Viva Brighton Issue #82 December 2019

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#82 DEC 2019

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Ready or not, we’re heading into the season of

good will and gathering.

We’ll stock the cupboards with festive food and

drink, and hide away piles of presents. We’ll

gather for the work Christmas party and family

get togethers. We’ll huddle in pubs with friends

we haven’t seen in ages and promise not to leave

it so long until next time. And we’ll gather for

carol concerts, pantomimes, school plays and

(bah humbug) a general election. All before the

main event.

Of course, some gatherings are more successful

than others, so we’ve gone in search of people

who do them better than most. Like choir

leader Vanessa Thomas, whose idea to start

a sing-song in a pub ten years ago has grown

into a chorus of 250 voices; Dan O’Flanagan

whose get together for dads and kids also offers

a little brotherly support; and Ben Szobody,

from Brighton’s One Church, who has an

entrepreneurial knack for fostering a more

inclusive community. And we’ve been out and

about in town, gathering a few ideas to help

keep your Christmas shopping truly local and

just a little bit better for the planet.

If the thought of all that gathering makes you

want to crawl back into bed, research at the

University of Sussex shows that getting together

is good for our health, so, it might not be long

until your doctor is prescribing a Meetup group.

(We’ve got some suggestions for those too!)

Whatever your gathering plans for the month

ahead, we hope they bring you comfort and joy.

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