Viva Lewes Issue #123 December 2016


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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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Bits and bobs.

10-29. Neil Gower is back on our

cover! Plus Neeta Pedersen’s Lewes,

Viva readers going back in time, and

Carlotta Luke.


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




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

Christmas Ale.

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.


Inside Left.

146. Was The Kiss wrapped up for its

own protection, or for that of Lewes

WW1 schoolgirls?


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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 or on

Instagram and twitter @neiljgower

Cover of Darkness Visible (detail)




Photo by Alex Leith


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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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

to members.

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

finding here.

Alex Leith spoke to Jenny Lovell


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,

visiting rights

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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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

Keep taking us on your (time) travels and send your pics to



“Money for driving

lessons. Please.”

Amy Sinden

“Happiness and fun with

my grandchildren.”

Richard Best

“More happiness and

peace in the world.”

Alexandra Moldova




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



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

enlighten us.

Please send your pictures, taken in and around

Lewes, to, or tweet

@VivaLewes, with comments on why and where you

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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.


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.


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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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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already own one, navigating your way around the planning and listed

building consent system can seem daunting. Adams & Remers solicitors

has over two centuries’ experience of helping owners of historic

properties, and we are happy to guide you through it.

Suzanne Bowman, Partner and specialist listed property solicitor, will be

at the Listed Property Show at Olympia in London on the 18th and 19th

of February 2017. This is an unmissable event for all listed property

owners. Suzanne can help steer you in the right direction with a free,

friendly 20 minute advice session. To book your session at the event,

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If you can’t make it to the event, but have a burning question on your

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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


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,

he recommended

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.

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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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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?",

I ask.

"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

extending commercial

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

lifestyle magazines

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

Living Danishly.

“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

grown-up colouring-book

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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David Jarman

'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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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

George Harrison,

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

and beautiful

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

experimental guitarist…


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

Christmas, folks!


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

express traumatic


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

and understanding.”

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:

politics; emotions;


I ask her if writing

and performing

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

of Sussex

Photo © Matthew Andrews



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Jake Burns

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

punk covers.

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

campfire singers.

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

top secret.

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

yourself whatever

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

be punk.

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



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Cinema round-up

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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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

to 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

Glastonbury descended

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



Opera Anywhere

Magical Mozart, for one night only

The British tradition

of wandering

minstrels and itinerant

actors can be traced

back for hundreds of

years. Transporting

that tradition into the

21st century is Opera

Anywhere, a touring

company bringing

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

and happy.”

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


They’re performing

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

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Reed man

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

the orchestra.

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

unwieldy acoustic.

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

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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

marked ‘laugh’.

“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


Christmas Festival

Maeve Jenkinson Violin

Jonathan Bruce Cello

Schola of St Pancras Church






Seasonal Music

Friday 16th December 7:30pm

Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance

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Classical round-up

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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Festive round-up


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

Church, free

Sing carols accompanied by members of the Lewes,

Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band. Organised by

Christ Church Lewes. Sun 11th, 2.30pm, Nevill

Green, free

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

Church, free

There will be a sung mass on Christmas Day in St

Michael's Church. Sun 25th, 10.30am, St Michael’s

Church, free

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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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

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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

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Focus on:

Beautiful Ugly

by Yap

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

of colour.

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. []

'Axe Drawing' by Jenny Arran


an exhibition

of paintings,


fragments and

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

take architecture,

transport and

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. []. 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. []


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.

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public art with a social purpose. He has an acclaimed

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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.]. 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

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Saturday 3 rd December

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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.] 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

Pines. []

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



Further Afield

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. []

'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. [] Also in Eastbourne, the

extraordinary Towards Night and One Day, Something Happens

continue at Towner. []

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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DECEMBER listings


Julius Caesar. Lewes Theatre Club’s production

continues. Lewes Little Theatre, 7.45pm

(2.45 matinee on Sat), £12/£8.


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.



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.


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,

7.30pm, £20-£22.

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

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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

SAT 10

Photo by Steve Ullathorne

Comedy at the

Con Xmas special.

With Danny

Ward, Jessica

Fostekew and a

mystery headliner.

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)

SUN 11

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).

MON 12

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.

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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




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WED 14

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).

FRI 16

Film: Hector (15). Drama about a homeless

man’s life during the festive season. All

Saints, 8pm, £5.

SAT 17

Joanna Neary.

Comedy. St Mary’s

Social Centre,

7.30pm, £6/£8.

An LGB Christmas

Carol. An

adaptation of the

classic story, featuring

music from

the Lewes, Glynde

and Beddingham

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)

SAT 24

St Pancras Catholic Church. Vigil mass, 6pm.

Midnight mass, with carols from 11.30pm.

WED 28

How Much is

Enough. Edward

Skidelsky discusses why

financially comfortable

people continue

to pursue money so

vigorously, rather than

allowing themselves

more free time.

Elephant & Castle,

8pm, £3.

FRI 30

The Magic Flute. See pg 47.

SUN 25

SAT 31

St Pancras Catholic Church. Mass of the

Dawn, 9am. Mass of the Day, 10.30am. Latin

mass, 12.30pm.

Seniors’ Christmas Day lunch and party.

House of Friendship, 12-3.30pm, free with

invitation (available from venue).

MON 26

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,

7pm, £32.




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,

8.30pm, free

Chas & Dave. Pub rock geezers. De La Warr,

7pm, £29.50

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,

8.30pm, free


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,

7pm, £22.50


English Tunes Session. Folk. Lamb, 12pm, free


AYU. Funk. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Popguns. British jangle indie band. Con Club,

details TBA

SAT 10

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,

8.30pm, free

MON 12

Terry Seabrook's T-Rio. Latin jazz. The Snowdrop,

8pm, free


Open Mic. Lamb, 8.30pm, free


Old-time session. Appalachian roots. Lamb,

8pm, free


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,

8.30pm, free

FRI 16

Big Bad Whiskey. Skifflebilly. The Lamb,

8.30pm, free

Curst Sons. Up-tempo Americana. Con Club,

8pm, free

SAT 17

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,

8.30pm, free

MON 19

Imogen Ryall. Jazz vocals. Snowdrop, 8pm, free


Buffo’s Wake. Gypsy punk. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

FRI 23

The Fish Brothers. ‘Victorian Music Hall Punk’.

Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Thin White Duke. Tribute. Con Club, 8pm, £5

(members free)

SAT 31

The Dead Reds. Blues rock. Lamb, 8.30pm, free

Contenders. Rhythm & Blues. Con Club, free

(members and friends only)

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Creative and child-led learning, inspired by

the rural surroundings, is what you’ll find on a

visit to Kingston Pre-School. It’s located just 5

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.



What’s on

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



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.

SAT 10

Family Fun. Bushcraft and other forest activities.

Booking essential. Brede High Woods,

10am, for details call 0330 333 5302.


SUN 11

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.

FRI 30

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

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.

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.







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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

Can you help to make

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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

like Jude?

To read Jude’s story and donate online visit:

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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.

Alex Leith

The Old Courthouse, Friars Walk, 01273 470763

Photos by Alex Leith


Horsted Place

Country House Hotel


Horsted Place Hotel, Little Horsted, Uckfield TN22 5TS

Telephone: 01825 750581

7.5 miles from Lewes on the A22

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Photo by Rowena Easton

The Pelham arms


A Great British pub, a warm welcome,

wonderful food & ambience

Falmer Bar

It's buzzin'

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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Our Christmas party menu is available

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Christmas ale

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

Photo by Alex Leith

Authentic Thai cuisine, established 26 years


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

family-sized pie.

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

65g margarine

65g lard

75ml water

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



Edible Updates

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. 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.”


Petra, Nordic Kitchen

“Doing crafts with the kids and drinking mulled wine.”


Andrew, Fisher Street Lighting

“The smell of the Christmas tree.”


Pauline, VRAC tea

“Blending the Christmas tea!”


Saira, The Stitchery

“Wrapping up handmade gifts.”

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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 /

Photo by Emma Chaplin


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1 st December 2016, 6pm–8.30pm

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

sibling support.

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.

What’s on


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.


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!


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

Vintage Vehicles

Charlie Groves Trug Maker

Tinkers Park Steam Bus

Waterloo Pipe & Drum Town Crier

Sussex Traditions

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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

New Year.





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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

so zeitgeist.

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

and togetherness.

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

it: ‘Julehygge’.

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


£9.99, Wickle

Measuring spoons

£7.50, Closet & Botts


£2.50 each, Freight

Local jams,

£4.25 each, Cheese Please

DIY Moomin


£12, The Laurels


£29, The Outdoor Shop



£56, Middle Farm shop

Weaving loom,

£14.95, Charleston shop

Hot chocolate,

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,

capable artists.

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

work with.

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

last minute.

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,


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Lewes Out Loud

Plenty more Henty

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

BBC One.

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

Grange Gardens.

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

Henty theory.

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

Photo by John Henty








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Hazel dormouse

Wake me up when it’s over

Illustration by Mark Greco

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

turns in.

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

in Waitrose.

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.

At Lewes

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.

Barry Collins

Photo by James Boyes



Sun Street

...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

the town’.

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.”

Steve Ramsey

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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

French-themed antique/bibelot

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

December, 6-9pm.

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.

Since we’re airing our Priory School French out in

this column: bonne chance! Please send any business

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Directory Spotlight:

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

business myself.

Interview by Mark Bridge

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making St Anne's the vibrant and valued business that it is today.

Sadly, the government has decided to go ahead with major funding cuts, in the

face of a two-million-strong petition. It is the local independent pharmacies whose

futures are most at risk from the cuts.

We will do our utmost to continue to maintain our services, but there will be some

changes ahead. We may need to reduce some of our current services, such as

home deliveries. We understand how much customers rely on our free services

and advice, and desperately want to continue to offer these.

However, unless we also provide funded services, we cannot survive the cuts.

Funded services we currently offer are medicine-use reviews, New Medicine

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for all your kind support.


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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.


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