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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag! In our April edition we have information on the 10th Brighton Marathon – good luck to anyone participating, especially if you’ve run them all. We also have details of this year’s chosen City Reads book, Let Me Be Like Water, which is partly set in Kemptown. Katherine Prior brings us another fascinating local history article and William Mills has some springtime advice on looking after your plants, while Gary Walker gives us his own inimitable take on Brexit! We also have news from the council on the results of the recent public consultation on the Pride Village Party. Have a great April and Happy Easter! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: James O’Sullivan

Contents... Page 4 Old Photo Page 7 Brighton Run2Music Page 7 Crowdfunding for Kemptown Carnival Page 9 City Reads 2019 Page 9 Brighton Marathon Weekend 2019 Page 11 Local History... Page 13 Greenfingers - Spring 2019 Page 15 Pride Village Party to continue in St James’s Street! Page 17 Full English Brexit

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Brighton Run2Music Brighton Run2Music is Brighton’s most entertaining running event this year and encourages people of all ages and genders to run together, listening to live DJs and music on big speakers along the course. Runners will be entertained by a Capital FM DJ, dancers, gymnasts and musicians, and there will be prizes for the best fancy dress. The event is organised by the team who bring you the Brighton and Hove Triathlon. Brighton Run2Music is on Saturday 11 May on Madeira Drive, at around 11am. For more information visit www.brightonRun2Music.com.

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Crowdfunding for Kemptown Carnival Kemptown Carnival is planned to return to the streets of Kemptown village on June 1st this year. As well as a series of carnival-themed fundraising events and activities across the city, a crowdfunding campaign with an assortment of rewards and participatory opportunities will be launching this April. By donating to the crowdfunder, the people of Brighton and Hove will be able to show their support for this much-loved community arts carnival. Rewards include: a parade participation pack, come and join the community bloco in the Kemptown Carnival parade; a digital album featuring some of Brighton’s finest artists and musicians; exclusive Carnival prints, t-shirts and artwork; and the opportunity to become a patron for the Kemptown Carnival. All money raised through this crowdfunder will go to support the Kemptown Carnival 2019 and ensure it can continue for many years to come. To find out how you can support this crowdfunding campaign or to volunteer and get involved with the Carnival itself, please visit www.kemptowncarnival.com.

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News of this year’s City Reads book...

City Reads 2019 City Reads is an annual citywide reading festival, when one book is selected for everyone to read. This year it runs from 23rd April to 12th May as part of the Brighton Festival and the chosen title is “Let Me Be Like Water” by S.K. Perry, who at 29 years old is the youngest writer ever chosen. Sarah Perry was born in Croydon but currently lives in Leeds. She said: “I have a deep love for Brighton and Hove and feel really moved that, through City Reads, “Let Me Be Like Water” will reach more of the city’s readers.” In the book, songwriter Holly is in a state of limbo, having impulsively escaped to Brighton following the death of her boyfriend. The solitude she had so craved in London leaves her feeling alone in her grief. It is when she meets Frank, a retired gay magician, that the tide begins to turn. Gradually, as she is introduced to his eclectic group of friends, she starts to heal.

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The Brighton Marathon is back on 14th April...

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On Saturday 13th April, the 2019 Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile Races (age 7-17) take place from 10am in Preston Park. Events on Sunday 14th April begin at 7am with the inaugural BM Ride – the city’s first ever closed-road cycling event. The 50km course starts and finishes on Hove Lawns. At 9am the BM10k starts in Preston Park. The Brighton Marathon starts at 9.45am from Preston Park, finishing on Madeira Drive. Last year Stuart Hawkes took the men’s title, while the women’s race was won by Helen Davies. For information on road closures, see www.brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/ travel/road-closures. To be part of Brighton Marathon Weekend, find out about volunteering at www. brightonmarathonweekend.co.uk/volunteer.

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Our local history article from Katherine Prior at St Mary’s Church…

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assurance that ‘every abomination’ would be committed before the day was out. He despaired of ‘the shameful sins of this neighbourhood’. But the churches did not miss out entirely. Easter Sunday was their big day, when they were packed with worshippers, who had to navigate what the newspapers referred to as ‘floricultural embellishments’ - elaborate floral installations that engulfed chancel screens, altars and fonts. Attendance was counted in the thousands. The really big Easter event at Brighton, however, was the Volunteer Review – a vast gathering of volunteer militiamen. In 1861, Lord Ranelagh, leader of the Volunteer movement, staged the first review at Brighton partly to demonstrate how quickly trains could transport soldiers to parts of the country thought vulnerable to invasion from France. In that first year, over 12,000 men were despatched from London to Brighton in three hours. The Review quickly became the principal fixture in Brighton’s Easter calendar. The Ship Hotel served as the military headquarters, the Dome was commandeered for church services for the troops, and the Racecourse became a parade ground, with march pasts before visiting royalty and local worthies. The highlight came on Easter Monday, when the militiamen staged a huge mock battle on the Downs, watched by thousands of spectators. The numbers were impressive. In 1871, 26,000 volunteers from 68 battalions played out an elaborate war game between ‘invaders’ who had landed at Rottingdean and defensive forces stationed at Warren Farm and Upper Bevendean. These spectacles declined after Ranelagh’s death in 1885, but a faint echo of them remains in the name of the Ranelagh pub in High Street. Katherine Prior

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Our gardening column by William Mills...

Greenfingers... Spring 2019 Spring is here once again, and now is an ideal time to consider which plants are going to decorate our homes infusing them with brilliant colours and diverse scents. Whether we buy flowers to put in a vase, or spend ages in a florist choosing a perfect potted variety, spring always brings us plenty to do with our plants. As the days get longer, and hopefully warmer at this time of year, most plants are beginning their growth cycle once more. However, before they start growing vigorously it’s a good time to repot them, and any that are still dormant. It is important to do this before the first shoots appear, so check your plant carefully for any signs of growth, particularly green bumps on their trunks which indicate new shoots about to burst forth. Shake the plant out of the old pot and don’t be frightened to trim back any roots with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, particularly if they are mushy or smell mouldy. If they don’t look good, leave the plant out of its pot until they have dried out then cut away any rotten parts. Always use the best potting compost for fresh soil, and buying it from a garden centre usually works out best. Some plants thrive if only moved up one pot size. Others like to be in as large a pot as possible, so it is sensible to read up on your plant first. One of our plants that have survived the winter outside successfully is our large yucca plant. About two years ago it had grown too large for its spot upstairs, so in desperation I cut it back and put it outside, indifferent to its fate. However it promptly sprouted again, and unsure what to do with it I left it in our unheated greenhouse.

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News from the council...

Pride Village Party to continue in St James’s Street Brighton & Hove City Council’s Tourism, Development and Culture Committee has given approval for the Pride Village Party (PVP) to continue to be held in the St James’s Street area of the city as part of the annual Pride event.

A public consultation, which sought the views of residents, businesses and stakeholders on the event, received over 2,800 responses. The consultation asked whether the PVP should continue in its current form and whether it should be relocated to Madeira Drive or another part of the city. People were also invited to comment on other aspects of the event. • M  ost of the responses (over 68%) were in favour of keeping the event at St James’s Street • P  eople either strongly agreed or tended to agree that the PVP had a positive effect on the city • O  ver 80% of respondents strongly agreed or tended to agree that the PVP should continue

Community Interest Company. Chair of the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, Councillor Alan Robins, said: “It is clear from the responses we received from the public consultation on the Pride Village Party that the majority of people, including residents as well as the emergency services, want the event to continue on St James’s Street. The event has been well managed by Pride organisers, who since taking on the event in 2015 have put resources in place to manage the disruption to local people including additional security personnel, street cleaning and toilets. The annual Pride event is an important fixture in the city’s calendar and we look forward to the event returning again this August.”

• M  ore than 63% of respondents strongly agreed or tended to agree that there should be no change to the current arrangements • 5  9% of those who responded felt that the event felt safer since it had been ticketed The consultation responses and the contributions made by Pride organisers, as well as statutory agencies, were included in a report reviewed by councillors at the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee on 7th March.

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Our columnist Gary Walker’s take on Brexit...

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