The Whistler – June 2016

Set Sail for Summer
Set Sail for Summer

The  West Hill Community Association AGM was held at the end of April. The committee stood down and those who wanted to stand again were re-elected: Vinod Mashru, Sylvia Alexander-Vine, Dorothy Lamb, Carol Simmons, Sarah Taylor and Colette Wilson.

Local history talk and walk

A big thank you to everyone who made the inaugural event in our new series of bi-annual talks such a great success. We were delighted, nay overwhelmed, to welcome over 60 people (and one very well-behaved Cockerpoo) who filled the hall on 19 April and enjoyed a glass of wine and some delicious Indian food (all thanks to the generosity of Meena and Vinod from Bright News) before listening to an interesting and entertaining talk on the history of the Seven Dials by our engaging speaker, Dr Geoffrey Mead, well-known local historian and tour guide.

On Sunday 24 April, nigh on fifty people, plus a dapper Dachshund in a rather fetching green coat and a wonderful Westie, walked the talk and learned a lot more about the history and architectural splendour of the lovely area in which we are fortunate to live. Especial thanks to Geoffrey for launching this new series of talks in such an impressive fashion.

The next talk will be on Tuesday 11 October – doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start ‘A moment in time: census-era dress 1811-1911’ by Jayne Shrimpton, an experienced speaker in genealogy and social history. £3 entry includes refreshments.

If you have any suggestions for talks, walks or speakers or would like to be added to our mailing list to be informed of future talks please email  Dorothy at

A huge thank you to the mystery gardener who took up our invitation to help in the West Hill Hall garden. We believe it is a Buckingham Lodge resident but we don’t know for sure and we’d love to say thank you personally for revealing the garden path (we knew it was somewhere), digging over all the beds, and pruning the shrubs. What a transformation!


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