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Tales of Goldstone Bottom

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We hope you had a lovely Christmas and found at least a bit of time to relax with family and friends and enjoy a little bit of a break.

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So another year is here and with it the dreaded New Year’s resolutions! I struggle to get out of January with mine still intact… I think probably the way to go is to actually make resolutions that are realistic and one can actually give oneself a fair chance of achieving!

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We have some exciting things planned for the publication this year with a bit of a shake-up planned which should benefit both advertisers and residents alike! I will leave it hanging there as a mystery for you to try and guess but all I can say is…watch this space!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Cover picture: Peter Spells

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HOVE PARK Another fascinating historical tale from local resident Tony Pelling...

TALES FROM AROUND GOLDSTONE BOTTOM... THE HUMAN DYNAMO Writing of his father, Conrad Volk said that “he was not a patient man”. Lest this be misconstrued, he also wrote of Magnus Volk as a truly gentle man, not at all irascible, just determined to solve problems; a man of action impatient to get things done. Magnus was born in 1851 at 35 Western Road, Brighton, where his father had a clockmaker’s shop. He was only 17 when his father died suddenly and unexpectedly and as the eldest child he helped his mother support the large family by continuing to run the business. Although he had long been interested in all things mechanical and even pottered in his father’s workshop he was not a watchmaker and under his guidance the family business began to diversify. Within a few years he had established a small workshop with more than ten employees producing a significant range of small electrical items. Still in his early twenties Magnus was beginning to be recognised as a pioneer inventor in the development of the “new-fangled” electricity. One of his early successes was “The Parlour Telegraph” which communicated messages by Morse code and sold well around the world for a few years. Less successful was his device for turning the pages of a pianist’s music at the touch of a button. Maybe pianists who could manage the numerous keys of the piano keyboard baulked at the idea of having one additional key to press. Next, our inventor had trouble with his new electric joke toy, the “Shocking Coil”, as he had no means of checking the strength of the shock. Magnus solved this by persuading a large girl in his employ to hold the coils so that he could judge the strength of shock by the violence of her reaction. Shocking!!! Settled with his new wife Anna in their first home Magnus decided to build, and teach himself to play, an electric organ. “But where will it go?” asked Anna. To her dismay he replied “best in the drawing-room”. Later in their marriage when Anna was too ill to go to church he redeemed himself by placing a microphone in the pulpit so that she could follow the service on headphones from her sick bed.

The telephone and electric lighting were in their infancy and in the late 1800s Magnus was in his element acting as consultant to the Council on the provision of these services. He built the town’s first telephone exchange in West Street and was involved in introducing street lighting and replacing gas lights in the Royal Pavilion. His lasting legacy to Brighton is of course his seaside railway, the first public electric railway in Great Britain. When it opened to the public on 4th August 1883 amid fanfares and great acclaim Magnus was still only 32 and over the rest of his life it was to occupy much of his time and energy. His related venture, the “Daddy-Long-Legs” sea train (pictured here), gained international attention and The New York Herald reported that it “beats anything yet done by us inventive Yankees”. Brilliant novelty that it was, it was abandoned after five years perhaps because it could muster only slow walking pace at high tide. In searching for a single word to describe Magnus Volk, I hit upon “magnanimous” for it is certainly true of the contribution he made to his home town. By chance it also includes his name MAGN…..US and has at its heart ANIMO for the man of action, the human dynamo. Perfect! Tony Pelling

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GLUCK: ART & IDENTITY BRIGHTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, UNTIL 11 MARCH 2018 The 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978), now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity, is the subject of a major exhibition currently on at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Gluck: Art & Identity brings together around 30 rarelyseen paintings and extensive personal ephemera. Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, Gluck attended art school in London and ran away to Cornwall with fellow students during World War I.  The artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters, and was sketched by Alfred Munnings smoking a pipe in Romastyle dress, before adopting the name Gluck and creating a controversial masculine identity incorporating men’s tailoring, barber-cut short hair and a mannish demeanour.  Gluck, who demanded “no prefix, suffix, or quotes”, became known in the inter-war years for portraits, landand seascapes and stage scenes, and in the 1930s for floral paintings - influenced by society florist Constance Spry with whom the artist was having a relationship.

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Having developed a cult following among collectors and celebrities in the second half of the 20th century, many Gluck paintings are today owned by private individuals and seldom exhibited. This major public exhibition brings together key works like The Devil’s Altar (1932), which depicts Constance’s favourite flower Brugmansia and was donated to Brighton in 1953 in an innovative three-tiered frame developed by the artist. Other paintings in the exhibition range from The Pine Cone, painted in 1919, to Credo (Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Light) of 1970/3.  Key inclusions are the signature Lilies (1932-36), which perfectly complemented the fashionable all-white interiors of its time, the striking nude Primavera (1920) and the almost-black The Punt (c1937), which depicts Gluck lying with lover Nesta Obermer in a punt on Plumpton’s pond. Taking the experimental approach of a forensic investigation, the exhibition also presents other surviving evidence of Gluck’s life - including clothing (mostly worn by girlfriends and preserved by Gluck), accessories, photographs, press cuttings and personal ephemera.  This was largely donated by Gluck to Brighton & Hove’s collections, a year before the artist’s death.  For further information visit: Please send us your local Hove Park stories and features to

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PHOTOGRAPHY: DEADLY LAMPSHADE In earlier articles, we’ve seen the ease with which we can overlook details when composing our photographs, only discovering later that we’ve included something which should have been left out by better framing or a different viewpoint. This is a result of seeing what we expect to see rather than looking carefully at what is there. This characteristic also works the other way - if we don’t expect to see anything interesting we tend to miss interesting possibilities. Sometimes an interesting photograph can be produced by carefully looking at an object and considering how concentrating on a detail and a careful choice of camera position can intensify the effect of that detail. The Viva Vinyl café and record store in Queen Victoria Avenue makes novel use of old records to produce, among other things, their striking lampshades. Each is unique, and it occurred to me to take a closer look from various viewpoints to see what images might suggest themselves. The lampshade nearest the door seemed to offer the best possibilities, and by carefully positioning the camera (requiring standing on tiptoe) I was able to arrange the elements to make a rather surreal face. Making the reflections within the shade appear as eyes required this exact position to maintain the symmetry.

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PLANS REVEALED FOR NEW HOMES ON TOAD’S HOLE VALLEY Plans have been revealed by St Congar Properties for 825 new family and affordable homes, with supporting infrastructure, to be built on Toad’s Hole Valley, to the west of King George VI Avenue. St Congar is working with the Toad’s Hole Valley landowners to bring forward the site in line with the council’s guidance. St Congar will not build out the site themselves, but will sell parcels of land to other developers and/or housing associations to deliver. The site is identified for development in Brighton and Hove’s City Plan Part One One possible design for the houses and is the largest greenfield square metres of office space, 4.39 hectares of open development site in the city. space (including a food growing area), and 5 hectares of It is currently remnant land from what was a downland land for a new secondary school will be made available farm. As well as the new homes, there will be 25,000 if required by the council. About 50% of the homes will be family-sized (three bedrooms or more) and 40% will be affordable, with priority for those living or working in Brighton & Hove. There may also be the opportunity to provide homes for the older generation by way of a retirement village. St Congar say that HGVs would be deterred with signage from using King George VI Avenue. They want to narrow the road to a single lane in each direction and there would be a number of access points to serve the new development, slowing traffic. They also hope to improve pedestrian and cycle routes, as well as public transport. St Congar say that the Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) at the western edge of the site is currently overgrown, inaccessible and misused. They say the development will restore this area to chalk grassland, scrub and woodland in keeping with the character of the South Downs. The dew pond will also be restored, and pedestrian/cycle paths provided. St Congar are consulting with the local community over the coming months. You can see all the information and comment at, where there is an online feedback form. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can write to Sarah Wardle at Curtin & Co, 299 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DZ. If you put the following freepost number on the front of the letter - RTEL-AYJX-KXUA – there is no need for a stamp, and she can post you further information. Please send your local articles to or call 01273 551021



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HOVE PARK PERSON: LINDSAY DAVIDSON Lindsay Davidson lives in Nevill Road and runs her own business selling Magnetic Wellness Jewellery. Where is your favourite place in the Hove Park area? My favourite place in the Hove Park area has to be Hove Park. I walk the dog there most days, and have many wonderful memories of time spent there with my sons when they were younger, especially the rides on the miniature railway. It’s such a beautiful park. What do you like to do to relax? I love yoga, walking the dogs on the beach, a great massage and pedicure and spending time with my family, How did you come to start your own business? I had a full-time job but had been looking for an exciting business opportunity for several years. I wanted to be my own boss but I knew it had to be something I would be passionate about and that could make a difference. After a chance encounter on an aircraft with a lovely lady who introduced me to the power of magnets, and to the German company Magnetix Wellness, I purchased six items to try as I had a few health issues as well as

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HOVE PARK Update from the Friends of Three Cornered Copse...

NEW TREES IN THE COPSE The last two work days for the Friends saw our group planting 400 trees in the copse, to form new hedges along the northern border of the area. The trees were available free as part of the national “I Dig Trees” programme, which is run in partnership with OVO energy and TCV. TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) are a charity dedicated to improving lives and health, by improving community spaces for people, and other practical solutions. We gratefully accepted the donation of 400 hedging whips, but they needed a bit of planting. Thankfully, some soft topsoil and a strimming preparation from our ranger, Garry, helped to ease the work, and despite the chilly conditions (5 degrees C), and helped by a large turnout, we finished in a reasonable time. The whips are a native mix designed to support wildlife. The mix is blackthorn, guelder rose, hawthorn, common

dogwood and goat willow. Canes and protective sleeves are also provided to ensure the plants get a good start. After the plants are established (we expect one in three to survive), we will of course remove the non-native plastic and canes from the area. This natural mix in the hedge will promote nesting of native song birds, insect and flora diversity. The hedge will also provide a natural noise barrier from the busy Dyke Road Avenue traffic. The I Dig Trees programme planted a staggering 250,000 trees last year. Surprisingly, the UK is one of the least wooded areas of Europe, according to The Woodland Trust, with only 13% of our area being wooded, compared to 37% for European countries. Interestingly, the 13% is considerably more than the last century. Our planting projects, mainly by the Forestry Commission, seem to be having an effect. We’re still a long way from the mythical fact of a squirrel being able to cross England, in mediaeval times, without touching the ground - in pre-agricultural times, of course. (This fact has been employed in other geographies too.) January is a quiet time for the copse, and for our group. The work days will be few, the weather will be wet or cold, or both. We will, however, begin collecting subscriptions from our many valued members. A price of £3 per household, or £2 per individual, keeps us going with website fees and materials to keep our work going in the copse. Please see: if you’d like to join our small group. Happy New Year! Simon Baxendale

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HOVE PARK Our gardening article by Nareesa Suleiman, a local garden designer...

IN THE GARDEN...JANUARY 2018 Happy New Year! After the excesses of the festive period, you may be craving some fresh air and exercise. Here are a couple of jobs that you might find invigorating... This is a good time to prune deciduous hedges, shrubs and fruit bushes as it is easier to see the framework when the leaves have fallen away. Use a sharp pair of shears or loppers to make clean diagonal cuts that slope away from the junction with the next branch; this ensures that rainwater doesn’t run back towards the junction and cause rotting. Cut close to the junction with the next branch but not so close that it causes damage to the remaining branch. If you remove lots of branches, you may want to consider hiring a shredder, chipping the branches and spreading as a mulch on the beds. Remove excess dead leaves from the soil surface especially if you have had a problem with slugs and snails in the past. Avoid walking on the soil surface; this causes soil compaction and damages the soil structure, important for maintaining healthy plants. January is a good month to introduce deciduous hedging into your garden, as long as the ground is not frozen. The cheapest way to buy hedging is as bare-root young plants, called whips. Prepare the ground by creating a trench, two spades width and a spade depth. Add well-rotted manure to half fill the trench then refill with the removed, now broken-up soil. Insert the whips at regular intervals along the length of the trench and firm in with your heel. The hedge suppliers usually have recommended planting distances. If necessary, protect the young plants from wind damage by creating a wind break from garden mesh. Attractive deciduous hedge plants include Fagus sylvatica (beech) which keeps its dried leaves through the winter, Rosa rugosa (rose) which flowers through the summer months and then has large hips in the autumn or Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ (Arrowwood) which flowers through the winter on bare branches.

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HOVE PARK Artist Peter Spells................................20 Bath Renovations Renubath...................................17 Blinds Bella Vista..................................18 Sussex Blinds.............................14 Bricklayer J.H. Brickwork............................10 Builders Walder Construction.................14 Care Home Instead Senior Care.........13 Carpentry Featherstone Furniture...............3 CP Carpentry...............................8 Chiropractor Best Practice Chiropractic...........1 Conservatories Premier Windows........................3 Countryman..............................16 Damp Solutions Brighton Damp Solutions............1 Doors Dream Doors...............................9

Electrician Kingsway Electrical.......................8 Events London to Paris Bike Ride...........20 Fitness LH Training...................................7 Change Hove..............................24 Foot Care The Hove Park Clinic...................21 Funerals Bungards....................................23 Sussex Funerals..........................11 C.P.J. Field........................................12 Furniture Featherstone Furniture................3 Garden Services MB Landscaping.........................21 Just Mowing...............................22 Flourishing Gardens...................10 Heating WhiteRidge Heating.....................6 The Central Heating Company....16 Job Opportunity Home Instead Senior Care..........10 Locksmith Lee’s Locks..................................20

Logs Brighton Log centre....................19 Kitchens Dream Doors......................................9 Nurseries and Schools Deepdene School.............................18 Benfield Primary.................................8 Pointing J.H. Brickwork...................................10 Public House The Stoneham....................................4 Roofing MB Roofing..................................1 & 2 Clarkes of Brighton...........................22 M. Marchant....................................15 Treatment Room Rental New Dawn.......................................20 Solicitors Crosby & Woods..............................10 Goodlaw Solicitors...........................12 Windows Premier Windows..............................3 Countryman.....................................16 Yoga Yoga Shanta........................................8

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Specialist Roofing Services

Keep your garden looking tidy with our professional grass and hedge care service

• Roofing Repairs • Roof Tile Replacement • Re-Roofing • Scaffolding • Slate Roofing

• Leak Repairs • Flat Roofing • Complete Roof Replacement • Fascias and Guttering

For a free building quote or estimate of repairs call us on 01273 380914 or 07786 101912 LOCAL, RELIABLE & TRUSTED Full Public Liability Insurance

07813 796 305

Company No 09982598

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A funeral plan from Bungard Funeral Directors makes perfect sense. Dedicated caring service from Richard Whittle & Ben Day

Our Funeral Plan for your peace of mind Not every funeral plan provider is independent. Make sure that you plan your funeral with an Independent Funeral Director. • Guaranteed peace of mind • • Create a plan to suit you • • Best value and service • • Independent Golden Charter trust fund guarantees financial security • • Guaranteed no more to pay for our services - no matter how high prices rise •

To discuss your funeral plans please call Richard or Ben on 01273 820018

Richard Whittle is the great, great grandson of the founder and Managing Director of Bungard Funeral Directors. Richard and his wife have recently had a son whom he hopes will one day join the family business.

Ben Day is the Principal Funeral Director of Bungard Funeral Directors. Ben lives in Hove with his wife and two children. Ben and his wife Leila are keen to support the local community and be as involved as much as possible.

90 Sackville Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3HE 01273 820018 (24 hour number) @BungardandSons

The UK’s largest independent funeral plan provider

Brighton & Hove’s oldest independent family funeral directors

Please mention Hove Park Living when responding to adverts


To advertise e-mail or call 01273 551021

Hove Park Living January 2018  
Hove Park Living January 2018