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Children’s Story Puzzles Seasonal Recipe Local History and more inside

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December. Ding dongg! December and it’s FUN TIME. We could all do with some I’ll wager. This magazine comes with every good wish for our readers. Thank you for all your support…and patience with our mistakes eg the wordsearch last month! Thanks to all the advertisers too who have made the magazine possible for another year. Wishing you an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas, see you on the other side!

Features

Happy Memories of the Great Depression Delightful Children’s Story Regency Christmas Save Royal Alex Police Reports Seasonal Recipe Fun Page Preston Particulars

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“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.� Princess Elizabeth Bibesco

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K Evans - Happy Memories of the Great Depression in Western Canada

Magic Lantern For Christmas

In 1930, my Dad took a much planned-for visit to Europe. First of all, he travelled to London to see his parents, brother and sister. After a good visit to old haunts and to other relations and sightseeing, he went to France and visited all over Europe. I can remember his black leather suitcase when he returned, it was covered in stickers from shipping lines, rail lines, beauty spots, hotels from all over, not so much a “who’s who” than a “where’s that?” Of course, all this travelling generated a great many postcards. Dad must have posted cards every day, each one of us would get cards with news of the interesting things he was seeing. The postcards mounted and mounted until there was a big cardboard box of them. So that all these cards would not be wasted, my mum bought a Magic Lantern as a shared family Christmas Present. The lantern was quite sturdy, painted bright red, with a place for a light bulb inside. At the back was a cover that was just right to hold a post card. A sheet would be put up on the wall to shown the images.. We used to line up the chairs “like the movies” We started out with the ship Dad had sailed on and after that ‘the world was our oyster’! I expect present day children would think it very boring, but we really enjoyed looking at all the places “abroad”. We soon got very familiar with sights of Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Tower Bridge was a great favourite (what would happen if the bus started to go across?) There were pictures of Buckingham Palace and of Queen Mary and King George V. The Tower of London fascinated us with its Beefeaters & beheadings. There were lots of “oohs” and “ahhhs” over the crown jewels . We knew too that the statue of Peter Pan was put in Kensington Gardens during the night, so the children would think the fairies had brought it. Not only did we enjoy these “shows” but also our friends and it often featured as entertainment at our Sunday school Christmas parties. I’m sure we could have passed a quiz on London Landmarks. Another place we “knew” well was the statue of King Alfred in the market Square in Wantage (in Berkshire those days). Our uncle Walt was a high class provision merchant on the square, “The King Alfred Stores” As far as we were concerned Uncle Walt’;s shop was definitely the place where King Alfred burnt the cakes. After we had worked our way through the  |

English postcards, we turned our attention to France, Germany Switzerland and Italy. Soon the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles were on our visiting list. Venice was always a great success, you can’t beat streets of water! The gondolas, The Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square became symbols of a magical experience. When years later, I went to Venice I was afraid it would nor measure up to my romantic fantasies. It was the same in Rome, so many sights to recapture the magic of the long ago magic lantern images of what it was like to be “abroad”! All of us inherited my Dad’s love of travel, the longing to see for oneself the interesting places we have only been able to visit vicariously. A precious memory I have was some years ago seeing Monet’s painting the “Field Of Poppies”. It was truly a moment of magic. In the magic lantern days, we used to end with a card saying GOODNIGHT, but it had to be printed backwards. How about this one

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It’s Christmas! Christmas Menu 3 courses - £25 or

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For two -ÂŁ35 Tapas, Chunky Chips &   Organic Wine Carafe 

Elwood Wines is a Brighton-based independent wine merchant, we bring superb wines to your doorstep.

Good wine makes a great present. Mixed cases available. (We can select on your behalf)

We specialize in delicious wines from the smaller estates that are not always represented on the High Street and also offer real value for money. Go to our website or call to find out more about our wines whether for drinking or gifts.

 

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“If it weren’t for electricity, we’d all be watching television by candlelight� George Gobel

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The Stuff of Dreams Skating at the Pavilion All December until January 16th

I have always thought I was lucky to live here, but this Christmas we may be the luckiest people on earth. I have been Christmas skating in Central Park, NY and at Somerset House in London. Fantastic experiences both I don’t deny, but the Pavilion surpasses them both by a country mile.

Tickets to skate cost from £9.50-£11 for adults and from £6.50-£7.50 for children under 12 and the one-hour skate times run from 10am to 10pm daily. Buy online at www.ticketmaster. co.uk or by calling 0844 847 2352. The rink has its own pre-school crèche, beginners area and ‘penguin’ skate aids especially for youngsters.

Of course it is an exquisite setting. What a backdrop! On one side is the oriental magic of the palace. You are right up ..sooo close, the intricate minarets against the sky. A quintessential Christmas tree twinkles at the side. It is staggeringly beautiful. On the other side of the ice is the restaurant and bar. Plate glass windows face the rink and the Palace. Cosy and comfortable, chandeliers... Crisply clean... Courteous service…

You don’t have to skate to enjoy it....”Known for its commitment to locally sourced ingredients, Due South’s fully licensed rinkside restaurant (open 8am – midnight) is serving warming, seasonal dishes including Castle Farm steak & real ale pie, Honey roasted ham hock with buttered mash and a rich organic cider sauce, South Downs venison curry with rice and poppadom, seasonal fruit crumbles, cakes baked daily and luxurious ice creams. It also offers scrumptious party menus and Christmas dinners – pre-book by calling 01273 821 218. “

GO DOWN!!! Revel in Shella Parkin’s incredible achievement. The food is NOT expensive and it is good. Meals and drinks throughout the day and evening, from breakfast to supper. If you’d like to pepper it with some fun on the ice then book, just to make sure the whole dream comes true. It is all situated at the front of the Pavilion, but you are completely unaware of the road. The entrance is the ornamental gateway in Church Street, the one you would use for the museum, or North Street and walk across the gardens... then round the Church St side of the Pavilion, to the front lawns.  |

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Princess Alexandra House Residential Care Home 34 Preston Park Avenue

Experienced, friendly and caring staff. Happy residents Short and long term care Opposite Brighton's best park Recent "Excellent" star quality rating by CQC For an informal chat or brochure please call 01273 565691 “Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length” Robert Frost

Christmas Celebrations

at St John’s Church, Knoyle Road, Preston Park, Brighton

Sunday 19th December 9.45am – Christmas Gift Service Gifts of toys brought to the service will go to disadvantaged children locally 6.00pm – Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – Well-loved traditional candlelight service

Christmas Eve 4.00pm – Crib service and lighting of the Christmas candles for the young and young at heart! 11.30pm – Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 8.00am – Holy Communion – Quiet, traditional language service 9.45am – Sung Eucharist with Carols

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If you don’t already go to church elsewhere, may we warmly invite you to celebrate Christmas with us at St. John’s, your Church of England parish church. We’re a friendly, inclusive church and we look forward to welcoming you. www.brightonstjohn.org.uk

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Glastonbury

Holy Thorn Flowers from the Holy Thorn tree at St John’s in Glastonbury are sent to the Queen for display on her dinner table each Christmas - a tradition started during the reign of James I. The Hawthorn in Glastonbury blooms twice a year, at Christmas and Easter time. For centuries this winter blooming was regarded as miraculous and the petals were sent all over the world. It is recorded that Jesus’ uncle, Joseph of Arithamea, visited Glastonbury and pushed his staff into the fertile soil whereupon it sprouted branches and leaves. The tree was cut down by Cromwell’s puritan troops but cuttings had already been taken and so descendants survive. Any plants grown from direct cuttings or seeds revert to the normal habit, flowering only in spring. The story of Joseph’s visit is now doubted, but hawthorns in Palestine do blossom in December… “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

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Father Christmas is coming to the Royal Pavilion! Sunday 19 to Thursday 23 December 10am-4pm

Exciting news! Father Christmas is going to come to the Royal Pavilion. Children will be able to meet him and his friendly elf in the magnificent Red Drawing Room; he says every child who visits will receive a Christmas gift. After meeting Santa children will be invited to join a special tour of the palace. They will join a host of Regency characters busy preparing for Christmas. Don’t worry…if the Prince Regent appears you will be taught how to bow and curtsey so you can greet the Prince correctly. Admission fee payable. Advance booking only -To book call 03000 290902, or visit the Royal Pavilion shop.

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Be welcomed by regency hosts to a sumptuous evening of seasonal festivities. After a drink in the Great Kitchen (all parties seem to start the the kitchen), you will leisurely tour the ground floor ending in the Music Room. After a 20 minutes seated performance of Christmas Carols there, guests will move to the Banqueting Room for a superb Chinese Banquet. Harpist Andrew Ballantyne will play throughout dinner. To book this gloriously extravagant evening, phone: 03000 290902. £90 per person/£800 per table of 10


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A country night walk on New Year’s Eve to support The Martlets Brighton only adult hospice The Martlets Hospice is organising a an alternative way to welcome in the New Year – a magical night time walk in the countryside, returning in time to welcome 2011. The New Year’s Eve Walk will last two and half hours, along country lanes, tracks and bridleways. Starting at 8.30pm Plumpton College & returning around 11pm, to relax, enjoy some delicious nibbles and welcome in 2011 with a glass of bubbly. Registration is £20, which includes a head torch as well as refreshments and bubbly. Walkers will also need proper walking

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boots and the appropriate clothing to keep warm and dry. It’s a friendly affair, a group walk, led by experienced walkers. There are no age restrictions, however all walkers will need to be fit enough to complete the walk. For more information and a registration form contact Martlets Fundraising Office on 01273 747455 or email antonia.shepherd@themartletshospice.co.uk.

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Short Tall Stories by Laura Darling

Imaginative stories for curious minds ......for reading and listening together.

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The man who drew pictures for a living was flustered. He had just one day left to create the front cover of a new book, and he couldn’t get it right. On the floor by his desk was a mountain of scrunched up paper; the bin overflowed and he rubbed his eyes with weariness. I know, he thought, I’ll draw a nice, big rabbit. But he drew the rabbit so quickly that it kicked its back legs in the air and ran off the page to dig a burrow. Hmm, thought the cartoonist, I’ll have to draw slower. So he drew another rabbit, less hastily, but still it scampered off the page and hid in the first rabbit’s burrow. Right! This one’s not getting away from me! He drew a whiskery fat rabbit with a carrot, but that rabbit looked at him knowingly from its pencilled eye and hopped away, carrot in mouth. Grrr, thought the cartoonist. What to do? Time was ticking on, the afternoon was darkening into evening and he got up to light a lamp. Rabbits are all wrong, he decided. I need to draw a much slower animal that will not flee, nor hide, nor dig. He scratched his head with his pencil. A tortoise! Yes, a tortoise would be perfect. Just to make sure, he drew his tortoise slowly and deliberately until finally it was

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A Regency Christmas at the Royal Pavilion By Paula Wrightson, Royal Pavilion & Museums www.brighton-hove-pavilion.org.uk

Celebrations at the Royal Pavilion for the Christmas and New Year period of 1822-23 were so extraordinarily lavish and indulgent they cost quite literally the accumulated worth of a skilled man’s entire working life. Expenditure on fuels for heating, lighting and cooking alone for the four and a half month period of occupancy that winter totalled £3,300. It would take a skilled city worker thirty-three years to earn that sum (over two hundred and fifty years of a poor man’s labour!) In the winter of 1822 George IV was three years into his reign as King. He’d spent the eleven preceding years as Prince Regent, presiding over the age of elegance and cultural achievement we know as the Regency. By 1822 George was sixty years old and not a healthy man. Amongst other illnesses he was suffering from gout, an agonisingly painful swelling of the joints, but ill-health never stopped George from throwing a party. He invited family, friends and national and international guests to Brighton to enjoy a season of vast banquets, glamorous balls and outstanding concerts. The music in the celebrated Music Room was provided by the King’s own band, thought to be some of the finest musicians in Europe. A high point for music at the Royal Pavilion was the visit of the Italian composer Giacomo Rossini during Christmas 1823. The Royal Pavilion was not George’s principal home. Following its completion in 1822 he appears to have lost interest in his oriental seaside palace. From 1822 to his death in 1830 he was in residence only four times. In his later years George lived mostly at Windsor Castle. 18 |

Preparing the palace for the King’s Christmas visit was a huge undertaking, and it bought welcome winter work to the locals as additional staff was recruited including lamplighters, kitchen and linen staff, coal porters and extra watchmen. Food had to be sourced and much would have been bought locally, no doubt to the delight of Brighton and Sussex traders. However, the King’s favourite brown bread was specially imported from Hanover in Germany. Christmas food in Regency times was heavily rich and highly calorific (no wonder George weighed in at 24 stones). For less than four weeks provision the Pavilion Christmas food bill included £300 worth of butter, eggs and cheese, £500 was spent on meat, sausages and bacon, £300 on poultry, £180 on fish and oysters and over £700 on groceries, hams and tongue.

Milk and cream came fresh from a rented cow. The proximity of the animal made it possible to prepare syllabub, a Christmas favourite dating back to Tudor times, made with cream and sugar lightly curdled with wine. Quality wines were only consumed by the wealthy. The middle-classes drank port, sherry, Madeira, gin and ale. Punches made from brandy or rum combined with fruit juice, green tea or milk were enormously popular; the brimming punchbowl being perhaps one of the most enduring images of a Regency Christmas party. George was especially fond of icecream, a luxury fashionable at the time but very much the province of the moneyed classes. Ice-cream recipes start to appear in cookery books in the eighteenth century. To make ice-cream you needed soft fruit, sugar, cream and ice.

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However, in the days before refrigerators how was George’s treat made and kept? As in all grand houses of the time the Royal Pavilion had an Ice House. It was constructed in 1822 in the Pavilion Gardens. Ice Houses were underground brick-lined well-like structures filled with ice locally collected from ponds in the winter months. There was also a dedicated ice room, south of the Great Kitchen. The room was furnished with lead-lined ice storage bins and was adjacent to the confectionary, where ice moulds and utensils were stored for use by chefs. Impure pond ice was used for keeping wine bottles cool. Purer ice graced the table. You stood your wine glass upside-down in gold wine-coolers which were filed with crushed ice (these can be seen on the table setting today). Putting ice into drinks was a novelty. George is recorded as drinking at a dinner “at least three

bottles of wine, besides punch made with maraschino with lumps of ice in it, a sort of spicy liqueur which he takes in great quantity”. Clean freshwater ice imported by ship from Norway first appeared in London in May 1822 and caused a sensation. Ice in summer

was a sight to be marvelled at and crowds flocked to see it unloaded. This Christmas season ice has returned to the Royal Pavilion Gardens in the form of an iceskating rink. George and his funloving guests would very much approve.

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Travellers� From Afar

The coming of the Three Wise Men, Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar is celebrated on the 12th day of Christmas. It is likely the Magi were Zoroastrian priests. As part of their religion, these priests paid particular attention to the stars and had an international reputation for astrology, then highly regarded as a science. Their religious practices and use of astrology is the root of the English term magic. The Magi are described as “falling down”, “kneeling” or “bowing” in the worship of Jesus. Previously the Jewish and Roman traditions had viewed kneeling and prostration as undignified but for Persians they were indicative of great respect and typically used when venerating a king. Inspired by Luke’s narrative of the birth, kneeling and prostration were adopted in the early Church and of course kneeling remains an important part of Christian worship. 20 |

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Taylor Wimpey submitted two fresh planning applications to develop the old Royal Alex site. As we go to press details of the plan have yet to be revealed on the council’s website. One plan continues to be the complete demolition of everything on the site and the construction of 137 flat on the site. This plan is not in principle a lot different from the one that was thrown out at the public inquiry in May 2009. If you want to save the Royal Alex it is important to register your objection to this plan. Taylor Wimpey’s other plan keeps the main hospital building and provides about 14 per cent affordable housing. But it does not have a GP surgery. This scheme has 121 flats--an increase of three on the scheme shown in August. This conversion scheme does much to restore the elegant façade of the main building. The architects plan to remove the 1940s addition to the top floor of the curved balconies and restore the dormers that are currently hidden behind the top floor. They then plan to take out the glazing to create open-air balconies for the flats in the main building. This part of the plan has won a lot of praise locally for its sensitivity. Taylor Wimpey has responded to our concerns by putting in 15 affordable units, all in the new buildings. The main hospital building will provide 20 flats, all of which can be sold at a premium. People will pay more for conversions in an impressive building like the main hospital building than they will for new build flats. You can find more details of both plans on the MCHA website: www.montpelierandcliftonhill. org/News/ Mick Hamer

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When patrolling the City centre on foot, I appreciate how the atmosphere is often enriched by the presence of buskers. I am of course referring to the talented musicians who play their guitars, saxophones and other marvellous instruments, rather than the annoying bongo drummers who often pop up on street corners (usually late at night and below blocks of flats!) People from all walks of life demonstrating their musical skill, in all kinds of weather, is a fair way to earn a bit of cash in my view. There’s always the odd one who would normally be begging but has somehow managed to secure a guitar or harmonica in an attempt to elevate their social class –“I’m not begging gov, I’m a professional musician” - but the contributions they receive are probably more to do with keeping them quiet than rewarding any musical talent. There can sometimes be a thin line between begging and busking (I think the harmonica is only put to the lips when they see a copper coming!) but I guess credit is deserved for their initiative! Life has got a lot easier for our troubadours over the years. In 1530, Henry VIII ordered the licensing of minstrels, fortune-tellers, pardoners and “beggars who could not work” (I assume those who couldn’t find instruments!) Those who didn’t obey could be whipped on two consecutive days! Nowadays, in London, the only Borough which doesn’t insist on a permit for busking is the trendy Camden. Permits aren’t required in (the also trendy!) Brighton & Hove, although the Council can take action where there are noise issues involved (for example, they have been known to seize Bongo drums and prosecute those who beat them incessantly!) I’ve decided that next time I go on my travels, I’ll take a pocket full of change and ask each busker I meet if they do requests! I have a top 5 of suitable songs………. At number five, (it would be remiss of me not to include them) – The Police and “Murder By Numbers”. 26 |

Number four is Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” Number three, The Arctic Monkeys and “Riot Van” Number two, any song by The Beat (although extra cash given for “I Confess”) And there can only be one Number One……The Clash’s “I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)”! Well, if it stops them playing The Kaiser Chief’s “I Predict a Riot” every time I walk past, it will be money well spent…..!! Insp. Leet’s article is written specifically for our readers, no part may be reproduced elsewhere without express and prior permission.

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Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

Chocolate & Brandy Log Valerie Hedgethorne taught cookery and cake decorating for many years in Brighton before becoming a Home Economist. She now writes recipes monthly in Cake Craft and Decoration magazine and is also a member of the Sussex Branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild. Valerie gives private tuition in Sugarcraft, and can work together with you to create that very special cake.01273 505223

This cake is popular at Christmas and it’s well worth making one because it tastes and looks so much better than a bought one. Usually it is made with a whisked sponge mixture but I’ve made it easier with a one-stage mix and a standard butter icing. You can have fun in decorating it in the way you choose. You will need a swiss roll tin measuring 30 x 23cm (12 x 9 in) and non-stick baking paper.

Ingredients: Cake base 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons boiling water 50g (2oz) butter or margarine 110g (4oz) caster sugar 3 large eggs 110g (4oz) self-raising flour 1 level teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon hot water Butter icing 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons boiling water 110g (4oz) butter 225g (8oz) icing sugar 1 tablespoons brandy (optional)

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Method: Cake: mix together the cocoa and boiling water. Heat the oven to Gas 5 / 190C. Line the tin with non-stick baking paper. In a large mixing bowl soften the butter with the blended cocoa.. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and add the eggs. Whisk all together for one minute, add the hot water and whisk briefly again. Spread the mixture in the tin and bake for approximately 10 – 15 minutes or until firm to a fingertip touch. Cool 2 – 3 minutes in the tin then turn out onto a piece of non-stick paper. Remove the lining paper carefully and cover with a damp teatowel and leave for a further 2 minutes. Trim the crusts from the edges with a long sharp knife, cut halfway through one inch from a short end, fold this over and roll up with a fresh piece of paper inside, finishing with the end underneath. Leave to go cold. Butter icing: Mix together the cocoa and boiling water. Cream together the butter and icing sugar then the cool cocoa with the brandy if used. Unroll the cake (don’t worry if it cracks, the butter icing will hold it together) spread with half the butter icing and re-roll. Coat the cake with the remaining butter icing, using a palette knife dipped in very hot water, smooth it and then mark wavy lines to resemble bark. Smooth the ends Optional decorations With either melted white chocolate or white icing pipe rings on the ends, smooth part of the top and pipe an inscription. Add either marzipan holly leaves and berries or an artificial decoration. of your choice. Note: instead of spreading the butter icing, it can be piped using a piping bag and star tube..

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Sussex Symphony Orchestra Christmas Gala Extravaganza St. Bartholomew’s Church, Ann Street, Brighton 7.30 - 11th December Mark Andrew James and the Sussex Symphony Orchestra invite you to join them and soloists, Joanne Appleby (soprano) and Stephen Rooke (tenor), for a night of Christmas cheer featuring Christmas carols, music and readings. Tickets: £13; concs £10; children (-16) & NUS £5. Phone 01273 415384, on the door, or from the Dome Box Office 01273 709709 Family Ticket are £30 for 2 adults & 2 children under 16 (Door or 01273 415384 only)

Calling all residents!! London Road Area LAT Open Evening 7th December  

End of one year, start of another.. The LAT (Local Action Team) for the London Road Preston Circus area is going from strength to strength. Every one is invited to come along on the 7th of December to find out what has happened so far and what’s to come. The more residents we have though the better it will reflect local feelings. Come along to meet your neighbours, and local traders. The people who serve our area will be there, chat to Councillors, Council Officers, Police, Drug and Alcohol agencies and much more. Merry Interesting! Food and refreshments will be served.

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Scent of Christmas Traditional pomanders are clove-studded fruits that have been rolled into a spice mixture and dried thoroughly. They make lovely gifts. Oranges are most commonly used but lemons, limes even apples and hard pears can also yield good results. They are simple and fun to make, although patience is needed while they dry. Begin making the pomanders about one month before you intend to use them.You’ll Need:

• Unblemished oranges, thin skin is good. • Jar of whole cloves (strong stems big heads) • Toothpick or needle • Brown paper bag • 1oz each - ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, coriander (optional extra scents) • Few drops sandalwood oil (to act as a preservative) • Ribbons/Lace for hanging and decoration Mix the dried spices and the sandalwood in a brown paper bag and set aside Stud the orange with the whole cloves. A toothpick or needle can be used to help poke holes in the orange. Leave a cloves’ width between them as the fruit will shrink as it dries. If you intend to have ribbon for hanging, plan where the ribbon is going & leave free. Again, remember shrinkage, generally 2/3 of size.(Use masking tape?) Once the orange is clove studded, place in the brown paper bag with the spices. Roll the fruit around to gather the spices. Leave the orange in the bag and place in a cool, dry area for approximately 4-6 weeks to allow the moisture in the orange to evaporate. Roll the orange in the bag daily/regularly. The pomander is dried and ready to be used when the orange is lighter in weight and sounds hollow when tapped. It will also have shrunk slightly Shake off any excess spices Add ribbon for decoration or hanging or place several of them in a bowl together

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Yoga – Age Concern. 11am-12.30pm Brighton Chess Club 6.30-11pm The Railway Club, 4 Belmont Service - St Matthias 10am Holy Communion –short service. 11am Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Mothers Carers, Toddlers & Babies Groups 1.45- 3.15 pm.Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Parent & Toddler Group Calvary Hall 1012pm (Term Time) Luncheon Club & Craft Afternoon. Stanford Avenue Methodist Church 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 Little Lambs toddler & baby , 1.30-3pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, “Next Step” Under 5s Group. All welcome, though focusing on rising 3s and 4s. Takes place on Thursdays during term time. 12.45 - 2.45 pm

Tai Chi 50+, Friday 11am-12pm Age Concern Prestonville Rd Art Club, 7.30pm, Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Music Group Practise. 7.30pm Stanford Avenue Methodist Church Art of Living Group - 7pm 07723 089 676 Tea Dance 2pm - 4-30 pm, at City Gat

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