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A fantastic opportunity to own a business which fits round you and your family!
The Family Grapevine magazine is an established & profitable franchise business publishing a family listings directory three times a year in the Brighton & Hove area. It is backed by a comprehensive website, a popular Facebook page & a strong, loyal advertising base.
I am reluctantly putting the business up for sale because I recently moved to Somerset and it  really isn’t feasible to be running a Brighton-based business long-term from the depths of Exmoor!
In summary, the Brighton & Hove Family Grapevine is:
** An established business which is celebrating 10 years in 2019
** Popular with advertisers & readers
** Perfect for parents wanting to run their own business working flexible hours from home
** Ideal for parents with children at school & able to work around 30 hours per week in term-time (the business is designed to require less hours during the holidays)
** Backed by a friendly franchise group with other editions & editor-owners in Sussex, Surrey & Kent
** Available for an investment of £7,500 with a staged payments available

If you have always wanted to run your own business which you can make fit round you and your family then this could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for. To find out more – or just to have an informal chat about whether this could be the perfect business for you – please contact Katherine on: 01643 841249 or  07702 016674 [email protected]

There is also more information about running a Family Grapevine on our Group Family Grapevine website

Brighton charity, Same Sky, invites local support to keep the much-loved winter solstice event running

Brighton charity Same Sky this week launches its crowdfunder for Burning the Clocks 2018, offering exclusive gifts in order to raise £5,000 and help secure the future of Burning the Clocks.

Taking place from 6.30pm on Friday 21 December 2018, the Burning the Clocks parade runs from New Road to the seafront, with around 2,000 participants and more than 20,000 onlookers.

Depending on the size of their donation, crowdfunding investors will be rewarded with personalised lanterns, the privilege of lighting the event’s bonfire or a 3-course dinner for two at The Ivy in the Lanes.

For the third successive year, ARKA Original Funerals will support Burning the Clocks with ‘In Memory’ lanterns for those who have lost a loved one during the year. These packages, each worth £100, include a lantern workshop invitation, joining the parade and the reading of the chosen loved one’s name during the fireshow finale.

Local restaurant, The Chilli Pickle, is sponsoring the event, adding a donation of £1 to every table bill from 1 November until 21 December, which will go towards helping Same Sky reach their fundraising target for this year’s Burning the Clocks. Same Sky will also be partnering with childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, offering local young people a lantern-making workshop, so that they can join the parade and remember their loved ones in this special way.

Burning the Clocks receives no guaranteed funding and relies on fundraising and support from local business and the community to raise the costs needed to cover the event, which is in excess of £30,000. Anyone watching the parade is encouraged to put any spare cash into the donation buckets on the night to help fund the event and secure its future.

John Varah, Same Sky artistic director, said: “We’re bringing our crowdfunding initiative back for the sixth consecutive year, as it goes such a long way to keeping Burning the Clocks alive.

“Each year Same Sky relies on the generosity of the general public to make donations along the event route, as well as supporting our online crowdfunder. Our Winter Solstice parade has been an iconic part of Brighton’s calendar for more than two decades, but we rely on the support of local residents and sponsors to make it happen.

“We’ve had a bit of a turbulent year, having lost Same Sky’s home, our artistic studio – but this has made us even more determined to ensure the event remains a part of the city’s winter offering.”

The theme for Burning the Clocks 2018 is ‘Remembrance’. Event organisers Same Sky have created a large-scale lantern in the shape of a heart for this year’s event. This will be surrounded by smaller Remembrance hearts carried by procession-goers on the night of the parade.

As in previous years, Brighton residents can purchase lantern packs to take part in the parade (costing £30-£33, available from early November). Lantern packs contain materials, instructions and four wristbands for four people to take part in the parade. They will be available for purchase at Brighton Pavilion, HISBE supermarket in York Place, the Wood Store on Elder Place and Book Nook in Hove.

Local artist Graham Carter has generously created a new limited edition print for Burning the Clocks for the sixth year running. These are also on sale to raise funds, with 80 limited edition designs created around this year’s theme of ‘Remembrance’.

For more information on purchasing lantern packs and Graham Carter’s prints, visit Same Sky’s Facebook page – Businesses and restaurants interested in getting involved with the event as a sponsor or participant should contact [email protected].

Mini Athletics is a unique new initiative. Developed by a sports scientist and primary school teacher, our programme offers fun, play-based yet structured activities based on the fundamentals of athletics for 2-7 year olds. We believe a positive introduction to sport at an early age is key to developing a healthy and active lifestyle.

Mini Athletics enhances physical literacy, social and cognitive skills, as well as building confidence, awareness and independence – equipping young children with essential life skills for their journey at preschool, school and beyond!

Our classes offer 45 minutes of non stop action using unique games and activities to teach basic athletic skills in a fun format. Activities are tailored to athleticism and cognitive abilities of three age groups.

  • Develop basic athletic skills that can be used in all sports throughout life
  • Improve agility, balance and coordination
  • Boost confidence and motivation
  • Learn how to share, follow instructions and reflect
  • Allow imagination and creativity to flow
  • Make new friends and enhance social skills
  • Have LOADS of fun!!!

Classes at various venues across Brighton and Hove. Free taster available.

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The UK’s Favourite Pup Stars are back in an ‘X Marks the Spot’ Heroic Musical Adventure Coming to the Brighton Centre this September

 In PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. However, when Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky and Zuma save Cap’n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure. Over land and across the high seas, the pups set out to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway so the celebration can go on. Things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger wants to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including help from the newest pup who’s all ears…Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day. No job is too big, no pirate pup is too small.

Tickets for PAW Patrol Live! at The Brighton Centre are on sale now and are available from or by contacting the box office on 0844 847 1515.

Simply LIKE our Facebook page and tell us how many dogs there are in Paw Patrol and click this link to submit your entry by 31st August 2018.  Full terms and conditions here.


Prize includes a family ticket to see PAW Patrol Live! at The Brighton Centre on Sunday 9th September 2018 at 4.30pm only and one goodie bag only (contents may vary). Family ticket can be used by any combination of a total of 4 adults and children.  At least 1 adult must be present. Children under 12 months of age do not require a paid ticket, provided they are seated on the lap of a ticket holder and do not occupy a seat. No purchase necessary. Tickets are non-exchangeable. Closing date for entries is 31st August, entries received after this date will not be counted. Winners will be required to collect their tickets from box office on the day of the show. Any travel and accommodation will not be included in the prize.

‘Failing is good’, Lizzy Yarnold
Just one of the powerful mantras girls should adapt to achieve their dreams.

A vital part of the curriculum at Burgess Hill Girls is our speaker programme. Most recently Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold was the guest of honour at our Junior School sports day.

Winning consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018, Lizzy is the most successful British Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time from any nation.

She stayed for the whole day, chatting with girls, answering their questions and cheering them on.

She also gave a powerful speech about the challenges she has faced in her sporting career. At age 18 she realised she wasn’t going to make it as a heptathlete and began to explore other events to succeed in her dream of becoming an Olympian.

Through UK Sport’s Girls4Gold talent identification programme, she was identified as having potential in skeleton.

Seven years later she was World Champion!

There are three lessons we can take from Lizzy’s story. Firstly to aim high, secondly to adapt. The third lesson? In Lizzy’s own words, ‘failing is good, you don’t win much in life, so it is very important to deal with losing and to see it as a positive.’

‘Failing is good’ fits very closely with our philosophy at Burgess Hill Girls. Our empowering community gives girls the freedom to take risks, to challenge themselves, and, most importantly, to make and learn from mistakes; a true driver in developing the necessary character and skills to succeed in the long term. Who knows, you might be seeing a Burgess Hill Girl on the podium some time soon.


Puddle Ducks have arrived in Shoreham-by-sea – Tuesday classes now available to book!  Sunday morning classes are already FULLY BOOKED.

Taught by outstanding teachers Michelle and Vikki, this is the first time that Puddle Ducks classes will ever have been taught in Shoreham-by-sea.

The pool is intimate and gorgeously warm at 33 – 34 degrees, there is FREE PARKING on site, a warm fresh water shower, changing space for mums and dads and a viewing area for spectators. With a maximum class size of just 6, places are very limited and will be administered strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Southern Transit – one of Sussex’s leading, and last remaining, independently run bus and coach companies has just launched a ‘Splendid Summer in Sussex’ photography competition.

Celebrating the beauty of Sussex, the competition invites the local community to take a photo of their favourite place in the county. Whether it’s one of the county’s iconic piers, historic castles, stunning beaches, national parks, harbours, railways, or any other location, every photo submitted will be considered as long as it captures Sussex at its best.

Budding photographers have until Friday 7th September to submit their photos. All entries will then be uploaded to Southern Transit’s Facebook page and the public invited to vote for the favourite to determine the winner.

The winner will be rewarded with free private travel on one of Southern Transit’s new Citymaster state-of-the-art buses, to a Sussex location of their choice, for them and up to 71 guests of their choice* – perfect for a special day out with a group of friends and family, or to donate for a child’s school trip or local charity outing!

Sue Rose, Operations Director at Southern Transit, commented:

“Sussex has been the home of Southern Transit for over 15 years and we couldn’t be prouder to be based and one of the UK’s most stunning locations. The county has so much to offer. We regularly take our buses out around Sussex, whether we’re helping with rail replacement, the school run, private hires, our Route 3 service or even wedding and film work, and are constantly blown away by the scenery we get to see every day.

“We’ve launched this competition as a great way to bring the Sussex community together to be proud of their county. We can’t wait to see all the entries!”

To submit a photograph, simply email it to [email protected] by Friday 7th September confirming the location, along with the photographer’s name, age and contact details.

Terms and conditions apply. See for details.

A new initiative to fight food waste in Brighton and Hove launched this week with the arrival of the first Community Fridge for the city.

The fridge was placed in Phoenix Community Centre (2 Phoenix Place, Brighton), which is managed by landlords the Hyde Group, on Tuesday 29 May. It is the first of two Community Fridges for Brighton and Hove, thanks to funding from Sainsbury’s Waste Less Save More campaign for Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.  The two fridges have been generously donated by Liebherr.

The second fridge will be located at Whitehawk Inn and is expected to arrive later this summer.

What is a Community Fridge?

A Community Fridge is a tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. It is housed in a public, accessible place, making surplus food freely available to anyone who wants it. The surplus food is provided by local businesses or members of the public.

Anyone will be able to pick up food from the Phoenix Centre fridge for free. It will not be policed and its operation will be based on trust.

Helen Starr Keddle, Development Officer with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, said: “A successful Community Fridge deals with so many different issues at the same time. Community Fridges are a fantastic way to deal with surplus food which has a huge impact on the environment, they can help people in food poverty to access free food and they are a chance to bring the community together over a shared resource.

“I’m really excited to be able to launch the first Community Fridge for Brighton at Hyde’s Phoenix Centre and hope it will be the first of many to come.”

Community Fridges have been installed in many other sites across the country, supported by Hubbub, a national charity coordinating the Community Fridge network.

Donating food

The average UK family wastes £470 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been consumed. More than 60% of the food wasted in the UK (4.1 million tonnes) is avoidable.

The Brighton Community Fridge at Phoenix Centre is able to accept surplus food from Monday to Friday between 9am to noon and from 2:30pm to 5pm,  including sealed packaged foods, cheeses, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, table sauces, pastry, unopened milk and yoghurt, unopened fruit juices and salads, and eggs if they are in date.

Unfortunately, it cannot accept home-cooked food or cooked food from unregistered sources, cooked food that doesn’t have a use-by date, cooked rice, pâtés, bean sprouts and food made from unpasteurised milk.

Hyde’s Community Centre Supervisor at the Phoenix Centre, Sean Sheppard said: “We are really excited to be at the forefront of delivering this project in partnership with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Hubbub. I hope we can really help some of the people who might be struggling for a meal in our local community and make a positive impact on food waste.

“This is a fantastic project and has real potential to grow if more partners and organisations are willing to take part. We’re already looking at involving our own community garden project which grows fresh vegetables, so  it’s exciting to see how this project will evolve.”

Helen added: “We hope that anyone who needs some food for free can pick some up. We ask that people are considerate of the needs of others and only take what they need.”



Puddle Ducks have arrived in Shoreham-by-sea – Tuesday afternoon classes now available to book!  Sunday morning classes are already FULLY BOOKED.

Taught by local expert (and very popular) teacher Michelle, this is the first time that Puddle Ducks classes will ever have been taught in Shoreham-by-sea.

The pool is intimate and gorgeously warm at 33 – 34 degrees, there is FREE PARKING on site, a warm fresh water shower, changing space for mums and dads and a viewing area for spectators. With a maximum class size of just 6, places are very limited and will be administered strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Class Running Order:
3.30pm: Floaties (birth to 9 months)
This is the only Puddle Ducks Floaties class currently running at Herons Dale
4pm: Splashers (6 months to 18 months)
4.30pm: Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
5pm: Little Dippers (2.5 to 4 years)

Click HERE for details about this fabulous new venue:…/ou…/herons-dale-primary-school

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For further information about the new session please email [email protected] or call us on 01892 617246.

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.”