Event scheduled Saturday 21 September 2019, 3pm – 10pm

The Kemp Town branch line opened on the 2nd August 1869.  So we are going to celebrate it.

photo copyright: Geoff Plumb https://plumbloco.smugmug.com

Expect an unveiling of a commissioned mural, music, performances along the lines of a usual Patch event, but railway themed!

We need some help, we are looking for electronic music acts that can evoke the atmosphere of the golden days of steam, how the land the park occupies may have felt like.  We will use projections and lighting to help transport the audience.  We are making some recordings of locals who remember the railway and that have consented for use in the performances. These will be posted asap on soundcloud for use in the performances as samples.

If you are an interested musician, VJ, performer then please get in touch, using Twitter, contact the webmaster, Facebook or perhaps by attending future meetings tbd.

if you know of anyone who has any stories around the branch line and who is willing to be interviewed, then we are interested in that. 

Here's a local band that have made a track in the spirit..


The main focus for the Events group each year is planning for the Spring Patch Picnic, the summer PatchFest and Winter Warmer events.

If you are interested in getting involved with planning any of these, please get in touch.  We welcome new faces, new ideas, new energy. Please feel free to get involved contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Events Group organise up to three main events each year.

All our events rely on the time, skills and energy that members and supporters can offer. If you can help out with planning or on the day - bake a cake, staff the tea tent, supervise the bouncy castle or help with setting up the site, we'd welcome your involvement.

  • Tea tent/Beer tent/activities/stewarding/general volunteering - contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Flyers distribution to local streets, shops and schools contact Hannah - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Site set up & set down contact Duncan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • If wanting to run a stall contact Miranda on 07931 299307 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stall booking forms on the downloads page

 Or to volunteer click on Volunteering

Spring in the Patch will take place Sun 28 Apr 2019

The annual community spring fair for the Lewes Rd, Hartington Rd, Hanover & Elm Grove areas of Brighton. We'll have the usual ingredients of live music, games, workshops, market place, food stalls and a bar.

4.30 Railroad (blues band) http://railroadband.co.uk/

3.45 The Golgis (quirky entertaining music) http://www.thegolgis.com/

2.30 Rona Macgregor (singer songwriter - playing covers and originals) https://m.soundcloud.com/rona-macgregor

1.45 The Breezies - (up beat jazz)

All afternoon or as timed - children(C) & adults(A)
- Games: Swing-ball, balance games and more (free)
- Tug-of-war (3:25pm)
- Pottery with Messy Nessy: Get creative on a potters wheel (£3)
- Yoga (A): 1:00 – 1:30pm Taster session (free)

CHALLENGE 25: Our bar staff may ask to see proof of age ID before serving you alcohol, if you look under 25 years of age.

DONATIONS: Although Spring in the Patch is a volunteer-run event, we still need to pay for insurance, publicity, and equipment hire (loos, staging, marquees, P.A.s , furniture), which comes to over £2,000. Donations on arrival are therefore vital and much appreciated. Suggested donation £2/person or, even better, donate a cake.

ALL WECOME: Access via Hartington Rd, Franklin St & Picton St (off Franklin Rd)


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for set-up, clear-up, stewarding and to help run the Tea Tent & Bar. We'll be setting up on Saturday 27th April from 5pm to 7pm and again on Sunday 23 April from 9am (ask for Duncan - 07944 152706).
The Tea Tent/Bar & stewarding will need volunteers from Noon to 6pm (2 hour stints)
Clear-up will be on Sunday evening and Monday 29th April from 9am.
Any help much appreciated!

DONATE A CAKE: Help us raise funds for the event and for Patch improvements and make the day more tasty, by donating a homemade cake to our Tea Tent. If you can, please write a list of ingredients to be displayed with cake. THANKS!

STALLS: To book a stall contact Miranda at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07931 299303 (stall pitches are £20 or £10 for community groups/individual bric-a-brac, £75 catering). Arrive between 10am and 11am

This is a report about a past Spring Event:

Spring has (al)most definitely sprung in the Patch, and we hope you’ll be coming to see the pond, plants, wildlife and other new additions at this weekend’s get together .

We’ve a range of musical talents from Soul, Acoustic to springtime Jazz.

  • Studioscape youth music group performance and a singing workshop 
  • Craft activities for children – making bunting flags & jewellery boxes & more… (Money raised to go to Patch funds)
  • Plant cuttings table – please bring your cuttings (Money raised to go to Patch funds)
  • Food share table – please bring food (Money raised to go to Patch funds)
  • Rounders, Boule, Badmington & other games
  • Love That Stuff, ethical trade stalls 
  • Free sessions of acupuncture with Juliana
  • Transition Town Brighton & Hove
  • The Turkish Shop stall
  • The Friends information stand will be there – recruiting help for PatchFest!
  • Bring your own things to sell – (Small donations for Patch funds)
  • Visit the pond and check out the wildlife & sit on the fabulous new railway sleeper benches!

A relativley new event for the Patch

Ceilidh, Sat 28th April


PatchFest is our annual one day summer festival for the whole community.
Bigger and better with FWCP upping the production level!

Upper Stage - Live Music from local talent

Lower Stage - Youth Music & Other delights

Summary of activities & facilities:

  • Football Tournament (12 x 5-a-side teams competed in Elm Grove school playground)
  • Beer tent (Hartington pub)
  • Barbecue - FWCP biggest barby in the world.....nearly
  • Tea Tent serving hot & cold drinks with fabulous cakes
  • Bastille Market & Stalls (About 40 including bric-a-brac, crafts, games and healing, ) 
  • 2 Bouncy castles and Kids Area
  • Climbing wall (provided by Adventure Unlimited)
  • Drumming workshop (in Yurt)
  • Dr. Bike session (Bikes for Life)
  • Story telling (in Yurt),  Exhibition of local history, Wildlife Grp consultation stall, Playground
  • First Aid (Red Cross) and Toilets 

It was a huge success attended by an estimated 1,500 – 2,000 people and apparently enjoyed and appreciated by all. In our survey 30 per cent said they ‘liked’ it and 70% said they ‘loved’ it. Feedback also suggested a very positive impact on the community - 73% of those asked said that they felt the event had ‘increased community spirit’. About 90 new members joined the Friends group at the event or during the days leading up to it – many offering to get involved and help out with future activities.

PatchFest was made possible by the combined effort & talents of about 80 volunteers including mucians and other performers. It was also supported by a City Council grant (£700 for this event from £1,200 total grant).