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awoman’s life <strong>and</strong> love<br />

performed by soprano<br />

Ruth Kerr<br />

directed for the stage by<br />

Neil Brown<br />

Exciting new music-theatre company<br />

humanvoice presents a unique<br />

dramatisation of Robert Schumann's<br />

celebrated song cycle Frauenliebe<br />

und Leben.<br />

For <strong>more</strong> information visit:<br />

www.humanvoice.org.uk<br />

6th, 7th & 9th May at 8pm • 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd May at 6pm<br />

TICKETS: £8.50, available online at: www.oldcourtroomproductions.com<br />

or by calling 01273 775461 or the Fringe Box Office on 01273 782276<br />

VENUE: The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD

7-17. Election Special. Parliamentary<br />

c<strong>and</strong>idates question time<br />

19. Letters. A mysterious turkey,<br />

<strong>and</strong> opposing views on Tesco<br />

31. My <strong>Lewes</strong>. High Sheriff Deborah<br />

Bedford<br />

33. Photo of the Month. Seaford’s<br />

kittiwake colony<br />

34. <strong>Lewes</strong> in History. Simon de<br />

Montfort, Shakespeare’s missed<br />

trick<br />

39. Charleston. Upstairs downstairs<br />

memories from John Higgens<br />

41. Charleston. Playwright Alan<br />

Bennett’s in town<br />

43. Glyndebourne. The fat lady’s<br />

clearing her throat<br />

45. Garl<strong>and</strong> Day. A Victorian tradition,<br />

revisited<br />

47. Art. Tracey Emin… <strong>and</strong><br />

Stephen Fry<br />

49. Art. Focus on… Andrzej Jackowski’s<br />

The Present Remembered<br />

The Team<br />

Issue 44. May 2010.<br />

V I V A L E W E S contents<br />

51. Art. Five Antony Gormleys hit<br />

the roof in Bexhill<br />

53. Cinema. Alice in the Cities,<br />

<strong>and</strong> other tales of displacement<br />

55. Meadowl<strong>and</strong>s Festival. Glasto,<br />

Glynde style<br />

57. Diary dates. Grease is the<br />

word… at Plumpton racecourse<br />

60. Gig guide. P<strong>and</strong>emonium at<br />

the Dripping Pan, <strong>and</strong> much <strong>more</strong><br />

63. Food. Bubble <strong>and</strong> squeak at the<br />

Giant’s Rest<br />

67. Food. Parmesan custard at 197<br />

68. Food. Bill Collison’s al fresco<br />

breakfast tips<br />

71. Food. <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>’ Nibbler<br />

goes up in smoke<br />

73. Food. Kids’ kitchen<br />

75. <strong>Viva</strong> Family. It’s May, so the<br />

Pells is open. Brrrrilliant<br />

77. Antiques Roadshow. How<br />

much are our family heirlooms<br />

worth?<br />

EDITOR: Alex Leith alex@vivalewes.com<br />

DEPUTY EDITOR: Emma Chaplin emmachaplin@vivalewes.com<br />

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman<br />

DESIGNER: Katie Moorman katie@vivalewes.com<br />

ADVERTISING MANAGER: Steve Watts steve@vivalewes.com<br />

ADVERTISING SALES: Lisa Bullen lisa@vivalewes.com<br />

PUBLISHER: Nick Williams nick@vivalewes.com.<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> is based at Pipe Passage, 151b High Street, <strong>Lewes</strong>, BN7 1XU<br />

79. Day out. Day in, <strong>more</strong> like. We<br />

follow Time Out’s <strong>Lewes</strong> advice<br />

80. <strong>Viva</strong> Village. Wilmington,<br />

Long Man <strong>and</strong> all<br />

83. Sports fixtures. Christ, the<br />

cricket season’s started<br />

85 Football. Steve Ibbitson’s endof-season<br />

report<br />

87. Fitness. A walk on the<br />

Downs… in the dark<br />

89 Bricks <strong>and</strong> Mortar. The Linklater<br />

Pavilion, the new gateway to<br />

the railway l<strong>and</strong><br />

91. Literary Sussex. The local adventures<br />

of Sherlock Holmes<br />

93. Column. Beth Miller is Queen<br />

of the castle<br />

95. Shopping. Picnic season’s upon<br />

us: invest in a flask<br />

99. Trade Secrets. Returning Officer<br />

John Crawford<br />

114. Inside Left. Polling day, 1880<br />

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omissions, errors or alterations.<br />


4<br />


As you will have gathered, the general election will be<br />

fought on May 6th, with Lib Dem Norman Baker defending<br />

the seat he has held since May 1997 against<br />

an across-the-board array of other c<strong>and</strong>idates.<br />

Baker, of course, has been a columnist for this magazine<br />

since its first issue, though in the spirit of democracy<br />

he has opted not to contribute a piece this<br />

month.<br />

Instead he is one of six parliamentary<br />

c<strong>and</strong>idates who<br />

have answered our call to respond<br />

to eight questions we<br />

have posed to them. In the<br />

same spirit of democracy, after<br />

much discussion, we also<br />

asked a seventh c<strong>and</strong>idate,<br />

the BNP’s David Lloyd, if he<br />


wanted to take part in the debate. Either the BNP’s<br />

South East press department failed to inform him of<br />

our request, or he decided not to return our call.<br />

Everybody at <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> has an opinion on who<br />

they want to win the seat, though we wouldn’t presume<br />

to try to persuade our readers, which way they<br />

should vote. But we do urge them to vote. It was on<br />

the field of battle at <strong>Lewes</strong> that Simon de Montfort<br />

forced upon King Henry III the first ‘elected’ Parliament<br />

(though it was a very different beast to today’s<br />

House); since then much blood has been shed to<br />

ensure that we live in a fair <strong>and</strong> democratic system,<br />

whereby we are allowed to choose who governs us.<br />

However much some might resent the recent corrupt<br />

financial excesses of a large number of MPs, we feel<br />

that not exercising the right to vote is tantamount to<br />

wishing in a totalitarian system. Those who feel that<br />

For this ‘election special’ issue’s cover, we decided<br />

to do away with the frippery of images, to illustrate<br />

the huge importance of the forthcoming poll. The<br />

resulting façade pays homage to Time Magazine’s<br />

famous 1966 ‘Is God Dead?’ cover, illustrating an<br />

article inside raising concerns about the role of<br />

God in an increasingly secularised society. Our<br />

question ‘x marks the spot?’ is designed to raise a<br />

number of possible issues about the election process.<br />

Read what you will from it, whether it’s the<br />

simple ‘who should I vote for?’ to a <strong>more</strong> complex<br />

‘is the country’s voting system strictly democratic?’<br />

via an anarchic ‘should I abstain, since they’re all<br />

just agents of the global capitalist machine?’ Our<br />

designer Katie Moorman put the image together,<br />

choosing a ‘Trajan Pro’ font for the masthead, <strong>and</strong><br />

‘ARB 187 Moderne’ for the message. The ‘x’ is her<br />

own: a number of us auditioned for the part, but<br />

her lines were by far the most elegant. After some<br />

discussion, Katie stuck to the original colour format<br />

of Time’s classic. The red, we wish to point out,<br />

should not be seen to be partisan in any way, shape<br />

or form to the party which favours that colour for<br />

its rosettes <strong>and</strong> leaders’ television-debate ties.

Polling day 1880, see page 114<br />

they wish to protest against the current system by<br />

not voting for any c<strong>and</strong>idate should remember that<br />

spoilt votes are registered.<br />

One of the hot debating points in the most interesting<br />

election campaign we can remember are the voting<br />

regulations in our country, a ‘first past the post’<br />

system which has for years given an advantage to<br />

the larger parties, at the expense of the other groups<br />

which have a much greater voice in other countries<br />

where proportional representation is the rule. One<br />

advantage to this system, whatever its deficiencies,<br />

is that we are allowed to vote for a named c<strong>and</strong>idate<br />

who we know will, if elected, represent our interests<br />

in Westminster. We are allowed to judge the character<br />

<strong>and</strong> personal viewpoints of the c<strong>and</strong>idates who<br />

are running, <strong>and</strong> make our conclusions an important<br />

part of the decision as to whether to vote for them<br />

or not. We are also able to analyse what they will do<br />

for us, as citizens of this constituency, <strong>and</strong> what they<br />

propose to do to make life better within the constituency.<br />

For that reason we have given weight to local<br />

issues in our questions. Matters of foreign policy,<br />

national <strong>and</strong> international economic affairs, <strong>and</strong> law<br />

<strong>and</strong> order are well covered in the national newspapers.<br />

We want to know what the prospective MPs<br />

will do for us, the people of <strong>Lewes</strong>, <strong>and</strong> its surrounding<br />

villages. How much time do they believe they<br />

should dedicate to local affairs? What laws should<br />

be changed to benefit their potential constituents?<br />

T H E B I G I S S U E<br />

Should they live in the constituency they represent?<br />

Is the extension of the supermarket giant Tesco a<br />

threat to the High Street as we know it?<br />

We are living in difficult times, with climate change<br />

high up on the agenda of every government in the<br />

world: we have also enquired about how ‘green’ the<br />

c<strong>and</strong>idates are, by asking them about their carbon<br />

footprint. Their generally c<strong>and</strong>id replies have been<br />

very refreshing.<br />

Every politician has a political hero, <strong>and</strong> it’s interesting<br />

to read which former politician the c<strong>and</strong>idates<br />

most admire. Even <strong>more</strong> interesting, we’ve found,<br />

are their answers to the final ‘wildcard’ question we<br />

posed: which single book would they choose to take<br />

on a desert isl<strong>and</strong>?<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> constituency is bigger than the area<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> covers: it also includes Seaford, Newhaven<br />

<strong>and</strong>, strangely, Polegate, as well as villages as<br />

far afield as ???. Traditionally the turnout at polling<br />

stations has been lower than the national average in<br />

our seaside neighbours, <strong>and</strong> higher than average in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. We sincerely hope that <strong>Lewes</strong>ians will ensure<br />

that the latter part of this trend continues in 2010.<br />

And we hope that the c<strong>and</strong>idates’ largely frank <strong>and</strong><br />

often revealing answers to our questions will help<br />

you to decide against whose name to put that all important<br />

‘x’. Enjoy the election campaign, <strong>and</strong> enjoy<br />

the month…<br />


<strong>Lewes</strong><br />



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Name: Susan Murray<br />

Party: Green<br />

Is it important for an MP to live in the<br />

constituency they represent? If elected, would<br />

you do so? Yes, they need to underst<strong>and</strong> local<br />

issues <strong>and</strong> be accessible to constituents. I<br />

live in <strong>Lewes</strong> <strong>and</strong> would continue to do so.<br />

What proportion of his/her working hours<br />

should an MP spend on local issues? Which single local issue most needs<br />

addressing? First define a local issue – local <strong>and</strong> national issues tend<br />

to be linked. We need <strong>more</strong> affordable housing – new council houses <strong>and</strong><br />

social <strong>and</strong> co-operative housing.<br />

Do you believe that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Tesco should have been allowed to exp<strong>and</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> what do you think the consequences will be for the town? No, I spoke<br />

against it at the LDC planning meeting. Tesco already has an overdominant<br />

position in <strong>Lewes</strong>, accounting for nearly two thirds of all<br />

shopping. That’s enough. Tesco estimates that expansion would divert<br />

only 3% of business overall away from the rest of <strong>Lewes</strong>, described as a<br />

‘small’ effect. Yet that is about half a million pounds when businesses<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong> are struggling. Even if only a couple of stores closed as<br />

a direct result, one cannot discount the domino effect on further<br />

businesses.<br />

Which former (British) politician do you most admire, <strong>and</strong> why? Attlee. He<br />

was courageous enough to bring in really radical change – like the NHS –<br />

during very difficult times post war.<br />

If you could change one UK law, which would make a difference to the<br />

people in the <strong>Lewes</strong> ward, which would it be? I would change the law that<br />

brought in the Low Pay Commission to add a High Pay Commission capping<br />

top rates of pay. The evidence shows that <strong>more</strong> equal societies do better<br />

on many social indicators including less violent crime, fewer teenage<br />

pregnancies <strong>and</strong> <strong>more</strong> trust.<br />

How big is your carbon footprint? Like everyone else’s too big. I<br />

recently completed a carbon footprint test from the Local Sustainability<br />

team <strong>and</strong> was disappointed, considering the effort we have put into<br />

insulation, solar panels, etc, to find mine was 14.38. Well below average,<br />

but not good enough. I’ve signed up to 10:10 <strong>and</strong> aim to get there by<br />

buying less clothing <strong>and</strong> fewer books.<br />

Do you think that there is ever a case to be made for ‘tactical voting’.<br />

And are you a fan of the current ‘first past the post’ voting system? I<br />

was actually expelled from the Labour Party back in 1997 for advocating<br />

tactical voting. Under FPTP it seemed the only way of dislodging the<br />

Tory. I have campaigned against FPTP for many years - we need a fair,<br />

proportional voting system so every vote counts.<br />

Which one book would you choose as desert isl<strong>and</strong> reading material, <strong>and</strong><br />

why? My day is incomplete without time reading a novel. I would take<br />

Middlemarch by George Eliot - the great English novel. I would never tire<br />

of rediscovering the fascinating characters <strong>and</strong> events it depicts.<br />


Name: Andre Soucek<br />

Party: Independent<br />

Is it important for an MP to live in the<br />

constituency they represent? If elected, would<br />

you do so? I work in <strong>Lewes</strong>, <strong>and</strong> have been doing<br />

so since 1983, so I consider it my home, though<br />

I live just outside, in Wealden. But it’s not<br />

where you live that matters. It’s what you<br />

think, <strong>and</strong> who you know, <strong>and</strong> what you do.<br />

What proportion of his/her working hours should an MP spend on local<br />

issues? Which single local issue most needs addressing? There are many<br />

local issues that need addressing, like the incinerator, the parking<br />

scheme <strong>and</strong> the influx of commuters into the town. But voters are voting<br />

for someone to represent them at a national level on national issues, <strong>and</strong><br />

I believe it’s not the role of the MP to be a glorified social worker.<br />

And when it comes to national issues, MPs should be voting according to<br />

what they believe, not according to their party line, which is why I’m<br />

st<strong>and</strong>ing as an independent.<br />

Do you believe that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Tesco should have been allowed to exp<strong>and</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> what do you think the consequences will be for the town? I opposed<br />

the expansion of Tesco. The worst thing was that many councillors wanted<br />

to vote against the expansion but realised that Tesco would have taken<br />

the matter higher up, <strong>and</strong> it would have cost the council a lot of money,<br />

so they were powerless to stop it.<br />

Which former (British) politician do you most admire, <strong>and</strong> why? Having<br />

been brought up in a totalitarian state (Czechoslovakia), I treasure<br />

liberty. So I’ll go for Winston Churchill who did so much to fight to<br />

maintain our freedom.<br />

If you could change one UK law, which would make a difference to the<br />

people in the <strong>Lewes</strong> constituency, which would it be? It wouldn’t be one<br />

law; I’d do my best to scrap as many as possible, especially those which<br />

are eating away at our human rights <strong>and</strong> personal liberties.<br />

How big is your carbon footprint? I’ve never measured it. I’m a part time<br />

organic sheep farmer, <strong>and</strong> some people complain about the methane that<br />

that produces, which I think is crazy. I produce local food for local<br />

people, so I believe that that is fairly environmentally positive.<br />

Do you think that there is ever a case to be made for ‘tactical voting’.<br />

And are you a fan of the current ‘first past the post’ voting system? I<br />

think that other Europeans look at our system <strong>and</strong> they see it as a model<br />

of democracy. PR systems mean that voters have no personal choice about<br />

the person who represents them. We need to change our attitudes <strong>and</strong><br />

political awareness, not the system.<br />

Which one book would you choose as desert isl<strong>and</strong> reading material, <strong>and</strong><br />

why? When I fled from Czechoslovakia aged 15 I carried a single book,<br />

Homer’s Odyssey, <strong>and</strong> I would choose the same one again. It’s quite<br />

appropriate for the election, actually: another fight on the long journey.<br />


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Name: Hratche Koundarjian<br />

Party: Labour<br />

Is it important for an MP to live in the<br />

constituency they represent? If elected, would<br />

you do so? It’s extremely important that the<br />

local MP is local. Whatever happens in the<br />

election, I’m not leaving Newhaven where I live<br />

any time soon.<br />

What proportion of his/her working hours should an MP spend on local<br />

issues? Which single local issue most needs addressing? There are some<br />

crucial problems in Newhaven <strong>and</strong> Seaford that need to be tackled as a<br />

priority, this has been the focus of my campaign <strong>and</strong> would be my priority<br />

as an MP. In <strong>Lewes</strong>, dealing with traffic congestion through better public<br />

transport <strong>and</strong> a cycle route network is a must.<br />

Do you believe that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Tesco should have been allowed to exp<strong>and</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> what do you think the consequences will be for the town? No, people<br />

are already very well served with lots of supermarkets in easy reach.<br />

I think that an exp<strong>and</strong>ed Tesco will have a corrosive effect on our<br />

independent retailers.<br />

Which former (British) politician do you most admire, <strong>and</strong> why? Mo Mowlam<br />

- for being courageous both with her politics <strong>and</strong> personal life, her<br />

plain speaking honesty, but most of all for being a completely decent<br />

person.<br />

If you could change one UK law, which would make a difference to the<br />

people in the <strong>Lewes</strong> constituency, which would it be? The Robin Hood Tax,<br />

a small 0.05 per cent tariff on international banking transactions, which<br />

would have a big impact in reducing our deficit, resulting in fewer cuts<br />

to our public services in <strong>Lewes</strong> as well as helping to fund overseas aid.<br />

How big is your carbon footprint? According to the WWF Carbon Footprint<br />

Calculator it’s 11.17 tons per annum. As a supporter of the 10:10<br />

Climate Change campaign, this means that I have to drop <strong>more</strong> than a ton<br />

of carbon starting in May this year!<br />

Do you think that there is ever a case to be made for ‘tactical’ voting?<br />

And are you a fan of the current ‘first past the post’ voting system? I<br />

think introducing either a proportional or alternative vote would be<br />

better for our democracy. One of the best reasons to support me is that<br />

every vote will send a message to the next MP about the campaigns we’ve<br />

been fighting on. From re-opening the West Beach, to saving the seniors’<br />

centre in Seaford, backing the Robin Hood Tax, making <strong>Lewes</strong>, Seaford <strong>and</strong><br />

Newhaven the first 10:10 Climate Change Campaign constituency, introducing<br />

a 20mph speed limit around entrances of our local schools, bringing a<br />

community hospital to Seahaven, <strong>and</strong> changing the constituency name so<br />

that Seaford <strong>and</strong> Newhaven get fairer representation in Parliament. It’s<br />

vital for these issues that we secure a vote that the other c<strong>and</strong>idates<br />

can’t ignore.<br />

Which one book would you choose as desert isl<strong>and</strong> reading material, <strong>and</strong><br />

why? A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, as it would soak up<br />

oodles of time trying to get my head fully around it.<br />

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Name: Jason Sugarman<br />

Party: Conservative<br />

Is it important for an MP to live in the<br />

constituency they represent? If elected, would<br />

you do so? This constituency is my home; it’s<br />

where I was brought up, where I went to school<br />

<strong>and</strong> where I have had a home for 20 years.<br />

Although I have to be in London because of work commitments, I spend a<br />

huge amount of time here <strong>and</strong> would continue to do so if elected.<br />

What proportion of his/her working hours should an MP spend on local<br />

issues? Which single local issue most needs addressing? A large<br />

proportion - well over 60% of an MP’s time should be devoted to<br />

constituency matters. We have so many problems that need addressing;<br />

we need to catch up with other constituencies that have had central<br />

government investment. I think the regeneration of Newhaven is a vital<br />

priority that has been neglected for too long.<br />

Do you believe that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Tesco should have been allowed to exp<strong>and</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> what do you think the consequences will be for the town? I think<br />

it is a great pity Tesco seems to have got its planning without a local<br />

referendum on this issue. We need to be certain about what local people<br />

want before we allow our planning officers to dictate to our community,<br />

while councillors seem powerless to take action.<br />

Which former (British) politician do you most admire, <strong>and</strong> why? Winston<br />

Churchill inspires me most. He led our nation through its darkest hour<br />

<strong>and</strong> helped us win a war against the odds. He then had the foresight to<br />

rebuild a broken Europe <strong>and</strong> ensured Germany was part of a trading Europe<br />

that has kept the peace for a generation.<br />

If you could change one UK law, which would make a difference to the<br />

people in the <strong>Lewes</strong> ward, which would it be? I would like to see the<br />

Human Rights Act amended to remove so much bureaucracy from our lives. We<br />

need to rebuild trust in this country.<br />

How big is your carbon footprint? On a par with the national average at<br />

11. As a family we are very conscious of our actions, we recycle as much<br />

as possible <strong>and</strong> offset our carbon footprint by supporting a tree planting<br />

scheme.<br />

Do you think that there is ever a case to be made for ‘tactical voting’.<br />

And are you a fan of the current ‘first past the post’ voting system? In<br />

my view people should vote for the party that can deliver what they want<br />

for their community. Tactical voting manipulates the current political<br />

system, which works well allowing us to elect strong government on firm<br />

m<strong>and</strong>ates. When we vote we know the policies that we are voting for. Any<br />

other system means we have negotiations over policy <strong>and</strong> a government that<br />

tries to please everyone.<br />

Which one book would you choose as desert isl<strong>and</strong> reading material, <strong>and</strong><br />

why? Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.<br />

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Name: Norman Baker<br />

Party: Liberal Democrats<br />

Is it important for an MP to live in the<br />

constituency they represent? If elected,<br />

would you do so? It is highly desirable. That<br />

way an MP keeps in touch with the day to day<br />

issues on the ground. I personally don’t see<br />

how you can be MP for <strong>Lewes</strong> <strong>and</strong> live in, say, London. I have lived in<br />

Beddingham, then <strong>Lewes</strong>, for 25 years.<br />

What proportion of his/her working hours should an MP spend on local<br />

issues? Which single local issue most needs addressing? In my 13 years<br />

as MP for <strong>Lewes</strong>, I have spent about half my time in Westminster <strong>and</strong><br />

half in the constituency, which has worked well. As for local issues,<br />

there are plenty, but an urgent review of the Tory county council’s<br />

oppressive parking regime must come high up.<br />

Do you believe that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Tesco should have been allowed to<br />

exp<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> what do you think the consequences will be for the town?<br />

No, although planning law is so loaded in favour of developers these<br />

days it was almost impossible for the council to say no. I fear the<br />

consequences will be to endanger the viability of some of the town’s<br />

independent shops.<br />

Which former (British) politician do you most admire, <strong>and</strong> why? Jo<br />

Grimond, the former Liberal Party leader. He was a wonderful orator,<br />

<strong>and</strong> a courageous <strong>and</strong> deeply principled person.<br />

If you could change one UK law, which would make a difference to the<br />

people in the <strong>Lewes</strong> ward, which would it be? I would ban the clamping<br />

of vehicles by private companies. Indeed, I introduced a measure to<br />

achieve this just a few weeks ago in the House of Commons, but sadly<br />

it was voted down by Tory <strong>and</strong> Labour MPs.<br />

How big is your carbon footprint? Too big, as is nearly everybody’s in<br />

this country, but a good deal less since I took a conscious decision a<br />

few years back never to fly unless absolutely necessary.<br />

Do you think that there is ever a case to be made for tactical voting.<br />

And are you a fan of the current first past the post? voting system?<br />

First past the post tries to force people into a two-party system that<br />

is outdated <strong>and</strong> unfair. It means large numbers of people are forced to<br />

vote for someone who cannot win, or to vote for their second choice.<br />

I acknowledge that when I narrowly won <strong>Lewes</strong> in 1997, it was because<br />

many Labour <strong>and</strong> Green supporters backed me, so in that sense, tactical<br />

voting certainly does work. The Lib Dems are the only party that can<br />

<strong>and</strong> will change the system, <strong>and</strong> we are determined to do so.<br />

Which one book would you choose as desert isl<strong>and</strong> reading material,<br />

<strong>and</strong> why? The Oxford English Dictionary, so I could create as well as<br />

absorb.<br />

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Name: Peter Charlton<br />

Party: UKIP<br />

Is it important for an MP to live in the<br />

constituency they represent? If elected, would<br />

you do so? Yes it is. You can see <strong>and</strong> live the<br />

same problems as the people you represent. You<br />

can meet them in the supermarkets, the shops <strong>and</strong> pubs <strong>and</strong> listen<br />

to their concerns. Spend your money locally, <strong>and</strong> you support your<br />

own constituency.<br />

What proportion of his/her working hours should an MP spend on<br />

local issues? Which single local issue most needs addressing? What<br />

are the local councillors for? An MP should only have to intervene<br />

when all other avenues are exhausted. We must stop this reckless<br />

insistence on building thous<strong>and</strong>s of new homes on greenfield sites.<br />

Do you believe that the <strong>Lewes</strong> Tesco should have been allowed to<br />

exp<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> what do you think the consequences will be for the<br />

town?<br />

No I don’t. It is already big enough for the purpose of serving<br />

the <strong>Lewes</strong> people. I think <strong>more</strong> shops will close, destroying the<br />

fabric of the town.<br />

Which former (British) politician do you most admire, <strong>and</strong> why?<br />

Margaret Thatcher. She wasn’t always right, but she pulled this<br />

country back from permanent decline <strong>and</strong> bankruptcy. No waffle, she<br />

had a vision <strong>and</strong> made it happen.<br />

If you could change one UK law, which would make a difference to<br />

the people in the <strong>Lewes</strong> constituency, which would it be? Scrap<br />

SEEDA <strong>and</strong> SEERA which will return power back to the District <strong>and</strong><br />

County Councils so they can run local affairs, not the EU.<br />

How big is your carbon footprint? I don’t believe in this carbon<br />

scam. I do believe in cleaner <strong>more</strong> fuel-efficient transport. We<br />

can also stop putting <strong>more</strong> pollutants in the atmosphere so we have<br />

cleaner air to breathe. We should invest in hydro-electric power<br />

<strong>and</strong> wave power: we are an isl<strong>and</strong> for goodness sake.<br />

Do you think that there is ever a case to be made for ‘tactical<br />

voting’. And are you a fan of the current ‘first past the post’<br />

voting system? I believe people should vote with their heads <strong>and</strong><br />

their hearts. I believe that we have to change the system. UKIP<br />

represents millions of people in this country <strong>and</strong> they should be<br />

represented in Parliament. UKIP is the second largest UK party in<br />

the EU <strong>and</strong> the fourth largest party in the UK.<br />

Which one book would you choose as desert isl<strong>and</strong> reading material,<br />

<strong>and</strong> why? Lord of the Rings. Fantastically written <strong>and</strong> while<br />

reading it, your mind can drift as if you were living it.<br />

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On the morning of 2nd April as we were coming downstairs for<br />

breakfast our son said, ‘There’s a turkey outside.’ Naturally we<br />

ignored him but slightly <strong>more</strong> forcefully <strong>and</strong> with no hint of<br />

laughter he said, ‘No really there is a turkey on the fence’. It<br />

wasn’t April Fool’s day any longer <strong>and</strong> sure enough there was<br />

a turkey staring hard at us through the glass of the front door.<br />

We did take some pictures but shortly after as my husb<strong>and</strong><br />

ducked (no pun intended) past it to leave the house for work it<br />

took off/hopped off the shed roof into the neighbour’s garden<br />

over the wall. I did not think turkeys could fly <strong>and</strong> our neighbours<br />

have a walled garden so rang the RSPCA who thought<br />

it was a joke at first but said call back if it is no longer there. I<br />

called our neighbours <strong>and</strong> was hugely apologetic as it was 8am<br />

on Good Friday but could I come round <strong>and</strong> check it was still<br />

there. Somehow it had flown <strong>and</strong> if I had not had a photograph I don’t think my neighbour would ever<br />

take me seriously again. I scouted the area but nothing <strong>and</strong> had to call the RSPCA back. Imagine if it had<br />

turned up at Christmas!<br />

Kathie Murphy<br />

Your editorial on the expansion of Tesco (April 2010) provides a helpful list of the products an enlarged<br />

store might stock (clothes, electrical goods, cookware etc). These seem exactly the sort of goods that the independent,<br />

idiosyncratic business so beloved of Tesco’s opponents do not manage to stock at low cost. Could<br />

it be possible that the high street being ‘protected’ by the anti-Tesco campaign is one that has already died<br />

off, replaced by shops selling luxury goods for the well off?<br />

John McGowan<br />

Attending the Planning Committee meeting concerning the Tesco expansion left me feeling aghast, annoyed<br />

<strong>and</strong> frankly betrayed. Why did the Planning Committee feel the need to roll over <strong>and</strong> have its belly<br />

scratched by Tesco? Surely the role of official representatives of this town is to work hard to protect <strong>Lewes</strong>’<br />

interests? Not the interests of helping Tesco increase their profits. Why did the committee not reject Tesco’s<br />

own survey of the impact of their proposed expansion in favour of commissioning a truly independent one?<br />

Is it really acceptable that a Tesco superstore will be built, which will swallow up so much <strong>more</strong> trade from<br />

existing retailers?<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> was at the end of its first week as part of the South Downs National Park. The Planning Committee’s<br />

approval for Tesco to exp<strong>and</strong> it’s current site seemed a very odd way of celebrating the town’s new status.<br />

Enrico Dummett<br />

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After the phenomenal<br />

response to the first part<br />

of Wallis <strong>and</strong> Wallis’<br />

WW2 propag<strong>and</strong>a<br />

poster auction in March<br />

(which auctioneer Roy<br />

Butler described as<br />

‘madness’), the company<br />

are expecting a busy day<br />

on May 5th when a second batch goes under the hammer. In<br />

the earlier auction, one pair of posters, with the classic slogans<br />

‘Careless Talk Costs Lives,’ <strong>and</strong> ‘Tell Nobody – Not Even Her’,<br />

went for a staggering £2,700. This bonny L<strong>and</strong> Girl, trying to<br />

attract helpers to bring in the ‘Victory Harvest’ of 1945, should<br />

raise a bob or two, herself – you might remember a different<br />

version of her on our #24 cover.<br />


Oliver Darlington,<br />

High St,<br />

April 16th<br />

It’s a boina, which is the<br />

Spanish word for beret. And<br />

I got it in a superb hat shop<br />

in Barcelona.<br />


In the second of our<br />

series looking at where<br />

you can buy basic<br />

objects in the centre of<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>, we’re seeking<br />

stockists of seeds <strong>and</strong><br />

tomato plants. Peter<br />

Messer tells us Sky-Lark<br />

in the Needlemakers offer an excellent range of King’s vegetable<br />

<strong>and</strong> flower seeds including “recherché oriental vegetables”.<br />

Matt can order specific seeds <strong>and</strong> organise bulk rates for<br />

allotment societies, 01273 479418. Tomato <strong>and</strong> other vegetable<br />

plants can be found in Fur, Feather <strong>and</strong> Fins in Cliffe.<br />

B I T S a n d B o B S<br />


The day we went to press with this H<strong>and</strong>book<br />

we also put out the 200th edition<br />

of our award-winning weekly webmag<br />

www.vivalewes.com, a l<strong>and</strong>mark we’re<br />

extremely proud of. If you haven’t logged<br />

on to check the magazine out, give it a<br />

try; in it you’ll find up-to-the-minute listings,<br />

news, columns, photos <strong>and</strong> opinion<br />

concerning our vibrant county town.<br />


The Mayor of <strong>Lewes</strong> (Col CD Crisp), one<br />

of the most notable figures in the world of<br />

footballing referees… told the audience<br />

of his adventures when taking the Chelsea<br />

team on tour in South America in 1929.<br />

Football in South America, at that time<br />

at any rate, was one of the “dangerous<br />

trades”. At one match Chelsea (having<br />

been warned in advance by the Commissioner<br />

of Police that they must not score)<br />

had the hardihood, or the misfortune, to<br />

score a goal. Thereupon revolvers went<br />

off, the ground was strewn with oranges<br />

thrown by the crowd, <strong>and</strong> mounted police,<br />

summoned by a siren, arrived on the field<br />

of battle. After the match the unfortunate<br />

team had the tyres of their coach slashed,<br />

<strong>and</strong> had to be rescued by a naval party<br />

with taxis.<br />

From Don’t Kill the Players, Sussex County<br />

Notes Vol XXIV No3, March 1950<br />

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B I T S a n d B o B S<br />

The church of St Peter Westout was first<br />

recorded in 1121 but almost certainly existed<br />

before that date. Following the destruction<br />

of the Priory by Thomas Cromwell in<br />

1538, the parish of St Peter Westout was<br />

united with that of St Mary Westout (now<br />

St Anne’s) in 1539.<br />

St Peter’s Place was built in 1868 <strong>and</strong> the<br />

date is recorded on a plaque featuring the<br />

Nevill family coat of arms. The 4th Earl of Abergavenny, (later 1st Marquis), William Nevill, was a prominent<br />

Tory politician <strong>and</strong> he was anxious to create as many potential Tory voters as possible. Accordingly he demolished<br />

a large house he owned on St Anne’s Hill <strong>and</strong> built a terrace of houses with a rent of £12 a year. The level<br />

of rent was important – occupiers of homes who paid less were not eligible to vote <strong>and</strong> he carefully chose tenants<br />

who could be relied on to vote the right way. They had little choice as the ballot was not secret in those<br />

days. St Peter’s Place came to be known as Tory Terrace <strong>and</strong> the name stuck for many years. Sadly for him the<br />

Earl’s machinations were in vain. Secret ballots were introduced in 1872, before the next election, <strong>and</strong> the rent<br />

threshold abolished. Kim Clark<br />

Kim has been revising <strong>and</strong> enlarging LS Davey’s The Street Names of <strong>Lewes</strong>, shortly to be published by Pomegranate<br />

Press for the Friends of <strong>Lewes</strong>, <strong>and</strong> to be reviewed in the June issue of <strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>. Photo by Joe Knight<br />


We are fortunate in Sussex to be surrounded by such a beautiful, curvaceous l<strong>and</strong>scape.<br />

But how much of what we see around us is ‘natural’ <strong>and</strong> how much has been<br />

altered by human activity during half a million years of inhabitation? Prolific local<br />

author <strong>and</strong> historical geographer, Peter Br<strong>and</strong>on addresses this in his recent addition<br />

to the Snake River Press Sussex Guide series The Shaping of the Sussex L<strong>and</strong>scape.<br />

He informs us, for example, that Sussex was once the heart of the iron industry, which<br />

is why we have so many hammer ponds located here. Peter, an ‘ardent walker’, is<br />

president of the South Downs Society <strong>and</strong> vice-president of the Sussex Archaeological<br />

Society, so he knows his subject well. He dedicates the book to Hilaire Belloc ‘who<br />

first aroused in the author his love of Sussex’. Featuring delightful black-<strong>and</strong>-white<br />

illustrations by Grahame Baker Smith <strong>and</strong> an introduction by Alfriston resident, the<br />

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in order to underst<strong>and</strong> how the historical <strong>and</strong> geological ‘mosaic’ of our l<strong>and</strong>scape has come into being. £8.99,<br />

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You can help save the planet, <strong>and</strong> a bob or two, while you’re at it, at the Coping<br />

With Cutbacks fair in the Corn Exchange at the Town Hall on May 15th from<br />

10am-1pm. There will be a number of stalls, helping you to learn ways of saving<br />

on your bills, in an ecologically positive way. There will be advice on matters such<br />

as lowering bills with better insulation, <strong>and</strong> financial advice. There will also be a<br />

speakers’ corner for anyone who’s up for a rant, <strong>and</strong> a café, too.<br />

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May is still one of the hungry gap months when stored produce from last<br />

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Next Farmers’ Markets: May 1st, June 5th.<br />



This Harveys beer was first brewed to celebrate the 21st birthday of the Knots of May team<br />

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For May, we have a great ‘two for one’<br />

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Also, chi-chi hairdressing salon Langton’s<br />

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colour <strong>and</strong> cut <strong>and</strong> make-up. For <strong>more</strong><br />

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Apologies to Matt Woodruff of Woodruff’s<br />

Yard. Muehlenbeckia is not, as we<br />

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B I T S a n d B o B S<br />

Anyone who caught a gig by the marvellously eclectic<br />

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forget their drummer, Sam Walker (left, centre), a Cooksbridge<br />

lad whose madcap energy did so much to drive<br />

forward the b<strong>and</strong>’s relentlessly danceable live sets. Behind<br />

the Animal-from-the-Muppets stage act, though, lurked<br />

a creative <strong>and</strong> sensitive mind, hinted at when he took the<br />

mike on a couple of self-penned songs.<br />

Sam’s played solo a lot too in <strong>Lewes</strong> – unfurling that sensitive<br />

side, displaying his multi-instrumental prowess <strong>and</strong> proving his ability to hold a crowd’s rapt attention<br />

with hear-a-pin-drop semi-falsetto vocal solos.<br />

Once <strong>and</strong> Everywhere is an impossible-to-pigeon-hole album to play <strong>and</strong> play again: deeply layered, multiinfluenced,<br />

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listen to The Bubble on The Muel’s myspace site, one of many highlights of this remarkable album, in which<br />

Ravel’s Bolero meets The Long <strong>and</strong> Winding Road, with kettle drums. Warning: it’ll stay in your head for<br />

days.<br />


<strong>Lewes</strong> textile designer Louise Turner has written a large <strong>and</strong> sumptuous hardback<br />

book called Fashion Trims. It’s a gorgeous <strong>and</strong> rather fun sewing project book divided<br />

up into sections such as ‘hats <strong>and</strong> shoes’, or ‘bags <strong>and</strong> baskets’. Louise is also a<br />

teacher, <strong>and</strong> she guides you helpfully through the processes involved in customising<br />

<strong>and</strong> decorating a variety of objects. It is generously illustrated with photographs by<br />

Sian Irvine, with the most luxurious <strong>and</strong> colourful ribbons <strong>and</strong> fabrics that make me<br />

want to stroke the pages. EC (More details from www.louiseturnertextiles.co.uk).<br />

Monika is an arts magazine, in its second edition, which is edited by a <strong>Lewes</strong>based<br />

journalist, whose identity we will keep to ourselves.<br />

Why should we throw such a cloak of anonymity over this person? Because<br />

anonymity is what the magazine is all about, despite its title. The idea is that<br />

writers, photographers <strong>and</strong> illustrators will be able to work in a <strong>more</strong> creative<br />

manner without being identifiable from their byline.<br />

Such anonymity helps, I guess, when you’re writing a piece called ‘Amsterdam<br />

in 32’, chronicling how the author ‘did 32 poos’ in a single weekend in<br />

the Dutch city. This turns out, actually, to be a fairly absorbing read, <strong>and</strong> the<br />

poos turn out to be symbolic, ‘the remnants of my youth seeping out of me’.<br />

Another author, in a rather inspired manner, psychogeographically explores some tunnels in Balham, that might<br />

or might not exist.<br />

Monika, which is sold internationally in specialist bookstores, <strong>and</strong> from monikamagazine.com, is a beautifully<br />

designed piece of work, mixing matt <strong>and</strong> glossy pages, the latter a showcase for fine documentary photography<br />

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YOU’RE SO VANE #4<br />

The <strong>Lewes</strong> weathervane<br />

most visible by car is the<br />

one you see on the block of<br />

flats on the corner of North<br />

Street <strong>and</strong> Little East Street<br />

when you’re going round<br />

the one-way system. It’s the<br />

Duke of Wellington, recognisable<br />

by his hat, galloping along on horseback, wielding<br />

his sword. It was designed, I discover from Brigid<br />

Chapman’s book The Weathervanes of Sussex, by Paul<br />

Hodgkin, architect for the district council’s housing<br />

project for older people, <strong>and</strong> made by Ben Stevens of the<br />

Fisher Street forge in 1979.<br />


The extremely successful first season of the <strong>Lewes</strong> Junior<br />

Film Club comes to an end on Sunday May 30th<br />

(10.30am) with a screening of the 1998 French animation<br />

Kirikou et la sorcière… <strong>and</strong> plenty <strong>more</strong> besides.<br />

The club precedes its films with an imaginative ‘workshop’<br />

designed to prepare the kids for what they’re<br />

about to see. These are kept a secret until the day of the<br />

event: last time round, for the film ‘The Wiz’ there was<br />

a 70-person-strong parade along a yellow brick road<br />

through <strong>Lewes</strong>, which involved 30 kids taking part in<br />

seven dances. Tickets cost £5, <strong>and</strong> adults are welcome<br />

either to drop their children off at the event, or to watch<br />

the movie from the balcony above. Kirikou, directed by<br />

Michael Ocelot, is a million miles from the 3-d action<br />

cartoons that are so popular at the moment. It’s based<br />

on a West-African folk tale, <strong>and</strong> is characterised by its<br />

primitive, beautifully coloured, two-dimensional animation<br />

techniques.<br />


B I T S a n d B o B S<br />

There is a series of Gideon Mantell-related<br />

events going on throughout May, organised by<br />

local historian Debby Matthews. Three one-<strong>and</strong>a-half-hour<br />

walks follow in Mantell’s footsteps,<br />

all starting at 1pm. On the 9th, there’s a repeat<br />

of the earlier walk exploring ‘Mantell’s Early Life<br />

<strong>and</strong> Times in <strong>Lewes</strong>’; on the 15th a visit to the<br />

records office to see his diary is followed by ‘Roman<br />

Finds in St John-sub-Castro’; on the 16th<br />

you can follow Debby to find out about ‘Cliffe<br />

<strong>and</strong> Southerham: Stones <strong>and</strong> Bones’. The month’s<br />

events are concluded by a talk in the Town Hall<br />

(7pm), about Mantell’s time in Brighton, entitled<br />

‘Where did it All Go Wrong?’. Each event costs<br />

£4; <strong>more</strong> info from 01273 483228/gideonmantell.wordpress.com<br />


The second annual <strong>Lewes</strong> Bus Rally should see<br />

over 50 old buses of all shapes <strong>and</strong> sizes collecting<br />

on Malling Field on Sun 23rd (10am-5pm) so<br />

anyone who wants to get a fix of motor nostalgia<br />

(<strong>and</strong> we’re still pining over the loss of the old<br />

London Routemasters) should take a look. There<br />

will be all sorts of activities, including rides in<br />

old buses, to enjoy. A quick peek at their website<br />

(www.lewesbusrally.org) reveals that among<br />

many others there’ll be a 1939 Leyl<strong>and</strong> Lion, a<br />

1953 Bristol K, <strong>and</strong>… a 1067 Park Royal. Now<br />

that’s what we call a classic motor.<br />

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MYLEWES DEborAh bEDforD<br />

Job: High Sheriff.<br />

What does that mean exactly? The office is over a<br />

thous<strong>and</strong> years old, the oldest secular office after the<br />

Crown. At one time High Sheriffs were very powerful,<br />

but their powers declined over time with the establishment<br />

of Judges, Lords Lieutenant, Coroners <strong>and</strong> Magistrates.<br />

Now the role is mainly ceremonial. One of our<br />

duties is the wellbeing of visiting High Court Judges.<br />

High Sheriffs support voluntary <strong>and</strong> charitable organisations,<br />

particularly those involved in law <strong>and</strong> order. I’d<br />

call it privileged but not elitist.<br />

Is it a paid position? No, <strong>and</strong> you don’t get expenses<br />

either. It was once the case that the judges could fine<br />

the Sheriff if they didn’t think he was doing a good job<br />

too! One of my planned events is a civic reception in<br />

Newhaven Fort, with a jazz b<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> fish <strong>and</strong> chips.<br />

How long have you been in the post? Since 29th<br />

March. It’s for one year only.<br />

What’s your involvement in the general election? I<br />

can exercise the right to be Returning Officer for East<br />

Sussex. John Crawford, the Deputy Returning Officer,<br />

offered me the role. I considered it carefully, but since<br />

he does all the work, <strong>and</strong> he’s about to retire, it seemed<br />

to me that it was right for him to do it. He will take<br />

me round some of the rural polling stations <strong>and</strong> I’ll be<br />

there for the count. He told me he hopes it will be finished<br />

by 3am!<br />

What’s your uniform? Male High Sheriff’s uniform<br />

is based on 18th century court dress; breeches, hose,<br />

a wig-bag on the back of the neck <strong>and</strong> buckled shoes.<br />

They also carry a sword <strong>and</strong> folding cocked hat known<br />

as a ‘chapeau bras’. I wear a dress <strong>and</strong> jacket, shoes with<br />

Photo: Alex Leith<br />

my gr<strong>and</strong>father’s buckles, a hat with the traditional<br />

white ostrich feather, Shrieval buttons, <strong>and</strong> a lace Jabot.<br />

I declined the sword! I love the tradition but we have to<br />

take into account the society we live in.<br />

Are you local? Yes. I’m sixty <strong>and</strong> I’ve lived between<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> <strong>and</strong> Ringmer for half my life. I’ve been a magistrate<br />

here for nearly twenty years, <strong>and</strong> was on the<br />

prison board for ten.<br />

What do you like about <strong>Lewes</strong>? It’s incredibly beautiful<br />

<strong>and</strong> very self-aware. I like its independence. It’s<br />

<strong>more</strong> vibrant than it used to be <strong>and</strong> there’s a great sense<br />

of community.<br />

What don’t you like? Sometimes the town doesn’t feel<br />

very inclusive.<br />

What’s your local? I often go to pubs, I meet my girlfriends<br />

in them. I particularly like the Ram at Firle.<br />

What’s your poison? I like wine but I’m trying to cut<br />

back. I’ve been drinking the low alcohol cider from<br />

Waitrose <strong>and</strong> the Tesco wine ‘light options’. However,<br />

I find the less I drink, the <strong>more</strong> chocolate I eat.<br />

Where do you do your food shopping? I try to<br />

support Ringmer shops, <strong>and</strong> in particular I like Lew<br />

Howard <strong>and</strong> Sons, the butcher.<br />

How would you spend a perfect Sunday? I grow my<br />

own vegetables. I like cooking them with a roast for my<br />

family, then taking the dogs for a walk.<br />

What did you have for breakfast? Tea <strong>and</strong> porridge<br />

with milk <strong>and</strong> sugar.<br />

What’s your favourite cinema? The Picture House<br />

at Uckfield. I’m hoping to see the Girl With a Dragon<br />

Tattoo there.<br />

Interview by Emma Chaplin<br />

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P H o T o o f T H E m o n T H<br />

Ian Cairns took this beautiful shot of kittiwakes in the early morning of April Fools’ Day “a couple of weeks<br />

after they returned to Seaford Head cliffs”. It seems to capture their elegant, swooping movements <strong>and</strong><br />

somehow give an impression of the extraordinary cacophony they make. Ian was visiting Splash Point in<br />

Seaford to look at the birds with his nine-year-old son, James. “These streamlined gulls are pelagic, living out<br />

in the Atlantic all year <strong>and</strong> only coming ashore to nest. Every few minutes, hundreds take to the air, screaming<br />

out over the sea before circling back to their nesting spot on the cliffs.” He took a number of shots using his<br />

Nikon D70 SLR with a 300mm equivalent lens (settings 1/2500, f8, ISO400) shooting “slightly into the sun,<br />

which gives it lots of light <strong>and</strong> life”. This also gives a slightly metallic effect to the surface of the sea <strong>and</strong> rock.<br />

According to the RSPB, Splash Point is one of the most accessible kittiwake colonies in the UK <strong>and</strong> a popular<br />

place for watching chicks on the nest later in the year, with the organisation providing free telescopes during<br />

July. “There is a lot of activity over the next few months” Ian says, “with the kittiwakes coming <strong>and</strong> going with<br />

nesting materials <strong>and</strong> food <strong>and</strong> being kept busy by the crows which are constantly trying to rob the kittiwakes<br />

of their offspring, causing much noisy protest.”<br />

Send your pictures into info@vivalewes.com. We publish the best ones in our ‘photo of the week’ web<br />

magazine column, <strong>and</strong> choose our favourite for this slot, which wins the photographer £20. Unless otherwise<br />

arranged we retain the right to use all pictures received in future <strong>Viva</strong> Magazines Ltd publications.<br />

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W illiam Shakespeare missed a trick by<br />

starting his histories with King John.<br />

He could have constructed a much <strong>more</strong> exciting<br />

<strong>and</strong> moving play by jumping a generation,<br />

<strong>and</strong> concentrating on the adventures of Simon<br />

de Montfort. What a story he’d have got: ambition,<br />

treachery, the wholesale upheaval of<br />

‘natural order’. A family squabble turning into<br />

a bloody Civil War. A noble aristocrat whose<br />

hubris leads to his untimely demise. But not before<br />

he’s wrested control of the country, at the<br />

bloody Battle of <strong>Lewes</strong>, becoming the de facto<br />

King of Engl<strong>and</strong>.<br />

Act One, set in the late 1230s, would see the<br />

young De Montfort, the near-penniless second<br />

son of a French aristocratic family, coming to<br />

Engl<strong>and</strong> seeking his fortune at the court of<br />

King Henry III. What a great character: he’s<br />

a strong, ambitious <strong>and</strong> intelligent fellow, well<br />

versed in warfare, <strong>and</strong> silver-tongued. Henry,<br />

just a year older, is a completely different type<br />

of man. Artistic <strong>and</strong> hot-tempered, sensitive<br />

<strong>and</strong> fickle. Nevertheless, the King takes a liking<br />

to the newcomer, as does the king’s teenage<br />

sister, Eleanor, which makes for some wonderful<br />

scenes. Before long De Montfort has wooed<br />

the young girl into a shotgun marriage. Henry’s<br />

not pleased at first – Eleanor has made a vow<br />

of life-long chastity having recently been widowed<br />

- but De Montfort’s charm is such that he<br />

soon forgives him, <strong>and</strong> grants him the Earldom<br />

of Leicester, to which he has a long-st<strong>and</strong>ing<br />

claim, as well as making him one of his most<br />

trusted advisers. Trumpets, fanfare, all is well.<br />

In Act Two, everything starts unravelling. We

learn that Henry’s reign is far from popular.<br />

That he’s unable to live within his means, spending<br />

money on fine buildings, courtly fripperies<br />

<strong>and</strong> badly organised military campaigns. And to<br />

pay for this he taxes his barons to the hilt: we<br />

watch him playing them off against one another<br />

to keep a revolt at arm’s length. He owes Simon<br />

money, too, <strong>and</strong> this results in an increasingly<br />

frayed relationship between the two. Matters get<br />

worse when Henry sends Simon to sort out his<br />

affairs in the English-ruled province of Gascony.<br />

When Simon, ruling with an iron fist, starts to<br />

make some headway, he recalls him from the<br />

task. Simon shouts at Henry that he ‘should be<br />

locked up, like Charles the Simple’. Henry angrily<br />

banishes him <strong>and</strong> Eleanor from the kingdom,<br />

<strong>and</strong> they move to France. He soliloquises, at this<br />

point, about the absolute power of the monarch.<br />

Such power, he decides, must be curbed.<br />

In Act Three we jump forward a few years, to<br />

1258, <strong>and</strong> Simon’s back in Engl<strong>and</strong>, in his castle<br />

at Kenilworth. He’s befriended a brilliant philosopher,<br />

by the name of Robert Grosseteste, with<br />

whom he starts plotting to find a way in which<br />

the king’s power can be shared by the barons, for<br />

Henry’s clearly unfit to rule the country on his<br />

own. In the impecunious king’s latest scrape, we<br />

discover, he’s borrowed money from the Pope in<br />

order to fund an aborted invasion of Sicily, <strong>and</strong> is<br />

being threatened with excommunication unless<br />

he pays it back. Simon is joined by a number of<br />

conspirators, including Henry’s dashing son, Edward.<br />

They arrange a meeting with the King at<br />

Oxford, <strong>and</strong> arrive, en masse, dressed in armour.<br />

Henry, fearing for his life <strong>and</strong> desperate for his<br />

L e w e s I N h I s t o r y<br />

Simon de montfort<br />

The tragic history Shakespeare never wrote<br />

barons’ support in his time of need, signs their<br />

petition, which becomes known as ‘The Provisions<br />

of Oxford’. The barons are overjoyed: the<br />

document signifies that he must consult a committee<br />

of nobles before he passes legislation of<br />

any sort. The king still reigns, he moans, but he<br />

no longer rules.<br />

Act Four sees us jump forward in time to May<br />

1264, <strong>and</strong> Simon is at the head of a large army,<br />

arrayed on the top of a hill overlooking <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

His soldiers are dressed in tunics with white<br />

crosses. We learn, in a conversation between<br />

two barons, of what’s happened in the intervening<br />

years. Henry is back in favour with the Pope,<br />

<strong>and</strong> with the help of the French King, has annulled<br />

the Provisions of Oxford. This has led to<br />

a civil war: Northampton has fallen to the Royalists;<br />

Rochester has been besieged by the barons.<br />

Much blood has been shed across the country,<br />

even in London, where Simon has ordered a pogrom<br />

of the Jewry. Now the two armies are face<br />

to face for the first time. Simon’s army numbers<br />

some 500 mounted knights, <strong>and</strong> 1,500 footsoldiers;<br />

the king’s army is bigger, with significantly<br />

<strong>more</strong> cavalry. Edward, we learn, has switched his<br />

allegiance back to his father. Then, the action<br />

starts for real. Edward charges a good proportion<br />

of his horsemen up the hill, <strong>and</strong> routs a battalion<br />

of Londoners. Crazed with bloodlust he chases<br />

them over Offham Hill, away from the battlefield.<br />

This gives Simon his chance to swing the<br />

battle his way. His men charge down <strong>and</strong> engage<br />

in h<strong>and</strong>-to-h<strong>and</strong> conflict with the King’s men,<br />

who have advanced from their post outside the<br />

Priory into the area of l<strong>and</strong> in front of the West<br />

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Photos of Battle of lewes monument by alex leith<br />

Gate of <strong>Lewes</strong>. The king battles valiantly, losing<br />

two horses from under him, but is forced to retreat<br />

into the safety of the Priory. His brother<br />

Richard, so called ‘King of the Romans’, hides<br />

in a windmill, <strong>and</strong> is captured, amid much mockery.<br />

Edward returns to the field, to find the battle<br />

has been lost by his father’s army. In an impassioned<br />

speech, looking at the carnage of nearly<br />

3,000 corpses, he vows revenge. As <strong>Lewes</strong> is set<br />

ablaze by Simon’s archers, he manages to reach<br />

the sanctuary of the Priory. Matters, however, get<br />

worse for him. As part of Henry’s peace deal, he<br />

is offered as a hostage, along with his uncle Richard.<br />

The deal is known as ‘The Mise of <strong>Lewes</strong>’.<br />

Simon de Montfort is, in effect, the uncrowned<br />

King of Engl<strong>and</strong>. He makes a speech about how<br />

he will change the way the country will be governed.<br />

In his new ‘Parliament’ the King will have<br />

to bide by the wishes of the barons, as well as a<br />

number of other knights elected from the shires<br />

<strong>and</strong> boroughs.<br />

Act V finds us in Evesham, just over a year later.<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

L e w e s I N h I s t o r y<br />

Simon has found ruling the kingdom no easy<br />

task. The Welsh have revolted, key allies have<br />

deserted him, <strong>and</strong> Edward has made a daring escape<br />

from imprisonment in Hereford, on a horse.<br />

Now the King’s son is at the head of an army<br />

twice the size of his own, dressed in red crosses,<br />

bent on revenge, heading for a showdown. In<br />

the last Act, we find Simon trapped in a loop of<br />

the Avon, <strong>and</strong> he realises that defeat, <strong>and</strong> certain<br />

death, looms. “May the Lord have mercy on our<br />

souls, for our bodies are theirs” he proclaims. His<br />

army charges at Edward’s men to try to breach<br />

their line, but they are soon overwhelmed, <strong>and</strong><br />

massacred. Simon witnesses the death of his son,<br />

Henry, <strong>and</strong> then is himself knocked off his horse<br />

<strong>and</strong> killed. His body is hacked to pieces. Edward<br />

makes a speech: the dictator is dead, the king is<br />

back in power, <strong>and</strong> the natural order of affairs has<br />

been restored. But, he wonders, will the governance<br />

of the country ever be quite the same again?<br />

Alex Leith<br />

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UpSTAIRS,<br />


Charleston through John Higgens’ eyes<br />

As I arrived at the Higgens’ home I saw cut flowers<br />

for sale by the gate <strong>and</strong> realised my gift of Waitrose<br />

hyacinths was a poor choice. But while I was<br />

wondering how to dispose of the pot, John <strong>and</strong> his<br />

wife Diana were already waving a friendly hello.<br />

John is the only son of Grace Higgens, the loyal<br />

housekeeper of the Bloomsbury Group, who<br />

Quentin Bell christened the “guardian angel<br />

of Charleston”. The daughter of a Norfolk<br />

smallholder, 16-year-old Grace was hired as a<br />

housemaid to Vanessa Bell in 1920. Aged 30, she<br />

gave birth to John in ‘High Holborn,’ a bed-sit,<br />

three floors above the kitchen, where as a child he<br />

would use the painted cupboards as goalposts.<br />

As one of ‘The Click’ - the nickname given to<br />

staff at Gordon Square, the favourite hangingout<br />

location of the Bloomsbury set in London<br />

- Grace enjoyed travel opportunities, but she<br />

was also “expected to work <strong>and</strong> work <strong>and</strong> work”.<br />

However liberal Vanessa Bell’s attitude to art <strong>and</strong><br />

sex, John thought her “staid, prim, <strong>and</strong> proper.” As<br />

employers, the group “were just Victorian.” John<br />

told me, “All the time she was at Charleston I can<br />

hardly remember my mother having a day off…<br />

they had to come first.”<br />

During the war, the group made Charleston their<br />

permanent home. Grace had to contend with a<br />

coke-fuelled Aga <strong>and</strong> an unreliable water supply.<br />

She would traipse up <strong>and</strong> down the “rough old<br />

flint <strong>and</strong> chalk road,” to buy groceries in <strong>Lewes</strong>,<br />

<strong>and</strong> across a cold concrete floor tending to dinner<br />

guests until late. The staff had to be a disappearing<br />

presence; “If anyone was in the dining room you<br />

had to go round the back, so you didn’t go past the<br />

windows while they were having their meals.”<br />

The British Library bought Grace’s diaries in<br />

2007, but they reveal nothing salacious about<br />

her employers. John Maynard Keynes’ wife, the<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

Portrait of John Higgens by Vanessa Bell<br />

ballerina Lydia Lopokova, became a “great friend”,<br />

<strong>and</strong> Clive Bell introduced young Grace to the<br />

stockmarket, which helped her buy a house in<br />

Ringmer when she retired in 1970.<br />

John remembers sitting for Vanessa Bell twice, a<br />

portrait of him aged 4 was one of the first produced<br />

in the top studio. The next was for the Berwick<br />

Church Nativity; John is pictured alongside two<br />

workmen, of whom each lost an arm in threshing<br />

accidents. There might have been <strong>more</strong> sittings,<br />

had Bell been a little <strong>more</strong> patient, “I think Mrs<br />

Bell got frustrated, she would say, ‘Peter John, you<br />

can’t sit still for five minutes!’”<br />

John <strong>and</strong> Diana visit Charleston once a year but<br />

although it looks “as it was,” there is some life that<br />

can’t be preserved; “Duncan loved smoking, <strong>and</strong><br />

he always had music blaring. When you go in the<br />

studio now, you don’t have the radio, or the fumes.”<br />

But although John has fond memories, he doesn’t<br />

miss living there, “I like to see it, I like to think of<br />

it, but I lived there 24 years, was brought up with<br />

these various people. I didn’t think anything of it.”<br />

Chloë King<br />

A selection of artworks belonging to Grace Higgens<br />

will be sold at Gorringes Auctioneers in <strong>Lewes</strong> on<br />

Thursday 13th May. For details contact Francesca<br />

Collin on 01273 472503.<br />

A r t<br />

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The Yorkshire playwright returns to Sussex<br />

21st May sees the start of the 21st Charleston<br />

Festival. Ten days of talks, readings <strong>and</strong> discussions,<br />

marketed by the festival organisers as ‘inspiring <strong>and</strong><br />

entertaining key-to-the-door-of-the-imagination<br />

events’, culminate in an evening of Chekhov<br />

vaudevilles.<br />

Tickets tend to sell fast, but this year unsuccessful<br />

applicants need not despair. ‘Follow us on Twitter’,<br />

is the jaunty exhortation on the back of the<br />

promotional brochure. And actually that might<br />

prove a safer option than attending in person, for<br />

we are left in no doubt that the country setting<br />

holds perils for the unprepared. Visitors are advised<br />

that ‘some surfaces are slightly uneven’. Parking is<br />

liable to be ‘a short distance from the festival site’<br />

<strong>and</strong>, <strong>more</strong>over, located in fields or farmyards. Small<br />

wonder then that ‘practical footwear is strongly<br />

recommended’. Learning that ‘the tea tent is in<br />

an orchard with no footpath’ makes one decidedly<br />

uneasy.<br />

Zadie Smith, Sarah Waters, Lionel Shriver <strong>and</strong><br />

Rose Tremain are among the distinguished writers<br />

coming to Charleston this year. There’s little doubt,<br />

however, that the biggest draw is Alan Bennett.<br />

Certainly the organisers seem to think so, charging<br />

C h A r L e s t o N f e s t I VA L<br />

£3 <strong>more</strong> than the st<strong>and</strong>ard £11 per event. For this<br />

you get ‘a rare opportunity to hear Alan Bennett<br />

read (including his Bloomsbury review Say Cheese,<br />

Virginia) <strong>and</strong> answer questions.’<br />

I suppose the Bloomsbury connection was<br />

irresistible, but it seems a pity as the piece in<br />

question, a book review of Lady Ottoline’s Album:<br />

Snapshots of her Famous Contemporaries,<br />

written for BB2’s The Book Programme, is<br />

uncharacteristically puerile. There’s another Alan<br />

Bennett Bloomsbury association to be found in his<br />

first play for television, A Day Out (1972). The part<br />

of Florence, a very well-spoken girl, shown in one<br />

scene playing croquet with a youthful Sebastian<br />

Flyte, is acted by the great-niece of Virginia Woolf,<br />

Virginia Bell.<br />

Her brother, Julian Bell, is at Charleston on 30th<br />

May, appearing in conversation with Frances<br />

Spalding. This particular event might be one<br />

for Alan Bennett to avoid, considering the<br />

subject matter of Spalding’s latest book, a double<br />

biography of John <strong>and</strong> Myfanwy Piper. Bennett’s<br />

new play, The Habit of Art, rather makes fun of<br />

poor Myfanwy.<br />

The Habit of Art, an agreeable enough literary<br />

soufflé, suffers from having little that is perceptive<br />

or original to say about the two protagonists,<br />

Benjamin Britten <strong>and</strong> WH Auden. The play does,<br />

however, contain one reference local to <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

Auden’s parting shot to Britten, towards the end of<br />

the play, is “And remember, Ben. Fuck Aldeburgh.”<br />

To which Auden adds, for no very good reason,<br />

“And while you’re at it, Fuck Glyndebourne.”<br />

Still, it’s probably the nearest we’re going to<br />

get to an Alan Bennett ‘<strong>Lewes</strong>’ play. The great<br />

opportunity for that was passed up in the 1970s.<br />

Going through <strong>Lewes</strong> one afternoon in 1972,<br />

Bennett observed a Chinese waiter, from his car<br />

window. It was early closing day. From that glimpse<br />

he developed the idea of writing about a Chinese<br />

waiter, on his afternoon off, searching the town<br />

for a girl called Iris who, he has been told, fancies<br />

him. But when it was shown on television in 1978,<br />

the action of the play, Afternoon Off, had shifted,<br />

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Provided UK airspace is volcanic-ash-free, allowing<br />

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Glyndebourne 2010 season should kick off with an<br />

excellent start in late May.<br />

First up will be a new production of Britten’s 1951<br />

all-male classic Billy Budd, never before performed<br />

at Glyndebourne. To h<strong>and</strong>le this they have drafted<br />

in star Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director<br />

Michael Gr<strong>and</strong>age for his first opera production.<br />

The other new production this year will be<br />

Mozart’s Don Giovanni, directed by Jonathan Kent<br />

who gave us last year’s much praised <strong>and</strong> innovative<br />

The Fairy Queen, (Purcell).<br />

Opera outsiders may wonder why they aren’t all<br />

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means they need to mix new with established.<br />

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allow audiences to enjoy the best of former seasons.<br />

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Hockney-designed 1975 production of The Rake’s<br />

Progress (Stravinsky), their longest running <strong>and</strong><br />

internationally-most-popular production. Plus<br />

three from <strong>more</strong> recent seasons - Hänsel und<br />

Gretel (Humperdinck), Così fan tutte (Mozart) <strong>and</strong><br />

Macbeth (Verdi).<br />

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment cover<br />

the Mozarts - with the treat of seeing 84-year-old<br />

Charles Mackerras taking charge of Così - <strong>and</strong> the<br />

London Phil do the honours on the rest.<br />

The 2010 season runs from 20 May to 29 August.<br />

At time of going to press both Mozarts had already<br />

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M Ay D Ay<br />

May Day is traditionally associated with customs<br />

celebrating the coming of summer, such as dancing<br />

around the Maypole, crowning a May Queen<br />

or gathering bunches or ‘knots’ of flowers. The<br />

children’s rhyme ‘here we go gathering nuts of<br />

May’ is a corruption of ‘knots’, since May is no time<br />

to gather nuts.<br />

These days, the Knots of May women’s Morris<br />

team organise the annual Garl<strong>and</strong> Day event<br />

in <strong>Lewes</strong> on the May Day Bank holiday. Local<br />

children bring along their floral creations to be<br />

judged. Tom Reeves tells me that it was seeing<br />

this 1881 Reeves photograph of the judging of the<br />

annual <strong>Lewes</strong> Garl<strong>and</strong> Competition, begun in 1874<br />

by J F Verrall Esq, that inspired the Morris women<br />

to reinstate this <strong>Lewes</strong> May tradition.<br />

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children, who used to beg for ‘a penny for the<br />

garl<strong>and</strong>’ on 1st May, something constructive to do,<br />

as well as encouraging ‘knowledge of wild flowers’,<br />

although some might think making garl<strong>and</strong>s<br />

involves picking, <strong>and</strong> possibly nicking, flowers<br />

rather than learning about them.<br />

This year on Monday May 3rd, the ‘Children’s<br />

Garl<strong>and</strong> Competition’ begins at 10am in the<br />

Castle Gun Garden, with the Mayor assisting the<br />

judging. Then the children process with the Knots<br />

of May Morris team, in traditional Lancastrian<br />

mill worker aprons <strong>and</strong> clogs, holding homemade<br />

fabric garl<strong>and</strong>s, from the Castle grounds down<br />

to Cliffe Bridge. They are accompanied by the<br />

Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men. The Knots of<br />

May then present the children with certificates <strong>and</strong><br />

prizes for the prettiest garl<strong>and</strong>s. Emma Chaplin<br />

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Saturday 1 to Thursday 13 May<br />

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Pippa Burley<br />

Peter Bushell<br />

David Cummings<br />

Pat Cummings<br />

Lindy Dunbar<br />

John Filmer<br />

Phyllis Hall<br />

Gus Harrison<br />

Nicola King<br />

Claire Mumford<br />

Meryl Stringell<br />

Nick Walsh

Images by Andrzej Jackowski (left), the Nuremberg Chronicles <strong>and</strong> terry frost (right)<br />

This month’s show at St Anne’s Gallery was<br />

inspired by an intriguing find in artist Tony<br />

Wilson’s Wilmington attic - a powerful poetic<br />

text, h<strong>and</strong>-written back in 1934 by a French<br />

farmer <strong>and</strong> conscripted soldier, Auguste Prevotel,<br />

about the indelible memory of army life. The title<br />

of the work - When the Crows Fly White – has<br />

been chosen to describe Wilson’s latest collection<br />

of works in media as diverse as objets-trouvés,<br />

clay figures, drawings, etchings <strong>and</strong> digital print<br />

works, all inspired by Prevotel’s words. Wilson is<br />

complemented by prints from two other renowned<br />

artists, both colleagues at Brighton University,<br />

Tom Hammick <strong>and</strong> this month’s ‘Focus On’<br />

subject Andrzej Jackowski.<br />

The Tom Paine Printing Press (151, High St)<br />

is always worth popping into, <strong>and</strong> throughout<br />

May they’re displaying among the rest of their<br />

printing paraphernalia an exhibition called Pages<br />

featuring prints from books throughout the<br />

history of the industry, from the 15th century to<br />

the contemporary, including a genuine page from<br />

The Nuremberg Chronicles, <strong>and</strong> work by the<br />

likes of Max Ernst <strong>and</strong> Eric Gill. Curiously, there<br />

are some pages signed by Stephen Fry, created<br />

on a ‘replica’ Gutenberg Press <strong>and</strong> featured in his<br />

recent BBC programme The Medieval World.<br />

The organisers hasten to add that all the pages on<br />

display are by-product off-cuts, rather than pages<br />

pulled out of books, or, in their words: ‘no books<br />

were harmed in the making of this event’.<br />

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Down the road in Pelham House, Tom Walker<br />

<strong>and</strong> Shyama Ruffell (see last month) will be<br />

joined by Susan Miller, a member of the Sussex<br />

Watercolour Society, whose vibrant painted<br />

flowers will be brightening up the restaurant.<br />

Those dining in the beautiful garden will instead<br />

enjoy the latest sculptures dotted around the lawn.<br />

Finally, it’s a busy May at the Hop Gallery,<br />

which starts with the 20th annual exhibition of a<br />

collection of artists well known to the <strong>Lewes</strong> scene,<br />

the Star Group, whose latest life drawings (from<br />

their long-running Friday afternoon sessions in<br />

the All Saints) will be on display from the 1st to<br />

the 13th. From the 15th to the 27th there’s a joint<br />

show of the work of sculptor Chris Furner <strong>and</strong><br />

photographer David Reed, called People Real<br />

<strong>and</strong> Imagined. Recent sculptures will sit alongside<br />

photographic portraits representing five decades<br />

of work. And the 29th signals the start of a show<br />

by David Armitage, whose semi-abstract works<br />

bring a smile to your face, albeit accompanied by a<br />

slightly worried look in the eyes. There’s darkness,<br />

in other words, within the celebration. More on<br />

that next month.<br />

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been an important image for me since my student days.<br />

What media did you use? It’s an etching, using chin colle, a technique placing very thin paper between<br />

the print <strong>and</strong> the drawing, which adds texture.<br />

What are your major influences? Carlo Carrà, <strong>and</strong> his contemporaries De Chirico <strong>and</strong> Mor<strong>and</strong>i. There’s<br />

a strong Eastern European influence, as well, particularly from the author <strong>and</strong> graphic artist Bruno Schulz,<br />

who wrote fairy stories drawing on mythology, using very dreamlike imagery. And the filmmaker Andrei<br />

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figurative painting can draw on all sorts of different sources.<br />

What do you think of the Turner Prize? It’s done its job because the publicity it has created has<br />

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What painting would you hang from your desert isl<strong>and</strong> palm tree? The Pine Tree by the Sea.<br />

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movie Alice in the Cities (18th, 8pm).<br />

As you might imagine from its date <strong>and</strong> author, it’s<br />

something of an existentialist piece, focussing on<br />

the plight of a German writer sent to the United<br />

States to concoct a story about the state of the<br />

nation, but so disillusioned with the job all he can<br />

produce is a box of Polaroid snapshots. Buying<br />

a ticket home in the airport, he meets a young<br />

woman <strong>and</strong> her nine-year-old child <strong>and</strong> arranges<br />

to accompany them to Germany, via Amsterdam.<br />

Trouble is (<strong>and</strong> you have to take this bit with a<br />

pinch of salt) the woman slinks off to finish some<br />

business, <strong>and</strong> the writer ends up taking the child<br />

back to Europe on his own. The pair then travel<br />

around Germany together, searching various cities<br />

for the child’s elusive gr<strong>and</strong>mother.<br />

Wenders uses this unlikely scenario to explore the<br />

growing influence of American culture on Europe,<br />

though what he ends up with is very much in the<br />

tradition of Old World cinema: a slow-moving,<br />

beautifully shot, character-led, black-<strong>and</strong>-white<br />

movie which defies convention <strong>and</strong> formula.<br />

A marvellous film, actually, which is life affirming<br />

without ever relying on cloying sentimentality,<br />

featuring understated performances from Rüdiger<br />

Vogler (the writer) <strong>and</strong> Yella Rottländer (the girl).<br />

Fugitive Pieces (11th, 8pm) is another film about<br />

a child being taken under the wing of an adult, <strong>and</strong><br />

moved to a different country. The film flits between<br />

modern times <strong>and</strong> the war years as a Canadian<br />

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by an archaeologist who takes him first to Greece,<br />

then to Canada. It’s based on the complex <strong>and</strong><br />

fairly poetic novel by Anne Michaels: like many<br />

literary adaptations it fails to fully transpose the<br />

book’s subtlety onto the screen. Rosamund Pike<br />

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unlock his memories; alas he dumps her halfway<br />

through the film.<br />

The Visitor is a strange, but fairly likeable film,<br />

if you forgive its many implausibilities. At the<br />

beginning we meet Walter, a disaffected <strong>and</strong><br />

extremely curt university professor going through<br />

the motions after twenty years teaching the same<br />

international developments course in Connecticut.<br />

He’s forced by his boss to give a paper in New<br />

York, where he owns a flat he hasn’t visited for<br />

years. When he arrives, he finds it inhabited by an<br />

immigrant couple – a cheerful young man from<br />

Syria, <strong>and</strong> his rather <strong>more</strong> surly girlfriend from<br />

Senegal. A character change comes over Walter at<br />

this point (we get to underst<strong>and</strong> the reason for his<br />

previous behaviour) <strong>and</strong> he allows them to stay on,<br />

while they find somewhere else to live. This opens<br />

a new world for him, involving great cooking,<br />

African drum rhythms, <strong>and</strong> the savage nature of<br />

the immigration authorities. Richard Jenkins, of<br />

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There are two stages – the Sound Harvest <strong>and</strong> the<br />

Meadowl<strong>and</strong>s. Friday kicks off with a ‘Campsite<br />

Discotheque’ with Tru Thoughts DJ Flevans<br />

playing a three-hour set on the Sound Harvest Bar.<br />

On Saturday, b<strong>and</strong>s include Wave Machines, the<br />

Shadow Orchestra <strong>and</strong> Gloria Cycles. On Sunday,<br />

look out for The Bays (above), whose set comprises<br />

improvised electro jazz <strong>and</strong> dance music. The b<strong>and</strong><br />

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funky-<strong>and</strong>-fabulous-to-bop-to punk/ska outfit Los<br />

Albertos. MC for the weekend is Dan from Bang<br />

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acts will be resident DJ Tiger Lily (who’s from<br />

Paris) with Discoboy, <strong>and</strong> avant-garde French radio<br />

station DJs from Fip Radio. There will also be a<br />

walkabout torchlight dance parade from Brightonbased<br />

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D I A r y D At e s<br />

Throughout May. Human Voice. <strong>Lewes</strong> based soprano, Ruth Kerr <strong>and</strong> director Neil Brown perform<br />

a dramatisation of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben in the Brighton Fringe Festival. See ad on inside<br />

cover for <strong>more</strong> details<br />

Sat 1st. <strong>Lewes</strong> Farmers’ Market. Get there early as the first asparagus should be on sale.<br />

Cliffe Precinct, 9am-1pm<br />

Sat 1st – Sun 23rd (weekends only). Art: Firle Artists. There are activities in the Ram <strong>and</strong> throughout<br />

the village, every weekend afternoon until 23rd. Check firleartists.co.uk for <strong>more</strong> details<br />

Sat 1st/Sun 2nd. Literary Weekend Party. ‘Pigbaby’, part of Pulse Brighton Poetry Festival, featuring<br />

the likes of Don Paterson, Nicky Singer, Catherine Smith, Susannah Waters <strong>and</strong> Marian Garvey. Beechwood<br />

Hall, Cooksbridge, Sat 2.30-10.30pm/Sun 11am-3.30pm. Tickets 782276/www.pighog.co.uk<br />

Sat 1st/Sun 2nd. Phoenix Rising Exhibition. The community plans for the industrial estate are<br />

moved on-site. Zu Studio, North St Industrial Estate (over the river from Tesco)<br />

Mon 3rd: Classical Music – Mozart Requiem. The Kantanti Ensemble play the Austrian’s last piece,<br />

as well as Spring works by Grieg, Copl<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> Delius. St John-sub-Castro, 7.30pm, £12/10 in advance<br />

(474979/www.kantanti.com); £13.50/11.50 on the door<br />

Thur 6th: Film – Pig Tusks <strong>and</strong> Paper Money. A TTL screening of a Lilliana Gibbs documentary<br />

looking at the clash between the cash economy <strong>and</strong> the traditional economy in Papua New Guinea.<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Werks, 8pm<br />

Sat 8th. Classical Music. The East Sussex Bach Choir, directed by John Hancorn, perform Rossini’s<br />

Petit Messe Solenelle. St John-sub-Castro, 7.30pm, Tickets from 07759 878562

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Sat 8th: <strong>Viva</strong>ce! Small classical choir in full voice to raise money for Sussex Air Ambulance. <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Priory School Chapel, 7.30pm, £8 from Needlemakers Café or on the door<br />

Sun 9th: A Gideon Mantell-related walk starts off a month of related events (see page 29)<br />

Sun 9th. Plumpton Races. Family Raceday. First race 2.10pm<br />

D I A r y D At e s<br />

Fri 14th: Classical Music. <strong>Lewes</strong> Concert orchestra spring concert, in the Town Hall as ever, features<br />

Reinecke’s Flute Concerto (featuring Sue Gregg) <strong>and</strong> Schumann’s 1st Symphony (The Spring). Town<br />

Hall, 7 for 7.30pm<br />

Sat 15th: Drive-in movie. And it’s Grease, of course. It costs £20 a car, <strong>and</strong> you can fit a total of five in.<br />

Plumpton Racecourse, gates open 6.30pm, film starts 8.45pm<br />

Sun 16th. Art Deco Fair. Elegant artefacts from the 20s to the 70s including ceramics, figures, furniture,<br />

jewellery <strong>and</strong> clocks, put on by the same group who do the bi-monthly fair in Hove. <strong>Lewes</strong> Town<br />

Hall, 10am-4pm, £2 (accompanied U14s free)<br />

Sun 16th: Classical Music: Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf by Elgar. Performed by the Fayfrax<br />

Singers <strong>and</strong> Orchestra. St John-sub-Castro, 7.30pm (01273 480189)<br />

Thur 20th: Film: The Yes Men Fix The World. A Sacha Baron Cohen-type satire for the over 12s,<br />

this film follows gonzo hoaxsters Andy Birnbaum <strong>and</strong> Mike Bonanno as they take on the corporate, by<br />

taking the mickey. <strong>Lewes</strong> Werks, 8pm<br />

Sat 29th. Plant seed <strong>and</strong> produce sale. Quality plants for sale in the site of the old WI market. Proceeds<br />

in aid of the <strong>Lewes</strong> Group in Support of Refugees <strong>and</strong> Asylum Seekers. 9am-noon

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SAT 1ST<br />

Speak And Spell + DJ Digitalis. Top Depeche<br />

Mode tribute b<strong>and</strong>. Con Club, 8pm, £5<br />

The Straw Dogs. Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

The Lucky Ones. Celtic folk-rock. John Harvey,<br />

9pm, free<br />

SUN 2ND<br />

Mike The Mic. Gypsy swing <strong>and</strong> scat jazz.<br />

Volunteer, 4pm, free<br />


P<strong>and</strong>emonium. Festival in the Dripping Pan<br />

headlined by the Levellers’ Mark Chadwick.<br />

3-10pm, £7.50 / £5 Laportes / Gardeners<br />

TUES 4TH<br />

Folk at the John Harvey Tavern, 9pm, free<br />

WED 5TH<br />

Stefan Lindon. Ragtime piano. John Harvey,<br />

9pm, free<br />

Tab Hunter <strong>and</strong> Ben Paley. Guitar <strong>and</strong> fiddle.<br />

Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

THUR 6TH<br />

Toby Borelli King Size Slim. Blues / Roots.<br />

9pm, Snowdrop, free<br />

Eamonn O’Broithe & Creena Mulchrone. A<br />

night of Irish music featuring the uillean pipes.<br />

Royal Oak, 8pm, £6<br />

Dunia Duo. Guitar <strong>and</strong> violin based Arabic &<br />

gypsy flamenco. 8pm, Pelham, free<br />

FRI 7TH<br />

The Kondoms. Popular punky covers. Con<br />

Club, 8pm, £3 non members<br />

HillBilly Delux. Rockabilly rebels, from head<br />

to toe. Volunteer, 9pm, free<br />

SAT 8TH<br />

Jumbo Gumbo. Cajun Zydeco. Snowdrop,<br />

9pm, free<br />

So Last Century String B<strong>and</strong>. American Old-<br />

Time. Elephant <strong>and</strong> Castle, 8pm, £5<br />

Frank Toutenzi. John Harvey Tavern, 9pm, free<br />

SUN 9TH<br />

Ray Owen. Juicy Lucy frontman plays an<br />

acoustic set. Con Club, 3pm, free<br />

Bagge & Armer. Contemporary electric hardhitting<br />

blues/country. Volunteer, 4pm, free<br />

6 0 MON 10TH<br />

Blue Note. Jazz. 9pm, Snowdrop, free<br />

WED 12TH<br />

Jazz tba. John Harvey, 9pm, free<br />

Tab Hunter <strong>and</strong> Ben Paley. Guitar <strong>and</strong> fiddle.<br />

Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

THUR 13TH<br />

The Moonshine B<strong>and</strong>. Popular jazz-bluesy<br />

covers. 9pm, Snowdrop, free<br />

Paul Burgess. Fine folk fiddle <strong>and</strong> vocals. Royal<br />

Oak, 8pm, £6<br />

Parisian Swing. 20s & 30s gypsy swing guitar<br />

duo. Pelham, 8pm, free<br />

FRI 14TH<br />

Fat Belly Jones. Con Club, £3 non members<br />

Lights Out. Rock <strong>and</strong> roll covers. Volunteer,<br />

9pm, free<br />

SAT 15TH<br />

Local Heroes. Rhythm <strong>and</strong> blues. Snowdrop,<br />

9pm, free<br />

B<strong>and</strong> of Two. Covers from the 80s/70s/60s.<br />

John Harvey Tavern, 9pm, free<br />

SUN 16TH<br />

Caramel Jack. Victorian-tinged alt-country<br />

duo. Con Club, 3pm, free<br />

Simon & Sleeze. Rocking rhythm <strong>and</strong> blues.<br />

Volunteer, 4pm, free<br />

MON 17TH.<br />

Blue Note. Jazz. Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

WED 18TH<br />

Jazz tba. John Harvey, 9pm, free<br />

Tab Hunter <strong>and</strong> Ben Paley. Guitar <strong>and</strong> fiddle.<br />

Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

THUR 20TH<br />

Foghorn Stringb<strong>and</strong>. Old Time b<strong>and</strong> from<br />

Portl<strong>and</strong>, Oregon. 9pm, Snowdrop, free<br />

Jeff Warner. Multi-instrumentalist <strong>and</strong> entertaining<br />

folklorist. Royal Oak, 8pm, £6<br />

Pollito Boogaloo. Colombian trio. Pelham<br />

Arms, 8pm, free<br />

FRI 21ST<br />

The Fold. Levellers-style folk-rock. Con Club,<br />

8pm, price tba<br />

Bad Attitude. Volunteer, 9pm, free<br />

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SAT 22ND<br />

Lights Out. Feelgoody rock ‘n’ roll covers.<br />

Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

Greg McDonald. Dylan/Stones etc covers.<br />

John Harvey Tavern, 9pm, free<br />

SUN 23RD<br />

Stefan Lindon <strong>and</strong> guests. Jazzy piano. Con<br />

Club, 3pm, free<br />

Jason Henson. Gypsy swing guitar from the<br />

30s <strong>and</strong> 40s. Volunteer, 4pm, free<br />

MON 24TH<br />

Blue Note. Jazz. 9pm, Snowdrop, free<br />

WED 26TH<br />

Jazz tba. John Harvey, 9pm, free<br />

Tab Hunter <strong>and</strong> Ben Paley. Guitar <strong>and</strong> fiddle.<br />

Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

THUR 27TH<br />

Come Into My Parlour presents Tea Through<br />

the Gloryhole. Victoriana madness. Snowdrop,<br />

9pm, free<br />

Debby McClatchy. Expert entertainer on banjo<br />

& fiddle. Royal Oak, 8pm, £6<br />

The Swing Ninjas. Dirty horny gypsy swing<br />

trio. Pelham, 8pm, free<br />

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FRI 28TH<br />

Elevators. Popular local blues. Con Club, 8pm,<br />

members free<br />

Road Runners. Volunteer, 9pm, free<br />

SAT 29TH<br />

Holliday Junction. Snowdrop, 9pm, free<br />

The Moonshine B<strong>and</strong>. Popular jazz-bluesy<br />

covers. 9pm, John Harvey Tavern, free<br />

SUN 30TH<br />

Hanna And The Angels Of Elsewhere. Soulful<br />

folk from Brighton songstress. Con Club, 3pm,<br />

free<br />

Monkey Trap. Rock, soul & ska music ‘to slit<br />

your wrists to’. Volunteer, 4pm, free<br />

Thanks to Francesco Andreoli, whose <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

gig videos can be seen at www.youtube.com/<br />

user/<strong>Lewes</strong>Music <strong>and</strong> Graham Denman.

Photo: rob read<br />

I’ve never stopped at the Giant’s Rest before – only<br />

glimpsed it as we pass by en route to Eastbourne.<br />

But I’m aware it’s regularly listed in both the Good<br />

Beer <strong>and</strong> Good Pub guides. And since I’m already<br />

in Wilmington to write about the village (see page<br />

81), we decide to go there for lunch.<br />

It’s an unexpectedly sunny day in the midst of a<br />

rainy week, but still too chilly to sit out in the<br />

garden. We head inside, past vast potted plants<br />

either side of the door, <strong>and</strong> seat ourselves at a<br />

wooden table on benches made comfy with plump<br />

cushions. We’re here at midday <strong>and</strong> only a few<br />

tables are taken so far, but I’ve been told it often<br />

gets very busy. A wood-burning stove makes it feel<br />

cosy <strong>and</strong> sun is streaming through the window.<br />

We take an immediate liking to the place; the<br />

atmosphere is lovely, <strong>and</strong> I’m amused by the award<br />

on the bar for ‘the most Druid-friendly pub in<br />

Sussex’. I order the three of us, variously, sparkling<br />

water, an Appletise <strong>and</strong> a pint of Timothy Taylor<br />

L<strong>and</strong>lord, a Yorkshire beer, which pleases the<br />

whippet-sketch tendencies of my other half, Rob.<br />

I mention to the friendly bar woman that I’m<br />

writing about the village. She points out an old<br />

photograph on the wall, that shows the pub back<br />

in the days when it was the Black Horse Inn. As I<br />

w<strong>and</strong>er over to look, I spot Beryl Cook prints on<br />

the wall <strong>and</strong> what looks like a different pub game –<br />

Jenga, dominoes, cards - on each table.<br />

We look at the extensive menu written up on<br />

blackboards. As well as st<strong>and</strong>ard pub food, like<br />

Ploughman’s, there are <strong>more</strong> unusual dishes, like<br />

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Jambalaya <strong>and</strong> Jenga, just off the A27<br />

f o o D<br />

jambalaya. Rob debates having the South Downs<br />

rabbit <strong>and</strong> bacon pie, but chooses instead slices<br />

of home-cooked ham with chutney <strong>and</strong> bubble<br />

<strong>and</strong> squeak (£10). The chutney, we’re told, is<br />

homemade, <strong>and</strong> was awarded first prize at a recent,<br />

<strong>and</strong> hotly-contested, competition in the village. I<br />

waver over the jambalaya, but decide on African<br />

spinach, sweet potato <strong>and</strong> peanut stew (£10.50).<br />

There is no children’s menu as such, but they are<br />

open to mix <strong>and</strong> match requests, so after some<br />

discussion, our son opts for sausage, garlic bread<br />

<strong>and</strong> baked beans, for which they charge £5.50.<br />

Our table has a devilishly difficult wooden puzzle,<br />

so we greet the arrival of our food with some relief.<br />

My rich, warm, red stew comes in a bowl topped<br />

with sour cream <strong>and</strong> fresh chopped parsley <strong>and</strong> is<br />

served with chunks of granary bread. The peanuts<br />

give the soft, melting chunks of sweet potato a<br />

delicious flavour, <strong>and</strong> it is gently, but nicely, spicy.<br />

Rob looks delighted at his h<strong>and</strong>some plateful<br />

of thick ham slices, which he pronounces to be<br />

‘fabulous’. The generous portion of bubble <strong>and</strong><br />

squeak is ‘fantastic’ <strong>and</strong> the chutney ‘very good<br />

indeed’. My son scoffs down his (local Willingdon)<br />

sausages, beans <strong>and</strong> garlic bread.<br />

I enjoy every mouthful, <strong>and</strong> can’t believe we have<br />

never been before. Without a doubt, we will be<br />

back. I want to try the jambalaya with a pint of<br />

the draught cider much loved by southern softies,<br />

Stowford Press. Emma Chaplin<br />

The Giant’s Rest, Wilmington, 01323 870207 (also<br />

does Bed <strong>and</strong> Breakfast)<br />

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<strong>and</strong> knitting yarns<br />


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ideas, inspiration<br />

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f o o D<br />

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An out-of-this-world starter at 197<br />

I missed the first episode of the new Dr Who, but I’m<br />

informed that the young Time Lord has developed a<br />

passion for fish fingers <strong>and</strong> custard.<br />

This very much sprang to mind when looking at the<br />

well designed menu of ‘197’, the latest incarnation of<br />

the School Hill restaurant formerly known as Si, <strong>and</strong><br />

latterly Artisan. You know the place? The one that is<br />

much bigger on the inside than it looks from outside.<br />

Among the starters one thing jumped out that was<br />

perfect for this column, whose remit is to pick out<br />

interestingly different dishes in town. ‘Marmite<br />

soldiers <strong>and</strong> Parmesan custard’, at £4.25, just had to<br />

be tried.<br />

Ten minutes later it arrived, the four soldiers jenga’d<br />

on a black slate next to a small, lidded pot containing<br />

a creamy coloured substance. The pan-fried-in-butter<br />

bread fingers had been intricately sliced lengthways<br />

<strong>and</strong> infused with a marmite filling.<br />

There was a teaspoon to dollop on the Parmesan<br />

custard (a cheese <strong>and</strong> cream mix). The first bite was<br />

quite a sensation, as the synapses between palate<br />

<strong>and</strong> brain struggled to relay the ensuing quickfire<br />

succession of flavours <strong>and</strong> textures, from the sinful<br />

half-liquid crunch of the fried bread to the yeasty<br />

umami of the Marmite.<br />

I was sharing this starter, <strong>and</strong> before long bites<br />

number two, three <strong>and</strong> four had taken place, too, <strong>and</strong><br />

this out-of-this-world concoction was nothing but a<br />

memory, <strong>and</strong> a few crumbs on the black slate.<br />

Delicious, then, as well as deliciously slight, especially<br />

when shared between two. I could have happily<br />

travelled back in time ten minutes, as it happens, <strong>and</strong><br />

started all over again. AL<br />

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Take time to smell the roses <strong>and</strong> start your day<br />

with breakfast in the garden, says Bill Collison.<br />

We try to kid ourselves that Spring begins in<br />

March, though this year that was pretty impossible.<br />

And then, we do the same again for April – there’s<br />

the odd, sublimely beautiful day <strong>and</strong> out come the<br />

shorts <strong>and</strong> s<strong>and</strong>als <strong>and</strong> trips to the beach when<br />

everyone does their best to pretend they’re having a<br />

good time, but really they’re freezing.<br />

So thank heavens for May, arriving right on cue on<br />

the 1st <strong>and</strong> bringing with it, finally – if we’re lucky<br />

– some decent weather. To prove we’re heading<br />

for summer, things are really warming up on the<br />

produce front, with so much fresh <strong>and</strong> colourful<br />

veg piling into the shop. Of course, asparagus has<br />

to have a mention – a short season for what has to<br />

be one of the sexiest foods – prepared <strong>and</strong> eaten in<br />

all sorts of ways, but mostly slathered in holl<strong>and</strong>aise<br />

<strong>and</strong> a good grinding of black pepper. Good bread<br />

for mopping up, honestly it doesn’t get tastier or<br />

simpler.<br />

One of the truly great things about May is that<br />

you can open the door <strong>and</strong> w<strong>and</strong>er outside to find<br />

a sunny spot to eat your breakfast. The mornings<br />

are getting warmer, the sun has been up for a lot<br />

longer than most of us, heating that bench or wall.<br />

So sitting outside, feeling that warmth on your skin<br />

<strong>and</strong> eating something delicious – even if it’s just for<br />

five minutes – is a very nice way to start the day.<br />

You can also take stock of the garden while you sit<br />

there, think about the day ahead – you know, the<br />

sort of stuff we’re all supposed to do, but never get<br />

round to in our rush to get on to the next thing.<br />

So, what to have for an outdoor breakfast?<br />

Something quick <strong>and</strong> healthy, sustaining <strong>and</strong><br />

flavoursome, something you can spoon out of a jar<br />

without having to think too much, something you<br />

can add to to shake things up a bit or not if you<br />

want to keep it simple. Yes, I’m thinking granola.<br />

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The good thing about granola – one of the good<br />

things – is that you can make each batch according<br />

to your wishes. Don’t like nuts? Leave them<br />

out. Love dried apricots? Add plenty. Looking<br />

for something a bit luxurious? Throw in a bag of<br />

chocolate chips or macadamia nuts. The important<br />

part is to hone the basic recipe <strong>and</strong> then each time<br />

you make it, play around with the extras.<br />

I’ve sampled a good many granola recipes over<br />

the years <strong>and</strong> this one really works. The secret is<br />

in the thin layering into the baking tray, the slow<br />

cooking <strong>and</strong> the addition of water. It’s very simple,<br />

not that many ingredients, but it has everything<br />

you need. Eat it with yoghurt or milk or even juice<br />

if you prefer. Add fruit – fresh or stewed, a drizzle<br />

of honey or maple syrup, whatever takes your fancy<br />

<strong>and</strong> then, bowl in h<strong>and</strong>, barefoot into the garden.<br />

Good Garden Granola<br />

60g honey<br />

4 dessert spoonfuls of sunflower oil<br />

2 tablespoons water<br />

90g light brown sugar<br />

220g jumbo oats<br />

150g nuts (mixed or one type. If you like peanuts,<br />

try them)<br />

60g seeds (if using one type, pumpkin is good. Or<br />

a mix)<br />

Mix honey, oil, water <strong>and</strong> sugar together. Put dry<br />

ingredients in a bowl. Add liquids <strong>and</strong> stir really<br />

well.<br />

Spoon mixture on to a large shallow baking tray<br />

<strong>and</strong> flatten down. Bake at a low temperature -120º/<br />

gas 2 for an hour. Stir the mixture around a couple<br />

of times.<br />

Remove from oven. Cool completely <strong>and</strong> store in<br />

an airtight jar.<br />

Picture by Thomas Fedra<br />

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Visit our friendly, oak-beamed<br />

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road in beautiful Rodmell.<br />

Why not enjoy a delicious meal<br />

before or after a lovely circular<br />

South Downs or river walk?<br />

Children <strong>and</strong> dogs welcome.<br />

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We design beautiful gardens you can eat <strong>and</strong> drink<br />

To find out how to make your garden a delicatessen of ingredients<br />

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Belly dancing <strong>and</strong> a new King’s Head<br />

As a fan of smoky flavours, I’m pleased to have<br />

discovered a few new products in <strong>Lewes</strong> with<br />

a pleasant, <strong>and</strong> intentional, whiff of bonfire.<br />

Annabel’s Deli in the Riverside is now stocking<br />

oak-smoked rapeseed oil for £3.75 from the<br />

wonderful Sussex Gold company. Annabel refills<br />

bottles of their sunflower <strong>and</strong> rapeseed oils, as<br />

well as selling their range of ready-mixed salad<br />

dressings <strong>and</strong> marinades. The smoked oil works well<br />

drizzled over pasta with roasted vegetables, in salad<br />

dressings. Further smoky products can be found in<br />

Beckworths in the form of the astonishingly deep<br />

flavoured Salar flaky salmon, as well as from a bulb<br />

of Besmoke smoked garlic for £2 a bulb.<br />

Hopefully May will bring us <strong>more</strong> warm weather,<br />

in which case, it’s a good time to enjoy the return<br />

of Salcombe Dairy ice-cream at Poppy’s in the<br />

Riverside. Flavours include honeycomb <strong>and</strong> real<br />

strawberry.<br />

Some pub news: we hear the King’s Head is under<br />

new management, Rebecca <strong>and</strong> Paul, who also run<br />

The Foragers in Hove, which is well known for its<br />

good food.<br />

If you fancy gazing at some abdominal gyrations<br />

with your meal, look out for the first Saturday of the<br />

month ‘Turkish nights’ at the Casbah café. For £25<br />

you get a four course Turkish feast, including mezze,<br />

ezogelin (lentil) soup, marinated lamb chops <strong>and</strong><br />

baklava, <strong>and</strong> a belly dancer on h<strong>and</strong> to entertain you.<br />

Book on 472441.<br />

The Nibbler would like any reader feedback about<br />

food <strong>and</strong> drink. Let us know where you enjoyed a<br />

fabulous dish or a culinary nightmare, or where you<br />

bought some fine food.<br />

Email thenibbler@vivalewes.com<br />

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Photo: Susan Bell<br />

Easy pasties<br />

Who made all the pies?<br />

Granny, who lives in Cornwall, has taught our children how to make proper beef pasties <strong>and</strong> they love<br />

making them. But they also like making up their own fillings. These are quick <strong>and</strong> easy to make <strong>and</strong> are a<br />

great alternative to a s<strong>and</strong>wich for lunch.<br />

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k I D s ’ k I t C h e N<br />

Makes: 4 pasties. Preparation time: about 20 minutes. Cooking time: 20-25 minutes<br />

Tuna <strong>and</strong> sweetcorn filling:<br />

2 x 185g tins tuna, drained, 200 g tinned sweetcorn, drained, 1 tbsp mayonnaise<br />

For the cheese filling:<br />

100g feta , 80g ricotta, large h<strong>and</strong>ful grated Parmesan , h<strong>and</strong>ful fresh chopped mint or dried oregano,<br />

chopped , good pinch sweet paprika, 375 g packet shortcrust pastry, 1 egg, beaten with a fork<br />

For the tuna <strong>and</strong> sweetcorn filling - drain the tuna <strong>and</strong> put into a bowl. Add the sweetcorn <strong>and</strong><br />

mayonnaise <strong>and</strong> mix everything together. For the cheese filling; put the feta in a bowl with the ricotta,<br />

Parmesan, herbs <strong>and</strong> paprika <strong>and</strong> mix together.<br />

Sprinkle a little flour over the work surface. Roll out the pastry to about 3mm thickness. Using a sideplate,<br />

cut out 4 circles, or use a saucer <strong>and</strong> make 6 smaller pasties.<br />

Spoon the filling onto half of each circle. Brush a little beaten egg around the outside of the pastry<br />

circles (this will help it stick together). Fold the other half of pastry over the filling <strong>and</strong> squeeze the<br />

edges firmly together.<br />

Now for the fun bit – crimp the pastry together using your first finger <strong>and</strong> thumb <strong>and</strong> turn the edge<br />

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7 3

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in a towel <strong>and</strong> costume (but perhaps not in<br />

May), watching the annual transformation of the<br />

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begins this year on Saturday 15th May, with the<br />

official celebratory opening on Saturday 22nd.<br />

As always, kids (<strong>and</strong> adults) can defrost after an<br />

early season dip under the hot outdoor shower,<br />

or with some pasta or hot chocolate from the<br />

kiosk. Before long, the water will have warmed<br />

up sufficiently to allow normal breathing during<br />

swimming, <strong>and</strong> it will be ice-creams they’ll be<br />

asking for. After holding prices for a number<br />

of years, manager Phil Ransley tells us that the<br />

non-profit making pool now has to put them<br />

up a little this season. Adults now £4, juniors<br />

remain £2, family ticket (2 adults <strong>and</strong> 2 children)<br />

£10.50. You can also get saver <strong>and</strong> season tickets.<br />

The pool is open from noon, <strong>and</strong> closing time<br />

is weather dependent. For <strong>more</strong> information,<br />

look on the website www.pellspool.org.uk or call<br />

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splash!<br />

Family fun in May<br />

V I VA f A M I L y<br />

at the Southover/Western Road school playing<br />

fields between 11.00am – 4.30pm. As with last<br />

year’s event, various exciting medieval activities<br />

<strong>and</strong> entertainments are planned. The Pentacle<br />

Drummers <strong>and</strong> the Eastbourne Giants will walk<br />

from Cliffe up the High Street, down Station<br />

Road, <strong>and</strong> arrive at the Fayre between 10.00am<br />

<strong>and</strong> midday. There will be live music, wet stocks,<br />

archery, a climbing wall, swede rolling, tug-ofwar,<br />

storytelling, as well as numerous interesting<br />

food <strong>and</strong> drink stalls. Southover Bonfire Society<br />

monks will be welcoming new members <strong>and</strong><br />

selling bonfire merch<strong>and</strong>ise. The entrance fee is<br />

50p <strong>and</strong> the event is a fundraiser for both The<br />

Priory <strong>and</strong> Southover Bonfire Society. The first<br />

300 families will receive a scroll depicting the<br />

Priory Time Line.<br />

Also in May, as usual, the Sussex Archaeological<br />

Society have various activities for kids<br />

scheduled, including a ‘Bread <strong>and</strong> Butter’,<br />

cooking session in Anne of Cleves on 6th,<br />

Rumplestiltskin storytelling in <strong>Lewes</strong> castle<br />

on 20th May, <strong>and</strong> a Battle of <strong>Lewes</strong> Activity<br />

Day, also at the castle, on 29th. And as part of<br />

the national Museums at Night scheme, the<br />

Roman Palace at Fishbourne is offering a late<br />

night opening event entitled ‘Ancient Myths<br />

<strong>and</strong> Mosaics’. For <strong>more</strong> details, check out www.<br />

sussexpast.co.uk . Emma Chaplin<br />

7 5

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Get out your family heirlooms<br />

The most interesting bit of the BBC’s long-running programme<br />

Antiques Roadshow is the punter’s reaction when the expert<br />

reveals the value of the item that’s just been assessed.<br />

On May 15th (10am-5pm) Wallis <strong>and</strong> Wallis are organising a<br />

charity event, based on the same format, in their auction room,<br />

inviting experts from all sorts of fields to scrutinise valuables (<strong>and</strong><br />

less valuables) brought in by the public. I jump at the chance of<br />

helping publicise the event by taking a couple of family heirlooms<br />

to W&W’s auctioneer Roy Butler, who worked on the BBC show<br />

for 32 years, to get to know <strong>more</strong> of their history, <strong>and</strong>, of course,<br />

to find out how much they’re worth.<br />

A trip to my parents’ house produces two items that I have<br />

known since childhood, a German trench knife, picked up by<br />

a great uncle during WW1, <strong>and</strong> a service medal from the Boer<br />

War, earned by a great great uncle, who died on the way home<br />

from that conflict.<br />

The trench knife has the <strong>more</strong> interesting story behind it. My<br />

father’s Uncle Billy was a trench runner on the Western Front,<br />

having joined up under age when he was just 16 or 17 years old.<br />

On his trips between the trenches, dodging snipers’ bullets <strong>and</strong><br />

shell shrapnel, he collected many items.<br />

Billy very nearly didn’t make it through the war: he was hit in the<br />

head by flying shrapnel one day <strong>and</strong>, presumed dead, placed in<br />

the morgue. Family legend has it that he woke up in the middle<br />

of the night in a cave full of corpses, scaring the living daylights<br />

out of the guard, who dropped his lantern <strong>and</strong> fled. He was taken<br />

to a field hospital <strong>and</strong> operated on. He never fully recovered from<br />

the injury: though he lived into the 1970s, he maintained the<br />

mental age (<strong>and</strong> unbounded enthusiasm) of a young lad. Sadly<br />

most of his wartime collection mysteriously disappeared after his<br />

death: the knife is one of the few items that were retrieved.<br />

Mr Butler is impressed with the story, but not with the value of<br />

the knife. It is, he tells me, almost impossible to classify such an<br />

item, of which millions were made, in different shapes <strong>and</strong> forms.<br />

So how much? About £30-£50.<br />

He’s much <strong>more</strong> impressed with the medal. “It’s a very popular<br />

<strong>and</strong> collectable item,” he tells me. “There’s a st<strong>and</strong>ing Britannia<br />

on one side, <strong>and</strong> Victoria on the other. The four clasps tell us<br />

which actions your relation was in: Laing’s Nek, Cape Colony,<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

A N t I Q u e s<br />

Tugela Heights <strong>and</strong> The Relief of<br />

Ladysmith. It’s a pity it’s not the Defence<br />

of Ladysmith, defences are always much<br />

rarer, but never mind.”<br />

He whips up my enthusiasm with <strong>more</strong><br />

detail. “178,000 of these medals were<br />

awarded, <strong>and</strong> the maximum number of<br />

clasps could be 23, though the maximum<br />

on a single medal is nine. They sent a lot<br />

of soldiers out to Africa to that conflict, to<br />

give them battle experience, so there are a<br />

lot of these things about.”<br />

And then to the crux of the matter. “So<br />

how much is it worth?” “Market value…”<br />

he says… “£75-100. Catalogue value…<br />

£100-125.” It’s <strong>more</strong> than I expected,<br />

actually. Sadly, there’s no camera to record<br />

the glint of satisfaction in my eyes. AL<br />

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Our town through Time Out’s eyes<br />

Time Out’s Great Days Out From London guide<br />

dedicates five pages to <strong>Lewes</strong>. Armed with a copy<br />

of the book, I decide to retrace the steps of the<br />

author, to try to see my home town through the<br />

eyes of a tourist.<br />

I can only assume that the writer drove to<br />

town, because they advise you to start at the<br />

Needlemakers - an unlikely point for anyone who’s<br />

just climbed off the train. Starting my daytrip<br />

there, I look around <strong>and</strong> see the ‘arty, crafty<br />

emporium’ in a new light. Skylark <strong>and</strong> Wickle are<br />

busy, as is the café, though the manager might be a<br />

little peeved to discover that it’s suggested that you<br />

head to the <strong>Lewes</strong> Arms for lunch. So I do.<br />

Whilst there, I read that our town is ‘a middleclass<br />

foodie haven’, so after a fine meal I check out<br />

their reasons for coming to this conclusion: Bill’s,<br />

Cheese Please, Bonne Bouche <strong>and</strong> Bruditz. Sadly,<br />

they haven’t found Beckworths, surely a must for<br />

any visiting middle-class foodie.<br />

The writer is also very taken with our antique<br />

shops, which, to be honest, I very rarely visit. So I<br />

take their advice <strong>and</strong> head to Southdown Antiques<br />

on Cliffe High Street in search of ‘eclectic curios<br />

<strong>and</strong> art deco lamps’. Unfortunately, I get no further<br />

than a rather officious sign on the door, informing<br />

me that it only opens by appointment, <strong>and</strong> that you<br />

have to give at least 48 hours notice - a bit like it<br />

used to be trying to get in to a casino.<br />

I pop next door to Cliffe Antiques Centre, which<br />

they rate highly. It’s OK, but I think they’ve missed<br />

a massive trick. I find the flea market, or the old<br />

church building on Station Street much bigger<br />

<strong>and</strong> better to browse in. And just across the road,<br />

there’s the huge <strong>Lewes</strong> Antiques Centre to explore.<br />

While there I get a bit carried away <strong>and</strong> negotiate a<br />

fantastic deal on an original 1950s bamboo bar that<br />

I have absolutely no space for.<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

D Ay o u t<br />

Anyway, back to the guide. As advised I rush<br />

through the precinct - a bit harsh on the 16 shops,<br />

but I guess they want the ‘real’ <strong>Lewes</strong> - <strong>and</strong> stroll<br />

up to the War Memorial. From there they suggest<br />

I enjoy the ‘particularly picturesque’ architecture<br />

heading west along the High Street, <strong>and</strong> it’s hard<br />

not to. I’m also happy to stop off at the castle<br />

to enjoy the ‘breathtaking views’ from the top,<br />

something I haven’t done for a while.<br />

The author also finds the Grange Gardens <strong>and</strong><br />

Anne of Cleves House. All this activity makes me<br />

worry that they did park at the Needlemakers, <strong>and</strong><br />

exceed the two hours you get there. There’s no<br />

mention, though, of that other local institution, the<br />

‘welcome to <strong>Lewes</strong>’ parking ticket.<br />

I’ve one <strong>more</strong> bit of the guide to follow. ‘A stroll<br />

up the tiny Pipe Passage, off the High Street,<br />

brings you to a bijou, nameless bookshop run by<br />

the affable David Jarman’. So I take that journey,<br />

say hello to the aforementioned Mr Jarman, walk<br />

through the bookshop, <strong>and</strong> sit down in the <strong>Viva</strong><br />

office to write about my day visiting the ‘jewel in<br />

the South Downs crown’ (my phrase not theirs)<br />

thinking of the hundreds of gems they missed in<br />

our glorious little town. Nick Williams<br />

7 9


Home to the Long Man

Photo: rob read<br />

My guides to Wilmington are<br />

long-time residents, Roger <strong>and</strong><br />

Mary Driver. Wilmington, Roger<br />

explains, is a ‘street village’ similar<br />

to others on the north side of the<br />

Downs such as Firle <strong>and</strong> Alciston.<br />

Agricultural in origin, it grew<br />

up along the line where cattle<br />

<strong>and</strong> sheep were driven along<br />

down to summer pastures on the<br />

levels after winter grazing on the<br />

Downs while the lower ground<br />

was flooded.<br />

These days the village is split<br />

by the A27, but it’s still a lively<br />

community of 200 people. Mary<br />

knows this because she organises<br />

church hall bookings, for film<br />

<strong>and</strong> flower shows, beetle drives,<br />

<strong>and</strong> keep-fit classes. And since<br />

becoming guardian of the village<br />

record book, created in 1953 by<br />

formidable members of the oncethriving<br />

WI, she also puts on<br />

Nostalgia Evenings.<br />

She kindly lets me have a look at<br />

the scrapbook. It’s a remarkable<br />

artefact, bound in leather <strong>and</strong><br />

decorated with an engraving of<br />

the Long Man of Wilmington. “It<br />

was once kept in a leather suitcase<br />

with a pair of white silk gloves for<br />

viewing. Sadly, they got damaged<br />

in a flood, but the book remained<br />

intact.”<br />

Inside the cover is a neatly written<br />

warning: ‘Keep out of reach<br />

of pets. No cig ash <strong>and</strong> spilled<br />

drinks’. I open it carefully. There<br />

are maps, drawings, h<strong>and</strong>-written<br />

notes about village history, as well<br />

as various postcards. One is of the<br />

carved stone head of the (possibly<br />

pagan) ‘Wilmington Madonna’,<br />

now in the Barbican of <strong>Lewes</strong><br />

Castle.<br />

We look at photographs of village<br />

scenes, like the now filled-in<br />

village pond (Mary explains that<br />

it became contaminated by pig<br />

slurry), <strong>and</strong> pictures of local<br />

characters, like the one-time<br />

vicarage gardener, seen mowing<br />

with a monkey on his shoulder.<br />

After I’ve finished, <strong>and</strong> armed<br />

with advice <strong>and</strong> several leaflets,<br />

I leave my hosts <strong>and</strong> set off to<br />

w<strong>and</strong>er. I pass the village car<br />

park where an enormous tithe<br />

barn once stood, <strong>and</strong> many lovely<br />

houses, including the Old Bakery<br />

<strong>and</strong> Hunter’s Dene, the oldest<br />

house in Wilmington, built in<br />

1450.<br />

I arrive at the Church of St<br />

Mary <strong>and</strong> St Peter, with its vast<br />

ancient yew tree outside, chained<br />

<strong>and</strong> propped up with posts. The<br />

church has beautiful stained-glass<br />

windows, including one known<br />

locally as the Bee <strong>and</strong> Butterfly<br />

window because it depicts ten<br />

species of butterfly. I peer over<br />

the church wall at the remains of<br />

Wilmington Priory, built in the<br />

1200s as a cell of the Benedictine<br />

Abbey at Grestain near Honfleur.<br />

Now the habitable part is owned<br />

by the L<strong>and</strong>mark Trust who let it<br />

as a holiday home.<br />

At the far south of the village,<br />

on the steep slopes of Windover<br />

Hill, looms the 235 feet tall<br />

white figure of Long Man of<br />

Wilmington, or Wilmington<br />

Giant, holding a stave in each<br />

h<strong>and</strong>.<br />

The date <strong>and</strong> purpose of his<br />

creation have long remained<br />

a topic of debate. The Sussex<br />

Archaeological Society, managers<br />

of the site since 1925, say: ‘the<br />

lack of firm historical evidence<br />

leaves many theories abounding...<br />

Many are convinced that he is<br />

prehistoric, others believe that<br />

V I VA V I L L A g e s<br />

he is the work of an artistic<br />

monk from the Priory between<br />

the 11th <strong>and</strong> 15th centuries.<br />

Roman coins bearing a similar<br />

figure suggest that he belonged<br />

to the 4th century AD <strong>and</strong> there<br />

may be plausible parallels with a<br />

helmeted figure found on Anglo-<br />

Saxon ornaments.’ Another<br />

theory suggests the Long Man<br />

was created as late as the early<br />

18th century.<br />

Until the 19th century, the Long<br />

Man was visible only in certain<br />

light conditions. In 1874, the<br />

locally prominent Ade family<br />

<strong>and</strong> others helped restore him,<br />

marking him out in yellow bricks.<br />

During World War II, the bricks<br />

got a green coating to prevent<br />

enemy aviators using it as a<br />

l<strong>and</strong>mark. Then in 1969, further<br />

restoration took place <strong>and</strong> the<br />

bricks were replaced with precast<br />

concrete blocks that are now<br />

regularly painted white to keep<br />

the Man visible for many miles.<br />

There is, sadly, no evidence to<br />

support local legend that the<br />

Victorians removed his genitalia,<br />

although Mary told me he is<br />

given “a manly addition” from<br />

time to time. “We have a good<br />

giggle, then it gets cleaned off”.<br />

Windover Hill was also once the<br />

site of the village windmill, but<br />

it ‘ran away’ in 1877 when the<br />

strength of the wind led to the<br />

brakes giving way, <strong>and</strong> the friction<br />

created by the mill stones caused<br />

the windmill to catch fire.<br />

My final view then is to look up<br />

at the Long Man, gazing down<br />

over the village <strong>and</strong> surrounding<br />

countryside. It seems to have a<br />

protective presence, though it<br />

leaves you feeling quite small.<br />

Emma Chaplin<br />

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<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong>’ deadline hasn’t fallen at the most convenient time<br />

for me to write this column, as the magazine will be at the<br />

printers when <strong>Lewes</strong> FC play their last match of the season at<br />

Hampton, a game we need to win to make sure of finishing out<br />

of the bottom-three relegation zone.<br />

But I do want to say that it’s a small miracle that the club is still<br />

in existence at all, something which we didn’t believe was likely at<br />

the beginning of the season.<br />

Our first priority as the season dawned was simply to survive: to<br />

balance the books, <strong>and</strong> to cut our cloth according to our limited<br />

means. Thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of people, <strong>and</strong><br />

a lot of generosity from others, we have survived a winding-up<br />

petition <strong>and</strong>, though we’re by no means out of the woods, we’re<br />

in a much healthier position than we were in August. It was<br />

difficult then to see us surviving one month, let alone nine.<br />

Having said that, I’m disappointed with our league position this<br />

year. Even though we’ve had a very restricted budget, I feel that<br />

our squad should have been good enough to stay clear of the<br />

relegation dogfight. We were never going to win the league, but<br />

we should have finished the season in the safety zone with some<br />

breathing space. The main problem has been our inability to turn<br />

draws into wins: we’ve finished all square fifteen times, which is a<br />

lot. We’ve lacked a cutting edge, <strong>and</strong> that’s largely been down to<br />

not having a high-scoring striker knocking in twenty or so goals.<br />

Having said that, many players have had a very good season.<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

f o o t b A L L<br />

Rikki Banks is far <strong>and</strong> away the best<br />

goalkeeper in this division, Anthony<br />

Barness has been as consistent as ever,<br />

<strong>and</strong> Chris Breach has been a great asset<br />

both playing at the back <strong>and</strong> in midfield.<br />

Then there are the youngsters who’ve<br />

come up through the youth system, <strong>and</strong><br />

coped incredibly well: the likes of David<br />

Wheeler, Jack Walder <strong>and</strong> Ross Sutton.<br />

While doling out plaudits, I’ve got to<br />

mention, as well, how brilliant the fans<br />

have been. Before last season they had<br />

six years of unbroken success, <strong>and</strong> it<br />

would have been easy for them to turn<br />

their back on the club when things<br />

weren’t going so well. They’ve done<br />

quite the opposite – their noisy support<br />

has been a real boost to the players.<br />

Finally, I can’t say too much yet, but<br />

there are possible administrative<br />

changes afoot at <strong>Lewes</strong> FC. There is<br />

a real chance that, from next season,<br />

things will be run in a very different<br />

way. I’ll definitely be involved at some<br />

level, but whether or not that will be as<br />

first team manager remains to be seen.<br />

It’s the club’s 125th birthday this year,<br />

<strong>and</strong> the main objective achieved is that<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> FC is going to celebrate its 126th<br />

year, too. We’re keen to start next season<br />

in the Blue Square South but the most<br />

important thing is to have made sure<br />

that the club survives this season <strong>and</strong><br />

has a decent base to try <strong>and</strong> take things<br />

forward. If we’d folded, we wouldn’t<br />

have been in any league at all. Now, if<br />

administrative matters develop as we<br />

hope they will (<strong>and</strong> watch this space for<br />

<strong>more</strong> details), <strong>Lewes</strong> FC will be able to<br />

go from strength to strength from here<br />

on in.<br />

8 3

SpORTS<br />

ROUND-Up<br />


At the time of writing, it is almost the<br />

end of the season <strong>and</strong> both of <strong>Viva</strong>’s<br />

sponsored teams have had exciting<br />

seasons. Firstly, <strong>Lewes</strong> FC went on<br />

a magnificent run during March <strong>and</strong><br />

April, improving from a seemingly<br />

hopeless 8 points adrift to finding<br />

themselves two points above the drop<br />

zone with one game to go…<br />

Meanwhile our Kingston under 10s<br />

side finished a very promising season<br />

in second place in the Crowborough<br />

<strong>and</strong> District Villa League - topped<br />

only by a very strong Hailsham side.<br />

We wish them luck for next season<br />

when they graduate from the 7-a-side<br />

to the full 11-a-side leagues. (www.<br />

pitchero.com/clubs/kingstonvillagefc)<br />


There may not be any first-team<br />

fixtures left down at the Pan this<br />

season, but if you’re quick, your<br />

kids do have a chance to play on the<br />

hallowed turf. <strong>Lewes</strong> FC’s highly<br />

regarded community scheme is<br />

running an open day on May 1st,<br />

<strong>and</strong> is inviting the town’s 5-13 year<br />

olds to bring all their boots <strong>and</strong> kit<br />

(including shin pads) to take part<br />

in five-<strong>and</strong>-a-half hours of football<br />

based fun. Costs £15 - further details<br />

from Darren Ford on 07909 904757<br />

or via community@lewesfc.com<br />

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mushy returns to Hove on the 30th may. Photo courtesy of Sussex CCC<br />

s P o r t<br />


If you’re a fan of the County game, then there are plenty of<br />

opportunities to head over to Hove to watch Sussex play during<br />

May. Fans of the longer versions of the game can feast on two<br />

home County Championship Division 2 fixtures, with the fourday<br />

games starting on the 5th (v Middlesex) <strong>and</strong> the 24th (v<br />

Worcestershire). There are also home one-day 40-over games on<br />

the 3rd v ECB Unicorns <strong>and</strong> on the 9th v Lancashire Lightning.<br />

And if you just want a fun family day out we suggest that you head<br />

along on Sunday 30th for the Mushy Allstar XI game. More info<br />

(www.sussexcricket.co.uk)<br />

More locally, we suggest you head down to the Stanley Turner<br />

ground to watch <strong>Lewes</strong> Priory. Their first eleven compete in the<br />

Sussex Premier League, <strong>and</strong> they’ve got home fixtures on Sat 8th,<br />

Sun 16th, Sat 22nd <strong>and</strong> Sat 29th. They operate a number of other<br />

teams as well, so w<strong>and</strong>er down over any weekend <strong>and</strong> you’re almost<br />

guaranteed to catch a game. (www.lewespriory.play-cricket.com)<br />


If you’re <strong>more</strong> interested in getting your kids (5-11 year olds)<br />

participating, then we’d like to point you in the direction of The<br />

Southdown Club. From the 7th May, they are launching a series of<br />

ten weekly coaching sessions covering squash, hockey, tennis, street<br />

cricket, football <strong>and</strong> multi-skills. Most of the costs involved are<br />

paid for by the “sport unlimited” scheme, so there is only a nominal<br />

£1.50 charge per session. For further details on this innovative new<br />

scheme, contact the Southdown Club directly on 01273 480630 or<br />

visit (www.southdownsportsclub.co.uk)<br />

Nick Williams<br />

8 5

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Having previously cycled <strong>and</strong> run the Downs, this time I’m walking<br />

them, with my partner Shelley at my side. We’re aiming for the site<br />

of the Battle of <strong>Lewes</strong>, before heading along the ridge <strong>and</strong> cutting<br />

down through St John (Without) towards Hamsey. We’re following<br />

(in reverse) the route taken by Simon de Montfort’s baronial army<br />

back in May 1264 when they launched a surprise stealth night-time<br />

advance, before routing the King’s army the following day. And for<br />

historical perspective we’re doing so in the dark – without a torch.<br />

We start at the castle <strong>and</strong> head westwards behind the prison. Even<br />

at 8.45 it’s very dark, but there’s a clear sky <strong>and</strong> a bright moon so we<br />

press on quite happily. Just above the Nevill estate we’re right on the<br />

site of the battle <strong>and</strong> it’s an incredibly atmospheric spot. On the eve<br />

of the battle, 746 years ago, we’d have found the advance scouting<br />

parties of De Montfort’s troops, but today it’s just us - <strong>and</strong> a lot of<br />

strange noises. <strong>Lewes</strong>, with its still dominating castle, lies below - a<br />

mass of light pollution - but around us it’s dark <strong>and</strong> disorientating.<br />

Walking in the dark really heightens your senses. I step on a twig<br />

<strong>and</strong> it sounds like a gunshot. We discuss the possibility of poachers<br />

or kids hunting for rabbits, but rapidly stop worrying about getting<br />

shot <strong>and</strong> worry instead about the movement on the horizon. We<br />

relax when we realise they’re sheep, but tense up when we discover<br />

we’re in the field with them. Maybe there’s a ram? And why is the<br />

bigger bush the other side of the fence moving? It’s moving because<br />

it’s a cow - or then again, a bull. Every sound is accentuated in the<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

wA L k I N g<br />

clear night air <strong>and</strong> every movement<br />

appears to carry a potentially lethal<br />

threat. We’re scared - but only in an<br />

excited ‘adventure’ sort of way.<br />

We walk on, occasionally stopping<br />

to look back at <strong>Lewes</strong> as we me<strong>and</strong>er<br />

through the night. Apparently over<br />

3,500 troops successfully approached<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> this way - <strong>and</strong> I can see why,<br />

because as we stumble along welltrodden<br />

paths in the darkness, I can<br />

barely see where my feet are going, so<br />

I’m sure I’d have missed them all. After<br />

an hour <strong>and</strong> a half we reach Black Cap,<br />

<strong>and</strong> stop for a sip of water <strong>and</strong> a bite<br />

of an emergency ration peanut butter<br />

roll. To get home we need to find our<br />

way down to the road, <strong>and</strong> after edging<br />

back down towards Mount Harry we<br />

find a steep path to follow. Near the<br />

bottom, we hear a massive rustling,<br />

<strong>and</strong> looking up, realise we’ve disturbed<br />

a sleeping rookery, <strong>and</strong> the noise<br />

they’re making suggests they’re not<br />

pleased. Eventually we’re safely down<br />

<strong>and</strong> I celebrate by twisting my ankle<br />

in a tractor rut. I certainly wouldn’t<br />

have fancied marching up that hill in<br />

full battle armour. We eventually find<br />

the road - our first two efforts are<br />

blocked by a locked gate <strong>and</strong> a barn<br />

full of horses - <strong>and</strong> we’re on the route<br />

back to <strong>Lewes</strong> through Offham village.<br />

We arrive back in <strong>Lewes</strong> just before<br />

midnight - over three hours after<br />

leaving - exhilarated by our journey<br />

<strong>and</strong> proud to march in the (inverse)<br />

footsteps of De Montfort’s troops.<br />

Nick Williams<br />

8 7


pAVILION<br />

The gateway to the Railway L<strong>and</strong><br />

I meet Dr John Parry, chair of the<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> Railway L<strong>and</strong> Wildlife Trust,<br />

by the almost completed exterior<br />

of the new Linklater Pavilion. It is<br />

located next to the river, where there<br />

used to be a railway marshalling<br />

yard, <strong>and</strong> there are echoes of a signal<br />

box in the wooden cladding <strong>and</strong> red<br />

blocks of colour under the windows.<br />

Designed by architect, Roger Beasley,<br />

it is named in honour of the late<br />

Peter Linklater, leader of the Friends<br />

of <strong>Lewes</strong> for 45 years.<br />

Because of flood risk, the main space<br />

is located on the first floor, which we<br />

access via scaffolding steps, because<br />

the metal circular staircase has not<br />

yet arrived. A lift has already been<br />

installed.<br />

We walk through the entrance area<br />

<strong>and</strong> into the main room, which<br />

is hexagonal with lovely views<br />

over the river <strong>and</strong> the Downs. I’m<br />

immediately struck by the shape of<br />

the ceiling. Light floods down from<br />

the circular central glass roof dome<br />

surrounded by square Velux windows.<br />

When the Pavilion opens in<br />

September, it will be as a centre for<br />

the study of environmental change.<br />

“The builders are h<strong>and</strong>ing over<br />

possession of the building mid-May,”<br />

John tells me “which will means<br />

we can start fitting out the inside.”<br />

There is a kitchen <strong>and</strong> a hot desk<br />

room. Some of the wall space may<br />

display environmental art.<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

Photo: michael lank<br />

b r I C k s A N D M o r tA r<br />

“Originally,” John explains “the Pavilion was going to be square,<br />

but we settled on a hexagon shape, because of its connection to<br />

nature.” To chime with this, there will be a glass ‘living’ beehive<br />

housed in one wall, designed with Francis Ratnieks of the<br />

University of Sussex. Another wall will feature blown-up pictures<br />

of wild flowers found on the Railway L<strong>and</strong> that members of the<br />

key user group of the centre, adults with learning disabilities, have<br />

created. A number of schools in the steering group are choosing<br />

the colour scheme. Paint will either be environmentally friendly,<br />

or will come from a leftover paint recycling scheme.<br />

John then opens a window to show me their clever design which<br />

allows them to flip round, so they can be cleaned from the inside.<br />

It has taken <strong>more</strong> than ten years to get the project this far, <strong>and</strong> a<br />

huge amount of fundraising, with money coming from the people<br />

of <strong>Lewes</strong>, the Mettyear Charitable Trust, Viridor Credits <strong>and</strong> the<br />

National Lottery. Financial constraints meant the design has been<br />

adapted, but a significant number of green features have been<br />

retained, such as a sedum roof, <strong>and</strong> roof-top photovoltaics, which<br />

make energy from the sun. There is a ground source heat pump<br />

that works “like a fridge in reverse”, John says. Underfloor piping<br />

will be used for heating, <strong>and</strong> the building has its own water supply.<br />

We go downstairs <strong>and</strong> venture into the dirt-floored undercroft<br />

where they hope to hold displays. It is dark until John opens the<br />

three large double doors, which changes the feel of the space<br />

entirely. We finish outside again, where John talks about proposed<br />

l<strong>and</strong>scaping <strong>and</strong> stone cladding. A lot of people have worked very<br />

hard to create this community resource, <strong>and</strong> it is in an amazing<br />

location by the river. I look forward to seeing it completed <strong>and</strong> full<br />

of people enjoying it <strong>and</strong> learning from it.<br />

Emma Chaplin<br />

There is a Wonderful Wildlife Festival at the Railway L<strong>and</strong> on Sat<br />

22nd May (11am-4pm, free entry)<br />

8 9


HOLMES<br />

On the case in Sussex<br />

Arthur Conan Doyle set five of his short Sherlock<br />

Holmes stories in Sussex. In The Five Orange<br />

Pips, a gentleman calls unannounced on the doyen<br />

of detection <strong>and</strong> his slow-on-the-uptake-sidekick,<br />

Watson. Holmes informs their visitor that he has<br />

come up to London from the South-west. John<br />

Openshaw, for it is he, confirms that this is indeed<br />

the case. From Horsham, to be precise. The gasps of<br />

astonishment subside as Holmes reveals how really<br />

very easy it was to arrive at his conclusion. ‘That<br />

clay <strong>and</strong> chalk mixture which I see upon your toecaps<br />

is quite distinctive’. Sherlock aficionados have<br />

pointed out that Horsham, though surrounded by<br />

Wealden clay, is distinctly lacking in chalk. But no<br />

matter. Both Openshaw’s uncle <strong>and</strong> father have died<br />

in mysterious circumstances shortly after receiving<br />

envelopes containing five orange pips. So Openshaw<br />

fils is underst<strong>and</strong>ably alarmed when he receives a<br />

similar unsolicited communication. Holmes solves<br />

the case, <strong>and</strong> in so doing proves that even closeted in<br />

the countryside near Horsham you are not safe from<br />

the Ku Klux Klan if you’ve crossed them by walking<br />

off with documents they consider to be important.<br />

The Sussex Vampire finds Holmes <strong>and</strong> Watson<br />

bowling along ‘through the Sussex clay of a long<br />

winding lane’ towards an ‘isolated <strong>and</strong> ancient<br />

farmhouse’ adorned with a ‘high-pitched roof of<br />

Horsham slabs’. This is Cheeseman’s, Lamberley,<br />

the residence of Robert Ferguson or ‘Big Bob<br />

Ferguson, the finest three-quarter Richmond ever<br />

had’, as Watson recalls him from his own rugbyplaying<br />

days with Blackheath. Appearances are<br />

decidedly against Ferguson’s Peruvian wife when<br />

she is twice discovered snacking on the baby’s neck.<br />

Expatiating on his concerns, Ferguson concludes,<br />

‘I know little of vampirism beyond the name. We<br />

had thought it some wild tale of foreign parts. And<br />

yet here in the very heart of the English Sussex...’<br />

That’s Sussex, Engl<strong>and</strong>, you underst<strong>and</strong>, not Sussex,<br />

Virginia.<br />

All we are told in The Musgrave Ritual is that the<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

L I t e r A r y s u s s e x<br />

Musgrave ancestral home is in ‘Western Sussex’<br />

<strong>and</strong> ‘perhaps the oldest inhabited building in the<br />

county’.<br />

Black Peter demonstrates that East Sussex is no<br />

better a refuge than West if you’re trying to escape<br />

the fallout from a dodgy past. Retired seal <strong>and</strong> whale<br />

fisher, Captain Peter Carey, though holed-up in<br />

‘a small place called Woodman’s Lee, near Forest<br />

Row’, still ends up transfixed to the wall of his snug<br />

by a harpoon.<br />

Holmes narrates The Lion’s Mane himself. The<br />

great detective has retired to Sussex. The exact<br />

whereabouts <strong>and</strong> nature of his retirement idyll have<br />

been the subject of much earnest debate. Holmes<br />

tells us ‘my villa is situated upon the southern slope<br />

of the Downs comm<strong>and</strong>ing a great view of the<br />

Channel’. In his preface to His Last Bow, Watson<br />

informs the reader that Holmes is living ‘in a small<br />

farm five miles from Eastbourne’. Anyway, wherever<br />

it is, Holmes spends his time writing ‘the magnum<br />

opus of my latter years’- A Practical H<strong>and</strong>book<br />

of Bee Culture with some Observations upon<br />

the Segregation of the Queen, only donning his<br />

detective deerstalker if a body falls down dead in<br />

front of him (The Lion’s Mane) or at the personal<br />

intercession of the Prime Minister <strong>and</strong> Foreign<br />

Secretary (His Last Bow).<br />

David Jarman<br />

9 1

eth<br />

MILLER<br />

You’re the dirty rascal<br />

St<strong>and</strong>ing on tiptoe to peer over the ancient<br />

battlements, Thing One gazed at the stunning<br />

vista before her. Mount Caburn, the Ouse, the<br />

Downs... ‘Ooh look’, she cried excitedly, tugging<br />

my sleeve, ‘You can see Prezzo.’ So you could.<br />

We were right above the restaurant’s blue <strong>and</strong><br />

white umbrellas. Pretty damn h<strong>and</strong>y for William<br />

de Warenne; he could shimmy over the wall<br />

whenever he fancied a pepperoni calzone.<br />

The castle’s crumbly stone steps were replaced<br />

in the recent refurb, <strong>and</strong> now they’re as uniform<br />

as an Ikea staircase. This has removed most of<br />

the risk in climbing up, which used to be rather<br />

thrilling if you were with anyone young or<br />

infirm. Still, some of the new steps have writing<br />

on, which means an enthusiastic reader like<br />

Thing One will stop dead at r<strong>and</strong>om intervals,<br />

causing all behind her to bump together with<br />

small, painful thuds, while she carefully spells<br />

out, ‘Fiends of <strong>Lewes</strong> Rottery Club.’<br />

Other alterations are great. The wooden lever<br />

thing, with which you hoik foam bricks to make<br />

a wall, keeps grown-ups amused, <strong>and</strong> is h<strong>and</strong>ily<br />

placed next to a bench. Small children can hide<br />

behind the foam wall, then pop out with a ‘Boo!’<br />

which echoes powerfully round the circular<br />

stone room, scaring the bejesus out of parents<br />

who have briefly drifted off. Health ‘n’ Safety,<br />

that well-known double act, have cordoned<br />

off the top of the tower where once you could<br />

lean precariously over the town. Having spent<br />

much windswept time there, clinging onto a<br />

small child’s leg, sometimes even my own child’s<br />

leg, I’m glad this has changed. The dressing up<br />

room is wonderful as ever, providing doublets<br />

w w w. V I VA L e w e s . C o M<br />

Photo: alex leith<br />

C o L u M N<br />

<strong>and</strong> headdresses of all sizes, so everyone in the<br />

family can see what medieval clothes look like<br />

with trainers.<br />

We persuaded the children to watch the<br />

educational film about <strong>Lewes</strong> because it was<br />

on a ‘big telly’. For young people reared on the<br />

colourful action of Chop Socky Chooks, it was<br />

a little slow, consisting of blurred photographs<br />

accompanied by a dull commentary. But they<br />

waited patiently for the bit I’d told them about,<br />

which I remembered from some years back,<br />

when the little train comes to life <strong>and</strong> starts<br />

chugging round the model of <strong>Lewes</strong>. I was<br />

looking forward to this as much as the kids, but<br />

when the narration reached the part about the<br />

railway, the train didn’t budge. Thing Two gazed<br />

at me, eyes full of betrayal. I quizzed the man<br />

behind the desk why the train didn’t go, <strong>and</strong> he<br />

told me it never had.<br />

Something the castle doesn’t shout about, but<br />

which is very much worth knowing, is that if<br />

you fill in a gift aid form when you buy your<br />

tickets, you get a year’s free pass. So now we can<br />

visit every weekend if we want. And we will. I<br />

want to keep an eye on that little train. I’m sure<br />

it will go round, if I can catch it in the right<br />

mood.<br />

9 3

FLASKS<br />

Some like it kept hot<br />

s h o P P I N g<br />

Photo: alex leith<br />

In my youth, I used to sneer at people sipping<br />

from their plastic flask lid cup in a steamedup<br />

car. Those were the days when the flask<br />

interior would smash if you dropped it (or hit<br />

your brother round the head with the picnic<br />

bag). The wisdom of age means I too now<br />

see that it’s cheaper <strong>and</strong> <strong>more</strong> flexible to take<br />

your own refreshments on a family outing,<br />

but since our climate is so unpredictable, you<br />

need the right gear. Having a waterproofbottomed<br />

picnic rug <strong>and</strong> a decent flask is a<br />

good start. We’ve taken a look at a few useful<br />

wet-weather picnic items you can buy in<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong>. These days, flasks are mostly stainless<br />

steel <strong>and</strong> robust, <strong>and</strong> some are pretty too.<br />

The Outdoor Shop stock a 0.35ml Outwell<br />

flask, for a very reasonable £8, that you can<br />

slip in your pocket. Bunce’s sell the Thermos<br />

range, starting at £9.18 for a 0.35ml one.<br />

Steamer Trading’s selection includes an<br />

attractive 0.5lt stone-coloured coated flask<br />

at £9.99. Percy’s sell the practical Tufflack<br />

range which includes a wide-mouthed one for<br />

hot food. And Gearshack sell Primus flasks,<br />

coated in black rubber, in 3 sizes (£20 for 1<br />

litre size) which come with a spare stopper/<br />

pourer in case you lose it. As for a picnic<br />

blanket that protects you from damp grass,<br />

the Outdoor Shop sell a tartan one (150cm<br />

x 135cm) for £11 that comes in a variety of<br />

colours <strong>and</strong> folds up to have a useful carrying<br />

h<strong>and</strong>le. EC<br />

9 5


Annual Report from David Quinn, President of<br />

the <strong>Lewes</strong> Chamber of Commerce<br />

It is a great honour to represent the business<br />

community of <strong>Lewes</strong>. The Executive Committee<br />

have spent the past twelve months raising the profile<br />

of the Chamber to ensure local businesses have a<br />

powerful voice in the community.<br />

As President I have supported the individual<br />

members of the Executive Committee in their<br />

various duties including meeting regularly with<br />

<strong>Lewes</strong> District Council, <strong>Lewes</strong> Town Council <strong>and</strong><br />

Shop Watch to keep abreast of issues that affect<br />

local businesses whilst e nsuring the information<br />

gathered is made available to the Executive<br />

Committee <strong>and</strong> Chamber Members. I have<br />

also represented the Chamber at various official<br />

functions throughout the year.<br />

The local business cardboard recycling scheme<br />

initiated by the Chamber has proved a great success;<br />

business participation in the scheme has been<br />

increasing on a monthly basis.<br />

East Sussex County Council has offered to review<br />

the Parking Scheme <strong>and</strong> have assured us that the<br />

Chamber will be fully consulted in this much needed<br />

<strong>and</strong> most welcome process to ensure the local<br />

business community, residents <strong>and</strong> visitors have a<br />

fair scheme for the future.<br />

The revamped Chamber website is now portraying<br />

the local business community in a <strong>more</strong> professional<br />

<strong>and</strong> modern format. A monthly Chamber<br />

information page is now included in the free local<br />

<strong>Viva</strong> <strong>Lewes</strong> magazine, which keeps the membership<br />

<strong>and</strong> residents up to date with Chamber activities.<br />

On behalf of the membership may I thank Kate<br />

Hook the Secretary of the Chamber <strong>and</strong> my fellow<br />

members of the Executive for their efforts on behalf<br />

of the local business community.<br />

Finally, I should like to thank The Shelleys for their<br />

hospitality throughout the year.<br />

Contact the Chamber via secretary@<br />

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Gossypium invite you to go Ethical<br />

Thomas <strong>and</strong> Abi Petit have spent the last ten years<br />

trading in, <strong>and</strong> exp<strong>and</strong>ing their business from <strong>Lewes</strong>.<br />

All of their staff are considered an integral part of<br />

the company, <strong>and</strong> are given shares in the business.<br />

To celebrate their tenth anniversary, they are now<br />

offering their customers, <strong>and</strong> other interested<br />

individuals, the opportunity to get involved. Their<br />

plan is to create an Ethical Council which will advise<br />

the directors on future growth strategies, whilst also<br />

of course helping to raise some much-needed funds<br />

to fuel future expansion plans. If you’re interested in<br />

finding out <strong>more</strong> about this ground-breaking new<br />

scheme either visit www.gossypium.co.uk or give<br />

them a call on 01273 409370<br />

New in Town<br />

It’s been a while since there was life on the ground<br />

floor of the Seymour’s building in Fisher Street, but<br />

there’s clearly action now, <strong>and</strong> the shop is apparently<br />

soon to re-open as a 1950s-style boutique.<br />

Exp<strong>and</strong>ing Entertainment<br />

If you’ve never been to the Con Club, they are now<br />

offering regular live b<strong>and</strong>s on both Fridays <strong>and</strong><br />

Sundays. They also have a decent-sized patio area <strong>and</strong><br />

a cheaper-than-average bar.<br />

Congratulations to Richard Soan Roofing Services<br />

who were voted Business of the Year at the recent<br />

Sussex Express Business awards held at the East<br />

Sussex National Golf Club. The Award is just one<br />

<strong>more</strong> in a long line the company has received over<br />

recent years from bodies as diverse as the British<br />

Safety Council <strong>and</strong>, my personal favourite, the<br />

Intelligent Membrane Association. So for roofing<br />

work, be that flat or pitched, it clearly looks like<br />

Richard Soan have got it covered. NW<br />

9 7

W<br />

Job title: Chief Executive of <strong>Lewes</strong> District Council,<br />

which includes the role of Returning Officer for<br />

District Council, County Council <strong>and</strong> European<br />

elections. At the general election, I’m acting Returning<br />

Officer, because <strong>Lewes</strong> is a county constituency, which<br />

means the High Sheriff can take the role if they choose<br />

to, but Deborah Bedford has asked me to do it.<br />

How long have you been in the post? I’ve been in<br />

public service for forty-one years, <strong>and</strong> in this role since<br />

1990. This will be the fifth general election I’ve covered<br />

<strong>and</strong> I am retiring on 2nd July.<br />

What has changed in that time? The proportion of<br />

postal ballot votes coming in. It’s a huge number now, I<br />

estimate 10,000. We have to verify all the signatures.<br />

What happens after a general election is called? A<br />

writ is delivered which starts the process. It’s basically<br />

from the Queen telling me to run an election <strong>and</strong><br />

begins: ’We comm<strong>and</strong> you that...’ It used to be a formal<br />

affair, quite an event. Now a young woman comes on a<br />

motorbike from the Post Office to get the writ signed.<br />

After the election, I endorse the writ to say who has<br />

been elected <strong>and</strong> return it, via the young woman on the<br />

motorbike, to the Clerks of Parliament in the Crown<br />

Office in Westminster.<br />

Tell me what happens on the day of a general<br />

election? We start work about 5.30am. Polling stations<br />

open at 7am. We rely on the capability <strong>and</strong> resilience of<br />

our presiding officers, <strong>and</strong> hope no-one phones in sick.<br />

We do have an emergency team just in case. Sometimes<br />

we will get a call to say a polling station has not been<br />

opened, in which case they just set up outside until the<br />

problem is resolved.<br />

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Tell me about the count. It takes place in the<br />

projectile hall of the Leisure Centre, because it is large,<br />

with facilities <strong>and</strong> parking. It used to be the Town Hall,<br />

but that was less practical. I’m a big expert in moving<br />

lots of material around. Polls close at 10pm <strong>and</strong> after<br />

that a trickle of ballot boxes are brought in by the<br />

presiding officers, with an account of the total number<br />

of ballot papers issued. The boxes are taken to the<br />

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ballot papers. They are put in piles of twenty-five,<br />

clipped together on different tables for each c<strong>and</strong>idate,<br />

which is when the excitement begins to rise, especially<br />

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Who else is in there with you? It can be 200-300<br />

people including scrutineers <strong>and</strong> press.<br />

What do you dread? A recount, which can happen if<br />

two c<strong>and</strong>idates are very close or if someone might lose<br />

their deposit.<br />

Any thoughts on constituencies that are not<br />

counting until Friday morning? It will be very few<br />

since Jack Straw rushed through an Act of Parliament<br />

which said that if a returning officer decides not to<br />

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Ever been tempted to try to be the first to declare?<br />

No! I think that’s a competition amongst anoraks.<br />

What do you like about your job? There is a great<br />

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‘Thursday was a day of wild excitement’ reported the Sussex Agricultural Express dated Saturday 3rd April,<br />

1880, under the heading ‘<strong>Lewes</strong> Election’. This Reeves’ photograph is of the crowd gathered on the High<br />

Street outside the Crown <strong>and</strong> County Court for the Declaration of the Poll on 1st April. Nationally, a Liberal<br />

l<strong>and</strong>slide was underway, with 71 year old William Gladstone becoming Prime Minister for the second<br />

of his four terms of office. In <strong>Lewes</strong>, this swing was resisted with Conservative c<strong>and</strong>idate, William Langham<br />

Christie, holding his seat for the second time, albeit with a reduced majority, beating Liberal c<strong>and</strong>idate Sir<br />

W Codrington by just 137 votes. Christie lived in Glyndebourne, <strong>and</strong> his son John took over the running of<br />

the estate in 1920, setting it up as an opera house.<br />

The attention of most people in the photograph, except those distracted by the camera, is on High Sheriff<br />

<strong>and</strong> Returning Officer, A J Biddulph, st<strong>and</strong>ing on the top step of the court building announcing the results.<br />

Various political posters can be seen stuck up on the columns, overlaid one on another, including ‘Vote<br />

Christie’ <strong>and</strong> one for East Sussex Election nominees Alex<strong>and</strong>er Donovan <strong>and</strong> John Pearson.<br />

Several bearded police officers can be seen behind Biddulph. An aproned man is walking across the road carrying<br />

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