes of IRIS Brighton, have opted for an alternative approach; one that helps parents to put aside their differences and do what is best for their children, during and after divorce. This approach helps avoid court disputes and leads to happier, healthier children and better long-term family relationships. It is an approach that is successful and worthwhile, but it’s not always easy. Children do not understand divorce or separation in a grown-up way but they do feel the pain and the confusion. Often children feel guilty or responsible for the breakup. They need both parents to explain things gently and clearly, and to reassure them that it’s not their fault. They also need to know that it’s still OK to love both parents. Parents have to be able to cope with their children’s reactions and to respond to their

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April – full of sunshine and … maybe , showers? This year we have to smile if it rains, even hope that it does! Blimey. What a turn up, it is all so contrary to our tradition of hating every drop! Good I suppose, if we learn to appreciate what a kind and productive climate we have. Still whatever the jet stream throws at us we will make it through I guess, if we act together and soon enough. There is an article about what we can do to stave off REAL shortages…RATIONING’s BACK! Whatever happens, let’s enjoy every special day.

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things, have opportunities to do new things and gain in confidence as many of them don’t think they are able to do anything. I don’t think the girls will appreciate having been a Guide until later on in their life when they look back on their memories. Memories are definitely something guiding gives you and the activities and trips are so wide ranging it is hard to encapsulate. In the last couple of years we have taken over many local attractions including Duke of York Cinema and Drusillas, we have attended a unique pop concert in London called the BIG GIG – only for guiding members. Been a part of national events – this year members are attending the Queens Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. Obviously nights away are a big part of guiding and something the leaders and girls alike love. Locally we have been lucky enough to participate (or run) many international trips. These have included visits to the Girlguiding World centres in Mexico and Switzerland, guiding projects in Tanzania and Costa Rica and life time experiences sailing on a tall ship. More locally we can be found camping out beneath the stars teaching the girls practical skills, and sleeping over in local halls – we once successfully completed a 24 hour wii challenge at a sleepover! The memories for girls are also made weekly at our meetings, as we aim to do what they girls want to do and enjoy. Cooking, craft, games and challenges are all very popular. Once a year the local units battle it out at an outdoor cooking competition – well done to 6th Preston Park Guides – current champs! If you would like to get involved with guiding locally to enable more girls to have these amazing experiences we would love to hear from you. Please contact joinus@girlguidingsussexeast.org.uk

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Easter bonnets & such Happy memories starting in the Great Depression in Western Canada by K J Evans.

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Easter bonnets & such continued and proffered a perky black panne velvet beret with a feather on it, rather like the hats worn by artists in illustrations. She, too, was very taken with it and wanted to keep it. In the end, she gave me a housekeeping volume as she remembered me bidding for a ‘Mrs Beeton’ at a house sale.

proclaiming to all and sundry “I am a schoolgirl from XYZ.” Some schools still have felt hats with brims and maybe even a panama hat in the summer. My niece in Worcester went to a girls Grammar School. They wore quite fetching boaters in the summer. Apparently the custom, after you had written the last exam of your school career, was to congregate with friends on the bridge to send the boaters skimming down the Severn. The Eton Boating Song would have been quite appropriate. The wearing of hats has certainly declined, other than woolly ones in winter. Weddings and funerals seem to be the main occasions for hats these days. I do own quite a few, what with family weddings and Christenings; thus, when a friend needs a hat they often borrow one of mine. This has led to some interesting deals. One lady borrowed a red hat of mine (sort of a trilby shape) for a wedding. She received so many compliments she wanted to keep it. I didn’t mind as it was rather big for me anyway. But that wouldn’t do for my friend, what could she trade me for the hat? We agreed a compromise agreeable to both, she had the hat and I had a high chair for my grandchildren.

Fortunately, not everyone wants to keep my hats so I still have quite a collection. I only wish more people wore them, so I wouldn’t feel so conspicuous. In the fifties and even the sixties hats were still ‘in’.. I remember coming back from my holiday on the train, and in those days you were formally dressed for travelling. There was a lot to do to get three children and ourselves ready. When we got in the train and settled I was mortified to discover I had put my hat on back to front. I said to my husband, “Why didn’t you tell me my hat was on backwards?!” “I thought the veil was supposed to be at the back” was his reply.. When I was at school and college in Regina I remember a new hat shop opened up, Darlings, especially aimed at the younger set. How proud I was strolling down the street with my new hat in a lovely bag that had on it: “Another Darling Hat”. My very favourite hat was a brown felt tricorne, it was part of my ‘going away’ outfit, when I was married. My mother thought it was too old for me, but I loved it and thought it looked rather dashing. Unfortunately I lost it in one of our frequent moves, or else I would still be wearing it! Perhaps the recent ban on fascinators at Ascot, (what we would have called cocktail hats, for wearing inside), will help bring the fashion for real hats back. They are fun as well as attractive. Hair is lovely and of course “we are worth it” but I still think there is nothing that finishes an outfit off like a pretty hat.

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A ’hello’ message from the new vicar at All Saints Church, Patcham I am aware that in at least one recent edition of the Post was a photo of myself and Frances, along with an announcement that I was to be appointed as the new vicar of All Saints church. Well – this is by way of saying we are here now, and have been made very welcome by those we have met! We have moved from suburban South West London – and Patcham is very different! Can you help the Diamond Jubilee in Patcham? Patcham Local History Group is going to hold an exhibition to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at the library. They are looking for accounts of parties or celebrations with connections to Patcham and royalty…have you got any stories? Also seeking pictures to display - perhaps of street parties? Other celebrations? Please email gina.hole@ virgin.net or contact the history group when it meets on the first Saturday in the month, at Patcham Library. Thank you!

I am very aware that church isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – many see it as irrelevant as they have no faith in God, or don’t understand what it is, or for some reason are quite fearful at the prospect of stepping across the threshold. Well church is people with faith coming together to worship and learn more about their faith. However many I have come across in the past, expressing a fear about going into church have eventually found it to be a place where they can come and explore and wrestle with the claims of the Christian faith. I hope that if ‘church’ is something that is not on your radar, that you would feel able to come along and ‘dip your toe in the water’ so to speak. You would be most welcome! I also hope that you would feel free to stop and talk to me if you see me about in the street. If you would like to explore something, there is an event that the churches in Brighton are putting on that you might be interested in: ‘Soul by the Sea’. This event is happening on Saturday 7th April and also Easter Day (8th April) on the sea front by Madeira Drive. It starts on the Saturday at 11am with a variety of fun, family-friendly activities including children’s entertainers, gospel choirs and ending with a concert by local Christian rock band, Phatfish. On Sunday, the Passion of Christ open air production will take place from 2-5pm. All the activities are designed to be open to all!

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Ingredients: 1. 225g (8oz) plain flour 2. pinch of salt 3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4. 1 teaspoon mixed spice 5. 110g (4oz) butter or block margarine 6. 75g (3oz) caster sugar 7. 1 egg - beaten 8. 50g (2oz) currants 9. 25g (1oz) candied peel Valerie Hedgethorne taught cookery and cake decorating for many years in Brighton before becoming a Home Economist. She now writes recipes monthly in Cake Craft and Decoration magazine and is also a member of the Sussex Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild.

Heat the oven to Gas 5 / 190C /375F. Grease 2 baking trays. Sieve together the flour, salt and spices. Cream together the fat and sugar, beat in half the egg then mix in the flour and fruit. This will be a firm dough but if it’s a little dry add a little more egg. Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out not too thinly, (about 0.5cm /1/4in). Cut into 7cm /3in rounds with a fluted cutter. Put onto the baking trays and bake for approximately 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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This years Patcham Community Fete will feature a scarecrow competition which will be open to everyone so, join with friends, family or local organisations and make a scarecrow for the event. For an application form go to www.allsaintspatcham.org/ scarecrows. The scarecrows will be around the site in Church Hill, Patcham and visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite! So, start thinking about what sort of a scarecrow you want to make. The little ones will also have their own fancy dress competition when we look forward to seeing them dressed as scarecrows. We look forward to welcoming many community and charity stalls, Patcham Silver Band and Cadburys spots and stripes who will be organising lots of free games and activities for children. If all that sounds too energetic, there will be an opportunity to look at the flower displays in the church or to have a delicious cream tea. So put the date, 7th July 1.30-4.30, in your diary now.

Plans for this year’s community fete are beginning to take shape and the planning committee would love to hear from you if you’d like to be involved. Speak to Carole Copelin on 554433 or ee--mail carolecopelin@hotmail.com.

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Revolutionary Tales History Notes by M Bance

It will not be news to you, that it is 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens. Events are being staged to mark the bicentenary of his life and work everywhere - film, TV, theatre, arts performances, exhibitions, festivals, outdoor events, there is even a new iPhone and iPad App to take users on a journey through the darker side of Dickens’s London. Such extensive coverage has made me wonder: can Charles Dickens be over-exposed? Is such a thing possible? Probably not, but to banish any “irreverent” thoughts about the great master I decided to move away from the old favourites and read something I was not so familiar with - one of his historical novels - A Tale of Two Cities. A story about the French Revolution originally serialised in the author’s newly established All the Year Round, the first installment appearing in issue one of the periodical, on 30 April 1859.

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June the greatest oftothe 1870) generallynovelist considered be Victorian the greatestperiod. novelist of the Victorian period.

There are, of course, many heroic characters in popular fiction. One of the more famous Despite being set in the 18 century, Dickens is the late-Georgian British society fop, Sir may have wanted the themes of violence and Percy Blakeney, who led a double life as The revolution within A Tale of Two Cities to act as a Scarlet Pimpernel - the rescuer of aristocrats warning to readers about the social tension he and innocents during the Reign of Terror that recognised in 19th century England – caused followed the French Revolution. The Scarlet in no small part by the fact that working Pimpernel was first published in London in conditions for the poor were appalling, often 1905, written by an aristocratic Hungarian resulting in strikes that ended in violent woman, Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1865-1947). clashes between the police and the workers. The Elusive Pimpernel (1951,1870) starringgenerally David Niven)c Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February – 9was June The elusive1812 Pimpernel her creation, but But what struck me about this novel was not the greatest novelist of the period. he does bear a remarkable resemblance, in the sense of foreboding Dickens mayVictorian have deed and thought, to Brighton born man, John wanted to create in Victorian society, but the Robinson. heroic nature of its characters. th

Robinson, or so his story would have us believe, was an eighteenth century adventurer and soldier of fortune, who was horrified by events taking place in France and determined to do what he could to bring down Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794), the best-known and most influential figure of the French Revolution. On 5 April 1794, Robinson set out to rescue his friend Jean Michael Picard and family from the guillotine. He achieved this right under the noses of the revolutionary guards and, emboldened by this success, went The Elusive Pimpernel (1951, starring David Niven)

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adventurer made his way back to Brighton, but once here, blind and in very poor health; he just lay down in the Old Steine and died.

on to rescue other notable prisoners bringing them back to England and safety. Later, when Robespierre was arrested, Robinson took his own revenge by shooting him at close range under the chin. The next day he watched Robespierre go to his execution barely able to raise his head for Madam Guillotine. After this, and still craving adventure, Robinson travelled to the Middle East. In Persia (now Iran) he joined the rebellion, but unfortunately chose the wrong side to play with. He was captured by the victorious ruler, Aga Mohamed, and had his eyes burnt out with hot irons before being released to live as a beggar on the streets. In 1799, an English merchant found Robinson and brought him back to England. Somehow the 20 | The Post • t: 01273 299219

But this gripping tale does not end here, since his death there have been “sightings” of a man who could be no other than John Robinson. In 1957 a policeman saw what he thought was a drunk laying in the road and on approaching was horrified to see a face with ‘eyes gouged out so deep that the bone of his skull was seen with maggots still eating away at the rotting flesh...’ The policeman had to turn away to be sick, but when he looked back the man was gone. The next sighting happened in 1969 and resulted in a woman having to spend a night in hospital suffering from shock. She had been to the Theatre Royal and after the performance had

sat on a nearby bench, whilst there she saw the haunting manifestation of poor John Robinson! Clearly neither the theatregoer nor the policeman were familiar with the late 19th century rhyme:“Don’t ye dally, darling dear, in Brighton’s city clear The ghost of old John Robinson is waiting for ye there. If ye look into his face, you’ll end your days that night. For he’ll steal your eyes from you to give a beggar sight. Brighton’s own John Robinson, Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel and Dickens’s Dr Alexandre Manette, Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are all great characters from stories you could not possibly grow weary of, however often they appear and in whatever form you receive them.

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Net Cost Every time a person runs a Google search, watches a YouTube video or sends a message through Gmail, the company’s data centres use electricity. Google is said to have 900,000 servers to power its advertising, cloud computing, social networking plus of course Google Search. In all Google uses 260 million watts of power, (about a quarter of the output of a nuclear power plant). 12.5 million watts is said to be solely used for Google searches. A sensitive issue, Google works hard to reduce its “footprint”, by locating data centres in the Arctic Circle and nearby renewable energy sources etc. The growth in personal computer usage created a whole new electricity demand, and increases daily of course. Data centres as a whole are said to consume 1.5% of the world’s electricity (although this figure is 2.2% in the US) and account for 2% of global emissions at the moment. Google, their ilk and computers are fabulously useful of course, but it is good to be aware that we fire off data centres all around the world whenever we press enter …and that maybe sometimes there are alternatives…Remember the library? 22 | The Post • t: 01273 299219

What’s up? April sees the downing of the winter night sky objects and the rising of the summer. In the West you will still see low on the Horizon the two Planets that have give us so much pleasure during the winter, Venus, the brighter & Jupiter. In the East will see Saturn rising and Mars higher, South East, glowing slightly red. Question: How do you know it’s a planet and not a star? Answer: Planets do not twinkle, stars do. There will be a full moon on the 6th and a new moon on the 21st which can only be seen by the naked eye on the 23rd when it is in its 3rd waxing stage. So much for looking at the new moon being thought glass unlucky, it can’t be seen, so that saying is “out the window”. [pun] One feature this month is the Lyrid meteor shower, rated at approx. 60 per hour on the 23rd and 24th. These should visible as there will be no moon glow that night. Low in the West we will still see the Pleiades M45 star cluster with the naked eye but better with binoculars. They are commonly known as the Seven Sisters two of which are named Atlas and Electra, electricity being named after the latter. I photographed Pleiades in the middle of March, image attached. We now look forward to May when the Summer Triangle rises with the Milky Way passing through it. Clear Skies! For information regarding Adur Astronomical Society: 01273 881965 robin-durant@btconnect.com www.adur-astronomical.com • info@thepostmagazine.co.uk • www.thepostmagazine.co.uk

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We can definitely do this! Where does it all go? One (modern) toilet flush: 6; one bath:90; one non-power shower: 30; washing hands & face: 9; brushing teeth: 1; running hosepipe/sprinkler for one hour: 900; watering can: 8; one washing machine load: 120; one dishwasher load: 50; one sink bowl :6; one bucket: 8; drinking & cooking per person per day: 6.

What can we do? Flushing the loo (not) Flushing the toilet accounts for about 30 per cent of all the water we use in our homes. So this is THE place we can save water. Here’s a rhyme…….. If it’s yellow then it’s mellow

Chill! Place a jug of water in the fridge for a ready supply of chilled water, rather than running the tap until it runs cold, don’t leave it longer than 24 hours though. Taps – Issue water at 6 litres a minute: Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth and rinse at the end with a mug of water. Keep showers as short as you can. When washing at the basin, put the plug in. Wash and peel vegetables with a bowl of water not under a running tap. Use It - Collect ‘waste’ water, perhaps transfer to a bucket. You can flush the loo by chucking it in there, or water the garden with it.…Don’t forget the street trees are missing the rain too, why not take care of one or two near you? By doing all these things routinely we will be doing our bit to avoid rationing/stand pipes in the street (= no washing machines etc), and protecting the rivers as best we can.

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If it’s brown flush it down… Of course, at work/public places this could be a less attractive an idea…but you could ask if your workplace/school etc has got a water saving bag inside every cistern. (These work by occupying space in there, so it takes less water to fill up each time it is flushed. Anything will do the job in fact, e.g. a brick, but Flush Saver bags are free from Southern water to anyone who asks.) Don’t use the loo as a waste disposer. Put cotton wool, make-up tissue etc in the bin.

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Frances Burney History Notelet by By M Bance Best known as a novelist and playwright, Frances Burney was also a diarist. She began a diary at the age of 16 and went on to chronicle personal and public events from the early reign of George III to Queen Victoria’s coronation. After the French Revolution, Frances spent time in France and whilst there made medical history by documenting her own mastectomy, which she underwent without anaesthesia. In 1778, when Frances was twenty-six, her first novel, Evelina, was published anonymously. Written in secret and in a disguised hand, its mix of social comedy and realism made it a hit with London society and led to much speculation as to the identity of the writer, (verdict: definitely a man).

Frances Burney (1782) by Edward Francisco Burney Frances Burney (1782) by Edward Evelina’s success forced Frances’ family to reconsider their As Keeper of As the Robes Queenposition Charlotte, herwriters diaries antoinsight into the ro Francisco Keeper of the to Robes Frances Burney (1782)Burney. by Edward Francisco Burney on female andprovide allowed her publically As Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, her diaries provide an insight into the royal to Queen Charlotte, her diaries provide an family and court life, including George “madness”. family and court life, including George III’s “madness”. admit herIII’s authorship. Frances was taken up by literary insight into the royal family and court life, including George III’s “madness”.

and high society and became the first woman to make writing novels respectable.

Frances created a new school of fiction, one in which women were portrayed in realistic, contemporary circumstances and in doing so she laid the groundwork for future female novelists, including Jane Austen. Frances (Fanny) Burney (1752-1840) master of the novel of social courtship and, according to Virginia Woolf, “The Mother of English fiction.” A frequent visitor to 77 West Street, Brighton.

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They are monogamous during the mating season, although not season upon season. The hens always return to their birth place whereas drakes are said never to mate in the same place twice. They pal up in History Notelet winter. Lengthening days prompts egg laying. When nesting, the hen lines it with soft down feathers she plucks from her own breast. This gives the eggs the best possible cushioning and insulation. The female looks after the eggs whilst the male guards the territory. The ducklings emerge covered with down, able to walk and leave the nest just a few hours after hatching. A hen will lead her ducklings up to half a mile over land to find suitable water for swimming and feeding. What a long way for such tiny legs! 26 | The Post • t: 01273 299219

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manner and the problem sometimes is that people apply irrational reasoning to justify their view - such as basing their support of capital punishment on a scenario which involves a member of their family being murdered. Doing this distorts their overall perspective of the reason for the punishment and the wider effects and implications on Society. It is a perspective which the State itself needs to have clear sight of. There will always be those high-profile cases where a murderer has committed such a callous act that there is public outrage and strong opinion that the monster does not deserve to live. It’s a difficult view to argue against in such circumstances, but just how many offenders actually fall into this category? It is estimated that 80-90% of murders are committed during a quarrel, in drunkenness, a sudden surge of passion or by the mentally deranged. Lastly then is the often strongly held argument of “Deterrent”. Personally, this doesn’t hold any water for me. I doubt that Capital Punishment would act as a deterrent to those 80-90% described above. Nor to the pre-meditated murderer who doesn’t believe he will be caught, or the psychopath who’s not afraid of punishment anyway. One could argue that each time a murder is committed whilst Capital Punishment is the law, it has failed as a deterrent. In that case, there were 7,454 failures between 1900 & 1949. For me, the most compelling piece of evidence which undermines the argument of “deterrence” comes from the public hangings of the 19th Century. During this period, thieves would turn out in force to pick the pockets of the crowds watching the execution. A contemporary author wrote “The thieves selected the moment when the strangled man was swinging above them as the happiest opportunity, because they knew that everybody’s eyes were on that person and all were looking up”! How ironic that Theft itself was punishable by death at that time and that public hangings not only failed to diminish the volume of crime, they caused an immediate rise in their wake. Insp. Leet’s article is written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

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Look Out for the RSPB ! The RSPB are on a quest to establish the status of one of the area’s most distinctive and special birds, the Lapwing. They are often called the Peewit, because of their call so evocative of summer, which is often made when tumbling through the air in territorial display flight. Farmers regard them as friends as they feed largely on crop pests. The national population halved between 1978 and 2003. One South East stronghold is on the stony fields and short grazed turf of the high Downs.

will then follow up any positive sightings, and by autumn we will have a good idea of how well the South Downs’ Lapwings are faring. Thank you.” To submit your South Downs lapwing sightings, please e-mail: SouthDownsLapwing2012@rspb. co.uk or telephone the RSPB on 01273 775333

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The organizer Bruce Fowkes, says: “We are asking that people send us records of any Lapwings they see on the South Downs before the end of July, where they are and what they were doing. We are especially interested to hear of any behaviour that indicates breeding, such as display flights, birds sitting on nests - which are no more than simple scrapes on bare soil in the middle of fields - or sightings of chicks. Our trained volunteers

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Mondays Scout group (Boys & Girls 101/2 - 14 yrs). Scout hut, Vale Avenue Jumping Gym CPC for under 5’s 9am-2pm Bridge Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. - 2.00pm Table Tennis – Patcham CC 7-10pm £1 Young Embroiderers. Patcham CC. 10-12am (1st Sat)

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Saturdays Embroiderers’ Guild meets 1st Saturday of the Month 24.30pm in rooms 3 & 4 Patcham Community Centre. New members welcome. Phone 724856 St Thomas More’s Catholic Church:First Mass 6pm Patcham Local History Group 1st Sat at Patcham Library, 10.30-12.30

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