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Happy Christmas to all Kemptown residents and business owners!!! Just like the genie in the annual Christmas panto it feels like Christmas has arrived from nowhere in a puff of smoke!! Wasn’t it the summer a few weeks ago? Oh well, guess we just need to embrace it and all that comes with it!! Ho ho ho!!! We have quite a few Christmas articles for you this Yuletide in amongst our usual array of local items so have a browse and see what you discover! It would be remiss of me not to mention our advertisers this Christmas…where you can, please try and use our wonderful local businesses for your Christmas shopping and for stocking the Christmas larder. For small independent shops Christmas can be a crucial time of year to do extra business. We wish you and yours a peaceful and happy festive period!! The Kemptown Rag Team Cover picture: Peter Spells

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Here are a few Christmas events to get you in a festive mood...

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Christmas 2017 Artists Open Houses Festival Artists Open Houses in Kemptown this year include Printwerks at 1 St James Street Mews (11am-5pm), where you can buy metalwork, jewellery, paintings and more. First two weekends of December. For more information, see Santa Express Santa will be visiting Volk’s Railway on Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd December (9.30am-3pm). Trains will be running from the Aquarium Station to Halfway and back. Tickets cost £10 each for children (includes gift-making activity, visit to Santa and train ride) + £1 per accompanying adult on the train. Children’s tickets must be booked in advance at santa-express.

Rainbow Chorus Winter Concert The Rainbow Chorus hold their winter concert, The Sound of Christmas, at St George’s Church on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm, featuring songs by artists such as Queen, Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay, along with a host of seasonal classics. Book early - tickets are on sale from bpt. me/3115934 (or contact Justin on 07841 655453 if you’re not online). Carol Service at St Mary’s Church On Sunday 10 December at 5pm, St Mary’s Church will hold the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The choir will be joined by their neighbours from St George’s Church and the Ovingdean Singers. Complimentary refreshments afterwards. Messiah by Candlelight The Hanover Band and The Hanover Band Chorus bring Handel’s Messiah to life with authentic instruments at St George’s Chapel, Sunday 10th December at 7.30pm. Book online at www., phone 0333 666 3366, or buy tickets in person from the Brighton Dome. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Jam Tarts Choir Christmas Concert Brighton indie choir Jam Tarts have their Christmas concert, Snow Angels, at 7pm on Saturday 16th December at St George’s Church, with songs by Nick Cave, The Pogues, The Pretenders and many more. Tickets can be bought from www.eventbrite., but book early. Tickets are also available in person from Resident Music at 28 Kensington Gardens. Christmas Lunch at St Mary’s Church Following the Christmas Day service at 10 am, St Mary’s Church will host a simple, shared lunch. Anyone who finds themselves at a loose end on Christmas Day is invited to join in. They also welcome volunteers to help with serving, washing up, etc. For further information, please call: 01273 698601. Please send your local articles to or call 01273 551021


The latest entertainment column from Paul Thomas...

Winter Wonders December is the month for feasts and festivals as Chanukah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice are commemorated. Latke, mince pies and burning clocks herald the changing season with the longest day and shortest night on the 21st officially bringing us into winter. The night sky will provide a light show that has been wowing and guiding the crowds, including kings and queens, for millennia. Fans of intergalactic lightsabers will help Star Wars celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and the space opera has another instalment, The Last Jedi, opening on the 14th. This includes the last film role by the late Carrie Fisher as General (formerly Princess) Leia. A more earthly and at times pagan light spectacular will be the Burning the Clocks procession on Thursday 21st from 6.30pm on New Road, where the Theatre Royal is situated. As the theatre is presenting Grease, let’s hope none gets caught in the flames! Organised by SameSky, the Clocks will wind their way through the streets to the beach finale where there will be loud music and fireworks. Please don’t bring your home-made lanterns or Chinese sky lanterns or fireworks for

Burning the Clocks - photo by Ray Gibson safety reasons, but do enjoy the marking of the season. Hats, gloves and scarves are absolute necessities at events like this and also make ideal gifts. If the drop in temperature is all too much for you, why not join thousands of other “snowbirds” and head for some winter sun. Failing that, layers, layers, layers are the way to beat the chill. Forgot someone on your gift list? Don’t fret there’s always the January sales which have a habit of starting on Boxing Day… Spare a thought for all the shop workers and delivery people this season who, due to market demands, will be working hours when most people are getting together with friends and family. Emergency services don’t stop just because it’s Christmas and rely on some people giving up a chance of a festive holiday so that we can be aided where necessary. What do you get if you cross a duck with Santa? A Christmas quacker! Have a good Solstice and Christmas and may your 2018 be fortuitous. Paul Thomas To advertise e-mail or call 01273 551021


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Lift the Taboo on Bowel Cancer to Save Lives Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer but the second biggest cancer killer. Around 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day, but the good news is it can be successfully treated in over 90% of cases if caught early. The current high mortality rate is due to the high proportion of patients who are not diagnosed until the later stages of the disease when it is much harder to treat successfully. Most people are very surprised to hear how common bowel cancer is, as it is talked about much less than other common cancers, mainly due to the embarrassment many of us feel when talking about anything to do with bums and poo. In order to improve early diagnosis rates we need to get everybody talking about the disease. What can we do to reduce our own risk? Bowel Screening Bowel screening tests are posted to everyone registered with a GP once they reach 60. The test is done over the course of a few days at home and is a quick and effective way of detecting any blood in your stools which could be a sign of cancer. The test is simple to do. It’s important to put aside a few minutes to do it even if you feel healthy.  

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

The Spirit of Christmas Past in Victorian Brighton Many of Brighton’s parish churches will feature cribs and nativity plays at Christmas. But this is a relatively new tradition, dating only from about the 1930s. Before then many in the Church of England viewed cribs as a form of ‘popish’ idolatry. In the nineteenth century Roman Catholic churches often had a crib, but it was a bold Anglican priest who risked one. St Paul’s Church in West Street was rumoured to have put a Baby Jesus on display in 1857, and St James’s Church in St James’s Street did so in 1868, prompting one parishioner to storm out shouting: ‘It is perfect bosh; I say perfect rubbish.’ Instead of cribs, parish churches sprouted an astonishing amount of festive greenery. Every surface was festooned, draped and wreathed with yew, holly, ivy and hundreds of flowers – lilies, narcissi, geraniums, primulas. Bible quotations and Christian emblems were depicted in straw on grounds of moss and lichen studded with flowers and berries. Hothouse palms and poinsettias fringed pulpits, fonts and lecterns. Rood screens became vertical floral carpets and altars disappeared beneath huge chrysanthemum crosses. St Patrick’s Church in Hove

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Dickens’ classic returns to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas...

A Christmas Carol returns to The Spire After its sell out 2015 run, Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, returns this festive season to The Spire – a new arts venue, formerly St Mark’s Chapel on Eastern Road. Photo by Justine Thomson

We caught up with local resident and the person behind the project, Gary Sefton, to find out more. “As a parent, the impending pressure of Christmas is in full swing as December kicks in. Military planning goes into how to get everyone where they need to be and budgets are tight as the present list grows. Sometimes it is easy to miss the purpose of it all. Two years ago, I noticed the lack of suitable Christmas shows to take my children to (that wouldn’t break the bank) so I pulled a team together to put on a show that would both entertain and remind us of the good things at this time of year – spending time together, loving one another and being grateful for what we have.” With five star reviews and all the seats sold out, the production transferred to Corby last Christmas, before returning this year to its home at The Spire. You can join tightfisted, money-grabbing Scrooge as he journeys through Dickens’ masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, with carols, candles, mince pies, mulled wine and, of course, some ghostly goingson. The show runs from 13-28 December with two shows daily and tickets from £10. Find out more about the show, the team behind it and how to buy tickets at


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tingle. I liked it. I went back. Now that I am finally listening, I love the language of Yoga. Find softness in the strength, it urges, and strength in the softness. Gym-bunny scoffed at that soft; and Stressed Woman struggled to acknowledge strength. I had no idea that the trick is to embrace it all. So did it work? Can I stand on my head? No. But I have learnt to look at the world in a different way. Ask me the question again, go on… Can I stand on my head? Not yet. We have the ability to hold two opposing thoughts in our minds and still function, beautifully. A notion that might be comforting at this time of year as we move with unnerving speed from Christmas lists of indulgence to New Year’s punishing resolutions. Have a very merry Christmas, Kemptown. And when New Year comes around be kind and open in your resolve. I practise Yoga with Chloe from 6pm – 7.15pm every Thursday at Yellowave. sea; feeling literally grounded as I pressed each toe firmly into the mat; and reaching my arms wide – so wide - in a warrior position that it made my fingers

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A campaign to help people in fuel poverty...

Brighton Lions Club - Project Wenceslas Brighton Lions Club is launching Project Wenceslas, a campaign to help combat fuel poverty in Brighton and Hove. People who receive the annual Winter Fuel Payment and feel they do not need it are invited to donate the amount to Brighton Lions, who can assure that every penny will go towards helping to alleviate fuel poverty. Fuel poverty has increased mainly due to rising energy prices. Although excess winter deaths occur in both warm and cold houses, it is evident that there is a much higher risk of death in the latter. Deaths in the coldest houses are three times as high as in warmer ones and more people die from cold housing than die on the roads each year. Most deaths occur among people aged 65 or over. The main causes of excess winter deaths are heart attacks and strokes caused by increased blood pressure from living in a cold home, as well as respiratory and breathing infections. The cold can lower the immune system’s resistance to respiratory

infections. In vulnerable groups, infections such as flu and pneumonia can be life threatening. ln addition, the cold makes it harder to move around. Arthritis can become worse and general strength can decrease, which leads to a greater risk of accidents and injuries, and older people are more likely to have a fall. Mental health is also affected. Some people become cut off from friends and family because they don’t want to invite them into a cold house. Cold housing can also make it difficult for children to study or do homework, therefore affecting their education, work opportunities and long-term health. Direct applications for help will not be accepted; all referrals must be made through agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK to ensure all the donated money goes to the people who really need help with fuel poverty. There will be complete anonymity as all that is required for payment to be made is the energy company’s name and the account number. Donations can be made by credit/debit cards through Brighton Lions Club’s website at www. or cheques payable to Brighton Lions Club should be sent to the club at Lions Dene, The Deneway, Brighton, BN1 5AZ. People sending cheques are asked to confirm that their donations may be treated as Gift Aid so that the value of the donation can be increased by 25%.

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A new exhibition at Brighton Museum...

John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints 12 Dec 2017 – 3 June 2018, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery The significance of John Piper’s Brighton Aquatints book - published just after the outbreak of war in November 1939 - in his artistic development is widely recognised, but has never before been explored in detail. The slim volume of landscape views, with its marbled paper boards, hovered on the brink of Victorian pastiche; while his choice of a printmaking medium redolent of the early 19th century seemed a perfect match for the architectural period of the town. But for all the nostalgia of its subject and style, Brighton Aquatints was a clear indicator of Piper’s awareness of avant-garde art.  This display will explore Brighton Aquatints through related books, letters, sketches, prints and designs. It will coincide with the publication of a new edition of Piper’s Brighton Aquatints, published by The Mainstone Press.

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20th - 27th December 2017 Windmill Theatre

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Would you like to learn to lip read?

Lip Reading at Hampshire Lodge “He’s Mutton Jeff and has lost it!” I wanted to share my experience of attending lip reading classes in the hope it encourages you to go along. First, a bit about my deafness. I started to lose hearing in my right ear about 50 years ago. The ENT specialist told me I had a smouldering ear infection, since childhood. I knew I had a small hole in the eardrum. The infection threatened to spread and cause meningitis.  I had a large operation in 1990, lost the middle of the three little bones in my right ear. The surgeon saved my brain but couldn’t save my hearing. He looked crestfallen when, on removal of the ear dressings, I was totally deaf in that ear. He had hoped to bring back my hearing. My deafness had come on gradually, with a sudden total loss after the operation. One-sided deafness but still a good left ear. Unfortunately, in my family relatives all get age


Lip reading teacher Gill with her Hearing Dog

deafness. Horrible to find that you cannot hear; everybody thinks you are demented and ignores you frequently, either talking quietly amongst themselves or shouting at you so that you can hear. (Advice: go twice as near and you hear four times as well. Don’t shout.) Deafness isn’t silence, it is noisy silence. Tuning early radios made a horrible hissing or whistling noise if slightly off station. Tinnitus, a drumming, waterfall, screaming or buzzing noise, can drive you to distraction. “Humour him, poor boy, he’s deaf.” Are they saying rude things about me?  The moment I walked through the door of my lip reading class my life changed. I was with friends who all understood. Better still, the teacher understood! My confidence rocketed and I now have a friend who has almost perfect lip reading ability because he is so severely deaf.

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Try a taster class, have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. Early days for me but I now use lip reading every day especially when it’s noisy at meetings and pubs. I’m so glad I took the first step and made that call. Mike Sharman If you would like to go along to the lip reading group at Hampshire Lodge (Upper St James’s Street), contact Gill at

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Kemptown Rag December 2017