West Hill Hall by Clare Harms

West Hill Hall by Clare Harms

What a Treasure

Above is a facsimile of an original watercolour drawing by local artist Clare Harms which the WHCA Trustees commissioned to present to outgoing Chair, Sylvia Alexander-Vine. It’s a superb representation of West Hill Hall. Clare’s work can be seen on her website, clareharms.co.uk, and in Seven Dials shops Fullertons and Dragonfly. Sylvia was over the moon to receive the Hall picture. She is still recovering, slowly, from her recent stroke. She has only praise for the dedicated and fun-loving staff at the Royal Sussex County hospital stroke ward and the Community Neuro Rehab Team who are now visiting her at home regularly to put her through physio and occupational therapy.

Unlike Sylvia who is currently housebound, over 50 people in 10 teams turned out for the third annual West Hill Treasure Hunt on 19 July. Janice Johnson of Albert Road and her team, the Allotmenteers, won the £25 first prize, with The Three Js, Meow! and Pat n’ Reg coming in close behind. Special mention to the fastest team, Pirates of Something, who completed the course in 49 minutes.

AlbertAlbert’s Astonishing Army won best team name; and the two dogs, Elvis and Albert, both won a prize for being the brightest (and noisiest) dogs in West Hill. Albert (pictured) won everyone’s heart.

It was a glorious day and it was great to see so many people come and join in the fun. Dorothy Lamb and Jack Jackson set the questions, Meena from Bright News made a wonderful selection of onion bhajis and vegetable samosas, and despite the refreshments table being absolutely full at the beginning of the afternoon, suffice to say that there was nothing left to take away at the end. Even the doggie biscuits found a home. Balloon clearance experts James and Lily helped clear up the Hall. Thanks to the participants and the organisers. See you next year!


Dragon Style Kung Fu

Fridays 6.00pm – 7.30pm

The Dragon Martial Arts Association provides authentic, traditional Chinese kung fu, tai chi and qi gong instruction for students of all ages and abilities. Personally sanctioned by the Dragon Sign Athletic Association and the Cheung Kwok Tai Wushu Association in Hong Kong, the DMAA has close relationships with other associations worldwide, including China, US, Canada, UK, France and Australia.

Featured in The Metro and on BBC TV, for more information, see www.dmaa.co.uk

For more information about classes at West Hill Hall please email info@dmaa.co.uk or call Jon on 07969 459171

Body & Mind Project

From 2 September 3.00pm – 5.00pm

If you’re anxious, stressed or depressed find out how a combination of mindfulness and light physical exercise can nourish mental, physical and emotional health by joining the Body and Mind Project for a new 8 week course at West Hill Hall. Costing £40, the programme includes a full course of mindfulness therapy and a series of 1 hour health walks. A holistic approach to health care has a hugely positive effect on mental and physical well-being.


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No Smoking
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Pass My Parcel

Love it or hate it, Amazon is a very convenient way to shop for almost anything on the planet. But, how annoying it is to return from work or a walk with the dog only to see the dreaded Post Office card on the door mat – your Amazon parcel is sitting inconveniently in the North Street depot, and you’ll have to stand in a long queue to get your hands on it. Continue Reading »



Margaret ‘Billie’ Crook (14.2.25 – 8.6.15)

Billie, late of 58 Compton Avenue, was a stalwart helper at Pam Bean’s Grand Sales that used to be held every month in West Hill Hall. She spent all her working life as a nurse in Brighton, from when she qualified in 1941 until her retirement in 1985. She survived the war through a combination of humour and determination and went on to specialise in child care and midwifery. She was a greatly valued member of the Royal Sussex County Hospital team, where her compassion and unique ability to comfort people won the respect of her colleagues and gratitude of her patients. Continue Reading »

From The Whistler archives …

Audio Terrorists

I’d lived in Buckingham Road, West Hill one week and five years before I moved away to more southern climes last month, way beyond St Nicholas Church, down, down the long hill towards the briney.

For my last contribution to the dear old Whistler I want to talk about neighbours. Five years and one week is a long time in one flat and, on the neighbour front, not without its trials. But all in all I think we did pretty well. We had lots of fun, shared a few meals and a few beers, the odd barbecue, an occasional party and it was always nice to run into one another and chat. Continue Reading »


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