Viva Lewes Issue #110 November 2015

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VIVALEWES

Editorial

Crash, bang, wallop, here we go again. We all know what November

means in Lewes, and it isn’t going to be quiet. Whatever measures the cops take

there’ll be rookies going off left, right and centre, vying with the brass bands

blaring, aerials screeching, “Burn the Pope” yelling, Sussex by the Sea singing,

drum bashing, archbishop ranting, bagpipe wailing, and general mob-goesmad

hubbub that vies for ear-space on the Fifth. And it’s not just the aurals: think of those

smells (the whiff of cordite) sensations (the rumble of thunder) visuals (um… everything)

and tastes (what’s your poison?) We can’t wait, as ever, but, having read through all the fine

Bonfire Society programmes on sale this year, we’ve decided to have a ‘quiet’ one, leaving

you to get the bulk of your news from those admirable ever-more-professional-looking

fund-raising publications. Our main Fifth-related feature, in fact, focusses on a number of

bonfires, from across the county, captured by JJ Waller BEFORE they are set alight. And,

keeping on the ‘quiet’ theme, we’re sparing a thought for Lewes’ pet population, many of

whom won’t be enjoying the celebrations: in fact we’ve got advice from a number of vets

as to the best thing to do with your domestic animals the night Lewes’ human population

goes completely mad. The theme this month, then, craftily refers to Lewes’ biggest annual

celebration, and the animals who so fear it: ‘Creatures… of The Night’. Enjoy the issue…

The Team

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SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

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the ‘creatures of the night’ issue

Contents

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Bits and bobs.

10-33. Norman Baker’s political diaries,

a zoomorphic vox pops, Ian Seccombe’s

tawny owl, Rocket FM, Carlotta Luke

and much more besides.

Columns.

35-39. Chloë King’s back at school,

David Jarman’s on-platform poetry, and

Mark Bridge is squashing snails.

In Town this Month.

41-42. Salt of the Earth: we hook up

with Wim Wenders.

45. Opera. New Sussex Opera perform

Ambroise Thomas’ Mignon.

47. Literature. Mr Loverman author

Bernadine Evaristo interview.

49. Lewes Little Theatre costume

department prepares for The Circle.

51. Art. Kettles’ Yard at the Jerwood.

53. Focus on artist Chris Dawson, on at

the Hop Gallery.

55-57. Art and About.

59. Paul Austin Kelly’s classical roundup,

including the The Arcadia Quartet.

61-66. Diary dates. What’s on, where

and when.

69-71. Gig Guide. Talk about… pop

music. Shoobeedoobeedoowop!

73-80. Free Time. Danger Mouse is

back, a fab Lewes-made trading cards

game is launching, we visit a llama park,

and young photographer of the month.

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the ‘creatures of the night’ issue

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95

106

Food and drink.

82-93. Coffee in Ground, Lewes

new Persian cooking company,

steak burger at the Pelham Arms,

everything you need to know about

potatoes, and Lancashire Bomb

cheese.

The Way We Burn.

95-101. JJ Waller’s atmospheric

collection of unlit bonfires.

On-theme features.

103-113. Bonfire shopping, advice

from local vets, Russell Gates from

Plumpton College, a day in the life

of shepherd Alex Callf, Raystede

pet rescue and Drusilla’s head zoo

keeper.

Regular features.

115-121. John Henty’s Lewes Out

Loud, Michael Blencowe’s wildlife

page, and Timothy the Tortoise in

Bricks and Mortar.

Inside Left.

138. There are going to be

fireworks.

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this month’s cover artist: sean sims

We’ve broken one

of our own rules this

month, by asking a non-

Lewesian to design our

front cover. But when

we saw Brighton-based

Sean Sims’ illustration

of the town, we thought

it warranted an exception.

The original design

is Sean’s own representation of Lewes, in his

signature style of clean shapes and solid colours.

“I did it as an experiment really,” he says, “because

I’d done a few Brighton ones, but I like Lewes, I

like the way the buildings are all stacked up.” He’s

used a bit of artistic licence with the composition,

bringing in the castle, the station and, of course,

Harveys. “I’m sure people from Lewes will notice

the buildings I’ve missed!” Even though he

doesn’t live here, Sean has always had ‘a soft spot’

for the town, where he chose to get married four

years ago. You might not have spotted the tiny

heart in the window of the Town Hall.

We asked him to design a bonfire version to illustrate

this month’s theme, so he’s shifted the scene

from day to night, with the addition of torches,

the dark night sky and the fireworks. Although

both versions of the print are colourful in themselves,

they each use a slightly more muted palette

than his usual bold, bright designs. “I tried

to pick colours which represented Lewes - more

adult colours,” he explains, opting for browns and

neutrals which he’s seen around the town. “If I

used bright colours, it wouldn’t work as well.”

He enjoys simplifying objects right down to their

basic shapes, just using simple geometry where

possible. One of his prints, Electric Dreams, is a

montage of classic 80s technology featuring a

ghetto blaster, a Sinclair computer and an Atari

console. Another uses old sound equipment, like

a 70s hi-fi, a cassette tape and a reel-to-reel recorder.

“Old technology is an illustrator’s dream,”

he says, “because all of the shapes can be broken

down into squares and circles.” Modern technology

doesn’t hold quite the same appeal.

Both the original print and the bonfire edition

will be available to buy in A3-size, exclusively

from Leadbetter and Good, as of the beginning

of November. Find them at 33A Cliffe High St.

To see more of Sean’s work, visit yellowhouseartlicensing.com

and newdivision.co.uk.

Interview by Rebecca Cunningham

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Photos by Carlotta Luke

Photos by Carlotta Luke


Photo bny Alex Leith

my Downland

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust officer

Are you local? I’ve lived round these parts for 25

years, first in Friston Forest (in a house, not in a

tree) then in Henfield. I’d like to live in Lewes,

where I work, but I couldn’t afford a place there.

Your ‘office’ is quite big… Sussex Wildlife Trust

have two nature reserves next to Lewes, one on

Malling Down and one in Southerham. Both are

great examples of chalk grassland full of rare species.

My job – as People and Wildlife Officer –

is to encourage people to use those reserves and

learn more about the wildlife that lives there, as

well as to encourage more wildlife into Lewes.

Every little bit helps: just little alterations to your

garden can encourage wildlife to thrive there.

It’s amazing how few people you meet up on

the Downs… It’s true. Most people stay in the

town with their Forfars pasties, even though within

20 minutes they can be completely surrounded

by great protected Downland. It’s worth adding

that this land is beneficial to everyone, whether

they go there or not: as well as providing a good

chance for a bit of exercise, the hills provide good

clean drinking water and a pollination service for

local crops.

What’s your favourite landmark? Oxteddle Bottom

at Southerham. It’s half an hour’s walk away,

between Lewes, and Glynde. You’re out of sight

of any pylons and out of earshot of the A27. Plus

there’s an ancient dew pond there we’ve restored.

And a deer, which has bonded with our cows.

What do you think of food foraging? Too many

people who don’t put anything back into nature

are doing it. You wouldn’t pick a rare orchid, so

why pick a rare mushroom? I’ve got nothing

against eating roadkill, though.

Are you a fan of Bonfire? No! I went once and

I’m not going to go again. I don’t like crowds and

noise, so it’s not for me.

It’s not a good time for hedgehogs. Some say

that hedgehogs will die out within 20 years but it’s

not because of bonfires, it’s because of the loss of

their natural habitat. But if you do build a bonfire,

move it on the day you’re going to light it, just in

case one’s crawled in.

Tell us about the nightlife in Lewes, wildlifewise.

There are plenty of bats in town and an increasing

number of tawny owls. A good number

of moths. And glow-worms, in the summer. Foxes

have recently been adapting to life in town and

enjoying all our wasted food that’s on offer.

Any animals to look out for in November? The

water rail, my favourite bird. You’ll not see them,

but you’ll hear them, among the reeds by the

Ouse. They sound like a pig being slaughtered.

If you didn’t live round here, where would you

live? Asturias in Northern Spain. AL

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michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk

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FERRY colourful

Martin Sinnock, a ‘semi-retired music writer’, also knows which end of a camera is which, as you can

see from this photograph taken – where else could it be? – in Newhaven. “There were two ferries in

port, that day,” he says. “Usually there is only one here at any time, but the Seven Sisters ferry had

broken down. She had to be berthed up against the metal scrap heap in order that the other ferry,

Côte d’Albâtre, could berth at the roll-on roll-off quayside.” By chance, on the same day, Martin had

special access to the scrapyard and snapped this picture, asking and gaining permission from the site

manager to publish it. “I felt that was quite decent and kind of him,” continues Martin. “I convinced

him that it was an example of how an industrial location can look strangely beautiful.” Martin went

to work on the resulting image on Photoshop, in order to saturate the colours: “that’s what makes the

picture exciting,” he says. “I was inspired by the colours of Jackson Pollock!” Martin shoots with a Fuji

Compact System Camera. “I’ve had a number of normal digital SLRs, and I find this is just as good,

and easy to use, just smaller and easier to carry around.”

Please send your pictures, taken in and around Lewes, to photos@vivalewes.com. 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 magazines and online.

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its and bobs

vox pop Eleri jones from sussex downs college asks:

“if you were an animal what would you be?” (No lobsters!)

“I think I would be a

lion so I could be king

of the jungle!”

Allan Lofthouse

“I would definitely be a

rabbit because they are

bouncy like my personality”

Lucy Burns

“I’d be a dog, because I’d

love to have one as they are

very affectionate”

Angela Tennick

“I’d like to be an elephant as

they mourn their dead

for two months”

Rachel Oakes

“I think I’d be a meerkat

so I could have a good

nose around!”

Karen Muxworthy

“I’d be an owl, safe

from all predators”

Jonathan Bailey

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its and bobs

ian seccombe’s point of view

‘Creatures of the night: the Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), has long been associated with misfortune and

death,’ writes Ian Seccombe, as ever on theme this month. ‘As Lady Macbeth remarks to herself while

Macbeth is murdering King Duncan: “It was the owl that shriek’d, the fatal bellman, Which gives the

stern’st good-night” (Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 2).’

town plaques #8: Fitzroy House

Only one building in the town has had a second plaque added - 10,

High Street. Lewes MP Henry Fitzroy’s marriage to his wife Hannah

was happy, but he was much affected by the death of his son Arthur,

aged 15, and he died a year later, aged only 51. His widow, originally a

Rothschild - which was then the richest family in the world - bought

a small plot of land to build a lending and reference library as a fitting

memorial for him. She employed the renowned architect Sir George

Gilbert Scott, who also designed the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras

Station and the Albert Memorial. A new town library was eventually

opened and Fitzroy House would have mouldered away but for

the intervention of the Franks family who undertook the extraordinary

task of converting this derelict ruin into a private house. Marcus Taylor

On 20th January a Friends of Lewes talk focuses on the impact of floods and the ‘great storm’ of 1987.

If you have a story to share, please contact Marcus: enquiries@friends-of-lewes.org.uk/01273 473098

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spread the word

There are two fine shots sent in this month. The first is

from New York, and there’s a great story around it. “Here’s a

photo taken at the beautiful wedding of Nina and Seth Elalouf

(pictured centre) on the 6th September 2015 on Long

Island, New York,” writes Alice McCarthy Sommerville (left)

and Esra Cohen (Nina’s cousin, right). “They were married

in the gardens of Chelsea Mansion, Muttontown, amongst

nearly 300 of their dearest family and friends. We did a

mercy dash to grab some hot-off-the-press September issues

the night before flying out, and we got lots of attention

carrying around our little bundle of Vivas at the wedding and lots of

compliments (on the Vivas!) We’re hoping if we get our photo in we

can send next month’s copy as a wedding souvenir!” Your wish is our

command. Next up, we’re in Turkey. “As previously featured in Viva

Lewes!” writes Alan Hobden, referring to our feature in the spring

on Gary Blount’s Gulet Barefoot Cruises. “We have just enjoyed an

idyllic week’s sailing in the Aegean. Lady Sovereign II is a beautiful

traditional Turkish tall-masted sailing ship (a ketch?) and we took

advantage of a week’s cruise from Marmaris to Bozborun and back.

We would recommend this to anyone.”

ghost pubs: #13 The fox inn, southerham

In line with this month’s theme of

‘creatures of the night’, the ghost

pub for this edition had to be the

Fox Inn at Southerham. There had

been a beershop at Southerham

since the early 1800s, situated next

to the toll house for the Lewes to

Eastbourne turnpike, and convenient

for the many workers at the

nearby limekilns. However, the

name ‘The Fox’ does not appear until

the 1861 census. Percival George

Burr and his wife Rose took over

the pub in the 1920s, and ran it for

25 years. Millie White remembers

walking along the river bank to the

Fox with her parents on Sunday evenings in the 1920s and 30s. Her parents would go in for a drink in the

pub, while the children sat outside by the river with a lemonade. The Fox was finally closed in 1956, and the

building demolished in 1976 to make way for the new bypass. This photo, featured in Lewes Then and Now

Vol.2, by Bill Young and David Arscott, shows the Fox and the tollhouse. Mat Homewood

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CREATURES OF THE night in numbers

Lewes and surroundings are home to 32 species of nocturnal mammal, ranging

in size from the fallow deer at 80kg to the pipistrelle bat at 5g. There are

10 species of bat locally, and 4 species of owl known to breed in the area. The

town has at least 4 churchyards where wildlife are actively encouraged, and a

roe deer was caught on camera in one. But there have been 0 sightings of the

Lewes Wave Moth in the UK since 1961.

Sarah Boughton ‘with help from Michael Blencowe’.

Book Review: For the love of The Archers

How many times did David Archer fail his mathematics A Level? Whose first

wife was called Bobo? What was the name of Freda Fry’s favourite film? If you

know the answers to all these questions, you should probably seek professional

help. Otherwise, I recommend For the Love of The Archers, a positive cornucopia

of Archers lore both serious and trivial, expertly compiled by Lewes novelist

Beth Miller. The foreword is supplied by Charles Collingwood who plays Brian

Aldridge (Happy Birthday on the 11th, Brian!) And there’s plentiful input from

both ordinary listeners (all of whom exhibit those mixed emotions of affection

and exasperation that one knows so well) and celebrity fans like Joanna Trollope,

Wendy Cope and creator of Last Tango in Halifax etc, Sally Wainwright who

nominates Eddie Grundy throwing up inside the piano at The Bull as her ‘most

memorable Ambridge moment’. (£9.99 bethmiller.co.uk) David Jarman

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its and bobs

lewes worthy: david mc taggart

David McTaggart was ‘perhaps

the most self-contradictory

personality in the ecology movement,’

according to one Greenpeace

historian. He’s been variously

characterised as a shrewd

business thinker and talented

PR-man, a workaholic capable of

great charm and charisma, and

a foul-mouthed autocrat with a

‘playboy attitude’. He was also,

according to the Independent, ‘far more than

anyone else… responsible for [Greenpeace’s]

growth into a giant international organisation.’

McTaggart was born in Vancouver in June 1932.

In his pre-Greenpeace days, he’d been a national

badminton champion, a construction industry

millionaire, a bankrupt, and then, in the Sunday

Times’ words, ‘a kind of upmarket ocean bum’.

His early activism involved trying to disrupt

French nuclear tests with his yacht,

which got boarded by French sailors,

who gave him a severe beating, earning

Greenpeace widespread publicity.

When Greenpeace International was

formed in 1979, McTaggart became

its chairman. Possibly because he lived

nearby, in Rodmell, he set up the group’s

headquarters in Lewes. They were based

at Temple House, School Hill, for the

next ten years. Andrew Stirling, who

worked there in the mid-to-late 80s, recalls it

as ‘an extremely close community’ of highly

motivated and talented people, working out of

open-plan offices with the ‘then state-of-the-art

telex, many computers and world time clocks all

down one wall.’ McTaggart moved to Italy in the

early 90s and ran an olive farm. He died in a car

accident in 2001. His will stipulated a $100 fine

for anyone caught crying at his funeral. SR

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bonfire

photos by carlotta luke

We’re delighted that Carlotta Luke has agreed to

be featured every month in this spot; the Lewesbased

photographer really gets herself around town

and we’re going to ask her to look into a few nooks

and crannies for us over the next few months. For

this, her second mini-feature, though, we’ve asked

her to delve into her Bonfire archive, and she’s

found a few crackers. The bottom two are grist to

the mill of those who think there’s a bit of Wicker

Man in the Night’s proceedings; the top two pictures

show more of the community side of affairs,

and how magical an occasion it is for Lewes kids.

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its and bobs

Book Review: The Pubs of Lewes, David and Lynda Russell

David Russell is a Hastings-based pub historian who, having written three

books about the hostelries of our coastal neighbour, past and present,

has turned his attention to the county town, assisted by his wife, Lynda.

‘An old Lewes proverb reminds us that the town was once home to seven

breweries, seven churches and 70 pubs’ he tells us, in his introduction, and,

in the subsequent 313 pages, goes on to list all those establishments, and

more, talking about their foundation and history, inserting location-relevant

snippets from newspapers and photographs, turning the whole project into

something of a social history of Lewes. The result is a fascinating reference

book, with enormous pick-up-and-browse value, which will provide

much conversation fodder in Lewes’ surviving hostelries. We’ll leave you

with a season-relevant anecdote from the Pelham Arms entry: ‘One of the

earliest reports of [Borough Bonfire Society] is in 1855 when a Bonfire Boy

‘removed’ some wood for the bonfire from the Pelham Arms stables. He

was observed by a local constable and charged with theft but in his defence described himself as the Bonfire

Boys’ ‘Bishop’ and claimed ‘benefit of clergy’… With the support of the Pelham landlord he got off!’ AL

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its and bobs

Book Review: against the grain

Norman Baker has written a book, Against the Grain, about his 28 years as

a Lib-Dem politician, from his election to the Ouse Valley Council (for the

villages of Glynde, Firle, Beddingham, Tarring Nevill and South Heighton)

to his shock General Election defeat in May of this year. The title, of

course, refers to his abrasive MO, both as a councillor and an MP, which led

to him being dubbed by David Cameron as ‘the most annoying man in Parliament’

– while he was serving in Cameron’s cabinet. He doesn’t skimp on

the early part of his career, and his battles with the Tories in County Hall,

but the most absorbing accounts are those of his time spent as an MP for

Lewes: his surprise election in 1997 made him the first non-Tory representative

of this constituency since 1874. The chapter on this election victory,

in fact, is unputdownable: he tells of his canny courting of the tactical vote,

reminds us of Paddy Ashdown’s arrival on Malling Rec in a helicopter to support him, and tells a hilarious

anecdote about a rather desperate Tim Rathbone (his Tory rival) canvassing one of his Liberal colleagues

in Telscombe Village, which happens to be in a different constituency. A tear nearly came to my eye when I

read his account of walking up the High Street the day after his victory – it took him over an hour, so many

people were congratulating him. Eighteen extremely eventful years later, of course – his candid description

of which forms the meat of this very readable book - it was arguably the lack of tactical voting that put

paid to his reign as an MP. As well, of course, as a national disenchantment with all things Lib Dem. Which

leads to a question which he doesn’t raise: if he had left the party, and declared himself an Independent

instead of becoming a Coalition government minister, would he still be an MP today? AL

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bonfire NEWS

Lewes Borough: ‘Death or Glory’

Borough are this year hoping to get into the

Guinness Book of Records with a 50-foot-high Guy

Fawkes, potentially the biggest ever. Their firesite,

as ever, is on Landport Bottom, off Nevill Road,

tickets £5/£3. Almost as excitingly it’s come to our

attention that Borough Bonfire Boys were briefly

featured in the original 1977 video of the Sex

Pistols’ God Save the Queen, which you can see on

YouTube. The video was rarely seen in its day as

the song was banned by the BBC.

Cliffe: ‘Nulli Secundus’

Cliffe are enormously proud of the newly opened

premises which have replaced their collection of

sheds and temporary buildings that they’ve used

for the 30 years they’ve owned their own yard.

This year’s programme editor has sneakily made

the publication a two-in-one job: one half is all

about Cliffe, the other half of their 96-page mag

is taken up, in an upside-down back-to-front sort

of way, by the more general-info Bonfire Night – A

Users’ Guide. Their firesite will, as it has been for

years now, be behind Ham Lane (access via Pinwell

Lane, tickets only). Their chosen charities this year

are St John’s Ambulance, The Sussex Heart Charity

and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Commercial Square: ‘For Independence’

After successfully experimenting with their Third

Procession route last year, Commercial Square will

again march to the top of town via Prince Edward’s

Road and Wallands. This is, in fact, their traditional

march, as evidenced by the earliest programme

they have on file, from 1873. Look out for the

Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass, as well as

the Barhulo Samba Band. And, of course, the ghost

of Edmund Godfrey. Their firesite is, as ever, on

Landport Recreation Ground; entry is free.

Southover: ‘Advance’

Southover are celebrating their tenth year since reforming,

and their eighth year with a firesite, which

this year (and for the foreseeable future, thanks to a

lot of hard negotiating) will be the Stanley Turner

Ground. Back in 2005 they managed to muster 100

marchers; now there are over 600 society members.

Look out for guest musicians the British Imperial

Marching Band and the Pentacle Drummers.

South Street: ‘Faithful unto Death’

This year South Street are collecting for three

charities: the Railway Land Wildlife Trust, the

Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service and the Cystic

Fibrosis Trust. The last is close to stalwarts’ hearts

after the sad loss of young South Street member

Freya Murphy to the condition earlier this year.

South Street firesite is on the Railway Land, and as

ever starts earlier than the others at approximately

8.30pm. Tickets £5/£4.

Waterloo: ‘True to Each Other’

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David Jarman

A Sussex Adlestrop

This year marks

the centenary of

the composition of

Adlestrop, probably

Edward Thomas’

best-known poem.

All of his 142 poems

were written

between December

1914 and January

1917. On 9th April

1917 he was killed

as the Arras Easter

offensive began.

Adlestrop is dated

8th January 1915, but as Edna Longley shows in

her scholarly edition of the Collected Poems, with

reference to Thomas’ field notebooks, the train

journey evoked in the poem actually took place on

24th June 1914. ‘Yes. I remember Adlestrop / The

name, because one afternoon / of heat the expresstrain

drew up there / Unwontedly. It was late

June’. Adlestrop is just west of Chipping Norton

on the main Great Western Railway line from

London to Oxford, Worcester and Malvern. ‘The

steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat / No

one left and no one came / On the bare platform’.

(No wonder, perhaps, that it was a casualty of Dr

Beeching’s cuts, closing to passengers on 3rd January

1966!) The relevant passage in the field notebook

reads: ‘Then we stopped at Adlestrop… one

thrush and no man seen, only a hiss of engine letting

off steam’. In the poem the solitary thrush becomes

a blackbird, and the man clearing his throat

is recorded in Thomas’ notebook as happening at

another unscheduled stop, outside Campden, as

are the ‘willow herb & meadowsweet’ mentioned

later in the poem.

Train travel often crops up in Philip Larkin’s

work. In I Remember, I Remember Larkin, ‘Coming

up England by a different line for once’, leans out

of the window of his train that has stopped and

exclaims: ‘Why Coventry!...

I was born

here’. Journeying

North from Oxford

in Dockery & Son, the

poet’s train pulls into

Sheffield ‘where I

changed / and ate an

awful pie’. And then

there’s The Whitsun

Weddings. He’s on a

train travelling from

Hull to London –

‘That Whitsun, I was

late getting away /

Not till about / one-twenty on the sunlit Saturday

/ Did my three-quarters empty train pull out’.

And then, ‘At first, I didn’t notice what a noise the

weddings made / Each station that we stopped at’.

As in Adlestrop, Larkin has altered the details of

the actual journey which appears to have inspired

the poem. The train from Hull in question was

bound for London but Larkin needed to change

again as he was in fact on his way to see his mother

in Loughborough. On 3rd August 1955 he wrote

to Monica Jones: ‘I went home on Saturday afternoon,

1.30 to Grantham – a lovely run… and at

every station, Goole, Doncaster, Retford, Newark,

importunate wedding parties, gawky and vociferous,

seeing off couples to London’. So, 30th July, I

think. Not Whitsun at all! Not, of course, that it

matters a jot.

More recently, browsing through the magazines

in Waitrose, I came across a poem by Connie

Bensley in the issue of The Spectator dated 19th

September 2015. Entitled On the Way to Plumpton,

it describes a meeting at Wivelsfield station between

‘the one figure on the platform / a mature,

buxom woman in pink’ and a ‘burly moustachioed

man’ who alights from the poet’s carriage. Try

and track it down. Not in the Thomas or Larkin

league, but rather delightful all the same.

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Chloë King

Ate days a week

“Chloë!” It’s some students

from Friday’s session, goading

me from a table in the

cafeteria.

“Anything good to eat this

weekend?”

“Yes…” I’m being forced

to think on my feet, again.

Teaching is hard.

“…Sunday night: gammon,

mashed potatoes and peas.

Amazing!”

It seems that having a food

blogger for a teacher is funny, and becoming a

teacher is funny for a food blogger, so what better

way to record my first two weeks than with a

food diary?

Day one: Channelling a wholesome and professional

vibe with a breakfast of high-fruit muesli

and a banana. Arrive 50 minutes early then

get stuck in reception until five-to while the

receptionist fails to locate my course leader.

Nearly on! Neck two cups of strong black coffee

to waylay nerves… Phew, that could have gone

better. Celebrate with lunch of vegetable curry,

poppadom and mango chutney in the student

canteen.

Day two: Breakfast of toast and coffee. Find out

they sell Starbucks at school, forgo my boycott

of several years and order an Americano: small,

two-thirds full. Course leaders inform me my

teaching will be observed next week, just to

check ‘I’m not an axe murderer’. Digest the

unsettling news over lunch of macaroni cheese

with half a giant tomato.

Day three: I did have breakfast today, followed

by an Americano two-thirds full. The server

queries my order, presuming I must like a lot of

milk. We decide Starbucks needs to extend the

available cup sizes. Lunch is vegetable lasagne.

I receive a twenty seven-page assessment document

by email about my forthcoming observation

‘to check I’m not an axe

murderer’.

Day four: Short lesson this

morning preceded by an

Americano two-thirds full

and highlighted by a packet

of Maltesers. I must be

getting the hang of the job

because I managed to bring

a packed lunch: chorizo

sandwiches and an apple. I

also drank tea out of a staff

cup!

Day five: Observation day, rain is lashing down

heavily proving pathetic fallacy is actually a

thing. Americano two-thirds full in preparation;

run home without having lunch.

Day six: In order of appearance: Maltesers,

chicken tikka masala, samosa, poppadom, mango

chutney. Americano two-thirds full.

Day seven: Toast. Americano two-thirds full,

stay late prepping for next week. Find a friend

in the library, yes! Miss the canteen, no… See

sandwich board for café open till 2.15pm, rush

upstairs, through the doors, there’s a bar too!

Breathless: ‘are you still open?’

Smiling: ‘depends what for.’

‘A sandwich?’

The server goes to the fridge and pulls out a

limp sandwich. ‘We have ham and cheese, but

the toastie grill is off, sorry.’

‘I’ll take it,’ I say gratefully.

‘Cake?’

‘Oh go on, I was looking at that cake.’ She gives

me two slices for the price of one. The best

lemon drizzle I’ve eaten in ages.

Later that eve: two glasses of natural wine and

two-and-a-half pints of Harveys Best.

Day eight: High-fruit muesli and a banana.

Americano two-thirds full. Curriculum leader

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East of Earwig

Walking home and squashing snails

Photo by Mark Bridge

I’m tiptoeing across our patio in the dark.

Silhouetted in the moonlight, I cast a sinister

shadow rather like a Scooby-Doo villain. An

ominous rumble accompanies every step I take.

It’s Sunday night and I’m moving our wheeled

bin onto the driveway, ready for it to be emptied

in the morning. However, my caution isn’t an

attempt to keep quiet. It’s prompted by the

large number of snails that inhabit our garden.

You see, I have a particular fondness for snails,

although I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps it’s

the childhood trauma of having stood on one.

Perhaps it’s the graphic description of snail farming

that our French teacher gave us at secondary

school. Either way, I don my outdoor slippers and

tread very carefully whenever I’m in the garden at

night. If I didn’t, there’d be a lot of crunching.

Actually, I’m not sure if tiptoeing is a smart

move. Although it reduces the size of my footprint,

it increases the pressure if there is any unfortunate

snail-related incident. Maybe I ought

to wear bigger shoes to disperse the impact. I

wonder what size of shoe I’d need to ensure

the safety of the average snail? A quick internet

search reveals that dancing en pointe in ballet

shoes can double the pressures acting on a foot.

Therefore, strapping a pillow to each foot might

be enough – but my A-level physics fails me at

this stage. I’m tired and it’s time for bed.

Just a few minutes after my head hits the pillow

I’m drifting off into a world where snails are

telepathic. They’re trying to teach me something

about Newton’s Second Law of Motion. Julia

Bradbury is there, too. Perhaps she’s making a

TV show about my pillow-shoe invention. She

smiles at me and… hang on, Julia, I’m a married

man. My wife…

My wife’s phone wakes me with a beep. She

picks it up from the dressing table to see who’s

sent her a message. “Sorry”, she whispers.

I’m relieved it’s only the dream snails that are

telepathic. The message is a casual inquiry from

her daughter, whose five-month-old son is yet

to adopt conventional sleeping. Anything that

involves our nocturnal grandson is forgiven, of

course. He’s a delightful chap to whom I’ve already

promised an action-packed trip to the zoo

when he’s a little older. After all, if a grandparent’s

role is to indulge their children’s children,

then a step-grandparent’s role is surely even

more anarchic. I’ll need to behave like some kind

of louche character that might be portrayed on

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Salt of the Earth

Turning the lens on a celebrated photographer

The German film director Wim Wenders was

walking down La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles

one day in the mid-1980s when he caught sight

of some startling photographs in the window

of a gallery. Intrigued, he entered and learned

that the photographer was a Brazilian named

Sebastião Salgado. He emerged soon after the

owner of a pair of prints – one from Salgado’s

Serra Pelada series of a gold mine in the Amazon,

the other an incredible portrait from the

Sahel in Africa – that continue to this day to

hang over the director’s desk in his Berlin office.

It was not until 2009, though, that the two men

actually met, at Salgado’s studio in Paris. That

led to Wenders accompanying the photographer

on trips to remote corners of the globe, and now

to the Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt

of the Earth, jointly directed by Wenders and

Salgado’s son Juliano Ribeiro, which is playing

at the All Saints on November 6th.

I manage to get an e-mail interview with Wenders,

who is a photographer himself, and is also

married to one. “I just wanted to know the

man,” he writes, “because he had impressed me

for so long. He seemed deserving of a portrait

of his own.”

Sebastião Salgado is perhaps the pre-eminent

‘social photographer’ of our times, honoured

by the Royal Photographic Society with its first

centenary award for his ‘sustained, significant

contribution to the art of photography’ and

immersed in conflicts, famines, mass migrations

and other man-made catastrophes. His recent

large-scale, nature-oriented project called Genesis

resulted in worldwide exhibitions and a 520-

page book of photographs covering Antarctica,

the Arctic and all points between.

The Salt of the Earth presents the basic facts

of Salgado’s life and his memories of them:

his childhood in Brazil’s isolated interior; his

years studying economics; exile in France with

his wife and business partner, Lélia Wanick,

after the Brazilian military imposed a dictatorial

regime. But its main focus is on Salgado as

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in town this month: CINEMA

Salt of the Earth (cont.)

an artist, and Wenders

struggled for months

to find the best way to

capture the relationship

between the man and his

work before conceiving a

highly effective solution:

filming through the

scrim of a teleprompter

as Salgado looks at and

talks about some of the

most emblematic images

he has shot during a

career of more than 40

years.

“It was a way for

Sebastião to talk from

inside the photographs,

so to speak”, Wenders

says. “He had nothing

in front of him on that

screen except his own

work. He couldn’t see

the camera; he couldn’t

see me. It was a pitchblack

darkroom, so he

could totally remain in a

state of being completely

lost in the memory.”

For Salgado, now 71,

that process was at times painful, as the film also

examines the psychological crisis that all but

crippled him in the mid-1990s after covering the

genocidal wars in Rwanda and Bosnia, and the

massive refugee crises in their wake. At a particularly

poignant moment in the film, recalling the

scenes he witnessed and photographed, Salgado

admits to having completely despaired at any possible

salvation for mankind.

His son Juliano had already shot some footage for

a family-focused project of his own when he and

Wenders teamed up, and they continued to work

largely separately as they filmed. As a result, when

the two directors began

working together, they

had very different kinds

of footage and had to

confront a fundamental

challenge: how to piece

everything together into

a coherent whole that

would also do justice to

each man’s efforts and

vision.

Both have described

the editing process as

extremely difficult and

time-consuming, with

false starts and dead

ends. “After about a year,

we were sort of desperate,

because we hadn’t

a clue how to do this”,

Wenders recalls. “We

both knew that we could

make a film, each of us

alone, and at some point

that was a possibility.

But we knew that if we

managed to make one

film, it would be a better

film than our separate

films could possibly be.”

In the end, the film “tells the story of an entire

cycle, of a living land that dies and is then reborn.

That is also more or less the story of Sebastião, who

reached a breaking point and had to reinvent himself,

so it was a very powerful thing. And to tell the

truth, we only realised that in the editing room.”

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in town this month: opera

Mignon

Another bold choice from the NSO

The name ‘Breaky

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with our fine

local wines, but in 1975

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of the opera company

performing in a barn

owned by vintner Peter

Hall. Reborn in Lewes

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under the leadership

of General Director

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administrator, he sang

in the first production,

and in every production

since.

You won’t see the same

old operas performed by NSO – they specialize

in works that are a bit off the beaten trail. David

James says, “With so much good stuff crying out

for a performance, why do yet another performance

of one of the top 20?” This year’s offering

is Mignon by French composer Ambroise Thomas.

Although Thomas wrote over 20 operas, only

two are well known – Mignon (1866) and Hamlet

(1868) – and these are performed infrequently at

best. During its time, however, Mignon was one

of the most successful operas in France’s history,

having had over one thousand performances by

1894 in Paris alone.

With Goethe as the source – like Gounod’s Faust

before and Massenet’s Werther after – the opera is

set in Germany and Italy. For the premiere at the

Opéra-Comique, it was expected to have a happy

ending, but for Berlin, the Germans insisted on

conforming to Goethe’s original tragic conclusion.

According to New York Times music critic

Donal Henahan, the plot is sentimental and

improbable, a contest between two female characters

representing opposite temperaments and

human qualities.

Philine, the unscrupulous

temptress, has the

most brilliant music to

sing, her dazzling “Je

suis Titania” capped

off with its top E

Flat. Against Philine’s

pyrotechnics, Mignon

offers gentleness and

pathos, and the aria

“Connais-tu le pays?” is

the enchanting melody

that stays long in the

ear of the listener.

Henahan says, “The

score is quite fetching,

disarmingly direct in its

appeal to the ear and

the operagoer’s tender heart. Many composers of

more prestigious works would kill to have written

half a dozen of the best numbers in Mignon.”

This NSO production rests in the capable hands

of conductor Nicholas Jenkins and director

Harry Fehr. Both of them have extensive experience

across the breadth of the operatic repertoire,

both in the UK and abroad. Mezzo-soprano

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falls on her birthday. Wouldn’t it be a lovely

surprise if the audience sang to her on her curtain

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Lewes Town Hall, Wed 11th Nov, 7.30pm

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Bernadine Evaristo

On literary experimentation and Mrs Brown’s Boys

You might not guess it from

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tragicomedy that’s been heartily

endorsed by Dawn French,

but Bernardine Evaristo is

“very interested in form and

being formally experimental

with my work”, and has even

written verse-novels. This

month, she’ll be telling Lewes

Literary Society about ‘subverting

the mainstream, challenging

boundaries and pushing

back literary limits’.

Is it difficult to be subversive

nowadays? There don’t seem to

be that many taboos anymore.

Well, writing about a 74-year-old

homosexual Caribbean man [in her

latest novel, Mr Loverman]… is it

a taboo? Yes. Is there a reason why

black homosexual men and women

do not appear in British fiction? Yes.

And that’s quite complicated but

the heart of it is that it’s a subject

that people are afraid to tackle.

So yes, when I say subverting the

mainstream, basically the mainstream

is the body of white, British

literature written from that perspective, which is

the majority of literature being published in this

country. People always say: ‘But what about this

person? What about that person?’ They might

mention Zadie Smith or Andrea Levy or Malorie

Blackman, and then they very quickly run out of

names. There aren’t that many of us out there. So

when you’re writing from an outsider’s perspective,

if you like, writing stories that haven’t been

told and are very different to the mainstream,

then you’re subverting it.

Is there a trade-off between artistically

pushing boundaries and making your books

Photo by Sharon Wallace

accessible? That’s something

I think about a lot. But, at the

end of the day, I have to stay

true to my creative instincts.

When I start writing a novel,

if it looks like it’s going to

be quite experimental, which

is what’s happening with my

new novel, I have to go with

it… Anyway, Mr Loverman is

a very accessible book; I know

that because of the reader

response that I’ve had to it.

When I write verse novels, or

novels with verse, the form

can actually be a barrier to people

even wanting to read it, even

though once they read a book like

The Emperor’s Babe, they realise

it’s not difficult; it’s accessible

poetry, if you like.

Apparently you like Mrs

Brown’s Boys. Which is interesting,

because you write these

boundary-pushing novels and

novels-in-verse, and then…

Sometimes people think writers

are sitting there reading the TLS

all the time, or some deep, meaningful,

erudite academic book. We’re human!

My work has a lot of humour in it, actually. And

I really do like popular culture, a lot. The whole

myth about writers in an ivory tower, just kind of

living in their imagination, doesn’t apply. Well,

I don’t want to speak for other writers, but you

need to be out there experiencing life as it’s experienced

by everybody else. So yes, I absolutely

love Mrs Brown’s Boys. It’s very 70s, very slapstick,

it’s very bawdy and very crude, very knowing,

very entertaining, very cheeky, very smutty. I love

all those things. Steve Ramsey

Nov 24th, All Saints, 8pm lewesliterarysociety.co.uk

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in town this month: theatre

The Circle

Costume drama

The second play of this season at Lewes Little

Theatre is Somerset Maugham’s The Circle. It is

a tale of marriage and duty, forbidden love and

infatuation; a study of society and the human

heart. Maugham wrote The Circle in 1921, the

year in which the action of the play opens, and

considered it to be his finest play. We met up with

costumiers Alison Soudain and Gerry Cortese, to

find out about the theatre’s wardrobe department

and the process of dressing a period drama.

How has the costume department changed

since you started volunteering here? A: There

was a much bigger team of people that volunteered

here when I started about 30 years ago.

There was quite a strong hiring element in the

department back then, with at least five people

dedicated specifically to hiring costumes out to

school groups and other societies, a service which

we can no longer offer due to time constraints

and lack of volunteers. The number of costumes

has definitely increased - we now have over 2,000

pieces! There were far more costumes made from

scratch when I started, and I would say now we

have gained more original pieces.

Talk me through the process of costuming a

production. G: We start by reading the play and

searching the script for clues. Then once the play

has been cast, we assess the rough sizes of the

actors, and begin to bring possible items out from

the wardrobe that we think might be suitable.

There are usually several options for each character.

We then hold fittings, where final choices are

made and necessary alterations are noted.

What have you learnt about dressing a period

production? A: The main thing I’ve discovered

is that if you can get the material right, you’re

actually halfway there. There’s no use trying to

create a 1920s outfit out of an electric blue, shiny

fabric - because even if the cut is right, the material

will look too modern. But if you can get hold

of a more toned-down, older-looking fabric and

then accessorise it with, say, a cloche hat, then

you’re more likely to end up with a believable

twenties look.

Photo by Cathryn Parker

How would you like to see the costume

department develop in years to come? G:

We want to see new blood coming in! It would

be great to know that the work we have done

is going to be carried on in the future with the

same love, enthusiasm and care. We need to build

up a bigger team so that more time can be spent

creating new pieces from scratch. I think perhaps

people are slightly wary of volunteering because

they think they need to have had prior experience,

but they really don’t. We just need willing

and enthusiastic people to come forward - you

can learn the rest on the job.

Isabella McCarthy Sommerville

The Circle, directed by Graham Stapley. Lewes

Little Theatre, Sat 28-Sat 5 Dec.

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out of town this month: art

Kettle’s Yard

Cambridge comes to Hastings

In the late 1950s, Jim Ede and his wife, Helen,

acquired a row of four derelict seventeenthcentury

cottages in the shadow of St Peter’s

Church in Cambridge. These they converted

into one, so as to accommodate the fine collection

of modern art that Jim Ede had acquired,

mostly in the 1920s and 1930s, when he was

working as an assistant curator at the Tate

Gallery. And so Kettle’s Yard was born, now one

part of the University of Cambridge Museums.

Early last year, the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings

made a showcase for their own Alfred Wallis

painting, Two Boats, by borrowing 17 Wallis

seascapes from Kettle’s Yard. Now Kettle’s Yard

is closed, the subject of an extensive building

redevelopment project, and again the Jerwood

is a happy beneficiary. No fewer than five

rooms have been set aside for works on loan

from Kettle’s Yard, complemented by examples

of the featured artists from the Jerwood’s own

holdings. The exhibition, entitled Horizons,

runs until 3 January 2016.

Elizabeth Fisher has described Kettle’s Yard as

‘a place set slightly apart from the rest of the

world, a place in which the pace and hubbub

of modern life is drowned out by an immersive

aesthetic experience’. (Certainly it was one of

the places I spent far too much time in when,

ostensibly studying in Cambridge, I should

have been in the library). Obviously it would

be impossible to recreate the unique Kettle’s

Yard Gallery atmosphere at the Jerwood; foolish

even to try. But the artistic gems that Ede

assembled more than stand up for themselves.

And anyway, the Jerwood itself is an exquisite

and quiet cultural oasis!

Ben and Winifred Nicholson form the backbone

of this exhibition. But, to my mind, the

show’s star is their, and Ede’s, friend, Christopher

Wood. Bisexual, opium-addicted, an

acolyte of Jean Cocteau, Wood threw himself

under a train at Salisbury Station in 1930. He

was 29. And yet Ben Nicholson wrote to Jim

Ede on Wood’s death: ‘I could have parted

with almost anyone but him… he was the most

beautiful creature’.

When Jim Ede left Kettle’s Yard in 1973, he

left 25 paintings by Wood, thus forming the

largest public collection of the artist’s work. Six

of these are on show at the Jerwood, alongside

two from the Jerwood collection. There’s an

enchanting Paris snow scene of 1926, an extraordinary

self-portrait of 1927 and, best of all,

a portrait of Jean Bourgoint. A dazzling epicene

beauty who, together with his sister Jeanne

(for a time, Wood’s lover) were the originals of

Cocteau’s Les Enfants Terribles. David Jarman

jerwoodgallery.org

Alfred Wallis, Sailing ship and Orchard, circa 1935-37.

Courtesy Kettle’s Yard Collection, University of Cambridge

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art

FOCUS ON: Chris Dawson

‘Restless Arrangements’, Acrylic on board, 61x61cms, £750

This looks like nine different paintings… In effect,

it is. It’s been carefully designed so they can be

moved around and the picture will still make sense.

If you look closely at the pebbles, for example, they

will all be aligned if you move the squares around, as

will the seaweed strands. In this square shape you can

get 36 different pictures. And there are many more

combinations, as you could arrange the pictures in

a rectangular shape, and other random shapes, too.

It’s almost endless. The idea is that this is like the sea

shore, where everything is moved by the waves, and

repositioned after it passes.

Clever! I was a product designer before I became

a full-time artist, so I like everything I do to have a

unique twist. I like playing with optical illusions, and

creating three-dimensional effects.

Which artists have influenced you? I’m a great

admirer of Magritte, which I think you can see in

some of my work. And Dürer. And Heath Robinson.

And Hockney, who’s very creative, and never sits still.

Also the twentieth century American artist Charles

Sheeler, who painted industrial buildings in a very

romantic, stylised way.

Where do you work? I have a studio upstairs in

my house. I like listening to talking books when I

work. Somehow I can concentrate on both at the

same time. At the moment I’m listening to Arthur C

Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama.

How do you get your ideas? I carry a notebook

everywhere, and sketch them down when they pop

into my head. Also ideas for my cartoons – which

will also be on show in the gallery – which are often

based on word plays.

Which painting would you nail to your desert island

palm tree? The Lady of Shalot, by John Waterhouse.

It’s in my favourite gallery, Tate Britain. If you

go up close to it you can see his brush strokes are so

confident they almost look impressionistic. Ask most

modern artists what their favourite painting is, and,

if they’re being honest, they’ll usually say something

traditional. Interview by Alex Leith

Out of the Box ‘The Return’, an exhibition of cartoons

and compositions by Chris Dawson, 11-22 November,

Hop Gallery

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art & about

Julian Bell

Kelly Hall

Richard Heys

Alinah Azadeh, creator of Burning the Books, has

completed a short series of small works for sale

based on 13 drawings made from her bedroom

window in Lewes and further afield. Her

workspace at Pop-Up Studios is under imminent

threat of closure with the redevelopment of

the Phoenix Industrial Estate, and so 25% of

proceeds will go to support the work of Lewes

Phoenix Rising. alinahazadeh.com

Julian Bell’s Genesis paintings, first exhibited at St

Anne’s Galleries in June, have been bound into a

limited edition book which beautifully reproduces

all 37 paintings, captioned with corresponding

text from the King James Bible. Available from St

Anne’s Galleries.

In town this month

Hop Gallery hosts Out of The Box ‘The Return’

with cartoons and compositions by Chris

Dawson from 11-22nd (see pg 53) and, from

28th, Phil Duncan’s Sussex Arts Collective and

Mohamed Hamid’s Star Pottery Group bring

together a diverse range of artists and makers

with creative gift ideas in their Baubles & Bells!

show (until 20th December).

From 21st, Keizer Frames hang their Christmas

exhibition of works from Adrian Parnell, Jackie

Fretton, Janine Shute, Bec Garland, Laura

Wright and Simon Tozer, and until the 14th,

Gallery 16 in Market Street have works in watercolour,

pastel and acrylic by local artist Sheila Lea.

Chalk Gallery features Richard Heys from 2nd,

whose vibrant paintings use opaque and transparent

layers to explore colour and form. Lynsey

Smith follows him on 23rd with her quirky watercolours

of familiar faces and places.

From 13th at Pelham House, sisters Sarah Gregson

and Judy Dewsbury have a joint exhibition

Mr Gregson Went to Work. Sarah and Judy’s father,

Sydney, worked in the building for 40 years while

it was the Council’s headquarters and the show

promises an evocative nod to family ties.

Inspired by a love of vintage graphics, Kelly Hall

exhibits her quintessentially British prints of iconic

beauty spots from Sussex to Scotland at Caffè

Lazzati, Southdown Sports Club, 8 Nov - 3 Jan.

Bam Bam by Judy Dewsbury

The second Pelham House Open Art Exhibition (Jan-March 2016) invites submissions from artists in Lewes

and nearby. Curated by hotel staff - from maintenance to management – the show raises funds for The Rocking

Horse Appeal. pelhamhouse.com

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out of town: art

Just down the road

Celebrating its 10th year MADE Brighton is at the

Corn Exchange in Brighton from 19th-22nd. With

jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glassware, furniture and

much more from over 100 makers including Lewes

own Phoebe Jewellery and Lomax and Skinner.

From 14th, the Royal Pavilion shows Exotic Creatures,

an exhibition exploring animals and political

beasts in the Royal Collection, menageries and early

zoos from 1750 to 1850. Discover the fascinating story

of the first living giraffe in the UK plus the history

of travelling menageries performing in London and

Brighton. brightonmuseums.org.uk

Expressions celebrates 60 years of the Newhaven

Art Club at the Crypt Gallery in Seaford from

14th-19th followed by the Christmas Craft Fair from

21st-29th.

Sarah Bryant, Made

Paula Kirkwood, Made John Dilnot, Made

Further Afield...

Royal Pavilion, Exotic Creatures exhibtion

David Remfry, Oscar, 2008, watercolour and graphite, Pallant House Gallery 2015

John Napier, Equus

Towner Gallery

presents Stages

from 29th. The first

major exhibition of

the work of iconic

theatre designer John

Napier. The show

encompasses costume

designs, 3D pieces

based on his theatre

work in shows like

Equus, Les Misérables

and Starlight Express,

and sculptures created

in parallel with his theatre career.

Horizons: Kettle’s Yard at Jerwood Gallery continues

through the month, see page 51.

Throughout November Pallant House hosts We

Think the World of You, an exhibition of drawings

by David Remfry RA, of people and their dogs. Better

known for his urban scenes and night clubs, he’s

had a fascination with the relationship that develops

between dogs and their owners – both celebrity and

humdrum.

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Opéra-comique by AMBROISE THOMAS

Staged, in costume and sung in English

NSO Chorus, St Paul’s Sinfonia c Nicholas Jenkins

d Harry Fehr des Eleanor Wdowski

with Victoria Simmonds, Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson,

Adrian Powter, Ted Schmitz, Christopher Diffey

Lewes Town Hall

Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm

(and Devonshire Park, Eastbourne 22 Nov 3pm

Cadogan Hall, London SW1 24 Nov 7pm)

“A triumph at Cadogan Hall”

Robert Thicknesse on Oberon (2014)

www.NewSussexOpera.org

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in town this month: classical

Classical Round-up

Bach, Beethoven and Bartók

Jambor Photography

An antidote to the blues

caused by our decreasing

daylight hours can be found

in the uplifting, mellifluous

sound of flutes. Flutes and

Friends concerts have been an

annual event for the past 12

years organized by flautist and

teacher Anne Hodgson. The

group, primarily comprised of

Anne’s students, supplemented

by other musicians, play everything

from Bach to Gilbert

& Sullivan and Jack Jordan.

Concerts are always in aid of

a charity and this one is for St

Peter and St James Hospice.

Sun 8, 3pm, St Mary’s Church,

Ringmer, free

New Sussex Opera presents

another operatic rarity that

deserves to be heard more

often – Mignon by French

composer Ambroise Thomas.

Premiered in Paris in 1866,

this score features beautiful

melodies and challenging

writing for its singers, especially

the title character, sung

by mezzo-soprano Victoria

Simmonds. Also performing

leading roles are Ruth

Jenkins-Róbertsson, Ted

Schmitz and Adrian Powter.

Conducted by NSO’s music

director Nicholas Jenkins,

the production, sung in English,

is directed by Harry Fehr.

See page 45.

Wed 11, 7:30pm, Lewes Town

Hall, £36, £22, £20, students /

children £12

Bach’s brilliant Mass in B

Minor will be the showpiece

of the Esterhazy Chamber

Choir and the Corelli

Ensemble. Sandy Chenery

will conduct the mass, with a

quartet of professional soloists

accompanying.

Sun 15, 7:30pm, Lewes Town

Hall, £15

Hot on the heels of Halloween,

Heber Opera are

offering up Fairies, Phantoms

and Fiends!, a mélange of

operatic scenes and arias with

supernatural themes. Included

will be excerpts from Heinrich

Marschner’s Der Vampyr,

Verdi’s Macbeth, Gounod’s

Faust, Puccini’s Turandot, Gilbert

& Sullivan’s Ruddigore

and others. Heber Opera’s

musical director Michael

Withers will narrate and

guide you through this house

of horrors.

Sun 22, 6pm, Steyning Centre,

Steyning, £12

The Arcadia Quartet formed

as recently as 2006, and have

already won many prestigious

awards, including the

2012 Wigmore Hall London

International String Quartet

Competition. They are appearing

in Lewes as part of

the Nicholas Yonge Society’s

concert series, performing

Haydn’s Quartet No. 1 in B

flat major, Beethoven’s String

Quartet No. 3 in D major and

Bartók’s String Quartet No.

4, Sz. 91. The Financial Times

have written that the quartet

‘create a mood of edgy expressionism

that, in its violent

swings and chromatic stresses,

is shockingly direct and

dramatic, like an opera – or a

nightmare.’ Chamber music

fans: don’t miss this one.

Fri 27, 7:45pm, Sussex Downs

College, £15

Paul Austin Kelly

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NOVlistings

Sun 1

Film. Ghostbusters. (12A) Three unemployed

parapsychology professors set up shop as a

unique ghost removal service. All Saints, 5pm,

£5.50-£6.50 or family tickets £15, with additional

kids only £3 each. filmatallsaints.com

Film. Mr Holmes. (PG) Ian McKellen plays

an aged Detective Holmes, as he recalls fragments

of an old case whilst struggling with his

deteriorating mind. All Saints, 7.15pm, £5-£6.50.

filmatallsaints.com

Mon 2

Drop-in. Lewes for a

Living Wage. Meet local

employers and councillors

and learn more about

the many benefits of the

Living Wage for our community.

Yarrow Room,

Town Hall, 5pm, free. 01273 470940

Tue 3

Talk. A Broken Silence? Mass Observation, Armistice

Day and Everyday Life in Britain 1937-

1941. Dr Lucy Noakes draws on the archive to

trace some of the diverse ways that remembrance

was embodied in everyday life, practised, experienced,

and understood by the British people as

the nation moved once again from peace to war.

The Keep, Falmer, 5.30pm, free. 01273 482349

Market. Bric-a-brac, jewellery, books, toys, fresh

produce, clothes and more. Town Hall, 9am-2pm.

Talk. Anna Karenina steps through the Looking

Glass. Dr Sonya Baksi explores to what

extent Tolstoy’s fictional character reflects the

real-life expectations of women in 19th-century

Russia. Town Hall, 2.30pm, free with collection.

u3asites.org.uk

Wed 4

Talk. Herbal Medicine. Julia Behrens, medical

herbalist and garden designer, will be talking

about herbs, healing, conservation and sustainability.

Christ Church Hall, 7.45pm, £3. 01273

474110

Talk. The Isle of Wight rocket-testing facility.

Richard Butchers speaks to the Lewes Astronomers.

Town Hall, 7.30pm, £3.

Thu 5

Remember Remember… what was it again?

Fri 6

Film. The Salt of the Earth. (12) Brazilian

photographer Sebastião Salgado’s life and work

are revealed to us in this documentary directed

by his son, Juliano, and Wim Wenders, himself

a photographer. All Saints, 8pm, £5.50. lewesfilmclub.com

Food market. Food and produce from local suppliers.

Market Tower, weekly, 9am-1.30pm.

Sat 7

Farmers’ Market. Fresh,

local produce and lots of

interesting stalls. Cliffe

Precinct, 9am-1pm. Also

on Sat 21. commoncause.

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Dr Bike. Weekly bike repair workshop. Trade

prices charged for parts. Nutty Wizard, 10.30am-

1.30pm, free.

Craft Market. Local artists and makers selling

their wares. Market Tower, 10am-2pm, free entry.

lewescraftmkt@gmail.com

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NOVlistings (cont)

Talk. Light and Space in Landscape Painting.

Illustrated talk by Lewes artist Tom Benjamin.

Paddock Art Studios, 3pm, £4. paddockartstudios.co.uk

or 01273 487818

Mon 9

Talk. Future Perfect: HG Wells and Bolshevik

Russia 1917-1934. Professor Roger

Cockrell will focus on Wells’ view of the fledgling

Soviet society and the Bolsheviks. Friends

Meeting House, 7.15pm, £3.

Thu 12

Comedy at the Con!

Bobby Mair, Mandy

Muden and Jamali

Maddix take to the

stage, with MC David

Mounfield. Con Club,

8pm, £7.50-£11.

Tickets from Union

Music, 07582 408418,

or wegottickets.com/ComedyAtTheCon

Fri 13

Pop Up Horror Cinema. Screening of What

We Do in the Shadows (15) as well as a few

short films made by Lewes Creative Media

students. Themed night with costumes, decorations

and food. All Saints, 6pm, free. mbattrum@

gmail.com

Talk. Old Walls, Wellies and Wasps. Simon

Stevens will talk about recent archaeological

work and finds at the Priory that throw light

on the lives of medieval monks. King’s Church

Building, 7.30pm, £3/£2. leweshistory.org.uk/

meetings

Tue 10

Waitrose Birthday party. Celebrate 10 years

of the store being open, with a glass of fizz and

piece of cake. Waitrose, 10-11am.

Wed 11

Discussion group. Café of Reminiscence:

to Absent Friends. Bring along a photo or

memento and share your memories. Coffee and

Cake available. Buttercup Café, 7-9pm, free

(voluntary donations), drop-in. cafe@livingwelldyingwell.net

or 01273 933115

Sat 14

Charity Book Sale. Nearly new books, recently

published, at bargain prices. All proceeds go to

Jonathan Lamb’s education fund in Rwanda,

enabling children to be supported through

primary and secondary education. Cliffe Hall,

9.30am-1.30pm, free entry. jamesdenton778@

btinternet.com or 07765 403182

Vintage Christmas Home and Lifestyle Market.

Vintage stalls, food, drink and live music.

Town Hall, 10am-3.30pm, £1, children free.

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NOVlistings (cont)

Sun 22

Film. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (12A) Espionage

action thriller about a CIA agent and a

KGB operative who are sent on a secret mission

to track down a criminal organisation developing

an advanced nuclear weapons programme.

All Saints, 5.30pm, £5-£6.50. filmatallsaints.com

Sat 14 & Sun 15

Film. Max. (12A) A military working dog, that

helped US Marines in Afghanistan, returns to

America and is adopted by his handler’s family

after suffering a traumatic experience. All Saints,

Sat 8pm, Sun 4.30pm, £5-£6.50. filmatallsaints.

com

Sun 15

Jumble Sale. Good quality adult and children’s

clothes, children’s toys and equipment. All proceeds

to Kingston Pre-School. Kingston Village

Hall, 2-5pm, 50p, children free.

Fri 20

Film. Like Father

like Son. (12)

Ryota, a successful

businessman, learns

that his biological

son was switched

with another child

after birth. Mr Sakai, the other father, is a wellpractised

loafer, but his children start squeaking

with joy when he so much as enters the room. A

heart-warming and tender story. All Saints, 8pm,

£5.50. lewes-filmclub.com

Film. Japanese Animation and the Famous

Studio Ghibli. A short introduction to the work

of Studio Ghibli, Japan’s most lauded animation

studio, and to one of its most sombre productions,

Grave of the Fireflies. All Saints, 2pm,

free to members and ticket holders of the film.

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Film. Grave of the Fireflies. (U) Japanese

animated film telling the story of two children

from the port city of Kobe, made homeless by

the bombs towards the end of WW2. All Saints,

4pm, £5.50. lewes-filmclub.com

Tue 24

Talk. A Conversation about Forgiveness.

Internationally renowned speakers Marina Cantacuzino

and Dr Imad Karam explore and reflect

on forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and peace

in today’s world. All proceeds go to speakers’

respective charities. Pelham House, 7pm, £10,

including refreshments. Book on 07791 075249

or ghfp.org.uk/events

Talk. Positive Investment. Jamie Hartzell from

Ethex will talk about how to put your money

directly into businesses whose mission and

impacts you support, that also offer a financial

return. Elly, 7.30pm, £5 suggested donation.

01273 477870

Talk. Lewes Literary

Society presents Bernardine

Evaristo. The award-winning

novelist, author of The

Emperor’s Babe and Mr Loverman,

discusses subverting

the mainstream, challenging

boundaries and pushing back literary limits. All

Saints, 8pm, £10. lewesliterarysociety.co.uk

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NOVlistings (cont)

Wed 25

Talk. Edwardian Picture Postcards. Dr Annebella

Pollen will explore how the postcard was

used as a flirtatious means of communication

that often incited romance. The Keep, Falmer,

5.30pm, free. thekeep.info/events or 01273

843249

Thu 26

Talk. Tom Paine. Paul

Myles will talk about Tom

Paine’s time in Lewes

and the town’s influence

on his subsequent work.

Questions and discussion

will follow. Elly, 8pm, £3.

annabinger@btinternet.

com

Talk. Fifty Shades of Green: the Role of the

Trees and Landscape Officer. Daniel Wynn

from Lewes District Council describes his work

and its implications for our town. Town Hall,

7.45pm, £3. 01273 473098

Film. Girlhood. (15) A girl with few real

prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and

gaining a sense of self confidence in the process.

However, she soon discovers this new life does

not necessarily make her any happier. French

with English subtitles. All Saints, 8pm, £5-£6.50.

filmatallsaints.com

Sat 28

Live Literature. Roll over Atlantic. Satirical

revisiting of the voyages of Christopher Columbus.

The first one-man show by poet and

performer John Agard. All Saints, 8pm, £12

door/£10 advance. leweslivelit.co.uk

Collectors and Antiques Fair. In aid of Action

Medical Research for Children. Town Hall,

10am-4pm, free entry. 01273 400352

Sat 28 & Sun 29

Fri 27

Talk. The Wealden Iron Industry from Prehistory

to 19th century, by Jeremy Hodgkinson.

Town Hall, 7.30pm, £4/£3, under 18s free.

lewesarchaeology.org.uk

Film. Southpaw. (15) US drama about a

successful boxer whose world falls apart after

a tragedy and his fight to get his life back. All

Saints, 5.30pm, £5-£6.50. filmatallsaints.com

Vintage Christmas.

Gifts, produce, antique

interiors, swing jazz and

dancing, mulled wine,

kids’ entertainment and

more. Middle Farm,

9.30am-4.30pm, £5,

under 5s free. firleandcountry.co.uk

Sat 28-Sat 5

Theatre. The Circle, by Somerset Maugham.

A period drawing room comedy dealing with

the difficulties of love within marriage, with the

pressures of society and the triumph of character

over circumstance. Lewes Little Theatre, all

shows 7.45pm, apart from additional 2.45pm

matinee on Sat 5, and no show on Sun 29.

£10/£8. lewestheatre.org


gig of the month

It’s a truth universally acknowledged

that nobody hates swing music (that’s

why it’s always played at weddings),

but Flash Mob Jazz will make you

love it. The young Brighton-based

band have racked up over one million

views on YouTube with their slick

performances of swing standards and

jazzy re-workings of modern pop

songs – think Daft Punk, Lorde and

John Legend – but if there ever was a

band to come and jive live to, this is it.

Fri 6, Con Club, 8pm, £7.50

(members free).

november listings

sun 1

English tunes session. Traditional folk – bring

instruments. Lamb, 12pm, free

Swing Time. Swing dancing. Lamb, 5pm, free

Open mic. All welcome. Elephant & Castle,

7.30pm, free

MON 2

Lawrence Jones with Malcolm Mortimore &

Terry Seabrook. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUE 3

English tunes session. Traditional folk – bring

instruments. John Harvey, 8pm, free

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

FRI 6

The Staves. Acoustic folk rock trio. De La Warr

Pavilion, Bexhill, 7pm, £16

Funke & the Two Tone Baby. Blues Americana.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 7

Tom Paley. Legendary American folk singer,

joined by his son Ben of the New Deal String

Band. Con Club, 7.30pm, £5 (members free)

Tim Laycock. Traditional English folk. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £8

Wakin’ Snakes. Cajun and old time. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SUN 8

Two Step Duo. Acoustic. Con Club, 3pm, free

Everything Everything. Manchester art-rock

band. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 7pm, £17.50

MON 9

Terry Seabrook with Paul Whitten & Alex

Eberhard. Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUE 10

Goodtimes Music Open Mic. All welcome.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

WED 11

Old Time session. Appalachian roots. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

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gig guide (cont)

FRI 13

Sonpikkante. Cumbia salsa. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Curst Sons. Hillbilly blues. Con Club, 8pm, free

SAT 14

Hannah Peel. Electronic multi-instrumentalist.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 7.30pm, £9.50

The Grahams. Americana. Plus support. Con

Club, 8pm. £10 advance, £12 OTD (members: £8

advance, £10 OTD)

Sarah Grey & Kieron Means. Traditional

American folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8

Super8. Funk/soul. Roebuck Inn, Laughton,

9pm, free

Dirty Vertebrae. Alternative rap rock. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SUN 15

The Koans. Acoustic. Con Club, 3pm, free

Curst Sons, photo by JJ Waller

MON 16

The Waterboys. Freewheeling rock and roll. De

La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, 7pm, £26.50-£28

Ashley Slater + the Terry Seabrook Trio. Jazz.

Snowdrop, 8pm, free

TUE 17

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

FRI 20

King Porter Stomp. Ska, funk, afrobeat and hip

hop. Con Club, 8pm, free

AYU. Funk. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 21

Mark Morriss. Frontman of The Bluetones.

With support from The Standard Lamps, Linus

& Lucy and Jason Loughran. All Saints, 7.30pm,

£15/£10

Graeme Knights & Jim Mageean. Sea songs

and shanties. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £7

ZZ Tap. Tribute band. Con Club, 8pm, £5

(members free)

Fabulous Red Diesel. Festi-funk. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SUN 22

Cotillion + Mike Nicholson + The Barnfield

Band. Folk. Westgate Chapel, 2.30pm, £5

Hotfoot Specials. Cajun. Con Club, 7pm, £10

MON 23

Andy Williams & Terry Seabrook. Jazz. Snowdrop,

8pm, free

WED 25

Goodtimes Music. open mic. All welcome.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

THU 26

Cellardoor. Lamb, 7.30pm, free

FRI 27

Elle Osborne. Alt-folk musician, launching her

new album ‘It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice’.

Con Club, 7.30pm, £10 (members £8)

Tatsmiths. Gypsy folk fusion. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 28

Alistair Anderson. Traditional Northumbrian

folk. Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8

Jacquemo. Ska funk pop. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

MON 30

Quentin Collins + the Terry Seabrook Trio.

Jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

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What’s on

sun 1

Film. Corpse Bride (PG). Animated feature

by Tim Burton. Victor is whisked away

to the underworld and wed to a mysterious

Corpse Bride, while his real bride waits

bereft in the land of the living. Fancy-dress

screening with a chance to win a prize. All

Saints, 3pm, £5-£6.50. filmatallsaints.com

Sat 7

Bonfire

Night. Family

night out with

1960s theme.

Fireworks,

bonfire, BBQ,

Harveys Bar,

raffle and more. Iford & Kingston School,

doors 5pm, quiet fireworks 6pm, bonfire

lighting 6.30pm, main show 7pm, £3-£8,

family tickets available. Tickets from school

office and Juggs pub.

Sat 14

Christmas Grotto. Chance to visit Santa in

his grotto, take a gift home and have tea with

him. Wyevale Garden Centre. Tickets, dates

and prices at wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

Sun 15

Film. Minions (U).

Animated comedy

spin-off from

Despicable Me

in which minions

set out to find a

despicable master

to follow. Minions

Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlett

Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside

her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to

take over the world. All Saints, 2.30pm, £5-

£6.50. filmatallsaints.com

Sat 21

Sussex Santa Experience. Cheer Santa on

as he makes his grand entrance and then

meet him and his elves in the Winter Wonderland.

Spring Barn Farm, 10am, early arrival

recommended. Tickets, dates and prices

at springbarnfarm.com

Sat 28

Winter Fair. Storytelling, crafts, games and

winter warmers. Lewes New School, 12-4pm.

lewesnewschool.co.uk

Sun 8

Comedy Magic Show. SESKA - The

Magic Beard. Energetic and fun-packed

family show. With sword swallowing,

strange appearances and disappearances.

Make a bogey cake and saw a mum in

half. Nominated for best family show at

Brighton Fringe. All Saints, 4pm, £5.

cakecrasher.com

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Wed 11, Lewes New School

Fri 13 & Sat 14, St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne

Fri 20, Mayfield School, Mayfield

Sat 21, Michael Hall Steiner Waldorf

School, Forest Row

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Wed 25, Barcombe School (reception)

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interview êêêê

Danger Mouse

He’s back…

Ben Ward – head writer on the new Danger

Mouse series answers questions from Japhy

Shephard (12) and Alexander Holford (13) of

Talbot Terrace, Lewes.

Did you watch Danger Mouse back when you

were a kid? Yes. It’s why I was so keen to do

it, and also why I was so nervous. It was such a

great series, I think we were all a bit worried that

people wouldn’t like what we did with it. Luckily,

the response has been amazingly positive.

Back in the old series Penfold had catchphrases

like “oh crumbs”; does he have a

new catchphrase? Penfold still says “Crumbs”

as well as “Carrots!” and “Crikey!” Some things

never change.

What is your favourite moment in the first

series? There are a few but I always enjoy Colonel

K not knowing who Penfold is. Penfold: “if

you fire Danger Mouse I will resign!” Colonel

K: “That’s a shame, where do you work?” Penfold:

“Um… here?” That always makes me smile.

Who is your favourite character and why?

There’s a villain called the Snowman, played by

Richard Ayoade, who is very funny. He thinks

he’s a big scary villain, but whenever he causes

trouble someone just turns the heating on and

he melts.

How old were you when Danger Mouse

came out? I think I was 12. It’s one of the big

shows of my childhood. I’d love to re-invent

Rentaghost and Potty Time too. Look them up.

They were great.

Tell us about the new baddies? There are so

many. I think we have at least 30 and I love them

all. Look out especially for Miranda Richardson

as the Queen of Weevils and John Oliver

as Crumhorn. And I love Isambard Kingkong

Brunel. He’s a time travelling gentlechimp who

pretends he’s taller by wearing a very tall hat.

Also the World Wide Spider, who is played by…

Ben Ward. It’s one of a few parts I got to play in

the show.

Will custard take over London? It hasn’t yet,

but who knows. London does get taken over by

garbage at one point.

Does the new theme tune sound like the

old one? I’ve been told it’s a lot faster and I’ve

been told it’s a lot slower. I’ve been told it’s a lot

rockier and a lot softer. So I guess yes, it must be

pretty much the same as the old one.

CBBC is launching a new game, do you like

it? I do, I was lucky enough to help out while

they were making it.

Is there going to be any love interest? There

is a bit of a spark when Danger Mouse is working

with Jeopardy Mouse, his US counterpart,

but it’s very early days. They are constantly arguing,

but often that can mean people like each

other deep down. It can also mean they don’t.

Only time and 52 episodes will tell.

Photo by Piers Allardyce. © FremantleMedia

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under 16

êêêê

Hugs from Hoodies

Priory School - Acts of Kindness Weekend

Friday 20th November is Takeover Day - a day where

organisations all across the country invite children

and young people to ‘takeover’, ie be involved in

decision making and have a say in matters that affect

them. Wisely, the student leaders at Priory School

are using the opportunity to spread a message of

community spirit and mutual support. Look out

for Priory students who’ll be out and about in their

communities over the weekend sharing the school’s

values and offering random acts of kindness. Their

mission is to encourage us all to be more thoughtful

and supportive to each other and hope that recipients

will be inspired to pay it forward. That seems like an

idea worth sharing.


With its excellent and imaginative

approach, the Steiner Waldorf

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But just how does it feel to be a child

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Saturday 21st November 2015 - 08:15

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Thursday 28th January - 08:30

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under 16

êêêê

matotu

Machines are taking over the Universe, and if you have a

7-11-year-old child, they can help save it. MATOTU, an

interactive trading card game/cartoon strip/computer game

like no other before it, is the brainchild of Lewes-based illustrator

Malcolm Trollope-Davis, and he has spent the last 15

years developing it. We were given a run-down of the game in

his Star Brewery base, and it’s amazing that such a small team

(he’s been joined by a gaming expert and a business guru) has

produced a concept – including a patented finger-swapping

mechanism, and computerised strips on each card – that looks

more complex and engaging than anything the multi-million

big boys (think Disney, think Mind Candy) have produced. It’s

being soft-launched this autumn, with a number of Lewes kids

involved, so expect to see some MATOTU action in a playground

near you soon. More on this phenomenon in a future

issue. Cards available at Si’s Sounds and Mary’s.

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under 16

êêêê

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This photo was taken by

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shoes on now: The Llama Park

My toddler wasn’t sure if llamas actually existed, like unicorns, or

gnomes. Thus on Sunday we set out to prove to him that far from

being apocryphal, these animals, with their short stumpy bodies

and long necks, are just as real as the pigs and cows with which he is

more familiar.

Lying half an hour outside Lewes on the A22, the Llama Park

consists of 33 acres of rolling countryside. And despite its name,

the park is home not just to llamas but to several other animals as

well, including alpacas, pigs, goats, donkeys, hens and even some

peacocks. We were surprised at how sociable all of the animals seemed to be. The llamas in particular

seemed eager to interact with us, following the children around and even graciously allowing their

necks to be stroked and their heads to be patted. If you book in advance you can even take a llama for a

walk, which surely has to be up there on the National Trust’s ‘things to do before you are 11¾’ list.

Ambling further around the park we were able to get very close to the goats and even the donkeys,

notorious for a rather unyielding temperament, consented to a brief pat and a photo or two.

The park also contains an outdoor play area - including a bouncy castle - where parents can sit at conveniently

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food

Zereshk Polo

ba Morgh

Persian food to your own table

A busy pre-deadline Friday lunchtime isn’t the

most conventional time to have a Persian feast, but

I’ve promised four hungry Viva mouths that they

can participate in this review, so I wander up to St

Peter’s Place, and am greeted at the door by Azar,

the chef in the mother-daughter partnership that

runs The Persian Food Company.

She’s been making some chicken and saffron

stew, and some barberry rice, which she delicately

transfers into different-sized Tupperware dishes

for me to carry back down the hill. The chicken

looks great, but it’s the rice that’s the most visually

arresting: she’s soaked a little bowlful in the saffron

stew, and laid it in a yellow stripe over the rest, then

sprinkled this colourful pile with barberries, which

look like mini blueberries. A third dish is filled with

‘borani’, a yoghurt and spinach combination.

This is a just-for-us version of the PFC’s new

catering service in which they bring ‘feasts’ to your

house, served in beautiful Persian dishes, which

they collect again the next day. They also on occasion

magic up pop-up restaurant nights in their

family house.

Persian food is known for its subtle, mild, delicately

balanced flavours, and the combination we try

today is a fine example of this. If you’re expecting

big-hitting piquancy, think again: the chicken is as

delicate as it’s tender: the rice is perfectly cooked so

each grain falls away easily from its mates, and the

faint taste of saffron is interestingly complemented

by the acidic tang of the berries, which lingers on

the palate. Alex Leith

thepersianfoodcompany.com/01273 479987

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food

Pelham Arms

Steak burger... and a brandy chaser

Photo by Alex Leith

The last time I ate at the Pelham Arms, one

midweek lunchtime about eighteen months ago,

I was surprised to see that they had bouillabaisse

on the menu, and I mused as I was eating

a well-prepared bowl of that wonderful dish how

this reflected the changing face of the town.

Five years before, in exactly the same spot, I

would have been sinking pool balls rather than

supping French soup. The Pelham Arms was

never really a rough pub, but it did have a kind

of rough-around-the-edginess. That’s all in the

past now.

This time I visit at 7.30 on a Sunday evening,

having worked all afternoon on the magazine

with sub-editor David Jarman. David does an

awful lot for this publication for very little in

return, and so it seemed appropriate for him

to be my guest. That and the fact that I knew

that a couple of hours in his company would

provide me with a steady stream of drily amusing

anecdote and gossip. We sit at the big table

overlooking the garden/car park.

David is a great lover of fine wine, so it seemed

sensible to let him choose what we’re drinking,

which he does before looking at the food

menu. “What would you say to the Argentinian

Malbec?” he muses, and I concur, glad that he

hasn’t done that thing of choosing the second

cheapest red on offer, in this case an American

Merlot. I haven’t drunk American Merlot since

watching Sideways.

It’s Sunday, so the menu is limited to roasty

style things, which is a pity because I don’t

really fancy a roast. Then I spot ‘Steak burger

7oz, ground in-house, Tremains Organic Sussex

cheddar, baconnaise, Flint Owl bun, house

chips & slaw £12’ and become a happy man.

David goes for the roast beef.

The burger comes on a platter, held together

with a pointy skewer; the chips and slaw each

have their own ceramic container. I can tell

from the look of the thing it’s going to be one

tasty burger, and I’m right. The meat, it’s written

on the menu, is from Holmansbridge Farm

– their policy is to buy local whenever possible

– and it has a really beefy flavour, which you

can’t say of most burger beef. Every bite is given

extra tang by the ‘baconnaise’, a sauce I assume

to be made by putting bacon and mayonnaise

together in a blender. Yum.

My only problem with my choice is trying to

make it last, as it takes a good deal longer to get

through a roast meal than it does to polish off

a burger and chips, even if it does come with a

ramekin of slaw. David tells me that the beef is

every bit as good as he expected, which I take to

be a compliment, trying to contain a brief attack

of Yorkshire pudding envy. Afterwards, we both

decline the offer of dessert, and opt instead for a

glass of Remy Martin, which seems a sophisticated

enough way of finishing off a thoroughly

pleasant evening. Alex Leith

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Photo by Lizzie Lower


food

Brighton Blue cheesy mash

and Falmer sausages

Top spud tips from Park Farm Shop’s Pete Lenihan, and his son Mat

Pete Lenihan knows his spuds. He’s been growing

them all his life. As has his son Mat, who’s recently

taken over running the family business, Park Farm

Shop in Falmer. They sell several varieties, by the

single spud, or in up-to-25-kilo sacks, and can talk

you through the relative merits of each. So, as the

season of baked potatoes and comfort food is upon

us, I’ve come to talk tatties with Pete and to try one

of Mat’s favourite recipes.

Pete tells me; “Everybody should try two or three

different varieties a year as they’ll cook differently

across the growing season. Having said that, there

are new ones that are good for everything. Like the

Picasso, a pure white flesh potato, nicely shaped

with a red eye like a King Edwards. They bake

brilliantly and roast well too… but nothing beats a

Maris Piper for roasting. They go lovely and floury

white on the inside whilst crisping up nicely on the

skin. That makes them great for frying too and a

favourite with the chippies. They easily fall apart

when you boil them though so, if you look away for

a minute, you can end up with a pan of potato soup.

Agria are a newer variety, a waxier white potato with

yellow flesh, that holds together when boiled and

makes for great chips and mash.

We also stock some older varieties as customers still

ask for them. Like Wilja, a mosaic-skinned white

potato and red-skinned Desiree, when we can get

them. Both are great for dauphinoise. My favourite

is still Maris Bard as I’ve always looked forward to

the first British new potatoes of the season. They

appear around June, or May if you’re lucky. I also

appreciate when a chip’s done well, but god knows

what the secret is. Ask a chippy. I grow the bloody

things and you can’t have everything but I do know

that South Street Fish Bar in Lewes and Osborne’s

in Seaford know how to do a good one.”

Mat Lenihan’s Brighton Blue cheesy mash and

Falmer sausages with onion gravy.

For 4 people:

2 large Agria potatoes

1 sweet potato

120 grams of High Weald Brighton Blue cheese -

rind removed

12 Falmer sausages - made with thyme and honey

especially for Park Farm by Pete ‘the meat’ Richards

of Lewes

Onion

Gravy granules

Salt & pepper

Peel and chop the Agria and sweet potatoes and

bring to the boil together in the same pan. Meanwhile,

prick and oven-roast the sausages until

golden brown. For the onion gravy, chop and

gently fry one large onion and, when soft, add a

little water and allow to stew whilst the potatoes

cook. Drain the potatoes when they fall apart when

poked with a knife, then crumble in the Brighton

Blue. Mash until smooth, adding butter and milk if

necessary but the cheese is so creamy you don’t really

need to. Add gravy granules to the stewed onion

and stir well. Season with some freshly ground

black pepper and pile it all on a plate. It’s so good

I can eat it three times a week, although sometimes

I’ll vary the sausages. Maybe I’ll have Lewes Castle,

flavoured with Harveys Castle Brown Ale, or

spicy lamb-and-pork Merguez, but always made

by Richards.

As told to Lizzie Lower

Park Farm Shop, Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm,

Sunday 9am - 12.30pm. Park St, Falmer, BN1 9PG

01273 671002

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drink

Ground

Viva la revolucion

Photo by William Leith

The first thing

I notice about

Ground, the

new café on

Lansdown Place

I visit one rainy

Wednesday

morning in

October, is the

smell. Or maybe

‘aroma’ would

be a better word.

It’s a tiny place

where they

freshly grind their freshly roasted coffee beans, and

it’s a pleasure just going through the door.

Ground have played a part in the coffee revolution

that’s hit Brighton in recent years, having opened a

café in Kemptown in 2009, a place where you can be

sure of getting ethically sourced coffee, and a full

explanation of where it’s from, how it’s processed,

and how to describe the taste (a difficult art; I’ve yet

to learn the vocabulary to be able to do this myself).

On hand to explain all is John, who works there

four days a week, moonlighting on the other three

as a trumpeter in the ska/hip-hop band King Porter

Stomp. First he serves me a Costa Rican, naturally

processed (ie roasted with pulp on) filter coffee

which I drink milk-less and black. I venture that it’s

‘pleasantly acidic’: he points out that I’m referring

to the ‘funky, boozy, tropical fruit flavours’.

Next up I try a Brazilian/Columbian fully washed

(ie no pulp) flat white, prepared in an espresso

machine, a fuller bodied number that would have

suited me just right earlier in the morning. He talks

about its ‘well-rounded’ nature, and the stronger

‘mouth feel’.

You live and learn: the best news is that the smallbatch

(note lower case) locally-roast coffee scene

now has an outlet in the county town. Smitten at

first sniff, I’ll be a regular customer.

Alex Leith

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food

Edible Updates

Coming to a table near you soon

As the air turns colder and the leaves turn from green

to gold, our cottage industrialists are gearing up for

the seasonal rush. Pleasant Stores have extended

their opening hours to Thursday and Friday evenings

from 6.30 to 10.30pm. Owner Sara Grisewood has

put together a tidy list of natural organic wines,

gluten-free beers, and a light menu featuring ‘Lewesian

membrillo’ served with High Weald Dairy

Sister Sarah, and other lusciousness.

At the Friday Food Market you’ll find handmade

cheese from Plumpton College, and forager Jane

Fairman selling her “spicy, smoky, hot and fruity”

Bonfire Sauce. Flavoured with plums, wild berries,

wild garlic, smoked paprika, chilli, seaweed and nettles:

the perfect accompaniment to a Harveys banger.

Chloe Edwards of Seven Sisters Spices is teaming

up with VRAC and the creators of Lewes Map to

offer a seasonal hamper, and will also be teaching

Christmas Baking classes at Lewes Community

Kitchen on 16th

and 22nd Nov,

see sevensistersspices.com.

Also at Lewes

Community

Kitchen, on 12th Dec, Petra Lovelock will share

some Scandi-inspired skills at her Make & Bake

Christmas workshop, see nordickitchen.me.uk.

Anyone experiencing a coffee-scented void left

by the transformation of Bar & Coffeehouse into

Fisher St Studios, or Baltica’s decision to focus on

their sought-after pottery, may need to discover

Ground. The award-winning Kemptown coffee

merchants opened a pop-up on Lansdown Place in

Sept, and Rick and Tash say they are also planning

a retail micro-roastery, for customers to sit and

drink “whilst watching the beans turning from

green to gold.” Chloë King

Illustration by Chloë King

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cheese

Lancashire Bomb

Explosive afters

I’ve been cooked dinner and asked to bring dessert,

and all through the duck in cranberry sauce

with spinach purée and fried potatoes, which is

really delicious, I’ve been looking forward to the

big reveal.

“Ta-da!” I exclaim, pulling a Lancashire Bomb,

bought a few days before from Cheese Please and

since hidden in my fridge, out of my rucksack.

My host makes the appropriate response. The

Lancashire Bomb looks like an old-style grenade

– one of the ones that you light the fuse of – and

when you bring it out, the wow factor is high.

I’ve also brought some Cheese Please Peter’s

Yard Swedish knäckebröd (crispbread) discs; said

host provides chutney and fruit, and a pot of the

cranberry sauce, and we dig in – kind of literally.

The MO with an LB is to cut off the top of the

wax casing, and attack the cheese inside – not

a soft cheese, but easily scoopable - with a teaspoon.

It’s creamy and mature and eaten straight

from the spoon it’s a little rich, but when added

with the extras it’s sensational.

Shorrocks have been making this type of cheese

since 1923, but it wasn’t until 25 years ago that

Andrew Shorrock devised its casing for a friend

who was emigrating to America. It’s a brilliant

invention, and makes for a fine Christmas present,

or Bonfire feast offering, too. The beauty is,

when you’ve had your fill (and there’s plenty left,

seeing as each bomb weighs 500g) you can simply

put the lid back on, and put it back in the fridge:

it keeps for up to a month. AL

KITCHEN.ROOMS.BAR.EVENTS

- Hot chocolate by the fire in our Kitchen

- Family style Sunday roasts in our Friston Room

- Supper Club dinners in our Garden Room

013 2 3 8 7 0 218 www.saltmarshfarmhouse.co.uk

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the way we burn

The photographer JJ Waller is most famous for his pictures of people. JJ used to be a

street performer, and later in life found those thinking-on-his-feet skills he’d learnt were

applicable to a new career as a street photographer. He grew adept at capturing people

at Cartier-Bresson’s ‘decisive moment’ in and around Brighton and other UK coastal

cities. This project, however, is completely different from his normal MO: last year

he travelled round Sussex during Bonfire season, photographing bonfires before they

were ignited, in the daytime. There’s a quiet beauty to the series, and a strange sense of

poignancy, too, as we know the fate of these elegant piles. We have deliberately left the

bonfires ‘anonymous’: do you recognise yours?

jjwaller.com


the way we burn


the way we burn


the way we burn


the way we burn


the way we burn


All part of Riverside’s rich

Is there a better view from your

table than upstairs at the

Riverside Brasserie?

Or better farm produce than

the home-reared meat at

Mays Farm Cart?

Or a better selection

of sewing materials and

haberdashery than at

The-Stitchery?

We don’t

think so.

tapestry!

By Cliffe Bridge, Lewes

www.riverside-lewes.co.uk

RIVERSIDE


shopping

Bonfire

Essential accoutrements for the Fifth

Whether you’re celebrating at home or

out in the town on the Fifth (or thereabouts),

it’s going to be chilly. Keep warm

in these recycled cashmere wrist warmers

from Popsicle at the Needlemakers.

They’re made from the sleeves of an old

jumper, so every pair has a different colour

and design. £24

Matches are always useful, but extra-long

matches in a limited edition, hand-printed,

bonfire-themed matchbox are absolutely

essential. Pick up a box at the Tom

Paine Printing Press this November,

and be prepared. £5

Form your own First Pioneer group with

a custom-made medieval gown from

Dornbluth. All costumes are designed

and hand-made, to measure, in their

workshop, and are available in a huge

range of styles and colours. £155 (pictured),

dornbluth.co.uk

Put on your own miniature display in the

living room, with a box of Indoor Fireworks

from Mary’s at the Needlemakers.

Each box contains a selection of tabletopsized

explosives, as well as bonfire party

favourites, sparklers! £10, maryfellows.

co.uk

If you’re holding your own outdoor party

this year, these Kadai Fire Bowls are the

perfect way to create the warmth and

crackling cosiness of bonfire, even in a

smaller garden. Originally used over an

open fire to cook food at ceremonies,

each one is unique and hand-crafted in

India. From £164, kadai.co.uk

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Lewes Mobile Communications

Wishing all of our

customers a fantastic

Bonfire Night!

2015

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01273 473400


PET CARE ROUND-UP

Animal magic

Let your pets enjoy Bonfire, too

Photos from Coastway Vets

Cliffe Veterinary Group has been a part of the

Lewes community for over 150 years, with a practice

based in the centre of town and branch surgeries

in Woodingdean and Ringmer. Practice Manager

Karen Walker advises dog owners preparing

for the fireworks season to “talk to your vet about

pheromone diffusers, which disperse calming chemicals

into the room. In some cases your vet may even

prescribe medication.” 21 Cliffe High St, BN7 2AH.

cliffevets.co.uk, 01273 473 232

Coastway Vets have 41 years of veterinary knowledge

and offer free puppy checks and Weight

Watchers sessions for overweight pets. Their outof-hours

24/7 emergency surgery is located 15 minutes’

drive away in Brighton. They recommend using

desensitising CDs like Sounds Scary – which play

firework noises – during the weeks before fireworks

season. Play them quietly at first, then increasingly

loudly. 137-139 Malling Street, BN7 2RB. coastwayvets.co.uk,

01273 478 100

Sara Miller at Mount Pleasant Pet Services provides

pet care and boarding across Lewes, Saltdean,

Ringmer and everywhere in between. Their Doggy

Day Care service from 8am to 6pm includes two

walks and Sara says she has found some beautiful

new routes across the South Downs. She suggests

playing with pets during the fireworks so they don’t

try to hide, and rewarding them for being calm. 4

Howey Close, Mount Pleasant, Newhaven, BN9 0NX.

mountpleasantpetservices.com, 07908 238 480

The Pet Store in Ringmer is offering 10% off all

preventative anxiety treatments such as Adaptil,

and Thundershirts, for pets who struggle with the

stress of Bonfire Night and the ongoing fireworks

displays. “It’s important to start using these products

long before dark and ideally days in advance

of Bonfire Night,” explains co-owner Gregg Leon,

“as it’s much easier to keep your pet from becoming

stressed than it is to calm them down.” 86 Springett

Avenue, Ringmer, BN8 5QX. thepetstore-ringmer.

co.uk, 01273 812 732

Fifty Sheep specialise in high quality pet foods,

sourcing natural and nutritional alternatives to the

mainstream brands. Owner Kerrie Elliott explains,

“It’s quite surprising the amount of salt and sugar

that you find in pet foods, and in the long term these

things can be detrimental to the animal’s health.”

They stock a range of natural stress-relieving products

including Pet Remedy, which comes in a spray

or a plug-in diffuser. “It works on all animals and

birds, and even humans too!” 41 Cliffe High Street,

BN7 2AN. 50sheep.co.uk, 01273 473 283

Isabel Warren at Barker and Yapp provides an alternative

grooming service for dogs. Isabel trained

at Sussex Canine Centre and specialises in working

with nervous dogs – for especially anxious or elderly

pets she also does home visits. “Bonfire season

is difficult; the best thing you can do is to be

calm yourself. If you’re stressed because they’re getting

stressed then they’ll get more stressed because

you’re stressed!” 2 St Swithun’s Terrace, BN7 1UJ.

07967 244282 or 01273 480324

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Russell Gates

Instructor of Animal Care at Plumpton

I always wanted to work with animals, so I love

working here. I teach all aspects of looking after

them. From correct handling of different species,

to diet, hygiene and anatomy. We also teach the

practicalities of keeping animals – their housing and

necessary equipment as well as health and safety and

legislation covering the keeping of them, too.

We run all sorts of Animal Care courses here,

from day release for schools, right up to Foundation

Degrees in Animal Science. Most jobs involving animal

care will expect applicants to have some qualification

and experience and our courses offer both

the technical knowledge and the practical handling.

Many of our students go on to work in veterinary

nursing, animal shelters and sanctuaries, zoos and

pet shops. I was a student here myself seven or eight

years ago. Then I became a technician, worked for

a while on a farm and then came back as an

instructor. The college has grown hugely in

popularity since I was a student. Now we have

around 600 students on animal care courses.

We have so many individual animals here;

there are too many to count. The variety of

species is amazing and makes it a real pleasure to

come to work. From rabbits and guinea pigs to

tortoises, corn snakes, degus, sugar gliders, uromastyx,

wallabies, owls, puffer fish, poison-dart

frogs and birds like the white-cheeked turacos;

they all have their own personalities. Every room

you go into you can interact with another animal

and many of them are incredibly sociable. The

rarest animal we’ve got at the moment is probably

Hugo the skunk. A few years ago it looked

like there was going to be a craze for keeping

skunks as pets but luckily it didn’t take off.

My favourite is probably Reggae. He’s a

green-cheeked Amazon parrot. When I was a

technician, I had a great relationship with him as

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my space

Photos by Lizzie Lower

they really like to bond with one person. Now I’m

an instructor, I have less time to hang out with him

but he still likes to chat.

I’m not sure exactly what our food bill is but

I know it’s huge. Common pets are easy to buy

for but we often have to make up the diet for the

more specialist animals, including all the necessary

supplements. We also buy in live food every couple

of weeks in the form of insects like crickets and

it’s important that they have a happy, healthy life

whilst they’re with us too. It’s one of the things the

students find hardest – handling live food.

I’d like to be the next David Attenborough. To

be a naturalist, travelling the world, seeing all the

different species whilst educating people at the

same time. How fantastic would that be? LL

If you’d like to find out more about animal care

and other courses at Plumpton College, their

next open information morning is on Saturday

7 November, from 9am to 12.30pm. 01273

890454 plumpton.ac.uk

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shepherding

Alex Callf stands with his back to me, making a series

of undecipherable, half-human exclamations.

Suddenly the far edge of the field we’re in is fringed

with fast-moving sheep. They turn, as one, and

start thundering down the hill towards me, and I

spot two dancing dogs, directing the flock towards

us. The sheep charge, as one, into a pen, made of

portable steel units, and abruptly stop, as they have

nowhere else to go. It seems to have been a flawless,

beautiful manoeuvre, but as Alex turns round

towards me, his face shows a hint of dissatisfaction.

“We’ve missed a couple,” he says, and sends the

dogs back up the hill.

Half an hour before, Alex has picked me up in his

4x4 truck in Lewes, and driven me to this field in

Vixen Grove Farm, in Chailey, talking sheep. He’s a

laid-back guy, with a ready smile, and, he says, he’s

not really wanted to do anything else but look after

sheep since he was 12, when he got his first experience

of helping a farmer out. The guy took him on

as an apprentice, of sorts, and he worked there in

his spare time, for several years, until he went to

study agriculture in Somerset, then Plumpton Agricultural

College.

Alex is now a contract shepherd, working for several

different farmers in East Sussex, aided by his

partner Taz. At peak times in the year, like when

it’s time for lambing and shearing, he hires other

A Sussex shepherd

‘To work with sheep, you have to think like a sheep’

sheep-hands to help. He’s currently tending around

3,000 head, for several different farmers. “I dream

of owning my own flock of 2,000, one day,” he says.

I learn a lot about sheep over the next two hours,

as Alex and today’s colleague Tommy ‘enzovax’ the

sheep to guard against miscarriage, inject them with

small doses of foot-rot bacteria, so they can build

resistance against it, and drive them through a formaldehyde

foot bath. For example: this year Alex

has lost nine sheep after they’ve been attacked by

dogs, some through stress; indeed the biggest killer

of sheep is stress; all these sheep will eventually

be culled, and turned into mutton, when they’ve

grown too long in the tooth; the ewes, primarily

reared for breeding, are multipurpose animals - as

well as ending up on our plates, they produce wool

(just a sideline) and act as ‘glorified lawnmowers’,

preventing grass from going to seed and losing its

nutritional value.

My favourite bit is trying to get the sheep through

the foot bath. “They don’t like going through water,”

says Alex, and shows me how lifting the tail up

acts as a ‘go pedal’, then, best of all, how walking

in the opposite direction to them creates an optical

illusion, and makes them move faster. This leads to

Alex’s best quote of the day: “to work with sheep,

you have to learn to think like a sheep.”

Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith

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Day in the life...

Val Suleski

Kennels Manager at Raystede

My working day starts at 8.30am but I normally

get in about 7.30am - I can’t keep away!

That’s my favourite part of the day, first thing in

the morning when the dogs are all cosy in their

beds and they do that wake up stretch and wag

their tails. That’s the moment when you hope that

today is going to be their lucky day.

The first job is giving them each a quick ‘hello’

and checking that they haven’t been poorly

during the night. After that it’s time for cleaning

out. Each dog goes out into the play run so they

can stretch their legs and go to the toilet while we

clean out their kennel. Then they can have their

breakfast. There’s a mixture of dry food and meat;

all of our food is donated so they can have what

they like. Scrambled eggs and sausages left over

from the café are a favourite.

Then the day is divided up: staff take it in turns

dealing with rehoming enquiries, face-to-face or

over the phone, and following up with new owners

who have adopted animals from here. When we’re

not doing that, we’re spending quality time with

the dogs, giving them the training they need,

grooming them and playing with them.

We can have anything up to ten new

dogs a week arriving at the centre and

each one needs to have a full behavioural

assessment. We need to assess their

character and personality, what requirements they

have training-wise and what they need from us to

make them happy. We put all of this together for

prospective owners so they can choose a suitable

canine companion.

We’ve been described as a ‘dating service for

dogs’. We can see by the body language and the

way people interact with the dogs whether it’s

going to be a match. Each dog is individual. I’ve

worked with so many dogs over so many years and

there’s something loveable about each and every

one of them, they’ve all got a little quirk.

They have their dinner at about 4.30pm, and

we check they’ve got fresh water and bedding.

Every night we give each of them a bedtime biscuit

and a ‘night-night’ and tell them that they’re

loved. It’s important to let them know it’s the end

of the day and their activities are finished.

We normally leave at about 5 o’clock, unless

there’s a reason for someone to stay, like an animal

needing medication or if one of the dogs is having

puppies – I’ve stayed here all night before. The

dogs have had a busy day and plenty of exercise so

are ready for bed! As told to Rebecca Cunningham

Would you like to try being an animal carer for a

day? Young people aged 13-17

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dependent on voluntary

donations, find out how you

can help at raystede.org

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trade secrets

Mark Kenward

Head Keeper, Drusillas

Photo by Emma Chaplin

How long have you been a zoo keeper? Twentythree

years, since I was 15. I knew I was born to do

this. I wasn’t great at school. I’d bunk off and go

bird watching.

Are you from an animal-loving family? My sister

is a veterinary nurse, my dad was a police dog

handler. My wife and I met here. My mum works at

Drusillas, so does my son. I was hand-rearing a black

and white ruffed lemur at home when he was born.

He’s grown up with animals.

Do you know many other zoo keepers? Oh yes.

All my friends are keepers. The guy who was my

Best Man is curator of Cotswold Zoo. We’re all on

the phone to each other all the time, talking about

any problems that come up, supporting each other.

We’re a bit competitive too.

Talk us through your day. I get here about 7.30am

and my first job is a head count of the animals,

checking for any births or if any have been taken

poorly. There are ten keepers on duty every day

who call me if they have any concerns. I also manage

the nutrition of all the animals in the park.

What qualities do you need to do your job? Excellent

observation skills, a caring nature and lots of

patience. It’s a hard job emotionally and physically

and you must be prepared to go out in all weathers.

What do you most enjoy? Being with the animals

and taking the best possible care of them – it’s the

reason any of us get into this kind of work.

Anything you’re less keen on? The admin, and

there is a lot of that with a zoo. Lab reports, veterinary

involvement. Every animal is microchipped

and has a record that stays with them throughout

their life.

What are the fruit bats like to work with? Amazing.

They’re really intelligent, fluffy flying mammals.

They have a hierarchy.

What are you proudest of? Pandas are very secretive,

especially with their babies, but after our red

panda gave birth to twins, she brought them out for

me to see.

What’s the most popular animal? Meerkats and

penguins, but we try to educate people about lesserknown

creatures as well, such as our binturong (a

‘bear-cat’), which smells of popcorn.

Do fireworks cause distress? No, we don’t get

many around here. All the animals have indoor accommodation

and are with companions.

What’s your favourite time of year at the park?

The spring, with so much new growth horticulturally

and new life with the animals, as we get ready

for a busy summer.

Is there anything you always get asked? Can we

touch the animals? Can we feed the animals? (No!)

What’s your favourite animal? That’s like asking

‘who is your favourite child?’ I have a soft spot for

primates because I’ve worked so much with them.

And two-toed sloths. Emma Chaplin drusillas.co.uk

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column

Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

In my new approach

to this page, the

editor will no doubt

be pleased to learn

that I do not intend

to introduce politics

into the mix – even

though my portrait

by Leslie Norah Hills

has recently been

spotted alongside

Boris Johnson in the

Cancer Research

shop window.

It’s tempting, though,

especially when I read

in the Daily Telegraph this description by sketch

writer, Michael Deacon, of the new Labour

Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn: ‘His trousers

were a different shade than his jacket. The top

button of his shirt was undone. From his pocket

poked the lid of a pen. He looked like a lecturer

who’d woken late, got dressed in the dark, then

loosened his collar to recover from the mad,

panting dash to the bus stop.’

‘How cruel’, I thought to myself, and anyway,

surely Jeremy cycles everywhere, doesn’t he?

Even more reason to suggest that he’d make a

very typical resident of this tweedy town. Men

with beards, glasses and no fashion sense are

not only tolerated in Lewes, they are positively

encouraged… and I should know!

Former MP Norman Baker was hardly a dedicated

follower of fashion, as he walked through

the High Street, but we forgave him. Not least

because he was actually seen walking in the

town he represented for 18 years. Congratulations

on the book, Norman.

My promise last month to share more than

a polite ‘Good Morning’ with people in the

High Street got off

to a rather wobbly

start. Walking down

School Hill, I spotted

a couple on the other

side of the road who I

thought I recognised.

We waved at each

other. I crossed over,

explained that my

wife was at home, to

which a bemused,

but smiling, Philip

responded “I don’t

think we actually

know each other!”

Well, we do now! Karen and Philip told me

that they live on a hill overlooking the town,

and meeting people in this casual way is one of

the pleasures of their life in Lewes today.

One of mine, of course, is supporting, when I

can, Lewes FC, and as a badge-wearing owner,

I was delighted to obtain a couple of tickets for

the Squeeze gig at the town hall recently. The

club is great when it comes to posters, publicity,

pints and pies but not so hot on the presentation

front. We all know who the Squeeze are

but I do think someone should have given a

decent build-up to the talented Lola Britten-

Hepper who represented the Starfish Youth

Music Project. Lola is 12 and had to introduce

her excellent three-song set herself. A pity.

Inevitably, Squeeze ended their powerful participation

with Cool For Cats. which reminded

me of this month’s bonfire theme, and the need

to keep all animals securely inside on the night.

As you can see from my dramatic photograph,

our neighbourhood cat, De Niro, enjoys being

a creature of the night… but not on November

5th! John Henty

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football

Louis Erangey

Lewes FC’s teenage kit man

As anyone who’s seen Patrick Marber’s play about

non-league football will know, the kit man is a

pivotal member of the dressing room. Confidant,

organiser and, literally, the person who sweeps up

the mess left by others, the kit man is the unsung

hero of every club.

Normally he’s a wearied, fifty-something former

player who can’t stay away from the banter and the

reek of Deep Heat. At Lewes FC, however, the kit

man is Louis Erangey, who only just qualifies for

the term “man” at all at only 18 years of age, and

who is almost certainly the youngest kit man in

the entire Ryman Premier League.

Louis has only been kit man at the club since the

beginning of last season, yet has already worked

under three different managers. Each of them

have talked warmly of the unassuming, lofty

teenager, who quietly goes about his work and refuses

to divulge what goes on behind the battered

dressing room doors. “Everything I hear, nothing

leaves the changing room,” says Louis, who sits in

on team-talks, half-time rollickings and whatever

else transpires when 20 adrenaline-saturated men

are jammed in a space no bigger than a garage.

“There’s 100% confidentiality,” he confirms, rebuffing

our correspondent’s attempt to tease out a

little dressing room gossip. “I’ve had that with all

the managers I’ve worked with. They know they

can trust me.”

It’s not only the managers who know they can

place their faith in Erangey. Sometimes players

will drag him aside after games and seek his feedback

on their performance. “There’s a certain few

that do that,” said Erangey, once again refusing

to divulge names. “They want to discuss how the

game was and how did it look from the sidelines.

Some ask how I think they performed and I try to

be honest with them.”

Louis, who was recently promoted to Assistant

Operations Manager at the club, doesn’t only

look after the first team’s kit. He’s now responsible

for managing the kit for all six of the men’s

and women’s sides, as well as the club’s Academy.

A band of volunteers help with the unenviable task

of loading seven loads of sweat-soaked shirts into

the club’s washing machines, but it still requires

a feat of organisation to ensure that seven teams

have the correct colours, tape and bench gear for

up to a dozen games per week.

He now also bears responsibility for maintaining

the club’s new 3G training pitch and ensuring

everything is locked up at the Dripping Pan when

everyone’s finished for the night. Indeed, when

we spoke on a Sunday morning, he hadn’t left the

club until 10pm the night before, getting everything

ready for the Ladies match after getting

back from an away trip with the men. Unsung

hero? He fits the stereotype perfectly.

Interview and photo by Barry Collins

Forthcoming home fixtures. Sat 31st Oct 3pm:

Hampton, Wed 11th 7.45pm: Enfield, Sat 14th 3pm:

Leiston (or FA Trophy), Sat 21st 3pm: Kinstonian

Photo by Barry Collins

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TREKKING

TRAIL RUNNING

SKIING

CAMPING

SKIING

WALKING

HIKING


feature: wildlife

Death’s-head hawkmoth.

Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name.

In August I was sent a photo of a giant caterpillar

seen in an Iford garden. The colourful caterpillar;

garish yellow with flamboyant blue chevrons and

spots, was shuffling along on its stumpy legs like a

miniature conga-line in search of a party. The caterpillar

would have buried itself in some soft Sussex

soil and, within its cocoon, would have undertaken

an amazing transformation. Around November, a

completely different beast will be emerging from

the Iford earth and into the night skies; a moth.

But, with a 12cm wingspan and ornate patterned

wings, this is no ordinary moth. Its beauty should

be admired and respected if it wasn’t for one small

thing. Stamped on its thorax is the spectral image

of an eyeless human skull, an eerie façade that has

given it its name; the Death’s-head hawkmoth.

The moth’s baleful birthmark has, for centuries,

struck fear into the hearts of us superstitious

humans who have seen it as a messenger of the

Devil. And, just like the big man himself in The

Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil, this rare moth

seems to have put in regular appearances throughout

history. Even learned naturalists once claimed

that the moth was a “foretelling of war, pestilence,

hunger, and death to man and beast.”

Legend has it that the appearance of a number of

Death’s-head hawkmoths signalled the start of the

French Revolution in 1789. The moth appeared

in the bedchamber of King George III; a visitation

that allegedly tormented the crazed monarch

and sped him to his demise in 1820.

The Death’s-head’s notoriety has continued to

seep through the centuries in art and literature. It

appeared prophesying doom in Thomas Hardy’s

Return of the Native (1878) and was an instrument

of evil in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). In the

surrealist film Un Chien Andalou (1929) it gave life

to Salvador Dali’s nightmares. In 1968’s English

horror The Blood Beast Terror Peter Cushing was

on the trail of a monster that was half-woman

and half-hawkmoth. In 1991 the moth was seen

perching on the lips of Jodie Foster on posters

advertising The Silence of the Lambs. In the film its

cocoons were placed inside Buffalo Bill’s victims

as a grizzly calling card (the hawkmoths that

actually appeared in the movie were a different

species to the ones that appeared in the script;

only a minor point but it did ruin the movie for

me somewhat).

Like all moths the Death’s-head hawkmoth is

harmless. It is a largely African species which

some years undertakes an amazing migration

north, arriving on extremely rare occasions in

Sussex. Of course its links to death and destruction

are just superstitious claptrap. But with a

Death’s-head on the loose in Lewes this Autumn

I’d keep your windows closed, just in case.

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust

sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk

Illustration by Mark Greco

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icks and mortar

Shelling out

Ringmer’s renowned reptile

We’re taking a look around a celebrity home for

this month’s Bricks and Mortar feature. Now, who

would live in a place like this? It’s custom-made

for a single resident and was built by the original

occupant. Yet despite its bespoke nature, this isn’t

a luxury property. Instead, it’s a tiny, environmentally

sensitive place that’s constructed from natural

materials. What’s that, you’d like a clue? Okay,

our celebrity used to live in Ringmer. No, not former

Prime Minister James Callaghan. Not singer

Wendy James. It’s 18th century icon Timothy the

Tortoise.

Timothy’s early life is something of a mystery.

In fact, it was only after the tortoise’s death that

anyone realised ‘he’ was actually ‘she’. It’s thought

Timothy was a Greek spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo

graeca) bought from a sailor in Chichester in

1740 by Henry Snooke. Mr Snooke – “one of the

most rabid Tories in Sussex”, historian Jeffrey Scott

Chamberlain tells us – paid half a crown (12½p)

and took Timothy back to his home in Delves

House, next to the church in Ringmer. There he

quickly lost interest, with wife Rebecca caring for

the creature.

The life of this tortoise would have gone unreported

were it not for naturalist Gilbert White,

Rebecca’s nephew. He was fascinated by his aunt’s

pet and wrote reports about Timothy whenever he

visited, creating what’s probably the first natural

history study of a tortoise. Timothy feasted on kidney

beans and cucumbers, survived flood and frost,

and buried herself in the garden to hibernate each

winter. When Mrs Snooke died in 1780 (apparently

she’s interred below Ringmer’s parish church in the

same grave as her husband), Gilbert White became

Timothy’s new owner. He dug Timothy out of the

hollow she was hibernating in – ‘it resented the insult

by hissing’, he notes – and took her in a horsedrawn

carriage to his home in Selborne. There he

continued to observe Timothy, whose later years

are documented in detail as part of White’s renowned

book The Natural History and Antiquities of

Selborne. Indeed, Timothy is such a major character

that novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner later compiled

all the tortoise-related mentions and published

them in a short book entitled The Portrait of a

Tortoise. More recently, Verlyn Klinkenborg turned

these into a fictionalised tortoise-eye view that’s

published as Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile.

Gilbert White died in 1793. Timothy died a year

later in the spring of 1794; her age was probably

around 60, based on White’s notes. But this isn’t

the end of the story. Not only does Timothy live

on in print, her shell was presented to the Natural

History Museum by Gilbert White’s great-niece

in April 1853. Meanwhile, Timothy’s importance

is immortalised locally in Ringmer’s village sign

and also on the badge for the local primary school.

That’s an impressive legacy for a 12½p pet.

Mark Bridge

Photo by Mark Bridge

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usiness news

Celebrations this month for the Waitrose Lewes

store, who’ve been in town for ten years, and Avant

Garde, the Lewes High Street hairdressers who

are opening a new salon in Haywards Heath. The

Pine Chest, previously on Market Street (for 36

years!) and now in Ringmer, is having a clearance

sale of pine and oak furniture and much more

besides and Baltica at the top of town, are expanding

their distinctive Bolesławiec pottery showroom

(and closing down their café) . Also at the bottleneck,

Bears and Bygones has closed. After 40 years

of having a shop Sue is taking her business online

where she’ll still be ensuring old bears find safe

homes. It’s also farewell to Langfields hairdressers

who have closed their doors after 12 years in Cliffe.

The Chamber of Commerce are busy planning the

2015 late night shopping event. On 3rd December

the town centre will be closed to traffic from

6-8.30 pm and there’ll be entertainments up and

down the High Street raising funds for this year’s

nominated charity, The Bevern Trust. Of course,

you’re invited to take part too and if your business

would like to feature on the bauble trail, have your

own entertainments planned or would like to make

a donation to help meet the running costs, contact

Adam Bagnall on 07527 845235 or email ab@

harveys.org.uk asap.

We’ll be featuring a guide to festivities in next

month’s magazine and so the earlier you sign up,

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Normally we use this slot to show an old photograph of Lewes, but having been sent this wonderful

drawing, and November being November, we decided to make an exception this time. The picture was

sent by former Lewes resident Nick Eustance, with this note: ‘One November in the 1960s – I was about

11 at the time - I decided to draw the fireworks my parents had bought for our home display.’ A close

look at the picture shows that the fireworks were made by three different manufacturers, Brocks, Wessex

and Standard; and prices ranged from 2d (for example the Twinkler and the Silver Tree) to a whopping

6d (The Spaceship and the Polar Whirlwind).

‘We were living in Lewes for the latter part of last year,’ he continues, ‘and over Bonfire I was reminded

of this modest documentation, in biro and felt pen. As I am the sort of person who discards things only

under duress, I still have it - despite having moved to Australia in the meantime.’ The eagle-eyed among

you might notice that some amendments have been made to the details underneath the drawings, as

the young Nick was a stickler for keeping his records up to date: ‘It includes the prices (old money of

course) for each specimen, subsequently updated in a later year.’ All three firework brands are still going

strong fifty years later, as you would imagine, since the three companies have been competing for well

over a century, give or take the odd merger: Brocks was founded back in 1698, Pains (later Pains-Wessex)

started up in 1850, while Standard was established in 1891.

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