The WHCA AGM was held on 29 May 2012, at which reports were received and the yearly accounts were adopted. All members of the committee stood down, Isla Robertson did not seek re-election and the rest of the committee was re-elected along with its newest member, Colette Wilson. Lianne Hall was thanked for her management of the Hall over the last few years, and although she remains on the Committee, she has handed back Hall hire and caretaking duties to members of the Committee. The Wild Life Garden group continues to make the garden surrounding the Hall flourish.
Jim Gowans was re-appointed as the WHCA representative on the Conservation Advisory Council and he attended the public workshop in June which started discussions on improving the Seven Dials junction for road users and pedestrians. There have been 41 accidents within 100 metres of the Seven Dials over the last 5 years. Jim, as well as Kate Kirkham from West Hill Street, are keen to make residents’ voices heard and will be vigilant in ensuring proper publicity for the rest of the consultation process.
The first part of the Station Gateway consultation process attracted only 1163 responses – and the second round on the actual layout proposals is currently being evaluated. It was not easy to evaluate the pros and cons of the proposed changes from the online process and with so many different interests competing for attention – taxis, buses, residents of the surrounding areas, pedestrians, car users and cyclists – we must hope that an imaginative design can be created to cater for all.
On 7 July 2012 it rained from the morning through to the evening with hardly a let up. But was the ‘Not the Jubilee West Hill Road Street Party’ in danger of becoming Not the Street Party at all? Not at all – especially when there was plenty of British bulldog spirit and neighbourly bonhomie to ensure the rain did not dampen the proceedings — although it tried, in buckets. A hastily-erected shelter of tarpaulins was improvised and stitched together with bits of old rope attached to parking signs (now, that’s why they’re useful). This allowed the magnificent Euphoria Steel band to entertain the covered crowd with some wonderful numbers and the music conjured up a picture of sunny Caribbean weather which was all too far away. They played Chariots of Fire in preparation for the occasion when they accompanied the Olympic Torch relay through Brighton and warmed everyone up with their enthusiasm. Continue reading West Hill Road Tarp Party→
In the late 18th Century Sarah Siddons was the object of superfluous admiration and recommendation. Theatrical reviews were having a heyday and while an actor could be criticised for playing the King in Lear as if somebody somewhere was about the play the Ace, Mrs Siddons’ appearance was always greeted with excess praise. Hence… Continue reading Sarah Siddons→
Recently I heard a young actress on TV discussing her latest role as the Duchess of Malfi in John Webster’s play of the same name. As a schoolboy aged 17 this play made a great impression on me. Two or three days later the Globe Theatre Company announced that work was in progress to create a replica of the Blackfriars indoor theatre, where so many great Jacobean plays, like The Duchess, were first presented. Continue reading The Man Who Played Bosola→