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Our local Brighton & Hove campaigning group, Sussex Defend the NHS, has launched a brilliant new locality-based project, Neighbourhood Groups. You may have noticed blue and white posters put up in windows around the area urging us all to Join the Fight for Our NHS. These are part of Sussex Defend the NHS taking their campaign into local communities all over the city. They want enable those of us who don’t find it easy to get to central locations for events for one reason or another in busy lives, and who are keen to learn about the devastation that is happening as a result of this government’s policies, to be able to join the discussion and spread the information around the neighbourhood.

The new 7Dials Neighbourhood Group had its first meeting at the Duke of Wellington in Upper Gloucester Road in mid-February. As a result, some were inspired to get up to London on March 4th for the big march and rally Our NHS. On 5th March some went down to the Duke of York’s for a special Our NHS showing of Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45. The film was followed by a Q&A session and resulted in loads more people coming forward to join or start up a local neighbourhood group to follow up with local activities.

Thinking to the future, our 7Dials group organised themselves for a lunchtime leafletting session for BHASVIC students on their lunch break by the Dials. This was a first time for members of the group, and they were very good at it, sparking a lot of conversations with the students and passers-by, raising awareness of the threats our health and social services are under. More poster distribution, doorstep conversations, stalls and other activities are planned. All are welcome to come along and find out more. The NHS has always been there for us. But, as Aneurin Bevan said back in 1946, ‘The NHS will last only as long as there are folk to fight for it.’ We have to be those folk!

If you’d like a blue poster for your window, contact Sussex Defend the NHS on defendthenhs@gmail.com or even better, come along to 7Dials Neighbourhood Group on Monday 27th March, 7.30pm upstairs in the Duke of Wellington, Upper Gloucester Road, collect a poster and tell us your ideas for action!

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Jane Austen Bicentenary 2017

Jane Austen
Bicentenary 2017

40 Years Celebrated

In December West Hill residents celebrated WHCA’s 40th birthday. It was a joyous occasion. Here’s an extract of the speech Colette Wilson gave on behalf of the Trustees. (more…)

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Craft Works

craft-worksAfter the success of last year’s annual Craft Works art & craft fair, with thanks to all who came along and supported us, the date for this year’s fair is confirmed for Saturday 25 November 11am-4pm.

Booking for stalls is now open. If you are feeling crafty and are interested in this community event, for further details please email westhillhall@gmail.com for the attention of Dorothy.

 

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bsfSince 2005, Brighton Science Festival has been inspiring young minds across Sussex with our flagship Bright Sparks event – a weekend of hands-on, accessible science fun for youngsters and their parents. Twelve years later, we’re shifting the focus of the festival back onto young people. They, after all, are the mad scientists of the future. (more…)

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There have been Jumble Sales and Grand Sales and Craft Sales in West Hill Hall for many years. To celebrate our 40 years, we’re holding a magnificent, festive, traditional, jumble sale including clothes, books, records, festive treats, Personalised Santa Plates  and handmade Xmas decorations.

4 December 2016 at West Hill Hall from 10am

 

 

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