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Kemptown Rag January 2019 / Issue 143 / www.kemptownrag.co.uk

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Happy New Year to all Kemptown residents! We hope you had a lovely Christmas. The years seem to go by so quickly and January is here again with many of us making New Year’s resolutions. We have an article this month on Table Talk Brighton, a great new scheme to get people talking at cafés, which is being supported in Kemptown by Cup of Joe and Portland in St George’s Road and by the two main cafés at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. We also feature new pub The Daddy Longlegs, and Katherine Prior has an article on what it would have been like to grow up in Chesham Place at the end of the 19th century. Happy New Year! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: “Marmalade Skies” by Lyn Rohde

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Old Photo Local Person

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Table Talk Local History from St Mary’s

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Madeira Drive Swimming Pool Kemptown Carnival Greenfingers Steve Parry Column

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Madeira Terrace Update Index

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St George’s Road This photograph dates from between 1855 and 1860. It features St George’s Church, built in 1824-5, as well as Portland House. The original house, begun in May 1824, was destroyed by fire in September 1825. Rebuilt in the same form but split into three separate houses, it was reconstructed soon after this photograph was taken. The mansion was acquired after the First World War by St Dunstan’s Institute and renamed Pearson House. Its façade was preserved when it was restored and extended in 1971. Thanks to the Regency Society for this image from their photographic archives, The James Gray Collection. You can see thousands more historic pictures of Brighton and Hove at: www.regencysociety-jamesgray.com.

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Meet the manager of a new local pub...

Kemptown Person... Anya Wlodarczyk of The Daddy Longlegs Anya Wlodarczyk is the manager of The Daddy Longlegs in Arundel Road, which opened at the end of October. Tell us more about The Daddy Longlegs... It’s a brand new project created by Chris, the owner of The Plotting Parlour cocktail bar which is in the heart of Kemp Town. The idea is to create a country pub in town....a little escape from the city. Our pub has a beautiful interior with a relaxed atmosphere and a stunning garden which will work a treat in the summer. We specialise in natural wine, local bubbly, premium spirits and you can always find a few cocktails on our menu. Have your first few weeks gone well? The first few weeks have gone very well. We have been open for two months now and have already got some lovely regulars.

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A great new project to get people talking...

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TABLE TALK has been launched. The mission is to make Brighton even more friendly by offering opportunities to talk to new people. The simple idea is that cafés have an assigned table, marked with a TABLE TALK BRIGHTON stand, where people sit if they’re happy to talk to other customers. It’s for everyone, alone, with a friend, child or carer. We want people to TAKE TIME TO TALK. The idea developed when sadly there were accounts of people going for days without speaking to anyone. We want an assigned table to become the norm in city cafés. Some cafés will offer TABLE TALK all the time whilst others on a specific day or time. Details are on the website www.tabletalkbrighton.org or Facebook.com/tabletalkbrighton. Why not give this a try as the new year starts? We’d love to hear of your experiences - email tabletalk@ onechurchbrighton.org

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ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH- the heart of Kemptown St. George’s is the Kemp Town Community Church. As well as Sunday services we house St. George’s café (weekdays 9:00am- 2:30pm) and the Kemp Town Crypt Community Centre (spaces to let for as little as £4.25 an hour). Our welcoming children’s play area is open at any time that the church is, including throughout services. Church Sunday Service 10.30 am followed by tea and coffee Cafe Opening Hours Weekdays from 9.00am until 2.30p.m (catering for events by arrangement) Kemptown Crypt Community Centre Opening Hours 8.00am until late. Bookings for the Community Centre and the Church Can be made by contacting us on 01273 279448 (ext. 1 to book church services, ext. 4 for the cafe, ext. 2 for all other bookings)

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

Growing up in Chesham Place... Lt Donald Hankey of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment is best known for his essays on the Great War, published as A Student of War, but he also left some gentle recollections of his Brighton childhood. He was born at 1, Chesham Place in 1884, the youngest child of Robert Alers Hankey and his Adelaide-born wife, Helen Bakewell. Robert had made a comfortable sum of money as a pastoralist in South Australia in the 1860s, and retired to Brighton in about 1875. Of Chesham Place, Donald wrote: ‘I remember a big house, in a row of other big houses, in a side street leading from the East Cliff at Brighton right up to the edge of the bare rolling downs… Stucco fronted with four stories and a basement, three windows in front on each of the upper stories, and two windows and a door on the ground floor and basement… It was exactly like thousands of other houses built in the beginning of the nineteenth century. High, respectable, ugly, and rather inconvenient, with many stairs, two or three big rooms, a lot of small ones, and no bathroom. It

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Donald Hankey (1884-1916), photographed after his promotion to Sergeant in the Rifle Brigade, 1914; courtesy of the State Library of South Australia

was essentially a family house, intended for people of moderate means and large families.’ As a toddler, he recalled being tucked into his pram for bracing walks on Madeira Drive. He would have preferred to stay indoors playing with his wooden soldiers and stone bricks. He loved his bedroom: ‘a very small room, looking west. The south-west gales beat upon the window in the winter, and not so far away is the roar of the sea. It is good to curl up in a nice warm little bed, and listen to the howling of the wind and the waves.’ It was his oldest brother Hugh, a larger-than-life figure, who drew him out of himself: ‘He was a tremendous walker, and first taught me to love great tramps over the downs, to sniff appreciatively the glorious air, and to love their bare, storm-swept outlines. Hugh stood for all that is wholesome, strenuous, out of doors in my life.’ Tragically, Hugh was killed in the South African War in 1900, and Donald’s adored mother died months later. He thereafter struggled to find his calling, first joining the army, then studying theology at Oxford University, then working with the poor in London. He fought in the Great War initially as an enlisted man, before accepting that it was his duty to serve as an officer. He was killed on the Somme on 12th October 1916, aged 32. His name is inscribed on the All Souls’ War Memorial that now hangs in St Mary’s Church. Katherine Prior

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Local news...

Swimming Pool Plan Rejected In December Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee rejected a planning application by Sea Lanes Brighton to build a temporary open-air heated swimming pool on the former Peter Pan Playground site on Madeira Drive, although council officers had recommended the scheme be approved. The proposed pool would have been 25m x 12.5m, with a retractable beach mat from the site to the seawater edge, enabling access to the sea for wheelchair users. There would also have been changing rooms and 39 relocatable business units. Councillors were concerned about the impact of the development on the rare ecological habitat and also about the design, height and bright colours of the business units. Joe McNulty, Director at Sea Lanes Brighton Ltd, said: “We are shocked with the decision. The opportunity to build the national open water swimming centre in Brighton appears lost.”

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Kemptown Carnival to return in 2019

The Kemptown Carnival is set to return on 1st June 2019, in partnership with the Brighton Palace Pier.about The Anatomy of your Ene Learn to enable you to make The Kemptown Carnival Community Interestpositive change Company’s first public meetingofatyour the end all aspects life.of October had a great turn-out. The carnival will soon announce an exciting line-up of music and community events running from February to June at the Palace Pier, Concorde 2, St George’s Church and the Spiegeltent. To find out more, email info@kemptowncarnival.com.

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Our gardening column by William Mills...

Greenfingers January always conjures up images of Jack Frost’s icy grip but winter doesn’t have to be bleak if we stay warm and cosy indoors with plenty to do. Outside the first snowdrops may already be out and colourful yellow daffodils can appear as early as the first week in February. Indoors, most house plants enjoy a good rest for a couple of months when it is important not to over water them. Compost usually should be just moist and it’s sensible to remember that central heating can dry plants out so the occasional misting can be beneficial. Of course there are always plants flowering, and hyacinth bulbs with their bright flowers and strong scent are a firm favourite. A visit to your nearest florist is always worthwhile as they are bound to stock the varieties which are in flower at this time of year. A word of caution over cold drafts. Plants require fresh air but if a window is opened on a frosty day

the cold can quickly kill sensitive plants. It can be heart breaking to watch a plant continue to grow then slowly die off later in the year. Once frost has got into the bark plants won’t recover, which is why leaving them alone during cold weather is wise, and waiting patiently for spring. I enjoy making an open fire because it circulates the air indoors and gives my home a snug feel and encourages me to be creative. Writing can be a rewarding as well as enjoyable activity. I do enjoy seeing my articles in print in the Kemptown Rag and elsewhere, however since 2016 when I published my first novel, I increasingly find my time taken up with proof reading and marketing. At the time of writing I’ve yet to persuade any bookshop in Brighton to stock any of my works. I understand the idea of only stocking successful, established authors, but we all have to make a start somewhere. However, because my books are about the sea and sailing, the yacht chandlery at Lady Bee Marina in Shoreham Harbour, GP Barnes Ltd, have kindly stocked several copies and I’ve yet to find anywhere closer to my home in Kemptown.

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The latest column from Steve Parry...

A look at the challenges ahead At the beginning of 2019 it is our responsibility to look at challenges ahead and to develop a strategy for achieving change over the next 12 months. However, my thoughts on the future start by looking at events 100 years ago. In 1919 the Paris Peace Conference opened at the Palace of Versailles showing that talk must always resolve issues involving violence and upheaval no matter its severity; Nancy Astor became the first woman MP (the second to be elected but the first to take her seat); the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic; demands to reduce the working week from 57 to 47 hours resulted in the Battle of George Square in Glasgow; around 1,000 peaceful protesters were slaughtered by the British Army in the Punjab with the killings only ending when ammunition ran out - the Amritsar Massacre; widespread racially motivated violence in London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Salford, Hull, South Shields, Newport, Barry; massive demonstrations, industrial action,

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within a developed economy or a civilised society.

The Paris Peace Conference in 1919

The nature of government, national and local, is more representative than 100 years ago but still requires major change. Whilst accepting that certain problems are beyond the ability of local government to solve alone, there is too strong a culture of blaming someone else and thinking of reasons why something cannot be done rather than how can the council work with the local community to deal with tasks.

and revolutionary demands when the Government deployed warships, tanks and troops against British workers because of social unrest. The Mail called 1919 “Britain’s Year of Revolution”. 100 years later what challenges do we face here in Brighton? Are any of the same magnitude as 1919? Will the cataclysmic events resulting from WW1 and the crumbling of the British Empire be comparable to the results of the Government’s European policies, the ever growing threat of environmental devastation and the increasing poverty and inequality in the UK? As in 1919, housing, in terms of availability, quality and cost, is a major problem that should not exist

Our community must ensure that 2019 will bring new energy and ideas to tackle Brighton and Hove’s failing housing policies, its absence of effective policy on the health and protection of our environment, and the plundering of public resources by private companies. If things do not change we will be back to the social unrest of 1919. It is our responsibility! Steve Parry The Kemptown Rag is happy to publish views on local issues. This doesn’t mean it either agrees or disagrees with subjects covered. If you live locally and want to express a different viewpoint, please email us at info@kemptownrag.co.uk.

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News from the council...

Madeira Terrace update The council’s second bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the Madeira Terrace restoration has been unsuccessful. The HLF said there was nothing wrong with the bid, but they simply don’t have enough funding for all the projects that applied.

However, the council are continuing to work on the first three crowdfunded arches (at the western end of the terrace) and are working towards an on-site start

date of spring 2019. A dedicated project manager is now in post and key priorities over the next three months include: getting enabling work started for the first three, crowdfunded, arches at the western end of the terrace; applying for listed building consent; and installing a site office on Madeira Drive. Specially commissioned Madeira Terrace merchandise is now available to buy. Profits will go to the Madeira Terrace Restoration fund. The items are available at the Brighton Centre, the Royal Pavilion gift shop and Brighton Museum gift shop. Community campaigner Jax Atkins and her team raised a further £9,000 through their mid-summer raffle – bringing their fundraising total to more than £26,000! Jax is currently collecting prizes for another raffle – tickets will be on sale in the spring. If you are able to donate a prize, please contact Jax: chemicaljax@ntlworld.com. Jax also leads a team of volunteers who meet monthly to clean up the area around Madeira Terrace. To join the community clean-ups go to the “Madeira Terraces & Black Rock Past Present & Future” Facebook group. Local firm Building Green, who look after the green wall at Madeira Terrace, would welcome volunteers to help plant out some new Japanese spindle trees in the spring. If you’re able to help, please contact James Farrell through their website: building-green. org.uk/contact-us/

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