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E d i t o r i a l<br />

viva<br />

LEWES<br />

They say the British always talk about the weather,<br />

and it’s true. You overhear people all the time,<br />

discussing the topic in all sorts of tones, at all sorts<br />

of different levels: whether they’re agreeing what<br />

it was like last Friday to hoping what it’ll be like<br />

next Sunday; from moaning about another spell<br />

of rain to expressing an opinion as to whether<br />

the uncertainty of any given day’s meteorological<br />

constitution has led to an irony-loving stoicism in<br />

the collective personality of the inhabitants of this<br />

oft-sodden island.<br />

After a rotten May and a disastrous June (unless<br />

you’re a plant) let’s hope that the frontal system will<br />

clear the skies of rain clouds a little more in July.<br />

The unusual amount of sunshine we enjoyed this<br />

spring was soaked up by many in a guilty fashion,<br />

the pleasure of the feeling of the sun’s warmth on the<br />

skin tempered by worries about the environmental<br />

reasons for that pleasant spell of meteorological<br />

beneficence. It became politically fashionable to<br />

knock the good weather. “Lovely day we’re having!”<br />

“Yes, but what does that signify?”<br />

Now we’re due a bit of sunshine: we deserve it.<br />

Damn, we need it. Just look at the outdoor events<br />

that have been planned in and around town:<br />

from the commedia dell’arte theatre of the Rude<br />

Mechanicals to the slapstick magnificence of the<br />

Raft Race; from the musical promise of the Starfish<br />

kids in the Paddock to the polished prowess of the<br />

Guitar Festival stars in the Gun Garden. Al fresco<br />

entertainment? Optimism is a wonderful value.<br />

That thing about the Brits talking about the weather<br />

all the time: well what do you expect? Our weather<br />

is interesting, with all its ifs and buts, its irritating<br />

nevercantellness, its Hitchcockian twists. It’s like an<br />

infuriating and manipulative lover who can alter our<br />

mood at will: of course we talk about it all the time.<br />

It’s July. Let the summer begin. Please.<br />

The <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> Handbook is now printed on<br />

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screen printing: Brian Rice (4)<br />

Art: Gallery round-up (7)<br />

sculpture: Eric Gill (8)<br />

Art: Quentin Follies (11)<br />

Drama: Rude Mechanical Theatre (13)<br />

Raft Race (15)<br />

Gigs: <strong>Lewes</strong> Guitar Festival (17)<br />

Gigs: Peter Bruntnell, Starfish (21-23)<br />

Food: The Flying Fish (27)<br />

Food: Bill Collison on salad (28)<br />

We try out: Bowls (31)<br />

Day out: Goodwood Sculpture Park (33)<br />

Bricks and Mortar: Spences House (35)<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> Kids: Moving on parade (37)<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Districts: Phoenix quarter (38)<br />

Column: Marina Pepper (41)<br />

Column: Norman Baker (43)<br />

Cricket: India and Sri Lanka (45)<br />

Trade secrets: The Pells (46)<br />

My <strong>Lewes</strong>: Chris Drury (62)<br />

Cover image: ‘Cairnstone’ by Brian Rice<br />

Graphics by Neil Gower, to whom we are, as<br />

ever, enormously grateful<br />

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S C r E E n p r i n t i n g<br />

The Art of Reproduction<br />

Screen printing by Artizan Editions brings fine art to the masses<br />

The unveiling of Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition<br />

has caused the usual brouhaha in the media about<br />

the degree to which an artist should be physically<br />

involved in their art amidst revelations that Hirst<br />

employs a team of painters to do the work for him.<br />

it’s not the first time either. “i couldn’t be fucking<br />

arsed doing it” he replied to the charge that he<br />

had only painted five of his spot paintings. His own<br />

efforts he described as “shit compared to... [his<br />

assistant] Rachel. The best spot painting you can<br />

have by me is one painted by Rachel.”<br />

And yet the idea that ‘authenticity’ should be<br />

measured in terms of graft continues to resurface.<br />

Particularly in reference to the growing practice<br />

of print-making. i visited Artizan editions, one<br />

of the most successful screenprint workshops in<br />

the country (used by the likes of Bridget Riley) to<br />

find out more. “People are put off by what they<br />

see as mass production but they don’t understand<br />

the way that the artist is involved in the process,”<br />

says founder, sally Gimson. “We’re here to offer<br />

technical assistance to allow the artist to experiment<br />

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creatively. We’re really just another of the artist’s<br />

tools.”<br />

so what you actually get from an ‘original edition’<br />

is a bespoke print produced in limited supply. This<br />

roughly translates as an original artwork that up to<br />

sixty other people have. The artists are physically<br />

present in the studio, design an original concept<br />

and make the print themselves with the technical<br />

assistance of the team. “People often think that a<br />

print means a reproduction”, continues sally. “They<br />

will often ask me where is the original. But i tell<br />

them they’re looking at it”.<br />

Not all prints are original though. “A lot of people are<br />

actually dishonest in the way that they sell artworks.<br />

People think that if something has a signature on<br />

it that it’s authentic. But a lot of these are actually<br />

repros and the artist won’t have touched them.” it<br />

is a point echoed by Brian Rice, this month’s cover<br />

artist, and another of the Artizan editions stable.<br />

“There’s a lot of jiggery pokery that goes on with<br />

so called prints. That’s why we try and refer to what<br />

we’re doing as ‘original editions’ to distance us from<br />

reproductions”.<br />

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<br />

and it is only fairly recently that it has moved into<br />

the artistic arena. Brian Rice was one of the first.<br />

“everyone always says that printmaking was first<br />

used by Andy Warhol but actually it was a bit earlier<br />

than that. i was making prints in the early 60s and i<br />

wasn’t the only one. i was selling thousands of prints<br />

then especially in the states.”<br />

For Brian producing original prints is an almost<br />

political act. “i’ve always thought the most important<br />

thing about printmaking is the fact that pieces can be<br />

sold for affordable prices. it means that as an artist<br />

you can get your ideas out to a wider audience, and<br />

that a different set of people can own a piece of your<br />

artwork.” And the price difference is staggering. if<br />

you want to buy a painting by Bridget Riley, you’re<br />

looking at stumping up many thousands of pounds.<br />

if you buy one of her original prints you’re looking<br />

at a few hundred.<br />

The image that we have chosen for our cover is<br />

called ‘Cairnstone’ and it is an original print from<br />

a series of four. it is inspired by Brian’s interest in<br />

archaeology (developed during the fifteen years he<br />

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retreated from the art world and into farming). The<br />

design has its roots in prehistoric rock art. “it’s one<br />

of europe’s best kept secrets”, he tells me. “There<br />

are hundreds of rocks and boulders around, which<br />

are carved with amazing designs. They’re not easy<br />

to spot because they are quite weathered. You tend<br />

to find them in remote places.”<br />

Whilst the designs form the basis of his inspiration<br />

they change dramatically in transition. “People<br />

always ask me about colour”, he says. “Because<br />

obviously the carvings are just grey. Colour has<br />

always been important in my work, right back to the<br />

early stuff in the 60s. i tend to tailor my colours very<br />

much to my mood.” so what colour are you working<br />

in now? “Well i had been using muted tones so i<br />

must have thought i was a bit depressed but all of<br />

a sudden i found myself adding bright yellow so i<br />

think i’ve broken out of it.”<br />

‘Cairnstone’ will be on display at the HQ Gallery<br />

from July 1 th to August 12th as part of a major<br />

exhibition of prints from Artizan editions. V<br />

emma Robertson<br />

HQ Gallery 01273 487849<br />

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www.chalkgallery.org.uk<br />

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bn7 2pa. tel 01273 474477<br />

open 10.00am - 5.00pm 7 days a week<br />

Kaleidoscope<br />

16th July to 24th August<br />

featured artist every three weeks<br />

new exhibitions every six weeks<br />

the friendliest artist-led gallery in town,<br />

showcasing original, affordable art by 21<br />

professional artists<br />


Gallery Round-up<br />

Abstract prints, enigmatic figures and cows with attitude<br />

Four Square Fine Arts Summer Exhibition ‘Art<br />

on Paper’ showcases two of Britain’s most famous<br />

contemporary painters, John Hoyland and Craigie<br />

Aitchison, (see above) working in a medium<br />

that is relatively new to them - print-making.<br />

Producing prints makes a painter more accessible<br />

to the public, as they can sell more frames<br />

at cheaper prices. “They have both been helped<br />

by the London-based company Advanced Graphics,<br />

which has taught them to apply their techniques<br />

to print,” says Sonia Crivello, who runs<br />

the gallery space. She’s particularly excited about<br />

Hoyland’s work. “He’s one of the most important<br />

post-war abstract artists,” she says. “At first he<br />

produced rather formal compositions, but he has<br />

more recently broken his own mould and moved<br />

on. His strength is his astute use of contemporary<br />

colours. You don’t get the texture he achieves<br />

with his painting, but he’s been able to convey<br />

the vigour and tone and the boldness of his colours<br />

very well in his prints.” Aitchison’s work is<br />

of brightly-coloured New Testament representations<br />

in a naïve style; a third artist, print-maker<br />

Trevor Jones, is also on show.<br />

Throughout the month (and for most of August,<br />

too) the Charleston Gallery will be filled with the<br />

fascinating paintings of Patrick Burke. Burke has<br />

a very quiet public persona, but he can count on<br />

some influential fans, including the revered critic<br />

Norbert Lynton, who writes of his enigmatic,<br />

contextless portraits, ‘There is a fine tradition of<br />

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imaginative figure painting within modern art in<br />

spite of all the emphasis on impressionistic and<br />

expressionistic styles, on abstraction and surrealist<br />

fantasy. The figures we see here belong to<br />

this poetic tradition. It is not especially English,<br />

though a few English painters contributed to it<br />

brilliantly, among them Edward Burra and John<br />

Armstrong. It belongs more to the Continent, to<br />

France and Italy, and to some German painters of<br />

the Twenties.”<br />

The group of artists who run the Chalk Gallery<br />

take it in turns to take the spotlight as ‘featured<br />

artist’ for three week stretches. This month the<br />

honour falls to Amy Williams, a pen and ink artist<br />

who specialises in portraits of farmyard animals,<br />

and especially cows (see below), in pen and ink.<br />

If you think this sounds twee, think again. Amy’s<br />

animals look you straight in the eye, as if to say<br />

‘what are you looking at?’ You might remember<br />

her work from our December <strong>issue</strong>: we commissioned<br />

her to paint the image we used on the<br />

cover, of a turkey with attitude.<br />

Finally it’s worth mentioning the ‘Body of Work’<br />

exhibition, arranged by a group of Brightonbased<br />

artists in the Market Lane Garage. The<br />

group is an eclectic mix of self-styled ‘cutting<br />

edge’ artists whose work will fit the dimensions of<br />

the vast warehouse, an excellent setting for such<br />

projects.” V<br />

Alex Leith<br />

HQ Gallery 012 8 8 9<br />

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Photograph: Alex Leith<br />

Gill - Sans Controversy<br />

An Eric Gill exhibition in Ditchling Museum doesn’t<br />

dwell on the naughty bits<br />

I’ve been fascinated by Eric Gill,<br />

and especially the period he<br />

lived in Ditchling, since I recently<br />

read his biography, published in<br />

1989, by Fiona MacCarthy. The<br />

book, billed as ‘explosively scandalous’<br />

in a Sunday Times quote<br />

on its cover, did much to re-establish<br />

the artistic reputation<br />

of the Brighton-born arts-andcraftsman,<br />

and a lot to destroy<br />

his moral reputation, too.<br />

When I’ve since mentioned Eric<br />

Gill, most of the people who<br />

have heard of him say things<br />

like ‘isn’t he the one who buggered<br />

his daughters?’ And ‘didn’t<br />

he conduct sexual experiments<br />

with his dog?’ They rarely mention<br />

the important role he<br />

played in the history of sculpting<br />

in this country: how he influenced<br />

Jacob Epstein to carve<br />

straight from stone instead of<br />

making bronze casts from clay<br />

models; his own monumental<br />

works in Leeds city centre and<br />

Westminster Cathedral. The fact<br />

that millions of people still read<br />

his typeface, Gill Sans, every day.<br />

(You are doing so at the moment).<br />

Gill lived for nearly 20 years in<br />

Ditchling, where he established<br />

his artistic credentials, converted<br />

to Catholicism, and organised<br />

a self-styled religious community<br />

around him, The Order of SS<br />

Joseph and Dominic. The Order<br />

was dedicated to hard work, an<br />

ascetic lifestyle, and the creation<br />

of sculptures, wood engravings,<br />

headstones and pamphlets.<br />

A number of important figures<br />

from the arts and crafts movement<br />

joined Gill in the village,<br />

including Edward Johnston, Desmond<br />

Chute and Hilary Pepler.<br />

Gill left the village in 1924; the<br />

Order didn’t fold until 1989.<br />

Ditchling is still peppered with<br />

artists’ and artisans’ studios, and<br />

still continues to be a refuge for<br />

those celebrities who can afford<br />

its exorbitant house prices.<br />

There’s currently a temporary<br />

exhibition in the Ditchling Museum<br />

about the important role<br />

Gill has played in shaping Ditchling’s<br />

personality. I arrive in the<br />

village - my first visit - over an<br />

hour before the museum opens.<br />

There’s plenty to occupy me.<br />

Gill was originally a letter-cutter,<br />

and you can see examples<br />

of his work on a sundial outside<br />

the splendid Norman church,<br />

on a badly weathered wooden<br />

board in the graveyard, and on<br />

a war memorial on the village<br />

green. I also visit Sopers, his first<br />

house, in the village centre, and<br />

Hopkins Crank, his second, a<br />

big farmhouse two miles down<br />

the road on Ditchling Common.<br />

Both now-privately-owned<br />

houses are adorned, appropriately<br />

enough, with engraved<br />

stone plaques, celebrating Gill’s<br />

time living in them.<br />

So far, so prosaic. But what of<br />

the artist’s enigmatic, colourful<br />

and controversial personality?<br />

I’m expecting to find more<br />

about that in the museum, and<br />

I do. This isn’t an exhibition of<br />

his sculptures: it’s a collection<br />

of little tit-bits from his studio,<br />

some of which are very revealing.<br />

A self-made calendar to<br />

help him cross off the days before<br />

his wedding to Mary. The<br />

original design for his ‘Stations<br />

of the Cross’ low-relief panels<br />

in Westminster Cathedral, with<br />

a self-portrait as Christ in the<br />

10th station ‘Jesus stripped of<br />

his clothes’. One of his smocks,<br />

and an anecdote about how he<br />

shocked passers-by by wearing<br />

no underwear underneath it<br />

while up a ladder carving Prospero<br />

and Ariel on the façade of<br />

BBC building in Langham Place.<br />

A self-penned, self-designed<br />

pamphlet called ‘Trousers and<br />

the Most Precious Ornament’,<br />

berating the fact that the modern-day<br />

male organ has come to<br />

be tucked away inside clothing.<br />

The original plan for the sculpture<br />

‘Mulier’, rejected by Roger<br />

Fry (of all people) for its ‘explicit,<br />

erotic nature.’<br />

There’s nothing, of course, about<br />

his sexual aberrations, details of<br />

which biographer MacCarthy<br />

culled from his own diaries, even<br />

after they had been censored by<br />

his wife after his death. Nothing<br />

about the dilemma voiced by the<br />

chattering classes after the book<br />

was published, whether one<br />

should take an interest in the art<br />

of a man who would nowadays<br />

be jailed for his incestuous perversions.<br />

No matter, you would<br />

hardly expect there to be. As I<br />

leave the museum, I spot several<br />

copies of the biography in its little<br />

shop. If you go, don’t forget<br />

to buy one on the way out. V<br />

Alex Leith<br />

Eric Gill and Ditchling - The<br />

Workshop Tradition, Ditchling<br />

Museum, until October 7<br />

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Summer Exhibition : Art on Paper 19th June – 28th July 2007<br />

Original limited edition silkscreen and woodblock prints by John Hoyland RA, Craigie Aitchison RA and Trevor Jones<br />

John Hoyland ‘Space Borne’ 1993<br />

Craigie Aitchison ‘Indian Crucifi xion’ 2003<br />

2 Mount Place, <strong>Lewes</strong> BN7 1YH Tel: 01273 474005 Tues-Fri 10 - 4pm Sat 12 - 4pm www.foursquarearts.co.uk

Duncan Grant’s Studio by D. Manning, 2001 © the artist.<br />

Quentin Follies<br />

An art auction and a punk icon at Charleston Farmhouse<br />

In its time Charleston Farmhouse was the epicentre<br />

of the arts scene in the county and beyond, and its<br />

importance was reflected in the magnificent art collection<br />

that adorned its walls and the murals and<br />

furniture decorations lovingly applied by its inhabitants,<br />

especially Vanessa Bell and her lover Duncan<br />

Grant.<br />

“After Duncan Grant’s death the house got denuded<br />

of many of its treasures,” says Cressida Bell, Vanessa’s<br />

grand-daughter. “The house was actually rented<br />

from the Firle Estate, and it was Deborah Gage who<br />

realised its value and decided to try to get it back to<br />

its former glory. The Charleston Trust was set up,<br />

and the Quentin Bell Commemoration Fund was<br />

organised in order to retain the art works that remained<br />

there, and reclaim others which had been<br />

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there, when they came up on the market.”<br />

Cressida set up The Quentin Follies as a fundraiser<br />

for the QBCF six years ago. “It was originally<br />

a revue show, with comedians and singers<br />

doing acts. The name Quentin Follies seemed<br />

to sum up the spirit of the whole enterprise,”<br />

she says. “Quite soon we realised a revue on its<br />

own would not be enough to break even on the<br />

project, so we asked a number of artists to donate<br />

works to be auctioned, to finish the whole<br />

event off.”<br />

The Quentin Follies auction has become something<br />

of an art world institution, with donations<br />

from a wide variety of artists, which you<br />

can view and bid for on-line, as well as, in some<br />

cases, on the night. “Artists have been very generous<br />

from the start, but we feel that this year<br />

we’ve got a particularly good batch. There are<br />

works by Patti Smith, Richard Hamilton, Peter<br />

Blake, Humphrey Ocean, Chris Drury, Maggie<br />

Hambling, Tom Hammick and Denis Healey,<br />

who does us a self-portrait every year. Oh and<br />

things by Cressida Bell, Julian Bell and Quentin<br />

Bell, too. And a piece by Duncan Grant.<br />

The one I’m fondest of is called Chav Finch,<br />

by David Harrison. It’s a picture of a chaffinch<br />

wearing Burberry.”<br />

As we go to press Cressida is finalising the ‘ten<br />

or so’ acts which will make up this year’s revue.<br />

“Joanna Neary, who is a fab comedienne from<br />

Brighton, will be there, as will Richard Dyball,<br />

a <strong>Lewes</strong>-based comedian. There will be a balloon<br />

dancer, and a Hinge-and-Brackett-type<br />

duo called El ‘n’ Em. There will be a few singers,<br />

too. I’m working on a surprise appearance<br />

from a big name from the past.” Later I get<br />

an e-mail from Cressida confirming who that<br />

will be: punk icon Kirk Brandon, formerly of<br />

Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny, playing<br />

a short set on acoustic guitar.<br />

Antonia Gabassi<br />

V<br />

Quentin Follies, Charleston Farmhouse, Firle, July<br />

th, 01 2 811265<br />

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Rude Awakening<br />

Five get wet in the Gun Garden? Words by Emma Robertson<br />

Negotiating our unpredictable summer weather for<br />

a spot of open-air theatre is about as English as, well,<br />

Enid Blyton. It is fitting then, that this month’s al<br />

fresco offering is based on some of her best-loved<br />

characters, the Famous Five. However despite the<br />

youthful source of its inspiration, this is no ordinary<br />

children’s entertainment. And nor is it even as<br />

straightforwardly English as it might sound. In fact<br />

‘Five Get Famous’ is the latest offering from acclaimed<br />

touring theatre troupe, The Rude Mechanical<br />

Theatre Company whose performance techniques<br />

derive directly from the Italian tradition of the commedia<br />

dell’arte.<br />

“It’s definitely a play for adults, although, because our<br />

style looks a bit like a circus and is full of slapstick<br />

all our plays are an excellent introduction to adult<br />

theatre for children who are ready for it”, says writer<br />

and director Peter Talbot. “There is very mild ‘adult’<br />

humour in places but nothing that will corrupt little<br />

minds”. As to whether Enid Blyton is an unusual<br />

choice for a commedia dell’arte piece, Peter tells me<br />

that many of the themes can be found in the most<br />

English of places. “When I first started the company<br />

we put on a series of Shakespeare plays”, says Peter.<br />

“Although most people wouldn’t connect him with<br />

commedia dell’arte a number of his plays have a lot<br />

of the same themes like mistaken identities, twins<br />

and cross dressing.”<br />

Blyton, Peter discovered, transferred remarkably well<br />

to the form. “The characters in commedia plays are<br />

usually based on the traditional Italian family, which<br />

is headed by the father figure or pantalone. In Enid<br />

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Blyton you have a similar hierarchical structure in the<br />

English class system”. Set in 1940 the plot contains<br />

typical Blyton elements. “The children have been<br />

evacuated to the seaside during the blitz and are on<br />

their summer holidays”, I am told. “They inevitably<br />

get caught up in an adventure which includes villains<br />

and intrigue.” The story is self confessedly a spoof<br />

and it lampoons a lot of the attitudes towards gender,<br />

race and class found in her books, however Peter is<br />

quick to defend Blyton’s name from charges of sexism<br />

and racism. “It wasn’t that she was particularly<br />

guilty of these things, it’s just that her work mirrored<br />

the age. A lot of these <strong>issue</strong>s just hadn’t been thought<br />

through properly.”<br />

“It’s Enid Blyton meets Miss Marple meets Dad’s<br />

Army”, Peter finishes. “But it’s also a deeply poetic<br />

look at childhood innocence and by implication the<br />

loss of all these things in the modern world”. Five get<br />

Famous comes to <strong>Lewes</strong> Gun Garden on Friday 13th<br />

and Saturday 14th July.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Little Theatre’s (indoor) offering this month<br />

is an adaptation of The Hostage by Brendan Behan.<br />

A Brechtian-style music hall piece about the Irish<br />

Troubles, it is set in a brothel and focuses on the<br />

capturing of a British soldier by an inept IRA man, I<br />

am told by director, Mike Turner. “It was originally a<br />

straight play”, he says, “but it was transformed by the<br />

left-wing director Joan Littlewood in the 1950s.” It<br />

is showing from the 14th to the 21st July as part of a<br />

series about conflict and ethnicity.<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong> to Newhaven Raft Race<br />

Start preparing your edible armoury<br />

A little bit of the anarchic spirit which so characterises<br />

Bonfire Night comes to the fore every<br />

summer during the annual <strong>Lewes</strong>-Newhaven<br />

raft race, one of the absolute highlights of our<br />

town’s annual social calendar.<br />

For the uninitiated, the annual event, organised<br />

by the <strong>Lewes</strong> Round Table, constitutes a race<br />

from <strong>Lewes</strong> Marina (more or less opposite the<br />

Snowdrop) to Newhaven between teams of between<br />

three and twelve men and women who<br />

have built their own rafts according to strict<br />

specifications, usually out of plastic barrels,<br />

planks and pieces of scaffolding.<br />

So far so humdrum. The real fun starts just<br />

before the race begins, when competitors attack<br />

one another with eggs and other sundry<br />

foodstuffs, as they prepare to embark on their<br />

journey, trying to demoralise their opponents<br />

before they set off. “The joy of a direct hit is<br />

unbridled,” says Gavin Burke, of the Ousing<br />

Flankers, which entered the race for the first<br />

time last year.<br />

But the unmissable mayhem takes place around<br />

Southease Bridge, where hundreds of specta-<br />

tors make a day of it, preparing themselves with<br />

a vast armoury of edible ammunition, and lying<br />

in wait for their prey. “I was pretty terrified of<br />

going under the bridge before the race, from<br />

what everybody had said about it,” says Gavin.<br />

“The reality of the bombardment was much<br />

worse than I could have imagined. It was like<br />

going into a war zone. We were absolutely pulverised<br />

with everything from eggs and flour to<br />

a disgusting mixture which seemed to be made<br />

from Harveys, vomit and spaghetti.”<br />

“From then on, it’s a bit of an anticlimax, as<br />

you continue onto Newhaven, though there<br />

is the odd sniper lying in wait,” he concludes.<br />

“It hurts a lot when you are hit by an egg fired<br />

from a two-man catapult. You arrive home<br />

looking like cake mixture. It’s either to be thoroughly<br />

recommended, or it’s not. If I go in for it<br />

again I will think long and hard about devising<br />

efficient on-board retaliation strategies. And<br />

defence strategies, too. Umbrellas and dustbin<br />

lids are an absolute must.” V<br />

Alex Leith<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong> Guitar Festival<br />

And the odd violin, too, in more venues than ever<br />

According to organiser Laurence Hill, singersongwriter<br />

Richard Thompson is ‘the most exciting<br />

act we have signed up to play in the <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Guitar Festival. Ever.” The former Fairport<br />

Convention frontman, who has a vast international<br />

following of discerning fans, will be headlining<br />

the Saturday night gig in the ‘Big Top’<br />

marquee in the Convent Field in front of what<br />

will certainly be a sell-out crowd of 1500 people,<br />

on August 3rd. The weeklong festival, fast<br />

becoming the most important event of its kind<br />

in the country, starts on July 30th, and features<br />

more performers in more venues than ever .<br />

“We’ve approached Richard’s agent pretty much<br />

every year, with no response,” says Laurence.<br />

“But the festival is reaching the level now that<br />

agents are approaching us rather than vice versa,<br />

and this is what happened in this case. We’re delighted.<br />

He’s one of the great guitar heroes.”<br />

Thompson has never had mainstream appeal,<br />

but over the years has become an international<br />

cult figure, whose albums are eagerly awaited<br />

by guitar cognoscenti. After leaving Fairport<br />

Convention, more or less, it seems, on a whim<br />

in 1971, Thompson has gone on to have a solo<br />

career peppered with surprising twists and turns<br />

including an act with his former wife Linda<br />

Thompson, a sojourn in a sufi commune in East<br />

Anglia, and collaborations with musicians as<br />

diverse as John Lydon, Michael Stipe and Pere<br />

Ubu’s David Thomas. His song ‘1952 Vincent<br />

Black Lightning’ is the most requested song on<br />

the US National Public Radio.<br />

The Friday night headliner in the big top is Seth<br />

Lakeman (above), taking a breather in a year in<br />

which he is touring with both Jethro Tull and<br />

Tori Amos. Seth, from Devon, is at the forefront<br />

of the nu-folk movement, a singer and fiddler<br />

whose self-penned songs often tell historical tales<br />

of incidents such as the Gresford mining disaster<br />

and Childe the Hunter, a figure from Cornish<br />

mythology who tried vainly to save himself from<br />

freezing to death by disembowelling his horse<br />

and sheltering inside the carcass. He is famous<br />

for his amazing set-closing fiddle-offs with Jon<br />

Sevink while touring with The Levellers. “We<br />

see Friday as being more of a party night, with<br />

Saturday being one for more serious music lovers,”<br />

says Laurence.<br />

Other acts worthy of note are spectral nu-folkster<br />

Kate Walsh, whose album has recently been<br />

number one in the i-tune charts, Canadian songster<br />

Bruce Cockburn (with 23 albums under his<br />

belt) Argentinian classical legend Jorge Cardoso,<br />

German steel-stringer Peter Finger, and Andalusian<br />

flamenco soloist Miguel Ochando. Rumours<br />

of Jimi Hendrix playing a set on the top of the<br />

Mound are completely unfounded. V<br />

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Starfish, the <strong>Lewes</strong>-based voluntary organisation which<br />

gives kids’ bands a helping hand with equipment, rehearsal<br />

space and advice, is holding its third annual ‘Starfish in the<br />

Park’ event in the Paddock.<br />

About twenty acts will be appearing in a blow-up stage<br />

that the organisation has rented from Littlehampton<br />

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

to an audience of 500-plus people.<br />

Special guests are Brighton-based fingerpicking guitarist<br />

Lee Westwood and local musician Dicken Marshall,<br />

taking a break from the recording studio. Starfish bands<br />

on offer include Elsa Hewitt, Shed, Ollie and Emily, Zoe<br />

Williams, Ruby Rose, Sweet Addiction, A-Line, Surrogate<br />

Plums, Red Skies and the Honeycuts.<br />

It’s an alcohol-free daytime event, but there will be refreshments,<br />

as well as kite flying, giant games, drum and<br />

art workshops, youth information stalls and the inevitable<br />

bouncy castle.<br />

sat 21st July, 12-6pm, The Paddock, <strong>Lewes</strong>. Free entry.<br />

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Bruntnell: a fine act, wherever he’s from<br />

American rock mag Rolling Stone calls him ‘the UK’s best kept<br />

secret’ and even though he lives in Devon he’s better known<br />

across the pond, where he produces his albums, than he is over<br />

here. He was born in New Zealand of Welsh parentage and<br />

spent a lot of his formative years in Canada. Ladies and gentlemen,<br />

welcome to the mixed up origins of alt.country star Peter<br />

Bruntnell, Neil Young meets Pink Floyd in the 21st century.<br />

Promoter Mike Lance used to run Greys in Brighton, but when<br />

that venue shut down he moved his operation to the marquee<br />

tent outside the Anchor in Barcombe Mills. He generally hires<br />

US alt.country and Americana bands, so the venue is becoming<br />

legendary on the other side of the Atlantic. Here it’s quite a<br />

well-kept secret, one of the most intimate concert experiences<br />

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

I have ever hired’, so get your tickets, which include a free boat<br />

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The Flying Fish<br />

Great seafood tucked away in Denton<br />

It’s my birthday, and I’m being driven to a mystery<br />

location by my girlfriend, where I am to<br />

have lunch with my close family. She drives me<br />

through the Cuilfail Tunnel, turns onto the A27,<br />

then down the A26 off the Beddingham roundabout.<br />

Pretty soon we are on the outskirts of…<br />

Newhaven? I look at her. She smiles. Then she<br />

turns left into what seems like a residential estate.<br />

Where the hell are we going?<br />

The Flying Fish appears on our right, an incongruous<br />

whitewashed farmhouse building amid<br />

all the 70s suburban Lego houses. I’ve never<br />

heard of the place. Suzie did a recce last week.<br />

“It’s run by this French guy from Dieppe,” she<br />

says. “He goes on the ferry every week to do a<br />

lot of the shopping. They do great fish. Cooked<br />

French style.” We wander in, and have a little<br />

look around. There are a few rooms, including a<br />

restaurant section with whitewashed walls, fishrelated<br />

bric-a-brac and four tables. It looks like a<br />

seafood restaurant, but it doesn’t look studiedly<br />

like a seafood restaurant. Which means they’ve<br />

pulled off their deception well. I immediately<br />

like the place.<br />

There’s a deck outside with more tables, overlooked<br />

by a sloping lawn, but the weather’s iffy<br />

so we settle inside. The others arrive: we are a<br />

party of five. Mother, father, brother, girlfriend,<br />

me. These guys know me pretty well, between<br />

them. Coincidentally I’m wearing a stripy blue<br />

and white sweatshirt. We order three portions<br />

of moules marinieres as starters. I order bream<br />

as a main course. My brother goes for a steak.<br />

The others go for a second starter, two cassoulets<br />

and a pancake with gruyere cheese and<br />

scallops.<br />

Mussels are one of the most entertaining things<br />

to eat. Scooping up the juice with the shell, then<br />

slurping it down your throat as you pull the<br />

meat off the bottom shell with your teeth. Then<br />

you chew: the combination of tastes is great. Dip<br />

up any surplus juice with French bread, spread<br />

with unsalted butter. My mother’s particularly<br />

quick-handed. Luckily she’s soon sated, as I’m<br />

sharing a bowl with her.<br />

I’m disappointed with the look of my bream,<br />

and a mouthful of scales after my first fork-dig<br />

doesn’t help. The saffron-yellowed rice is too<br />

dry, as is the spinach on top. Dieppe? It tastes<br />

like it’s come from Tescos. Sod’s law, then, that<br />

everyone else’s food is sensational. I try everything<br />

out. I particularly love the cassoulet: mixed<br />

seafood in a rich sauce covered by a gratin and a<br />

lid of Emmental cheese. My parents don’t even<br />

put on their ‘I could have done it better at home<br />

for a fraction of the cost’ faces. Which is just as<br />

well, as they’re paying. £82, with two bottles of<br />

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Salad Daze<br />

Anyone who has ever visited Bill’s will know that salad<br />

is one of our passions. Working with the seasons,<br />

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

or roasted vegetables, raw, roasted and dried fruit,<br />

sprouted peanuts, seeds, herbs, leaves and flowers all<br />

get used. Like children presented with a pick’n’mix<br />

bag of sweets, hungry customers often take a moment<br />

to have a good poke around before tucking in<br />

and many a conversation between strangers starts<br />

with one person looking curiously at what is on their<br />

fork and their neighbour suggesting that perhaps it’s<br />

some sort of radish…<br />

It’s no wonder my generation took a while to get<br />

into the whole salad thing. Growing up, it wasn’t<br />

the soul-stirring feast of colour, texture and flavour<br />

that we eat nowadays. Celery sticks were stuffed into<br />

a jug, there was a plate of tomatoes, another plate<br />

with a cucumber on it and some lettuce, maybe some<br />

cress and radishes. The salad cream was the best bit,<br />

poured like gravy over the separate bits and pieces.<br />

But salad has put on its high heels and lippy and is<br />

ready to party and many of our suppliers are rising<br />

to the challenge and bringing in some really amazing<br />

mixes, full of dazzling colours and new, unusual<br />

flavours. Leaves, herbs and flowers buzz on the plate<br />

and every mouthful tastes different.<br />

Nama Yasai provide us with a range of Japanese-style<br />

leaves, all grown organically in <strong>Lewes</strong> and delivered,<br />

freshly picked, to our stores. Secrett’s, one of our<br />

long-standing suppliers, is sending in fresh baby<br />

salad leaves – fantastic blends of flavour and texture,<br />

including Sorrel, Red Amaranth and Golden Purslane.<br />

This summer we’re also being supplied by a cooperative<br />

allotment at Whitehawk. Picked in the<br />

morning and delivered straight to the stores, I’ve<br />

never seen anything like it - a jewelled mix of salad<br />

leaves (including tree spinach - delicate green leaves<br />

that look like they’ve been spray painted with pink)<br />

and herbs dotted with flowers including borage,<br />

marigold, nasturtium and pink rose petals.<br />

Great suppliers with great produce make our job<br />

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factor doesn’t need anything very fancy to go with<br />

it - some grilled chicken or fish, goat’s cheese and<br />

roasted peppers, omelette - whatever you fancy.<br />

And if you’re starting from scratch and mixing up<br />

your own salad, there’s not a lot to tell you, apart<br />

from experiment. Mix up the flavours and colours<br />

and see what you get. You can add a fancy dressing<br />

if you like but really a slug of good olive oil and a<br />

splash of balsamic vinegar are enough when the<br />

bowl is already packed with flavour. V<br />

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Flat Earth Bowling<br />

Emma Robertson can’t see the jack for the woods<br />

It may be an unfashionable view in today’s youthobsessed<br />

society but I’ve always regarded the<br />

prospect of my twilight years with enthusiasm.<br />

Perhaps it’s because life seems to revert to the<br />

gentle pace of a fictionalised 1950s, punctuated<br />

by crosswords, Agatha Christie,<br />

the Archers and afternoon teas. And the<br />

icing on the proverbial home-made cake<br />

is the licence to play bowls. Not the noisy<br />

ten-pin variety of course, but the dignified<br />

sport of lawn bowling.<br />

Not that it’s always been confined to<br />

such a sedate demographic. Apparently<br />

Thomas Paine was a regular player at the<br />

town’s oldest club, the Bowling Green<br />

Society. And, it is said he was inspired to<br />

write ‘The Rights of Man’ after a game<br />

there. Although ironically the club is<br />

now something of a closed group, acquiring new<br />

members by such non-egalitarian means as ‘invitation<br />

only’.<br />

However, it was the rival organisation, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Bowls Club (est. 1922), who were hospitable<br />

enough to offer us a lesson in the rudiments of<br />

the game. (An unnamed source had referred to<br />

them, puzzlingly, as ‘flat earthers’. Not, it turns<br />

out, a reference to the endurance of archaic beliefs<br />

but a description of their green.) We arrive<br />

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in glorious sunshine, although<br />

an hour before the start it looked<br />

like torrential rain would stop<br />

play. A large contingent of club<br />

members had turned out to be<br />

our guides at their newly re-laid<br />

green behind the Dripping Pan.<br />

First up, they measure our<br />

hands to see which size ‘wood’<br />

we would need. (Lesson one<br />

is not to call them balls). Next<br />

we are shown how to stand with<br />

one foot on the mat, take a step<br />

forward and cast the wood - underarm,<br />

like a pendulum - to the<br />

jack. It’s surprisingly difficult.<br />

The woods are weighted so they<br />

travel in a curve rather than a<br />

straight line. The trick is you<br />

actually aim slightly to the right<br />

or the left of the jack, never at<br />

it. Still there are various terms<br />

of encouragement designed for people who don’t<br />

get anywhere near it. A ‘good weight’ means you<br />

reach the level of the jack. A ‘good line’ means<br />

it goes the right way but too far. Then there’s<br />

the retro slang<br />

-a ‘bit Vera’ as<br />

in Lynn, which<br />

means a ‘bit<br />

thin’ i.e. your<br />

wood doesn’t<br />

curve in time<br />

to land near the<br />

jack.<br />

After a couple of<br />

hours I’m thinking<br />

that the<br />

sedentary view<br />

of the game is a bit misconceived. There’s no<br />

dropping of pace from the regulars though (aged<br />

65-96) And there’s a vicious edge underneath all<br />

that tea and gentility - especially when you get<br />

to smash your opponent’s woods out (appropriately<br />

called ‘firing shots’). Exhausted but happy<br />

I’m rather relieved when Robert suggests a cup<br />

of tea. Isn’t it about time they made it an Olym-<br />

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Alex Leith can’t see the wood for the sculptures<br />

I’ve been looking at the sky with some anxiety<br />

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Cass Sculpture Foundation, in Goodwood, an<br />

hour’s drive westwards from <strong>Lewes</strong>. It’s definitely<br />

going to rain, at some point. We haven’t<br />

got an umbrella. And we’ve got the five year old<br />

in tow.<br />

There’s still some blue in the sky when we find<br />

it, driving through interesting steel gates to the<br />

car park beyond. We trot down the hill to the reception<br />

centre, past a number of structures that<br />

excite all three of us. A funny set of mirrors in<br />

which you can see yourself five times over. An<br />

African-looking bronze head, with breasts for<br />

eyes. A giant sycamore helicopter in a clearing<br />

in the woods. All in a beautiful bosky setting.<br />

A pleasant woman gives us tickets and a leaflet.<br />

She explains the procedure. The CSF is, in effect,<br />

a giant sculpture gallery. Artists are commissioned<br />

and given the materials they need by<br />

the Foundation, which takes a cut of any final<br />

sale. The park’s contents are constantly changing<br />

as new pieces are commissioned, and older<br />

ones are moved to their next destination. It is set<br />

out as a sculpture trail: the best way to witness<br />

it is to follow the yellow arrows, and view the<br />

sculptures in order. There are photos of them in<br />

the leaflet, with their price.<br />

Of course, we love some of the pieces, and we<br />

hate some, too. The shaggy sheep (£19,000) by<br />

Sally Matthews is a hit. As are a stairway rising<br />

into the sky by Danny Lane (£140,000), an ‘Icarus<br />

Palm’ by Douglas White (£22,000) and an<br />

abstract pair of limestone whirls by Tony Cragg<br />

(unpriced). We’re all left cold by a scattering<br />

of brightly painted cubes by Sophie Smallhorn<br />

(£32,000), four pay-20p-for-a-prayer machines<br />

by Rose Finn-Kelsey (£110,000), and a yellow<br />

hunk of steel masonry by Anthony Caro<br />

(£280,000).<br />

The rain starts in earnest after our picnic at the<br />

thoughtfully provided Deer Hut about half-way<br />

through. Do we run back to the car and abandon<br />

the trip we have been enjoying so much?<br />

Do we get soaked for the sake of art? Neither,<br />

actually. We shelter in a Tardis-like structure,<br />

called ‘Confessional’ by Cathy de Monchaux.<br />

It’s a comfortable interlude: the sculpture has<br />

two leather-cushioned divans inside, and, importantly,<br />

a roof. It’s not my favourite piece of<br />

work, and at £104,000 it doesn’t come cheap.<br />

But sometimes you’ve got to thank heaven for<br />

the multi-faceted nature of modern art. V<br />

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A seventies apparition in a sleepy Malling cul-de-sac.<br />

Words by Emma Chaplin, painting by Pearl Bates<br />

Do you have an image of a 1970s dream house?<br />

Lots of glass, leather and shagpile, one of those pod<br />

chairs swinging from the ceiling, swinging of other<br />

kinds, possibly? An architect in <strong>Lewes</strong> set out to<br />

build his ideal home in Malling in 1973, and there it<br />

still stands, in all its curvaceous glory, even though<br />

the fate of the architect seems less positive. The<br />

property is called Spences House, although colloquially<br />

it is also known as The Round House, The<br />

Castle or The Turret, perhaps because the design<br />

seems to echo that of <strong>Lewes</strong> Castle.<br />

I went to talk to the current owners,<br />

Michael and Anthony, arriving<br />

at the house to be greeted by the<br />

squint-eyed ginger cat portrayed<br />

in Pearl’s picture. Michael and Anthony<br />

were kind enough to give me<br />

a tour and tell me what they know<br />

about the history of Spences House.<br />

They think the architect bought<br />

two plots at the end of a cul de sac<br />

on which to build the house. The<br />

garden walls are intriguingly built<br />

in different sections, probably as a<br />

load bearing measure. An ancient<br />

footpath runs alongside. Spences<br />

House is detached, surrounded by<br />

houses from different eras. As we<br />

walked around inside, I noticed<br />

that there is something of a snail<br />

shell design in the way the internal<br />

rooms and spaces curve, winding<br />

up and down onto different levels,<br />

windows exposing wonderful<br />

views in all directions, with lots<br />

of wood and exposed brickwork.<br />

There are almost no straight lines<br />

in the house. Michael and Anthony<br />

showed me the blueprints. In the<br />

original design, there seems to be a<br />

sunken floor in the oval lounge, not<br />

present now. It seems the architect<br />

ran into financial difficulties part<br />

way through the build. They told<br />

me they suspect he underestimated<br />

how much it cost to render curved walls, ended up<br />

overspending on brickwork, and had to scrimp on<br />

the rest of the material. Local inhabitants say they<br />

remember an angry mob of local building suppliers<br />

outside, protesting at the lack of payment. The architect<br />

ended up in court, and in jail, apparently. So<br />

rather sadly, it seems he never did get to live in his<br />

ideal house. In fact it’s believed that he died falling<br />

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stepping in to the unknown at the tender age<br />

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equally momentous event - last day at primary<br />

school. Luckily, thanks to the innovative PATINA<br />

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to provide high quality creative opportunities<br />

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Year Sixes. ‘Moving On’, now in its sixth year,<br />

has become an important rite of passage for<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> children, whilst the colourful, noisy, traffic-stopping<br />

parade is rapidly becoming an<br />

event looked forward to by local residents and<br />

businesses alike.<br />

Twenty-one schools are involved this year, and<br />

each school will be visited by one of six local<br />

artists involved in the scheme. Raphaella Sapir,<br />

one of the artists and the overall production<br />

manager for the event, explained the process<br />

to me. “Initially we visit the schools and the<br />

children brainstorm creative ideas for costumes<br />

based on the carnival’s theme”. (This year the<br />

theme is ‘Thank you for the music’). “The artist<br />

then takes the ideas away and adapts them<br />

so that they can be practically achieved, and<br />

then returns to the school. There are then three<br />

full days of intense activity, with the children<br />

heavily involved in the creative process of<br />

turning their initial costume ideas into glorious<br />

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fantastic homemade instruments crafted from<br />

scrap metal. “These schools are also visited by<br />

our music coordinator, Dicken Marshall, who<br />

helps them bring even more life to the event.”<br />

Raphaella was also very keen to highlight the<br />

unseen effort; “People like Peta King (Kings<br />

Framers) and Stevie Auden, (Oyster Lingerie)<br />

work incredibly hard in the background and<br />

the event simply couldn’t go ahead without<br />

them.”<br />

The parade takes place on Friday 13th July,<br />

starting at 12.30pm in The Paddock. The procession<br />

winds its way through the town and<br />

the High St, before returning to the Paddock<br />

for an hour-long live music festival featuring<br />

bands from another fantastic local initiative,<br />

the Starfish Youth Music project. We suggest<br />

a long lunch, spent on New Road, the High St<br />

or Fisher Street celebrating the incredible creative<br />

talent of your children. Also, if you can,<br />

please dig deep in to your pockets and join<br />

local businesses like Rees Elliot (overall sponsor),<br />

Herbert Scott and Bill’s whose financial<br />

efforts help to make this great event possible.<br />

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Phoenix Industrial Estate<br />

Can a new quarter rise from the flames of the ironworks’ former furnaces?<br />

The Phoenix industrial estate is disputed territory.<br />

Although most people in <strong>Lewes</strong> seem broadly in favour<br />

of some kind of regeneration for the sad, asbestos-ridden<br />

warehouses that blight our riverside, the<br />

precise form of that development is debated, argued<br />

about and fought over.<br />

In fact, the rows about Angel Property’s plans for the<br />

‘Phoenix Quarter’ have been so dominant in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

life for the past year, that it’s difficult to visit the<br />

North Street area without thinking what it could be<br />

like. It seems to me that there are two Phoenixes:<br />

the actual and the possible, but as former foundry<br />

worker Paul Myles takes me on a tour of the ugliest<br />

neighbourhood in <strong>Lewes</strong>, a third Phoenix emerges<br />

- the historical one.<br />

For most of the 20th Century, the Phoenix Ironworks<br />

was one of the biggest employers in town. It<br />

also took up a lot of space. ‘It stretched as far into<br />

town as Waitrose,’ says Paul as we stand outside one<br />

of the Phoenix’s handful of residential properties<br />

in Corporation Villas, ‘and all around here was just<br />

piles and piles of black sand that had come from the<br />

furnaces. It was like a slag heap in a mining town,<br />

and as kids we would come here to play and pick the<br />

rhubarb that grew on it.’<br />

It’s difficult to imagine this part of <strong>Lewes</strong> before<br />

the Phoenix Causeway was built and before the<br />

Uckfield railway was dismantled. As Paul points out<br />

warehouses that were used for making moulds or assembling<br />

entire bridges to make sure the parts fitted,<br />

I struggle to overlay the images of industry he’s<br />

describing with the silent hangars in front of me. If<br />

this is <strong>Lewes</strong>’s industrial heart, it barely seems to be<br />

beating.<br />

Paul is now better known in town as a structural steel<br />

engineer and organiser of exhibitions - including the<br />

recent David Nash sculpture show at the Town Hall<br />

- but when he left school, he took a job as an apprentice<br />

at Phoenix along with several other Landport<br />

lads. ‘We’d cross the railway on the footbridge, and<br />

walk through the Pells and be at work in less than<br />

ten minutes. We built bridges and ships and railways<br />

and girders. Ironwork from here was used all over<br />

the world. Someone told me bits of the Sydney Harbour<br />

Bridge were made here.’<br />

As a major employer, the Every factory provided a<br />

canteen and a social club, and the place was busy<br />

from dawn to dusk. ‘It was never quiet. Even the dinnerladies<br />

in the mess would tell you how to do your<br />

job, but then, that’s because they had actually done<br />

our jobs during the war before the men came back.’<br />

The iron works closed down in 1974, and Phoenix is<br />

now home to a hodgepodge of businesses from second-hand<br />

caravan sales, to horse supplies to a recycling<br />

centre, upholsterers and cabinet makers. Apart<br />

from a handful of homes - as well as the two houses<br />

in Corporation Villas, there are a couple more in<br />

Spring Street - the Phoenix seems to be built entirely<br />

of corrugated iron, breeze blocks and asbestos.<br />

‘I just don’t understand why so many people are railing<br />

against the plans for this place. These buildings<br />

are past it. I hear the arguments about traffic and<br />

parking and pressure on schools and services, but I<br />

honestly believe Charles Style and Angel property<br />

are dealing with all of those <strong>issue</strong>s.’<br />

‘I think if there wasn’t such a focus on retail units,<br />

maybe people would be more supportive,’ I offer.<br />

‘I don’t get that argument either. If there was a<br />

Marks and Spencer here, people would come from<br />

miles around instead of going to Tunbridge Wells or<br />

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

We step over litter and hack past weeds that line the<br />

river wall and look across at Tesco. Paul points out<br />

the gargoyles on Tesco’s roof.<br />

‘See over there?’<br />

I put my specs on and realise that Tesco’s gargoyles<br />

are actually little phoenixes. It’s a suprisingly nice<br />

touch. In <strong>Lewes</strong>, even corporate giants are forced<br />

to be just a little bit quirky. Maybe the town could<br />

cope with a few more? I can’t quite believe I just said<br />

that. V Jo Monroe<br />

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Pepper’s<br />

Revolt<br />

Marina grins and bares it<br />

The pretty activist cleared her throat and<br />

continued: “So we were wondering, would<br />

you take part in the naked bike ride?”<br />

Tricky moment. Obviously I, like her, long<br />

for a system of spatial planning that sees our<br />

towns and cities transformed into pedestrian/cyclist<br />

friendly community utopias where<br />

we happily live work and play with no need<br />

of motor cars. Failing that, a few decent bike<br />

lanes and a more integrated transport system<br />

would suffice.<br />

My immediate thoughts, however, were<br />

these: Leaning over handle bars is not<br />

the best angle for my bits. Just wearing a<br />

bra would look a bit silly. Could I procure<br />

matching undies from Oyster Lingerie in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>? Stevie (said shop owner) has, after<br />

all, sold me the best bra of my life, lifting and<br />

separating in ways I never thought possible<br />

for a double J fitting.<br />

But is it right, my thoughts continued, as<br />

an anti-capitalist climate-change activist to<br />

spend more on my undies than the bike itself?<br />

Could I get away with a bikini? Is cycling<br />

while wearing a bikini that controversial<br />

in a seaside town?<br />

Noticing I’d gone quiet, the bike ride organiser<br />

continued: “You don’t have to go naked.<br />

The idea is to go as bare as you dare.”<br />

Daring in that department has never been an<br />

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four years as a councillor does to you. Could<br />

the sight of my swinging mammaries inspire<br />

people to trade their car in for a bike?<br />

Could my pert bottom and toned thighs - or<br />

indeed anyone else’s - persuade people to cut<br />

up their supermarket loyalty cards and order<br />

an organic veggie box?<br />

“The thing is,” I replied, after some time.<br />

“I’ve already promised my inaugural naked<br />

protest to the anti-incinerator lobby. “Over<br />

my naked woad-painted body,” I’d said when<br />

the waste local plan fingered Newhaven for<br />

a burner. “On a horse, probably.”<br />

My mind was off again. Sitting trot, rising<br />

trot or canter? Without under-wire support<br />

a gallop might make best use of centrifugal<br />

forces.<br />

Tom Paine said: “We have the power to<br />

build the world anew.” The naked bike ride<br />

protest shares this sentiment. However, the<br />

event was deemed a success merely because<br />

there were no arrests.<br />

My housemate, meanwhile informs me her<br />

workmates missed the environmental message.<br />

They were however keen to report on<br />

the variously sized appendages and protuberances<br />

whizzing past. We might have the<br />

power, Tom, but I fear all of us are still groping<br />

for it. V<br />

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The end of an era at the Sussex Express<br />

Photograph: Katie Moorman<br />

Rather quietly, and without very much ceremony,<br />

a little idiosyncrasy of <strong>Lewes</strong> was lost for ever<br />

recently. Or rather retired, for I am talking about<br />

the disappearance of John Eccles from the Sussex<br />

Express.<br />

Now he’s gone, I can be nice about him, without<br />

being accused of trying to curry favour with a<br />

journalist. Because I like John.<br />

He had been with the Sussex Express probably<br />

longer than anyone else. I don’t know anyone -<br />

including John himself - who call tell me exactly<br />

when he started, but best estimate is sometime<br />

in the late 1970s. A bewildering array of editors,<br />

sub-editors and reporters have come and gone<br />

through that period, but throughout John remained<br />

as Chief Reporter for <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

One of his most endearing qualities as a journalist<br />

was that he clearly cared very much about<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> - indeed, it was difficult to get him interested<br />

in anywhere else. I recall once offering<br />

him a strong story which clearly interested him<br />

until he discovered that it related to Glynde, not<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. “But it’s not very far away, “I protested<br />

in vain.<br />

John knew the personalities and the history,<br />

which came through in his writing. Most of all,<br />

he was instinctively at one with the hidden pulse<br />

of the town. He<br />

was also instinctively<br />

on the side of<br />

the underdog, the<br />

independent, the<br />

maverick, which,<br />

you might argue,<br />

reflects <strong>Lewes</strong> as a<br />

town.<br />

He was also, it has<br />

to be said, a little<br />

laid back, even<br />

cavalier, on occasions.<br />

I recall at<br />

one election count,<br />

well into the early<br />

hours, he produced<br />

something<br />

not far removed<br />

from a box brownie<br />

to snap myself and one David Bellotti. The<br />

resulting bad and blurred photograph that made<br />

it to the paper made us look old, worn out, and<br />

dishevelled, but John’s spirited defence was that,<br />

well, that captured the moment.<br />

On another occasion, he ran a story about a<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> house that had been knocked down, citing<br />

the history of it in some detail. The next week’s<br />

paper had a furious letter from a woman called<br />

Molly pointing out that the story was totally<br />

wrong, the house hadn’t been demolished, and<br />

indeed that she was living in it. A difficult moment<br />

was saved by the sub-editor, who headed<br />

the letter “Good Golly, Miffed Molly”.<br />

With John gone, the Sussex Express has lost a<br />

touch of its charm and bite, not helped by the<br />

fact that the paper seems to have decided to<br />

all but stop covering politics, here in the most<br />

political town I know, instead concentrating on<br />

so-called human interest stories, a trend that has<br />

only accelerated since John left.<br />

In the meantime, we still have Rouser, which<br />

John writes one day a week, and John is, thankfully,<br />

still around the <strong>Lewes</strong> pubs, where, next<br />

time we bump into each other, he can buy me a<br />

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Picutre of Ranji courtesy of Sussex CCC<br />

Indian Summer<br />

The arrival of the tourists brings to mind a latterday Sussex hero<br />

This month’s bewildering assortment of both<br />

cricketing and non-cricketing entertainment at<br />

the County Ground in Hove begins with the<br />

undemanding fripperies of Twenty20, the frenetic<br />

pace of which would have puzzled William<br />

Temple, the Archbishop of Canterbury who described<br />

cricket as ‘organised loafing’.<br />

A four day match against the Indian touring<br />

team begins on Saturday, July 7th. Sussex is the<br />

only county to play the tourists this summer; appropriate,<br />

perhaps, considering the illustrious<br />

line of Indian princes who graced the six martlets.<br />

Some readers will remember the Nawab<br />

of Pataudi from the 1960s. KS Ranjitsinhji was<br />

one of the greats, the first batsman to score 3000<br />

runs in a season. Among his myriad admirers was<br />

Brighton-born artist, Eric Gill, who wrote in his<br />

autobiography, ‘Even now when I want to have a<br />

little quiet wallow in the thought of something<br />

wholly delightful and perfect, I think of ‘Ranji’<br />

on the County Ground at Hove.’<br />

Ranji’s nephew K.S. Duleepsinhji<br />

scored 333 in a day against Northamptonshire<br />

at Hove in May 1930.<br />

His uncle, the Jam Saheb of Nawanagar,<br />

cabled the club, ‘Congratulations<br />

to Duleepsinhji for his fine<br />

score, and hope that he will score his<br />

team many more and that he will uphold<br />

honour of English cricket and<br />

Indian name.’<br />

Ranji was not always so generous<br />

in his praise. In the same year,<br />

Duleepsinhji accumulated 173 for<br />

England against Australia at Lord’s<br />

before being caught at long off, at<br />

a quarter past six, attempting a big<br />

hit off Grimmett. Ranji, gnawing his<br />

umbrella handle in the pavilion was<br />

heard to mutter “the boy was always<br />

careless.”<br />

His 333 remained the highest score<br />

by a Sussex player until Murray<br />

Goodwin scored 335 not out at Hove<br />

in 2003. It was not Goodwin, but a<br />

fellow Zimbabwean who once told<br />

the Sunday Times, ‘Cricket civilises<br />

people and creates good gentlemen.<br />

I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe. I<br />

want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.’ I suppose<br />

we accorded Robert Mugabe’s pronouncements<br />

more respect in 1984.<br />

The other visitors to Sussex this month are Sri<br />

Lanka ‘A’. Their first fixture is a three day match<br />

against MCC at Arundel commencing July 10th,<br />

and they return to play Sussex at Hove on July<br />

19th.<br />

Last and decidedly not least, Hove will be the<br />

venue for a concert by uber-bland boyband, Mc-<br />

Fly on July 28th. Not cricket? Well yes, but consider<br />

the Sheffield Star of September 20th last<br />

year, which reported that members of McFly<br />

had set off the fire alarm playing cricket backstage<br />

before a concert at the Sheffield arena.<br />

The ball hit the alarm and caused a two hour<br />

delay in preparations. V David Jarman<br />

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Every month we ask <strong>Lewes</strong> personalities about the ins and outs of their<br />

business. This month Pells Pool manager Phil Ransley<br />

Name: Phil Ransley<br />

What do you do? In the summer, between April and<br />

September, I’m the manager of the Pells Pool Community<br />

Association.<br />

What does that entail? Basically, I’m in charge of<br />

the team at the pool, taking money or checking season<br />

tickets as people come in, acting as lifeguards and<br />

running the kiosk. We open from 12-7pm, but the<br />

staff are here from 10am to make sure that the pool<br />

and grass area are clean and safe to use.<br />

How long have you been running the show? I’ve<br />

been at the pool for the past five summers and in<br />

charge for three.<br />

How long has the pool been open? It’s the oldest<br />

open-air swimming pool in the country - opened in<br />

1860. Apparently the current 46m long pool is built<br />

inside a larger original tank, and I believe that our<br />

grass area was once a second pool.<br />

Can the pool be used at other times? It can be<br />

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hired by schools and for private parties. Southover<br />

Bonfire Society recently had a party with a live band,<br />

so the space is very flexible.<br />

How much does it cost for a swim? £3.80 a day for<br />

adults and £2 for kids.<br />

What about season tickets? £63 for adults, £37 for<br />

kids and £145 for a family of four.<br />

What can i buy in the kiosk? Biscuits, crisps, pizza,<br />

chips, pasta plus hot and cold drinks. We also sell<br />

loads of ice-creams. There is also a small range of<br />

goggles and floats.<br />

Who uses the pool? From 12-3 it’s mainly mums<br />

and toddlers. From 4-7pm there are more afterschool<br />

teenagers. At 4pm it’s as if someone turns the<br />

volume right up…<br />

is their anything that annoys you about the job?<br />

Sadly we’ve recently suffered increasing levels of<br />

vandalism. Over the summer we had a major theft<br />

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to replace, and more recently it’s been people smashing<br />

up the changing room doors and leaving broken<br />

glass around the place. It can be immensely disheartening<br />

when you find the damage first thing in the<br />

morning.<br />

so is that why you don’t open until noon? It’s a<br />

factor, because we have to make sure the area is safe.<br />

However, the main reason is our antiquated filtration<br />

system, which means that seven hours a day is about<br />

the most time we can guarantee to keep the water<br />

clean and clear.<br />

What is your favourite shop in <strong>Lewes</strong>? I live in<br />

Eastbourne, so I tend not to shop much in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

- but I am a fan of Caffé Nero which has a friendly<br />

atmosphere and staff<br />

Recommend somewhere to eat out? My last meal<br />

out was in ASK.<br />

What sort of business do you think <strong>Lewes</strong> needs<br />

to attract? Teenagers using the pool say there’s no<br />

nightlife.<br />

Would a redeveloped Phoenix area be good for<br />

the town? A quality redevelopment and improved<br />

flood defences can only help.<br />

Could you do anything to make your business<br />

greener? We use treatments which are eco-friendly<br />

as much as we can and the water itself is sourced<br />

from a local spring. We also encourage our customers<br />

to recycle their rubbish.<br />

Any expansion plans? Grand plans will depend<br />

upon getting a decent grant, but we always try to<br />

make improvements with the limited money (and<br />

unlimited goodwill) at our disposal.<br />

is there anything you always get asked? “Is it<br />

cold?” and “is it heated?” which is answered with “yes<br />

- by the sun”<br />

share a top tip with our readers: It’s never too cold<br />

to swim at the Pells... V<br />

interview by Nick Williams<br />

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PentoPaper<br />

Bespoke stationery<br />

service now available<br />

personal letterheads,<br />

wedding invitations,<br />

correspondence cards,<br />

business cards, change<br />

of address cards<br />

Plus pens and inks<br />

writing paper<br />

notebooks & journals<br />

photograph albums<br />

cards and gift wrap<br />

and rubber stamps<br />

made to order<br />

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The <strong>Lewes</strong> Directory<br />

Local tradespeople for your business, home and garden<br />

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Welcome to the <strong>Lewes</strong> Directory, your essential guide to many of the businesses and services on offer in the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District. Every month the directory gets bigger, and this month, as well as expanding the health and<br />

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

It is vitally important to us that the services advertised in the <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> Handbook are offering good value<br />

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

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

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

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

advertising@vivalewes.com.<br />

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

quality of any work undertaken, and accept no reponsibility or liability for any <strong>issue</strong>s arising.<br />

Dr Simonne Carvin<br />

BSc(Med) MBBS MA<br />

Minimally Invasive<br />

Cosmetic Medical Treatments<br />

at the <strong>Lewes</strong> Clinic - Fullers Passage - 19b High St - <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 474 428 www.cosmeticmedicineclinic.co.uk<br />


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Acupuncture<br />

Richard Mudie 01273 684178<br />

Roger Murray 01273 473912<br />

Hanna Evans 07799 417924<br />

Alexander Technique<br />

Adele Gibson 01273 473168<br />

Allergy Testing<br />

Robin Ravenhill 01273 470955<br />

Aromatherapy<br />

Marianna Lampard<br />

01273 483471<br />

Baby Massage<br />

Dafna Bartle 01273 470955<br />

Beauty & Massage Therapist<br />

Melanie Verity 01273 470908<br />

Bowen Therapist<br />

Rita Eccles 01273 488009<br />

Chiropractor<br />

Dr. Trevor Mains .01273 473473<br />


Ruth M. Sheen<br />

BA(Hons); MSW; CQSW;<br />

Post Grad Diploma Counselling<br />

01273 486338<br />

Cranio sacral Therapy<br />

Natalie Mineau 01273 470955<br />

Counselling<br />

Maggie Turner 07944481858<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Counselling Services<br />

01273 390331<br />

Tanya Smart 07790 979571<br />

Counsellor & integrative Arts<br />

Camilla Clark 01273 483025<br />

Cosmetic Treatment<br />

Simonne Carvin 01273 474428<br />

DYNAMiC HeALiNG VoiCe<br />

working with chakra energy<br />

regular classes and workshops<br />

Adrienne 0 981 226 568<br />

www.thevoiceproject.co.uk<br />

electrolysis and Beauty<br />

Kim Cook 01273 476375<br />

emotional Freedom Technique<br />

Kathy Johnson 01273 487464<br />

eurythmy<br />

Harmonizing Body, Mind &<br />

spirit. Kishu Wong<br />

012 66<br />

Facial Rejuvenation Massage<br />

Angie Asplin 01273 470955<br />

Homeopathy<br />

DuNCAN FReWeN Bsc, Lic.<br />



At the Equilibrium Clinic<br />

Tel: 01273 470955<br />

Nicki Hutchinson 01273 470955<br />

Amanda Saurin 01273 479383<br />

Pat Eynon 01273 4883<br />

Hannah Scarlett 01273 480083<br />

Sarah Worne 01273 480089<br />

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Hypnotherapist<br />

Mary O’Keefe 07774 050466<br />

Richard Morley 01273 470955<br />

Richard Slade 01273 470955<br />

Michael Lank 01273 479397<br />

Life Coaching<br />

Butterfly 0800 2983798<br />

Benna Madan 01273 470842<br />

Zara Tippey 0845 4569816<br />

Massage Therapist<br />

Helen Willis 01273 242969<br />

Pam Hewitt 01273 403930<br />

Medical Herbalist<br />

Sherie Gabrielle 01273 473256<br />

Myo-Reflex Therapist (Physio)<br />

Birgitt Auer 07966 936390<br />

Nutrition<br />

Claire Hicks 01273 470955<br />

Annie McRae 01273 470543<br />

Pilates<br />

Silvia Laurenti 01273 470955<br />

Bridgette Lee 01273 470955<br />

osteopathy<br />

Simon Murray 01273 403930<br />

Physiotherapy & sports injury<br />

Physiotherapy and<br />

sports injury Clinic<br />

Nigel Baker<br />

(BSc, MCSP, SRP)<br />

Southdown Sports Club<br />

012 806 0<br />

Psychotherapy and supervision<br />

Rosalind Field 01273 40116<br />

Podiatrists<br />

Clive Jones 01273 475000<br />

spritual & Crystal<br />

Healing<br />

Helen Piniger<br />

01 2 91 5<br />

sports Massage Therapist<br />

Bill Jeffries 01273 471965<br />

Tai Chi<br />

Paul Tucker 01273 470955<br />

Yoga<br />

Anita Hall 07764 580767<br />

Lesley Rowe 07791 521736

Health and Wellbeing<br />

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Bespoke Kitchens<br />

Hartley Quinn Wislon<br />

01273 401648<br />

Peter Rogan 01273 513478<br />

Building and Landscaping<br />

Steve Holford 01273 475485<br />

Building and Decorating<br />

Marc Cable 0773 9127901<br />

Building Maintenance<br />

Ray Shaw 01273 477636<br />

Building services<br />

Corey Pegler 01273 486776<br />

Business services<br />

Carpentry<br />

Goodman-Burrows 01273 483339<br />

Phil Day 07813 326130<br />

Ceramic Restorer<br />

Sarah Burgess 01273 479099<br />

Chimney sweep<br />

Mark Owen 01273 514349<br />

Corgi Gas Boiler servicing<br />

Dereck Wills 01273 472886<br />

DRuM AND<br />

PiANo LessoNs<br />

Beginners to Intermediate<br />

Call Luke on 01273 479184<br />

0782 8298507<br />

electrical Contractor<br />

Robin Shoebridge 01273 515169<br />

Glazier<br />

Castle Glazing<br />

Dave Dryburgh 01273 472697<br />

i T / Computer support<br />

Geeks on Wheels<br />

0800 107 4111<br />

David Kemp 01273 475727<br />

sol Hoch (Apple Mac support)<br />

012 0155<br />

Joinery services<br />

Parsons Joinery 01273 814870<br />

Landscape Gardening / Design<br />

Woodruffs 01273 4708431<br />

Phil Downham 01273 488261<br />

Alex Hart 01273 401962<br />

Languages<br />

Spanish Lessons<br />

Call Adriana Blair<br />

41A St. Anne’s Crescent, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 476982<br />

Email: napb@fsmail.net<br />



Martin Ashby<br />

T: 01273 476539<br />

Mobile: 07754 041827<br />

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oriental Rug seller<br />

Painter & Decorator<br />

Steve Dartnell 01273 478469<br />

P. Moult 01825 714738<br />


& general handyman service<br />

012 2 091 / 0 962 9 0 0<br />

timmarksmith@hotmail.com<br />

Plumbing & Heating<br />

Plumbcare 0845 6421799<br />

Keri Lindsay & Berty Richer<br />

01273 476570<br />

Private Car Hire<br />

South Coast Executive<br />

Travel Services<br />

01273 510184<br />

Removals & House Clearance<br />

Benjamin Light 07904 453825<br />

Roofing services<br />

Richard Soan 01273 486110

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Taxis<br />

GM Taxis 01273 473 737<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District Taxis Ltd 01273 483 232<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Hackney Carriages 01273 474 444<br />

Len’s Taxies 01273 488 000<br />



TO BOOK CALL 01273 475 858<br />

S & G Taxis 01273 476 116<br />

Yellow Cars 01273 472 727<br />

To advertise call<br />

01273 488882 or email<br />

advertising@vivalewes.com<br />

Useful Numbers:<br />

Emergency/Utilities<br />

Electricity and Gas 0800 783 8866<br />

Gas Emergency 0800 111 999<br />

Water Emergency 0845 278 0845<br />

Floodline 0845 988 1188<br />

BT Fault Line 0800 800 151<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Victoria Hospital<br />

01273 474153<br />

Sussex Police (non-emergency)<br />

0845 607 0999<br />

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111<br />

Transport<br />

Gatwick Enq 0870 000 2468<br />

Heathrow Enq 0870 000 0123<br />

National Rail 08457 484950<br />

Public Transport Travel line<br />

0870 608 2608<br />

Other<br />

Childline 0800 1111<br />

Citizens’ Advice 01273 473082<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Chamber of Commerce<br />

01273 488212<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District Council<br />

01273 471600<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Library 01273 474232<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Tourist Info 01273 483448<br />

The Samaritans 08457 90 90 90

Restaurants and Take Aways<br />

shanaz<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

A<br />

wonderful<br />

indian Restaurant<br />

with<br />

great food<br />

and<br />

friendly staff<br />

012 88028<br />

Bill’s Produce store<br />

56 Cliffe High Street<br />

01273 476918<br />

Beijing Restaurant<br />

13 Fisher St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 487 654<br />

Casbah<br />

146 High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472441<br />

Cheese Please<br />

46 High Street <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 481048<br />

Circa<br />

Pelham House Lane, <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

01273 471 333<br />

Dilraj<br />

12 Fisher St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 479 279<br />

LAPoRTe’s<br />

Local and organic Food<br />

1 Lansdown Place<br />

012 881<br />

Lazzati’s Restaurant<br />

17, Market St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 479539<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> spice<br />

32 Lansdown Place, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472 493<br />

Panda Garden Chinese<br />

162 High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 473 235<br />

Pizza express plc<br />

15 High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 487 524<br />

seasons of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

199 High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 473 968<br />

shanaz<br />

83 High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 488 028<br />

south street Fish Bar<br />

9 South St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 474 710<br />

spring Barn Farm<br />

Kingston Road, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 488450<br />

The Brasserie<br />

Cliffe High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472 247<br />

The Needlemakers Cafe<br />

West Street <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 486258<br />

The Friar<br />

7 Fisher St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472 016<br />

Yummy Yummy’s<br />

38 Western Road,<strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 473366<br />

Pubs<br />

Abergavenny Arms<br />

Rodmell, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472416<br />

Black Horse inn<br />

55 Western Rd,<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

01273 473 653<br />

Blacksmiths Arms<br />

Offham, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472 971<br />

Dorset<br />

22 Mallinsg Street <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 474823<br />

elephant & Castle<br />

White Hill, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 473 797<br />

Green Man<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Road Ringmer<br />

01273 812422<br />

John Harvey Tavern<br />

1 Bear Yard t, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 479 880<br />

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<strong>Lewes</strong> Arms<br />

1 Mount Place, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 473 152<br />

Pelham Arms<br />

High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 476 149<br />

Royal oak<br />

3 Station Street, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 474803<br />

snowdrop inn<br />

119 South St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 471 018<br />

Tally Ho<br />

Baxter Rd, <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

01273 474 759<br />

The Anchor<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Road Ringmer<br />

01273 812370<br />

The Brewers Arms<br />

91 High St, <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

01273 475 524<br />

The Cock<br />

Uckfield Road, Ringmer<br />

01273 812040<br />

The Chalk Pit inn<br />

Offham Rd, Offham<br />

01273 471 124<br />

The Juggs<br />

The Street, Kingston, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472 523<br />

The Lansdown Arms<br />

36 Lansdown Place, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 480623<br />

The Kings Head<br />

9 Southover High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 474 628<br />

The Meridian<br />

109 Western Rd, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Tel: 01273 473710<br />

The Lamb<br />

10 Fisher St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 470 950<br />

The Rainbow inn<br />

Resting Oak Hill, Cooksbridge<br />

01273 400 334<br />

The Rainbow Tavern<br />

179 High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 472 170<br />

The swan<br />

30a Southover High St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 480 211<br />

Volunteer inn<br />

12 Eastgate St, <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

01273 476357<br />

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Name: Chris Drury<br />

Profession: I call myself an artist, but people who<br />

like to categorise things refer to me as a Land Artist.<br />

It was a term coined in the 1960s in America for people<br />

who went into the landscape and altered things.<br />

Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty was an early example.<br />

What work have you done locally? I did the Vortex<br />

basket weave project in the grounds of <strong>Lewes</strong> castle<br />

in 1994. In 2005, we finished work on the Heart of<br />

Reeds biodiversity project on the old railway land.<br />

The design of it is taken from patterns of flow in the<br />

heart. It seems to have entered into <strong>Lewes</strong> culture. A<br />

dance festival took place there, and I love that. Then<br />

there’s the Fingermaze in Hove Park, which I made<br />

with Drew Cane, the <strong>Lewes</strong> landscape contractor, in<br />

2006.<br />

Are you local? I was born in Sri Lanka, but brought<br />

up in Burwash and I’ve lived in this area most of my<br />

life. I’d come through <strong>Lewes</strong> on the way to Brighton<br />

as a teenager, see Mount Caburn and wish I lived<br />

here so I could walk up it. I moved to <strong>Lewes</strong>, near<br />

the Grange, in 1982.<br />

What do you like about <strong>Lewes</strong>? Weird customs.<br />

It seems to have that reputation for dead cats and<br />

witches. I love the compactness, the fact that you<br />

can walk everywhere. I love the smallville nature of<br />

the place. I have lots of friends here. My kids were<br />

brought up in <strong>Lewes</strong>, and I have a grandchild here.<br />

What do you dislike about <strong>Lewes</strong>? I don’t dislike<br />

anything. I don’t want to live anywhere else.<br />

What’s your favourite pub? I don’t go to many. The<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Arms or the Kings Head. Or pubs you can<br />

reach by walking over the Downs.<br />

Waitrose or Tesco? Waitrose. I also like the butcher<br />

at the Riverside, Lansdown Health and Bill’s.<br />

What do you think about traffic wardens? I don’t<br />

like getting tickets but we need to be discouraged<br />

from using cars. I’d like most of <strong>Lewes</strong> to be pedestrianised.<br />

Which newspaper do you read? I’m a typical middle<br />

class <strong>Lewes</strong> person. I read the Guardian.<br />

What’s your favourite part of <strong>Lewes</strong>? I love seeing<br />

the castle lit up from my house in the evening,<br />

especially through the trees of the Grange. I also enjoy<br />

listening to the bells of Southover Church in the<br />

early evening.<br />

What’s your favourite view in <strong>Lewes</strong>? Down<br />

School Hill and up to the Downs beyond.<br />

How would you spend a perfect sunday afternoon?<br />

Breakfast in bed. Eggs, bacon, croissant. Going<br />

for a long walk to a pub, being back in time for<br />

an early evening meal. Watching the telly.<br />

What was the last piece of music you put on?<br />

Breath by Mercan Dede. Wailing Turkish jazz. It was<br />

chosen by Kay, my wife.<br />

Recommend somewhere to eat. I love Seasons,<br />

they do excellent catering for parties. And the Ram<br />

at Firle does a great fish pie.<br />

What does <strong>Lewes</strong> need? To resist chains creeping<br />

in round the edges.<br />

What do you think about the Phoenix development?<br />

It’s likely to take the heart out of the town,<br />

but it’s probably inevitable.<br />

What foreign country you would recommend?<br />

Chile. Mongolia. Antarctica, but don’t go there!<br />

www.chrisdrury.co.uk<br />

interview by emma Chaplin<br />

W W W. V i V a l E W E S . C o M<br />

Photograph: Katie Moorman

W W W. V i V A L e W e s . C o M<br />

d i r E C t o r y<br />


Final Phase<br />

3 day open event<br />

AUGUST 2007<br />


LEWES<br />

Contemporary homes in the heart of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

An exclusive development of apartments, houses and live/work<br />

homes that combine innovative design and heritage<br />

Venue: Clifford Dann, Albion House, Albion Street, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 2NF<br />

For your personal invitation<br />

contact Sue on 01273 407909<br />

www.theprintworkslewes.co.uk<br />

Features include:<br />

- Communal rooftop gardens<br />

- Views towards the South Downs<br />

- 4 minute walk from <strong>Lewes</strong> Station<br />

- Luxury kitchen with integrated appliances<br />

- Wi-Fi internet<br />

- Luxury bathroom<br />

- Satellite TV connection<br />

- Underfloor heating<br />

We are holding a 3 day open event for the final phase release<br />

Thursday 2nd * , Friday 3rd or Saturday 4th August<br />

between 11am - 4pm<br />

* Late night Thursday 2nd until 6.30pm<br />

Luxury 2 bedroom apartments from: £270,000<br />

Buy now off plan. Over 50% already sold<br />


DRINKS<br />

AND nibbles

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