To see out 2020 with a community-wide ray of light, please join us with your own winter display at home.

We will turn on our illuminations with you at 
The Big Switch On on Sat 28 Nov at 6pm by lighting one of the community trees on The Green, where you can add your own decorated messages.
  • Don't turn your lights on yet!
  • Sign up before Weds 25 Nov
  • Complete the form to get yourself on the map
  • Spread the word - display and share a poster 
  • Chat on the Facebook Event discussion 
  • Join The Big Switch On!
Maps identifying locations of illuminations will be available from from sunrise on Sat 28th Nov

Keep up to date by choosing 'interested' or 'going' on our
Facebook Event Page or checking in on our web page

The Lamplighters of Westdene
What a Magnificent Community Westdene is!

Fare thee well Witches of Westdene for 2020
They were blown away by your Halloween party
When their incantation summoned a giant Blue Moon
Rose tens of houses of impending doom

The Bone Shack was shaking, Guthrie's Ghoulish Ground rumbling
When out of The Witches Tavern came tumbling…
The people of Westdene venturing out for the night
Haunting the streets, cackling and looking for frights

At Graveyards and Dungeons they gathered entranced
While the Witches of Westdene, oh how they danced
Giant Spiders, Silhouettes and Lost Souls on Poles
Dungeons, Bone Crunchers and Ghastly Ghost Dolls

Shall we summon the Witches of Westdene again
​To make maps and cast spells and ward off the rain?

Check out the photo gallery here 
The Barn is now closed until at least December 2nd with the exception of a small number of educational activities.

During the closure, the Barn will be further upgraded with a keyless electronic door lock system to further reduce the possibilities of infection transmission through touch.

Restrictions and Government rules
In line with Government rules the Barn will be closed for events and activities with these exceptions:
  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that is part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
Hirers who believe that their activities and events fall under these categories and have some evidence to support this (eg guidance from their governing bodies) should let us know. We have to be strict about this because, quite apart from our desire to keep people safe, there will be penalties for individuals and organisations who ignore or misinterpret the rules.

Keeping You Informed
New improved community noticeboards dotted around Westdene will keep you in the picture and the Barn noticeboards, inside and out will be updated frequently. 
Make sure you are signed up to our e-newsletter and like our Facebook Page for the latest information.

Hiring The Barn
More about the space, visit our Barn Hire page. By all means get in touch with Dave Burton ​
Westdene Community Lunch volunteers prepare and serve meals that you can eat in good company.
They would like to address issues of loneliness and isolation amongst older people in our community by creating opportunities for them to feel more a part of it.
To receive a meal or to volunteer, please contact Charlotte Hastings 
More here

The Withdean Westdene Woods and Eldred Avenue Copse Keepers have been looking after our Local Nature Reserves for over 25 years. TWEACK and FoWDG work closely together.  Please participate with any help you can give, such as outdoor workdays or projects. 
If you want to get involved. Mike would love to hear from you! 
More here
Westdene Playground is going to be redeveloped and so far a nursery has raised £8,500.  £1,500 is needed to reach £10,000 to bring the total to £50,000 for a safe and inclusive playground. Works will begin spring 2021. 
Please follow this link to contribute

The Local Action Team (LAT) are affiliated to Brighton & Hove City Council and in particular to the Neighbourhood and Communities (Safe in the City) department. It is about sharing information like warnings of scams, burglaries, thefts, missing persons in the area, safety in the community and enhancing the neighbourhood. It is about advertising reliable workmen/women and services. It is about caring for others in the community. We also maintain a Facebook group titled Withdean & Westdene Local Action Team Community Group.  Please join us. Contact: | 07710 521214 Facebook Page

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Every penny raised through hire of The Barn, activities and events contributes towards keeping The Barn open and creating exciting events and projects for everyone to enjoy together.
We are always looking for your involvement and ideas - so get in touch!
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Friends of Westdene Green Ltd is a Charitable Company Reg No EW57741and Community Benefit Society registered with the Financial Conduct Authority under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Reg No 7384. 
​Registered address 49 Dene Vale Brighton BN1 5ED

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