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  1. East Brighton put in a fantastic effort at this year's Brighton & Hove City in Bloom awards with a number of projects across the area winning recognition for their blooming good displays of plants and flowers. 

    The annual gardening competition recognises individual residents, communities and businesses for their part in making our city a greener, cleaner and more attractive place to live, work and visit. 

    Moulsecoomb Primary School came third in the Best Primary School category and The Green Centre on Manor Hill won joint third for best wildlife garden. Kemp Town Gardening & Community Group came third for best street, wonderful news for us to hear after supporting them with a grant to get them going.  

    Committee member Barbara Aston ( a green thumbed enthusiast who herself won best hanging basket and shared the award for best window box) wrote to us to let us know how the funding from East Brighton Trust helped the Kemp Town Gardening & Community group and enclosed a beautiful picture of some the hanging baskets:

    "The £500 that you kindly awarded us to help towards paying for the hanging baskets to adorn our three streets and to allow us to enter into the Best Street category was the catalyst which encouraged the neighbourhood to engage to raise the additional £1,100 needed for the hanging baskets. We did this through a series of coffee mornings, open gardens and bric-a-brac sales, a quiz night and also through residents donating cash directly to the Group.

    It encouraged all the houses in the neighbourhood to plant up and tidy their gardens to increase our chances in the competition. We also planted around the trees in the three streets and scattered wild flower seeds too. The result really encouraged neighbourhood pride and everyone talked about and is still talking about how beautiful our streets look."

    She also told us about an unused alleyway nearby, which local residents are now keen to clean up and cultivate, motivated by the way their neighbours have used plants to brighten the area!

    Well done East Brighton, keep up the good work!

    hanging baskets september 2014

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    With the ocean as a back drop, Buddy the horse makes his way back up the hill to The Green Centre after a busy day on his Rag ‘n’ bone round, picking up preloved goods and items for recycling from the locals. The Rag ‘n’' Bone round was introduced 2 years ago in response to the East Brighton community who requested a "pick-up" service from the Green Centre. Mary and "Buddy" the horse make a 2 hour journey through the heart of the community picking up donations and recycling along the way.

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    Buddy is a firm favourite with the children, many of whom have said they have never seen a horse (in real life) let alone stroke & feed one.

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    Buddy the horse has been out on the fourth Saturday of every month throughout the summer, stopping for 15 minutes a time at the following stops:

    • 2.00pm Swanborough Flats, Whitehawk Way
    • 2.30pm St. Cuthman's Church, Whitehawk Way
    • 3.00pm Whitehawk Inn, Whitehawk Road
    • 3.25pm Sussex Square
    • 3.45pm Playground by St Marks School (10 minute wait only)

    Buddy will have his final outing of 2014 on Saturday 27th September, so dig out some donations and he’ll be delighted to take them to The Green Centre for you!  

    green centre east brighton rag n bone buddy portrait

  3. We love getting feedback from the organisations that we’ve been able to help, especially when the feedback is in the form of a beautiful hand-written letter, such a rare treat in this digital age.

    Broadfields is a sheltered housing scheme in Moulsecoomb, comprising 15 supported flats and bungalows for the over 50s. This July we were able to help them fund a summer garden party for tenants, friends, families and neighbours and to support their ongoing maintenance of the garden areas which tenants so much enjoy.

    Thanks to Walter for the lovely letter where he tells us that he was “happy to see all the residents enjoying themselves. Everybody who came said they had a nice time and looked forward to the next time.” 

    broadfields tenants association garden party 19th july 2014

  4. At 6.30 pm on 24th May 2014, the doors opened for BITE2, the Brighton and Hove Youth Poets v MCs Slam, as part of the Brighton Fringe festival. It was the second time that the young poets and MC's of Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas had battled it out in the art of poetry.

    The programme consisted of young writers and performers being coached in hip hop skills and poetic formulation throughout April and May by some of Brighton's most talented poets and rappers, before they formed into two teams to do battle at the final event at Brighton Youth Centre on Saturday May 24th.

    This is the first project of its kind in the UK. Funded by the Arts Council England, and East Brighton Trust, the project helps to break down stereotypes of rappers and poets and helps the build confidence and skills of emerging talent, with last year’s champions becoming peer mentors to this year's participants. The financial support we were able to give them was spent on coaches and poetry workshops plus training the peer mentors.  Organiser Michael Parker tells us “The project went brilliantly and the grant was really important in involving young people from the East Brighton area. It paid for coaches to run workshops and assemblies at two of the schools that serve the area, BACA and Patcham High, and paid Terrianne Goodwin, a young rapper, resident of Moulsecoomb, to be peer mentor to this year’s participants”.

    Keep up to date by following the BITE facebook page and keep an eye out in next year’s Fringe programme for next year’s event. It looks ace, and we’ll definitely be getting tickets.  

    bite poetry slam brighton may 2014

  5. We recently awarded a grant to the ABC fund to take 25 children and carers from Whitehawk on a bushcraft day out in Laughton Woods.

    The ABC fund are a registered children’s charity based in Sussex who, since 1991, have been raising money in order to fund trips and treats for disadvantaged children and their families. Their objective is to relieve poverty, hardship and distress among children, young people and their families or carers, particularly those with disabilities or special needs. You can find out more about their work on the ABC fund facebook page.

    Trustee and founder Anne Bickmore got in touch to tell us about the day and sent us a few snaps to show us what they got up to…

    "We had a great day out thanks to East Brighton Trust  who sponsored the Whitehawk After School Project (WASP) woodland day out. A coach brought the children and their carers to Vert Wood, Whitesmith, nr. Lewes. We were greeted by Gary from Wild Adventure and then had a mile walk to the campsite as the coach couldn't negotiate the path.

    So we arrived in the deep dark wood and were greeted by Robert Fallon, owner of the business. We introduced ourselves and then played a game of bats and moths surrounded by a circle of "trees". The bats were blindfolded and had to call out "bat" whilst the moths had to shout back "moth" and try and avoid the bats. The rest of the group were the trees shouting "trees" preventing bats and moths from escaping.
    The party was then split into three groups. They were taught how to light a fire without matches, how to build a shelter and how to look around the woodland floor to see what they could find to make a clay model using sticks and seeds for decoration.
    The day ended sitting in a circle once more saying goodbye and telling everyone which was the best bit. Just a brilliant day. Our thanks to Wild Adventure, East Brighton Trust and Ace Travel". 

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  6. Last month we awarded a small grant to the Moulsecoomb toddler group & nursery which funded a trip to Tilgate Park in Crawley. The funding provided transport there and back for 79 people including children, parents & carers, as well as an activity pack which included a treasure hunt, pens, bubbles & balloon.

    Jenny Hawke, Toddler group leader & Mandy Hodge, Nursery Teacher got in touch to tell us about the day: “We had fun looking at the animals, enjoyed a picnic together followed by games by the lake. On return we made a class book & made collages with our treasure hunt finds & the children still talk about it. We thank you for your kind generosity, it would not have gone ahead without it & it enabled families to enjoy a day out who would not normally have done so.”

  7. whitehawk bunting 2 whitehawk festival balloon

    On 19th July, the 2014 Whitehawk Festival took place, a chance for the people of Whitehawk to get together, celebrate and find out about what's going on in their part of the city. 

    Despite the severe weather warnings, nobody was bothered by what turned out to be a bit of drizzle and the festival took place across three locations: St Cuthmann's Church, The Crew Club and Whitehawk Library, each location showcasing a number of organisations doing good things around Whitehawk.

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    Everyone was there...from the air cadets to local parliamentary candidates, from the Race hill Community Orchard team to the Crew Club dancers, it truly was the place to be seen. 

    Visitors could get involved with community budgeting, reading about a number of local initiatives and deciding which they feel were most important to invest in. Local residents could express their votes using tokens which they could then put into boxes reperesenting the different initiatives.  

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    Entertainment was provided by local bands and dance groups who got everyone bopping and dancing to the music. 

    Here you can see the fabulous wall hanging handmade by the Be Crafty team. 

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    There were lots of activities to get involved in; local children could design their own sun hat, there was a fabulous smoothie-making bicycle and the Booth museum had a selection of creepy crawlies for braver residents to peek at through the microscopes. 

    There was plenty of opportunity to get crafty too, the Be Crafty team were there showing people how to knit and crochet and creating "yarnbombs" as well as demonstrating how the spinning wheel works and letting people try it for themselves. 

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    15 whitehawk festival games 18 whitehawk festival spinning

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    We had a fantastic time at the festival and were delighted to see and talk to so many of the projects we support. We're looking forward to continuing to see them develop and grow in the future and seeing them at next year's festival. 

    Did you go to the Whitehawk Festival this year? What was your favourite part? 

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  8. We're delighted to have awarded 39 small grants this June to projects doing some amazing work in East Brighton. 

    Thank you to everyone that applied and congratulations to the following groups. 

    50 + Tai Chi Group

    The Manor - Find out how the small grant helped the Boccia team

    Grassroots Suicide Prevention

    City Academy Whitehawk

    St Cuthman's Church

    Racehill Community Orchard - Look out for the benches we funded on the Orchard.  

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    St. Andrew's Church - See their new projector in action.

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    Jubilee Court Tenants Association

    225 (Brighton No 1) Squadron

    Sussex Caring Pets

    abcfund - Read about their brilliant bushcraft day out

    Concordia International Volunteers - Concordia volunteers helping out at Moulsecoomb Primary School

    FareShare Brighton & Hove - read about the food safety training we funded

    Community basketball club - Find out how the basketball club is getting on.

    The Green Centre - Read about the East Brighton Rag 'n' bone round.

    Bevendean Bulletin

    Brighton Early Music Festival

    Bike It at MPS 

    The Bridge Community Education Centre

    The Moulsecoomb Treasures

    Wyld Service

    Brighton Steiner School PTA

    Be Crafty - See the Be Crafty team in action at The Whitehawk Festival and read about what they got up to for International Women's Day.

    Feral Felting

    St. Mark's C E Primary School

    Cultures Club

    Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

    Knitting Group at the Bridge

    The Flamenco and Spanish Group

    Metamorphosis Art Group

    Make your mark

    The Stanmer Dye Garden

    Thursday Club at 67 

    East Brighton Community FC

    Gladrags Community Costume Resource

    Queen Bees

    Pots of Talent - Read about the community planters created by Pots of Talent

  9. raspberry picking at moulsecoomb school

    This week saw Moulsecoomb School hold their fantastic Heritage and Environmental Fair in the school grounds. 

    There was plenty to see, do and learn, with pupils and their parents getting involved in all sorts of natural and historical themed activities... learning how to find bugs, weaving, making clay figures or daisy wreaths and hunting bison.  

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    The East Brighton Trust are proud to have a long standing relationship with the school, having helped them out in the past to fund a new minibus for pupil trips and outings, helping them mend their shed as well as providing funding for a number of parents' groups - the Dads Aloud project, Four Seasons Art Group and the school community choir. 

    Thanks to the Moulsecoomb School for inviting us along!

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  10. Since 2008, East Brighton Trust has given out over £284,000 helping fund everything from school minibuses to local festivals, OAP trips, gardening groups, children’s playgroups and sports clubs.

    If you are involved in a group in Moulsecoomb, Bates Estate, Saunders Park, Manor Farm, Whitehawk or Higher Bevendean and could use a grant of up to £500 to purchase new materials or run an event please get in touch.

    The deadline for our small-grant applications is 30th June.

    To apply online, please go to our Small Grants application form

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