Sporty matters in Sussex
Supporters of National League South side Whitehawk have persuaded club bosses not to change the football club's name to Brighton City.
The club's management applied to the FA to make the name change before Christmas and claimed they didn't have time to consult supporters. They wanted to change it to widen the club's appeal and make it sound less local, more 'Brighton', but have withdrawn the application for now so that they can come up with a better name. Whitehawk is based in an eastern suburb of Brighton and one of the options supporters preferred is Brighton East End. To my mind either that or their other suggestion, Brighton Whitehawk, seems to make perfect sense; you get to keep the club's identity while associating it with Brighton as a whole.
Talking of sport, will you be visiting Sussex for the Brighton Marathon later this year; or the Hickstead arena polo meeting on 5th March, billed as the battle of the 10-goalers? With a 10-goal captain on either side - Chris Hyde for England and Tommy Biddle for the USA - it promises to be a thrilling spectacle. The all-weather arena is looking fab, a brilliant addition to the traditional grass arenas that gives Hickstead the potential for almost year-round sporting entertainment.
We can offer you a wide variety of holiday accommodation near Hickstead (click here to view), from cosy cottages on the South Downs (click here to view) to luxury lets and sea view apartments handy for Brighton and Hove (click here to view), so do have a look at our main website and let us help you put together your perfect holiday stay.
And if you're into extreme sport and you were hoping to be the first to base-jump off the new i360 tower in Brighton & Hove, I'm sorry but I have to disappoint you: someone's already done it. Anyway, animals can almost always do it better - I watched that BBC video of the hare surfing an avalanche (not in Sussex, I hasten to add) with my chin hitting the floor. Awesome.