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Dragonflies & Damselflies Dragonflies are ancient, they reigned 300 million years ago - during the late Paleozoic period. They pre-date dinosaurs and birds. The richer oxygen mix in the atmosphere then enabled them to reach wingspans of two and half feet. Although magnificent still, they are mercifully smaller now – today’s largest live in Central America and have a wingspan of 7 1/2 inches. Dragonflies have been objects of superstition in many cultures, fragments of the myths are present in old local names for dragonflies: Devil’s Darning Needle - common throughout Europe. It was rumoured that sleeping near water on a summer day risked a dragonfly sewing your eyelids shut. In China and Japan the dragonfly has been treated as holy and believed to have medical qualities. Even today a species of dragonfly, Sympetrum frequens, is used as fever reducing drug. Dragonflies and damselflies have a complicated life cycle – perhaps as much as 95% is spent as an aquatic creature. Eggs are usually laid in water; upon hatching they live as a rather dowdy nymph for 6-24 months, sometimes as long as four years. Also known as a naiad, the larvae are in danger from frogs, newts, birds and fish. As they grow they molt, shedding their old skin between 8 to 17 times depending on the species. When the naiad is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a nearby plant. Exposure to air causes the naiad to begin breathing. The skin splits at a weak spot behind the head and the full-size adult dragonfly crawls out of its larval skin, pumps up its wings, and flies off. In flight the adult dragonfly is an aerodynamic masterpiece, it can hover and propel itself in six directions; upward, downward, forward, back, and side to side. In general, large dragonflies have a maximum speed of 10–15 metres per second (22–34 mph) with average cruising speed of about 4.5 metres per second (10 mph). They hunt and usually eat on the wing, feeding on flies and midges. They are effective against mosquitoes too.

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The adult airborne stage of larger species of dragonfly can last as long as five or six months, although it is a precarious life hunted by birds frogs etc. Before becoming sexually mature, young adults may spend a week or more away from the water so it is possible to see dragonflies in your garden even if you don’t have a pond nearby. During this period, the larger dragonfly species can travel quite long distances, feeding on flying insects. Apparently in the south of England we can get dragonflies from as far afield as southern Europe, even North Africa. As adults, dragonflies and damselflies are voracious, consuming 20% of their bodyweight in food each day. Their large compound eyes, made up of as many as 30,000 facets or lenses, provide impressive sight to detect prey. In flight, they hold their bristly legs in a basket shape to scoop up and then firmly grasp their targets before eating their catch, often in mid-air.

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Once the young adults have matured and gained their full colours – which may take a couple of weeks – the male and female are ready to breed. Males use claspers at the end of their bodies to grab a female, and the couples fly in tandem while they mate.

Is it a dragonfly or a damselfly? Damselflies are the frailer of the two. Their eyes are on either side of their head, like a hammerhead and they tend to rest with their wings folded. Dragonflies are more robust, tend to fly faster, have huge eyes that virtually cover their head, and rest wings akimbo. Gardeners can help conserve dragonflies and damselflies, especially the more common species who are less site dependent, by providing a suitable pond (or two!). The water should be clean and kept free of herbicides with shallow margins and some deeper water. It needs to be in a sunny, sheltered position. Areas of short and long grass near the pond will be used as mating & feeding grounds, nearby shrubs & trees as roosts and shelter. Perhaps put some flat rocks nearby - some species are attracted to light-colored rocks, as they like to warm up by basking in the sun on them. No fish though as they eat the larvae! Plant up with a mixture of submerged plants (such as pondweeds and crowfoots) and floating-leaved plants (such as water-lilies and frogbit). Around the pond margins, brooklime and water forget-me-not, and taller plants such as flowering rush and water mint. Sounds beautiful doesn’t it? 

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The Battle of Lewes 750 History Notes by M. Bance Whilst we may be in the midst of Brighton festival madness our neighbours in Lewes also have some pretty extensive plans in place for May. Not the Festival, the Fringe or even the Great Escape, but the Battle of Lewes 750, designed to commemorate events that took place in May 1264 which, some believe, shaped the future of democracy in this country. Commemorating armed struggle, even if it is aimed at getting better, fairer government, is pretty serious stuff at any time, but, reassuringly, the Lewesonians are adopting a fun approach to their festival - not at all the experience of their forebears for whom the battle was a bloody, horrible affair. And, of course, today’s residents understand that. There cannot be one who does not know the story of the Battle of Lewes.

A definite must see is the specially designed tapestry stitched by local embroiderers. Based on drawings by Lewes artist Tom Walker, the tapestry tells the story of the battle using 13th century embroidery techniques.

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By the afternoon of 14th May 1264, the town was ablaze and the King’s knights valiantly fought from the walls of Lewes Castle to hold off the rebels. Reproduction courtesy of Sussex Past. 12

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of Henry III was not a happy one. His strict autocratic style, reliance on foreign advisors, displays of favouritism towards unpopular French nobles, and profligate spending made him deeply unpopular. In 1258, tired of years of bad government, the barons, under Simon de Montfort, the Sixth Earl of Leicester, took action and imposed a scheme of constitutional reform, known as the Provisions of Oxford, on the King. This established the principles of government by council rather than by royal whim. But Henry wasn’t the sort to just roll-over and accept restrictions on his authority. He asked King Louis IX of France to act as an arbitrator

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gathering support. By May 1264 the King’s forces had reached Lewes and here de Montfort attempted to negotiate a peace. His proposals were rejected and, in this situation, the only thing to do next was fight.

Tapestry panel 3. The Barons War, as the conflict became known, was not over after Lewes. Prince Edward escaped from his captivity and routed and killed de Montfort at The Battle of Evesham in 1265.

and in January 1264, Louis announced the annulment of the Provisions and dismissal of the reforms. This in turn set in motion nothing less than a civil war. Some accounts say that de Montfort believed, with an almost crusading zeal, that he should uphold the oath sworn in 1258, by ‘all faithful and loyal men’, to support the reforms and treat all who opposed them as mortal enemies. He wanted to shield and defend the English against the terrible threat he felt was being imposed on them by foreigners; going as far as to sign a statute which aimed to confine high office to native born men 14

and expel all foreigners from the country. Which is a little odd; bearing in mind he was French and could speak hardly any English! Perhaps he was just a very canny politician who recognised the xenophobia growing throughout the country and thought to channel it as a way to power. Indeed, historians have described de Montfort as extremely political, power hungry and a dynamic leader. Qualities well suited to unifying disaffected knights, barons, freemen and peasants to stand against the ‘tyranny of aliens’. Hostilities started with both sides galloping around the countryside, taking castles loyal to their enemy and

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On the eve of the 14th May, King Henry was settled in Lewes Priory enjoying the Feast of St Pancras while his son, Prince Edward, was being entertained at Lewes Castle by John de Warenne. Their armies were billeted in the town or camped in tents outside the town walls. Unseen, de Montfort’s men marched quietly uphill from Warningore Wood and around Black Cap to Mount Harry (just over a mile to the north-west of Lewes) from where they had an excellent view of the town. At dawn, the King’s army struggled up Winterbourne Hollow to meet de Montfort’s troops, roughly around the area of Lewes Prison, the old race course and Landport Bottom. De Montfort was heavily outnumbered and Edward easily overpowered his inexperienced left flank. These men, mainly apprentices and journeymen, known as ‘the Londoners’, fled for their lives and were chased all the way to Offham chalk pits. Many drowned trying to escape across the River Ouse. When Edward returned to the field he discovered that his cavalry’s killing spree had left the King exposed and the battle was all but lost, with Henry ‘much beaten with swords and maces’. Fighting spilled over into what is now

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Picture by Hardy, displayed in Lewes Town Hall. Rebellious barons under Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester vs. royal troops under Henry III. Reproduction courtesy of Lewes Town Council.

Lewes High Street and School Hill. Soldiers in the castle fired flaming arrows into the thatched roofs of the houses below in order to stop de Montfort’s troops taking up positions there. One chronicler wrote of the horror of ‘the town on fire, and its streets filled with objects of indiscriminate slaughter.’ This was an epic battle. It ended with Henry, his troops having fled or died, being forced to surrender. De Montfort had overthrown the King and was victorious. The following peace treaty, the Mise of Lewes, enabled de Montfort to call Britain’s first ever recorded parliament to include elected commoners and make a move towards a more democratic England. 16

Perhaps not the whole truth, but if you want to escape Brighton at some point during May you can go to Lewes and find out for yourself. For full details of all the events go to battle-of-lewes-main. I’ll be going over on the 17th for

the costumed march through the town which will feature re-enactors ‘skirmishing’ at Landport Bottom, Lewes Castle and the Priory – I love a skirmish! Followed perhaps by the mystery play in, amongst other locations, Harvey’s yard.

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Anston House Readers may recall the application last year for two very tall blocks of up to 15 storeys providing 231 flats for the Anston House site, opposite the Rose Garden in Preston Park. This application was refused, much to the relief of lovers of Preston Park, the residents of Dyke Road Drive and the surrounding area. Anston House will now be converted to 44 flats of various sizes, for which it was originally designed. A government ruling means that permission for change of use from offices to flats does not now require planning permission, though changes to the exterior of the building do: e.g. balconies, window sizes and cladding. So the present planning application is merely for the appearance of the exterior.  The Brighton Society and the Preston and Patcham Society both welcome the conversion of Anston House to flats. The existing Anston House is not as tall (only nine storeys) as the previous scheme for the Anston House site which was up to 17 storeys and is set well back from the road rather than up to the pavement edge. Almost every flat has a balcony.  Unfortunately the Anston House application shows that the building will be hung with large matt black tiles. The architects claim that this reflects the character of the town centre Brighton buildings, e.g Royal Crescent, which are hung with black mathematical tiles, but which also include much white decoration around their windows. 

wood cladding, which weathered badly in the Brighton climate, became fashionable on buildings in recent years, black buildings are now becoming fashionable too. Tall black buildings are proposed for the Circus Street site and were claimed to reflect the net huts on Brighton beach. There are no such net huts on Brighton beach, they are on the beach at Hastings. We were then told that there were large black mathematical tiles on the Black Lion pub in the Old Town, in fact they are grey hung slate tiles. Unfortunately these developers do not know their Brighton, it is time they did their homework. Buildings in the area of Anston House are either brick or stucco.

Anston House is not in the town centre, it is in a suburban area where there are no buildings hung with black mathematical tiles. There is also a world of difference between black mathematical tiles, which are brick size, glossy and reflect light, and the large matt black tiles proposed for Anston House which, because they are matt, absorb light rather than reflect it.

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pring Budgets have had little to promise or offer UK savers and investors in recent years, apart from setting out the depth of the economic challenge ahead for the coalition government. Only last year, the mood was subdued, with talk of a potential triple dip into recession and a long and bumpy road to recovery. As Britain looks towards a general election in May 2015, the Budget contained far-reaching changes for its savers and investors. Chancellor George Osborne, in his address on 19 March, said the Budget rewarded “the makers, the doers and the savers” in Britain. And the new pension and tax-efficient saving arrangements certainly offer radical reform of the UK’s personal finance landscape and welcome breaks for savers and investors after four years of austerity. A significant change in pension arrangements has lifted restrictions on access to pension pots and made it more attractive for individuals to invest for their retirement through pensions. And the reform of Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) brings a very welcome increase in the annual allowance to £15,000 from July this year. Osborne, in these more secure conditions, packed his Budget with a broad range of pre-election giveaways, including a reduction in the savings tax rate and an increase in the personal tax-free allowance to £10,500 for 2015/16. The Budget also restated that the Inheritance Tax threshold will remain at £325,000 until April 2018. The Budget’s relaxation of ISA rules to allow any combination of stocks and shares and cash rightly gives investors more flexibility to manage their valuable allowance to suit their attitude to risk and their needs.

However, the Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, remains adamant that the base rate will remain at a record 0.5% low while the economy recovers; and is widely expected to be held at this level until mid-2015 (www., 20/2/14). It seems unlikely that the government would welcome a rise in interest rates just before it goes to the polls. Osborne’s decision to champion investor choice has also underpinned the more flexible new pension regime. Perhaps most radically, he has made proposals to free up access to pension pots and change the rules for annuities from April 2015, as well as introducing a new pensioner bond. The proposal to allow anyone over the age of 55 to take their entire pension pot as a lump sum (albeit with 25% tax-free and the remaining amount liable to Income Tax) is a radical innovation that allows individuals to invest, save, spend or give as they see fit. The new pension regime admirably hands more control to individuals over their longterm financial plans. But, as with all financial planning, each person’s needs and appetite for risk or security are distinct. Retirement planning requires expert, not off-the-shelf, solutions. Osborne’s brave new world for savers and investors creates further nuances and complexities that make wealth management advice as important as ever. To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact Mark Holmes of St. James’s Place Wealth Management on 07966 398581, by email or visit www.

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The Mackerel Fayre Sunday 25th May From around 1pm Fr. Robert Fayers will conduct the ancient Brighton ceremony of the Blessing of Nets on the seashore, near the Fishermen’s Museum, as part of the Mackerel Fayre. The tradition of blessing the nets at the Mackerel Fayre has ancient roots. In Tudor and Stuart times the fishing industry was crucial to Brighton & this was the most important fishing town in Sussex. Four out of five men were fishermen. Brighton’s fleet fished as far away as Yarmouth and Scarborough. The importance of The Mackerel is commemorated at the fisherman’s church, St Paul’s in West Street, where the beautiful new glass doors are etched with a catch.

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CHEESE & CELERY LOAF 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.

Ingredients: 110g Red Leicester cheese 2 sticks celery (approx 75g / 3oz) 2 spring onions 225g (8oz) self raising flour ¾ teaspoon salt 1 level teaspoon dry mustard 1 level teaspoon baking powder 75g (3oz) butter or hard margarine 2 medium eggs 100ml (4 fl oz) milk

This loaf is ideal for picnics or a packed lunch. It’s delicious eaten plain or buttered. I suggest Red Leicester in the mixture because of its colour but a mature Cheddar can be used instead. It keeps well for 2 – 3 days. You will need a 1lb loaf tin measuring approximately 10 x 23 cm (4 x 9in) across the top.

Method: Grease the loaf tin, line it with greaseproof paper and grease that. Coarsely grate the cheese, trim and chop the celery, slice the spring onions. Into a mixing bowl sieve the flour, salt, mustard and baking powder. Rub in the butter, stir in the cheese, celery and onions, and then mix with the beaten eggs and milk.

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Put into the tin and smooth the top and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until golden brown and firm in the centre. Allow it to cool slightly in the tin then turn it out onto a cooling rack. Serve plain or buttered. Store in an airtight container. It freezes well and is perfect when defrosted.

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Spring Cleaning Canadian Style in the 1930s

You may think you know all there is to know about spring cleaning. Well, I would challenge that. Spring Cleaning in my youth was really horrendous, even for the children - no puddings or cakes for the duration! - to say nothing of the mothers. Picture the scene: you are warned that your bedroom will be the starting point. When you come home from school at lunchtime everything is outside, looking naked and unloved. The bed has been dismantled and every part has been thoroughly washed. There were the springs – shivering disconsolately… there too were your dresser drawers looking positively indecent in their emptiness. By the time I came home at the end of the school day the wallpaper was stripped from the walls and the woodwork was being painted. That night


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it meant sleeping on the floor of my sister’s room, while my furniture sheltered on the back porch. It was quite exciting as I was to have my room redecorated, so I had a big decision to make: the choice of the new wallpaper. Of course, I fancied elaborate designs but I had a reality check and was given a choice of about 5 patterns in the approved price range. In those days wallpaper wasn’t sold ready trimmed, so the edges had to be cut off with scissors. You had to be very careful doing this to keep right on the line. I was allowed to help and felt very proud. As you can imagine this took some time with several working, so that my mother and Jean, (who was a dab hand at papering) would be able to start in the morning.

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The great result of all this trimming was that I had absolute possession of all the edges cut off, which were very long and curly. That prospect might not excite you, but my friends and I had a wonderful time. We pinned the ends of the strips in our hair or around our arms and then we would run and run with curls of paper unrolling in the wind! I had plenty of friends on that day. I was so proud to go back into my room with everything fresh and clean, the bed and curtains had been washed ahead. I assured my mother I would keep everything in pristine condition and I really meant it at the time. So it went on room after room until every room was properly “bottomed”. What a lot of work it was, not many people had vacuum cleaners, so it was a case of beating carpets and rugs on

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the line. (In fact, years later, in post-war Wales, I remember two of us dragging a carpet, top downwards, across a small grassy field and back to clean it and refresh the colour). The women needed to be very fit, it really was house WORK, and in addition to keeping the family fed and watered. One thing I do know, everyone was glad when the furore of spring cleaning was over and ordinary life could be resumed – including baking day! In retrospect, I suppose it would be hard not to spring clean when all your neighbours were being so industrious. You really had to keep your end up and show that your standard of housekeeping was as thorough as theirs. They used to say the kitchen floor was “clean enough to eat off”; though I never did find anyone who tried it.

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WREST PARK AND THE DE GREY MAUSOLEUM Late Spring Outing Saturday 17th May2014

After leaving Brighton we will travel to see Wrest Park near Bedford. This enchanting early 18th landscape garden, one of the finest in Great Britain, has recently undergone a vast restoration program. Over 90 acres, it was inspired by the great gardens of Versailles and the Loire valley in France. The house is built in the style of a French chateau, and has a Bath House, a vast Orangery & Pavilion at the end of a Canal. Full conducted tour. NB 6 mobility vehicles to help those with walking difficulties - at no extra charge. A light luncheon can be obtained at the newly constructed cafeteria or you can bring your own picnic.

After lunch, it is on to the De Grey Mausoleum attached to St John’s church, Filton. It contains a unique collection of tombs demonstrating the changes in style of the representation of death from the 17th century Jacobean period to the romantic period of the Victorian age via the classical taste of the 18th century.

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LILAC LARK to be held in Withdean Park London Road on Sunday 11th May between 12.30 and 5.00pm Come and see the Owls Out and About!

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A Race through Time Brighton is famous for being racy; David Rowland sent these notes about the racecourse. Brighton Racecourse is situated on Whitehawk Hill about 400 feet about sea level. The race track is in the shape of a semi-horseshoe and is about a mile and a half long... The finish straight is about 4 furlongs and uphill to the finish line. The Duke of Connaught organised the first public race at the current site in 1783 although racing had been taking place since about 1713 when the early races were contested by members of the military forces who were garrisoned in Brighton. The main public races were held in July and August and were deliberately organised to coincide with the annual Whitehawk Fayre. The Fayre was discontinued in about 1820. According to old tales George IV, when he was the Prince of Wales, invented hurdle races at Brighton while racing with his aristocratic friends. One day they found some sheep pens which they then proceeded to arrange so that they could jump over them while racing. In 1788 a wooden grandstand was erected but it burnt down in August 1796. The blame for this was aimed at a family of paupers who had been allowed to live in it. In 1805 the races were faced with total disruption when the local farmer, who leased the race course, threatened to plough up the course if he didn’t receive a complimentary box of wine as a complimentary gift which he usually got each year... This was refused and so he started to plough up the course when he was chased off by a press gang and so the races continued. Around this time it became home to top class racing with huge wagers being won and lost but it slowly drifted out of fashion when the Prince of Wales and his friends ceased to attend. Things deteriorated gradually and by the late 1920s Brighton Races had regained an unsavoury reputation. The meets, like so many events and so many cities in the country at the time, were infected by London gangs running ‘protection rackets’ and their frequent turf wars and razor fights horrified visitors. Serious trouble continued until June 1936 when the ‘Hoxton Mob’ were finally arrested at Lewes Races. Graham Greene described the unhappy period in his 1938 novel Brighton Rock. 34

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Following the end of WWII the course once again became popular and with stands built on both sides of the track. In the 1960’s crowds of up to 20,000 attended during ‘Sussex Fortnight’ with only slightly fewer attending on the other race days. Times were booming for the course. Ted Dexter, the Sussex cricket captain in the 1960s famously loved horse racing and was a frequent visitor; on one occasion he declared the innings for Sussex while still at the course! In 1965 a large brand new stand was built costing a little over £400,000 but sadly the attendances began to decline as did Brighton’s tourist industry. The facility became badly run down. But in 1998 the Northern Racing Company took a majority stake in the course and spent a total of £4million in refurbishing the course. By 1999 the Company owned 81% of the course while Brighton and Hove Council owned the other 19%. Come 2012 Northern Racing merged with Arena Racing to become the Arena Racing Company. Today, Brighton racecourse is one of the smaller racecourses in Britain. In 2012/13 its average prize money per meeting was only £26,349. At this time only Southwell, Chepstow, Folkestone and Hereford race courses offered less. Now both Folkestone and Hereford (Jump meetings) have been closed. Recent years have seen meetings on 18 days in the season. The most important is the 3-day Brighton Festival in early August, the prime race being the Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy, sponsored by ‘John Smith’ since 2003.           . These days the course hosts a large number of other types of events including exhibitions, conferences, car rallies, antique and toy fairs and business promotions so there may be a racy future ahead too!

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15 Reckon a dunderhead has wed daughter (3) 17 They keep themselves to themselves to assist in oil supply (13) 18 Gnaw at death’s heart (3) 19 Boards helping to make frowsy artworks revolutionary (5) 22 Wither in golden embrace - farewell! (5) 24 Quietly covering evidence (5) 25 Charger cut short German banker taking over (5) 26 Blood group error reported (4-1) 27 Nowadays, iconic cars bring back rubbish pictures for person responsible (13)


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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

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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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