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The cutting of a string of garlic today marked the Grand Opening of the new Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen – a fabulous central space in the city where local people can be inspired to cook for health, fun and friendship.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Director Vic Borrill, together with Calum Munro, People’s Postcode Lottery Senior Community Programmes Officer, undertook the launch honours with the cook’s favourite flavouring. It heralded a new era in the history of the 15-year-old Food Partnership.

The Partnership has many years’ experience using food to create positive change in people’s lives via its cookery classes, but until now has run its classes from community centres, churches and any other semi-suitable space it can find around the city.

Food Partnership Vic Borrill said:

After a decade dreaming of a central space tailored to our needs, today is like a dream come true. In this Kitchen our cookery class leaders will have a fully accessible, purpose-built space and all the equipment they need so we can improve and expand our offering, enabling many more people in Brighton and Hove to learn about food, share food and, above all, to enjoy food.

“We know the transformative power that good food can have and we look forward to a healthier, happier city, thanks to the Community Kitchen – and the very many people who helped it happen.”

Jamie Oliver

The Community Kitchen has been made possible thanks to funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust, Rampion Fund and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, with support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, which funded the conversion of former office space in the Community Base building in Queens Road, Brighton. At the ceremony, People’s Postcode Lottery representative Calum Munro handed over a giant cheque for £100,000 .

Calum Munro said:

“I’m delighted to be able to kickstart festivities to celebrate the opening of Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen. It’s great to see the culmination of everyone’s hard work to get the project off the ground and I’m thrilled that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting it.”

A further £27,305 to kit out the state-of -the art, fully accessible teaching kitchen was raised through crowdfunding. And throughout, an amazing team of talented local firms supported the build: MacConvilles Surveying, Crofton Design, Gyoury Self Partnership, Cheesmur, Brewers, UrbnRok and Claire Potter Design.

The Kitchen will operate as a social enterprise, offering competitively priced cookery courses from local chefs and food experts at the same time as providing subsidised courses, including Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Programme.

Mandie Turner from Jamie’s Ministry of Food said:

“We are delighted that, thanks to our partnership with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and funding from People’s Postcode Lottery, we will be able to teach many more people how to cook from scratch.

“Our practical cookery classes aim to make a positive, lasting impact on the nation’s health, by sharing the joy of good food! Our evaluation shows that the programme has significant positive effects on dietary behaviour, food choice and cooking confidence. A massive thank you to all People’s Postcode Lottery players, for making this possible.”

Every five or six weeks that inevitable challenging question rears its head…. What exactly will my child/children be doing this school holiday? Should they be doing a sport and getting fit? Perhaps use the opportunity to learn a new skill?   Maybe it would be better to spend time with the extended family?

It’s always challenging and always difficult knowing what is best!

With all the homework and stress placed on primary school aged children these days why don’t we just give them the opportunity to play!?

You might be thinking, there must be something more productive they could do with their time off school. Well, play is not just about creating a mess and being silly with friends, it’s hugely beneficial for children. Here’s just a brief list of some of the benefits of play:

– Through play children grow socially, emotionally and physically
– Play equips children with skills and experiences for later life
– Play is how children develop their character and unique personalities
– Children Identify their likes and dislikes through play
– Most of all… PLAY IS FUN!

When your next planning you’re school holiday activities, don’t forget to give play a thought! You can read more about the benefits of play at

With the county’s ongoing education funding crisis a local business is trying to help out by offering schools and extra-curricular groups the opportunity to win free transport for educational trips they may have planned in 2018.

Sussex-based Southern Transit has recently bought two new Enviro400 City double-decker buses – the only ones in operation in the South East of England outside London – and wants to put them to good use. As such, the company is inviting parents, teachers, and Sussex residents alike, to nominate schools and extra-curricular groups, who could benefit from free travel as part of its ‘Splendid Trips’ campaign.

Every other month, Southern Transit, one of Sussex’s leading, independently run bus and coach companies, will review the nominations received. A lucky organisation will be rewarded with free return travel, on one of their new 72 seater Enviro400 City vehicles, to their choice of destination. Four free trips will be given away during the course of the year in May, July, October and December – a prize collectively worth over £3,000!

That’s not all though… In addition to the free travel, Southern Transit will also organise a unique surprise guest on the bus, themed to the respective trip of each winning organisation. So, if the youngsters are on their way to the Natural History Museum, they could be treated to a special talk from a palaeontologist on their way there. Or, if they are going to see a show in the West End, they could find themselves being serenaded by a musical theatre artist on their way home.

Anyone can nominate a school or extra- curricular group (Scouts, Brownies, youth and sports clubs etc) as long as the organisation is based in Sussex, and the trip they had planned takes place within one day and is within the South East of England.

Neil Bird, Owner of Southern Transport, commented:

“Here at Southern Transit we are passionate about making sure every journey is a memorable and splendid trip. In today’s world, we’re all in a hurry to get from A to B, but we think you should be able to savour the journey as much as the destination.

“It is heart-breaking to think of the budget cuts our county’s schools are facing, and the effect it can potentially have on our children’s education. I remember my school outings as a child being the highlight of the academic year and it would be a terrible shame if today’s youngsters were unable to benefit from the same learning experiences outside of the classroom because the school’s purse-strings simply don’t allow it.

“Whilst I appreciate we cannot help every organisation, I hope that parents, teachers, and Sussex residents alike can see the benefits of our new ‘Splendid Trips’ campaign and I look forward to receiving the nominations.”

Nominations for the first ‘Trip & Treat’ should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Southern Transit’s Splendid Trips, c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex. RH14 9HP. Every nomination should include the school or organisation’s name, contact details, planned trip destination and potential dates, along with the nominees contact details.

The closing date for the first round of nominations is midnight on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Stanmer House, Brighton has teamed up with The Kids’ Table to launch a pop-up kid’s service offering supervised fun for kids aged 3 – 10 years old every Saturday.
The new concept is designed to allow parents to enjoy some adult time over a relaxed breakfast or lunch while their kids are entertained by childcare professionals who offer face painting, craft activities with a different theme each week, Lego building, friendship bracelet making, drawing, games and more. The children can enjoy making superhero cuffs, snapping crocodiles, finger puppets, flying rockets, fire breathing dragons as well as special activities for seasonal events such as Easter and Mother’s and Father’s Day.
The Kids’ Table founder, Sarah Frow said:
“As a mother of a four-year-old living in South London, I struggled to find decent family friendly pubs and restaurants that offered an equally enjoyable experience for both adults and kids. The places where my friends and I want to while away a weekend afternoon offer little to keep the children entertained. We were forever having to cut our lunches short because the little ones were bored and wanted to get up and play, or we would put the tablet in front of them to keep them amused. The Kids’ Table means that parents can enjoy the adult environments they want to hang out in during their precious spare time, while the kids have a ball – everyone’s happy!”
The Kids’ Table researched 200 parents and found that 81% avoid going out to eat as a family because it’s too much hassle entertaining the kids, while 79% said there weren’t enough restaurants nearby offering an equally enjoyable experience for parents and their children.
The Kids’ Table includes a fresh fruit breakfast and a health-conscious lunch buffer, available for just £5 per child (aged 3 – 10yrs) for customers of Stanmer House from Saturday 17th February. It will run from 10am until 3pm. Parents / guardians must stay within the Country House and private gardens. Tickets available at

For more information contact [email protected] or Proud Country House in Stanmer Park 01273 680400

Celebrating 50 years of supporting sick children and babies in Sussex, Rockinghorse children’s charity has launched its Christmas appeal to raise funds for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU).

Based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, the TMBU provides intensive care for sick and premature babies. Over the years, Rockinghorse has received incredible support for its fundraising projects for the baby unit; from the very first incubator appeal in the 1960’s, through to the charity’s campaign to purchase a specialist Retcam eye scanner in 2014.

This December, Rockinghorse is once again asking supporters to help this outstanding unit. The charity is raising funds for an X-ray Imaging Machine that will provide staff at the TMBU with an instant X-ray image, allowing immediate modification of lines and tubes on a premature baby. Money raised from the appeal will significantly improve the overall experience of a preterm infant, who typically requires multiple X-rays to be taken during their admission.

Dr Ryan Watkins, Consultant Neonatologist at the TMBU, explains: “As one of the top neonatal centres in the UK, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve the world-leading treatment we offer. One way we can achieve this is by providing a ‘real time’ X-ray facility on site.

“Currently, when an X-ray is needed for a patient, we request a radiographer to attend from the adult hospital. They use a traditional X-ray machine, and once an image is taken and processed, it can take some time – and an anxious wait for parents – before the medical team can examine the results and offer the appropriate treatment.

“A new digital imaging system is available which would completely change the way in which we can treat our tiny patients. This innovative equipment offers immediate processing of the X-ray image whilst the machine is at the bedside. We are keen to provide the new X-ray facility as soon as possible as it will immediately lead to quicker results and better treatment.”

Over 550 babies a year are admitted to the TMBU, and it is not uncommon for a baby to require up to 30 X-rays during their stay on the unit. The new equipment will significantly improve overall radiation exposure for preterm infants.

Louise Bartha, Appeals and Trusts Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, says: “It is estimated that one in nine babies born in the UK will spend time on a neonatal unit, so many families experience what it is like to have a poorly new born baby, and the anxiety and worry this can bring.

“Every day, the amazing neonatal team at the TMBU hold in their hands the most precious and fragile little lives. With the help of our supporters, we can continue to ensure the very best possible standard of care for many years to come.”

To support the appeal; text ROCK00 to 70070 to donate £2, £5 or £10, visit or call 01273 330044.

The clever people at Meze Publishing have 2 copies of their brand new ‘The Brighton & Sussex Cook Book’ to give away. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy for you and a friend is the following:

*LIKE the ‘Brighton & Hove Family Grapevine Facebook’ page
*LIKE the Meze Publishing page
*TAG a friend in the comments below who would like a copy

You can enter as many times as you like. One lucky pair will be drawn at noon on 10th December.

A one-of-a-kind cook book filled with stunning photos, delicious recipes and the stories behind Brighton & Sussex’s finest independent restaurants, cafes, producers, and suppliers. A perfect Christmas present!

There are many booklovers in Brighton and Hove who are unable to get to a library due to limited mobility or poor health.

The Home Delivery Service are looking for volunteers to visit them and deliver their books. You could be vital in helping someone continue a lifelong love of reading.

If you are interested, please get in touch to find out more about the Home Delivery Service and the role that you could play in improving lives:

[email protected]

01273 296953

Children from across Brighton and Hove are being invited to design the cover of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Family Guide.

England’s largest arts festival is challenging children under 11 years of age to create a piece of original cover art inspired by the tagline for Brighton Fringe 2018: “Set Yourself Free”. They should use an A4 piece of paper to design what they think ‘setting yourself free’ looks like. The final cover image will be shrunk down to A5 – so they should make sure not to write or draw too small.

The winner will see their work on the front of 80,000 Brighton Fringe Family Guides and receive a gift voucher worth £200 to spend on tickets at Brighton Fringe 2018. They will also receive a Gold Friends membership entitling them to 2 for 1 offers on events and many more benefits. Three runners-up will win two tickets to a Brighton Fringe children’s show of their choice.

Julian Caddy, Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, said: “Life is full of people always telling you what to do, following rules and traditions. Imagine being free to be who or what you want to be. Brighton Fringe is all about the freedom to create, so have fun with it and you never know where it will lead you!”

This year’s judging panel includes Child Friendly Brighton, Door22 Creative and The Pebble Trust.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 20 December. Include your name, age, school, and your parent or guardian’s email on the back of the picture and send your A4 artwork to:

‘Set Yourself Free’ Competition
Brighton Fringe Ltd
Brighton MET
Pelham Street
East Sussex BN14FA

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Brighton Fringe 2018 runs between 4 May and 3 June.

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Harmony at Home are proud to offer all new clients a 10% discount on any agency service when quoting ‘Grapevine’ upon booking.  This can be used against any service including babysitting and events bookings.

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EduGuru Apps are designed and built to help children learn outside of the classroom, stimulate their imagination and make learning an open-ended fun activity. Cute and basic animations guide toddlers through the key UK national curriculum subjects of Maths, English, Science & Technology and Art & Music.

EduGuru Maths is the first in the series and has been designed for 3-5 year olds in close collaboration with UK teachers, nursery schools and parents. The app is packed with 128 fun to play games (wrapped in 8 core games) and priced at £1.99, with no subscription fee and all updates are provided free of charge.

EduGuru Maths covers key curriculum-based mathematical concepts and skills including:

  • Counting 1-10-20
  • Number recognition and ordering
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Matching, doubling, halving and sharing
  • UK/English coins, money and values
  • Telling the time
  • Patterns, shapes and sequences
  • Colours
  • Size, weight, distance and position

EduGuru Maths also features new and fun renditions of the classic nursery rhymes, Ba Ba Black Sheep and Hickory Dickory Dock, for toddlers to explore and sing along to.

EduGuru’s Apps contain no third party links or advertising, so allow children to learn and explore in a safe and secure environment, and importantly, as children progress through the games, they are rewarded, and motivated to continue learning, with trophies and medals.  This means that parents can be sure that children playing EduGuru Apps are experiencing, and practising, learning skills in accordance with the recommendations of early childhood experts.

The Game Creators, the UK-based development company that has  designed and developed the EduGuru apps, were instrumental in producing the highly successful Fun School, Art Attack and Klik n Play in the 90’s. Building on the legacy of these popular games, and whilst the technology now makes games much more readily accessible, they believe the fundamentals of learning while you play remain and are an important part of the mix in a child’s education.

Website: EduGuru Maths

YouTube EduGuru Maths gameplay video

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Twitter @EduGuru_Apps


EduGuru 3-5 Maths (available iOS, Android Google & Amazon)

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