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E d i t o r i a l

viva

LEWES

They say the British always talk about the weather,

and it’s true. You overhear people all the time,

discussing the topic in all sorts of tones, at all sorts

of different levels: whether they’re agreeing what

it was like last Friday to hoping what it’ll be like

next Sunday; from moaning about another spell

of rain to expressing an opinion as to whether

the uncertainty of any given day’s meteorological

constitution has led to an irony-loving stoicism in

the collective personality of the inhabitants of this

oft-sodden island.

After a rotten May and a disastrous June (unless

you’re a plant) let’s hope that the frontal system will

clear the skies of rain clouds a little more in July.

The unusual amount of sunshine we enjoyed this

spring was soaked up by many in a guilty fashion,

the pleasure of the feeling of the sun’s warmth on the

skin tempered by worries about the environmental

reasons for that pleasant spell of meteorological

beneficence. It became politically fashionable to

knock the good weather. “Lovely day we’re having!”

“Yes, but what does that signify?”

Now we’re due a bit of sunshine: we deserve it.

Damn, we need it. Just look at the outdoor events

that have been planned in and around town:

from the commedia dell’arte theatre of the Rude

Mechanicals to the slapstick magnificence of the

Raft Race; from the musical promise of the Starfish

kids in the Paddock to the polished prowess of the

Guitar Festival stars in the Gun Garden. Al fresco

entertainment? Optimism is a wonderful value.

That thing about the Brits talking about the weather

all the time: well what do you expect? Our weather

is interesting, with all its ifs and buts, its irritating

nevercantellness, its Hitchcockian twists. It’s like an

infuriating and manipulative lover who can alter our

mood at will: of course we talk about it all the time.

It’s July. Let the summer begin. Please.

The Viva Lewes Handbook is now printed on

100% sustainable, 55% recycled paper.

CONTENTS

screen printing: Brian Rice (4)

Art: Gallery round-up (7)

sculpture: Eric Gill (8)

Art: Quentin Follies (11)

Drama: Rude Mechanical Theatre (13)

Raft Race (15)

Gigs: Lewes Guitar Festival (17)

Gigs: Peter Bruntnell, Starfish (21-23)

Food: The Flying Fish (27)

Food: Bill Collison on salad (28)

We try out: Bowls (31)

Day out: Goodwood Sculpture Park (33)

Bricks and Mortar: Spences House (35)

Viva Kids: Moving on parade (37)

Lewes Districts: Phoenix quarter (38)

Column: Marina Pepper (41)

Column: Norman Baker (43)

Cricket: India and Sri Lanka (45)

Trade secrets: The Pells (46)

My Lewes: Chris Drury (62)

Cover image: ‘Cairnstone’ by Brian Rice

Graphics by Neil Gower, to whom we are, as

ever, enormously grateful

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The Art of Reproduction

Screen printing by Artizan Editions brings fine art to the masses

The unveiling of Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition

has caused the usual brouhaha in the media about

the degree to which an artist should be physically

involved in their art amidst revelations that Hirst

employs a team of painters to do the work for him.

it’s not the first time either. “i couldn’t be fucking

arsed doing it” he replied to the charge that he

had only painted five of his spot paintings. His own

efforts he described as “shit compared to... [his

assistant] Rachel. The best spot painting you can

have by me is one painted by Rachel.”

And yet the idea that ‘authenticity’ should be

measured in terms of graft continues to resurface.

Particularly in reference to the growing practice

of print-making. i visited Artizan editions, one

of the most successful screenprint workshops in

the country (used by the likes of Bridget Riley) to

find out more. “People are put off by what they

see as mass production but they don’t understand

the way that the artist is involved in the process,”

says founder, sally Gimson. “We’re here to offer

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creatively. We’re really just another of the artist’s

tools.”

so what you actually get from an ‘original edition’

is a bespoke print produced in limited supply. This

roughly translates as an original artwork that up to

sixty other people have. The artists are physically

present in the studio, design an original concept

and make the print themselves with the technical

assistance of the team. “People often think that a

print means a reproduction”, continues sally. “They

will often ask me where is the original. But i tell

them they’re looking at it”.

Not all prints are original though. “A lot of people are

actually dishonest in the way that they sell artworks.

People think that if something has a signature on

it that it’s authentic. But a lot of these are actually

repros and the artist won’t have touched them.” it

is a point echoed by Brian Rice, this month’s cover

artist, and another of the Artizan editions stable.

“There’s a lot of jiggery pokery that goes on with

so called prints. That’s why we try and refer to what

we’re doing as ‘original editions’ to distance us from

reproductions”.

From Left to right: ‘Landmarks’ by Sally McGill, ‘Ten by Ten VI@ by Sally McGill, ‘Farm Road Suite II’ by Trevor Vickers and ‘Moving by ‘Stella Maris


Printmaking used to be a purely commercial practice

and it is only fairly recently that it has moved into

the artistic arena. Brian Rice was one of the first.

“everyone always says that printmaking was first

used by Andy Warhol but actually it was a bit earlier

than that. i was making prints in the early 60s and i

wasn’t the only one. i was selling thousands of prints

then especially in the states.”

For Brian producing original prints is an almost

political act. “i’ve always thought the most important

thing about printmaking is the fact that pieces can be

sold for affordable prices. it means that as an artist

you can get your ideas out to a wider audience, and

that a different set of people can own a piece of your

artwork.” And the price difference is staggering. if

you want to buy a painting by Bridget Riley, you’re

looking at stumping up many thousands of pounds.

if you buy one of her original prints you’re looking

at a few hundred.

The image that we have chosen for our cover is

called ‘Cairnstone’ and it is an original print from

a series of four. it is inspired by Brian’s interest in

archaeology (developed during the fifteen years he

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retreated from the art world and into farming). The

design has its roots in prehistoric rock art. “it’s one

of europe’s best kept secrets”, he tells me. “There

are hundreds of rocks and boulders around, which

are carved with amazing designs. They’re not easy

to spot because they are quite weathered. You tend

to find them in remote places.”

Whilst the designs form the basis of his inspiration

they change dramatically in transition. “People

always ask me about colour”, he says. “Because

obviously the carvings are just grey. Colour has

always been important in my work, right back to the

early stuff in the 60s. i tend to tailor my colours very

much to my mood.” so what colour are you working

in now? “Well i had been using muted tones so i

must have thought i was a bit depressed but all of

a sudden i found myself adding bright yellow so i

think i’ve broken out of it.”

‘Cairnstone’ will be on display at the HQ Gallery

from July 1 th to August 12th as part of a major

exhibition of prints from Artizan editions. V

emma Robertson

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Gallery Round-up

Abstract prints, enigmatic figures and cows with attitude

Four Square Fine Arts Summer Exhibition ‘Art

on Paper’ showcases two of Britain’s most famous

contemporary painters, John Hoyland and Craigie

Aitchison, (see above) working in a medium

that is relatively new to them - print-making.

Producing prints makes a painter more accessible

to the public, as they can sell more frames

at cheaper prices. “They have both been helped

by the London-based company Advanced Graphics,

which has taught them to apply their techniques

to print,” says Sonia Crivello, who runs

the gallery space. She’s particularly excited about

Hoyland’s work. “He’s one of the most important

post-war abstract artists,” she says. “At first he

produced rather formal compositions, but he has

more recently broken his own mould and moved

on. His strength is his astute use of contemporary

colours. You don’t get the texture he achieves

with his painting, but he’s been able to convey

the vigour and tone and the boldness of his colours

very well in his prints.” Aitchison’s work is

of brightly-coloured New Testament representations

in a naïve style; a third artist, print-maker

Trevor Jones, is also on show.

Throughout the month (and for most of August,

too) the Charleston Gallery will be filled with the

fascinating paintings of Patrick Burke. Burke has

a very quiet public persona, but he can count on

some influential fans, including the revered critic

Norbert Lynton, who writes of his enigmatic,

contextless portraits, ‘There is a fine tradition of

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imaginative figure painting within modern art in

spite of all the emphasis on impressionistic and

expressionistic styles, on abstraction and surrealist

fantasy. The figures we see here belong to

this poetic tradition. It is not especially English,

though a few English painters contributed to it

brilliantly, among them Edward Burra and John

Armstrong. It belongs more to the Continent, to

France and Italy, and to some German painters of

the Twenties.”

The group of artists who run the Chalk Gallery

take it in turns to take the spotlight as ‘featured

artist’ for three week stretches. This month the

honour falls to Amy Williams, a pen and ink artist

who specialises in portraits of farmyard animals,

and especially cows (see below), in pen and ink.

If you think this sounds twee, think again. Amy’s

animals look you straight in the eye, as if to say

‘what are you looking at?’ You might remember

her work from our December issue: we commissioned

her to paint the image we used on the

cover, of a turkey with attitude.

Finally it’s worth mentioning the ‘Body of Work’

exhibition, arranged by a group of Brightonbased

artists in the Market Lane Garage. The

group is an eclectic mix of self-styled ‘cutting

edge’ artists whose work will fit the dimensions of

the vast warehouse, an excellent setting for such

projects.” V

Alex Leith

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Photograph: Alex Leith

Gill - Sans Controversy

An Eric Gill exhibition in Ditchling Museum doesn’t

dwell on the naughty bits

I’ve been fascinated by Eric Gill,

and especially the period he

lived in Ditchling, since I recently

read his biography, published in

1989, by Fiona MacCarthy. The

book, billed as ‘explosively scandalous’

in a Sunday Times quote

on its cover, did much to re-establish

the artistic reputation

of the Brighton-born arts-andcraftsman,

and a lot to destroy

his moral reputation, too.

When I’ve since mentioned Eric

Gill, most of the people who

have heard of him say things

like ‘isn’t he the one who buggered

his daughters?’ And ‘didn’t

he conduct sexual experiments

with his dog?’ They rarely mention

the important role he

played in the history of sculpting

in this country: how he influenced

Jacob Epstein to carve

straight from stone instead of

making bronze casts from clay

models; his own monumental

works in Leeds city centre and

Westminster Cathedral. The fact

that millions of people still read

his typeface, Gill Sans, every day.

(You are doing so at the moment).

Gill lived for nearly 20 years in

Ditchling, where he established

his artistic credentials, converted

to Catholicism, and organised

a self-styled religious community

around him, The Order of SS

Joseph and Dominic. The Order

was dedicated to hard work, an

ascetic lifestyle, and the creation

of sculptures, wood engravings,

headstones and pamphlets.

A number of important figures

from the arts and crafts movement

joined Gill in the village,

including Edward Johnston, Desmond

Chute and Hilary Pepler.

Gill left the village in 1924; the

Order didn’t fold until 1989.

Ditchling is still peppered with

artists’ and artisans’ studios, and

still continues to be a refuge for

those celebrities who can afford

its exorbitant house prices.

There’s currently a temporary

exhibition in the Ditchling Museum

about the important role

Gill has played in shaping Ditchling’s

personality. I arrive in the

village - my first visit - over an

hour before the museum opens.

There’s plenty to occupy me.

Gill was originally a letter-cutter,

and you can see examples

of his work on a sundial outside

the splendid Norman church,

on a badly weathered wooden

board in the graveyard, and on

a war memorial on the village

green. I also visit Sopers, his first

house, in the village centre, and

Hopkins Crank, his second, a

big farmhouse two miles down

the road on Ditchling Common.

Both now-privately-owned

houses are adorned, appropriately

enough, with engraved

stone plaques, celebrating Gill’s

time living in them.

So far, so prosaic. But what of

the artist’s enigmatic, colourful

and controversial personality?

I’m expecting to find more

about that in the museum, and

I do. This isn’t an exhibition of

his sculptures: it’s a collection

of little tit-bits from his studio,

some of which are very revealing.

A self-made calendar to

help him cross off the days before

his wedding to Mary. The

original design for his ‘Stations

of the Cross’ low-relief panels

in Westminster Cathedral, with

a self-portrait as Christ in the

10th station ‘Jesus stripped of

his clothes’. One of his smocks,

and an anecdote about how he

shocked passers-by by wearing

no underwear underneath it

while up a ladder carving Prospero

and Ariel on the façade of

BBC building in Langham Place.

A self-penned, self-designed

pamphlet called ‘Trousers and

the Most Precious Ornament’,

berating the fact that the modern-day

male organ has come to

be tucked away inside clothing.

The original plan for the sculpture

‘Mulier’, rejected by Roger

Fry (of all people) for its ‘explicit,

erotic nature.’

There’s nothing, of course, about

his sexual aberrations, details of

which biographer MacCarthy

culled from his own diaries, even

after they had been censored by

his wife after his death. Nothing

about the dilemma voiced by the

chattering classes after the book

was published, whether one

should take an interest in the art

of a man who would nowadays

be jailed for his incestuous perversions.

No matter, you would

hardly expect there to be. As I

leave the museum, I spot several

copies of the biography in its little

shop. If you go, don’t forget

to buy one on the way out. V

Alex Leith

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Museum, until October 7

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Quentin Follies

An art auction and a punk icon at Charleston Farmhouse

In its time Charleston Farmhouse was the epicentre

of the arts scene in the county and beyond, and its

importance was reflected in the magnificent art collection

that adorned its walls and the murals and

furniture decorations lovingly applied by its inhabitants,

especially Vanessa Bell and her lover Duncan

Grant.

“After Duncan Grant’s death the house got denuded

of many of its treasures,” says Cressida Bell, Vanessa’s

grand-daughter. “The house was actually rented

from the Firle Estate, and it was Deborah Gage who

realised its value and decided to try to get it back to

its former glory. The Charleston Trust was set up,

and the Quentin Bell Commemoration Fund was

organised in order to retain the art works that remained

there, and reclaim others which had been

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there, when they came up on the market.”

Cressida set up The Quentin Follies as a fundraiser

for the QBCF six years ago. “It was originally

a revue show, with comedians and singers

doing acts. The name Quentin Follies seemed

to sum up the spirit of the whole enterprise,”

she says. “Quite soon we realised a revue on its

own would not be enough to break even on the

project, so we asked a number of artists to donate

works to be auctioned, to finish the whole

event off.”

The Quentin Follies auction has become something

of an art world institution, with donations

from a wide variety of artists, which you

can view and bid for on-line, as well as, in some

cases, on the night. “Artists have been very generous

from the start, but we feel that this year

we’ve got a particularly good batch. There are

works by Patti Smith, Richard Hamilton, Peter

Blake, Humphrey Ocean, Chris Drury, Maggie

Hambling, Tom Hammick and Denis Healey,

who does us a self-portrait every year. Oh and

things by Cressida Bell, Julian Bell and Quentin

Bell, too. And a piece by Duncan Grant.

The one I’m fondest of is called Chav Finch,

by David Harrison. It’s a picture of a chaffinch

wearing Burberry.”

As we go to press Cressida is finalising the ‘ten

or so’ acts which will make up this year’s revue.

“Joanna Neary, who is a fab comedienne from

Brighton, will be there, as will Richard Dyball,

a Lewes-based comedian. There will be a balloon

dancer, and a Hinge-and-Brackett-type

duo called El ‘n’ Em. There will be a few singers,

too. I’m working on a surprise appearance

from a big name from the past.” Later I get

an e-mail from Cressida confirming who that

will be: punk icon Kirk Brandon, formerly of

Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny, playing

a short set on acoustic guitar.

Antonia Gabassi

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Rude Awakening

Five get wet in the Gun Garden? Words by Emma Robertson

Negotiating our unpredictable summer weather for

a spot of open-air theatre is about as English as, well,

Enid Blyton. It is fitting then, that this month’s al

fresco offering is based on some of her best-loved

characters, the Famous Five. However despite the

youthful source of its inspiration, this is no ordinary

children’s entertainment. And nor is it even as

straightforwardly English as it might sound. In fact

‘Five Get Famous’ is the latest offering from acclaimed

touring theatre troupe, The Rude Mechanical

Theatre Company whose performance techniques

derive directly from the Italian tradition of the commedia

dell’arte.

“It’s definitely a play for adults, although, because our

style looks a bit like a circus and is full of slapstick

all our plays are an excellent introduction to adult

theatre for children who are ready for it”, says writer

and director Peter Talbot. “There is very mild ‘adult’

humour in places but nothing that will corrupt little

minds”. As to whether Enid Blyton is an unusual

choice for a commedia dell’arte piece, Peter tells me

that many of the themes can be found in the most

English of places. “When I first started the company

we put on a series of Shakespeare plays”, says Peter.

“Although most people wouldn’t connect him with

commedia dell’arte a number of his plays have a lot

of the same themes like mistaken identities, twins

and cross dressing.”

Blyton, Peter discovered, transferred remarkably well

to the form. “The characters in commedia plays are

usually based on the traditional Italian family, which

is headed by the father figure or pantalone. In Enid

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Blyton you have a similar hierarchical structure in the

English class system”. Set in 1940 the plot contains

typical Blyton elements. “The children have been

evacuated to the seaside during the blitz and are on

their summer holidays”, I am told. “They inevitably

get caught up in an adventure which includes villains

and intrigue.” The story is self confessedly a spoof

and it lampoons a lot of the attitudes towards gender,

race and class found in her books, however Peter is

quick to defend Blyton’s name from charges of sexism

and racism. “It wasn’t that she was particularly

guilty of these things, it’s just that her work mirrored

the age. A lot of these issues just hadn’t been thought

through properly.”

“It’s Enid Blyton meets Miss Marple meets Dad’s

Army”, Peter finishes. “But it’s also a deeply poetic

look at childhood innocence and by implication the

loss of all these things in the modern world”. Five get

Famous comes to Lewes Gun Garden on Friday 13th

and Saturday 14th July.

Lewes Little Theatre’s (indoor) offering this month

is an adaptation of The Hostage by Brendan Behan.

A Brechtian-style music hall piece about the Irish

Troubles, it is set in a brothel and focuses on the

capturing of a British soldier by an inept IRA man, I

am told by director, Mike Turner. “It was originally a

straight play”, he says, “but it was transformed by the

left-wing director Joan Littlewood in the 1950s.” It

is showing from the 14th to the 21st July as part of a

series about conflict and ethnicity.

Rude Mechanicals 01323 501260

Lewes Little Theatre 01273 474882

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Photograph: Nick Williams

Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race

Start preparing your edible armoury

A little bit of the anarchic spirit which so characterises

Bonfire Night comes to the fore every

summer during the annual Lewes-Newhaven

raft race, one of the absolute highlights of our

town’s annual social calendar.

For the uninitiated, the annual event, organised

by the Lewes Round Table, constitutes a race

from Lewes Marina (more or less opposite the

Snowdrop) to Newhaven between teams of between

three and twelve men and women who

have built their own rafts according to strict

specifications, usually out of plastic barrels,

planks and pieces of scaffolding.

So far so humdrum. The real fun starts just

before the race begins, when competitors attack

one another with eggs and other sundry

foodstuffs, as they prepare to embark on their

journey, trying to demoralise their opponents

before they set off. “The joy of a direct hit is

unbridled,” says Gavin Burke, of the Ousing

Flankers, which entered the race for the first

time last year.

But the unmissable mayhem takes place around

Southease Bridge, where hundreds of specta-

tors make a day of it, preparing themselves with

a vast armoury of edible ammunition, and lying

in wait for their prey. “I was pretty terrified of

going under the bridge before the race, from

what everybody had said about it,” says Gavin.

“The reality of the bombardment was much

worse than I could have imagined. It was like

going into a war zone. We were absolutely pulverised

with everything from eggs and flour to

a disgusting mixture which seemed to be made

from Harveys, vomit and spaghetti.”

“From then on, it’s a bit of an anticlimax, as

you continue onto Newhaven, though there

is the odd sniper lying in wait,” he concludes.

“It hurts a lot when you are hit by an egg fired

from a two-man catapult. You arrive home

looking like cake mixture. It’s either to be thoroughly

recommended, or it’s not. If I go in for it

again I will think long and hard about devising

efficient on-board retaliation strategies. And

defence strategies, too. Umbrellas and dustbin

lids are an absolute must.” V

Alex Leith

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Lewes Guitar Festival

And the odd violin, too, in more venues than ever

According to organiser Laurence Hill, singersongwriter

Richard Thompson is ‘the most exciting

act we have signed up to play in the Lewes

Guitar Festival. Ever.” The former Fairport

Convention frontman, who has a vast international

following of discerning fans, will be headlining

the Saturday night gig in the ‘Big Top’

marquee in the Convent Field in front of what

will certainly be a sell-out crowd of 1500 people,

on August 3rd. The weeklong festival, fast

becoming the most important event of its kind

in the country, starts on July 30th, and features

more performers in more venues than ever .

“We’ve approached Richard’s agent pretty much

every year, with no response,” says Laurence.

“But the festival is reaching the level now that

agents are approaching us rather than vice versa,

and this is what happened in this case. We’re delighted.

He’s one of the great guitar heroes.”

Thompson has never had mainstream appeal,

but over the years has become an international

cult figure, whose albums are eagerly awaited

by guitar cognoscenti. After leaving Fairport

Convention, more or less, it seems, on a whim

in 1971, Thompson has gone on to have a solo

career peppered with surprising twists and turns

including an act with his former wife Linda

Thompson, a sojourn in a sufi commune in East

Anglia, and collaborations with musicians as

diverse as John Lydon, Michael Stipe and Pere

Ubu’s David Thomas. His song ‘1952 Vincent

Black Lightning’ is the most requested song on

the US National Public Radio.

The Friday night headliner in the big top is Seth

Lakeman (above), taking a breather in a year in

which he is touring with both Jethro Tull and

Tori Amos. Seth, from Devon, is at the forefront

of the nu-folk movement, a singer and fiddler

whose self-penned songs often tell historical tales

of incidents such as the Gresford mining disaster

and Childe the Hunter, a figure from Cornish

mythology who tried vainly to save himself from

freezing to death by disembowelling his horse

and sheltering inside the carcass. He is famous

for his amazing set-closing fiddle-offs with Jon

Sevink while touring with The Levellers. “We

see Friday as being more of a party night, with

Saturday being one for more serious music lovers,”

says Laurence.

Other acts worthy of note are spectral nu-folkster

Kate Walsh, whose album has recently been

number one in the i-tune charts, Canadian songster

Bruce Cockburn (with 23 albums under his

belt) Argentinian classical legend Jorge Cardoso,

German steel-stringer Peter Finger, and Andalusian

flamenco soloist Miguel Ochando. Rumours

of Jimi Hendrix playing a set on the top of the

Mound are completely unfounded. V

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W: St. Anne’s Terrace off Western Road

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Starfish, the Lewes-based voluntary organisation which

gives kids’ bands a helping hand with equipment, rehearsal

space and advice, is holding its third annual ‘Starfish in the

Park’ event in the Paddock.

About twenty acts will be appearing in a blow-up stage

that the organisation has rented from Littlehampton

Council (why don’t we have one?), playing an acoustic set

to an audience of 500-plus people.

Special guests are Brighton-based fingerpicking guitarist

Lee Westwood and local musician Dicken Marshall,

taking a break from the recording studio. Starfish bands

on offer include Elsa Hewitt, Shed, Ollie and Emily, Zoe

Williams, Ruby Rose, Sweet Addiction, A-Line, Surrogate

Plums, Red Skies and the Honeycuts.

It’s an alcohol-free daytime event, but there will be refreshments,

as well as kite flying, giant games, drum and

art workshops, youth information stalls and the inevitable

bouncy castle.

sat 21st July, 12-6pm, The Paddock, Lewes. Free entry.

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Bruntnell: a fine act, wherever he’s from

American rock mag Rolling Stone calls him ‘the UK’s best kept

secret’ and even though he lives in Devon he’s better known

across the pond, where he produces his albums, than he is over

here. He was born in New Zealand of Welsh parentage and

spent a lot of his formative years in Canada. Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the mixed up origins of alt.country star Peter

Bruntnell, Neil Young meets Pink Floyd in the 21st century.

Promoter Mike Lance used to run Greys in Brighton, but when

that venue shut down he moved his operation to the marquee

tent outside the Anchor in Barcombe Mills. He generally hires

US alt.country and Americana bands, so the venue is becoming

legendary on the other side of the Atlantic. Here it’s quite a

well-kept secret, one of the most intimate concert experiences

you’ll ever have. Lance calls Bruntnell ‘one of the best five acts

I have ever hired’, so get your tickets, which include a free boat

hire on the river, early.

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The Flying Fish

Great seafood tucked away in Denton

It’s my birthday, and I’m being driven to a mystery

location by my girlfriend, where I am to

have lunch with my close family. She drives me

through the Cuilfail Tunnel, turns onto the A27,

then down the A26 off the Beddingham roundabout.

Pretty soon we are on the outskirts of…

Newhaven? I look at her. She smiles. Then she

turns left into what seems like a residential estate.

Where the hell are we going?

The Flying Fish appears on our right, an incongruous

whitewashed farmhouse building amid

all the 70s suburban Lego houses. I’ve never

heard of the place. Suzie did a recce last week.

“It’s run by this French guy from Dieppe,” she

says. “He goes on the ferry every week to do a

lot of the shopping. They do great fish. Cooked

French style.” We wander in, and have a little

look around. There are a few rooms, including a

restaurant section with whitewashed walls, fishrelated

bric-a-brac and four tables. It looks like a

seafood restaurant, but it doesn’t look studiedly

like a seafood restaurant. Which means they’ve

pulled off their deception well. I immediately

like the place.

There’s a deck outside with more tables, overlooked

by a sloping lawn, but the weather’s iffy

so we settle inside. The others arrive: we are a

party of five. Mother, father, brother, girlfriend,

me. These guys know me pretty well, between

them. Coincidentally I’m wearing a stripy blue

and white sweatshirt. We order three portions

of moules marinieres as starters. I order bream

as a main course. My brother goes for a steak.

The others go for a second starter, two cassoulets

and a pancake with gruyere cheese and

scallops.

Mussels are one of the most entertaining things

to eat. Scooping up the juice with the shell, then

slurping it down your throat as you pull the

meat off the bottom shell with your teeth. Then

you chew: the combination of tastes is great. Dip

up any surplus juice with French bread, spread

with unsalted butter. My mother’s particularly

quick-handed. Luckily she’s soon sated, as I’m

sharing a bowl with her.

I’m disappointed with the look of my bream,

and a mouthful of scales after my first fork-dig

doesn’t help. The saffron-yellowed rice is too

dry, as is the spinach on top. Dieppe? It tastes

like it’s come from Tescos. Sod’s law, then, that

everyone else’s food is sensational. I try everything

out. I particularly love the cassoulet: mixed

seafood in a rich sauce covered by a gratin and a

lid of Emmental cheese. My parents don’t even

put on their ‘I could have done it better at home

for a fraction of the cost’ faces. Which is just as

well, as they’re paying. £82, with two bottles of

wine, for the record. The Flying Fish? A wellkept

secret. Until now, that is. V Alex Leith

Denton Road, Denton, Newhaven,

012 515 0

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Salad Daze

Anyone who has ever visited Bill’s will know that salad

is one of our passions. Working with the seasons,

I think it’s fair to say we like to mix it up a bit. Raw

or roasted vegetables, raw, roasted and dried fruit,

sprouted peanuts, seeds, herbs, leaves and flowers all

get used. Like children presented with a pick’n’mix

bag of sweets, hungry customers often take a moment

to have a good poke around before tucking in

and many a conversation between strangers starts

with one person looking curiously at what is on their

fork and their neighbour suggesting that perhaps it’s

some sort of radish…

It’s no wonder my generation took a while to get

into the whole salad thing. Growing up, it wasn’t

the soul-stirring feast of colour, texture and flavour

that we eat nowadays. Celery sticks were stuffed into

a jug, there was a plate of tomatoes, another plate

with a cucumber on it and some lettuce, maybe some

cress and radishes. The salad cream was the best bit,

poured like gravy over the separate bits and pieces.

But salad has put on its high heels and lippy and is

ready to party and many of our suppliers are rising

to the challenge and bringing in some really amazing

mixes, full of dazzling colours and new, unusual

flavours. Leaves, herbs and flowers buzz on the plate

and every mouthful tastes different.

Nama Yasai provide us with a range of Japanese-style

leaves, all grown organically in Lewes and delivered,

freshly picked, to our stores. Secrett’s, one of our

long-standing suppliers, is sending in fresh baby

salad leaves – fantastic blends of flavour and texture,

including Sorrel, Red Amaranth and Golden Purslane.

This summer we’re also being supplied by a cooperative

allotment at Whitehawk. Picked in the

morning and delivered straight to the stores, I’ve

never seen anything like it - a jewelled mix of salad

leaves (including tree spinach - delicate green leaves

that look like they’ve been spray painted with pink)

and herbs dotted with flowers including borage,

marigold, nasturtium and pink rose petals.

Great suppliers with great produce make our job

a lot easier - and yours too. Salad with a big wow

factor doesn’t need anything very fancy to go with

it - some grilled chicken or fish, goat’s cheese and

roasted peppers, omelette - whatever you fancy.

And if you’re starting from scratch and mixing up

your own salad, there’s not a lot to tell you, apart

from experiment. Mix up the flavours and colours

and see what you get. You can add a fancy dressing

if you like but really a slug of good olive oil and a

splash of balsamic vinegar are enough when the

bowl is already packed with flavour. V

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you, but you can forget all that, says Bill Collison. Today’s salads are

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Flat Earth Bowling

Emma Robertson can’t see the jack for the woods

It may be an unfashionable view in today’s youthobsessed

society but I’ve always regarded the

prospect of my twilight years with enthusiasm.

Perhaps it’s because life seems to revert to the

gentle pace of a fictionalised 1950s, punctuated

by crosswords, Agatha Christie,

the Archers and afternoon teas. And the

icing on the proverbial home-made cake

is the licence to play bowls. Not the noisy

ten-pin variety of course, but the dignified

sport of lawn bowling.

Not that it’s always been confined to

such a sedate demographic. Apparently

Thomas Paine was a regular player at the

town’s oldest club, the Bowling Green

Society. And, it is said he was inspired to

write ‘The Rights of Man’ after a game

there. Although ironically the club is

now something of a closed group, acquiring new

members by such non-egalitarian means as ‘invitation

only’.

However, it was the rival organisation, Lewes

Bowls Club (est. 1922), who were hospitable

enough to offer us a lesson in the rudiments of

the game. (An unnamed source had referred to

them, puzzlingly, as ‘flat earthers’. Not, it turns

out, a reference to the endurance of archaic beliefs

but a description of their green.) We arrive

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in glorious sunshine, although

an hour before the start it looked

like torrential rain would stop

play. A large contingent of club

members had turned out to be

our guides at their newly re-laid

green behind the Dripping Pan.

First up, they measure our

hands to see which size ‘wood’

we would need. (Lesson one

is not to call them balls). Next

we are shown how to stand with

one foot on the mat, take a step

forward and cast the wood - underarm,

like a pendulum - to the

jack. It’s surprisingly difficult.

The woods are weighted so they

travel in a curve rather than a

straight line. The trick is you

actually aim slightly to the right

or the left of the jack, never at

it. Still there are various terms

of encouragement designed for people who don’t

get anywhere near it. A ‘good weight’ means you

reach the level of the jack. A ‘good line’ means

it goes the right way but too far. Then there’s

the retro slang

-a ‘bit Vera’ as

in Lynn, which

means a ‘bit

thin’ i.e. your

wood doesn’t

curve in time

to land near the

jack.

After a couple of

hours I’m thinking

that the

sedentary view

of the game is a bit misconceived. There’s no

dropping of pace from the regulars though (aged

65-96) And there’s a vicious edge underneath all

that tea and gentility - especially when you get

to smash your opponent’s woods out (appropriately

called ‘firing shots’). Exhausted but happy

I’m rather relieved when Robert suggests a cup

of tea. Isn’t it about time they made it an Olym-

pic sport? V

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Goodwood Sculpture Park

Alex Leith can’t see the wood for the sculptures

I’ve been looking at the sky with some anxiety

all journey. We’re on our way to the open-air

Cass Sculpture Foundation, in Goodwood, an

hour’s drive westwards from Lewes. It’s definitely

going to rain, at some point. We haven’t

got an umbrella. And we’ve got the five year old

in tow.

There’s still some blue in the sky when we find

it, driving through interesting steel gates to the

car park beyond. We trot down the hill to the reception

centre, past a number of structures that

excite all three of us. A funny set of mirrors in

which you can see yourself five times over. An

African-looking bronze head, with breasts for

eyes. A giant sycamore helicopter in a clearing

in the woods. All in a beautiful bosky setting.

A pleasant woman gives us tickets and a leaflet.

She explains the procedure. The CSF is, in effect,

a giant sculpture gallery. Artists are commissioned

and given the materials they need by

the Foundation, which takes a cut of any final

sale. The park’s contents are constantly changing

as new pieces are commissioned, and older

ones are moved to their next destination. It is set

out as a sculpture trail: the best way to witness

it is to follow the yellow arrows, and view the

sculptures in order. There are photos of them in

the leaflet, with their price.

Of course, we love some of the pieces, and we

hate some, too. The shaggy sheep (£19,000) by

Sally Matthews is a hit. As are a stairway rising

into the sky by Danny Lane (£140,000), an ‘Icarus

Palm’ by Douglas White (£22,000) and an

abstract pair of limestone whirls by Tony Cragg

(unpriced). We’re all left cold by a scattering

of brightly painted cubes by Sophie Smallhorn

(£32,000), four pay-20p-for-a-prayer machines

by Rose Finn-Kelsey (£110,000), and a yellow

hunk of steel masonry by Anthony Caro

(£280,000).

The rain starts in earnest after our picnic at the

thoughtfully provided Deer Hut about half-way

through. Do we run back to the car and abandon

the trip we have been enjoying so much?

Do we get soaked for the sake of art? Neither,

actually. We shelter in a Tardis-like structure,

called ‘Confessional’ by Cathy de Monchaux.

It’s a comfortable interlude: the sculpture has

two leather-cushioned divans inside, and, importantly,

a roof. It’s not my favourite piece of

work, and at £104,000 it doesn’t come cheap.

But sometimes you’ve got to thank heaven for

the multi-faceted nature of modern art. V

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Spences House

A seventies apparition in a sleepy Malling cul-de-sac.

Words by Emma Chaplin, painting by Pearl Bates

Do you have an image of a 1970s dream house?

Lots of glass, leather and shagpile, one of those pod

chairs swinging from the ceiling, swinging of other

kinds, possibly? An architect in Lewes set out to

build his ideal home in Malling in 1973, and there it

still stands, in all its curvaceous glory, even though

the fate of the architect seems less positive. The

property is called Spences House, although colloquially

it is also known as The Round House, The

Castle or The Turret, perhaps because the design

seems to echo that of Lewes Castle.

I went to talk to the current owners,

Michael and Anthony, arriving

at the house to be greeted by the

squint-eyed ginger cat portrayed

in Pearl’s picture. Michael and Anthony

were kind enough to give me

a tour and tell me what they know

about the history of Spences House.

They think the architect bought

two plots at the end of a cul de sac

on which to build the house. The

garden walls are intriguingly built

in different sections, probably as a

load bearing measure. An ancient

footpath runs alongside. Spences

House is detached, surrounded by

houses from different eras. As we

walked around inside, I noticed

that there is something of a snail

shell design in the way the internal

rooms and spaces curve, winding

up and down onto different levels,

windows exposing wonderful

views in all directions, with lots

of wood and exposed brickwork.

There are almost no straight lines

in the house. Michael and Anthony

showed me the blueprints. In the

original design, there seems to be a

sunken floor in the oval lounge, not

present now. It seems the architect

ran into financial difficulties part

way through the build. They told

me they suspect he underestimated

how much it cost to render curved walls, ended up

overspending on brickwork, and had to scrimp on

the rest of the material. Local inhabitants say they

remember an angry mob of local building suppliers

outside, protesting at the lack of payment. The architect

ended up in court, and in jail, apparently. So

rather sadly, it seems he never did get to live in his

ideal house. In fact it’s believed that he died falling

off another house he built. V

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I can still remember my first day at senior

school - a mixture of terror and excitement,

stepping in to the unknown at the tender age

of eleven. Sadly, no memory remains of an

equally momentous event - last day at primary

school. Luckily, thanks to the innovative PATINA

arts project, set up by local parents in 2001

to provide high quality creative opportunities

for kids, this fate doesn’t await Lewes District

Year Sixes. ‘Moving On’, now in its sixth year,

has become an important rite of passage for

Lewes children, whilst the colourful, noisy, traffic-stopping

parade is rapidly becoming an

event looked forward to by local residents and

businesses alike.

Twenty-one schools are involved this year, and

each school will be visited by one of six local

artists involved in the scheme. Raphaella Sapir,

one of the artists and the overall production

manager for the event, explained the process

to me. “Initially we visit the schools and the

children brainstorm creative ideas for costumes

based on the carnival’s theme”. (This year the

theme is ‘Thank you for the music’). “The artist

then takes the ideas away and adapts them

so that they can be practically achieved, and

then returns to the school. There are then three

full days of intense activity, with the children

heavily involved in the creative process of

turning their initial costume ideas into glorious

reality”. At this stage, they are also

helped by year nine students

from P rior y,

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where

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needed. Each

year, six schools are

also chosen to play music

in the parade, using a variety of

fantastic homemade instruments crafted from

scrap metal. “These schools are also visited by

our music coordinator, Dicken Marshall, who

helps them bring even more life to the event.”

Raphaella was also very keen to highlight the

unseen effort; “People like Peta King (Kings

Framers) and Stevie Auden, (Oyster Lingerie)

work incredibly hard in the background and

the event simply couldn’t go ahead without

them.”

The parade takes place on Friday 13th July,

starting at 12.30pm in The Paddock. The procession

winds its way through the town and

the High St, before returning to the Paddock

for an hour-long live music festival featuring

bands from another fantastic local initiative,

the Starfish Youth Music project. We suggest

a long lunch, spent on New Road, the High St

or Fisher Street celebrating the incredible creative

talent of your children. Also, if you can,

please dig deep in to your pockets and join

local businesses like Rees Elliot (overall sponsor),

Herbert Scott and Bill’s whose financial

efforts help to make this great event possible.

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Phoenix Industrial Estate

Can a new quarter rise from the flames of the ironworks’ former furnaces?

The Phoenix industrial estate is disputed territory.

Although most people in Lewes seem broadly in favour

of some kind of regeneration for the sad, asbestos-ridden

warehouses that blight our riverside, the

precise form of that development is debated, argued

about and fought over.

In fact, the rows about Angel Property’s plans for the

‘Phoenix Quarter’ have been so dominant in Lewes

life for the past year, that it’s difficult to visit the

North Street area without thinking what it could be

like. It seems to me that there are two Phoenixes:

the actual and the possible, but as former foundry

worker Paul Myles takes me on a tour of the ugliest

neighbourhood in Lewes, a third Phoenix emerges

- the historical one.

For most of the 20th Century, the Phoenix Ironworks

was one of the biggest employers in town. It

also took up a lot of space. ‘It stretched as far into

town as Waitrose,’ says Paul as we stand outside one

of the Phoenix’s handful of residential properties

in Corporation Villas, ‘and all around here was just

piles and piles of black sand that had come from the

furnaces. It was like a slag heap in a mining town,

and as kids we would come here to play and pick the

rhubarb that grew on it.’

It’s difficult to imagine this part of Lewes before

the Phoenix Causeway was built and before the

Uckfield railway was dismantled. As Paul points out

warehouses that were used for making moulds or assembling

entire bridges to make sure the parts fitted,

I struggle to overlay the images of industry he’s

describing with the silent hangars in front of me. If

this is Lewes’s industrial heart, it barely seems to be

beating.

Paul is now better known in town as a structural steel

engineer and organiser of exhibitions - including the

recent David Nash sculpture show at the Town Hall

- but when he left school, he took a job as an apprentice

at Phoenix along with several other Landport

lads. ‘We’d cross the railway on the footbridge, and

walk through the Pells and be at work in less than

ten minutes. We built bridges and ships and railways

and girders. Ironwork from here was used all over

the world. Someone told me bits of the Sydney Harbour

Bridge were made here.’

As a major employer, the Every factory provided a

canteen and a social club, and the place was busy

from dawn to dusk. ‘It was never quiet. Even the dinnerladies

in the mess would tell you how to do your

job, but then, that’s because they had actually done

our jobs during the war before the men came back.’

The iron works closed down in 1974, and Phoenix is

now home to a hodgepodge of businesses from second-hand

caravan sales, to horse supplies to a recycling

centre, upholsterers and cabinet makers. Apart

from a handful of homes - as well as the two houses

in Corporation Villas, there are a couple more in

Spring Street - the Phoenix seems to be built entirely

of corrugated iron, breeze blocks and asbestos.

‘I just don’t understand why so many people are railing

against the plans for this place. These buildings

are past it. I hear the arguments about traffic and

parking and pressure on schools and services, but I

honestly believe Charles Style and Angel property

are dealing with all of those issues.’

‘I think if there wasn’t such a focus on retail units,

maybe people would be more supportive,’ I offer.

‘I don’t get that argument either. If there was a

Marks and Spencer here, people would come from

miles around instead of going to Tunbridge Wells or

Brighton. That’s got to be good for us, hasn’t it?’

We step over litter and hack past weeds that line the

river wall and look across at Tesco. Paul points out

the gargoyles on Tesco’s roof.

‘See over there?’

I put my specs on and realise that Tesco’s gargoyles

are actually little phoenixes. It’s a suprisingly nice

touch. In Lewes, even corporate giants are forced

to be just a little bit quirky. Maybe the town could

cope with a few more? I can’t quite believe I just said

that. V Jo Monroe

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Painting classes every Tue, Wed & Thurs

morning £80 for 6 wk course.

Untutored Life drawing Thursday evening

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WALK’N CHALK: AUG 11

Young (11+) & Little Artists (8+)

meet alternate Sunday am,

Summer Schools throughout August.

Dairy Studio, Old Malling Farm, Lewes,

Tel: Susie on 01273 858438

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Arti-Parties for arti kids! Etch printing,

felt making, mosaics….

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STUDIO

WALL OF ART 2007

IN AID OF MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE

This disease is devastating for all those

involved; MND is a progressive, fatal condition

that causes muscle wastage: It is fairly rare

and unfortunately there is currently no cure,

and most people with MND die from it within a

few years.

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ART post card size art sale last September,

then make sure you donate a card and come

to the event this September 1 st

Its fun, lively and all proceeds go to MND

families in Lewes.

Please start thinking about donating a post

card size piece of art again this year: Contact

Susie Monnington on

01273 858438 or 07790556420.

Details are on the newsletter page at:

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Pepper’s

Revolt

Marina grins and bares it

The pretty activist cleared her throat and

continued: “So we were wondering, would

you take part in the naked bike ride?”

Tricky moment. Obviously I, like her, long

for a system of spatial planning that sees our

towns and cities transformed into pedestrian/cyclist

friendly community utopias where

we happily live work and play with no need

of motor cars. Failing that, a few decent bike

lanes and a more integrated transport system

would suffice.

My immediate thoughts, however, were

these: Leaning over handle bars is not

the best angle for my bits. Just wearing a

bra would look a bit silly. Could I procure

matching undies from Oyster Lingerie in

Lewes? Stevie (said shop owner) has, after

all, sold me the best bra of my life, lifting and

separating in ways I never thought possible

for a double J fitting.

But is it right, my thoughts continued, as

an anti-capitalist climate-change activist to

spend more on my undies than the bike itself?

Could I get away with a bikini? Is cycling

while wearing a bikini that controversial

in a seaside town?

Noticing I’d gone quiet, the bike ride organiser

continued: “You don’t have to go naked.

The idea is to go as bare as you dare.”

Daring in that department has never been an

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four years as a councillor does to you. Could

the sight of my swinging mammaries inspire

people to trade their car in for a bike?

Could my pert bottom and toned thighs - or

indeed anyone else’s - persuade people to cut

up their supermarket loyalty cards and order

an organic veggie box?

“The thing is,” I replied, after some time.

“I’ve already promised my inaugural naked

protest to the anti-incinerator lobby. “Over

my naked woad-painted body,” I’d said when

the waste local plan fingered Newhaven for

a burner. “On a horse, probably.”

My mind was off again. Sitting trot, rising

trot or canter? Without under-wire support

a gallop might make best use of centrifugal

forces.

Tom Paine said: “We have the power to

build the world anew.” The naked bike ride

protest shares this sentiment. However, the

event was deemed a success merely because

there were no arrests.

My housemate, meanwhile informs me her

workmates missed the environmental message.

They were however keen to report on

the variously sized appendages and protuberances

whizzing past. We might have the

power, Tom, but I fear all of us are still groping

for it. V

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The end of an era at the Sussex Express

Photograph: Katie Moorman

Rather quietly, and without very much ceremony,

a little idiosyncrasy of Lewes was lost for ever

recently. Or rather retired, for I am talking about

the disappearance of John Eccles from the Sussex

Express.

Now he’s gone, I can be nice about him, without

being accused of trying to curry favour with a

journalist. Because I like John.

He had been with the Sussex Express probably

longer than anyone else. I don’t know anyone -

including John himself - who call tell me exactly

when he started, but best estimate is sometime

in the late 1970s. A bewildering array of editors,

sub-editors and reporters have come and gone

through that period, but throughout John remained

as Chief Reporter for Lewes.

One of his most endearing qualities as a journalist

was that he clearly cared very much about

Lewes - indeed, it was difficult to get him interested

in anywhere else. I recall once offering

him a strong story which clearly interested him

until he discovered that it related to Glynde, not

Lewes. “But it’s not very far away, “I protested

in vain.

John knew the personalities and the history,

which came through in his writing. Most of all,

he was instinctively at one with the hidden pulse

of the town. He

was also instinctively

on the side of

the underdog, the

independent, the

maverick, which,

you might argue,

reflects Lewes as a

town.

He was also, it has

to be said, a little

laid back, even

cavalier, on occasions.

I recall at

one election count,

well into the early

hours, he produced

something

not far removed

from a box brownie

to snap myself and one David Bellotti. The

resulting bad and blurred photograph that made

it to the paper made us look old, worn out, and

dishevelled, but John’s spirited defence was that,

well, that captured the moment.

On another occasion, he ran a story about a

Lewes house that had been knocked down, citing

the history of it in some detail. The next week’s

paper had a furious letter from a woman called

Molly pointing out that the story was totally

wrong, the house hadn’t been demolished, and

indeed that she was living in it. A difficult moment

was saved by the sub-editor, who headed

the letter “Good Golly, Miffed Molly”.

With John gone, the Sussex Express has lost a

touch of its charm and bite, not helped by the

fact that the paper seems to have decided to

all but stop covering politics, here in the most

political town I know, instead concentrating on

so-called human interest stories, a trend that has

only accelerated since John left.

In the meantime, we still have Rouser, which

John writes one day a week, and John is, thankfully,

still around the Lewes pubs, where, next

time we bump into each other, he can buy me a

pint of Harvey’s. V

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Picutre of Ranji courtesy of Sussex CCC

Indian Summer

The arrival of the tourists brings to mind a latterday Sussex hero

This month’s bewildering assortment of both

cricketing and non-cricketing entertainment at

the County Ground in Hove begins with the

undemanding fripperies of Twenty20, the frenetic

pace of which would have puzzled William

Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury who described

cricket as ‘organised loafing’.

A four day match against the Indian touring

team begins on Saturday, July 7th. Sussex is the

only county to play the tourists this summer; appropriate,

perhaps, considering the illustrious

line of Indian princes who graced the six martlets.

Some readers will remember the Nawab

of Pataudi from the 1960s. KS Ranjitsinhji was

one of the greats, the first batsman to score 3000

runs in a season. Among his myriad admirers was

Brighton-born artist, Eric Gill, who wrote in his

autobiography, ‘Even now when I want to have a

little quiet wallow in the thought of something

wholly delightful and perfect, I think of ‘Ranji’

on the County Ground at Hove.’

Ranji’s nephew K.S. Duleepsinhji

scored 333 in a day against Northamptonshire

at Hove in May 1930.

His uncle, the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar,

cabled the club, ‘Congratulations

to Duleepsinhji for his fine

score, and hope that he will score his

team many more and that he will uphold

honour of English cricket and

Indian name.’

Ranji was not always so generous

in his praise. In the same year,

Duleepsinhji accumulated 173 for

England against Australia at Lord’s

before being caught at long off, at

a quarter past six, attempting a big

hit off Grimmett. Ranji, gnawing his

umbrella handle in the pavilion was

heard to mutter “the boy was always

careless.”

His 333 remained the highest score

by a Sussex player until Murray

Goodwin scored 335 not out at Hove

in 2003. It was not Goodwin, but a

fellow Zimbabwean who once told

the Sunday Times, ‘Cricket civilises

people and creates good gentlemen.

I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe. I

want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.’ I suppose

we accorded Robert Mugabe’s pronouncements

more respect in 1984.

The other visitors to Sussex this month are Sri

Lanka ‘A’. Their first fixture is a three day match

against MCC at Arundel commencing July 10th,

and they return to play Sussex at Hove on July

19th.

Last and decidedly not least, Hove will be the

venue for a concert by uber-bland boyband, Mc-

Fly on July 28th. Not cricket? Well yes, but consider

the Sheffield Star of September 20th last

year, which reported that members of McFly

had set off the fire alarm playing cricket backstage

before a concert at the Sheffield arena.

The ball hit the alarm and caused a two hour

delay in preparations. V David Jarman

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Trade Secrets

Every month we ask Lewes personalities about the ins and outs of their

business. This month Pells Pool manager Phil Ransley

Name: Phil Ransley

What do you do? In the summer, between April and

September, I’m the manager of the Pells Pool Community

Association.

What does that entail? Basically, I’m in charge of

the team at the pool, taking money or checking season

tickets as people come in, acting as lifeguards and

running the kiosk. We open from 12-7pm, but the

staff are here from 10am to make sure that the pool

and grass area are clean and safe to use.

How long have you been running the show? I’ve

been at the pool for the past five summers and in

charge for three.

How long has the pool been open? It’s the oldest

open-air swimming pool in the country - opened in

1860. Apparently the current 46m long pool is built

inside a larger original tank, and I believe that our

grass area was once a second pool.

Can the pool be used at other times? It can be

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hired by schools and for private parties. Southover

Bonfire Society recently had a party with a live band,

so the space is very flexible.

How much does it cost for a swim? £3.80 a day for

adults and £2 for kids.

What about season tickets? £63 for adults, £37 for

kids and £145 for a family of four.

What can i buy in the kiosk? Biscuits, crisps, pizza,

chips, pasta plus hot and cold drinks. We also sell

loads of ice-creams. There is also a small range of

goggles and floats.

Who uses the pool? From 12-3 it’s mainly mums

and toddlers. From 4-7pm there are more afterschool

teenagers. At 4pm it’s as if someone turns the

volume right up…

is their anything that annoys you about the job?

Sadly we’ve recently suffered increasing levels of

vandalism. Over the summer we had a major theft

of ladders - which will cost over a thousand pounds

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to replace, and more recently it’s been people smashing

up the changing room doors and leaving broken

glass around the place. It can be immensely disheartening

when you find the damage first thing in the

morning.

so is that why you don’t open until noon? It’s a

factor, because we have to make sure the area is safe.

However, the main reason is our antiquated filtration

system, which means that seven hours a day is about

the most time we can guarantee to keep the water

clean and clear.

What is your favourite shop in Lewes? I live in

Eastbourne, so I tend not to shop much in Lewes

- but I am a fan of Caffé Nero which has a friendly

atmosphere and staff

Recommend somewhere to eat out? My last meal

out was in ASK.

What sort of business do you think Lewes needs

to attract? Teenagers using the pool say there’s no

nightlife.

Would a redeveloped Phoenix area be good for

the town? A quality redevelopment and improved

flood defences can only help.

Could you do anything to make your business

greener? We use treatments which are eco-friendly

as much as we can and the water itself is sourced

from a local spring. We also encourage our customers

to recycle their rubbish.

Any expansion plans? Grand plans will depend

upon getting a decent grant, but we always try to

make improvements with the limited money (and

unlimited goodwill) at our disposal.

is there anything you always get asked? “Is it

cold?” and “is it heated?” which is answered with “yes

- by the sun”

share a top tip with our readers: It’s never too cold

to swim at the Pells... V

interview by Nick Williams

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Local tradespeople for your business, home and garden

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Welcome to the Lewes Directory, your essential guide to many of the businesses and services on offer in the

Lewes District. Every month the directory gets bigger, and this month, as well as expanding the health and

wellbeing pages, we have also started to include a number of business to business and car service companies.

It is vitally important to us that the services advertised in the Viva Lewes Handbook are offering good value

and great service. To make sure this is the case, we will be publishing regular reviews of the various services

on offer. So if you have any feedback, positive or negative, let us know via feedback@vivalewes.com.

Also, if you are a local business which is currently not represented in the directory, and would like the

opportunity to advertise from as little as £5 plus VAT per month, then call 01273 488882, or email

advertising@vivalewes.com.

Please note that though we aim to only take advertising from reputable businesses, we cannot guarantee the

quality of any work undertaken, and accept no reponsibility or liability for any issues arising.

Dr Simonne Carvin

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Acupuncture

Richard Mudie 01273 684178

Roger Murray 01273 473912

Hanna Evans 07799 417924

Alexander Technique

Adele Gibson 01273 473168

Allergy Testing

Robin Ravenhill 01273 470955

Aromatherapy

Marianna Lampard

01273 483471

Baby Massage

Dafna Bartle 01273 470955

Beauty & Massage Therapist

Melanie Verity 01273 470908

Bowen Therapist

Rita Eccles 01273 488009

Chiropractor

Dr. Trevor Mains .01273 473473

COUNSELLOR

Ruth M. Sheen

BA(Hons); MSW; CQSW;

Post Grad Diploma Counselling

01273 486338

Cranio sacral Therapy

Natalie Mineau 01273 470955

Counselling

Maggie Turner 07944481858

Lewes Counselling Services

01273 390331

Tanya Smart 07790 979571

Counsellor & integrative Arts

Camilla Clark 01273 483025

Cosmetic Treatment

Simonne Carvin 01273 474428

DYNAMiC HeALiNG VoiCe

working with chakra energy

regular classes and workshops

Adrienne 0 981 226 568

www.thevoiceproject.co.uk

electrolysis and Beauty

Kim Cook 01273 476375

emotional Freedom Technique

Kathy Johnson 01273 487464

eurythmy

Harmonizing Body, Mind &

spirit. Kishu Wong

012 66

Facial Rejuvenation Massage

Angie Asplin 01273 470955

Homeopathy

DuNCAN FReWeN Bsc, Lic.

For CHIROPRACTIC or

HOMEOPATHY

At the Equilibrium Clinic

Tel: 01273 470955

Nicki Hutchinson 01273 470955

Amanda Saurin 01273 479383

Pat Eynon 01273 4883

Hannah Scarlett 01273 480083

Sarah Worne 01273 480089

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Hypnotherapist

Mary O’Keefe 07774 050466

Richard Morley 01273 470955

Richard Slade 01273 470955

Michael Lank 01273 479397

Life Coaching

Butterfly 0800 2983798

Benna Madan 01273 470842

Zara Tippey 0845 4569816

Massage Therapist

Helen Willis 01273 242969

Pam Hewitt 01273 403930

Medical Herbalist

Sherie Gabrielle 01273 473256

Myo-Reflex Therapist (Physio)

Birgitt Auer 07966 936390

Nutrition

Claire Hicks 01273 470955

Annie McRae 01273 470543

Pilates

Silvia Laurenti 01273 470955

Bridgette Lee 01273 470955

osteopathy

Simon Murray 01273 403930

Physiotherapy & sports injury

Physiotherapy and

sports injury Clinic

Nigel Baker

(BSc, MCSP, SRP)

Southdown Sports Club

012 806 0

Psychotherapy and supervision

Rosalind Field 01273 40116

Podiatrists

Clive Jones 01273 475000

spritual & Crystal

Healing

Helen Piniger

01 2 91 5

sports Massage Therapist

Bill Jeffries 01273 471965

Tai Chi

Paul Tucker 01273 470955

Yoga

Anita Hall 07764 580767

Lesley Rowe 07791 521736


Health and Wellbeing

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Bespoke Kitchens

Hartley Quinn Wislon

01273 401648

Peter Rogan 01273 513478

Building and Landscaping

Steve Holford 01273 475485

Building and Decorating

Marc Cable 0773 9127901

Building Maintenance

Ray Shaw 01273 477636

Building services

Corey Pegler 01273 486776

Business services

Carpentry

Goodman-Burrows 01273 483339

Phil Day 07813 326130

Ceramic Restorer

Sarah Burgess 01273 479099

Chimney sweep

Mark Owen 01273 514349

Corgi Gas Boiler servicing

Dereck Wills 01273 472886

DRuM AND

PiANo LessoNs

Beginners to Intermediate

Call Luke on 01273 479184

0782 8298507

electrical Contractor

Robin Shoebridge 01273 515169

Glazier

Castle Glazing

Dave Dryburgh 01273 472697

i T / Computer support

Geeks on Wheels

0800 107 4111

David Kemp 01273 475727

sol Hoch (Apple Mac support)

012 0155

Joinery services

Parsons Joinery 01273 814870

Landscape Gardening / Design

Woodruffs 01273 4708431

Phil Downham 01273 488261

Alex Hart 01273 401962

Languages

Spanish Lessons

Call Adriana Blair

41A St. Anne’s Crescent, Lewes

01273 476982

Email: napb@fsmail.net

TREE SURGERY

& GARDENING

Martin Ashby

T: 01273 476539

Mobile: 07754 041827

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Business, Home & Garden

oriental Rug seller

Painter & Decorator

Steve Dartnell 01273 478469

P. Moult 01825 714738

PAINTING & DECORATING

& general handyman service

012 2 091 / 0 962 9 0 0

timmarksmith@hotmail.com

Plumbing & Heating

Plumbcare 0845 6421799

Keri Lindsay & Berty Richer

01273 476570

Private Car Hire

South Coast Executive

Travel Services

01273 510184

Removals & House Clearance

Benjamin Light 07904 453825

Roofing services

Richard Soan 01273 486110


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GM Taxis 01273 473 737

Lewes District Taxis Ltd 01273 483 232

Lewes Hackney Carriages 01273 474 444

Len’s Taxies 01273 488 000

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S & G Taxis 01273 476 116

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Useful Numbers:

Emergency/Utilities

Electricity and Gas 0800 783 8866

Gas Emergency 0800 111 999

Water Emergency 0845 278 0845

Floodline 0845 988 1188

BT Fault Line 0800 800 151

Lewes Victoria Hospital

01273 474153

Sussex Police (non-emergency)

0845 607 0999

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Transport

Gatwick Enq 0870 000 2468

Heathrow Enq 0870 000 0123

National Rail 08457 484950

Public Transport Travel line

0870 608 2608

Other

Childline 0800 1111

Citizens’ Advice 01273 473082

Lewes Chamber of Commerce

01273 488212

Lewes District Council

01273 471600

Lewes Library 01273 474232

Lewes Tourist Info 01273 483448

The Samaritans 08457 90 90 90


Restaurants and Take Aways

shanaz

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with

great food

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friendly staff

012 88028

Bill’s Produce store

56 Cliffe High Street

01273 476918

Beijing Restaurant

13 Fisher St, Lewes

01273 487 654

Casbah

146 High Street, Lewes

01273 472441

Cheese Please

46 High Street Lewes

01273 481048

Circa

Pelham House Lane, Lewes,

01273 471 333

Dilraj

12 Fisher St, Lewes

01273 479 279

LAPoRTe’s

Local and organic Food

1 Lansdown Place

012 881

Lazzati’s Restaurant

17, Market St, Lewes

01273 479539

Lewes spice

32 Lansdown Place, Lewes

01273 472 493

Panda Garden Chinese

162 High St, Lewes

01273 473 235

Pizza express plc

15 High St, Lewes

01273 487 524

seasons of Lewes

199 High St, Lewes

01273 473 968

shanaz

83 High St, Lewes

01273 488 028

south street Fish Bar

9 South St, Lewes

01273 474 710

spring Barn Farm

Kingston Road, Lewes

01273 488450

The Brasserie

Cliffe High St, Lewes

01273 472 247

The Needlemakers Cafe

West Street Lewes

01273 486258

The Friar

7 Fisher St, Lewes

01273 472 016

Yummy Yummy’s

38 Western Road,Lewes

01273 473366

Pubs

Abergavenny Arms

Rodmell, Lewes

01273 472416

Black Horse inn

55 Western Rd,

Lewes,

01273 473 653

Blacksmiths Arms

Offham, Lewes

01273 472 971

Dorset

22 Mallinsg Street Lewes

01273 474823

elephant & Castle

White Hill, Lewes

01273 473 797

Green Man

Lewes Road Ringmer

01273 812422

John Harvey Tavern

1 Bear Yard t, Lewes

01273 479 880

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Lewes Arms

1 Mount Place, Lewes

01273 473 152

Pelham Arms

High St, Lewes

01273 476 149

Royal oak

3 Station Street, Lewes

01273 474803

snowdrop inn

119 South St, Lewes

01273 471 018

Tally Ho

Baxter Rd, Lewes,

01273 474 759

The Anchor

Lewes Road Ringmer

01273 812370

The Brewers Arms

91 High St, Lewes,

01273 475 524

The Cock

Uckfield Road, Ringmer

01273 812040

The Chalk Pit inn

Offham Rd, Offham

01273 471 124

The Juggs

The Street, Kingston, Lewes

01273 472 523

The Lansdown Arms

36 Lansdown Place, Lewes

01273 480623

The Kings Head

9 Southover High St, Lewes

01273 474 628

The Meridian

109 Western Rd, Lewes

Tel: 01273 473710

The Lamb

10 Fisher St, Lewes

01273 470 950

The Rainbow inn

Resting Oak Hill, Cooksbridge

01273 400 334

The Rainbow Tavern

179 High St, Lewes

01273 472 170

The swan

30a Southover High St, Lewes

01273 480 211

Volunteer inn

12 Eastgate St, Lewes

01273 476357

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Name: Chris Drury

Profession: I call myself an artist, but people who

like to categorise things refer to me as a Land Artist.

It was a term coined in the 1960s in America for people

who went into the landscape and altered things.

Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty was an early example.

What work have you done locally? I did the Vortex

basket weave project in the grounds of Lewes castle

in 1994. In 2005, we finished work on the Heart of

Reeds biodiversity project on the old railway land.

The design of it is taken from patterns of flow in the

heart. It seems to have entered into Lewes culture. A

dance festival took place there, and I love that. Then

there’s the Fingermaze in Hove Park, which I made

with Drew Cane, the Lewes landscape contractor, in

2006.

Are you local? I was born in Sri Lanka, but brought

up in Burwash and I’ve lived in this area most of my

life. I’d come through Lewes on the way to Brighton

as a teenager, see Mount Caburn and wish I lived

here so I could walk up it. I moved to Lewes, near

the Grange, in 1982.

What do you like about Lewes? Weird customs.

It seems to have that reputation for dead cats and

witches. I love the compactness, the fact that you

can walk everywhere. I love the smallville nature of

the place. I have lots of friends here. My kids were

brought up in Lewes, and I have a grandchild here.

What do you dislike about Lewes? I don’t dislike

anything. I don’t want to live anywhere else.

What’s your favourite pub? I don’t go to many. The

Lewes Arms or the Kings Head. Or pubs you can

reach by walking over the Downs.

Waitrose or Tesco? Waitrose. I also like the butcher

at the Riverside, Lansdown Health and Bill’s.

What do you think about traffic wardens? I don’t

like getting tickets but we need to be discouraged

from using cars. I’d like most of Lewes to be pedestrianised.

Which newspaper do you read? I’m a typical middle

class Lewes person. I read the Guardian.

What’s your favourite part of Lewes? I love seeing

the castle lit up from my house in the evening,

especially through the trees of the Grange. I also enjoy

listening to the bells of Southover Church in the

early evening.

What’s your favourite view in Lewes? Down

School Hill and up to the Downs beyond.

How would you spend a perfect sunday afternoon?

Breakfast in bed. Eggs, bacon, croissant. Going

for a long walk to a pub, being back in time for

an early evening meal. Watching the telly.

What was the last piece of music you put on?

Breath by Mercan Dede. Wailing Turkish jazz. It was

chosen by Kay, my wife.

Recommend somewhere to eat. I love Seasons,

they do excellent catering for parties. And the Ram

at Firle does a great fish pie.

What does Lewes need? To resist chains creeping

in round the edges.

What do you think about the Phoenix development?

It’s likely to take the heart out of the town,

but it’s probably inevitable.

What foreign country you would recommend?

Chile. Mongolia. Antarctica, but don’t go there!

www.chrisdrury.co.uk

interview by emma Chaplin

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Photograph: Katie Moorman


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