Christmas Windows Competition – it’s back!
Yes, people – it’s that time of year again. Start spraying your fir cones silver and dig out the tinsel. The Christmas Window Competition 2015 is here. Compete for your chance to see your name engraved on the coveted cup and win a festive prize. Displays completed and entry forms and fivers submitted by 4pm on Sunday 13th December please. All proceeds go to renovating our lovely Hall.
Live in Prestonville? There should be an entry form dropping through your letterbox soon. But don’t worry if the dog eats it. Here’s the poster you’ll see splashed around the neighbourhood and you’ll find all the details in this downloadable entry form.
Well known local artist, Sarah Jones from Milton Open House is our judge again this year.
BIG thanks to our generous sponsors The Green Cleaner.
They’re covering all costs associated with this fabulous competition and digging deep for festive prizes.
Brighton Open Air Theatre (in Dyke Road Park)
All supporters, audiences and performers are invited to an open, informal meeting on Friday 6th November at Exeter Street Hall, where we’ll be celebrating the achievements of 2015 as well as discussing how the theatre can be improved as we look toward 2016.
In particular we are looking at forming some voluntary steering groups to assist in the following areas: Maintenance, Marketing/ Publicity, Stewarding, Technical Improvements and Access & Security. If you can help in any of those areas please come along.
Drop by anytime between 6pm-9pm and help BOAT navigate toward a thrilling 2016! (Drinks and nibbles will be available)
For further details visit the website here, or email BOAT.
Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell at Exeter Street Hall. (Photo courtesy of Andy Hasson)
Thanks to Brighton’s own Steve Bell we had a hugely successful event last night in the hall. The latest Writers in the Hall gig was a total sell-out. We all enjoyed Steve’s stories and there was much laughter as he took us through his witty satirical cartoons of politicians over three decades. From Thatcher’s mad eye, to John Major’s underpants, from condom headed Cameron to the crazed images of Blair and Osborne, Steve is loved by his readers while being the scourge of politicians of all hues.
Steve generously donated his time together with a framed print of one of his cartoons to raffle. In the interval he signed a pile of copies of his book “If……the Graphic Novel” and these quickly sold out.
Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell relaxing at Exeter Street Hall. (Photo courtesy of Andy Hasson)
Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and to all the volunteers who made it happen.
For a review of the range of events held over the last year – as well as a sneak preview of our plans to continue the development of the Hall as a valuable community resource – visit the Exeter Street Hall 2015 AGM page and download a copy of the Annual Report for a Presentation given by David Amor.
Come along and join the crowd!
If you are out and about at the Seven Dials this Saturday, 21st, come along and visit the Exeter Street Hall pop-up stall. Hall volunteers will be there between 12 and 4pm handing out flyers publicising September events.
We also plan to spread the word about our Friends of the Hall monthly donation scheme.
At the recent AGM Gus Sylvester launched our latest initiative – aptly named Friends of the Hall – which aims to tap into the huge reservoir of local friendly support for our wonderful community asset, the Exeter Street Hall.
By agreeing to make a regular donation to the Hall our Friends will help ensure that our running costs of approximately £1500 a month are covered, and this will allow us to focus on raising funds to improve our Hall’s facilities and also to widen our reach.
You can download a leaflet and form here, or visit the Friends of the Hall section for further details.
We’re delighted that we’ve been successful with our bid for £5,000 to help us renovate the back room at the Hall, which is currently unusable, and convert it into the Exeter Street Hall Community Room – another valuable asset for our local community.
We’d like to thank everyone involved in submitting the bid, everyone who voted for our bid, and everyone who encouraged all those who voted for our bid.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
PS you can find full details of our Community Room project here.
The Inaugural Exeter Street Hall Open Gardens Trail
Sunday 14 June 2pm-5pm
Thanks to all our generous and hospitable residents who threw open their doors, baked up a storm and popped the kettle on. Our first ever Open Garden trail was a lovely way to while away the afternoon. You think you know your neighbourhood, only to discover hidden gems, inspiration for outdoor spaces and plenty of chances for chat and cake.
It had the lot: small, shady yards to expansive spaces, clean lines and architectural interest to packed flowerbeds and plentiful pots, plots packed with edible goodies to outdoor living rooms, laid lawn to astro and contemporary kidtastic spaces to peaceful places with mature trees and shrubs. It was a total treat to be welcomed into people’s homes and have a mosey and a nosey. With the option to glug down tea, minty limeade and Pimm’s and scoff cake, meringues and samosas, visitors did well to wheel around the whole trail. A lovely, feel-good event set to send many scurrying home with bold schemes and great intentions. Or at least with a firm commitment to water some plants.
Fancy opening up your patch next year? We’d love to do it all again. Get in touch with Bloom mastermind and Hall powerhouse, Marianne Craig by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see more photos of Saturday’s talks and events at the Hall by clicking here.
(All images © R V Woodgate, and used by kind permission of the photographer)