All Friends Here

A campaign to raise awareness and understanding of dementia has the support of a local West Hill volunteer, as well as the WHCA. Lynn Hopkins, of Albert Road, a Volunteer Dementia Friends Champion trained by the Alzheimer’s Society, is running free ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Sessions and is looking for local people to come along to West Hill Hall on January 16 2017. Continue Reading »

Jumble Bells


There have been Jumble Sales and Grand Sales and Craft Sales in West Hill Hall for many years. To celebrate our 40 years, we’re holding a magnificent, festive, traditional, jumble sale including clothes, books, records, festive treats, Personalised Santa Plates  and handmade Xmas decorations.

4 December 2016 at West Hill Hall from 10am



Dear Editor

We read with interest Ann Rushworth Lown’s letter in the October/November Whistler, regarding the traffic problems on Surrey Street. We sympathise. As nearby residents, we are also experiencing the spillover effects of the traffic logjams around the station, which have worsened since the Brighton Station Gateway scheme.  Continue Reading »

Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley 1894 by Walter Sickert

Aubrey Beardsley 1894 by Walter Sickert

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley  – fin de siècle artist and draughtsman and artistic figure of the late 19th century – was born at 12 (now 31) Buckingham Road in 1872. He was baptised at St Nicholas Church and brought up in ‘genteel poverty’.  In 1885 Aubrey attended Brighton and Hove Grammar School, also in Buckingham Road (at the corner with Upper Gloucester Road) for 4 years, moving on to London by the early 1890s and moving between there and Paris for his remaining short life. Continue Reading »

Brighton Old Town

"The Town Hall, Brighton" by Edward Fox, showing a view of Brighton Town Hall with figures in the street and a blue sky with sweeping cloud above. c.1840

“The Town Hall, Brighton” by Edward Fox, showing a view of Brighton Town Hall with figures in the street and a blue sky with sweeping cloud above. c.1840

In November, councillors on the economic development and culture committee released for public consultation, a 50-page document, “Old Town Character Statement”  which details the Old Town area’s history and heritage assets. Brighton residents and businesses were asked to get involved in ensuring Brighton’s historic heart is protected and enhanced, as the document and survey will serve as an assessment of what is important about the area, to guide future planning policies and decisions. Continue Reading »

October WHAT minutes

Date : 18 October 2016

Location: West Hill Hall

Attendees: approx. 40 people

Chair: Lizzie Deane

Minutes: Colette Wilson


Anti-Social Behaviour

Chris Durrant (Police) and Jonathan Ridley (Community Safety) presented a joint update about anti-social activities in the area. They work in partnership with other Council Depts and agencies, eg the substance misuse and mental health charity Equinox, and St Mungo’s (a homelessness charity and housing association). Continue Reading »

Do I know you?

Peter Batten’s thoughts turn to the possibilities of knowing others . . .

Recently I had an experience which I am sure all my readers will recognise. I was leaving a meeting when a lady, who was entering the room, gave me what seemed like a smile of recognition. Puzzled, I asked, “Do I know you?”  The answer was, “No”. So why the smile? I blame a very English  tendency to establish a friendly relationship with every one you meet. But there is a more interesting point. During your life, how many people do you know? How many people know you? Continue Reading »