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Welcome to Kemptown!

Contents

We hope you had a great August and managed to get away from the day to day routine for a while and have returned with recharged batteries!

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With the school holidays successfully navigated we wanted to wish all the children in the area good luck in their new academic year. Many will be starting new schools for the first time which is a big step so we hope it all goes well and all you children out there settle in quickly and have a great time! In the meantime we bring you your September edition of The Kemptown Rag complete with local articles and a host of fantastic local businesses to service your every need!! This publication is funded solely by its advertisers so please do try and use them when you need something done. Let’s hope for an extension of summer into September!! Have a great month!! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk

Old Photo Local Person Dream Doors Local History from St Mary’s Church Entertainment Catherine Considine column The Crypt Community Centre Brighton Bike Share Scheme Rise Heritage Open Days Older People’s Festival International Choir Festival Poem Index

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This photo shows Broad Street from St James’s Street in 1954. Many of the balconies have disappeared but ‘Francis’ the hairdresser is still there, as is the Marine Tavern. Number 112 on the corner of St James’s Street had a decorative balcony and was a printer and stationer. © Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

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Meet the owner of Bom-Bane’s Café...

Kemptown Person – Jane Bom-Bane Musician and singer Jane Bom-Bane runs Bom-Bane’s Café in George Street and lives above it. In 2012, Bom-Bane’s featured on a Canadian TV show called “World’s Weirdest Restaurants”. How long has Bom-Bane’s Café been open? Eleven years on 1st September. Why do you think it is known as a “weird restaurant”? To me, weird means spooky, but I think these days it can mean more like “wacky”, which Bom-Bane’s probably is, compared to more formal eateries. Our tables on the ground floor do interesting things, for example… Tell us about your music nights... On Tuesdays, local performers often come to play, and bring their friends and fans. On Wednesdays, we have a film night, so no live music, but Thursday to Saturday after food I usually sing some songs, with Eliza (Skelton) who works with me, and once a month we have a special night with set meal and a performance downstairs of Jane Bom-Bane’s Great-

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est Hats (me with harmonium, songs and matching mechanical hats). Eliza or Kate (Daisy Grant) will usually join me on these nights. And every few months, again after a set meal, we’ll sing original and old folk songs and madrigals acapella – me, Eliza and Emma (Kilbey) as The Silver Swans. During May and December all the Bom-Bane team put on a specially written musical with food. And, finally, when people come as a party to celebrate a birthday, wedding, leaving etc, if whoever’s organising it sends me details I’ll write a song for/about the person in question. We hear you also have a homework club... Yes, it’s a virtual club, really, which exists if anyone comes. Secondary-aged kids can come at 4 on a Wednesday for a couple of hours to do their homework, and I’ll help them if I can. Then they can have sausage and mash and a drink, and be ready for home, telly and bed by 6! What sort of food do you serve? Mainly Belgian and European, but other dishes too. On themed nights, the food will be different. Best to see our menus on the website. For more information, visit bom-banes.com

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Here we feature a great local business...

Business Veteran Opens Kitchen Facelift Business “We’ll continue to provide a superb product and a cost-effective service to local people for many years to come.” Troy Tappenden, MD of Andrew has worked for Dream Doors since 2007, starting Dream Doors and long-time out as a design consultant for the Gosport-based showroom, friend of Andy’s, had this to and then progressing to join the management team support- say: “Although it saddens ing the brand’s 75 franchisees. After a successful career as me that Andy will be leaving an employee, Andrew decided that he wanted to help clients his initial role, it also brings first hand, becoming the owner of Dream Doors Brighton me joy that he is still part and Hove. of the Dream Doors family, delivering a fantastic kitchen “I have loved my time at Dream Doors,” he says. “The replacement service to clients service we provide is incredible; we can offer as little or as whilst absolutely loving the much as any homeowner could want in their kitchen. And experience from start to end.” I already have years of experience and knowledge of our products.” Dream Doors focuses on reDream Doors, the UK’s largest kitchen facelift retailer, has just appointed its long-standing Business Development Manager, Andrew Hart, as the new franchisee for the Brighton area.

placement kitchen doors and worktops. This service helps clients achieve a brand-new He believes it to be one of the few cities in England still in look to their kitchen without the time, hassle and money tune with a sense of community and friendliness. “I’m excited spent on a full kitchen refit. Does your dreary old kitchen to be working in the area, and to be working with local need an update? Then visit Andy today. Dream Doors fitters that I’ve introduced to the business,” Andrew adds. new life for old kitchens. Andrew chose the Brighton area as it was incredibly unique, being the home of many varying points of interest.

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

St James’s Church – Gone But Not Forgotten It’s hard to imagine now, but until 1950 there used to be a large flint-faced church – St James’s Church – on the corner of St James’s and Chapel Streets – roughly where the Co-op stands today. There was just a narrow entrance way into it from St James’s Street, between two shop fronts, so it was actually most visible from Chapel Street. The church that was demolished in 1950 was not the first one on the site. A smaller chapel had been built there (hence ‘Chapel Street’) in 181013 on land given by Nathaniel Kemp of Ovingdean. Initially used by dissenters, it became an Anglican chapel in 1826. Its first curate was the Revd Charles Maitland, an evangelical former army officer who favoured a no-frills, rather wordy form of worship. This changed with Maitland’s death in 1865, when the Revd John Purchas bought the chapel. A perpetual irritant to the Church of England authorities, Purchas was a Ritualist who was determined to return Anglican worship to its pre-Reformation Catholic style. In his services he introduced novelties such as lace and brocade vestments, the burning of incense, and processions with lighted candles.

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The interior of St James’s Church, which stood on the site of the Co-op in St James’s Street before its demolition in 1950

In a county where the memory of the Protestant Martyrs of Lewes was strong, this Anglo-Catholicism was radical, inflammatory stuff. There were lock-ins at the chapel, riots and rowdiness outside, and Purchas was himself physically attacked. Nonetheless he carried on defiantly until his death in 1872. After Purchas’s death, the Vicar of Brighton took matters in hand, demolishing the chapel and commissioning a new parish church in its stead. Designed by Edmund Scott, the new St James’s opened in 1875. It closed just over 70 years later, the victim of falling attendance. In 1949 its parish was amalgamated with St Mary’s, which also received some of its artefacts, including its Great War memorial. We’ll be remembering St James’s Church at St Mary’s on Heritage Open Day, Saturday, 9 September. We’ll also be remembering one of its former worshippers: Percy Owen Hay of the Durham Light Infantry, who died 99 years ago at Dunkirk on 9 September 1918 from wounds received in the final advance in Flanders. Percy, aged 20, was the son of Frank and Emily Hay, furniture dealers of Edward Street. When Percy’s niece Sandie visited St Mary’s a couple of years ago, she was delighted to discover his name on a memorial from a church she hadn’t known existed. Katherine Prior

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The latest entertainment column from Paul Thomas...

The Autumn Selection September is a time of harvest and changing leaves. In Brighton it is also the start of the invasion. There may be slightly fewer this year but from around the globe and around the corner they will come. With their hopes, dreams and annoying first time away from home quirks, prepare for the new term students. Whether fresh from 6th form, gap years or on a career break, they will be everywhere. Get those earplugs in now; seagulls have got nothing on new students for noisiness but at least they don’t swipe your chips... Brit vampire movie Eat Local is released on 1st September and features that renowned office worker and pirate Mackenzie Crook. 40 years ago NASA launched its Voyager 1 spacecraft, 5th September 1977. On 18th September the same year it sent back the first ever photograph of the Earth and Moon together in a single image. Voyager 1 is still exploring space today. Nessun Dorma will be played and streamed a lot on 6th September to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Luciano Pavarotti, especially on Classic FM which celebrates 25 years of broadcasting on 7th September.

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The latest column from Catherine Considine...

Tri-ing “Reach your arm forward, turn your head and breathe.” She demonstrates from the side of pool, reaching up and turning her head so her cheek rests against her arm. I am reminded of a cute kitten, face on paws gazing dreamily from a Hallmark greeting card. “OK - cute face,” I say, “Got it.” Ru, or perhaps his name is Du (it’s hard to hear with my ears squashed condom-tight in a florid pink swimming cap), zips past and flips to push off against the poolside. As he zooms back down the pool his back-splash hits me right in my cute face as I attempt my first turn-head-breathe. Ru-Du is about seven years old. I am at least 40 years his senior. And this is my first ever swimming lesson. My teacher skims her hand past her thigh and windmills her bent arm back muttering something about leading with the elbow. “Chicken wings,” I think. And she reminds me to “kick, kick, kick.” I learnt to swim young – probably Ru-Du’s age.

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I was thrown into a pool in South Norwood by a father whose approach to life remains decidedly sink or swim. There wasn’t much choice so I learnt from the ground up. Under the water I would paw the floor of the pool, pulling myself along. Occasionally of course I would have to push up to the surface and gasp a distant tadpole from our evolutionary past – before scooping myself back down to the deep peace of the blue chequered suburban baths. As a result I am fearless in water and love to swim but I have no discernible style. Which is why you find me at the Swimming Centre on Eastern Road. I plan to enter a triathlon next year and I need to learn to front crawl. Adults learn differently to children, my teacher tells me. Adults think and children do. Ru-Du climbs the ladder out of the pool and waves goodbye to me as his mother engulfs him in a turtle-covered towel.

“OK,” my teacher says, “Let’s do it.” And this – not the start line in six months’ time – is where my triathlon begins. I glide forward, face in the water, and stretch an arm out in front of me. “Cute face…” I intone. “Thigh stroke… chicken wings… breeeeathe.” Trying all the time to kick, kick, kick. Catherine Considine

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This article is by Father Andrew Manson-Brailsford of St George’s Church...

A Community Centre in a Church! It all started over 20 years ago, when using your church to work with local communities was very unfashionable – we even predate the Archers radio show in removing pews! The people of St George’s Church asked their vicar how they could become more involved with the people who live and work in Kemp Town. They had two big things to offer – their enthusiasm and their buildings. Underneath the church are cellars. During World War One they were used as bomb shelters, and we still have some artefacts from that time. They were not particularly inviting, and did not have anything in the way of modern facilities. However, this did give rise to the idea that they could be used again! We talked with local people about what they might want if we had a community space to share. What people said they really wanted was space for activities led and supported by local people. We were lucky enough to gain both European funding and lottery funding.

Silver Sounds samba band rehearsing in the Crypt Community Centre This gave us the ability to build a large meeting hall, two smaller meeting rooms, and eventually a café and a nursery. To my great joy, it was interesting to see how groups mixed and supported each other – even if it was just by chatting and making people feel welcome. Today we have various support groups, for instance Alcoholics Anonymous; and we were the first church buildings to encourage Cocaine Anonymous. Alongside these, we have everything from dog training classes through to dance classes and slimming groups – and so much more. Even the hospital and local businesses use the facilities for their meetings. One thing that we have always said is that what happens on the outside of the buildings should be reflected by the use of the rooms inside. We have therefore always encouraged the LGBTI communities amongst many others – we even host the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement carol service. Just pick up a what’s on leaflet, or look at our website to see the activities: www.stgeorgesbrighton.com. Why, you may ask yourself, is all of this important? For the people of St George’s Church, it remains essential that we maintain our worship, and that we look after the pastoral needs of the community with things like baptisms, weddings and funerals. Equally as important is living out the Gospel of love – being the people who share what they have with the community, being interested, and sometimes taking part in the activities. St George’s Church is our community church, and invites you to share our facilities – come inside and take a look! Extra rooms are now available for hire at very reasonable rates – please email inthecrypt@msn.com.

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Local news...

New Brighton Bike Share Scheme Set to Launch Set to launch in early September, BTN BikeShare in association with Life Natural Spring Water will offer 450 smart bicycles with built-in GPS and wireless capabilities. Users will be able to easily locate and rent “Life Bikes” locked in any location across the city via an app, or online. Dropping off is equally simple - riders can return bikes to any docking station or lock them up at any legal location around the city. BTNBikeShare is a UK first - a smart bike system that combines the London docking station and the new Chinese dock-less systems.  The scheme will offer a range of tariffs to suit both regular and occasional users. Occasional hire costs will start from £1.80 for trips of up to an hour. After this costs go up by 3p per minute. Or riders can purchase an annual membership at £72 (£6 per month), which includes one hour free use every day. Brighton & Hove City Council has awarded a three year contract to run the city’s new bike share scheme to  UK owned operator  Hourbike.  Hourbike, who operate sharing schemes in other cities including Liverpool, Oxford and Reading, was selected as the preferred bidder after a tender process which attracted a total of four proposals.  The company will be responsible for managing and maintaining the service, as well as supplying the bikes and associated equipment.   Locations for the bike hubs will include Brighton Palace Pier, Edward Street, Old Steine, St James’s Street, Rock Street and St George’s Road. For further information, visit www.btnbikeshare.com.

A local charity event...

RISE Undercliff Run for Women On Sunday 8 October, the RISE 8K Undercliff Run for Women celebrates its 10th birthday! A scenic race along the seashore, alongside Sussex’s famous chalk cliffs, from Saltdean towards Brighton and back. The run is RISE’s signature, annual fundraising event, raising money to help survivors of domestic abuse in Sussex. Donations and sponsorship will be used to provide practical solutions, shelter and support for local families affected by domestic abuse. How to register: you can register for the 8km and 1km Birthday Run for Girls online at www.riseuk.org.uk/rise8k. For more information call 01273 622 828 ext 231 or email fundraising@riseuk.org.uk.

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A great chance to explore local places of interest...

Heritage Open Days Weekend Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. This year’s Heritage Open Days weekend is between 7th and 10th September. Here are a few of the events taking place in Kemptown. Here in the Past - Charles Street and Rock Street: Come along and meet volunteers involved with the development of Here in the Past, the city’s local history project exploring who lived in your house before you and the life experiences of former residents.  They are currently working on the Charles Street and Rock Street areas and this is a chance to get a taste of discoveries to date! The Here in the Past desk will be outside No 5 Charles Street between 10.30 and 11.30am on Saturday 9th September, and outside The Rock Inn, 7 Rock Street, from 4-5pm, also on Saturday 9th September. St George’s Church will be open on Thursday 7th September and Friday 8th September (9am to 2.30pm).

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St Mary’s Church is open on Saturday 9th September (10am to 7pm), when there will be binoculars and big photos on hand to reveal the details you don’t normally see from the ground, as well as special worksheets for children. There is also a free recital at 6pm, when the Herschel Quartet will be playing Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F, which will be followed by complimentary refreshments. The Secret Garden in Bristol Place will be open on Friday 8th September (12 to 5pm), Saturday 9th September (10am to 5pm) and Sunday 10th September (10am to 5pm); no booking required. The trustees will be on hand to talk to visitors about future plans and exhibitions. The garden has been planned to look at its very best and there will be explanatory handouts on the plants and plantings. Visitors are invited to relax in the garden and artists are welcome to draw or paint. Siobhan from TABLE will be selling luxury teas, with handcrafted cakes and other refreshments, as well as autumnal produce including speciality organic jams and preserves. For updates and any last minute changes to events, see: www.rth.org.uk. For further details of the Heritage Open Days weekend and many more events, visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

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A citywide event...

Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival An exciting two-week festival for people aged 50+ will once again be held across Brighton and Hove this September. Starting on September 25th, the Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival will address the United Nations event criteria “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”. The festival has been enabled by £10,000 from Public Health at Brighton & Hove City Council. The two weeks will see a packed programme of events across the city such as the Notorious Women of Brighton History Walks, a Houses of Parliament tour, Facebook for Fun classes, special Silver Screens at the Duke of York Cinema, the Brighton & Hove Buses Bus depot tour, Hollingbury Hillfort Healthwalk and golf taster session, a tour of Preston Circus Fire station, an evening with the Max Miller Appreciation Society, Tea and Teach with Barclays Eagles, some walking football activities, a Southern Water Sewer tour, the return of the very popular Soul Disco Night at The Hop in Hove, an Art Workshop, and a poetry Open Mic.

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Photo by Maria Scard The Theatre Royal is putting on a 1960s backstage tour and talk, and there is also a science afternoon, a writing group Meet Up, Read Aloud Group, and a tour of Brighton & Hove Albion football club for older LGBT people, to name just a few of the events. Also confirmed is the “Full of Life Fair” at The Open Market on Sunday 1st October (Older People’s Day) with the triumphant return at 1pm of Herbie Flowers and The All Stars, who last year played to an unsuspecting market audience, who have since been asking for his return. Other musical contributions will be presented by Singing for Better Health, a local choir of volunteers aged 50+, Silver Sounds Senior Samba Band, and the Silver Strings: Brighton’s very own later-starter community string band. Kemptown events include an Open Day at Patching Lodge in Park Street on Wednesday 27th September with Volunteering Matters/LifeLines (10.30am12 noon); the Somerset Centre at 62 St James’s Street hosts Drum and Connect on Wednesday 4th October (2pm-3pm) and a Science Afternoon on Thursday 5th October (2pm-3pm). Details of all of the events, times and locations can be viewed at www.opf.org.uk and festival programmes will be in venues across the city from 1st September. For more information or to take part, please email olderpeoplesfestival@impact-initiatives.org.uk or call 01273 322940.

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A local event...

This poem was sent in by a former Kemptown resident...

International Male Choir Beside the Seaside Festival at St George’s beside the Sea To celebrate our 90th anniversary on Saturday 7th October, Brighton Male Voice Choir (in association with Rottingdean Arts) are hosting an International Male Choir Festival at St George’s Church, Kemp Town. 

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Choirs from the UK and Canada compete for £1,000 prize money from 10.30am - 4pm.  The same choirs then perform in our Gala Concert at the same venue from 7pm.  Tickets are currently on sale from “madwaxcandles” in Rottingdean or on-line via our website:   www.brightonmalechoirfestival.co.uk   Brighton Male Voice Choir is always looking to recruit new members.  The choir meets for rehearsal every Wednesday, at Woodingdean Methodist Church, from 7.30pm, and any male (18yrs - 80+) is most welcome to come and “give us a try”.

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