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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag Autumn is well and truly here now and it’s great to have the Martlets Snailspace giant snails to brighten up our city. Another event this month is the Brighton Early Music Festival, which begins on 26th October, and there are two concerts at St George’s Church. If you’re a classical music fan, it’s a good idea to get hold of a brochure or look online and book your tickets now. Our featured local person is artist Andy Walker, whose colourful pictures containing thousands of triangles are well worth having a look at. Judith Burns shares her childhood memories of Black Rock swimming pool in the 1960s and Katherine Prior has found out about a very accomplished local family who lived at Madeira (formerly German) Place a century ago. Have a great October! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: Snailspace snail photo by Stephen Batey

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Old Photo

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Local Person

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Dracula @ the Spire & Brighton Early Music Festival

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Local History at St Mary’s Church

Page 12 -13 Greenfingers Page 15

Steve Parry Column

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Laine - Made Unique

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Kemptown Memories

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Brighton Science Festival David Hockney Double Bill

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Index

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Meet a local artist...

Kemptown Person – Andy Walker Andy Walker is a digital artist and a member of the Kemptown Arts Association. He lives in Sussex Square. How long have you lived in Kemptown? I moved to Kemptown from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, over five years ago. Tell us about your art... After studying art and photography at Stroud College, fascinated by colour, geometric shapes and tonal effects, my style developed to enhancing my photography using intensely coloured triangles. My artworks include impressionistic pieces and realistic landscapes that appear photographic from a distance, but reveal thousands of triangles upon closer inspection. Every work (and triangle) is individually hand-drawn and coloured using a tablet and stylus. A detailed landscape can take up to four weeks to complete!

I have recently completed a series of all five Cinque Terre villages in Liguria, Italy, and have just embarked on a series of British landscapes, starting with the Cornish coast and Dartmoor. All my work is produced in limited editions, professionally printed using the highest quality pigments and papers. Do you do any pictures of local scenes? So far, in the two years since I began full time, I have created images of the Seven Sisters and a section of the Royal Pavilion. My new collection around Britain is heading eastwards, so look out for local works in the future. Who are your favourite artists? There are so many, but certainly David Hockney (see his iPad works!), as well as Jon Burgerman and, locally, Mike Levy. Where can we see your work?

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

The Scott & Ryle Family of German Place Research into the Great War Memorial from All Souls’ Church in Eastern Road has highlighted an accomplished family who lived in Madeira Place. Margaret Ryle is the only woman named on the All Souls’ memorial, which now hangs in St Mary’s Church. In 1915, aged 23, she died of typhus in Nis, the wartime capital of Serbia, while helping the Russian Red Cross relieve the distress of Serbian refugees and Austrian prisoners of war. Her funeral at the Orthodox Cathedral was attended by the Russian and British ambassadors. Dozens of mourners queued at her coffin to kiss her hand. Margaret belonged to a prominent medical family who had lived at 15, German Place (renamed Madeira Place in the war) since the 1850s. The substantial house was the residence of her maternal grandparents, Samuel King Scott and Georgina Bodley. Samuel was a well-known doctor and brother of the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Georgina was the sister of another leading architect, George Frederick Bodley. When Samuel died suddenly in 1865, aged only 46, Brighton townsfolk rallied around with a charitable collection for Georgina and her 13 children. Margaret’s mother Catherine, born in 1861, was one of the youngest. In 1885, she married Reginald John Ryle, son of the Bishop of

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Liverpool, who was also a doctor, and he moved in with her and her mother at 15, German Place. The family was politically active and Reginald served at length on the Brighton Corporation. In 1912, Catherine became the first Honorary Secretary of the Lady Chichester Hospital, Helen Boyle’s pioneering psychiatric facility that was ‘managed by women for women’. She was also the force behind the Alexandra Hostel for Working Women in John Street, which provided cheap lodgings and free hot baths for women working away from home. She was vocal in supporting women’s suffrage and peace and disarmament. Her daughter’s wartime death must have come as a bitter blow. Had she lived, Margaret may have achieved much. Of her brothers, Gilbert became Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford, John became Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge and Physician to George V; and George became Director of Forestry for Wales and England. St Mary’s will be remembering the sacrifice of Margaret Ryle and others named on its Great War memorials at an afternoon of music, history and poetry on Sunday, 18th November, at 3.30pm. The event is open to all and free to attend. Katherine Prior

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Our gardening column by William Mills...

Greenfingers Plants do grow indoors during the winter months and below are some of the ones which I’ve found to flourish even in dim light as the days grow shorter. A potted rose, bought from a local Kemptown florist several years ago, has not only survived but is also entering a second flowering phrase this autumn. The rose was extensively cut back last year, and given the brightest west-facing bay window this spring. As soon as the weather warmed up it produced multiple buds, and even though it was moved to a shaded spot in the living room, these continued to flower for several months. It was then ruthlessly cut back again and returned to the sunny bay window. After a rest of around eight weeks new buds are growing with the first flowering in early September, and it is hoped it will continue to do so right up until Christmas. Others which have remained healthy throughout last

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autumn include spider plants, which are supposed to clean the air, and evergreen succulents which just keep getting bigger. Our yucca plant also survived major surgery earlier in the year. Ensconced in the greenhouse it has grown a brand new crown of fresh leaves and looks really happy and last winter was surprisingly capable of surviving outdoors even in the cold snap in March. A firm favourite has become cyclamens which produce flowers in colours so striking that they turn heads. They grow in shaded areas and don’t need direct sunlight. It is important to water them carefully as soon as the soil starts to dry out, but at the same time don’t leave them standing in water as they quickly rot. Cyclamens will continue to flower year after year once they become established, so are well worth the effort of learning how to keep them healthy and happy. In the summer edition I described our thrill at the arrival of Zigi Dandelion, a cute little bunny who has brightened our days, and now three months on she has grown into a big rabbit. She is a wonderful addition to the garden and is well behaved, staying on our side of the fence most of the time. Someone

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The latest column from Steve Parry...

Advocacy for those without a voice (or at least a voice not being listened to) Most people are worried, stressed out, even petrified when faced with the courts, tribunals, benefit applications or dealing with the local authority. Every day the homeless, the vulnerable, the poor, and the abused are ignored, and told why there are not the facilities or resources to meet their basic needs. They do not have a voice that is heard by those who, with the stroke of a pen, are able to deny benefits, suitable accommodation, or justice. Those in need are shrugged off, sometimes lied to, often misled and told why they will not, rather than how to, obtain their basic rights. Voluntary groups in the city do a fantastic job on the charitable front but their work has now reached the point where they are not assisting the few who fall through the net of essential services but the many that are denied their basic rights. Organisations funded or run by national and local government are more adept at ticking boxes

and explaining why housing, benefits, or support is not available rather than fighting for people’s basic rights. Those groups that are effective are often under enormous pressure and lack adequate resources. In an innovative programme, “Law for Life: The Foundation for Public Legal Education” has teamed up with the Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition to launch “Street Advocates” for which training workshops began in September. The work takes inspiration from groundbreaking work of the “barefoot doctors” in China and Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s who provided basic health care in remote villages where trust was lacking in the experts from government agencies. Street Advocates in Brighton and Hove will provide advice and advocacy for those without a voice, with particular emphasis on housing, local government and benefits. Further information is available from chair@ bhhcoalition.org.uk for those who wish to train as Street Advocates or need advice and support. I appreciate that housing issues have dominated this column over the past year but, for a city that has a reputation for progressive ideas, a caring community and innovation, it is disgraceful that the condition and availability of accommodation is so dire. This is not new but it is getting worse rather than better. Solutions and resources are available – we just require the political will. Although it is a few months away, we have local elections in May next year. I hope that the community can come together to put housing at the top of the agenda. Book April 11th 2019 in your diary for a traditional hustings on housing at St George’s Church in Kemp Town. Steve Parry

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This article is by local shop Laine – Made Unique...

The Journey of a Jumper With the leaves starting to turn and warm summer evenings now a thing of the past, many of us will be airing out our winter wardrobe. There’s little as cosy as curling up in your favourite woolly jumper for the evening, but how many of us stop to think about where our jumper came from? Whilst this would have been a pretty simple question as little as sixty years ago, fashion chains are now so enormous that it’s likely your jumper visited several factories and almost certainly more than one country before it made its way to you. Luckily for us British manufacture is making a comeback, making it easier to trace your clothing from inception to purchase - or in this case sheep to sweater! Laine - Made Unique is a knitwear studio-shop, tucked away on Saint George’s Road - here we follow the journey of one of their Shetland wool jumpers. Starting at the very beginning, the wool is traced from a small farm on the Shetland isles. The sheep are raised organically in 2,000 acres of rugged hillside and rocky shoreline by a husband and wife duo.

Shetland sheep are best known for their hardiness, and the beautiful array of natural colour variation in their soft coats. Once shorn, the fleece is sorted by hand into different tones, giving a subtle and soft colour palette. Once sorted, the wool is washed and spun into soft lofty yarn, then posted down to Brighton, where the fun really starts. All jumpers are measured and planned first so that no wool is wasted and the fit is perfect. After the planning the pattern pieces are hand frame knitted, before being washed, steamed and sewn together on a hand driven machine. It’s quite possible that only three people have touched the fibres in your jumper before it gets to you - if you include the postman that is! Laine - Made Unique 74 Saint George’s Road Kemptown www.laine-madeunique.com To advertise e-mail info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021


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Judith Burns shares her Kemptown memories...

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Kemptown Memories 2018 has had a fantastic summer which reminded me of summers growing up in Kemptown. Kemptown can be a great place to be a kid, although in the 1960s there weren’t a lot of us around! Our move from Saltdean meant losing a garden and at seven years old I felt bereft. My father walked me across Marine Parade and pointed down to the beach. “That’s your new garden,” he said. As I settled in to Kemptown life, I found the thrill of Peter Pan’s Playground, and there was Queen’s Park for picnics and the English Channel for a swim. The weather dictated what we did at weekends. The sea was always a bit too cold for me and I wasn’t keen on the pebbles so in the 1960s on a sunny day we walked to the iconic Black Rock swimming pool along the undercliff, now wasteland, below Sussex Square and Arundel Terrace. This was an excellent replacement for Showtime Productions & Music Theatre 2000 present

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us ex-Saltdean residents for the wonderful Lido where I had learnt to swim. Black Rock was open air, and pretty bracing if you went first thing in the morning. I may have lost the rock pools where I spent hours searching for crabs in Saltdean, Rottingdean and Ovingdean, but the Black Rock pool was a wonderful substitute. In the hottest July of the 1970s I dragged a little black and white television onto our balcony in Royal Crescent, anWd lay on a towel in my swimsuit watching Wimbledon, Dan Maskell giving his usual gentlemanly commentary. For a few days Lord Olivier was home at the other end of the Crescent. He would stroll past, hear the thwack of the ball on racket and shout up, “What’s the score my dear?” I’d shout down to him the latest match results. If the weather was cold and the pool or sea had been ruled out, I seem to remember the other entertainment on a wet weekend was Kemptown’s Continentale cinema in Sudeley Place for the children’s Saturday morning show. When we came out it was off to Turnhill bakery for a chocolate éclair before home. Sadly the cinema began to show adult movies in the mid 60s and then was eventually turned into flats. And the Black Rock swimming pool was demolished around the time that Brighton Marina was built. But at least Kemptown’s kids still have Queen’s Park, and the English Channel of course! Judith Burns Judith runs the Kemptown Community Market. The next market is on Saturday 20 October, 11am to 4pm, at St Mary’s Church.

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St. George’s Café at St. George’s Church Sandro invites you to St. Georges cafe located in the beautiful, peaceful nave of St. George’s Church, a social hub in the heart of Kemp Town. We are open every weekday morning serving a range of hot and cold drinks as well as sandwiches, toasties, pastries, brioches, cakes, fresh baguettes and hot meals. Our children’s play area provides a secure environment in which parents can relax and have time to chat. We are also available to cater in support of events in both the church and the community centre. Free WiFi. Dogs (very) welcome. Tel. 01273 279448 (ext. 4)

Church Sunday Service – 10:30 followed by tea and coffee. Kemp town Crypt Community Centre opening hours 8:00am until late Bookings for both 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 café and ext.2 for all other bookings.)

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Events for all ages...

Brighton Science Festival The Brighton Science Festival is back this October. For young folks (age 7-14) and parents, Hands-On Half-Term is back in various places around Brighton (October 20-26). The concept is simple: you look out for people who would like to show young people extraordinary things and help them do extraordinary things, then you let people know about it. The result is an avalanche of humanity romping through the nooks and crannies of Brighton, having a whale of a time and learning new skills, from sewing to computer programming, to space flight to Einstein. For adults, The Big Monstrous Day (Sunday October 28) will be dealing with monstrous subjects in this anniversary year of Frankenstein - 200 years old in November, and still not quite dead. In modern times we are seeing the ascendance of Frankensteinianism: we can modify the genomes of our beloveds (puppies at the moment, children soon); we can use surgery and medicine to extend our lives by decades (nobody need die!); we regularly donate our body parts to others; we have robots replacing us in the workplace; we are being watched, judged

and manipulated by social media and internet monsters. We will hear all about these. More than that, we will be encouraged to debate the issues, partly because it’s a good idea, partly as a demonstration of our freedom to speak and think for ourselves. Big Science Saturday (Saturday October 27) has speakers on six different and fascinating topics. For more information, visit www.brightonscience.com

An event at St George’s Church...

David Hockney Double-Bill The Friends of St George’s Church are delighted to announce their screening on Thursday October 11th of a double-bill from Brighton’s own stellar filmmaker Phil Grabsky... David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts : A Bigger Picture (2012) and 82 Portraits and One Still Life (2016). These films are a revelation and a delight. Tickets £8 for film only, or £15 to include a light supper. Cash bar for all guests. Doors open at 6.30pm, film starts at 7pm. Reserve tickets by email at friendsofstgeorgeschurch@gmail.com or buy online at Eventbrite.co.uk. Please send your local articles to info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021


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Local business at your service... Barbers Zar’s Barbers...............................................................2 Blinds Bella Vista.................................................................18 Builders Walder Construction...................................................18 Churches St Mary’s Church........................................................11 St George’s Church.....................................................20 Conference TedX...........................................................................3 Decluttering Clutter Meister..............................................................4 Education Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.........................12 Estate Agents Paul Bott & Co...............................................Back Cover Funeral directors ARKA.......................................................................20 Sussex Funerals..........................................................13 Fitness Wellbeing Exercise.....................................................10 Hairdressers Bo Style.....................................................................17 Heating Services Plum Heating...............................................................6 Home Care Home Instead............................................................12 Interiors Mister Smith...............................................................8

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Kitchen Facelifts Dream Doors.............................................................10 Knitwear Laine - Made Unique..................................................16 Locksmiths Lee’s Locks.................................................................15 Music Festivities Brighton Early Music Festival 2018.................................8 Christmas Musical Extravaganza..................................19 Pet Services Wagging Tails..............................................................6 Piano Warehouse Brighton Piano Warehouse............................................9 Pilates Jan Davies...................................................................4 Plastering Lewis Byard.................................................................4 Roofing Clarkes of Brighton.......................................................6 M.Marchant.................................................................6 WorkWise.................................................................14 Solicitors Crosby & Woods..........................................................7 Tiles Eurotiles & Bathrooms..................................................23 Theatre Dracula at the Spire....................................................22 Wood Brighton Log Centre....................................................21


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