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An engraving of St Nicholas carrying a Christmas tree in a basket, 1850

Good Cheer

We wish all our readers Good Cheer for the year that has passed and for the year ahead.

We’ve had a very busy time at the Hall in 2018 and we’re looking forward to hosting our last event this year. On Tuesday 11 December at 7.30pm please join us and explore endless endeavours in enigmatic entertainment as Dr Roger Luther introduces us to the wonderful world of cryptic crosswords. Roger, a University lecturer in Mathematics and a lecturer with the U3A, is also a former Mastermind contestant. Since gaining his PhD at Sussex in 2004 (Mathematical Models of Kleptoparasitism), he has been a lecturer on a variety of courses for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. He boasts a rather splendid line in natty ties.

He will be hosting a fun evening where we will learn about clueing techniques, double definition, hidden words, homophones and gather a host of helpful hints.

Refreshments will be provided by SUBS (Sussex University Baking Society) and piano music by Alex Nisbett.

 

New at the Hall – Yoga with Helena 

Saturdays from 12 January 2019 10:00 to 11:00am £10 drop-in

Come to West Hill Hall and taste a bit of embodiment on Saturday mornings to kick-start your weekend. Find a sense of strength, softening and connection in the moving meditation.

My classes include juicy, inspiring and nurturing flows. Bring a mat and your explorative mind.

For further information: email helena@nutritiouspantry.co.uk  call 07557 768993 or visit  www.nutritiouspantry.co.uk

 

 

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The Eyes Have It
“Mickey” Illustration by Adrian Ventura

 

Fruitfulness

We have said goodbye to the amazing Summer and now we are looking forward to an action-packed  Autumn at West Hill Hall.

We start the total refurbishment of the toilets in October. This major work is to be carried out by our two favourite apostles from Skydec, Simon and Peter. We are truly grateful for two donations that will go some way to help with the substantial costs of the work. First,  we have been given a discretionary grant of £500 from Brighton & Hove Council, arranged by local councillor, Lizzie Deane. Second, while Hall manager/administrator Colette was sourcing equipment, she asked Brightwell Dispensers in Newhaven for prices on certain items. Their answer was to donate nearly £400 worth of equipment. Amazing!

We are skipping the Christmas Social this year but have three events coming up, as well as the increasingly popular monthly Quiz, where we had a capacity house in July, and put the FUN firmly into fundraising. On Tuesday 9 October  we continue our local history talks, with Jackie  Marsh-Hobbs giving us an insight into the history of Palmeira Mansions. On Saturday 24 November a Grand Christmas Sale will be held in the Hall between 10am and 3pm, with stalls offering a mixture of craft, gifts, books and bric-a-brac. On Tuesday 11 December Roger Luther is going to help us to solve cryptic crosswords. We want to keep West Hill minds ticking over into the holiday season so come and share some early festive cheer and delve into the tricks and tips to crack any cryptic clue.

We had a phenomenal response to the Sam Toft Colour-In competition: all entries can be seen on westhillwhistler.wordpress.com.

In this edition we feature another talented local artist, Adrian Ventura. If you’d like to share your story and artwork in The Whistler, please get in touch at thewhistler1976@gmail.com

 

 

 

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‘Watering the Little Trees’ by Sam Toft
Colour-in Competition

Competition

We are delighted to show the work of local artist, Sam Toft, on the cover of The Whistler (Aug/Sept), and happier still that she has suggested that we ask our readers – young and old – to enter their coloured-in front page into a competition to receive an exclusive screen print from the shop. The **end of September** is the cut-off date and there are a variety of ways to bring your artistic endeavours to the attention of Sam, who will judge the entries.
1. Email a photo of your entry to thewhistler1976@gmail.com and we will ensure it is posted on FB Sam Toft
2. Pop into the Little Mustard Shop on Clifton Hill with your front page and one of Sam’s lovely assistants will photograph your entry and post it on FB Sam Toft
3. If you don’t have a copy of The Whistler, you can find it right here. You can save and print the image from here, and do 1 or 2 above!

Find your coloured pencils, felt pens or whatever medium suits you and get colouring! Good luck.

 

Farewell / Hello ? 

It is with sadness that Jim Tarran has decided to give up his

We are delighted to show the work of local artist, Sam Toft, on the cover of The Whistler (Aug/Sept), and happier still that she has suggested that we ask our readers – young and old – to enter their coloured-in front page into a competition to receive an exclusive screen print from the shop. The **end of September** is the cut-off date and there are a variety of ways to bring your artistic endeavours to the attention of Sam, who will judge the entries.
1. Email a photo of your entry to thewhistler1976@gmail.com and we will ensure it is posted on FB Sam Toft
2. Pop into the Little Mustard Shop on Clifton Hill with your front page and one of Sam’s lovely assistants will photograph your entry and post it on FB Sam Toft
3. If you don’t have a copy of The Whistler, you can find it online at www.westhillwhistler.wordpress.com and you can save and print the image from there, and do 1 or 2 above!

Find your coloured pencils, felt pens or whatever medium suits you and get colouring! Good luck.

evening Yoga class at the Hall after being with us for 21 years! He’s started a new class in London on Wednesdays so he’s packing up his yoga mats and saying goodbye to the Hall. Goodbye Jim and good luck! This means that we have a rare weekday evening slot available between 5:30pm and 7:45pm on Wednesdays. Get in touch with us at westhillhall@gmail.com if you’d like to fill it.

Save the Dates

For those of you who remember the Grand Sales Pam Bean used to organise in the Hall, the last one was in 2009, the year before she died. This year, as a throw-back to those sales, WHCA is holding a Grand Christmas Sale on 24 November. Tables cost just £10, so if you’d like to book one to sell some bric-a-brac, crafty goods, or pre-loved items, do get in touch Colette and Louise at westhillhall@gmail.com to reserve a stall.

Two other dates to save in your diaries: the Autumn Local History talk on 9 October features Jackie Marsh-Hobbs giving an insight into the Grade II* listed Palmeira Mansions.

There will not be a WHCA Christmas Party this year but on 11 December an evening with Roger Luther will be dedicated to learning techniques to solve fiendish Cryptic Crosswords. Refreshments and bonhomie will be flowing to lubricate the brain cells.

 

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West Hill in Bloom
Photo by Sarah Taylor

The WHCA  AGM was held at the end of April and we were really happy to welcome two new members to the committee, John (who already helps with the Hall garden) and Wendy. We’re always looking  members of the community to help us with the business of the Association, the main activities of which are looking after West Hill Hall, helping with community events (ideas and action) and contributing to creating six editions of The Whistler a year.

Over the next few editions we introduce the current Trustees, who explain why they volunteer to keep this 42-year old community association alive and kicking.

 

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Spring – Coming Soon

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and the committee elected, will be held at 7:15pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at West Hill Hall.

The aims of WHCA are to maintain  West Hill Hall for community use and to publish The Whistler to encourage communication in the local area. Refreshments and bonhomie are free.  All are welcome. The business of the AGM  will be followed at 8:00pm by our perennial favourite, the Quiz. Things are never taken too seriously at our monthly Quiz nights and we welcome new participants as well as quiz setters. Go on, give it a try. It’s a great way to meet new people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere and get involved with local activities.

We’re looking for new members for the management committee, whose voluntary activities include organising  community events held in the Hall; taking an officer role (Chair,  Treasurer, Secretary); managing Hall bookings; caretaking the Hall in between bookings; general Hall maintenance inside, and outside in the lovely ‘not so wild’ Garden; writing and collating articles/adverts for The Whistler (for the printed copy and online). In this edition and the next couple, we introduce the current Trustees, who explain why they volunteer to keep this 42-year old community association alive and kicking. Would YOU like to join us?

 

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This image is by Will Bradley, a contemporary of Aubrey Beardsley

            Image by Will Bradley, a contemporary of Aubrey Beardsley

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

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‘Father Christmas up to date’ from Life Magazine 1896

Season’s Greetings

2017 has been a year of refurbishment and renewal at West Hill Hall. The guttering at the back of the Hall was repaired to complement the newly constructed pathway and retaining wall. Then, in May, the courtyard was resurfaced and a decking area was built at the side of the Hall so our new band of volunteer gardeners could rest their weary muscles from their hard work transforming the garden. The biggest expense was the total refurbishment of the kitchen, which was in dire need of renovation. Our favourite decorating / constructing / plumbing / electrifying wizards Simon and Pete of Skydec took three weeks to complete the upgrade.

In 2018 we want to tackle the toilets and convert one of them into a disabled loo. It won’t come cheap so we’ll be fundraising by holding our monthly Quiz, twice-annual local history talks, and more. We look forward to seeing you!

In this issue, under a marvellous poem about refugees, you’ll see a small piece about Paddington Bear taken from The Big Issue sold to your editor by Darren, that Seven Dials stalwart who’s often to be seen selling The Big Issue outside the Co-op. He has plenty of copies and it’s well worth a read to see the full article. It’s amusing and thought-provoking.

We’re excited at the prospect of welcoming local residents to the annual West Hill Social on Saturday 9 December – tickets are on sale at Bright News.

 

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