Happy 110th Birthday Hove Library! – Sunday 8th July 2018

hove Library copy

On Sunday 8th July it will be 110 years since Grade II listed Hove Library (gift to the city from Andrew Carnegie) opened. on 8th July 1908.
At 3pm, Hove Writers will be leading a street celebration outside (cake and cordial) on Church Road to celebrate. Short readings, poems and quotes in celebration of Libraries – musicians and celebrities also welcome!
Everyone invited including children.
Dress code: Bright colours (or Edwardian costume if you have one)
A few will go to the Connaught pub afterwards for a drink, but library lovers wanted to honour Andrew Carnegie (a teetotaller) in the street celebration.
Please attend and show your love and appreciation for this jewel in Hove’s crown.
Hove Carnegie Library is much loved and much used, yet has suffered many threats over the years so Hove Writers thought it would be nice to do something positive with this celebration and show public appreciation. If you would like to contribute a reading or piece, please email [email protected] to let them know.
Facebook invitation here
Those were the days when philanthropists donated whole public buildings to the community. And what good value for money this handsome listed building (on land also donated) has proven for 110 years.  Thank you Mr Carnegie. Here’s to the next 110 years! Full history here.

Celebrating Middle Street Synagogue

250th Anniversary Poster

As part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the Brighton and Hove Jewish Community this year, there will be a number of events co-inciding with Brighton Fringe in May raise money for ongoing restoration works to the splendid Grade II* listed Middle Street Synagogue, designed by Thomas Lainson (designer of many fine buildings in Brighton and Hove) and opened in 1875. Early booking is advised, and includes opportunities to marvel at the breathtaking interior first hand. The Synagogue, described as the second most important historic building in Brighton and Hove after the Pavilion, is still used for special events, and remains a landmark to Jewish history in England.

Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission are proud to support their efforts to maintain this architectural gem, right next door to another gem – the Brighton Hippodrome – hopefully now also on the road to restoration to its former glory. Also taking place:

Brighton & Hove Jewry 250

The Sussex Branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England presents:

A Special Anniversary Lecture by Dr Sharman Kadish

Director, Jewish Heritage UK

Middle Street Synagogue and the Architectural Heritage of Brighton & Hove’

Tuesday 10th May 2016 at Ralli Hall, Denmark Villas, Hove BN3 3TH

at 7.45 pm (Doors open 7.15 pm). Refreshments served after lecture.

Tickets £6.00 (JHSE members free) – available from Brighton Fringe website or on door.