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Upcoming and past Strike a Light events

Queenspark Books 100 mile celebration!

To celebrate QueenSpark’s 100th book, Nicola Benge donated the proceeds from her 100 mile Walk-A-Thon.

This sponsored walk in August 2011 took Nicola along the entire South Downs Way from Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire to Eastbourne, East Sussex – 106 miles, and only one blister!

Nicola would like to thank everyone for sponsoring her and QueenSpark would like to thank her for her contribution towards funding the archiving of local heritage and memories.

White Night event – Sat 29th October

Strike a Light is organising a FREE event which is part of Brighton’s White Night—Saturday 29th October, 8-11pm at Pavilion Gardens Cafe, Pavilion Gardens, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UZ .
‘Hope springs eternal’ – An intimate musical soiree with dancing, showcasing a film about Hope from arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light.
The event will host a perambulating swing band around the Pavilion Gardens Cafe, welcoming in passersby to dance, Desert Ivan Discs spinning some old faithful on 78s with a film backdrop celebrating the theme of hope, all accompanied by tea and cake.
The short film will be projected on a loop, whilst photographic bunting displays images of happy life events. Fairy lights create an affectionate atmosphere, encouraging visitors to linger a while and experience the positives of growing older.
A cosy, artistic night which will welcome discerning punters of all ages.

Fabrica event postponed

Strike a Light’s planned event for Heritage Open Days around the theme of Families on 8th September at Fabrica gallery has been postponed due to a scheduling issue. It will be later in September at a date to be confirmed soon.

Stories of the City, Stories of the Sea

On Thursday 23rd June, Fabrica gallery hosted an exciting, free event aimed at celebrating the experiences of older people through stories.  The afternoon of events aimed at older audiences, centred around the theme of tales—stories of buttons, tall tales, yarns, and singing for your supper.

Visitors to the gallery participated in talks, a button museum from Ragroof Theatre, an Archivia film showing from Earthstock films, creative making activities with artist Jane Fordham, and an afternoon tea with a difference. Visitors to the event were able to relax, meet and encounter visual art in an entrancing, positive creative way through the medium of Fabrica’s Growing an Older Audience project, made possible through a grant from the Arts Council.

A visitor to the event at Fabrica said To everyone at Fabrica who made the event such a success -THANK YOU ALL, very much. We had such a lovely, and unexpected, afternoon’. The event was organised in conjunction with the arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light for Fabrica.

To find out more about this event and others in the Growing an Older Audience programme at Fabrica, please contact Clare Hankinson, Fabrica Project Coordinator on 01273 778 646 or email:

Photos : Daniel Yanez Gonzalez

Stories for the City, Stories from the Sea



‘Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea’

 Fabrica – 1-5pm 23rd June 2011

An exciting event at Fabrica gallery aimed at celebrating the everyday experience of older people through stories. An afternoon of creative activities aimed at older people and groups, around the theme of tales including stories of buttons, tall tales, yarns, and singing for your supper. Participate in talks, films, workshops, afternoon tea with a difference. Visitors can relax, meet and encounter visual art in an entrancing and positive creative way.

Events will include Ragroof Theatre showing their Button Museum interactive performance, whilst also providing an entertaining and interesting backdrop to the event, Archivia films from the Lighthouse, Singing for your supper –an afternoon tea with a difference, creative making activities with Fabrica artists, talks, and tales.

Although the event is aimed at older people, all are welcome!

To book a free place, contact Nicola Benge:

Find out more about Fabrica gallery –

Hope and White Night

Strike a Light in conjunction with the Memories Past group in Portslade have been awarded some funding from Sussex Community Foundation to create a short film about the theme of Hope and older people in Brighton and Hove. This will enable the Memories Past group to work with a filmmaker and link with other similar groups such as the BME Elders to look at their dreams and aspirations.  This film will be projected onto the exterior of Fabrica gallery during a programme of related cultural events which will celebrate the rich and varied lives of older people in the Brighton area, and celebrating our hopes and wishes for the future, promoting the idea that people in their 60s and upwards have much to look forward to!

The main projections will take place during White Night, an evening of free events at the end of October 2011 to celebrate the clocks going back.   The project will lead to older people in Brighton  contributing to a virtual scrapbook  of personal feelings,  hopes and photos capturing snap-shops of  our lives  in the area in the present, but with a view to the future and how these wishes and our lives will change .

Photo copyright: WRVS Heritage Plus