Viva Lewes Issue #120 September 2016





“Did you have a nice time?” I was asked by my Dutch hosts after

spending a few days in their place in Noordwijk, on the coast of the

Netherlands, a few summers ago. “Yes thanks,” I replied. “I learnt a

lot.” They thought this was very funny, having expected some sort

of grateful platitude, but I had. I’d learnt how to eat herring by

holding it by the tail and dropping it into my mouth, about how nice it is to have raw meat on

toast (sprinkled with MSG powder) for breakfast, about how a train service ought to be run,

about how easy it is to stumble unawares into a cycle lane. But had I had a good time? Yeah, I

guess so, by and large, I suppose. Nothing particularly bad had happened, and I knew so much

more than I had before about their country. Being there had stimulated my curiosity.

Which is a long-winded preamble, I guess, about the theme of this month’s issue - influenced

by the back-to-school nature of the season - ‘learning stuff’. We were going to say ‘education’,

but that sounded too stuffy: find inside loads of features about people who can teach you

useful things, whether that’s a school cook divulging his macaroni cheese recipe secrets, a

home-schooling parent, a violin teacher on their favourite piece of music, or what to eat to

help you think straighter. Learning stuff is made a lot easier when your curiosity is piqued.

We sincerely hope something inside piques your intellectual curiosity, and broadens your

knowledge of what’s up in and around this multi-faceted town. Enjoy the issue…



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Bits and bobs.

10-25. The story behind Archie

Lennon’s cover, inside Southover

Grange, John Evelyn’s Lewes

boyhood, Priory deputy head Julian

Ashworth’s Lewes, the Viva word gets

spread to Hel and back, and much

more besides.


27-31. David Jarman turns 60, Chloë

King counts her chickens, and Mark

Bridge finally gets some of his lyrics

published. Albeit in this magazine.

On this month.

33. Lesser Bohemian author Eimear

McBride at the Small Wonder

Festival in Charleston.

35. Laser artist Chris Levine kicks off

the 1066 Festival in Hastings.

37. Turin Brakes at Together the

People Festival in Preston Park,




39. Bake-off’s Kate Henry et al at

Lewes’ annual OctoberFeast.

41. Hollywood director Corin

Hardy’s Chillerama Fest, part of this

year’s Chiddingly Festival.

43. Peacehaven wild kids Peter

& the Test Tube Babies at the

Undercover Festival.

45. Paul Austin Kelly’s classical


47. Art. Bitten by Picasso at Jerwood


48-49. Tom Hammick’s Towards

Night at Towner Art Gallery.

51. Plumpton’s landscape artist

Grant Dejonge at Brighton Art Fair.

53. Chris Dawson’s trompe l’oeil

artwork in the Sussex Watercolour

Society exhibition.

55. Iris de la Torre’s Frida Kahlo


57-61. Art and About. Artwave’s still

going, a Collector’s Collection at St

Anne’s and much more.


Photo by Graham Carlow

63-71. Diary dates. Festival season is still

upon us: there’s beer at the Snowdrop,

cider and sausages at the Town Hall,

Into the Trees at Pippingford Park, and

the Root 1066 Festival in Hastings.

73-75. Gig guide. The Sharks at the Con

Club, and plenty more including Daddy

Yum Yum’s John Crampton and the

Curst Sons.

77-84. Free time. Home-schooled

Gracie Chick sets off into the world, and

Jacky Adams visits the Herstmonceux

Observatory Science Centre.


87-97. Lunch at Lemongrass, Liz and

John’s station tuck shop, macaroni

cheese courtesy of Lewes New School

chef Jack Thunder, and food news with

Chloë King.


The way we work.

99-107. Barry Collins takes portraits

of local music teachers and asks them

‘what’s your favourite piece of music?’


109-131. Annika Brown on homeschooling,

Sussex Downs’ Hair &

Beauty Salon, ‘schools without walls’

courtesy of So Sussex, the lowdown on

Steiner School education, John Henty

on old-school discipline, Michael

Blencowe berates the great tit, food

that’s good for the brain, Lewes FC

home-and-away fan Gary Blaber,

Fitbitch hits Lewes (hard), Channel

swimmer Dave Shephard, and the

award-winning eco-tecture of Ringmer



133-134. Business news and the

spotlight on eco decorator Craig


Inside Left.

146. Ship repairs in Higham's Wharf,

in front of ‘The Orchard’ island.


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Love me or recycle me. Illustration by Chloë King


Some months ago, we received an

e-mail from 18-year-old A-level

student Archie Lennon, enquiring

about designing one of our covers.

Knowing that we had an educationthemed

issue planned for this month,

we thought it could be the perfect

match, having a student design our

‘learning stuff’ cover. We were seriously

impressed by the standard of

work on his portfolio website, a mixture

of graphic design and photography

projects, so we told him what the

theme was going to be and asked him

to show us his ideas.

We were even more impressed when,

just a few weeks later, with no other

input or guidance from us, he came

back with this polished cover design.

His inventive ‘Viva’ masthead was inspired

by the ‘Back to School’ craze

(which seems to hit the stationery

shops earlier and earlier each year)

creating a real buzz around September

time, albeit in a bid to get you

spending money... Archie says “I

wanted it to reflect all of the good

things about going back to school.”

The image of the studious figure

required a bit of help: first Archie

sketched out the way he wanted the

character to be sitting and how the

composition would work, and then

got his younger brother to step in and

model the pose. “He’s just finished his

GCSEs,” Archie says, “so I had to get

him to dress up in his school uniform

one last time to take the picture.” He

used the photographs as a basis to

create a digital overlay, highlighted in yellow. He experimented

with different colourways, trying to come up with something

minimal, not too garish or ‘back-to-school’-y. We love

his bold choice of palette, striking but restricted.

As this issue makes its way out, Archie will be beginning his

Art Foundation year at City College in Brighton. After that he

says he definitely wants to go into graphic design and illustration,

a career which we have no doubt he'll succeed in - hopefully

we'll be seeing him in these pages again in the future.

In the meantime, enjoy some more examples of his work and

follow his progress at

Rebecca Cunningham




Photo by Emma Chaplin


What’s your job? Deputy Head of Priory School.

I’ve been working there for 24 years under three

head teachers (Keith Chaplin, Martyn Ofield, and

current Head Tony Smith). English teacher, Head of

English, Assistant Head, now Deputy.

You do the timetabling? Yes, there’s a part of my

brain that’s very precise. It’s a time-consuming but

fulfilling task.

Are you local? Local enough. I live in Brighton. It

wouldn’t be good for anyone if I lived in Lewes. I

don’t mind bumping into Priory students in Brighton,

but you need some separation.

How did you come to be a teacher? I grew up in

Epsom. Went to a grammar school, then studied

English at Middlesex Poly. I used my degree wisely

and got a job in Mecca Bookmakers as a betting shop

manager; seven years later I needed a new challenge

and trained as a teacher. I made lots of mistakes, but

learnt from them, then came to Priory.

Tell us about your school days. Happy, with a nice

balance between work and play. I was sporty and

liked music.

What was your least favourite subject? Woodwork.

The teacher, ‘Chippy’ Fisher, cut half his

thumb off showing us how not to use a saw, and that

was it for me. I’m still rubbish at DIY.

What do you enjoy about your job? The kids. I

meet all of them before they come here, when I visit

local primary schools. My door is usually open. They

need our support; they need to know someone will

fight their corner. I want them to feel safe and happy.

What’s the toughest part? Taking time to breathe.

It doesn’t stop.

What one thing would most improve it? Education

is in a state of flux. The government is too

involved, top-down. Schools have very little flexibility.

A school in Lewes is different from a school in

Brighton; schools should be allowed to play to their


Packed lunch or school dinners? School dinners.

I love them. Roast on a Wednesday, fish and chips

on Fridays.

My Year 9 son asked me to ask “why do we have

to tuck our shirts in?” To get you in the right frame

of mind for work. You’re at school to do a job.

What’s important to you outside school? My family,

and taking really good holidays with them. They

are the lily pads that keep me going.

What do you like about Lewes? Bill’s. I go there

often with my wife and son (who is just finishing at


Favourite TV show? The family gathers round for

Coronation Street.

How would you spend a perfect Sunday? A cup of

tea first thing. Then a bit of tennis. I’m more able to

play again now - I got ME in 2005. Breakfast: Full

English, with black pudding, fried eggs and coffee.

No tomatoes. Maybe a casual walk with my family,

say on Seaford Head if it’s sunny. If it’s raining, I’d

watch a baseball game on my laptop. I’m a massive

Yankees fan.

Interview by Emma Chaplin




Lewes’ first Grammar School was founded in 1512 by a wealthy

local widow, Agnes Morley, and it stood in the south-east corner

of the grounds of Southover Grange on Garden Street. The boys

had a typically rigorous, Latin-based education fitting them for

further study at Oxbridge. Perhaps the most famous pupil was

the 17th-century polymath and diarist John Evelyn, who chose to

stay with his grandmother in Lewes rather than go to Eton and

who went up to Oxford aged 17 (see pg17). The school remained

in Southover for about 200 years, when the generosity of another local benefactress, Mary Jenkins, allowed

the headmaster to move to the present site at the foot of St Anne’s Hill on the High Street. That building

served well for over a century, before funds were raised in the town to replace it in 1851. The school took

over other buildings and finally became fully co-educational in 1998. Marcus Taylor


Education plays a role in the lives of many Lewes households, with 6 local-authority primary schools in the

town, 1 secondary, 2 private schools and 1 college. Data from 2013-14 shows 1,158 secondary school pupils

and 1,416 primary school pupils in Lewes state schools. 4% did not have English as their first language, and

8.4% received free school meals. The education sector also provides jobs for many adults, with 1,421 of

the town’s workers employed in this sector in 2011, almost 17% of the total workforce. This has risen from

13.4% in 2001. Sarah Boughton


A long-forgotten pub, the Sussex Arms was situated at 9 Fisher Street, next

door to where the fish-and-chip shop is now. With the Lamb Inn opposite,

the Post Boys Arms a few doors away, and the Lewes Arms behind it, the Sussex

Arms did remarkably well to remain open as long as it did. James Pettit

was landlord for over 30 years between the 1860s and the 1890s, and William

Hayden took over shortly afterwards. William had been an employee of the

railway, serving for 21 years as platform inspector at Lewes Station, and in

1906 hosted the annual railway staff dinner at his pub. Despite its small size,

the dinner saw 20 guests who were also entertained with songs and music.

The wonderful photograph here was taken around 1920, and shows landlord

William ‘Billy’ Hathaway, with an unknown woman. She may look extremely

tall, but actually Billy was a jockey, and for many years rode with one of the numerous Lewes stables. Billy

took over the Sussex Arms with his new wife Florence (‘Floss’) in 1915; the first of four Lewes pubs they

were to run in their lifetime. (They were also mentioned in my article on the Jolly Anglers back in May). The

Sussex Arms was one of three Lewes pubs closed by the licensing committee in 1927. Many thanks to Billy

and Floss Hathaway’s grandson David for allowing me to use the photograph. Mat Homewood


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We speak to Mae Heydorn

at the House of Friendship

about their choir and the new

choir she’s setting up for people

with advanced dementia.

Tell us about yourself. I’m

an opera singer, and I was inspired

by working with Live

Music Now (set up by Yehudi

Menuhin with the aim of bringing music to people

who wouldn’t necessarily otherwise have it in their

lives) to set up a ‘Friendship’ Choir here last June.

The House of Friendship is for people over 55?

Yes. Our Friendship Choir (pictured) meets weekly.

We have more than 20 members, men and women.

We begin with a warm-up, then we learn all kinds

of songs - classical, African, blues, pop. We also perform.

Anyone is welcome. You don’t need to be able

to read music.

You’ve decided to set up another choir for people

with dementia? Yes, and

their carers.

Why is that? Everyone benefits

from singing, but it felt

like a good idea to set up a new

choir with the specific aim of

supporting singing for people

with advanced dementia.

Why is singing so helpful?

Music is powerful. It can reach people in ways

nothing else can. People with dementia who have

lost the ability to speak can remember words to

familiar songs and start singing. It’s very moving.

Emma Chaplin

Choir for Dementia Sufferers with a relative or carer.

Contact Mae Heydorn via,

or 07868164376

Friendship Choir for Seniors, £3pp, House of Friendship,

School Hill (208 High Street)


Pertinently enough, for a man who was brought

up in Lewes, John Evelyn was able to pursue

a leisurely life as a writer, gardener and diarist

due to a family fortune made from the sale of

gunpowder. His maternal grandfather, John

Stansfield (and his step-grandmother Eleanor)

lived in Cliffe and he was sent to live there,

aged five, because the plague was raging in the

capital: ‘This was the year the pestilence was so

epidemical, that there died in London 5,000 a

week,’ he later wrote, ‘and I well remember the

strict watches and examinations upon the ways

as we passed.’ Nevertheless, he soon fell ill: ‘I

was shortly after so dangerously sick of a fever

that (as I have heard) the physicians despaired

of me.’ Despite the fact his father wanted him to

go to Eton, and the death of his grandfather in

1628, he was schooled in Lewes, beginning his

formal education

in Southover Free

School in 1630,

aged ten, under

the tutelage of Dr

Edward Snatt. He

didn’t have to walk

far to the school:

Eleanor soon

remarried and took her step-grandson with her to

the mansion her husband had inherited and lived

in, Southover House, now known as Southover

Grange. Around the same time Evelyn began to

write a diary, and it is as a diarist - he is an almost

exact contemporary of Pepys - that he is best

remembered today. He left Lewes in 1637, aged

17, to take up a place at Balliol College, Oxford.

Alex Leith

Portrait of John Evelyn by Sir Godfrey Kneller




This month’s photo comes from Steve Naylor,

from Landport. We chose it because of the

remarkably colourful explosion it creates on the

page (which seems in season, somehow) and the

fact that you can’t work out exactly what it is,

without an explanation. “We were clearing out

our shed before going camping and we discovered

this mouse nest in an old beach shoe,” he

says. “All the material to make the nest was made

from a colourful mat, which, when we unrolled

it, was all chewed up. The whole family likes

photography; I went off to get my Nikon D3000

to take a picture. The photo actually doesn’t do

it justice… it was an amazing construction, perfectly

circular.” There was no sign of the mouse,

apart from a few droppings, and while the nest

was carefully put back in place, it seems to have

found a new home. “We reckon, from the artistic

nature of the nest, that it was a very Lewes

mouse. Must have been round Artwave a few

times,” says Steve. If the mouse had a favourite

artist, we reckon it would be Jackson Pollock.

Alex Leith

Please send your pics, taken in and around Lewes, to, or tweet @VivaLewes, with

comments on why and where you took it and your

phone no. We'll choose our favourite for this page,

which wins the photographer £20. Unless previously

arranged, we reserve the right to use all pictures in

future issues of Viva magazines and online.



For the third year running the Diep-Haven Festival

brings its programme of artworks to Newhaven. As the

name suggests, this is a cross-Channel initiative, aimed at

strengthening links between the two ferry-port towns of

Dieppe and Newhaven. Every year, the festival adopts a

theme: this time it is ‘The Portrait’, examining this age-old

art theme in the age of the selfie and the Facebook profile

picture. The programme was exhibited in Dieppe in July

and August and will be on show in Newhaven between 3rd

September and 2nd October. The eleven artists chosen to

participate, from both sides of the Channel, include Ben

Haywood, Emilie Danchin, Sabina Kassoumova, Di Sherlock and John Cole; venues include The Old Co-op,

Newhaven Library, Hillcrest Centre and Sainsbury’s café. The festival includes photography, sound and

video, installation and poetry, and the exhibitions are accompanied by a programme of events taking place in

Newhaven and Brighton, including screenings, talks and performances.

Photo by Ben Haywood




Barbara Cummins

took us along on a

recent trip to Seattle.

Her friend

loves Lewes and

was interested in

the American connections,


the Hillary Rising

article in VL 118. Here’s Barbara with her

magazine in Kirkland, at the north end of

Lake Washington.

Alina Apostu was snapped reading her copy

of Viva on a five-hour boat trip from Tulcea

to Sfântu Gheorghe in the Danube Delta in

eastern Romania. Multumesc Alina!

Finally, Claire


forgot to take

her mag with

her on a recent

trip to the

Hel Peninsula

in northern

Poland but

found that Hel

already had its

own Viva. Twoje zdrowie, Claire!

We do love getting out and about, so

please keep taking us with you and sending

your holiday pics to us at





“My favourite was always

steak and kidney pudding,

with either semolina or

rice pudding for dessert.”

Andrew Mellor

“I loved coconut sponge,

because there was

always some left.”

Gaynor Warren

“Cheese and egg flan... don't

think they make it anymore.”

Kyle Holland

“I loved turkey twizzlers,

until Jamie Oliver took

them away from us!”

Jordan Roody

“I remember having beetroot

and vinegar once; it

made me throw up.”

Mary Burke

“We had burgers and chips a

lot in France when I

was growing up.”

Guillaume Aron



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Carlotta has been commissioned by East Sussex

County Council to document the complete refurbishment

of Southover Grange Manor, starting

from before the builders moved in (in May), to

when it is ready again to host wedding ceremonies

and receptions (it’s scheduled to be completed in

February). These stunning pictures capture some

of the interior fittings of the 16th-century building,

including some implemented by William Laird

MacGregor in 1874 (see VL#115). The workers

have found some fascinating litter in various nooks

and crannies, including this Woodbine cigarette

packet, from the 1940s/50s.



David Jarman

On turning 60

To Purley, for my

sister’s seventieth

birthday celebrations.

I suppose

most people when

they think of

Purley, in as much

as they think about

it at all, associate

the place solely

with Jacqueline du

Pré and Ikea. Or,

perhaps, just Ikea.

Although I was born in Croydon I spent most of

my childhood in Purley. It isn’t, I would have to

concede, a particularly exciting place. And yet,

somewhere that is mentioned in a Michelangelo

Antonioni film surely can’t be entirely devoid of

interest. But it wasn’t so much memories of an

idyllic pre-Ikea Purley that my sister’s seventieth

evoked (for me it was always a rather ‘nothing,

like something, happens anywhere’ sort of place)

as reflections on the observance of birthdays in


Making a bit of a fuss over a seventieth birthday

seems entirely reasonable. Three-score-and-ten,

and all that. But in the last eighteen months I’ve

been invited to no fewer than four sixtieth birthday

parties. I even went to a couple of them. But

why sixty in particular? When my wife passed

sixty it never occurred to me to mark the occasion

in any special way. After all, if the Chinese

poem translated by Arthur Waley as On Being

Sixty is anything to go by, it’s those reaching

seventy who might need cheering up with a bit

of a jolly. As the poet writes:

Between thirty and forty, one is distracted by

the five Lusts,

Between seventy and eighty, one is a prey to a

hundred diseases,

But from fifty to sixty

one is free from all


Still, as I approach my

own sixtieth I wonder

vaguely whether

there’s something

I ought to be doing

about it.

I ask the advice of

the Viva Lewes office

staff, and elicit a, to

me, truly alarming response from the publisher.

She tells me that any birthday that has a nought

in it is sufficient cause for a special celebration.

And she manages to give me the impression that

this is simply common knowledge.

Is it different in other countries? Patrick

Modiano’s novel Une jeunesse begins with Odile’s

thirty-fifth birthday party. Her partner Louis’

thirty-fifth is a few weeks away. One of the

guests says ‘this is a special day. You don’t turn

thirty-five every day.’ Louis asks Odile ‘what’s

it like being thirty-five?’ But then, puzzlingly,

Odile muses to herself: ‘This is the first time in

their life that they are celebrating one of their

birthdays. It’s a silly thing to do, but maybe the

children will like it…’ The first time? Why?

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you. The novel never

mentions it again.

Thirty-five? Seventy? Once every thirty-five

years? The narrator of Samuel Beckett’s short

story First Love muses on the date of his birth:

‘The day itself comes back to me, when I put

my mind to it, and I often celebrate it, after my

fashion, I don’t say each time it comes back, for

it comes back too often, but often.'

That sounds about right to me.



Chloë King

Who let the dog out?

I’m about to feed the

chickens when out darts

the dog. He grabs one by

the neck and shakes it back

and forth like a plaything.

“Arthur!” I scream, to

a backdrop of panicked

squawking and clucking.

The birds are scurrying in

all directions. All I can see

is that poor little brown

one in Arthur’s jaws, flying

backwards and forwards in

a spray of feathers, as if it

were a gif.

I manage to chase Arthur back towards the house,

only to watch him pick up a second bird en route

and repeat. I’m in sweats now. I’ve only been

here 48 hours and the dog is eating the livestock.

My daughter and I are looking after an off-grid

lengthsman’s cottage in Somerset, with dog, cat,

rabbit and five chickens.

I was worried about the chickens before we came.

Ted told me ‘chickens are like hamsters, they

just die’. Sarah, the homeowner, said it wouldn’t

be the end of the world if we lost one. I figured

I could handle an unwitnessed death by buzzard

at twilight. A brutal murder by the family dog,

under my watch and in full daylight, however, is

something else entirely.

After much action, I lead the dog back into the

house, his eyes wild with joy. I close the door and

go back outside. No chickens!

“This cannot be happening,” I think, pacing the

garden, a good portion now coated in a layer of

downy feathers. I find a hole in the fence behind

the compost heap and peer into it. It’s definitely

big enough for four chickens and a rooster, and

that generous gap in

the barbed wire further

down leads straight

onto the field.

I grab a bamboo cane

and, imagining the

farmer in The Story

About Ping, I head into

the field. Even if I don’t

shoo them back, I will

have tried. Unsurprisingly,

I return in vain.

“I’ve lost the lot!” I tell

my friend G, who is

visiting for the night.

“What am I going to tell Sarah?”

We reach for wine and crisps. As I sit there

despairing, my daughter, bouncing on the trampoline,

says, “There’s one chicken left”. I’m so

convinced I’ve lost them all that when the littlest

chicken comes into view, it’s as good as a miracle.

One chicken is definitely better than none.

Soon after, the black hen shuffles out from the

hedge behind me. My relief is palpable. Two

chickens! After an hour or so, the rooster appears

and now I have three. Three is a respectable

number, I think, dreading that text message a

little less.

The following morning, four chickens trot out of

the coop. Four! I text Sarah, apologising profusely

for the death of one chicken. “Please don’t worry

about the hen Chloë,” she replies.

Three days pass at the cottage with only one more

death - a shrew found under the kitchen table.

Then, on Tuesday, I let the chickens out and there

are five!

The moral of this story is? Don’t count your


Illustration by Chloë King



East of Earwig

Number one in Ringmer

Photo by Mark Bridge

"You're this week's number one girl, but one girl

will never do."

That’s part of the chorus to This Week's Number

One, a song started but never quite finished in the

1980s by teenage songwriter Mark Bridge. Yes,

me. I’ll be honest, the title was a cynical attempt

to increase potential sales. I imagined hordes of

my pop-loving contemporaries walking into their

local record shops and being given a copy of my

single after saying “I'd like this week's number

one, please”.

There are three points to be made here. Firstly,

although it may have seemed unlikely at the

time, I have subsequently become a professional

writer and - thanks to this very column - can now

describe myself as a published songwriter, too.

(So ‘yah boo sucks’ to the kid who laughed at me

back then, just in case he’s moved to Lewes.) And

secondly, my younger self clearly didn't have a

clue about real life, did he?

At this stage I’d like to cite Elton John's Part-

Time Love and Stevie Wonder's Part-Time Lover

to emphasise my third point. I have clearly been

influenced by the songs of my youth. Educated

by them, you might say. And I'm sure I'm not the

only person with such influences. As I’ve grown

older - and smarter, I hope - I’ve treated my entertainment

as entertainment, not as a behavioural

guide. Just as well, really, when you consider that I

grew up with Benny Hill on prime-time television.

Fortunately I preferred the work of Frank Sinatra,

whose apparently effortless style involved him hitting

each note a millisecond before it was too late,

and Buddy Greco, a man who chuckled to himself

like a naughty schoolboy during the introduction

of almost every song. While my school friends

adopted role models like surgeon Christiaan Barnard,

a remarkable man who transplanted an extra

‘a’ into his first name to keep it working longer, I

was endeavouring to model myself after musicians

who didn’t take themselves seriously.

This irreverence has stayed with me. Fast-forward

to the first time I heard Eminem’s The Marshall

Mathers LP. I laughed out loud. As far as I'm concerned,

the song Who Knew had the same shockvalue

humour as Julian Clary's ‘Norman Lamont’

line or Stan Boardman and the Fokke joke. (If I’ve

lost you here, you’ll find the answers on YouTube.

Please don’t look if you’re at work or before the

children have gone to bed.)

However, amongst all the comedy and the deliberately

offensive material there’s also important stuff

to be learned from song lyrics. Take Anita Ward’s

1979 locally inspired chart-topping song of female

empowerment, for example. Backed by an electronic

drum and the sound of chimes she repeats

her upbeat message: You Can, Ringmer Belle.

Mark Bridge


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Eimear McBride

A love letter to 90s London

Eimear McBride

won the Baileys

Women’s Prize for

Fiction in 2014 for

her debut novel, A

Girl is a Half-Formed

Thing, a tale of a

young woman’s

coming-of-age in

rural Ireland. Her

second book, The

Lesser Bohemians, is

out now. She appears

at the Charleston

Small Wonder

Festival this month.

The Lesser Bohemians is set in mid-1990s

London. For me, it feels like a love letter to

that time and place as much as a study of human

relationships. Was that your intention?

I think you’re right in calling it a love letter.

I hadn’t set out to write about that time, but I

had recently moved back to Ireland and I really

missed living in London. I started to think about

it, particularly the London I’d known when I first

arrived at 17, and I became interested in examining

that time. Everyone has their own London;

that was mine. I felt like it was a very interesting

period where lots of things were about to change.

You moved to London from Ireland in 1993,

aged 17, to study drama. The Lesser Bohemians

tells the story of an 18-year-old Irish girl

who moves to London to attend drama school

in 1994. Are you braced for the assumption

that it’s autobiographical? People made that

assumption about my first book, so I’m prepared

for it and I understand why people draw those

parallels, but it’s very much a work of fiction. But

it’s interesting that that question comes up a lot.

I think often when people feel affected by something,

they want to believe that it’s really true.

That in itself is intriguing,


the beauty of

fiction is its ability

to speak about

deeper truths.

There often

seems to be an

assumption that

women writers,

in particular,

must necessarily

be writing from

a place of experience.

It’s certainly

something women deal with a lot more than men;

I think [that assumption] is something a lot of

critics feel more comfortable with when it comes

to women. I think they feel unsafe when women

make great imaginative leaps – in a way that they

don’t with men – because we aren’t supposed to,

traditionally, and if we do, we’re supposed to keep

it to ourselves. I do find it annoying that it comes

up again and again. When was the last time

someone asked [Philip] Roth what exactly was

and what was not true, you know?

Both of your novels tell the stories of young

women teetering on the brink of adulthood.

What is it about that particular framework

for a character that you’re drawn to? Well, A

Girl is a Half-Formed Thing follows a person from

the womb to the age of 20. But I suppose I’m

interested in the moments when we are formed as

people; that time when we start to become what

we will be.

Moya Crockett

Eimear McBride appears in conversation at the

Charleston Small Wonder Short Story Festival at

5.30pm on Friday 30th. £12 (£10 concessions).

Charleston, Firle, BN8 6LL. For tickets see

Photo © JMA Photography


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Chris Levine

1066 Laser Show

Laser artist Chris Levine works all over the world.

He’s collaborated with Grace Jones and Kate Moss,

created a holographic portrait of the Queen and a

birthday portrait of the Dalai Lama. Most recently,

he designed a spectacular laser show as part of a

tribute to David Bowie at the Glastonbury Festival.

We tracked down globetrotting Chris by email to

ask him about this, as well as the ‘immersive sight

and sound installation’ iy_project: the nature of light

and sound, which he is creating in collaboration

with Edenlab (part of the Eden Project). This will

take place on Hastings’ new pier to kick off the

Hastings Root 1066 Festival, celebrating the 950th

anniversary of the Norman Conquest.

Tell us about your part in the David Bowie

tribute, Philip Glass’s "Heroes" Symphony, at

Glastonbury. Bowie had a huge influence on me

at art school, and I had hoped to do his portrait

this year. I did a holographic design for him years

ago. He was a special being. Philip Glass was the

soundtrack to a period of my life, so it was a huge

honour to be asked to do this project. The response

was pretty phenomenal, and during some of the

silent moments there was a palpable reverence for

the starman.

Have you visited Hastings’ new pier? Yes I have,

and it was a thrill. The pier puts you face-to-face

with the raw power of the sea. When you consider

how little of the ocean has actually been explored,

it holds great mysteries.

Talk us through your planned Hastings installation.

The brief has been fairly open, but in that

trust is a huge challenge. The work we are doing

with the iy_project is the antithesis of conflict, and

a celebration of the natural wonder of life on earth.

Meditation is the key, and I’ve found that by immersing

your senses in sound and light, laser light

in particular, one can attain brief moments between

thoughts, and it’s during these moments that something

recalibrates and harmonises us.

What are the pleasures and challenges of the

location? To be exposed to such natural forces of

the wind and sea will add to the natural dimension

of the work. The sound is a crucial aspect of the

work we’re doing, and depending on the weather,

the noise of the wind may well overpower some

of the more subtle layers of the soundscape. I say

soundscape and not music because it is primarily

the energy of sound at certain frequencies that

informs the work.

You’ve done some amazing collaborations.

Does who you work with make a difference to

how you feel about your work? I do get affirmation

that I’m not a cadet lost in space; [you know

you’re] getting into something very interesting

when real talent is drawn to the work.

Emma Chaplin

Sat 10th, Hastings Pier and Promenade. Doors, 7pm,

show, 8pm. Free but booking required for pier viewing,



Turin Brakes

Back in the festival groove

You’re doing loads

of festivals off the

back of your new

album, Lost Property.

Isle of Wight,

Glastonbury, Together

the People

in Preston Park…

Think it’s been ten

years since we did

as many as we’ve

done this year; I

don’t know why, we just stopped being a festival

band. But then recently we started to pop

up on the UK festival scene and we’ve loved

it - we’re getting closer and closer to stadium

antics. All of a sudden we’re playing all these

bigger stages, reinventing ourselves for the

festival crowd.

A slight schedule dilemma at Glastonbury

- Turin Brakes playing at the same time as

Adele… She was a support act for us years

ago, at a little show in Camden - 2007, I think.

We hadn’t put two and two together that it was

THE Adele, so we made a joke that if it wasn’t

for us, she never would have got there. But it

was completely fine - Glastonbury is such a

big festival that we absolutely packed out the

tent. Adele and Turin Brakes can survive in the

world together at the same time.

How have your stadium antics played out

at festival gigs? Any flash covers? We kind

of avoid covers; in fact, we were just walking

around the other day saying the big difference

between festivals today and when we first

started is that so many now are like function

bands - getting major spots on the main stage.

It’s cool, but it’s creeping into slots that used to

be there for original artists. Where the hell are

festivals going to be in ten years’ time? You’ve

gotta keep being brave and putting original

artists onstage or

it all starts turning

into ‘X Factor

Karaoke Land’.

For us, it’s about

building up energy

between these serious,


songs we do; there’s

lots of jokes and

piss-taking. Our

bass player Ed is

a lunatic onstage, expressing himself wildly.

We’ve learned to loosen up and not take ourselves

too seriously.

Your and Gale’s transcendent harmonies

are the hallmark of Turin Brakes’ sound

- was this fate? Or something to do with

growing up together? We went to the same

primary school and were in a cathedral choir.

All the years we’ve spent hanging out with

each other, with the same reference points, the

same understanding - we can probably communicate

more in a single stare than other

people could do in days. It’s an unspoken thing

that can only come through chemistry. With

Rob and Ed, it was pure luck that the chemistry

was there. That’s like striking oil - incredibly


What is floating your musical boat at the

moment? I’ve gone backwards, actually, rediscovering

an album by Elliott Smith called XO

- which I used to listen to years ago; I found

it the other day and haven’t stopped listening

to it. The Maccabees, Laura Marling - I love

her. Strong songwriters always float my boat -

from Joni Mitchell to Kate Bush and everyone

in between. Amy Holtz spoke to Olly Knights

Turin Brakes play Together the People in

Brighton on the 4th and Hastings Pier on

the 18th.


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Lewes' annual food festival

Sometimes it seems

that every other

shop in Lewes wants

to sell you a cappuccino…

yet we’re

also a town with

food banks as well

as farmers’ markets.

In the middle of

this complexity sits

Lewes October-

Feast, a celebration

of food taking place

during September

and October that focuses on enjoyment and

education - from home cooking to watching

professional chefs in action.

Capturing the essence of OctoberFeast in a

single event is the free Feast & Food School,

which takes place in Harvey's brewery yard on

Saturday 17th September. One of the special

guests is Brighton's Kate Henry (pictured), who

appeared as a competitor on BBC TV's The

Great British Bake Off in 2014. I ask her what's

planned. "Oooh - I'll be making something

sweet and scrumptious”, she reveals. “Probably a

chocolate cake, but it will have little or no sugar

in it.” She describes sugar as “the greatest threat

to human health, bar none” and has turned to

what she describes as “new age sweeteners”,

such as plant-derived stevia. “I’ve had to unlearn

all that I thought I knew about sweet baking and

start again.” Kate’s love for cooking has transformed

her life after Bake Off: “I'm a full-time

food person! I work with brands, consulting and

developing low-sugar recipes for their ranges; I

am also working with a couple of beverage companies

to pair their drinks with my food. I try to

host a few supper clubs and pop-ups, too - and I

demo when I can.”

There’s a different

kind of demonstration

on offer at

The Butcher, The

Farmer & The

Cook, which takes

place on Wednesday

28th September

at The Riverside.

Food writer, cook

and former Lewes

resident Hattie Ellis

joins forces with


butcher Danny Lidgate and farmers Maxine and

Ivan May (of May’s Farm Cart) to explain how

to get the best from a local butcher. “Danny will

demonstrate his craft”, Hattie tells me, “he's astonishing

to watch, like a tailor with a beautiful

piece of cloth. And I’ll be talking to Maxine and

Ivan about local meat, food supply and nose-totail

butchery. How you can use the cheaper but

really delicious cuts, and how to cook bigger

pieces of meat.”

Hattie’s books go beyond recipes to investigate

where food comes from and to learn about the

people who produce it. “In countries such as

Italy and France, it's not considered 'foodie'

to be into food. It's just normal. Celebrating

food doesn't have to make it elitist. The more

you know about food, the more you appreciate

it – and the more an everyday necessity becomes

something you share and enjoy.” It’s a sentiment

that’s also at the heart of Lewes OctoberFeast,

whether that’s expert demonstrations or pop-up

restaurants. Bon appétit. Mark Bridge

OctoberFeast 2016 starts 16th September. Full

details are in the OctoberFeast booklet (available

from venues across town) or online.





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Corin Hardy’s home-turf horrorfest

“I was so obsessed with

Morph when I was a

little kid,” says soon-tobe

Hollywood director

Corin Hardy, sitting in

the Six Bells, in Chiddingly,

“that I wrote

to the BBC asking if I

could have him when

they’d finished with him.

I was heartbroken when

I found out he didn’t

really exist.”

Corin, who grew up in the village, and has in

recent years moved back, continued as a teenager

to be obsessed with all things stop-motion

animation, as well as fostering an unhealthy

interest in horror movies. He used to spend

long summer holidays making Super-8 slasher

flicks with his friends in the village: “we used up

a lot of tomato sauce.”

He also spent thousands of hours making his

own monsters in a shed in his garden, which set

him in good stead to do “in effect a special effects

course” at Wimbledon Art School. Thence

back to the shed to make his own half-hour

stop-motion movie, Butterfly, shot over five

years within a number of intricately built sets

and home-made puppets. In the meantime he

cut his teeth in the professional world as a pop

video director, for the likes of The Prodigy, Ed

Sheeran, and McFly.

We move to said shed, which is neatly furnished

with paraphernalia from his career, in particular

gruesome masks and models from his first fulllength

feature, the 2015 horror film The Hallow

(starring Joseph Mawle, from Game of Thrones)

as well as awards the film won, including Best

Horror at the 2016 Empire Film Awards (other

winners on the stage

that night included

Matt Damon and Sam

Mendes). The Hallow,

which Corin calls his

‘survival fairytale’, made

its premiere at the

Sundance Festival and

has been a launching

pad for what promises

to be a stellar career: he

has three other films in

the pipeline, including

as director of a $50 million Hollywood remake

of 90s classic The Crow.

None of this seems to have gone to his head:

he’s got a word for everyone in the Six Bells,

most of whom enquire about the wellbeing of

his ear: in a moment reminiscent of scenes in

The Hallow, in which the natural world turns

on a couple after they move to a cabin in the

woods, he has had an accident with the branch

of a tree. Spooky.

This month, as part of the 38th Chiddingly

Festival, Corin is helping other up-and-coming

film-makers, by setting up the Chiddingly

Chillerama, a one-night horror movie festival

taking place in the (souped up for the occasion)

Village Hall. As well as a special screening

of The Hallow (“the Chiddingly premiere”,

he jokingly calls it) he’ll show a number of

hand-picked recently made UK horror shorts.

There will also be models and props from his

film, a Q&A with Corin, and a ‘special guest’

I’m sworn to secrecy about. All in all something

of a celebration of a very home-grown talent:

Morph has a lot to answer for. Alex Leith

Chiddingly Chillerama, part of Chiddingly Festival.

22nd, 7pm, £7, @corinhardy

Photo by Boo Hunniset / Gunhill Studios


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Peter & the Test Tube Babies

Peacehaven wild kids

What makes the Peter &

the Test Tubes different

to other punk bands? Our

sense of humour I guess. It’s

the basis of pretty much all

of our songs. We’ve always

been piss-taking bastards.

What is Undercover Festival?

Undercover is a great

punk and ska festival that

used to take place in Bisley

in Surrey. This is the first

year it’s in Brighton and the

venue is great, so I hope

it’s a success. I’m looking

forward to watching The

Charred Hearts. A great

band. I enjoy festivals as a

punter as well as playing.

Often I will take my tent to a festival, decline the

free hotel room and rough it with everyone else.

Much more fun.

What else are you doing this month? We’re

playing two gigs in one day on a boat going

down the Spree in Berlin. Really looking forward

to that. I’ve also been invited to Prague to the

premiere of a Slovakian film which has used some

of our music. And we’ve recently been signed to

Nuclear Blast Records so we’re currently rehearsing

songs for a new album next year.

What was the last song you wrote? The last

song I wrote was called Found out My Wife’s on

Tinder. Hopefully it will be on the new album.

What was Brighton like when the band

started? Brighton was a very different place then.

It was far more exciting, and at times even dangerous,

to be a young punk rocker back in those

days. There were some amazing bands around

then, bands that inspired us to start our own. At

that time I lived in Peacehaven, but would hitch

to Brighton every Friday and spend the weekend

going to gigs. I now live

in a caravan close to the

beach in Lancing. Our

guitarist lives in Woodingdean,

our drummer

lives in Swindon and it’s

only our bassist H that

lives in Brighton. It’s way

too expensive now.

You used to write songs

mocking mods and

students. Which people

annoy you most these

days? Wankers who are

obsessed with Facebook. I

understand it’s a necessity

as an advertising forum

and it’s invaluable for

our band, but that’s it. I

have no desire to tell the world what I had for

breakfast, what colour my poo is or to show other

people videos of cats. Wankers, the lot of them.

What are the physical and mental effects of

being in a punk band for forty years? Physically

my hearing has taken a bit of a hammering.

Financially I am probably a lot worse off than if

I had held down ‘a proper job’ - after all I live

in a caravan! However, I wouldn’t swap a single

minute of it. I have been paid to travel the world

and I’ve met some fantastic people. We were

there in Berlin when the Wall came down. In fact

I actually have pieces from both sides of the wall

that I dislodged myself that day. We were the first

band to play in Croatia after the war. I ate ecstasy

ice cream when we played in the Shetlands. We

played at the skater Tony Hawk’s private party in

LA. We have been pretty much everywhere and

will hopefully continue to do so.

Ben Bailey spoke to Peter Test Tube

Peter & the Test Tube Babies play the Undercover

Festival, Friday 9th at Brighton Racecourse


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Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE.

Films subject to availability.

Membership includes

all 30 films from September

to May. See programme for

full details. Membership

£30 for 30 films. Members

have use of balcony seating

subject to availability. Public

entry on the door £5.00

(Students £2.50)

Membership and tickets

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Classical Round-up

Hindemith, Haydn... and Harry

The Magnard Ensemble is a young wind quintet that divides

its energies between performing chamber concerts and providing

educational events at schools and community venues.

Along educational lines, they are developing a large-scale

project based on the writings of Roald Dahl, called Revolting

Rhymes and Marvellous Music. This performance, billed as a

gala concert, will include Haydn’s Divertimento in Bb major, Paul Hindemith’s Kleine Kammermusik, Gershwin’s

I’ve Got Rhythm, Faure’s Pavane and others. Sat 3, 7.30pm, Roebuck Inn, Laughton, £15,

St. Michael’s First Sunday Recital series this month will feature organist Andrew Wilson. Mr Wilson read

music at Sheffield, where he was an organ scholar and acting sub-organist at Sheffield Cathedral. As well

as holding organist posts at St Matthew's Sheffield and Holy Trinity in Cuckfield, for six years he was also

Director of Music at Doncaster Minster. A recitalist in Norway, Berlin and Paris, he has recently returned

to the south as legal adviser at the University of Brighton. No programme information was available at the

time of this writing. Sun 4, 3pm, St Michael’s Church, free with retiring collection

The Musicians of All Saints will grace us with a varied programme of Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin

in C minor, Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 7 and Peter Warlock’s

Capriol Suite. They will also present the first performance of Come Spring by UK composer Martyn Harry.

The soloists for the Bach will be violinist Shareen Godber and oboist Clare Worth. The director is Andrew

Sherwood. Sat 24, 7.45pm, All Saints Centre, £12, under 18s free Paul Austin Kelly

The Magnard Ensemble, photo by Ben Ealovega


Bitten by Picasso

...and Picasso bit back

In 2001 there were two related exhibitions in Edinburgh.

One, at the Scottish National Gallery of

Modern Art, was devoted to Lee Miller’s photography.

The other, at the Dean Gallery, showcased the

work of her husband, the painter and prodigious

art collector Roland Penrose. Loosely inserted in

my catalogue for the shows is a postcard of one of

Lee Miller’s photographs. Taken in 1948, it depicts

a small boy and a cat in a London garden. The cat’s

name was de Valera. The boy is Antony, Roland and

Lee’s son. The back of the card is inscribed: ‘David

– I wish you could have met the cat! Best wishes,

Antony Penrose, 21st October, 2003.’ I bought the

card at Farley Farm House, the Sussex home from

1949 of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, and it was

inscribed at the end of a marvellous guided tour

that lasted three hours and culminated in a spread

of Sussex wines and cheeses.

Farley Farm House is now open to visitors for

50-minute guided tours, every Sunday from April

to October, but back in 2003 it was by appointment

only for private parties of 12-15. Among my group,

assembled by my friend Chris McConville, were

Joe and Pat Carrington. Joe, an old school chum

of Chris’ in Blackpool, was a Lancashire relation of

the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. Lunching

in the Lewes Arms before setting off for Chiddingly,

I showed everyone a photo of Leonora in

the Edinburgh catalogue. “Eh, Joe,” Pat exclaimed,

“she’s the spitting image of your Auntie Mabel.”

At the Farm House Antony Penrose had taken the

trouble of unearthing some additional Leonora

Carrington material to show us.

But perhaps the highlight of a memorable day was

the sudden appearance (fortuitous? Stage-managed?

It hardly matters) of Patsy Murray, who had

arrived at the house to look after Antony in 1951

and, fifty-two years later, was still holding everything

together. She’s rather the heroine of Antony’s

latest book; The House of the Surrealists: Lee Miller,

Roland Penrose and their circle at Farley Farm House.

The dedication reads: ‘For Patsy, with love and

thanks. Without you Farleys would not have existed

and my life would have been unbearably bleak.’

Of all the distinguished artists who visited over the

years – Miró, Max Ernst, Man Ray – the most distinguished

of all was Picasso, who stayed in 1950.

He bonded with Antony immediately. Pretend bullfights

ended in Antony biting Picasso. Picasso bit

him back. A stunned silence ensued before Picasso

exclaimed: ‘Pensez. C’est le premier Anglais que

j’ai jamais mordu’ (‘That’s the first Englishman I’ve

ever bitten’). Antony Penrose has written: ‘To get

the best out of Picasso it was best to be an animal

or a small child,’ so perhaps the artist would have

appreciated my postcard.

A show at the Jerwood gallery in Hastings (until 9

October) is entitled Bitten by Picasso. It comprises

ceramics, etchings and photographs of and by Picasso,

drawn from the extraordinary Farley Farm

House archive. It makes the Jerwood even more

than usually worth visiting. David Jarman

Picasso, Villa la Californie, Cannes, France, 1957, Lee Miller © the artist's estate


Tom Hammick

Artist & curator of 'Towards Night'

We spoke to Tom Hammick, the Sussex-based and

internationally acclaimed artist, about the upcoming

exhibition Towards Night, which marks his debut

as a curator.

As a romantic, the night is contextually more

interesting to me than the day as a backdrop

for my own work. You can use it as a device to cut

away the pith and excess. As a spotlight, blacking

out areas to focus on small spots of colour. The

show demonstrates the influence that the 19thcentury

Northern Romantic tradition in painting

has had on various artists making work now. As a

figurative painter I feel that a certain sort of metaphorical

painting has been out in the cold for quite

a while since the ascendency of the YBAs. This is

starting to change; partly as a response to the crash

in 2008/9, quiet painting is back in the ascendancy.

This show is a celebration of work that is on the

whole quite subtle and has a unifying metaphysical


The show begins with an introduction to wonderment,

using landscape as a hanger for a positive

response to the world we live in. And then

things get more dystopian and dark as the show

progresses. Landscapes become more edgy, full of

pathos and fear. A response to contemporary angst,

perhaps. There are sections later on that focus on

night journeys, as a metaphor for the end of days,

and the night city, which is as much about revelry

as a sort of post-Edward Hopper isolation. Velvet

curtains shutting the night from Patrick Caulfield,

and a couple in a passionate embrace in a beautiful

Munch woodcut from the V&A. Two people

wrapped up in each other- it’s a sexy, erotic im-

Photo of Tom Hammick by Leigh Simpson



Marc Chagall, The Poet Reclining, 1915. Photo ©Tate, London

2016. Chagall ® - ©ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016

'Waiting for Time' by Tom Hammick

age. Then there’s a room of paintings and prints

about dreams and insomnia. A famous spiral work

by Louise Bourgeois. And finally, in the last room,

there’s a poetic release in the pressure, with pictures

celebrating the moon. Samuel Palmer, Blake and

many other artists feature here.

There are close to 70 pieces in the show, but

it revolves around three or four great works,

which we’re incredibly lucky to have in Eastbourne.

The first is Caspar David Friedrich’s Winter Landscape

which, unbelievably, the National Gallery

have lent us. It’s tiny, a jewel of a painting. But it’s

got such charismatic power. On one level it’s an

extraordinary landscape, and on another, a picture

about the afterlife.

The next is Poet Reclining by Marc Chagall. A

poet lies in a green field with hillbilly barns behind

him, fir trees and a horse and a pig. But you don’t

really know where he is. It could be that he’s in his

bedroom in Paris, but dreaming about the landscape

of his youth. It’s almost like a thought bubble. The

night opens up a language for the painter. We can

use it to talk about memory, imagination and loss.

Echo Lake by Peter Doig is a painting from a

still from Friday the Thirteenth. In it, a traffic

cop overlooks a lake, his hands on his head like

a modern day version of Munch’s Scream. It’s a

painting about the angst and despair that we often

feel in modern life. Doig uses the landscape to reflect

on what the figure might be feeling internally.

The Towner have never had such an expensive

show, but it’s important to get these works out of

London. Nicholas Serota spoke recently at the De

La Warr about a ‘string of pearls’, from the Turner

Contemporary in Margate, to the amazing things

happening at Jerwood, The De La Warr Pavilion,

and Towner. Then there’s Pallant House, which

always punches above its weight. We’re incredibly

lucky down here.

Towner wanted to have a show curated by a

painter for a change. Like the experience of seeing

work hung in an artist’s house that makes sense

of two seemingly unrelated pictures. I’ve never curated

a show before and I’ve come to realise how

much work is involved. I’m not getting much sleep!

As told to Lizzie Lower

Towards Night: From Friedrich to Bourgeois: Sixty

Artists Explore the Nocturnal is at Towner Art Gallery

from 24th September until Jan 2017.


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Art Exhibition and Craft Market

Buskers & live bands • Concerts

Circus performances & workshops

Classic cars • Dance Classes

Graffiti demonstrations and


Lucy Ellie and the Hophead Band

Model Railway displays

Poetry reading • Story-telling

Street Plays

Talks by award-winning authors

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Grant Dejonge

'Explosions of light'

'Red Sunset Looking Towards Scotch Pines'

A good sunset feels like it’s all around you and

above you, and that’s quite hard to get across on

a 2D surface. What I’m trying to capture in each

of my paintings is a transient moment, that quick

explosion of light just before the sunset disappears.

Most of the sunsets I paint are from outside

my back window in Plumpton, looking out over

the South Downs. We’re really fortunate to have

such incredible light here; the flat light in one direction,

the light bouncing up off the sea, and the

rolling Downs in the middle. It’s a very changing

landscape which we sometimes take for granted -

before I moved to Plumpton I had lived in Brighton

for seven years, and I didn’t even know the Downs

were here!

My favourite place to paint is up the road at the

top of Streat Hill. I can drive up there in the car

with my easel very easily, but getting set up at the

top of the hill is like trying to put up a sail in the

wind, with everything blowing around, trying to

hold down the easel with my foot. So most of what

I paint in situ is smaller pieces; for anything bigger

than about 30 x 60, I work from photographs.

I usually get five or six photographs of a sunset

and work from a mixture of different images,

because I don’t like to copy things exactly. Everybody

sees things differently, so one of the challenges

of being a painter is being able to capture what it

is you see and to be able to achieve a dialogue with

your audience and convince them of your vision.

I visited the Frank Auerbach retrospective at

the Tate earlier this year. I’ve always been a huge

fan of his – he lived just down the road from where I

used to live in London and I had painted a lot of the

same buildings as him – but I was still taken aback

by his work, the way you can see his progression

and thought process. He had a way of using zigzags

to express space and dynamism, which inspired me

to start using more geometric shapes in my work.

About a year ago I exhibited my first illuminated

works, which are painted onto light-reflective

Perspex in oil paint. Each piece is set on a lightbox

with a rail of LEDs inside, which alternate between

15 different colours. Getting each piece to look

right is very much a case of trial and error because

certain pigments, like yellow, are weaker than others,

so it can be harder to achieve the colours I’m

looking for. But the way the light diffuses through

the material, creating this beautiful glow, makes it

worth persevering. As told to Rebecca Cunningham

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FOCUS ON: 'Pier in a Box' by Chris Dawson

Acrylic, 55 x 55cm, £500

Is this a watercolour? It’s acrylic but it’s waterbased,

so the pigment is mixed with water rather

than turpentine. What’s good about acrylic is

that it dries very quickly and then you can paint

over it, so it allows you to make mistakes.

What gives it that 3D-illusion effect? I used

‘forced perspective’. If you ever watch a football

match, by the goals there are these advertising

signs which appear to stick up out of the

ground, but they’re actually flat. It’s just from

the angle the camera is at that they appear 3D -

that’s an example of forced perspective.

Is there a lot of maths involved? You could put

a mathematical element to it - perspective is all

about vanishing points and trigonometry - but

I do it by eye and ruler. I used to be a product

designer (when I had a proper job) so I’m fairly

good at drawing in perspective without any aids.

The background is very confusing… I took

it outside to photograph it, because the light

is better, so it’s just propped on a garden chair.

With my ‘3D’ pieces I cut the picture out rather

than leaving it on a square canvas, so when you

look at the image your brain is tricked into seeing

it as a 3D object. Your peripheral vision just

sees the border and it messes with your head a

bit! Normally I put the image into Photoshop

and crop out the background, but it’s interesting

to look at it with the background still there.

Does painting allow you more freedom than

design? It does give me freedom to experiment

and be creative, and come up with new objects

and ideas. It’s always nice to be a bit wacky and

surprise people! Rebecca Cunningham

Chris will be exhibiting at the Sussex Watercolour

Society exhibition at Arts@theCrypt Gallery

in Seaford from the 3rd-11th.



Focus on:

Iris De La Torre

Frida Kahlo golden heart and

eyebrows brooch

Acrylic, 6cm, £16

Tell me about the brooch. The starting point

for this brooch was Frida Kahlo’s face, and in

particular her eyebrows. My work is very graphic

and stylised, and I use a lot of geometric shapes

and symmetry. I like my collections to be cohesive,

to form a graphic language, and with Frida it was

obvious to me that her long eyebrows look like the

shape of a heart.

Frida Kahlo was known for her self-portraits;

did her work influence your style? I believe

that Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits were based on

her own experiences, in particular her personal

pain. I admire her strength and passion, for being

a woman with her own beliefs, outspoken, artistic

and creative. She was way ahead of her time in a

very traditional and Catholic 1930s Mexico. All of

these elements made me want to make a brooch as

a tribute to her and to my country.

I gather that you first fell in love with plastic

as a child with your lilac jelly shoes - how did

this later translate into your jewellery design?

I loved the texture, the colour, the lustre, the flexibility,

even the smell. They smell like bubble gum!

I had the opportunity at university to use Perspex

and was encouraged to find alternative materials

rather than traditional precious metals to translate

my graphic and colourful vision. When I work

with synthetic materials, it reminds me of the love

that I had for those lilac shoes.

What’s your starting point when you sit down

to begin a new design? I was trained at Central

St Martins where I discovered I am an intuitive

and instinctive designer, rather than a logical one.

I am highly visual, and collect lots of images and

objects from which design ideas form and are

developed. I sketch a lot of different shapes until

I find the one that resonates with me. Once I am

happy with that I develop it on the computer,

before making models to see if it works.

What about composition and colours? I am

limited by the Perspex colour palette for my

jewellery designs, however it’s a broad range. For

the ‘Mexico in the UK’ collection I chose strong,

rich precious-metal colours,for example gold and


What technical difficulties are presented when

working in plastic? I have to rely on laser-cutters

and the standard and accuracy varies quite dramatically.

The gluing when layering Perspex can

be messy so I’ve learnt how to avoid marking the

material by masking each component piece, and

that can take a long time!

Julia Zaltzman

Iris will be at MADE Brighton and Brighton Art

Fair, Brighton Dome, Fri 23rd-Sun 25th.


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In town this month

'Calm Before the Storm' by Kate Brigden Martin Gayford (Artwave venue no. 57)

Just a few days left to take in any of the 62

venues in town (and even more beyond) that

you might not have visited yet in Artwave

2016. It ends on the 4th. Don’t miss the

pop-up Surrealist Art Café in Lewes House

on the 3rd in aid of Cancer Research.


From the 17th until the 25th there’s something

a little unusual at St Anne’s Galleries. Working

closely with Hastings art expert Caroline Gee,

they’ve selected watercolours, drawings and

paintings dating from the late-18th century

onwards for their show A Collector’s Collection.

Artists represented range from much-loved Sussex

artists like Robert Tavener, to famous names such

as Stanley Spencer and Thomas Rowlandson,

through to renowned watercolourists such as

James Holland, Peter de Wint and many more.

There’s lino-prints and

ceramics from local artist

Kate Brigden in The Calm

Before the Storm at the Stable

Gallery in Paddock Studios

on the 17th and 18th, from

11am-4pm. Hop Gallery have

their annual Open Exhibition

from Saturday 10th to Sunday

25th. Pelham House continue

their showcase of portraits by

Noura Hardy, wildlife works by Marion McConaghie, the

abstracts of Michael Munday and the seascapes of Liesha

Yaz throughout the month. From the 5th to the 18th, Chalk

Gallery will be hosting a retrospective of the watercolours of

the late Gus Harrison, one of Chalk's founder members. Join

them on the 10th (12 to 4pm) for a glass of wine to celebrate

the life and work of this well-loved artist and friend.

'Beachy Head' by Robert Tavener

'Passing Storm' by Gus Harrison



Just down the road

Due to upcoming refurbishments at The Dome, MADE

Brighton and the Brighton Art Fair will come together

under one roof at The Corn Exchange, from the 23rd to

the 25th. Fifty of the best makers in the country - including

cutting-edge ceramicists, contemporary jewellers, and

glassmakers - exhibit alongside 50 artists, printmakers,

sculptors and photographers, showing and selling their

work direct to the public.

You can get two tickets for the price of one by emailing

your name and address to info@tuttonandyoung. before Friday 16th September. Open 10am to

5pm. Tickets will be £7.50 on the door or reduced when

purchased online in advance. Visit


'Untitled' by JFK Turner

'Deep Purple Lilies' by Shirley Trevena

Expect great things

(as ever) at Towner.

The Bomberg exhibition

finishes on

the 11th, but both

the East Sussex Open

and Some Are Nights

Others Stars run for

a further two weeks.

They're followed

by a major new

exhibition, Towards

Night, an impressive collection of works, curated by

Sussex-based artist Tom Hammick, exploring the

nocturnal through paintings, prints and drawings

[see pg48]. The Sussex Watercolour Society relocate

their grand annual show to the Arts@theCrypt

Gallery, in Seaford, from the 3rd-11th [see pg53].

Join them on the opening day, from 3-5pm, when

many of the artists will be in the gallery. They'll be

supporting the RNLI with a wall of Boats for Boats.

Each artist has donated an original painting, with

the proceeds going to support the crucial work of

the charity. Church Street, Seaford. []

Down the road, Lindfield Arts

Festival, on the 17th and 18th, has an art exhibition,

craft market with buskers, live bands and much

more besides. []

Artwave may be all but over, but the ripples

continue to spread. Over 50 artists will be

showing their work in open studios, homes

and other venues around Chiddingly and

East Hoathly as part of the 38th Chiddingly

Festival. The Chiddingly Artists Open

Studios will be open from 11am - 5pm on

the weekends of September the 24th & 25th,

and October 1st and 2nd. Meet the artists,

purchase original pieces of art, craft and design,

and enjoy practical demonstrations, teas

and cakes at some of the venues. For details,


'Firle 2014' by Rebecca Trotman



Further Afield

Photo of 'Shadows of the Wanderer' by Chris Ison

We highly recommend that you venture to Chichester this month, where Pallant House Gallery have

a comprehensive overview of the career (and tragically short life) of British artist Christopher Wood.

Sophisticated Primitive comprises over 80 works, and

runs until the 2nd October. Whilst you’re in the city,

don’t miss Shadows of the Wanderer, an extraordinary

and powerful installation by Ana Maria Pacheco in

the north transept of the cathedral (until 14th Nov),

and drop in to Candida Stevens Fine Art to see the

latest exhibition of works by selected British artists,

both eminent and emerging.

Christopher Wood, self-portrait, 1927. Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

'Appropriated Alphabet No. 7' by Peter

Blake, courtesy of CCA Gallery, London

Meanwhile, moving eastwards, Bitten by Picasso continues at Jerwood

(more of that on pg47), as does Inselaffe by Marcus Harvey, as part

of the Root 1066 Festival. Through the month (and until 27th

November) the De La Warr Pavilion exhibits three print series by

Peter Blake.


Letters &


demonstrates Blake’s fascination with pop

culture, and the selection of works, in a

diverse range of media, showcases his use of

text and numbers in a wide variety of styles

and contexts, including historical alphabet

samplers from the artist’s own collection.

Photo © Pete Jones, courtesy of Jerwood Gallery


SEPTEMBER listings

FRI 2 – SUN 4

Herstmonceux Astronomy Festival. Featuring

talks on dark energy, navigating to Mars,

the sun, and ‘The Search for Earth’s Twin’. Plus

family activities, planetarium shows, and, if the

weather permits,

observing the night

sky. Camping available.

The Observatory

Science Centre,

Herstmonceux, for

full details visit

Beer Festival. With local beers and ciders,

English wine tasting, live music, and, of course,

a BBQ. Half Moon, Plumpton, see


Lewes Societies Fair. Find out about local

clubs and groups. Town Hall, 10am-1pm, free

Magnard Ensemble Gala Concert. Fundraising

concert in support of the ensemble’s debut

recording. Roebuck Inn, Laughton, 7.30pm,


Festival 21. Friends of Sussex Hospices’ 21st

birthday celebration, featuring a Slovakian dance

troupe (pictured) and a 100-strong Welsh choir,

as well as a circus, live music, classic cars and a

laser light show. Danny House, Hurstpierpoint,



Lewes Health Walk. Now weekly. Walks last an

hour, with a café visit at the end. Needlemakers,

Fridays, 10am, free


Root 1066. Hastings’ festival of contemporary

arts includes photography, cartoons, installations,

site-specific theatre, discussions, BMX-ing

and more. Full details at


Dwyle Flunking. Cliffe Bonfire Society take on

Commercial Square. Harveys Yard, 2.30pm, free

with a collection


Photo by Jonny Thompson

Coastal Currents Arts Festival. As well as the

main feature, the Open Studios trails, there’ll be

taster shows, live outdoor pieces, & more. Various

venues in Hastings, Bexhill, St Leonards &


What is the Art of Dissent? A talk by cartoonist

Steve Bell. All Saints, 7pm, £3 (£2 adv)


The Cuckmere - The Story of a River. Local

historian Kevin Gordon gives an illustrated talk

on what was once, apparently, a notorious smuggling

route. Cliffe Parish Hall, 7.30pm, free

The Group. Club for unattached people, of

middle age and above. Not a dating agency. A

pub in Lewes, 8pm, see


SEPTEMBER listings (cont)

WED 7 – SAT 17

Nobody’s Perfect. A play in which a man’s attempts

to win a women’s romantic fiction competition

has amusing consequences. Devonshire

Park Theatre, see


Film: Mustang. Drama following five sisters

growing up in rural Turkey. All Saints, 8pm, £5

(annual membership £30)

THURS 8 – SUN 11

Lewes Heritage Open Days. Organised by the

Friends of Lewes, this local history festival includes

tours of historic buildings and conducted

walks. See


Israel and Palestine. Sir Vincent Fean discusses

whether a just peace is possible. Town

Hall, 8pm, free (donations to Amnesty)

Lewes Poetry and Comedy. Lewes Arms, 8pm

for 8.30, £4 (£3 if you perform)

SAT 10 – SUN 11

Lewes Street Stories Exhibition. As part of

the Heritage Open Days weekend, three streets

- South Street, Grange Road and Castle Banks -

will be hosting exhibitions about their histories.

Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 10am-3pm, free

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SEPTEMBER listings (cont)

SUN 11

Food Rocks. Street food, pop-up bars, live

music and entertainment. Cliffe Precinct, 11am-

4pm, free

MON 12

So You Thought You Knew Lewes. Drawing

on a large photo and postcard collection, Bob

Cairns will test

your knowledge

of Lewes history.

Kings Church,

Brooks Road, 7pm

for 7.30, Lewes

History Group, £3,

members £2

WED 14

It’s the Truth! Comedy bluffing game. Lewes

Arms, 8.30pm, free

FRI 16 – OCT 2

Lewes OctoberFeast. There’s lots happening,

as ever (see pg39).

FRI 16

Headstrong Club.

Screening of When

Bubbles Burst, a

documentary about

economic bubbles

and crashes,

followed by a

discussion with the

filmmaker, Carlota

Perez. Elephant and

Castle, 8pm, £3

Film: High Rise (15). Dystopian drama based

on JG Ballard’s novel. All Saints, 5.30pm, from

£5 (also on Sun 18, 7.30pm)

Film: Florence Foster Jenkins (PG). Biopic

of the deluded heiress who performed opera,

awfully. All Saints, 8pm, from £5. (Also on Sat

17, 5.30pm)

SAT 17 – SUN 18

Lindfield Arts Festival. Featuring street theatre,

circus performances, talks, exhibitions, and

more. See

All Out Swim. Sponsored swim for Macmillan.

Pells Pool, £25 registration fee, see macmillan.

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival. Food,

drink, music and entertainment, with a Norman/

Saxon theme. The Stade, Hastings, 11am-6pm

(music till 7), £1/£2, see

Film: The End of the Tour (15). Based on a

journalist’s memoir of a road trip with David

Foster Wallace. All Saints, 8pm Sat & 5.15pm

Sun, from £5

SAT 17

Wilderness Wonder. Fundraising ball for Sussex

Wildlife Trust, with a drinks reception, locally

sourced three-course meal, and live music.

Folkington Manor, 6.30pm, £95

MON 19 – SAT 24

Rocky Horror Show. Congress Theatre, Eastbourne,




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SEPTEMBER listings (cont)

THURS 22 – OCT 2

Chiddingly Festival. With comedy, poetry, folk,

classical, children’s entertainment, bell ringing

and more.

FRI 23 – SUN 25

Bentley Woodfair. The south-east’s leading

woodland, wood use and woodcraft fair. Featuring

a lumberjack display team, chainsaw sculpture,

vintage tractors and various crafts, activities

and demonstrations.

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, 9.30am-

5pm, £14/£12/£10 (discount if booked by Aug

31), see

FRI 23

Film: Tampopo. Japanese comedy about the

search for the perfect noodle recipe. All Saints,

8pm, £5 (annual membership £30)

SAT 24 – SUN 25

Lewes Fossil Fest. Festival celebrating Lewes

dinosaur-hunter Gideon Mantell, with various

talks and crafty, science-y activities, plus a streettheatre

piece called The Iguanodon Restaurant.

On Sun 11, Mantell’s birthplace will be open as

part of the Heritage Open Days. Throughout

the month, there’ll be a children’s treasure trail.

SAT 24 – OCT 2

Make Lewes Festival. A series of workshops,

and talks on making, architecture and sustainable

design. Various venues, see



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SAT 24

Sausage ‘n’ Cider Festival. Sausages, cider, live

music, and Morris dancing. Town Hall, 12-4pm

and 6-11pm, £5 per session (£4 adv, £7 for both)

Lewes Chilli Fayre. Street food, from mild to

‘super hot’. With a Fruitful Sounds DJ set. The

Paddock, 12-6pm, free

Classic Car Breakfast Meeting. Described as

a ‘breakfast, banter and butty’ session. Harveys

Brewery, 8.30-11am, free


Depot Film Quiz. Questions to test your film

knowledge. Elephant and Castle, 7.30pm, £2

(booking advised, from the venue or Ground

coffee shop)

WED 28 – OCT 2

Small Wonder Festival. Subjects include Roald

Dahl’s appeal to adults, the joy of public libraries,

detectives, the Caribbean, the sea, and more. See

FRI 30 – OCT 2

SUN 25

Baldwins Travel Group Holiday Inspirations

Show. Featuring presentations, world foods and

wines, and various entertainments and activities.

Salomons Estate, Southborough, 10am-4pm, free

Chestnut Sussex 100 Cycle. Sponsored bike

ride, with distance options of 30k, 60k or 100k.

Starts at Plumpton Racecourse, 7am, registration

£35, see

Beer Britannica V.

Beer festival, curated

by Burning Sky and the

Snowdrop’s staff. Including

the Snowdrop Award

for the best homebrew.

The Snowdrop, see

FRI 30

Film: I Saw the Light

(15). Hank Williams

biopic (right). All

Saints, 8pm (and Oct

2, 7.15pm), from £5

Film: A Hologram

for the King (12a).

Tom Hanks stars as an

American businessman

trying to close a deal

in Saudi Arabia. All

Saints, 8pm, from £5




Since their brief existence in the 70s, supergroup The

Sharks have been almost completely dormant. Their

vocalist, Steve Parsons, stopped performing live and

went off to do film and TV work. But he carried on

working with Sharks guitarist Chris Spedding, on

various projects. Along with bassist Andy Fraser, they

had been mooting the possibility of a reunion two or

three years ago. Then, Fraser’s death last year led to

a couple of Sharks gigs in tribute to him, which led

to record deal offers, the recording of a new album,

and tour dates. Along with Spedding and Parsons (who now lives in Lewes), the current line-up includes

former Sex Pistol Paul Cook. Thurs 29, Con Club, £10, members free

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Lazy Susan. DJs. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Eleanor Friedberger. Singer-songwriter. De La

Warr, 7.30pm, £10-£12

Vintage hot swing. Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free


Danny and the Champions of the World.

‘Country soul’. Con Club, 8pm, £14/£12 (£8/£10)


Mike Ross. Blues. Union Music, 3pm, free

The Elevators. R&B. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Stone Junction. Acoustic Americana. Snowdrop

Inn, 9pm, free


Open Space Open Mic. Music, poetry and

performance. Elly, 7.30pm, free

English dance tunes session – bring instruments.

Lamb, 12pm, free


Benny and the Cakemen. Blues/R&B. Con

Club, doors 7.30pm, free

FRI 9 - SUN 11

Fading Sun Music Weekend. Acts include John

Crampton, the Straw Dogs, Roxi Sound and the

Dulcetones. The Dorset, free


The Curst Sons. Americana. Con Club, 8pm

for 9, free

The Don Bradmans. Chap Rock. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SAT 10

Sklamberg and the Shepherds. Klezmer music.

All Saints, 6.30pm, £10/£12 >>>


Frank Griffiths. Jazz sax. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


English dance tunes session. JHT, 8pm, free



SAT 10

Mara Simpson. Singer/songwriter. Union Music,

3pm, free

Ska Toons. Ska. Snowdrop, 9pm, free

Leveret. Folk. Elly, 8pm, £12

Duncan Disorderly and the Scallywags. ‘Fullpower

party music’. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

MON 12

Mark Bassey. Jazz trombone. Snowdrop Inn,

8pm, free


Open mic. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Concertinas Anonymous practice session. Folk/

misc. Elly, 8pm, free

WED 14

Old Time Session. Appalachian roots. Lamb,

8pm, free

FRI 16

The Feminists. Rock/trash/garage. Lamb,

8.30pm, free

SAT 17

Four Star Trio. Irish folk. Elly, 8pm, £8

Johnny Moped. Punk rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Market Street Band. Eclectic. Snowdrop Inn,

9pm, free

MON 19

Lost Organ Unit feat Bobby Aspey. Hammond

Organ jazz. Snowdrop, 8pm, free

FRI 23

O'Hooley and Tidow. Folk duo play the Chiddingly

Festival. Chiddingly Village Hall, 8pm, £14

Along Came Shifty. Hip hop. Lansdown Arms,

7.30pm, free

The Blox. Ian Dury tribute. Con Club, 8pm

The Speak. Rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

SAT 24

The Black Market III. Blues. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Elsie’s Band. Folk. Royal Oak, 8pm, £7

MON 26

Gary Numan. Synth. De La Warr, 7pm, £29.50

Jonathan Vinten trio. Jazz piano. Snowdrop,

8pm, free


Open mic. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Lewes Favourites tunes practice session. Folk.

Elly, 8pm, free

FRI 30

Mr Tea and the Minions. Balkan party music.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Thin White Duke. Con Club, details TBA


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What’s on

SUN 18

SAT 3 – SUN 4

Family Raceday. Plumpton Racecourse, 11am-

5pm, £12 (accompanied under-18s free)

FRI 23 – SUN 25

Bentley Woodfair. See Diary Dates.

SUN 25

Into the Trees. A new festival by the people

behind Elderflower Fields, which aims to

encourage people to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Pippingford Park, tickets from £8/£5 adv

(£10/£6 on gate), See

The Boy who Bit Picasso. An interactive theatre

show, telling the story of how a youngster

from Chiddingly became friends with a superstar

artist. For ages 4+, children to be accompanied

by an adult. Lewes Old Grammar School hall,

11.30am and 2.30pm, £6 children/£9 adults,

contact 07552487694

FRI 9 – SUN 11

Photo by Kate Hickmott

Calamity Jane.

The classic Western

musical, directed by

Paula Woolven. Barn

Theatre, Saxon Lane,

Seaford, 7.30pm (Fri

& Sat), 2.30pm (Sat

& Sun), £10/£7

SAT 10

Priory by Candlelight. Thousands of candles

will illuminate an event at the Priory, featuring

four choirs, drummers, and a WI tea tent. Will

be postponed


a week

if wet.





School Open Days

St Bede’s Senior School, Sat 17, 9.30amnoon.

Lewes Old Grammar School, Tues 27,


Eastbourne College Sixth Form, Thurs 15,


Mayfield Girls’ School, Fri 16.

Chailey School, Tues 20, 6.30pm, and Mon

26/Thurs 29, 9-11am.

Priory School, Thurs 22, 6-9pm.

Hurst, Sat 24.

Photo by Geraint Lewis



It's a sunny evening and I'm sitting on the step of Mo, our

little 1968 Morris Traveller camper. I'm reading a book on

Italy and munching on some foraged goodies I took from the

hedgerow earlier. I glance up from my book and look around

me. Everything is blank. The scenery is not there… yet.

Me and my family are about to embark on a journey. We

don't know where it will take us, but what I've realised is it

doesn't matter. Wherever you are there will be opportunities

to learn. Our trip is all about learning, learning about life.

Me, an aspiring writer, my survival-mad younger brother and my animal-enthusiast little sister are all homeschooled.

My parents educate us at home because they want to nurture our individual talents and interests.

They hope that we will grow up to be caring, fun, contented young people, and they feel that we can achieve

this by learning from the world around us.

I know not to worry about making definite plans as that can create limitations. During our trip we'll be free to

stop and help someone or to be adventurous and explore somewhere. No matter where we are, what is important

is that we take the opportunities to learn and grow.

I hope we'll meet people who'll inspire us and teach us things, share with us their passions and enthusiasm.

Like baby chicks taking our first flights, my desire is that we will soar and flourish and that this journey will be

an amazing adventure for us as a family. Gracie Chick, aged 12.

Follow Gracie's adventure at 79

êêêê UNDER 16

PRIORY SCHOOL: Enterprise Day winners

The Year 10s at Priory School spent

some of last year learning about

business and enterprise, with a programme

of workshops and talks given

by industry professionals - plus a

couple of members of the Viva team.

The students were put into groups

and each came up with an idea for

a new business, which they pitched

to win votes from other students,

staff and visitors. We interviewed the

winning team, Iona Cowley, Poppy

Wheeler, Maddie Noton and Beatrice

Casey, to find out what they came up with…

What was your business idea? Iona: It’s called The

Filling Station. It’s an ethical food delivery service in

and around Brighton and Hove.

How did you come up with that idea? Poppy: in

the first lesson we each had to think of an idea, and

then as a group we decided which

idea to go with.

Who is it aimed at? I: Professionals

who either don’t have time to leave

their desks, or who want a healthier

alternative to a sandwich and a

chocolate bar.

P: Or people at home who don’t

have time to go out to the shop.

What did you learn about starting

a business? Maddie: That it’d be

very difficult!

I: One of the speakers who came in

at the beginning taught us about branding, production

and finance - that was really interesting.

Which parts of the project did you enjoy most?

P: Getting ready for the presentations, making the

posters and business cards.

I: And baking all of the food! Rebecca Cunningham

Welcome to


Chailey School is a thriving

secondary school of

approximately 700

students from 11 to 16

years of age. Our vision is

of ‘every young person

and every adult in our

school achieving more

than they ever thought


We believe in the

traditional values - and

these underpin life in our

school. We have high

expectations of students in

both their work and

behaviour. We know our

students as individuals,

their characters and


Our pastoral care is widely

recognised as outstanding

- from the transition

arrangements for new

students through to

individualised care

throughout their life at


‘Every adult and every young

person in our school

achieving more than they ever

thought possible’

If you would like to see the school in action,

please do call to arrange a visit:

01273 890407.

Open evening

6.30pm Tuesday 20th September 2016

Open mornings


Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September 2016

No appointment is necessary. The students,

staff and governors look forward to

welcoming you.

Results are how we tend to be measured – and

our record over many years for the attainment and

progress of our students is excellent. Regardless

of their ability, students all leave Chailey School

having achieved the level of results which allow

them to move on to a wide range of post-16

courses and apprenticeships. The standards

achieved in English and mathematics is high and

forms the bedrock for all other learning.

In science, technology, foreign languages, the arts

and the humanities, our students excel as a result

of high quality teaching and their commitment to

their learning.

We have been chosen to be a

‘hub’ school (centre of excellence

for East Sussex) for the teaching

of English and Modern Foreign

Languages. However, we are

passionate about the whole child

and the progress they make in all

aspects of their school life,

regardless of their academic

ability. Whatever a student’s

talents or abilities, our reputation

as an inclusive school ensures

that all needs are met – for those

who are gifted and talented and

for those who need additional


A rounded school life is not just

about the classroom and students

benefit hugely from a wide range

of extra-curricular activities. We

are the first secondary school in

East Sussex to be awarded a

National Learning Outside the

Classroom Mark (Silver) and the

first secondary school in the UK

to have a dedicated Peace Field

as part of the Great War

commemorations in partnership

with the Children’s’ Football


Whilst we are naturally proud of

our achievements, the true

measure of our success is seeing

a school full of happy, confident,

independent young people, fully

engaged in their education. Our

students are proud of their school

and enjoy telling people about life

at Chailey.

Headteacher: Mrs Helen Key

Chailey School, Mill Lane, South

Chailey, East Sussex BN8 4PU






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In an effort to escape Pokémon

GO for a few hours this week, we

took the boys to The Observatory

Science Centre in Herstmonceux

where they were guaranteed some

hands-on fun. First up, they used

their own energy to generate

enough electricity to power lights,

a radio and even a drill. Next up

was a turn on the anti-gravity wheel

followed by some competitive

activity involving an air stream, a ping pong ball and

some miniature hoops. Moving outside, our older

boys worked as a team on a water pump designed to

demonstrate how villages are irrigated, whilst our

four-year-old climbed a metal frame which was in the

shape of DNA.

The highlight of our trip, though, was the spacethemed

science show which explained lots of the

workings of space travel. Top of the

interest list was the presenter’s visual

demonstration of what happens to poo

in space - our boys were captivated, as

were the rest of the audience. The show

finished with a demonstration of weightlessness

in space and several children

including our own were sent spinning

(safely) across the floor. Education meets

entertainment - what more can a parent

want from a day out?

The next highlight in the Science Centre’s calendar

is the Astronomy Festival, for which they’ve managed

to snag a NASA scientist to speak and to answer audience

questions. There are family friendly activities

planned throughout the festival, which runs from the

2nd-4th September - just enough time to fit a visit in

before we go back to school. Jacky Adams

For more details, see


The number of Steiner students attending Oxford and Cambridge is well

above the National average. Universities favour Steiner school pupils because

they’re great all-round thinkers and exceedingly good at their own research.

“This school is a beacon of professionalism among UK Steiner schools and the

children who emerge are confident, articulate, international, open-minded and

grounded, lucky them!”

Good Schools Guide

Find out for yourself...

Open Morning

Thursday 13th October 2016 - 08:30 - 13:00

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

Tel: 01342 822275 - Registered Charity Number 307006



This month’s photo is held over from June, and was

sent in by 10-year-old Isobel Thomas. ‘I took this

photo in my garden because my favourite time of

the year has finally come,’ she wrote, and, due to

the good weather we’ve been enjoying of late, we

trust the strawberry season is still going strong in

the Thomas nursery. ‘These are some of my best

foods to eat and now they are in my garden I am so

happy! I love the picture because it reminds me of

summer time and I am really proud of the photo.’

So you should be, Isobel, it’s won you a £10 book

token, kindly offered by Bags of Books. Under 16?

Please send your pictures to

with your name, age and a sentence

explaining where and why you took it.


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Hannah's Van

Van au chocolat

It’s a sunny August morning, and I’d like to pretend my

son and I do healthy laps at the Pells pool before having

breakfast at Hannah’s Van. But we actually just peek

over the wall en route. The stylish French MEGA van

is parked near Malling Community Centre on Monday

mornings. We find it and I order a cappuccino (£2.50)

and pain au chocolat (£1.20). My son has a can of Cawston sparkling rhubarb and apple juice (£1) and a

croissant. Hannah serves Pharmacie coffee and was taught, she tells me, by the excellent Ground barista.

She also sells VRAC teas, juice, homemade flapjacks and flourless brownies. It’s very good coffee,

and the pastries are freshly baked. My son, who has just returned from a trip to France, says “they rival

the French ones”. I follow Hannah’s Van on Twitter, where she tells people where she’ll be that day -

partly dependent on parking. She’s been operating for a month and has just done her first festival, the

Little Gig at Earwig, and wants to do a lot more next summer. Hannah tells me she worked for Sussex

Police for 15 years, but after being made redundant, decided to set up her own Lewes business running

a coffee van “inspired by the great cafés in Brighton parks”. Emma Chaplin

Currently every Mon and Thurs, by Malling Rec, 7.30-1pm, and by Nevill Rec, 2.30-4.30pm. Available

other days - contact Hannah (07855 765587, @hannahsvan)

Photo by Emma Chaplin


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Small bowls, big lunch

I’ve managed to tempt the

former Viva editor Emma

out for lunch at Lemongrass,

the new Thai restaurant

in town. It’s the latest

location in a small chain and

it’s the grandest addition to

the Lewes eatery landscape

that we’ve seen in a while.

The unassuming entrance

to the left of Temple House

on School Hill leads down

to a smart subterranean

dining room that is flooded

with light from the fullwidth

courtyard at the rear.

It’s unexpectedly huge, with

room for 85 diners, and a

highly polished finish that

creates an atmosphere that

is more corporate than most

in our county town. What it lacks in bijou intimacy

it more than makes up for in elbow room

and it would be the perfect choice for a business

meeting, a big family get together or a work

Christmas party.

The menu is extensive enough to induce an attack

of indecision but we each opt for a lunchtime

special Thai tapas set, perfect for the wavering

diner. There are eight combinations to choose

from and I opt for the ‘Phuket’ vegetarian set

(£10.95) which includes two vegetable spring

rolls, stir-fried mixed vegetables and vegetable

green curry with jasmine rice. Emma goes for

the ‘Koh Samui’ set (£11.95) with Tom Yam mussel

soup, salt-and-pepper squid and green curry

with prawns.

We share a huge bowl of prawn crackers as I

catch up with her news. True to form, she’s full

of updates about what’s good to eat and where

and all this conversation

makes me very hungry.

Thankfully our tapas sets

soon arrive - each dish elegantly

portioned in smart

porcelain bowls - and we set

about them. My spring rolls

are dainty and crisp with

plenty of sweet chilli dipping

sauce. The stir-fried

vegetables are an interesting

medley, well cooked

and dressed in a salty soy

and garlic sauce and the

green curry is the just

the right blend of gentle

spice and creamy coconut.

Emma’s seafood set comes

with a miniature skewer

of golden, crispy, crisscrossed


squid with its own accompanying dish of garlic

mayonnaise. This dispatched, she addresses the

two huge green-lipped mussels in her Tom Yam

soup and then tucks into the hot red broth, which

is sufficiently spicy to induce a momentary gasp.

Fortunately the green curry is mercifully mild,

the same thick and creamy sauce as mine but

suitably laden with prawns.

Together all these dainty dishes add up to quite a

substantial lunch, and we take longer over it than

perhaps we should, by the time we’ve squeezed

in a single scoop of ice cream, hers green tea and

mine toasted coconut. All told the bill comes to

£42.30 (including service) but since it’s the perfect

venue for a business lunch - and we’ve kind

of been talking about business - that all seems

fair enough, really. Lizzie Lower

Lemongrass is open for lunch and dinner seven

days a week. 25/26 High Street,

Photo by Lizzie Lower



Photo by Rebecca Cunningham


Macaroni cheese

This month, Jack Thunder brings us back to school, with a recipe

from his lunchtime menu at Lewes New School...

I don’t have many fond memories of school dinners.

I do remember this chocolate shortbread

pudding with bright green mint custard on top…

that was like a thrill, it was so chocolatey! I started

working in the school kitchen because I wanted to

do something a bit more wholesome than banging

out plates in a restaurant. I had read about

somebody in Hackney who had worked as a chef

with Ottolenghi, but she left her job and went to

work in a school, and loved it. When a mate of

mine saw this job advertised he was like, ‘this is

your job.’

It took a bit of time to build up a rapport with the

kids, and for them to trust me not to give them

anything weird. I set up a special day where I

made a green ‘Incredible Hulk’ pasta sauce and a

red ‘Spiderman’ sauce and the kids had to try a bit

of both, and then we had a vote at the end to decide

which one was the best. It’s all about building

up their confidence in trying something new.

All of the school dinners I make are vegetarian,

but I also make a dairy-free option for the vegan

kids. You can make a good substitute cheese sauce

by melting vegan cheese with rice or soya milk.

Cashew sauce is another good alternative: soak

the cashews and blend together with nutritional

yeast and water. It’s great for adults, but the problem

with giving it to kids is that it goes a bit grey,

so it can start to look a bit gruelly…

This (non-vegan) recipe is for eight portions.

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and put three cloves

of garlic in to roast for 20-25 minutes.

Put some water in a pot and add half an onion

and three bay leaves. Put over the heat and bring

the water to the boil. Chop one large cauliflower

(or two small ones) into bite-sized chunks and add

to the boiling water.

To make the cheese sauce, melt 60g of butter in

a small pan and add three tablespoons of plain

flour. Whisk to form a roux. Pour in 500ml of

milk and whisk until the mixture is completely

combined, then take the pan off the heat. Add a

teaspoon of mustard - I like the wholegrain kind.

Grate in 125g of mature cheddar, stirring until it’s

melted, and add the roasted garlic. Sprinkle in a

tablespoon of nutritional yeast flakes - these are

really rich in Vitamin B12.

You need about 300g of macaroni. Cook the pasta,

but save some of the water when you strain it.

You’ll add this to the cheese sauce and then mix it

together with the cooked pasta, because otherwise

the pasta can start to dry out in the oven. Add

a bit more cheese on top - you could use more

cheddar or some mozzarella. Stick it in the oven

for about 20-25 minutes.

If you want to make something a bit more special,

you could fry off some chorizo and mix through

the pasta before it goes in the oven. It also goes

well with crab - or I’ve heard of people making

lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. Another thing you can

do is sprinkle breadcrumbs over it to give it a

crunchy topping.

As told to Rebecca Cunningham


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Edible Updates

This month’s bumper edition of Edible Updates is

in celebration of SeptemberFeast, er, sorry, OctoberFeast:

our annual festival of food and drink.

I’m entitled to take the mick because I’m on the

committee, but before I go on a breathless rant

about the huge number of events we have planned

this year, there are some bits of food news that fall

outside of the festival.

First thing is the fantastic Harvey’s Brewery

rebrand, with illustrations by Malcolm Trollope-

Davis, of Lewes Map renown. Malcolm has superb

skills in traditional draughtsmanship and detail

that marries well with the Harvey’s ethos - he's

done a great job.

Lewes Food Market are also revamping their

website and this month you can find healthy ‘back

to school’ recipes by nutritionist Daphne Lambert

on They may inspire

you to take up a Food Works course with Tina

Deubert, the next starts on Sept 17th.

You might equally decide to shelve healthy eating

and treat yourself to an evening on Brighton

Gin at Pelham House on 1st Sept for tastings and

chat with founder Helen Chesshire. Then go for

it at the ‘renegade’ Lewes Chilli Fayre on 24th

Sept: a famously hot day of entertainments at The

Paddock, with profits going to support adults with

learning disabilities.

So to OctoberFeast, if you haven't received the

full programme with this magazine, look out for

one in venues around town or visit the website, Here follows a taste...

This year’s signature event is the revamped Feast

& Food School at Harvey’s Brewery Back Yard

on 17th Sept. OctoberFeast have teamed up with

Community Chef to create a pop-up classroom

paired with fabulous street food, Harvey’s Hop

Bar, live music and more. Then, of course, there

are our familiars: the apple press (24th & 25th) and

for ale lovers, The Snowdrop Inn Great Beer

Exposition (30th-2nd).

There are 15 pop-up suppers to choose from this

year. These sociable evenings of home-cooked

meals will take us all over: from Sussex to the

Caribbean, Turkey, Greece, the Far East. From

foraging and fermentation to cakes and ale.

In the ‘festivals within festivals’ category, we have

the first Sausage ‘n’ Cider Festival at the Corn

Exchange ( on Sept 24th and

the fourth Diversity Lewes Soup Festival at All

Saints on Sept 25th. Also exciting is the Iguanadon

Restaurant at the Linklater on Sun 25th,

held as part of Lewes Fossil Festival.

A historical theme to another of this year’s top

events: food writer Sam Bilton’s Shakespearian

Dinner at Anne of Cleves House on Friday

23rd. And there are further imaginative literary

evenings: notably the Lewes Short Story Pub

Crawl (17th Sept) and the Cook the Books panel

discussion on food writing ‘beyond the recipe’

(Oct 4th). Not to be missed is the Lewes Labour

talk on food politics with Josh Sutton, author of

Food Worth Fighting For (Oct 3rd).

There are bags more opportunities to learn,

notably workshops from the Wine & Spirits

Education Trust, Community Chef, The

Hearth, Seven Sisters Spices, Peter Richards,

Maxine May, Dominic McCartan and The

Cultured Kitchen. So much going on, I've run

out of room…

Chloë King

Illustration by Chloë King



Liz and John’s newsagent

Where there’s tuck there’s brass

It’s September which means that school is back which

means Liz and John’s newsagent and sweet shop (aka ‘the

tuck shop’) is going to be rammed full of sugar-rushhungry

kids from just after Priory’s 3.15pm kicking out

time till past six, when the Sussex Downs students head

by. “In the middle we get Chailey kids, Ringmer kids and

Old Grammar kids, too,” says Liz, who hires a Priory pupil - Buster - to stand on the door, and make

sure that only five go in at a time. “They’re very well behaved, really, apart from a few newbies at the

beginning of the year, trying it on.” I don’t need to tell you what they sell - rest assured there are some

old favourites from the days I was at Priory (Refreshers, and Love Hearts and the like) as well as some

relative newcomers (bags of Haribo hang prominently on the back wall).

The newsagent, of course, was from the late eighties till May 2015 over the road in the station

concourse, until a “mega-silly” rent increase forced them into their smaller premises. Not much has

changed, though, apart from the size of the place: as well as stocking the full range of dailies they

are the go-to place for lesser-read periodicals, if you’re the New York Review of Books or Times Literary

Supplement sort. I can honestly, too, say that Liz and John have regularly saved my life, by serving me

bottles of water before Sunday morning football games. Oh and they deliver newspapers as well, in

case you didn’t know (01273 472791). Alex Leith

Photo by Alex Leith



Sussex Wine School

Drink the world

“It looks… kind of…

golden,” I say, staring

into the glass of white

wine in front of me.

“That’s right,” says

Jonny, and I feel that

thrill I used to feel in

the classroom when I

got a teacher’s question

right. “It’s a kind of

pale golden colour,

isn’t it?” he continues, and I write ‘pale golden’ in

the ‘look’ box of my tasting notes sheet.

I’m in the Pelham House Hotel. Jonny is Jonathan

Gibson, of Sussex Wine School, conducting the

‘Introduction to Spain and Portugal’ tasting, one

of eight weekly round-the-world sessions designed

to teach punters more about wine (the school also

does tastings in Brighton and Tunbridge Wells).

Two of the others sat round the table have signed

up for the full course, the other four - like me -

are here just for tonight’s session. Jonny’s a great

teacher, showing not telling, and making me want

to ask questions. It’s like being at a university

seminar… with booze.

We’re trying out six different wines today, all

from the Iberian Peninsula. Jonny, with the aid

of Powerpoint-projected maps and charts, has

given us an overview of the different qualities of

the main wine-growing regions, and some of the

niceties of the wine we’re analysing first, a Pazo

da Villarai Albarino 2015 from Rías Baixas, a DO

(Denominacion de Origen) region of Spain. We’re

encouraged to stick our noses into the glass and

take a great sniff. “Are you getting fruit tones… or

floral tones?” he asks. “Floral,” says one of the guys

over the table, and it’s

his turn for approval.

I write ‘floral’ in my


The best bit, of course,

is the tasting of the

wine. This one, from

a consultation of my

notes, tasted ‘dry’ and

‘zingy’ and boasted a

‘lingering finish’. Did

I write that? I’d usually just say ‘nice’. And it’s not

just about my new descriptive powers; I’m taught

that the Rías Baixas region, in Galicia in North-

Western Spain, is relatively cool and wet and thus

the wine made there tends to be correspondingly

low in alcohol (this one is 12.5%) and fresh tasting:

good for eating with seafood.

Bloody hell, do I learn a lot in the two hours in

the room, drinking three reds, and three whites,

including a couple from my favourite Spanish wine

region, Rioja. I learn about terroir, and the power

of salted food to round off wines; I learn about

what a hard time Portugal has exporting wine

because no-one knows the names of the grapes.

I learn that you should ALWAYS decant a red

before drinking it (mental note: buy a funnel).

Most of all I learn that I’ve got a hell of a lot to

learn about wine, despite drinking it nearly every

night of the week. When I find out that the next

week’s course is about Australian and New Zealand

wines, which for no good reason I usually eschew, I

make my mind up to sign up. Sussex Wine School?

That’s my kind of school. Alex Leith

Jonathan and co will be at the Sussex Wine Fair on

Sept 3rd at the Grand Hotel,

Photo by Alex Leith



This month we asked local freelance photographer and journalist (and our

monthly football correspondent) Barry Collins to photograph five of Lewes'

music teachers, asking each of them for their favourite piece of music. Barry

also runs photography courses for beginners in Lewes and Brighton.

Catherine Black, cello teacher

"Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler."



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Guy Pearce, guitar teacher

"The Cold Days of February by The Incredible String Band."


Paul Austin Kelly, trumpet teacher

"Whatever I happen to be listening to at the moment."

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Hilary Selby, singing teacher

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Annika Brown

We speak to singer/

songwriter Annika

Brown about the approach

she and her

husband Jonathan

take to home educating

their daughter

Norah, aged ten.

What were your experiences

of school?

I’m German and went

to school aged seven. I

enjoyed it for the first

few years, but around the age of 13, I felt I wasn’t

learning what I wanted. Later I went to a school

I did enjoy. You chose your own subjects, were

treated more equally. Then on to university to

study world literature.

Why did you choose to home educate your

daughter? Although initially sceptical (it’s illegal

in Germany), I chose it for different reasons

to Jonathan. I felt I’d wasted time at school and

likewise I believe Norah would find school frustrating.

She knows what she wants - to go to art

college. Meanwhile, Jonathan had been a teacher

in the UK, and seen the state system from inside.

He didn’t want that for his children.

Are you in touch with other home educators?

Yes, there are lots in this area and we meet regularly.

Recently we went to a special children's concert

at the Royal Albert Hall. Jonathan and I run

a group offering a range of activities, from Bollywood

dancing to creative writing and Foley sound

effects. There are a number of internet groups,

and bigger events include camping festivals at

Wowo and in Wales.

Do you have a view on whether home-educated

children should be registered/inspected?

I understand the concern for child welfare. But

welfare is a separate

issue from education.

We value the current


stance, and despite

inspections, holes in

education and welfare

seem to be rife

throughout the education

system anyway.

How do you structure

your time? It

is fluid. Norah has

never been to school or nursery, so she’s not used

to a strict schedule. She goes to pottery, drama

and art groups, and we have some specific lesson

times, but if something comes up, we can be flexible.

When we go to the supermarket, I might set

a task of choosing ingredients for supper within a

budget. Making learning fun. We visit Germany

to see my family, and that’s educational, too. Norah

is bilingual.

What if she asks to go to school? We’d support

her to do what she wants.

Do many of Norah’s friends go to school?

Some. Most are home educated.

How much does Norah decide what she does?

Plenty, but some things we nudge her towards.

Reading was an example. Now she’s an avid reader.

What resources do you draw on? The library,

especially in winter. The internet much less so: we

firmly restrict screentime. Although Norah loves

her Xtra Maths sessions online.

What's the toughest challenge? You have to be

prepared, think in advance about your day. Juggling

everything - my work, the household. It

would be a lot harder if I were a single parent, but

my husband and I share it, which means we both

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Sussex Downs College

Hair and Beauty Department

How does this space differ from a real salon? The

idea is that it’s as close to being in a normal beauty

salon as possible. There’s a proper reception desk and

booking system, so customers phone up and book an

appointment just like anywhere else.

But the staff are all students? Yes, the treatments

are carried out by our hair and beauty students,

once we’re confident that they know how to give

each treatment safely. I teach on the beauty course,

where at Level 2, the girls are trained in basic beauty

therapies like waxing, using different types of wax,

and tinting, and at Level 3 they learn more advanced

treatments, like hot stone massage, electrical facials

and micro-dermabrasion. Once they’ve learnt the

theory, they’ll practise on each other (or on us!)

before they treat any of our real customers.

How do you keep yourself and the course up to

date with beauty trends? It’s a very fast-moving

industry, so there’s always something new to train

in. Each member of staff here gets 30 hours of CPD

(continued professional development) per year,

although some of us do more! But CPD is more

about developing your technical skills; inspiration and

creative development tends to come from YouTube

and keeping up with what’s in the media.

Which other courses are in the department?

As well as beauty therapy, we teach complementary

therapies, massage, hairdressing and styling. There’s

also the hair and media makeup course, for students

wanting to go into theatre or film makeup. >>>



>>> Each year they work with the performing arts

department to design the hair and makeup for their

shows - last year they did the makeup for their performance

of Cats - which is great experience for them.

What are their career options after studying

here? There are so many different options. For the

beauty students I teach, once they’ve completed their

Level 2 they could get a job in a beauty salon or in

retail, on a beauty counter. After Level 3 they might

go into spas, or salons doing more advanced treatments,

or they could get travel work in holiday resorts

or on cruise ships. From there they have the option

to go into Level 4 training and work in a medi-spa

clinic, or go into salon management. There are loads

of exciting and very varied opportunities for the girls

when they qualify.

Are there any boys on the courses? There are one

or two. I worked in beauty salons before coming to

Sussex Downs and I only ever worked with one male

therapist, but men are definitely becoming more

interested in beauty.

Rebecca Cunningham interviewed Katy Singleton-Hughes

1 Mountfield Road, 030 300 38600,

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Schools without Walls

So Sussex’s Caroline Fleming

Schools without Walls

started with outdoor

sessions for adults and

families to encourage

people to explore out

and about in Sussex. We

thought it would be good to

offer sessions to a range of

primary schools to encourage

a lot more children into

the Sussex countryside. We

wanted to come up with a format that supports

what they’re learning through the curriculum in

class, so if they’re focusing on the Iron Age or

Stone Age we can design a session that goes into

the local area and looks at settlements in a fun and

adventurous way.

In an ideal world every school would be able

to take classes outdoors and do a range of

activities, but they don’t all have access to the

countryside and not all teachers feel comfortable

with it. We were keen to minimise the worries

that teachers have of doing outdoor learning from

a risk point of view. Our different types of sessions

include ancient methods of fire lighting using flint

stones, lots of arts and crafts activities with natural

resources, and building small roundish boats

called coracles that the children can get in and sail

themselves. Not every child is an outdoors type,

but every child does get naturally curious and

excited by being outside. It’s a way of making it

interesting, building their confidence and helping

them to work together as a group.

We started with primary school ages, but in

the last year we’ve tried to do more with secondary

schools as well. We are in the midst of a

project in Brighton with 14 to 18-year-olds who

are also young carers, so they might not be actively

engaged with school due to their home lives and

are struggling to get an education, and therefore

need a bit more support

to get out and about and

do these things. We take

them to nearby woods

and do open fire cooking,

fire lighting, pointing out

nature, building – it’s all

about working in teams,

coming up with strategy,

putting them out of their

comfort zones, and doing

things with them that they would never otherwise

get an opportunity to do.

It’s encouraging to see how some children

who don’t keep up in class and aren’t confident

about getting engaged come into their own

when taking part in an outdoor activity. Teachers

and classmates see that child in a different

light. We often find that the academic classroom

pupils can’t easily transfer the mathematical skills

they’ve learnt to the outdoors problem solving

while the children who struggle with maths figure

it out because it’s a physical activity.

We’ve had really positive experiences with

all the schools that we’ve worked with. At one

particular school in Eastbourne we worked with

each child individually on designing and adapting

their own playground: it’s a large junior school

with amazing outdoor space, so we worked with

Year 3 children on building a greenhouse made

out of recycled plastic bottles that they now grow

their own plants and vegetables in; Year 4 children

worked with a willow artist in designing and

weaving three willow pods that serve as secluded

chill-out houses that they can use to read in; and

Year 5 and 6 children built a large geodesic dome

that will be used as an outdoor classroom, and

that’s a real skill!

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Steiner education

Emmeline Hawker, Class 6 teacher, Michael Hall School

What are the differences

between Steiner schools and

traditional schools? Steiner

education is just as focused on

the emotional and spiritual

development of the child as on

their academic development.

Children are encouraged to be

curious and to take responsibility

for their own learning.

We work on building their

confidence and self-awareness,

as well as their socio-emotional

development, creative skills

and interaction with nature,

rather than just trying to

achieve academic results.

How do you get that across in your teaching?

It depends on the subject; with something

like botany, which my class are learning in Main

Lesson this year, we’ll all go outside together

and everyone will collect a different flower. We’ll

look at those together and the children will ask

questions, like ‘why does that look a certain way?’

or ‘what might that part be for?’ and they’ll point

out what they notice about the different flowers.

Finally, we’ll go back into the classroom and I’ll

explain some of the real answers.

What’s ‘Main Lesson’? Every child, from age

six right up to 18, does something called Main

Lesson. We have particular subjects to teach each

year, and because we’re working on that subject

every day, the children can really embrace it and

get right into it. In one year, one of the Main

Lessons is on farming and their project is to

make a jam sandwich. So the children will grow

the wheat, mill it to make flour and bake their

own bread. They milk the cows themselves and

churn the milk to make the butter. Then they

pick their own berries and make their own jam.

What about less creative

subjects, like maths? We

look at maths kinaesthetically

and visually, for example, by

cutting up different-shaped

foods to understand fractions.

The children here learn to

take responsibility for their

own learning and they’re

very self-disciplined, so while

we’ll set harder questions for

those kids who ‘eat maths

for breakfast’ than for the

ones who are struggling, they

each know that they have to

complete the work they are


Have you ever taught in a regular school? I

spent two years teaching psychology at Reigate

College and the students there really were fantastic,

but the education system had primed them to

focus on exam results. We could be talking about

a really fascinating topic but I would be asked, ‘is

this going to be on the exam paper?’ It’s a shame

that that natural curiosity seems to have been

pummelled out of mainstream schoolchildren.

Do the children here take exams? We do

GCSEs and A levels but until then there are no

formal tests. The emphasis is on the children

understanding themselves, and being curious and

discovering things. We set formative criteria as

well as summative; someone once described the

difference between the two like this: formative

assessment is when the chef tastes the soup,

summative assessment is when the customer

tastes the soup. By being involved in the learning

process, the children understand what they need

to help them learn.

Interview by Rebecca Cunningham

Michael Hall, Forest Row,


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Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

Many people tell

me that their school

days were the happiest

of their lives

but, sadly, these are

not sentiments that

I can readily relate

to. For young John

Henty, just after the

war, in his ill-fitting

cap and blazer, it

was a testing time of

learning the verb ‘to

be’ in Mr. Loving’s

Latin class and attempting to clamber over - or

preferably avoid - the vaulting horse in the dreaded


Corporal punishment was then a continual threat,

administered by enthusiastic masters just back from

military service or imprisonment in POW camps.

Frozen bottles of milk in the icy playground, Mrs

Henry’s mince for lunch and not a female to be

seen, apart from the headmaster’s secretary, who

just about qualified. Not happy days, I’m afraid, but

thank goodness, like just about everything else, it’s

all changed.

And things do change, don’t they? I mean, we don’t

send children up chimneys any more, do we? A

question I asked Rob Mortimer recently when he

came round to sweep our chimney. “No - health

and safety wouldn’t allow it” he joked, all the time

assembling his amazing gear which included goggles,

ear plugs and eventually a smoke bomb!

Rob’s a member of the Institute of Chimney

Sweeps, and it’s a very high-tech business these

days. We were issued with a detailed certificate

of work carried out, and this even confirmed that

smoke was ‘evacuating correctly’. Yes - times do

change but, reassuringly, Rob still invited us outside

to observe the

brush emerging

from our chimney

and urged us to

make a traditional

wish. We did.

Some brief

encounters now in

the town during

what has been

a disappointing

summer. The first

was yet another example

of mistaken

identity. I was walking along Friars Walk on my

way home when a cheery woman appeared to wave

at me from across the road.

I waved back - after all this is Lewes - only to realize

that I was being followed by Diana whose friend

Dee was the person opposite. I apologised. We

laughed and Diana confirmed that she was a Viva

reader and familiar with this page.

‘Winnie’ is too young to be a reader, but was having

a fine old time in Grange Gardens on her scooter

one sunny afternoon when she introduced herself

to Sylvia and me. Closely watched by mum, Becky,

‘Winnie’ was full of life and fun, and I enquired

about the name she was so clearly pleased with. “It’s

actually Winona,” mum commented. “But we don’t

use that very much.”

Finally, it’s good to be back at the Dripping Pan

for another season of what I call real football, and

I was pleased to note the hospitality ‘huts’ were

occupied for the friendly game against Crawley.

The occupants of one, however, seemed to be

missing, and their complimentary sandwiches and

cakes remained untouched at half time. I was sorely

tempted, but as owner 584 of the club, I resisted and

settled for a cup of tea instead. John Henty



Illustration by Mark Greco

Great tit

Tea-cher! Tea-cher! Tea-cher!

Just for the record; I’ve never trusted them. Unlike

all the other familiar, friendly faces on my back

garden bird table there’s just something about the

great tit that’s always made me suspicious. Perhaps

it’s my mistrust of uniforms. The great tit’s smart

plumage with a collar, black tie and a glossy black

cap makes them look too official, too authoritative.

And that bright yellow chest? Eww! - it’s too

garish for the garden.

Their behaviour isn’t exactly endearing either.

Great tits are the bullies on the bird table; the

Nazis of the nut feeder. They’ll aggressively assert

their authority and violently peck at other birds as

they plunder the peanuts. When house-hunting, if

a great tit can’t find a suitable hole to nest in, it’ll

simply evict a blue tit and move in.

Their dominance is also heard in spring when

their two note song, “Tea-cher! Tea-cher! Teacher!”

rings out through our woodlands. It was

this “Tea-cher!” that taught me my first lesson in

bird song identification; an easily recognisable

two-note war cry used to proclaim the tit’s territory.

But I was soon to learn that everything was

not how it seemed. Each male actually has an average

of four different songs which can be sung at

three different tempos. This varied repertoire is a

sly Beau Geste trick employed to trick other great

tits into thinking that a woodland is more crowded

than it really is. The birds who know the most

tunes secure larger territories and breed more

successfully. And it’s a trick that fools me each year

too; if I don’t recognise a bird call in the woods it’s

always a great tit.

Through aggression and deceit the birds have

been successful in establishing an empire that

spreads from England to China. And it’s from

the far flung corners of this empire that we’ve

recently received reports of some rather worrying

behaviour. From Finland came news of a group of

great tits changing their vegan diet of seeds and

nuts to something much more meaty: other birds.

In Hungary scientists made the chilling discovery

of a population of great tits which have developed

a taste for the brains of hibernating bats. Sure,

these are isolated incidents at the moment but

with human society plunging rapidly towards the

abyss and an army of great tits acquiring a taste for

blood and brains is it unreasonable to hypothesise

a post-apocalyptic future where humans are at the

mercy of plagues of zombie great tits hell-bent

on feasting on our brains? Close your windows

people - they’re coming for us I tell ya!

And I bet you thought that this article was going

to be a string of cheap innuendos about bosoms.

Michael Blencowe, Sussex WildlifeTrust

Illustration by Mark Greco


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Eating Clever

Food for thought

Their new uniforms are ironed

and their schoolbags packed,

but what can you do to ensure

your children’s brains are ready

for the term ahead? Well, when

it comes to brain power, it’s all

a question of getting the right

fuel - and that means a few

simple dietary tweaks can make

all the difference.

Make your first stop the fruit

and veg aisle, where blueberries

should top your shopping list.

Packed with protective compounds

called anthocyanins,

they are thought to protect the

brain from oxidative damage, improving memory

and reducing the risk of dementia.

The same chemicals are also found in other red and

purple fruits and vegetables, so you could also add

beetroot, blackcurrants, redcurrants, raspberries,

strawberries and blackberries to your basket.

Avocados are another food known for their brainnourishing

properties. Rich in healthy monounsaturated

fat (the ‘good’ kind), they promote blood

flow to the brain and lower blood pressure. They

also boast high levels of Vitamin K and folate,

which help to prevent blood clots in the brain, as

well as improving memory and concentration.

Broccoli, spinach, kale and other cruciferous and

green leafy vegetables are equally good for the

brain. Like avocados, broccoli is rich in Vitamin

K, and it is also high in glucosinolates, which slow

the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter

necessary for optimum brain function. It is also

known to contain high levels of the memory-boosting

chemical choline.

Away from the fruit and vegetable section, nuts and

seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch. Pumpkin

seeds are a particularly healthy

option, containing zinc, which is

necessary for good memory and

cognitive function. They are also

rich in magnesium, B vitamins

and tryptophan - all of which

are great for boosting thinking

power - as well as containing

omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Linseeds (also known as flaxseeds)

are another good source of

omega-3 fats, as are oily fish, such

as salmon, trout, sardines and

mackerel. Sprinkle ground seeds

into smoothies or onto soups,

cereal and salads for an easy

nutritional turbo-boost.

Meanwhile, walnuts are the pick of the nuts, boasting

high levels of Vitamin E, which is associated

with a lowered risk of dementia and brain deterioration.

The vital vitamin can also be found in green

leafy vegetables, olives, eggs and wholegrains.

Wholegrain foods, such as oats, brown rice, granary

bread and wholemeal pasta, also work directly to

fuel the brain. Releasing glucose slowly and steadily

into the blood stream, they provide sustainable energy,

aiding concentration and learning. The effect

is enhanced when carbohydrate is combined with

protein, so a brain-boosting pre-school breakfast

might be porridge or wholegrain cereal with milk,

egg on wholemeal toast, or fruit with yoghurt.

Finally, to the delight of fussy eaters everywhere,

dark chocolate has been shown to enhance brain

function. Containing flavonols, it has antioxidant

and anti-inflammatory properties, improving blood

flow to the brain. Do keep it moderate though, and

choose minimally-processed chocolate with at least

70 per cent cocoa. Brain appétit!

Anita Hall


Because every life is unique

…we are here to help you make your

farewell as personal and individual as possible,

and to support you in every way we can.

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Also at: Uckfield • Seaford • Cross in Hand


On the road again

Home-and-away fan Gary Blaber

Pic by James Boyes; Gary Blaber, in Rooks shirt on the right

It takes a special kind of commitment to get up at

5am of a Saturday morning to go and watch your

team. Even more so when that team is a non-league

side such as Lewes, and you know full well that

you’ll all fit in a minibus. Occasionally, a phone box.

Yet, that’s just how Lewes stalwart Gary Blaber likes

it. And being a retired postman, he doesn’t mind

the 5am starts too much, either. So when asked to

name his favourite ever Lewes away trip, he reaches

straight for the 700-mile round trip to Barrow, when

Lewes made their brief foray into the Conference

National in the 2008-9 season.

“There was 12 of us in the minibus,” says Gary. “We

left about five o’clock in the morning. It seemed

like forever to get up there. We got back at about

midnight, I think. But that was probably the most

enjoyable day!”

The result made the journey worthwhile, presumably?

“We lost 2-0 and we knew we were going to

get beaten before we left,” Gary adds. “That one

sticks in my mind, because we’re never going to play

them again - it’s a one-off opportunity.”

Indeed, it’s the chance to visit more new grounds

that provides a silver lining to last season’s relegation

for Gary and his band of away-day followers, who

joined about 40 other Lewes supporters at the club’s

first league game of the season away at Chipstead.

The other benefit of relegation to the Ryman South

is fewer Tuesday night jaunts across the country,

such as the season-before-last’s January night trip

to Leiston in Suffolk, a six-hour round journey to

see the team lose 3-0 whilst failing to register a

single shot on goal. “You’re coming home and you’re

thinking ‘why the hell did we do that? Why do we


“After the Leiston game, PJ [Gary’s travelling

companion] said ‘that’s it - I’m not doing any more

away games on a Tuesday night, I just can’t do it’.

But by the time the next game comes around, you’ve

forgotten all about it and you’re going. That’s what

being a football fan’s all about.”

Gary admits to preferring the away days more

than home games at the Dripping Pan, even if

it’s a ground he’s been to many a time. “I like the

ordinary run-of-the-mill league games, when you

can stand behind the goal, swap ends at half-time

and have a chat with your regulars who you know

are going to be there. It’s good that you can stand

on the terraces and chat with the chairman and

members of the board and have a good afternoon

together. You don’t get that in Premiership football

- it’s something that’s strictly non-league. We’re all

there together.”

Barry Collins



Fitbitch Bootcamp

For the early birds of Lewes

There is, I’ve come to

know, a group of women

who will happily

sprint down the beach

at 6am, rain and seaspray

blowing in their

faces, before turning

on their heels to sprint

back up to perform 25

press-ups on wet tarmac.

More surprisingly

still, I’ve found that

I’m one of them.

Back in May I signed

up to a four-day-a-week, four-week Fitbitch

bootcamp, with the aim of cultivating an exercise

habit that would outlast the camp. Founder

Rachael Woolston set up the camps as ‘there was

just too much emphasis on how women looked

and not enough on how they felt,’ and it turns

out there’s very little room for vanity as you reel

your way through a Fitbitch session within minutes

of getting out of bed. It may not be pretty

but it is surprisingly addictive. This autumn she

brings her brand of bootcamp to the early risers

of Lewes.

I would try to explain the full range of activities,

but no two days were the same. There’s been

boxing, running, HIIT, jump-rope, kettle bells,

battle ropes, TRX and football, not to mention

appropriating playground equipment and

railings to build strength, agility and stamina

in-between ever-increasing rounds of burpees,

crunches, step-ups, sprints, planks, sit-ups,

handstands and tricep dips. You get the picture.

It’s not for sissies.

Groups are small and the intensive instruction

means there’s plenty of attention to technique

and no loitering at the

back. Yoga stretching

and muscle rolling

optimize recovery

and take the sting out

of getting up the next

morning to do it all

over again. Many in

the group are back for

their third and fourth

camps, and I too find

myself signing up for

a second Olympicsthemed


camp in July. More fun ensues, of the jumping,

running, lifting and gymnastic variety.

Of course all this hard works pays off in pounds

and inches lost (5.5lbs and 6” to be precise), but

most significantly - and as billed - I just feel so

much better. Sure, I can remember the queasy

beginnings when I thought I might pass out or

cough up a lung, but it’s exhilarating to have

really moved so early in the day and to have

burned a few hundred calories before breakfast.

All that early virtue makes it easier to keep up

the healthy choices throughout the day too - especially

if you follow the complementary eating

plan - and getting up at 5.30am really diminishes

the appeal of a midweek drink.

You might think I was hanging out for a lie-in,

but the opposite is true. Just a few days into the

regime I found myself missing the early morning

workouts on the days off. So much so that

I found myself outside the swimming pool at

6.30am waiting to be let in. And I still do. And

even that feels like slacking. Lizzie Lower

Rachael will be running Fitbitch courses at Pells

Park from September. Visit

Photo by Rachael Woolston



Cross-Channel swimming

'It's real hare and tortoise stuff'

As you read this,

Dave Shephard and

Phil Couch could

well be swimming

the English Channel

in aid of Asthma UK.

We caught up with

Dave in his last few

weeks of training...

We’ll swim in the

week of the 26th

August. From Dover’s

Heritage Coast in the direction of Wissant,

south of Calais. The route is a rough ‘S’ shape to

work with the tides, and can be anything from

22 to 32 miles. If you don’t time it right, you

can get to within a couple of kilometres of the

French coast and have to give up, as it’s almost

impossible to land against the tide when you’re

that exhausted. It happens all the time.

It could take anywhere between nine and 17

hours depending on the sea conditions. We’re

swimming in a relay where we’ll each swim for

one hour, one dropping in behind the other as

we cross over.

We’ve been training for eight months and

have a pool speed of 2.5 mph, which should be

quick enough to get us across. That all changes

in the sea of course. It’s a struggle to settle into

a rhythm when waves keep hitting you in the

face. I’ve done much of my training with Lewes

Swimming Club and at Pells Pool, but there are

a lot more hazards in the sea. Most significantly

the cold. We’ve been sea swimming since April,

spending three hours in the water at a time.

We’ll do a ten-hour simulation swim off Seaford

beach before the crossing.

There are only a few pilots and they’re pretty

booked up. We

waited two years

for a slot. We have

to trust their judgement

on the route

and timing but they

want to get you

across. It’s their

badge of honour.

It’s quite expensive

- around

£3,000 for the pilot

- but we’ve had the help of Leadership Challenges

to sort out the finances and logistics - the

same team who set up our ‘Race Across America’

trip two years ago. Apart from that it’s fortunately

quite a minimalist sport. To keep a level

playing field the dress code is strictly speedos

and goggles. But you are allowed two rubber

caps as a concession to the cold. Everyone asks

about the goose fat but we’re actually smothered

in petroleum jelly. It helps to stop the chafing.

It is possible to hit ‘the wall’ - a point where

you can’t get your arms out of the water - and

it’s just horrible. But if you’ve trained your body

properly, it’s all about getting the right fuel.

We’ll be putting as many calories back in as we

take out - around 700 per hour - and taking it

slow and steady. It’s real hare and tortoise stuff.

We’ll also have to contend with jellyfish. Apparently

it’s like swimming whilst being jabbed

with an electric cattle prod. Then there’s the

shipping too. It’s basically a motorway for tankers

but there is a ship-free ‘central reservation’.

I’m not sure who has the right of way but I’d be

inclined to say ‘after you’. As told to Lizzie Lower

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Ringmer Community College

Top of the class

Most school buildings

aren’t renowned for

their architecture. In

fact, a recent report

from the Royal Institute

of British Architects

(RIBA) said ‘too

many’ school buildings

were ‘dangerous and

dilapidated, poorly

built and wasteful’,

pointing out that ‘good

school design can

reduce running and maintenance costs, in some

cases by more than several times a teacher’s average

salary a year’.

Flying the flag for efficiency is Ringmer Community

College, which won best ‘Green Business’ at this

year’s Lewes District Business Awards. The prize

has been added to a collection that also includes an

Ashden Award (known to many as a ‘Green Oscar’),

a National Teaching Award for work on sustainability,

an Energy Institute Award, a CPRE Countryside

Award and an invitation to Clarence House by

Prince Charles.

Ringmer County Secondary School, as it was

originally called, opened its doors in 1958. “It was

built by Ringmer Building Works, which was quite

a large local company”, explains Stephen Green, the

college’s Environmental Coordinator. “The site was

given to the County Council by the Christie family

from Glyndebourne, so it was very much a village

effort.” And its design was acclaimed from the very

beginning; it won a 1959 Civic Trust award, with

judges commending the “well considered planning,

careful handling of form and excellent choice of

materials”. But, as Stephen points out, energy wasn’t

a major concern because it was relatively cheap.

When the head teacher started looking more

closely at environmental issues around ten years

ago, Stephen - a

former Environmental

Health Officer who’d

moved into teaching

- proposed a scheme

that empowered the

students. “We’re committed

to giving every

child at Ringmer an

insight into the environmental

issues that

will influence their

lives.” Nominated

‘eco reps’ were asked to audit energy efficiency

and propose changes, which led to cost savings.

Next came an investigation into renewable energy

sources, with eight kilowatts of solar panels fitted

to the roof. This was followed by the installation of

a small wind turbine for more electricity and then

a new biomass boiler which generates heat from

locally produced wood.

An innovative Sixth Form building opened in 2008,

featuring exterior solar blinds, passive ventilation

systems and ground source heat pumps. (Falling

student numbers mean there’ll be no new Sixth

Form admissions this month, so the building is now

being utilised by other students.) In addition, there

have been eco-improvements to the old classrooms.

“We borrowed about £35,000 to insulate the walls

and the roof spaces… and got a payback on that

within four or five years".

Today, Ringmer Community College produces

about 60%-70% of its heating energy through

the biomass boiler, Stephen tells us, and generates

15%-18% of electricity on site. An extra 30kW solar

panel installation is now being planned. “We've

managed to demonstrate to students and staff that

you can use a 60-year-old building in a way that

saves money and improves the environment. Anyone

can make a difference.” Mark Bridge



There are all sorts of comings and goings,

businesswise, in town this month. Our new

Premier Inn is open for business and is already,

needless to say, fully booked for November

the 5th. Aqua, a smart new restaurant with

branches in Bristol, Bath, Portishead and Milton

Keynes, will be opening underneath it in

October. The self-proclaimed ‘home of modern

Italian cuisine’, they also have Sunday roasts

for £11.95 and two-for-one Bellinis everyday

from noon to 7pm. Bottoms up! We’re looking

forward to seeing who else will be joining them

in the smart new building.

Abigail Petit (pictured) has moved her drapery

a little further up School Hill, to number 23,

to new and larger premises. Abigail’s Drapery

is filling that extra room with a new repair

shop for alterations and repairs to clothing and

leather, and a new classroom with a huge cutting

table for workshops and classes (available

for local craftspeople to rent); she hopes the

place will become a community hub for makers

and menders. []

A few doors up, it’s farewell to Fun Learning,

the toy shop, who are closing their doors

in Lewes. However, fans of their educational

toys can still visit them at their store in North

Street, Brighton. A little bird told us that we

might be getting a Mountain Warehouse in its

place, but we’ll have to wait and see.

The Barn, at 64 Southover High Street, has

been run as a psychotherapy practice for

almost 25 years, and has recently been taken

over by the people behind Brighton & Hove

Psychotherapy. They plan to run the practice

for a further 25 years and more as a dedicated

talking-therapies clinic offering psychotherapy

to individuals, couples and families, in the

three serene practice rooms. They also offer

clinical-room rental in the space, and expect the

range of talking therapies on offer to grow as

more therapists join the practice. []

Last month we featured the wonderful Plumpton

garden and workshop of AS Apothecary;

its proprietor, Amanda Saurin, will shortly be

opening a new shop at the top of town. In the

premises on Western Road (formerly the Fireworks

painted pottery workshop), you’ll be able

to buy her Seed to Serum skincare range, of

handmade, small-batch products, which include

ingredients grown and distilled in Plumpton.

They'll also be offering, in their therapy room,

facials and body work using the aforementioned

products. The shop will be ready by late

September and will be open on Thursdays-

Saturdays from 10am-5pm. []

Finally, Bluauto Premium Cars have updated

their showroom out at Ringles Cross near Uckfield.

If you’re back on the school run you might

be wanting some smart new wheels; Bluauto

is owned and operated by highly experienced

people (former main dealership managers), with

a network of contacts around the country; if

they don’t have the perfect car for you in stock,

they’re very likely to be able to source it for you.


Photo by Steve Ramsey



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Directory Spotlight:

Craig Wrigley of Little Acorn Eco

I started painting and decorating

when I was 13. My uncle had

a really big decorating company in

Manchester, and I used to help him

during school holidays. When I

left school I went into banking, and

more recently was a manager for

John Lewis, but now have my own

skilled business using products that

I believe in.

Just over eight years ago my wife and I bought

a dilapidated flint cottage in Lewes. We

renovated using lime hemp plaster and breathable

paints, which is when I started doing serious research

into traditional and eco-friendly products.

Walls need to breathe. If you use modern

plaster and paint on an older property with solid

walls, moisture will force its way through and

cause a damp patch.

I'll decorate with whatever the

customer wants but it's so nice

using paints with no smell and low

or zero VOCs [volatile organic

compounds]. You're not turfed out

of your bedroom for a week while

the chemical smell disappears.

I love wallpapering, too. I decorated

a house recently and papered

an entire room using a wheat-based wallpaper

paste. I got a great result and the customer was


Eco products can now compete with the main

brands. There is so much more choice of brands

and colours than when we renovated our cottage.

The best part of my job? It’s the joy of transforming

somebody's room and seeing their reaction.

As told to Mark Bridge

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In the 1790s the River Ouse at South Street was canalised to improve navigation, the land between the

original river and the new cut forming an island. Part of the backwater of the original river became

Higham's Wharf and this mid-19th century photograph shows a ship undergoing repairs there. In 1860

the Old Ship (now the site of number 49 South Street) was described as 'an old established public house

with delightful pleasure gardens and brook land immediately opposite, situated on an island, accessible

by a drawbridge over the splendid River Ouse, abounding in a rich and picturesque scenery and affording

every facility for the letting of pleasure boats, holding of picnics, etc.' In the 20th century the island

was known as 'The Orchard', from its trees, and local children played there. The original river channel

has been filled in, so this area is no longer an island. It is now the site of three houses and the Lewes

Rowing Club. Heather Downie

Lewes History Group are sponsoring an exhibition on The Street Stories of Grange Rd and South St, Yarrow

Room, Lewes Town Hall 10th-11th October as part of Heritage Open Days


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