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If you would like to help the finances of the Prestonville Community Association by making a small annual donation (£15 per household/£10 individual/£5 unwaged), please download a form here. Friends of Prestonville form

If you feel able to make this a regular annual donation, please download a Standing Order form, which you will need to post/take to your bank:   Standing Order form pdf  Standing Order form Word doc.

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We in the PCA know there are plenty of people in Prestonville who’d like to be in touch with the Community Association, but haven’t got the time to join the committee; so we’re inviting Prestonville residents to become PCA members.

You can be involved as much or  as little as suits you, from joining in activities (such as the picnic we’re planning to hold in the summer) to just getting news by email.

We’d like you to share your ideas and views about local matters, so  that when we talk to bodies like the Council or local schools we can be confident we’re representing a range of local opinion.

We also want to rebuild our network of street representatives. Are you willing to do this, and to take welcome packs to people moving into the area?

If you’d like to become a PCA member but haven’t already had an invitation from me – which means we don’t have your email address – please email or phone 705134. We look forward to hearing from you!

Marek Kohn

Membership doesn’t cost anything, but for those who would like to support the PCA financially by making a modest annual donation, we’ve revived our separate Friends of Prestonville scheme. You can download a form here: FoP leaflet 2014.  To make this a regular annual donation, download a Standing Order form here: Standing Order form pdf


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BHASVIC Students Turn Anti-Abortion Demo Into Debate

bhasvicchoiceWhen a handful of Abort 67 anti-abortion campaigners turned up outside BHASVIC, bearing a large placard showing an image of a foetus, they were soon surrounded by a crowd of several dozen students eager to challenge their views.

The students equally rapidly dispelled fears that the protest might cause disorder or distress, engaging the campaigners in vigorous but civil and cogent debate.

BHASVIC’s students showed that they don’t need to be protected from challenging ideas – and that it’s possible to debate abortion without it turning into a shouting match. Their impromptu lesson in citizenship did them and their college great credit.

Marek Kohn





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Community Group Get-Together

PCA meeting poster

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PCA Pub Crawl Reaches Good Companions

The PCA policy of holding committee meetings in local pubs takes us to the Good Companions next Thursday, 9 January, at 7.30.

We’ll be working on arrangements for our big AGM event in the Exeter Street Hall on January 30, as well as discussing other stuff that’s going on locally.

All welcome as always. If there’s anything you’d like to bring to our attention, please come along or email info[at]

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Message from East Brighton Neighbourhood Policing TeamPolice

Beware telephone scammers active in Brighton & Hove. Last night a 94 year old man in Brighton was tricked into handing over his credit card and PIN number to a taxi courier after being called by a fraudster claiming to be a London police officer.

The REAL police will not ask you for your PIN over the telephone. Do not divulge this information over the telephone.

Please pass on this advice to anyone you know, especially if they are elderly or easily confused.

Kind regards,

East Brighton Neighbourhood Policing Team

Sussex Police

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Community Carols – 15 December, 6.00pm

Christmas is creeping up on us, and the PCA is already making plans for our annual Community Carols outside the Chimney House, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Exeter Street Hall.

We want to make this a really bumper year, so please tell all your friends about it. We would like to raise a bit of money to pay for the PCA’s running costs (which include the regular page in the Prestonville Friend, the upkeep of the noticeboards, and putting on our annual AGM), so we will be accepting donations and also running a raffle.

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Remembrance Services

This Sunday the Boys’ Brigade will be at St. Luke’s to parade their flags and there will be an act of remembrance at 11am.

On Monday 11th November there will be a short service of remembrance in conjunction with the Prestonville Community Association at the Stanford Junior school memorial beginning at 10.45 followed by refreshments in the school.

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PCA In The Prestonville

Our next committee meeting will be in the Prestonville Arms on Wednesday 13th November, 7.30. Abby Hone, the Council’s Principal Transport Planner, will be coming along (8.30ish) to talk about plans to make Dyke Road friendlier for cyclists and people on foot between BHASVIC and Highcroft Villas. Please come along too if you’d like to talk about that or any other local matters.

If you’d like to bring anything to our attention beforehand, please leave a comment here or email info[at]

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Sussex Police eWatch November 2013

For details on local crime stats, useful contacts and some good news on car theft, click the link below.

Preston ewatch November 2013

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