Viva Lewes Issue 117 June 2016





I was overtaken by a smug-looking guy in an open-topped sports car the other day. When he

got snagged in the traffic waiting for the lights at the prison, I overtook him back, negotiating

the space between his vehicle and the kerb, and slipping through as green turned amber. And

I thought: “mate… my bicycle is always open-topped.”

It’s easy to feel good about being a cyclist in the summer, when it’s a breeze to commute

between Brighton and Lewes over the South Downs Way. The truth is I never learnt to

drive, so I haven’t got much choice, when it comes to getting around, apart from using public

transport, or my trusty hybrid Marin, or sometimes (when Southern don’t impose their

irritating peak-hour bike ban) a combination of both.

This used to make me feel stupid, and it still does sometimes, because there are occasions

when it would be bloody useful to be able to drive, not just for my benefit, but for that of

others around me, too. But at least now I can claim that - hey - there’s a political element to

the huge gap in my skill set.

Without wanting to sound self-righteous, it’s pretty clear that it would be all-round beneficial

if people with cars drove less than they do, on average, now. This month’s issue is dedicated to

‘getting around’; if you want to get tips on how to most efficiently travel around this area in a

sustainable manner, check out the details on page 85. Enjoy the month…



EDITOR: Alex Leith

SUB-EDITOR: David Jarman

STAFF WRITERS: Rebecca Cunningham, Steve Ramsey

ART DIRECTOR: Katie Moorman

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CONTRIBUTORS: Jacky Adams, Michael Blencowe, Sarah Boughton, Mark Bridge, Emma Chaplin,

Moya Crockett, Mark Greco, Anita Hall, John Henty, Mat Homewood, Paul Austin Kelly,

Chloë King, Carlotta Luke, Marcus Taylor

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Bits and bobs.

8-25. This month’s cover artist, Jack

Davey, of Studio Bolt, this month’s

My Lewes Tony Parker, and the usual

suspects including a far-flung Spread

the Word, an Eastport Lane Ghost

Pub and the Lewes Living Wage




27-31. David Jarman is on theme

(for once), Chloë King is on a bookcooking

high, and Mark Bridge is on

the buses.

In Town this Month.

33. Jonathan Brown’s on-tour play A

Good Jew comes home.

35. The Pells Pool’s resident (longhand)

writer, Tanya Shadrick.

37-41. Classical music. Beatrice

Philips, founding director of the

Lewes Chamber Music Festival,

Glyndebourne singer Christopher

Purves (on A Cunning Little Vixen

and time away from home) and Paul

Austin Kelly’s round-up.

43-49. Art. Lucinka Soucek’s Passing

Trains, and what’s on in and around

town including Rachael Plummer,

Melanie Manchot, Willem Sandberg

and Prunella Clough.

51-57. Diary Dates. What’s what and

what’s on, including, June being June,

a whole lot of fêtes.

59-60. Gig guide. John Crampton’s

Lewes Railway Station p. 97 (photo courtesy of Edward Reeves)


back in town, as are the fabulous Meow


63-67. Free Time. Lewes life for the

U16s with teenage opera singer Louise

Moseley, loadsa listings and a fine photo

by Lulu Freeman.


69-75. An evening trip to the Sussex Ox,

some unconventional veggie recipes,

pizza from a van and other foodie news.

The Way we Work.

77-83. David Stacey snaps five

commuters and asks them what train

they’re catching and how they pass their

time en route.


85-97. Travel Man Chris Smith, an EU

debate between Conservative MP Maria

Caulfield and Green MEP Keith Taylor,

Bentley Motor Museum, John Henty’s

Lewes Out Loud, Michael Blencowe

on reed and sedge warblers, and Lewes

three attempts at getting its railway

station right.



99-101. Our directory spotlight is on

RDH Commercials.

Inside Left.

114. Emile Duval, an amazing

Frenchman in his flying machine who

went up-uppity-up... and then crashlanded

in Lewes.


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Viva Lewes magazine cannot be held responsible for any omissions,

errors or alterations. The views expressed by columnists do not

necessarily represent the view of Viva Lewes.

Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King


“This one was my favourite,” says Jack Davey,

showing me one of the four designs he’s come up

with in just two days. “…but then I showed it to

my girlfriend. She’s an art teacher so she’s very

good at marking work.”

Jack runs Studio Bolt, a design and branding

agency which has recently moved to Lewes. “I

launched the studio earlier this year,” he says. “It

kind of came off the back of my and my partner

Nicole’s (very late) gap year. We took a route

through Asia over several months, then arrived in

Sydney, where I quickly realised I hadn’t saved up

enough for the second half of the trip. I ended up

hunting for some work in Sydney and did a few

freelance gigs before ending up at a great little design

practice for a few months.”

“It gave me the freelance bug, but also showed me

what you can do with a small agency if you choose

the right work to do. When I got back to the UK

I looked around for similar practices, but couldn’t

find any big enough to hire me, or small enough

that I felt I could make a difference, so decided to

start up by myself.”

Studio Bolt is an unusual studio in that Jack is the

only full-time employee. He works with a network

of experienced freelancers, who he brings in on

a project-by-project basis. “I decided to run the

studio that way because usually when you work

for an agency, you’ll have one week of really exciting

work and then three weeks working on less

exciting projects. As a freelancer you can pick and

choose what to work on, so it keeps things fresher.”

His first idea for this month’s cover was “a take

on classic Swiss design, using letters as graphic

objects and attempting to portray the movementbased

theme of the issue through the slanted type.”

To achieve the papery texture Jack says he printed

the lettering out, and then scanned it back onto

the computer.

The next concept was “a kind of take on repeatpattern

pop art, playing with the idea of turning

an everyday object into a wallpaper.” And the third

– his original favourite – was “kind of weird,” he

says, “but I like it. It shows the bicycle as this hero

object, in a kind of glossy packaging, with the diagonal

stripe in the background creating a sense of

forward motion.”

The Viva office voted unanimously for his final

idea, which Jack describes as “a simplified-down,

graphic take on an arrivals board.” We loved the

retro split-flap display and the pattern it created

across the page, with the icons at the bottom subtly

referencing some of the issue’s features.

“Studio Bolt is still super young,” he says, “so

we’re on the hunt for local businesses that we can

work with, from simple logo design jobs to larger

re-brands. We’re a small business that wants to do

‘big’ work.”

Rebecca Cunningham


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Are you local? I was born in Buckinghamshire, but

moved to the area in 1976 to study engineering at

Sussex University. I have Sussex roots though… I

can trace my family in Ditchling back 500 years. I

love it around here: there’s the town, and the countryside

and the sea… what more could you ask?

Did you immediately live in Lewes? No, I lived

in Brighton, and Hove, then when I got married

aged 34 we moved to Uckfield. I moved to Lewes

11 years ago. I love history, interesting architecture,

and the natural environment, and Lewes has all that

in spades. Walking from my home in Sun Street to

the pub most days after work is an utter pleasure.

Which pub? Normally The Brewers, but I’ll go

anywhere they serve good real ale. We are lucky

having the best in the world here – Harveys. Every

beer they produce is very well balanced. I was delighted

when Dark Star Original came out because

at last there was a beer that could compete!

You work in Shoreham Harbour… I’m the Chief

Engineer there. It’s a Trust Port which means profits

don’t go to shareholders, they are ploughed back

into the port, and into the local community. The

port used to be run down but now it’s buzzing,

and it’s a great asset for Sussex. I’m really proud of

what’s been done there.

How do you get there and back? The port is four

miles long so I need to go by car because I need

it throughout the day. You can easily get there by

train though.

What’s your favourite Lewes view? Looking

down School Hill over Cliffe and up Old Lady’s

Bottom. Or up at the castle from the Paddock.

Recommend a good restaurant. Outside Lewes

I often go to the Middle House in Mayfield… all

the food is local; even the bread is made on the

premises. In Lewes the best restaurant – thoughtful

menus with good ingredients – is Pelham House.

Are you a foodie? Very much so. I grow all my

own vegetables on my allotment in Haredean, I

buy all my meat from a friend who rears cattle and

sheep organically, and all my pies and sausages from

Richards. With so much wonderful local produce

around, why use a supermarket? They’re for buying

cleaning products and the like.

Are you Bonfire? I’m a member of Commercial

Square. I think the Bonfire societies are brilliant for

the community spirit, and really hold the town together.

I’m useful because I can get a lot of palettes

from the port for the bonfire. I feel privileged to be

part of it all.

If you didn’t live in Lewes, where would you

live? If a majority of people decided to leave Europe

– for basically fearful reasons – I would seriously

consider leaving the country. I’d like to live in

Italy, or India, or Canada, perhaps. AL


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What’s CTLA stand for? Community

Transport for the Lewes Area.

Who is the service for? Anyone

who is unable to access other forms

of transport. There’s a common misconception

that this only applies to

disabled people or the elderly, but

lots of areas around Lewes don’t run

bus services, or services don’t operate at certain

times of day.

How many vehicles do you have? 18.

And how many members? Around 3,850.

Where do you take people? We operate in four

main strands: our dial-a-ride service, group hire

for other not-for-profit organisations, a limited

number of scheduled bus services, including the

Lewes Town Sunday Service which is supported

with funding from Lewes Town Council, and

Lewes Travel Club, which takes our

members on trips out. You have to

pay but it’s effectively subsidised

when you compare the cost with

other door-to-door services.

What kinds of trips out? All sorts

– short days, long days. We might

go for afternoon tea somewhere,

or to a garden centre. But the most popular trip

is the ‘mystery tour’ where the passengers don’t

know where they’re going.

How can people get involved? We’re running an

initiative called ‘Working Together’, reaching out

to local community groups, parishes and district

councils to find out how we can help meet their

transport needs. Anybody interested is welcome to

come along to our next meeting on July 1st, just

contact us for details. RC


What is the Living Wage? First it’s important to

understand what the government ‘living wage’ is.

That’s what they’re calling the minimum wage now,

and it’s £7.20, but only if you’re over 25. Which, of

course, has led to lots of companies hiring staff who

are younger than 25 and paying them lower rates.

So how much should people be paid? The real Living

Wage – reflecting the basic cost of living in the

UK – is calculated annually for the Living Wage Foundation. Their latest figure (outside London) is

£8.25, starting at age 18.

So who are you and what do you do? We are a group of locals outraged to find four food banks in

Lewes, and over 20% of children living in poverty. We decided to persuade more companies in the town

to pledge to pay the real living wage. We think this is also good for employers – because it helps instil

loyalty and increases stability, good for the local economy – because workers will have more money to

spend around town, and good for the workers - because they will be able to afford a decent life.

How many companies have signed up? At the moment it’s around 20, and counting. We’ve put on a

couple of events that spread the word, and we’re planning more, as well as a ten-minute film we should

have ready by next Living Wage Week in November.

Great! How can you sign up? All the information you need is at – or

phone 01273 470940. You can join the national organisation at or Brighton (a Living

Wage city) at AL




Every year a shoal of around 1,000 thin-lipped

mullet swim from their winter home in the

Channel up the Ouse to feed in the river between

Hamsey and Southease. Steve Homewood has

been tracking them for years, first to fish and

eat them, later, as he grew to understand the

precarious nature of their existence, to protect

them. Every year, in March, the whole shoal stops

off in a spring-water pool, where the Winterbourne

meets the Ouse in the Railway Land, to

heal any wounds or other physical damage they

have incurred over the winter or en route. Steve

calls this their ‘health spa’, and this year he took

the GoPro camera he bought for his partner for

Xmas, put it on a window-cleaning pole, and

photographed the fish from within the pool.

The results are stupendous, and Steve was proud

to put them on his Twitter feed. “The BBC got

interested,” he said, “and asked to come down

and interview me about the mullet.” The result

will be an appearance on Springwatch, which will

be screened either just before this mag hits the

streets (last weekend of May) or just after (the

first weekend of June). Furthermore Steve, who

has given up his job in dentistry to take up his

passion as a naturalist full time, is giving a series

of illustrated talks about his adventures with the

mullet (at 30 Friars Walk, check window display

and posters in the town for date and time). We’ll

give this subject more attention in a future magazine;

in the meantime congratulations to Steve

for winning this month’s prize.

Please send your pictures, taken in and around

Lewes, to, or tweet them to

@VivaLewes. We’ll choose our favourite for this

page, which wins £20. Unless previously arranged

we reserve the right to use all pictures in future

issues of Viva magazines and online.




By the late 1970s, traffic problems in Lewes had improved considerably

with the building of Phoenix Causeway and the by-pass in the previous

decade – no longer was a two-way Cliffe Bridge the only way to cross

the Ouse! However, for those living in South Street (effectively the link

road to the A27) the relentless noisy traffic past their doors was unbearable.

Plans were prepared for what was at that time to be the longest

road tunnel in the UK not passing under water. Several cottages on the

south side of Malling Street were cleared, as was the burial ground belonging to the church of St Thomas a

Becket in Cliffe High Street, to make way for the new roundabout at the tunnel mouth. A stone plaque on

the retaining wall records this loss. The 420-metre tunnel opened in December, 1980 preceded by a “walkthrough

Sunday” when Lewesians could stroll through to admire this feat of engineering. Marcus Taylor


“I think in the early days it was considered all a bit of a joke. Nobody really expected the Bluebell Railway

to last more than six months,” says Bill Brophy, chairman of the Bluebell Railway Trust. “Nobody’d done

it before, the odds were horrendous, and of course, the small membership didn’t have any money.” But,

luckily, Bernard Holden (1908-2012) was an optimist.

During the Blitz, he’d helped plan train routes around bomb-damaged lines. Later in the war, he’d run

trains in India, having to contend with Japanese troops, wild animals and monsoons. “You’ve got to be a bit

of an optimist to deal with that, haven’t you?” says Brophy. By the late 1950s, when four students knocked

on his door asking for help reopening the Bluebell Line, Holden was already a long-serving railwayman.

Around this time “British Railways had an image problem”, which they partly blamed on steam trains,

Brophy says. “There’d become a time when it was frowned upon if you put up a picture of a steam train

in the office.” So Holden, as a British Rail employee taking a lead role in the Bluebell project, was taking

quite a risk.

‘His support, expertise and connections were vital’, his obituary in Bluebell News noted. He went on ‘to

lead the project for half a century.’ An astute man, an enemy of wastefulness who even reused envelopes,

Holden was also an energetic, good-humoured figure. In 1991, by which time the Bluebell was getting

200,000 visitors a year, he was interviewed by The Times. ‘Friends used to think I was a nutter,’ he said. ‘But

they don’t anymore.’ Steve Ramsey




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We have two far-flung entries this month, the

first from Linda Long. “We recently visited

our young grandchildren in New Zealand,” she

writes. “And we thought you might like to see

this picture of them reading Viva from nearly

15,000 miles away.” On the right is Anna Crabtree,

enjoying Viva in San Francisco, with the

Golden Gate Bridge behind her. Taking a trip?

Take Viva with you and send us the picture

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The railway arrived in Lewes from Brighton in 1846 and was quickly

extended to Hastings. The line towards London was opened in 1847, and

3 platforms were used in quick succession before the first station on the

existing site was built in 1857.

Lewes station now has 5 platforms serving 4 directions, and typical offpeak

services of 13 trains an hour. Passenger usage has grown by 10% in

Ben Brooksbank

the past decade, to 2.664 million passengers by 2014/15 – that is 7,340 per day on average.

Work continues to improve the station, with current roof refurbishment, last year’s £1.5 million bridge

strengthening and a new Cycle Hub providing storage for 100 bicycles. Sarah Boughton


Treat yourself to a day out at the Joy Festival, coming to the Convent

Fields on the 25th and the 26th of June. A summer celebration of food,

drink, vintage fashion, music and living well, with a collection of exhibitors

rarely found together in Sussex. Artisan food and drink stalls, street

food and pop-up bars alongside a diverse range of outdoors, homeware and

country lifestyle stands.

There’ll be a Union Music stage with headliners Mountain Firework

Company, Harry’s Tricks and Noble Jacks and you can visit the tepee village,

drink wild cocktails, try out a chocolate workshop or ride the steampowered

funfair. It promises to be a glorious celebration of all that’s good

about living in our green and pleasant land – in case you needed reminding.

Better still, we’ve got four pairs of tickets to give away. Just tweet us

@VivaLewes and @JoyFestivals using the hashtag #VivaJoy (or email, or

post us your name and address with Viva Joy in the subject line/title) by midday on Friday 17th June to

enter the draw. Winners will receive their tickets by email from the event organisers.

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Carlotta Luke hit two different railway stations

for this month’s ‘getting around’ round-up. She

took four of these shots at Sheffield Park Station,

on the Bluebell Line, as the 1.30pm to East Grinstead

prepared itself for its flamboyant departure,

one of them inside the very Agatha Christie corridor

of the train. The fifth picture, at first glance,

looks similarly retro (the chap, if you ignore his

headphones, looks almost as Victorian as the pillar

behind him) but was in fact taken before the

arrival of the 6.27am from Lewes to Ashford.




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“I can either get the bus

which takes 30 minutes or

walk which takes around

five minutes.” Josh Henly

“Normally I drive there,

because it’s easier to put the

shopping in the back once

I have finished. It takes

around 15 minutes.”

Emily Brewer

“I walk, which normally

takes around 40 minutes.

I can’t drive yet.”

Emily Finch




Everybody I’ve met who knew the Bell Inn has commented

on how small it was, tucked away at 13-14 Eastport

Lane. Unlike its unruly neighbour the Welcome

Stranger, the Bell appears to have kept a low profile during

the 1800s. This may have been largely due to George

Kemp, who was landlord for around 30 years. He took a

no-nonsense approach to bad behaviour, which was aptly

displayed in 1877 when he dragged out Frances Herriot

who ‘had frequently, by her disgusting language and conduct,

driven his customers away.’ Another notable landlord

was John Forsey who had lost a leg as a result of a collision in a Lewes League football match. The

Sussex County FA raised £500, which John used to set himself up at the Bell. However, he was only there

a year when he moved on to the Rainbow at Cooksbridge. Despite the size restrictions, in 1954 the new licensees,

Mr and Mrs Jeffreys, threw a Christmas party for around 50 children of their customers, and gave

them pony rides up and down Eastport Lane. The Bell finally closed its doors in 1970. This wonderful

photo shows a group of smartly-dressed gentlemen posing outside the Bell. Judging by the buttonholes,

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David Jarman

Poetry in Motion

Whenever I travel

from Paddington, I

make time to walk

along Platform One

to see a particular

statue. Not the statue

of a certain much loved

bear, but the one by

Charles Sargeant Jagger

of a soldier reading

a letter. It was erected

in honour of those who

served in the world wars, specifically the ‘3,312

men and women of the Great Western Railway

who gave their lives for King and Country’. As a

war memorial, it’s second only, in my opinion, to

the same artist’s magnificent and moving Royal

Artillery Monument at Hyde Park Corner.

That’s also the favourite monument of the sculptor,

Michael Sandle. Unfortunately for him, the

Royal Artillery memorial is bang next to his least

favourite - the Australia War Memorial of 2003.

In a recent interview, Sandle described the latter

as resembling ‘a pissoir in an upmarket hotel, designed

by a thirteen year old, on a computer’. In

the same interview he recalled how ‘my mother

once knifed my father and he took her to court.

The magistrate was impressed with her… and

all he said was: “Don’t do it again, Mrs Sandle.”’

I’m not sure loopy Helen in The Archers is going

the right way about attracting a similar leniency.

Asked whether he was a glass-half-full or glasshalf-empty

sort of guy, Sandle endeared himself

to me by replying that he was ‘an absolutely-andutterly-empty-glass

sort of guy’.

The Meeting Place at St Pancras International is

my least favourite railway terminus sculpture. It

seems to get larger and more unspeakably vulgar

every time I see it. Fortunately, a rather good

statue of John Betjeman is close by. Better than

the one of Philip Larkin

at Hull Station,

recently described by

fellow Hull poet, Sean

O’Brien, as looking

like Himmler.

Contemporary poets

seem to me to have

such a jaundiced

view of train travel

that Larkin may well

be the last poet to

be honoured with a similar statue. As I write,

George Szirtes is tweeting: ‘In Cheltenham for

the poetry festival after a nightmare journey…

original train was delayed… 1 vanished train, 2

missed connections…’

In his poem A Station, Dennis O’Driscoll writes

of: ‘An official announcement crackling like

deep-fried fat/that our branch-line train would

be three hours delayed…’ Eventually, ‘…like

switching tracks, I start to pray that my train/

might never arrive, that my journey be indefinitely

delayed,/my forward connections missed,

that my cup might pass from me’.

Such involuntary stoicism reminds me of

Edward Gorey’s Alphabet: ‘The Tourist huddles

in the station,/While slowly night gives way to

dawn;/He finds a certain fascination/In knowing

all the trains are gone’.

Changing is a problem. Patrick McGuinness

writes of ‘Correspondances/is what they call

connecting trains, even when/they don’t connect.

Even when they don’t exist’

Finally, Hugo Williams, in Day Return, writes

of: ‘…a mockery of a train/…keeps slipping

backwards into wartime obscurity-/blackouts

and unexplained halts’.

It finishes: ‘Someone asks if there is a buffet car

on the train/and is told he must be joking’.



Chloë King

Cooks the books

I was going to write

‘my humour muscle

always seizes up when

things go unexpectedly

well’ but Google

informs me that a

humour muscle is not

a real thing. (Muscle

humour is, however,

surprisingly real, but I


The unexpectedly

good thing I refer to

is the launch of my

event Cook the Books,

which I hosted above

the Lewes Arms at the

end of April; the next one is on 7th June.

A friend in attendance asked whether it would provide

fodder for my next Viva column. I shrugged

her off, embarrassed. I can’t write about the book

club because if it goes well, I’ll appear self-satisfied

and desperately self-promoting. And if it goes

badly, I will be forced to a) publicly broadcast my

ineptitude or b) cover up my sense of failure with

subtle ridicule of my guests, therefore outing

myself as an absolute arse.

Having left my column submission to the very last

minute, however, I am forced to write about what

turned out to be a smug achievement. Against

my expectation: I was not left waiting alone for

an inordinate amount of time, and when guests

arrived they filled a large portion of the room

with good humour, and an even greater spread of

delicious food.

My anxiety about being left alone to consume a

packet of crackers and three tins of dressed lobster

partly stemmed from the time I organised a food

blogging event at the Lewes Arms. I discovered

that, although I was not the only food blogger to

hear about it, I was the

only food blogger to care

about it bar a lovely couple

pen-named Rosemary

& Pork Belly. (And a kind

man called Robin, who

doesn’t blog, but who

presumably prophesised

the event would be poorly

attended, and so came to

offer his support.)

Cook the Books is essentially

a (mostly) savoury

version of Clandestine

Cake Club. Everyone

brings a cookbook that

they enjoy, along with

a dish from it or inspired by it, to share with the

group. We go round informally introducing what

we have brought and then we sit down to spend the

rest of the evening tucking into each other’s food

and chatting about our mutual interest in cooking.

Turns out, everyone settled into the format

naturally, and it was only me that got into a bit

of a tongue-tie trying to explain the intellectual

impetus behind my decision to bring a copy of

David Foster Wallace’s essay Consider the Lobster

and some crackers smeared with coral-coloured

pap prepared by John West.

So there it is, a perfectly ace evening followed by

an encouraging chorus from those who attended…

What am I going to write about this month? And

then I get a DM on Twitter from the ‘Underground

Restaurateur’ and food writer Kerstin

Rodgers who launched the UK supper club scene

and of whom I’m a stupidly big fan. She saw my

tweet about Cook the Books and wants to work

with me on a cookbook festival this September

- can I cook you lunch? My smugness just got


Illustration by Chloë King



East of Earwig

Mark Bridge has mallets aforethought

Photo by Mark Bridge

Tradition is a strange thing. Sometimes it leaves

us with events that seem ill-suited to the modern

age, such as torch-wielding Zulu warriors marching

through the streets of Lewes. And sometimes

it makes us wonder why circumstances ever

changed. The Busy Bee garage in Ringmer falls

into the latter category: a place where you can

fill up with petrol, get your car fixed and even

buy a new one. It seems strange that anybody

would want to disconnect those three activities

into separate sites, particularly when there’s

the opportunity of picking up a packet of fruit

pastilles at the same time. Yet this type of all-inone

establishment is almost an anachronism in a

world where vehicles are now sold in megastores,

petrol comes from a supermarket and you’re

not allowed to open the bonnet of your own car

without signing a disclaimer.

Opposite the garage is the Cheyney Field, home

to another tradition. It’s where Cheyney Croquet

Club plays a game that can trace its roots back

around 400 years. I really can’t see why a malletbased

pastime isn’t more popular. It sounds

like the kind of sport that should be an integral

part of every macho stag weekend, alongside

quad-bike racing in Estonia and an impromptu

session of British Bulldog at the airport. Anyway,

if you’re interested in learning more, there’s an

open day at the club on Sunday 5th June, which

just happens to be National Croquet Day.

These two venues on the B2192 have been on

my mind recently because I’ve sailed past them

on the number 28 bus. I’m a big fan of public

transport, even though it seems a little incongruous

when double-deckers squeeze through the

bottleneck outside Tom Paine’s house. One of the

reasons for my fondness is the cost: a £3.40 return

from Ringmer to Lewes is less than a couple

of hours’ parking on the High Street. It’s more

relaxing than the precision-timing required when

trying not to exceed the limits of free supermarket

parking. And I can claim a complimentary

newspaper as part of my bus trip. You may be

surprised how long you can sit in Caffè Nero

if your empty coffee cup is hidden behind the

Metro showbiz section.

But my main reason for not driving into Lewes

is self-preservation. Tradition has gifted the

town with attractive narrow streets of terraced

cottages. Here in Ringmer, we’re blessed with

new-fangled architectural features, including

driveways for almost every house and roads that

are wide enough for two vans to pass without

snapping off their door mirrors like a pair of

rutting stags. What Ringmerite would choose to

venture into a place where every car bumper is as

scuffed as a child’s football boot? Not without a

warning sign on their vehicle, anyway. I’d recommend

something along the lines of ‘Watch out - I

play croquet’.


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A Good Jew

A Holocaust tale, by Jonathan Brown

I’ve been interested in the Holocaust since

visiting the Holocaust Museum in Houston,

Texas, in 1988. My wife, Annika, is German,

which has fuelled my interest. In her neighbouring

village in Bavaria, for example, many Jewish

people vanished in the war. I found it striking

that some of their houses are still occupied by

relatives of the locals who took possession of the


There’s a Romeo and Juliet element to this

story, which starts in Frankfurt in the late 30s.

Sol is a Jewish concert pianist. Hilda plays in the

same orchestra and is the daughter of an SS officer.

So their love crosses the divide. Sol invents

a new Aryan identity to protect himself, but

becomes drawn into the Nazi machine; Hilda,

thinking he has been taken to Theresienstadt

concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, takes on

a Jewish identity in order to get into the camp

and find him.

Theresienstadt was a strange camp. It was

where the Germans sent many Jewish musicians,

artists, actors and directors. Having first transported

many former inmates to Auschwitz, and

cleaned it up to resemble a model camp, the SS

allowed a Swiss Red Cross inspector access. After

being led along a limited tour route, he gave it

a clean bill of health. Later the famed director

Kurt Gerron, a camp internee, was similarly

forced to create a propaganda film. He and many

of those appearing were subsequently gassed.

There was a lot of subterfuge and identity

shifting going on, including cases of Nazis

trying to pass themselves off as Jewish after the

liberation of the camp. Of course as an actor and

director I’m drawn to all this identity shifting.

We’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign to

help fund this project and tell this story.

Once we cover the £3,000 of costs, the company

can start to make a profit. So we heartily welcome

more pledgers and, moreover, plenty of

ticket sales!

We’re putting it on at the All Saints. We

needed a lot of room as it’s a big story – set all

over Europe – with eight in the cast.

In the last Brighton Fringe I did a completely

improvised show – Je Suis: A Fool’s Guide to

Cliff Edges. It was filled with comic elements,

but it wasn’t comedy. The subject matter depended

on what was brought up on the day. My

mother had been very ill and she died during the

run, which was reflected in the way the shows

turned out. I saw the performance I did the night

she died partly as a poem for her. The audience

that evening became an integral part of what

became an intense, funny and poignant journey

to the very departure gates of life.

As told to Alex Leith

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Talent Pool

Tanya Shadrick, long-hand writer

Tanya Shadrick does a lot of writing. If you went

to the Pells last year, chances are you saw her

there, on the terrace overlooking the deep end of

the pool, pen in hand. This year she’ll be back,

and in an official capacity: she’s been made the

swimming pool’s Writer in Residence.

“Three years ago I got a terrible pain in my

back,” she tells me, over a coffee in the Lewes

Arms, explaining how her strange lifestyle came

about. “I had to give up my job, at the university,

which I loved.” She couldn’t sit – it was too

painful, “so I had to walk around all the time. By

the summer it got a bit better, so I started going

to the Pells.” She took up swimming lessons, and

when she wasn’t swimming, she started writing.

Though she has to fit this passion within the

strictures of being a mum-of-two, she’s hardly

stopped since.

“I live on Bradford Road and I was upset when

someone vandalised a tree on Baxter’s Field,” she

continues, charting the development of her writing

career. “As a reaction to that, I wrote about it,

mostly sitting in the Grange Gardens. It became

my first published piece.”

She shows me one of her notebooks, filled with

her careful handwriting: half joined up, the small

words sitting neatly on the lines of the notepaper.

But what will she write about all summer? “The

here and now of the pool. Memories, reflections.

I won’t be disturbing anyone’s peace, but I will

invite pool-goers to come talk if what I’m doing

interests them. Most people find the spectacle of

writing in longhand intriguing - it provokes all

sorts of surprising stories. So I’ll be a collector of

tales as much writer of them.”

She will have plenty of paper for all these stories.

Tanya has a 50-yard long Japanese-style scroll

- the length of the pool - as her central project.

“I hope to manage 35 laps by September: a mile

of longhand and a novel-length piece of writing.

It’s title is Wild Patience because I’m wanting to

explore ideas about joy got from routine and

repetition, which writing and swimming share.”

The idea isn’t to publish the final version, but to

display it as an artefact, perhaps on the walls of

the pool. In fact it’s tempting to see the scroll as

much performance art as literary endeavour, and

it’s no surprise that Tanya finds inspiration in the

place-based work of two artists who live locally,

David Nash and Peter Messer. “Can writing in

the open, at this scale, be art too?” she muses. “If

there is genuine absorption and enquiry into what

is being enacted then I think it takes on meanings

wider than just the words, yes.”

Alex Leith

Tanya will be sharing ways for others to get

involved in her residency - by writing and reading

about life in the water and out of doors - on her

Lap/Lines blog at

Photo by Alex Leith


Friday 1st July - 6pm

Strings & songs around our shores

Singers from the Royal College of Music, & string group Ensemble Reza

Barber, Holst, Butterworth, Vaughan Williams & Clarke

Saturday 2nd July - 12pm

Despite & still : ecstatic twentieth century songs

Alice Privett, soprano & Chad Vindin, piano

Harbison, Barber, Messiaen & Ravel

Saturday 2nd July - 7.30pm

None but the lonely heart - a Russian recital

Pauls Putnins, baritone & Nancy Cooley, piano

Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky, Rachmaninov, Borodin & Sviridov

Sunday 3rd July - 3pm

A cappella with flowers and birds

The Baroque Collective Singers conducted by John Hancorn

Poulenc, Britten, Madrigals, Hindemith, Janequin, Elgar & Parry

Sunday 3rd July - 6pm

From here to Spain, and across the Atlantic

Mary Plazas, soprano & Nancy Cooley, piano

Obradors, Britten, Copland & De Falla





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Beatrice Philips

Lewes Chamber Music Festival founder

“Really quite strange

to think that this is the

5th LCMF! Sometimes

when I’m thinking

up the programme

I feel such pressure

– ‘How can I fill eight

concerts with music

as wonderful as it was

last year?’ - but then

I realise how much

great music there is

in the world and it’s

a different pressure;

how to choose what

gets omitted. As funding

for the Arts is being

cut, I feel strongly

about the importance

of producing cultural experiences of the highest

quality possible, as often as possible, and for as

many people as possible. I believe it should be a

part of all of our lives, whether we are musicians

or not.”

The words of Lewes Chamber Music Festival

founder and director Beatrice Philips speak

volumes as to why this festival has been so exciting

and so successful. Her passion for music is

infectious, and the audiences clearly respond to

that as well as to the excellence of the performances

on offer.

Bea again: “What I love best is when audience

members tell me they have discovered a new

composer or a new piece during the Festival that

they absolutely loved. As long as we [musicians]

are discovering new things and inspiring each

other then that will be communicated to audiences,

making everyone a winner.”

This year the festival presents eight concerts

spread over three days with a wide variety of

musicians in two favoured Lewes venues - the

All Saints Centre and St John sub Castro. It’s an

expensive task.

“All our funds are

made up of individual


from supporters,

local businesses and

ticket sales, as well as

through our Friends

and Patrons system.

Although being a

Friend of LCMF

is only £30 a year,

having this regular

assurance makes a

huge difference.”

But of course, most

importantly, there is

the music itself.

On Schoenberg’s

Verklaerte Nacht: “I first discovered it at MusicWorks

chamber music courses when I was

16. I couldn’t believe my ears. Subsequently

it became an incredibly special piece of music

for me, and I have been dying to perform it in

Lewes for years.”

On Bartók: “His music is often performed in

all-Hungarian programmes or treated as a specialist

subject, when I think it is perfect played

alongside Beethoven and many other composers

who Bartók himself would certainly have known

and studied.”

And on French composer, Gabriel Pierné:

“Alasdair Beatson (pianist) discovered Pierné’s

Piano Quintet, Op. 41 and insisted we sight-read

through it one night a couple of years ago. It’s

really bonkers but also incredibly beautiful, and

full of little glimmers of Fauré, Debussy and

others. It’ll be a treat.”

Surely just one of many to look forward to in

this year’s Lewes Chamber Music Festival.

Paul Austin Kelly

Fri 17-Sun 19,

Photo by Anna Patarakina



Addicted to bass

Velvet-voiced Christopher Purves returns to Glyndebourne

“Where’s home?”, I ask baritone Christopher

Purves as we sit in the gardens at Glyndebourne.

He’s taking a break from rehearsals for The Cunning

Little Vixen, an opera that weaves love stories

around a forester and a fox. “Apparently it’s in

Oxford”, he laughs. “I’ll be back home Saturday

afternoon and then back here on Sunday evening,

very late. So I get a day and a half at home, which

is not enough but that’s just the way it goes.

We’re relatively used to it.” These days Christopher

sings his way around the world, staying in

temporary accommodation when performing in

Europe, the United States and Australia. “When

the kids were small I would not go abroad, just

because I thought ‘this is ludicrous, not being

able to see them at all’. I couldn’t think of a good

enough reason to ruin my life so completely.”

It’s now 20 years since Christopher first came to

Glyndebourne as an understudy, before returning

to perform in 2007, 2009 and, in a ‘truly fearsome

and mesmerising performance’, according to Opera

Today, the title role in Handel’s Saul last year.

“It’s a wonderful thing to have your so-called art

appreciated to such an extent”, he admits. “It was

the best fun I’ve ever had.”

Christopher Purves has been singing since

childhood. “I’m the youngest of four boys in the

family. I think I had to fight for attention.” As a

youngster, he was a chorister at King’s College,

Cambridge. In his 20s, he spent several years as

part of doo-wop band Harvey and the Wallbangers

before heading into opera. But where does the

acting come from? “I’ve got no idea”, he tells me.

“If you talk to anyone and ask them what they’re

doing, they’ll try and explain it to you in ways

you can understand. I think opera is precisely

that. We’re given scenarios that are rather weird

and we have to explain them. It’s an extreme version

of talking.”

His role as the Forester in The Cunning Little

Vixen is “quite a soulful man”, Christopher says.

“He’s not sad, he’s not desperately happy, but

he’s normal. I think a lot of people can understand

where his life is going. It’s very touchingly

human.” And the internationally travelled singer

who portrays him is equally down-to-earth. “I

love being at home. It’s an extraordinary thing

but it’s true. I can take my dog for a walk, I can

cook an evening meal, I can spend time talking

to my sons – my daughter is away at the moment

– you know, just normal life that people take for

granted. For me it’s such a blessing. But I still

enjoy the buzz; I still enjoy the excitement of

starting up a new rehearsal period for a new opera.

So, I think while that excitement still exists, I

will carry on.” Mark Bridge

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Classical Round-up

Celebrating Shakespeare... and Sussex

June promises to be a powerhouse for music in

Lewes with more than enough for everyone,

including a Shakespearian salute, a poolside

orchestral serenade, and a full three-day chamber

music festival.

The very excellent Kantanti Ensemble starts

things off with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2,

a huge and important work given a new orchestration

here for Kantanti by Iain Farrington.

Glazunov managed to destroy the premiere of

Rachmaninoff’s (pictured) first symphony by conducting

it while in a drunken stupor, but we expect

a more sober, if no less flamboyant interpretation

from conductor Lee Reynolds. For the uninitiated,

listen out for the themes used in Birdman and also

Eric Carmen’s Never Gonna Fall in Love Again. Sat

4th, 5.30pm, St John sub Castro

Clarinetist Nick Carpenter and pianist Nicholas

Houghton play an all-French recital, featuring

sonatas by Saint-Saens and Poulenc, as well as

Debussy’s Petite Pièce. Sun 5th, 3pm, St Michael’s

Church, free

An evening of Scandinavian works fills the

Corelli Ensemble’s programme, including Grieg’s

Holberg Suite and Elegaic Melody No. 2, a Sibelius

Impromptu, and Swedish composer Dag Wirén’s

Serenade for Strings. Sun 12th, 4pm, Cross Way

Church, Seaford, £10

Musicians of All Saints present two chamber music

concerts this month - a quintet and a quartet, both

comprised of MAS members. The first concert

offers French composer Anton Reicha’s Grand

Quintetto (1826) and also contemporary American

composer Robert G. Patterson’s Bassoon in the Box.

The quartet will play Haydn’s String Quartet No.

1, Frank Bridge’s String Quartet No. 4 and will

give the second ever performance of Sussex-based

composer Guy Richardson’s Houriya.

Sun 12th and 19th, 6pm, Hamsey Old Church, £10

(u18 free)

There are musical delights to be savoured at the

fifth annual Lewes Chamber Music Festival, which

this year serves up eight concerts over a period

of three days. Further details can be found in my

article on p37.

Fri 17th to Sun 19th, various times and venues

A Shakespearian Celebration is the title of East Sussex

Bach Choir’s event this month. On the menu:

extracts from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Michael

Tippett’s Songs for Ariel, Thomas Linley’s Ode on

the Spirits of Shakespeare and Vaughan Williams’

ethereal Serenade to Music. There will also be appropriate

Shakespearian readings interspersed by

Jonathan Cullen and Niamh Cusack, and a special

cameo appearance by the Wallands Choir. The

conductor is John Hancorn, with pianist Nancy

Cooley and organist Nicholas Houghton.

Sat 18th, 7pm, St Anne’s Church, £12

Finally, the Lewes Concert Orchestra will give an

evening poolside performance at the Pells. The

fare will be light and popular, and will of course

include the crowd pleaser, Sussex by the Sea. Bring a

towel. Fri 24th, 7.30pm, Pells Pool, £8

Paul Austin Kelly


Portraits of Glyndebourne


21 (twenty-one) Chalk artists

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Passing Trains,

by Lucinka Soucek

90 x 105cm,

Linocut print on

Japanese paper,

£795 (limited edition of 4)

A lot of people ask me where this

image ‘is’. I actually don’t think it

matters, because it’s more about the

shapes and the lines and the blocks

of colour than about the subject

matter. It’s typical of my recent

work. I’m using linocut a lot more

than woodcut these days, and I’m

trying to simplify my style. I’m also

in a blue and green phase: I used to

use a lot more red and black.

But for the record it’s in India…

I think it was Bangalore Station. I

was on a bridge with my rucksack

in all the chaos of trying to catch

a train and I saw the snaking lines

of the two trains below, and I took

out my camera and took a picture.

Then on the onward journey – I

had plenty of time – I sketched from

memory in my sketch book. Some

people think it’s Lewes though,

and… why not?

I’ve always been drawn to transport

as subject matter. I think it’s

from when I was doing my Masters

and I lived on the opposite side of

London from the art school I was

at. Sometimes I had to take three

different modes of transport – bus,

tube, train – to get there. That’s

where it came from.

I’ve always been inspired by British artists from the 20s and

30s. Cyril Power, and Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. Plus

the transport posters from that era – I love the graphic images they

came up with. But of course my subject matter is from today, which

brings everything into the modern era.

I’ve only done a series of four of these prints. I only do low

editions, because I hand-print them – I don’t have a press – and I

use expensive Japanese paper, which is more absorbent. And I have

nowhere to store more!

Take you to my favourite gallery? John Piper is exhibiting at

the Jerwood in Hastings at the moment, he’s one of my favourites.

Then there’s the Keizer Frames Gallery, based at Pastorale Antiques,

exhibiting new and exciting work by local artists!

As told to Alex Leith

You can see Passing Trains at the Summer Exhibition in St Anne’s

Gallery (25th June – 10th July) at Artists United at the Foundry Gallery

(14th-17th July) and [if selected, fingers crossed] at the RA Summer

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In town this month

Fire Dance (detail) by Susan Lynch

Chalk Gallery features Earth-Fire-Water, the

expressive and abstract work of Susan Lynch

from the 6th to the 26th, with paintings free of

preconceived ideas and big on immediacy and

movement. Meet the artist on Saturday June 11th

between 2pm and 4pm. At the gallery from the

27th is an ode to opera. The 21 ‘Chalkies’ exhibit

images both of, and inspired by, Glyndebourne.

Join them on the 2nd July at noon.

Locus – a collection of paintings exploring

location and the lines between domestic and

wild by Rachael Plummer is at the Hop

Gallery from the 4th to the 14th of June.

That’s followed by Dado Aid from Saturday

18th – culminating in a charity auction on 25th.

Displacement continues at the Foundry Gallery until the 5th with

a series of installations, workshops and performances. Then, from

24th, Artemis Arts mark the impending closure of the gallery with

Industry and Arts - A Story of Lewes. Photos, film, recordings and

artefacts about the ironworks founded on the site in 1832 and an

invitation for anyone who worked at the Phoenix or East Sussex

Engineering to come along and share their stories and pictures.

It’s the Summer Exhibition at St. Anne’s Galleries

from the 25th featuring work by 20 artists – the

usual St Anne’s stable plus eight guest exhibitors -

including two nominees for the prestigious John

Moores painting prize.

Pelham House exhibits Flight - linocuts, woodcuts

and collagraphs exploring migration by Claire

Mumford and Lewes Castle in Light and Time by

Matthew Thomas: photographs (below) inspired

by Cézanne’s paintings of Mont Sainte-Victoire and

Hokusai’s views of Mount Fuji.

Falling Blossom by Jack Frame at St. Anne’s Galleries




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submissions for this year’s community art

extravaganza in aid of Lewes FC to charlie@ by 17th June. Send images of

up to two pieces, stating whether you’re an

emerging or established artist in the subject

line, with the title, medium and price of the

piece. Proceeds are split 55% to the artists

and 45% to Lewes FC. It will be the last year

for the show at its Foundry Gallery home so

you can’t afford to miss it. It’s the arts equivalent of the Albion’s last game at the Goldstone (sniff).

Just down the road

From 15th of June, at the home of Roland

Penrose and Lee Miller, Farley Farm House

hosts - We’re Alive! - with paintings, textiles

and furniture by Brighton artist Orna

Schneerson Pascal.

See Veronica van Eijk’s cow paintings at

Longleys Studio Barns over-looking the

Pevensey Levels and the dairy herd of Hook

& Sons. First two weekends in June.

Orna Schneerson Pascal

Ditchling Museum of

Art + Craft has had us

all enthralled with all

things typographic this

summer but perhaps

the pièce de résistance

takes place at the Village

Fair on the 18th

when The Big Steam

Print – which you might remember from our last

cover - trundles in to town. Prints surviving the

pummelling will be exhibited at Phoenix Gallery

in Brighton in August.

At Towner, due to popular demand, the exhibition

Recording Britain - the ambitious record of the

changing landscape of WW2 Britain - has been

extended until the 26th. People Places Propositions,

new and recent work by London-based photographer,

video and installation artist Melanie

Manchot, continues through the month. The

distinctive projects give an insight into her areas

of research and long-standing enquiries – from

portraiture to participation and performance, to

questions of individual and collective identities.



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Further afield

1936 saw the start of the Spanish Civil War, the world’s first

regular TV broadcast by the BBC and the birth of our very own

John Henty. Meanwhile, at the recently opened De La Warr

Pavilion, a series of cooking demonstrations were presented

by the College of Modern Housekeeping to an auditorium

packed with housewives. From 18th of June join the DWP

as they celebrate The People’s Pavilion: our first 80 years. Also at

DWP is Willem Sandberg: from type to image. An internationally

renowned icon of graphic design and director of the Stedelijk

Museum in Amsterdam from 1945 to 1963, Sandberg developed

one of the most important collections of modern art in

Europe, implemented radical transformations of the museum’s

environment, and personally designed all the museum’s posters.

Jerwood Gallery presents The Painter Behind the Canvas. Two

rooms of artists’ self-portraits collected by the writer Ruth Borchard, who personally commissioned

each work. Also in the gallery, Unknown Countries continues, encapsulating a half century of work by

Prunella Clough who, intrigued by overlooked spaces, found beauty in the mundane and joy in the

industrial landscape, before movnig onto more abstract themes.

Open Eye magazine by Willem Sandberg, 1946. Courtesy Stedeiljk Museum Amsterdam






























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Riding School

A27, nr Lewes,


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10.30 - 5

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Beautiful Parkland

View the House, 2-4.30 Sunday £5

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JUNE listings


Storytelling. A monthly inclusive and supportive

evening for people who are at the beginning

of their storytelling journey... or anyone

interested in hearing good tales. First Wednesday

of the month. Lewes Arms, 7.30pm, free.

‘Night Before’ Extravaganza. Hosted by Waterloo

Bonfire Society before their fête on Sun

5th. BBQ, Harveys Beer Tent, games and live

music. The Paddock, 5-10.30pm, free.

SAT 4 & SUN 5

Talk. Growing Fruit:

in the ground and

in containers. With

retired professional

gardener Paul Templeton.

Cliffe Church

Hall, 7.30pm, £3.


Comedy at the Con! ‘Locally sourced’ halfterm

comedy special. Expect a selectively picked

handful of local talent, with a top notch circuit

guest MC and headline act. Con Club, 8pm,

£7.50-£11. Tickets from Union Music,

or 07582408418


Farmers’ Market. Fresh, local produce. Cliffe

Precinct, 9am-1pm. Also on Sat 18th.

Book Sale. Second-hand books for sale, raising

money for church funds. St Michael’s Church,

10.30am-1pm, 20p entry.

Walk. Follow in the

footsteps of medieval

pilgrims, and walk the

spectacular route across

the South Downs from

Pyecombe to Lewes.

With local history guide

John Freeman. Starts

Pyecombe Church 11am,

ends Lewes Priory 4pm.

£5 entry, covers refreshments, bring packed


Open Gardens. Country gardens open to the

public. Swing band, children’s quiz, hog roast,

refreshments, plants for sale. Southease Village,

12.30-5pm, £6, U11s free.

Theatre. A Good Jew. Sol and Hilda are in

love, but Hilda’s father is a Nazi Official, and

Sol is Jewish. New play set in WW2 Germany.

Starring, among others, our very own Bella Mc-

Carthy Sommerville, who wrote all these listings,

except this sentence. All Saints, Sat & Sun

8pm, £6-£10.50.

SAT 4-SUN 12

Mourning Festival. Week-long festival

enabling conversation about the end of life.

Grief walking, theatre, making shrines, telling

stories, silence, conversation. Meet death doulas,

holistic funeral arrangers, draw up your own

funeral wishes. Linklater Pavilion. Full details

on Mourning Conversations Facebook page.


Summer Fête. Local stall holders, traditional

fair ground, arena events, Harveys Beer Tent

and live music. The Paddock, 12-5pm, free.


Register online

01444 470811

JUNE listings (cont)


Talk. Another Europe. Why do Syriza and

Podemos believe it’s possible? Phoenix Centre,

7.30pm, free.


Lecture. The Truth of Fiction? With Prof

Cedric Watts, Emeritus Professor, University of

Sussex. Town Hall, 2.30pm, free.

The Group. Club for unattached men and

women, aged 50 plus. Not a dating agency. 8pm,

more info at


Talk. The Thinker’s Guide to Gardens. Uckfield

Civic Centre, 2.30pm, £7/members free.

FRI 10

Evening of music. Ballads, Bossa & Blues.

Music from Constance Owen and Charlie

Crabtree. Anne of Cleves House, 7.30pm, £5.

FRI 10 & SUN 12

Film. Joy.

(12A) Based

on the true

story of Joy


who invented

a household


device and

went on to establish a business dynasty. All

Saints, Fri 5.30pm, Sun 8.30pm, £5-£6.50.

Film. The Revenant. (15) A frontiersman

is abandoned by his fellow fur-trappers and

left for dead, but survives and sets out to seek

revenge. All Saints, Fri 8pm, Sun 5.30pm, £5-


SAT 11

Queen’s Birthday Celebration.

Stalls, food, games,

dancing & live music. Tea for

all Nevill residents who have

reached 90. Nevill Green,

12-4.30pm. Evening entertainment

to follow, including

fireworks, 6-10pm.

Mish Mash Morris Open Morning. Chance

to give Morris Dancing a try, for anyone over

16. Wear loose clothes and trainers. The Goldsborough

Hall (Scout Hut), Ringmer, 10.30am-

12.30pm, free. 01903 814642

SUN 12

Open Gardens.

Village gardens

open to public.

Live band, face

painting, plants,

Pimm’s tent and

teas. Rodmell, 12-

5pm, £5, children

free. Free parking.

01273 473939

Open Gardens. Southover High Street, 2.30-

5pm, £5/£3. Tickets from The King’s Head,

The Swan, St Pancras Stores, Union Music &

Tourist Information Centre.

Film. Youth. (15) Drama about a retired conductor

at a clinic in the Alps with an old friend,

reflecting on their lives and children. All Saints,

3pm, £5-£6.50.

MON 13

Talk. Living in History: Researching your

House. House Historian, Rosalind Chislett

looks at the architectural history and the

development of houses in Sussex. She will also

explore how to investigate the history of your

property. King’s Church Building, 7.30pm,



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JUNE listings (cont)

TUE 14

Film & Discussion. Climate Change - What’s

the Fuss? Film screening of This Changes Everything,

inspired by Naomi Klein’s international

non-fiction bestseller. Followed by Q&A with

expert panellists. Come along with your climate

change questions, or just listen along. All Saints,

7pm, free.

TUE 14 & WED 15

Theatre. Much Ado about Nothing.

Charleston, Tue 7.30pm, Wed 1pm & 7.30pm.

Appellant’s Tale. Part of the LGSRAS Refugee

Week 20th-26th June 2016. Linklater Pavilion,

7.30pm, free.

FRI 17 & SAT 18

Beer & Cider Festival. 80 real ales, plus ciders

and perries. Hot food and soft drinks too. Town

Hall, 11am-6pm. Prices and tickets at

SAT 18

FRI 17

The Refugee Tales. A celebration of the 2015

walk in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers

and immigration detainees. Contributions

from the participants of the walk, a short film,

music by Lou Glandfield and a reading of The

Village Fête. Stalls, games, exhibitions and

competitions. Raise a glass to celebrate the

Queen’s birthday. Barcombe Village Hall, 12-

4pm, free. 01273 400157


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JUNE listings (cont)

Village Fête. Stalls, BBQ, tea, cake, bouncy castle,

tug of war, egg throwing and more. Kingston

Village Green (behind the Juggs pub), 1-5pm,


SUN 19

Midsummer Madness.

BBQ, bathing,

bar & live music.

Annual fundraiser for

Starfish Music and

Landport & Malling

Summer Playscheme.

Pells Pool,

5-10.30pm, £7/£4.

Tickets from Pells

Pool, 01273 472334,

lewesyouththeatre. or Si’s Sounds.

Open Garden. Tea, cake, plant sale. Funds

raised go to the Lewes Saturday Circles Group,

a self-funding group for adults with learning

difficulties. 1 Rose Cottage, Chalvington Road,

Golden Cross, 11am-5pm, £3/children free.

FRI 24 & SUN 26

Film. Eddie

the Eagle. (PG)

The story of

Eddie Edwards,

the underdog

British ski jumper

who charmed

the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics, and

managed not to break anything. All Saints, Fri

5.45pm, Sun 8pm, £5-£6.50.



(15) Based

on the true

story of how

the Boston

Globe uncovered

the massive scandal of child molestation

and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese,

shaking the entire Catholic Church to its

core. All Saints, Fri 8pm, Sun 5.15pm, £5-£6.50.

SAT 25 & SUN 26

Joy Festival. Live music, delicious

food and drink. Convent Fields,

10am-5.30pm, £5, U10s free.

Flower Festival. In aid of St Peter and St James

Hospice and the Beacon Parish Churches.

Refreshments in Westmeston Parish Hall. St

Martin’s Church, Westmeston, 11am-5pm, free,

donations welcome.

SUN 26

Open Gardens. Hidden

historic garden open for

charity. Topiary, mature

trees, pond and perennial

borders with brick

paviour paths. Homemade

teas. Entrance

down steps between

2 & 3 Grange Road,

2-5.30pm, £3.50/children


Open Gardens. Visit these internationally

acclaimed, award-winning gardens and help

raise funds for Chestnut Tree House children’s

hospice. Follers Manor, Seaford Road, Alfriston,

11am-4pm, £5, children free

Film. Hail,


(12A) Coen



about a Hollywood

fixer who

must investigate the kidnapping of a movie star

(George Clooney). All Saints, 3pm, £5-£6.50.

TUE 28

Death Café. Drinks, snacks and conversation

about dying, death and the life cycle. Trevor

Arms, Glynde 7.30pm, free (voluntary contributions).

No need to book.












@ The Con Club



























If you like your music fast, skanky and of a topical bent,

check out the Meow Meows, Brighton’s best ska/punk

band since The Piranhas, and who are doing a fairly

extensive tour to publicise their third album, Meow Meows

on the Moon. They’re a fantastic live band, their pumped

up brass section adding a whole lot of oomph to their

offbeat dance sound, while singers Anna and Danny tell it

how it is in songs like Friends on Benefits (check out their

vid on They’ve played at the Con

Club before, and if it’s anything like last time, the place

will be jumping. Highly recommended.

Sat 4th June, Con Club, 8pm, free.



Vintage Hot Swing. Gypsy swing. Pelham Arms,

8.30pm, free


Jacuemo. Ska pop. Lamb, 8.30pm, free


Chris TT. Songwriter. Union Music, 3pm, free

Stone Junction. Snowdrop, 9pm, free

The Night before the Fête. Waterloo Bonfire

Society gig, bands tba. Paddock, 6pm, free

Mick Ryan & Paul Downes. English folk. Royal

Oak, 8pm, £7

Cousin Avi. Funk rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Meow Meows (see above). Con Club, 8pm, free


English folk dance tunes session. Bring instruments.

Lamb, 12pm, free

Open mic. Elephant & Castle, 7.30pm, free

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


Greg Heath. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


English folk dance tunes session. Bring instruments.

John Harvey Tavern, 8pm, free

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


American old-time session. Appalachian. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

FRI 10

‘Ballads, Bossa & Blues’. Music from Constance

Owen and Charlie Crabtree. Anne of Cleves

House, 7.30pm, £5

The Fold. Folk rock. Con Club, 8pm, free

Gin Bowlers. Swing and vulgar beats. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SAT 11

Marcus Eaton. Americana. Union Music Store,

3pm, free

Hatful of Rain + Lowri Evans. Appalachian folk.

Con Club, 7.30pm, £10

Jerry Jordan. English traditional folk. Elephant &

Castle, 8pm, £6

Supernatural Things. Funk, soul and blues. The

Hearth, 9.30pm, free

Unison Bends. Snowdrop, 9pm, free

MON 13

Graeme Flowers. Jazz trumpet. Snowdrop, 8pm,






Open Mic. All welcome. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

FRI 17

All Things Must Pass. Music of George Harrison.

Con Club, 8pm, £10

Steve Watts Jazz Trio. Soul jazz from the experienced

muso. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 18

Georgia Lewis & Friends. English folk. Elephant

& Castle, 8pm, £6

The Contenders. 9pm, free

Town of Cats. Gyp-hop ska. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

MON 20

Peter Fraise. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


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

THU 23

Carlene Carter. Country. Con Club, 7.30pm,

from £18

Diane & Steve Nevill. English folk. Elephant &

Castle, 8pm, £6

FRI 24

Tar Babies. 60s trip. Con Club, 8pm, free

The Reform Club. Our former MP Norman

Baker and his Kinks-like merry men. Snowdrop,

8.45pm, free

James Riley. Nashville Bluegrass soul. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SAT 25

Lowri Evans. Country singer-songwriter. Union

Music Store, 3pm, free

Wild Ponies. Nashville Americana. Con Club,

7.30pm, £10

John Crampton. Highly popular one-man Blues

extravaganza. Snowdrop, 9pm, free

Debbie Bond & Radiator Rick. Alabama roots

blues. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 25 & SUN 26

Joy. A boutique summer festival, with live music,

entertainment and food. Convent Field, 10am-

5pm, £5 (under-10s go free)

SUN 26

Folk in the Chapel. With music from Derrick

Hughes & Joy Lewis, The Full Shanty, Jack Hogsden

& Tom Evans. Westgate Chapel, 2.30pm, £5

Fleur de Paris. Chansons. Con Club, 3pm, free

Swing time. Swing dancing. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

MON 27

Imogen Ryall and Julian Nicholas. Jazz sax and

vocals. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


Open mic. All welcome. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

THU 30

Mark Chadwick of the Levellers. Con Club,

8pm, £10/£8

Fleur de Paris, Con Club, Mon 27 John Crampton, Snowdrop, Sat 25th


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“A comedy thriller

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Ditchling Village Green – Wednesday 29 th June at 7.30pm

The Green, Plumpton Green – Thursday 7 th July at 7.30pm

Barcombe Village Hall field – Thursday 21 st July at 7.30pm

Southover Grange Gardens, Lewes – Saturday 23 rd &

Sunday 24 th July at 7.30pm

Ringmer Village Green – Thursday 28 th July at 7.30pm

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What’s on



Badger watching. Loder

Valley, Wakehurst, every

Tuesday 7.30pm, £12/£6.

Minimum age 7 years



Digging for Treasure. Lewes Castle, 10.30am-

12noon, £5. Booking essential. Children to be

accompanied by an adult. 01273 486290

Archaeology afternoon. Digging, recording,

sorting and drawing. Lewes Castle, 2-4pm, £6.

Booking essential. 01273 486290

SAT 18

Midsummer Madness. Food, drink, swimming

and live music from Starfish Youth bands.

Fundraiser for Starfish Music and Landport and

Malling Summer Playscheme. Pells Pool, 5pm

onwards. 01273 472334

Pirate Week. 9 days of pirating fun. Bouncy

Pirate’s Galleon, Walk the Plank, Treasure Quest

and pirate chickens. Spring Barn Farm. Full

details at

Lewes New School Summer Fair. 12-4pm. All

the stalls you’d exepct from face painting to a

coconut shy.




What’s on (cont)

SAT 18, SUN 19 & SAT 25, SUN 26

Scarecrow Festival. Explore the village, find

the scarecrows and enter competitions. Fun

for all ages. Ringmer Village, 10am-5pm,

£6 per map, available from McColl’s Village

Shop. Organised by Ringmer Primary PTA,




SAT 25

Midsummer Festival. Exhibition of work and

crafts from Kindergarten to A-Level. Sideshows,

lunches, cream teas, pageant and more. Michael

Hall School, 11am-5pm.

WED 29

Theatre. Macbyrd. It’s

1940 in a sleepy Sussex

village. George, a retired

mechanic, receives a letter

from the War Office. Magpies

gather, hopping on

their twiggy legs. ‘What’s

this?’ they cackle. A brand

new comedy thriller from

The Rude Mechanicals. The Green, Plumpton

Green, 7.30pm, picnic at 6pm, £15 & concessions.

School Open Days

Lewes New School, Wed 8th

Eastbourne College, Thu 23rd

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Kaleidoscope Theatre Summer

Schools. Early bird offer available!

Full details

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15-year-old opera singer

Tell us about your next show… It’s a Benjamin

Britten opera called The Turn of the Screw, which

I’ll be performing at La Scala in Milan. Rehearsals

start in August and the show will be on during

September and October.

Who is your character? She’s called Flora and

she’s meant to be ten years old, but she’s usually

played by a young adult. I played the same character

on the Glyndebourne tour in 2014 and it’s

been really interesting starting to get back into

it, because my voice has changed a lot, and

the character will change too.

It’s quite unusual for somebody

your age to be an opera singer…

My friends think it’s quite weird! Lots

of people still don’t really know what I

sing, and they’re usually quite surprised.

What got you interested in opera? I’ve always

loved singing, ever since I was four and I had my

first part in a pantomime – I was a little rabbit in

Aladdin. I had a music teacher when I was seven

or eight who taught in a very classical way, so I

jumped right into opera really. The first piece I

remember learning was Alleluia by Mozart.

How often do you practise? I spend about 20

minutes a day really working on my technique,

but I sing all the time anyway.

How will you keep up with schoolwork

while you’re away? I have to come back to

school for a week in September because

Year 11 is quite a crucial year, but

they’re going to send me my work. I’m

not sure how I’m going to manage it

yet! Rebecca Cunningham


Cycling in Lewes with children is not always a pleasant affair. Many

of the roads are narrow, the children wobbly and the hills - yes Station

Street I’m talking about you - far too steep. However, if you combine

two modes of transport - car and bike - then cycling as a family becomes

pleasurable once again. This Saturday my middle child and I drove to

Saltdean, about half an hour away. From there we cycled along the beach

front to Rottingdean and further on to Brighton Marina.

The sun shone on our cycling adventure, glistening off the sea on one

side as we trundled along. On our other side we were flanked by huge monolithic cliffs, as if we had stumbled

back into the Jurassic era. An added advantage to this route is that the promenade is wide enough

to encompass walkers, dog owners and cyclists alike, which makes for a much more pleasant experience

for all. The lack of gradient was a plus too, and meant that my son and I were evenly matched in terms of

cycling proficiency and speed.

There were several opportunities to eat en route, always useful when a child’s energy is flagging. As you

come into Brighton Marina there is also an area for fishing and we spent half an hour or so sitting here

watching the fishermen bait their hooks and wait expectantly. Cycling on a little further, we found several

eateries and rewarded ourselves with a large pizza as we looked out at the boats docked along the Marina.

For a fun, relaxed weekend activity, this one got a huge thumbs-up from us and is something we shall

repeat over the coming months. Jack Adams


At Ringmer Primary School, our motto is ’Be the best that you can be!’

Ours is a happy, thriving school with 270 children currently on roll.

Following redevelopment of the school over the last year, our nursery

and infant classrooms have been completely rebuilt and the rest of the

school has been refurbished. The result is a beautiful new

learning environment which we and the children love!


A purpose-built, on-site nursery school which is

integrated into our Early Years department;

Two small Reception classes (currently fewer than

20 children in each);

A stunning Early Years’ outdoor learning


Beautiful new and airy classrooms for all children

in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 (2-7);

Refurbished/extended classrooms for all children

in Key Stage 2 (7-11);

A brand new ‘food tech’ room for use in

curriculum time and for clubs (such as the Great

Ringmer Bake Off Club!)

Beautiful grounds in the lee of the South Downs;

A successful, progressive education (both the

Primary School and the Nursery were judged

‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2015);

Extended hours provision (‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset’

clubs) to support working families;

A wide range of sporting and creative after school

clubs, to enrich the school experience for the


A holistic approach which values academic

excellence alongside personal development

and creativity. Achievement and effort are highly

valued in our school.

We still have places available in our Reception classes for this September. If you

haven’t found a school for your child yet, why not come and see us and we’ll be

happy to show you around!

Ringmer Primary and Nursery School, Harrisons Lane, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5LL






Ringmer Primary School

Contact: Dave Evans (Headteacher)


Tel (01273) 812463

Ringmer Nursery School

Contact: Corina Gamble (Nursery Teacher/Manager)


Tel (01273) 814154


This month’s picture was sent in by 12-yearold

Lulu Freeman. “I took this picture of a

carousel on Brighton beach,” she writes, in her

accompanying e-mail. “It was such a beautiful

sunny day and the roundabout looked so magical

and vintage it made a perfect picture.” And

then she adds: “I really hope you like it!” We

do, indeed, Lulu. Not just the subject matter,

but the interesting way you’ve framed and

cropped the shot (whether that was in your

mind as you took the picture or on your computer)

leaving plenty of sky and not trying to

get too much carousel in there. Love the bird

too. In fact, we think this would make a great

album cover. Any bands out there agree? Lulu

wins a £10 book token, kindly donated by Bags

of Books bookshop in Cliffe. Under 16? Please e-mail your photos to, with your

contact details and a sentence or two about where and why you took it.



Saturday 25 th June 2016 - 11:00 - 17:00

Exhibitions of work and crafts from Kindergarten to A-Level

Pageant ~ Sideshows ~ Estate & Garden Walks ~ Alumni Tours

Lunches ~ Cream Teas ~ Strawberries & Ice-Cream

There will be an evening performance of ‘The Fan’ by Carlo Goldoni

Performed by Class 10 on the Open Air Stage at 20:00 (weather permitting)

Tickets available on the Information Stand (Age 14 upwards)

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row. East Sussex, RH18 5JA

Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006



The Sussex Ox

Moo with a view

There’s been a lot of

talk in recent years

about ‘food miles’.

When it comes to the

Sussex Ox, that ohso-very

country pub

in Milton Street, with

its spectacular views

over Firle Beacon,

this could be translated

to ‘food yards’.

The pub is owned by

the people who also

run the farm around

it, and the lamb and beef they sell is from animals

reared organically on the premises.

I pay a visit with my best friend Johnny, and my

fiancée Rowena, and my best friend’s latest flame

Sarah, who I’ve known for 25 years, but not in

that capacity. The girls have met once before,

briefly. So you could say that there’s an interesting

dynamic around the table. It’s a Monday

evening and we’ve rushed to get there before

9pm, when the kitchen closes.

I’ve been to the Ox before, and I’m happy to see

that it hasn’t changed too much since the new

owners took over a couple of years back. There’s

still a bit that looks pubby and another bit that

looks pub-converted-into-restauranty and we

are lead there. It’s a well-lit room with prints on

the walls. Monday being Monday, there’s only

one other set of diners; Monday being Monday

there’s a buzz around the rest of the place – it’s

quiz night.

I know what Rowena is going to want to eat

because we almost always want exactly the same

thing (go figure). In this case it’s salt and pepper

squid (£6.25) as a starter and ‘char-grilled 28-day

aged prime Sussex sirloin steak’ as a main course.

The latter, with all

those mouth-watering

adjectives, is impossible

to look past, even

at top-dollar £18.50.

Johnny has chosen

trout, and he orders

first, and you can see

his dismay as we all

order the steak after


You can tell a lot about

a person from how

they behave after they

trip over, and our waitress’ graceful and selfdeprecatory

reaction having gone arse over tip in

front of us endears her to us no end: luckily this

happens as she’s coming up to take our order, and

not laden with hot food.

And the food? Pretty excellent. The squid has

been cooked and seasoned so perfectly it seems

a shame to dip it in the garlic mayonnaise sauce

it comes with. And the steak is as succulent as

you’d imagine from the meat of an animal you

might have heard mooing on an earlier visit. The

peppercorn sauce is a little waterier than I’d have

made it, but that’s a small moan. We share a bottle

of Sicilian Primitivo, which hits the nail bang

on the head.

Everyone leaves happy, our foursome better

acquainted than before. The company has been

more than agreeable, but next time – perhaps

after walking across from Alfriston on a sunny

evening – I’ll make it a meal for just two, and

we’ll sit in the garden, and try to coincide the arrival

of the food with the sun setting behind Firle

Beacon. We marry in July. Alex Leith

The Sussex Ox, Milton Street, 01323 870840 /

07532 305909



Photo by Rebecca Cunningham


Asian coleslaw and bean curd

vermicelli noodle salad

Chloe Edwards can often be spotted wheeling her vintage pram, filled with

culinary delights, around the streets of Lewes. This is her recipe for a fresh

and crunchy lunchtime favourite to try at home...

I’ve started by toasting peanuts and coconut

chips with turmeric for the dukkah. Dukkah

just means ‘to pound’ in Arabic, as this is the

way they are made, so it doesn’t refer to a specific

recipe. You can make sweet or savoury

dukkahs and sprinkle them on almost anything

– yoghurt, porridge, eggs, salads – they’re a really

handy go-to ingredient to make something

that’s not that tasty on its own really tasty, and

they’re a good way of increasing your protein.

So, to the peanuts and coconut I’m going to

add a bit of fennel, which works really well with

Asian flavours, and I also thought I’d throw in

a bit of hibiscus for the sweetness and colour.

Add a little bit of salt and black pepper, and

then grind the mixture softly in a pestle and

mortar to a mixed consistency – not completely

to a powder – because varying the size of all

the individual components really adds to the


Next is the coleslaw. One of the joys of making

coleslaw is that you can basically finely

chop any vegetables you like; I always put in

some mange tout or sugar snap peas, peppers

are good, and you’ve got to have some radish

– whether that’s kohlrabi or the humble English

radish. To dress it you can use a fish sauce,

if you like that, but I’ve discovered coconut

aminos as an alternative, to give it that sour,

savoury flavour.

I bought the bean curd vermicelli at Lansdown

Health Foods, or you can use rice noodles instead

if you prefer. Put the noodles in a pan and

just cover with boiling water, then stick the lid

on and leave for about a minute. Using a fork,

shake the noodles around a bit to make sure

they’re not sticking together. Put the lid back

on and leave for another three minutes, and

then drain. It’s important to refresh them with

cold water straight away, otherwise they will

carry on cooking. If I’m not using the noodles

straight away, I tend to pour in a tablespoon of

sunflower oil and pull it through – as if you’re

putting a hair product on – to stop them from

sticking together.

The dressing I’ve made for the noodles is really

simple. I’ve nutribulleted a handful of cherry

tomatoes, some fresh mint and coriander, lime

juice, garlic, soya sauce and sugar. Asian cooking

often calls for palm sugar or jaggery, but I

tend to use a light muscovado because it’s my

favourite. And you can improvise the ingredients;

if you don’t like tomatoes, leave them out.

Or if you want to make a really quick meal, you

can use a sweet chilli sauce instead.

Mix the dressing through the noodles and top

with a serving of coleslaw, then sprinkle over a

spoonful of dukkah and it’s ready to serve.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham



Pizza Oven

La pizza è mobile

A pizza’s home is… a van, it seems, nowadays.

A big green van, with a hatch on one side, a chimney

coming out of the ceiling, and a wood-fired oven inside.

On Thursdays, the van, one of three in the Pizza

Oven caterers’ fleet, comes to Lewes and parks up in

that car park in Cliffe between Harveys and the Dorset, between 5 and 8pm.

“I’ll have the goat’s cheese and sundried tomato,” I say to the friendly woman behind the hatch, who

immediately sets to work running a splodge of dough through a machine to make it pizza shaped, and

passing it to her assistant, who smears it with tomato, adds the ingredients, and slots it in the oven. On

showing my Viva, I also claim a free bit of garlic bread.

The idea’s a great one: these vans travel all over East and West Sussex, mainly to villages, and the villagers

get to know when they’re coming, so whatever night it is they arrive becomes pizza night.

Which is all very well… but do they taste as good as ones made in a more traditional space? I take my

two boxes to that bench under a tree along the path to Tesco, lift a slice of the pizza out of the box

and… wow. It’s a thin crust variety, and it’s perfectly cooked. That old cheese-tomato-basil combo

works a treat, as ever, the 12” garlic bread is a salty delight, and I must look a happy man, to the handful

of people who pass me, as I munch away, a big brown box of grub either side of me. Alex Leith


The Sussex Ox

Milton Street

East Sussex

BN26 5RL

01323 870840



from 11am - 8PM


sunday 26 JUNE

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Kick off your summer with tasty fish, food and drink!

The whole family can enjoy the treats on offer with non-stop

live music from the best local talent, demonstrations

by chefs and fishermen and craft activities.




Edible Updates

There is something magical about umami - the irreplaceable

savouriness found in cured, fermented and ocean-grown foods, and

thanks to their new smokehouse, the Pelham Arms are having a bit

of a celebration of the fifth taste.

You’ll find sauerkrauts and home-smoked ingredients popping up

across their menu, including thinly cut brisket, hearty pork belly,

Holmansbridge sausages and turkey breast to send Bernard Matthews

heading for the hills. The Pelham is also continuing to host the monthly Greek Girls Supper

Club that raises money for refugee charities, returning on 27th June (

On the pop-up dining theme, Pleasant Stores are hosting guest chefs on Thursdays and Fridays in

June and early July for three-course vegetarian suppers paired with natural wines. Also in service

of our town’s healthy eaters this month, the Community Chef ( is sharing

knowledge of Everyday Superfoods and North Indian Cookery at two workshops, and Laporte’s has

new stock of raw, organic and handmade Pana Chocolate.

The big event to look forward to is Joy ( The boutique festival of food, drink, music

and lifestyle from the team at Food Rocks will be held at the Convent Fields on 25th and 26th June.

The following week, yours truly is to be held responsible (eek!) for a street food market at the mega

Lewes Raft Race and Regatta on Sunday 3rd July. Beyond that, some of our area’s best producers

will also be found at Alfest, the Alfriston festival of food and music, on 9th July. Chloë King

Illustration by Chloë King


A&R. Heritage & Home

Adams & Remers are pleased to work with the Listed Property

Owners Club. We provide advice to their membership and do not

charge for our initial consultation. In this way we have assisted

many Listed Property Owners Club members from Carlisle to


We have a knowledge and appreciation of Listed Property. Many of our

clients own such properties. We know the special nature of the

properties and are pleased to advise on any aspect of your day to day life

with them.

Whether you are just acquiring a listed property or if you already own

one, navigating your way around the planning and listed building

consent system can seem daunting and we are very happy to assist and

guide you through it.

Suzanne Bowman, Partner, Adams & Remers LLP,

Trinity House, School Hill, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 2NN

+44 (0)1273 403220

Legal advisors to the membership of the

Listed Property Owners Club


This month we asked regular contributor David Stacey to set his alarm

extra early and take portraits of commuters on their journey to work in

the morning. He asked them: “What time train are you getting, and to

where, and what do you do to pass the time on the journey?”

Matt Kent, heading to Gatwick Airport

“I’m usually on the 7.40 and need a tea from the Runaway Cafe.

Work emails, reading Metro or social media kills the time.”


Rebecca Manville heading to her office in Kingston-on-Thames

“I generally take the 7.20. I read trade marketing publications, think, email admin

and generally dream of my next working-from-home day!”


Yad Luthra heading to BBC at Portland Place

“I usually get the 8.22 to London Victoria. I try to make the journey a positive and relaxing

experience - so I read a lot, watch downloads, listen to podcasts or just contemplate

the world going by. I also work on the train when things are particularly busy.”

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Fiona Abbott heading to Hearst Magazines on Carnaby Street

“I usually get the 6.48. I do my make-up first, then frantic texting as I plan the kids’ movements;

then I work for the rest of the journey. I get a bus from Victoria to Carnaby St, so

listen to the radio, catch up on MailOnline and flick through various social media feeds.”


Sarah Chalmers heading to Sarcoma UK near Old Street

“I get the 6.48 to London Bridge. I live in Malling and cycle to

the station, takes about 8 minutes, to save me getting up even earlier.

I then get the Northern Line up to Old Street (the land of beards and brogues).”

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Chris Smith

Lewes Travel Log man

Lewes Travel Log is a website and newsletter

which I started to encourage people living in or near

Lewes to use sustainable travel – ie walking, cycling

and getting the bus or train – instead of driving

or flying. I let readers know about how to get the

cheapest tickets on offer, about useful cycle and

walking routes, and about campaigns against bodies

and people that are trying to make sustainable travel

more difficult or expensive.

There were two things that sparked it off. I was

a Green and I was banned from asking questions in

the Christmas quiz about buses – ie what number

bus takes you from Lewes to Haywards Heath – because

no-one knew the answers. And I had friends

in St Swithun’s Terrace who, when I suggested they

might take a bus from the High Street instead of

using their car, asked me how they would go about

doing that. I thought it was time for action. This was

about 10-12 years ago.

I’m not anti-car. My partner and I own one; I realise

that the way things are set up it’s difficult to

travel sustainably all of the time. Try getting to

Hurstpierpoint, for example (where my mother was

in a nursing home). But I realise that East Sussex has

the highest rate of car ownership per capita in the

country, and we need to try to do something about

that because traffic is bad enough as it is, and the

time will come when the whole area is completely

choked up.

I make it my mission to let people know the

cheapest public transport tickets they can buy.

For example, as of last month Lewes is no longer

in the Brighton City zone, as far as the bus companies

are concerned, which means a use-it-all-day

City Saver, bought on the bus, will now set you back

£6.50 instead of £4.70. Unless you buy a scratch-off

ticket in Tourist Information or Martins Newsagent,

that is, in which case it will cost you £4.90.

I’m a keen walker. On my website I have outlined

over 40 walks, all of which start and end in Lewes or

somewhere connected to Lewes by public transport.

Some of them are themed: there’s an Eric Ravilious

one, for example, and another one about paths in

the Firle Estate which have been obscured or even

ploughed over.

Another battle is the Gatwick extension plan.

I’m against it. I believe if it goes ahead it will be

inevitable that the A23 is turned into a motorway

all the way from Beddingham to Polegate. Our MP

Maria Caulfield refuses to come down on one side

or the other, I suspect because she will annoy potential

voters whichever way she goes.

The newsletter allows me to release my inner

nerd, but it has attracted over 300 subscribers, and a

lot of them forward it on as well. You can subscribe

to it for free via As told to AL



Bentley Motor Museum

A century of automobile history

What sorts of cars do you keep at Bentley? We try to

get a really good cross section here, and not only cars –

we also have a collection of motorcycles, a horse-drawn

hearse and a 1937 Dennis fire engine.

Where do they come from? They are all privately

owned. We charge a very modest rent to keep them here

and in return we cover the insurance and security.

Who owns the fire engine? That one belongs to

Crowborough Council – it was found in a field and

restored. Its bell was found being used in a pub on one

of the Scottish islands, where somebody recognised it as

the fire engine’s bell. The publican gave it to him and he

brought it back.

How long has the motor museum been here? We

opened in April 1982 with 25 cars. The very first one

was the 1928 Minerva, which is 17 feet long and weighs

two and a half tonnes, so the rest of the museum was

built up around that! I’ve been in that one once a long

time ago – the wheels are so big that you go over a bump

and don’t even notice.

What’s a typical day at the museum? We open at

10am, and a big part of the job is walking around and

chatting to the visitors, but then there’s always a lot of

running around that you don’t expect! Sometimes an

owner will come in and want to start their car up, or

you’ll see something that needs a bit of a polish. Some

days we have school visits.

What criteria does a car have to meet to be kept

here? It depends on what it is… it has to be in pretty

excellent condition, it has to have an interesting history

and it has to be in some way educational.

Do you own any of them? The pre-war Austin 7

replica belongs to my husband. He came to Bentley to

talk about keeping it here – he didn’t expect to find a fellow

car enthusiast with no wedding ring – so that car is

responsible! We had all sorts of fun and games in that.

Which car in the museum is the most expensive?

We couldn’t say, but there are two cars here which are

insured for over a million. See if you can guess which

ones they are… Rebecca Cunningham spoke to Angela Gould



Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

As a former member

of the British Guild

of Travel Writers,

I happen to know

that several of my

fellow journeymen

and women have

chosen to live in this

area over the years.

I only mention the

fact because it does

suggest that, having

travelled extensively

‘away’ from Sussex as part of their enviable jobs,

they must know a thing or two when it comes to

calling a place ‘home’.

They must also have – as I do – firm views on

what is their preferred form of transport and

for me, today, it has to be feet, or walking! Air

travel used to be fun when I worked for BEA in

the sixties. Airports were less security-conscious

then and aircraft less crowded. The same can be

said for motoring. I find motorways now verging

on the maniacal, and there are just too many cars

constantly on the move 24/7.

Trains? Chocker when and if they do turn up on

time. Fancy a cruise John? What - with 2,000

people aboard and two other mega-boats trailing

closely around the Mediterranean? Not for me.

Thank goodness then for ‘Daisy’. Yes – I know

what people say about geeks who give names to

their cars but with a registration plate offering

‘DSY’ and a bright yellow vehicle, ‘Daisy’ it had

to be and currently, she’s looking very good.

This is largely down to the young people who

work for Zest car valeting in the grounds of

County Hall. Zest is a community interest

company which supports and trains adults with

learning disabilities and autism to deliver a professional

car valet


Meet, as I did

recently, Sophie,

Paul, Sam, Kieran

and Arran together

with their mentors,

Kerry and Martin.

Martin told me

that the work

allowed individual

members of his

team to experience

having a job, engage in banter and relate to customers

in a friendly way. This they do with great

enthusiasm and the end product is sparkling.

The service, supported by East Sussex County

Council, is also available in Eastbourne.

Naturally, I’m now reluctant to venture out in

my dishy ‘Daisy’ and the thought of attempting

Southover Road – or ‘Pothole Passage’ as I call

it – is a daunting one. Then there’s the hazard

of negotiating the ‘Weak Bridge’ at the railway

station. The warning sign is hardly reassuring

and what do the letters ‘MGW’ mean? When I

suggested ‘Might Give Way’ to a local taxi man,

he grinned and said it stood for ‘Maximum Gross

Weight’. Phew!

Bill, from Whitehawk in Brighton, prefers the

bicycle for his transport, he told me when we

chatted at the foot of Keere Street. He’s 75, has a

stent fitted, and relishes the “peace and quiet of

Lewes”. Splendid bloke!

I’d also like to mention Shannon from Seaford

who was busking on Cliffe bridge one morning

and really knocked me out with her powerful

singing and personality. At 20 she has a bright

future ahead. John Henty



Should we stay...

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England

The EU referendum is the biggest political decision

of a generation, and it is drawing ever closer. As a

Green, I wholeheartedly support the campaign for

Britain to remain part of the EU.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of this referendum

for our future, our society and our environment.

Thanks to the EU we now have a Europewide

cap on bankers’ bonuses, vital environmental

safeguards and social protections while EU standards

on air quality, healthy rivers and clean beaches

are also forcing our Government to clean up its act.

The EU is responsible for around 80% of all environmental

laws in the UK and there are many examples

of positive change. For example, protected

wildlife sites were being lost at a rate of 15% a year

before EU action; now the rate is just 1%.

The EU has led the way in pushing for ambitious

targets to tackle climate change and is playing an

important role in promoting the measures needed

to achieve those targets. The switch to renewable

energy and sustainable transport are prime objectives

for our 50-strong group of Green MEPs.

In the South East, the EU has also delivered and

supported thousands of new jobs, improved the performance

of almost 2,000 businesses, allowed another

2,000 to make financial savings from improved

energy efficiency, helped more than 1,000 small

businesses reduce energy and water usage by 10%,

and reduced the region’s overall CO2 emissions by

more than 40,000 tonnes.

Lewes sits proudly in the South Downs, Britain’s

newest National Park, and within it, it is EU funding

that is helping local businesses grow sustainable

tourism, support for local food projects and encouraging

cooperative working with similar projects

across Europe. The EU is also facilitating the work

of the RSPB to protect and improve the wildlife and

habitats that make the South Downs such a wonderfully

vibrant natural treasure.

Despite the beauty that surrounds it, Lewes is a

town, like many others in Sussex, beset by air pollution.

EU laws are helping ensure that the issue is

taken seriously by a UK government reluctant to acknowledge

the problem. Practically, EU funding is

also supporting the Sussex Air Quality Partnership

to raise awareness of air quality issues, and evaluate

and implement measures to improve air quality

across the region.

Whether you live in the town or a small village, the

future of the UK’s relationship with Europe will affect

your daily life. Important funding and vital social

and environmental protections are easy to take

for granted, but, with the referendum looming, we

all need to think carefully about how the EU affects

our lives and our country.

I believe the EU is far from perfect, but I know

that while our Government retains its core values

of austerity and a deregulatory agenda, our rights,

freedoms, and environmental standards are under

constant threat and it is our shared EU laws which

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...Or should we go?

Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes

As I write this, we enter the key period before every

person eligible to vote in British elections will -

thanks to the pledge within this Government’s manifesto

- have the chance to either vote for Britain to

leave or remain within the EU.

After the election, the Prime Minister set about

negotiating with other EU member states in order

to secure reforms to Britain’s membership. Agreements

were reached in March after a lengthy period

of negotiation. They present a welcome step in the

right direction, however, I feel due to the reluctance

of other EU nations, they fail to go far enough.

I have made it my mission to visit as many businesses

as possible, both big and small, to chat about issues

affecting them. It soon became clear that there was

one concern for the majority of those businesses: the

growing wave of bureaucracy, mainly from Brussels.

Whether it be new regulations relating to equipment

used in a Lewes hairdressers, or the failing

Common Agricultural Policy which so negatively

affects our farmers surrounding the town, it soon

became clear that our EU membership was having

a profoundly damaging impact on those putting so

much into the local economy.

We need only look a little further afield within the

constituency, at those fishermen working out of Newhaven,

to see an example of how little the reforms

will benefit the UK. A once-thriving fishing town,

Newhaven has seen its in-shore fishing industry

decimated by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Just before Christmas, I had fishermen expressing

their overwhelming concerns, as, overnight, with no

warning, the EU banned Sea Bass fishing in our waters.

Men who had just spent thousands of pounds

on new nets were now letting crew go because their

business had just been closed down. What could I

do about this as the local Member of Parliament?

Nothing. The decision was made in Brussels.

These concerns in most instances would be enough

to convince most to vote ‘Leave’ on the 23rd June.

However, there is another, for some even more

pressing concern, which relates to the clear disengagement

that the EU has with the British electorate.

Very few members of the public are aware of

who represents them within the European Parliament,

and even fewer seem to care.

Of course, this leaves a breeding ground for unaccountability

with an end result of policy that profoundly

impacts upon the lives of those within the

UK being steered in directions completely opposite

to Britain’s interests. Such an activity wouldn’t be acceptable

at any level of Government within the UK,

so why should it be acceptable within the EU?

On the 23rd June, we have a once in a life time

chance to map our future as a country. No one is

saying it will be easy but for the first time in nearly

40 years we will be masters of our own destiny, part

of Europe but not governed by the EU.




Photo by Emma Chaplin

Nick Marks

Joint Managing Director, Baldwins Travel Agency

Tell me about yourself. In 1991, my father (now

chairman) Ron bought Baldwins Travel Agency.

We’re a family business. I’ve been working for the

company for 20 years, my mother is a director and

my brother is joint Managing Director. We’ve won

national awards and been Travel Agency of the Year

for the South-East area for the last nine years and

we’re proud of that.

Lewes Travel on Station Street is now part of

your ‘group’? Richard Powell, the owner of Lewes

Travel, wanted to retire, so we suggested we took

over. We’d like to make his clients as happy as

he did. Lewes had always been on the radar as a

great place for us to expand (Baldwins have eight

branches across the South East).

Will you keep the name? For now. We’d always

want to include something about the locality in the

name though.

What are your plans? We’re going to be redecorating,

getting new furniture and bringing it up-todate.

We’re also creating a new Foreign Exchange

Bureau. We’re the largest local foreign exchange

retailer after Gatwick and our rates are excellent.

Will people be able to use your bureau even if

they didn’t book their holiday through you? Yes,

of course.

What makes you special? We have experience

and knowledge of the locations of the holidays we

offer. Our staff go away for five days a year to visit

places they’ve never been, to find out more about

them. And we listen to our customers. The point of

what we do is to find the right holiday in the right

location for every person who comes to see us.

Isn’t it cheaper to book on the internet? Our

prices are very competitive because we’re part of a

large buying group. Plus we offer support, back-up

and guarantees. There was a huge resurgence in the

use of travel agencies after the Iceland ash cloud crisis.

I got in a minibus and drove to Paris to collect

some of our business clients. We worked through

the night to get our clients home.

Who are your clients? Anyone. We organise trips

for schools, school leavers and retired families. UK

holiday parks to six star cruises.

What do you think of Trip Advisor? I’m not

afraid of it, but remember, 90% of people who post

on it are complaining.

How has the company changed over the years?

Baldwin’s turnover was £3 million a year in 1991,

now it’s £30 million. Our business travel arm has

been very successful.

What locations are popular at the moment?

Egypt has been hit hard, ditto Turkey. Greece is

doing well, and Spain and Portugal, hugely well.

Everyone wants to go to Cuba before it changes.

What’s your favourite holiday? Skiing in the Val


Top tip for travellers? Always check your passport

expiry date before you book anything. And get

insurance. Only 18% of travellers do.

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Reed and Sedge Warblers

I bless the rains down in Africa

Illustration by Mark Greco

It’s amazing how a song can transport you

someplace else. I can’t hear ‘Africa’ by American

soft-rockers Toto without drifting back 33 years

to a school disco in Plymouth. Right now I’m sat

by the Ouse listening to two songs simultaneously

pouring from deep in the reeds. These songs also

take me back to my childhood and Saturday mornings

spent birdwatching beside similar reedbeds in

South Devon.

The Ouse singers are two small brown birds; the

reed warbler and the sedge warbler and their songs

make me feel strangely nostalgic for a place I have

never been, Ghana, where these warblers will have

spent the whole winter before returning to Sussex

each spring.

Reed warblers are rather plain, whereas sedge

warblers sport a streaky back and stripy head with a

heavy ‘eyebrow’ that fixes them with a permanently

intense expression. These identification features

aren’t important because you’ll rarely see these secretive

birds. But, boy, will you hear them! Because

when they start singing they just can’t stop.

The reed warbler’s song is a loud, repetitive

stuttering chatter of jumbled phrases that just

just doesn’t just doesn’t seem to just just just just

doesn’t just doesn’t seem to seem to go anywhere.

It sounds like one of those warehouse-sized 1950s

computers churning out data. The sedge warbler’s

song is similar but much more energetic and erratic

with added harsh ‘churrrs’ and whistles giving

the overall impression that it urgently needs a

straightjacket and heavy medication.

These complex songs have a simple message: ‘Hey

ladies, my territory is so rich in insects that I don’t

have to spend much time hunting for my food; I can

waste my time just singing’. It’s the loudest, longest,

craziest song that will seduce a feathered female.

Sedge warblers raise their family in a no-frills nest

low in vegetation but the reed warbler weaves an

incredible deep hammock, lashed together with spider

silk between the stiff stems of the tall reeds. The

whole cradle will rock as the reeds bow in the breeze.

In August, after raising their families, their warbler

thoughts drift back to Africa where drums echo

and wild dogs cry out in the night. The warblers

will gorge themselves with aphids and, with a fat

belly full of fuel, take off from Lewes over Iberia,

North Africa and the wide Sahara to Ghana; a

3,000 mile journey.

I always imagine a Ghanaian naturalist pausing

momentarily each autumn to observe these returning

visitors. Do his thoughts drift to the Sussex

riverside town where they spent the summer?

When the rains return to Africa in the spring they

will summon the insect food that will again power

their tiny warbler wings back to England to add to

my Sussex summer soundtrack.

Michael Blencowe, Sussex Wildlife Trust

Illustration by Mark Greco



Lewes Railway Station

Third time lucky

“It was the most incomplete and injudicious

station ever erected.” This pretty damning

description of Lewes’ first railway station, built

in 1847 in Friars Walk, was by an executive of

the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway

(LB&SCR), at the 1858 AGM of the company,

trying to persuade shareholders to invest in a

new station. He wasn’t talking about the station

building, a fine classical structure which wasn’t

demolished until the 1960s. He was talking about

the fact that trains going from Brighton to Hastings

had to back out of what was originally built

as a terminus at Lewes, before continuing their

journey east, which was, by all accounts, quite a

palaver, as it had to effect ‘fits and starts with the

assistance of the points’ (Brighton Gazette).

The money was found, and a new station was

built in 1857, very near the current one, on Station

Road. The look of the place – it is usually described

as being ‘Swiss chalet-style’ - was popular

with the press, and presumably the public. And

the service was much more efficient, though

not completely so, as the line coming in from

London curved very sharply before entering the

station, which meant trains had to go extremely

slowly, often causing delays for trains coming in

on other lines. An Act was passed in 1884 giving

powers for a substantial realignment, which

necessitated the building of a third station.

By now the extremely capable Frederick Gale

Banister was Chief Engineer of the LB&SCR,

and he hired the contractors Joseph Firbank

and Crawley building firm Longley’s to build

something that would last a little longer than its

predecessors. The new station was constructed

alongside the extant station, and the first train to

go through it, at 6.15am on March 9th, was the

‘empty from Brighton to Uckfield’, according to

the subsequent Sussex Express, which reports on

workers toiling overnight to adjust the railway:

‘The night was bitterly cold and the hammers rang

sharply upon the steel metals in the clear frosty

air’. ‘After that, ‘all the trains from the Eastgrinstead

[sic] and Tunbridge Wells, Hastings,

Eastbourne and Seaford lines to Brighton ran over

the new roads.’ It seems there was little fanfare,

perhaps as the station wasn’t fully opened for

goods trains until July. The Express reporter

gives a glowing report of the entrance building,

pointing out its ‘lantern roof’, ‘beautifully carved

stone capitals’ and ‘noble booking hall’.

Banister had succeeded where his predecessors

had failed, and Lewes Railway Station became

known as one of the jewels in the crown of the

LB&SCR stations (Banister had a love of Italianate-style

architecture and this was reflected in

many of the station buildings he commissioned,

particularly those designed by his son-in-law

Thomas Myres). The station’s complicated role

as a hub for trains going in three different directions

made it nationally famous; postcards were

made with the pun ‘just a few lines from Lewes’.

Thanks to Reeves for the use of this picture of the

new station under construction, 1889. Alex Leith


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We service the Harveys fleet and

RDH Coaches, as well as other

commercial customers. We usually

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the odd campervan, car and motorbike

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a three-wheel tuk-tuk and even a

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We’re very happy here and Harveys are a lovely

company to work with. We look after all their

vehicles. We even service the dray.

Five and a half people work here; the half being

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years ago, thinking only one

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If you call us you’ll get

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The largest vehicles we

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The caption accompanying the negative of this image – another from Reeves - gave us enough clues to

find out quite a bit about this month’s picture. ‘M. Duval’s biplane at Lewes’, it reads. Tom and Tania revealed

it was, from its catalogue number, most likely taken around 1911. Monsieur Duval turns out to be

the celebrated aviator Emile Duval; the picture must have been taken during the 1911 ‘Circuit d’Europe’

race, which took place between June 18th and July 7th, with different legs setting off from Paris, Liège,

Utrecht, Brussels, Roubaix, Calais, London, Calais again, and back to Paris. The ante-penultimate leg,

from Calais to Hendon, included a stopover at Shoreham Airport, though by then Duval, we learn from

contemporary records, had dropped out of the race.

We assume M. Duval flew over the Channel despite his elimination from the race, and landed in Lewes

– such unscheduled stops were common in this period of aviation. Bob Cairns, in his book Lewes Through

Time, pinpoints the location to Rise Farm in Southover. As such flying machines were in their infancy

(the first cross-channel flight had only taken place in 1909) the arrival of such a flamboyant figure in

such a magnificent machine must have been quite an occasion for the locals. By the time the plane managed

to take off again, according to a contemporary newspaper report, its chassis was covered in graffiti.

Further research suggests the model measures 8-metres long and 8-metres high, and has a weight of 207

kilos. Its Paris-born pilot would have been just 24 at the time; pictures of him show he wore a splendidly

waxed moustache. He was the 118th ‘Vieille Tigre’ (old tiger, French term for Flying Pioneer) to be

given his licence, and he generally flew, as in this case, a Caudron biplane. Duval, unsurprisingly, joined

the Armée de L’Aire (French Air Force) during WW1. He was involved in two bad accidents, the second

of which earned him the Croix de Guerre as his courage in the face of adversity saved the life of his passenger

and enabled the plane to be salvaged for re-use. He lived until 1956; we imagine he never forgot

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