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December & Christmas. So much to do and remember; it often feels like way too much hassle. But, as the lights begin to twinkle and the familiar songs start, a little magic creeps in doesn’t it? Luckily I have a family and we reserve Christmas for each other. Like so many these days, without it it is entirely possible that our scattered geography and busy lives would mean we never see each other. I guess the main thing is to keep it simple. Christmas dinner is mainly about the crackers & napkins after all! Most of all it is a precious chance to share, laugh and listen. Christmas gives us a massive opportunity to help and be generous in what we do as much as what we give …it is really only the small things that matter.


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Why is it that at ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ you sometimes find yourself feeling at your least wonderful?

Christmas is in full swing, smug couples are cosying up by a fire and social media is full to the brim with perfect family snapshots. You can’t even go to the supermarket without feeling inferior as you are confronted by gourmet romantic meals FOR TWO. You’re not even safe in your own home. Nigella is constantly on the box harping on about those special provisions to knock up for ‘when unexpected visitors pop by’… I mean who's going to possibly pop by!? Receiving a barrage of Yuletide joy with no one to spend it with can feel quite isolating. So why be alone? Last year after another failed relationship I found myself living on my own in Brighton and although I have a great network of friends, I wanted to get out there, so I did. I had heard positive things about online dating ‘apps’ and although I was nervous about taking the plunge I couldn’t help thinking: ‘I’m a relatively normal person - there must be relatively normal people out there with the same interests as me, right?’ I downloaded a dating app called ‘Tinder’ and took online dating on by the horns. I had some good, some bad and some indifferent dates and all in all came away unscathed and much happier. I strongly encourage anyone who's is single to do the same! I couldn't think of a better time to give online dating a whirl than December in Brighton. With so much to do, you could arrange to meet in a busy pub and share a mulled wine, explore the atmospheric Laines or beautifully lit Pavilion or even pick one of the hundreds of 6



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and other websites make life much easier these days for you to do your homework and make sure people are who they say they are.

Whatever you choose to do, remind yourself that other people are in the same boat and likely to be equally terrified at the prospect of a first date.

I always advise a daytime date on the first rendezvous, making sure you let someone know where you are and who you’re with, perhaps arranging a debrief coffee date with a friend afterwards for peace of mind. Obviously never give out your home address. More importantly, don’t rule dating out. Get out there this Christmas. Get online, enjoy yourself, be honest, smile and watch out for mistletoe. x

Try not to set your sights too high by planning to meet your future spouse over a few exchanged emails and one blind date (and yes, ok, you might meet a complete weirdo, but you may not be there cup of tea either!)

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Seasonal Recipe by Valerie Hedgethorne

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.

This is named after a friend of mine who ate it at my home last Christmas and then asked for the recipe. It’s one of my favorite recipes for a buffet or to serve with cold meats. It is very piquant and tasty. You will need a dish of any shape with approximately 1 litre capacity.


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outside leaves.

Hard boil the eggs. Peel the tomatoes by firstly cutting a small cross in their stalk ends. Put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water.

Soak the anchovies in a little milk. Slice the eggs and arrange them in the base of the dish. Add sliced artichoke hearts. Scatter over the capers and gherkins. Place the tomatoes, cut side down, on top.

Leave 2 minutes then transfer them to cold water. The skins will easily slip off. Dry on kitchen paper. Cut in half through the stalk ends.

Dressing: mix together the vinegar, mustard, salad oil, tomato ketchup and herbs. Taste for salt, pepper and pinch of sugar.

Heat the 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the tomatoes quickly on each side. Remove from the pan and leave to cool.

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Angels V Devils at Christmas So should we simply go nuts as it’s silly season or show some restraint over the festive period? How about a bit of both, as life is, after all, about balance and celebrating Christmas is only one day, 3 meals at most. But then there’s all the parties and seeing friends etc. So when coping with Xmas there are 4 main contributing factors to consider, and if we become a little conscious with our actions we may well get through it a little healthier.

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Christmas shopping traditions By Jayne Shrimpton The rampant consumerism at this time of year can seem excessive, almost overwhelming, and yet the avalanche of marketing and merchandise is not entirely new, as Christmas shopping has been big business for generations. Well over a century ago, advertisements for seasonal goods loomed

large on billboards, sandwich boards and posters, filled handbills and periodicals, while many shops began stocking their festive fare in September or October. Commercial announcements in the press date back centuries, with pictorial advertisements becoming

The cover image for Vogue, early December 1924, had a picturesque festive theme representing the giving and receiving of beautifullywrapped Christmas presents

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more common in the late-1800s, providing Victorian readers with a visual impression of articles previously described in words. By the early twentieth century daily newspapers, specialinterest magazines and other printed publications regularly featured Christmas notices that combined eye-catching images, bold brand names and earnest captions to draw attention to products ranging from mops to Meccano. Publicity reached new heights in the 1950s with cheerful modernist advertisements enhanced by catchy slogans that reflected the influence of American culture and rising consumerism. Surviving images from Christmases

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packaged in picturesque painted tins and decorated boxes, some of the more exotic provisions only available at Christmas and New Year, such as sticky dates, figs, Turkish delight, sugared almonds and marzipan fruits. Oranges and other fresh fruit would be wrapped in coloured paper and attractively displayed, while chestnuts for roasting and Christmas ‘small nuts’ - as brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds etc. were sometimes called - overflowed from sacks. Cinnamon sticks were displayed in jars on the counter and the air hung heavy with the scent of cloves, nutmeg and mixed spice. Prior to stringent health and safety regulations, local shop interiors and windows were stacked high with enticing goods – not only seasonal foodstuffs, but also Christmas cards and crackers, luxury indoor fireworks and modest gifts such as pocket handkerchief sets, boxed

This advert in Photography magazine, December 1908, demonstrates how cameras were considered ideal Christmas presents well over a century ago

past reveal that the goods promoted 50-100 years ago were in many respects similar to those we favour today: alcohol; fine foods and confectionery; mechanical and electrical gadgets like cameras and high-end toys; nightwear and lingerie; fashionable winter wear; perfumery and cosmetics. Long before the internet or even TV, local general shops or grocers throughout the country would, by autumn, have ordered in supplies of dried fruit, nuts, candied peel, brandy and other ingredients for the Christmas cake, pudding and home-made mincemeat that were traditionally cooked at home. Vinegar was sold by the pint from barrels, for the pickling of onions, red cabbage and beetroot, in preparation for the Boxing Day buffet. Later, in December, appeared crackers, biscuits, cakes, chocolates and sweets,




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This photo c.early-1900s shows Cheall’s post office and grocery store at Plumpton Green, East Sussex. The right-hand window brims with Christmas cards, crackers and gift ideas including pyjamas and blankets

soaps, small dolls and lead soldiers. Many shops also stocked the kinds of traditional Christmas tree decorations that pre-dated modern fairy lights - coloured glass baubles, candles and sugar mice. There might be other festive ornaments too, such as paper lanterns and ornate bells and balls to hang indoors, and reams of fancy wrapping paper, brown parcel paper and string. Posters around the shop advertised the special offers available and assorted seasonal goods – everything for the provincial customer at Christmas.

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Santa Claus was the highlight of many department stores’ Christmas grottoes and queuing up to see him and receive a present remains a nostalgic childhood memory for many. Visiting Father Christmas and his sidekick, Uncle Holly, in Selfridges’ Grotto was our tradition as small children in the 1960s, when we travelled from our village to London (initially by steam train), wearing our ‘Sunday best’ for the occasion. When it was our turn to meet Santa, we bashfully accepted a brightlywrapped present from the white-bearded gentleman and a round badge portraying Uncle Holly in his green Dickensian costume, for we were proud members of the Uncle Holly Circle. The Christmas experience at Hanningtons department store that once stood on the corner of Brighton’s North Street and East

Local shops stocked an array of Christmas food and treats, like Mackintoshes toffees, advertised here in the popular magazine Brittania & Eve, December 1929

launch a ‘Christmas Fairyland’ complete with themed displays, shows and grottoes in 1878, soon after the store opened. Another early ‘Christmas Grotto’ appeared in J P Robert’s store in Stratford, East London, in 1888, and subsequently shopping arenas geared towards children, often called ‘Christmas Bazaars’, were installed in retail emporia up and down the country during the 1890s and early 1900s. Each tried to outdo its competitors by staging ever more elaborate events: for instance, one year Bentalls of Kingston hosted an in-store circus, including live animals. Selfridges (established in 1909), known for its artistic window displays, always created magical Christmas window settings, and still does today. The personal appearance of Father Christmas/




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Visiting Santa and Uncle Holly in Selfridges’ Christmas grotto was a tradition for many children. Jayne wears her Uncle Holly badge in this photo, December 1962

Street holds a special place in many people’s hearts. One mother who accompanied her children during the 1970s and 1980s recalled how an elf (a lady she knew, decked out in green tunic and tights)

Peak Freens biscuits were always a festive favourite, as seen in this colourful advert from 1948

took them in a magic ‘lift’ that didn’t actually move, but served as the entrance to Santa’s grotto. Others who knew Hanningtons at Christmas remember mice dressed in nineteenth-century

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A Cracker for Yule 2016

Puzzle by Brainiac - a collaboration of 25 setters from the Facebook group 1ACross Akshay Bhandarkar, Heidi Schroede, Manish Misra, Martin DeMello, Ramki Krishnan, Sowmya Ramkumar, SSv Avtaar, Aashwina Mouli, Ajeesh VM, Amrita Majumdar, Arun Kumar, Balaji Agoram, Bhargavi Suryanarayanan, Brian Dungate, Faten Ismail, Ganesh Nayak, Guruswamy Nataraj, Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, Loks Subrahmanyam, Mona Sogal, Ratnakar Sonthi, Supriya Mithal, Uma Raghavan, Viresh Ratnakar, and Viveca Bhatkal. The original crayon artwork is by seven-year old Re Iyer. 28



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Upsettingly, the ‘fact’ that three wise men travelled to visit baby Jesus by camel is uncertain these days. Whenever the magi are depicted they are aboard Dromedaries – the most common (90%) type. Dromedaries have one hump, said to resemble a ‘D’ and Bactrian, two humps, looking like ‘B’ Surprisingly, the earliest camels lived 40-50mya in South Dakota. They were about the size of a rabbit. By 3-5mya, now the size of a goat, they split. Some spreading via the Isthmus of Panama to South America and developing into today’s Llamas and Guanacos and others heading off over the Bering Land Bridge towards Asia. Camels were wiped out in North America about 10,000 years ago by the arrival of Native Americans, (as were mastodons, sabretoothed cats etc).




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Changing Our Expectations to Enjoy the Festive Season By Dr Sima Patel “Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase The holidays can be a time of joy, cheer, and gratitude; they can also be really challenging and stressful. On the one hand there is the increasing pressure on buying gifts and expensive ones at that. There is also a heightened emphasis on being part of a perfect relationship or perfect family. On the other hand there are a vast number of people struggling to make ends meet on a daily and weekly basis let alone having the funds to buy additional gifts and food. There are also people that feel acutely alone at this time of the year and who experience an overwhelming yearning for comfort, security and safety with loved family and friends but who do not necessarily have key people in their lives to gain this comfort. So it is clear that some people will thrive during the festive season and some people will feel acute sadness and grief and many will fluctuate between the two extremes at any moment in time. Expectations at all levels increase and yet human beings have to somehow protect themselves against disappointment at this time of the year. So how can we modify our expectations from high to moderate and even low in order to enjoy the festive season as much as is possible for each individual that we are? The following strategies may be helpful to you: • Instead of buying gifts, could you give the gift of ‘doing something kind for someone’ over the coming months or year. This could be a household chore or agreeing to visit someone each week or month to keep them 34



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• Who are the key people in my life that I want to be thankful for this year? • Who has pleasantly surprised me this year? • What was my biggest lesson learned this year? • Is my life aligned with my values? • What’s one thing I want to change for next year? • Enjoy the outdoors even if it is grey, cold, wet and windy. It will help you to feel so much better to have had fresh air and then return to warmth and comfort. Just seeing other people outdoors doing their own thing means that you are not indoors feeling alone and sad. Life is rarely perfect and when it is, it tends to be momentary. So do what you can to increase those moments of feeling good over the festive season. The holidays are a time

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Sunday 18th December: 10.15. Family Christingle Service. All of the children will receive their own Christingle, which means ’Christ’s light’ The orange represents the world and the candle Jesus, the light of the world. The red ribbon, the colour of blood, encircles the orange to remind us that Jesus died for the whole world. The sweets or dried fruit represent God’s gifts to the world including kindness and love.

Sunday 20th December: 5.00pm. Carols by Candlelight. A service of nine lessons and carols. This traditional service is loved by young and old alike. Join in singing some of your favourite carols & listen to our choir as they perform more of your favourites - followed with a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie. What could be more heart warming?

Christmas Eve 24th December. 6.00 pm. Crib Service & Children’s Nativity Pageant. A very special service for children of all ages who can all get to take part in the Nativity Pageant. 11.30 pm. Midnight Mass The Knitivity will also be making an appearance in church again this Christmas

Warming Cloves

Cloves are actually the flower buds of a 12m tall evergreen tree native to Indonesia, although it is now grown commercially in Bangladesh, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

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Their many uses made them valuable and the Dutch East India Company tried to monopolise the trade during the 17th century. (However, a Frenchman called Poivre, reputedly stole seedlings from the now oldest existent tree in Ternate in 1770 and ultimately exported them to Zanzibar – later to become the world’s largest exporter of cloves.)

peppercorns. They also have a medicinal history: used as an ant and mosquito repellent, a pain killer, sometimes even as topical oil for M.S. However, it is strong stuff, just 5-10 mls of one of its active ingredients Eugenol being reported as near fatal for a two year.

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Help give a homeless young person a chance for a better future. estranged from their family. Family breakdown is the biggest single cause of homelessness amongst young people and this can be particularly difficult for young people to deal with in the run up to Christmas.

It’s chilly outside, temperatures are dropping, daylight hours are short and for many of us thoughts now turn towards preparing for Christmas festivities, involving family, friends or loved ones. However, for many people in our City this time of year is particularly desperate and bleak. If you live or work in Brighton and Hove, it will come as no surprise that the number of people sleeping on our streets is increasing. Homelessness in Brighton and Hove has more than doubled since 2011 and the City now has the third largest homeless population in the UK. The stark reality is that those sleeping rough in our community this winter are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence than the general public. Homelessness is a particular issue with young people who are at risk of exploitation and often have very poor support networks and may be

The Clock Tower Sanctuary is a local charity which supports homeless 16 – 25 year olds throughout the year but sees a spike in demand during the winter months. It is Brighton’s only drop-in service providing a welcoming and safe space for young people and it does all it can to help prevent young people from a life on the streets. They do this by providing access to a hot meal, clothing, showers, a postal service, advice and support. Here young people can get the support they so desperately need for a chance to have a brighter, happier future. Often local residents see people on the streets but are unsure of how they can help address this growing problem. The Clock Tower Sanctuary is asking for your help this Christmas by donating to its Urgent Winter Appeal, which aims to raise £15,000 to help support homeless young people over the winter. For full details of how you can donate to the Urgent Winter Appeal and for fundraising ideas, go to

Don’t Forget Burning the Clocks, 21st December!

Brighton’s wonderful celebration marking the winter solstice organised by Same Sky is set for 21st December. It is a spectacular free event with 1,500 lantern-carrying participants. The parade winds its way through North Street, Ship Street, East Street to the seafront and Madeira Drive for the fire finale at about 7.15pm. Watch the finale from the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade or from Madeira Drive. Note There will be loud music and fireworks as well as a bonfire and fire show. (You can take part in the parade too by buying a lantern kit with the official wrist band, Kits are available from Wood Recycling Project London Road, HiSbe Food York Place, Book Nook First Ave Hove or the Royal Pavilion Shop. It is important only the Same Sky lanterns are used for safety reasons…) Need more info?


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1ACross – A Good Place to Start Our Christmas crossword puzzle is the collective work of 25 members of the 1ACross group on Facebook – a troll-free, ad-free haven for those who enjoy setting and solving cryptic clues and puzzles.

minded people, bound together by their common passion. Many of these people are yet to meet in real life, but all those occasions where some of these online acquaintances have met, have been joyfully documented.

Founded two years ago by veteran setter, Sowmya Ramkumar it’s an ideal, friendly group to learn and improve one’s skills. Sowmya is a financial consultant and has set over one hundred cryptic crosswords themed on brand names for an Indian business publication.

Conversations that began online had seamlessly continued in real life meetings and people have experienced the feeling of catching up with long-lost friends, with whom they seem to have an instant connect and an inexplicable resonance of thoughts.

One indication of the global appeal of crosswords, in general and this group, in particular is that the admin team is geographically diverse, with Sowmya from India, living in the Middle East, Lakshmi Vaidyanathan and Ramki Krishnan based in India, Brian Dungate in the UK and Heidi Schroeder and Martin DeMello living in the US. While the majority of the members are from India or the Indian diaspora, many skilled setters from all over the world are members, with the emphasis being on producing good British-style clues. Incidentally, every crossword puzzle in this magazine has been set by a 1ACross member for several years.

Every now and then, one comes across the supposed “crossword obituary” - lamenting that this fine intellectual pursuit, is at the brink of extinction.

What could be described as an elitist solitary pursuit has metamorphosed into an amazing social activity at 1ACross. Every day, new themed games based on cryptic crosswords are played in the group and there is an atmosphere of camaraderie and bonding that goes beyond geographic, political, theistic or other beliefs. There is mutual respect for different styles of setting and a willingness to learn from each other while having fun. In the process of setting and solving clues, friendships are built and sustained with like42



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Mango’s Gate Withdean Park Dog Walking Community (‘Withdog’) aim to socialise dogs and humans of all ages at the north Brighton ‘puppy park’. Their latest activity is rather a sad one though, with an important message at this time of year. They have just installed a new memorial gate to Mango, a 10-month female Podengo rescued from The Algarve. Mango was run over and killed near Dyke Road Park in August after being startled by loud fireworks let off unexpectedly near a local dog-walking area. The gate was paid for by public donations kindly raised by Helping Paws, a local organisation that brings stray dogs like Mango from Portugal to find new homes in the UK. With New Year’s Eve coming up Marc Abraham, locally-based TV vet, says: “Fireworks are a major problem for pets all year round. Unpredictable flashes and bangs often make pets anxious and occasionally, as in the tragic case of Mango, panic and flee. If you suspect fireworks will go off in your area please keep

all pets indoors, provide a safe ‘den’, turn your TV or radio up, pull the curtains, and provide plenty of distractions with toys and treats. More severe cases may even require medication from your vet.” To support the Withdog community and be involved in these issues, please follow online and join in by donating your time and skills as a volunteer. Members get full voting rights for £5 and sign up is easy at Membership.html.

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Cloudy2Clear Announce Trusted Trader Partnership Consumer champions Which? have now joined the thousands of customers who recognise that Cloudy2Clear Windows really are a business that you can TRUST. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has received the coveted ‘Which Trusted Trader’ status after going through a rigorous accreditation process entirely focussed on customer service. Group Managing Director Marcus McGee believes that Which? have endorsed Cloudy2Clear’s long

standing company policy of delivering the highest standards possible at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 25 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Whilst a number of tradespeople perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, we make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Brighton & Hove areas and

manager Aaron Smith agrees that this approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated as both my customers and, obviously a body as nationally important as Which? now recognise.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Aaron a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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Westdene Christmas Bake Off will have catagories for all ages. Drop your festive bake at The Barn between 9-11am with your entry fee of £1.50. Bakes will be judged by local baking heroes Sharon Fisher from Baked Bliss and Valerie Hedgethorne, esteemed writer of the baking pages of The Post, alongside a true lover of all things baked, Nick Taylor our local Councillor. Then the bakes will be sold and enjoyed by all.  We are currently developing our programme for the New Year for kids and also for our older friends, so please get in touch to take part. F​ undraising continues with our Barnraiser Appeal to make The Barn better for everyone.  Please support The Barn with a donation.


Wed 7 Dec 5pm Meet at The Barn with mince pies. We will provide song sheets and help organise groups to spread some festive cheer around Westdene!

Happy Christmas to all!


Wed 7 Dec 7.30 - 9pm Join us in celebrating the year we brought the community together and The Barn on The Green back to the community, where it belongs! Hear our story, meet the team, tell us your ideas & find out how to get involved with Friends of Westdene Green.


Sun 11 Dec 12.00 - 3.00 pm Along with carols, mulled wine, opportunity to make your own gorgeous natural festive wreath and crafting for kids, this year we introduce the first ever ‘Christmas Bake Off’!

TREE TIME! AT HOVE MUSEUM 20 and 22nd December at 10:30 am until 3:30 pm Will it be sparkly, shiny or brightly coloured? Join in this fun workshop and make a decoration for your Christmas tree. Ages 3-8. £2 per child. Drop in. 46



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Downland Quilters - Kate 01273 695638 HEALTHWALKS.- Kathy ‘ton 509377. Withdean Ward:Cllr Ann Norman 01273291182 Cllr Ken Norman 01273291182 Cllr Nick Taylor 01273291898 Patcham Ward:Cllr Carol Theobald 01273291195 Cllr Geoffrey Theobald 01273291195 Cllr Lee Wares 01273 291996 CPC - Old Boat Corner Community Centre Carden Hill, BN1 8GN. Tel 01273 540779 Patcham Community Centre (Patcham CC), Ladies Mile Rd, BN1 8TA - 508376

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Patcham Companions -.John 07528 472231 Patcham Flower Arrangement Society -Christine 01273 556079 Patcham Table Tennis Club – Frank 501258 All Saints: Rev Andy Flowerday: 552157. Mucky Pups: 07734805945 Patcham Methodist Rev Dermot Thornberry - 01273 508704. Hall bookings: 07849 409183 Little Pebbles - Jan - 07963486635 30th Brighton Scout Group: Beavers - Jill on 07756 261241; Cubs - Elsie 01273 603295; Scouts - Neil 01273 888072


Scout group (Boys & Girls 101/2 - 14 yrs). Scout hut, Vale Avenue Jumping Gym CPC for under 5’s 9am-2pm Bridge Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. - 1.30pm Table Tennis – Patcham CC 7-10pm £1 Young Embroiderers. Patcham CC. 10-12am (1st Sat) Songbirds Choir 7.30 - 9pm, (term time) Patcham Memorial Hall, Old London Road, BN1 8XR - Helen: 07557997696 Community Centre, Carden Hill, Hollingbury. 7.30 - 9pm. Patcham Papercrafters Patcham C.C.18:30-20:30 Circle group, for ladies. weekly at 8 pm. Mackie Avenue Tennis Club from 6pm ‘til dark.


Patcham WI - 2nd Tuesdays at 2 pm Patcham Memorial Hall, Old London Rd Carden Tots CPC - under 5’s 9am-3pm Patcham Methodist Hall Toddler Group. 9 - 11.15 term time. £1 adult, 30p child 0-5yrs.Incls Tea/Coffee/Juice Patcham Jnr Chess Club (6- 16 yrs) 5.30 - 6.30 Memorial Hall Beaver section - ( aged 5 3/4 - 8 yrs), 6.10-7.10pm. Scout hut Vale Avenue - Jill 07756261241 Friendly over 60’s exersise group 2.30 pm Patcham Methodist Church


Novice Bridge - Patcham CC. - Friendly non-competitive 1.30pm -5 pm. £2.50 Aerobics CPC 9:30-10:30am £3 Bridge for Beginners Patcham CC – 1.30pm till 4.45pm Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. 7pm for 7.15pm Morning Women’s Institute - Patcham Memorial Hall - 4th Wednesday – 10am CAMEO (Come And Meet Each Other) 1st & 3rd Weds, 2.45pm in All Saints Church Lounge Horticultural Soc Patcham CC 7.30pm Last Weds of Month


Preston Flower Arrangement Society - Patcham CC. 2nd Thurs of Month 2.15pm. Bridge Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. 7pm for 7.15pm £1.25/£2 Downland Quilters - Patcham CC. - 1st Thursday of the month. 7.30pm. All Saints Church - Holy Communion (said) 10.30am Patcham Memorial Hall, Old London Road. Little Pebbles - 9.45 - 11.45am from 12 September. Fountain Centre, Braybon Ave. 50



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Creative Embroidery Tricia 501394 Ascension Church Westdene: Minister Rev Andy Bousfield 503926 Library: 296912 WI Mollie Gooders 01273 555442 Junior Embroiderers Sue Lacey 558509 Patcham Jnr Chess 07882-121506 CAMEO - Dorothy Cook 882308. Mackie Bowling Club, Mackie Avenue – Stewart Penfound 01273 506216. Knitting Group: 01273 702476 Delphine Monday Circle/Kay Harwood 01273 557801 Mackie Avenue Tennis: Lyn 01273 558230 Downland Quilters Marie 624878

Cubs 6-8pm (8-101/2 yrs). 6-8pm Scout hut, Vale Avenue Friendship Lunch - Ascension Church Hall - 4th Thursday of the month 1pm (Olive 502943) Carden Tots CPC under 5’s 9am-3pm 1st Thursday; Westdene WI 7.30pm Ascension Church Hall 555442 Friendship Lunches 1pm 4th Thursdays Ascension Hall (Olive 502943) Knitting Group 3rd Thursdays10-12pm. Patcham Community Centre . All welcome. Free.


Patcham Companions - Patcham CC – Are you 50+ & free on a Friday, 2.30pm? Carden Tots CPC under 5’s 9am-3pm Patcham Table Tennis Club - Patcham CC- 2pm till 5pm £1.00. Turn up. Local Councillors’ Surgery - 2nd Friday 4-5 pm Patcham Library Patcham Library 1st Friday 11 am Patcham Reading Group. Patcham Silver Band - Patcham Junior School, 7pm Junior Band practice. 8pm Senior Band practice Bridge Duplicate (Pairs) - Patcham CC. - 1.30pm Last Friday. 8pm Big Band Open Rehearsal PCC


Embroiderers’ Guild meets 1st Saturday of the Month 2-4.30pm in rooms 3 & 4 Patcham Community Centre. New members welcome. Phone 724856 St Thomas More’s Catholic Church:First Mass 6pm Patcham Local History Group 1st Sat at Patcham Library, 10.30-12.30 1st Sat Lion Book Fair: Lions Dene, The Deneway, 10 - Noon.


All Saints Church. 08.00 - Holy Communion (said). 10.15 - Morning Worship, 18.00 - Evening Worship (informal), Thursday 10.30 - Holy Communion (said) Patcham Methodist Church 10.30 Morning Worship, including crèche. Evening Worship, contact the minister. The Ascension Church Westdene 8.00 Traditional Communion (First Sunday of the month) 10.30 Sunday Morning Family Service (with children’s groups) St Thomas More’s Catholic Church: .Mass 9am,Mass with Children’s Liturgy 11am. Good Shepherd Dyke Road. 10.15- Communion, also 10.15 Informal “Time for God” in hall. 3rd Sunday All together Family Service in Church.

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