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Blooming Lovely

Full Bloom

THERE WAS AN excellent attendance at our AGM at the end of April and we were most happy to welcome two local residents onto the WHCA management committee, Chris Parker and Clare Cochrane.

WHCA Garden Spring Watch
The bluebells are in full bloom; there are blue tits nesting in the box. Wild garlic and spring greens are coming soon. Well done to Paulien for the successful veggie patch, and thank you for the pear tree. The ‘Star of the Show’ peony seems to like its new home. It’s all looking rather lovely. The decking is being enjoyed once more for small neighbourly meet-ups. Mel, who did a great job on the hard landscaping last year, went round and very kindly finished off the compost pen as her Easter gift to the Hall. Thanks Mel. Bring on the summer!

If you’re looking for any garden/ landscaping we can thoroughly recommend Mel’s work. Her website and contact details: www.amelogardens.co.uk

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Brighton Festival 4-26 May 2019

 

Coming Together

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and the committee elected, will be held on Tuesday 30 April 2019 at West Hill Hall at 7.00pm. The business of the AGM will be followed by our perennial favourite, the Quiz, at 8.00pm. Refreshments and bonhomie are free. All residents are welcome.

In this edition we round up our series on the current members of the management committee and invite others to join us at WHCA, as part of the committee or in other voluntary capacities. The aims of WHCA are straight forward: to keep the Hall available for community use and to publish The Whistler to maintain and improve communication in the local area.

There is a worrying rise in anti-social behaviour, drug-dealing, violence and theft in our area. Many people are sceptical about the police responding adequately but it’s important that incidents are reported to them. To report a crime or incident please phone 999, 101 or 01273 404939. Email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or brightonandhove@sussex.pnn.police.uk

In 2019 The Whistler is 43 years old. We’d love to hear from our readers about whether you want us to keep going as we are, change direction, go digital only, include new themes for articles. We rely on contributions from you, our readers, so please help steer the content in the direction that you want to read.

The Whistler developed from the work of the ‘Writers Group’ which met for some time as part of WHCA and produced some exciting work, including a booklet in 1979 called ‘The West Hill Version’, in an effort to keep people in the area in touch with each other. Nowadays – even in this digital, social media age – The Whistler is distributed to every household and business in the area and is widely read throughout Brighton & Hove. It features stories and poems from a diverse range of contributors; much of the material is unsolicited and residents send in pieces and write dedicated columns. Every effort is made to present a fair and balanced view.

Our indefatigable contributors; the support of local businesses through advertising; donations made via Bright News convenience store; our printer; and you, Dear Reader, have made it possible for the newspaper to continue.

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Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor, by François Baron Gérard, c.1805

New Year, New Look

At the end of 2018 we finished our new look WCs at West Hill Hall. Nothing much went to plan as we discovered the roof was rotten in the men’s loo and would probably not have lasted the winter so it was not a moment too soon that we began the refurbishment. Simon and Peter from Skydec battled through the setbacks and worked around the classes in the Hall as best they could.  Our thanks to them for completing another splendid upgrade to West Hill Hall.

Looking forward to 2019, at The Whistler office, we welcome in the New Year in style as we unveil a new look to the printed version of the newspaper, thanks to the entirely voluntary efforts of professional designer, Joanna Bettles. Joanna is a busy mum of three; she moved to West Hill from London with her family just over 3 years ago. Joanna has nearly 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry, and couldn’t help herself when she saw the opportunity to get her hands on The Whistler. She tells us she wants to help make our local area the best it can be.

Save the Dates

This year the WHCA local history Tuesday talks at 7.30pm are:

14 May with Dr Geoffrey Mead

‘Backstage Brighton’ – a fascinating talk on Brighton’s rich and varied theatrical history.

15 October with Louise Peskett

‘Notorious Women of Brighton’ – wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs. Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently.

New at the Hall

Musical Theatre Classes Mondays

Years 7-11: 4.15 – 5.45pm

Years 3-6: 5.45 – 7.15pm

£15 per 90 minute session.

Small, focused singing, acting and movement sessions working towards LAMDA Musical Theatre examinations (university recognised qualification).

Students work on vocal technique, acting through song, and confidence in performing.

Classes are now waiting list-only but for more information please contact Natalie Sexton

info@nataliesexton.co.uk

 

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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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