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Over the last few issues of The Whistler we have introduced 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.

In this issue we meet COLETTE WILSON. (more…)

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People who receive the annual Winter Fuel Payment and feel they do not need it are invited to donate it to  who ensure that every penny goes towards helping people in the City to alleviate their fuel poverty. While the impact of fuel poverty in Brighton & Hove is slightly lower than England as a whole, it is higher than the South-East average. (more…)

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Buckingham Road

The major development site at the corner of Buckingham Road and Upper Gloucester Road which was featured in this column some months ago still stands half demolished with no work having been carried out on site for some time. The City Council was ‘minded to grant’ permission for 34 flats to be created on the site between 76 to 80 Buckingham Road. (more…)

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I first met Robert at one of his WHCA local history lectures in West Hill Hall. It would have been shortly after I moved to Terminus Street in 1986.

Despite having barely considered the past of the sundry towns and cities I’d lived in previously, Robert instantly brought to life for me the churches, pubs, shops that had once flourished so close to my new home in the West Hill Conservation Area. Many of these buildings, of course, he’d known himself. He was a natural educator, with skills honed in the Army’s Education Corps towards the end of World War 2. I was hooked. (more…)

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Most evenings are busy with a variety of activities but two local  residents, Anna Burtt and Bob Sells, spotted some gaps in the daytime schedules and have filled them with activities in which they are interested and want people to join them. (more…)

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Over the last few issues of The Whistler we have been introducing 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.

In this issue we meet VINOD MASHRU

Vinod at the Hall in 2015 with the next generation of West Hill children

Together with my wife, Meena, I run Bright News in Buckingham Road, at the heart of the West Hill Community. The shop has been through a number of incarnations in its long history: a bookmakers, drapers, Bevoort Store Company, and a wine and spirit merchant to name but a few. From the 1920s onward it has served predominantly as a newsagent, also offering a valeting service in 1958! (more…)

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Brighton Royal Pavilion
Restoration of the Saloon
Picture by Jim Holden

Decorated for King George IV in 1823, the Saloon at the Royal Pavilion, an ornate centrepiece of Brighton’s famous royal palace by the sea, has been returned to the dazzling splendour of its original interior design at a cost of £390,000. It is the culmination of ongoing conservation work taking place since 2004. In 2002, glimpses of the designer Jones’s silvered leaves scheme were revealed on the ceiling of the saloon during work to address a water leak. The reinstatement of this design in the recess opened up the possibility of a complete and faithful restoration of the Saloon to its original appearance in 1823, as recorded in a water colour by AC Pugin for John Nash’s book, ‘Views of the Pavilion’. (more…)

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