The Hovarian July 2020

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July 2020


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What is this publication? I haven’t seen this before. You are right, you haven’t! This is the first edition of The Hovarian - a trial amalgamation of our three Hove magazines: West Hove Directory, Poets Pages and Hove Park Living. It is an effort to support local business by reducing the costs of producing the magazines and thus being able to offer them a cheaper way to reach more potential customers and a smoother path back to something like normality in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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New development planned for Kingsway A new development is planned for the south side of Kingsway, between the new “336” flats (next to the Gather Inn pub) and Pets Corner. Two large buildings, erected on sites in Aldrington Basin including Magnet’s warehouse, would rise from six to eleven storeys high above Kingsway. They would be separated by a gap opposite the end of Derek Avenue. Planning permission was granted in 2013 for a development of four to six storeys, known as PortZED; however, this was not built and the site owner is now working with Synergy Developments. The “Gateway Hove” proposals include: 172 homes in six to eleven storeys, comprising 24 studios, 65 one-bed apartments, 73 two-bed apartments and 10 three-bed apartments; 1,029m2 of office space; a roof-top restaurant; a café; a gym; a gallery space/visitor centre; 174 car parking spaces; and 192 cycle spaces. The scheme is designed in two zones, separated by a central publicly accessible space between the buildings allowing for views to the port area. The developers say that this central space will provide an area for a plinth where local artists could showcase their work. Synergy Developments are writing to around 2,000 local homes to seek the views of residents before submitting a planning application and residents will be able to complete an online questionnaire. They are creating a new website for information at Following the consultation phase, Synergy Developments will be submitting a planning application in late summer / early autumn 2020. Subject to planning, works could commence in spring 2021 and will be

completed by late summer / autumn 2022. Consultation manager Scott Marshall said in a letter to the Kingsway and West Hove Residents’ Association: “Gateway Hove represents a significant opportunity to develop this outdated and under-used site into a first-class, mixed-use regeneration scheme.” However, some residents living opposite have expressed their shock at the proposals, which they say would look oppressive, be far too high and be likely to lead to huge loss of daylight and sunlight. The Chair of the Kingsway and West Hove Residents’ Association, Peter Reeves, said: “We welcome developments that are well-designed and appropriate to the surroundings. Whilst this proposal offers some appealing features, the feedback from local residents is overwhelmingly that it meets neither criterion. It is regarded as far too bulky as well as high and clashing with the long-established character of not just the neighbourhood but West Hove generally. As a Gateway its “office block” appearance is more suited to East Croydon. In short it is overbearing and out of place.” To contact the residents’ association, email

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Mural for Wish Park Wish Park volunteer Steve Gledhill would like to brighten up the north-west side of the park with a mural, to be painted on the side of the electricity sub-station, depicting the history and day-to-day use of the park. Community artist group ‘Creative Angel and Red Herring’ have designed a mural and will undertake the painting work, with the lower part to be painted by local children. The original design has been updated to include a thank you to the NHS. Work will include planting insect-friendly plants and shrubs and will cost around £2,000. Funds from a previous appeal have been transferred to a new crowdfunding appeal. If you would like to support the project, visit: https://www.gofundme. com/f/wish-park-hove-community-mural


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Beach bar proposals approved Plans for alterations to The Venue Beach Bar on the Western Esplanade, to be renamed Rockwater, have been approved by Brighton & Hove City Council. Alterations will include a roof terrace, a single-storey lower ground floor extension, pebble cladding to reflect the beach and new entrances. Live music will not be permitted in external areas.

BP 24-hour alcohol licence The BP petrol station at 373 Kingsway (on the corner of St Leonard’s Gardens) has been successful in an application to extend its alcohol sales licence at the M&S food store to 24 hours, rather than just to 11pm. One condition of the licence is that BP are required to attend resident group meetings upon request. Residents who have any issues can email the Kingsway and West Hove Residents’ Association (

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Local Artist…John Armstrong John Armstrong is an artist working in St Luke’s Studio in Station Road. He has painted many pictorial signboards for churches in the area, including St Peter’s Church in Portland Road and St Barnabas Church in Sackville Road. His painting “Hove Beach” was commissioned as Hove’s wedding present to Prince Charles and Lady Diana. How long have you lived in West Hove? My wife Helen, who is also an artist, and I moved to Hove 58 years ago, when I became an assistant curator at Hove Museum. A career in museum and education work continued until I retired from Brighton University in 2000. Tell us about your art… As well as painting pictorial signs for churches in Sussex, I concentrated first on landscapes. I work from site sketches, and use photographs. My Christian work, figural and abstract, is based on passages from the Gospels. At present I am painting a series called “The Way”. Some of the Christian subjects have been commissioned by churches; I paint figures in the traditional manner of the early Renaissance painters, often using gold leaf. I paint in oil colours and often use collages and impasto, especially in my spiritual abstracts. I am able to meet commissions. Who are your favourite artists? In landscape I have been influenced by Turner, Cezanne and De Stael, and in portraiture Modigliani. In religious work I refer to Ravenna mosaics or Duccio, the Sienese painter of the 13th century. Where can we see your work? In Hove my signs can also be seen at St Helen’s, St Peter’s and St George’s, both at West Blatchington. In Brighton at the Chapel Royal, St Paul’s, St Michael’s and the Annunciation church. I painted the

Great Crucifix in St Peter’s Parish Church Brighton, and a cycle of 20 paintings at St George’s West Blatchington. There is an illustrated book showing all the paintings and woodcarvings in that church. I show at Brighton and Hove Arts Council Spring exhibitions at the Friends Meeting House, and annually with the Society of Sussex Painters in local venues between Shoreham and Seaford. You can see my abstract and landscape paintings in the Naked Eye Gallery in Western Road, Brighton. What do you like to do when you are not painting? Thinking about the next painting, framing my own paintings, planning group exhibitions, and spending time with Helen and our family. For more information, visit or email

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Eileen Odom was a very well-known resident of West Hove who sadly died in February. This tribute appeared in our April issue which was online only…

Eileen Odom 1928-2020 Typically, all Mum wanted us to say about her was that SHE TRIED. She was involved with many local activities until her accident in 2018. Her favourite place was her beach hut near the Lagoon, where she met friends and passers-by; handed out towels to help young families and soaked up the sunshine. Mum lived in Shoreham until 1938 when the family moved to 61 Coleridge Street and she went to Davigdor Road School. At 14 she became a bacon cutter at Lipton’s, George Street, and still used the skill of cutting butter and cheese into 1oz pieces when she took “rations” into a local primary school and talked about her wartime memories. Her creative energy went into bringing us up and making our clothes, and into the watchmaker’s shop in Boundary Road, where she won prizes for window displays.

the congregation and embarked on the Millennium Kneeler, with everyone sewing a few stitches. She raised funds to restore the church porch and loved showing people round the building. Her life changed at 37: her mother died, so In her last couple of years in Hove, her Grandad came to live with us; she became weekly highlight was to go out in the a helper with the St Leonard’s Guides. She trishaws with Pedal People. She told her was “Captain” to so many Guides and a pilots stories of old Hove. As the only LIFE driving force behind building the Guide member of the Hove Gardening Club she HQ in the rectory garden. was appreciated for off-the-cuff talks. She In 1975 she became a Craft Instructor at volunteered with Meals on Wheels and St Giles Day Centre, Lancing. Her organher GP’s patient panel. ising skills were recognised so she was Mum’s principles influenced many: hard sent on courses and became Officer-inwork; honesty (“You can’t be HALF-honCharge of a large old people’s home. She est”); independence (annoying in her later was ahead of her time; they had kittens, years); being close to family; loyalty to outings, music, craft and social activities in friends; and enabling others to “do their the same way that care homes are urged best”. to now. She TRIED. SHE TRIED. Mum took the Guide Promise to “do my Maureen Knight (née Odom, formerly duty to God” seriously and was confirmed Silvester) at St Leonard’s with Sheila and me in 1967. She later became Church Warden There will be a Service of Celebration for and was involved with the (Young) Wives Eileen at St Leonard’s Church later in the Group. She saw her role as trying to unite year, date to be announced. Have a local editorial item? Email



12 Peter Orpen of Glebe Villas was a victim of Covid-19; this tribute is by his daughter Alanna…

The lost life of Peter Orpen Peter Christopher Orpen, Chairman and Director of AVTConnect, was born in Brighton, and although he ventured out of his hometown, choosing to study law at the University of Exeter, and worked in various jobs abroad for a short while, he returned to his birthplace to set his roots for his career and family life. Peter died of pneumonia at the age of 68, a victim of Covid-19. He was one of the many fatalities of this current pandemic who was robbed years of his life. He, alongside his brother John Orpen and a friend, Richard Holmes, set up their own business, AVTConnect, an audio-visual company that specialised in slide projections, light displays and exciting set designs for conferences. Its services have evolved over the past 40 years or so, to move with the times and technological advances, so that it now masters in the art of virtual events and services. He was an admired gentleman for his compassion and hard work, known for his fighting spirit and determination to ensure projects succeeded no matter how many hurdles stood in the way. This attitude, as well as being a great communicator, saw him well through his years as a dedicated member of the Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club, holding his role as Chairman of the International Committee for around 20 years. He was influential and championed many projects that sought to balance inequalities in education and provide communities with the foothold they needed to pursue their own choice of careers and overcome social and economic barriers. He received The Paul Harris Fellowship award from Rotary for his commendable charity work. One such project led to a newly built school in Lusaka, Zambia, which provided classrooms, IT facilities and the educational resources to aid local

children’s learning and development, and had an onsite orphanage and department to cater for children with learning difficulties. Another project helped school children in Pakistan, providing the funds and assistance to build the necessary additional classrooms to shelter pupils who had to study on the rooftop, as there was no space available in the building. This also included the provision of sanitation blocks, which were absent for the girls, and adequate reading books and learning resources for the pupils. In the last ten years, he took up the role of Chairman at the English Language Centre, continuing the legacy created by his mother, Marianne Orpen, who set up the centre back in the 70s. Peter was governing the board to help the school survive and grow and continue to be a pivotal learning site for international students. He is survived by his wife, Heidi Orpen; his brother, John Orpen; and his children, William and Alanna Orpen.

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Councillor News for Westbourne Ward As the lockdown eases and we begin to plan for a life living with Covid-19 your councillors want the Westbourne Ward community to be heard. There are many discussions at the moment – do we widen footpaths to allow more social distancing? Do we create more cycle lanes? How do we ensure our local businesses thrive again? What sort of seafront do we want? How do we cater to car owners and parking issues? Please share your ideas with us and engage in the discussions because it’s important to us that everyone feels included. In conjunction with Peter Kyle, your MP, we want to attract investment, bid for government money for regeneration and bring out the best in Hove and get our small businesses, pubs and restaurants thriving again. Over the last month we have worked hard to get public toilets reopened, litter louts fined and anti-social behaviour kept in check. Thanks to everyone in the area for their help on this. It’s really exciting that Carmen, as Chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, will be a key part of helping the city move forward from Covid-19 and to recover successfully. It’s also become a key part of her brief to help the city look at its past and its history in light of the Black Lives Matter campaign, and to enable silenced or ignored voices to be heard, remove barriers, and ensure opportunities are open to all, so that everyone gets to live a full life free from discrimination and harm. We have been worried that plans to reimagine the seafront of Westbourne Ward would be de-railed by the pandemic, but the good news is that the new bar and

restaurant, Rockwater, on the seafront will still open and our hopes for improved family facilities and sports activities will not be shelved. Here in the picture we are checking out the new decking at Rockwater, which will allow disabled access to the beach as well as provide a beautiful setting to sit in the summer sun (fingers crossed!) Councillors Carmen Appich and Chris Henry

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16 Roy Moffatt reminisces about Scott Road and Portland Motors in the 1950s…

Scuffles and more in Scott Road! In 1950, when I was three, my family moved from London to Hove. My dad bought a car showroom on Portland Road next to the then Aldrington Primary School (now Young Sussex Nursery).

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Roy in his pedal car outside the car showroom

The 1930s building is still there with flats above the former showroom, which is now a shop (Ackerman Music). The sale also included a workshop in Scott Road. That workshop is still there (now Wickenden’s garage) but in those days there was also a two storey flat above it.

in Scott Road. I often looked out of our first floor window to watch men come out of the Public Bar, roll up their sleeves and fight in the middle of Scott Road.

My family lived in that flat for eight years and I remember a very different world to today. Traffic in Portland Road was light and Dad’s Portland Motors garage sold petrol. Cars just parked by the kerb in Portland Road and petrol was pumped from a tank under an alleyway which used to run between the garage and the school. The petrol then ran along a hose which ran through the building and swung out over the pavement on a metal arm so that an attendant could put the nozzle in the car’s filler. We also sold paraffin in large quantities because most people then had paraffin stoves to heat their homes. Opposite our flat, on the corner of Scott Road and Portland Road, was The Portland pub (now The Stoneham). The entrance to the smart Saloon Bar was on Portland Road, however the working man’s Public Bar entrance was at the side

We knew that during World War Two the Scott Road workshop had been used by the Canadian Army for repairing tanks. In the workshop there was still a huge beam with a chain and hook that had been used to lift the tank engines. However that was not all the Canadians had left behind. One day, when I was about five, I decided to explore the building. I crawled through a hole into the roof and found a wooden box, divided into partitions and filled with straw. I returned to the kitchen and proudly held out a round metal object. My mum froze, told me not to pull out the pin, and yelled down to my dad in the garage below, “Frank, come here – Roy’s found a box of hand grenades in the roof!” No-one ever told me what my dad did with the grenades, but my parents never let me forget the day I nearly blew up Scott Road! Roy Moffatt

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19 News from the Friends of Stoneham Park…

A wonderful thirteen-volume tome called the Encyclopaedia of Hove and Portslade exists and can, once access has been restored, be found in the reference section of Hove Library. A charming entry chronicling the history of Stoneham Park, off Portland Road in West Hove, is nestled between ‘Stocks’ (‘a form of punishment whereby a person was secured by means of a hole in a hinged rectangle of wood’) and ‘Stonery, Portslade’ (‘a small farm and market garden’). The entry about Stoneham Park ends in the year 2002 with the planting then of some crocuses and daffodils. We are surely due an updated edition of this opus soon, and what will be said of the Great Lockdown of 2020? While I wouldn’t presume to edit the encyclopaedia’s entry for ‘Stoneham Park’, news is the first draft of history, so here is an eyewitness account of how our Green-Flagged park fared during the spring of this year. Our park is unusual, perhaps unique, in that it was completely closed and locked from the day after the Prime Minister announced the lockdown and (at the time of writing) still remains shut to this day. Stoneham Park has the advantage of possessing perimeter railings and five lockable gates. While Lord Beaverbrook (probably) snaffled the railings of Hove Park and Wish Park for aircraft production in the Second World War and never replaced them, we boast a bright green palisade which makes closing the park on health grounds that much easier. This doesn’t mean to say, however, the park has been completely empty. Some people (and by no means all children) have scaled the perimeter and gone in to play basketball, football, or just hang around. But, on the whole, the fact the park is closed has been respected by the vast

majority of locals. From a public health viewpoint, we can all be very grateful. This does mean that our activities, as a volunteer group dedicated to the wellbeing of Stoneham Park, have been dramatically curtailed. The biggest disappointment is the cancellation of our Midsummer Fair, a fantastic fete where we can usually expect to raise two or three thousand pounds. Despite high hopes at the beginning of the year, we came to the melancholy conclusion our fair couldn’t go ahead by late April. What we will be doing, however, is arranging a tidy-up as close to the re-opening of the park as we feasibly can. When that will be, however, is entirely out of our hands. Stay safe, we will meet again. Richard Hearnden

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Food and Friendship Luncheon Club in lockdown The Food and Friendship Luncheon Club at Hove Methodist Church in Portland Road have provided an amazing service during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Their twice-weekly gatherings in the church hall, reaching more than 100 older people and adults with learning disabilities, had to cease, so Caroline Henderson, Rachel Richards and the trustees decided very quickly that they would have to adapt during the crisis. They have instead been preparing hot meals to send out to their most vulnerable and isolated guests and they have also taken referrals. Food and Friendship have been receiving food from FareShare Sussex, who redistribute surplus food to organisations feeding vulnerable groups. They have also had food donations from Tesco Hove, The Cheese Man and Flour Pot Bakery, as well as a £5,000 grant from the Sussex Crisis Fund.

of help to distribute them. Now almost 30 people are delivering to 80 households across Brighton & Hove. Caroline Henderson, Food and Friendship Co-ordinator, said: “It’s us giving people a hug through our food. If people haven’t got any human contact all week, which is the case with a lot of people, I know from the feedback what it means to get that little bit of food. They know we’ve prepared it for them and we’re thinking about them.” Club member Rose (whose food was delivered by Hove Methodist Church Minister Andy Lowe) said: “The food’s brilliant and the delivery’s brilliant. It keeps me going!”

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23 Photos from the Friends of Hove Park…

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At first glance everything seems fairly normal in the park with colourful displays at the southern end (although rather more weedy than usual) and small groups of people happily scattered throughout.

An interesting addition is the ‘Goldstone Valley snake’ of painted rocks, started 26 May alongside the miniature railway with a notice inviting people to add more. However one doesn’t have to look very hard to see it’s still far from normal with the fenced-off outdoor gym equipment,

locked café and children’s playground. Meanwhile the ‘Thank You NHS’ banners express appreciation of the selfless frontline workers and hopefully encourage everyone to remember to act sensibly and protect themselves, others and the NHS. Friends of Hove Park

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25 News from Hove Park ward councillor Samer Bagaeen…

Hove Park Neighbourhood Forum What has the Hove Park Neighbourhood Forum done during lockdown? That, my friends, is a very good question. But, before we get to it, it’s interesting to note the ramping up in ‘planning’ related activities and complaints across the neighbourhood forum area. HOVE PARK

Some of the big-ticket items landing before various council committees over the past few weeks have included proposals to demolish large houses in order to replace them with flats, plans to extend homes and in some cases make them fit for the new normal after COVID, and in other cases proposals to build smaller detached homes on back gardens. If you are planning to do any of these yourselves, then hopefully what we are doing will be of some help. The Forum applied for funding support from central government as some of you know and in addition to the direct support package we have, we have also secured support offered by Aecom, an engineering firm based in London, to produce our own design codes. In the old world, Aecom staff would have come down to Brighton and we would have walked every street in the ward and forum area. The way things are, a small group of us walked the streets and I used my phone to connect via MS Teams to the Aecom team remotely. It was an interesting and somewhat successful experiment. Building the evidence base for a design policy is the same as for any other policy. First, review existing evidence, and second, identify and develop any further evidence that may be needed. We would expect a design code to outline what we as a Forum would expect from new development in our area. This could include responding positively to the area’s character, scale, grain, identity and raise the standards on pedestrian movement

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and connectivity, junctions and pedestrian crossings, scale, density and massing, building modification, extensions and plot infills, fenestration and fencing. We are also looking at eco-design, net zero and sustainable drainage. Another team from Aecom has also prepared a draft Housing Needs Assessment. We will share the final version of the document via the Forum’s website when this is up and running. We have begun to build our website and you can find this at and We are looking at securing digital engagement tools from a company called Commonplace and are looking to hold a Forum AGM as soon as this is possible. Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen FRSA FRICS MRTPI

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In the UK rainbows have become a symbol to thank the NHS and key workers. There has been enthusiastic clapping for carers on a Thursday evening in Hove Park and, as William age 7 said, “Because the NHS are giving their lives to people and we are protecting them by making rainbows”. What a great comment and a sentiment echoed over the area. Clif and his kids made a rainbow from a bit of scrap wood found in the garden shed and put it above his door number. My own house is the one with crochet rainbows over the wall. Some are hanging in bushes. We all join in in Hove Park! Florence age 3 sums it up: “Our rainbow is for people’s smiles.” The rainbow filling the bay window has made many people smile as they pass. With her younger brother Harry they have chalked and painted rainbows everywhere. We love it!

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29 Hove Park news…

Brighton & Hove City Council has approved planning permission for Hove Park School to build a double-height extension to its existing gymnasium at its site in Nevill Road, to create a two-court sports hall. This will involve partial demolition of an existing gymnasium and corridor. No increase in “external lets” is proposed. The planning officer’s report recommended approval, saying that the proposal would enhance educational facilities on the site, and the application was given permission in June without discussion by the Planning Committee.

20m 5G mast approved for Upper Drive An application has been approved by the council for a 20 metre-high Vodafone mobile phone mast on land on the eastern side of The Upper Drive, north-east of its junction with Old Shoreham Road and close to Cardinal Newman School. The mast will support six antennas, two equipment cabinets and an electrical meter cabinet. Vodafone said that they needed to upgrade their coverage in the area, most notably in relation to providing new 5G services. 5G, or fifth-generation wireless, is the next generation of mobile telephony, which will greatly increase data speeds. Ten objections were received from local residents. Some objected to the application on the grounds of possible negative effects on health of 5G masts. Some neighbours also objected to the height of the mast. However, the council said the mast complied with all requirements; it would have an acceptable impact on the street scene in terms of design and appearance, and the local area already accommodated a plethora of street furniture. On the health concerns over 5G, the planning officer’s report said the Government had established a clear expectation that planning decisions should support the expansion of electronic communications networks, including 5G, and said that the proposal would be compliant with International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation (ICNIRP) Public Exposure Guidelines.

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31 News from Brighton & Hove City Council…

Sharing the space, respecting each other... More of us have chosen to dust off the bike and cycle short journeys or walk to the shops instead of jumping in the car. There’s been a dramatic reduction in the number of motor vehicles on the roads, down by as much as 60% at the height of movement restrictions. In response, Brighton & Hove City Council has taken some significant steps to keep the city moving and promote active travel to its residents. We were the first local authority in the country to close a road to motor vehicles to free up space for cyclists and pedestrians when Madeira Drive was shut. Old Shoreham Road now has a temporary cycle lane to link with our existing cycle network and NHS workers in the But we must all play our part in sharing city have been given free memberships to the space we have. Whether we’re in a our BTN BikeShare scheme. car, riding a bike or walking, it’s important But there’s more to come. we respect each other and consider the changing space around us. We want In May, councillors approved a Transport drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to travel Action Plan that will support the city in its respectfully and harmoniously around the short, medium and long term recovery city and this can only be done if everyone from Covid-19. The plan includes measconsiders and respects those around ures such as ‘pop-up’ cycle lanes, widenthem. ing footways and prioritising cyclists and pedestrians at junctions around the city. As with most places around the UK, Brighton & Hove City is working to build The council is also working to bring forward permanent schemes already agreed, a new normal in a post Covid-19 world. The city council is working hard to ensure such as the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, proposals for a car free residents are safer in the short term and city centre and encouraging more walking to promote accessible and sustainable travel in the long term, but we’re all in this and cycling to school. It’s a time to be together. bold and innovative. Have a local editorial item? Email


Ever since movement restrictions were first introduced at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Brighton & Hove has seen a huge shift in the way people are choosing to travel around the city.

32 Local history from Rachel Bridgeman…

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In July 1588, the inhabitants of Hove and Brig invasion fleet of 130 ships heading for the En As the threat of invasion intensified, they lived in a state of heightened tension at the prospect of being on the frontline, defending their beaches from thousands of disembarking soldiers. The defence of the realm fell upon the navy and the largely untrained militia. All able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were ordered to join the militia. Most would wield archaic weapons, or even just a scythe or axe, against one of the most elite forces Europe had ever known.

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Armada was spotted off Cornwall on 19th July, the first beacon was lit setting off an alarm that leapt from high place to high place. When the men watching the beacon in West Aldrington spotted the beacon at Lancing, they lit their fire cage to alert the firewatchers in Brighthempston to light their beacon and raise the local militia. Once the beacon at Beachy Head was alight, the alert headed inland to warn the government in London that the deadly force was approaching. A replica beacon on the esplanade by Hove Lagoon commemorates the part played by our predecessors in defeating the Spanish Armada. The original beacon was situated on a small cliff at West Aldrington (known

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The council has restarted fining people for littering, with enforcement officers patrolling the beaches and seafront.

Councillor Nancy Platts, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, has announced that the council is reviewing all plaques, monuments, statues and street names on public land to ensure that they celebrate legacies that reflect the city’s values.

As more people get out and about, there is an increasing amount of litter being left by those unwilling to find a bin or take their waste home. There will be on-thespot fines of £150 to anyone caught dropping litter or not disposing of it properly. People caught spitting, urinating or defecating in public will also be hit with a £150 fine. Dog owners who don’t pick up their dog’s mess will be fined £80 on the spot. Anyone caught fly-tipping – leaving any waste or household items on land or the street without permission, even in the hope someone will take them away for free – will receive a straight £400 fine.

The council will seek to remove any monuments with clear associations with enslavement or plantations. Cllr Platts said: “The Black Lives Matter movement has rightly shone a spotlight on colonial statues and street names. We will talk with the council’s BME Workers Forum, our local BAME communities and historians to ensure we fully understand the history of our statues and street names and we’ll work collaboratively to commission new street art installations which celebrate the Black community. I would like people to contact me directly if they are aware of any statues, monuments, street or building names which cause them concern.” You can email Cllr Platts at: nancy. or phone 07717 302956.

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News from Martlets Hospice Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Martlets has kept caring for people with terminal illness and their loved ones at our hospice and across Brighton, Hove and the havens.

At Martlets, we’re trained and skilled in both practical and very ‘human’ ways to support people through uncertainty and we have had to adapt to continue to deliver our essential care to our community day and night. Our services include providing support through our ‘hub’, 24-hour telephone advice line and we have also increased our telephone contact to make sure patients and carers don’t feel isolated. Our staff are helping patients to make video calls to family and friends and we’re running ‘virtual’ wellbeing services including seated yoga, tai chi and relaxation. We have offered ‘Zoom help assistants’ who have managed to get many of our patients using new technology and now have large numbers attending our virtual wellbeing sessions. We have all felt different emotions through these challenging times and we wanted to share with you the Martlets vision of hope, purpose and possibility which is at the heart of everything we do. We are hopeful for a brighter future with fewer restrictions, where we can hug those we love once again and our patients can see our nurses smiling – without a mask. For all of us, there are many possibilities for doing things differently as we make our way through this. As one of our inpatient unit nurses, Jess, commented: “The experience has renewed my gratitude,


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Drive-in cinema and open-air theatre If you’ve been missing the cinema, a drive-in cinema event, @TheDriveIn, is scheduled to take place at Brighton Marina from 1st-4th October. Planned movies include Grease, Back to the Future, Toy Story, The Joker, The Lion King and A Star is Born, and tickets are selling fast. The cost is £38.50 per car and food can be delivered to a special delivery box by your car. Visit

An open-air cinema day is also scheduled for September, with screenings of The Jungle Book, The Princess Bride and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Luna Beach Cinema has been cancelled for 2020 but will be returning in 2021. Some indoor cinemas such as the Odeon hope to be reopening from early July but will have to put social distancing measures in place.

If you’re having theatre withdrawal symptoms, BOAT say that several theatre companies are offering free online recordings of their past performances, including BOAT favourite Oddsocks, who have uploaded their musical production of Twelfth Night from 2014 to YouTube for everyone to enjoy.

Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) in Dyke Road Park have had to reschedule a number of productions that should have taken place in May and June, but some of these have new dates for later in the summer. In August and September they are hoping to put on shows including Shakespeare plays, The Total Who Show, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Vox Beatles, The Mikado, The Magic Flute, Jekyll and Hyde, Abigail’s Party, The Alter Eagles and the Brighton Beach Boys.

At Theatre Royal Brighton, all performances have been suspended until August at the earliest. Tickets are still on sale for shows from November 2020 onwards, including Hairspray, Dial M for Murder with Tom Chambers and Samantha Womack, comedy from Phil Wang, and South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album. There’s more information at

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45 An appeal to fund a new statue in the Royal Pavilion Estate…

Hidden from history A statue for Mary Clarke In recent weeks people across the world have been re-evaluating the political and cultural significance of existing statues and memorials.

Mary Clarke was born in 1861. She was a co-founder of the national Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) with her sister Emmeline Pankhurst and its paid Organiser for Brighton and the South East from 1909 to 1910. She was the first suffragette to die for women’s right to vote, yet there is no public memorial to her. Mary was gentle, but extraordinarily brave. Having escaped an abusive marriage, she dedicated her life to achieving women’s suffrage. While in Brighton, Mary lodged with suffragette Minnie Turner in Victoria Road. She was a formidable background organiser, but took centre stage if required, addressing rallies and public meetings in Hyde Park, Hove Town Hall and the Dome. Supporters recalled how each evening on Brighton seafront she would address several hundred people, remaining calm and good humoured in the face of persistent heckling. Suffragette leader Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence recalled: “She was on several occasions very much knocked about, and some of her young workers were inclined to strike out in her defence, but she always restrained them.” Mary was injured at ‘Black Friday’ on 18th November 1910, where, for six hours, 300 women outside Parliament were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by police. Mary was bedridden for three days.


In 2018, the Mary Clarke Statue Appeal was set up to fund a statue of a woman whose extraordinary life and sacrifice had been almost entirely forgotten.

On the 22nd November she returned to London to protest about the police’s actions. Imprisoned for one month, she went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed. On Christmas Day 1910, two days after her release, she collapsed and died of a brain haemorrhage. Mary’s obituary, delivered at her memorial service in the Royal Pavilion, called her the “first woman martyr who has gone to death for this cause”. A wreath from Brighton members quoted Mary’s own words telegraphed from Police Court: “I am glad to pay the price of freedom.” We hope to place Mary’s statue in the Pavilion Estate, as a symbol of the city’s commitment to democracy, equality and women’s rights. Contact or Cheques to Mary Clarke Statue Appeal, c/o Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EH Jean Calder, Chair of Trustees Mary Clarke Statue Appeal

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