Monthly Archives: June 2014

Red Cross Red Shoe Walk


This family friendly event takes place on Sunday 5th July 2014. The route takes walkers around one of Brighton’s most scenic and family friendly spaces, Preston Park. Participants set their own challenge, each lap is a mile so they can have a leisurely Sunday stroll or run a marathon!

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis affected by natural or humanitarian disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan and the Syrian Conflict. The British Red Cross also works on a more local level supporting people within the UK. The event will raise vital funds to help vulnerable people, whoever and wherever they are.

Further information can be found on

Free, fuel-saving driving lessons

Would you like to save fuel and money when you drive?  Free and informal, 50 minute lessons are available from the city council, supported by the Energy Saving Trust.  Over 100 residents in and around our area have taken part so far, saving an average 10% on driving a local circuit before and after instruction.  Studies of fleets of vehicles in Germany also show a reduction in crashes after this instruction.

Lessons are from Hollingdean Community Centre, Thompson Road, so quite close by, and are arranged as enough people express interest (with 8 lessons in a day).  If you are interested, contact Simon Hickmott of the city council on, or 290498, or pop in to Hollingdean Community Centre and say hello.  Let him know your favoured days of the week and whether you’d want instruction in a manual or automatic car.

Eco-driver trainee open window

Neighbourhood Watch Update

Prior to our AGM on Thursday 12th at 7.30 pm at the Open House here is an update on the SRRA Neighbourhood Watch survey.

There are currently two NW groups in existence, in Southdown Avenue between Grantham Road and Stanford Avenue, and Florence Road. The Southdown group was largely dormant but has been recently re-activated. The Florence Road group has now more of a social than crime prevention function but interested residents are welcome to contact Suzanne Perfrement. We recommend that people in Southdown North join the existing group by contacting Debbie Trinnaman and remaining residents form a new scheme.

Hopefully more members will come forward at the AGM but the agenda is very crowded so there will be no time for a general discussion of NW. There will be time at the end of the meeting for a brief chat and to collect any new contact details.

We suggest that those interested in forming a group arrange a meeting at a later date to discuss setting it up. John Wright, Chair of The Sussex NW Federation has offered to attend to give his advice and support and our local PCSOs will be at the AGM. The Sussex Federation is affiliated to the Our Watch organisation, which has a very useful site with many resources to assist in forming and running a scheme.

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM.

London Road Station Birthday Picnic 7th June

Cake, Music, History, Trains… London Road Station birthday picnic June 7th

Join DRARA and the London Road Station Partnership for  coffee and (birthday) cake, followed by a friendly street picnic to celebrate 150 years of the Brighton to Seaford line.
  • 10.30 – 11am Blowing out birthday candles and eating cake (with a fruit and veg theme)!
  • 11am Dawn Chorus singing.
  • 11am onwards Why not visit the London Road Station Partnership gardens, find out what’s growing. Drop by Florence Rd Market to pick up stuff for picnic. Take a look at our exhibition of posters about the history of the railway station and the area.
  • 12 midday Marvel at Brighton & Hove Model Railway Club display.
  • 12 midday. ‘Pick and Cook’ cookery demonstration from Brighton and Hove Food Partnership. How to use what’s growing in the garden to create wonderful food.
  • 1pm (revised time). Vintage steam train ‘Oliver Cromwell’ should be passing through the station on its way to Eastbourne.
  • 1pm – 2pm. Maire McQueeney’s guided walk focusing on railway heritage of this area will take place from Brighton Station, back to London Road Station. Exact time to be confirmed.
  • 2pm. Mel’s All Stars playing in Shaftesbury Place.