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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag! This month we have a competition to win two tickets to the Luna Beach Cinema, which will be back on Brighton beach from 31st July. We also have details of upcoming Pride events. The founder of Pool to Pier, Brighton’s first sea swimming course, tells us how the course has grown over the last 10 years – they are planning a number of events to mark their anniversary – and we hear from a volunteer for local charity Time to Talk Befriending on the benefits of befriending. Volunteers are particularly needed in this part of the city. We didn’t quite get the weather most of us wanted in June... Here’s to a sunny July! The Kemptown Rag Team

Contents... Page 4 Old Photo Page 7 Pool to Pier Page 9 Brighton Pride Page 11 Local History from St Mary’s Page 13 Greenfingers Page 15 Catherine Considine Page 17 Luna Beach Cinema Page 19 Befriending Charlotte Page 21 Bike Sup Brighton Page 22 List of Advertisers

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Eastern Road All Souls’ Church on the south side of Eastern Road, backing onto Hereford Street. It was demolished in 1968 in the interests of road widening, the parish having been joined with St Mary’s. The church was 135 years old at the time of its destruction. This photo was taken in 1967. 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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St. George’s Community Centre (beneath St. George’s Church) St. George’s Church houses the St. George’s Community Centre. We have a range of spaces for hire, from conference rooms to hall size, at very reasonable rates from £4.25 - £9.60 per hour. Rooms have projection facilities available and there is access to a kitchenette. We host a wide variety of events from children’s parties, through dance/ yoga classes to NHS training days. The centre is open from 8:30 until late most days (Sundays by arrangement) so do feel free to come in and see what is going on and what we have to offer. Enquiries can be made by contacting Chris Ryan on 01273 279448 (ext. 2) or emailing him at inthecrypt@msn.com. Church Sunday Service 10:30am followed by tea and coffee. (Parish office telephone: 01273 279448 Ext. 1) Café Opening Hours Weekdays from 9:00am until 2:30 pm (catering for events by arrangement. Telephone 01273 279448 Ext. 3)

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Ten years of Pool to Pier! “Pool to Pier” - Brighton’s first sea swimming course - is ten years old this summer. Since it started with 13 plucky pool swimmers in 2009, it’s grown into one of the most popular courses in the city with the aim of turning competent pool swimmers into confident sea swimmers. Almost 1,000 swimmers have taken part and become confident at swimming round the Palace Pier and beyond. Based at the Brighton Swimming Centre in Kemptown and the beach on Madeira Drive, the year-round programme focuses on stroke development, stamina, tides and currents, and becoming proficient and capable open water swimmers. Paul Smith, who founded Pool to Pier, commented: “I was smitten with sea swimming myself and wondered if other people would be equally interested and passionate about the sea. I always had an environmental perspective in the back of my mind that the more people who swam in the sea, the more people who would care about the sea!” The swimmers who have completed Pool to Pier have been from very diverse backgrounds, but they share similar aims – they are keen to learn something new, have an adventurous spirit and often see open sea

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swimming as a way to “switch off” from a hectic life. During the ten years we have encountered a fascinating range of marine life including dolphins, porpoises and seals, and keeping the beach and sea clean is paramount. The environment is too big an issue now not to see litter (especially plastic) as everyone’s problem. We should always think, “Yes, it’s not our litter – but it’s our ocean!” It’s been an immense privilege to help introduce both adults and teenagers to the sea. I now see many of them swimming every day in the sea and I can see how it’s beneficially impacted on their lives. I’m so grateful for their support and for that of my team of coaches and lifeguards. We’ve planned a number of events to mark our anniversary including a huge beach clean, a swim on route to the wind farms and a social reunion with former swimmers. We are passionate about the sea and are looking forward eagerly to the next ten years. If you would like to find out more about the Pool to Pier programme, please get in touch. 01273 434400 www.pooltopier.com. Paul Smith Pool to Pier, Brighton Swimming Centre

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Not long to go until Brighton Pride...

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It was his voice, which did not break during adolescence, that led him into drag. He was born Isaac Whitehouse in Birmingham in 1883, the son of a brass finisher who had worked his way up to own a small foundry. He was working for his father and contemplating a career in chemistry, when his sister’s singing teacher, the contralto Grace Ivell, overheard him singing effortlessly at the top of the countertenor range. She took him on as a pupil and by the time he was 20 he was singing professionally as a tenor and a male soprano. From there it was a short step – possibly not one approved by his father, who was also a Wesleyan preacher – to a career in vaudeville as a female impersonator. His first shows billed him as ‘The Perfect Lady and The Perfect Man’, and featured him switching rapidly between costumes and voices. Quite soon, however, the lady came to dominate,

and he became as famous for his exquisite gowns as for his singing and comic turns. In 1910, he married Rachel Isaacs, a London variety artist known professionally as Ray Hartley. After the birth of their daughter Betty in 1911, Ray returned to the stage with Bert, performing solo dances during his costume changes. In time, Betty joined the act too. Bert was on the cusp of success in America when the Great War began. He spent most of the war performing in Britain, but appears to have had a stint in 1918 entertaining American forces on the Western Front. After the war, his fame soared. He had top billing in Britain, Ireland, America, South Africa and Australia. Music publishers clamoured to feature his photo on sheet music covers, and dozens of postcards were published showing him as a perfectly primped flapper girl. In the 1930s, nearing 50, he shifted his drag act from believable illusion to the broad comedy of pantomime. He performed in Brighton virtually every Christmas until the Second World War. A superlative Widow Twankey and Dame Hubbard, he used to bring the house down with his song ‘Nobody loves a fairy when she’s old.’ He and Ray were living at Fairways, on Dyke Road, when he died of an asthma attack on 29 November 1949. For one recently so celebrated, his death was surprisingly little noticed in the press. Katherine Prior

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eaking up for the long summer holidays. A trip ws and fields of golden ripening grain - wheats sea. summer long and well into the autumn. The flowers are simply gorgeous and the trick is seeing if more than one bud at a time will explode into exotic colour overnight. To have two flowers open at the same time is an achievement, but three simultaneously gives oneself a sense of pride. Misting in the summer is still important as the air indoors will never be as moist as outside overnight. Some guides caution against misting plants when they are flowering or in direct sunshine. I usually mist first thing in the morning, particularly if a long, hot day is forecast, and again in the evening seeking to replicate the dew they would experience outside.

William has lived in Brighton since 1987 as well as visiting many times as a child. He writes novels for children and two are being published this summer. Pirates Deep takes us on a thrilling sailing adventure in the Mediterranean, and for younger readers, much loved Snappy the Shark’s latest adventure is Snappy and the Brighton Eco Warriors. Both are available as eBooks and paperbacks, from Amazon or your local bookstore.

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Just before the windmill there is a steep incline. I rely on shuffle play like an oracle – the song that lands predicts the ease with which I will climb. Hurt by Christina Aguilera never bodes well. Today Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars come to the rescue with a bit of Uptown Funk. Don’t believe me, just watch! It’s an 8K run from our home to the windmill and back. This summer I am developing a strange distance-based knowledge of Brighton because I have pledged to run 500km to raise £500 for dementia. It works out at about 25km a week, squeezed in around work and life and dinner. I am not one of life’s natural athletes so the pop party in my head is the thing that keeps me on-track. With all those up and downs and doubts and triumphs, I’m learning that running is a good metaphor for life. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of Bonkers with Dizzee Rascal. But when things get tough you have to call on higher powers. Sometimes you need Beyoncé. I might not feel like running but as Bey would say: I’ma keep running, cos a winner don’t quit on themselves. Catherine writes about Love, Kemptown and Other Distractions at www.extraordinaryordinary.blog.

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School holiday adventures... Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) - one of the fastest growing water sports in the world - is taking the UK by storm with a number of active and enthusiastic SUP communities springing up across the South East. Calum, co-director at Bike SUP Brighton (an adventure sports company based in Brighton) outlines why mountain biking and SUP combine to make the perfect adventure experience: “SUP has similarities to other water sports like surfing or kayaking, but it is much more accessible than either. Beginners can achieve a basic level of competence relatively quickly and it is suitable for a wide variety of ages. It’s incredibly relaxing once you get the hang of it! Mountain biking offers more of a thrill, as you get that rush of adrenaline by exploring and navigating flowing trails. Both activities give people the opportunity to invest in both their physical and mental wellbeing.” If you have tried SUPing you’ll appreciate the physical benefits - although it looks quite sedate you’ll still probably discover muscles you never knew you had!

As a BSUPA instructor, Calum adds that “once you have got to grips with the basic paddle technique, SUPing can be a fantastic way to unwind, engage your core and escape the urban jungle.” Visitors to Sussex beaches may have seen SUPs out in the waves, but there is an abundance of inland SUP venues in Sussex too, including rivers such as the Arun, Ouse and Adur, with many routes providing a chance to escape and enjoy unspoilt beauty and an abundance of wildlife. First-timers will appreciate the accessibility, safety and views of the meanders at Cuckmere Haven, whereas more experienced paddlers can enjoy the fast-flowing fun of the rivers Adur and Arun. Mountain bikers are also spoilt for choice in the Sussex area, with great riding to be had at Friston and Bedgebury forest, not to mention the abundance of secret singletrack spots for more experienced riders. With the numbers of SUPs set to increase again this summer, Calum notes that new paddlers should have a good understanding of the potential hazards, including wind and tides, and should consider doing a ‘ready to ride’ course with a BSUPArecognised school. Bike SUP Brighton offer Paddle Board and Bike Adventure Days over the school holidays for 12-15 year olds as well as Paddle Board lessons for all ages and adventure days for groups. For more information visit www.bikesupbrighton.com

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