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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag

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The days are getting shorter and pre-Christmas events are already fast approaching, including the annual Christmas Artists Open Houses festival, which starts on 23rd November – an ideal way to start your Christmas shopping. This month we feature local resident Kevin Rance, who is a trustee of the Brighton & Hove Arts Council; we also hear from the organisers of next year’s Kemptown Carnival about how they want to make this a truly community-led event – go to the meeting on 28th November to find out more – and the Friends of St George’s Church invite you to join them. They have some great events and outings coming up. Enjoy November! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: Anne Dennington www.annedennington.co.uk

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Meet a local resident who champions the arts...

Kemptown Person... Kevin Rance Kevin Rance lives on Marine Parade in Kemptown and is a trustee of the Brighton & Hove Arts Council. How long have you lived in Kemptown? September was my 20th anniversary having moved to Marine Square in 1999 and later near Eaton Place. What do you most like about the area? The pubs and the people. You’ll always meet someone you know although the ones that stop only want to talk to the dog; unless I owe them money. We’ve so much on our doorstep and it’s decidedly un-corporate. I grew up in the dull, grey outskirts of London so to have the variety of pubs, restaurants and independent, quirky shops at hand is a blessing (pianos, reptiles and oriental art within a few metres?). I’m impressed by the way Kemptown evolves; I can name four pubs which, in my time, have been the best in town; they wax and wane. Remember Mondays at the Dragon with live music and mutton curry? Sadly gone, but the Fallen Angel and Saint George’s have risen from their previous

guises which I steadfastly avoided. The range of food places, especially now that Kemp Spices has been replaced. We just need someone to take over the old Cook premises – wine bar perhaps? What does the Brighton & Hove Arts Council do? BHAC has been going for 45 years (we pre-date Arts Council England) and supports ‘not-for-profit’ art with 80 member groups spanning all forms. You may know our Arts Diary which bulges with events; many free and usually not expensive. We’re all volunteers looking after different strands – poetry is mine. Do you have a background in the arts yourself? Alas not, you could pour the sum total of my artistic talent into half a thimble and still have room for your finger. I have always been an active observer; gigging from a young age, adding theatre etc later on. It’s ironic that recently Slade were on at the Concorde as they were my first big gig at Earls Court in 1973: two pounds – extortionate! Have you got any events coming up? This year’s poetry competition is just finishing but the Poetry Festival looms in November. Hollie McNish has agreed to headline along with several other talents. Then we’ve the Drama Awards in December and Art Exhibition in April. We’re considering a young musicians festival in the future. For more information visit bh-arts.org.uk

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

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This year’s Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival runs every weekend from 23rd November to 8th December. Wood Pigeons by Sophie Wake at the Red Brick House

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From Vivaldi’s Gloria to Sondheim’s Tonight and Somewhere; good old festive chestnuts - White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, 12 Days of Christmas, and a few sing-along favourites; a wonderful Phantom of the Opera medley...all this plus some other fabulous pieces of music. Treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine or fruit punch from our well stocked bar, a delicious mince pie or another scrummy nibble. Grab your tickets and Santa hats and don’t miss a There will be a hugely diverse selection of artwork, ceramics, fantastic, uplifting evening...! homewares, crafts, jewellery, children’s toys, Christmas This concert sells out early each year, so don’t cards and foodie gifts on offer. Many of the houses also offer delay – book your tickets today! Tickets are mince pies and mulled wine to ease you into your Christmas available from brownpapertickets.com - https:// shopping! The Christmas Artists Open Houses festival provides bpt.me/4403800 - or call 07471 732531. a fantastic opportunity to shop away from the high street and BSL interpreter: Marco Nardi – please buy unique Christmas gifts in an inspiring environment. encourage any friends who use sign language Some of the highlights of the 2019 Christmas festival to join you. We aim to have a fully inclusive include Urban Graffiti, which will see 40 top international concert. graffiti artists create a subversive miniature city, and highly Saturday 14th December; concert starts 7.30pm acclaimed Brighton photographer JJ Waller, who will be (doors open 6.30pm) exhibiting as a solo artist. Venue: St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Local open houses include the Arundel Mews Collective, Potters BN2 1ED Bar Brighton (Flat 1, 4 Eastern Terrace), the Red Brick House (10 Walpole Road) and The Villa Studio (11 Walpole Terrace). Tickets: £15 / £10 concessions / £7 children under-12 For more information on all the open houses, www.rainbowchorus.org.uk visit www.aoh.org.uk from 13th November.

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Kemptown Carnival is planning its return in 2020 Kemptown Carnival is planning its return stronger than ever on Saturday June 6th, 2020. We have a new Artistic Director at the helm and are looking forward to working with all the established acts of previous years and some exciting new street theatre acts with activities for youth workshops building to participation on the day! Adrian Grant, the finance director for the charity that runs the carnival, says: “The carnival in 2019 was seen as a massive success and is being widely heralded as the best one ever, with so much love and good will for its welcome return from our fantastic Kemptown community.” The feedback from local businesses, community groups and residents has been overwhelmingly positive. The Kemptown Carnival is at its heart a community carnival. It is a chance for neighbours to come out onto the streets and celebrate together and help towards building a strong, friendly and positive community and an opportunity for participating local

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businesses to showcase themselves and promote Kemptown Village as a retail and shopping destination in the city. Sustainable and stable future for the carnival: Kemptown Carnival, the governing body, has transformed itself into a Community Interest Company (CIC). With key support from Brighton Palace Pier in 2019, we are now looking forward to becoming a stable part of the Brighton arts calendar. The Kemptown Carnival is building on its vibrant return in 2019 and we are seeking sponsors aligned to our core values of inclusiveness, creativity and joy for 2020! New Event Artistic Director with a multi-generational focus: Kemptown Carnival is delighted to introduce Josh Husselbee, our new Artistic and Creative Director for 2020, an actor and writer who has performed in the West End. He is delighted to be returning to his home community of Kemptown. His vision is “to bring the family friendly vibe to the day with artistic elements that will work together with local schools and youth groups as well as our usual cast of more seasoned performers!” Please come and support us: To be successful we need your help, whether it is being part of the parade, dancing a samba, helping with logistics or shaking a bucket on the day! Public meeting & call to arms to discuss plans and ask for volunteers: Thursday 28th November 2019; 8pm at the Crypt, St George’s Church Community Centre, St George’s Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED. Please help us fund this year: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kemptowncarnival2020 Contact Kemptown Carnival: info@kemptowncarnival.com We look forward to keeping Kemptown Carnival at the heart of the local community.

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Friends – looking forward A summer evening in September 2016. A steady stream of people are entering St George's Church to murmurs of surprise and delight: “Who could imagine finding this here in Kemp Town!” Inside, tables are laid with linen and fresh flowers, sparkling glassware beckons from the laden bar. It is the first event of the newly-formed Friends of St George's Church seeking to raise funds to repair this elegant and historic church. Over the years a simple formula has evolved: a stimulating and enjoyable presentation followed by a convivial supper. Many speakers are Brightonbased, well-known and eminent in their field: Phil Grabsky of Exhibition on Screen; Dr Monique Simmonds of Kew Gardens, Ann Wroe of The Economist, Geoffrey Mead, geographer, speaker and tour guide, Dr Martin Knott, architectural historian. Topics ranged from the Brighton Hippodrome from David Fisher, Piero della Francesca from Dr John McKean, Brighton Churches with Dr Sue Berry, and Rewilding with Dr Chris Sandom of the University of Sussex. Some of our popular past performers are returning by request. On Thursday 21st November we have Traditional Music from Afghanistan with John Baily, Veronica Doubleday and Marc Clayton, followed by an Afghan supper. On Thursday 30th January 2020, we will again welcome Alastair Hignell (Higgy) to entertain us with tales of past sporting and reporting, and to tell of the challenges of life in a wheelchair. 25 events have been held so far, with four more booked, ranging from films on artists and composers, lectures on local history and local authors, coach trips to stately homes and glorious gardens, a backstage tour of the Theatre Royal followed by a jolly lunch. In the half-term, we branch out with a treat for all ages - samba drumming with a chance to try your hand at playing along. Now we warmly invite you to join us in making all this happen. We are actively seeking new members for our Friends of St George’s committee. It is a great way to make a host of new friends and marvellous to feel you are developing a vibrant scene in Kemp Town and helping the church maintain its beautiful building. It particularly suits newcomers or those recently retired by providing a fast track to feeling you have a role and that you belong. If this strikes a chord, come along to our next committee meeting and see what you think.

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Can you spare an hour to make someone's week? Before her health deteriorated, Linda travelled the world and worked as a letting agent and holistic therapist. Since her disabilities developed, she can only leave the house once a week with assistance. A visit from Rebecca, a Together Co Befriending volunteer, makes a huge difference to Linda’s week.

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Linda: “When I became housebound, my friendships slowly dissolved as we had less and less in common. My befriending volunteer, Bex, is great. She is the only person I see socially. My carers visit daily to help me with my daily routine, but there's no time to chat. Together Co match you with someone who shares your interests. Even an hour a week of friendliness can make a lot of difference to my life." Bex: “Popping round to Linda's for a cup of tea and a catch-up is something I know we both look forward to each week. It’s a mutually beneficial connection.” About Together Co Befriending Everybody should have somebody. We match people with people to create friendships that make life better.

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Public consultation on graffiti Brighton & Hove City Council have launched a public consultation on their proposals to tackle graffiti. At present the council are only responsible for removing graffiti from their own buildings and council equipment like bins. They are not responsible for removing anything on private property, unless it’s offensive. Cllr Anne Pissaridou, chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability committee, said: “Some of the consultation is quite controversial as we’re asking people if they think businesses, private homeowners and landlords should remove graffiti from their buildings or pay the council to do so.” The consultation is open until 15 December at: https://consultations.brighton-hove.gov.uk/rubbishrecycling-and-streets/graffiti-removal-enforcementconsultation/ Please send your local articles to info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021


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The latest column from Catherine Considine...

Heave Ho Ho Ho A snapshot: Five people, arms held high, sway in frenzied unison to “We are the Champions”. They pass a small silver trophy between them, occasionally flinging an arm around their neighbour, until the chorus swells once more and instinctive triumph forces their hands up high again. The universal signal for winner. A conversation: A commanding woman in full St John’s Ambulance garb smiles the polite smile of a woman who – despite her best intentions – can’t quite comprehend. “But you don’t know each other? You didn’t meet until today?” One hour earlier: Five people line up in front of an ambulance. Pinky at the front, they agree, she’s small. Muscle at the back. Hairy and Minty oblige. Their task is to pull the fully equipped ambulance 100km along the seafront as fast as they can. As the compère counts down, 10…9…8…7…, their bodies tense in fierce, competitive anticipation. 3…2…1…GO!!!! It begins: A gusty, bright Saturday morning on Hove Lawns. Gazebos, a few food trucks and music signal another event. We meet for the first time, five people with one friend in common. Conversation grasps at small, known niceties – How do you know each other? Have you trained? Shall we find a coffee/ register/put on our team tees? The Tees: She pulls them from her rucksack like a magician pulling infinite rainbows from a hat. Pink, yellow, red, mint-green and indigo. Our friend has printed team names on each one: we are Pinky, Perky, Hairy, Minty and Dizzy. It is as though a competitive switch has been activated. Our day-today identities surrender to the notion of team. We go to the welcome tent as one and register: we are the Heave Hoes. There must be studies on the bonding power of a team kit, a unifying name, a single purpose. As

Christmas approaches and fractious families gather I wonder if there is something to be learnt. Maybe there is more than a one-note giggle to the Christmas jumper? Perhaps our droopy Santa hats hold shared, snow-glittered magic after all? As for the Heave Hoes, we’ll be running the Santa Dash together in December. And fighting for our title at next year’s St John Ambulance Pull. Maybe you’d like to come and challenge us? In the meantime, dear neighbours – thanks for giggles and love – may the end of the year twinkle peacefully for Team Kemptown. Catherine Considine

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