The home site of the Round Hill Society, a community group of the residents of Round Hill in Brighton, England. The site contains information about the area, latest news and reflections on life in Round Hill.
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:
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:
These sessions are always packed out and great fun. Collections go to Brighton charities (details to be announced shortly).
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
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).
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
9. 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.
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 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
Recommendation: for something a little different, have a look at
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar.
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.
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.
Saturday 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.
Tuesday 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
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.
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.
Tuesday, 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.
Saturday 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.
Tuesday, 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].
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.
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.
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
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
pictures taken at 2pm on Saturday 26th September 2015
Healthwalks programme valid until the end of April 2015
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
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 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.
Lunchtime Recitals at 1pm - back in June 2016 All Saints Church Hove
News & Events at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE.
Artists Open Houses 2015
The 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.
Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FL
includes Poetry for Pleasure on Mondays
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.
|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