The Pepperpot is unveiled, and an exciting free event.

The restoration of historical landmark the Pepperpot in Queen’s Park will be unveiled on Friday followed by a free public event the following week.

The scaffolding around the 19th century listed building will be taken down to reveal the £70k council-funded project to restore the Pepperpot to its former glory.

Alex Sutton-Vale, secretary of the Friends of the Pepperpot spoke of the “fantastic transformation” and “stunning windows” after the covers were removed on Monday.

The Friends formed in January last year and at a meeting on Tuesday, discussed future work and the event taking place on 28-29th October.

Rachel Fryer, chair of the Friends said, “We are delighted with the improvements and really pleased that the scaffolding will be down in time for this event.”

‘The Tower of Dreams’ part of Shared Space and Light’s Whitenight celebrations will project a 20-minute film over the facade of the Pepperpot’s tower, to be repeated from 7.30pm-10.30pm.

The film features responses from the community as to how the Pepperpot could be used in the future and there will be refreshments provided.

There are also discussions as to whether the Friends will take ownership from Brighton and Hove Council in the future.

The Friends of the Pepperpot are in the early stages of a Heritage Lottery Fund application with breakdowns including inside restorations, education, installation of solar-panel lighting and open community forums.

The Pepperpot can be found in Tower Road, Brighton, BN2 0FZ.  For more information visit: pepperpot.info. The Friends of the Pepperpot are also on Facebook.

Not too shabby tat
September 14, 2011, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Places in Brighton

Whether you want to deck out your house on the cheap or find a one-off treasure, there’s new things every day at Shabitat, Lewes Road, Brighton. The place is chocka with bits and bobs for the home, including lots of bric a brac and even a section of vintage clothes out back.

Shabitat is a community recycling project, created in 1995 to offer affordable furniture to the poor and has since become an Aladdin’s Cave for every discerning student or penniless hipster.

It’s a glorious organised mess and I found two lovely cushions (one handmade, and one cats in an embroidered design,) and a random drawer for my room, which set me back a mere tenner.

Annoyingly many items have a sold sticker on them but it’s understandable when most things fall in the £5-20 bracket.  Shabitat staff advised visiting regularly as items are donated daily.

In the past year Shabitat has made over 500 deliveries, over 1200 collections and have allowed 2500 items of furniture to be reused (that’s 58 tonnes.)  The project also focuses on numerous other ways to recycle and details can be found on their website here.

Shabitat is open 9-5 on Monday-Friday and 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday.

When I visited at the weekend there was a clothes recycling and customising project going on and most importantly, free cake.

Here’s a picture of Elliott with my bargain buys!