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Pier Pier The Coastline Magazine




Where can you find Pier2Pier? Pier2Pier Magazine is distributed along the coastline and you can pick up a copy from many of the attractions, shops and galleries located between Brighton and Worthing Piers. You can also read the latest issue online at www.pier2pier. biz If you wish to receive notification via email when the latest issue is released, please let us know. Pier2Pier Magazine is published monthly by Sue Dove. Please contact Sue for editorial and advertising enquiries: t. 07748 726052 e. Production: JD Smith Design Pier2Pier is an independent magazine and does not endorse the products or services that appear in the magazine. Pier2Pier magazine does not accept any responsibility for alterations to events listed, claims made by our advertisers or information provided by our contributors. Opinions expressed in the magazine are those of our advertisers and contributors and do not necessarily represent those of the editor. No part of this publication, including pictures, may be copied, used or reproduced without prior written consent. © Pier2Pier Magazine

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Meet the Artist Welcome to January! Beach News It’s a SHORE thing… The Beach Diary B-Fit Message in a Bottle Pier2Pier in Focus Title Wave Surf’s Up Local Business Directory


Meet the artist Trevor Scobie Local artist, Trevor Scobie has worked as a traditional illustrator for over 30 years. Spending many years working for London publishers, he has worked on book jackets from James Bond spy novels to Ray Bradbury science fiction covers.

His new series of Sussex coastal paintings explore the elemental nature of land and sea with its ever changing transient light and weather. Trevor grew up in West Sussex which retains a strong influence on his work, and has found much inspiration walking and exploring the coast. Please feel free to contact Trevor if you have any enquiries or for GiclĂŠe canvas prints. t. 01903 216630 m. 07963 143654


Welcome to January! Welcome to January and the 2nd edition of Pier2Pier Magazine! Dedicated to the stretch of coastline between Brighton and Worthing Piers, Pier2Pier magazine is designed with beach residents and visitors in mind. Whether you’re interested in beach art, business, books, clubs, events, fishing or watersports… Pier2Pier is all about what goes on down at the beach and really does have something for everyone!

fishing scene and we have a signed copy of

This month we look into the enduring appeal of sending a message in a bottle, our resident health and fitness guru, Pete, tells us all about the benefits of cycling, local fisherman Steve B gives us a round up of the

and let us know what you think.

Sara Sheridan’s new book, ‘Brighton Belle’, for you to win. We’re hoping to grow the magazine over time so do please get in touch if you want to air your views, submit an article, publicise an event or advertise with us. And don’t forget to check out the website at

Happy New Year! Susan x

Copy deadline is 07th January for February’s edition EMAIL us at: or give us a call on 07748 726052 You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter @Pier2PierMag

Photo Competition! Don’t forget to enter our monthly photo competition on page 17. For your chance to win a £25 Jessops voucher, get out and about between Brighton and Worthing Piers with your camera and take a snap of whatever inspires you.


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Beach News Temporary sand sculpture idea for Black Rock Business on Brighton seafront could be boosted by plans for a sand sculpture theme park next to Brighton Marina. The city council is set to lease the vacant Black Rock site to an operator on a temporary basis, while a permanent use for the location is sought. A marketing operation over the summer invited developers to come forward with ideas for temporary uses. Advertisements were placed in national media and the Argus. A cross-party panel judged the sand sculpture park as offering the best chance of boosting the city’s economy for the greatest part of the year. Other proposals considered were a shopping centre made from smartly-converted shipping containers and a drive-in movie venue. In July the city council rejected developers’ modified plans for a scaled-down arena on the site and agreed to look afresh for development ideas. If approved the sculpture park would open from April to October, with potential to extend that season.

Organisers have run a similar attraction on Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, since 2006 and are now seeking a second venue. They predict around 100,000 visitors annually could be expected at the Brighton version. Proposed admission prices are £5 per adult, £3 per child or £15 for a family of twoplus-two. Opportunities for local business sponsorship of the display would also be available, say organisers. Officials say the park would work well with existing business on the eastern part of the seafront and provide a boost for the historic Volk’s Railway, which could easily serve the new attraction. A previous sand sculpture festival in 2005 and 2006 gave the railway a substantial increase in business, says the council. Chair of the council’s economic development and culture committee Cllr Geoffrey Bowden said: “We’re confident this attraction would increase the numbers of people going to the eastern part of the seafront and that other businesses there will benefit as a result. “We’re constantly aware of the need to boost business, particularly in this location. It is steadily improving, with the Brighton Wheel, the beach sports centre and more recently the proposed spa.”

Gull Island a soaring success Worthing’s new £80,000 Gull Island playground was officially opened on Saturday 20th October 2012. The playground, in Beach House Gardens, was funded via the EU Seaconomics project following a successful application by Worthing Borough Council. Eibe’s Stuart Evans consulted on the project from the very


forward to Splash Point Leisure Centre opening in the spring.” The playground was opened by MEP Richard Ashworth and a host of activities were held to mark the day. There were children’s arts and crafts workshops, gull making, a beach soccer tournament, live music, entertainment and European food stalls.

£250,000 approved for beach works

outset with Adur & Worthing Council’s Parks & Open Spaces Manager Clive Bramble. Despite some inclement weather during operations, which delayed proceedings for about a week, Stuart was confident that all would go well once completion was realised, “I knew Gull Island would be a soaring success when I first met the stakeholders involved. The location is fantastic and with such a healthy budget, I was able to suggest a myriad of options for the team to mull over. The ship is of course, the stand-out feature and it was no surprise that on the official launch day, kids flocked towards eibe’s iconic vessel, a product that has an enormous amount of play value, as well as looking incredibly striking as you approach the seafront. But there are many other great things to explore on site and the area also includes a disabled-friendly roundabout, so as to make it an all-inclusive zone.” Bryan Turner, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are delighted to be opening another seafront playground. This new facility will add to the work already completed in the Splash Point area to make our seafront a fun place to be, as we look

Up to £250,000 from the sale of the Surry Arms public house is to be released to pay for a Shoreham Beach enhancement scheme. Councillors at Adur and Worthing joint strategic committee agreed to release the money for the Lower Beach Road car park. A report by James Appleton, executive head of planning, regeneration and wellbeing, highlighted the opportunity to enhance the layout of the car park and provide a cycle path link to Ferry Road and the beach beyond. The idea is to improve visual and physical access to the waterfront, as well as the link between Shoreham town centre and the Beach. The work is linked to the completion of the new footbridge and will now be included in the 2013/14 Adur capital investment programme.


Come down and meet Paul at his fish stall on Goring Sea Front Come rain or shine, Paul and his business partner Dave will sell you the best fresh fish along the coast. The quality and choice is exceptional and it is all caught locally. Paul will cater for all your needs from one fish filleted while you wait to large restaurant orders. You can contact Paul on 07747 773282


It’s a SHORE thing... Where were we? Oh yeah! Expecting vast numbers of whiting to move in and take up residence, they did not disappoint and will now be with us for the foreseeable in various sizes and will happily and quickly eat anything you throw at them. There has been enough bass about to keep the bass anglers happy with Dave Knight from Worthing racking up good numbers to Live-bait whiting tactics, the biggest being 13lb 6oz. Bar the odd straggler the summer fish have now moved on to sunnier climes. All is not lost though and there is still some fishing to be done. Dabs and flounders are about along with bass, the odd codling and dogfish with shore rockling also starting to move in and their numbers will increase as time goes on. Outside chance of a decent cod, as was the case this very weekend for a lucky angler who landed a 22lb 8oz specimen, although not from the pier to pier stretch it’s a cracker from a Sussex beach (Seaford) and well worth a mention. As always the variables will

determine how any given session is likely to pan out, try after dark for more whiting with the chance of a lucky cod and a few bass with a live-bait whiting rod is worth considering, daylight Brighton/Hove through Shoreham for less whiting and a chance of dabs and flounders, Worthing pier as above but swap the dabs for dogfish. Anglers are also seeking a respite from the whiting onslaught by heading to the river Adur where flounders form the mainstay target. Slack lines Steve B


The Beach Diary Dodgy “3x1” Acoustic Tour – Friday 11th January The Pebble Dash – Wednesday 09th January The Pebbledash is a new monthly race series on Hove Seafront. Whether you’re an experienced runner with a hard midweek session in your training program or you’re running 10k for the first time - there’s something for everyone at the Pebbledash. The race will take place on the second Wednesday evening of every month at 19:30. The course is simple - its 2 laps of a fast out-and-back route from Hove Prom to Hove Lagoon. The route is mostly promenade-based although there is a section of pavement as you head to the Lagoon. The Pebbledash is open to everyone, novices & experienced racers alike, the course is fast & flat. Runners will get race numbers & the race will be chip-timed. To enter in advance via our partners at Active costs only £9 (+booking and credit card fees) although you can enter on the night if you prefer for £12. Visit for more information.

After their hugely successful summer playing most of the major festivals promoting their recently critically acclaimed album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place, this is your chance to see and hear this legendary band, up close and intimate, trying out some brand new songs as well as bringing out old friends from their extensive back catalogue. Starts: 8pm Standing Tickets: £12.50 Seated Tickets: £13.50


Madagascar Live! – Friday 25th - Sunday 27th January Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and the plotting Penguins as they escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on a journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This celebration of friendship is brought vividly to life by imaginative sets and costumes, action packed adventure and spectacular new songs that will inspire you to move it move it! Dreamworks and Stage Entertainment Touring Productions proudly present the first arena tour of Madagascar Live in the UK starting in January 2013. Everyone’s favourite Madagascar characters will star in the live arena production based on the blockbuster DreamWorks film, reliving the fun and humour of the animals and their escapades, brilliantly recreated with lively storytelling, dance and music, including the hit song ‘Move It, Move It’ and many new numbers audiences of all ages will adore! Tickets from £20. Visit the Brighton Centre Website for more details at www.

Cinderella (sort of) The first ever pantomime performed by a cast of hospital workers, friends and supporters. This festival celebration of all things fun and festive supports the Worthing Hospital 2012 Cardiac Appeal and Worthing Hospital Elderly Care Wards. Come along to Worthing Pavilion, support Love Your Hospital Charity, have a fun evening and get in the Christmas spirit. Over 16s only Starts: 8pm Tickets: £5.00


B-Fit Two-tired to cycle? By Pete Lowe. Personal Trainer. Fitness Coach. Physical Activities Coordinator. According to British Cycling (the recognised body of cycling sport in the UK) cycling has never been so popular! With a 100% rise in their membership since just 2008, you may well be wondering what all the fuss is about? Well, let’s start with the obvious…cycling is FREE!! Well, 99% of the time it is anyway. For the casual user and daily commuter cycling to the shops or to the park costs nothing more than a few revolutions of your lower limbs, and you’re actually saving money on the fuel or bus fare too! Good, eh?! Cycling is also a fantastic way to get fit. It burns just as many calories as jogging and aerobics but you are essentially sitting so it is much softer on the joints and it is very low impact. And ladies… it won’t make your thighs bigger …I promise! Luckily, the average woman doesn’t have nearly enough testosterone in her body to ‘bulk-up’. Without supplementing, putting on muscle mass simply isn’t possible.

So what areas of my body are hit when I ride? Lower leg, thighs and bum All that thrust will whip you’re lower half into shape in no time! Upper arm (Triceps) Known better as ‘bingo wings’, this area is worked as you lean forward over the handlebars as you ride. Core (Back and Tummy) this whole area is activated instantly just by being on the bike. Try standing up if you want to really feel the burn here. Next up, cycling is FUN. There is no greater feeling than soaring down your just-conquered “mountain” looking like Lance Armstrong in the final stages of the Tour-de-France. But don’t panic…you don’t need a fancy carbon framed bike or tight Lycra to enjoy this age-old past time. Decent bikes can be picked up relatively

cheaply nowadays and, if you like a bargain, there are some fantastic second hand deals to be snapped up. Just make sure you know what sized bike you are looking for- see an expert for a proper bike fitting.

How do I get into cycling? Well first, you need a bike. You can purchase one, hire one or borrow one. Also, check if your employer has access to a bike to work scheme where your bike may be bought for you as an alternative way to commute. Other than that you just need a decent quality helmet and some comfortable clothing to wear. Always tuck your laces in tight and mind the trouser cuff of your right leg…it often gets caught in the chain if it’s too baggy. You can either tuck the bottom into your sock or get hold of some cheap cycle clips that will do the job. Lastly, remember, if you want to ride after dusk you will also need to get hold of some lights. Once you have got these key items it is time to reap the reward and start saving money whilst enjoying some fun and incredibly healthy travel.

So what if you already cycle and you want to take it a bit further? Locally we have some fantastic options to take your cycling further. If your aim is to get fitter then combine your riding with a few spin classes which are indoor so can be done in all weathers. If it’s the social side of things you prefer then we also have some local ‘turn up and ride’ groups which offer a friendly network you can join for a very small cost per ride. If you would like the best of both ‘social and fitness boosting’, you can join one of the local cycling clubs. These offer the best in terms of knowledge and success and will push you a little more to reach your potential. They are also a great stepping stone into professional cycling if you wanted to get competitive in leagues and time trials etc.


Locally, the biggest club is Brighton Excelsior. They are based at the Adur Outdoor Activity Centre in Shoreham but have members from Brighton, Lewes, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Littlehampton and Worthing. An incredibly friendly group that welcome all levels of rider. For more information visit the British Cycling website at

Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hubs 'Small changes make a BIG difference' Would you like to feel healthier or happier? Are you concerned about your own health, or the health of your children, parents or other family members? The Adur & Worthing Wellbeing Hubs can show you how making a small change can make a really big difference in your life. The local Wellbeing Hubs provide a free, friendly and impartial service for you to find out more about what support is available locally to help with things like getting your family fitter, doing some regular exercise, coping with stress, kicking a habit, reducing social isolation or simply improving your general wellbeing. Trained Wellbeing Advisors work face to face with individuals to provide information, advice and signposting to local services. Drop in services and appointments are available at our outreach locations throughout Adur and Worthing. The service is a partnership between the district and borough councils, NHS Sussex and West Sussex County Council Small changes can make a big difference - perhaps today is the day to take that first step to a brighter future. To find out more, visit the website at: or give us a call on 01903 221450


Message in a Bottle aunt who lives on Guernsey in the English Channel. Five months later the family was amazed when a letter arrived at their home in Tamworth, Staffordshire, which read: “Dear Jasmine, as fate would have it we have been introduced to each other by your message in a bottle”. The bottle had been found 10,000 miles away in Largs Bay in South Australia by grandmother Barbara Richards as she walked along the beach collecting shells with her brother.

I’ve always wondered why people throw out messages in bottles. They’re not a particular fast form of communication, but they have been around for a very long time. One of the first known messages in a bottle was released by Greek philosopher Theophrastus in 310 B.C. It is thought that Theophrastus was conducting an experiment using water currents to prove that the Mediterranean Sea was formed by the Atlantic Ocean. They’ve been used in more recent times too, as a cry for help. In 2005, a group of migrants shipwrecked off the coast of Costa Rica put a message in a bottle hoping that someone would find it and save them. They managed to tie the bottle to a long line on a fishing boat as it passed. The bottle was found, and they were rescued. More recently, four-year-old Jasmine Hudson dropped a message in a bottle off Bournemouth pier and it turned up on a beach in Australia. Jasmine dropped the bottle in the water at the end of Bournemouth Pier in Dorset whilst on a family holiday, hoping it would reach her

Ten-year-old Serena Brown also threw a message in a bottle into Cat’s Bay, Alderney. It took 6 weeks for the bottle to travel 60 miles across the Channel to a beach in Goring where it was discovered by the Morrow family from Essex and they replied to it. Serena’s father, Martyn, said his daughter was jumping for joy when the letter arrived: “She was just completely overwhelmed. But all along it was her complete faith that someone, somewhere, would find the message. It was such a joy to receive the letter and to see a family on the beach on a Sunday afternoon picking it up off the sand. We’d thrown it in off the beach in Alderney, equally enjoying a family afternoon. It was wonderful.” Stuart Conway is a retired data administrator, father-of-two and selfconfessed romantic living in Brighton. He runs a website offering to take people’s innermost secrets, hopes, dreams and, all too often, despair, pop them in an empty bottle and hurl them into the English Channel. You simply enter your message at and Stuart will print it off, pop it in a bottle of your choice and throw it off the end of Brighton Pier for you. Since setting up the site more than 15 years ago, he has personally ‘delivered’ more than 6,000


messages, and all out of the goodness of his heart, because the service is free. There is no way of telling where your message will end up though. Where the bottle goes depends on a combination of wind and waves. Waves and tide are the most important factors and tend to carry things towards the west. The prevailing wind comes from the south west. Sadly, however, the sea is not an efficient mail service. To date, Stuart knows of just 20 of his messages having been found on sandy beaches in northern Brittany, the Netherlands and Germany. But he is unconcerned. “The cathartic bit for the sender is writing the message and e-mailing it in to me”, he says. “The bottles don’t need to be found”. But why do people send messages in bottles? Well, glass may be very fragile, but bottles do very well at sea. They are buoyant, which means they don’t sink. They can bob on the surface of the ocean

for years and years and, even if immersed in water, don’t tend to biodegrade or weather like other materials might. A great example of the durability of glass bottles at sea comes from the Titanic. Wine and champagne bottles have been recovered from the wreckage of the ship, which sunk in 1912 and, not only did the bottles survive, but rumor has it some of the bottles still have bits of wine and champagne inside. So, if you find yourself stranded on a desert island, is a message in a bottle the way to go? Well, a glass bottle may be durable and able to survive in the sea for many years but unfortunately there is no way to predict where your message will end up or how long it will take to get there. A bottle’s course relies on the ocean currents. It won’t hurt to launch your message in a bottle and hope for the best, but in the end, you may be in for a very long wait!

***Competition*** To win your own message in a bottle kit, just answer the following question: Which actor played the character, Garrett Blake, in the 1999 film ‘Message in a Bottle’? Email your answer to: Please include your name, address and telephone number along with your answer. Closing date is midday 31st January 2013. The winner will be chosen at random and notified within 2 weeks of the closing date.


Pier2Pier in Focus Pier2Pier is looking for the best images of life between the Piers. So get out and about and see what you can find to take a snap of, give it a caption and then email it to us at: The winning entry each month, judged by Shoreham photographer Scott Wright ( will be published in the magazine and the winner will receive a £25 Jessops voucher, so don’t forget to include your name, address and telephone number.


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For competition rules and guidelines please see the competitions page on our website at:



“Life’s A Beach” Congratulations to Lawrence Scott of East Preston, the winner of this month’s Pier2Pier in focus competition.


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Title Wave

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Brighton Belle by Sara Sheridan

ISBN-10: 0751551880 ISBN-13: 978-0751551884

ISBN-10: 1846972280 ISBN-13: 978-1846972287

RRP: £7.99

RRP: £7.99 With the excitement of the war over and the Nazis brought to justice at Nuremberg, Mirabelle Bevan, ex-Secret Service, moves to the seaside to put the past behind her. She takes a job as a secretary at a debt collection agency run by the charismatic Big Ben McGuigan, but when confronted by the case of Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee, Mirabelle discovers that her specialist knowledge is vital. With enthusiastic assistance from the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor, Vesta Churchill, Mirabelle follows a mysterious trail of gold sovereigns, betting scams and bodies to a dark corner of Austerity Britain where the forces of evil remain alive and well. About the author: Sara Sheridan is an historical novelist who writes two kinds of books. One is a series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in Brighton in the 1950’s and the other is a set of novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers and adventurers (1820-1845).

***Competition*** To win a signed copy of Brighton Belle simply answer this question: What is the name of the pretty insurance clerk down the corridor? Email your answers to: Please include your name, address and telephone number along with your answer. Closing date is midday 31st January 2013. The winner will be chosen at random and notified within 2 weeks of the closing date.

Thrown to the waves, and to fate, the bottle could have ended up anywhere. Instead, it is found just three weeks after it begins its journey. Theresa Osborne, divorced and the mother of a twelve-year-old son, discovers it during a seaside vacation from her job as a Boston newspaper columnist. Inside is a letter that opens with, “My Dearest Catherine, I miss you my darling, as I always do, but today is particularly hard because the ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together….” For Garrett, the message is the only way he knows to express his undying love for a woman he has lost. For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message raises questions that intrigue her. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand, Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. Brought together either by chance or something more powerful, Theresa and Garrett’s lives come together in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding everlasting love. Shimmering with suspense and emotional intensity, Message in a Bottle takes readers on a hunt for the truth about a man and his memories, and about both the heartbreaking fragility and enormous strength of love. For those who cherished The Notebook and readers waiting to discover the magic of Nicholas Sparks’s storytelling, here is an achingly lovely novel of happenstance, desire, and the choices that matter most. About the author: Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with nearly 80 million copies in print worldwide, in over 45 languages, including over 50 million copies in the United States alone, and his popularity continues to soar. Sparks lives in North Carolina with his family.



Surf’s Up

Waviators... the unsinkable shades! How many pairs of sunglasses have you lost whilst indulging in a bit of surf action? Well, grab yourself a pair of the sunnies that float – Waviators – and lose no more! Suitable for all water sports, Waviators are lightweight, comfortable, come in four great colours and give 100% UVA and UVB protection. Check them out at and use code ‘pier2pier’ at checkout to get 25% off!

Kitesurfkings Based on Shoreham Beach, Kitesurfkings offer tuition 7 days a week, 12 months of the year, morning, afternoon and evening. For kitesurfing and landboarding tuition, international trips, kite clinics, beginners and advanced sessions and great deals on kit visit

Brighton Kite and Sail Co. Brighton Kite and Sail Co. is a Brighton, Sussex based Watersports repair centre.

With 25 years of experience in the industry, the company has evolved to mirror the changing dynamics of Watersports in the UK. Originally launched to service the windsurf and sailing community, the company has grown to become the leading kitesurf repair centre in the South and is the preferred warranty repair loft for many of the kitesurfing industry’s largest brands including: F-One, Flexifoil, Naish, Best, North and RRD. Find them at www.

Lagoon Watersports Hove Lagoon is a truly unique watersports location. With a sheltered shallow lagoon for beginners and the sea nearby, it is one of the best watersports venues in the UK. Lagoon Watersports Centre offers watersports training, events and hire on Hove Lagoon for all abilities and ages. Contact them for more details/prices on 01273 424842 or visit their website at:

Bone Idol Bone Idol is a surf/beach wear clothing brand. Bone Idol design and manufacture their own exclusive range of men’s, women’s and kids clothing and accessories and have everything from beach dresses to board shorts, sweats and jackets. Drop into their shop at 125 Kings Road Arches, Brighton or visit them online at


Local Business Directory Artists


Erica Sturla 01903 823923

Jessops 0844 453 7000

Trevor Scobie 01903 216630



Pebbles on the Port 01273 597422

Coast CafĂŠ, Worthing 01903 216937

The Fish Factory 01903 207123

Clubs, Pubs & Venues


Brighton Music Hall Bar & Kitchen 01273 747287

Bone Idol 01273 770666


Brighton Kite and Sail Co 01903 764790

British Cycling 0161 274 2010 Fishing Fresh Fish, Goring 07747 773282

Gifts Something Literary 07565 585107

Hove Lagoon Watersports 01273 424842 Kitesurfkings 01273 888833 Waviators

We would be grateful if you could mention Pier2Pier magazine when contacting advertisers.


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