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Welcome to The Kemptown Rag

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It’s time for most people to go back to work or school (although there are some of us who haven’t been away!) There’s plenty going on in September if you do have some free time, though.

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Heritage Open Days & Older People’s Festival

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This month’s featured local person is Colin Barton, the Chairman of the Sussex ME Society, and Katherine Prior’s latest local history article is about some distinguished Indian visitors to Brighton in the 19th century. Katherine will also be giving an illustrated talk on “India in Brighton” at St Mary’s on 21st September, with a curry supper, which sounds like a great evening out!

The Kemptown Rag Team

Local Person

Page 11 Local History at St Mary’s Church

There are two weekends of Heritage Open Days, the start of the annual Older People’s Festival and giant snails will soon be arriving on our streets, so make the most of the last days of the mild weather. Paul Thomas has many other entertainment ideas for you.

Happy reading!

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Page 15 Catherine Considine column Page 17 Snailspace Page 19 Charity concert at St George’s Church Page 21 A Drop in the Ocean

Madeira Terrace Update

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Laurel Row During the 1830s, 14 streets or passages were built running east and west of Upper Bedford Street. This passage is Laurel Row, which ran between Lavender Street and Upper Bedford Street, giving access to no fewer than 40 houses, in various stages of decay. The photo was taken in 1914 from the wider Upper Bedford Street end – two gas lamps fixed to the wall provided the only artificial light. Laurel Row was demolished as part of a slum clearance scheme in 1935. Thanks to the Regency Society for this image from their photographic archives, The James Gray Collection. You can see thousands more historic pictures of Brighton and Hove at: www.regencysociety-jamesgray.com

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Meet the chairman of the Sussex ME Society...

Kemptown Person - Colin Barton Colin Barton lives in Kemptown and is the Chairman of the Sussex & Kent ME Society, based at Brighton Marina. How long have you lived in Kemptown? 35 years. What’s your favourite place in Kemptown? The seafront where one can have a peaceful walk in the morning and take time to reflect. How did you get involved with the Sussex ME Society? Along with my partner David I founded the organisation after I was diagnosed with ME in 1987, supported by Brighton Kemptown MP of the time Sir Andrew Bowden. I first became ill in 1981 when I was running my own successful hotel business that I had to give up due to the physical and mental symptoms of the illness that often rendered me bedbound and in need of care I well remember having to be helped around by our elderly housekeeper.

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A chance to visit new places...

Heritage Open Days... Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history for Heritage Open Days. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE. This year’s Heritage Open Days will be 6-9 and 13-16 September. At St George’s Church you can discover the extraordinary life and music of Avril Coleridge-Taylor, composer, conductor and pianist, in an exhibition with first performances by flautist Caroline Collingridge of unpublished previously lost pieces, scheduled at each hour on the hour. (Free; Saturday 8 September; 2pm6pm; no booking required.) On Saturdays 8 and 15 September you can take a tour of Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate, concluding with a visit to the enclosures and a walk through the tunnel onto the seafront. Another walking tour is Commemorative Plaque Trail 1 - Sealife Centre to the Marina (8 September).

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Older People’s Festival 2018 Impact Initiatives is delighted to be putting together the very successful Older People’s Festival for the third year running, with over 100 events going on over two weeks all over Brighton & Hove, from 24th September to 7th October, celebrating people aged 50+. The festival encourages people to come together and try something new, meet others and participate in city life. Please go to the website www.opf.org.uk for all of the event listings and details of where you can pick up the festival brochures. You can also attend the Festival Launch Event at the Hop50+ in Palmeira Square, Hove, on Monday 24th September, 10.30am to 3.30pm, to celebrate the start of the festival with a glass of bubbly and light refreshments.

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

Distinguished India Visitors to Brighton The story of the wounded Indian soldiers who were housed in the Royal Pavilion during the Great War is well known, but they were not the first of the Pavilion’s Indian visitors. The Pavilion was bought from the Crown by Brighton’s town commissioners in 1850 and thereafter it became the go-to venue for anything connected with India. This included a public meeting hosted by the mayor in 1873 at which the Nawab of Bengal thanked Brighton’s Liberal MP, Henry Fawcett, for his parliamentary interest in India’s governance. Two young Indians studying in Cambridge and London spoke at this meeting, to warm applause. This drew a furious denunciation in the Brighton Herald from an ‘old India hand’ at the naivety of the town’s governors in thinking their opinions worth listening to. Another royal Indian visitor was Maharaja Sayajirao III Gaekwar Maharaja Sayajirao III Gaekwar of of Baroda. One of India’s richest princes, he hired three adjacent Baroda, a distinguished and generous houses in Adelaide Crescent in November 1887 for a stay of visitor to Brighton and Hove in 1887 several weeks. With an entourage of 53, his visit was a business bonanza for the town. Everyone from butchers and florists to tailors and stationers seems to have got in on the act, supplying The Friends of St Mary’s not only the maharaja’s party but also Brighton’s present great and good who flocked to Adelaide Crescent to pay their respects – more than a thousand callers in the first month. For years afterwards, local traders used straplines such as ‘Appointed Grocer to the Gaekwar of Baroda’ in their advertising.

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The high point of Sayajirao’s visit was the splendid ball he hosted for 600 guests at the Pavilion on 12 December 1887. Liberty & Co was hired to festoon the empty building with Oriental silks, tapestries, screens and carpets, while local florist William Balchin was given a blank cheque to cram every room with palms, ferns, cyclamens, tulips and lilies. Waltzing took place in both the Music Room and the Banqueting Room, the bands of the Coldstream Guards and Royal Scots Greys being connected by telephone so that they could play in unison, while an elaborate cotillion was danced out on the eastern lawns. Supper, served in the King’s Apartments, ran to more than thirty dishes, in which lobster, truffles, oysters and paté de fois gras featured prominently. Pineapples, grapes and tangerines filled the fruit bowls – in December, no less. The dancing continued until 4am, and all in attendance agreed that it was a ‘most splendid entertainment’. Katherine Prior

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The latest entertainment column from Paul Thomas...

Autumn Splendour After a long hot summer September has a plentiful harvest of enchantments to savour. The 1st Brighton Summer Open Backgammon Tournament is at the Hilton Metropole from the 7th for three days. The Seagull, based on the play by Chekhov, is on the silver screen from the 7th, featuring Annette Bening and Elisabeth Moss in the family drama. As our local feathered foes increasingly become city-gulls more than anything, Brightonians are duty bound to see this film! A chiller to warm the blood on the cooler evenings, The Nun also opens on the 7th. Kelly Macdonald has a come a long way since her debut in Trainspotting: see her delight critics in Puzzle. Bikers will rev their stallions for the 25th annual Ace CafĂŠ Reunion aka the Brighton Burn Up, Sunday 9th, Madeira Drive. Expect stands, leathers, bandanas and lovingly cared-for machines alongside former ton-up tearaways... Local shop fans might want to catch The League of Gentlemen, Brighton Centre, 11-12th.

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For those who miss out on tickets there is a Christmas TV special marking 20 years of The League promised. Alan Bennett`s The Habit of Art, starring Matthew Kelly and David Yelland, explores the bittersweet friendship of WH Auden and Benjamin Britten at the Theatre Royal, 11th-15th. Retreads continue from Hollywood with Shane Black`s take on The Predator, trying to save the world from the 12th. Hove Lawns welcomes the active and curious to the Sport and Fitness Show for free, 15-16th. Whole Lotta Led celebrates 50 years of Led Zeppelin at Concorde 2 on the 15th. The Brighton and Hove Triathlon raises pulses on Sunday 16th. A certain magical writer who also publishes as Robert Galbraith releases Lethal White, the 4th Cormoran Strike tale, on the 18th. Carlos Ruiz Zafon, author of The Shadow of the Wind, releases his latest, The Labyrinth of the Spirits, on the same day. The Autumnal equinox is on Sunday 23rd at 02.54, heralding the end of summer. The real sign is the arrival of the autumn collection aka the new intake of students keeping our famed academic corridor busy. Kemptown is an increasingly favoured dwelling area for 2nd and 3rd year students escaping the campus bubble. Sussex Freshers party on the 16th. Brighton Freshers week begins 23rd. Taxis and A+E might be busier than usual... Paul Thomas


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Sea Cycles I can’t believe they’ve been here a year and this is the first time we’ve talked about them; Sea Cycles! OK, Brighton Bikes to you. I know that they split opinion. Friends over in hilly Hanover tend not to be fans. And I’ve yet to meet a taxi driver who doesn’t have a sweary story to tell. But for me they were love at first cycle; cheaper than a bus, faster than a walk; a turquoise blast of pure, happy freedom. Most mornings I pick up a bike near Sussex Square, freewheel down Dukes Mound and hit the beachfront cycle lane. The bikes are heavy-set and oldfashioned in a way that makes me feel more Mary Poppins than Bradley Wiggins. They force you to sit proud and upright and from that vantage point I feel I am drifting through a movie of the neighbourhood. I say hi to a guy opening up Sea Lanes and nod at a trainer on his way to the gym. I grin at the lovely man who puts the deck chairs out for hire.

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I brake slightly to allow two comedy kayak-carriers to cross the cycle path, their slapstick lack of direction so funny I want to point at the sea and shout, “There!” And over there, in the distance, I marvel at paddle boarders drifting magically across a sea so clear and still that were it not so warm still I might imagine they were skating on ice.

At the pier I swerve a broken beer bottle and three lads, still partying, shout out words that blur as I cycle past. A solitary man practises tai chi on Hove Lawns pushing his arms forward as though he might hold back the sea. Further along three women chatter as they roll out pastel yoga mats. Dog walkers navigate the space proprietorially. Next to King Alfred’s the serious swimmers suck themselves into wet suits.

I love this morning glimpse of life. The world seems so full and possible. Later we will all pull on responsibility along with our grown-up clothes but here, first thing, we are all taking time to play. I reach my destination, dock my Sea Cycle and prepare. I’ve run out of space to tell where I was heading but no matter, this was all about the journey not the destination. Catherine Considine Catherine writes about Love, Kemptown and Other Distractions at www.extraordinaryordinary.blog

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Look out for a snail near you...

Snailspace Arrives on 15th September The Snailspace art installation will be coming to the streets of Brighton & Hove from 15th September until 18th November.

#BeMoreSnail is the motto of Snailspace, which is being organised by Martlets Hospice in conjunction with Wild in Art. The idea behind #BeMoreSnail is to encourage people to slow down, enjoy the moment and spend more time with the people they love. It resonates with the philosophy behind the lifechanging care provided by the hospice, and, at the end of the event, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for it. The event has the backing of some of the city’s celebrities. Superstar DJ Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim, will have his very own snail designed by street artist Cassette Lord.

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50 giant snails, individually decorated by different artists, and over 50 junior snails painted by local schoolchildren, will be located all over the city, sponsored by local businesses.

Best-selling crime author Peter James will have a snail based on his highly acclaimed Roy Grace series and popular vlogger and boyfriend of Zoella, Alfie Deyes, will also have a giant snail on the route. Local illustrator Guy Parker-Rees has designed an amazing snail based on his much-loved children’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance. A comprehensive map and an app will also support the sculpture hunt. The app will encourage visitors to ‘bag’ as many sculptures as possible by tracking how many snails they have found, enable them to vote for their favourites, and unlock special rewards each time a sculpture is found. The map will be available on the Snailspace website, at Martlets shops across the city and at Churchill Square. There will also be a series of special events during the nine weeks. On Friday 12th October Martlets are organising a Snailway Safari, a sponsored walk with a difference. For one night only the Snailway will become an evening spectacular, with sights, surprises and entertainment along the way. Then, on Oct 19th there will be a citywide #BeMoreSnail day, when Martlets will challenge people to do something which resonates with the idea of being more mindful. Snails will be placed at some of the locations used for the Snowdogs, and a few new locations have been added. All will be revealed on 15th September! For more information and to keep up to date with all details of the campaign, visit www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk or follow @snailspacebh on social media.

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The Kit Tarka Foundation (KTF) was established in 2018 by Sarah Higson and James de Malplaquet after their son Kit Tarka died at just 13 days old from disseminated neonatal herpes.

The leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Daniel Yates, has responded to newspaper reports that development company Boxpark have submitted a £100 million proposal to build shops, office spaces and a hotel to enable the restoration of Madeira Terrace.

Discovering an astonishing lack of public and professional awareness of the disease, Sarah and James realised that no other UK charity was initiating and funding research into deaths of neonatal (newborn) babies. A sponsored walk raised enough money for KTF’s first project - the co-funding of a new national study into neonatal HSV (herpes) infection, the first for 25 years. ‘KitFest’ is a music event to raise funds for further research and education - as well as marking what would have been the first birthday weekend of James and Sarah’s son. It’s at 4pm on Saturday 15th September at St George’s Church. On the line-up are Fujiya & Miyagi in their only Brighton gig this year; Alice Russell and TM Juke in a rare acoustic set; The Miserable Rich reuniting after four years; and Gloria Cycles who will perform for the first time in eight years. This year’s Brighton Festival guest director and Kemptown local, David Shrigley, will compere and donate a print to the raffle. Tickets and further information about KTF’s work are available at www.kittarkafoundation.org

Cllr Yates said: “We believe in protecting and preserving this historic site in our city. The aim is to retain the Terraces in full and create a new destination for the seafront with a range of new independent businesses located within the arches. Plans are underway for the renovation of the three crowdfunded arches with work due to begin by the end of the year.   “Contrary to reports in local media, we have not issued any call for proposals and we have explained our position to those expressing interest, including Boxpark. While we welcome ideas from developers to help shape the future of the seafront, we will continue to be directed by the vision shared by so many in the city to see the Terraces restored to their former glory.  “If at any time in the future we need to engage external developers, we will do so through an open transparent process and offer all parties an opportunity to bid. At present we have no intention of altering the plans we have been carefully researching with specialists and residents.”

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New Art Design Tops the Lot A fantastic new art installation has been created on Brighton beach – using almost 9,000 plastic bottle tops!

This installation, at 18 metres long, is phase one of three. The final bottle tops will go up by the end of this year and the installation will stay up until spring next year.

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Local designer Irene Soler has teamed up with volunteers, businesses and groups to produce the stunning piece at the Volks Railway called A Drop in the Ocean. Irene got the idea after she started to pick up litter from the beach and noticed much of it was discarded bottle tops. She realised that a design with the multi-coloured plastic would be a brilliant way of highlighting the plague of single-use plastics on the city’s beaches. The tops were collected from people carrying out beach cleans, and businesses.

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