Preston Park Ward Hustings 2015

On the 7th of May Exeter Street Hall will once again become a polling station for the neighbourhood. It’s a noble function, a bricks and mortar embodiment of democracy, and as shareholders in the hall we can be proud that another reason to save our hall has come to fruition. I’m sure parents are also pleased the local schools haven’t had to be pressed into serving democracy, even if their offspring are not so pleased to miss out on a bonus holiday.

ballot-box1This year sees a General Election and also an election for all of Brighton and Hove’s council seats, including three in our own Preston Park ward. Polls currently predict another hung parliament at Westminster. This is causing the leaders of the political parties either dizzying headaches from calculating into whose bed should they jump or gleeful machinations as they list their demands for access to said bed. However in our council we have had a bit longer to get used to minority administrations, as it is almost a decade since we had a majority leader in the town hall. This has meant that individual councillors can have an important impact on decision-making in our city. In light of this we are delighted to host a local election hustings in Exeter Street Hall on Friday, 17th April at 7.30pm (free entry).

Our good friends at the Prestonville Community Association have organised this event. The PCA does great work staying abreast of decisions which affect our neighbourhood and keeping local councillors up to date with such matters. At the hustings, a Question Time style format will be used, and you may have seen their posters advertising the event requesting questions in advance to . They have secured representation from Preston Park ward candidates across the political spectrum and this is a great chance to meet, listen to and inform those people who want to represent us, and decide how our council tax is spent. Luckily the PCA have kindly agreed to let us run a fundraising licensed bar on the evening, so take that David Dimbleby, even politics is more fun at Exeter Street Hall! So do send in a question, come along on the 17th, and give those democratic muscles a workout.

Calling All Volunteers

RepairsCan you lend a Hand?
It’s nearly the Easter holidays, which means the hall will be closed for works again and the building team is once more looking for volunteers to help spruce the place up.  The main jobs this time will be revamping the boys’ toilets (requiring skills such as plumbing, plastering and electrics), clearing the back yard (lots of tip runs to be done) and, weather permitting, painting the external window frames at the front of the building.

If you are able to help out during the holidays from Monday 30th March onwards, please contact Amanda ( if/when you’re likely to be available, but if you’re not sure, it’s fine just to turn up on the day during that first week.  After that best to check before coming that a team will still be on site.  Materials will be provided, but any tools you have for the above jobs would be handy.

Tea and Relaxation


20 people enjoyed homemade cake courtesy of Becky and Sue at Tea Club on Friday 13th March, and were then treated to an informal Jin Shin Jyutsu session led by local practitioner Carmen Dolz, in which we learnt simple hand holds to help induce a sense of wellbeing.  It was so restful that a few of us nearly nodded off!

Why not come and join us at our next get-together on April 10th?