PIONEER: A Blue Plaque was unveiled in Hove earlier this week at the instigation of a Falmer resident. Karen Braysher, otherwise known as Hair on Wheels, keeps our hair spick and span here in Falmer, but in her spare time she has been campaigning to get proper recognition for Dr Helen Boyle the pioneering psychiatrist. Helen Boyle was born in 1869 and was Brighton’s first woman GP and later the first female psychiatrist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Dr Boyle’s ambition was to improve the treatment of working class women with early stage mental illness and she opened the Lewes Road Hospital in 1905, the hospital went on to be known as the Lady Chichester Hospital (another Falmer connection) and later moved to Aldrington House in Hove. The Blue Plaque was unveiled at Aldrington House last Monday and the ceremony was attended by the Serbian ambassador, Dr Ognjen Pribićević, the Lady Mayor of Brighton and Hove, and other dignitaries as well as Karen herself.

AFTER ARTWAVE: Last Monday saw me spending the day clearing up after Artwave. It is always rather a sad task, filling in the pinholes in the wall, touching up the paintwork and putting all the furniture and other display items away for another year. The exhibition was very well received and the comments in the visitors book as complementary as ever. We had many visitors but I must say the weather could have been a bit kinder.

MUSIC: Great news. The new season of concerts at St Laurence will be starting soon. On Sunday at 3pm, to kick us off before the season proper starts, we have a concert given by students from the Purcell School in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice. Do come and support this very worthy cause. Watch this space for dates of upcoming concerts.

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