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The School of Tai Chi Chuan and Internal Arts is a growing group of dedicated and passionate instructors led by Simon and Cher Robins.  I am a qualified instructor with the school, fully insured and registered with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

​We teach a complete system of authentic, traditional taijiquan (tai chi) which we know offers the best you can get in health, meditative and internal arts. Our teacher, Sam Masich is one of the world’s leading internal martial artists; we continue to study as well as teach his Internal Arts Method in weekly classes and weekend workshops around Sussex.

I am now teaching a tai chi / qigong class from 11.45 – 12.45 on Fridays at the Hall.  Starting with basic tai chi principals, you will be studying the 5 Section Solo Hand Form, a short Yang style form devised by Sam Masich.  We will also be looking at some traditional qigong sets with a focus on breath and circulation. Some partner work is involved.

Tai chi and qigong have many health benefits and are wonderful for balance, co-ordination and general well-being. It’s also great fun! Some students in the group have been studying with me since September 2017, and new students are welcome to join the class at any time; some students in the group have only been practising for a few  weeks. There is a huge amount of repetition and we continually review and reinforce what we have learnt.

£7.50 per class or £5 concessions (state pension / unwaged).  First class is free so come along and give it a go!  Wear loose clothing and flat shoes. Suitable for  all ages and levels of fitness.

Una McCartan



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Over the next few issues of The Whistler we introduce the current members of the West Hill Community Association Management Committee (the Trustees) to give you a flavour of who they are, what they do and maybe to inspire you to become one yourself. Be assured, it’s quite painless. In this issue we meet . . .

Sarah Taylor

I’m a working mum of two teenage daughters. Originally from Kingston-Upon-Thames, I’ve lived all over London, and travelled a fair bit but Brighton, specifically Seven Dials, has been my home longer than anywhere else. Likes: going to the cinema, walks on the Downs, a good pint of I.PA. or an amaretto sour, marzipan, curry, genealogy, tulips, social history, exploring new places, taking photos, Ryan Gosling. Dislikes: unpunctuality, Eamonn Holmes, fruit on pizza, narrow mindedness, action movies. (more…)

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Now that we’ve all woken up to the plastic problem, here are some tips on what to do with the plastic that you can’t avoid. Recycling is easy to say [although never easy to type – Ed] but what and where you can actually recycle is a bit of a minefield. (more…)

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Peter Batten writes about loneliness . . .

I visited Victor once a week for almost 9 years. When I let myself into his flat I would usually find him watching TV or playing cards on his computer. “How are you?” I would ask. Raising his arms wearily he would say, “I’m lonely and I’m bored”. Oh, and I forgot to mention that my enquiry had to be written on a pad or printed out in big letters on his computer screen. Victor had been totally deaf for several years. He was housebound by severe arthritis in his upper legs, had painful problems with his sight, and had treatment for a small cancer tumour on his head about five years ago. And, I almost forgot, a single heart by-pass operation in the 1990s. (more…)

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As part of WHCA’s local history talks, on Tuesday 22 May at West Hill Hall, we present David Porter’s fascinating talk about his home. (more…)

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                                                          Unitarian Church

Last month there was a charming site-specific performance at the Unitarian Church in New Road. ‘The Prince and the Pillars’ told the story of how the church came to be built in 1820. (more…)

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An evening of music and poetry with Brian Mander and The De La Warr String Quartet.

Wednesday 14 February 2018. 6.00pm – 7.30pm

St Nicholas Church, Church Street, BN1 3LJ (more…)

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