The Whistler – June 2018

West Hill in Bloom
Photo by Sarah Taylor

The WHCA  AGM was held at the end of April and we were really happy to welcome two new members to the committee, John (who already helps with the Hall garden) and Wendy. We’re always looking  members of the community to help us with the business of the Association, the main activities of which are looking after West Hill Hall, helping with community events (ideas and action) and contributing to creating six editions of The Whistler a year.

Over the next few editions we introduce the current Trustees, who explain why they volunteer to keep this 42-year old community association alive and kicking.


New at the Hall – Tai Chi

The School of Tai Chi Chuan and Internal Arts is a growing group of dedicated and passionate instructors led by Simon and Cher Robins.  I am a qualified instructor with the school, fully insured and registered with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

​We teach a complete system of authentic, traditional taijiquan (tai chi) which we know offers the best you can get in health, meditative and internal arts. Our teacher, Sam Masich is one of the world’s leading internal martial artists; we continue to study as well as teach his Internal Arts Method in weekly classes and weekend workshops around Sussex.

I am now teaching a tai chi / qigong class from 11.45 – 12.45 on Fridays at the Hall.  Starting with basic tai chi principals, you will be studying the 5 Section Solo Hand Form, a short Yang style form devised by Sam Masich.  We will also be looking at some traditional qigong sets with a focus on breath and circulation. Some partner work is involved.

Tai chi and qigong have many health benefits and are wonderful for balance, co-ordination and general well-being. It’s also great fun! Some students in the group have been studying with me since September 2017, and new students are welcome to join the class at any time; some students in the group have only been practising for a few  weeks. There is a huge amount of repetition and we continually review and reinforce what we have learnt.

£7.50 per class or £5 concessions (state pension / unwaged).  First class is free so come along and give it a go!  Wear loose clothing and flat shoes. Suitable for  all ages and levels of fitness.

Una McCartan


Letters to The Whistler

Dear West Hill Community Association

I’m not sure where to turn so apologies if I am writing to the wrong group. I read The Whistler regularly and you feel like the best community group around.

I live in Montpelier Crescent and have noticed a huge increase in dog fouling recently. It isn’t just one dog (quite obvious from the fouling) and it’s getting worse. Is there anything which we, as a community, could do to try and stop this?  There are plenty of local resident groups getting together to tackle the mess: see this example at which describes how fed-up residents have come up with a poo-shaming map in a bid to tackle dog fouling.

Katherine Church

[Last year The Whistler ran an article on an anti-dog fouling campaign launched by Tracy Phipps of the Council’s Cityclean and Cityparks dept which promised to tackle  irresponsible dog owners. At the time of going to press, we are still waiting for her to comment on Katherine’s question but local Regency Councillor, Alex Phillips, did respond to our enquiry.]

Hi – Tom and I are working with Cityclean to try and get more signs up in the area but this is a perennial problem. It feels to me as though it has got worse too, and I don’t know if it is because people might be on their mobile phones more and so not really watching what their dogs are doing. As a mother and pram-user, I find it an even more appalling situation as wheels on buggies easily drive through muck.

Councillor Alex Phillips

[On the subject of anti-social behaviour we’ve also heard from resident Mo Parker and Councillor Lizzie Deane]


The residents of Terminus Road, and the cul-de-sacs leading off it – Terminus Street, Railway Street and Terminus Place – have an ongoing  battle with anti-social behaviour such as general nuisance, drug dealing/taking, drinking, graffiti/tagging, discarded rubbish, dog fouling and, in the worst cases, human fouling.  With the warm weather this activity increases considerably. Clifton Street Passage, with its easy access and multiple exits, affords secure cover for these activities.

Many of the rear garden walls backing onto the passage are either in poor decorative order or disfigured with graffiti and tagging. This general air of neglect feeds into the misconception that anti-social behaviour is acceptable. Terminus  Area residents, in conjunction with various Council bodies and the police, are working together to overcome this and reclaim the streets for the residents as well as for those passing through it, which includes quite a few young children going to and from primary school.

The plan is to paint over the graffiti and the Council has offered to provide paint and rollers.  If your rear wall is one of those with graffiti and you do not want this painted over, please email Councillor Lizzie Deane on On the other hand, if you would like to clean and repaint your wall and so help to restore the area, Terminus Area residents will be delighted! The state of Clifton Street Passage and any associated anti-social behaviour impacts residents and their homes on both sides.

Mo Parker

Dear Editor

I have also had complaints about graffiti on the wall along Howard Place and, again, the Council has said that they will supply materials for a clean-up and I will be looking for volunteers to help. If any readers want to help clear up both Clifton Street Passage and Howard Place, please contact me on

With thanks

Lizzie Deane


Introducing the WHCA Trustees – Part 2

Over the next few issues of The Whistler we introduce the current members of the West Hill Community Association Management Committee (the Trustees) to give you a flavour of who they are, what they do and maybe to inspire you to become one yourself. Be assured, it’s quite painless. In this issue we meet . . .

Sarah Taylor

I’m a working mum of two teenage daughters. Originally from Kingston-Upon-Thames, I’ve lived all over London, and travelled a fair bit but Brighton, specifically Seven Dials, has been my home longer than anywhere else. Likes: going to the cinema, walks on the Downs, a good pint of I.PA. or an amaretto sour, marzipan, curry, genealogy, tulips, social history, exploring new places, taking photos, Ryan Gosling. Dislikes: unpunctuality, Eamonn Holmes, fruit on pizza, narrow mindedness, action movies. Continue reading Introducing the WHCA Trustees – Part 2

One Man’s Vision

Peter Batten writes about a local man

I have been living in Hove for almost nineteen years. One of the rewards which Nikki and I have come to recognise is the ever-growing Brighton Festival. From the year 2000 we began to explore the Open Houses and to admire the many talented people who display their work. If you have never visited any of these mini galleries you have missed a rich experience. Yes, the work is varied in media, style, presentation and quality, but everywhere you will have the chance to discover unique artefacts and meet people with a personal style and vision. Continue reading One Man’s Vision