As the dark days of winter follow the wet days of summer, at least we have something bright to look forward to. The biennial West Hill Community Association Social will be held on 14 December with entertainment from the musical duo Candide; Indian food; and it will be a great opportunity to meet old acquaintances and make new friends in our wonderful West Hill Hall. All residents are welcome. Tables will be limited so if you want to come it’s a good idea to put your name down for a ticket before they go on sale officially from 14 November at Bright News. As ever, our Host-with-the-Most, Vinod Mashru, will be ready to take your bookings.
Although we bade a fond farewell to WHCA Trustee Dorothy Lamb in September (she’s moved back home to Birmingham) the popular local history talks which she organised, continue this Autumn with Louise Peskett, who will present ‘Notorious Women of Brighton’. Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs: Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame at West Hill Hall on 15 October at 7.30pm.
Our offer in the last issue of some archive copies of The Whistler going back to the 1980s was taken up by a curious reader and there is still another set available before we clear them out of the editorial office. If, by some extraordinary chance, any of our readers keep back copies of the newspaper, our keep archive is short of the issue from August 2000. Please let us know if you have it. No winner of the Wine Competition last time but the questions and answers are on our online version under westhillwhistler.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/wine-competition.
If you’ve wondered where the bottle bank that used to be opposite The Edinburgh pub in Buckingham Street has gone, we’re told by the Council that it was removed due to complaints from nearby residents about the noise of breaking glass. Although a better, quieter replacement was promised, The Whistler has been informed that CityClean is still trying out various designs so there is no replacement for Buckingham Street just yet. Meanwhile, bottles are still being left on the roadside where the bins used to be.