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SNOWDROP TIME Pembury House, Clayton, BN6 9PH. A Garden for all Seasons •

It was in 1991 when our friends started to tell us that we should share our garden with others and that the route to do this was through the National Garden Scheme. Then we were not experienced garden visitors as we were too busy sorting out our own home and garden so we were not quite sure what the NGS was all about. Having been at Pembury House for only eight years we were still battling with the persistent weeds like horse tail and ground elder and much planting was still to be done so it was with some trepidation that we contacted the County Organiser. Some days later two charming ladies, dressed in frocks, came to carry out the vetting. The intention was to open in May with the roses being the key players. Even in September they loved what they saw


and after the usual questions about parking and cake .... things change little ......we were accepted into the NGS. Thus our long involvement with the Yellow Book began. Skip forward to May 31st 1992 and our first open day: how sweetly naive we were. This was at the end of half term and with our both being teachers we had to slog throughout the preceding holiday week to knock the garden into shape. Initially the refreshments were in the garden and cakes had to be prepared and tables, cups and saucers borrowed. We were shattered when the NGS open day arrived. Expecting nobody to turn up, we were even more exhausted by the end of the day as 680 people had arrived and we had taken £1275. Our wonderful friends had been busy helping and so many others had come to visit the garden. NGS visitors

are like no others as they truly love gardens and plants and of course cake. They came from all over Sussex and beyond, chatted, enthused and left no more than their money behind them. Enthused by all of this, we worked harder, grew up to 1000 plants to sell and made jams and chutneys too and more and more people came. We were flattered when each year people queued for some time to have first pick at the plants stall. There has been just one example of blatant theft of plants. A woman selected some of the best plants from the plant stall and asked for them to be put in a box saying she would pay when she collected them. She fetched her car and pulled into our drive asking one of the helpers on parking duty to help her. She went to the plant stall, asked the helper to pick up her box of plants and put them in her car. All

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come by car, bus, train, taxi, coach, bike and on foot. One year a woman rang and explained that she had brought her friend the previous year. The friend was now terminally ill and her last request was to visit again and to sit in her wheel chair amidst the snowdrops for a while. This she did and we heard no more. I hope that this visit eased her pain and gave her some pleasure on the difficult journey ahead of her. Opening your garden to the public has so many hidden rewards. seemed well but only during supper when we were chatting did we realise that she had stolen a box of the best plants! As more NGS gardens opened in May and June we moved our openings to August. This meant a whole new emphasis on the planting and the late summer perennial island beds were designed and planted. As early retirement approached we swapped our openings to February so that people could get out in the winter and enjoy a winter garden, along with the collection of snowdrops. Who would have thought that we would have as many as 1600 visitors over our period of opening and take as much as £11,300 on our limited openings during the bitterly cold winter period of February and March? We certainly were not prepared for that. As other NGS garden openers are putting their gardens to bed, Nick and I are counting down the days to our 2014 openings for snowdrops and hellebores. Having raised over £77,000 for the NGS so far, we plan to make 2015 our last year of opening. Weather permitting by then we hope to have raised £100,000 for those wonderful NGS charities (MacMillan Nurses, Marie Curie Nurses, Help the Hospices etc). We need to make nearly 600 jars of jams, chutney and marmalade, make over 100 portions of soup and in excess of 60 cakes for 2014, all whilst nurturing the hellebores and snowdrops for sale.

Nick and Jane Baker Dates: Snowdrops Tues, Wed, Thurs, February 11,12,13,18,18, 20 with Hellebores Thurs and Friday 6 and 7 of March 11am to 4pm. Refreshments (Soup, cake, tea, coffee, etc) available at the house on public open days. Lots of hellebores and some unusual snowdrops for sale Pembury House is just 6 miles from Brighton. By Bus: Brighton Buses 40, 40X and 273 stop at the Jack and Jill pub, just 300 metres from the garden entrance. By Train: The garden is one mile along the Hassocks to Clayton footpath. By car: Take the A273 exit off the A23.Pembury House is 100yards along B2112,(Ditchling Road/ New Road) at the bottom of the far side of the Downs. Some parking at the house and spaces reserved for disabled parking, other parking will be on the hard standing at Clayton village green on Underhill Lane. NOTE: Winter clothing and footwear for mud. The garden is designed to be wheelchair friendly around the house. Hot lunches are available nearby at the Jack and Jill Inn where there is plenty of parking space. Looking forward to sharing our garden with you and your friends.

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ORANGE CAKE 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.

At this time of year we have a variety of citrus fruits so here is a recipe for an orange cake for which we can use seville oranges for their bitterness or normal oranges. But for this cake I have chosen tangerines which are especially good for the topping but you can choose whichever you prefer because any will give a good result. You will need two 20cm (8in) sandwich cake tins.



Cake 225g (8oz) butter or margarine 225g (8oz) caster sugar 4 eggs 225g (8oz) self raising flour pinch of salt 2 tangerines – grated zest

Line the base of the tins with baking parchment paper. Heat the oven to Gas 4 / 180C.

Filling 200g (7oz) mascarpone 2 tangerines – grated zest 1 tablespoons juice 1 tablespoons icing sugar Topping 75g (3oz) granulated or caster sugar 300ml (10 floz) water 2 tangerines 2 tablespoons apricot jam or marmalade 10 |

Cream together the fat and sugar, gradually beat in the eggs then fold in the flour, salt and grated zest. Put into the tins, level the tops and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until firm to a fingertip touch. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to get cold whilst you make the filling and topping. Filling: beat the mascarpone with the grated zest of the two tangerines and tablespoon of juice. Peel the tangerines, cut the segments into small pieces and fold them into the mascarpone with the icing sugar. Topping: in a wide pan over a low heat dissolve the sugar in the water. Slice the tangerines thinly, place in the pan, bring to the boil and simmer gently until the peel softens – about 20 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan onto kitchen paper. Sandwich the cakes together with the filling. Brush the top with the hot jam and arrange the tangerine slices on it. Brush them with the jam. Note: if using oranges follow the same method but you may not need all of the orange slices on the top. Substitute 1 orange for 2 tangerines in the cake and the filling. You can use double cream instead of the mascarpone, whip it very lightly.

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70 Years Ago A B-17 at Patcham The Spirit of Winsome Winn II By David Rowland During the early morning of Tuesday 8th, February 1944 a number of American B-17 Flying Fortresses took off from their base at Grafton Underwood to their target of Frankfurt in Germany. Among these B-17 bombers was one called ‘The Spirit of Winsome Winn II’ piloted by 2nd Lt. Norman DeFrees. At 21 he was the eldest among a crew of 10 with an average age of just 20. About 4 hours later they were over their target and they let their bomb load go. They were just turning for home when they were hit by enemy flak which took out 2 of their engines and damaged the fuselage. They started their long journey home but because of lack of power they quickly fell behind the rest of the squadron and soon found themselves all alone, their speed little more than 95mph. This made them a sitting duck for any enemy attacks. Luckily they were not further attacked and found themselves approaching the English Channel. As they crossed the Channel another engine packed up and they were now flying on just one engine as well as being very short of fuel. They gave out a ‘mayday’ call and soon they had two Spitfires with them as cover. They crossed land over eastern Brighton and keeping the Black Rock gas works to their left they followed Wilson Avenue up to the top and crossed over the Race course. DeFrees, the pilot, had one eye on the 12 |

fuel gauge which was then showing ‘empty’ The situation was desperate as he saw residential areas in front of him. All the crew were scanning the horizon for a field large enough to try and crash-land the huge aircraft. The pilot would now require all his flying skills to save his crew and to stop the aircraft crashing on to the homes below. Hollingbury was passed as they headed for Patcham - the aircraft was now making funny noises and juddering alarmingly. Any second the crew believed they would crash. DeFrees plodded on and then, there it was - a large field, large enough to land on. The crew was now excited, here was a chance of putting down safely. The field was above Braypool. The one engine started ‘coughing’ - it was empty. DeFrees knew he needed some fuel, albeit a small amount to land. He aimed the ‘plane towards the field and inwardly was praying he could land safely. Just then one of the crew shouted out, “Cables, bloody cables”. The ‘plane was heading for a pylon supporting 120,000 volt power cables running across the field.. (The

cables supplied all of Patcham with their electric power. In fact, a German aircraft had hit these cables earlier in the war and the aircraft blew up. I have a picture of a Brighton policeman standing by the wreckage. In later years he was my sergeant… I was a policeman in Brighton for nearly 27 years.) DeFrees had no option but to fly under them, his wing missing the pylon by inches. His speed was down to 70 mph as his wheels hit the ploughed field. He crabbed twice during the landing but eventually came to a stop. He had done it, all the crew were safe. They left the aircraft and sat on the ground so pleased to still be alive. Soon after they landed in the field a man appeared carrying a wicker picnic basket. He had managed to climb the steep hill up to them. The basket was full of goodies meant for the air crew. There were sandwiches, flasks of tea and a bottle of cognac. A drop of this was poured into each cup of tea and it was generally deemed that these were the best cups of tea the airmen had ever had. The man stayed with them

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out good luck at the top of their voices as the giant aircraft soared above their heads. The people waved, the bomber dipped its wings, turned to the north, gaining height and was gone.

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for quite a while. He was the owner of the Belmont Kennels (now the PDSA kennels at Braypool. - In later years his daughter was my neighbour and told me about her father at the aircraft.) The airmen were picked up by the RAF and taken to Shoreham airport where they were flown back to their base in Northamptonshire. The aircraft was guarded by members of the RAF Regiment. A couple of days later some engineers from the American base arrived and repaired the damaged B-17 in situ. Soon it was ready to fly again. They set to cut down all the hedges and filled in several ditches. Many people in the local area were evacuated from their homes as a precaution. An aircrew arrived and with a minimum crew on board, the pilot started the engines. No one believed this huge American bomber would be flown off this field. The public were kept well away but still had a good view of it. With a loud roar as each engine was started and pushed up to maximum revs, the aircraft was moving, slow at first but then faster and faster and then the wheels were off the ground. The public were cheering and clapping their hands shouting 14 |

There is no doubt that had it not been for the skill of Norman DeFrees the bomber could have crashed on the residential area of Patcham, causing a major disaster. No doubt either that his skilful landing made the repair and recovery of the plane possible. A short description appeared in The Evening Argus on the 12th February 1944 but giving little detail. The crew were given 2 weeks off from flying and ‘The Spirit of Winsome Winn II’ was assigned to another crew. On their first mission to Germany they crashed landed in Switzerland and were interned. After the war the aircraft was broken up into small pieces and sold off as scrap. When Norman DeFrees’ crew returned to flying they were allocated a brand new aircraft just flown in from The States. After a couple of test flights DeFrees was not happy with it but was told to make up his mind - quickly. He was threatened that if he didn’t, the crew would be broken up. He decided to take it up on the next bombing mission to Germany. This time they were not so lucky;

Luther Smith

they were shot down. DeFrees gave the order for his crew to jump and they all baled out. They were captured by the Germans and became POWs. One of the gunners, Smitty, was sent home early though in exchange with a German POW as he had been badly injured – his right hand and part of his arm was blown off just before baling. Luther ‘Smitty’ Smith was just 19 years of age. He is the only surviving crew member. I have kept in touch with him over a number of years. In 1999 Norman DeFrees returned to England for the first time since being shot down in 1944 and stayed with me at my home. Sadly he has passed away now as have 8 of the old crew. I promised Norman that one day I would write a book and record his flight to Patcham. I have now completed the story and the book The Spirit of Winsome Winn II is priced £12.50. Copies can be obtained by going to www. and filling in the application form together with a cheque for £12.50 plus postage. The books can be signed if requested.

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at Brighton Museum Anyone who is loved up, loved out or just plain lovely is invited to enjoy Love Late! Explore the science of attraction at a special late night party celebrating love, lust and heartbreak. With live music, DJs, silent disco, dress-up, DIY valentines, provocative performances and more – how can you resist? Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome Café-Bar will be transformed, live music, Silent Disco and drop-in Salsa classes. Or simply join us at the bar with your partner or friends for a special cocktail or two – how can you resist? Tickets cost £5, members £4 in advance, £7 on the door. Book in advance on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), online at or buy in person at any of our venues.

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Exploring silence meditation at St John’s Meditation is common to all the world’s great religions. In Christianity it dates from the earliest days of the Desert Fathers of the 3rd century AD and it is still practised today. By learning to still our thoughts and by trying to live in the present, we open ourselves up to the spiritual dimension of our lives. St. John’s, Knoyle Road, will be holding a series of four afternoon workshops in church on the theme of using silence as a means of exploring the divine within ourselves. Each session will look at a particular practice: 8 March. Meditation as practised by the World Community of Christian Meditation; 15 March Walking the labyrinth; 5 April Centring prayer;

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It’s the 2014 Brighton Science Festival! 6th February- 3rd March 2014 60 events for children, teens and adults. Bright Sparks – Science Weekend 15th & 16th February. A weekend of scientific discovery at Hove Park Upper school, with 60 sparkling shows & activities including the captivating Stuff Is Made Of Stuff show, giant prickly stick insects, gene decoding, 3D-printing and.. sheep! A family event. Science Festival Workshops around central Brighton during half-term, 17th – 21st February (Safer to book in advance). These include:

Lego Mindstorms - Monday 17th Latest Music Bar, 14-17 Manchester Street. Workshops at: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm. £3. Ages 11-16. What exactly is a robot and how do they work? Assemble & program a robot using LEGO Mindstorms kits

Toys Arrrrgh! Us Monday 17th thru’ Friday 21st Brighton Youth Centre, 64 Edward Street. A toy hacking experience, all day. Deconstruct recycled toys and put them together to create incredible new hybrid creations using electronics and engineering skills Age 7+. War Games 17th February 11am-4pm Blind Tiger, 52-54 Grand Parade. Make marshmallow blow-guns, miniature trebuchets, camouflage and paper planes, send covert messages, £2 . Age 7-14.

Regency Silhouette Workshop Monday 17 February The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, , 12.00pm - 5.30pm. Silhouettes were the selfies of their day.Try making them for yourself, using our copy of a Georgian-period silhouette machine. Take home the result. 70-80 min sessions start 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm. Free.

Raspberry Pi - Tuesday 18 February, 11.00am 5.00pm. Latest Music Bar - Discover the powers of the Raspberry Pi and become a computer magician. Bring your own Pi along or borrow one of ours and take part in a hands-on workshop complete with sensors, lights and a lot of creativity! 1 hour sessions start: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm.

Who Dunnit - Wednesday 19 February, 9.00am - 7.00pm - Latest Music Bar, Use forensic techniques to solve a crime: fingerprints; blood spatter; identifying and matching hair & fibres under the microscope; shoe prints and tyre tracks. Serious fun for future forensic scientists. 2 hr Workshops at 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm & 7:00pm.: £10. £30 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)Book up. All ages.


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Antweight Robot Wars - Thursday 20 February, 11.00am - 4.00pm - Blind Tiger. Workshop based on TV Robot Wars. Design & build small remote-controlled fighting robots that do battle. Do you have the skills, imagination and cunning to win? 2 hr Sessions start at: 11:00am & 2:00pm.

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Project Ear Drum Friday 21 February Latest Music Bar, Interactive science comedy show. Using live experiments, live music, audience participation & humour, Bright Sparks & Punk Science superstar Brad Gross unravels the mystery of sound & how you hear it in one hour. Suitable for people 6 to 86.. Shows at: 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm. £3. Booking advised. Age 7+. Dissections Uncut. Friday 21 February Latest Music Bar, 7.00pm After grossing us out with Ugly Animals last year, Simon Watt returns and takes us on a journey under the skin of some of the world’s largest animals as seen in ‘Inside Nature’s Giants’. View some of the animal autopsies that didn’t make the cut – including the infamous exploding whale. £6 /£4 concs. Ages 11+. 20 |

The weekend 22nd & 23rd February encourages us to B.Radical at the Brighton Youth Centre. For teens and all those hungry for a bigger challenge: Hydrogen car racing, zombies, arduino guitars and toy hacking with Exploring Senses battle for your attention. Elsewhere the Met Office take over Lighthouse Gallery with a weekend-long Sci-Acti-Hack where scientists, designers & engineers are keen to try out YOUR ideas. For adults: Simon Watt takes us further Inside Nature’s Giants, Trevor Cox opens your ears to the sonic wonderland of acoustics with humming dunes and creaking glaciers. The Festival of the Spoken Nerd exposes us to Full Frontal Nerdity. The Future of Us explores Transhumanism & the potential for an immortal human race. Wendy Hall’s panel of cyber security experts discuss what right we have to internet privacy. Plus Café Scientifique, Skeptics in the Pub, Brighton Museum Lates, Fabrica and Komedia events during the festival. Finally, Big Science Weekend 1st & 2nd March (for adults & 15+) Sallis Benney Theatre, Saturday 1 March, 10.00am - 5.30pm Doors 9:45am. Tickets: £10 /£6 concs. A smorgasbord of scientific talks and discussion. Frank Close tells us why we should care about the Higgs Boson, Valerie Curtis discusses disgust, Martin Birchall brings regenerative medicine to life and Andrea Sella reminds us of the strangeness of ice. On Saturday evening, Simon Singh enlightens us about Homer’s last theorem and other hidden maths from The Simpsons. There are 60 events in all! For the full programme & to book:

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A Short History of Perfume By Jayne Shrimpton

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In the run-up to St Valentine’s Day many will be heading for the perfume counters or scouring the internet for a loved one’s favourite fragrance. Sensual and captivating, fine perfumes have long been associated with luxury and romance. Perfume originated thousands of years ago. Initially it was connected to incense, the word ‘perfume’ deriving from Latin per fumum: through smoke. Aromatic barks, gums and herbs were burnt at prehistoric burials to purify and sweeten the air and later incense was burnt by priests in religious rituals. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and their contemporaries used oils and unguents to moisturise and scent the hair, face and body. The Romans, who wore perfume socially, imported refined concepts of personal grooming and adornment into Britain. Worldly vanities were condemned during the early Christian era, but by the 10th century costly Continental perfumes were arriving as diplomatic gifts Modern version of Hungary Water, first at the Anglo-Saxon royal created in the 14thC court. During the 11th

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-13th centuries the Crusades strengthened international trade links, introducing into Europe new exotic and alluring perfumes, as worn by the women of Byzantium and the Middle East. Early scents were oil- or fat-based, but perfume manufacture was transformed in the medieval era when the technique of distillation was widely adopted. The first alcoholic extracts of plant aromatics were developed in the Arab world, although Hungary Water, reputedly made for a queen of Hungary c.1370, is credited as the first ‘modern’ perfume – an alcoholic distillation of rosemary and other aromatic ingredients. Being both a fragrance and, theoretically, a cure-all remedy, users were advised to both drink and wash with the water. Eau de Chypre was also popular during the Middle Ages, as was Carmelite Water, containing lemon balm. Refreshing scented waters helped to disguise the smell of unwashed bodies, the 16th-18th centuries being the most perfumed, yet probably the least hygienic of any documented historical period. As the use of perfume and fragrant waters advanced, the affluent classes bathed ostentatiously in flower waters, while others used scent-soaked sponges to mask bodily

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odours. Fragrant herbal or floral infusions were often made at home and from the 17th century onwards gentlewomen recorded and passed on recipes in household ‘receipt books’. Perfume gained increased importance in the 18th century. As scents became more complex and refined, so did their presentation. Previously perfumes were sold mainly in pottery bottles, but now more decorative flacons began to be used, encouraging the fashion for packaging as lavish as the product inside. By the 1700s many perfume flacons were made of sparkling cut lead glass, different manufacturers adopting their own house styles. The court of Louis XV of 24 |

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France (1715-74) was known as the ‘perfumed court’ and under the patronage of his mistress, Mme de Pompadour, Grasse and Montpelier became established as centres of perfume manufacture. At Grasse the art of cold enfleurage (saturating cold oils with the scent of delicate flowers before transferring them to alcohol) was perfected, allowing greater subtlety of fragrance. Some of today’s great perfume names were founded around this time and Eau de Cologne as we know it was launched in 1709 by the Farina brothers of Cologne. Their formula, first named Aqua Admirabilis, was changed to ‘Eau de Cologne’ during the Seven Years’ War (1756-63), when it became

During the age of the Regency ‘dandy’ fashionable men about town discreetly bought toiletries in Bond Street, a particular favourite Imperial Water, a heady cologne-type scent including resins, pine nuts, cloves and frankincense. For much of the Victorian age delicate toilet waters based on floral scents such as heliotrope, lilac and rose were generally preferred to heavy fragrances. The eminent French perfumer Eugene Rimmel, who opened the House of Rimmel perfumery in Bond Street in 1834, advised in his Book of Perfume (1867): ‘Above all, avoid strong, coarse perfume’. Several distinguished perfume houses were established during

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the 19th century and some still flourish today, such as the House of Guerlain, founded in Paris in 1828, and Penhaligon’s, which originated as a London barber’s shop in 1870. Beauty aids, including perfume, became more prominent in the later 1800s and the average lateVictorian and Edwardian lady’s dressing table harboured several decorative pots, jars and bottles of cologne and rosewater, with further bottles for decanting toilet waters. For centuries intoxicating perfumes heavy with animal musk or jasmine were linked with prostitutes or courtesans, while ‘respectable’ ladies favoured the pure essence of garden flowers. However the development of synthetic aromas in the late 19th century ushered in a new generation of fragrances that combined traditional ingredients with aldehydes (chemical compounds), bringing many more wearable perfumes to modern women. Chanel No.5 – a blend of natural ingredients and synthetic floral aldehydes - was the first fragrance created for Parisian couturier Gabrielle (‘Coco’) Chanel, who recommended applying perfume to those areas that Bold art deco advert for Mavis toilet water, the wearer wished to have kissed. Launched in 1921, a sophisticated, romantic scent based on ylang-ylang, rose 1920 and jasmine, Chanel No.5 remains a perfume icon today. Other fashion house fragrances created between the wars that have retained their traditional appeal include Je Reviens by Worth (1932) and Joy by Jean Patou (1935). Yet for decades most ordinary working people could only afford modest scents by cosmetics companies like Goya, Yardley and Coty. Only in the 1960s and 1970s, with the rise of foreign travel and duty-free shopping, was quality designer perfume purchased on a massive scale. Now there are numerous perfumes to suit every pocket, taste, occasion and mood, from the latest celebrity-endorsed fragrance to timeless, classic Coty was a popular, Chanel No.5, launched in 1921, enjoys a scents - whatever the heart affordable perfume timeless appeal desires. brand in the 20thC

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Rainbows, Brownies & Guides: 505906 Stanford Avenue Methodist Church: 565896 Girlguiding Preston Park on 505906 or St Matthias Church: 508178 Age UK Brighton & Hove - 29-31 Prestonville Rd: 01273 720603 Swimming at Surrenden Colin 504858 Choir St Charles, Cumberland Rd: 380366 Jubilee Library: 290800 W.I. - Mrs Sue Handley, County Federation Secretary 01323 442592 Cricket Practice Simon Coomber’s 07971 917524 City Gate Church / Centre: 693807 Scottish country dancing. Carol 564 963 One Church Brighton (OCB), Florence Road Preston Croquet Club - John Munt 562226 Shintaido: 07846752833


The Group for unattached people 45+. Every 3rd Monday. Ring for detaIls 01273 736096 OCB Girls Brigade 5-30 - 9.00p.m. Preston Croquet Club 0945 to 12.30. BeginnersOK Badminton Club 7.30-9.30 pm, Brighton and Hove High School Sports Centre off Montpelier Road.


Bell ringing, Church of the Good Shepherd, weekly practice 555954 Stroke Club 3rd Tuesdays Stanford Avenue Methodist Church - 10.15 Women’s Fellowship 2.45pm. Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Feminine Focus 8pm, Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Beavers 6-8yrs 5-6pm, Cubs 8-11 yrs 6.30-7.30, Scouts 11-14yrs 7.30-9pm Stanford Avenue, Methodist Church


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Prestonville Rd,720603 Knitting Group 2-3.30pm, 29-31 Prestonville Rd,720603 Holy Communion –short service. 11am Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Caterpillars Toddler Group @ Calvary Hall (Preston Circus-next to Fire Station)1012pm (Term Time) Luncheon Club & Craft Afternoon. Stanford Avenue Methodist Church at 12.30am Brighton Orpheus Choir Varndean High School in term time 7.30-9.30 Girls Brigades from 6pm Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Meditation/Music. 7.30 Prayer Chapel. Stanford Avenue Methodist Church - 3rd Wednesday of each month Little Lambs toddler & baby , 1.30-3pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, Preston Coffee Pot 10.45am at St John’s Church Knoyle Road OCB Zumba 7.00 - 7.45p.m. Parent and Toddler Group Calvary C. Hall, Viaduct Rd, 10-12 (term time) Preston Croquet Club 0945 to 12.30. BeginnersOK


Prayer Break, 10-11 Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Brighton Chess Club 6.30-11pm C/O Avenue Bridge Club. 15 Third Avenue Improvised Comedy drop-in class for all levels 7:30 – 9:45pm upstairs @ the Open House, 146 Springfield Road, £8 Tai Chi 50+ 11.45am-12.45pm, Age Concern. Prestonville Road Women’s Institute . Meet 4th Thurs each month. 7.30pm Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Downland Quilters - Patcham CC. - 1st Thursday of the month. 7.30pm. Janet 509190. Dragonflies playgroup, 10am-12pm, Knoyle Hall, term time only. Age concern Yoga 10.30 - 12. 30 Shintaido movement class. 7.30-9.00 £7.50/£6.00 concs. Citygate Centre. Scottish Country Dance Club 7:30 at Balfour Junior School


Tai Chi 50+ (beginners), Friday 11am12pm Age Concern Prestonville Rd Coffee Morning at 9.30, Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Music Group Practice. 7pm Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Art of Living Group - 7pm 07723 089 676 Tea Dance 2pm - 4-30 pm, at City Gat Friday Club 2.00pm in the Knoyle Hall OCB One Youth 7.00 - 9.00p.m.


Fathers Who Football, 9-10 am, Preston Park email: fatherswhofootbal@hotmail. Dad’s Breakfast. 9.30am, Big Sky Café £1 dad. Kids free. 10am Eucharist (1st Sat- healing service anointing with oils) Service, 7pm, St Matthias Church Lions Book Fair+ cds, videos etc. the deneway, from 10am - 12 1st of the month (1st saturday of the month) Brighton Chess Club 2.00pm - 6.30pm C/O Avenue Bridge Club. 15 Third Avenue Inclusion Play Club 9.30 -12.30 Term time. Fiveways Nursery, Florence Road. Contact: Naomi 07843867626 Preston Croquet Club 0945 to 12.30. BeginnersOK


9.30am Eucharist St Peter’s One Church Brighton Sunday Services at Florence Road 10.30a.m. Stanford Avenue Methodist Church, serving the community. Sunday Services: 10.30 -11.30am & 6.30-7.30pm. Creche facilities on Sunday mornings. Calvary Church Viaduct Road, 11.00am and 6.30, Rev. Philip Wells 687721 St Matthias Church. Family Eucharist Service 9.45pm Baha’i Centre, 19 Stanford Avenue. 505895. 9.45-11am ‘Open Session’ St John’s Parish Church Knoyle Road Eucharist and Young St Johns, Knoyle Road 10.00am

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