The Brightonian August 2020

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August 2020

BRIGHTONIAN An amalgamation of:

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Meet one of the trustees of the Hanover Community Association…

Alexia Lazou works as Collections Assistant at the Royal Pavilion & Museums and is a trustee of the Hanover Community Association which runs the Hanover Centre. She also gives tours and talks on Brighton-born artist Aubrey Beardsley. Have you been able to continue your museum work through lockdown?


Yes, with variations. Some cataloguing work can be done at home, and I’ve contributed pieces to the museum blog. Recently I’ve helped the conservation team with deep cleaning the Royal Pavilion, armed with a kebab stick and vacuum cleaner. A bit like being a dental hygienist for the building! How do you think the Hanover Centre will be able to adapt post-lockdown to social Beardsley is popular currently thanks to the distancing? amazing Tate Britain exhibition, and he is a It’s a difficult situation to deal with, as significant Brightonian. So I hope it will be many classes and events involve fairly close interaction with others. The trustees possible with some adaptations and safety measures. With the huge focus on digital are looking at how existing hirers could output, I am concerned that people will still use the space safely, and how new groups might take advantage of the large become screen zombies. You may reach more people online but I’m all for the live halls. We’re having to think creatively about use of the centre, and we welcome experience, be it a talk, a band or theatre. ideas from the community, as people’s needs have changed. How did you become interested in the work of Aubrey Beardsley? As a goth teenager I first encountered one of his pictures in a book on ‘horror’, but didn’t research him properly until my twenties. I came to Brighton to ‘find’ Aubrey and never left. I’ve been doing Beardsley tours since 2003. I’m not an art historian, I interpret his life and work through anything from tours and talks to costumes and biscuits… Do you plan on doing any of your tours this autumn?

What do you like to do to relax? Dancing! I attend belly dance classes (currently online!), but am desperately missing Brighton’s fantastic live music/DJ scene, making do with my lounge and a Hallowe’en disco light. When I occasionally sit still, I enjoy reading, making things, and watching films at the wonderful Duke of York’s cinema. For more information on the Aubrey Beardsley tours, contact… or 01273 698278 https://aubrey-beardsleys-brighton-tour.

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Councillor news from David Gibson, Green councillor for Hanover & Elm Grove…

Hanover Councillor News In lockdown my focus as a councillor has been working with the Communities Forum, Mutual Aid groups, Acorn and council staff to ensure there was enough food and neighbour support for those affected. Thankfully there has been a heartening upsurge in community spirit with neighbours pulling together. We must hang onto this “new neighbourliness”. In Hanover and Elm Grove we managed to set up two additional food distribution points. Much of the support for these food hubs runs dry in September. We hope to set up a community food co-op which will be able to sustain discounted and cost price food distribution from local hubs in Hanover for the long term. To this end I have helped the Communities Forum obtain a grant. Fellow councillor Elaine Hills and I spent our exercise time in lockdown doing a sponsored running challenge raising £2,400 towards the set-up. This exciting project is aiming to launch by September; it is expected it will be able to provide food at cheap prices for members and cost price goods for all from local community venues.

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Remember the Hanover-led petition to council on improving and expanding recycling? Following this, last December Greens successfully proposed that predicted windfall in reserves be used to improve recycling including plastics. Imagine my dismay when Labour proposed at July’s Policy and Resources committee to cancel most of this spending to balance last year’s accounts! Thankfully my proposal to plug the accounting hole with temporary use of other reserves and keep the money for improving the poor With the virus life has changed for good. We recycling rates including plastics was have had a chance to look at what is imporpassed, thanks to support from the Tories. tant in life. We have appreciated essential If we are serious about climate change we public services, noticed the health benefits must prioritise green actions. of quiet roads and clean air. We have appreciated neighbours and perhaps realised that David Gibson we can get by without so much shopping Lovingly made every stitch of the way

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An update from the Hanover Community Association…

Hanover Community Association (HCA) is the small charity that manages the Hanover Centre on Southover Street. The charity is run by a committee of voluntary trustees who live locally.

A special mention and big thank you to two long-term hirers of the Hanover Community Centre: Jane from FunkyYoga and Brighton Morris, who have continued to support our charity during the centre’s closure, despite being unable to hold their classes. We look forward to welcoming you both back as soon as we are ready. Our largest annual fundraiser - The Hanover Beer Festival - will also not go ahead as usual in October. However, we are very much hoping to bring you a beer-related event in the spring. Watch this space! If you have any thoughts, ideas or questions about the reopening, or if you are looking for a hall or a meeting room in the middle of Hanover from September, do please contact us via the office. We have three rooms available and are happy to discuss your requirements to see how they can be best accommodated. For example, it may be possible to hold essential ‘in person’ meetings for a few people in one of the halls, which would allow for adequate social distancing. For pictures


Despite the recent changes in government guidelines, the trustees of the Hanover Community Association have decided that we’re unfortunately not in a position to safely open the Hanover Community Centre at the moment. We are working towards opening in September and look forward to welcoming old and new hirers and members of our Hanover community to enjoy our great facilities then. Information on classes and events will be posted on our website and the noticeboard outside the centre.

and information, visit the ‘Hire a Room’ page on our website, although some details may be subject to change due to the current circumstances. Talk to Us! If you would like to join in with our projects, run a course, volunteer or enquire about a booking or a class, then please leave a message or email with a daytime phone number and we’ll call you: Hanover Centre, 33 Southover Street, BN2 9UD Email: Website: Phone: 01273 694 873 (24 hours) Facebook: “The Hanover Centre” The office is open Monday– Friday, 10am-12pm.

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10 One Hanover youngster has found a new hobby during lockdown…

Young Hanover Photographer… Zara MacGillivray These great photos were taken in Queen’s Park by young Hanover photographer Zara MacGillivray, aged 14, who’s been enjoying photography during lockdown. She has even held her first mini public display of her photos outside her house at the Hanover yard sale. We asked Zara to tell us more about her new hobby…

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When did you first start taking photos? I started taking photos around a year ago, but I mainly got into photography when I got my own camera in February. Where do you like to take them? I like to take photos in Queens Park because there are lots of amazing animals and places! What is your favourite picture that you’ve taken yourself? It’s so hard to decide! One of my favourites is a swan looking at its reflection in Queens Park pond, but I also like my photo of a squirrel peeping at me from a tree and my heron photos … I could go on! How did your photo sale go? I think that it went really well for my first time selling photos. I displayed them as

A4 prints at the Hanover Yard Sale last Saturday. People selected the ones they wanted, which I ordered online as postcard prints. I sold two swan pictures, one squirrel picture and one dappled light picture. A neighbour also asked for the swan picture bigger so they could display it on their wall. Do you think you might take up a photography course at school? Unfortunately, my school doesn’t do photography courses. However, I do workshops with the amazing Moose (who runs Seasee photography classes) every week which has really improved how I think as a photographer. You can find her on Instagram on @seaseephoto_brighton_ Thank you Zara

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Stay-at-home swans are a headache for mum and dad... But there’s a downside. According to the Friends of Queen’s Park’s committee member Chris Lowe, who has dedicated years to the conservation of the pond’s eco-system and the park generally, the breeding pair have become so assertive that other water fowl are being kept largely at bay. Not only that, last year’s six cygnets, which should have departed, haven’t. This stay-at-home attitude is despite being harried by their parents to find alternative digs. Life could just be too cushy for them. After all, some folk cannot resist sharing spare slices of sour dough with them. Or maybe it’s that there’s insufficient aquatic runway space for them to make a successful takeoff to leave. Lowe has been consulting the Swan Sanctuary and the Sussex Wildlife Trust for an explanation and a solution to the problems that an expanding swan population creates – especially as three new cygnets hatched this year. Despite the regular treats from Real Patisserie (Ed: other bakers are available), the swan family have voracious appetites. Hornwort, one of those unsung aquatic plants vital for oxygenating the water, is a round-the-clock swan snack favourite. Removing the cages from the irises would soon see them gobbled up too. Mallards with two broods were seen off by the dominant swans in just two days, while a wigeon and a graylag gosling fell prey to them too. Moorhens have proved to be


The graceful and beautiful swans living on the Queen’s Park pond are an undoubted attraction loved alike by locals and visitors from further afield.


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more resilient and the graylag geese are far too large to tolerate any swan bullying. Sadly, a couple of unwanted koi carp, abandoned by their owners and tipped into the pond, are churning up the mud and this is not helping water quality. Meanwhile, the saga of the viewing platform continues to perplex visitors, many of whom ask why the crush barriers (often to be seen on their sides) are still lingering nearby. It is all down to the dreaded ‘Elf and Safety’. Despite the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) pronouncing that there’s barely a fag paper between the safety risk of the unprotected pond edge and the kick-rail perimeter of the viewing platform (which is to have a non-slip surface installed too), risk-averse officials have insisted that fencing and a gate must be installed. COVID-19 has delayed that happening, but expect to see that soon. Geoffrey Bowden Friends of Queen’s Park

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15 News from Nick Childs and Amanda Evans, Labour councillors for Queen’s Park ward…

A Carbon Neutral Ward: We are very excited about progress toward being a carbon neutral city by 2030. We have successfully lobbied for the installation of many new electric car charging points that residents may have seen popping up across the ward. In June, we made the important decision to install solar panels on 100s of our ward council-owned homes and buildings.

Community Improvements: Cllr Evans was pleased to issue her ward grant to the Albion Hill Community Garden and I (Cllr Childs) issued the remainder of mine to the Tarner Children’s Centre Toy Library. We were also pleased that following intervention, an alleyway behind the Tarner Centre was gated and a fence installed to stop the area being used for anti-social purposes.

Assistance during the pandemic: Covid-19 has placed residents under enormous financial and emotional pressure. Food poverty has mushroomed. I (Cllr Nick Childs) have used some of my councillor grant to support ward food banks who have been feeding residents as well as delivering medicines and checking up on the vulnerable. The Council have issued £100,000 of grants to small businesses in the ward during lockdown and we have both been working hard to let businesses know that support is available.

New Homes: We were pleased that 30 council homes have been built or purchased in the ward in recent months providing affordable, good homes for residents including single people and young families. More are planned and we are both lobbying to increase decent, affordable council homes in the ward.

Exciting New Development of Madeira Terraces and Black Rock: We have both been working on the ambitious projects to finally regenerate Black Rock (Cllr Nick Childs) and Madeira Terraces (Cllr Amanda Evans). Plans include restoration of the iconic arches, former reading room, a new bike lane, children’s play area and cafés at Black Rock. We are also delighted that a disabled access ramp will be installed in Queens Park and with proposals to introduce stronger planning regulations to the Queens Park area to protect its historic architecture. New lights/sockets Darren Clarke to full re-wires Home Electrical Guaranteed low rates Services Call Darren


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Nanima Asian Kitchen & Café Nanima Asian Kitchen & Café, at 36 St George’s Road, opened in mid-February and was soon forced to close due to the Covid-19 lockdown, but is now open again. Lonnie Allon of Nanima tells us more…


Were you able to offer take-aways during lockdown? No, that just wasn’t logistically possible. All our food is made fresh every morning and primarily caters for the immediate neighbourhood and local traders for breakfast and lunch; if no one was around we couldn’t provide our food in the way intended, presented on bains marie for perusal and selection. We’re also the Anti-Deliveroo – we really want people to come in person to Nanima and directly experience what a wide selection of fresh delicious food looks, smells and tastes like. And sit a while in a friendly relaxed place. What sort of food do you offer? Authentic, traditional Asian cuisine, all prepared by my wife Nicky. She is of Punjabi Malaysian origin and is always experimenting with great recipes so for years we’ve been dreaming of opening a local neighbourhood place where we can spread the love! What is your speciality? I guess that would have to be the Singapore Laksa, offered on Fridays and Saturdays only. It’s a wonderful coconut-based spicy soup with vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts and tofu that can be added to with chicken or seafood. It’s the best laksa this side of Kuala Lumpur! Do you cater for vegetarians and vegans? Yes, we have a wide range of suitable items, from rice and noodle dishes to Indonesian sambal grilled aubergine, spinach dishes, all kinds of lentil curries and vegetarian spring rolls, samosas and

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Kemptown Person… Ella Morris Illustrator Ella Morris lives in Kemptown. She designed a public artwork to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community for last year’s Pride celebrations, commissioned by Brighton Dome as a temporary mural on their New Road hoardings. I’ve lived in Kemptown for two and a half years with my partner and our two cats. But been in Brighton overall for 10, as I moved here for university and never wanted to leave. What do you like about the area? I love living in Kemptown as it’s far enough out of the city centre that it feels calmer and has a less frantic energy, but still has lots going on and a good community feel. I really appreciate living close to local independent businesses such as Seed and Sprout and Kemptown Bookshop. You can often find me having a vegan breakfast at Necot or a pie and a pint in the Barley Mow! Tell us about your art... My style resembles children’s illustration but for an adult audience. I love bold clean lines, bright colours and creating interesting characters and beguiling scenes. Drawing has always been therapeutic for me, a way of finding empowerment in the parts of my identity which have always felt uncomfortable, which is why I often use my art to communicate ideas on identity politics, female empowerment and queerness. Who are your own favourite artists? I’m not a fan of subtlety so I’ve always loved really maximalist artwork. I’m very drawn to art which is jam packed full of symbolism and stories - hence why I love classical Renaissance art, but also more illustrative artists like Beryl Cook! I’m also very influenced by artwork that’s fantastical and horrifying like Hieronymous Bosch and Francis Bacon. Locally Mike Levy is a Brighton artist whose style I really love, and never fails to put a smile on my face. Where can we see your work? Follow me on Instagram! @hardfemmeriot and on my website: Have a local editorial item? Email


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23 Kemptown news…

Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC) will be the first beneficiary of The Brighton & Hove Soirée Rotary Club’s new lottery fundraiser, receiving half of the total monthly funds.

The Soirée Rotary Club strongly endorses the imaginative work the table tennis club is doing, especially in these difficult times, supporting the community with a food hub as well as online and outdoor activity for fitness and fun. Soirée Club President Simon Alldis says: “We’re delighted that BTTC will be our first recipients and we all hope that it won’t be long before we can join the club for a game of table tennis in real life!” Anybody over 18 years of age is welcome to join the Soirée lottery. For more information and to sign up, please go to

The Badgers are back Badgers Tennis Club in the heart of Kemptown is up and running following the easing of lockdown measures which means an action-packed programme is now back. Latest research has highlighted tennis as one of the safest activities to enjoy and with new guidelines in place Badgers members are now able to enjoy club sessions, coaching, drop-in groups and of course tea and cake from the clubhouse! The Kemptown club combines playing table tennis with a massive social outreach across Brighton and Hove and the city’s Soirée Rotary Club found it a natural choice to support the expanding programme that BTTC offers. The Soirée’s newly launched lottery will be selling tickets at £5 each and, as well as the donation to BTTC, the remaining monthly funds will be divided between two lucky winners, with the draw taking place on the third week of every month with the first draw in August 2020.

The club, in Church Place, has a thriving junior membership and thanks to the new advice summer camps for children are running along with squads for younger players. Saturday morning adult coaching has also re-started with beginners 9-10am and intermediates from 10-11am and 11-noon. New members are welcome to pop along to any club sessions which run on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm. Please contact the club’s membership secretary Carol Wickens on 07798 734637 or email: for full details.

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This month we feature local greengrocer’s and Fiveways institution Fiveways Fruits…

How long has Fiveways Fruits been running? I started Fiveways Fruits in December 2003. Initially the address was a residential address but then opened as a tailor’s before becoming a greengrocer’s which it has now been for well over 100 years!

On a business level it has actually been very good for us. With people being in lockdown at home, we, along with other local independent traders, have noticed a significant uplift in local trade. As a greengrocer I think we have further benefitted from the lack of supermarket slots available which has resulted in people turning to a more local source for their fruit and vegetables. We hope that shopping more locally is a habit that sticks now that things are returning to a little bit more like normal!! On a practical level to keep everyone safe we only have one person at a time in the shop with a strict queuing system in place. Do you sell anything else besides fruit and vegetables? Yes, we do. Maybe the name Fiveways Fruits makes people think that is all we do, but we actually sell loads of different things: organic products, free range eggs, an Infinity Foods selection, preserves, chutneys and pickles, flowers and plants, bio-degradable products and refills, logs, kindling and firelighters – the list goes on!!


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27 Councillor news from Martin Osborne, Green councillor for Hollingdean & Stanmer…

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29 An update from the Stanford and Cleveland Community Garden…

Community gardening in the time of lockdown Like everyone else, when the UK went into lockdown on the 23rd March, the community gardeners at the Stanford and Cleveland Community Garden had to quickly change all their plans for this year and adapt to the ‘new normal’.


So while a few of us had to self isolate, a small core were able to plan a rota to work at the garden individually. This has been well coordinated and has helped to ensure that the garden has continued to thrive. Quite surprisingly, many local people did not know that the garden was there and their response has been very positive. In the early days, we saw a big increase in footfall, particularly during the week, as people took their daily walks in the neighbourhood. Quite surprisingly, many local people did not know that the garden was there and their response has been very positive. Many families have returned regularly and it has been rewarding to see young children so obviously taking an interest in watching things grow. We decided early on to concentrate on vegetables, with a view to contributing some produce to the Brighton and Hove Food Project which we have successfully achieved. Traditionally the garden has held an annual plant sale to raise money for ongoing running costs. This year we had also committed to participate in the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail. As this was cancelled, we decided to adapt our sale to accommodate social distancing etc and donate the proceeds to Macmillan. The response from the community was fantastic and the money raised on the day, together with ongoing sales of plants that we have put out at the garden on weekends since, has

raised over £1000. On July 25th, the day that the garden would have been open for the trail, we plan to have a final plant sale. Instead of our garden opening for the garden trail, a video of the garden has been made by a local resident which can be seen on the Macmillan website: But, we have been very pleased to come together again as a group, albeit while still maintaining social distancing. We have missed the informal contact, sharing of tasks and ideas and camaraderie. A woman with two young children said today: ‘We love coming here’, a sentiment echoed many times over the past few months especially. This type of comment confirms that the garden is a valuable asset to the community and one worth all the effort.

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31 Fiveways news…

Veolia plans for sprinkler system Veolia have applied for planning permission to install a pipe for a fire suppression sprinkler system at their Materials Recovery Facility in Hollingdean Lane. This is following a major fire there in 2019. Further details can be found on the council’s planning register at (application number BH2020/01594).

Since the lockdown started back in March, we at the church were advised by the Government that all worship and prayer was to be suspended immediately and any activities that use the premises were also to be suspended. This has been a very difficult time for all, not just church members, but everyone who has been using the premises and also our local community around the church. The Government did advise that churches could open for individual prayer where it was possible to maintain the social distancing rules. We at Stanford Avenue have tried to arrange, where practically possible, to open up the church for this important function. Sadly, as you may appreciate, with an elderly congregation, we have been unable to arrange this without compromising those that would be able to use the premises and keep our doors open. As soon as this changes, we will advise you all of what will be happening. However, on a positive note, we have been able to carry on our Sunday Morning Worship using an on-line streaming service.

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33 News from the council…

The council is calling on residents to help tackle a higher than normal outbreak of elm disease.

One of the Preston Park Twins succumbed to elm disease last year

The infection has already started killing off previously healthy trees throughout the city and has been brought on by the recent hot weather. Early infection signs are a wilting and browning / yellowing of parts of the foliage, or greenery, anywhere on the tree; and an elm tree losing its leaves in early summer while other elms around it are still full and healthy looking. If you suspect an elm tree is diseased, please email ElmDisease@brighton-hove., ideally with a photograph of the tree, a close-up of the symptoms and a location.

Covid Statistics Local Covid-19 data for Brighton & Hove can now be found on the council’s website at: https://new. This includes the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths, which will be regularly updated.

Have your say on changes to transport network Residents are being given the chance to have their say on changes to the city’s public spaces and transport network, introduced to support the city’s recovery from Covid-19. Brighton & Hove City Council have worked quickly to reallocate road space and bring in measures to help with safer movement around the city. These have included: a temporary cycle lane in both directions on Old Shoreham Road; closing Madeira Drive to motor vehicles; widening of footways in London Road, St James’s Street, Church Road and streets in The Lanes area. Residents can now comment on these changes through a survey at:

Fly-tipping hotline A new hotline for reporting fly-tippers has been launched by the council. Residents can call 01273 295063 and give details, allowing council staff to respond immediately. Common examples of fly-tipping include: leaving household items, appliances and furniture on the street or beside communal bins; leaving items on the pavement in the hope others will take them away; dumping rubbish or building materials in the countryside or green spaces such as parks. The new phone line will be staffed from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Callers outside these hours will be able to leave a message.

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35 Lindsey Tydeman from The Keep archive centre on a wartime campaign…

Local history…Dig for Victory As if people in Brighton didn’t have enough to do during the early years of the Second World War - what with volunteering for fire-watching, ARP (Air Raid Precaution) duties, soup kitchens, the Home Guard, the Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Brigade - in 1939 the Government launched the Dig for Victory Campaign.

This photograph, part of the Argus newspaper archive held at The Keep (ARG/3/2487), was taken in 1941. It’s testament to the seriousness of the wartime situation that Brighton Council has allowed an allotment to be dug on the hallowed ground in front of the town’s iconic Royal Pavilion. There has been a smattering of snow but it’s obviously not too cold to be outside and the ground is still soft enough to dig. The men (possibly council employees) have carefully sliced off the turf and it lies folded in a pile by the allotment. They may be following the advice from the Ministry of Agriculture leaflet, issued in September 1941, of making a ‘bastard trench’ on ground previously covered with turf, working the ground in two-feet-wide strips, digging down to the depth of a spade and then turning the soil back. They must know what they are doing, as they have dispensed with the advice for string and wooden stakes! In the background of the photograph is an entrance sign to an ARP underground shelter. By 1941, these were common sights every few hundred yards in central Brighton, a refuge from expected gas attacks or enemy bombing.


This was something that everyone could get involved with, as local councils gave permission for parks, school playing fields and recreation grounds to be turned into allotments. Here residents could grow fruit and vegetables and become more self-sufficient in the face of rationing and possible food shortages.

The Keep’s collection of images show how the Dig for Victory campaign drew everyone in to the wider purpose. Whole families could work on individual smallholdings, and, for schools and children’s clubs, it seemed to operate as an excellent reason to get children outside. One photograph shows a class being directed by their teacher as they dig up the ground in front of their school, with boys and girls working in separate groups. Others show boys marching to dig with their gas mask boxes strapped around them and forks and spades slung over their shoulders like rifles, or holding them upright as they stand to attention for inspection. Faces are invariably determined, and most of them look very happy. www.thekeep/info

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37 City news…

Virtual Pride Pride has sadly been cancelled this year, but you can still take part in a virtual Pride.

United We Stream Brighton United We Stream has been set up across the world in response to the closure of live venues due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brighton & Hove Pride are planning an extensive schedule of events centred around the original Pride weekend of 1st-2nd August, to mark 30 years of campaigning and celebration and to help raise funds for LGBTQ+ community groups. The events will be tied together by live presenters Stephen Bailey and Zoe Lyons from a purpose-built studio in Brighton and will feature performers that were already planned for Pride in the Park. The show will be live-streamed on the Brighton Pride website ( and other platforms. All the entertainment will be free to view but viewers are encouraged to make a donation.

All the money raised will go to support bars, clubs, pubs, venues, restaurants, performers, freelancers and cultural organisations across the city, as well as to support the fight against homelessness in Brighton and to support local mental health charity Grassroots. Participating venues include the Big Beach Café at Hove Lagoon, the i360 pod and the Brighton Centre. Visit

Brighton Open Air Theatre The Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) in Dyke Road Park, along with other open-air theatres, has finally been able to open its gates for live performances from 25th July. There is a full programme of theatre, comedy, music and family shows on sale on their website for August and September, including Shakespeare plays, The Magic Flute, Jekyll and Hyde, Abigail’s Party, the Brighton Beach Boys and much more. All performers will be socially distanced on stage, unless they have formed a “cast bubble”. BOAT are expecting tickets to sell quickly and there is reduced capacity to help maintain social distancing, so book early at Have a local editorial item? Email


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39 An update from a local homelessness charity…

News from Off The Fence Homelessness doesn’t always start with a first night on the streets, or even with a night on a friend’s sofa or a hostel. It can start with a difficult time in school, mental health problems, a difficult relationship or family breakdown. And it doesn’t end with four walls, a roof and a bed. It ends with stability, community and hope about the future.

So, like the pebbles on Brighton beach, we deal with the ever progressing and receding tides of everyday life for our clients. However, sometimes tsunamis hit the beach and we have to review every element of our service. In the last year we have had to weather three storms: Brexit, which created economic uncertainty; a General Election where the plight of the disadvantaged hardly merited a by-line; and largest of all, Covid-19, which since early 2020 has called for a complete overhaul of the way the charity works. On the surface, it is possible to argue that the virus has created an environment where rough sleepers can no longer be allowed to live outside. The vast majority of them have been temporarily accommodated in hotels and B&Bs. In August they will move again into unused student facilities. So far, so good. However, as these are short term arrangements, it is very likely that the numbers of homeless will rise dramatically once lockdown is fully over. 36% of rough sleepers are not native to Brighton & Hove and the migration south will continue. The end of the Government’s furlough scheme will see thousands of the poor turn into the homeless overnight as redundancies, the

porous nature of Universal Credit and the impact of global recession hit home. Another outworking of Covid-19 has been the increased demand for the services available to vulnerable women via our Gateway Centre. Social distancing has removed the comfort of meeting adversity together. Staff have been furloughed and virtual communication doorstep-confined one-to-ones have become crucial tools in our armoury. However, we have been able to harness new technologies like remote working in a way that has virtually eliminated any interruptions to our core team and services. We have recently seen the best three months financially in our history. Not because we are good at raising money but because what we are doing is wholly aligned with our mission to help the poor and the vulnerable. We have again been chosen as one of five Mayor’s charities to do just that.

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43 Kevin Wilsher tells us about his new book on the Brighton Tigers ice hockey team…

Brighton Tigers a tale of sporting passion I was born in Brighton and can trace some of my ancestors to the time of George IV, although they seem to have been mostly manual labourers or other unskilled workers so they probably didn’t mix in the same social circles. I’ve lived in Goldstone Valley for the past 26 years.


Since being fortunate enough to retire early I’ve been able to indulge a personal interest in local history and architecture. I volunteer at the Regency Town House in Brunswick Square to help with the ongoing restoration project. On behalf of the Town House I organise Brighton & Hove’s contribution to the annual national Heritage Open Days festival, which is where we try to inspire people to take an interest in their local history, built environment and culture. I’m also a trustee of the Regency Society where I look after the James Gray Collection of around 7,500 historic images of Brighton & Hove. During my immersion into the world of local history I kept noticing on social media that people regularly posted their memories of the Brighton Tigers ice hockey team and their home, the Sports Stadium, at the bottom of West Street. The more I noticed these people’s memories, the more I realised how important the team and the ice rink were to the local population. The fact that people were still excited to talk about the Tigers and express their anger over the closure of the rink some 55 years ago made me decide that these memories should be preserved and that the story of the team should be made available to future generations. Between 1935 and 1965 the Brighton Tigers were, arguably, the most successful and most passionately supported ice hockey team in the country. Hopefully, the book

reveals for the first time the remarkable love affair between ice hockey and the sports fans of Brighton, Hove and surrounding towns. Thousands packed the Sports Stadium in West Street for 30 years between 1935 and 1965 to cheer on Brighton Tigers, helping them to become one of the leading teams in Britain and Europe. The stories in this book will bring back fond memories to the many fans who still mourn the loss of the team and provide answers to younger generations wondering what all the fuss was about. The book is lavishly illustrated and is available from City Books, Hove, and Amazon.

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Emergency support for Brighton Dome

Komedia Live

Brighton Dome has received vital support from Arts Council England in response to its closure caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Komedia Brighton has regularly hosted shows including live comedy since 1994. At the moment the venue is closed due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The registered arts charity has received £445,000 from the Emergency Response Fund. This additional funding will help protect Brighton Dome’s short-term survival. Following its closure in March, 67% of its self-generated income was lost through ticket sales and events. The organisation has a £12.5 million annual turnover, but its 1800 capacity venue is currently unable to re-open for live concerts or performances due to social distancing regulations. Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome, said: “We are enormously grateful to Arts Council England for this support which offers immediate financial security whilst our venue remains closed over the next few months. The impacts of this crisis are set to continue beyond September and we welcome further government guidance on a longer-term strategy for live venues and events and how arts organisations will receive further support through their £1.57bn fund. Our sincere thanks also go to our loyal audiences who have given to our fundraising campaign or have donated their ticket purchases to us; the love for Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival has been both overwhelming and invaluable.” To help secure Brighton Dome’s future, text DOMELOVE to 70970 to donate £5 or visit

However, Komedia are live-streaming weekly Krater Comedy Club shows to keep the laughter alive. You can tune in via Facebook Live (Komedia Brighton) or their YouTube channel, Komedia Live, and shows will remain available for replay for one week after transmission. Viewers have an option to pay what they can for each show in the form of a donation, to give Komedia and the comedians involved the best chance of financially surviving the current crisis. The Komedia Kids Sundae Club for children is also available online, thanks to an emergency grant from Arts Council England. It’s on the Komedia Kids YouTube channel from 11.30am on 2nd August, 6th September and 4th October, with just under two hours of fun for children aged 3-9 and their families.

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