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What’s on in your Hall

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

Art Class*
Wednesday 26th April, 1:30 – 3:00pm

More Art for budding artists!

Phones for Refugees
Friday 28th April, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Recycle your old mobiles, etc.

Table Tennis Club
Tuesday 2nd May, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Ping pong for enthusiastic players

Tea Club
Friday 12th May, 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

Drop in for a cuppa and a chat

She Denied Nothing
Sat/Sun 3rd/4th June, 3pm onwards

Fantastic Brighton Fringe Theatre

Job Advice
Friday 28th April, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Find That Job!

Stay & Play*
Tuesday 2nd May, 9:30am – 11:30am

Family Fun – for all the family!

Football Panel
Friday 5th May, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Football is the ballet of the masses

Enter The Dragons
Saturday 20th/27th May, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Fantastic Brighton Fringe Theatre

The Great Get Together
Sunday 18th June, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Prestonville Community Street Party

* A weekly event (during school term time only)


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.
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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


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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.

Xmas Fair and Manta Claus

The Christmas Fair – arranged and organised by Francesca of Magic Lamp Arts – returned to the Hall on Sunday and drew a record number of visitors who came to cast an eye over the wide range of gifts and objets d’art on display from local artists, makers and designers and to stock up on Xmas presents for friends and relatives.
On display were greetings cards, framed art, plush creatures and designer clothing, glorious lighting and luxury candles, and a variety of creations featuring textiles, wood, ceramics and sackfuls more!
The pop-up Ding Dong Bar, the Hall’s festive café, did a healthy trade in mince pies, Exeter Street Hall Special Reserve Punch and the ubiquitous Buck’s Fizz. And also the odd cup of tea!
But the highlight of the event for those of less advanced years was undoubtedly the Hall’s very own Rose Dewick with her ground-breaking conception of Manta Claus – which delighted the youngsters, and provided welcome relief for the parents!
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Urgent – Save the Dyke pub

Join us this Thursday 3pm outside Hove Town Hall! Bring banners!

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18 Oct 2016 — The petition is going up for full council debate this Thursday 20 Oct. at Hove Town Hall. We are calling all of you to join us outside Hove Town Hall at 3pm on Thursday to show the support for saving the historic Dyke pub as the councillors arrive for the meeting and for a photo for local media! Bring banners and friends!
Click here for more details.
Save the Dyke pub community campaign

Blown Away By Hurricane Michael

Russell Layton’s tour de force one-man-show wowed the capacity audience at last night’s performance of this year’s Edinburgh Festival’s hit Hurricane Michael.

Simon Hudson performing "Hurricane Michael" at Exeter Street Hall
Simon Hudson performing "Hurricane Michael" at Exeter Street Hall
Photos courtesy of Andy Hasson (www.andrewhasson.com)

Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

Bloom was a lovely event again this year. Thanks to all the volunteers who made the Plant and Produce Fair and the Open Gardens such a success.
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All photos courtesy of Andy Hasson (www.andrewhasson.com)

Bloom Collage