Official Launch of the Illuminate Tapestry

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The launch of the Illuminate tapestry, created by the Network of International Women of Brighton & Hove, took place on Saturday 23rd June. The film of the making of the tapestry was presented by  Councillor Alex Phillips, the Deputy Mayor. Dee Simson, the Mayor, and Pinaki Ghoshal, Director of Children, Family and Schools were also present. Representatives from the Brighton & Hove Community Safety Partnership and Sanctuary on Sea attended the event. There were at least 50 people present, including some of the women who had created the tapestry and their families.IMG_0044

Some of the contributors to the tapestry, stood up and spoke about what participating in the project had meant to them, the friendship and acceptance of other women, and working together to create and share something of their home country – which was very humbling. See more info about the making of the tapestry here .

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Join us at the Hollingdean Community Catch Up – Wed, 25 July @ 6pm

Don’t miss the Hollingdean Community Catch Up next week -Wed 25 July 6-8pm !

Local residents, community groups and local services coming together  to discuss ideas; projects and put together and local action plan to develop our community.  Themes for discussion will include:

  1. Getting my information – Accessing local Information; knowledge sharing communication; learning
  2. The place I live in – The environment; green spaces; sustainability
  3. My health and wellbeing – Financial exclusion & loneliness (children& adults)
  4. Who might find it difficult to join in? – Barriers to participation

This will be an opportunity to meet your neighbour, find out what’s going on; to get involved and to make change happen. So, if you have a particular interest or concern; if you have an idea or a project that could bring positive impact to Hollingdean residents, come along and get involved.

Register here:

For further discussion, contact Ceza:

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Sacred Cacao Ceremony & Shiva Dance Rhythms & Gong Bath
(Limited Places)

DAY: Sunday 29 April
START: 3-6pm
PRICE: £30 or £35 on the day
VENUE: St Richards Church Hall,
The Crossway, Hollingdean

NB: Free Parking

Evolve into your authentic self, just as the pupa (chrysalis)
evolves and transforms into an amazingly beautiful butterfly.
Spread your wings of confidence, creativity and float away
on the rising, physical and psychological healing vibrations life
can offer.

Opening with a sacred cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards, whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of who you are, release old patterns and traumas, or move into a more self-confident space. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you to the insight and awareness to move towards that goal. And it makes you HAPPY!

Shiva Dance Rhythms will allow to release physical tension, by
moving and expressing your inner creativity. Let loose and flow
with the rhythm in your soul, releasing all inhibitions and feel them fall away.

Then flow into the healing vibrations of the Gongs. Be guided as
you float into the passive side of zero, where only consciousness

GONG BATH: Bring: Mat + Blanket + Cosy Clothes

Michele: T: 07906 364928 or



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Earthsea Plantbased Wholefoods Relaunch Party – Saturday 3rd March – noon till 6 pm!


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In Shape for Life at Hollingdean Community Centre

“ In Shape for Life will be at Hollingdean Community Centre every Monday 7.00-8.00 pm. In Shape for Life is a low cost, circuit based fitness sessions suitable for adults of all fitness levels and abilities. The sessions are led by  a  fully qualified and friendly instructor and are priced £3.00 (per session) or £2.00 for concessions.

In Shape for Life classes are designed to:

  • Increase your fitness and strength
  • Improve your flexibility and mobility
  • Increase your confidence
  • Improve your wellbeing, reduce stress and anxiety
  • Provide a supportive group to help you to lead a healthy active lifestyle.


Are the classes right for me?

The In Shape for life programme is designed to support people looking to get more active to improve their health and wellbeing.

It is particularly suitable for:

  • People who currently do very little regular exercise and would like to do more at their own pace.
  • People who might not be confident about exercising and would like to join friendly supportive group
  • People who would enjoy the support of exercising in a group of people all looking to improve their health and wellbeing

For more information please contact The Healthy Lifestyles Team on 01273 292724 or email “

Hollingdean In Shape poster active for life



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No dig gardening

Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group

No dig gardening, talk by Joshua the Gardener, March 8th, 730-9pm.  Phoenix Community Centre.  Free to Bhogg members, non-members £5

Joshua the gardener was very popular at Seedy Sunday, with a huge line of people waiting to ask him questions after his talk.  We are delighted to have him come talk to us at the Phoenix Community centre in a few weeks.

His talk is based around growing vegetables without the need to cultivate the soil so, no digging, forking or tilling. The no dig gardening method was made popular by Charles Dowding and having featured on gardeners world a few weeks back it is going through a rapid rise in popularity.  It’s a process of adding organic matter in layers and growing almost immediately. Healthier plants, healthier soil and bigger yields.

The talk covers all aspects of how to get started, sowing and harvesting as well as design points…

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Community Learning: Free & low cost courses for Brighton and Hove residents

Community Learning A5 Brochure _ Spring2018 Jan

The Community Learning team provides short informal courses. Our courses are free and some even lead to qualifications.

Courses include: Food Safety, Family First Aid for Babies and Children, Mindfulness and Confidence Building.

How to get a free place on one of our courses

To be offered a free place you will need to be:

  • 19 and over
  • Living in the EU for at least 3 years
  • Living in Brighton and Hove area
  • Unemployed (or working less than 16 hours) or on a low
  • income (less than £13,500 for a single income or less than £18,500 for a combined household income)
  • Or have no qualifications
  • Or you volunteer and are unemployed

Contact us on 01273 810210 for information about courses to help get you back into learning and volunteering.

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