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Issue 6 of The Prestonville Friend community news magazine features a Halloween theme!

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    NEWS - BUSINESS LISTINGS - EVENTS - LOCAL HISTORY

    OCTOBER 2012 || Issue 6

    THIS MONTH INSIDEThe Hall Get Involved LETS SHARE IT!WHATS ON IN SEPTEMBER

    Vineyard toursin Sussex

    friendTHIS MONTH INSIDENew Feature!

    THE LOCAL BEATWHATS ON IN OCTOBER

    Fashion, Photography and Art

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    THIS MONTHS EVENTSNICKYS QUIZ NIGHTSunday 14th October 7.30pm

    LIVE MUSIC Tom and Em28th October

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    Welcome // EDITORS LETTER

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    From The Editors.

    Welcome to issue 6 of The Prestonville Friend. Who can believe how fast Halloween has arrived, not to mention the ever-approaching festive season? They say that nows the best time to start planning your gift-giving listsbut it feels like were still waiting for summer...

    So with a slight snap in the air and new seasons attire filling every glossy maga-zine, this month we have focused on fashion, photography and culture in our Whats On guide to enable you to soak up Brightonian arts in comfort.

    Marek Khon from the Prestonville Community Association (PCA) talks to us about the future of the Seven Dials while we get the round-up of the the Shares Launch from the Hall Get Involved Group (TGHI). Can you spot yourself in the crowd?

    Brighton Dance takes the limelight in this months Its My Business as we talk to Carola Degener-Pereira about her love of teaching dance.

    Wed also like to give a special thanks to our printers evonprint (below) who have been a wealth of help and knowledge during our first six months of printing!

    If you have any news, stories or ideas, that you would like to be featured in future issues please get in touch. Wed love to hear from you!

    - Gill and Sarah

    OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE 6

    St Margarets House& Wistons Hall 4

    Harvest 5

    Its My Business;Brighton Dance 6

    The Local Beat 7

    Prestonville Post 8

    The Hall Get Involved 9

    Carve The PerfectPumpkin 10

    Whats On 13

    Kids Corner 14

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    List your local business within targeted editorial content, creating a truly captive audience.

    Its great value and easily affordable forsmall businesses wanting to reach out to their local customers.

    We believe in supporting local businesses within the Prestonville area and alsobelieve that lasting relationships between residents and local services should be nurtured.

    WHATS INSIDETHIS MONTH

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    LOCAL HISTORY / By Lydia Napolitano

    St Margarets House & Wistons School.

    Chatsworth Road resident Lydia Napolitano shares the history of St Margarets, (the present day Wistons Clinic) and the changes it went through, from home, to school and finally, a clinic.

    On 24 January 1885, Edward Beves and Francis Tooth, timber and slate merchants of Beves & Co, 117 Church Street, bought five pieces of land in an area of Brighton known as

    St Margarets Estate (Stanford Road, Old Shoreham Road, Dyke Road and Port Hall Road mark the boundary of St Margarets Estate) in what was then the Parish of Preston.

    Three years later, in 1888 a large house called St Margarets was built on one of these pieces of land at the corner of Dyke Road and Old Shoreham Road for Edward Beves. At that time, the house was almost in open country with just an occasional detached house further up the road leading out of Brighton towards Henfield.

    The house became Mr Beves home, with gardens, a stable and a tennis court. He lived there with his wife, five daughters, two sons, six servants and a nurse until the First World War.

    The next house built in Dyke Road, about 1891, was a ladies school, Annesley Hall (todays Dyke Road Mansions) but Pikes 1910 Brighton Directory shows that by 1910,

    The house became Mr Beves home, with gardens, a stable and

    a tennis court...

    Annesley Hall was no longer a school. However, a ladies school is listed next door in one of the three houses built on the site between Annesley Hall and St Margarets. It was a detached house called Wistons.

    In the spring of 1914, a Mrs Catherine Baxter Phillips became the new principal of the school. In the autumn term of 1919, Wistons School moved to St Margarets (which had stood empty for a couple of years since the Beves family moved out)

    The house ceased to be called St Margarets and instead, became Wistons, Mrs Baxter Phillips Ladies School. For nearly fifty years, until the late 1960s the school continued here. Once again, it then stood empty for a couple of years before being sold to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and becoming Wistons Clinic.

    CHATSWORTH ROAD RESIDENT LYDIA NAPOLITANO SHARES THE HISTORY by Lydia Napolitano

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    Welcome // EDITORS LETTER

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    As a city dweller all my life Ive always felt a bit odd about Harvest Festival because my relationship with food is via supermarkets, local shops and restaurants rather than through a connection with the land and growing. But being in Prestonville has changed this because there are so many opportunities to get involved with some kind of growing.

    For us at the church this began when we met our neighbour and, in her capacity as a permaculturist, asked her to look after a portion of land behind the church. Over the last year she has composted, prepared, planned and laid out beds for planting. Now, in place of a barren, weedy patch of land, we have a proper garden growing all kinds of things sustainably. There is also an area of grass for the children to play in, for when the weather is good enough to go out.

    The Brighton Permaculture Trust came in on one of the wettest Sundays in March to plant some local varieties of apple trees and teach some of our fami-lies and residents how to plant and look after them. Southern Water donated a water butt, which filled up in a couple of days thanks to the early summer rain and has never been empty since.

    This month were launching an add-on to the hugely successful composting scheme, which is running in Dyke Road Park. We will be setting up two com-munity composting bins beside the church, near the communal bins, and will be running a launch event after our Harvest Festival on 14th October. This will be an opportunity for local residents to come and see the garden. There will be lots of fun activities with apples and a chance to sign up to the compost-ing scheme. Representatives from the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Brighton and Hove Council will be there from Midday till 2pm for information and advice on composting.

    Come along, grab a free kitchen caddy and start composting.

    Its great to be involved in all these schemes, which bring us closer to nature and help us to understand how important the environment is in our lives. As part of our life together, St. Lukes, along with both the Stanford schools, will be focussing on those in our locality who find it hard to feed their families

    on a daily basis and we will be collecting non-perishable food items (tins or packets) to be given to the Basics Bank at Preston Circus. This helps hard-up families and the homeless with food packages to keep them going through difficult times. Come along to one of the events and get involved. Send items for the Basics Bank to the schools or the church as part of your harvest celebration this year.

    Stanford Infant & Junior Harvest Assemblies8th October St. Lukes Church Harvest Festival Followed by apple workshop and composting sign-up from midday.14th October 10.30

    St. Lukes Church / LOCAL HISTORY

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    Harvest.WE CATCH UP WITH REVEREND MARTIN POOLE ON THE LATEST FROM ST. LUKES by Reverend Martin Poole

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    News // PRESTONVILLE POST

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    ITS MY BUSINESS // Brighton Dance

    Its My Business.INSPIRED BY STRICTLY? STEP ONTO THE DANCE FLOOR WITH BRIGHTON DANCE...

    Brighton Dancing has been teaching people to dance for over 20 years. With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, Carola Degener-Pereira and her team run dance classes for people of all ages and experience levels.

    Carola is a qualified dance and fitness instructor. She has been teaching dance and fitness since 1987, firstly in Germany and then here in Brighton and Hove.

    I enjoy introducing people to dance and

    get real pleasure out of seeing how much fun

    they are having...

    In Germany where I grew up, says

    Carola, Ballroom and Latin dancing was very popular so I thought Id try it and I got hooked so quickly. It was such a fun activity; I met so many people and knew it was what I wanted to do with my life, sharing my love for dance whilst meeting a lot of different and interesting people.

    Carolas approach to dance and teaching is professional but fun, ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves whilst learning new steps and styles. People from all walks of life are made welcome, from complete beginners to more experien