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The Round Hill Reporter
Past issues of our printed newsletter 'The Round Hill Reporter' can be downloaded (in PDF format) from here. The most recent issue is

      • Issue 63 March 2016 
        Round Hill garden party Sunday 3rd June 2016, PlaySafe reminder, new Facebook site, Richmond House - who are Pavilions?, lamppost loss, credit card scam, new noticeboards, Sainsbury's raised beds, new trees for Richmond Road, new network for men 50+, private sector rented housing in Brighton.

Round Hill online resources

Open to all to join -  RHS Twitter | RHS Facebook Page

Invite only  -  RH Community Noticeboard | RH Yahoo Group

[Noticeboard: by existing member] [Yahoo: approved by moderator]

The RH Community Noticeboard (created in April 2016 & inspired by the hugely popular Hanover Community Notice Board) has 50 members. The Yahoo Group (created in August 2004) has 178.

Useful information

Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tuesday 7th June 2016) at Jan's. We held our last AGM on 29th September 2015 (see Minutes for full report on what was discussed).

Police Community Support Officers

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections: 5th May 2016

Information on candidates is now posted at www.choosemypcc.org.uk or in this single PDF for comparison. They give their websites as:
James Doyle (GREEN)
Michael Jones (LABOUR)
Patrick Lowe (UKIP)

Will policy changes remove familiar faces from public view?

With the election for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner taking place on Thursday 5th May 2016, now is a good time for residents and associations which represent our neighbourhoods to surprise the candidates by getting involved. For example, ask them where they stand on "community policing". If elected,

- would they oppose moves to increase PCSOs' time behind a desk, leaving a reduced number of PCSOs with less time on the beat?

- would they reinstate the value of providing a familar face and a visual presence in the form of "truly local PCSOs"?

Click here for a sample of what our own PCSO currently contributes to our neighbourhood. Do we want this personalised approach to policing to be replaced by a call-out system where there are fewer officers to call out and no officer is assigned to a particular part of a very large area (Sussex!).

See PCSO changes could harm policing [The Argus: 25 March 2016]

Comment a.s.a.p to save this public view

One planning decision, made very soon, could remove this long public view from D'Aubigny Road for ever. Please comment now if you care for the open-feel of our conservation area. If we don't value it, we lose it and the new building is used as a precedent for blocking off more.

101 Round Hill Crescent



















Land to the rear of 101 Roundhill Crescent (pictured above)
1. Read D'Aubigny Rd objections resident 1 | resident 2 | resident 3

2. Comment before the end of April on applications BH2016/00752 (new build blocking long public view & creating a sense of enclosure for neighbours) and BH2016/00753 (part destruction of historic wall fronting long public view out of conservation area)

Comment a.s.a.p to avoid excessive infill

28 Crescent Rd












28 and Land Rear of including 28B, 28C & 28D, Crescent Road
1. Read objection 1 and objection 2 from Belton Rd residents
objections from Crescent Rd and The Round Hill Society

2. Please submit your own comment before Friday 22nd April 2016 on application BH2016/00862 (overdevelopment of very narrow strip of land needed as green due to existing level of housing density; proposed buildings not in keeping with character of this historic part of the conservation area - laundry drying fields, windmill etc)

where proposals for new-build are currently under consideration.

Playing out in Round Hill

Eighth PlaySafe event - Sunday 17th April 2016 on Mayo Road

Roundhill's eighth Street Play event, held on Sunday 17 April 2016, was enjoyed by all. A big "thank you" to Kate for organising the event, to Mayo Road residents for their coopertaion, especially Barbara for laying on cakes and drinks, to our marshals, to "Dr Bike" (for servicing and checking a lot of bicycles!), and of course to children and parents for taking part.

Click here or on the picture below for a short video clip
(two and a half minutes duration) of this enjoyable event.

street play















Landlords and Letting Agents - a need for accreditation

£20,000 / £14,000 fines unlicensed landlords of shared houses
Read our article on Houses of Multiple Occupation [HMOs]

See the The Debrief's campaign calling for the end of letting agent fees.

Should the noisy, smelly, unsuitably located Hollingdean Depot site be used for processing industrial and commercial waste as well as our city's domestic waste?

Regular listings

For daily updates on other neighbourhoods' news & campaigns
across the city, please go to CivicBrightonandHove.co.uk

1. Upcoming events for The Open Market and The Level
2. Visit London Road website | blog
3. The Duke of York's Picture House Preston Circus
4. Emporium, Brighton - what's on - 88 London Road
5. Brighton Open Air Theatre - what's on - Dyke Rd Park [map]
6. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
7. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
8. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
10. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
11. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
12. Regency Society 2016 lectures and events
13. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
14. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings & similar
15. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
16. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
17. Healthwalks 2016 programme plain text | colour  
18. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
19a. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
19b. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
19c. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
20. Prince Regent Online Pool & Class Timetable
Free swimming for children aged 16 and under
21. See also The Argus - events page
22. The People's Republic of Brighton and Hove: Facebook page
23. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

Click on the picture below to find your nearest swimming pool

swimming Online Pool & Class Timetable
for today at the
Prince Regent Pool Brighton.




Seasonal recommendations:


Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 1st May 2016 10am-1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods
Glade clearance.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





silver stringsTuesday, 3rd May 2016 10:15am - Silver Strings - it's never too late to learn! - The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD. The first Tuesday of each month is an open session, where newcomers can try an instrument and meet the players. No previous musical experience is necessary and most of our group were complete beginners when they first came along. We even provide the instruments: choose violin, viola or cello - or try all three! The sessions are facilitated by professional cellist and Goldsmiths-trained music leader Isabel Emerson, and kindly supported by the Brighthelm Small Grants Scheme. Cost: the first session's FREE - come and try us out! If you want to join Silver Strings, it's £12/wk (payable monthly) thereafter, inclusive of instrument use.



gclub Wed 4th and Thu 5th May: 10:30am - noon Volunteer Gardening Club at The Level. Description: The Level's gardens are award-winning, not just for their beauty and superb condition, but also for the contribution they make towards a wider conservation and sustainability picture at the park - particularly in encouraging bees and other beneficial insects.

  • There are two regular weekly volunteer gardening clubs at The Level, run under the tutelage and supervision of the onsite Garden Manager, Steve Peters.
  • It is essential that potential volunteers liaise beforehand with Steve Peters on stephen.peters@brighton-hove.gov.uk, in case a session needs to be cancelled, changed, postponed, or other arrangements need clarifying.
  • Volunteers must attend a compulsory initial training and information session before starting volunteer gardening work.
  • Volunteers assist with a range of gardening tasks as assigned by the Garden Manager. The Level is an accessible park, and there are disabled toilets on site.
  • Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/parks-and-green-spaces/level-enjoy-park-and-get-involved for more information.




Friends of Hollingbury Woods Friday 6th May 2016,9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Wildlife Walk to Well Bottom, nr Lewes - Join us as we explore a wildlife-rich valley hidden in the South Downs. We’ll meet at Lewes train station and catch the 09:28 train to Southease and walk to Well Bottom. South Downs National Park ranger Jan Knowlson will join us and talk more about the area and the work being undertaken here to restore the valuable chalk grassland habitat. We will aim to catch the 12:36 train back to Lewes – or you may want to stay for lunch at the café at Southease Youth Hostel. (Return train ticket: £3.60). 6 km hike with some slopes. Members free, non-members £3. Contact Michael Blencowe on 07827 830891.




unitarian Friday 6th May 2016 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - London based flute and piano duo, Anna Ter Haar and Lydia Aoki will perform works by Bach, Prokofiev and more.




openSaturday 7th May 2016, 11am-noon - free Lindyhop. dance lesson. Come and join in the fun as Brighton Lindyhoppers offer up a free hour long dance lesson. All ages and abilities are welcome - if that just feels a little too energetic why not just pop along, grab some cake from one of our shops or stalls and watch!




Chapel RoyalTuesday 10th May 2016 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton. Ensemble Reza - Boccherini Quintet in E major, op 11 and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (first movement only) arr. for string quintet





sustainable buildingTuesday, 10th May 2016 7pm-10.30pm - Brighton Sustainable Building Meeting (Pub evening) at The Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, Brighton BN1 3LW - an informal opportunity to discuss sustainable building practices, techniques and technical issues. Useful for architects, building contractors, and associated trades, people looking to have sustainable building works carried out (new build or renovation), as well as self-builders, DIYers etc. Every second Tuesday of the month. AECB [Association for Environment Conscious Building].


Brighton Fesitval & Festival Fringe 2016

Brighton Festival  7th - 29th May 2016 [over 150 events]

Brighton Festival Fringe

Brighton Fringe Events at 88 London Road

Click on the picture if you haven't already discovered the
Emporium cafe













Artists Open Houses 2016 and more

Artists Open Houses Festival - Saturday 30th April - Sunday 29th May

The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the five weekends of May, starting Saturday April 30th (Bank Holiday Weekend). The organisers are pleased to announce that over 60 new artists houses and studios will be taking part in the festival this year.

The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city open their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. Last year over 200,000 people visited the festival.

Education (for adults)
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education The Friends' Centre

Courses for Spring 2016




Cornerstone Community Centre - Adult Education 

Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FL
includes Poetry for Pleasure on Mondays


Do you use your local history centre?

Historical records: Ashdown Road | Belton Road | Crescent Road | D'Aubigny Road | Ditchling Road | Princes Crescent | Princes Road | Richmond Road | Roundhill Crescent | Roundhill Road | Roundhill Street | Upper Lewes Road | Wakefield Road | Getting to The Keep.

Fed up with writing Christmas cards?

Try Rob Stephenson's December Round Hill History Quiz


Please see events listings for music currently on. Many music venues re-open in the spring.

Learn an instrument Learn a musical instrument - since the time of the Prince Regent, Brighton has gained a reputation for music teaching and performance. The abundance of teachers in our city means that it is easy to find help in learning an instrument.


BartholomewSt Bartholomew's Concerts 






Saint NicholasWednesday Lunch time recitals back in 2016
lasting for half an hour from 12:30pm at
St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Louise Cournarie - Piano



All SaintsLunchtime Recitals at 1pm - back in June 2016 All Saints Church Hove







The Park Crescent News & Events at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE.




Play (for children)

Roundhill Halloween Street Play 2015

Click here for 1-minute video

The Round Hill Society's second Halloween street play, held on Saturday 31st October 2015, was a calmer affair than many, since children located themselves near the refreshments table and the sites of the dougnut and pumpkin competitions. Approximately £65 was raised in donations for tea, drinks and cakes, which will go towards the cost of replacing the vandalised mountain ash tree.

There was no absence of communication and excitement. One could not help thinking that for some children the halloween street play was a warm-up for the later task of tricking & treating households in the neighbourhood. Although less energy was expended on skating activities covering the whole street,  the theme of horror was definitely in the air with the focus appropriately on costume.

Click on the picture below for more photos and the rest of this report

street play












Bus-assisted walks starting from Round Hill

Healthwalks programme valid during winter 2015/16

Click on picture below for index of local walks/walking groups

yyy Why not get together with neighbours for a weekend walk - you may like to try the two bus-aided circular walks below:


The Level restoration project

There is a community volunteer-led Activity Plan for The Level, through which there are a number of activities to take part in. Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/joinusonthelevel for more details. You can borrow a set of boccia or pétanque balls and play a game on the special area, and we also have chess sets and clocks you can borrow for a game on our textured artwork tabletop picnic tables. We currently run weekly Healthwalks, inclusive Play sessions, weekly gardening club with the onsite Garden Manager, and also have a Community Forum which is helping shape the park's community future and which is looking for additional members. There are two community spaces for hire in the restored pavilions onsite. More details at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel.

The Level









Feeding the 5000
Review the organisations which achieved this, and how it was done for the first time ever at The Level in a short space of time before 2.30pm on 29th October 2015.

Refuse, recycling & dog poo collection

Round Hill area: Tue (weekly) = refuse; Tue (fortnightly) = recycling

Click here for City Clean's service update.

Highlighting unremoved dog poo


















Take this link to BBC Radio Sussex [06.00 Thursday 24 September 2015] and move the slider to 01:41 (just over halfway through the 3-hour programme) for the start [time check: twenty minutes to eight] of Simon Jenkin's report and Neil Pringle's interview with Sandy Hawkins from The Round Hill Society.

The story was also reported by Joel Adams in The Argus on Thursday 24th September 2015 (online version not yet present in archive), this time featuring our chair, Annie Rimington, and two Round Hill children, pictured on The Cats Creep (above). The newspaper article focuses on the health risks (TOXOCARIASIS) posed - especially to young children with the habit of putting their hands in their mouth - by roundworm parasites found in mess from cats, dogs and foxes. 

Both reports emphasize the need to find a good solution which does not prove counterproductive by leading to ill-tempered confrontation.

Votes (and who they were cast for)

7th May 2015 General Election

Brighton Pavilion parliamentary constituency

42% 22871 votes Caroline Lucas [Green Party] elected as MP

27% 14904 votes Purna Sen [Labour Party] Not elected
23% 12448 votes Clarence Eden Mitchell [Conservative Party] Not elected
5% 2724 votes Nigel David Carter [UKIP] Not elected
3% 1525 votes Chris Bowers [Liberal Democrats] Not elected
0% 116 votes Nick Yeomans [Independent] Not elected
0% 88 votes Howard Pilott [The Socialist Party of Great Britain] Not elected

Brighton Kemptown parliamentary constituency

Simon Kirby [Conservative Party] has been elected as MP for Brighton Kemptown constituency gaining 41% of the votes. Nancy Platts [Labour Party] came second [not elected] with 39% of the votes.

Hove parliamentary constituency

Peter Kyle [Labour Party] has been elected as MP for Hove constituency gaining 42% of the votes. Graham Cox [Conservative Party] came second [not elected] with 40% of the votes.


7 May 2015 Council Elections

Lizzie Deane, Louisa Greenbaum and Pete West have been elected as the new ward councillors for St Peter's & North Laine ward, which includes Round Hill.

A huge "thank you" to outgoing Councillor Ian Davey for his unstinting public service in this role (also acting as Deputy Leader of the Council & Lead Member for Transport) before standing down at this election.

The new political make-up of Brighton and Hove City Council is LABOUR [23 councillors], CONSERVATIVE [20 councillors], and GREEN [11 councillors]. This mix is reflected in Brighton and Hove's parliamentary constituencies with Labour taking Hove, Conservative taking Brighton Kemptown and Green taking Brighton Pavilion.

St Peter’s and North Laine (Three seats)
Lizzie Deane Green 5,096
Louisa Greenbaum Green 4,596
Pete West Green 4,286
Caraline Brown Labour 3,044
Jenny Henderson Labour 2,730
Maureen Winder Labour 2,229
Mike Long Conservative 1,116
Pat Ward Conservative 1,072
Heather Newberry-Martin Conservative 980
Rob Heale Liberal Democrats 510
William Parker Liberal Democrats 397
Michael Wilbur Liberal Democrats 363
Jessica Marchant TU & Socialist Coalition 353

May 2014 European Elections

South East - European Election Result 2014
[ Parties in alphabetical order - Turnout 35.4% ]

CON Richard Ashworth
CON Nirj Deva
CON Dan Hannan
GRN Keith Taylor
LAB Anneliese Dodds
LD Catherine Bearder
UKIP Janice Atkinson
UKIP Nigel Farage
UKIP Ray Finch
UKIP Diane James

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