The Whistler – December 2016

A Large Christmas Card 1895 by Aubrey Beardsley
Local Boy Does Good

All Friends Here

A campaign to raise awareness and understanding of dementia has the support of a local West Hill volunteer, as well as the WHCA. Lynn Hopkins, of Albert Road, a Volunteer Dementia Friends Champion trained by the Alzheimer’s Society, is running free ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Sessions and is looking for local people to come along to West Hill Hall on January 16 2017. Continue reading The Whistler – December 2016

Letters to The Whistler

Dear Editor

We read with interest Ann Rushworth Lown’s letter in the October/November Whistler, regarding the traffic problems on Surrey Street. We sympathise. As nearby residents, we are also experiencing the spillover effects of the traffic logjams around the station, which have worsened since the Brighton Station Gateway scheme.  Continue reading Letters to The Whistler

Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley 1894 by Walter Sickert
Aubrey Beardsley 1894 by Walter Sickert

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley  – fin de siècle artist and draughtsman and artistic figure of the late 19th century – was born at 12 (now 31) Buckingham Road in 1872. He was baptised at St Nicholas Church and brought up in ‘genteel poverty’.  In 1885 Aubrey attended Brighton and Hove Grammar School, also in Buckingham Road (at the corner with Upper Gloucester Road) for 4 years, moving on to London by the early 1890s and moving between there and Paris for his remaining short life. Continue reading Aubrey Beardsley

Brighton Old Town

"The Town Hall, Brighton" by Edward Fox, showing a view of Brighton Town Hall with figures in the street and a blue sky with sweeping cloud above. c.1840
“The Town Hall, Brighton” by Edward Fox, showing a view of Brighton Town Hall with figures in the street and a blue sky with sweeping cloud above. c.1840

In November, councillors on the economic development and culture committee released for public consultation, a 50-page document, “Old Town Character Statement”  which details the Old Town area’s history and heritage assets. Brighton residents and businesses were asked to get involved in ensuring Brighton’s historic heart is protected and enhanced, as the document and survey will serve as an assessment of what is important about the area, to guide future planning policies and decisions. Continue reading Brighton Old Town