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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 (Thursday 2nd July 2015) at Barbara's. We held our AGM on 1st October 2014 (see Minutes and Report) and view our Constitution.

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 59 March 2015
         It's your neighbourhood - greening our streets, PlaySafe, Living on Round Hill - a student's view, Seasonal Singing report, Advent Window pictures, Round Hill Spring Clean, Andy Durr, Motorbike parking on Ashdown Road, Doorstep milk delivery, Rubbish, Recycling and Round Hill, 15 years of the Round HIll Reporter, The Tale of the 90 foot Mural..







Playing out in Round Hill










Our fifth Playsafe Event will take place in Mayo Road on

Sunday 31st May 2015 between 3pm and 5pm.
Children (with parents supervising) are welcome to take part.











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 - 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 end of April 2015.
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


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.


Saint NicholasWednesday 27th May 2015 at 12.30pm for half an hour at St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Madeleine Jones - piano



unitarian Friday 29th May 2015 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF
Beethoven and the Baroque: pianist Gabriel Jones looks at Bach's increasingly profound influence on Beethoven in the final stage of his career, including a performance and discussion of Bach's first Partita in B flat major and Beethoven's penultimate piano sonata in A flat major, op. 110.











playsafe Sunday 31st May 2015, 3pm to 5pm - our fifth Playsafe Event will take place in Mayo Road. Children (with parents supervising) are very welcome to take part.



Chapel RoyalTuesday 2nd June from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Mayumi Ueda (guit) Sor Ponce Tarrega Villa-Lobos Paganin



All SaintsWednesday 3rd June 2015 at 1pm Wednesday All Saints Church Hove
Andrew Wilson Organ







“share” Thursday, 4th June 2015, 6pm – 9pm Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD
Special guest speaker – Howard Johns [Founder of Southern Solar and OVESCo]. BHESCo is hosting an event to give you more information about our Co-operative, what we have accomplished so far, the renewable energy and energy efficiency projects we are investing in, our innovative business model and most importantly – how you can participate.



Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 5th June 2015 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG -Zachary Deak (piano) - Visions of Inferno - Zachary returns to Music and Wine at St. Luke’s to present a recital exploring religious themes in music, including different portrayals of the diabolical. The programme includes Haydn’s Sonata in C minor, Prokofiev’s Suggestions Diabolique, music by Debussy and Schubert, and ends with Liszt's After a reading of Dante.



Friends of Hollingbury Woods Saturday 6 June 2015 10am-1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods
Maintenance of the North Hedge along the golf clubhouse access road. Weed the Hollingbury Park bays including around the memorial trees.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.



OpenSaturday 6th June 2015 from 11am to midday - Shop & Dance! - Brighton Lindyhoppers (video clip) at The Open Market  between The Level & 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.



Brighton Vintage and Antiques MarketSunday 7th June 2015 from 11.00am to 5pm - Brighton Vintage and Antiques Market

 First & third Sunday of each month.

See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market.


The Older People's Council

Brighton & Hove Older People's Council Election 2 July 2015

The Older People's Council (OPC) was set up to make sure that older people in the city have a say in the services which affect them and the communities in which they live. See our support for older people's page

The election will be by postal vote on 2 July 2015.

Nine older people will be elected for a four year term of office by residents aged 60+ Make sure you are registered to vote:
If you are aged 60-69, contact Electoral Services

 on 01273 291999 before 17 June 2015 Residents aged 70+ are automatically registered











Would you like to stand?

Have you the enthusiasm to get involved and the energy to commit to four years of work?

We need people from all walks of life, experience and backgrounds. See guidance for prospective candidates.

You can stand for election if you are:

  • on the Brighton & Hove electoral register
  • a resident of Brighton & Hove
  • aged 60 years or over

For further details and application information packs:
Contact Electoral Services on 01273 291999 from 15 May 2015.
Or come to our open meeting at

Jubilee Library on 19 May 2015 at 10.15 a.m.


Hollingdean Depot - where to complain

If you are immediately affected, do not allow 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 in September 2014 to suppress unpleasant smells from Hollingdean Depot. The problem remains in May 2015 and continues to be of concern both to nearby residents and the Downs Infants School.

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

Towards It's Your Neighbourhood

Prizes for good-looking gardens (14th to 21st June 2015)

garden in upper lewes rd










Towards the end of 2014, Jan Curry, Round Hill Society committee member and author of several gardening articles in The Round Hill Reporter, approached The Royal Horticultural Society about entering Round Hill for their IT'S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD campaign.


Round Hill may not quite be ready for the whole conservation area to be judged by The Royal Horticultural Society, but a good beginning would be to get a whole street or a significant part of a street looking nice. This year, please aim to look really good between the 14th and 21st June 2005 and pretty good the rest of the time! The Round Hill Committee will award a prize for the person under five, ten and fourteen, who can grow the tallest Sunflower. The student house which grows something beautiful in the most original container will also win a prize, as will the household with the brightest or most eye-catching display of all. The most colourful street or area will be entered into the It's Your Neighbourhood scheme in 2016.

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:

Walk [1]: Ditchling Beacon to Stanmer Park circular


Walk [2]: Woodvale to Race Hill and Rottingdean circular (back along the Sea Front into Central Brighton)


Review of our city's heritage assets

To help get Round Hill's historic street lights listed:

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

The Round Hill Society's AGM

Report on our last AGMYour new RHS committee was elected at our AGM on Wed 1st October 2014


 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 for autumn 2014






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.



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 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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