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Book Group in the Pub

We meet upstairs at The Chimney House pub, at the top of Buxton Road, at 7.45 on the third Thursday of every month, for an hour or so of relaxed discussion about the chosen book. You are welcome to join us. All you need to do is read the book and come along.

The next three books we are reading, chosen collectively by the group, are:

15 October: Umi Sinha Belonging

19 November: Evelyn Waugh: Scoop

21 January: Lesley Thomson: The Detective’s Daughter

See you there!

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Picnic on the Greenway

FOBG popup picnic poster 2 white

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PCA Meeting 25 August

Here are the minutes: PCA Minutes 15.08.25

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Community Picnic in the Park – 26 July

Looking forward to seeing you all in Dyke Road Park, near the tennis courts, from midday onwards on Sunday 26 July, at this annual event, organised by the PCA and St Luke’s. We will be laying on a barbecue (in exchange for a small donation) and it would be great if you could bring food and drink to share.

Community Picnic 2015 A4

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Rogue Traders Brighton area

Dear residents,

Police are currently receiving regular calls about ‘rogue trader’ activity in the Brighton area. Incidents include vulnerable and usually elderly members of the community are being targeted by pushy, intimidating trades people seeking to persuade them to have unnecessary works undertaken in and around their homes.

These works include general building  maintenance, tree surgery,  and gardening work. Victims have then been charged extortionate amounts for sub-standard work or for work not undertaken at all. We strongly advise residents not to engage with any cold callers of this type. If you have relatives who are vulnerable or living alone, they could be a potential target for these unscrupulous people.

Please do inform your relatives, friends, and colleagues. The more people who are aware, the less likely it is that someone you know will become a victim.”Please report sightings of suspicious vehicles, persons or activities such as those described to us, using the 101 non emergency contact number, via our website, www.sussex.police.ukor if there is an offence in progress, on 999.

“Crime prevention advice can be found on our website or via your local Police Community Support Officer by”

Kind regards,
NPT EAST BRIGHTON – Preston Area Sussex House,
Crowhurst Road,
Telephone 101 Ext. 558114 T: 07769363213
Twitter: @sussex_police

Sussex Police – Serving Sussex
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Hustings – How They Used To Do It


Ours won’t be quite as raucous as this scene from Charles Dickens’s Pickwick Papers, but it promises to be lively and fun.

See you in the Hall at 7.30 on Friday, to meet the people who want our council votes on May 7.

Get an idea of what’s in store for us; let them know what you’d like them to do for us.

The more they hear from us, and the more  we hear from them, the happier we’re likely to be with our city for the next five years.

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Our Next Councillors – Question Time!

PCA poster JKHere we go – the nominations have closed, and we have thirteen candidates standing to represent our ward on the Council for the next five years. Before you go along to the Hall to cast your vote on May 7, come along to the Hall next Friday evening, April 17, to our neighbourhood Council Hustings.

Who gets elected to the Council probably has more influence on everyday life here than who wins the higher-profile parliamentary contest. This is our opportunity to ask our local government candidates questions face to face. We’ll start with the big ones: Who are you? Why do you want to represent us on the Council? And what do you hope to do if you’re elected?

The parties standing candidates in Preston Park ward are the Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, and the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition. The majority of candidates have confirmed they’ll be taking part in the hustings, so we’ll have a wide range of views from the right to the left of the political spectrum.

And we will have a bar. It will open at 7.30. However in line with modern electoral standards, candidates will not be able to ply voters with free drinks.

You can come up with questions on the night or email them in advance to info[at] Let’s make this a lively round of community democracy, Prestonville style. Should be fun! Tell your neighbours; see you Friday the 17th.


There’s another post on the hustings over on the Hall blog.

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PCA poster JK

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PCA meeting Wednesday 18 March

We had a committee meeting next Wednesday, 18 March, at 7.30 pm. It was mainly to plan our Local Council Election Hustings and AGM on 17 April. Here are the minutes: PCA Minutes 18 March 15

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New Local Policing Model

Sussex Police unveils new local policing model 10 March 2015 Sussex

Police has today (Tuesday, March 10) unveiled its vision for policing. It will make significant changes over the next four years to ensure local police services are directed to where they are most needed.

Chief Constable Giles York said:”Our vision for policing Sussex in 2020 is that it will be a service that protects the community, is relentless in the pursuit of criminals and has an empowered workforce with integrity at its core.

“Sussex Police is an emergency service. We will be there when the public needs us 24/7 and we will build our capability to prevent crime by working even closer with the community and partners.

“However, we have to recognise what the public needs and ask them to help us by accepting that we can’t respond to every small thing that comes to our door. Key to the success of our model is reducing the demand on officers on a day-to- day basis so that we can continue to deliver core policing. It is also essential that we build understanding with everyone from the public to our partners and stakeholders so that they know what they can expect from us and the part they need to play in ensuring its success.

“My aim is to deliver policing more efficiently by embracing technology and multi agency working, reducing costs and engaging with the public in a way that suits them and us better.” Continued…

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