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Happy Christmas to everyone in Poets Corner! Christmas is fast approaching and December will be an eventful month with a General Election to add to all the festivities. In this month’s edition of Poets Pages we have details of plenty of Christmas events in Hove, including the Christmas Market in Stoneham Park. Our Poets Person is Susan Luxford, who runs Timeless Toys in Portland Road and sells plenty of non-plastic toys if you’re looking for environmentally-friendly Christmas gifts. See our centre pages for a special Christmas message board from local businesses. Please use our wonderful local shops for your Christmas shopping if you can. We wish you all a peaceful and happy festive period! The Poets Pages Team info@poetspages.co.uk — www.poetspages.co.uk Cover picture: Stoneham Park Christmas Market by The Friends of Stoneham Park Publisher: Sussex Magazines Ltd. Printer: Gemini The views expressed by individuals in any letter or article included at the discretion of the publishers are not necessarily the views of the Editor. Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this magazine and the statements contained herein are believed to be correct, the publishers of this publication will not hold themselves responsible for any inaccuracies. Inclusion of advertisers in this magazine is not necessarily a recommendation but we do hope they give a good quality service. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the publishers and contributors. We take complaints you make about our advertisers seriously. We have the following policy on this: First complaint about an advertiser is logged here in our offices, if we receive another complaint we write to the advertiser concerned and notify them we have had two complaints and if we receive another complaint we will no longer accept their adverts.

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News from the Friends of Stoneham Park…

Stoneham Park Christmas Market & Santa’s Grotto The cover of this issue of Poets’ Pages is a photograph of last year’s Friends of Stoneham Park Christmas Market and Santa’s Grotto. This year’s event will be on Saturday 7th December between 11.00 and 15.00. We hope the rain will stay away and it will be a success. December is a good time to look back on what was achieved in the year 2019. The first event of the year early in April was our spring clean sale where over 20 local residents came to sell stuff they no longer needed. The park was packed in the spring sunshine that day. We organised a little treasure hunt for children which went down very well. On Easter Sunday we did a bigger version of the treasure hunt, with an Easter egg hunt in the park. Clues were pinned to the trees with rather wonderful chocolate Easter eggs given as prizes for collecting the answers to the clues. This led rather nicely to our summer fair in June with the teacups ride, bouncy castle and inflatable assault course. After such a big event (not forgetting the food, Pimm’s stall and beer tent), you would be forgiven for

thinking that was enough for the year! But the last weekend in October saw our Halloween Festival. There was pumpkin carving in the park, cookie decorating in the Snug café and, upstairs, our fantastic haunted house maze, hosted by Theatre Pipe Dream. The whole event was a tremendous success, judging by the long queue snaking out of the café as people waited their turn to be terrified in the haunted house! Theatre Pipe Dream will be back at Christmas, putting together the Santa’s grotto in the same upstairs room of the café. It is always very popular with young children and we hope to see many of you there. The Christmas Market will be in the Holy Cross Church hall, as in previous years, with additional stalls, hot mulled wine and street food in the park itself. We will also have our fabulous prize draw, with tickets already on sale in some local businesses. Many shops and businesses on and around Portland Road have kindly donated the prizes and the raffle will help us raise funds to try to improve the park in little ways we can. Better still, we hope we have brought cheer to the park by ensuring there is always something fun going on there! Richard Hearnden

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Meet a local resident who has her own toy shop...

Poets Person...Susan Luxford Susan Luxford runs Timeless Toys at 103 Portland Road, which opened in April this year. How did you come to set up Timeless Toys? After having my son three years ago, I became increasingly interested in wooden toys. At the same time, commuting to London and managing nursery pick-up had become extremely stressful. Looking for a solution, I noticed the lack of shops within Brighton & Hove selling the range of fantastic wooden toys I’d become familiar with. I have worked in the charity sector for over 10 years and the brands I stock are already ahead in the toy industry for their sustainability and ethos to best practice. The issues of plastic, pollution, waste, destruction of forests and climate change are big issues we are all concerned about. It seemed a natural fit therefore to open Timeless Toys. Tell us more about the shop... I sell a wide range of ethically made plastic-free planetfriendly toys for 0-6 year olds. Many toys are Montessori and Waldorf inspired, all battery-free and all in a range of rainbow colours. There are familiar toys such as arks, farm and animal sets, castles, vehicles and play kitchen items, as well as toys that are more unfamiliar. Do you have anything different on sale for Christmas? I have a French brand called Tegu which is a system of magnetic wooden blocks, great for 3+ years and Lego lovers. I have Tegu car, robot and rocket sets. This is such a unique product. I also stock a Spanish brand called Grapat. Beautifully handcrafted, their simple tactile and bright designs really appeal to babies and toddlers.

Timeless Toys is at 103 Portland Road and is open from 10am to 5pm. During December they will be open Sundays and for late night shopping every Tuesday. For more information, see Timeless Toys on Facebook.

What is your most popular toy? Lanka Kade animals and dinosaurs. They are robust and chunky and a great price at ÂŁ2.99 each and appeal to a wide age range of children. They can be paired up with favourite songs and books and children love to collect them. Being in an area with lots of farms to visit, the farm animals are particularly popular. What do you like to do to relax? Any spare time I have is usually spent with my threeyear-old son. We are often to be found locally enjoying Stoneham Park, heading to the seafront or enjoying a local train or bus ride.

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Empire Cinema The entrance to the Empire Cinema in Haddington Street, off Blatchington Road, in 1929. The cinema opened in 1910 and was Hove’s first cinema. Talking pictures, introduced later in 1929, presented difficulties which the smaller cinemas found it hard to overcome. The Empire changed over to sound films in 1930 but the competition of the larger cinemas was too severe, and it closed in 1933. 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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A few events to get you into a festive mood...

Christmas Events... Martlets City Charity Christmas Concert

The City Charity Christmas Concert at All Saints Church

Thurs 5 December, 7pm, All Saints Church, The Drive A traditional carol concert with soloist Katy Thornton, Hangleton Band, Brighton Festival Youth Chorus and the All Saints Church Choir. Narrated by actress and writer Carole Harrison and Allison Ferns of BBC Sussex. Tickets £12 (restricted view £6) from www.themartlets.org. uk or phone 01273 747455. Secret Life of Carols

Jam Tarts: Christmas Tarty Party

Sat 21 December, 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, Church Road

Sat 7 December, 7.30pm, The Old Market theatre, Upper Market Street

Medieval group The Telling come to St Andrew’s to celebrate Christmas in candlelight. They will perform a mix of uplifting medieval English carols and traditional carols from Europe. Tickets £16 from eventbrite.co.uk or phone 0208 351 2838.

The 60-piece choral collective present an alternative Christmas party, also featuring 5-piece Shine On to get you dancing the night away. Expect to hear Fleet Foxes, Nick Cave, and Belle and Sebastian in shimmering arrangements, alongside reworked Christmas classics by The Pogues, The Pretenders and Jona Lewie. Standing (limited cabaret seating available); age 16+; tickets £10 at theoldmarket. com.

Santa Flights at the i360 30 November to 24 December, i360, Lower King’s Road

The Regency Town House Christmas Show

You can point out your chimney to Father Christmas on board the i360. As the glass viewing pod glides up slowly to 450ft, search for Rudolph and his reindeer friends flying past, before posing for a photo with Father Christmas, whose elves will hand you an exciting gift. Santa Flights are available at 4pm and 5pm on Fridays after school and 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Book at britishairwaysi360.com.

Featuring The Regency Singers, Regency characters, The Christmas Ghost Story, Christmas carols and mince pies. Information at rth.org.uk and tickets £15 at Eventbrite.co.uk.

Sat 7 December, 7.30pm, 13 Brunswick Square

Christmas at the Royal Pavilion Until 2 January 2020 Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion. A replica of Queen Victoria’s sleigh awaits you and your family, where you can create your own photos. More information at brightonmuseums.org.uk.

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‘Lights of Love’

Monday Monday 2nd 2nd December, December, 5pm 5pm St. St. Barnabas Barnabas Churchyard, Churchyard, Sackville Sackville Road Road

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There’s no need to spend Christmas Day alone...

Christmas lunch at Hove Methodist Church Hove Methodist Church are getting ready for the Christmas Day Lunch for local people who might otherwise spend the day alone. The hall will open from 12 noon and will be warm and welcoming; lunch will be served at 1pm to be followed by entertainment, a cup of tea and Christmas cake. Everything will be over by 4pm so that guests can get home before dark. Transport can be arranged for anyone living in postcodes BN3 or BN41 who is unable to get to the church on foot. (Unfortunately they are unable to transport people in wheelchairs, as volunteers’ cars are not adapted.) The lunch is free with support from local businesses. If you would like to attend, please phone 01273 324600, or email office@hovemethodistchurch.co.uk. If you require transport, that needs to be arranged by 13th December. If you can make your own way to the church, they will be taking bookings right up to Christmas morning, and no-one is turned away on the day.

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Hove Local Christmas Market The Hove Local Monthly Market was set up in August 2018 to create a space for local artists and craftspeople as well as small businesses to show and sell their work alongside Brighton and Hove residents wishing to sell unwanted bric-a-brac and collectables, and it has slowly developed into a vibrant and sociable environment. We would like to invite you to our Christmas market on Saturday 7th December between 1.30-5pm at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Church Road, Hove. Come and join us at this friendly local market selling quality handcrafted items such as candles, cards, calendars, children’s backpacks and illustrations, jewellery, pots and planters, delicious vegan food, upcycled art and bric-a-brac/vintage.  There will be toys, aerial shots of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex stadium, Christmas decorations, aromatherapy oils, ecofriendly cleaning products and the list goes on.   Check out the market’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ HoveMarkets/ - to see what is in store for you.  Warm welcome guaranteed.

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Our local quiz...

Where in Poets Corner?

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These photos were taken by Richard Hearnden. Do you know where?

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You can find the answers on page 30.

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SUSSEX FUNERAL SERVICES INDEPENDENT FUNERAL DIRECTORS ‘For caring, compassion and choice’ www.sussexfunerals.com Proprietors: Phil and Sallie

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• ‘Bespoke’ funerals • ‘No Fuss’ funerals • Prepaid funeral plans

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Happy Christmas to all resid Making Poets Corner roofs and chimneys safe for Santa throughout 2019 HAPPY CHRISTMAS POETS CORNER 01273 819808 • 07956 998965 www.mbroofing.co.uk

Merry Christmas See our sparkling of fers in the New Year!

Wild Heart Wishing everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR from all at Healy and Newsom

for local produce this Christmas

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Bungard Funeral Directors. Our thoughts are with anyone who finds this time of year difficult. Please do come to us for support if you need it. Richard, Ben, Zoe and Ray

Merry Christmas!!

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100 Portland Road 01273 038127

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YOGA SHANTA UNITING PEACE OF BODY AND MIND WISHING YOU A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS. New Year classes commence Monday 6 January.

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News from Martlets hospice...

Cuddle-beds boost for hospice thanks to Skerritts Martlets, the local charity which provides life-changing hospice care, celebrated the delivery of two large ‘cuddle-beds’ courtesy of Hove businessman Richard Skerritt and his company Skerritts Financial Planners. The cuddle-beds will help patients who are being looked after at the hospice in Hove to be as close to loved ones as they would be at home, something standard clinical beds make difficult. Ruth Tierney, Nurse Ward Manager at Martlets, commented: “I can’t begin to express what a difference these beds will make and we are so grateful to Skerritts for their amazing generosity. The tears of joy when our team heard they were arriving were not just mine! What a marvellous Christmas present these beds will be as they will allow loved ones to be as close to the person needing care as they would be in their own homes. This kind of intimacy and normality can make all the difference to the well-being of both people, bringing comfort and very personal space at difficult times.” Martlets care is free to people who are over 18 and live in Brighton & Hove. As a charity, Martlets is only partially funded by the NHS and relies upon the generosity of the local community to keep hospice services running.

Richard and Heidi Skerritt with staff from Martlets

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Monday - closed Tuesday - Friday 9.30 - 4.00 Saturday 10 . 00 - 4.00 Sunday - closed Enjoy our delicious Horsham Roaster coffee, a range of loose leaf Suki teas or fight off the flu bugs with our freshly made smoothies and juices. Come and try our tasty, homemade, gluten free cakes, snacks and lunches - available to eat in or take away. Extensive children’s menu with a range of healthy, homemade dishes your kids will love!

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Seymours+solicitors Specialist family & matrimonial lawyers Expert resolution by experienced solicitors & barristers • • • • • • • •

Civil and religious divorce Financial remedy on divorce Financial resolution for cohabiting couples Child arrangements and financial issues Protection of assets by freezing injunctions Non molestation and home exclusion Orders Domestic violence injunctions Cohabitation, Separation and Pre & Post-nuptial Agreements • Domestic and international jurisdiction issues • Trust of land (TOLATA) & contested probate • Private solicitor mediation

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(01273) 708710 & (01273) 628808 Mobile: 077 88555262 Out of office hours: 075 01 143 657 info@seymoursolicitors.co.uk We have close working relationship with forensic accountants, expert surveyors, property & business valuers, tax & pension consultants, specialist barristers and lawyers in North America and the Middle East

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Your local electrician and plumber Rating 9.85 No job too big or too small, providing our customers with a friendly, reliable and cost-effective service. Electrical

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Local history from Rachel Bridgeman...

Christmas 1916 - the third Christmas at war As the schools on Portland Road are decked with beautiful, handmade decorations and reverberate with children singing Christmas songs, it is hard to imagine the Christmas scenes in those same classrooms just over a hundred years ago. 1916 is remembered as the year in which the armies of Europe and her global allies bled to death. The year started with the introduction of conscription in Britain and the death throes of the Gallipoli campaign; continued with the slaughter of a million men in the war’s longest battle, Verdun; the Battle of Jutland bore witness to 8,500 casualties in a few brutal hours; and the Battle of the Somme, which commenced with the bloodiest day in British military history, ended with 1.5 million casualties. This manifested itself locally on a day-to-day level with the weekly publication of lists of missing in the local newspapers and the convoys of ambulances departing Brighton Station for the 25 military hospitals around the towns of Brighton and Hove, both major locations for the treatment

This photograph of wounded soldiers at the Portland Road School military hospital, Christmas 1916, is courtesy of East Sussex Record Office, The Keep (Ref: AMS 7312/3/4)

and convalescence of wounded soldiers. In fact, it was in Hove, just three days after Britain declared war on Germany, that the first military hospital in the entire country was mobilised. In June 1915, one of the largest military hospitals in Hove was established at the requisitioned Portland Road Schools. The local press praised the Portland Road Hospital as “unique among its fellows ….. with a glorious sea view. The only local hospital that has all its wards on the ground floor; the only one with a large dining hall and recreation room in the very centre of the building; and the only one, with a fine open-air ward looking straight to the sea.“ To learn more about the history of the Portland Road Hospital and the history of Hove during the Great War, join a guided historical walking tour led by a local historian. Hove Actually Walking Tours are fun, informative and best suited to the incurably curious. Whether it’s your first visit or you have lived here your whole life, the tours are a great way to discover, uncover and experience the area. Other tours cover the history of the villages of Hove and Aldrington (through the ages). For information: email hoveactuallywalks@gmail.com or Facebook (Hove Actually Walking Tours). See local reviews of this business at

Rachel Bridgeman - local historian & tour guide

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St.St Anthony's Pre-School Anthony’s Pre-School Your local  early learning centre for young minds Tamworth Road, Hove

St. Peter's Church Hall Tamworth Road Hove, BN3 5FJ. 

Telephone:  07718097869 or  01273 772323

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Good Ofsted rated  and all day care

Email:  info@stanthonyspreschool.co.uk

Come and find out why 1000’s of children have successfully

Mon- Thurs ( 8,30Ston request) 9am - noon been9am-4pm developed through Anthony’s – YourFri local Pre-School nursery...

Sessional and all‐day care A warm welcoming & secure environment for 2 - 5 year olds

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Monday‐Thursday 9am ‐ 4pm  & Fridays 9am ‐12 noon entitlement...NO extra charge 8.30 on request

•We provide a warm, welcoming and  Come and visit us secure environment for all children.

•We encourage a love of learning  07718 097869 or 01273 772323 through stimulation, fun and play.

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See our website for further information

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Don’t forget to vote in the General Election...

News from the council...

Election Candidates

New Electric Vehicle Charging Points

These are the candidates in Hove for the General Election on Thursday 12th December: Beatrice Bass (Liberal Democrats)

More than 200 new electric vehicle charging points are set to be installed across the city over the next few months.

Dame Dixon (Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

Following a tender process, the council has appointed Electric Blue to install and maintain the electric vehicle charge points. The project is being funded with £300,000 from the Office of Low Emissions, and £100,000 from Electric Blue.

Angela Hancock (Brexit Party) Peter Kyle (Labour Party)

The 207 new points will include 30 in areas with high parking demand where the council are proposing mandatory Electric Charging spaces, many of them in response to requests from residents who own or are thinking of buying electric vehicles but have no off-street parking available.

Robert Nemeth (Conservative Party) Charlotte Sabel (Independent)

Lamp post chargers: Most of the charging points will be installed on lamp posts and will provide a full charge for vehicles parked overnight. These will be installed by January next year. A mobile phone app showing the locations of all points in the city and whether they are in use will be available to download. Drivers will pay 28p per kilowatt hour to charge their vehicles at the public points.

Ollie Sykes (Green Party)

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Tel:

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Fast chargers: Fast chargers, taking around five hours, which are already installed in the city centre, will be integrated into the new app. The council will consider installing further fast chargers outside the city centre if there is a clear demand from residents. All the public charge points will be powered by renewable energy. The council has also been awarded £86,265 research funding from Innovate UK for a trial of smart network extenders, which increase the number of vehicles which can be charged at each point.

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What’s On...

We try and ensure the listings are correct BUT please check with the organisers of activities when attending for the first time. Some classes are term-time only.

Monday

Hove Earlybird Beach Walkers Meet in front of King Alfred car park Free; 7.15am-8.05am www.meetup.com/HoveWeekly-Beach-Walks Pilates 9.30am-12.30pm Hove Methodist Church 07970 047799 helsdouglas@hotmail.com Music Bugs 10am Toddlers 11am Babies Hove Methodist Church Contact Kelly Haigh: 08448 221174 kelly@musicbugs.co.uk Monday Guild Fellowship and friendship 2.30pm Hove Methodist Church Beavers 4.30-6.30pm Hove Methodist Church enquiries@6thhove.org.uk Holistic Yoga 6-7.45pm The Snug, Stoneham Park Neela on 07796 562494 or info@yogashanta.com Pilates Mat Classes Beginners Plus: 6.30pm-7.25pm Int/Adv: 7.30pm-8.25pm Masons Yard, Westbourne Street 07973 719363 claire@hovepilates.com 5th Hove Guides 7pm-9pm Hove Methodist Church 5thhoveguides@gmail.com Brighton Theatre of the Air Radio Drama Meetup group 8pm Goldstone Ex Service Club, 20 Shirley Street btota.co.uk; 07818 118062 Warrior Mind Meditation and Study Learn the mindset of Japan’s Samurai warriors (not Zen); Six-week course, 7pm 07719 510749 Shinobi1957@gmail.com

Tuesday

Badaboum! French music playgroup Drop-in; £5; term-time only 9.30-10.30am, The Snug 07917 282679 badaboum@talktalk.net Get Active for Older Adults Age 50+; 10.30am; £5; St Barnabas Church Contact suzy.hawker@ntlworld. com, 01273 726507 to reserve a place Food & Friendship Lunch Club 12.30pm; £4 Hove Methodist Church 01273 324600 (HMC Office) Singing for Pleasure 2pm, Hove Methodist Church Contact: Corinne 01273 565130 Singingforpleasure@hotmail. co.uk Young Actors Group Ages 5-7; 4pm-5pm Hove Methodist Church info@theyoungactorsgroup. com Yin Yoga A gentle, quiet, supportive and nurturing practice; 6-week block £55 6-7pm, The Snug No drop-ins; please contact to find out next course date info@mindfulbodyyoga.co.uk Yoga for All 6-week block £55 No drop-ins; please contact to find out next course date 7-8pm, The Snug, Stoneham Park, info@mindfulbodyyoga.co.uk Brighton & Hove Camera Club 7-9.30pm, Hove Methodist Church, 01273 324600 (HMC Office) Hove Zen & Mindfulness Sangha Soto Zen group: sitting, walking, chanting, 7.30-9pm, Hove Methodist Church Dheeresh: 07758 574567 Antenatal classes 6.45pm, Holy Cross Church To pre-book call 07494 002577 or visit www.babies.uk.com

Pilates Mat Classes Gentle Beginners: 9.4510.40am Beginners: 10.45-11.40am Beginners: 6-6.55pm Beginners Plus: 11.45am12.40pm , Masons Yard, Westbourne Street, 07973 719363 claire@hovepilates.com Ninjutsu and Jujutsu Traditional Japanese martial arts, 8-9.30pm; 16+ 07719 510749 shinobi1957@gmail.com 3rd & 10th December Quiz Actually Weekly quiz, 8-10.30pm, The George Payne, 18 Payne Avenue, Call 01273 329563 or email, info@thegeorgepayne. co.uk to book 3rd Tuesday of the month Hove WI 10am to 12 noon Hove Methodist Church 24th December Family Christmas Eve Service 3pm, Hove Methodist Church 24th December Live Brass Band A traditional live brass band playing all the best Christmas songs and carols; 8pm, The George Payne, Call 01273 329 563 or email info@thegeorgepayne.co.uk to book your table 31st December Kids Disney Heroes and Villains New Year’s Eve Party Prizes for best dressed. Hosted by local children’s entertainer Miss Sparkle. 4pm, The George Payne Call 01273 329 563 or email info@thegeorgepayne.co.uk to book your table 31st December Heroes and Villains New Year’s Eve Party Prizes for best dressed. Music all evening from DJ Little Rik., 9pm - late Call 01273 329 563 or email info@thegeorgepayne.co.uk to book your table 31st December Back in the Day New Year’s Eve Party DJ Gremlin with all of your favourite 70s, 80s and 90s tunes. Prizes for best costume. 7pm, The Poets Visit www.facebook.com/ events/2568452396499110/ for ticket link or call 01273 271212 for more information

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Wednesday

Hove Earlybird Beach Walkers Meet in front of King Alfred car park, Free; 7.15am-8.05am www.meetup.com/HoveWeekly-Beach-Walks Little Pickles Music for parents & toddlers 10-11am, Hove Methodist Church, David Taggart: 07758 008625 www.littlepicklemusic.co.ukv Jumping Beans Preschool children 10-11.30am, Holy Cross Church 01273 230899 Music with Mike 1.15-1.45pm & 2-2.30pm The Snug, Stoneham Park musicwithmike.co.uk Singing Mamas A meditative singing group for mums and babies 1.30pm, Hove Methodist Church Contact Eugeny Couture: eugeny@singingmamaschoir. com Off The Blocks – Christian Club Primary school age 3.45-5pm, Holy Cross Church 01273 230899 Rainbows 4pm-5pm Hove Methodist Church 01273 324600 (HMC Office) Sama Karate 5-7pm, Hove Methodist Church samtsama@gmail.com Pilates Contigo 6.15-7.15pm, The Snug 07875 634801 or pilates@contigo.org.uk Holistic Yoga 7.30-8.45pm, The Snug 07796 562494 or info@yogashanta.com General Level Pilates 6-7pm, Tree of Life Centre Portland Road Contact Emily to book: 07709 357622 www.pilateswithemily.co.uk Yoga 7.30-8.30pm Hove Methodist Church DoYourOMThing@outlook.com Pilates Mat Classes Beginners: 9.45-10.40am and 6.45-7.40pm Intermediate: 7.45-8.40pm Masons Yard, Westbourne Street, 07973 719363 claire@hovepilates.com


25 Martial Arts An introduction into the martial arts, of the samurai and ninja of old Japan, traditional arts for the beginner, 16+, 7.30pm 07719 510749 Shinobi1957@gmail.com Hove Al-Anon 7-8pm weekly – newcomers welcome, St Philip’s Church – the Vestry room, 71 New Church Road, BN3 4BB Contact: 0800 0086 811 or admin@al-anonuk.org.uk 4th & 11th December Night Howl Informal drop-in evening choir, no experience needed; babes in arms welcome; £5 drop-in, £4 pre-book, 7.30-9pm, The Poets, 33 Montgomery Street Email info@howl.org.uk or call 07960 245564 for more information 4th & 11th December Speaking Works A public speaking workshop 7.30–9pm, The Poets, 33 Montgomery Street Email jude@speakingworks. co.uk, or call 07900 301375 for more information Christmas Day Christmas Day Service 10am, Hove Methodist Church Christmas Lunch 1pm, Hove Methodist Church Book at: 01273 324600 or email office@ hovemethodistchurch.co.uk

Thursday

Pilates with Emily Gentle Pilates, 9.45-10.45am Tree of Life Centre To book: 07709 357622 or www.pilateswithemily.co.uk Little Pickles Music for parents & toddlers 10-11am, Hove Methodist Church, David: 07758 008625 www.littlepicklemusic.co.uk

Food & Friendship Lunch Club For people with learning disabilities and over-50s (termtime only) 12.30pm, Hove Methodist Church cookingcaroline@outlook.com Physiotone Pilates Mum and Baby: 12-12.55pm and 1-1.55pm The Snug, Stoneham Park Emma Bradley: Physiotone@gmail.com 07545 445656 Recorder Group University of the Third Age 2-4pm, Hove Methodist Church www.brightonandhoveu3a.org Social Club Quizzes, games, friendly banter and refreshments, 4.30-6.30pm Vallance Centre, Conway Court Speech & Drama Class with LAMDA Preparation 5-8 years, 4-5pm (term-time), The Snug jude@speakingworks.co.uk 07900 301375 Slimming World 5-8.30pm, Hove Methodist Church, Contact Sarah-Jane 01903 530645 Pilates with Emily 6.15pm Improver Pilates 7.30pm Intermediate Pilates Hove Methodist Church info@pilateswithemily.co.uk or 07709 357622 Wind-down Hatha Yoga 7.15-8.15pm & 8.15-9.15pm, The Snug, Contact Anya Patterson on 07725 162831 or email anyalily@hotmail.com Ninjutsu and Jujutsu Traditional Japanese martial arts, 8-9.30pm; 16+ 07719 510749 shinobi1957@gmail.com 5th December Make-Up Sale Raising funds for St Barnabas hospice, 5pm, The George Payne

Body Control Pilates 10.45-11.45am, The Snug mypilatesbrighton@gmail.com

5th & 12th December Open Mic Performers get £5 off any main meal and a free bottle of beer, 8.30–10.30pm, The George Payne Visit www.facebook.com/ thegeorgepayneopenmic/  to message host or call 01273 329563 for more information

Beginners Pilates 11am-12 noon, Tree of Life Centre, Portland Road Contact Emily to book: 07709 357622 www.pilateswithemily.co.uk

19 December Mark Davies Christmas Sing-along 8pm, The Poets, Call 01273 271 212 or email info@thepoets. co.uk, to book your table

Pilates Mat Classes Beginners: 11-11.55am Intermediate: 10-10.55am Masons Yard, Westbourne Street, 07973 719363 claire@hovepilates.com

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Friday

Hove Earlybird Beach Walkers Meet in front of King Alfred car park, Free for all, 7.15am8.05am, www.meetup.com/ Hove-Weekly-Beach-Walks Slimming World 9.30-11.30am, Hove Methodist Church Sarah-Jane: 01903 530645 Friday Support Group Drop-in tea and chat for people with isolation or bereavement issues, 10-11.30am Hove Methodist Church Howl Child-friendly choir 10.30-11.30am (term-time only), Central United Reformed Church, Blatchington Road www.howl.org.uk Tamar: 07960 245564 Polka Tots Parents & Toddlers, 2pm; 0-5 years, Hove Methodist Church General Level Pilates 12.15pm, Tree of Life Centre Portland Road, Contact Emily: 07709 357622 www.pilateswithemily.co.uk IT Group for Older People Drop in; 2pm-4pm Vallance Centre, Conway Court Sackville Road, 07934 351867 Vital Danza Dance for health and happiness 8.15-9.45pm; £10 The Float Spa, Third Avenue www.helenthatcher.com

Saturday

Pilates Mat Classes Beginners: 9-9.55am High Intensity Power Pilates: 10-10.50am, Masons Yard, Westbourne Street 07973 719363 claire@hovepilates.com YogaFrogs with Charlie Nash Age 5-11; 10am-11am; £7 The Snug, Stoneham Park Single classes £7 or 5-class pass for £30, Booking essential: info@yogafrogs.co.uk  or 07920 403657

Gentle Exercise Class for older or unfit people, followed by tea and a chat 4.30-6.30pm, Hove Methodist Church 2nd Saturday of the month Councillors’ Surgery for Wish Ward 11am-12 noon The Snug, Stoneham Park 7th December Friends of Stoneham Park Christmas Market 11am-3pm, Stoneham Park & Holy Cross Church Hall 7th December Seafood and Sparkle Taster Evening 7-10pm, The George Payne Tickets at: thegeorgepaynesparklesandseafood.eventbrite. co.uk 14th December Joy Music Christmas Concert In aid of Sussex Nightstop 3.30pm, Hove Methodist Church 14th December Sports Quiz @ The Poets 8pm – 10.30pm Call 01273 271212 or email info@thepoets.co.uk to book your table 14th December Live Musical Bingo Christmas Special Three rounds of musical fun with a Christmas twist; 9–10.30pm, The George Payne Call 01273 329 563 or email info@thegeorgepayne.co.uk to book your table 21st December Mark Davies Christmas Sing-along 8pm, The George Payne Call 01273 329 563 or email info@ thegeorgepayne.co.uk to book your table

Sunday

22nd December Candlelit Carol Service 6.30pm (mince pies from 5.30pm) Hove Methodist Church

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An update from your Local Action Team...

News from the West Hove Forum... Beach Hut Advent Calendar The Hove Beach Hut Association are taking over the running of the Beach Hut Advent Calendar from Beyond Church. There isn’t enough time to plan and organise the event properly for this year but they intend to run it next year.

Stoneham Bakehouse’s Bread Shed group

Healthy Neighbourhood Fund Grants Following presentations at our last meeting in October, grants from the 2019 fund have been awarded as follows: Hove Junior School PTA will receive £500 to plant a green wall of shrubs and small trees along the playground bordering Portland Road. This will enable many children whose homes have no outside space to experience greenery and gardening. The planting will also absorb some of the traffic fumes and provide a screen from the main road.

Ingram Crescent Residents Association’s Rose Garden Group will receive £500 to create a bird feeding station which will enable all garden users to enjoy watching bird activities from the nearby benches. The Vallance Community Centre were awarded £500 to support their austerity cooking group, community healing group and over-50s line dancing group, as well as an IT teacher for the IT drop-in group. Stoneham Bakehouse were awarded £500 to run further sessions of their fortnightly Bread Shed group for over-55s, in which 25 people come together every two weeks to bake bread. Group members feel less isolated and form lasting friendships as well as finding new joy in baking. The Secret Garden Group (behind St Leonard’s Church) will receive £500 to reduce the volume of tree growth around the garden, as trees shade the growing area. They also plan to build a gazebo to offer shelter for garden activities. Say Aphasia is a charity for people who can’t get their words out, usually following a stroke. They run a drop-in group every week in Hove for 25-30 people. They will receive £500 to ensure that they can continue to raise awareness of aphasia and organise day trips so that members can regain confidence in communicating in everyday situations. West Hove Forum meetings are attended by ward councillors and a wide range of community representatives. The next West Hove Forum meeting will be at 2pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020, venue to be confirmed. If you would like to attend on behalf of a group or business, please email westhoveforum@gmail.com.

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Lindsey Tydeman of The Keep archive centre sent us this fabulous photo...

From The Keep archive… This glorious celebration of civic pride looks a little bit like an Advent calendar with all the windows opened! It even follows a similar design, with the most important person at the centre surrounded by his associates of higher, and, as you spread outward, lesser ranks.

Irreverence aside, there is something quite moving in Hove Council’s response to the great event of 1953, the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. One can imagine how each of the 41 individuals prepared for their photograph. They would have made sure that their fur-trimmed gowns, hats and gloves were spotless. They would have been at great pains to stand in a position which showed their figures to the best advantage, holding or wearing their accessories just as protocol dictated. In the centre is His Worship the Mayor of Hove, Councillor AE Brocke; below him is Mr Stevens the Town Clerk. Around them are ranged the Aldermen, while the Councillors fill up the edges. The five ladies are wearing gloves and hats, while the gentlemen hold their gloves, tucking their hats under one arm.

Brighton and Hove Archivist at The Keep Andrew Bennett says: ‘This huge image probably had pride of place in Hove’s old Town Hall, and luckily for us it somehow escaped the fire which destroyed the building in 1966.’ Lindsey Tydeman www.thekeep.info

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