NEWS Sussex news round-up Remembrance events
With the centenary of World War One, this will year’s Remembrance Sunday (9 November) will be particularly poignant. Visit britishlegion.org.uk for details of events. Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, a wreathlaying ceremony was held to commemorate Indian soldiers who were treated at hospitals in Brighton during the Great War. The ceremony was held at the India Gate at the Royal Pavilion, one of several buildings, including the Dome and Corn Exchange, which became military hospitals during the 1914-1918 war.
Curry near miss
Brighton has taken second spot in the Curry Capital of Britain awards. It was an admirable finish, beating Birmingham into third and only being pipped to the post by Bradford, Britain’s curry capital and four-times winner of the award.
£100k for skate park
A Peacehaven skate park proposed and designed by local youngsters has being awarded a £100,000 grant. As a result work is now underway at the Zero Degrees skate park, with the hope that the facility will be open and ready for use by the end of the year. A group of 15 local youngsters came up with the idea for the skate park, which is part of the Big Parks Project, a community initiative designed to improve recreation facilities in Peacehaven.
Council’s sticky problem
Brighton & Hove City council has been widely criticised for wasting taxpayers’ money after buying a piece of an expensive piece of cleaning kit that was never used. The GMB union led the chorus of criticism after it was revealed that the council spent £123,000 on a machine to clean chewing gum from the street. Despite stating that the purchase of the machine would slash the council’s £25,000 annual gum cleaning bill, the machine was hardly used and sold for just £13,971 at an auction earlier this year. A council spokesman confirmed the sale, but wouldn’t comment further.
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Sussex Style’s news team look at the stories affecting you this month
Bonfire night Good month for… South Lodge Hotel The Horsham hotel’s Michelin-starred The Pass restaurant has been named in The Sunday Times’ list of top 100 restaurants, coming in an impressive twelfth place.
Nicholas Soames The long-time Mid Sussex MP was knighted for his political service. The grandson of Sir Winston Churchill told reporters that The Queen “was very nice to him”.
Commuters Plans have been revealed for an extra six peak-time trains to run on the Brighton to London main line per hour. A final decision will be made in 2015.
Remember, remember… that bonfire is a serious business in Sussex. There will be events throughout the county in November, from the mighty Lewes (5 November), where more than 80,000 are expected to attend, to a plethora of smaller village events. These include: Cuckfield (1 November); Lindfield (5 November); Chailey (8 November) and Barcombe (22 November). Do check travel restrictions before attending the bigger events such as Lewes — getting around can be problematic. And remember that some of the bonfire events are unsuitable for small children. Find out more at: lewesbonfirecouncil.org.uk
Bad month for… Anti-fracking protesters Despite presenting a petition with more than 3,500 signatures to a meeting of West Sussex council, the councillors overwhelmingly voted not to make West Sussex a ‘frack-free zone’.
Drivers on the A272 Speed sign along the road between the Birch Hotel and Scaynes Hill show a 30mph limit… while road markings state the limit is 40mph.
Cuckfield residents The Ship Inn, one of the village’s best-loved pubs, is being threatened with closure after supermarket chain the Co-op revealed plans to take it over.
New line for shoppers at Walk In Wardrobe
Award-winning independent boutique Walk In Wardrobe has a new concession. The popular Hove shop, which is renowned for its special occasion dresses, is the new home to Lace, which has made the move from its former East Street base. Lace, which is owned by celebrity stylist Carol Ives, is unusual in that it stocks only a few of each item — meaning embarrassing fashion clashes are a thing of the past.
Visit walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk to find out more about Lace and other concessions
3 of the best… winter warmers
hat Faux fur occasional hat in truffle, £45, Cuckooland.com
gloves Paul Smith red leather gloves, £140, houseoffraser.co.uk
gilet Louella gilet, £79, monsoon.co.uk