• King signs up Lewes pair on new deals

    Lewes manager Steven King has boosted hopes of a stronger promotion challenge next season by persuading two key players to sign new contracts. King remains driven by the challenge of leading the Rooks into the Conference National. And he feels the signings

  • Eastbourne delight as Flower gets England job

    There is almost as much delight at Hove this week at the appointment of England's new assistant coach as there was when Peter Moores got the top job. Andy Flower has never played for Sussex but he has strong connections with the county. Chief executive

  • Former Albion loanee gets call-up

    Joe O'Cearuill, who played ten games on loan to Albion this season, has won his first call-up to the full Republic of Ireland squad. O'Cearuill, left, is one of nine uncapped players in Ireland's squad for the two-match trip to the USA later this month

  • Robinson upset after Saqlain is denied a game

    Coach Mark Robinson admitted he was disappointed Saqlain Mushtaq was denied more valuable match practice at Hove yesterday. The ECB ruled the 30-year-old former Pakistan off-spinner could not play against Cardiff UCCE, even though it is not a first-class

  • Worthing appoint new chairman

    Dave Agnew is the new chairman of Worthing Football Club in succession to the late Beau Reynolds. Agnew was handed the role at a board meeting yesterday when Alan Pook was made vice-chairman. The pair are hoping to lead the club into a bright new era

  • Exhausted Watt feels the heat

    Davey Watt today admitted his hectic four-day comeback schedule caught up with him at just the wrong time. But the Eastbourne Eagles star is confident he will be raring to go for his next matches after making an early exit from a televised tussle with

  • Reds duo stay on in playing role

    Ben Judge and Dave Woozley are staying at Crawley - but not as managers. The two defenders have been offered one-year playing contracts after meeting club owners Chas and Azwar Majeed yesterday. But the manager's job is to be advertised, although Judge

  • Second M25 crash victim named

    A doctor has been named as among the victims of the M25 crash. Christopher Janaway was 28 and lived in Brighton, Surrey Police said. Surrey Police Chief Superintendent Rob Price said the tragedy was one of the worst collisions the force had dealt with

  • Roundabout to be transformed

    A tawdry roundabout is to be transformed with a towering monument to two of Brighton's most eminent architects. Seven Dials is to receive a much-needed facelift with a wider centre circle and artwork to mark father and son Amon Wilds and Amon Henry Wilds

  • Vandals rampage through school

    Vandals rampaged through an infant school playground throwing bricks at windows and causing damage which will cost thousands of pounds to repair. The four to seven-year-old pupils of Downs Infant School in Brighton had to be banned from playing outdoors

  • Waking, Sanctuary Cella, Brighton

    The play begins with drunken lead character Jamie stumbling into view, rambling to her noticeably absent latest conquest about exactly what she's going to do to him. In the intimate atmosphere of the Cella, it almost feels as though you are about to

  • Odemba OK Jazz All Stars, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

    Even a granite statue would have succumbed to the irresistible temptation to get down from its plinth and dance to the infectious Congolese rumba of Dizzy Mandjeku and his band. The Odemba OK Jazz All Stars were convened to celebrate the music of the

  • Hamlet, Marlborough Theatre, Brighton

    A murdered father and a whore for a mother. Oh we all know the student prince has issues a-plenty - and boy, can he procrastinate. Max Day's abridgement remains faithful to the text and he doesn't, as may be the temptation with such a well known play

  • Richard III, New Venture Theatre, Brighton

    Richard of Gloucester's bid for the crown begins by wooing a lady over her husband's corpse. That's already awfully nasty and, if you know the play, you'll be aware that he only stoops lower from there. The cast for this show is good, on the whole.

  • Pluck – Musical Arson, Udderbelly, Brighton

    This string trio's renditions of songs, ranging from Vivaldi's Four Seasons to Fever and Stand By Me, were constantly disrupted by performers having punch-ups, stealing each other's instruments, yanking off wigs and flirting with unsuspecting punters,

  • La Traviata, Royal Pavilion, Brighton

    I have long been a fan of scaled-down opera - it makes the ticket price much cheaper than major opera houses and, although you lose the spectacle and the full orchestral sound, you are often repaid with bags of intensity. In this salon production

  • Builders and architects selected for school rebuild

    Architects and builders are being selected to work on a £37 million project to rebuild a school. East Sussex County Council is looking for contractors to deliver the reconstruction of Bexhill High in Gunters Lane, Bexhill. Last week parents, teachers

  • Police support officers aren’t police

    I read with interest the letter from Mark White, secretary of the Sussex Police Federation (Letters, May 1). Even more interesting was the picture on page 20 - Claire Truscott's article on the recent terrorist trial. The caption again read, "Police

  • A lilac lark in the park

    How many people realise that we have a National Lilac Collection in Withdean Park? How many people know about Withdean Park? There used to be lilac walks during the Brighton Festival with lilac specialist Phil Williamson who has now unfortunately

  • Landlords and tenants need deposit protection

    John Stevens' letter regarding the tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme (Letters, April 28) overlooks the problem of unscrupulous landlords withholding tenants' deposits. Last year, more than three quarters of all tenants who had money withheld

  • Countryside tips

    I was encouraged to read recently (The Argus, April 24) that the Countryside Alliance has launched a campaign against fly-tipping. It was about time someone did. This has been a problem in my area for some time, with rubbish being tipped in Slugwash

  • A sound service

    I recently had reason to attend an urgent appointment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital's ultrasound department. I would like to thank them for the swift and efficient service I received there. I was contacted a day after my doctor's appointment

  • Jason mended Brighton’s broken hearts

    I would like to comment on the review of the Jason Donovan gig at the Dome by Rachel Pegg (The Argus, May 3). Firstly, the concert was absolutely brilliant. Yes, the audience were typically British and took a good few nudges to stand up and move

  • Crazy paving

    I find it remarkable that Brighton and Hove City Council can do so much good work on improving our city but when it comes to the basics fail miserably. The block paving installed in New Road in front of the Theatre Royal and magnificent Unitarian

  • Riccardo Garcia’s Flamenco Con Fusion, Udderbelly, Brighton

    Riccardo Garcia told Saturday's audience that Brighton's weather that day reminded him of summer in Spain. But his show, instead of being like a lazy, cloudless bank holiday, somehow has the energy of a really good summer rainstorm. Garcia plucks out

  • Central crossing

    Having lived in Brighton all my life, I take a great interest in my home town, and the proposed plan for a central park in the Old Steine, putting all the traffic along the east side of the road, alarms me considerably. It is difficult enough to

  • Not streamlined

    What is happening at Alliance and Leicester branches? Every branch is being streamlined to one kiosk open, thus creating huge queues and extensive waiting times. We are told the streamlining is to benefit customers. Pray tell me how waiting in

  • Praise the police

    I thought the letter about police parking on double yellow lines (Letters, April 26) was a bit hard on our police. They do a wonderful job in difficult times. I think they should be appreciated a lot more, as they go beyond their duties many times

  • Good Samaritans

    I too was thrilled to be part of the great congregation at St Peter's recently and thank Mr Webster for his letter (Letters, April 26). Many thanks are also due to those responsible for arranging the service, the organist and choir, the readers

  • What I Heard About Iraq, Udderbely, Brighton

    In Simon Levy's constantly evolving adaptation of a magazine article by Elliot Weinberger (in the London Review of Books, of all places), five actors faced the audience on a sparse stage and declaimed a living history of the invasion and occupation of

  • Poisonous words

    In a piece in the Sunday Telegraph about poisonous caterpillars, I was amused to read: "Residents of Hove, near Brighton, have been struggling with swarms of the caterpillars this year." Would that were so. "Subjugated by Brighton" more like!

  • Brighton Festival Youth Choir, Pavilion Theatre, Brighton

    Now in its sixth festival, the all-girl Brighton Festival Youth Choir (BFYC) gave its first lunchtime recital on Monday - and a marvellous occasion it was. The 36-strong choir, beautifully dressed in black, with freshly-scrubbed, shiny faces and neat

  • Caesar Twins, Udderbelly, Brighton

    Watching the Caesar Twins is almost like seeing a whole circus but with just two performers. The Polish pair made their name with astonishing feats of balancing, as showcased in 2005's visit to Brighton with La Clique. But their own show reveals there

  • Stories of London’s marathon achievers

    This was my eighth Flora London Marathon for The Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre of Colchester. My previous best in the Flora London Marathon was three hours 32 minutes and this year I was aiming forthree hours 20, but in January I damaged my back

  • Odemba OK Jazz All Stars, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton

    Even a granite statue would have succumbed to the irresistible temptation to get down from its plinth and dance to the infectious Congolese rumba of Dizzy Mandjeku and his band. The Odemba OK Jazz All Stars were convened to celebrate the music of the

  • Gay hate crime on the increase

    Attacks on members of the gay community have gone up by almost 50 per cent. Homophobic crime in Brighton and Hove rose from 135 offences in 2005-06 to 184 in 2006-07. The majority of the crimes reported were assaults followed by harassment and public

  • Landmark city building to make way for flats

    A landmark Victorian building is to be demolished to make way for flats. Campaigners who fought to save the much-loved building have failed to convince builders George Wimpey to preserve The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, Brighton, in its

  • The Goldstone has gone and Falmer is the future

    I must congratulate The Argus on the splendid Seagulls supplement, Ten Years On (The Argus, April 25). It brought back so many fond memories of 50 years on the East Terrace at the dear old Goldstone Ground with my brother Bob and family. It also

  • Time to build on our history

    I have just read your excellent Ten Years On supplement (The Argus, April 25) and hope it will be sent to Ruth Kelly, even though I don't suppose she will see it but it will at least be within her department. I have also just heard Colchester FC

  • One-sided story?

    Having read Adam Trimingham's eulogistic piece on Norman Baker (Comment, April 24), I hope he can support his proposition that David Maclean's bill is unnecessary. I suspect he has not asked Mr Maclean for his view and relied on Mr Baker's view

  • Good education is the best defence

    It lifts the heart for a student to write in defence of his school and, better still, giving Ofsted a well-deserved telling off (Letters, May 2) It's clear, if Daniel Barnard is anything to go by, there's nothing much wrong with the English taught

  • An ‘unfit’ leader

    Poor old Lewes District Council chairwoman Marina Pepper claims she didn't try to abuse her position for political gain when making her ill-timed comments at the Royal Sussex Regiment re-union (The Argus, May 1). To anybody who understands the

  • ‘Smelly’ students

    We have problems with the large numbers of students renting accommodation in my road. Parties, while not frequent, often last until the early hours of the morning, with scant regard for those residents who have to get up for work. The biggest

  • Legal Aid access for everybody

    I was concerned to read the article headlined "Solicitors to ditch legal aid cases" (The Argus, May 2). I would like to reassure readers there is no shortage of legal aid advice available to people in Sussex. The reforms are specifically about

  • Is the end night for the gay scene?

    Unheralded by the media on the day of implementation, Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 came into force in England on April 30. Why silence from the media? Could it be that the word of the law now in force which makes it illegal

  • Discount disgust

    Southern Water prefers payment by direct debit and offers a discount of £5 per annum off your bill if you sign up for this method of payment. Unable to resist this magnificent offer I duly signed up. They sent a payment schedule - and guess what

  • Waste of water

    I have just had my waste water bill in from Southern Water and it shows a waste water drainage standing charge total of £11.24 and surface water drainage standing charges of £11.27. It is diabolical to charge for water that runs off the house

  • Rate to reply

    In April, I fell over a water tap cover in Rutland Road. I finished up with a black eye and my right thumb has been painful ever since. I also hurt my chest and my right knee. A few days later I wrote a letter to Southern Water explaining all

  • Cost of charges

    Congratulations to Stuart Matthews, who has received £2,500 back from his bank due to excessive charges (Letters, April 26). However, has he considered the fact that, over a period of at least six years, he has irresponsibly broken his contract

  • Saviour annointed to come to churches' rescue

    A Churches Tsar has been appointed to rescue a number of under-threat places of worship. Scott Ralph, a former historic buildings surveyor for Brighton and Hove City Council, has been drafted in to ensure the city's churches have a viable future. Crippled

  • Low standards

    Trading standards or double standards? Is trading standards losing its independence? I only ask after reading the Buy With Confidence supplement (The April, April 28). That confidence has to be called into question when trading standards is accepting

  • Call to scrap regional fire centre plan

    Front line fire fighters have called on the Government to abandon its scheme to build a new regional fire control centre. The Fire Brigades Union said its members in the region believed the money would be better spent on more staff, training and equipment

  • Shock figures reveal assaults on teachers

    More than 600 pupils in Sussex were sent home from school for hitting a teacher in a single year, Government figures show. Statistics released by the the Department for Education and Skills reveal 637 pupils were suspended from secondary, primary and

  • Post office could become big store

    A city centre post office could become a major department store. The Ship Street branch in Brighton is set to be closed and moved to a corner of WH Smith in Churchill Square as part of cost-cutting measures by Post Office Ltd. The announcement

  • Teenager 'lucky to be alive' after fall

    A teenager broke his arm after falling 15ft from a fort. James Smart, 15, of Overhill, Southwick, has been told he is lucky to be alive after the accident at old Shoreham Fort. He had been out with friends when he lost his footing and fell onto concrete

  • The signs from history

    Following on from your news item "Business owners in The Lanes are fed up of it being referred to as South Lanes'" (The Argus, April 27): in The Lanes we are constantly striving to attract people to the area and maintaining a strong identity is

  • Common sense is still off the lunch menu

    May I recommend to West Sussex County Council a very good consultant for healthy eating and exercise in schools ("Anger at cost of meals advisers", Argus, May 2) - common sense. This consultant is excellent value - it costs nothing - and can often

  • Years of inaction

    Last week we read of yet another two unnecessary deaths due to road accidents on the A27 near Selmeston. How many more lives does this road have to claim before the Government will do something about it? When I first started driving 32 years ago

  • Caught on camera

    I would like to know why there aren't any speed cameras on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate. This is a very dangerous road and the loss of life recently has been tragic. I believe many accidents on this road are caused either by speeding or by

  • Barriers between

    Sylvia Harwood (Letters, April 27) is correct that it is not roads that cause accidents, but drivers. It is also obvious that dual carriageways practically eliminate head-on collisions. Chris Gould, Georgia Avenue, Worthing

  • M25 crash horror victim named

    One of five stag partygoers killed in a horrific crash on the M25 was a promising young musician, it was revealed today. Jon Chandler died early yesterday morning in what police described as one of the worst collisions to have occurred on the M25

  • The significance of polling day

    Whilst I agree with Mr Taylor and Mr Ackers that Brighton and Hove City Council could give more consideration to opening polling stations in locations other than schools (Letters, May 2), I cannot support their implied view that schools are the

  • Pleading for a new bus route

    Hurrah! At long last the local bus company has decided thankfully to re-route the No7 bus so it now goes directly up Queen's Road to Brighton Station and then onwards as before. Everyone I know is delighted it now no longer makes that pointless

  • Women to blame for bad television, says veteran astronomer

    Eccentric astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has claimed that TV is worse today because the BBC is run by women. The presenter of The Sky At Night, who lives in Selsey, near Chichester, also belittled female newsreaders in an interview with Radio Times, describing

  • Cracks showing

    What an absolute mess the roads and pavements are in and around Hove. Apart from the many broken pavements, we have trees with roots coming out of the tarmac forming small hills which are badly cracked. We now have, for want of a better description

  • Charity celebrates cash boost

    A first aid charity is celebrating after being given a major financial boost. The Big Lottery has awarded a grant of £181,497 to the Sussex St John Ambulance for its homeless service in Hastings and St Leonards. The money will be used to support the

  • Can't stand it

    The Brighton Festival 2007 is up and running and yet the city has two bandstands, one in Brighton and one in Hove, both ideally situated, yet neither is staging any musical event. This is a crying shame. Roy V Hilliard, Old Shoreham Road, Portslade

  • Slow going on not so super highway

    Few can remember how long improvements to the A27 have been discussed. Bottlenecks at Chichester, Arundel and Worthing have become part of the daily fabric of West Sussex travel and, despite business suffering from our clogged-up roads, little progress

  • It's time to clamp down on clampers

    Bully boy clampers are bulldozing their way around Sussex. Many, particularly the cowboy minority, are only too happy to immobilise any vehicle that so much as twitches. But campaigners across the county are beginning to fight back and here, in a

  • Police complaints on the increase

    Complaints against the police are increasing, a new report has revealed. Official statistics show gripes on a variety of issues, ranging from officers executing a search warrant on the wrong house to police vehicles reversing into parked cars, have risen

  • £1.6 turnover by working from home

    A mum who sold more than £1.6 million worth of holidays from her living room in 12 months has scooped a national award. Francesca Barone, from Burgess Hill, is one of 600 homeworkers in Britain employed by Future Travel, a large independent retailer

  • Goodbye and good ridance to Tony Blair

    In A few days, Tony Blair will resign. The long goodbye is drawing to an end, the increasingly desperate scrabble for a "legacy" almost complete. He will retire to a life of affluence, almost certainly devoting himself to a lucrative lecture round

  • Man rescued after trapping his leg

    A man had to be rescued by firefighters after getting his foot stuck in a floor board. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 9.37pm yesterday to a home in Millers Road, Brighton. The man had trodden on a floor board but it was rotten. His

  • TV companies are on top of the world

    Brighton's reputation as a hotbed of creative talent was underlined after three of the city's TV production companies were listed among the 100 best in the world. Ricochet, back2back and Seventh Art Productions all feature in the Realscreen Global

  • College to be rebuilt with Government cash

    A sixth form college is set to undergo a £34 million revamp. The principal of Varndean College has unveiled ambitious plans to knock down almost all of its buildings in Surrenden Road, Brighton, and replace them with modern facilities capable of housing

  • Parents' fears over schools shake up

    Dozens more children could start applying for places at Brighton and Hove secondary schools. The reorganisation of middle and first schools in the neighbouring Adur district means children will be moving on to secondary school at 11 instead of 12. Most

  • Property protests to hit Chancellor's visit

    Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown's appearance at the Brighton Festival could be hijacked by protesters, furious about spiralling property costs. Frustrated first-time buyers plan to picket the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he speaks

  • C-90, Argus Lofts, Brighton, until May 20

    Where have all the mix tapes gone, long time passing? It's a question that would characteristically bug the whimsical, quirky and pleasingly pedantic Daniel Kitson, a comedian whose material has always combined the bitter and the sweet. But it would

  • Brighton men die in horror crash

    Five Brighton men making their way home from a stag party have died in an horrific crash on the M25. The men were travelling in the cab of a recovery vehicle after their minibus broke down. They were killed alongside the recovery driver when the vehicle

  • Wait over charges for Littlehampton rioters

    Police are waiting to find out how many people will be charged over a racially motivated attack in a town centre. Up to 40 people were involved in a mass brawl in Clifton Road, Littlehampton, after a group of men armed with bottles and glasses set upon

  • Ancient forests get lottery facelift

    Lottery cash has been set aside to restore treasured ancient areas of Sussex countryside. Weald Forest Ridge, which stretches from Tonbridge to Horsham, is due to benefit from a £5.5 million package from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The area, in the High

  • Shock results hit parish elections

    Hundreds of candidates battled it out for parish and town councils seats in last Thursday's election. While much of the attention was focused on the district, borough and city council elections, the fight for grassroots politics was equally compelling