Gardens & wildlife


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Odour from WTS?  Phone 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency

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

      • Issue 64 June 2016 
        Round Hill garden party 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 3rd July 2016, New noticeboard near Red White Rose, newly planted tub in Roundhill Crescent, Report on Richmond House garden project, gardening with Sainsbury's, Patchfest, The long wall, Home energy research in Round Hill, Refuse & recycling box use, Lewes Road railway station in 1962.

Get a better sense of who your Round Hill neighbours are:-

The RH Community Noticeboard is a Facebook Group which is entirely free for local residents to join. Once a member, you can post your own content as well as view the contributions of neighbours who have already joined. Inspired by the hugely popular Hanover Community Notice Board), it has gained 70 members within a few weeks. Suggested uses: share events, trader recommendations, swop/request/offer unwanted items, discuss local issues / books / films / shows, seek others interested in meeting up for a walk / drink / coffee morning / swim / game of tennis / invite others to become members.

 * The Round Hill Society encourages membership of the first two groups in the above list since this gives residents the right to post opening up dialogues to a wider circle than just our own committee.

Useful information

Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tuesday 6th September 2016 at Rob's). We held our last AGM on 29th September 2015 (see Minutes for full report on what was discussed).


RH garden party 3rd July 2016 2pm to 5pm

at 58 Richmond Road -  (passageway entrance will be signed)

garden party


The delightful, secret and large garden of Jan and Derick Curry will be open for all local residents to explore and picnic in this summer on the 3rd July. We hope to have musicians playing around the garden. If you have not visited this garden you are in for a real treat. It occupies a strip of land behind 23 houses in Richmond Road and 17 houses in Roundhill Crescent, and has been turned from a junkyard wilderness into a National Wildlife Award winning garden by years of hard work. Bring your own picnic, or at least a sandwich and a bottle of wine, and come along to explore the space and talk to some of your neighbours. If you prefer to drink tea, then it will be available as will cakes, for a small consideration.

Jan Curry suggests that you may like to bring a chair if standing or sitting on the ground is likely to cause you discomfort. Children are welcome provided they have an adult with them, but everyone should be aware that this garden is for wildlife more than people, so there are thorny plants, some with poisonous berries, and some deep pools and lots of uneven surfaces. Please wear flat shoes and don’t run. If you have one, please leave your dog at home. We expect to greet the new Mayor of Brighton and Hove, who is also our local councillor, Pete West, at about 3pm.


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. Sunday Chamber Concerts 5pm-6pm by Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
11. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
12. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
13. Regency Society 2016 lectures and events
14. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
15. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings & similar
16. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
17. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
18. Healthwalks 2016 programme plain text | colour  
19. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
20a. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
20b. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
20c. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
21. Prince Regent Online Pool & Class Timetable
Free swimming for children aged 16 and under
22. See also The Argus - events page
23. The People's Republic of Brighton and Hove: Facebook page
24. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
25. List of twenty-five lunch clubs in Brighton and Hove

Click on the picture below to find your nearest swimming pool

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




Try the first two of these for walks:



24th June 2016 10am-12.30pm - Midsummer on the Lewes Downs looking for orchids, butterflies and other wildlife. £3 non-members. Flat walk with some slopes.



unitarian Friday 24th June 2016 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - Part of the Crossing Borders Festival - Haval Akram and Zewa perform Kurdish folk music from Syria and beyond. Haval plays the saz which is a traditional stringed instrument.





Chapel RoyalTuesday 28th June 2016 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton. Nick Carpenter (clar) Miranda Davis (vla) Nick Houghton (pno) - Poulenc Debussy Saint-Saens





All SaintsWednesday 29th June 2016 at 1pm - Lunchtime Recitals at All Saints Church Hove - Jessica Summers (soprano) and Jelena Makarova (piano)







gclub Wed 29th and Thu 30th June: 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.





st lukes Friday 1st July 2016 7.30 pm - St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - Amalthea Herschel String Quartet.



Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 3rd July 2016 10am-1pm - Friends of Hollingbury Woods
Work session to 11:30 installing bench in Butterfly Glade. Group picnic after).
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





RH garden party 3rd July 2016 2pm to 5pm

at 58 Richmond Road -  (passageway entrance will be signed)



brighton philharmonic Sunday 3rd July 2016 5pm-6pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - JOHN IRELAND Phantasie Trio in A Minor DEBUSSY/ORLEDGE Sérénade pour violon et piano ROBERT ORLEDGE Le Jardin clos et merveilleux MOZART Piano Trio in Bb Major K502 [members of Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends of Brighton Unitarian Church]




silver stringsTuesday, 5th July 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.



sustainable buildingTuesday, 12th July 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].




Playing out in Round Hill - a brief report

Tenth Street Play event - 3pm Sun 17th July 2016 on Mayo Road

Please note: The June street play has been cancelled, so the next (our tenth) will be on Sunday 17th July 2016.

Pictures of our Ninth Street Play event:

street play









Crying out for accreditation - 2 local examples

1. 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.

2. 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?

In objecting to the original planning applications for The Waste Transfer Station & The Materials Recovery Facility in 2006, The Brighton Society descibed these installations at Hollingdean Depot  as "basic metal sheds, the cheapest form of building.


Artists Open Houses 2016

Artists Open Houses 

The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 took place in Brighton, Hove and beyond from Saturday 30th April to Sunday 29th May. 

The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opened their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. 

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



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




Open Market: stalls  The Level/London Rd












Open Market: artists' studios



Click on picture below for circular bus ride / walk from Round Hill:


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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