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Welcome to Kemptown! Summer has now receded into the past and autumn is well and truly upon us, the days are shortening and temperatures are getting lower. On 29th October the clocks change and it’s dark from late afternoon. However no need to feel down…The Kemptown Rag has just arrived full of local news and items for your enjoyment!! We invite you to make a cuppa and take a 10 minute break, put your feet up and have a read through your local magazine and see what you find!! We are really interested in your feedback on what you might like to see in The Kemptown Rag. We really want to make the publication as useful and interesting as possible so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell us what you want!! We do strive to include as much local content as possible but we do rely on you – the residents – to let us know what is happening so don’t be shy, drop us a line! Have a great October!! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk

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Old Photo Local Person Brighton Early Music Festival Local History from St Mary’s Church Local Venture Greenfingers Autumn Events @ St George’s Windmill Young Actors House Biennial Arts Festival Dance Like a Diva Reggie Yates in Conversation Save Madeira Terrace Dementia Action Alliance Index

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The end of the trams The last car at the junction of Upper Rock Gardens and St James’s Street, on the Queen’s Park route. The time – early hours of Friday 1 September 1939, just two days before the outbreak of war. The car then returned to the Lewes Road depot and the trams had ceased to run.

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Meet a local person...

Kemptown Person – Alastair Hignell Alastair Hignell CBE is a former England rugby union international, Gloucestershire cricketer and BBC broadcaster, who now lives in Kemptown. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and is a trustee at Leonard Cheshire Disability. How long have you lived in Kemptown? Almost exactly six years ago, Jeannie and I moved here from Stroud. We met in Bristol, where our sons Adam (36) and Daniel (34) were born, and spent most of our lives in the (deliberately mis-spelt) Wet Country. We hear you started a Know Your Neighbour event in the Kemp Town Enclosures over the summer. How did that go? Very well. The gardens are a wonderful amenity for local residents. I just encouraged neighbours to meet and chat together at the same time every week throughout the summer, on an entirely ad hoc, commitment-free, voluntary basis. Do you still keep in touch with any of your old rugby or cricket team-mates? ERIC (England Rugby Internationals Club) has its own newsletter (and bar at Twickenham!), the PCA (Professional Cricketers Association) has regular events and since moving to Brighton I have been made welcome by locallybased sportswriters and by Sussex former cricketers.

How are you coping with your multiple sclerosis? I took medical retirement in 2008. I don’t take medication but have benefited from the MS Therapy Centre at Southwick, a physio at Brighton General, the MS Nurse at the Royal and a consultant at Haywards Heath. In talks to schools (and most recently for the Friends of St George’s Church in Kemptown) I explain how I have, I hope, developed a positive mental approach to combat a cruel physical condition. Tell us more about your work with Leonard Cheshire Disability… Leonard Cheshire VC, the centenary of whose birth is this year, 2017, was a war hero who, on witnessing first-hand the devastation caused by the atomic bomb at Nagasaki, devoted his life to creating a world in which each member of society is equally valued. The charity he established faces unprecedented challenges caused by government cut-backs, deteriorating housing stock, changing attitudes to disability, the increase in the national living wage, poor brand recognition and marketplace competition from other charities. My job as a Trustee is to make sure Leonard Cheshire Disability is in the best possible shape to overcome these challenges and to bang the drum about the efforts made by an extraordinary group of people. For more information on Leonard Cheshire Disability, visit www.leonardcheshire.org Thank you

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Here’s a treat for classical music lovers...

Brighton Early Music Festival 2017 27th October to 12th November It’s only a short bus ride to some excellent music this autumn! There will be three long weekends of concerts in venues around Brighton & Hove, including two new productions of early operas.

The theme of this year’s Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is “Roots - discovering the tangled origins of classical music”. The festival will explore the origins of some of classical music’s bestloved forms, with over 30 events taking place across the city. Flagship events include two new opera productions – Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Rameau’s Pygmalion which ‘bookend’ the early period of operatic development. Orfeo will be staged at The Old Market in Hove in a new production by Thomas Guthrie. Pygmalion, at the University of Brighton’s Sallis Benney Theatre, will be presented in a new staging by Karolina Sofulak, in collaboration with the baroque group Ensemble Molière. The development of early oratorio is explored by Musica Poetica, culminating in a performance of Carissimi’s poignantly beautiful Jephte (4th November, St George’s Church). The festival ends

Musica Poetica will perform at St George’s Church

with a rousing performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (12th November, St Martin’s Church, Lewes Road). Folk enthusiasts can enjoy Orpheus Caledonius – a performance by Old Blind Dogs with singer Siobhan Miller and BREMF Community Choir (collaborating with L’Avventura London, 27th October, St George’s Church) as classical meets traditional in 18th-century Scotland. Families are catered for with OAE TOTS concerts for pre-schoolers (pre-festival, 7th October, Friends Meeting House) and Tales in Music: The Pigeon & The Albatross (for 5-11 year olds) with the Little Baroque Company (11th November, Komedia Studio & South Portslade Community Centre). There’s a musical quiz, Name That Tune, led by Chelys Viol Consort with Emily Atkinson (soprano), David Gould (countertenor) and Sarah Finch (actress) (10th November, St George’s Church). Where did some of the most used and reused renaissance melodies come from? Who wrote them first? Do they have a legacy today? For those who prefer to attend daytime events, there are matinée performances of both Pygmalion and Orfeo, and each weekend provides at least one lunchtime recital. Tickets start at just £5 and can be booked online at the festival website - www.bremf.org.uk (no booking fee) - or via Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273 709709). You can also request a festival brochure and join the mailing list via the festival website or by phoning 01273 833746.

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

Miss Sassoon on her Bicycle A striking picture leads us, via Hove, into a curious corner of Kemp Town’s history. The Sassoons were a prominent family in Brighton in the late-nineteenth century. Their patriarch was David Sassoon, an Iraqi Jew who had been treasurer to the Ottoman governor of Baghdad before moving, in 1832, to Mumbai in British-ruled India. There, he and his sons built a vast mercantile empire based on exporting opium to China and raw cotton to Lancashire. David’s eldest son, Sir Albert (Abdullah) Sassoon, settled in England in the 1870s. He bought a seaside retreat at 1, Eastern Terrace in Kemp Town, where he sometimes entertained Edward, Prince of Wales. In July 1889, he also hosted the Shah of Persia on a three-day official visit to Brighton – an occasion of great local excitement. The Sussex Agricultural Express describes a town festooned with bunting and flags, its streets lined with thousands of spectators, as the Shah and his entourage explored the West Pier and other sights. Sir Albert’s legacy to Brighton is his mausoleum, which was built in 1892 on the corner of St

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George’s Road and Paston Place, just behind his Eastern Terrace residence. With its swooping tented roof of copper, it echoes the Indian-inspired outlines of Brighton’s Pavilion. (Ironically, his father’s mausoleum in India resembles a Victorian Gothic church.) Sir Albert was buried there in 1896, but in 1933 his descendants sold the building and his body was reinterred at Willesden Jewish Cemetery. Today it is the home of the Proud Cabaret club, having previously served as a decorator’s warehouse, air-raid shelter and pub. Two of Sir Albert’s brothers also settled locally. Arthur, a founding director of the Hong Kong Bank (forerunner of HSBC), lived at 8, King’s Gardens, Hove, while Reuben lived at 7, Queen’s Gardens. Reuben was an intimate friend of the Prince of Wales and was usually to be found on the scene whenever the future king was mired in a scandal concerning a mistress, gambling or some other louche behaviour. Reuben’s wife Kate, who came from a Jewish family in Calcutta, didn’t share her husband’s love of high society, and so it fell to their eldest daughter Rachel to act as her father’s consort. It seems that she is the Miss Sassoon who is pictured in 1897 in Cycling and Motor Magazine outside their Queen’s Gardens residence, on the corner of Second Avenue. The house was demolished after the war, and a block of flats, Kingsway Court, was built there in 1960-2. Katherine Prior

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Cycling Without Age - Brighton and Hove A non-profit volunteer group, we are a local chapter of the global initiative ‘Cycling Without Age’. Our volunteer cycle-pilots take local elders and care home residents out on ‘Trishaw’ cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair!  We do not receive any funding from the global initiative. We raise all funds for cycles and running costs ourselves. We bring generations closer together using very special Trishaws (three-wheel cycles with a passenger cab out front). They have electrical power assist, so no need to be super-sporty to be a volunteer cycle pilot.  Our principles are generosity, slow cycling, storytelling, relationships and community. Our rides are comfortable, fun, fully insured and free. They enable people to experience the city and nature closeup from the bicycle. There’s opportunity to regain social connection and for people to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives. Our work builds bridges between generations and reinforces trust, respect and the social glue of our society. Our cycle pilots and passengers alike enjoy the physical and emotional wellbeing benefits.  The joy of riding in the Trishaw cab stimulates spirits to fly and stories to flow! 

We’re not short of volunteers, 125 have signed up to be volunteer cycle pilots already! A success in 26 other countries and about to start in many other UK locations – we know our rides really make a big difference. Brighton and Hove Council’s Older People’s Housing Manager is a fan and 100% backs this initiative. We have one Trishaw cycle in operation and a second on the way. We hope to gain three more via fundraising and sponsorship this autumn. We can then offer 2-3 rides per day, seven days a week, year-round. We’d like to achieve 4,000 rides a year! How you can help Recommend elder passengers or care home residents to us. Follow us and share our posts: Social media has brought in all our volunteers, many new passengers and supporters. Your shares really help us. Facebook: Cycling Without Age Brighton & Hove Twitter & Instagram: @cwabrighton Do you have a garage/lock up we could store a Trishaw cycle in? Could your company sponsor a Trishaw cycle? Naming and branding included! Contact us: cwabrighton@gmail.com

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Therefore the different plants ideally need to be grouped on separate pebble trays and placed in different locations. The cacti are kept dry and are grouped together on a tray for ease of movement. It is also a useful reminder to buy plants as small as possible because if successful they will soon grow in size.

In the wet trays I keep the top of the pebbles as moist as if it had just rained. Each individual plant has a base to protect its roots from rotting which will happen if they are kept permanently submerged. The other advantage is it’s easy to monitor how much water each plant is using. It is best to use a long spouted watering can so the amount can be controlled and minimum disturbance to the plants achieved. Most plants themselves benefit from being watered with soft water. For wet trays a plant mister is essential. A light, regular mist both cools the plant and gives a massive humidity lift as well. It’s best to use chlorinated tap water in the pebble tray base itself. If not it will quickly become stagnant, in which case it must be properly cleaned by removing the plants and placing the tray in the bath and using the shower head for a good rinse. Otherwise pebble trays need little maintenance and make the plants easy to remove and replace for everyday room cleaning. Further information is available at http:// www.the-news.co/index.php/gardening or Twitter @greenfingers134. William Mills

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Some great talks coming up at St George’s...

Autumn Events at St George’s Church The Friends of St George’s Church run fund-raising events to pay for repairs to the fabric of the building. The church’s fine clock is currently being repaired with money raised by the events held since last September. The format is a talk of one hour, plus refreshments and a cash bar to promote socialising. On Saturday 21st October, John McKean, architect, historian, critic, lecturer and guide in the world of art and architecture, will give an illustrated talk on the great Renaissance painter, Piero della Francesca: PIERO’S EYES.  John and his wife Mary have conducted tours of ‘The World of Piero della Francesca’ and this lecture brings Piero’s art before us. Tickets cost £14 to include a light supper. £7 for talk only. ​On Thursday 23rd November:  SKETCHES OF BRIGHTON 1827 BY A FRENCH NOBLEMAN. Suzanne Hinton is a linguist and local historian and the translator of a fascinating record of Regency life.  Suzanne will describe what she has learned from this vivid account and will have copies available for sale. Tickets cost £14 to include a cheese platter and a glass of wine. £7 for the talk only.  

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Being part of a theatre company can really increase confidence more than the acting itself.

HOUSE Biennial, Brighton & Hove’s contemporary visual arts festival, has announced Laura Ford as lead artist, and this year’s theme is Excess.

From 30th September to 5th November, Laura Ford’s new sculptural installation, A King’s Appetite, will be at Brighton Museum. The installation takes inspiration from Royal Pavilion & Museum collections including caricatures by James Gillray and George Cruikshank satirising aspects of the life of the Prince Regent, and imagery found in the Willett Collection of pottery Drama technique does enable improved posture and how to and porcelain. use one’s voice with clarity and authority, but for real well-being, Laura’s work is consistently curious about nothing beats being part of a team. Unlike sport there is no the human condition and wider social and winning or losing and the leaders change with each new goal.   political issues, often mixing the bittersweet Many actors are naturally shy. Acting isn’t about being loud with wit. This new work explores socioand confident - it’s about being sensitive, which is why all the political notions of excess, greed and tutors at WYActors know the value of working in a safe, nonindulgence and the Imperialist attitudes that competitive space where young actors can experiment, be they reflect. The resulting imagery looks at vulnerable and be free to make mistakes. We have seen many fundamental contemporary issues relating young people with Asperger’s, autism, dyslexia and anxiety to Excess, and its subsequent inequalities, really flourish and excel in a theatre environment.   both of the Regency period and of society We don’t audition actors and we subsidise spaces for those who today. can’t afford to join; we also keep our prices as low as we can.   Laura said, “I plan to make a group of large sculptures which will take as their WYActors runs classes all over Brighton and Hove from age starting point the savage political cartoons 5-19 years.  and caricatures which were aimed at Contact us for more information: George IV during his lifetime.” www.windmillyoungactors.com There are other HOUSE Biennial exhibitions info@windmillyoungactors.com / 07932 776114. across the city. Visit housebiennial.art for Tanushka Marah more information. Director of the award-winning WYActors 

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Our column on local issues from Steve Parry…

The Brighton & Hove Housing Coalition If there is one issue that everyone in our community sees as in crisis it is housing. In Brighton and Hove and, in particular, our part of the city, it is a crisis that every single person will have a family member, a friend, a colleague, or an acquaintance whose quality of life is being destroyed due to the absence of effective policy by local and national government.

No matter what your political belief it has to be recognised that the availability of accommodation, the cost of accommodation, the condition of some properties (they cannot be described as homes) in the private rented sector as well as rooms used by our local authority for emergency and “temporary” accommodation, together with the hundreds of residents on our streets or ‘sofa surfing’, must be seen as a local disgrace and an affront to decency and civilised standards. This has got to change and with the political will, creative thinking and extra resources the answers are quite simple. It is purely a question of priority. It is therefore significant that on 19 August in the heart of Kemp Town at the Crypt, St George’s Church, nearly 200 activists and over 20 organisations met to launch the Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition. Following opening addresses from Caroline Lucas MP and Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, both of whom expressed their support for ‘The Coalition’, delegates from throughout the city spent the day in workshops working on activity to force our Local Authority to act rather than ticking boxes and providing excuses for inactivity. The Brighton and Hove Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Housing, Larissa Reed, also braved a lively question and answer session on the policy and practice of the council. Topics covered included the deplorable condition of emergency accommodation (including in Kemp Town) and payment of £millions to companies by the council without due diligence being shown, To advertise e-mail info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021

the reduction in the number of council properties, the possibility of another winter without permanent night shelters despite there being suitable empty properties, funding, and experienced community activists willing to contribute their knowledge and energy. The issue of appropriate accommodation for the vulnerable, accessibility and especially the absence of duty of care to those who are disabled, the exploitation of leaseholders, the need for fair rents, and the poor quality of work carried out at extortionate cost by the council contractors were just some of the issues raised. For more information on the Coalition go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/ BrightonHoveHousingCoalition or write to me via this column. Steve Parry

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News from Martlets hospice of a great fundraising event at Concorde 2...

Dance Like a Diva for Martlets Gather a group of fun friends together for a fantastic dance party marathon at Brighton’s very own Concorde 2 and have a ball raising money for Martlets hospice on Sunday 26 November. DJ Alex Baker wants you to Dance Through the Decades as he pumps out the best anthems from the last five decades over the course of six hours.  If you like to strut your stuff, throw some shapes or disco like a diva then this will be your idea of dance heaven.  Go full-on retro with fancy dress if you like; so unfurl those flares, dig out your shoulder pads, go all double-denim or perhaps sprinkle on some glitter for a totally fabulous look!  Clem Hunnisett from the Martlets Fundraising Team said, “Alex is picking some top tunes from the last 50 years to keep your twinkle-toes on the dance floor for as long as possible. We’re expecting some big, feel-good anthems, songs to sing along to and tracks that will definitely put a smile on your face.  Before you know it, you’ll be dancing your socks off! It’s going to be a fantastic afternoon and every

penny raised through sponsorship will go towards caring for people from the Brighton and Hove area. Martlets is a charity so it’s thanks to the kind support of local people that we can provide our support free from charge. Entry is £16 and we are looking to raise as much money as we can in sponsorship.”  For further details see the Martlets’ website www.themartlets.org.uk/events, email clem.hunnisett@martlets.org.uk   or contact Clem on 01273 747455.  Since Concorde 2 is a licensed venue, this event is only open to those aged 18 or over.  www.themartlets.org.uk

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Reggie Yates in Conversation Actor, TV presenter and radio DJ Reggie Yates has travelled to some of the most dangerous and isolated environments in the world, questioning extreme ideologies and providing authentic commentary on a wide range of hard-hitting social issues, examining everything from gun crime in Chicago, being LGBTQ in Russia, to life as a refugee in Iraq. Join Reggie on Saturday 28th October (7.30-8.30pm) at St George’s Church where he will be discussing his first book, “Unseen: My Journey”, which takes us behind the scenes of his story so far. Tickets can be booked through www.eventbrite.co.uk. Please send your local articles to info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021


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Help Save the Seafront’s Madeira Terrace Help restore the Victorian Madeira Terrace on Brighton & Hove seafront by pledging your support. VisitBrighton, the city’s tourism unit, has set up a crowdfunding platform so that everyone can take part. Crowdfunding is a modern twist on the traditional way Victorian public buildings were funded in the first place. A recent family fun day on the seafront raised more than £1,400 through bucket collections, sales of merchandise and online pledges. Madeira Terrace is an 850m long stretch of 151 seafront arches on Madeira Drive in Brighton and thought to be the longest cast iron structure in Britain. The campaign aims to start the journey of bringing it back to full use – it has been closed to the public since 2012. To make a pledge and find out more go to: www. savemadeiraterrace.org. Residents, visitors and businesses have registered over 700 pledges so far. More are needed. The campaign has an ambitious target of £431,000 by the end of November. This will kick start the regeneration of Madeira Terrace

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This article is from the new Brighton & Hove Dementia Action Alliance...

Dementia is Everybody’s Business! Think of a favourite memory that has happened to you in Kemptown: a romantic picnic in the sunshine in Lower Rock Gardens, the time that you saw your favourite band play a packed out St George’s Church or when you shared a flamboyant cocktail downstairs at the Black Dove with a loved one. Then think what it would be like to get up tomorrow morning and not be able to remember that. For many people living with dementia in our community this is their reality. The new Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) in partnership with local businesses and organisations aims to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their families. Based at Age UK Brighton and Hove the DAA aims to make services dementia-friendly, reduce the stigma attached to dementia and lessen the feelings of isolation those living with dementia can feel. Dementia is everybody’s business and people with dementia want to try and carry on living the lives they did before their diagnosis as much as they can. Therefore it is up to all of us as Kemptown residents or businesses to step up to the plate and learn what we can do to help. We are

asking everyone in the Kemptown area including hairdressers, bars, cafés and retail shops to get involved, improve their awareness of dementia through our free dementia friends sessions or funding for clearer dementia-friendly signage for their shop. Our vision is that Kemptown becomes a community where people living with dementia, their families and carers are able to live well and get the support they need to ensure everyday life and the pursuit of leisure and cultural activities is made easy. We want to generate a social movement to help us become a dementia-friendly city, defining such a place as a city where every person with dementia – no matter who they are or where they live – can live well and access the right support, at the right time, in the right way. Businesses and organisations who wish to participate in the Dementia Action Alliance will also be granted a kite mark stating that they are “Working towards making Brighton and Hove a Dementia Friendly Community”. If you would like to join up and make a difference please contact Matthew Moors at the Dementia Action Alliance on 01273 760203 or email him at DementiaA@ageuk-bh.org.uk. Matthew Moors Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator Age UK Brighton and Hove

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