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28 Crescent Road -  and land to the rear

This is a case of overdevelopment which would affect many neighbours if approved. Although the formal consultation period has passed, comments will be added to "the late list", so there is still time to express a view. We encourage you to submit objections. See The Round Hill Society's Sample Objection. The application number BH2015/03013 links directly to the page on the Council website where you can comment online.

Preparing for Christmas in Round Hill

This year, our seasonal singing in Round Hill will be held on the evening of Thursday 17th December 2015 and donations will go to Brighton Housing Trust. More details will follow nearer the date.

We hope that all residents, including singers and musicians, will support the Round Hill event. We use the neighbourhood's lamp posts to cast light on the lyrics of these 20 carols. Residents who enjoy making &/or listening to music and seasonal singing may also be interested in:

Brighton Pub Carols.

brighton pub carols







Every year a group of singers and musicians get together to sing carols from Sussex and further afield - including well known favourites - in Brighton pubs. The final three rehearsals for this year, held in Dorset Gardens church hall, start at 8pm on:

The pub sessions will be on:

  • Tuesday 15 December (The Hartington)
  • Saturday 19 December (Sir Charles Napier), and
  • Tuesday 22 December (Park Crescent Tavern, near The Level)

These sessions are always packed out and great fun. Collections go to Brighton charities (details to be announced shortly).

Get ready for more advent windows












Click on the mountain ash tree in the above picture for details.

See also: organising an advent calendar in your street
[history and advice offered by residents in Belton Road]


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 61 September 2015
         2015 AGM, playsafe, historic Round Hill pictures, waste and recycling, lost and found exhibition, greening the Round Hill streetscape, pamper our planters, who's who in our City Clean Team, tackling dog fouling, notice boards for Round Hill..

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.

Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tues 24th November 2015) at Ted's. We held our last AGM on 29th September 2015 (see Minutes for full report on what was discussed).

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 2014-15 lectures and events.
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 programme (PDF) valid until end of April 2015.
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.




Recommendation: for something a little different, have a look at
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar.



unitarian Friday 20th November 2015 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - “A Scattering of Jazz Jewels”. Lou Beckerman (jazz vocalist) and Wayne McConnell (jazz pianist), return to bring you an inspired song journey embracing ballads to blues; samba to swing.



Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 20th November 2015 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG -

From French Art song to chanson.

 Annabelle Williams (Soprano) and Rachel Fryer (piano)

'Pierre Bernac writes that ' the art of the greatest French composers is an art of suggestion, rather than explicit statement of feelings.'

Annabelle and Rachel explore this through Ravel’s exquisite and rarely per-formed Shéhérazade and a mixture of popular and lesser known French songs by Duparc and Poulenc.



Fairy Tale FairSaturday 21st November 2015 from 11.00am to 5pm - Turning on the festive lights at The Open Market. Alladin will perform this ceremony in person.

See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market.



Chapel RoyalTuesday 24th November from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Tony Lamb (clar) Roy Stratford (pno) - Vanhal Bartok Ravel Horovitz


gclub Wednesdays and Thursdays: 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.



Saint NicholasWednesday 25th November 12:30pm
Lunch time recitals lasting for half an hour
St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Louise Cournarie - Piano



Thu 26th November Art, Craft & Food Fair

Brighton Open Market, London Road, Brighton BN1 4JS




















Expect to find stalls of locally made foods, arts and craft perfect for Xmas gifts or just to treat yourself! Our resident shops and cafes in the market will also be open.



silver stringsTuesday, 1st December 2015 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.


Friends of Hollingbury Woods Saturday 5th December 2015 10am-1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods
Southern Slopes path and step maintenance
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





OpenSaturday 5th December 2015 from 11am to midday Come and join in the fun as Brighton Lindyhoppers offer up a free hour long dance lesson. All ages and abilities are welcome - alternatively, shop and watch! (video clip) at The Open Market  between The Level & London Road shopping centre.




sustainable buildingTuesday, 8th December 2015 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].


First Saturday of every month. See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market or browse the 40+ new stalls & studios.



If you missed the Art Trail around Brighton Open Market launched by Brighton Open Market's community of artists as part of Artists Open Houses 2015 during the May 2015 Brighton Festival, it is still worth looking at the publicity for it. This describes what goes on in each of the artists' studios, including activities which residents looking for new interests and skills can take part in.


Have you tried Brighton Open Air Theatre [BOAT]. Learn how it came into being - the dream of Adrian Bunting (1966-2013) - playwright, theatre maker and construction manager - who died of cancer in the knowledge that 5 of his friends would see the project through.

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.

Roundhill Halloween Street Play 2015

Click here for 1-minute video [.mov low resolution format]

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











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





















Report on The RH Society's 2015 AGM:- 
held on Tuesday 29th September

See Minutes of 2015 AGM for full report on what was covered.

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.

Destruction of a much valued mountain ash

Report from a resident living in Richmond Road on an act of vandalism which appears to have taken place at night in the early hours of Friday, 23rd October. Further info could prove useful.

"Came home tonight to find someone has snapped and killed our lovely mountain ash tree on the corner of Richmond Road and Mayo Road...



















..Incredibly sad but touched to see someone has responded already"

Responses from other residents





















  • "from the notice on the tree trunk it looks as if it happened overnight. I was woken up by very load shouting from somewhere in the direction of the tree (from where I live). So the damage might be connected to this. Not sure of the time but it would probably have been around 2am."
  • "How horrible. If this was done during the day maybe someone saw it or saw rowdy behaviour. Worth asking neighbours via notes in doors?? This might also give an idea of when it happened. So sorry to hear this."
  • "Ghastly news....what on earth makes people think this is acceptable or fun! I am so upset! We MUST plant another tree soonest!"
  • "I feel so sad, it was so very beautiful covered in those jewel-like berries."
  • "Apparently it did happen overnight (I just didn't notice when I left the house on the school run yesterday morning). Lots of people have been stopping to read the sign .."

Re-launch of Aggies Delicatessen, Ditchling Rd

pictures taken at 2pm on Saturday 26th September 2015 












Bus-assisted walks starting from Round Hill

Healthwalks programme valid until the end of April 2015

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:


Open Market & London Road regeneration












The Level restoration project

The Level

The Level Communities Forum - Next meeting date: Tuesday 28 April 2015.

Future 2015 meeting dates organised so far: Tuesday 26 May.


All meetings take place in the MacLaren Pavilion, The Level, 6 to 7.30pm


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


 Triangle Community Local History Group - The Bugle Pub 24 St. Martins Street, Brighton, BN2 3HJ 

Ian and Eileen have retired as landlords of The Bugle which has been the home of The Triangle Local History Group since 2006, Obviously we need to find a new home to meet up in once a month - ideas please?.

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 








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.




Artists Open Houses 2015
Artists Open HousesThe Artists Open Houses Festival will run for four weekends: from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th May.

This will be the Festivals 34th year. 

Check out local Artists' websites directly.



Adult Education
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education Courses at The Friends' Centre
See Courses and workshops for Spring and Summer 2015 (PDF brochure).




Cornerstone Community Centre - Adult Education 

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


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

Click here for City Clean's service update.

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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