Annual festival art trail

AOH_COVER_2016Every year during Brighton Festival there’s an opportunity to see some of the creative work going on in and around the Drara neighbourhood. Artists from Newhaven to Hove open their houses during May weekends – and those in our area are part of the ‘Beyond the Level‘ group. Now in its 23nd year with 16 houses and studios open, the work of an ever-growing community of practising artists and designers living and working around the Drara neighbourhood and beyond. Follow the trail or just visit one or two to find out what your neighbours get up to – a chance to see original arts and crafts available and support the local creative sector.

Know My Neighbour Week May 21st – 27th

kmn-logo-low-resKnow My Neighbour is a coalition of voluntary, community, faith and third sector organisations working together to solve the issue of social isolation in Brighton and Hove. On Wednesday 20th April 3.30pm5.00pm anyone interested is invited to a meeting at One Church, Gloucester Place to firm up the plans for Know My Neighbour 2016 and how orgainsations/individuals can get involved.

The purpose of the meeting is  to:

– Share events planned so far, with a special focus on Know My Neighbour Week 21st-27th May including a week long Pop-up Cafe event.
– Explain how organisations and individuals can get involved and partner with Know My Neighbour.Benefiting neighbours and the activities/services you are involved in.
– Provide an opportunity for those already involved to speak to a member of the team about their planned event or initiative.

Find out more

Everyone is welcome, please RSVP
For further information  call Kate  07926 121 093.

London Road LAT – Tuesday April 5th

lrb pretty springThe next meeting of the London Road Area Action Team is on Tuesday April 5th – 6.15 for 6.30 pm at Calvary Church. Its a great way to find out what’s going on along and around our local high street. On the agenda this month are Houses in mutliple occupation, policing update, and Drara’s own Elspeth looking to inspire action to spread greenery beyond the lovely LRSP garden and Greenway to London Road and its environs. Local residents and businesses all welcome.

Full agenda on the London Road LAT website.

Drara meeting Tuesday March 15th, 7.30pm

noisy neighboursThe next Drara meeting is Tuesday March 15th at 7.30pm. Come and join us at 147 Ditchling Rise. Meetings are frindly and infomral, a chance to get to know neighbours and councillors and air any issues of interest or concern in the area. On the agenda are community safety, welcoming HMO tenants to the area, the bike hangar, planning and anything else you’d like to raise under AOB.

We look forward to welcoming you.


Burglary, Bike theft and vehicle damage

At our business meetings its always interesting to hear the report from our ever helpful PCSO Bonnie on matters arising in the area. At our recent January meet she reported a spate of attempted break ins – mostly basements, and bike thefts towards the end of last year. There has also been some damage to vehicles.

See the eWATCH –VIADUCT EWATCH DEC – newsletter which covers our area and Roundhill for useful information on ensuring your home and possessions are secure.

Celebrate London Road – Nov 24th

mixed use pavement at Preston Circus

The London Road Area Action Team are inviting everyone to celebrate London Road on Tuesday 24th November. Over the past few years the area has seen many changes – transforming from a drab stretch of empty shops to a busier high street packed with new cafes, restaurants and more second hand shopping as showcase charity shops move in. Who would have thought al fresco coffee would would become normal here? Tuesday evening is an opportunity to find out more about development of the adjoining New England Quarter from Ross Gilbert of QED, hear about what is being done to improve community safety and much more. 6.30 pm at Calvary Church – see the LAT website for full details.

Drara meeting – 10th November 7.30 pm

autumn tree stanley roadThe next business meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov 10th, 2015, at 147 Ditchling Rise, Brighton at 7.3o pm.

On the agenda are updates on traffic management; mixed use area outside the Duke of Yorks; leaflet for welcoming students to the area; community safety. If there is anything else you wish to chat about come along to our friendly and informal meeting. It’s an opportunity to meet neighbours and find out what’s going on. DRARA Agenda 10-11-2015