The home site of the Round Hill Society, a community group of the residents of Round Hill in Brighton, England. The site contains information about the area, latest news and reflections on life in Round Hill.
including pictures of advent windows
Short video of previous Round Hill Society carol singing event.
Report on Carol Singing: 18 Dec 2023
Community Carols - Thank you to residents in Princes Road, Mayo Road, Richmond Road, Princes Crescent, Belton Road and Round Hill Road/Street for your kind donations. We raised £265.66 for Phoenix Food Bank, based near The Level and supporting families in need in the local area. Thank you too to bucket collectors and singers, especially Steve Bustin, who organised the event, and Andrew Partington for his melodeon accompaniment.
Report on Carol Singing: 19 Dec 2022
Thank you to Steve Bustin for organising the event and to the small group of residents who made their voices heard.
Thank you too to Round Hill residents who answered their doors and gave very generously. The appeal for a defibrillator in Round Hill raised its total within two days, thanks to a good response including two very generous donations. So this year's total of £266.79 from the carol singing will be donated to Brighton Food Bank.
Report on Carol Singing: 20 Dec 2021
This year's neighbourhood Carol singing was organised by Steve Bustin. £304.64, generously donated by Round Hill residents, was collected in aid of Hollingdean Food Bank. Andrew Partington provided the musical accompaniament.
Report on Carol Singing: 19 Dec 2018
See Round Hill Community Noticeboard for report on this year's carol singing, which raised £160.
This collection will be divided between
Many thanks to those who donated and took part, to Andrew for the music, to Sainsbury for mince pie and drink donations and also to Kate Rice for the above picture.
Report on Carol Singing: 14 Dec 2017
£299.65 raised for MartletsCare
[Thank you to Rachel G-B for taking the above picture and giving permission for it to be used on this web site]
This year, our neighbourhood raised a record-breaking £299.65 for MartletsCare (the branch of The Martlets charity providing quality home care in and around Brighton and Hove).
Several factors combined to get this result:
Good luck helped too!
We were helped, this year, by good fortune as well. Heavy rain can wipe away the event, as it did in December 2015.
This December 2017, it rained on 13th and 15th, but not on 14th - the day of the carols. It was a crisp evening with good visability and not much wind.
I was concerned at the 6pm start at the west end of Roundhill Crescent that we had a small number of singers to get the event started, but voices carried well in the still air (as we embarked on "The 12 Days of Christmas") and there was no need for worry.
We took a slightly longer route, this year, to include D'Aubigny Road, which was omitted last year. However, the timings worked out very well and the procession reached the north end of Crescent Road (where it meets Princes Road) shortly after 7.30pm, keeping more or less to the 90 minutes we had estimated.
This made it easy for Rob, Jacky and Jane to make sure that the mulled wine, hot mince pies and patio gathering space, were all prepared.
Lewes Road Sainsbury again deserve our thanks for donating several bottles of mulled wine and packets of mince pies and other ingredients.
Jane and I (Ted) really enjoyed hosting the finish of the event. The conviviality of the occasion has left us wanting to do it again, unless there is competition from other residents, in which case we would gladly step back and enjoy being hosted.
Organising the route & participation
We are aware that some Round Hill streets (e.g. much of Roundhill Crescent, Princes Road, Mayo Road, Belton Road, Round Hill Road and Round Hill Street) have not been on the carol singing route for 3 or 4 years. We were glad to see residents from some of those streets joining in with the singing. The event is built round (i) a starting place (ii) a finishing place and (iii) about 90 minutes in between which can be extended or shortened subject to the weather which singers and musicians are having to endure.
The demography of Round Hill is changing. When I moved here 40 years ago, the weekly queue for old age pensions at the Post Office (now Red White and Rosé) was massive.
Younger families now appear to be gaining better representation. Although work and children place restrictions on time, it is great to see residents of all age groups joining in community events. Our hope for increased younger representation on our Round Hill Society committee has been partially satisfied this last autumn.
Seasonal Singing 2016
Thank you to all Round Hill residents who gave generously to The Round Hill Society's Seasonal Singing on 15th December 2016. You raised £181.40.
The money raised will very shortly be paid by The Round Hill Society to The Mayor's charities.
The current Mayor of Brighton and Hove is Round Hill's ward Councillor Pete West. See The Mayor's Facebook Page for details of his fundraising actvities.
£181.40 raised for The Mayor's charities
Also to be thanked for raising this total are the people who turned out to sing, play instruments, and to knock on doors with buckets to invite donations. Last time, we ran this event (the year before last) we were short of volunteers to door knock. This year, more people came forward to collect, though we could do in the future with even more collectors to release those who would like to do a stint of singing. As it was, the singing was clearly audible and we got to sing every one of the twenty carols on our songsheets. Also, we had the benefit this year (as most) of both melodeon player Andew Partington and harmonica player Derek Curry (Rusty).
The event was well supported this year. The size of the party grew somewhat as the route unwound (the pied piper effect!) which is always nice to see. Among the party were some who had recently moved into Round Hill as well as long-standing residents. We also had participants from the neighbouring Triangle community.
Brighton Pub Carols (outside of Round Hill)
Tuesday, 13th December 2016 08:00pm Brighton Pub Carols - The Hartington Pub 41 Whippingham Road BN2 3PF Brighton
Saturday, 17th December 2016 07:30pm Brighton Pub Carols - Sir Charles Napier - 50 Southover Street BN2 9 Brighton.
Tuesday, 20th December 2016 08:00pm Brighton Pub Carols - The Park Crescent Brighton, 39 Park Crescent Terrace Brighton BN2 3HE
Please note: the above events are targeted mainly at people living near their venues or regular customers to the pubs. These are very popular events, but accommodation is limited.
2014 Round Hill Seasonal Singing Round Hill residents raise £168.12 for First Base Day Centre
The Round Hill Society's Seasonal Singing was well supported on Thursday evening.
We assembled as usual in Round Hill Crescent at the bottom of the Cat Creep and kicked off with The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Deck the Halls, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Jingle Bells followed as we made our way round the crescent towards Ashdown Road.
Our instrumentalists, Andrew and Bela, provided excellent support. Christmas cheer was much in evidence as friends within the neighbourhood bumped into one another.
We had more bucket collectors this year, including Bonnie - our community support officer from Sussex Police. We thank them all as well as all the residents who donated. Donations this year came to £168.12 and will again go to Brighton Housing Trust to support the First Base Day Centre. Have a look at the recent article in The Argus about what this centre does.
Our last carol in Round Hill Crescent was O Little Town of Bethlehem and residents in Ashdown Road were treated to Once in Royal David's City.
On arriving at the junction with Richmond Road, we sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer twice! We were offered a different key for the second rendition, but did not take it, instead focusing on some of the lovely advent window displays which have appeared this year in this part of our neighbourhood.
We witnessed some lovely advent window displays as we passed residents' homes. Houses in Richmond Road have made a special attempt this year to replicate some of the lovely advent window displays which have become part of the Belton Road scene in Round Hill over the last five years.
Reaching the junction of Richmond Road and Mayo Road by the former Victoria Pub, we sang In The Bleak Mid Winter by the lamp post and a tree which had been decorated for the occasion.
Further up Richmond Road, there were further advent window displays with an animal theme.
We sang White Christmas twice followed by While Shepherds Watched.
True to the 'animal theme', we soon arrived at the top of the Cat Creep where we sang We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Then the chair of our residents' association pointed the way along Princes Crescent towards Belton Road, the local inspiration for all these displays.
In Princes Crescent we sang Here We Come A-Wassailing, and we then announced our presence in Belton Road with O Come, all ye fathful. We were given a very friendly reception from the residents who came to their doors in Belton Road and the window displays lived up to local expectations.
By the time we got to the north end of Belton Road where Tower Windmill had once stood, we'd also managed Ding Dong Merrily On High and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
We then doubled back to our finishing place at the junction of Mayo Road and Richmond Road, singing Good King Wenceslas and Away in a Manger en route.
We added I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In and The Holly and The Ivy on our arrival.
We managed to get through all 20 carols!
Having sung them all, our reward was hot punch and mince pies served by Rob and Jacky.