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In about February 2016 the editorial staff of Viva had a meeting to
work out themes for forthcoming magazines. “How about ‘Hygge’ for
December?” said one colleague, and another quickly piped up in favour.
I thought, then I said: “what the **** is ‘Hygge’?” “It’s like the Danish for
cosiness, comfort, warmth. It’s very Christmas.”
Very Christmas, and very zeitgeist. Since first hearing the word in that
meeting it’s cropped up all over the place, again and again and again, with
alarmingly increasing frequency. Everyone seems to be talking, and writing, and posting about it.
Before we went into the production of this magazine, we realised there was a danger we’d reached
‘peak Hygge’: this was perhaps confirmed when I read that there were no fewer than twelve books
on the subject on the market this winter.
So forgive us, please, if we seem to be jumping on the bandwagon: we’ve been running with the
theme for a long time. And bear with us, too: an interesting interview with the author of one of those
books, the locally based Louisa Thomsen Brits, reveals that Hygge is about much more than having
a nice glass of mulled wine in front of the open fire wearing a pair of Fair Isle socks.
Hygge is about community, it seems. About creating a positive atmosphere around you, especially
as the cold nights draw in, and unknown spectres whistle around in the dark night sky. It’s about
creating an atmosphere of mutual kindness, so everyone feels safe and comfortable. It would seem a
bit Scrooge-ish to object to that - especially in these uncertain times - wouldn’t it? Enjoy the issue…
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THE 'HYGGE' ISSUE
Bits and bobs.
10-29. Neil Gower is back on our
cover! Plus Neeta Pedersen’s Lewes,
Viva readers going back in time, and
31-35. Chloë King seeks out hygge in
a post-Trump world, David Jarman
wishes us a Dickensian Christmas, and
Mark Bridge recycles his CD rack.
On this Month.
37. All Things Must Pass: Alex
Eberhard’s ten-piece George
Harrison covers band.
39. Can I Start Again? Dramatist and
actor Sue MacLaine.
41. Dead Men Walking. Jake Burns
on the punk supergroup, performing
a hush-hush gig at the Con Club.
43. Cinema. Simon Stone’s Ibseninspired
Australian drama The
45. Bowie like you’ve never heard him
before, over at the De La Warr.
47. Opera Anywhere. Modern-day
troubadours bring Mozart to the
Lewes Little Theatre.
49. Clarinettist Matthew Hunt.
51. The Treason Show’s Mark
Brailsford finds 2016 to be a good
year… for satire.
53-55. Classical round-up, and 2016
Christmas carols guide.
57-61. Art. David Jarman visits the
Jerwood, and we focus on Kirsten
Norbury and ‘autistic savant’ Yap.
63-69. Art and about.
71-77. Diary dates. The hills are alive.
79-81. Gig guide. Blues legends Dr.
Feelgood hit town.
83-87. Free time. Whassup for the
under 16s, including a visit to Pooh
THE 'HYGGE' ISSUE
89-99. We try out the newest
restaurant in town - Aqua, and the
oldest - Panda Garden. Plus chilli at
Falmer Bar, Pork Carolina pie from
Offham Farm shop, and Harvey's
The way we work.
101-105. Hannah Rowsell captures a
huddle of hygge-relevant folk.
Late Night Shopping.
107-116. Clare Crouch’s Trade
Secrets, plus our eight-page LNS
special with prizes up for grabs in the
annual bauble trail.
118-130. Louisa Thomsen Brits’
lowdown on hygge, our shopping roundup,
a look round St Anne’s Galleries, John
Henty, a sleepy Michael Blencowe, Lewes
FC defender and Cliffe barrel runner
Steve Brinkhurst and the seamy side of
Sun Street’s history.
132-134. News round-up and a directory
spotlight on Kalkan Turkish carpets.
146. Was The Kiss wrapped up for its
own protection, or for that of Lewes’
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THIS MONTH’S COVER ARTIST: NEIL GOWER
This month we welcome back veteran Viva
cover artist, Neil Gower, for his 39th issue.
Presented with this month’s ‘hygge’ theme,
he says, “I immediately associated it with the
Scandi-noir genre. Plus there’s the fact that
hygge is kind of overdone now, so I wanted to
undermine that a little bit and take a more noir
approach. One of the ideas I had in mind was a
thriller cover, like a Raymond Chandler, ‘whodunnit’
kind of thing. I was tempted to have
the hand holding a dagger, but I thought that
might be a little too noir, so it just gives a kind
of hint of something sinister going on…”
“I paint, and draw, everything by hand - that’s
all I’ve ever done. I think that gives it a unique
feel; very little commercial art is hand-painted
now. Because you have to make decisions,
because everything’s irreversible, I get more of
the sense that each painting is a leap of faith. I
have to work out what I’m doing beforehand
and there’s no going back halfway through. And
each painting acquires a life of its own along
the way. I start off with a theory, an idea of an
effect I want to create, but I can never know
exactly what it’s going to look like, so it’s always
a surprise when it’s completed.”
One of the projects Neil’s been working on
since we last saw him is a book called As
Kingfishers Catch Fire. It’s a literary ornithology,
in collaboration with author Alex Preston.
“We look at birds in literature,” Neil explains.
“There are 21 chapters, each of which is
devoted to a different bird, each with a lavish
painting to open it and two black-and-white
drawings. They’re not academic bird paintings
at all, they’re paintings of how the birds are
portrayed in literature, so I’ve been very keen
to draw them in the context of the words that
portray them, whether that’s the lighting or
the environment. An example that springs to
mind is the snow goose painting (right): there
were a lot of literary quotes to do with the vast
distances they migrate, and references to the
spectacular places they cross that human beings
can never see. One of the quotes referred to
snow geese in ‘their wide crimson elsewheres’
which seemed a particularly poetic, beautiful
way of describing it, so I painted a craggy,
amber-lit crimson mountainscape with skeins
of geese flying before it.” The book is due to be
published next July. Rebecca Cunningham
We hope it won’t be too long before we see our
next Gower cover, but in the meantime, you
can follow Neil’s work at neilgower.com or on
Instagram and twitter @neiljgower
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Photo by Alex Leith
MY LEWES: NEETA PEDERSEN
Are you local? I suppose I am - I’ve lived here for
20 years now - but originally I’m Danish. There’s a
funny story, actually. I got a place in a college in San
Francisco, but first I was sent to Sussex Downs College
to do a course to get my academic English up to
scratch. I’d never heard of Lewes and I was wondering
why they didn’t send me somewhere interesting
like London, but as soon as I arrived I fell in love
with the place. So much so, I dumped the whole idea
of California and went to Brighton College of Technology
What did you like about it? I stayed in a beautiful
house in Castle Banks, and that was great, but most
of all I loved the pub culture. It was so different from
what I’d experienced in Denmark. And I still do love
it. Back then it was the Lansdown all the time - when
James ran the place - now it’s more the Lamb and the
Lewes Arms. There are always people I know there.
And occasionally Symposium. I’m a red wine drinker.
You’re an artist… An artist and illustrator and animator.
And I work in the Hop Gallery when they
need someone there. It’s a great place to work: the
building is full of creative, inspiring people. At the
moment I’m working on an illustrated book about
my life. I had an unusual start in life. I was born in
India and when I was six months old I was delivered
to my adoptive parents in Denmark on an aeroplane.
I love aeroplanes: it’s not hard to work out why they
have a subconscious impact on my mood. If I need to
de-stress or think a problem through I like to go to
Gatwick airport and watch them take off and land.
What do you do for exercise? I used to run every
morning on the Downs around the racecourse,
which I found very inspiring, but I’ve injured my hip
and I can’t any more. Now my only exercise comes
from walking around the place.
Everyone’s talking about ‘hygge’. Can you define
this Danish word? It’s pronounced ‘Hoo-guh’,
more or less. It’s about comfort and cosiness. Sitting
around in a nicely lit place with friends drinking
wine and eating dinner. Is Lewes hygge? In a way.
The Lewes Arms certainly is.
What do you think Lewes lacks? Affordable housing.
And by that I mean really affordable for people
on low incomes. And space for all the creative activity
that used to go on down at the Phoenix.
What is your favourite Lewes landmark? The
War Memorial, definitely. When I was in my late
teens I used to draw and paint angels all the time.
And I still love angels.
Where would you live if you didn’t live in Lewes?
[Without a second of hesitation] New York. I love
New York. The buildings, the people, the possibilities.
I’m a dreamer, and New York is a place where
dreams can come true.
Interview by Alex Leith
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COMMUNITY BITS AND BOBS
CHARITY BOX #9: THE HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP
The House of Friendship has
been running in the same
building on School Hill (208
High Street) since 1969, as a
place where older people can
come and have a cup of tea in
the morning, or some lunch, or
get involved in afternoon activities.
It’s open Monday to Friday.
To become a member you have to be 55 plus,
but most of our members are in their 70s and
80s. Some people come with partners, others on
their own. A lot have lost their partner, and the centre
offers them some nice company. Membership
costs £10 a year, or £15 for a couple.
Our chef Keith cooks the lunches, and he’s marvellous.
There’s a lot of variety in the main menu,
which costs £7 for two courses (£6 for members).
One day it’ll be quiche Lorraine and Eton mess, the
next it might be herby lamb
cobbler and apple crumble.
You can also get a lighter
lunch, of soup and a roll,
for £4.50/4. There’s one
sitting, from 12.30pm.
We have various activities
after lunch for members
who want to sign up, from
a whist drive to Scrabble; from our Friday bingo to
a choir. There’s also a snooker room, which is available
There’s a Christmas Day lunch, as usual, in the
centre, though it’s organised by a different group.
Otherwise it’s business as usual: at this time of year
a lot of our regulars are particularly grateful for
the great company and great food they can rely on
Alex Leith spoke to Jenny Lovell
LEWES WORTHIES: FINNISH PRISONERS
In early November 1854, a local Justice of the 500’ visitors a day.
Peace, Mr RW Blencowe, hosted a shooting party, However, the following
May, during a
for a group of Russian army officers. The men
‘succeeded in bagging a large quantity of game dispute, ‘the prisoners
drew their knives
during the day,’ according to the Times, and ‘returned
to Lewes in the evening highly pleased with [and] threatened to
Mr Blencowe’s hospitality’.
use them,’ the Times
These officers lived in private accommodation noted. The whittling
in town, attended church, went riding on the knives were confiscated,
Downs and were introduced to ‘several of the
leading gentlemen of the county’. You might not were withdrawn, and
have guessed, from all this, that they were here as ‘consequently their toy trade is at an end’.
prisoners of war. The troops they were in charge When the prisoners left, though, in April 1856, it
of - over 300 Finnish soldiers, captured with them was on good terms. ‘It was apparent that friendships
had been cemented,’ despite the language
during the Crimean War - were locked up in the
Naval Prison on North Street. Not long after their barrier, the Sussex County Magazine noted. A letter
arrival in October 1854, they became known for from the Russian officers said that ‘we shall always
whittling intricate wooden toys, which they sold cherish a lively remembrance of the good Old
to locals. The toys were soon in high demand, and Town and of the many hospitable abodes which
the prisoners were at one point receiving ‘400 or surround it’. Steve Ramsey
Photo of monument commemorating the Finnish prisoners by Alex Leith
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BITS AND BOBS
SPREAD THE WORD
Here’s Fred Hoad, reading the good book in Vatican City
ahead of November’s Pope-bothering bonfire shenanigans
back home. He writes, ‘as we prepare to again blow up Pope
Paul V on Bonfire Night, I thought I’d drop in on the current
pontiff and share with him October’s Viva, so that he could
see a bit of what other less incendiary stuff goes on in Lewes
around this time of year.’ If you’re reading, Pope Francis, we
come in peace.
And here we are on the battleground, changing the
course of history. This report sent from the theatre
of war… ‘The Spears of Andred arrived at Battle to
aid in the defence of Britain, but when Viva Lewes was
delivered to the local mercenary band, the Spears were
joined by the King of the Vikings, Hrothgar (here seen
wearing a fetching yellow hat), and were summarily
distracted. Perhaps the Battle of Senlac Hill, where William the Conqueror’s forces launched their attack
to take on King Harold of Britain, would have had a different outcome, had we not all been stood
catching up with the literary delights. We apologise to Britain.’ Lizzie Lower
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VOX POP: SUSSEX DOWNS STUDENTS BEN DEARDEN, EMILIA EWEN
AND GRACE HARMAN ASK 'WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?'
“Money for driving
“Happiness and fun with
“More happiness and
peace in the world.”
BOOKS AND BOBS
Steffi Dinger and Uszer Frocht were Jews who both ended
up in London having fled from mainland Europe in 1938.
Steffi was Austrian, Uszer a Pole, who had lived most of his
adult life in Belgium. They met in London in 1942, fell in
love, and had a baby, Gaby, in May 1944.
Gaby Weiner, an academic, now living in Lewes, travelled
to many different countries - from the Ukraine to the
USA - to try and unravel some of the secrets of her family
history: how her parents came to be in England, and what happened to them after the war (her father was
deported back to Belgium, where he had a wife and three children he had assumed to be dead). The result
of this, the book Tales of Love and Leaving, tells how ordinary lives are rendered extraordinary by war and
trauma. It will make you think hard about the current refugee crisis. [authorHOUSE]
The Chair Man, meanwhile, is the result of the Lewes-based journalist Angela Wigglesworth meeting an
upholsterer at the house of a friend of hers, in 2014. John Lee told Angela his life story, and she was so taken
by it she decided to ghost-write his autobiography. The result is a rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches account
in which John never forgets his Romany gypsy past, or the skill of caning chairs taught to him by his Italian
grandmother, which serves him well when his business ventures fail. You may recognise the figure on the
front cover of the book - John often plies his trade in the Precinct. [New Generation Publishing] AL
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
We got a whole bunch of Bonfire pictures this
month, and commiserations to John Hinitt,
whose picture of two Peter Cole toys in the
window of the Workshop on the High Street
came an extremely close second. But this
month’s Photo of the Month winner is Daphne
Hughes. “I was very taken by this vent pipe
on top of the Downs above Firle,” she writes,
“as it looks like a giant sculpture when viewed
close up, and Lewes looks very distant beyond.”
And she’s right, it’s rather like a rural Eduardo
Chillida fashioned to echo the shape of the
Downs. You can see the County Town in the far
distance, on the right.
“I like to walk and observe nature, and I am
always looking for interesting subjects to snap
with my iPad as I go,” she continues. And then,
maybe influenced by Chrissie Berridge’s effort
last month: “I sometimes try to take snapshots
through a pair of spectacles or a magnifying
glass, but it is not easy. I often observe the
outlines of the Downs from the town so it
makes a change to look down on Lewes from
the hills.” She sent two pictures in, one with
the town framed within the ‘sculpture’, but this
one won through thanks to all those wonderful
lines, curves and angles. All well and good; it
just remains to be asked - what are these ‘vent
pipes’, and what is the structure they are sitting
on? We’d be very grateful to anyone who could
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TOWN PLAQUE #21
With the chills of winter now upon us, I am leaving the streets for this month to
find a plaque in South Malling church that commemorates the people killed in
the deadliest avalanche in British history.
Very heavy snowfall and strong winds in December 1836 produced an overhanging
drift on Cliffe Hill some twenty feet deep, below which lay the church-owned
cottages of Boulder Row on South Street, housing poor workers’ families (where
the Snowdrop Inn, named in commemoration of the tragedy, now stands.)
Despite warnings, many of the inhabitants were in their houses on the morning
of December 27th, when the snow fell. Though seven survivors were pulled from the flattened dwellings, eight
died. The victims were buried in an unmarked communal grave in the graveyard at South Malling. Money was
raised by public subscription for a memorial tablet on the north wall of the church and a fund set up to provide
financial aid to the survivors and bereaved families. Marcus Taylor
Erratum. The October plaques piece referred to the station in Friars Walk as being the second one in Lewes: it
was in fact the first.
LEWES IN NUMBERS
The population changes through births, deaths and moves into and out of an area. In Lewes District, for
every 1,000 people in 2014, 61 moved into the district, 53 moved out, 9 were born and 10 died, affecting
13.3% of the population. The total population of the district (including Seaford, Newhaven and relevant
villages) rose from 100,229 to 100,693.
In Lewes town, only births and deaths are available. They show 126 births and 151 deaths for 2014, the first
year for at least a decade in which deaths exceeded births in the town. The population rose from 17,779 in
2014 to 17,783 in 2015.
GHOST PUB #26: THE STAR, 189 HIGH STREET
Now the Town Hall, the Star Inn (or Star Hotel) had a long and illustrious
history. During the 1550s, 17 Protestant martyrs were burned outside
it. Tradition has it that they were kept in the vaults below the Star prior to
their execution; the infamous steps were recently uncovered for viewing by
inquisitive pedestrians. The Star itself was the venue for many, less gruesome,
events. Concerts, dinners, political meetings, the Lewes Wool Fair, the
annual Southdown Ball, and many other important and entertaining occasions
were held there. It played host to the future King George IV in 1784,
and Benjamin Disraeli gave a speech there in 1836. The Star’s size and location made it an ideal coaching
inn, and in 1756 it was described as ‘large and commodious, lately new built, with stables for fifty horses.’ In
January 1890 a meeting was held to discuss ‘the new Town Buildings question’. It had been decided that ‘a
Public Hall or Assembly Room worthy of the town of Lewes’ was required, and the Star was chosen as the
new Town Hall. In true Lewes style a petition was set up against the ‘Star Hotel folly’, but to no avail. On
27th June 1890 the Star was purchased, and that afternoon the keys were handed over, and the staff vacated
the building. It was then re-built in a more decorative version of its former self. Mat Homewood
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BITS AND BOOKS
In the poem Column Inches, one of the characters
that inhabit Charlotte Gann’s latest poetry collection,
Noir (Happenstance Press, £10) describes
putting a cherished memory ‘through my usual
filters’. This struck me as interesting. I went to
school with Charlotte, when I see her walking
down the High Street, knowing she’s a poet, I wonder what she’s thinking. How does her filter work? Now I’ve
got a better idea. Noir is, as you’d imagine from its title, a fairly dark collection, but it sparkles with moments
of warmth and empathy. It’s got a very visual sense of place - it keeps evoking fleeting visual images of Lewes.
There’s mention of ‘dark alleyways’, and the ‘county court’, and even a poem entitled The King's Head. I’m going
to keep it on my shelves, and occasionally pull it out to read.
Likewise, I guess, the other two books that have arrived at Viva this month. Stepping Back (Frogmore Press, £5) is
by Jeremy Page, another local figure - the editor of the Frogmore Papers quarterly - who in this simple tome, subtitled
Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography, has collected 25 years-worth of poems
he’s written about his upbringing, in a coastal town in Kent, where he once played scratch cricket, which now as
then ‘smells of dead holidays’.
You could say that A Downland Index, by Angus Carlyle, has a similar psycho-geographical bent. Carlyle runs on
the Downs, and then afterwards writes a dense paragraph of image-heavy prose describing what he saw on each
run. A book for runners and readers alike, then: a suitable shelf companion to Murakami’s What I Talk about when
I Talk about Running, perhaps. AL
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BOOK REVIEW: SPIRITS DISTILLED
Anyone who has attended one of
Mark Ridgwell’s Taste and Flavour
spirit-tasting sessions will know
what to expect from his latest
book, Spirits Distilled. The sessions
are great fun: Mark talks about
one particular type of spirit for
about half an hour as his audience
sits in front of eight different
half-measure variants of that
drink in plastic cups, covered by
a piece of paper to stop evaporation.
Taste buds moisten with
anticipation as, with the aid of a flip chart, he goes
through the economical, chemical, sociological and
geo-political nature of the spirit in question. And
then comes the best bit: he talks you through the
different versions of the drink in front of you, from
the cheap and nasty to the double distilled, as you
sip, and learn, and sip, and learn.
This book is, in effect, all those
talks rolled into one. He describes
the history and explains the process
of distillation, then dedicates a
chapter each to: vodka, tequila, gin,
rum, brandy, liqueurs, eaux-de-vie,
Irish whisky, American whiskey,
Canadian whisky, Japanese whisky
and Scotch. At the end of every
chapter there are cocktail recipes,
and a multiple-choice comprehension
test to make sure you’ve been
paying attention. Warning: if you attempt to drink
along to what you’re reading about, these tests are
likely to get more and more difficult as the book
progresses. A fine stocking filler, for those that like
a tot or two. Bottoms up… AL
£19.99, available at Harvey's shop
CLOCKS OF LEWES #1: THE DEPOT CLOCK
In Spring 2017, the Depot
will open in its new incarnation
as an independent
cinema. It'll be the
building's third use, after
roles for the post office
and Harvey's. The Depot
Cinema will be state-ofthe-art.
The building itself
is a lot older. Or is it? Victorian?
Edwardian? No. It
was built in 1937, and was fairly utilitarian. It was
Harvey's that added the trappings that gave it an
older feel, including the clock tower, in 1997.
When the conversion into a cinema began, Carmen
Slijpen, creative director, and John Downie, a former
engineering lecturer, investigated the stopped
clock. John says "the whole thing was corroded solid",
but he got it working.
As it was a modern clock,
however, from Hawkins
Clock Co of Peterborough,
they simply replace it
with the same model –
for its automatic daylight
savings radio link and to
mitigate any potential
The new one might be in the tower by the time
you're reading this. The older one, meanwhile, its
fibreglass face repainted, will take up a new position
within the cinema: giving punters enjoying a prefilm
drink or meal the option to glance up and see
if it's time for their screening to start.
Photo by John Downie
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OUT OF TOWN
This month’s round up starts (top left) with a
very hyggerlig shot of Little Norlington Barn, a
B&B near Ringmer. Next up (clockwise) she’s up
the scaffolding at Hastings Library, where she’s
shooting their refurb. The garden sculpture, being
“taken for a walk in its natural habitat”, is by local
artist Silvia Macrae Brown. And finally: “I did a
day-long shoot for Christ’s Hospital School, near
Horsham. The yellow socks (and DMs) are part
of the iconic Tudor uniform the children wear
everyday.” Look closely, and you’ll see that’s one
photo, not two.
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BITS AND BOBS
PATINA CHRISTMAS LANTERNS
Many people comment every year
that, beyond the big tree by the
War Memorial, Lewes hasn’t got
any Christmas lights on the High
Street, and it is a pity. But, for the
third year running, the people
from Patina are providing a solution:
shops (and residents) can hire
LED-lit lanterns to put in their
windows. All the proceeds go towards
the Movin’ On parade where
end-of-Year-Six kids hit the streets
in celebration of their forthcoming progression
from primary to secondary. There’s a neat symmetry
there: the proceeds from giving the High Street
more colour and oomph at Christmas go towards a
parade that’ll give the High Street more colour and
oomph come July.
This year there are four different designs
- by Michelle Martin-Dufaur
and Raphaella Sapir - to choose (or
pick and mix) from: there’s a new heart
lantern (£25) to go with the three options
from last year, star (£20), peace
bauble (£25) and tree (£35). The
prices quoted are for the rent of the
lantern (which comes with LED lights
and a battery pack) from before Late
Night Shopping until after New Year.
Last year Patina spread the joy further
afield, as well, sending the lanterns to our Twin
Towns in Blois and Waldshut-Tiengen: “they were
received with much joy, especially in Germany,”
says spokesperson Raphaella Sapir. If you’re interested
in hiring one or more lanterns please contact
East of Earwig
A home-made Scandinavian drama
It's Saturday morning. I've fed
the cats downstairs and have
returned to the bedroom with
cups of tea for me and Mrs B.
"We could get the Nordic
look", she says, unexpectedly.
She's checking email in bed
on her iPhone, which is wrong
on any number of levels.
"What's the Nordic look?",
"Hang on", she replies,
"I'm just about to find out".
There's a pause while my wife
taps her phone.
"It's furniture like IKEA", she
tells me, "but from M&S". I'm
"We've already got the look",
I say. Our tall, thin bathroom cabinet is actually
an IKEA CD rack, although I'd not previously realised
this meant we owned a Scandinavian-style
bathroom. In case you're wondering, the height
of a toilet roll is remarkably similar to the height
of a CD case. Not only do they fit perfectly, I'm
the only person in the house who can reach the
emergency supply on the top shelf.
My wife is not convinced. "No, we haven't. It's
sofas. That one I liked has been reduced." I'm
relieved again. We have a total of three sofas. The
house is full, as far as I'm concerned. Still, I'm
sensing a trap.
"Are we short of sofas?" There's an exasperated
sigh as my wife shows me the screen of her
"That's nice", I tell her, before using the emergency
phrase I keep ready for all design-related
concerns. "Very on-trend for the season."
Traditionally this is the time of year in which
I rail against the ever
Christmas period. (My
mother's preferred garden
centre started putting
its decorations up
at the end of September,
barely beyond the last
few days of summer.)
However, this year I
have a new target for
my protests. It's hygge,
which most so-called
tell me is the Danish
word for cosiness, as
though we Brits aren't
capable of understanding
the concept without
a bit of cultural appropriation. Surely that's an
over-simplification, otherwise my comfy cardigan
and fleecy slippers would make me a fashion
icon - and that, frankly, is implausible. I needed
an authentic Danish perspective on the subject,
so I asked Copenhagen-born comedian Sandi
Toksvig OBE what she thought about hygge.
Well, I didn't so much 'ask' as watch a recent
episode of QI on television, in which she offered
an explanation. Her lengthy definition was "to get
together with your friends usually in candlelight
and to feel really mellow and enjoy yourself and
in general that involves alcohol". It all sounds
very appealing, yet it also sounds familiar. Friends,
beer, relaxing, candles, no mention of the internet
or TV... oh yes. It's not a traditional Danish custom
after all. This is exactly what tends to happen
in Ringmer when there's a power cut for more
than 30 minutes. If only we had a decent sofa to
snuggle on. Mark Bridge
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Reading up on this month’s
theme, I came upon an article
in the Telegraph by Helen
Russell, author of The Year of
“The best explanation of
hygge I’ve encountered during
three years in the land of
Nord,” she writes, “is ‘the absence
of anything annoying
or emotionally overwhelming;
taking pleasure in the
presence of gentle, soothing
It seems I couldn’t have hoped for a greater irony
on which to pin this month’s column, than the
simultaneous occurrence of Donald Trump as
President Elect and Meik Wiking’s The Little Book
of Hygge topping the Amazon bestseller chart.
The more unsettled we feel, the more we long
to be wrapped in blankets. What better way to
soothe the souls of broken liberals post-Brexit and
Trump, than with an avalanche of church candles,
hand-knitted socks and ginger biscuits?
Only it’s not so simple. This week I received a
letter complaining that hygge was stolen by the
Danes from the Norwegians. So, not even cosying
up in winter with friends and family and all good
things is free of controversy. But anyone who has
done Christmas knows that.
Hygge is about enjoying simple pleasures. Like
a family meal in which all dietary requirements
and consumer ethics are well catered for and the
conversation never veers towards judgment or
discord. We would be safer having a meal for one,
but where’s the fun in that?
When I began switching off my machine post
US-election, I saw an ad flash up on iTunes for
apps for mobile and tablet.
Call me old-fashioned.
When the books became
mainstream, I thought
society had got into a state
of such generalised anxiety
that adults were choosing
to anaesthetize themselves
with colouring in.
I’m sure we used to achieve
calmness by observing the
world and recording it, not
by filling in the gaps in other people’s drawings in
pencil. This year though, even the pencils are too
much to tidy up.
Over the weekend, I visited old friends and we all
gathered around the telly to see the John Lewis ad.
Buster the Boxer looks on while the garden
animals, predators and prey, bounce along happily
together on a new trampoline. Buster’s owners
watch TV, oblivious to the miracle that is occurring
outside while a soundtrack of Randy Newman’s
One Day I’ll Fly Away warns against living
life cosseted in a dream.
The next morning, their daughter goes into the
garden to find her new gift, only to discover the
family dog making better use of it than she.
“I’m sure they’ll get complaints,” says one friend,
as the advertisement ends. “A trampoline is not
the most suitable Christmas gift.”
I imagine hundreds of UK households installing
trampolines in midwinter and the ensuing
headlines, blaming John Lewis for a surge in A&E
But still, I’d rather have a slippery trampoline
for Christmas than a copy of Shit Happens! Swear
Words and Mantras to Colour Your Stress Away.
Illustration by Chloë King
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'I've always had a certain regard for Scrooge'
On 27 December 1835,
the tenth in a series of
twelve Scenes and Characters
appeared in Bell’s Life
in London. It was entitled
Christmas Festivities, and
written under the pen-name
of ‘Tibbs’. As the following
extract will tell you, ‘Tibbs’
was, of course, Charles
‘There seems a magic in the
very name of Christmas.
Petty jealousies and discords
are forgotten. Social
feelings are awakened in
bosoms to which they have
long been strangers; father and son, or brother and
sister, who have met and passed with averted gaze,
or a look of cold recognition for months before,
proffer and return the cordial embrace, and bury
their past animosities in their present happiness.
Kindly hearts that have yearned towards each
other but have been withheld by false notions of
pride and self-dignity, are again united, and all is
kindness and benevolence! Would that Christmas
lasted the whole year through, and that the
prejudices and passions which deform our better
nature were never called into action among those
to whom, at least, they should ever be strangers’.
It’s tempting to respond to such sententious attitudinising
with a forceful “Bah! Humbug,” and
agree, with Scrooge, that “every idiot who goes
about with ‘Merry Christmas’, on his lips, should
be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a
stake of holly through his heart.” In fact, I rather
enjoy Christmas, that precious time ‘for paying
bills without money’ and ‘finding yourself a year
older, and not an hour richer’. I’ve always had a
certain regard for Scrooge,
though. He deals with the
original apparition of Jacob
Marley with admirable
sangfroid, not to say humour
(“Don’t be flowery, Jacob!”),
it seems to me.
But in the same way that
George Bernard Shaw
said of Little Dorrit that it
converted him to socialism,
I don’t doubt A Christmas
Carol’s power to change
lives. (GBS, by the way, was
asked once whether he liked
Christmas, and he replied:
“Like it! I am a civilised
man.” He kept a Christmas card which ran: ‘Courage
friend! We all hate Christmas. But it is soon
over’). Sometimes A Christmas Carol changes lives
in ways perhaps unintended by Dickens. In his
journals, the artist Keith Vaughan tells of a man
named Freddie that he met during the Second
World War: ‘I asked him the other evening why
he had got married so young. He said he had never
thought of getting married at all. But one Christmas
he was alone in his house, his parents were
out, and he was listening to A Christmas Carol on
the radio. Suddenly he saw himself as Scrooge. He
felt certain that that was what he would grow into.
The thought terrified him. He went straight out
and round to the girl he was going with at the time
and asked her to marry him.’
To round off the year, I wonder if politicians,
mindful of recent interesting global developments,
could learn from Enver Hoxha’s New Year address
to the Albanian people in 1967: “This year will be
harder than last year. It will, however, be easier
than next year.”
'Marley's Ghost' by Fred Barnard
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
The All Things Must Pass Orchestra
Band leader Alex Eberhard
Who’s your favourite
Beatle? It would
be surprising if I said
anything other than
wouldn’t it? When
I got my first guitar,
aged 13, I was really
into the Beatles, and
so George Harrison,
as lead guitarist, was
the one I was most
interested in trying
to emulate. When I
first got hold of his
first solo album, All Things Must Pass, I played it
over and over and over again.
And so you formed a tribute band? I’m a jazz
drummer by profession, but three years ago, after
watching a recording of Concert for George, I was
inspired to form a band of that size [a ten-piece]
to play songs that you can hardly hear live any
more. But we’re not a tribute band, in that we
don’t try to mimic the sound of his voice, or his
mannerisms, or his clothes, and as jazz musicians
we like to improvise, on occasion.
That’s a lot of musicians! It has to be a tenpiece
band because when he played live he used
that many musicians. Though for this concert we
are making it more acoustic: the bassist is playing
a double bass; there are more acoustic guitars,
the horns section is unamplified. It’ll still be a
very full sound, just more intimate than usual.
Can we expect some of the crowd pleasers?
Some of the songs we play we believe not
even George would have performed live, but we
understand that people will be expecting to hear
Something, and Here Comes the Sun, and While
my Guitar Gently Weeps, and My Sweet Lord. We
never tire of playing those songs, because they
are very well structured
works. Beyond that,
we change the set
around every year
so people can come
again and see a
different show, and
to keep it fresh for
ourselves, which is
He was quite an
after he met Ravi
Shankar, who taught him how to play sitar, which
opened up new possibilities. There’s a lot of stuff
you wouldn’t expect in a pop song, like quirky
time signature changes and diminished chords.
He also learnt to play the slide guitar and incorporated
clean and lovely multiple harmonies in a
number of songs.
Didn’t his solo career burn out very quickly?
The first album included a lot of songs he’d
already written when he was in the Beatles, and
that was easily his best collection of work - a
triple album. But he recorded twelve solo LPs
and there are some very good songs on all of
them. We wouldn’t play absolutely everything
he recorded - I wouldn’t be too keen on trying
the experimental music he made with his Moog
synthesiser, for example.
Who’s your favourite Rolling Stone? As a jazz
drummer I’ll have to say Charlie Watts, who had
his own jazz band. He used to live in Lewes, you
say? Well I didn’t know that.
Interview by Alex Leith
The All Things Must Pass Orchestra are playing at
the All Saints Centre, December 6th, 7.30pm, £15
Photo © Gallit Shaltiel
Have a very hygge
ON THIS MONTH: THEATRE
Can I Start Again Please
Dramatist/actor Sue MacLaine
“It’s done well,” says
Sue MacLaine, “but
it hasn’t been without
its emotional cost. It’s
about the incapacity
of language to
I last interviewed Sue
a couple of years ago,
at the Basement in
Brighton, before the
debut in that venue
of her latest drama,
Can I Start Again Please. There’s a neat symmetry
to affairs: since then she has performed it 60 times
all over the country - including a well-acclaimed
run at Edinburgh Festival - and she’s currently
preparing for its last-ever performance, in the new
Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, on the
University of Sussex campus, on December 15th.
This time we’re sitting in the ACCA Café, and, after
a bit of chit-chat, we’ve quickly got to the nub
of the matter. The traumatic experience in question,
she divulges, is “childhood sexual violence.”
“Were you the subject of that violence?” I ask her,
a question, I’ll admit it, that doesn’t come easy. “I
was,” she says, in a quieter voice.
Sue is accompanied on stage by Nadia Nadarajah.
The script was written in spoken English and then
translated into British Sign Language - Sue is a
sign language interpreter, Nadia is a native signer.
“It is about how the two languages clash and
collide,” says Sue. “It’s about interpretation, and
misinterpretation; about the gap between telling
There’s also a third presence on stage: “Much of
it is seen through the lens of semantic theory, and
particularly the theories of Wittgenstein, who figures
prominently.” It was important for Sue to add
an intellectual layer
to the narrative,
she says, to deflect
from the rawness of
the emotional content.
“That’s part of
the triumvirate in
everything I write:
I ask her if writing
the play has helped
her in the process
of coming to terms with the abuse she suffered. “It
wasn’t written in the eye of the storm,” she says.
“A lot of people have had something in their lives
that has changed its trajectory… it becomes about
accommodating that change.” The fact that the
play’s first and last performances have been in and
around Brighton - where the traumatic experiences
in question occurred - have, she says, helped
her “redraw my emotional map of my city.”
But the main benefit for her is “that as a writer
and creator I don’t have to tell this story again. It’s
liberated me, it’s allowed me to think I can write
something else.” She’s already thinking about her
next project, which she has given the working
title ‘Vessel’. “I haven’t worked out an elevator
pitch yet,” she says, “but it is taking the practice of
withdrawal as exampled by the lives of Medieval
anchorites, or anchoresses, as the starting point.
And questioning whether withdrawing yourself
from politics is in itself a political act. My politics
used be about participation in collective action:
marches, shouting, sitting in; and now it is about
individual action, my own and others, with the
focus less on 'doing' than 'being'.” Alex Leith
Can I Start Again Please, 15th, ACCA, University
Photo © Matthew Andrews
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Dead man walking
Dead Men Walking is a
punk ‘superband’ formed
of Jake Burns of Stiff Little
Fingers, Kirk Brandon of
Spear of Destiny, and Dave
Ruffy and Segs Jennings of
The Ruts. The band play
songs from their collective
repertoire, as well as classic
Is one stage big enough
for the collective energy
of you and Kirk Brandon?
Well, we all sit down, so there's a difference right
there. DMW is a ‘songs in the round’ evening.
Think of a campfire with some well-known
The Con Club! What’s it like playing to more
intimate audiences? Intimate. For this reason
it's a lot of fun. Because we need the audience to
be close and attentive. If they stand around and
chat like it's a full-on rock gig, they'll miss half
that fun. The message is in the whisper.
How much of the Ruts/Ruts DC punk/reggae
fusion sound makes it into DMW songs? A
fair bit. We play each other’s songs and try to give
them the respect they deserve. I can't speak for
the other guys, but I'm a big fan of their stuff so
I want to do it justice. They certainly accord my
material the same respect.
Are there any original DMW songs? Yes. But,
we don't play them except in the van. They're
Wikipedia describes SLF as a ‘punk rock band
from Belfast’. How accurate is that description?
Well, we were a punk band. And we came
from Belfast. But, they left out the whole undersea
adventures part that took up most of the mid
80s. That was weird.
What, for you, does ‘punk’ mean? It’s more
than a style of music,
right? It's an attitude.
A way of life?
Maybe. I always saw
it as a liberation. A
freedom to be yourself
and to express
way you wanted to.
That's why I hated
the whole ‘correct
leather jacket with
the right number
of studs and correct band names on the back’
uniform shit that came afterwards, claiming to
Your early songs were very political. Are you
still as passionate about politics as you were?
Look at my Facebook rant... er page!
In those days, looking back, musicians were
very important political figures with influence
over a large number of young people.
Are they still? They could be if they cared. I
don't think that many ‘famous’ musicians care
anymore. A lot of others do though. Like Louise
Distras, for example.
How important a role did John Peel play in
your career trajectory? How important a role
did John Peel play in musical history? John
Peel is the single most important figure in British
music since the sixties. I've always said that.
I remember watching SLF playing at Brighton
Centre in about 1981… you got pretty
massive. Was there any pressure on you to
become more commercial? No, the record
company left us alone to fail!
Are Kirk’s ears as magnificent as Paul Morley
makes out? They can still pick up Radio Luxembourg
and it stopped transmitting in 1980. AL
Sat 10th December, Con Club
Photo © Maria Rosamojo
ON THIS MONTH: FILM
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Ibsen in Oz
When The Daughter, the directorial debut
of Australian filmmaker Simon Stone, was
released this June, a play directed by the same
young man, Yerma, was playing at the Young
Vic in London. The former is a movie adaptation
of Henrik Ibsen’s play The Wild Duck, the
latter a re-working of Lorca, with Billie Piper
cast in the main role. Both of them garnered
a string of four and five star reviews in the
nationals. Simon Stone: remember the name.
The Daughter (2nd, 8pm) is the pick of the
two films Lewes Film Club are putting on in
December. Stone has assembled a fine cast,
including Sam Neill and Geoffrey Rush, who
need no introduction, and Jeffrey Schneider,
who Parks and Recreation fans will remember.
Schneider plays a troubled young man who
returns to his home town in rural Australia
for his father’s second marriage, and unlocks
a dark secret that is capable of tearing two
families apart. The film manages to combine
naturalism with melodrama, and I was left
wondering ‘why?’, but it’s beautifully shot and
on the whole well enough acted to carry you
through to an extremely dramatic finale.
I didn’t catch the LFC’s other film, Hector
(16th, 8pm): it tells of the Christmas-time
journey made by a homeless man (played by
Peter Mullan) from Scotland to London, so
he can stay in his favourite shelter. ‘Hector
knows how dangerous homelessness can be,
but it’s not clear if first-time writer-director
Jake Gavin does too’ wrote the Guardian’s
Henry Barnes. Gavin is no Loach, then, but
the film got an impressive 91% positivity rating
on the website Rotten Tomatoes. DL
Both films showing at the All Saints Centre
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OUT OF TOWN: MUSIC
British Paraorchestra founder Charles Hazlewood
I first came up with
the idea of forming
The British Paraorchestra
in 2012. To
put it in context, I have
four kids and my youngest
child was born with
cerebral palsy, so in her
short life she’s given me
a wonderful introduction
to the disabled
community. I started wondering why it was that
in a career spanning more than 20 years conducting
orchestras all over the world, I'd never come
across musicians with disabilities. At this point,
in early 2012, the Paralympics was fast approaching
London, and this set my mind to thinking
how is it that in sport, so much has been done
to advance the cause of disability that people no
longer look at disabled sportspeople and think
that it’s some kind of nice, warm, fuzzy therapy -
it’s world-class sport, nothing less. So I thought if
sport can do that, music certainly can.
The Paralympics was a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity, when the eyes of the entire
world would be focused on us. So I formed
a new orchestra, The British Paraorchestra; it’s
just like any other orchestra except for the fact
that the musicians in it, aside from being at the
top of their game, all have a disability. They
made their debut at the closing ceremony of the
2012 Paralympics, playing standalone, but also
alongside Coldplay, which was a great way to
launch the movement, and it’s gone from strength
Performing ‘A Celebration of David Bowie’
at Glastonbury Festival 2016, as the first ever
classical music headliner was a seminal moment
for us. The main structure of this project
includes my orchestra, The Army of Generals,
who are a crack squad
of amazing virtuoso
musicians, with a strong
number of Paraorchestra
musicians in their
midst. We headlined
The Park stage at
midnight, when all the
other stages are shut
down, and the whole of
to watch this incredible celebration of David
Bowie, re-expressed and re-imagined to the tune
of Philip Glass.
Anyone who loves Bowie will know that he
wrote two really great albums during his
so-called ‘Berlin years’, Low and Heroes. They
are highly electronic and meditative. They
completely re-wrote the rule book on what pop
records should or might be, and they’re really
progressive pieces of work. What Glass does is to
take some of the important themes, melodic fragments,
chord progressions, and textures from the
two iconic albums, and to rework them through
his own particular mill, so it’s a bit like looking
at Bowie through a Philip Glass-shaped prism.
These symphonies sound absolutely like Glass,
not Bowie, and yet there’s the half-remembered,
shadowy ghosts of ideas and a familiarity that
chimes. It’s trademark Glass; pulsing, meditative,
hypnotic, and it loops around and around, attracting
more foreign bodies as it moves forward.
It’s really insistent, very intense, and all filtered
through this incredible, kaleidoscopic colour
prism, the orchestra.
As told to Julia Zaltzman
The British Para Orchestra & Friends present A
Celebration of David Bowie. Philip Glass: Heroes
Symphony/Low Symphony at De la Warr Pavilion,
Bexhill, Wednesday 14th December, 7pm £26.50
Photo © Lily Holman
ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Magical Mozart, for one night only
The British tradition
minstrels and itinerant
actors can be traced
back for hundreds of
that tradition into the
21st century is Opera
Anywhere, a touring
music and drama to
venues across the
country, from railway stations to stately homes.
Now a registered charity, the group was formed
in 2000 by married couple Mike and Vanessa
Woodward. “We have a passion for making opera
accessible”, Mike tells us. “Not just pricing, but
choosing venues where people can be comfortable
It’s the intimacy of performing in smaller
locations that particularly appeals to Opera Anywhere.
They’ll happily put on a show anywhere
within commuting distance of their Oxfordshire
base. “We tend to leave early on the morning of
the performance and will do a half-day rehearsal
in the venue before the performance in the evening.
It's quite gruelling but it works.”
The set, the costumes and the performers all
travel in two customised vans, sometimes with
lighting equipment and a temporary stage as well.
This lean yet practical style also applies to the
company structure: Mike is the only full-time
employee, his wife Vanessa works part-time and
the board of trustees are all volunteers. Everyone
else is freelance, contracted for a particular
show. When the Opera Anywhere vans arrive in
Lewes, they’ll bring ten professional singers and
a ‘mini-orchestra’ of two musicians. Mike’s the
stage manager and production manager, helped
in his duties by a lighting designer and Vanessa,
who manages the
The Magic Flute at
the moment. “From
a musical point of
view, I think it's one
of Mozart’s best
crafted operas”, says
Mike. “The storyline
is a magical tale that
attracts all ages.
There are some great tunes... and some great
voice types on display.” There are also changes
from Mozart’s original work. “We've got a fantastic
English edition of the opera. This production
is set in the 1950s with a kind of Hollywood
glamour theme. It’s been carefully edited to just
over two hours long, so the story still makes
sense but has a faster pace.”
Although the world-class Glyndebourne opera
house is just up the road, Mike still expects Lewes
to deliver the usual broad audience that his shows
attract. “Sometimes you get people who have
never seen an opera before; some people will
come because it's their particular favourite.” And
there’s no rivalry between opera companies, either.
“People in this industry don't really see each
other as competitive. We're all here to celebrate
this fantastic art form”.
But what makes opera so special? “I find the combination
of music and drama to be the ultimate
theatrical experience”, Mike explains. “It reaches
a whole range of senses. It compels you to give
it your complete concentration. You completely
switch off from everything else that's going on in
your life for a couple of hours.” Mark Bridge
The Magic Flute is performed at Lewes Little
Theatre on Friday 30th at 6pm. Tickets £20 from
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Clarinettist Matthew Hunt
Matthew will be playing
Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with
the Eusebius Quartet as part
of Lewes Chamber Music Festival’s
Christmas concert this
month. BBC Music Magazine
gave his recording of this work
with the Elias Quartet 5 stars,
and hailed it ‘the benchmark recording
of this much recorded
What’s it like being a ‘reed
man’? Playing a reed instrument
is a way of life - we are
constantly juggling reeds
according to location, weather,
repertoire, altitude - and always on the look out
for reed nirvana. Climactic conditions are probably
the biggest thorns we have to endure - a
reed that works in the humid British climate will
not work in, say, Berlin, where it is incredibly
dry, especially in winter. Playing at more than a
couple of hundred metres altitude requires you
to scrape a reed right down as they are hugely
affected - places like Madrid, Las Vegas, Munich
are all high enough to cause significant problems,
although nothing in comparison to the 4,000m
altitude of La Paz in Bolivia, where I once nearly
passed out on stage.
Which clarinet compositions please you most
to play? Luckily I love most of the music written
for clarinet, as the repertoire is excellent but
rather small. As for favourite works, Mozart is
always a joy to play, both the solo works and in
What’s it like for a reed player working with
string players? I love being the only donkey in a
stable of thoroughbreds. I’m allowed the freedom
to breathe where I want, and given the chance
to try to match their many and
ever changing colours.
What are some of the ins and
outs of the Mozart quintet
that you are playing on the
LCMF’s Christmas concert?
I think the Mozart Clarinet
Quintet has somehow got
into my blood stream. I first
played the Minuet and Trio
[movements] as a nine year
old for my Grade 5 exam, and
I really can’t ever remember
not knowing it. It’s beautifully
written for the instrument.
Mozart had the best ear for
what works, what sings, and where the natural
expression of an instrument lies.
Do you have a favourite Lewes venue? I love
playing in St John sub Castro church. It has the
warmth of natural wood and a generous yet not
Does having a cold effect your playing?
Having a cold is manageable, a cough less so. I
remember once having to play the solo at the
beginning of Rhapsody in Blue with a chest infection.
I had to breathe very slowly so as not to
start coughing away.
Do you prefer any particular musical period?
It depends largely on my mood, and what I’m
playing at that moment. My current CD collection
in my car includes discs of singer-songwriter
Owen Pallett, the jazz pianist Iiro Rantala, Tristan
und Isolde, Strauss wind symphonies, Maria Callas
(there’s always Maria Callas), Schubert masses
and The Best of Blondie.
Paul Austin Kelly
Lewes Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert, St
Michael’s Church, Dec 16th, 7.30pm, £15
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ON THIS MONTH: COMEDY
The Treason Show
2016: good for satire, bad for the world
“It’s as if some cosmic wishing
spell has been cast over
The Treason Show, and that
things that I wonder about
start happening,” says the
satirist Mark Brailsford. “If I
had the mindset of a fascist
dictator, I would imagine
that it was me controlling
events to my advantage. It’s
almost like that. Everything
I’m dreaming of happening,
for the comedy value, is
“I’ve been… running to
stand still is an understatement.
Running to go backwards,
actually - it felt like
I was just running backwards. You couldn’t keep
up. One month - the Brexit month - it changed
every hour, let alone daily. When even the 24-
hour news channels were struggling to keep up…
we were all just, ‘oh my god, that’s changed, that’s
changed’. When Gove knifed Boris, we junked 20
pieces of comedy in five minutes, in the rehearsal.
“For the best-of-2016 Christmas show, my problem
is going to be ‘which bits’? At the moment
I could probably do twelve best-ofs, with all the
material we’ve had.”
For example, this year we saw a prime minister
make “the biggest miscalculation of any political
career since Suez. He’ll be remembered along
the lines of, ‘I have in my hands a piece of paper’,
when Chamberlain was standing on the plane
steps - a gag we used.”
The referendum fallout has been so fruitful, in
terms of satirical songs, that “we could do Brexit:
the Musical. And actually, I dare say that might
happen”. Brailsford also mentions “the Labour
Party civil war”, and the rise
of an American politician who
is effectively “a big button
“You only have to say what
he’s really saying and boil it
down to a sentence, and you
get the laugh, just for the pure
ridiculousness of… not hearing
it from his mouth, you really
hear it, rather than see the
bombast and the comb-over
floating around. It’s almost too
easy, actually. You just have to
say what he says.”
Compared with the last days
of the coalition, “when it all
felt a bit… fag ends of everything”,
2016 has been a great year for satire. But,
Brailsford says, “it is that thing of satire - anything
that’s good for satire is bad for the world.”
Will 2017 be better? “Yeah, for comedy, definitely.
For the world, no. You’ve got Putin creating
Cold War 2.0, the Americans and Nato generally
reappraising their relationship with Russia…
there is now a new Cold War front, I think, and
it’s messier and more dangerous than it ever was
in the old Cold War. And you’ve got all the fall
out of what will be the collapse of Isil, terrorists
fanning out across Europe, scare stories in the
right-wing press, general mayhem in political
spheres, with the independence vote in Scotland.
You’re going to get Brexit mess everywhere. It’s
worse for the world, but it’s comedy gold for us.”
(NB: This interview was done in late October,
when Trump’s victory in the election looked
highly unlikely.) Steve Ramsey
That Was the Year That Was, Sat 17th, White Hart,
8pm £16.50/£14.50. See treasonshow.co.uk
Maeve Jenkinson Violin
Jonathan Bruce Cello
Schola of St Pancras Church
Friday 16th December 7:30pm
Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance
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Wintry offerings, from Mozart to Messiaen
December begins with the Notos Piano Quartet,
presented by the Nicholas Yonge Society. Founded
in the Netherlands in 2007, the ensemble will play
a Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, and piano quartets of
Brahms and Walton.
Fri 2nd, 7.45pm, South Downs College, £15
Brighton Philharmonic will play a concert of British
film scores, featuring the music of Vaughan Williams,
William Walton, Ron Goodwin and Eric Coates
along with many others. The orchestra is conducted
by Richard Balcombe.
Sun 4th, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome, £12-£37
The Pro Musica Choir will be accompanied by the
Florentine Ensemble in a concert featuring Mozart’s
Mass in C Minor. Also on the bill will be Mozart’s Alleluia,
O Sacrum Convivium by Messiaen and Berlioz’s
The Shepherd’s Farewell. Soloists will be sopranos
Allison Taylor and Kathryn Sargent, and tenor Gary
Sun 4th, 6pm, Church of St Andrew, Alfriston,
£12 (under 12s free)
Handel’s Messiah, the most frequently performed of
all oratorios, will be presented by the East Sussex
Bach Choir. The choir will be partnered by The
Baroque Collective, led by violinist Alison Bury and
conductor John Hancorn.
Sat 10th, 7.30pm, St Anne’s Church, £12-£20
The Paddock Singers’ Music for Midwinter
Christmas concert will this year feature an original
composition by its conductor Ruth Kerr - a choral
setting of Thomas Hardy's wintry The Darkling
Thrush. This, of course, alongside their usual spritely
array of seasonal fare, amusing readings and audience
carol singing. Always a treat.
Sun 11th, 7pm, St Michael’s Church
The Lewes Chamber Music Festival’s Christmas
concert presents the Eusebius Quartet, joined by
clarinettist Matthew Hunt, in a chamber programme
of Britten, Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Fri 16th, 7.30pm, St. Michael’s Church, £15
There will be a fairly wide-ranging programme by
the Lewes Concert Orchestra, with all the usual
festive offerings sitting next to Massenet's Entr'acte
from Thais and Saint-Saens's Introduction and Rondo
Capriccioso, as well as a concerto by contemporary
composer Peter Byam-Smith. Soloists include violinist
Maeve Jenkinson and cellist Jonathan Bruce.
Fri 16th, 7.30pm, Lewes Town Hall, £10
A couple of unusual items are on the bill for the
East Sussex Community Choir’s Christmas Cracker
- portions of Puccini’s Messe di Gloria and Holst’s
Christmas Day. These will be followed by a number
of Christmas carols. Guest soloist will be tenor
Paul Austin Kelly (that’s me, folks) and Nicholas
Houghton will conduct.
Sat 17th, 7.30pm, Lewes Town Hall, £12
On New Year’s Eve the Brighton Philharmonic will
present a gala evening of Viennese music, conducted
by Stephen Bell and featuring guest soprano Rebecca
Bottone. All the usual suspects will be represented -
Strauss, Lehar and Kreisler - but there will also be
compositions by Robert Farnon, Gilbert & Sullivan
and Eric Coates.
Sat 31st, 2.45pm, Brighton Dome, £12-£37 PAK
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ON THIS MONTH: MUSIC
Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital celebrate their
50th anniversary with a concert featuring the East
Sussex Bach Choir, singing group Viva Voce, the
Wallands Primary School Choir and trumpeter Alice
Boileau. Wed 7th, 7pm, Southover Church, £10
from Baldwins Travel
Family Craft & Carols is an informal service with
food and Christmas fun. Sat 10th, 10am, Kings
Sing carols accompanied by members of the Lewes,
Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band. Organised by
Christ Church Lewes. Sun 11th, 2.30pm, Nevill
The Ashdown Singers will hold their annual
Christmas concert, Sing Nowell. It will feature many
well-known Christmas carols. Sun 11th, 3pm, St
Pancras Church, free
The famous Sussex choir Coro Nuovo will present
an evening of seasonal music. Mon 12th, 7pm, St
Peter’s Church, Chailey, £10 (under 16 free)
Esterhazy Chamber Choir’s Carols by Candlelight concert,
billed as ‘The perfect antidote for the Christmas
rush.’ Sat 17th, 6pm, St Anne’s Church, free
Kings Church will hold its traditional carol service, a
chance to meet friends and sing songs of praise. Sun
18th, 7.30pm, Kings Church, free
Carols Around the Crib will be an opportunity to
sing your favourite Christmas carols and hymns
on Christmas Eve. Sat 24th, 4pm, St Michael’s
There will be a sung mass on Christmas Day in St
Michael's Church. Sun 25th, 10.30am, St Michael’s
Shepherds Arise! presents old Sussex carols from
church manuscript books and oral traditions. The
Shepherds Arise! Quire and Band are directed by
Stuart Walker Tues 27th, 2.30pm, St Michael’s
Church, free Paul Austin Kelly
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OUT OF TOWN: ART
100 Modern British Artists
'The Blue Towel' by Euan Uglow © The Estate of the Artist. Courtesy Jerwood Collection
Century: 100 Modern British
Artists is the last exhibition
this year at the Jerwood
Gallery in Hastings, and runs
until 8th January. Originally
announced as Century: 100
Works of Modern British Art
from the Ingram and Jerwood
Collections, the show now
comprises no fewer than 150
works by the 100 artists in
question, and fills all but one
of the gallery’s exhibition
spaces. No out-and-out
masterpieces, perhaps, but the overall quality of the
exhibits is, nonetheless, gratifyingly high.
The exhibition is arranged thematically, but the
themes are rather arbitrary and imprecise, so it’s
probably best to engage with each work of art
on its own terms. The curator, James Russell,
has expressed the hope that the layout ensures
‘that boundaries between different periods and
movements are broken down, exposing intriguing
relationships and surprising similarities’.
Some of these ‘relationships’ are uncomplicatedly
literal. But while it’s of course nice that Mary
Fedden gets to hang alongside her husband, Julian
Trevelyan, it must be disappointing to Dod Procter
and Ernest Procter to find themselves separated
on different floors. Paul Nash and John Nash are
juxtaposed, but I’m not sure that the two pictures
chosen illustrate the exhibition’s (undoubtedly
true) thesis that the brothers developed along
markedly different lines, particularly well. I found
myself becoming unclear in some cases whether a
connection was intended or not.
A work by Nevinson is positioned next to a 1938
watercolour by Eric Ravilious, entitled Rye Harbour,
to show how both artists used a far-off vanishing
point to draw the eye into the picture. But is
Near Whitby, Yorkshire, a
magnificent late landscape
by Edward Burra, hanging
nearby because the same
artistic device is being
employed? Or because
Burra lived all his life in
Rye? Or for neither reason?
Is it significant that Ruskin
Spear’s charming The Curious
Cat, which includes a copy of
the London Evening Standard
(Headline: Patten’s threat
to second homes), is across
the room from John Piper’s Beach and Star Fish,
Seven Sisters Cliff, Eastbourne, the collage elements
of which are supplied by the rather more highbrow
reading material of the New Statesman or The
Listener? Are, as one of the gallery attendants said in
my hearing, the hands of Maggi Hamblings’ elderly
neighbour, Frances Rose, ‘twisted by arthritis and
decades of work’, meant to provide a contrast to
the porcelain hands of Dod Procter’s Lillian, which
hangs next door?
Opposite the Maggi Hambling portrait is a Sickert
painting of the Church of Saint Rémy in Dieppe.
One of the products advertised on the kiosk in front
of the church is the French soup cube marketed
as ‘Maggi’. When I remembered that Hambling
had been rechristened Maggi by her mentor Lett
Haines after the soup cube in question, I knew that
my mind was becoming addled. I went in search of
fish and chips, mindful of the Jeeves and Wooster
adage: ‘fish makes brain’.
But enough frivolity. Century is a splendid show,
supplemented by a single room devoted to Stanley
Spencer. The latter, carefully selected, display is the
sort of thing that Jerwood, with the minimum of
fanfare, does so admirably.
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Focus on: Goldfinches, by Kirsten Norbury
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 42x60cms, £150
Are those birds fighting, or courting? I think
they’re fighting, but I like the fact there’s some
ambiguity. I used a photograph which I found on
Google as the subject.
Do you always base your paintings on photos?
When it comes to birds, yes, because it would be
impossible for me to capture them accurately from
life. But I also do a lot of portraits from living
[human] models. One thing I love about painting
is capturing the colour as it actually is, and that
depends on the light conditions. With a portrait
this can change quite a lot from one end of the
sitting to the other, so in these circumstances I take
a picture of the model when I start the portrait, for
How long have you been painting? I trained as a
screen-printer, and developed a technique of mixing
woodcuts with screen-prints. But my late father was
an oil painter and watercolourist, and my sister’s a
painter, so I thought I’d try it out, and I’ve loved it.
Printing rarely turns out exactly as you’d envisaged,
but with painting you’ve got more control.
Any influences beyond your family? I love the
portraits of Dante Gabriel Rossetti - they seem so
modern, and there’s something otherworldly about
his subjects. And Milt Kobayashi, who makes you
feel like you’re observing the subject through a
window, and you shouldn’t be looking. And Tamara
De Lempicka, the way she brought a cubist element
into her portraits.
Do you have a studio? I’m looking for one, but
at the moment I’m painting on my kitchen table. I
have Radio 6 on, and I love the way I get completely
absorbed in the process, so time passes in a
different way from normal.
This painting will be on sale at Artists & Makers
in Lewes… I organise the marketing of the
event, which takes place annually at the Town Hall
on the first weekend of December. Usually I commission
an artist to make the poster, but this year I
did it by myself (see page 66). The event has been
going for twelve years, and was set up by a group of
Western Road mums to raise money to encourage
creativity in the school. This year there will be a
total of 84 artists! Interview by Alex Leith
Artists & Makers, Town Hall, Sat 3rd, 10am-5pm
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Acrylic & cheap ink pen on
water paper, A1, £1,600
How did this image start? As an idea? From
a memory? I’m an obsessive worker, it’s all I do,
from when I get up in the morning to when I go
to bed. I’m working on six or seven paintings at a
time, as well as studying mathematics and making
music. This one is all about lines. We generally
think that symmetrical lines are beautiful, and
asymmetry is ugly, but if you look at anything at
a microscopic level you’ll find that all lines are
beautiful. I applied crude lines to the face in order
to capture ugliness and beauty at the same time. In
this case I drew the lines with my eyes closed.
Your Lewes show is called I Am Autism. I take
it you are autistic and this affects your work…
I am classed as having high-functioning autism
and Asperger’s. I believe autism is an evolutionary
shift that is occurring under everybody’s noses.
That autism is nature refining itself. I’m trying to
make my autism a positive for the planet. And I am
also using my autism in my art to give me a unique
angle to break into the world.
Is your work informed by any other artists?
Nature is my favourite artist, let’s face it. We may
try, but we can never paint a butterfly as beautiful
as it is. Of course I admire Picasso, Paul Klee,
Klimt. I don’t even like to look at their work it’s
so good. Tony Boyson - I’m lucky enough to
have one of his on my wall. And Dawn Stacey,
from Lewes; the depth she captures by depicting
two-dimensional images of landscape, and her use
Do you have a studio? Do you work in silence?
I’m poor, I couldn’t afford a studio. I live in a small
flat in London thanks to the National Autistic Society,
and I splatter paint on everything. On knives
and forks, on my clothes, on the walls… I have to
paint. I work, and live, in absolute silence. There’s
a convent opposite my flat, it must be the quietest
street in London.
What message are you giving out with your
art? Art has many messages. I like to paint. People
like to put art on their walls. Art will move forward
as we develop as a species… but it is still people
daubing on cave walls. There are more colours to
the human race than meets the eye. Alex Leith
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In town this month
'Hillside' (detail) by Paul Newland
Settlement is an exhibition of paintings by Paul
Newland, who is intrigued by the edges of town,
and Alexander Johnson, whose current work
conveys his wonder at the ancient trees and farm
buildings surrounding his Laughton home. It
runs at St Anne’s Galleries alongside Art for
Under the Tree (until the 18th), with paintings,
works on paper and ceramics from their
represented artists. [stannesgalleries.com]
'Axe Drawing' by Jenny Arran
objects by Jenny
Arran and Zuky
Serper will be
at the Stable
Gallery, Paddock Studios from the 2nd until
the 4th, 10am-5pm. Jenny’s recent paintings
take inspiration from overlooked details. Cracks
in pavements, marks on bone, artefacts and
patterns in stone become abstract landscapes,
painted on small rough wood panels. Zuky
meticulously reworks overlooked objects, using
found and carefully worked wood, dovetailed
with hand made porcelain fragments. Also at
Paddock Studios, on the 10th and 11th, I am
Autism, featuring the work of autistic savant Yap
(formerly lead singer of One Minute Silence).
See pg 61 for more. Michelle Wooldridge
and Lucinka Soucek’s exhibition continues at
Pelham House. Michelle’s intricate collages of
animals overworked with paint contrast with
Lucinka’s bold lino
and woodcuts that
travel as their
'Brother Fox' by Michelle Wooldridge
'Carlotta' by Simon Tozer
Over at the Hop Gallery there’s the annual Celebrate! Sussex Arts
Collective & Mohamed Hamid Pottery Christmas Show, featuring far too
many artists and makers to try to namecheck here - more than thirty,
we gather. Until 18th. [hopgallery.com]. Keizer Frames is also running
a Christmas show, with work from Simon Tozer, Becky Blair, Alvaro
Petritoli, Liza Mackintosh and more. It opens for the evening on the
1st and continues into January. [pictureframinglewes.co.uk]
A Language from the Garden
Mon 16 Jan 2017 – Wed 31 May 2017: 10.00am – 4.00pm
A major contemporary art commission bringing a
strong visual presence to the garden in spring.
Decode the language of flowers by following an
alphabet trail on a journey around the garden
discovering the origin of each letter.
Nottingham-based, John Newling is a pioneer of
public art with a social purpose. He has an acclaimed
international reputation creating projects and
installing works in the UK and other countries.
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'Cold Hart' by Keith Pettit
There’ll be engravings by Keith
Pettit at the pop up shop at No2
Fisher Street, which is launching for
Late Night Shopping and open at
weekends in the run up to Christmas.
Expect leather work from Wolfram
Löhr, ceramics by Eloise Nash and
jewellery from Phoebe Sherwood.
At the Town Hall on Saturday the
3rd there’ll be the annual Artists &
Makers Fair with festive gifts and
treats from 10am-5pm.
Follow that Star, from the 12th, will
fill the window of Chalk Gallery
with light and gifts. Join them on
Saturday 17th, from 2-4pm for a
White Christmas; meet the artists
whilst enjoying white cocktails and
canapés. Farley Farmhouse bring
their Lee Miller Archive print
room and gift shop to Lewes House for one day only, on
the 17th from 1-4.30pm. They’ve also got a shop at the
farmhouse from the 15th until the 21st [farleyfarmhouse.
co.uk]. If you’re visiting the town, or need a reminder,
the recently launched Lewes Gallery Guide provides a
guide to most of the independent galleries in town. It’s
free from the Tourist Information Office and participating
galleries and the online version, Art Map Lewes,
available via Google Maps, includes galleries, framers, art
schools and art suppliers.
'Winter Tree' by Carol Lawson
Just down the road
The shop at Charleston is open at weekends until the 18th and, on
the 3rd and 4th, there’s a special house opening. Charleston Covered
is a rare opportunity to see the house and collection 'put to bed';
when paintings, sculpture, and furniture are covered in white linen.
There’s also a series of Christmas craft workshops to help you deck
the halls... Paper cutting, table centrepieces, willow decorations and
Christmas wreaths. Details at charleston.org.uk
Photo by Michael Hoban
Beautiful art, affordable prices
Festive gifts & treats
Somewhere, Watercolour by featured artist Chris Liddiard
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Lewes Town Hall (Fisher Street)
Saturday 3 rd December
10am - 5pm
Just down the road (cont)
Brighton’s Burning the Clocks is the perfect
reason to go out on the 21st, to mark the
shortest day of the year. Join in by buying
your own lantern-making kit (including wrist
bands to join the procession) from organisers
Same Sky, and, after parading it through
the city, commit it to the blazing bonfire
on Brighton beach, to mark the solstice.
Photo by Simon Dack
'Carousel' by Sarah Jones at Milton House (venue 36)
Also in Brighton, the 2016 Christmas Artists
Open Houses festival continues for the first
two weekends of December, with 56 venues
open around the city - as well as the Handmade
House and Pruden and Smith in Ditchling,
and Rosie Woodridge Photography in Lewes
- offering the chance to buy direct from artists
and makers in their homes and studios. [aoh.
org.uk] As if that weren’t enough, there’s also
an alternative trail of pop-up galleries… Alt
Open Houses will see work by a cornucopia of
local artists exhibited for sale in venues including:
The Hare and Hounds, Tattoo Workshop,
North Laine Brew House, Presuming Ed, Bison
Beer, Hive, Maple, Cafe Plenty, Nordic Coffee
Collective, Glazed, The Artpothecary, and Twin
MADE Brighton returns for one day
only at St Bartholomew's Church, on
Saturday 10th, from 10.30am to 6pm,
promising a selection of the nation’s best
and most interesting makers, at a down
to earth, table-top event.
If you prefer your decorations homemade,
Ditchling Museum of Art +
Craft have a Creative Christmas Crafts
workshop on Sunday 4th, for ages 3+.
Run by artists Ruth Gaskell and Lucy
Ogden, it’ll leave you laden with creative
crafty decoration ideas for kids and
grown-ups to make together. £5 for kids,
accompanying adults free.
Sophie Darling at MADE
At Norman Road in St Leonards, the
Lucy Bell Gallery have 30/30/30, an
exhibition by the music photographer
Jill Furmanovsky. From being an
11-year-old Beatles watcher, hanging
around outside Abbey Road Studios,
she went on to have a 40-plus-year
career in music photography with
access to some of the greatest acts of
the period. [lucy-bell.com]
'A Fisherman's Story' by Bernard Cheese
Amy Winehouse © Jill Furmanovsky
And, as we mentioned last month, the extraordinary
exhibition Prints for the Pub is at Pallant House Gallery
in Chichester. It features a series of lithographs produced
for Guinness in the mid-1950s. Painted by popular artists
of the day, each work illustrates a subject that was designed
to appeal to working-class people - fishing, darts, football,
etc. The exhibition has been curated in association with
the Emma Mason Prints gallery in Eastbourne; Emma
has been collecting the originals for some time. So, if you
don’t fancy the trip to Chichester, you can view many of the
works (and buy the accompanying book) at the Eastbourne
gallery instead. [emmamason.co.uk] Also in Eastbourne, the
extraordinary Towards Night and One Day, Something Happens
continue at Towner. [townereastbourne.org.uk]
The De La Warr Pavilion has an intriguing-sounding exhibition
running all month: Buoys Boys, by Fiona Banner, is an ‘immersive
installation exploring her ongoing interest in language and its
limitations’. This will be joined on the 10th by The New Line, a
collection of contemporary commercial prints, many taken from
the Jobbing Printing Collection developed by Philip James at the
V&A’s National Art Library. It includes designs - some by members
of the Bauhaus school - for shops such as Fortnum & Mason, and for
companies like Elizabeth Arden, as well as items from lifestyle and
trade magazines, beauty catalogues, and tourism brochures. Together
they chart the enormous social, political and technological changes
occurring across Europe in the 1930s.
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TO SAT 3
Julius Caesar. Lewes Theatre Club’s production
continues. Lewes Little Theatre, 7.45pm
(2.45 matinee on Sat), £12/£8.
TO SUN 11
Garden of Stars. Festive trail in Southover
Grange, featuring projections, lighting, performance
and art. Southover Grange Gardens,
4.30pm-9.30pm, from £5 (under-4s free).
SAT 3 – SUN 4
Charleston Covered. Special house opening
showing Charleston as it looks while closed
for the winter. Charleston, Firle, 12pm-4pm,
Tudor Christmas. Find out how the Tudors
celebrated Christmas with food, archery, crafts
and traditional entertainment. Michelham
Priory, 11am-4pm, contact 01323 844224.
Raystede Christmas fair. See Free Time listings.
Raystede, 10am-4pm, free.
TO MON 12
Glyndebourne backstage tours. Running most
weekdays. Glyndebourne, 10.15am, £13.50, see
Artists and Makers. See pg 59.
Film: Maggie’s Plan (15). Romantic comedy
with Julianne Moore. All Saints, 5.45pm (and
Sun 4th, 7.45pm), from £5.
TO WED 14
Christmas Post. Post for Lewes and Kingston
can be dropped off at any of the collection
points up to 4pm on the 14th. 20p per item.
Collection points include the Elly, Brewers,
Laporte’s, Spectrum and Wycherley’s. In aid of
Commercial Square Bonfire Society.
© Frenetic Films
Late Night Shopping. See pgs 109-116.
Film: The Daughter (15). Family drama,
loosely based on Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. All
Saints, 8pm, £5.
Film: The Neon Demon (18). Controversial,
explicit horror. All Saints, 8pm (5.15pm on Sun
4th), from £5.
Common Cause Christmas Farmer's Market.
Also on 17th. Cliffe Precinct, 9am-1pm, free.
Paper cutting with Su Blackwell. Christmasthemed
workshop. Charleston, 10am-1pm, £45.
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DECEMBER listings (cont)
Christmas Table Centrepieces. Workshop.
Charleston, 10am-1pm, £55.
A Christmas Night at the Opera. An evening
of opera and carols. Congress Theatre, Eastbourne,
FRI 9 – SUN 11
Chailey@Christmas. A weekend of Christmas
celebrations; expect a tree festival, refreshments
and a concert. St Peter's Church Chailey, Fri
2pm-6pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 9.30am-6pm,
free (concert £10).
Adam Hills: Clown Heart. Stand-up. Chichester
Festival Theatre, 8pm, £21.
Film: Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie (15).
All Saints, 6pm (also Sat 10th, 8pm), from £5.
Not Getting Well Soon. Discussion meeting
on the effects of the funding crisis on NHS and
care services. Phoenix Centre, 7.30pm, free.
The Group. Club for people aged 50+. A pub in
Lewes, 8pm, see thegroup.org.uk.
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The Needlemakers evening shopping event.
Christmas shopping, food and festivities.
Needlemakers, 6-9pm, free.
Lewes Astronomers Open Evening. Town
Hall Lecture Room, 7.30pm, non-members £3.
Film: Midnight Special (12A). Supernatural
on-the-run drama. All Saints, 8pm (also Sun 11,
5pm), from £5.
Get Festive for Chestnut Tree House.
Themed fundraising day, in which people are
invited to host their own events. See chestnuttree-house.org.uk.
Photo by Steve Ullathorne
Comedy at the
Con Xmas special.
Fostekew and a
Con Club, 8pm,
A Christmas Carol. Dickens was famous for his
public readings of his works; for Lewes Theatre
Club, Gary Andrews will perform as Dickens
giving a reading. Lewes Little Theatre, 7.45pm,
Film: War Dogs (15). Based on the true
story of two have-a-go arms dealers. All Saints,
5.30pm (also Sun 11, 7.15pm), from £5.
DECEMBER listings (cont)
Salsa Dance Evening. Every second and fourth
Sunday of the month. White Hart, 7pm, £7/£5.
The Snow Queen. Quantum Theatre’s take on
Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale - a
family production aimed at all ages. Michelham
Priory, 2pm & 4.30pm, £6-£12.
Food Rocks Lewes – Christmas Rocks. Festive
market. Cliffe High Street, 11am-4pm, free.
Lewes Women in Business Christmas Emporium.
Pop-up retail event showcasing the work
of local retailers and designers. A wide selection
of hand-crafted and original gifts and services.
House of Friendship, 10am-5pm, free.
Lewes Vox Charity Christmas Concert.
Festive evening of song and Christmas cheer.
All proceeds will go to charity. The Royal Oak
Barcombe, 7pm, £6 (under 10’s free).
The Women’s Land Army in Sussex. A Lewes
History Group talk. King’s Church, Brooks
Road, 7pm for 7.30, £3 (members £2).
Macmillan coffee morning. Morgan Kelly,
Castle Works, Westgate Street, 9.30am-12pm.
Brighton Dome Family Programme supported by
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DECEMBER listings (cont)
Christmas with the Bloomsburys.
Explore the world of the Bloomsbury group
with a mince pie and a glass of mulled
wine. The Keep, 2pm-4pm, £7.50 (booking
@ The Con Club
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3 DR FEELGOOD
10 DEAD MEN WALKING
15 YOLA CARTER
16 CURST SONS
23 THIN WHITE DUKE
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Christmas and other festivals in modern
Mexico. A talk for the Uckfield & Lewes
Decorative and Fine Art Society. Uckfield
Civic Centre, 2pm, £7 (members free).
Film: Hector (15). Drama about a homeless
man’s life during the festive season. All
Saints, 8pm, £5.
Comedy. St Mary’s
An LGB Christmas
adaptation of the
classic story, featuring
the Lewes, Glynde
Band. All Saints,
4pm, £3 inc refreshments.
The Treason Show: That was the year
that was. See pg 51.
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DECEMBER listings (cont)
St Pancras Catholic Church. Vigil mass, 6pm.
Midnight mass, with carols from 11.30pm.
How Much is
Skidelsky discusses why
to pursue money so
vigorously, rather than
more free time.
Elephant & Castle,
The Magic Flute. See pg 47.
St Pancras Catholic Church. Mass of the
Dawn, 9am. Mass of the Day, 10.30am. Latin
Seniors’ Christmas Day lunch and party.
House of Friendship, 12-3.30pm, free with
invitation (available from venue).
Gathering of the Southdown and Eridge
Huntsmen. Outside the White Hart.
NYE Gala Dinner. Fizz on arrival, five-course
dinner and sparkling wine at midnight. Entertainment
provided by resident DJ. White Hart,
7.30pm, £75 (group table bookings available).
Fruitful Soundsystem NYE party. Music
from Fruitful Soundsystem; reggae, funk, soul,
disco. The Swan Inn, 9pm, free.
NYE Gala Buffet and Disco. Pelham House,
GIG GUIDE // DECEMBER
GIG OF THE MONTH
Dr Feelgood. "Should I tweet it first, or buy tickets
and then tweet it?” our editor asked recently, on
discovering that Dr Feelgood were playing at the
Con Club, and that it was the actual Canvey Island
pub rockers, not some kind of tribute. Famously
compared to ‘Hiroshima in a pint mug’ by Charles
Shaar Murray, the band (whilst retaining none of
its original line up) is still delivering its signature
‘No-nonsense’ live energy some 35 years after its
inception, gigging up and down the UK over the
coming year. Con Club, Sat 3, doors 8pm, £16
Spin Te Ku. Balkan klezmer ska/punk. Lamb,
Chas & Dave. Pub rock geezers. De La Warr,
Vintage Hot Swing. Pelham Arms, 8.30pm, free
Kast Off Kinks. Tribute with (non-key) former
Kinks. Con Club, 8pm, £12
The Karma Thing. Blues rock. The Lamb,
Tom & Ben Paley. Father-and-son folk.
Elephant & Castle, 8pm, £8
The Diablos. Country rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free
Richard Hawley. Singer-songwriter. De La Warr,
English Tunes Session. Folk. Lamb, 12pm, free
AYU. Funk. Lamb, 8.30pm, free
Popguns. British jangle indie band. Con Club,
Dead Men Walking. Punk supergroup (see pg
41). Con Club, 7.30pm, £18
Tom Lewis. Nautical folk. Royal Oak, 8pm, £7
Contenders. Rhythm & Blues. The Lamb,
Terry Seabrook's T-Rio. Latin jazz. The Snowdrop,
Open Mic. Lamb, 8.30pm, free
Old-time session. Appalachian roots. Lamb,
Triversion. Jazz organ trio. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
The Quiet Beatle. George Harrison tribute (pictured).
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Yola Carter. Country-soul singer-songwriter.
Con Club, 7.30pm, £12/£14
Bethan Lees. Acoustic singer-songwriter. Lamb,
Big Bad Whiskey. Skifflebilly. The Lamb,
Curst Sons. Up-tempo Americana. Con Club,
Blacken Blues Band. Blues. Lamb, 8.30pm, free
Kondoms. Rock. Con Club, 8pm, free
The Meow Meows. 18-legged ska (below). St
Mary’s Social Centre, 7.30pm, £6/£8
Lewes Saturday Folk Club Christmas Party.
Elly, 8pm, £4
Full House. Rock covers. The Royal Oak,
Imogen Ryall. Jazz vocals. Snowdrop, 8pm, free
Buffo’s Wake. Gypsy punk. Lamb, 8.30pm, free
The Fish Brothers. ‘Victorian Music Hall Punk’.
Lamb, 8.30pm, free
Thin White Duke. Tribute. Con Club, 8pm, £5
The Dead Reds. Blues rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free
Contenders. Rhythm & Blues. Con Club, free
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minutes from Lewes, in the popular downland
village of Kingston, at the village hall. The
peaceful location gives children the opportunity
to access the countryside on a regular basis,
and all children are encouraged to explore
their environment and communicate through
creative play-based scenarios.
In recent weeks the children have been embracing Autumn delights. Through regular
nature walks and visits to a local farm, they have the opportunity to engage, hands on,
with the countryside around them in a safe and stimulating way. Back at the Pre-School
the children use what they have found to create a record of their experiences through
various art and craft activities.
The staff create a safe, nurturing environment for the
children who attend. The focus on education through play
allows children to learn through a variety of experiences.
The sensory play tray, which changes daily, is one of the
children’s favourite activities; one day an arctic world
created with shaving foam, another day a fairyland
complete with castle and sawdust, it stimulates the
imagination and the senses. All-weather outdoor play is
also encouraged in the pretty, enclosed garden, which
backs into the downs.
The Pre-School is set right at the heart of the village community, and is run by qualified,
passionate staff, with the support of a parent-led committee, who arrange regular
fundraisers and social events.
We are open from 9am-3pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 9am-1pm on the
other 3 days. There are places available now with no waiting list. For further information
regarding places and fees, please contact Fiona Leslie on 01273 486060. Children aged
3 and over are entitled to EYFS funding from the term following their third birthday, and
some children are also entitled to funding from the age of 2.
If you would like to find out more about this unique childcare setting,
please join us for our open day on Wednesday 7th December, 9.30-11am.
The children and staff really look forward to meeting you then.
FRI 2 - SUN 18
Glow Wild Winter Lantern Festival. Lanternlit
evening tours of Wakehurst Place’s grounds,
four times a day. Fri/Sat/Sun only. See kew.org/
FROM SAT 3
Merry Mayhem. The local puppet-theatre company
Wishworks are busy this month, with their
Merry Mayhem show being performed as part
of the Raystede Christmas Fair (Sat 3, 2pm), and
at the Lewes Labour Children’s Christmas Party
(Sat 17, St Mary’s Social Centre, 1.30pm). Then
they have four performances at the Linklater:
King Wenceslas and the Three Bears (Sun 18,
10.30am and 2pm); Snow Grey (Fri 23, 2pm);
and Goldifox (Sat 24, 2pm).
Kingston Pre-School open day. The Street,
Kingston, 9.30-11am, free.
SAT 10 - SUN 11
I Was a Rat! Stage adaptation of the Philip Pullman
story. Southover School, 12.15pm, adults
£8.50, children free.
Christmas Market and Santa Experience. Newhaven
Fort, 10am-4pm (also on 17th and 18th),
Santa Experience costs £9.50 per child.
Family Fun. Bushcraft and other forest activities.
Booking essential. Brede High Woods,
10am, for details call 0330 333 5302.
Lewes New School Winter Fair. Including
Bavarian food, activities, and crafts. Lewes New
School, 12-4pm, free.
Film: Finding Dory (U). Highly rated Finding
Nemo sequel from Pixar. All Saints, 3pm.
Film: The Angry Birds Movie (U). App, app
and away. All Saints, 3pm, from £5.
Messy Church. Activities and lunch based on
the theme: ‘Being thankful - the Ten Lepers’.
Christ Church Hall, 10.30am, free.
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This month’s photo came in from the
aptly named Nancy Light, aged 13, who
started off one recent Monday morning
with a flash of inspiration. “I woke up
and as I opened my curtains, I saw this
beautiful sunrise, so I took a picture,”
she tells us. Nancy has an enviable
view from her bedroom, of the Brooks
stretching along the cradle between
Mount Caburn and Kingston Hill. “I
live on Kingston Road on the edge of Lewes,” she continues. “I took it because it was a stunning scene
with the mist sitting on the fields and the bright rising sun.” The picture has won Nancy a £10 book token
kindly donated every month by Bags of Books. Under 16? Please send your pictures to email@example.com
with your name, age and a sentence explaining when and why you took it.
The Railway Land Dogs' Club is a ‘story and colouring book’ written
by Julian Warrender and illustrated by Lyndsey Smith. The book is
published by Julian’s imprint, ‘Hare & Heron Press’, and, as the title
suggests, the stories are very much set in Lewes. There are three stories
in the book: in the first a young Chihuahua nearly comes a cropper in
a game of hide-and-seek near the Ouse. In the second a group of dogs
escape the terror of Bonfire Night, by having a ghostly adventure on a
steam train. And in the third a bad dog (named ‘Bad Dog’) has a chastening experience on a frozen pond.
Warrender seems well versed in Lewes history: one of the characters in the book is Railway Jack, the
famous three-legged dog that in Victorian times regularly commuted, on his
own, between Lewes and London. hareandheronpress.com
Just a Normal Day? is very much aimed at hassled parents rather than their
kids. It’s written by Michi Mathias, and is a ‘choose-your-own-path interactive
comic’. At the end of every page you are faced with two or more choices,
which one you choose determines which page you read next. Unlike most such
books it isn’t set in the world of dungeons, dragons and cave trolls; instead it is
a cartoon book which puts you in the place of an overworked mum trying to
get her kids to school. What do you mean ‘why do I want to be reminded of
my own life?’ That’ll make it all the more fun to read. michimathias.com
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Sat 17 th & Sun 18 th December 10:00am - 4:00pm
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SHOES ON NOW: POOH BRIDGE
For me, Hygge represents snuggling under a warm blanket reading the stories
of Winnie the Pooh. So this weekend, to fit this month’s theme, we decided to
venture off to the real-life location of Pooh Bridge, in Ashdown Forest.
First up we visited Pooh Corner, a shop and café in nearby Hartfield, devoted
to all things Pooh. They sell a very helpful map which helps you to locate the
car park and the walking route. Then, after parking near Chuck Hatch, we set
off for Pooh Bridge. The path takes you through woods filled with chestnut
and silver birch trees, with lots of opportunities to clamber over fallen trees
and construct mini dens. Be aware that the first bridge you will come to is not
the one you’re after: continue five minutes further and you’re there.
On the bridge itself we indulged in - what else? - a game of Poohsticks. This involves - in the unlikely case
you don’t know - two or more people dropping a twig into the river from one side of the bridge, rushing
over to the other, and seeing whose twig goes past first. The toddler won an implausible number of contests.
The older boys then began a game of sabotaging one another’s sticks with the ready supply of acorns
that peppered the nearby landscape. Soon several other children joined in.
For an easy Sunday jaunt this is an ideal trip. The walk is short; the woods are spectacular and Pooh Bridge
offers many parents an opportunity to reconnect with their own childhood. Jacky Adams
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Jude’s Christmas Wish
Jude was born with a rare medical condition.
His life is incredibly fragile and he is cared for by
Chestnut Tree House, the children’s
hospice for Sussex. It’s Jude’s wish to
raise the money needed to care for
all the children looked after by the
hospice this Christmas. Please, can
you give a gift to help other children
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3rd & 17th DECEMBER
Crispy duck on the High Street
It’s the mo(u)rning after the American election, and
having slept it all off till lunchtime (we went to bed
when Florida fell, about 3am) Rowena and I wander to the High Street, looking for comfort food. Suddenly
the Panda Garden looks like the most welcoming place on earth.
I’ve been going there since the Reagan era, when it was called the Kwong Ming, and there won’t be many
Lewesians who’ll remember it not being there - it opened back in 1964. We are sat in the front room, which
looks reassuringly like it always has done, all brown curtains, and beige walls, and THAT panda painted
onto the window.
Not having crispy duck - the ultimate starter when one is in need of edible succour - is unthinkable, so I’m
happy to see it on the set menu list. A meal for two, with the duck followed by beef shreds with chillies &
carrots, chicken with mixed vegetables, Szechuan king prawns, mixed vegetables, and egg-fried rice, costs
£18 a head.
The crispy duck ritual - pulling the thin pancakes out of their bamboo box, smearing on the plum sauce,
placing the duck and cucumber and spring onions, and rolling it all up - is nearly as satisfying as the subsequent
eating of the whole affair, and gets repeated four times. Yum.
Of the mains, the shredded beef is the highlight: we ask for chopsticks in order to prolong affairs a little, and
are given little bowls to eat out of, too. Two bottles of Tsingtao beer help things down, as we try to make
conversation, without mentioning the ‘T’ word. Alex Leith
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Just the (Italian) job
My first thought, on walking into Aqua, is:
‘thank god we booked.’ It’s a Thursday evening,
at 7.30pm, and the place is packed. On the table
in front of us there’s a group of five twentysomething
girls having a school reunion; behind
there’s another group of five, making up three
generations of what looks like the same family.
The place is so abuzz with chatter it’s difficult to
work out what genre of music is playing. It feels
like the weekend has already started.
If you haven’t already eaten at Aqua - and I can’t
remember a restaurant opening in town that’s
created such a stir - you’ll almost certainly
have had a curious look through the windows.
They’ve worked hard with the décor, creating
a soft, rounded version of that post-industrial
hanging-bulb look. There’s a vast bar, with an
open kitchen behind. And, on the wall overlooking
the table we’ve chosen, next to the window,
a large photograph of a misty Tuscan valley.
We decide to gorge ourselves à la carte, as
we’ve missed the till-7pm early-evening menu
offer, and help things down with a bottle of
Sangiovese (£17.95) The full description of my
carpaccio starter (£6.50), is ‘Sliced aged fillet
beef with aged parmesan cheese and Cipriani
dressing’. It’s the thickest carpaccio I’ve ever
had, its raw wholesome cow taste set off by the
white sauce, a tangy lemon-mayonnaisey affair,
and the slivers of hard cheese. I’ll be having that
again. Rowena finds her Fritto Misto (£6.75) a
little too fritto for her liking; I nick a deep-fried
battered prawn head off her plate, crunch into
it, and tell her that’s how they do it in Italy.
My main is subtitled ‘8 hour braised pork cheeks
with creamy mashed potato, rich chianti jus and
black pudding fritter (£13.75)’, and it tastes as
good as that sounds. How can you describe such
flavour without resorting to cliché? It really
melts in the mouth. Rowena reports back from
her end of the table that the seabass (£13.95) is
good too: they’ve managed to crisp the skin just
right, which makes it the tastiest bit.
There’s a ‘selection of our desserts to share’
(£10.95), and we don’t usually, but this is starting
to feel like a special occasion, so what the
hell. I particularly enjoy the tiramisu and the
shortbread biscuits, but my attention is distracted
by the fact that they stock Fernet Branca - a
dark digestivo spirit I haven’t tasted since I was
last in Italy - which rounds the meal off pretty
damn well. It’s not quite a Proustian moment,
but it does take me back in time.
In the Italian town where I spent a few years in
my twenties, I used to go to restaurants a lot,
and I realised they were quite different from
ours, in that most of them were set up to cater
for everyone in town - of all ages and tastes
and depth of pocket. Aqua, where you can get
a Margherita pizza for £7.95 if you don’t want
anything fancy, seems to be just that, and I
reckon we’re much the better for it.
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Photos by Alex Leith
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The Pelham arms
HIGH ST • LEWES
A Great British pub, a warm welcome,
wonderful food & ambience
Now the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts
(aka ACCA, formerly the Gardner Arts Centre)
has opened, the University of Sussex campus is
going to be a much more frequent destination
for Lewesians in search of a bit of cutting-edge
culture. A more intimate experience than going
to Brighton, somehow. Less hassle, certainly. But
what to eat?
One option is the Student Union Falmer Bar,
just a few seconds walk away. The music is loud,
it’s true; you sometimes have to be fairly hawkish
about getting a table. And the menu is aimed at
the simple culinary tastes of your average twentysomething.
But it’s aimed at their small budget,
too… and their big appetite.
The service system is quite something. When you
order, you get given a square plastic contraption.
When your food’s cooked, this lights up and starts
buzzing: you take it to the bar, and your dinner is
waiting for you. Genius.
I’ve eaten there twice, post ACCA. The first
time I went for ‘House Chilli’, which came with
slightly rubbery rice, tortilla chips, soured cream
and jalapenos. The sauce was excellent, and, best
of all, it cost just £5.25. The second time, I went
for ‘Southern Fried Chicken’, four bread-crumbbattered
mini fillets, with a big portion of skinny
chips, and some coleslaw and salad garnish. A
guilty pleasure, then, but at £4.95…
Oh, and the beer is cheap, too, especially in Happy
Hour (Monday to Friday, 5-8pm) when you can
get a pint for under three quid. Don’t aim to get
there too early, then: in my experience experimental
theatre and more than one pint of Kronenbourg
don’t mix. DL
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Festive barley wine
On the way to the Harvey’s Brewery shop in Cliffe I was wondering
whether they had reinterpreted the beer’s label, in their
recent rebranding makeover. I needn’t have worried: there was
Santa, beaming out from a crimson red background, flanked by
two lit candles.
Harvey’s haven’t messed with Christmas, then: it’s all about tradition, after all. And Christmas Ale, a
barley wine, is more traditional than most, being akin to an 18th-century ‘stock ale’. The first thing to say
about it is that it’s 7.5% in volume, with all that treacliness you associate with strong ales.
This is no Tennant’s Super, though. There’s a lot of subtlety and depth to the taste. I’m not sure I can find
ALL the ‘figs, plums, treacle and light spice notes’ that the Guardian’s beer critic discerned, but Harvey’s
own age-old description of its taste does ring true: ‘like liquid Christmas pudding’.
Pudding with a hefty alcoholic kick, it must be noted: from December they’ll be selling it on draught in
Harvey’s pubs (while stocks last), but I wouldn’t buy a whole pint, if I were you - it’s recommendable one
half at a time, along with something to eat. For my first bottle this year I try it with a wide selection of
cheeses, and find it goes best with the Stilton.
This is an award winning beer, not only regularly earning British Bottlers’ Award gold medals , it tells me
on the label, but also Finland’s Olutseura Olviretki award, for fulfilling the Christmas Beer Regulation
described in Aleksis Kivi’s novel Seven Brothers. The mind, ever so slightly groggily, boggles. Dexter Lee
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Photo by Rebecca Cunningham
Pork Carolina pie
A warming winter pie recipe, from Susan Harmer
at Offham Farm
Offham Farm has been in my husband’s family since
1740, when John Harmer became foreman for the
estate. After that the family took over as farmers; our
son Edward will be the sixth generation of the family
running the place. I came from a farming background
too. When I arrived I brought 30 pedigree
sheep with me, as a wedding gift from my father.
We have 600 acres, so at any one time we could have
around 1,200 head of livestock, and one of the things
that makes us unusual is we grow our own food to
feed our animals. We grow our own barley, forage
crops, all our own straw. I don’t know a single other
farm shop which does that. Because of that, butchers
always say that our pork has a more traditional flavour,
that it reminds them of how it tasted when they
were kids. That’s because they’re fed on a barley diet.
We’re just about to go to the winter fatstock shows,
so we’re getting our best cattle, sheep and pigs ready
for those. Our daughters Gussie and Lizzie join me
in showing our pedigree Southdown sheep and our
Welsh pigs, and our son Edward shows the cattle.
We pick out the best animals when they’re born.
There’s something about them, you can just tell as
soon as they’re born that they’re going to be perfect
for showing. The judges are looking for conformation,
mainly. They want to see a good gait - the way
they move - and they’re looking for animals which
are well muscled, well grown, and conform to the
breed characteristics. Winning livestock can be sold
for a lot of money for breeding, or in other shows
they compete as carcasses. At those, butchers buy the
prize carcasses to display in their windows.
Our farm shop is mainly a butcher’s, selling beef,
lamb and pork reared here on the farm, but we also
sell about 200 different pies every week. All the
traditional flavours are my own recipes - I used to
bring them to farmers’ markets to sell - but the more
unusual flavours, like this one, are thought up by
our chef Sam. It’s slightly sweet and sour, with a bit
of chilli to give it some zing. This recipe makes one
For the filling:
500g pork shoulder, diced
Small clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 ½tsp Demerara sugar
¼ - ½ a red chilli, finely chopped
1 dessertspoon tomato paste
1 onion, finely chopped
1 dessertspoon malt vinegar
1 dessertspoon wholegrain mustard
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 pinches of paprika
Mix all the ingredients together in a pot and stew
over a low heat for two hours.
For the pastry:
250g self-raising flour
Small pinch of salt
Rub together the flour, salt, margarine and lard.
Add water and mix to form a ball of dough. Tear off
around a quarter of the dough and set aside. Roll the
remaining dough out to a circle, about 3mm thick.
Lightly grease your pie tin and line with the pastry.
Roll out the remaining dough to form the lid. Let
the filling go completely cold and add to the cold
pastry, then cook it all together for half an hour at
180°C. As told to Rebecca Cunningham
Christmas time, wine, wine, and a new landlord at my local, the Lewes Arms.
Welcome Paul and farewell Abi, thank you for being super, you will be missed.
Also in pub land, the Pelham Arms launches its on-site microbrewery Abyss
Brewing Ltd. Landlord Andrew is a fan of dark beers and porters, and his
own will soon be on sale in the pub on draught and in bottles.
Enough on booze: it’s time to think about shopping in the dark. Late Night Shopping falls this year on
Thurs 1st, from 6-9pm. In the Scandinavian spirit, Wickle are opening the shop and café until 8pm from
24th Nov until Christmas. And there are food stalls too: on Friday 23rd, Lewes Food Market ‘Festive Market’
will open from 9.30am to 2.30pm and on Sunday 11th, Food Rocks Lewes Christmas at Cliffe promises
festive food, local drink and live music. You may choose to pick up some lovely foodie gifts at the LWB
Christmas Emporium at House of Friendship from 10am on the same day.
For the hamper hunters: Laporte’s are making them ‘to fit the pocket and the person’, starting from £22.50.
Lewes Hamper are back, chock-full of VRAC teas, Merle’s Kitchen sweets and homewares from Lewes
Map. leweshamper.co.uk. The Charleston Café hamper (£75+p&p) is filled with local festive fare, including
homemade mince pies and stollen bites, Charleston jams and Bloomsbury Ale, while The Sussex Hamper
Company are offering no fewer than 19 hampers, including our favourite, the Sussex Gin Martini Hamper.
Bonne Bouche are taking orders and offering delivery for Xmas chocs. If you fancy something a bit different
this year, you might learn how to bake Christopsomo, Stollen and Rugelach with Community Chef on Sat
3rd. I recommend making all three, gobbling them down with a slather of Ouse Valley Foods Christmas
Pudding Marmalade and following with a Lewes Hearth Harvey’s Mince Pie. Burp. Chloë King
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This month we asked Hannah Rowsell to photograph five Lewesians who sum up the
issue's 'hygge' theme, asking each of them: what gets you in the festive mood?
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Olivia, Go Botanica
“The Christmas lights and everyone being at home.”
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Petra, Nordic Kitchen
“Doing crafts with the kids and drinking mulled wine.”
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Andrew, Fisher Street Lighting
“The smell of the Christmas tree.”
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Pauline, VRAC tea
“Blending the Christmas tea!”
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Saira, The Stitchery
“Wrapping up handmade gifts.”
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President, Lewes Chamber of Commerce
Tell us about yourself…
I was born in
Firle and moved to
Lewes aged five. I came
to HRS Creative in
1990 as a bookkeeper/
secretary, liked the
creative side and learnt
about graphic design.
It’s been my company
for almost three years.
Tell us about Lewes
Chamber of Commerce… It began in 1935 and
it’s about promoting Lewes as a place for people
to come, stay, eat and shop. We want what’s in
the best interest of the town and what helps to
bring business and revenue here. We currently
have over 80 members.
How long have you been president? I joined
three years ago. In April of this year, I took over
as president from David Clark.
Who does the Chamber represent? We cover
the whole of the Lewes District. Businesses join,
rather than individuals. Some members are sole
traders, others are shops, organisations or businesses
of all sizes. Members include the Lewes
Golf Club, Chestnut Tree Hospice, Cheese
Please and Lewes District Council. Not as many
independent shops as we’d like, but we are now
getting new members every month.
Why should people join? We have the motto
‘don’t just join - join in’ because we are only as
good as our members and their involvement.
People used to think we’re just organisers of
Lewes Late Night Shopping, but we’re more
than that. We run networking events every three
weeks - breakfasts, lunches, ‘meet and mingles’.
People can misunderstand what networking is.
It’s about communication, sharing ideas, getting
to know and trust
people you might want
to work with in future.
We like using venues
which are run by members,
such as Pelham
House Hotel and the
Dorset Arms. We
recently had a talk by
Clive Wilding from the
North Street Quarter,
and we’ve put on free
training in business fire and safety too.
How much does it cost? Charities and not-forprofits
can join from £25 per year; businesses
from £60 up to £100. What you pay depends on
the size of your business. The Chamber is funded
by our membership fees and events we hold, and
run by volunteers who make up the Executive
How would you describe Lewes as a business
town? Quirky, strong, independent, interesting
architecturally. A friendly atmosphere when it
comes to doing business here. There are shops
and services in all kinds of unusual spaces and
What’s happening at Late Night Shopping
this year? Adam from Harvey’s works hard
all year preparing for it. The charity we’ll be
fundraising for is the Chestnut Tree Hospice. As
usual, Harvey’s will have a hog roast. There will
be Morris dancers, Santa in Lewes House, rides,
carol singers, stalls and the town trail to draw
people to the top of town.
What’s your favourite part? Mrs Clark’s mince
pies. And how social it is.
What do you most like about Christmas? It’s
nice to get some time off! Emma Chaplin
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Photo by Emma Chaplin
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Welcome to Late Night Shopping! And welcome to
Christmas! Many people comment that this traditional
shopping evening - which has been going for over 30
years - kickstarts the Christmas period in the town.
Shopkeepers open their doors and tempt you in with
offers and treats, the streets are car free and all sorts of
events will keep you entertained as you enjoy this festive
evening. Music forms a key part of the celebration with
carol singing, bands and various other entertainment
taking place throughout the town.
This year’s charity...
Every year we hope to raise as much money as possible for local good
causes. This year we are thrilled to be raising funds for Chestnut Tree House.
There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex.
Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including
psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and
It currently costs well over £3.5m each year to fund all the care services
provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care
and less than 7p in every pound is funded by the government, so we rely
heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex. Our
goal is to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their
families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support
throughout each child’s life, however short it may be.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
It’s a great time to enjoy Lewes in the evening with lots of shops and galleries
offering special offers and festive treats. The High Street will be closed to traffic, so
that you can enjoy the town in a car-free environment.
THE TOWN TRAIL
There’s a great opportunity to win some fantastic prizes on this year’s town trail.
Gather a stamp in each of the twelve shops on the trail (see the map provided
overleaf). Prizes include a Festive Hamper filled with Sussex goodies and a £25
voucher for Bags of Books.
Santa will take up residence once again in Lewes House on School Hill. It’s a lovely
treat for the kids... and for parents as well, with mulled wine on offer while they wait.
Harvey’s will host their traditional yard event from 6–8.30pm. You’ll be able to
sample this year’s fresh batch of Christmas Ale, whilst enjoying music from Waterloo
Pipe and Drum Band, carol singing and some excellent jazz (not all at once). A 1924
steam omnibus from Tinkers Park will be on display, while Harvey’s heavy horses and
vintage vehicles will come and go throughout the evening. Holmansbridge Farm will
have their famous wood-fired hog roast on offer... while it lasts!
TOP OF TOWN
There’s a full evening’s entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit, including
local groovers Ska Toons, screenings by the Depot Cinema projected onto the old
Post Office, the Paddock Singers in full voice on the Crown Court steps, projections
from the Reeves Archive onto the old bank building, bungee-trampolining by the
Castle, a special free opening of Barbican House Museum, the Stagecoach children’s
choir, a cup-and-saucer ride by the bottleneck, and lots more! We all know Lewes
can put on a party... this one's got extra Christmas sparkle!
Christmas at Harvey’s
Thursday 1st December, 6pm - 9pm
Real Ale Bar Wood-Fired Hog Roast
Hearth Mince Pies Carol Singers
Launch of Christmas Ale
Charlie Groves Trug Maker
Tinkers Park Steam Bus
Waterloo Pipe & Drum Town Crier
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The Town Trail
Twelve shops are taking part in this year’s trail. Collect a stamp from
each one listed and fill in your details
below. Tear out this page and hand it in to
any of the shops on the trail on the night.
The first five entries drawn out of the hat
will win a Festive Hamper worth £50 or a
£25 voucher for Bags of Books. The draw
will take place on Friday 2nd December.
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A big thank you goes to...
The Chamber of Commerce have organised this event for many years
now, we would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their time and
resources to make this wonderful evening possible.
Thanks to Viva Lewes who have helped produce, and hosted this excellent
guide to the evening; to the shops in the town trail; the Town and District
Council for their continued support and to everyone who helps make Santa’s
grotto so special at Lewes House.
To all the shops and businesses and people out and about on the evening,
we would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous Christmas and
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Author Louisa Thomsen Brits
The closest English synonym for hygge is
‘cosiness’ but there’s much more to it than
that. It’s not just about woollen socks, and cake
and lighting candles. It’s about abandoning
yourself to the moment, and luxuriating in it.
It’s about embracing comfort, and wellbeing,
and good company, and community.
We’ve recently been fed a diet of Scandinavian
film and food and design; now we’re
starting to look at the tender values that uphold
Scandinavian - and in this case Danish - society.
My book - Hygge, the Danish Art of Living
Well - is one of nine or ten that have been published
recently on the subject, and there is good
reason that this Danish lifestyle philosophy is
It was recently announced by Collins that
‘hygge’ was in their ‘words of the year’
shortlist. Two of the others were ‘Brexit’ and
‘Trumpism’. It’s mildly depressing to be connected
with those terms, but it is no coincidence.
In fact it’s encouraging, in these troubled
times, that we’re paying attention to empathy
Hygge can be many things. It can be enjoyed
inside or outside, alone or with other people,
in winter or in summer. But Christmas, as I
know from childhood holidays with my Danish
mother’s family, is the most hyggelig time of
the year. Ideally this is a time for abandoning
our cares for the moment and indulging in a
feeling of belonging and togetherness with
Photos from 'The Book of Hygge' by Louisa Thomsen Brits (Ebury Press, £12.99). Photography by Susan Bell
friends and family. We have a special word for
We need to encourage ourselves through
this period of darkness by appealing to our
senses, nourishing each other and enjoying
life. When we hygger we set aside our cares and
come together to shelter each other from the
difficulties of everyday life and the disquieting
presence of everything that makes us fearful.
The opposite of ‘hyggelig’ is ‘uhyggelig’:
it’s not just the absence of hygge, not just that
someone forgot to light the candles, but a feeling
of actual fear. One of the motivations for
creating hygge is to place ourselves in a circle
of warmth that secures us from the darkness
that surrounds us - and ultimately from the
fear of death.
There are some downsides to hygge. It often
manifests publically as little clusters of people
wholeheartedly engaged in one another, but
appearing uninterested in everything else on
the periphery. For an outsider this can seem
Lewes is a very hyggelig town. There’s a very
strong sense of community. When people move
to Lewes or the surrounding area it doesn’t
take long for them to develop a very strong
sense of belonging and connection.
Danes just hygger, they don’t dissect it.
They’re quite amused at the extent we’re all
adopting it, and obsessing about it.
As told to Alex Leith
The Book of Hygge - the Danish Art of Living
Well, Ebury Press, £12.99. A percentage of any
royalties East Sussex resident Louisa makes from
the book will go to the Clocktower Sanctuary
in Brighton: “you can’t hygger unless your basic
needs of food and shelter are met.”
2016 shopping guide
We've been rummaging around the shops of Lewes looking for some
hyggelig ideas to get you ready for Christmas, whether that's buying a
gift for a loved one, or keeping cosy at home. Here's what we found...
Fika: the Art of
the Swedish Coffee Break
£14.99, Leadbetter & Good
£7.50, Closet & Botts
£2.50 each, Freight
£4.25 each, Cheese Please
£12, The Laurels
£29, The Outdoor Shop
£56, Middle Farm shop
£14.95, Charleston shop
95p each, Beckworth's
Photos by Alex Leith
St Anne’s Galleries
Sarah O’Kane, curator
It seems like a house
because it was one. People
like the panelling and
fireplaces. It doesn’t have a
white cube feel. I like the
fact that there are several
gallery rooms, with a hallway
and entrance room. It
allows us to create different
St Anne’s Galleries is
large, so we need confident,
We look for people who
are distinctive, doing their
own thing, and don’t want
to compromise for an
imagined market. We have
a stable of mainly Sussex artists we support and
Introducing a new artist can be a challenge,
trying to help them slot in. It can work incredibly
well, but sometimes it doesn’t.
I first trained as a journalist but always had an
overriding interest in art. When I was expecting
my daughter Jessica, I retrained as an art historian
at Birkbeck College. I moved here and found there
were lots of artists, but few galleries. Lewes is
definitely the centre for arts in Sussex. It’s vibrant
and people are interested and engaged.
I work closely with executive curator and gallery
Managing Director Michael Bell. We admire
the same artists, which makes it easier when
planning the schedule of eight shows a year.
Julian Bell’s Genesis show was our most
successful exhibition, but the success of a
show isn’t just down to money. There are other
measurements of success, including how much
interest is generated.
I arrange the exhibitions
and will have visited the
artist in their studio over
a period of time. Sensitive
hanging, what goes next
to what, is essential and
comes from experience. I
make a plan, but that can
change once the paintings
are up. We use a professional
hanger, and he also
arranges the lighting at the
I’m hot on good framing.
Buyers have to live with the
frame as well as the painting,
so it has to be right.
We’re lucky in Lewes to
have such great, sensitive framers, such as Ochre.
I have my own office behind the scenes. It’s the
‘engine room’ where we store paintings in quilted
silver art Stiffy Bags.
If I could work in any gallery in the world,
I would like to be transported to a country I’ve
never been and be immersed in a new culture. I’d
love to represent a young, emerging artist in that
place, as it’s so satisfying working with someone at
the start of their career.
Our visitor book is important. We’ve compiled
a huge emailing list and send out lots of e-vites
and a newsletter.
At our Christmas Show, we always have a
‘worth watching’ space for an undergraduate
artist. This year Fred Boyle at University of
Brighton will show two paintings.
As told to Emma Chaplin
111 High St. Christmas Show, art for under the
tree, 26th Nov - 18th Dec, 10-5pm Sat and Sun or
by appointment, stannesgalleries.com
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It is true to say that nothing
surprises me on a day-to-day
basis in our lively town, even
when it involves spotting
Father Christmas down the
Sunday car boot this time last
year. As regular readers may
recall, he turned out to be
local writer Raymond Briggs,
of course. A classic case of me
and my vivid imagination.
This Christmas I’m looking
forward to watching the
new animated film Ethel and
Ernest, based on Raymond’s
award-winning graphic novel
about his parents’ lives from 1928. It has received
rave reviews and is scheduled to be shown on
Now I fully realise that having admitted my ability
to imagine things, you are not going to believe
me when I mention another Santa sighting
exactly one year on. This time, though, I noted
a real white-bearded fellow as he propelled his
grandchild in a pushchair through an entrance to
There I discovered him with Mrs Santa and their
daughter in what could well have been a green
grotto. In reality, Nick and Lynn were having a
break from running their nearby bed and breakfast
establishment. They have lived in Lewes for
many years and Lynn admitted to me that she
had never seen her ‘Saint Nicholas’ without his
rather splendid beard.
He and I exchanged hirsute greetings and I suggested
that he might like to become a founder
member of a new society I may form in Lewes
next year. BMWG - bearded men with glasses.
We’ll meet in the YMCA and
a GSOH is absolutely essential,
I told him.
You see, I also have a thing
about initials, and after a particularly
dull, damp, dismal
day recently, I concluded that
it was all the fault of the letter
‘D’. That is until I realised
that the merry month of
December is the only one that
starts with it, and comedians
Ken Dodd and Roy Hudd
both have an abundance of
them. Bang goes another
If it’s Christmas cheer you’re seeking, then a visit
to Gorringe’s Monday auction in Garden Street
might be a good idea. Plenty of wine and spirits
are promised, and there’s always the possibility of
finding an unusual gift for that special someone.
How about an old dentist’s drill, for example?
One sold for £120 very recently.
Monday December 19th will be auctioneer Julian
Dawson’s final morning on the rostrum, after
over 50 years wielding his trusty gavel. As partner
Philip Taylor put it: "without Julian, things
will never be quite the same again". A retirement
party is planned in the saleroom on Friday evening,
December 16th, from 5pm. Bravo Julian!
Finally, several readers have expressed interest
in my bonfire proposal, which I expounded in
October. Now the actual event is over for another
year, I hope we can make some positive moves
to establish a permanent home for the charitysupporting
celebration. I have again been assured
that the rent-free offer of accommodation still
stands. John Henty
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Well that was a bloody depressing year, wasn’t it?
Never before in my life have I felt such a strong urge
to just curl up in a ball and go to sleep for a very, very
long time. This defeatist attitude is a way of life for
the hazel dormouse, who each year scrawls the words
‘hibernating’ across its calendar for November,
December, January, February, March and April and
After 2016, the feeling that your future is quickly
becoming uncertain and dangerous is one which
we can now all relate to. For the dormouse it’s an
annual event. The onset of colder weather each
autumn signals that the dormouse diet of flowers,
fruit, seeds, insects and nuts will soon vanish. Each
winter, instead of struggling to survive, it simply
shuts down and sleeps. Dormice are nocturnal, feeding
at night amongst trees and bushes. In October
they can double in weight as they stock up on food
before hard times arrive. Which reminds me, I need
to pick up a trolley full of tinned goods next time I’m
When they have sufficiently stuffed their cute little
faces, the rotund rodents descend to a ground-floor
dormitory, a tightly woven nest under moss and
leaves, and become dormant. Heart-rate and breathing
reduce by over 90% and body temperature is
dropped to just a few degrees above freezing. This
means dormice don’t need much energy to stay alive,
and valuable fat reserves are burnt very slowly.
Not many British mammals actually hibernate. Sure,
badgers and squirrels enter a deep sleep for longer
periods but they’re not hibernating - they’re merely
in ‘standby’ mode and can reawaken quickly. Full
hibernation requires a complete shutdown, pulling
the power plug (almost) completely out of the wall.
Of our British mammals just dormice, hedgehogs
and bats hibernate.
Yet it isn’t just Britain’s longest lie-in that has earned
the dormouse its sleepy reputation. Even after it
has woken up in May the dormouse will readily
hit the ‘snooze’ button and drop back into a torpid
semi-hibernation as a way of avoiding any hassle.
Not much food available yet? Back to sleep. Too
wet to go out and find food? Back to sleep. Simply
can’t be bothered? Back to sleep. Sleep seems like an
easy alternative to life’s problems, but hibernation
and torpor have a high price; if a predator finds you
you’re too tired to wake up and run away.
So as our world shuts down around us and compassion,
respect and hope get stripped away, we can’t just
shut down and forget about it. We have to stay wide
awake and vigilant, ready to fight to make the world
around us a better place. Let’s hope that when that
sleepy ol’ dormouse wakes up in 2017 the world will
be a little bit brighter. For everyone. Michael Blencowe,
Sussex Wildlife Trust, illustration by Mark Greco
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Part of the Family
Steve ‘Brinky’ Brinkhurst
The concept of
local lads playing
for their football
team is becoming
as dated as The Big
Match and team
baths, at least as
far as top-tier pro
football is concerned.
FC, however, Steve
Brinkhurst is very
much keeping the tradition alive.
Lewes fans who attended the recent Bonfire
celebrations in the town may have spotted a
familiar face in the Cliffe procession, with the
popular right-back taking his regular place in the
ranks. “I’ve been doing it since I was about one,”
said Brinkhurst. “And I remember being put in a
Cliffe buggy, and my mum pushing me around
with my brother and my sister. 25 years later, I’m
still doing it.”
This year’s bonfire was extra special for the
Brinkhurst family, with Steven carrying a tribute
to his sister Alice, who sadly died in March. “The
last procession was a tribute to people who’d
passed away this year,” Steven told us. “Me and
my brother shared it and walked down the High
Street with the family. That was nice.”
Family bonding turned to family rivalry when
it came to the barrel race, however, where six
Cliffe members race each over a 200m course,
each dragging a wheeled barrel full of burning
torches behind them. “Beating my brother in the
barrel race was the main thing,” said Brinkhurst.
“I stopped doing it for a few years because of my
[injured] knee, but my brother came back [from
the US] this year,
and I didn’t want him
to win it so I did it
this year.” No need
to ask if he won - he
wouldn’t be telling us
if he didn’t…
In fact, Brinky’s
about as immersed
in Lewes culture as
it’s possible to be. He
and his family regularly
triumph in the annual skittles competition in
Grange Gardens, and his Bonfire Society duties
extend to turning out for Cliffe in the Bonfire
Cup - the end-of-season inter-society football
tournament held at the Dripping Pan. He’s played
in three tournaments, winning the trophy twice
and losing on penalties in the final last year. Does
that make him the best ringer in the competition?
“I’m not a ringer!” he bridles. “I’m probably the
only one who isn’t.”
Now in his third spell at Lewes FC, Brinky holds
the distinction of not only being the current
player with the most appearances for the club, but
of having played in every outfield position. That
flexibility is perhaps why managers keep bringing
him back. “It’s nice to play for your home town
club,” he says. “Everyone knows I’m involved
with Bonfire and everything around Lewes. A lot
of the fans like a local lad playing for the team,
because they feel more connected. If you had the
choice of having local players for your team, or
players travelling from far away, you’d choose the
local player wouldn’t you?” You would, Brinky.
You certainly would.
Photo by James Boyes
BRICKS AND MORTAR
...and its shady history
“That’s still a mystery,” says
Rosemary Page. She and
three other interested locals
spent three years researching
the history of Sun
Street, and have just published
a book, The Sun Street
Story. It’s full of detail about
the buildings themselves,
the street’s residents, the
businesses they ran there,
and the trouble some of
them got into. But one piece
of information has always
eluded the researchers: why is it called Sun Street?
Colin Brent’s Georgian Lewes refers to it as ‘Sun
Street (alias Kemp Street)’, and the latter name
would make more sense: the land had been owned
by Lewes MP Thomas Kemp. He sold it on in
1807, and building began around the same time.
This was during what Brent calls the ‘Second
Surge’ of Lewes’ expansion (the first being in the
1780s and 90s).
The houses were built ‘generally for letting, I
think,’ co-author Brian Cheesmur says. Many of
the early tenants would have been farm workers;
there’d also most likely have been Naval Prison
guards, Baxter’s printers, Ouse dockers, and (from
1832) Phoenix ironworkers.
As well as the usual outdoor-toilet-and-no-utilities
situation, and a badly maintained road, residents
had to put up with drainage problems until the
1860s. At a civic meeting in May 1848, ‘it was
stated that there were currently cesspools on both
sides of Sun Street,’ the book notes. These were
evidently running down into Lancaster Street,
which had ‘more illness than in any other part of
One of the book’s authors
has uncovered various newspaper
stories of injuries, early
death, crime and drunken
behaviour during the 19th
and early 20th century; for
example, the two labourers
who ended up in court in
1854, having ‘engaged in a
pugilistic encounter at the
bottom of Sun Street at two
o’clock one Sunday morning,
[which] greatly annoyed
many of the good people of the neighbourhood.’
The street was evidently a much nicer place to live
by the mid-20th century; the authors interviewed
residents from that era, and it was characterised
as ‘a quiet, friendly street’, where ‘children could
sit on the step and read comics or play ball in the
roadway’. Residents all knew each other, ‘most
front doors were always open, and children went
in and out of the houses, often joining friends for
“The people in the street have changed dramatically,”
says Cheesmur. “They’re now more the
middle classes rather than trade workers, and the
prices of the houses… I’ll give you an example,
when I moved to Lewes, Pelham Terrace, I bought
the house for £2,000. It’s now valued at half a million.
That’s the change there’s been in the area.”
“But in our research,” Page adds, “we found that
friendliness, the community spirit of the street…
still carries on.”
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As ever, there’s movement in the
Needlemaker’s. With Alexis
Dove’s move to School Hill complete,
the space next to the café
has been taken by Brenda from
Interiors, who has moved her
store from downstairs. C'est vraiment magnifique.
While we’re in the Needlemaker’s - and you might
have spotted the scary stuffed bear in the window,
while walking up Market Street - a warm welcome
to the space to Skull and Feathers, another
antiques vendor, who specialise in ‘taxidermy, skulls
and industrial’. The Needlemaker’s are holding their
own ‘Evening Shopping Event’ on Wednesday 7th
You might, in the past, have used the flower stall
in the corner of Brighton Station, a great place for
last-minute flowers if you’re off on a journey (or
otherwise). The company that runs that place (and a
similar one in Hove) - go.botanica - have taken up
the long-empty space to the left of
the entrance to Lewes Station.
Last month we broke the news that
Lewesiana was closing both its tea
shop and florist operation down. A
pop-up Christmas decorations
joint has appeared in its place in
order to, in the words of the chap manning it, ‘run
the lease down’. The shop will be operating till
Christmas Eve. We purchased a long piece of tinsel
for a quid, and there’s also wrapping paper, crackers,
spangly snowmen and every other Christmas accoutrement
you might want.
Let's end with some good news. Lewes Patisserie,
the coffee, Viennoiserie and sandwich place on Station
Street, which was put out of action by the Great
Lewes Sink Hole, is finally able to open its doors
again at the beginning of December, after a refurb.
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Ramazan Ozyurek of Kalkan Trading
I love oriental rugs, especially
the old ones. They are
works of art, in my opinion,
but it’s a dying art. Large-scale
production in Turkey, Iran and
Afghanistan has stopped; these
were the main countries. In a
couple of decades, no-one will
be making traditional hand-made rugs.
Old rugs are always the best. People made
them to use themselves, with hand-spun wool,
with vegetable dyes and with good workmanship.
They’re strong and they last for a very long time.
Kilim is the Turkish word for a flat rug created
by two types of thread: warp and weft.
The warp is stretched on a loom, like a frame,
and designs are created by weaving different
colours of weft. Halı is the Turkish word for pile
rugs; they’re created by warp and weft and also
with knots to add depth.
I’ve worked with rugs since
1976. I was studying journalism
in Turkey and started helping a
rug company with their export
business. In this profession, we
say "once you get the dust of a rug
into your lungs, it is addictive".
When I came to the UK, I immediately
opened a shop in Brighton. In 2007 I moved my
business to Newhaven, where I was already doing
repairs and cleaning. Now I mainly work with
the trade, although I still sell directly to local
I buy stock that I can repair and clean. Experience
is my advantage. I do every aspect of the
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BOXING DAY TEA, 1914
If you look at the background of this photo - the third in a trio of WW1-related Reeves pictures we have shown
in this slot to celebrate the Stories through a Glass Plate lightbox trail exhibition that graced the town in November
- you’ll see between the two pictures on the wall of the Town Hall a large object covered in a dark cloth.
The occasion of the picture, which anyone passing the Tourist Information Centre during the exhibition will be
familiar with, is a Boxing Day tea celebrated by the soldiers who were billeted in the town in December 1915,
before, in most cases, being sent to the Front.
The covered item is without doubt Rodin’s statue The Kiss, which its owner Edward Warren had loaned to the
Borough Council earlier that year. The statue, which of course returned to Lewes in a superb exhibition in 1999,
depicts a larger-than-life-sized naked couple passionately kissing, the woman perched on the man’s knee.
A story has been doing the rounds, perhaps for many decades, that the reason that the statue was so covered was
that local girl’s-school headmistress Kate Fowler Tutt feared that it would inflame the passions of the soldiers to
such an extent that her young charges would be put in danger. Another rumour about Ms Tutt is that she insisted
a few years later that the nipples on the War Memorial angels be sanded down, for similar reasons.
The research team looking into the matter for the Reeves exhibition could find no mention in any records of any
such proclamation by Ms Tutt about The Kiss, instead learning that the statue was covered for its own protection,
as soldiers had previously been seen climbing on it during a boxing match in the hall.
The local historian Frances Stenlake, concerned that the schoolteacher would go down in history for the wrong
reasons, has written an 18-page article in the latest issue of the Sussex Archaeological Collections (published this
month) entitled Rehabilitating Kate Fowler Tutt, 1868-1954. This informative piece outlines the remarkable career
of a woman who, after retiring as a schoolmistress became Lewes’ second-ever councillor, was a vociferous and
eloquent champion of the poor and women’s rights, and was the driving force behind the building of the Nevill
Estate. She was in many ways, it turns out, quite a remarkable and selfless woman. Alex Leith
Thanks as ever to Edward Reeves, 159 High Street, 01273 473274, for the use of this picture.