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Stories on the Wing – British Birds in Literature
until 21 September 2017
Booth Museum of Natural History, Dyke Road



The  WHCA AGM in April adopted  reports and accounts from the Trustees. The Hall is well used and maintained; twice-yearly talks on local history and environs have attracted much interest; the Craft Fair and Jumble Bells sale last autumn were both great successes; the nineteenth annual Christmas social went with a bang; the regular monthly Quiz has seen a big influx of participants  and volunteers who take it in turns to set the questions. All very heart-warming.

Equally heart-warming was the response to the request in the last issue of The Whistler for more volunteers to help with the garden at West Hill Hall. We were overwhelmed with the number and calibre of local residents who came forward and offered to help maintain and nurture the garden. Work has begun in earnest to landscape the area at the back of the Hall which was created after the retaining wall was built last year and everyone is pitching in to make our garden grow. Brighton in Bloom here we come!

After the article about sparrows in the last issue, we at The Whistler towers have been looking out for them but in the process are excited to have spotted two lovely Goldfinches in our West Hill garden. According to the 2017 RSPCA Big Garden Birdwatch, Goldfinch numbers have increased by 44% since 2007. It’s certainly the first year they have visited us.


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John Constable, R.A. (1776-1837), Seascape Study: Boat and Stormy Sky, ca. 1824-1828

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and committee elected, will be held on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at the West Hill Hall at 7.15pm.

The aims of WHCA are to keep the Hall available for community use and to publish The Whistler to maintain and improve communication in the local area. West Hill Hall has thrived as a space for community activities ever since we bought it in 1996 and it is the Association’s intention to keep the Hall available and maintained. Regular activities can be seen in the timetable (right) and we also hire it  out for ad hoc activities, kids’ parties and selected music gigs. The Association runs a monthly Quiz and Spring and Autumn local history talks, to which all residents are welcome. See details of the next talk on May 9 below, ‘Herstories: Women, Popular Culture 7 History’ with Dr Louise Fitzgerald.

The business of the AGM will be followed by our perennial favourite, the Quiz. All are welcome. Go on, give it a try. It’s a great way to meet new people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and get involved with local activities. 2016 saw record numbers of people attending the Quiz and having none-too-serious fun.

2016 was also The Whistler’s 40th birthday and as we continue along our 41st year, we’d love to hear from our readers whether you want us to keep going as we are, change direction, go digital only, include new themes for the articles. We rely on contributions from you, our readers, so please help us steer the content in the direction with subjects that you want to read. We love reading your letters so do keep them coming.


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Jane Austen Bicentenary 2017

Jane Austen
Bicentenary 2017

40 Years Celebrated

In December West Hill residents celebrated WHCA’s 40th birthday. It was a joyous occasion. Here’s an extract of the speech Colette Wilson gave on behalf of the Trustees. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Photo by Terry Applin

Autumn Fruitfulness

WHCA is hosting several events at West Hill Hall this Autumn.

First up on Tuesday 11 October is Jayne Shrimpton’s fascinating talk, “A Moment in Time: Census-era Dress, 1811 – 1911”. Jayne opens a window onto the era and helps us to visualise daily life in the past,  drawing on prints, paintings and photographs dating from around each decennial census, 1811 – 1911.  (more…)

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Dyke Road Mills, 1847 Preston, Port Hall, Lashmar’s and Hodson’s Mills  from an engraving in Brighton & Hove Archaeologist 1924

Dyke Road Mills, 1847
Preston, Port Hall, Lashmar’s and Hodson’s Mills
from an engraving in Brighton & Hove Archaeologist 1924


Did we mention that it’s our 40th birthday this year? We’re pouring over plans to celebrate in style. Last year’s Christmas party was a sell-out and this year entrance to the celebrations on 10 December will be the hottest ticket in town. It’s a strictly first-come, first-tickets affair so do look out for them when they go on sale at Bright News in November. (more…)

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Set Sail for Summer

Set Sail for Summer

The  West Hill Community Association AGM was held at the end of April. The committee stood down and those who wanted to stand again were re-elected: Vinod Mashru, Sylvia Alexander-Vine, Dorothy Lamb, Carol Simmons, Sarah Taylor and Colette Wilson. (more…)

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