The Whistler – February 2019

Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor, by François Baron Gérard, c.1805

New Year, New Look

At the end of 2018 we finished our new look WCs at West Hill Hall. Nothing much went to plan as we discovered the roof was rotten in the men’s loo and would probably not have lasted the winter so it was not a moment too soon that we began the refurbishment. Simon and Peter from Skydec battled through the setbacks and worked around the classes in the Hall as best they could.  Our thanks to them for completing another splendid upgrade to West Hill Hall.

Looking forward to 2019, at The Whistler office, we welcome in the New Year in style as we unveil a new look to the printed version of the newspaper, thanks to the entirely voluntary efforts of professional designer, Joanna Bettles. Joanna is a busy mum of three; she moved to West Hill from London with her family just over 3 years ago. Joanna has nearly 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry, and couldn’t help herself when she saw the opportunity to get her hands on The Whistler. She tells us she wants to help make our local area the best it can be.

Save the Dates

This year the WHCA local history Tuesday talks at 7.30pm are:

14 May with Dr Geoffrey Mead

‘Backstage Brighton’ – a fascinating talk on Brighton’s rich and varied theatrical history.

15 October with Louise Peskett

‘Notorious Women of Brighton’ – wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs. Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently.

New at the Hall

Musical Theatre Classes Mondays

Years 7-11: 4.15 – 5.45pm

Years 3-6: 5.45 – 7.15pm

£15 per 90 minute session.

Small, focused singing, acting and movement sessions working towards LAMDA Musical Theatre examinations (university recognised qualification).

Students work on vocal technique, acting through song, and confidence in performing.

Classes are now waiting list-only but for more information please contact Natalie Sexton


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