How the hall could look (Part 1)

The hall with cleaned up walls, a new floor and all storage removed.



Over recent months, TheHallGetInvolved’s building team has started to look at the interior design on the hall.  The aim is to make the hall space as flexible as possible, so that we can cater for a wide range of activities.

The image above is the first produced by Gareth Wellock, a Prestonville resident who specialises is producing 3D visualisations. Gareth has joined the building team to help convert ideas into realistic visions of the hall as it could look.  It’s important to remember that these designs are simply ideas at this stage.  We will need to speak to all groups who currently use the hall to assess the impact of any suggested changes.

What else is the building team doing?

As many of you will know, the hall is in a poor state and needs some major refurbishment. The roof needs replacing and the heating system overhauled. In fact there’s not much that we can leave alone if we want to upgrade the hall and make it fit for purpose for another 100 years.  This has given us an opportunity to think radically about environmentally friendly solutions whilst bearing in mind that we have to be realistic.  We’ve had talks with renewable energy consultants EnergyMyWay and and some valuable advice from Oliver Heath who came along to look at the hall in June.

Along with draught proofing and insulation, we are also looking at a range of options for renewable, low carbon and carbon neutral heating. Harvesting rain water from the roof and using it to flush the toilets is being looked into and could be installed at the same time as a replacement roof.  There is a huge amount of work to do here.  Although decisions are a long way off, we are all committed to making the hall a place that the community can be proud of.

Or next round of designs will follow the survey which went out to all homes in the Prestonville area this week.  Have you returned yours? An online version of the survey is available.

Peter Golton


TheHallGetInvolved building team is : Amanda Nichols, Gareth Wellock, Richard Davies, Jane Child, David Fellows, Peter Golton


Tesco Express now takes old batteries for recycling.

Battery collection point

Tesco Express, on Dyke Road, has joined the Batteryback scheme and now has a battery recycle bin next to the checkouts. There are other recycle points in Brighton (click here for a map) but this is the only one in Prestonville at the moment. Unless you know otherwise……

Run Free on Saturday 29th May 2010

Saturday morning, Hove Park at 9am.

This Saturday morning at 9am  in Hove Park, the organisers of Parkrun are having a celebration and you are invited.

You don’t have to be an experienced runner and you don’t have to run the whole way so why not come along and do as much running as you like around the 5k circuit.

It is totally free but you need to register if you’d like to have your time recorded.

For more information, visit the Parkrun website.