Angela Potter :
Missing cat called Mitten age 14 Chipped and missing for 2 days We are very worried and my little girl distraught 😥 Please contact me on 07585800500. Thank you
Saltdean Lido CIC:
A story of two halves ... This is a community project to restore Brighton’s last Historic pool. It’s owned by Brighton & Hove County Council (BHCC) who don’t have enough funds to restore it themselves.
1. The volunteers have already found funding to restore the pool and it opened last year. It’s now the warmest lido in the U.K. and biggest pool in Brighton.
2. Behind the hoarding the building is crumbling. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was set up to help buildings of this nature (which councils cannot afford to restore by themselves).
The volunteers now need people who care about community resources to help unlock the HLF and other grants.
All supporters need to do is pledge a donation, which won’t come out of their account until the big funding is in place.
Without these public pledges the project won’t happen! https://www.spacehive.com/saltdean-lido
Sussex Coast Incident News 12 April at 21:43
Newhaven Coastguard Update:
Tasked to Seaford Beach in the vicinity of the Martello Tower to reports of possibly intoxicated youths trying take a very small dinghy from the beach & set out to sea. On scene the youths had gone and some members of the public had managed to drag the boat up the beach. Coastguards assisted in making it as secure as possible.
Photos Courtesy of S Cherriman.
Sussex Police are warning residents to be vigilant after an elderly man was nearly conned out of £3,000 in Peacehaven.
The victim, a man in his late 80s, was approached by three men at his Peacehaven home on 4 April, stating they required payment for fixing his guttering, despite the victim not asking for this work.
The three men, who arrived in a white van with the word Universal on the side, informed the victim they would come back later to collect the money.
The victim went to the Barclays Bank in Broad Street, Seaford, and staff became suspicious with the withdrawal amount. The staff informed police and stopped the transaction.
PCSO Christopher Marchant said: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to the staff at the bank who took the appropriate action when they spotted that something with this transaction wasn’t quite right. “Elderly or vulnerable people and their relatives are reminded that they should always treat requests for cash from unknown workmen with deep suspicion.
“Always ask for ID and satisfy yourself that it is genuine before dealing with that person.” To report matters of a similar nature please go online or call 101 quoting reference Operation Signature.
Further advice and information on how to prevent fraud can be found here. To report a similar incident please go online or call 101 quoting reference Operation Signature.
Coastal Reflections - Life in the deans in the 1930s,40s and 50s: recollections of local life, before, during and just after the war years
Coastal Reflections in a marvelous collection of stories and memories of life in Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Woodingdean and Saltdean from the 1930s to 1950s compiled by noted local-based author Christine Foster.
The recollections are sometimes humorous, sometimes thought provoking and sometimes very sobering, bringing day to day events into focus through the experiences of the young (often children) people who were growing up as the urban Deans developed and then war-time took hold.
The book has been funded by The Co-op Local Community Fund and will raise funds for The Saltdean Community Charity (no 270950).
The book is available to buy for £5 from:
The Grange Gallery in Rottingdean
The Rottingdean Open Art Cafe
And The Laughing Dog in Brighton Marina.
Cover illustrations by Amanda Davidson.
An excerpt from the book about the Messcherschmitt 109 German aircraft that was shot down near Harvey's Cross, Saltdean in October 1940.
The book is dedicated to all the residents of the The Deans past and present with special gratitude to the contributors:
Robert Coe - Edna Godfree - Judith Grant - Patricia Greenwood - Peter Jobbins - Ivor Levett - Shelia Miles - Brian & Pat Page - Colin Piper - Kathleen Reece - Bob Richardson - David Rose - Joan Rose - June Slimmon - David Smith - Peter Titchener - Tony Towner - Gordon Tucknott - Barbara Whatley - Don Williams - Antony Willey and Christopher & Lesley Wrapson.
Mary Mears, Douglas d'Enno, Darren Skilton & Gaston Mallia of ZoneZine, Deryck Chester, The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, The Saltdean Lido Trust, The Saltdean Residents Association, Maria Mariott, The Deans Senior Tea Club, Jon Ray, Eve Longthorn, Peter Grove, Sarah Haybittle, Matthew Ebeling, Gary May, Dr Geoffrey Mead, My Brighton & Hove, and Impact Initiatives, Brighton.
Plastic spiraling out of control
By Libby Darling
After setting up a beach cleaning group & after years of running beach cleans, picking up plastic after plastic piece I realised that just like at home, once the plastic was put in the kitchen bin it was forgotten...the same was happening on the beach, once the plastics are placed in the Volunteers collection bag they are again forgotten.
I wanted people to talk about what they were finding, develop narrative, plant ideas and hope that those ideas grow.
I trained many years ago as an artist and always had a special interest in spirals, from painting to making ceramic spirals; knowing that in ancient history spirals bought people together. I knew that this was what I had to continue doing, create another spiral and thus Plastics spiraling out of control was born.
Last year I launched a live community art installation on the beach at the close of one of my beach cleans on Ovingdean beach. After the clean everyone came together and tipped their contents onto a large blue tarpaulin...the spiral was created. An independent film maker came to film it.
It was an amazing day and has driven me to want to make more of it this year. This year it’s on Rottingdean beach and we are planning a fabulous beach festival to celebrate everyone and everything that the amazing volunteers have accomplished (the removal of 6 tonnes across 6 years of beach cleaning) with a silent disco beach clean, yoga on the beach for all ages and abilities, drumming workshops, Mosaic making, 5 rhythms dance and so much more. It’s going to be an amazing day.
Next year I plan to bring the beach festival to Saltdean too, spreading the beach cleaning news that plastic is spiraling out of control. See you on the beach for a huge amount of 'feelgoodfactor'. So I’m developing another project around it and from that another piece of art work developed by the community for the community, inspired by beach cleaning and the beautiful marine conservation zone that we all live on, which Amanda Davidson local artist will help make into a fabulous mural to adorn the Rottingdean ‘under’ terrace or as I’m now addressing as Rottingdean cave and the mural becomes The Rottingdean cave drawing. Watch this space!
More about me - I work as a Volunteers not only on the beaches with local schools and youth groups delivering a plastics challenge to them every year and hope that every time I talk about the issues of plastics that young ears will listen, learn and pass on their knowledge.
I’m blessed to live in the vibrant villages of of the Deans, on the beautiful marine conservation zone Beachy head west to the south east and west and the South Downs National Park to the north east and west.
We are also recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere area; bringing together the people, the culture and the amazing nature. I’m so lucky I am able to help protect it and to teach about its beauty.
Warmest Regards, Libby, Lead volunteer Co Founder of GRAB.
So when is the festival? Hit this link to find out >
ZoneZine-Whats On Calendar-May 2018-Beach Clean Festival- Rottingdean
Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company:
We’re off to a flying start with over £9k pledged online towards the crowdfunding campaign. This is amazing - Thank you!
Please remember that any donation pledged towards the £104k fund will not leave your account until the project is successful (but it’s essential that people pledge - if we don’t reach £104k the lido won’t get a penny).
GET ON THE RED CARPET – COURTESY OF THE TAXMAN!
There are few people in the world who like paying tax and even if they do, they’d like to know their money is going into something worthwhile.
But what if you were given the opportunity to exchange your tax bill for an investment in a British film being produced by Sussex residents?
Tax advisers and wealth managers are usually aware of the schemes available to help High Net Worth individuals and Sophisticated Investors, but this information doesn’t usually enter the mainstream as it is targeted to such a small number of UK residents.
However, those people who have anything from £10,000 readily available can benefit from tax efficient schemes which can significantly reduce or even negate their liabilities including income and capital gains taxes.
Janet Kelly is the Saltdean-based author of Dear Beneficiary which has been optioned for film by Circadian Pictures – a small production company in Hassocks which has been fully approved for one of the Government Seed Enterprise Initiative Schemes (SEIS).
Investors can place between £10k and £45k into the SEIS and would immediately qualify for at least 50% of that money back from the HMRC – more if the investor has any capital gains liabilities, going back up to three years.
Investors are currently raising an initial £150,000 for Dear Beneficiary Film Ltd under this SEIS structure to finance the development of the film. This is the first stage which pays for the screenplay adaptation, a director and the leading actors.
Depending on circumstances, up to 64% of any investment could be returned by the HMRC immediately and all the investment is placed back into the account, awaiting further profit flow and dividends.
Already a number of A-list actors have been earmarked for different roles in the film which is a comedy about an older woman who has a relationship with a younger man from Nigeria. When he disappears and she gets a ‘Dear Beneficiary’ email promising her great wealth she believes it is from him. That is when her comedy adventure begins.
Very much in the style of the Marigold Hotel films and with some similarities to Shirley Valentine and Thelma and Louise, Janet’s book has had 4 and 5 star reviews – and the film looks set to achieve the same level of response.
''Obviously anyone considering putting their money into any scheme needs to take full financial advice to ensure it is the best thing for them to do,'' said Janet.
Investors placing more than £25k into the SEIS of Dear Beneficiary will also be invited to VIP events during the production process – including meeting the key actors, visits to the film sets and invitations to red carpet events.
''I think many of us would be happier putting money into a film than giving it to the HMRC'', added Janet.
Anyone who would like any further information can contact Janet Kelly on email@example.com.
''there is a beautiful culture of charity here'' - Local musician Bidi Setz tells us about his Amnesty Fundraising gig
by Michael 'Bidi' Setz from Saltdean
There are two main reasons, why i came up with the idea of a fundraiser event for Amnesty International.
The first is, I really like what Amnesty stands for. Imagine in some countries, people can be put into prison just because of their political opinions, or just because their skin colour, sexual orientation or because they are a woman and want to drive a car.
Also in many countries the conditions in prisons are horrible and nobody cares about the people there.
Amnesty does care and try to help people in these terrible situations.
The second reason for me is, I have learned in the last 5 years since I've been in England, that there is a beautiful culture of charity here, actually more than I have experienced it in Germany. So I'm happy to do something and work for free and my band mates are also happy to do so, as we want to raise money for such a great organisation.
I started supporting Amnesty in 2000, when I still lived in Berlin and I first came in contact with the Brighton and Hove Amnesty International Group, about two years ago. I played background music for the annual letter-writing event Dec 2016 and Dec 2017. Last December I offered to play a fundraiser event with my two function cover bands Barrelhouse and Brilliant Mistakes. The idea is to spend an evening with music to raise money for Amnesty.
This Friday 13th April we will play an evening of pop, soul and rock music from the last, let's say 5 decades, at the Latest Bar in Brighton. Please show your support and come to raise money for this great organisation. 100% of the ticket sales go directly to Amnesty International. If you can't make it, you can still support the charity by buying a ticket anyway.
You can book tickets here in advance. It will be seated, but there will be also enough room and to dance. We all would love to see you. If you click on the link below you will be able to purchase your ticket in advance - Thank you, Bidi.
Tickets are available here:
PLAYING FOR TRUMPS
By Janet Kelly
When people who have ‘made it’ are asked what they can thank for their transformation, few people would cite cancer, near poverty or isolation.
But then author, illustrator, publisher, satirist and general ‘cool guy’ Mike Dicks isn’t your average Joe Public!
''Facing an illness that stopped me from working actually got me to do what I love. I can only thank it for bringing me to Brighton and making my life meaningful,'' Mike has just launched the first edition of his Brexit comic – a ‘tongue in cheek but possibly fist-in-face’ look at the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
With characters including the Reverend May and her Brexit Bunch, David Dealin’ Davis and Boris “Captain Brexit” Johnson, the first of the monthly publications was launched in Hove this week – to national and international acclaim and a public crying out for more.
Based loosely on the classic 1960s children’s TV programme Trumpton and the Beano comic it came about after Mike successfully raised enough money through crowdfunding to get the title off the ground. It is also a further extension of his hugely successful Facebook page, The Trumpton Establishment, which he set up mainly so he could write a joke every day.
''Even when I had a job I liked I still just wanted to make a gag about politics. So I had to find a way to make it pay.''
The Brexit comic isn’t the first time that the former TV producer and digital expert rubbed the edges off the pomposity of politics.
It is widely believed his ‘Show Your Rump to Trump’ campaign – which culminated in a plastic bum being presented to a full size cut out of the POTUS on regular occasions through social media and also TV’s The Last Leg – has resulted in the US President’s decision to give a visit to the UK a ‘miss’ for the time being.
He also hit the headlines when UKIP MEP, David Coburn, thought that Mike had set up a fake account representing his party – when he was just making jokes about Nigel Farage and his friends.
''He urged his 9000 Twitter followers to complain about my account and get it shut down. The opposite happened and my hobby site went from having a few hundred followers to 20,000 in the space of a few weeks.''
Since then, Mike has built a following on Facebook and Twitter of nearly 50,000 followers and published a book about Donald Trump called Mr Trump Goes To Washinghton and now his Brexit Comic has sold out of the first print run of 2,500 copies after an article about it appeared in the Observer – with the strong likelihood each and every one will soon become a collector’s item.
''I’m not printing any more of the first edition but new ones will be coming out monthly, with more value and more pages, '' he said, not only that but Mike is now rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Cleese and Hugh Grant two of the backers of the Byline Festival which will be held this Auguust Bank Holiday in Pippingford Park, Nutley.
He – and his –Trumpton community has been invited to set up a ‘Trumpton Village Fete’ at the four day festival of writing, music, politics and comedy– including pub singers, knobbly knees competitions and of course a number of people acting out very significant extracts from the Trumpton era.
''We’re aiming to put on a traditional village fete, with a twist and there will be a mixture of great bands and comedians, debate and workshops as well as funny vegetable contests and father/daughter beauty pagents,'' said Mike.
If it all sounds like he is keeping very busy, then he is. ‘Finding humour in lots of things is keeping me cheerful.’
Although Mike see’s Brighton as his creative home, there is an irony in that one option for treating his ‘skirmish’ with cancer could involve moving to Portugal or Finalnd and taking advantage of the current freedom to seek medical support anywhere in the EU – while it lasts.
‘That opportunity could all change with Brexit, which is one subject not quite so funny.’
While Mike might flirt with the idea of a move away from Brighton, it would seem the City has captured his heart and also given him a new lease of life – and work.
Within a short time of him settling into his flat in Hove he acquired a dog called Scrabble, who soon became inspiration for a number of cartoons – some of which now adorn the side of a Brighton and Hove bus. His ‘Mike and Scrabble’ books, alongside a cartoon publication about Donald Trump, have been sell-outs.
''But as any author will tell you, it doesn’t make you any money,'' said Mike, who added that it might have been Scrabble’s negotiating terms that let him down.
''I let her do all the talking which may well have resulted in a contract very much skewed to her own demands rather than mine.''
Thankfully a mixture of activities and projects now keep him gainfully employed and his first forays into art, including various depictions of the locality now for sale in local galleries, have given him strong roots – and a loyal following only too willing to help him further up the rungs of success.
''I’m constantly amazed at the support of people in Brighton. Their open generosity and genuine desire to help others on their way to do what they want to do is heart-warming.''
The next Brexit comic is available at Descience.shop/collections/trumpton-brexit at a cost of £4. Further information about taking part in the Byline Festival can be obtained by joining The Trumpton Establishment on Facebook or Twitter– where your ability to join in with the jokes will form the main admission criteria.
''Our gang is self-regulating. Those who are silly enough to join in, do. Those who think we are very silly, don’t - which suits me fine.''
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