West Hove Directory April 2020

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WEST HOVE April 2020 ISSUE 104


IMPORTANT Although printed this magazine won’t be delivered to your door until after the current lockdown situation is over. It will have a supplement with updates of information that has since gone out of date.

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WELCOME TO THE WEST HOVE DIRECTORY! This magazine has to be put together two weeks ahead of distribution. With so much uncertainty at the moment due to the coronavirus, there is a high possibility that some of the events and classes mentioned in our April issue may not go ahead, so please do check before attending. We still have all our usual articles for you this month as well as a tribute to a very special West Hove resident who died in February and news of VE Day 75 celebrations planned for May. Let’s hope for some bright weather so that if everything else is cancelled we can at least get out for a walk! The West Hove Directory Team info@westhovedirectory.co.uk www.westhovedirectory.co.uk



Contents... Page 5

Hove Junior School Needs Governors

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Old Photo

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Eileen Odom 1928-2020

Page 13 The Keep…Executions at Hove Park Page 15 Where In West Hove? Page 15 Councillors for Wish and Westbourne Page 16 The Martlets Hospice Page 17 SE Cleaner Page 21 West Hove Sports… Squats Page 22 Swift Bricks Page 23 VE Day 75 At St Leonard’s Church Page 27 Health TIP Page 29 Off The Fence

Cover picture: Jane Galvin

Page 29 Would You Adopt a Tree?

Publisher: Sussex Magazines Ltd.Ltd. 10 Hollingbury Road, BN1 7JA info@westhovedirectory.co.uk Printer: Gemini Distributors: Kempster The views expressed by individuals in any letter or article included at the discretion of the publishers are not necessarily the views of the Editor. Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this magazine and the statements contained herein are believed to be correct, the publishers of this publication will not hold themselves responsible for any inaccuracies. Inclusion of advertisers in this magazine is not necessarily a recommendation but we do hope they give a good quality service. No part of the publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the publishers and contributors. We take complaints you make about our advertisers seriously. We have the following policy on this: First complaint about an advertiser is logged here in our offices, if we receive another complaint we write to the advertiser concerned and notify them we have had two complaints and if we receive another complaint we will no longer accept their adverts. If and when a third complaint arrives we will verify that all complaints received were genuine and inform the advertiser that we will no longer be promoting their business and inform them why.

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Volunteers needed from the West Hove community…

HOVE JUNIOR SCHOOL NEEDS GOVERNORS Hove Junior School is currently looking for two new co-opted governors to join our governing body and would love to attract individuals from our local community who have the skills and experience to contribute to the success of our school. As an inner city school we are keen to make the governing body more reflective of the diversity of our pupils. You do not need to be a parent to become a coopted governor. This is a challenging but hugely rewarding role where you can make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment.


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As a large and growing school, we’re keen to appoint individuals with experience in HR, risk management, data analysis, safeguarding, SEND and Health and Safety to add to the existing range of skills on the board. The full governing board meets twice a term, with separate committees made up of smaller groups of governors which meet 3-6 times a year. Most of our current governors work full time and manage to fit in their role around their other commitments, but we welcome retirees, part time workers or anyone with the skills and passion for the job.

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You don’t need to have prior experience of being a governor, there is plenty of excellent training and mentoring available to you. Plus, the support of a talented and supportive team to work with who are passionate about helping Hove Junior School deliver the best education possible for every pupil. If you would like to know more about this vacancy, please visit our website or contact Belle Howard, Senior Clerk to Governors: bellehoward@hovejun. brighton-hove.sch.uk http://www.hovejuniorschool.co.uk/governorvacancies

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STATION ROAD Station Road c1970, showing Carr’s greengrocers at number 32, which is now Blend Coffee Co. Plumbs confectioners were next door at number 33. © Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove

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A tribute to a very well-known resident of West Hove who sadly died in February…


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 9 our clothes, and into the watchmaker’s shop in Boundary Road, where she won prizes for window displays. Her life changed at 37: her mother died, so Grandad came to live with us; she became a helper with the St Leonard’s Guides. She was “Captain” to so many Guides and a driving force behind building the Guide HQ in the rectory garden. In 1975 she became a Craft Instructor at St Giles Day Centre, Lancing. Her organising skills were recognised so she was sent on courses and became Officer-in-Charge of a large old people’s home. She was ahead of her time; they had kittens, outings, music, craft and social activities in the same way that care homes are urged to now. She TRIED. Mum took the Guide Promise to “do my duty to God” seriously and was confirmed at St Leonard’s with Sheila and me in 1967. She later became Church Warden and was involved with the (Young) Wives Group. She saw her role as trying to unite 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. In her last couple of years in Hove, her weekly highlight was to go out in the trishaws with Pedal People. She told her pilots stories of old Hove. As the only LIFE member


of the Hove Gardening Club she was appreciated for offthe-cuff talks. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and her GP’s patient panel. Mum’s principles influenced many: hard work; honesty (“You can’t be HALF-honest”); independence (annoying in her later years); being close to family; loyalty to friends; and enabling others to “do their best”. SHE TRIED. Maureen Knight (née Odom, formerly Silvester) There will be a Service of Celebration for Eileen at St Leonard’s Church later in the year, date to be announced.

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Lindsey Tydeman from The Keep archive centre with a sketched plan of an execution from 1795…


FROM THE KEEP… EXECUTIONS AT HOVE PARK Hove Park on a fine day in spring or early summer is a nice place to be. But 225 years ago it was the scene of a military execution - and hundreds of soldiers were forced to watch, as diarist Thomas Harison tells us… in the rear of their respective guns. 13

In 1795 Britain was at war with France and in constant expectation of an invasion led by Napoleon Bonaparte. Thousands of soldiers were stationed at various military outposts in the South East and conditions in barracks could be dire. In Blatchington Barracks near Seaford, lack of food drove 500 hungry soldiers into Seaford where they rioted and took supplies from local butchers and traders, as well as stealing 300 sacks of flour from the Tide Mills at Bishopstone. The mutiny was quashed but it frightened the authorities and the Government decided to make an example of the ringleaders, privates Edward Cooke and Henry Parish. On Saturday 13 June, at 6.30 am, hundreds of soldiers from various militias (marked A-K in the plan) took up their places in Goldstone Bottom, a natural small depression in the Downs outside Brighton, roughly about where Hove Park tennis courts are now. Harison tells us that cavalry detachments were stationed on the slight rises around the execution area, to surround the watching soldiers and curb any thoughts of resistance. At L-L was cannon and at mm-MM horses

The two areas marked D-D were the Oxfordshire militia, ‘divided that they might more conveniently see the execution’. This was the militia whose members had mutinied. There was more punishment in store for the Oxfordshire. Not only were they placed closest to the event but a detachment of them had been picked out to shoot Cooke and Parish, and this group was stationed at Q, positioned behind the ranks so the prisoners would not see their comrades until they stepped out at the last moment. At O, six soldiers were brought out first. Three were flogged, two were pardoned and the sixth, ‘being ill, was reserved for another opportunity’. Then, at R, the two prisoners made their appearance, ‘having a guard of both horse and foot’ and were made to kneel on their coffins. The tiny dot to their right was the adjutant, ‘who gave the signals by waving his cane’. Was Thomas Harison sketching his plan as this event took place? He could have been, as he was a civilian Quarter Master Commissary, responsible for provisioning the army, and as a civilian may not have been under military discipline. He called it a ‘remarkable day’ and we know that seeing the execution upset him very much. He wrote that he ‘was struck with such a melancholy that I could not enjoy a thing for a fortnight or more after it’. Thomas Harison’s diary (AMS 7241/1), which contains his plan of the execution and a detailed key alongside, has been digitised and is available to view at The Keep. For more information visit www.thekeep.info.

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The Conservative councillors for Wish ward, Garry Peltzer Dunn and Robert Nemeth, hold an advice surgery on Saturday 11th April (the second Saturday in the month) as follows: 9am-10am : 234 New Church Road 10am-11am : Sanders House, Ingram Crescent 11am-12 noon : The Snug cafĂŠ, Stoneham Park No appointments are required and if anyone is unable to get to the surgery venues the councillors are very happy to visit your home. You can also contact them at: Robert.Nemeth@brighton-hove.gov.uk / 01273 291819 Garry.Peltzerdunn@brighton-hove.gov.uk / 01273 291186 The Labour councillors for Westbourne, Carmen Appich and Chris Henry, hold a surgery on the last Friday of the month (24th April), from 4-5pm, at Hove Museum. You can contact them at: Carmen.Appich@brighton-hove.gov.uk / 07562 437632 Christopher.Henry@brighton-hove.gov.uk / 07395 282745

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WEST HOVE SPORTS…SQUATS Back in January I was keen to add compound movements to my gymming repertoire. These are any exercises that recruit various muscles at once. The most well-known of these is probably the squat. Squatting uses all the following muscles (and more) in just one movement: quads, glutes, inner thigh, hamstrings, abs and sides of trunk, upper back and calves. Having been doing isolated exercises on machines since last September I knew I’d have to start sensibly on the new exercises as I’d be using everything at once and a lot of core strength and balance that just isn’t necessary when using the machines. Serendipitously Rick, my favourite instructor from The Circle, had just begun to work at Underground Gym which meant I could use his expertise to learn how to do the exercises correctly. First I wanted to try some trap bar exercises. This is a heavy hexagonal bar you stand within and can add weights to. As the bar is loose, one must use one’s core and balance throughout to avoid toppling over. Turns out I am the worst sloucher. I need to relax my shoulders (I find relaxing impossible anyway) but instead I keep them tight and slump my core down in an effort to trick myself into thinking I’m relaxed. Rick finally managed to get me to stand up straight with shoulders relaxed so we could

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News from the council…

COUNCIL TAKES SWIFT ACTION TO PROTECT BIRDS Special ‘swift bricks’ will be incorporated in new developments across Brighton & Hove to help halt the decline of the distinctive birds. Approved by the RSPB, the bird boxes are designed to look like bricks, but feature a small hole where swifts can enter and build their nests. Although known as swift bricks, they can be used by a variety of other birds including sparrows, starlings, blue tits and great tits. At a meeting of the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee in March, members agreed to a new planning condition which will see swift boxes and bee bricks incorporated in the vast majority of new developments in the city. Bee bricks have been required for new build developments since November last year and are incorporated in the external walls of new developments.

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Swifts are urban birds which make their nests in rooftops or in old buildings, after flying over 6,000 miles from Africa in the spring. However, modern building methods, along with the demolition of old buildings, have reduced the swifts’ access to rooftops, resulting in a serious decline in numbers. Twenty years ago there were 150,000 pairs in Britain – now there are fewer than 90,000. The council’s new planning condition will require swift bricks to be incorporated in all new developments that are five metres high and above. There should be a minimum of three, or two bricks per dwelling. The condition will be attached to all planning permissions granted after 1 April. Commercial developments will be required to have a minimum of three boxes, or one per 50sqm of floor space. Ideally, swift bricks should be placed under the eaves in groups of at least three. Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the committee said: “This new initiative has the potential to halt the decline of swifts in the city, while also providing safe nesting places for many other types of small birds.” RSPB conservation officer Jack Thompson said: “This important planning condition for swifts will help provide more opportunities for nesting swifts and urban birds, supporting important sites, and build on the fantastic work being done to save our swifts. This could not have been achieved without the hard work of passionate individuals working together; local volunteers, planners, councillors, ecologists, businesses and residents all striving to give a home for these vulnerable and special birds in Brighton & Hove.” 22

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St Leonard’s Church will be taking part in the VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations in May…


VE DAY 75 AT ST LEONARD’S CHURCH On May 8th 1945 peace was declared after nearly six years of war, so this 75th anniversary represents an important milestone in the country’s history. The national celebration, VE Day 75, will cover the weekend of 8–10 May, and will be an international celebration of peace. With the only peal of bells in Hove, St Leonard’s Ringers will be Ringing Out for Peace on Friday 8th May at 7pm at St Leonard’s Church. Come and watch the Ringers at work and raise a toast to the nation’s heroes. At 7.30pm on 8th May, enjoy a 1940s Quiz with a Ploughman’s Supper. BYO alcohol (soft drinks provided); £5 per head; teams of 8 max; advance booking required. Please email: ejwatson2019@gmail.com or leave a message on: 07907 806370 and give a contact name and details, how many tickets are needed and any dietary requirements. Money (cash only) will be taken on the evening. The weekend will culminate in a Community Commemorative Service for 75th Anniversary of VE Day at 10.30am on Sunday 10th May, conducted by the Archdeacon of Brighton and Lewes, in the presence of the Mayor. As members of our West Hove community we would like to invite you all to join us for this service of commemoration and thanksgiving. Everyone is most welcome and it would be wonderful if our local community groups would like to send an official rep to take part. If your organisation would like to do this, please contact us on: stleonardsaldringtoncw@gmail.com or leave a message on: 07907 806370. We do philips adv4 3/2/15 17:03 Page 1 hope you will be able to join us on this historic occasion. st philips adv4 3/2/15 st philips adv4 3/2/15 17:03 17:03 Page 1 Page 1

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ROLL UP! ROLL UP! From the 1860s until the Great War, children in this area would be transported to a magic world by the thrill of a special spectacle. Engines, pulling up to 70 trucks, would puff into West Brighton Station (aka Hove Station), and down would descend a pageant of jaw-dropping proportions – a troupe of up to 1,200 circus folk together with a menagerie of wild and wonderful beasts.


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Children would flock down to watch the big top being pitched – regular sites were Hove Meadow (Aymer Road area) and Wish Meadow (Wish Park). For decades they would hold joyful memories of helping the circus folk set up camp and, if they couldn’t afford a ticket, they could walk around and see the animals for free. By midday, the whole troupe would be dressed and ready for the magnificent procession around the town. And what a parade! The Ring Master would lead a cavalcade of dazzling and dangerous acts from across the globe – dozens of tumbling clowns; exquisitely gilded vans drawn by teams of horses; cages of lions, tigers, leopards, panthers and bears; caravans of camels; chariots drawn by zebras; a troupe of 20 performing elephants; Cinderella’s coach; Wild West floats; acrobats, contortionists and jugglers. Meanwhile, the school authorities grumbled about the empty desks as the classroom proved unable to compete with the dazzling display; some schools, resigned to the inevitable, just permitted the children a holiday whenever the circus rolled up. Children desperately worked odd jobs to afford a ticket and recall memories of lying in bed wriggling in anticipation as they heard

the “BOOM” of the man being shot out of the cannon. When Sanger’s Circus visited in 1915, it boasted the largest elephants in England. Within a year, these magnificent beasts would be ploughing English fields to fill in for the farm horses which had been sent off to the Western Front. To learn more about the history of Hove, join a guided historical walking tour led by a local historian. Hove Actually Walking Tours are fun, informative and best suited to the incurably curious. Whether it’s your first visit or you have lived here your whole life, the tours are a great way to discover and uncover the area. To receive the programme of walks, email hoveactuallywalks@gmail.com. Rachel Bridgeman - local historian & tour guide Facebook: Hove Actually Walking Tours


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News from Wish ward councillor Robert Nemeth…

COUNCILLOR NEWS… Promoting an uplifting message is the priority for our piece this month – so Cllr Garry Peltzer Dunn and I are keen to draw attention to three positive stories that should mean a lot to the community. First, our campaign for trees in Wish Ward is yielding some excellent results already. Replacement trees are now in the pavement outside Wish Park Surgery on Portland Road following destruction by motorists of the originals. A survey of the pavements on and around School Road is soon to take place. £25,000 has now been set aside for the wildlife corner in Stoneham Park. It’s slower than we would like but it’s now a question of when rather than if. We are keen to work with as many residents as possible on this and are now in the process of building a core team of tree enthusiasts with a view to soon undertaking a survey of the whole ward to find out just how many trees our area could realistically support. Please get in touch if you would like to join the core group. Two projects that are getting financial backing from Garry and me, through our allocated ward budgets, are trees for Glebe Villas and a hedge for the schools on Portland Road. Trees on Glebe make absolute sense – it’s the only road in the area without them. And a hedge to protect kids in the school playgrounds from pollution is an absolute priority. We will be putting £4,000 into these projects and, working closely with residents, have raised significant further sums. Outside the schools, road safety at school drop-off and collection times remains a concern so we have drawn up a series of demands for the Council; some of which are already happening such as scheduled traffic warden patrols. I’ve been attending on numerous mornings myself as well.

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