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HALL EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS (Click here for the full Calendar of events)

Hall Volunteer Day
Friday 20th October, 11:30 – 6:00pm

P-p-pick up a paintbrush!

Job Advice
Friday 27th October, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Find That Job!

Stay & Play*
Tuesday 31st October, 9:30am – 11:30am

Family Fun – for all the family!

Art Class*
Wednesday 1st November, 1:30 – 3:00pm

More Art for budding artists!

Hall Volunteer Day
Friday 3rd November, 12:00 – 4:30pm

P-p-pick up a paintbrush!

Free Defib Course
Saturday 4th November, 10:00 – 12:00pm

Learn how to save a life

Board Games Gala
Sunday 19th November, 2:00 – 5:00pm

Classic games for everyone!

Arthur Christmas
Friday 1st December, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Classic Christmas entertainment

Table Tennis Club
Tuesday 24th October, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Ping pong for enthusiastic players

Halloween Party
Saturday 28th October, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Ghosts and Ghoulies Galore!

Halloween Harvest
Tuesday 31st October, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Bring a tin and feed the hungry!

Free Defib Course
Friday 3rd November, 12:00 – 2:00pm

Learn how to save a life

Edward Penfold Tour
Friday 3rd November, 20:00 – 21:30pm

Edward Penfold is coming to the Hall!

Tea Club
Friday 11th November, 2:30 – 4:00pm

Drop in for a Cuppa and a Chat!

Big ChristmasTasting
Friday 24th November, 7:00 – 9:30pm

Classic wines for everyone!

Christmas Makers Market
Sunday 3rd December, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Brighton Makers’ Festive market

* Weekly during term-time only

A Life Saver At The Hall

Here we are with our friends from Elements First Aid, St Luke’s Advice, and Fitness league.

We are as proud as punch to announce the recently installed Automated External Defib-rillator (AED).
Huge Hall thanks to:
The Sussex Heart Charity for providing the defibrillator and cabinet
The British Heart Foundation for providing free training equipment
Extra Special Hall thanks to:
Flora at Elements First Aid for arranging everything and especially for providing free training
Hall thanks also to Martin at Loop Electric for putting this life saving device up.

AEDs are designed to be used by members of the public. They are easy to use, compact, portable and very effective. They also save lives!
Free 2 hour CPR and AED training sessions are being provided by Flora. So far, two sessions have been arranged – see below – but further sessions will be arranged to meet demand.

Book your free AED Training place online: 
Friday 3rd November 12-2pm
Saturday 4th November 10-12pm

Music Quiz 2017

Following last year’s similarly successful event, there was yet another full house for this year’s Music Quiz, which marked the re-opening of the Hall after the summer building project to improve the accessibility of the Hall for everyone.

And our special thanks go once more to Tom Hasson for devising and running another fantastic music quiz, which raised much needed funds to support the Hall’s rebuilding programme. In fact, it was a bit of a family affair as Gill helped arrange the event and Andy took the photos. And to complete the family connection, Gill’s niece Amy helped with the washing up!!

We’d also like to thank Cook in Hove – www.cookfood.net – for the very tasty curry which every-one enjoyed.

Exeter Street Hall’s Music Quiz (photos by Andy Hasson)

Exeter Street Hall’s Music Quiz, hosted by Tom Hasson

Bastille Stormed!

A packed Exeter Street Hall audience celebrated the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in revolutionary style with a daring display of sophisticated French cuisine, beautifully prepared by Master Chef Rafael Pol, ably assisted by Sous Chef Iain Chambers and Greg Lucas who conjured up the dessert, and delightfully served by students from St John’s School, Brighton. And the overthrow of the ancien regime was completed by a well-chosen selection of ballads and chansons by local chansonnier Alan Clayson, whose performance was greeted with rapturous applause by the assembled Sans-culottes.

Photos courtesy of Andy Hasson (andrewhasson@btinternet.com)

The Great Get Together

Fire Brigade photos courtesy of Martin Poole (martin@stlukesonline.co.uk). All other photos courtesy
of Andy Hasson (andrewhasson@btinternet.com)

A message from one of the event organisers:-
It was I think a very happy day. I saw the full range. A young girl cartwheeling down Upper Hamilton Road the moment the road closed sign went up, the three girls secretly practising their street dancing in the Hall because no one was there. Lovely games for the kids, quorate PCA meeting, the random bubble man who turned up from nowhere, the firemen….well, a long queue is all I can say……..
Magic Mike and his music, you are SO kind to do that for all of us Mike, Carolyn and the best playlist ever, all the bar staff, hanky waving Morris, choristers, Disco divas, the busiest bar ever at the Chimney and the yummiest free cakes from Joes. Mega quick clearing up …… and Bunting. Bunting is the best …. as is cake and shared food and laughter and kindness and friends and smiling at strangers ….
Because that is Prestonville.
That’s you.
Thank-you. x

Football Panel

A fascinating evening of informed comment on the “beautiful game” mixed with occasional insights into the more controversial aspects of the sport. Excellent contributions from all the panellists, under the expert guidance of local journalist and author Nick Szczepanik.

Journalists debate questions about English Football from a transfixed audience.
The Football Panel evening kicked off with Nick Szczepanik, author of Pulp Football, taking on the job of chairing, and he was flanked on either side by two football journalists. On the left Ian Winrow Football Editor at Wardles and Andy Naylor Chief sports writer at The Argus, then on the right Paul Hayward from the Daily Telegraph and Adam Powley Lecturer and acclaimed author.
First question coming from the audience was about Brighton and Hove Albion. Andy Naylor, Albion correspondent gave his expert opinion. The audience was incredibly focused and silent, you could hear a pin drop, as the opinions from the stage filled the hall.
Nick superbly fielded the questions with tact in his distinctive voice.
At the interval time the conversation of the audience flowed. Everyone was talking. Hum of voices rang around the hall into the rafters deep in discussion. The Hall suddenly became alive. The intense silence had been broken. Men and a few ladies huddled together in little groups with a pint enjoying football topics. The journalists mingling with the audience.
The second half was an open forum.
The audience returned to their seats now more involved and more vocal and asked direct questions regards journalism and stories coming to light. Censorship and sensitive topics like Youth football and the controversy involved.
A question generated a discussion about the Arsenal manager then moved onto the Tottenham manager.
“What happened to Manchester’s bid to be the centre for football or does London still command the top players due to the high wages?”
The journalists commented on the chaos of agents and agencies over owning footballers especially the very top players.
A point was raised for the need for regulations to be put in place.
“Is the FA fit for purpose?” a direct question from someone in the front row. The conclusion – the urgent need for reform.
English football was compared to other countries and the revenue it generates.
Heated topics stirred up at the close of the evening lightened by humour and the wit of Nick Szczepanik.
Angela Mackay

Photos courtesy of Andy Hasson – andrewhasson@btinternet.com

Phones for Refugees

Our Phones for Refugees event on Friday was a great success. Thanks to everyone who donated cash or devices.
Leila Crerar and Caroline Lucas MP (below) spoke movingly about the plight of refugees in Europe. Your phones and laptops make an important contribution to helping some of those refugees get connected.
If you weren’t able to attend the event but would still like to help Refugee Info Bus   – a small grassroots charity that started in the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp and which provides free WIFI to refugees together with Legal and Human Rights education – you can find out more details, and also make a donation, by clicking here.

Photo © Andy Hasson

Prestonville History Night

The Hall was filled to capacity as the neighbours of Prestonville listened intently to the history of their streets and roads.
Andy from Brighton & Hove Stuff explained how Prestonville was built in small stages with a few houses at a time because it was expensive and were usually let rather than bought because buying was not commonplace then. He showed us a useful reference annual called the Kelly directory which recorded every inhabitant that lived in each street and what they did for a living. Then the directories were phased out when phone landlines arrived. Stanford Road was one of the first streets and when the railways started to flourish the streets west of Stanford grew and the fields were developed into streets. Stanford School was used as a hospital during the war. There was a gun siege in Buxton Road in 1984 and beneath Exeter Street Hall they found Saxon burial remains.
The Argus newspaper closed its printing presses when computers arrived. Andy was offered and acquired the Argus picture library going back many years of thousands of photographs. He showed us a black and white photo of school girls on Brigden Street.
Rob from Step Back In Time has made his living from selling postcards and prints of Brighton & Hove. When postcards were invented in the 1800’s they were blank. If you affixed a stamp and posted it, it only took a couple of hours to arrive for example in Portslade from Brighton. Then the law changed and larger picture postcards became available. Once again he has several thousand photos of Brighton.
At the end of the evening the lucky raffle ticket winner received an illustrated street map of their choice of Brighton.
Angela McKay

They helped save the floor – and brought down the roof!

‘Stand up to Dry Rot’ Comedy NightExeter Street Hall 12th March 2017
There was not a dry eye in the hall as we weeped with laughter at a selection of excellent stand up comedians and superb MC whisking back and forth linking several comedians. First act was Ben giving a hysterical miming rendition of Lady in Red to a local Dad in the front row. Margaret came on stage next offering us ‘motivation’ and a sort of life coaching session for the audience with an American accent and straight face that occasionally at the end could not control the odd smirk escaping. An Australian bartender by night in London who came especially to do this gig talked about her sad but funny life as a twenty something. After the raffle prize of a game for cats was won by a cat owner the top bill act stepped foot on stage with a strong confident singing voice. Strumming his words on an accoustic guitar of what it is like to find life on the dodgy side of 40.
The ‘Stand up to Dry Rot’ comedy evening formed a substantial and specific part of the £3K fundraised to treat the dry root on the hall floor. And now the restoration and repair work has the go ahead this Easter.

All photos © Andy Hasson (www.andrewhasson.com)

Full House for Indian Bingo

Photos courtesy Andy Hasson (www.andrewhasson.com)

Fun for everyone at the Hall’s indian Bingo event, with our very own Caller – Simon Hudson. And grateful thanks to Kamal Tandoori and Gill Hasson for kindly donating prizes.