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  1. Knitting For Fun is a club held at the Bridge Community Education Centre who get together to knit items to be sold in local charity shops. In June 2014, they successfully applied for funding from East Brighton Trust to help them buy knitting patterns, needles and wool and to cover the cost of transporting donated items to their distribution point (e.g. The Salvation Army). The knitting club is not only important in raising funds for good causes in the area but it also helps relieve social isolation amongst residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean by giving them a regular activity to attend.

    They got in touch to say thanks for the grant and sent us some pictures of the items they've been making to raise funds. Aren't they cute!?

    hats 1

    hats and cardigans

    teddies and puppets

    balaclava hats and scarfs 1

    cardigans 2 (3)

  2. the bevy and ebt

    {EBT directors handing over a cheque for £20,000 to Helen and Michelle of The Bevy team, and pub manager Chris}

    On Friday 12th December, Community Pub The Bevy will re-open after a 4 year campaign by local people to get the pub up and running again.

    Following the original pub's closure, East Brighton Trust bought the building in 2010 which has now been converted into 3 flats with the downstairs left open for community use. 

    the bevy beer mat

    More than 700 people bought ‘community shares’ in the pub, whilst fundraising events, grants and loans raised the rest of the funds needed. East Brighton Trust are proud to have provided additional financial support in the form of grants and loans for this, the most exciting project we've been involved in yet. The photo above shows East Brighton Trust handing over a cheque for £20,000 to Helen and Michelle of The Bevy team, and Chris, the pub manager.

    The pub will bring a much needed community venue to the area and has created at least 8 jobs for local residents. Read more about the project on The Bevy website or in this article in The Argus and follow The Bevy on Facebook for updates. 

    On Saturday 13th December, a ribbon will be cut by Barbara Sayers, whose late husband Colin was chair of East Brighton Trust. Colin did so much work in his local community and was instrumental in highlighting the need for a community pub. 

    We were lucky enough to visit the pub on Monday, for a sneak preview ahead of Friday's official opening, here are a couple of snaps we took to give you a feel for what the pub is like:

    the bevy 1   the bevy cellar

    the bevy chairs and table   the bevy cafe area

    the bevy 3   the bevy 2

  3. In June 2014 we awarded a grant of £500 to Brighton Early Music Festival. This enabled them to book a coach to transport the children from City Academy Whitehawk to St John’s Church Preston Park for the final schools concert of their Watercycle project on 5th December 2014.It also covered some of the costs of the sessions in school at Whitehawk in October and November 2014, which were delivered by members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

    They tweeted these pictures of the rehearsals for the event: 

    bemf 1

    bemf 2

    Cathy Boyes, Brighton Early Music Festival Producer got in touch to say thanks and to tell us more about the event:

    "Thank you very much for your generous grant to Brighton Early Music Festival to enable us to work with City Academy Whitehawk as part of our Watercycle music education project.


    In particular, we used the grant to fund a bus in order to bring the Year 5 pupils from Whitehawk who had been taking part in the project through sessions in school with visiting musicians, to St John’s Church Preston Park for the final schools’ concert on Friday 5thDecember.  When we have worked with this school in the past, it has not been straightforward for the school to find funding to cover transport for a final event, and whilst the pupils have been very enthusiastic when working with musicians’ in their school, there has been a very low take-up in attendance at the final concert. In 2014, with the EBT Trust grant covering the cost of a bus, we had nearly 100% attendance at the final event from 54 pupils from Whitehawk who were taking part in Watercycle.


    Watercycle was a large scale collaboration between Brighton Early Music Festival, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and SoundCity – the Brighton & Hove Music Hub.  Musicians from the Orchestra visited eight Brighton & Hove Primary Schools, including City Academy Whitehawk in order to introduce them to a number of songs with a water and water conservation theme.  On Friday 5thDecember the schools came together in St John’s Church, Preston Park in order to hear and perform with the Orchestra.  For most pupils taking part, this will have been the first time they have heard an orchestra play live, and we had some extremely positive feedback about the experience.

    And here are some pictures of the final music concert on 5th December:

    early music festival 1

    early music festival 2

    early music festival 3


  4. Bike Club is a weekly club for young people from at risk or socially excluded areas around East Brighton and the Lewes Road area which provides access to cycling and related activities. The club was originally set up by volunteers and youth workers from the 67 Centre and now employs a part-time mechanic who works with staff and volunteers from Sustrans and the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC). Bike Club aims to provide a safe space for vulnerable young people to learn bike mechanics skills and to develop their interpersonal skills.

    This year, East Brighton Trust awarded the 67 Centre Bike Club a small grant to help them buy some tools. They got in touch to say thanks and to let us know how the grant had been spent saying “Your grant enabled us to purchase a brand new set of tools for the club.  The tools we had been using previously were worn, sparse or had simply ‘gone walkabout’ over time.  The group and the workers are very proud of the new kit and feel it should make a huge difference.” 

    Iain, a mechanic at the 67 Centre Bike Club, said “With it all looking so professional the group feel more pride for the club and membership has increased.  The grant from the East Brighton Trust has been a bit of a life line for us.”

    And Adam, the local Youth Work Co-ordinator at the Trust for Developing Communities, said “The EBT grant has made a real difference to needy young people on the estate, we very much appreciate their support to our work.”

    Great to know that our grant has gone to such an excellent cause. 

    67 centre bike club june 2014

    If you want to investigate more things that the Trust for Developing Communities are doing in the East Brighton area, have a look at their website at www.trustdevcom.org.uk

  5. The Bridge is a small education charity based in Moulsecoomb, East Brighton who are taking part in Artists Open Houses for the first time this year.

    A date for your diaries…Head to The Bridge for the cosy festive atmosphere and to learn something new. They’ll be opening for one weekend only for a huge Christmas Craft Fair on the 13th and 14th December between 10.00 and 4.30 selling beautiful handmade gifts and offering craft workshops.

    This year, The Bridge have been working hard to build up their art and craft provision which has meant lots of local artists coming to the centre to teach local people their skills. During the Christmas Craft weekend The Bridge will be offering people the opportunity to take part in taster workshops in candle making, printing, light catchers (glass fusing), mosaics , stained glass or pottery at a cost of just £10. And thanks to a grant from the East Brighton Trust these are free for people living in the BN2 4 and BN1 9 postcodes.

    51 the bridge

  6. You may not have heard of Boccia before. It’s a ball sport related to bowls and pétanque which was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. It is now played at a Paralympic level by athletes with other severe disabilities affecting motor skills. Boccia is played by thousands of people all over the world including, as you might have guessed, in East Brighton!

    The Manor Road Unicorn Boccia Group runs during term times on Mondays between 12 and 2 and is very well attended by local people with certain disabilities.

    This summer, East Brighton Trust awarded the group a grant of £500 which went towards a microwave and some lunch club equipment, one level 2 food safety certificate, one play Boccia set and  one play Boccia Ramp.

    The group have done incredibly well this year and even attended a Boccia tournament organised by Brighton & Hove City Council which was held at the King Alfred complex in Hove.

    Group organizer Tanya said “We played against some very good Boccia teams. We all had a really good day and it also gave our group an idea of what other activities are available to them.”

    With the remainder of the grant the group are planning to finish off such a great year with a Christmas lunch. Very well deserved indeed!

    boccia 1   boccia 2

  7. moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 conkers  moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 tomatoes  moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 borage

    It was a perfect Autumn day on Sunday 5th October, as Moulsecoomb Forest Garden threw a bash to celebrate the 20th birthday of the project.

    Around 300 people went along to help celebrate, and visitors were treated to a sneak preview of the new eco-building which is just a few windows short of being completed and which will be used to teach new skills to children with mainstream school difficulties. Everyone got into the Autumn spirit, exploring the garden, making paper hats, drinking warm drinks or smoothies and eating some delicious fare prepared by the Forest Garden team.

    Tucked away just behind Moulsecoomb train station, the garden has a real magical feel about it, and talking to volunteers, the sense of pride at what they’ve achieved really shines through with every sentence. 

    East Brighton Trust are proud to have supported the project for a number of years and a few of us went along to the party on Sunday to see how they were getting on. 

    moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 cucumber  moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 paper hats  moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 reused bottles

    moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 eco building

    moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 cake

    moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 carly

    moulsecoomb forest garden october 2014 compost

    Here’s a note we received from Project manager, Warren Carter to share with you:

    “We've come a long way over the last 20 years. Thank you for helping us along the way. We are working towards a more sustainable future in every way, including financially!

    If you would like to continue to support our work, please think about helping us with a regular standing order - it doesn't have to be a large amount, but these regular donations do help us enormously in planning our work.

    Here's to the next twenty years of offering positive learning experiences, working together with amazing people, growing tasty organic veg, preserving our heritage food varieties, cooking scrummy meals for everyone and creating a lovely, natural, healthy space in a busy city environment.”

    Read about their Eco Building in the Argus, visit the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden blog to find out more about the project or pop in to one of their workdays to get involved (Tuesdays and Fridays 10 - 3pm). And if you’re interested in further supporting it, they still are still in need of funds to put the finishing touches to the classroom so get in touch if you think you can help. 

  8. This year, St Andrew’s Church in Moulsecoomb ran their free holiday club for the 7th time. The club ran for 2 hours each day from 18th-24th August and offered activities for children in Key Stages I & II (Primary Age).

    We were glad to support them with a grant of £500 which went largely to buying them a data projector to put up their song words, and play videos etc.

    Here it is in action, and here are the children in action, enjoying themselves at the holiday club. 

    st andrews summer club 1 august 2014

    st andrews summer club 2 august 2014

  9. 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

  10. green centre east brighton rag n bone 1

    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.

    green centre east brighton rag n bone 2

    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.

    green centre east brighton rag n bone buddy

    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