The Whistler – February 2018

This image is by Will Bradley, a contemporary of Aubrey Beardsley
            Image by Will Bradley, a contemporary of Aubrey Beardsley

Looking Forward

This year there is much to look forward to at West Hill Hall. Our monthly Quiz Nights are as popular as ever  and we are really grateful to our ever growing band of Quiz setters. It’s a really rollicking evening of fun and fiendish questions, as well as being a great way of meeting local residents and raising money to help us look after the Hall.

Our series of local history talks continue in May and October.

In this issue we also look forward to commemorating 120 years since the death of West Hill local boy, Aubrey Beardsley, and remembering it is 100 years since the first steps to Women’s Suffrage in the UK. It turned out to be one small step for womankind – still a long way to go.

Beardsley 120: The Death of Pierrot

In 2018 a series of events will commemorate 120 years since the death of Brighton-born artist Aubrey Beardsley. The events are co-ordinated by Alexia Lazou (aka Victorians Valued), including tours and talks. Details of the programme are on Some of the events are free entry/donations and some associated events have an admission charge. For further information please see website or email:

Bite-Size Museum Talk 
Aubrey Beardsley: 120 Years After The Death of Pierrot

Tuesday 27 March 12pm, Brighton Museum. Free with admission, members and residents free.

Brighton-born artist Aubrey Beardsley died in 1898 at the tragically early age of twenty five. Come and discover more about him, see two of his original drawings close up, and hear about some of the ways he has been commemorated during the 120 years since his untimely death. With Alexia Lazou, Collections Assistant.

See more details at

The West Hill Christmas Party

What a triumph! Big thanks to West Hill Community Association for such a fantastic evening. Just one niggle that I felt so strongly about I had to email WHCA: finding an alternative to plastic trays and cutlery.  I received a reply from one of the Trustees, Colette, agreeing absolutely; advising that a solution will be found for next time, and asking me if I would like to write an article for The Whistler on the subject. She wrote, “Hang the story on admonishing WHCA for its bad behaviour at an otherwise marvellous party!” How could I resist? Continue reading The West Hill Christmas Party

Is there nothing sacred?

Chewing gum was made without plastic up until the 1960s, at which point it became more economical to use synthetic ingredients. All clothing made from man-made fibres, such as microfibre fleeces, polyester, acrylic, and nylons are made from plastic.  Every time these items of clothing are washed, microplastics are released into waterways, as the fabric sheds in the wash. Instead, we could wash them in some of the new products available, such as Guppyfriend, which acts as a microplastic filter, until our clothes reach the end of their lifespan. Continue reading Is there nothing sacred?