Brighton is so Bracing

Brighton is so Bracing


After 22 years, Sylvia Alexander-Vine has retired as Chair of West Hill Community Association. She was planning to announce this at the April AGM but she suffered a serious stroke earlier in the month and was unable to attend. The Association sends heartfelt best wishes for her speedy recovery and thanks Sylvia for her tireless work securing the purchase of the Hall, and the day-to-day running of WHCA. For many years she did the Hall bookings, correspondence and administration as well as the typesetting of The Whistler without the help of a computer as, in the early days, everything was done by hand and post! She leaves WHCA with a thriving, well-maintained and well-used community hall. She stays on as a trustee and co-editor of The Whistler. WHCA trustees voted Vinod Mashru, the proprietor of Bright News, to the position of Chair, and Dorothy Lamb was also welcomed as a new trustee.

Vinod with Mayor Brian FitchNo, the Mayor (pictured with Vinod), did not inaugurate him as Chair of WHCA, but together with the other trustees, association members, and Whistler contributors, Councillor Brian Fitch and his wife Norah, hosted a small gathering recently in the Mayor’s Parlour to celebrate WHCA’s contribution to the voluntary landscape of Brighton & Hove.


The national annual celebration of volunteers, marked during Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June, recognises the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. In Brighton and Hove, volunteers donate 5.7 million hours every year to our city’s community groups and voluntary organisations. If they were paid the living wage for their work, their donated time would be worth £44 million a year.


For the third year running, we will be holding our annual Treasure Hunt, with lots of cash prizes at stake for those lucky winners who complete the course in record time and/or come up with a suitably intriguing team name. Continue Reading »

Got itchy feet? Eager to explore new parts of the city? Can’t wait for the WHCA Treasure Hunt on 19 July? How about discovering some forgotten trails of public art? Public art has played an important role in the visual make-up of Brighton & Hove since the first commission in 1992. Here’s one example, the Hove Experience. Actually, it’s rather good.

hove footbridgeHove Station Footbridge

Catch the train, the no. 7 bus, walk or cycle from Brighton station to Hove train station where you will find the light and stencil installation on Hove Station Footbridge, which was transformed in 2007 into a Victorian style palm house with the introduction of soft lighting and parlour palms stencilled onto the painted green walls. Continue Reading »

Peter Batten continues his memories of a terrifying time…

First I need to retrace my steps a little. As soon as war was declared in September 1940 children were evacuated from London. But not every child. Some parents, including mine, decided that their children would not be evacuated. Probably their thinking was, “If we are going to die we will all die together”. This may surprise you, but I am sure it is true.

In 1939 I had begun piano lessons. My teacher, who had an eye for opportunities, opened a small school in his house for children remaining in London. This was a happy little unit of about 8 boys, which I attended until the Blitz began and we departed for Essex. Continue Reading »

From The Whistler archives …

News of the Newsletter

From Nov 1978, when it was called West Hill Community Association Newsletter.

Readers might be interested to learn how the newsletter is put together, printed and distributed. At the first meeting, those with typewriters (3 or 4 people) type up contributions that have been handed in, such as letters, news items, events, ads and everything else you read. Other people at the meeting read through the copy, offer advice, correct the proofs, and generally discuss what’s going into print. If there is time the copy is arranged on 4 large pieces of paper that make up the 4 pages. Continue Reading »

The last great picture

Winner: ‘The last great picture’ by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols


There is a marvellous exhibition at Brighton Museum until 6 September. The world-renowned exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring photographs. From the majesty of a pride of lions to the tiniest of spiders, the images show nature in its most elemental and challenge our perceptions of the world of wildlife. Many of the photographs explore the effect of environmental change on nature and some of the most endangered species in the wild. Continue Reading »

8 week Free Mindfulness Course

From 21 May to 9 July 11-1pm

With Southdown Brighton and Hove Mental Health Recovery Services

Research has shown that mindfulness practised regularly can help with a range of physical and emotional difficulties including stress, pain, anxiety and depression. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a treatment within the NHS. MBCT aims to bring about a different way of relating to our experience, especially difficult experiences, through mindfulness practices in order to help us see more clearly how best to respond. Continue Reading »

19 June 7.30 – 2.00am at  The Latest Music Bar
14-17 Manchester St, Brighton BN2 1TF


Arts and heritage organisation Strike a Light is organising a benefit gig to help support Nepal earthquake victims. The event will be a jam-packed night of live music, cabaret, comperes and a DJ set.

Bands, performers, organisers are volunteering their time to perform at this event, in support of all those affected in the earthquake in Nepal. Continue Reading »


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