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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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                                   Gluck, Lilies, detail, 1932-6. Private Collection

There is much to look forward to at West Hill Hall this Autumn.

First date is the one you’ve already saved, 10 October at 7.30pm when Sarah Tobias will be giving WHCA’s Autumn local history talk on the ‘Hidden History of Brighton’s Parks and Gardens’.

Next is the annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 25 November from 11am.

And finally, we will be holding WHCA’s 20th West Hill Christmas Social on Saturday 9 December. Everyone is welcome but it’s a strictly ticketed affair. Tickets go on sale on November 15 in Bright News – don’t leave it until the last moment to get them as this event is always a sell-out. This year, along with a sit-down Indian meal, the chance to catch up with friends and neighbours and make new friends, we’ll be featuring local musicians. Can’t wait.

To get you in shape for the Autumn,  there are four new weekly daytime classes at West Hill Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. See the information from our new starters in New at the Hall.

 

Gluck – Art and Identity

18 November 2017 to 11 March 2018, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

The 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978) now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity, is the subject of this major new exhibition.  Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, the artist adopted the name Gluck and created a controversial masculine identity in the inter-war years.  Gluck soon became known for striking portraits, land/seascapes, stage scenes and floral paintings.

This landmark exhibition will take the approach of a forensic investigation, bringing together key artworks with other surviving evidence of Gluck’s life including clothing, accessories and photographs.

 

 

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SUMMER SALUTATIONS

The doors are flung thankfully open,

As teachers breathe an intense sigh of relief,

Parents hit with cheers, squeals, laughter,

A tsunami of marauding rucksacks,

It is SUMMERTIME!

Sweet, creamy honeysuckle wafts,

Fluffed caramel bees, soft rosy glints

Ball pits of brightly bobbing sunhats

Fuchsia-pink strawberries, sandy footprints.

 

Smiling faces, loud joyous whoops,

Sticky fingers, melting ice cream,

Spritzes of icy water, unsuspecting faces,

Waves’ crisp summery gleam.

 

I raise my eyes up to the sky

Speckled with fresh flickers of lemonade sun,

Rich earthy forests, silently, lazily serene

Celebrate! Winter’s gone, and summer has begun.

 

Thanks to Scarlett Baldwin (12) who loves writing and sent us this poem

 

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