Viva Lewes Issue #107 August 2015





One of the many remarkable things about

Lewes is the number of people here who are

wonderful at making things. In workshops,

tucked away in twittens, cellars or attic rooms,

there are many talented artists, craftspeople

and artisans. Drawing, sculpting, painting,

mending, embroidering, weaving or carving.

Making musical instruments, creating

furniture, throwing pottery, stitching leather

or soldering jewellery. There’s sometimes a

slightly condescending view of things ‘artisan’

– but our response is that there’s more than

enough stuff around that’s mass-produced. It

takes years to learn solid, well-honed skills

which produce useful and beautiful objects.

And there are also plenty of opportunities

in Lewes for people to start to learn a craft

themselves. So, in the month that marks the

start of Artwave, that celebration of local

artists and craftspeople, we’ve given this issue

a handmade theme.


We take a look at some of the great artists

taking part in the district-wide art festival

which begins this month. From p33

Eastbourne Air Show

Ahead of the annual aerial extravaganza, we

interview Frank Millerick of the Tigers

Parachute Display Team p27


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Bits and bobs.

9-23. Ian Seccombe’s Point

of View, My Lewes is Leveller

Mark Chadwick, Lewes

Worthy is ceramic chemist

Kenneth Clark, plus feline

Photo of the Month by

Ralph Kidson

On this month.

24-25. Interview. Writer and

artist Pauline Devaney

27. Day in the Life of Tigers

Parachute Display team

leader Frank Millerick

29. Proms in the Paddock

31. Classical round-up

33-41. Artwave Festival

Special, art listings, including

My Space with the Incredible

Mechanicals, focus

on Ptolemy Elrington and

Reeves’ Lightbox Trail

43-51. Diary Date listings

and Gig Guide

53-59. Free Time. Family

section – listings, Young

Photo of the Month and

days out to Brighton Pavilion

and Port Lympne zoo

Food and Drink.

61-69. We cycle to the

Roebuck Inn at Laughton,

review the Uckfield Picture

House Restaurant, try some

South Downs Cider, share

a recipe for summer fruits

jelly with Peter Bayless,

speak to Louisa Devismes

about Cheese Makers’

Choice, plus artwave food

news from the Nibbler


71-75. The Way We Work.

Steve George’s portraits of

carpenters and furniture


77. Art and craft class


79. What the Battle of

Lewes embroiderers did


81. Bricks and Mortar.

Illustrator Alan Baker’s

remarkable home

83. Community Transport

85. Lewes in History. The

Spitfire Fund

87. Wildlife. The fabulous

Hornet Robberfly

89. We try the new Lewes

FC 3G pitch


91-95. John Henty, Mark

Bridge and David Jarman

Business news.

97. Trade Secrets. Alistair


107. Business news. Lewes

District Business Awards


Inside Left.

114. Inside Left. Mrs Henry

Dudeney at home

Photo by Rob Read

this month’s cover art

The work of potter Mohamed Hamid can be seen

all around Lewes. As well as his beautiful mugs,

bowls and plates, his distinctive name plaques

adorn many houses. We felt, therefore, that a Viva

Lewes name plate would make a great cover for

this handmade-themed issue. Mohamed is based

in the Star Brewery and has been since 1989. He

also teaches many classes, adults and children. We

ask him about his pottery. “I did my foundation

year at Hornsey College of Art, a degree at Farnham

Art College, then worked at Aldermaston

Pottery, before moving to Sussex. I’m an African

Muslim, although not very devout. My parents

came from Sierra Leone. My background influences

my work, although the way I paint and my

use of colour has a kind of English restraint about

it. I use a Spanish technique called Majolica. I’ve

taught a lot of children over the years, and I like

to believe working with me has helped a few get

into art college. I was once a youth worker, and

I think people can find fulfilment and happiness

doing something that makes them proud.” And

his technique for making our plaque? “The clay

was hand thrown on my wheel, I pierced holes for

screws, covered it in opacified white glaze, brushdecorated

it, then fired it to about 1280c.” It’s fantastic.

You can see more of Mo’s work in his studio

or He will also be offering

demonstrations at the Sussex Guild craft show at

Michelham Priory, 6-9 August, 10.30-5pm.

the team

EDITOR: Emma Chaplin

STAFF WRITERS: Moya Crockett,, Steve Ramsey

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman

ADVERTISING: Sarah Hunnisett, Amanda Meynell

EDITORIAL/ADMIN ASSISTANT: Isabella McCarthy Sommerville

PUBLISHERS: Lizzie Lower,, Nick Williams

directors: Alex Leith, Nick Williams, Lizzie Lower, Becky Ramsden

REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS: Jacky Adams, Michael Blencowe, Mark Bridge, Mark Greco, John

Henty, Mat Homewood, Paul Austin Kelly, Lewes Peasant, Rob Read, Ian Seccombe, Marcus Taylor

Viva Lewes is based at Pipe Passage, 151b High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XU, 01273 488882

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omissions, errors or alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not necessarily represent the view of Viva Lewes.





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ian seccombe’s point of view

Pages and woodcut blocks from Lewes-based Carolyn Trant’s wonderful handmade book The Alchymical

Garden of Thomas Browne, inspired by the writings of the seventeenth-century natural philosopher,

physician and writer. The limited edition hand-bound book can be seen alongside other woodcuts and

collographs in Carolyn’s Con Club Studio during Artwave or at

town plaques #5: needlemakers

It requires some effort today to remember that Lewes was once a

significant manufacturing town: not just the Phoenix Ironworks,

but boat-builders and makers of candles, needles and soap were

major employers in the town within living memory. Little trace

remains of some of these locations, but off West Street is the

Needlemakers, once a candle and needle factory, as shown by this

plaque on its wall. Now a warren of shops, workshops and offices,

it was built and re-built by the Broad family in the nineteenth

century. Workers hand-dipped candles in what once must have

seemed the most secure business – until electricity came along and the works diversified into making

needles for syringes. Terraced housing along the factory’s western side was cleared to make a car park in

the late 1960s. Proposals to demolish it in 1977 were opposed by local groups and conversion followed

some years later. Marcus Taylor of Friends of Lewes


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my lewes

mark chadwick, leveller

Are you local? My dad was from Brighton, but

he was in the army so we moved all over the place

before settling in Peacehaven when I was 16.

What did you think of Lewes in those days?

It seemed exotic. I always went to Bonfire Night,

mainly to the old Cliffe firesite, which was genuinely

anarchic. Rolling down the hill, throwing

fireworks around, that sort of thing.

And when did you move here? I first moved in

1999. I found it a bit cliquey: it was in those days.

After a couple of years I said “right I’m leaving”

and people said “why?” and I said “because noone

wants to talk to me” and they said “we only

wanted to give you a bit of space”. I was a bit better

known then, and people thought that’s what

I wanted.

But you moved back again? In about 2008, when

I was proper sick of the Brighton scene. I was that

bit older and wiser and I instantly clicked with the

town: more down to my different attitude than

the place, but it had got that much busier. Now

I can’t really see any negatives. I perform all over

in this country and abroad, and I can’t think of a

better place to live.

Any downsides? I’m worried about what’s going

to happen if all the stuff in the Phoenix area – Zu

Studios and the Arthole and all the different businesses

there – go down because of the new development.

I think the vibe that those places create

makes this place special.

Has Lewes become too gentrified? You know a

lot of the people who’ve moved here recently are

people who’ve sold a place for a mint in somewhere

like Catford, so it’s not more gentrified, it’s

more London-ified. And that’s not a bad thing.

Plus, the Bonfire Societies thrive, there’s a really

strong traditional local network to the town that

other places don’t really have, which gives an extra

element to the personality of the place.

What’s your favourite boozer? The Lansdown

caters for all ages and all different types and does

the best pint of Harveys in town. After a month

on tour I’m actually hallucinating about Harveys

when I wake up.

And your top restaurant? I really like to eat in

Le Magasin: good food, brilliantly cooked and

well sourced.

Tell us about Land of Hope and Fury… Jamie

from the brilliant Union Music Store rang me up

to see if I wanted to contribute a track to an album

in reaction to Cameron winning the election. I

did. It’s out now.

Whereabouts would you live if not in Lewes?

Nowhere in this country. Alex Leith

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artwave competition

Artwave is a fantastic event – now there’s a chance to

vote for your Artwave favourites once you’ve had a

look at them. There are three categories: 1) favourite

artist, 2) favourite rural venue and 3) favourite town

venue. Complete the form on the Artwave website

in order to register your choices:

Chris Jones sent us some pictures of his wife Jannine

in Key West, Florida. In this one Jannine is reading

the May issue of Viva outside Sloppy Joe’s bar in Duval

Street, “reputedly Ernest Hemingway’s favourite

watering hole whilst he was living here in the 1930s”.

Send your pictures of reading Viva in unusual places


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Win a pair of weekend tickets worth £150 for the Together the People music, cinema and arts festival, taking

place 5/6 Sept. Line-up includes Super Furry Animals and The Levellers. Email by

15 August the answer to this question: Which Brighton park does the Together the People event take place

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jenny kilbride

In August Jenny KilBride, recently awarded

an MBE for services to the arts and crafts,

steps down as chair of Ditchling Museum

of Art + Craft to return to the loom and her

first career as a weaver. Jenny once worked

as a silk weaver and vestment maker in her

father Valentine KilBride’s business. He was

a member of The Guild of St Joseph and St

Dominic in Ditchling, established in 1921 by

Eric Gill and others. Pictured is a collection

of woollen samples Jenny uses, dyed with

plants from the Sussex countryside.


What lurks beneath could cause

homebuyers and sellers a headache …

A very difficult problem for prospective house buyers and sellers

to solve is the dreaded and destructive Japanese knotweed plant.

Japanese knotweed is a tall vigorous and aggressively invasive plant,

which was introduced to the UK in the 19th century. During the

winter months the leaves of the plant die back to reveal woody stems.

In March and April the plant sends up new red/purple coloured

shoots and this may be when you first become aware of the problem.

The plant can grow up to 40mm per day and the root system can go

beyond 2m depth and 7m lateral growth from the parent plant.

It can significantly affect the structure of a building.

Suzanne Bowman, partner at law firm Adams & Remers comments: “Japanese knotweed

can be such a big problem as people may be unaware it is lurking beneath their or a

neighbouring property until the spring when the shoots start to appear. If you are a

homeowner, it may make your property unsaleable until it has been treated. This presents

further problems if it isn’t on your land. Most lenders won’t allow a mortgage or a

remortgage to be taken out on a property with this problem.”

“Having recently dealt with a property transaction where Japanese knotweed was found to

be present, it can be devastating for the homebuyer and home owner and also very costly

to remove.”

It is an offence to plant or cause Japanese Knotweed to spread in the wild under the

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and all waste containing Japanese knotweed comes under

the control of Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If you suspect Japanese

knotweed is on site you should consult The Environment Agency code of practice for the

management, destruction and disposal of Japanese knotweed.

• If you are buying a new property, ask the builder for a legal guarantee to say there is no

Japanese knotweed on the site.

• If you find Japanese knotweed in your garden, consult an expert on how the site can

be treated. They may recommend a combination of methods which may include using

herbicides, a bund method to move the knotweed to an area of the site, screening

and sieving soil, burying soil, using a root barrier membrane, on site burning of plant

materials or off site disposal.

• If the plant has escaped from a neighbour’s garden into your own, they may be guilty of

a Private Nuisance, or equally you may be liable if it has escaped from your garden into

that of your neighbour.

• You will need to keep evidence that you have informed the person on whose land it has

originated about the presence of the knotweed when you first discover it.

Suzanne Bowman continues: “There is a question about Japanese knotweed on the sellers

forms and sellers need to be careful when they are completing it as they could be liable for


“Finally I would also urge people to use professionals such as surveyors who are fully aware of

the problem. I recently had a client whose surveyor had a suspicion that knotweed was present

and it cost the homeowner over £600 to remove what turned out to be a fennel plant!”

Suzanne Bowman, Partner, Adams & Remers,

Trinity House, School Hill, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 2NN +44 (0)1273 403220

Legal advisors to the membership of the

Listed Property Owners Club

photo of the month

paws for thought

Something caught the eye of Newick resident (and semi-pro cartoonist!) Ralph Kidson when he was

walking along to the church to do some drawing. He noticed something he’d not spotted before in

an old wall near the church - one particular brick with an unusual indentation - and thought, “That’s

a bit freaky!” A few days later, he went back to capture it with his “little Samsung digital”. Ralph

emailed this photo with the playful title of ‘Big Cat Evidence’. He tells us, “I think it’s fascinating and

rather poignant. This creature was alive such a long time ago, and you can still see its footprint in the

brick. It made me think of Fishbourne Roman Palace, because they’ve got ancient Roman tiles there

with both animal and children’s paw/footprints in them.” We phoned Fishbourne, who confirmed

that they have large tiles with prints in them in their museum. The tiles would have been laid out in

the sun to dry, and passing naughty children or animals must have scampered over them – which may

have been what happened with a cat and the brick now in the wall in Newick.

Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens in West Sussex is a great place to visit – and they are putting

on lots of events and workshops for kids this summer – from Have a Go at Archaeology, to Roman

Hawks and Helmets, as well as Mosaic Making. For more information, see

Please send your pics to We’ll choose our favourite for this page, which wins the

photographer £20. Unless otherwise arranged we reserve the right to use all pictures in future issues of Viva



its and bobs

vox pop sussex downs’ Meg Sullivan & Olivia Thorne

what’s the best thing anyone’s made for you?

“A mix tape for my 18th

birthday” Beth Hardy (left)

“A chocolate and raspberry

brownie that my 11-year-old

sister Lucy made me”

Talia Lipmanowicz (right)

“A ring with a silver

sixpence on it”

John Lee

“A pincushion made by my

son when he was seven”

Sally Kaye










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lewes worthy: kenneth clark

Kenneth Clark ‘was to

tiles what James Dyson is

to vacuum cleaners,’ his

Guardian obituary noted,

while the Times said he

‘became one of the most

widely respected and best

loved artist-craftsmen in


His work, like his dress

sense, was bold and

colourful. Clark worked

in collaboration with his

wife, Ann; she did the

designs, while he handled

production. “He was

basically a very brilliant

ceramic chemist; he understood

ceramic materials

completely,” his daughter

Camilla says. “He had a

very good idea of what

raw materials would go

together to make the effect

that was wanted. But mum

was the designer.”

Photo by Fergus Kennedy

“He was very inventive, always thinking of new

stuff to put on tiles, that not many other people

were doing at the time,” his grandson Dan says.

“Quite pioneering really.”

Born in 1922, Clark was originally from New

Zealand. During WW2, he served in the British

Navy, manned a Landing Ship Tank on D-Day,

and was mentioned in dispatches.

An ex-serviceman’s grant enabled him to go

to art school after the war. “The only one he

knew the name of was the Slade,” so he went

there, Ann says. Later, at the Central School of

Art and Design’s ceramics department, he rose

from student to technical assistant to teacher.

One of his four books, The Potter’s Manual, was

a standard text for many years; “a seminal work,

really,” Camilla says.

He and Ann, who he’d met at the Central

School, founded Kenneth

Clark Ceramics in the 1950s.

Around 1980, priced out

of London, they moved to

Ringmer and set up a studio in

Lewes, at Southover Grange.

Dan recalls it was “kind of

organised chaos” in there, with

endless pots of glaze, containers,

samples, etc, stacked

everywhere. “They were both

real hoarders, the kind of

wartime mentality.” “Dad was

an incredibly life-affirming

person,” Camilla says. “He was

very positive, very enthusiastic,

very interested in supporting

other artists, and just very

interested in people.” He got a

lot of joy out of life, and once

told his great-grandchildren

that his favourite colour was


A keen gardener and vegetable

grower who was always asking

guests if they “wanna lettuce?”,

he was “big on health foods and very clean

living.” Dan says. He had a study full of books,

and “was always talking about the fascinating

articles he’d read.”

Christianity was central to his life, and probably

helped drive him. Camilla says “he had a great

belief that you have a duty to God to develop

what talents you have and make the most of

them, and also somehow to celebrate God’s

world, I suppose.”

“He was a very particular person; he had his

ways,” Dan says. But he was also “a very bright,

cheerful and enthusiastic person, very healthful

and lively, had a big laugh.” Both Dan and

Camilla use the phrase ‘quite eccentric’. Ann

remembers him simply as “a shining example,

really, of how to be; how not to be defeated by

things.” He died in 2012, aged 89. Steve Ramsey


lewes peasant


its and bobs

ghost pubs #10: The Bear, Cliffe High Street

The Bear Inn (later the Bear Hotel) had stood in Cliffe High

Street, where Argos now stands, since the 1600s. Along with

establishments such as the White Hart and the Crown, the

Bear was a popular venue for many functions and entertainments.

The ‘old established’ Annual Venison Dinner was held

there during the 1700s-1800s, and Mr Wildman, a bee charmer,

once entertained there, amazing crowds as he directed his

bees at will. In the early hours of 18th June 1918 a fire started

at the rear of the hotel. The occupiers all managed to escape

in their nightclothes, including the licensee Tom Dulake, his

wife Hannah, and their three children. The Bear was damaged

beyond repair. Tom and Hannah later ran the Crown, before

moving to Huddersfield. Their granddaughter, Patricia, is still a resident of Lewes. Mat Homewood

lewes in numbers

stan’s snow cones

We live as households, alone or with others, and this

changes through our lifetime. The 2011 Census told

us there were 7,457 households in Lewes. Of these,

1 household in 3 lives alone, and half of these oneperson

households are elderly (aged 65+). Households

with children make up a further 30% of the

total, in 1,541 couple households, 547 lone parent

and 129 other multi-adult households. The remaining

37% of households are of more than one adult,

including student-only households, couples without

children or with adult children at home, elderly couples

and other groupings of adults. Sarah Boughton

Summer weekends

mean the welcome

return of Stan’s Snow

Cones to the Pells,

helping cool poolgoers’

palates. The

Priory school pupil

entrepreneur also has

new flavours to share,

including mint and

lime, plus a new stall inspired by a recent family

trip to India. RR

jessica zoob

Jessica Zoob’s Open House at Artwave (26 De Montfort Road)

gives visitors a chance to step into her inspiring world. Increasingly

in demand for decorative design, her art chimes with contemporary

‘natural world’ sensibilities. Original miniatures from £250 and

limited edition prints from £69. If you are interested in purchasing

a painting then do book a preview, as last year all new works sold

before the festival officially began.


Pauline Devaney

All Gas and Gaiters writer turns artist

Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps, who were married

to each other at the time, co-wrote BBC sitcom All

Gas and Gaiters, which was first aired in 1966. It

starred Derek Nimmo and was shown all over the

world. It ran for five years, getting a weekly audience

of 10.5 million, including the Queen Mother, who

insisted her diary be scheduled around it. Sadly,

without telling the writers, the BBC destroyed the

tapes as part of an ‘economy drive’, so unlike Dad’s

Army etc, which are still being scheduled and sold as

box-sets, it’s much less familiar to people these days.

Pauline and Edwin recently published the first of

what will be four books containing scripts of the lost

episodes of the show (£12.90, Durpey-Allen). Pauline

is now a painter living in Lewes, and will be taking

part in Artwave.

Where did you and Edwin first meet? We were

actors and met in a production of Hamlet. He was

arriving to play Horatio, and I was leaving in high

dudgeon because I wasn’t playing Ophelia.

Why did you both turn to scriptwriting? We

needed something to occupy us when we were out

of work, so we started adapting stage plays for the

television, and one thing led to another.

You sent the first script of All Gas and Gaiters

to the BBC under the pseudonym John Wraith,

why was that? Frank Muir, who was head of Light

Entertainment, was a friend, and we didn’t want to

embarrass him if he thought the script was awful.

Why did you write a sitcom about the clergy?

Because comedy is about trying hard not to break the

rules, but we were writing in the permissive sixties

when there were few rules left to break, apart from in

the church which has a rigid code of conduct.

Why ‘All Gas and Gaiters’? It’s a phrase from

Nicholas Nickleby, meaning pompous nonsense in

high places, and as our characters were Bishops and

Deans who were respected establishment figures but

at the same time full of human frailties, it seemed an

appropriate title.

What was it like to be the first woman situation

comedy writer? Difficult. Frank Muir was extremely



Photo by Emma Chaplin

helpful, but he left after the first series and the

rest of the hierarchy in the BBC Light Entertainment

department were very different. I think

I bewildered them; after all scriptwriters were

unfit middle aged men with packets of fags and

a bottle of whisky by the typewriter, not pretty

young actresses. So they virtually ignored me,

turning their backs on me when I walked into the

bar after a recording. One did deign to say “Since

you are here I suppose we’d better have an affair,”

another one assumed I just typed the scripts.

It was very popular. Did that change your

life? Well, we had money for the first time, but

we found producing a script to a deadline very

stressful. In those days, situation comedy was

mostly an extended comic sketch, or a comedian

working with his stooge, but we wrote properly

plotted stories involving characters of equal value

to each other, and got the comedy out of their relationships,

which hadn’t really been done before.

Tell me about the ‘shit point’. It was a term

used by a lovely old Hollywood hack we met.

It refers to the time taken in setting up the

story which if it goes on too long, or isn’t funny

enough, the viewer loses interest, says ‘oh shit’,

and turns to another channel.

Why did the series come to an end? Because

I was hit by a car, when I was pregnant with my

son, and quite badly injured.

What are you most proud of? Well, writing,

producing and performing my award-winning

one woman play about Marie Stopes was an

extraordinary experience. I played it for many

years both here and abroad, sometimes in some

very peculiar venues.

Do you watch Episodes? Yes, and enjoy it

hugely. It’s very accurate. I also love W1A.

Do you think the Americans write better

sitcoms than the British? At their best, the

Americans do an excellent job. Always slick and

professional. Ours are more idiosyncratic.

When did you move to Lewes? Four years ago.

I love living here, it’s such a vibrant and interesting


So after acting and script writing, you became

an artist in 1999. Yes, largely self-taught, although

I did courses at The Slade and St Martins.

Which have you enjoyed most? Painting

pictures is my life now and I wish it always had

been. Emma Chaplin

Pauline’s paintings can be seen at 82 Prince Edward’s

Road, open throughout Artwave, every day,

10-5pm. See more of her work and read about her



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a day in the life

Corporal Frank Millerick

Team Leader, The Tigers Parachute Display Team

On the day of the show, first thing, we go for a

run. Then we check the landing site – although

at Eastbourne we will be landing in the sea – and

liaise with the show organisers. We set up the

stand where we later meet and greet the public.

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment is

mainly from the southeast of England, and three

of us are from Hastings and Bexhill, including

me. We are stationed in Germany so it will be

nice seeing Eastbourne again for a few days.

Then we head off to the airfield, usually

Shoreham, and do a series of gear checks. We

talk to the pilot and air traffic control, get a

weather forecast, work out the routine, though

that can change even when we are in the plane,

and rehearse the jump on the ground. The most

dangerous routine is canopy formations where

we link parachutes, making pretty patterns in

the sky, as we’ve just seen in the press recently [a

Red Devil’s parachute failed to open but a colleague

managed to catch him as he came past]. If

anything goes wrong you have to deal with it in

a military manner and quite quickly.

There are between four and seven jumping, and

in Eastbourne I will be using a wingsuit, which

lets you fly rather than just fall, although we still

have to land by parachute. I do, anyway, what

with having two young children and another on

the way.

I am jump master inside the aircraft. I assess the

wind by dropping a wind drift indicator, a 22ft

piece of crêpe paper, to see where we should

jump from. Sometimes on the beach the hot air

comes off the land and the cold air off the sea

and it rotates, so we have to measure all that and

maybe adjust the routine. We climb to the jumping

altitude, up to 7000ft or as low as 1500ft.

Then we perform the routines, land on the

beach or the sea (in which case we have to

swim until we get recovered by the RNLI), get

changed and go meet the public.

All the parachutists you see are full-time serving

soldiers. No, I don’t parachute into battle, but

the parachute display team is all about finding

leaders and testing ourselves. My day job is leading

a section of seven infantry from a Warrior

Armoured Vehicle. I’ve been in the army since

1996, when the Princess of Wales was still our

Commander-in-Chief, although sadly I never

got to meet her. Since then I’ve served in Afghanistan,

Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq.

It’s nice to promote the Regiment and our team,

and the get-up-and-go attitude and willingness

to get on with life that is the spirit of the Army.

As told to Chris Nye

Eastbourne International Airshow, 13-16 August.


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on this month: proms

Proms in the Paddock

An explosive evening

Since its inception fifteen years ago, Commercial

Square Bonfire Society’s annual Proms in

the Paddock has become an integral part of the

Lewes summer calendar. With a barbecue and

Harveys bar, and music from the Lewes, Glynde

and Beddingham Brass Band, the Sounds of

Swing Big Band and soprano Lynn Deacon, it’s an

idyllic way to spend a summer’s evening.

It wouldn’t be a bonfire society event without

a few explosions, and the evening’s grand finale

comes in the form of a magnificent fireworks display

to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812

Overture. Over the years, CSBS’s aerial team have

developed a sophisticated system for synchronising

the fireworks with the music. “We used to

have members of the aerial team reading along

with the band’s sheet music, trying to set the fireworks

off at the right time,” says Mark Campbell,

who’s overseeing this year’s display. “But we’re

not there with a box of matches anymore. The

conductor starts the display by pressing a button,

then we take over from a computer desk in the

horse paddock.”

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics

to the Proms, and there are sideshows, a tombola

and even a sweet shop for kids. Mark sums it up

best: “Evening sunshine, music, fireworks – and

all the proceeds make November 5th possible for

us.” You can’t say fairer than that. MC

Saturday 1. Gates open at 5pm. Advance tickets are

£8/£3 and can be bought from the Elly, Harveys

Shop, Richards Butchers, the Con Club, Lewes

Tourist Info, the Black Horse, and Bags of Books –

or via

Firle Place International

Horse Trials * Country Fair * Dog Festival

Sunday August 30th 2015 - Firle Place nr Lewes BN8 6LP

39th International Horse Trials

Dog Festival open to all - showing, racing, scurrys, agilty

Archery, Craft Fair, Farmers Market, Food, Bar, Shopping

Gate opens 9am -


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on this month: music



Photo from the Gordon Jacob family archive


Paul Austin Kelly’s round-up

As many of us travel about to our various holiday

destinations, August is often a quiet month for

concerts, outdoor festivals aside. But for those of

us enjoying some quiet time at home, there are two

concerts in Lewes worth catching for their interesting

repertoire and first-rate players. Both are chamber

music events, which is good news if you didn’t

get enough of the splendid offerings in June.

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First, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and

Friends present the final concert of their summer

season, entitled Brighton Connections. It features

String Quartet (2007) by local composer Barry Mills,

the Suite for Bassoon and String Quartet by Gordon

Jacob, written in 1968, and Haydn’s String Quartet

No 59 in G minor.

Plymouth-born Mills, a postman and part-time

composer for many years, retired to compose fulltime

and now has an impressive list of credits and

commissions to his name. The soloist in the Gordon

Jacob (above) piece is Jonathan Price, principal bassoonist

with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sun 9, 5pm, Brighton Unitarian Church, £15, 01273


More woodwind features in a concert by flautist

Lizzie Dandridge, oboist Poppy Hyde and pianist

David Ollosson. They offer Madeleine Dring’s

Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano, William Grant Still’s

Miniatures for Flute, Oboe and Piano and Schubert’s

Rosamunde, plus some interesting solo pieces.

Thurs 27, 1.10pm, St Anne’s Church, free with retiring


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affordable prices

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by Kat Zahran

Chalk Gallery

4 North Street

Lewes, BN7 2PA

t: 01273 474477


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on this month: artwave

FOCUS ON: ‘Eagle’ by Ptolemy Elrington

(2.35m high, £6000)

How would you describe your work? I specialise in working with recycled materials and mostly make

sculptures of natural life forms. I use car hubcaps, car bumpers, shopping trolleys and scrap metal. I work

with metal and plastic. I started with plastic and then accepted a commission involving metal and had to

teach myself how to weld in double quick time. I enjoyed the process so much I kept on doing it.

What equipment do you use? I like to work with basic hand tools when I’m using the hubcaps. Various

types of hacksaws and pliers, wire cutters and clamps. I also use a battery hand drill. With the metal I use

angle grinders, a mig welder, and have to wear protective clothing - a welder’s helmet, goggles, overalls,

thick gloves and steel toe-capped boots. It gets hot in all that gear in the summer.

Tell me about a few other pieces you’ll be featuring in your Artwave show. I’m bringing an enormous

lady Samurai made from stainless steel, a selection of hubcap sculptures, a couple of giant raven

skeletons and a baboon skeleton made out of old shopping trolleys. I’m currently working on a new piece

which I hope to have finished in time for the show - that’s a surprise.

Describe your studio... I share with two other guys and my area looks a bit like WALL-E’s container (if

you’ve seen the Pixar movie) It looks chaotic but I know more or less where everything is.

What inspires you artistically? Other recycled sculptors. My current favourites are Igor Vernly, Helen

Denerley and Edouard Martinet. I’m also stimulated by a few artists including Caravaggio, Goya, Gaudi

and Moebius.

What’s your favourite gallery? I like the National Portrait Gallery in London. As told to Emma Chaplin

Ptolemy is part of the More Fresh Paint exhibition with the Sussex Watercolour Society, including

Nick Orsborn, at the Foundry Gallery, 32 North Street. From 22-30, 11-5pm. Sat 29 will be

an events day, featuring demonstrations.


22 August to 6 September



Art trails across Lewes, Seaford,

Newhaven and the rural areas

on this month: artwave

Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate

The lightboxes are coming back

If you missed Stories Seen

Through a Glass Plate in

October 2014, or enjoyed

it and want to see it again,

now you can. Back by

popular demand, from 22

August to 13 September,

the same exhibition trail of

light boxes returns to the

windows of 57 locations

along Station Street and up

and down the High Street.

The trail exhibits images

from the archive of Edward

Reeves Photography,

159 High Street, Lewes.

The studio set up in 1858,

and now in the hands of the

fourth generation of the

same family, is thought to

be the world’s oldest continuously

operated photographic


In 2014 Stories Seen Through

a Glass Plate proved incredibly

popular, and, for some,

very moving. Curator Brigitte Lardinois is working

with the Reeves family on conserving the archive,

which is of national and international importance.

She said, “I have done exhibitions all over the

world and the sense of joy that this exhibition gave

is quite special. I had expected it to be interesting,

but I never thought it would work so well.”

Seeing the images in the places in which they

were taken up to 150 years ago invited viewers to

look around at their environment to experience

the changes. At times Brigitte saw little groups of

people gathering in front of an image discussing

what was in it, some with a family connection to

the place.

For Brigitte, “the collection

makes you aware of change

and belonging. The Reeves

archive is like the family

album of the town and it

underlines the feeling of being

at home and belonging,

whether or not you were

born here.”

Being pram and mobility

scooter-friendly means that

people who might not visit

a gallery can enjoy the display,

and the trail stays open

all hours. As it gets dark “the

light boxes begin to glow

like little magic lanterns”.

It took organisers around

six months to assemble the

collection of photographs

and their shopkeeper hosts.

They viewed images that

the Reeves family had

scanned and located where

the shops were. Glass plate

negatives from the archive were photographed on

a light bed, and the positive images were printed

digitally and fixed to light boxes. The images were

captioned with information from the studio’s ledger

describing the subjects.

The light boxes can be reused and a display of

Lewes WW1 memories is planned for next year.

Information updates will be on the archive website during the exhibition.

For the trail route pick up a leaflet in shops where

you see a lightbox in the window, from the Tourist

Information Centre or from Edward Reeves studio

in the High Street. Emma Clothier


on this month: artwave

art & about

Artwave festival is here

again, with over 100 venues

across the district. The

festival runs 22 Aug - 6

Sept, with opening times

varying for each venue.

Be sure to get your hands

on a brochure which will

be distributed throughout

the town, or visit With

so many talented artists,

it’s impossible to mention

everyone, but here are

some highlights, as well as

some information on a few

non-Artwave exhibitions.

Janine Shute

Shirley Trivena

Greg Williams

Artwave in Lewes

You will find a great array of work

at Pelham House from emerging

and experienced artists this

month. Daria Arta, Peter Bushell,

Pat Savage, Chris Wells and Greg

Williams are exhibiting a mix of

striking observations of local town,

sea and landscapes, and the people

who inhabit them.

Make sure you catch More Fresh

Paint at the Foundry in North

Street, the annual exhibition from

The Sussex Watercolour Society.

Watercolours, acrylics, oils, prints,

drawings and multimedia work.

Over at Chalk Gallery this month

they will not be having their usual

featured artist, but will instead be

changing their window several

times to reflect the varied talents

of its member artists.

Artwave beyond

Firle Village has a lot worth

visiting this month (check the

Artwave brochure for dates). The

Firle Artists’ Collective are

exhibiting their work amongst

pop-up tea rooms and galleries

in houses, the village hall and the

Ram Inn. Featured artists include

Vanessa Mooncie, Jerry Shearing,

Jana Nicole, Paul Stevens and

Nula Shearing.

Elsewhere, Victor’s House in

Newhaven will be crammed

with treasures, including invited

artist Jonathan Alden’s brilliant

art boxes. The Eight Bells in

Jevington boasts work from two

local artists; Jennifer Binnie and

landscape from Lis Lawrence.

Rural countryside photography

by Peter Maton is being exhibited

at Middle Farm.

two more in-town must sees:

Original drawings by Janine Shute, on display daily at Keizer Frames and an exhibition at the Riverside Café of

paintings by Joy and Tony Harper, for one evening only on Fri 28 from 7pm.


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Pauline Devaney

Exhibiting Throughout Artwave

22 August - 6 September

82, Prince Edward’s Road, Lewes

Farley Farm House & gallery

Home of the Surrealists

Experience the extraordinary atmosphere of the Sussex home of the

Surrealists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose whose friends and guests

included Picasso, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Miró. We open to visitors on

Sundays offering 50 minute guided tours, inspiring exhibitions in our

gallery and a sculpture garden to explore.

Farley Farm House

Muddles Green, Chiddingly

East Sussex, BN8 6HW

Tel: 01825 872 856

Open to visitors every Sunday from April - October 2015 from 10. 00 am - 3.30 pm

Art & About

on this month: art

Elemental will light up the Crypt Gallery in Seaford

from Sat 1-Thu 6. It’s an exhibition of work

inspired by the local environment and beyond,

from painters Kathleen Dawson and Jane Wateridge

and photographer Chris Dawson. Expect

majestic Swiss mountains, forest fires, the chalky

landscape of Seaford Head, burning buildings and

more work that depicts the power of the elements.

Between Sat

8-Sun 23 you can

catch Texture,

Light and Colour

at the Little

Chelsea Gallery

in Eastbourne.

Local artists

Louise Chatfield

(pictured) and Susan Lynch will be displaying

their striking work each day from 11am-4pm

(closed Mondays).

If you fancy heading west, there is a new exhibition

running until October at The Sussex Prairie

Gardens, near Henfield. Prairie Spirits is a mixed

media environmental installation by Tom Barker

that studies human frailty and the cycle of life, using

found objects and photography to explore and

challenge perceptions of life from the perspective

of a child, dreaming of his home being taken over

by the Prairies as he sleeps. The show also features

photography by his mother Jill Staples and sister

Alice Barker.
































my space: ivan morgan

Incredible Mechanicals

I’ve got 45 different mechanical models and will

have most of them on display during August Bank

Holiday weekend. Years ago I used to sell some but I

don’t now. For our Open House exhibition we have

them in the conservatory and the dining room - and

then you come into the garden for tea and cake.

I’ve always been practical and made wooden toys

for my children. In 1997 I went to Covent Garden

and saw the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. It isn’t

there now but the people are still around [they

have a touring show at Herstmonceux Observatory

Science Centre this month] and that inspired me to

make mechanical models.

When I retired from the County Council, I had

a passion to sit and whittle in a shop window somewhere.

But my dream fell apart when I realised how

much that would cost. So I set up in the back of my

garage with a scroll saw, a pillar drill and a sander.

I have since built a lovely workshop in the garden,

with a panoramic view.

My most useful tool is my bandsaw. When I

make cogs, I spray-mount the outline onto a piece

of wood and cut all those little teeth out with

the blade. It’s brilliant but you have to keep your

fingers out of the way.

I’ve got a great stock of old bits of wood; it’s all

recycled, donated or off-cuts. I just have to buy a

bit of 6mm dowel occasionally.

I very rarely draw plans before I start. I just

sketch things out in my book. Sometimes I have a

better idea when I’m making something and then

change the design to get it working differently.

You can’t really appreciate the models unless

they’re moving. I let adults and children operate

them as long as they’re careful. If anything gets

broken it can always be mended. People love

studying the models to see how they work. And

that’s what encourages me to carry on.

As told to Mark Bridge

21 Gundreda Road, Sat 29 to Mon 31, 2-5pm.

Photos by Mark Bridge



Sat 1

Wed 5

Farmers’ Market.

Cliffe Precinct, 9am-


Craft Market.

Ceramics, jewellery,

textiles and more.

Market Tower,


Fundraiser. Celebrating 150 years. Demonstrations,

meet the staff, games, tombola,

homemade cakes. Cliffe Vets, 1-5pm, free entry,

any proceeds go to Hounds for Heroes, Cats

Protection, and WRAS. enquiries@cliffevets.

Sun 2

Open Garden. Proceeds go to the wonderful

Lewes Saturday Circles club, a self-funding

club that supports adults with varying degrees

of learning disabilities. Tea and cake available.

1 Rose Cottage, Chalvington Road, Golden

Cross, 11am-5pm, £3, children under 16 free.

Guided Tour. Quirky, historic tour around

interesting parts of the town, including some

graveyards. Led by Kevin Gordon. Meet at the

railway station, 2pm, £5, tickets available from

Tourist Info.

Tue 4

Market. Bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, clothes,

toys, fresh produce and much more. Town Hall,


Photo Rob Read

Talk. Pressures on the Police in Modern Society.

Led by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Katy Bourne. Christ Church, 7.30pm, free.

Thu 6 & Fri 7

Musical theatre. Oliver! St Mary’s Social Centre,


Fri 7

Food Market. Healthy, seasonal food from local

suppliers. Market Tower, 9am-1.30pm. Also on

Fri 14, 21 & 28.

Fri 7-Sun 9

Beer Festival. Live music and BBQ. The Sussex

Ox, Milton Street. 01323 870840

Sat 8

Dr Bike. Bike

repair workshop.

A brilliant

service, which

recently helped

Viva’s editor

get her bicycle

safely back on

the road. Trade

prices charged

for parts; customers are free to make a donation

for labour. Nutty Wizard, South Street, 9.30am-

12.30pm, free. Also on Sat 22.

Coffee Morning. Organised by South Street

Bonfire Society. Coffee, tea, homemade cakes and

South Street Bonfire merchandise. St Thomas

Church Hall, 10am-12pm, free entry.

Paws and Claws Book Fair. Thousands of

secondhand, rare, readable and collectable books.

Town Hall, 10am-4pm, 50p.


auglistings (cont)

Thu 20

Theatre. The Last Match. The story of the

final performance of one of Yorkshire and England’s

greatest cricketing heroes, Hedley Verity,

playing in the very last day’s cricket before

WW2. Newhaven Fort, 4pm and 7pm, £7/£4. or 01273 517622

Fourth annual South Street Bonfire Society

Sports Day and Dog Show. Legendary drag

race, egg and spoon relay, welly shot-put [we

called that ‘welly-wanging’ in my youth. Ed]

and hula-hooping. Best Dressed Dog, Dog

Owner Doubles, Agility, Waggiest Tail and

Cleverest Trick competitions. Fun carries on

into the night with the Alternative Miss Snowdrop

competition. The Snowdrop, 2pm, £2 per

person for sports day, £2 per dog for dog show.

Summer Show. Dog show,

stalls, games, sideshows, falconry,

children’s races, food

and refreshments. Framfield

recreation ground and

memorial hall, 12.30pm

(dog show 11.30am), £1/20p.

Fri 21

Walk and Talk. A brewery walk in Lewes. Led

by Miles Jenner of Harveys Brewery, in the

Cliffe/South Street area. Meet in the garden

of the Dorset Arms, 7pm, £5. Tickets available

from Anne of Cleves House or annacrabtree1@

The Group. Lewes-based club for single men

and women aged 45+. This month it is a disco

in Hove.

Sat 8 & Sun 9

Vintage Fair.

Antique and vintage

homeware, jazz bands,

fairground rides,

vintage design clothes

and more. Firle Park,

10am-5pm, £5, children

under 10 free.

Tickets on the door

or from TIC.


Lewes Town & Country

Residential Sales & Lettings

Land & New Homes

T 01273 487444


Property of the Month Laughton - £750,000

Substantial detached 5 bedroom character house situated in the sought after area of Laughton.

Originally built circa 1790 this property has recently been renovated, beautifully combining

period features and contemporary design & architecture.

Lewes £1,150,000

A truly unique opportunity to purchase a stunning detached

1850’s Victorian home with potential for a development plot

within the grounds STPP. 6 double bedrooms, 3 reception rooms

and kitchen breakfast room.

Southerham £999,950

A large detached property with a number of potential income and

development possibilities in a semi rural location. The Granary

currently sits as a beautifully presented, 6 bedroom house

(including a 2 bedroom barn conversion).





Lewes £520,000

A charming town house ideally located in central Lewes just

moments from the train station. With 3 double bedrooms the

property offers open living space, family bathroom & en-suite,

fitted kitchen and a separate W/C.

Lewes £234,950

One bedroom end of terraced house situated in quiet cul-de-sac

on the outskirts of Lewes town centre. Great living space,

contemporary kitchen, dining room and separate lounge opening

on to decked patio garden.



22 & 23 AUG 2015

22 & 23 AUG 2015 – 11am to 7.30pm














Cooking demos • Live music

Wine talks • Street entertainment

Storytelling • Local beers • Craft Stalls

Guided Walks

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum,

home to a unique collection of cars,

motorcycles and cycles, spanning over

100 years. The wildfowl reserve is home to

around 2500 birds and 130 species from

around the world. And if you wanted to

make a weekend of it and love glamping,

why not stay at the new independently run

Embers camp site, with its great facilities,

all set within the estate.



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Sat 22 & Sun 23

Wealden Food and Wine Festival. Cooking

demos, live music, wine talks, street entertainment,

storytelling, local beers, craft stalls and

guided talks. Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum,

free entry.

Sun 23

Mad Hatters’ Tea Party. Guests

are encouraged to dress up.

Pelham House, 2.30-5.30pm,

£24.95/£12.50. pelhamhouse.

com or 01273 488600

Sunday Spice Club. Supper club organised by

Dinesty Corp. The Bar, Fisher Street, 7.30pm,

£25 incl food and a drink. Tickets from The Bar

Tue 25

Theatre. Much Ado About Nothing. Newhaven

Fort, 7.30pm. or

01273 517622

Sat 29

Garden Party. Spanish acoustic guitar, table

football tournament, barbecue, cocktails and

garden games. The Swan, 2pm, free entry.

Costume Sale. An opportunity to purchase

some pieces from the theatre. Lewes Little

Theatre, 10.30am.

Beer and Cider Festival.

Part 2: The Big One.

Food and drink served all

day, with live music from

Cajun Dawg and The

Reform Club featuring

Norman Baker. Trevor

Arms, Glynde, 4pm-late, free entry.

Sat 29-Mon 31

Bank Holiday Festival. Children’s activities,

classic cars, charity stalls, fun fair, dog show,

village fête and more. Alfriston Tye, free. Times

vary, see

Sun 30


Horse Trials and

Country Fair.

Archery, crafts,

dog festival,

farmers’ market,

food, bar and

more. Firle Place,

9am-5pm, £15 a car including all occupants.

Mon 31

Tea Dance. Newhaven Fort, 1-4pm. info@ or 01273 517622

Thu 27

Story Cabaret. Under the Table: Glories and

Horrors of Booze. The Bar, Fisher St, 7.30pm.

Tickets from The Bar &

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gig of the month

The John Butler Trio formed in 1998. Since

then, the one constant in the band’s line-up has

been guitarist and vocalist John Butler, who

started out as a busker in Fremantle, Western

Australia. The Trio’s blend of folk, rock, blues

and country influences have led them to phenomenal

success: all of their albums have been

certified gold or platinum, and Butler – a formerly

dreadlocked environmentalist and activist

– is known affectionately in the Australian press

as ‘the million-dollar hippy’. Support comes from

soulful folk balladeer JP Cooper.

Sat 15, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 7pm, £20

august listings

sat 1

Ouse Valley Collective. Five-piece Country and

Folk. Con Club, 8pm, free

Come All Ye. Open folk music session. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £3

The Versatiles. Funk, disco and Motown. Lamb,

8.30pm, free


English dance tunes session. Traditional English

folk – bring instruments. Lamb, 12pm, free

Charlie Tipler. Acoustic. Con Club, 3pm, free

Open mic. Elephant & Castle, 7pm, free

Gypsy Ska Orquesta. Latin gypsy ska. Lamb,

8.30pm, free


Mark Bassey, Alex Eberhard and Terry Seabrook.

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


English dance tunes session. Traditional

English folk – bring instruments. John Harvey,

8pm, free

Ceilidh Crew session. Folk. Lamb, 8.30pm, free


Harry’s Tricks. Vintage hot swing. Pelham

Arms, 8.30pm, free


Fat Belly Jones. Ska and soul, jumping toons.

Con Club, 8pm, free


Come All Ye. Open folk music session. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £3


We R Bob. Acoustic. Con Club, 3pm, free

Jazz in the Garden. Jazz from the 20s to the 50s,

with the Andy Woon Nils Solberg Alliance. Garden

and bar open from 5.30pm – bring a picnic.

Anne of Cleves House, 6pm, £10

MON 10

Frank Griffiths. Jazz from the US arranger,

tenor and clarinettist. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUE 11

Goodtimes Music open mic. All welcome.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free



Music Weekender!

11th – 13th September



Friday 11th

Saturday 12th

8.30pm-11pm Bad Billy Band

This five-piece band knock out an original folk/rock

mixture with a lively sound. Not to be missed!

2pm-4pm The Memphis Flyers

The moonshine boys kick off day 2 with their brand of

country, blues and rockabilly. Covering Buddy Holly, Elvis,

Johnny Cash and many many more.

4.30pm-5.30pm The Emilie Pearl Band

The winner of last years open mic contest, Emilie and her

band return to play a full set of delicious covers. A star in

the making.

6pm-8pm The Dead Reds

A bluesy rock band that wouldn’t have been out of place

supporting The Rolling Stones circa 1969, this Sussex 4

piece are a total eargasm.

8.30pm-10.30pm Kings Mews

A Brighton based 9 piece with a soulful, infectious feel

good energy and thumping horn-led grooves you can’t

help but move to.

Sunday 13th

12.30pm-3pm The Jazz Caverners

An infectious blend of traditional and Dixie land jazz in the

style of the New Orleans parade bands.

3pm-4.30pm Sarah Tonin

The lead singer of last years headline act Derriere introduces

us to her new project. Fireball front woman Sarah Tonin takes

it down a notch and releases a blend of bluesy, soulful jazz

that will arouse feelings of well being and happiness.

5pm-7pm John Crampton

Closing out our weekend in style with a crescendo of foot

stomping blues and bluegrass. Expect to be whipped into

a frenzy by the sound of his astonishing voice, slide guitar

and harmonica.

The Dorset, 22 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RD

gig guide (cont)

THU 13

Underscore Orkestra. Balkan, klezmer and

gypsy jazz. Lamb, 8pm, free

FRI 14

Thin White Duke. David Bowie tribute. Con

Club, 8pm, £5

The Diablos. Country rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 15

Come All Ye. Open folk music session. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £3

The Long Haul. Country and western swing.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

MON 17

Jo Rotunna and Terry Seabrook. Jazz. Snowdrop,

8pm, free

TUE 18

Ceilidh Crew session. High energy folk. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

THU 20

Jabul Gorba. Gypsy ska squeezebox punk.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

FRI 21

Snakebyte. Rock covers. Con Club, 8pm, free

SAT 22

Maestro Academy Players and l’Harmonie

la Chappelle Concert Band. Jazz and swing.

Newhaven Fort, 6pm, free with ticket (available

from Maestro Music, Newhaven)

Come All Ye. Open folk music session. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £3

Silas Giron. Samba. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

MON 24

Jack Kendon, Terry Seabrook and Peter Hill.

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUE 25

Goodtimes Music open mic. All welcome. Lamb,

5pm, free

THU 27-MON 31

Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival. Jazz,

blues, R&B, soul, funk, gospel and world music,

from acts including Herbie Flowers, The Blues

Band and Avery Sunshine, at various venues

across Rye. Events priced individually. www.

FRI 28

Piranhas. 80s Ska punk. Con Club, 8pm, £TBC

Blacken Blues Band. Rocking blues. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SAT 29

The Blox. Ian Dury & The Blockheads tribute.

Con Club, 8pm, free

Come All Ye. Open folk music session. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £3

Nineties Disco. With tunes from DJ Maverick.

Lansdown, 8pm, free

SUN 30

Swing Time. Up-tempo swing and dancing.

Lamb, 5pm, free

MON 31

Afternoon Tea Dance. Strict tempo ballroom

music, dancing and cake. Newhaven Fort, 1pm,

£7.50/£6.40 (ticket price includes one drink),

01273 517622

Paul Richards, Alex Eberhard and Terry Seabrook.

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


a day out

Photos by Rob Read

Port Lympne Animal Reserve

Out on a Lympne

It’s just over 55 miles as the crow drives across

the Weald from Lewes to Port Lympne – but

since that’s across some of the most glorious East

Sussex/West Kent countryside it’s like an adventure

all in itself. Preferably done in open-top car,

not that we had access to one when we headed

east to explore the park.

Port Lympne (pronounced limb) is beautifully set

in 600 acres looking over the Romney Marsh. At

its heart is an historic mansion and landscaped

gardens designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker

for Sir Philip Sassoon during World War One.

Mrs Dudeney – whose Lewes diaries excoriate

the bourgeoisie and working classes, while gazing

admiringly at the hyper-rich – was a regular guest

of Sir Philip in the 1920s and 30s.

For the last forty years, the grounds have been

home to a range of wild animals, in association

with its sister animal park in Kent, Howletts, as

part of the Aspinall Foundation – an animal conservation

charity which protects rare and endangered

species by breeding and then reintroducing

them into their natural environments.

When we first visited 10 years ago our son was

very small and much of the fun was to be had just

gazing at the tigers and wolves (now sadly gone)

– enthused by the BBC Roar programme filmed

at the Foundation. Now we can wander the larger

expanses and take in the gorillas, endless types of

monkeys and lemurs, wild cats and more which

spread down the hillside and on for seemingly

quite a long way.

As a working space with its emphasis on animal

support and protection it often means you need

to gaze at the large enclosures for a long time

to see the creatures. Feeding sessions such as

those with the giant silverback gorillas are of

course a must. But otherwise it rewards a slow

and lingering tour. So take your time and some


We also discover that over the last 10 years Port

Lympne has significantly upped its tourism game.

The house is now a sumptuous hotel and it also

boasts a wide range of other accommodation,

from simple canvas cabins to wooden glamping

huts, allowing you to stay in the park overnight

and experience the animals in their environment

late and early. The newest is a tree top hotel – offering

every comfort you could imagine, although

with prices to match.

The highlight continues to be the safari tour

which lives up to its billing as the closest you can

get to a safari without actually being in Africa – as

covered trucks take you through large grasslands

of rhino, giraffe and more. The experienced and

knowledgeable staff provide commentary and

seemingly can answer any question from young

or old.

As we head back, tired but happy, we could imagine

the herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically

across the marsh. Rob Read

Online ticket prices: Adults: £18.85 day ticket;

£30.95 all year access; child £15.25/£26.95


Summer Events

at Anne of Cleves & Lewes Castle

Secrets of the Skeletons

Sun 26th July - Lewes Castle 1pm-4pm

Experience a forensic exploration of medieval skeletons

linked to our summer exhibition.

For all ages. Included in admission.

Marvellous Materials Season

Tues & Thurs 28th July - 27th Aug

Explore different materials, with hands-on activities

for all ages. Included in admission.

Tues - Anne of Cleves House, 1pm-4pm.

Thurs - Lewes Castle, 1pm-4pm.

Knights and Dragons

Thurs 30th July, Thurs 6th & Thur 13th Aug

Lewes Castle - 10.30am-12pm

Stories, things to make, handle and try on. Age 4-8.

Tickets £5 per child in advance. Adult to stay.

Explore our website for more details

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What’s on

wed 5

Poetry and storytelling: Myths and

Monsters. Who helped Theseus defeat the

Minotaur? Why should you steer clear of

Ginny Green Teeth? Find out in this show

with a cast of colourful characters, followed

by a Q&A about writing poetry. Ideal for

ages 9-12. Bags of Books, South St, 11am,

£3. Tickets from shop or 01273 479320.

wed 5,12,19 & 26

Summer Activities. Games, sport, food

making, arts, crafts and much more. For

8-18 year olds (under 8s welcome with an

accompanying adult). Free evening party

at Pells Pool for participants. Malling Rec,

11am-1pm, free.

Mon 17-Thu 20

Big Oak Forest School. Creative and fun

forest school for 8-12 year olds, in privately

owned ancient woodland. Uckfield, 11am-

3.30pm, 1 day £35, 2 or more days £28 per

day. More info and lots more dates at

or call 07866 587844

Thu 27

Tea Party. Fun storytelling and scrumptious

cake with author Julian Warrender. Suitable

for ages 4-8. The garden at Laporte’s, 3.30-

5pm, £4 including cake and drink. 01273


Spread the Word

Cressida Murray sent us this fun photo - taken

on the Canal De Midi near Carcassonne in

Southern France. “We went for a week-long

trip with my parents and another family and

had a few rare moments to relax between the

many locks.”

Thu 6 & Thu 13

Activity Morning: Knights

and Dragons. Stories,

things to make, handle

and try on. Ideal for

ages 4-8. Lewes Castle,

10.30am-12pm, £5 in advance, adult

to stay.

wed 12

Creative Workshop: Create with acetate.

Use cut-outs to magically transform the page

and then create your own. With Ann Scott

from creative publishers Patrick George.

Ideal for ages 4-8. Bags of Books, 11am, £3.

Tickets from the shop or 01273 479320.


Early Years

and Reception

spaces for September 2015

Independent Primary School

& Kindergarten for 3 – 11 years

Visit us 01825 841410

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Creative & fun outdoor learning for Ages 8 - 12!

August 2015 dates: Mon 17, Tues 18, Weds 19, Thurs 20,

Mon 24, Tues 25, Weds 26, Thurs 27, Sat 29, Sun 30

Cost: 1 day - £35 / 2 or more days - £28 per day

A range of inspiring and educational activities, 11am - 3.30pm

Book now at

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Saturday Classes

11.15 -12.45 4-6 years

2pm - 5pm 7 years +

At Ringmer Community

College, BN8 5RB

Ask about

our 2 Week

Trial and Open


01273 504380

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young Photo of the month

This lovely photo was sent in by

13 year old Becky Clark, a year 8

Priory student. “I took it when I

was walking my dog, Douglas, up

Chapel Hill towards the Lewes golf

course one evening.” Becky wins a

£10 book token, kindly donated by

Bags of Books bookshop.

Send your entries for Young Photo of

the Month to

with your name, age, school and some

details about the picture.

big park project

We visit the Big Park in Peacehaven with

my son, George (8) and his cousin Louie (7),

to try out the ‘new’ playground. The sun is

shining and the air fresh, as swallows and

skylarks swoop above the giant ‘acorn’ tower

and out across to the Downs. There are two

sections, one for toddlers, one for children

up to 11 or so. There’s also a skatepark. The play area is built from rustic chestnut post and rail fencing,

which fits in beautifully with the countryside surrounding it. The playground is full of kids climbing,

playing with sand and generally having a great time. My two particularly love the acorn tower, and it

serves as an excellent imaginary base camp. Overall, it’s more challenging than most playgrounds, as

there is lots of climbing to be done. George also loves the giant swing. He’s generally outgrown playgrounds,

but this one keeps his attention. After a couple of hours, with a trip to the café for snacks, we

have to drag them away - they would like to stay all day. The overall impression is that “it’s just as much

fun as the Xbox” and they will definitely want to come back to their acorn ‘base’ soon. Michelle Porter

The Big Park can be accessed via Hoyle Road, Piddinghoe Avenue and Cornwall Avenue and from a network

of footpaths and bridleways. Take the train to Newhaven Town and continue by bus. 12 and 12A buses go

about every 10 mins. Coming from Newhaven, alight at the Slindon Avenue bus stop and walk up Piddinghoe

Avenue. By car, turn off South Coast Road into Piddinghoe Avenue (sign posted Piddinghoe Sports Park).

Limited parking available onsite. Alternative parking available at the free public carpark at the bottom of

Piddinghoe Avenue, a short walk away.


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Brighton Pavilion

‘Are we going to see

the Queen?’ my toddler

asks as we gaze

up in wonder at the

spiked minarets and

onion domes that

comprise the exterior

of Brighton’s very own

palace, the Brighton

Pavilion. All five of us

stand transfixed at the

idea that such a building

exists in the centre of

Brighton. Architect

John Nash was commissioned

by the Prince

Regent to create this

ode to extravagance,

and the exotic exterior

is redolent of the Indian


We are eager to explore the interior, so patiently

queue up for our tickets and a child guidebook

(worth purchasing) before heading off inside.

There’s also a £2 audio commentary available

which provides more information and ensures

that everyone progresses through the Pavilion at

a similar pace.

Once inside, I show off to the boys by telling

them that the palace is decorated in Chinoiserie,

a style that pays homage to China. The overall

effect is one of opulence and high drama. Our

favourite room is the Banqueting Room, a formal

dining room well used by George IV, whose dining

parties were legendary. Guests would be indulged

with up to 60 courses. The boys look suitably

impressed. Above the dining table, suspended

from a dragon’s talon, hangs a 30-foot chandelier

which weighs just over one ton. There’s a bit of a

dragon theme to the palace and we all have much

fun playing, ‘Spot the


The toddler meanwhile

constantly wants to

touch everything and

yearns to duck under

the ropes, which act as

a barrier between him

and the many sofas

on which he wishes

to climb. Venturing

upstairs to distract

him, we restore our energy

in the quaint Tea

Rooms before moving

on to explore Queen

Victoria’s apartments,

where the aforementioned

toddler had to

be distracted from his

desire to bounce on the

bed, which has six mattresses on it.

Afterwards we browse in a well-stocked gift shop

and eat a picnic lunch in the grounds before tootling

off to catch the train home (Brighton station

is a 10 minute walk away; more if carrying a heavy

toddler – but the 28 and 29 buses to Lewes stop

very nearby on the Steine).

If you’re looking for an easy day out which will

keep the children entertained for an hour or two

plus teach them a little bit about Regency history,

the Royal Pavilion hits the spot and as a bonus, it’s

right on our doorstep. Tips: it can get very busy

at weekends and during school holidays so do be

prepared. Also, there’s a ‘no photography’ rule

inside. Jacky Adams

Summer opening times 9.30am–5.45pm (last tickets

5pm). Adult £11.50, child (5-15) £6.20, family

tickets, £29.20 or £17.70. 10% cheaper online.

Photos courtesy of Brighton Pavilion


Directly opposite the cinema

Open from 10am daily

Coffee & Cake Lunch & Dinner Daily Specials Outside Seating

Special themed events

Private hire and catering

Book now for Christmas

Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4-1 on our homemade pizzas

August is ‘A Taste of Sussex’, specials inspired by local

produce, part of The Wealden Food & Wine Festival

High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AS 01825 764909



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The Roebuck

Laughton’s local reopens

My friend and I are due to have lunch at the

Roebuck in Laughton, newly renovated and

reopened by the Snowdrop’s Tony Leonard and

Dominic McCartan. On a sunny July morning,

the prospect of cycling via the new Lewes-

Ringmer cycle path seems downright idyllic, but

the reality is rather less romantic. How do people

make cycling up Malling Hill look easy? It’s like

pedalling up Everest. By the time we arrive in

Laughton, I am sweaty, starving and nursing a

moderate sense of humiliation after being regularly

overtaken by passing bluebottles. Seeing the

Roebuck appear in the distance feels like spotting

an oasis in the desert – although, as the building

has been painted a bright buttercup yellow, you

could hardly miss it.

Many moons ago, my friend had a Saturday job

washing up in the Roebuck’s kitchen, so we’re interested

to see how things have changed. Inside,

it has the sawdust-and-varnish smell of a place

still under construction, but it’s difficult not to

have your spirits lifted by a pub with a shiny

brass bar, sparkly wallpaper in the bathrooms and

micro-pigs oinking around in the back garden.

There’s an impressively extensive selection of

local and international beers and ciders on draft.

The Dominion Cherry Blossom lager, brewed in

Delaware, is bright and refreshing, with a delicate

cherry tang. As at the Snowdrop, the Roebuck’s

menu features the usual pub grub amongst more

exotic fare. I order the ‘Asian fish and chips’ (£11),

which turns out to be flaky white cod rolled in

nori – the dark sheets of seaweed that sushi is

wrapped in – before being fried in batter. If it

sounds a little gimmicky, it works surprisingly

well. The plate looks lovely, with cool blobs of

wasabi pea purée, a rich soya sauce tartare, and

three fat chips, which are delicious, but it’s a

shame that there are only three of them. In contrast,

my friend’s chilli beef burrito with rice and

nachos is a bundle of carbs the size of her head

(£12.50). By the time I’ve finished my third chip,

she’s hardly made a dent in it. “It’s really tasty,”

she says, through a mouthful of rice, “but I think

it could probably serve two.”

The dessert list, all reasonably priced at £5.50,

contains a similar mix of the traditional and

whimsical. My friend’s gluten-free syrup sponge

is exactly what you’d expect from a pub sticky

pudding, but my dessert, a giant macaroon with

Eton mess ice cream, is downright startling. It’s a

wedge of chewy macaroon, squidgy meringue ice

cream and juicy strawberries, and it is, inexplicably,

blue. I’m not sure this is necessary – the dish

is interesting enough without being dyed the colour

of Listerine – but it’s delicious, nonetheless.

We finish off with espressos before hopping back

onto our bikes, significantly heavier than when

we arrived. The Roebuck deserves to do well, and

I look forward to coming back once the renovations

are complete. I’ll probably drive next time,

though. Moya Crockett



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Uckfield Picture

House Restaurant

I’ve long been an admirer of the Uckfield

Picture House, so I was intrigued to see they’d

taken over what had been a pizza restaurant

opposite the cinema on the High Street. You can

now book films and a table at the Picturehouse

Restaurant at the same time.

The restaurant is open all day for coffee and

cake; there are lunchtime and evening menus,

plus daily specials cooked in the wood oven. I

go along one weekday lunchtime to see what it’s

like. I like the interior -especially the old film

posters. Van Morrison had just been performing

at Love Supreme, so I’m amused to hear his

recorded voice over the speakers.

Kevin Markwick is the cinema’s owner and manager.

With his wife Tansy now working in the

restaurant, it’s a family affair. When the cappuccino

I order arrives, I’m told the delicious little

biscuit that accompanies it was made by her.

There’s a gentle film theme going on with the

menu, but it’s not laid on with a trowel. Tuesdays

and Wednesdays, they offer 2-for-1 on pizza

I notice. I decide to try the Kevin Bacon ‘six

degrees of deliciousness’ burger: a brioche bun,

with melted Monterey Jack cheese, deep-fried

onion rings, salad and barbecue sauce (£10.50).

This comes with twice-cooked chips in a small

metal ‘bucket’, a large gherkin and a small pot

of red cabbage coleslaw. The chips are fat and

crisp, the burger extremely juicy and tasty. I’d

recommend it. Emma Chaplin

Open every day from 10am.



Photo by Peter Bayless


Summer fruits in a rosé wine jelly served

with strawberry jus and clotted cream

Peter Bayless’s culinary career was kick-started when he won MasterChef 2006. Now based in Heathfield,

he works as an independent chef in France and the UK and is a regular contributor to food

magazines, TV and radio. He also teaches at food fairs and culinary schools throughout the southeast.

On 22 and 23 August, he’ll be taking part in cookery demonstrations at the Wealden Food and

Wine Festival at Bentley Wildfowl Trust.

This jelly terrine is Peter’s own invention. “Nothing heralds summer like the arrival of summer berries,”

he tells us. “This dish really makes the most of their freshness, colour, flavours and beauty. It

takes a few hours to prepare, but it’s well worth the effort.”

For the jelly (makes 12-14 portions):

Large punnet strawberries (400g)

150g raspberries

150g blueberries

150g blackberries

100g redcurrants

1 bottle rosé wine

12 leaves of gelatine

1 ½ tbsp caster sugar

For the jus:

Juice of one lemon

1 tbsp caster sugar

Clotted cream to serve

Wash the fruits under running water and drain

thoroughly. Cut the tops off the strawberries and

halve from top to bottom. Strip the redcurrants

from their stems using the tines of a fork. Set

250g strawberries aside and gently mix the remainder

with the other washed fruits. Place the

gelatine leaves in a bowl and cover with cold water.

Place the sugar into a saucepan with a splash of

the rosé. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, then

add the rest of the wine and warm through. Remove

the saucepan from the heat. Squeeze out

the now-soft gelatine and add to the wine, stirring

to dissolve completely. If there are some

stubborn sticky bits of gelatine, carefully re-heat

the pan while stirring, but don’t allow the mixture

to boil − the jelly won’t set if it does. Put the

saucepan to one side until the jelly has cooled.

Lightly oil a 12-inch terrine dish and scatter a little

of the fruit into the base. Cover with liquid

jelly and refrigerate until set. Repeat this process

four times. Once the final layer is set, add another

layer of liquid jelly to completely cover the fruits

and put back in the fridge. Not only will the jelly

preserve the fruits, but the solid layer of jelly will

prevent the terrine from collapsing when cut.

While the jelly is setting, make the strawberry jus.

Put the sugar and lemon juice into a metal bowl

with the 250g saved trimmed strawberries. Cover

the bowl with cling film, place over a saucepan

of gently simmering water, and leave for three

hours. While still hot, remove the cling film from

the top of the bowl and pour the contents through

a colander into another bowl. Don’t squeeze the

pulp − this will make your jus go cloudy. Discard

the pulp and decant the jus into a container or

squeezy bottle. The jus will keep in the fridge for

over a week.

Once the jelly is fully set, turn it out onto cling

film, wrap up completely, and put in the fridge.

It should spend as little time as possible out of

the fridge before serving. Once it’s time to serve,

remove the cling film from the jelly and cut into

slices with a serrated knife. Serve on a plate with

a couple of circles of jus, topped with a spoon of

clotted cream. As told to Moya Crockett



South Downs Cider


The rise in popularity of cider and perry (not ‘pear cider’,

as all good cider pedants know) has been vertiginous.

The Nibbler has been drinking what Americans call

‘hard cider’ since her first pub-going days, which, despite

her youthful appearance, was a while ago. But many of

us dislike the ‘over ice’ trend and a lot of the popular

stuff is very bland. So it was good news that Wilmington

neighbours Jeremy Christey (background: psychotherapist)

and Greg Meyer (background: vet, earthmover and

construction worker) are producing South Downs Cider.

They started renovating apple orchards in 2014, including the Merrydown orchard at Horam, then

began pressing the apples. After trying “40 or so variations of juice and yeast” they figured out what

worked best: “a combination of cider and eater varieties, with a splash of Bramley for a bit of backbone.”

I taste some of each of both the dry and medium ciders. Both are delicious, although I prefer

the dry. There’s a clean flavour, with a nicely balanced acidity. “Our fermenting process means that we

retain a lot of the juiciness of the apple,” Jeremy tells me. It has a distinctly fresher apple flavour than

mass-produced brands, without the rough aftertaste of some scrumpys.

South Downs have also produced a punchy perry. Honey cider is on the way they tell me.

For sale at the Elly, Brewers, Snowdrop, Roebuck at Laughton, Middle Farm, Rose Cottage at Alciston,

the Sussex Ox and the Giant’s Rest at Wilmington. EC


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Edible updates

Cake and art

The amazing annual Artwave Visual Arts Festival

takes place around Lewes District between

22 Aug and 6 Sept, and what’s better than combining

nosing inside people’s houses with great

art and cake? Artwave has been arranged in the

form of different ‘trails’ this year. Here are some

interesting places to check out (see brochure for

full list): Pond House Studio, Isfield is a new

venue, a beautiful glass-walled, timber-framed

barn where you can see textiles, pottery and jewellery,

as well as enjoying tea, cake and savouries,

10-5.30pm, 22/23rd. Or try painting, collage and

tea in the garden at Shepherd’s Corner, Gote

Lane, Ringmer, 11-4pm, 22/23, 29/30. Bradness

Gallery, Spithurst Road near Barcombe

is exhibiting landscape paintings by Michael

Cruickshank, abstract works by Emma Burnett

plus tea and cake in the garden, 11-5.30pm. 22/23,

28-31, 4-6 Sept. In Iford Village Hall, you can

get a glimpse of the newly completed Iford and

Swanborough communal embroidery, 11-5pm,

29-31. In Lewes, Silke Savran at 33 Sun Street

is exhibiting her oil, watercolour and mixed

media pieces. Go along to try the homemade

Floral Foods vegan and gluten-free cakes (pictured)

made by her daughter Maya. Noon-5pm,

22/23, 29-31, 5/6. Or, for tea and tutus, go and

see Hanri’s superb dance photography and

costumes, 2 De Montfort Road, 10-4pm, 27-31,

3-6 Sept. Plus, all pubs in Lewes will feature

screen prints of themselves by Ed Allen. Finally,

congrats to Chiddingly Community Shop and

Café for being shortlisted in the Rural Community

Co-op Awards. Happy art and cake month!

From 11am - 6pm music until 7pm

Stade Open Space, Hastings Old Town

A feast of food, drink and music

with special guest celebrity chef,

Jean Christophe Novelli

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20

September 2015

Tickets also available for Friday’s Super Ska

Night & The Liane Carroll Jazz Breakfast

on Sunday from the Tourist Information Centre

Admission by


£1 in advance,

£2 on the day





Louisa Devismes

Entrepreneur of the Year

Congratulations on being named LEAP

(Local Entrepreneur Action Programme) Entrepreneur

of the Year at the Lewes District

Business Awards in July. How are you feeling

about that? I’m really chuffed – and quite

surprised. Entering it meant producing a really

good business plan. As winner, I have been given

£3,000, as well as other business support. All of

that has been invaluable.

You’re known as Queen Cheese? That’s what

my friends call me! I spent ten years working at

Plumpton College; for the last couple of years, I

was managing the commercial dairy there, overseeing

the cheese-making and running courses.

How did you come to set up The Cheese

Makers’ Choice? It followed from my work at

Plumpton. I realised that there is a fascination

around cheese, and people might enjoy being

able to make it at home without industrial equipment.

So I put together these two cheese-making

kits, Goats’ Cheese and an Italian Trio, which

makes ricotta, mozzarella and mascarpone. Both

cost £24.99, and are for sale in various outlets. In

Lewes they can be found in Cheese Please.

Where are you based? I’m in Peacehaven.

What do they contain, and what’s the process?

The kits contain the specialist equipment

and ingredients to make the cheeses, along with a

cheese-making guide. You need to provide whole

milk (pasteurised or raw), and basic kitchen

equipment such as a saucepan, measuring jug and

slotted spoon. Eight pints of milk will make up

to 2lb of cheese. The process varies slightly depending

upon what you’re making. Very simply,

cheese-making is the process of heating the milk,

separating the curds and whey and draining off

the whey. It’s how you separate the curds and

whey, and what you do with the curds that makes

the difference to the cheese you end up with.

What are the advantages of making your own

cheese? You know what’s in it. It’s very fresh. It

tastes better. You can flavour it with all sorts of

things, herbs, nuts, seeds, spices or even fruit.

What do you do with the cheese you make?

Lots of things. Soft fresh cheeses are really

versatile. One recipe I like is vanilla ricotta and

mascarpone summer berry parfait. I also enjoy

making bruschetta, topped with ricotta, garlicroasted

cherry tomatoes and olive oil.

What do you love about cheese? The fact that

the end product is dependent on so many external

factors. That’s why we have such a number of

regional varieties.

There seems to have been a resurgence in

good cheese making in the UK. Yes, in the

last 10-15 years. It’s been fascinating. During the

Second World War, we lost a lot of artisan cheese

makers. Milk was rationed and turned into

powder or hard cheese that lasted a long time.

But, now, we have more artisan cheese makers

than France!

What’s your favourite cheese? A nice fresh

goats’ cheese. Emma Chaplin


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Andy Capparucci (right) from Rise Joinery with Tom and Alex

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ound up

Arts and craft workshops

Where to hone your skills

Artbox in Swanborough (near

Kingston) will be hosting free

basic printmaking workshops

every Saturday during Artwave,

from 2-5pm. Print on recycled

books and albums from the

Artbox bookbinding studio, or

on frames, coasters, tea towels

and placemats for a small

charge. Visitors will be invited

to contribute printed work to a

community collage. Frogs End,

Swanborough, BN7 3PE.,

01273 477070

Intensive one-day workshops at Charleston (pictured)

are held in Quentin Bell’s pottery, and include

materials, a tour of the house, and lunch. In

August, the focus is on drawing. Introduction to

Drawing (Tue 4 August, £100) is, as you might expect,

for beginners, while Experimental Drawing

allows visitors to explore different mediums and

methods (Monday 10 August, £100). Future masterclasses

include tapestry and gilding. charleston., 01323 811626

Artists aged 8-14 can try oil painting, felt-making,

or make animal sculptures or batik wall hangings at

Dairy Studio Art Courses this August (dates vary;

prices start at £15). On Monday 24 August, adults

can try a life painting workshop (£24). Susie Monnington

will also be leading two-day landscape

painting courses in August and September (£35).

Weekly courses start in September. Old Malling

Farm., 01273 483311

Anyone is welcome to drop into the Fireworks

studio and paint something from their huge range

of bisque pottery. There’s a one-off studio fee of

£4 per person, then simply pay for whatever you

paint. 31 Western Road. 01273 483007

Paddock Art Studios are running outdoor ‘life’

drawing sessions (fully clothed!) in the Grange on

Saturday 22 and Saturday 29 August, from 4-6pm.

The untutored sessions are

open to all, so grab your

sketchbook and get down

there. At midday on Saturday

29, Rowena Williams

will be demonstrating how

to fire pottery using the

raku firing technique at

Paddock Studios. Visitors

can fire their own tea bowls

for £5. The autumn term

for weekly classes starts

on 22 September. Paddock

Lane., 01273 483000

Children’s art classes run on Saturdays and

Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at Pastorale

Art Studios (£15 per session, materials included).

Classes for adults include mixed media, printmaking

and life drawing (times vary, from £12.50 per

session). Pastorale Antiques Complex, 15 Malling

Street., 07775662540

St Andrew’s Place Art School offers a range of

weekly arts classes, including Painting in Oils,

Garden Design, and Sculpting in Clay. Prices start

from £20 for a 3-hour session. Pop into the school

during Artwave to talk to tutors and sign up for

classes. On Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August,

Camilla Cannon leads an intensive two-day

Landscape Painting in Oils course out in the Sussex

countryside (£150, travel and studio easels provided).

1 St Andrew’s Place.,

01273 486155

You don’t have to be a sixth-former to sign up for

one of Sussex Downs College’s part-time arts

and crafts courses, which include Creative Printmaking,

Pottery, and Silver Jewellery Making. The

autumn term starts towards the end of September.

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Tactile embroidery and more

What came next for the Battle of Lewes tapestry group?

It took sixty talented, dedicated embroiderers to

create the Battle of Lewes tapestry, and the Grange

Road and Castle Craft Group were key to the success

of the project. After a much-needed break,

they are keen to embark on further textile adventures

and have taken on three new projects to keep

them busy.

I can’t sew a button on, but I’m intrigued to meet

them. This I do one afternoon in a front room

on Grange Road. Theirs really is traditional craft

from the hearth, skills passed between friends and

neighbours. The group’s co-ordinator is Sally

Blake, a retired teacher of creative textiles and

second-in-command of the tapestry project. When

I arrive she is admiring a section of the tapestry.

Sally is proud of their work and with good reason.

She is passionate about its educational value and

that “the group gives individuals the chance to be

artistic in their own right.”

The work I really want to see is a way of illustrating

traditional stories with handmade tactile objects,

a sort of 3D tapestry. Specifically aimed at a

planned project to support visually-impaired children

locally, they can be enjoyed by all. Sally unwraps

each perfectly sewn object and hands me one

at a time as she tells me the story they are based on.

An embroidered dragon, an exquisitely beaded

flask with a removable stopper and an axe tell the

story of The Knucker, a local legend of the slaying

of a dragon. I close my eyes and trace the scales of

the dragon with my fingers, the smooth satin of

the ship’s billowing sails, the silky ribbons hanging

from the axe that represent the dragon’s blood.

Holding the objects brings me closer to the story

and it takes on another dimension by engaging another


She also shows me hand-sewn miniature quilts

and an elaborately decorated Tudor prince and

princess, which tell the story of The Princess and the

Horse Hair (similar to The Princess and the Pea).

For the second project, they are once again working

with artist Tom Walker, who designed the Battle

of Lewes tapestry. The individual pieces will

highlight episodes and characters from Lewes

democratic history from 1264, and it will be exhibited

in the Town Hall in 2018. The design will encompass

the Lewes Martyrs, Tom Paine, a portrait

of Virginia Woolf, patchwork-quilted fireworks,

and even reference the more recent ‘Hands Off

Our Twittens Big Boys’ and Harveys/Lewes Arms


Meanwhile, I still can’t sew a button on, but I do

wonder how long it would take me to learn how to

make some of those miniature quilts.

Michelle Porter

The group are taking a fabric print of the Battle of

Lewes tapestry to Evesham for the 750th anniversary

celebrations, 8/9 Aug,


Bricks and mortar

Photos by Julie Singleton

St Michael’s

Home of award-winning children’s illustrator Alan Baker

Driving along the track towards St Michael’s,

home of illustrator Alan Baker, it’s easy to see why

he has chosen to live here for the past thirty years.

His fantasy-style house is situated just outside Telscombe

village, high up on the Downs, its towers

peeking through the thousands of trees that he

has planted. “It was pretty bleak and windy when

I first came here,” he says as I arrive. “The trees

provide a windbreak, although it does mean we

see a bit less of the sea.”

The view, though, is idyllic, with the Channel

to the South and the High Weald to the North.

Painted white and punctuated by four soaring

towers, the house stands like a fairy tale castle in

total isolation and it is a perfect reflection of the

fantastical and highly detailed illustration style

which has won Alan numerous prizes including a

Whitbread Award and a Benson & Hedges Illustration

Awards Gold.

Despite his extensive work for clients as diverse as

Harrods and the World Wildlife Fund, Alan has

still found time to make significant alterations and

extensions to the 1920s house, which was relatively

modest when he bought it back in the 1980s.

The house is a joint project with his wife Charlotte,

who helped choose the bold colours of the

interior. There are arched painted doorways and

wooden rabbits frolicking along skirting boards,

so that you feel as if you have stepped into the

pages of a children’s novel. In the dining room,

shelves are crammed with collections of toy buses

and Oxo tins, an obsession which took root in

childhood following the death of Alan’s father: “I

can still remember cutting out adverts for tins of

food which we had in our cupboard. I don’t know

to this day why I did it, but it gave me an inordinate

amount of pleasure,” he says.

Most important of all the developments has been

the addition of four towers; one with a thirty-five

foot high ceiling which he built and decorated

with hundreds of small plaster cast patterns: “It

took several months to complete and it was amazing,

because you got a real sense of the view from

here.” His workshop is at the top of one of the

towers, along with the music studio where he

plays guitar and listens to Nick Drake and Nirvana

to relax. A full size effigy of Alan stands in

one corner, created by his friend, the illustrator

Raymond Briggs. There is a garden full of rabbits

below and sometimes, on a clear day, a view across

the sea to the Isle of Wight.

It’s a far cry from the gritty Croydon council estate

where Alan spent his childhood, but one can

be certain that he won’t be sitting back now. He is

constantly making changes inside the house and

then there’s the several acres of land which he

plans to develop for wildlife.

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Community Transport

Making the district accessible

In the recent Lewes District Business Awards,

Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA)

were named as finalists in the Access All Areas category,

in recognition of their contribution to improving

accessibility for people with disabilities.

They’re a charity based in Newhaven who have

been operating since 1995.

CTLA have a fleet of 19 accessible minibuses with

tail lifts or ramps, suitable for wheelchair users.

They are the largest provider of accessible transport

in the Lewes District, and expect to undertake

80,000 passenger journeys over the next year.

“Isolation, loneliness and lack of transport options

are issues we try to overcome every day,” Managing

Director Derek Barnett tells us. “We enable our

service users to access essential daily living, medical

services, local business centres, other amenities

and recreational and social activities.”

CTLA provide Dial-a-Ride (door to door) transport,

adult social care and school transport, weekend

and rural scheduled bus services, travel clubs

and group transport for other charities and social

groups such as the Scouts or Seniors Forums.

Dial-a-Ride is available for anyone for whom public

transport is unsuitable. It takes people to social

events, shops, lunch clubs or day centres, doctors,

hospital appointments, and other destinations, five

days a week, from 9am-2:30pm. You have to register

to use the service; fees are payable, but are very


“I and the people I travel with have no alternative

way of getting about,” says one CTLA user.

“CTLA gives us a life where we can socialise and

share meals with companions. It gives widows

and widowers a chance to mingle. It gives them

life.” Another says, “My husband has many health

problems including dementia and cancer. I am his

sole carer and the Community Transport driver is

marvellous – he helps him on and off the bus and

watches him carefully during his trip to a social

club, twice a week. I don’t have any worries about

him during this time and it enables me to reclaim

some time for myself which I use to volunteer at

my church, at a local hospice and mix with other


The CTLA Travel Club runs days out to many local

attractions including National Trust properties,

and the group also offers cost-effective bus hire to

community groups.

They run a number of bus services around the District

– and have recently extended these, for example

connecting residents and visitors with Firle and

Ditchling Beacon, after securing funding last year

from the South Downs National Park Authority.

They’re also currently exploring the possibility of

introducing a Shopmobility scheme to enable visitors

to Lewes to hire a mobility scooter.

CTLA are always looking for volunteers, particularly

drivers, and donations are gratefully received at

To volunteer or for more

information about any of their services, call 01273

517332 or email



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Lewes in history

Lewes Spitfire Fund

Fighting the ‘Nazi menace’

This year is the

75th anniversary

of the Battle of

Britain, much

of which was

fought in Sussex

skies. Lewes, like

many local towns,

played a part in

the narrative of

the battle and

was bombed, with

several aeroplanes

also crashing in

the area that summer.

Amongst them was a Spitfire flown by Trevor

Wade who, in August 1940, used the longest, flattest

stretch of land nearby – the racecourse – to

bring down his damaged aircraft. Sadly, he was

killed in 1951 in another local crash, this time flying

an experimental jet near Ringmer.

Back in 1940 though, and a few days after Wade’s

crash, the Sussex Agricultural Express ran an editorial

to bring attention to Lord Beaverbrook’s

‘Spitfire Funds’ and appealing to every district and

resident in East Sussex to take part. These funds

were created to raise money to build new aircraft

to help fight the ‘Nazi menace’. The urgent need

is apparent in the tone of the article: ‘we appeal to

town, village and hamlet alike to participate…to

each and every one of their inhabitants to give as

freely as their purses will allow. And the necessary

steps should be taken straightaway.’

Lewes wasted no time, with Mayor CD Crisp putting

in the first £50 of the several thousand needed.

The next 24 hours saw £456 10s raised, rapidly

rising to nearly £700 within another day (about

£35,000 today), which is undeniably impressive.

After a fortnight the fund had more than doubled

again, including

$1000 coming

from a lady living

in Ohio, one

of several donations

to the Lewes

Spitfire fund

from Americans.

Plans were also

made with the

Ministry of Information

to show

a Messerschmitt

fighter on the

pitch at the Dripping Pan to raise more money.

Reading newspapers from this time, the burden

on Lewes people and their generous response is

clear. Further appeals are for clothing for evacuees

and those whose homes have been destroyed,

and grainy photographs show those ‘serving their

country from Lewes and the Villages’. There are

also updates on other Spitfire Fund campaigns in

the area, and considerable anger over the state of

air raid shelters in the town’s schools and Councillors

who ‘wrangle over a few pounds as against the

lives of the children…’

By early October a cheque for an impressive

£3,611 12s was sent to Lord Beaverbrook. Not

far off being the amount needed to buy a Spitfire

outright (£5,000) and incredible for a town the

size of Lewes to have raised in just six weeks. Beaverbrook

wrote of his gratitude, saying the people

of Lewes had given “proof to the world of their

devotion to the cause”.

Meanwhile Trevor Wade, one of Churchill’s heroic

‘Few’, carried on flying Spitfires. Within a

month he had shot down a Dornier bomber over

Lewes and would later win a DFC and AFC.

Steve George









feature: wildlife

Hornet Robberfly

The Good, The Bad and The Hairy

Once upon a time in the West Country. Dartmoor.

August. High noon. A young boy wanders

away from a family picnic. The sun beats down,

buzzards circle overhead. He is startled by a short,

snappy rattle like bullets spinning in a revolver.

Suddenly he is face to face with an amazing creature.

A fly. But a fly like no other. The boy reaches

for his camera - but he’s too slow. With a rattle the

fly launches itself into the air and is gone.

That first encounter with the hornet robberfly is

one of my earliest and most vivid wildlife memories

and had a huge impact on me. I searched

through all my ‘I-Spy’ and ‘Spotter’s Guide’ books

but couldn’t find anything that looked remotely

like it. For years I believed I had encountered

some weird, mythical beast and I vowed to hunt

one down and photograph it to prove its existence.

And they don’t come much weirder than the

hornet robberfly. There are 28 species of robberfly

in Britain and the hornet robberfly is the leader of

this wild bunch. At up to 28mm long it’s Britain’s

biggest fly with a dusty yellow abdomen giving it

a hornet-like resemblance. It has huge oval black

eyes and a big ginger beard, the overall appearance

is somewhere between an alien and Yosemite Sam.

The rootin’, tootin’ robberfly is a ferocious critter

although they never bother humans. But grasshopper’s

knees start knocking at the mere mention of

its name.

Like all good western bandits they’ll wait on a

high point in their long grass landscape until an

unfortunate grasshopper wanders into their valley.

Then, with their rattling war-cry, they’ll swoop

down and snatch up their victim in their hairy

legs. Hornet robberflies dispatch their prey with

a lethal weapon - a sharp beak which pierces a

grasshopper’s tough armour and drains the very

life from them.

They lay their eggs on cowpats and their young

bury into the soil where they hunt underground

for three years before emerging as adults in late

summer. Hornet robberflies are extremely rare

and getting rarer; a vanishing memory of a bygone

age when our countryside was truly wild and not

sterilised by insecticides.

I had to wait decades to see another hornet robberfly.

I was drifting through the high plains of

Southerham when I heard a rattle from behind me

and I was instantly transported back to that little

boy on Dartmoor. But this time I was ready. My

hand tightened around my camera as I turned to

face an old friend.

We’ll be organising a posse and heading out into

them-thar Lewes hills for a wildlife walk on Friday

7 (10-2.00pm, meet on Cliffe Bridge, free event,

bring lunch).

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust

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Lewes FC v Viva Lewes

A historic (mis)match on a state-of-the-art surface

“They look a bit handy,” says my team-mate Simon,

looking across at the Lewes FC XI lined up

in their pre-kick off formation on the club’s brand

new 3G pitch. ‘Brand new’, is exactly right. This

is the first ever match on the surface: final work

on the pitch has been completed earlier in the day.

We are nominally a Viva Lewes XI, mostly culled

from another team called ‘Priory Ruins’: there are

more over-forties in the group than under-thirties.

The Lewes team includes no first-team or

youth-team players, thankfully: it is mainly made

up of back-room staffers. On the subs bench are

a number of people who have been attending the

club’s football therapy sessions. On the left wing

is LFC Director Charlie Dobres, the mastermind

behind the whole project.

The pitch boasts an absolutely state-of-the-art

surface, laid by SIS UK Ltd, who have also laid artificial

‘3G’ pitches for Liverpool, Fulham, West

Ham and Arsenal. It has cost the club £850,000,

most of which was raised in grants and private

investment, and as well as acting as Lewes FC’s

training ground it will be rented out to the public.

Remarkably, as I write, it is the most state-of-theart

3G pitch in the country.

We kick off, and there’s the usual period of sizing

up the opposition as the ball does its to-ing

and fro-ing between the boxes. It is immediately

apparent that it runs smoothly over the surface,

there is no extra bounce, and there is plenty of

give. My first meaningful contribution is to

stretch out and slide along my backside in order

to pass the ball to our goalkeeper, the sort of

movement I wouldn’t have attempted on a normal

Astroturf pitch for fear of ripping skin off.

In this case I remain unscathed. The pitch is also

designed to play rugby on, and thus to absorb the

impact of crashing bodies.

The best thing I can say about the surface is that,

as the game progresses, I forget about it, involved

as I am in the job of trying to make sure the opposition

don’t score: tracking runs, putting in tackles,

and keeping our back-three in a line. It soon

becomes apparent that the Lewes team doesn’t

have as organised a defence: by half-time we are

5-0 up. In the second half, as Lewes work hard to

accommodate their various substitutes, the game

turns into something of a rout. Did I mention

their goalkeeper is 14 years old? He does brilliantly,

in the circumstances.

Let’s not dwell on the final score. As a defender,

I’m just happy with the ‘nil’ at our end. And proud

to have been involved in such a historic occasion.

This pitch is a big new asset for the town.

Alex Leith

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Henty’s 20

Taxidermy and patchwork

With large furniture

apparently falling

out of favour, young

people showing less

interest in collecting

as a hobby, and

raised rents raising

eyebrows at some

antiques centres, it

was reassuring to read

in Gorringes’ most

recent newsletter that

sales at Garden Street

‘continue to improve’.

I’m not at all surprised

because while

the North Street

salesroom specialises in regular fine arts auctions,

when it comes to weekly sales, Julian Dawson and

his dedicated team in Garden Street have literally

got the process down to a very fine art indeed.

To see how they achieve their success, I spent some

time in the auction room during a warm week in

July. When I arrived on Tuesday morning, sales

room manager, Neil Lewis, was already in conversation

with an English guy living in France who

regularly brings over taxidermic items.

On this day, they included a ram’s head (which

eventually sold for £170) and some other rather

spooky objects which were not so popular. The

women in the busy office, Barb, Christine, Vera

and Helen, weren’t very keen either – as Helen

pointed out “The eyes follow you everywhere”.

Neil has been at Garden Street for over 30 years

and remembers when live animals, rather than

stuffed ones, were up for sale on the site. “At

Christmas, I used to feel quite sorry for the

turkeys,” he told me.

Tuesdays can be manic because items from the

previous day’s business are still being collected

and paid for. Vehicles

of all shapes and sizes

buzz up and down the

slope and I even noticed

a horsebox which was

being used by a couple

to bring in miscellaneous

household items for

possible sale.

Helping Neil to assess

and value the incoming

lots, I then spoke to

Annie Hartnett who has

worked for Gorringes as

a valuer and porter for

ten years. She told me

that, in those ten years,

the gold and silver trade has grown ‘big time’ and

the recent addition of four large screens in the

showroom has been welcomed by everyone and

her fellow porters.

The next day I found Annie working with photographer,

Summer Lansberry, whose job is to quickly

provide the multiple images that appear in full

colour on those screens and ultimately on-line.

With our Viva interest in handmade objects this

month, I noted an attractive patchwork quilt

which achieved a modest £25, and another lot

featuring four samplers in good condition which

made £65. With viewing all day Friday and Saturday

morning, the Monday sale dealt with 700

lots including Lot 20 – Henty’s Twenty – which

saw dealer Mike spend £50 on some nostalgic fun

items of mine! The sale was completed by early


Monday auctions in Garden Street, 3, 10, 17, 24.

General items 10.30am. Tuesday markets, Town

Hall, 4, 11, 18, 25, 9-2pm. Lewes Book Fair, Town

Hall, Sat 8, 10-4pm. Wallis & Wallis, arms and

militaria, 25 August, 10am.



East of Earwig

Mark Bridge needs more than a hand

My wife is a

remarkably patient

woman. I can go

for days without

expressing an opinion,

infuriating her

with phrases like

“I’ll have whatever

you’re having”, only

to react with zero

tolerance to the

smallest piece of advertising


Today she finds me standing on a metaphorical

soapbox, channelling the spirit of Tom Paine. “It’s

the theme for Viva Lewes. They’ve chosen ‘handmade’.

I can’t write a column about that. I think

I’m hyperventilating.” Mrs B raises an eyebrow.

“Breathe into this,” she says, and passes me the

paper bag she keeps handy for these occasions.

“Anyway, what’s bothering you?”

Well, as far as I’m concerned, ‘handmade’ is an

empty word that’s usually hyperspecific or uselessly

vague. I’d argue it’s as counter-intuitive

as ‘homemade’, which is commonly used by restaurants

to indicate that the relevant component

of your meal was cooked in their own kitchen.

In that sense, ‘homemade’ is actually meant to

reassure us that our food wasn’t made in anyone’s


Similarly, I reckon ‘handmade’ has little to offer

but confusion. To start with, it tells us the

product isn’t natural. In this sense it’s the same as

‘man-made’ - which is reminiscent of 1970s shirts

that generated enough of a static charge for the

wearer to shoot electricity from their fingertips

like a superhero. ‘Handmade’ means the item

wasn’t formed independently by our planet, unlike

spring water, kittens and bananas. It’s artificial.

Yet ‘handmade’

also warns us that

the end product

isn’t much good.

It’s not laser-cut to

within a fraction

of a millimetre.

It’s not precisionengineered

on a

lathe. It’s not been

assembled by robots

on a computercontrolled


line. Chances are, it’s a bit rough around

the edges. Artificial and imperfect. It’s hardly a

recommendation, is it?

Of course, there are exceptions. I’d like my art

to be handmade, thank you. (Unless the artist

chooses to employ another part of their anatomy.)

But I’m not worried if the baker uses a mechanical

mixer when making my bread.

I can tell my ranting isn’t going down well at

home, so I pop out for a walk round the block.

On my travels I discover the recently opened and

appropriately named Café Ringmer (note the

accent), where I order a cappuccino. The woman

behind the counter creates my drink with the help

of a serious-looking espresso machine. I wonder

whether there ought to be a new phrase for

‘handmade with the help of technology’. Maybe

something sci-fi like ‘cyborg-crafted’ or ‘mechaenhanced

employee’ would be a better description.

As I sip my coffee, I realise that I don’t care about

‘handmade’. What I care about is care itself. And

if we’re using ‘handmade’ as a synonym for ‘made

with care’, I’m perfectly happy with that. Because

care is something that only comes from people.

Much like opinions, I suppose. I’m sure Mrs B will

be delighted that I’ve finally found one.


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Sickert in Dieppe

On the first page of the

visitors’ book to Sickert

in Dieppe, a splendid new

exhibition at Pallant House

Gallery in Chichester,

someone has written:

‘Heureuse d’avoir traversé

la Manche pour cette exposition’.

I couldn’t quite

decipher the name, but

whoever it is appears to be

the présidente of some cultural

institution in Dieppe.

She signs off: ‘Bienvenue à

Dieppe bientôt’. I’ve always

been fond of the town, and,

therefore, likely to respond

enthusiastically to such a charming invitation.

And yet, even although I passed through Dieppe

a couple of years ago, en route to Rouen, I haven’t

actually stayed there since 2008. Then, the warm

bienvenue even extended to the hotel receptionist’s

commending my daughter’s spoken French.

In the 1980s, it was a different story. My wife and

I visited fairly often, either to stay or travelling

onto Paris, even, perhaps, beyond. The Newhaven

ferry docked in the Avant Port, directly alongside

the Gare Maritime, where the connecting

Paris train would be ready and waiting. A shop,

clearly visible as one disembarked, wedged between

two restaurants – La Belle Epoque and La

Musardière – announced its raison d’être in bold,

block capitals, ‘VINS’. Oh les beaux jours! And

now? A much reduced ferry service, insensitive

to the needs of foot passengers. You’re dumped

a 25 minute brisk walk or dismal connecting bus

journey away from the town centre. The Gare

Maritime no longer exists. Trains from the town

station to Rouen are efficient but not particularly

frequent. There are no direct trains to the capital.

The roll-call of artists who lived or worked in

and around Dieppe, when

transport links were

better, is quite phenomenal

– Turner, Cotman,

Bonington, Corot, Boudin,

Delacroix, Courbet,

Monet, Pissarro, Conder,

Whistler, Braque - to

name just a dozen. Degas

was a regular visitor, as

was Renoir, who used to

stay with his friend and

patron, Paul Bérard, at the

Château de Wargemont,

just east of the town. On

the first of many visits,

Renoir painted a small

self-portrait that he gave to Bérard’s valet. Now in

the Musée d’Orsay, it formed part of a wonderful

exhibition called The Dieppe Connection at the

Brighton Art Gallery as part of the 1992 Brighton

Festival. My friend Barry O’Connell drew my

attention to the really striking resemblance that

Renoir bore to our mutual GP, Dr Ernest Crean.

But the two artists most associated with Dieppe

were Sickert and his friend Jacques-Emile

Blanche. It was Blanche’s great gift for friendship

that attracted so many artists to the Chalet

du Bas Fort Blanc, his family home in Dieppe.

A fashionable French portrait-painter, Blanche’s

portrayal of Sickert is on loan to Chichester

from the National Portrait Gallery. He famously

called Sickert ‘The Canaletto of Dieppe’ and his

1927 book, simply entitled Dieppe, was dedicated

to Sickert. Sickert in Dieppe is a wonderful

exhibition, even by Pallant House’s usual high

standards. It is beautifully hung, the intelligent

lighting richly benefitting Sickert’s canvases that

can so often appear rather murky. The excellent

curator is Katy Norris.

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When I started out, over 30 years ago, it was

just me, a couple of old machines and a few hand

tools in a pig shed in Hadlow Down. We moved to

our current premises in Plumpton in 2000 which we

converted from an old cow byre to a fully equipped

furniture-making workshop. Jon, who joined me 28

years ago, manages this side of the operation.

Each kitchen we build is bespoke, with every

piece constructed and finished in-house. We start

from raw, FSC certified timber and this is where the

alchemy begins. Detailed drawings are handed over

to one of our cabinet makers who will be responsible

for every joint, hinge and handle, in the creation of

each kitchen.

There are so many individual processes and

every one needs to be done properly so as not to

undermine the finish. By keeping it all in-house,

we can ensure everything is carried out to our

satisfaction. I still love to see the individual cabinets

emerging, piece by piece, in the workshop.

Due to the bespoke nature of what we do, most

of our clients will be local. This ensures that

we can provide on-going support and care to our

customers which has, over the years, helped us build

an established reputation. My connection to Lewes

is very strong, with an extensive network of personal

and business relationships. Our sustainability is also

important to us - all of our off-cuts help to keep the

workshop warm in winter!

Each kitchen is a collaboration with the client,

requiring time and patience. It’s important to

establish a rapport and a trust so that we can translate

an inspired concept into reality. Each finalised design

is usually the result of many lively and detailed


Given a brief, I can usually walk into a space and

quickly visualise the options. What takes time is

weaving together the finer details that lift a design

from the mundane to the beautiful. Every space is

different but, for me, it’s of primary importance that

a kitchen functions practically and efficiently. Having

designed and built many hundreds of kitchens

over the last 30 years, we have a wealth of experience

to call on.

We’ve recently changed our name from Woodworks

back to Alistair Fleming – our original

business name. A lot has changed in Lewes in the

20 years we’ve had the showroom here; we have

evolved and our identity refined at the same time. I

realise if I was starting out now, it’d be a very different

prospect in the current economic climate. Even

back then I relied on the generosity of helpful landlords.

Lewes attracts a lot of creative talent and it’s

important we somehow provide affordable start-up

premises, otherwise we will lose the eclectic mix in

the town along with some of its unique character.

As told to Lizzie Lower

Alistair Fleming is offering a free survey and design

service for Viva readers throughout August.

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Photos by Julia Claxton

The winners of the 2015 Lewes District Business

Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony at

Pelham House last month. It was great to see local

businesses getting the recognition they deserve,

not least Lewes’ very own Richard Soan Roofing

Services (right) named Business of the Year.

Other local award winners were The Runaway

café at Lewes Station, recognised as Business in the

Community; Furniture Now! received the award

for Social Enterprise; Chalk Gallery won Small

Business of the Year, continuing their 10th birthday

celebrations; and Union Music Store (left) clinched

Best Independent Retailer. Further afield, Design

Specific won the award for Business Innovation.

They’re engineering incredible solutions to enable

disabled people to access health services. The award

for Green Business went to grounds maintenance

company G Burley and Sons; The Charleston

Trust collected the Best Visitor Attraction for the

second year running; Fundraising Auctions won

Start Up of the Year; LEAP Entrepreneur of the

Year went to Louisa Devismes, of The Cheese

Makers Choice (see p69); Southern Railway took

the award for Access All Areas; and finally Gerri

Ori of Brooklyn Hyundai in Seaford was named as

the District’s Businessperson of the Year. Congratulations

to them all. All well-deserved and chosen

from a field of 30 great finalists. This year’s sponsors

included Basepoint Business Centres, Cheesmur

Building Contractors, Harvey & Son Ltd, Knill

James, LEAP, Lewes District Council, Pelham

House, Santon North Street, The Aldridge Foundation,

Veolia, The Argus and yours truly, and as much

fun was had by them as it was by the entrants. If

you’d like to get involved in next year’s awards –

either as an entrant or a sponsor – contact business@

Elsewhere, the Old Fire Station in Cliffe High

Street, formerly belonging to the late and muchmissed

silversmith Simon Beer, is now home to The

Silvery. Jules Ash, who makes original jewellery

by coating all manner of unusual things in silver, is

joined by Sharon Reid of Lewesian Leathers, creating

beautiful hand-stitched bags and accessories.

Amanda Barton sets up shop as an independent

education consultant offering pre-university guidance,

advice and counselling services to prospective

UK university students, their parents, schools and

colleges and local boy, Ben Mobbs, has returned

to his home town and set up a digital design studio

creating signs, T-shirts and digital media. Check out

his website

The Charleston Trust have launched a crowdfunding

campaign in association with The Art Fund

and broadcaster Jon Snow, aiming to raise £25,000

this summer to help restore key painted surfaces.

Donors will receive rewards from a personalised

set of iconic postcards to mounted fragments of the

library wallpaper. To donate visit

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When did you start working as a

plasterer? I’ve been doing it since

1987. My sister’s boyfriend was a

plasterer and his dad owned the

business, so I used to help them at

weekends and in school holidays.

They gave me a job when I left

school. I’ve always been self-employed

but set up my own company

eleven years ago.

What kind of work do you

specialise in? I stick to the domestic

side of things, such as home

extensions, loft conversions, outside

rendering and new houses. There’s a team of people I

can call on for bigger jobs but it’s usually just me.

What mistakes do other people make when

they’re plastering? It’s all about knowing when to

‘trowel up’ the plaster, when to touch it and when to

leave it alone. If you do it when

it’s too wet then you just push the

plaster around and don’t actually

smooth the surface. It comes

down to experience. Once you’ve

got the knack then you never

forget it, like riding a bike.

What makes a good plasterer?

Patience… and having an eye

for detail. You need to notice the

finer points of things. And being

able to put up with the dust.

Has the technology of plastering

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drills to mix it. All the other tools and techniques are

the same as they were 100 years ago.

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Phone 01273 488261

12 Priory Street, Lewes, BN7 1HH




landscape and garden design

01273 401581/ 07900 416679

Services include

- Garden Design & Project Monitoring

- Redesign of Existing Beds & Borders

- Plant Sourcing

Call us for a free consultation

come & see us at

the farmers’


to lewes and

surrounding areas


neck or back pain?

Lin Peters & Beth Hazelwood


for the treatment of:

neck or low back pain • sports injuries • rheumatic

arthritic symptoms • pulled muscles • joint pain

stiffness • sciatica - trapped nerves • slipped discs

tension • frozen shoulders • cranial osteopathy

pre and post natal

20 Valence Road Lewes 01273 476371

health and Well being

OSteOpathy & CRanial OSteOpathy

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River Clinic

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Acupuncture, Alexander Technique, Bowen Technique,

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Family Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy,

Hypnotherapy, Massage, NLP, Nutritional Therapy,

Physiotherapy, Pilates, Reflexology, Rolfing ® , Shiatsu




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heart of


open Monday to Saturday

For appointments call

01273 475735

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Lewes BN7 2RH



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other services

Websites and Computer help

We can create a website for you or your business

to industry standard, viewable on all devices.

We can fix your PC or laptop, including PC installation

and virus removal.

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also visit our website to see local, happy


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inside left

mrs dudeney

This Reeves photo is of Mrs

Dudeney, sewing by the fireplace

in the Brack Mount home she

shared with her husband Henry.

Even though few have heard

of her today, Alice Dudeney

(1866-1945) was a very successful

novelist during her lifetime. And

her remarkable chronicling of

life in the town can be read in A

Lewes Diary, 1916-1944, (editor,

Diana Crook. Dale House Press,

1998, Barbican Bookshop, £9.99).

This photo was taken in April

1928 by Edward Reeves. There

are several references to Reeves

the photographers in the diaries,

not always polite (but then again,

she’s rude about most people).

Her entry on 8 May 1940: ‘…went to Reeves the photographer, whose son (a consequential young fool)

is an ARP warden and said they must warn the cottagers on Castle Banks not to show lights’. She left her

diaries to the Sussex Archaeological Society, on the understanding that they not be published for at least

twenty five years. When you read some of the entries, it becomes clear why. It’s not just that her views

are wholly un-PC and occasionally very offensive. It’s that she’s scathing about everybody - her husband

(an eminent mathematician and famous puzzle-maker), her servants, many of her neighbours, even a few

celebrities. She was very good friends with the rich and glamourous Sir Philip Sassoon (one of whose

houses was Port Lympne, now the zoo), who often entertained famous people. On 15 September 1928,

Alice’s diary entry is: ‘Noël Coward to lunch. He brought with him “a woman” and she was a specimen.

Orange coloured lips and an evil face. Poisonous creature, so Mrs Gubby said; but probably the only kind

of woman who will be seen with Noël Coward.’ Alice Dudeney was a true blue Tory – just before Baldwin

was elected in 1924, her 29 October entry was ‘Went and voted, of course. Bought Conservative colours

for me and Nelson [her dalmatian]. Nice man in the shop – Morrish’s – buying 6 yards “for a cat”…’

Other entries are just entertainingly gossipy, for example, on 16 May 1940: ‘Mrs Holman said that 12

young women at Barcombe were in the family way by soldiers. The battalion was assembled – and all the

girls pointed to one man! What a valiant!’

Many thanks to Edward Reeves for permission to use this image.


eeze up

to the Downs


kids go


See leaflets

for details

You can now breeze up to Devil’s Dyke

on an open top bus.

Go to Stanmer Park and Devil’s Dyke by bus seven days a week,

and up to Ditchling Beacon at weekends.

for times, fares, leaflets and walk ideas

or call 01273 292480

Or visit

to plan all your journeys.


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