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Welcome to Kemptown!

Contents

We hope you survived Halloween OK and managed to buy off the marauding tricksters with a packet of Haribos and a couple of KitKats!! Next up is Bonfire Night...dodging rockets and trying to console traumatised pets! Seriously though you can’t beat a family evening out at a well-run and safe local firework display. This month we have the usual variety of local articles relevant to life in Kemptown as well as the odd article about something from further afield (but never too far away!!). So here’s to safe bonfires, happy pets and a great November!! The Kemptown Rag Team info@kemptownrag.co.uk www.kemptownrag.co.uk Cover picture: One Man and his Dog Photography!

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Old Photo

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Local Person

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Gluck: Art & Identity

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Local History from

St Mary’s Church

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ARKA

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Feathered Fiends

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Win Tickets to see Snow White

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Priestly Work

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Kemptown Memories

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Index

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Edward Street The premises of the old established JJG Saunders & Sons at 167 Edward Street, just below Dorset Street, about 1913. Thanks to the Regency Society for this image from their photoraphic archives, The James Gray Collection. You can see thousands of more historic pictures of Brighton and Hove at www.regencysociety-jamesgray.com

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Meet a local artist...

Kemptown Person – Terry Horton Terry Horton is an artist based in Eaton Place. How long have you lived in Brighton? I moved to Brighton in 2001. I started oil painting in 2004 - that was the first time I thought this is what I should be doing with my life. I love everything about Brighton and all its creative people. I have had a lot of exposure as an artist in Brighton over the last few years, with articles in all the primary publications including the Kemptown Rag. I have lived in various parts of the country but Brighton is the only place where I feel I belong. What’s your favourite place in Kemptown? My favourite place in Kemptown is Mitchell builder’s yard at 62 St George’s Road. Doug Mitchell who is a dear friend of mine is in the process of converting his builder’s yard into a local heritage and arts centre. I intend to have art exhibitions there. My joint favourite place in Kemptown is the Barley Mow pub beer garden, where I love to enjoy a pint of ale or two.

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What do you like to do when you’re not working? When I am not working, I enjoy running, swimming, cycling and hanging out with friends. I am never really detached from my art; even when I’m not working I am thinking about my art, looking for inspiration, sketching or taking reference photos for my art. I love to travel to get inspiration for new artwork. I enjoy cycling holidays in foreign countries. To see Terry’s artwork, visit hortonart.wordpress.com.

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A new exhibition at Brighton Museum...

Gluck: Art & Identity The 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978), now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity, is the subject of a major new exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from 18th November 18th 2017 to 11th March 2018. Gluck: Art & Identity will bring together around 30 rarely-seen paintings and extensive personal ephemera.  Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, Gluck attended art school in London and ran away to Cornwall with fellow students during World War I.  The artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters, and was sketched by Alfred Munnings smoking a pipe in Roma-style dress, before adopting the name Gluck and creating a controversial masculine identity incorporating men’s tailoring, barber-cut short hair and a mannish demeanour.   

Detail from “Gluck on a Hillside” by Alfred Munnings, 1916, © private collection

Gluck, who demanded “no prefix, suffix, or quotes”, became known in the inter-war years for portraits, land- and seascapes and stage scenes, and in the 1930s for floral paintings. This major public exhibition will bring together key works like the almost-black The Punt, which depicts Gluck lying with lover Nesta Obermer in a punt on Plumpton’s pond. For further information visit brightonmuseums.org.uk/gluck. News of the Rainbow Chorus’s winter concert...

The Sound of Christmas It’s that time of year which beckons in a host of special sights, smells and, of course, sounds which the Rainbow Chorus invite you to experience—from the seasonal to the notso-seasonal. After all, the Sound of Christmas can mean different things to different people. Perhaps for you it’s the sound of good old Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire as flurrying snowflakes create a White Christmas and Jingle Bells ring in the air? Or maybe you prefer the Sound of Silence while you enjoy the Twelve Days of Christmas with your special Somebody to Love. Either way, a night with the Rainbow Chorus will feel like a Bridge Over Troubled Water that promises to Fix You—or at least calm the Windmills of Your Mind. Come and hear our take on the Sound of Christmas and we hope you’ll leave Feeling Good and even Feeling Groovy! The concert will be at St George’s Church, St George’s Road. Tickets are on sale now at £14/£10(concession)/£7(children) from http://bpt.me/3115934 (or contact Justin on 07841 655 453 if you’re not online). Please send your local articles to info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021


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

The Girls’ Friendly Society in Kemp Town Hampden Home of Rest occupied the building at 120, Eastern Road, on the corner with College Road, from about 1910 to 1950. It sounds like a retirement home, but was in fact a holiday hostel for working women. The image comes from a postcard sent in July 1912 by ‘Bertha’ to Miss E Lord of Ealing. In a neat round hand, Bertha has pencilled on the back: Dear Edie, I daresay you know I am having a holiday at Brighton. We are having lovely weather. I expect you miss me at Sunday School. I think this is all I have to say. Yours sincerely, Bertha. The message makes Bertha sound like a child, but she was probably in her 20s. The 1911 Census records her friend Edith as a 27-year-old dressmaker and Bertha is unlikely to have used Edie’s first name if she was very much younger than her. Also, the fact that Bertha was holidaying at the Home of Rest suggests that she had been in employment for some time. The home was run by the Girls’ Friendly Society, which still operates today to build the self-esteem and confidence of girls. It was founded in 1875 by a group of society ladies to provide support and befriending for working girls, particularly with a

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view to preventing unwanted pregnancies. A lot of the language of the early GFS work seems patronising and obsessed with maidenly purity, but in many respects the society’s goals were similar to today’s mentoring schemes for disadvantaged youth: to enlarge young people’s horizons and discourage harmful life choices. This background helps explains the naïveté of Bertha’s message to Edie. She was learning ‘respectable ways’ from her GFS mentors. If it sounds a little unnatural, that’s because sending a breezy postcard from the seaside probably didn’t come naturally to her. Viscountess Hampden of Glynde was an early and enthusiastic champion of the Girls’ Friendly Society in Sussex and supported its first holiday home in Brighton - Hampden Lodge in Mighell Street. This was described in 1892 as ‘open to all respectable girls in need of rest and change of air’. The home moved to 120 Eastern Road in about 1910 and thereafter provided holiday accommodation for 20 to 30 working women, mostly domestic servants, from all over southern England. Hampden Home of Rest survived the war, but in the early 1950s it was converted into flats, which remains its use today. Katherine Prior

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The latest column from Gary Walker...

Feathered Fiends Once again it’s almost that time of year when we are confronted by the great mystery of Christmas. Which is, of course, where does all that goose fat come from? Before you start rolling your eyes and muttering, ‘Well it doesn’t come from bloody weasels, does it?’ what I mean is, how do they get it out of the geese and into those little jars? Obviously it can’t come from cooking them, since if that were the case supermarket freezers would be full of all the leftover goose bits, which they’re not. The only other alternative must be liposuction. Presumably there are millions of geese all over the country congratulating each other on how well they’re looking after losing weight? An added benefit for geese is that this process must extend their life-expectancy considerably, since who wants to eat a bag of feathery bones? Ah, you say, wouldn’t this destroy the pâté de foie gras trade? Based as it is on overfed geese with bloated livers? No, is the answer. As always, I’ve thought this through. I can’t speak for inland towns, but Brighton has an abundant supply of overweight birds in the form of seagulls, which are much more of a nuisance than geese. For example, if you’re walking along

the seafront eating your fish and chips, geese don’t swoop down and nick your piece of haddock. It’s up to all of us to help resolve this problem by insisting that restaurants offer a starter of pâté de foie gull, followed by a nice gull chasseur. While on the subject of gulls, I pass on a true story from my secretary. Last summer she was on her way to the corner shop on a mission involving, at a guess, a wine box and some fags. Suddenly, her curiosity was sparked by the sight of a seagull on the other side of the road, galloping along for all its worth in the opposite direction. It couldn’t take off owing to the huge bag of sweets it was clutching in its beak. The bird was being hotly pursued by the shopkeeper, shrieking hideous Eastern- European curses. Naturally, she made enquiries. Apparently, the seagull had walked in, grabbed the sweets and run off with them. Even more ridiculously, the same thing had happened a week previously. Funny old place Kemp Town. As this is my last column until next year, may Santa bring you no Chris de Burgh CDs. Gaz Please send your local articles to info@kemptownrag.co.uk or call 01273 551021


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Here’s a great chance to see a family pantomime at Christmas...

Win Tickets To See Snow White Music Theatre 2000 and Showtime Productions are bringing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the Windmill Theatre in Nevill Avenue, Hove, with a first-rate cast of singing actors, dancers and a live band. It’s a traditional family pantomime, bursting with laughter and song, and is supporting the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. Snow White is on from 20th to 27th December, including matinées, early evening and evening performances, and you can get tickets at www.snowwhitepanto.com or call the box office on 01273 565130. Readers who book through the box office get £1 off each ticket. There are also special discounts for group bookings.

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Another great sculpture trail is coming next autumn…

Giant snails to follow the Snowdogs DJ Norman Cook took to the stage at Theatre Royal Brighton in October to reveal the identity of the next public art installation to be hosted across the city by Martlets in autumn 2018. Photo by Ben Langhorne Three giant snails, two uniquely decorated by artists, were unveiled. Snailspace is the follow-up to Snowdogs by the Sea, which raised £310,000 for Martlets, and 50 giant snails will sneak their way onto the streets. Businesses are encouraged to secure their involvement as soon as possible. To download a sponsorship pack, visit www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk, or contact sarah. harvey@martlets.org.uk.

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An article on the modern role of local churches...

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When a child is born it is a very special time for the family, and for the child. The church offers a service, which both celebrates the birth and offers the child an opportunity to begin a relationship with God - through the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism (Christening).  The child becomes a part of the church family who are there to support and help throughout life, and in good times and bad. When two people come together, and recognise that they want to commit to each other in a loving relationship, which they hope will be life long, then they often wish to celebrate, let family and friends know, and formalise that relationship.  The wedding service offers a space to do that, and a time to ask God’s blessing on that relationship – a help in good times and difficult ones. At a time of death and bereavement people are often vulnerable and in need of help and support.  As Christians we believe that at death “life is not taken away but changed”.  We go on to share the life of the heavenly kingdom.  The church offers a time and place to remember special people, and prayer allows us to know that we still have a special connection – we will see them again. People have been a part of these shared occasions for over 2,000 years. The parish priest has provided care and support around such special and sometimes difficult times.  The church also offers a place (sacred space) where hundreds of such events have been celebrated.


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Local resident Judith Burns shares some of her Kemptown memories...

Lest We Forget With Bonfire Night and 11/11 upon us this month, memories turn to parades, pomp and ceremony, Remembrance Day, the Old Steine war memorial service and the characters from the local community who had served. Several of my Royal Crescent neighbours had been in the forces including Commander Colin CampbellJohnston who lived alone at number 13. He had the occasional party, but not like Lord Olivier’s rather more raucous affairs where guests often jumped the railings to party in the ‘communal’ front garden. Use of the garden was actually forbidden, to be seen but not used. We weren’t allowed to set off fireworks in it for Guy Fawkes. One elderly resident used to exclaim, “If we let one person use it, everyone will want to. Then what? What happens if children move in? They might play football, take a transistor or a deckchair in!” He kindly ignored the fact children were already living there, myself and Olivier’s children. Presumably he didn’t think us capable of playing football or listening to music. Heaven forbid he ever found out my father and I had jumped the railings to bury Ruffles, my pet

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guinea pig, in a shoe box in a very serious midnight ceremony. In those days the loudest noise was often from this particular gentleman’s car, an Aston Martin DB6, as he flew round the Crescent trying to find a rare parking spot! With all their formality, I was surprised Royal Crescent didn’t commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977; presumably the lack of children detracted the Committee from organising something. I seem to recall Burlington Street throwing an excellent street party putting out bunting, streamers, long tables, cakes, sandwich triangles and jelly. Royal Crescent played it unobtrusively as usual, although Commander Campbell-Johnston attached some very old Union Jacks to his first floor balcony railings. They were there for nearly a month until a gust of wind managed to disperse them all. I found one in our basement and took it back to Colin. Graciously he offered it to me as a memento, telling me that the last time he had displayed them had been to celebrate the end of World War 2! Graciously I accepted it and I still have that flag today. Royal Crescent may not have been the party epicentre of Kemptown and its residents may have been largely Edwardian in nature, but it did have a certain quality of discreet style and old-fashioned charm, and my flag attests to that. Judith Burns runs the twice monthly Kemptown Community Market at St Mary’s Church, St James’s Street. http://facebook.com/ kemptowncommunitymarket

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