Hove Library Closure

It’s been on the cards for sometime, but it seems to be final, Hove Library will close

and be moved to what is now the Hove Museum.  It is hoped to make the present

museum into a library and community centre.

It is stated that the present building will sell for £1m, a drop in the ocean compared

with house prices in the city.

Claims are, that the present library costs half a million pounds per annum, to run.

and that ‘IT’ is difficult to install.  (The Museum building is almost as old as the Library. )

However, plans for an extension to the Museum site may encompass this.

There are figures showing the footfall to the Library is low.

It is also true that a Library storing rare books opposite the Corn Exchange was shut

without a murmur.

It is sad that the 1871 purpose built building may  be sold on, thereby depriving the

thousands  of students who come to study, an authentic place, they can study in and

experience the surroundings and ambience of this gem.

I hope that the cost of developing the museum will bring in returns over and above the

cost of running the old Library site, but that the kudos some publicity would bring to

it, to help in its upkeep.

I was the School Librarian and my Father designed quality photo-typesetting

equipment for the printing industry.

JGSP

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BBC Radio Four

A radio series about marginalised people in society; this broadcast viewed a homeless person in Poole. It took the form of a documentary hosted by ‘Neil’ who followed ‘Mel’ through her experience of rough sleeping but attaining a flat.

He meets her in a car park where she is staying at night. She tells of how she had had a £45k job with an American Bank, but it isn’t explained why she left. Mel tells Neil that her father was an alcoholic from which we deduce that it may have had an influence on her.

Neil meets Mel on several occasions. Rather poignantly he has a good nights sleep in his hotel while Mel has a good sleep in the car park. This also hi-lights the quandary broadcasters face when covering sensitive events-they are sometimes in the firing line, yet can safely retreat to sheltered accommodation. Here in the programme it is stated that it is almost a standard viewpoint of Town Councils when they make excuses not to ‘do anything’ and seemingly shrug off a caring policy for the Homeless. Including this premise also gave the programme some ‘bite’.

After Mel has made an effort to get re-housed and suffered abuse, she is finally found a flat in Bournemouth. She is naturally very grateful and turns to finding a job.

 

JGSP

 

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Art in the Afternoon

Error :Botanical drawing and paining should read ‘Botanical drawing and painting’ ‘is’ should read ‘celebrates it’s  35 birthday’.Apologies. Ed.

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Art in the Afternoon

 

Amanda Davidson is a well known local artist. Having trained at Brighton College of Art in Art and Design, she now teaches at The Whiteway Centre in Rottingdean.Classes range from Mixed Media and Life Drawing to Botanical drawing and paining. Amanda’s Art Classes are popular and she has many pupils who have been with her for some years. She has a perceptive outlook, tailoring her critique of other artists work to their individual needs. She encourages artwork in pen and ink, watercolour, acrylics and mixed media among other techniques and gives demonstrations to show what can be successfully achieved.

Amanda recently left The Grange Art Gallery and Museum (former home of artist William Nicholson).

She has recently mounted an exhibition of work by students from The Rottingdean Whiteway Centre where she has taught for 20 years.

Her work took her to Brighton Housing Trust’s Base Fest programme last year and Amanda guided a group at BHT’s First Base one of their rehabilitation programmes to help create the successful Base Fest One and Two at The Friends Centre. Amanda has also been a member of The Brunswick Festival Volunteer Team for twelve years. The Festival celebrates is 35 Birthday in August!

Enquiries 07795 483 831

rwcinformation@gmail.com

JGSP

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Art in the Afternoon

 

 

Amanda Davidson is a well known local artist. Having trained at Brighton College of Art in Art and Design, she now teaches at The Whiteway Centre in Rottingdean.Classes range from Mixed Media and Life Drawing to Botanical drawing and paining. Amanda’s Art Classes are popular and she has many pupils who have been with her for some years. She has a perceptive outlook, tailoring her critique of other artists work to their individual needs. She encourages artwork in pen and ink, watercolour, acrylics and mixed media among other techniques and gives demonstrations to show what can be successfully achieved.

Amanda recently left The Grange Art Gallery and Museum (former home of artist William Nicholson).

She has recently mounted an exhibition of work by students from The Rottingdean Whiteway Centre where she has taught for 20 years.

Her work took her to Brighton Housing Trust’s Base Fest programme last year and Amanda guided a group at BHT’s First Base one of their rehabilitation programmes to help create the successful Base Fest One and Two at The Friends Centre. Amanda has also been a member of The Brunswick Festival Volunteer Team for twelve years. The Festival celebrates is 35 Birthday in August!

Enquiries 07795 483 831

rwcinformation@gmail.com

JGSP

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FOOD BANKS

I have just read a newspaper article, and I must stop doing that as it just winds me up. This one was all about forcing Supermarket chains to donate all of their unwanted food to food banks. it is a brilliant idea, stop waste and help those in need. Only why is no-one asking why we need so many food banks?

I know we are in a recession, or just coming out of a recession, or just about to go into another one or something like that but don’t we have a Welfare System to help people when they need that help the most?

When we have an elected Government made up of so many millionaires, people with money to spare why are there so many in need of help from food banks?

There are petition sites all over the Internet asking people to sign up for campaigns to encourage the re-distribution of food in this, one of the richest country’s in the world. This to me looks like trying to treat the symptom and not the cause. There must be a reason why there are so many out there needing help in this way, there has to be a root cause to this growing problem.

So let us look at recent history, we have a Government who want to bring down the country’s debt, they are doing this by trying to revamp the Welfare System. Fair enough, they are trying to it a fair and equal system that will help the individual, encourage those who are unemployed back into work.

The present Government are even trying to help those on Sickness Benefit to find work, so why is there an ever growing need for charity’s to help out those who cannot afford to live? Surely if the Government are doing their best to help those in most need to live better lives things would be getting better not worse.

Unemployment Benefits across the board including sickness benefits account for less than 8% of the welfare budget, yet these same benefits have seen cut after cut. it has become harder and harder to convince the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) that a person is actually unfit to work.

It seems that the present Government are saying one thing whilst doing another, while making speeches about the work they are doing to make things better they are in fact doing the complete opposite. The need for more and more food banks is a symptom of a far greater problem and one that will get worse the more this Government does to ‘improve’ the Welfare System.

Perhaps the problem lies in the fact that the Government is made up of so many people who have little or no idea what it is like to live on the bread line. People who have never had to look for work, or take work that will pay the rent rather than a job with Daddies firm. Maybe the problem stems from the fact that at the moment this Country is run by the privileged few and not people who have to live real lives in the real world.

Perhaps those in power now cannot see the suffering their tampering is doing from the lofty heights of their palaces in the sky. By all means get the supermarkets to give all of their surplus food to food banks, but at the same time let us force the Government to treat all of the people who live in this country fairly, not just those who have enough money not to be bothered with food banks.

 

 

 

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Bloody Foreigners

How many times in how many newspapers have there been stories about people invading our borders, coming into this country and putting  an untold strain on the economy. I agree whole heartedly in all that the papers say apart from the facts.

I do not believe it is the few drops in the ocean of suffering that the Government is letting through, it is not those people who are fleeing for their lives that pose a threat in any way to this country.

Far from it in fact, I believe that those few who are allowed into this country will do as those in the past have done on so many occasions and add their own distinctive individuality and make our culture weaker.

I think that the problem lies wit those from foreign shores who come into this country, set up their businesses and try to force us to conform to their way of life, then refuse to pay their fair share of taxes.

Think about all the big American companies up and down our high streets forcing their own American Ideal on us. Finding any loophole in the law to get away from paying what any other business in this country does.

If we could collect the tax that is owed, not just the American giants but by all the companies we could re-fund the NHS, we could rebuild so much of this country that has been left to slide away. Social housing springs to mind, over the last 40 years almost all of the Council houses have been sold off never to be replaced. Just walk up and down any major high street to see the end result of that move.

Let the Government seek to rebalance the national books by going after the people who owe billions rather than trying to scrape the savings from those who have little or nothing.

by Chris Ellis

 

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