We are very pleased to announce that, from an extremely strong shortlist of candidates, Mel Lucas has been appointed as the new Exeter Street Hall Manager, and will be taking up the position in the New Year. She succeeds Nat Miller who has done a wonderful job for the Hall in recent years, and will be a very hard act to follow, and to whom we send our best wishes as she returns to her local school as a part-time Teaching Assistant – something she is looking very much forward to as it represents a return to her previous “child centred employment”.
Here at the Hall we all wish Mel well in her new role. She comes with a great range of relevant skills and experience, and has some exciting ideas for engaging new audiences and volunteers.
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.
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.
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.