News and Views

Happy new year and all that….

A belated welcome to 2023 and an update and bulletin on our activities and local events. Our first meeting of the year took place on Thursday January 12th – following our regular patter this was a hybrid meeting using Zoom for online attendees and with an in person gathering at the Phoenix Community Centre. The…

Greening our Neighbourhood

Plant Your Postcode is a Brighton & Hove initiative supported by CPRE Sussex which aims to increase the tree cover across the whole of the Greater Brighton area. Local residents have been working with them to see waht can be done in Hanover, Elm Grove and Tarner and have put together this event on June 8th…

Forum Meeting March 10th

The next Forum meeting will take place on Thursday at 6.30 pm.  Once again we shall be holding this Hybrid style, with the OWL meeting assistant facilitating and in person element at the Phoenix Community Centre to run alongside online participation by Zoom. The notes from the last meeting are HERE, and the Zoom link…

Ward Budget Special Meeting

Each year our ward Councillors have £1000 each to use in our area, supporting existing projects, helping provide a local improvement or giving funds to help residents take forward a new idea which will benefit the community. In previous years, ward budget funds have helped local tree planting, community projects like the Brighton Bike Hub,…

Ward Boundary Consultation

The Local Government Boundary Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Brighton and Hove and this review may have an impact on the shape of our local government electoral wards – the areas used to elect our city Councillors The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that mean each Councillor represents approximately…

Forum meeting Feb 10th

The next Hanover & Elm Grove Communities Forum meeting will take place on next Thursday 10th Feb 6.30 – 8pm. We are trying again for a hybrid meeting and have use of an OWL meeting assistant, which should help to streamline the conversation between those meeting in person and those joining online. For those wishing…

Together again – a real life meetup!

This week the Hanover and Elm Grove Commutes Forum will meet in person, for the first time since who knows when! The meeting will take place on Thursday October 11th at the Phoenix Community Centre which is in the Phoenix Estate on Phoenix Place at 6.30pm – we hope you will be able to join…

Albion Street Surgery Merger

At our last Forum meeting, we were pleased t welcome Michelle Kay from Healthwatch. Michelle wanted to let us know about proposed changes to our local health provision as it has been announced that the Albion Street Surgery will be merging with the St Peters Medical Trust, and that there are plans to close Albion…

A new start at Hartington!

29c Hartington Road is a residential housing development adjacent to St Martins School. The block itself is not new, having formed variously student accommodation and social housing over the years, but it is about to embark upon a new chapter. In January 2020, Housing Committee approved a proposal to buy the block of 38 flats(External link) and…

Creating a liveable neighbourhood that’s accessible to all

Free webinar, 1 July 2021, 6.00-8.30pm As you probably know by now, Brighton and Hove’s first liveable neighbourhood scheme is soon to be piloted in Hanover and Tarner. The purpose of the scheme is to reduce the amount of motorised traffic from outside the area cutting through residential streets. The council is working with the…

Liveable neighbourhood leaflet

introduce a pilot liveable neighbourhood scheme. The aim is to reduce outside traffic from cutting through the area, making the streets more pleasant and useable for the people who live here

Forum AGM 20th March 2021

The Hanover and Elm Grove Communities Forum Annual General Meeting takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm The meeting will take place on Zoom and here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89953620609?pwd=NlNvU2RqWjkxdzIybmRkczZwSnNhdz09 Meeting ID: 899 5362 0609 Passcode: V4uk2a One tap mobile +442030512874,,89953620609#,,,,*718312# United Kingdom +442034815237,,89953620609#,,,,*718312# United Kingdom AGENDA 1            Welcome & introductions 2            Chairs annual report 3.            Finance Update…

What a year that was….

Our AGM will take place on Saturday March 20th at 2pm. Like all of our other events this year this will still be held on Zoom, and the link will be posted here and emailed to members closer to the time. Despite the enormous challenges faced by us all over the past year, I think…

Kids want greener, more colourful streets that they can play in

Have you ever asked kids what they’d like their street to look like? Anoushka Visvalingam, a teacher at St Luke’s did just that. The Year 5 children took part in a geography project in which they considered the different ways in which we can make the streets we live on nicer for everyone. They thought…

Hanover & Elm Grove Ward Funding – how should we use it?

Dear Forum member, We are inviting you  to a Communities Forum special session to help prioritise the spending of the local councillor ward funds in ways that maximise community benefit. The meeting will be on zoom and will discuss bids from community groups and others to spend between £2,300 and £3,000 funds. The zoom will…

What would your dream street look like?

By Ian MacIntyre, chair of Hanover Action Fancy taking part in an artistic, physically distanced but socially connected and radically important project? Want to make a difference to your street, help save the planet and be part of the first Brighton Liveable Neighbourhood? Imagine your perfect street. What would you like to see in it?…

Oh no, not martial arts!

Funnily enough, when my wife, Dee, suggested I go to a karate class with her in 1973 at NELP in Stratford E15, that’s exactly what I thought! By Paul Bonett I’d seen the Bruce Lee films which were all the rage at that time, but I never thought I’d be one of those folk in…

A new start for Gladstone Court

Gladstone Court is a residential housing development on Hartington Road adjacent to St Martins School. The block itself is not new, having formed variously student accommodation and social housing over the years, but it is about to embark upon a new chapter. In January of this year, Housing Committee approved a proposal to buy the…

Mini oasis pops up in Lewes Street

By Jane Thorp, Hanover Residents Association On Saturday, 19 September, we had a Pop-up Parklet Day in Lewes Street, in the car park next to the Greys pub. For those unfamiliar with the word ‘parklet’, I will just explain. A parklet is a mini green space with planting, benches, bike parks, etc, which encourages wildlife…

A council for our community?

Since its foundation as an unincorporated voluntary association in 2019, the Hanover & Elm Grove Communities Forum has been considering the longer term structure and future of the group, and how the community voice and needs of the area may be best represented, amplified and actioned to deliver improved locally responsive services and opportunities for…

Lockdown was hard but it brought out the best in our community

While the vast majority of people saw the need for extreme measures to kerb the spread of Covid-19, lockdown still came as a bit of a shock. Few of us had ever experienced anything like it before and it had a profound effect on us all. Our day-to-day lives changed drastically as we were forced…

Help us shape Hanover Liveable Neighbourhood

As mentioned in a previous post, we have been given the go-ahead for the first pilot low-traffic neighbourhood in Brighton and Hove, which could transform part of our ward into what we’re calling Hanover Liveable Neighbourhood. This is a wonderful opportunity to optimise our outdoor space for everyone living here, and create greener, safer streets…

A Low Traffic Neighborhood for Hanover and Elm Grove?

One unexpected outcome of the Covid-19 Pandemic is a change in the way our streets are used, with the combination of low traffic levels, good weather and a more home centered existence for most of us, our streets have become real community spaces, where neighbours can  meet – often for the first time – and…

2m Conversations – Lockdown Film Project with Phoenix ArtSpace

Artist, Katy Beinart and filmmakers John Edwards and Lily Murray, are making a film about people’s experiences of living through the lockdown. The aim is to preserve these stories for the future, so in future times we can look back on what we have been through, like a memory box. The idea is to collect…

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