The Whistler – December 2017

‘Father Christmas up to date’ from Life Magazine 1896

Season’s Greetings

2017 has been a year of refurbishment and renewal at West Hill Hall. The guttering at the back of the Hall was repaired to complement the newly constructed pathway and retaining wall. Then, in May, the courtyard was resurfaced and a decking area was built at the side of the Hall so our new band of volunteer gardeners could rest their weary muscles from their hard work transforming the garden. The biggest expense was the total refurbishment of the kitchen, which was in dire need of renovation. Our favourite decorating / constructing / plumbing / electrifying wizards Simon and Pete of Skydec took three weeks to complete the upgrade.

In 2018 we want to tackle the toilets and convert one of them into a disabled loo. It won’t come cheap so we’ll be fundraising by holding our monthly Quiz, twice-annual local history talks, and more. We look forward to seeing you!

In this issue, under a marvellous poem about refugees, you’ll see a small piece about Paddington Bear taken from The Big Issue sold to your editor by Darren, that Seven Dials stalwart who’s often to be seen selling The Big Issue outside the Co-op. He has plenty of copies and it’s well worth a read to see the full article. It’s amusing and thought-provoking.

We’re excited at the prospect of welcoming local residents to the annual West Hill Social on Saturday 9 December – tickets are on sale at Bright News.


Letters to The Whistler

Dear Editor

In reply to David Foot’s article ‘It all started in a Coffee House’ in the last edition, I did not start drinking coffee until I was about 10 years old, apart from Camp Coffee out of a bottle, as my dad, who came from up North, drank strong tea. He even brewed up in the desert during World War 2 for the RAF lads. We liked our coffee half milk and half water, boiled in a milk pan, and added to a teaspoon of instant  coffee in each cup. Continue reading Letters to The Whistler

Winter Fuel Bills

The days are dark, the weather is wet, and it’s time to turn on the heating. For most people, this is just a part of the changing seasons, but there are 15,000 households in Brighton & Hove whose inhabitants struggle to heat their homes. Living in cold conditions has a terrible impact on physical and mental health, and causes a shocking 135 ‘excess winter deaths’ in the city each year. The St Peter’s & North Laine ward has been identified by UK Power Networks as one of the most deprived wards in the South East. Continue reading Winter Fuel Bills