Thursday, 18 December 2014


At long last the dream has come true, the Bevendean Pub is open.

Closed in 2010 due to continuing complaints from the neighbours of antisocial behaviour, the immediate Moulsecoomb area, and its surrounds areas of Bevendean, with a population of 18,000 were left without a community boozer to have a drink and socialise.

Warren Carter
All that changed when a hero called Warren Carter said, “Hey we need a boozer; lets get together and reopen the Bevy.”

Warren Carter, other than the father of my daughter’s oldest and dearest friend, is a community hero, of whom I cannot speak more highly off.

Tipped for a MBE for services to the community, Warren Carter is well known in the area for running the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden project which takes unruly children out of the classroom, and puts them to go use at the community allotment.

Taken from the website.

“Our project isn’t just about gardening but plays an important part of the social glue that binds communities together, with all types of people, young and old, pupils having problems at school, people with learning difficulties working together in a safe and pleasant environment.”

With the Twitter hash tag of Brighton Rebel, Warren appreciates more than anyone the joys of walking a few hundred yards to a boozer, rather than running for a bus and travelling into the centre of Brighton for a pint.

It was with this in mind that Warren put out the call to his local community to reopen the Bevy Pub.

The Bevy Committee

Made up of local people, the challenge was set. The Bevy needs £200,000 to open.

More than 700 people bought "community shares" in The Bevy, making it the most successful community run project in the country.

As Warren said at the time:

"It's fantastic that all the political parties in Brighton have bought shares and support our ambitious plans. We hope to be the first co-op pub on a housing estate in the UK bucking the trend of pub closures and giving the people of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean somewhere to meet. But to do this we need as many people as possible to buy shares and own their pub."

That was back in 2010 and its now 2014 and the Bevy is at last open.

With a new manager and a team in place, the dream of more than a pub, but a community hub, has now been turned into reality.

Chris Pobjoy

Demonstrating it’s more than a pub but a community hub, a vulnerable neighbour came running into the Bevy on its opening night (while I was there having a pint,) and in tears reminisced that she used to bring her disabled mother into this pub when she was still alive.

The lady was an emotional wreck. Within moments of walking through the door, a member of the bar staff had come around and gave her a big hug of support and a hot cup of coffee.

The bar-maid told me later, “I've worked as a carer for four years and recognize someone in need within seconds.”

The vulnerable lady called Margaret told me, “I’m all alone and since my mum died, I've got no one to talk to. I’m so lonely. I saw the news about The Bevy on TV and I had to come.”

And it’s for this reason I am so proud and happy the Bevy is open. Thanks to Warren Carter and all the Bevy Committee, including my partner Karina, the local priest Father John, Michelle, Helen, Gavin, Darren and John to name but a few, we now have a central community hub which the community can go to when in need of company, advice, a pint and a hug.


January 2014 – Work starts on The Bevy Pub.

May 2014 – Take the Bevy Tour.

They even won The Argus Business in the Community award in 2013


Calling all local football teams or potential teams? We have full sponsorship available for the right teams to form a new club.....
The Bevy United ....interested contact Chris on 07773794384

New Year's Eve at the Bevy....numbers will be limited.. tickets available very soon pop in to pick up or leave your details.
A friendly relaxing way to see in the New Year with family and friends.

Join us this Sunday for a Christmas style Sunday roast beef or turkey with all the trimmings £5.95 or £6.95 for beef and turkey. 12-6 last order 5-30..why not book to avoid disappointment 01273-281009

MOOZIK @ the Bevy...we've been approached by several people regarding live music...acoustic sets,open mic , and a guy who wants to run guitar lessons...any further suggestions? quiz nights? — feeling Musical.

Here’s a little extra from Warren Carter, did I mention he’s a football blogger too.

For more pictures of The Bevy check out the Light Touch Photoshelter.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014


As any prospective parliamentary candidate you have to have a working knowledge of every aspect of life. Railways included.

With millions of people commuting everyday to work, the railways of Great Britain is a subject for every politician regardless of his or her political persuasion.


With the nation’s privatised railway system creaking at the edges and slowly decaying, the question being asked of every politician is, “What are you going to do about it?”

According to Jack Swain, an expert on Sussex railways, the solutions are all too obvious.

  • Trains should definitely be longer! 3 and 4 car Coastway trains are not good enough.
  • They should retain the current Gatwick express 442s for Coastway workings and diversions via Littlehampton and Brighton.
  • Or build new 6 car trains for the Coastway and they can couple up to 12 car on London services.


Sourced from

“BML2 is a proposal to create a second Brighton Main Line to London. However, it's actually a lot more than relieving pressure on one of the country's most overcrowded rail routes for the benefit of Brighton commuters travelling into London or restoring a rail link between Uckfield and Lewes.”

Backing BML2 “100%,” Jack Swain knows more than anyone that changes need to be made now to Sussex trains, to alleviate the misery now, which commuters are having to endure now.

“Having been on quite a few peak and off peak hour trains and I would say there is much needed to improve the whole Brighton railway system.”

The BML2 Project can be broken down into three phases:-


  1. Restoration of rail link between Uckfield and Lewes, providing a direct route from Eastbourne to London via Uckfield, releasing train paths and increasing capacity on the Brighton Main Line
  2. Building of new rail link between Uckfield and Brighton via Falmer – home of Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex stadium and Brighton and Sussex universities, making them accessible from the northern parts of East Sussex and South London


  1. Re-instatement of Tunbridge Wells West and linking in to the core BML2 route, relieving pressure on the Tonbridge Main Line into London (also one of the most overcrowded rail routes in the country) and making Brighton and Eastbourne accessible


  • Re-opening Selsdon to Elmers End to rail travel to avoid the East Croydon bottleneck and provide direct link from Kent and Sussex to Canary Wharf and East London, relieving pressure on the London Underground
  • Creation of Croydon Gateway station – a possible amalgamation of Purley Oaks, Sanderstead and South Croydon, providing an interchange between BML and BML2 and relieving pressure on East Croydon – the country's second busiest rail interchange
  • Linking into Thameslink 2 between Stratford and Lewisham, providing a rail link between Gatwick and Stansted airports (“StanWick”) and opening up a rail corridor between East Anglia and Sussex, Surrey and Kent, relieving more pressure on the London Underground and improving links between these counties.

As Jack Swain explains further, “I think the new class 700 trains won’t transform travel it will just mean more people standing. It will be perfect for metro services in London but not for the Brighton main line services.”

Back to Jack, “I think these futuristic trains should replace the current Brighton mainline trains as 8 and 12 car and 6 car units for the coastway.”

Aged 17, Jack Swain isn’t a political person as such, but he does know the trains need to completely changed and he knows a bad decision when he sees one

“No plans to increase capacity on trains on the Coastways and match days!”

Criticising Southern Rail’s plan to run a train every 3 minutes on the Brighton mainline as “over-use,” Jack predicts engineering work will become more often and more frequent and if a train fails then the whole Brighton mainline will be messed up.

To sum up in simply terms, Jack’s 3 point plan:

  • BML2 Project.
  • Brighton station tracks remodelled and platforms extended for 14 car trains at the busiest time.
  • More stations should get a face lift of modernisation, an example is Hassocks.

As Jack says, “If I had my way I would replace a large area of the Brighton mainline and completely renew it because the journeys aren’t as smooth as they used to be and 12 car trains off peak and 14 car trains peak and Sundays if there is a diversions which is 1 train per hour. I would retain that but instead of 8 car it will be 14 car.”


Email Yvonne Leslie the East Coastway manager at Southern Railways.

“Every complaint for extra capacity on diversions to mainline east the more likely some action will be done.”

Maybe we can all send an email similar to the one Jack sent to increase the chance of longer trains on diversions on mainline east via Brighton (Or London Victoria via Brighton)


Hi Yvonne

Ref: Carriage numbers.

Considering the misery commuters must endure on Southern Railway trains everyday, may I put forward the following points:

• I strongly suggest that for future Mainline East Diverts you put a mixture of 10 car 442s and 12 car 377s because they will provide more capacity and the class 442s are built for long distance and used on the Eastbourne-London Bridge.

• I can’t see why some class 442s can be used of the diversions as well as 12 car 377s because the 442s have very comfortable seats and the 12 car 377s provide a lot of capacity.

• The very least you can do is on the 14th of December when the next diverted Mainline East via Brighton happens you put a mixture of 12 car 377s and 10 car 442s.

• I strongly recommend that for future mainline east diverts via Brighton they should be a mix of 12 car 377s and 10 car 442s

Please consider this email to be both a complaint of your service and a solution to what you can do to make your service better for the hardworking commuters who use it.

• It will benefit a lot of people from Eastbourne and Brighton because most people prefer to get a fast train from Brighton to London Victoria and when the Mainline East is diverted via Brighton is goes very extremely busy and with only hourly 8 car 377s it get crowded very easily.

Many thanks for your time and I look forward to your reply,

Matt Taylor
Election campaign manager for Joe Neilson, Independent Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown 2015.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Dear Dave Day, (The Golden Lion Group)

Hello Sir, we have a met a few times and once you were kind enough to buy the whole table drinks because we were at the Cricketers to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Mr Day, I writing to you today for a political donation.

As the campaign manager for Joe Neilson, I can’t think of anyone more generous than you.

Joe Neilson is an OAP who’s raging against the system and in the UK’s only independent disabled candidate standing in the Brighton Kemptown 2015 general election.

Unlike Simon Kirby, Nancy Platts and Davy Jones who have support and funding given to them by their political party backers, Joe Neilson has no backing.

With your donation we can print leaflets, posters and stickers to spread our message.

Joe is bringing back honestly and integrity to politics and I’m supporting him all the way.

Find out more at

Anything helps Mr Day and I wouldn’t ask if I knew you wouldn’t miss it.

As an independent candidate Joe will serve the people of Brighton and not the party whip.


I work pro-bono helping victims of child-abuse and police corruption. (As of yet, I’ve not earned a penny!) Yes, it’s a heavy subject but someone has got to help them.

I’ve worked tirelessly since 2012 as the Shadow Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, holding Sussex Police and Katy Bourne to account.

I am doing everything I can to make the future better for all our kids and especially Brighton & Hove.

I don’t get paid for any of this and only do so because I believe passionately about helping people less fortunate than myself.

Find out more at

I’m asking for a political donation from you because I believe you are the type of man who helps people less fortunate than him too.

With your donation, we can give out the signal that we can compete with the big boys on their own terms.

This election is going to be won by leaflets being pushed through doors.

As a disabled independent candidate, Joe Neilson is getting financial help from the Elected to Office Fund, which pays for a support worker to help him with his election.

We have a campaign office on the South Coast Road in Peacehaven which you are welcome to pay a visit. Your donation will allow us to buy the things not covered by the Elected to Office Fund.

Every other political party has big hitting financial backers and we need you to be our big hitting financial backer.

Feel free to call me on 07873693745.
Joe Neilson’s number is 07594151731

Thank you for reading Mr Day and hope you will see we are worth making a political donation too.

I wouldn’t have asked you Sir, if it wasn’t a matter of life and death.

Yours Sincerely,
Matt Taylor
Election Campaign Manager to Joe Neilson, the UK’s only independent disabled candidate standing in the 2015 general election.

Dave Day was kind enough to reply within 24 hours.

Good morning Matt,
Thank you for your recent email regarding sponsoring your colleague Joe Neilson in his bid to stand as an independent candidate in Kemp Town in the forthcoming elections.

As you are probably aware I actually live in Hove so would have no influence in the election campaign that will be conducted in Kemp Town, but I do feel I should let you know that I am a good friend of Simon Kirby and would therefore not wish to do anything that may harm his potential to be re-elected.

I wish you well for your fundraising, but unfortunately I am unable to help.

Kind regards
Dave Day 

This is my response.

Hi Mr Day,

A million thanks for replying so soon, you really are a wonderful wonderful man.

While I’m bitterly disappointed you won’t contribute to our election campaign and that you want Simon Kirby to be re-elected, I accept your decision, though may not necessarily respect it.

Sorry for being so blunt!

Before I leave you in peace, may I make you aware of Simon Kirby’s hand in the cover-up of the Katrina Taylor murder and the lack of care he’s shown to Joe Neilson?

I was concerned Joe Neilson was about to be attacked for making a stand against corruption in Sussex Police.

I wrote a handwritten letter to Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Simon Kirby voicing my concerns.

“I believe Mr. Neilson is in extreme physical danger from Sussex police and contractors working in partnership with Sussex police. If for any reason Sussex police arrest or grab Mr. David Joe Neilson, I believe he would die in their custody.”

While Katy Bourne ignored me, Simon did reply saying that while he is busy helping his 90,000 constituents, he has done all he can for Joe Neilson and cannot do anymore.

“I have 90,000 constituents to deal with and I’ve tried my best with this one and won’t do no more!”

Consequently, Joe Neilson was attacked to an inch of his life and left for dead.

I kid you not Mr Day, Simon Kirby doesn’t care for the vulnerable hard-working people, he claims to represent.

While I respect you have a friendship with him; I feel obliged to tell you what I know about him.

You may not agree with my methods, but I have demonstrated Simon Kirby to be a coward and with no back-bone, who is happy to turn a blind eye to corruption and evil in his constituency.

Take for example this article I’ve written about him calling him EVIL.

If anyone wrote an article like that about me, I’d be on the phone demanding he takes it off.

I sincerely hope you reconsider…

Thank you for your time Mr Day and I shall not take up any more of it. I just wanted you to know that while you are indeed friends with Simon Kirby, you are most definitely backing the wrong horse.

Simon Kirby hasn’t got a chance in hell of regaining Brighton Kemptown, and any support you may or may not give him, is support down the drain.

Best wishes,
Matt Taylor
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