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Thank you residents, musicians & singers












The Round Hill Society's Seasonal Singing was well supported on Thursday evening and we witnessed some lovely advent window displays, especially in Belton Road and Richmond Road. Pictures of these displays and a report on how much we raised will appear on this site very shortly.

We managed to get through all 20 carols but we only sang a few twice this year - that was because we enjoyed them so much that we wanted to sing them again!

Donations this year are again for Brighton Housing Trust to support the First Base Day Centre. First Base offers a range of services to support people who are sleeping rough or insecurely housed in the city, to get off the streets, start realising their aspirations through work, learning and leisure and find a place they can call home.

After reaching Belton Road, we doubled back to our finishing place at the junction of Mayo Road and Richmond Road where we were served hot punch and mince pies. The well used picture below will be updated shortly!










Round Hill on Twitter

If you have a Twitter Account, you can follow other Round Hill residents' Tweets (i.e. short messages) at https://twitter.com/RoundhillSoc.

Quick guide to our website

Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tuesday 20th January 2015). We held our AGM on 1st October 2014 (see Minutes and Report) and view our Constitution.

28B Crescent Road  - prior approval for 5 backland flats REFUSED

See Brighton and Hove City Council's Decision.

Sally of Belton Road writes: "We are pleased to learn that the Council has once again turned down the developer's application for prior approval to make the strip of land between Crescent Rd and Belton Rd properties residential. This is good news knowing his full intentions to build on the land, which would cause an incredible loss of privacy for many residents, as well as lose ever decreasing green space in Round Hill. Thanks so much to residents in showing your support and sending in your own objections as well as being signatories on the detailed letter."

Advent Calendars

Residents from Belton Road are noted for lovely Advent Calendar window displays: - see description of their event.

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 58 December 2014
         Seasonal Singing, Rubbish Update, Advent Windows, Playsafe report on Halloweeen & future dates, Round Hill in Bloom - a target for 2015, Guerilla Gardeners, Student Community Liaison, Stained glass winner, Wartime memories of Yvonne Elliot..

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
2. Visit London Road website | blog
3. The Duke of York's Picture House Preston Circus
4. Emporium, Brighton - upcoming events - 88 London Road
5. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
6. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
7. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
9. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
10. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
11. Regency Society 2014-15 lectures and events.
Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
13. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings and similar
14. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
15. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
16. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until Autumn 2014.
17. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
18a. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
18b. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
18c. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
19. Prince Regent Swimming Complex Pools Programme
Free Swimming for children aged 11 or under
20. See also The Argus - events page

www.brighton-christmas-market.co.uk - Christmas Market in Churchill Square - until 24th December 2014

Visit the newly refurbished Martha Gunn Pub [their Facebook page]


The Park Crescent Tuesday 23rd December 2014 8pm - Christmas Carols at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE.



“OpenSaturday 3rd January 2015 from 11am to midday - Shop & Dance! - Brighton Lindyhoppers (video clip of them) will be showing of their moves in the plaza of The Open Market  between The Level and London Road shopping centre. First Saturday of every month.

See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market or browse the 40+ new stalls & studios.



Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 4 January 2015 10am - 1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods - Plant up gaps in North Hedge.hinning.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





Chapel RoyalTuesday 6th January 2015 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Luca Luciano - clar - Gershwin Vivaldi Puccini Luciano





 Tuesday 6th January 2015 at 7.30pm - Triangle Community Local History Group - The Bugle Pub 24 St. Martins Street, Brighton, BN2 3HJ 

(back bar area) Round Hill residents welcome.
(normally meets 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm for one hour).




unitarian Friday 9th January 2015 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF
James Shenton will be kicking off his recital with the title track from his new C.D, "Smoulder", a large scale piece for solo piano. This will be followed by a piece for solo violin called "The Disappeared" which contains elements of Tango, then, to finish, an ambient work for violin and laptop.



Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 30th January 2015 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - Ellie Blackshaw and Rachel Fryer: well-known and loved local musicians Ellie Blackshaw (violin) and Rachel Fryer (piano) return to St. Luke's to give two world premieres by Julian Broughton and Guy Richardson alongside twentieth century sonatas by Elgar and Janacek.



There are two RHSs  - get involved in both!

Jan Curry, our ROUND HILL SOCIETY committee member who is noted for her wildlife garden to the south of Richmond Road, has recently approached THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY about entering our neighbourhood Round Hill for their

If you live in Round Hill and would like to take part, please read our article on this and explore the links below in red to find out more about the kinds of things RHS "It's Your Neighbourhood Groups" do.













What is “It’s Your Neighbourhood

Who can enter?

What kinds of projects do “It’s Your Neighbourhood” groups do?

What are the benefits of participation?

How does a group get started in "It’s Your Neighbourhood"?

What should an “It’s Your Neighbourhood” group focus on when planning its project/work?

What support is available for registered groups?

Additional online resources



Fabulous Halloween PlaySafe Event

Playsafe session











 [Above: Kate's short video of the doughnut eating frenzy]

 The Round Hill Society's third PlaySafe session took place on the late afternoon of 31st October. There was spooky play, pumpkins, face masks, and mobile ghosts riding around on scooters. Thank you to the children and parents, who made this PlaySession a third success, to Kate, Cath and Boo from our RHS committee for organising it, and special thanks to Phil and family for doughnut frenzy and Sue and Nik the Brush for fabulous face painting.

Click here for more photos of the event.


Odour from WTS - more action needed

More smelly escapes from the Waste Transfer Station have comprimised residents enjoyment of their gardens, continuing through spring and summer into autumn 2014. We applaud the Environment Agency for trying to help. However, these odour escapes continue to cause unreasonable nuisance to nearby residents (Princes Road, part of Richmond Road, part of Ditchling Road, also affecting the Downs Infant School). A lot more needs to be done. Do not let genuine odour nuisance to go unreported. Make sure that the licensing body log each incident:phone the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 but also add your email address to (Environment Officer) Chris Parkin's distribution list by sending an e-mail to chris.parkin@environment-agency.gov.uk and feel free to pass this invitation on to friends or neighbours who are also affected. Being on the distribution list will also allow Chris Parkin to update you on attempts to suppress the odour.

Action taken so far - diagnosis & solution

Chris Parkin from the government's Environment Agency has identified the 2 biggest problems which cause odour nuisance - "the design of the building and the nature of the waste received. The primary odorous source is the food waste contained within domestic refuse. The only possible way to remove that is for the local council to instigate separate waste collections for food waste, which would be a huge undertaking for them."

Click here to read about an attempt which will begin from Monday 15th September to suppress unpleasant smells from Hollingdean Depot.

See also The Environment Officer's diagnoses of the main problems.

Know My Neighbour

know my neighbour














Amy Goodwin, Community Involvement Coordinator for One Church Brighton, has informed The Round Hill Society of an initiative called KNOW MY NEIGHBOUR

A group of voluntary, community, faith and third sector organisations have been meeting together to discuss opportunities to encourage good neighbourliness to tackle loneliness in Brighton and Hove.

This December they are launching a pilot called Mince Meet Up. Throughout the week commencing 7th December they are encouraging people across the city to be neighbourly by doing something festive and friendly. This might be inviting neighbours over for a drink or knocking on a couple of doors to offer a mince pie to say hello.


London Road Brighton - regeneration

The grand opening of Brighton's Open Market

Video clip [2 min 19 sec]:
Opening ceremony by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex

Video clip [3 min 19 sec]:
Preliminary speeches by some of those involved in the project

Cllr Brian Fitch (the Mayor), Victoria (Brighton Open Market Community Interest Company), Pat Mears (trader) and Jason Kitcat (leader of BHCC)

Our new market stalls  as of 19th July 2014












The Market's first song & dance performances

Video clip [1 min 42 sec]:
The Hullaballoo Community Quire











Video clip [3 min 36 sec]:
Brighton Lindyhoppers dancing to jazz swing band Harry's Tricks












Save Our Swan-neck heads

Brighton and Hove has many remaining historic street lights. A varied selection of these can still be found in Round Hill. But both Round Hill and Queens Park conservation areas have experienced removal of some of our most valued lamp standards and replacement with cheap substitutes which are sometimes no better in reliability. Read more....

Richmond House appeal dismissed

The Level restoration project

The Level

Click here to learn how this is going. The Level Communities Forum held its first AGM, in April 2014.





Regeneration of this part of Brighton should also be helped when the rebuilt Open Market opens in May 2014. See article from The Argus.


Renewable Energy for Round Hill

energy coop












Could Round Hill make itself independent from the electricity grid through photo-voltaics on the roofs both in and adjoining the area? See video clip of Balcombe example: fracking village to turn on solar panels

The Round Hill Society's AGM

Report on our AGM 17 Oct 2013

Your new RHS committee elected at our AGM on Thu 17th October.

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 for autumn 2014






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




Saint NicholasSt Nicholas Lunchtime Recitals 12.30pm (for half an hour) at St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

 waiting to see if they publish an autumn programme


All SaintsAll Saints Church Hove1pm-2pm Lunchtime Recitals start again in May 2015







Artists Open Houses 2014
Artists Open Houses AOH reached its 33rd year in May 2014 - look 

Check out local Artists' websites directly. Most have been updated in preparation for this year's festival.



Eco Open Houses

The most recent event was held in October 2014.

Adult Education
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education Courses at The Friends' Centre
See Short Courses & Workshops - Summer 2014 (PDF brochure).



Collection days for refuse & recycling Round Hill area: Tue (weekly) = refuse; Tue (fortnightly) = recycling

Click here for City Clean's service update.

Following Christmas and New Year black sack refuse in Round Hill will be collected on Thursday 2 January 2014 and Wednesday 8th January 2014. Thereafter the regular collection day will carry on as Tuesdays.

Elected representatives
CONSTITUENCY MPs: May 2010 General Election Results in Brighton Pavilion constituency.

WARD COUNCILLORS: 2011 Council election results
Greens increase their seats from 13 to 23 to become the largest Green group of councillors in the country.
54 seats
23 Green
18 Consevative
13 Labour

St Peter's & North Laine (Council ward which includes Round Hill)

Lizzie Deane - Green Party 3407 22% Elected
Ian Davey - Green Party 3132 20% Elected
Pete West - Green Party 3043 19% Elected


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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