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BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE No. 23. Your local newsletter - everything and anything to do with Bohemia Wednesday 5 July 2006 _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Horntye Rd speaks out

join the BAA: 2 (5%). Houses where no-one has answered the door or are not in: 13 (30%) – we’ll be calling back.

Kids’ Cricket Coaching

Vivienne Bond (left) and John Humphries in Horntye Road yesterday evening, as part of the Bohemia Area Association’s membership drive. Resident pictured (centre) is Mrs Sturdy.

Residents of Horntye Road have been making their voices heard. Bohemia Area Association’s Vivienne Bond and John Humphries were made aware of the issues on the doorstep whilst canvassing for membership subscriptions yesterday. PARKING

By far the commonest concern was the problem of parking, which is worst when parents come to drop off and collect their kids from St Paul’s School. One mum, is apparently so keen not to be late, that she arrives at about 2pm and sits doing her knitting until pick-up time. The sheer volume of cars in and around the area at these times means it’s almost impossible for residents to find anywhere to park. Teachers’ cars were blamed for exacerbating the parking problems and it was suggested that St Paul’s School should provide more space for its staff. More than one person mentioned the enterprising activities of a Horntye Road lady who keeps her own set of traffic cones in her front garden and pops out to claim her bit of road space as soon as hubby goes off to work. The problem of double parking is far from unknown – even at 2 o’clock in the morning. RUBBISH

The perennial problem of rubbish dumping was mentioned by several residents. Examples given included a fridge left in the footpath which runs behind numbers 1 to 5 Horntye Road; a burnt-out mattress left in Briscowe’s Walk; drug needles left in the same Walk. Other subjects raised were the possibility of opening Horntye Fields in the evening for kids to use – which might divert some energy. Another complaint was of youngsters getting up to petty mischief – throwing eggs at a front door was mentioned.

 By the way, the statistics for the BAA membership drive (so far) in Horntye Road are as follows: Total occupied houses: 43. Total houses where at least one person has joined: 28 (65%). Total membership fees collected: £37. Total unoccupied houses: 2. Houses where no-one wants to

Cricket coaching for youngsters is being offered at Horntye Park this summer. Hastings & St Leonards Priory Cricket Club is providing an ‘Annual Youth Coaching Week’, for 8-13 year-old boys and girls beginning Monday 31 July through to Friday 1 August. The training will take place at Horntye Sports Complex and at William Parker School. Cricket coaches will include former Sussex County player Tim Booth-Jones and South Africans Tim van Noort and Will Hantam. The course runs from 9 to 12 each day and covers everything from games to fielding and batting skills, net practice and matches for all. The cost is a modest £30 for the week. Further info from Horntye Park: 716666. Places are limited so book as early as possible. Closing date is 25 July.

Shornden Passage By Dave Kent Shorn: muddy. Den (dene, dean): vale. If the pathway between Upper Park Road and Upper South Road was once called Shornden Passage, then it was not a name chosen at random by some ancient group of big-wigs under the influence of port, laudanum or whatever. Shornden Wood appears to have covered a fairly large area stretching from part of what is now Alexandra park, up to The Green. The swannery at the Bohemia end of the park is known as Shornden Reservoir. There was also a Newgate Wood in this vicinity, I presume that's how Newgate road got its name. If so, it seems a shame that Shornden Wood had a mere passage named after it when there are some roads in the Bohemia that appear to have been named when the bright guys were taking a toilet break (North Road, South Road, Upper South Road etc.). SHORNDEN VILLAS

I got most if this stuff by typing "Shornden" into Google. This search also threw up the fact that a photographer called John Blomfield lived at 6


Page 2 BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE Wednesday 5 July 2006 _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Shornden Villas, Bohemia Road. I suspect that Shornden Villas used to stand on the site now occupied by Lidl and, possibly, some vermin (I have a vague recollection of there being dwellings here when I first moved to Hastings, which was in 1971). The same web page mentions that the Blomfield family home was at 1 Magdalen Terrace, which I think may be tucked away behind Magdalen Road, unless it has suffered the same fate as Shornden Villas. I'm sure there are plenty of locals who can clear this up (once they return from the varmint hunt). So, it makes sense that the path in question was called Shornden Passage and perhaps the businesses that use it can put up a sign if and when they erect the gates (perhaps they will call it New Gates Passage). DOUGLAS BADER’S WALK

Excessive zeal, the star’s at fault. I shall complain to the Office of Longitudes. All the same, it’s time for me to start to worry a little. This is certainly today, the day after yesterday; and, since yesterday was the seventh, today, unless Saturn is traveling backwards, must be April the eighth. And if I am to believe what this paper announces” – Schaunard re-read a bailiff’s notice-to-quit fastened to the wall – “it is today, at noon precisely, that I am due to have vacated these premises, and to have paid, cash down, to M. Bernard, my landlord, the sum of seventy-five francs for three months’ rent in arrears – for which he duns me in an abominable handwriting. I had hoped, as usual, that Fortune would take it upon herself to liquidate the affair; but apparently Fortune hasn’t had the time. Well, anyway – I still have six hours. If I employ them well, perhaps …Come, to work!”

There is an alternative. There is a workshop in Shornden passage in which I used to rehearse with a band called "The Twice Amorous Maniac Douglas Baders". Perhaps we could rename the pathway Douglas Bader's Walk and simultaneously honour a war hero and a group of musicians who kept the North Star ticking over during 1989.

He was putting on a greatcoat whose material, long-haired in its primitive days, had since become very bald, when suddenly – as if bitten by a tarantula – he started performing in his room a dance whose choreography he had composed himself, and which in public dance-halls had often incurred the interested attention of the police.

It seems a shame that this particular walkway will be gated as I find it the least forbidding of the local alleys that I have so far explored (or looked into and decided against entering). The others seem to offer more refuge for footpads, brigands and flashers (not to mention giant tentacled glopmonsters). To be fair to the other paths, I suppose I should venture forth and make a proper survey, but not before my GP has given me every Vaccination at his disposal and I have consulted Ray Mears. The web pages that contain the references to Shornden Wood, Reservoir and Villas are worth reading and most of them appear on the first page of search results in Google.

“Well, well,” he said, “it’s remarkable how the morning air fills you with ideas! I think I’m on the track of my tune. Let’s see.” Half naked, Schaunard sat down before his piano. After waking up the sleepy instrument with a stormy series of chords, he began – still talking to himself – to hunt across the keys the melodic phrase that he had so long been seeking. “Do, sol, mi, do, la, si, do, re – pom, pom. Fa, re, mi, re. Ugh! That re is as false as Judas.” Schaunard hammered on the doubtful note. To be continued …

[Vie de Bohème by Henry Mürger, a vivid portrait of the

Vie de Bohème …

‘Bohemian’ life of the artistic quarter of Paris in the nineteenth century was originally published (by Michel Lévy) in 1851. The extract above is taken from a translation by Norman Cameron, published by Hamish Hamilton. The illustration is by Dodi Masterman.]

Letters Lidl vermin I was able to open the Bohemia Village Voice - and the article on the Lidl vermin had me in stitches ... Catherina Buettner, Wiesbaden Germany.

How the Bohemian Club was Founded (2) “’Tis the dawn, no less,” Schaunard muttered, “Astonishing. But,” he added, consulting a calendar on his wall, “it’s wrong, all the same. Science affirms that at this time of year the sun should not rise before halfpast five. It’s now only five, yet he’s up already.


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Boot Sale Charity Boot Sale at Horntye Park Cricket Ground will take place on Sunday 9th July At 7am until 12 mid day Refreshments, toilets etc are available Open to all. Price £5 per stall Public by donation

Small Ads Spider plants I have a couple of young Spider Plants (almost out of short trousers) going free. E-mail me (Dave Kent) on frogfeet@tiscali.co.uk if you'd like one.

Next issue Due to be published Saturday 8 July.

Index The following index lists items included in the first 22 editions of Bohemia Village Voice, from May 18 to the end of June 2006. If you are missing any copies, just drop me an e-mail requesting back copies (john@johnhumphries.f2s.com) Subject ……………………..……………….………Edition no. 1066 Sporting Club - Lashings World XI ...........................19 Aldborough Rd to Amhurst Rd passageway......................18 Aldborough Rd to Newgate Rd passageway.....................18 Alexandra Pk - girl bitten by dog. ......................................19 Alldays - Shornden Passage.............................................22 Alleyways of Bohemia - naming the twittens. ....................18 Archery at Horntye Park ...................................................17 Art nouveau tiles at 79, Bohemia Rd.................................20 BAA - Annual General Meeting. ......................................... 8 BAA - committee meeting. ................................................12 BAA - membership drive...................................................12 BAA - naming the twittens.................................................18 BAA - Newsletter. .......................................................12, 18 BAA - website.................................................................... 8 Bloomsbury Group - Why Bohemia?.................................19 Bohemia - origin of name - Dave Kent. .............................21 Bohemia - origin of name - Peter Winder. .........................19 Bohemia Area Association - see 'BAA'................................ . Bohemia Bygones exhibition.......................................12, 15 Bohemia Rd - flat broken into ............................................ 3 Bohemia Rd - graffiti. ........................................................ 2 Bohemia Rd - mobile phone stolen. ..................................13 Bohemia Rd - serious accident. ......................................... 9 Bohemia Rd to Spring Street passageway........................18 Bohemia Rd, 79 - art nouveau tiles...................................20 Bohemia Vermin Vigilantes - Dave Kent. ..........................22 Bohemia Village Voice 01. Thur 18 May 06. ...................... 1

Bohemia Village Voice 02. Fri 19 May 06 ...........................2 Bohemia Village Voice 03. Sat 20 May 06. .........................3 Bohemia Village Voice 04. Mon 22 May 06 ........................4 Bohemia Village Voice 05. Fri 26 May 06. ..........................5 Bohemia Village Voice 06. Sat 27 May 06. .........................6 Bohemia Village Voice 07. Sun 28 May 06. ........................7 Bohemia Village Voice 08. Mon 5 Jun 06. ..........................8 Bohemia Village Voice 09. Mon 5 Jun 06 ...........................9 Bohemia Village Voice 10. Tue 6 Jun 06. ......................... 10 Bohemia Village Voice 11. Wed 7 Jun 06. ........................ 11 Bohemia Village Voice 13. Sat 10 Jun 06. ........................ 13 Bohemia Village Voice 14. Mon 12 Jun 06. ...................... 14 Bohemia Village Voice 15. Tue 13 Jun 06. ....................... 15 Bohemia Village Voice 16. Wed 14 Jun 06. ...................... 16 Bohemia Village Voice 17. Fri 16 Jun 06. ......................... 17 Bohemia Village Voice 18. Wed 21 Jun 06. ...................... 18 Bohemia Village Voice 19. Thu 22 Jun 06. ....................... 19 Bohemia Village Voice 20. Fri 23 Jun 06. ......................... 20 Bohemia Village Voice 21. Tue 27 Jun 06. ....................... 21 Bohemia Village Voice 22. Fri 30 Jun 06. ......................... 22 Bohemian Club - Vie de Boheme. .................................... 22 Bond, Vivienne - BAA.........................................................8 Bond, Vivienne - Shornden Passage. ............................... 21 Boot sales at Horntye Park......................................... 17, 22 Boys Brigade - Park Rd Church........................................ 20 Breckland Mobility Centre - hoarding disappears.............. 20 Brownies - St Peter's Church............................................ 22 Burglary - Park Rd Church ................................................1 Butler, Bill - hockey at Horntye Park. ................................ 21 Cake Shop - Shornden Passage. ..................................... 22 Cameron, Norman - Vie de Boheme................................. 22 Chalcraft, Vic - BAA............................................................8 Chalcraft, Vic - rubbish 'Czar'. ......................................... 22 Chalcraft, Vic - Shornden Passage................................... 20 Chess Congress at Horntye Park ..................................... 17 Christchurch Walk - proposed name................................. 18 Clerestory - St Peter's Church repairs. ............................. 21 Cloudesley Rd - Dave Kent .............................................. 18 Coach sprayed with graffiti. ................................................2 Compressor gun stolen - Springfield Valley Rd...................3 Conquest Hospital - dog bites girl in Alexandra Pk ........... 19 Crack cocaine. ...................................................................4 Cranbrook Rd - Renault car damaged. ............................. 16 Cranbrook Rd - Vauxhall broken into..................................6 Cricket at Horntye Park .................................................... 17 Cricket at Horntye Park - Lashings World XI..................... 19 Crimestoppers - contact details. ....................................... 10 Dairy Crest of Bexhill - supply of milk ............................... 22 De Walt safety boots stolen - Cranbrook Rd.......................6 Dog bites girl - Alexandra Pk. ........................................... 19 Eldridge, Tim - hockey at Horntye Park. ........................... 21 Fermour, Eileen - BAA. ......................................................8 Flat broken into - Bohemia Rd. ...........................................3 Foord, Terry - Bohemia Bygones...................................... 12 Football - at Horntye Park................................................. 17 Friends Meeting House - local history lectures. ................ 14 Generator stolen - Lower South Rd. ...................................6 Generator stolen - Springfield Valley Rd. ...........................3 Giles, Phil - BAA.................................................................8 Guides - St Peter's Church. .............................................. 22 Hamilton, Hamish - Vie de Boheme.................................. 22 Hastings Priory - plays Lashings XI ................................. 19 Hastings Priory Cricket Club - Horntye Park. .................... 17 Heroin use...................................................................... 4, 7 Hoarding disappears from St Peter's Rd site. ................... 20 Hockey at Horntye Park ............................................. 17, 21 Holland, Peter - BAA ........................................................ 12 Holmes, Andy - BAA Newsletter ....................................... 12 Horntye Pk - Annual General Meeting. ............................. 17 Horntye Pk - Lashings XI.................................................. 19 Horntye Pk - local sports centre........................................ 17 Horntye Pk - school holiday sports programme. ............... 20 Horntye Rd - BAA membership drive................................ 12 Horntye Rd - wing mirror smashed. ....................................2 Humphries, John - BAA. ....................................................8 Hurstwood PK Hospital - serious accident. .........................9


Page 4 BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE Wednesday 5 July 2006 _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Iddenden, Rosemary - BAA. .............................................. 8 Judo at Horntye Park ........................................................17 Junior Church - St Peter's Church.....................................22 Kent, Dave - Lidl may attract vermin. ................................22 Kent, Dave - our man in Cloudesley Rd ............................18 Kent, Dave - Why Bohemia - why not? .............................21 Lead welding kit stolen - Cranbrook Rd. ............................ 6 Levett, Charles - BAA. ....................................................... 8 Levy, Michel - Vie de Boheme. .........................................22 Lidl - may attract vermin - Dave Kent. ...............................22 Lidl - pronounciation of name............................................18 Lidl - clears shrubbery. .....................................................21 Local history lectures - Edward Preston............................14 Lower South Rd - heroin use. ............................................ 7 Lower South Rd - Mercedes van broken into. ..................10 Lower South Rd - white van broken into. ..........................10 Lower South Rd to North Rd passageway. .......................18 Lower South Rd to Tower Rd passageway. ......................18 Magdalen Lasher Trust - hoarding disappears. ................20 Mann, Steve - BAA. ........................................................... 8 Marriage certificates stolen - Park Rd Church.................... 1 Mercedes van broken into - Lower South Rd. ...................10 Milk delivery to Bohemia. .................................................22 Mobile phone stolen - Bohemia Rd. ..................................13 Munday's Newsagents - BAA............................................. 8 Murger, Henry - Vie de Boheme. ......................................22 Neighbourhood Watch by e-mail.......................................10 Newgate Rd - drug dealer.................................................. 4 Parent & Toddler Group - St Peter's Church. ....................22 Park Rd Church - BAA....................................................... 8 Park Rd Church - Boys Brigage. .......................................20 Park Rd Church - burglary. ............................................... 1 Park Rd Church - photo of work to extension....................15 Park Rd Methodist Church - see 'Park Rd Church'............. 8 Phillips, Alan - Breckland Mobility Center..........................20 Photo - art nouveau tiles at 79 Bohemia Rd......................20 Photo - Lidl's shrubbery before and after clearance. .........21 Photo - Park Rd Church - work to extension. ....................15 Photo - Shornden Passage...............................................20 Photo - St Peter's Church clerestory. ................................21 Photo - Tower Rd, 35 - hoarding disappears.....................20 Plant tools stolen - Springfield Valley Rd. .......................... 3 Police - heroin. .................................................................. 7 Pouter, Daniel - BAA.......................................................... 8 Power tools stolen - Lower South Rd. ...............................10 Preston, Edward - local history lectures. ...........................14 Rainbows - St Peter's Church. ..........................................22 Relisys computer monitor - abandoned property...............22 Renault car damaged - Cranbrook Rd ..............................16 Rocket building - Horntye Pk. ...........................................20 Safes stolen - Park Rd Church .......................................... 1 Salisbury Rd to St Paul's Rd passageway. .......................18 Salt, Ron - Shornden Passage .........................................22 Schofield, Iris - BAA........................................................... 8 Shornden Passage - naming the twittens....................18, 20 Shornden Passage - proposal to gate off....................21, 22 South Saxons Hockey Club - Horntye Park.......................17 Springfield Valley Rd - plant tools taken............................. 3 St Leonards Central Cricket & Recreational Ground. ........17 St Peter's Church - clubs and groups................................22 St Peter's Church - Fellowship..........................................22 St Peter's Church - Luncheon Club...................................22 St Peter's Church - Rainbows. ..........................................22 St Peter's Church - repairs to clerestory............................21 St Peter's Church - Whist Drive. .......................................22 St Peter's Rd, 32 - abandoned computer monitor. ............22 STIHL cutter stolen - Cranbrook Rd. .................................. 6 STIHL cutter stolen - Springfield Valley Rd. ...................... 3 Street rubbish - BAA. ........................................................12 Sunroof broken on Renault car - Cranbrook Rd ................16 Sussex Police - contact details. ........................................10 Tile Centre - Shornden Passage.......................................22 Tools stolen - Lower South Rd........................................... 6 Top Gun Clothing - Shornden Passage ............................22 Tower Rd - fire in flat. .......................................................18 Tower Rd - tyres slashed............................................10, 11

Tower Rd West, Nos 3-5 - new houses? .......................... 11 Tower Rd, 35 - hoarding disappears from building............ 20 Transit van - theft of tools - Rd ...........................................6 Twittens - naming of the alleyways. .................................. 18 Tyres slashed - Tower Rd. ......................................... 10, 11 Unigate - now Dairy Crest of Bexhill. ................................ 22 Upper Park Rd - parking - BAA......................................... 12 Upper Park Rd to Upper South Rd passageway. ............. 18 Vauxhall Combo broken into - Cranbrook Rd......................6 Vie de Boheme - 1. .......................................................... 22 Volkswagen Transporter in accident...................................5 Volkswagen Transporter in accident...................................9 Ward, Michael - BAA. .........................................................8 Webb, Cllr Trevor - heroin use............................................7 Wedding receptions at Horntye Park ................................ 17 Whist Drive - St Peter's Church. ....................................... 22 Winder, Peter - Why Bohemia? ........................................ 19 Wing mirror smashed - Horntye Rd ....................................2 Woman hurt - Bohemia Rd. ........................................... 5, 9 Woods, Keith - BAA............................................................8 YMCA - Chris & Dennis - BAA............................................8

__________________________________________ Items for inclusion in Bohemia Village Voice: please send to the editor, John Humphries, 33, St Peter’s Road, Bohemia, St Leonards, Sussex, TN37 6JQ. Home: 01424 446759. Mobile: 07891 634377. Or e-mail to: john@johnhumphries.f2s.com To begin receiving this newsletter, please e-mail John Humphries with the message ‘Please subscribe me to Bohemia Village Voice’. To cease receiving this newsletter, simply e-mail John Humphries, with the message ‘please unsubscribe me from Bohemia Village Voice’. Current number of recipients of this e-newsletter: 24. First published Thursday 18 May 2006. © 2006 John Humphries.


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