Beer Festival

Beer! Have we got your attention? Jolly good. The Prestonville Arms are hosting a beer festival on the 12,13 and 14 September (that’s this very weekend, people!) with 15 real ales and a cider. Twenty pence from every pint will be donated to the Hall. Love ‘em. And there’s live music with The Radiokings on Saturday night too.

Putting the ‘fun’ back into ‘fundraising’. See you there!

Beer Festival - 2014 Sept

Roof Repair

We’re under way! Local firm SBS are working hard on our roof repair. BIG thanks too to R&M Scaffolding for providing scaffolding for free and, of course, The People’s Millions (Big Lottery Fund and ITV) for footing the bill. Perhaps inevitably, with a complex project, we’ve been hit with a delay, but we’re on track for a couple of events at the end of October and to re-open to our patient and loyal hirers in November.
biglotteryfundHard hats and steel toe-caps
Ever hankered after a hard hat? Join our tile team. We’re cleaning up, moving and selling on the undamaged tiles from our roof. There aren’t enough good ones to cover the Hall, but someone with a smaller project can benefit. The money raised is helping us to keep our costs down and we’re pleased to be  part of a recycling effort. Email to find out more about a simple induction and the work involved.

Masque Banquet

If you thought we could only stage casual events, think again.


We hosted an exquisite five-course masque banquet for over 50 people in a breathtakingly beautiful Hall on Saturday. Check us out. Yes, sir, we can do fancy pants.


Take a peek at our transformed Hall. For one night only, she was bedecked in fairy lights, lanterns, eye-catching ribbons, roses and bathed in candlelight. We feasted on delicious gazpacho, antipasto (the aubergine was particularly sublime), scrumptious feta and tomato filo tarts with roasted pumpkin and salad leaves, chocolate mousse to die for and cheeses to finish. With wines and liqueurs selected and shipped from France, this was an unforgettable meal in a jaw-dropping setting.


Magic doesn’t just happen. Our volunteers make it look effortless, but that doesn’t mean it is! Massive thanks to Marianne for devising and working her socks off for this utterly delightful event (and recruiting her family and friends to give outstanding assistance).


BIG thanks too to our talented chef, Iain, and events supremos Catherine, Gill and Lynne for mouthwatering food and drink and impeccable organisation. We’re grateful too to our intrepid team of teens – Dan, George, Martha, Jago and Annie – who waited tables with such style.


We can’t wait to do it all again. Once we can fit back into our trousers.Banquet MenuPlanning a celebration? Email and find out about availability from October.
This event was staged to raise vital funds for the Hall. We’ll be revealing the scores on the doors soon. Fancy donating? Just click here.

Weekend Double-Header

This is how we do our weekend evenings in Exeter Street Hall. Live football on Friday night. Comedy on the Saturday night. It’s evenings like these that remind us why we bought the Hall: great events that bring the community together. It was wonderful to see lots of familiar faces and even better to see some new faces too.world_cup_comedy
Many thanks to the acts on the comedy night, including The Maydays, Seb Handley, Phil Lucas, Julie Oliver, Jane Postlethwaite, and James McDonell. Thanks also to all the volunteers but especially Gus and Simon who were the driving force behind the events.

Tickets for the Uruguay game next Thursday are still available, with award winning pizza from Pizza 500. Available at Joes Cafe or via The tickets not the pizza.

Finally, a reminder that we’re raising money to unblock our drains. It’s badly needed. If you value our Hall and would like to see the back of those damp patches, please text HALL20 £5 to 70070 or pay by Just Giving here.

Update on Football Fever – various dates in June

Football Fever

Hello there!

Rats! We’ve got unexpected title clashes (there are other events on!) so we need to revise our Football Fundraiser programme – and fast! Sorry!

Here’s how the matches NOW stack up:

Friday 13 June at 8pm (doors open from 7.30pm)
Spain v Netherlands, donations only

Come to our taster night. It’s a thriller of a match. The good news? Entrance is free. We’ve got pre-match nerves and we want to make sure we’ve got our tactics right. Come along and put us through our paces. (Enough puns for you?)

We’re keeping this one simple – rock up and watch the match. There will be a bountiful bar and super snacks. We’d still love you to let us know you’re coming. Hey, no one wants to run out of beer and we also need to flag up if we nudge close to full capacity; we can only seat 80.

Email to let us know how many people you’ll be bringing along. And, gracious, if you have a good time, please text HALL20 £5 to 70070 on the night.

Thursday 19 June at 8pm (doors open from 7.30pm)
Uruguay v England. £5, including fab food

Enjoy the football and grab a delicious slice of authentic Italian pizza from our super supporters at Pizza 500. One bite and you’ll be hooked. Give them a call on 01273 911933 for takeaways or delivery.

Tuesday 24 June at 5pm (doors open from 4.30pm)
Costa Rica v England. £5, including great grub

Watch the match and tuck into a delicious piece of handmade pie from the delightful people at Higgidy Pies. You might have seen these stonking pies in local delis or the chilled section of your supermarket. Check out their charming story at:

There will be a bar at both events. A good chunk of tickets have already sold, so email to reserve your place today.

Come along. Support the Hall. All profit will go towards repairing our dreadful drains. We need to raise £5,500; it’s an incredibly lumpy sum. But it will make a HUGE difference. We will be able to stop water seeping back under the Hall and ruining our back room so drastically that it’s permanently out of action.

See you there! We’ll be the ones singing Nessun Dorma. Quite badly.

Best wishes,

THGI Team 

We need to cancel our 5pm screening of Mexico v Cameroon this Friday. As compensation, help us with our pre-match nerves, and book your places for the 8pm thriller of Spain v Netherlands. Free entry, but do text HALL20 £5 to 70070 on the night if you have a good time!

There will be a bountiful bar, super snacks and a great atmosphere. It’s set to be a good night for grown-ups, (but if the occasional youngster squeaked in, that would be fine!)



Comedy Night 14th June 2014 – a fundraiser for Exeter Street Hall

Comedy Night

Laugh like a drain at this fun-packed, fundraiser. We’ve got The Maydays, the award-winning improvisation group followed by a stellar line-up of stand-ups. Guaranteed giggles, a bountiful bar and the knowledge that you’ve helped secure some super sanitation.

Book now by emailing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find our where we’ll be out and about selling tickets.

Adults only.  £12 per ticket.

Raffle Gifts

BIG thanks to our tremendously supportive local businesses. We were blown away by the generosity of the following businesses; they all dug deep and donated fabulous raffle prizes for our Greek Night, helping us to raise much-needed funds for the restoration of the Hall. We believe in championing those who step up for us. So, please help us by giving some love and patronage to these stand-up supporters.

For traditional Greek food, try Steki’s Greek Taverna on Kings Road and Estia on Hampton Place. For less Greek, but utterly delicious food, there’s Juliettes Café, The Cow, Good Companions and Le Gourmet all located in Seven Dials. Right on our doorstep, is ever-popular Joe’s Café, under new management. For fine wines and tutored tastings, look no further than Elwood Wines. If your belly is full and you’re now in need of pampering, then check out Milos on Dyke Road and Papillon Salon on Old Steine.

raffle_ticketWorking with local businesses helps our Hall. Donations are always welcome but we prefer collaborations. Get in touch with us at whether you want to donate a raffle prize, use our fantastic Hall or find out more information about our business supporter tier levels. We’d love to hear from you.

Festonville Art Auction

What are you doing next Friday 9 May?

Pop into the Hall to see a flavour of the fabulous art on display throughout May from the Dyke Road and Seven Dials art trails. For one day only, the Hall becomes your must-see local art gallery. There will be refreshments, artworks from all around to browse in one place and the chance to snap up an original piece of loveliness. Stop by for refreshments and silent bids from 2pm. Join us at the bar for drinks, music and a live auction in the evening between 7pm and 9pm.

Get there before it’s going, going, gone. See you there!



Greek Night at Exeter Street Hall, Brighton.
It was predicted to be a good night and it did not disappoint. THGI’s Greek Night was a well thought out celebration of Greek food and wine, coupled with a community spirit, in our own (warm) Hall that the Greeks would be proud of.

Greek Night at Exeter Street Hall, Brighton.Sam Redfern, a pop-up restaurateur who has recently moved to the area, treated us to a homemade three-course meal accompanied by tasters of Greek wine along the journey. Starting with a mezze of Greek salad, humous, tzatziki, vine leaves, taramasalata and pitta bread and accompanied by a light Rosé, we then tucked into a hot main choice of beef, pork or vegetarian moussaka with a full bodied red wine, finishing up with a superb baklava and a dessert wine, that left me wanting more.

Greek Night at Exeter Street Hall, Brighton.

A great night was had by all and many thanks to Sam and THGI events team for a well organised community event.

This event was sold out, with 20 people on the waiting list. We will be running more events like this one in the future, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Try your own baklava.

Paul Winter Chair of THGI

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Tea Club – a new club for seniors. FIRST SESSION FREE

Tea club* ­ fortnightly on Friday afternoons from 2.30pm ­ 4pm. Trial period: 2,16,30 May and 13,27 June and 11 July.


We are launching a tea club for the older members of our community. We’d like to invite all local seniors (who are welcome to bring their friends or carers) along for a mighty fine brew, the occasional homemade cake and the chance to have a natter with their neighbours. We¹re hoping to build a regular opportunity to gather in Exeter Street Hall over a gentle cuppa and develop activities of interest for those who attend.

Our first session on Friday 2 May is free. Thereafter, the fee will be just £1 per person towards costs.

Can you help spread the word? If you know anyone in the neighbourhood likely to be interested in this event, please let them know. We¹d love to have them along; the more, the merrier.

Can you help spread the love? This is a THGI activity organised by a couple of can-do volunteers. If you would like to lend a hand and help set up, fill the urn and have a chin-wag with our guests, we¹d love to hear from you.

Email or call 01273 561149 for further information.

*also serving coffee!