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JUNE 2012 || Issue 2

Prestonville friend

THE

COMMUNITY NEWS & SERVICES || www.prestonvillefriend.co.uk

THIS MONTH

INSIDE

FRIENDS OF

DYKE ROAD PARK Community Garden News

THE HALL GET INVOLVED

News and events NEW! Kids Corner Page!

NEWS - BUSINESS LISTINGS - EVENTS - LOCAL HISTORY


Welcome // EDITOR’S LETTER

From The Editors.

JUNE 2012 ISSUE 2

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elcome to the second issue of The Prestonville Friend. We’d firstly like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our launch, it was a great success and the magazine has been well received within the community.

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New this month is the brand new KIDS CORNER page (see page 14), that was suggested by one of the magazine’s younger readers as a fun way to make the Prestonville Friend a must-read for children too. We hope you like it! Got any ideas or news? Do you run your own business in the Prestonville area? Please get in touch, We’d love to hear from you! - Gill and Sarah

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This month we have focused on featuring local businesses with the Prestonville area that we feel can add some value to the lives of the residents. From interviews with local entrepreneurs, to news and updates from the Prestonville Post and The Hall Get Involved committee, we feel that this month marks the beginning of a useful magazine for us all.

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Time Passes Over Prestonville

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All Change At The Chimney House

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It’s My Business PINK CHILLIES

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Prestonville Post

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The Hall Get Involved

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It’s My Business CHASING TAILS

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What’s On

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Kids Corner

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Advertise With Us. d it’s TARGETED

List your local business within targeted editorial content, creating a truly captured audience.

d it’s CHEAP

It’s great value and easily affordable for small businesses wanting to reach out to their local customers.

d it’s COMMUNITY FOCUSED

We believe in supporting local businesses within the Prestonville area and also believe that lasting relationships between residents and local services should be nurtured.

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LOCAL HISTORY / The Diamond Jubilee

A Diamond Job. CELEBRATING SIXTY YEARS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH ON THE THRONE

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he Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee this month. Thanks to Pam Morris for the photo below, of the Coronation Day street party in Coventry Street. Do you recognise anyone in the photo?

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d The Queen is the second longest serving monarch after Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years.

d During these visits she’s been the recipient of

some extremely unusual gifts which include: two tortoises from the Seychelles and a seven-year-old bull elephant called Jumbo from the president of Cameroon.

d The Queen has sat for 129 official portraits during her reign including one by Rolf Harris!

d Queen Victoria was the last and only British

monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee. The Queen, who will be 85 on Accession Day in 2012, will be the oldest monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee. Queen Victoria was 77 when she celebrated hers in 1897.

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St. Lukes Welcome Church // EDITOR’S / LOCAL HISTORY LETTER

Time Passes Over Prestonville. WE CATCH UP WITH REVREND MARTIN POOLE ON THE LATEST FROM ST. LUKE’S

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by Gill Hasson

ne of the landmarks of Prestonville is the spire of St. Luke’s church which can be seen from all over the city, perched as it is on the crest of the hill overlooking Brighton station, telling the whole city where we are. Originally it was about eight feet taller than it is now, as the top of the spire was adorned with quite an ornate iron decoration which was knocked off in the middle of a storm in the 1970’s.

I have one other question for the residents of Prestonville – would you like the clock to ring out the time every hour? Chris Berry of RW Berry and Son at Seven Dials eventually bought it, as the church decided to cap the spire off rather than try to replace this huge structure. More recently we’ve done a number of repairs to the spire,

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including replacing all the rotten wooden louvres and netting off all the windows to stop the pigeons nesting there, although they still hang around hoping to find a way in. Now the tower is safe and sanitary, we have been able to set the church clock going and so far it’s keeping very good time, but in doing this I’ve uncovered a bit of a mystery. The clock was made in 1830 by John Moore of Clerkenwell, the same firm that made Big Ben, but the church wasn’t built until 1873. I’m interested to know if anyone can shed any light on how it is that the church came to possess what appears to be a second hand clock (no pun intended!) and where it might have been installed originally. I have one other question for the residents of Prestonville – would you like the clock to ring out the time every hour? I think it might be possible to get the chime mechanism working again if a majority of residents want it. Email me on info@stlukesonline.co.uk to give us your opinion.

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IT’S MY BUSINESS // ThePOST ChimneyHouse News // PRESTONVILLE

All Change At The Chimney House THE CHIMNEY HOUSE HAS A NEW OWNER. WHO IS HE AND WHAT ARE HIS PLANS? by Gill Hasson

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harlie Brookman, the new owner of the Chimney House, trained at the renowned Tante Marie Culinary Academy in Woking. He went on to work at Shelley’s Hotel in Lewes, and then Bill’s in Brighton. Now, Charlie has come back to Brighton after a five-year stint as head chef at the Royal Court Café Bar in London’s Sloane Square.

‘The Chimney House had everything I wanted in a pub-restaurant. I really like the neighbourhood and the local people are very friendly’ So, what big changes is he going to make? Not many. “I don’t intend doing anything that’s going to scare people.” says Charlie. “I’m aiming to bring some character and atmosphere back to the pub, to make it part of the community and to create a place where people want to come just for a drink and to socialise as well as joining us for a meal.” All the food will continue to be freshly prepared and Charlie is keen to source ingredients from Sussex, with

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fish from Shoreham and Newhaven. The fruit and vegetables comes from local farms and glasshouses. Meat will be supplied by Garlic Wood Farm (www. garlicwoodfarm.co.uk ), either from their own small farm in West Sussex, or from their selected partner-producers. This includes free-roaming, grass-fed Longhorn beef from the Knepp Castle estate near Horsham, and Herdwick lamb from the meadows of the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves. Other ingredients come from Forager (www.forager.org. uk), a small rural enterprise engaged in gathering and supplying wild food - leaves, stems, roots, flowers, mushrooms, seeds and fruits of wild plants - to the restaurant trade. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, all day from midday until the evening, The Chimney House offers something for everyone. There’s also a range of homemade bread, cakes, jams & chutney; all available from the bar to take home. What more could you want from your local pub?

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Pink Chillies // IT’S MY BUSINESS

It’s My Business WE TALK TO CHATSWORTH ROAD RESIDENT LUCY SETTERS ABOUT HER BUSINESS; PINK CHILLIES by Gill Hasson

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ucy Setters is a little bit bonkers. Bonkers about Elephants. So when Lucy met Suzanne Till through mutual clients (Suzanne is a Shiatsu healer and Lucy is a clairvoyant), they discovered a mutual passion for all things elephant. With some ideas in mind, Lucy and Suzanne approached leading soft-toy manufacturer Keel Toys and in December 2011, Pink Chillies was launched. Lucy explains,“We created a range of elephant-based characters; plush toys, bag-clips, stationery, confectionery and ‘elebanks’ moneyboxes. And we are backed by two brilliant designers” Pink Chillies donate 10 percent of the profit from the sales of their products to help Tusk (www.tusk.org), a Dorsetbased charity that supports African elephants, their habitat and the challenges they face, and London-based charity The Elephant Family (www.elephantfamily.org), the UK’s biggest funder for the endangered Asian elephant. “Our products are cute,” says Lucy, “and we hope Pink Chillies will inspire people to think about endangered species and the environment.

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What has been the best and the most difficult aspects of running a business that’s taken off so quickly? “The best thing about being part of Pink Chillies is the amazing interest we’ve had, from major retailers right through to individual customers, as we grow the business. Already, we have a London department store interested in stocking our products and a national woman’s magazine that wants to write a feature about us. Challenges? Finding enough hours in the day! Suzanne has an 18-month old toddler and her therapy work, while I continue to work as a clairvoyant. We both work from home and we have rooms full of Pink Chillies stock. We are so passionate about what we do, we make it happen” But what, exactly, is the link between chillies and elephants? “Nothing in particular,” says Lucy; “ it just came to Suzanne and it seemed like a good name for a brand, and she was right”. Not so bonkers after all then!

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NEWS // Prestonville Post

Friends of Dyke Road Park

Finding ways of improving the environment and facilities within our park

COMMUNITY GARDEN It’s here, at last!

REGULAR EVENTS OPEN MEETINGS NEXT MEETING: 12 June, 6.30pm Usually, first Tuesday of the month Café in the Park A chance to discuss on-going issues

We’ve been busy in the park creating our long-awaited community garden. Over the last three weeks we’ve laid bark, created the beds, planted seedlings and started the central herb spiral. It’s been fantastic to see it taking shape and to finally be able to get our hands dirty after all the planning and bureaucracy!

GARDENING WORK PARTIES Third Saturday of month @10.30am Meet at Café in the Park Contact: Jannet King Tel: 509653 Or for mid-week gardening, contact gardener Steve Golds: 07771 389 427

So far we’ve got runner and french beans, beetroot, spring onions, spinach, chard, tomatoes, various lettuces and more. If you want to get involved and learn more about growing your own, please get in touch (details below). Top: Spreading bark. Bottom: Creating the beds from locally made compost. GRAND OPENING 9 June, 11.00am – 3.00pm Please do come and join us in celebrating this fantastic project and find out how you can part of it.

For more information please contact Alison on 07852 224937 or alisonwhiteoak@yahoo.co.uk COMMUNITY COMPOSTING SCHEME – Dyke Road Park As part of the new community garden, the council is installing compost boxes in Dyke Road Park. If you would like to become part of the composting scheme, and receive training and support from local compost monitors, and a free caddy to take food waste from home to the garden, get in touch with Abi@nutritionforchange.com.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY FILM CLUB Sunday 3 June @ 6.00pm Café in the Park Monthly membership £2.50, payable on the night. Film: Made in Dagenham THE DOGGIE OLYMPICS Sunday 8 July @1.00pm – 5.00pm Dyke Road Park field Games, dog classes, rosettes, stalls, raffle. Contact: Penny Gillis Tel: 563821 To keep up to date on what’s going on:

• www.dykeroadpark.wordpress.com • see Friends of DykeRoad Park on Facebook • keep an eye on our notice board in the park The Friends of Dyke Road Park are affiliated to the PCA

Prestonville Community Association Supporting community activities in the Prestonville area

COMMUNITY BOOK GROUP The Chimney House Third Thursday of every month – all welcome 21 June Brick Lane by Monica Ali 19 July Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

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If you feel like organising an event or joining the PCA committee, do come along to a meeting. Just get in touch with the Chair or Secretary in advance. Next meeting: 14 June The Vicarage, Old Shoreham Road Chair Richard Denyer-Bewick Tel: 07859 076141 Email: info@prestonville.org.uk Secretary/Prestonville Post Jannet King Tel: 509653 Email: jannetking@sfep.net

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The Hall Get Involved / NEWS

Exeter Street Hall. Get involved! THE MONHTLY UPDATE - JUNE 2012 from The Hall Get Involved Group

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ore people are getting involved in The Hall Get Involved! Thanks to Andy White at the Prestonville Arms for hosting a pub quiz last month to raise funds for the hall, and thanks in advance to Natalie Miller who is organising a craft activity morning for preschool children and their parents on Friday June 29th.

a cake for the indoor market? We also need people to serve refreshments, set up and pack away tables, run the tombola and sell raffle tickets at events.

Have you got involved yet?

Want to organize your own fund raising event? We can help you do that. Finally, do please come to our events. Why not start with a meal at one of our pop-up restaurants? Don’t be shy. Get involved!

It doesn’t matter how much time or energy you’ve got, there’s an opportunity for everyone. We need you! If you’ve got no time at all, you could just put a poster in your window to advertise our events. If you’ve got a bit of spare time maybe you could deliver leaflets or put up posters in your street. Did you or do you know people who used to use the hall in past years gone by? We want yours, or their stories for our history project. If you’ve got something to sell at the indoor market, take a table, sell your stuff and (maybe) make a fortune! Are you good at making cakes? We need you! Would you make and donate

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If you’ve got professional skills, ie accountant, lawyer, social researcher, electrician, carpenter, roofer etc, please let us know.

Phone Louise 507275 or email Claire: getinvolved@exeterstreethall.org and tell or ask us what you can do. Dates for your diary; • • • • •

Pop up Restaurants: June 20, 21, 23 and 30 Under 5’s crafts morning. June 29 Indoor Market: June 30 Laughing Stock Comedy Night: July 7 Share issue: Starts in September

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HEALTH & BEAUTY // The Right Sport

The Right Sport. SUMMER HAS WELL AND TRULY ARRIVED AND WITH IT COMES THE FITNESS CONUNDRUM. by Sarah Jones

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he world will be watching this summer as the Olympic Games comes to London. Involving 10,500 athletes from 205 countries, it’s certainly going to be an event to remember. These elite sportsmen and women will have trained for years to reach the peak of their physical fitness. It’s no secret that us mere mortals have little hope of reaching Olympic standards, but we all know the benefits of being active – getting fit, losing weight, and achieving goals. Why not use the Olympics as inspiration to try something new? Running is a great way to get fit – it’s free, doesn’t take much time and is suitable for all fitness levels. The Run England website (www.runengland.org) has pointers on how to begin. You can find details of your nearest athletics club via UK Athletics (www.uka.org.uk). Another Olympic sport that gets you out and about is cycling. You can either use it simply as a practical way to travel, or head for an off-road route. The Sustrans website (www.sustrans.org.uk) has a regional guide to beautiful places to ride.

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If you never learned to swim or want to improve your technique, or if you want to support your child to learn, www.swimming.org is full of tips, inspirational stories and guidance, such as what to do if you’re nervous in water.

‘It’s no secret that us mere mortals have little hope of reaching Olympic standards’ For animal lovers, horse-riding might be perfect choice. Whether you fancy a relaxing ride in the countryside or the challenge of show-jumping or polo, there are lots of opportunities. For details, contact the British Horse Society (www.bhs.org.uk) or the Association of British Riding Schools (www.abrs-info.org). Whatever you choose, make sure you prepare carefully and stay safe. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun!

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Declutter // HOME & INTERIORS

Messy Bed, Messy Head. IS CLUTTER TAKING OVER YOUR HOME? WE HAVE SOME TIPS TO RECLAIM YOUR SPACE by Sarah Jones

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e’ve all heard the saying ‘messy bed, messy head’ and in an age where our minds are cluttered with a mirage of to-do lists, dealing with the clutter of the home can be just one task too far. So why not spend the first weeks of summer decluttering your living space. You didn’t honestly think you’d ever need all five of those beach towels, did you?

How do I get started? Begin with whatever irritates you most. Is it piles of paper on the kitchen counter or a bulging wardrobe? Maybe it’s the state of the children’s room? Organizing the most annoying cluttered area will be motivating and subsequently the most rewarding. Ask yourself if you really need something. When was the last time you actually wore it? When was the last time you were truly thankful you had it? If you hesitate, you don’t need it.

Do one job at a time It’s easy to get pulled into another clutter zone and desert

the job you started. Don’t be tempted. otherwise you’ll have two partially decluttered areas, and it will look like you’ve achieved very little. Stick to one part of one room until it’s complete.

Set a time limit Don’t say, “Today I’ll organise the entire bedroom”. Instead, say, “I’ll spend an hour on the wardrobe and next week I’ll work on the cupboards”. If you haven’t finished in an hour, keep going, or return to the job another day. Small steps will lead to big improvements that will be easier to maintain over the long-run.

‘Tackle one part of a room at a time, starting with what’s most visible. The improvement will encourage you to continue till the room is clutter-free.’ Persevere Keeping your home decluttered is actually about forming a new habit. New habits take time to establish so the first three weeks will be difficult, but after the first month, you’ll have cracked it. Create a new habit; when you buy something new, practice the ‘in-out rule:’ For every one new item, get rid of an old one.

Old habits die hard By devoting a little of your time to getting rid of the clutter in your life and maintaining things relatively clutter-free, you’ll reap the rewards of feeling less stressed and your home will work well and look good!

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PETS // Chasing Tails

Walkies Up the Aisle.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH DOG LOVER AND BUSINESS WOMEN LOUISA SMITH ABOUT HER NEW VENUTRE... by Gill Hasson uisa Smith runs Chasing Tails, the Brighton-based dog walking service. “I love what I do!” she says. “I couldn’t be more blessed to work with my favourite animals on a daily basis.”

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‘We tweet our walks so clients can see their woofers online while they’re out and about and we use the RunKeeper mobile app so our clients know their dogs have had a good hour every day.’

An avid dog lover (and proud owner of two golden retrievers and an exceedingly cute Lhasa apso), Luisa started Chasing Tails three years ago and the business has gone from strength to strength.

WITH THIS POOCH, I THEE WED... But the innovation doesn’t stop there, because Chasing Tails and Luisa now offer pet owners a bespoke wedding service.

‘Every dog is special and unique and it takes time to form a strong bond and friendship with them,’ she says. ‘It’s a great job, but it can also be very hard work,’ she adds. ‘We walk in all weathers and get stuck in traffic, but at the end of the day it’s all worthwhile because the thought of woofers stuck at home on their own all day is horrible!’

‘When I got married I really wanted my dogs to be at my wedding with me,’ recalls Luisa, ‘but my family and future husband were concerned that somebody would then be stuck with them all day, getting hauled around the grounds on the end of a lead! So afterwards I thought, why not offer it as a service to other people on their big day?’ The dogs are well walked so they’re nice and calm ahead of the day’s celebrations and Luisa can also ensure the pooches are expertly groomed, so they look their best in photos and when meeting guests. ‘We’ve even been asked to walk dogs up the aisle!’ she smiles…

BARKING AND TWEETING But there’s a lot more to modern dog walking than first meets the eye, as Luisa reveals. ‘I’m always looking for new ways to improve on the service we offer,’ she says.

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What’s on in June // JUNE

What’s On In June THREE SMALL BRIGHTON THEATRES The Marlborough ‘Lucky Seven’ 8th and 9th June 8pm - 9.30pm £8.50 A satirical comedy portraying the love, disappointments and hopes of three fictional characters between the ages of seven and forty nine, and with a mix of multimedia, it looks at the effects reality TV has on their lives. The play follows Alan, an East End barrow boy made good with a passion for egg mayonnaise sarnies, Tom an intellectual archivist and wannabee Hollywood writer (who at seven only wanted to be a milk monitor) and Catherine, who has punk aspirations and is obsessed with Royalty. The Marlborough. 4 Princes Street BN2 1RD http://www.drinkinbrighton.co.uk/marlborough 01273 570028

The Nightingale ‘Indifference’ 14th June 8pm. £8.50/£6.50 Indifference sees Bill Aitchison and Katja Dreyer, like degenerate Club Med entertainers, give a performance with the most lofty ideas around freewill and determinism using the most disposable of materials: group dances like The Birdie Dance, The Macarena and The Papaya. The Nightingale. 29-30 Surrey Street. BN1 3PA http://www.nightingaletheatre.co.uk/01273 702563

Brighton Little Theatre ‘Glorious!’ 3rd July - 7th July. 7.45pm / £8 Based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins an eccentric singer in the 1940s. This jolly tale gives an insight into how Florence overcame her lack of talent through joyful enthusiasm and follows Florence and her devoted friends on her unlikely journey to Carnegie Hall. Brighton Little Theatre. 9 Clarence Gardens. BN1 2EG http://www.the-little.co.uk/ facebook: ‘prestonvillefriend’

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KIDS CORNER // Colour Our Front Cover!

Colour Me Beautiful!

WELCOME TO KIDS CORNER! CAN YOU COLOUR THE PRESTONVILLE FRIEND FRONT COVER AND MAKE IT LOOK BETTER THAN OURS?

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HELP US MAKE KIDS COR NER FUN AND

INTE RESTING ! TELL US WHAT YOU WO ULD LIKE TO COLOUR IN NEXT MONTH AND YOU R SUG GESTION COU LD MAKE THE FRONT COVER OF THE PRESTONBIL LE FRIEND!

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