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Hove Ice Rink

Well its official ! After about 18 months of wasted time and money we were finally granted planning permission for a pop up ice rink at the British Engineerium. The ice rink which is 32metres long by 14.5 metres wide will be operating between 1st November  and 28th February. Whilst Brighton has the wonderful Pavilion ice rink Hove has no local option and we …

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Good Golly Miss Molly

Little Richard’s immortal words although I doubt he would be deemed politically correct by the numpties from our city who insisted councillor Dawn Barnett be dragged over the coals for having the temerity to suggest Golliwogs are nostalgic. Well as was pointed out to you in one of our previous editions its not only cllr Barnett who feels Gollies are …

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We need politicians with business acumen

As someone who has been a residential landlord for the past 40 odd years I was astonished to read a report written by one of our city politicians claiming rents had gone up in the past year by 25%. Now I would be the first to agree that rents in our city are way too high and that some landlords are just …

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A Very Happy New Year.

A very happy new year to you. Easy to say isn’t it and how often we hear it said quite often by complete strangers who probably couldn’t give a tinkers cuss whether you have a happy new year or not. It’s one of those strange things we feel obliged to say even though as we all know the goodwill is …

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Dr Jonathan Minns

I attended the Remembrance Service for Jonathan Minns this afternoon at St Georges church Kemp Town. The church was full with people wishing to pay their last respects to this great man who enriched so many lives. Jonathan’s son read a very amusing yet moving eulogy which would be well appreciated by Jonathan who had a wicked sense of humour …

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Brighton & Hove Independent

This year Love Brighton became The Brighton and Hove Independent providing the city with both a quality and free weekly tabloid publication.  As the cities largest independently owned newspaper The Brighton and Hove Independent sets out to serve the community and support local businesses so don’t forget to pick up your copy every Friday. As you probably all know by …

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An Orpheus Performance

From its humble beginnings as a small residential care home, the fantastic Orpheus Centre Trust has grown into a unique level of support for young adults with learning disabilities.  Using performing arts as a means to promote learning, the charity uses drama, dance, multimedia, and music to prepare the students for independent living. Providing such creative opportunities really allows the …

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Celebrations at Chestnut Tree House 10th Birthday Business Awards

I am thrilled to have won the award for Most Innovative Fundraising Idea at the Chestnut Tree House 10th Birthday Business Awards.  ‘Pay for a Day’ encourages both individuals and organisations to donate to the charity by laying bare the entire running costs for 24 hours care. For £6, 850 supporters can literally ‘Pay for a Day’ and understand in …

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Sussex Business Awards

Congratulations to all of the winners at last night’s Sussex Business Awards. The evening was hosted at South Lodge Hotel in Horsham where we were treated to a 3-course dinner and champagne reception, highly enjoyed by my young assistant Hannah as an introduction to her “first posh business do”. It was also lovely to be joined by daughter Sam and …

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What’s Happening – A Common Sense Party for Christmas?

Well whoopee. A million things to sort out and what are we focusing on a proposal backed by our deputy leader suggesting scrapping the titles Mr and Mrs from official council forms. You almost have to say “Get a life” My goodness if that’s the best we can do then the City is in a sorry state with a pretty …

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