Zombie Science

Brighton Science Festival 2011

Zombie Science is touring comedy and science festivals across the UK. It is written by and stars Multi-BAFTA award winning writer and comedian Austin Low as Doctor Austin. His past credits include the award winning celebrity sketch show Hedz, Lazy Town Extra, and the hit animation series OOglies (BBC).

BHASVIC , 205 Dyke Road, Brighton BN3 6EG

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AGM Gets Growing

The AGM in the Church Hall last night was well attended and had a really positive atmosphere, with lots of quite unseasonally upbeat news. It was good to see quite a few people, some new to the area, who hadn’t been along before; and to welcome Alison Whiteoak and Dinah Tracey from the Friends of Dyke Road Park to the committee.

Alison spoke about the FDRP’s initiatives in the Park, which include a PCA funding bid for a community vegetable garden. Hedvig Murray showed slides of her community food growing project in Hackney and talked about her plans to do the same, working with the PCA, round here: she has also applied for funding which hopefully will enable us to replace and refresh the notice-board planters.

Cllr Kevin Allen had positive news about the derelict Anston House site near Preston Park: developers Urban Splash are now working on plans for it.

Kevin and his fellow Preston Park councillors Juliet McAffery and Amy Kennedy commented on John Lovatt’s presentation about the government’s Localism bill, which could give neighbourhood groups new powers. They agreed this could be a significant new development, but questioned whether the money would be there to make it work. We’ll be discussing what it might mean for Prestonville at the next and subsequent PCA meetings.

This year’s AGM was also notable for being the last at which Di Langford served as secretary. Di has been involved with the PCA almost since it started, but now has to step down because of her many other commitments. Di has always been unfailingly committed, efficient and pleasant to work with: we’ll miss her and we are very grateful indeed to her for all her service to the community.

Come to CityCamp Brighton

Thanks to Marek for inviting me in from foreign parts (Hanover) to draw everyone’s attention to CityCamp Brighton, a free event I’m running in the city on 4-6 March.

CityCamp is a free three-day conference for people who want to use new ideas and approaches to solve the city’s problems. It brings together designers, local government workers, citizens, journalists and developers to learn about the city, discuss its problems and opportunities, and design technological and social solutions.

On the Friday, we’ll hear from great speakers like John Barradell, Chief Executive of the council, Emer Coleman from London Data Store and Dan McQuillan, one of the founders of Social Innovation Camp.

On the Saturday, we’ll run parallel discussion sessions in Hove Town Hall, where people can present problems or ideas, and discuss what works and what doesn’t in Brighton & Hove.

Then on the Sunday, people form into teams to design and prototype the solutions they discussed the day before. The best idea wins a £10,000 development fund, kindly donated by the Aldridge Foundation.

As well as the Foundation, we’ve had fantastic support from the City Council and the University of Brighton, as well as the national innovation organisation for local government.

Tickets are free, but limited, and going fast. You can find out more and sign up at the CityCamp Brighton website. If you can’t come, but want to be kept informed, you can also sign up to our mailing list – we’re hoping to run a second CityCamp event later in 2011, as well as a political participation event called CityForum.