Kemptown Rag November 2018

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Kemptown Rag November 2018 / Issue 141 /

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Zar’s Barbers 12 Bristol Road, Kemptown, BN2 1AP

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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag The nights are drawing in now, but we’ve got plenty of local events to look forward to, including a fabulous concert of “Spiritual Music from Afghanistan and India” at St George’s Church – we speak to John Baily who is one of the performers. 11th November is the centenary of the end of the First World War, which will be marked by “Battle’s Over”, a nationwide day of commemorative events, and we have information on some Kemptown Remembrance services. To make the publication even more useful for you we are proud to introduce to you this month When you see an advert with the Trusted and Local logo on it, go to the website to read local reviews of that business. The Kemptown Rag Team Cover picture: Lyne Rohde see

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Sunday 25th November at 10:30am – “Stir Up Sunday”. We make our Christmas pudding ready to mature for the big day. Sunday 2nd December at 10:30am – “Hanging the Greens”. A traditional service celebrating the decoration of our homes (and churches!) with evergreen boughs. Sunday 23rd December at 10:30am – Decorating the tree. Sunday 23rd December from 6:00pm until 7:00pm (in time for the children’s bedtime!) – 9 Lessons and Carols. Join us in a short service of traditional readings and lots of well-known carols. Please join us for refreshments after the service. Monday 24th December at 4:00pm – Christingle Service. Children’s Christmas Eve Service. Where are the Nativity figures hidden this year? Monday 24th December at 11.30pm – Midnight Mass. Tuesday 25th December at 10:00 – Christmas Day Service Church Sunday Service – 10:30am followed by tea and coffee Café open – Weekdays from 9am until 2:30pm (catering for events by arrangement) Kemp Town Crypt Community Centre opening hours – 8:00am until late. Bookings for both the Church and the Community Centre can be made by contacting us on

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Meet an expert in Afghan music who will be playing at a local concert...

Kemptown Person – John Baily John Baily is Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology and Head of the Afghanistan Music Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He and his wife Veronica Doubleday live in Kemptown. They are renowned ethnomusicologists and, with Marc Clayton, will be giving a concert at St George’s Church on 15th November to help raise money to restore the church bell, which is an important part of Kemptown’s soundscape. How did you become interested in the music of Afghanistan? I visited the country in 1965 and 1970 and heard live music there. When as a student at Sussex University I discovered ethnomusicology as a door into the music of the world, Afghanistan, with its variety of lute-type instruments, was an obvious place to conduct research.

John Baily with Veronica Doubleday

How long have you lived in Kemptown? We have lived here in the same house since 1978. For five years I was a lecturer in Belfast and we moved back and forth between the two cities according to term and vacation. And we were in New York for two years.

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What kind of music will you be playing at the concert? Veronica is an admired singer of traditional and popular songs from Herat, a celebrated city in western Afghanistan, accompanying herself on the frame drum. She also sings devotional Hindu music. I accompany her on two kinds of Afghan lute, the rubâb, which is the national instrument of Afghanistan, and the dutâr, which is more of a local Herati instrument. In this concert we work with Marc Clayton, who is a fine player of the tabla drum pair. Who is your own favourite musician? It varies according to my mood. Blues singer Huddie Ledbetter comes to mind, as does Afghan ghazal singer Amir Mohammad. I am also very fond of Irish music, for example, the group Moving Hearts, with wonderful uilleann piper Davy Spillane. The world is filled with great musicians! What do you like to do when you’re not working? I am retired from university teaching but Afghanistan still plays an important role in my life, writing about it, playing my Afghan instruments, composing the occasional piece of Afghan music. “Spiritual Music from Afghanistan and India” is at St George’s Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th November. Tickets £15 to include a light supper: The Flavours of Asia - £8 for performance only. Book by email ( or online at

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You can find some great Christmas gifts at the Artists Open Houses…

Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses Festival, the biggest of its kind in the UK, kicks off its 2018 Christmas Festival on November 24th and will run over the following three weekends, ending December 9th. Art at the

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Les Mistletoe Join us on the barricades as we round off our 21st birthday celebrations with a bang! The Rainbow Chorus is known for its eclectic repertoire and this Christmas will be no different. Brighton & Hove’s oldest LGBT choir will be bringing the sounds of the West End to Kemp Town with a rabble-rousing and rip-roaring medley of songs from the long-running musical Les Misérables. From France to Freddie, the 60-strong choir will also be performing a fabulous selection of iconic hits from one of the greatest rock bands of all times, Queen. Of course, the audience will also be regaled with a number of Christmas classics and a couple of extra musical surprises to keep them on their toes. Throw in a dash of mulled wine and festive fare with all the feel-good cheer of the Rainbow Chorus and we reckon you’re in for a right royal Christmas cracker of an evening! Sat 15th December, St George’s Church Doors open 6.30pm; concert starts 7.30pm Tickets: or phone 07471 732531 £15 for adults / £10 concessions / £7 under -12s

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

The Real St Mary’s School An archival error meant that October’s issue of the Kemptown Rag included a photo wrongly captioned as St Mary’s Church School. The photo, on pp. 4-5, was actually of the original St Mark’s School on Arundel Road. The Bell Tower Industrial Estate occupies the site now and its signature tower is in fact the old school bell tower from St Mark’s. The mistake is forgivable: for not only has the original St Mark’s School been demolished, but St Mary’s School and all its neighbouring buildings have been swept away too. Neither area looks like it once did. St Mary’s School occupied the top of Mount Street, which ran parallel to St Mary’s Place and Lavender Street, midway between the two of them. It opened in 1873 and was initially named after The Revd Julius Elliott. Julius was the son of Henry Venn Elliott, the founding minister of St Mary’s Chapel (as it was then), and had become the curate there after his father’s death in 1865. But his passion

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was mountaineering and he went climbing in the Swiss Alps whenever he could. He died there on 27 July 1869, while making the final ascent of the Schreckhorn - the Peak of Terror. Climbing without ropes, in his moment of triumph, he slipped and fell while leaping to the summit. The congregation at St Mary’s funded the Julius Elliott Memorial School in his memory. By 1886 the school was educating over 600 boys and girls annually and was ranked among the best in Brighton. In 1928 it was reorganized as St Mary’s Junior Mixed School, and in 1952 as St Mary’s Church of England Primary School. After the Second World War, it was deemed too small and outmoded to survive; it also stood in the way of the Borough Council’s slum clearance plans. It closed in 1977 and was demolished soon after, along with all of Mount Street and, next door to St Mary’s Church, the old Rock Brewery, latterly a branch of the Department for Social Security. Towards the end, the school was not well resourced, but many former pupils remember it with fondness, partly because it was small and a bit of an underdog when compared to other schools in Brighton. If you’d like to know more about it, please drop into St Mary’s Church, where we have photos and reminiscences from former pupils – or visit our Facebook page @stmarysmountstreetbrighton. Katherine Prior

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There will be a nationwide commemoration of the First World War Armistice...

Remembrance Sunday On 11th November a nationwide day of commemorative events, “Battle’s Over”, will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and pay tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who helped ensure freedom survived. At 6am 1,000 pipers around the world will commence the day’s commemorations with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er. At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm World War One Beacons of Light will be lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Then at 7.05pm 1,000 cathedrals and churches will ring out their bells in celebration of peace and more than 140 town criers will join in an International Cry for Peace around the world. St Mary’s Church (61 St James’s Street) will have a Remembrance Sunday service at 10am on 11th November and will be ringing the church bell at 7.05pm as part of the ‘Ringing out for Peace’.

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St Mary’s will also be holding a free Remembrance event at 3.30pm on Sunday 18th November – A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance – an afternoon of music, history and poetry commemorating the dead of the Great War and those who mourned them, with the Brighton Chamber Ensemble and Debipriya Sircar (sitar). St George’s Church will have their Remembrance service at 10.30am on 11th November, followed by a shared lunch (at around 11.45am) in the style of a street party of the time.

A chance to say goodbye to the giant snails…

Snailspace Festive Farewell The Snailspace public art trail, raising money for the Martlets Hospice, ends on 18th November. There will be a Snailspace Festive Farewell - the chance to say goodbye to all 107 large and small snails as they gather for a final send-off before auction. The event is on Fri 30 November, Sat 1 December and Sun 2 December (one hour timeslots) at St Augustine’s Church, Stanford Avenue, Brighton. Tickets via

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An article on Kemptown life from the perspective of a wheelchair user...

Life on wheels in Kemptown I’m the woman in a rather large and reclining black wheelchair, often seen waiting outside a Kemptown shop for “personal service” – for which I heartily recommend our local Co-op. Or causing a line of pedestrians to wait gallantly while I steer between pavement advertising boards and parked cars. I’ve been living in St George’s Road for nine years now, after buying a house based on an Internet viewing. These are the days! Wheelchair users are certainly growing in number, which is so positive compared with the sad plight of being unable to leave one’s home. Yes, it may look scary to those not used to wielding a joystick, but seriously, try one out. It’s not difficult at all, and soon you’ll be wheeling along. It’s also an excellent way to pursue trips beyond the immediate locality. Here I must praise the B&H bus company as well as the City. I know my wheelchair is an awkward beast but… the bus drivers are cheery as well as helpful, and the time delay I cause to other passengers was measured at little more than half a minute. Often

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people commend my – er – “skill and courage” in carrying out this minor performance in front of 20 worried onlookers… Believe me, you have to keep doing it and it becomes instinctive. B&H Buses help by allowing one to practise on a bus at the depot. As a diversion from all these laudatory remarks, let me recount how it was before, in another county far far away… where Stagecoach rules. There was no physical problem getting on and off the buses, but trouble arose from the personnel, one of whom refused me passage because of having a battery on my wheelchair! We ended up contacting the duty man in charge who put the poor driver’s mind at rest: batteries on electric wheelchairs are safe in transit! However, not long after, Stagecoach changed its regulations and now only permits smaller wheelchairs to travel on their buses. Surely a coincidence… Being fairly flat, Kemptown is ideal for wheelchair users, who also have access to the beach via the Victorian lift. However, this service is only in the warmer months, and I and fellow lift users including many a mum and child would welcome a lift service on winter weekends too… ahem! I would also like a cliff top café, to enjoy the view without the intrusion of hemp fumes. Of course this will all come to pass, but meanwhile you will see me there with my Thermos of home brewed coffee, sadly not furthering the cause of Kemptown businesses. Please send your observations and comments to: “Woman in Wheelchair”, “Woman in Wheelchair”

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Country’s oldest green wall A group of Japanese spindles, which had been growing in containers above Concorde 2 on Madeira Terrace for more than 35 years, were carefully transplanted in October to a new home along the green wall at Duke’s Mound. When they heard plants needed to be moved to enable repairs to the building, local community organisation Building Green got in touch offering to save the plants. Japanese spindle has been happily growing along Madeira Drive since the Victorians established a “green wall” in the late 19th century. It’s the oldest and longest of its kind in the country, and was designed to enhance the famous ironwork of Madeira Terrace. The plants have been coppiced and replanted along the wall to sit alongside their 140-yearold neighbouring plants, filling in the gaps in the original planting scheme. More information at

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Mister Smith Interiors Hello! We’re Ben and Saskia Smith – together we own and run Mister Smith Interiors, a third generation family-run interiors business. Ben does all the measuring and quoting – he’s a tall chap with a tape measure and a friendly smile. Saskia stays behind the scenes and is currently busy looking after our young daughter, uploading products onto our new website and keeping up to date on the social media. We have two shops, one in Crowborough and the other in Brighton; both shops hold samples of all the latest and best fabrics, flooring, wallpaper and more. We measure, design, fit and install curtains, blinds, sofas, chairs, headboards, carpets, vinyl flooring and stair runners. So if it’s curtains you need or a blind or you’d like some new carpet or a stair runner… get in touch with us, visit our shops and our friendly and knowledgeable teams will help you choose a simple fabric update or design a full house redecoration.

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Judith Burns shares her Kemptown memories...

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Kemptown Memories Born in the first week after the end of World War I, my father, Dr Robert Burns, would have been celebrating his hundredth birthday on 19th November 2018 if still with us. As he was the reason for me living in Kemptown all these years, I’ve been reminiscing about some of his characterful patients I had the privilege of meeting when I worked for him. He was a GP with expertise in anatomy and spinal manipulation, which he taught worldwide, and many intriguing characters came to his Royal Crescent medical practice, from footballers and boxers to musicians, artists and actors and, by no means least, Brightonians who needed his help with bad backs and necks. Several personalities spring to mind who were definite favourites, if a doctor can have favourites! Cornelia James, glovemaker to the Queen and mother of Brighton author Peter James, often gifted my mother beautiful silk scarves. Betty Mulcahy, an authority on poet Stevie Smith and creator

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of the national Speak-a-Poem competition, would deliver breathtaking readings at our local charity fundraising concerts. Eric Gill’s nephew, sculptor John Skelton, came from Ditchling and would send my father hand-drawn lettering thank you notes. Glyndebourne opera stars didn’t come to him, he went to them, driving to Shelleys Hotel in Lewes or Glynde during the summer season to improve necks and shoulders before they appeared on stage. Local actors Adam Faith, Oliver Reed and neighbour Lord Olivier came, particularly pre or during filming – that walk as Olivier hobbles into a cab in Marathon Man wasn’t ‘acted’. Sir Larry, as I called him, would turn up and my mother would make him tea, I’d serve and we’d discuss my drama lessons or school English whilst he made a fuss of our huge ginger cat who he’d peer at over his spectacles. Dame Flora Robson was living in Marine Gardens then; I would deliver my father’s bill, and as I rang the doorbell she’d appear on the Juliet balcony above with hair in curlers and a cheery wave, little dogs yapping at her feet. Tony Steedman was another favourite, a wonderful character actor with a mischievous sense of humour, who played Socrates in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. With their mutual love of antics, my father would often kneel on the floor and bow as Mr Steedman walked into his consulting room, who would then ‘knight’ my father with a pretend sword and they’d end up in fits of youthful giggles. I never knew what they all talked about within those four walls but I know from the laughter that they all enjoyed a visit to the doctor enormously! Judith runs the Kemptown Community Market. The Christmas Fair is on Saturday 5th December 2018 at St Mary’s Church. For future fairs follow kemptowncommunitymarket.

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Want a part-time job making a difference? Are you compassionate, friendly and do
 you want to do something meaningful with
 your spare time? We are looking for CareGivers to help older people enjoy their life at home and remain independent – perhaps providing companionship, helping with light housework, making a meal or supporting the start of their day, with visits
 of at least one hour in length. No previous experience is necessary – just the desire to help other people. Please call to Þnd out more about what
 makes us different:

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01273 286 165 / 07736 665 888 A franchise owned & operated under licence by Emily Deacon

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The latest column from Gary Walker...

Unhappy Shopper... As I mentioned a few issues ago, I once bought a top-of-the-range Trace Elliot Combo Bass Amp. This was one of the many purchases I’ve made over the years that could have done with a bit more thought. What attracted me to it was not its sound quality or reproduction, it was the fact that it had lots of little green lights. Like any man who buys any item of amplification equipment, I am easily swayed by little lights. I am also easily swayed by sliders. These are little switches that slide up and down their slot and amplify different frequencies. You arrange these so they look like a smile or, if you’re a jazz player, a frown. According to the Instruction Encyclopedia it also had things called envelope generators and wave-form shapers; or possibly envelope shapers and wave-form generators. I have no idea what these do, since I never understood any of it beyond the bit that tells you how to turn it on. Since my style is very much in the reggae idiom and in my case, at least, I could dispose of the top two strings without it making any noticeable difference,


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I soon decided this wasn’t the equipment for me. I finished up selling it to a music shop where I got slightly under half of what I’d paid for it less than a week previously. That wasn’t the most annoying part though. The most annoying part was when the young bloke who tried it out to make sure it was OK played more notes in two minutes than I would use in two years. Obviously I beat him to death with his own bass guitar. Given my long history of this sort of thing, you’d think I’d have more sense than to attempt growing my own tomatoes from seed. According to a tomato guru of my acquaintance, my first mistake was to propagate them too late in the year. However, after six months I do have five plants laden with tomatoes. Sadly though, only two of them are red. I am reliably assured by said guru that if they haven’t turned red by now, they’re not going to. What this means is that when you work out what these two tomatoes cost in terms of time, effort, grow-bags, Tomorite etc it would have been cheaper to buy the Hope Diamond. It’s probably more edible too. Gaz

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