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We asked the owners of local businesses what they think about being part of the community in the Seven Dials / West Hill area. Unsurprisingly, most of them yearn for an improvement in the parking situation and an overwhelming percentage think that business rates could be much fairer. Every one of the businesses love the community in which they are based. Part 1 below, Parts 2 and 3 follow in future issues. Meanwhile, please write to The Whistler and let us know what you like most about the businesses in this area and your improvement suggestions.

The Almond Tree Michela and Claudio are a couple and they run the café together. They have been here since 2013 and they like the area because “it’s quite lively but not as chaotic and busy as the North Laine” where Claudio worked before. “You get to know pretty much all your neighbours and people working in the area”. What they like most about the Dials is the “nice variety of independent businesses, finding many things here and being a quick walk from the town centre.” Improvement suggestion: traffic-free days and street events could bring more people up the hill. (more…)

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Jane Austen
Bicentenary 2017

The 2017 Regency Season includes the Constable exhibition at the museum and a new display at the Royal Pavilion from June 2017, exploring Jane Austen’s relationship with coastal towns, and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death. ‘Jane Austen by the Sea’ will look at the seaside context of Austen’s plots and paint a picture of the leading resort of Brighton in the early 1800s, when it was a fashionable ‘watering place’ featured in novels like ‘Pride and Prejudice’. (more…)

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One day, a cat – whom we shall refer to as Cat X – was outside, committing the heinous crime of ‘roaming without due care and attention’. Injury ensued but he managed to limp his way to a friendly safe house where his newly acquired surrogate family took pity on him and whisked him off to the nearest vet for treatment. He quickly recovered but his microchip information wasn’t up to date and so his new family were unable to return him to his regular home even though his regular home was only six doors away. Poor Cat X. (more…)

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Most residents in Brighton & Hove are familiar with the lack of housing in the city. While the majority of people find somewhere safe to live, the same can’t always be said of those who are homeless or leaving care.  The children’s charity Barnardo’s and a number of Brighton & Hove residents are offering these young people an alternative option with their Supported Lodgings scheme. (more…)

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The  garden at back of West Hill Hall is crying out for some love and attention.  It has had a makeover recently in the form of a new retaining wall that was built to solve a damp problem in the Hall itself. There’s a newly cleared area of soil that could be used for growing vegetables or shrubs. If you’d like to expand your interest from a garden box to a 16m long space that you can tend to and grow things in, then please email Colette at westhillhall@gmail.com.

The antidote to flat-dwelling!

 

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