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BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ No. 26. Your local newsletter - everything and anything to do with Bohemia Saturday 15 July 2006 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PARK ROAD METHODIST CHURCH

‘Vestibule’ opened today

After the builders have gone the room will be furnished with ‘comfortable chairs’ and tables. What will it be used for? “The new room will OPEN UP the front of the building, so that people will be able to see right into the church itself”, Elizabeth explained. “It will be used not only as a place for people to gather together at wedding and funeral services, but will be a sort of drop-in facility open initially just a couple of mornings each week”. There will be volunteer staff on hand to deal with enquiries and provide advice.

Folk arriving early this morning in bright sunshine to inspect the church’s new vestibule.

There was much excitement and last minute finishing off by builders this week as Park Road Church’s new £170,000 ‘vestibule’ was made ready for it’s official opening today. Park Road Church’s stunning new stained glass window, with its ‘fishermen’ theme. Picture shows designer Ruth Ward chatting today with her father, retired minister Mike Ward.

There is a striking stained glass window [picture above] on the south west corner of the new room. It was conceived and executed by Ruth Ward, daughter of retired minister Michael Ward. The work was commissioned to commemorate the memories of Peter Mellor (1925 to 2002) and the ‘Brydons and Thomas’s’. ________________________________________________ Park Road Church’s new extension is officially opened by the Rev Roger Cresswell. On the right is her worship the mayor of Hastings, Mrs Maureen Charlesworth.

The red ribbon was duly cut by the Reverend Roger Cresswell. Local dignitaries in attendance included the mayor of Hastings, Mrs Maureen Charlesworth, Michael Foster MP and Mrs Rosemary Foster. The new extension was originally conceived as a toilet for the western end of the church, but in the way of these things, the plans just grew and grew … Work started in January of this year and was made possible by a generous bequest from the Mabel Whitworth fund. “The congregation has been wonderful” said Elizabeth Cresswell, minister at the church. “It’s the church’s 125th anniversary this year so it’s very timely to have this ‘vestibule’ or ‘new room’ or ‘magnolia room’ (we can’t make up our minds what to call it) facility added”.


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Steve Meller opens Flower Festival

‘1960s’ by Kathy Smith. ‘1970s’ by Christine Ward, Anita Bristow and Park Road Junior Church. ‘1980s’ by Olwyn May and Diana Turner [pictured above] ‘1990s’ by Jan Bolden. ‘2000s’ by Carmen Hollett

Steve Meller (from BBC’s ‘Airport’ programme) relaxes in the sunshine with his mum, outside Park Road Church just before declaring the Flower Festival open.

Stunning exhibits were on show at this year’s ‘Flower Festival’ at Park Road Methodist Church. TV’s Steve Meller opened the show at which the novel theme was ‘The 125 years of Park Road Church’s history’.

Flower festival: exhibit no. 8, “1950s” by Joan Sheppard, with the coronation as its theme.

The Flower Festival runs today until 9:00pm and is open tomorrow from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Entrance is free. ________________________________________________

Boot Sale

Flower festival: exhibit no. 11, “1980s” by Olwyn May and Diana Tanner.

The thirteen highly original exhibits included: ‘1880s’ by Denise Bonner. ‘1890s’ by Mary Roberts, Hazel Rogers and Angela Palmer. ‘1900s’ by Joan Kemp. ‘1910s’ by Joyce Meller and Roy Mills. ‘1920s’ by Anne Foster. ‘1930s’ by Alison Pont. ‘1940s’ by Elizabeth Cresswell. ‘1950s’ by Joan Sheppard.

Charity Boot Sale at Horntye Park Cricket Ground will take place on Sunday 16th July At 7am until 12 mid day Refreshments, toilets etc are available Open to all. Price £5 per stall Public by donation


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Punch & Judy coming … Yes – Punch & Judy are coming to Bohemia – albeit as an exhibition at our local Museum – but they won’t go on show till next year. At present the museum is closed for major building works. The alterations began on Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in October last year and the whole new building is due to be open to the public in May 2007.

Hastings Museum’s new extension taking shape – builders presumably off on another tea break.

There will be improvements in the lighting and heating, meaning better conservation for artefacts. New display cases are being made for many of the rooms and some artefacts will be redisplayed with new labels and graphics.

Hastings Museum: all this effort for a Punch & Judy show … but where are the builders? On a tea break perhaps?

As can be seen from the photos here the building works are well underway. You can see here the new extension that is being added which will join the main museum to the Durbar Hall. NEW LIFT

The works are being funded by monies from Hastings Borough Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Interreg (European funding). The works will mean better disabled access into the building with the inclusion of a new lift, ramps, and access toilet.

The Museum and Gallery will host an array of new and redisplayed collections including those on: John Logie Baird, Native American Indians, Mods and Rockers, Punch and Judy, Robert Tressell and Sidney Little - the 'Cement King' who designed the St. Leonards bathing pool [bet you thought it was the one with the glasses from ‘Little and Large’]. [Photos taken 28 June 2006 by Beatrice Cole, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. Reproduced with kind permission]

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Preparing for St James…

Horntye Park: a groundsman busy on Thursday painting crease lines ready for today’s match against St James..

Priory Cricket Club’s home fixtures at Horntye Park for July include a game for the First XI team next Saturday (22 July) against Preston Nomads. The following Saturday, (29 July) sees Horsham trying their luck in Bohemia. Today, the Priory Second XI team take on St James at Horntye. For start times and all other details, please contact Horntye Park on 716666. ________________________________________________ BOHEMIA VILLAGE VOICE

Circulation leaps It’s pleasing to report that the number of recipients of Bohemia Village Voice is now well into double figures - 36 as it happens. Mostly it is going to Hastings & St Leonards (25 subscribers), but is also reaching Essex (4), Buckinghamshire (1), Suffolk (1) and Warwickshire (1). Overseas it is arriving in Germany (1), Australia (1), Canada (1), and one copy goes to the USA. Great, eh? ________________________________________________

Vie de Bohème …

circumflex accent, whenever he was pleased with himself. This self-complacent bliss, however, was of short duration. The neighbouring clock-tower struck eleven. Each stroke entered the room and lost itself in mocking noises that seemed to ask the unfortunate Schaunard: “Are you ready?” The artist bounced up and down as he sat. “Time is running like a deer,” he said. “I’ve only threequarters of an hour in which to find my seventy-five francs, and a new lodging. I’ll never do it in time – that would be to encroach too much on the realm of magic. Well, I’ll give myself five minutes to find a way.” Putting his head between his knees, he descended into the depths of meditation. The five minutes elapsed, and Schaunard raised his head again, without having found anything that looked like seventy-five francs. “There’s only one thing I can do to get out of here – and that is to walk out quite naturally. The weather is fine; my good friend Fortune is perhaps taking a stroll in the sunshine. She will certainly have to offer me hospitality until I have found the means of settling up with M. Bernard.” Schaunard stuffed the cavernous pockets of his greatcoat with all that they could hold, tied up some underwear in a scarf, and, after a few touching words of farewell to his domicile, went out. As he was crossing the courtyard, he was stopped by the janitor, who seemed to have been lying in wait for him. “Ah, M. Schaunard,” he said, barring the artist’s passage, “don’t you remember? Today’s the eighth.” Eight and eight, put six, Six and carry one … Schaunard hummed. “I remember nothing else!” To be continued … [Vie de Bohème by Henry Mürger, a vivid portrait of the ‘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 Bohemia Village Voice Dear Lord Rothermere,

How the Bohemian Club was Founded (5) Employing the dreadful nasal organ that was peculiar to him, he returned to the judicial murder of his ballad. Then, evidently satisfied with the result, he expressed his self-congratulation with the joyful grimace that always straddled his nose, like a

Interesting to see the 2 different formats. The Word doc sure looks more like a newssheet, but speaking as one viewing on a smallish laptop, the continual scrolling up, down and sideways required to read each piece is a nuisance. However, reading it as an email makes it look just that - less of a newssheet, more an email from some bloke. It's a quandary. Basically, I'd rather it fell through my letterbox so I could read it properly. [working on it – ed] I found the article by Dave Kent, and its delightful illustration amusing. He is a funny guy. I also 'liked' the Vie de Bohème extract, in as much as I couldn't


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be bothered to read it, but I think that many people would enjoy it, since they wouldn't otherwise encounter such literature in their TV-filled existences. I think it's a good thing to push people's brains a bit and it raises the tone of the paper. Nick Browne New York PS. Your mention of the lady placing cones outside her house [Bohemia Village Voice 23] reminds me of a family I once knew 20 years ago in Watford, who went one stage further. They only ever swapped over their 2 cars, never removed both at the same time. To my huge delight, I once arrived in that split-second when they were maneuvering, and nipped into their space. I'm sure they're still talking about it.

Tower Road – one way street? Dear Sir, I am a local taxi driver and work all over Hastings. Some of the roads around Bohemia strike me as being unnecessarily unsafe, for instance, Tower Road, or rather its junction with Bohemia Road. Tower Road is difficult to turn down from Bohemia Road due to emerging traffic. Hitting the curb is inevitable when turning left if a car is coming at you. A clean turn is difficult for most motorists. The strange thing about Tower Rd is that at the top end one meets a staggered junction where visibility is nil, until the car is actually poking out into the oncoming traffic. Very dangerous and unnecessary you might say. The people who guard our safety were clearly having an off night when they decided it would be rather jolly to put a pedestrian crossing right in the middle of that junction. If anyone is on the crossing, then one gives way to them of course, however one may be in the midst of needing to accelerate upwards to enter Bohemia Rd on a sharp right turn and decelerating to give way to anyone on the crossing. Clearly contradiction and confusion reign supreme here. Should a child or a drunk suddenly emerge from Newgate road and then be run over on the stripes, then the poor besieged driver would get nearly all the blame ,even if they had run onto the Zebra! Whilst sitting in the Cafe opposite last week I witnessed a 7 seater hit a 4 x4 mid junction. It's only a matter of time until a truly tragic collision happens. A serious collision happened about one month back at the other end of Tower Road. We are all exposed to unnecessarily high risk whilst this situation is complacently accepted. I propose that Tower Road be made one-way going downhill only, [east to west] and Lower South Road going the opposite way [west to east]. North Street could also be reversed, decreasing the potential for accidents that clearly persists as long as the status quo remains ante. This would further decrease the chance of being hit from people who pull out suddenly onto Bohemia Road from side junctions. Paul Elmes Badge 309

Professor Chris Allis Dear sir, I was astonished to read a letter from "Professor" Chris Allis in your newsletter [Issue 25, Wed 12 July]. I am convinced that this must be the same Christopher Allis that I met in a local public house last year, although on that occasion he "professed" to be a dental surgeon rather than an entomologist. That evening, Mr Allis and I struck up a conversion at the bar and at some point, after several rounds of strong ale, I broke off a crown whilst chewing a pork scratching. Mr Allis informed me that he had recently qualified as a dentist and offered to repair my crown that very night for the sum of £80 - much less, I was told, than another dentist might charge. I was totally taken in by Mr Allis, and at closing time, he took me back to his bed-sitting room, sat me in a reclining chair, then gave me a large glass of whisky which, he informed me, was in lieu of a conventional anaesthetic and would render me partially oblivious to the filing of my tooth. He then left the room and, after an indefinite period during which the ceiling completed countless revolutions, he returned with a file that appeared to be far too broad for working on a single tooth and looked suspiciously similar to one that I had recently sold at a boot fair at Horntye Park. I cannot fault Mr Allis's skill as an anaesthetist as I have no recollection whatsoever of what took place after seeing him approach with the aforementioned instrument. However, the following morning I awoke in my own bed with a terrible hangover and found that I was unable to open my mouth at all. My wife arranged an emergency appointment with a dentist for that afternoon. Although he was unable to free my jaw, he did manage to take a sample of the substance that Mr Allis had used to make the repair and sent it to a laboratory for analysis. It was identified as an adhesive known in the construction industry as "Hard as Nails". I shall be taking Mr Allis to court over this matter just as soon as I find a solicitor or barrister willing to take the case. Meanwhile might I suggest that , in future, you check the credentials of your contributors before publishing. Wing Commander Brian Buss [Thanks for the warning Wing Commander – we won’t be fooled again.] ________________________________________________


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Next issue Publication date: Wednesday 19 July 2006. Featured items:  Hastings Museum - the French connexion ________________________________________________ Bohemia Village Voice Edited and published by John Humphries at 33, St Peter’s Road, Bohemia, St Leonards, Sussex, England, TN37 6JQ. Telephone: 01424 446759. Mobile: 07891 634377. E-mail: john@johnhumphries.f2s.com Items for inclusion: please send to the editor. To begin receiving this newsletter: please send an e-mail to John Humphries with the message “Please subscribe me to Bohemia Village Voice.” To cease receiving this newsletter: please send an e-mail to John Humphries, with the message “Please unsubscribe me from Bohemia Village Voice.” Current number of recipients of this e-newsletter: 35. First published Thursday 18 May 2006. © 2006 John Humphries.


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