Looking Forward

This year there is much to look forward to at West Hill Hall. Our monthly Quiz Nights are as popular as ever  and we are really grateful to our ever growing band of Quiz setters. It’s a really rollicking evening of fun and fiendish questions, as well as being a great way of meeting local residents and raising money to help us look after the Hall.

Our series of local history talks continue in May and October.

In this issue we also look forward to commemorating 120 years since the death of West Hill local boy, Aubrey Beardsley, and remembering it is 100 years since the first steps to Women’s Suffrage in the UK. It turned out to be one small step for womankind – still a long way to go.

Beardsley 120: The Death of Pierrot

In 2018 a series of events will commemorate 120 years since the death of Brighton-born artist Aubrey Beardsley. The events are co-ordinated by Alexia Lazou (aka Victorians Valued), including tours and talks. Details of the programme are on beardsley120.eventbrite.co.uk. Some of the events are free entry/donations and some associated events have an admission charge. For further information please see website or email: victoriansvalued@gmail.com

Bite-Size Museum Talk 
Aubrey Beardsley: 120 Years After The Death of Pierrot

Tuesday 27 March 12pm, Brighton Museum. Free with admission, members and residents free.

Brighton-born artist Aubrey Beardsley died in 1898 at the tragically early age of twenty five. Come and discover more about him, see two of his original drawings close up, and hear about some of the ways he has been commemorated during the 120 years since his untimely death. With Alexia Lazou, Collections Assistant.

See more details at https://tinyurl.com/y785wy6c


What a triumph! Big thanks to West Hill Community Association for such a fantastic evening. Just one niggle that I felt so strongly about I had to email WHCA: finding an alternative to plastic trays and cutlery.  I received a reply from one of the Trustees, Colette, agreeing absolutely; advising that a solution will be found for next time, and asking me if I would like to write an article for The Whistler on the subject. She wrote, “Hang the story on admonishing WHCA for its bad behaviour at an otherwise marvellous party!” How could I resist? Continue Reading »

Chewing gum was made without plastic up until the 1960s, at which point it became more economical to use synthetic ingredients. All clothing made from man-made fibres, such as microfibre fleeces, polyester, acrylic, and nylons are made from plastic.  Every time these items of clothing are washed, microplastics are released into waterways, as the fabric sheds in the wash. Instead, we could wash them in some of the new products available, such as Guppyfriend, which acts as a microplastic filter, until our clothes reach the end of their lifespan. Continue Reading »

Deeds Not Words

Women had argued for – and won – new rights in the 19th century. But without the vote, campaigners believed there was little incentive for politicians to improve the lot of women further. Continue Reading »

Peter Batten asks a question. . .

One of the most treasured items in my modest collection of Art books is a small book with pink card covers. It is the Catalogue of the 1936 Surrealist Exhibition in London. In the 1990s I bought it quite cheaply from a bookshop in Belfast. Continue Reading »

The days when I believed that being in receipt of my free bus pass was some compensation for growing old, were short lived. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to pay full fares for the rest of my life, in exchange for the return of the fresh bloom of my youth. Creaking bones, failing eyesight, slack skin and memory loss are too high a price to pay for free travel. Yes, getting old has little to recommend it. And the need to nod off all over the place is both embarrassing and time-wasting. Continue Reading »

THE Asylum Monologues is a first-hand account of the UK’s asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it. It was first scripted from verbatim accounts and launched in 2006 by Ice and Fire, a theatre company whose members are Actors for Human Rights. This performance at West Hill Hall on Saturday 17 February  is a rehearsed reading by professional actors Kate Dyson, Trevor Jones, Alexa Povah and Glyn Sweet. Continue Reading »