The Whistler – June 2011

Happy and Glorious
Happy and Glorious

Master Class

The West Hill Road Street Party on 29 April 2011 was a masterclass of organisation and bonhomie. Step forward the organisers to take a bow: Alexa de Castillo, Jake Smith, Joelle, Manuel Tavarez who made THE cake (see pictures opposite), Daniel Bernstein & Charlotte, Dan Karen, Tui Davenport, Sarah and Will Baker, Julian Musto, Anton, and Ellen Laverty. They and others receive the heart-felt thanks of all those who attended from West Hill Road, West Hill Street and some other nearby roads. It was a great day and the rain came just at the end when it was time to clear and pack up. Yes, there’s nothing these guys can’t organise!

WHCA was represented at the Brighton Station Gateway project design meeting in May, along with representatives from Network Rail, Southern Railway, the council, Queen’s Road traders, taxi and bus companies, the disabled, cyclists, pedestrians, residents and more. Many ideas were put forward, including making the southern approach to Terminus Road accessible only to public transport and residents to allow taxis to queue up the road; closing Trafalgar Street to cars under the bridge to allow it to be widened to create more space in front of the station; locating the bus stops in Surrey Street, moving buses from the south entrance to create clear views of the sea. Some ideas were dropped – including the ones just mentioned – and others will go forward for review, design and feasibility studies before being put out for public consultation later in the year.

It’s a major project and will have a huge effect on the West Hill area and Queen’s Road. Have your say when consultation begins.

Strange Interlude

Brighton resident, Peter Batten, writes about another time, another place…

In the spring of 1952 the normal progression of my life was interrupted. I had just secured a place at University, so I decided to leave school and begin my two years of National Service.

I was enrolled in the RAF and on 19 May I travelled to Padgate in Lancashire to begin my basic training. This was not a pleasant experience, but, as a promising cricketer, I was able to get several days off to play for RAF teams. About two weeks before the end of the training period I was told to report to the officer in charge. He told me that the Air Ministry staff had looked at my records and noted that I had A levels in French and Latin. They were recruiting airmen for a new course in Russian because it was expected that we would soon be at war. They would like to add me to their list. I agreed. Thus began a strange period in my life.
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Couture Brighton

1 June – 3 July 2011

Couture Brighton
Joanne Fleming Design

Art and fashion collide in a glittering display of luxurious opulence.

Using the city as a source of inspiration, some of Brighton’s best known and dynamic fashion designers have worked in collaboration to produce nine new gowns that demonstrate the skill, opulence and art of the Couturier. The gowns will be staged in the costume gallery at Brighton Museum against a beautiful mirrored backdrop to create an installation of breathtaking beauty and exquisite detail.

The designers selected have all been chosen because of their strong individual style and the attention to detail in their work. Working to a brief that has asked them to create a one-off piece based on a Brighton landmark or historical reference, the works produced will use a limited colour palette with a personal accent colour and will clearly demonstrate the techniques, skills and house-style associated with each designer.
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Studio 111 comes to Brighton

Studio 111 was created by British actress, director and teacher Sally Spencer-Harris after noticing the need for an intensive, part-time Screen Acting School in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland is a ‘Screen Based’ City. There is not so much theatre there so all auditions tend to be filmed and most good roles come up in film and television. Here in the UK the situation is not dissimilar with very little specific film acting training for the student of acting. Continue reading Studio 111 comes to Brighton