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February and our hearts are opening No wonder February is associated with falling in love, there is such a sense of beginnings. I was fascinated by the article from Sima this month, where she talks about types of love – and encourages us to experience love as often as we can. On a sadder note, in fact February is often our coldest month. Marion’s history article is a reflection on our treatment of homelessness – all too easy and more comfortable to forget. Hope your February is enjoyable. Steady on with the love potions!


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Winter Pine Medicine Lucinda Warner

Whilst many of our other most common trees are currently bare of leaves and stark against the winter skyline, the evergreen Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) is in its element. Along with Juniper and Yew, Scots Pine is one of our only native needled evergreens and was prevalent after the end of the glacial period. These days virtually all the pine forests in England are planted but there are still small remnants of the once great Caledonian Forest in Scotland, where not so long ago wolves, bears and wild boar freely roamed. Many people don’t realise that Pine is also a wonderful healing tree which offers us a variety of different medicines throughout the year. In winter we can harvest the leaves and the resin and in spring the pollen makes a powerful tonic. The needles can be made into a lovely tea which is rich in vitamin C and healing to the respiratory system. Those who are prone to chest infections and coughs would benefit from having regular cups of pine needle tea during the colder months. To make the tea simply place a few pairs of needles in a cup, add just boiled water and leave to steep for 5 minutes before drinking. It is best not to simmer the needles if using for tea as that releases stronger chemicals which are not so pleasant tasting. A strong brew can be made for adding to the bath water however and this is a wonderful way to relax the chest and ease aching joints and muscles. Having a pine needle 

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bath is both relaxing and slightly stimulating and can leave you feeling refreshed after a long day. The needles are also great infused into apple cider vinegar for a delicious addition to winter salads. Just lightly fill a jar with needles and cover with vinegar then leave for a month to six weeks before straining off and using. A jar with a plastic lid is best as vinegar can erode metal. Pine needles can also be chewed up and used as a toothbrush if you are ever caught without whilst camping! The resin appears in little beads on the trunk around areas where branches have snapped or the tree has been damaged. They can be picked off very carefully then infused into olive oil to make a powerfully antiseptic salve which is great for healing grazes and helping to draw out splinters. As always, be sure to have the correct id when using any plant medicinally. Many conifers bear a superficial resemblance to pine and though lots are safe, some are also poisonous. Have a good tree identification book with you when you go out harvesting and look for pine’s distinctive needles. Lucinda Warner is a Brighton based herbalist and plant lover. For more information on the herbs and preparations mentioned see

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Another Perspective on Love & Ways of Loving February is the month when people celebrate Valentine’s Day, love stories and love songs and sentiments of the heart. Most people are too restrictive in the way they think about love. It tends to be reserved primarily for, say, a romantic partner, a parent, child or longtime friend. Perhaps there is another way to celebrate the heart that involves listening to what it says and thereby appreciate love from a different angle. Scientific research into how the heart and body experiences love tells us the following: • Love can be defined as a tiny moment of connection shared with another person. So you can share the feeling of love with a number of people. • Love is a biological wave of good feeling and mutual care that rolls through two or more brains and bodies at once. So love connections can happen between soul mates and between strangers. • Our bodies have an in-built ability to “catch” the emotions of those around us as long as the two people make eye-contact. So meeting eyes is a key door keeper for experiencing harmony. • Love strengthens the connection between your brain and your heart, making you healthier. • The heart and body experience love and compassion as one and the same thing. So showing kindness, understanding and sympathy to others is another way for your heart and body to experience love. • The capacity to love is like a muscle and

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History of Homelessness in Brighton & Hove By M Bance

Brighton and Hove authorities recognise homelessness is a serious problem in the city. They have committed “to make sure no-one has the need to sleep rough in Brighton & Hove by 2020”. Whichever way you look at it, “the history of homelessness” is a huge subject, both in terms of the number of years it spans and the devastating impact it has had (and still has) on people’s lives. The first recorded vagrancy statute is from 1349 - The Ordinance of Labourers which prohibited the giving of relief to able-bodied beggars, “that they may be compelled to labour for their necessary living”. This was followed by a catalogue of draconian legislation: • 1388, the Statute of Cambridge restricted the movements of labourers and beggars and made county “Hundreds” (geographical division of a county for administrative and judicial purposes) responsible for their own “impotent poor”.

threatened “vagabonds, idle and suspected persons” with three days in the stocks on a diet of bread and water. • 1547, the Statute of Legal Settlement provided for the branding or enslavement of sturdy beggars. • 1576, an Act For Setting of the Poor on Work, and for the Avoiding of Idleness stipulated that every town had to supply materials for the poor to work on and every county had to establish a House of Correction for anyone refusing to work. In Lewes in 1617, John Taylor was whipped in accordance with the law which required that a beggar be “stripped naked from the middle upwards, and to be whipped until his body was bloody, and to be sent from parish to parish, the next straight way to the place of his birth”.

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Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove was once Brighton Workhouse. It was deliberately sited a long way out of town and a long way away from “polite” society. J O’Brien was arrested for “repeated acts of vagrancy” in Brighton in January 1782, and sentenced to three months in the House of Correction and, at the end of this period, to be “publicly whipped at the Market-place and then discharged”. The Brighton Herald reported that this ancient law was still being practised in July 1819, when three vagrants, apprehended for begging, were ordered by the magistrates to be flogged. An entry in the Brighton Parish Vestry Book, dated 31st March 1800, throws light on who it was that was doing the “apprehending”. The entry records the appointment of Mr Thomas Waring as Beadle and Cryer, his duties included implementation of the 1796 “Order 16

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Brighton Workhouse, Church Hill from a plate published in Illustrated History of Brighton by John Ackerson Erredge, published 1862. Just before it closed, there was local outrage when one of the inmates died from a heart attack after being made to pull a cart of building shingle through the town and up to the workhouse on top of Church Hill. the St Bartholemew’s site in Market Street. As well as the workhouse, the new building included a two-storey Town Hall and a dungeon, known as ‘The Black Hole’. In 1820, a site was purchased on Church Hill, above the graveyard of St. Nicholas’ Church, for a new workhouse. The building had an ‘H’ shaped layout, dividing the workhouse into sections, “in order to class its inmates in the most regular manner”. On the 12th September 1867, the workhouse on Race Hill at Elm Grove opened. Soon afterwards, the inmates were transferred from Church Hill and that workhouse was demolished. In 1914, the Elm Grove workhouse became known as Brighton Poor Law Institution. The same year it was taken over by the War Office and operated as the Kitchener Indian Hospital, accommodating sick and wounded Indian soldiers. It reverted to a workhouse in 1921 and remained open until 1930, when the Poor Law officially abolished the ‘work-house test’ and the term ‘pauper’. Alternative shelter could be found at the Brighton YMCA which was founded in 1870 and, from its base in Steine House, provided accommodation for single people such as servicemen and apprentices. But, from this point until the mid-1960s, 18

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Inmates of Market Street Workhouse were employed picking oakum, collecting and crushing oyster shells for fertiliser and for constructing paths in parks; making mackerel nets; and were reported to have been harnessed by ropes to muck and water carts and used as town scavengers removing animal dung and refuse from the streets.

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A First Base Day Centre client took this photograph of his sleep site. BHT’s 2014 life history recordings expose the real hardships of life on the streets, where the average life expectancy is 43 years for women and 47 years for men. information on homelessness is sketchy. We do know, however, that the “problem” continued to be seen as a welfare issue rather than a lack of housing, and local authorities were only required to provide temporary help for homeless families. From the mid-1960s onwards, perceptions did change. Charities were established around the country in response to what was then recognised as the shocking plight of homeless people (remember Cathy Come Home?). In 1967 Brighton YMCA began to accommodate homeless families in Steine House and, in 1968, Brighton Hostel, the forerunner of


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ANSTON HOUSE Selma Montford has concerns about the proposal to build three towers of 15, 13 and 12 storeys, rising out around a base building of six storeys all coloured by terracotta cladding, on the important Anston House site at the peak of Preston Park. (Anston House is 9 Storeys) Her concerns are: their suitability as housing; the effects on the neighbouring rose garden and Preston Park & what approval probably heralds for the park in future…. No one, I imagine, disputes the fact that the ruin of Anston House is an eyesore, but it does not mean that any replacement, regardless of height, bulk, colour or impact on Preston Park is acceptable. The proposed replacement group of tall buildings appears to have been dropped from the sky in a haphazard way. There does not seem to be any sense of design in their arrangement or the spaces between blocks, which could provide uncomfortable wind tunnels. A tall building will hedge in the listed Preston Park; overshadowing both the Rose Garden and the Rotunda, both of which need sunshine to survive. Will the roses in the Rose Garden cease to bloom? The Brighton Society will also be checking the accuracy of the overshadowing graphs submitted by the developer, as on the previous proposal they proved to be inaccurate and underestimated the area of overshadowing at different times of the year. More thought should be given to materials to be used on any building on this site. Is terracotta is the answer next to the bulk of the Telecom terra cotta building next to the


Anston House site? I suggest a pale brick to cheer up the passer by. The Council’s Tall Buildings Policy regards a tall building as above 18m high - in other words about 6 storeys and above. It goes on to say that mid-rise buildings means 6-8 storeys, so 12 storeys would fall into the category of a tall building.  A very tall building is defined as being over 15 storeys. A major concern is that if this scheme is given the go-ahead, development on other sites to the north on Preston Road would also try to maximise the development potential of up to 15 - 16 storey buildings - encouraged by the City’s Tall Buildings Policy - and the overshadowing of the length of Preston Park could then become an even bigger issue.

that the top storey should be removed from the design so that the trees in Preston Park could screen the proposed block of flats. This they did and the tree screen softens the somewhat stark block of flats to this day. Perhaps the developers of the site of Anston House should take similar advice.  Selma Montford

Has the developer considered including some high density low rise dwellings on part of the site? Will any of the flats or houses planned for the site be affordable for people on the Council’s housing waiting list?

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ORANGE CAKE WITH ORANGE FILLING & ICING Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

Oranges are at their best at the moment. This orange flavoured sponge cake has a complete orange flavour with the orange butter icing filling and orange glacé icing. You will need 2 straight sided sandwich cake tins 20cm (8”) diameter. Valerie Hedgethorne taught cookery & cake decorating for many years in Brighton before becoming a Home Economist and writing for the national magazine CAKE for 20 years. Valerie is a past president of the British Sugarcraft Guild & is a member of the local Guild Branch, which meets monthly in Rottingdean for demonstrations of all types of cake decorating. Anyone with an interest in cake decorating is welcome – for more information phone Valerie on 01273 505223.



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Butter Icing: Beat together the butter and icing sugar until soft and creamy, add the grated orange zest and the juice. Icing: Mix the icing sugar and just enough orange juice to coat the back of the spoon and it spread over the cake. Sprinkle a little chopped candied peel in the centre of the top.

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2016 is the 4713th Chinese Year and is a year of the Fire Monkey. The public celebrations in London, the biggest outside Asia, are expected to begin late, on Valentine’s Day Sunday 14th. The parade will start at 10am in Shaftesbury Avenue and travel to Chinatown. Are you a little Monkey?

gentleness and honesty, is said bring them an ‘everlasting love life’. Despite being born with enviable skills, monkeys still have shortcomings such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others. Their tendency to leap before they look can have unpleasant consequences. • Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, selfassured

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Good Neighbourliness by Millie Ferguson, Secretary of Seven Dials NW Community

As some of our readers also live near the railway, we thought this article might be of interest. Will there be similar proposals elsewhere? A number of residents in the Seven Dials Area have received letters from Network Rail about a project to remove all vegetation along the Hove cutting that runs between Dyke Road bridge and Montefiore Road bridge. The work is scheduled for 29th February and 5th March 2016. This project, if it is allowed to go ahead, represents a major change of our environment. Everyone is alarmed for a number of reasons not least because we have not been consulted, or sufficiently informed and because devegetation is associated with the use of herbicides. However, this and any other details were left out of the Network Rail letter. Ordinarily, in circumstances where we are stakeholders, we expect to be consulted and even listened to. As neighbourly communication goes, this letter is one of the worst. It is a stark announcement lacking of any details. What gives them the right to come and start changing our environment without any regard for anyone on the line or next to their land? The situation here is very depressing. There is a law that Network Rail should maintain safety on the track and because of this being a priority, if the rail and trains are at risk they have the authority to do what they need. This law gives them an almost free hand when it comes to boundaries, more than is allowed ordinarily between neighbours. Residents are trying to prevail with Network Rail to postpone the cutting and give us time


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Tests at Duke University found that Rhesus Macaque monkeys are as good at subtraction as the students. The monkeys were able to subtract by using an instantaneous ability researchers call ‘number sense’. In each session a monkey was presented with a number of dots. Next, a large square would hide all the dots. Then some of the dots would glide off the screen from “behind” the shape. Only the big square, with the remaining dots “hidden” behind it, would be left on screen. Finally, decision time for the macaques: two groups of dots would appear on screen—only one of them showing the correct number of remaining dots. The monkey indicated its answer to the maths problem by choosing one of the dot-groups. (Each correct answer was rewarded). The college students, used as controls in the study, had the same success rate as the macaques— and each group was able to choose the correct answer in a second. Psychologist Jessica Cantlon, who co-led the studies at Duke said: such similarities “suggest that these abilities are part of a primitive system for reasoning about numbers that has been passed down for millions of years of evolutionary time”

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February 25th,26th, 27th Duncan Hopper, locally based Film & Theatre Producer and Author is presenting the third of his Proud Women Trilogy this month. He began the trilogy following the film ‘A Good Woman’ with Scarlett Johannson and Helen Hunt. The first, inspired in part by a Brighton actor’s tale of working with Marilyn Monroe, portrayed her tragic life. A hit at Brighton & Edinburgh Festivals, the play is planned to tour the UK with Tom Conti. The second was ‘Lady Montagu’ – relating the story of an 18th century lady of letters. The third of the Proud Women Trilogy, Helen’s Shadow, will debut in February at the Pelham House Hotel Theatre in Lewes. It is the story of the rediscovery of Troy by the pioneering Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. The involvement of his wife and the classic Helen of Troy, are juxtaposed over a story of intrigue, betrayal and treasure.

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Seedy Sunday, the UK’s largest and longest established community seed swap event, is returning to Brighton’s Corn Exchange on Sunday 7th February. Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time team will be our special guests. This broadcasting institution features a panel of the best brains in horticulture answering questions from amateur gardeners across Britain. Our annual event is centred around the Seed Swap table, where gardeners can swap seeds they saved in 2015 for seeds to grow in 2016. Visitors without seeds to swap can make a donation of 50p per packet. At last year’s event over 10,000 packets of seeds, from rare vegetables to popular flowers, crossed the table. Experienced local growers are on hand to give advice on the practicalities of seed saving and growing from seed.


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The event also features 60 stalls from community groups; seed, food and gardening related businesses and charities; children’s activities; cookery demonstrations, and our Sponsors’ Brighton’s Infinity Cafe. Fascinating talks throughout the day by experts on a wide range of gardening and environmental issues Don’t miss it if you want a garden or allotment full of unusual and delectable produce this summer – see you there”!

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4. After Easter, add up your blessings and send your total gift to Christian Aid using the form provided or go online

Counting your blessings…. *Please give what you can afford. Daily giving amounts are suggestions only.

Many of us are now familiar with the annual Movember and Dryathalon, month-long events which encourage us to consciously reflect upon and often do some fun fund raising for an important and worthwhile cause (men’s health and cancer research respectively in the above examples). Something similar has, in fact, been part of the Christian traditions of Lent - the six-week period of preparation leading up to the Church’s great festival of Easter - for centuries…. With this in mind, you might be interested in something St John’s will be doing again this Lent…. It’s called Count Your Blessings 2016 and is really something anyone who longs for a better world can join in with, whether or not you’d describe yourself as a person of faith. Produced by Christian Aid, the leaflets can be picked up in church or easily downloaded as a PDF from in versions for both adults and children, so whole families can get involved. (Myth Buster Alert! Christian Aid, which began in the aftermath of the Second World War, has a long history of working with local partner organisations, to deliver real and practical changes to poor communities all over the world, regardless of their faith – it’s purpose is not evangelism but to alleviate suffering! It’s also one of the thirteen member charities of the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee.)

and, if we wish, to send a sum off to Christian Aid (or indeed another charity of our choice) after Easter.

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We’ve also got a version of Count Your Blessings for children, so the whole family can join in this Lent! To order your copies or to get more copies of this resource: visit:

It could be a fun thing to do as a family, as your generosity can make a real difference to poor families all over the world. For example, £25 could buy two goats to provide milk and manure for a family; £75 could help set up an individual to rear ducks and similarly improve their quality of life.

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So what is it? It’s an opportunity to celebrate the good things in your life with a thoughtprovoking Count Your Blessings calendar from 10 February to 27 March (Ash Wednesday to Easter Day). Each week has a special focus: climate change; emergencies; education; financial security; gender; hunger; safer homes. Each day has a related bite-sized reflection and a fun challenge that prompts us to count the everyday blessings we can so easily take for granted and yet so many in the world currently lack. We’re invited to make a small donation to celebrate our blessings (though the daily amounts suggested are just that: suggestions)

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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 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 Brighton Cougars Sean at info@ Friday Club: Sue 01273700150

Mondays 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.

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