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The Whitehawk Inn: Learning for Life

After closing its doors to boozers in 1999 Brighton’s Whitehawk Inn transformed itself from ‘community pub to community hub’. Since then the organisation has helped thousands of people and now they are launching a new campaign called Learning for Life. Together, we want to persuade other individuals and businesses to get on board and drastically reduce Brighton’s unacceptable employment figures. …

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Dark Roar

Amongst fresh reports of big cat sightings around Ditchling Beacon it seems appropriate and exciting to support Ewan Gorman, a teacher at Brighton Film School, in his film Dark Roar. This action/adventure movie about the legendary Beast of Bevendean looks to promote awareness of these mysterious cats but will also encourage the local filming talent we have here in Brighton …

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Whiting & Hammond Opening Night

After all of our extensive and hard work restoring Stanmer House it was brilliant to see so many people enjoying Whiting & Hammond’s celebratory launch last night. I must admit i was initally hesitant to see how the pub/restaurant chain had stamped their renowned brand upon the house. After taking up a 25 year lease they appear to have successfully …

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A Wasted Winter Wonderland

This article first appeared in my monthly feature for What’s Happening magazine (January Issue) Ho ho ho, twas the season to be cheerful again. Which part of that did our local authority not get? Before you jump up and down blaming it on the Greens, ask yourself, “When has the council under any party ever supported our retailers at Christmas …

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West Pier: Time to do something about it

Next year marks a decade since the fire which tragically burnt down Brighton’s iconic West Pier. Ten years with no progress. Not forgetting the wasted 40 years since the West Pier first closed in 1975. Leaving it as it is is not an option. I have stood about waiting long enough to see someone take action. Nobody has. The West …

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Secret Millionaire

Following the TV airing of my challenging, but extremely rewarding, time in Grimsby as part of the Channel 4 documentary The Secret Millionaire; I want to reiterate my warm thanks to all of the people involved.  The programme’s premise works to integrate successful businessmen and women into disadvantaged societies so that they may experience first-hand the difficulties facing people less …

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Money lenders and Methadone – what are they thinking?!

Well whoopee, someone in government has finally woken up and realised what any right minded person with half a brain has known for years. No it’s not just that we are in recession. Someone has actually concluded that there are hordes of low life short term money lenders who need regulating. This is not a new phenomenon, but these leaches …

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Chestnut Tree House

As Patron for the children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House I am so proud to be involved with this incredible charity.  The loss of a child is the greatest fear for any parent and I know only too well the heartache and grief that comes from the death of a child. Following the tragic death of my own son, Brian, aged …

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Julie-Anne Gilbert at the Whitehawk Inn

In September the new painting I sponsored to present  the Whitehawk Inn by local artist Julie-Anne Gilburt was unveiled. The event marked the launch of a campaign to raise funds through private sponsorship, personal donations and working with other organisations in the city and to raise the profile of the wonderful place that is the Whitehawk Inn. The painting is …

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The Snowman Spectacular

Tomorrow night the Hilton Brighton Metrapole will be filled with guests dressed up to the nines for the annual Chesnutt Tree Hospice Fundraising Ball. Last year the ball was a sell-out success making a staggering £40 000 and I am confident that this year we will raise so much more. Themed around Raymond Brigg’s iconic Christmas story The Snowman, the …

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