It is with huge sadness that we announce the very sudden death of Matthew Gallagher on 29th December, aged 46. Matthew was a director of Bowley and Gallagher Funeral Directors, Preston Road. Along with Paul Bowley he brought a refreshing and different insight into how he thought the modern day funeral directors premises should look and feel. He has certainly left his mark within this family business with our bright modern office, using colour and furnishings that compliment the building and company use.
Martlets is looking for keen cyclists to take on the challenge of its London to Paris sponsored bike ride this September 2018.
After leaving Brighton we will travel to Speldhurst near Tonbridge to see St Mary’s Church. This is at least the 3rd church built on the same site and contains a complete set of stain glass windows designed by the famous pre-Raphaelite artists Burne Jones and William Morris. For those who have been to see St Michael’s in Brighton you would be familiar with their and other pre-Raphaelite artist’s work. We will have a conducted tour by one of the church’s members. Hopefully we will be able to get a coffee in the George and Dragon pub opposite the Church and then we will have lunch at the Wheatshief at Bough Beech near Hever Castle. The pub dates back to Tudor times but was updated in the Georgian period.
The ‘Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge’ on Sunday the 1st July is a celebration of cycling and the world-class environment that we live in. Local homeless charity, Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), has teamed up with The Living Coast to create a family event that all ages and abilities can get involved in.
Are you one of the many Brightonians who are members of the National Trust? If so, do you know that there is also a local group of NT supporters – the BHNTA – that offers a programme of social activities designed to appeal to all people who support the aims and objectives of the National Trust?
I blame my father for starting it way back in 1951, when he visited Gamages of Holborn, now no more, but famous then for its toy department and model railway. His mission was to buy me, his train-fixated son, a train set for my third birthday. He chose a British made electrically powered set by Trix. My interest in Trix has somehow survived through all the other pre-occupations of childhood, growing up, adult life, and now retirement, though there were long periods when that interest was very much on the back burner.
Pembury House, Ditchling Road, Clayton. BN6 9PH
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is an organisation led by and for local people. We have a fantastic group of volunteers who work with us on a number of projects. Their skills are varied and wide-ranging and across all the volunteer team, enthusiasm is shown for the aims of Healthwatch. We really appreciate the hard work these people do, giving up their time and energy and we certainly could not carry out the work we do without them.
There are many booklovers in Brighton and Hove who are unable to get to a library due to limited mobility or poor health. We are looking for volunteers to visit them and deliver their books. You could be vital in helping someone continue a lifelong love of reading.
Have you heard of the Older People’s Council? We are a group of older people elected by over 60-year olds in the city and we are there to inform the Brighton and Hove City Council about the issues that concern older people. We check through proposals and budgets and campaign for action if we feel older people are being treated unfairly. We also act similarly with health and care issues in the city. We do this by meeting with Councillors, Council Officers and NHS/CCG managers to put our views across.
You would hardly notice it was there. But open an unassuming door in a quiet residential street in Brighton’s Seven Dials and you are welcomed back in time to experience the music and dance of a bygone era.
at Tower House, Tower Gate, London Road, Brighton. BN1 6WT. Could you help?
Posted in Preston Pages Community on Nov 01, 2017
Springfield Road residents are appealing for help to protect and replace dying conker trees. The road has been tree lined since it was built, but with age and climate change a canker bug has meant some have to be felled, with several others on the danger list. With council budget cuts there was no assurance these would not be lost forever without community action to assist securing the sites and replanting for the future. Residents association Vice chair Edward explained:
Posted in Preston Pages Community on Nov 01, 2017
All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day have been observed for most of the Church's history. On All Saints' Day we remember all those saints who left a name, whose work everyone knows something about: St Peter, St Paul, St Francis, St John
We are a group of local people of all ages, who love our beautiful countryside and appreciate what the National Trust does to protect it, our main aim is to raise money for the NT and enjoy ourselves at the same time.
The Friends of Withdean Park’s AGM this year will feature a talk by the well known local historian Geoffrey Mead on the history of the parishes of Patcham and Withdean. Everyone is invited – you don’t have to be a Friend to attend! Come along to learn more about Withdean’s past, and the Friends’ plans for the regeneration of the park in the future.
“Knowing Sarah is visiting really lifts my day. She is cheerful, dependable, caring and good at pushing wheel chairs! We have really good conversations and never stop talking.”
Football legends, Fathers Who Football, have taken their creaking limbs to Patcham Place after an 11 year residency at Preston Park. The Saturday morning friendly match, which has become a park institution, is now seeking new recruits for a kick-about at their new ‘theatre of dreams’ a mile up the London Road.
Help restore the Victorian Madeira Terrace on Brighton & Hove seafront by pledging your support.
25th September – 8th October. An exciting two-week Festival for people aged 50+.
Following their successful appearance at Brighton Library during this year's Festival Fringe, three local authors are holding public reading events:
A weekend of events
Long Furlong Riding for the Disabled Group runs sessions for adult riders on Wednesday at Chestnuts Riding School, Pyecombe, BN45 7FJ.
All Saints occupies a prominent position at the northern end of Church Hill in Patcham Conservation Area. It once comprised a small downland village, forming a distinct settlement to the north of Brighton. The present church has a history dating back to Saxon times, (possibly as early as the 700s). A church is known to have stood on this site since before the compiling of the Domesday Book in which Patcham was registered as Piceham when the village was valued at £80 in 1086 AD. There are striking similarities with other Sussex Downland churches nearby, such as Pyecombe and Clayton, in terms of construction and overall design. It is built in flint, widely used for building construction in Sussex in the middle ages, with sections of the present building dating from as early as the 12th century. In the nave of the church and positioned over the chancel arch is a rare 13th century Last Judgement or Doom Painting, whitewashed over at the time of the purges of the Reformation then rediscovered during renovations in 1880-1883.
The beginning of the Preston Society, the blossoming of a local amenity society into the Preston and Patcham Society and its demise . .
Posted in Preston Pages Community on Jun 01, 2017
See 5 contrasting gardens a close walk from each other around Preston Park for £5. The gardens are at 30 and 31 Preston Park Avenue (the pink steps are on the cover of the brochure!), Preston Manor’s Walled Garden, as well as 24 and 32 Clermont Terrace. Opening days are Friday and Saturday 9 and 10 June from 11am to 5pm.
Preston Village, with its centerpieces of Preston Manor and St Peter’s church, is an ancient settlement; its importance dates from before Domesday. Although the village has now been swallowed up by the city of Brighton and Hove, it still retains its own strong identity. We’d like to celebrate Preston by a holding a free event that can be enjoyed by all the family. Here’s what’s on:
There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.
Join in Brighton Housing Trust’s epic mass-participation challenge to cycle ‘around the world’ in just 12 hours! On Sunday 25th June adults and children will take to their bikes at Preston Park Velodrome to cycle laps towards a collective distance of 40,075km.
Tours of our original WW2 Air Raid shelter & 40’s themed events Tours: £4, £1 per child. Performances Free.
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