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Playing out in Round Hill

Please note that there will now be no Street Play on Sunday 23rd July 2017.

The next Street Play event will be on Sunday 10th September 2017.

Sunday 25th June 2017
3pm to 5pm Mayo Road

Fifteenth Street Play event:

See also Kate's pictures of the June 2017 event on The Round Hill Community Noticeboard Facebook Group

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Sunday 25th June 2017 saw The Round Hill Society's 15th street play. It is always enjoyable to help with these events. Kate (the organiser) and Barbara (who bakes cakes and runs the refreshments stall) are the mainstays of Round Hill's Street Plays. Marshaling brings back memories of playground duty without quite the same responsibility because the role is to keep cars out of the play area. We had a completely clear street this time. For this we need to thank the residents of Mayo Road and adjoining streets whose cooperation is much appreciated. It is interesting to watch how children play when left to themselves (making up rules for one another, negotiation) and also to compare events when we lay on more structured activities (e.g. Halloween) and those when we (the adults) stand back a bit more. It is always encouraging when new families join events. Help in organising them is always appreciated and this is also a route to getting to know new neighbours.

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Sunday 21st May 2017
2pm to 5pm Mayo Road

Fourteenth Street Play event: 21st May 2017  3.30PM to 5PM

Our next Street Play event will start slightly later than usual

  • from 3.30PM to 5PM

and will take place at the Princes Rd end of Mayo Rd.

As usual we need volunteers to marshall so please do volunteer  (if you can, please contact the organiser RHS Committee Member Kate Rice) - just 30mins really helps! Home baked goods would also be appreciated for the refreshment stand.

The Street Play session has been very slightly shortened since
Round Hill's first ever dog show will be held before it. See:

Pictures of Round Hill's First Dog Show

  1. compere and judges
  2. dogs getting on together
  3. the giver of prizes
  4. the sausage man
  5. individual competitors
  6. short video clips

 

Thirteenth Street Play event: 30th April 2017

See Kate Rice's illustrated record of the event on The Round Hill Community Noticeboard - a closed Facebook Group, but already with more than 130 members.

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In spite of some rain at the start of the event, there were still decent intervals which allowed play. "DR BIKE" drew a constant stream of children with bikes. His presence ensured that the arrival of rain after a month of dry weather did not keep everybody at home. Dr BIKE checks bikes out for safety and performs a quick service e.g. by dealing with things like squeaky brakes or rusty chains.

Unexpectedly and to everybody's delight there were at least two additional side-shows to DR BIKE - a small barbecue (toasted marshmallows?) and a (harmless!) rocket launching device - provided by adults clearly practised in contributing to the atmosphere of events and keeping young children amused.

 

Twelfth Street Play event: spooky Halloween again!

Our final street play of the year was our ever popular Halloween special held on Sunday 30th October, from 3pm to 5pm in Mayo Road.

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Pictures and a 2-minute video of this enjoyable event are posted onThe Round Hill Community Noticeboard. Round Hill residents will need to join this Facebook Group to view the posts. There is content here from several different neighbours, including excellent photos of "carved pumpkins outside homes" on Hallowe'en Night itself. Once a member of the group, you can post as well as view. Since the group now has nearly 100 members, it is becoming a good vehicle for seeing what Round Hill neighbours are doing and hold to be important in their lives.

A big thank you to the many parents and Round Hill committee for their ongoing support at these events, and to the residents of Mayo Road and surrounding areas for moving cars and helping to negotiate the temporary road closure.

 

Report on our Eleventh Street Play event:

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The Play Street event, held on Sunday 18th September, was again enjoyed (it seems) by all who attended (both children and adults). Thank you to the organisers and to those who provided cake and supported the event by participating. Attendance was a bit lower than normal, though after the long summer holidays, perhaps children have had plenty of play.

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Also, although we have put the onus on the children to socialise and have stood back from imposing  an adult's structure on their play, perhaps what is needed is a theme. Our next Play Street will have the theme of "Halloween", so we hope for ideas, creativity, and a good turnout. 

 

Report on our Tenth Street Play event:

held on Sunday 17th July 2016 from 3pm to 5pm.

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Picture by Kate, the organiser of the event, attended by our Mayor.

Kate has posted further pictures of this successful event on Round Hill Community Noticeboard:
* a Facebook Group which Round Hill residents can join on request

The turnout was moderate, perhaps due to the lure of the beach or competing events during the busier summer period.

Nevertheless, there were several scooters and bikes in evidence. Children were also creative with coloured chalk.  

Sandy, Jan and Barbara looked after the refreshments table.  

Towards 3.30 pm, together with his wife, our VIP guest Pete West - The Mayor of Brighton & Hove - joined the event both staying for at least one hour. Child participants and adults alike received badges (if they were standing in the right place!) saying I'VE MET THE MAYOR OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE. This was not the mayor's first engagement of the day. He's already had one at St Luke's Church and another in support of the Martlets - an abseil from Peacehaven cliff.

The Playing Out session again fulfilled its purpose by providing local children with an open space they could share in the heart of Round Hill, but also provided adult residents an opportunity to meet new neighbours and to re-issue coffee invitations (etc.) to existing friends and acquaintances. Thanks is again due to Kate for organising the event and to all those who turned out to participate &/or help.

 

Report on our Ninth Street Play event:

Thank you again to all who participated, to our main organiser (Kate), to caterers and marshals as well as residents who moved their vehicles temporarily from Mayo Road to provide a better-looking public open space for a couple of hours. 

Pictures of our Ninth Street Play event:

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Kate, the organiser, has posted some pictures of this successful event on Round Hill Community Noticeboard:
* a Facebook Group which Round Hill residents can join on request

Round Hill lacks a decent public open space (like a village square), so the short playing-out sessions provide a precious slot in which useful contacts can be gathered, acquaintances can be made or consolidated, sometimes even marking the beginnings of new friendships. Within a short marshalling slot, my wife and I both consolidated existing friendships (inviting two of our local contacts for coffee the next day) and enjoyed several conversations with new people:

  • We were brought coffees by a new contact observing the Round Hill  event - Heikki who lives in another Brighton neighbourhood plans to introduce Street Play on her home ground.
  • We also met a lady from Lewes District Council who was studying The Round Hill event with a similar purpose in mind.
  • We met too, for the first time, the wife and children of the local carpenter who is currently constructing alcove shelving for our dining room.
  • The people (Stefania + family & friends) running the Richmond Rd  Open House nearby in support of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK also brought us cakes so we were introduced to them. Their efforts raised in the region of £200 for their charity.

So within one hour, we had a significantly fuller knowledge of adult Round Hill neighbours through an event mainly organised for children.

Looking on at what the event meant to children, it was good to see them gaining in social confidence. We were amused at how those who experienced the occasional tumble from a bicycle or skateboard picked themselves up quickly, usually shrugging off any adult sympathy offered to them. I imagine that the kids gained socially too within a very short period in which public open space virtually on their doorsteps was available to share.

Scope for making these events even better?

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Given that we had good support from caterers and other people too offering us cakes, the thought crossed my mind that we could take fuller advantage of the two-hour temporary road closure by putting out a few more tables and chairs for adult onlookers: the continental cafe effect  - which could work on sunny days! To accomplish this, we would need more residents to offer support. The children do not seem to mind an adult audience and it also seems to be beneficial for them to play independently without too much adult interference - just supervision through the corner of the eye!

Did other users of Mayo Road feel disgruntled during these two hours? One passer-by, an adult with small child, asked if the sessions were a regular event. Fortunately, the query marked interest in participating in the next event rather than a complaint. 

Click here or on the picture below for a short video clip
(two and a half minutes) of our April 2016 street play event.

Eighth PlaySafe event - Sunday 17th April 2016 on Mayo Road

Roundhill's eighth Street Play event, held on Sunday 17 April 2016, was enjoyed by all. A big "thank you" to Kate for organising the event, to Mayo Road residents for their coopertaion, especially Barbara for laying on cakes and drinks, to our marshals, to "Dr Bike" (for servicing and checking a lot of bicycles!), and of course to children and parents for taking part.

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Seventh PlaySafe event - Saturday 31st October on Mayo Road

Click here for 1-minute video [.mov low resolution format]

Roundhill Halloween Street Play 2015

Ghoulish games, freaky fun and terrible treats guaranteed ...!!

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Kate (Tom's mum) played the main part in organising this event, supported by other parents including Cath, Fiona and Pat (who came with a smoke-making machine).  

 

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Annie and Barbara played the main part in serving drinks and the terrible treats - delicious home made cakes and biscuits prepared by neighbours.

 

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 Bonnie, our Police Community Support Officer attended and helped in the marshalling at the south end of Mayo Road.

 

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With her  were Ted and Jane in strange costumes. They took over the marshalling at this end of the street from Fiona and Rob. 

 

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In the final hour of the session, the doughnut challenge got under way.

Some video of this may follow.

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 The pumpkin competition proved almost impossible to judge since there was a very high standard all round.

  

Most scary!!!

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Most ghostly!!! 

 

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Happiest!!!

 

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Hottest!

 

 

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They were all winners

After picking out the pumpkins shown above, it became evident that a lot of effort had gone into smaller ones and some children were disappointed that their attention to detail had not been noticed.

In truth,  it would have been possible to find categories and matching superlatives to make each child's entry a winner.

  

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Kate sensibly intervened and made sure that all the children were rewarded for their efforts - a winning formation of pumpkins, scarier and more colourful than any of the All Blacks' line-outs seen the same afternoon in the final of the Rugby World Cup.

 

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Thank you to the organisers and all children, parents and other residents who helped to make our second halloween Street Play a success.

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Sixth PlaySafe event - Sunday 13th September 2015 3pm-5pm

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The rain held off on Sunday 13th September 2015 between 3pm and 5pm when Mayo Road was closed so that local children could enjoy a session of play. Although attendance wasn't massive, the east side of the street was pretty well lined at times with children and adults. A few of the adults had made cakes and coffee, tea & soft drinks were also given away free. Pete West, our local ward councillor was in attendance. 

Thank you to the organisers (Kate, Boo, Cath, Barbara, Annie) and all the volunteers who marshalled the event. 

Street Play will be back too for "Halloween" 2015. The PlaySafe sessions of course appeal to children and parents, though having a road closure for two hours also allows the setting up of tables and chairs so that residents in all age groups can share refreshments and get to know each other better. 

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Fifth PlaySafe event - Sunday 31st May 2015 3pm-5pm

Thank you to everybody who attended our last Street Play - both children and adults. Special thanks are due to the team who organise these events (mainly Boo, Cath or Kate) and to other residents who help with publicity, setting up and supervising.

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Fourth PlaySafe event - Sunday 12th April 2015

Our fourth Playsafe event was not one of the most successful, so no illustrated report was felt appropriate. However, we have drawn lessons for the future (i) better communication needed with local residents (ii) more help needed in organising the event, especially in supervising on the day.

Reports on previous PlaySafe events

Third PlaySafe event - 31st October 2014

Second PlaySafe event - 29th June 2014

First PlaySafe event - 6th April 2014

Ten good reasons for playing out

REPORT ON FABULOUS END-OF-OCTOBER EVENT
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thanks to our organisers Boo / Cath / Kate, parents & children, and special thanks to Phil and family for doughnut frenzy and Sue and Nik the Brush for fabulous face painting.

Our third PlaySafe Event

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 HALLOWEEN DOUGHNUT FRENZY

Click here or on the picture below to see 55 sec video clip of the doughnut eating competition on Flickr

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The organisers hope to keep these sessions going on a regular basis. See Street Play Facebook Page for Brighton and Hove as well as the national playingout.net website.

Our second PlaySafe Event

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Our second PlaySafe session was a calmer affair than the first, as scooters were more in evidence than skateboards and the activities in the lower part of Richmond Road drew several children away from the steep incline of Princes Road.

The Prince Rd / Mayo Rd junction was also more tightly marshalled this time round to reduce the risk to speed-skaters who imagine themselves as child-versions of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards. Nobody yet has landed on The Centenary Industrial Estate and we don't want it to happen!

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The afternoon was punctuated by three musical performances:

[1] an all woman a cappella group of singers known as DeciBelle including at least one Round Hill resident

[2] the duo (comprising Elizabeth Ryder-Weldon and Michael Coates) known as Imaginary Friends, and

[3] contemporary singer songwriter Simon Scardanelli (also a Round Hill resident).

We are grateful to all these singers and musicians for offering time to their neighbourhood.

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There was also a plant sale, a drinks & cake stall and a raffle. The raffle raised £93.70, which Carol (our treasurer) says was all down to the fantasic "free" cakes and the excellent choice of prizes. Further appreciation goes to the organisations and individuals who donated the prizes. The plant sale raised £34, selling nearly 100 plants (a few of these were given away at the end).

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Added to this revenue, which will all go into the funds of The Round Hill Society, is £6 raised by children selling cherries from their grandfather's garden; they started by giving them away free, but a resident suggested to them that they could be entrepreneurs in the presence of adults who had few buying opportunities since so many nice cakes (including delicious fudge) were being shared. Within a few minutes that had raised nearly 20% of what had taken us the whole afternoon to raise at the plant stall and added it to The Round Hill Society's funds.

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One of the most pleasing features of outdoor community events on our own doorsteps is the opportunity to meet both long-term and new neighbours and to learn a bit about them. We have fixed 1st October 2014 7pm to 9pm at Down Infants School as the provisional date and venue of our next Annual General Meeting which all local residents are encouraged to attend. If we don't follow up new acquaintances before then, it would be good to see new as well as old faces at the October meeting. Part of its purpose is to elect the Round Hill Society's new committee for the ongoing year.

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PlaySafe gives similar opportunities for children who are in the process of learning social skills having perfected the art of balancing on scooters or other wheeled objects. The steep incline of many of Round Hill's streets does not favour safe play when roads are open to motor vehicles, but when Mayo Road (one of our less hilly streets) is closed to normal traffic, then it presents a relatively safe play space. The Round Hill Society would like to thank residents in Mayo Road and the lower section of Richmond Road, several of whom participated in the picnic event, for their co-operation in allowing the road closures for these occasional play sessions.

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We would also like to thank Brighton and Hove City Council for assisting in this, and also for making it possible for The Round Hill Society to install the new planters at each end of Round Hill Crescent. Our chair, Annie, obtained the plants and organised a small group of local residents to assist with the planting.

Report on our 1st Playsafe session

NEW!!! - click here or on picture below for 2-minute video clip
[Thank you to Jade Roberts for the excellent quality of production]

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If you have any ideas for organising the sessions differently, please make your suggestions known at https://twitter.com/RoundhillSoc.

Round Hill held its first Playsafe session on Sunday 6th April 2-4pm in Mayo Road. About 40 children attended watched over fairly discretely by parents and neighbours (seen in the background).

NEW!!! - click here or on picture below for 2-minute video clip
[Thank you to Jade Roberts for the excellent quality of production]

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Thank you to all the residents (especially those in Mayo Road) who accommodated this event. It was much enjoyed by children and their parents. The Round Hill Society is fortunate now to have at least three committee members with school-aged children. A particular 'thank you' is due to Boo, Cath and Kate for getting the event together.

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The Round Hill Society would also like to thank Brighton and Hove City Council’s Transport Department, which cooperated in the two-hour road closure and producing high vis signs to warn motorists and keep the event safe. A big 'thank you' as well to Damian and the crew from City Clean for clearing the street.

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We do hope that it will be possible to make this event a regular part of Round Hill life. It was good to see so openly that we do have children in Round Hill and to share with them some of the outdoor amenity of our public open space. A temporarily closed road, though not a recreation ground or village green, provided a canvas for several forms of play.

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Most children interpreted this as an opportunity to get out their own sets of wheels: roller skates, skateboards, scooters and bicycles. There were also a few balls, which became the secondary attraction once children realised the potential of the sloping junction at Princes and Mayo Roads for skating and scooting. 

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Do let The Round Hill Society have your ideas on children's street games & play activities likely to work within the available space. One resident has already suggested a Park & Slide activity (involving a giant water chute down the length of a street) such as been held in Bristol!

Sunflower challege

If you managed to collect a free packet of sunflower seeds, which were being distributed by our organisers, do have a go at growing them. It's the right time of year to plant them if you want them to grow high. Do send photos to the email address on The Round Hill Reporter if you manage to grow any taller than yourself. It would be nice to see some sunflowers in front gardens if you've got one.

Chalk and face art

My article on The history of street games proved somewhat irrelevant. since traditional activities such as hopscotch and skipping were not much in evidence. However, one group of children chalked some attractive art on the roadway and there were also some good examples of face-painting.

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See also the Playingout.net website from which the following bullet points are taken:

10 good reasons for playing out

  • Children need to play. It is vital for their physical and emotional development and for their social learning.
  • Play England defines play as "what children and young people do when they follow their own ideas and interests, in their own way and for their own reasons". This implies a degree of freedom and independence, which cannot be satisfied by organised or over- supervised play.
  • Children like to play near home and have traditionally done so. A 2007 poll found that 71% of adults played out on their street every day compared to only 21% of children today. (Play England).
  • Children need space to play energetically. Parks are great but children don't always have independent access to these so the street is a convenient place for everyday play.
  • Playing in the street increases a sense of community by bringing neighbours of all ages together. It encourages feelings of belonging and shared responsibility.
  • It enables children to meet and develop friendships outside school and also increases contact between children and adults, helping to build up familiarity and trust.
  • Through dealing with situations that arise independently, children can learn valuable social skills and gain understanding about the world around them.
  • Playing in the street allows for 4 semi-supervised' play. Parents can get on with responsibilities inside the house while allowing children to play outside.
  • The street is the "starting point for all journeys" (Tim Gill, 2007) and the ability to play out in the street is an important step towards greater independence and self-reliance.
  • Streets make up the major part of public space in the city. To limit them to being only places to drive and park cars is to massively undervalue them. Streets can and should be places where people can sit, talk, read, play and walk - and even sing and dance if they want to! The only way this will happen is if we start to use them differently.

Playsafe is a scheme that enables children to play outdoors without traffic.

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