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We follow the EYFS curriculum but have the advantage of being able to offer an enhanced provision which caters very much for the individual. Our day is very much play based while being able to introduce the building blocks of development which will be invaluable as they move into reception. We use an interactive learning diary which enables parents to view their daughter learning journey in a secure area on line. The Nursery at Brighton & Hove High School is a fun, lively and vibrant setting where girls benefit from the nurturing environment of an outstanding nursery but also the range of facilities that a school offers.  A strong team of experienced teachers and nursery assistants provide a warm, caring and loving community; where children learn to be independent and resilient whilst developing a love of learning.

Children enjoy full access to our outdoor play area (which is going to be completely refurbished for September 2014) as well as gym and dance sessions, specialist music and languages. Being part of the school community means that girls make a smooth transition into our Reception class. We welcome girls in to the Nursery from the age of 3 years.

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April, spring is in full flow.. Is this the month when we set out lightly clad to enjoy the spring sunshine only to get soaked by a shower and end up feeling a proper April Fool? Wet or no, the spring flowers, buds and blue skies do us so much good don’t they? Enjoy as much as you can.

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Chocolate trees Chocolate trees grow in the shady understorey of evergreen tropical rainforest, usually within 8 degrees of the equator as 2000mms (80 in) of rainfall a year is optimal. The Cacao is a spindly, rather delicate, evergreen tree 5 to 8 m tall. Its large, leathery egg-shaped leaves have a long drawn out tip allowing water to drip. The tree produces clusters of small pale pink or yellow flowers directly on its trunk throughout the year once it has reached maturity at 3-5 years. Pollination is by midges & just 5% of flowers are fertilised successfully. Once pollination occurs there is a dramatic change; the tiny flowers develop into massive pods –in five months reaching 6-12 in long , 3-4 in wide and weighing about 500g (1lb) when ripe. A tree will produce 20-50 pods a year – enough to make just 1 kilo of dark chocolate. Each pod contains 20 to 40 seeds, surrounded by a sweet white pulp. First the seeds & pulp are removed and put in piles or bins to ferment for up to 7 days. After fermentation, the seeds are dried in the sun for 5-7 days. Once dry the, now cacao beans, are ready for roasting. Next, each bean is shelled and the remaining ‘nibs’ ground and liquefied creating cocoa ‘liquor’. The liquor is then processed to produce cocoa solids and cocoa butter….and the complex process of blending and milling to produce our familiar chocolate treats begins! A pod contains sufficient seeds for 8 bars of milk or 4 bars of dark chocolate. The UK is the world’s largest “chocolate” consumer; our average consumption being 11.5kg. Mind you, much chocolate sold here contains less than 1% cocoa & seemingly could not legally bear that name in many countries! Chocolate is a mega-business: global cocoa bean production was 3,515,000 tonnes in 2008-2009 – which is apparently the same weight as a string of double-decker buses stretching more than three times the length of Britain.

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A Very Special Easter Egg Happy Memories of the Great Depression in Canada by K. J. Evans

First of all, let me set the scene. Being a child in Canada of English parents meant that many of our aunts, uncles and cousins were in England, so we acquired surrogate aunties. One of these was ‘Auntie Dobinson’, “Auntie Dobbs” (I can’t remember ever hearing her Christian name), her husband ‘Uncle Tom’ Dobinson and their lodger ‘Uncle Bob’ Armstrong. Uncle Tom was a firstclass cabinet maker originally from Tyneside, while his wife came from Darlington. Auntie Dobbs had been a midwife, so all three of us were born at her house and she was my elder sister’s Godmother. Besides his joinery, Uncle Tom had a bit of land in the country, grandly referred to as “the ranch”. Here Tom and Bob raised cattle. They lived in a rambling house with a big very productive garden and a barn with a cow and a few hens as Auntie Dobbs liked lots of cream and eggs for her baking. We used to love to go and see them as they gave us their full attention and always liked to give us treats and surprises. It was customary to call each week after Sunday school, so Easter morning found the three of us very excited as we pushed open the gate. What surprise was in store?

The story above was one of the charming series of recollections by Kay Evans. Born in 1923, her childhood years were spent in what was called the ‘Dust Bowl’, The Prairies of Western Canada during the Great Depression. Despite the terrible demands & ‘austerities’ of the times, recalled too by John Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath, her stories reveal how helping each other and companionship triumphed against it all. She learned that fun is free and never forgot it. Her modest stories are deft, cheering, comforting and amusing. After several years’ faithfully contributing articles - come what may – later to include the war years and a new



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We had barely given our Easter greetings to Auntie Dobbs, Uncle Tom and Uncle Bob, than we were begging to go to the barn. You see, they had very clever hens who knew when it was Easter Sunday. We would gather round a nest-box and Uncle Tom would carefully lift a protesting brown hen off the nest and there was a beautiful chocolate egg! Uncle Bob removed the next hen and presto! - another chocolate egg. Then a third one. I was beside myself with wonder and excitement. But how does the hen know it is Easter and she has to lay a chocolate egg? I would earnestly enquire, absolutely baffled. The Uncles, bless them, were delighted to be part of our wonderment. As far as I was concerned that chocolate egg, directly from the hen, was the most special really truly Easter egg that ever was. In retrospect, I thank darling Dobbie, Tom and Bob for giving my childhood days wonder and magic. I learned as I grew up that it was a very special time for the Uncles as well, as they entered our world of make-believe.

life in post-war Britain; she was delighted to suddenly wonder if they might be considered ‘social history’? And indeed they are.

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Kay died last year; her kind nature and optimism intact to the very last moment. We have now published a collection of her stories. Copies are just £3.99. ALL money from the purchase price will be donated to WAVES – a productive and inventive day care centre for young adults with disabilities, as was her wish.

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The Rabbit’s Tale The lasting legacy of the Roman Empire?

The European wild rabbit originates from Iberia. In fact, the visiting Phoenician merchants referred to Iberia as ‘I-shephanim’ which means land of the rabbits. This was translated as ‘Hispania’ or, as we know it, Spain. The scientific name for rabbits is ‘Oryctolagus cuniculus’ which means ‘a hare-like digger of underground passages’. The rabbits’ peaceful lives in the Iberian sun were rudely interrupted by the arrival of the Romans in the 2nd century BC as they quickly had the idea of farming them – known as ‘cuniculture’. The plan proved problematic though as enormous numbers of soldiers had to be deployed to guard the perimeters against tunnelling escapees. The Roman invasion of AD43 brought rabbits into England. In fact, they have now been introduced to every continent except for Antarctica, often with devastating results. (Later, it was common for sailors to leave a few pairs behind as they travelled so as to provide a future meat source for passing ships.) Rabbit was the staple meat in medieval Britain for large parts of the population and their skins were another valuable commodity. Domestication of rabbits is believed to have started here when medieval monks began to keep rabbits in cages. ‘Luckily’ newly born rabbits, laurices, were not considered to be

meat and could be eaten during Lent. With the industrial revolution many people moved from the countryside into towns and took their rabbits with them; an important source of food as a pair can produce up to 90kgs of meat a year. They remained a mainstay of the British diet for centuries, right up to WW2 - as immortalised by the song Run, Rabbit, Run. In the 19th century it could be thought that things eased up as the Victorians began breeding rabbits for shows & competitions and they developed a role as a pet. The devastating outbreak of myxomatosis meant we more or less stopped eating rabbit in the UK in the 1950s – although they are still a regular part of the diet in many other countries. It is estimated there are currently 38 million wild rabbits in Britain. They have not fared so well at home though: classified as ‘Near Threatened’ in Portugal and as ‘Vulnerable’ in Spain.

Peeling Boiled Eggs - Adding baking soda to the boiling water can

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Foredown Tower Astronomy Group We meet at Emmaus Brighton & Hove, Drove Road, Portslade BN41 2PA Third Thursday every month 7pm for 7.30pm start. £3.00. We usually have a speaker and if the weather is clear we look through members’ telescopes at the night sky. We welcome new members and our aim is to promote the enjoyment of astronomy.

A group of local traders and businesses have setup an organisation to liaise with the City Council about long term transport policy. Their areas of interest include, Parking Charges/Spaces/ Permits, Park & Ride, Bus Lanes (should they be timed?), Speed limits. The group’s main aim is to campaign for consultation, research & debate on transport and other issues. www.facebook.com/ UnchainTheBrightonMotorist @unchainmotorist To join the campaign: enquiries@ unchainthebrightonmotorist.info Or by post: Unchain the Brighton Motorist, PO Box 3186, BN21 9WP.

BIGNOR ROMAN VILLA AND ARUNDEL CASTLE

Spring Outing Saturday 26th April 2014 Bignor Roman Villa, near Pulborough, is one of the largest Roman Villas open to the public in England. Built between the 2nd- 4th centuries AD, it contains a series of the finest mosaics ever discovered in Britain, all dating to c 350 AD. There will be a full conducted tour. If time allows we will then visit St Botolph’s Church at Hardham where some of the most important medieval frescos in the country cover about 80% of the interior. After lunch at the George and Dragon Houghton, one of Sussex’s most historic Inns, we will visit Arundel Castle. The Seat of the Dukes of Norfolk and family home, it reflects the

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history of nearly 1,000 years. The castle contains a fine collection of furniture, works of art and a beautiful library designed by Pugin as well as delightful gardens. A full conducted tour.

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EASTER CUP CAKES Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

Valerie Hedgethorne taught cookery & cake decorating for many years in Brighton before becoming a Home Economist. She now writes recipes monthly in Cake Craft & Decoration Magazine & is also a member of the Sussex Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild.

Easter is the time for chocolate and for Easter eggs. Cup cakes are very popular so here is a recipe for chocolate cup cakes with chocolate butter icing and a decoration which really says ‘Easter’ This recipe makes eight and can easily be multiplied for a larger number. You will need a bun tin with 8 holes and 8 paper baking cases, also a piping bag with a star tube if you want to pipe the butter icing.

Ingredients:

Method:

175g (6oz) margarine 175g (6oz) golden caster sugar 3 eggs 175g (6oz) self raising flour 25g (1oz) cocoa few drops vanilla extract

Heat the oven to Gas 5 / 190C. Place the paper cases in the tins.

Topping

Divide between the paper cases.

1 tablespoon cocoa 75g (3oz) butter 175g (6oz) icing sugar

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until they are firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.

Decoration

Butter icing: mix the cocoa wih 2 tablespoons boiling water and cool slightly.

small Easter eggs fluffy chicks – optional

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Cream together the margarine and sugar until soft, gradually beat in the eggs then fold in the flour and cocoa, lastly the vanilla extract.

Beat together the butter and icing sugar then beat in the cooled cocoa mixture. Using the piping bag and star tube pipe swirls on top of the cakes and add a small chocolate egg also chicks if you like. If they are not all eaten on the day they are made keep them in an airtight container.

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The Countess of Huntingdon and her Connexion History Notes by M. Bance People new to Brighton (or just the young), may be surprised to know that there was, until relatively recently, a chapel in North Street; directly opposite the entrance to New Road where Huntingdon Towers, the language school, is today. I was certainly surprised by this discovery, even more so by the fact that it was built by a woman; a woman who felt so passionately that she was prepared to sell her jewellery to pay for it; a woman who took on roles normally attributed to men and went on to form ‘The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion’ – her own society of preachers and a popular religious movement. This was clearly no ordinary woman, but I don’t think Selina Shirley Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, was ever described as that. When she died in 1791, she left instructions that noone should write a biography of her. She had

The Countess of Huntingdon (1707 – 1791) always conducted herself in a highly virtuous and religious manner, although was known to be haughty and keen on bossing men about especially the students of her college and her chaplains.

no desire to be recognised and it was 90 years before an account of her life was written. Then influential characters stepped forward to pay tribute. Writer and politician Horace Walpole called her, “the patriarchess of the Methodists”, whilst Cardinal John Henry Newman, said, “She devoted herself, her means, her time, her thoughts to the cause of Christ. She did not spend her money on herself; she did not allow the homage paid to her rank to remain with herself.” Others called her “Elect Lady” or, “Lady Bountiful”. She was an influential leader in the 18th century revival movement and a great philanthropist, but she was not without some ‘warts and wrinkles’ – metaphorically speaking, of course.

The Countess of Huntingdon was admired by such contemporaries as King George III and Rev George Whitefield who described her as “all in a flame for Jesus”. Selina Hastings was born on the 24th August 14

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My First Word…grows up are a group of preschools in Brighton and Hove providing top quality childcare for a range of age groups. We are opening a new setting in St Michaels Place, Brighton, in April, and will be providing year-round care for children aged 2yrs-5yrs from 8am-6pm. The setting aims to provide high quality early years childcare and flexible hours. As with the other grows up settings we know how hard it is to juggle family/work life, and believe flexibility is key. Parents can choose their own “core” hours to suit their families needs, being able to add extra hours as and when required. We welcome all children, including funded 2, 3 and 4 year olds, with no restrictions on when funded hours can be taken. The setting

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The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel in North Street, Brighton. She was responsible for founding a ministers’ training college and chapels throughout the country, including Oathall, Lewes, Tunbridge Wells, Bristol and Bath. Painted by William Alfred Delamotte in 1853. Image reproduced with kind permission of Royal Pavilion and Museums.

1707, the daughter of Lord Washington Shirley and Lady Mary Shirley. She lived in a world of privilege and at an early age was introduced to the glamour of court life. It would seem though, even as a child, she was never really comfortable with what she considered the coarser pleasures of the British nobility. In 1728 Selina married Theophilus Hastings, the ninth Earl of Huntingdon, and this marriage gave her the title Countess of Huntingdon. When the Earl died, Selina, now aged thirty-nine, was freed from the duties of a life in high society and allowed to concentrate on her charitable and religious work. She continued to hold large society gatherings, but friends and members of the aristocracy, including the Royal family, were now obliged to listen to her Chaplain, George Whitefield, preach after they had eaten! During 1749, the year the Earl died, an 16

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‘extraordinary panic’ spread through London. This was reportedly caused by ‘drink’ and ‘immorality’, but, I suspect, the earthquakes and financial crises experienced that Spring/Summer were more likely the cause. Whatever the reason, much to the Countess’s delight, more people started to pay attention to preachers like Whitefield. But these men were often forced to preach in the open, which was considered to be unsatisfactory and ultimately led the Countess to embark on a scheme to build a series of chapels, 64 in total, with her own appointed clergymen. As a peer, the Countess considered this to be her given right. And the first chapel to be built was in North Street, Brighton. The Countess came to Brighton in 1755, brought here by the hope that the sea air would help her sick son. She bought a house in North Street and immediately took an interest in the wellbeing of

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Photograph taken 100 years later, just before the last service was held on Sunday 25 September 1966. Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Photograph probably taken in 1871 the year the rebuilt chapel was opened. Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection.

her neighbours. She displayed a deep concern for her servants and the poor living on Brighton’s streets. Thinking that she could do more than provide food, clothing and medical aid, she sent for Whitefield. He came and gave his first sermon in Brighton in a field at the back of The White Lion, North Street. So popular were his sermons that a local religious society was formed, but without a meeting place things were not ideal. The Countess was perturbed by this, but at the time was short of funds, having spent all her available money on other charities. Her solution was to sell her jewels which raised the sum of £689 15s, just enough for a small chapel to be built next to her house. It opened to the public in 1761 and, under the watchful eye of the Countess, the congregation grew. In fact, it continued to grow at such a rate that the chapel needed to be enlarged several times. In 1774 the original chapel was rebuilt in a much enlarged form, then in 1822 the Countess’s former residence was converted into a long gallery and a Doric entrance was made in North Street. Over-crowding and defective 18

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Huntingdon House today, formerly the site of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel.

ventilation were cited as reasons for the building to be closed in 1869 and more commodious accommodation provided. The new chapel was built by John Wimble in the geometrical decorated Gothic style; it had an impressive frontage with spire, the interior had galleries on all sides, stain glass windows, a marble pulpit and room for 900 worshippers. The cost of all this was £7,000, paid for by the congregation and friends. Sadly, the almost impossible task of keeping this building maintained, coupled with a dwindling congregation, resulted in the chapel’s closure in September 1966 and demolition in February 1972, the spire having been taken down a few years earlier after it cracked and began to tilt. The Countess had, of course, died long, long before this decline. She had spent her last years living frugally (allowing herself only one dress a year and the absolute minimum number of servants), content in her piety and her achievements. Today the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion has 21 congregations in England and some in Sierra Leone.

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Rabbits can reproduce from the age of three or four months of age. The gestation period averages 31 days, although it can vary between 29 and 35 days. Litter sizes generally range between two and 12 rabbits. Does can be continuously pregnant for 8 months and produce four to seven litters per year. A single pair can produce 30- 40 offspring a year, half of which will be female. The kittens will start reproducing at 4 months in turn, and within a year there is the potential for three busy generations and 1000 rabbit descendants. One striking example of rapid rabbit reproduction took place in Australia, where the 24 rabbits first introduced in 1859 multiplied to over 600 million in less than a century. By 1869, within just ten years, two million rabbits were being shot or trapped annually without having any noticeable effect on the population. The effects on the ecology were devastating. They are suspected of being the most significant known factor in species loss in Australia, leading to the deliberate introduction of myxomatosis there. It is estimated there are 38 million rabbits in the UK at present, a good recovery since their virtual annihilation from myxomatosis here in the 1950s. The population is said to increase by 2% a year, their numbers being restricted by buzzards. There is a growing belief that eating wild rabbit again makes sense. For consumers who are trying to eat ethically despite the economic downturn and rising prices, rabbit looks like a wholesome, affordable meat. They are a significant threat to agriculture - six rabbits eat as much as one sheep - munching their way through grass and wild pasture, wheat, barley, oats, potatoes, carrots, turnips and fledgling trees. Collectively, they cause £100m of damage to crops every year. Unsurprisingly, farmers regard them as a pest that needs to be controlled. Wild rabbits are caught by ferrets flushing them out of the warren into a net. They are then killed instantly by breaking their necks. From an animal welfare view it is said that wild rabbit has a good life and a quick, clean death. Actually, a better life and kinder death than the animals we raise for meat?

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With the ‘Home for Christmas’ shoot due to start imminently, Jump Start Productions want you to get involved… ‘Home for Christmas’, the Brighton based film from Jump Start Productions is well on track to begin shooting this month. After a very successful crowd-funding campaign and fundraiser the film will begin shooting in and around Brighton in April and May. Want to get involved? Jump Start Productions are hosting a special fundraising six-a-side football tournament. It takes place on April 10th at the Stanley Deason Leisure Centre (which is located near the Marina), and there will be prizes for the winning teams on the day. Jump Start held a football tournament last year and it was a huge success, so are hoping for a repeat of that this year! For more information, or to enter a team, please call Georgia on 07875378615. Jump Start are always looking for investors for the project, if you run a local business and want to get involved somehow please - contact Nathalie (nathalie@jumpstartproductions.co.uk). The support that Jump Start has received around this project has so far been magnificent, and the whole team is very excited about beginning production and bringing this fantastic story to life. Take a look in future issues for updates covering the entire production. 22

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Planet’s Biggest Rabbit Weighing 3 stone 8 pounds, Ralph the Rabbit was pronounced the world’s largest Easter rabbit last year. A local lad, he used to live at the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust at Hempstead Farm, Uckfield TN22 3DL. The Rescue Trust (for horses and donkeys primarily) has all manner of critters: chickens, goats, pigs & more - even a parrot, who may or may not deign to say hello. The centre is open at weekends during summer but has big plans to start the new season off with an Easter Sunday extra special day, from 11am. Entry £2 adults or £1 children, to raise money for the animals in their care. The farrier ( a regular caller of course..) is doing his bit by giving demonstrations, so all in all it sounds like a thoroughly countrified day out!

Baby birds in your garden? Many birds are in such a hurry to leave their nests that they can’t wait until they can fly properly. It can be tempting to try to ‘rescue’ a baby bird apparently in trouble. Here are some things to remember: The adult birds are much more skilled at looking after their offspring than humans will ever be! It’s very likely that the bird’s parents are nearby, waiting for you to leave the area If the bird is in a very vulnerable position (for example, in the middle of the pavement), it’s OK to move it somewhere safe nearby – perhaps from off the ground into a bush or tree where cats won’t see it Watch from a safe distance to see what happens. If it really has been abandoned, contact our Wildlife Enquiries team for advice, but as the conservation organisation, the RSPB is not able to offer a rescue service. Tel: 01767 693690, 8.30 am to 5 pm MondayFriday; answerphone only at other times Try to avoid interference wherever possible. It really is best to leave baby birds alone.

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In the heart of Brighton’s Old Town, in the middle of Middle Street, is a building of national importance. You may never have noticed the Hippodrome. It’s been dark since 2007 after 32 years as a bingo hall. But before that, from 1901 to 1965 it was the Sussex coast’s top variety theatre. The Hippodrome was designed by the greatest theatre architect of the time, Frank Matcham in 1902. It is a performance space—unique in the UK—that not only has a classic proscenium stage, as seen in the photo, but still has its circular arrangement. It is perfect for anything from variety shows, big West End musicals, ballet, dance and opera to thrust-stage, theatre-in-the-round and ‘roundhouse’ productions like Cirque du Soleil. Our Albert Hall! HERE’S THE CRUNCH Developers plan to turn the building into an eight-screen cinema with four restaurants. To do this, they will demolish the stage and the fly-tower, all the back-stage space, the stalls and the orchestra pit. Without these it ceases to be a theatre.

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The changes will be irreversible, except at vast expense. It will never happen. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. In the new City Plan, the City Council identifies the Hippodrome as part of the ‘existing cultural infrastructure’ that should be ‘protected and enhanced ... to contribute to the city’s unique tourism offer’. It must not fall into the trap of thinking another cinema is the only option. Help us convince them that live performance is the better solution for this magnificent treasure. How to follow the campaign Visit Our Brighton Hippodrome on Facebook Follow and Like us on Twitter @ourhippodrome Visit ourhippodrome.org.uk How to get involved Watch out for petitions online and in the city streets. Send an email to support@ourhippodrome.org.uk The Hippodrome is ours and yours: part of the entertainment heritage of Brighton and the nation. Help us take it into the future as a major venue for live performance.

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12 LOCAL ALES, TASTE GUIDE, GREAT FOOD, PLUS LIVE MUSIC.

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CALL 01273555672 OR POP IN TO BOOK A TABLE 218 DYKE ROAD, BRIGHTON

218 Dyke Road, Brighton ‡ 01273 555672 www.dykepub.co.uk pubandkitchen@ hotmail.com the dyke pub and kitchen @dykepub Th� Dyk� proudl� present� it� bran� new

Lobster &Steak weekenders

Live music from

Laur� Van� an� th� Lowdow�

SOUL CITY

They are simply the BEST funk, soul and disco band in the business!

Friday 11th April 8.30pm free admission

Lobster and Steak, together or by themselves, cooked just the way you like with a tempting range of sides and sauces.

4t� / 5t� Apri�

LIVE FUNK AND SOUL

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BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY

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Prepare to dance your cotton socks off!

01273 299219

20TH APRIL

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