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We hope you have had a good summer, despite the wind and rain in August! Here’s hoping that the weather will be kind to us in September so that we can enjoy the Heritage Open Days festival, with many local places open to visit free of charge. This month the Friends of St George’s Church bring us the details of their autumn programme of events and we also have news of an oral history project that you might be able to help with, particularly if you have worked at any of the Brighton hospitals. We welcome your feedback – do let us know what you like and don’t like in the magazine. The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: Peter Spells – www.peterspells.co.uk

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St. George’s Community Centre (beneath St. George’s Church) St. George’s Church houses the St. George’s Community Centre. We have a range of spaces for hire, from conference rooms to hall size, at very reasonable rates from £4.25 - £9.60 per hour. Rooms have projection facilities available and there is access to a kitchenette. We host a wide variety of events from children’s parties, through dance/ yoga classes to NHS training days. The centre is open from 8:30 until late most days (Sundays by arrangement) so do feel free to come in and see what is going on and what we have to offer. Enquiries can be made by contacting Chris Ryan on 01273 279448 (ext. 2) or emailing him at inthecrypt@msn.com. Church Sunday Service 10:30am followed by tea and coffee. (Parish office telephone: 01273 279448 Ext. 1) Café Opening Hours Weekdays from 9:00am until 2:30 pm (catering for events by arrangement. Telephone 01273 279448 Ext. 3)

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Heritage Open Days 2019 It’s the 25th year of the Heritage Open Days festival, England’s largest festival of history and culture. It’s an opportunity to visit some places not ordinarily accessible, and everything is free, although some events must be booked. This year the festival runs for 10 consecutive days, from 13th to 22nd September, and the theme is “People Power” in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. Kemp Town Enclosures If you’d like to see the secret tunnel to the Kemp Town Enclosures, join a tour led by Michael Bedingfield and learn about the history of these private gardens. (Sunday 15 September, 2pm, prebooking required by 12 September) Thomas Kemp’s Seaside Estate On 14 and 21 September you can explore Thomas Kemp’s grand design for the Kemp Town Estate and learn about its history, architecture and notable residents. (2-3pm; booking required by 12 September)

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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden in Kemp Town, on the corner of Bristol Gardens and Bristol Place, will be open on the weekends of 14-15 September and 2122 September, from 11am-5pm (no booking required). A stunning selection of major works by internationally acclaimed sculptor William Pye is on exhibition here. St Mary’s Church You can explore St Mary’s Church in Upper Rock Gardens on 14 September and learn about its history. At 3pm there will be a Cake and Prosecco Party to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Friends of St Mary’s and there’s a free recital at 6pm by the Kelleth Piano Trio, followed by complimentary refreshments. (Saturday 14 September, 10am-7pm, no booking required) Musical History of 24 George Street: The Film The story of 24 George Street is told through songs written by Jane Bom-Bane, with portraits of its colourful inhabitants from its construction to the present day. (13, 14, 18, 19 & 20 September, 6pm; Bom-Bane’s café, 24 George Street, BN2 1RH, prebooking required) Booking for events in the Brighton and Hove area is co-ordinated by the Regency Town House, with all events listed on their website: www.rth.org.uk/ BHOD19, or visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for further information on these and many other events.

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Council begins removing weeds The council has begun an extensive weed removal programme after pledging to become a pesticide-free city. A team of eight will join existing staff who are already touring the city to remove weeds by hand and with tools as the council reduces the use of toxic herbicide glyphosate and explores new weed control technology. The council has been aware of the amount of weeds in the city, but has waited until the growth has developed before taking steps. The team has already cleared the Bristol Estate of weeds as well as deep cleaning the pavements, and has moved onto other areas in the city. A major step forward to becoming pesticide-free Cllr Anne Pissaridou, chair of the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee, said: “Stopping the use of glyphosate is a major step forward in making sure the city, its residents, wildlife and environment are all pesticidefree. It will always be the case that stopping the use of pesticides will mean more weeds, but this new team will control growth in the short-term while we investigate the use of new technologies including hot foam and infra-red technology.” Council taking expert advice The council is working closely with the Brightonbased Pesticide Action Network, experts in how to become pesticide-free. A plan is being developed to end the use of the toxic weed killer in all the city’s parks, open spaces, pavements, verges and housing land within three years. Cllr Pissaridou added: “We have already started to reduce the amounts of glyphosate used in city parks, housing land and public highways. However, we believe we can accelerate the reduction in use.”

The harmful effects of glyphosate Glyphosate, commonly known by its original trade name Roundup, is a toxic herbicide and the world's most widely sold weed killer. But many experts, including Pesticide Action Network and the Soil Association, believe it causes cancer in humans while destroying the environment and wildlife. A report will go to the next ETS committee in October. In the meantime no glyphosate will be used in the city’s parks while the impact is monitored and alternative solutions are trialled. Residents who would like excessive weeds removed from public land can contact Cityclean on 01273 292929 or email cityclean@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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technical innovations, in care and also, possibly, in difficulties or struggles. We very much want to collect the hitherto unrecorded or neglected story, for hospitals are more than bricks and mortar.” Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like, with support from project partners, specialist academics, local authority employees and archivists, as well as young people, older groups, participants and project staff. The stories will be sustainably recorded and form a new oral archive at the hospital Library and Knowledge Service after March 2020. There will also be an exhibition at Jubilee Library from 5th-21st September, with a vox pops memories collection session from 10am-3pm on Saturday 7th September. Although Brighton General is not run by BSUH, its historical ties with other hospitals mean that the researchers are interested in hearing memories associated with that hospital, too. Anyone interested in participating should contact: Nicola Benge (Project Manager), Strike a Light - Arts & Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU, or email: strikealight@rocketmail.com For further information go to strikealight.org

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Some great events coming up at St George’s Church...

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The Friends of St George’s Church are delighted to offer a particularly wide-ranging autumn programme. Thursday 12th September:

Saturday afternoon, 2nd November:

Coach Outing to RHS Wisley Gardens and the Surrey Sculpture Trail. Coach departs 10am from St George’s Church, returns 5.30pm. Cost £38.50 or £26 for RHS members.

Music of a very different kind - samba drumming from the Silver Sounds. This community band for older people will take us on a tour of Brazilian street music followed by an opportunity to try our hand at this exhilarating musical form. Suitable for all ages and ideal for half term. Refreshments at cash bar. £5 - free for children, £2 for students, un-waged or on low income. 2.30pm for 3pm.

Friday 18th October: Organ recital by Nigel Wilby to mark the refurbishment of the church organ. Includes pieces by Bach, Percy Grainger, Saint-Saens and Marcel Dupré to show off the organ’s newly-restored choir manual. 7pm for 7.30. Café format – bring a picnic. Cash bar. £10.

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Traditional music of Afghanistan -Veronica Doubleday, John Baily and Marc Clayton will perform more music and songs on the classic instruments of Afghanistan. John and Veronica lived for two years in Herat and discovered the importance of learning to play the music they were researching. Supper, in the same Afghan vein, from caterer Julie Mack. 7pm for 7.30. £16 to include supper, £10 concert only. All events take place in St George’s Church, BN2 1ED. Email friendsofstgeorgeschurch@gmail.com to receive full details of times and prices and to reserve your tickets.

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Lloyds Bank branch to close Lloyds Bank is to close its Kemp Town branch in St George’s Road on 4th November 2019, following a review. The bank says that customers’ needs are changing and counters at the branch are 10% quieter than a year ago. The bank says: “The majority of customers are also using alternative ways to bank and we have another branch close by.” The nearest alternative Lloyds branches are in North Street and at Preston Circus. You can also use the Post Office for many everyday banking transactions.

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Free PSA test for prostate problems The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by normal cells in the prostate and also by prostate cancer cells. It’s normal to have a small amount of PSA in your blood, and the amount rises as you get older and your prostate gets bigger. A raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, but not necessarily cancer. Brighton Lions, in conjunction with the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation, are holding a PSA testing session on Saturday 28th September 2019 at Bishop Hannington Church, Nevill Avenue. The test involves a trained nurse taking a blood sample which is sent to a hospital laboratory for analysis. The tests are free to men aged 45-80. Book an appointment online at www.psatesting. org/events/hove or, if you cannot book online, call 0845 650 2555.

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