Marina Planning Decision
Marina proposal

Plans for one thousand new flats at Brighton Marina, including a 28-storey tower block, have been refused planning permission in a surprise move by the Government. The development – dubbed a “pound-shop Dubai” by one local councillor – was rejected by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, on the […]

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Joan Griffiths (1940-2021)

Many members of KTS will be very sorry to hear that Joan Griffiths died on October 19th. She had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, but typically kept on working and enjoying life as long as she was able. Joan was a force of nature and a fount of energy, and sometimes seemed to be […]

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KTS Calendar
Alice in Kemp Town Calendar

The 2022 Kemp Town Society calendar is now on sale! Titled ‘Alice in Kemp Town’ the calendar celebrates the Kemp Town Estate’s link with Lewis Carroll who often visited Sussex Square to stay with a friend’s family. The calendar features Sir John Tenniel’s famous Alice illustrations merged beautifully and imaginatively into landscape settings featuring the […]

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Prize-giving for the 2021 Patio garden competition
Patio Garden Winner

On Saturday 26th June the prize-giving for the 2021 Patio garden competition was held in the South Garden, socially distanced and in glorious sunshine! During this year’s lockdown, the front courtyard gardens seem rather different. They have been the only outside space our basement residents have had unrestricted access to, and so have been nurtured […]

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DAVID MORRIS (1925-2021)
David Morris

Chairman 1987-97, President from 2017 It was with great sadness that we learned of the death on 30 May of one of KTS’s most active and long-serving supporters.  David and Nina moved to Lewes Crescent in 1974 after he retired from a career as a chartered surveyor. Clearly he sought an active retirement and wanted […]

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Patio Garden Competition Year 2
Patio flowers

Last year the Society were saddened not to be able to hold the Summer Garden party because of the Covid lockdown. To replace it we organised at short notice a competition to find the best Patio garden on the Estate. It was hard to choose a winner from the 19 entries! Regular passers-by enjoyed looking over […]

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Brighton Gasworks development – questions for the developer
gasworks development showing boundary

Below are the list of questions from 14 societies, sent to Dan Whickham at St. William Berkeley last week.  1. Alternative design studies – Question from the Brighton SocietyWhat alternative design feasibility studies were carried out? 2. Contamination issues – Question from The Kemp Town SocietyWhat do you see as the main risks of formulating detailed design proposals before the […]

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Brighton Gasworks Second Public Consultation – February 2021
gasworks development showing boundary

Members living on the Kemp Town Estate will have received notification of a second public consultation for the Brighton Gasworks site.  You are invited to visit www.brightongasworks.co.uk to view the revised proposals and give feedback.  St William, the developer, is aiming to submit their planning application in spring 2021. Kemp Town Society has contributed to a joint […]

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Minutes of 2020 AGM

Minutes of the Ninth Annual General Meeting of the Kemp Town Society, held via Zoom on Saturday 3rd October 2020: Download

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Kemp Town Society Quiz October 2020

The winner of the 2020 KTS Quiz, of necessity an emailed affair, was Sue Craig, and the runners-up Pip Tucker and Frans Blok. Congratulations to them! And thanks also to those other plucky members who had a go. The answers to the  50 questions follow. Several entrants were kind enough to say that they found […]

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2020 AGM

The Society’s Annual General Meeting, delayed from May, will now be held on Saturday October 3rd at 10.30am. To ensure the safety of members and to respect social distancing, the meeting will take place ‘virtually’ using the Zoom video meeting app. The meeting link will be e-mailed to members prior to the meeting. Please see […]

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Kemp Town Information Boards Launched!

Suddenly, on May 28th, we woke to discover that the Information Boards were already going up! All the boards on the railings were in place by 9am, speedily and efficiently erected by Neil and Len of (Fitzpatrick Woolmer Design from Rochester). (Neil applied the fixings, Len checked constantly with the spirit level; the boards faithfully follow […]

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The Garden Party 2020
Dalmations

Sadly, even with the lockdown slightly easing, this year’s “spotty” Garden Party planned for June 27th is now cancelled. Social distancing and neighbourly fun are just too hard to combine. The committee will, however, be thinking of ways to celebrate when things return to normal. Watch this space!

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Coronavirus Support

If you are self-isolating due to Covid-19 the Sussex Square & Lewes Crescent Mutual Aid Network can help with: picking up shopping posting mail dog walking urgent supplies a friendly phone call To request help or to volunteer contact Stephanie Ferguson (07876 574202) or Kelly Walsh (07711 963855). Or go to: https://coronasupport.house Please note this […]

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St George’s Concert
BYO Concert

A dozen players of the BYO String Ensemble came to give an early evening concert on Saturday 8 February, continuing an association with KTS that began in 2017. An audience of over 100 enjoyed a diverse programme of works by Brighton composer Ian Copley, Vivaldi (a concerto for 2 cellos), Dvorak and Telemann (his little-known […]

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The City of Brighton and Hove Commemorates Antarctic Pioneer

The City of Brighton and Hove is to commemorate Edward Bransfield R.N. (1785-1852), the navigator and explorer who discovered Antarctica in 1820, by erecting a Blue Plaque on his former home in Brighton.  The ceremony will take place at 11 Clifton Road on January 30, 11.30 for 11.45am 2020 to mark the 200th anniversary, to […]

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Black Rock Development

Following enquiries from some members about the current state of Black Rock and  correspondence about it with our 3 local councillors, we were grateful to Bridget Fishleigh for setting up a site meeting recently with Katherine Pearce, the council’s project manager heading up the Waterfront Project, Laura Marshall, a planning consultant, Jane Chetwynd Appleton, Chair […]

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Kemp Town Information Boards
Kemp Town

Presented at this year’s AGM, the Society is using the Alex Bruce Legacy to fund five (educational permanent A1 external) information boards featuring the history and construction of the Estate.  Four of the boards will be mounted on the railings outside the Gardens and one free-standing, near the cottages on the Esplanade.  The designs include images […]

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